Index of Persons

Surname index

This family history and local (Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England) information exists as a repository of information about part of my own family and those they associated with during their lifetimes. Some of the information not published elsewhere (and I'm only setting out to publish that which is not already widely available) may be of interest.

Many important figures are ignored, and some unimportant issues receive disproportionate attention. It isn't meant to be another history of Thirsk; rather an idiosyncratic collection of items that interested me from an individual perspective. Not all the comments are reverent. Particular scorn is reserved for some of my own ancestors. Hopefully, odd characters ignored by the histories of Thirsk will find a proper place here.

It isn't finished, nor could it ever be, but material does get added or corrected on occasion.

Corrections, further information, suggestions and comments to

Special effort has been taken to exclude information about living people - name apart.

John Bell (3 Oct 1764 - 23 Apr 1822)
John Bell (11 Aug 1809 - 5 Mar 1851)
John Bell (1879 - BEF 2002)
John Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Marianne Bell (____ - 1858)
Mary Bell (1729 - BEF 2002)
Mary Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Peter Bell (1912 - BEF 2002)
Peter Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Rachel Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Ralph Bell (1720 - 1801)
Ralph Bell (____ - 1770)
Ralph Bell (1806 - 16 Apr 1807)
Ralph Bell (Reverend) (1884 - BEF 2002)
Ralph Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Ralph Conyers Bell (ABT 1762 - 1767)
Reginald Bell (Major) (____ - BEF 2002)
Robert Bell (1615 - Aug 1711)
Robert Bell (1768 - 14 Nov 1831)
Robert Bell (1907 - BEF 2002)
Violet Eva Bell (____ - BEF 2002)
Zillah Bell (____ - ____)
Agnes Beresford (____ - 1863)
William Beresford (Reverend) (____ - BEF 2002)
David Bielby (____ - ____)
Benjamin Binks Jnr. (____ - AFT 1880)

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These pages are not likely to move from so you are welcome to link to them. Equally, if you have extensive information about one of the topics or family lines I would be pleased to link to your pages. If you only have a few names and birth or death dates I will seek to replicate the information here and refer to you as a source. I'm not setting out to add many more individuals to this website, but rather to hang the information contained in the original documents I hold around them.

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Comment December 2002

The information about the early Bells of Thirsk isn't quite there. I have copies of 4 fundamentally different family trees - hopefully some sense will be possible - any further information is very welcome.