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.

Richard S Purdey (____ - BEF 2002)
Christina Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
Eliza Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
John H H W Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
John Horace Rhodes (____ - AFT 1880)
John Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
Quintin A Rhodes (ABT 1840 - ABT 1890)
William Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
William Wilkinson Rhodes (____ - BEF 2002)
Eusabius Richardson (BEF 1900 - BEF 2002)
John Richardson (____ - AFT 1897)
Walter Robinson (____ - AFT 1880)
John Rose (ABT 1839 - BEF 2002)
Rose (____ - BEF 2002)
Mary E Roskell (ABT 1842 - AFT 1901)
Elizabeth Russel (____ - BEF 2002)
John Russel Bart (Sir) (____ - 27 Jan 1720)
Thomas Rutherford (____ - BEF 2002)
Thomas Rutherford (____ - BEF 2002)
Evelyn May Rymer (ABT 1900 - BEF 1990)
Frederick Rymer (ABT 1897 - BEF 2002)
James Rymer (ABT 1863 - AFT 1901)
James Rymer (ABT 1893 - BEF 2002)
Margaret Rymer (ABT 1899 - BEF 2002)
Ralph Rymer (ABT 1895 - BEF 2002)
Robert Rymer (____ - BEF 1901)

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Copyright Edward Barker 2002 - Copying, reproduction or modification only permitted with his express permission.

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.