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.

Reginald Smith (Major) (7 Jun 1848 - ABT 1930)
Samuel Smith (____ - 17 Dec 1770)
Samuel Smith (Reverend) (9 May 1804 - 4 Mar 1831)
Samuel Smith (____ - 31 Mar 1808)
Samuel Smith DD (____ - ____)
Susanna Smith (14 Mar 1792 - ____)
Thomas Smith (21 Jan 1777 - 15 Mar 1824)
William Greenhill Smith (6 May 1914 - 31 Dec 1997)
Rachel Smyth (____ - BEF 2002)
Mary Stanyforth (____ - BEF 2002)
Ann Stapylton (____ - BEF 2002)
John Statton (____ - AFT 1880)
Clement Strong (Rev) (____ - 15 Apr 1852)
Leonard Strong (22 Oct 1833 - ____)
Agnes Surriage (1726 - 23 Apr 1783)
Edward Surriage (____ - BEF 2002)
Isaac Surriage (____ - BEF 2002)
Surriage (____ - BEF 2002)
Swain (____ - BEF 2002)
Alfred Swarbreck (ABT 1855 - AFT 1880)
Charles McCartney Swarbreck (1830 - 1904)
John Swarbreck (____ - BEF 2002)
Samuel Ducklefield Swarbreck (____ - BEF 2002)
Thomas Swarbreck (____ - 1867)
William Swarbreck (1877 - 1949)
Frances Taunton (____ - 11 Jun 1847)

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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.