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.

Ann -- to -- Mary Allestree
Thomas Allestree -- to -- Ruth Yvonne Barker
Samantha Barker -- to -- John Bell
John Bell -- to -- Benjamin Binks Jnr.
Catherine Biscoe -- to -- Charles Edward Camidge (Reverend)
Annie Laura Cass -- to -- Ann Conyers
John Conyers (Rev) -- to -- William Fitzherbert
William Fitzherbert -- to -- William Frankland 1st Bart (Sir)
George Freeman -- to -- Rose Hall
William Hall -- to -- William Jackson
Robert Herbert Jacques -- to -- Robert Lee
Cecilia Mary Leeson -- to -- Lewin George Maine (Reverend)
Daniel Markham -- to -- Louisa Anne Murray
James Nares -- to -- Mary Poyntz-Meynell
Richard S Purdey -- to -- Robert Rymer
Thomas Rymer -- to -- Anne Smith
Anne Smith -- to -- Polly Smith
Reginald Smith (Major) -- to -- Frances Taunton
William Elias Taunton (Sir) -- to -- James S Walton
Robert Ward -- to -- Richard Barnard Wyatt

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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.