Smithsons Court, Ripon

Smithsons Court is down the side and behind what used to be Smithson’s butchers at 76 North Street. It is now a pleasant courtyard of private housing. Smithson’s butchers, which was still trading by that name until the late 1990’s, was established by Thomas Smithson who was mayor of Ripon from 1890 to 1892. The butchers shop now trades as Marley’s.

There was another Smithson’s butchers on Kirkgate which was not related to this business. The Kirkgate business was owned by Ralph Pickersgill Smithson who died at a young age of smallpox. The business was passed on to Thomas Appleton by his widow. Ralph’s son styled himself as Thomas Kirk Smithson so as not to be confused with the other Thomas Smithson above. Interestly, Thomas the mayor’s son Robert Jemison Smithson was a witness at Thomas Kirk Smithson’s wedding to Jane Elizabeth Weatherall in Durham.

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The Enos Challenge

I am aware that a number of people may have drawn a blank in finding the parents of Enos Smithson of Langthorpe (born 1779).

So, here’s the challenge – has anyone successfully connected Enos to his parents?

Here’s what we know of Enos:

Census data shows him to be born about 1779 in Langthorpe. 1841 census shows him as an Agricultural Labourer in Cundall as does the 1851 census. The 1861 census shows him in Ripon workhouse. Death indexes show his death Qtr 1 1864.

He married Susannah Dawson (b1785, Kirkby Hill) on 31 May 1806 at Cundall. Susannah’s parents were Thomas Dawson and Alice Wiseman and Alice’s parents were William Wiseman and Esther Pick.

The children of Enos and Susannah were:

Enos – 1808 to 1874
William – 1810 to 1886
Thomas – 1811 to 1871
John – 1817 to 1890
Samuel – 1818 to 1879
Alice – 1821 to 1888
Mary – 1823 to ?
Mark – 1828 to 1887

Come on, where does Enos fit in?

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Greenhow – Life On The Hill

A new publication called ‘Life On The Hill’ about life in a small North Yorkshire village named ‘Greenhow’ has many Smithson’s in it and loads of old photo’s. I’m sure it will be of interest to many who visit this site.

The index in the book reveals 16 Smithson’s. Find out more here.

Price: £15.00 including postage to UK addresses.

How to order – Please send a cheque/postal order for £15.00, made payable to “Greenhow Local History Club” to:

Greenhow Local History Club
c/o Coldstones Quarry
Pateley Bridge
North Yorkshire
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