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Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith


I like the site with all the details of burials in Thorpe Thewles. Do you have any information on Henry Ramshaw Smith who is listed in your graveyard survey?

My family tree has my paternal grandfather as living in Crook and other places in Co. Durham. He had several children, three of which have the middle name Ramshaw. This has puzzled us as it is only the three of nine, and there does not seem to be order or reason why, the children named are separated by other children and my grandmothers maiden name was not Ramshaw.

The Henry Ramshaw Smith in your graveyard fits the year of birth of my uncle Henry (Harry).

I should say that I never met any of my father's parents or any uncles as we moved after the war. I met one sister whose grandson is a councillor on Darlington borough.

Many thanks

Ken smith (ex Durham pat)

Re: Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith

Hi Ken

This is what is listed for Henry's grave marker in St. James' Church yard, Thorpe Thewles as based on the database entry from our 2010 graveyard survey. I can send an image of the gravestone if required or post it on our web Forum.

Name: Henry (Harry) Ramshaw Smith
Died: 26/05/1954
Age at Death: 57
Grave marker Inscription: In loving memory of a dear father and Grand-dad.
Abode:22 Brentford Road, Norton-on-Tees
Grave Marker Material: Sandstone; legible but with a crack.
Incumbent Present: J H Green; Assistant Curate St Michael's, Norton


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Re: Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith

Thanks for that.

I can now search Durham Records Office for his death certificate. Any help would be appreciated.

We have family tree information on Smith, Scaife and Drew. These are the three main names which we work from but there are many more links.



Re: Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith


Obtaining the death certificate of Harry will only add the causes of death and the name of the informant to what you already know. The local death register is at Stockton not Durham as Harry's death was registered in Durham South Eastern registration district.

Harry's parents Robert Thomas and Edith (nee Ramsbottom) married in Auckland registration district between Oct and Dec 1885 (by 1911 census they had 11 children - three of which had Ramshaw as a middle name).

Robert Thomas was baptised in Esh in Feb 1853 his father Walter William Smith was a labourer (mother Sarah) both parents where from Norfolk. Family where living in the tile sheds.

Edith Ramsbottom was born in Crook the daughter of Edward and Mary Jane both of which were of Co. Durham.


Re: Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith

Hello Ken

As promised please find an image of the grave stone from our grave marker survey data base.

Best Regards

TTHG Webmaster

Re: Information requested about Henry Ramshaw Smith

Hi, My name is derick smith and i am related to Henry ramshaw smith through Robert Thomas Smith who was born 1862 and christened at Esh feb 1863. My grandfather 3rd removed was Walter william Smith from Bressingham in Norfolk, he was married to sarah dixon from winfarthing at Lakenheath Suffolk 1860. They had a daughter Mary ann born at bressingham 1861,then Walter and sarah moved to the durham coalfield for work and they lived in Tile Sheds bulit for the Esh Colliery. Robert Thomas was their next child 1862 and he is Henry Ramshaw smiths father, I have done the family history Norfolk and Durham and would like to no what relation ken smith and paul dunnill are and would like them to contact me at thank you Mr D smith