The Skelton Parish Registers 1657 to 1875.
Dorothy "Dot" Harris.
The above Registers were transcribed and indexed by Dorothy "Dot" Harris.
In 1984, after discussions with Skelton Church and Middlesbrough Archives, she volunteered to do this work and also to record the Memorial Inscriptions in the Skelton Old Churchyard.
The previous year, whilst working as a cataloguer with The Cleveland Heritage Project, she had transcribed the early Hinderwell Parish Registers and helped on the Memorial Inscription recording for both Hinderwell and Brotton Churchyards.
The Skelton transcripts were taken from the original Registers, which were then held at the Church in the High Street, but are now deposited with Teesside Archives, Middlesbrough.
The Registers were copied by hand into notebooks and then typed out using an old fashioned typewriter.
This was followed by the longest and trickiest job of all, creating an index of names, which without a computer, entailed making innumerable slips, which were then collated and typed into alphabetical lists.
Dot also made an index of the names in the first 3 registers, which had been transcribed by the Rev Hawell in 1890. [see previous page]
Several days were spent deciphering worn inscriptions on headstones in Skelton Old Church yard and recording them into notebooks for typing and indexing.
New Skelton Cemetery.
The finished Register and Memorial Inscription Transcripts and Indexes were deposited at Teesside Archives, but Dot kept a copy of her typed work, along with some of her original notebooks.
She is willing to do "look-ups" for people doing research work in either Skelton or Hinderwell.
She can be contacted either via this website or at
Dot is a native of Saltburn, N Yorks and a qualified teacher. She was one of the first intake of students at Middlesbrough Teacher Training College.
Her first job was at St Peter's Brotton. She then owned and ran the Bobby Shaftoe Nursery School at Saltburn. This was followed by a period as a researcher and several years teaching in Middlesbrough.
In 1992 she went to live in New Zealand, where she continued with some genealogy research and also taught in a rural school. She returned to the UK in 2011.
Her maternal Great Grandparents, Richard Thorpe and Emma Leeks were married in 1883 at Skelton Old Church.
They had several children and lived most of their lives in the village. Their daughter, Emma Eliza was Dot's Grandmother.
Richard Thorpe, who is commemorated on the Skelton War Memorial, having died as a prisoner-of-war on the 18th June 1918, was their son and brother to Dot's Gran.
Emma Leek's father John Leeks is buried in the new cemetery at Skelton. The Leeks family were in Skelton by 1881 and had come from Great Bradley in Suffolk.
Margaret Long of Maryland, USA, who has contributed many items to this website, informs me that the Mormon Library have microfilm of the Skelton Parish Registers, which they hire out to family researchers over there for a fee.
When this filming was carried out is not presently known. They also have film of the Skelton Church of England Bishops transcripts for 1600-1874 and the Memorial Inscriptions in Skelton Old Churchyard.
EXAMPLES FROM THE SKELTON PARISH REGISTERS.
Searchable PDFs for BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES AND BURIALS, copied from Dot Harris' work, can be accessed at this link on the Skelton History Group website by -
WILLIAM JACKSON of ye parish of Skelton husbandman son of WILLIAM JACKSON of ye same yeoman and ELIZABETH CALVERT of ye same parish spinster daughter to WILL. CALVERT of ye same yeoman having agreed to be married did deliver in writing on ye 14 day of October 1654 to MR GEO BOWESTON parish reg. for "Skelton and for Brotton" their names sirnames additions and places of abode and ye same of their parents also all which I published on 3 several of Lords daies next following viz on ye 15 22 and 29 daies of ye said October in public meeting place of ye said Skelton commonly called ye Church or Chapple between ye hours of 11 and 2 of the clock on ye aforesaid daies And ye said WILL. JACKSON and ELIZABETH CALVERT did express their consent to marriage by ye word of ye Act deputed for ye same before THOM. LASCELLES Esq one of the Justices of the peace for ye county of York and was by the said justice declared to be husband and wife on ye 13 November 1654.
Some of the Births in Skelton 1655:-
Borne infant ROGERS ye daughter of George ROGERS the 16 day of June 1655.
Borne ROBERT ROBINSON ye lawfull son of HENRY ROBINSON ye 22 day of June 1655.
Borne MARGARET EMMERSON ye lawfull daughter of PHILLIP EMMERSON ye 10th day of July 1655.
Borne MARGARET THOMPSON ye lawfull daughter of HENRY THOMPSON the 27th day of July 1655.
Borne ELLINOR HAMMOND ye lawfull daughter of ANDREW HAMMOND ye 30th of July 1655.
Infant Mortality of the time is shown by 18 consecutive Burials in 1655/56, 10 of which were for children:-
Buried THOMAS MASON Keeper of Skelton Parks the first day of October 1655
Buried JOHN BARKER of Moorsome ye second day of October 1655.
Buried ALICE BROTTON ye first day of November 1655.
Buried AN ye daughter of ANTHONY COOPER ye 14 day of December 1655.
Buried infant daughter of MICHAELL GILL ye - day of December 1655.
Buried AN SOWERBY ye 28 of December 1655.
Buried MARGARET DEANHAM wife of THOMAS DEANHAM 17 January 1655.
Buried ELIZABETH ye daughter of WILLIAM WARD the second day of February 1655.
Buried JOHN HAMMOND ye 13th day of February 1655.
Buried MARGARET ye daughter of HENRY THOMPSON ye 15 day of February 1655.
Buried MIRIAM ye daughter of FRANCES CASTLE 24th of March 1655.
Buried ELIZABETH ye daughter of THOMAS HUDSON of Mooresome ye 8th day of Aprill 1656.
Buried AN ye wife of WILLIAM ROBINSON ye 15 day of June 1656.
Buried WILLIAM ye son of LEONARD SHAW of Gisborough ye 30 June 1656.
Buried WILLIAM ye son of WILLIAM HAMMOND 16 day of July 1656.
Buried ELLIN daughter of GEORGE JACKSON of Skelton ye 12 day of October 1656.
Buried MARK ye son of JOHN TIPLADY last day of October 1656.
All the Surnames recorded in the Skelton Parish Registers 1653 to 1657.
AGAR, AINSLEY, ATKINSON.
BARKER, BEAN, BELL, BENNISON, BLACKBURNS, BOASEMAN, BOLTON, BOUSER, BOWSON, BOWESTON, BOUMER, BOYCE, BRADDY, BROTTON, BROWNE, BRUNSKILL, BULMER, BURNE.
CALVERT, CANNON, CARLYLL, CARTER, CARTWRIGHT, CASTLE, CHAPMAN, COALL, COCK, COTHAM/COATHAM, CONN, CORNFORTH, COOKE, COWPER/COUPER.
ELLERBECK, EMMERSON, ESTON.
FAIRLEY, FARNDELL, FOGGIN, FULTHORPE.
GARBUTT, GAVHILL, GILL, GRAY, GRENVILL.
HALL, HAMMOND, HARPER, HARRISON, HART, HATTON, HAVELOCK, HILL, HOPPER, HUTCHINSON, HUTTON.
LABOURNE, LAFTAS, LAMB, LAMBERT, LALTON, LASSELLS, LAWSON, LAWRENCE, LYONESS.
MANN, MARTINGAILE, MARWOOD, MASON, MASTERMAN, METCALF, MILLS, MOUVEY.
NELSON, NICOLSON, NOBLE.
PATTINSON, PEARSON, PERCY, PORRETT, PRESSICK, PROUD, PYBAS.
RADCLIFFE, ROBINSON, ROGERS.
SCRAFTON, SEATON, SHAW, SHEPHERD, SIMPSON, SMITH/SMYTH, SNOWDEN, SOUTHRAN, SOWERBY, STEVENSON, STONAS, STOUPE, SUTHERN.
TADCASTLE, TEMPLETON, THOMPSON, TIPLADY, TODD, TOOES, TRATTLE, TROTTER, TURNER.
WALSH, WARD, WATSON, WESTLAND, WILKINSON, WILSON, WILLIAMSON.