Smithy's Genealogy


ENGLAND: Cornwall, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London, Yorkshire

IRELAND: Antrim, Donegal, Down, Galway

WALES: Montgomeryshire


Russell Stephen Smith b. 1954, Busselton, Western Australia.

William Jenkin Roberts (1796-1883) my great great great grandfather who came to Western Australia in 1842, and who was the 6 x grandson of John Bullock (d. 1563) yeoman of Lanhydrock, Cornwall.   

George Milner Smith (1885-1948) my New Zealand-born grandfather whose 12 x grandfather was William Rawson (d. 1553) tanner of Sheffield, Yorkshire.  


My name is Russell Smith, I live in Bunbury, Western Australia - I have been researching my family history for about 25 years. 

On this site I have summarised my own genealogy, especially those lines where I have had most luck. More importantly I have attached family history reference material turned up during my research and provided a few links to sites I have found most useful. 

I was stimulated to put this reference material (will summaries, monumental inscriptions, land deeds etc, see below) online by the great help I have obtained from Eric Youle's excellent genealogy site in which he makes a tremendous amount of documentation available for those with ancestors from Sheffield, south Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Eric's site is at: 

I have found some of my own Derbyshire ancestors mentioned in the Will and Admon extracts provided by Graham Hadfield at: DERBYSHIRE PROBATE RECORDS

I hope others will find the abstracts I have provided useful for their own research.

My own genealogical interests can best be summarised by county of origin and are shown below. My Cornish and Yorkshire ancestry has been added to the WorldConnect Project.  I have created a site at Sheffield Families where I provide information on the development of surnames in and around Sheffield in Yorkshire and the pedigrees of various Sheffield families.

PLEASE NOTE: Except for the Bullock and Roberts families (Cornwall), Hurst family (Leciestershire), Smith (Staffordshire) and Cam, Cadman, Oates and Hill families of  the Sheffield area I have not traced the surnames below more recently than the 18th century.

BULLOCK - traced back to John Bullock, d. 1563, yeoman of Lanhydrock.
PEARCE - traced back to John Pearce, d. 1641, yeoman of Little Colan.
ROBERTS - traced back to Walter Roberts, b. 1735, d. 1823, yeoman of Cornelly.
VIVIAN - traced back to William Vivian, b. abt 1658, tinner of St Mewan.
CADMAN -traced back to Nicholas Cadman, d. 1559, husbandman of Staveley
HADFIELD - traced back to Henry Hadfield, d. 1547, yeoman of Whitfield
BROWN - traced back to John Brown, d. 1716, yeoman of Claybrooke
HURST - traced back to Abraham Hurst, b. 1748, d. 1798, tailor of Claybrooke.
PALMER - traced back to Rice Palmer, d. 1712, tailor of Claybrooke
TOWERS - traced back to Thomas Towers, d. 1557, of South Kilworth
SMITH - traced back to William Smith, d. 1778, yeoman of Streethay near Lichfield
BIRKS - traced back Richard Birks, d. 1579, yeoman of Ecclesfield
CAM - traced back to Robert Cam, d. 1728, wiredrawer of Penistone
CADMAN - traced back to Nicholas Cadman, d. 1559, husbandman of Staveley, Derbyshire
HINCHCLIFFE - traced back to Robert Hinchcliffe, d. 1579, of Sheffield
LONGBOTTOM - traced back to Stephen Longbottom, b. abt 1772, gardener, of Cottingley near Bingley, & Pontefract
RAWSON - traced back to William Rawson, d. 1553, yeoman & tanner of Sheffield
ROBERTS - traced back to Richard Roberts, d. 1597, assistant priest of Sheffield
SCARGILL - traced back to Thomas Scargell, d. 1576, yeoman & butcher of Sheffield
WADDINGTON - traced back to Roger Waddington, d. 1582 of Hainworth, near Bingley

What's New?

Wills & Admons

Sheffield Burials

Sheffield Deeds

Cornish Bullocks

Will indexes, will abstracts etc added recently
Indexes and abstracts of probate records
Selected names from tombstones in Sheffield cemetaries
Extracts from deeds and other land records
A History of the Bullock family of Cornwall

Olde Handwrytynge

Additions 2001-2002

New Zealand Connections

A few examples of transcriptions of 17th century hand writing
Will summaries and other material added to this site 15 Jul 2001 - 29 Jul 2002
My New Zealand ancestry
You are visitor number since 29 June 2003
Last updated on 8 August 2004