Stokesley parish adjoins Helmsley parish though the towns themselves are about 20 miles apart. Stokesley  is in the wapentake and liberty of Langbargh; 9 miles from Guisborough; 9 from Yarm; and 16 from Northallerton.

From about the 1770’s there are a number of baptism, marriage and burial  records for members of the Shout family. I don’t know if there was a particular reason for them to move their focal point. I guess that it was probably work related – perhaps the rebuilding of the Church of St Peter & St Paul which took place around this time attracted this family of stone masons.

George Shout was a cordwainer in the town who joined the North Yorkshire Militia as a replacement for a farmer who had been appointed. He was promoted to sergeant and spent several years in the militia, particularly as a recruiting sergeant. The muster Books of the militia are held in TNA at Kew. George subsequently resided in Richmond from whence comes my line of the family

George was the son of Benjamin Shout and his wife Ann Graham  and had four siblings – William (d1777); James (b1776); Mary (b1777) who married James Grange in 1816; and another William(1779 – 1807)