The Bootham Connection
It is noteworthy that Family seem to congeal around various specific centres of activity. Looking back at the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the following stand out.
Schools, Religious Traditions, Geographical areas, Professions.
Yorkshire was a centre of Quaker activity and it is not surprising that Quaker Schools where started in the area.
Bootham which opened in 1823 was a centre of gravity for the Rowntree, Gray and Thorp families ( and of course many others). It seems likely that strong relationships developed through connections with the school.