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Atkinson, AlbertRef 139-1048
[19??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1930]. He won caps for England while at Halifax

Atkinson, AmosRef 139-8
[1831-1877] Born in Ripponden.

He was a dyer [1854].

On 3rd Dec 1854, he married Hannah Hollas in Halifax.

Hannah was the daughter of
David Hollas

They had no children.

Amos died in 1868 & was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax [27th Jun 1868].

After his death, Hannah married Jeremiah Wilson.

They had no children

Atkinson, BenjaminRef 139-1040
[1816-1871] Born in Knottingley / Pontefract.

He was a druggist of Brighouse [from around 1830] / a chemist &c [1841] / a druggist [1851] / a chemist & druggist [1861] / a druggist [1871].

In October 1849, he was charged with having sold grains of paradise to Mrs Joseph Woodhead. He was fined £125.

In 1844, he married Sarah Bottomley in Halifax.

Sarah was born in Brighouse, the daughter of John Bottomley


  1. Lucy [b 1846]
  2. John

The family lived at

  • Brighouse [1841, 1851, 1861]
  • 13 Briggate, Brighouse [1871]
  • Stoneleigh, Brighouse (daughter Lucy was staying with the  family of her uncle John Carr Bottomley) [1871]
  • Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse [1881]
  • Home Lea, Huddersfield Road, Rastrick [1891]
  • Springfield, 114 Huddersfield Road, Rastrick [1901]

Living with him [in 1841] was Wilson Pollard [b 1826] (apprentice chemist).

Benjamin died 16th August 1871 (aged 57).

The Huddersfield Chronicle [19th August 1871] published an obituary

Death of Mr Atkinson

The death of Mr Atkinson, druggist &c took place on Wednesday after a lingering illness.

The deceased gentleman was much respected by a large circle of friends, and his loss will be greatly felt at Bridge End Congregational Sunday School, with which he had been connected for over 30 years, during twelve of which he had been the librarian


Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £6,000.

His will was proved by his wife Sarah, his son John and his brother-in-law John Carr Bottomley.

Sarah died in 1904 (aged 81) 

Atkinson, Rev C.Ref 139-1067
[1???-18??] Methodist New Connexion minister at Halifax [1827]

Atkinson, CainRef 139-650
[1850-1928] Born in Denholme.

He was a worsted spinner [1891] / a church verger [1901] / an under-verger at Halifax Parish Church [1905].

Around 1877, he married Jane Foster [1851-19??] in Bradford.

Jane was born in Denholme.

She was a worsted piecer dresser [1891]



  1. Eva [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a draper's  machinist [1901]
  2. Herbert [b 1880] who was a worsted bobbin setter &  scholar [1891], a wool warehouseman [1901]
  3. Lewis [b 1884] who was a college student for holy order  [1901]

The children were born in Denholme.

They lived at

  • Queens Road, Halifax [1891]
  • 10 Causeway, Halifax [1901]

Cain died in North Bierley [Q4 1928] (aged 78) 

Atkinson, CharlesRef 139-40
[1867-19??] Son of Henry Atkinson, contractor.

Born in Mytholm, Hebden Bridge / Luddendenfoot.

He was a moulder of Stansfield [1891] / an iron moulder [1891, 1901] / an iron founder (textile machinery) [1911].

In 1887, he married Sarah Firth [1868-19??] at Heptonstall Church.

Sarah, of Cobden, Todmorden, was born in Todmorden, the daughter of Henry Firth, spinner


  1. Annie [b 1889] who was a reacher-in for cotton weaver  [1891, 1901], a weaver [1911]
  2. Mary Ann [b 1890] who was a weaver [1911]
  3. Nellie [b 1896] who was a sewing worker [1911]
  4. Henry [b 1898] who was a picker-maker apprentice [1911]
  5. Charles
  6. Jessie [b 1900]
  7. George Alfred [b 1902]

The family lived at

  • 31 Sandholme Villas, Commercial Road, Langfield [1891]
  • 145 Halifax Road, Todmorden [1901]
  • 101 Longfield Road, Todmorden [1911]

Living with them [in 1891, 1901] were Sarah's siblings Betty Firth [b 1864] (cotton throstle piecer)  & Charles Firth [b 1865] (cotton weaver) 

Atkinson, CharlesRef 139-20
[1878-1918] GCM.

Son of George Atkinson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton creeler [1891] / a weaver [1897].

He enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment [at Pontefract October 1897], and was in India [December 1898 to December 1902].

In 1903, he married (1) Amelia Dyson [1877-19??] in Halifax at St Mary's Church, Halifax.

Amelia was born in Halifax, the daughter of George Dyson


  1. Doris [b 1906]
  2. Leslie Charles [b 1908]

In 1911, he was Sergeant with the 2nd York & Lancaster Regiment, at Dettingen Barracks, Blackdown, Farnborough, Hampshire. His family were also living at the Barracks.

Amelia died in Farnham, Hampshire [Q2 1911] (aged 34).

Charles was a soldier of Woodside View, West Vale, Greetland [1912].

In 1912, he married (2) Emily Thomas [1878-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Emily, of Upper Popples Farm, Bradshaw, was the daughter of Henry Thomas, farmer

They lived at

  • 32 Illingworth Road, Holmfield
  • 62 Cornwall Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool [1918]

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with C Company 2nd Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He was sent to France [September 1914]. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal & the Long Service Medal, for 21 years with the York & Lancaster Regiment.

He was killed in action when the Germans attempted to break through [21st March 1918] (aged 40).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [27th April 1918].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 8], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Atkinson, Rev ChristopherRef 139-971
[1713-1774] Of Thorp Arch.

Son of Agnes (née Cookson) [16??-1758] & Myles Atkinson [16??-1736].

He was vicar of Thorp Arch.

He married Jane Johnson [1713-1791].


  1. Johnson
  2. Miles
  3. Christopher
  4. William
  5. Jane [17??-1820] who married James Drake
  6. Agnes
  7. Margaret [17??-1778]
  8. Anne (Godchild) [17??-1827]
  9. Isabell (Godchild) [1750-1836]
  10. Dorothy [1762-1840]
  11. Elizabeth (Godchild) [17??-1821]
  12. Mary (Godchild) [1761-1836]

Atkinson, Rev ChristopherRef 139-972
[1755-1795] BA.

Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

He was educated at Thorp Arch and Trinity College Cambridge [1773] and Trinity Hall Cambridge. He was vicar of St Edward's, Cambridge [1781-1785] and vicar of Wethersfield, Essex [1785-1795]

On 13th June 1785, he married Catherine Byrne.

Catherine was the daughter of Sir Peter Byrne of Cheshire


  1. John

He died and was buried at Wethersfield

Atkinson, Rev ChristopherRef 139-132
[1773-1843] MA.

Son of Rev Miles Atkinson.

Born in Leeds.

He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Magdalene College Cambridge.

He was ordained [1796] / Vicar of Elland for 41 years [1802-1843] / Curate of St Paul's, Leeds [1811-1843].

He married Elizabeth Wilson [1781-1865].

Elizabeth came from Leeds


  1. Christopher
  2. Henry Miles
  3. Elizabeth [1809-1874] who never married
  4. William
  5. Thomas Lacy [1813-1877] who was deaf & dumb
  6. Mary Ann [1815-18??]
  7. Sarah Terry [1817-1891] who married John Wilkinson
  8. Caroline [1823-1909] who married Rev Alexander Charles Fraser

He and his son, William, are commemorated in a stained glass window at Elland Parish Church.

In 1835, the ladies of his congregation bought him a new gown to replace one which had been stolen.

He had a long-standing and bitter disagreement with William Wooler, whom he accused of keeping a disorderly house.

Christopher and his wife Elizabeth died in Elland. They and their sons, Christopher and William, were buried at St Paul's Church, Leeds. Their children Elizabeth and Thomas Lacy were buried at Elland Parish Church.

Atkinson, Rev ChristopherRef 139-973
[1803-1839] Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

Born in Elland.

He died in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Atkinson, EdwardRef 139-42
[1811-18??] Born in Featherstone.

He was a farmer of 108 acres employing 2 labourers [1851].

He married Hannah [1805-18??].

Hannah was born in Fairburn, Yorkshire


  1. Thomas [b 1838]
  2. William
  3. Edward [b 1845]
  4. John

The family lived at Monk Fryston, Pontefract [1851]

Atkinson, EdwardsRef 139-17
[1797-1861] Son of Law Atkinson.

Born 5th February 1797; baptised 16th March 1797.

In [Q1] 1849, he married Agnes Elizabeth Harrison [1819-1850] in Fylde.

They had no children.

Agnes Elizabeth died 26th March 1850.

In [Q4] 1854, he married Anne Clarke [1838-1???] in Lancaster.


  1. Ann Elizabeth Ynocencia [b 1856]
  2. Charles Edwards Dyson Harrison-Atkinson [1858-1936]
  3. John Henry Gladstone [1860-1936]

Edwards died 23rd August 1861

Atkinson, EliRef 139-996
[1817-1869] Son of John Atkinson.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a spinner of Sowerby [1840] / an overlooker [1851] / a woollen manufacturer [1861].

In 1840, he married Sarah Riley at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah, of Sowerby, was the daughter of James Riley, cotton worker


  1. Elizabeth [1841-1921] who married Alfred Gaukroger [1847-1895]
  2. James Riley

The family lived at

  • Priestley Ings, Sowerby (with Sarah's family) [1841]
  • Turvin Mill, Sowerby (Eli was living with his parents)   [1851]
  • Vale House, Watson Mill, Norland [1861]
  • Beech Villas, Warley [1869]

Living with them [in 11861] was Eli's brother Jonas Atkinson (woollen manufacturer).

Sarah died 5th June 1844 (aged 26).

Eli died 21st January 1869 (aged 51).

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £7,000.

His will was proved by his son, James Riley Atkinson, and his brother, Jonas Atkinson, Effects under £7,000.

Atkinson, ElizabethRef 139-999
[1825-1909] Daughter of John Atkinson.

In 1851, she married (1) Oliver Buckley.

Oliver died 17th December 1858 (aged 39).

In 1864, she married (2) John Firth.

Atkinson, EphraimRef 139-11
[1882-1915] Son of James Atkinson.

He was a night worker (tram shed) [1901] / a tramway conductor (on the Skircoat-Pellon route) [1911].

In 1906, he married Charlotte Waind [1888-1964] in Halifax.


  1. Hilda [b 1907]
  2. James William [b 1908]
  3. Laura [b 1909]
  4. Annie [1911]

They lived at

  • 18 Broad Tree Terrace, Lee Mount, Halifax [1911]
  • 9 Mason Square, Ovenden [where he died 1915]
  • 41A Prospect Place, Ovenden

During World War I, he enlisted at the outbreak of War and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died at home [25th December 1915] (aged 32)  in a delirium following double pneumonia and pleurisy brought on by injuries sustained in a German gas attack. The Halifax Courier [1st January 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Illingworth Church [1st January 1916] in a ceremony attended by hundreds of friends and fellow servicemen. A firing party gave farewell volleys.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Illingworth, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Illingworth

Atkinson, ErnestRef 139-800
[1874-1938] Son of William Atkinson.

Born in Ayton, Yorkshire.

He was a silk dresser [1891] / innkeeper of the Prince Albert Inn, Brighouse [1893-1898] / landlord of the Prince of Wales, Brighouse [1896, 1899, 1901] / innkeeper of the Woodman, Brighouse [1911].

On 18th February 1896, he married Lucy Hannah Bottomley [1874-1946] at Halifax Parish Church.

Lucy Hannah, of Thornhill Briggs, Brighouse, was the daughter of Joseph Bottomley, mason (deceased) 


  1. William [1897-1958] who was an errand boy [1911], a  labourer [1938]
  2. Hubert Arthur [1898-1959] who was a part-timer [1911], an  operative dyer [1938]
  3. Ray [1905-1995] who was an operative dyer [1938]
  4. Roy [1905-1995]
  5. Leslie [1907-1908]

They lived at 68 Halifax Road, Brighouse [1938].

Ernest died in ^brig^ [31st October 1938].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,218 9/11d. Probate was granted to his widow Lucy Hannah and sons William, Hubert Arthur and Ray

Atkinson, ErnestRef 139-23
[1898-1918] Son of James Atkinson.

He was a member of St Augustine's Church, Pellon / a part-timer / doffer [1911] / employed by Hollingrake & Clegg Limited at Miall Street Mills,  Halifax.

He lived at 15 Freedom Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1915] and served as a Private with the 211th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

He went to France [January 1916], and after 10 months, he returned with trench fever. He then served in Italy and in Egypt.

After being back in France for 2 weeks, he was killed by a runaway horse [22nd May 1918] (aged 20). The Halifax Courier [1st June 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref Q III N 23].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Illingworth, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Atkinson, FrankRef 139-391
[1924-2014] Born in Barnsley.

He worked at Wakefield Museum before becoming Director of Halifax Museums [1951-1958].

He was involved in the creation of Shibden Hall Folk Museum.

He recorded much of the local life at the time.

In 1967, he and R. W. McDowall published Aisled Houses in the Halifax Area.

He left to become director of the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle.

In 1970, he was responsible for the conception and design of Beamish Open Air Museum.

He married Joan Peirson who had been his museum assistant

Frank Atkinson (museum director)

Atkinson, GeorgeRef 139-28
[1835-1???] Illegitimate son of Harriet Atkinson.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [5th March 1835]

Atkinson, GeorgeRef 139-29
[1841-1885] Son of John Atkinson, farmer [1864], silk twister of Hay House, Soyland [1871].

Born in Ripponden.

He was a farmer of Soyland [1864] / a waggoner [1871] / a carter of Southowram [1874] / a farm labourer [1881].

In 1864, he married (1) Ruth Ann Crabtree [1841-1871] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ruth Ann, of Sowerby, was the daughter of John Crabtree, weaver.

She was a factory operative [1871]



  1. Selina [b 1864] who was a silk spinner [1881]
  2. Ann [b 1867]
  3. John W. [b 1870]

In 1871, George was in lodgings in South Union Street, Halifax; Ruth & the children were living at Lower Field House, Sowerby.

Ruth Ann died in Halifax in 1871 (aged 30).

In 1874, he married (2) Emily Naylor [1857-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Emily, of Halifax, was the daughter of Charles Naylor, mason


  1. Reuben Atkinson [b 1875] who was a cotton creeler [1891]
  2. Charles

They lived at 18 Milk Street, Halifax [1881].

George died in Halifax in 1885 (aged 45).

In 1891, Emily was listed as wife of Philip Harrison

Atkinson, GeorgeRef 139-30
[1861-1910] Son of Thomas Atkinson, carder.

Born in Greetland.

He was a carder of Holywell Bank [1881] / an under carder at cotton mill [1891, 1901].

In [Q4] 1881, he married Elizabeth Ann Peel at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth Ann was born at Broad Carr, Elland, the daughter of
Reuben Peel


  1. Johnny
  2. Joseph Edward [b 1885] who was a mule piecer at cotton  mill [1901], a wool packer [1911]
  3. Emily Jane [b 1889] who was a worsted spinner [1911]

They lived at

  • Greaves Mill Yard, Stainland with Old Lindley [1891]
  • Greaves Place, Holywell Green, Stainland [1901, 1911]
  • Holywell Brook, Stainland [1918]

Living with them [in 1891] was sister-in-law Lily Peel [b  1869] (cotton card room tenter).

George died in Halifax in 1910 (aged 49).

An Elizabeth A. Atkinson died in Halifax [Q4 1936] (aged 75) 

Atkinson, HaroldRef 139-24
[1???-1916] Born in Goole.

During World War I, he served as a Driver with C Battery 128th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 7th August 1916.

He was buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France [Grave Ref V H 27].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Atkinson, HartleyRef 139-4520
[1825-1???] Born in Midgley.

He was a woollen weaver [1861] / a woollen draper [1871] / a woollen warper [1881].

In [Q2] 1846, he married Ann Smith [1816-18??].

Ann was born in Sowerby


  1. Mary Ann [b 1847] who was a woollen weaver [1861]
  2. Joseph [b 1850] who was a woollen draper [1871]
  3. Lewis
  4. Caroline [b 1861] who was a woollen piecener [1871]
  5. Frank [b 1865]

They lived at

  • Branley?, Midgley [1861]
  • Rose Mount, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1871]

In 1881, Hartley was living with his son Lewis and family

Atkinson, HaydnRef 139-34
[1862-1911] Landlord of the New Dolphin, Ambler Thorn [1898-1899]

Atkinson, HenryRef 139-48
[18??-19??] Recorded in 1921, when he was a heald & reed maker at Salford Mill, Todmorden

Atkinson, HenryRef 139-548
[1865-19??] Son of Robert Atkinson, nail maker.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a reed maker (worker) (lodging with Dan Greenwood & family at  Woodbottom Terrace, Walsden) [1891] / a reed maker of Kendal Street, Nelson [1896] / a reed manufacturer (employer) [1901] / a reed & heald maker at Albion Mill, Todmorden [1905] / a reed & heald maker (employer) [1911].

In 1896, he married Mary Hannah Holt [1871-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Hannah, of Stansfield Street, Stansfield, was born in Bacup, the daughter of Crossley Holt, mill wright


  1. Matilda [b 1898]
  2. Crossley [b 1902]
  3. Sam [b 1906]

They lived at

  • 18 Stanfield Street, Todmorden [1901]
  • 30 Adelaide Street, Todmorden [1911]

Atkinson, HenryRef 139-9
[1897-1917] Son of Charles Atkinson.

He was a member of Patmos Congregational Church, School & Choir / an official of the Band of Hope.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1916], and he served as a Lance Corporal with A Company 1st/7th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was killed in action [13th December 1917] (aged 20).

The Halifax Courier [22nd December 1917] reported his death.

He was buried at Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref I C 69].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on Patmos War Memorial, on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden

Atkinson, Henry CooperRef 139-18
[1825-1889] Son of Thomas Atkinson.

He was a silk spinner [1851] / a gentleman's son [1861] / a gentleman [1865] / a retired silk spinner [1871] / of no profession [1881].

Henry and his sister Mary Anne Atkinson [1823-1901] lived together at

Henry died at Balmoral Place [21st June 1889] (aged 64).

Mary Anne died at Balmoral Place [22nd January 1901].

They were both were buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: A 105 A]

The Halifax Courier [22 June 1889] published an obituary

Mr Henry Cooper Atkinson, of Balmoral Place, who had been failing in health for some time, died yesterday at the age of 64.

He was the only son of Mr Thomas Atkinson, who in his day was a well known silk spinner at Booth Town. Mr Henry, who never married, was at one time with his father in the business, but retired from active life many years ago. He was never a public man, as that term is usually understood, but was a familiar figure in our streets


Atkinson, Dr Henry MilesRef 139-741
[1805-1868] MRCS, LAC.

Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

Born in Elland [13th September 1805]; baptised at Elland Parish Church [11th October 1805].

He was a surgeon in Leeds [1841, 1861].

In 1860, he married Matilda Atkinson [1827-1???] in West Ashford, Kent.

Matilda was born in Leeds

There are no records of any children.

They lived at

  • St Paul's Street, Leeds [1841]
  • 16 Queen Street, Leeds [1861]

Living with Henry [in 1841] were his siblings Elizabeth G. S. Atkinson [b 1811] & Thomas Lacy Atkinson [b 1821] (deaf & dumb).

Henry died 28th April 1868.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £3,000.

His will was proved by his widow Matilda

Atkinson, HerbertRef 139-976
[1867-19??] Born in Clifton.

He was a silk dresser [1891] / a mechanic's labourer [1901].

In 1887, he married Emily Garforth [1868-19??] from Rastrick, in Halifax.


  1. Harry [b 1888] who was a silk doffer [1901]
  2. John [b 1893]
  3. Elizabeth / Lizzie [b 1895]
  4. Willie [b 1897]
  5. Nellie [b 1900]

They lived at

In 1891, Herbert's widowed father John [1833-1???] (leather dresser)  and sister Lucy [b 1872] (silk spinner)  were living with the family

Atkinson, HughRef 139-25
[1890-1916] Son of Edward Atkinson, cotton spinner.

Born in Preston.

He was a labourer of Chelsea Street, Hanson Lane [1913] / employed by Whittaker's Biscuits.

In [Q4] 1913, he married Gladys Mary Windsor [1892-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Gladys Mary, of Fairfield Terrace, Shroggs Road, Halifax, was the daughter of Alfred Ernest Windsor, baker


  1. Thomas A. [b 1915]

The family lived at

  • 20 Fairfield Terrace, Shroggs Road
  • 19 Westbury Place, Halifax [1917]

During World War I, he enlisted [12/4/1916] and served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [July 1916].

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 28th July 1916 (aged 26)  on his first day in the trenches. The Halifax Courier [9th June 1917] reported his death with a photograph

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6A & 6B], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

In [Q4] 1919, Gladys married John J. Maher in Birmingham

Atkinson, IsaacRef 139-4
[1779-1851] Born in Soyland.

He was a silk twister [1802].

On 22nd August 1802, he married Phillis Hollas at Elland Parish Church.

Phillis was the daughter of
Daniel Hollas


  1. Sally [1803-1881] who married Ellis Mason
  2. Hannah [bapt 1805]
  3. Mary [bapt 1809]
  4. John [bapt 1808]
  5. Betty [bapt 1811]
  6. Thomas [1813] who died in infancy
  7. David [bapt 1814]
  8. Harriet [1816-1870] who married James Lightowler
  9. Charlotte [1818-1839] who married James Lightowler
  10. Ruth [1820-1887] who married Morris Chapman
  11. Ann [bapt 1822]
  12. Martha [1824-1872] who married Nathan Whitley

Isaac died 8th June 1851 & was buried at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden

Atkinson, IsaacRef 139-44
[1858-1???] Illegitimate son of Leah Atkinson.

Born in Halifax [6th April 1858]; baptised at Halifax Parish Church.

He was a doffer [1871] / a cart driver [1881] / a stone mason's labourer [1891].

In 1878, he married Harriet Noble [1857-1???] in Halifax.

Harriet was born in Manchester.

She was a worsted mill hand [1891]


They lived at

  • 4 Lightowler Buildings, Southowram [1881]
  • 31 Gaol Lane, Halifax [1891]

Living with them [in 1891] was Isaac's mother Leah Swift (hawker) 

Atkinson, Rev JamesRef 139-545
[18??-18??] Minister at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Halifax [1865]

Atkinson, JamesRef 139-10
[1853-19??] Born in Northowram.

He was a coal miner [1881, 1891] / a coal miner underground [1901].

In 1877, he married Emma Taylor [1858-1???] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Queensbury.

She was a mender of pieces (worsted coatings) [1881], and a mender after woollen weaver [1891]



  1. Sarah Hannah [1879-1890]
  2. Ephraim
  3. Annie [b 1892]

They lived at

  • Eastwood's Buildings, Queensbury [1881]
  • 38 Catherine Slack, Northowram [1891, 1901]
  • 86 Catherine Street, Northowram

Atkinson, JamesRef 139-31
[1856-19??] Son of John Atkinson, shoemaker.

Born in Halifax.

He was a brace maker of Halifax [1878] / an excavator [1881] / a leather puncher [1891] / a puncher for brace maker [1901] / a brace maker elastic web [1911].

In 1878, he married Elizabeth Southwood [1857-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth, of Ovenden, was the daughter of John Southwood, labourer.

She was a worsted rover [1881]



  1. Ann [b 1879] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted  mill rover [1901]
  2. Mary Ellen [1881] who died in infancy
  3. Isabella [b 1884] who was a worsted mill rover [1901]
  4. Herbert [b 1890] who was a worsted singer [1911]
  5. Ethel [b 1892] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  6. Clement [b 1894] who was a dyer's labourer [1911]
  7. Ernest

They lived at

  • 12 Queen Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 15 Grant Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 3 Bangor Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 4 Wentworth Terrace, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was cousin Harry Atkinson [b 1877] (puncher for brace maker).

Living with them [in 1911] were cousins Harry Atkinson [b  1877] (brace maker elastic web) & George Atkinson [b 1879] (blacksmith's striker for gas engineers).

All 3 sons served in World War I; Ernest was killed in the conflict

Atkinson, James HenryRef 139-488
[1839-1894] Born in Drayton, Middlesex.

He was a bookkeeper [1871] / a woollen manufacturer [1881, 1891] / a partner in John Atkinson & Sons Limited [1890].

In [Q2] 1867, he married Eliza Jane Fox in Halifax.

Eliza Jane was the daughter of William Fox


  1. Annie [b 1868]
  2. Ruth Ellen [1870-1873]
  3. Florence [1872-1891]
  4. Mary Emily [1874-1878]
  5. Joseph William
  6. Henry [1878-1948] who was a wood working machinery fitter  [1901]
  7. John [1882-1921] who was an accountant's clerk [1901]

They lived at

James Henry died 19th January 1894.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £6,415 7/3d.

Probate was granted to his widow Eliza Jane, and James Riley Atkinson

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1894

Atkinson, James RileyRef 139-385
[1843-1920] Son of Eli Atkinson.

He was a book keeper [1861] / a woollen manufacturer [1894] / senior partner in John Atkinson & Sons Limited / a director of John Marsh & Company Limited [1897].

He lived at Spring Bank, Sowerby Bridge [1897].

He died 12th August 1920 (aged 77)  & was buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby with his parents.

In his will, he left £200 for the annual outing of the Choir Committee of West End Congregational Church, Sowerby Bridge.

See James Henry Atkinson

Atkinson, James WilliamRef 139-26
[1878-1918] He was employed by Halifax Corporation Sewage Department.

He married Unknown.


  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child

They lived at 23 Westbrook Terrace, Commercial Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] and served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was wounded twice.

He died 20th July 1918 (aged 40).

He is remembered on the Soissons Memorial, France, on Halifax War Memorial, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Atkinson, JimRef 139-6
[1863-1941] Son of William Atkinson.

Born 30th June 1863.

In 1887, he married Mary Eastwood [1864-19??] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Sowerby


  1. Willie [b 1888]
  2. Amy [b 1894]

Jim died in Sale

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-1092
[1776-1844] He was a cooper in Halifax [1798] / a cooper at Woolshops [1841].

On 3rd October 1798, he married Elizabeth Dale [1779-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth came from Halifax


  1. Thomas [bapt 18th November 1800]
  2. Mary Jane [bapt 12th September 1802]
  3. Ann [bapt 24th June 1804; bur 29th October 1804]
  4. John [bapt 30th June 1805; bur 31st January 1807]
  5. Elizabeth [bapt 27th December 1807]
  6. John [bapt 3rd September 1809]
  7. Frederick [bapt 20th November 1811; bur 21st December  1812]
  8. William [bapt 4th June 1815] who was a cooper [1841]
  9. Frederic Dale [bapt 23rd November 1819] who was a painter  [1841]
  10. Emma Caroline [bapt 18th July 1822]

The children were baptised at Halifax Parish Church.

John died 26th July 1844 (aged 69) 

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-944
[1794-1877] Born in Bacup.

He was a woollen manufacturer [1841-1871] / a member of the Norland Board of Guardians [1869]. He established John Atkinson & Sons Limited.

On 26th December 1813, he married Sarah (Sally) Mitchell [1790-1870] in Halifax.


  1. John
  2. Jonas
  3. Eli [1817-1869]
  4. Thomas [b 1819]
  5. Mary Ann [1821-1897] who married James Sutcliffe
  6. Hannah [1823-1898]
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Sarah [1827-1851]
  9. Martha [1831-1907] who married Mr Haley
  10. Emma [1833-1916] who married David Mitchell

They lived at

Probate records show effects valued at under £12,000. His executors were his children John and Emma.

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: John [28th April 1877]

Atkinson, Mrs JohnRef 139-948
[18??-19??] Of Springfield, Huddersfield Road.

She was Mayoress to her uncle, Robert Thornton.

In 1922, she provided money for the construction of Thornton Cottage Homes almshouses at Thornhill Road, Rastrick

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-247
[1805-1838] of Brighouse.

He was a chemist and druggist.

He was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-994
[1814-1886] Son of John Atkinson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wool carder at Turvin Mill [1841] / a woollen manufacturer at Turvin Mill [1851] / a woollen manufacturer [1861, 1871, 1881, 1886].

He married Sarah.

They had no children.

They lived at

  • 55 Bankfield, Quarry Hill, Sowerby Bridge [1861]
  • Westfield House, New Road, Sowerby [1871, 1877, 1881, 1886]

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby [30th April 1886].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £18,073 6/-

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-47
[1833-1???] He was a porter [1871].

He married Hannah Hanson [1833-1???].

Hannah was the daughter of
John Hanson


  1. John W. [b 1853] who was a factory operative [1871]
  2. George E. [b 1855]
  3. Rose H. [b 1857]
  4. Violet A. [b 1861]
  5. Elizabeth E. [b 1863]
  6. Tom [b 1866]

They lived at Lindwell, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871].

Living with them [in 1871] was Elizabeth's mother Elizabeth

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-653
[1848-1???] Son of Edward Atkinson.

Born in Monk Fryston, Pontefract.

He was a hay & straw dealer [1881] / a hay & straw dealer (employer) [1891, 1901] / a partner in W. & J. Atkinson / a farmer (employer) [1911].

He married Elizabeth [1850-1???].

Elizabeth was born in Upper Whitley, Kirkheaton / Flockton


  1. Sarah Jane [b 1881]
  2. Ethel M. [b 1882]
  3. Hannah Louisa [b 1884] who was a book sewer [1901] &  married Joe Leach
  4. Herbert [b 1886] who was a farmer [1911]
  5. Frank [b 1888]

The family lived at

  • 9 Argyle Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 18 St James's Road, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 21 Clare Road, Halifax [1905]
  • Warp Farm, Newsholme, Howden [1911]

An Elizabeth Atkinson died in Halifax in 1908 (aged 58) 

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-2
[1849-1911] Son of Benjamin Atkinson.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a member, deacon & secretary of Bridge End Congregational Church, Rastrick / on the committee of Brighouse Mechanics' Institute / a Liberal / an active worker in Parliamentary & local elections / a cotton spinner [1871, 1881] / employed by H. & J. Sugden [1875-1903] / secretary of H. & J. Sugden [1898] / a cotton spinner's assistant [1891] / cashier for cotton spinning company [1901].

On 13th September 1907, he married Sarah Edith Bintley at Addison Street, Congregational Church, Nottingham.

Sarah Edith was born in Kendal, Westmorland, the daughter of Job Bintley, and had been brought up by her aunt Mrs Masser

There are no records of any children.

They lived at Springfield, Huddersfield Road, Brighouse [1911].

Sarah Edith was Mayoress to her uncle, Robert Thornton.

John died 13th January 1911 (aged 62)  & was buried at Bridge End Congregational Church, Brighouse [17th January 1911].

In 1922, Sarah Edith provided money for the construction of Thornton Cottage Homes almshouses at Thornhill Road, Rastrick.

Details of her death / burial place are not yet known

Atkinson, JohnRef 139-984
[1872-1932] Son of William Atkinson.

Born 22nd April 1872.

He was landlord of the Butchers' Arms, Ripponden [1911-1932].

On 5th September 1896, he married Leah Hannah Whiteley [1868-1943] at Elland Parish Church.

Leah Hannah was born in Barkisland


  1. Elsie [1898-1969] who married [1922] Harold  Bottomley
  2. Fred [1900-1901]
  3. Frank [1902-1957]
  4. Lawrence [1906-1975]

Members of the family were buried at Ebenezer Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Soyland

The children were all born in Soyland.

John died in Ripponden [10th January 1932].

Leah Hannah took over at the Butchers' Arms [1932-1933]

Atkinson, JohnnyRef 139-21
[1882-1918] Son of George Atkinson.

He was a machine tenter at cotton mill [1901] / a dyer's labourer [1911] / employed by John Shaw & Sons.

During World War I, he enlisted [18th September 1916] and served as a Private with B Company 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 10th April 1918 (aged 36).

The Halifax Courier [4th May 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard [C 158].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Andrew's Church, Stainland, and on the Memorial at Stainland Wesleyan Chapel

Atkinson, JohnsonRef 139-781
[1739-1817] JP, MD, DL.

Of Leeds.

Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

He was educated at Queens' College Cambridge [1756].

He was Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding for 36 years.

On 6th January 1765, he married (1) Elizabeth Busfeild.


  1. William [1767-1770]
  2. William [1773-1851] of Upwood who became an MP
  3. Elizabeth [1774-1774]
  4. Johnson Atkinson
  5. Currer Fothergill
  6. Elizabeth [1778-1778]
  7. Jane
  8. Mary Ann [1783-1783]

He married (2) Susannah.

Susannah was the widow of John Dearden

When his wife's uncle, Thomas Busfeild, died, he assumed the arms and the surname of Busfeild or Busfield becoming Johnson Atkinson Busfeild

Atkinson, JonasRef 139-43
[1791-1850] Born in Northowram.

He was a coal miner of Northowram [1814] / a coal miner [1841].

On 7th November 1814, he married Elizabeth Sladdin [1795-1836] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth (Betty) came from Northowram


  1. John [b 27th August 1815; bapt 22nd October 1815] who was  a coal miner [1841], a coal miner, weaver, wool comber [1851]
  2. Hannah [b 29th November 1819; bapt 2nd January 1820]
  3. Henry [b 6th April 1822; bapt 9th June 1822] who was a  stone mason [1841]
  4. Rachel [b 25th February 1826; bapt 12th March 1826; d  1846] who was a worsted spinner [1841]
  5. Leah
  6. Abraham [bapt 28th February 1831] who was a stone mason  [1851]
  7. Jacob [b 6th November 1833; bapt 19th January 1834] who  was a wool comber [1851]
  8. Sladdin [b 17th February 1836; bapt 28th February 1836]  who died in infancy

The children were baptised at New Connexion Chapel, Ambler Thorn.

Betty died (possibly of perinatal complications) [27th February 1836] (aged 41).

She & the children were buried at New Connexion Chapel, Ambler Thorn.

The family lived at

  • Sladden Row, Northowram [1841]
  • Pleasant Row, Halifax (John was head of the household)   [1851]

Jonas died in 1850

Atkinson, JonasRef 139-989
[1815-1879] Of Watson Mill.

Son of John Atkinson.

He was a woollen manufacturer.

In 1871, he married Ann Wood.

Ann was the daughter of Thomas Wood

They lived at Spring bank, Norland [1869]

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Jonas [20th January 1879]; Ann [1st September 1891].

See Jeremiah Riley

Atkinson, JonathanRef 139-38
[1805-18??] He was a farmer of 2 acres [1851] / a worsted weaver & farmer of 4 acres [1861].

He married Hannah [1809-18??].

Child: Joseph

They lived at High Gate, Thornton [1851, 1861]

Atkinson, JonathanRef 139-12
[1807-1875] He was killed – run over by wagons as he walked along the tramway – during the construction of the Queensbury Tunnel [31st March 1875] (aged 68) 

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-15
[1700-1772] An early member of the Atkinson family of Kirkheaton.

baptised 5th January 1701.

He married Elizabeth Buoyes [1709-1791].

Elizabeth was born 6th July 1709


  1. Joseph
  2. Michael [bapt 8th December 1742; d 3rd April 1794]
  3. Richard [bapt 23rd June 1745; d 21st September 1825]
  4. John [bapt 13th October 1729]
  5. Thomas [bapt 1st August 1734; d 9th October 1813]
  6. Elizabeth [bapt 18th May 1737]
  7. Mary [bapt 16th January 1739]
  8. Hannah [b 1748]

Elizabeth died 26th September 1791

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-7900
[17??-1773] Curate at Sowerby [1773]

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-37
[17??-18??] Of Halifax.

He married Mary.


  1. George who died 12th May 1824 (aged 11 months) 
  2. William Henry [1829-13th April 1840]
  3. Martha Ann [1832-30th July 1840]

The children were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax.

Details of Joseph & Mary's deaths & burial places are not yet known

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-14
[1732-1807] Born 9th September 1732.

He married Ann Law [1738-1816].

Ann was baptised 29th November 1738


  1. Law
  2. Elizabeth [b 1764]
  3. Charles [1781-1870]
  4. Thomas
  5. Frances [b 1776]

Joseph died 29th November 1807.

Ann died 22nd March 1816

Atkinson, Rev JosephRef 139-16
[1745-1819] Minister at Cottonstones [1800s] and Perpetual Curate at Cross Stone [1775-1819].

For a considerable time, he was assisted by his curate, Rev Melville Horne.

He had a farm at Roomfield, and

was regularly to be seen in his clogs, driving his stirks to St Mary's Church to graze

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-36
[1767-1824] Of Halifax.

He married Martha [1767-1840].


  1. John [1798-19th December 1800]
  2. Samuel [1801-27th June 1802]

Joseph died 12th February 1824 (aged 56).

Martha died 9th May 1840 (aged 73).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-39
[1833-1???] Son of Jonathan Atkinson.

Born in Ovenden / Denholme [9th April 1833].

He was an innkeeper at the Golden Fleece, Bradshaw [1861, 1866] / a farmer of 20 acres [1871] / a farmer of 21 acres [1881] / a farmer [1891].

On 7th November 1861, he married Mary Ann Lassey [1836-1???].

son of Jonathan Atkinson a Farmer married Mary Ann Lassey (25)  Spinster of Ovenden daughter of Thomas Lassey a Butcher.

Mary Ann, of Ovenden, was the daughter of Thomas Lassey, butcher


  1. Thomas
  2. Hannah [b 1870]
  3. Annie [b 1873]
  4. Joe [b 1877] who was a teacher in day school [1891]
  5. George [b 1879]
  6. Elizabeth [b 1882]

They lived at

  • Northowram [1871]
  • Lower Place Farm, Southowram [1881, 1891]

Living with them [in 1871] was Joseph's father Jonathan Atkinson

Atkinson, JosephRef 139-7
[1867-1949] Son of William Atkinson.

Born 10th March 1867.

On 24th November 1894, he married Gertrude Norcliffe [1872-1917] in Halifax.

Gertrude was born in Soyland


  1. Beatrice [1896-1969]
  2. Reginald [1898-1938]
  3. Percy [1902-1953]

The children were all born in Sowerby.

The couple died in Halifax: Gertrude [1917]; Joseph [9th April 1949]

Atkinson, Joseph WilliamRef 139-564
[1876-1969] Son of James Henry Atkinson.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a woollen manufacturer's clerk [1901] / a woollen mill manager [1908] / a woollen mill manager [1911] / with John Atkinson & Sons Limited.

In [Q3] 1909, he married Sarah Alice Taylor [1872-19??] in Burnley.

Sarah Alice was born in Burnley

They lived at Vale House, Sowerby Bridge [1905, 1911]

Atkinson, LawRef 139-903
[1759-1835] Son of Joseph Atkinson.

He and his brother Thomas Atkinson owned Atkinson's Mill, Colne Bridge where 17 children burned to death when they were trapped inside the mill on 14th February 1818.

On 29th May 1788, he married (1) Susannah Atkinson at St Marylebone, London.


  1. Susannah [b 1789]

Ironically, he and his wife were supporters of the movement for the Abolition of Slavery. He subscribed to 100 copies of a work entitled Interesting Narratives by Equiano, the African.

On 30th July 1795, he married (2) Elisabeth Edwards at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Edwards

Atkinson, LeahRef 139-A864
[1828-1868] Daughter of Jonas Atkinson.

Born in Northowram [6th December 1828]; baptised at Methodist New Connexion, Ambler Thorn [22nd February 1829].

She was a worsted spinner [1841] / a power loom weaver [1851].

Leah had an illegitimate daughter, Betty [b 1845], and they lived at the family home (where Leah's brother John was head of the household) [1851], and in a lodging-house at Portland Street, Range Bank, Halifax.

On 12th June 1856, Betty had been ill for almost a year with a disease of the chest & lungs, and Leah went to Benjamin Wood's shop to buy laudanum which she gave to the child to cure her. Betty died the next day.

Suspicions were aroused, and the body was exhumed. Leah was accused of poisoning the child with laudanum.

At the Inquest, the Jury returned a verdict that the child died from natural causes.

This is discussed in the book Halifax Murders


In 1858, Leah had a son Isaac Atkinson (father unknown).

In 1860, she married William Swift at Halifax Register Office.

William died in 1868 (aged 38).

By 1871, Leah had reverted to her maiden name, and she and son Isaac were boarders at 20 Hardcastle's Buildings, Southowram.

In 1891, Leah (hawker) was living at 31 Gaol Lane, Halifax with son Isaac & his wife Harriet.

Leah died in Halifax in 1892 (aged 64) 

Atkinson, LewisRef 139-8921
[1858-1911] Son of Hartley Atkinson

Born in Midgley.

He was a woollen piecener [1871] / a grocer & woollen spinner [1881] / a grocer [1891] / a carrier [1901] / a grocer and general carrier (employer) [1911].

His shop was damaged in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907.

In 1876, he married Grace Greenwood [1857-19??] in Halifax.


  1. Emily Ann [b 1878] who was a domestic servant [1901, 1911]
  2. Fred [1880-1906] who was a cart driver [1901]
  3. Sarah Emma [b 1882]
  4. Thomas Lewis [b 1890]
  5. James Robert [b 1897]

They lived at

  • Waltons Building, Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • 137 & 139 Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was Lewis's father Hartley Atkinson

Living with them [in 1891] was visitor Emma Greenwood [aged 23] (mill hand).

Son Fred died after a very short illness [18th March 1906].

Living with them [in 1911] was boarder Herbert Marsden [aged 29] (carter at the family's carting business) 

Atkinson, Rev MilesRef 139-35
[1741-1811] BA.

Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

Born in Ledsham.

He was educated at Peterhouse College Cambridge [1763].

He was curate and lecturer at Leeds. He founded St Paul's Church, Leeds at a cost of £10,000. He published a two-volume collection of Practical Sermons [1812].

On 5th April 1768, he married Mary Kennion from Leeds.


  1. Christopher
  2. Thomas

Atkinson, MosesRef 139-1051
[1818-1866] A brickmaker's labourer.

He worked for Abraham Garforth at Akroydon. On Saturday, 3rd February 1866, Atkinson went with other workers to the Flying Dutchman, Boothtown, where Garforth paid his men. Atkinson and Garforth had a disagreement about wages and went into the back yard to fight, Atkinson appearing very pressing to engage in a fight with Garforth. Garforth seized Atkinson by the shoulders and pushed him violently backwards, Atkinson fell upon the back of his head on the pavement. He lay in a state of insensibility for some time before waking and asking for some beer. The landlady refused and he walked to another nearby beerhouse where he remained in a state of stupor until closing time. He was unable to help himself and he was moved to a shed where he was left until Sunday when Mr Johnson, clerk of the works at Akroydon, found him shivering and insensible.

Atkinson was taken to the Infirmary where he died on Monday.

At the inquest, Garforth was charged with manslaughter

Atkinson, RobertRef 139-567
[17??-18??] Owner of Oldroyd Mill, Langfield. The partnership of John Haworth, James Hollinrake and Thomas Knowles bought the mill from Atkinson

Atkinson, Dr RobertRef 139-699
[18??-18??] MRCSE.

Born in Coniston, Lancashire.

He was a surgeon [1871] / a surgeon at Ripponden [1874, 1881] / a general surgeon [1891] / serving with the Local Government Medical Service [1895] / a surgeon [1901, 1911].

In 1896, he married Louisa Lydia Woodward [1871-19??] in Salford, Lancashire.

Louisa was born in Notting Hill, London


  1. Robert [b 1898]
  2. Harold [b 1899]

They lived at

  • Waterhead Inn, Hawkshead & Monk Coniston with Skelwith,  Ulverston, Lancashire [1871]
  • Cliffe Cottage, Soyland, Ripponden [1881, 1891]
  • 481 Holloway Road, Islington, London, Middlesex [1901]
  • 81 Waterloo Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire [1911]

Atkinson, RosemaryRef 139-367
[1948-1960] On 22nd February 1960, the 12-year-old was found strangled with a ligature around her neck in a bedroom at her home in Newton Park, Brighouse.

In April, her mother, Margaret Atkinson [39], was found Guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment

Atkinson, S.Ref 139-32
[18??-18??] Recorded in 1878 & 1879 when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery

Atkinson, Dr S. D.Ref 139-882
[17??-18??] Surgeon at Northgate, Halifax [1816]

Atkinson, Rev SamuelRef 139-33
[18??-19??] He is recorded [1860 & 1900] when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery

Atkinson, SamuelRef 139-1069
[1806-1892] Son of Joseph Atkinson, cardmaker.

Born in Halifax.

He was a saddler [1841] / a saddler &c [1851] / a retired saddler [1871, 1881].

In 1850, he married (1) Elizabeth Lees [1813-1849] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth, of Halifax, was the daughter Thomas Lees, gentleman


  1. Sarah Elizabeth [1842-1891] who married George Thompson
  2. Martha [1850-1929] who married George Charnock
  3. Samuel Jagger who died 15th October 1844 (aged 3 months) 

Elizabeth died 21st July 1849 (aged 36).

In [Q4] 1860, he married (2) Ruth Amelia Blakey [1827-1870] in Halifax.

They lived at

Ruth Amelia died 12th November 1870 (aged 43).

In 1871, the widowed Samuel was living with daughter Martha.

Living with him [in 1881 & 1891] were daughter Sarah Elizabeth Thompson and grandsons John Jagger Thompson and Samuel Charles Thompson.

Samuel died 28th January 1892 (aged 86).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2816]

Atkinson, SamuelRef 139-22
[1817-1903] Born in Allerton, Bradford.

He was a hand loom worsted weaver [1851] / a (Wesleyan) town missionary connected with North Parade Baptist Church, Halifax [1871] / a town missionary [1881, 1891].

In 1850, he married Jane White [1824-1???] in Bradford.

Jane was born in Allerton.

She was a hand loom worsted weaver [1851]



  1. Mary [b 1853] who was a teacher of young children [1871], a teacher [1881] & married Frank Crabtree

They lived at

  • 86 Copy, Allerton, Bradford (with Jane's widowed mother)   [1851]
  • 25 Brinton Terrace, Halifax [1871, 1881]
  • 2 Back Brinton Terrace, Halifax [1891]
  • 4 Heath Park Avenue, Halifax (with his daughter Mary &  her husband Frank Crabtree) [1901, 1903]

Jane died in 1900 (aged 76).

He died 16th January 1903 (aged 86).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: J 302 A]

Atkinson, SamuelRef 139-19
[1854-1905] Son of Thomas Atkinson.

Born in Keighley

He was a dyer [1871] / a brewer's labourer [1881] / a labourer at Whitaker's Brewery [1882] / a brick maker [1891] / a brick burner [1905].

In 1878, he married Mary Tempest [1859-1905] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Northowram, was the daughter of Bethel Tempest, carter.

She was a worsted drawer [1881]



  1. Martha [b 1880] who was a worsted reeler [1891] & married Thomas Nuttall

The family lived at

  • 14 Prospect Street, Northowram (with Samuel's parents)   [1881]
  • Prospect Street, Halifax [1882]
  • 24 Range Bank, Halifax [1891]
  • 37 Range Bank, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] were daughter Martha & family.

On 20th January 1882, Samuel was charged with the manslaughter of Joseph Cawood.

In 1891, Samuel attempted to kill himself by taking poison.

Mary died in Halifax [Q1 1905] (aged 45).

In December 1905, Samuel was found drowned in Ellenroyd Dam. He had been depressed since the death of his wife Mary six months earlier.

His brother-in-law found a number of handwritten notes at Samuel's home:

When you find this, I shall be dead. You will find me in the dam in the brickyard

Am gone away. Grandmother's portrait. Good bye and God bless you

Sister Alice, please to pay ---- something, and make the best of all there is in the house. Draw from the policies in the drawer. God bless you

Atkinson, Serjeant H. TindallRef 139-691
[18??-18??] He was a judge at Halifax County Court in Prescott Street [1874]. In 1875, he left to devote himself to the Leeds Circuit

Atkinson, SusannahRef 139-905
[17??-17??] Daughter of Thomas Atkinson.

She married Law Atkinson.

She and her husband were supporters of the movement for the Abolition of Slavery. On 29th March 1791, she wrote a letter to

her much valued friend, Equiano, the African

She was dead by 1795 when Law remarried

See William Wilberforce

Atkinson, Rev T. H.Ref 139-661
[18??-18??] He trained at Chilwell College before becoming Junior Pastor at North Parade Baptist Church, Halifax [1866]

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-572
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Greaveside Mill, Soyland [1803]

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-9210
[17??-18??] Assistant Curate at Southowram [1802]

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-13
[1779-1838] Son of Joseph Atkinson.

Baptised 7th January 1779.

He and his brother Law Atkinson owned Colne Bridge Mill and Bradley Mills [1818, 1833]

In 1812, he married Mary Margaret Batty [1789-1865] in Wakefield.


  1. Anne Elizabeth [1814-1847]

He was a captain of the Yeomanry and took an active part against the Luddites.

He is said to have been the next man intended to be shot by them after the murder of William Horsfall [1812].

When he married in Wakefield [1812], he carried a brace of pistols in his coat pockets in case of attack.

He was presented with a dress sword by the ladies of Huddersfield, as a token of regard for his valuable services with the Yeoman Cavalry [1795-1851]. The sword is now in the Tolson Memorial Museum, Huddersfield

Atkinson, Rev ThomasRef 139-328
[1780-1870] Son of Rev Miles Atkinson.

Perpetual Curate at the Bell Chapel, Thornton,

In order to be near his sweetheart – Frances Walker – at Hartshead, Rev Atkinson exchanged his living at Thornton with Rev Patrick Brontë to become Vicar of Hartshead-cum-Clifton [1815-1866].

On 23rd December 1817, he married Frances Walker at Kirkheaton.

They had no children.

He and his wife were Charlotte's god-parents. They offered to pay her fees at Roe Head where Mrs Atkinson's niece, Amelia, was already studying.

He proposed the construction of a church at Clifton as a chapel of ease for the growing community in Clifton.

In 1818, he rented part of Clifton Free School for use as a Sunday School.

He and his wife gave 2 chairs to the new St John's Church, Clifton.

Frances died on 2nd May 1881 at The Greenhouse, Mirfield, and left an estate of £12,000.

He & Frances were buried at Saint Peter's, Hartshead

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-41
[1794-1865] Born in Bradford.

He was a stuff manufacturer of Bradford [1820] / a silk waste spinner [1841] / a master silk spinner [1851] / a gentleman (lately silk waste spinner) [1861].

On 17th January 1820, he married Martha Cooper [1798-18??] at St Peter's Church, Leeds.

Martha came from Armley, Leeds


  1. Mary Ann [1823-1889] who was a gentleman's daughter [1861]
  2. Henry

The family lived at

  • Booth Town, Northowram [1841]
  • Mansion House, Northowram [1851]
  • Mill Lane, Booth Town, Northowram [1861]

Thomas died 1st March 1865.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £10,000.

Probate was granted to his son Henry

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-740
[18??-18??] Woollen manufacturer at Brearley, Luddendenfoot.

In March 1857, he was declared bankrupt

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-45
[1829-1???] Born in Calverley, Yorkshire.

He was a brick maker [1861] / a labourer in brickyard [1871] / a brick maker [1881].

He married Mary A. [1829-1???].

Mary A. was born in Skircoat


  1. Martha [b 1852]
  2. Samuel

They lived at

  • Myers Lane, Bolton, Bradford [1861]
  • Brick Yard, Northowram [1871]
  • 14 Prospect Street, Northowram [1881]

Living with them [in 1871, 1881] was grandson Thomas D. Beetham [b 1868] (brick yard labourer 1881).

Living with them [in 1881] was son Samuel, his wife and daughter Martha

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-500
[1839-1???] In 1875, he established a business as an auctioneer and valuer at Weymouth Street, Halifax, Portland Street, Halifax, and 60 Northgate, Halifax [1881]

He specialised in valuations of mills, machinery, hotels and public houses.

On 28th February 1882, he was fined 12/- for holding an auction sale of horses in Wade Street, Halifax, on 18th February without permission.

In 1860, he married Sabina Walton [1835-19??] in Halifax.


  1. Mary Hannah [1861-1913] who married Edward John Shindler
  2. Emily Gertrude [b 1865]
  3. John Herbert [b 1866]
  4. Maud Hilda [1877-1927] who married Clement William Greaves

They lived at 26 Elmfield Terrace, Skircoat [1881].

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-7130
[1853-19??] Born in Clifton.

He was a pork butcher (employer) [1911].

In [Q4] 1879, he married Hannah Bayliff [1859-19??] from South Stainley, in Ulverston.


  1. Bertha [b 1882]
  2. Herbert [b 1884] who was a pork butcher [1911]
  3. George [b 1889] who was a pork butcher [1911]
  4. Annie [b 1891]
  5. Thomas Norman [b 1894] who was a pork butcher [1911]

They lived at Kirkley, Brighouse [1911]

Atkinson, ThomasRef 139-46
[1863-1889] Son of Joseph Atkinson.

In June 1889, he was killed at Hipperholme railway station. He was loading a truck with clay and jumped from the truck on to the main railway line, when the buffer of an engine coming from the direction of Bradford caught him on the head. He died later at Halifax Infirmary

Atkinson, Rev WilliamRef 139-133
[1758-1846] Known as Parson Atkinson.

Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

Born at Thorp Arch.

He was educated at Jesus College Cambridge [1776].

He was ordained [1781] / priest [1782] / lecturer at Bradford Parish Church [for 62 years from 1784-1846].

At Bradford – where he was known as the afternoon man – he stored his sermons in 2 barrels. He drew a sermon from one barrel, delivered it and then placed it in the second barrel. When the first barrel was exhausted, he started over again with those in the second barrel.

He had a printing press which he used to produced pamphlets and broadsheets on political and religious topics. He wrote a volume of poems entitled Poetical Essays.

In 1791, he married Mary Cottam.

Mary was the daughter of John Cottam


  1. Charles William [b 1813?]
  2. John William [b 1819?]
  3. Joseph M. [b 1819?]
  4. Johnson M. C. [b 1829?]
  5. son
  6. daughter
  7. daughter
  8. daughter

Atkinson, WilliamRef 139-27
[1801-18??] Born in Leeds.

He was a druggist [1826] / a retired wool stapler [1851].

On 19th September 1826, he married Sarah Salt.

Sarah was the daughter of
Daniel Salt


  1. Edward Salt (Atkinson) [b 4 July 1834] who was a  apprentice carpet manufacturer [1851]
  2. William [b 1838]
  3. Daniel [b 1844]
  4. Joseph [b 1846]

They lived at Knowl Cottage, Mirfield [1851]

Atkinson, Rev WilliamRef 139-974
[1813-1850] Son of Rev Christopher Atkinson.

Born in Elland.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School, St John's College Cambridge [1832] and Magdalene College Cambridge [1833].

He was Perpetual Curate of Elland Parish Church [1843-1850]

He was a Puseyite. In 1850, he began restoration work at Elland Parish Church. He died before the work was completed.

He did not marry.

He and his father are commemorated in a stained glass window at the church.

See Elland Society

Atkinson, WilliamRef 139-3
[1839-1893] Born in Clifton.

He was a butcher & farmer 8 acres [1871] / a general butcher [1881] / innkeeper at the Prince Albert, Brighouse [1887-1893].

In [Q4] 1863, he married (1) Mary Schofield [1835-1889] in Halifax.


  1. Ernest

Mary died in 1889.

In [Q3] 1889, he married (2) Ellen Rayner [1832-1897] in Halifax.

They lived at Clifton [1871, 1881]

Atkinson, WilliamRef 139-5
[1841-1909] Born in Soyland.

He was a labourer [1863].

On 24th January 1863, he married Harriet Hollas in Halifax

Harriet was the daughter of
Joseph Hollas


  1. Jim
  2. Orlanda [1865-1865]
  3. Joseph
  4. Fred [1868-1874]
  5. Sidney [1870-1874]
  6. John
  7. Ann [1876-1950] who never married
  8. Isabella [1879-1955] who married John Robert Turner
  9. William [b 1883]
  10. Walter [1889-1961]

Atkinson, WilliamRef 139-652
[1843-19??] Son of Edward Atkinson.

Born in Monk Fryston, Yorkshire.

He was a hay & straw dealer &c (employer) [1911] / a partner in W. & J. Atkinson.

Around 1873, he married Mary Margaret [1854-19??].


  1. Mary Ada [b 1879]
  2. Emily [b 1880]
  3. George Edward [b 1882]

They lived at


The Atkinson family of KirkheatonRef 139-904
Local important in and around Kirkheaton and the eastern end of the district.

Joseph Atkinson was an early member of the family

See also Joseph Atkinson, Law Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson


Atkinson surnameRef 139-1

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are 97 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Atkinson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Atkinson

Marriages 1800, 1809, 1811, 1899, 1905, 1922; Deaths 1899, 1900

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2461


See Patronymic Surnames

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