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Bentley, Mr
[15??-1???] Children:

  1. Martha who married James Stansfeld
  2. Richard

Bentley, Mr
[16??-17??]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Daniel
  2. Timothy

Bentley, Mr
[18??-18??]

He married Elizabeth [1822-1901].


Elizabeth was born in Northowram.

She was widowed & landlady/beer seller at the Brown Horse, Coley [1881]

 

24/4/190 died at 11 Mill Lane, Boothtown.

She was buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount [9 30]

Bentley, Abraham
[1871-1917] Of 5 East Street, Rastrick.

He was a delver at Southage's Quarry, Rastrick.

On 11th May 1917, he fell a distance of 126 ft down a shaft at the Quarry.

The Inquest heard that although fit to work, Abraham had not been well and had been quieter than usual. There was a tendency to insanity in the family. A witness saw him disappear down the shaft in an upright position.

A verdict of suicide while temporarily insane was returned

Bentley, Alfred
[1878-1917] Son of John Bentley.

Born in Todmorden [10th November 1878],

He was a warehouseman [1912].

On 24th July 1912, he married Lauretta Lumb at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone.


Lauretta was born in Todmorden
 

They had no children.

Lauretta & Alfred were licensees of the Rope & Anchor, Todmorden [1912, 1917].

They lived at 35 Eagle Street, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [25th April 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [6], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bentley, Anthony
[15??-16??] Of Mixenden Green. Paid £10 composition in 1630

Bentley, Archie
[1899-1974] Son of Robinson Bentley.

Born in Halifax [22nd Jun 1899].

He was a commercial clerk [1923].

In 1923, he married Nellie Irene Carter [1901-19??] in Halifax.


Nellie Irene was born in Halifax
 

Archie died in Blackpool

Bentley, Arthur
[1???-15??] Of High Bentley Hall, Shelf [1537].

In 1537, he was a trustee of William Thorpe's charity

Bentley, Arthur
[1897-1918] Son of William Henry Bentley.

Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted spinner doffer [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [18th October 1918] (aged 21).

He was buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France [V F 29].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church

His brothers 3, Edmund, George & Arthur also died in the War.

Their cousin Edgar Boardall also died in the War

Bentley, Arthur Maurice
[18??-19??] Partner in Turner's Pioneer Quarry

Bentley, Bertram
[1885-1916] Aka Bertie.

Son of Wright Bentley.

Born in Warley.

He lived at Warley Town.

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

He sailed from Southampton aboard SS Matheran [13th April 1915].

He was injured in a German gas attack [19th December 1915] and was hospitalised until 3rd January 1916, when he returned to his unit in Le Havre.

He was Court Marshalled [23rd August 1916] at Arquèves on a charge of

Stealing goods the property of his comrades, in that he at Thiepval Wood on the 22nd day of July 1916 took ten packets of cigarettes from a ration bag

He was found guilty and his penalty was three months loss of pay.

He died of wounds [18th September 1916].

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, France. [I F 2].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother Fred also died in the War. Two other brothers were serving in France, and another was in training

Bentley, Brian
[1???-1???] Of Heptonstall.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Susan who married Gilbert Dean

Bentley, Brian
[15??-1???] A clothier of Heptonstall.

In 1584, Adam Sutcliffe sold Mayroyd House, Hebden Bridge to Bentley and William Cockcroft

Bentley, Brian
[1614-1678] Poet of Halifax.

Heywood records


(whom they call the Halifax Poet, because he was a great versifier)  taught school in his latter days in the Back Lane, was well-descended, had a great estate but had spent it, being very fat, fell suddenly ill on Lord's Day morning, and they askt him if he would have a cap; he swore he never wore a cap unless it was a barley cap, but he, without any sense and remorse, presently after breathed his last
 

He was buried 2nd June 1678 (age 64) 

Bentley, C. W.
[18??-19??] Botanic beer brewer and herbalist at Pellon Lane / Hanson Lane [1905]

Bentley, Christopher
[15??-1???] Of Cock Hill, Mixenden. Much of his land and property in Mixenden passed to his grandson, Christopher

Bentley, Christopher
[16??-16??] Grandson of Christopher Bentley.

He inherited much land and property in Mixenden.

In 1630, he paid composition of £10.

In his will, he left money to pay £20 to each of his 3 granddaughters on their reaching the age of 21. This was to be paid on the steps of Thornton Chapel, Bradford

Bentley, Daniel
[16??-1660] Son of Richard Bentley.

He was Curate at Sowerby Bridge [1655-1660]

Bentley, Rev Daniel
[1694-1748] Son of Mr Bentley.

Vicar at Illingworth [1717-1748].

On 28th October 1718, he married Elizabeth Wadsworth.


Elizabeth was the daughter of John Wadsworth
 

Children:

  1. Betty [1722-1792]
  2. Hannah [1720-1813]

There is a memorial to some members of the family in the Holdsworth Chapel at Halifax Parish Church.

The epitaph on the memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Bentley, Edmund
[1886-1918] Son of William Henry Bentley.

Born in Halifax.

He was a machine tool maker [1901].

He moved to America and lived at Park Ridge, Illinois, USA.

During World War I, he served as a 3rd Engineer with the US Navy aboard the cargo ship SS Florence H.

He died 17th April 1918 when his ship suffered an onboard explosion and sank off the French coast with the loss of 41 of her crew of 75.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church.

His brothers 1, Edmund, George & Arthur also died in the War.

Their cousin Edgar Boardall also died in the War

Bentley, Edward
[1865-1???] Son of Joseph Bentley, fettler.

Born in Warley

He was a finisher of Waterhill, Warley [1890] / a velvet finisher [1891] / a corn splitter (flour miller) [1901] / a corn miller [1911].

In 1890, he married Mary Hannah [1860-1???] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.


Mary Hannah, of Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge, was born in Woonsocket, Rhode island, USA, the daughter of James Shaw, mechanic, and widow of Mr Bentley
 

Children:

  1. Hubert
  2. Lilian [1891] who died in infancy

The family lived at

  • 7 Friendly, Warley [1891]
  • 72 Causeway Head, Linden Place, Halifax [1901]
  • 72 Linden Place, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Bentley, Edward L.
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Bentley, Eli
[1631-1675] MA.

Son of Richard Bentley.

Born at Bentley Hollins, Sowerby.

He was a Puritan. He gave services at the home of his brother, Timothy.

He was a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. He was friend of Oliver Heywood and preached at the funeral of Heywood's mother.

He served as Vicar of Halifax after Dr Richard Marsh fled for his life in 1642.

In 1652, he came to assist Robert Booth, a vicar at Halifax Parish Church, and he succeeded Booth on his death in 1657.

Watson writes that Marsh returned to the Parish Church directly after the Restoration, on Sunday morning, September 16th, 1660, and took possession of the church. As Bentley commenced the service, Marsh,

in surplice and red tippet, with the Prayer Book under his arm

marched up the aisle, removed Bentley from the desk, and conducted the service in the ancient manner. Because of the Five Mile Act, Bentley was ejected in 1666 and went to live at Bingley.

He was buried in the Holdsworth Chapel at Halifax Parish Church.

In 1679, his widow married the Rev Edmund Hough

Bentley, Ernest Haigh
[1865-19??] Son of Thomas Bentley, builder.

He was a builder of Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1890].

In [Q3] 1890, he married Martha Bentley Murgatroyd in Halifax.


Martha, of Lewis Street, Halifax, was the daughter of
John Murgatroyd
 

Children:

  1. John [b 1893]

The family lived at 45 Gibraltar Road, Halifax [1901].

Living with them [in 1901], were Martha's mother Grace and sister Mary

Bentley, Francis
[16??-1708] Halifax printer, publisher, and bookseller

Bentley, Francis Perriet
[17??-18??] Card maker at Southowram. Recorded in July 1812, when he was charged with bigamy. He was subsequently acquitted

Bentley, Fred
[1???-19???] Ironmonger at Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1930].

His horse and cart was a familiar sight as it made its weekly excursion around Sowerby Bridge, festooned with all manner of hardware and household equipment

Bentley, Fred
[18??-1???] Organist at Halifax Parish Church [1882-1883]

Bentley, Fred
[1889-1917] Son of Wright Bentley.

Born in Warley.

He worked for Mackintosh's.

On 3rd July 1915, he married Alice Bannister [1890-1968] at Christ Church, Pellon.


Alice was born in Bradford
 

They had no children.

They lived at 31 Wheatley Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the 35th Battery 22nd Brigade Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery.

He was wounded in both legs, and died of his wounds in No.17 Casualty Clearing Station 24 hours later [4th October 1917].

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref XX D 6A].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at John Mackintosh & Sons Limited, on the Memorial at Warley Clough Primitive Methodist Chapel, and on the Memorial at Warley Congregational Church.

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [20th October 1917]

His brother Bertram also died in the War. Two other brothers were serving in France, and another was in training.

In 1921, Alice married James Edward Robinson [1897-1969].

They lived at 7 Kirby Court, Nursery Lane, Ovenden

Bentley, Fred
[19??-19??] He was Chairman of the governors of Rishworth School / General Manager of the Halifax Building Society [1949-1956].

See Rishworth School Baths

Bentley, Gabriel
[1???-16??] Built Middle Harper Royd, Norland around 1637

Bentley, George
[15??-16??] Of the Old Hall – or Moot Hall, Halifax. He was a chapman.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Jeremy

Bentley, George
[18??-18??] Of Brighouse.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Mary [1844-1925] who married Joseph Horsfall Turner

Bentley, George
[1803-1890] Of Erringden.

He was a farmer [1851] / a farmer of 24 acres [1861].

On 3rd October 1824, he married Sally Sutcliffe [1803-1868] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. William [b 1825] who was a labourer [1841]
  2. Grace [b 1827]
  3. Thomas [b 1829] who was a woolcomber [1851], a cotton carder [1890] and lived at West End Terrace, Mytholmroyd [1890]
  4. Sarah [b 1831] who was a cotton twiner [1851] & married Thomas Edwin Hinchliffe
  5. Mary [b 1833] who was a cotton reeler [1851], a cotton factory operator [1861]
  6. Betty [b 1835] who was a cotton throstle piecer [1851], a cotton factory operator [1861]
  7. Hannah
  8. George [1839-1841]
  9. Samuel [b 1841] who was a cotton factory operator [1861], a cotton twiner [1890] and lived at Anvil Street, Brighouse [1890]
  10. Ellen [b 1843] who was a cotton factory operator [1861]
  11. Priscilla [b 1846] who was a cotton factory operator [1861]
  12. David [1848] who died in infancy
  13. Caroline [b 1850] who was a cotton factory operator [1861]

The family lived at

  • Cragg Hall [1841, 1851, 1861]
  • Cuddy Wood, Erringden

He died at Cuddy Wood, Erringden [7th March 1890].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £708.

His will was proved his sons Thomas and Samuel.

Members of the family were buried at St John's Church, Cragg Vale

Bentley, George
[1847-1922] Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton weaver [1869].

On 3rd July 1869, he married (1) Sarah Ann Helliwell [1850-1895] at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone.


Sarah Ann was born in Stansfield
 

  1. Sarah [b 1870]
  2. Amanda [b 1871]
  3. Marshall [b 1877]
  4. James William [b 1879]
  5. Sam
  6. Frank [b 1891]

The children were born in Todmorden.

Sarah Ann died in 1895.

On 9th November 1901, he married (2) Mary Ann Cockroft [1853-1927] in Halifax.


Mary Ann was born in Todmorden
 

Bentley, George
[1888-1916] Son of William Henry Bentley.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of Park Congregational Church & Sunday School / a factory hand (worsted) [1901].

He emigrated to Canada [1907].

During World War I, he served as a Private / Corporal with the 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry.

He was killed by shellfire [24th June 1916].

He was buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium [VI F 9].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church.

His brothers 2, Edmund, George & Arthur also died in the War.

Their cousin Edgar Boardall also died in the War

Bentley, George
[1911-19??] Son of Walter Bentley.

During World War I, at the age of 3, he collected money in the streets of Halifax for the war effort.

He was popularly known as Little Khaki George, on account of the small military uniform which he wore.

By 22nd August 1914, he had raised £1 3/- and by April 1915, he had raised £85 11/6d. He finally raised a total of over £100.

Bentley, George
[1917-1941] Son of Hanson Bentley of Thornton.

During World War II, he served as a Driver with the Royal Army Service Corps.

He died 26th November 1941 (aged 24).

He is remembered on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt [74], and on Bradshaw War Memorial

Bentley, Hannah
[1837-1900] Daughter of George Bentley.

Born in Erringden.

She was a cotton factory operator [1861].

She had a son, George, whose father is not recorded. Family stories tell that

She was landlady of the Shepherds' Rest, Sowerby Bridge [1894]

In 1867, she married (1) John A. Taylor. His stepson, George, took the surname Taylor.

Hannah married (2) Nathan Culpan, landlord of the Shepherds' Rest, Sowerby Bridge.

Bentley, Harold
[1???-19??] He and his sisters, Ethel and Annie, established Bentley's Bakery at Briggate, Brighouse in the 1920s

Bentley, Henry
[1803-18??] Son of Timothy Bentley.

On his father's death, he took over the family business at Eshaldwell Brewery, Woodlesford

Bentley, Henry
[1828-1???] Of Northowram.

Son of wiredrawer William Bentley.

He was a cordwainer [1855] / a shoemaker [1881].

In December 1855, he married Ann Kershaw.


Ann was the daughter of
Christopher Joshua Kershaw
 

Children:

  1. Herbert
  2. James
  3. Lummas
  4. Martha
  5. Mary
  6. Sara Ann [b 1855]
  7. Joseph [b 1870] who married [1895] Rosa Holland

The family lived at 20 Bank Street, Northowram [1881]

Bentley, Herbert
[1905-1942] Son of Martha Ann & Alfred Bentley of Todmorden.

He married Nellie.

They lived at Todmorden.

During World War II, he served as a Corporal with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 11th October 1942 (aged 37).

He was buried at the Middleton Holy Trinity Old Cemetery [1 10].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bentley, Herbert Leslie
[1883-19??] of Edgerton.

Son of Thomas Cowan Bentley.

He was an insurance broker [1914].

On 28th August 1914, he married Doris Aspinall.


Doris was the daughter of
Harry Aspinall
 

Bentley, Hezekiah
[1813-1879] Son of Joseph Bentley

He was a weaver.

He married Mary Pearson.

Children:

  1. Susannah [1850-1903] who married Henry Mortimer

Bentley, Hezekiah
[1873-1949] Born in Halifax.

He was a shunter / a stone mason / a broker.

In 1896, he married Margaret Nevens [1877-19??] in Halifax.


Margaret was born in Holmfirth
 

Children:

  1. William [1893-1950]
  2. John
  3. Josephine [1900-1976]
  4. Theresa [1902-1979]

The children were born in Halifax.

On 10th January 1890, Hezekiah was sentenced to one month's imprisonment (in Wakefield) for stealing 5½ lbs of tobacco.

On 19th June 1903, Margaret was sentenced to one month's imprisonment (in Wakefield) for habitually being drunk in charge of a child.

After Margaret's imprisonment, she didn't return to the family. She was working as a housekeeper in Brighouse [1911]

Bentley, Hubert
[1886-1917] Son of Edward Bentley.

Born in Warley.

He was a cotton twiner [1901] / a cotton operative [1911] / employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited at Sowerby Bridge.

In 1915, he married Ada Wilkinson at Warley Clough Primitive Methodist Chapel.

They lived at 8 Bairstow Lane, Cote Hill, Halifax [1917].

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1915], and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds [18th April 1917] (aged 31).

He was buried at Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France [I C 11].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour

Bentley, Isaac
[1804-1???] Illegitimate son of Sarah Bentley.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [20th November 1804]

Bentley, Isabel
[1???-1???] Wife of Richard Bentley.

After Richard's death, she married Edward Sawley

Bentley, Isaiah
[1802-1869] Son of Joseph Bentley.

Born in Scholes [19th March 1802].

He was a weaver.

On 4th March 1821, he married Susannah Sellers [1802-1875] at St Peter's Church, Birstall.


Susannah was born 5th July 1802, the daughter of Faith (née Wright) & Richard Sellers
 

Children:

  1. Faith [29th May 1821-1877]
  2. Maria [18th October 1822-28th April 1884]
  3. Sarah Ann [b 3rd April 1824]
  4. George [19th January 1826-3rd August 1828]
  5. Abraham [30th November 1827-30/8/1894]
  6. Martin [22nd April 1838-16th December 1877]

In 1827, he, his brother Joseph and James Scholes were members of a gang of poachers charged with the murder of Uriah Womersley. He and divers others were found guilty of Wilful Murder and were transported to New South Wales for 7 years. He was one of 158 convicts who left England on the Eliza [25th June 1828] and arrived on 18th November 1828.

It is said that when they had served their sentences, money was raised in Cleckheaton to pay their (otherwise prohibitive) fare to return to England. He and Joseph returned to England in 1833/1834.

Isaiah died in Scholes [25th October 1869].

Susannah died August 1875

Bentley, J.
[18??-1918] Son of H. Bentley of 20 Winding Road, Halifax.

He was a member of Square Chapel, Halifax / a member of Pineberry Football Club / employed by Automatic Standard Screw Company Limited.

During World War I, he enlisted [8th May 1918], and he served as a Private with the West Riding Regiment.

He went to France [6th September 1918].

He was killed in action in France [11th October 1918]

Bentley, J. W.
[18??-19??] President of Todmorden Co-operative Society [1909]

Bentley, James
[1724-1776] He was a shoemaker at Gomersall. He was a member of the Moravian church at Fulneck [1747].

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Joseph

He was buried at Lower Wyke Moravian Chapel

Bentley, James
[18??-18??] Licensee of a pub at Stansfield.

In August 1859, a request to renew his licence was turned down because he had, on one occasion, refused to help the police in quelling a disturbance at his house, and in consequence, the officers were severely assaulted


Question: Does anyone know of which pub he was licensee?

 

Bentley, James
[18??-18??] Partner in Bentley & Shepherd. Both partners lived at South Edge, Hipperholme

Bentley, James
[1825-1883] Of Southowram Bank.

He married Emma [1831-1903].

Children:

  1. Maria [1855-1911]

Members of the family were buried at Bethesda Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bank Top

Bentley, Jeremiah
[1797-1875] Son of Joseph Bentley.

Born in Scholes [5th June 1797].

He was a handloom weaver / a weaver [1861]

He married Fanny Royston [1797-1877].


Fanny came from Huddersfield
 

Children:

  1. Ann [b 1838] who married Joshua Pinder

They lived at

  • Malt Kiln House, Scholes [1861]

Jeremiah died 19th December 1875.

Fanny died Q2 1877.

The couple are buried at [??]. Their epitaph reads

They suffered long but murmured not
We watched them day by day
Grow less and less with aching heart
Until they passed away

Bentley, Jeremy
[16??-1664] Of Elland Hall.

He was the first MP for Halifax, elected to Oliver Cromwell's parliament on 12th July 1654

Bentley, Jeremy
[16??-17??] Son of Jeremy Bentley.

He married Elizabeth Grime.


Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Grime
 

They lived at Mulcture Hall, Halifax.

He lost his fortune and became butler to a Mr Holt in Castleton, Derbyshire

Bentley, Job
[18??-18??] Registrar of births and deaths for Halifax [1850]

Bentley, Job
[1822-1862] Of Halifax.

Son of Joseph Bentley.

He was a clerk [1841] / a Registrar [1860] / an accountant [1861].

In 1853, he married Emma Birtwhistle [1829-1866] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Ada [1852-1863]
  2. Fred [1854-1888]
  3. Jo [1855-1860]
  4. Annie [1857-1861] who died aged 3 years & 2 months
  5. Clara [1861-1903] who married Fred Dixon
  6. Emma

The family lived at

Son Jo was returning from school on the 24th May 1860 when he was

instantly killed by a fall of planks carelessly piled in Delph Street

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3821]

Bentley, Joe
[1???-191?]

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Training Reserve.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Bentley, Joe
[1920-1945] Son of Mabel Alice & Harold Bentley of Elland.

During World War II, he served as a Lance Bombardier with the 80th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.

He died 24th June 1945.

He was buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery, China. [VII D 31].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Elland, and on the Memorial at All Saints' Church, Elland

Bentley, John
[15??-15??] Built and lived at Whitehall, Heptonstall.

He married Alice.

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. John
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Margaret
  5. Martha

Bentley, John
[15??-16??] He established Bentley's Gift

Bentley, John
[15??-1613] Mason and architect whom – with John AkroydSir Henry Savile took to Oxford to work on buildings at Merton College and elsewhere in the city.

See John Akroyd

Bentley, John
[15??-164?] Yeoman.

Son of Richard Bentley. Owned Staups House, Shibden.

In 1612, he married Phebe.

Children:

  1. Martha who married Robert Bairstow
  2. Esther who married Joshua Crowther
  3. Marie who married Thomas Stone
  4. Susannah who married Jeremy Holgate

The girls inherited their father's land and property

Bentley, John
[17??-17??] In 1761, he published a book entitled Halifax and its Gibbet Law

Bentley, John
[17??-1798] Hatter in Halifax [?]

Bentley, John
[1715-1762] Son of William Bentley.

Halifax lawyer. In 1733, he was articled to John Baldwin for 5 years, and they were in partnership from 1738 to 1746. He was in partnership with William Farrer from 1753 to 1756. In 1751, he bought a part of the Stone Trough Estate from William Gibson. In 1755, he rebuilt Number 6 Ward's End, Halifax – later known as Holly House. In 1760, he was in financial trouble and sold the house to Joseph Bramley.

In 17??, he married a lady called Love.

See Richard Wood

Bentley, John
[18??-18??] Partner in Bentley Brothers, Bailiffe Bridge.

In 1853, Hannah Parker charged him with being the father of one of her 6 illegitimate children. He was ordered to pay 2/6d per week plus £4 11/- costs. The chairman of the court said that, should Hannah ever come into court again for any similar action, he would commit her to prison as a vagabond and a prostitute

Bentley, John
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Bentley, John
[18??-19??] Established Todmorden printing company Bentley & Sons

Bentley, John
[1839-1911] Born in Todmorden.

He was a millwright [1864].

In 1864, he married Ellen Barker [1843-1915] in Todmorden.


Ellen was born in Todmorden
 

Children:

  1. Alfred

Bentley, John
[1897-1918] Son of Hezekiah Bentley.

Born in Halifax [2nd November 1897].

He was a turret operator [1918].

On 14th May 1918, he married Emily Briggs [1899-19??] at St Mark's Parish Church, Siddal.


Emily was born in Halifax
 

They lived at 4 Gibb's Terrace, Siddal.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [12th October 1918].

He was buried at Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay, France [I E 16].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Bentley, John Ernest
[1900-1915] Son of Beatrice Hewitt & Ben Bentley of 76 Barber's Buildings, Thornhill Road, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Boy 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Powerful.

He died 10th November 1915 (aged 15).

He was buried at Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery, Devon [S 3 11].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial, and on Rastrick War Memorial

Bentley, Jos.
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1770-1786]

Bentley, Jos'a
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1801]

Bentley, Joseph
[1???-18??] A Halifax woolcomber.

He married Hannah.

Children:

  1. Job

The family lived at High Street, King Cross, Halifax [1841]

Bentley, Joseph
[17??-18??]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. daughter
  2. daughter
  3. daughter
  4. daughter [1804-1829] who married dyer Joseph Hopton of Leeds

The family lived at Aked's Road, Halifax [1829]

Bentley, Joseph
[17??-18??] Cotton and wool card maker at Lightcliffe [1809]

Bentley, Joseph
[1760-1823] Of Scholes.

Son of James Bentley.

Born in Gomersall.

On 3rd November 1783, he married Betty Woodcock [1765-1???].

Children:

  1. Joseph
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Isaiah

He was buried at Lower Wyke Moravian Chapel

Bentley, Joseph
[1786-1866] Son of Joseph Bentley.

A weaver from Cleckheaton.

On 8th April 1808, he married Betty Sellers.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. Hezekiah

In 1827, he, his brother Isaiah and James Scholes were members of a gang of poachers charged with the murder of Uriah Womersley. He and divers others were found guilty of Wilful Murder and were transported to New South Wales for 7 years. He was one of 158 convicts who left England on the Eliza [25th June 1828] and arrived on 18th November 1828.

It is said that when they had served their sentences, money was raised in Cleckheaton to pay their (otherwise prohibitive) fare to return to England. He and Isaiah returned to England in 1833/1834.

Joseph died at Scholes in 1866

Bentley, Joseph
[18??-1???] Stone quarrier at Bentley's Quarry, Hipperholme

Bentley, Joseph
[18??-1866] A coal miner at Shelf.

On 1st December 1866, at West Riding Court, Halifax, he was charged with stealing a blue terrier dog belonging to Edward Rushton of Hipperholme. He was fined £8 plus 11/6d costs, or 2 months' imprisonment with hard labour. He chose imprisonment

Bentley, Joseph
[18??-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a building contractor [1888].

In 1888, he married Lydia Annie Holmes in Halifax.


Lydia Annie was born in Leeds
 

Children:

  1. Joseph Haigh
  2. Thomas Leonard [b 1892]
  3. Cyril [b 1894]
  4. Elsie [b 1896]
  5. Lucy Grace [1899-1957]

The children were born in Halifax.

In 1902, Joseph left his wife & family, to live with another woman in Detroit, USA

Bentley, Joseph
[1810-1862] Late of Leeds.

He was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse. His gravestone is [2013] leaning against the north wall of the Church

Bentley, Joseph
[1869-1???] Illegitimate son of Hannah Bentley, weaver of Lightcliffe.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [16th May 1869]

Bentley, Joseph Edwin
[18??-1926] Founder of J. E. Bentley & Company.

He married Eleanor [1858-1949].

Children:

  1. Phyllis

The family lived at Heath Villas, Halifax.

He died of a stroke which his daughter blamed on the General Strike of 1926

Bentley, Joseph Haigh
[1899-1918] Or John.

Son of Joseph Bentley.

Born in Halifax [8th August 1899].

He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, Halifax, Sunday School & Boys' Brigade / employed by his brother, an overall maker at King Cross. He lived at 25 Raglan Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1917], and served as a Private / Lewis gunner with the 15th/17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action with 2 comrades in the forest of Nieppe. [19th July 1918].

He was buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France [II D 12].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bentley, Joshua
[1???-18??] Halifax hat manufacturer & dealer.

He was at 6 Crown Street, Halifax [1829]

Bentley, Joshua
[1827-1871] Born in Rastrick.

He was a general labourer [1861] / landlord of the Lower George, Rastrick [1871].

On 3rd November 1850, he married Sarah Smith.


Sarah was the illegitimate daughter of Hannah, wife of Joseph Walker
 

Children:

  1. Hannah [b 1858]

The family lived at

  • Church Street, Rastrick [1861]
  • Raw Hill, Rastrick [1871]
  • Top o' th' Hill [1881]

Sarah's half-brothers lived with the family at various times: William Walker [1861, 1871, 1881], Joseph [1861, 1871, 1881], James [1861, 1871, 1881], John [1861, 1871], and Frederick [1861, 1871, 1881]

Newspaper reports of his death [on 9th March 1871] record


Joshua had been in Elland on business.

On his way home that night, he stopped for a drink at the Sun Inn, Rastrick [where he drank 3 pennyworths of whisky] before leaving at 11:30 pm [quite sober].

At 12:30 am, PC Leslie found Joshua lying insensible on his back in the gutter, about 400 yards from The Sun Inn, having been thrown from his cart when it passed over a stone. Dr Henry Pritchett attended and found Joshua in a state of collapse, from a fracture of the spin at the base of the neck.

Joshua died the next day.

The Jury at the Inquest at the Lower George, Rastrick, returned a verdict of Accidental Death

 

In 1871, the widowed Sarah was innkeeper at the Lower George, Rastrick

Bentley, Laurence
[14??-15??] Son of William Bentley.

In 1496, after his father's death, he paid a fine of 20d for pieces of waste land in Shelf, called Longestubbynge, Jakstubynge and Little Pighill

Bentley, Margaret
[1???-19??] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle. She was born in the village of Clayton and attended Thornton Grammar School. She wrote many stories and articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and was the author of at least ten novels. Her first novel, Dolly Don't Cry, won the Netta Muskett Award in 1967. She broadcast over 40 talks on the national network of the BBC, most of them for religious broadcasts and one for Woman's Hour.

Margaret Bentley & Phyllis Bentley were not related

Bentley, Michael
[15??-16??] Owned Dam Head, Shibden.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Esther / Ester / Hester [1???-1629] who married Edmund Brearcliffe

Bentley, Naylor
[1766-1830]

On 4th November 1790, he married Susannah (Susy) Eastwood [1773-1837] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. John [b 1792]
  2. Hannah [b 1795]
  3. Samuel [1798-1862]
  4. Naylor
  5. James [b 1808]
  6. Nancy [1810-1880] who married (1) Whitehead Smith and (2) John Menzies
  7. William [b 1812]
  8. Anthony [1816-1887]

The couple were buried at St Mary's Church, Luddenden: Naylor [3rd August 1830]; Susannah [6th April 1837]

Bentley, Naylor
[1800-1876] Son of Naylor Bentley

He may be related to James Naylor.

He lived at Spring Gardens, Warley, where he (possibly) established the beerhouse which became the White Horse, Luddendenfoot.

He was beerhouse owner at the White Horse [1840, 1842]

On 3rd November 1828, he married Hepzibah Birch [1806-1878] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [1829-1912]
  2. Susannah / Susan [1831-1913]
  3. William Birch [1832-1882]
  4. Sarah [b 1835]
  5. John 1837 [1837-1874]
  6. Harriet [b 1839]
  7. Hannah [b 1844]
  8. Nancy [1847-1901]
  9. James [b 1852]

The family moved to Lancashire [mid 1840s]; children Nancy & James were born in Manchester.

Naylor & Hepzibah died in Chorlton

Bentley, Percy
[18??-191?] He was employed by Baldwin & Walker Limited.

During World War I, he served with the 3rd Northumbrian Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He (possibly) died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Baldwin & Walker Roll of Honour

Bentley, Dr Phyllis Eleanor
[1894-1977] OBE.

Halifax-born writer who wrote many books and novels against a West Riding background

Bentley, Rev R. A.
[18??-19??] He was assistant curate at Broomfield, Sheffield before becoming Curate of St Barnabas's Mission Church, Halifax [September 1915]

Bentley, Richard
[1???-1???] Of Staups House, Shibden.

He married Isabel.

Children:

  1. John

Bentley, Richard
[1???-1650] Of Sowerby Dean and Bentley Hollins, Sowerby.

Son of Mr Bentley.

He married Sarah [d 1670].

Children:

  1. Timothy
  2. Eli
  3. Daniel

Heywood writes of Richard


a solid good Christian, kept his integrity, dyed of a palsy in Halifax about 1650
 

and of Sarah


yet living, but ancient, and not able to travel about [now dead AD 1670]
 

Bentley, Richard
[1662-1742] Scholar and critic. Associated with Heptonstall. One of the greatest classical scholars of all time

Bentley, Robert
[15??-15??] In 1546 and 1548, when the Royal Commissioners of Henry VIII visited the chantries, he and Richard Mitchell were priests at The Virgin Mary Chantry at Heptonstall Chapel. He was described as being
but indifferently learned

Bentley, Robert
[18??-19??] Joiner and carpenter at Castle Hill, Rastrick.

In February 1886, he was declared bankrupt

Bentley, Robinson
[1860-1929] Born in Halifax.

He was a carpet designer [1884].

In 1884, he married Hannah Riley in Halifax.


Hannah was the daughter of
William Riley
 

Children:

  1. Emily [1885-1955] who married Herbert Edward Moore
  2. Annis [1886-1974] who was a carpet designer, never married and died in Blackpool & Fylde
  3. Ritchie Norah [1887-1962] who married Arnold Riley Sutcliffe
  4. Minnie [1891-1984] who married Norman Melville Parker Thompson
  5. Archie

The children were born in Halifax.

Hannah died in Blackpool [27th April 1933]

Bentley, Sam
[1888-1918] Son of George Bentley.

Born in Todmorden [24th August 1888].

He was a weaver [1910].

On 18th June 1910, he married Maud Alice Davis [1889-1917] in Luddenden Foot.


Maud Alice was born in Luddenden Foot
 

They had no children.

Maud Alice died in 1917 (aged 28).

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 6th/7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.

He died of wounds in the 55th General Hospital, Boulogne [27th April 1918] (aged 30).

He was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France [IX A 56].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Bentley, Samuel
[1???-16??] Of Well Head.

He was one of the electorate of 59 people when Jeremy Bentley was elected first MP for Halifax in 1654$1

Bentley, Samuel
[1830-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a mechanic [1881].

He married Hannah.


Hannah was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. William Henry [b 1855] who was a carpet weaver [1881]
  2. E. Jane [b 1857] who was a worsted weaver [1881]
  3. A. Ann [b 1859]
  4. John Edward [b 1864] who was a cabinet maker [1881], a shop assistant furnishing [1891]
  5. George [b 1869] who was an errand boy [1881], a pork butcher [1891]
  6. Annie [b 1874] who married Fred Boardall

The family lived at 34 Savile Park Street, Skircoat, Halifax [1881]

Bentley, Samuel Smithies
[1866-1939] Born in Halifax.

He was a bank cashier [1921].

On 1st January 1925, he married Jessie Smithies at Halifax Parish Church.


Jessie was the daughter of
Richard Smithies
 

Bentley, Sidney
[18??-18??] Lodging house keeper at Smithy Street, Halifax [1850]

Bentley, Thomas
[1???-1877] A member of Halifax Town Council [1848-1849].

He died 6th August 1877

Bentley, Thomas
[16??-16??] Constable of Southowram [1675]

In 1675, he procured an indictment against Thomas Wakefield and others, for not attending Halifax Parish Church and not receiving the Sacrament

Bentley, Thomas
[1880-1918] He was employed by H. Bromich, coal merchant.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. son
  2. son
  3. son
  4. son

The family lived at 2 Lower Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Bombardier with B Battery 168th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed by shellfire [3rd October 1918] (aged 38).

His death was reported in the Halifax Courier [26th October 1918].

He was buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III K 12].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bentley, Thomas de
[13??-1???] An early member of the Benteley family of Shelf.

He was recorded in 1379, when he was one of 10 people in Shelf who paid Poll Tax

Bentley, Timothy
[16??-17??] Son of Mr Bentley.

There is a memorial to him and other members of the family in the Holdsworth Chapel at Halifax Parish Church.

The epitaph on the memorial is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Bentley, Timothy
[17??-17??] He was Constable of Northowram [1742]

Bentley, Timothy
[1768-1830] Of Warley.

On 23rd June 1793, he married (1) Ann Bate [17??-1797] of Skircoat.

Children:

  1. Ann [1794-1838] who married William Shaw
  2. Jane [b 1795]
  3. Mary [b 1797]

On 21st August 1798, he married (2) Betty Green [1780-1863].

Children:

  1. Robert [b 1800]
  2. Green [b 1801]
  3. Henry
  4. Eliza [b 1805]
  5. Harriot [b 1807]
  6. Ellenora [b 1809]
  7. Caroline [b 1812]
  8. Joseph [b 1819]
  9. Emma [b 1822]
  10. George [b 1823]

The family lived at The Causeway, Halifax.

In 1795, he left Halifax and built a brewery by the Horse Bank Spring, Meltham Road, Lockwood, where he invented the Yorkshire system of brewing beer. This evolved into Bentley & Shaw.

He also founded a brewery at Woodlesford, near Leeds which became Bentley's Yorkshire Breweries Limited, and another at Rotherham.

He died suddenly whilst on jury service [31st March 1830]

Bentley, W.
[18??-19??] Quarry owner at Halifax.

In February 1893, he was declared bankrupt

Bentley, Wallace
[1864-1935] M.I.Mech.E. Consulting Mechanical Engineer from Halifax.

From 1892, he wrote several books on engineering and related topics:

  • A Reference Book for the Use of Engineers, Draughtsmen, and Mechanics, and a Text Book for Machine Construction and Drawing Classes [1900]
  • Machine Shop Companion
  • Questions in Machine Construction: 14 Questions in Applied Mechanics
  • Rules and Definitions
  • Practical Workshop Mechanics

These were published by the Bentley Publishing Company.

In [Q3] 1888, he married Martha Haigh in Halifax

Bentley, Walter
[18??-19??] He was proprietor of Bentley's Commercial Hotel, Halifax.

He married Ellen.

Children:

  1. George who was popularly known as Little Khaki George

Bentley, Walter Henry
[18??-19??] His initials WHB and the date 1898 can be seen on the building (now [2016] the motoretta motor cycle shop) at Hipperholme crossroads


Question: Does anyone know anything about the man or his building?

 

Bentley, William
[14??-1???] Father of Laurence Bentley

Bentley, William
[16??-1734] Aka Bently.

Halifax bookseller and apparitor.

He was a clerk of Halifax Parish Church.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. John

He published several books about Halifax, including Samuel Midgley's History of Halifax and Halifax & its Gibbet Law placed in its True Light.

He claimed to have written the books after Midgley's death, and published them in the 18th century with his own additions and a dedication to the Duke of Leeds.

The Northowram Register records


William Bentley Apparitor & Clark at Halifax Church being Arrested and imprison'd in London.

Died there May 1734

 

Bentley, William
[17??-17??] Constable of Shelf [1744]

Bentley, William
[17??-18??] Cloth manufacturer at Law Hill House, Southowram [1799].

In 1799, the Overseers allotted 7 poor apprentices to him

Bentley, William
[1834-1892] He was a mechanic [1892].

He married Unknown.

In February 1891, the couple obtained a separation order after he was convicted of aggravated assault on his wife.

In April 1892, Mrs Bentley and one of her sons was living with her son-in-law William Wormald (mechanic) at Beech Hill Terrace, Halifax. Mr Bentley was living at 117 Gibbet Street, Halifax.

On 2nd April 1892, Bentley went to Wormald's asking

Where is my wife?

Wormald told him to go away, and Bentley attacked him with a large pocket-knife, wounding him on the face, ribs, left shoulder and left arm. Mrs Wormald, who had gone to her husband's aid, was also injured in the left arm. A neighbour intervened, pulling Bentley away, and Bentley ran off towards Birks Wood. Mrs Bentley, hearing her husband's voice ran into a back room for safety.

On Sunday 3rd April 1892, a coat was found at the edge of Shibden Lake, with a note pinned to it

William Bentley, Gibbet Street

Police dragged the lake and Bentley's body was found at dusk on the following Monday

Bentley, William Henry
[1855-19??] Son of Samuel Bentley.

Born in Halifax.

He was a carpet weaver [1881] / a Brussels carpet weaver [1891, 1901, 1911].

In [Q3] 1881, he married Susan Brown [1857-19??] in Halifax.


Susan was born in Gwenap, Cornwall
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Hannah [b 1883] who was a machine minder (cotton) [1901], a cotton spinner fine rover [1911]
  2. Winifred [b 1884] who was a machine minder (cotton) [1901], a cotton spinner fine rover [1911]
  3. Norah [1885-1897]
  4. Edmund / Edward
  5. George
  6. Lillie [b 1891] who was a cotton spinner fine rover [1911]
  7. Douglas [b 1893] who was a mechanic apprentice turner [1911]
  8. Arthur

The family lived at

  • 72 St Augustines Terrace, Halifax [1891]
  • 30 St Augustines Terrace, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1891] were his brothers John Edward [b  1864] & George [b 1869].

Sons Edmund, George & Arthur died in World War I.

Their cousin Edgar Boardall also died in the War

Bentley, Wright
[1860-1936] Born in Warley.

He was a woollen twister [1881].

In 1881, he married Susannah Radcliffe [1862-1940] in Halifax.


Susannah was born in Warley
 

Children:

  1. Florence Eva [1881-1949] who married [1907] Charles Watson [1880-1932]
  2. William Allen [1884-1939] who married Jane Eliza Crummett [1881-1965]
  3. Bertram
  4. Harry [1886] who died in infancy
  5. Arthur [b 1887]
  6. Fred
  7. Sarah [1893-1981] who married [1935] Charles Riley Wilson [1894-1964]
  8. Nellie [1894-1980] who married [1915] Wallace McLean [1892-1953]
  9. Walter [1898-1965] who married [1920] Florence Barrett [1897-1951]
  10. Edward [1899-1971]
  11. Harold [1900-1901]
  12. Mary [b 1903]

The children were born in Warley.

Sons Bertram & Fred died in World War I

 

The Bentley family of Halifax & Skircoat

The Bentley family of Heptonstall
The family lived at Whitehall, Heptonstall.

John Bentley was there [1578].

The family left in 1722 and moved to Oulton

The Bentley family of Shelf
Or Benteley.

Recorded in 1296 and Thomas de Bentley is recorded in 1379

See High Bentley Hall, Shelf

Bentley surname
Another form of the surname is Benteley.

The name de Bentley is recorded in 1219.

Originated in the Bentley area.

There are over 120 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bentley, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bentley:


Marriages 1805, 1811, 1835, 1863, 1867, 1879, 1888, 1899, 1906, 1907, 1912, 1928, 1935, 1937; Deaths 1899, 1903
 



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