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There are many people with this surname, and it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any such duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.

265Ref 265-265

Bedford, ClementRef 265-909
[1888-1918] Son of John Richard Bedford.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a member of Mount Tabor Wesleyan School / working on the family farm [1911].

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 2nd/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds in No.30 Casualty Clearing Station [18th January 1918].

The Halifax Courier [9th February 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III A 9].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Bedford, EdwardRef 265-8910
[1859-19??] Born in Lincoln.

He was caretaker of Park Lodge Laundry, Ovenden, and his wife Edna was laundress [1901].

In 1898, he married Edna Broughton [1859-19??], from West Hartlepool, in Bradford.

They lived at 1 Turney Street, Ovenden [1901]

Bedford, EdwinRef 265-336
[18??-1???] Halifax jeweller. Owned Abbotroyd, Barkisland

Bedford, FrederickRef 265-3
[1853-1914] Born in Warley.

He was a member of Bethesda Methodist Chapel, Elland / a joiner / a carpenter joiner [1911] / a member of Elland Liberal Club / an Overseer for Elland.

Around 1878, he married Sarah [1853-19??].

Sarah was born in Elland


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. child who died young [before 1911]
  3. child who died young [before 1911]
  4. Ada Alice [b 1885] who was a machinist (blouse business)   [1900]
  5. Samuel Marsden [b 1888] who was an insurance agent  (Prudential) [1911]
  6. Edith [b 1897] who was a machinist (blouse business)   [1911]
  7. child

Ada Alice& Samuel Marsden were born in Toronto, Canada.

They lived at 101 Catherine Street, Elland [1911, 1914].

Frederick's health began to decline after a fall whilst carrying out some repairs at Elland Liberal Club

He died 6th June 1914 (aged 61)  & was buried at Elland Cemetery [9th June 1914]

Bedford, GeorgeRef 265-147
[1816-1866] Of Grove House, Brearley.

Son of John Bedford.

He was a publican [1841] / a Chartist sympathiser and meetings took place at the inn / landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton, Midgley, after taking over  from his widowed mother [1845-1866] / a brewer [1853].

In 1859, the licence of the Shoulder of Mutton was suspended for a time.

Around 1859, he established the Grove Brewery, Brearley at the Grove Inn.

In 1874, he bought the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland. Fielden Fielden was landlord.

On 9th November 1853, he married Grace in Halifax.

Grace was the daughter of Eli Titterington and widow of James Hartley


  1. Sarah [b 1854] who married Jeremiah Whitaker
  2. George
  3. James Titterington [1859] who died in infancy
  4. Grace [b 1861]

They lived at Broad Door Stones, Midgley [1851].

After George's death, his widow, Grace, continued the family business.

She was listed as an ale & porter brewer at Grove, Midgley [1871], and as a brewer & maltster – with daughter Grace and son George, a brewer & maltster – at Grove, Midgley [1881].

Son George was later proprietor of the brewery.

He died 31st December 1866.

See Lacey Hey Farm, Midgley

Bedford, GeorgeRef 265-7
[1820-1895] Son of Squire Bedford.

Born in Warley.

He was a worsted weaver [1841] / a carpet weaver [1851, 1861, 1871] / landlord of the Brown Cow, Sowerby Bridge [1881].

In [Q2] 1846, he married either Ann Hodgson or Ann Sutcliffe [1825-1887] in Halifax.

Ann was born in Soyland


  1. John [b 1846] who was a cotton piecer [1861], a carpet  weaver [1871, 1881]
  2. Eliza [b 1848] who was a cotton piecer [1861]
  3. Frederick [b 1849] who was a cotton piecer [1861], a  stone mason [1871]
  4. Squire

Ann died 15th September 1887 (aged 62).

They lived at

George died 8th March 1895 (aged 75).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2845] with George's parents

Bedford, GeorgeRef 265-2903
[1856-1897] Son of George Bedford.

He was a brewer and maltster and took over at the Grove Brewery.

From around 1894, he lived at Southport.

He died and was buried at Southport

Bedford, HarryRef 265-875
[1862-1915] He lived at 3 Cross Street, Horton Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.

He died in the Northern General Hospital [20th December 1915] (aged 53).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bedford, HarryRef 265-1
[1896-1963] Born in Bradley, Huddersfield.

In 1926, he married Nellie Middleton in Sanford, Maine, USA.

Nellie was the daughter of
James Middleton

The couple emigrated to the USA [1925], and settled in Sanford, Maine.

In 1930, they were living in Detroit, Michigan where Harry was working at the Ford Motor Works.

They moved back to Sanford [mid-1930s], where they both died: Nellie [1953]; Harry [1963]

Bedford, HenryRef 265-3003
[1858-1898] Of Halifax.

In 1883, he married Zilpah Starkey [1866-1941] in Halifax.


  1. Mary Ann [1887-1948] who married Thomas (Tom) Hill

Henry died in 1898.

In 1905, Zilpah married Thomas Stubley in Halifax

Bedford, Henry EdwinRef 265-1516
[1851-1933] Born in Halifax.

He was a watch & clock maker, silversmith & working jeweller at 12 Crown Street, Halifax [The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874] / a jeweller & watchmaker employing 3 men [1881] / in business as a wholesale dealer in watches & jewellery in Crown  Street, Halifax [1890] / a master watchmaker & jeweller [1891, 1901, 1911].

Around 1873, he married Susannah [1851-1928].

Susannah was born in Stalybridge, Lancashire


  1. Arthur Lazarus [1871-1872]
  2. Charles H. [b 1873] who was a jeweller's assistant [1891]
  3. Marion [b 1875]
  4. Nelly [b 1877] who was an assistant teacher [1901], a  teacher (certified assistant Municipal) [1911]
  5. Kate [1880-1921] who was an  assistant teacher [1901]
  6. Henry E. [b 1882] who was a watchmaker & jeweller [1901]
  7. Annie [b 1883] who was a confectioner & baker [1901, 1911]
  8. Thomas B. [b 1885] who was a commercial clerk [1901]
  9. William S. [b 1886] who was a commercial clerk [1901,  1911]
  10. Dorothy [1894-1898]

They lived at

  • 10 Grandsmere Place, Halifax [1891]
  • Bleak House, Halifax [1901]
  • 16 Hyde Park, Halifax [1911]

Susanna died 6th October 1928 (aged 78).

Henry Edwin died 15th February 1933 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1419]

Bedford, JamesRef 265-6
[18??-1???] He was a wool sorter [1860s].

In [Q1] 1860, he married Sarah Jane Lord in Halifax.

Sarah Jane was the daughter of
William Lord


  1. William Henry [1861] who died in infancy
  2. Samuel [1867-1869]

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4461] with their Lord grandparents

Bedford, JamesRef 265-1503
[1834-1914] Son of John Bedford.

Born in Warley.

Founded James Bedford & Company

He married Betsy [1847-1929].

James died 13th April 1914 (aged 80).

Betsy died 28th November 1929 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 232] with James Howarth

Bedford, James EdwinRef 265-5
[1877-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a milk deliverer [1911].

He married Annis Wormald.

Annis was born in Halifax, the daughter of
Richard Wormald

They lived at 1 Park Farm, Mount Tabor [1911]

Bedford, James FrederickRef 265-347
[1807-1885] He was a stone quarrier [1859].

He married Elizabeth Crowther [1811-1900].


  1. Susannah [1838-1913] who married John Sykes
  2. Joseph who was a stone merchant [1877]

Bedford, JeremiahRef 265-1515
[1831-1899] Son of John Bedford.

Born in Midgley.

He was an architect in Elland.

In 1851, he married Sarah Turner [1832-1916].


  1. Frederick [b 1852] born in Warley
  2. William Thomas [1854-1932] born in Great Grimsby, died in  Toronto
  3. John [1859-1932?] born in Ovenden, died in Toronto
  4. Henry [1861-1905] born in Elland, died in Toronto
  5. Phineas [1862-1844?] born in Elland
  6. Benjamin [1866-1941] born in Elland
  7. Sarah Elizabeth [1867-1876] born and died in Elland
  8. Charlie [1871-1906] born in Elland, died in Detroit, USA
  9. Alfred Turner [b 1873] born in Elland

In 1879, he emigrated to Toronto, Canada.

In Canada, he worked his way from carpenter to head of the family-run company Bedford & Sons which became Bedford Brothers after his death. Much of his work – many of which are listed buildings – still stand in Toronto. Photographs of some of his work can be seen in the Foldout.

In their building company, Bedford Brothers, his sons each had a speciality: Frederick was a carpenter in the family business, William Thomas a machinist, John a bricklayer, Henry a bricklayer, Phineas a carpenter & cabinet-maker, Benjamin a brass finisher & contractor's clerk, Charlie a mason, and Alfred Turner a bricklayer

The epitaph

A Native of Yorkshire England

was carved on his tombstone.

His descendant, Kristina Bedford writes

I have no record of any buildings he worked in the Halifax area, but I'd be grateful to hear if any information surfaces in future

Bedford, JohnRef 265-752
[16??-1720] He was third son of Robert Bedforde of Dewsbury & Isabel Riche of Penistone.

They became the Bedford family of Brighouse.

He moved to the district. He owned property at Thornhill Briggs, at Lydgate, Lightcliffe, at Priestley Green, and at Lower Winter Edge.

He married Mary.

His eldest brother Robert [d 1712] was a salter, based in Leeds.

John devised his estates to his wife Mary. His brother, Thomas, inherited some of John's property

Bedford, JohnRef 265-1518
[17??-183?] In 1834, he bought the Shoulder of Mutton, Midgley from Richard Patchett.

He married Sally Crabtree


  1. George
  2. John [b 1820] who was a grocer & farmer [1851]
  3. (possibly) Mary [b 1824]
  4. Susannah [b 1826]
  5. William

He was landlord at the Shoulder of Mutton [1834], and his wife took over [1838]. Their son, George was there [1845]

Bedford, JohnRef 265-467
[18??-18??] Architect who practised in Elland. Designed Huddersfield Road Methodist Chapel around 1874

Bedford, JohnRef 265-1519
[1808-1891] In 1830, he married Grace Akeroyd [1807-1887].


  1. Jeremiah
  2. James

The Bedford family had been weavers & dyers in the Midgley/Sowerby area for nearly 200 years, leading up to the Industrial Revolution. When the factory system took over, he changed course, becoming a brewer, and though he had a hard time of it financially, he seems to have ensured that his children received sufficient education to become successful in their respective businesses

Bedford, JohnRef 265-348
[1837-1892] Born in Ovenden.

He was a blacksmith [1867].

On 17th March 1867, he married Sarah Jane Ashworth in Halifax.

Sarah Jane was the daughter of
John Ashworth


  1. Arthur Ashworth [b 1867] who married [Ashton-under-Lyne  5th August 1900] Jane Jones from Wakefield
  2. Bertha Annis [1869-1947] who never married, spent her  working life looking after children, and died in Leamington Spa

The children were born in Halifax

Bedford, JohnRef 265-137
[1858-19??] Born in Warley.

He was a cart driver [1911].

Around 1880, he married Elizabeth [1862-19??] from Oswestry.

They had no children.

They lived at 8 Trinity Place, Halifax [1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were boarders Charles Windermere [aged 38] (author and actor) from Suffolk, Mrs Clare Windermere [aged 30] (actress) from Melbourne,  Australia, and Belle Donaldson, [aged 25] (actress) from Manchester

Bedford, John RichardRef 265-911
[1867-1918] Born in Ovenden.

He was a farmer [1888, 1901, 1911].

On 9th May 1888, he married Elizabeth Hannah Greenwood [1869-1937] in Halifax.

Elizabeth Hannah was born in Halifax


  1. Clement
  2. Bertha [1890-1891]
  3. Edmund [1892-1963] who was working on the farm [1911] &  married [1915] Nellie Catterall [1895-1963] from  Halifax
  4. James [b 1899] who was working on the farm [1911]

The children were born in Ovenden.

They lived at

Bedford, JosephRef 265-1744
[18??-19??] Halifax jeweller.

Owned Abbotroyd, Barkisland [1905]

Bedford, JosephRef 265-4
[1829-1883] Son of Sarah [1803-18??] & William Bedford [1803-18??].

Born in Wakefield / Whitley, Yorkshire.

He was a blacksmith employing 1 man & 2 boys [1861] / a master blacksmith employing 3 men [1871] / a blacksmith [1881].

He married (1) Ann [1828-1869].

Ann was born in Thornhill / Wakefield


  1. William [b 1853] who was a blacksmith [1871]
  2. Hannah [b 1855]
  3. Sarah Jane who died in infancy
  4. Joseph [b 1856] who was a surgeon's assistant [1871]
  5. Esther Ann [1857-1860]
  6. George Arthur [1860-1934]
  7. Sarah A. [b 1862]
  8. Ada [1863-1906] who was a cigar maker [1881]  

Ann died 5th March 1869 (aged 41).

She was buried with her husband.

He married (2) Ann [1830-1870].

Ann died 9th November 1870 (aged 40).

She was buried with her husband.

In [Q2] 1873, he married (3) Martha Rawnsley [1836-1???] in Halifax.

Martha was born in Elland


  1. Bob [August 1874-27th April 1876]

They lived at

  • Northgate Hotel Yard, Halifax [1861]
  • Northgate Yard, Halifax [1871]

Joseph died 20th May 1883 (aged 54) 

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3988].

Details of Martha's death / burial place are not yet known

Bedford, JoshuaRef 265-2212
[1673-1756] Churchwarden at Luddenden [1730]

Bedford, MaryRef 265-638
[16??-1735] Wife of John Bedford.

Her husband John devised his estates to Mary.

In her will of 1735, she bequeathed a sum of £200 to establish a charity school at the Sun Dial Inn, Parsonage Lane, Brighouse. The fund was to be administered by her nephew, George Newstead, who absconded with the money.

She went to live in Leeds, where she died.

She owned the Thornhill Briggs Estate at Brighouse and this passed to George Newstead, then [in 1792] to Joseph Cartledge

Bedford, MaryRef 265-803
[1783-18??] She married (1) David Haigh.

She married (2) John Bairstow.

After John's death, she took over as landlady of the Shakespeare, Halifax [1834, 1837].

She was awarded £5 for damages sustained during the window-breaking riots of 1835

Bedford, PeterRef 265-2371
[17??-18??] He was butler to Sir George Armytage at Kirklees Hall.

He married (1) Sarah who was an upper servant at Kirklees Hall.

In June 1804,

Peter was driving his family in a gig, when the horse took fright, upset the vehicle, killing Sarah on the spot, and breaking both of Peter's arms and one of his thighs, and severely bruising the rest of the family

Sarah was buried at Saint Peter's, Hartshead on 20th June 1804.

On 19th May 1808, Reverend William Hanwell Lucas conducted the ceremony when he married (2) Harriett Earnshaw.


  1. son
  2. George [b 1811]

He and Harriett farmed at Thornbush Farm, Hartshead.

Rev Patrick Brontë was a lodger with the Bedfords at Thornbush and christened their son, George. When he married (3) Maria, the couple rented Clough House.

Patrick Brontë enjoyed taking Peter's dog for long walks across the moors, and his wife, Maria asked Harriett to make a wedding cake which was to be shared among the parishioners on her then-fiancé's list. After her marriage, Maria frequently took shelter at Thornbush when bad weather forced her from the heath.

The Bedfords moved again within 4 years of Patrick's marriage, settling in Bramley by Leeds with their growing family

Bedford, Rev R. C.Ref 265-2395
[19??-19??] BA.

Minister at Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1967] and Sowood Wesleyan Methodist Church [1968].

In 1968, he gave the final service at the Sunday School of the Stainland Wesleyan Chapel

Bedford, SamRef 265-11
[1882-1963] Son of Samuel Bedford.

Born in Halifax [13th September 1882].

He was a mechanic turner and fitter [1901] / an iron turner at the Borough Council gasworks [1911] / an iron turner with Lindley and Company [1921] / a street lamplighter and iron turner [1939].

In [Q3] 1907, he married Edith Keighley [1882-1948] in Halifax.

Edith was born in Halifax [20th December 1882]


  1. Ethel [b 1910]
  2. Norris [b 1916]

They lived at

  • 9 Mount Terrace, Pellon [1911]
  • Thorp Terrace, Midgley [1921]
  • 2 Rose Cottage, Sowerby Bridge [1939]

Living with them [in 1911] were Sam's widowed mother Ellen Bedford & niece Kay Bertenshaw [b 1905].

Living with them [in 1921] were Sam's widowed mother Ellen Bedford.

An Edith Bedford died in Halifax [Q4 1948] (aged 65) 

A Sam Bedford died in Halifax [Q4 1963] (aged 81) 

Bedford, SamuelRef 265-10
[1843-1885] Born in Ovenden.

He was a cotton overlooker [1871] / an overlooker [1872] / a cotton carder [1876] / a carder in a cotton mill [1881].

In [Q1] 1870, he married Ellen Crabtree in Halifax.

Ellen was the daughter of
Elijah Crabtree


  1. Harriet [1870-1872]
  2. Fred [b 1873] who was a warehouseman [1891], a  warehouseman in a worsted mill [1901]
  3. Herbert [1875-1876]
  4. Sam

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2875] with their Crabtree grandparents.

They lived at

  • 12 Cross Street, Ovenden (living with Ellen's widowed  father) [1871]
  • 2 Cambridge Street, Ovenden [1881]
  • 17 Sutcliffe Street, Ovenden [1891]
  • 29 Sutcliffe Street, Ovenden [1901]
  • 9 Mount Terrace, Pellon (Ellen was living with son Sam &  family) [1911]
  • 9 Mount Terrace, Pellon (Ellen was living with son Sam &  family) [1911]

Samuel died in Halifax [Q1 1885] (aged 43).

An Ellen Bedford died in Halifax [Q1 1929] (aged 87) 

Bedford, SidneyRef 265-2986
[18??-19??] He was a mason / a civil engineer / a road contractor [1901].

In [Q4] 1877, he married Hannah Marie Wood in Halifax.


  1. Beatrice [b 1887] who married Vernon Hill
  2. Amy who became a well-known pianist
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child

They lived at Warley Road, Halifax [1901]

Bedford, SquireRef 265-8
[1790-1846] He was a worsted weaver [1841].

He married Sarah [1796-1869].

Sarah was born in Gomersal


  1. George
  2. John [b 1825] who was a worsted weaver [1841]
  3. Harriet [b 1826] who was a cloth weaver [1851]
  4. Caroline [1827-1883] who was a cloth weaver [1851], a  worsted weaver [1861] & was buried with her parents
  5. Samuel [b 1831] who was a carpet weaver [1851]

They lived at

  • Ovenden [1841]
  • Old Lane, Ovenden [1851]
  • 5 Scott Lane Bottom, Northowram [1861]
  • Holt's Buildings, Old Lane (Caroline was living alone)   [1871]

Squire died 26th February 1846 (aged 56).

Sarah died 31st March 1869 (aged 73).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2845]

Bedford, SquireRef 265-9
[1851-1896] Son of George Bedford.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a cotton piecer [1861] / a stone mason [1871] / a farmer [1891] / innkeeper at the Denfield Arms, Wheatley [1891, 1896].

On 23rd March 1881, he married Priscilla Harrison [1851-1897] in Halifax.

Priscilla was born in Dodworth


  1. George [1882-1952] who was a police constable
  2. Ethel [b 1885]
  3. Tom [1887-1952] who was a master stone mason
  4. Harrison [1893-1966] who was a gardener

They lived at 2 Ramsden Street, Ovenden [1891]

Squire died in the Denfield Arms [29th December 1896].

Priscilla died in the Union Workhouse [28th March 1897]

Bedford, ThomasRef 265-2368
[16??-1743] Brother of John Bedford. He inherited John's property at Thornhill Briggs for the term of his natural life. He died unmarried

Bedford, W. T.Ref 265-3530
[18??-19??] Recorded in The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874, where he was a watchmaker, jewellers, &c, at 4 Princess Street, Halifax
Silver Watches from 18/6; Timepieces, 5/-
Clocks, Watches, Jewellery, Spectacles, &c, in stock and made to order. Best Pebble Spectacles, 6/6 per pair

Bedford, WilliamRef 265-1044
[1836-1???] Born in Thornhill, Yorkshire.

He was a curate at cross stone church [1871].

Around 1868, he married Sarah [1842-1???].

Sarah was born in Altrincham, Cheshire


  1. Edith M. [b 1868]

They lived at Lower Stoodley, Stansfield [1871]

Bedford, WilliamRef 265-846
[1837-1864] Son of John Bedford.

Born in Midgley.

He was landlord of the Red Lion, Luddendenfoot [1861]

On 10th December 1856, he married Hannah Beverley.

Hannah was the daughter of Dan Beverley


  1. Susannah Beverley [1857-1885] who married Leonard Tattersall
  2. Sarah [b 1860] who married Leonard Tattersall
  3. Mary Jane [1862-1862]


The Bedford family of BrighouseRef 265-9000
In the early 1700s, the family lived at Thornhill Briggs and owned land in the area and around the Martin's Nest.

In 1792, Joseph Cartledge bought the Thornhill Briggs Estate from them

See John Bedford

The Bedford family of SowerbyRef 265-1937


Bedford surnameRef 265-2
There are 38 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bedford, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bedford

Marriages 1860, 1862, 1882, 1899, 1937; Death 1900

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 3762


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