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Balmforth, Albert
[1885-1967] He was a joiner [1926].

In [Q3] 1912, he married Ethel Kitchen in Halifax.


Ethel was the daughter of
Cooper Kitchen
 

Balmforth, Alfred
[1855-19??] Son of Thomas Balmforth, contractor.

Born in Elland.

He was a contractor of Elland [1878] / a mason [1881] / a mason (stone) [1891, 1901] / a mason [1911].

In 1878, he married Annie Lee [1856-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Annie, of Northowram, was born in Beverley / Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, the daughter of Thomas Lee, car driver
 

Children:

  1. Thomas

The family lived at

  • 31 Brickfield, Ovenden [1881]
  • 34 Skircoat Green, Halifax [1891]
  • 2 Pulman's Place, Skircoat, Halifax [1901]
  • 17 Ivy Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911] was niece Lily Gertrude Lee [b 1891]

Balmforth, Charles
[1818-1868] Son of Sarah & John Balmforth.

He was a labourer.

On 14th October 1844, he married Mary, daughter of Charles Bromley in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [b 1852] who married [1st December 1884] Claude Dillon [b 1855]

The family lived at 10 Cotton Street, Northowram 1861

Balmforth, Christopher
[1816-1869] Son of William Balmforth.

He went to live in America.

His brother, Ralph, followed him to America.

He married Elizabeth White.

He died in Rome, Italy

It is said that Elizabeth was somewhat eccentric and confused her husband's estate with her own, with the result that his will was only settled in 1913. Of the $75,000 which Christopher left, the estate was worth then $27,522.68 – from which the administrators took $13,741.01. The balance was distributed to 44 beneficiaries by Jubb, Booth & Helliwell of Halifax.

Balmforth Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut is named for the couple

Balmforth, Christopher
[1839-1903] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen cloth finisher [1861].

He worked at his grandfather's Marshall Hall Mills, and was a witness at the inquest into the boiler explosion at the mill on 16th November 1854.

In 1863, he married (1) Maria Jackson [1836-1925] at Halifax Parish Church.


Maria came from Lincolnshire
 

Children:

  1. Ada [1862-1927]
  2. Joseph Edward [1864-1939]
  3. Sarah Wilks [1867-1921]
  4. Christopher [1869-1941]

In 1870, he went to live in America.

In 1871, he married (2) Mary Dicken in Laurence, Massachusetts.


Since Maria, his first wife, was still alive, it is possible that this second marriage was bigamous
 

He died in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Balmforth, Christopher William
[1894-1918] Born in Manchester.

He was a member of Halifax Parish Church / employed by Halifax Corporation Cleansing Department (Goux Dept).

He lived at 8 Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1914], and served as a Sergeant with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by shellfire [20th July 1918] (aged 24).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [17th August 1918].

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III C 4].

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

Balmforth, Derrick
[1924-1943] Son of Ethel R. & Arthur Edward Balmforth of Holywell Green.

During World War II, he served as a Driver with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.

He died 11th July 1943 (aged 19).

He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Stainland [212 New]

Balmforth, Eli
[1856-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a warehouseman of Halifax [1876] / a warehouseman [1881] / a publican (possibly) at the Green Hill Tavern, Halifax [1891] / landlord of the Dusty Miller, Halifax [1901, 1905] / out of work (late publican) [1911].

In 1876, he married Emily Haigh [1857-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Emily, of Halifax, was born in Banugh, Yorkshire, the daughter of William Haigh, miner
 

Children:

  1. Ernest [b 1877] who was a drapery assistant [1891]
  2. Charles / Charlie [b 1879] who was a wire drawer [1901]
  3. Elizabeth Ann [b 1880]
  4. Harry
  5. Julia Gertrude [b 1887]
  6. Florence [b 1889] who was a tailoress [1911]
  7. Samuel [b 1891] who was a farm labourer [1911]
  8. Annie [b 1893] who was a tailoress [1911]

The family lived at

  • 1 King`s Court, Halifax [1881]
  • 100 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1891]
  • 84 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1901]
  • 4 Dam Head, Shibden near Halifax [1911]

Balmforth, Fred
[1871-19??] Son of John Balmforth, greengrocer.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a boiler maker of Holden Street, Halifax [1894] / a boiler maker [1901] / publican at the Weston Hotel, 2 Landsdowne Place, Halifax [1911].

In 1894, he married Mary Ann Dunn [1874-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary Ann – (Polly) - of Wadsworth Street, Halifax. was born in Bradford.

Her father is not recorded on the marriage record

 

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. Julia [b 1899] who was a part time worsted doffer [1911]
  3. Ivy [b 1902]
  4. Clara [b 1905]

The family lived at 11 Arnold Street, Halifax [1901]

Balmforth, George
[1860-1927] Born in Elland.

He was an iron dresser [1901, 1911].

In 1892, he married Elizabeth Gledhill [1863-1950] in Halifax.


Elizabeth was born in Barkisland.

She was a cotton reeler [1901, 1911]

 

Children:

  1. Louisa [b 1891]
  2. George
  3. Thomas A [b 1903]

The family lived at

  • 6 Blackley, Elland [1901]
  • 18 Cross Lane, Blackley, Elland / 18 The Cross, Blackley, Elland [1911]

In 1911, George (senior) was living alone at 15 Dysons Yard, New Street, Elland

Balmforth, George
[1893-1916] Son of George Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a cotton piecer [1911].

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

He accidentally drowned after being caught in weeds in the River Ancre [19th July 1916] (aged 22).

He was buried at Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille, France [Grave Ref X C 8].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on Elland War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Blackley Particular Baptist Church

Balmforth, George Beal
[1846-1885] Son of John Balmforth.

He was a card manufacturer.

In [Q4] 1875, he married Mary Jane Walton [1847-1922] in Halifax.

The family lived at 3 Aked's Road, Halifax [1881, 1885].

He died 18th March 1885.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £2,650 12/4d [resworn £3,250 1/7d].

Administration was granted to his widow Mary Jane.

In 1889, Mary Jane married Clayton Schofield

Balmforth, George Healey
[1911-1944] Son of Emma & John Willie Balmforth of Horton Bank Top, Bradford.

He married Elsie.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

27 Vehicle Repair Depot

He died 6th June 1944 (aged 33).

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury [Vault WX 24]

Balmforth, Harry
[1882-1917] Son of Eli Balmforth.

He was a tailor in Halifax [1901] / a tailor living at 19A Hanson Lane [1910] / a tailor (own account) in King Cross Lane, Halifax [1911].

In 1910, he married Elizabeth Raby at St Augustine's Church, Pellon.


Elizabeth, of 18 Cherry Street, was the daughter of William Raby, weaver

She was a tailor's machinist [1911]

 

They lived at

  • 18 Cherry Street, Halifax [with Elizabeth's parents 1911]
  • 11 Lord Street, Halifax

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916], and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died of meningitis in hospital at Boulogne [5th May 1917] (aged 35).

He was buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II J 16A].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Balmforth, Joe
[1886-1918] Son of Hannah & Thomas Balmforth.

Born at Queensbury.

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

He died 29th December 1918 (aged 32).

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury [E 26]

Balmforth, John
[1800-1869] Born in Southowram.

He was a cotton card maker employing 6 men [1851] / a cotton card maker employing 3 men & 3 boys [1861].

On 23rd January 1834, he married Margaret Holt [1806-1875] at Heptonstall Church.

Children:

  1. John Holt [1841-1889]
  2. Benjamin Mallinson [1844-1861]
  3. George Beal [1846-1885]

The family lived at 2 Aked's Road, Halifax [1851].

John died 11th September 1869.

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

The will was proved by his widow Margaret, son George Beal, and Henry John Philbrick (solicitor) 

Balmforth, John
[1818-1858] Card maker in Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Mary Ann [1839-1848]

The family lived at Aked's Road, Halifax [1848]

Balmforth, John William
[1881-1918] Son of Manassah Balmforth.

In 1910, he married Eliza Luty [1885-1976] in Halifax.


Eliza was born, and died, in Greetland
 

They lived at 76A Onecliffe Terrace, West Vale [1918]. During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the King's Own (Royal Regiment Lancaster).

He died 8th July 1918 (aged 37).

He was buried at Houchin British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II E 32]

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Balmforth, Joseph
[1819-1854] He was one of 4 people killed in a boiler explosion at Marshall Hall Mill, Elland on 16th November 1854. He was son of William Balmforth, the cousin of William Balmforth, the mill-owner.

He was buried in the family plot at Elland Church

Balmforth, Joseph
[1856-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Ann Balmforth.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [11th September 1856]

Balmforth, Manassah
[18??-1???] He married Hannah [18??-1???].

Children:

  1. John William Balmforth

Balmforth, Manasseh
[1866-19??] Born in Cleckheaton.

He was a labourer for the District Council [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1890, he married Sarah Ann Whiteley [1855-19??] in Bradford.


Sarah Ann was born in Wyke
 

Children:

  1. Esther Ann [b 1893] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  2. William
  3. Ethel [b 1895] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  4. Edith [b 1896] who was a cotton spinner [1911]
  5. Mary [b 1898]

The family lived at

  • Moorcock, Sowerby [1901]
  • Cotton Stones, Triangle

Balmforth, Oscar Henry
[1808-1882] Aka Henry Balmforth

Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He helped his father run the family business at Marshall Hall Mills, Elland.

He was a manufacturer employing 17 men & 20 females [1861] / a farmer of 40 acres employing 2 men [1861].

In 1832, he married Elizabeth was the daughter of Mrs Sarah Sheerhan

Children:

  1. John Benjamin [1832-1833]
  2. Clarence [b 1834] who was declared bankrupt in Liverpool [1862]
  3. Oscar Henry [1835-1891] who was a woollen cloth finisher [1861]
  4. Wilks [1837-1904]
  5. twins John [1838-1894]
  6. Lydia [1838-1909]
  7. Alice [1840-1916] who was a seamstress [1861]
  8. Frances [b 1841] who was a seamstress [1861]
  9. Elizabeth Ann [1843-1858]
  10. Frederick [1844-1857]
  11. Lucy [b 1847]
  12. Thomas [1849-1896]
  13. Amy [b 1851]
  14. Jessie Sarah [b 1854]
  15. James [1855-1855]

The family lived at 33 Oliver Hall, Elland [1861]

Balmforth, Ralph
[1823-1903] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He emigrated to America, following his brother, Christopher.

He died in Oakland, California

Balmforth, Sam
[1895-1917] Son of Mr & Mrs Balmforth of 1 Station View, Hipperholme.

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

He died 25th April 1917 (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], and on Coley War Memorial

Balmforth, Thomas
[1885-1916] Known as Tom.

Son of Alfred Balmforth.

Born in Halifax.

He was an oiler in worsted mill [1901] / a waller of Warley Road, Halifax [1907] / a labourer foundry [1911] / a mason for Bower Brothers.

In 1907, he married Sarah Ann Putt [1883-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah Ann, of Corporation Street, Halifax, was born in Sowerby Bridge, the daughter of John Putt, labourer.

She had an illegitimate daughter: Winnie Putt [b 1905]

 

Children:

  1. Lily Gertrude [b 1909]

The family lived at

  • 6 Lock Street, Caddy Field, Halifax [1909, 1911]
  • 1 Back Lord Street, Halifax [1916]

During World War I, he joined the Territorials [Easter 1916], and served as a Private / served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Front [January 1916].

He was wounded [7th July 1916]`.

He died of wounds [13th July 1916] (aged 31).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [12th August 1916].

He was buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref III E 17].

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

After his death, Sarah Ann was living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Balmforth, Thomas
[1896-1918] Son of Fred Balmforth.

He was a member of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Halifax / an apprentice welded boiler rivetter [1911] / employed by Hartley & Sugden Limited / a Territorial.

He lived at 6 Stanley Street, Queens Road, Halifax.

He was a Territorial and was called-up [August 1914].

During World War I, he was mobilised at the outbreak of War and served as a Corporal / Shoeing Smith with B Battery 312th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery.

He was wounded [22nd July 1918].

He died of wounds in a French hospital [27th July 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [3rd August 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [3rd August 1918].

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref Q III J 1].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Balmforth, William
[1784-1859] Or Bamforth.

He had a fulling and woollen manufacturing business at Marshall Hall Mills, Elland [1854].

In 1808, he married (1) Lydia Brearley [1787-1829] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Oscar Henry
  2. Benjamin [1811-1827]
  3. William
  4. Christopher
  5. John [1819-1820]
  6. Joseph [b 1821]
  7. Ralph
  8. Mary Ann [1828-1829]

In 1831, he married (2) Sarah Sheerhan at Wakefield.

The family lived at Marshall Hall, Elland [1829]

Balmforth, William
[1814-1853] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a cloth maker [1841] / a manufacturer (woollen) master employing no men [1851].

In 1832, he married Mary Wilks Sheerhan at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary was the daughter of Mrs Sarah Sheerhan
 

Children:

  1. John William [1833-1873]
  2. Sarah [b 1837]
  3. Christopher
  4. Lydia [1841-1851]
  5. Selina [1843-1858]
  6. Hannah [1845-1924] who had an illegitimate daughter called Phoebe
  7. Phoebe [1849-1874]
  8. Herbert [1851-1930] who was a police officer
  9. William [1854-1915]

The family lived at

On 25th September 1853, William was returning home by train and was crossing the line at Brighouse Railway Station when he was

caught by the engine and killed on the spot

Members of the family were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Balmforth, William
[1893-1918] Son of Manasseh Balmforth.

Born in Wyke [2nd June 1893].

He was a cotton spinner [1911] / employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited.

He lived in Cottonstones [1911] and Mytholmroyd.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died of wounds in France / Flanders [4th May 1918].

He was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.2, France [Grave Ref II A 34].

He is remembered on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour, on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church, and on the Memorial at Mill Bank Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Balmforth, Willie
[1872-1???] On 13th November 1895, he married Sarah Elizabeth Hellowell at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Horace Balmforth [1896-1969] who was a train booker railway [1911]
  2. Annice Hellowell Balmforth [1901-1986]

In 1901, Sarah Elizabeth she was living with her Mother in Norland along with the children. There is no record of Willie.

In 1911, Sarah Elizabeth was listed as Sarah Elizabeth Sutcliffe living at Ash Grove, Norland with Robert Edgar Sutcliffe.

They do not appear to have married

 

Balmforth surname
Other forms of the surname include Bamford, Bamforth and Baumforth

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Balmforth, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Balmforth:


Marriages 1878, 1907; Death 1907
 



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