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Bray, AlbertRef 422-1527
[1889-1973]

In [Q2] 1914, he married Ethel Wilson [1894-1976] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. William

The family lived at Greetland.

Members of the family were buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland [Grave Ref: G 14]

Bray, Albert EdwardRef 422-1215
[18??-19??] He was landlord of the King's Head, Sowerby [1911, 1912] / the Stag & Pheasant, Brighouse [1914]

Bray, AnthonyRef 422-764
[1805-18??] At York Assizes, he was found guilty of the manslaughter of James Diggles

Bray, BartleRef 422-315
[1866-1907] Born in Elland.

He was a brick works engine man [1901].

In [Q3] 1891, he married Emily Hartley [1871-19??] in Halifax.


Emily was born in Rishworth
 

Children:

  1. Charles
  2. Jane Elizabeth [b 1895] who was a woollen weaver [1911]
  3. Hilda Cousen [b 1897] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  4. John Francis
  5. Clara [b 1906]

The family lived at

  • 57 Lower Edge Road, Elland [1901]
  • 2 Nunnery Lane, Rastrick [1911]
  • 6 Limes Avenue, Elland [1915, 1918]

Living with them [in 1901] were sister-in-law Elizabeth Hartley [aged 21] (woollen weaver) and brother-in-law Herbert Hartley [aged 16] (joiner's apprentice).

Living with the widowed Emily [in 1911] was brother Herbert Hartley [aged 26] (joiner).

Sons Charles & John Francis died in World War I

Bray, BethelRef 422-1886
[1821-1???] Born in Berry Brow, Huddersfield.

He was a woollen spinner [1871].

He married Hannah [1826-1???].


Hannah was born in Stainland
 

Children:

  1. Whitfield
  2. Ada [b 1854] who was a woollen weaver [1871]
  3. Sarah Martha [b 1857] who was a woollen weaver [1871]
  4. Emma [b 1859] who was a woollen piecer [1871]

The family lived at

  • Moorhey, Stainland [1871]

Bray, BethuelRef 422-651
[1821-1???]

In 1843, he married Hannah Walker [1826-1???].

Children:

  1. George
  2. Emma [b 1859]

Bray, CharlesRef 422-326
[1893-1915] Son of Bartle Bray.

Born in Elland.

He was a mechanic (iron foundry) [1911] / a fitter with J. Hopkinson & Company, Limited of Huddersfield.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was sent to the Dardanelles and reported missing after heavy fighting on 12th August 1915.

His photograph appears with a report of his story in the Halifax Courier [9th October 1915].

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade, and on the Memorial at Elland Wesleyan Chapel.

His brother John Francis also died in the War

Bray, EaglandRef 422-1411
[1816-1890] JP.

Son of Betty and Anthony Bray.

Baptised at Elland [14th April 1816].

Around 1840, he acquired an existing business – founded in the late 18th century – to establish Eagland Bray & Son, wholesale & retail grocers, tea, coffee & provision merchants.

He was operating from 21 Old Market, Halifax [1845] / a grocer employing 7 men & 5 apprentices [1851] / a member of Halifax Town Council [1858-1862] / a wholesale/retail grocer employing 8 men & 4 apprentices [1861] / a grocer employing 11 men & 8 boys [1871] / an Alderman of Halifax [1890].

He married Hannah [1810-1890].


Hannah was born 22nd July 1810
 

Children:

  1. James Keighley
  2. Sarah Elizabeth
  3. Ralph Eagland
  4. John Walter

The family lived at

  • Northgate, Halifax [1841]
  • 21 Old Market, Halifax [1845, 1851, 1861]
  • 23 Savile Road, Halifax/Place [1871]

In 1866, Halifax Corporation had to buy the projecting front of his shop in Old Market, Halifax, at the cost of £1600, in order to widen the street

His son, John Walter Bray, became sole proprietor of the family business – Eagland Bray & Son Limited.

Hannah died at Savile Place [30th June 1890].

Eagland died 4th December 1890.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1891.

See Thomas Gill and New Bank Primitive Methodist Church

Bray, GeorgeRef 422-524
[1844-1908] Son of Bethuel Bray.

Born in Hollins Row, Lingards, Yorkshire [13th January 1844].

He was a woollen spinner [1901].

In [Q4] 1866, he married Ann Phoebe Edwards in Halifax.


Ann Phoebe was born in Stainland, the daughter of Robert Edwards
 

Children:

  1. Joe Albert
  2. Minnie [1868-1870] who was buried with her parents
  3. Edith [b 1870] who was a blanket weaver [1901]
  4. Hannah [b 1873] who was a drawer (worsted) [1901]
  5. Miranda [b 1875] who was a serge weaver [1901] & married [1910] Fred Wade [b 1876]
  6. Bethuel [1878-12th May 1945] who was a cotton operative [1901] & married [1910] Louisa Simpson [1879-22nd November 1966] – the couple were buried with his parents
  7. Robert Whitfield [b 1880] who was an apprentice mason [1901] & married [1908] Alice Gledhill [b 1884]
  8. Menetta [b 1882] who was a dress maker [1901] & married [1919] Ernest E. Bush
  9. Vincent
  10. Louisa [1886-1886] who was buried with her parents
  11. Olive [b 1887] who was a tailoress [1901]
  12. Leah Matilda [b 1888] who married [1914] Willie Sutcliffe

The family lived at

  • South Parade, Stainland [1844]
  • Sowood Green, Stainland [1901]
  • Stainland [1916]

George died 23rd February 1908.

Ann Phoebe died 28th June 1908.

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Bray, JamesRef 422-1421
[1774-1840]

He married Mary [1776-1857].

James died 26th December 1840 (aged 66).

Mary died 27th October 1857 (aged 81).

The couple were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 154]

Bray, James KeighleyRef 422-2782
[1838-1???] Son of Eagland Bray.

He appears not to have married and is recorded as a boarder/lodger with several families

  • Gill Head, Cononley with Jonas Laycock & family [1871]
  • Annuitant at Ballowfield Farm, Askrigg with John Coates & family [1881, 1891]
  • Lodger at Ballowfield with Ralph Deakin a farmer [1901]

Bray, Joe AlbertRef 422-655
[1866-1892] Son of George Bray.

Born in 25th December 1866.

He was a woollen spinner [1891].

In [Q4] 1889, he married Matilda Sutcliffe in Halifax.


Matilda was the daughter of Samuel Sutcliffe.

She was a woollen weaver [1901]

 

Children:

  1. Carrie [b 1890]
  2. George A. [b 1892]

Joe Albert died 29th January 1892.

He was buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland with his parents.

In 1901, Matilda & the children were living with her parents

Bray, JohnRef 422-1475
[1???-1???] Owned Bray's Mill, Lilly Lane

Bray, John FrancisRef 422-1575
[1900-1918] Son of Bartle Bray.

Born in Elland.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 51st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died in Elland [10th June 1918] (aged 18).

He was buried at Rastrick Cemetery [E C B 41].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade, and on the Memorial at Elland Wesleyan Chapel.

His brother Charles also died in the War

Bray, John WalterRef 422-1592
[1853-19??] Son of Eagland Bray.

Born in Halifax.

He succeeded to the family business – Eagland Bray & Son Limited – and became sole proprietor. In 1891, he was Managing Director of the business

In 1875, he married Annie Ellison [1853-1???] in Leeds.


Annie was born in Leeds
 

They lived at

In 1881, Annie's brother, W. Hy. Ellison [1864-1???], was living with them and was listed as a grocer's assistant

Bray, Ralph E.Ref 422-1591
[18??-19??] Partner in Blackburn & Bray

Bray, Ralph EaglandRef 422-2781
[1848-1???] Son of Eagland Bray.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Wharfedale College, Clifford-cum-Boston [1861].

He was a worsted spinner [1881].

In 1873, he married Sarah Hannah Farrar in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Arthur Eagland [b 1874]
  2. John Anthony [b 1877] who was a pupil at University School, Cambridge Road, N. Moels, Southport [1891]
  3. Edith A. [b 1879]
  4. Charles S. [b 1881]
  5. Sidney Herbert
  6. Marion [b 1884]

The family lived at

In 1891, Sarah Hannah and son Arthur E. were boarders at Southport Hydro Institution

Bray, Sarah ElizabethRef 422-1
[1839-1881] Daughter of Eagland Bray.

She was educated at Walton's School, Halifax [1851].

In 1864, she married John Bairstow Sharp [1834-1907] in Halifax.

They lived at Parkfield, Bingley where she died

Bray, Sidney HerbertRef 422-1465
[1883-1918] Son of Ralph Eagland Bray.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School.

In [Q2] 1914, he married Edith Mary Stansfield in Halifax.

They lived at Warley, Collingham, Leeds.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 20th July 1918 (aged 35).

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref X J 4].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Heath Grammar School, and on a Special Memorial headstone at Stoney Royd Cemetery

Bray surnameRef 422-2
There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bray, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Bray:


Marriage 1907
 

Bray, VincentRef 422-2619
[1884-1916] Son of George Bray.

Born in Stainland.

He was a member of Providence Congregational Church, Stainland / a pupil-teacher [1901] / a clerk for the County Council Education Department, was a boarder in Wakefield [1911].

In 1912, he married Emily (Emmie) Milner.

Children:

  1. Marian E. [b 1913]

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 79th Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died of dysentery in Salonika [16th August 1916].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [23rd September 1916].

He was buried at Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece [Grave Ref 314].

He is remembered on the family grave at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland, and on the Memorial at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland,

In [Q3] 1920, Emily married Jabez P. Oakes in Wakefield.

They lived at Hopewell House, Robin Hood, Wakefield.

Bray, WhitfieldRef 422-3515
[1850-1911] Son of Bethel Bray.

Born in Slaithwaite.

He was a mechanic [1871] / a foreman mechanic (spinning machines) [1881] / a foreman engineer [1901] / a foreman engineer (gas plant works) [1891] / landlord of the Hare & Hounds, Hipperholme [1911].

In [Q1] 1872, he married (1) Sarah [1851-1899].


Sarah was born in Stainland [18th January 1851]
 

Children:

  1. Isabella [b 1873] who was a milliner [1891]
  2. Hannah [b 1875]
  3. Sydney William [b 1882] who was an apprentice fitter (machine shop) [1901]

Sarah died 20th November 1899.

In [Q4] 1900, he married (2) Charlotte Holt [1848-1931] in Prestwich.


Charlotte was born in Bilston, Staffordshire
 

They had no children.

The family lived at

  • Stainland Road, Stainland [1881]
  • Oldham Road, Prestwich [1891]
  • 8 Grosvenor Street, Prestwich [1901]

Whitfield died 29th August 1911 (aged 61).

Charlotte took over at the Hare & Hounds [1917].

She died 25th March 1931 (aged 83).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Bray, WilliamRef 422-498
[1921-1942] Son of Albert Bray of Greetland.

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

He died 13th April 1942 (aged 21).

He was buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland [Grave Ref: G 14].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Bray, William JohnRef 422-290
[1858-19??] Born in Troston, Suffolk.

He was a railway carter [1901] / a carter for railway company [1911].

He married (1) Agnes Mary [1860-1907].


Agnes Mary was born in Guernsey, Channel Islands
 

Children:

  1. Annie Elizabeth [b 1884] who was a worsted rover [1901]
  2. Arthur [b 1886] who was an upholsterer [1901]
  3. Rose Esther [b 1887] who was a worsted spinner [1901]
  4. Agnes Mary [b 1895] who was a worsted winder [1911]
  5. Doris [b 1902]

Agnes Mary died in Halifax [Q4 1907] (aged 57).

In 1909, he married (2) Mary in Halifax.


Mary was the widow of
Thomas Archer
 

The family lived at

  • 19 Thomas Street South, Halifax [1901, 1911]
  • 9 Clifton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1917]



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