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Barber, A. G.Ref 124-1278
[18??-19??] Minister at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland. He resigned in 1922

Barber, AaronRef 124-2878
[1795-1875] Son of Henry Barber.

Born in Clifton; baptised at Hartshead [3rd May 1795?].

He was a wire drawer in Northowram [1817 ... 1837] / a shop keeper [1841] / a farmer of 30 acres [1851] / a farmer 40 acres employing 1 man [1871].

On 26th January 1817, he married Ann Tidswell [1798-18??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ann came from Northowram

Ann was dead by 1871.


  1. George [bapt 1817]
  2. Henry
  3. Ann [bapt 1821]
  4. Martha [bapt 1824]
  5. Susey [bapt 1827]
  6. John [bapt 1829]
  7. Samuel
  8. Sarah [b 1834]
  9. Joseph
  10. Ellen [b 1839]

They lived at

  • Haley Hill, Northowram [1841]
  • Lower Clay Royd, Southowram [1851, 1871]
  • Park Farm, Southowram [where he died 17th October 1875]

Barber, Agnes MarionRef 124-227
[1860-1960] Daughter of Fairless Barber.

Born in Rastrick.

In 1886, she married Lieutenant John George Haggard Rn [1850-1908] in Fulham.

John George was the brother of the writer Sir H. Rider Haggard

She travelled widely after her marriage.


  1. Phoebe [b 1886] who was born in the West Indies
  2. Joan [b 1889] who was born in Brest, France
  3. Andrew Rider [b 1892] who was born in Ditchingham, Norfolk
  4. Audry [b 1896] who was born in Austria

They lived at

  • Norwich Road, Ditchingham, Norfolk [1901]
  • 44 Paultons Square, Chelsea, London [1911]

She wrote poetry, literary criticisms, and several books under the pseudonym of John Berwick Some of her verses were used in books by Sir H. Rider Haggard, including Allan Quatermain. She did some calligraphy which appears on the drawing of a potsherd in She and which baffled a British Museum expert in Greek. She also drew the map written in blood on a shirt-tail which illustrated King Solomon's Mines.

In 1920, she co-authored a biography of her sister, Margaret Fairless Barber, entitled Michael Fairless, her life and writings.

She died at the age of 100

Barber, BenjaminRef 124-3132
[17??-17??] A card maker in Brighouse.

He married Mary [17??-1753].

Mary was buried at Saint Peter's, Hartshead

Barber, BenjaminRef 124-1098
[18??-18??] Gardener at Halifax.

In January 1854, he was declared insolvent

Barber, BenjaminRef 124-1
[1830-1???] Illegitimate son of Elizabeth Barber of Southowram.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [23rd April 1830]

Barber, BenjaminRef 124-14
[1853-1???] He was a mason [1906].

He married Unknown.


  1. George [b 1878] who was a postman [1906] & married Lucy Thornton

They lived at 4 Ogden Lane, Rastrick [1906]

Barber, CharltonRef 124-1146
[1845-1894] Or Charleton.

Son of William Barber.

Born 6th January 1845.

He was a card maker [1881, 1891].

In 1870, he joined his brother William in the family's card making business at their mill at Barker Royd, Southowram.

On 29th March 1871, he married Emma Farrar [1848-1930] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Southowram, was born 18th January 1848, the daughter of James Farrar


  1. Ethel
  2. Alice [1873-1932] who married Dr Thomas Wright Arnison  M.B

They lived at

Charlton died 30th June 1894.

Emma died at Savile Park Street [12th February 1930].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-R26]

Barber, Venerable EdwardRef 124-794
[1842-1914] MA.

Fourth son of Joseph Barber.

Born in Brighouse.

He was educated at St Peter's School, York and Magdalen College Oxford where  he studied mathematics / maths tutor of St Peter's College Radley.

He took holy orders [1865], and was curate at Radley, Berkshire [1871, 1881] / diocesan inspector of schools for Oxford [1872-1883] / Rector of Chalfont-Saint-Giles [1883] / Archdeacon of Chester [1886] / Canon residentiary of Chester Cathedral.

He attended the service to reopen the refurbished St Martin's Church, Brighouse [1895].

In [Q4] 1869, he married Edith Sarah Evetts [1848-1???] in Wycombe.

Edith Sarah was born in Iffley, Oxford


  1. George E. [b 1871]
  2. Arthur W. [b 1873]
  3. Cyril F. [b 1877]

He died Q3 1914 (aged 72).

He was buried in Chester Cemetery [27th September 1914]

Barber, EdwardRef 124-12
[1893-1915] VC.

Son of Sarah Ann & William Barber of Tring, Hertfordshire.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

He died 12th March 1915 (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, France [Grave Ref 2], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for

most conspicuous bravery on 12th March, 1915, at Neuve Chapelle. He ran speedily in front of the grenade company to which he belonged, and threw bombs on the enemy with such effect that a very great number of them at once surrendered. When the grenade party reached Pte. Barber, they found him quite alone and unsupported, with the enemy surrendering all about him

Barber, Emily JessopRef 124-2554
[1850-1878] Daughter of William Barber.

In 1871, she married John Armitage Atherton.

Her death was registered at Wetherby

Barber, EphraimRef 124-2913
[1826-1884] Son of William Barber.

Born in Thornhill Briggs, Brighouse.

He was a plasterer journeyman [1851] / a plasterer [1861, 1871, 1881].

He and his brother Absalom were both plasterers [1869].

In 1848, he married Hannah Harrington [1825-1915] from Keswick, Cumberland, at Brighouse.


  1. Mary Jane [b 1849] who married Charley Jessop
  2. Annie [b 1850] who married Frederick William Waller
  3. William [1852-1865]

The family lived at

  • New Close, Brighouse [1851]
  • Thornhill Brigg, Brighouse [1861]
  • 28 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1871]
  • 29 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1881]
  • Bradford Road, Brighouse [1891]

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Barber, EthelRef 124-1678
[1872-19??] Daughter of Charlton Barber.

Born in Southowram.

In 1901, she was a hospital nurse at the Leeds General Infirmary.

On 15th December 1908, she was made a provisional Staff Nurse in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service.

In 1911, she was a trained sick nurse at the McGregor Barracks, Aldershot.

In 1917, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross, First Class, by King George V

Barber, FairlessRef 124-347
[1835-1881] FSA, FRHistSoc.

Second son of Joseph Barber.

He was a solicitor.

His interests included antiquarian topics, archæology, and he was connected with the Brighouse Mechanics' Institute, the Penny Savings Bank, and other institutions. He was a worker for the temperance cause.

On 10th August 1859, he married Maria Louisa Musgrave [1833-1???] in Brighton.

Maria Louisa came from Finsbury, London


  1. Agnes Marion
  2. Mabel Alice [1863-1906] who married Joseph Oliver
  3. Margaret

They lived at Castle Hill House, Rastrick [1861].

He built South Lodge, Rastrick

Barber, FredRef 124-2862
[1872-1948] Son of Joseph Barber.

Born in Halifax.

He was a farmer [1891] / a farmer and landlord of the Punch Bowl, Boothtown [1901] / a cowman [1911].

In [Q2] 1897, he married (1) Emily Barlow in Halifax.

Emily was born in Halifax, the daughter of Telemachus Barlow


  1. Willie [b 1898] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  2. Joseph / Joe [b 1899] who was a part-timer /  worsted spinner [1911]
  3. Norman [b 1906]

Emily died 6th February 1909 (aged 37) 

In [Q1] 1910, he married (2) Jane Elizabeth Robinson [1876-1939] in Halifax.


  1. Emily [b 1913]
  2. Alice [b 1915]

They lived at Booth Bank, Boothtown [1911].

Jane Elizabeth died 23rd November 1939 (aged 63).

Fred Barber died 31st May 1948 (aged 76) 

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-A18]

Barber, FredRef 124-6
[1891-1917] Son of William Arthur Barber.

Born in Southowram [3rd November 1891].

He was a quarryman [1911] / employed by James Casson Limited at Norton Mills, Elland.

He lived at 5 Park Road, Elland.

During World War I, he enlisted [March 1916] and served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action at Cambrai [26th November 1917].

He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Nord France [Grave Ref 6 & 7], on Elland War Memorial, on Southowram War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Anne's Church, Southowram

Barber, GeorgeRef 124-7800
[1821-1868] Of Lightcliffe.

He married Martha [1816-1853].

George died 2nd August 1868 and was interred at the Stockport Borough Cemetery. There is a memorial to the couple in Mount Zion Chapel, Lightcliffe

Barber, GeorgeRef 124-13
[1842-1???] Born in Dukinfield, Cheshire.

He was a green grocer [1891].

He married Grace [1840-1???].

Grace was born in Stalybridge, Lancashire


  1. Herbert [b 1869] who was a mechanic borer [1891]
  2. Emily [b 1873] who was a coating weaver [1891] & married  George Broadbent
  3. Mary E. [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1891]
  4. Alice [b 1883]

They lived at 190 Boothtown Road, Halifax [1891].

Living with them [in 1891] was grandson Tom Parker [b 1887]

Barber, Rev Gerald LaurenceRef 124-5030
[1906-1972] Born 16th January 1906.

He was Vicar at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [1936, 1939].

In 1928, he married Florence Plant in Hendon, Middlesex.

Florence was born 25th June 1898

A Gerald Laurence Barber died in Buckrose, East Yorkshire [Q1 1972]

Barber, H.Ref 124-1296
[18??-18??] Greengrocer at Halifax.

In April 1863, he was declared bankrupt

Barber, HenryRef 124-17
[1739-1822] Son of Mary (née Drake) & Benjamin Barber.

Baptised at Hartshead [20th May 1739].

He was a clothier [1759] / a weaver [1767].

On 9th September 1759, he married Elizabeth Binns [1740-1819] at Elland Parish Church.

Elizabeth was baptised at Hartshead [15th March 1740]


  1. Mary [bapt 20th May 1764; bur 23rd September 1780]
  2. Benjamin [bapt 11th January 1767; bur 28th February 1768]
  3. Henry
  4. Samuel [bapt 4th August 1771; d after 1851]
  5. Jonathan [bur 24th April 1774]

The family lived at

  • Hartshead [1739, 1759]
  • Southowram [1764, 1767]
  • Capel Brear, Halifax [1767]
  • Southowram [1769, 1771]
  • Thornhill Bridges [1774, 1780]
  • Thornhills Farm [1788]
  • Thornhills [1822]

Other details:

Henry signed for himself when he married, which was unusual for the time, so presumably at least semi-literate.

1788 map and survey of the estate of Sir George Armytage of Kirklees Priory listed Henry as having a cottage with a garden by Thornhills Farm


Elizabeth died February 1819 (aged 79).

Henry died April 1822 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at Saint Peter's, Hartshead

Barber, HenryRef 124-3130
[1769-1849] Son of Henry Barber.

Baptised at Briers, Southowram [6th August 1769].

He was a wire-drawer [1792, 1838, 1841, 1849]

On 26th December 1791, he married Nancy Barraclough [1772-1838] in Hartshead.

Nancy was baptised in 1772


  1. Moses [1792-1792]
  2. Aaron
  3. Cain [1798-1859]
  4. Elisabeth [b 1800]
  5. William [b 1800]
  6. Henry

The family lived at

  • Thornhills [1792]
  • Hartshead-Clifton [1795]
  • Haley Hill, Northowram [1838, 1841]

Nancy died 6th August 1838.

Henry died at Sourmilk Hall, Northowram [29th March 1849] (aged 80).

He was buried at Saint Peter's, Hartshead [1st April 1849]

Barber, HenryRef 124-19
[1801-18??] He was a weaver [1841] / a woolsorter [1851].

Around 1832, he married Hannah [1801-1868].


  1. Elizabeth [b 1826]
  2. Rachel [b 1828] who was a wool spinner [1841] & married  [Halifax Q4 1849] Thomas Rowe
  3. Edward [b 1830] who was a wool spinner [1841]
  4. Thomas
  5. Fanny [b 1835] who was a wool spinner [1841], a bobbin  winder [1851]
  6. John N. [b 1837] who was a wool spinner [1841], a wool  comber [1851]
  7. William [b 1839] who was a wool comber [1851]
  8. Leah [b 1842] who was a nurse [1851] & married John Drake

They lived at Charles Town, Halifax [1841, 1851].

Living with them [in 1851] were lodgers Rachel Rowe [b 1828] and her daughter Eliza [b 1850]

Hannah died 23rd November 1868 (aged 67)  and was buried with other members of the family at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4395]

Barber, HenryRef 124-4572
[1805-1872] Son of Henry Barber.

Baptised at Hartshead [29th October 1805].

He was a weaver [1824, 1825] / a shoemaker [1827, 1833] / a cordwainer [1835, 1837, 1846] / a farmer [1851] / a farmer of 16 acres [1861] / a farmer [1871].

On 16th December 1824, he married Mary Helliwell [1806-1862] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Jane [b 1825]
  2. Susey Ann [1827-1894]
  3. William [b 1829]
  4. Thomas Henry
  5. Joseph [b 1833]
  6. Mary [b 1835]
  7. Elizabeth [b 1837]
  8. James [b 1840]
  9. Aaron [1844-1926]

The family lived at

Mary died 10th December 1862.

Henry died 15th November 1872 (aged 67).

The couple were buried at Bethesda Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bank Top

Barber, HenryRef 124-2879
[1819-1883] Son of Aaron Barber.

He was a farmer [1851] He was a greengrocer at Copper Street, Halifax [1861], Swine Market, Halifax [1871], and Gibbet Street, Halifax [1861]

He married Jane [1822-1890] from Northowram.


  1. John [b 1842]
  2. Ann [b 1845]
  3. Samuel [b 1850]
  4. Emma [b 1854]
  5. Alice [b 1857]
  6. Walter [b 1860]

The family lived at

  • Charles Town, Northowram [1841]
  • Range Bank, Northowram [1851]
  • 7 Copper Street, Halifax [1861]
  • Swine Market, Halifax [1871]
  • 15 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1881]

Barber, Henry JocelynRef 124-581
[1846-1899] Youngest child of Joseph Barber.

Brother of Fairless Barber.

He was born at 12 Church Lane, Brighouse [9th October 1846].

Baptised at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [1st November 1846].

He was a solicitor [1881, 1891].

He founded the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade Friendly Society and was a member of the Brighouse Brigade from 1864 to 1884, becoming Chief Officer at the age of 18. He was also involved in the Royal Insurance Volunteer Fire Brigade for Brighouse and district. The Henry Barber fire engine was named for him.

He wrote several pamphlets: Salvage Corps [1873] and Fire inquests [1883].

He was a keen amateur naturalist and kept several kangaroos in a paddock behind his house on Church Lane.

Around 1880, he was involved with the Brighouse Corps of the St John's Ambulance Brigade.

He died 12 Church Lane, Brighouse [3rd October 1899] & was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with his parents.

See Brighouse Subscription Fire Escape

Barber, HerbertRef 124-9
[1891-1916] Son of James Barber.

Born in Brighouse.

On 7th February 1914, he married Gertrude Broadbent [1894-1967] at Halifax Parish Church.

They lived at 31 Half House Lane, Hove Edge [1916].

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died in the Balkan theatre [10th September 1916].

He is remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Greece, on Brighouse War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Zion Methodist Free Chapel, Hove Edge

Barber, Rev HilaryRef 124-1247
[1966-] Vicar of Halifax [2007].

He was a child care officer in Strathclyde and in Lincolnshire. In 1985, he became lay clerk at Coventry Cathedral. In 1993, he became the warden of Catherington House, Portsmouth Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre. In 1996, he was appointed lay minister of St James Clansfield in the Portsmouth Diocese. After ordination he was appointed curate at St John's, Moston, Manchester. From 2000, he was Vicar at St Clement Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy

Barber, JamesRef 124-10
[1865-1910] Born in Southowram.

He was a quarryman fettler [1901].

In [Q2] 1891, he married Emily Oates [1868-1950] in Halifax.

Emily was born in Crawshawbooth, Lancashire


  1. Herbert
  2. Lilian [b 1898]

They lived at 77 Half House Lane, Hove Edge [1911]

Barber, James HenryRef 124-20
[1858-1925] Son of Thomas Barber.

Born in Halifax.

He was a silk & cotton weaver [1871] / a carpet weaver [1881].

In [Q4] 1879, he married Emma Taylor [1857-1926] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Halifax

They lived at 19 Horne Street, Halifax [1881].

James Henry died 9th April 1925 (aged 67).

Emma died 21st July 1926 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4395] with James Henry's grandmother Hannah Barber

Barber, JohnRef 124-1677
[1727-1810] Second child of Joshua Barber.

Baptised at Cleckheaton Independent Chapel [30th July 1727].

He married Sarah Schofield.


  1. Nancy [bapt 1754]
  2. Betty [bapt 1755]
  3. John [bapt 1758]
  4. Sarah [bapt 1761]
  5. Jacob [bapt 1763]
  6. Joseph [bapt 1765] who married Mary Gill from  Mirfield
  7. William

The children were all baptised Cleckheaton Independent Chapel.

Question: In 1820, a Mrs Barber [1724-1820] died at Barker Royd aged 96. Could this be his wife Sarah?


Barber, JohnRef 124-1106
[18??-1???] Owned land at Daisy Croft, Brighouse, some of which he would have sold to establish Daisy Croft Baths

Barber, JohnRef 124-584
[1800-1883] Son of William Barber.

Card maker at Larkfield, Brighouse and Victoria Mills, Brighouse. He lived at Slead Cottage [1845].

In 1874, John & William Barber were listed as card makers at Southowram.

He bought Bonegate Hall from William Ledgard.

He married Sarah (Sally) Swinden [1793-1881].

Sarah was born 10th December 1793

Child: William Swinden

Sarah died 28th January 1881.

John died 19th April 1883 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-M28]

Barber, JohnRef 124-16

He married Elizabeth [1826-1897].


  1. Aaron [1861-1870]

John died 26th January 1896 (aged 67).

Elizabeth died 25th May 1897 (aged 71).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1426]

Barber, John SavageRef 124-4
[1859-19??] Born in Leeds.

He was a boiler maker [1891] / a striker for a blacksmith [1901] / a stoker (stationary engine) [1911].

In 1884, he married Fanny Hopkins [1862-19??] in Halifax.

Fanny was born in Castleford


  1. Willie Ralph
  2. Thomas Hopkins [b 1890]
  3. Thomas Hopkins [b 1890] who was a mechanic fitter machine  tools [1911]
  4. Gertrude [b 1893]
  5. Gertrude [b 1893] who was a rover worsted [1911]
  6. Victor 5 Son "
  7. Victor [b 1896] who was an improver for overlooker [1911]

They lived at

  • 5 New Street, New Pellon, Ovenden [1891]
  • 10 Ripon Street, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1901] were boarders Martha Elizabeth Hinnings [aged 20] (worsted twister) and Mary Francis A Hinnings [aged 13] (worsted spinner).

Living with them [in 1911] was niece D. Wilde [aged 12] (setter worsted) 

Barber, JosephRef 124-583
[1805-1862] Son of William Barber.

He was an attorney at law in Brighouse [1846] / a card manufacturer and landowner.

He subscribed £100 to the formation of the Brighouse Town Hall Company [1866].

He was one of a number of attorneys who were

commissioned for taking acknowledgements of deeds executed by married women

In January 1830, he married (1) Dorothy Aspinall [1811-1831].

Dorothy died 3rd August 1831 (aged 20)  & was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-M28].

In 1832, he married (2) Marianne Thackeray [1811-1875].

Marianne came from Knaresborough


  1. William
  2. Fairless
  3. Margaret [1836-1910] who married John Pollard  Seddon an architect
  4. John who married Charlotte Downward and became an  engineer in Brighouse
  5. Charlotte Millicent [1859-1865]
  6. Edward
  7. Joseph Addison [b 1843] an engineer who married Sarah  Carr Dickinson from Leeds
  8. Janet Mary [1844-1845]
  9. Henry Jocelyn

They lived at

Joseph died in Horbury Bridge [19th March 1862].

His heirs were his wife Marianne, son William and Eliza Thackeray.

Marianne died in Pinner [13th September 1875].

Joseph, Marianne & Henry Jocelyn were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [Grave Ref: B70].

See William Kershaw

Barber, JosephRef 124-2877
[1836-1899] Son of Aaron Barber.

Born in Halifax [23rd December 1836].

He was a coal dealer [1871] / a grocer (master) [1881] / a master grocer at Pellon Lane [1888-1890] / landlord of the Punch Bowl, Boothtown [1890, 1894] / a licensed victualler & farmer [1891].

In 1869, he married Elizabeth Greenwood [1839-1898] in Halifax.

Elizabeth came from Southowram, and was born 27th April 1839.

She was a worsted weaver [1871]



  1. Fred
  2. Aaron [1874-10th January 1885]
  3. Willie [1878-24th March 1883]

They lived at

  • 28 Gibson Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 88 & 90 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1881]
  • Punch Bowl Inn, Booth Town Road, Halifax [1891]

Elizabeth died at the Punch Bowl [15th October 1898].

Joseph died at the Punch Bowl [2nd January 1899].

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £2,207 to his son Fred.

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-A19]

Barber, JoshuaRef 124-1676
[1???-17??] He was an early member of the Barber family.

He married Unknown.


  1. Susanna [bapt 1725]
  2. John
  3. Ann [bapt 1730]
  4. Joshua [bapt 1731]
  5. Mary [bapt 1733]

The children were all baptised at Cleckheaton Independent Chapel

Barber, Mabel AliceRef 124-198
[1863-19??] Second daughter of Fairless Barber.

Born in Halifax.

On 15th August 1883, she married Joseph Oliver [1856-1???] at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.

Her uncle, Rev Edward Barber conducted the ceremony.

Joseph was born in Greenwich, Kent. was a solicitor in Littlehampton

Barber, Margaret FairlessRef 124-348
[1869-1901] Daughter of Fairless Barber.

Born in Rastrick [7th May 1869].

She worked in the Kilburn Sisterhood hospital at Bermondsey in London. She entered the Mildmay Deaconess Institute. She was a chronic invalid as a consequence of a long-term spinal problem.

She wrote books under the pen-name Michael Fairless:

  • The Gray Brethren – The Gray Brethren and Other Fragments in Prose and Verse

    You can read the text on Project Gutenberg

  • The Gathering of Brother Hilarius [1901]

    You can read the text on Project Gutenberg

    The story of a 14th-century novice who is sent out from the Monastery to discover life and love. He sees life as England is ravaged by the Black Death

  • The Roadmender [1902]

    A sentimental book of the reflections of a Kent roadmender on his own life and death. The book comprises 3 sections: The Roadmender, Out of the Shadow, and At the White Gate.

    It ends with the sentence

    At the gateway then I cry you farewell

    She completed the book 3 days before her death in 1901

    You can read the text on Project Gutenberg

  • The Richest Man in Todmorden [1???]

She died in Sussex and was buried in the churchyard at St James's Church, Ashurst, Sussex.

A biography entitled Michael Fairless, her life and writings was published [Rastrick March 1920] by William Scott Palmer and Agnes Marion Haggard, her sister

Barber, Norman EricRef 124-459
[1881-1971] Son of Henry Barber.

Born 23rd October 1881.

He was Mayor of Halifax [1954-1955]. He was a Freeman of the Borough of Halifax.

He died 26th January 1971

Barber, P. T. O.Ref 124-2
[18??-19??] Recorded in 1917, when he was Secretary of the Ryburn [No 1283] Masonic Lodge at Beech Road, Sowerby Bridge

Barber, PeterRef 124-11

He married Eliza.

He was landlord of the Rose & Crown, Greetland [1897-1900].

Peter died at the Rose & Crown in 1900.

Eliza took over at the Rose & Crown [1900-1902]

Barber, SamRef 124-18
[1856-1902] Son of Thomas Henry Barber.

Born Coldwell Hill Farm, Southowram [13th August 1856].

He was a mill hand worsted [1871] / a delver [1879] / a stone delver [1879, 1880] / a quarryman [1881] / a quarryman (stone) [1891] / a stone delver [1895] / a stone quarryman [1901] / a stone delver [1902].

On 16th January 1879, he married Emily Schofield at Halifax Parish Church.

Emily was the daughter of John Schofield


  1. Amy Louise [10th August 1879-10th December 1954]
  2. Eleanora (Nellie) [30th August 1880-18th February 1966]  who married Leonard Hardcastle

They lived at

  • Coldwell Hill Farm, Southowram [1856, 1861, 1871, 1873]
  • Hipperholme [1879]
  • Watergate, Hipperholme [1879, 1880, 1881, 1891]
  • 8 Lane Ends Terrace, Hipperholme [1895, 1901, 1902]

Other details:

In 1891, he sold a cottage he occupied in Watergate, Hipperholme, to his wife's cousins, Joe Schofield, Norris Schofield and Frank Schofield

Emily died 24th September 1895.

Sam died at home [23rd August 1902] & was buried 26th August 1902.

The couple were buried at Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [Grave Ref: H9]

Barber, SamuelRef 124-3133
[1831-1898] Son of Aaron Barber.

Born in Northowram.

He was landlord of the Saddle, Market Street [1891] / innkeeper of the Albion Hotel, Claremount [1894-1898].

He married Mary A. [1832-1???] from Oldham.


  1. Elizabeth A. [b 1862]
  2. Martha A. [b 1871]

The family lived at

  • Clay Royd, Southowram [with his father 1871]
  • Park Farm, Southowram [where his father died 1875]

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1898.

Mary took over at the Albion Hotel [1898-1904]

Barber, SolomonRef 124-15
[1822-1894] Born in Heywood, Lancashire.

He was an iron foundry man [1861] / a millwright [1881] / a retired iron dresser [1891] / an out pauper [1891].

In [Q1] 1851, he married Sarah Smith in Halifax.

Sarah was born in Warley, the daughter of
Amos Smith.

She was a milliner & dressmaker [1861] / a dressmaker [1881, 1891, 1901]


They lived at

  • 6 Regent Court, Orange Street, Halifax (with Sarah's parents)   [1851]
  • 6 Cotton Street, Northowram [1861, 1881, 1891, 1901]
  • 11 Cotton Street, Range Bank, Northowram [1911]

Solomon died 9th March 1894 (aged 72).

Sarah Smith died 24th January 1917 (aged 90).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2429] with Mary Hannah Batty [1846-26th January 1917], John Battye [1846-11th May 1890] & Sarah Copen [1794-16th December 1869]

Barber, ThomasRef 124-21
[1832-1???] Son of Henry Barber.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wool spinner [1841] / a weaver [1851] / a ribbon weaver [1861] / a silk & cotton ribbon manufacturer [1871].

Around 1858, he married Amelia [1838-1???].

Amelia was born in Skircoat


  1. James Henry [1858-1925]
  2. Clara [b 1860]
  3. Louis [b 1863]
  4. Webster [b 1869]
  5. Flora Rebecca [b 1870]
  6. Edith [1872-1874] who was buried with her grandmother  Hannah Barber at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4395]

They lived at

  • 19 Orange Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 90 Hanson Lane, Halifax [1871]

Barber, Thomas HenryRef 124-5840
[1831-1867] Son of Henry Barber.

Born in Halifax [12th June 1831]; baptised in Halifax [30/10/1831].

He was a stuff dresser [1851, 1861] / a farmer [1867].

On 23rd February 1851, he married Mary Ann Gaukrodger at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Ann was the daughter of Samuel Gaukroger


  1. Ann [1853-1934]
  2. Sam
  3. Henry [1863-190?] who (possibly) married Mary Ann  [1864-1909] and had son Norman Eric Barber
  4. Frances [b 1865]
  5. James [b 1865]

The family lived at

Thomas Henry died 22nd June 1867.

Mary Ann died 4th August 1873.

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

Barber, W.Ref 124-2420
[18??-1???] He stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Election for MP for Halifax [March 1880]

Barber, WilliamRef 124-5

He married Unknown.


  1. Ann [bapt 1730]
  2. Mary [bapt 1732]
  3. John [bapt 1734]
  4. William [bapt 1740]

Barber, WilliamRef 124-1143
[1768-1844] Son of John Barber. From Mirfield.

He came to Halifax around 1797.

In 1797, he married Ann Charlton [1780-1818].

Ann came from Dewsbury


  1. Mary [1799-18??] who married Robert Fryer
  2. Sarah [bapt 1799]
  3. John
  4. Elizabeth [bapt 1802] who married William Armitage
  5. Sarah [bapt 1804]
  6. Joseph
  7. William
  8. child

The family moved to Barker Royd, Southowram.

William became a card maker.

Ann died 1st May 1818 (aged 38).

William died 19th March 1844 (aged 76).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-N28]

Barber, WilliamRef 124-3126
[1801-1869] Born in Rastrick.

He was a plasterer [1841, 1851] / a plasterer employing 2 men & 1 boy [1861].

On 4th March 1821, he married Mary Hoyle [1799-1849] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Brighouse


  1. Sarah [b 1821] who had a son William [January  1840-21st July 1841] who was born out of wedlock & buried in St  Martin's Church, Brighouse; Sarah married [Halifax 21st  November 1841] Jonas Empsall
  2. Ephraim
  3. Absalom [1829-8th October 1871] who was buried with his  parents

They lived at Thornhill Briggs, Brighouse [1841, 1851]

Mary died in Brighouse [31st January 1849].

William died in Brighouse [18th June 1869].

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [Grave Ref: E51]

Barber, WilliamRef 124-1144
[1809-1859] Youngest son of William Barber.

Born in Southowram.

He was a card maker [1841] / a farmer of 60 acres employing 5 labourers [1851] / a card maker employing 10 men [1851].

He carried on the family's card making business at their mill at Barker Royd, Southowram.

He married Ann Taylor [1809-18??] from Barkisland.


  1. Alice Ann [b 1839] who married [1877] William  Appleyard, the Vicar of Batley
  2. William
  3. Mary Eliza [1842-1866] who married Thomas Abbey Bottomley
  4. Charlton
  5. Emily Jessop
  6. James [b 1814]

In 1851, Alice Ann, Mary Eliza and Charlton were at Miss Elizabeth Hardy's school in Bonegate, Brighouse.

The family lived at

Ann died 27th November 1857 (aged 50).

William committed suicide, hanging himself in the Counting House at their Barker Royd mill [11th October 1859].

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-N28]

Barber, WilliamRef 124-B3073
[1819-1???] Of Southowram.

He was one of the gang who attacked Thomas Cockcroft and Robert Crossley in 1839.

He was arrested in Dublin and called himself William Thompson. A loaded pistol was found on him, together with a dagger and some sand-paper.

At the trial on 5th March 1840, he was transported to Van Diemen's Land for life.

He left England on the Lady Raffles [30th November 1840]

Barber, Judge WilliamRef 124-760
[1833-1892] QC.

Eldest son of Joseph Barber. He was educated at St Peter's, York and Worcester College Oxford.

In 1859, he married Elizabeth Birch.

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Birch, and niece of Rev Joseph Birch

In 1862, he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. He was Professor of Real and Personal Property to the Council of Legal Education. In 1882, he was appointed one of Her Majesty's Counsel. In 1889, he was appointed Judge of the Derbyshire County Court. He was interested in antiquarian topics

Barber, WilliamRef 124-1145
[1840-1899] Son of William Barber.

Born in Southowram [20th August 1840].

On the death of his father in 1859, he took over the family's card making business at their mill at Barker Royd, Southowram.

He was later joined by his brother Charlton.

He was a farmer 35 acres employing 2 men [1871] / a wire card manufacturer employing 15 men [1871] / a land owner [1871] / a card manufacturer employing 10 men [1881] / a retired card manufacturer [1891].

In 1862, he married Lavinia Stott [1837-1901] in Halifax.

Lavinia was born in Greetland, the daughter of John Stott


  1. Anne who died 6th January 1866 (aged 1 year & 10 months) 
  2. Eliza Ann [b 1866]
  3. William [b 1868]
  4. John Austin [b 1869] who was a corn miller [1891], a  farmer [1901]
  5. Henry Taylor [b 1873] who was a corn miller [1891], a  farmer [1901]

They lived at

  • Barker Royd, Southowram [1871, 1881]
  • 91 Spencer Place, Potter Newton, Leeds [1891]
  • Woodhouse Private House, Hatfield, Thorne, West Riding [1901]

William died 27th December 1899.

Lavinia died at Manor House, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster [5th June 1901] (aged 64).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-Q26]

Barber, William ArthurRef 124-6830
[1865-1905] Born in Southowram.

He was a stone miner [1889].

On 30th November 1891, he married Martha Ann Maude Ainley [1870-1938] at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

Martha Ann came from Marsh Delves, Southowram


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. Fred
  3. Lily [1896-1979] who was a worsted spinner [1911] married   [1925] Albert Warrington
  4. Henry Irving [1899-1965] who was a worsted setter [1911]
  5. Hilda [1901-1928] who married [1925] Arnold Brearley, died in the Morton Banks  Sanatorium, Keighley , and was buried at St Anne's  Church, Southowram
  6. Minnie [1904-1979] who married [1932] Lawrie Earnshaw Halstead

The children were born in Southowram & baptised at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

They lived at

  • Thorne Tree Cottages, Southowram [1891]
  • 14 Church Lane, Southowram [1911]

William was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram

Barber, William CambridgeRef 124-1246
[1839-1910] FRGS.

Born in Gloucester.

He moved to Halifax between 1872 and 1876.

He was Principal of Crossley Orphanage [1881-1910] / President of the Halifax Choral Society. He was an authority on Shakespeare.

In 1864, he married Mary Maria Milton Starr [1842-1914] in Gloucester.

Mary Maria Milton the eldest was the daughter of James Starr of Gloucester


  1. Amy Mary [b 1866]
  2. Ada Louise [b 1870]
  3. Howard Cambridge [b 1872]
  4. Florence Maude [1876-1954] who married Bernard Outram Osborn
  5. Leonard Cecil [b 1879]
  6. Clement Milton [b 1880]
  7. Francis James Neville [6th August 1884-1972]

He died 11th February 1910.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,002 6/6d. Probate was granted to his widow Mary Maria Milton.

Mary Maria died at Highnam, Burley-in-Wharfedale (aged 72) 

Barber, William JamesRef 124-3135
[1864-1???] Son of Abraham Barker.

He was a cotton spinner [1906]

Barber, William N.Ref 124-3162
[1???-19??] He lived at North Park House, Halifax [1936]

Barber, William SwindenRef 124-B368
[1832-1908] Brighouse architect.

He was in practice with James Mallinson at George Street, Halifax

Barber, William ThomasRef 124-8
[1916-1944] Son of E. & William Barber.

He married Mary.

They lived at Rastrick.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots.

He died 23rd September 1944 (aged 28).

He was buried at Faenza War Cemetery, Italy [Grave Ref III C 17]

Barber, Willie RalphRef 124-3
[1886-1918] Son of John Savage Barber.

He was scoutmaster at St Hilda's Church, Halifax / an apprentice to a joiner [1901] / a toffee boiler at Mackintosh's [1911] / conductor of Mackintosh's works glee-club

In [Q3] 1911, he married Elizabeth Chandler in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 6 Ripon Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax
  • 50 Albert Road, Pellon

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He was admitted to No.21 Casualty Clearing Station in France with acute abdominal pain and died half and hour later [19th January 1918] (aged 32).

The Halifax Courier [2nd February 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, France [Grave Ref VII D 25].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Hilda's Church, Halifax, and on the Memorial at John Mackintosh & Sons Limited


The Barber familyRef 124-1917
There were 3 major branches of the family in the district, all descended from Joshua Barber.


Barber surnameRef 124-7
An occupational surname given to someone who cut men's hair, or, until 1745, might also be a surgeon.

There are 65 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Barber, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Barber

Death 1897


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