Brooksbank ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Brooksbank are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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.

Brooksbank, MrRef 218-3730
[1???-16??] He married Grace [1600-1682].

Child: James

Grace Butler was buried at Halifax [19th December 1682]

Brooksbank, MrRef 218-1174
[15??-15??] Of Bank House, Warley. He was killed by Richard Dean in a duel

Brooksbank, MrRef 218-5

Recorded around 1900, when he was a butcher / meat purveyor at 61 Northgate, Halifax

Brooksbank, AbrahamRef 218-1223
[1???-16??] Of Shelf.

In 1626, he was required to pay composition

Brooksbank, DavidRef 218-2152
[1810-1889] Of Rastrick.

He was a butcher [1841, 1851, 1861] / a farmer of 13 acres [1871] / a farmer of 10 acres employing 1 man [1881].

On 18th July 1839, he married (1) Sarah Eastwood at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah was the daughter of
Joseph Eastwood

Sarah died in 1873.

In October 1880, he married (2) Esther Eastwood [1808-1885] in Halifax.

Esther was the daughter of Joseph Eastwood, and sister of his first wife

The family lived at

  • Church Street, Rastrick [1841, 1851, 1861]
  • Toothill Bank, Rastrick [1871]
  • Top o' th' Hill, Rastrick [1881]

David died 17th July 1889.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £787 8/-.

Members of the family were buried at Rastrick Church

Brooksbank, EdwardRef 218-1348
[16??-17??] Of Ox Heys Farm, Shelf.

He owned property at Robbers' Cave, Shelf

Brooksbank, GeoffreyRef 218-4
[1923-1945] Son of Annie & Harry Brooksbank of 18 Walker Street, King Cross, Halifax.

He was educated at Haugh Shaw School & Halifax Tech / a member of St Paul's Church & Choir / employed by W. Stead, butcher.

During World War II, he enlisted [June 1942], and served as a Signalman with the 52nd Division Signals Royal Corps of Signals.

He was killed in Germany [25th April 1945] (aged 22).

He was buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany [Grave Ref 4 L 1].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross

Brooksbank, GeorgeRef 218-982
[15??-16??] Of Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Child: John

Brooksbank, George WilliamRef 218-2609
[1804-1885] Of Halifax.

He was a warehouseman [1851] / butler & house steward at Grainsby Hall, Lincolnshire [1861] / a mechanic's labourer in Halifax [1871].

He married (1) Unknown.

In 1839, he married (2) Lydia Clayton [1814-1873].

Lydia was born in Wheatley


  1. John
  2. James Henry
  3. Gilbert [1854-1914] who has descendants in New Zealand

The family lived at Back Green Lane, Halifax [1871].

Lydia died in Halifax [2nd January 1873] (aged 59).

In 1881, George William was living at 18 North Castle Street, Halifax with son James Henry and family.

George William died in Halifax [24th January 1885] (aged 80) 

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1678] with Peace Ann Brooksbank [1858-1879]

Brooksbank, GilbertRef 218-240
[1???-1???] A Heptonstall priest killed in the Wakefield-Pontefract feud [16th century]

Brooksbank, HenryRef 218-6
[1830-1872] Son of John Brooksbank.

Born in Halifax.

He was a stone mason [1871].

In [Q2] 1851, he married Rebecca Priestley [1833-1???] in Halifax.

Rebecca was born in Halifax


  1. Elizabeth [b 1852] who was a lasting weaver [1871]
  2. John Edward [1860-1880] who was a mill hand [1871] who  was buried with his father
  3. Priscilla [b 1864] who was an arthur [1871]
  4. Priestley [b 1870]

They lived at Upper Mile Cross, Halifax [1871].

Henry died 6th June 1872 (aged 42), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2739]

Brooksbank, JamesRef 218-1349
[15??-15??] Built Ox Heys Mill, Shelf [1573] and Jacque Royd, Shelf

Brooksbank, JamesRef 218-718

In November 1673, he, Joshua Smith and Robert Ramsden, were arrested and taken to York for refusing to take the churchwardens' oath,

although they had faithfully served the office

In York, they each paid £6 and were released

Brooksbank, JamesRef 218-981
[1632-1708] Of Shelf.

Son of Mr Brooksbank.

He established Brooksbank's Gift.

His daughter married Thomas Oates

Brooksbank, JamesRef 218-923
[1853-1907] Born in Denholme.

He was a weaver [1889].

On 11th February 1889, he married Grace Mitchell [1855-1917] in Halifax.

Grace was born in Rochdale

Child: Leonard

They lived at Luddenden [1911]

Brooksbank, James HenryRef 218-3045
[1845-1921] Son of George William Brooksbank.

Born in Halifax.

He joined the police in Surrey.

He was a sergeant in the Halifax Police [1878] / retired [1894].

In [Q4] 1866, he married Alice Maude Frost [1847-1927] in Stepney.

Alice Maude came from Stepney, Middlesex


  1. George F. [b 1867] who was an errand boy [1881]
  2. John H. [b 1869] who was an errand boy [1881]
  3. Edwin [b 1877]
  4. Grace L. [b 1880]

The family lived at 18 North Castle Street, Halifax [1881].

James Henry died 11th April 1921 (aged 76).

Alice Maud died 23rd March 1927 (aged 80).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1678] with James Henry's parents, and Peace Ann Brooksbank [1858-1879]

Brooksbank, JohnRef 218-657
[1???-1???] He married Alice Barraclough

Alice was the daughter of
Richard Barraclough


  1. Phoebe
  2. Sara

Brooksbank, JohnRef 218-3401
[16??-1???] On 2nd August 1679, he married Anne, daughter of Timothy Wadsworth

Brooksbank, JohnRef 218-983
[16??-1715] Of Elland.

Son of George Brooksbank of Halifax.

He was a member of Heywood's church at Northowram. In 1685, Nonconformist meetings were held at his home.

In July 1689, he and Rev John Lister applied for a licence to hold preaching services at Brooksbank's house in Elland.

He married Bathshua.

Child: Joseph

He was an early member of the Brooksbank family of Elland.

Some sources record that he died in 1702, others that he died on 23rd September 1715.

See Elland Unitarian Chapel

Brooksbank, JohnRef 218-8

In [Q4] 1878, he married Martha Ann Holdsworth in Halifax.

Martha Ann was the daughter of
John Holdsworth


  1. Ralph [1884-1900] who was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1595] with his Holdsworth grandparents

Brooksbank, JohnRef 218-7
[1811-18??] He was a mason [1841].

He married Mary [1806-1852].


  1. Henry
  2. Sidney [b 1833]
  3. Ellen [b 1836]
  4. Emma [1839-1845] who was buried with her mother

They lived at Highroad Well, Halifax [1841]

Mary died 20th October 1852 (aged 46), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2739]

Brooksbank, JosephRef 218-1090
[1???-17??] Of Hackney, London and Healaugh Manor. Grandson of Joseph Brooksbank. In 1756, he endowed Elland Unitarian Chapel.

See Brooksbank's Charities

Brooksbank, Rev JosephRef 218-986
[1???-1739] Curate at Luddenden [1739]

Brooksbank, JosephRef 218-1100
[1???-1740] Curate at Luddenden [1728-1740]

Brooksbank, JosephRef 218-211
[1655-1726] Son of John Brooksbank.

He entered Brasenose College Oxford [1632], where he took a degree in Arts. He later took holy orders, and served as a curate. He moved to London, where he taught at a school in Fleet Street, and preached there. He became a haberdasher in Hackney, London. In 1699, he bought property on the Harper Royd estate from Robert Sturdie. In 1660, he published a Breviate of Lilly's Latin Grammar.

He was buried at the Dissenters' burial ground at Bunhill Fields, London.

In his will, he gave farming property and an endowment for the establishment of the Brooksbank Charities for the people of Elland

Brooksbank, LeonardRef 218-920
[1889-1917] Son of James Brooksbank.

Born in Halifax.

He was a blanket weaver [1911].

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

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

He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Nord France [Grave Ref 6 & 7], on Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Luddenden

Brooksbank, MichaelRef 218-248
[15??-16??] Of Ox Heys Farm, Shelf. He refused to take a knighthood from Charles I and paid the consequent composition of £10

Brooksbank, NicholasRef 218-2
[16??-1690] A preacher.

Heywood records that

he was seized on Wednesday with a palsey, died Fryday, buried on Monday July 28th 1690 at Elland

He was buried at Elland Parish Church

Brooksbank, ThomasRef 218-3
[1822-1888] Born in Halifax.

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

In [Q4] 1849, he married Jane Wood [1816-1???] in Halifax.

Jane was born in Norland

In 1851, a child – James Brooksbank [aged 4 years = born 1837] – is recorded as son living with the couple

They lived at

  • Highroad Well, Halifax [1851]
  • 40 Highroad Well, Halifax [1871]
  • 488 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1881]

Living with them [in 1871] was visitor William Wood [b 1866].

Thomas died 11th June 1888 (aged 66), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 106] with Harriet Musgrave.

Question: Does anyone know Thomas's link to the Musgrave family?


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

Brooksbank, WilliamRef 218-3457
[1817-185?] Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted weaver [1851].

In 1845, he married Caroline Rushton in Halifax.

Caroline was the daughter of
Benjamin Rushton


  1. Hannah [b 1846]
  2. Matilda Jane [1848-1866]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1850]
  4. Samuel [1852-1872]

The family lived at Highroad Well, Halifax [1851]

William died in 1852 or 1854.

In 1859, Caroline married John Highley.

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2721] with John Highley


The Brooksbank family of EllandRef 218-2828
An important family of dissenters. John Brooksbank was an early member of the family

The Brooksbank family of ShelfRef 218-1929
They owned property in Shelf, including Jacque Royd, Shelf and Ox Heys Farm, Shelf.

Members of the family included Edward Brooksbank, Michael Brooksbank, Abraham Brooksbank, James Brooksbank, and Mrs Anne Brooksbank


Brooksbank surnameRef 218-1
Other forms of the surname include Brockbank and Brookbank.

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

Thomas Brokesbank is recorded in 1379.

Not surprisingly, the name is derived from the Old English meaning the bank of a brook.

See Brook surname

There are 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Brooksbank, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Brooksbank

Marriage 1905; Death 1904

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2739


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