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Brown, MrRef 130-55
[1???-18??] Ann Walker's drawing master

Brown, DrRef 130-1803
[18??-19??] He lived in a house at Tate's Corner, Brighouse [1910]

Brown, AdmiralRef 130-20
[1839-1890] Son of John Brown.

He was a flag facer [1864] / a delver [1874].

In 1864, he married (1) Hannah Hartley [1840-187?].

Hannah was the daughter of Charles Hartley, delver


  1. Sarah [b 1865]
  2. Sam [b 1867]
  3. Nelson [b 1870]
  4. Ruth Ann [b 1874]

They lived at Dark Lane Head, Southowram [1871].

Living with them [in 1871] was mother-in-law Ruth Brown [b  1795].

Hannah died in 1872 (aged 32)  / 1874 (aged 36).

In 1874, Admiral married (2) Mary Hannah [1840-1876].

Mary Hannah was the daughter of William Blackburn, and widow of Mr Harrison

Mary Hannah died in 1876 (aged 36).

In [Q3] 1877, Admiral married (3) Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was the widow of John Aspinall

Admiral died Q3 1890 (aged 50) 

Brown, AlbertRef 130-25
[1861-1916] Born in Norwood Green.

He was landlord of the Woodlands Hotel [1911].

In 1887, he married Amelia Pearson [1864-1952] in Halifax.

Amelia was born in Elland


  1. John William

They lived at 6 Crown Street, Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse [1917]

Brown, AlbertRef 130-4
[1890-1917] MM.

Son of Jane & Albert Brown of Keighley.

Born in Keighley.

He was working in the Todmorden postal service [from December 1913] / in the Reserves.

He lived in Todmorden.

During World War I, called-up [5th August 1914], and he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He was awarded the Military Medal.

He died 31st March 1917.

The Todmorden & District News [20th April 1917] reported his death.

He was buried at Henin Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref II D 27].

He is remembered on Todmorden War Memorial

Brown, Rev AlbertRef 130-213
[1925-19??] He served at Wakefield and at Almondbury before becoming Vicar of St John The Divine, Rastrick [1956-1960], Curate at Sowerby Bridge [1960-1963], and Vicar of St Peter's Church, Walsden [1963-1972]. He went on to serve at Averham with Kelham, and at Rolleston with Fiskerton

Brown, Rev AlfredRef 130-1668
[18??-1876] MA.

A native of Leeds. He was curate at Calverley [1839-1841] before becoming Vicar of St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [1841]. He moved to succeed his father-in-law, Rev S. Redhead, as vicar at Calverley

Brown, AlfredRef 130-2635
[1893-1974] Born in Birds Royd, Rastrick. He became a wire drawer.

He was landlord of the Ring O' Bells, Rastrick [1937]. He said that he sold more beer after closing time than he did before 10:00 pm.

When he left the pub, it closed down [1961].

On 14th July 1917, he married Frances Hartley [1894-1972] at St Matthew's Church, Rastrick.


  1. Herbert [1917-1993]
  2. Albert [1920-2001]

When they retired from the Ring O' Bells, Alfred & Francis lived at Bryan Street, Rastrick

Brown, Anthony ThomasRef 130-45
[1839-1880] Son of Anthony Brown, lead miner.

Born in Hartington / Skipton [1861].

He was a mechanic of Coney? Lane, Keighley [1859] / a mechanic [1861, 1871, 1875].

In 1859, he married (1) Sarah Hodgson [1842-1875] at St Mary's Church, Eastwood, Keighley.

Sarah. of Eastwood Square, Keighley. was born in Foulridge, Lancashire.

Her father was not recorded on the marriage records



  1. John William
  2. Alice [b 1863] who was a worsted winder [1881]
  3. Mary [b 1866] who was a worsted weaver [1881]
  4. Jane [b 1869] who was a worsted spinner [1881]
  5. Smith [b 1871] who was a barber's assistant [1881]
  6. Harry [b 1873]

Sarah died in Halifax [Q1 1875] (aged 33).

On 27th March 1875, Anthony Thomas married (2) Ann Laycock [1841-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ann, of Skircoat, was born in Keighley, the daughter of William Laycock, comber


  1. Eliza [b 1876; bapt All Souls' Church, Halifax April 1876]

They lived at

  • Low Street, Keighley [1861]
  • 7 Albert Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 142 Boothtown Road, Northowram [1881]

Anthony Thomas died in Halifax in 1880 (aged 41) 

Brown, AquilaRef 130-9
[1863-1935] Son of Anne & Charles Brown.

Born in Greetland.

In [Q2] 1891, he married Susannah Pickles in Todmorden.

Susannah was the daughter of
John Pickles


  1. Edith [b 1895]
  2. Doris [b 1898]
  3. Ernest [b 1903]

They lived at Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire [1901, 1911].

Aquila died at Ashton [Q3 1935] (aged 69) 

Brown, ArthurRef 130-59
[1867-19??] Son of Richard Brown, engine tenter.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a corn miller of Hole Bottom, Stansfield [1890] / a corn miller [1891] / an operative corn miller [1901, 1911].

In [Q1] 1890, he married Lucy Hannah Sunderland at Halifax Parish Church.

Lucy Hannah, of Cinderhill Terrace, Stansfield, was born in Blackshaw, the daughter of
William Sunderland


  1. Ruth Annie [b 1891]
  2. Wilfred [b 1893] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  3. Clarence Arthur
  4. Richard Dennis [b 1898] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  5. Alvah [b 1900]
  6. Dorothy L. J. [b 1904]
  7. Hilda W. [b 1906]
  8. Gwendoline M. M. [b 1910]

The family lived at

  • 4 Springfield Terrace, Stansfield (with Lucy Hannah's  widowed father )[1891]
  • 12 Back Springfield Terrace, Todmorden [1901]
  • 2 Springfield Terrace, Todmorden [1911]

Brown, ArthurRef 130-33
[1879-1927] Born in Bedale.

He was a labourer (Halifax Corporation Sewage) [1911].

Around 1900, he married Emily Lily [1884-1933].

Emily Lily was born in Boston, Lincolnshire


  1. Frances Gladys [b 1901]
  2. Douglas William [1903-10th January 1969]
  3. Mary Ellen [b 1905]

They lived at 1 Backhold Farm, Siddal [1911].

Arthur died 19th February 1927 (aged 48).

Emily Lily died 6th April 1933 (aged 49).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D44]

Brown, BenjaminRef 130-47
[17??-1836] He was landlord of the Chequers, Southowram [1836].

On Saturday 17th September 1836, a newspaper reported

on Tuesday, a person named Brown who kept the Chequers public house on the top of Southowram Bank was found dead in a stone delph near his own house. It is supposed that he had fallen in the night, the delph being close to the edge of the road and without any protection of passengers

Brown, BenjaminRef 130-29
[1884-1918] Son of Rose Julia & Robert Brown of 103 Wyke Common, Wyke.

During World War I, he served as a Private with Y Company 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died 9th October 1918 (aged 34).

He was buried at Sancourt British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I B 18].

He is remembered on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial

Brown, Rev BramwellRef 130-36
[1858-1918] Born in Pulham St Mary, Norfolk.

He was a Wesleyan Minister [1901].

In [Q2] 1886, he married Mary Ann [1863-19??] in Loddon, Norfolk.

Mary Ann was born in Hales, Norfolk


  1. Cecil B. [b 1899]

They lived at Annesley House, Elland [1901].

Bramwell died in Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire [Q3 1918] (aged 61) 

Brown, Burdett LambtonRef 130-54
[1821-1888] Son of Catherine [1816-1???] & George Brown [1816-1???], a smith.

Born in Washington, County Durham.

He was an engineer [1841] / a practical engineer [1851] / a wrought iron tube maker employing 35 men & 16 boys [1871] / an agent to wrought iron tube depot [1881].

In [Q3] 1844, he married (1) either Ann Balmbrough or Ann Morgan [1819-1848] in Durham.


  1. Jane Ann [bapt Easington 9th January 1846]
  2. Hannah Mary [b 1848]

Ann died (possibly of perinatal complications) [30th May 1848] (aged 29), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4553].

In [Q1] 1850, he married (2) Elizabeth Mary Brown [1826-1???] in Auckland, County Durham.

Elizabeth Mary was born in Washington, Country Durham


  1. Ralph L. [b 1851] who was a wrought iron tube maker  [1871], a clerk to wrought iron tube depot [1881]
  2. Lizzie S. [b 1852]
  3. Mary O. [b 1857]
  4. George Philip [b 16th December 1856; bapt Barnsley 19th  January 1873] who married [West Bromwich 27th September 1879] Jane  Jones
  5. Tom L. [b 1860] who was a theological student [1881]

The family lived at

  • Bridge Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire [1851]
  • 39 Church Hill, Wednesbury, Staffordshire [1871]
  • 23 Hanover Square, Leeds [1881]

Burdett died in Leeds [Q1 1888] (aged 67) 

Brown, CharlesRef 130-52
[1838-1910] Born in Otley [9th May 1838].

He was a printer compositor [1871] / a letterpress printer [1881].

In [Q1] 1861, he married Mary Matilda Bakes [1840-1885] in Halifax.

Mary was born 19th October 1840, the daughter of
William Holdsworth Bakes


  1. Margaret Elizabeth [1862-1870]
  2. Annie [b 1866] who was a book stacker [1881]
  3. Clara Bakes [1868-1869]
  4. Jabez William [b 1871]
  5. Mabel [b 1872]
  6. Thomas Alfred [1874-1895] who was a brace maker [1895]  
  7. Florence [b 1877]

The family lived at

  • 12 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1871]
  • 57 Raglan Street, Halifax [1881]

Mary Matilda died 26th August 1885 (aged 45).

Charles died 18th September 1910 (aged 72).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2574] with sister-in-law Elizabeth Gill

Brown, Charles FrancisRef 130-1715
[1873-19??] Son of John Francis Brown.

Born in Brighouse.

He was an ironmonger [1901, 1911]. He joined the family business – J. F. Brown & Company Limited.

In 1898, he married Isabella Scott [1875-19??] in Halifax.

Isabella came from Rastrick


  1. Marion [b 1900]
  2. Wilfred [b 1902]

They lived at

  • 102 Rastrick Common, Rastrick [1901]
  • 22 Rayners Road, Brighouse [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was mother-in-law Jane Scott [b  1834]

Brown, Clarence ArthurRef 130-3
[1895-1918] Son of Arthur Brown.

He was a cotton weaver [1911] / employed at Stansfield Mill.

During World War I, he enlisted [July 1916], and he served as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards.

He was killed whilst leading his section in an attack [27th August 1918] (aged 23).

The Todmorden & District News [13th September 1918] reported his death

He was buried at H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St.Mein, France [Grave Ref IV G 23].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, Cross Stone, and on the Memorial at Springside Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Stansfield.

His brother-in-law Alvah Sunderland also died in the War

Brown, Clarence BarkerRef 130-920
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1981-1982]

Brown, Dr DorisRef 130-841
[1???-19??] MB, ChB, DPH.

Daughter of George Frederick Brown of Carlisle.

She married Commander Selwyn Gerald Caygill Rawson

Brown, Dougald McLaurinRef 130-3880
[1848-1906] In [Q3] 1873, he married Mary Robinson in Halifax.

Children: Ernest

They lived at Whitehall Villas, Lightcliffe.

He died 13th May 1906 & was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £2,632 9/1d to Mary

Brown, E.Ref 130-1568
[18??-19??] In 1878, he acquired the business of Henry Barker and established E. Brown & Company

Brown, Rev E. CliveRef 130-1244
[19??-19??] Minister at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden [1966]

Brown, EdwinRef 130-37
[1832-1896] Son of Joseph Brown.

He was a cotton spinner [1861] / a cotton operative [1881].

On 6th May 1885, he married Mary Ann Crabtree [1865-1???].

Mary Ann was the daughter of Betty & John Crabtree


  1. John [b 1856]
  2. Joseph [b 1857]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1862]
  4. William [b 1864]
  5. Sarah [b 1867]

The family lived at

  • Hirst, Wadsworth [1861]
  • King Street, Stansfield [1881]

Living with them [in 1861] was mother-in-law Betty Crabtree [b  Heptonstall 1791].

Edwin died in 1896 (aged 64)

Brown, ErnestRef 130-6680
[18??-19??] Son of Dougald McLaurin Brown.

In 2nd June 1904, he married Lilian Holt at St Matthew's Lightcliffe.

Lilian was the younger daughter of Charles Edward Holt

Brown, FrankRef 130-8
[1890-1915] Son of Fred Brown.

He was an iron turner [1911].

In 1913, he (possibly) married Hazel Siddall in Halifax.

They lived at 2 Water Hill, Friendly.

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

He died 20th December 1915 (aged 24).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [8th January 1916].

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II D 22A].

In 1920, Hazel married Arthur R Horner in Halifax.

They lived at 2 Shaw Hill Lane, Halifax

Brown, FredRef 130-30
[1856-1???] Son of Charles Brown, weaver.

Born in Halifax.

He was a carpet weaver [1877, 1881, 1891] / a Brussels carpet weaver [1901].

In 1877, he married Elizabeth Ann Lawson [1855-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth Ann, of Halifax, was the daughter of William Lawson, shoemaker


  1. William L. [b 1878] who was a carpet weaver's creeler  [1891]
  2. Fred
  3. Maria [b 1883] who was a pinafore machinist [1901]
  4. Florence [b 1888]
  5. Arthur [b 1892]

The family lived at

  • 11 South Darley Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 5 Back Corporation Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 13 Commercial Road, Halifax [1901]
  • 11 Pleasant Street, Halifax [1917]

Living with them [in 1881] was Fred's widowed father Charles Brown [b Market Harborough, Leicestershire 1822] (carpet weaver)

Brown, FredRef 130-7
[1865-1???] Born in Luddendenfoot.

He was a steam engine maker's turner [1891, 1901] / an iron turner and a patient at Royal Halifax Infirmary (suffering  from Haemorrhoids) [1911].

In 1889, he married Alice Boots in Halifax.

Alice was born in Charlbury, Oxfordshire


  1. Millicent [b 1890] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  2. Frank
  3. Dorothy [b 1907]

They lived at

  • 3 Perseverance Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 9 Canal View, Luddenden Foot [1901]
  • 27 Bankfield Terrace, Friendly, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Brown, FredRef 130-27
[1881-1917] Son of Fred Brown.

He was a member of the Halifax Volunteers [for 14 years] / a worsted spinner [1891] / a Brussels creeler [1901] / a weaver [1903] / a carpet weaver [1911] / employed at Crossley's at Dean Clough, Halifax [for 20 years] / a carpet weaver in Canada [from 1912].

In 1903, he married Eliza Jane McLeod [1882-19??] at St James's Church, Halifax.

Eliza Jane, a card dresser of 6 Lee Bridge, was the daughter of Mordecai McLeod, dyer


  1. Stanley [b 1904]
  2. Winifred [b 1906]
  3. Norman A. [b 1912]
  4. child
  5. child

They lived at 11 Commercial Road, Halifax [1911].

In 1912, they emigrated and lived in Toronto, Canada.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry.

He was killed in action at Vimy Ridge [9th April 1917] (aged 36).

He was buried at Canadian Cemetery No 2, Neuville-St Vaast, France [Grave Ref 1 B 16].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Brown, Fred B.Ref 130-44

He is recorded [1870] when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery

Brown, Rev G. ParryRef 130-1643
[18??-19??] Minister at Waring Green Congregational Church [1904]

Brown, GeorgeRef 130-947
[1???-18??] In the early 19th century, he ran a private school in Halifax

Brown, GeorgeRef 130-3069
[17??-18??] Tailor in Halifax.

He married Sarah Dixon.


  1. Mary who married Alexander Place

Brown, GeorgeRef 130-51
[1828-1908] Born in Warley.

He was an overlooker [1862] / a cotton warp dresser [1871] / a wool dealer and waste warehouseman [1881] / a worsted warp beamer [1891].

In [Q4] 1854, he married Rebecca Illingworth [1833-1918] in Halifax.

Rebecca was born in Halifax.

She was a chapel cleaner [1871]



  1. Thomas Hardy [1857-1858]
  2. William Henry [1861-1862]
  3. Martha Ann [1859-1917] who was a (staple) worsted weaver  [1881], a woollen weaver [1891]
  4. Elizabeth [1864-1920] who was a (staple) worsted weaver  [1881], a worsted coating weaver [1891], assistant at Park Road Baths [1901]

The family lived at

  • Chapel House, St John's Lane, Halifax [1871]
  • 14 Horne Street, Halifax [1881, 1891]
  • 7 Lower Hope Street, Halifax [1901]

George died 5th August 1908 (aged 80).

Rebecca died 18th October 1918 (aged 85).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2217]

Brown, GeorgeRef 130-49
[1835-1???] Born in Halifax.

At Hereford Assizes, on 2nd July 1877, he was convicted to 7 years' imprisonment for housebreaking.

He was a convicted felon in Pentonville Prison, Islington, London [1881].

On 23rd January 1884, he committed a breach of the Penal Servitude Act, refusing to produce his licence when requested, and was sentenced to 1 calendar month imprisonment, and was removed to Pentonville Prison [22nd February 1884]

Brown, GeorgeRef 130-48
[1840-1911] Born in Halifax.

He was a master cabinet maker employing 1 man [1871] / a Special maker of Chairs & Snap Tables to the Trade [1874] / a cabinet maker employing 1 man & 1 boy [1881] / a cabinet maker [1901].

In [Q1] 1864, he married either Ruth Robinson or Ruth Platts [1841-1912] in Halifax.

Ruth was born in Halifax.

She was a carpet setter [1871]


They lived at

  • 22 Taylor Street, Green Lane, Halifax [1871, 1874]
  • 22 Carpet Street, Halifax [1881, 1891, 1901]

George died 31st March 1911 (aged 71).

Ruth died 11th March 1912 (aged 71).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 982] with an unidentified Annie Jackson [1868-1938]

Brown, George NathanRef 130-15
[1871-1???] Son of John Brown.

Born in Sudbury, Suffolk.

He was a rope maker of Claremont, Northowram [1895] / a rope & twine maker [1901].

In 1895, he married Mary Ellen Marchbank [1875-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Ellen, of Claremont, Northowram, was born in Halifax, the daughter of Isaiah Marchbank, overlooker.

She was a worsted rover [1901]



  1. Louis John
  2. Phyllis [b 1903]

They lived at 20 Miall Street, Halifax [1901].

Mary Ellen died in Halifax [Q3 1908] (aged 33).

In 1911, the family were living with George Nathan's father

Brown, George Percy S.Ref 130-28
[1887-1917] Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Halifax Secondary School.

In 1910, he married Unknown.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 4th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment).

He died 27th September 1917 and is remembered at Lightcliffe Old Church Graveyard, on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 31-34, 162, 162A & 163A], and on the Memorial at Halifax Secondary School

Brown, HenryRef 130-149
[1???-1861] A member of Halifax Town Council [1856-1861].

He died 17th July 1861

Brown, HenryRef 130-5660
[18??-18??] Partner in Brown & Hodgson [1861]

Brown, HenryRef 130-14
[1868-1918] Born in Newcastle upon Tyne.

He married Mary.

They lived at 18 Parker Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) and was transferred to the Labour Corps.

He died in Halifax [20th March 1918] (aged 50)  & is remembered with a CWGC headstone at Stoney Royd Cemetery

Brown, Henry BoxRef 130-344
[1815-1???] He was born a slave in Virginia.

In 1849, he married another slave and they and their children were sold to a plantation owner in North Carolina. He escaped from slavery by being sent in a box to James McKim, an anti-slavery campaigner in Pennsylvania. In 1851, he wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown. He went on to become a well-known speaker for the Anti-Slavery Society. Around 1860, he visited and spoke in Todmorden on several occasions

Brown, Henry FrancisRef 130-58
[1863-1???] He was a labourer [1888].

He married Betsy.


  1. Percy [b 9th April 1888; bapt Sowerby 10th June 1888]

The family lived at Dean Head, Sowerby [1888]

Brown, Henry WrayRef 130-8601
[17??-1???] Assistant Curate at Sowerby Bridge [1790]

Brown, HerbertRef 130-21
[1888-1917] Son of Sarah Jane & Thomas Brown of 27 Birds Royd, Brighouse.

He was a player with Rastrick & Elland football teams / employed by Walshaw, Drake & Company Limited.

He emigrated to Canada.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914], and he served as a Lance Corporal with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was hit in the spine at Arras.

He died in the hospital train [26th April 1917] (aged 29).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XIX K 15A].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial, and on Rastrick War Memorial

Brown, HerbertRef 130-11
[1896-1916] Son of Sam Brown.

Born in Sowerby.

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

He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 2A, 2C & 2D]

Brown, Dr Ian GathererRef 130-9412
[1920-1990] Son of Dr John Gatherer Brown.

Born in Bradford.

In 1945, he married Elma Patricia Mitton [1921-2000] in Halifax.

Elma was born in Halifax


  1. Rosemary G. [b 1948]

They lived at Knowle House, Lightcliffe [1990].

Ian died at home [29th August 1990].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £267,605

Brown, Miss IreneRef 130-1656
[19??-19??] A well known member of the Brighouse Women's Cricket Club. In July 1945, she married W. Chinn

Brown, Dr J.Ref 130-2389
[18??-19??] He was Medical Officer of Health for Greetland [1895]

Brown, Rev J.Ref 130-2891
[18??-19??] Pastor at Lee Mount Baptist Church [September 1912-February 1919]

Brown, Rev J. MarcusRef 130-1315
[18??-19??] Methodist Minister at Sowerby New Road Primitive Methodist Chapel [1905] He was mentioned at the re-opening of Warley Clough Methodist Chapel, Sowerby in November 1905

Brown, J. T.Ref 130-2646
[18??-19??] Partner in Nicholl & Brown

Brown, JamesRef 130-57
[1819-1???] In March 1838, he and Joseph Ratcliffe were charged with breaking into the house of William Walker at Brighouse and stealing hams therefrom.

Before being sentenced, Brown said

Never mind, they can nobbut transport us

Both were found Guilty of burglary [3rd March 1838], and were transported for 15 years

Brown, James B.Ref 130-1811
[18??-19??] Partner in R. B. Brown & Sons.

He lived at Stalheim, Hebden Bridge [1905]

Brown, JohnRef 130-46
[1771-1836] Of Halifax.

He was an ostler [1798, 1805] / inn keeper / owner at the Lord Nelson, Halifax [1810, 1817].

On 21st October 1798, he married Sarah Mann [1767-1855] at Halifax Parish Church (by licence).

Witnesses: William Matten & John Kellett


  1. George [bapt 1st September 1799] who was described as  of the firm of Morrison, Dillon & Company, London [in  his mother's obituary 1855]
  2. Jane or Ann [bapt 6th July 1801; bur 27th July  1801] who died aged 5 weeks & 4 days, & was buried with her parents
  3. John [bapt 10th July 1803]
  4. Thomas [bapt 6th April 1807]
  5. William [bapt 6th April 1807; bur 31st May 1807] who died  aged 1 year & 5 months, & was buried with his parents

The children were baptised / buried with their parents at Square Chapel, Halifax.

John died 16th February 1836 (aged 64).

Sarah died of bronchitis [5th March 1855] (aged 88).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax: John [22nd February 1836]

Brown, JohnRef 130-326
[18??-1???] He was landlord of the Friendly, Warley [1882, 1887, 1894].

He married Unknown.


  1. Abigail [b 1857] who married Arthur Thomas

Brown, JohnRef 130-1191
[18??-18??] Master of Clifton Free School [1853-1861]

Brown, JohnRef 130-160
[18??-18??] Lithographer and law stationer at George Street, Halifax [1850]

Brown, JohnRef 130-2480
[18??-19??] Brass founder at Rastrick.

In May 1891, he was declared bankrupt

Brown, JohnRef 130-19
[1804-18??] He was a road labourer [1841] / a stone breaker [1851].

He married Ruth [1796-18??].

Ruth had a son: William Greenwood [b 1826] who was a flag facer [1851]


  1. Mary Ann [b 1833]
  2. Admiral

The family lived at Hall Ings, Southowram [1841, 1851]

Brown, JohnRef 130-56
[1814-1873] Born in Cleckheaton.

He was a woolsorter [1853] / a wool buyer [1871] / a wool dyer [1873].

In [Q3] 1849, he married Hannah Crossley [1816-1888] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Sowerby


  1. Emma [b 1850] who was a dressmaker [1871]
  2. Sarah [1851-1853]
  3. Mary Jane [1853-1868]
  4. Major [b 1855]
  5. Julia [b 1857] who was a book sewer [1871]

The family lived at 16 Colbeck Street, Halifax [1871].

John died 17th October 1873 (aged 59).

Hannah died 17th August 1888 (aged 72).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3170] with Martha Wade [1830-1907]

Brown, JohnRef 130-16
[1843-19??] Born in Cavendish, Suffolk.

He was a labourer [1895] / a sanitary labourer [1911]

He married Unknown.


  1. George Nathan
  2. Frances Ann [b 1876] who was a worsted weaver [1911]

The family lived at 3 Walshaw Street, Halifax [1911].

Living with the widowed John [in 1911] were son John and his children

Brown, Dr JohnRef 130-32
[1862-1925] LRCP, LRCS, LFPS.

Born in Donegal, Ireland.

He qualified at Belfast and Edinburgh [1889].

He was Medical Officer of Health Greetland Urban District [1895, 1900].

In 1894, he married Grace Hewat McKenzie [1868-19??] in St Giles Reg. District, Scotland.

Grace was born in Edinburgh


  1. John Laird McKenzie (Brown) born in West Vale [Q4 1896]

They lived at

  • Dean Street, Greetland [1901]
  • 17 Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, London [1911]
  • 37 Upper Walthamstow-road, Walthamstow, Essex [1925]
  • 59 Bressey-grove, South Woodford, Essex [1938]

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was sister Margaret Brown [b  1857].

John died 1st June 1925 (aged 64).

Grace died 4th November 1938 (aged 71) 

Brown, John FrancisRef 130-1035
[1836-1882] Born in Brighouse.

He was an ironmonger [1881] and established J. F. Brown & Company, the ironmonger and hardware business in Brighouse.

In 1857, he married (1) Ann Bottomley [1838-1871] in Halifax.

In 1873, he married (2) Annie Maria Foster [1848-1???] in Halifax.

Annie Maria came from Marlborough, Wiltshire


  1. Charles Francis
  2. John Foster [b 1875]
  3. Minnie [died in infancy 1877]
  4. Rosa Adelaide [b 1880] who was an assistant school  mistress [1901]
  5. George Henry [b 1883] who was an ironmonger's apprentice  [1901]

They lived at

  • a villa residence at Thornhill Briggs [1878]
  • 5 Garden Road, Hipperholme with Brighouse [1881]
  • High Street, Brighouse [1891]

After his death, Annie took over the business in partnership with Joe Naylor.

In [Q4] 1891, she married Samuel Turner Shaw in Halifax.

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse on the north side of the Church

Brown, Dr John GathererRef 130-9800
[1890-1962] Born in East Preston, Sussex.

He lived at 83 Claremont Street, Aberdeen [1914].

He was a physician & surgeon in Brighouse [1939].

In 1916, he married Rose Edith Sarll [1885-1969] in Huntingdon.

Rose Edith was born in Huntingdon


  1. Ian

They lived at Knowle House, Lightcliffe [1939].

John died in Halifax General Hospital [10th December 1962].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £15,468 9/-.

Probate was granted to his widow Rose Edith

Brown, John PerrinRef 130-18
[1885-1945] MB.

Son of Dr William Perrin Brown

Brown, John WilliamRef 130-3490
[1861-19??] Son of Anthony Brown.

Born in Keighley.

He was a worsted spinner [1871] / an engine & tool fitter & turner [1881] / a mechanic [1882] / a bicycle manufacturer (employer) [1891] / a engineer motor car maker [1901] / a mechanic, gas engines maker [1911].

In 1895, he went into partnership with Thomas Potter Buckton as Buckton & Brown.

In 1882, he married Emily Robinson [1862-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Emily, of Boothtown, was the daughter of Craven Robinson, overlooker


  1. Florrie / Florence [b 1884] who was a dress maker [1901, 1911]

They lived at

  • 11 Booth Bank, Northowram [1891]
  • Tenterfield House, Northowram [1899]
  • 3 Tenterfield, Northowram [1901]
  • 53 Highfield Road, Bramley, Leeds [1911]

Brown, John WilliamRef 130-23
[1876-1918] Son of Sam Brown of Rastrick.

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

He died 27th March 1918 (aged 42).

He was buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XII A 11]

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial

Brown, John WilliamRef 130-22
[1887-1917] Son of Albert Brown.

Born in Brighouse.

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

He died 3rd May 1917 (aged 30).

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

Brown, JosephRef 130-35
[1784-18??] Born in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.

He was a weaver of Heptonstall [1812] / a painter [1841, 1851, 1861].

On 27th September 1812, he married Margaret Gabbett [1792-18??].

Margaret came from Heptonstall


  1. William [b 1813]
  2. George [b 1816]
  3. Mary [b 1819]
  4. Sarah [b 1821] who had an illegitimate son  Napoleon
  5. Caroline [b 1823]
  6. Emma [b 1827] who married [25th February 1849] William  Redman [1825-1???], son of William Redman
  7. Edwin [buried 1831]
  8. Edwin
  9. Elizabeth [b 1835]

They lived at

  • Garden Street [1841]
  • 6 Garden Street, Wadsworth [1851, 1861]

Living with them [in 1851] were brother-in-law Richard Gabbett [b Burnley 1790] (a pauper formerly brickmaker), and grandchildren Napoleon Brown & Selina Brown [b 1847].

Living with them [in 1861] were grandchildren George Brown [b  1848] & Joseph Brown [b 1853]

Brown, Rev JosephRef 130-39
[1830-1869] Son of Robert Brown.

Born in Malton.

He was a bricklayer's apprentice [1851] before becoming a clergyman, and serving in New Malton.

He died 11th December 1869 (aged 39), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1235] with his parents

Brown, Dr JosephRef 130-2350
[1844-19??] Born in Scotland.

He was a physician and surgeon at King Street, Brighouse [1874, 1895].

He was living alone with his housekeeper Mary Kelsey at 17 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1891]

Brown, KenyonRef 130-2580
[1849-1926] President of the Brighouse District Industrial Society Limited [1878-1880, 1888-1891, 1894-1899]

Brown, LewisRef 130-53
[1859-1920] Of Hipperholme.

He married Sarah [1859-1921].

Lewis died 26th October 1920 (aged 61).

Sarah died 21st May 1921 (aged 62).

The couple were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Brown, Louis JohnRef 130-13
[1897-1916] Son of George Nathan Brown.

Born in Halifax.

He was a frame doffer (worsted) [1911] / employed by Richard Whitaker & Sons Limited [1915].

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1915] and served as a Private with the 6th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [27th August 1916] (aged 19).

The Halifax Courier [23rd September 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 11A & 12A], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on a memorial in St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount

Brown, Miss MabelRef 130-964
[1???-19??] Of Lightcliffe. She was a missionary [1924]

Brown, Mary SpencerRef 130-2396
[19??-19??] Poet of Illingworth

Brown, MatthewRef 130-50
[1829-1883] Born in Warley [10th November 1829].

He was a wool & waste dealer [1871, 1881] / a Councillor [1881].

In [Q2] 1857, he married Mary Maude [1831-1882] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Midgley [5th February 1831]


  1. Elizabeth [1858-1861]
  2. Martha Jane [b 1861]
  3. Emily [b 1864] who was a milliner [1881]
  4. James William [1865] who died aged 10 daysc  
  5. Arthur [b 1867]
  6. Walter [1869-1870]
  7. Clara [b 1872]

They lived at

  • 21 Cromwell Terrace, Halifax [1871]
  • 4 Pine Street, Halifax [1881]

Mary died 26th April 1882 (aged 51).

Matthew died 2nd July 1883 (aged 54).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2116]

Brown, NapoleonRef 130-3218
[1844-1906] Illegitimate son of Sarah Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

Sarah married James Greenwood, or John Greenwood (finisher in dyeworks) 

Napoleon was subsequently known as Napoleon Greenwood [1861].

He was a mule spinner in the cotton mills [1861] / a mule spinner [1871] / a worker at a dye works [1871] / a cotton operative / minder [1881] / a cotton spinner [1891] / a night watchman [1901].

On 18th February 1871, he married Eliza Mitchell [1853-1910] in Todmorden, at Todmorden, and was again known as Napoleon Greenwood.

Eliza, of Mill Wood, Stansfield, was the daughter of John Mitchell, brewer


  1. James [1871] who died aged 15 weeks
  2. Mary [b 1873]
  3. William [1874-1879]
  4. George [b 1877] who married [4th September 1897]  Christiana Reynolds [1875-1???], daughter of George Henry  Reynolds
  5. Sarah [1878] who died aged 4 weeks
  6. Joseph [1880] who died aged 4 weeks
  7. John [1880] who died aged 8 weeks
  8. Fred [b 1882] who was a fustian dyer [1911] & married  [30th April 1904] Mary Ann Barritt [1882-19??], daughter of  Thomas Barritt
  9. Edwin [b 1886] who married [11th July 1908] Mary  Elizabeth Dann, daughter of Richard Dann

They lived at

  • Garden Street, Wadsworth [1871]
  • Mytholm Yard, Stansfield [1881]
  • Mytholm Place, Stansfield [1891]
  • 5 Sunnybank, Hebden Bridge [1901]

Napoleon died 23rd October 1906.

Napoleon Works, Hebden Bridge were (possibly) named for him.

Eliza died September 1910.

Brown, NormanRef 130-26
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Brown, NormanRef 130-551
[19??-] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle

Brown, RichardRef 130-3395
[17??-1???] He was Constable of Northowram [1754]

Brown, RichardRef 130-31
[1841-1???] Illegitimate son of Nancy Brown of Norwood Green.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [12th September 1841]

Brown, Rev Richard EkinsRef 130-1762
[1867-1943] Born in Raunds, Northamptonshire.

He was Wesleyan Minister living with his siblings at 93 Aireville Road,  Bradford [1901] / Minister at Hipperholme Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [1905] / Wesleyan Methodist Minister in Newcastle upon Tyne [1911].

In [Q2] 1904, he married Charlotte Rhoda Hodgins [1870-19??] in Marylebone, London.

Charlotte was born in Ireland.

She was a physician & surgeon living at 8 Marlborough Road, Bradford [1901]


They lived at

Richard died in 1943 (aged 75).

Charlotte Rhoda died either in Q1/1955 in Banbury (aged 86), in Q4/1964 in Maidstone (aged 95) 

Brown, Sir RobertRef 130-42
[14??-1517] Chaplain at Heptonstall [1517].

His will was dated 19th March 1517-1518

Brown, RobertRef 130-1065
[17??-1???] A farmer from Markle, near Haddington.

In 1793, he and colleagues produced an agricultural survey of the West Riding for the Board of Agriculture [1799].

He writes

October 1793: Arrived at Halifax – the whole country from Bradford to this place being almost a continuous village, road bad ever since we left Leeds, and materials very scarce,. Observed most of the road provided with a footpath, paved with free stones, which is a most useful measure: but, strange to tell, every person upon horseback uses the footpaths.

We observed some fences of a very uncommon kind in this neighbourhood. Large flagstones of 3 feet height, set upon their end are fastened in the ground, which make a fence both complete and agreeable


William Walker was one of his informants

Brown, RobertRef 130-38
[1799-1874] Born in Malton.

He was a bricklayer [1841] / a builder employing 1 man & 1 apprentice [1851] / a stone mason [1861] / a retired builder [1871].

He married Charity [1797-1873].

Charity was born in Hornby, Yorkshire


  1. Frances [b 1827] who was a dress maker [1851] & married  James Wilson
  2. Joseph
  3. Robert [b 1832]
  4. William [b 1836]
  5. Charity [b 1837] who was a confectioner [1861]

They lived at

  • Stibbons Yard, Malton [1841]
  • Newbiggin, St Leonard's, Malton [1851, 1861]
  • 29 Milton Street, Halifax [with daughter Frances & her  family 1871]

Living with them [in 1861] were grandsons George R. Brown [b  1855] & Thomas A. [b 1858]

Charity died 22nd October 1873 (aged 76).

Robert died 4th June 1874 (aged 75).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1235]

Brown, RobertRef 130-40
[1865-1???] Son of David Brown, gardener.

Born in Mirfield.

He was a groom of Priestley Green, Hipperholme [1889] / a dray driver [1891] / a railway carter [1901] / a horse keeper for railway company [1911].

In 1889, he married Sarah Ann Stubbs [1863-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ann, of New Road, Halifax, was born in Northowram, the daughter of John Stubbs, horse keeper


  1. Wilfred
  2. Percy [b 1898] who was a worsted spinning doffer [1911]
  3. Norris [b 1900]
  4. Harold [b 1903]
  5. Arnold [b 1905]

The family lived at

  • 2 Phoebe Lane, Southowram [1891]
  • 6 Phoebe Lane, Southowram [1901]
  • 42 New Lane, Siddal, Halifax [1911]

Brown, S.Ref 130-1284
[19??-19??] BA.

Deacon at Christ Church, Pellon [1938]

Brown, SamRef 130-12
[18??-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a carter.

He had children by Betsy Kenyon [18??-19??].

Betsy was born in Bury.

It is not clear whether Betsy & Sam ever married. The 1901 census indicates they are married, but the 1911 census has Betsy as a servant and the children all with the surname Kenyon.

The eldest child Charles William Brown changed his name to Charles William Brown Kenyon



  1. Charles William [1893-1962]
  2. Herbert
  3. Lily Kenyon [born 19th May 1899, baptised Lily  Brown] who married [1920] as Lily Kenyon to John T.  Wooley, and died 1974

The children were born in Sowerby.

They lived at

  • 5 Park Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • Spark House Lane, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Brown, Sam ArnoldRef 130-3229
[1903-1973] Son of Smith Brown.

He was a silk drawing overlooker / landlord of the Prince of Wales, Halifax

In 1926, he married Edith A. Lamb in Rastrick. Edith's family included Sir Albert [Larry] Lamb.


  1. Audrey [1926-2008]
  2. John Smith

The family lived at

  • Hove Edge
  • Halifax

Brown, SmithRef 130-3230
[1870-1933] Born in Halifax [17th June 1870].

He was a professional soldier in the Royal Highlanders [the Blackwatch].

He served in India and South Africa for over 12 years and sustained injuries at Paardeberg [19th February 1900] in the Boer War. He received the Queen's & King's South Africa medals with clasps for Orange Free State, Transvaal, Wittebergen, Paardeberg, and Cape Colony.

He raised his family in Brighouse while working for the GPO from 1902 before returning to service in the First World War as a training NCO in Yorkshire Regiments [1914].

He received a Victory Medal from Brighouse after World War I.

In 1902, he married Sarah Dyson [1879-1959] from Brighouse, in Halifax.


  1. Sam Arnold
  2. Walter [1905-1949]
  3. Edith [1907-1980]
  4. Harry [1911-1982]

He died in Brighouse [4th September 1933] and was given a full military funeral with 30 members of the Huddersfield & District Army Veterans Association, buglers playing the Last Post.

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Brown, Rev StanRef 130-3400
[19??-] Minister at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden [1990]

Brown, Dr Stella HendersonRef 130-917
[1901-1983] MB, ChB, JP.

Born in Solihull [12th July 1901].

She qualified in Manchester [1924] and was doctor in Todmorden / physician & surgeon in private practice [1939] / Medical Officer, Todmorden Institution [1942] / Mayor of Todmorden [1952-1953].

Dr John Mather and Dr Brown were placed under quarantine during the smallpox outbreak which occurred in Todmorden on 18th March 1953

In [Q4] 1955, she married John A. Mather in Todmorden.

They lived at

  • Claremont, Burnley Road, Todmorden [1930-1942]
  • Calder House, Victoria Road, Todmorden [1983]

Stella died 10th July 1983 (aged 82) 

Brown, StewartRef 130-1696
[1949-] Calderdale Councillor [1996-2000]. Mayor of Hebden Royd [2005-2006].

In July 2009, he was charged with possessing indecent images of children

Brown, Superintendent R.Ref 130-2922
[18??-19??] Police Superintendent at Todmorden Police Station [until 1909]

Brown, T.Ref 130-309
[1872-1950] Circus performer of Pye Nest

Brown, ThomasRef 130-1754
[18??-19??] He lived at Great Learings Farm, Heptonstall [1905]

Brown, ThomasRef 130-1763
[1840-1924] Born in Aspatria / Longnewton, Cumberland [1st August 1840].

he moved to Yorkshire in 1864. He was a brewer [1881] / a common brewer [1891] / a brewery director [1901].

He worked for Richard Whitaker & Sons Limited before going into partnership with William Brear as Brear & Brown Limited.

He was a member of the Hipperholme Local Board [1884] / Chairman of Hipperholme District Council.

He married Betty [1832-1906], born in Mytholmroyd.

They had no children.

They lived at

He died at 174 Lord Street, Southport [18th April 1924].

They were both buried at Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [Grave Ref: Q10].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £444,849 15/-. Probate was granted to Samuel Hill (accountant) and Lewis Rhodes

Brown, ThomasRef 130-24
[1882-1917] Son of Dinah (née Robinson) [1853-1914] & James Brown [1853-1901]

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 19th June 1917.

He was buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref IV H 8B]

His cousin Angus Robinson also died in the War

Brown, TomRef 130-5
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Armoured Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Brown, W. H.Ref 130-1245
[18??-19??] Hebden Bridge weaver.

He was active in establishing the Eaves Self-Help Manufacturers' Society

Brown, WalterRef 130-2836
[18??-1???] Rower from Halifax. Recorded in 1876, when he was mentioned in a report of rowing on the Thames

Brown, WilfredRef 130-17
[1892-1918] Son of Robert Brown.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of St Mark's Parish Church, Siddal / a cotton spinning piecer [1911] / a porter at Greetland Station & at Lockwood Station.

In [Q2] 1917, he married Sarah Butterworth in Halifax.

They lived at 21 Whitegate, Siddal.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1917] with the Notts & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment, and served as a Private with D Company 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died in an attack on enemy positions [13th August 1918] (aged 24).

The Halifax Courier [31st August 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France [Special Memorial 11].

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

In [Q4] 1921, Sarah married Samuel Stansfield in Halifax.

They lived at Birchfields, Norland.

Brown, WilliamRef 130-2
[18??-1???] Innkeeper at Norwood Green [1880].

Question: Is he the same person as William Brown [18??-1904]?


He married Mary.


  1. Harry [b 13th June 1880]

Brown, WilliamRef 130-6
[18??-1855] Of Sowerby.

During the campaigns of 1854 and 1855, in the Crimea War, he served with the 95th Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Crimea Memorial in Sowerby Church

Brown, WilliamRef 130-3208
[18??-1904] Landlord of the Lane Ends, Norwood Green [1904].

Question: Is he the same person as William Brown [18??-1???]?


He married Hannah.

After William's death, Hannah took over at the Lane Ends.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1904

Brown, WilliamRef 130-43
[1817-1889] Born in Leicester.

He was a damask manufacturer employing 13 hands [1871] / a damask manufacturer [1881].

In [Q2] 1847, he married Anna Maria Bradley [1827-1890] in Leicester.

Anna Maria was born in Leicester


  1. Emily Ann [1851-20th April 1933]
  2. Sarah Anna [28th November 1852-19th March 1918]
  3. Bradley [1855-25th November 1921]

The family lived at 1 Stafford Place, Halifax [1871, 1881].

William died 29th October 1889 (aged 72).

Anna Maria died in Knaresborough [23rd May 1890] (aged 63).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 345] with two stillborn infants (buried 20th December 1849) 

Brown, Dr WilliamRef 130-2626
[1824-1???] He was Vaccination Officer, Union Collector, and Inspector of Nuisances at 15 Church Street, Halifax [1881] and at 9 Carlton Terrace, Halifax [1891]

Brown, WilliamRef 130-34
[1828-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a painter [1881].

He married Mary [1827-1???].

Mary was born in Halifax


  1. James [b 1855] who was a gas works labourer [1881]
  2. Fanny [b 1858] who was a worsted winder [1881]
  3. Ann [b 1860] who was a cork sorter [1881]
  4. William [b 1861] who was a rivetter for boot & shoe maker  [1881]
  5. Mary Hannah [1863-1903] who was a winder (carpet) [1881],  & married Matthew Jenkinson

The children were born in Halifax.

They lived at 8 Greenwood Street, Halifax [1881]

Brown, WilliamRef 130-7870
[1842-1891] Of Bolton Brow.

He married Unknown.


  1. daughter

He had been drinking heavily during the previous 5 months, and at breakfast-time on August 1891, he went out and was not seen again.

Two months later, the body of a man of Brown's age was found drowned in the Bradford district, and was practically unrecognisable, having been in the water for several weeks.

His wife thought that a portion of the clothing was that of her husband. She applied to Hartley Greenwood, Secretary of the Wesleyan sick and burial society in Sowerby Bridge, to presume her husband's death. The Society could not do this without a death certificate or a presumption of Court to that effect.

In May 1907, the case was heard and the Judge decided that Mrs Brown and her daughter were entitled to £12, and that the costs of the action were to be deducted from that sum

Brown, William CharlesRef 130-41
[18??-19??] He was Director for Samuel Webster & Sons Limited / landlord of the Crown, Halifax [1927]

Brown, William FrancisRef 130-10
[1871-1926] Son of William Brown, engineer.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a plate moulder of Honey Hole, Langfield [1901] / an iron moulder [1911].

In [Q4] 1901, he married Elizabeth Margaret at St Thomas, Heptonstall.

Elizabeth was the widow of
Charles Barker


  1. Alice [b 1903]
  2. Frank [b 1906]

They lived at 16 Industrial Street, Todmorden [1911, 1916].

Living with them [in 1911] were Elizabeth's children: Agnes Mary, James Willie, Annie, Norah, and Mary

Brown, Dr William PerrinRef 130-1819
[1854-1915] Born in Grappenhall/Latchford, Cheshire [8th May 1854].

He was a physician and surgeon in Sowerby Bridge / with the Local Government Medical Service [1895] / Medical Officer for Sowerby Bridge Parish and Copley Municipal Ward  [1905].

He was one of the medical men who attended those injured in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster.

On 18th July 1883, he married Margaret Hannah Calvert [1861-1938] at St Clement's Church, Sheepscar, Leeds.

Margaret Hannah, of Harkerside, was born in Reeth [21st May 1861]


  1. Marianne Ainsworth [1884-1946] who never married
  2. John Perrin
  3. Ethel Cleasby [1887-1937] who never married
  4. Bessie Sefton [1888-1950] who never married and died in  Pontefract [25th December 1950]
  5. Margaret Perrin [1897-1972] who never married

The children were baptised at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

The family lived at Orrell House, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1905, 1911, 1915].

Dr Brown died 11th March 1915.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £2,817 16/8d.

Probate was granted to his widow Margaret Hannah and son John Perrin

Margaret died 8th June 1938.

William, Hannah & Marianne were buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley


Brown surnameRef 130-1

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are 115 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Brown, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Brown

Marriages 1810, 1849, 1853, 1864, 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1921, 1922, 1937, 1942; Deaths 1804, 1897, 1900


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