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Brearley, Mr
[1???-18??]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Hannah
  2. Joseph

Brearley, Alfred
[18??-19??] Of Alfred Brearley & Company.

He lived next to his Clough Mill at Clough House, Sowerby Bridge [1905]

Brearley, Arthur
[1897-1977] Son of George Arthur Brearley.

Born 31st July 1897.

Baptised at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge [12th September 1897].

He was a cornet player in the King Cross Band / a musician in several local musical groups

On 6th December 1919, he married Hilda Nash, at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.


Hilda was the daughter of Hannah (née Robinson) & Henry Nash
 

He died 15th April 1977

Brearley, Arthur Lewis
[1892-1916] Son of John William Brearley.

He was employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited.

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

He died 16th September 1916 (aged 24).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 4], and on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour.

His brothers 1, Arthur Lewis & Willie also died in the War

Brearley, Benjamin
[1743-1809] Hatter in Halifax [1774]

Brearley, Benjamin
[1781-1843] Son of Joseph Brearley.

He was a joiner.

On 4th November 1798, he married Mary Walton [1780-1850] at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1799] who married [1818] John Hall
  2. Susey [1801-1810]
  3. John
  4. Ann who died in infancy
  5. Maryann who died in infancy
  6. Joseph
  7. William
  8. Susannah [1815-1819]
  9. Benjamin
  10. Ely [1821-1823]
  11. Mary [1826-1853?] who married [1846] David Mitchell Holroyd

He died 18th February 1843.

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Mary [22nd August 1850]

Brearley, Benjamin
[1818-1888] Son of Benjamin Brearley.

Born 22nd September 1818.

On 14 Aug 1839, he married Margaret Helliwell at Halifax Parish Church

Brearley, Charles
[17??-18??] Halifax currier. He contributed £100 towards the building of Harrison Road Chapel, Carlton Street

Brearley, Charles
[1786-1852] In September 1801, Charles (aged 15) was charged with stealing a quantity of carrots, and ordered to be imprisoned for one month unless the penalty of 20/6d be sooner paid.

He was described as


five feet high; fresh complexion; brown hair; by trade a waterman
 

He was a waterman [1841] / a boatman [1851] / (possibly) a boat owner & trader.

On 1st December 1806, he married Leah Peel [1786-1842] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Benjamin [1809-1818]
  2. John [1812-1888]
  3. Thomas [1814-1870] who was a waterman [1841]
  4. James [1816-1816]
  5. Sarah [1818-1835]
  6. Charles [1820-1820]

The family lived at

  • Park Road, Elland [1841]
  • Bridge End, Elland [1851]

Leah died 6th November 1842 (aged 56).

Charles died 11th August 1852 (aged 66).

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £450.

Members of the family were buried at Elland Baptist Church with the graves of the Ashworth family


Question: Does anyone know of any link between the Brearleys and the Ashworths?

 

Brearley, Charles
[18??-1???] Of Elland.

In [Q4] 1850, he married Selina Mallinson in Halifax.


Selina was the daughter of
John Mallinson
 

Children:

  1. Martha Ann Mallinson [b 1860]
  2. Ely [b 1860]
  3. Alice [b 1863]
  4. John [b 1864]
  5. Elizabeth [b 1867]

Brearley, Charles
[1858-1918] Son of David Brearley.

Card maker at Perseverance Mill, Elland.

He lived at 9 Albert Street, Elland [1905]

Brearley, Christopher
[1784-1855] Son of John Brearley.

He was a waterman, and a tenant of Philip Howard Ashworth.

On 18th November 1802, he married Rachel Walker [1780-1842] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John [1806-1809]
  2. Joseph [1810-1852]
  3. William [1813-1816]
  4. Christopher [1817-1838]
  5. Eleanor [1821-1883]
  6. Charles [b 1825]

Rachel died 26th April 1842 (aged 62).

28/1/18551 died (aged 71).

Members of the family were buried at Elland Baptist Church

Brearley, Clement
[1891-1950] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born 3rd February 1891.

He was licensee of the Queens Road Hotel, Halifax [1936].

He was a motor coach proprietor and also had business at 5 John Street, Halifax [1936].

He died 25th October 1950

Brearley, David
[1817-1883] Born in Elland.

He was a cardmaker.

On 6th June 1847, he married Mary Robinson [1822-1910] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. William
  2. Joseph
  3. Emily [1853-1883]
  4. Samuel [1855-1857]
  5. Charles
  6. Frederick [1862-1864]
  7. John Frederick

The family lived at

  • 10 Spa Well, Elland [1861]
  • Spa Well, Elland [1871, 1883]

David died 5th July 1883.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £983 13/2d.

The will was proved by his widow Mary and John Noble of Gerrard Street, Halifax (commercial traveller) 

Brearley, David
[1872-1954] Son of William Brearley.

In [Q2] 1898, he married Clara Thompson [1871-1957] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Reginald
  2. Marion [1910-1965] who (possibly) married Mr Butler and was widowed by 1954

The family lived at

  • Catherine Street, Elland [1911]
  • 20 Northgate, Elland [1957]

David died at Bradley Lane Nursing Home, Huddersfield [1st April 1954] Probate records show that he left effects valued at £17,275 14/9d.

Probate was granted to his children

Brearley, Edgar
[1917-1943] His grandfather established E. Brearley & Company.

He was educated in Canada and lived at 331 Kingswood Road, Toronto.

During World War II, he served as a Flying Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He died in 1943 (aged 26).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Brearley, Edward
[1785-18??] From Rastrick.

He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

He was awarded the Military General Service Medal

Brearley, Eli
[1849-1???] Born in Greetland.

He was a cotton twiner of Elland [1872] / a yeast dealer (brewer) [1881] / a yeast dealer [1891] / a coal merchant (own account) [1901] / a coal merchant (employer) [1911].

In 1872, he married Priscilla Holroyd [1851-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Priscilla was born in Elland
 


Eli's father & Priscilla's father were not recorded on the marriage record
 

Children:

  1. John Charles [b 1874] who was a cotton piecer [1891]
  2. Arthur Edward [b 1876] who was a cotton piecer [1891]
  3. Hannah Mary [b 1878] who was a cotton reeler [1891]
  4. Jane Elizabeth [b 1882] who was a woollen weaver [1901]
  5. James Alfred [b 1884] who was a postman [1901]
  6. an auctioneer (employer) [1911]
  7. Joe Willie
  8. Ernest Clement [b 1893] who was a woollen manufacturers clerk [1911]
  9. Gladys Evelyn [b 1895]

The family lived at

  • New Street, Elland [1881]
  • Bedford Street, Elland [1891]
  • 110 Langdale Street, Elland [1901, 1911]

Brearley, Ely
[1785-18??] Or Briely.

He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Brearley, Eric
[1905-1997] Halifax cyclist.

A section of the Hebble Trail is dedicated to his memory

Brearley, Ernest Clement
[1885-1918] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born in Elland.

He was a cashier at the Halifax Branch of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank Limited.

In [Q2] 1910, he married Nellie Watson [1881-1951] in Halifax.


Nellie was born in Elland
 

Children:

  1. Phyliss Eileen [1917-1991] who married Reginald Ford

The family lived at

  • 10 Gordon Street, Elland [1911]
  • 286 Huddersfield Road, Halifax [1918]
  • Newholm, 5 Savile Road, Halifax [1951]

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the 189th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died of disease in No.41 Casualty Clearing Station [22nd July 1918] (aged 32).

He was buried at Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-Les-Pernois, France [Grave Ref III A 3].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Southgate Methodist Chapel, Elland. Probate records show that he left effects valued at £540 6/9d.

Administration was granted to his widow Nellie.

Nellie never remarried.

She died 16th January 1951 Probate records show that she left effects valued at £4,627 9/10d.

Probate was granted to daughter Phyliss Eileen Ford and brother-in-law Herbert Evelyn Brearley

Brearley, Fred
[1896-19??] MM.

Son of James William Brearley.

He was an apprentice lithographer [1911] / employed by F. King & Sons Limited at Bowling Dyke Mills, Halifax

He lived at

  • 2 Kingsley Place, Parkinson Lane

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the Motor Machine Gun Section.

He was wounded in the arm in action [3rd September 1916], but narrowly escaped death, thanks to his pocket book and helmet.

He was hospitalised in Harpurhey, Manchester, He was awarded the Military Medal for

conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [30th September 1916].

Brearley, George
[1???-18??] He ran a school in Halifax [around 1838]

Brearley, George
[1807-1???] Born in Clifton.

He was a currier or carrier [1851] a general labourer [1861].

Around 1837, he married Elizabeth [1811-1???].


Elizabeth was born in Clifton
 

Children:

  1. James [b 1837] who was a taker-in of pieces [1851], a woolsorter [1861]
  2. Emma [b 1839] who was a weaver [1851], a worsted weaver [1861]
  3. Mary [b 1841] who was a worsted spinner [1851], a worsted weaver [1861]
  4. William [b 1842] who was a blacksmith [1861]
  5. Sharp [b 1844] who was a shoe maker [1861]
  6. Charles [b 1846] who was a hurrier at coal pit [1861]
  7. Albert [b 1848] who was a hurrier at coal pit [1861]
  8. George [b 1850] who was a hurrier at coal pit [1861]
  9. Sarah [b 1852]
  10. Louisa [b 1857]

The family lived at

  • 4 Woolrow, Clifton [1841]
  • Common End, Clifton [1861]

Brearley, George
[1811-1862] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born September 1811.

He was a millwright [1851].

Children:

  1. Joseph

On 10th March 1834, he married (1) Betty Broadbent.


Betty died in childbirth [2nd April 1840]
 

In [Q2] 1844, he married (2) Mary Ann Crowther in Halifax.

In 1851, George and Mary Ann were living at Clap Lane Toll House on Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge. Mary Ann was the toll collector.

George died 23rd April 1862.

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Brearley, George
[1898-1917] Son of Robert Brearley.

Born in Dudley, Worcestershire.

He was a part-time woollen weaver [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), then served as a Private with the XVIII Corps Cyclist Battalion Army Cyclist Corps.

He was killed by shellfire as he slept [5th April 1917] (aged 19).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [21st April 1917].

He was buried at Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I A 7]

Brearley, George Arthur
[1863-1928] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born in Warley [7th October 1863].

He was a woollen finisher [1881] / a mechanic [1889] / a mechanic driller [1891] / a driller [1897] / a bass player in the King Cross Band / innkeeper at the Ram's Head, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1911].

On 29th June 1889, he married Sarah Ann Carter [1864-1926] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah Ann, of Wakefield Road, Skircoat, was the daughter of dyer John Carter
 

Children:

  1. Ethel [b 1890]
  2. Hilda [b 1894]
  3. Arthur

The family lived at

  • 18 Wakefield Road, Skircoat, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 24 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1911]

Sarah Ann died 31st May 1926. George Arthur died 7th June 1928.

The couple were buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Brearley, Hannah
[18??-1???] Daughter of Mr Brearley.

In [Q1] 1860, she married Joseph Rawnsley in Halifax.

She was landlady of the Queens Road Hotel, Halifax [1874-1875].

In 1875, she married George Dickinson.

George took over at the Queens Road Hotel [1875-1883]

The couple were buried at Christ Church, Pellon [Grave Ref: 2 BB 18]

Brearley, Harry
[1876-1932] Ran the Temperance Hotel, Halifax [192?]

Brearley, Herbert
[1880-1917] Son of William Brearley.

Born in Halifax.

He was an orphan inmate at the Blue Coat School, Halifax [1891] / a cabinet maker with Hines & Company at Weymouth Street, Halifax [1901, 1905] / a cabinet maker [1911].

In 1905, he married Beatrice Foster [1883-19??] at All Souls' Church, Halifax.


Beatrice, of 160 Boothtown Road, was the daughter of Joseph Foster, clogger
 

Children:

  1. Norman [b 1906]
  2. Leonard [b 1909]
  3. Arnold [b 1912]
  4. Hilda [b 1914]
  5. Ronald H [b 1917]

The family lived at

  • 1 New Delight Buildings, Boothtown, Halifax [1911]
  • 412 Old Lane, Ovenden [1917]

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916], and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed at Arras [25th April 1917] (aged 37).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial, and on Brighouse War Memorial

Brearley, J.
[18??-19??] He was in business as a hairdresser and tobacconist at 68 King Cross Road, Halifax [1900]. A 1900 advertisement for the business announced

Choice Stock of Walking Sticks
Umbrellas made

Brearley, J. F.
[18??-19??] Stock & share broker.

Recorded in 1917, when he was at Crossley Street, Halifax

Brearley, James
[1796-18??] Recorded in 1841, when he was a beerseller at Cheapside Yard, Halifax.


Question: Does anyone know which beerhouse this may have been?

 

With him, were Mary Brearley [1796-18??] and Thomas Brearley [1806-1???] who was a brewer and also (lodgers?)  Jonathan Nicholson [b 1818] who was an earthenware dealer [1841], John Mitchell [b 1816] who was an earthenware dealer [1841], and Mary Mitchell [b 1816]

Brearley, James
[1830-1892] Of Southowram.

(Possibly) son of Sharp Brearley.

Born 19th February 1830.

He was a currier [1851].

He married Sarah [1838-1875].

Sarah died 31st December 1875 (aged 37).

James died 21st May 1892.

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-B5] with Esther Cockcroft [8th April 1857-7th May 1913]

Brearley, James William
[18??-19??] Partner in Brearley, Firth & Siddall.

He lived at 31 Ripon Terrace, Akroydon [1905]

Brearley, James William
[1866-19??] Son of Joseph Brearley, engine tender.

Born in Liversedge / Heckmondwike.

He was a wire drawer of Gomersal [1889] / a wire drawer [1891] / a machine tool borer [1901] / a stationary engine man [1911].

In 1889, he married Sarah Bastin [1867-19??] at St Peter's, Birstall.


Sarah, of Scotland Street, Birstall, was born in Gomersal, the daughter of James Bastin, engine tender
 

Children:

  1. Arthur [b 1893] who was an undermanager [1911]
  2. Fred
  3. Ernest [b 1898] who was a warehouseman [1911]

The family lived at

  • Robert Town, Hartshead, Halifax [1891]
  • 14 Thomas Street South, Halifax [1901]
  • 2 Kingsley Place, Halifax [1911, 1916]

Brearley, Joe
[18??-19??] Quarry owner at Northowram Hill Quarry [1936] and Spiggs, Stump Cross [1936]

Brearley, Joe
[1854-19??] Son of John Brearley

Born in Halifax [5th February 1854].

He was educated at Corke's School and Holder's School.

Around 1872, he established business as a wholesale boot manufacturer and leather merchant. He had a shop in Crown Street, Halifax and a manufactory in Argyle Street, Halifax.

The business subsequently became J. Brearley & Sons

He was a member of the Borough Council [1898] / Vice-Chairman of the Improvement Committee [1899] / Chairman of the Improvement Committee [1900] / Mayor's Auditor [1901] / Vice-President of the Halifax Liberal Association / a Primitive Methodist / Superintendent of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School.

In 1875, he married Margaret Ann Driver.


Margaret Ann was the daughter of John Driver of Halifax
 

Children:

  1. son
  2. son
  3. son
  4. daughter

The family lived at West View, Halifax [1903].

Brearley, John
[17??-1???] He was a carpenter.

On 5th September 1734, he married Mary Radcliffe.

Children:

  1. Joseph

Brearley, John
[17??-17??] Minister at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1798]. He resigned in 1799

Brearley, John
[1746-1820]

He married Mary [1754-1817].

Children:

  1. Christopher

Mary died 20th March 1817 (aged 63).

John died 8th November 1820 (aged 74).

The couple were buried at Elland Baptist Church with grandson Joseph Brearley

Brearley, John
[1773-1837] Son of Joseph Brearley.

He was a millwright.

He died 1st February 1837.

He was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Brearley, John
[1803-1877] Son of Benjamin Brearley.

He was timber merchant.

On 19th August 1827, he married Ellen Gill at Halifax Parish Church.

John was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Brearley, John
[1813-1877] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born 1st December 1813.

He was a carpenter / a sawyer.

On 7th February 1837, he married Mary Chadwick at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Dixon [1838-1868] who died on the Isle of Man
  2. Thomas Chadwick (Brearley) [1839-1841]
  3. Luke Walter [1841-1908]
  4. Mary Hannah [1843-1844]
  5. William [1845] who died in infancy
  6. Samuel Chadwick [b 1848]
  7. Grace Hannah [b 1850]
  8. Mary [b 1855]

About 1844, John and Mary moved to Manchester.

John died in Chester [13th June 1877].

Some of the children were buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Brearley, John
[1815-1865] In [Q3] 1853, he married Sarah Ann Bottomley [1830-1884] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Thomas Henry
  2. Mary [1856-1860] who died aged 3 years & 10 months
  3. Herbert [1859-1860] who died aged 13 months

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3767]

Brearley, John Dearden
[1876-1942] Son of Samson Dearden Brearley, engine tenter.

Born 30th April 1876.

He was a labourer of 52 Grove House, Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1902] / a cloth finisher from Sowerby Bridge.

On 26th February 1902, he married Mary Elizabeth Broadbent [1880-1955].


Mary Elizabeth, of Park Crescent, Sowerby Bridge, was born 4th July 1880, the daughter of
Thomas Broadbent
 

Children:

  1. Sampson [1906-1986]
  2. Marian [1912-1979] who was buried at Norland
  3. Thomas Broadbent [1914-2006]

The family lived at 155 Park Crescent, Sowerby Bridge [with Mary Elizabeth's mother 1911]

Brearley, John Edward
[1873-1947] Son of Ralph Brearley.

He was a clerk in wire mill [1891]

Brearley, John F.
[18??-19??] Wire manufacturer at Perseverance Mill, Elland [1905]

Brearley, John Frederick
[1866-1915] Son of David Brearley.

He was a wire drawer of 2 Thomas Street, Elland.

On 3rd September 1915, his brother William found him hanging at his home.

A note from John Frederick was later found in the letter box at the works, saying


Will you kindly look into our home, you will find I am not so well
 

At the inquest, his brother said John Frederick was hard-pressed and had been going the wrong way. A verdict of Felo de se was returned

Brearley, John William
[1869-19??] Born in Elland.

He was a woollen card cleaner [1891] / a woollen fettler [1901] / a woollen card cleaner [1911].

In 1890, he married Hannah Barrett [1866-1???] in Halifax.


Hannah was born in Elland.

She was a woollen feeder [1891]

 

Children:

  1. Mary Hannah [b 1891] who was a cotton doubler [1911]
  2. Arthur Lewis
  3. Lily [b 1894]
  4. Willie
  5. George Edgar [b 1903]
  6. Annie [b 1905]

The family lived at

  • Garnett's Buildings, Savile Road, Elland [1891]
  • 6 Bethesda Terrace, Elland [1901]
  • 75 Albert Road, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Sons Arthur Lewis & Willie died in World War I

Brearley, Joseph
[1750-1831] Son of John Brearley.

He was a timber merchant.

On 3rd March 1772, he married Sarah Pickles at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John
  2. Joseph [1777-1782]
  3. William [b 1780] who died before 1831
  4. Benjamin
  5. Joseph
  6. Mary [b 1788] who married William Culpan

Joseph died 23rd June 1831.

He was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Brearley, Joseph
[1784-1834] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Baptised 2nd May 1784.

He was a carpenter.

On 16th May 1808, he married (1) Grace Dixon [1786-1825] at Halifax Parish Church.


Grace was the daughter of William Dixon
 

Children:

  1. William
  2. George
  3. John
  4. Elizabeth [b 1815] who married [13 Aug 1837] Joseph Myers at St James's Church, Tong, Bradford
  5. Sarah [b 1817] who married [28th November 1837] George Wood at Halifax Parish Church
  6. Mary [b 1820] who married [30 Jul 1837] James Hartley at Halifax Parish Church
  7. Benjamin [1822] who died in infancy

Grace died 27th February 1825. She was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

On 4th June 1827, he married (2) Mary Fleming at Halifax Parish Church.

Joseph died 22nd July 1834. He was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Brearley, Joseph
[18??-18??] A handloom weaver.

He opened a Baptist Sunday School in Pellon.

Around 1850, David Smith invited him to work and teach at his warehouse in Siddal

Brearley, Joseph
[18??-19??] Established Joseph Brearley & Sons at Kiln End Mills, Elland [1905]

Brearley, Joseph
[1809-1849] Son of Benjamin Brearley.

He was a timber merchant.

On 15th February 1828, he married Alice Greenwood at Halifax Parish Church.

Joseph was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Brearley, Joseph
[1826-1???] He was a stone delver [1881]

On 25th June 1879, he married Hannah Robinson at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah was the widow of
William Robinson
 

They lived at

  • The Square, Northowram [1881]

Living with them [in 1881] was their adopted son Ernest, and mother-in-law Mary Briggs

Brearley, Joseph
[1834-1872] Son of George Brearley.

Born in Sowerby Bridge [10th May 1834].

He was a millwright [1871].

On 31st August 1861, he married Mary Bates [1839-1902] at Square Chapel.


Mary, from Warley, was the daughter of Jemima (née Gledhill) & Michael Bates.

She was a woollen weaver [1881]

 

Children:

  1. Mary Ann [b 1862] who married [1879] Uriah Bentley
  2. George Arthur
  3. Joseph
  4. Wilfred

The family lived at

  • Fox Buildings, West Vale, Elland cum Greetland [1871]
  • Spring Gardens, Warley [1881]

Joseph died October 1872. Mary died 31st January 1902.

The couple were buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Brearley, Joseph
[1835-18??] Son of Mr Brearley

Landlord of the Queens Road Hotel, Halifax [1883-1888].

After his death, his nephew Thomas Rawnsley took over as licensee of the Queens Road Hotel [1888-1892]

Brearley, Joseph
[1849-1920] Son of David Brearley.

Born in Elland.

He was a card machine tenter [1861] / a leather card maker [1901].

On 10th August 1881, he married Leah Marsden [1855-1932] at St Matthew's Church, Rastrick.


Leah was born in Rastrick
 

Children:

  1. Ernest Clement
  2. Herbert Evelyn [1889-1971] who was an assistant mill manager [1920], a blanket manufacturer [1951]

The family lived at 61 Elizabeth Street, Elland [1920].

Joseph died 21st October 1920 Probate records show that he left effects valued at £2,401 8/8d.

Probate was granted to son Herbert Evelyn and widowed daughter-in-law Nellie Brearley

Brearley, Joseph
[1865-1944] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born 3rd October 1865.

He was a woollen finisher [1881] / licensee of the New Street Hotel, Pellon [1911].

On 18th December 1886, he married Mary Eliza Mansley at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. George Albert [1887-1962]
  2. Clement
  3. Joseph Edward [1895-1941]
  4. Hubert [1897-1900]

Joseph died Nov 1944

Brearley, Joseph
[1878-1935] Born in Halifax.

He was a foreman coremaker [1935].

On 24th December 1898, he married Martha Ann Blakey [1879-19??] from Halifax, in Halifax.

They lived at Cotton Street, Halifax [1935].

On 16th April 1935, his body was found in the Calder and Hebble canal, at Sowerby Bridge, between Sterne Mills and Canal Mills. Albert Cooper and his brother from Sowerby Bridge were out walking when they saw a cap and jacket at the side of the canal, then saw a body floating. They pulled the body out and tried to revive him until police arrived. The body was taken to the mortuary.

On 17th April, the Halifax Daily Courier & Guardian had the headline

Unidentified Body of One Eyed Man

and published the police description of the body

working class type; aged about 60; 5 ft 4 in in height; stiffly built; full-face; grey moustache; dark hair, turning grey; half of the thumb of the right hand missing; scar on the shin of the left leg; tattooed flag and dots on the left forearm; right eye missing; top teeth missing; only 2 teeth on the right of the bottom jaw; dressed in heavy black boots, size 8, home sewn; brown jacket coat; grey waistcoat; black trousers; blue & white striped vest with "Barber, St James's-road" thereon; rather long brown home-knitted socks

On 20th April, the newspaper reported

the body of the one-eyed man which was taken from the Calder and Hebble canal between Sterne Mills and Canal Mills on Tuesday night [16th April 1935] has now been identified as that of Joseph Brearley (56) a foreman coremaker, of 16 Coton Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax. There is to be an inquiry

He was buried at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Brearley, Joseph Willie
[1889-19??] MC.

Son of Eli Brearley.

Born in Elland [26th January 1889].

He was a bank clerk [1911] / employed by the Standard Bank of South Africa [1914].

During World War I, he served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Royal Navy Division.

He was made acting Sub Lieutenant [26th April 1917] while serving aboard HMS Nelson.

He was awarded the Military Cross [1917]


On 1st November 1917, he went with 11 men to capture a large German pill-box which had caused considerable trouble to the British. He succeeded in killing the machine gunner, capturing the gun, killing 2 other men with bombs, and rushing the position, fetching an officer and 11 men out of the pill-box at the point of the bayonet. The capture of this defence meant an advance of 250 yards on a front of 600 yards. The only casualty was Lieutenant Brearley's runner who was wounded in the throat
 

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [8th December 1917]

Brearley, Lister
[1???-1???] Aka Merry Clogs. A well-known character who lived at Kiln Fold, Clifton. It is said that he extinguished his bedside candle by throwing his socks at it, and, failing that, by throwing his clogs at it

Brearley, Mary
[1778-1826] Or Brierley.

She married William Crossley

Brearley, Nathan
[1820-1870] Of Rastrick.

He married Sarah Ann.

Children:

  1. John [1845-1871]
  2. Elizabeth [1853] who died aged 7 weeks

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

Brearley, Nathaniel
[18??-1???] Partner in Crossland & Brearley [until 1886].

When the partnership was dissolved [15th October 1884], the business was carried on by Brearley.

He was a woollen manufacturer at James Street Mill, Elland [1894]

Brearley, Ralph
[1844-1909] Born in Brighouse.

He was a wire manufacturer [1891].

Partner in Healey & Healey.

He was unsuccessful in the Brighouse Municipal Elections of 1893

On 11th August 1886, he married Mary Healey [1844-1913] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Lily [b 1871]
  2. John Edward
  3. Ralph
  4. Amy [1879-1966] who married Harry Law Briggs
  5. Ethel [1882-1952] who married Frank Arnold Briggs

The family lived at

  • Huddersfield road, Brighouse [1891]
  • Saville Lane, Clifton [1909]

Ralph died 30th May 1909.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £2,622 6/11d.

Probate was granted to his son Ralph

Brearley, Ralph
[1875-1962] Son of Ralph Brearley.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a thick wire drawer [1891] / a wire manufacturer at Woodland Mills, Brighouse [1923]

Brearley, Reginald
[1899-1975] Son of David Brearley.

He was a bank manager [1954]

He lived at 1 Northgate, Elland [1957].

He died 27th March 1975.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £7,371

Brearley, Robert
[1860-19??] Born in Dudley, Worcestershire.

He was a castor maker (bedstead works) [1911].

Around 1879, he married Ellen [1860-19??].


Ellen was born in Dudley, Worcestershire
 

Children:

  1. Annie [b 1890] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1892] who was a wire weaver [1911]
  3. Frederick [b 1894] who was a cotton spinner [1911]
  4. Florence [b 1896] who was a wire weaver [1911]
  5. George
  6. Minnie [b 1900]
  7. Robert [b 1902]

The children were born in Dudley, Worcestershire.

The family lived at

  • 3 Industrial Place, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • 27 Fountain Street, Sowerby Bridge
  • 6 Charles Street, Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge [1917]

Brearley, Sharp
[1745-1810]


The details of some of the people called Sharp Brearley may have been confused.

Please email me if you can clarify their lives

 

Born in Clifton.

He was a shoemaker [1871].

He (possibly) married Ann [1843-1???].


Ann was born in Wyke
 

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1868]

Brearley, Sharp
[1750-1810] (Possibly) baptised at Hartshead [4th June 1750].

He was a card maker of Halifax. He established Sharp Brearley & Sons

His will was dated 9th August 1810

Brearley, Sharp
[1801-1880] Born in Southowram.

He was a farmer [1841] / a farmer of 14 acres employing 1 man [1851] / a currier & farmer employing 3 men [1871].

He married (1) Elizabeth [1801-18??].


Elizabeth was born in Spofforth
 

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1824] who was a dairy maid [1851]
  2. William [27th December 1827-19th March 1892] who was a currier [1851, 1871]
  3. James
  4. Sarah [b 1835] who was a dressmaker [1851]
  5. Ann [19th May 1835-14th March 1887] who was a dressmaker [1851], & married Mr Smith
  6. Sharp
  7. Henry [1841-1st September 1882]
  8. Arthur [b 1844]

He married (2) 63 [1803-18??] in Halifax.


Harriet was born in Southowram
 

The family lived at

  • Brig Lane, Southowram [1841]
  • Town Street, Southowram [1851]
  • Town Gate, Southowram [1871]

ch++ was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-T16]

Brearley, Sharp
[1827-1???] Son of Hannah & John Brearley. Baptised at Hartshead [15th July 1827]

Brearley, Sharp
[1839-1???] Son of Sharp Brearley.

Baptised in Halifax [2nd June 1839]

Brearley, Stell
[1852-1926] Son of Robert Brearley, grocer.

He was a cabinet maker [1871] / licensee of the Volunteer Arms, Copley [1881, 1887] / a restaurant proprietor [1911].

On 20th April 1871, he married Ruth Mitchell [1850-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Ruth, of Skircoat, was the daughter of Amos Mitchell, woolstapler
 

Children:

  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. John Robert who was a restaurant manager [1926]
  3. child

On 4th June 1881, Stell rescued 5-year-old George Albert, son of Samuel Howarth, a miller at Copley, who had fallen into the canal. The child had been in the water for 10 minutes before help was sought, and the child died.

The family lived at 53 Holmcliffe Road, Bispham [1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were sister Mary Ellen Mitchell [aged 53] and cousin Elizabeth Mayer [aged 46].

Stell died at Redcliffe, Blackpool [2nd October 1926]

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £12,135 5/5d. Probate was granted to his widow Ruth and son John Robert

Brearley, Thomas
[18??-19??] Woollen manufacturer at James Street Mill, Elland [1905]

Brearley, Thomas
[1818-1890] He was a wool comber [1851] / a worsted yarn maker's apprentice [1861] / a traveller [1871].

He married Letitia [1819-1869].


Letitia was born in Ovenden
 

Children:

  1. Mary [1832-17th July 1856] who was a worsted twister [1861]
  2. Samuel [27th April 1837-15th September 1857]
  3. John [b 1843] who was a stone mason [1861]
  4. Sarah [b 1848] who was a worsted spinner [1861]
  5. Sampson [b 1850] who was a worsted doffer [1861], a singer [1871]
  6. Joseph who died 25th July 1853 aged 3 months
  7. Elizabeth Anne [b 1855] who was a drawer in a worsted mill [1871]
  8. Grace Ann [1856-21st December 1880] who was a drawer in a worsted mill [1871]
  9. Letitia [b 1859] who was a throstle spinner in a cotton mill [1871]

The family lived at

  • Well Road, [1851]
  • Scar Head, Norland [1861]
  • Causeway Head, Warley [1871]

Letitia died 18th October 1869 (aged 50).

Thomas died 25th June 1890 (aged 72).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: H20]

Brearley, Thomas Henry
[18??-1???] Son of John Brearley.

He married Betty.

Children:

  1. John [1866-1896]
  2. Charley Hudson [1876-1903]

The sons were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3767] with their Brearley grandparents

Brearley, Tom
[1853-1926] Born in Norland.

He was a machine tool fitter [1883].

On 11th August 1883, he married Mary Hollas at Elland Parish Church.


Mary was the daughter of
John Hollas
 

Children:

  1. Emily [b 1884] who married [1910] Ernest Hitchin

Brearley, Walter
[1875-19??] Born in Bradford.

He was a worsted spinning (employer) [1911].

In [Q2] 1899, he married Ada Field [1871-19??] in North Bierley.


Ada came from Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Marjory [b 1901]
  2. Mary [b 1906]

The family lived at Glen Leigh Halifax [1911]

Brearley, Wilfred
[1868-1949] Son of Joseph Brearley.

Born 19th July 1868.

He was a woollen piecer [1881].

On 21st February 1891, he married Mary Jane Bentley at Halifax Parish Church.

Wilfred died in December 1949

Brearley, William
[1770-1830] A local character in Halifax. Popularly known as Billy Curran. He is mentioned in the Catalogue of Portraits of Old Halifax Worthies which appears in Horsfall Turner's Halifax Books & Authors.

Brearley, William
[1809-1845] Son of Joseph Brearley.

He was a carpenter.

On 21st August 1834, he married Harriet Thomas at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth Ann [b 1835]
  2. Betsy [b 1837]

William died 2nd June 1845. He was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Brearley, William
[1811-18??] Son of Benjamin Brearley.

Born 31st December 1811.

He was a currier.

On 23 May 1833, he married Sarah Radcliffe

Brearley, William
[1845-1895] Born in Northowram.

He was a worsted overlooker [1871] / landlord of the Albion, Brighouse [1881, 1887] / landlord of the Sportsman, Halifax [1891, 1894].

In 1869, he married Martha Ann Lockwood [1842-1891] in Halifax.


Martha came from Northowram.

She was a worsted weaver [1871]

 

The family lived at

  • 23 Range Lane, Northowram [1871]
  • 10 Halifax Road, Brighouse [1881]
  • 48 & 50 Crown Street, Halifax [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] were cousin John Wood [b 1861] (brass moulder), cousin Henry Wood [b 1864] (monumental mason)  and nephew Sam Whitaker [b 1876].

Living with the widowed William [in 1891] were 5 boarders and niece Elizabeth Whitaker [b 1872] (domestic servant).

The couple died at the Sportsman: Martha Ann [12th or 17th January 1891] (aged 49); William [8th September 1895].

They were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax [O A28]: Martha Ann [20th January 1891]; William [11th September 1895]

Brearley, William
[1848-1915] Son of David Brearley.

Born in Elland.

He was a card machine tenter [1861].

He established W. Brearley & Sons.

In [Q1] 1872, he married Mary Noble [1848-19??] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. David
  2. Fred [1874-1875]
  3. Arthur [b 1885]

The family lived at

  • 14 Catherine Street, Elland [1905]
  • Catherine Street, Elland [1911]
  • 12 Catherine Street, Elland [1915]

On 3rd September 1915, he found his brother John Frederick hanging at home

Brearley, William
[1850-1887] Son of John Brearley, earthenware maker.

Born in Elland.

He was a mason of Northowram [1870] / a stone mason [1871, 1881].

In 1870, he married Eliza Dean [1849-1886] at Halifax Parish Church.


Eliza was born in Craven, Yorkshire, the daughter of John Dean, farmer
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ann [b 1871] who was a worsted spinner [1881] and married John William Lee
  2. Fred [b 1873] who was a cart driver [1901]
  3. Esther H [b 1876]
  4. Mary E [b 1878]
  5. Herbert
  6. Henry [b 1882] who was a carpet printer [1901]
  7. Margaret E [b 1886] who was a worsted spinner [1901]

The family lived at

  • Scotts Buildings, Northowram [1871]
  • 3 New Delight Buildings, Northowram [1881]

Eliza died in 1886 (aged 37).

William died in 1887 (aged 37).

In 1901, the children were living with their sister Sarah Ann and her husband John William Lee

Brearley, William Henry
[18??-1???] He was a farmer of 5 acres, beerseller and landlord of the Ash Tree, Warley [1881]

Brearley, Willie
[1895-1916] Son of John William Brearley.

He was a cotton spinner piecer [1911] / employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited at Lock Hill Mills, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted in September 1914, and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 7th July 1916 (aged 21), being completely buried by a bursting shell.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6A & 6B], and on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour.

His brothers 2, Arthur Lewis & Willie also died in the War

 

The Brearley family of Kirklees Mill
The family worked Kirklees Mill from the 1860s to around 1880.

Children, Charles [b 1879] and Frederick [b 1881] were born at the mill, whereas daughters Laura [b 1884] and Mary [b 1887] were born at Dewsbury, suggesting that the family left the mill about 1882

Brearley surname
Other forms of the surname include Brierley and Brierly.

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

Recorded in 1275. Derived from Brearley.

There are over 70 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Brearley, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Brearley:


Marriages 1802, 1896, 1899, 1901, 1922, 1925; Deaths 1810, 1835, 1899, 1900, 1907; Death 1926
 



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