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Coates, Major Edward FeethamRef 506-618
[18??-19??] Born in London of a York family.

He was educated at Marlborough.

In 1881, he accepted a commission in the 3rd, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment.

He served in South Africa.

He stood as Conservative/Unionist candidate in the Elland Parliamentary election of 1900. He gained 4512 votes, but was defeated by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan with 6154 votes

Coates, EnochRef 506-1897
[18??-1???] He married Sarah Breaks [1825-1???].

Sarah was the daughter of Jonathan Breaks of Shibden


  1. (possibly) Ann
  2. Dan [b 1859]

They lived at Norwood Green [1859].

On 9th March 1859, Sarah was charged with the wilful murder of her son Dan on 17th February. The court heard that she had been in low spirits for some time previously.

A witness Mrs Ann Jagger, said that Sarah had called upon her on the day of the murder asking the way to Coley Mill dam. Later, her father met her coming from the dam and she called out

Father, I've been in the dam, but cannot die

and added that she had lost her child in the dam.

The child's body was later found in the dam.

At the Assizes, she pleaded guilty, but the Judge directed a verdict of not guilty

Coates, EricRef 506-959
[1898-1968] Government adviser.

Educated at Heath Grammar School [1909-1916].

He was involved in the liquidation of the failed groundnuts scheme in Tanganyika

Coates, HarryRef 506-1109
[1866-1???] Son of John Coates, wire drawer.

He was a mechanic of Lister Lane, Halifax [1866-1???].

In 1887, he married Sarah Hannah Parkinson [1866-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Hannah, of The Bank, Southowram, was the daughter of James Parkinson, carter


  1. Evelyn [b 1897] who was a doffer worsted [1911]
  2. Wilfred
  3. Doris [b 1903]

Harry was dead by 1911.

In 1911, Sarah Hannah married (2) John Henry Heys at Halifax Parish Church

Coates, HerbertRef 506-1649
[1891-1917] Son of Mary & Ralph Coates of Mark Street, Boothtown, Halifax.

He was a carpet weaver at Crossley's.

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

He died 16th April 1917 (aged 26).

He was buried at Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref I C 3]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Akroydon Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets

Coates, JamesRef 506-2145
[1811-1869] He was Verger at Halifax Parish Church [1869].

He lived at 13 Nelson Street, Halifax [1869].

He died at home [5th July 1869] (aged 58).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: B 140 A]

Coates, LaurenceRef 506-2382
[1???-19??] Organist at Bethesda Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bank Top.

He lived at Southcliffe, Southowram [1950s]

Coates, ListerRef 506-6610
[1846-1919] Son of Samuel Coates.

Born in Halifax.

Architect & surveyor who designed the Golden Lion, Highroad Well [1901] / the Royal Oak, Mytholmroyd [1907].

In 1879, he married Judith Ann Lister [1846-1915] in Halifax.

Judith Ann was born in Halifax, the daughter of Sarah [1819-1???] & James Lister [1817-1???], stover & dyer


  1. Sarah Ellen [b 1871]
  2. Emily Jane [b 1874]
  3. Dora [b 1878]
  4. George Lister [b 1880]

They lived at 22 Elm Field Terrace, Skircoat [1881].

Living with them [in 1881] were Sarah Ellen's parents.

Judith Annie died 18th March 1915 (aged 69).

Lister died 4th August 1919 (aged 73).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2215]

Coates, SamRef 506-564
[1813-1???] Illegitimate son of Rachel Child & Edward Coates, weaver of Wyke.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [7th March 1813]

Coates, SamuelRef 506-611
[1817-1864] Born in Halifax.

He was a stuff presser [1851, 1861].

In [Q4] 1840, he married (1) Sarah Lister [18??-1846] in Halifax.


  1. Elizabeth Ann [1841-1861] who was buried with her mother
  2. Harriet [b 1845] who was a milliner [1861]
  3. Lister who was buried with his father

Sarah died in Halifax (possibly of perinatal complications) [Q4 1846] and was buried at St James's Church, Halifax.

In [Q1] 1848, he married (2) Ellen Taylor [1815-1868] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Halifax

The family lived at

  • 17 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1851]
  • 12 Clarence Square, Halifax [1861]

Living with them [in 1851] were Ellen's mother Sarah Taylor [b 1783] & sister Marie Taylor [b 1813] (dress maker).

Samuel died 31st March 1864 (aged 47).

Ellen died 16th December 1868 (aged 53).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2215]

Coates, Rev ScottRef 506-1180
[18??-19??] Minister at Providence Congregational Church, Elland [1892, 1905]

Coates, W.Ref 506-912

During the South African Wars, and he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Halifax Parish Church 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment Memorial

Coates, WalterRef 506-1994
[1914-1944] Son of Alice & Samuel Coates.

In [Q2] 1938, he married Ivy Allan in Halifax.

They lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with the 77th Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 23rd June 1944 (aged 30).

He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey [Grave Ref 227]

Coates, WilfredRef 506-1112
[1898-1916] Son of Harry Coates.

He was a jute creeler [1911] / employed in the stereotyping department of the Halifax Courier.

He lived at 21 Upper Brunswick Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1915] and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [3rd September 1916] (aged 18).

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

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, France. [Grave Ref I F 10].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and (possibly) on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial

At his death, he was the only one of 20 Courier employees to have died in the War.

The announcement of his death reported that

his father is also in the Army

Coates, WilliamRef 506-3901
[1815-1874] Born in Ireland.

He was a Conservative / an Ensign in HM 69th Regiment of Foot / a Captain in HM 98th Regiment of Foot / Quartermaster to the 6th West York Militia / Adjutant of the 4th West York Rifle Volunteer [1860] / Churchwarden of St James's Church, Halifax.

He served in India and China.

He joined the Turkish Contingent at the outbreak of the Russian War, and rose to he rank of Major. He received decorations from the Sultan: the Turkish medal, and the 5th Class Medize.

In 1843, he married Elizabeth Spencer [1814-1898] in Dublin

Elizabeth was born in Ireland


  1. George [1844-1921]
  2. William Charles [b 1850]
  3. Harriet Grace [1853-1937]
  4. Jane Elizabeth [1853-1933] who married Charles Ingram Armitage
  5. Henry [1855-1867]
  6. Richard [b 1855]

They lived at

  • 20 Milton Place, Halifax [1861]
  • 99 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1874]
  • High Royd, Honley, Huddersfield [where she had gone to live with  daughter Jane Elizabeth 1898]

William died 9th January 1874 at home. He had left for the orderly Room in Prescott Street; he felt unwell and turned back. He was stricken by a fit of apoplexy and never spoke again; he died the next morning. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £600.

Administration was granted to his widow Elizabeth.

Elizabeth died at High Royd, Huddersfield [16th April 1898].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,192 11/11d.

Probate was granted to Charles Ingram Armitage (esquire).

Members of the family were buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross: Henry [1st November 1867]; William (with military honours) [14th January 1874]; Elizabeth [20th April 1898]; Harriet Grace [23rd March 1937]

Coates, WilliamRef 506-1047
[1818-1???] Born in Thornhill Bridge.

He was a labourer [1841] / a shop keeper [1851].

Around 1837, he married Elizabeth [1819-1???].

Elizabeth was born in Rastrick


  1. Sarah Ann [b 1838]
  2. Samuel [b 1840]
  3. Annes [b 1842]
  4. Nanny [b 1846]
  5. Sophia [b 1848]
  6. Emma [b 1850]
  7. infant daughter [b 1851]

They lived at Square, Halifax [1841, 1851]

Coates, WilliamRef 506-258
[1819-1856] He was coachman for Edward Akroyd at Bankfield [for 11 years].

He married Unknown.

Child: Joseph [1851-1874]

Members of the family were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Coates, William HenryRef 506-1201
[1885-1961] Born in Brampton, Cumberland.

He was a labourer [1911].

In 1904, he married Jane Sophia Farrar

The tdn [8th April 1904] reported

Mr William Henry Coates of Jobling Terrace, Cornholme, married Miss Jane Sophia Farrar of Honey Hole, Todmorden, at the Unitarian Church

Jane was born in Todmorden.

She was a weaver [1911]



  1. Leonard [b 1905]
  2. Florrie [b 1907]
  3. Ellen [b 1907]
  4. Minnie [b 1909]
  5. Alfred [b 1914] who was a battery filler (cotton  operative) [1939]
  6. John [b 1920] who was a doffer (cotton operative) [1939]

They lived at

  • 4 Honey Hole Court, Todmorden [1911]
  • 25 Oxford Street, Todmorden [1939]

Jane died in Rochdale [Q1 1947] (aged 61).

William died in Todmorden [Q1 1961] (aged 75) 

Coates, WillieRef 506-1719

In [Q3] 1912, he married Agnes Stocks in Halifax.

Child: Cyril [b 1916]

They lived at 26 Back Rhodes Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), then he served as a Private with the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [7th November 1918] (aged 33).

He was buried at Dourlers Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref II A 21].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and (possibly) on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial


Coates surnameRef 506-1

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

Entries for people with the surname Coates are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Coates

Marriages 1868, 1907


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