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Craven, AbrahamRef 289-2566
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1782-1797]

Craven, AlbertRef 289-425
[1867-1934] He married Ada Harrison [1867-1931].


  1. Hilda [1891-1974] who married Ernest Lovel Lumb

Craven, Aspinall ArthurRef 289-2166

In [Q4] 1908, he married N1884-19 in Dover.

Eliza Ann died 29th July 1944 (aged 60).

Aspinall Arthur died 14th October 1950 (aged 67).

The couple were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Craven, BenjaminRef 289-14
[1781-1854] Born in Thornton.

He was an agricultural labourer [1841] / a gardener [1851].

He married Betty [1791-1868].

Betty was born in Ovenden.

She was shown as Elisabeth, a widow and a washerwoman [1861]



  1. William
  2. James
  3. Benjamin
  4. Sarah [b 1833]
  5. Ann [b 1836] who was a dress maker [1851]

The family lived at

  • Clare Hall Road, Halifax [1841]
  • Clare Hall Field Cottage, Halifax [1851]
  • Clare Hall Cottage, Caygill's Walk, Halifax [1861]

Living with them [in 1851] were grandsons John Craven [b 1836] (invalid)  & Benjamin Craven [b 1844].

Benjamin died 26th April 1854 (aged 73).

Betty died 26th April 1868 (aged 77).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3259] with granddaughters Mary Craven [1838-1857] & Louisa Craven [1866-1868], and an unidentified Robert Fry [1832-1866]

Craven, BenjaminRef 289-17
[1824-1???] Son of Benjamin Craven.

He was a cordwainer [1841] / a boot maker [1851]

Craven, BenjaminRef 289-392
[1837-1???] Son of Samson Craven.

He was a shoe maker.

After their father's death, Benjamin and his sister Lydia emigrated to America.

In 1872, he married Anna D. Wilkinson [1851-1???] in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anna had also immigrated from England


  1. Edgar R. [b 1871] who died in infancy

Craven, EnochRef 289-11
[1857-1930] Born 17th February 1857.

He married Clara [1862-1942].


  1. Florence Beatrice [1887-1891] who was buried with her parents

Enoch died 29th January 1930 (aged 73).

Clara died 21st July 1942 (aged 80).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1163] with granddaughter Kathleen Muriel Green [1927-1930]

Craven, EnosRef 289-8

In [Q2] 1862, he married Mary Ann Holroyd in Huddersfield.

It is probable that the couple had 3 children before their marriage:


  1. Samuel
  2. Thomas
  3. Hard

All 3 boys included the names Enos and/or Craven in their own names or the names of their children.

Enos died in 1879.

In [Q1] 1882, Mary Ann married (2) Charles Exley in Huddersfield.

Craven, F.Ref 289-4
[1892-1917] Of 5 Penuel Place, Siddal.

During World War I, and he served as a Corporal with the West Riding Regiment.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 31st May 1917 (aged 25).

Craven, FredRef 289-2409
[18??-1???] He married Fanny, daughter of John Sunderland.


  1. Cora
  2. Nellie who married Wrothall Hamson

Craven, Fred MorrietRef 289-1228
[1868-1939] Son of George Craven.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cutter for tailor [1891] / a clothier & bespoke tailor at 67 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1892] / a clothier & tailor [1891, 1901] / a tailor (own account) [1911] / a retired tailor (own account) [1921].

In 1933, he married Amy Giggal [1875-1956] in Halifax.

Amy was born in Ossett

They lived at

  • 61 Pellon Lane, Halifax (Fred was living with his  brothers Arthur & William) [1891, 1901]
  • Rondaville, Gibraltar Road, Halifax (Fred was living with  his brother Arthur) [1911]
  • 5 Gibraltar Road, Halifax (Fred was living with his  brother Arthur) [1921]

Fred died at 93 Green Park Road [21st July 1939].

Amy died in St John's Hospital [11th June 1956].

The couple were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Craven, G. F.Ref 289-2206
[18??-19??] He was the General Manager and Engineer for Halifax Corporation Tramways Department [1935]

Craven, GeorgeRef 289-7
[1827-1900] Born in Halifax.

He was a pawnbroker employing 3 men [1881] / a retired pawnbroker [1891].

He married Ellen [1828-1894].

Ellen was born in Halifax


  1. Enoch [b 1856] who was a pawnbroker's assistant [1881]
  2. James [1858-17th October 1871]
  3. William H. [b 1858] who was a pawnbroker's assistant  [1881], a pawnbroker [1891], a clothier [1901]
  4. Charlotte who died 18th December 1862 (aged 2 years & 8  months) 
  5. Arthur [b 1863] who was an ironmonger's apprentice  [1881], an ironmonger &c (own account) [1891, 1901, 1911], a  furniture dealer (own account) [1921]
  6. Fred Morriet

The family lived at

  • 56 Northgate Halifax [1881]
  • 5 Balmoral Place, Halifax [1891]

Ellen died 4th February 1894 (aged 66).

George died 22nd August 1900 (aged 73).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Location unknown]

Craven, George WillieRef 289-1190

In [Q3] 1911, he married Cecily Coates in Richmond, Yorkshire.

They lived at 11 Oxford Terrace, Siddal.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916] (aged 31).

He was buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.3, Puisieux, France [Grave Ref B 3]

Craven, GladysRef 289-1392
[1909-1996] Daughter of Tom Briggs Craven.

Born in Halifax.

She attended Clare Hall School. On leaving school, she worked at her father's tobacconist & confectioners shop at North Bridge.

In 1940, she married Harry Lumb.

She travelled widely and became a very keen photographer, particularly of her beloved town of Halifax. Gladys captured many images – many of scenes now long gone in the period from the 1950s until her death.

She gave illustrated talks to numerous clubs and organisations throughout the Halifax district and her photographs continue to be used in books covering the history of the town.

On her death, her photographs – the Gladys Lumb Collection – passed to Stephen Gee. A full tribute, written by Stephen Gee, including photographs of Gladys and of her work appeared in Memories of Halifax

Craven, JamesRef 289-15
[1828-1886] Son of Benjamin Craven.

He was a wool comb maker [1861].

He married Mary Jane [1833-1887].

James died 1st April 1886 (aged 58).

Mary Jane died 1st April 1887 (aged 54).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3259] with James's parents

Craven, JamesRef 289-10
[1829-1862] Halifax architect.

He was

Craven, JamesRef 289-13
[1852-1909] Son of Samuel Craven, steam tenter.

Born in Facit, Lancashire [1881]

He was a cotton weaver of Bottoms, Walsden [1871] / a cotton weaver [1881] / a cotton cloth looker [1891] / a cotton warehouseman [1901].

In [Q4] 1871, he married Alice Worsick [1854-1???] at St Peter's Church, Walsden.

Alice, a cotton weaver of Bottoms, was born in Cragg, the daughter of Miles Worsick, clogger


  1. Agnes [b 1874] who was a cotton weaver [1891, 1901]
  2. Sam [b 1875] who was a cotton weaver [1891]
  3. John [b 1878] who was a cotton twister [1891], a cotton  warp twister & drawer [1901], a cotton twister & drawer [1911]
  4. Emily [1881] who died in infancy
  5. Miles [b 1882] who was a cotton weaver [1901], a motor  omnibus conductor [1911]
  6. Walter [b 1889] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  7. Edith Emma [b 1891] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  8. Alice Ann [b 1894] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  9. Jim

The family lived at

  • Peel Street, Bottoms, Walsden [1881]
  • 9 Peel Street, Walsden [1891]
  • 4 Providence Street, Walsden [1901, 1911, 1917]

James died in Todmorden in 1909 (aged 56) 

Craven, JesseRef 289-8060
[1789-1843] Born in Keighley district [15th June 1789].

He was a slay maker / owner of property in and around Grove Street, Halifax, including  the Bridge Tavern, Halifax [early 1800s].

He married Ruth.


  1. Mary Ann [1824-1859] who married John Fawthrop

Jesse died 14th July 1843

Craven, JimRef 289-631
[1897-1917] Son of James Craven.

Born in Walsden.

He was a calico printing tierer [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [January 1915] and served as a Bombardier with A Battery Royal Field Artillery.

The Todmorden & District News [24th August 1917] reported that

Bombardier Jim Craven, R.F.A. was killed by a shell on 17th August 1917, aged 20

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [31st August 1917] published his photograph.

He was buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref III B 16].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Craven, JohnRef 289-559
[1???-1728] Of Westercroft Farm, Northowram.

The Northowram Register records that he

was sowing Corn in a Field call'd Chesiwells near [Coley] Chapel fell down with the Hopper on his Arm & the Seed in his Hand, & died upon the Place 7th March 1728

Craven, JohnRef 289-2514
[1???-18??] He (possibly) married Elizabeth, daughter of John Turner.


  1. John
  2. James

John and his sons were beneficiaries of John Turner's will.

Elizabeth was not mentioned in the will and may have died before the date of the will [1847]

Craven, JohnRef 289-2590
[1849-1???] Born in North Bierley.

He was a worsted weaving overlooker [1881].

In 1870, he married Eliza, daughter of Samuel Bottomley, at Bradford.


  1. Mary A. [b 1871]
  2. Harry B. [b 1873]
  3. Sam B. [b 1875]
  4. Herbert [b 1880]

In 1881, the family were living with Eliza's mother Martha at the Bottomley's Arms

Craven, JohnRef 289-417
[1869-1933] Son of John Craven, delver.

Born in Skircoat Green.

He was a driver of Skircoat Green [1890] / an agricultural labourer [1891] / a gardener (domestic) [1901] / a caretaker [1911].

In 1890, he married Alice Eliza Willett [1869-1957] at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

Alice Eliza, of Stafford Road, was born in Gosport, Hampshire, the daughter of Henry Willett, boiler maker


  1. Edith A. [1891-1904] who was an imbecile from childhood
  2. Percival John
  3. Arthur George [b 1896] who was a junior clerk [1911]

They lived at

John died in Halifax [10th June 1933] Probate records show that he left effects valued at £74 13/3d.

Probate was granted to his widow Annie Eliza, John Thomas (solicitor), and Harold Stanley Holmes (bank clerk).

Alice Eliza died in Queensland in 1957

Craven, John E.Ref 289-1274
[18??-19??] Partner in Craven & Garsed [1905]

Craven, JosephRef 289-2581
[1787-1838] He was landlord of the Boar's Head Hotel, Halifax [1829, 1834, 1837,  1838].

He married Mary [1779-1853].

After Joseph's death, Mary took over at the Boar's Head [1841, 1845].

She was a retired innkeeper [1851].

She lived at 8 Southgate, Halifax [1851].

Living with her [in 1841], was Joshua Craven [aged 60].

Living with her [in 1851], was visitor Elizabeth Roberts [aged 17] (a burler of cloth pieces).

Members of the family were buried at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden (Grave Ref: Ks31

Craven, JosephRef 289-9
[1822-1858] Of Halifax.

He died 27th May 1858 (aged 36)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3493] with Edwin Daniel [1860-1871] & Nancy Daniel [1822-1877]

Craven, JosephRef 289-5
[1825-1914] MP.

He was Liberal MP for Shipley [1885-1892].

In 1845, he married Ellen Knowles.

Ellen was the daughter of Jonathan Knowles

Child: Joshua

They lived at Ashfield, Thornton.

Ellen died in 1876.

Joseph died 29th November 1914 (aged 89) 

Craven, JosephRef 289-93
[1834-1909] Of 12 Norfolk Street, Hebden Bridge.

See Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative Society

Craven, JosephRef 289-70
[1835-1???] Born in Heptonstall.

He was a cotton warper [1871, 1881] / a corn miller [1891].

In 1864, he married Hannah Howarth [1846-1???] in Todmorden.


  1. Albert [b 1866] who was a cotton weaver [1881]
  2. William [b 1868] who was a cotton hoist tenter [1881]
  3. John Edward [b 1870] who was a cotton doffer [1881], a  fustian cutter [1891]
  4. Emily [1873-1896] who was a fustian machinist tailoress  [1891]
  5. Sam [b 1876] who was a fustian cutter [1881, 1891]
  6. Edith [b 1881] who was a fustian machinist tailoress  [1891]
  7. Wilfred [b 1884]

The family lived at

  • Edgehey Green, Heptonstall [1871]
  • Hall, Heptonstall [1881]
  • 9 Sackville Street, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall [1891]

On Sunday 5th January 1896, the body of daughter Emily was found in the canal at Hebden Bridge.

The Inquest heard that she was engaged to a grocer Ormerod Sutcliffe, who said that Emily suffered bouts of depression about her general health. The Jury returned a verdict that she probably drowned whilst temporarily insane

Craven, JoshuaRef 289-3
[18??-19??] Of Ashfield, Thornton.

Son of Joseph Craven.

In [Q2] 1872, he married Alice Foster in Bradford.

Alice was the daughter of Henry Foster.

She was Joshua's cousin


Craven, Percival JohnRef 289-419
[1894-1965] DCM.

Son of John Craven.

He was educated at Holy Trinity School & Rishworth School / an apprentice at sea (mercantile marine service) [1911].

On 8th September 1919, he married Mary Grace Bonis [1896-19??] in Queensland.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal then Lieutenant, with the Australian contingent.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal at the Dardanelles (he served in the Gallipoli Campaign April 1915 to January 1916), and a French decoration for bravery at the front.

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [17th August 1915].

He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant whilst serving in France where he was wounded twice. He finished the war as a Captain.

Whilst in the reserves, he attained the rank of Colonel, commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade [1937].

He died in Australia [13th July 1965].

Craven, RichardRef 289-2
[1836-1???] He was a mechanic [1863, 1871] / a mechanic's tool maker [1881].

On 5th February 1863, he married Ellen Margaret Hinchliffe / Hinchcliffe at Halifax Parish Church.

Ellen Margaret was the daughter of
William Hinchliffe.

She had an illegitimate daughter Lucy Jane Hinchliffe [b  1858]; father (possibly) Francis Whitworth Crossley



  1. Emily [b 1864] who was a worsted weaver [1881]
  2. Minnie [b 1870]

The family lived at

  • 2 William Street, Skircoat [1871]
  • William Street, Skircoat [1881]

Living with them [in 1871] was Lucy Ann Hinchcliffe [b 1858] (assistant confectioner).

In 1880, Lucy Jane married John Robert Lees

Living with them [in 1881] were John Robert Lees & Lucy Jane Lees

Craven, RichardRef 289-446
[1853-1917] Son of William Craven.

Born in Halifax [16th July 1853].

He was a cotton spinner [1876] / landlord of the Old Woodman, Halifax [1891, 1901] / landlord of the Fountain Head Inn, Pellon [1917].

In [Q1] 1876, he married Mary Hannah Turner in Halifax.

Mary Hannah was the daughter of Abraham Turner


  1. Emily Ann [1878-1947] who married Arthur Dinsdale
  2. Emma Elizabeth [1880-1951] who married Arthur Longbottom
  3. Annie [1883-1920] who married Hartley Dewhirst
  4. Margaret [1886-1934] who married Joshua Shaw
  5. Janie [1889-1959] who married William Field
  6. Janet [b 1890] who was a cotton creeler [1911]
  7. Doris [1893-1961] who married Joseph Guy Stimpson
  8. Clarice [1895-1947] who married Albert Howarth
  9. William Henry [1899-1962]

The children were born in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 17 Newstead Place, Halifax [1911]
  • 51 Back Raglan Street, Halifax [1937]

The couple died in Halifax: Richard [21st February 1917]; Mary Hannah [3rd February 1937].

They were buried at Christ Church, Pellon [3 L 8]

Craven, SamsonRef 289-391
[1807-1875] He married Elizabeth Cheetham.


  1. Lydia [1846-1???] who married Matthew Nutter (in  America) 
  2. Benjamin

The family lived at Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1871].

After their father's death, the children Lydia and Benjamin emigrated to America

Craven, SelwynRef 289-1314
[19??-19??] He served in World War II.

He was killed in the conflict.

He is remembered on Bradshaw War Memorial

Craven, SelwynRef 289-2112
[1922-1944] Born in Halifax.

The family lived at Elland [1939].

During World War II, he served as a Corporal with the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

He died 8th August 1944 (aged 22).

He was buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France [Grave Ref V B 13].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial

Craven, ThomasRef 289-6
[18??-18??] Of Greetland.

In [Q3] 1847, he (possibly) married Lavinia Radcliffe [1825-1883] in Halifax.

They had a daughter born out of wedlock: Susan / Susannah [1846-28th December 1897] who was a power loom weaver [1861], a weaver [1871], a woollen weaver [1881] & was buried with her mother


  1. Sarah Ann [1850-5th March 1915] who was a part-timer  [1861], a woollen weaver [1881], a woollen weaver [1881] & was buried  with her mother
  2. William Henry [b 1853] who was a mechanic [1871]
  3. John Thomas [b 1855]

They lived at

  • Edge, Elland-cum-Greetland [1861]
  • Cross Lane Ends, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871]
  • Holts Lane, Elland-cum-Greetland [1881]

Thomas was dead by 1861, but details of his burial place are not yet known.

Lavinia died 15th April 1883 (aged 58).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: J6]

Craven, ThomasRef 289-12
[1817-18??] Born in Halifax.

He was a rug maker [1851] / a saddler [1871, 1881].

He (possibly) married Selina Sharp [1817-1882] in Halifax.

Selina was born in Halifax


  1. William Sharp (Craven) [1836-1852] who was a cordwainer  [1851]
  2. Harriet [b 1843]
  3. Clara [1845-1851]
  4. Walter [1848-1851]
  5. Lucy [b 1850]
  6. Sarah Hannah [1852-1852]
  7. Selina [b 1857] who was a worsted weaver [1871]

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3052]. with their uncle William Craven [1819-1882] & aunt Elizabeth Craven [1815-1898].

The family lived at

  • Pulman's Yard, Halifax [1851]
  • 6 Mount Tabor, Halifax [1871]
  • 1 Grey Jacobs, Mount Tabor [1871]

Selina died in Halifax [Q2 1882] (aged 65).

Thomas & Selina's burial places are not yet known

Craven, Tom BriggsRef 289-1393
[1885-1964] Illegitimate son of Emma Craven.

Born in Halifax.

He had a tobacconist & confectionery shop at Regent House, Cross Hills, opposite the Grand Theatre at North Bridge.

On 11th February 1905, he married Grace Mitchell [1882-1931] at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

Child: Gladys

Tom died in Halifax [19th January 1964]

Craven, WilliamRef 289-80
[1796-18??] He was in partnership with Judge James Stansfeld [1832-1841] / partner in Craven & Rankin.

The partnership became Craven, Rankin & Alexander.

He married Mary.


  1. Mary [b 1829]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1834]

They lived at Clapton Lodge, Halifax [1855].

See Partners in Halifax Commercial Banking Company

Craven, WilliamRef 289-16

Question: Is he the same person as William Craven [1820-1875]?


Son of Benjamin Craven.

He was a comb & spindle maker [1841] / a wool comb maker [1851]

Craven, WilliamRef 289-449

Question: Is he the same person as William Craven [1820-1???]?


Of Halifax.

He was a wool comber.

He married Margaret [1815-1866].

Child: Richard

Craven, WilliamRef 289-860
[1839-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was innkeeper at the Stafford Arms, Halifax [1874, 1881, 1887].

Around 1868, he married Grace Emma [1841-1???].

Grace was born in Edinburgh


  1. Hattie [b 1868]
  2. Harry [b 1870]
  3. Maud [b 1872]
  4. Clara [b 1877]


The Craven family of Halifax & WakefieldRef 289-1155


Craven surnameRef 289-1

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

There are 44 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Craven, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Craven

Marriages 1907, 1939


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