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Edwards, MrRef 52-26
[18??-18??]

He married Betty Fletcher [1806-18??].


Betty was born in Stainland, the daughter of Benjamin Fletcher [1758-18??].

She was widowed by 1841.

She was a woollen weaver [1841]

 

Children:

  1. Samuel [b 1826] who was a woollen weaver [1841], a wool comber [1851]
  2. Sarah [b 1831] who was a woollen weaver [1841], a woollen weaver (power) [1851]
  3. Benjamin
  4. Aquilla [b 1836] who was a woollen piecer [1851]
  5. Jane [b 1838] who was a woollen piecer [1851]
  6. Mary [b 1840] who was a woollen piecer [1851]

The family lived at

  • Providence Hill, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1841]
  • Cold Well Hills, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1851]

Living with them [in 1851] were Betty's father Benjamin Fletcher (cordwainer), & brother John Fletcher [b 1790] (wool comber) 

Edwards, Albert LewisRef 52-10
[1877-1920] Illegitimate son of Ellen Edwards.

In 1881, after his mother had married William Richard Walforn, Albert Lewis was listed as Albert L. Walforn.

Born in Copley [16th October 1877].

Baptised at St Stephen's Church, Copley [2nd January 1878].

In [Q1] 1905, he married Lucy Annie Elizabeth McCready [1885-1959] in Halifax.


Lucy was born in Woolwich [12th May 1885]
 

Children:

  1. Frank Albert Lewis [1908-1965]

They lived at

  • Amesbury, Wiltshire [1908]
  • 63 St Stephen's Street, Copley [1920, 1959]

He enlisted in the Army Service Corps [29th December 1902], and he was stationer ed Amesbury, Wiltshire [1908].

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 612th Mechanical Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps.

He died in the Lord Derby War Hospital in Ripon [3rd February 1920] (aged 42).

He was buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley [E 122].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on Copley War Memorial.

Lucy died 16th June 1959 (aged 74).

She was buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley [D 360] with Mr & Mrs Frank Walforn and Arthur Walforn Edwards [b Amesbury 12th August 1910]

Edwards, AlfredRef 52-E351
[1859-1927] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

Partner in B. Edwards & Sons [1905]

Edwards, AlfredRef 52-15
[1862-19??] Son of Thomas Edwards.

Born in Warley.

He was a groom (domestic) [1881] / a groom of King Cross, Halifax [1885] / a groom, domestic servant [1891] / a domestic coachman [1901] / a brewer's drayman [1911].

In 1885, he married (1) Martha Stevenson Holding [1862-1900] at Halifax Parish Church.


Martha, of Hollings Lane, Warley, was born in Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, the daughter of James Holding, labourer.
 

Children:

  1. Edith [b 1887] who was a wool hanker [1901], a letter press feeder [1911]
  2. James Arthur

Martha died in 1900 (aged 37).

In 1902, he married (2) Mary Emma Pickles [1870-19??] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Louisa [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • Sowerby Bridge
  • 10 Trafalgar Square, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 1 Dale Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1891] were Alfred's parents

Edwards, Alfred RawnsleyRef 52-18
[1917-1945] MM.


He had family living in Hipperholme & in Illingworth
 

Son of Elizabeth & Albert Edwards of Bala, Ontario.

He married Audrey Alexandria.

They lived in Bala.

During World War I, he enlisted [1941], and served with the 8th Army, then he served as a Corporal with the 5th Canadian Armoured Division Signals Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

He was killed in action [25th April 1945] (aged 28).

He was awarded the Military Medal. He was buried at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery [Grave Ref: VI C 13].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Edwards, AllanRef 52-E102
[1716-1780] Son of Richard Edwards.

He moved to Huddersfield and became a tailor.

In 1738, he married Immeon Heywood in Huddersfield.

Children:

  1. Joel
  2. John
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child

Edwards, ArnoldRef 52-E241
[1906-1987] Born 4th March 1906.

Midgley man who did much work for the church and the community.

He died 30th June 1987.

Gardens in his memory stand on the site of the former Midgley Co-operative Hall.

His son, Malcolm, is a music professor at the University of Calgary in Canada.

See Halifax-Aachen Society

Edwards, Major Arthur HancockRef 52-E144
[1847-1924] MA, JP.

Fourth and youngest son of Sir Henry Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

He was Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding / a Major in the Second West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry

In 1874, he married Eleanor Louisa [1853-1911].


Eleanor Louisa was the daughter of Colonel Joseph Walker Pease [1820-1882] of Hesslewood, Yorkshire, a former MP for Hull
 

Children:

  1. Eleanor Churchill
  2. Geoffrey Otho Charles
  3. Barbara Florence [1879-1952] who married Captain Basil John Orlebar
  4. Winifred Delia
  5. Henry Arthur Rolleston

The family lived at

Living with them [in 1901] was their nephew Roger Greville Hazlerigg.

Edwards was the last of the family to live at Pye Nest House, Halifax

Edwards, BenjaminRef 52-E756
[1???-1786] Son of William Edwards.

On 20th August 1767, he married (1) Mary Taylor [1???-1784].

Children:

  1. Sarah
  2. William
  3. John
  4. Ann
  5. Nancy who married John Hey

On 30th October 1785, he married (2) Hannah Thompson.

Children:

  1. child [b 1786]

Benjamin & Mary were buried at Halifax Parish Church

Edwards, BenjaminRef 52-E268
[1776-1832] Son of John Edwards.

He became a stone mason and quarry owner at Stainland and at White Rock Quarry, Sowood.

In 1799, he married (1) Sarah (Salley) Taylor [17??-1807] at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Joseph [1799-1841]
  2. Thomas
  3. John [d 1806]
  4. Salley [d 1808]

In 1809, he married (2) Ann (Nancy) Hellewell [1787-1864] in Huddersfield.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [d 1884]
  2. Robert
  3. Marie Moriah
  4. Benjamin
  5. John [1820-1880]
  6. Jonathan [1823-1881]
  7. James
  8. Ann (Nancy) [1830-1872]

Benjamin died 20th August 1832 (aged 56).

Nancy died 3rd June 1864 (aged 77).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, BenjaminRef 52-E508
[1818-1886] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

He established B. Edwards & Sons.

On 7th September 1836, he married (1) Susannah Stansfield [18??-18??].

On 23rd August 1840, he married (2) Rhoda Lindley [1822-1867].

Children:

  1. Joseph
  2. Sarah Hannah / Ann [b 1847]
  3. Nancy Jane [b 1849]
  4. Walter [b 1853]
  5. Henry (Harry) [b 1854]
  6. Fred
  7. Alfred
  8. Annie [b 1861]
  9. Benjamin [b 1863]

In 1868, he married Mary Ann [1830-1878] from Thornton.

Children:

  1. Albert [b 1870]
  2. son

Edwards, BenjaminRef 52-25
[1831-1888] Son of Mr Edwards.

Born in Stainland.

He was a woollen weaver (power) [1851] / a woollen weaver [1861] / a power loom overlooker [1871] / a woollen overlooker [1881].

He married Nanny [1837-1893].


Nanny (Nancy) was born in Stainland.

She was a woollen weaver [1861]

 

Children:

  1. adopted daughter Frances Jane Fletcher [b 1855] who was a woollen weaver [1881], & married Shaw Brook

They lived at

  • 27 Raw Royds, Elland-cum-Greetland [1861]
  • Beech Street, Stainland [1871]
  • High Street, Elland with Greetland [1881]
  • High Street, West Vale [1888]

Living with them [in 1871] were Nanny's sisters Elizabeth Smithies [b 1802] & Hannah Smithies [b 1826].

Living with them [in 1881] was Nanny's sister Hannah Smithies [b 1826].

Benjamin died 20th October 1888 (aged 57).

Nanny died 30th May 1893 (aged 56).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland with Shaw Brook & daughters

Edwards, BenjaminRef 52-E270
[1850-1891] Son of Thomas Edwards.

He was a stone mason and gracer of Stainland / a musician, playing the organ and composing music.

He married Grace Stott [1852-1910].


Grace came from Stainland
 

Children:

  1. Frank
  2. Louise

In 1882, he emigrated to Pittsburgh, USA with his nephew Eli Edwards. He kept a diary of his voyage across the Atlantic.

His wife and children followed later.

He died of lung disease associated with working with stone

Edwards, Bertram Cecil PriestleyRef 52-21
[1880-1906] Son of ??.

He drowned in the River Waveney, Suffolk

Edwards, Dr Bogdan Edward JastrzębskiRef 52-E367
[1860-1923] MBE.

Son of Stephen L. Jastrzębski.

Born in Halifax.

He was born Bogdan Edward Jastrzębski and changed his surname to Edwards.

He studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and went on to become heavily involved in medical services in Halifax and Brighouse

Edwards, Major C. C.Ref 52-E199
[18??-18??] JP.

Honorary founder member of the Halifax Art Society

Edwards, CharlesRef 52-E132
[1809-1842] Of Pye Nest and Darcey Hey. Second son of Henry Lees Edwards.

On 8th November 1836, he married Catherine Waterhouse at Halifax Parish Church.

They both died of fever after a few days illness, Catherine on 17th September 1842 and Charles on 19th September 1842, whilst in Strathpeffer, Scotland. They are buried in the churchyard of Contin Parish Church. The church is on an island; the only other building on the island is the manse.

The epitaph on their memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Edwards, Charles GroveRef 52-E143
[1843-1904] MA, JP.

Third son of Sir Henry Edwards.

He was a Colonel in the Second West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry.

He was at Ashday Hall, Southowram [1874, 1881], Wicklesham, Farringdon, and Lambourn Place, Berkshire.

On 10th October 1871, he married Beatrix Hippisley at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London.


Beatrix was the daughter of Henry Hippisley
 

Edwards, Charlotte LydiaRef 52-E18
[1821-1901] Daughter of Henry Lees Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

She married Major Samuel Waterhouse

In March 1860, she had a blanket club which loaned blankets to the poor.

After her husband's death [1881], she continued to live with her daughter Catherine Grace at Well Head, Halifax [1881, 1891].

She died at 6 Esplanade, Scarborough [27th January 1901].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £26,982 14/6d.

Probate was granted to her daughter Catherine Grace and Charles Grove Edwards esquire

Edwards, Sir Christopher John ChurchillRef 52-E213
[1941-] Son of Henry Charles Sorrell Priestley Edwards.

He is a professor in Denver, Colorado

Edwards, DavidRef 52-E264
[1677-1756] Halifax merchant.

Son of John Edwards.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [11th November 1677].

On 2nd November 1699, he married (1) Sara Robinson [1675-1747] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. William
  2. Ann
  3. David
  4. John
  5. Sarah
  6. Ruth

On 25th November 1748, he married (2) Sara Aspinal [17??-1769]

Edwards, DavidRef 52-E622
[17??-17??] He was Constable of Northowram [1739]

Edwards, Delia PriestleyRef 52-E8
[1807-1892] Eldest daughter of Henry Lees Edwards.

In 1844, she married Courtney Kenny Clarke.


Courtney Kenny came from Whitechurch, County Dublin, and lived at Haugh End [1844]

He was the widower of Frances Esther Walker

 

Courtney Kenny died At Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin [2nd December 1873] (aged 70)  Delia died at Old Well Head [Easter Day 1892]

Edwards, Eleanor ChurchillRef 52-E190
[1875-1???] Eldest daughter of Major Arthur Hancock Edwards.

On 20th June 1900, she married William Henry Boger from St Willon, Fowey and The Gardens, Lambourn, Berkshire

Edwards, Eli AspinallRef 52-E271
[1861-1940] Stone mason of Stainland.

Son of James Edwards.

In 1882, he emigrated to the USA with his uncle, Benjamin Edwards. Like his uncle and others in the family, he was a mason.

Eli first settled in Monte Vista, Colorado, USA where he formed a partnership with another English mason, James S. Campbell. The partnership designed and built several buildings including the Monte Vista Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Blanca Hotel.

In the summer of 1887, the two went to Denver, Colorado, USA, to assist in the stone construction of that city.

Some of their buildings in Colorado are on the US National Historic Register.

Eli died in Denver, Colorado

Edwards, ElisabethRef 52-E659
[1764-1834] Daughter of John Edwards.

Baptised 23rd May 1764 in Sowerby Bridge.


Some sources gives her dates as: 16th March 1767 – 13th March 1836
 

She married Law Atkinson

Edwards, Eliza LeesRef 52-E9
[1810-1820] Daughter of Henry Lees Edwards. She was buried at Crofton, near Wakefield

Edwards, ElizabethRef 52-13
[18??-18??] One of the children who died whilst working at Calvert's Mill at Wainstalls.

She died aged 17.

She is buried in a communal grave Luddenden Dean Wesleyan Chapel Graveyard

Edwards, EllenRef 52-7
[1820-1887] Daughter of John Edwards

Baptised 3rd May 1819.

She married William Huntriss.

She was buried 14th July 1887

Edwards, EllenRef 52-2
[1860-1918] She had an illegitimate son Albert Lewis Edwards.

In 1879, she married William Richard Walforn.

In 1881, her son was listed as Albert L. Walforn

Edwards, EluthariousRef 52-20
[1693-17??] On 8th August 1719, he took out a marriage licence with Ann Pickles in Halifax. Both lived in Halifax

Edwards, Eric Lea PriestleyRef 52-E220
[1877-1914] Oldest son of Lea Priestley Edwards.

Born in Brandsby / Scarborough [2nd March 1877].

He was educated at Harrow & the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

He never married.

He lived at Warberry Court, Torquay.

He was a Captain with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He served with the Tirah Expedition on the Indian frontier [1897-1898].

At the outbreak of World War I, he joined the Expeditionary Force.

He served as a Captain with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [20th September 1914] (aged 37)  whilst leading his company near Troyon, at the First Battle of the Aisne.

He is remembered on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France

Edwards, FrankRef 52-E506
[1872-1959] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

Born in Skircoat Green.

In 1883, he, his mother and his sister Louise followed Benjamin to America. He was a photographer with his own photographic business. He lived in Huntingdon, PA.

He died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

He was an ancestor of Mary Louise Louden, the microbiologist who discovered that life could exist in boiling water

Edwards, FredRef 52-9
[1856-1907] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

Born in Stainland.

He was a stone merchant (employer) [1901] / partner in B. Edwards & Sons [1905]

On 4th April 1888, he married Annie Raper [1864-1935] at Halifax Parish Church.


Annie was born in Hauxwell, Yorkshire
 

Children:

  1. Donald [1889-1976] who was a railway clerk [1911]

The family lived at

  • New Road, Stainland [1901, 1907]
  • Northgate, Holywell Green [1935]

Fred died 11th March 1907.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £80.

Probate was granted to his widow Annie.

Annie died in St Luke's Hospital, Halifax [17th March 1935].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £203 7/3d.

Probate was granted to Ernest Raper (stationmaster) 

Edwards, Geoffrey Otho CharlesRef 52-E186
[1876-1916] BA.

Son of Major Arthur Hancock Edwards.

Born at Ashgrove, Elland.

He was educated at Eton & New College Oxford / captain of Oppidans at Eton / a double rowing blue / a director of Edwards & Rawson Limited.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action on the Somme [7th July 1916].

A full congregation attended a memorial service conducted by Canon Ivens at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge [Sunday 16th July 1916] when Canon Ivens

in his sermon on Self-sacrifice, referred in eulogistic terms to Second-Lieutenant Edwards, Captain Ernest Edward Sykes and Lieutenant Noel Hadwen, all of whom had recently died

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Edwards, GeorgeRef 52-E128
[1794-1861] Son of John Edwards.

Halifax attorney.

He was at 10 Lord Street, Halifax [1829, 1834].

In February 1839, he was elected a Trustee of Boocock's Charity.

On 28th December 1822, he married Eliza Smith from London.

They lived at Lightcliffe [where he died 13th February 1861]

Edwards, GeorgeRef 52-8
[1839-1912] Born in Loughton, Buckinghamshire.

He was an agricultural labourer [1861] / a cart driver [1871] / a carter (coal to factory) [1881] / a carter [1891] / a carter (on farm) [1901] / a state pensioner (general labourer) [1911].

In [Q4] 1857, he married Harriet Payne [1839-1914] in Newport Pagnell.


Harriet came from Deddington, Oxfordshire
 

Children:

  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. child who died young [before 1911]
  3. child who died young [before 1911]
  4. child who died young [before 1911]
  5. child who died young [before 1911]
  6. child who died young [before 1911]
  7. Emma [b 1858] who was a worsted spinner [1871], a worsted twister [1881]
  8. Ellen [b 1859]
  9. Stephen H [b 1861] who was a doffer in worsted mill & scholar [1871]
  10. Harriet [b 1863] who was a worsted rover [1881]
  11. Richard
  12. William [b 1865] who was an oiler worsted [1881]
  13. Sarah Jane [b 1867] who was a worsted spinner [1881], a worsted drawer [1911], a drawer [1891], a worsted drawer [1901, 1911]
  14. George [b 1870] who was a part time worsted bobbin setter [1881], a railway labourer [1891]
  15. Elizabeth Ann [b 1872] who was a worsted twister [1891, 1901]
  16. Selina [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted twister [1901]
  17. Wallis Brighton [1881] who died in infancy

The family lived at

  • Turnpike Road, Shenley, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire [1861]
  • 53 St Stephen's Street, Copley [1871, 1881, 1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was visitor Thomas Payne [b  Deddington, Oxfordshire 1851] (general labourer) .

Living with them [in 1891, 1901] was granddaughter Harriet [b  1890].

Living with them [in 1911] was granddaughter Harriet Edwards [b 1890] (machinist) 

Members of the family were buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley

Edwards, HaroldRef 52-17
[1894-1917] Son of Richard Edwards.

He was a horseman for brewery [1911] / a driver for William Bromwich & Son Limited, coal merchant.

He lived at 24 Nichol Street, Halifax.

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

He is 52_17. He went to France [30th August 1916].

He was wounded in the chest [25th April 1917].

He died of his wounds at No.41 Casualty Clearing Station [27th April 1917] (aged 23).

He was buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France [Grave Ref II M 12].

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

Edwards, Harriet MaryRef 52-E20
[1823-1871] Of Old Well Head. Daughter of Henry Lees Edwards.

She never married.

She died in Oxford. She was buried at Holy Trinity Church

Edwards, HarryRef 52-27
[18??-18??]

In [Q4] 1874, he married Mary Rothwell in Halifax.


Mary was the daughter of
Thomas Rothwell
 

Children:

  1. Annie [7th July 1878-26th July 1893] who was buried with her Rothwell grandparents

By 1901, Mary was married to Joseph Hellowell

Edwards, HarryRef 52-E145
[1903-1975] He was a Vice-President of Brighouse & Rastrick Band / an Alderman / Mayor of Brighouse [1956-1958].

and, after his 2-year term of office, it was decided that future mayors would only serve for one year.

His wife, Mrs Eliza Edwards, was a member of Brighouse Borough Council [1958]

Edwards, HenryRef 52-E339
[1???-18??] Of Craven Lodge, Halifax.

See West Yorkshire Railway Company

Edwards, HenryRef 52-E624
[1799-1884] Son of John Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

Solicitor.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Frederick who was a civil engineer [1884]
  2. Ellen [b 1841] who never married
  3. Louisa who never married

The family lived at 46 Canonbury Park South, Middlesex [1884].

Henry died 4th July 1884.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £7,366 15/-.

His will was proved by his children

Edwards, Sir HenryRef 52-E28
[1812-1886] JP, CB, Bart.

Third son of Henry Lees Edwards.

Born at Pye Nest.

He became a wealthy landowner – probably the largest landowner in the district – and a local magistrate.

See Underbank, Sowerby Bridge, Buzzer & Whistle Nuisance [1873], Canal Mills, Sowerby Bridge, Freemasons' Hall, Halifax Church Institute and Sowerby Bridge Waterworks

Edwards, Henry Arthur RollestonRef 52-E185
[1881-1934] Younger son of Major Arthur Hancock Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

He was a student of civil engineering [1901].

He left Pye Nest House to live at Lambourn Place, Berkshire. He took with him much of the family jewellery and silver which had thitherto been stored in the strong room at Canal Mills, Sowerby Bridge. Pye Nest House fell into disrepair after he left.

In August 1911, The Times announced that a marriage had been arranged with Maria Gladys Lee-Warner of London. In October 1911, there was an announcement that the marriage would not take place.

He never married.

He died Berkshire

Edwards, Henry Charles Sorrell PriestleyRef 52-E211
[1893-1963] 4th Baronet. Second son of Henry Coster Lea Edwards.

He married (1) Margarita Ethlyn [18??-1932].


Margarita Ethlyn was the daughter of John Brindaham King Kalri of Panama
 

In 1935, he married (2) Daphne Marjorie Hilda Birt.

Children:

  1. Christopher John Churchill
  2. Peter Henry [b 1944]

Edwards, Henry Coster LeaRef 52-E139
[1840-1896] JP, Bart.

Oldest son of Sir Henry Edwards. He was educated at Harrow. He lived at Pyenest House. He was a Lieutenant in the Second West Yorkshire Yeoman Cavalry. He was appointed County Magistrate [1869].

In June 1872, he married (1) Agnes Harcourt Clark.


Agnes Harcourt was the daughter of Edward Rawson Clark
 

The marriage was dissolved in 1886.

On 29th September 1887, he married (2) Laura Selina Clark at Iver Parish Church, Buckinghamshire.


Laura Selina was the second daughter of John Capes Clark of Bridgefoot House, Iver, Buckinghamshire
 

Children:

  1. John Henry Priestley Churchill
  2. Henry Charles Sorrell Priestley

Edwards, Henry LeesRef 52-E87
[1775-1848] Son of John Edwards.

He was a partner in John Edwards & Sons. He was a director of the Halifax & Huddersfield Union Bank.

On 10th May 1804, he married Lea Priestley.


Lea was the daughter of Joseph Priestley
 

Children:

  1. John Lea
  2. Delia Priestley
  3. Charles
  4. Eliza Lees
  5. Henry
  6. Thomas Rawson
  7. Lucy Ann
  8. Joseph Priestley
  9. Charlotte Lydia
  10. Harriet Mary
  11. child

He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Edwards, Rev HerbertRef 52-E544
[1???-1???] L, Th.

Curate at Illingworth [1913-1919]. He wrote a series of articles in the Illingworth Parish Magazine about Illingworth Church. He left to become Vicar of Langcliffe-with-Stainforth

Edwards, J. M.Ref 52-E590
[19??-19??] Headmaster at Hipperholme Grammar School from 1960

Edwards, J. R.Ref 52-E504
[18??-19??] Partner in Edwards & Warren.

He lived at 49 Emscote Grove, Halifax [1905]

Edwards, JamesRef 52-E135
[1739-1810] Coiner.

He avoided execution and died at the Halifax Workhouse.

The Halifax Historical Almanack [1810] writes that he was ...

... the last of the notorious gang of coiners who resided in the upper portion of this parish in 1767, 1768 and 1769. He would have been hanged at March Assizes in 1770, along with David Hartley, alias King David, and James Oldfield had he been tried.

He was a very expert and active member of the gang; and was deep in the mysteries of clipping, cutting, coining and britting light gold

Edwards, JamesRef 52-E25
[1756-1816] Eldest son of William Edwards. He was a famous book-collector, book-seller and book-binder.

In 1784, he opened a large bookshop Edwards & Sons in Pall Mall, London. In 1785, he was granted a patent for the production of transparent vellum.

He was known for out-bidding the King for the illuminated Bedford Missal.

He followed Napoleon's army into Italy, buying from them books and manuscripts which they had looted from palaces and monasteries.

He lived at Harrow on the Hill. He left instructions for his coffin to be made from the shelves of his library. There is a memorial to him in Harrow Church where he is described as:

one of the most eminent Collectors and Booksellers in Europe

He was an ancestor of Sir Oswald Mosley, the English politician and Fascist

Edwards, JamesRef 52-E527
[1826-1906] Son of Benjamin Edwards. Of The Cross, Stainland.

In 1851, he married Sarah Ann Lindley [1831-1899] at Elland.

Children:

  1. John Lindley
  2. Edwin [1853-1923]
  3. Lucy [1856-1928]
  4. William Willie [1861-1935]
  5. Sarah who died in infancy
  6. Rhoda who died in infancy
  7. Herbert [1866-1876]

Edwards, JamesRef 52-E275
[1835-1890] Stone mason of Stainland.

Son of Thomas Edwards

He married Hannah Aspinall [1835-1913].

Children:

  1. Eli Aspinall
  2. Elizabeth Ann [1865-15th August 1916] who married James A. Rothwell

The family lived at

  • Crossfield, Stainland [1913]

Hannah died 5th August 1913 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland James A. Rothwell, (And Daughter Of The Above), Entered Into Rest August 15th 1916, aged 51 years. Also the above JAMES A. ROTHWELL, who entered into rest May 9th 1934, aged 69 years. Mary [1870-26/11/1936] the above, who entered into rest Nov. 26th 1936, aged 66 years. Noble.

Edwards, James ArthurRef 52-14
[1895-1917] Son of Alfred Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

In 1901, his mother was dead and he was living with his Holding grandparents at Peterborough.

He was a telegraphic messenger at Halifax Post Office / an apprentice at King Cross Electric Laundry [1911] / a reservist.

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st Battalion with the Scots Guards.

He was wounded twice.

He died of shrapnel wounds to the head [13th March 1917] (aged 21).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [24th March 1917].

He was buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France [Grave Ref IV C 11]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Edwards, JobRef 52-E706
[1796-1877] Son of John Edwards.

Born in Highfield by Huddersfield.

On 6th December 1818, he married (1) Hannah Helliwell [1800-1833].

Children:

  1. Emma [1820-16th October 1836] who was buried with her parents
  2. Mary [b 1822]
  3. Rebecca [1825]
  4. Joseph
  5. Martha [b 1831]
  6. John [b 1833]
  7. son

Hannah died 5th September 1833 (aged 33).

On 21st April 1834, he married (2) Alice Shaw [1805-1838] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Betsy / Betty [b 1835]
  2. Louisa [b 1836]
  3. John

Alice died 6th August 1838 (aged 33).

On 27th November 1843, he married (3) Martha Haywood [1800-1871] at Elland Parish Church.

Martha died 5th April 1871 (aged 71).

Job died 27th March 1877 (aged 80).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland. There is a transcription of the epitaph [number 5] at Stainland in Alan Shaw's CD Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area

Edwards, JoelRef 52-E104
[1741-1813] Son of Allan Edwards.

He was a tailor, like his father.

He married Mary. They had no children.

See Joel Edwards & Sons

Edwards, JoelRef 52-E308
[1778-1852] Son of John Edwards.

He was a tailor, like his father.

In 1773, he married Hannah Scarr.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child
  10. child
  11. Joel Heywood

- some of whom continued the family business.

See Joel Edwards & Sons

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E759
[1781-1862] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

On 18th October 1802, he married Sarah Ramsden [1778-1856].

Children:

  1. Mary [1803-1837] who married Richard Hill

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E265
[1638-1704] He was a yeoman cordwainer of Halifax.

In 1664, he married (1) Anna.

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. Sarah
  3. James [16??-1721]
  4. John Thomas
  5. William [16??-1714]
  6. David

In 1679, he married (2) Mary Atkinson [1651-1???].

Children:

  1. Anna [1687]
  2. Francis [1684]
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Maria [16??-1689]
  5. Anna [16??-1701]
  6. Jonathan [16??-1693]
  7. Richard
  8. Joshua [16??-1742]

William Edwards and John Edwards are descended from the children of his second marriage.

See Thomas Edwards

Edwards, JohnRef 52-4
[17??-1???] He married Mary Thompson [17??-1???].

Children:

  1. John

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E635
[17??-17??] He was Constable of Northowram [1744]

Edwards, JohnRef 52-5
[17??-18??] Plasterer. He was at Horton Street, Halifax [1822], Back Horton Street [1829], and Horton Street [1837]

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E236
[1706-1793] A wealthy Portuguese Merchant.

Son of David Edwards.

Between 1730 and 1735, he bought Northowram Hall from William Wood.

He was a first cousin of William Edwards of Edwards of Halifax, booksellers.

He married Mrs Mary Hargreaves [1712-1749] from Craven. [13th October 1743]

Children:

  1. John
  2. Sarah
  3. Joseph

Mary died at Northowram Hall [9th November 1749].

John died in Lisbon [9th December 1793] and was buried in the British cemetery there.

The epitaph on the family memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions.

See Eli Dyson and Northowram Hall bath house

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E267
[1735-1809] Son of William Edwards.

He was a hand weaver at Halifax and Stainland.

On 6th May 1759, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Sutcliffe at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Ellen
  2. John
  3. Sally [b 1769]
  4. Joseph [b 1772]
  5. Jonathan [b 1772]
  6. Betty [b 1774]
  7. Benjamin
  8. Thomas [b 1779]

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E26
[1737-1823] JP.

Originally from Birmingham.

Son of John Edwards.

Born 6th February 1737.

A friend of Joshua Hudson.

He was a merchant. He came to work for the Lees family at Lower Willow Hall Mills, Halifax. He set up a cotton-spinning business as John Edwards and worked from Pye Nest, House.

On 15th July 1762, he married Elizabeth Lees.


Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Lees
 

Children:

  1. Henry Lees
  2. Thomas Grove
  3. Mary [1763-1823] who married John Walker
  4. Harriet [1779-1865] who married John Dyson
  5. Lucy who married [14th June 1810] John Plowes of Rio de Janeiro, in London
  6. Elisabeth

In November 1769, he attended the enquiry which had been called by the Marquis of Rockingham to discuss the problem of the coiners and the murder of William Deighton.

In 1771, he built Pyenest House on land which he bought from Japhet Lister.

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1782 and 1792].

Around 1812, his 2 sons joined him to establish John Edwards & Sons.

Elizabeth died suddenly 19th August 1803.

John died 14th July 1823.

See William Wilberforce

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E237
[1745-1819] Eldest son of John Edwards from whom he inherited Whithill, later Northowram Hall.

He also lived in Lisbon.

He never married.

It is said that

... on the shortest day of the year, he would have all the children in the immediate neighbourhood arrange themselves in order and march through the grounds, and afterwards assemble in front of the Hall. He would stand over the front entrance and throw the pennies down singly, and was delighted to see the youngsters scramble for them: and as each one succeeded in getting a coin, he or she was ordered to stand aside, and so on until all had been served

He died in Lisbon [16th March 1819].

His will refers to the estate as Northowram Hall and the property was then owned by William Moore.

On 6th October 1810, Alexander Turner and James King borrowed £7,000 for 1 year from Edwards. The loan was secured as a mortgage against land and property owned by the pair; much of this was at Blackshawhead. By 1824, the loan had not been paid back, and Thomas Fournis Dyson, Edwards's beneficiary, was pressing for payment. When Turner's daughter Mary, wife of Rev James Armytage Rhodes, inherited the estate, she insisted that her husband pay the debt on her behalf. Rev Rhodes paid back the loan in full – plus interest – out of his own pocket, on the condition that all documentation relating to the matter be destroyed.

His will of 1813 left legacies to his nephews Thomas Fournis Dyson and John Dyson, and nieces, Nanny and Maria Dyson – should they remain unmarried.

The epitaph on his memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions.

See Harriet Dyson

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E309
[1750-1831] Son of Allan Edwards.

Like his father and brother, he was a tailor. He remained in Huddersfield.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Joel

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E125
[1757-1823] Halifax attorney.

He married Elizabeth (Betty) Vause [1758-1832].

Children:

  1. Ellen [1783-1861] who married (1) Joshua Bates and (2) George Armytage
  2. John
  3. Ann [1794-1851] who married William Hoyland
  4. George
  5. Henry

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E5
[1758-1791] Son of William Edwards.

He was a partner with his brother James at their bookshop in London.

During the French Revolution, he went to France to buy books. It is said, that he was executed as an aristocrat on the guillotine there

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E589
[1761-1837] Aka Joseph.

Son of John Edwards.

He was a mason of Stainland.

On 8th June 1783, he married Mary (Barrand) Baron [1757-1841] at Elland Parish Church.


Mary came from Sowood
 

Children:

  1. Sarah / Salley [b 1784]
  2. William [b 1785]
  3. John
  4. Betty [b 1789]
  5. Mary / Malley [b 1791]
  6. Jonathan
  7. Job
  8. Ruth [1798-1833] who married Charles Bromley

John died 10th August 1837 (aged 76).

Mary died 18th October 1841 (aged 85).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E666
[1787-1751] Of Sowood Green in Stainland,

Son of John Edwards.

He was a mason of Stainland.

On 28th July 1811, he married (1) Mary (Malley) Draper [1793-1847] Children:

  1. John [1812-30th November 1815]
  2. Hannah who died 27th December 1815 (aged 8 months) 
  3. Sarah [b 1818]
  4. Mary [b 12th October 1816] who married Abraham Walker
  5. Joseph [b 21st January 1819]
  6. William
  7. Sarah [b 1825]
  8. Maria [b 1830]
  9. William [b 1825]

Malley died 4th May 1847 (aged 54).

Around 1850, he married (2) Rebecca [1792-18??].


Rebecca, from Elland, had a daughter: Sarah [1813-1889] from a previous marriage.

Sarah married John Norcliffe

 

John died 13th May 1851 (aged 63).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, JohnRef 52-24
[1788-1851] He was a stone mason [1841].

He married Malley / Mary [1793-1847].

Children:

  1. John [1812-30th November 1815]
  2. Hannah who died 27th December 1815 (aged 8 months) 
  3. Sarah [b 1825]
  4. William [b 1835]

The family lived at Sowood Green, Stainland [1815, 1841].

Living with them [in 1841] was John's mother [?] Mary Edwards [b 1757].

Malley died 4th May 1847 (aged 54).

John died 13th May 1851 (aged 63).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, JohnRef 52-E127
[1789-1841] Son of John Edwards.

Halifax attorney. He was articled to his father.

He married (1) Unknown.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth who died young
  2. Ellen
  3. John [b 1823]
  4. Henry [b 1825]

He married (2) Sarah Elizabeth Appleyard from Warley.

Children:

  1. Mary Ann [b 1838]
  2. Sarah Elizabeth [1840-1898] who married Jubal Riley

The family lived at

  • High Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 3 Ward's End, Halifax [1851]

Edwards, Rev JohnRef 52-E50
[1816-1864] Son of Thomas Edwards.

Curate at Todmorden [1846-1864].

Edwards, JohnRef 52-22
[1821-1871] Born in Stainland.

He was a stone mason [1861].

He married Sarah.


Sarah was born in Stainland
 

Children:

  1. David [b 1842] who was a stone mason [1861]
  2. Hannah who died 25th March 1845 (aged 2 years) 
  3. William
  4. Albert [b 1850]
  5. Mary Hannah who died 4th August 1859 (aged 4 years & 10 months) 

The family lived at 25 King Cross Road, Halifax [1861].

John died 24th May 1871 (aged 50).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, John CoxRef 52-E557
[18??-18??] BA.

Educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge. He was Usher at Heath Grammar School [1861]

Edwards, John Henry Priestley ChurchillRef 52-E208
[1889-1942] 3rd Baronet. Elder son of Henry Coster Lea Edwards.

He was a Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, and the 23rd Battalion London Regiment.

During World War II, he served with the Australian Forces and died on active service. He was unmarried

Edwards, John LeaRef 52-E120
[1804-1835] Of Darcey Hey, Halifax.

Oldest son of Henry Lees Edwards.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

In 1835, he was one of the subscribers to the Halifax Dispensary, giving 1 guinea.

On 11th October 1833, he married Anne Elizabeth Waterhouse [1810-1848] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Catherine Frances who married Rev Canon Philip Robin, Rector of Woodchurch, Cheshire

John died 27th December 1835 (aged 31) 

Edwards, John LindleyRef 52-E526
[1852-1898] Son of James Edwards.

Printer and compositor at The Cross, Stainland [1895].

In 1878, he married (1) Sarah Ann [1852-1893] at Stainland.

Children:

  1. Mabel [1887-1964] who married [1915] Irvin Taylor

In 1893, he married (2) Maria Clarke [1851-1908] from Manchester at Stainland.

He was buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1898

See John Bottomley

Edwards, John ThomasRef 52-E754
[1672-1756] Son of John Edwards.

On 30th August 1697, he married Ann Westrop [1670-1748].

Children:

  1. John
  2. Anne
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Joseph
  6. Sarah
  7. Alice
  8. Ann

Edwards, John WilliamRef 52-12
[18??-19??] Printer at 14 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge [1927]

Edwards, JonathanRef 52-28
[1793-1870] Son of John Edwards.

Born in Stainland.

He was a stone mason [1841, 1851].

He married Betty [1794-1850].


Betty was born in Stainland
 

Children:

  1. child who died in infancy
  2. child who died in infancy
  3. child who died in infancy
  4. child who died in infancy
  5. Joseph [b 1832] who died in infancy
  6. Jonathan [1834-5th September 1863] who was a stone mason [1851]
  7. William [1836-2nd March 1854] who was a woollen piecer [1851]

Betty died 17th March 1850 (aged 56).

In [Q4] 1850, he married Mary Heywood [1805-1866] in Halifax.

The family lived at Sowood [1841, 1851].

Mary died 30th January 1866 (aged 61).

Jonathan died 6th October 1870 (aged 77).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Edwards, JosephRef 52-E555
[17??-1???] He was Usher at Heath Grammar School [181?]. He went on to become a Master at King's College School, London

Edwards, JosephRef 52-E222
[1747-1808] Son of John Edwards.

He married Sarah [1744-1813].

Children:

  1. Sally [1774-1797]

He was one of the subscribers to the Leeds Infirmary [1782].

He died at Northowram Hall [10th June 1808] and was buried 15th June 1808.

The epitaph on the family memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Edwards, JosephRef 52-E343
[1828-1901] Son of Job Edwards.

Born in Stainland.

He was educated at Rishworth School [1841] / head master of St Mary's School, Mill Bank for many years [until around 1890] / a committee member of the Sowerby Bridge Flour Society / Chairman and committee member of the Sowerby Bridge Industrial Society Limited / Secretary and member of the Foresters.

He owned much property in Sowerby Bridge – including houses in West Street and Terrace Street – and had shares in the Chapel Field Mill Company, the Ripponden Commercial Company, the Ryburn Mill Company, and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank Limited

He married Betty (Bessie) Fitton [1825-1898].


Betty was the daughter of Mary & William Fitton of Sowerby.

She was also a schoolteacher

 

Children:

  1. son who died aged 5

Joseph lived – and died – at 25a The Hollins, Triangle.

He left an estate of £2,068 7/1d.

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones

Edwards, JosephRef 52-E580
[1843-1884] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

He was a stone mason.

In [Q2] 1866, he married (1) Emma Speight in Halifax.


Emma was the daughter of James Speight
 

Children:

  1. Benjamin James [b 1868]
  2. Rhoda Mabel [b 1871]

In 1873, he married (2) Emma Paton [1847-1926].

Children:

  1. Annie [b 1874]
  2. Ida [b 1877]
  3. Edith Emily [b 1879]
  4. Florence Hartley [b 1881]
  5. Josephine [b 1885]

On 30th July 1884, he and a friend, H. Priestley, fell into a quarry at Stainland

in the dark of night

Joseph was found dead, and Priestley was unconscious

Edwards, Captain Joseph PriestleyRef 52-E100
[1818-1868] JP.

Fourth and youngest son of Henry Lees Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

He was a South American merchant [1861] / a Captain in the Second West Yorkshire Yeoman Cavalry / Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding / Lord of the Manor of Oxenhope.

On 16th January 1844, he married his cousin, Margaret Jane Norris.


Margaret Jane was the daughter of James Edward Norris
 

Children:

  1. Priestley August
  2. Lea Priestley
  3. Alfred Delafonte [b 1848]
  4. Adolphus Henry Lees [1853-1854]

In 1851, he bought the Lower Wat Ing estate at Norland.

The family lived at

He built Castle Carr [1860s].

He was killed on 20th August 1868 – along with his eldest son, Priestley August – when the Irish Mail train crashed at Abergele as he was returning from a weekend shooting party. He was so badly injured that he could only be identified from a bunch of keys. They and 31 other victims were buried near the scene of the accident.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £140,000.

The will was proved by the oaths of Sir Henry Edwards, Samuel Waterhouse, and Frederick William Cronhelm

See Castle Carr footpath trial

Edwards, Laura MaudeRef 52-E23
[1850-1924] Daughter of Sir Henry Edwards.

She married Edward Egerton Leigh.

She died at Broadwell Manor House, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Edwards, LaviniaRef 52-E707
[1843-1915] Daughter of Robert Edwards.

Children:

  1. Louisa [b 1862]

On 18th August 1869, she married George Benson from Barnsley, at Square Congregational Church, Halifax.

Children:

  1. Emma Gertrude [b 1870]
  2. George Herbert [b 1872]
  3. Walter [b 1874]
  4. Fred Herbert [b 1880]

Lavinia died in Doncaster

Edwards, Lea PriestleyRef 52-E149
[1845-1922] Younger son of Joseph Priestley Edwards.

Born in Halifax.

He completed Castle Carr, Luddenden Dean after the death of his father and his older brother in 1868.

In 1873, he spoke on behalf of the complainants during the enquiry into the Buzzer & Whistle Nuisance, saying that the whistles from the local mills in Luddenden kept him awake when he was unwell in 1872.

In February 1873, he married his cousin, Emily Gertrude Edwards.


Emily Gertrude was the daughter of Sir Henry Edwards
 

Children:

  1. Eva Gertrude Josephine [1874-1958] who married [Q4 1903] Henry Hugh Tudor
  2. Henry Lea [1876-1876]
  3. Eric Lea Priestley
  4. Charles Egerton Priestley [1879-1925]
  5. Bertram Cecil Priestley [b 1880] who drowned in the River Waveney in Suffolk [19th July 1906] (aged 26) 
  6. Lionel Priestley [1881-1941]

He inherited the Lower Wat Ing estate at Norland.

The family lived at

  • Brandsby Lodge, Easingwold, North Yorkshire [1881]
  • Warberry Court, Torquay [1911]

Emily Gertrude died in Torquay [13th June 1919].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,490 16/10d.

Administration was granted to her husband.

Lea Priestley died in Torquay [26th June 1922].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £15,198 19/4d.

Probate was granted to Ernest Hutchings (solicitor).

Members of the family were buried at Luddenden Cemetery

Edwards, Leah MatildaRef 52-E665
[1858-1936] Daughter of Robert Edwards.

She married (1) Benjamin Briggs.

Benjamin died 17th October 1892 (aged 36).

She married (2) Rowland Norcliffe, becoming his third wife.

Leah Matilda died 6th July 1936 (aged 78).

Leah & her first husband Benjamin were buried at Fall Spring Graveyard, Stainland

See Leah Matilda Edwards

Edwards, Lewis JohnRef 52-E169
[1904-1959] Son of a railwayman, Lewis John Edwards.

Born in Aylesbury.

He worked for a time in a bank. He studied for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He took a degree in economics at Leeds and lectured in economics for the Workers Educational Association. He was general secretary of the Post Office Engineering Union.

In 1931, he married Dorothy May Watson from Ilkley.

Children:

  1. a daughter
  2. a daughter

He was Labour MP for Blackburn [1945].

He came to Brighouse in 1951. He had a majority of 437 – beating Major W. E. Woolley – when he was elected Labour MP for Brighouse & Spenborough [1950-1959].

He held various posts in government, including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee

In 1953, he was appointed Privy Councillor. He was interested in European integration. He became President of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe.

He died in office after suffering a heart attack in Strasbourg.

Boulevard du Président Edwards in Strasbourg is named for him

Edwards, LouiseRef 52-E507
[1876-1941] Daughter of Benjamin Edwards. She was born in Blackpool, Lancashire.

She married Unknown.

She had 5 children, including identical twins.

During World War II, one of the twins was in the US Army, and the other was a conscientious objector. After the war, the twins published a book of their letters to each other.

Louise died in Pittsburgh, PA

Edwards, Lucy AnnRef 52-E14
[1817-1835] Daughter of Henry Lees Edwards.

She died at Torquay

Edwards, OwenRef 52-E767
[18??-1???] Brighouse architect. He was (possibly) in partnership with Thomas William Helliwell in Brighouse.

See John Leeming

Edwards, Priestley AugustRef 52-E148
[1845-1868] Eldest son of Joseph Priestley Edwards. He and his father were killed on 20th August 1868 when the Irish Mail train crashed at Abergele as they were returning from a shooting party

Edwards, Priestley ChurchillRef 52-E142
[1841-1908] Second son of Sir Henry Edwards.

He lived at Pyenest House. He was a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding

Edwards, ReubenRef 52-E701
[1894-1954] Son of Robert Edwards.

Born in Philadelphia, USA.

He was a Corporal in the US Army during World War II.

On 11th May 1921, he married Elsie Hitchon.

Children:

  1. Doris Edith
  2. Gladys Ethel
  3. Marjorie Ellen

Edwards, RichardRef 52-E101
[1691-1767] Son of John Edwards.

He was a stationer / a schoolmaster.

He married (1) Unknown [16??-1716].

Children:

  1. Allan

In 1718, he married (2) Martha Hellewell [1693-1773].

Children:

  1. Mary [1723-1724]
  2. Joel [17??-1722]
  3. Joel [1723-1784]
  4. William

Edwards, RichardRef 52-E27
[1768-1827] Youngest son of William Edwards.

He moved to carry on the family business in London.

Between 1795 and 1797, he commissioned William Blake to produce 537 water-colour illustrations for an edition of the poem Night Thoughts by Edward Young.

About 1799, he was presented by George John, the 2nd Earl Spencer, to the appointment of Head Registrar of the island of Minorca. He held the post until Minorca was repossessed by Spain in 1802.

In 1793, he married (1) Miss Chapman.

In 1803, he married (2) Miss Howard

He died of liver problems in St Omar [10th October 1827]

Edwards, RichardRef 52-19
[1864-1???] Son of George Edwards.

Born in Loughton, Buckinghamshire.

He was a carter (agricultural) [1881] / a gardener of Copley [1890] / a cart driver [1891] / a cart driver for gardener [1901, 1911].

In 1890, he married Caroline Payne [1865-1???] at St Paul's Church, King Cross.


Caroline, of King Cross, was born in Deddington, Oxfordshire, the daughter of Elijah Payne, labourer
 

Children:

  1. Clara [b 1891] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  2. Harold
  3. George H [b 1896] who was a labourer (fender making works) [1911]

The family lived at

  • 12 Garside Street, Skircoat, Halifax [1891]
  • 24 Nicholl Street, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was boarder [?] brother-in-law Thomas Payne [b 1877] (wool warehouseman) 

Edwards, RobertRef 52-E329
[1812-1882] Son of Benjamin Edwards.

He was landlord of the Duke of York, Stainland [1861-1882].

On 3rd April 1836, he married Hannah Whiteley [1815-1889] from Barkisland.

Children:

  1. William Whiteley [born 27/1/1836]
  2. Charlotte Ann [b 1837]
  3. Benjamin [b 1838]
  4. Jonathan [b 1840]
  5. John [b 1840]
  6. Lavinia
  7. Priscilla [b 1845]
  8. Ann Phoebe [12th June 1847-28th June 1908] who married George Bray
  9. Eliza [b 1849]
  10. Nancy Jane [b 1851]
  11. Robert
  12. James Reuben [b 1856]
  13. Leah Matilda

Edwards, RobertRef 52-E703
[1853-1925] Son of Robert Edwards.

He was an ornamental plasterer.

In 1874, he married Frances Berry [1852-1931] from Lancashire.

Children:

  1. Robert [b 1876]
  2. James William (Will) [b 1877]
  3. Lavinia [b 1880]
  4. John (Jack) [b 1885]
  5. Hannah (Annie) [b 1887]
  6. Reuben

In 1889, the family moved to Philadelphia, USA, where Robert worked on the new City Hall there.

He died in Philadelphia

Edwards, RuthRef 52-E705
[1710-1???] Daughter of David Edwards.

On 3rd June 1734, she married (1) Thomas Bullman.

On 20th June 1740, she married (2) William Hoggart

Edwards, S.Ref 52-6
[17??-1801] A currier of Halifax.

On 3rd May 1801, he attempted to cut his throat with a razor in a field near Uppingham. He severed his windpipe, but managed to reach the town, a quarter of a mile away, where, making signs for a pen and paper, he wrote

My name is S. Edwards, of the town of Halifax, in Yorkshire – under the pressure of misfortunes, have committed this act

The surgeon was called and it was reported that he was likely to recover.

It seemed that he was unable to find work, and had not eaten for 3 days

Edwards, SarahRef 52-E196
[1708-1756] Daughter of John Edwards of Halifax.

In July 1721, at the age of 13½, she married 14-year-old William Ware

Edwards, SarahRef 52-E107
[1745-1810] Only daughter of John Edwards.

In 1764, she and Daniel Dyson eloped in an attempt to ease his father's financial situation, as John Edwards was the chief creditor of Daniel's father.

They married at the English Episcopal Church in East Lothian, Scotland [19th July 1764].

She died at Willow Hall, Halifax [10th January 1810].

She was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

The epitaph on her memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Edwards, ThomasRef 52-E29
[1762-1834] Son of William Edwards.

Halifax bookseller. He kept up the family bookshop business.

He was listed at Old Market, Halifax as bookseller and stationer [1816, 1817] and seller of scarce & valuable books [1822].

He encouraged the artist J. M. W. Turner.

He employed Roberts Leyland as a bookbinder.

He retired in 1826 and the business was sold at auction.

On 5th January 1808, he married Caroline Matilda Lister [1776-1860] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Jane [b 1808]
  2. Maria
  3. Caroline [b 1812]
  4. Catherine [b 1813]
  5. Walter Fawkes
  6. John
  7. Elizabeth [b 1818]

He was recorded as living in Southport [1836]

Edwards, Rev ThomasRef 52-11
[18??-18??] Wesleyan Minister.

He lived at York Street, Todmorden [1845]

Edwards, ThomasRef 52-E269
[1803-1860] Aka Tommy.

Son of Benjamin Edwards.

He was a stone mason of Stainland.

He married Nancy [1808-1872].

Children:

  1. William [1827-1859] who died in Canada
  2. David [1829-1849] who died in Canada
  3. Thomas [1831-1894]
  4. James
  5. Maria [1844-1868]
  6. Benjamin

Thomas died 3rd March 1860 (aged 57).

Nancy died 6th October 1872 (aged 64).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland. There is a transcription of the epitaph [number 107] at Stainland in Alan Shaw's CD Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area

Edwards, ThomasRef 52-16
[1837-1???] He was a millwright [1881] / an engineer [1885] / paralysed [1891].

He married Elizabeth Ann [1837-1???].

Children:

  1. Alfred
  2. Arthur [b 1866] who was a millwright [1881]
  3. Jonathan Oates [b 1872]

The children were born in Warley / Sowerby Bridge.

The family lived at 19 Burnley Road, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax [1881]

In 1891, Thomas & Elizabeth were living with son Alfred & family at 10 Trafalgar Square, Halifax

Edwards, ThomasRef 52-E770
[1846-1876] He was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of John Edwards of Halifax.

He married Ruth Ann Taylor [1848-1922].

After his death, Ruth Ann married William Wood

Edwards, Thomas GroveRef 52-E15
[1783-1855] Youngest son of John Edwards of Pye Nest.

He was a partner in John Edwards & Sons / one of the 19 original shareholders of The Llynfi Vale Iron Company [1853].

He went to live at Regent's Park, London.

He died unmarried

Edwards, Thomas RawsonRef 52-E637
[1814-1823] Son of Henry Lees Edwards

Edwards, Walter FawkesRef 52-E680
[1815-1836] Son of Thomas Edwards.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

He died in Halifax [10th August 1836].

He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Edwards, Walter MolesworthRef 52-E274
[18??-18??] Son of Rev John Edwards.

He was a midshipman on the steamship London which was lost in January 1866 whilst sailing from London to Melbourne. He was one of 16 of the crew who were saved

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-E266
[1700-1774] He was a cloth manufacturer in Halifax.

Son of David Edwards.

On 6th September 1731, he married Dorothy Whitfield [17??-1774] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Sarah
  2. John
  3. Whitfield
  4. David
  5. Thomas [b 1742]
  6. Robert [b 1746]
  7. James

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-E755
[1701-1774] Son of John Thomas Edwards.

On 27th November 1721, he married Catherine Hobson [1???-1767].

Children:

  1. Sarah
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Joseph
  4. Alice
  5. William
  6. Benjamin

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-E30
[1723-1808] Son of Richard Edwards.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [6th January 1722/23].

He was a first cousin of John Edwards of Northowram Hall.

He founded Edwards of Halifax, said to be one of the finest bookshops in the country.

On 5th March 1746/7, he married (1) Hannah Birks 1716-1749 at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John [d 1748]

On 6th February 1753, he married (2) Jane Wood [1726-1772] at Coley Church.

Children:

  1. William
  2. Mary [1755-18??] who married Dr Disney Alexander
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Sarah [b 1761] who married James Macaulay
  6. Thomas
  7. Joseph [b 1765-1771]
  8. Richard

His work and interest in the arts was continued by his sons James, Thomas, John & Richard.

He attended Northgate End Chapel, Halifax.

In 1784, the London Gentleman's Magazine incorrectly published an obituary


In Halifax, on 11th March 1784, in his 61st year, Mr William Edwards, of that town, died
 

and apologised in the next edition.

He died at the Old Market bookshop on 10th January 1808. In a notice of his death, The York Herald described him as


a character of distinguished eminence in his profession, and of no common estimation for the vigorous faculties of his mind
 

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church [b 35].

There is a memorial tablet for members of the family Halifax Parish Church

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-3
[1731-1794] He was a dresser [1763] / landlord of the Pine Apple, Halifax [1794].

He married Elizabeth.

Children:

  1. Mary [1763-1798] who married Henry Watkinson
  2. Ann
  3. John

After William's death, his son-in-law Henry Watkinson took over at the Pine Apple [1796]

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-E585
[1753-1786] Son of William Edwards.

On 11th June 1776, he married Elizabeth Howorth [1755-1785] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Jane [b 1780] who was baptised at Halifax [3rd December 1780] & married John Ackroyd
  2. William
  3. John
  4. Elisabeth

Elizabeth was buried in Halifax Parish Church [2nd February 1785]; her daughter, Elisabeth, was baptized the same day

Edwards, WilliamRef 52-23
[1845-1???] Son of John Edwards.

He was a clogger & patten maker [1861].

He married Elizabeth.

Children:

  1. Harry who died 25th November 1874 (aged 3 years & 11 months) 
  2. Lewis John who died 6th December 1874 (aged 2 years) 

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland with William's father

Edwards, Dr WilliamRef 52-E247
[1875-1969] MA, LittD.

He was Head and senior classical master at Bradford Grammar School before becoming Headmaster of Heath Grammar School [14th March 1908-1916].

He returned to Bradford in 1916, and remained there until his retirement in 1936.

He married Fanny Spence Thomson

Edwards, William CecilRef 52-E282
[18??-1949] Aka Teddy.

He lived at Well Royd, Stainland. He served with the Indian Police.

He married Micky.

Children:

  1. Pamela

He died following an operation at Halifax

Edwards, Winifred DeliaRef 52-E192
[1880-1946] Youngest daughter of Major Arthur Hancock Edwards.

In 1902, she married (1) Captain Spencer Allen Hickley RN from Oxford.

Her husband died in 1914.

On 20th March 1920, she married (2) Lieutenant-Commander George William Seymour Seton RN from Aberdeenshire

 

The Edwards family of HalifaxRef 52-425
Important local family whose members included Edwards of Halifax, the booksellers established by William Edwards

The Edwards family of Pye NestRef 52-423
Important local family whose members included John Edwards of Pye Nest and Sir Henry Edwards.

Many members of the family were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell and Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

See Thomas George Johnson, West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry and Arms of the Edwards Family of Pye Nest

Edwards Family of Pye Nest: ArmsRef 52-1800
The arms adopted by the Edwards family of Pye Nest bear the motto
Omne Bonum Dei Donum

All good things are the gift of God

The arms were authorised by the College of Heralds in the late 19th century

Edwards surnameRef 52-1
A patronymic surname meaning son of Edward.

There are over 110 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Edwards, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Edwards:


Marriages 1803, 1811, 1876, 1888, 1908, 1915, 1937, 1942; Deaths 1801, 1907
 



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