Fearnley ...

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This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Fearnley, A.Ref 390-1232
[1???-1933] Organist at St Peter's Mission Church, Brookfoot [1933]

Fearnley, ErnestRef 390-606
[1877-1949] Of Lightcliffe.

In [Q3] 1907, he married Jane (Jennie) Parrott in York.


  1. Laurence Ernest (Laurie) [1913-1918]

Jennie died 20th June 1933.

Ernest died 21st December 1949 (aged 72) 

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Fearnley, EthelRef 390-483
[1883-1914] Of Rastrick.

She lived in Gibraltar.

During World War I, she served as a Staff Nurse with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service,

She died at the Base Hospital, Boulogne [23rd November 1914] (aged 31).

He was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I B 6].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton

Fearnley, FrankRef 390-502
[1881-1916] Son of Matthew Fearnley.

He was a member of Pellon Baptist Church / a worsted mill hand [1891] / a boiler rivetter with Hartley & Sugden Limited [1901].

In [Q4] 1904, he married Clara Edith Barker in Halifax.

Clara was the daughter of John Edward Barker

They had no children.

The family lived at

  • 48 Hartley Street, Pellon Lane [with Frank's parents 1910]
  • 99 Cardiff Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire [1911]
  • 66 Crossley Terrace, Pellon Lane, Halifax [1916]

Living with them [in 1911] was visitor Arnold Stott [aged 2].

He joined the Royal Navy [1902] and served in various parts of the world, including patrol duty during the Russo-Japanese War [1904-1905] aboard HMS Invincible.

He was a boilermaker engine room artificer (Royal Navy) [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Second Class Engine Room Artificer with the Royal Navy. He served on the battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary which blew up at the Battle of Jutland [31st May-1st June 1916], with the loss of 1,266 of her crew of 1,284.

He died 31st May 1916 (aged 35).

He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England [Grave Ref 15], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Pellon Baptist Church

His brothers-in-law Percy & Norman Barker were also killed in the War

Fearnley, GeorgeRef 390-1317
[18??-1???] Born in Clifton.

He was a wire drawer.

Around 1881, he emigrated to America and settle in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

He was a witness to the Johnstown Flood of 31st May 1889, and on 12/6/1889, he wrote a letter to his siblings in Brighouse

Question: Does anyone know anything about his family and/or his life?


Fearnley, GeorgeRef 390-589
[1830-1879] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Bowling Green, Halifax [1871].

On 26th June 1856, he married Mary [1832-1921] in Halifax.

Mary [née Mann] was the widow of Henry Holdsworth


  1. Florence Grace [b 1857]

The family lived at Ovenden [1879].

George died 12th August 1879.

In [Q4] 1883, Mary married (2) Albert Robinson in Halifax.

George, Mary & Albert were buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount [1 4]

Fearnley, GideonRef 390-300
[1792-18??] Baptised at St Mary's Church, Illingworth [1792].

In 1815, he married Hannah Child [17??-1828] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Sidney
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child

Hannah died in 1828.

At the York Summer Assizes [September 1832], he and Joseph Tatham were charged with theft and sacrilege.

On the night of 27th April 1832, the two had stolen silverware and altar cloths from the Roman Catholic Chapel at Middleton, near Ilkley.

Both men were sentenced to death, but they were reprieved, and in 1833, they were transported to Australia for 7 years.

Gideon was given a ticket of leave in 1842

The children were brought up by Hannah's family

Fearnley, HarryRef 390-991
[1886-1963] Mineral water manufacturer.

He was at 20 Holt Street, Halifax [1936].

He married (1) 25th May 1907 [1885-1953] at Coley Church.

In [Q4] 1953, he married (2) Winifred Smith [1904-1969]

Fearnley, HenryRef 390-3
[1817-1879] Born in Ovenden.

He was a worsted weaver [1861].

In [Q3] 1856, he married Sarah Dean [1824-1905] in Halifax.

Sarah was the daughter of
Edwin Dean


  1. Isabella Ross Dean [1848-1897] who was a worsted spinner  [1861]
  2. Arthur Bruce [b 1860]

They lived at 10 Back Side, Northowram [1861].

Henry died 13th October 1879 (aged 62).

Sarah died 13th October 1905 (aged 81).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1999] with Henry's parents

Fearnley, Henry FarrarRef 390-1357
[1841-1914] Born in Hunsworth, Yorkshire.

He was a member of St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden / a member of the West Riding constabulary [for 30 years] / Police Sergeant at Ripponden Police Station [1896] / a police pensioner [1911].

In [Q2] 1881, he married Hannah Smith [1848-19??] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Warley

Children: daughter

They lived at Myrtle Grove, Soyland.

He died 24th June 1914 (aged 73)  & was buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Fearnley, JamesRef 390-1121
[18??-19??] A joiner and undertaker at Clifton.

He was one of the founders of the Clifton Handbell Ringers.

He occupied Holly Bank, Clifton for his business [1923]

Fearnley, JamesRef 390-183
[1829-1888] Born in Halifax.

He was a wire drawer [1874, 1881].

He married Hannah [1827-1912].

Hannah was born in Halifax


  1. Martha Ann [b 1853] who married John William France
  2. Lavinia [b 1866] who was a cigar maker [1881]

They lived at Shroggs Road, Ovenden [1881].

Living with them [in 1881] were daughter Martha & her family.

A James Fearnley died in Halifax [Q2 1888] (aged 59) 

A Hannah Fearnley died in Halifax [Q1 1912] (aged 84) 

Fearnley, JoeRef 390-627
[1879-1916] Son of John Fearnley.

Born in Queensbury.

He was a worsted spinner [1891] / a joiner [1901, 1911, 1913] / employed by Gaukroger's of Spring Hall Lane.

On 4th January 1913, he married Winifred Lillian Young [1890-19??] at Christ Church, Pellon.

Winifred Lilian, of 1 Brackenbed Grange, was the daughter of John George Young, foreman mechanic


  1. John G. [b 1913]
  2. Winifred E. [b 1916]

The family lived at Pye Nest Lodge, King Cross.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1916], and served as a Sapper with the 229th Field Company Royal Engineers.

He died of wounds [5th October 1916] (aged 37).

He was buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France [Grave Ref I G 19].

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

In [Q4] 1919, Winifred Lillian married Lewis Highley in Halifax.

They lived at West Field Farm, Warley

Fearnley, JohnRef 390-817
[1845-1904] Born in Ovenden.

He was a stone mason [1881, 1891] / a flag stone quarryman [1901].

He married Maria [1846-1891].

Maria was born in Queensbury


  1. Eleanor [b 1876] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a  mohair twister [1901]
  2. Joe
  3. Emma [b 1886] who was a mohair spinner [1901], a spinner  in worsted mill [1911]

They lived at

  • Backfold, Queensbury [1881]
  • 15 Backfold, Queensbury [1891, 1901]
  • 19 Rhodes Street, Shipley [1911]

Maria died Q3 1891 (aged 45).

John died in 1904 (aged 56) 

Fearnley, JosephRef 390-4
[1795-1874] Born in Clifton.

He was a wire drawer [1851, 1861].

He married Martha [1799-1871].

Martha was born in Norland


  1. James [b 1829] who was a wire drawer [1851]
  2. Nanny [b 1844] who (possibly) married (1) Mr  Bairstow and (2) Sykes Mitchell

They lived at

  • 7 Dawson Square, Northowram [1851]
  • 17 McKnight's Buildings, Corporation Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 37 Seedlings Mount, Halifax [1871]

Living with them [in 1861] was son-in-law Sykes Mitchell.

Living with them [in 1871] was daughter Nanny, her husband Sykes & baby daughter.

Martha died 7th November 1871 (aged 72).

Joseph died 17th February 1874 (aged 79).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2926] with Henry Bracewell

Question: Does anyone know whether / how the Fearnley & Bracewell families are related?


Fearnley, JosephRef 390-2

He married Betty Greenwood [1838-1917].

Betty was the daughter of
Richard Greenwood


  1. Wilson [1872-1886] who was buried with his parents

Joseph died 17th January 1902 (aged 61).

Betty died 22nd January 1917 (aged 79).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4114] with Betty's parents

Fearnley, JosephRef 390-143
[1842-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Fearnley of Northowram.

Born 29th August 1842; baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [4th November 1849]

Fearnley, MatthewRef 390-503
[1851-1???] Son of John Fearnley, shoemaker.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a mechanic of Ovenden [1881] / a mechanic [1891] / a machine tool fitter [1901].

In 1874, he married Sarah Lumb [1852-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah, of Ovenden, was the daughter of Levi Lumb, delver


  1. Harry [b 1877] who was a worsted mill hand [1891], a  stone dresser [1901], served in Ireland with the 2nd Battalion  Leicester Regiment [World War I]
  2. Albert [b 1879] who was a worsted mill hand [1891], a  brass founder's labourer [1901]
  3. Frank
  4. George [b 1883] who was a malleable iron moulder [1901]
  5. Annie [b 1884] who was a brace maker machinist [1901]
  6. John Thomas [b 1889] who was a worsted spinner [1901]

The children were born in Ovenden.

The family lived at

  • Ruston Hill, Ovenden [1881]
  • 5 Haigh Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 48 Hartley Street, Halifax [1901]

Fearnley, MilfordRef 390-1355
[1837-1900] Son of Sidney Fearnley.

He was a wool stapler [1871] / a worsted wool stapler [1881] / a worsted spinner & farmer [1891].

In January 1884, he married Emma, daughter of John Bradley and widow of Joshua Riley, at Barton in Irwell, Lancashire.

They lived at

  • Prospect Villas, Jammy Green, Ovenden [1871]
  • Jammy Green, Ovenden [1881]
  • Moss Cottage, Ovenden [1891]

He died at Moss Cottage, Ovenden [11th April 1900].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £18,744 8/-. Probate was granted to Emma, Joseph Hanson (bank manager) and John Henry Helliwell (solicitor) 

Fearnley, MiltonRef 390-1057
[18??-18??] A woolsorter at Ovenden.

He took a job with R. Benson & Company of London who traded with India. He travelled to Karachi with William Corke

Fearnley, RonaldRef 390-225
[1917-1941] He was a member of St Augustine's Church, Pellon / educated at Halifax Tech / a loom tuner with Humphrey's of Sowerby Bridge.

He lived at 200 Highroad Well Lane, Halifax.

During World War II, he enlisted [April 1940] and served as an Aircraftman 1st Class with the 210th Squadron Royal Air Force.

He was killed when a Sunderland flying boat crashed on a Scottish hillside [15th July 1941] (aged 24)  & was buried at Warley Congregational Church [Grave Ref: R 27].

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

Fearnley, SidneyRef 390-308
[1815-1885] Son of Gideon Fearnley.

He married Unknown.

Child: Milford

Fearnley, T.Ref 390-854
[18??-19??] See Brighouse Bowling Club and Brighouse Cricket Club

Fearnley, ThomasRef 390-510
[18??-18??] He was landlord of the Punch Bowl, Bailiff Bridge [1851, 1861]

Fearnley, ThomasRef 390-296
[1879-1939] He was shops inspector in Halifax [1914].

In [Q4] 1906, he married Emily Birtwhistle in Halifax.

Emily was the daughter of
Edwin Birtwhistle

During World War I, he served with the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He was gassed and hospitalised at Le Treport.

He survived the War.

His brother-in-law George Birtwhistle was killed in the War

Fearnley, TomRef 390-38
[1???-19??] Landlord of the Star, Rastrick [1933].

In 1925, he married Hetty, widow of Fred Garfitt, in Halifax

Fearnley, TyasRef 390-967
[1???-1859] A comber and gardener from Warley.

On 1st January 1859, he went drinking with friends at the Shoulder of Mutton, Halifax. About 11:00 pm, he sat down and went to sleep. About an hour later, John Crapper, the landlord, went to wake him and found that he was dead, and had been so for some time

Fearnley, William JervisRef 390-52

In 1872, he married Grace in Halifax.

Grace was the widow of
William Whitehead

They lived at 202 Beacon Hill Road, Halifax


Fearnley surnameRef 390-1
There are 27 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Fearnley, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Fearnley

Marriages 1906, 1936


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