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Fawcett, MrRef 258-159
[1???-18??] In April 1839, Dr Robert Howard wrote a letter to The Lancet, complaining of a Mr Fawcett whom he considered to be an empiric, a quack or a charlatan and who was operating in Heptonstall, Todmorden and Halifax.

Howard says that Fawcett had been apprenticed to a druggist in Newcastle, and was subsequently called to the Wesleyan Methodist ministry.

He goes on to describe how Fawcett visited the sick as a minister and then – ignoring professional medical advice – prescribed medicines which were to be made up at a local druggist's shop.

On one occasion, Fawcett attended a girl suffering from phthisis. When his remedies proved of no avail, Fawcett remarked

I think you'll be in heaven tomorrow night

The girl survived

Fawcett, AbrahamRef 258-1117
[18??-19??] Coal and coke merchant and colliery agent at 290 Queens Road, Halifax [1916, 1919].

He had depots at Pellon Station, St Paul's Station, Holmfield and Church Street, Halifax

Fawcett, AbrahamRef 258-5
[18??-19??] He was a Councillor.

He married Ann They lived at Blackwood House, Halifax.

Ann died 29th April 1914 (aged 67).

She was buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Fawcett, AbrahamRef 258-34
[1817-1855] He was beerhouse keeper at 93 New Bank, Halifax – the Crown Tavern, Halifax [1871].

He married Elizabeth Naylor [1821-1882].


  1. Alice [1852-1911] who married Charles Cockroft [1853-1881]

Abraham died at 18 Garden Street, Halifax [1855].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £52 2/-. Probate was granted to his widowed daughter Alice Cockroft, also of 18 Garden Street, Halifax

Fawcett, AlfredRef 258-8
[1855-1914] Son of Sidney Fawcett

Born in Southowram.

He was a stone delver [1871] / a stone quarryman [1891, 1901, 1911].

In [Q2] 1877, he married (1) Leah Gledhill [1851-1879] in Halifax.

Leah died 13th January 1879 (aged 27) 

In [Q1] 1881, he married (2) Harriet Burgess [1848-19??] in Halifax.

Harriet was born in Dukinfield, Lancashire


  1. Sidney who died 9th March 1883 (aged 14 months) 
  2. William H. [b 1885]
  3. Annie [b 1886] who was a woollen market [1901], a telephone operator [1911]

The family lived at

  • Edward Street, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse [1891]
  • 7 Thomas Street, Brighouse [1901]
  • 56 Smithy Carr Lane, Brighouse [1911]

Living with them [in 1891, 1901] was widowed mother-in-law Martha Burgess [b 1816].

Alfred died Q1 1914 (aged 59).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-K1C].

Alfred's burial place is not yet known

Fawcett, BarbaraRef 258-587
[1724-1775] Of Illingworth. Daughter of William Fawcett.

In the Summer of 1753, she was married to William Walker Dyson by the notorious Dr Alexander Keith at his private Chapel in Mayfair.

Dyson died on 3rd September 1753.

She married (2) Thomas Aked

Fawcett, BenjaminRef 258-958
[18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at 3 Malt Shovel Yard [15 lodgers in 1903]

Fawcett, DouglasRef 258-184
[19??-19??] He was Mayor of Halifax [1964-1965]

Fawcett, E.Ref 258-685
[18??-18??] Curate at St James's Church, Halifax [1865].

He lived at Hampden Place, Halifax [1865]

Fawcett, Florence LouisaRef 258-1307
[1873-1873] Illegitimate daughter of Ellen Fawcett.

On Thursday, 17th July 1873, the child – aged 1 month – died at her home in Durham's Yard, Brighouse. Rumours spread that the child had been poisoned.

Enquiries set on foot by the police tended in some measure to confirm these statements ... the mother of the child and the woman with whom she lodged [Charlotte, wife of James Bush] were severely censured by the Coroner for their ignorant and careless conduct through which the life of the infant had been sacrificed

The Jury returned a verdict that

We find that [the child] has come to her death for an overdose of laudanum, ignorantly and carelessly administered by the mother, whose conduct we consider reprehensible

Fawcett, FredRef 258-3
[1866-1929] Son of Joseph Fawcett.

Born in Southowram.

He was a brush manufacturer [1891] / an assistant superintendent (assurance company) [1901] / an assurance agent [1911].

In 1889, he married Margaret Hyslop [1868-1???] in Halifax.

Margaret was born in Scotland


  1. Mary Alice [b 1891] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  2. Joseph Andrew
  3. Margaret Ann [b 1894] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  4. Thomas Henry [b 1898] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  5. John Willie [b 1902]
  6. Arthur [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • 12 Hope Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 3 Stanley Street North, Holmfield [1911]

Living with them [in 1901], were Fred's parents

Fawcett, HaroldRef 258-3440
[18??-19??] In 1910, he married Edith Stephenson in Brighouse

Fawcett, HarryRef 258-846
[1909-1942] Son of Elizabeth & William Fawcett.

He was educated at St Luke's School, Norland / a member of St Luke's Church, Norland / employed by the Prudential in Brighouse.

He married Florence Aurena.


  1. child
  2. child

They lived at 6 Finkle Street, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

During World War II, he enlisted [July 1941], and served as an Ordinary Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Cava.

He was killed when his ship was hit by a bomb at Oran, Algeria [30th November 1942] (aged 33).

He was buried at Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria [Grave Ref V C 12]

Fawcett, HenryRef 258-1149
[1833-1884] A statesman and economist.

He married Millicent Garrett [1847-1929], younger sister of physician Elizabeth Garrett Anderson [1836-1917].

He and his wife were campaigners for women's suffrage.

On 11th March 1914, Mrs Fawcett addressed a meeting at Sowerby Bridge

Fawcett, HerbertRef 258-130
[1915-1944] Son of Emily & James Garside Fawcett of 60 Warley Town Lane.

He worked for Freeman, Hardy & Willis.

During World War II, he enlisted [1940], and served as a Signalman with the Royal Corps of Signals.

He served in India & the Middle East.

He was killed in action in Italy [1st September 1944] (aged 29).

He was buried at Gradara War Cemetery, Italy [Grave Ref II F 36].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint John the Evangelist, Warley

Fawcett, HughRef 258-521
[15??-1641] Or Faucit.

He married Unknown.


  1. Hugh [d 1668]

Father & son were buried at Halifax Parish Church

Fawcett, JabezRef 258-7
[1842-1???] Born in Dewsbury.

He was a coal miner [1881].

Around 1867, he married Mary A. [1845-1???].

Mary A. was born in Halifax


  1. Rose [b 1867] who was a worsted spinner [1881]
  2. Hannah [b 1872]
  3. George [b 1875]
  4. Ernest [b 1880]

The family lived at

  • 14 Battinson Street, Bank Top, Southowram [1881]

Fawcett, JamesRef 258-664
[1797-1853] Son of John Fawcett.

He was a worsted manufacturer [1841].

In 1845, with John Hodgson and John Riley, he established a Baptist cause in Brearley.

Brearley Baptist Church was formed in March 1846.

On 30th March 1820, he married Ann Crossley.

Ann was the daughter of John Crossley of Great House, Stansfield


  1. John Crossley [1821-1904]
  2. William [b 1823]
  3. Esther [b 1824] who married Thomas Riley
  4. Mary [1827]

The family lived at Greenfield, Luddendenfoot which he had built [1841]

Fawcett, JohnRef 258-663
[1768-1837] Son of Dr John Fawcett.

In 1799, he established a preaching place and Sunday School at Mytholmroyd.

He continued his father's work in training Baptist ministers.

On 2nd April 1795 he married Ann Hargreaves, (possibly) in Lancashire.


  1. James
  2. William
  3. Sarah [1804-1861] who married B. Marshall and died in Avranches, France where she had gone for the benefit of her health
  4. Stephen
  5. Mary [1811-1873]

He died at Ewood Hall [13th July 1837].

He was buried at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Fawcett, Dr JohnRef 258-F15
[1739-1817] DD.


Son of Stephen Fawcett and brother of Rev Richard Fawcett.

See Elland Particular Baptist Church, Fawcett tomb, Wainsgate, William Hartley, John Fawcett Centre, Hebden Bridge, Rev John Parker and Poem about Rev Oliver Heywood

Fawcett, JohnRef 258-1266
[1825-1863] Son of delver James Fawcett.

Born in Southowram.

He was an iron moulder [1847] / a clogger [1851] / clogger & beer seller at the Oddfellows Arms, Clifton Bridge, Brighouse [1861].

In 1847, he married Mary Whitaker at Elland Parish Church.

Mary was the daughter of William Whitaker


  1. William [1849-1851]
  2. James [b 1850]
  3. Ephsey [1852-1854]
  4. Sarah [b 1855]
  5. Whitaker [b 1859]
  6. John William [b 1860]
  7. Polly [1862-1862]

The family lived at

Mary's widowed father William Whitaker was living with them [1861, 1871].

John died in 1863.

Mary died October 16th 1896.

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [D 45]; Mary with her parents.

Fawcett, JohnRef 258-11
[1832-1881] Born in Bradford.

He was a sorter of Horton [1869] / a wool sorter [1871] / a wool buyer [1881] / a wool dyer [1889].

In 1869, he married Hannah Brayshaw [1842-1???].

Hannah was born in Norwich, Norfolk


  1. Mary Ann [b May 1867; bapt Bradford July 1869] who married (1) George Vollands, & (2) William Farrar
  2. John William [b 1872] who was a dyer's labourer [1891]
  3. Selina Emma [b October 1873; bapt Bradford December 1873] who was a worsted spinner [1891]
  4. Thomas [b 1876] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a shoemaker [1901]
  5. Frank [b 1878] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a boiler maker [1901]
  6. William
  7. (possibly) Annie who married [Q4 1919] Edgar Field

The family lived at

  • 34 Kay Street, Horton, Bradford [1871, 1873]
  • 352 Queens Road, Halifax [1881]
  • 13 Colbeck Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 7 Baker Street, Halifax (with son Thomas as head of the household [1901]
  • 18 Baker Street, Halifax [1918]

Living with them [in 1891] was daughter Mary Ann & her husband George Vollands.

John died Q4 1881 (aged 49).

Hannah died in Halifax in 1896 (aged 50), or in 1900 (aged 56).

Living with them [in 1901] was daughter Mary Ann

Fawcett, JohnRef 258-1243
[1835-1904] Son of Stephen Fawcett.

In 1861, he married Emma Barton [1841-1916] in Halifax.


  1. Mary E. B. [1861-1867]
  2. Nanny [b 1863]
  3. Jane Ellen [b 1865]
  4. George Graham [b 1865] who was a boiler maker [1904]
  5. Emily [b 1870]
  6. Abraham [b 1875]
  7. Miller [1880] who died aged 6 weeks
  8. Stephen Miller [b 1880]

The family lived at Peat House, Halifax.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1904

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

Fawcett, John CrossleyRef 258-1218
[1821-1904] Son of James Fawcett.

Born in Midgley.

He was a land owner [1871] / independent with income derived chiefly from land [1881] / living on own means [1891, 1901] / [1901].

In 1860, he married Sarah Sutcliffe [1829-1920] from Stansfield.


  1. Sarah Emily [1862-1930] who married Sir John Cousin Horsfall
  2. Annie Elizabeth [b 1864]

The family lived at

In 1881, there were 3 visitors staying with the family; Margaret Kezia Sagar [aged 25], Ellen Whitham [aged 25], and Henry Sagar [aged 17]

He died at Lytham [6th January 1904]. He was buried at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge.

Sarah died in Blackpool

Fawcett, John RhodesRef 258-10
[1863-1937] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Spring Gardens, Ovenden Wood [1911] / landlord of the Murgatroyd's Arms, Luddenden [1913, 1937]

Fawcett, John WilliamRef 258-1004
[1861-1910] Son of John Fawcett.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a silk piecer [1871] / a silk dresser [1881, 1891] / (possibly) landlord at the Prince of Wales, Brighouse [1898] / landlord of the Albion, Brighouse [1901] / landlord of the Vine, Brighouse [1901].

In 1880, he married Emily Cliffe [1861-19??] from Todmorden, at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Ethel [b 1880-dead by 1911] who married Fred Schofield
  2. Clement [b 1886] who was a stuff presser (dye works) [1901]
  3. Gertrude [b 1887] who was assisting at the pub [1911]

The family lived at

  • Bank Street Cottage, Hipperholme-with-Brighouse [with Emily's widowed mother Mary 1881]
  • Albion Street, Brighouse [1891]
  • 179 Elland Road, Brighouse [1901]
  • the Albion, Brighouse [1911]

Living with them [in 1891] was Emily's sister Annie E Cliffe [aged 33] (silk spreader) 

When John William took over at the landlord of the Vine, Brighouse [1901], Emily took over at the Albion [1901, 1911, 1917]

Living with them [in 1901] was nephew Ralph Fawcett [aged 18] (padder at dye works).

Living with the widowed Emily [in 1911] were daughter Gertrude, widowed son-in-law Fred Schofield, and grandchildren Clifford Bickett Schofield [aged 8] and Kathleen Fawcett Schofield [aged 2]

Fawcett, JosephRef 258-4
[1831-1908] Born in Halifax.

He was a brush manufacturer (employer) [1891] / retired coal banksman [1901].

On 7th February 1853, he married Mary Barber [1836-1909] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Halifax


  1. Emily [1859-1860] who died aged 15 months
  2. Arthur [b 1864] who was a cabinet maker [1891]
  3. Fred
  4. Mary Emma [1868-1869] who died aged 7 months

The family lived at

  • 14 Godley Road, Northowram [1891]
  • 12 Hope Street, Halifax [with son Fred & family 1901]

Joseph died in the Poor Law Hospital [4th March 1908].

Mary died at 37 Clement Street, Halifax [13th January 1909].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [U 5]

Fawcett, Joseph AndrewRef 258-573
[1892-1917] Son of Fred Fawcett.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton stiffer & grinder / a cotton scutcher [1911] / a cotton operative of Wadsworth Street [1916] / employed by S. Whitley & Company at Hanson Lane.

On 26th September 1916, he married Ada Hodgson [1889-1936] at St Augustine's Church, Pellon

Ada, of 360 Queens Road, was the daughter of John Hodgson, road paver


  1. Arthur [1917-2008]

They lived at 360 Queens Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by a shell [13th June 1917].

He was buried at R.E. Farm Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II C 8]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Hanson Lane Cotton Mill, Halifax

Fawcett, MaryRef 258-6
[17??-1822] Youngest daughter of General Sir William Fawcett.

In 1776, she married William Aked.

In 1795, she became the second wife of Joseph Lister.

On her death, Northgate House passed to James Lister

Fawcett, Rev RichardRef 258-17
[1741-1807] Of Ewood Hall.

Son of Stephen Fawcett. Brother of Dr John Fawcett

He died 19th January 1807

Fawcett, RobertRef 258-666
[16??-17??] Of Savile Hall, Halifax [1726].

He married Barbara Wood.


  1. William

Fawcett, SelwynRef 258-193
[1922-1944] Son of Agnes & Walter Fawcett of 1 Spring Street, Newstead, Halifax.

He was a member of the Boys' Brigade of Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Halifax / educated at Battinson Road School / a painter for Halifax Co-operative Society.

During World War II, he enlisted [1940], and served as a Flight Sergeant / Wireless Operator (Air)  with the 207th Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 27th April 1944 (aged 22).

He was buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany [Grave Ref 8 K 18-21].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Fawcett, SidneyRef 258-9
[1815-1879] Born in Southowram.

He was a stone delver [1871].

Around 1839, he married Frances [1819-18??].

Frances was born in Southowram


  1. Sarah [b 1839] who was a carpet printer [1871]
  2. Betty [b 1841] who was a carpet printer [1871]
  3. Ellis [b 1851] who was a stone delver [1871]
  4. Alfred
  5. Emma [b 1858] who was a worsted spinner [1871]

The family lived at New Street, Southowram [1871].

Sidney died Q4 1879 (aged 64) 

Fawcett, StephenRef 258-1216
[1703-1752] (Possibly) son of Stephen Fawcett [1677-17??].

Born at Lidget Green.

He married Unknown.


  1. Richard
  2. John

Fawcett, StephenRef 258-101
[1806-1876] Grandson of Rev John Fawcett.

Born in Midgley.

He built Machpelah House.

He was

  • A farmer [1841]
  • A landed proprietor [1851]
  • A land & house proprietor [1861]
  • A Baptist Deacon at Hebden Bridge
  • Assistant at Brearley Baptist Church
  • A local occasional preacher of the Baptist Society, deriving income from houses, dividends and land [1871]

He married Ann [1808-1892].


  1. Elizabeth

The family lived at

In 1841, Mary Cousin [aged 20] was living with the family.

See Bethel Baptist Chapel, Norland

Fawcett, StephenRef 258-1361
[1810-1869] Son of Esther (née Hartley) [1780-1865] & Joseph Fawcett [1780-1865].

Born in Otley.

On 6th June 1834, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Walton [1811-1888].

Betty was born in Halifax


  1. John
  2. Elizabeth [b 1842]
  3. Sarah [b 1847]
  4. Thomas Jackson [b 1849]
  5. Theodosia [b 1852]

The couple were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Fawcett, StephenRef 258-1277
[1821-1871] An engine tenter of Malt Shovel Yard, Halifax.

At 3:00 am on 12th August 1871, the 50-year-old was found lying insensible at the bottom of a flight of steps in Waterhouse Street, Halifax. His skull was fractured and a rib broken. His boots were found about 2 ft from his body. He died on 20th August 1871.

At the Inquest, the Jury returned an open verdict, and criticised the police authorities for allowing 6 to elapse before making enquiries into the cause of Fawcett's injuries

Fawcett, ThomasRef 258-219
[18??-1916] Of Halifax.

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

He was killed in action [26th April 1916].

He was buried at Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, France. [Grave Ref IX G 14].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Fawcett, WilfredRef 258-1
[1895-1918] His parents lived at 15 Piggott Street, Brighouse.

He was a member of Lane Head Primitive Methodist Chapel, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Cheshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [10th April 1918] (aged 23).

Fawcett, WilliamRef 258-1226
[1850-1891] Born in Queensbury.

He was a butcher [1876] / landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Halifax [1891].

On 27th June 1876, he married Ann Lee [1850-1???] in Halifax.

Ann was born in Great Horton

They had no children.

William died at the Wheatsheaf [27th September 1891].

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1891.

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury

Fawcett, General Sir WilliamRef 258-16
[1727-1804] KB, KCB.

Son of Martha Lister and William Fawcett.

Born at Shibden Hall.

He married Unknown.


  1. Mary
  2. William

At the age of 18, and against his mother's wishes, he became a cadet in the cavalry of General Oglethorpe's Regiment, who fought in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. He fought in the Flanders campaign of 1746 and 1748.

In 1756-1763, he fought in the Seven Years' War.

In 1757, he translated the Memoirs of the Art of War by Marshall Saxe.

In 1760, he famously announced the Victory of Warburg to George II in German, and as a reward, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

He became Commander in Chief of the British Army.

He was a governor of Chelsea Hospital

Fawcett, Major-General WilliamRef 258-82
[17??-1823] Son of General Sir William Fawcett

Fawcett, WilliamRef 258-588
[1703-17??] Aka Faucitt. Clothier of Bull Close, Halifax.

Son of Robert Fawcett.

In 1721, he married Martha Lister.


  1. James [b 1722]
  2. Barbara
  3. William
  4. Mary [b 1732]

See Japhet Issott

Fawcett, WilliamRef 258-665
[1799-1874] Son of John Fawcett.

He was a Baptist Minister at Sutton-in-Craven. He assisted at Brearley Baptist Church and from 1829 to 1836, at Millwood Particular Baptist Church, Stansfield [??]

Fawcett, WilliamRef 258-713
[1880-1918] Son of John Fawcett.

Born in Halifax.

He was a dyer's labourer [1901] / employed by Fletcher Brothers at Raglan Street, Halifax / a wool dyer's labourer [1911].

He lived at 18 Baker Street, Halifax, with his sister Mary Ann & her husband.

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

He died of pneumonia following influenza in No.2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville [13th November 1918] (aged 38) 

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [23rd November 1918].

He was buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref V C 14]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Fawcett, William H.Ref 258-714
[18??-19??] Partner in Hughes, Fawcett & Company.

He lived at Myrtle Grove, Hebden Bridge [1905]


Fawcett surnameRef 258-2

See Fawcett

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Revised 15:05 /15th November 2019 / mmf435 / 46171

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