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The entries for people & families with the surname Holden are gathered together in this SideTrack.

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

Since there are many people with this surname, it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.


Holden, AdamRef 275-556
[1???-1???] Partner in Hainsworth, Holden, Swaine & Pollard Bank

Holden, ArthurRef 275-1507
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Holden, BenjaminRef 275-818
[1876-1916] Son of Henry Holden.

He was a cotton twiner [1891] / a cotton weaver [1911] / employed at Abraham Robertshaw & Sons.

During World War I, he enlisted at Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action [10th July 1916] (aged 40).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [12th August 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 13A & 14C], on a memorial in St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale, and in the book Royd Regeneration.

His brother Richard Thomas also died in the War

Holden, ClarenceRef 275-1154
[18??-19??] Printer at 19 Lord Street, Halifax [1927]

Holden, E.Ref 275-3395
[18??-19??] Ginger beer brewers in Sowerby Bridge

Holden, ElizabethRef 275-624
[1720-1800] Aka Betty.

In 1740, she married Thomas Crossley.

Her grandson John Crossley wrote that


She kept one of the best boarding schools for young ladies in the neighbourhood of Halifax
 

Holden, EvelynRef 275-238
[18??-1919] He lived at 4 Ada Street, All Souls' Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died of pneumonia in No.2 General Hospital, France [19th February 1919].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Holden, FrankRef 275-691
[189?-1917] He lived at Todmorden.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, formerly the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [19th July 1917].

He was buried at Wancourt British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I A 30].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden

Holden, FredRef 275-743
[18??-1917] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Fusiliers.

He died in the conflict [1917].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on Patmos War Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church

Holden, FrederickRef 275-144
[1857-1927] Born in Manchester.

He was a dyer [1875].

On 14th October 1875, he married Elizabeth William [1857-1915] in Manchester.


Elizabeth was born in Manchester
 

Children:

  1. Frederick William [b 1876]
  2. Herbert [b 1879]
  3. Walter [b 1882]
  4. Percival
  5. Elizabeth [b 1887]
  6. Emily [b 1888]
  7. Hannah [b 1888]
  8. Louisa [b 1889]
  9. Arthur [b 1891]

Holden, GeorgeRef 275-5
[1825-1898] Son of William Holden, a farmer in Kirkburton.

Born in Shepley.

He was a weaver [1840] / a fancy waistcoat weaver [1851] / in the silk industry [by the 1860s] / partner in James Cockroft & Company / partner in Marsden Brothers, Holden & Company / a pattern designer in Halifax [1871] / a master silk spinner employing 11 men & 5 women [1881] / a designed & cardcutter [1891].

In 1860, he married Ruth Marsden.


Ruth was born in Soyland, the daughter of Charles Marsden
 

Children:

  1. Kate [b 1862] who was a designer for silk manufacturer (father) [1881]
  2. Emmaline [b 1863] who was a music teacher [1881]
  3. Clara [b 1866]
  4. Edwin [b 1868]
  5. Ada [b 1869]
  6. George Henry [b 1871] who was a designer worsted [1891]
  7. Albert [b 1872] who was a clerk accountant [1891]
  8. Florence [b 1876] who was a designer worsted [1891]

The family lived at

  • 7 Holden Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 12 Chester Road, Boothtown [1881, 1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was George's widowed sister Harriet Hobson [b 1811]

Holden, GraceRef 275-1498
[18??-18??] A hand-wheel spinner of Clark Bridge.

She was the last person to be flogged in the district after she had delivered under-weight yarn to her employer in the 1850s

Holden, H.Ref 275-2039
[17??-18??] Grocer at Ripponden.

In May 1820, he was declared bankrupt

Holden, HenryRef 275-3
[1817-18??] He was a card maker [1841] / a journeyman card maker [1851].

In [Q3] 1840, he married / [1817-18??] in Huddersfield.


Charlotte was born in Almondbury
 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [1842-5th January 1860]
  2. Thomas [b 1844]
  3. Edwin who died 12th June 1845 (aged 1 year & 9 months) 
  4. Rebecca [b 1847]
  5. Martha [1848-7th May 1868] who was buried at Dewsbury Cemetery and is remembered on the family grave
  6. Joe who died 29th September 1851 (aged 11 months) 
  7. Charlotte Ann who died 27th September 1859 (aged 2 years & 8 months) 

The family lived at Halfpenny Can, Southowram [1841, 1851].

The children were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-S3]

Holden, HenryRef 275-1060
[1849-1925] Son of Benjamin Holden, overlooker.

Born in Blackburn / Bury.

He was a smith of Bridge Gate, Wadsworth [1873] / a cotton mill operative [1881] / a cotton carder [1891] / a cotton operative [1901] / unemployed [1911].

On 5th July 1873, he married Rhoda Heap [1849-1913] at St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale.


Rhoda, a twister of Upper Mill, Erringden, was born in Erringden, the daughter of John William Heap, twiner
 

Children:

  1. Grace Agnes [b 1875] who was a card room operative [1891], a cotton operative [1901]
  2. Ann Elizabeth [b 1878] who was a cotton spinner [1891], a cotton operative [1901]
  3. William [b 1880] who was a cotton twiner [1891], a cotton operative [1901]
  4. Alice [b 1881] who was a cotton spinner [1891], a cotton operative [1901]
  5. Benjamin
  6. Mary Ellen [b 1884] who was a cotton weaver [1911], a cotton operative [1901], a cotton weaver [1911]
  7. Clara [b 1884] who was a cotton weaver [1911], a cotton operative [1901]
  8. Richard Thomas
  9. Albert Edward [14th June 1888-17th December 1889] who was buried with his parents

The family lived at

  • Castle Mill Lane, Erringden [1881]
  • 2 Castle Mill Lane, Erringden [1891]
  • Castle Row, Mytholmroyd [1901]
  • Birks Hall, Twist Clough, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd [1911]

Living with them [in 1911] was granddaughter Lilian Law [b  1907]

Sons Benjamin & Richard Thomas died in World War I

Holden, IrvineRef 275-219
[1906-1945] Born in Halifax [23rd July 1906].

He was a keen gardener / employed in the Grocery Department of the Pye Nest Branch of the Halifax Co-operative.

He married Barbara.

Children:

  1. son
  2. daughter

They lived at 2 Copley Avenue, Pye Nest.

During World War II, he enlisted [October 1940], and served as a Driver with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died of cerebral meningitis in Hospital at Münster [19th July 1945] (aged 38).

He was buried at Münster Heath War Cemetery, Germany [Grave Ref 3 E 15].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Holden, Rev J.Ref 275-1194
[18??-19??] Baptist minister at Ripponden. In 1924, he moved to Clackmannanshire

Holden, JamesRef 275-1055
[1843-1874] Born in Ovenden.

He was a mechanic [1871].

On 29th May 1867, he married Nancy Vincent Foulds [1841-1913] at Halifax Parish Church.


Nancy was born in Ovenden
 

Children:

  1. Thomas (Tom)
  2. Ralph [b 1865]
  3. Martha Ann [1868-1892]
  4. Mary [1870-1956] who was a dress maker [1891]
  5. Clara [1871-1928] who was a damask weaver [1891]

The family lived at

  • 2 George Street, Ovenden [1871]
  • 4 Cockcroft's Court, Northowram [1891]

In 1894, son Tom – who had gone to live in Australia, and returned – was charged with having attempted to murder his mother. Nancy survived the attack

Holden, JaneRef 275-3240
[18??-18??] Lodging house keeper at Brunswick Terrace, Halifax [1850]

Holden, JohnRef 275-232
[1???-18??] Of Todmorden.

He and his family were involved in forging bank-notes.

Holden and his eldest son were transported for life for uttering forged £5 notes on the Derbyshire bank.

His son, Zachariah, and two other sons and a daughter were also involved in the forgery but were acquitted.

Zachariah hanged himself at Stoodley Edge on 6th June 1855

Holden, JohnRef 275-49
[18??-18??] In November 1844, he and William Barker were found guilty of assaulting and robbing John Bairstow. The jury recommended mercy for Holden who had a wife and family

Holden, JohnRef 275-2
[1876-19??] Son of John Holden, labourer.

Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

He was a labourer of Cote Hill, Warley [1897] / a mason's labourer [1901, 1911].

In 1897, he married Hannah Elizabeth Robertson at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah Elizabeth, of Cote Hill, Warley, was born in Glasgow, the daughter of
William Robertson

She had a son: Charlie Robertson; father unknown.

Charlie was brought up with his Holden half-siblings

 

Children:

  1. Elsie [b 1898] who was a ring doubler (cotton spinning) [1911]
  2. Mary [b 1899] who was a copy twirler (cotton spinning) [1911]
  3. Edward [b 1901]
  4. Willie [b 1906]
  5. George [b 1906]
  6. Anne [b 1910]
  7. Edith [b 1910]
  8. Nellie [b 1911]

The family lived at

  • 25 Cote Hill Square, Warley [1901]
  • 1 Belmont Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • 15 Exeter Street, Sowerby Bridge [1918]

Holden, JoshuaRef 275-432
[1870-1933] MA.

Born in Mankinholes.

He studied chemistry at Cambridge.

He was head of Roomfield Higher Grade School from 1898.

In 1910, he wrote A Short History of Todmorden.

In 1912, he was at Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton.

In 1914, he went to teach in Woking.

See Rev James Midgley

Holden, NathanielRef 275-1475
[16??-1723] A mercer at Halifax.

Son of Nathaniel Holden.

He married Mary Mitchell [1685-1746] of Walterclough Hall.

Children:

  1. Hannah [1722-1753]
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child

Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church where an inscription reads

Holden, NathanielRef 275-1474
[1656-1716] A mercer at Halifax.

He was an apprentice to Thomas Dunn.

He was an acquaintance of Oliver Heywood who baptised him in May 1678.

On 23rd April 1678, he married Hannah Worrel [1656-1733].

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. Richard
  3. daughter [b 1678/9] / Anna [d 1694]
  4. Nathaniel

He owned much property in Halifax. To his wife and sons, he bequeathed property identified as Crosshill, Elme Tree, Sidelins, Tongue Close, and a barn in Cow Green

Members of the family were buried in Halifax Parish Church where an inscription reads

Holden, P.Ref 275-1377
[1???-19??] He served in World War II.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Holden, PercivalRef 275-859
[1883-1917] Son of Frederick Holden.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a plumber [1909].

On 3rd July 1909, he married (1) Norah Royds [1886-1914] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.


Norah was born in Sowerby, the daughter of Charles Royds
 

Children:

  1. Olive [1909-2002]

After 1909, the family moved to Rochdale.

Norah died in Rochdale in 1914.

She was buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones.

On 25th December 1915, he married (2) Jessie Evelyn Royds [1891-1967] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.


Jessie Evelyn was the daughter of Charles Royds, and the sister of his first wife
 

Children:

  1. Nora [b 1914]
  2. Phyllis [b 1916]

The family lived at 51 Mill Bank [1917].

During World War I, he served as a Sapper with the 17th Division Signal Company Royal Engineers.

He was killed in action [19th November 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [22nd December 1917].

He was buried at Solferino Farm Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II B 28].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Peter's Church, Sowerby, and on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

After Percival's death Jessie married again:

In 1922, she married (2) Daniel Good [1889-1949] in Halifax.

In 1950, she married (3) Harold Hoyle [1895-1959] in Halifax.

In 1965, she married (4) Cyril Eastwood in Halifax.

Holden, Peter KenyonRef 275-785
[1775-1858] Born 3rd July 1775.

Halifax agent, bookseller and publisher, and agent for Norwich Union [1822, 1829]

He had business at King Cross Street, Hall End [1811], and 1 Old Market Place [1829]

He was a partner in Holden & Dowson

He published Rev Patrick Brontë's Cottage Poems [1811], his The Rural Minstrel [1813], and Richard Oastler's Vicarial Tithes, Halifax [1827].

He married (1) Martha Haigh.


Martha was the daughter of John Haigh
 

Children:

  1. Maria who died 23rd February 1802 (aged 1 year) 
  2. Martha Haigh (Holden) [bapt Square Chapel, Halifax 29th February 1804]

Martha died before 1809.

She & daughter Maria were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax with her parents.

On 21st October 1809, he married (2) Priscilla Pollard in Skipton.

Children:

  1. Mary [bapt Square Chapel, Halifax 26th January 1811]

Peter died 6th May 1858.

He was (possibly) buried at Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

Holden, PhilipRef 275-530
[1???-1???] He lived at Holden House, Barkisland

Holden, R.Ref 275-3214
[17??-18??] He ran a school in Halifax [1828]

Holden, R.Ref 275-793
[19??-19??] He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

He served in World War II.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax

Holden, Richard ThomasRef 275-820
[1886-1916] Son of Henry Holden.

He was a cotton operative [1901] / a cotton weaver [1911] / employed at Wood Top, Hebden Bridge.

He lived at 30 Square, Mytholmroyd.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

He was killed in action [19th July 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 15C], on a memorial in St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale, and in the book Royd Regeneration.

His brother Benjamin also died in the War

Holden, RobertRef 275-3057
[1???-1???] Constable at Todmorden & Walsden [1765]

Holden, ThomasRef 275-1344
[1???-16??] He married Grace, daughter of Richard Nichols.

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. Grace

Holden, ThomasRef 275-400
[17??-1805] Whitesmith, ironmonger and hardware dealer with premises next door to the House at the Maypole in Corn Market, Halifax.

In 1784, he rebuilt the shop.

He was a Lieutenant in the Halifax Volunteers

He married Susannah Ogden [1771-1843].


Susannah was daughter of Rev Reuben Ogden MA, curate of Birstall
 

In August 1805, the Corn Market shop was occupied by the Nicholson family.

In 1780, he, John Emmett and William Bolland set up a blast-furnace and foundry at Birkenshaw. They produced iron and possibly steel castings.

He was buried with full military honours.

After his death, Susannah planned to continue the business as a whitesmith.

In 1808, Susannah married Hartley Murgatroyd

Holden, TomRef 275-3994
[1862-1???] Son of James Holden.

From Halifax.

He was a worsted spinner [1871].

He went to live in Australia.

He returned to Halifax around 1892.

He had been out of work for some time.

He lived at 4 Cockroft's Court, Halifax [1894] with his widowed mother Nancy Holden and his 2 sisters, one of whom was an invalid and in bed.

On 31st May 1894, he was charged with having attempted to murder his mother, on the previous day, by striking her on the head with a hatchet.

Earlier that day, as his mother was washing clothes, Holden had remarked to Nancy

Mother, I shall never go to heaven. If you die you will go to heaven

and a few minutes later, he rendered Nancy insensible with the blows of a hatchet. She survived the attack.

When Holden was later apprehended in a field above Claremount, he said

Yes, I did it. Is she dead?

Witnesses at the trial included Detective Inspector Brodley

At the trial, Holden said

I did not do it purposely

The Court heard that he had been affected by sunstroke whilst he was in Australia. His Lordship said and that there was no doubt that Holden was insane at the time he struck his mother.

He was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment

Holden, W. A.Ref 275-800
[18??-19??] He lived at 25 Back Foundry Street, Halifax.

He was a reservist.

During the South African Wars, he was called-up [December 1899], and served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in 1900.

He is remembered on the Halifax Parish Church South African War Memorial, and on West View Park War Memorial

Holden, WalterRef 275-2491
[1882-19??] Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a house painter [1911].

In 1905, he married Rose Hannah, daughter of John Marshall, in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Reggie [b 1909] who married a cousin of entertainer Eric Sykes
  2. Nellie [b 1911]

In 1911, they were living with Rose Hannah's parents at Lock House, Sowerby Bridge

Holden, WilliamRef 275-4071
[18??-1???] He was partner in J. Bulcock & Company [1876] / partner in Bulcock & Holden [1877]

Holden, WilliamRef 275-4
[1833-1913]

He married Elizabeth [1850-1927].

William died 25th March 1913 (aged 80).

Elizabeth died 17th August 1927 (aged 77).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 263] with his brother Alfred Holden [1834-13th August 1892]

 

Holden surnameRef 275-1

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

There are over 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Holden, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Holden:


Marriages 1803, 1810, 1874, 1895; Deaths 1804, 1810, 1899
 



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