Hepworth ...

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

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

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

Hepworth, MrRef 228-3153
[1???-1???] Stationmaster at Elland Railway Station [1859]

Hepworth, MrRef 228-1684
[18??-18??] In 1869, he took over the dyeing business of John Burgess.

He moved to Calder Dye Works, Rastrick and traded variously as Burgess & Sons, Thomas Burgess, and Rhodes Sowden.

In 1888, the business was acquired by W. Grandage & Company

Hepworth, AlbertRef 228-3079
[1866-1908] Of Brighouse.

Son of Albert Hepworth.

He may be related to Isaac Hepworth who emigrated to Australia.

Followed his parents as landlord of the Sportsman, Rastrick [1897-1899].

He was landlord of the Railway Hotel, Hebden Bridge [1905, 1908].

In 1885, he married Sarah Ann Kenyon [1869-1905] from Brighouse, in Halifax.


  1. Emily [born in Brighouse 6th March 1888, baptised at St  John's Church, Rastrick 29th November 1901]
  2. Elsie [born in Australia 20th July 1893, baptised at St  John's Church, Rastrick 11th November 1901]

Question: Does anyone know how Elsie came to be born in Australia?


Sarah Ann died 10th January 1905.

Albert died in 1908.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £2,323.

Question: Does anyone know how Albert acquired his wealth?


Hepworth, ArthurRef 228-11
[1862-19??] Born in Liversedge.

He was a stone polisher [1901] / a dyer's labourer [1911].

Around 1882, he married Esther Hannah [1863-19??].

Esther Hannah was born in Wyke


  1. Sophia [b 1882] who was a silk gasser [1901]
  2. Laura [b 1885] who was a silk spinner [1901], a silk  doubler [1911]
  3. Minnie [b 1887] who was a silk spinner [1901]
  4. Thomas Arthur
  5. Susannah [b 1895] who was a threader (carpet industry)   [1911]
  6. Lily [b 1898] who was a threader (carpet industry) [1911]
  7. Annie [b 1900]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 8 children of whom 7 were still alive at that time.

They lived at 197 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1901, 1911]

Hepworth, C. A.Ref 228-5
[18??-191?] He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

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

Hepworth, DavidRef 228-978
[1937-1992] Son of Frank Hepworth.

Born in Leeds.

He was a racing driver / winner of the British Hill Climb Championship [1969, 1971] / in business at Princess Works, Rastrick.

In 19??, he bought Calder Bank Mills, Rastrick and used it for his businesses

  • Stovit – Stove Enameling and Shotblasting
  • Hepworth Domestics – Reconditioning domestic washing machines.

    There is a family story that he made his own washing machines under the name of GayDay

  • He also ran his race team from one of the annexes of the mill

He bought Cliffe Hill, Lightcliffe [19??]

He married Margaret Shaw.

Margaret was from Cleckheaton


  1. Stephen
  2. Andrew

Margaret and David divorced.

David died 2nd May 1992

Hepworth, DysonRef 228-3921
[18??-1???] Landlord of the Horse & Jockey Beerhouse, Brighouse [1892].

He was charged with

having his house open during prohibited hours on Sunday 20th November 1892

after Sergeant Copping and PC Morley found George Bancroft seated in the beerhouse with a pint of beer in front of him.

Hepworth was fined £1 13/- plus costs

Hepworth, FrankRef 228-980
[1???-1977] He married Anne Kathleen Hepworth [1???-1988].


  1. David
  2. Stuart

Frank died 20th June 1977.

Anne Kathleen died 8th July 1988

Hepworth, FrederickRef 228-3038
[1864-19??] An insurance agent at Brighouse.

In 1899, he pleaded guilty to forging and uttering 2 claims on the Royal Liver Friendly Society. He had submitted 2 proposals forms for the life of one Walter Walker. It was said that Walker was living in a house in Elland, whereas he was, in fact, a man of intemperate habits living in the Halifax Workhouse. When Walker died, Hepworth received payment on the first policy, and subsequently repaid it to the Society. Hepworth was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour

Hepworth, GeorgeRef 228-573
[1799-1875] Son of John Hepworth.

Architect and surveyor. He established the practice which became Hepworth & Son, and he was essentially the

Builder of Brighouse

On 25th December 1828, he married (1) Sarah Haigh [1806-1844] at All Hallows' Church, Almondbury.

Sarah was born in Huddersfield


  1. William [b 1830] who was a bookkeeper [1851]
  2. Ann Haigh [b 1833]
  3. John [b 1834]
  4. Jane [1836-1837]

Sarah died in Brighouse [24th May 1844].

She & other members of the family () were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [Grave Ref: U55].

On 28th March 1846, he married (2) Elizabeth Reid [1810-1877] in Doncaster.

Elizabeth was born in Nottingham


  1. twins Catherine [1847-1847]
  2. Jane [1847-1847]
  3. George
  4. Hugh 1851-1867

They lived at Church Lane, Brighouse [1851].

George died 1st January 1875.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £2,000.

Elizabeth died in Brighouse [11th March 1877].

The couple were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Hepworth, GeorgeRef 228-282
[1849-1929] Son of George Hepworth, architect.

Born in Brighouse.

Brighouse-based architect and partner in Hepworth & Son.

In 1878, H. Kershaw – possibly Henry Kershaw – and George Hepworth drew up plans for Bradford Council's Bowling Park, Bradford. Theirs was the winning entry

He was an artist and drew a couple of postcards depicting life in Brighouse in the early 20th century.

He was a keen photographer, and a founder member of the Brighouse Photographic Society, and left an excellent record of parts of Brighouse in the 1880s.

In 1885, he wrote Brighouse, its scenery & antiquities.

A collection of his glass photographic plates were held at Brighouse Museum.

He (possibly) married Elizabeth.

They lived at

George died Q2 1929 (aged 80).

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £5,355 19/2d

Hepworth, George BenjaminRef 228-7
[1815-1853] Born in Wyke [24th February 1815].

He was a clothier [1835] / a farmer of 3 acres of land at Holywell Green [1851] / landlord of the Waggon & Horses, Holywell Green [1851-1853].

On 23rd August 1835, he married Hannah Parker [1815-1880] in Leeds.

Hannah was born in Thornhill Lees


  1. Beatrice [b 1837]
  2. William Henry [b 1839]
  3. Mary Elizabeth [1840-1892] who married Henry Fawthrop
  4. Louisa [b 1850]

George Benjamin died at the Waggon & Horses in 1853 Hannah took over at the Waggon & Horses [1853-1880]

Hepworth, George EdwardRef 228-8
[1854-19??] Son of John James Hepworth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a railway warehouseman [1871] / a waiter of Halifax [1875] / an upholsterer's salesman [1881] / hotel proprietor at the Temperance Hotel, Northgate [1891] / a furniture salesman [1901, 1911].

In 1875, he married Emma Addison [1856-19??] at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

Emma, of Halifax, was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the daughter of James Addison, sailor.

She took over from her husband as hotel proprietor at the Temperance Hotel, Northgate [1901]



  1. Anne Lizzie [b 1878] who married Harry Dean
  2. Walter A. [b 1881] who was a house painter [1901]
  3. William M. [b 1883] who was a wood carver [1901]
  4. Eliza Ellen [b 1886] who was a worsted coating weaver  [1911]
  5. Tom Denton

The family lived at

  • 34 Grant Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 52 Northgate, Halifax [1901]
  • 11 Clover Hill View, Halifax [1911, 1917]

Living with them [in 1881] was brother John William Hepworth [b 1861] (painter).

Living with them [in 1901] was daughter Annie Dean and granddaughter Mona Dean.

Living with them [in 1911] was daughter Annie (restaurant waitress), and granddaughters Mona Dean [b 1900] Emnie Dean [b 1905]

Hepworth, HallRef 228-590

Hepworth, HerbertRef 228-331
[1874-19??] Son of Jonathan Hepworth.

He was a butcher [1908].

On 1st June 1908, he married Maude Platts [1878-19??] in Chapeltown near Ecclesfield

Maude was born in Chapeltown


  1. Herbert [b 1905]
  2. Ronald [b 1907]

The children were born out of wedlock

Hepworth, IsaacRef 228-8340
[1861-1926] Son of Eliza [1826-1917] & Abraham Hepworth [1825-1890].

Born in Batley.

He may be related to Albert Hepworth.

He emigrated to Australia, arriving in New South Wales on the assisted immigration program on 1st March 1883.

He may have followed his brother Benjamin who emigrated earlier.

On 17th February 1886, he married Annie MacDonald [1865-1929].


  1. Abraham [1886-1956]
  2. Edwin [1887-1967]
  3. Leslie [1889-1946]
  4. Isaac Bernard [1891-1950]
  5. Elsie Eliza [1893-1972]
  6. Stanley Allen [1896-1973]
  7. Annie Nancy [1897-1962]
  8. Dorothy [1899-1937]
  9. Marjorie [1901-1971] who died in the USA
  10. Bertha Roberta [1903-1942]
  11. Ronald [1908-1909]

Isaac died in East Maitland, Australia [22nd February 1926]

Hepworth, JamesRef 228-6
[1830-1881] Of Nab End, Hove Edge.

In [Q3] 1876, he married Rose Anna Dyson in Huddersfield.


  1. Sophia [1877-1898]
  2. Ann [1879-1892]
  3. Helena [1884-1907]
  4. Thomas Dyson who died 20th November 1887 (aged 6 months) 

James died 21st February 1881 (aged 51).

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Hepworth, JamesRef 228-1239
[1869-19??] Born in Brighouse.

He was a mason's labourer [1911].

Around 1887, he married Janey [1868-19??].

Janey was born in Salterhebble


  1. Annie [b 1891] who was a shop assistant [1911]
  2. Wilmott

They lived at

  • 5 Sunderland Yard, Lister Lane, Halifax [1911]
  • 83 Brook Street, Blaenrhondda, Treherbert, Glamorgan [1916]

Hepworth, JoeRef 228-2760
[18??-19??] Cornet player who established McCarty's Prize Band of Clifton

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-497
[17??-1???] Of Yew Trees, Lightcliffe.

In 1790, he shot a stag at Lightcliffe. In 1948, the Hepworth family presented the antlers to the Brighouse Art Gallery

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-8020
[1772-1863] He married Ann [1772-1833].


  1. George
  2. Hannah [1803-1864]
  3. Mary [1805-1889]
  4. Harriet [1815-1878]

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-63
[1808-1848] Of Brighouse.

He married Elizabeth [1812-1852].

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-13
[1831-1???] Son of George H. Hepworth, weaver.

Born in Lindley.

He was a engineer of Longwood / an engine tenter at Marshall Hall Mill, Elland [1854] / an engine feeder (woollen factory) [1861] / a factory steam engine man [1871].

On 29th October 1854, he married Caroline Hooson [1818-1???] at St Peter's Church, Huddersfield.

Caroline, of Longwood, was born in Elland.

She was a charwoman [1881].

She was (probably) the daughter of John Hooson, although her father is not recorded on the marriage documents.

She may have had several children before her marriage to John:

  • Emma Hooson [b 1838] who was recorded with Caroline's parents
  • Elizabeth Hooson [born 25th August 1846] – see below
  • William Hooson [b 24th August 1850]

On the baptism records of the children they are both shown as children of William & Caroline Hooson, though Caroline is shown as spinster



  1. Joseph [b 11th August 1855]
  2. Jonathan [b 6th May 1857] who was an engine tenter [1881]

They lived at

  • Elland Lane, Elland [1854]
  • 40 East Gate, Elland [1861]
  • Quebec Street, Elland [1871]
  • Quebec Street, Elland (Caroline & son Jonathan but  no John) [1881]

Living with them [in 1861, 1871] was Elizabeth Hooson [b 1848] (piecer at woollen factory 1861).

Elizabeth is shown as daughter-in-law in 1861 & 1871.

In 1872, she married Richard Smith, and her father is not recorded on the marriage documents.

She could be Caroline's illegitimate daughter


On 16th November 1854, John was injured in a boiler explosion at Marshall Hall Mill.

Newspapers reported that

he was dreadfully scalded and, at one time, it was thought that his back was broken. After treatment, he was conveyed home in a most horrible state of suffering, and his piercing cries made many a heart quiver

Caroline died in 1892 (aged 74).

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-14
[1846-1912] Born in Doncaster [25th September 1846].

He was a bank clerk.

On 5th October 1881, he married Christiana Booth in Halifax.

Christiana was the daughter of
John Booth

John died 21st February 1912.

Christina died 9th March 1916.

The couple were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-3919
[1852-1886] Son of Joseph Hepworth.

He was brass finisher/innkeeper [1874] / beerhouse keeper at the Freemasons' Arms, Brighouse [1881].

In October 1881, he was fined 19/6d for serving beer to a drunken person, John Greenwood, delver of Southowram. Witnesses said that Greenwood was not drunk, but was of weak intellect. Greenwood was ordered to pay 18/6d or go to prison for 14 days

On 16th April 1874, he married Jane Dawson [1858-1912] in Brighouse.

Child: Joseph

Hepworth, JohnRef 228-328
[1870-19??] Son of Jonathan Hepworth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a pattern maker [1897].

In 1897, he married (1) Ellen Laura Daws [1873-1909] in Halifax.

Ellen Laura was born in Thursford


  1. Arthur [b 1902]

Ellen Laura died 15th June 1909.

She was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

In 1910, he married (2) Sarah Ann Wood [1879-19??] in Worksop [1910]

Sarah Ann was born in Whitwell

Hepworth, John JamesRef 228-9
[1831-1???] Known as James.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a railway station master [1861] / a railway goods agent [1871] / a railway official [1875].

He married Rachel [1839-1???].

Rachel was born in Halifax


  1. George
  2. Margaret Ellen [1860-1863]
  3. Arthur [1861-1864]
  4. John William [b 1861]
  5. Mary Lucy [b 1864]
  6. James Edward [b 1869]

They lived at

  • Bethesda Place, Elland [1861]
  • 15 St James Square, Horton, Bradford [1871]

Hepworth, JonathanRef 228-325
[1845-1931] Born in Holmfirth.

He was a model maker.

In 1869, he married Dorothy Bottomley Boocock in Halifax.

Dorothy was the illegitimate daughter of
Hannah Boocock


  1. John
  2. Hannah [1871-1933] who married John Arthur Robinson
  3. Herbert
  4. Lucy [b 1882]

The children were born in Halifax.

Dorothy died in Halifax [6th November 1920].

She was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Jonathan died in Halifax [8th August 1931].

He was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Hepworth, JosephRef 228-1
[1813-1854] He was a blacksmith in Stainland.

He married Rebecca [1814-1889]


  1. Ephraim [1839-1861]

Joseph died 11th April 1854 (aged 41).

Rebecca died 28th March 1889 (aged 75) 

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

Hepworth, JosephRef 228-12
[1813-1854] Of Lindley.

He married Rebecca [1814-1889].


  1. Zillah [1837-3rd July 1839]
  2. Ephraim [1839-28th December 1861]
  3. Louisa who died 22nd December 1843 (aged 8 weeks) 
  4. child who died in infancy
  5. child who died in infancy
  6. Manasseh who died November 1846 (aged 1 week) 
  7. Barbara Ellen who died March 1848 (aged 6 weeks) 
  8. Allen who died February 1849 (aged 4 days) 
  9. Mary Hannah who died March 1850 (aged 1 week) 

Joseph died 11th April 1854 (aged 41).

Rebecca died 28th March 1889 (aged 75).

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

Hepworth, JosephRef 228-3544
[1824-1871] Born in Bailiffe Bridge.

He was an iron moulder [1871] / landlord of the Sportsman, Rastrick [1867-1871].

In 1847, he married Ann Hirst [1828-1897] of Southowram, in Dewsbury.


  1. Edward [b 1846]
  2. Sarah [b 1847]
  3. Isaac [1850-1851]
  4. John
  5. Arthur [1860-1864]
  6. Albert
  7. Mary [1868-1951] who married George William Mallinson

He died 29th January 1871.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £100. Probate was granted to his widow Ann.

After his death, his wife Ann took over at the Sportsman [1871-1890], then Sam Eastwood, then the Hepworth's son Albert [1897-1899]

Hepworth, JosephRef 228-369
[1876-1913] Son of John Hepworth.

He was labourer in the gas works [1897].

On 12th August 1897, he married Kate Ethel Bentley [1876-1944] of Brookfoot, at St Matthew's, Rastrick.


  1. John William [b 1898]
  2. Alice [b 1900]
  3. Bob [b 1902]
  4. Frank [b 1905]
  5. Lucy [b 1906]
  6. Tom [b 1909]
  7. George [b 1910]
  8. Joseph [b 1912]

Hepworth, Joseph AlbertRef 228-1236
[1899-1918] Son of Albert Hepworth of 96 Huddersfield Road, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 15th/17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 12th April 1918 (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 3 & 4]

Hepworth, MaryRef 228-575
[1807-1863] of Brighouse.

She was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse (grave L19) [14th May 1863]

Hepworth, MatthewRef 228-908
[17??-1???] Coiner of Ovenden.

The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as

MATTHEW HEPWORTH, late of Ovenden, in the same Parish, Butcher, about 40 years old, 5ft 7 ins high, rather slender, a little pock-broke, wears his own Hair, which is of a reddish Colour, and almost straight

Hepworth, RichardRef 228-36
[17??-18??] He was landlord of the White Lion, Rastrick [1822, 1829].

He married Unknown.


  1. Leah who (possibly) married Jonas Wilkinson

Hepworth, SamRef 228-4
[1890-1916] Son of Thomas Hepworth.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 12th July 1916.

He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbé, France [Grave Ref II B 12], on Brighouse War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Zion Methodist Free Chapel, Hove Edge

Hepworth, ThomasRef 228-3

In [Q3] 1886, he married Selina Robertshaw [1867-1923] in Halifax.

Child: Sam

They lived at 309 Mason Terrace, Hove Edge, Lightcliffe

Hepworth, Thomas ArthurRef 228-10
[1892-1957] Son of Arthur Hepworth.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a dyer's labourer [1911].

In [Q2] 1944, he married Sarah Ann Coverdale in Calder District.

Sarah was the daughter of James Coverdale

Thomas Arthur died 29th July 1957 (aged 65).

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-A54] with Sarah's parents.

Details of Sarah's death & burial place are not yet known

Hepworth, Thomas HenryRef 228-6000
[18??-19??] He was a Deacon at Blackley Baptist Chapel. In 1911, he was recorded as a Past Deacon

Hepworth, Tom DentonRef 228-1237
[1893-1917] Son of George Hepworth.

He was a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & cricket club / educated at Trinity School & Heath Grammar School / educated at Holy Trinity School & Heath Grammar School / a member of King Cross Constitutional Club / a cabinet maker [1911] / apprenticed to Walter Denton's of Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] and served as a Corporal with the 1st/5th Battalion King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).

He was killed by a shell at Passchendaele [31st July 1917] (aged 24).

The Halifax Courier [25th August 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II C 18].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, on the Memorial at Heath Grammar School, and on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax

Hepworth, WilliamRef 228-540
[1843-1922] Born in Brighouse.

He was a cotton machine minder [1872].

In 1872, he married Rachel Hollas in Halifax

Rachel was the daughter of
Thomas Hollas


  1. Martha Ann [1872-1939] who married George Edward Flather
  2. John Thomas [1873-1942]
  3. Sam [b 1875]
  4. Ada [b 1877]
  5. Wilson

Hepworth, William FairburnRef 228-910
[1843-1882] At the Yorkshire Assizes in August 1880, James McGowan was charged with wounding Hepworth with intent to main him by striking him on the hand with a knife at Brighouse on 3rd July 1880.

The Jury found McGowan guilty of unlawfully wounding. He was sentenced to 2 months' imprisonment.

Hepworth died in Halifax [Q1 1882] (aged 39) 

Hepworth, WilmottRef 228-1243
[1896-1916] Son of James Hepworth.

Born in Credit Forkes, Canada.

He was a factory doffer [1911] / employed by Hartley & Sugden Limited.

He lived at 20 Back Street, Halifax [1916].

During World War I, he enlisted [31st August 1914] and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He was wounded in France and hospitalised in Newcastle.

On recovering, he was sent to Egypt, then to France.

He was killed whilst getting his breakfast [10th October 1916] (aged 20).

The Halifax Courier [21st October 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 3A & 3B], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Hepworth, WilsonRef 228-315
[1880-1955] Son of William Hepworth.

In 1905, he married Annie Gooder in Halifax.


  1. Amy [b 1907]
  2. Mary [b 1910]
  3. William [b 1914]
  4. Harry [b 1918]


The Hepworth familyRef 228-2110
Of Yew Trees, Lightcliffe. Members included George Hepworth


Hepworth surnameRef 228-2
There are 45 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Hepworth, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Hepworth

Marriages 1858, 1870, 1879, 1882, 1895, 1901, 1907; Deaths 1897, 1907


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