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Heap, MrRef 239-7140
[17??-1827] He married Rachael.

Question: Does anyone know anything about the man or his life in the Army?


He was a soldier, went to war and was presumed dead.

Rachel married Samuel Lumb.

Heap was not dead and returned to find his wife remarried.

Heap sold his wife to her new husband, and delivered her to Lumb in a halter at Halifax Cross.

Heap died in 1827.

On 1st October 1827, at the age of 83, Lumb married Rachael for a second time at Halifax Parish Church.

See Wife selling

Heap, AsaRef 239-5
[1857-1???] Son of John Heap, spindle maker.

Born in Bolton / Manchester.

He was a twister of Northowram [1879] / a warp twister of Ovenden [1881] / a worsted warp twister [1891, 1901] / a warp twister, coating trade [1911].

He married Esther Mary Stunt [1859-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Northowram, was born in Shoreditch, Middlesex, the daughter of William Stunt, book keeper.

She was a worsted weaver [1881]



  1. Selina [b October 1879; bapt Illingworth October 1881]  who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted coating weaver [1901]
  2. Ernest [b September 1881; bapt Illingworth October 1881]  who was a hairdresser's apprentice [1901]
  3. William [b 1884] who was a carter [1901], a horse driver  for laundry [1911]
  4. Fred Fred [b 1887] who was a bootmaker  dealer [1911]
  5. Edwin [b 1890] who was a coating overlooker [1911]
  6. Maurice [b 1892] who was a hairdresser [1911]
  7. Annie [b 1894] who was a coating weaver [1911]
  8. Florence May [b 1897] who was a jewellery burnisher [1911]
  9. George Tyson [b 1898] who was a worsted coating reacher  [1911]

They lived at

  • Blackmires, Northowram [1881]
  • 5 Talbot Street, Horton, Bradford [1891]
  • 6 Bubwith Grove, Halifax [1901, 1911]
  • 12 Bubwith Grove, Halifax

Three sons served in World War I; Fred was killed on the Italian front

Heap, DavidRef 239-2686
[18??-18??] Printer, bookseller, bookbinder, stationer and general newspaper agent at Hebden Bridge [1861, 1863]

Heap, DavidRef 239-3267
[1835-1884] Postmaster. Hebden Bridge Post Office were at his premises [April 1877]

Heap, EdwinRef 239-8
[1891-1918] Son of Thomas Heap.

Born in Ripponden.

He was a cotton spinner [1911] / employed at New Mill, Linthwaite.

He lived at Bank View, Blackmoor Street, Slaithwaite.

During World War I, he enlisted [8th May 1916] and served as a Private with the 196th Siege Battery Ammunition Column Army Service Corps.

He died of wounds [24th January 1918].

The Halifax Courier [2nd March 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref I C 4].

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Lighthazels United Methodist Chapel, Ripponden.

His brother Walker also died in the War

Heap, EliRef 239-505
[18??-1???] Of Brighouse.

He married Fanny Swaine [18??-1???].


  1. Mary [1886-1961] who married Fred Lumb

Heap, FredRef 239-4
[1887-1918] Son of Asa Heap.

He was a grocer's assistant [1901] / a bootmaker dealer [1911] / a boot & shoe dealer in Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916] and served as a Private with the West Riding Regiment.

He served in France and was then transferred to Italy where he served for about 12 months.

He was killed on the Italian front [3rd November 1918] (aged 31).

The Halifax Courier [30th November 1918] reported his death with a photograph. Two brothers also served in the War

Heap, Rev Fred E.Ref 239-1775
[18??-19??] Or Heape. Minister at Sowerby New Road Primitive Methodist Chapel [1902, 1905]

Heap, GeorgeRef 239-7
[1867-1???] Born in Sowerby / Ripponden.

He was a warehouseman labourer [1901] / a cotton mill oiler [1911].

He married Ellen [1862-1938].


  1. Allan [1896-6th October 1947]
  2. Alfred [1899-1936]
  3. Nellie [b 1902]

The family lived at Sowerby [1901, 1911].

Alfred died 23rd December 1936 (aged 36).

Ellen died 31st January 1938 (aged 76).

Members of the family were buried at Mill Bank Wesleyan Methodist Graveyard

Heap, George BensonRef 239-1314
[1897-1917] Son of John Frederick Heap.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton turner piecer [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [November 1914], and he served as a Corporal with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [August 1915].

He was killed by a shell, along with 6 comrades [23rd May 1917] (aged 20).

The Halifax Courier [16th June 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium [Grave Ref D 2].

He is remembered on Ripponden War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden, and on the Memorial at Ripponden Conservative Club

Heap, HarryRef 239-119
[1861-1897] Or Henry.

Son of James Heap.

Born 4th December 1861.

He was a butcher [1881] / inn keeper at the Clifton Arms, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire [1891] / landlord of the Black Bull, Heptonstall [1897].

On 21st March 1887, he married Sarah Jane Frances Allen [1861-1900] at St Peter's Church, Burnley.

Sarah Jane came from Gargrave, Yorkshire

They had no children.

They lived at

Harry died at the Black Bull [6th May 1897].

He was buried at Heptonstall Church [10th May 1897].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £123. Probate was granted to his widow.

Sarah Jane died at the Black Bull [19th October 1900].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £119 10/- to Joseph Allen (draughtsman) 

Heap, Rev HenryRef 239-1628
[17??-1839] A native of Langfield. He was trained for the ministry by Rev John Crosse and Rev Samuel Knight. He became vicar of Bradford

He died 17th January 1839

Heap, HenryRef 239-73
[1814-1856] Born in Sowerby.

He was a cotton spinner [1841] / licensed victualler at the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge  [1845, 1851].

On 22nd February 1835, he married Sarah (Sally) Dawson [1818-1874] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah was born in Erringden


  1. Hannah [1835-1895]
  2. James
  3. William [b 1845]
  4. John
  5. Grace [1857-1929]

They lived at Green Springs, Stansfield [1841].

He died at the Hole in the Wall [November 1856].

He was buried at Heptonstall Church [28th November 1856].

After his death, Sally married Abraham Crabtree

Heap, HerbertRef 239-46
[1870-1940] Born in Sowerby.

He was landlord of the Odessa House, Soyland [1904-1908] / licensed victualler at the Sportsman, Cragg Vale [1910-1913] / landlord of the Cunning Corner, Rishworth [1915-1925] / landlord of the Old Bridge, Ripponden [1931-1940].

On 6th February 1897, he married Emily Haley [1875-1957] at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones.

Emily was from Sowerby Bridge


  1. Edith [1898-1979]
  2. Frances [1904-1994]

Herbert died at the Old Bridge [11th March 1940].

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones

Heap, JamesRef 239-3670
[1747-1804] Landlord of the Bull's Head, Sowerby.

He married Sarah [1749-1801].

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby with inscriptions on William Drake's tomb

Heap, JamesRef 239-409
[18??-1???] He was a fustian dealer [1885] / a flock dealer [1888].

He married Unknown.


  1. Roger

Heap, JamesRef 239-93
[1838-1912] Son of Henry Heap.

Born in Stansfield.

He was an apprentice joiner [1851] / a joiner & victualler at the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge [1861] / licensed victualler at the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge  [1864, 1871, 1881, 1891] / a farmer [1901] / a retired publican [1911].

On 26th June 1860, he married Susannah Parker [1840-1907] at Halifax Parish Church.

Susannah was born in Heptonstall


  1. Harry
  2. William
  3. Sarah [b 27th June 1864] who was a clothier's machinist  [1881]
  4. Sam [14th December 1866-1895]
  5. Annie [10th July 1869-1941]
  6. Emma [22nd September 1874-1945]
  7. Ada [b 20th May 1877]
  8. Jane [b 4th June 1871]
  9. Edward [bapt 17th June 1882]

They lived at

  • the Hole in the Wall, Hebden Bridge
  • Well Holes Farm, Stansfield [1901]
  • Knowle Top, Heptonstall [1911]

Heap, JamesRef 239-11
[1853-19??] Born in Bolton, Lancashire.

He was a wire drawer [1891, 1901, 1911].

In [Q3] 1873, he married Mary Shaw in Halifax.

Mary was born in Halifax, the daughter of
John Shaw


  1. John who died 24th March 1874 (shortly after birth)   
  2. Foster [b 1876] who was a wire drawer [1891]
  3. Clara who died 13th November 1877 who died aged 14 weeks  
  4. Clarissa [b 1879]
  5. Wilfred [b 1884] who was a blacksmith's apprentice [1901]
  6. Horace [b 1886] who was a commercial clerk [1901], a wire  drawer [1911]
  7. Clement [b 1889] who was a draper [1911]
  8. Lewis [b 1899] who was a grocer's shop assistant [1911]

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2244] with their Shaw grandparent at Lister Lane Cemetery.

The 1911 census shows that they had had 9 children of whom 6 were still alive at that time.

The family lived at

  • Marion Street, Brighouse [1891]
  • 223 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1901]
  • 105 High Street, Heckmondwike [1911]

Heap, JohnRef 239-905
[17??-1???] Coiner of Lod, Westfield

Heap, Rev JohnRef 239-2920
[17??-18??] Of Todmorden

On 28th July 1823, he, Rev Joshua Fearnside, Rev Jagger, Rev John James, Rev Edward B. Lloyd, Rev Zachariah Yewdall, Rev Matthew Lumb and Stephen Wilson of Holmfirth, were amongst the passengers travelling by The Fleece coach from Halifax to Sheffield which overturned near Shepley. Rev Sergeant of Scarborough died of his injuries. Edward Smith, the driver of the coach was accused of

wanton behaviour and shameful perversity, on account of the peril to which his furious driving subjected his passengers.

Rev Heap received several contusions on the head

Heap, JohnRef 239-2969
[1835-1880] A married man of Cornholme.

On 14th August 1880, he was found hanging in the attic at his home. He was said have been

in a desponding state of mind for some time

Heap, JohnRef 239-10
[1849-1919] Son of Henry Heap.

He was a mechanic of Stansfield [1869] / a machine journeyman [1871] / a machine fitter [1881] / a mechanic [1891] / a machine fitter [1911].

On 17th April 1869, he married Betsey Bentley [1850-19??].

Betsey, of Stansfield, was the daughter of Thomas Bentley, innkeeper


  1. Alice A. [b 1867]
  2. Frances Ellen [b 1876]
  3. Emily [b 1882]
  4. Ann [b 1874]

They lived at

  • Mount Pleasant, Stansfield [1871, 1881, 1891]
  • 124 Halifax Road, Todmorden [1911]

Heap, John FrederickRef 239-3
[1867-19??] Born in Todmorden.

He was a fishmonger [1891] / a coachman (domestic) [1901].

In 1890, he married Annie Sumner [1865-19??] in Rochdale.

According to successive Census returns, Annie was born in Liverpool / Maltham / Craven in Skipton


  1. Arthur [b 1892]
  2. Cyril [b 1896] who was a cotton turner piecer [1911]
  3. George Benson
  4. Kathleen [b 1903]

They lived at

  • 5 Church Street, Littleborough, Rochdale [1891]
  • Maud Lane, Soyland [1901]
  • 2 Maud Lane, Ripponden [1911]
  • 652 Woodville, Ripponden

Living with them [in 1891] was cousin Amy Lawson [b Todmorden 1877]

In the 1911 census, the family were living at Maud Lane, Soyland, with Annie (married) as head of the household, but the census for

Back of 35 Lower Essex Street, Birmingham


John Frederick Heap [b Todmorden 1869] (coachman) as head of the household with wife of 11 years Mabel [b Almholme 1879] and children:

  1. Frederick H Heap [b 1902]
  2. Albert Heap [b 1903]
  3. Annie Heap [b 1906]
  4. Gladys Heap [b 1908]

all born in Birmingham


Question: Does anyone know whether this is a coincidence, or was John Frederick Heap leading a double life?


Heap, John TurleyRef 239-914
[17??-1???] Coiner of Westfield

Heap, JosephRef 239-3854
[1822-1899] Son of cloth miller Thomas Heap.

Born in Norland.

He was a cloth miller or fuller [1851] / a woollen fuller [1861] / a cloth fuller [1871] / a woollen finisher living at the Albion Inn, Norland [1881] / a cloth fuller [1891].

On 13th April 1846, he married Elizabeth Greenwood [1825-1903] at Elland Parish Church.

Elizabeth, from Warley, was the daughter of weaver Isaac Greenwood


  1. Thomas [b 1847] who was a woollen fuller [1861]
  2. Mary Ann [1850-1928] who married James Robert Berry
  3. Sarah Ellen [1852] who died in infancy & was buried with  her parents
  4. Emma [b 1854]
  5. Arthur [b 1857]
  6. Martha Elizabeth [b 1860]
  7. Rachel [1863-1864] who was buried with her parents
  8. Annie [b 1866] who was a velvet ender [1891]

They lived at

  • 1 West Street, Sowerby Bridge [1851]
  • Old House Mill, Wood Nook, Norland [1861]
  • Scar Head, Norland [1871]
  • Albion Inn Public House, Norland [1881]
  • Scar, Norland [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] were lodgers Samuel Hollas [b 1808] (widower, dyer's labourer wool), Mary Hollas [b 1807] (worsted spinner), and Hannah Hollas [b 1872].

Joseph died 12th April 1899.

Elizabeth died at Tuel Lane [5th October 1903].

Members of the family were buried at St George's Church, Sowerby

Heap, Maurice FlemingRef 239-919
[1897-1917] Son of Squire Heap.

Born 4th June 1897.

Baptised at St John the Divine, Thorpe [8th July 1897].

He and his sister Annie were boarders at the Bluecoat School, Halifax [1911].

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

He died 6th August 1917.

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref XVII D 4A].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Hilda's Church, Halifax, on the Blue Coat School Memorial, and on Norland War Memorial

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £61 14/8d.

Administration was granted to his sister [?] Annie

Heap, RobinsonRef 239-696
[1845-1???] Born in Soyland.

He was a cotton spinner (worker) [1891].

In [Q3] 1874, he married Mary Hannah Stott [1846-1???] in Halifax.

Mary Hannah was born in Soyland


  1. John H. [b 1869] who was a cotton spinner (worker) [1891]
  2. Mary J. [b 1872] who was a cotton spinner (worker) [1891]
  3. Joe A. [b 1874] who was a cotton twiner [1891]
  4. Harry R. [b 1879] who was a cotton cop pointer (part  timer) [1891]
  5. Leonard B. [b 1880]
  6. Winward R. [b 1883]
  7. Edith A. [b 1885]
  8. Doris M. [b 1889]

The children were born in Soyland.

They lived at 15 Lane Head Soyland [1891]

Heap, RogerRef 239-403
[1842-1???] Son of James Heap.

Born in Heptonstall.

He was a printer of Heptonstall [1865] / a printer & compositor [1871] / a letter press printer [1881] / a fish & potato merchant [1891] / a shoe maker [1901] / a fried fish dealer [1911].

In 1865, he married (1) Mary Elizabeth Avery [1844-1885] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Elizabeth, of Erringden, was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, the daughter of William Avery, servant


  1. Mary A. [b 1866] who was a tailoress [1881]
  2. Sarah E. [b 1868] who was a tailoress machinist [1881]
  3. Maria Grace [b 1872]
  4. James W. [b 1874] who was an iron moulder [1891]
  5. Joseph Avery [b 1876] who suffered a weak spine from  childhood and was a tailor (woollen) [1891], a shoe maker [1901]
  6. Samuel Walton

Mary Elizabeth died in 1885 (aged 40).

In 1888, he married (2) Elizabeth Hannah Cockcroft [1849-1???] at Heptonstall Church.

Elizabeth Hannah, of Hebden Bridge, was the daughter of Thomas Cockroft, overlooker

The family lived at

  • Hebden Bridge Lanes, Heptonstall [1871]
  • Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge [1881]
  • House & Shop, 86 & 88 Market Street, Hebden Bridge [1891]
  • 26 Parker Lane, Burnley [1901]
  • 6 Bank Foot, Hebden Bridge [1911]

Living with them [in 1891] were nephew George Manton [aged 15] (fish cleaner) and niece Florence Amelia Manton [aged 11] (general domestic servant) 

Heap, SamuelRef 239-2688
[18??-18??] Shopkeeper at Mytholmroyd. Around 1861, he ran a school in Mytholmroyd

Heap, Samuel WaltonRef 239-413
[1882-1914] Son of Roger Heap

He enlisted in the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) [1901]. He served in the South African Campaign.

During World War I, he served as a Private.

In a letter home, he described how his group had been in a struggle for 4 days

which I shall not forget if I live 100 years

and how he had been wounded (in the groin, back and arm) in action [13th September 1914], and lay on the battlefield until the following morning.

He died from the wounds in hospital at Esbelon, France [27th September 1914] (aged 32).

He was buried at Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery, France. [Grave Ref I A 16A]

Heap, SquireRef 239-1040
[1864-1906] Born in Soyland.

He was a cotton spinner [1901].

In [Q2] 1896, he married Elizabeth Whiteley [1865-1908] in Halifax.

Elizabeth was born in Norland.

She was a loom weaver [1901]



  1. Maurice Fleming
  2. Annie [1903-19??]

The children were baptised at St John the Divine, Thorpe.

Living with them [in 1901] was Elizabeth's widowed mother Elizabeth Whiteley [b 1823].

In 1911, the children were boarders at the Bluecoat School, Halifax

Heap, ThomasRef 239-1223
[18??-1???] He married Mary Ellen Seed [1845-19??].

Mary Ellen was born in Sowerby.

She was a grocer [1911]



  1. Ruth [b 1874] who was a cotton doubler [1901] & married  Samuel Bottomley
  2. George Arthur [b 1887] who was a silk piecer [1901]

The family lived at Lumb's Buildings, Mill Bank [1901].

Living with the widowed Mary Ellen [in 1901] was grandson John William Bottomley

Heap, ThomasRef 239-1261
[18??-19??] Photographer.

He lived at Pinfold, Sowerby [1881-1901]

Heap, ThomasRef 239-843
[18??-19??] Chemist at Sowerby Bridge.

On 8th January 1902, he married Bertha Stansfield from Leeds, formerly of Sowerby Bridge

Heap, ThomasRef 239-12
[1843-1???] Born in Thornton.

He was a stone mason [1871, 1881].

In [Q3] 1866, he married (1) Betty Ackroyd [1837-1???] in Bradford.

Betty was born in Bradford


  1. Alice Hannah [b 1868] who was a spinner [1881]
  2. Fred [b 1871]
  3. Florence [b 1874] who was a cotton reeler [1891]

He married (2) Rhoda.

Rhoda (née Priestley) was the widow of
Joseph Hesselden.

She was a weaver [1881] / a laundress [1891]


The family lived at

  • 45 Clement Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 39 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1881, 1891]

Rhoda died 29th November 1891 (aged 57)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3028] with her first husband

Heap, ThomasRef 239-2
[1867-19??] Son of James Heap, plasterer.

Born in Soyland.

He was a cotton spinner of Ripponden [1890] / a cotton spinner [1891] / a carter on farm [1901] / a brewery labourer [1911].

In 1890, he married Elizabeth Ann Taylor [1867-19??] at Elland Parish Church.

Elizabeth Ann, of Ripponden, was born in Barkisland, the daughter of Joseph Taylor, farmer


  1. Edwin
  2. Annie Isabella [b 1893] who was a cotton doubler [1911]
  3. Walker
  4. Ernest [b 1899] who was a cotton twiner [1911]
  5. Mary Hannah [1901-1908]

The family lived at

  • Flat Head, Ripponden, Soyland [1891]
  • Stansfield Hey, Soyland [1901]
  • Ivy Cottage, 1 Prison, Ripponden [1911]

Sons Edwin & Walker died in World War I

Heap, WalkerRef 239-6
[1897-1917] Son of Thomas Heap.

Born in Soyland.

He was a member of St Bartholomew's Church & School in Ripponden / a cotton spinner [1911] / employed by Joseph Dyson & Son, Milnsbridge / a member of Slaithwaite Socialist Club.

He lived at Bank View, Blackmoor Street, Linthwaite.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916] and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [December 1916].

He died 9th October 1917.

The Halifax Courier [17th November 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 82-85 & 162A].

His brother Edwin also died in the War

Heap, WilliamRef 239-503
[1???-18??] He was one of the Trustees appointed under the Halifax Improvement Act [1823]. He established Heap's Charity

Heap, WilliamRef 239-2190
[1???-1866] A member of Halifax Town Council [1848-1851].

He died 19th March 1866

Heap, WilliamRef 239-3514
[18??-1???] He was landlord of the Northgate Hotel, Halifax [1890] / landlord of the Woolpack, Halifax [1891]

Heap, WilliamRef 239-4011
[18??-18??] Stone merchant and partner in Heap, Naylor & Company and Heap, Naylor & Goodyear.

He married Unknown.

His wife was the sister of his partner Samuel Naylor

Heap, WilliamRef 239-4034
[18??-18??] Of Sowerby.

He was a dyer [1832].

On 18th March 1832, he married Sarah Thorp of Sowerby, at Halifax Parish Church

Heap, WilliamRef 239-9
[18??-19??] He was owner & landlord of the Star, Elland [1881] / landlord of the Horse & Jockey, Elland [1895-1897].

By 1903, he had sold the Star to Whitaker's Brewery, Bradford

Heap, WilliamRef 239-112
[1863-1942] Son of James Heap.

Born in Hebden Bridge [11th February 1863].

He was a tailor's apprentice [1881] / innkeeper at the Lord Nelson, Midgley [1891] / tailor & cornet player [1901] / a musician (brass band conductor) [1911].

In 10th March 1887, he married Mary Greenwood [1864-1956] at St Thomas the Apostle, Heptonstall.

Mary was born in Wadsworth


  1. Verney [1889-1972] who was an insurance agent [1911]
  2. Edith [1891-1976] who was a typist in a solicitor's  office [1911]
  3. Florrie [b 1894] who was a typist in a commercial office  [1911]
  4. Haydn Greenwood [1897-1991]

He moved to Bradford and made a living as a Musician & Brass Band Conductor.

They lived at

  • 24 Westcroft Road, Bradford [1901]
  • 5 Dracup Road, Great Horton, Bradford [1911]

He died in Bradford


Heap surnameRef 239-1

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

There are 43 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Heap, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Heap

Marriages 1805, 1882, 1941; Deaths 1900, 1907; Death 1905


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