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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.

Hopkinson, MissRef 261-2940
[1???-1???] Of Brighouse.

In 1866, she gave the William Hopkinson of Brighouse Lifeboat in memory of her late brother, William

Hopkinson, DrRef 261-599
[1781-1830] Brighouse surgeon. He had a surgery at Daisy Croft, Brighouse.

See James Diggles

Hopkinson, AlfredRef 261-1200
[1858-1928] Son of John Hopkinson, cotton spinner.

Born in Soyland / Mill Bank.

He was a cotton spinner of Steps Lane, Warley [1882] / a cotton spinner [1891] / a cotton spinner & herbalist [1901] / a herbalist & tobacconist [1911].

On 21st January 1882, he married Clara Ann Law [1861-1945] at St John the Evangelist, Warley.

Clara Ann, of Bairstow Lane, Warley, was born in Burnley, the daughter of George Walter Law, mechanic.

She was a herbalist (own account) [1901]


Child: Percy Clement

They lived at

  • 15 Causeway Head, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 86 Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1911]

Hopkinson, ArthurRef 261-920
[1897-1918] Son of Charles Hopkinson.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a member of Bethel Baptist Chapel, Norland / employed in an accountant's office.

During World War I, he enlisted in Whitehall, London [1st March 1916] (when he gave his address as Pickwood Scar, Norland) and served as a Private with the Army Cyclist Corps, then with the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died of wounds to the legs and head [12th April 1918].

His death was confirmed by a returning POW.

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 4], on Norland War Memorial, on Ripponden War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Pellon Baptist Church

Hopkinson, BriggsRef 261-7
[1851-1927] Son of William Hopkinson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mason [1871] / a mason & building contractor employing 15 men & 3 boys [1881] / a highways surveyor (corporation) [1901].

In [Q3] 1874, he married (1) Mary Alice Hunsworth [1850-1875] in Halifax.

Mary Alice died in Halifax [Q1 1875] (aged 25).

In [Q3] 1877, he married (2) Ruth Ann Leach [1857-1???] in Halifax.

Ruth Ann was born in Halifax


  1. Florence [14th July 1878-30th November 1886] who was  buried with her Hopkinson grandparents at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 569]
  2. Edith [1881]
  3. Clarice [b 1890]

They lived at

  • Chatham Street, Halifax [1881]
  • Stockport [1901]

Briggs died in West Derby, Lancashire [17th May 1927] (aged 75).

He was buried at Birkdale Cemetery, Sefton, Lancashire

Hopkinson, CharlesRef 261-3110
[1???-1???] Of Grove House, Rishworth.

He married Grace, daughter of William Shepherd


  1. Shepherd

Hopkinson, CharlesRef 261-3108
[1753-1810] Of Rishworth Hall.

He was involved in the construction of Rishworth Roadside Baptist Chapel.

He married Mary [1752-1840].


  1. an infant
  2. William

Members of the family were buried at Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel. Theirs was the first tomb in the Graveyard

Hopkinson, CharlesRef 261-1125
[1857-1918] He married Hannah Baron [1860-1897].

Child: Arthur

Hannah & Charles were buried at St Luke's Church, Norland

Hopkinson, Mrs EllenRef 261-562
[15??-16??] Or Helen. Wife of John Hopkinson.

In 1610, she and her sister, Jane Crowther, founded the Crowther-Hopkinson charity

Hopkinson, Ernest GeorgeRef 261-827
[1892-1916] Son of George Hopkinson.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a sizer's assistant (cotton manufacture) [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916] (aged 24).

The Halifax Courier [12th August 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Fricourt New Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref F 1].

He is remembered on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd, in the book Royd Regeneration, and on his parents' grave at Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd

Hopkinson, F.Ref 261-521
[18??-19??] Optician.

Recorded in 1901, when he was at 44 Bethel Street, Brighouse

Hopkinson, FredRef 261-1155
[1894-1918] Son of Walter Hopkinson.

Born in Ripponden.

He was a member of Stones Wesleyan Sunday School, Ripponden / a cotton twiner & cutter [1916] / employed by S. Dugdale Son & Company.

He lived at 11 The Royd, Ripponden.

During World War I, he enlisted [2nd October 1916] and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [January 1917].

He was wounded in the foot [August 1918] and hospitalised in Brighton, returning to France [October 1918].

He was killed in action [4th November 1918].

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [30th November & 7th December 1918].

He was buried at Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France [Grave Ref 6]. and on Ripponden War Memorial

Hopkinson, FredRef 261-5
[19??-19??] He served during World War II.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Michael's & All Angels' Church, Shelf

Hopkinson, GeorgeRef 261-3650
[1???-18??] He was coachman to Robert Wainhouse before
undertaking the management of the Royal Hotel & Oddfellows' Hall, Halifax

in October 1846

Hopkinson, GeorgeRef 261-180
[1850-1919] Born in Birstall.

He was a pointsman [1881] / a pointsman on railway [1891] / a railway signalman [1901] / a signalman [1911].

In 1880, he married Rosina Annie Matilda Willett [1859-1941] in Halifax.

Rosina was born in Gosport, Hampshire


  1. Charles H. [b 1875] who was a weaver cotton [1881, 1891]
  2. Ada Annie [1880-1883]
  3. William A. [b 1884] who was a painter's apprentice [1901]
  4. Ellen Alice [b 1888] who was a fustian machinist [1901],  a sewing machinist [1911]
  5. Bertha Kate [1889-1954] who was a sewing machinist [1911]  & married [Q1 1915] George E. Barker
  6. Ernest George
  7. Annie [b 1898]

They lived at

  • 7 Lanes End, Hipperholme [1881]
  • 37 Sandholme Villas, Commercial Road, Langfield [1891]
  • Park, Mytholmroyd [1901]
  • 22 Westfield Terrace, Mytholmroyd [1911]
  • 18 Westfield Terrace, Mytholmroyd

Living with them [in 1891] was sister-in-law Louisa K Willett [b 1872] (weaver cotton) 

George died 24th November 1918 (aged 67).

Rosina died 17th February 1941 (aged 82).

Members of the family were buried at Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd

Hopkinson, IsaacRef 261-3435
[1???-16??] He was Deputy Constable of Sowerby [1659-60]

Hopkinson, IsaacRef 261-1746
[15??-16??] He is recorded at

Question: Does anyone know the identify of the 1625 house in Sowerby?


Hopkinson, J.Ref 261-3291
[18??-1???] Proprietor of the Oxford Street Livery Stables, Todmorden [1896].

He lived at 8 Dale Street, Todmorden

Hopkinson, JamesRef 261-3434
[1???-16??] He was Deputy Constable of Sowerby [1659-60]

Hopkinson, JamesRef 261-462
[1821-1878] Born in Rishworth.

He was a wool spinner [1846].

On 1st June 1846, he married Mary Hollas at Elland Parish Church.

Mary was the daughter of
Oliver Hollas

The couple moved to Rochdale, where their children were born.


  1. Harriet Hollas [b 1847]
  2. Ann [b 1856]

Thomas & Betty both died in Rochdale

Hopkinson, JamesRef 261-4
[1825-1???] Born in Rishworth.

He was a cordwainer [1871] / a boot & shoe maker [1881, 1891].

Around 1859, he married Mary Platt [1831-1???].

Mary was born in Soyland


  1. Ellen [b 1859] who was a machinist [1881], a dress maker  [1891]
  2. Anne [b 1861] who was a dress maker [1881, 1891]
  3. Platt
  4. Betty [b 1867]

They lived at Ryburn Terrace, Soyland [1871, 1881].

Living with them [in 1871, 1881, 1891] was brother-in-law James Platt [b 1833] (tailor).

In 1881 & 1891, James's sons were also here: James [b 1866] who was a railway porter [1881], Samuel [b 1870] & Joseph [b 1872]

Hopkinson, JaneRef 261-2830
[15??-16??] Daughter of John Hopkinson.

She (possibly) married Bryan Crowther.

In 1610, she and her sister, Ellen Hopkinson, founded the Crowther-Hopkinson charity.

She left income from lands at Long Preston to provide £8 per annum for teaching poor children at the charity's almshouse

Hopkinson, JohnRef 261-1374
[15??-1???] Of Sowerby.

He married Unknown.


  1. Elizabeth [1547-1580] who married Robert Holdsworth

Hopkinson, JohnRef 261-2796
[15??-16??] Of Higgin Chamber, Boulderclough.

He married Helen [?].


  1. son
  2. Susan who married Nicholas Stansfeld
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child

Heywood writes that

a daughter of Timothy Root of Sowerby married Hopkinson merely for his estate, though she had a terrible life with him, they were in straits while he lived, when he dyed she foolishly cast herself away in her second marriage, then dyed, left 6 children, the eldest son sold the land to Michael Godley, a second son went behind, run away, one daughter married a butcher in Halifax, goes a begging, and now an execution is come out against the eldest son for body and goods, and he lyes prisoner at Tompsons; all this in my observation

Hopkinson, JohnRef 261-42
[1827-1903] Of Brighouse.

In [Q3] 1851, he married Martha Atkinson [1827-1898].


  1. Mary [1853-1862]
  2. Bentley [1857-1848] who died aged 1 year & 4 months
  3. Louisa [1866] who died aged 3 days

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with John Hamby [1885-1886], son of Amelia and Owen Hopkinson

Hopkinson, JohnRef 261-3473
[1840-1899] He was landlord of the Commercial, Ripponden [1881, 1891, 1899].

In 1864, he married Charlotte Wood [1844-1932] in Halifax.


  1. Victoria [b 1865]
  2. Hannah [1866-1944]
  3. Rothwell [1869] who died aged 8 weeks
  4. Martha [1870-1939]
  5. Leonard [1874-1938] who was a retired barman [1932] and  married Ellen

John died 29th July 1899 (aged 59).

After John's death, Charlotte took over at the Commercial and remained at the pub until her death.

She died 28th May 1932 (aged 87).

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £3,177 1/7d.

Her executors were son Leonard and John Holroyd (rating officer) 

Members of the family were buried at St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden

Hopkinson, John FrederickRef 261-1272
[1920-1940] Son of Ophelia & Rowland Hopkinson of Brighouse.

During World War II, he served as an Aircraftman 2nd Class with the Royal Air Force.

He died 17th June 1940 (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey [Grave Ref 27]

Hopkinson, John WilliamRef 261-4107
[1843-1898] Born in Ripponden.

He was an office boy at the Sowerby Bridge United District Flour Society  [1860] / a bookkeeper at corn mill [1871] / a cashier at the Sowerby Bridge United District Flour Society  [1881, 1891] / manager of the Sowerby Bridge United District Flour Society [1898].

In 1868, he married Elizabeth Tidswell [1843-1???] in Halifax.


  1. Arthur [b 1876] who was a clerk corn mill [1901]
  2. Amy [b 1878]

The family lived at

  • Beech, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1871]
  • Woodland Villa, Industrial Road, Warley [1881]
  • 86 Industrial Road, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1901]

On 2nd August 1898 he died suddenly from heart disease.

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Hopkinson, JosephRef 261-10
[1794-1876] Born in Soyland.

He was a cotton twister [1851] / a woollen weaver [1861] / a worsted weaver [1871].

He married Sarah [1795-1865].

Sarah was born in Soyland


  1. Sarah [1828-1892] who was a carpet factory hand [1851], a  worsted weaver [1871], married William Dawson [Halifax Q4  1882] & was buried with her parents
  2. George [b 1830] who was a joiner [1851]
  3. Joseph [b 1833] who was a cotton factory hand [1851]
  4. Ellen [b 1837]
  5. Helen who married Henry Greenwood

The family lived at

  • Lee Bank, Halifax [1851]
  • Old Lee Bank, Halifax [1861]
  • 5 Wilson's Court, Ovenden [1871]

Living with them [in 1871] was granddaughter Mary Ellen Greenwood [b 1867]

Sarah died 28th January 1865 (aged 70).

Joseph died 1st May 1876 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3210] with granddaughters Mary Ellen Butterfield [1867-1902] and Mary Jane Greenwood [1870-1871]

Hopkinson, LeslieRef 261-1476
[1921-1943] Son of Clara Ann & Joseph Henry Hopkinson of Halifax.

He was educated at Lee Mount Primary School & Halifax Modern School / a member of Lee Mount Scouts / employed by J. W. Standeven & Company Limited.

In [Q3] 1941, he married Joan Kenyon in Halifax.

They lived at 3 Fairview Terrace, Lee Mount, Halifax [1943].

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant / Navigator with the 12th Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He was killed in action [7th July 1943] (aged 22).

He was buried at Christ Church, Pellon [North Sec. F 1].

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

Hopkinson, MercyRef 261-1407
[18??-1865] A milliner.

James Chapman was accused of her manslaughter on the 23rd September 1865.

They had been living together for about 6 months as man and wife at Southowram.

At the trial, Hopkinson was said to be of intemperate habits, and on the 22nd of September 1865, she got very drunk in the Pack Horse Inn, Southowram.

Chapman took her home and at 6:00 am next morning, he went to the police-office and stated that his wife had died in the course of the night of cramp.

Witnesses reported hearing sounds of people fighting and beating.

After a short deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty. His Lordship stated that he quite concurred in the verdict. His only surprise was that the prisoner did not stand in the dock charged with murder. Chapman was sentenced to 15 years' penal servitude

Hopkinson, Percy ClementRef 261-1196
[1883-1918] MM.

Son of Alfred Hopkinson.

Born in Sowerby Bridge [26th June 1883].

He was a butcher's apprentice [1901] / a herbalist living with the Ramsden family at 79 Hapton Road,  Padiham, Burnley [1911] / a herbalist in a drug store [1916] / a member of the Clarion Cycling Club, Halifax & won several prizes.

He lived with his parents at 86 Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1916].

During World War I, he enlisted [3rd July 1916] and served as a Gunner with the 321st Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

He went to France [12th May 1917].

He was awarded the Military Medal [21st March 1918] for gallantry.

He was killed in action, struck by a bomb dropped from an enemy plane [3rd September 1918].

The Halifax Courier [21st September 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, France [Grave Ref II D 8].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint John the Evangelist, Warley.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £212 15/6d.

Probate was granted to his father

Hopkinson, PlattRef 261-3
[1862-1909] Son of James Hopkinson.

He was a boot & shoe maker [1881, 1891] / landlord of the Old Duke William, Shelf [1905-1909].

He married Sarah.

Platt died at the Old Duke William in 1909.

Sarah took over at the Old Duke William [1909-1915]

Hopkinson, RichardRef 261-430
[14??-148?] Of Bentley Royd, Sowerby.

He married Unknown.


  1. Margaret
  2. Alice
  3. Isabel who married John Dykson

Hopkinson, RileyRef 261-9
[1854-1913] Son of William Hopkinson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mason [1871] / partner in building contractor employing 27 men [1881] / a builder [1891] / a building contractor [1913].

In [Q1] 1876, he married Maria Ash [1850-1???] in Halifax.

Maria was born in Manningham, the daughter of Edward Ash


  1. Harriet H. [b 1877]
  2. Charlotte M. [b 1879]
  3. Gertrude [b 1881]
  4. Sarah E. [b 1889]

They lived at

  • 52 Hope Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 54 Lower Hope Street, Halifax [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was Maria's sister Lilly Ash [b Halifax 1859] (weaver of fancy mixed goods).

Living with them [in 1891] were Maria's widowed father Edward Ash [b Accrington 1821] and sister Margaret A. Thornton [b Halifax 1856]

Riley died 21st April 1913 (aged 59)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 560].

Details of Maria's death / burial place are not yet known

Hopkinson, StottRef 261-532
[1854-1917] Son of Thomas Hopkinson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mason's labourer.

He never married.

From 1911 until his death in 1917, he was an inmate at the Halifax Union Workhouse

Hopkinson, ThomasRef 261-1399
[15??-15??] He married Christabel, daughter of Robert Wade.


  1. John
  2. Anthony
  3. Elizabeth who married Michael Dobson

Hopkinson, ThomasRef 261-465
[18??-18??] Born in Rishworth.

He was a stone mason [1843].

On 5th October 1843, he married Martha Hollas.

Martha was the daughter of
Oliver Hollas

The couple had eight children.


  1. Emma [1845-1925] who married William Raglan Whitworth
  2. Edna [1847-1923] who married John Summers
  3. Clara [1848-1919] who married James Henry Boocock
  4. Willoughby [1849-1919] who was a wool comber and never  married
  5. John Oliver [1852-1949]
  6. Stott
  7. Charles [b 1857]
  8. Edwin [1860-1886] who was a joiner & carpenter and never  married

Martha was buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross [30th January 1879]

Hopkinson, W.Ref 261-1122
[1895-1916] Son of John Hopkinson of 8 Studleigh Terrace, Hove Edge, Hipperholme.

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

He died 5th August 1916 (aged 21).

He was buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref J 26]

Hopkinson, WalterRef 261-1158
[1853-1922] Born in Ripponden

He was a grocer.

On 4th October 1884, he married Susan Stott [1860-1940] in Halifax.

Susan was born in Ripponden


  1. Willie [1885-1901]
  2. Evelyn [1887-1953]
  3. Florence [b 1890]
  4. Hilda [b 1892]
  5. Fred
  6. Mary [1897-1901]

The children were born in Ripponden

They lived at The Royd, Ripponden

Hopkinson, Walter Joseph H.Ref 261-2
[1855-19??] He was a bank manager [1901].

In [Q2] 1886, he married Mary Margaret Briggs in Prestwich.

Mary Margaret was the daughter of
James Briggs


  1. James [b 1887]

They lived at Bury New Road, Whitefield, Lancashire [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] were widowed mother-in-law Mary Briggs [b 1831] widowed sister-in-law Emily Briggs and nephew James Parker Briggs [b 1889]

Hopkinson, WilliamRef 261-1038
[1782-1832] Stonemason.

Son of Charles Hopkinson.

He married Hannah [1784-1857].


  1. an infant
  2. Nancy [1825-1889] who married Eli Whiteley

He lived at Rishworth Hall.

He died 22nd February 1832.

After William's death, Hannah married Joseph Hanson.

Members of the family were buried at Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel

Hopkinson, WilliamRef 261-2941
[18??-18??] Of Brighouse.

In 1866, his sister gave the William Hopkinson of Brighouse Lifeboat in his memory

Hopkinson, WilliamRef 261-6
[1815-1895] Born in Halifax.

Born 3rd March 1815.

He was a master mason [1851] / a mason employing 15 men [1871] / a retired building contractor [1881] / living on own means [1891].

He married Harriet [1823-1898].

Harriet was born in Wakefield [25th February 1823]


  1. Anna / Hannah [b 1851]
  2. Briggs
  3. Riley
  4. William Henry
  5. Charlotte [24th June 1858-16th April 1940] who married  John Edgar Crossley
  6. Sarah [b 1861]
  7. Lucy Ann [25/3/1863-29/12/1866]

They lived at

  • 10 Parliament Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 49 Hope Street, Halifax [1871, 1881, 1891]

William died 15th March 1895 (aged 80).

Harriet died 31st December 1898 (aged 75).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 569] with granddaughter Florence Briggs [1878-1886]

Hopkinson, William HenryRef 261-8
[1857-1906] Son of William Hopkinson.

He was Borough Engineer of Keighley for 23 years.

William Henry died 9th April 1906 (aged 49)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 569] with his parents

Hopkinson, Willie LeonardRef 261-1291
[1895-1917] Son of Violet & Walter Hopkinson of Ripponden.

During World War I, he served as a Driver with the 72nd Army Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 8th June 1917 (aged 22).

He was buried at Hop Store Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref I A 48].

He is remembered on Ripponden War Memorial


The Hopkinson family of SowerbyRef 261-3400


Hopkinson surnameRef 261-1
A patronymic surname meaning son of Hopkin, a diminutive form of Robert.

There are 46 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Hopkinson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Hopkinson

Marriages 1861, 1906, 1928; Death 1907


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