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Hargreaves, AlbertRef 212-8
[1873-1951] Son of Peter Hargreaves.

He married Lettice Annie Waddington.

Lettice was the daughter of Richard Waddington


  1. Fred

Hargreaves, AlbertRef 212-435
[1887-1915] Son of William Hargreaves.

Born in Rastrick.

He was a cotton piecer [1891, 1901] / employed by Mitchell Brothers / a cotton twiner [1911] / a constable in the West Riding Police force at Castleford [1911-1914].

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914], and served as a Lance Corporal / Guardsman with the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards.

He went to the Front in August 1915.

He died from wounds received in France [12th October 1915] (aged 27).

His death was reported on 1st November 1915.

He was buried at Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref L 3].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint George's Church, Sowerby

Hargreaves, AlbertRef 212-10
[1896-1917] Son of Emma & Stephen Hargreaves of Guisburn, Keighley.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was killed in action [19th April 1917] (aged 21).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XIX C 15]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Hargreaves, Alfred ReginaldRef 212-966
[1903-1955] Aka Reg. He and Lou Orton ran several laundries and dry-cleaning businesses in the area – including the Snow White Laundry, Todmorden and Harton Cleaners, Hipperholme.

He married Ethel Pickles.


  1. Robert
  2. Roger
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Richard

Hargreaves, AndrewRef 212-863
[1852-1???] A quarryman in Halifax.

At the Yorkshire Summer Assizes in August 1880, he was charged with the manslaughter of William Smith on 27th June 1880.

On the evening of 26th June 1880, Smith and Bridget Edwards left home and went to the Talbot Inn, Halifax. Smith went down into the vaults.

Hargreaves was drinking in the Inn with Mr Barber and Mr Pearson, and Smith asked Hargreaves to let him in.

Hargreaves refused and Smith struck him. Hargreaves struck him back on the mouth, and Smith fell to the floor with blood coming from his mouth.

Smith was insensible and Edwards took him home in a cab, and, on the doctor's advice to the Infirmary. He died the following morning.

At the post mortem, Dr Hammond found bruises on the left and right temples, with a clot of blood and an abscess on the skull, and he told the Jury that the clot of blood was the result of violence and could have caused the concussion of the brain, but the abscess would have accelerated Smith's death.

The Jury returned a verdict of not guilty and Hargreaves was acquitted

Hargreaves, Charles RogerRef 212-963
[1935-1988] Aka Roger Hargreaves.

Son of Reg Hargreaves.

Born in Cleckheaton [9th May 1935].

He and his siblings – including Robert – were brought up at Hazelhurst, Sowerby Bridge.

He went to Goole Primary School [1940] and Sowerby Bridge Grammar School [1947]. After leaving school, he served in the RAF. He went into advertising and worked for Greenly's in Bradford before going to London working as a copy writer.

In 1960, he married Margaret Christine Heard.

Margaret Christine came from Dorset


  1. Adam [b 1964]
  2. Giles [b 1966]
  3. Amelia & Sophia [b 1970]

In the 1970s, he created the Mister Men series. Mr Tickle was the first character which was created when he asked his son, Adam

What does a tickle look like?

The publication of Mr Tickle, Mr Bump, Mr Greedy, Mr Happy, Mr Nosey and Mr Sneeze launched the series in August 1971. In 1981, he created the Little Miss characters.

He died on 11th September 1988. At that time, 85,000,000 books had been sold in 15 languages in 22 countries.

In 2004, the Hargreaves family sold their interest in the Mister Men and Little Miss characters for £28 million

Hargreaves, CrabtreeRef 212-21
[1853-1930] Son of James Hargreaves.

Born at Wood End, Wadsworth.

He was a bobbin turner [1861] / a warehouseman [1871] / a fustian warehouseman [1881, 1901] / a Chapel caretaker [1911].

He lived at

  • Leeds Road, Wadsworth [with his sister Sarah (born 1847) 1901]
  • 3 Machpelah Yard, Hebden Bridge [1911, 1930]

Crabtree died at Stansfield View, Eastwood, Todmorden [5th February 1930] (aged 77).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £6,566 5/-.

Probate was granted to James Hargreaves (dentist) and Arnold Hargreaves (iron founder) 

Hargreaves, David BarkerRef 212-18
[1872-1956] Born in Halifax.

He was an engine driver (worsted mill) [1901] / a stationary engineman (dyeworks) [1911].

In [Q4] 1891, he married Hannah Maria Longbottom [1865-1934] in Halifax.


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. Smith [1893-28th October 1938] who was a baker's labourer (biscuit works) [1911], & was buried with his parents

The family lived at

  • Lower Walterclough, Southowram [1901]
  • 31 Bruce Street, Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1911]

Hannah Maria died 17th June 1934 (aged 69).

David died 24th December 1956 (aged 84).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: NR-C14]

Hargreaves, DeanRef 212-4
[1892-1918] Son of Jane & William Hargreaves of 34 Bentley Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with L Battery 168th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died of wounds in hospital in Rouen [31st October 1918] (aged 26).

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref III G 4]

He is remembered at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Hargreaves, DerrickRef 212-11
[1922-1945] He was a player with Ovenden Park RUFC / employed By Halifax Insurance Committee.

He lived at 42 Moorfield Street, Savile Park.

During World War I, he enlisted [June 1941], and served as a Flying Officer with the Royal Air Force.

He trained as a pilot in South Africa.

He was killed when his transport plane crashed between Rome & Brindisi [23rd January 1945] (aged 23).

The plane was carrying 2 MPs: Captain Richard Bernays & Mr T. D. Campbell.

Hargreaves, DorothyRef 212-800
[16??-1???] Daughter of John Hargreaves. She assisted her father in his legal work.

She married Henry Hoppey

Hargreaves, EbenezerRef 212-776
[1845-1933] Son of James Hargreaves.

He was a Luddenden millwright / an iron moulder [1861, 1871] / a master iron founder employing 6 men [1881] / an iron founder [1891, 1901, 1917] / a general iron founder [1911].

He worked with W. Warburton. The 2 men left to go into business on their own. He established E. Hargreaves & Company

In 1873, he married Jane Helliwell [18??-1917].


  1. Hannah Eliza [b 1874] who was a dressmaker [1891], & married Arthur Platts
  2. Annetta/Annie M [b 1876] who was a pupil teacher [1891]
  3. James
  4. Mary a [b 1882]
  5. Arnold [b 1887]

The family lived at

  • 13 Aspinall Street, Siddal [1881, 1891]
  • Merton Cottage, 2 Rosebery Avenue, Siddal [1901, 1911, 1917, 1933]

Jane died 23rd May 1917.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £377 14/5d.

Administration was granted to Ebenezer.

Ebenezer died 24th February 1933 (aged 88).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £7,543 5/1d.

Probate was granted to son James and & David Smith Greenwood (retired wool) merchant

Hargreaves, EdgarRef 212-17
[1879-19??] Son of Whitham Hargreaves.

He was an insurance agent of 56 Granby Street, Wakefield [1914].

On 3rd September 1914, he married Alice Ellison [1872-19??].

Alice, of 8 Gathorne Terrace, Sandal, was the daughter of Peter Ellison, grocer

Hargreaves, EdwinRef 212-65
[1814-1869] Of Brighouse.

He married Patience [1813-1888].

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

Hargreaves, ErnestRef 212-12

He married Unknown.

They lived at The Nook, Crow Point, Boothtown.

During World War I, he served as a Driver with 5th Battery (West Riding) Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 20th June 1915.

He was buried at Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref VII D 5].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Hargreaves, FredRef 212-6
[1909-1974] Son of Albert Hargreaves.

In [Q3] 1936, he married Winifred Wade in Halifax.

Winifred was the daughter of Charles Wade


  1. April
  2. Paul
  3. Angela

The family lived at Upper Rookes, Norwood Green

Hargreaves, GeoffreyRef 212-5
[1925-1945] Son of Martha Annice & Tom Hargreaves of Rastrick.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with the 150th Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 2nd January 1945 (aged 20).

He was buried at Rastrick Cemetery [D 39 27]

Hargreaves, HansonRef 212-2

In [Q4] 1875, he married Ann Swift in Halifax

Hargreaves, HaroldRef 212-733
[1894-1917] Born in Walsden.

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

He died 4th August 1917.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 37], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Hargreaves, HenryRef 212-3135
[15??-16??] Of Cliffe Hill, Hipperholme.

He married Grace.

His will was recorded on 24th November 1657 and Grace was executor

Hargreaves, HenryRef 212-238
[1886-1917] Son of Betsy & Abraham Hargreaves.

In [Q3] 1907, he married Frances Alice Fitter in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 8th September 1917 (aged 31).

He was buried at Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II A 2].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance.

Frances Alice married Mr Greenwood.

They lived at 101 Longfield Road, Todmorden

Hargreaves, Herbert Goodliffe Ref 212-23
[1911-1957] Born in Rugby

In [Q3] 1935, he married Winifred Blanche Greenwood in Doncaster.

Winifred was the daughter of
Harry Percival Greenwood

Herbert died in Hemsworth [Q4 1957] (aged 46) 

Hargreaves, JamesRef 212-802
[16??-17??] A Halifax clothier.

In 1716, he married Mary, daughter of Jeremy Brigg

Hargreaves, JamesRef 212-3

He married Hannah [1788-18??].

Hannah was (possibly) the daughter of James Ormerod.

She was a farmer of 16 acres [1851]



  1. Abraham [b 15th November 1809] who was a woolcomber [1851]
  2. Mary [b 13th August 1812]
  3. James [b 28th August 1814]
  4. Hannah [b 5th July 1817]
  5. John [b 30th March 1820]
  6. Ormerod
  7. Susan [b 1827]
  8. Grace [b 16th July 1830]
  9. William [b 1833] who was a woolcomber [1851]
  10. Whitham

The family lived at

  • Pad Laithe, Heptonstall [1841]
  • Hoyle Bank, Midgley [1851]

Hargreaves, JamesRef 212-2946
[18??-18??] Cotton manufacturer at Wood Bottom Mill, Walsden.

In June 1863, he was declared bankrupt

Hargreaves, JamesRef 212-19
[1820-1883] Son of John Hargreaves.

Born at Hob Cote [4th September 1820]. He was a shoe maker [1841] / a cordwainer (shoe maker) [1851] / a cordwainer [1861] / a shoe maker & mender [1871] / a boot & shoe maker [1881, 1883].

He married Mary [1815-1???].

Mary was born at Wood End


  1. Ebenezer
  2. Elizabeth [b 1846]
  3. Sarah [b Nut Clough 1847]
  4. Crabtree

The family lived at

  • Wood End, Wadsworth [1851, 1861, 1871]
  • 18 Wood End, Wadsworth [1881]
  • Leeds Road, Wadsworth [1891]

James died 3rd March 1883 (aged 62).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,224 15/-.

Administration was granted to his widow Mary

Hargreaves, JamesRef 212-22
[1879-1949] Son of Ebenezer Hargreaves.

He was a dental student [1901] / a dentist [1911] / a dental surgeon [1933].

In [Q3] 1905, he married Laura Tryphena Smith in Halifax.

Laura Tryphena was the daughter of John Smith


  1. Mary Tryphena [b 1908]
  2. Kathleen [b 1910]

The family lived at Exley House, Exley Bank, Halifax [1911].

James died in 1949 (aged 70) 

Hargreaves, Jim CravenRef 212-783
[1922-1944] Son of Alice Ann & Joseph Hargreaves of Todmorden.

In [Q1] 1941, he married Doreen Morris in Todmorden.

They lived at Portsmouth, Todmorden.

During World War II, he served as a Leading Aircraftman with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He died 2nd July 1944 (aged 22).

He was buried at Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt [Grave Ref 3 A 15].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Hargreaves, JohnRef 212-514
[1628-1701] Son of Jonathan Hargreaves.

He was a clerk to Edward Hanson.

He practised as a scrivener in Rastrick [1650-1656] and in Halifax [1660-1701].

He was Coroner [1662-1701].

He married Unknown.


  1. John
  2. Elizabeth who married Mr Bairstow
  3. Grace who married Richard Newton
  4. Dorothy
  5. Ann [d 1663]
  6. Judith [d 1664]

Hargreaves, JohnRef 212-803
[1653-1700] Son of John Hargreaves.

In 1679, he married Susan, daughter of John Murgatroyd.


  1. Susannah
  2. Alice who married Jonathan Maude

He was recorded as being

very fat

and died at the age of 46

Hargreaves, JohnRef 212-20
[1795-18??] He was a shop keeper [1841].

He married Hannah.


  1. James
  2. Alice [b 1832]
  3. Hannah [b 1834]

The family lived at New Bridge, Hebden Bridge [1841]

Hargreaves, JohnRef 212-598
[1809-1888] Of Brighouse

Hargreaves, JohnRef 212-80
[1867-19??] Born in Halifax

On 7th April 1890, he married Annie Elizabeth Hollas in Halifax.

Annie Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Hollas


  1. John [b Halifax 1894]
  2. Sydney [b Reddish 1899]
  3. Ernest Harold [b Reddish 1903]

Hargreaves, John A.Ref 212-965
[19??-] Born in Burnley. He now lives in Halifax. He is a popular local historian, writer and teacher. He is a member and officer of the Halifax Antiquarian Society.

His published works include

  • Sowerby Bridge in Old Photographs [1994]
  • Halifax [1999]

Hargreaves, JonathanRef 212-793
[1???-16??] Of Skircoat.

He married Unknown.


  1. John

Hargreaves, JosephRef 212-13
[1889-1918] He worked for Halifax Corporation.

He lived at 10 Bath Parade, Waterside, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) [October 1915], and served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

He died of pneumonia in hospital in Boulogne [6th November 1918] (aged 29).

He was buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France [Grave Ref X C 6].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Hargreaves, LewisRef 212-654
[1879-1936] Born in Halifax.

He was a foreman dyer [1918].

On 7th December 1918, he married Ethel in Halifax.

Ethel was the daughter of
William Henry Magson and widow of Alfred Swan

Hargreaves, LloydRef 212-1566
[1???-1???] In 1868, he and Mr Thomas established business as pattern maker at Gaol Lane, Halifax.

In 1874, Hargreaves became sole proprietor.

In 1888, the business moved to Central Pattern Works, Halifax.

The business is recorded in 1905

Hargreaves, OrmerodRef 212-15
[1822-1868] Son of James Hargreaves.

Born at Broadstone, Heptonstall [24th December 1822].

He was a student at Baptist College, Humberstone Road, St Margarets, Leicester [1851] / a Baptist Minister [1861].

On 15th December 1854, he married Maria Mason [1817-18??].

Maria was born in Leicester

They lived at Rake Head, Burnley [1861].

Ormerod died in Burnley in 1868 (aged 45) 

Hargreaves, PaulRef 212-7
[1940-] Son of Fred Hargreaves.

He married Christine.

Christine was the daughter of James Horrocks Taylor


  1. Louise
  2. Nicholas

In 1980, Christine married Roger Atkin [1935-]

Hargreaves, PeterRef 212-9

He married 0??-1???.


  1. Albert

Hargreaves, RichardRef 212-3287
[1842-1896] He worked for Ormerod Taylor & Son Limited at Walsden.

He was Master at the Todmorden Lodge of Harmony.

He was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden

Hargreaves, RobertRef 212-1081
[1???-1???] Of Hipperholme.

He was a trustee of Birkhead's Charity

Hargreaves, Rev RobertRef 212-266
[16??-17??] BA.

Curate at Todmorden [1742]

See Norland Upper Hall

Hargreaves, RobertRef 212-3421
[1824-1902] In 1856, he married Lucy Hannah Manby [1825-1904] in Skipton.

He lived at Norland Hall [1904]

Hargreaves, RobertRef 212-964
[1933-2010] Eldest son of Reg Hargreaves.

Born in Cleckheaton.

He and his siblings – including Roger – were brought up at Hazelhurst, Sowerby Bridge. He was educated at Eastbourne College.

He started work as a Junior Reporter for the Halifax Courier in 1950. He joined the RAF, and was a Pilot Officer based in Prince Edward Island. He went to work for the Manchester Telegraph before moving to London.

In 1962, he joined the editorial team of News at Ten, and worked as Head of Special Projects and Washington correspondent.

He returned to England due to illness.

He subsequently wrote Superpower, and American history & the First Freedom: a history of the freedom of speech. He retired and went to live near Rye

Hargreaves, SydneyRef 212-14
[1896-1915] He lived at 7 Prescott Street, Halifax.

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

He died in hospital of head wounds from a sniper [28th May 1915] (aged 19).

He was buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II F 128].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Hargreaves, ThomasRef 212-2861
[1812-1???] Woolstapler at Halifax.

In 1855, he married Anna Maria Lancashire [b 1816] from Holywell.

They lived at 7 Park Road, Halifax [1881]

Hargreaves, WhithamRef 212-16
[1835-1???] Son of James Hargreaves.

He was a woolcomber [1851] / a carpet weaver [1881, 1914].

He married Ellen [1838-1???].

Ellen was probably the daughter of Jonathan Wilkinson [1797-18??]


  1. James [b 1860] who was a cabinet maker [1922]
  2. Edgar

The family lived at

  • 41 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [with Ellen's widowed father Jonathan Wilkinson 1871]
  • 2 Allerton Place, Halifax [1881]
  • 17 Bright Street, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 11 Pritchard Street, Burnley [1922]

Whitham died in Burnley [13th April 1922].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £272 18/5d.

Administration was granted to son James

Hargreaves, WilliamRef 212-576
[18??-18??] In 1866, he began making shuttles at Gauxholme Mill, Walsden

Hargreaves, WilliamRef 212-434
[1860-19??] Son of Abraham Hargreaves, farm labourer.

Born in Rastrick.

He was a cotton doubler of Rastrick [1882] / a cotton doubler [1891] / manager in cotton mill [1901, 1911].

In 1882, he married (1) Emma Haigh [1862-1897] at St Matthew's Church, Rastrick.

Emma was born in Rastrick, the daughter of Humphrey Haigh, commercial traveller.

She was a worsted weaver [1891]



  1. Sarah Jane [b 1883] who was a cotton reeler [1901]
  2. Albert
  3. Ida May [b 1893] who was a cotton winder [1911]

Emma died in 1897 (aged 35).

In 1898, he married (2) Ellen [1856-1908] in Halifax.

Ellen was the daughter of Unknown, and widow of Mr Hoyle.

She had a daughter Edith Hoyle [b 1881] who was a school teacher [1901]


Ellen died in 1908 (aged 52).

In 1909, he married (3) William [1866-19??] in Rochdale.

Mary Ann was born in Rochdale

The family lived at

  • Brighouse Fields, Rastrick [1891]
  • 27 Penn Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 13 Egremont Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]


Hargreaves surnameRef 212-1
Other forms of the surname include Hardgrave, Hardgraves, Hargrave, Hargraves and Hargreave.

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

George Redmonds writes that the name originated in the Burnley area

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

Unattached BMDs for Hargreaves:

Marriages 1577, 1859, 1887, 1899, 1901, 1913

© Malcolm Bull 2019
Revised 14:22 /5th April 2019 / mmh712 / 45254

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