Kay ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Kay 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.

Kay, A.Ref 488-121
Commission agent at Halifax.

In October 1864, he was declared bankrupt

Kay, AbramRef 488-36
Of Todmorden.

He served in World War I.

He was killed in the conflict.

He is remembered on Patmos War Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church

Kay, ArnoldRef 488-199
Son of
Michael Kay.

He was a wallstone dresser [1901] / a driver (coal merchant) [1911].

In [Q1] 1906, he married Lucy Gledhill [1881-1953] in Halifax.

Lucy was born in Southowram, the daughter of James Gledhill

They lived at Towngate, Southowram [1911].

Arnold died 26th October 1951 (aged 71).

Lucy died 14th January 1953 (aged 71).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D33] with Lucy's parents

Kay, BattinsonRef 488-320
Son of
John Kay.

Born 28th April 1806.

Baptised at Colne [25th May 1806].

He was a Methodist Minister [1830] / a retired Methodist Minister [1841] / a book keeper [1859].

In 1834, he married Alice Whitehead in Haslingden.

Child: Cyrus Battinson Alexander [b 1835]

They lived at

  • Oakham [1830, 1831]
  • Banff [1832]
  • Scilly Isles [1841]

Battinson died 17th October 1859 (aged 53), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3859]

This & associated entries use material contributed by ROOTSCHAT

Kay, CharlesRef 488-131
Of Bailiffe Bridge.

In [Q3] 1871, he married Emma Stott [1850-1937] in Halifax.


  1. Ezra [1877-1901]

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Kay, FredRef 488-2
Born in Halifax and lived at Pinnar Lane, Southowram in his early life.

He was a foreman sanitary pipe maker [1901, 1911] / a milk dealer [1916].

Around 1898, he married Emily Annie Wilson [1864-19??].

Emily Annie was born in Gomersal, Yorkshire.

She was the sister of Alice Buckle



  1. Blanche [b 1898] who was a buttonhole machinist [1911]
  2. Winifred [b 1903]
  3. Herbert [b 1905]

They lived at 19 Bath Place, Woodside, Halifax [1901, 1911].

Fred was accidentally killed at Bispham after his horse bolted and Fred was trapped under the cart [4th February 1916] (aged 44).

He was buried at Wesleyan Chapel, Southowram with his sister-in-law & brother-in-law Mr & Mrs William Buckle

Kay, Rev HarryRef 488-205
Baptist Minister at Todmorden [1928].

In 1928, he moved to Lancashire

Kay, Harry CravenRef 488-314
Son of
William John Kay.

Born in Halifax.

He was a foreman piece overlooker (dye house) [1911].

In [Q3] 1905, he married (1) Lucy Elizabeth Knott [1877-1909] in Halifax.


  1. Mary Battinson [b 1906]
  2. Annie Craven who died 13th January 1909 (aged 1 year & 7  months), & was buried with her mother

Lucy Elizabeth died 9th July 1909 (aged 32)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3859].

In [Q3] 1910, he married (2) Mary Harriet Gaukroger [1886-19??] in Halifax.

Mary Harriet was born in Halifax

They lived at 7 Rockville Terrace, Halifax [1911].

Harry died Q4 1924 (aged 44).

His burial place is not yet known

Kay, JamesRef 488-381
Son of Grace & James Kay of Accrington.

Born in Accrington.

He was employed by Maude's.

He married Sarah Ethel.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 7th Battalion King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 12], and in the book Royd Regeneration

Kay, JohnRef 488-330
He was a manufacturer.

He married Mary Battinson [17??-18??].


  1. (possibly) John Kay
  2. Battinson
  3. Susannah [1812-1867] who married John Ordish

Kay, JohnRef 488-315
(Possibly) son of
John Kay.

He was an accountant.

John died 13th April 1858 (aged 57), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3859]

Kay, JohnRef 488-370
Son of John Kay, twister-in.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a spinner of Oak Hill, Stansfield [1882] / a machinist – labourer (iron) [1891] / a labourer at iron works [1901] / a labourer [1911] / a labourer for John Sagar at Holly House, Todmorden  [1921].

On 1st July 1882, he married Maria Dawson [1854-1909] at Heptonstall Church.

Maria was born in Todmorden

Maria, of Oak Hill, Stansfield, was born in Todmorden, the daughter of Abraham Dawson, weaver.

She was a cotton weaver [1891, 1901]


Child: Abraham

The family lived at 3 Oak Hill, Stansfield [1891, 1901, 1911, 1921]

Maria died in Todmorden in 1909 (aged 54).

Living with the widowed John [in 1911] were son Abraham and his wife.

John & Maria were buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Glynn Helliwell

Kay, John NaismithRef 488-250
Born in Leith, Scotland [30th July 1889].

He was a motor engineer with John Mackintosh & Sons Limited [1921] / a works garage manager [1939].

He married Alice [1888-19??].

Alice was born in Halifax 12th October 1888


  1. Robert Naismith [b 1912]
  2. Alice Margaret [b 8th October 1916] who was a shop  assistant [1939]

They lived at

  • 14 Bedford Terrace, Halifax [1921]
  • 1 Broomfield Avenue, Halifax [1939]

Living with them [in 1921] was boarder Fanny Alvire Symonds

Kay, JosephRef 488-57
He was a stationer & newsagent at
Greetland Post Office [1874]

Kay, MichaelRef 488-335
Good Greave, Hardcastle Crags. In 1766, he sold Heptonstall Cloth Hall to John Uttley.

He married Unknown.


  1. Anne who married John Uttley

Kay, MichaelRef 488-203
Born in Lindley, near Otley.

Born in Shibden, Northowram.

He was a farmer [1891] / a farmer & coal merchant [1901].

In [Q1] 1867, he married Jane Hobson [1840-1???] in Otley.

Jane was born in Norwood, near Otley


  1. Lucy Emily [b 1870] who was a cotton winder [1891]
  2. Fred [b 1872] who was a clerk in brick yard [1891]
  3. Annice / Annie [b 1874] who was a cotton winder  [1891, 1901]
  4. Wilfred [b 1876] who was a farmer's boy [1891]
  5. Priscilla [b 1878]
  6. Arnold Kay

The children were born in Northowram.

They lived at

  • Highfield Farm, Southowram [1891]
  • 2 Highfield, Southowram [1901]

Kay, R.Ref 488-311
Cotton manufacturer at Todmorden.

In July 1864, he was declared bankrupt

Kay, Sir Robert NewboldRef 488-92
Attorney. In 1893, he founded a firm of solicitors Newbold Kays, in York. He was knighted in 1920. Liberal
MP for Elland [1923-1924]. He was Lord Mayor of York in 1925

Kay, SmithRef 488-222
Born in Otley.

He lived at Upper Westercroft, Northowram.

He built Stone Lea, Hipperholme using material salvaged from Upper Westercroft.

On 23rd December 1885, he married Mary Haggis at Coley Church.

Mary was the daughter of William Haggis


  1. Frank [1888-1963]
  2. Amelia Hannah [1890-1978]
  3. Charles Henry [b 1895]

The couple died at Stone Lea Hipperholme: Smith [26th September 1926]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Glynn Helliwell

Kay, William JohnRef 488-531
Born in Leeds.

He was a traveller [1878] / a timber merchant [1881].

In [Q1] 1873, he married Jane Battinson [1846-1???] in Halifax.

Jane was born in Ovenden, the daughter of
Adam Battinson


  1. Susanna who died 10th May 1878 (aged 4 years), & was  buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3859]
  2. William B. [b 1876]
  3. Harry Craven

They lived at

  • Waterside, Halifax [1878]
  • Vine Royd, Southowram [1881]

He died 30th October 1894 (aged 55).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: N 44 A]

Kay, William WolstenholmeRef 488-26

He married Elizabeth Riley.

Elizabeth was the daughter of
Samuel Riley

Elizabeth died 20th February 1864 (aged 63), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3620] with her parents

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


Kay surnameRef 488-1
The surname is probably derived from roots meaning left-handed, clumsy, or (Old Norse a jackdaw

There are 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Kay, as discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Kay

Marriage 1872


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