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Law, Abraham
[1???-1868] Of Knowl, Todmorden.

On 3rd November 1868, his body was found in the canal at Dobroyd Pool, Todmorden. A bundle believed to have belonged to him, was found on the canal bank.

His body was believed to have been in the water for a week

Law, Abraham
[15??-16??] Son of John Law.

He was a clothier.

After the seizure which his father sustained following his meeting with Alizon Device, Abraham took the matter up with the law and reported the incident to the local magistrate.

This set into motion the events which ended with the Pendle Witchcraft Trials and the hanging of the 10 accused on 20th August 1612

Law, Abraham
[1776-1839] Son of Robert Law.

When he married, he was a serving soldier in the First Regiment of Life Guards. His eldest 3 children were born at Hyde Park Barracks, Middlesex.

His regiment was on alert for months on the lookout for the French whom they feared would invade at any moment. As a consequence of lying in wait on watch, half clad, his health began to fail and he was invalided out and back home to Todmorden.

In 1799, he married Mary Newell [1778-1839].

Children:

  1. John
  2. Robert
  3. Abraham
  4. Betty
  5. Samuel
  6. David
  7. Sarah

The family lived at

  • Turn Brink
  • Portsmouth, Todmorden

Abraham and Mary died within 2 weeks of each other at Bearnshaw Tower, Todmorden

Law, Abraham
[1796-1850] Son of Samuel Law.

A Walsden clogger.

In 1814, he married (1) Susan Fielden [17??-1822].

Children:

  1. Sally
  2. Samuel
  3. John
  4. Mally

One of the children died in infancy.

In 182?, he married (2) Nancy Crabtree.

Children:

  1. Susan
  2. Sarah [1827-1853] who married Thomas Law
  3. Peter
  4. Alice
  5. Mary Ann
  6. Susannah [1837-1901] who married Jonas Clegg
  7. Sarah Ann
  8. Thomas
  9. Emma

Around 1830, he opened a beerhouse, the Cloggers' Arms, Walsden. His brother-in-law, Abraham Fielden, brother of his first wife Susan, ran the Dusty Miller beerhouse next door.

He later built a new pub, also called the Cloggers' Arms on the main road

In 1848, the pub was renamed the Cross Keys.

Law, Arnold
[1886-19??] Son of Fred Law.

During World War I, he and his 2 brothers – William Henry & Herbert - joined the Army.

Arnold served with the Royal Field Artillery.

A skilled mechanic, he was brought home to assist in munitions work

Law, Arthur William
[1856-1921] Son of James Law.

Born in Greetland.

He was a member of Elland School Board [1891] / a woollen manufacturer (employer) [1891, 1901] / a woollen cloth manufacturer (employer) [1911] / Worshipful Master of the Savile [No 1231] Masonic Lodge.

In 1881, he married Katherine Stott in Halifax.


Katherine from Greetland, was the daughter of Eli Smith Stott
 

Children:

  1. Mildred Alice [b 1883]
  2. Bertram [b 1886] who was a woollen mill manager [1911]
  3. Elsie Ellen [b 1887]

The family lived at

Members of the family were buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland

Law, Barrie
[1944-] Born in Halifax [22nd July 1944].

As a boy, he was a chorister at Elland Parish Church, All Saints' Church, Elland, St Stephen's Church, Copley, and St Paul's Church, King Cross.

He went on to sing tenor parts and act on TV and on the stage, in the UK and in the USA

Law, Ben
[18??-19??]

In [Q4] 1886, he married Ada Greenwood [18??-19??] in Todmorden.

Children:

  1. Mark

The family lived at 16 Der Street, Todmorden [1916]

Law, Benjamin
[1822-1875]

He married Maria [1826-1908]

Children:

  1. George Samuel [1866-1882]

The family lived at 12 Portland Road, Range Bank, Halifax.

Members of the family were buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount

Law, Betty
[1780-18??] Daughter of Samuel Law.

Born at Gauxholme Stones Farm [about 1780].

In 1797, she had an illegitimate son John Law by Benjamin of Burnley.

In 1798, had an illegitimate daughter Sally Law by James Fielden.

In 1800, she married James Fielden.

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. William
  3. Samuel
  4. John
  5. James
  6. Tommy
  7. Abraham
  8. Joseph
  9. George

They lived at Inchfield Fold, Walsden

Law, Charles Edward
[1855-1???] Son of Samuel Law.

Born in Halifax.

He was a draper [1871] / a grocer's traveller [1881] / a director of Law & Crossley Limited [1899] / a wholesale grocer (employer) [1911].

In 1879, he married Hannah Taylor in Halifax.


Hannah was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Florence E. [b 1881]
  2. Frank
  3. Robert E [b 1884] who was a brother electrician engineer [1901]
  4. Clara [b 1886]

The family lived at

  • 17 Milton Street, Halifax [1881]
  • The children were living at 54 Prescott Street, Halifax, with Frank as head of the household [1901]
  • 54 Prescott Street, Halifax [1911]
  • Savile House, Carleton, Poulton le Fylde

Charles died at Belmont Nursing Home, Blackpool [21st March 1925] (aged 70).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £27,839.

Probate was granted to his widow Hannah, John Thomas Feather (spinner), and Frank Smalley Mitchell (accountant) 

Law, Mrs Charlotte
[18??-19??] In 1861, she ran a school at Sowerby Bridge

Law, Clara
[1866-1891] Daughter of William Law.

Clara worked as Manageress at the Dale Street branch of the Todmorden Co-operative Society.

She was walking out with John William Halstead, a butcher at the same shop. She wanted to get married, but Halstead didn't, and she claimed that she was pregnant. They arranged to meet at the shop after closing time on Saturday, 1st August 1891.

About midnight on 3rd August 1891, she was found dead with her throat cut on the floor of the confectionery department of the Stores.

When the police went to his home in Castle Hill to talk to Halstead, he escaped through the back door, jumped over the wall on to the railway track and jumped in front of a train coming out of Horsfall Tunnel. His body was completely cut in two.

Clara was buried on 7th August 1891 at Cross Stone Church.

An inquest returned a verdict of wilful murder

Law, Elijah
[18??-18??] He married Betty.

Children:

  1. William

Law, Ely
[18??-18??] Manufacturer at West Vale.

On 23rd September 1865, he was summoned by the Factory Inspector for working children longer than the hours allowed by law. He had run the mill a little too long at night. He was fined £3 15/6d, including costs, in 7 cases

Law, Enoch
[1765-1804] Son of John Law.

He inherited much property from his father.

In 1785, he married Nancy Bottomley.


Nancy was the daughter of Benjamin Bottomley
 

Children:

  1. Betty
  2. John
  3. Hannah
  4. John
  5. Nancy
  6. Samuel
  7. Nancy

The family lived at Square in Walsden.

Members of the family were buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Law, Frank Taylor
[1882-1918] Son of Charles Edward Law.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Melbourne House, York & Halifax New School, South Parade under Henry Richard Starke-Jones / a grocer's clerk [1901] / employed in the family business Law & Crossley Limited / a grocer [1911] / employed by Latham's, corn millers in Leeds & York.

In [Q2] 1910, he married Bertha Feather in Halifax.


Bertha was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. child [b 1911]
  2. Charles E [b 1913]
  3. David R [b 1917]

The family lived at

  • 13 Heathfield Place, Halifax [1911]
  • 21 Blake Grove, Potternewton, Leeds [1918]

During World War I, he joined the Leeds Rifles [June 1916], and was an instructor at Clipstone. In late 1917, he was transferred and served as a Private, then Lance Corporal, with the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died of wounds at No.47 Casualty Clearing Station [25th March 1918] (aged 36).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [27th April 1918].

He was buried at Rosières British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref 57].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Law, Fred
[1860-1892] Son of Thomas Law, silk dresser.

Born in Eastwood.

He was a silk dresser of St James's Parish, Halifax [1881] / a silk dresser [1891]

In [Q3] 1881, he married Clementine Haigh at St James's Church, Halifax.


Clementine, of Halifax, was the daughter of
George Haigh
 

Children:

  1. William Henry
  2. Herbert [b 1884] who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery [WW1]
  3. Arnold

The family lived at 13 Wesley Terrace, Ovenden [1891].

Clementine died in 1889 (aged 32).

Fred died in 1892 (aged 32).

At the outbreak of World War I, the 3 sons joined the Army

Law, G. W.
[18??-19??] Cabinet maker at Mytholmroyd.

In November 1899, he was declared bankrupt

Law, George Henry
[1881-19??] Born in Greetland.

He was an engine tenter of Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax [1908] / a stationary stoker at dyeworks [1911].

In [Q2] 1908, he married Edna Hitchen at Halifax Parish Church.


Edna was the daughter of
Amos Hitchen.

She had 2 illegitimate sons: Irwin Hitchen & Sam Hitchen [b 1901]

 

Children:

  1. Dora Lilian [b 1909]
  2. Cyril [b 1913]

The family lived at 13 Grove Terrace, Southowram [1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were Edna's 2 sons: Irwin & Sam

Law, George Taylor
[1923-1942] Son of Sarah Ann & Harry Law of Cornholme.

During World War II, he served as a Second Radio Officer with the Merchant Navy aboard the cargo ship SS Glenlea (Newcastle-On-Tyne).

He died 7th November 1942 (aged 19)  when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine U-566, and sank north of the Azores with the loss of 44 of her crew of 49.

He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London [Grave Ref 52], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Law, Harry James
[1853-19??] Son of Samuel Law.

Born in Halifax.

He was a grocer [1871] / a director of Law & Crossley Limited [1899] / a wholesale grocer [1901].

He married Elizabeth Ann [1854-19??].


Elizabeth Ann was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Herbert Drake [b 1881] who was a chemistry student [1901]
  2. Alberta [b 1883]

The family lived at

  • 15 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] was niece Gertrude Drake [b 1884]

Law, Herbert
[1899-1918] Son of Esther & Edgar Law of 962 Rochdale Road, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 31st May 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France [Grave Ref VII A C 17]

Law, James
[17??-18??] Cotton carder at Mayroyd Mill, Hebden Bridge [1794]

Around 1804, he was declared bankrupt

Law, James
[1782-1850] Aka Smoker.

Of Gauxholme.

He had an illegitimate son – John – by Sally Bottomley

Law, James
[1791-1866] Known as Jim o' old Sam's.

Son of Samuel Law.

He was a clogger.

He married Mally Shackleton [1790-1876].


Mally was the daughter of John Shackleton
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Jane [b 1813]
  2. John [b 1816]
  3. Samuel [b 1819]
  4. James
  5. Robert
  6. Thomas
  7. William
  8. Abraham
  9. Edwin

He settled first at Law Hey Farm, Walsden where his parents lived then moved to Square in Walsden.

He made plans to start a new life in Canada but was unable to get the correct paper-work as he was a skilled man – who were banned from emigrating at the time. A labourer friend, by the name of James Leonard, applied for the papers in his name, and James left Walsden early in 1819 and entered America as James Leonard, labourer.

Mally had 2 small children and was pregnant with her third child when he left.

James sent for her in 1820 and she went, travelling alone with the children to join her husband in Niagara.

Their 6 youngest children were born in Canada.

He died at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

The family are buried in St Margaret's-in-the-Pines, Scarborough, Ontario


In Loving memory of James Law
Who died January 3rd. 1866 aged 74 years and 9 months.

Also of Mary, wife of James Law, Who died March 24th 1876 aged 86 years and 3 months.
Natives of Lancashire, England.
Emigrated to Canada 1819.

Law, James
[18??-18??] Boot and shoe maker at Halifax.

In December 1857, he was declared bankrupt

Law, James
[18??-18??] Journeyman dyer at Halifax.

In January 1859, he was declared insolvent

Law, James
[18??-19??] In [Q4] 1891, he married Ada Judson in Todmorden.


Ada was the daughter of
John Judson
 

Children:

  1. Elsie Joanna [1892-1956] who married Benny Pickles

Law, James
[1821-1901] Son of John Law.

Born in Greetland [14th November 1821].

He was a woollen manufacturer [1861, 1881] / a woollen manufacturer (employer) [1901].

On 5th November 1848, he married Jane Firth [1822-1895] at Halifax Parish Church.


Jane came from Greetland
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ann [1851-1897] who married Henry Speak
  2. Arthur William
  3. Rachel [1858-1912]

The family lived at

Living with them [in 1881] was grandson Herbert Speak.

Living with them [in 1901] were granddaughters Florence Gertrude & Margaret Speak, and great grandson James Newton [b 1898]; Charlotte Jagger was working for the family as a general help.

Jane died 20th March 1895 (aged 73).

James died 24th August 1901 (aged 79).

Members of the family were buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland

Law, James
[1822-1850] Son of Samuel Law.

A shoemaker at Walsden.

In 1840, he married Elizabeth Butterworth [1822-1849] in Todmorden.

Children:

  1. Emma [1850] who died in infancy
  2. Alice
  3. Christopher

In 1850, he was walking back from the Whitworth Wakes. As he was crossing the moors between there and Todmorden, he fell down a 12 ft precipice. He was seriously injured and died a few days later.

On 18th September 1850, an inquest before J. F. Dearden at the Waggon & Horses, Walsden returned a verdict that he

died from injuries received by the fall, being at the time in liquor

Law, James
[1848-19??] Son of Grace (née Bottomley) & John Law. Grace was the daughter of Susan (née Scholfield) & Jeremiah Bottomley, and granddaughter of Jeremiah Bottomley.

Born in Walsden.

Landlord of the British Queen, Todmorden [1891, 1897]. He left in 1898.

In 1871, he married Mary Earnshaw.

On 25th October 1897, he married Mrs Mary Elizabeth Feather of the Royal Oak Hotel, Bacup

Law, James Herbert
[1885-1918] Son of Samson Law.

Born in Mytholmroyd [11th January 1885].

Baptised at Mytholmroyd Wesleyan Chapel [18th August 1889].

He was a presser (cotton) [1901] / a carter (coal) [1911] / a member of the fire brigade.

During World War I, he enlisted [21st May 1915] and served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He was medically discharged with phthisis [Para 392 III C. C. King's Regulation] from the RAMC [3rd November 1915] with a pension of 27/6d per week for 12 months.

He received the Silver War Badge (1914-1920) [17th March 1917].

He died 5th February 1918 (aged 33).

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

Law, Jeremiah
[1740-1???] Son of Isabella & Samuel Law.

Born in Todmorden.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Sarah [b Brown House 1778] who married Wilson Nicholson

Law, Joe
[1872-1908] Son of Paul Law, labourer.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a corn miller of Luddenden Foot [1894] / a teamer / a stone waggoner [1901]

In 1894, he married Hannah Lande Boffy [1874-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah, of Francis Street, Halifax, was born in Featherstone, the daughter of William Boffy, coal miner
 

Children:

  1. Paul
  2. Beatrice [b 1898] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  3. William [b 1900]

The family lived at

  • Hoyle Bank, Luddenden Foot [1901]
  • 19 Carlton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

Law, Joe Neatherwood
[1844-1865] Of Brighouse.

He was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with James [1846-1875], son of Mary Ann & James Law.

Law, John
[1545-1626] A Halifax pedlar.

On 18th March 1612, as he was travelling near Colne, he refused to give pins to a Lancashire woman, Alizon Device. He had a stroke immediately afterwards.

His son, Abraham, took the matter up with the law and Alizon and others were charged with witchcraft.

This was the start of the Pendle Witchcraft Trials which ended with the hanging of the 10 accused on 20th August 1612

Law, John
[17??-1???] Coiner of Erringden

Law, John
[17??-17??] Minister at Wainsgate Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1779-1783]

Law, John
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Law Mill / Frieldhurst Mill, Cornholme [1837]

Law, John
[1723-1802] Son of William Law.

Born Hazelgreave Farm, Todmorden.

In 1747, he married (1) Rosamund Eastwood [1718-1775].

About 1757, John left his family and Todmorden after being apprehended for a crime at Scaitcliffe, Todmorden. He returned to Todmorden about 14 years later, seeing his son Robert for the first time. Rosamund (Rosey) claimed poor relief, receiving 13/- per week.

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. John
  4. Robert

In 1783, he married (2) Susan Barrett.

After marrying his second wife they moved to Edge End between Oldham and Preston in a cottage worth about £4 a year.

After the death of his second wife he began to hawk coffee etc.

He died in Liverpool [about 1802]

Law, Rev John
[1727-1769] Curate at Cross Stone [1750-1769]

Law, John
[1730-1781] Son of Robert Law.

Engineer who worked on many bridges in Lancashire.

He married (1) Betty.

Children:

  1. Betty
  2. Mary
  3. Hannah who married James Fielden
  4. Enoch

He married (2) Betty Marshall.

Children:

  1. Job
  2. Thomas
  3. Samuel
  4. Enoch
  5. Robert

He married (3) Ann Walker.

Children:

  1. Susan

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Law, John
[1782-18??] Son of Samuel Law.

Born at Gauxholme Stones Farm [about 1782].

In 1810, he was sentenced to 1 month in jail for larceny

Law, John
[1788-1874] Born in Warley [14th November 1788].

He was a woollen manufacturer [1841] / a woollen manufacturer employing 37 males, 17 females [1851] / a promoter of the Halifax, Huddersfield & Keighley Railway [1863] / a woollen cloth manufacturer employing 60 men, 47 women, & 9 boys [1871].

He established John Law & Sons at Brigg Royd Mill, West Vale.

On 23rd May 1811, he married Rachel Holroyd [1787-1856] at Halifax Parish Church.


Rachel came from Greetland
 

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1815]
  2. John
  3. Ann [1817-1902]
  4. Joseph
  5. James
  6. Thomas [b 1826]
  7. William
  8. Samuel [1829-1893]
  9. Ellen [1832-1900]

The family lived at

  • Clay House Mill, West Vale [1841]
  • 29 Brow Bridge, West Vale [1851]
  • Clay House Mill, West Vale [1871]
  • West Vale [1874]

Rachel died 19th November 1856 (aged 69).

John died 24th August 1874.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £5,000.

[Resworn under £7,000]. The will was proved by sons Joseph & James, William Law of Dovecote Villas, Wood Green, Middlesex (cloth manufacturer), and Samuel Law of Greetland (cloth manufacturer).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: D6]

See Thomas Law

Law, John
[1794-1873] Son of Enoch Law.

He was a labourer / a carter / a handloom weaver / an annuitant [1871].

In 1816, he married Betty Jackson [1801-1880].

Children:

  1. Samuel
  2. John
  3. James
  4. William
  5. Nancy
  6. Enoch
  7. Sarah
  8. Betty
  9. Hannah
  10. Robert

The family lived at North Hollingworth [1870s?].

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, John
[1798-1833] Son of Betty Law by Benjamin of Burnley.

In 1822, he married Mally Fielden.

Mally had an illegitimate daughter Susan by James Dawson.

Children:

  1. Samuel
  2. Thomas
  3. Sally
  4. Elizabeth
  5. John
  6. Peter
  7. William

He died in 1833 at Scout Top after a long and lingering illness

Law, John
[1799-1853] Son of Samuel Law.

He was a whitesmith and blacksmith by trade.

He married 3 times, and had 8 children of whom only 2 survived.

He married (1) Mally Fielden [1802-1826].


Mally was the daughter of Mary & Samuel Fielden
 

Children:

  1. Susan

After the death of her mother, Susan was brought up by her maternal grandparents.

In 1826, 4 months after his wife Susan died, he married (2) Sally Haigh [1800-1830].


Sally was the daughter of Mary & Reuben Haigh
 

Children:

  1. Peter who died aged 5
  2. Christopher who died aged 8

Sally died in childbirth with son Christopher.

In 1830, 2 months after his wife Sally died, he married (3) Sally Fielden [1800-1839].


Sally was the daughter of Enoch Fielden
 

Children:

  1. Robert who died aged 2
  2. Samuel
  3. Mary who died a baby
  4. Hannah who died aged 11
  5. Mally who died aged 2

He inherited 4 cottages on Square in Walsden built by his great grandfather William Ingham. He lived in number 36, which at the time was the end cottage with gardens and stables to the side..

He died at Square.

He left 2 cottages at Square to each of his two surviving children, Samuel and Susan

Law, John
[18??-18??] Woollen manufacturer at Elland.

On 4th April 1844, he married Elizabeth Keighley at Halifax Parish Church

Law, John
[18??-18??] Of Greetland.

In 1866, he laid the foundation stone of the United Methodist Free Church, Skircoat

Law, John
[1802-18??] Son of Robert Law.

Born in Walsden.

He was a mechanic by trade, and worked for his father's company Robert Law & Company at Ramsden Wood Mill before taking over the running of the business in 1843 after the death of his father, in partnership with Eli Hudson as Law & Hudson.

In August 1845, he was declared bankrupt.

In 1848, he was recorded as an innkeeper, and then moved to Stockport where he was a confectioner.

He married Grace Stansfield.

Children:

  1. Samuel
  2. Betty
  3. Stansfield
  4. Robert
  5. Wiliam
  6. Thomas
  7. John
  8. Mary
  9. Crossley
  10. Grace

Law, John
[1805-1???] Born in Sowerby.

He was a stone mason [1851].

He married Hannah [1806-1???].


Hannah was born in Sowerby
 

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1829] who was a reeler [1851]
  2. William [b 1831] who was a woolcomber [1851]
  3. Fanny [b 1835] who was a worsted spinner [1851]
  4. Betty [b 1836]
  5. Hannah [b 1840]
  6. Ellen [b 1842]
  7. Margaret [b 1845]
  8. Martha [b 1845]
  9. John [b 1846]

The family lived at 5 Boulderclough [1851]

Law, John
[1815-1851] Of Greetland.

Son of John Law.

John died 15th June 1851 (aged 36).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: D6]

Law, John
[1819-1865] Son of Abraham Law.

After the death of his mother in 1822, brought up in Walsden by his maternal grandmother.

He was a sawyer by trade.

He never married.

The Leeds Mercury of Thursday 3rd August 1865 reported


FATAL ACCIDENT AT TODMORDEN YESTERDAY

Yesterday, an inquest before T. F. Dearden was held at the Black Swan Inn, Todmorden, touching the death of JOHN LAW of Dalton Street, Todmorden.

LAW was employed by Mr Bairstow, corn miller, Hebden Bridge. While he was at his work the previous week, he had occasion to place a ladder against a building to reach a hay loft. The ladder, which was about 7 yards long, was too short for the purpose, and was placed on a stone. The steam tenter assisted in placing the ladder, and then went away to his work, and did not know how far LAW has ascended the ladder when he fell. Shortly after, the steam tenter found the deceased laying on the ground face downwards. His thigh was broken, his breast much crushed, and he also sustained other injuries, which caused his death on Sunday morning last. Verdict – Accidental Death

 

He actually died at Square in Walsden – probably in the care of one of his many relatives who lived there

Law, John
[1820-1895] Son of John Law.

He was a convert to Methodism, and was baptised as an adult at Bridge Street Methodist Chapel, Todmorden on the same day his son James was baptised in 1844.

In 1841, he married Hannah Fielden.


Hannah was the daughter of Joshua Fielden
 

Children:

  1. John
  2. James
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Josiah Fielden
  5. Alfred
  6. Mary Hannah

He was a confectioner [around 1851]. He and his family lived in Everton, Liverpool, for a while around 1851. There were several other Walsden people – all confectioners – sharing the accommodation.


Question: Does anyone know whether they had anything to do with Everton Toffee?

 

By 1871, he had given up being a confectioner and was a cotton operative, then a chemist's assistant.

The family lived at Lanebottom in Walsden.

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, John
[1840-1897] Born in Sowerby.

He was employed by Wood Brothers / a time & store keeper iron works [1881] / an engineer's timekeeper [1891] / a member of the committee of the Sowerby Bridge Industrial Society / a trustee and treasurer at Tuel Lane Chapel.

In 1871, he married Sarah Murgatroyd Howarth [1845-1???] born in Luddenden, in Halifax.

Children:

The family lived at

  • 6 Chapel Street, Sowerby Bridge, Warley [1881]
  • 9 Grove Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891, 1897, 1901]

Living with them [in 1891] & 1901 was widowed mother-in-law Mary Howarth [aged 68] (retired laundress).

John died from

a painful internal disorder

on 14th November 1897.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £310

Law, Rev John
[1842-1908] Son of John Law.

Born at Bottoms in Walsden.

In 1851, he was living in Everton (Liverpool) with his parents and working with his father as a confectioner.

In 1861, he was a cotton weaver living with his parents in Lanebottom, Walsden.

John and his siblings had been brought up as Methodists.

John was ordained as a Methodist Minister at Richmond Methodist College.

He became a missionary and chose to go to New Zealand for his first appointment.

In 1868, he sailed to Auckland, New Zealand on the Siam

His future wife Hannah Heyworth [1841-1931] was living at home with her parents in Walsden.

In 1872, she sailed to Auckland on the City of Auckland.

They married one week after she arrived.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child

He died at Mount Albert, New Zealand

Law, John
[1846-1912] Of White Hart Fold, Todmorden.

He was a railway guard on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

He died 25th November 1912.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £8,114 7/10d. Probate was granted to his brother Thomas Law (plumber) of White Hart Fold, Todmorden, and his nephew Fred Law (mechanic) of 18 Newall Street, Littleborough.

An obituary recorded

It is stated that he married a Yorkshire lady of good social position, but the identity of that lady is unknown to Law's relations, the name being kept a profound secret. The lady died some years ago.

Law was a guard on the express from York to Liverpool for many years, and after his marriage he remained in the service of the railway company for about twelve months.

He retired from the service of the company about four years ago, much to the regret of his fellow-workers, amongst whom he was extremely popular.

Following his retirement, he toured the country in a caravan, on one occasion travelling by that means to Lincoln, where he owned considerable property.

Six months ago he fixed up his residence with a sister at Lydgate, Todmorden.

Shortly after his arrival there he seems to have tired of his caravan, for he disposed of it, the sale taking place two days prior to his sudden death.

It was his intention also to part with his two seated motor car and purchase an up to-date car, such a vehicle having attracted his attention and aroused his desire to be the possessor

Law, John
[1865-1941] Born in Stainland.

He was an electrical engineer [1901, 1911] / an insurance agent He was active in local affairs, being a Labour Councillor, an Alderman for Ovenden [1922], and Mayor of Halifax [1928-1929]

He married Annie [1871-19??] from Oldham.

Children:

  1. Samuel Newby [b 1896]
  2. Agnes [b 1899]
  3. Kathleen Maud [b 1904]

The family lived at

Law, John
[1918-1943] Son of Martha & Samuel Law of Todmorden.

In [Q2] 1940, he married Susan Robinson in Todmorden.

They lived in Todmorden.

During World War II, he served as a Gunner with the 85th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.

He died 21st July 1943 (aged 25).

He was buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand [Grave Ref 8 D 30].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Law, Jonathan
[1822-1896] Born in Warley.

He married (1) Unknown.

On 19th August 1882, he married (2) Ann Lumb in Halifax.


Ann was the widow of
Levi Lumb
 

Law, Joseph
[18??-19??] In 1886, he was in partnership with Job Morton, making paper at Booth Wood Mill, Rishworth. They had acquired the business of Clarke & Luke.

In November 1890, they conveyed the business to David Scott.

In 1851, he married Sarah Ismay

Law, Joseph
[1819-1899] Son of John Law.

Born in Greetland.

He was a manufacturer [1851] / a woollen manufacturer [1861].

In 1856, he married Hannah Smithies [1822-1???] from Elland, in Halifax.

They lived at West Vale [1861]

Law, Levi
[1779-18??]

In 1802, he married Betty Holt.

Children:

  1. Martha [b 1805]
  2. Esther [b 1807]
  3. John [b 1816]
  4. Hannah [b 1818]
  5. Grace [b 1819]
  6. Abigail [b 1825]

The family lived at Duke Street, Stansfield [1841, 1851].

Living with them [in 1851] was lodger Betty Pickles [b 1839].

A Levi Law died in Todmorden in 1858

Law, Mark
[17??-1???] Coiner of Turvin

Law, Mark
[1891-1916] Son of Ben Law.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 25th October 1916 (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 2C], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Law, Mary
[16??-1722] Of Elland. She was great-granddaughter of John Hanson.

She was buried at Elland Parish Church.

In her will of 1701, she created the Mary Law Charity and Mary Law Charity School

Law, Paul
[1895-1914] Son of Joe Law.

Born at Lower Oldfield, Luddendenfoot [1st September 1895].

He was educated at Luddendenfoot National School / a machine oilser/oiler? [1911].

He never married.

He joined the 1st/4th Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) [March 1914].

When World War I broke out, he volunteered for Imperial Service.

He was killed by a sniper [10th May 1915].

He was buried at Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France [Grave Ref C 31]

Law, Paul
[1895-1915] Son of Hannah Lande (née Boffy) & Joe Law of 34 Burnley Road, Luddendenfoot.

Born in Mytholmroyd [1st September 1985].

Baptised at St Mary's Church, Luddenden. [5th November 1895].

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

He died 10th May 1915 (aged 19).

He was buried at Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France [Grave Ref C 31].

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial, on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Law, Richard
[15??-1???] Of Halifax and Woodhouse, Rastrick.

He married Agnes Hanson


Agnes was the daughter of John Hanson
 

Law, Richard
[15??-16??] Aka Lawe.

He married Esther Whitley.


Esther was the daughter of
Michael Whitley
 

He and his wife inherited the upper end of Shelf Hall.

In 1635, he and John Hirde were fined for obstructing the footpath and for polluting the spring at Shelf Hall

Law, Robert
[1706-1770] Known as Rough Robin.

He married Elizabeth Ormerod.

Children:

  1. John
  2. Samuel
  3. Robert

The family lived at Moorside Farm, Todmorden

Law, Robert
[1741-1790] Son of Robert Law.

He was a stone mason.

In 1783, Robert and his brother Samuel – together with Thomas Hughes and his brother-in-law Abraham Crossley – leased the Mill from John Crossley with an agreement to convert the mill over to cotton spinning.

In 1784, Robert and Thomas Hughes sold their shares in the partnership to Samuel Fielden and manufacturer John Tattersall of Lumbutts Mill.

In 1764, he married Mary Crabtree.

Children:

  1. Mally
  2. Betty
  3. John
  4. Sarah
  5. Thomas
  6. Abraham
  7. Lydia
  8. William
  9. Robert

He lived at Moorside Farm, Todmorden, as a tenant of John Crossley of Scaitcliffe like his father before him.

After his death in 1790, the tenancy passed to his widow who retained it until 1801.

After that it passed to his son John.

Members of the family were buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Law, Robert
[1774-1842] Son of Samuel Law.

He started off his cotton manufacturing at Smithyholme Mill, then, with his brothers Samuel and Thomas built Ramsden Wood Mill. He established Robert Law & Company with his brothers, and they occupied Ramsden Wood Mill, Walsden, and Smithy Holme Mill, Walsden.

He married Betty Crossley [1776-1849].

Children:

  1. Sarah
  2. Mally who married John Marland
  3. John
  4. Samuel [1804-1813] who died aged 9
  5. Betty who married Eli Hudson
  6. Robert
  7. Susan
  8. Thomas [1815-1835]
  9. Martha

He and his family lived at Smithyholme Mill whilst his brothers worked from there. His wife Betty

a big lass

ran a shop from the mill selling groceries.

They later went to live in a company house at Ramsden Wood.

Robert died two days after signing his will. Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at under £4,000. The Chancery Law suit which arose due to the contents of his will lasted from 1842 to at least 1856.

Members of the family were buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Law, Robert
[1797-1869] Known as Old Bob i' th' Horsepasture.

Son of Thomas Law.

He was a tall and heavy man / Surveyor of the Highways for the Scaitcliffe side of the hamlet of Todmorden [1838] – see Todmorden & Walsden Select Vestry / farmer at Height Top Farm, Todmorden / farmer of 50 acres at Horsepasture Farm, Walsden [from 1844].

About 1830, he married Mary Greenwood.

Children:

  1. Ann
  2. Thomas
  3. Betty
  4. Reuben
  5. Robert
  6. Mary
  7. Peter
  8. Esther
  9. William
  10. Abraham
He died in tragic circumstances from
Injuries received in and upon his spine and other parts of his body from accidentally falling from a certain footpath in Ramsden Wood, from walking against a broken branch of a tree overhanging such footpath, lived one day.

Dr Samuel Scholfield attended him.

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, Robert
[18??-1???]

Recorded in 1888, when he was at Whittaker Pits Farm, Clifton.

See Ernest Fielding

Law, Robert
[1809-1842] Son of Robert Law.

Born at Smithyholme Mill.

He worked for his father's company Robert Law & Company at Ramsden Wood Mill

In 1831, he married Mary Bottomley.


Mary was the daughter of Thomas Bottomley
 

This marriage brought together the Law and Bottomley families of Ramsden Wood Mills.

However, it disintegrated rather quickly.

Children:

  1. Ann Bottomley (Law)
  2. Thomas

A notice in The Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser of Saturday, October 5, 1839 announced

PUBLIC NOTICE

Whereas my wife MARY LAW of Winterbottom in the township of Walsden has left her home without any just cause, I hereby caution the public against trusting her, since I will not be accountable for any debt that she may contract after this public notice. Witness my hand this 2nd October 1839, ROBERT LAW jnr.

In 1841, Mary and Robert are living apart: he is at Ramsden Wood with his parents and his 2 children; Mary is also at Ramsden Wood with her parents.

Robert died at Ramsden Wood, Walsden.

He was buried alone at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

After his death, Mary married Robert Walmsley

Law, Robert
[1840-1902] Son of Robert Law.

He was a carter on a 107 acre farm [1861] / a gamekeeper at Toppit in Denby, High Hoyland [1871] / a shepherd [1881] / a farm labourer [1891] / a farmer [1898].

In 1862, Robert was betrothed to Jane Ingham, a servant at the Bay Horse, Dulesgate. They appear in the register of Banns at St Mary's Church, Todmorden, but there seems to be no evidence of a marriage.

In 1869, he married he married Sarah Ann Hall [1844-1909].


Sarah Ann, born in Wakefield, was the daughter of David Hall
 

Children:

  1. Mary Hannah
  2. Thomas
  3. Harriet Sarah
  4. Annis Ann

The family moved about a lot: from Walsden to Yorkshire to Wales to Walsden

The family lived at

  • Cliviger [1861]
  • Horsepasture in Walsden [1869]
  • Wakefield [1870]
  • Denby, High Hoyland [1871]
  • Wales [1876, 1878]
  • Horsepasture, Walsden [1881]
  • Carr Terrace, Walsden [1891]
  • Moverley Cottage, Walsden [1898]
  • Horsepasture (South Ramsden) [where he died 1902]

His wife and children were living in Barnoldswick [1881].

His wife was living with their married daughter Harriet at Pexwood [1901].

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, Robert
[1840-1907] Son of John Law. Geologist.

Born in Hollingworth, Walsden.

See Broadley Hall, Ovenden

Law, Sally
[1815-1833] Daughter of Abraham Law.

She married her first cousin William Law.

She died in childbirth with her first child, also called Sally. The child survived and was brought up by her father

Law, Sam
[1862-1933] He was a labourer (chemicals) [1911].

On 22nd November 1890, he married Alice Roberts [1860-1928] at St Peter's, Walsden

Children:

  1. William Henry
  2. Robert [b 1895] who was a plater in dye works [1900]

All the family were born in Walsden.

The family lived at Steanorbottom, Walsden.

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, Samson
[1845-1934] Born in Mytholmroyd.

He was a carter (coal) [1910, 1911].

On 25th October 1873, he married Rebecca Fawthrop [1849-1912] at Halifax Parish Church.


Rebecca was born in Mytholmroyd
 

Children:

  1. child who died before 1911
  2. child who died before 1911
  3. Mary A. [b 1874] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  4. Mark [b 1876] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  5. Frank [b 1879] who was a cotton weaver [1901, 1911], a weaver [1934]
  6. James Herbert
  7. child

The family lived at

  • 6 Bridge End, Mytholmroyd [1901]
  • 10 Bridge End, Mytholmroyd [1911, 1934]

Samson died at Stansfield View, Todmorden [6th July 1934] Probate records show that he left effects valued at £574 15/10d.

Probate was granted to sons Mark & Frank

Law, Samuel
[1720-1803] Known as Hom Samil.

Son of William Law.

Born at Hazelgreave Farm, Todmorden.

He was a carpenter.

In 1743, he married Betty Haigh [1723-1803]. Betty was known as Old Betty i' th' Stones.

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. Ellen
  3. Samuel
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Susan
  6. Hannah
  7. Thomas
  8. Grace

They set up home at Doghouse, Todmorden, where he built a small house and had a small piece of rough land.

He then moved to Gauxholme Stones Farm, Walsden, a small farm where he had 2 cows.

His first lease at Gauxholme Stones was for 18 years at £3, the next was for 21 years at £5, and the third at 21 years for £11.

He sold the lease to Abraham Crossley in preference to allowing his own son Samuel to take over because he was unsure as to whether his son would pay the rent on a regular basis.

He was tenant of Gauxholme Stones for almost 60 years from 1746 to 1803 or later.

In 1750, Betty received 20 shillings in the will of her grandfather Reuben Haigh

John Travis records

Betty was a reputed witch and was often seen to be doing strange things. On one occasion when she was a very old lady, she was seen rolling over and over down the hill in the meadow below the barn, and was thought to be putting a spell on some poor creatures.

This can be more easily explained by the fact that she was known to partake too freely in her own home-brewed ale. So freely did she drink it that her husband became agitated enough to remove the barrel. He took it to the cellar and turned it on its side so there would be no room for a pot to go under the tap. This posed no problem for Betty, and when Samuel went to pour himself some ale, he saw the barrel was almost empty again. He investigated further, and found she was sliding a frying pan under the narrow gap

Law, Samuel
[1730-1783] Weaver and poet of Barewise, Todmorden.

He wrote a collection of poems entitled A domestic winter-piece [1772], which was subtitled

a poem exhibiting a full view of the Author's Dwelling Place in the Winter Season

More details can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Law, Samuel
[1744-1824] Son of Robert Law.

Born at Dyke Green Farm, Sourhall.

He served an apprenticeship as a clogger at Toadcarr in Todmorden under Eli Crossley.

He married Sarah Crossley, the boss's daughter, and continued working there for a few years.

He farmed at Henshaw Barn, Walsden for a time, then before 1804, moved to live at Square in Walsden.

In 1783, Samuel and his brother Robert – together with Thomas Hughes and his brother-in-law Abraham Crossley – leased Lumbutts Mill from John Crossley of Scaitcliffe, with an agreement to convert this corn mill over to cotton spinning. They each paid in £100 to this partnership apart from Thomas Hughes who paid £50.

In 1784, Robert Law and Thomas Hughes sold their shares in the partnership to Samuel Fielden of Platts House, Todmorden, stuff maker, and John Tattersall of Lumbutts Mill, manufacturer. The business went from strength to strength, and, in 1794, the partnership sold out to Joshua Fielden of Waterside.

Samuel continued his trade as a clogger throughout.

On 4th January 1770, he married Sarah Crossley [1718-1769] at Christ Church, Todmorden.


Sarah was the daughter of Eli Crossley
 

Children:

  1. Betty
  2. John
  3. Robert
  4. Thomas
  5. Samuel
  6. Sally [1779-1850] who married James Crossley
  7. John
  8. William
  9. Mally
  10. James
  11. Grace
  12. Hannah
  13. Abraham
  14. John

He died at Square in Walsden [aged 79]

Law, Samuel
[1749-1824] Son of Samuel Law.

Born at Gauxholme Stones.

In 1772, he married Susan Hoyle.

Children:

  1. Susan

In 1778, he married Sarah Carter.

Children:

  1. Betty
  2. John
  3. William
  4. Nancy
  5. Thomas
  6. James
  7. Mary

None of his children was baptised.

The family lived with his father at Gauxholme Stones Farm in the bottom part of the house. He paid rent to his father for the accommodation: one cow and a small area of land.

Father and son had various differences of opinion, resulting in his father selling the lease of Gauxholme Stones Farm to Abraham Crossley rather than to Samuel whom he believed would neglect to pay the rent.

Samuel and family then moved to Hollinsbottom, Walsden, and they were tenants there from about 1798 to about 1815

In 1820, they were living at Lanebottom Walsden.

He died after 1824

Law, Samuel
[1778-1845] Son of Samuel Law.

He and his brothers Robert and Thomas occupied Ramsden Wood Mill, Walsden, and Smithy Holme Mill, Walsden. They were partners in Robert Law & Company

He married (1) Nancy Ingham.


Nancy was the illegitimate daughter of Sally Ingham and James Ashworth, granddaughter of William Ingham
 

Children:

  1. John
  2. Betty
  3. Sarah
  4. Samuel
  5. Mary
  6. Nancy
  7. Robert
  8. Enoch
  9. William
  10. Thomas
  11. Alice
  12. James

Nancy died of asthma Ramsden Wood [aged 57].

Samuel married (2) Betty Newell.

Children:

  1. Susan

The family lived at

About 1826, they moved to one of the cottages opposite their Ramsden Wood mill.

Nancy inherited 4 cottages at Square from her grandfather William Ingham, and various of their children occupied these cottages.

Samuel died of bronchitis at Ramsden Wood [aged 67].

Nancy & Samuel were buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

Samuel was the last of the partners in Robert Law & Company to survive, He saw the mess the company was in after the deaths of his brothers and how the children and cousins were fighting each other, so tried to sell his share of the company to Law & Hudson before he died in order to protect his own children. His will is in 2 parts – firstly if the sale went ahead, and secondly if it didn't. The sale fell through.

John Travis records that

The several cousins certainly had the money and the ability to continue the work of their fathers but there were too many misunderstandings and efforts to out-do one another, and the cousins began to lose the position their fathers had fought for and won. The young Laws resorted to the law and the matter was followed with such virulence that the whole concern was swallowed up.

After Samuel's death, Betty married James Scholfield

Law, Samuel
[1824-1896] Son of William Law.

Born in Halifax.

He was a book keeper [1841, 1851] / a wholesale grocer employing 2 boys [1871] / a master grocer (wholesale) [1881].

Around 1853, he married Ann [1826-1886].


Ann was born in Leeds
 

Children:

  1. William F. [b 1850]
  2. Harry James
  3. Charles Edward
  4. Maria B [b 1858]
  5. Annie Alberta [b 1861]
  6. Mary Ellen [b 1864]

The family lived at

  • 10 Melville Place, Halifax [1851]
  • 27 North Parade, Halifax [1871, 1881]
  • Spring Field, Hipperholme-cum-Brighouse [1891]

An Ann Law died in Halifax [Q2 1886] (aged 61).

A Samuel Law died in Halifax [Q1 1896] (aged 72) 

Law, Samuel
[1829-1893] Son of John Law.

He was a woollen manufacturer.

He lived at The Brow, Greetland.

He died 18th March 1893.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £9,669 16/8d.

Probate was granted to his brothers Joseph, James, and William [b 1826].

He was buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland

Law, Samuel
[1833-1867] Son of John Law.

He was a cordwainer by trade / landlord of the Rose & Crown, Stansfield.

In 1854, he married Grace Helliwell.

They had no children.

Their father left 2 cottages at Square, Walsden to him and his sister Susan. He died at the Rose & Crown, Stansfield

Law, Sarah
[1798-1848] Daughter of Robert Law.

In 1818, she married William Priestley.

She drowned after falling into the canal just above Smithyholme Lock as she and Abel Marland were walking home from the Lord Nelson Inn, Todmorden.

She was buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden (in a single grave) 


Sarah wife of William Priestley died November 2 1848 aged 50

Law, Susan
[1825-1???] Daughter of John Law.

Born in Walsden.

After the death of her mother [1826], Susan was brought up by her maternal grandparents.

She married George Beanland of Tong, Yorks.

George was a railway porter and coal merchant. Children:

  1. William
  2. John
  3. Mary
  4. Annie

After she was widowed, Susan continued the business of a coal and lime merchant at New Road, Sowerby.

Their father left 2 cottages at Square, Walsden to her and her brother Samuel

Law, Thomas
[1774-1855] Son of Robert Law.

He was a labourer and farmer of 11 acres.

In 1797, he married Betty Sutcliffe.


Betty was the daughter of William Sutcliffe
 

Children:

  1. Robert
  2. William

The family lived at Height Top Farm, Todmorden.

Thomas was buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

Betty was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, Thomas
[1776-1842] Popularly known as Tummy O'Deanroyd.

Son of Samuel Law.

He and his brothers Robert and Samuel occupied Ramsden Wood Mill, Walsden, and Smithy Holme Mill, Walsden. He was the trading partner and cashier of Robert Law & Company. He was well known in the district for the way in which he carried the firm's pay-money to the works on pay-day – on the top of his flat topped hat.

He was a member of the Todmorden & Walsden Select Vestry [1838].

He married Alice Jackson [1777-1853].

Children:

  1. Ann
  2. Samuel
  3. Betty
  4. Thomas
  5. Matthias
  6. Zachariah
  7. Martha
  8. Sally

He built a house at Woodbottom, Walsden where he lived after marriage.

Lived at Deanroyd Farm from about 1816 until his death.

He encouraged passing lorries to use his facilities as overnight stops as the barn could take fully-laden wagons. He built stables to accommodate horses, and it was much used by wagons travelling to and from Manchester.

John Travis records that

Like the rest of the brothers, he was well endowed with this world's goods, though much of the money of the family was afterwards squandered in various lawsuits between different members of the family

Law, Thomas
[1790-18??] Son of Samuel Law.

Born at Gauxholme Stones Farm [about 1790].

In 1811, he married Mary Sutcliffe.

Children:

  1. Sally
  2. Hannah
  3. Betty
  4. Abraham

In January 1817, he was convicted of felony and sent to Lancaster Jail for 2 years.

On release from prison he returned to his family at Square in Walsden to find his wife heavily pregnant with her son Abraham, clearly not his child.

In 1820, he applied for poor relief, his wife having received this for the previous 4 years at 7/- a week

Law, Thomas
[1795-1873] For over 20 years, he lived with Susan Howarth as his common-law wife.

They had 6 children, all of whom took the name Howarth:

  1. Betty
  2. Susannah
  3. John
  4. Samuel
  5. Mary
  6. Nancy

In 1843, Thomas and Susan married.

In 1841, Susan was a beer seller at the Cherry Tree Beer House in an old house at Moverley during the construction of the railway. Thomas is with her, he is a calico weaver

After 1843, she moved to the Sun Inn, Walsden.

They left in 1850 to go to the Viaduct Tavern at Gauxholme. They were running the Viaduct Tavern [1851]

Susan died at the Viaduct [1853]

Thomas continued at the Viaduct until his death in 1873.

Law, Thomas
[18??-19??] (Possibly) a relative of John Law.


Question: Does anyone know anything about this man? Did he really exist? There are so many possibilities here. He does not appear on any of the published census returns

 

He lived at Willow Royd, West Vale

Law, Thomas
[1814-1???] He was a weaver in Sowerby [1831] / a weaver [1841, 1851] / a hand loom woollen weaver [1861] / a hand loom woollen card weaver [1871]

He married Hannah Lumb [1823-1???] of Sowerby, at Halifax Parish Church [1831].

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1832] who was a mill girl [1851]
  2. John [b 1836] who was a cloth dresser [1851], a woollen dyer [1861, 1871]
  3. Mary [b 1838] who was a mill girl [1851], a silk rover [1861]
  4. Elizabeth [b 1840]
  5. Samuel [b 1843] who was a cotton winder [1861]
  6. George [b 1845]
  7. Helen [b 1847]
  8. Hannah [b 1852]
  9. Thomas

The family lived at

  • Hubberton Green, Sowerby [1841]
  • 22 Hubberton Green, Sowerby [1851]
  • 1 Lower Red Brinks, Sowerby [1861]
  • Lower Red Brink, Sowerby [1871]

Law, Thomas
[1828-1883] Son of Thomas Law.

Born at Frith's Mill, Dulesgate.

He was a Professor of Music / teacher / seller of music [his son Abraham helped him in the music shop] / organist at All Saints' Church, Harley Wood [for 18 years up to his death] / conductor of the Todmorden Musical Society [for 27 years].

In 1853, he married (1) Sarah Law.


Sarah was the daughter of Abraham Law
 

Children:

  1. Abraham

Sarah died in childbirth 3 months into their marriage; son Abraham survived.

In 1862, he married (2) Susan Suthers.


Susan was the daughter of James Suthers
 

Children:

  1. Arthur who died in infancy

The family lived at

  • London Road, Todmorden
  • 25 North Street Todmorden

The Annals of Todmorden record

20th April 1883: Death of Mr Thos. Law of Todmorden, Professor of Music, in his 58th year. Mr Law's health had been declining for some months, and a few days prior to his death he had gone to Blackpool for the benefit of his health. His remains were interred in St Peters Churchyard on April 25th

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden with both his wives

Law, Thomas
[1837-1868] Son of Robert Law, a worsted spinner in Cleckheaton.

He was a plasterer living in Pellon.

On 25th September 1868, James Foster was brought up at Halifax Borough Court on a charge of having caused the death of Law.

Around 11:00 pm on 29th August 1868, Law was drinking at the Fleece Inn, Halifax, when a quarrel broke out between Foster and Law over whether Law had paid 1½d for a glass of beer.

Twice Law said he had paid for the beer, but Foster insisted he pay again, and tried to eject Law. A struggle took place in the passage of the house, and they both fell into the street. Law fell backward on to the pavement, fracturing his skull. Foster left him lying on the ground and went back inside, and passers-by late found Law bleeding from the ears.

He died at Halifax Infirmary [1st September 1868].

At the West Riding Spring Assizes [March 1869], Foster was found guilty and sentenced to one month's imprisonment

Law, Thomas
[1841-1901] Son of Abraham Law.

Born at the Cross Keys, Walsden.

He worked for 40 years for the L & Y Railway Company.

He was knocked down by an express train at Walsden Station whilst supervising some building work on the platform and injured his foot. Another man, George Fox, was killed.

He married Betty Astin.


Betty was the daughter of John Astin
 

Children:

  1. Annie
  2. Sam
  3. Alfred
  4. Mary
  5. Sarah

In later life, they lived at 8 Waterloo Street, Sowerby Bridge.

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Tom [30th January 1901]

Law, Rev Thomas
[1854-1910] Son of Thomas Law.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a woollen spinner [1871].

In 1881 he was a Methodist Minister at Moffatt Road Chapel, and a boarder at Flora Cottage, Farnham Road, Croydon, Surrey.

He was a Free Methodist minister [1891]

He served at Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Appleby, Gateshead and Bradford.

He travelled widely and spent some time in the USA and Canada.

He was Secretary of the National Free Church Council [from 1895].

In 1882, he married Elizabeth Ann Downing [1850-1???] in Goole.

Children:

  1. Mabel Winifred [b 1885] who was a foreign correspondent at seed merchants [1911]
  2. Maud Evelyn [b 1886]

The family lived at

  • 485 Rooley Lane, Bowling, Bradford [1891]
  • 33 Clifton Road, Hornsey, London [1901]
  • 185 Ferme Park Road, Crouch End, London [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was widowed mother-in-law Emma Downing [aged 63].

He was suffering from neurasthenia. On 3rd April 1910, his body was found in the sea off Brighton.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £2,632.

Probate was granted to Elizabeth Ann Law, widow

Law, Thomas
[1870-1908] Son of Robert Law.

Born at Toppit in Denby, High Hoyland where his father was a game keeper.

He was a farm labourer [1891] living with his parents in Walsden / a carter with Ormerod Taylor & Son Limited.

In June 1908, he died after being kicked by a horse

Law, Tobias
[1???-16??] Of Leventhorpe. Land-owner in Halifax, Southowram and Northowram. He had to pay a £350 decimation for taking the Royalist side in the Civil War. He also lent money to the Parliamentary side

Law, Tom
[1854-1927] Son of William Law.

Born at Ramsden Wood.

He was a book keeper and rose to become a secretary of an (as yet unidentified) limited company / a Gentleman [1910].

He married Emily Jane Fletcher [18??-1915].

Children:

  1. Edith who died of acute bronchitis [aged 1]
  2. William Fletcher who died of typhoid fever at the Fielden Hospital, Todmorden [aged 15]

The family lived at

  • Bottoms in Walsden
  • 105 Longfield Road, Todmorden
  • Leeming Hall [which he bought for £430 in 1910]

When his wife died [1915], he was cared for by a housekeeper, Annie Jackson, and his niece Betty Crossley.

He died at Leeming Hall.

He left a fortune of £20,834.

He was buried at St Peter's Church, Walsden

Law, Walter
[1891-1917] Or Willie.

Son of Joseph & Louisa Law of 33 Park Road, Manchester Road, Bradford.

He worked for Firth's Carpets in Bailiff Bridge.

In [Q4] 1912, he married Nellie Taylor in Bradford.

They lived at 33 Elizabeth Street, Manchester Road, Bradford.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 3rd May 1917 (aged 26).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], on Firth's War Memorial, and on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial

Law, Walter Leslie
[1896-1918] Son of Sarah Alice & Sam Law of 878 Burnley Road, Cornholme.

During World War I, he served as a Private with D Company 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment.

He died 27th March 1918 (aged 22).

He is remembered on the Pozières Memorial, France [Grave Ref 24 & 25], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Law, William
[1692-1768] Born at Hazelgreave Farm, Todmorden.

He served an apprenticeship with shoe maker George Stansfield of Holebottom, Todmorden, and then set up business at Hanging Shaw, Todmorden.

From there he went back to live at Hazelgreave Farm and commenced the business of carpenter.

He married Susan.

Children:

  1. Sarah
  2. William
  3. Martha
  4. Samuel
  5. Thomas
  6. John
  7. Thomas
  8. Alice
  9. Hannah

In 1718, he claimed poor relief as he was a pauper Susan also claimed poor relief from the time she was widowed until her death

Law, William
[17??-1???] Coiner of Turvin

Law, William
[1784-18??] Son of Samuel Law.

Born at Gauxholme Stones Farm, Walsden.

He was married with numerous unidentified children, none of whom was baptised.

In 1809, he was sent to prison for 12 months for larceny. His family claimed poor relief

On 22nd July 1817, he was convicted at Salford of a felony and sentenced to 7 years transportation, along with 7 other men.

On 1st November 1817, they were all transferred to the Prison Hulk Bellerophon moored at Woolwich.

On 11th January 1822, he was discharged from the hulk, but not transported; the other 7 men were sent to New South Wales.


Question: Does anyone know what happened to William after 1822?

 

By 1820, his family had been claiming poor relief for 11 years continuously

Law, William
[1789-1851] Son of Robert Law.

Born at Dyke Farm, Todmorden.

He was a labourer and carter at North Scaitcliffe Farm, Todmorden.

In 1814, he married Mary Greenwood.

Children:

  1. Robert
  2. Mary [1816-1874] who married Edward Lord
  3. Abraham
  4. Sarah
  5. Samuel
  6. Hannah [1834-1869]
  7. Betty

He died at North Scaitcliffe, Todmorden

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Todmorden

Law, William
[1796-18??] He was a wool stapler [1841].

Around 1820, he married Ellen [1795-18??].

Children:

  1. John [b 1820] who was a wool sorter [1841]
  2. Hannah [b 1822]
  3. Samuel
  4. Harriet [b 1826]
  5. James [b 1829]

The family lived at 6 Hanover Street, Halifax [1841]

Law, William
[1799-1866] Born in Langfield.

He was master of the Endowed School, Sowerby for 35 years / (possibly) involved in teaching at Wilde's School, Sowerby Bridge.

On 5th November 1826, he married Charlotte Kay [1808-1873] at Wardleworth, Lancashire.

Charlotte became a schoolmistress at the Endowed School, Sowerby.

Children:

  1. William Edwin [1828-1883] who was a teacher of music [1851]
  2. Thomas Henry [b 1832]
  3. James Kay [b 1834] who was a tailor [1851]
  4. George Walter [1835-1871] who was a cotton twister [1851]
  5. John Clement [b 1838] who was a cotton looser [1851]
  6. Jabez Alfred [1839-1867] who was a cotton pattern taker-off [1851]

In 1847, Thomas Henry, George Walter, James Kay and John Clement were baptised at St George's Church, Sowerby.

The family lived at

  • Syke Lane, Sowerby [1841]
  • Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1851]
  • 2 Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1861]
  • 1 Greenup's Terrace, Sowerby Bridge [1871]

Living with them [in 1841] & 1851 was mother-in-law Betty Kay [b 1781].

Living with them [in 1861] nephew George Kay [aged 6] (born in Bristol) 

He died at Greenup's Terrace, Sowerby Bridge [16th January 1866].

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: William [21st January 1866]; George Walter [28th June 1871]; Charlotte [2nd December 1873]; William Edwin [5th November 1883]

Law, William
[18??-1???] He was a school usher at Todmorden. He went to live in Sowerby Bridge.

In 1832, he published a small volume of poems entitled The Wanderings of a Wanderer which refers to Stoodley Pike and other features of the Todmorden district

Law, William
[1815-1891] Son of Samuel Law.

He married (1) Sally Law, his first cousin. Their fathers were brothers.

Children:

  1. Sally [b 1833]
  2. Emma [1855-1916] who married Henry Crossley

His wife died in childbirth in 1833 with her first child, also called Sally. The child survived and was brought up by her father

He married (2) Betty Stansfield.

Children:

  1. Stansfield

The child Stansfield died [aged 2] of hydrocephalus, 7 months after his mother died.

He married (3) Hannah Woodhead.

Children:

  1. Mark who died of bronchitis [aged 2]
  2. Tom
  3. Emma

The eldest child of his daughter Emma also died of a hydrocephalus coma and spina bifida.

The family lived in one of the mill cottages at Ramsden Wood belonging to his father's business, Robert Law & Company

They were living at the Woodcock Inn, Walsden with second wife Betty, late 1841 to 1846, and then moved back to Ramsden Wood.

He worked as a spinner and later a warehouseman.

In 1868 and 1874, he bought property at Carr Terrace, Bottoms in Walsden.

By 1871, he had moved to live at Bottoms, Walsden.

He died at 33 Elm Street Bottoms of senile decay [aged 76]

Law, William
[1826-1???] Son of John Law.

He was a woollen manufacturer [1893]

Law, William
[1842-1898] Son of Elijah Law.

He was a mechanic.

He occupied the Dale Street Works [1867-1891], where he made machinery for the cotton industry (employing 5 men and 3 boys).

In 1862, he married Elizabeth Ann Hiley.


Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of Joseph Hiley
 

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. Clara

The family lived at

  • 23 Dale Street, Todmorden
  • at 12 Garden Street, Todmorden

Members of the family were buried at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone

Law, William
[1896-1916] Born in Sowerby.

During World War II, he served as a Lance Corporal West Kent Regiment.

He was killed in action [1st October 1916].

He is remembered in the book Royd Regeneration.

Law, William Henry
[1882-1916] MM.

Son of Fred Law.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of Salem Methodist School, Halifax / a telephone worker [1901] / a telephone wireman [1904] / a telephone inspector for the Borough Council Electricity Works [1911].

In 1901, both parents having died, he was living with his uncle Alfred Howarth.

In 1904, he married Eleanor Hemsworth [1881-19??] at St George's Church, Lee Mount.


Eleanor, a domestic servant of 40 Corporation Street, Halifax, was born in Hatfield, Yorkshire, the daughter of John Burton, greengrocer
 

Children:

  1. Eva [b 1906]
  2. Frederick [b 1908]

The family lived at 37 Manor Street, Halifax [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the Royal Engineers.

(Telephone Section).

He was awarded the Military Medal [1916].

Law, William Henry
[1893-1917] Son of Sam Law.

Born in Walsden.

He was a pegger in dye works (cotton) [1900].

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 68th Battalion Machine Gun Corps.

He died 3rd July 1917 (aged 24).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XXV K 17].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

 

Law surname
The local instances of the surname may have originated in Langfield.

George Redmonds writes that Hugh de la Lawe is recorded at Sowerby in 1298 and Robert Lawe is recorded at Langield in 1379.

The surname is still common in and around Todmorden

There are over 110 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Law, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Law:


Marriages 1804, 1861, 1875, 1876, 1899, 1913; Deaths 1807, 1899, 1900
 



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