Lees ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Lees 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.

Lees, Charles E.Ref 382-749
[18??-19??] Landlord of the Corporation Arms, Halifax [1914].

He left in July 1914, to go to the Crown Hotel, Wyke

Lees, CliffordRef 382-1573
[19??-] OBE.

He joined Appleyard, Lees & Company in 1952 – on the day that Gerbacio Protacio Appleyard retired.

He became proprietor of the company in 1971.

He was President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

He retired in 1995.

In 1996, he was awarded the OBE for services to the intellectual property profession

Lees, CliffordRef 382-299
[19??-19??] Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle.

He wrote a nature notes column for the Halifax Courier.

His published works include

  • The Natural History of Shibden [1962]

He was also a watercolour artist who illustrated his own articles, and also publications by other people, including those of his wife Margaret.


  1. Harriett / Layinka who married Mr Swinburne

Lees, CorneliusRef 382-609
[1838-1890] Born in Halifax.

He was a card manufacturer employing 6 persons [1881]

In [Q3] 1867, he married Sophia Grimwood [1843-1???] at St Pancras.

Sophia was born in Tillingham, Essex

The family lived at

  • 6 Whinney Field, Skircoat [1881]

Cornelius died Q2 1890.

His death was registered at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London

Lees, Edward T.Ref 382-1255
[18??-1???] Oil cloth manufacturer.

He lived at 10 Leadhall Street, Halifax [1887]

Lees, EdwinRef 382-446
[18??-191?] He was employed by Baldwin & Walker Limited.

During World War I, he served with the Machine Gun Corps.

He (possibly) died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Baldwin & Walker Roll of Honour

Lees, GeorgeRef 382-551
[17??-18??] Cotton manufacturer at Hebden Bridge.

In April 1826, he was declared bankrupt

Lees, JamesRef 382-5
[1853-1883] Born in Halifax.

He was a wood carver [1871] / a master grocer [1881].

In [Q1] 1875, he married Naomi Farrar [1851-1911] in Halifax.

Naomi was born in Halifax, the daughter of
Jonathan Farrar


  1. Tom [b 1865] who was a house furnisher [1901]
  2. Herbert L. [b 1876]
  3. James Frederick [b 1878] who was an upholsterer [1901]
  4. Wilfred Henry [b 1881] who was an upholsterer [1901]
  5. Mary [1879-1880] who was buried with her father
  6. Wilfred H. [b 1881]

They lived at 2 New Lee Bank, Ovenden [1881].

James died 15th March 1883 (aged 30), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1126] with his parents.

Naomi died in Halifax [Q3 1911] (aged 60) 

Lees, JohnRef 382-541
[1???-18??] Of Salterhebble, Halifax.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835]

Lees, JohnRef 382-577
[17??-1???] Merchant of Bull Close, Halifax. In 1777, he and John Edwards had business at Slitheroe Mills, Rishworth

Lees, JohnRef 382-1600
[17??-1801] Of Halifax.

He died in the Isle of Man [10th October 1801]

Lees, JohnRef 382-2470
[1755-1832] Of Salterhebble.

He married Lucy [1763-1820].

The couple were buried in Halifax Parish Church

Lees, JohnRef 382-7
[1781-1856] Of Rishworth.

On 19th April 1802, he married Mary Mallinson at Elland Parish Church.

Mary was the daughter of
John Mallinson


  1. Jane [1804-1878] who married William Swaine

Lees, JohnRef 382-1515
[18??-1???] Of Charlestown, Halifax. On 27th April 1861, a local newspaper announced


The parents and friends who were interested in the election of JOHN LEES of Charlestown to the Idiot Asylum at Earleswood, return their sincere and warmest thanks for the benevolent assistance which has enabled them to secure his admission

Lees, JohnRef 382-3
[1829-18??] Son of William Lees, wool stapler.

Born in Scotland.

He was a wool stapler of Halifax [1850, 1851].

In 1850, he married Emma Helliwell at St James's Church, Halifax.

They lived at Kingston, Halifax [1851].

John died between 1851 & 1858.

In 1858, Emma married William Dixon at Halifax Parish Church.

Lees, John RobertRef 382-893
[1854-19??] Son of John Lees, railway servant.

Born in Rochdale.

He was a joiner [1880] / a machine joiner [1891] / a joiner [1901].

In [Q1] 1876, he (possibly) married (1) Hannah Jessop in Halifax.

A Hannah Lees died in Halifax [Q4 1878] (aged 21) 

On 11th December 1880, he married (2) Lucy Jane [1858-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Lucy Jane was born in Stainland, the illegitimate daughter of
Ellen Hinchliffe, and stepdaughter of Richard Craven


  1. John W. [b 1877] who was an errand boy b halifax [1891]
  2. Arthur [b 1881] who was a draper's cashier [1901]
  3. Nellie / Helena V [b 1888]
  4. Edward C. [b 1890]

The family lived at

  • 8 Hermon Grove, Halifax [1891]
  • 47 Craven Terrace, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] was widowed father-in-law Francis Whitworth Crossley.

It is unclear how Francis Crossley was the father-in-law of John Robert.

It is possible that Francis may have fathered an illegitimate daughter Lucy Jane by Ellen Hinchliffe


Lees, JonasRef 382-459
[1816-1???] Born in Skircoat.

He was a beerhouse keeper at an unidentified beerhouse at 14 Winding Road, Halifax [1851].

Question: Does anyone know which beerhouse this may have been?


He married Elizabeth [1820-1???].


  1. Thomas H. [b 1838]

Lees, JosephRef 382-8
[1792-1860] Born in Soyland.

He was a farmer of 39 acres employing 3 labourers [1851].

He married Grace [1805-1869].

Grace was born in Warley.

She was a farmer of 20 acres [1861]



  1. John [b 1831] who was a tailor [1851]
  2. Sarah [b 1832]
  3. Mary H. [b 1833] who was a power loom weaver (worsted)   [1851]
  4. Ann [b 1835] who was a power loom weaver (worsted)   [1851], a power loom weaver (woollen) [1861]
  5. Benjamin [b 1836]
  6. Emma [b 1837] who was a power loom weaver (worsted) [1851]
  7. Keziah [b 1838]
  8. William

They lived at West Field, Warley [1851, 1861].

Living with them [in 1851] was cousin James Lees [b Erringden 1776] (agricultural labourer).

Living with them [in 1861] was lodger William Tatham [b 1846] (shepherd).

Joseph died 11th February 1860 (aged 68).

Grace died 7th June 1869 (aged 64).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3782]

Lees, Joseph ShawRef 382-1513
[1845-19??] Son of Thomas Lees.

He was a partner in J. S. Lees & Company [1920] / at the Halifax & District Creditors' Association [1917].

In 1869, he married Martha Starkey in Halifax.


  1. child
  2. child
  3. Harry who married Catharine, daughter of Charles William Sheard Harte

The family lived at Lower Brea, Shibden [1920].

Lees, Joshua KitsonRef 382-10
[1826-1875] Son of Samuel Lees.

Born in Halifax.

He was a printer's apprentice [1841] / a printer press man [1851].

He married Ellen Maria Walker.

Ellen Maria was the daughter of John Walker

They lived at 76 Bull Green, Halifax (with Ellen Maria's parents) [1851].

Joshua died 8th May 1875 (aged 49)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2157]

Lees, MargaretRef 382-300
[19??-19??] Aka Marguerite Lees.

Local writer and member of the Halifax Authors' Circle.

She wrote many romantic stories for Mills & Boon.

Her husband Clifford Lees illustrated some of her publications

Lees, SamuelRef 382-193
[16??-17??] Owned Upper Cockroft Hall, Rishworth and Upper Cockroft Farm, Rishworth.

He married Ellen

Lees, SamuelRef 382-263
[17??-1761] Of the Lees family of Willow Hall, Cote Hill.

He married Unknown.


  1. Elizabeth [1745-1803] who married John Edwards

He died at Lendal, York where he had gone on the advice of physicians

Lees, SamuelRef 382-4870
[17??-18??] He was a partner in John & Samuel Lees / one of the town trustees for Halifax.

He occupied Room 3 on the Colonnade of the Piece Hall [1787].

He lived at Savile Green [1787]

Lees, SamuelRef 382-17
[1782-1826] He married Ruth [1779-1854].

Samuel died 18th December 1826.

Ruth died 15th November 1854.

They were buried at St Mary's Church, Luddenden

Lees, SamuelRef 382-6
[1792-1875] He was a cropper.

He married Elizabeth [1794-1862].


  1. Ann [b 1821] who was a straw bonnet maker [1841]
  2. Joshua Kitson
  3. Sarah [b 1826]
  4. Hannah [b 1827]
  5. Agnes [b 1831]
  6. Cornelius [b 1838]
  7. Samuel [b 1839]

They lived at Heath Dryhouse, Halifax [1841].

Elizabeth died 10th January 1862 (aged 68).

Samuel died 30th June 1875 (aged 83).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2157]

Lees, ThomasRef 382-829
[17??-18??] He had several businesses including cotton [?] spinning at Bankfoot Mill, Hebden Bridge / jenny spinning and handloom weaving at Spring Hall Mill, Hebden Bridge / fulling and flax spinning at Midgehole Mill, Hebden Bridge.

In 1807, he was declared bankrupt. The Bankfoot Mill property was sold by order of the Assignees at Auction on 21st January 1808

Lees, ThomasRef 382-523
[1791-1867] He was a cordwainer [1841] / in charge of Parkfield Academy [from 1847].

In 1837, he married Rachel Wolstenholme in Halifax.


  1. William [b 1839]
  2. Thomas Shaw who became a bookkeeper [1867]
  3. Joseph Shaw [b 1845]

The family lived at

Thomas Wolstenholme was Thomas's executor

Lees, ThomasRef 382-1459
[18??-1???] Grocer at 13 Corn Market, Halifax [1881]

Lees, ThomasRef 382-4
[1824-1873] Born in Slaithwaite.

He was a whitesmith [1871].

In [Q3] 1851, he married Betty Greenwood [1821-1897] in Halifax.

Betty was born in Huddersfield


  1. James
  2. Vina [b 1857] who was a printer's assistant [1871]

They lived at Mary's Court, Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1871].

Thomas died 13th December 1873 (aged 49).

Betty died 23rd January 1897 (aged 76).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1126] with an unidentified Elizabeth, widow of John Barber, who died 25th May 1897 (aged 71 years) 

Lees, ThomasRef 382-9
[1834-1880] Born in Halifax.

He was a cashier [1871] / a book keeper [1879].

Around 1863, he married Mary [1839-1872].

Mary was born in Brighouse


  1. Tom Edwin [b 1863]
  2. Sarah Ellen [1867-1887]
  3. Mary [1870-1879]

They lived at Albert Road, Thornbury, Bradford [1871].

Mary Lees died 8th March 1872 (aged 33).

Thomas died 21st February 1880 (aged 46).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1268]

Lees, ThomasRef 382-2
[1861-1915] Born 27th March 1861.

In [Q2] 1884, he married Ellen Peace in Halifax.

Ellen was the daughter of
John Peace

Thomas died 5th July 1915 (aged 54).

Ellen died 25th August 1922 (aged 63).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4340] with Ellen's parents

Lees, Thomas Henry KenyonRef 382-1128
[1852-1914] Born in 19th June 1852.

Oil cloth manufacturer at King Cross, Halifax.

He married Lydia [1852-1927].

Lydia was born in Armagh, Ireland


  1. William H. A. [1877-1923] who married Kathleen T.
  2. Annie Davison (Lees) [1885-1952] who married George William Collinson

The family lived at 111 Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1905].

Thomas Henry died 19th September 1914.

Lydia died 27th December 1927.

Members of the family were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Lees, WilliamRef 382-864
[1823-1861] Of Highroad Well.

In [Q4] 1849, he married Ann Gledhill in Halifax.

Ann was the daughter of
Robert Gledhill


  1. Rachel [1851-28th June 1873] who was a carpet sewer  [1871] & was buried with her parents
  2. Harry [1853-25th November 1858] who was buried with his  parents
  3. Emily [b 1855] who was a carpet setter [1871]
  4. Walter [b 1857] who was a pupil teacher [1871]
  5. Robert Gledhill (Lees) [1860-1888] who was a traveller  [1871] & was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3514]

William died 28th December 1861 (aged 38).

Ann died 9th October 1867 (aged 35).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3714], with Ann's parents.

In 1871, children Rachel, Emily, Walter & Robert were living at 58 Highroad Well, with their grandmother Ellen Gledhill.

In 1881, Robert & Emily were living together at 53 Hanson Lane, Halifax

Lees, WilliamRef 382-11
[1841-1876] Son of Joseph Lees.

Born in Warley.

He was a cotton warp dresser [1871].

In [Q4] 1870, he married Hannah Chambers [1848-1900] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Luddendenfoot.

She was a woollen weaver [1881] / a woollen burler [1891]



  1. Ada [b 1873] who was a cotton winder [1891]
  2. Francis [b 1875] who was a woollen feeder [1891]

They lived at Hollin Hall Lane, Warley [1871, 1881].

William died 30th December 1876 (aged 36)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3782] with his parents.

In [Q4] 1881, Hannah married John Wilson in Halifax.

They had a daughter: Alice Wilson [b 1883]

Hannah died 11th January 1900 (aged 52)  and was buried with William


The Lees familyRef 382-833
Of Lower Willow Hall, Sowerby Bridge.

Samuel Lees was an important member of the family.

Their arms – 3 leopards' heads – are to be found on a stone on the Gatehouse at Lower Willow Hall

See Edwards & Lees and Joshua Hudson


Lees surnameRef 382-1
There are 35 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Lees, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Lees

Marriages 1806, 1811, 1861, 1883, 1886, 1935; Deaths 1801, 1809, 1899, 1900


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