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Morton, AllanRef 209-1807
[1854-1923] Butcher at Commercial Street, Brighouse.

On 22nd June 1911, he provided the ox for the ox roast at Round Hill, Rastrick to celebrate the coronation of George V.

In 1878, he married Isabella Scott [1853-1898] at St Matthew's Church, Rastrick.


  1. Allan [1871-1951]

Allan Junior had butcher's shop at Commercial Street, Brighouse and next to St Matthew's Church, Rastrick.

The family lived at East Street, Rastrick.

Morton, AllenRef 209-28
[1808-1850] On 13th June 1842, he married Dinah Tattersall at Elland Parish Church.

Dinah was the daughter of
Enoch Tattersall


  1. Betty [1843-1903] who married Henry Naylor
  2. Harriet [1845-1927] who never married
  3. Jabez
  4. Hannah [1849-1878] who never married

The children were all born in Norland.

After Allen's death [1850], Dinah married John Hollas

Morton, Dr AndrewRef 209-1208
[18??-19??] Physician and surgeon [1895].

He was at 25 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1905]

Morton, Dr ArmitageRef 209-1615
[1877-1924] Son of Joseph Morton.

Born in Halifax.

He was a physician at Leeds General Hospital [1901].

He tended his half-brother, John Tatham, in his final illness.

In 1902, he married Martha Gertrude Smithies at Elland Parish Church.

They lived at St Aubyne, Elland, where Armitage died [1924]

Morton, BenjaminRef 209-583
[1731-1815] A native of Kirkheaton. A maltster, manufacturer and farmer at Slead Syke, Brighouse. He and a group of neighbours established in Independent congregation which went on to build Bridge End Congregational Chapel, Rastrick.

In 1779, his wife encouraged the congregation to organise themselves to build a new Chapel when finances ran out on their initial plans.

When the congregation at Bridge End declined during the ministry of Rev William Northend, some of the members left Bridge End and met at the Kiln, Slead Syke.

He was buried at Kirkheaton

Morton, CrossRef 209-938
[1870-1942] He was a wire drawer [1891].

On 21st February 1891, he married Alice Oade at Halifax Parish Church.

They moved away from Brighouse. They both died in Warrington

Morton, DavidRef 209-14
[1803-1846] He was a clothier [1824].

On 16th August 1824, he married Hannah Morton in Huddersfield.


  1. Mary [1826-1901] who married Dan Gledhill
  2. Jonathan [1850-1869]
  3. Joseph [b 1832]
  4. Reuben
  5. Martha [1844-1921] who married Charles Hall

David died in 1846.

In 1851, Hannah married William Moore [1800-1860]

Morton, DavidRef 209-25
[1845-1888] Son of Joseph Morton.

Born in Southowram.

He was landlord of the Golden Lion, Halifax [1871, 1888]

In [Q4] 1868, he married Mary Elizabeth Halliday in Halifax.

Mary was born in Northowram, the daughter of Isaac Halliday


  1. Sarah Ann [b 1870]
  2. Mary
  3. Martha Alice who died 23rd October 1870 (aged 13 months),  & was buried with her parents
  4. Emma [b 1877]
  5. Florence [1879-1949] who never married, & was buried with  her parents
  6. Joseph [b 1881]

Living with them [in 1871] were Mary's father and brothers.

Mary Elizabeth died 24th June 1885 (aged 35).

He died at the Golden Lion [23rd June 1888] Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £411 2/-.

Administration was granted to Joseph Morton, and David's children Sarah Ann, Mary, Emma, Florence & Joseph.

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1798]

Morton, DavidRef 209-26
[1851-1912] Son of James Morton.

Born in Halifax.

He was an engineer [1871] / a blacksmith's striker [1881] / a blacksmith's labourer [1891] / a blacksmith's striker [1911] / an engine tenter [1912].

In [Q3] 1872, he married Sarah Ann Murgatroyd in Halifax.

Sarah Ann was the daughter of William Murgatroyd

They had no children.

They lived at

  • Bradshaw Lane [1881, 1891]
  • 19 Plum Street, Halifax [1911]

David died 5th February 1912 (aged 61), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3191] with Sarah Ann's parents

Morton, DavidRef 209-22
[1858-1898] Born in Outlane.

He was a driller for mechanic [1891].

He married Alice Ann [1862-1931].

Alice Ann was born in Stainland


  1. Eliza [b 1882]
  2. Florence [1885-30th January 1965] who married  [Huddersfield Q1 1912] Herbert Forman
  3. Horace [b 1887]
  4. Norman [b 1890]

They lived at New Street, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1891].

David died 20th May 1898 (aged 40).

Alice Ann died 21st February 1931 (aged 69).

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/279]

Morton, DouglasRef 209-848
[1899-19??] Son of Walter Morton.

Born in Elland.

He was a doffer worsted [1911].

During World War I, he served with the Royal Navy.

The Halifax Courier [22nd July 1916] reported that

he celebrated his 18th birthday last week, and was in the recent North Sea battle on the flagship, and had a miraculous escape from death

Morton, DouglasRef 209-702
[1939-19??] Labourer of Brighouse.

In 1973, he murdered his neighbour, James Ellis

Morton, Edmond deRef 209-1815
[15??-15??] In 1558, a Presbyterian, he fled from religious persecution by the Catholics in Scotland to settle and establish many potteries in the Salendine Nook/Elland/Huddersfield district.

The last of family's potteries closed in the 1980s

Morton, EdmundRef 209-20
[1808-1865] Born in Stainland.

He was a woollen hand loom weaver [1851, 1861].

He married Hannah [1808-1873].

Hannah was born in Stainland, the daughter of
Benjamin Hanson


  1. William Hanson
  2. Sidney [bapt 13th July 1834; d 25th March 1854] who was a  bobbin winder [1851] & was buried with his parents
  3. George [1841-4th February 1872] who was a stone mason's  apprentice [1861] & was buried with his parents
  4. James [b 1844] who was a woollen cloth weaver [1861]

They lived at

  • 39 Holywell Green Stainland-with Old Lindley [1851]
  • 22 Holywell Green Stainland-with Old Lindley [1861]

Living with them [in 1861] was widowed father-in-law Benjamin Hanson.

Edmund died 19th May 1865 (aged 57).

Hannah died 25th May 1873 (aged 65).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S2/29]

Morton, EdmundRef 209-8
[1861-1936] Born in Huddersfield.

He was a joiner.

On 24th December 1881, he married Ada Wood [1864-19??] at Elland Parish Church.

Ada was born in Brighouse


  1. Eliza [b 1882]
  2. Tom

The family lived at

  • 109 Elland Road [1901]
  • 10 Church Lane, Brighouse [1911]

Morton, EdwardRef 209-1606
[1820-1???] Son of William Morton.

Born in Halifax.

In 1841, he is listed as a Pot maker.

Later, he is living in Oldham with his brother, David. Both are mechanics

Morton, Edward JohnRef 209-1367
[18??-1???] Yarn agent at Hipperholme. Recorded in February 1867, when he was a partner in the Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Company

Morton, EnosRef 209-1678
[1817-1880] Son of John Morton.

Born in Lindley.

He was a farmer of 10 acres employing 6 labourers [1851] / an earthenware maker [1861].

He established Enos Morton & Sons, potters, at Salendine Nook.

On 16th June 1841, he married (1) Mary Walker [1822-1866] at Huddersfield.


  1. Robert [b 1843] who was a pot maker [1861]
  2. Hannah [b 1845]
  3. Mary Ann [b 1847]
  4. Emma [b 1848]
  5. John [b 1852]
  6. Enos [b 1855]
  7. Dan [b 1857]

On 4th April 1873, he married (2) Ellen Beaumont [1830-1893] at Lindley St Stephen.


  1. Beaumont [b 1873]

The family lived at

  • Huddersfield [1851]
  • 169 Salendine Nook [1861]

He died at Salendine Nook [15th July 1880]

Morton, EthelbertRef 209-846
[1893-1916] Son of Walter Morton.

Born in Elland [30th June 1893].

He was a member of St Paul's United Methodist Chapel, Elland, Sunday School  & Boys' Brigade / a member of Elland Liberal Club / assistant manager & instructor at Elland Baths / a woollen worker [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [4th October 1914], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

After training in Doncaster, he was sent to France [April 1915].

He was killed in action [11th July 1916] (aged 24).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [22nd July 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6A & 6B], on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Southgate Methodist Chapel, Elland, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Morton, GeorgeRef 209-655
[1851-1901] Born in Stainland.

Son of William Morton, cloth finisher.

He was a cloth finisher of Stainland [1871] / a cloth finisher [1881] / a woollen finisher [1891].

In [Q2] 1871, he married Rebecca Chadwick [1850-1908] at Halifax Parish Church.

Rebecca, of Stainland, was the daughter of William Chadwick, excavator

She was a worsted weaver [1881]



  1. Mary E. [b 1874] who was a barmaid at the West Ward Hotel, Halifax [1891]
  2. Albert Ed. [b 1881] who was a brickyard labourer [1908]
  3. Joe Willie [b 1883] who was a cotton operative [1901]
  4. Sam
  5. Fred [b 1889]

They lived at

  • Burrwood, Stainland [1881]
  • Burwood Road, Stainland with Old Lindley [1891]
  • Burr-Wood, Stainland [1901]

George died Q1 1901 (aged 49).

Rebecca died in 1908 (aged 58) 

Morton, HannahRef 209-13
[1805-1882] Born in Longwood.

On 16th August 1824, she married David Morton in Huddersfield.


  1. Mary [1826-1901] who married Dan Gledhill
  2. Jonathan [1850-1869]
  3. Joseph [b 1832]
  4. Reuben
  5. Martha [1844-1921] who married Charles Hall

David died in 1846.

In 1851, she married William Moore [1800-1860].

She was landlady of the Swan Inn, Outlane [1861, 1871, 1882].

She died at the Swan [21st June 1882].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £397 16/1d.

The will was proved by daughters Mary Gledhill of Quarmby & Martha Hall of Quarmby and John Gledhill of Crosland Moor (weaver) 

Morton, HaroldRef 209-1711
[1879-19??] Son of Joseph Morton.

He was a director of Enos Morton & Sons / a director of Joseph Morton & Sons, Limited [1949].

On 24th February 1904, he married Florence Amy Edwards [1780-1849] at St Philip's Church, Bloomsbury, London.

Florence Amy was the 4th daughter of H. W. Edwards of John Street, Bedford Row, London

Weddings notices mentioned that their future home was to be Newbury, Huddersfield Road, Halifax.

The family lived at Heath Crescent, Halifax [where Florence Amy died 1949]

Morton, HarryRef 209-15
[19??-1940] Of 24 Pear Street, Halifax.

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

He died 16th May 1940.

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [4 1243].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Morton, JabezRef 209-74
[1849-1912] Son of Allen Morton.

He was a slater [1878].

In 1878, he married Ellen Longbottom [1845-1917] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Norland


  1. Hannah Jane [1880-1970] who married James William Schofield
  2. Edith [b 1882]

Morton, JamesRef 209-1759
[18??-18??] Landlord of the Hope Inn, Halifax [1860].

In 1860, he was one of a number of publicans charged with the adulteration of their beer by using grains of paradise in brewing. He was fined £50.

Druggist Richard Toone was charged and fined £125 for supplying the grains

Morton, JamesRef 209-1753
[1826-1906] Son of David Morton, blacksmith.

Born in Dewsbury / Huddersfield.

He was a blacksmith [1850] / a whitesmith [1851] / an engineer employing 7 men, 3 boys [1871] / a mechanical engineer [1881] / a beer house keeper at the Barley Mow, Elland [1890, 1891,  1893] / a general mechanic machine tool works [1901].

In November 1893, he was fined £1 plus costs after being charged with having his house opened during prohibited hours on the afternoon of Sunday 15th October 1893. He had given beer to a Mrs Robinson, whose son had married one of Ramsden's daughters.

In 1850, he married Sarah Clay [1829-1907] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah, of Warley, was the daughter of William Clay, piece-maker


  1. David
  2. William A. [b 1853] who was an engineer [1871]
  3. Alfred [b 1856] who was an engineer [1871] a mechanic  (artisan) [1881]
  4. Mary Ellen [b 1859]
  5. Sarah A. [b 1864] who was a boot fitter [1881]
  6. Ralph [1866-27/91874] who was buried with his parents
  7. Susan [b 1869]
  8. Joe [b 1871]
  9. Henry Clay [1871-6th March 1872] who was buried with his  parents
  10. Ruth Ann [1871-24th December 1872] who was buried with  her parents

They lived at

  • 11 South Knight Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 11 Bath Parade, Halifax [1871]
  • 1 Back Providence Place, King Cross Road, Halifax [1881]
  • 96 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1901]

Living with them [in 1871] was Ellen Wild [b 1828] (nurse).

Living with them [in 1881] were visitors Rebecca Tempest [aged 30] (clerk's wife), Fred Tempest [aged 9] Charly Tempest [aged 7] William Hutchinson [aged 5] and Annie Frances Hutchinson [aged 1].

Living with them at the Barley Mow, 86 Westgate, Elland in 1891 were 11 lodgers.

Living with them [in 1901] was nephew Charles Edward Clay [aged 30] (engine maker boring machinist).

James died 1st September 1906 (aged 80).

Sarah died 30th December 1907 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2261]

Morton, JobRef 209-1647
[18??-19??] In 1886, he was in partnership with Joseph Law, 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

Morton, JohnRef 209-546
[17??-1???] He was a manager at the Howcans of Samuel Halliday.

He became an earthenware manufacturer at Cinderhills, Siddal which he took over from Samuel Halliday.

In 1783, he bought

from Mrs Sarah Dearden and others two closes of land known as Upper and Lower Mires and a close of land at Siddal Wells, Southowram, with coal mines, veins and seams of coal, clay, etc., under the same

He married Unknown.


  1. Joseph

He lived at Clipster Hall, Siddal. Around 1789, he purchased coal beneath the Clipster Hall estate.

See Morton's John Morton & Sons

Morton, JohnRef 209-1504
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1787]

Morton, JohnRef 209-1682
[1767-18??] He married Mary.


  1. Joshua [b 1812]
  2. Rhoda [b 1812]
  3. Enos

The family lived at Pot Ovens, Lindley [1841]

Morton, JohnRef 209-849
[1835-1???] Of Salendine Nook.

In 1862, he was one of the Three Greenhorns who went to Canada

Morton, JohnRef 209-1616
[1846-1???] Son of Joseph Morton

He was brickworks manager [1881] / firebrick manufacturer [1901].

He established John Morton (Thornton Fireclay) Limited, at Birks Fireclay Works, Thornton, Bradford.

In 1871, he married Maria Louisa Aspinall [1854-1???] in Halifax.


  1. Lewis John [b 1872]
  2. Edith Harriet [b 1874]
  3. Florence Daisy [b 1882] who married [1899] William  Dixon or George Normanton Carter

The family lived at

  • 2 Morton's House, Siddal [1881]
  • Ash Grove, Thornton, Bradford [with sister-in-law Martha A.  Bullock (aged 62) 1901]

Morton, John TathamRef 209-1617
[1866-1908] Son of Joseph Morton.

He qualified as a solicitor [1887]. He was solicitor [1901] / clerk to Southowram School Board / one of the founders of the Sunday Lecture Society / a member of St James's Lodge of Freemasons.

In 1897, he married Gertrude Mary Robertshaw.

Gertrude Mary second was the daughter of Thomas Robertshaw


  1. daughter [b 1901]

The family lived at

  • 2 Elm View, Skircoat, Halifax [1901]
  • Leicester Terrace, Halifax [1908]

An obituary notice [November 1908] read

John Tatham Morton [...] for a few years laid aside with a serious illness. For the last 2/3 years he was confined to bed with some spinal trouble attended by Dr Alderman and his brother Dr Armitage Morton of Elland.

Morton, John WilliamRef 209-24

In [Q2] 1904, he married Eliza Ann Burford in Leeds.

Eliza Ann was the daughter of
Richard Burford

Eliza Ann died 12th January 1941 (aged 84).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 842] with her parents.

Details are not yet known of the death & burial place of John William


Morton, JonathanRef 209-23
[1797-1867] Born in Stainland.

He was a woollen hand weaver [1851] / a woollen weaver [1861].

He married Alice [1799-1863].

Alice was born in Golcar

They lived at

  • 357 Holywell Green, Stainland [1851]
  • 124 Holywell Green, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1861]

Alice died 8th May 1863 (aged 64).

Jonathan died 15th July 1867 (aged 70).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S2/68]

Morton, JosephRef 209-1614
[1???-1???] Son of John Morton.

He produced made black ware pottery at Pot Ovens at Cinderhills.

He married Unknown.


  1. Joseph

Morton, JosephRef 209-795
[17??-18??] Son of Joseph Morton. He was a pot maker of Southowram [1803] / an earthenware manufacturer / at Pot Ovens at Cinderhills [1829].

He established

In 1803, he married Ann Whitehead.

Ann came from Saddleworth


  1. Joseph

Morton, JosephRef 209-1610
[1816-1864] Son of Joseph Morton.

He was a pot manufacturer [1837] / a brick maker [1841, 1851, 1864].

On 4th May 1837, he married Mary Tatham [1817-1888].


  1. Alice [1839-1856]
  2. Joseph [b 1840]
  3. Benjamin [b 1843]
  4. David
  5. John
  6. Ann Whitehead [b 1848] who married Abraham Greenwood

They lived at

  • Cinderhills, Siddal [1841, 1851, 1864]
  • Hardcastle Buildings, Siddal [1871]

Joseph died in 1864.

In 1881, Mary was living at Rhodes Street, Halifax, with daughter Ann & her Abraham.

Mary died at Rhodes Street, Halifax [8th August 1888].

Joseph & Mary were buried at Elland Cemetery.

See Pot Ovens, Southowram

Morton, JosephRef 209-1611
[1840-1889] Son of Joseph Morton.

He was educated at Mr Farrar's School.

He was a firebrick manufacturer employing 27 men and 13 boys [1881].

In April 1863, he married (1) Elizabeth Ann Fleming..

Elizabeth Ann was the daughter of John Helliwell Fleming


  1. Joseph
  2. John Tatham

They lived at Hardcastle Buildings, Siddal [1871].

Living with them [in 1871] was visitor Albert Fleming [aged 16] (boot maker) 

In 1876, he married (2) Ann Armitage [1844-1906].

Ann came from Dewsbury


  1. Armitage
  2. Harold [b 1879]
  3. Hilda Mary Victoria [b 1882] who married Clement Sheldrake

They lived at 1 Mortons House, Siddal [1881]; Mortons Place, Siddal [1891]; 6 Whinney Field, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1891] was visitor William M. Armitage [aged 23] from Dewsbury.

Living with them [in 1901] was visitor Mary Armitage [aged 47].

He died 25th July 1889 [aged 48].

He was buried at Elland Cemetery

Morton, JosephRef 209-1613
[1864-19??] Son of Joseph Morton.

Born in Halifax.

He was a firebrick manufacturer [1901] / a firebrick maker (employer) [1911].

About 1898, he married Louisa Clara Caroline Gatley [1877-19??] who was born in Malta.


  1. Eileen Clara [b 1900] who married [1933] Howard Leslie  Jones of Birmingham
  2. Eveleyn Melita Gatley [b 1907] who married Cyril James Sharp
  3. Joseph Francis Braithwaite [b 1910] who was a brick  manufacturer & married [1935] Sarah Gertrude, daughter of Tom Marsh

He lived at Mount House, Siddal [1901, 1905, 1911].

Living with them [in 1911] were lodgers Francis W. Gatley [aged 32]; Walter V. Gatley [aged 22]; Edward H. Gatley [aged 8]

Morton, JosephRef 209-9
[1893-1917] Son of Alice (née Oade) [1870-1927] & Cross Morton [1870-1942].

Born in Rastrick.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 11th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He died in Greece [20th March 1917].

He was buried at Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece [Grave Ref D 868]

Morton, Joseph HenryRef 209-10
[1917-1941] Son of Mary Jane & John Morton of Elland.

During World War II, he served as an Engine Room Artificer 4th Class with the Royal Navy.

aboard battleship HMS Barham

He died 25th November 1941 (aged 24)  when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine U-331 and sank in the Mediterranean Sea, off Alexandria, with the loss of 862 of her crew of 1311.

He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial [Grave Ref 51 2], on Elland War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade

Morton, LeonardRef 209-6
[1899-1918] Son of William Henry Morton.

He was a member of Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax / a teacher in the Sunday School / a salesman for Freeman, Hardy & Willis, Halifax.

He lived at 62 St James's Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [20th September 1917], and he served as a Rifleman with the 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade.

He died from gas shell injuries in Wimereux hospital, France [20th September 1918] (aged 19).

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [28th September & 5th October 1918].

He was buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France [Grave Ref IV B 11].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

Morton, LeslieRef 209-11
[1919-1993] Born in 18th March 1919.

He was transport manager for Kosset Carpets.

He married Louise

Louise was born in Halifax.

She worked in London as a private secretary to an East Yorkshire MP. She returned to Halifax to look after ailing mother, then set up a gown shop in Sowerby Bridge


They had no children.

In 1956, Leslie and Louise established the Louise Morton Model & Charm School at their home in Greetland.

Leslie died in Halifax [October 1993].

After his death, Louise went into partnership with Bernadette Gledhill, and ran the agency from Huddersfield.

Louise died January 2006.

After her death, the agency continued under the name Morton-Gledhill.

The agency is still [2019] going under the name of Bernadette Gledhill

Morton, MaryRef 209-300
[1718-1788] Of Sheffield.

She married Richard Hopwood.

She owned Lower Wat Ing, Norland.

There is a memorial to Richard and Mary in Halifax Parish Church

Morton, MatthewRef 209-1390
[1838-1???] Farm worker.

He married Sarah [1839-1???].


  1. Rebecca [b 1860]

The family lived at Clover Hill Farm, Skircoat [1861]

Morton, NormanRef 209-16
[1889-19??] Son of David Morton, mechanic.

He was a farm labourer of Broadroyd Farm, Stainland [1911].

On 23rd August 1911, he married Elizabeth (Bessie) Howe at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Howe.

Her sister Florence Jane Howe was a witness to the marriage.

Around 1914, the Howe family left Halifax for Canada, except for Elizabeth & Norman who stayed behind in Stainland


They lived at Sowood Green, Stainland [1917]

Morton, PaulRef 209-18
[1852-1906] Son of Samuel Morton.

He was a wool waste dealer [1881, 1891] / a shoddy manufacturer [1901].

He married Mary Jane [1851-1910].

Mary Jane was born in West Vale


  1. Annie [b 1871] who was a milliner's dress maker [1891] &  married John William Stott
  2. Henrietta [1874-4th February 1880]
  3. Sarah Phoebe [b 1875]
  4. Ada S. [b 1878] who was a milliner & dress maker [1891]
  5. Florence A. [b 1881] who was a milliner [1901]
  6. Samuel who died in infancy [9th August 1882]
  7. Norman Edward [1885-16th July 1904]
  8. Mabel [b 1887] who was a tailoress [1901]
  9. Samuel [b 1889]
  10. Walter C. [b 1892]

Paul died 31st October 1906 (aged 54).

Mary Jane died 28th August 1910 (aged 59).

They lived at

  • Central Buildings, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1881]
  • Kiln Croft, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1891, 1901]
  • Stainland [1906]

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/179]

Morton, Percival ClareRef 209-7
[1880-1918] Son of Thomas Miles Morton.

He was a town clerk's assistant [1901] / an assistant solicitor to Halifax Corporation [1911] / chief assistant solicitor at Halifax Town Clerk's Office.

In [Q3] 1912, he married Lily Smith in Ormskirk.

Lily lived at 13 Part Street, Southport [1918].

During World War I, he enlisted [5th June 1916] after several attempts to join and served as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers.

He was subsequently transferred to the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was granted his commission and he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), and was at the front attached to the 13th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He was one of about 15 men who were driven out of their position by the enemy and took cover in a ruined farm house. They lay flat in the farmyard for some time before 2nd Lieutenant Morton got up to look around and was hit by a machine gun bullet.

He was reported missing [12th April 1918].

He died as a POW in a German Casualty Clearing Station [13th April 1918] (aged 36).

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

He was buried at Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France.

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

Morton, ReubenRef 209-12
[1836-1878] Son of Hannah & David Morton.

Born in Longwood.

He was an outworker [1871].

He married Eliza Gledhill (Hallas) [1837-1859].

Eliza was the illegitimate daughter of Ruth Gledhill.

Ruth was the daughter of Anthony Gledhill, & married [1843] Martin Hallas



  1. David [b 1858] who was a farmer's boy [1871]

Eliza died in 1859.

In 1861, 1871, David was living with his Hallas grandparents

Morton, SamRef 209-658
[1887-1915] Son of George Morton.

He was a cotton operative [1901] / a cotton spinner of New Road, Stainland [1910] / employed by R. & J. Holroyd Limited.

In [Q2] 1910, he married Esther Cooper [1887-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Esther, of Saddleworth Road, Greetland, was born in Bradford, the daughter of Samuel Cooper (deceased, lock keeper).

She was a worsted twister [1911]


In 1911, they were living at 39 Saddleworth Road, Greetland with Hannah & James Pitchforth

He was in the Territorials [1910].

During World War I, he enlisted when War broke out, and served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 20th December 1915 (aged 28).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [1st January 1916].

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II C 23].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

In [Q3] 1920, Esther married Alfred Garside and was living at 41 Saddleworth Road, West Vale

Morton, SamuelRef 209-19
[1828-1???] Born in Stainland.

He was an overlooker worsted power loom [1861].

Around 1852, he married Grace [1830-1???].

Grace was born in Stainland


  1. Paul Morton
  2. Edward [b 1854]
  3. Elizabeth A. [b 1857]
  4. Alice [b 1860]

They lived at Town, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1861]

Morton, StephenRef 209-466
[17??-1???] Coiner. He was imprisoned at York Castle [9th September 1759]

Morton, Rev ThomasRef 209-628
[18??-19??] Curate at Coley [1892]

Morton, Thomas MilesRef 209-1
[1849-1932] Son of Jacob Morton, Wesleyan minister.

Born in Goole, Yorkshire.

He was an accountant of Halifax [1878] / an accountant's clerk [1881, 1891, 1901] / retired accountant's clerk [1911].

In 1878, he married Mary Frobisher at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Skircoat, was born in Halifax, the daughter of
Joseph Henry Frobisher


  1. Percival Clare
  2. Harold F. [b 1883] who was a machine tool maker's  apprentice [1901]
  3. Gilbert Clare [b 1889] who was a bank clerk [1911]

They lived at

  • 136 Ashfield Terrace, Halifax [1881]
  • 110 Lister Lane, Halifax [1891]
  • 144 Lister Lane, Halifax [1901, 1911]
  • West Bank, 144 Lister Lane, Halifax [1918]

Morton, TomRef 209-4
[1887-1915] Son of Edmund Morton.

Born in Rastrick [2nd November 1887].

He was a general labourer.

He married Ruth.

During World War I, he served as a Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy Drake Battalion R.N. Div.

He died at Gallipoli [24th May 1915] (aged 27).

He was buried at Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey [Sp Mem B 53].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Brighouse Parish Church

Morton, WalterRef 209-1780
[18??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1905]. He won caps for England while at Halifax

Morton, WalterRef 209-839
[1869-19??] Son of Benjamin Morton, woollen spinner.

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen cloth finisher [1891] / a gas worker [1901, 1911].

In [Q1] 1891, he married Alice Blackburn [1872-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Alice, of Elland, was born in Norland, the daughter of Joseph Blackburn, inn keeper.

Could this be Joseph Blackburn landlord of the Town Hall Inn, Elland [1888-1900]?



  1. Ethelbert
  2. Rennie [b 1895] who was an apprentice gas fitter [1911]  and served in the Royal Navy [1916]
  3. Ruby [b 1897] who was a woollen winder [1911]
  4. Douglas
  5. Laura A. [b 1900]
  6. Reginald [b 1902]
  7. Victor [b 1905]
  8. Stanley [b 1908]

They lived at

  • 9 Back Upper Langdale Street, Elland [1891]
  • 1 Granville Street, Elland [1901]
  • 67 Quebec Street, Elland [1911, 1916]

In 1901, daughter Ruby was staying with her grandparents Fred and Mary Ann Wadsworth, at 33 Elizabeth Street, Elland.

Living with them [in 1911] was Walter's sister Martha Morton [b 1868] (char woman) 

Morton, WalterRef 209-3
[1877-1900] Of William Street, Rastrick.

He became a regular soldier [April 1895], and served in Malta [for 3 years].

He died of peritonitis in Wynberg Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa [13th July 1900] (aged 23).

Morton, WilliamRef 209-1401
[1790-18??] He was an earthenware manufacturer at Cinderhills [1829] / a pot-maker at Sinderhills [1841] / a pot-maker [1854].

On 4th February 1808, he married Sarah, only daughter of Thomas Nicholl, at Bradford.


  1. Martha [b 1808]
  2. Harriet [1810-1851] who married Joseph Holt
  3. Ann [b 1813]
  4. Sarah Ann [b 1815] who married William Webster
  5. William [b 1817]
  6. Edward
  7. Mary Ann [b 1822]
  8. Amelia [1825-1889] who married Gamaliel Vickerman
  9. Emma [b 1827]
  10. David [b 1830] who went to live with his brother,  Edward, in Oldham
  11. Fanny [b 1832] who married (possibly) John Sharp
  12. (possibly) John [b 1838]
  13. (possibly) William [b 1843]

The family lived at Cinderhills, Siddal [1841]. Several members of the family were born, lived and/or died at Siddal Hall.

William may be dead by 1851.

Sarah, now a housekeeper, was living with two daughters at Cinderhills [1851]

Morton, WilliamRef 209-5
[1886-1917] Son of Jane & Dan Morton of Moor Side, Old Lindley.

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

He died 28th September 1917 (aged 31).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref LXIV E 2]

Morton, William HansonRef 209-21
[1832-1877] Son of Edmund Morton.

Born in Stainland.

He was a woollen hand loom weaver [1851] / a woollen weaver [1861] / a factory operative [1871].

In [Q2] 1863, he married Elizabeth Sykes [1837-1???] in Halifax.

Elizabeth was born in Barkisland.

She had a daughter: Lucy Ann Sykes [b 1857]



  1. Mary Hannah [b 1864]
  2. Sarah P. [b 1866]
  3. Sidney [b 1862]
  4. Nancy Jane who died in infancy, & was buried with her  father

William died 14th May 1877 (aged 45).

He & Nancy Jane were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S2/34] with Mary Hanson [1805-30th July 1859] of Holywell Green

Morton, William HenryRef 209-17
[1878-1931] Son of Joseph Corney Morton, wire drawer.

Born in Halifax.

He was a store keeper of Harrow Street, Halifax [1899] / a greengrocer [1901] / a cab driver [1911].

In 1899, he married Elizabeth Ann Hardy [1879-1945] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth Ann, of St James's Street, Halifax, was born in Halifax, the daughter of John Hardy, salesman


  1. Leonard
  2. Clifford [b 1905]
  3. Harold [b 1908]

They lived at

  • 5 Cavendish Buildings, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 17 Longfield Road, Todmorden [1911]

William Henry died in Halifax [Q2 1931] (aged 54).

Elizabeth Ann died in Halifax [Q4 1945] (aged 67) 


The Morton familyRef 209-788
The Mortons – a Scottish family – established many potteries in the Salendine Nook/Elland/Huddersfield district from the 16th century when Presbyterian Edmond de Morton fled from religious persecution by the Catholics in 1558.

They chose the Salendine Nook area because there was a ready supply of a particular type of clay which was good for making their pottery.

The family went on to work as farmers, potters and clothiers.

In October 1689, Michael Morton registered his barn at Salendine Nook as a meeting house for Dissenters – see Salendine Nook Baptist Church.

Other members of the family have included John Morton, Joseph, Joseph, and Enos.

It has been suggested that some branches of the family may originally have been descended from Spaniards of the Armada who were shipwrecked in Scotland.

Around 1858, one member of the family established a pottery at Exley and then moved to Siddal.

The family were involved with several companies

some of which may be duplicated here.

Question: Can anyone clarify the relationship between the various companies?


See Samuel Brighouse and Titus Kitson


Morton surnameRef 209-2
There are 63 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Morton, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Morton

Marriages 1859, 1877, 1888, 1907, 1937


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