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Marsden, Mr

He married Unknown.


  1. William
  2. Richard

Marsden, Abraham
[1???-18??] He was appointed Surveyor of the Highways for Elland-with-Greetland [1835]

Marsden, Abraham
[1820-1868] Of Brookfoot.

He married Mary [1821-1869].

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

Marsden, Alec
[1896-1916] Or Alexander.

Son of Renard Marsden.

He was a woollen piecener (self actor mules) [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

He died 17th August 1916 (aged 19).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [16th September 1916].

He is remembered on the family grave at Boulderclough United Methodist Chapel,

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 10A], and on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Marsden, Arthur
[1898-1918] Son of John Marsden.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a member of Christ Church School, Sowerby Bridge & Institute / a part-timer / cotton twister [1911] / employed at Fairlea Mills, Luddendenfoot.

During World War I, he enlisted [February 1917], and served as a Private with the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

He died 22nd March 1918 (aged 19).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [4th May 1918].

He was buried at Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, France [Grave Ref IV E 8].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Marsden, Benjamin
[17??-18??] Hatter in [1792]

Marsden, C.
[18??-191?] He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax

Marsden, Charles
[1784-18??] He was a shop keeper [1841].

He married Sarah [1796-18??].


  1. John [b 1821] who was a worsted weaver [1841]
  2. Thomas [b 1822] who was a cordwainer [1841]
  3. Mary [b 1825]
  4. Sarah [b 1829]
  5. Ann [b 1831]
  6. Ruth [b 1833]
  7. Charles [b 1837]
  8. David [b 1839]

The family lived at Dyson Lane, Soyland [1841]

Marsden, Charles
[1819-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Marsden of Hove Edge.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [27th June 1819]

Marsden, Denis
[1923-1943] Son of Laura & Frank Marsden of Elland.

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

He died 15th February 1943 (aged 20).

He was buried at Elland Cemetery [A C 1701].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, on the Memorial at Elland Boys' Brigade, and on the Memorial at Elland Working Men's Club

Marsden, F. H.
[1???-1???] He was responsible for reviving the local Pace Egg play

Marsden, Frank
[1879-1907] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He was an iron-worker / a driller at C. Redman & Sons Limited / a member of Norland Band.

In [Q4] 1903, he married Emily Hitchen in Halifax.

They had no children.

The family lived at 35 Sparkhouse Lane, Norland [1907].

He was injured in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907, and died a few hours after admission to Royal Halifax Infirmary. He had been travelling upstairs on the tram.

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Marsden, Fred
[1859-1???] Son of Phineas Marsden, carpet weaver.

Born in Halifax.

He was a driller of St Mark Street, Northowram [1903] / an ironworks labourer [1911].

He married (1) Unknown.


  1. Sarah Elizabeth [b 1880] who was a twister at worsted mill [1911]
  2. Lily Eva [b 1882] who was a rover at worsted mill [1911]

In [Q1] 1903, he married (2) Betsy at Halifax Parish Church.

Betsy, of Orange Street, Halifax, was the daughter of
John Maude, and widow of Robert Walter Maude

The family lived at 58 Woodside View, Haley Hill, Halifax [1911].

Living with them [in 1911] was Betsy's son William Maude

Marsden, Frederick
[1876-1917] Son of Jonathan Marsden.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a fruiterer [1891] / a greengrocer of Green Lane, Halifax [1896] / a greengrocer [1901, 1911].

In [Q1] 1896, he married Ada Wornes [1877-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ada, of Otley Street, Halifax, was born in Eckington, Dronfield, Derbyshire, the daughter of Robert Wornes, coal miner


  1. Herbert [b 1897] who was a roving frame doffer worsted [1911]
  2. Robert [b 1899] who was a part time bobbin setter [1911]
  3. Wilfred [b 1901]
  4. Walter [b 1903]
  5. Clifford [b 1906]
  6. Vera [b 1909]
  7. Arnold [b 1913]
  8. Eva [b 1916]

The family lived at

  • 13 Spice Cake Lane, Halifax [1901]
  • 24 St Luke's Street, Claremount [1911]

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [9th April 1917] (aged 41).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [16th June 1917].

He was buried at Cojeul British Cemetery, France [Sp Mem A 2].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Marsden, Gamaliel
[1634-1681] BA.

Third son of Rev Ralph Marsden. He was educated at Dublin. He came to England after the Restoration and stayed with the Bailey family of Allerton.

He married (1) a member of the Bailey family.

For a time, he served at Coley where his father had been minister.

In 1661, he moved to become Curate at Southowram. He was ejected in 1662 and went to Holland after his wife died.

He returned to England and taught at a church at Topcliffe.

In 1674, he married (2) a widow, Mrs Christopher Marshall.

He was buried at Tingley

Marsden, Gledhill
[18??-19??] Woollen manufacturer at Providence Mill, Elland.

He lived at 78 Catherine Street, Elland [1905]

Marsden, Halstead
[1866-1937] Born in Elland.

He was a worsted mill overlooker [1890].

On 31st Dec 1890, he married Hannah Elizabeth Pitchforth in Elland.

Hannah Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Pitchforth


  1. Harold
  2. Hilda [b 1893]
  3. Emma [b 1895]
  4. Elsie [b 1899]
  5. Albert [1902-1979]
  6. Eric [1904-1991]
  7. Hannah Elizabeth [b 1907]

Marsden, Harold
[1891-1957] Son of Halstead Marsden.

On 6th Apr 1915, he married Florence Hitchin [1892-1984] in Elland.

Florence was born in Sowerby


  1. Donald [1915-1985]
  2. Winifred [b 1918]

Marsden, Harry
[18??-19??] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He sustained scalp wounds and a compound fracture of the arm in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907, and was detained at Halifax Infirmary

Marsden, Henry
[16??-1687] Of Gisburne.

He married Jane Mort.

Jane was the daughter of Adam Mort of Preston who was Mayor in 1642 when he was killed in the defence of that borough against the Parliament

On 9th January 1669/70, Joshua Waterhouse & his wife, conveyed to Henry four messuages at Norwood Green in the occupation of Richard Shoesmith, Henry Waddington, Matthew Lume and Henry Holdsworth. Rookes Hall was one of these properties.

In 1684/5, Henry sold the houses and farm at Upper Rookes to Robert Ramsden of Siddal Hall, Southowram

for a sum so small that it apparently amounted to a gift

He died January 1687/8

Marsden, Henry
[18??-1???] He married Emma Lumb [18??-1???].


  1. Sophia [1873-1938] who married James Pickles

Marsden, Herbert Harry
[1877-1918] Born in Halifax.

He was a carter with Lewis Hamilton & Sons, carriers.

He lived at 10 Silver Street North, Haley Hill, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 21st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died of wounds [17th May 1918] (aged 41).

He was buried at Pernes British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I E 32].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Marsden, James
[1819-1876] Of Halifax.

He died at Halifax workhouse [8th January 1876] (aged 57).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: A 16 D]

Marsden, Dr James Aspinall
[18??-19??] MRCS.

Surgeon and Medical Officer of Health for Lightcliffe. He wrote works on temperance [1903] and a pamphlet entitled

Lead in Water v. Arsenic in Beer [1904]

On 10th June 1896, he married Elizabeth Maude Pickford from Liverpool.

See Lightcliffe Golf Club

Marsden, Jeremiah
[1626-1684] Son of Rev Ralph Marsden.

He was educated at Manchester and Christ's College Cambridge [1647], and taught at Great Neston, Cheshire where his brother Samuel Marsden was minister.

In 1651, he came to assist Robert Booth at Halifax. In 1652, he moved to High Shuttleworth, Lancashire.

He served in Ireland before returning to England to become vicar at East Ardsley, Wakefield, from where he was ejected in 1662

Marsden, John
[17??-18??] Hatter in Skircoat [1784-1797]

Marsden, John

In 1852, he married Barbara Judson.

Barbara was the daughter of
John Judson

They lived at Spring Terrace, Newchurch, Lancashire [1861, 1876]

John died before 1876.

Barbara died at Stacksteads [4th July 1876].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £450.

The will was proved by David Lord (manager)  and David Holt (book keeper) 

Marsden, John
[1821-1881] He was a draughtsman & model maker at Dean Clough, Halifax / assistant to George Collier.

He married (1) Unknown.

In 1872, he married (2) Mary Tankard

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Location unknown]

Marsden, John
[1833-1???] Illegitimate son of Hannah Marsden of Hove Edge.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [26th May 1833]

Marsden, John
[1875-19??] Son of William Marsden, commission agent.

Born in Brearley / Sowerby Bridge.

He was a woollen finisher of 45 Hollings Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge [1898] / a blanket finisher [1901] / a blacksmith's striker for railway company building department [1911].

In [Q1] 1898, he married Alice Nicholl [1873-19??] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Alice, of 12 Rose Mount, was born in Luddendenfoot, the daughter of George Nicholl, publican


  1. Arthur
  2. Annie [b 1902]
  3. Ernest [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • 14 Egerton Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 9 Peel Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • 22 Peel Street, Sowerby Bridge [1918]

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was unmarried sister-in-law Ellen Horsfield [b 1858] (blanket weaver) 

Marsden, John Ellis
[1823-1???] Illegitimate son of Martha Marsden of Brighouse.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [14th September 1823]

Marsden, Jonas
[18??-1???] Recorded in 1868, when he was deputy constable at Rastrick

Marsden, Jonas
[1814-18??] Son of Richard Marsden.

He was a farmer of 21 acres at Nunnery Farm, and quarry master – employer of men / a stone merchant at Rastrick [1867].

In August 1867, he was working a stone mine at Rastrick. A gin horse was used to bring stone from the 20-30 yard deep shaft to the surface. The man in charge of the horse released the animal while he removed some timbers, and a sudden command to the animal startled it and it fell into the pit and was killed.

The horse was worth £20.

Jonas was brought to book over the incident


He married Ann.


  1. Henry [b 1840]
  2. Ralph
  3. Alice [b 55]
  4. Leah [b 1848]
  5. Mary Ann [b 1852]
  6. Annie [b 1849]

They lived at Nunnery Farm, Rastrick

Marsden, Jonas
[1825-1???] He was a flag dresser [1851].

In 1848, he married Sarah Aspinall [1828-1???].


  1. John [b 1840]
  2. Ellen [b 1850]

The family lived at Lane Head, Brighouse [1851].

Living with them [1851] were lodgers Thomas Aspinall [b 1831] (quarryman)  and Brook Aspinall [b 1843]

Marsden, Jonathan
[1843-1889] Son of Joseph Marsden, fruiterer.

Born in Clifton.

He was a fruiterer in Brighouse [1868] / a fruit merchant [1871] / a green grocer [1881].

In 1868, he married Jane Smithson [1847-1???] at St Peter's Church, Leeds.

Jane was born in Bramley, the daughter of Joshua Smithson, assistant overlooker


  1. Ernest [b 1870] who was a fruiterer [1891]
  2. Frank [b 1871] who was a corn miller [1891]
  3. Frederic / Frederick Marsden
  4. Elizabeth [b 1878]
  5. John [b 1880]

The family lived at

  • 3 Church Gate, Brighouse [1871]
  • Spring Bank House, Elland Road, Brighouse [1881]
  • 49 Green Lane, Halifax [1891]

Jonathan died in 1889 (aged 45) 

Marsden, Joseph
[1???-18??] He was licensee of the Masons' Arms, Elland [1845].

In [Q3] 1837, he married Abigail [1806-18??].

Abigail was born in Southowram.

She was the widow of Mr Pearson, and had a son by her first marriage William P. Pearson [b 1831] who was a stone dresser [1851]



  1. Richard G. [b 1841]
  2. George [b 1843] who had taken over at the Masons' Arms by 1871

In the 1851 census, Abigail is described as a widow and had taken over at the Masons' Arms. She does not appear on the 1871 census

Marsden, Joseph Foster
[1887-19??] Born in Halifax.

In [Q3] 1907, he married Mary Ellen Barrett in Halifax.

Mary Ellen was the daughter of
John Barrett


  1. Winifred Lola [b 1908]
  2. Donald [b 1910]

Marsden, Josiah
[16??-16??] Local preacher who was ejected

Marsden, Lawrence Everret
[1892-1917] Son of Alice & Edwin Marsden of 77 Highbury Place, Rastrick.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action [9th October 1917] (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 42-47 & 162], and on Rastrick War Memorial

Marsden, Luke
[1???-1868] From Huddersfield.

He married into the Stead family of Soyland.

Beeston Hall, Ripponden passed to him when Richard Royds died.

See William Marsden

Marsden, Midgley
[1819-1905] In [Q4] 1866, he married Hannah Brooke in Halifax.

Hannah was the daughter of
Sammey Drake Brooke


  1. Ada Elizabeth [1871-1874]
  2. Harriet [1873-1874] who died aged 1 year

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

Hannah is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1893 where she is shown as

Hannah Marsden, single woman, formerly wife of Midgley Marsden, of Brighouse, and probate was granted to Sarah Priscilla Marsden, spinster

Marsden, Norman Alfred
[1898-1917] Son of Joseph Shaw Marsden of 27 High Street, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died 16th June 1917 (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 2 & 3]

Marsden, Rev Ralph
[16??-1648] Vicar of Coley [1617-1629].

He left to serve at Ashton-under-Lyne, Middleton, Neston and West Kirby, Cheshire.

He married Unknown.


  1. Samuel
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Gamaliel
  4. Josiah
  5. Esther

All his children were born at Coley and all his sons entered the church

Marsden, Ralph
[1841-19??] Son of Jonas Marsden.

Born in Rastrick.

He was an inspector of nuisances [1901] / homoepathic chemist shopkeeper (employer) [1901].

In [Q3] 1861, he married Elizabeth Oldfield [1842-19??] in Huddersfield.

Elizabeth was born in Huddersfield


  1. Jonas [b 1876] who was a stone quarryman [1901]
  2. Edith [b 1883] who was a homoepathic chemist (saleswoman) [1901]
  3. Mary A [b 1874] who married Mr Greenwood

The family lived at 39 Bradford Road, Brighouse [1901].

Living with them [in 1901] were grandchildren Sam Greenwood [b  1894] and Elsie Greenwood [b 1898]

Marsden, Renard
[1853-1910] Son of Phineas Marsden, weaver

Born in Sowerby.

He was a woollen spinner [1872, 1881] / a publican [1891] / a woollen spinner [1891, 1901].

Question: Does anyone know which [1891] hostelry this may have been?


In 1872, he married (1) Elizabeth Farrar [1852-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth, of Sowerby, was born in Warley, the daughter of William Farrar, watchman


  1. Janet [b 1875] who was a worsted drawer [1891]
  2. Elizabeth E [b 1878] who was a worsted spinner [1891]
  3. Sarah Ann [b 1886] who was a worsted twister [1901]

Elizabeth died in Halifax [Q3 1891] (aged 39).

In [Q4] 1895, he married (2) Emma Mitchell [1864-19??] in Halifax.

Emma was born in Sowerby.

She had a daughter: Evenda Mitchell [b 1892].

Evenda was a weaver (woollen) [1911], and her widowed mother Emma was also a weaver (woollen) [1911]



  1. Alec
  2. Susannah [b 1899] who was a bobbin setter on frame worsted [1911], & married George Fernyhough

The family lived at

  • Duke Street, Luddendenfoot [1881]
  • 10, 14 & 18 Burnley Road, Luddendenfoot [1891]
  • 17 Boulderclough [1901]
  • Higgin Chamber, Sowerby [1911]
  • 37 Bank View, Luddendenfoot [1916]

Living with them [in 1881] was Renard's sister Sarah Marsden [b 1845] (cotton doubler).

Renard died in Halifax in 1910 (aged 57).

Members of the family were buried at Boulderclough United Methodist Chapel

Marsden, Rev Richard
[16??-17??] Curate at Sowerby [1710]. He later served at Hornsey, East Yorkshire.

In 1710, he married Elizabeth, daughter of James Stansfeld

Marsden, Richard
[1759-1???] Son of Mr Marsden.

Born in Norland.

He married Judith Horsfield [1763-1???].

Judith was born in Norland


  1. Mary [b 1783]
  2. James [b 1785]
  3. Susannah [b 1788]
  4. Joseph [b 1789]
  5. Sarah [b 1790]
  6. Richard [b 1792]
  7. Bar Bar [b 1794]

They lived in Norland before moving to Rastrick [around 1784]

Marsden, Richard
[1792-1865] Son of William Marsden.

Born in Rastrick [19th February 1792].

He was a stone quarryman.

On 14th June 1815, he married Leah Bottomley [1794-1829].


  1. Jonas
  2. William [b 1813] who died in infancy
  3. Jane [b 1816]
  4. Hannah [b 1819]
  5. Thomas [b 1825]
  6. Mary [b 1829]

They lived at Highbury Place, Nunnery Lane, Rastrick.

Leah died 23rd July 1829 (aged 35).

Richard died 9th February 1865 (aged 73).

The couple were buried at Rastrick Church

Marsden, Richard
[18??-18??] Woollen cloth manufacturer at Elland.

In December 1844, he was declared bankrupt

Marsden, Richard
[18??-19??] Quarry owner and stone merchant at Lower Edge Quarries, Rastrick [1893] and Blue Ball Quarry, Rastrick [1905]

Marsden, Sam
[1887-1918] Son of William Henry Marsden of King Cross, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 21st March 1918 (aged 31).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6]

Marsden, Samuel
[16??-16??] Son of Rev Ralph Marsden.

He was minister at Great Neston, Cheshire and his brother, Jeremiah, taught at the school there.

He was ejected

Marsden, T.
[1???-19??] Curate at Sowerby [1920]

Marsden, Rev Tom
[18??-19??] MA.

Son of William Marsden, a solicitor's clerk.

Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

He was educated at Cambridge before becoming Curate at Illingworth [1910-1915].

He lived at Russell House, Raw Lane, Illingworth [1911].

He left to become Vicar of Mirfield

Marsden, Ursula
[1974-] Stage name of Ursula Holden-Gill

Marsden, William
[1???-18??] He was a weaver in Midgley.

He married Unknown.


  1. Jane [1826-1896] who married John Wormald
  2. Ellen [1830-1???] who married (1) Mr Bedforth & (2) Richard Moses

Marsden, William
[1763-1???] Son of Mr Marsden.

He married Sarah Stott [1767-1???].


  1. John [b 1789]
  2. Jeremiah [b 1791]
  3. Richard
  4. Elizabeth [b 1795]
  5. Susannah [b 1796]

Marsden, William
[18??-18??] He lived at Beeston Hall, Ripponden.

He married Unknown.


  1. Lydia who married [1863] Charles Ivimy from Rochdale

See Luke Marsden

Marsden, William
[1826-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Marsden of Nab End.

Baptised at St Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe [24th February 1826]

Marsden, Willie
[1898-1917] Born in Leyland, Lancashire.

He was a core maker at Denham's, Holmfield.

He lived at 7 Sodhouse Green, Ovenden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [13th May 1917] (aged 19).

He was buried at St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France [Grave Ref IV G 7].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance


Marsden surname
Another form of the surname is Marston

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

There are over 40 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Marsden, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Marsden:

Marriages 1856, 1862, 1871, 1888, 1907, 1912, 1918; Deaths 1899, 1900, 1907

© Malcolm Bull 2018
Revised 15:55 /17th October 2018 / mmm23 / 46460

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