Milnes ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Milnes are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Alfred Milnes [1???-19??]
Alfred Milnes [1845-1???]
Alfred Milnes [1873-1957]
Arthur Milnes [1893-1917]
Arthur Batty Milnes [1864-1???]
B. Milnes [17??-18??]
Benjamin Milnes [1749-1816]
Charles Milnes [1790-18??]
Charles H. Milnes [18??-19??]
Clifford Milnes [1919-1941]
Ernest Milnes [1874-1905]
Granville Milnes [1900-1918]
James Milnes [17??-18??]
James Milnes [1849-1927]
James Milnes [1857-19??]
James Walter Milnes [18??-18??]
James Walter Milnes [1897-1917]
John Milnes [1???-1835]
John Milnes [1821-1878]
Martin Milnes [1???-16??]
Richard Milnes [17??-18??]
Robert Milnes [16??-1729]
Robert Milnes [1671-1738]
Samuel Milnes [1822-1885]
Rev Thomas Milnes [17??-18??]
Thomas Milnes [18??-19??]
Tommy Milnes [18??-19??]
Walter Lee Milnes [1856-1???]
William Milnes [17??-1826]
William Milnes [1836-1901]

Milnes, Alfred
[1???-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1920]. He won caps for Great Britain against Australia while at Halifax

Milnes, Alfred
[1845-1???] Born in Leeds.

He was a paper merchant [1891].

He married Sarah Jane [1853-1???] from Manchester.

They lived at 2 Perth Villas, Hipperholme [1891]

Milnes, Alfred
[1873-1957] Son of William Milnes

Born in Southowram [2nd July 1873].

Baptised 27th July 1873.

He was a stone dresser (quarry) [1901] / a night watchman (dyeworks) [1911].

In [Q3] 1898, he married Mary Jane Watson [1878-1956] in Halifax.

Mary Jane was born in Stockton, Durham [28th May 1878]


  1. Ernest [b 1901]
  2. William [b 1902]
  3. Jack [26th January 1904-18th February 1905] who was buried with his parents
  4. Sam [b 1908]

The family lived at

  • New Street, Southowram [1901]
  • 25 Pinnar Lane, Southowram [1911]

Mary Jane died 28th April 1956.

Alfred died 19th January 1957.

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-G27]

Milnes, Arthur
[1893-1917] Son of Arthur Milnes.

He was a domestic gardener [1911] / a gardener for Alderman William Henry Ingham / a soldier of 9 Summer Street [1916].

In 1916, he married Mary Wood [1888-19??] at St Mark's Parish Church, Siddal.

Mary a weaver of 11 Whitegate, Siddal, was the daughter of Sam Wood, weaver

They lived at 14 Whitegate, Siddal.

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

He was killed in action by shellfire at Arras [5th May 1917] (aged 25).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [19th May 1917].

He was buried at St Nicolas British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I J 5]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross.

His brother Granville also died in the War

Mary married Mr Balls.

They lived at 1 Dew's Passage, Albion Road, Great Yarmouth

Milnes, Arthur Batty
[1864-1???] Born in Holmfirth.

He was a boiler maker [1891] / a welded boiler [1901, 1911].

In 1884, he married either Sarah Ann Guest or Sarah Ann Taylor [1865-1???] in Rotherham.

Sarah Ann was born in Rotherham


  1. Harry [b 1884]
  2. Mary Ellen [b 1887] who was a cotton spinner [1901], a wool winder [1911]
  3. Charles E [b 1889] who was a cotton spinner [1891, 1901]
  4. Mabel Alice [1891-1907]
  5. Arthur
  6. Clement [b 1897] who was a doffer mill [1911]
  7. Clifford [b 1899] who was a doffer half-time [1911]
  8. Granville
  9. Harold [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • 1 Chester Street, Little Chester, Derby [1891]
  • 9 Summer Street, King Cross, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Sons Arthur & Granville died in World War I

Milnes, B.
[17??-18??] In 1809, he established a private newspaper room at Scarborough Castle

Milnes, Benjamin
[1749-1816] Of Greetland.

He married Hannah [1751-1813].


  1. John [1782-20th May 1809]
  2. Mary [1794-17th March 1815]

Hannah died 20th January 1813 (aged 62).

Benjamin died 2nd July 1816 (aged 67).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: D3]

Milnes, Charles
[1790-18??] A card maker.

He was transported for administering an illegal oath at a Luddite meeting at St Crispin Inn in 1812. He was given a free pardon [3rd January 1816]

Milnes, Charles H.
[18??-19??] Printer.

He was at St James's Road, Halifax [1905], 65 Long Acre, London [1905], and Gerrard Street, Halifax [1927].

He lived at Vlijmen House, Halifax [1905]

Milnes, Clifford
[1919-1941] Son of Ellen & Fred Milnes.

Born in Mytholmroyd.

During World War II, he served as an Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard HMS President III.

He was killed in action [21st October 1941] (aged 21).

He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England [Grave Ref 48 3], on a memorial in St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Milnes, Ernest
[1874-1905] Son of James Walter Milnes.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a currier [1891, 1895] / a leather currier [1901].

In 1895, he married Ann Culpan at St George's Church, Sowerby.

Ann, a twine piecener of Syke Lane, Sowerby Bridge, was born in Sowerby, the daughter of Titus Culpan


  1. James Walter

The family lived at

  • Lane Ends, Norland [1911]
  • 13 Upper Fountain Street, Sowerby Bridge [1917]

Ernest died in 1905 (aged 30) 

Milnes, Granville
[1900-1918] Son of Arthur Milnes.

He was a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & Sunday School / employed by Baldwin & Walker Limited.

During World War I, he enlisted [1916], and served as a Private with the 1st/4th (or 15th) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died 27th May 1918 (aged 18).

He was buried at Chambrecy Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref VII D 5].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, and on the Baldwin & Walker Roll of Honour.

His brother Arthur also died in the War

Milnes, James
[17??-18??] Partner in Milnes & Wrigley [1800]

Milnes, James
[1849-1927] Son of Samuel Milnes.

Born in Southowram [9th July 1849].

He was a local Methodist preacher [1881] / a master tailor [1881] / a medical homoeopathist [1911].

On 29th September 1872, he married Hannah Maria Fawcett [1851-1922] in Halifax.

Hannah Maria was born in Southowram [28th December 1851]


  1. Jonas Fawcett (Milnes) [b 1874]
  2. Laura [b 1879] who was an assistant teacher [1911]
  3. Clara [b 1883]
  4. Percy [b 1890]
  5. Alberta [b 1893]

The family lived at

  • Elland Road [1881]
  • Manor House, 6 Cromwell Bottom [1911, 1922, 1927]

Hannah Maria died at home [10th June 1922].

James died at home [9th December 1927].

Members of the family are buried/remembered at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Refs: F-Q10 & R-B41]

Milnes, James
[1857-19??] Born in Norland.

He was innkeeper at the Stott's Arms, Brighouse [1911].

He married Lydia Ann [1866-19??]

Lydia Ann was born in Grimsby


  1. Harold [b 1891] who was a joiner [1911]
  2. Harry [b 1904]

The children were born in Brighouse

Milnes, James Walter
[18??-18??] He was a dyer.

He married Ellen [1846-1???].

Ellen was a cotton reeler [1891]


  1. Ernest
  2. George [b 1879] who was a cotton doffer [1891], an iron moulder [1901]
  3. Bertha [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted rover [1901]

The family lived at

  • 27 Syke Lane, Sowerby Bridge, Sowerby [1891]
  • 53 Sowerby Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]

James Walter was dead by 1891

Milnes, James Walter
[1897-1917] Son of Ernest Milnes.

He lived at 15 Providence Place, Sowerby.

He was a cotton warehouseman [1911] / employed by Shepherd & Blackburn's, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916], and served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He went to France in January 1917.

He died of wounds [23rd May 1917] (aged 20).

He was buried at St. Leger British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref C 20].

He is remembered on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church

Milnes, John
[1???-1835] He was keeper of the night asylum in Halifax [1835]

On 29th December 1835, he died after being kicked in the abdomen by John Lumb who had been taken into custody

Milnes, John
[1821-1878] Of Brighouse.

He established John Milnes & Sons.

In [Q2] 1846, he married Ann Collins [1829-1893] in Halifax.


  1. Betty [1849-1850]
  2. John [1856-1869]
  3. William [1861-1866]
  4. Tommy
  5. Margaret [1868-1870]

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse. Mother-in-law Betty Collins [1795-1871] is buried with them

Milnes, Martin
[1???-16??] Owned West Royd Farm, Luddendenfoot

Milnes, Richard
[17??-18??] The first large-scale Trans-Pennine carrier. He occupied the Salt Warehouse, Sowerby Bridge [from around 1796].

When his business failed in 1799, the building was let to the Rochdale Canal Company

Milnes, Robert
[16??-1729] Son of Robert Milnes.

He married Sarah Priestley from Westercroft

Milnes, Robert
[1671-1738] Of Wakefield.

He married Hannah Poole.

Hannah was the daughter of Captain Joseph Poole of Leeds


  1. Richard
  2. Joseph
  3. Robert
  4. John
  5. Sarah
  6. Elizabeth
  7. Hannah [16??-1720] who married Jonathan Priestley
  8. Baptista [16??-1768] who married Richard Cooke

Milnes, Samuel
[1822-1885] Born in Southowram [26th November 1822].

He was a stone dresser [1846].

On 23rd November 1846, he married Sarah Denham [1827-1875] in Halifax.

Sarah was born in Southowram


  1. John [b 1848]
  2. James
  3. Sarah Jane [1852-1854] who died 31st December 1853 (aged 2 years & 4 months) 
  4. Denham [1854-28th July 1918]

The family lived at Elland Lane, Cromwell Bottom [1875, 1885].

Sarah died at home [28th November 1875].

Samuel died at home [15th July 1885].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-Q10]

Milnes, Rev Thomas
[17??-18??] Or Milns. Minister at Steep Lane Baptist Church, Sowerby [1811]. A new chapel was built during his pastorate. In 1823, he moved to Haslingden

Milnes, Thomas
[18??-19??] Carrier at Brighouse.

In May 1896, he was declared bankrupt

Milnes, Tommy
[18??-19??] Son of John Milnes.

Stone merchant. Of Spring Bank, Brighouse. He was elected Councillor in the Brighouse Municipal Elections of 1893.

In March 1896, he was trading as John Milnes & Sons and was declared bankrupt

In [Q1] 1869, he married (1) Susannah Barber [1848-1869] in Halifax.


  1. John Thomas [1869-1870] who died aged 5 months

Susannah died shortly after the birth of son John Thomas

In [Q2] 1871, he married (2) Elizabeth Crowther in Halifax.


  1. Sarah Ann [1872-1874] who died aged 1 year and 11 months
  2. Lucy Ellen [1874-1876] who died aged 1 year and 5 months
  3. John [1875-1877] who died aged 1 year and 6 months

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Milnes, Walter Lee
[1856-1???] Illegitimate son of Sarah Lee & Joseph Milnes of Stone Chair.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [16th July 1856]

Milnes, William
[17??-1826] Of Ovenden.

On 26th February 1826, his wife and daughter returned from chapel to find William

suspended by the neck and quite dead

At the inquest, the jury returned a verdict of

lunacy, supposed to be occasioned from receiving an anonymous letter charging him with having connections with another woman

Milnes, William
[1836-1901] Born in Southowram.

He was a flag facer (quarry) [1901].

In [Q2] 1860, he married Mercy Brummitt [1832-1915] in Halifax.

Mercy was born in Southowram


  1. Elizabeth [bapt 19th May 1861] who died in infancy
  2. Sarah [bapt 1st February 1863] who died in infancy
  3. Dan [bapt 16th July 1865] who died in infancy
  4. Fanny [1866-25th February 1900]
  5. Sam [1868-1871] who died in infancy
  6. Emma [bapt 14th January 1872]
  7. Jane [bapt 14/1/1872]
  8. Alfred
  9. (possibly) William who married Gladys Irene & had a daughter Barbara [June 1921-17th May 1922]

The family lived at Mount Pleasant, Southowram [1901].

Living with them [in 1901] were brother-in-law Jonah Womersley [b 1849] (flag facer – quarry), niece Sarah A. Womersley [b 1885] (winder carpet mill), & niece Susannah Womersley [b 1887] (worsted doffer).

William died in Halifax [22nd May 1901] (aged 65).

Mercy died 10th April 1915 (aged 83).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-G20] with Emma Womersley [1855-13th June 1900].

The children () were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-P6]


Milnes surname

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Milnes, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Milnes:

Birth 1888; Marriages 1805, 1843, 1858, 1860, 1878; Deaths 1898, 1899, 1907

© Malcolm Bull 2018
Revised 18:15 /7th October 2018 / mmm417 / 29397

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