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Milnes, AlfredRef 352-1778
[1???-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1920]. He won caps for Great Britain against Australia while at Halifax

Milnes, AlfredRef 352-1673
[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, AlfredRef 352-4
[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]

They 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, AquillaRef 352-5
[1862-1942] Born in Luddenden [10th February 1862].

He was a winder-on [1886] / landlord of the White Lion, Luddendenfoot [1913-1942] / a keen pigeon fancier / a member of the Friendly Brass Band.

On 8th May 1886, he married Emily Tattersall [1862-1953] in Halifax.

Emily was born in Sowerby Bridge [27th August 1862]


  1. Charles [b 1887]
  2. Clara [b 1890]
  3. Samuel [b 1899]
  4. Frank [b 1903]

Aquilla died at the White Lion in 1942.

Emily took over at the White Lion [1942-1948].

She died in Luddenden in 1953.

The couple were buried at Warley Town Cemetery

Milnes, ArthurRef 352-1435
[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 BattyRef 352-521
[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]

They 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.Ref 352-327
[17??-18??] In 1809, he established a private newspaper room at Scarborough Castle

Milnes, BenjaminRef 352-2
[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, CharlesRef 352-85
[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.Ref 352-1111
[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, CliffordRef 352-666
[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, ErnestRef 352-818
[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, FredRef 352-7
[1863-1898] Son of John Milnes.

Born in Brighouse [24th January 1863].

He was a stone merchant [1885].

On 17th March 1885, he married Laura Jowett in Halifax.

Laura was born in Huddersfield


  1. Frank [b 1889]
  2. Stella [b 1891]
  3. Samuel Jowett [1893] who died in infancy & was buried  with his father
  4. Raymond [b 1895]
  5. Oswald Vivian [b 1897]

Fred died in Stainland [29th December 1898].

Fred was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with his son Samuel.

Details of Laura's death & burial place are not yet known

Milnes, GeorgeRef 352-8
[1845-1904] Born 24th May 1845.

He married Elizabeth [1835-1894].

Elizabeth died 22nd April 1894 (aged 59).

George died 21st April 1904 (aged 59).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 175]

Milnes, GranvilleRef 352-781
[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, JamesRef 352-941
[17??-18??] Partner in Milnes & Wrigley [1800]

Milnes, JamesRef 352-89
[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]

They 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, JamesRef 352-583
[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 WalterRef 352-839
[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 WalterRef 352-691
[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, JohnRef 352-936
[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, JohnRef 352-9540
[1821-1878] Of Brighouse.

He established John Milnes & Sons.

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


  1. Tommy
  2. Betty [1849-1850]
  3. John [1856-1869]
  4. William [1861-1866]
  5. Fred
  6. 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, JohnRef 352-10
[1852-1894] Born in Halifax.

He was a policeman in Halifax [1881].

In [Q4] 1973, he married Emma Riley in Halifax.

Emma was the daughter of
Elkanah Riley.

She was a worsted weaver [1901]



  1. James Albert [b 1874] who was a carpet reeler (living  with his grandmother Sarah Riley) [1891]
  2. Sarah Ellen [b 1876]
  3. Richard Henry [b 1881]

They lived at

  • 5 Chaffer's Court, Halifax [1881]
  • 9 Cobden Street, Halifax [1901]

John died Q3 1894 (aged 42).

An Emma Milnes died Q2 1917 (aged 67).

They both died in Halifax

Milnes, JosephRef 352-6
[1820-1887] Born in Skircoat.

He was a farmer of 18 acres [1851] / a farmer of 19 acres [1871].

In [Q4] 1847, he married (1) Susannah Pilling [1816-1868] in Halifax.

Susannah was born in Brighouse


  1. Mary A. [b 1849]
  2. Martha [28th June 1857-11th Feb 1940]

Susannah died 14th August 1868 (aged 52).

In [Q4] 1878, he married (2) Harriet [1828-1???] in Halifax.

Harriet was born in Stainland.

She was the widow of Mr Schofield.

She had children by her first marriage:

  • Mary H. [b 1862] who was a cotton card room worker [1881]
  • Henry [b 1864] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  • Ann [b 1867] who was a cotton twiner [1881]

who were living with Susannah & Joseph [1881]


They lived at

Living with them [in 1851] was widowed mother-in-law Mary Pilling [b 1779] (former laundress).

Joseph died 30th September 1887 (aged 67).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/12].

Details of Harriet's death / burial place are not yet known

Milnes, MartinRef 352-236
[1???-16??] Owned West Royd Farm, Luddendenfoot

Milnes, RichardRef 352-376
[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, RobertRef 352-1375
[16??-1729] Son of Robert Milnes.

He married Sarah Priestley from Westercroft

Milnes, RobertRef 352-1374
[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, SamuelRef 352-1083
[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]

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

Sarah died 28th November 1875.

Samuel died 15th July 1885.

They both died at home.

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

Milnes, Rev ThomasRef 352-130
[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, ThomasRef 352-427
[18??-19??] Carrier at Brighouse.

In May 1896, he was declared bankrupt

Milnes, ThomasRef 352-9
[1830-1900] Born in Skircoat.

He was a whitesmith & bellhanger employing 1 man & 2 boys [1861] / a whitesmith [1871].

In [Q4] 1856, he married Elizabeth Cliffe [1837-1908] in Halifax.

Elizabeth was born in Brighouse


  1. Mary Cliffe [b 1857] who was a book folder [1871]
  2. Mary Ellen [b 1856]
  3. Thomas Cliffe [1858-1875]
  4. Elizabeth Ann [1859-1898]
  5. (possibly) Thomas [b 1862]
  6. Albert Cliffe [b 1865]
  7. Walter Cliffe [b 1868]
  8. Sarah Annie [1870-1887]
  9. George Henry who died in infancy
  10. Ada Louisa who died in infancy

They lived at

  • 49 Gerrard Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 17 Back Gerrard Street, Halifax [1871]

Thomas died 19th November 1900 (aged 70).

Elizabeth died 17th April 1908 (aged 71).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2182]

Milnes, TommyRef 352-874
[1847-1912] Son of John Milnes.

Stone merchant of 13 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, Tommy 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

Tommy died Q1 1912 (aged 65).

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

Milnes, Walter LeeRef 352-311
[1856-1???] Illegitimate son of Sarah Lee & Joseph Milnes of Stone Chair.

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

Milnes, WilliamRef 352-1416
[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, WilliamRef 352-3
[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]  

They 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 surnameRef 352-1

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

There are 35 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


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