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Milner, AbrahamRef 313-1265
[1???-1748] He was Usher at Heath Grammar School [1727] / a bookseller at Halifax [1748].

On 8th June 1740, he married Mary Fielding.

Both he and his wife were buried on 28th August 1748

Milner, EdwardRef 313-254
[1819-1884] Landscape architect who designed Shroggs Park, People's Park, and also the south London site for the Crystal Palace, London

Milner, EdwardRef 313-7
[1821-1903] Son of William Milner.

Born in Salterhebble [6th August 1821].

He was a damask salesman [1851] / a warehouseman in stuff goods [1871] / a ? manufactory carting [1881].

In [Q1] 1846, he married Emmeline Cane [1822-1852] in Halifax.


  1. William B. [b 1848]
  2. Hannah [b 1850]

They lived at

  • 16 Bedford Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 5 Westgate, Halifax [1871]
  • 7 West Grove Terrace, Halifax [1881]

In 1871, 1881, Edward was head of the household living with his siblings.

Emmeline died 27th October 1852 (aged 30).

Edward died 5th February 1903 (aged 82).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2014] with Edward's sister Frances Milner [1828-1899]

Milner, GeorgeRef 313-583
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Blackley Particular Baptist Church

Milner, GeorgeRef 313-9
[1832-1885] Born in Halifax.

He was a saddler [1871, 1881].

He married Catherine [1837-1910].

Catherine was born in Ireland


  1. Joseph [b 1855] who was an apprentice [1871]
  2. Alice [1863-1923] who was a worsted weaver [1881] & never  married
  3. Tom [b 1865] who was a worsted spinner [1881]
  4. Maria [1867-1869]
  5. Mary Ann [b 1867] who was a dress maker [1881, 1911,  1921] & never married
  6. George Henry [b 1871]

The family lived at

  • 13 Back Street, Halifax [1871, 1881]
  • 12 Hall Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 12 Hall Street, Halifax (Alice – head of the household –  and sister Mary Ann) [1911]
  • 5 Woodbine Terrace, Halifax (Alice – head of the  household – and sister Mary Ann) [1921]

George died 7th April 1885 (aged 53).

Catherine died 15th May 1910 (aged 73).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2663]

Milner, HenryRef 313-734
[16??-16??] He married Mary, daughter of James Robinson.


  1. James
  2. Mary
  3. Henry

Milner, Rev J. StanleyRef 313-640
[19??-19??] Minister at Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1956]

Milner, JamesRef 313-645
[16??-17??] He was Constable of Northowram [1713]

Milner, JamesRef 313-465
[17??-1???] He was an informant at the trial of the coiners

Milner, JamesRef 313-1646
[1786-18??] He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Milner, JamesRef 313-1738
[1786-1854] He was a wire drawer [1786].

On 30th December 1810, he married Ann Gooder.

Ann came from Brighouse


  1. Joseph

Milner, JamesRef 313-1462
[18??-18??] Partner in James Milner & Company

Milner, JamesRef 313-1623
[1832-1907] Son of Joseph Milner.

He was a wool card maker's manager [1861] / a card maker [1871, 1881] / an engineer [1891, 1901].

On 25th December 1853, he married (1) Martha Ann Gledhill [1836-1867] at Halifax Parish Church.

Martha Ann was born in Ovenden, the eldest daughter of William Gledhill, butcher.

She was a milliner dress maker [1861]



  1. William
  2. Mary Ann [b 1859]

Martha Ann died in 1867.

On 15th April 1869, James married (2) Ann Dalgleish

Ann came from Scotland

The family lived at Back Lane, Skircoat [1861]

Milner, James S.Ref 313-26
[18??-19??] Innkeeper of the Golden Fleece, Boothtown [1901].

See Robert Mallinson

Milner, JohnRef 313-635
[15??-1???] He married Anne, daughter of Robert Waterhouse.


  1. Grace who married Robert Waterhouse

Milner, JohnRef 313-590
[16??-1660] Of Skircoat.

He married Mary, daughter of Gilbert Ramsden.


  1. son
  2. John

Milner, JohnRef 313-157
[1628-1703] BD.

Second son of John Milner. Educated at Heath Grammar School and Christ's College Cambridge [1642].

He married Sara [1627-1667], sister of John Lake.


  1. Thomas [b 1652]

He became Curate at Sowerby Bridge [1650].

He was vicar of St John's Leeds [1673], of Leeds Parish Church [1677], and of Ripon [1681].

He was unhappy with oaths imposed when William III became king, and he resigned and retired to St John's, Cambridge. He spent his time

in writing learned books

and produced many theological works

Milner, JohnRef 313-1483
[17??-18??] A wire drawer at Halifax.

He married Unknown.


  1. Susannah

Milner, JohnRef 313-942
[17??-18??] Partner in Samuel Broadbent & Company

Milner, JohnRef 313-281
[17??-1801] He was the postman for Halifax, and was known as Joe Post.

He married Susannah, who was a bookseller with premises in Corn Market, Halifax.

In 1788, he sold Bolton's History of Fungusses.

In 1789, he issued the book History of the town and parish of Halifax.

In September 1789, he was declared bankrupt.

He died 21st May 1801

Milner, JohnRef 313-1473
[18??-1856] A young worker at Akroyd's Mill at Copley.

In August 1856, he was picking loose wool off a roller when he was caught in the machinery, mangling his hand and a part of his arm.

About a week earlier, another young worker, Sarah Smith, had died following an accident at the same mill

Milner, John EdwardRef 313-7003
[1876-1953] Born in Brighouse.

He was cemetery registrar for Brighouse Borough Council [1911].

In [Q4] 1903, he married Edith Emma Briggs [1880-19??] from Rastrick.


  1. Laura Margaret [b 1905]
  2. Robert Barrington [b 1909]

The family lived at Cemetery Lodge, Brighouse [1911]

Milner, John FosterRef 313-783
[1844-1908] Born in Bradford.

He was a corn miller's traveller [1871].

In 1875, he established a flour milling business in Elland, and he was at Elland Mill [1876].

He was employing 22 men & 2 boys [1881].

In 1885, he moved to the nearby Woodside Flour Mill, Elland. The firm employed about 70 workers. They produced 33 distinct types of flour including

Snow Flake
Elland XL
Elland MMM

On 4th March 1892, there was a dispute in the corn-milling trade between the management and workers of the company. There were popular demonstrations against the new workers whom Milner recruited to fill the strikers' places at the mill.

In 1867, he married Emma Bower [1843-1897] in Bradford.

Emma was born in Bradford


  1. William [b 1868] who was a corn miller [1891]
  2. Ernest Arthur / Arthur [b 1871] who was a corn  miller [1891], an assistant in corn mill [1901]
  3. Annie [b 1874]
  4. George A. [b 1876] who was a miller's traveller [1901]
  5. Ethel [b 1878]
  6. Charles Herbert [b 1880] who was an assistant in corn  mill [1901]
  7. John F. [b 1882] who was an assistant in corn mill [1901]

They lived at

  • Hill Field Houses, Eccleshill, Bradford [1871]
  • Southgate, Elland [1881]
  • Woodside, Elland [1891]
  • 20 Pierremont Crescent, Darlington, Durham [1901]

Living with them [in 1881] was John's sister Eliza Milner [b 1851].

Emma died in Halifax in 1897 (aged 54).

John died in Sunderland, Durham in 1908 (aged 64) 

Milner, John WilliamRef 313-1570
[1873-1951] Son of John Milner, woollen carder.

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen spinner of Elland [1894] / a dyer's labourer [1901] / a mechanic labourer [1911]

In 1894, he married Sarah Jane Hartley at Elland Parish Church.

Sarah Jane, of Elland, was born in Leeds, the daughter of
Hartley Whiteley


  1. Wilfrid
  2. Walter
  3. Laura [b 1900]
  4. Edith [b 1901]
  5. Jack [b 1908]
  6. Ralph [b 1911]

The family lived at 29 Bowman Place, Hanson Lane, Halifax [1901, 1911, 1917, 1918].

Sons Wilfrid & Walter died in World War I.

Sarah Jane died Q2 1935 (aged 68).

John William died Q3 1951 (aged 78) 

Milner, JosephRef 313-1624
[1812-1891] Son of James Milner.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a card maker employing several men.

On 1st November 1830, he married (1) Emma Clegg [1812-1852] in Birstall.


  1. John [1831-1842]
  2. James
  3. Sarah [1836-1839]
  4. Mary [1837] who married [1859] John Lainton
  5. George [1838-1843]
  6. William
  7. Sarah Hannah [b 1841] who married [1860] John  Lister [1837]
  8. Joseph
  9. Charles [1846-1847]
  10. Emma Jane [1849-1902] who married [1865] Frederick  William Turner (wheelwright) [1840-1882]
  11. Martha Ann [1850-1923] who married [1868] Joseph  Ramsden [1848-1???]

Emma died at Bedford Terrace, Halifax [11th February 1852].

On 25th August 1852, he married (2) Mary Jenkinson at Farnley.

On 8th May 1871, he married (3) Sophia Connell [1834-1876] at Halifax Parish Church.

In 1876, he married (4) a widow Mrs Mary Scott [1824-1910].

Joseph died at 9 Belmont Terrace, Savile Park, Halifax [27th February 1891].

They are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1891. In his will, he left 25 houses to his children after the death of his wife

Milner, JosephRef 313-3
[1816-1867] Born in Bingley.

He was a spindle forger [1851] / a spindle & flyer mechanic [1861].

He married Mary Ann [1817-1873].

Mary Ann was born in Keighley


  1. Maria Heap [1841-1906] who was a weaver in worsted  factory [1861], married Thomas Naylor, & was buried with her  parents
  2. Daniel [b 1845]
  3. Samuel [b 1846] who was a butcher [1861]
  4. James [b 1848] who was a doffer in worsted factory [1861]
  5. Susannah [b 1851]

They lived at New Bank, Halifax [1851, 1861].

Living with them [in 1851] was visitor William Milner.

Joseph died 27th April 1867 (aged 51).

Mary Ann died 19th April 1873 (aged 56).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3480] with William Milner

Milner, JosephRef 313-1740
[1845-1875] Son of Joseph Milner.

In 1863, he married Sarah Burford [1846-1???].


  1. Albert Edward [b 1869]
  2. Mary E. [b 1872]
  3. Jane A. [b 1875]

Milner, JoshuaRef 313-624
[17??-1813] The parish beadle, also known as Joshua Goldbutton.

Recorded around 1796, when he officiated at the funeral of Nan Beverley.

On 1st July 1813, he and 2 others were killed and several others injured when the Jubilee Mail Coach overturned after the reins broke and the coachman lost control of the horses coming down Haley Hill.

His staff of office is kept at Halifax Parish Church.

See Forestall

Milner, JoshuaRef 313-6

He married Elizabeth [1804-1882].

Joshua died 11th June 1880 (aged 76).

Elizabeth died 17th January 1882 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1184] with Joseph Walker

Milner, MorrisonRef 313-13
[1856-1921] Born in Keighley.

He was a bookkeeper in worsted mill [1891] / a bookkeeper for a corn merchant [1901] / a bookkeeper [1911] / a manager with the / Halifax Tradesmen's Supply Association.

In [Q4] 1881, he married Ruth Ann [1859-1935] in Halifax.

Ruth Ann Cockroft was born in Halifax

Ruth Ann was the daughter of Samuel Cockroft


  1. Edwin Cockroft [b 1883] who was a corn merchant's  warehouseman [1901]
  2. Henry / Harry S. [b 1885] who was a head doffer in  a worsted mill [1901]
  3. Frank Clifford [b 1889]

The family lived at

  • Hope Hall Terrace Halifax [1891]
  • 156 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 212 Warley Road, Halifax [1911]
  • Bolton by Bowland, Clitheroe [1921]

Living with them [in 1891] was Ruth Ann's widowed mother Sarah Ann Cockroft [b 1825] & sister Mary Hannah Cockroft [b 1868] (draper's machinist).

Living with them [in 1901] was Ruth Ann's sister Mary Hannah Cockroft [b 1868] (underclothing machinist).

Morrison died Q4 1921 (aged 64).

Ruth Ann died Q4 1935 (aged 76).

They both died in Halifax

Milner, RobertRef 313-560
[15??-1595] Or Mylner, Millnes.

Curate at Elland [1566]

Milner, RobertRef 313-6880
[1854-1900] Registrar of Brighouse Cemetery

He died 24th August 1900 [aged 56]

Milner, Mrs SusannahRef 313-40
[1785-18??] Son of John Milner.

Bookseller and circulating library at 4/13 Causeway, Halifax [1845] and 22 Ann Street/Square, Halifax [1850]

Milner, ThomasRef 313-10
[1789-1867] Of Halifax.

Thomas died 12th May 1867 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3134] with Sladdin Tankard

Milner, ThomasRef 313-11

In [Q1] 1846, he married (1) Maria Wilson [1824-1871] in Halifax.


  1. Elizabeth Ann [1858-1859] who was buried with the family  of Samuel Bower at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3256]
  2. child who died in infancy
  3. child who died in infancy
  4. child who died in infancy

Maria died 30th November 1871 (aged 47).

In [Q3] 1872, he married (2) Sarah Robinson [1823-1876] in Halifax.

Sarah died 5th November 1876 (aged 53).

Thomas died 4th October 1887 (aged 66).

He, his wives & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3266] with Thomas's sister Ellen [1818-1886]

Milner, TomRef 313-1387
[19??-] Actor whose work has included the rôle of Paul Langley in the BBC TV series Waterloo Road. He trained at Calderdale College. He lives in Northowram

Milner, WalterRef 313-1423
[1898-1917] Son of John William Milner.

He was educated at St Augustine's School / a half-time cotton spinner [1911] / employed in the dyehouse of J. & J. Baldwin & Partners Limited.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1916] and served as a Private with C Company 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment.

He went to France [April 1917].

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 31st July 1917 (aged 19).

His family had to wait nearly a year for confirmation of his death. The Halifax Courier [29th June 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 44], on Elland War Memorial, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Augustine's Church, Pellon, and on the Memorial at Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel

His brother Wilfrid also died in the War

Milner, WilfridRef 313-1568
[1896-1918] Son of John William Milner.

He was educated at St Augustine's School / a cotton spinner [1911] / employed in the dyehouse of J. & J. Baldwin & Partners Limited at  Clark Bridge Mills, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914] with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [April 1915] and was invalided home with trench feet [February 1916].

He transferred and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He returned to France [August 1916].

He died of wounds at No.62 Casualty Clearing Station [15th April 1918] (aged 22).

The Halifax Courier [8th June 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II C 8].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Augustine's Church, Pellon, and on the Memorial at Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel.

His brother Walter also died in the War

Milner, WilliamRef 313-8
[1785-18??] Born in Salterhebble.

He was a late stuff presser [1861].

He married Unknown.


  1. Ann [b 1815] who married Mr Braak, & was widowed  by 1881
  2. Edward
  3. Frances [1828-1899]
  4. Sarah [b 1824] who was a dressmaker [1861]
  5. William B. [b 1848]
  6. Anne M. [b 1850] who was a draper's assistant [1881]

William was a widower by 1861.

They lived at 5 Westgate, Halifax [1861].

From 1871, Edward & his siblings lived together

Milner, WilliamRef 313-M84
[1803-1850] Halifax grocer and merchant who became a publisher.

He went on to publish his popular Cottage Library series of books which claimed to be the cheapest books in England, at one time printing 15,000 copies per day for sale at 6d or 1/- per copy.

See John Drake, Tommy Ramsden and Thomas Tiffany

Milner, WilliamRef 313-4
[1829-1853] He was mechanic [1851]

He lived at New Bank, Halifax with Joseph Milner and family [1851].

He died 9th November 1853 (aged 24)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3480]

Milner, WilliamRef 313-1739
[1840-1899] Son of Joseph Milner.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wire drawer [1871, 1881].

On 26th August 1860, he married (1) Maria Robinson [1830-1895] at Halifax Parish Church.

Maria was born in Southowram

Maria died 28th February 1895 (aged 64).

On 29th April 1895, he married (2) Emma Haigh at Halifax Parish Church They lived at

  • Cottage Trooper Lane, Southowram [1871]
  • Trooper Lane, Southowram [1881]

William died 2nd November 1899 (aged 59).

Emma died 6th April 1904 (aged 54).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-K6]

Milner, WilliamRef 313-12
[1856-1911] Son of James Milner.

Born in Halifax [29th March 1856].

He was a cart driver [1881, 1891] / a formerly railway carter [1911].

In [Q2] 1875, he married Mary Hannah Pullan [1856-1920] in Halifax.

Mary Hannah was born in Bradford


  1. Sarah E. [b 1876] who was a worsted winder [1891]
  2. Harriet Annie [b 1878] who was a worsted spinner [1891],  a worsted warper [1911]
  3. Emily Ann [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a  worsted drawer [1911]
  4. Thomas W. [b 1884]
  5. John [b 1886]
  6. Edith [b 1889] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  7. Florence [b 1892] who was a worsted drawer [1911]
  8. Ernest [b 1894] who was a worsted doffer [1911]
  9. Edgar [b 1896] who was a carter [1911]
  10. Arnold [b 1898] who was a worsted doffer [1911]

They lived at

  • 25 Malt Shovel Yard, Halifax [1881, 1891]
  • 8 Chestnut Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1891] was Mary Hannah's sister Clara Pullan [b Bradford 1868] (worsted finisher).

Living with them [in 1911] was boarder Clarence Wilman [b  Leeds 1894] (cotton hanker).

William died 9th June 1911 (aged 55).

Mary Hannah died 27th May 1920 (aged 64).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3416] with several (as yet) unidentified people including Elizabeth Wood [1811-1865]

Milner, William ValentineRef 313-5
[1869-1947] Born in Felixkirk, Yorkshire.

He was a farmer [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1892, he married (1) either Ellen Burton or Elizabeth Haw in Thirsk.


  1. Elsie [b 1893]
  2. William [b 1894]
  3. Mary Ann [b 1895] who was a laundry worker [1911]

William was widowed by 1901.

In [Q3] 1909, he married (2) Annie Slater Mann [1878-1922] in Halifax.


  1. Alice Dorothy [b 1910]

They lived at

  • Helmsley, Yorkshire [1901]
  • Ellistones Farm, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1911]

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was widowed mother Mary Ann Milner [b 1831].

Annie died 26th September 1922 (aged 44).

William died 16th November 1947 (aged 78).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/492]

Milner, WillieRef 313-2
[1872-1919] Born in Skircoat.

He was a blacksmith [1891] / a general blacksmith [1901] / a blacksmith (own account) [1911].

In [Q1] 1898, he married Ann Elizabeth Turner in Halifax.

Ann Elizabeth was the daughter of
William Turner


  1. Winifred [b 1899]
  2. Gerald [b 1900]
  3. Florrie [b 1907]
  4. Raymond who died 21st February 1911 (aged 3 months) 

They lived at

  • Chapel Lane, Southowram [1901]
  • 1 Chapel Lane, Southowram [1907-1???]

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was brother George Milner [b  1867] (blacksmith).

Willie died 15th July 1919 (aged 47).

Raymond & Willie were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-D26] with Ann Elizabeth's parents


Milner surnameRef 313-1

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

There are 44 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Milner, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Milner

Marriages 1574, 1874, 1886, 1906, 1921, 1926; Death 1810

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 3416


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