Rayner ...

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

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

There are many people with this surname, and it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any such duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.

Rayner, AlanRef 329-712
[18??-1???] Recorded in 1868, when he was Constable at Rastrick

Rayner, Alan DysonRef 329-10
[1919-1978] Landlord of the Bottomley's Arms, Shelf [1959-1962]

Rayner, AllenRef 329-5
[1823-1???] Born in Rastrick.

He was a woollen manufacturer [1817], and established Allen Rayner & Company.

He married Elizabeth [1819-18??].

Elizabeth was born in Westmorland


  1. Emila [1833-1913]
  2. Sarah Bowman [b 1846]
  3. John Alan [b 1849] who was a woollen manufacturer [1871]
  4. Fredric
  5. George Henry [b 1857]
  6. Anne [b 1854]

They lived at Newlands, Rastrick [1871]

Rayner, ArthurRef 329-139
[1858-1???] Son of Isaac Rayner.

Born in Low Moor.

He was a general labourer [1881] / a yarn scourer of Salterhebble [1884] / a yarn scourer of Cartgate, Wibsey [1890] / a worsted yarn scourer [1891] / an iron foundry labourer [1901] / a boiler maker's labourer [1911].

In 1884, he married (1) Ellen Smith [1858-1889] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Smith, grinder. She was a domestic servant at Harrison Road, Halifax


  1. Robert H. [b 1885] who was a factory operative worsted  [1901]
  2. Laura E. [b 1886] who was a cotton mill operative [1901,  1911]

Ellen died in 1889.

In 1890, he married (2) Lily Smith [1868-1???] at Bradford Cathedral.

Lily was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Thomas Smith (deceased), cutler. She was a domestic servant of Cartgate, Wibsey,


  1. Alice Blanche [1890-1895]
  2. Tom Smith
  3. Eva Isabella [1895-1907]
  4. Charles V [b 1896] who was a grocer's errand boy [1901,  1911]
  5. Arthur Llewellyn [b 1902]

The family lived at 9 Bristol Street, Skircoat, Halifax [1891, 1901]

Rayner, BenjaminRef 329-32
[1773-1834] Of Brighouse.

He married Betty [1774-1841].


  1. Henry [1800-1854]

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

Rayner, BenjaminRef 329-598
[1835-1908] Elder son of Moses Rayner.

Born in Warley.

His mother, Hannah, died [1840] giving birth to his brother Mark.

By 1854, Benjamin, his father, aunt Jane, and brother Mark had emigrated to America.

In 1861, the family were living in Ripley, Indiana.

Benjamin married Unknown in Indiana.


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The family moved to Kansas and then Oklahoma.

He died in Custer, Oklahama in 1908

Rayner, Mrs CecilieRef 329-586
[1???-1???] She married (1) William Rayner.

She married (2) Michael Waterhouse

Rayner, CrispinRef 329-1528
[1809-1831] Son of William Rayner and brother of Elizabeth Rayner.

He was said to be a strong man in a circus and a Grenadier guard

In a feat of strength, he once pulled a loaded cart up Clifton Common.

He is reputed to have been inspected by Adelaide, wife of William IV who commented on his impressive physique with

Now then, you're a fine figure of a man

to which he supposedly replied

I am that, Mrs Queen

Rayner, Edward LloydRef 329-596
[1898-1918] Son of John Charnock Rayner.

Born in Rastrick.

He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with B Battery 174th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 8th October 1918.

He was buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France [Grave Ref IV E 17].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax, on Brighouse War Memorial, and on Rastrick War Memorial

He died 8th October 1918.

Rayner, ElizabethRef 329-864
[1812-1832] Aka Liz. Of Clifton.

She was murdered in Clifton Wood on New Year's Eve 1832. No-one was ever charged with the crime.

William Parry wrote a poem about the incident

Rayner, Eric BottomleyRef 329-209
[1900-1918] Son of Walter Rayner.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Rishworth School / employed by J. Hoyle [1915].

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1917], and served as Flight Cadet with the 204th Training Depot Station / Leading Aircraftman Royal Air Force.

He was killed in an air crash [17th October 1918] (aged 18). The engine failed as he took off for a flight. Seeing trees ahead, he tried to get back to the aerodrome, but he lost speed and nose-dived to earth. His thigh was broken and he died before the ambulance arrived to take him to hospital

The Halifax Courier [26th October 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Stainland [North Part old ground].

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

Rayner, FairburnRef 329-622
[1852-1918] First conductor of the Clifton Subscription Band. He also conducted the Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Brass Band [1901-1902]

Rayner, FredricRef 329-4
[1852-1916] Or Fredrick.

Son of Allen Rayner

Born in Rastrick.

He was a worsted spinner [1871] / organist & choirmaster at St Matthew's Church, Rastrick [1872-1909].

His sisters erected a memorial for him in St Matthew's

Rayner, GeorgeRef 329-624
[14??-15??] Minister of Hartshead [1486]

Rayner, George AlfredRef 329-407
[1841-1908] Son of John Rayner.

Born in Halifax.

He emigrated to Australia.

In 1866, he married Emily Jane Newberry.

It is not known whether Emily Jane was an immigrant

Rayner, George H.Ref 329-3
[1865-1913] Vicar of Bradshaw.

He died Q4 1913 (aged 48) 

Rayner, George HarryRef 329-6
[1861-1947] Son of Thomas Rayner.

Born in Clifton [29th October 1861].

He was a wire drawer [1881] / a thick wire drawer [1911].

In [Q2] 1884, he married Martha Ann Crooks [1860-1943] in Halifax.

Martha was born in Ashton-under-Lyne [1st August 1860]


  1. Albert [b 1890] who was a house painter [1911]
  2. Arthur [b 1895] who was a small wire drawer [1911]

They lived at 49 Abbey Walk South, Halifax [1911].

Martha Ann died 27th October 1943 (aged 83).

George Harry died 20th March 1947 (aged 86).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: NL-A10]

Rayner, IsaacRef 329-138
[1831-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a wire drawer [1881, 1884].

In He married Alice [1831-1???].


  1. Arthur
  2. Thomas [b 1866] who was a maker-up of cotton [1881]
  3. Marmaduke [b 1868]
  4. Sarah A. [b 1871]
  5. John [b 1874]

They lived at 5 Shoesmith's Buildings, Skircoat [1881]

Rayner, IsaacRef 329-530
[1888-1918] Son of Fanny & Thomas Rayner of Broadfold, Midgley.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the 31st Vet. Hosp. Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

He died 23rd December 1918 (aged 30).

He was buried at Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine & Israel [Grave Ref C 30].

He is remembered on Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Luddenden

Rayner, JohnRef 329-834
[1798-1849] Halifax draper.

He amalgamated with the business of his father-in-law, James Milne. The business was at 5 Corn Market, Halifax.

Rayner took over after Milne's death.

He retired and his brother-in-law Jonathan Wilkinson Foster took over the business and moved to Crown Street, Halifax

In 1819, he married Rachel Milne in Halifax.

Rachel was the daughter of James Milne


  1. Jane [1819-1875] who married Henry Oates
  2. Mary Elliott [1821-1895] who Francis Hilton
  3. John James
  4. Charles Milne [1825-1828]
  5. Rachel [1827-1899] who married Charles Dearden
  6. Ellen [b 1829] who married John Hodgson
  7. William Henry [1831-1904] who married Sarah
  8. Frederick [1833-1847]
  9. Louisa [1836-1902] who married John Edward Cockrell
  10. Clementina [1837-1923] who married Thomas Jackson
  11. George Alfred

Rayner, JohnRef 329-849
[1815-18??] Born in Sowerby.

He was landlord of the Duke of York, Stainland [1845, 1851] / a farmer of 9 acres (employing no labourers) [1851].

In 1859, he declined to take up the Duke of York licence again.

In [Q1] 1844, he married Jane Walker [1818-18??].

Jane was born in Stainland, the daughter (or daughter-in-law)  of Rachel and John Walker.

She had a daughter: Eliza Walker [b 1839]



  1. Mary Ann [b 1845]
  2. Susan [b 1846]
  3. Sarah [b 1848]
  4. John W. [b 1850]

Rayner, John CharnockRef 329-260
[1865-1907] Born in Rastrick.

He was a mechanic [1901]

He married Rosa Wood [1865-1903].

Rosa was born in Malton


  1. Edward Lloyd

They lived at 130 Brook Street, Rastrick [1901]

Rayner, John JamesRef 329-405
[1823-1894] Son of John Rayner.

Born 22nd August 1823; baptised at Halifax Parish Church [25th December 1823].

He is recorded as an upholsterer / a naval outfitter and contractor [1894].

On 8th October 1849, he married Ellen Walker [1825-1876] at St Peter's Church, Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Ellen came from Fleetwood

Witnesses to the marriage included John James's father John & brother William Henry


  1. Frederick Charles [1851-1871]
  2. Louisa [1852-1875]
  3. John James [1853-1864]
  4. Emily [1855-1884]
  5. Ellen [18??-1944]
  6. William Henry [b 1858]
  7. Claire Alice
  8. Annie Lavinia [1862-1862]
  9. Frank Walker [b 1863]
  10. Charles Herbert [b 1866]
  11. John James [b 1869]

He expanded the family drapery business in a different direction.

The company supplied uniforms for the White Star Line.

It may have been that the Halifax business was thriving & getting orders from the shipping companies in Liverpool.

He was living & working in Liverpool / Manchester [1851].

There is today [2016] a company Miller Rayner in Southampton whose business includes the supply of uniforms to merchant navies and airlines & shipping lines

Rayner, JosephRef 329-1317
[1828-1883] Solicitor in Brighouse [1856].

On 11th October 1854, he married Catherine Dyson [1830-1910] at All Hallows' Almondbury

He acquired Mark Blackburn's Granny Hall Estate.

He lived at Slead House, Brighouse [1866]

He became Town Clerk of Liverpool.

See Abraham Hirst

Rayner, JosephRef 329-575
[1892-1915] DCM.

He lived at 46A Ripon Street, Parkinson Lane, Halifax.

He was a regular soldier with 3 years' service in the East Lancashire Regiment.

He served with the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles) in Malta.

During World War I, and he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for

taking command of the platoon at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle

He was killed by gunshot after looking over the parapet [22nd June 1915] (aged 23).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Rayner, Joseph SykesRef 329-1358
[18??-19??] Of Brighouse.

He worked in the family's confectionery business at 25 Bethel Street, Brighouse [1906].

He travelled around the district selling

Rayner's Genuine Ice Creeam

from a cart pulled by a pony

Rayner, MarkRef 329-601
[1840-1892] Son of Moses Rayner.

Born in Heptonstall.

His mother, Hannah, died giving birth to Mark.

By 1854, Mark, his father, aunt Jane, and brother Benjamin had emigrated to America.

They were living in Ripley, Indiana [1861].

Mark married Unknown in Ripley.


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He died in Ripley in 1892

Rayner, MosesRef 329-597
[1808-1889] From Ramsgill, North Yorkshire.

By 1834, members of the family had come to the Hebden Bridge / Warley area.

He was a blacksmith [1841].

He married Hannah [18??-1840].


  1. Benjamin
  2. Mark

Hannah died in childbirth at Heptonstall.

His niece Mary Rayner married John Midgley.

In 1841, Moses was living at Kings Head, Stansfield with his elderly mother Mary Rayner and sister Jane [b 1826] (a spinner).

In 1851, son Mark was living with his grandparents back in Ramsgill. Moses, his mother, sister and son Benjamin were living in Northowram.

His mother died in late 1851.

He decided to emigrate, and Moses, Jane, Mark and Benjamin all emigrated to America by 1854.

In 1861 Moses, Jane and Mark were living in Ripley, Indiana.

Jane looked after her brother until he died there [in 1889].

They are buried in Ripley

Rayner, RadcliffeRef 329-9
[1813-1864] Born in Marsden.

He was a dyer [1851] / a wool dyer [1861].

Around 1837, he married Mary [1809-1874].

Mary was born in Huddersfield


  1. Harriet [1836-29th November 1878] who was a woollen power  weaver [1851], a woollen cloth burler [1861] & was buried with her  parents
  2. William
  3. Ann [b 1843] who was a woollen feeder [1861]
  4. Betsy [b 1845] who was a woollen burler [1861]
  5. Martha [b 1849]

They lived at

  • Long Field, Stainland [1851]
  • 82 Lower Green, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1861]

Radcliffe died 13th August 1864 (aged 51).

Mary died 6th January 1874 (aged 65).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S2/76]

Rayner, Sarah BowmanRef 329-271
[1846-1935] Of Brighouse.

In her will, she left bequests to a large number of local organisations and institutions.

Probate records show that she left an estate valued at £19,339

Rayner, ThomasRef 329-7
[1830-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a wire drawer [1871].

Around 1849, he married Adaline [1831-1???].

Adaline was born in Clifton


  1. Amelia [b 1849] who was a filler-up of cards [1871]
  2. Fred [b 1849] who was a card nailer [1871]
  3. Fairburn [b 1853] who was a wire drawer [1871]
  4. Lydia [b 1854] who was a cloth burler [1871]
  5. Mary E. [b 1856] who was a cloth burler [1871]
  6. Alice [b 1860] who was a dress maker [1881]
  7. George Harry Rayner wire drawer [1881]
  8. Anne [b 1864] who was a silk spinner [1881]
  9. William [b 1866] who was a silk spinner [1881]
  10. Emma Jane [b 1868] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  11. Tom Edward [b 1873]
  12. Edith Adeline [b 1875]

They lived at

  • Clifton, Hartshead-cum-Clifton [1871]
  • Grave Lane, Clifton [1881]

Thomas died between 1871 & 1881

Rayner, Thomas SmithRef 329-141
[1891-19??] Son of Arthur Rayner.

During World War I, he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16.

He served as an Able Seaman on the Submarine E9.

He was on the E9, under Lieutenant-Commander Max K. Horton, when it sank the German Cruiser Hela [1914]

Rayner, ThurstonRef 329-665
[1620-16??] Or Raynor.

Son of Elizabeth & Thurstan Raynor.

Born at Elmsett, Suffolk, England.

In 1638, he married (2) Martha Wood in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.


  1. Hannah [b 1638]
  2. Mary [b 1640] who (possibly) married Thomas Cooper
  3. Joseph [b 1642]
  4. Deborah [b 1643] who (possibly) married John Scott
  5. Abigail [b 1646] who (possibly) married Christopher  Lupton
  6. Jonathan [b 1650] who (possibly) married Sarah  Pierson
  7. Martha [b 1652]

Rayner, W.Ref 329-796
[18??-18??] Worsted manufacturer at Northowram.

In 1862, he was declared bankrupt

Rayner, WalterRef 329-200
[1872-1951] Born in Leeds.

He was manager at a house furnishing store.

In [Q2] 1899, he married Caroline Bottomley [1867-19??] in Halifax.

Caroline was born in Manchester


  1. Eric Bottomley
  2. Sidney E. [b 1902]
  3. Edith Kathleen [b 1904]

They lived at 11 Kingsley Place, Halifax

Walter died Q3 1951 (aged 79) 

Rayner, WilliamRef 329-587
[1???-1???] He married Cecilie

Rayner, WilliamRef 329-758
[14??-15??] Of Spark House, Norland.

See William Royde

Rayner, WilliamRef 329-1529
[1781-18??] Of Clifton.

In 1804, he married Betty Chew of Birstall.


  1. Sarah [1806-1888]
  2. Crispin
  3. Robert [1810-1847]
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Simeon [b 1816]
  6. John [1821-1898]
  7. Edmund [1828-1857]

The family lived at Well Lane, Clifton

Rayner, WilliamRef 329-8
[1839-1908] Son of Radcliffe Rayner.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a woollen piecer [1851] / a wool dyer [1861] / a dyer [1871].

In [Q1] 1862, he married Ruth Thornton [1839-1904] in Halifax.

Ruth was born in Stainland


  1. Joseph R. [b 1863]
  2. Jane Hannah [b 1865]
  3. Eliza who died 23rd February 1865 (aged 11 months) 
  4. Radcliffe [1869-18th August 1874]
  5. Mary [1876-9th November 1881]

They lived at

  • Holywell Green, Stainland [1865]
  • Mellor's Mill, Stainland [1871]

Living with them [in 1871] was Ruth's sister [?] Sarah Thornton [b 1850].

Ruth died 3rd May 1904 (aged 65)  & was buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S2/75].

William died 20th December 1908 (aged 69)  and was interred at Blackpool Cemetery


Rayner familyRef 329-2
Important family in Clifton and Brighouse.

See Rayner Road Brighouse


Rayner surnameRef 329-1
There are 40 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rayner, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Rayner

Births 1884, 1885, 1887; Marriages 1845, 1901; Deaths 1898, 1907


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