Rushton ...

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Rushton, BenjaminRef 376-239
[1785-1853] Aka Ben.

Born in Dewsbury.

He moved to Ovenden.

He became a New Connexion Methodist preacher, reformer, and leading Chartist, known locally as The Grand Old Man

Rushton, CalebRef 376-1392
[1840-1???] A waggoner of Southowram.

On 7th July 1877, he was fined 5/- plus 9/6d costs, for causing a nuisance in New Bank, by allowing the brakes of his waggon to make a greater noise than was necessary.

This was the first such case, the Halifax Watch Committee, on account of complaints, having recently determined to put down the screeching noise caused by brakes

Rushton, Friend WalterRef 376-841
[1871-1949] Son of Jeremiah Rushton.

Friend Walter was named for his 2 older brothers – Friend & Walter – who had died in infancy

Born in Southowram [Q4 1871].

He was an apprentice mechanic [1891] / an iron machine fitter [1901].

In [Q1] 1895, he married Eliza Ann Field [1870-1949] in Halifax.

Eliza Ann was born in Heckmondwike


  1. Harry Lionel [b 1899]
  2. Ethel Mary [b 1901]
  3. Walter [1911-29th May 1916]

They lived at

  • Park View, Southowram [1901]
  • 116 New Street, Southowram [1911]

Friend Walter died 17th December 1949 (aged 78).

Eliza Ann died (5 days later) [22nd December 1949] (aged 79).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-G37]

Rushton, GeorgeRef 376-4
[1816-1865] Born in Staffordshire.

He was a grocer & tea dealer [1861] / a grocer [1865].

In [Q4] 1841, he married Harriet Washington in Halifax.

Harriet was the daughter of
Abraham Washington

There are no records of any children.

They lived at 40 Back Foundry Street, Halifax [1861].

Living with them [in 1861] were granddaughter Harriet Rushton [b Hipperholme 1850] (worsted spinner)  & niece Harriet Hirst [b Ovenden 1849] (worsted spinner).

George Rushton died 12th July 1865 (aged 49)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3817] with Harriet's parents

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

Rushton, GeorgeRef 376-9200
[1853-1911] Born in Bingley.

He was a labourer for UDC [1911].

In [Q3] 1882, he married Harriet Wood [1862-1953] in Halifax.

Harriet came from Clifton


  1. Ramsden [1883-1925]
  2. Mary Ann [b 1885]
  3. Sarah Hannah [b 1889] who was a worsted drawer [1911]
  4. Priscilla [b 1893] who was a worsted rover [1911]
  5. Bertha [b 1895] who was a cotton twiner piecer [1911]
  6. Lily [b 1897] who was a cotton twiner piecer [1911]
  7. Frederick Norman [1899-1918]
  8. Harriet Annie [b 1904]
  9. child

They lived at 18 St Ann's in the Grove, Southowram [1911]

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-E33]

Rushton, HenryRef 376-836
[1862-1935] Son of Jeremiah Rushton.

Born in Southowram.

He was a brass finisher's apprentice [1881] / a brass finisher [1891, 1901] / a pressure gauge maker (brass foundry) [1911].

In [Q3] 1886, he married Louisa Anne Haigh [1865-1925] in Halifax.

Louisa was born in Holmfirth


  1. Clifford Douglas [b 1889] who was a school monitor  [1901], an assistant teacher [1901]
  2. Ruby Lauristina [1893-23rd March 1937] who was an  assistant teacher [1901]

They lived at

Louisa Anne died 13th July 1925 (aged 60) 

Henry died 11th March 1935 (aged 73).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-B53]

Rushton, IrvineRef 376-449
[1875-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a dental mechanic [1911].

In [Q3] 1901, he married Edith Matilda Wilson in Halifax.

Edith Matilda was the daughter of
Mr Wilson

They lived at

  • 29 Carlton House Terrace, Halifax [1911]
  • 6 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1916]

Living with them [in 1911] was Edith's brother Ernest Norman Wilson

Rushton, JeremiahRef 376-777
[1830-1910] Born in Southowram.

He was a wool comber [1851] / an excavator [1871] / a highway labourer [1881] / a road labourer [1901].

He married Mary Collingwood [1831-1894].


  1. Fanny [1852-16th March 1925] who was a worsted drawer  [1881], never married & was living with her father [1901]
  2. Martha [b 1855] who was a carpet setter [1881]
  3. Jemima [b 1857]
  4. Tom
  5. Henry
  6. Herenhappuch / Carrie [11th April 1864-16th March  1907] who was a dress maker's apprentice [1881] & married William Marshall
  7. Friend [1868-1st December 1870]
  8. Walter [1870] who died [5th December 1870] aged 9 months
  9. Friend Walter

They lived at

  • Southowram [1851, 1871]
  • 61 New Street, Southowram [1881]
  • New Street, Southowram [1901]

Mary died 30th March 1894 (aged 63).

Jeremiah died 13th September 1910 (aged 80).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-A1C]

Rushton, JohnRef 376-3
[1853-1???] Born in Hayton, Lancashire.

He was a butler staying at the Bolton Hotel, Brixham [1881]. After that date, his movements are unclear.

In [Q3] 1881, he married Frances Mary Hope [1858-19??] in Newton Abbott, Devon.

Frances Mary was born in Churston Ferrers, Devon, the daughter of
Mr Hope.

In 1881, she was a housemaid, living at 7 Bank Lane, Brixham, Totnes, Devon, with her widowed mother Fanny Hope



  1. John Henry @ww living with his uncle Thomas Rushton [1901, 1911, 1914] /

In 1901, Frances Mary was running a small boarding house at 13 Birnam Road, Islington, London.

In 1911, she was a servant in Islington, London


Rushton, John Henry HopeRef 376-534
[1881-1918] Son of John Rushton.

He was grandson of Julius Caesar [1830-1878], a member of the first England cricket team to tour North America [1859]

Born in Totnes, Devon.

He was a house painter living with his uncle Thomas Rushton [1901,  1911, 1914] / a territorial associated with the Territorial Army at Arden Road.

In [Q3] 1914, he married Mary Ellen Rushton at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

Mary Ellen was his cousin, and daughter of his uncle Thomas Rushton


  1. Jack or Leonard [b 1915 or 1916]

They lived at 32 Moorfield Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he was called-up [1914], and he served as a Sergeant with C Battery 246th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed in action [13th October 1918] (aged 38).

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

He was buried at Auberchicourt British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II C 1].

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

Rushton, PeterRef 376-715
[1844-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a stone quarryman [1901].

In [Q2] 1879, he married Annie Fawcett [1860-19??] in Halifax.

Annie was born in Southowram.

She was a cotton picker [1911]


They lived at

  • 24 Stead Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 43 Stannary Lane, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was visitor Harry Field [b 1897] (son of John Field).

Peter died between 1901 & 1911.

Living with the widowed Annie [in 1911] were nephew Joe Fawcett [b 1884] (carpet weaver), his wife Ethel [b 1887] (print winder), and adopted son Harry Field [b 1897] (doffer worsted mill) 

Rushton, RileyRef 376-522
[1837-1908] Son of Robert Rushton.

Born in Northowram.

He was a jobber (worsted) [1851] / a card machine tenter worker [1861] / a card maker [1871, 1881] / a card machine tenter [1891] / beerhouse keeper at the Brewers' Arms, Halifax [1901, 1905,  1908].

He married Ann [1849-1???].

The family lived at

  • 5 Shepherd Row, Upper Lane, Northowram [1881]
  • the Brewers' Arms, Halifax, 8 St James's Road, Halifax  [1891]

He died at the Brewers Arms [30th August 1908]. Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £90 Probate was granted to his sister Emma, wife of Zaccheus Abbott

Rushton, RobertRef 376-1728
[1811-1???] He was a weaver of Northowram [1832] / a stone delver [1841, 1851] / an agricultural labourer [1861] / a farm servant [1871].

In 1832, he married Mary Learoyd of Northowram, at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary was a worsted weaver [1841]


  1. Jubal [b 1833] who was a wool comber [1851]
  2. Lucy [b 1835] who was a twister (worsted) [1851]
  3. Riley
  4. Ann [1839-1842] who was buried at Coley Church
  5. John [b 1841] who was a spinner (worsted) [1851], weaver  of cotton [1861]
  6. William [b 1843]
  7. Emma [b 1848] who was a worsted spinner [1861] and  married [1867] Zaccheus Abbott in Halifax
  8. Edwin [b 1852] who was a worsted spinner [1861]

The family lived at

  • Upper Lane, Northowram [1841, 1851]
  • Shepperds Buildings, Northowram [1861, 1871]

Rushton, ThomasRef 376-1716
[1848-19??] Born in Hinton, Lancashire.

He was a painter and decorator / a master house painter (employer) [1901] / a house painter (employer) [1911].

His nephew John Henry Rushton joined him in the business.

He married Ann Jane [1840-19??].

Ann Jane was born in Sutton, Lancashire


  1. John [b 1871] who was a draper's assistant [1911]
  2. Mary Ellen [b 1877] who was a dress maker [1901, 1911]  and married her cousin John Henry Rushton
  3. Arthur G. [b 1887] who was a house painter [1901], a  painter [1911], a private in the King's Own Yorkshire Light  Infantry [World War I]

They lived at

  • 1 Hawthorne Terrace, Halifax [1901]
  • 32 Moorfield Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was his nephew John Henry Rushton

Rushton, TomRef 376-2
[1859-1926] Son of Jeremiah Rushton.

Born in Southowram.

He was a stone dresser [1891, 1901, 1911].

In [Q2] 1891, he married Sarah Elizabeth Turner [1860-1927] in Halifax.

Sarah Elizabeth was born in Southowram


  1. Amy [b 1886] who was a worsted spinner [1901], a woollen  weaver [1911]
  2. Edith [b 1894]
  3. child who died in infancy & is recorded on their parents'  grave
  4. child who died in infancy & is recorded on their parents'  grave
  5. child who died in infancy & is recorded on their parents'  grave
The 1911 census shows that they had had 2 children of whom 2 were still alive at that time

They lived at

  • 5 Spa Well, Elland-cum-Greetland [1891]
  • 7 Gordon Street, Elland [1901]
  • 1 Albion Street, Elland [1911]

Tom died 10th September 1926 (aged 67).

Sarah Elizabeth died 4th May 1927 (aged 67).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-L18]

Rushton, Walter HubertRef 376-606
[1916-1944] Son of Ruth & John William Rushton, grocer.

Born in Leeds [4th September 1916].

He was educated at Belle Vue Grammar School, Bradford / employed by Eagle Star Insurance, Halifax / employed by Provincial Insurance, Huddersfield.

In [Q3] 1941, he married Irene Margaret Varley in Calder District.

Irene Margaret was the daughter of
Edgar Varley

They lived at West View, 13 Pye Nest Road, Halifax.

During World War II, and he served as a Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He trained at Sandhurst.

He served in India, Persia, North Africa & Sicily. He was wounded in Sicily and died in hospital [21st April 1944] (aged 27).

He died in Pinderfields Emergency Hospital, Wakefield [21st April 1944], though some reports wrongly say that he died in Egypt.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £120 16/6d.

Administration was granted to his widow Irene Margaret.

He was buried at Warley Congregational Church [Grave Ref: O 64].

In [Q2] 1960, Irene Margaret married Leslie W. Gibson in Calder District.

She died 31st October 2006.

She is remembered at Warley Congregational Church

Rushton, WilliamRef 376-774
[1806-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Rushton of Northowram.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [6th April 1806]

Rushton, ZimriRef 376-1427
[1815-1891] Son of Ben Rushton.

Born in Ovenden.

He was widowed [1871] / a porter (living in Stockport) [1871].

On 9th May 1836, he married Sarah Sutcliffe [1804-1870] in Halifax.


  1. Mary [b 1837]
  2. Benjamin [b 1839]

When he failed to support his family, he was sent to prison and Sarah was sent to the Halifax Union Workhouse, where she died [26th March 1870] (aged 66).

She was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3577], the same plot as Zimri's father


Rushton surnameRef 376-1
In 1379, Richard de Risshton is recorded in Rishton [near Blackburn], where the name probably originated, and Robert Rushton is recorded at Wadsworth in 1672

There are 18 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Rushton, as discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Rushton

Baptism 1888; Marriages 1886, 1899, 1906


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