Rushton ...

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

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

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Benjamin Rushton [1785-1853]
Caleb Rushton [1840-1???]
Friend Walter Rushton [1871-1949]
George Rushton [1853-1911]
Henry Rushton [1862-1935]
Irvine Rushton [1875-19??]
Jeremiah Rushton [1830-1910]
John Henry Rushton [1880-1918]
Peter Rushton [1844-19??]
Riley Rushton [1837-1908]
Robert Rushton [1811-1???]
Thomas Rushton [1848-19??]
Tom Rushton [1859-1926]
Walter Hubert Rushton [1917-1944]
William Rushton [1806-1???]
Zimri Rushton [1815-1891]

Rushton, Benjamin
[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, Caleb
[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 Walter
[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]

The family 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, George
[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

The family 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, Henry
[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]

The family 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, Irvine
[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, Jeremiah
[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

The family 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, John Henry
[1880-1918] Or John Henry H. Rushton.

Son of Frances Mary & John Rushton of Brixham, Devon.

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

Born in Brixham, and moved to Halifax.

He was a painter with his uncle Thomas Rushton / a territorial associated with the Territorial Army at Arden Road.

In [Q3] 1914, he married Mary Ellen Rushton in Halifax.

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


  1. son

They lived at 32 Moorfield Street, Halifax.

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

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

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.

His death was reported in the Halifax Courier [26th October 1918]

Rushton, Peter
[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, Riley
[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

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, Robert
[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, Thomas
[1848-19??] Born in Liverpool.

He was a painter and decorator / a house painter [1911].

His nephew John Henry Rushton joined him in the business.

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

Ann Jane Sutton, Lancashire


  1. John [b 1871] who was a draper's assistant [1911]
  2. Mary Ellen [b 1877] who was a dress maker [1911] and (possibly) married her cousin John Henry Rushton
  3. Arthur G. [b 1887] who was a painter [1911]

The family lived at 32 Moorfield Street, Halifax [1911].

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

Rushton, Tom
[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 records that they had had 2 children of whom 2 were still alive at that time

The family 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 Hubert
[1917-1944] Son of Ruth & John William Rushton.

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, 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).

Reports say that he died in Egypt, or that he died in Pinderfields Emergency Hospital, Wakefield.

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 [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, William
[1806-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Rushton of Northowram.

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

Rushton, Zimri
[1815-1891] Son of Ben Rushton.

Born in Ovenden.

On 9th May 1836, he married Sarah Sutcliffe 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.

She was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3577], the same plot as her father-in-law


Rushton surname
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 several 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

© Malcolm Bull 2018
Revised 16:41 /4th November 2018 / mmr844 / 23561

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