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Swift, MrRef 331-592
[17??-18??]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Jonas
  2. Thomas

Swift, Albert EdwardRef 331-1125
[1888-1916] Son of John Swift.

He was a cotton cop tweller? [1901] / employed by William Hanson & Company Limited at Haley Hill / a regular soldier [with 7 years' service].

In April 1908, he enlisted with the 4th Battalion, West Riding Regiment Territorials. He was discharged [May 1909], having joined the regular army.

In 1911, he was a Private with the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment, at the Sobraon Barracks, Circular Road, Colchester.

In [Q1] 1915, he married Minnie Booth in Halifax.

Children:

  1. child

They lived at 17 Milk Street, Crossfields, Halifax / 19 James Street, Halifax [1916].

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He served in India [1914], the Dardanelles, Egypt & France.

He was killed in action [14th September 1916] (aged 28).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [18th November 1916].

He was buried at Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille, France [Grave Ref IV V 9].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

In [Q3] 1921, Minnie married Arthur Peters in Halifax.

Swift, DanielRef 331-351
[1824-18??] In July 1843, he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Thomas Whitley at Halifax

Swift, DanielRef 331-1364
[1853-1922]

In 1873, he married Ellen Walsh [1856-19??] in Halifax.


Ellen was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Joe Harry [1876-1941]
  2. John Walsh [1878-1911]
  3. Edith Helena [b 1879]
  4. Lily Emily [b 1885]
  5. James
  6. Blanch [1889-1894]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 4 Brunswick Court, Halifax [1881]
  • 33 Back Foundry Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 3 Brigg's Yard, Halifax [1901]

Swift, DavidRef 331-5
[1787-18??] Born in Elland.

He was a miner [1851].

He married Hannah [1787-1854].


Hannah was born in Elland.

She was a baker [1851]

 

Children:

  1. (possibly) Willie [1803-12th January 1865]
  2. Eliza [b 1826] who was a weaver [1851]

The family lived at Haley Hill, Halifax [1851].

Hannah died 21st April 1854 (aged 67) 

A David Swift died in Halifax [Q2 1858].

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3277] with James Armitage & family

Swift, DickRef 331-8
[1875-19??] Son of Henry Swift.

On the 5th May 1920, the ownership & the licence transferrred to Dick from his brother George Swift

Swift, Donald H.Ref 331-3121
[1915-19??] DSC.

Son of Miss Holmes.

He was Lieutenant with the Royal Navy [World War II].

He lived at The Gable, Linden Road, Halifax

Swift, GeorgeRef 331-546
[18??-19??] Around 1880, he set up business as a wringing-machine maker in an outhouse at Bankfield Mansion.

He moved on to making drilling machines.

He established George Swift & Sons Limited.

He lived at (possibly) Wood Hall, Skircoat

Swift, GeorgeRef 331-376
[1832-1875] Son of Henry Swift.

Born in Halifax.

He was a shoemaker [1851] / a brewer [1868] / a beer seller and brewer [1871].

He ran the Falcon Brewery, Salterhebble [1874].

In 1868, he married Mrs Margaret Lean [1831-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Margaret was the daughter of John Studdard, carter, and widow of Mr Lean
 

Children:

The family lived at 1 Salterhebble, Skircoat, Halifax [1871].

Living with them [in 1871] was niece Susannah Beverley [b 1868]

Swift, GeorgeRef 331-1282
[1863-19??] Son of Henry Swift.

He was an assistant brewer [1881] / a brewer [1889, 1891, 1911] / landlord of the Cross Keys, Halifax [1896, 1901, 1905, 1917].

On the 5th May 1920, the ownership & the licence of the Cross Keys, Halifax transferrred from George to his brother Dick Swift.

In 1889, he married Mary Hannah Booth [1864-19??] at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.


Mary Hannah, of Stirling Street, was the daughter of wire manufacturer Nathaniel Booth
 

Children:

  1. George Booth [b 1902]
  2. Phyllis Clare [b 1906]

The family lived at 18 West Parade, Halifax [1891].

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £17,957

Swift, HenryRef 331-3516
[1809-18??] Born in Halifax. A member of the Swift family of Halifax.

He was a shoemaker [1841, 1851] / a boot & shoe maker [1871]

He married Elizabeth [1810-18??] from Halifax. Elizabeth was a shoe binder [1871].

Children:

  1. George Swift
  2. William [b 1834] who was a shoemaker [1851]
  3. Mary [b 1836] who was a spinner in worsted mill
  4. Samuel [b 1838]
  5. Ann [b 1839]
  6. Jeremiah [b 1842]
  7. Alfred [b 1844]
  8. John [b 1846]
  9. Emma [b 1849]
  10. Charles H [b 1851]

The family lived at

  • Back Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 4 Cow & Calf Fold, Swine Market, Halifax [1851]
  • 5 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1871]

Swift, HenryRef 331-3514
[1811-1871] Son of John Swift.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cloth draper [1841] / a publican [1851] / a cloth dresser [1852] / a beer shop keeper at 33 King Cross Street, Halifax / (possibly) the Cross Keys, Halifax [1861] / a retired innkeeper [1871].

He married Hannah [1811-1859] from Northowram.


Hannah was a publican at the Cross Keys, Halifax [1841, 1859]
 

Children:

  1. William
  2. George [b 1831] who was an upholsterer [1851]
  3. Betsey [b 1833] who was a dress maker [1851]
  4. Emma [b 1836] who was a house servant [1851]
  5. Henry
  6. John [b 1843]
  7. Charles W. [b 1850]

The family lived at

  • King Cross Street, Halifax [1841]
  • 45 King Cross Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 33 King Cross Street, Halifax [1861]

Living with them [in 1841] was Henry's father John [aged 60] (prep setter).

Living with them [in 1851] were cousin Sam Swift [aged 18] (coach painter) and visitors William Thorp [aged 28] (cart driver) from Shelf and James Hemingway [aged 22] (wire drawer).

Living with them [in 1861] was Henry's father John.

In 1871, Henry was living with his son William and family at the Plummet Line.

Henry died 25th Oct 1871.

Henry & Hannah were buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross

Swift, HenryRef 331-2433
[1837-1886] Son of Henry Swift.

Born in Halifax.

He was a millwright [1861] / publican at the Cross Keys, Halifax [1871] / publican & brewer at the Cross Keys, Halifax [1881].

He established Swift's Brewery, Halifax behind the pub.

He married Mary [1841-1???] from Manchester.


Mary was hotel proprietor at the Cross Keys, Halifax [1891]
 

Children:

  1. James Henry [1861-1862] who died aged 11 months
  2. George
  3. Clara [b 1865]
  4. William who died in infancy
  5. Dean [b 1868] who was a cattle dealer [1891]
  6. Henry [1870-1872] who died aged 1 year & 9 months
  7. Hannah Jane [b 1873]
  8. Dick

The family lived at 34 King Cross Street, Halifax [1861].

Some of the children were buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross

Swift, Herbert WilliamRef 331-1287
[1893-1918] Son of Sarah & James Swift of 14 Walnut Street, Halifax.

He was a member of Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax / a butcher / a postman.

He was engaged to Emily Mitchell of 11 Woodside Terrace, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 6th Battalion Army Cyclist Corps.

He was hospitalised with gas poisoning.

He died of pneumonia [8th November 1918] (aged 25).

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref S III X 5].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

Swift, J.Ref 331-2221
[17??-18??] Manufacturer at Elland.

In February 1817, he was declared bankrupt

Swift, JamesRef 331-645
[1888-1916] Son of Daniel Swift.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mechanic's labourer / a brickyard labourer with Oates & Green Limited.

He lived at 22 Back Foundry Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [1915], and served as a Private with the 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was wounded on the first day of the Somme [1st July 1916], had his leg amputated in Sheffield Royal Infirmary [8th September 1916].

He died of wounds [9th October 1916].

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [3 995] (12th October 1916).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Swift, James R.Ref 331-9505
[1832-1???] Born in Huddersfield.

Teacher at Barkisland Grammar School [1851]

Swift, JeremiahRef 331-1427
[1823-1873] A dyer at Pineberry Hill.

Son of William Swift.

He died after being brutally kicked as he was coming home from the Pineberry Tavern.

He was walking on Berry Lane, on the evening Sunday 1st June 1873, when he was attacked by a group of 5 youths, whose insolence had caused him to remonstrate with them.

At the Inquest, a verdict of manslaughter was returned on James Daley [17], Joseph Duffy [16], Owen Ford [aged 16], Thomas Moore [16], and James Phillips [16].

At the West Riding Assizes on the 14th August 1873, the men were acquitted, there being no evidence to show that the prisoners contemplated a violent attack on the deceased, or to prove who delivered the blow or blows which caused his death

Swift, JohnRef 331-1358
[1???-1???] Aka Jack.

Son of John Swift, tripe dresser.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mechanic of Malt Shovel Yard, Halifax [1881] / a labourer in machine shed [1881] / a general labourer [1891] / a restaurant porter [1901] / a light porter, a patient at the Halifax Poor Law Hospital, Salterhebble [1911].

In [Q1] 1881, he married Alice Burton [1860-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Alice, of Malt Shovel Yard, Halifax, was born in Halifax, the daughter of Thomas Burton, book keeper.

She was a restaurant cook [1901], a charwoman [1911]

 

Children:

  1. Albert Edward

The family lived at

  • 13 Park Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 5 Wood Street, Northowram [1891]
  • 6 Senior Buildings, Charlestown, Halifax [1901]
  • 11 Pitt Street, Halifax [1911]

Swift, JohnRef 331-3517
[1781-1???] Born in Halifax. A member of the Swift family of Halifax.

He was a woollen cloth draper [1861].

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Henry

In 1861, he was widowed and living with his son Henry at 33 King Cross Street, Halifax

Swift, JohnRef 331-1032
[18??-1???] Coal merchant of Halifax & Blackpool. Recorded in 1851-1896

Swift, JohnRef 331-358
[1822-1???] Son of William Swift, joiner.

Born in Halifax.

He was a dyer of Halifax [1845] / a butcher [1851, 1861] / a tripe dealer [1871, 1881].

In 1845, he married Ann at Halifax Parish Church.


Ann was born in Warrington, Lancashire.

Her surname is variously spelled Donbarand / Donbaraud / Doubaiend.

Her father is not named on the marriage record

 

Children:

  1. Amelia [b 1846] who was a worsted factory woollen twister [1861], & married William Uttley
  2. William H [b 1849] who was a warehouseman [1871]
  3. Mary Ann [1851-1902] who married Sutcliffe Lee
  4. Ellen [b 1855]
  5. John [b 1859]
  6. Noah [b 1861]

The family lived at

  • 5 Waterhouse Arms Yard, King Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 12 Lower Martin [?] Court, Halifax [1861]
  • 18 Malt Shovel Yard, Halifax [1871]
  • 17 Malt Shovel Yard [1881]

Swift, John EdmundRef 331-4
[1853-1910] Born in Stockport, Cheshire.

He was an engine tenter / a night fireman at Infirmary [1901].

In [Q4] 1880, he married Ellen Wills [1862-1891] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. William [b 1882] who was a worsted curler [1901], an overlooker [1911]
  2. Fred [b 1886] who was a worsted doffer [1911]
  3. Agnes Maria [b 1890] who was a worsted spinner [1911], & married Charles Edward Hulyer

Ellen died in Halifax [Q2 1891] (aged 30) 

In [Q1] 1892, he married (2) Alice Greenwood [1854-19??] in Halifax.


Alice was born at Holme House, Warley
 

The family lived at

  • 33 John Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 47 John Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 11 Dennis Court, Green Lane, Halifax [1911]

John Edmund died in Halifax [Q1 1910] (aged 56) 

Swift, JonasRef 331-585
[1799-1859] Son of Mr Swift

He was a stone dresser [1841] / a flag facer [1851] / a stone mason.

On 18th December 1820, he married Judith Shaw [1???-1850] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Mary Jane [1821-1883] who was a worsted twister [1841]
  2. John [b 1822] who was a plasterer [1841]
  3. Alice [b 1825] who was doing domestic duties [1851]
  4. Jeremiah [b 1829] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  5. William [b 1830] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  6. Job [1834-1850] who was killed in the explosion at Lilly Lane Mill
  7. Ann [b 1836]
  8. John [b 1850]

The family lived at

  • Causeway, Halifax [1841]
  • 11 Hatters Fold, Causeway [1851]

Jonas died 24th October 1859.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £100.

His will was proved by his brother Thomas Swift, and William Haigh of Bank Top, Southowram (shopkeeper) 

Swift, JosephRef 331-38
[1???-18??] Clerk at St James's Church, Halifax [1850]

Swift, JosephRef 331-903
[1???-18??] Around 1830, he was master of the Blue Coat School, Halifax

Swift, PatRef 331-1548
[19??-] Editor of the Hebden Bridge Times and the Todmorden News [1987-1995]

Swift, PatrickRef 331-795
[1877-1915] Of 18 Stead Street, Halifax.

He was a warehouseman at the Family Frying Pan, Northgate / a reservist with 12 years' service, including time in the South African War.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [1st October 1915] (aged 38).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [16th October 1915].

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, France [Grave Ref 44 & 45], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Bernard's Catholic Church

Swift, Samuel SidneyRef 331-3
[1806-1880] Born in Halifax.

He was a tailor living at Fenton's Court, 1 Russell Street, Halifax [1851].

He married Harriet in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Lydia [b 1845]
  2. Joshua [b 1854]
  3. Ada Hannah [b 1858] who married John Greenwood
Samuel was widowed by 1871.

He died in Halifax [Q3 1880] (aged 74) 

Swift, ThomasRef 331-3576
[1???-18??] He was a beerseller at 24 Swine Market, Halifax [1845]


Question: Does anyone know which beerhouse this may have been?

 

Swift, ThomasRef 331-6
[1783-1864]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. [1820-21st May 1867]

Thomas died 6th June 1864 (aged 81).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2358] with William Swift

Swift, ThomasRef 331-1542
[1788-18??] Born in Selby.

He married Elizabeth [1787-18??].


Elizabeth was born in Leicester
 

Recorded in 1851, when he was beerhouse keeper at an unidentified beerhouse at 51 Swine Market


Question: Does anyone know which beerhouse this may have been?

 

Swift, ThomasRef 331-587
[1806-18??] Son of Mr Swift

Born in Southowram.

He was a wool comb maker [1851] / a foundry man [1859].

He married Elizabeth [1813-1???]


Elizabeth was born in Midgley
 

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1835] who was a dress maker [1851]
  2. John [b 1837] who was an errand boy [1851]
  3. Ellen [b 1839]

The family lived at

  • 13 Hatters Fold, Causeway [1851]
  • 15 Causeway, Halifax [1859]

Swift, W. F.Ref 331-2
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church

Swift, WilliamRef 331-2906
[1785-1836] A joiner at Halifax.

On 3rd August 1819, he married Ann Ingham [1791-1857] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John [bapt 1822]
  2. Jeremiah
  3. William [b 1826]
  4. Thomas [bapt 1827]
  5. James [b 1832]

Swift, WilliamRef 331-7
[1808-1878]

He married Mary [1813-1872].

Mary died 2nd July 1872 (aged 59).

William died 23rd February 1878 (aged 70).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 2358] with Thomas Swift

Swift, WilliamRef 331-3513
[1829-1900] Son of Henry Swift.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cabinet maker [1851, 1861] / innkeeper at the Plummet Line [1871, 1874, 1881] / licensed victualler at the Bee-hive, Halifax [1887, 1891, 1895].

In 1852, he married Jane Robinson [1829-1909] at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.


Jane, of Crib Lane, Halifax, was the daughter of wire drawer Joseph Robinson
 

Children:

  1. Hannah [b 1857] who does not appear in census returns after 1861
  2. Emma Jane [b 1866] who married George Henry Gledhill

The family lived at

  • 26 Middle Street, Halifax [1861]
  • the Plummet Line, 15 Bull Close Lane, Halifax [1871]
  • the Bee-hive, Halifax, 31 & 33 King Cross Street [1887, 1891, 1895, 1901]

Living with them [in 1871] were William's father Henry Swift and nurse Elizabeth Barstow [aged 49].

Living with them [in 1891] were daughter Emma Jane Gledhill and granddaughter Emma J Clayton [aged 12].

In 1901, after William's death, the widowed Jane [aged 72] was licensed victualler at the Bee-hive, Halifax

Living with Jane [in 1901] were daughter Emma J Gledhill, husband George Henry Gledhill and children, and grandson William Henry Clayton [aged 20] (waiter) 

Swift, Willie B.Ref 331-1042
[18??-19??]

In 1918, he married Edith Henley in Halifax.


Edith was the daughter of
William Henley
 

Children:

  1. Irene [1920-1923]

Daughter Irene is remembered on her Henley grandparents' grave at Brighouse Cemetery

 

Swift surnameRef 331-1

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

There are over 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Swift, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Swift:


Marriages 1806, 1872, 1898, 1910
 

The Swift family of HalifaxRef 331-3515
A family of brewers and innkeepers.

Members of the family have included John Swift, Henry Swift and Henry Swift.

See Swift's Brewery, Halifax

The Swift family of Swift PlaceRef 331-3671
In the early 1600s, they built Swift Place, Soyland



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