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Stead, AlbertRef 236-18
[1826-1899] Son of Joseph Stead.

Born in Halifax.

He was a clerk in Post Office [1871] / a superannuated Post Office officer [1881] / a retired Post Office clerk [1891].

In [Q3] 1868, he married Jane Waller [1828-1889] in Halifax.

Jane was born in Ackworth

They lived at

  • 41 Aked's Road, Halifax [1871]
  • 93 Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1881]
  • 31 Park Place, Halifax [1891]

Living with them [in 1871, 1881] was niece Florence Elizabeth Haigh [b 1864] (dressmaker 1881).

Living with the widowed Albert [in 1891] were nephew Louis Victor Hirst and his family.

Albert died 11? 1899 (aged 73).

Jane died 9th November 1889 (aged 61).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2864] with Albert's parents

Stead, AnneRef 236-296
[1???-1???] Sister of Mary Stead. A member of the Stead family of Soyland.

She married Robert Royds

Stead, ArchibaldRef 236-12
[1878-1914] Son of Joseph Stead of 34 Fitzwilliam Street. Halifax.

He was a plumber with his own business.

During World War I, and he served as a Sapper with the 9th Field Company Royal Engineers.

He died of wounds [23rd December 1914] (aged 36).

He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France [Grave Ref G 4].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Stead, ArthurRef 236-1190

He married Unknown in Halifax.

They lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the Pioneer Corps Aux. Mil.

He died 17th June 1940 (aged 45).

He was buried at L'Epine Communal Cemetery, Ile de Noirmoutier, France [Grave Ref 1 4]

Stead, Charles G.Ref 236-59
[1864-1???] Born in Leeds.

He was a plumber's book keeper [1901] / 47 Head. Married 24 years. Salesman to belt maker & general mill  furnisher [1911]

Around 1887, he married Elizabeth [1864-19??].

Elizabeth was born in Wordsley, Staffordshire


  1. Nora Elizabeth [b 1888] who married Ernest Thompson
  2. Helen L. [b 1889]
  3. Lily O. [b 1895]
  4. Austen Thomas [b 1905]

They lived at

  • 4 Hill Top, Warley Road, Halifax [1901]
  • 2 Exley Bank, Salterhebble, Halifax [1911]

In 1911, Elizabeth was listed as deserted wife, living with son Austen Thomas at 3 Smith Street, Halifax with Henry Cates

Stead, CyrusRef 236-3526
[1847-1898] He was landlord of the Bottomley's Arms, Shelf [1895-1898].

In [Q4] 1867, he married Ann Simpson in Bradford.

Cyrus died in Halifax [Q4 1898] (aged 51).

After his death, Ann took over at the Bottomley's Arms [1899].

In March 1899, Mrs Stead was given notice to quit by Whitaker's

on account of very bad reports having been laid before the Board respecting the conduct at the Bottomley's Arms

Stead, DavidRef 236-2824
[18??-18??] Landlord of the Lamb Inn, Halifax [1864, 1867].

On 14th May 1867, Michael Costello of Bradford, who was up for drill with the 6th West Yorkshire Regiment of Militia at Halifax, was charged with a violent assault upon Stead. Some of Stead's teeth had been knocked loose. Costello had also threatened to use his bayonet. Costello was sentenced to 2 months' imprisonment

Stead, EdmundRef 236-271
[1895-1915] Son of Joe Stead.

He was a labourer (buffalo picker manufacturing) [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.

He died 25th September 1915 (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 19 & 33], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden

Stead, EdwinRef 236-1860
[1867-1935] He variously writes his name as

  • Edwin Stead (after crossing Edward out) [1893]
  • Edward Stead [1906]
  • Edwin Wood Stead [1911]

He was a hairdresser [1893].

He was at Halifax Borough Market [1906], where he was a hairdresser, a naturalist, a dealer in British & foreign birds, all kinds of canaries, seeds, food, &c.

He was a hairdresser [1911].

On 9th October 1893, he married Mary Ellen Blackburn [1874-1955] in Wyke.

Mary Ellen was a dressmaker [1893] / a confectioner in the Halifax Borough Market [1906]

They had no children.

They lived at

  • 16 Albion Street [1901, 1906]
  • 11 New Street, Southowram [1911]

Edwin died Q1 1935.

Mary Ellen died Q1 1955

Stead, FrankRef 236-9
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Michael's & All Angels' Church, Shelf

Stead, Frederick ArthurRef 236-1265
[1893-1917] Son of Sarah Ann (née Ellis) [1864-1931] & Walter Stead [1861-1914] of 38 Albion Street, Lane Head, Brighouse.

Born in Brighouse.

He was a member of Lane Head Primitive Methodist Chapel, Brighouse, Choir  & Sunday School / a twiner with John Crowther & Company at Broadholme Mills.

During World War I, he enlisted [January 1916] and served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [7th June 1917] (aged 24).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 20], and on Brighouse War Memorial

Stead, George W.Ref 236-21
[1865-1917] Born in York.

He was Secretary of Greetland Conservative Club / a board school teacher [1901] / master at Siddal School.

In [Q4] 1890, he married Hannah Clough Hurrie [1865-19??] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Leeds


  1. John [1892-191?] who was a wireless operator and died by  drowning
  2. Caroline A. [b 1894]
  3. Ellen [b 1896]
  4. Louisa [b 1896]
  5. Laura [b 1899]

They lived at

  • 76 Upper Washer Lane, Skircoat [1901]
  • Scar Bottom, Upper Greetland [1917]

George died September 1917 (aged 52) 

Stead, GilbertRef 236-3
[1893-1918] Son of Mary Agnes & John Hoyle Stead of Dysonfield, Ripponden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry.

He died 20th May 1918 (aged 25).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref LXVII C 25].

He is remembered on Ripponden War Memorial

Stead, HenryRef 236-19

In [Q3] 1868, he married Hannah in Halifax.

Hannah was the widow of
John Sunderland

Hannah died 5th February 1877 (aged 72), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2958] with her first husband.

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

Stead, HerbertRef 236-3068
[18??-19??] Of Eastwood.

He was organist and choirmaster at Trinity Road Baptist Church, Halifax. He attended every service at the church for 15½ years.

On 17th May 1908, he resigned to take up a similar post in Rochdale

Stead, HoratioRef 236-4
[1819-1892] Son of William Stead.

Born in Gildersome.

He was an engineer & millwright.

In 1857, his brother-in-law John Hoyle passed the running of Elkanah Hoyle & Sons to Horatio & his brother James.

On 24th September 1845, he married (1) Mary Hoyle at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary was born in Southowram, the daughter of Elkanah Hoyle.

The marriage took place on the same day as that of his brother James



  1. George who died in infancy
  2. Charles William [1846-1878] who was a mechanical  draughtsman [1871]
  3. John [1848-1850]

Mary died 18th September 1871 (aged 47).

She & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2724].

On 26th December 1876, he married (2) Annette Maria Bonwell [1860-1900] at Halifax Parish Church.

Annette Maria was born in Kirkby Malzeard, near Harrogate


  1. Mary [b 1877]
  2. Emma [1880-1947]
  3. Alice [1883-1910]
  4. Annie [b 1884]
  5. Horatio Hoyle [1888-1967]

They lived at

Horatio died 19th April 1892 (aged 73).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery.

He is remembered on the family grave at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2724] with Ellen Hebden the infant the daughter of Francis Hebden.

Probate records show that Horatio left effects valued at £12,831 13/-.

Probate was granted to his widow Annette Maria, Frank Horatio Cliffe (engineer & millwright), and Frederick Jackson Bonwell (mason & contractor) 

Stead, HoratioRef 236-13
[1881-1954] Son of William Stead, engineer.

He was an engineer of 138 Warley Road, Halifax [1912].

On 14th November 1912, he married Maud Greenwood.

Maud was the daughter of
Hartley Greenwood

Horatio died in Halifax [Q4 1954] (aged 73).

Maud died in Halifax [Q4 1961] (aged 77) 

Stead, JamesRef 236-1454
[17??-1???] He was Constable of Northowram [1780-1]

Stead, JamesRef 236-15
[1730-1798] Dyer of Northowram.

He married Ann [1734-1801].

James died 23rd April 1798 (aged 68).

Ann died 12th August 1801 (aged 67).

The couple were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Stead, JamesRef 236-1617
[1790-1853] Liberal and Free Trade Registration Agent of Halifax

Stead, JamesRef 236-5
[1812-1877] Son of William Stead.

Born in Gildersome.

He was a millwright [1841] / a millwright & engineer employing 31 men & 16 boys [1861] / a master millwright & machine maker & brassfounder employing 100  hands [1871].

In 1857, John Hoyle passed the running of Elkanah Hoyle & Sons to James and his brother Horatio.

On 24th September 1845, he married Martha Stephenson [1817-1884] at Halifax Parish Church.

Martha was born in Batley, the daughter of Thomas Stephenson, cloth maker.

The marriage took place on the same day as that of his brother Horatio



  1. Sarah Emily [1847-10th May 1890] who married Edwin  Jones
  2. James Stephenson
  3. Marian [1855-1867] who was buried with Robert Tillotson at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2241]
  4. William who died in infancy
  5. Alfred who died in infancy
  6. Walter who died in infancy

The family lived at

  • 4 Bath Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 5 Heath Field Place, Halifax [1871]

James died in Halifax [12th June 1877] (aged 65).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £10,000.

The will was proved by his executors: son James Stephenson Stead, nephew Thomas William Stead (millwright), and James Procter (cotton spinner).

Martha died 4th December 1884 (aged 67).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 761].

James is also mentioned at [Plot 759]

Stead, James StephensonRef 236-6
[1852-1883] Son of James Stead.

He was a machine maker's apprentice [1871] / a millwright [1877] / joined his uncle Horatio as a partner in Elkanah Hoyle & Sons.

He lived at 10 Heath Field Place, Halifax.

He died 23rd December 1883 (aged 31).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £5,211 19/6d.

The will was proved by his executors: Joseph Ridehalgh of Halifax (wine merchant)  and James Procter of Salterhebble (cotton spinner)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 761]

Stead, JeremiahRef 236-54
[18??-18??] Registrar of marriages at Ovenden [1850]

Stead, JeremiahRef 236-468
[18??-1868] He established a private day school – known as Jerry's School – at Ovenden Sunday School. This ran from 1818 to 1868.

In 1836, he was active in establishing the Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden.

It is said that he was buried at the Chapel and his amputated leg was buried alongside him.

See William Hanson

Stead, JoeRef 236-472
[1861-19??] Born in Todmorden.

He was a fitter (machine) [1911].

In [Q3] 1883, he married Betsy Helliwell [1865-19??] in Todmorden.

Betsy was born in Todmorden


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. child
  3. Willie [b 1889] who was a weaver [1911]
  4. James [b 1893] who was a weaver [1911]
  5. Edmund

They lived at 62 Industrial Street, Todmorden [1911]

Stead, JohnRef 236-14
[18??-1???] Landlord of the Sun Inn, Brighouse [1878]

On 13th October 1878, he placed an advertisement in The Era for

a lady pianist for the Sun Inn, Elland Rd, Brighouse, preferably one that can sing and to live in the house

In the edition of 15th December, he advertised for

a lady pianist to live on the premises

but no mention of singing in this one

Stead, JohnRef 236-2363
[1820-18??] Born in Clifton.

He was a medical botanist / herbalist at

Bradford Road, Brighouse [1874] / Volunteer Inn, Brighouse [1881].

He married Lydia [1824-1???].

Lydia was born in Roberttown


  1. Walter [b 1862] who was an assurance agent [1881]

Stead, JohnRef 236-7
[1860-1906] Born in Shelf.

He was a labourer of Hanson Lane, Halifax [1890] / an iron fettler [1891] / an iron dresser [1901].

In 1890, he married Alice Norville [1869-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Alice, of Weymouth Street, Halifax, was born in Frome, Somerset, the daughter of James Norville, iron moulder.

She was a widow & a charwoman [1911]



  1. Clement [1894-1907]
  2. Lewis
  3. Clara [b 1900]

They lived at

  • 5 Carlise Street, Ovenden [1891]
  • 34 Brinton Terrace, Halifax [1901]
  • 30 Back Brinton Terrace, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was widowed father-in-law James Norville [b 1842] (who was blind).

John died in 1906 (aged 46)  Living with them [in 1911] was niece Florence Norville [b  1895] who was a spinner (worsted mill) 

Stead, JohnRef 236-1235
[1893-1917] Son of Hannah Clough Stead of Scarbottom, Greetland.

Born in Halifax

During World War I, he served as a Wireless Operator with the Mercantile Marines aboard SS Oswald.

He was killed in action [23rd April 1917] (aged 24)  when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine U-50, and sank in the Atlantic.

He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, on the Memorial at Saint Thomas's Church, Greetland, and on the Memorial at Greetland Liberal Club

Stead, JonathanRef 236-259
[17??-18??] The initials of him and his wife, Judith, appear on the datestone of a barn of 1717 which was reused when the present Upper George Hotel & Posting House, Halifax was built in 1826

Stead, JosephRef 236-6940
[17??-1805] Landlord of the Punch Bowl, Savile Green.

He died 3rd October 1805. An obituary recorded

[He died] after a long and severe illness, greatly lamented, [he was] for many years landlord of the Punch Bowl Inn, Savile Green, Halifax

Stead, JosephRef 236-17
[1792-1851] He was a tin-plate worker.

He married Elizabeth [1787-1870].


  1. Harrison [1821-1886]
  2. Albert [1826-1899]

Joseph died 9th October 1851 (aged 59).

Elizabeth died 8th March 1870 (aged 83).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2864]

Stead, JosephRef 236-20
[1832-1???] Born in Hightown.

He was a card machine tenter [1861] / a card maker [1865, 1871].

In [Q4] 1846, he (possibly) married Hannah Holroyd [1821-1???] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Southowram


  1. Emily [b 1850]
  2. Ann [1852-1865]
  3. Mary [1856-1871]
  4. William Howarth [b 1853]

The family lived at 35 Bright Street, Halifax [1861].

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 543]

Stead, JosephRef 236-10
[1883-1918] He lived at 5 Westfield, Southowram.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [4th January 1918] (aged 35).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on Southowram War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Anne's Church, Southowram

Stead, LewisRef 236-8
[1896-1917] Son of John Stead.

He worked in sampling at Fletcher Brothers' worsted mill [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with B Battery 311th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed by a shell which killed 2 others & wounded 6 others [17th April 1917].

The Halifax Courier [28th April 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, Saint-Laurent-Blangy, France [Grave Ref I D 22].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Stead, MaryRef 236-292
[17??-1???] Sister of Anne Stead.

A member of the Stead family of Soyland.

She married John Royds.

She is depicted as Britannia in a plaster relief in the salon at Royds House, Halifax

Stead, SamRef 236-849
[1???-1???] A cousin of John Walker of Walterclough Hall.

He was apprenticed to Jack Sharp who – in revenge on the Walker family – brought about Stead's ruin by drink and gambling

Stead, SamuelRef 236-1389
[1656-1736] Salter at Halifax.

In 16??, he married Mary [1652-1734].

Children: several sons including

  1. William of Tower Hill, London
  2. Samuel of Rochdale
  3. Valentine
  4. Jonathan
  5. Martha [1???-1744] who married John Caygill

The Northowram Register records that he was

very rich

He owner property at Upper Shaw and Lower Shaw Syke, Halifax which he left to his daughter Martha and her family.

Rev Thomas Wright records that

He lived to see of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sixty-one in number

There is a memorial to members of the family in Halifax Parish Church.

See Robert Stockdale

Stead, SamuelRef 236-451
[1783-1838] Halifax attorney. He was articled to William Swainson, with whom he later carried on a part of Robert Parker's practice.

He was at Gibbet Lane, Halifax [1809] and Horton Street, Halifax [1816, 1822]. In 1830, he was in partnership with George Dyson as Stead & Dyson.

He and William Swainson married sisters Ann and Harriet Smith.

He lived at Barum Top House.

In 1839, he inherited £50,000 from his father's cousin and sold the house to Robert Parker

Stead, StanleyRef 236-11
[19??-19??] Landlord of the Fleece, Greetland [11th April 1938-17/4/1939]

Stead, ThomasRef 236-1879
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner. In 1802, he bought Hanging Lee Mill, Ripponden for £4,609.

In 1822, he was declared bankrupt and sold the mill to tenant James Mason

Stead, ThomasRef 236-1880
[17??-18??] He owned Lambert's Mill, Ripponden in the early 1850s. He sold the mill to John Whiteley.

A Thomas Stead also had interests in a cotton mill near Keighley around this time

Stead, ThomasRef 236-970
[1788-1872] Born near Halifax. He joined the Methodists in 1812 and preached in the north of England

Stead, ValentineRef 236-1388
[1688-1758] Of Halifax.

Son of Samuel Stead. Merchant. They were a wealthy Halifax family

He married Naomi [1693-1740].

Children: several including

  1. Samuel [1734-1764]
  2. Valentine
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child

They lived in a house next to The Castle, Crown Street.

The epitaph on the family memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Stead, W.Ref 236-870
[1???-18??] Around 1841, he ran an academy in Halifax

Stead, WilliamRef 236-16
[17??-18??] He was a millwright.

He married Hannah [1783-18??].


  1. James
  2. Alexander [b 1817] who was a millwright [1841]
  3. Horatio
  4. Hannah [b 1822] who was a woollen burler [1841]
  5. Mary [b 1824]

The family lived at Batley [1841]

Stead, WilliamRef 236-1878
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Temple Mill, Rishworth [1832]

Stead, WilliamRef 236-2737
[17??-18??] Of Ripponden.

He married Unknown.

Child: Ellen [1820-1855] who married Robert Thorp from Aintree.

Stead, WilliamRef 236-582
[1796-18??] He was a farmer [1841].

He married Sarah [1801-18??].


  1. Ellen [b 1823]
  2. Edward [b 1829]
  3. Martha [b 1832]
  4. Elizabeth [b 1834]

They lived at Dyson Field, Soyland [1841]

Stead, William HargreavesRef 236-1238
[1879-1917] Son of William Henry Stead.

Born in Old Lane, Halifax.

He was a member of St Edward's Mission Church, Boothtown / a dustbin man and goux collector for Halifax Corporation [1911].

In 1902, he married Maria Rodgers [1880-1945] in Halifax.

Maria was born in Higham


  1. William Henry [b 1903]
  2. Evelyn [1905-1906]
  3. Ivy [b 1907]
  4. Harold [1909-1910]
  5. Norman [1914-1988]

The children were born in Boothtown.

They lived at

  • 214 Boothtown Road [1911]
  • 7 New Delight Buildings, Boothtown, Halifax [1917]

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with the 159th Brigade HQ Royal Field Artillery.

He was returning with the mails from the battle HQ when a shell burst on the road and struck the party. He was hit in the chest by a piece of shrapnel [19th August 1917].

The Halifax Courier [1st September 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref E 85].

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

In 1920, Maria married (2) Willie Holdon [1883-19??] in Halifax.

Willie came from Halifax

Stead, William HenryRef 236-2
[1849-1996] Born in Halifax.

He was a labourer.

In 1866, he married Ellen Priestley [1847-1899] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Halifax


  1. Ben Priestley [1866-1949]
  2. John William [1868-1943]
  3. Fred [1870-1914]
  4. Sarah [b 1875]
  5. William Hargreaves

The children were born in Halifax

Stead, William HenryRef 236-1328
[1894-19??] A Brighouse farmer.

In 1922, he was charged and imprisoned for the murder of his first wife.

In 1940, he pleaded Guilty to the attempted murder of his second wife. He was sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude.

A newspaper [22 November 1940] reported

William Henry Stead, who was indicted for the murder of his first wife 18 years ago, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his second wife at the Assizes today. He was sentenced to three years penal servitude.

It was stated that Stead was sent to Broadmoor in 1922 and released conditionally in 1928.

He has since borne a satisfactory character was was spoken of as a good husband and father.

He was said to have hit his second wife over the head with a hammer


The Stead family of SoylandRef 236-1806
See Beeston Hall, Ripponden, Luke Marsden, Anne Stead and Mary Stead


Stead surnameRef 236-1
There are 53 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Stead, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Stead

Marriages 1890, 1897, 1942; Death 1907

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 4248


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