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Sheard, MrRef 315-12
[1???-1???] Recorded in the 1950s, when he was a mobile grocer selling foods = tea, coffee, jam etc = from his Trojan van which advertised Brooke Bond Tea. He had a round which included the Stoney Lane estate in Lightcliffe

Sheard, MrRef 315-3636

He married Unknown.


  1. Hannah [1821-1886] who married Samuel Bold Tillotson
  2. John

Sheard, BenjaminRef 315-10
[1805-1865] Born in Halifax.

He was a publican at the Rawson's Arms, Elland Wood Bottom [1841] / a currier [1851].

He married Maria [1804-1884].

Maria was born in Halifax


  1. Harriet [b 1831] who was a waste sorter [1851]
  2. Sarah Ann [b 1834] who was a worsted weaver [1851]
  3. Frederick [b 1838] who was a doffer at mill [1851]
  4. Martha Jane [b 1840] who was a book folder [1851] &  (possibly) married John Emmett
  5. Maria [1842-1858] who was a book striker [1851]  
  6. Ellen [b 1844]
  7. William

The family lived at Upper Mile Cross, Halifax [1851].

Benjamin died 18th January 1865 (aged 60).

Maria died 7th June 1884 (aged 80).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3666]

Sheard, BenjaminRef 315-3
[1849-1911] Son of William Sheard.

Born in Southowram.

He was a stone delver [1871] / a flag facer [1891] / a stone quarryman [1901].

He married Mary Jane Kershaw [1849-1909].

Mary Jane was born in Southowram, the daughter of David Kershaw

The family lived at Dark Lane, Head, Southowram [1891, 1901].

Living with them [in 1891] were Mary's brothers: John Kershaw & Abel Kershaw.

Mary Jane died 3rd February 1909 (aged 60).

Benjamin died 7th March 1911 (aged 62).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-E23] with Mary's brothers: Daniel Kershaw & John Kershaw

Sheard, CharlesRef 315-764
[18??-1???] He was a warp dresser [1872].

He married Hannah.


  1. Emma [1848-19??] who married Henry Smith

The family lived at 15 Mason Green, Ovenden [1881]

Sheard, EllisRef 315-6
[1857-1933] Son of John Sheard, stone miner.

Born in Northowram.

He was a stone miner of Beggarington, Queensbury [1880] / a stone miner [1881] / a general labourer [1891] / a stone quarryman [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1880, he married Nanny Smith [1860-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Nanny, of Mason Green, Illingworth, was the daughter of John Smith, cartwright


  1. Mary Alice [b 1881] who was a worsted spinner [1891,  1901], a worsted weaver [1911]
  2. Florence [b 1882] who was a coating mender [1911]
  3. Ruth [b 1885]
  4. John SMITH
  5. Arthur [b 1892] who was a clogger [1911]
  6. James Edward [b 1893] who was a woolsorter [1911]
  7. Sidney [b 1895] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  8. Lily [b 1896] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  9. Doris Annie [b 1899] who was a part-timer / worsted  spinner [1911]
  10. Violet [b 1900]
  11. Vera [b 1902]

The family lived at

  • 16 Mason Green, Ovenden [1881]
  • 18-20 Sladdin Row, Northowram [1891]
  • 5 Beggarington Square East, Queensbury [1901]
  • Beggarington Square East, Ambler Thorn, [1911]
  • 7 Clarendon Place, Ambler Thorn [1918]

Ellis died Q2 1933 (aged 75) 

Sheard, FrankRef 315-728
[1896-1916] Born in Cragg Vale.

He was a twiner with Hinchliffe & Sons Limited.

He lived at Turvin Cottages, Mytholmroyd.

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.

He died 20th August 1916 (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 13A & 13B], on a memorial in St John in the Wilderness, Cragg Vale, and in the book Royd Regeneration.

Official notification of his death was received in July 1917

Sheard, FrederickRef 315-3680
[1899-1963] He was landlord of the Crispin, Halifax [1933-1935] and licensee of the Prince of Wales, Salterhebble [1935, 1948,  1951]

Sheard, JamesRef 315-1230
[18??-18??] Of Elland.

In February 1855, he was declared insolvent

Sheard, JamesRef 315-1562
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

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

Sheard, James SchofieldRef 315-271
[1858-1930] Son of Schofield Crowther Sheard.

Born in Smethwick, Staffordshire.

He was a watch & clock maker of Lister Lane, Halifax [1891] / a clockmaker [1891] / a watchmaker [1901] / a watchmaker & jeweller [1911].

In [Q4] 1890, he married Nellie Witter [1865-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Nellie, of Green Royd, Skircoat, was born in Liverpool, the daughter of James Witter, commercial clerk


  1. Harry [b 1893] who was a watchmaker [1911] & served in  World War I
  2. James Schofield
  3. Nellie [b 1903]
  4. Louisa [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • 26 Milton Street, Halifax [1891, 1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1901] was sister-in-law Jessie Gould [b 1880] (waitress).

James Schofield died in Halifax [3rd January 1930] (aged 72), and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2351] with his parents

Sheard, James SchofieldRef 315-259
[1896-1917] DCM.

Son of James Schofield Sheard

He was a lithographer [1911] with Milnes printers, Gerrard Street.

In [Q1] 1915, he married Lilian Hall in Halifax.


  1. Madge S. [b Knaresborough 1915]

The family lived at

  • 33 Hampden Place, Halifax
  • 38 Bilton Drive, Harrogate

During World War I, he enlisted [4th September 1914], and served as a Lance Sergeant with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

His brother Harry was also serving.

He was wounded [June 1915] and recovered.

He was fatally wounded in the legs by a grenade whilst leading an attack at Ficheux, Somme [18th February 1917] (aged 21).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [24th February 1917].

He was buried at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France [Grave Ref VI A 6].

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (posthumously).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Mary's Church, Halifax, on the Memorial at Park Congregational Church, and (possibly) on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax

Sheard, JohnRef 315-2655
[1800-1855] Born in Elland.

He was landlord of the Savile Arms, Elland [1834, 1841, 1845, 1851].

On 21st August 1824, he married Caroline Chadwick at Elland Parish Church.

Caroline was the daughter of Mr Chadwick


  1. Eliza Matilda [1827-1856]
  2. James [1830-1855]
  3. Martha [b 1833]
  4. Rebecca [1835-1906]
  5. Caroline [b 1837]

His sister-in-law Harriet took over as landlady at the Savile Arms, Elland [1861]

Sheard, JohnRef 315-63
[1819-1879] Son of Mr Sheard.

Born in Halifax [3rd May 1819].

He was clerk and cashier in carpet manufacturing office [1851] / head cashier of John Crossley & Sons / carpet manufacturer [1871].

He established Sheard & Company

In 1853, he married Ruth Moorhouse [1809-1888] in Halifax.

Ruth was born 15th January 1809

They lived at Bramley Lane, Hipperholme [1871].

In 1851, he was living with sister Hannah and brother-in-law Samuel Bold Tillotson.

Living with them [in 1871] was Ruth's sister Ann Moorhouse [1806-1872].

John died 16th August 1879.

Ruth died 12th October 1888.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 259]

Sheard, JohnRef 315-9
[1821-18??] Born in Elland.

He was an engineer [1841] / a millwright [1851] / an engine tenter [1852].

He married Alice [1821-1???].

Alice was born in Dukinfield, Cheshire


  1. Jane [1840-1852] who was buried at Lister Lane  Cemetery [Plot 2963]
  2. Henry [b 1843]

The family lived at

  • Wharf Street, Dukinfield [1841]
  • 31 Wade Street, Halifax [1851]

Sheard, JohnRef 315-3259
[1846-1???] In 1881, he was a farmer of 20 acres, and a stone merchant employing 13 men and 2 boys.

He lived at Southowram Workhouse [1881]

Sheard, John SmithRef 315-1331
[1887-1918] Son of Ellis Sheard.

He was a member of Round Hill Chapel, Beggarington / a clay pit labourer [1901] / a farm labourer [1911] / employed by the Bradford Dyers' Limited, Huddersfield.

During World War I, he enlisted [5th February 1917] and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment).

He died of wounds [2nd September 1918].

The Halifax Courier [21st September 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St Martin-sur-Cojeul, France [Grave Ref II B 24]

Sheard, John WilliamRef 315-1102
[1893-1918] DCM.

Son of Hephzibah Sheard; father unknown

Born in Wainstalls.

He was a member of Mixenden Independent Chapel & Choir / treasurer of the Sunday School / a watchmaker & jeweller [1901, 1911] / apprenticed to Mr Firth of Haley Hill / employed by Mr Williamson of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale.

In [Q1] 1915, he married Florence Mann in Halifax.


  1. Marjorie [b Q3 1915]

They lived at 24 Tennyson Street, Lee Mount, Halifax [1918].

During World War I, he enlisted [in Rochdale] and served as a Private with the Dragoon Guards, and – after training at Aldershot – transferred to the 1st/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

He was twice complimented by his commanding officer for bravery. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal [1918] for

conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as runner during an attack. He performed his duties in a gallant and fearless manner, on more than one occasion acting as guide to reinforcements, guiding them to their positions during most critical periods. He went about continually under the heaviest bombardment, setting a splendid example to all. On one occasion, he brought in a severely wounded comrade from an exposed position

He was killed by an aerial bomb dropped from – a Hun air machine – an enemy aircraft, whilst he was in the divisional canteen [16th February 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his story in the Halifax Courier [2nd March 1918].

He was buried at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France [Grave Ref IV B 20].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and (possibly) on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax

Sheard, JonathanRef 315-4500
[1833-1908] Son of Matthew Sheard.

He was a brewer, a maltster [1871] / a brewer [1881, 1891, 1899].

He was in partnership with James Mansley.

On 28th February 1882, he was fined £2 8/6d for being drunk in charge of a pony and trap in Bull Green, Halifax on 22nd February. The trap went on to the causeway and narrowly missed smashing a shop window. He had been summoned several times previously.

In October 1871, Jonathan was living with his sister Nanny, her husband James Mansley [aged 34] (a common brewer and farmer) and their son Brook, at Brackenbed Brewery, Ovenden.

In 1871, he married (1) Hannah [1843-1889].

Hannah / Annie was the daughter of Thomas Whiteley gentleman, and widow of Mr Tatham.

Annie had a daughter by her first marriage: Ada [b 1868]



  1. Ann / Annie [1874-13th April 1897] who married  Walter Nowell
  2. Thomas Whiteley [1877-1940] who was buried with his  parents
  3. John who died 3rd June 1879 (aged 13 months) 
  4. Emily [b 1884]

Hannah died 3rd December 1889 (aged 46).

In January 1899, he married (2) Sarah Lee in Halifax.

Sarah, of Hanson Lane, Halifax, was the daughter of John Lee, salt merchant

They lived at

Jonathan died 21st May 1908 (aged 75).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1842].

See Albert Brewery, Halifax, Brackenbed Brewery, Manesley & Sheard and Sheard's Brewery

Sheard, JosephRef 315-3288
[1798-1869] Born in Brighouse.

He was a gardener [1851].

He married 25th December 1818 Alice Pearson [1798-1882] at Elland Parish Church.

Alice was born in Rastrick


  1. John [1820-1847]
  2. William [1823-1856]
  3. Charles [b 1826]
  4. Matilda [b 1830]
  5. Hannah [1832-1834]
  6. Joseph [b 1833]
  7. twins Benjamin [b 1839]
  8. James [b 1839]

They lived at Schorah's Row, Brighouse [1851]

Joseph died in Elland [26th May 1869].

Alice died in Golcar [27th December 1882].

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [Grave Ref: U33]

Sheard, MarshallRef 315-3252
[18??-1???] Quarryman of Dark Lane Head, Southowram. Partner in Sheard & Midgley [1881]

Sheard, MatthewRef 315-3154
[17??-18??] On 27th February 1809, he married Hannah, daughter of Matthew Patchett, in Bradford.


  1. Sarah [b 1821]
  2. Susannah
  3. Hannah

Sheard, MatthewRef 315-6502
[1796-1864] Son of Sarah and John Sheard.

He was a beerseller at Cheapside, Halifax [1845] / a farmer [1851] / a farmer of 12 acres [1861].

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


He married Elizabeth.


  1. Samuel [b 1822]
  2. Hannah [b 1824]
  3. Sally [b 1826]
  4. Mary [b 1828]
  5. Elizabeth [b 1829]
  6. Jonathan [b 1831]
  7. Emma [b 1834]
  8. Lydia [b 1836]
  9. Susan [b 1839]
  10. Nanny [b 1840] who married James Mansley
  11. Harriet [b 1845]
  12. John [b 1846]
  13. Martha [b 1848]

The family lived at

  • Grayshaw Syke, Ovenden [1841]
  • Stone Hall, Ovenden [1851, 1861]

Sheard, MatthewRef 315-1421
[18??-18??] From Birstall.

He was landlord of the Smiths' Arms, Halifax [1871].

He married Mary

Sheard, Maurice JohnRef 315-968
[1883-1917] Son of Patchett Sheard.

Born in Ovenden [5th November 1883].

Baptised at Illingworth Church.

He was educated at Crossley & Porter School / a brewer's clerk [1911] / at Ramsden's Stone Trough Brewery [for 18 years].

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He was killed on his second day at the Front [23rd April 1917].

The Halifax Courier [5th May 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 4 & 5], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, and on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax

Sheard, PatchettRef 315-3253
[1843-1891] Born in Ovenden [1st January 1843].

He was a farmer / brewer at Brook House Brewery, Mixenden.

On 18th April 1877, he married Hannah Horsfall [1851-1926] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Hebden Bridge


  1. Ethel [1879-1945] who was an  elementary school teacher [1911] and never married
  2. Amy [1881-1959] who never married
  3. Maurice John
  4. Hannah [1887-1938] who never married
  5. William Robinson

The children were born in Ovenden and baptised at Illingworth Church.

They lived at

  • 14 Gladstone Road, Halifax [1884]
  • 14 Summergate Place, Halifax [1911]

Patchett died 13th May 1891.

He was buried at Illingworth Church

Sheard, R. J.Ref 315-974
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1924-1926]

Sheard, SamuelRef 315-3292
[1852-1???] He was a manager in a paper warehouse [1911].

He married Unknown.

He was widowed by 1911.


  1. Clare [b 1877] who married John Halsworth
  2. Linnaeus [b 1881]
  3. Sam [b 1890]
  4. George [b 1893]

The family lived at 9 Lemon Street, Halifax (where daughter Clare and her husband were with them) [1911]

Sheard, Schofield CrowtherRef 315-7
[1827-1863] He was a mechanical engineer.

In [Q3] 1851, he married Hannah Mitchell [1833-1916] in Halifax.

Hannah was the daughter of
James Mitchell


  1. Matilda Harriott [1853-7th November 1943] who was buried  with her parents
  2. James Schofield
  3. Eliza Ann who died 10th December 1865 (aged 1 year & 10  months) 

Schofield died 26th August 1863 (aged 36).

Hannah died 30th March 1916 (aged 83).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2351] with mother-in-law Matilda Horner

Sheard, ThomasRef 315-4
[1847-1923] Of Northowram.

Son of William Sheard.

He died 29th March 1923 (aged 76).

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-B19]

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-3041
[18??-1???] Painter, gilder, decorator, paper-hanger, dealer in fireworks, and agent for Field's Cattle Oils at Todmorden [1897]

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-8
[1800-1863] Of Bull Green, Halifax.

Born 2nd May 1800.

He married Elizabeth [1812-1890].

Elizabeth was born 20th May 1812


  1. Sarah Jane [1844-1904]
  2. Emily Ann [1843-1922]

William died 7th November 1863 (aged 63).

Elizabeth died 21st January 1890 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1542]

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-880
[1809-1874] Of Southowram.

He was a stone delver [1851] / a retired farmer [1871].

He married Catherine [1808-1893].


  1. Joseph [b 1832] who was a stone delver [1851]
  2. Hannah [1834-14th April 1902] who was a power loom weaver  [1851]
  3. William
  4. James [b 1838] who was a stone delver [1851]
  5. Marshall [b 1841] who was an errand boy [1851]
  6. Frances [b 1843]
  7. Thomas
  8. Benjamin

The family lived at

  • Hall Ing, Southowram [1851]
  • Dark Lane Head, Southowram [1871]

William died 4th February 1874 (aged 64).

Catherine died 17th January 1893 (aged 85).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-Q23] with their granddaughter Sarah Ann Sheard [1862-1872]

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-5
[1836-1???] Son of William Sheard.

Born in Southowram.

He was a stone delver [1851, 1871].

He married Mary [1837-1???]

Mary – (possibly) Mary Pearson who married in Halifax [Q3 1859] – was born in Wheatley


  1. Frances [b 1862]
  2. Sarah [1864-25th December 1885]
  3. Mary Ann [1869-18th November 1886]  
  4. Louisa [b 1871]

The children were born in Southowram.

They lived at Dark Lane Head, Southowram [1871].

The children () were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-B19] with William's brother Thomas Sheard

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-11
[1846-1872] Son of Benjamin Sheard.

He married Mary.


  1. Agnes Annie who died 13th April 1871 (aged 8 months)   
  2. Ellen Ada who died 6th August 1872 (aged 7 months)   

William died 18th July 1872 (aged 26).

He & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3666] with William's parents.

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

Sheard, WilliamRef 315-2

In 1884, he married Hephzibah Earnshaw [1862-1???] in Halifax.

Hephzibah was born in Denholme.

She was a dressmaker [1891, 1901, 1911]



  1. Mabel [b 1886] who was a worsted coating mender [1901], a  cloth mender [1911]
  2. John William

The family lived at

  • Hollin Grove, Warley [1891]
  • 2 Holly Grove, Halifax [1901]
  • 47 Clough Lane, Mixenden [1911]
  • 4 Argyle Terrace, Baillie Street, Rochdale

William died in Halifax in 1886 (aged 29).

Living with them [in 1911] was Hephzibah's sister Zipporah Earnshaw [b 1864] (cloth weaver) 

Sheard, William RobinsonRef 315-969
[1888-1925] Son of Patchett Sheard.

Born in Ovenden [10th Jun 1888].

Baptised at Illingworth Church.

His father died in 1891, and William was placed in the Crossley Orphanage, Halifax. By 1911, he had returned to the family home at 14 Summergate Place, Halifax.

He was a resident scholar [1901] / an education clerk [1911].

On 23rd January 1918, he married Hilda Davies [1888-19??] at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

Hilda was born in Nantwich


  1. Kathleen M. [b 1920]

William died in Halifax [11th September 1925]


Sheard surnameRef 315-1

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

There are 36 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Sheard, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Sheard

Baptism 1855; Marriages 1907, 1910; Death 1907

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2552


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