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Simpson, AlfredRef 169-14
[1848-1897] Born in Halifax.

He was a butcher [1881].

In [Q1] 1872, he married Rose Hannah Helm [1852-19??] in Halifax.

Rose Hannah was born in Halifax


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. child who died young [before 1911]
  3. Walter [b 1873] who was a butcher [1891, 1901]
  4. Martha Florence [b 1874]
  5. Edith [b 1879] who was a worsted coating weaver [1901]
  6. Ada Mary [b 1881] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  7. Lilly [b 1884] who was a worsted yarn picker [1901], a yarn finisher worsted [1911]
  8. Annie [b 1886] who was a cotton winder [1901]
  9. Harry [b 1888] who was a head doffer (worsted) [1901]
  10. Beatrice [b 1891] who was a weaver cotton bunting [1911]
  11. William [b 1895] who was a cloth finisher at dress works [1911]
  12. Alfred

The family lived at

  • 72 Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax [1881]
  • Clog Yard, Halifax [1891]
  • 9 Wainhouse Road, Halifax [1901]
  • 14 Highfield Place, Halifax [1911]

Alfred died in Halifax [Q3 1897] (aged 49) 

Simpson, AlfredRef 169-9
[1897-1917] Son of Alfred Simpson.

He was a baker's apprentice [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He died at Ypres [22nd October 1917] (aged 20).

He was buried at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium [Grave Ref XXII A 16].

He is remembered at King Cross Cemetery, Halifax and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, ArchibaldRef 169-7310
[1878-1917] Son of James Simpson.

He was a mineral water worker with his father [1901].

In [Q4] 1907, he married Eliza Ann Makepeace in Todmorden.

Eliza Ann was the daughter of Walter Thomas Makepeace

The family lived at

  • 7 Aspinall Street, Banksfield, Mytholmroyd

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 29th November 1917 (aged 39).

He was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref VII C 1].

He is remembered on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Simpson, CharlesRef 169-21
[1831-1890] Born in Greetland.

He was a woollen slubber [1861] / a woollen spinner [1871] / a draper [1881].

He married Grace [1837-1???].

Grace was born in Mytholmroyd.

She was a linen draper [1891]



  1. Mary Hannah [1859-1926] who was a linen draper [1891], & married John Briggs
  2. William [b 1861] who was a cotton dyer [1881]
  3. Humphrey [b 1864] who was a worsted operative [1881]
  4. Herbert [b 1871] who was a brass finisher [1891]
  5. Sam [b 1876] who was a woollen operative [1891]
  6. Mabel [1883-21st January 1946] who was a dressmaker [1901, 1911], and was buried with John Mellor

The family lived at

  • Lindwell, Elland-cum-Greetland [1861, 1871]
  • East Villa, Elland-cum-Greetland [1881]

Charles died Q2 1890 (aged 59).

Grace died Q3 1894 (aged 57) 

Simpson, Charles ArthurRef 169-3600
[1870-1936] Son of Joseph Simpson.

Born in Triangle.

He was a silk dresser's apprentice [1891] / a silk dresser [1901] / landlord of the Reed Inn, Sowerby Bridge [1901-1902] / landlord of the Branch, Sowerby Bridge [1902-1905] / licensed victualler at the Blue Ball, Norland [1906-1916]

On 19th July 1891, he married (1) Grace Whipp [1871-1915] at Halifax Parish Church.

Grace, of Wakefield Road, Skircoat, was born in Norland, the daughter of Peter Whipp, carter


  1. Annie [b 1895] who was a weaver woollen [1911]

On 25th November 1922, he married (2) Leah Elizabeth Dronfield [1873-1941] at Halifax Parish Church.

The family lived at 8 Back Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1901]

Simpson, ClementRef 169-8
[1889-1917] Son of Humphrey Simpson.

Born in Greetland.

He was a farm worker [1911] / employed at Pye Nest Farm [for 9 or 10 years].

During World War I, he enlisted [Wakes Monday], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action at Fampounx, on Easter Monday [9th April 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [28th April 1917].

He was buried at Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France [Grave Ref I B 69].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, Constance Sophia PickneyRef 169-840
[1868-1948] In 1899, she became the second wife of Courtney Clarke Rawson

Simpson, Rev DavidRef 169-1624
[17??-1???] A Scot. He came from Newcastle to be Minister at Myrtle Grove Chapel, Eastwood [1779]. Horsfall Turner says
[he] was a supposed Arian and was driven out

He moved to Holcombe, Lancashire

Simpson, David ColinRef 169-2469
[19??-] Aka Dave Simpson. Writer.

Born in Salford. He wrote a popular stage adaptation of The Railway Children. He lives in Todmorden [2007]

Simpson, Rev E.Ref 169-22
[19??-1???] Vicar of Hartshead [1980-1983]

Simpson, E.Ref 169-1291
[19??-19??] BSc.

Deacon at Christ Church, Pellon [1948]

Simpson, EdgarRef 169-5
[1894-1918] Son of Ruth & Herbert Simpson.

Born in Greetland.

He was mobilised [8th June 1916] and, after his medical, he was classed as fit for labour work at Home Only.

He was discharged after 287 days [22nd March 1917] as no longer physically fit for War Service.

He was granted a pension of 13/9d [8th May 1918]; this was back-dated to 13th February 1918.

He died 2nd November 1918.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Simpson, EdwardRef 169-15
[18??-1917] Of Kings Bromley.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 28th March 1917.

He was buried at St. Leger British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref 3]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, EdwardRef 169-475
[1844-1937] Hull-based architect who designed St Bernard's RC Church, Halifax

Simpson, ElizaRef 169-1265
[1875-1932] Of Mytholmroyd.

In her will, she left bequests for various religious and other organisations in the district.

In 1933, she and Jane Simpson gave money to establish the Eliza & Jane Simpson Isolation Ward at the Royal Halifax Infirmary

Simpson, ErnestRef 169-19
[1901-19??] Son of John Simpson [b 5th October 1860].

Born 15th June 1901.

He was an aircraft sheet metal worker [1939].

He married Zillah Tordoff.

Zillah was the daughter of
William Henry Tordoff

The family lived at 29 Yorke Street, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire [1939].

Living with them [in 1939] were Ernest's father and Zillah's parents

Simpson, EthelRef 169-37
[1898-1952] Of Boothtown.

In the 1920s, she worked in Bradford. She later went to live with her sister in Sheffield.

She had a brother Henry Simpson who adopted the name Simpson Waddington about 1938.

In 1920, she married John Reginald Halliday Christie in Halifax.

He moved to London in 1923 to escape the shame of his criminal record. Ethel followed her husband in 1934.

Christie murdered Ethel and buried her body beneath the floorboards at 10 Rillington Place because she suspected him of the other murders he had committed

Simpson, FrancisRef 169-16
[1898-1918] Of Ripon.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with 80th Battery 15th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 29th September 1918 (aged 20).

He was buried at Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt, France [Grave Ref E 31].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, FrankRef 169-2
[1884-1915] Son of Sarah & Richard Simpson of Todmorden.

In [Q2] 1906, he married Betsy Gibson in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 6th December 1915 (aged 31).

He was buried at Gunners Farm Military Cemetery, Belgium, [Grave Ref F 4].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance.

In [Q3] 1917, Betsy married Paul Dunn in Oldham.

They lived at 7 Villa Road, Oldham

Simpson, Rev G. HudsonRef 169-7920
[19??-19??] Minister at Bethesda Primitive Methodist Chapel, Southowram

Simpson, GeorgeRef 169-13

On 20th December 1919, he married Ethel at Christ Church, Todmorden.

Ethel was the daughter of
John Phillips and the widow of John Oldfield.

She had lost her father, her brother John William and her first husband in World War I


The couple moved to Doncaster, where they died

Simpson, GranvilleRef 169-3
[1888-1918] Son of Thomas Simpson.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a labourer in a woollen mill / a labourer in a cotton mill [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He died 4th June 1918.

He was buried at Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II L 18].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Simpson, HarryRef 169-2259
[18??-19??] Partner in H. & J. T. Simpson.

He lived at 21 Kliffen Place, Halifax [1905]

Simpson, HenryRef 169-17

During World War I, he served as a Private with the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, HumphreyRef 169-11
[1864-1939] Born in Greetland.

He was a clothing club collector [1883] / a worsted spinner clerk [1891] / a bookkeeper [1901] / a collector, clothing club [1911].

In 1883, he married Martha Elizabeth Parr [1863-1947] in Halifax.

Martha Elizabeth was born in Greetland


  1. Irving [1884-1932] who was an overlooker mill hand (worsted) [1901], an overlooker worsted spinning [1911]
  2. John Thomas [1887-1979] who was a mill hand (worsted) [1901], an overlooker worsted spinning [1911]
  3. Clement
  4. Martha [b 1891] who was a color matcher (worsted spinning) [1911]
  5. Charles Henry [1892-1893]

The children were born in Greetland.

The family lived at

  • Scar, Greetland [1891]
  • 78 Albert View, Pellon [1901]
  • 48 Newstead Terrace, Gibbet Street [1911]
  • 195 Queens Road, Halifax [1917]

Living with them [in 1891, 1901, 1911] were sisters-in-law:

  • Margaret E Parr [b 1859] who was a worsted spinner's warper [1891], a housemaid (domestic) [1901], a reeler worsted spinning [1911]
  • Sarah A Parr [b 1861] who was a worsted spinner's warper [1891], a warper worsted spinning [1901, 1911]

Simpson, J.Ref 169-183
[17??-1837] Of Todmorden.

On 13th November 1837, his body was found in a wood at Egerton, Huddersfield. His daughter said that he had left home a fortnight earlier without saying where he was going and the family never saw him again. A report in The Times and the Halifax Express has the heading

The late murder near Huddersfield

Simpson, J.Ref 169-1476
[18??-18??] Coal agent at Halifax.

In April 1865, he was declared bankrupt

Simpson, JamesRef 169-1263
[1850-1923] Born in Todmorden.

He was licensed victualler at the Stag Inn, Heptonstall [1881].

He established a hop ale and mineral water manufacturing business at Hawksclough [recorded in 1891, 1901, 1911, 1913].

His trade mark was the Latin inscription

Suum cuique

He lived at Acre Villas, Mytholmroyd.

He was active on the Hebden Bridge Division of the County Council and Chairman of the Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd Gas Board [1908]

On 4th January 1872 he married Grace Abbott [1848-1909] from Todmorden, at Holme in Cliviger.


  1. Mary Jane [1873-1946] who married Samuel Helliwell
  2. Annie Lightburn [b 1876] who was a fustian machinist [1901]
  3. Archibald
  4. Jessie [b 1880] who was a schoolmistress [1901] and married Ernest Sutcliffe

The family lived at Stag Inn, Heptonstall [1881]; 3 Bolton Terrace, Wadsworth [1891]; Hawksclough, Mytholmroyd [1901]; Acre Villas, Mytholmroyd [1911]

In 1911, the widowed James was living with daughter Mary Jane and her husband Acre Villas.

He died at Acre Villas [12th January 1923].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £4,605 5/5d. Probate was granted to his daughters Mary Jane Helliwell & Jessie Sutcliffe

Simpson, JaneRef 169-763
[18??-19??] In 1933, she and Eliza Simpson gave money to establish the Eliza & Jane Simpson Isolation Ward at the Royal Halifax Infirmary

Question: Can anyone tell me anything more about Jane or Eliza or their family?


Simpson, JohnRef 169-1415
[16??-17??] Of Hipperholme.

Son of Joseph Sympson.

On 30th September 1703, he married Mary Ramsden [1684-1704] from Quarles.


  1. John

Mary died with the birth of their son

Simpson, JohnRef 169-1416
[1704-1???] Son of John Simpson.

On 7th March 1728, he married (1) Dorothy Sharp.

Dorothy was the daughter of Rev Nathan Sharp


  1. John
  2. Ann who died unmarried
  3. Joseph who died young [d 1736] of smallpox
  4. Elizabeth who died young [d 1736]
  5. Dorothy

He married (2) Grace Brogden.

Grace was the daughter of John Brogden of North Bierley


  1. William who died young
  2. Richard who died young
  3. Sarah
  4. Susan
  5. Grace

Simpson, JohnRef 169-1418
[1727-1???] Son of John Simpson.

He married Mary Scholfield from Rochdale

Simpson, JohnRef 169-230
[1727-1768] Of Hipperholme.

He married Mary [1736-1765].

There is a memorial to the couple and their children in Coley Church

Simpson, JohnRef 169-2904
[1774-18??] Of Halifax.

On 11th March 1798, he married Martha Bates [1777-1???].


  1. Richard Bates
  2. Thomas [b 1703]
  3. Mary [1805-1807]

Simpson, JohnRef 169-3669
[1794-1866] He married (1) Sarah [1793-1850].


  1. Elizabeth [1820-1878] who married William McVine

He married (2) Sarah [1821-1891].

John died in 1866.

After his death, Sarah married Thomas Greenwood. She survived Thomas and was buried with John and his first wife.

John and his wives were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 4547], next to the grave of William McVine's family

Simpson, JohnRef 169-20
[1805-1860] Of Crawstone, Greetland.

Born in Barkisland.

He was a dyer [1851].

He married Joyce [1804-1859].

Joyce was born in Norland


  1. Joseph [b 1832] who was a farm labourer [1851]
  2. Sarah [b 1835] who was a worsted twister [1851]
  3. Hannah [b 1837] who was a worsted spinner [1851]
  4. Mary [b 1843]

The family lived at 14 Cross Hill, Elland-cum-Greetland [1851].

Joyce died 13th June 1859 (aged 55).

John died 15th January 1860 (aged 55).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: B18]

Simpson, JohnRef 169-1169
[1821-1891] Born in Halifax.

He was a herbalist [1865, 1871] / Halifax town crier [1875-1880] / a stone mason's labourer [1891].

He succeeded David Moorhouse as Halifax town crier [1875-1880].

A newspaper notice in January 1876 announced


MR. JOHN SIMPSON, No. 2. Star Yard, Northgate having been duly Licensed and Registered TOWN CRYER of Halifax on Friday January 21st 1876 does hereby give notice that all orders entrusted to him will be immediately attended to

Yours Truly, J. SIMPSON


In 1838, he married (1) Susannah Wood.


  1. Margaret [b 1840]

On 22nd June 1865, he married (2) Elizabeth Ashworth at Halifax Register Office.

Elizabeth [1845-1874] was the daughter of Ephraim Ashworth


  1. Walter [b 1864]
  2. Mary [b 1869]
  3. Martha Emma [b 25th January 1871]

The children were born in Halifax

Elizabeth died 30th March 1874.

In 1879, his 2 children (aged 11 and 9) were found alone and filthy in the house, with only a frock and a handkerchief each. John was ordered to find a surety of £10 to make provision for the children, or 10 months' imprisonment. He found the surety.

Ben Cordingley succeeded John as town crier [1880].

John was in Halifax Workhouse [1881, 1891].

He died of paralysis in the Workhouse [23rd August 1891]

Simpson, Rev JohnRef 169-1666
[1821-1897] Born in Whitehaven, Cumberland [23 April 1821].

He was a Primitive Methodist Minister, and enthusiastic chapel builder, who did work at

He published several tracts and sermons

Around 1870, he left the Methodists and entered the Catholic Church.

In 1848, he married Mabel Ireland [1827-1890] at West Derby, Liverpool.

He died at Oldham [17th January 1897] See Samuel Laycock

Simpson, Dr John H.Ref 169-1774
[18??-19??] LRCPS.

Physician and surgeon at Mytholmroyd [1905]. He lived at Calder Grange House, Mytholmroyd

Simpson, John TaylorRef 169-596
[1852-19??] Son of Thomas Simpson.

Born in Halifax [4th November 1852].

He was educated at Hipperholme Grammar School & Kippax Hall, Leeds / Chairman of Thomas Simpson & Sons Limited / a partner in H. & J. T. Simpson / a member of Halifax Town Council / an Alderman [1898] / Mayor of Halifax [1898-1899] / Chairman of the Highways & Sewerage Outfall Works / a governor of Heath Grammar School / Honorary Secretary of the Halifax Liberal Association / a Freemason / a member of the Probity [No 61] Masonic Lodge.

He married Annie [1852-1901].

They lived at

Annie died 21st August 1901

Simpson, JosephRef 169-3527
[18??-18??] Corn / coal dealer. Brother of Mary, wife of Thomas Collinson.

On 29th April 1865, a legal notice of Bankruptcy in the local paper announced

John Simpson, formerly of Bowness, Windermere, Corn & Flour Dealer, afterwards of Crossley Terrace, Halifax, labourer, then Clay Pits and now of 11 Foster Court, a Coal Agent. Bankrupt [7th April 1865]

The coal business was taken over by his nephew Thomas Collinson – see Robert J. Maude

Simpson, JosephRef 169-9330
[1811-1879] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He married Charlotte [1811-1869].

Charlotte died 10th April 1869.

Joseph died 20th January 1879.

The couple were buried at Bolton Brow Wesleyan Chapel

Simpson, JosephRef 169-3602
[1816-1879] Son of cart driver Joseph Simpson.

Born in Greetland.

He was a foundry man [1839] / a labourer [1841] / a labourer in an iron foundry [1851, 1852, 1871].

In 1839, he married (1) Martha Dyson [1817-1851] at Halifax Parish Church.

Martha was born in Rochdale, the daughter of cart driver Benjamin Dyson.

She was a factory girl [1839]



  1. Sarah [b 1840] who was a worsted spinner [1851] a cotton worker [1861]
  2. Thomas [1841] who died in infancy
  3. Mary [b 1845] a cotton reeler [1861]
  4. Joseph

Son Thomas died aged 9 months and was buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby [28th September 1841].

Wife Martha died in 1851.

In 1852, Joseph married (2) Mary Ann [1819-1898] of Lower Oak, daughter of labourer John Eastwood, at Sowerby.


  1. Charley [b 1852]
  2. Arthur [b 1860]

The family lived at Stile, Sowerby [1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881].

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Martha [1st October 1851]; Charley [24th July 1862]; Joseph [6th March 1879]

Simpson, JosephRef 169-3601
[1848-1919] Son of Joseph Simpson.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a silk piecer [1861] / a foundry man [1868] / a core maker [1871] / a labourer in an iron foundry [1881] / a core maker [1891] / an iron core maker [1901] / a core maker in an iron foundry [1911].

In 1868, he married Emma Williams [1845-1930] at Halifax Parish Church.

Emma, of Soyland, was the daughter of warehouseman William Williams


  1. Charles Arthur
  2. Emma J [b 1873]
  3. Thomas Williams [b 1874] who was a blacksmith's apprentice [1891] a machine toolmaker's blacksmith [1901], a general blacksmith [1911]
  4. Joseph Herbert [b 1877] who was a worsted mill hand [1891] a silk dresser [1901]
  5. Annie Elizabeth [b 1878] who was a worsted mill hand [1891, 1901]
  6. William Allison
  7. George Edgar [b 1882]
  8. Louisa [b 1884] who was a woollen weaver [1911]
  9. John Alfred [b 1886] who was a clogger [1901, 1911], & served in World War I

The family lived at

  • Triangle, Sowerby [1871]
  • Pond, Sowerby [1881]
  • Middle Street, Triangle [1891]
  • Stile, Sowerby [1901]
  • 48 Middle Street, Sowerby [1911]
  • 48 Stile, Triangle [1918]

Living with them [in 1891] were Joseph's stepmother Mary Ann and sisters Sarah (gill tenter in a worsted mill)  and Mary (comb tenter in a worsted mill).

Joseph died in 1919 (aged 70).

Emma died in 1920 (aged 74) 

Simpson, Joseph KitchenRef 169-1
[1854-1931] Born in Greetland

He was a timekeeper (woollen mill) [1901] / a timekeeper (for a blanket firm) [1911].

He married Alice Ann [1852-1918].

Alice Ann was born in Greetland.

She was a caretaker & cook [1901]



  1. Florette E. [1884-22nd June 1957] who never married

The family lived at

  • Stainland Road, Greetland [1901]
  • 16 Stainland Road, Greetland [1911]

Alice Ann died 27th February 1918 (aged 66).

Joseph died 28th September 1931 (aged 77).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: N7]

Simpson, JoshuaRef 169-3523
[1???-18??] Merchant.

He lived at Savile Green, Halifax [1822]

Simpson, LydiaRef 169-9620
[1774-1842] Born in Sowerby.

She had a daughter – father unknown – Eliza Frances Simpson [1805-1829] who married Richard Allen Jackson.

On 29th October 1809, she married Samuel Haigh [1787-1854] at Halifax Parish Church.

Samuel was an overlooker [1841].

They lived at New Mill, Erringden [1841].

Living with them [in 1841] was grandson John Jackson.

Members of the family were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Lydia [3rd March 1842]; Samuel [27th April 1854]; Eliza Frances [1st November 1829]

Simpson, MargaretRef 169-2583
[1820-18??] In July 1853, she was charged at York Crown Court with, on 29th March 1853,
having feloniously caused Mary Fielding to take a noxious drug, with intent to procure her miscarriage

Simpson was found guilty.

See Auguste Wilhelm

Simpson, Margaret VictoriaRef 169-366
[1901-1964] Her battered body had been assaulted and strangled and was found in Zachariah Wood, Barkisland.

No one was ever accused of her murder, although it was later linked to the Yorkshire Ripper

Simpson, MarthaRef 169-4340
[1???-18??] Bookseller, stationer & bookbinder. She had a circulating library at Crown Street, Halifax [1822]

Simpson, PercyRef 169-5190
[1875-1952] Born in Sowerby Bridge [10th November 1875].

He was a moulder [1899] / landlord of the Foresters' Arms, Norland [1908-1912] / landlord of the Bay Horse, Sowerby Bridge [1912-1924] / landlord of the Travellers' Rest, Luddenden [1929-1937] / landlord of the Star, Elland [1938-1951].

On 12th August 1899, he married (1) Elizabeth Sutcliffe [1872-1936] at St Peter's Church, Sowerby.

Elizabeth was born in Sowerby Bridge

They had no children.

Elizabeth died at the Travellers Rest in 1936.

In 1938, he married (2) Lily [1876-1957] in Halifax.

Lily (née Bottomley), born in Halifax, was the widow of Mr Lum

They had no children.

Percy died in Halifax [5th August 1952].

Lily died in Halifax in 1957

Simpson, RichardRef 169-7150
[17??-18??] He was an agent for the London Tea Company at Crown Street, Halifax [1822]

Simpson, Rev RichardRef 169-1134
[1718-1796] He trained at Dr P. Doddridge's Academy and served at Stainton in Ravenstonedale before becoming Minister at Warley Congregational Church [1764]. He served at Warley for the rest of his life.

He was a well-known agriculturalist and farmer. He bought Old Hall Farm, Warley [1790].

He was a mentor for the young Benjamin Boothroyd.

He was one of a number of local men who took a monthly course of services at a local Workhouse.

He enjoyed good health and walked to Westmorland every year.

He was buried in the chapel

Simpson, Richard BatesRef 169-1698
[1799-1851] Son of John Simpson.

Born in Halifax.

Baptised at the Square Independent Chapel.

On 3rd April 1823, he married Hannah [1799-1885], daughter of John Crossley, in Halifax.


  1. Hannah [1825-1846] who died in Toronto
  2. Mary [b 1829] who (possibly) died before the family emigrated to Canada
  3. Maria [1832-1910] who married [1852] Thomas Henry Ince [1827-1897], a Toronto lawyer, and died at Leicester, Massachusetts

He was a corn dealer [1833]. Sometime between 1841 and 1846, the family moved to Toronto, Canada

In the Toronto city directory [1846/7], he is listed as being with

J. Crossley & Company

which is possibly the business established by John Crossley.

They appear to have moved frequently between Canada and Britain:

  • In 1841, Hannah her three daughters were living at Terrace Green Hill in Halifax
  • Oldest daughter Hannah was buried in Toronto [1846]
  • Richard Bates Simpson died in Toronto [1851] and was buried at St James Cemetery there
  • In 1851, Hannah and daughter Maria were living with her widowed mother Elizabeth Crossley at Northowram
  • Youngest daughter Maria was married at Toronto [1852]

Simpson, RobertRef 169-2766
[1???-1???] Police Constable in Shelf [1857]

Simpson, SallyRef 169-2443
[1748-17??] Daughter of Zachariah Spencer.

On 26th January 1770, John Wesley visited the 22-year-old girl who suffered fits and convulsions. She was described by Dr Alexander as being bewitched

Simpson, ThomasRef 169-1084
[17??-1???] A teacher at Natty Binns's School

Simpson, ThomasRef 169-264
[17??-18??] Established Thomas Simpson & Sons Limited [1798].

He married Unknown.


  1. Thomas

Simpson, ThomasRef 169-271
[18??-18??] Son of Thomas Simpson.

He married Unknown.


  1. John Taylor

Simpson, ThomasRef 169-9590
[1813-1850] Of Brighouse.

Son of John Simpson, sawyer.

He was a cabinet maker [1840].

On 7th July 1840, he married Elizabeth Crabtree [1820-1903] at Halifax Parish Church.

Elizabeth was the daughter of John? Crabtree, clogger


  1. Elizabeth Ann [1842-1847]
  2. Sarah [1845-1857]

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Simpson, ThomasRef 169-10
[1861-1926] / Tom

He was a woollen mill overlooker.

In [Q4] 1885, he married Mary Alice Nuttall [1857-1914] in Todmorden.


  1. William [b 1885] who was a harrier [1911]
  2. Granville
  3. Ivy [b 1891] who was a cop winder in a cotton mill [1911]

The family lived at

  • 21 Lydgate, Todmorden [1891]
  • 10 Robinwood Terrace, Todmorden [1901]
  • 14 Robinwood Terrace, Todmorden [1911]

Simpson, Thomas HerbertRef 169-1501
[1871-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was an electric tram driver [1901, 1907] / publican at the Lord Raglan, Halifax [1911].

He was the driver of the tram involved in the Pye Nest Tram Disaster of 15th October 1907. He was unharmed in the accident.

In [Q3] 1896, he married Clara Kershaw [1873-19??] from Halifax.


  1. Arthur [b 1899] who was a doffer (worsted mill) [1911]
  2. Florence [b 1901]
  3. Willie [b 1903]

The family lived at

  • 12 Chatham Square, Halifax [1901]
  • Ripon Terrace, Chester Road, Boothtown [1907]

Living with them [in 1901] was his sister Sarah E. Simpson [aged 17] (worsted spinner) 

Simpson, Thomas ParrRef 169-6
[1888-1918] Son of William Simpson.

Born in West Vale [13th April 1888].

In [Q2] 1915, he married Hilda Smith in Halifax.


  1. child
  2. child
The family lived at

  • 24 Albert View, Pellon
  • 21 Chapel Lane, Salterhebble

During World War I, he served as a Private with A Company Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in the St Luke's War Hospital, Halifax [16th November 1918].

He is remembered with a CWGC headstone at Stoney Royd Cemetery [Grave Ref: J A 88], and on All Saints' War Memorial, Dudwell in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at All Saints' Church, Dudwell, on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland, and on the Memorial at Saint John the Evangelist, West Vale

Simpson, W. H.Ref 169-18

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Simpson, Walter LeslieRef 169-4
[1918-1942] Son of Lily & Thomas Simpson of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served as a Corporal with the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 24th August 1942 (aged 24).

He was buried at Delhi War Cemetery, India [Grave Ref 7 H 6].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Simpson, WilliamRef 169-1838
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1783]

Simpson, WilliamRef 169-413
[1743-1809] Around 1780, he leased Heath Hall, Halifax where he carried on his business as a woollen cloth merchant.

He married Elizabeth [1741-1814].


  1. Ann [1770-1827] who married Thomas Ramsden
  2. Elizabeth [1771-1810] who died at Gomersal
  3. Eleanor [1779-1791]

The family were buried at Halifax Parish Church

Simpson, WilliamRef 169-305
[18??-18??] Corn miller at Mixenden Corn Mill [1861]

Simpson, Dr WilliamRef 169-1775
[18??-19??] MB, BCh.

Physician and surgeon at Mytholmroyd [1905]. He lived at Calder Grange House, Mytholmroyd

Simpson, William AllisonRef 169-12
[1880-1918] Son of Joseph Simpson.

He was a member of Mill Bank Working Men's Club / a member of Triangle Cricket Club / a worsted mill hand [1891, 1901] / a dyer's labourer [1911] / employed by Asquith Bottom Dye Works, Sowerby Bridge.

During World War I, he enlisted [23rd March 1916], and served as a Private with the 2nd/7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died from shell wounds to the back & arms at the No.3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullen, France [14th April 1918] (aged 37).

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [20th April & 27th April 1918].

He was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France [Grave Ref VI B 27].

He is remembered on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church, and on Triangle War Memorial


The Simpson family of HipperholmeRef 169-1895
Important family whose members have included Thomas Sympson and John Simpson.

The family is discussed in the book Yorkshire Pedigrees

See St John the Baptist, Coley

Simpson surnameRef 169-7
There are over 50 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Simpson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Simpson:

Marriages 1808, 1835, 1855, 1868, 1882, 1890, 1891, 1894, 1899, 1915; Deaths 1900, 1907

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