Soothill ...

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Soothill, MrRef 400-3695
[1???-1???] A member of the Soothill family.

He married Unknown.


  1. Thomas
  2. John

Soothill, MrRef 400-850

He married Mary [1809-1893].

Mary was born in Halifax


  1. Joseph [b 1833] who was a mill wright [1851]
  2. John
  3. Ann [b 1845]

Mary was widowed by 1851.

She married Joseph Holt.

Soothill, AbrahamRef 400-1641
[1842-1926] Son of Thomas Hartley Soothill.

Born in Halifax.

He was a woolstapler [1861] / a stuff presser [1871, 1891, 1901] / a retired stuff presser [1911].

In 1851, he was living with his brothers David & William at 17 Wesley Street, Halifax.

In [Q4] 1868, he married (1) Grace Cockroft [1846-1876] in Halifax.

Grace was born in Halifax


  1. Fanny [b 1870]
  2. Ada [10th June 1872-29th January 1908] who was a milliner  [1891], hand sewing fancy goods [1901]
  3. Harry [1875-29th January 1877]

Grace died 23rd November 1876 (aged 30).

Grace & her children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 103]

In [Q2] 1882, he married (2) Sarah Ann [1839-19??] in Halifax.

Sarah [née Greenwood] was the widow of Mr Longbottom

They lived at

  • 3 South Darley Street [1871]
  • 248 Queens Road, Halifax (with Sarah Ann's widowed mother  Hannah Greenwood (b 1817) [1891]
  • 14 Undercliffe Terrace, Copley [1901, 1911]

Soothill, Bessie TaylorRef 400-134
[19??-19??] Elder daughter of W. Soothill.

On 23rd April 1949, she married Henry John Keys from Sudbury, Middlesex at St John the Divine, Rastrick

Soothill, DavidRef 400-3414
[1775-1850] Son of Mary (née Longbottom) & David Soothill.

Born 26th March 1775.

He was known as David Dunkirk, because he lived at Dunkirk Farm, Halifax.

Baptised in Halifax [26th March 1775].

He was a dyer [1841].

On 27th June 1796, he married Judith Hartley in Halifax.


  1. Ann [b 11th May 1797]
  2. Mary [b 15th September 1799]
  3. Harriot [b 21st March 1802]
  4. Elizabeth [b 2nd December 1804]
  5. Edward [b 3rd September 1809] who married Elizabeth  Bays
  6. Thomas Hartley

They lived at Lilly Lane, Halifax [1841].

David died in Halifax [5th February 1850]

Soothill, DavidRef 400-1044
[1833-1900] Son of Thomas Hartley Soothill.

Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted dyer [1851] / a wool stuff singer.

In 1851, he and his brothers William & Abraham were living together at 17 Wesley Street, Halifax.

He married Unknown.


  1. William
  2. child

Family stories tell that ...

David was a drunkard at 21 and his wife became one too

He was an inmate at Halifax Workhouse [1891], and died at the Workhouse [25th November 1900].

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 103]

Soothill, DorotheaRef 400-2566
[1885-1959] Daughter of Professor William Edward Soothill.

Born in Ningpo, China.

She married Sir Alexander Hosie.

Lady Hosie wrote several books on Chinese life.

  • Brave new China
  • The pool of Ch'ien Lung : A tale of modern Peking
  • Portrait of a Chinese Lady and Certain of Her  Contemporaries
  • An Intimate Description of the Private Life of Two Gentlemen  of China
  • The Analects of Confucius [with her father]

and also

  • Jesus and Woman: a study of the four Gospels
  • The Master Calleth For Thee: Jesus' Teaching Concerning  Women

She also completed – and wrote the foreword for – the book A Passport to China written by her mother. She co-edited her father's book The Hall of Light [1951].

In her father's probate records of 1935, she is identified as Dame Dorothea Hosie

Soothill, ElizabethRef 400-2774
[1???-15??] Daughter of Margery [née Fitzwilliam] of Sprotborough and Thomas Soothill of Soothill.

She married (1) Sir Henry Savile.

After Henry's death, she married (2) Richard Gascoigne from Barnbow

Soothill, Sir GerardRef 400-2854
[13??-14??] Of Redbourne, Lincolnshire and Brearley Hall, Luddendenfoot.

He was Lord of Midgley.

He married Elizabeth Fulnetby.


  1. Johanna / Isabel [1400-14??] who married married Gilbert Lacy

Soothill, HarryRef 400-1616
[1862-1942] Son of John Soothill.

He grew up in Bailiffe Bridge.

He was employed at Richard Kershaw's Clifton Edge Mill [1870] / a half-timer at Firth's Carpets / a silk dresser with Barkers & Butterworth / a silk dresser with Wood, Robinson & Company (for 50 years) [1891,  1901, 1911] / a silk dresser with Wood, Robinson & Company (for 50 years) [1891,  1901, 1911] / a player with Brighouse Rangers football team / Captain of the Brighouse Rangers second team / a member of the Albion Bowling Club / a member of the Thornhill Briggs Club.

On 17th February 1884, he married Lucy Jane Bottomley at Elland Parish Church.

Lucy Jane was born in Southowram


  1. Sarah E. [b 1885]
  2. Beatrice [b 1887]
  3. Sam [1889-1933] who was a musical director & conductor  with several revue & variety touring companies of London

They lived at

  • Elland Road, Brighouse [1891]
  • Crescent, Brighouse [1901]
  • 2 Old Lane Court, Brighouse [1942]

He died 25th December 1942.

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Soothill, Henry deRef 400-3697
[1278-1351] Son of Sir John De Soothill

In 1326, the Manor of Midgley (possibly) to him from his uncle Thomas de Soothill

Soothill, HerbertRef 400-1233
[1885-1918] He was a cabinet maker, working for his father at North Castle Street.

In [Q2] 1908, he married Annie Nicholl in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 48 Baines Street, Halifax
  • 21 Brook Street, Commercial Road, Halifax

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), then served as a Private with the 1st/7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He was reported missing [22nd May 1918].

He died of head wounds as a POW in hospital in Ghent [26th June 1918] (aged 33).

He was buried at Gent City Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref C 10].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Brunswick United Methodist Free Chapel, Halifax

Soothill, Herbert AshworthRef 400-1639
[1882-1954] Son of William Soothill.

Born in Halifax.

He was a bank clerk [1901, 1911].

In [Q2] 1908, he married Annie Nicholl in Halifax.

Annie was born in Halifax


  1. Geoffrey Edward [b 1911]

They lived at 2 Lavender Vale, Wallington, Surrey [1911]

Soothill, JohnRef 400-1617
[1835-1???] Born in Halifax.

Around 1863, he married Sarah [1833-1???].

Sarah was born in Halifax


  1. Harry
  2. Tom [b 1865]
  3. John [b 1867]
  4. Ann [b 1869]

They lived at Huddersfield [1871]

Soothill, JohnRef 400-844
[1842-1870] Son of Mr Soothill.

Born in Halifax.

He was a woollen presser [1861].

In [Q3] 1861, he married Esther Crompton [1843-1869] in Halifax.

They lived at Brook Royd Terrace, Stainland [1870]

Esther died 10th February 1869 (aged 26).

John died 12th May 1870 (aged 28).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/23]

Soothill, Sir John deRef 400-3696
[1???-1???] Son of Mr Soothill.

He married Unknown.

Child: Henry

Soothill, Thomas deRef 400-3694
[12??-1326] Son of Mr Soothill.

He was Lord of the Manor of Midgley at Brearley Hall. After his death, the Manor (possibly) passed to his nephew Henry

Soothill, Thomas HartleyRef 400-1043
[1812-1873] Son of David Soothill.

Born 2nd August 1812.

On 14th February 1831, he married Ellen Barrett [1805-1871] in Halifax.


  1. David
  2. William
  3. Abraham

Family stories tell that...

Thomas liked both food and drink, and was a short fat man at age of 50-60 years.

He was clever man, in his line, but restless.

He went to America and fought with the Northern Army in the Civil War.

He crossed the border to Canada.

He worked his way around by selling blacking & ink.

He finally returned to England.

Sons William and Abraham set him up in Halifax for general dyeing of worn garments, and so on. But he gave that up.

He neglected and deserted his wife


Ellen died 25th June 1871 (aged 67).

He died in Leeds [8th June 1873] (aged 61).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3540] with some of their Soothill grandchildren

Soothill, Dr Victor FarrarRef 400-1251
[1888-1956] MRCS [Eng 1912], LRCP [Lond 1912], MB, B.Chir [1913], MD [1918], DPH [1920], U. Camb.

Son of Professor William Edward Soothill.

He was a medical practitioner and Medical Officer of Health for Norwich

In 1916, he married Katherine H. Bradfield.


  1. Joyce
  2. Edward
  3. John Farrar [1925-2004] who married [1951] Brenda  Thornton
His death was registered in Norwich [1956]

Soothill, W.Ref 400-129
[1???-1???] Of Brighouse.

He married Unknown.

Child: Bessie Taylor

Soothill, WalterRef 400-1047
[1866-1951] Son of William Soothill.

Born in Halifax [9th January 1866].

On 9th April 1898, he married (1) Laura Beckett at the Methodist Free Church, Southport.

Laura was born in Holt, Erpingham, Norfolk [16th July 1864]

The couple went to Australia.

Laura died in Perth, Australia [26th September 1935].

In 1938, he married (2) Margaret Wilkinson Farrar [1903-1977].

Margaret was born on 3rd July 1903

Walter died in Sydney, Australia [20th April 1951].

Margaret died in Oxford [24th April 1977]

Soothill, WilliamRef 400-1250
[1835-1893] Son of Thomas Hartley Soothill.

Born in Halifax [28th August 1835].

He was a worsted dyer [1851] / a stuff presser [1871] / a lay-preacher of the United Methodist Free Church / a Methodist New Connexion lay minister [1871] / a cloth-presser [1881].

In 1851, he and his brothers David & Abraham were living together at 17 Wesley Street, Halifax.

On 2nd October 1858, he married Margaret Ashworth [1839-1919] in Halifax.

Margaret was born in Halifax [30th October 1839], the daughter of ?? & Mary Ashworth [1818-8th September 1879]


  1. Mary Ellen [b 1859]
  2. William Edward
  3. Alfred [b 1863] who married Emma Gray [1866-1940]
  4. Walter
  5. Clara Bertha [1870-1948] who married [Camberwell Q1 1895]  James Perry Finch [b 1865] (mercantile clerk) 
  6. Sarah Emma who died 17th May 1868 (aged 2 weeks)   
  7. Margaret Ann who died 4th July 1869 (aged 2 months)   
  8. George Ashworth [5th March 1873-28th November 1880]  
  9. Charles Herbert [25th November 1875-11th December 1880]  
  10. Ruth Emma [1878-1954] who was a civil service clerk [1901]
  11. Herbert Ashworth

They lived at

  • 4 Bedford Yard, Halifax [1861]
  • 5 Bedford Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 9 Cromwell Terrace, Halifax [1881]
  • 86 Elm Grove Road, Barnes, Surrey [1901]

Living with them [in 1861] was William's brother Abraham.

William died 28th May 1893.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £339 15/-.

Margaret died 18th April 1919 was interred at Bandon Hill, Surrey, and is remembered on the family grave

He & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 104].

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3540] with their Soothill grandparents, grandmother Mary Ashworth [1818-1879] and Elizabeth Baxendale [1796-1875]

Soothill, William EdwardRef 400-454
[1861-1935] Son of William Soothill.

He became a distinguished Chinese scholar


The Soothill familyRef 400-1896
They were lords of the Manor of Midgley [1317], and controlled Stansfield and Rawtenstall.

Another branch of the family – Henry Sothill - were Lords of the Manor of Clifton.

See Brearley Hall, Luddendenfoot, Gilbert Lacy, Mr Soothill, Sir Gerard Soothill, Thomas de Soothill, de Sothill family and Sothill


Soothill surnameRef 400-1
Another form of the surname is Suttle.

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

The name probably originated in Dewsbury

There are 23 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Soothill, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Soothill

Marriage 1862


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