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Thwaite, Arthur WilliamRef 436-1308
[1852-1916] Son of William Thwaite.

Born in Southowram [9th July 1852].

He was a merchant and farmer at Bank Top [1897] / a stone merchant/quarry owner [1891] / quarry owner and stone merchant at Southowram [1905].

He never married.

They lived at

Living with Arthur William were visitor Alice M. J. [aged 14] a dressmaker's apprentice, (possibly) daughter of Joshua Hall [1891], and visitor Joshua [aged 19] a solicitor's clerk, son of Joshua Hall [1901].

Arthur William died 5th February 1916.

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O24]. The church burial record at St Anne's shows his address as 208 Halifax Road, Brighouse

Thwaite, BenjaminRef 436-1349
[18??-1???] Landlord of the New Inn, Sowerby Bridge [1874, 1874, 1887].

In March 1875, he was charged with allowing drunkenness in the pub. In his defence, he explained that the new railway had broken down and the navvies had come into the pub. They were very rough and though he turned them out twice, they always came back. He was fined 10/- plus 7/6d costs.

See Jeremiah Riley

Thwaite, BenjaminRef 436-230
[1827-1855] Quarry owner of Brighouse Wood.

On 22nd October 1848, he married Ann Hartley [1828-1883] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ann was the daughter of John Hartley


  1. Jane [b 1852] who died in infancy

Benjamin was killed in a quarry near Brighouse Wood [8th February 1855].

After Benjamin's death, Ann married James Hamer Howarth of Roundhay, Leeds.

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

Thwaite, ChristopherRef 436-1361
[1841-1909] Son of Samuel Thwaite.

Born in Northowram [16th July 1841].

He was a partner in S. H. & C. Thwaite.

On 25th September 1909, he married Mary Pickup [1848-1931] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Birkin, North Yorkshire

Christopher died at 93 Beechwood Road [8th December 1909].

Mary died in Halifax [10th July 1931].

The couple were buried at Illingworth Church

Thwaite, EliRef 436-185
[1858-19??] Born in Greetland.

He was a paper maker [1891, 1901, 1911].

Around 1878, he married Susannah [1857-19??].

Susannah came from Greetland


  1. Irvine [b 1878] who was a paper maker [1901]
  2. John E. [b 1880] who was a cotton piecer [1891], a cotton  spinner [1901]
  3. Norman
  4. Ivy [b 1885] who was a paper worker [1901], a paper  sorter (paper making) [1911]
  5. Gladys [b 1889] who was a confectionery worker [1901]
  6. Ben [b 1891] who was a woollen spinner [1911]
  7. Caroline [b 1894] who was a dress maker [1911]
  8. Doris [b 1904]

They lived at

  • Crey, Dog Lane, Stainland [1891]
  • Dog Lane, Stainland [1901]
  • Spring Terrace, Stainland [1911]

Thwaite, HenryRef 436-677
[18??-1???] Architect in practice at Royal Insurance Building [1875]

Thwaite, IsaacRef 436-1303
[1772-1861] Son of John Thwaite.

He was a farmer [1841, 1851] / president of the Southowram Cow Club [1854].

He owned the land at Bank Top, Southowram between the top of Beacon Hill and the junction of Long Lane and Marsh Lane.

On 20th September 1798, he married Mary Hall [1772-1837].


  1. Joseph [b 1801] who was a woolcomber [1841]
  2. John
  3. Ann Hall [1805-11th January 1855] who married Isaac Thwaite
  4. William
  5. Isaac [1811-23rd October 1838]

They lived at Bank Top, Southowram [1841].

Mary died 13th December 1837 (aged 65).

In 1851, Isaac was living with widowed daughter Anne and her children at Bolton Lane, Southowram.

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O23].

Isaac died 29th August 1861 (aged 88).

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O24]

Thwaite, IsaacRef 436-1306
[1791-1841] Of Stainland.

He was a farmer [1841] / (possibly) a bookkeeper [1857].

On 19th April 1827, he married Ann Hall Thwaite [1772-1861].

Ann was the daughter of
Isaac Thwaite


  1. Samuel
  2. William [b 1829]
  3. Mary Jane [1831-1882] who married Frederick William Cronhelm
  4. Martha Ann [b 1833]
  5. George [b 1835]
  6. Walter Hall [b 1837]
  7. Henry [b 1840]

They lived at

  • Bradley Hall, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1841]
  • Bolton Lane, Southowram [1851]
  • 7 Gerrard Street, Halifax (children Martha Ann &  Henry) [1861]

Isaac died in 1841. He was buried at Elland Parish Church.

Ann's father Isaac was living with the widowed Ann and children [1851].

Ann died 11th January 1855 (aged 49).

She was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O23].

Thwaite, J. E. H.Ref 436-595
[1???-1890] Woolstapler at Bull Close Lane, Halifax. On his death, the business was acquired by J. Lassey and his son to become J. Lassey & Son

Thwaite, JamesRef 436-1393
[1827-1895] Son of Elizabeth (née Radcliffe) & Eli Thwaite.

Born in Sowerby Bridge [17th August 1827].

Baptised 21st October 1827.

He was a dyer [1861] / landlord of the Fleece, Greetland [1869, 1878] / a retired publican [1881] / a dyer's labourer [1891].

On 1st January 1856, he married Hannah Clegg in Halifax.

Hannah was the daughter of John Clegg


  1. John [b 1857] who was a woollen spinner [1881]
  2. Ben [b 1859] who was a paper maker [1881]
  3. Alice A. [b 1862] who was a dressmaker [1881]
  4. Mary H. [b 1865] who was a woollen weaver [1881]
  5. Sabina [b 1867]
  6. Ernest [b 1869] who was a worsted doffer [1881]

The family lived at

He was buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland [5th February 1895]

Thwaite, JohnRef 436-1305
[1803-1875] Son of Isaac Thwaite.

He was an agricultural labourer [1841].

He lived at Marsh, Southowram [1861].

He died 12th ? 1875 (aged 72).

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O23]

Thwaite, JohnRef 436-210
[1803-1883] Born in Greetland.

He was a dyer [1851] / a farmer / a farmer of 22 acres [1871].

He married Nancy [1803-1883].

Nancy was born in Greetland

They lived at

  • 35 North Dean, Elland-cum-Greetland [1851]
  • North Dean, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871]
  • Martin Green, Greetland [1881]

Living with them [in 1851, 1871, 1881] was niece Mary H. Collins [b Boothtown 1846] (dress maker).

John died 1st April 1883 (aged 80).

Nancy died 27th September 1883 (aged 80).

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: H10] with William Maud

Thwaite, John ArthurRef 436-536
[18??-18??] Of Salterlee, Shibden.

Son of Samuel Thwaite of Woodlands.

On 31st January 1861, he married Marian Blanche Edgar at All Souls' Church, Halifax.

Marian Blanche was the only daughter of Robert Edgar of Heath Villa, Skircoat


  1. Minnie Rose [1867-1945] who married Joseph Frederick Walsh

Thwaite, JosephRef 436-1309
[1801-1854] Son of Isaac Thwaite.

On 14th March 1824, he married Ann Greenwood [1803-1824].

Ann was born in Southowram

Ann died at Highfield, Southowram, 6 months after their marriage [11th September 1824] He lived at Bank Top, Southowram [1851].

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: M 27] Joseph [3rd October 1854]

Thwaite, LivingstoneRef 436-255
[1884-1962] Known as Livi.

In the sources, his name is variously written Thwaite [in the 19th century] and Thwaites [from the 1920s].

Youngest son of Thomas Thwaites. His father had collapsed and died 9 weeks before Livi was born.

Livi became a cab driver, then a painter and decorator and lived at Fairfield Terrace.

In 1905, he married Margaret Ann Madge Thornton, but left his wife after a few months to live with Beatrice Cooke at Shroggs Road. On 21st October 1909, he murdered Beatrice.

On the morning of the following day, he went to Harrison Road police station, asked for a drink of water and then confessed to the police.

Before appearing in court at Halifax, he tried to stab himself in the throat with a rusty screwdriver.

He was sentenced to death at Leeds Assizes, but the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on grounds of insanity.

Following appeals from his sister and brothers, he was released from prison in 1920.

He returned to Halifax where he met Carrie Townsend.

They had several children.

In 1951, they were free to marry

Thwaite, NormanRef 436-482
[1884-1927] Son of Eli Thwaite.

Born in Stainland.

He was a hairdresser's assistant [1901] / a hairdresser (own account) [1911].

In [Q4] 1915, he married Ethel Briggs in Halifax.

Ethel was the daughter of Benjamin Briggs

Norman died 28th October 1927 (aged 43).

The couple were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Thwaite, RichardRef 436-258
[1804-1868] Born in Greetland [1st July 1804].

He was a cordwainer [1841, 1851, 1861] / a farmer of 18 acres [1861].

He married Fanny [1807-1889].

Fanny was born in Barkisland [13th April 1807]


  1. Hannah [4th July 1829-1898] who was a worsted twister  [1851] & married William Warrington
  2. Mary [b 1832] who was a worsted twister [1851], a teacher  (elementary school) [1881]
  3. George [1st February 1834-23rd May 1898] who was a  worsted spinner [1851], a worsted wool teaser [1861], a wool scourer  (?) [1871] & was buried with his parents
  4. Joe [b 1840] who was a worsted spinner [1851], a teacher  (elementary school) [1881]

They lived at

  • North Dean, Halifax [1841]
  • 37 North Dean, Halifax [1851]
  • North Dean, Halifax [1861, 1871]

Richard died 24th February 1868.

Fanny died 5th December 1889.

Members of the family were buried at Greetland Methodist Church [Grave Ref: U2]

Thwaite, SamuelRef 436-89
[1798-1851] Born in Southowram [24/12/1798]

He was a bank manager.

On 19th May 1824, he married Martha Holdsworth [1800-1878].

Martha was born in Halifax [17th May 1800], the daughter of
Samuel Holdsworth


  1. Hannah [b 1825]
  2. Mary Anne [b 1826]
  3. Martha Jane [b 1828]
  4. Samuel Holdsworth
  5. Frances Mary [b 1832] who married James Bairstow
  6. Frederick [b 1835]
  7. John Arthur [b 1837]
  8. Catharine [b 1839] who married William Stead Willans
  9. Christopher
  10. Edward Hall [b 1843]

Samuel died at Woodland, Northowram [15th May 1851].

Martha died in Salterhebble [28th January 1878].

The couple were buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Thwaite, SamuelRef 436-681
[1828-1872] Son of Isaac Thwaite.

Born in Stainland.

He was a cardmaker [1851] / a cardmaker of Halifax [1857] / a cardmaker [1861] / a warehouseman [1871] / a managing warehouseman [1872].

On 17th June 1857, he married Sophia Jagger [1831-1918] in Halifax.

Sophia, of Northowram, was the daughter of Squire Jagger, cardmaker


  1. Wilfred Dickinson [bapt 24th October 1858]
  2. Charles Theodore [1860-1884]
  3. William Henry
  4. Frederick who died 29th June 1870 (aged 9 months) & was  buried at Coley Church

The family lived at

  • Upper Marsh, Southowram (Samuel & his uncle John  Thwaite [b 1804] were living with John & Mary  Hebblethwaite) [1851]
  • Beaumont Town, Northowram [1861]
  • 2 High Field Terrace, Northowram [1871]
  • 12 Hopwood Lane, Halifax [1918]

Living with them [in 1871] was sister-in-law Amelia Jagger.

On 6th August 1872, he was killed (aged 44) in an accident at the Inland Bonding Warehouse. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £600.

[Resworn under £100] [February 1873].

Probate was granted to his widow Sophia.

The widowed Sophia was living with son William Henry & family [1901, 1911].

Sophia died in 1918.

Her burial place is not yet known

Thwaite, Samuel HoldsworthRef 436-1359
[1830-1891] Son of Samuel Thwaite.

Born in Halifax.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [11th August 1830].

He was cotton spinner employing 50 hands [1871] / partner in S. H. & C. Thwaite / Assistant Overseer at Rastrick [1881].

He married Sarah Ann Heginbottom, in Halifax [29th September 1858].

Sarah Ann was the daughter of James Heginbottom


  1. Harold [b 1861]
  2. James H [b 1863]
  3. Helena [b 1864] who married James Silvanus Eames
  4. Catherine [b 1867]
  5. Gilbert Stanley [b 1870]
  6. Winifred [b 1872]

They lived at

  • Royd(e) Terrace, Skircoat, Halifax [1871]
  • Gooder Lane, Rastrick [1881]

He died at Rastrick

Thwaite, W.Ref 436-1307
[18??-1???] Stone merchant at Slater's Quarry, Southowram [1896]

Thwaite, W. D.Ref 436-1159
[18??-19??] Shirt maker, hosier and glover at 40 Northgate, Halifax [1915, 1920]

Thwaite, WilliamRef 436-151
[1807-1883] Son of Isaac Thwaite.

He was a stone delver [1841] / a stone merchant [1851] / a farmer & stone merchant at Slater's Quarry, Southowram [1861,  1896] / a stone merchant/quarryman employing 34 men & a farmer of 20 acres  [1871] / a farmer of 20 acres & stone merchant employing 18 men [1881] / a stone merchant at Bank Top, Southowram [1883].

In 1844, he (possibly) owned/occupied property in Southowram.

In 1851, he married Ann [1808-1885].

Ann was the daughter of John Machin a butcher, and widow of John Taylor


  1. Arthur William

They lived at 1 Bolton Lane, Southowram [1861, 1871, 1881].

Living with them [in 1861] was William's father Isaac.

William died 28th July 1883.

Ann died 15th November 1885 (aged 78).

The couple were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-O24] with Williams father Isaac

Thwaite, William HenryRef 436-683
[1866-19??] Son of Samuel Thwaite.

Born in Hightown.

He was a grocer & butcher [1901, 1911].

In [Q1] 1894, he married Clara Ackroyd [1868-19??] in Halifax.

Clara was born in Hightown


  1. Annie [b 1896]
  2. Hilda who died 8th September 1899 (aged 1 year & 8  months) 
  3. Wilfred Ackroyd who died 14th June 1900 (aged 3 months)   
  4. Arthur [b 1902]
  5. Charlie [b 1905]

They lived at 46 Lee Mount Road, Halifax [1901, 1911].

Living with them [in 1901, 1911] was William Henry's widowed mother Sophia [b 1831].

The children () were buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount


The Thwaite family of Elland & HalifaxRef 436-682


Thwaite surnameRef 436-1
There are 24 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Thwaite, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Thwaite

Marriage 1866


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