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Townsend, MrRef 402-192
[1???-18??] Around 1870, he ran a private school at Ovenden

Townsend, AbrahamRef 402-546
[1817-1860] Son of Thomas Townsend.

Born in Elland.

He was a farmer [1848] / landlord of the Horse & Jockey, Elland [1854-1860].

On 23rd February 1848, he married Ann Farrar [1816-18??] at Elland Parish Church.

Ann was born in Mirfield

Abraham died at the Horse & Jockey [2nd November 1860]

He was buried at Elland Parish Church.

Ann took over at the Horse & Jockey [1860-1864]. By 1864, she had changed her name to Ann Normington

Townsend, AdaRef 402-5510
[1859-1909] Milliner of Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

In 1895, she married Edgar Harwood.

She died on 22nd May 1909 after falling 108 ft into the ravine when a wooden platform on Blake Dean bridge collapsed. Mrs & Mrs Harwood had been walking with her nephew George Arthur Smith, and their lodger Miss Mary Ann Edith Milnes, when Mrs Harwood and her nephew stepped on to a small wooden platform to allow the workers' train to pass. Her husband had been walking ahead. George Arthur Smith, survived by hanging on to the railings.

Later that year, Edgar married Miss Mary Ann Edith Milnes

Townsend, AlbertRef 402-256
[18??-19??] Elland portrait painter and photographer who took many pictures of the town at the end of the 19th century. He had studios at Southgate and in a wooden hut at the junction of Coronation Street and Victoria Road – his Victoria Studio.

He did picture-framing and dealt in photographic apparatus and materials.

See Images of England Elland

Townsend, B.Ref 402-884
[18??-19??] Publisher at 161 Claremount Road, Halifax. In 1906, he published his Halifax Street Guide

Townsend, BenjaminRef 402-7
[1799-1864] He was a coal merchant.

In [Q3] 1861, he married Mary Ann Emsley [1818-1880] in Halifax.

They lived at 18 Apple Street or Winding Road, Halifax [1863].

Benjamin died 1st December 1864 (aged 65).

Mary Ann died 26th May 1880 (aged 62).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2348] with James Ryland & Ruth Jenkinson [1827-1897]

Townsend, FredRef 402-238
[1868-19??] Son of John Townsend, overlooker.

Born in Luddenden.

He was a painter of Gibbet Lane, Halifax [1889] / a painter at carpet works [1891] / a mill painter (carpet works) [1901] / a painter (mill) [1911].

In 1889, he married Clara Thompson [1867-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Clara, of New Bank, Northowram, was born in Northowram, the daughter of Peter Thompson, plasterer


  1. Willie [b 1890] who was a warehouse man [1911]
  2. John
  3. Fred [b 1895] who was a general labourer [1911]

The family lived at

  • 5 East Street, Charlestown, Northowram [1891, 1901]
  • 106 Green Lane, Halifax [1911, 1915]

Townsend, GeorgeRef 402-618
[1854-1922] Born in Halifax.

He was a cooper / landlord of the Lee Bridge Tavern, Halifax [1894, 1895].

On 11th October 1879, he married Martha Richardson [1854-1915] in Halifax.

Martha was born in Halifax


  1. Sarah Ann [1880-1897]
  2. George Richardson
  3. Alice [b 1889]

The children were born at the Lee Bridge Tavern.

They lived at

  • 16 Lee Bridge, Ovenden [1894, 1901]
  • 10 Chester Terrace, Boothtown, Halifax [1911]

Townsend, George RichardsonRef 402-515
[1884-1917] Son of George Townsend.

Born in Halifax [6th December 1884],

He was a cooper.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Navy.

aboard HMS Pembroke.

He died at the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham [11th March 1917].

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [2 31/C]

Townsend, HenryRef 402-1225
[18??-18??] Of Stubbin House, Hebden Bridge.

He had a sizing works in Townsend's Mill, Hebden Bridge

Townsend, HenryRef 402-6

In [Q4] 1895, he married Angela Saville [1874-1943] in Halifax.

Angela was the daughter of
David Watson

Henry died 24th December 1935 (aged 65) 

Angela died 5th March 1943 (aged 69) 

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1605] with Angela's father

Townsend, Henry VickermanRef 402-420
[1899-1916] Son of Walter Townsend.

He was educated at Siddal Council School / a member of St Mark's Sunday School / an employee of W. M. Smeaton's Limited.

When he was 15, he achieved his boyhood ambition and joined the Royal Navy [March 1914].

During World War I, he served as a Boy Telegraphist / Wireless Operator on HMS Impregnable and HMS Lion. After HMS Lion was struck, he transferred to the battle-cruiser HMS Queen Mary.

He was lost [31st May 1916] (aged 17)  aboard HMS Queen Mary which blew up and sank at the Battle of Jutland with the loss of 1,266 of her crew of 1,284.

He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial [Grave Ref 14], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Townsend, IsaacRef 402-845
[18??-18??] A local stone-throwing player.

Bell's London Life of 20th March 1840 reported

Isaac Townsend of Midgley, Yorkshire, states that Acquilla Walker knows very well that he will not throw more than 15 stones, and that if he (Walker) means throwing he can be accommodated for any sum above £25; or Townsend will throw 15 stones against any man in England, either most scores or farthest throw. His money is ready at the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, Midgley, near Halifax

Townsend, JohnRef 402-1099
[17??-18??] Auctioneer at Halifax. Recorded in 1828, when he was at 21 Bull Green, Halifax

He married Unknown.


  1. daughter
  2. Mary who married [27th July 1826] Mr Mitchell of  Sheffield at Halifax Parish Church

Townsend, JohnRef 402-554
[1837-1904] Born in Halifax.

He was a green grocer [1869].

On 19th April 1869, he married Sarah Ann Gledhill [1833-1901].


  1. Emily [b 1870]
  2. Fred [b 1871]
  3. John Charles [1872-1873]
  4. Frank [b 1876]

The couple ran their green grocer shop at 35 Hanson Lane [1881].

Sarah died at 14 Hanson Lane [27th January 1901].

John died at 8 Melville Place, Pellon Lane [18th December 1904].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [I 50]

Townsend, JohnRef 402-240
[1892-1915] Son of Fred Townsend.

He was a general labourer [1911] / employed by Frederick Smith & Company.

During World War I, he served as a Private / Batman with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action in the Dardanelles [18th October 1915] (aged 23).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [6th November 1915].

He was buried at Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey.

He is remembered at Stoney Royd Cemetery and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Townsend, John RobinsonRef 402-652
[1896-1917] Son of Emma (née Patrick) [1864-1937] & John Robinson Townsend [1861-1923] of 14 Back Firth Street, Rastrick [1911].

Born in Rastrick.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Devonshire Regiment.

He died in Greece [18th September 1917].

He was buried at Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece [Grave Ref 1202].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial

Townsend, JosephRef 402-374
[18??-18??] Halifax woolstapler.

He married Unknown.


  1. Arthur
  2. Mary Hannah / Polly [1853-1927] who married Henry William Pohlmann
  3. Emily
  4. (possibly) Maria [b 1861] who married William Midgley Stott

They lived at Brackenbed Grange, Pellon [1887]

Townsend, JosephRef 402-9
[1810-1879] Born in Northowram.

He was a blacksmith (lodging at Range Bank with William Bottomley)   [1851] / a blacksmith's striker [1861, 1871] / a blacksmith [1879].

He married Sarah [1820-1871].

Sarah was born in Skircoat.

She was a carpet weaver [1861]


They lived at

  • Prospect Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 73 Prospect Street, Halifax [1871]

Sarah died 13th November 1871 (aged 51).

Joseph died 12th May 1879 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1875]

Townsend, JosephRef 402-8
[1829-1???] Born in Northowram.

He was a buyer of wool for woolstapler [1851] / a wool buyer [1861].

In [Q3] 1850, he married Mary Walsh in Halifax.

Mary was the daughter of
Mark Walsh


  1. Walter [b 1851]
  2. Mary Hannah [b 1853]
  3. Arthur [b 1856]
  4. Emily [b 1858]
  5. Maria [b 1856]

The family lived at

  • 2 Queen Court, Orange Street, Halifax (with Mary's  widowed mother) [1851]
  • 11 Lower Brunswick Street, [1861]

Living with them [in 1861] were Mary's mother & brother Samuel

Townsend, Rev JosiahRef 402-45
[17??-1819] He trained at Daventry and served at Leeds, Narborough and Rotherham before becoming Minister at Elland Unitarian Chapel [1796-July 1819]. He resigned and went to live in Mansfield

Townsend, SallyRef 402-3

The Order of Thomas Horton and Joseph Priestley Esquires, two of His Majesty's Justices concerning a child lately born in Heptonstall upon the body of
Sally Townsend, single woman, which said child hath been and continues to be, Chargeable to the township of Heptonstall, whereas the churchwardens and overseers have complained.

Upon examination of the causes, etc.,etc., we do hereby declare and adjudge that the said child was born upon the body of Sally Townsend and is still chargeable to the township of Heptonstall and further that Henry Cunliffe of the township of Stansfield, a labourer, is the putative father of the said male child and that the said Henry Cunliffe shall for the months lying in of the said Sally Townsend and the maintenance of the said child, cause or cause to be paid the sum of two pounds eighteen shillings weekly, each and every week to the township of Heptonstall.

Dated 1st November 1807


Townsend, ThomasRef 402-453
[17??-18??] Boot tree & last maker at Woolshops, Halifax [1822]

Townsend, ThomasRef 402-275
[17??-1802] In 1830, Thomas Greenwood, a farm-worker, discovered Townsend's mummified body wrapped in a sack and buried in the peat on Shackleton Moor, above Pecket Well.

The body was displayed at the Robin Hood, Pecket Well, in the hope that someone might identify it.

During its time in the pub, souvenir hunters stole teeth and other parts of the corpse.

Although he had been missing for 28 years, Townsend's mother and sister identified him, recognising his club foot, and the fact that he had a lost a knee-cap [which they still had on the mantelpiece at home!] as a result of an accident.

Some time later, a death bed confession described how Townsend had been murdered during a quarrel

Townsend, ThomasRef 402-2

He died 5th November 1803 (aged 61).

He was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 63] with Sarah Ann Milner who died 21st April 1822 (aged 18 months) 

Townsend, ThomasRef 402-544
[1776-1845] Born in Elland.

He was a labourer [1797] / landlord of the Horse & Jockey, Elland [1834-1845].

On 4th September 1797, he married Jane Lord [1774-1854] at Elland Parish Church.

Jane was born in Elland


  1. Hannah [b 1802]
  2. William [b 1804]
  3. Thomas [b 1807]
  4. Benjamin [b 1810]
  5. Sarah [b 1813]
  6. Abraham
  7. George [b 1826]
  8. John [b 1829]
  9. Samuel [b 1832]
  10. Mary [b 1838]

The children were born in Elland.

Thomas died at the Horse & Jockey [15th April 1845].

Jane took over at the the Horse & Jockey [1845-1854].

She died at the Horse & Jockey [15th December 1854].

The couple were buried at Elland Parish Church

Townsend, ThomasRef 402-5
[1839-1907] Born in Halifax.

He was a warehouseman at dyeworks [1881] / a tobacconist's shop assistant [1901].

In [Q4] 1876, he married Rebecca Cocker [1840-1924] in Halifax.

Rebecca was born in Huddersfield

They lived at

  • 10 Spring Terrace, Northowram [1881]
  • 23 Range Bank, Halifax [1901]

Thomas died 31st December 1907 (aged 68).

Rebecca died 31st March 1924 (aged 84).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1507] with niece Mary Hannah Barker [1856-1914]

Townsend, Rev Thomas W.Ref 402-4
[18??-1???] He is recorded [1870] when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery

Townsend, Thomas WallisRef 402-1354
[1825-1889] Of Brow Bridge, Elland.

He was a woollen manufacturer [1864].

Recorded in August 1869, when the Greetland, West Vale & District Agricultural Association held their annual exhibition in the grounds of his property at Brow Bridge

See James Learoyd

Townsend, WalterRef 402-155
[1851-1890] Born in Halifax.

In 1880, he married Alice Amelia Gertrude Walker in Halifax.

Alice Amelia Gertrude was the daughter of
Edward Johnson Walker


  1. Ernest Joseph [b 1881]

Townsend, WalterRef 402-418
[1874-1???] Son of John Hartley Townsend, sawyer.

Born in Halifax.

He was a machinist of Trooper Lane, Southowram [1895] / a wood cutting machine worker [1901] / a wood sawyer [1911].

In 1895, he married Laura Vickerman [1873-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Laura, of Stoney Royd, Southowram, was born in Sutton on Forest / Sutton on Trent, Yorkshire, the daughter of Henry Vickerman, porter


  1. Doris Annie [b 1896] who was a wrapper (toffee mill)   [1911]
  2. Henry Vickerman
  3. Raymond Hartley [b 1905]
  4. Monica [b 1908]

The family lived at

  • 17 Albany Terrace, Halifax [1901]
  • 6 Roseberry Avenue, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1911] was widowed mother-in-law Elizabeth Vickerman [b 1853]

Townsend, WilliamRef 402-276
[18??-18??] Merchant at Parkinson Lane, Halifax.

In October 1830, he was declared bankrupt

Townsend, Rev William JohnRef 402-481
[1835-1???] Born in Durham.

He was a Methodist New Connexion minister at Hanover Chapel [1871].

He is recorded [1872] when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery.

Around 1866, he married Jane [1846-1???].

Jane was born in Liverpool


  1. Isabel [b 1866]
  2. Mary Olive [b 1870]

They lived at 13 Milton Place, Halifax [1871]


Townsend surnameRef 402-1
There are 33 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Townsend, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Townsend

Marriages 1861, 1895, 1907, 1912, 1933


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