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Bull, AlfredRef 457-643
[1831-1888] Son of Richard Bull.

Born in Loughton, Buckinghamshire.

He was a farm labourer [1871] / a farmer of 15 acres [1881].

In [Q1] 1851, he married Matilda Payne [1830-1887] in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Matilda was born in Newport Pagnell

They lived at

  • Fern Hill, Warley [1871]
  • Upper Willow Hall, Burnley, Halifax [1881]

Living with them [in 1871] were their nieces Sarah Moore [b  1855] (mill hand), & Emma Moore [b 1857] (mill hand).

Matilda died 5th December 1887 (aged 57).

Alfred died 26th January 1888 (aged 57).

The couple were buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel with Alfred's parents

Bull, Augustine HowieRef 457-1480
[1826-1875] MA.

Son of Rev William Howie Bull.

He was educated at Rugby, Trinity College Cambridge / ordained deacon [1850] / ordained priest [1851] / perpetual curate at Toft, Cheshire [1855-1866] / vicar of Cerne Abbas, Dorset [1866-1875] / chaplain to the Bishop of Sydney

Bull, Charles HenryRef 457-1953
[1877-1942] Son of George A. Bull

Born in Grange Moor / Flockton [15th June 1877].

He was a oiler in mill [1891] / a cart driver [1901] / a general labourer (heavy worker) [1939].

He married Sarah Jane.

Sarah Jane was born 21st June 1886


  1. Florence [b 1900]
  2. Nellie [b 11th December 1912] who married [Halifax Q2  1948] William H. Bradley

They lived at 12 Trafalgar Row, Halifax [1939].

Charles Henry died 16th January 1942 (aged 64).

He was buried at Illingworth Moor Wesleyan Chapel

Bull, Charles MusgraveRef 457-1476
[1828-1906] Ma.

Son of Rev William Howie Bull.

Born in Sowerby [11th November 1828]. He was educated at Rugby, St John's College Oxford / an assistant master at Marlborough College.

He died 3rd May 1906

Bull, EdwardRef 457-270
[1???-1???] Of Halifax. In April 1926, Halifax Police discovered £800 and the burnt remains of £150 notes at a house in Sowerby Bridge. The money was believed to be from a mailbag containing £2,000 in Treasury notes which disappeared from a train travelling between Bradford and Manchester on 2nd February.

On 26th April, George Edward Dixon of Sowerby Bridge and Bull - both carriage-washers on the L.M.S. Railway – were charged with stealing the mailbag. At the hearing, it was reported that the 2 men boarded the train at Halifax, went into the van and threw the bag out of the window. They got off the train at Sowerby Bridge and then went back to collect the bag

Bull, EdwardRef 457-949
[1799-1891] Born at Pear Tree Green, near Southampton.

He was a joiner [1836] / an engineer [1841, 1851] / civil engineer, architect & surveyor [1861] / civil engineer & insurance agent [1871] / civil engineer & architect [1881] / civil engineer & surveyor [1891].

He designed several local buildings, including Atlas Mill, Brighouse

In November 1861, he bought of part of the Stannary estate, near Birks Lane, from Mary Scott Byerley and Margaret Byerley of Northallerton.

In July 1865, he sold it to John Crossley & Sons Limited.

On 11th March 1826, he married Ann Grant [1797-1857] at Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Ann was born at Hodnet, Shropshire


  1. Maria [1827-1890] who never married
  2. Richard [b 1828]
  3. Eliza [b 1833]
  4. Emma [b 1836] who never married

They lived at

He died at 8 Clare Road [27th May 1891].

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3295]. Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £201 6/6d

Bull, Francis WilfredRef 457-1850
[1880-1956] Son of George Bull, carter.

Born in Halifax.

He was a carter of Taylor's Buildings, Southowram [1901] / a teamster for carting [1911].

In 1901, he married Sarah Ann Walker at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ann was the daughter of
John Walker


  1. Arnold [b 1902]
  2. Lottie [b 1904]
  3. Evelyn [b 1907]
  4. Thomas Edward [b 1910]

They lived at 1 Lower Haugh Shaw, Halifax [1911]

Bull, Frederick WilliamRef 457-16
[1879-1915] Son of Harriet (née Shelford) [1851-19??] & Joseph Bull [1842-1880], bootmaker.

Born in Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire [March 1879].

Family stories told that Joseph died whilst ringing the church bells in Huntingdon – whereas newspaper reports of his death say that he died from a heart attack on his way to work.

After her husband's death, Harriet remarried Frederick Smith from Birmingham.

The family moved to Halifax. They lived at 11 Threadneedle Street, King Cross, Halifax [1908].

Frederick William worked for Richard Dearden Ward at Washer Lane Dye Works.

On 26th December 1908, he married Ada Mary Snowball at St Paul's Church, King Cross.


  1. Nora [b Easingwold 1902] Ada Mary's illegitimate  daughter
  2. Edna May [1909-1940] who married George H. Wood
  3. Frederick Charles [b 1913] who married [1937]  Florence [1913-1980] at Halifax Parish Church

They lived at 101 Scarr Bottom, Halifax.

Frederick William served in the Boer War.

During World War I, he served as a Private with C Company 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was severely wounded [21st December 1915] in the head by a shell and died at Ypres [26th December 1915]. The Halifax Courier [1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II B 26].

Ada Mary received a pension of 18/6d per week for herself and 2 children.

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

Bull, GeorgeRef 457-288
[1848-1889] Of Halifax.

In [Q4] 1860, he married Mary Hannah Eastwood [1843-1918].

Mary Hannah came from Halifax


  1. Ada [1881-19??] who was a winder in a cotton mill [1911]
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child
  10. child
  11. child
  12. child who died young [before 1911]
  13. child who died young [before 1911]
  14. child who died young [before 1911]

They lived at 34 Chapel Lane, Salterhebble [1911].

Living with Mary Hannah and Ada [in 1911], was visitor Mrs Alice T. Bull [aged 24]

Bull, George AlbertRef 457-1954
[1847-1889] Born in Norwich.

He was a miller's waggoner (carter) [1881].

He married Matilda [1847-1908].

Matilda was born in Norwich


  1. Alfred [b 1868] who was a worsted doffer [1881]
  2. Kate E. [b 1871]
  3. Thomas W. [b 1872]
  4. Charles Henry
  5. Francis W. [b Huddersfield 1880] who was a worsted doffer  [1891]
  6. Florence [b 1886]

The family lived at

  • 22 Whitworth Buildings, Ovenden [1881]
  • 19 Old Lee Bank, Ovenden [1891]

George died in Halifax [Q2 1889] (aged 41).

Matilda died in Halifax [Q4 1908] (aged 61) 

Bull, Rev H.Ref 457-770
[18??-19??] From Kegworth, Nottinghamshire.

He was Minister at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [1891].

In 1893, he was ordained into the Church of England and was appointed curate at Great Horton.

He was Vicar of Siddal [19??]

Bull, JamesRef 457-3
[1844-1924] Born in Mickleover, Derbyshire.

He was a chimney sweep [1871, 1881, 1901, 1911].

He married (1) Ann [1847-1894].

Ann was born in Manchester


  1. Margaret [b 1866] who was a worsted spinner [1881]
  2. Louisa [b 1866] who was a worsted spinner [1881]
  3. Ellen [1870-27th March 1940] who  was a worsted spinner [1881], a weaver (worsted) [1901] and married  [Halifax q3 1918] George Hunt
  4. Henry [1871-21st October 1898]
  5. Eliza [1873-1st April 1889]
  6. John [b 1873]
  7. Herbert [b 1875]
  8. Alonzo [b 1879] who was a brick yard labourer [1901]
  9. Percy [b 1881] who was a joiner's apprentice [1901]
  10. Wilton [b 1883] who was a brick yard labourer [1901]
  11. Arnold [b 1885] who was a coal hewer (under ground) [1901]
  12. James [b 1887] who was a brick yard labourer [1901]
  13. Arthur [b 1889] who was a spinner (mohair) [1901]
  14. Ann [b 1891]

The children were born in Queensbury.

Ann died 20th April 1894 (aged 47).

In [Q3] 1918, James married (2) Louisa Petty [1868-1???] in Halifax.

Louisa was born in Queensbury.

She was a weaver (worsted) [1901]


The family lived at

  • Brunswick Street, Clayton [1871]
  • 7 Granby Street, Halifax [1881]
  • Roper Farm, Queensbury [1901]
  • Ambler Thorn, Queensbury (James was living alone) [1911]

James died in Halifax [16th February 1924] (aged 80) 

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury with his first wife Ann, and the children (

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

Bull, JobRef 457-804
[1848-1901] Son of Richard Bull.

Born in Loughton, Buckinghamshire.

He was a general labourer [1870].

In 1870, he married Nancy Holroyd [1848-1928] in Halifax.

Nancy was born in Barkisland


  1. Alfred [1870-1890]
  2. George [b 1872]
  3. Ann [1873-1891]
  4. Fred [b 1876]
  5. Thomas [b 1880]
  6. Alice [b 1882]
  7. Arthur [b 1884]
  8. Ethel [1888-1895]
  9. Lena [1891-1894]

Job died in Halifax [19th January 1901].

Nancy died in Halifax [1st June 1928].

Members of the family were buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley [Grave Ref: 224]

Bull, Rev MarcusRef 457-3134
[19??-] Pastor at Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [2008-2011].

In 2011, a victim of the recession, the Church was unable to support a Pastor, and he gave his last service on Easter Sunday 2011

Bull, PhilRef 457-261
[1910-1989] Founder of the publishing company Portway Press, and the Timeform organisation

Bull, RichardRef 457-308
[1807-1895] Born in Loughton, Buckinghamshire.

By 1861, the family had moved from Loughton to Halifax.

He was a general labourer in Loughton, Buckinghamshire [1851] / a general labourer in Halifax [1871].

He married Phoebe Evans [1806-1888].


  1. Alfred
  2. Job
  3. Harriet [1851-1892] who married George Fossey

They lived at 20 Mill Street, Copley [1861, 1871, 1881].

Phoebe died 7th September 1888 (aged 8).

Richard died 11th June 1895 (aged 88).

The couple were buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel with son Alfred

Bull, RichardRef 457-660
[1829-1904] Born in London.

He was a stuff dyer [1871].

In [Q2] 1854, he married Sarah Ann Appleyard [1824-1909] in Halifax.

Sarah Ann was born in Northowram, and (possibly) the daughter of
John Appleyard


  1. Henry Osbourne [1868-1870]
  2. Ann [1854-1893] who was a teacher  [1871] & married William Henry Allen
  3. Frank [b 1858] who was a marker [1871]
  4. Willy [b 1863]

They lived at 4 Alma Street, Halifax [1871].

He married Sarah Ann [1824-1909].

Richard died 12th May 1904 (aged 75).

Sarah Ann died 29th July 1909 (aged 85).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2571]

Bull, Robert CookeRef 457-1479
[1830-1917] MA.

Son of Rev William Howie Bull.

He was educated at Emmanuel College Cambridge / ordained deacon [1859] / curate at St Andrew's, Cambridge [1859-1861] / ordained priest [1860] / rector of Lynch, Sussex [1862-1882] / rector of Stedham [1882-1907].

He died at Chichester [20th September 1918] (aged 87) 

Bull, WilliamRef 457-3164
[1???-18??] Halifax architect.

He was one of the people who submitted designs for the Chapel at Lister Lane Cemetery [1839]

Bull, Rev William HowieRef 457-238
[1796-1888] MA.

One of 11 children of Rev John Bull, rector of Pentlow & Tattingstone, Suffolk and chaplain to the Bishop of London.

Born 2nd March 1796.

He was educated at St John's College Oxford / curate of Sheffield [for 5 years] / at Sowerby [for 22 years] / Vicar of St Peter's Church, Sowerby [1827] / the first Vicar of St George's Church, Sowerby [1840].

He left to become vicar of Old Newton, Suffolk [for 11 years]. He was incumbent at Billingshurst, Sussex.

He was closely involved with Sowerby National School.

Having heard of discovery of the Lightcliffe Hoard of 1830, he hurried to Bradford and elsewhere to recover as much as possible, and subsequently published an account of the finds.

He was interviewed during Crabtree's Tour of Calder Dale of 1832, and when asked to sign a petition supporting the Ten Hours Bill ...

... he refused to sign it, and said he thought the less the clergy had to do with the question, the better

On 5th February 1824, he married Sarah Bridges [1797-1886] at Maldon, Essex.


  1. William John
  2. Augustine Howie
  3. Charles Musgrave
  4. Robert Cooke
  5. Margaret Anne [1833-1908]
  6. Julius Henry [b 1838]

William John & Augustine Howie were born in Sheffield, the others were born in Sowerby.

William Howie and Sarah were buried at Worthing.

See Rev John Fearby Haslam

Bull, William JohnRef 457-1481
[1825-1890] MA.

Son of Rev William Howie Bull.

He was educated at Rugby, Trinity College Cambridge / assistant master at Harrow [1853-1888].

He married Unknown.


  1. Reginald A. [b 1876]
  2. Herbert A. [b 1873]
  3. George V. [b 1890]

He died at Harrow [14th January 1890]


Bull surnameRef 457-1
The surname identified someone who was of strong character or who was physically strong & big.

Early records of the name are found in Somerset.

There are 21 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Bull, as discussed in this SideTrack.

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