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red mail FIRTH
I am researching the Firth family who originate from Austonley near Holmfirth. I have got as far back as David and Ruth Firth who lived at Bent Farm Austonley. David was born in 1779. They had a son John Firth, who was according to the 1861 census born in 1808 in Austonley, near Holmfirth. His wife was named as Alice, who was born in 1813 in Upperthong. John and Alice lived at Bradshaw farm ( next door to Bent Farm ). There are remains of both farm houses and Bradshaw farm has a pair of tenter posts still standing. The farm houses were probably pulled down when SDigley resevoir was built. Does anyone have any information on the family, or anything which might help me to trace earlier generations? Many thanks if you can help! Regards David
red mail Shaw, Joseph
Joseph Shaw b abt 1820 in Yorkshire. Joseph was indicted in the Yorkshire Assizes, Lent 1842 No.55: Joseph late of Castle of York, labourer on 12 Jan 1842 at Kirk Burton, caught stealing woollen goods of George Ives in a mill and building of Joseph Ives. He was found guilty & transported for 10 years to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania). The Hulk Register "Fortitude" Hulk, Chatham states 'Joseph Shaw 26, Burglary, York 2 March 1842, 10 years, married with 2 children, shoemaker. In prison before VDL per "Emily" 20 June 1842. We have had no luck tracing any relations from his time in England, he left a wife and 2 children before being transported as a convict and he never returned to England. He was allowed to marry again in Tasmania and went on to have extensive family. We would like to hear from anyone with any further information on his parents, siblings, wife and children from his time prior to transportation in 1842.
Looking for other descendents of this THEWLIS family, as detailed in the 1841 census: Hinchliffe Mill, Holmfirth, Almondbury Betty Thewlis, 50, clothier, born in county Mary Thewlis, 25, clothier, born in county Thomas Thewlis, 20, clothier, born in county Jane Thewlis, 20, clothier, born in county Thornton Thewlis, 15, clothier, born in county Ann Thewlis, 15, clothier, born in county Elizabeth Thewlis, 12, clothier, born in county JOE THEWLIS, 10, born in county David Thewlis, 6, born in county Betty Thewlis, 1, born in county I am researching the descendents of Joe and would be pleased to hear from anyone, to compare notes and exchange information.
red mail Coldwell/ Coaldwell family
Looking for infomation on William Coaldwell now spelt Coldwell born 1695 in England All that its confirmed known is that he was kidnapped and impressed into the british navy at 16 by the man that was interested in his mother. His father having previously died. ended up in the USA where he defected and began a family eventually ended up in CANADA. Any information with regards to a story like this floating around would be appreciated.
red mail Harold Kaye - Father of Sheila (Morris)
Harold Kay(e)used to work for Baddeley's in Holmfirth in the 1950's. Lived in a large house in New Mill Road I am told and had a daughter called Sheila; I don't know if there were other children. Sheila's name could be Morris now as I beleive she married someone called Roy Morris. Sheila used to live in Meltham area of Huddersfield and worked at David Brown Tractors in the 1960's I believe in the typing pool. She would be probably mid 60's now. I will explain my connection with the family privately but I would like to have a photograph of him. I know my mother (now deceased) used to have one but it was lost. If anyone knows of this family or can help me in any way please contact me. Many thanks
red mail Holmfirth Parish Records
I wonder if anyone has access to the Parish Records for Holmfirth? I would be really grateful to find out if there is a record of a Nancy or Nanny Downs born around 1812. The IGI Batch numbers for Holmfirth start in 1813, frustratingly. I am wondering if she could be the daughter of William Downes and his wife Betty. Nancy married Joseph Cartwright in Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire but she claimed to have been born in Holmfirth. Joseph may also have been from there as there are a few Cartwrights listed.
Firth family, Holmfirth area
I am researching the Firth family who originate from the Holmfirth area (perhaps there is a clue in the name?). I have got as far back as David Firth (could be Daniel - not clear from handwritten register), who lived in Bradshaw and was according to the 1841 census born in 1781. His wife is named as Ruth Firth (nee Thewlis) born 1775. According to the 1861 census they had 2 sons John Firth born 1808 in Austonley and Joseph born 1816. John's wife is named as Alice (nee Moody), born 1813 in Upperthong. Does anyone have any information on the family, or anything which might help me to trace earlier generations? Many thanks if you can help!
red mail Rowbottom
Ellen Rowbottom was born in Holmfirth in 1812 to George and Nelly Rowbottom. She married Joseph Yates at Manchester Cathedral 12th December 1830. I am interested in tracing anyone who has these Rowbottoms in their family tree and also in discovering Nelly Rowbottom's maiden name.
red mail find my family
burton horn married joan battye had three children mick jackie janet
Taylor /Shaw
Information required on the family of Christopher Taylor c 1855 Crakehall Yorkshire and his wife Annie Shaw C 1855 Moray Scotland.Known children Harriet c 1880 William c 1882 both born Barden Moor. Joseph c1884 born Slack West Yorkshire ,Jane Ellen c 1886 and Alexander c 1888 Burnley area Lancashire.(There may be other children)Christopher died c 1896 Hade Edge area of Holmfirth. Any info on what happened to the family after his death,gratefully accepted. The family appeared to move in connection to work which may be connected to resevoires.
red mail Copley-mill owners
I have information ( not sure that it is correct) that Phillip Copley married to Emma nee Townend owned two mills in the Holmforth area sometime around the 1850's. I wonder if anyone can help with this
red mail Worsleys of Holmfirth and Kirkburton
I have been researching my Worsley ancestors for many years. Have yet to find where any are buried and also have yet to find anyone else researching the same family. I have lots of information if anyone is interested.
red mail Charlesworth Family
Looking for information on Abraham Charlesworth who married Mary in c.1791 Holmfirth. They had a son, David (c. 1804)who was transported to Australia for 7 years for stealing. He arrived in Australia in 1827 aboard the "Marquis of Hastings".
red mail Coldwell family history
My aim is to the establish the entire worldwide family tree for the COLDWELL/COULDWELL surname. For various reasons this aim may not be acheived but I hope to get close to it. In the future I may use DNA techniques to confim linkages between sub-trees. I hope to extend this to the present day and wider afield by exchanging information with living Coldwells. Please contact me if you wish to find out more about the Coldwell family. Variants The main variant of Coldwell is Couldwell and this variant tends to occur mostly in the southern part of Yorkshire. Occasionally Coldwell also gets transformed into a Cowgill which is confusing because the name exists in its own right unconnected with Coldwell. I have also found a few Coldhill as variants of Coldwell. Occasionally there are other variants arising from minor changes in spelling but these are few in number and are usually apparent by tracing the particular family backwards to find the original name. Origin of the surname In West Yorkshire, the locality Coldwell in Austonley near Holmfirth, west of Huddersfield, has given rise to the name Coldwell, which has ramified in the Holmfirth area and subsequently spread throughout the old West Riding of Yorkshire. Today there remains a farm and a lane named Coldwell in Austonley (now called Homebridge). Historical occurrences The earliest reference I have found to Coldwell is in 1376 to John de Coldewelle involved in a dispute with John de Malleshedde at Austonley (West Riding Manorial Court Records). In the same year Thomas de Coldewelle surrendered a cottage and five roods of land in Wooldale, Holmfirth, Huddersfield. Several other early references exist including this interesting item in 1447/8 at Scholes, Holmfirth: a bye-law that Agnes Coldewelle should repair and mend the common way at New Mill near Hudderfield. This is the first evidence of a connection with the new corn mill (new pre 1447!). Coldwell (now Coldhill) Lane leads to the mill site in New Mill. There are many more early references to Coldwell in the Wakefield records. The only famous Coldwell I have encountered is John Coldwell Bishop of Salisbury in the late C16. Distribution of the name In the 1881 census for England and Scotland, there were 1311 individuals named Coldwell and 261 named Couldwell. The number in Yorkshire was 1048 and 61 in Lancashire with the balance of 463 spread around England and Scotland. In Yorkshire the greatest numbers of Coldwell families were in the Poor Law unions of Huddersfield, Wortley (Penistone area), Barnsley, Sheffield and Ecclesell Bierlow (west of Sheffield). Other Coldwell/Couldwell families were scattered thoughout the UK. Since 1881 there has been some migration around the UK but the highest concentrations remain in the Yorkshire region. Data To date (2006) I have information on about 7000 individuals mainly in the UK area from the year 1901 to earlier times. So far I have been able to construct several Coldwell regional sub-trees.
red mail Abner Dixon born Holmfirth
Abner was the father of william Hepworth Dixon and my gt gt grandfather Daniel Dixon 1836.I would like to know Abners birth date and his father.also would like to contact any decendants of William hepworth Dixon.I believe he had sons one named Sidney w Dixon.and daughter ellen and Florence
red mail Gerald Bamforth, son of Harry
Looking for any information on Gerald Bamforth, born around 1926, son of Harry bamforth and Agnes (nee Coles). He would be a long lost uncle of mine.
red mail Eli Castle
I am looking for marriage of the parents of Eli Castle born 21 April 1817 in Jackson Bridge Hepworth. Parents George Castle and Ann ?
red mail marshall
seeking any relatives of the late George Robert Marshall killed in action 1944
red mail Caple
Eleanor Howell b 1843 married 1873 to George Baker Caple b 1841 USA,Child Bertha born Holmfirth 1875.George was a United Methodist Free Church Minister when living in Camborne Cornwall.
red mail Townend and Thornley families - Holmfirth
Jane Townend was about six years old in 1852, when there was a dreadful flood in Holmfirth, killing 81 people. I am looking for any info on her parents - John Townend and Maria Thornley - Jane was born at Hinchcliffe Mill on 29th January 1842.
red mail Wells, Austonley
George William Wells - I am looking for information on a George William Wells born in Austonley near Holmfirth in May 1880. His parents were John William Wells and Emma Radmore. Was he the same George William Wells who married Sarah Hannah Firth inDewsbury in 1904.

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