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Mr Firth [15??-16??]
Abraham Firth [17??-1???]
Abraham Firth [17??-17??]
Abraham Firth [1814-1884]
Abraham Firth [1850-1902]
Albert Firth [18??-19??]
Albert Firth [1885-1917]
Albert Firth [1910-1945]
Albert Edward Firth [1882-1918]
Albert Scholefield Firth [1878-19??]
Alfred Scholefield Firth [1846-1918]
Sir Algernon Freeman Firth [1856-1936]
Allan Firth [1874-19??]
Ann Firth [1855-1898]
Anne Firth [1824-1906]
Archer Irvine Firth [1894-1918]
Rev Barry Firth [1937-2008]
Rev Benjamin Firth [1???-18??]
Benjamin Firth [1845-1921]
Benjamin Firth [1887-1918]
Charles Firth [18??-1917]
Charles Harold Firth [1872-1912]
Charles Ronald Firth [1891-1918]
Clifford Firth [1898-1917]
Daniel Firth [1???-18??]
Dorothy Gertrude Firth [1882-19??]
Edmund Firth [15??-15??]
Edmund Firth [1864-1???]
Edward Firth [16??-1656]
Edward Firth [16??-1660]
Edwin Firth [1799-1863]
Edwin Firth [1839-1892]
Elizabeth Firth [1797-1837]
Mrs Elizabeth Firth [18??-1904]
Ellis Firth [1837-1911]
Enoch Firth [16??-17??]
Esther Firth [15??-1664]
Frank Firth [1885-1927]
Fred Firth [1863-1901]
Rev Fred Firth [1867-1942]
Fred Firth [1868-1929]
Frederick Firth [18??-19??]
George Firth [1???-1???]
Gilbert Firth [1891-1916]
Grace Firth [1758-1846]
Harold Firth [1896-1917]
Harold Firth [19??-19??]
Harry Firth [18??-19??]
Isaac Firth [1795-1860]
Isaac Firth [18??-18??]
Isaac Firth [1839-1923]
J. Firth [18??-18??]
Jacob Edgar Firth [1865-1939]
James Firth [17??-18??]
James Firth [18??-19??]
James Firth [18??-19??]
James Firth [1827-1???]
James Firth [1830-1893]
Jeremiah Firth [1800`18??]
John Firth [1???-18??]
Rev John Firth [1???-19??]
John Firth [15??-16??]
John Firth [16??-17??]
John Firth [16??-1704]
John Firth [1650-1757]
John Firth [17??-18??]
John Firth [1701-1738]
John Firth [1717-1782]
John Firth [1799-1860]
John Firth [18??-1???]
John Firth [18??-19??]
John Firth [18??-19??]
John Firth [1813-18??]
John Firth [1817-1887]
John Firth [1822-1883]
John Firth [1833-1901]
John Firth [1839-1???]
John Firth [1847-1900]
John Firth [1847-1900]
Rev John Firth [19??-19??]
John Edward Firth [1895-1915]
John Edwin Firth [1896-1915]
John Scholefield Firth [1757-1820]
John Whiteley Firth [1825-1892]
John Willie Firth [1889-1916]
Jonas Firth [1???-18??]
Joseph Firth [17??-18??]
Joseph Firth [1756-1822]
Joseph Firth [177?-18??]
Joseph Firth [1788-18??]
Joseph Firth [18??-18??]
Joseph Firth [18??-19??]
Joseph Firth [1839-1891]
Joshua Firth [16??-17??]
Kenneth Firth [1921-1944]
Michael Firth [17??-1???]
Michael Firth [1821-1887]
Nathan Firth [1758-1835]
Norah Firth [1896-1980]
Percy Firth [18??-19??]
Percy Firth [18??-19??]
Peter Firth [1787-18??]
Peter Firth [1890-1917]
R. Firth [1911-1942]
Richard Firth [1???-16??]
Richard Firth [15??-16??]
Rev Dr Richard Firth [19??-]
Robert Firth [1760-1828]
Sam Firth [1855-1909]
Sam Firth [1859-1924]
Samuel Firth [1???-18??]
Samuel Firth [1798-1868]
Samuel Firth [18??-19??]
Sidney Firth [1877-1918]
Simeon Firth [1828-1904]
Simeon Mitchell Firth [1850-1924]
Stanley Firth [1927-2015]
Storey Firth [18??-18??]
Sutcliffe Firth [1823-1907]
T. Firth [18??-18??]
T. Francis Firth [1???-18??]
Thomas Firth [1???-1545]
Thomas Firth [14??-15??]
Thomas Firth [17??-1782]
Thomas Firth [1762-1831]
Thomas Firth [1789-1869]
Thomas Firth [18??-1???]
Thomas Firth [1880-1918]
Thomas Arnold Firth [1879-1906]
Sir Thomas Freeman Firth [1825-1909]
Tom Firth [18??-19??]
Walter Firth [1918-1942]
Wilfred Firth [1884-1918]
William Firth [1???-19??]
William Firth [18??-1???]
William Firth [1801-1875]
William Firth [1809-18??]
William Firth [1821-1???]
William Firth [1821-1895]
William Firth [1872-1942]
William Frederick McCluer Firth [1890-1917]
William H. Firth [18??-19??]
William Henry Firth [1859-1896]
William Henry Firth [1859-1900]


Firth, Mr
[15??-16??]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Edward
  2. Luke
  3. Sarah who married Robert Binns

Firth, Abraham
[17??-1???] Physician.

He lived at Sod House Green

Firth, Abraham
[17??-17??] Of Clough House, Rastrick.

He married Elizabeth Gibson.

Children:

  1. Ann who married Thomas Macaulay

Firth, Abraham
[1814-1884] He was a coal proprietor [1861] / a publican at Church Street, Elland [1871] / a farmer of 11 acres employing 1 boy [1881].

On 25th January 1836, he married Rebecca Smith [1816-1881] in Huddersfield.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [1836-1885] who married Edward Crossland
  2. Emma [1837-1891]
  3. Frances [1839]
  4. Joseph [1842-1908] who was a steam engine tenter [1861], a gamekeeper at Fixby Hall [1884]
  5. Ann [b 1845]
  6. John
  7. Abraham
  8. Rebecca [1851-1914] who was a cotton reeler [1871] and married (1) Thomas Dean & (2) Edward Crossland
  9. William Henry [1852-1885] who was a butcher's apprentice [1871]
  10. Arthur [b 1855] who was a card nailer [1871], an indoor labourer [1881]
  11. Clara / Martha Clara [1856]
  12. Alice [1862-1903] who was a cotton operative [1881]

Lodging with the family [in 1861, 1871 & 1881] was George Wheelhouse Ashworth

Abraham died at Ainley Top [3rd February 1884].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £207 14/-.

The will was proved by his sons Joseph & John

Firth, Abraham
[1850-1902] Son of Abraham Firth.

Born in Fixby.

He was a collier [1861] / a card nailer of Elland [1873] / a card nailer [1881] / an engine tenter (woollen) [1891] / a mechanic's labourer [1901].

In 1873, he married Mary Westwood at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary was born in King Cross, Halifax, the daughter of George Westwood
 

Children:

  1. Alice Ann [b 1874] who was a woollen spinner [1891]
  2. George Frederick [b 1876] who was an oiler [1891] and served in WW1
  3. Mary [b 1878] who was a woollen spinner [1891]
  4. Wilfred [1880-1881]
  5. Ada [b 1881] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  6. Arthur [b 1884] who was an oiler in worsted mill [1901] and served in WW1
  7. Frances [b 1886] who was a worsted spinner [1901], a carpet weaver [1911]
  8. William / Willie / Willey [b 1889] who was a bobbin setter (worsted) [1901], an overlooker (worsted spinning) [1911] and served in WW1
  9. John [b 1890] and served in WW1
  10. Gilbert
  11. Abraham [b 1892] who was a singer (piece dyeing) [1911] and served in WW1

The family lived at

  • 490 Gibbet Road, Halifax [1881]
  • 8 High Road Well Square, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 19 Sparkhouse Lane, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • Walshaw's Yard, Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1916]

Abraham died in Halifax [Q1 1902] (aged 52).

6 sons and 3 sons-in-law served in World War I; son Gilbert was killed

Firth, Albert
[18??-19??] Plasterer & slater in Brighouse.

His works were at Owler Ings [1901].

He lived at 8 Spring Street, Brighouse [1901]

Firth, Albert
[1885-1917] Son of Emma (née Horsfall) & William Firth.

Born at Wheatley.

He was a tram conductor on the Sowerby Bridge route with Halifax Corporation Tramways.

On 1st February 1913, he married Sarah Midwood at Beeston, Leeds.

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1915]

They lived at New Lane, Siddal

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [14th April 1917] (aged 32) 

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [11C 7 12A], and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Firth, Albert
[1910-1945] Son of Florence & Alonzo Firth of Castleford.

In [Q2] 1940, he married Renee Moisley in Halifax.

They lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

He died 6th October 1945 (aged 35).

He was buried at Castleford Cemetery [C 66]

Firth, Albert Edward
[1882-1918] Born in Liversedge.

He was a wood carver.

In [Q3] 1907, he married Pathenia Sheard in Halifax.

They lived at 22 Wheatley Lane, Lee Mount.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

He was killed in action [21st August 1918] (aged 36).

He was buried at the Railway Cutting Cemetery, Courcelles-Le-Comte, France [B 1].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His death was reported in the Halifax Courier [21st September 1918]

Firth, Albert Scholefield
[1878-19??] Son of Alfred Scholefield Firth.

He was a boot maker's assistant [1891] / a boot and shoe maker [1899].

In 1899, he married Florence Adelaide Culpan


Florence Adelaide was the daughter of Richard Culpan of Montague Street, Sowerby Bridge
 

Firth, Alfred Scholefield
[1846-1918] Son of William Firth.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a woollen piecer [1861] / a shoe maker [1871] / a boot & shoe maker employing 4 men, 1 boy [1881] / a shoe maker [1891] / a boot maker and dealer [1901] / superintendent of Tuel Lane Sunday School [1904] / a retired boot maker [1911].

In [Q4] 1869, he married Hannah Beswick [1847-1???] in Halifax.


Hannah was born in Illingworth
 

Children:

  1. Arthur [b 1871]
  2. Clara [b 1874] who married [1899] Ben Robinson
  3. Albert
  4. Frank
  5. Wilfred [b 1885] who was a draughtsman's apprentice machine tool maker [1901]
  6. Percy [b 1892] who was a cabinet maker [1911]

The family lived at

  • 15 Fountain Street, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1871]
  • Central Buildings, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • 3 Wallis Street, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 3 South View, Sowerby Bridge [1901, 1911]

He died 28th June 1918 (aged 72).

He was buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Firth, Sir Algernon Freeman
[1856-1936] JP, Bt. Of Holme House, Lightcliffe.

Son of T. F. Firth.

Born 15th September 1856.

He was the second baronet and, because there were no sons, the baronetcy became extinct.

He entered the family firm and was subsequently Chairman of T. F. Firth & Company until his retirement in 1921, when Sir William Akroyd took over, ending the Firth family connection with the carpet business. He was instrumental in establishing a branch factory at Firthcliffe.

In 1881, he married Janet Gertrude Lindsay.

Children:

  1. Dorothy Gertrude

He and Lady Janet were benefactors for the district. The family lived at Holme House and maintained the family tradition of a close relationship with their employees.

In May 1889, he contributed towards a fund for tenants who had been evicted from their homes in Ireland.

In 1911, they donated George V Park, and a drinking fountain which stood at Bailiff Bridge.

He was president of the local Liberal association. He was president of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce until 1918. He was High Sheriff of Yorkshire [1922-1923].

When he retired after World War I, he and his wife went to live at Scriven Park, Knaresborough, where he died.

People were reported to be weeping in the streets when they left the district.

See Bailiff Bridge Club, Michael Urquhart Dewar, Holroyd House Hospital, Priestley Green, Holroyd House, Priestley Green and Lightcliffe United Reformed Church

Firth, Allan
[1874-19??] Born in Birstall.

He was a combing leather maker [1901] / (possibly) landlord of the Sovereign, Halifax [1909] / landlord of the Black Lion, Luddendenfoot [1911, 1933]

In 1900, he married Frances Agnes Tucker [1878-19??] born in Stoney Stratford, Buckinghamshire, in Keighley.

Children:

  1. Arthur Allan [b 1900]
  2. George Stanley [b 1910]

The family lived at 8 Hardy Street, Brighouse [1901].

Living with them in 1901 was Frances Agnes's widowed mother Sarah Tucker [aged 58]

Firth, Ann
[1855-1898] Daughter of James Firth.

In 1872, she married (1) Oliver Clegg in Halifax.

Oliver died in 1896.

After his death, Ann took over at the Sun Inn, Rastrick

In 1897, he married (2) Frederick Firth.

Ann died of typhoid fever [6th April 1898].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £563 10/5d. Probate was granted to her brother George (innkeeper)  and Denison Robinson (overlooker) 

Firth, Anne
[1824-1906] Of Coley Croft Farm.

No father is shown for Anne on the marriage records.

She married John Sunderland.

She bought Westercroft Farm, Northowram [1875].

She died at Coley Hall [17th May 1906]

Firth, Archer Irvine
[1894-1918] Son of Simeon Mitchell Firth.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a cotton feeder [1911] / employed by W. & R. K. Lee Limited.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 13th November 1918.

He was buried at the Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. [VIII A 15].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge, and on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour

Firth, Rev Barry
[1937-2008]

He was Curate at Brighouse [1977-1981].

In 1957, he married Joan Ella Taylor at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.

Children:

  1. Catherine Anne
  2. Elizabeth Wendy
  3. Annabelle Claire
  4. Rachel Victoria

Firth, Rev Benjamin
[1???-18??] A Congregational minister and schoolmaster at Scholes. He was the founder and Minister of Wyke Congregational Church. He had a private school at Wyke, and Manor House Academy at Hartshead Moor. He was minister at Clifton. He lived at Manor House, Hartshead [1845].

He published a number of pamphlets, including

Church versus Dissent, or Tory Spite and Virulence overshooting their mark [1835]

He had several business interests – see Kitson, Garthwaite & Firth. He built a mill at Baines Square. In 1811, he bought land at Clifton from the Armytage family. He bought some lime kilns from Samuel Dawson. He bought the Royal Hotel, Brighouse. He rented Victoria Mill, Brighouse

Firth, Benjamin
[1845-1921] JP.

He was Councillor for Halifax Illingworth ward [1894] / an Alderman of Halifax Town Council / a worsted spinner and / a director of James Akroyd & Sons.

He lived at

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £101,693.

Firth, Benjamin
[1887-1918] Born in Nottingham.

In 1910, he married Alice Ann Stott in Halifax.

He was employed by Standeven & Company Limited at Ladyship Mills, Ovenden.

He married Alice A.. Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child

They lived at 98 Shroggs Road, Halifax [1918].

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1916], and he served as a Rifleman with the 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.

He died of an illness at No.51 General Hospital, France [17th March 1918] (aged 31).

He was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, France [XXXI G 13A].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Standeven Roll of Honour

Firth, Charles
[18??-1917] He worked for Firth's Carpets at Flush Mills, Heckmondwike.

During World War I, he served as a Driver with the C Battery 84th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

He died 9th October 1917.

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [4-6 & 162], on Firth's War Memorial, and on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial

Firth, Charles Harold
[1872-1912]

On 22nd September 1904, he married Lilian Fidler in Huddersfield.


Lilian was the daughter of
Thomas Fidler
 

Firth, Charles Ronald
[1891-1918] Son of Mary Bissill (née Goodwin) [1867-1???] & Titus Firth [1864-1946] of Harrogate.

Born in Hull [Q4/1891].

He was educated at Rastrick Grammar School / a member of the choir of St James's Parish Church, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.

He died of influenza in hospital in Mainz, Germany [9th November 1918] (aged 27).

He was (possibly) buried at the Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Rastrick Grammar School, on Brighouse War Memorial, on Bailiff Bridge War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Firth's Carpets

Firth, Clifford
[1898-1917] Son of Sarah Ann (née Hamer) [1858-1???] & John Firth [1857-1???] of 2 Charlesworth Terrace, Pellon.

Born in Liversedge [Q4 1898].

He was employed by William Hanson & Company.

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

He died in France [31st July 1917] (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [6 & 8], on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Hanson's Mill, Halifax, and at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Firth, Daniel
[1???-18??]

Recorded in 1822, when he was a blacksmith at Smithy Lane, Halifax

Firth, Dorothy Gertrude
[1882-19??] Only daughter of Sir Algernon Firth.

Born 14th July 1882.

On 26th October 1910, she married Michael Bruce Urquhart Dewar OBE from Rugby, at Lightcliffe Church.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child

Firth, Edmund
[15??-15??] He lived at Goat House, Rishworth [1577].

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. (possibly) John

Firth, Edmund
[1864-1???] Son of Simeon Firth.

On 5th November 1892, he married Grace Crowther [1866-1956] at Saint Mary the Virgin, Illingworth.


Grace was born 29th October 1866, the daughter of Hannah & James Crowther And
 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth Hannah [b 1893]
  2. Laura [7th April 1895-1989] who married Arthur Isles
  3. Hilda [12th November 1897-7th February 1961]
  4. Norman [2nd February 1901-29th December 1984] who married [Bradshaw 24/10/1926] Winifred Spence [2nd March 1902-1998]
  5. Simeon [29th July 1905-25th October 1972]

Edmund died in Halifax [8th October 1930].

Grace died in Halifax [1956]

Firth, Edward
[16??-1656] Of Sowerby.

Son of Mr Firth.

Around 1654, he bought the Manor of Marsden from the City of London. He held land and property all over England but mainly in Yorkshire.

In 1626, he married Mary Robinson in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Edward
  2. Mary [16??-1691] who married Daniel Greenwood
  3. Enoch

He died at Sowerby Dean.

On his death, the Manor of Marsden passed to his son, Edward

Firth, Edward
[16??-1660] Son of Edward Firth.

He married Jane.

On the death of his father, he inherited the Manor of Marsden.

He died at Thornhill, Dewsbury.

On his death, the manor passed to his mother Mary

Firth, Edwin
[1799-1863] Of Heckmondwike.

Son of Martha (née Shaw) [1780-18??] & Thomas Firth [17??-18??]

Born in Dewsbury [25th November 1799]

He established a blanket and textile manufacturing business at Heckmondwike in 1822/4. From 1846, the business was carried on as Edwin Firth & Sons at Flush Mills, Heckmondwike. It evolved into Firth, Willans & Company and T. F. Firth & Company.

In 1822, he married Sarah Freeman [1802-1879]


Sarah was born in London
 

Children:

  1. Lucy [b 1823] who married Charles Burrows [1818-18??]
  2. Thomas Freeman
  3. James
  4. Sarah [b 1829]
  5. Edwin [b 1831]
  6. Josiah [b 1833]
  7. Charles Henry [b 1836]
  8. Edwin [1843-1922]

Firth, Edwin
[1839-1892] Son of John Firth.

Born in Ovenden [Q3 1839].

He was a wool sorter [1861]

On 10th January 1863, he married Mary Ann Sunderland [1838-1???] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. James Edward [b 1859]
  2. Mary Hannah [1863-1865]
  3. John Henry [1866-1866]
  4. Frederick [1867-1925]
  5. Sidney [1869-1869]

Edwin died January 1892

Firth, Elizabeth
[1797-1837] Daughter of John Scholefield Firth. She was related to the Walker family of Lascelles Hall. Her family lived at Kipping House, Thornton.

She was a friend of the Brontë family when they lived at Thornton.

She was godmother to Elizabeth and Anne.

She took care of Maria and Elizabeth at Thornton, when their mother was dying.

Between 1808 and 1820, she attended Crofton Hall School, Wakefield. She recommended the school for the elder Brontë sisters, Maria and Elizabeth.

Rev Patrick Brontë proposed to her shortly after his wife's death. She declined his offer and broke off her contact with the family for a couple of years.

She married Rev James Clarke Franks.

She kept a diary which records her engagements and gives a glimpse of the social life of the time

Firth, Mrs Elizabeth
[18??-1904] She lived at Oak House, Hipperholme [1904].

She is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1904

Firth, Ellis
[1837-1911] Son of John Firth.

On 18th January 1860, he married Sarah Ann Hargreaves [1836-1917] in Halifax.

Ellis died in Bradford [17th January 1911].

Sarah Ann died 9th March 1917

Firth, Enoch
[16??-17??] Son of John Firth.

On 3rd June 1693, he married Martha.

Children:

  1. Mary
  2. Susannah

Firth, Esther
[15??-1664] Sister of Richard Firth.

She married Henry Ramsden

Firth, Frank
[1885-1927] Son of Alfred Scholefield Firth.

He was a cost clerk (engineer's office) [1901].

On 8th August 1906, he married Hannah / Annie, daughter of Nathaniel Habergham, at West End Congregational Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Firth, Fred
[1863-1901] Son of Joseph Firth.

In 1897, he married widow Ann Clegg in Halifax.

He took over from Ann as landlord of the Sun, Rastrick [1897, 1901].

Ann died of typhoid fever [6th April 1898].

On 13th September 1901, he killed himself by cutting his throat with a hay scythe.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £151 1/6d

Firth, Rev Fred
[1867-1942] Born in Drighlington.

Primitive Methodist Minister at Halifax [1889].

He died following a road accident in Selby [1st August 1942]

Firth, Fred
[1868-1929] From Longwood.

He succeeded his father-in-law, John Wells, as landlord of the Brown Cow, Rishworth [1901, 1911].

In July 1905, he was summoned for keeping his house open during prohibited hour, after Sgt Woodcock and PC Perkins found the house busy at 10:15 one evening. The case was dismissed.

In 1898, he married Mary Wells.

Children:

  1. Hilda [1898-1986] who never married
  2. Florrie [1901-1990] who never married

Probate records show effects valued at £141.

After Fred's death, Florrie and her half-sister, Henrietta, took over at the Brown Cow

Firth, Frederick
[18??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1894]. He won caps for England (RU) while at Halifax

Firth, George
[1???-1???] A member of the Firth family of Rishworth.

In 1656, he married Dorothy, widow of Michael Wheelwright

Firth, Gilbert
[1891-1916] Son of Abraham Firth.

He was employed in the dyehouse of H. Sagar Limited.

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

He was reported missing and assumed to have died in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [3rd September 1916] (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [6A & 6B], and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brothers & 3 brothers-in-law also served in the War

Firth, Grace
[1758-1846] Daughter of Thomas Firth.

In 1781, she married Joseph J. Jowitt.

Children:

  1. Ann
  2. Grace
  3. Sarah who married William Aldam from Wadsworth
  4. Joseph

Firth, Harold
[1896-1917] Son of Samuel Firth.

Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 23rd May 1917.

He was buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium [IV F 8].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden.

His brother Wilfred also died in the War

Firth, Harold
[19??-19??] He died in World War II.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Saint Thomas the Apostle, Claremount

Firth, Harry
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Firth, Isaac
[1795-1860] Son of James Firth.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a worsted manufacturer [1841] / a manufacturer employing 20 hands [1851] / partner in Isaac, John & Samuel Firth.

He and his brother John were trustees for Providence Independent Chapel, Ovenden.

Isaac was treasurer of the building fund for the new Chapel.

On 21st December 1830, he married Ellen Priestley [1803-1870] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. George Child [1832-1879] who was a worsted spinner [1860]
  2. Mary [b 1833]
  3. Betty [1836-1881]
  4. James [1839-1881] who was a worsted spinner [1860]

The family lived at

Isaac died 11th July 1860.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £12,000.

His will was proved by sons George Child and James, and Thomas Whitley (woolstapler).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden

Firth, Isaac
[18??-18??]

In 1850, he married Ruth Laycock.


Ruth was the daughter of
William Laycock
 

Children:

  1. Fred [b 1848]
  2. Sam [b 1850]
  3. Walter [b 1854]
  4. Rose Ann [b 1856]
  5. Ada [b 1869]

In 1880, Ruth married Robert Heyhurst

Firth, Isaac
[1839-1923] He was a contractor.

It is said that he was involved in the construction of the Boer War Monument in Halifax – possibly the West View Park War Memorial.

In 1862, he married (1) Sarah Ann Ackroyd [1836-1893].

Children:

  1. William who died in South Africa
  2. Albert
  3. Lewis [1872-1952]

Sarah Ann died 29th November 1893 (aged 57).

In [Q2] 1901, he married (2) Mary Jane Ackroyd [1868-1951] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Edith
  2. Clara

The family lived at 37c Beverley Terrace, Halifax [1923].

Isaac died 17th September 1923 (aged 84).

Mary Jane died 30th June 1951 (aged 83).

Members of the family were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Firth, J.
[18??-18??] Rag merchant at Halifax.

In March 1867, he was declared bankrupt

Firth, Jacob Edgar
[1865-1939] In [Q2] 1889, he married Annie Crossley [1867-1934] in Todmorden.

Children:

  1. John Willie [1889-1916]
  2. James (Jim) [1892-1968]
  3. Fred [1894-1910]
  4. Norah
  5. Mary Hannah [1899-196?]
  6. Emily [1901-1969]
  7. Ada [1904-1955]
  8. Gracie [1909-1965]

The family lived at 17 Broad Street, Todmorden

Firth, James
[17??-18??] Of Ovenden.

He was a manufacturer

On 25th December 1793, he married Mary Whitehead [17??-18??] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Isaac
  2. Samuel
  3. Timothy [b 1797]
  4. Mary [b 1803]
  5. Hannah [b 1809]
  6. Martha [b 1813]
  7. John

Firth, James
[18??-19??] Nephew of Sir Algernon Firth. He and his brother, Percy, set up the Calder Bus Service, and the Brighouse Motor Agency

Firth, James
[18??-19??] An ironmonger in Sowerby Bridge.

In February 1899, he filed a patent for

improvements in window fasteners

Firth, James
[1827-1???] Son of Edwin Firth.

Born in Dewsbury [19th February 1827].

He married (1) Ann Batley [1819-1860].

He married (2) Octavia [1829-1865].

He married (3) Maria Gardner [1834-1???]

Firth, James
[1830-1893] Son of Ann (née Day) [1810-18??] & William Firth [1807-18??], delver.

Born in Rastrick.

He was a stone delver / stone quarryman & inn keeper at the Black Bull, Elland [1861] / farmer of 10 acres & publican at the Black Bull, Elland Edge (next to Ridge End), Fixby, Halifax [1871] / a stone merchant [1881].

On 22nd April 1852, he married Grace Aspinall [1835-1???] at Elland Parish Church.


Grace, of Rastrick, was the daughter of delver William Aspinall
 

Children:

  1. George [b 1853] who was a stone delver [1871] an innkeeper [1898]
  2. Ann
  3. Emily [b 1858]
  4. Eliza [b 1863] who married Joe Goodaire
  5. Jim [b 1868]

The family lived at

  • Elland Edge (next to Ridge End), Fixby [1871]
  • Tofts Grove, Rastrick [1881]

Living with them at the Black Bull in 1861 were 5 boarders and 1 servant.

Living with them [in 1871] were relatives Hannah Day [aged 77] and William Aspinall [aged 11].

In 1891, James and Grace were living with daughter Eliza and her husband Joe

Firth, Jeremiah
[1800`18??] Surgeon at Halifax.

In 1824, he married Margaret Robertson in Dewsbury.


The date is variously recorded as 23rd July 1824 / 25th July 1824 / 27th July 1824 / 23rd August 1824
 


Margaret was the eldest daughter of James Robertson of London
 

Firth, John
[1???-18??] Partner in Firth, Howarth & Firth

Firth, Rev John
[1???-19??] Vicar at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones [1941].

In 1941, the Church was linked with St John the Divine, Thorpe, and he supervised both parishes

Firth, John
[15??-16??] A member of the Firth family of Barkisland. Brother of Richard Firth. His will was dated 1628 and proved 1632

Firth, John
[16??-17??] Of Wheatley.

Son of John Firth.

On 14th October 1707, he married Hannah Ingham from Hipperholme.

Children:

  1. James [b 1708]

Firth, John
[16??-1704] Of Wheatley.

He married Mary Hall [1654-1729].


Mary was the daughter of John Hall of Kipping
 

Children:

  1. Enoch
  2. Joshua
  3. John
  4. Jeremy
  5. Benjamin [1700-1728]
  6. Mary [b 1682]
  7. Abigail
  8. child
  9. child
  10. child
  11. child
  12. child
  13. child

Firth, John
[1650-1757] Of Sowerby.

He died at the age of 107. He had 7 children, the youngest was 69 and the eldest was 87 at the time of their father's death

Firth, John
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Bogden Mill, Rishworth [180?]

Firth, John
[1701-1738] Halifax attorney

Firth, John
[1717-1782] Son of Joshua Firth.

On 28th April 1749, he married Esther Fox [1719-1806].

Children:

  1. Joshua [1752-1814] who married Catherine Gerrard from Chester
  2. John Scholefield

Firth, John
[1799-1860] Born in Ovenden.

He was a plasterer [1851].

On 16th January 1821, he married Mary Turner [1803-1867] at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary was born in Ovenden
 

Children:

  1. Martha Ann [8th July 1821-1/10/1840]
  2. Thomas [b 30th August 1822] who was a plasterer [1851]
  3. Sarah [20th July 1824-1902] who married Matthew Ayrton
  4. Frederick [2nd June 1826-Mar 1883] who was a plasterer [1851], a farmer [1867]
  5. Simeon
  6. Turner [22nd February 1830-6th May 1908]
  7. Elkanah [29th June 1832-14th September 1904]
  8. James [b 23rd November 1833] who was a wool comber [1851]
  9. Susan / Margaret [b 1835]
  10. Ellis
  11. Edwin
  12. Emma [1842-24 Jun 1914] who married James Higginbottom
  13. Sidney [b 1844] who was a mechanic (iron planer) [1861]

The family lived at Holdsworth [1851].

John died in Ovenden [18th September 1860].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £200.

Administration was granted to his widow Mary. Mary was innkeeper of the Friendly, Ovenden & farmer of 12 acres [1861, 1864].

Mary died in Ovenden [21st August 1867].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £200.

Administration was granted to son Frederick

Members of the family were buried at Illingworth Church: John [21st September 1860]; Ruth [24th August 1867]; Frederick [28th March 1883]; Edwin [16th January 1892]; Simeon [8th February 1904]

Firth, John
[18??-1???]

He was a silk worker [1855].

On 18th November 1855, he married Harriet Taylor [1829-1880] at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.


He was Harriet's 3rd husband
 

Children:

  1. Willey [b 1865]
  2. Harry [b 1866]

Firth, John
[18??-19??] Of Todmorden.

He served in World War I.

He was killed in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church, and on Patmos War Memorial

Firth, John
[18??-19??] Wine merchant at Brighouse.

In August 1882, he was declared insolvent

Firth, John
[1813-18??] Son of James Firth.

Born in Ovenden.

Partner in Isaac, John & Samuel Firth.

He and his brother Isaac were trustees for Providence Independent Chapel, Ovenden.

On 25th January 1844, he married Sarah Dilworth [1812-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah was born in Ovenden, the daughter of William Dilworth, dyer
 

They lived at 8 Wesley Street, Halifax [1851].

Living with them [in 1851] was nephew Abraham Cockroft [b  1834] (woolsorter).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden

Firth, John
[1817-1887] Born in Congleton, Cheshire.

He was a cotton spinner employing 15 men, 10 women, 8 boys and 7 girls [1861] / (possibly) a cotton spinner at Regulator Mill, Sowerby Bridge [1874] / a master cotton spinner employing 50 hands [1881]

In 1839, he married (1) Hannah Greenwood [1817-186?].


Hannah came Soyland
 

Children:

  1. William [b 1841]
  2. Maria [b 1844]
  3. Edward [b 1848]
  4. James [b 1854]

Hannah died between 1861 and 1864.

In 1864, he married (2) Elizabeth Atkinson.

Children:

  1. John Atkinson [b 1865]
  2. Thomas Henry [b 1868]

The family lived at

Firth, John
[1822-1883] Son of Samuel Firth.

On 20th March 1868, Samuel and his son John, were charged with fraudulently using in their mill 50,000 cubic feet of gas, the property of Halifax Corporation.

At the trial, evidence showed that for 10 or 11 years, 3 meters and 80 lights in the mill and the workshops obtained the supply through a pipe which had been soldered to the gas main many years ago.

The Firths claimed that they had simply carried on using a system which they found in operation when they entered into possession of the mill.

The case against Samuel was withdrawn, but John was ordered to pay the penalty of £5 plus £2 per day since the information was laid, the total penalty being £345.

At the West Riding Sessions on 6th April 1869, John was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment with hard labour for the offence

Firth, John
[1833-1901] He lived at 31 Eagle Street, Todmorden. Published the Todmorden & Hebden Bridge Historical Almanack.

In September 1866, he was declared bankrupt

Firth, John
[1839-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a plumber &c [1881].

Around 1863, he married Sarah [1838-1???].


Sarah was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Mary H [b 1863]
  2. Sarah A. [b 1865]
  3. Louisa [b 1869]
  4. Alice H. [b 1872]
  5. Ada L. [b 1874]
  6. John E. [b 1876]
  7. Arthur H. [b 1878]

The family lived at 50 Prescott Street, Halifax [1881]

Firth, John
[1847-1900] Son of Abraham Firth.

Born in Fixby.

He was landlord of the Ring O' Bells, Rastrick [1881, 1884]

He married Frances [1841-1???] Children:

  1. Edwin [b 1869] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1865]
  3. Walker [b 1874]
  4. Will [b 1880]

Firth, John
[1847-1900] Son of farmer Kershaw Firth.

Born in Northowram.

He was a waggoner of Northowram [1876] / a general carrier [1881] / landlord of the Bridge Tavern, Halifax [1891, 1894]

In 1876, he married Sarah Jane Cockroft [1852-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah Jane was the daughter of overlooker John Cockroft
 

Children:

  1. Amy [b 1877]
  2. Emily [b 1880]

The family lived at

  • 5 Fold, Northowram [1881]
  • 107 Ovenden Road, Halifax [1901]

In 1901, the widowed Sarah Jane was listed as a retired hotel keeper

Firth, Rev John
[19??-19??] He was vicar of South Ossett before becoming Vicar of Clifton [1955-1960]

Firth, John Edward
[1895-1915] Son of William H. Firth.

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

He died following a German gas attack at the Ypres Salient [19th December 1915] (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Firth, John Edwin
[1896-1915] Son of William Henry Firth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of St Mary's Catholic School / a drummer in the Boys' Brigade / a locksmith's assistant [1911] / employed by Mr W. Sunderland, Gibbet Street.

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

He was killed by the explosion of a trench mortar [19th December 1915] (aged 20).

He was buried at the Talana Farm Cemetery, Belgium [IV H 7]

Firth, John Scholefield
[1757-1820] Or Schofield.

Of Kipping.

Son of John Firth.

He married (1) Elizabeth Holt.


Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Holt
 

Children:

  1. daughter who was stillborn [1795] and was buried in the grave of Joseph Lister
  2. son who was stillborn [1798]
  3. Elizabeth

He married (2) Anne Greame.

Anne and John Scholefield Firth were the godparents of Branwell Brontë

Firth, John Whiteley
[1825-1892] Son of Tabitha and William Firth.

Born in Sowerby.

Baptised at Sowerby [26th August 1827].

He was a cotton piecer [1841], a clogger [1851, 1861], landlord of the Star, Sowerby [1851, 1861, 1871], and a clogger [1881].

In 1851, he married Sarah Farrar [1828-1895] in Halifax.


Sarah was born in Sowerby
 

They had no children.

The family lived at

  • Sowerby Town, Sowerby [1881]
  • 48 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge [1891]

In 1851, his mother, Tabitha, and his uncle, John Whiteley were living with them at The Star.

In 1891, they had boarders (possibly Sarah's relatives) living with them: Mary Farrar [b 1832] who was single and living on her own means and Elizabeth Ellen Farrar [b 1855] who was a worsted spinner.

The couple were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: John Whiteley [9th March 1892]; Sarah [24th June 1895].

His sister Emma and her husband John Nicholl are buried in the same grave.

Firth, John Willie
[1889-1916] Son of Jacob Edgar Firth.

Born 14th October 1889.

During World War I, he served as a Private with D Company 21st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 11th December 1916 (aged 27).

He was buried at the Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, France [II F 12].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on Patmos War Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church

Firth, Jonas
[1???-18??]

Recorded in 1822, when he was a blacksmith at Jail Lane, Halifax

Firth, Joseph
[17??-18??] A weaver.

On 22nd September 1776, he married Susannah Crossley at Halifax Parish Church.


Susannah was the daughter of Mary (née Smith) & Caleb Crossley
 

Children:

  1. John
  2. Joseph

Joseph and Susannah died in Barnsley

Firth, Joseph
[1756-1822] Quaker.

Son of Thomas Firth.

He and his brother, Robert, carried on their father's business as a drysalter in Huddersfield.

He lived at Toothill Hall, Rastrick [1794]. He farmed at Rastrick. He had interests in the canals, turnpike trusts and money-lending.

In 1781, he married Sarah Briggs [17??-1818].

He left Toothill Hall to his nephew Thomas Firth

Firth, Joseph
[177?-18??] Son of Joseph Firth.

He was a Luddite.

He was tried at York for High Treason, and transported to Van Diemen's Land for life. He was one of 138 convicts who left England on the Lady Ridley [4th January 1821].

He subsequently settled in Tasmania, and went on to own land, hotels and large properties in Sandy Bay.

He married Tabitha

Firth, Joseph
[1788-18??] Son of Elizabeth (née Hanson) & Thomas Firth.

Born in Rochdale [14th September 1788].

He was a Quaker / partner in Firth, Howarth & Firth, and Firth & Howarth.

On 6th March 1821, he married Sarah Sagar [1796-18??] in Burnley.

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1822]
  2. Joseph

The family lived at North View, Todmorden.

After his death, his son Joseph carried on the business.

See Canal Mill, Brighouse and Prince Albert Mill, Brighouse

Firth, Joseph
[18??-18??] Of Southowram.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Eliza who married Joseph Shedeur Hartley

Firth, Joseph
[18??-19??] He was an innkeeper / a gamekeeper.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Fred

Firth, Joseph
[1839-1891] Son of Joseph Firth.

After his father's death, he carried on the business of Firth & Howarth.

About 1870, he retired, and, being asthmatic, he moved to Devon. He died of pneumonia at Worthing.

His body was brought back to Todmorden and buried at the Quaker burial ground, Shoebroad

Firth, Joshua
[16??-17??] Son of John Firth.

On 4th December 1705, he married (1) Mary Kitchingman.


Mary was the daughter of William Kitchingman
 

Children:

  1. a daughter who was stillborn [1707]
  2. Mary [1709-1729] who married Joseph Drake from Thornton

On 16th June 1713, he married (2) Abigail Dixon.


Abigail was the daughter of John Dixon of Bradford
 

Children:

  1. John
  2. Sarah [1715-1734]
  3. Elizabeth who married [1742] John Coates Morton Banks

Firth, Kenneth
[1921-1944] Son of Lottie & Percy Firth of 2 Staverton Street, Albert Road, Pellon.

He was educated at Battinson Road School & Halifax Modern School / employed by Akroyd & Company at Clay Pits Mills, Halifax.

He joined the RAF as a boy apprentice.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with 108 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He trained in Canada. He took part in the Dunkirk evacuation.

He died 18th June 1944 (aged 23).

He was buried at the Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta [Prot. Sec. (Men's) F Coll Grave 51].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Christ Church, Pellon

Firth, Michael
[17??-1???] A member of the Firth family of Barkisland.

Recorded on 18th May 1752, when he sold The Height, Ripponden to Musgrave Brisco

Firth, Michael
[1821-1887] Born 19th October 1821.

He was a contractor in Queensbury.

He married Jane Holgate [1824-1887].

Children:

  1. Sam

Jane died 18th October 1887.

Michael died 4th November 1887.

The couple were buried at Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn

Firth, Nathan
[1758-1835] Surgeon of Queens Head

Firth, Norah
[1896-1980] MBE.

Daughter of Jacob Edgar Firth.

Born in Todmorden [29th November 1896].

In [Q2] 1921, she married (1) Arthur Bedford [1899-1924] in Todmorden.

Arthur died in Todmorden [Q1 1924].

After tending her sick husband, she took up nursing and worked in Manchester, London and Calcutta.

She worked in India during World War II.

In 1948, she was superintendent of the Pakistan state nursing services. She was awarded the Kaiser-I-Hind silver medal [1948], and the MBE [1955].

She married (2) William Findlay.

The couple divorced.

In [Q2] 1960, she married (3) William Wright in Lincoln. William died.

She died in Lincoln

Firth, Percy
[18??-19??] Nephew of Sir Algernon Firth. He and his brother, James, set up the Calder Bus Service, and the Brighouse Motor Agency

Firth, Percy
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Firth, Peter
[1787-18??] A blind man.

On March 12th 1806, he ran the 18 miles from Halifax to Leeds in two hours and 53 minutes

Firth, Peter
[1890-1917] Son of Peter Firth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wire worker, maker of wreath frames for florist [1911] / a wire brush maker (own account).

In [Q4] 1906, he married Cecilia Carroll [1887-19??] in Halifax.


Cecilia was born in Halifax.

She had a daughter: Annie Carroll [b 1907].

Cecilia was a cop winder [1911]

 

Children:

  1. Peter [b 1909]
  2. Sarah Jane [b 1910]
  3. John [b 1912]
  4. George [b 1914]

The family lived at

  • 1 Crabtree's Yard, Halifax [1911]
  • 1 Braithwaite's Yard, Halifax [1911]

Before World War I, he was in the Army.

During World War I, he rejoined [12th July 1915], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Dardanelles [October 1915], then to Egypt, and to France [July 1916].

In November 1916, he sustained a shrapnel wound to his left hand, and blood poisoning in his right hand.

He died of wounds received in action [18th January 1917].

He was buried at the Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, France [IV G 5].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Bernard's Catholic Church

Firth, R.
[1911-1942] He was educated at Sunnyside Board School / employed by Halifax Corporation Health Department.

He married Unknown.

He lived at 54 Prospect Street, Halifax.

His wife was dead by 1942.

During World War II, he served as a Gunner with the Royal Artillery (Maritime).

He was killed at sea [1942] (aged 31).

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Firth, Richard
[1???-16??] Of Ripponden. Brother of John Firth.

A member of the Firth family of Barkisland.

He is recorded at The Height, Ripponden [1632].

Around 1653, he bequeathed the Old Bridge Inn and adjoining cottages to St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden

Firth, Richard
[15??-16??] Brother of Esther Firth

Firth, Rev Dr Richard
[19??-] Vicar of St Jude's Church, Savile Park and Holy Trinity Church

Firth, Robert
[1760-1828] Son of Thomas Firth.

He and his brother, Joseph, carried on their father's business as a drysalter in Huddersfield.

He married Mary Dyson.


Mary was the daughter of Simeon Dyson
 

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. Robert
  3. Joseph

Firth, Sam
[1855-1909] Son of Michael Firth

Born in Queensbury [1st February 1855]

On 14th May 1883, he married Emily Sykes in Halifax.


Emily was the daughter of Robert Sykes
 

Sam died in Halifax [1st August 1909]

He was buried at Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn

Firth, Sam
[1859-1924]

He married Elizabeth Gibson [1862-1915].

Children:

  1. Harold
  2. Wilfred

The family lived at 116 Rochdale Road, Todmorden [1911].

Sons Harold & Wilfred died in World War I

Firth, Samuel
[1???-18??] Stuff manufacturer at Ovenden [1834].

On 1st July 1834, he married Dorothy Bottomley


Dorothy was (possibly) the daughter of
Mr Bottomley
 

Firth, Samuel
[1798-1868] Son of James Firth.

Born in Ovenden.

He was partner in Isaac, John & Samuel Firth / a manufacturer employing 100 hands [1851]

At the inquest into the explosion of Lilly Lane Mills in 1850, the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against Samuel and his engineer, Joseph Hellewell. At the Spring Assizes in 1851, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on both defendants, and they were acquitted.

In September 1858, he was charged with employing 3 girls without their names being registered in the mill books – a common practice to enable children to work the same hours as adults. He was fined 40/- plus costs in each case. He was also charged with employing 2 girls without a surgeon's certificate. He was fined £3 pus costs and £2 plus costs. On 20th March 1868, Samuel and his son John, were charged with fraudulently using in their mill 50,000 cubic feet of gas, the property of Halifax Corporation.

At the trial, evidence showed that for 10 or 11 years, 3 meters and 80 lights in the mill and the workshops obtained the supply through a pipe which had been soldered to the gas main many years ago.

The Firths claimed that they had simply carried on using a system which they found in operation when they entered into possession of the mill.

The case against Samuel was withdrawn, but John was ordered to pay the penalty of £5 plus £2 per day since the information was laid, the total penalty being £345.

At the West Riding Sessions on 6th April 1869, John was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment with hard labour for the offence. On 27 Dec 1818, he married (1) Mary Ingham at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John
  2. James [b 1824]

On 1st July 1834, he married (2) Dorothy Bottomley [1804-1891] at Halifax Parish Church.


Dorothy was born in Shibden
 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [b 1835]
  2. George [b 1840]
  3. Samuel [b 1841]

The family lived at

Samuel died 21st March 1868.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £14,000 ./-.

His will was proved by Charles Emmet, and John Richardson (bank manager) 

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden

Firth, Samuel
[18??-19??] Partner in Brearley, Firth & Siddall.

He lived at 56 Ellison Street, Halifax [1905]

Firth, Sidney
[1877-1918] His parents lived at 12 Colin Street, Halifax.

He married Sylvia.

They lived at Bingley.

During World War I, he enlisted [1915], and he served as a Private with the 648th Mechanical Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps.

He died of influenza in Hospital in East Africa [25th November 1918] (aged 41).

He was buried at the Dar Es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery, Tanzania [VII H 2].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax

Firth, Simeon
[1828-1904] Son of John Firth.

Born 1st May 1828.

He was a wool comber [1851]

On 11th May 1861, he married Elizabeth Child [1832-1892] in Halifax.


Elizabeth was born in Ovenden [3rd February 1832], the daughter of Hannah (née Bairstow) & James Child
 

Children:

  1. Edmund

Elizabeth died in Illingworth [June 1892].

He died in Halifax [4th February 1904].

Firth, Simeon Mitchell
[1850-1924] Born in Bradshaw.

He was a joiner's labourer [1894].

On 18th January 1873, he married (1) Emma Heap [1850-1887] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John Herbert [1879-1940] who was a locomotive engine driver
  2. George Edward [1886-1940] who was deaf and died at Storthes Hall

On 31st December 1887, he married (2) Louisa Thornber [1852-1913] at Halifax Parish Church.


Louisa was born in Sowerby
 

Children:

  1. Arnold [1889-1952] who was a locomotive engine driver
  2. Archer Irvine

The children were born in Sowerby.

On 22nd December 1913, he married (3) Mary Jane Hargreaves [1873-1953] at Halifax Parish Church.

The family lived at 14 Albion Street, Sowerby [1911, 1913].

Simeon died in St Luke's Hospital, Halifax.

Louisa & Simeon were buried at St Peter's Church, Sowerby: Louisa [24th February 1913]; Simeon [29th July 1924]

Firth, Stanley
[1927-2015] He was Mayor of Brighouse [1971-1972].

He married Jean.

Children:

  1. Nicholas

He died 1st September 2015 (aged 88) 

Firth, Storey
[18??-18??] Partner in Wynn & Firth.

He lived at 7 Hanover Street, Halifax [1874]

Firth, Sutcliffe
[1823-1907] JP.

Of Todmorden.

He died at Heywood

Firth, T.
[18??-18??] Of Akroydon. He was Registrar of Marriages for Halifax [1865]

Firth, T. Francis
[1???-18??] The Firth family were farmers, and the foundation of the carpet company may stem from their sales of wool and fleeces which grew into sales of yarn.

Francis and his brother, Edwin, began spinning yarn at Heckmondwike in 1822.

In 1863, they began to make carpets and moved to Clifton Mill at Bailiff Bridge, later becoming T. F. Firth & Company

Firth, Thomas
[1???-1545] Of Elland.

He married Elsabeth.

His will is recorded in Volume 2 [1545-1559] of E. W. Crossley's book Halifax Wills

Firth, Thomas
[14??-15??] He lived at Toothill Hall, Rastrick

Firth, Thomas
[17??-1782] Quaker. From Shepley.

Son of Joseph Firth [1684-1736].

He moved to Huddersfield. He set up in business as a drysalter.

In 1763, he purchased the Toothill Hall estate.

Thus begins the Firth family of Rastrick.

In 1754, he married Mary Crosland [1728-1797].

Children:

  1. Joseph
  2. Grace
  3. Robert
  4. Thomas

He was buried at Paddock, Huddersfield

Firth, Thomas
[1762-1831] Of Firth House, Rastrick.

Son of Thomas Firth.

In 1798, he married Mary Smith [1765-1842].


Mary came from Rastrick
 

Children:

  1. Mary [1799-1852]
  2. Ann [1800-1869]
  3. Hannah [b 1802]
  4. Jane [b 1804]
  5. Joseph [1806-1884] who married Susannah

Daughter Mary died 8th September 1852.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £3,000.

Daughter Ann died 14th July 1869.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at under £4,000.

Son Joseph died 15th November 1884.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £38,162 2/3d

Firth, Thomas
[1789-1869] A Quaker.

Son of Robert Firth and nephew of Joseph Firth.

He inherited Toothill Hall, Rastrick from his uncle. He built a Georgian section of the hall [1823]. He also constructed a ha-ha in the grounds to provide employment for the poor.

In 1819, he married Betsy Horsfall [1790-1864].

Children:

  1. Thomas

He had a warehouse in Huddersfield.

On St Thomas's Day – 21st December – he distributed half-crowns to the needy.

He refused to let Sir John Ramsden become the owner of all Huddersfield unless he [Sir John] would cover the largest floor in Firth's warehouse with sovereigns standing on their edges

Firth, Thomas
[18??-1???] He was the last teacher at Smyth's Charity School when it closed in 1874

Firth, Thomas
[1880-1918]

He was employed at Butterworth's Brewery / a member of the Trades Club, Halifax.

In 1913, he married Eliza Fletcher in Halifax.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
The family lived at 5 Aked's Court, St James's 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/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He died 9th April 1918 (aged 38).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [8 & 9], and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Firth, Thomas Arnold
[1879-1906] Of Heath Mount, Brighouse.

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery [May 1906]

Firth, Sir Thomas Freeman
[1825-1909] JP, Bt.

Son of Edwin Firth of Heckmondwike.

He went into partnership with his brother-in-law – J. W. Willans to found Firth, Willans & Company of Heckmondwike.

In 1867, they bought a disused worsted mill at Bailiff Bridge.

In 1875, John Willans left the partnership and the company became T. F. Firth & Company.

On 15th February 1854, he married Hannah Maria Willans in Huddersfield.

Children:

  1. Edwin [1854-1872]
  2. Algernon
  3. Frederick Willans [1858-1858]
  4. Henry Willans [1858-1???]
  5. Edith [1859-1???] who married Reverend Hall
  6. Annie Maria [1859-1???]
  7. William Eustace [1861-1???] who married Ann Maria Collier
  8. Sarah [1863-1???] who married Thomas Alexander Robinson
  9. Amy Beatrice [1865-1873]

He was the First Baronet Aykroyd of Lightcliffe.

In 1909, his son, Algernon, succeeded to the title.

He was a life-long member of the local Congregational community. A Liberal, he was involved in the life and welfare of Bailiff Bridge and the surrounding district.

He lived at The Flush, Heckmondwike Name: Thomas Freeman FIRTH Sex: Male Birth 23 Aug 1825 Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY Christening 23 Dec 1825 (age 0) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY11 Census 30 Mar 1851 (age 25) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY3 Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 35) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY4 Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 45) Dewsbury, WRY7 Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 55) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY12 Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 65) Hartlepool, DUR13 Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 75) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY14 Death Q4 1909 (age 84) Dewsbury (Heckmondwike), WRY15

Firth, Tom
[18??-19??] Halifax newspaper-seller who was one of 12 beneficiaries of the will of John Henry Foster

Firth, Walter
[1918-1942] Son of Lily & John Thomas Firth of 2 New Holme Farm, Wainstalls.

He was educated at Wainstalls Board School / employed by the Mixenden Carbonising Company.

During World War II, he served as a Stoker with the Royal Navy.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died [19th September 1942] (aged 24)  when HMT Alouette was torpedoed by German Submarine U-552 and sank 10 miles west of Portugal, with the loss of 17 of her crew of 44.

He is (possibly) remembered on the Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Suffolk, on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Christ Church, Pellon

Firth, Wilfred
[1884-1918] Son of Samuel Firth.

Born in Todmorden.

In 1910, he married Sarah Stansfield in Todmorden.

They lived at 35 Industrial Street, Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 11th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.

He died 12th April 1918.

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium [5 & 6], on Todmorden War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Todmorden Unitarian Church.

His brother Harold also died in the War

Firth, William
[1???-19??] He married Alice Fielden.


Alice was the daughter of
James Fielden
 

William took over at the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland

Firth, William
[18??-1???]

In [Q4] 1885, he married Ann Green in Halifax.


Ann was the daughter of
John Green
 

Children:

  1. Sam [1888] who died aged 17 days
  2. Albert [1890] who died aged 5 months
  3. John [1894-1895] who died aged 1 year & 5 months

Their sons were buried at Brighouse Cemetery with their Green grandparents

Firth, William
[1801-1875] Son of Ann (née Carter) [1770-18??] & Isaac Firth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton spinner of Sowerby / beerhouse keeper at Stile, Triangle [1851, 1861] / owner of the Star Hotel, Sowerby [1854-1872] / of independent means [1871].

On 5th March 1821, he married Tabitha Whiteley at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John Whiteley
  2. Ann [1827-1878]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1830]
  4. Lavinia [1833-1868]
  5. Emma [1835-1897] who was baptised as Susey Emma at St Peter's Church, Sowerby [31st May 1835], & married (1) Thomas Mellor and (2) John Nicholl
  6. William [b 1838]
  7. George [b 1840]

The family lived at Stile, Sowerby [1841, 1851, 1861, 1871].

He died at Stile. Probate records show effects valued at under £3,000. His executors were John Whiteley Firth and William Furniss Hanson

Firth, William
[1809-18??] Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a shoemaker of Warley [1830] / a collen / cotton spinner [1841] / a shoe maker [1851] / a boot & shoe maker [1861]

In 1830, he married Sarah Scholefield of Warley, at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. John [b 1831] who was a white smith [1851], a blacksmith [1861]
  2. Maria [b 1837] who was a spinner [1851], a woollen weaver [1861]
  3. Ann [b 1839] who was a feeder at factory [1851]
  4. Charles [b 1841] who was a piecener [1851], a woollen spinner [1861]
  5. James [b 1844] who was an engine smith's turner [1861]
  6. Alfred Scholfield
  7. Richard [b 1849] who was a worsted woollen piecer [1861]
  8. Thomas [b 1851]

The family lived at

  • Sowerby Bridge, Lower Warley [1841]
  • Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge [1851]
  • Mount Street, Warley, Sowerby Bridge [1861]

Firth, William
[1821-1???] Born in Crosland Moor.

He was beer house keeper at the Bird in the Hand, Halifax [1861] / a stoker [1871].

He married Sarah [1825-1???] from Norland.


Sarah was a worsted reeler [1871]
 

The family lived at 12 Thomas Street East, Southowram [1871]

Firth, William
[1821-1895] Of Halifax.

He married Mary [1825-1886].

Children:

  1. Sarah Jane [1852-1854] who died aged 1 year & 9 months

Mary died 11th March 1886 (aged 61).

William died 21st February 1895 (aged 74).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3275]

Firth, William
[1872-1942] In [Q4] 1902, he married Florence Haigh.


Florence was the daughter of
Rev William Haigh
 

Children:

  1. Lilian [1906-1989] who married Arnold Crossley [1896-1970]
  2. Amy [1907-1989]

Members of the family were buried at Steep Lane Baptist Chapel, Sowerby

Firth, William Frederick McCluer
[1890-1917] Son of Jane & Frederick Firth of 8 Field Lane, Rastrick.

In [Q3] 1914, he married Laura Horsfall in Halifax.

They lived at 2 East Street, Rastrick.

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the 2nd/18th Battalion London Regiment (London Irish Rifles).

He died 12th December 1917 (aged 27).

He was buried at the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt [O 63].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial, on Rastrick War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Walshaw & Drake

Firth, William H.
[18??-19??] He was a grocer.

He married Margaret.

Children:

  1. John Edward

The family lived at 31 Milton Terrace, Halifax

Firth, William Henry
[1859-1896] Born in Halifax.

He was an insurance agent [1881] / a licensed victualler [1891].

In [Q3] 1879, he married Annie Elizabeth Smith in Halifax.


Annie Elizabeth was the daughter of
James Smith
 

Children:

  1. Anne [b 1880]
  2. Edith [b 1885] who was a brace & bulb weaver (fancy textiles) [1901], a weaver [1911]
  3. Harry [b 1887] who was a butcher's apprentice [1901], a butcher's assistant [1911]
  4. John Edwin

The children were born in Halifax.

In 1881, the family were living with Annie Elizabeth's parents.

The family lived at

  • Albion Hotel, 19 Haymarket Street, Bury [1891]
  • 36 Commercial Road, Halifax [1901]
  • 4 Clarence Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 31 Milton Terrace, Halifax
  • 11 Arundel Street, Gibbet Street, Halifax

William Henry died in Halifax [1896]

Firth, William Henry
[1859-1900] Son of Ann Braithwaite [1823-1???]; father unrecorded.

On 26th February 1881, he married Annie Mckenna [1860-1???] in Halifax.


Annie was born in Wicklow, Ireland, the daughter of
Peter McKenna.

She was a woollen mill rover [1901]

 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ann [b 1882] who was a woollen mill twister [1901]
  2. Peter
  3. David [b 1893]

The family were living with Annie's parents [1891, 1901]

 

The Firth family of Barkisland
See Michael Firth, Richard Firth and The Height, Ripponden

The Firth family of Rastrick
Prominent Quaker family. Thomas Firth was an early member of the family.

See History On Your Doorstep and Quakers in Brighouse

The Firth family of Rishworth
They owned property in and around Rishworth in the 16th century, including Upper Goat House, Rishworth, property at Baitings, and a farm at Pike.

See Edmund Firth and John Fryth

Firth surname
Other forms of the surname include Frith, Freeth, Thrift, Fright, Freak, Freed, Freke, Frid, Freake, Fridd, Firks, Firk, Evilthrift, Frift, Fryd, and Vreede

There are over 130 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Firth, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Firth:


Marriages 1808, 1861, 1863, 1865, 1879, 1891, 1892, 1899, 1901, 1907, 1940; Death 1900
 




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