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Albert Smithies [18??-1???]
Albert Smithies [1880-1938]
Charles Smithies [1813-1867]
George Smithies [15??-1625]
George Smithies [1613-1674]
George Smithies [1787-1845]
George Smithies [1845-1883]
George Smithies [1868-1924]
Henry Smithies [1815-1850]
Henry Smithies [1816-1880]
Henry Smithies [1859-1923]
Jack Smithies [1920-1944]
James Smithies [1811-18??]
Job Smithies [1829-1894]
John Smithies [18??-19??]
John Smithies [1810-1852]
John Smithies [1816-1884]
John Stansfield Smithies [1875-1922]
John William Smithies [1853-1912]
Jonathan Smithies [1813-1881]
Joseph Smithies [17??-1???]
Joseph Smithies [1820-1889]
Joseph Smithies [1823-1885]
Joseph Smithies [1832-1907]
Joseph Smithies [1847-1???]
Joseph Edward Smithies [1854-1892]
Lydia Smithies [1841-1904]
Norman Wharton Smithies [1893-1920]
Oliver Smithies [1925-]
Richard Smithies [1849-1923]
Thomas Smithies [1813-1882]
Thomas Smithies [1840-1896]
Valentine Smithies [1780-1846]
Valentine Smithies [1830-1899]
William Smithies [1818-1885]
William Edward Smithies [1851-19??]
Wright Smithies [1859-1938] 


Smithies, Albert
[18??-1???] Waste dealer at West Vale.

In February 1886, he was fined £75 for assault on Alfred Schofield, a Halifax saddler.

The Assizes heard that

on 8th July [?] last, the 2 men, unknown to each other, were members of a group which left the Northgate Hotel. One of the group threw a snow ball [in July?] which struck Schofield. He went to Smithies's group and asked what they meant, whereupon Smithies struck Schofield with his stick, knocking out his right eye. Smithies also attacked Schofield's friend, who in turn knocked him down.

Medical evidence showed that Schofield would be permanently blind in his right eye, and his left eye was also in danger

Smithies, Albert
[1880-1938] Born in Stainland.

He was a joiner [1910].

On 12th November 1910, he married Elizabeth Hollas in Stainland.


Elizabeth was the daughter of
John Hollas
 

They had no children

Smithies, Charles
[1813-1867] A worsted spinner of Bradford.

On 7th March 1837, he married Grace Salt at St Peter's Church, Bradford (Bradford Cathedral).


Grace was the daughter of
Daniel Salt
 

Children:

  1. Ann Grace [b 1839]
  2. Maude Alice

Charles was declared bankrupt [1840], and Grace left him and went back to live with her parents.

The couple had separated by October 1840, and, on 1st October 1840, Charles went to her parents' house and made an attempt to stab Daniel Salt several times.

Charles was committed to Yorkshire Spring Assizes at York for trial.

He died at Wolverhampton [1867] (aged 54) 

Grace died at Cheadle [20th July 1873] Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £300 [Resworn under £1,500]. The will was proved by daughters Annie Grace & Maude Alice and George Salt of Saltaire

Smithies, George
[15??-1625] Of Firth House, Barkisland.

He married (1) Margaret Aynley.

Margaret died in 1602.

She was buried at Elland Parish Church [4th October 1602].

In 1603, he married (2) Janet.

Children:

  1. Grace [b 1604]
  2. Mary [b 1606] who married Abraham Lumm
  3. Ann [b 1608] who married Simeon Holroyd
  4. John [b 1609]
  5. Susanna [1611-1627]
  6. George

Janet died in childbirth [1613].

In 1614, he married (3) Grace Scholefield.

George died in 1625

Smithies, George
[1613-1674] Son of George Smithies.

He was a clothier of Firth House in the parish of Elland.

In 1636, he married Susanna Gledhill.

Children:

  1. infant [died 1637]
  2. infant [died 1638]
  3. infant [died 1639]
  4. infant [died 1639]
  5. George [born & died 1640]
  6. Joshua [alive in 1674]
  7. George [born 1644, alive in 1674]
  8. Susanna [born & died 1647]
  9. John [died 1649]
  10. John [alive in 1674]
  11. Susanna [alive in 1674]

Their children were buried at Elland

Smithies, George
[1787-1845] He was a Tory voter [1837, 1841] / a farmer.

In 1810, he married Rachel Bates [1790-1846].


Rachel came from Cockhill, Ovenden, and was baptised 26th September 1790
 

Children:

  1. Hannah [b 1810]
  2. Thomas
  3. Henry
  4. Uriah [1818-1837]
  5. Mary [b 1821]
  6. Joseph
  7. Betty [b 1826]
  8. Job [b 1828] of Pellon Lane, Halifax
  9. Benjamin [1832-1848]

The family lived at Heathroyd Farm, Foreside, near Denholme Gate.

George died 5th September 1845 (aged 57).

Rachael died 18th April 1846 (aged 55).

Members of the family are remembered at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Smithies, George
[1845-1883] Son of Henry Smithies.

He was a carter [1869]

In 1869, he married Sarah Greenwood [1838-1895].


Sarah, of Midgley, was the daughter of William Greenwood, weaver
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ann who married George Woodhead [1873-1st May 1912]

George died 9th April 1883 (aged 39).

Sarah died 17th January 1895 (aged 56) 

Members of the family were buried at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Smithies, George
[1868-1924] Son of Joseph Smithies.

He married Mary.

They lived at Upper Brockholes Farm, Ogden [1924].

He died 12th April 1924.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £648 14/5d. Probate was granted to his widow Mary

Smithies, Henry
[1815-1850] Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a worsted stuff manufacturer / a grocer and shopkeeper / a labourer / a journeyman weaver / a cotton warp dealer.

He lived at

He was declared bankrupt in 1842

Smithies, Henry
[1816-1880] Son of George Smithies.

Baptised at Illingworth [24th March 1816].

He was a labourer in Thornton [1857] / a farmer [1861, 1871, 1880].

On 5th April 1836, he married (1) Elizabeth Brearley [1817-185?].


Elizabeth was born in Haworth
 

Children:

  1. Lydia
  2. Judith [b 1844]
  3. George
  4. Joseph
  5. Mary Ann [b 1849] who married [1872] Henry Cockroft [b 1850] (delver), son of Ambrose Cockroft (weaver) 
  6. Rachel [b 1852] who married [1874] Leonard Feather [b 1851] (weaver) 
  7. John [b 1856]

In 1857, he married (2) Hannah.


Hannah was the daughter of Peter Jackson and widow of John Feather
 

Children:

  1. Henry
  2. Elizabeth [b 1860]

The family lived at Long Rigging, Mount Tabor [1861, 1871, 1880].

Henry died 18th April 1880

Smithies, Henry
[1859-1923] Son of Henry Smithies.

Born in Halifax.

He was a farmer [1901, 1911].

In [Q3] 1879, he married Sarah Murgatroyd [1852-1917].


Sarah came from Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [b 1881] who was a worsted weaver [1901]
  2. Eda [1884-1909] who was a dressmaker [1901]
  3. Hannah [b 1885] who was a machinist (fustian clothing) [1911]
  4. Mary Jane [b 1888] who was a clothing work examiner 1911
  5. Lilian [b 1889] who was a machinist [1911]
  6. Henry [b 1891] who was a motor driver [1923]

The family lived at 1 Long Riggings, Mount Tabor [1911].

Henry was executor of the will of his step-brother Peter Ratcliffe Feather [1901].

He died 25th December 1923.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £524 8/9d. Probate was granted to son Henry

Smithies, Jack
[1920-1944] Son of Mr S. Smithies.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Holywell Green Council School / employed by Rhodes Horrocks, Halifax / a member of the Huddersfield Territorials.

He married Joyce L.

They lived at Broad Carr, Holywell Brook and in Leeds.

During World War II, he was called-up [September 1939], and then transferred [1942] and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment A. A. C.

He was killed in action in Normandy [31st July 1944].

He was buried at the Ranville War Cemetery, France [1A A 12].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial

Smithies, James
[1811-18??] Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a worsted stuff manufacturer / partner in Jonathan & James Smithies / a flour dealer (on own account) / a prisoner for debt in the gaol at Rothwell [1844].

He lived at

  • Denholme House, Denholme [1835]
  • China Hall, Thornton [1841]

Smithies, Job
[1829-1894] Born in Thornton.

He was landlord of the Cherry Tree, Halifax [1881] / a coal dealer & farmer [1881].

In 1853, he married Margaret Haigh [1833-1883] in Halifax.


Margaret was born in Elland
 

Children:

  1. Maria [b 1855]
  2. James [b 1857]
  3. Mary Ann [b 1860]

Job died in Halifax [7th October 1894].

Margaret died at the Cherry Tree [25th August 1883].

The couple were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Smithies, John
[18??-19??] Worsted spinner at Marshall Hall Mills, Elland [1905].

He was a nominee for the Elland-cum-Greetland Board of Guardians [1869].

He lived at Marshall Hall, Elland [1869]

Smithies, John
[1810-1852] Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a butcher of 24 New Market, Halifax.

On 11th August 1834, he married Hannah Drake at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah came from Northowram,
 

John died in 1852.

After his death, Hannah carried on the business

Smithies, John
[1816-1884] Son of Joseph Smithies

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen manufacturer employing 80 hands [1851] / a woollen manufacturer [1861] / a woollen cloth manufacturer employing 62 men, 22 boys & 54 women [1871] / a woollen cloth manufacturer with J. & J. Smithies [1871] / a worsted spinner 200 hands [1881].

On 29th September 1842, he married (1) Martha Ann Haigh at Halifax Parish Church.


Martha Ann was the daughter of Luke Haigh
 

Children:

  1. Joseph Edward

Martha Ann died [Q1] 1874 (aged 51).

On 25th November 1874, he married (2) Hannah [1837-1903] in Salford.


Hannah MacDonald Cussons from Manchester, was the widow of Mr Greaves
 

The family lived at

John died at Bankfield [14th August 1884].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £16,051 6/8d.

The will was proved by son Joseph Edward, John Constantine of Halifax (supervisor of inland revenue), and William Henry Eastwood

Hannah died 22nd February 1903.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,019 11/7d.

Probate was granted to Jessie Garsed

Smithies, John Stansfield
[1875-1922] Son of John William Smithies.

He was a worsted spinner (employer) [1901, 1912].

In 1911, he married Clara Annie in Leeds.


Clara Annie was the widow of Arthur William Gordon
 

The family lived at

  • Ellen Royd, Elland [1922]
  • The Bungalow, Harrogate

John died at West View Terrace, Elland [2nd May 1922].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £58,055 0/8d.

Probate was granted to his widow Clara Annie, Thomas Savage (mill manager), Herbert Butler (engineer), and John Edward Whitham (chartered accountant).

Clara Annie died in Leeds [1952]

Smithies, John William
[1853-1912] Son of Joseph Smithies.

Born in Elland.

A worsted spinner and manufacturer.

He was re-elected President of Halifax Chamber of Commerce [29th January 1902].

On 18th September 1873, he married Henrietta Stansfield at Halifax Parish Church.


Henrietta was the daughter of John Stansfield
 

Children:

  1. John Stansfield
  2. Henry [1884-1915] who was a worsted spinner [1912]
  3. Elizabeth Ann [1885-1937] who married George Eastwood Hinchliffe
  4. Hilda [1888-1971]

The family lived at

John William died at Cheadle Royal, Cheshire [26th March 1912].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £83,193 10/11d.

Probate was granted to his widow Henrietta, sons John Stansfield, and Henry

Smithies, Jonathan
[1813-1881] Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a worsted stuff manufacturer in partnership with his brother James Smithies, as Jonathan & James Smithies.

On 11th May 1843, Jonathan was charged with having robbed John Jennings of Allerton, on 12th January 1843. Jennings described how he was robbed


on the highway near his home by 3 tall men with blackened faces, of a purse, 3 sovereigns, a pocket book and 2 pawn tickets
 

but


circumstances came out in evidence tending to show that the charge was trumped up
 

and Jonathan was acquitted.

Later, he was a weaver at West Scholes

Smithies, Joseph
[17??-1???] He was a labourer.

He married Mary [17??-1???].

Children:

  1. John Smithies
  2. Joseph Smithies

Smithies, Joseph
[1820-1889] JP.

Son of Joseph Smithies.

Born in Elland.

He was an Alderman of the West Riding County Council / Chairman of the local board [1858-1870] / a woollen cloth manufacturer with J. & J. Smithies [1871].

He established Joseph Smithies & Son Limited at Albert Mills, Elland.

He owned Bank Bottom Mill, Elland and property in Westgate, Elland

On 31st March 1853, he married Elizabeth Hawkyard at Halifax Parish Church.


Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Hawkyard
 

Children:

  1. John William
  2. Samuel [1856-1932]
  3. Sarah Ann Hawkyard [1857-1911]
  4. Joseph Holroyd [1863-1895] who was a worsted spinner [1889]
  5. Mary Emma Kenyon [1867-1945] who married George Ramsbottom
  6. Ellen Elizabeth [b 1869]

The family lived at

Joseph died at South Promenade, Blackpool [27th August 1889].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £29,759 9/8d.

The will was proved by his widow Elizabeth and sons John William & Joseph Holroyd

Before there were local banks in Elland, Elizabeth collected the rates for the local authority and held these until she found time to take them to Halifax. Because there were no trams or trains, she would walk into Halifax, and despite the risks, she refused to have an escort.

When she died 11th March 1921 (aged 91), she was said to be Elland's oldest inhabitant.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £1,096.

Probate was granted to daughter Mary Emma Kenyon Ramsbottom

Smithies, Joseph
[1823-1885] Son of George Smithies.

Baptised at Illingworth [15th June 1823]. He was a Whig voter [1848] / a farmer of 11 acres at Upper Brockholes Farm, Ogden [1871, 1881].

He married Sarah.

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [1850-1920] who married Daniel Robinson
  2. Emma [1851-1902] who married John Chadwick
  3. Hannah [1854-1776]
  4. Margaret [1856-1927] who married Wright Eastwood
  5. Wright
  6. Mary [1861-1905] who married Gamaliel Eastwood
  7. Sarah Ann [1864-1929] who married Tom Wood
  8. George

Joseph died 6th January 1885 (aged 61).

Probate records show that he left personal effects valued at £1,212 18/10d.

Probate was granted to his widow

Sarah died 8th October 1909 (aged 82).

Members of the family are remembered at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Smithies, Joseph
[1832-1907] Born in Stainland.

He was a weaver [1854].

On 16th July 1854, he married Susan Hollas at Elland Parish Church.


Susan was the daughter of
Thomas Hollas
 

Children:

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

The children were all born in Stainland, and baptised at Ripponden

Smithies, Joseph
[1847-1???] Son of Henry Smithies.

Born 5th July 1847.

On 16th July 1870, he married Agnes Wharton.


Agnes came from Denholme
 

Children:

  1. Norman Wharton

Joseph died 8th May 1896 at Denholme

Smithies, Joseph Edward
[1854-1892] Son of John Smithies.

Born in Elland.

He was a worsted spinner [1884].

He lived at Marshall Hall, Elland [1892].

Joseph Edward died 28th October 1892.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £9,703 13/9d.

Probate was granted to William Henry Eastwood

Smithies, Lydia
[1841-1904] Daughter of Henry Smithies.

Born in Thornton [May 1841].

She was a drawer [1860] / a warper [1861].

In 1860, she married (1) Thomas Ingham at Bradford Cathedral.

Thomas died in 1885.

In 1889, Lydia married (2) Thomas Hutchinson

Thomas died in 1890.

Lydia was landlady of the Blue Ball Inn, Halifax [1901, 1904].

She is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1904

Smithies, Norman Wharton
[1893-1920] Son of Joseph Smithies.

Members of the family were buried at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

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

He died 2nd October 1920 (aged 27).

Smithies, Oliver
[1925-] Geneticist and Nobel Prize winner.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Copley Primary School and at Heath Grammar School [1936-1943].

He became an American citizen.

In 1980, he was co-pilot in a Cessna aircraft that broke records for crossing the Atlantic.

Prof Smithies is credited with the invention of gel electrophoresis [1955], and the simultaneous discovery, with Mario Capecchi, of the technique of homologous recombination of transgenic DNA with genomic DNA.

He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine [2007].

In July 2010, a blue plaque in his honour was unveiled at Copley Primary School

Smithies, Richard
[1849-1923] Son of butcher John Smithies.

He was a commercial clerk [1873] / a brewery cashier at St John's House, St John's Lane, Halifax [1891] / director & company secretary of Thomas Ramsden & Son Limited [1894, 1895].

On 27th March 1873, he married Martha Jane Charnock at Halifax Parish Church.


Martha Jane was the daughter of James Charnock
 

Children:

  1. James Charnock [1874-1952] who was an architect's apprentice [1891]
  2. Mary Alice [1875-1942]
  3. Clara [1877-1970]
  4. Jessie [1881-1968] who married Samuel Smithies Bentley
  5. Clement [1883-1957] who was an ironmonger [1911], a pensions clerk [1923]

The family lived at

  • St John's House, St John's Lane, Halifax [1891, 1894]
  • Heath Hall, Halifax [1911]
  • The Grove, Ovenden [1923]

In 1881, 1891, 1901, the children were living with their Charnock grandparents.

Martha Jane died 28th May 1921.

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £2,669 19/8d.

Probate was granted to her husband Richard and Samuel Smithies Bentley.

Richard died in Harrogate [17th June 1923].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £8,712 1/9d.

Probate was granted to son Clement.

Martha & Richard were buried at Illingworth Church: Martha Jane [31st May 1921]; Richard [21st June 1923]

Smithies, Thomas
[1813-1882] Of Upper Hall, Ovenden.

He married Harriet.

Children:

  1. Benjamin [1854-1867]

Benjamin is remembered at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Smithies, Thomas
[1840-1896] Born in Elland.

He played an heroic rôle in the assault of Sarah Ann Burrow & Martha Ann Burrow.

In December 1859

the young man whose conduct was so praiseworthy at the time of the shocking outrage

in response to a respectably-signed requisition, was presented with a watch – bearing a suitable inscription – and a Bible.

On 3rd June 1862, he (possibly) married Sarah Ann Burrow at Halifax Parish Church.


Question: Can anyone confirm that this Thomas is the same Isaac (Thomas) Smithies who married Sarah Ann?

The rest of this Entry relates to the husband of Sarah Ann

He is called Isaac or Thomas in different records.

 

He was a cloth finisher [1891] / landlord of the Rose & Crown, Elland [1891-1896].

Children:

  1. Lavinia Alexina / Alescina [1863-1879] who was disabled (spinal problem) 
  2. Herbert Edward [1865-1941] who was a dyer's labourer [1909]
  3. James Aspinall [1867-1931] who was a woollen miller [1891], an hotel manager [1896]
  4. Alfred [1870-1874]
  5. John Frederick [1872-1927]

The children were baptised at Elland Parish Church.

The family lived at Scar Head, Norland [1871].

Thomas died 30th March 1896.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £886 19/-.

Probate was granted to his widow Sarah Ann, his son James Aspinall Smithies, and John Hepworth (bank manager).

After his death, Sarah Ann took over as landlady of the Rose & Crown, Elland [until December 1896].

On 26th April 1898, Sarah Ann married William Robinson Hitchen [1825-1905] at Halifax Parish Church

Smithies, Valentine
[1780-1846] He was a Whig voter in the county election of 1841; a farmer & cattle dealer.

In 1810, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Jowett [1785-1861] in Bradford.


Betty was born in Ovenden
 

Children:

  1. John
  2. James
  3. Benjamin [1812-1882] who was a farmer at Soil Hill, Ovenden
  4. Jonathan
  5. Henry
  6. Richard [1816-1849] who was a of 33 New Market, Halifax
  7. William
  8. Elizabeth / Betty [b 1820] who married Joshua Robertshaw
  9. Thomas [b 1821] who was a worsted weaver at Little Hill, Thornton
  10. Charles [1823-1856] who was a butcher of Thornton
  11. Harriet [1826-1911] who was a power weaver (worsted) [1851] and married Joseph Haigh [1827-1906]
  12. Hannah [1828-1867] who was a power loom weaver (worsted) [1851] and never married
  13. Valentine

The family lived at

  • Bottomley Hall / Bottomley Holes, Bradford [1841]
  • West End Buildings, Bradford [1851]

In September 1834, Valentine was returning from Halifax market at a late hour when, between Ambler Thorn and Raggalds Inn, he was attacked by two men who made off with his pocket-book containing twelve £5 notes and two bills, one of £50 and the other of £46 7/-

He had in his pocket a purse containing 59 sovereigns which was overlooked.

He accused John Sutcliff, a Northowram butcher, with whom he had earlier been drinking at the Coach & Horses at Haley Hill, of being one of his assailants.

Sutcliff was brought before a magistrate but produced alibi evidence and was discharged.

In September 1838, Smithies applied for a liquor licence, but the application was rejected because his house was


not well adapted for a public house
 

Valentine was buried at Illingworth Church [26th July 1846].

His Epitaph includes the verse


All you that come to read this stone
Oh! Think how quickly I was gone.
A sudden change upon me fell,
I did not bid my friends farewell

Elizabeth died 3rd November 1861 (aged 77) 

Smithies, Valentine
[1830-1899] Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a groom [1851] / a butcher [1861] / butcher in Leeds / butcher at Manningham / a general carrier in Little Horton.

On 22nd September 1856, he married Esther Brear in Bradford

Smithies, William
[1818-1885] of Lower Headley, Thornton.

Son of Valentine Smithies.

He was a farmer and of grocer / farming 50 acres [1881]

Smithies, William Edward
[1851-19??] Born in Elland.

He was a chemist & druggist at Elland [from 1881].

In [Q1] 1874, he married Harriet Broadbent [1851-1???] in Halifax.


Harriet was born in Norland
 

Children:

  1. Martha Gertrude [b 1874]

The family lived at

Living with them [in 1881] was brother Clement Smithies [b  1865] (chemist's apprentice) 

Smithies, Wright
[1859-1938] Son of Joseph Smithies.

He was a milk dealer [1881] / a farmer [1885].

In [Q4] 1883, he married (1) Sarah Sunderland [1851-1907] in Halifax

In [Q3] 1915, he married (2) Sarah Ann Dewhirst [1868-1926] in Halifax They lived at

  • Upper Brockholes
  • Leeds [1907]
  • Shelf [1926]
  • 128 Keighley Road, Ogden [1938]

Sarah died 9th April 1907 (aged 56).

Sarah Ann died 6th October 1926 (aged 58) 

Wright died 17th January 1938 (aged 70) 

 

The Smithies family
Significant family of Elland / Barkisland area.

Some members of the family were involved in the worsted manufacturing business.

See Ellen Royd, Elland and Firth House, Barkisland

Smithies surname

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are over 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Smithies, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Smithies:


Baptism 1810; Marriages 1876, 1907; Death 1898
 




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