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Dewhirst, ArthurRef 279-195
[1878-1918] He worked for Mackintosh's.

He married Unknown.

They lived at 94 Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax.

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

He died in Shelf Sanatorium [31st March 1918] (aged 40).

He was buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross with military honours.

He is remembered on the Memorial at John Mackintosh & Sons Limited

Dewhirst, CharlesRef 279-523
[1777-1???] Youngest child of Luke Dewhirst.

He was educated at Hoxton Academy in London, where he trained to be an Independent Minister

Dewhirst, CharlesRef 279-485
[1895-1917] Aka Charlie:

Son of Eliza (née Greenwood) & George Henry Dewhirst of Four Lane Ends, Midgley.

Born in Mytholmroyd.

He was a worsted weaver.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 8th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He died of wounds [28th May 1917] (aged 22).

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref XII B 29A].

He is remembered on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd, in the book Royd Regeneration, and on Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial

Dewhirst, DanRef 279-536
[1848-1925] Born in Halifax.

He was a machine fitter [1877].

In [Q4] 1877, he married Alice Jane Singleton Jones [1856-1938] in Halifax.

Alice Jane was born in Liverpool


  1. William [b 1879] who was a fish dresser
  2. Annie [b 1880]
  3. George Shoesmith
  4. Samuel Greg [1891-1960] who was a cabinet maker and joined the army Service Corps [19th Apr 1916] having been granted an Exemption from Combatant Service on Conscientious Grounds
  5. Ernest [1893-1944] who was a grocer's assistant

The family lived at 6 Alexander Street, Claremount [1911, 1916]

Dewhirst, DeardenRef 279-9

In [Q1] 1864, he married Ann Kitley [1842-1904] in Halifax.

They lived at 1 Southowram Bank, Halifax [1903]

Dearden died 14th July 1903 (aged 61) 

Ann died 8th June 1904 (aged 62) 

The couple were buried at St Thomas the Apostle, Claremount

Dewhirst, GeorgeRef 279-888
[1895-1915] Son of Mrs Phoebe Dewhirst of 100 Greaves Road, Lancaster.

Born in Halifax.

He lived at 35 Woodside View, Boothtown.

He died of shrapnel wounds to the head at Hill 60 [28th June 1915] (aged 20).

During World War I, he enlisted [September 1914], and he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was buried at Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery, Gloucestershire [Screen Wall 3 664], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Dewhirst, George FrederickRef 279-332

In [Q1] 1908, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Peckett in Halifax.


  1. Hilda [b 1911]

The family lived at 2 Back Dean Street, Pellon Lane.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 23rd April 1918 (aged 32).

He was buried at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref III E 33].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Dewhirst, George ShoesmithRef 279-534
[1889-1917] Son of Dan Dewhirst.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of the YMCA / a member of the Citizens' Guild of Help / a printer [boarding in Northampton 1911].

He lived at 6 Alexander Street, Claremount.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [26th October 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [5th January 1918].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 108-111], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Dewhirst, HarryRef 279-3
[1894-1917] Son of Willie Dewhirst.

He was a member of Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge & Sunday School / a sorter fustian [1911] / employed at the wholesale clothing works of Thomas Sutcliffe & Son Limited, Regent Works, Hangingroyd, Hebden Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He received shell wounds in the back [24th April 1917].

He died in a Dover hospital [9th June 1917] (aged 23).

He was buried at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge [4 20].

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Birchcliffe Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge

Dewhirst, HartleyRef 279-329
[1871-1949] Born in Halifax.

He was a twister [1916].

On 23rd December 1916, he married Annie Craven in Halifax.

Annie was the daughter of
Richard Craven


  1. Betty [b 1919]
  2. Margaret [28th May 1920] who died at birth

Annie died in Halifax [28th May 1920].

Hartley died in Pellon [9th September 1949]

Dewhirst, HenryRef 279-1040
[1833-1???] He was a farm labourer [1861] / an ag.lab [1871] / a silk draper [1878].

He married Harriot [1835-1???].

Harriot was a weaver of damask [1861]


  1. Walter Clarenden
  2. John William [b 1858] who was a worsted spinner [1871]
  3. Sarah A [b 1868]
  4. Ellen [b 1869]
  5. Charlie [b 1870]

The family lived at

  • 12 Bank Top, Southowram [1861]
  • Gate Cottage, Southowram [1871]

Dewhirst, Henry WilliamRef 279-856
[1895-1917] Son of William Henry Dewhirst.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was a member of Old Town Cricket Club / a member of Old Town Methodist Chapel, Wadsworth & choir / secretary of Old Town Methodist Sunday School / a cotton manufacturer's clerk with James Hoyle Limited at Acre Mill, Old Town [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [31st March 1916], and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [9th January 1917].

He died at a casualty clearing station from a shell wound [5th March 1917] (aged 21).

He was buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref VI B 35.]

He is remembered on Wadsworth War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Old Town Methodist Chapel, Wadsworth

Dewhirst, IsaacRef 279-305
[18??-18??] Worsted spinner at Halifax.

In 1854, he was declared bankrupt

Dewhirst, IsaacRef 279-373
[18??-19??] He was a worsted spinner in Elland / Chairman of Elland School Board [1891].

Of John Dewhirst & Company

He offered an apprenticeship to Albert Bailey.

He lived at Plains, Elland [1905]

Dewhirst, IsaacRef 279-208
[1829-1???] Born in Clayton.

He was bandmaster of the 4th Yorkshire West Riding Rifle Volunteers [1861].

He married Mary Ann [1829-1???].


  1. Joe [b 1853]

Son Joe, was also in the 4th Yorkshire West Riding Rifle Volunteers [1861].

The family lived at The Mount, Haley Hill [1861]

Dewhirst, IsaacRef 279-7
[1861-1934] Born in Norland.

He was a plumber [1911].

On 14th February 1891, he married Fanny Elizabeth George [1867-1945] at St George's Church, Sowerby.

Fanny Elizabeth was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. Maggie [1893-1967] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  3. Lewis

The family lived at 1 Spring Terrace, Norland [1911, 1917, 1934].

Isaac died 20th February 1934.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £221.

Probate was granted to his widow Fanny

Dewhirst, JamesRef 279-80
[18??-18??] Todmorden-born artist.

He and his brother, William, established the Vale Academy, Todmorden. Around 1861, he became a cotton manufacturer

Dewhirst, JamesRef 279-516
[1824-1869] Son of William Dewhirst.

In 1856, he married Maria [1839-1865], daughter of James Nuttall.


  1. child
  2. child
  3. child

In 1851, he was a teacher at Vale House, Todmorden with his sisters Marian, Jane and Betty.

In 1861, he was still at Vale House, and was an agent for the sale of cotton goods

Dewhirst, JamesRef 279-890
[1830-1???] Born in Millwood, Todmorden.

On 20th May 1851, left England and sailed to Boston. He finally settled in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

In 1856, his future wife left Todmorden to become his assistant. They subsequently married

Dewhirst, JohnRef 279-402
[1824-1906] Born in Ovenden.

He was manager of worsted carders [1851] / worsted spinner employing 45 men, 50 women, 81 boys & 109 girls [1871] / master worsted spinner employing 164 men, 106 boys, 89 women & 104 girls [1881] / worsted spinner (employer) [1901]. He established of John Dewhirst & Company.

In April 1844, he married Kitty Mitchell [1824-1891].

Kitty was born in Warley


  1. William [b 1845]
  2. Martha Ann [b 1848]
  3. Mitchell [b 1851]
  4. Hannah [b 1853]
  5. Eliza [b 1857]
  6. Louisa [b 1860]
  7. Emily [b 1861]

The family lived at

Living with them [in 1851] was a visitor Martha Mitchell.

He laid a stone for Elland Wesleyan Chapel.

He placed a large stained-glass window in the front of the new Elland Wesleyan Chapel in memory of his family

Dewhirst, Rev John BickertonRef 279-537
[17??-18??] A native of Cottingham. Minister at Northgate End Chapel for a few months [1797-1798]

Dewhirst, JonasRef 279-2
[1860-1914] His father was a yeoman farmer.

Born in Sowerby.

He was a member of King Cross Bowling Club / headmaster at Sowerby School [until 1884] / an egg & yeast importer (having taken over the business of a relative) / a coal merchant in Sowerby Bridge & Ripponden / a farmer in Sowerby & Barkisland.

He lived at 31 Milton Place, Halifax.

He died 17th January 1914 (aged 54).

He had been watching the Halifax versus Wigan match at Thrum Hall, and died soon after returning home.

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Cottonstones

Dewhirst, JosephRef 279-8
[1???-1???] He was landlord of the Green Hill Tavern, Halifax [1901].

He married Anne Eliza Laycock.

Anne Eliza was the daughter of Jonas Barker Laycock

Living with them [in 1911] were Anne Eliza's widowed mother Mary Jane [b 1853] and sister Lily [b 1882]

Dewhirst, LewisRef 279-6
[1895-1917] Son of Isaac Dewhirst.

Born in Norland [28th June 1895].

He was a plumber's apprentice [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted [February 1916], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was wounded and shellshocked at Bullecourt, France, and died in Boulogne Hospital [3rd May 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], and on Norland War Memorial

Dewhirst, LukeRef 279-521
[17??-1782] Of Brantom Farm, Sowerby.

He owned the farm and 3 other cottages.

He married Unknown.


  1. Richard
  2. Charles

He gave instructions that his estate was to be sold when his youngest child attained the age of 21. In the mean time, profits from his farm were to be used for his children's education.

He was buried at Heptonstall Church [25th May 1782]

Dewhirst, LukeRef 279-808
[18??-1???] A farmer of Soyland.

On 14th July 1877, Samuel Caleb stole a mare from Dewhirst.

Caleb was sentenced to 20 years' penal servitude

Dewhirst, RichardRef 279-522
[1754-1???] Eldest son of Luke Dewhirst. He was a schoolmaster

Dewhirst, RobertRef 279-491
[16??-16??] Aka Dewhurst. Curate at Cross Stone [1663-1665] and Curate at Luddenden [1666]

Dewhirst, SmithRef 279-5
[1851-19??] Son of Elizabeth & Thomas Dewhirst [1816-1???].

Born in Halifax.

He was a doffer in a worsted mill [1861] / a millwright [1871] / landlord of a beerhouse at Bank Bottom, Halifax [1891] / a millwright [1901] / an iron keeper [1911] / innkeeper of the Wellington, Halifax [1911].

He married (1) Unknown.


  1. Joseph [b 1880]
  2. Annie E. [b 1882]
  3. Mary [b 1884]

Smith was a widower by 1891.

In [Q4] 1906, he married (2) Fanny [1855-19??] in Halifax.

Fanny was the widow of Frederick Scholes who was landlord of the Wellington, Halifax [1904].

In 1911, Smith took over as innkeeper of the Wellington, Halifax.

The family lived at

  • Bank Bottom, Halifax [1891]
  • Hume Street, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1901] were aunt Eliza Rushworth [b 1852] and cousins Lily Rushworth [b 1885] & Florence Rushworth [b 1887].

Living with them [in 1911] was adopted daughter Maude Bradshaw [aged 20]

Dewhirst, TabithaRef 279-121
[1769-1855] Daughter of John Dewhirst.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [26th November 1769].

She married postmaster William Bagnold.

She succeeded her daughter Harriet as Halifax postmistress around 1812, and appears in the early 19th century trade directories in the Post Office at 10 Cheapside, Halifax. She retired in 1841 and was succeeded by her daughter Charlotte.

She was buried in Halifax Parish Church

Dewhirst, Walter ClarendenRef 279-845
[1856-1???] Son of Henry Dewhirst.

He was a worsted spinner [1871] / a waggoner of Southowram [1878] / a cart driver [1881] / an engine driver [1891] / beerhouse keeper at the Reindeer Inn, Halifax [1901] / publican at the Brewers' Cellar, Halifax [1905]

In 1878, he married Mary Brook [1850-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary, of Southowram, was the daughter of labourer Joseph Brook


  1. Lewis [b 1880] who was a worsted bobbin setter [1891] a house painter [1901, 1911]
  2. Janey [b 1884] who was a silk twister [1901] assisting in father's business [1911]
  3. Annie [b 1887] who was a cook domestic [1901]

The family lived at

  • 66 New Street, Southowram [1881]
  • New Street, Southowram [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was his brother John W. Dewhirst [aged 22] (cart driver).

The evidence seems to suggest that his wife Mary had an illegitimate daughter and he took her on as his own between 1881 and 1891

In 1872, Elizabeth Ellen Brook daughter of Mary and engine tenter Joseph Brook, of New Street, Southowram, was baptised at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

In 1881, Elizabeth. E Brook, [aged 8] was living with Mary's mother, Jane, in New Street, Southowram. She was recorded as being the daughter of Mary's mother

Living with them [in 1891] was daughter Elizabeth E. Dewhirst [aged 18] (silk drawer) 


Dewhirst, WilliamRef 279-514
[1790-1842] He was a teacher at Mytholmroyd School. Later, he became the first schoolmaster at Cross Stone and stayed for 11 years.

On 26th December 1816, he married Grace Stansfield [1793-1848].


  1. Mary or Marian
  2. Jane
  3. Betty
  4. William
  5. James

In 1841, the family was living at Cross Stone.

The announcement of his death in The Manchester Times & Gazette of 24th September 1842 said

He was a man of sound classical erudition, of considerable attainments in the mathematics, and eminently qualified as a preceptor of youth; and many who were his pupils can bear testimony to this mark of respect paid to his memory

Dewhirst, WilliamRef 279-164
[17??-18??] A cotton spinner of Shay Lane, Ovenden. He built Prospect Mill, Ovenden. In 1818, he was one of the founders of a Sunday School at Ovenden. He was a partner in W. & L. Dewhirst.

In 1825, he was an executor of Samuel Schorfield.

See West Yorkshire Railway Company

Dewhirst, WilliamRef 279-75
[18??-18??] Todmorden-born artist and lithographer

Dewhirst, WilliamRef 279-323
[18??-1915] Or Dewhurst.

Brother of Mrs Martha Widdup of 16 Derby Street, Millwood

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.

He died 13th May 1915.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 34], and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Dewhirst, WilliamRef 279-515
[1822-1869] Son of William Dewhirst

In 1848, he married Sarah Firth.


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

In 1851, they were living at Vale House, Todmorden. He was a schoolmaster.

He and his brother, James, established the Vale Academy, Todmorden.

He went into business with James Nuttall and established Nuttall & Dewhirst, cotton spinners and manufacturers

Dewhirst, William HenryRef 279-857
[1860-1902] Son of Henry Dewhirst, labourer.

Born in Wadsworth.

He was a weaver of Lane Side, Wadsworth [1895] / a cotton weaver [1901].

On 23rd March 1895, he married Mary Hannah Uttley [1871-1943] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Hannah, of Carrs, Wadsworth, was born in Wadsworth, the daughter of William Uttley, labourer.

She was widowed, and a winder (cotton) [1911]



  1. Henry William
  2. Dora [b 1898] who was a doffer in cotton mill [1911]
  3. Alice [b 1902]

The children were born in Hebden Bridge.

The family lived at

  • Burley Carr, Mytholmroyd [1901]
  • Lane Side, Wadsworth [1911, 1916]
  • 2 Walker Lane, Wadsworth [1917]

William Henry died Q4 1902 (aged 42) 

Dewhirst, WillieRef 279-4
[1864-19??] Son of Thomas Dewhirst, mason.

Born in Wadsworth.

He was a weaver of Hebden View, Wadsworth [1889] / a cotton weaver [1891, 1901, 1911].

In 1889, he married Hannah Maria Crabtree [1863-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Hannah Maria, of High Street, Heptonstall, was born in Heptonstall, the daughter of John Crabtree, plasterer.

She was a fustian finisher ready-made clothes [1911]



  1. John Thomas [b 1890] who was a lining cutter fustian [1911]
  2. Harry

The family lived at

  • Chiserley, Wadsworth [1891]
  • 5 Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge [1901]
  • 31 Sackville Street, Hebden Bridge [1911]

Dewhirst, WilsonRef 279-1035
[1868-1918] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of the Friendly Inn, Halifax [1905] / landlord of the Blue Ball, Triangle [1909, 1910]

Dewhirst, YoungRef 279-399
[1891-1915] Son of Mr & Mrs Dewhirst of 12 Derby Street, Millwood, Todmorden.

Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax, and served as a Private with the 6th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [23rd November 1915] (aged 24).

He was buried at White House Cemetery, St. Jean-les-Ypres, Belgium.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance


Dewhirst surnameRef 279-1
A local variant of the surname Dewhurst.

Another local variant is Dews.

John Dewhurste is recorded in Halifax in 1572

The name originated in Lancashire

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

Unattached BMDs for Dewhirst:

Marriages 1899, 1900, 1901, 1916, 1943; Deaths 1835, 1899

© Malcolm Bull 2019
Revised 10:58 /23rd April 2019 / mmd173 / 39924

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