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Highley, Albert EdwardRef 216-3804
[1878-1935] Son of Walter Highley.

He was a plumber (employer) [1911].

He established A. E. Highley & Sons

On 14th February 1903, he married Annie Lumb [1877-1948] of Sowerby, at Halifax.

Children:

  1. Amy Vera
  2. George Frederick [b 1909]
  3. Donald
  4. Dorothy

The family lived at 285 Warley Road, Halifax [1936]

Highley, AlfredRef 216-276
[1870-1921] Son of Joseph Highley.

Born in Cragg Vale.

He was a cotton operative [1881] / landlord of the Sportsman, Cragg Vale [1897-1906] / landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd [1907-1918].

In [Q4] 1892, he married Sarah Greenwood [1869-1919] in Halifax.


Sarah was born in Cragg Vale
 

Children:

  1. Priscilla [1895-1976] who married Arnold Grave

Highley, Alfred CooperRef 216-3799
[1834-1894] Son of John Highley.

He was a book keeper/accountant.

He moved to Bradford where he worked for John Simonett & Sons, Ivory Comb Manufacturers.

On 18th June 1861, he married Sarah Ann [1843-1897], daughter John Simonett at Bradford Cathedral

Highley, Arthur ThomasRef 216-10
[1899-1940] Born in Warley [8th April 1899].

He was the uncle of Arthur Thomas Highley and Fred Highley.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

He worked at Cote Hill Bobbin Works.

In [Q3] 1919, he married Alice Dover [1900-1964] in Bradford.


Alice was born 5th August 1900
 

Children:

  1. Lilian [b 1923]
  2. Harold [b 1924]
  3. Winifred [b 1926]

They lived at 17 Back Bedford Terrace, Halifax.

During World War II, he enlisted [January 1940] and served as a Private with the 75th Company Aux. Mil. Pioneer Corps.

He was lost [17th June 1940] (aged 41)  when the troopship HMS Lancastria was bombed and sank off St Nazaire, France with the loss of 2,899 of the 5,310 people aboard.

He was buried at Pornic War Cemetery, France [Grave Ref 2 A 5].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

Alice died 20th February 1964

Highley, Arthur ThomasRef 216-16
[19??-1???] Nephew of Arthur Thomas Highley.

In [Q4] 1928, he married Rose Smith in Halifax.

Children:

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

Highley, CharlesRef 216-14
[1839-1879] Of Halifax.

Born 16th September 1839.

He married Eleanora Atherton [1839-1922].


Eleanora was born 30th October 1839
 

Children:

  1. Frances Eleanora [26th February 1868-22nd December 1944]
  2. Charles Sydney [14th September 1869-29th May 1883]

Charles died 4th December 1879.

Eleanora died 25th June 1922

Members of the family were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Highley, Charles WilliamRef 216-567
[1889-1917] Son of John Highley.

Born in Walsden.

He was a cotton weaver [1911].

On 20th March 1915, he married Mary Carr [1891-19??] at St Peter's Church, Walsden.


Mary, of Walsden, was born in Burnley, the daughter of William Carr, card room worker.

She was cotton weaver for Fothergill & Harvey, cotton spinners & manufacturers, Sladen Wood Mills, Littleborough [1921]

 

Children:

  1. Miriam [b 1916]

They lived at 33 Rock Nook, Summit, Littleborough [1921].

The Todmorden & District News [29th September 1916] reported


Charles William Highley, aged 27, married with one child, of 33 Rock Nook, Summit, cotton weaver employed by Messrs Fothergill & Harvey, Sladen Mill, Littleborough, applied for an exemption to the draft.

Two of his brothers had been killed and a third was in hospital following the Dardanelles campaign.

Granted an exemption till the 30th of November 1916

 

He enlisted [January 1917] and served as a Private with the 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 22nd June 1917 (aged 28).

The Todmorden & District News [6th July 1917]


Private Charles Highley, East Lancashire Regiment (sic), was killed on the 22nd of June, aged 27.

He was in the choir at Lanebottom Wesleyan Chapel, a member of the Male Voice Choir and he assisted them at the winning of many of their trophies.

His mother lives at Throstle Street, Walsden. She has now lost three sons in the war. Her youngest son [Richard] is still serving. Attempts are being made to release him from military duties

 

The following week's Edition [20th July 1917] published his photograph

He was buried at Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref IV A 11].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, where there are 2 entries for him.

His brothers 3, John Henry, Ernest Jackson & Charles William also died in the War

Living with the widowed Mary & daughter Miriam [in 1921] was niece Alice Pinhay [b Burnley 1904] (cotton ring spinner for Fielden Brothers, Lumbutts Mill, Todmorden) 

Highley, EdwardRef 216-6
[1845-1910] Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted weaver [1881] / a Brussels carpet weaver [1891, 1901].

In 1876, he married Emily Caroline King [1853-1???] in Halifax.


Emily was born in New Catton, Norwich
 

Children:

  1. Willie
  2. Eliza Ann [b 1879] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a  dress maker [1901] & married Joseph William Squires
  3. Mary Hannah [b 1881] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a  sweets packer [1901] & married James Arthur Ogden
  4. James
  5. Albert Edward [b 1885] who was a driver for tobacconist  [1901], a barman (spirit vaults) [1911]
  6. Elizabeth [b 1887] who was a worsted spinner [1901], a  clothing machinist [1911] & married [Halifax 1914] Joe Stott
  7. Emily Caroline [b 1889]
  8. Henry [b 1891]

They lived at

  • 8 Mason Street, Northowram [1881, 1891]
  • 76 Portland Road, Halifax [1901]
  • 42 Woodside Avenue, Haley Hill, Halifax [when Willie was  head of the household 1911]

Edward died in Halifax [Q4 1910] (aged 65)  In 1911, the widowed Emily Caroline Highley (aged 58) was a charwoman, lodging in Stead Street, Halifax.

During World War I, the sons served:

  • James was missing presumed dead
  • Willie was missing since the 27th February 1916
  • Private Harry Highley was on active service in France  [1916]

Highley, Ernest JacksonRef 216-749
[1879-1916] Son of John Highley.

Born in Walsden.

He was a cotton mill labourer [1901] / a cotton warehouse man [1907] / a cotton weaver [1911] / employed at Friths Mill, Dulesgate.

On 14th February 1907, he married Harriet Ann Hellawell [1881-19??] at Lanebottom Wesleyan Methodist Church, Walsden.


Harriet Ann, of Walsden, was born in Triangle, the daughter of William Hellawell, cotton weaver
 

Children:

  1. Florence [b 1908] who was a cotton weaver for Caleb Hoyle, cotton manufacturer [1921]
  2. Edith [b 1910]
  3. Frank [b 1912]
  4. May [b 1915]

They lived at

  • 395 Edenfield Road, Rochdale [1911]
  • 12 Throstle Street, Walsden [1916, 1921]

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

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916].

The Todmorden & District News [28th July 1916] reported his death


Private Ernest Jackson Highley, Devonshires, was killed in action on the 1st of July.

He joined the Devonshires about twelve months ago, and was sent to France in December 1915.

One of his brothers John Henry, was killed at Armentières in November 1914. Another brother, Private Richard Highley, has been in France for nine months and has been invalided home to England suffering from neuritis.

His wife lived at Sun Wood, Walsden and they had four children.

His wife's younger brother, Private Ernest Hellawell, is in the 1st/4th West Riding Regiment. He has been in France seventeen months. He was gassed last Christmas

 

He was buried at Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz, France [Grave Ref A 8].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance.

His brothers John Henry, Ernest Jackson & Charles William also died in the War.

Highley, FredRef 216-3393
[18??-19??] Of Clay Bank House, Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Kate who married Norman Frederick Smagg Winter

Highley, FredRef 216-5100
[1866-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was hotel proprietor at the Union Cross Hotel, Halifax [1911].

In [Q1] 1892, he married Martha Elizabeth Turner [1872-1???] from Halifax, in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Kate [b 1894]

Highley, FredRef 216-11
[1921-1945] Nephew of Arthur Thomas Highley.

He was educated at Christ Church School, Pellon / employed by Churchill-Redman Limited / a Territorial.

He lived at 17 Albert Drive, Pellon.

During World War II, he served as a Bombardier with the 80th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.

He was taken POW by the Japanese, and liberated.

He was killed in an air crash at Nyaugangale, Burma flying from Bangkok to Rangoon, as he was on his way home [8th September 1945] (aged 24).

He is remembered on the Singapore Memorial [Grave Ref 8], and on the Memorial at Christ Church, Pellon

Highley, George HenryRef 216-1487
[1834-1878] Son of Henry Holt Highley.

He went into the family business, Henry Highley & Sons. He was a partner in T. R. Sutcliffe & Sons [1865].

He married Mary, daughter of Samuel Walker.

Children:

  1. Samuel
  2. George
  3. Frances Mary who married Richard Edgar Horsfall
  4. Leonard

They lived at Green Bank, Hipperholme [18??]

Highley, George ThomasRef 216-628
[1886-1915] Son of Joseph Highley.

He was an apprentice joiner wheelwright [1901] / a labourer in the hydraulic department of the Lancashire & Yorkshire  Railway Company [1915].

On 12th August 1915, he was killed at Kirkgate Station, Wakefield.

He was on his way to Goole with a group of other workmen. They changed at Wakefield, and, contrary to regulations, crossed the lines to go to the engine shed, where they intended having breakfast. A goods train was standing in the siding, and one of the party got safely through the waggons of the train, but while George Thomas was underneath, the train set in motion, and he was killed.

The Coroner's jury returned a verdict of Accidental death

Highley, George WalkerRef 216-2632
[1865-1923] Son of George Henry Highley, cousin of Henry Ashton Highley, and nephew of Walter Walker.

Born in Hipperholme.

He was a card clothing manufacturer [1901, 1911] / head of Watson Brothers [1923].

In [Q2] 1896, he married Bessie Constance at Ormskirk.


Bessie Constance was the daughter of Thomas James Walker, and widow of Henry Ashton Highley
 

Children:

  1. Margaret [b 1899]
  2. Roger Walker [1902-29th October 1935]
  3. Geoffrey [b 1909]

They lived at

George Walker died 12th May 1923 (aged 58).

Bessie Constance died 3rd September 1952 (aged 89).

Members of the family were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Highley, HarryRef 216-18
[1888-1961] Son of Thomas Highley.

Born in Halifax.

He was an iron moulder with J. Sagar & Company Limited at Canal Works, Halifax [1921].

In [Q3] 1915, he married Annie Stapp [1892-1965] in Halifax.


Annie was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Hilda [b 1918]
  2. Norris [1920-1925] who was buried at Lister Lane  Cemetery [Plot 2908] with his grandmother Elizabeth Highley

They lived at 2 Masonic Street, Halifax [1921].

A Harry Highley died Q3 1961 (aged 73).

An Annie Highley died Q4 1965 (aged 73) 

Highley, Henry AshtonRef 216-13
[1862-1890] Son of Thomas Sutcliffe Highley.

Born 9th June 1862.

He was a member of Halifax Conservative Association / a solicitor / Lieutenant in the 2nd West Riding Yorkshire Artillery Volunteers / managing editor of the Halifax Guardian (after the death of his  father-in-law Thomas James Walker) [1888] / public notary in Halifax [1889].

In [Q4] 1888, he married Bessie Constance Walker in Halifax.


Bessie Constance was the daughter of Thomas James Walker
 

They had no children.

He died at Bournemouth [29th April 1890] (aged 27) 

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with his brother William Highley.

In [Q2] 1896, Bessie Constance married (2) George Walker Highley


George Walker Highley was Henry Ashton Highley's cousin
 

Highley, Henry HoltRef 216-1489
[1809-1893] JP.

Son of James Highley.

He was a partner in Leyland & Highley [1845, 1849] / a card maker at Ward's End, Halifax [1849] / a partner in T. R. Sutcliffe & Sons [1865]. In 1858, he established Henry Highley & Sons.

He married Frances, daughter of Mr Sutcliffe.

Children:

  1. George Henry
  2. Thomas Sutcliffe

They lived at Clare Road, Halifax [1890].

He died at his home on Clare Road

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1893

Highley, Rev HerbertRef 216-2638
[1866-1944] Third son of Thomas Sutcliffe Highley.

Born in Halifax [24th August 1865].

He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge.

In the years 1898-1900, he played cricket for Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Championships.

On 14th November 1895, he married Katie, daughter of Joshua Wilson at St Matthew's, Rastrick

Highley, HoraceRef 216-350
[1891-1915] Son of Joseph Highley.

In October 1912, he married Emily Webster in Halifax.


Emily was the daughter of William Webster
 

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

He died of wounds in France [22nd December 1915].

The Halifax Courier [1st January 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II B 21A].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

After his death, Emily married James Edward Bradbury

Highley, JamesRef 216-2991
[1776-1849] Of Halifax.

He was a bailiff / a clerk / a writer / Assistant Overseer for Halifax / Vestry Clerk.

On 31st January 1802, he married Ellen (Ellin) Settle at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. William Frederick
  2. Mary [1804-1885]
  3. John
  4. Henry Holt
  5. Ellen [1812-1819]
  6. Sarah Ann [1815-1849]
  7. Samuel Matthew
  8. Ellen Robinson [1817-24th October 1877] who was buried  with her brother Samuel Matthew
  9. Ellen [1819-190?]
  10. Harriot [b 1821]
  11. Eliza [1824-1882]
  12. child

Highley, JamesRef 216-8
[1850-1910] Born in Halifax.

He was a brick maker [1881] / a labourer in brick yard [1891] / a general labourer [1901].

In 1875, he married Ann Burke [1845-1???].


Ann was born in County Mayo, Ireland
 

Children:

  1. Kate Elizabeth [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner [1891,  1901, 1911]
  2. John W. [b 1878] who was a labourer in brick yard [1891],  a bricksetter [1901]
  3. Sarah A. [1880-1881]
  4. James Joseph
  5. Walter [b 1890] who was a cotton spinning [1911]

The children were born in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 5 Womersley's Yard, Southowram [1881, 1891, 1901]
  • 3 Womersley's Passage, Southowram Bank [1911]
  • 3 Victoria Square, Haley Hill [1917]

Living with them [in 1881, 1891] were widowed mother-in-law Betsy / Bessy Burke [b 1817], brothers-in-lawJohn Burke [b 1837] (barer stone quarry), and Patrick Burke [b 1859] (bricklayer's labourer).

In 1901 only mother-in-law Betsy Burke was living with them

Highley, JamesRef 216-7
[1883-1916] Son of Edward Highley

Born in Halifax.

He was a brush maker [1901] / a painter's labourer (Halifax trams) [1911] / employed by Halifax Corporation Tramways.

He lived at 23 Wadsworth Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1915] and served as a Rifleman with the 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 15th September 1916.

The Halifax Courier [9th December 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 16B & 16C], and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother Willie also died in the War

Highley, James JosephRef 216-4
[1883-1917] Son of James Highley.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of St Marie's Catholic Church, Gibbet Street / a driver gas works [1901] / a cart driver [1911] / employed by Mr Jack Fell.

In 1904, he married either Margaret Ann Dawson or Margaret Ann Holmes in Halifax.

Child: John W. [b 1909].

They lived at

  • 8 Charlestown Road, Halifax [1911]
  • 25 Back Cross Street, Halifax [1917]

During World War I, he enlisted [1914] and served as a Private with the 1st/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was sent to France [November 1916].

He died 19th January 1917 (aged 34).

The Halifax Courier [27th January 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Berles New Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I C 1].

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

Highley, James RileyRef 216-3801
[1824-1875] Son of William Frederick Highley.

On 19th October 1854, he married his cousin Lucy Ann Highley in Halifax.


Lucy Ann was the daughter of John Highley
 

Children:

  1. Lucy Annie who died 17th May 1857 (aged 13 months)   
  2. Kate who died 1st August 1858 (aged 15 months)   
  3. son [1858] who died at birth
  4. Ada Elizabeth who died 23rd December 1850 (aged 5 months)   

His wife died 20th November 1860 (aged 24).

After her death, he spent some time in London before emigrating to New Zealand.

He died in New Zealand [1st February 1875].

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 362]

Highley, James SettleRef 216-2992
[1807-1891] Son of James Highley.

Born in Halifax.

He became an accountant. He was a law stationer at George Street, Halifax [1850].

In 1842, he married Meliora Seward [1811-1870] from Birmingham, in Halifax.


Meliora was born in Birmingham.

In 1841, Melina [Meliora?] Seward [aged 25], (milliner), not born in Yorkshire, was living with the family of John Hebden [aged 77], (coal agent), in Old Market, Halifax

 

Children:

  1. Jane Seward
  2. Philip [b 1847]
  3. Robert
  4. Harry [b 1852] who was a solicitor's general clerk [1871]

The family lived at

  • 2 George Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 3 Haugh Shaw Cottage, Haugh Shaw Terrace, Halifax [1861]
  • Brunswick Street, Halifax [1871]
  • Wensley Place, Ripon with his married daughter, Jane, [1881]

Highley, Jane SewardRef 216-3794
[1845-1???] Daughter of James Settle Highley.

In 1867, she married William Hall Child.

In 1870, after her husband's death, she married Frederick Mather King

Highley, JohnRef 216-3796
[1805-1889] Son of James Highley.

He was a builder and joiner employing 13 men [1850s] / in partnership with his brother Samuel Matthew Highley who was a  joiner.

He built many houses in the Skircoat area.

On 30th January 1833, he married (1) Sabina Cooper [1810-1843] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sabina was the daughter of Sabina (née Storey) & Isaac Cooper
 

Children:

  1. Alfred Cooper
  2. Lucy Ann
  3. Oliver [1838-1862]
  4. Sabina [1840-1920]
  5. Walter [1842-1842]

On 12th April 1848, he married (2) Caroline Shaw in Halifax.


Caroline was the daughter of Joel Shaw
 

Children:

  1. Kate [b 1849]
  2. Walter
  3. Frances Ellen [b 1852]
  4. John [b 1853]
  5. Charles [1858-26th December 1921]
  6. Louie [b 1861]
  7. Fred [b 1886]
  8. Blanche [1867-22nd February 1951]

Caroline died 22nd May 1908.

She and other members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3932] with Caroline's father

Highley, JohnRef 216-17
[1816-1866] He was a labourer.

In 1859, he married Caroline.


Caroline was the widow of
William Brooksbank
 

John died 31st October 1866 (aged 50)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2721]

Highley, JohnRef 216-347
[1835-1908] He was a wire drawer.

On 4th September 1859, he married Emma Holt in Halifax


Emma was the daughter of
John Holt
 

They had no children.

They adopted their niece Clara Holt when her father, Emma's brother Joshua died.

Emma died 28th April 1915

Highley, JohnRef 216-1053
[1852-1929] Born in Walsden.

He was a cotton weaver [1881, 1901, 1907, 1911] / a cotton weaver for Caleb Hoyle, Hollins Mill, Walsden [1921].

In [Q2] 1874, he married Mary Ann Bray [1853-1941] in Todmorden.


Mary Ann was born in Launceston, Cornwall
 

Children:

  1. John Henry
  2. Ernest Jackson
  3. Mary H. [b 1885] who was a cotton spinner (throstle)   [1901]
  4. Charles William
  5. Richard [b 1893] who was a cotton warehouseman  [1911].

    In July 1916, a newspaper item about the death of his  brother Ernest, reported that:

    Private  Richard Highley, has been in France for nine months and has been  invalided home to England suffering from neuritis

  6. Beatrice Annie [b 1897] who was a cotton spinner [1911] &  married John Fielden Barnes [b 1891]

Sons John Henry, Ernest Jackson and Charles William were killed in World War I.

They lived at

  • Throstle Terrace, Todmorden [1881]
  • 16 Throstle Street, Todmorden [1901, 1911]
  • 33 Rock Nook, Summit, Littleborough [1917]
  • 5 Edmund Street, Walsden [1921]

Living with them [in 1901] were James Grimshaw [b 1885] (cotton weaver/loomer) and Doctor Grimshaw [b 1888] (cotton reacher-in).

Living with them [in 1921] were daughter Beatrice Annie Barnes, her husband John Fielden Barnes (picker maker with T. & J. Walton, Stoneswood Picker Works, Bacup Road, Todmorden), and son Allan Barnes [b 1921]

Highley, JohnRef 216-5
[1853-1935] Son of Joseph Highley.

Born in Erringden [23rd September 1853].

He was a power loom weaver [1871] / landlord of the Spa Inn, Cragg Vale [1901, 1911].

In 1910, he paid annual rates of £15 5/- on the pub which was owned by Whitaker's.

On 9th August 1873, he married Agnes Redman [1855-1946] at St John's Church, Cragg Vale.


Agnes was born in Erringden [20th February 1855], the daughter of Susan [née Crabtree] & George Redman
 

Children:

  1. George William [1873-1951]
  2. Joseph [1876-1921]

John died at Castle Lodge [26th January 1935].

Agnes died at Victoria Terrace, Cragg Vale [19th June 1946].

Members of the family were buried at St John's Church, Cragg Vale

Highley, John HenryRef 216-205
[1877-1914] Son of John Highley

Born in Walsden.

He was a labourer [1900] / a chemical operative [1901] / a weaver for Fielden Brothers [1903] / a cotton weaver [1911].

On 14th April 1900, he married Grace Speak [1878-19??] at St Peter's Church, Walsden.


Grace, of Walsden, was the daughter of John Speak, weaver.

She was a cotton weaver [1901]

 

Children:

  1. Jesse [1901] who died in infancy
  2. Herbert [b 1910]
  3. Jack [b 1913]

The family lived at

  • 3 William Street, Walsden (John living alone) [1901]
  • 164 Knowlwood Road, Walsden (Grace & Jesse were  staying with Grace's family [1901]
  • Throstle Street, Walsden [1903]
  • 7 Rock Terrace, Todmorden (the family living with Grace's  widowed father) [1911]
  • 8 Quarry Buildings, Walsden [1914]
  • 7 Rock Terrace, Todmorden (living with Grace's father)   [1921]

In November 1903, John, married (wife: Grace), Todmorden, enlisted at Burnley for six years with the East Lancashire Regiment.

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

He died of wounds at Armentières [1st November 1914].

He was buried at the Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck [II I 36]

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter Friday [27th November 1914]


Private John Henry Highley died in France 1st November 1914.

He was a reservist and went to the front shortly after the outbreak of war

 

The Todmorden & District News [4th December 1914] published a photo of


Private John Henry Hiley, of 8 Quarry Buildings, Walsden, who was killed in action, aged 37. (Taken in summer 1913 on Blackpool sands) 
 

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [18th December 1914] published a


List of old boys of Lanebottom Council School who are on active service, including John Henry Highley, East Lancashires, killed
 

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [5th November 1915] published


In loving memory of John Henry Highley, 8 Lower Quarry Buildings, Walsden, who fell in action in France on November 1st 1914.

From his wife and two children

 

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

His brothers John Henry, Ernest Jackson & Charles William also died in the War.

On 12th May 1921, Grace & sons Herbert & Jack left Liverpool for Canada aboard the SS Melita

Highley, JonasRef 216-9
[1843-19??] Born at Dobby Hall, Halifax.

He was an iron moulder [1881, 1891, 1901].

He lived at 63 Steep Bank Side, Southowram [1881]

Living with him [in 1811] were Hannah Pickles and her son Joseph.

Jonas & Hannah married in Halifax [Q1 1884]

They lived at 23 Range Lane, Northowram [1891, 1901].

Living with them [in 1891] was nephew Fred Ashton [b 1883].

Hannah died between 1891 & 1901.

Living with the widowed Jonas [in 1901] were Joseph Pickles, his wife Clara and children Arthur, Lily [b 1896] & Mary A. [b 1900]

Highley, JosephRef 216-3
[1829-1904] Born in Halifax.

He was beerhouse keeper at Bank Bottom, Cragg Vale [1871] / beerhouse keeper at the Sportsman, Cragg Vale [1881, 1891].

On 7th June 1852, he married Eunice Wilcock [1831-1892] at Heptonstall Church.


Eunice was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. William Henry [1853-1923] who was a mill hand (fustian  cloth) [1871]
  2. John
  3. Mary Ann [1855-1930] a power loom weaver (worsted)   [1871], a cotton operative [1881] & married James Sunderland
  4. Hannah [1859-1885] who was a cotton operative [1881]
  5. Thomas [1861-1939] who was a cotton operative [1881]
  6. Emma [1863-1872] who was a cotton operative [1881]
  7. Clara [b 1866] who was a cotton operative [1881]
  8. Alfred
  9. Sarah Ellen [b 1872]

They lived at Four Gates End, Cragg Road [1904].

Living with them at the Sportsman [in 1881] was Joseph's mother Mary [b Ovenden 1797].

Joseph died 24th November 1904.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £534 2/4d.

Administration was granted to his son John

Highley, JosephRef 216-355
[1860-1???] Son of Thomas Highley, weaver.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton spinner of Lorne Street, Halifax [1881] / a dyer's labourer [1891] / a colour grinder (oil cloth works) [1901, 1911].

In [Q2] 1881, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Thomas [1862-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Charlotte Elizabeth, of 5 Swift's Road, Gibbet Lane, Halifax, was born in East End, London, the daughter of James Thomas, cigar maker
 

Children:

  1. Clara Adelaide [b 1881] who was a worsted rover [1901] &  married Harry Turner
  2. George Thomas
  3. James Wallace [b 1888] who was a worsted doffer [1901], a  machine fitter (carpet manufacturer) [1911]
  4. Horace

They lived at

  • 18 Lorne Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 18 Grove Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 18 Grove Street, Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1911]
  • Sowerby Bridge [1915]

Highley, JosephRef 216-2
[1877-1918] His family lived at 47 Seed Hill Row, Mixenden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 20th July 1918.

The Halifax Courier [17th August 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III C 5]

Highley, LeonardRef 216-3362
[1874-1917] Son of George Henry Highley.

He was a worsted coating manufacturer [1911] / a partner in Myers & Highley [until 1911].

Later, he was in partnership with Frederick George Wilson as Wilson & Highley, worsted spinners at Peel Mills, Bingley. The partnership was dissolved in October 1913

Highley, Lucy AnnRef 216-3800
[1836-1860] Daughter of John Highley.

She married her cousin James Riley Highley in Halifax.

She died just one month before their fourth child Ada Elizabeth died.

After Lucy Ann's death, her husband spent some time in London before emigrating to New Zealand where he died [1st February 1875]

Highley, ReubenRef 216-5800
[1805-1878] Known as Old Wraggs Son of Thomas Highley.

Born in Walsden.

He married Betty Hudson.

Children:

  1. Hannah
  2. Sally
  3. John
  4. James
  5. Mary

The family lived at Nicklety.

John Travis says

Reuben was a hand weaver in his youth, and then took to outdoor labouring before obtaining a permanent job for his uncles at Foulclough Coalpits. He was employed to mend and keep the road to the pits in good repair. He was not known for his intellect, but was a lively man, especially when on a spree. He would entertain everyone with a good rousing song

Highley, RobertRef 216-3242
[1850-1921] Son of James Settle Highley.

He was an accountant's clerk [1871] / a public accountant [1881].

In 1874, he married Eliza Pickup [1850-1???] in Pontefract.

Children:

  1. Meliora [b 1876]
  2. Daisy [b 1878] who married George Frederick Sugden

The family lived at

  • 1 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 28 Clifton Road, Skircoat [1891, 1901]

He died at 23 Savile Crescent, Halifax.

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [15th November 1921]

Highley, Samuel MatthewRef 216-3798
[1816-1877] Son of James Highley.

Born February 15th 1816.

He was a joiner / (possibly) in partnership with his brother John Highley

In [Q4] 1856, he married Monimia Hitchen Johnston [1819-1876] in Halifax.


Monimia was born April 15th 1819
 

Monimia died 31st March 1876.

Samuel Matthew died 24th October 1877.

They were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with Samuel's sister Ellen Robinson [1817-16th April 1912] who died in the Poor Law Hospital

Highley, Samuel WalkerRef 216-1277
[18??-1942] Son of George Henry Highley.

He was a partner in Walter Walker & Company.

In 1910, there was a court case in which he tried to stop Douglas, son of Walter Walker, being brought into the business. Samuel lost and the partnership was dissolved in 1913.

He established Samuel W. Highley & Company in the same year.

He died at Harrogate

Highley, ThomasRef 216-404
[1???-1???] Of Clifton.

He married the elder daughter of Stephen Ellis. Ellis disapproved of him

Highley, ThomasRef 216-2902
[1779-18??] Illegitimate son of Mary Highley [1762-1820] who went on to marry Samuel Scholfield a few years later.

He was brought up at Naze Farm, Walsden with his mother and stepfather, and his step-siblings.

He married Sally, daughter of John Haigh.

Children:

  1. Ann
  2. John
  3. Reuben
  4. Mary
  5. Haigh
  6. Jenny
  7. Betsy
  8. Esther
  9. James
  10. Joseph
  11. Sally

The couple were given the tenancy of her father's farm at Vicarage on Inchfield.


John also gave them a wedding present of 3 stirks to start them off.

Shortly after their marriage Sally and Thomas had a major row which resulted in Sally leaving home. She walked all the way across Inchfield Moor driving the 3 stirks in front of her, back to the old home at Pastureside and her parents. It was 3 days before her husband came looking for her, and when John started to chastise him for behaving badly towards his daughter, Thomas stood his ground and put his side of the story forward. John then sent Sally and her husband packing back to Vicarage with the 3 stirks.

She never ran away again and they raised a large family, later retiring to Nicklety

 

The couple farmed at Vicarage, then by 1841 they had moved to Castleton (Rochdale) where he was a farmer

Highley, ThomasRef 216-19
[1862-19??] Born in Warley.

He was a mechanic's labourer [1891, 1901].

In [Q1] 1886, he married Elizabeth Sunderland [1862-1946] in Halifax.


Elizabeth was born in Halifax, the daughter of
Henry Sunderland
 

Children:

  1. Harry
  2. Emma [b 1894]

They lived at 16 Raglan Street, Halifax (living with Elizabeth's widowed father) [1901].

Elizabeth died 14th January 1946 (aged 84)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2908]

Highley, Thomas SutcliffeRef 216-876
[1837-1896] JP.

Son of Henry Holt Highley.

He was a card maker [1861, 1870]. He went into the family business, Henry Highley & Sons.

On 7th August 1861, he married Esther Jane Stansfield.


Esther Jane, of Newton Grove, was the daughter of Ashton Stansfield
 

Children:

  1. Henry Ashton
  2. William
  3. Herbert
  4. (possibly) Bertram [b 1876] who was a card maker

They lived at

Thomas died at Ripon.

Members of the family are mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1896

Highley, WalterRef 216-3797
[1850-1930] Son of John Highley.

He was a plumber / a printer/compositor.

On 15th April 1875, he married Ellen Clarkson.

Children:

  1. Fred [b 1876]
  2. Albert Edward
  3. Charles H. [b 1880]
  4. Robert [b 1882]
  5. Ethel M. [b 1884]
  6. Walter [b 1886]
  7. Nelly [b 1888]
  8. Eunice [b 1890]

Highley, WilliamRef 216-15
[1830-1???] Son of William Frederick Highley.

In [Q1] 1854, he married Hannah Bentley in Halifax.


Hannah was born 16th May 1829, daughter of Samuel Bentley
 

Hannah died 16th August 1877, and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 362] with William's brother James Riley Highley

Highley, WilliamRef 216-20
[1847-1932] Born in Lancaster.

He was a chemist [1901] / a pharmaceutical chemist [1911] / a pharmacist [1921] / a retired pharmacist [1932].

He married Martha [1849-1922].


Martha was born in Halifax / Todmorden
 

Children:

  1. Herbert [b 1880] who was a chemist's assistant [1901]
  2. Mary Lord [b 1886] who was an assistant elementary  teacher [1911]
  3. Evina [b 1890]

They lived at

  • 54 Drake Street, Rochdale [1901]
  • 9 Kilner ..., Rochdale [1911]
  • 25 St Alban's Street, Rochdale [1921]
  • 54 Drake Street, Rochdale [1932]

Martha died 27th March 1922 (aged 73).

William died 18th June 1932 (aged 85).

The couple were buried at Lumbutts United Methodist Free Church

Highley, WilliamRef 216-1490
[1864-1899] Son of Thomas Sutcliffe Highley.

Born 15th July 1863.

He went into the family business, Henry Highley & Sons.

He married Jessie, daughter of James Ambler.

Children:

  1. Mabel [1892-1932] who married George Bertram Holdsworth

Jessie died 11th November 1898.

William died 11th October 1899.

The couple were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with William's brother Henry Ashton, Esther Jane Highley [1837-6th May 1902] and Clement Highley [1873-10th June 1900] who died at Sydney, N.S.W., Australia

Highley, William FrederickRef 216-1643
[1802-1857] Son of James Highley.

He succeeded his father as assistant Overseer and Vestry Clerk

On 5th June 1823, he married Mary Ann Riley at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary Ann was the daughter of Mary and James Riley
 

Children:

  1. James Riley
  2. Henry [b 1825]
  3. Frederick [b 1827]
  4. William
  5. Walter [1831-1833]
  6. Edwin [b 1833]
  7. Elizabeth [b 1835]
  8. Arthur [1837-1878]
  9. Mary Ann [b 1839]
  10. George Walter [1841-1842]

Highley, WillieRef 216-12
[1878-1917] Son of Edward Highley.

He was a worsted doffer [1891] / a Brussels carpet weaver [1901] / a carpet weaver [1911] / employed by Crossley's at Dean Clough [for 20 years] / employed at Holdsworth's [for 2 years].

He lived with his sister Elizabeth Stott at 30 Jubilee Road, Siddal.

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

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 7th February 1917.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother James also died in the War

Surname

Highley surnameRef 216-1
Another form of the surname is Hiley

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

George Redmonds writes that the name originated at High Lee, Luddenden.

There are various spellings. Hugh de Hilylee is recorded at Sowerby in 1331, Thomas Hilele is recorded at Sowerby in 1379, Thomas de Hylegh is recorded at Sowerby, Richard de Hylelegh is recorded at Clifton in 1391, Thomas Hyleleghe is recorded at Sowerby in 1456, Edward Hylelee is recorded at Sowerby in 1538 and Edward Hiley is recorded at Luddenden in 1642.

Branches of the family moved to Highley Hall, Clifton around 1390

There are 50 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Highley, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.


Unattached BMDs for Highley

Marriages 1884, 1912

 



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