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Alexander, Arthur WilliamRef 316-305
Son of
Dr William Alexander.

He was a solicitor / partner in Craven, Rankin & Alexander / registrar of the West Riding County Court / District Registrar of H.M. Court of Justice / Registrar of the County Court of Yorkshire holden at Halifax [1891].

He never married.

He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1895.

See Raywood Micklethwaite Stansfeld

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Jeffrey Knowles

Alexander, Catharine AnneRef 316-304
Daughter of
Dr Gervase Alexander. She was unmarried

Alexander, Dr DisneyRef 316-280
Son of
Dr Robert Alexander.

He was

On the death of Dr Richard Richardson, he took over as honorary physician to the Dispensary and the West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield [?]. He succeeded doctor and phrenologist Sir William Ellis as Superintendent of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield [1831-1836].

On 8th August 1796, he married (1) Agnes, daughter of Edward Haigh.


  1. Disney [b 1799] who died young
  2. Harriet [1801-1888] who died unmarried
  3. Robert

On 18th July 1811, he married (2) Mary, daughter of William Edwards.

He wrote several works, including

  • A book of poetry Horæ Politicæ [1790]
  • A Treatise on Croup [1794]
  • A collection of 3 Methodist discourses entitled Christian Holiness [1799/1800]
  • Contributions to the Annals of Medicine [1801]
  • Reasons for Methodism [1796]
  • Reasons for Methodism in 2 letters [1799]
  • A book of poetry Horæ Poeticæ [1837]

They lived at Lupset Cottage, Wakefield

This & associated entries use material contributed by Carole Edwards Caruso

Alexander, Rev Disney LegardRef 316-291
Son of
Edward Nelson Alexander.

Born in Halifax.

He was a Clerk in Holy Orders of Monk Hessildon, Durham [1849] / Curate of Hesildon [1851] / Vicar of Ganton [1861].

In 1849, he married Juana Maria Barrow [1828-1866] at St James's Church, Paddington, London.

(Maria) / Juana Maria, of Paddington, was born in Spain, the daughter of John Barrow Esquire


  1. John B. [b 1850]
  2. Robert [b 1853]
  3. Ellen [b 1856]
  4. Edward Henry [b 1858]
  5. Henry [b 1861]

They lived at

  • Hutton Keney Hall, Monk Hessildon, Easington, Durham [1851]
  • The Vicarage, Ganton, Scarborough [1861]

Juana died in Scarborough in 1866 (aged 37).

Disney Legard died in Scarborough [25th February 1868].

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

His will was proved by John James Barrow, Esquire of Ringwood Hall near Chesterfield, Derby, and John Latimer, solicitor of Leeds

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Alexander, Sir DouglasRef 316-A722

Son of Harriet & Andrew Alexander [1832-1914].

Born in Hipperholme [July 1864].

His family lived at Binns Top, Southowram [1871].

In 1872, the family emigrated to Ontario, Canada, and settled in Hamilton.

He moved to New York City, where he became a secretary in the Singer Manufacturing Company, the sewing machine producer [1891].

He rose to become a member of the Board, vice-president, and president.

During World War I, the Singer factory in Britain produced munitions and in 1921, in recognition of the co-operation between the Company and the British government, he was created a baronet by George V for services to the welfare of industrial workers.

He died May 1949 (aged 85).

He was buried in the family vault at Hamilton, Ontario

Alexander, EdwardRef 316-283
Son of
John Alexander.

Of Dannetts Hall, Leicestershire.

On 15th January 1793, he married Ellen Waterhouse.

Ellen was the daughter of Samuel Waterhouse, and was Edward's cousin

They had no children

Alexander, Edward NelsonRef 316-290
2nd son of
Lewis Alexander.

Recorded as

On 14th August 1820, he married Harriet Legard [1801-1851].

Harriet was the daughter of Sir Thomas Legard of Ganton


  1. Disney Legard
  2. Charlotte Matilda [b 1822]
  3. Eliza Mary [1824-1867]
  4. Thomas Clinton
  5. Frances Catherine [b 182?]
  6. Henry Hamerton

They lived at

Alexander, EllenRef 316-302
Daughter of
Dr Gervase Alexander.

One of Anne Lister's acquaintances. In her journals [27th May 1821], Anne wrote of her fancies for the girl.

She married John Clarke Prescott

Alexander, F. N.Ref 316-150
Halifax Literary & Philosophical Society

Alexander, Dr GervaseRef 316-287

Third son of Dr Robert Alexander. Halifax doctor. He lived at Grove House, Halifax.

In 1802, he was a Captain of the Halifax Volunteer Corps of Infantry. He published a Translation of the Odes of Horace into English Verse.

On 26th August 1800, he married Helen Hudson.


  1. Gervase
  2. Ellen
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Frances [1807-1878] who married William Elill Hurst
  6. Catharine Anne

Around 1810, he rented Holly House, Halifax

Alexander, Dr GervaseRef 316-300

Eldest son of Gervase Alexander.

On 16th October 1838, he married Eliza Kirby from Sheffield.

He died at his home in the Haymarket, London

Alexander, Dr Gervase DisneyRef 316-307

Elder son of Dr Reginald Gervase Alexander.

Educated at Cambridge and St Thomas's Hospital.

In 1916, he became Gervase Disney Alexander de Cobham, Chevalier, 12th Baron Cobham.

He was unmarried

Alexander, Henry HamertonRef 316-296
Youngest son of
Edward Nelson Alexander. He served with the Army in India with Her Majesty's 64th Regiment of Foot. He returned to England with tuberculosis

Alexander, JeremiahRef 316-481
Son of Alex Alexander, gunsmith.

Born in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

He was a mechanic of Delf Lane [1850] / a spindle maker [1851] / a photographic artist [1859] / a photographer [1871] / a photographic artist [1881] / a retired artist [1891] / a photographer at 8 Horton Street, Halifax.

In August 1868, an advertisement stated that he has discovered a process of enamelling Cartes de Visite.

In 1850, he married (1) Mary Appleyard [1825-1858] at St Mark's Church, Woodhouse, Leeds.

Mary, of Mill Side, Leeds, was born in Leeds, the daughter of Joseph Appleyard, dyer

Child: Sarah A. [b 1852]

Mary died in Halifax in 1858.

On 24th June 1859, he married (2) Mary Ann Riley [1833-1887] at Lister Lane Chapel, Halifax.

Mary Ann was born in Halifax

Mary Ann died in Halifax in 1887 (aged 54).

In 1888, he married (3) Elizabeth Ashworth [1841-1???] in Halifax.

Elizabeth was born in Halifax

They lived at

  • 19 Grove Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 31 Union Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 10 Union Street South, Halifax [1881]
  • 13 Hawthorn Terrace, Halifax [1891]

Living with them [in 1851] were mother-in-law Sarah Appleyard [b Holbeck 1785] & brother-in-law William Appleyard [b 1830] (stuff dyer).

Living with them [in 1871, 1881] was nephew Albert Luther Riley.

Jeremiah Alexander died in Halifax in 1892 (aged 68) 

This & associated entries use material contributed by Alan Longbottom

Alexander, Dr JohnRef 316-139
Hope Hall, Halifax.

He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Bramley.

He died 24th August 1801.

An announcement of his death described him as

a gentleman greatly respected for his private virtues and professional skill

Question: Was he the man who built the Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd


Alexander, JohnRef 316-279
Eldest son of
Dr William Alexander.

Practised as a doctor in Halifax.

In 1762, he married Frances Hamer.

Frances was the daughter of James Hamer of Hamer Hall, Lancashire


  1. William
  2. Elizabeth [1766-1???] who married John Bramley
  3. Edward

He died 24th August 1801.

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church

Alexander, Captain JohnRef 316-299
Son of
Dr Robert Alexander.

Served in the Royal Navy. He was decorated for gallantry and wounds received off Toulouse.

He married Anna Maria Price [1787-1858]

Anna Maria was the daughter of Rev Price Vicar of Crewkerne, Somerset

Alexander, Dr JohnRef 316-301
Son of
Gervase Alexander.

He died unmarried

Alexander, LewisRef 316-288
4th son of
Dr Robert Alexander. He was a solicitor who practised in Halifax at Northgate [1816], with Edward Nelson at 4 Wade Street [1822, 1829], with Holden Hamerton, and partner in Alexander & Hammerton

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835].

On 2 September 1793, he married (1) Elizabeth Nelson, at Birstall.


  1. Robert
  2. Edward Nelson
  3. Sarah Maria [1801-1837] who married solicitor George Nelson Emmet
  4. Eliza [b 1804-1???] who married Holden Hammerton

In 1834, he married (2) Jane Moody.

They lived at Hopwood Hall [1837].

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church

Alexander, Mary IsabelRef 316-309
Daughter of
Reginald Gervase Alexander.

Born 11th January 1882.

In the 1939 Register, she is recorded as Isabel and her DOB as 11th January 1892.

She married (1) John Leslie Morton Shaw.

They lived at The Red House, Exeter.

Her husband died in 1925.

In [Q2] 1937, she married (1) John Bazley White They lived in The Hill House, Sevenoaks, Kent [1939].

In 1945, she was a beneficiary of the will of Arthur Selby McCrea

This & associated entries use material contributed by Andrew Ransom

Alexander, Captain NicholasRef 316-142
Son of
Dr Robert Alexander.

Served in the Royal Navy.

He died at Cheltenham

Alexander, Dr Reginald GervaseRef 316-306

Son of Dr William Alexander.

He was educated at Cambridge University and at Edinburgh University, a consultant physician [1891], Medical Officer at the Halifax Infirmary & Dispensary [1895], Doctor and consulting physician at the Bradford Infirmary [1905], Honorary Medical Officer at the Royal Halifax Infirmary [1905], a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, and an authority on phthisis

On 29th May 1879, he married Alicia Mary Greenwood [1807-1867].

Alicia Mary was the only daughter of John Greenwood


  1. Gervase Disney
  2. Mary Isabel
  3. Robert Disney Leith
  4. Muriel Helen [b 1887] who married John Edmund Burnet Thornely

They lived at

Living with them [in 1901] was brother-in-law Albert R. Greenwood [aged 45].

Alicia Mary died 30th December 1913.

Reginald Gervase died after a heart attack at his home, Blackwall Lodge, Halifax [1916].

The couple were buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery.

Arthur Selby McCrea was executor of both their wills.

See Baron Cobham

Alexander, Dr RichardRef 316-791
Of the
Alexander family.

He owned land at Spring Gardens, Sowerby Bridge

Alexander, Dr RobertRef 316-40
Son of
Dr William Alexander.

He was a Halifax surgeon and apothecary / a supporter of Horley Green Spa. He was one of the people who advanced money for the construction of Halifax New Market in 1790, and a trustee of the Halifax Market Company.

He lived at Hope Hall, Belvedere, Hipperholme and Hopwood Hall.

On 12th May 1768, he married Harriet Disney.


  1. Disney
  2. Robert
  3. Gervase
  4. Lewis
  5. Maria [1776-1822] who died unmarried
  6. Anne [1779-1822] who married [4th November 1805]  Walter Edward Hodgson, a London solicitor
  7. John
  8. Nicholas

He died at Hopwood Hall [1822].

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church

Alexander, RobertRef 316-77
Son of
Dr Robert Alexander.

He was a Lieutenant in the 49th Regiment.

He was unmarried.

He died and was buried at Port au Prince in the West Indies

Alexander, RobertRef 316-289

Son of Lewis Alexander. Barrister at Lincoln's Inn.

In 1829, he married Matilda Legard.

He was one of the founder members of the Halifax Literary & Philosophical Society.

He was one of the subscribers to John Horner's book Buildings in the Town & Parish of Halifax [1835]

Alexander, Robert Disney LeithRef 316-308
Son of
Reginald Gervase Alexander.

In 1933, he succeeded his brother Gervase Disney as 16th Baron Cobham.

In 1923, he married (1) Christina Jean Honeybone. They were divorced in 1934.

On 10th December, 1934, he married (2) Evelyn Sinclair Turnure

Alexander, Thomas ClintonRef 316-294
Son of
Edward Nelson Alexander. Emigrated to Australia

Alexander, Dr WilliamRef 316-278
Son of Dr Elias Alexander of York.

Halifax Surgeon.

In 1730, he married Elizabeth Allenson.


  1. John
  2. Anne [1734-1800] who married Samuel Waterhouse
  3. Robert
  4. William

They lived at Hope Hall.

They owned Clare Hall, and Hoyle House.

William wrote Plain and easy directions for the use of Harrogate Waters in 1773.

See Sally Simpson and Warley Grammar School

Alexander, WilliamRef 316-281
Son of
Dr William Alexander.

He trained in medicine, but died young and unmarried

Alexander, WilliamRef 316-285

Son of John Alexander.

Doctor. He was interested in botany.

On 5th July 1803, he married Harriet Pickford, fourth daughter of Sir Joseph Radcliffe, at Huddersfield.

They had no children.

He died 17th March 1808.

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church

Alexander, Dr WilliamRef 316-263

Well-known Halifax doctor.

Son of Dr Gervase Alexander. Like his grandfather, Dr Robert Alexander, he was a supporter of Horley Green Spa


The Alexander family of York & HalifaxRef 316-353
Local family of doctors and surgeons.

Members of the family lived at Hope Hall and Hopwood Hall

The family is discussed in the book Yorkshire Pedigrees


Alexander surnameRef 316-1
There are 32 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Alexander, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Alexander

Death 1906


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