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Balmforth, AlbertRef 263-301
[1885-1967] He was a joiner [1926].

In [Q3] 1912, he married Ethel Kitchen in Halifax.


Ethel was the daughter of
Cooper Kitchen
 

Balmforth, AlfredRef 263-344
[1855-1913] Son of Thomas Balmforth, contractor.

Born in Elland.

He was a contractor of Elland [1878] / a mason [1881] / a mason (stone) [1891, 1901] / a mason [1911].

In 1878, he married Annie Lee [1856-1915] at Halifax Parish Church.


Annie, of Northowram, was born in Beverley / Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, the daughter of Thomas Lee, car driver
 

Children:

  1. Thomas

They lived at

  • 31 Brickfield, Ovenden [1881]
  • 34 Skircoat Green, Halifax [1891]
  • 2 Pulman's Place, Skircoat, Halifax [1901]
  • 17 Ivy Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1891, 1901, 1911] was niece Lily Gertrude Lee [b 1891].

Alfred died at home [3rd March 1913].

Annie died at 1 Back Lord Street, Halifax [16th May 1915].

The couple were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Balmforth, CharlesRef 263-3539
[1818-1868] Son of Sarah & John Balmforth.

He was a labourer.

On 14th October 1844, he married Mary Bromley [1797-1855] in Halifax.


Mary was the daughter of
Charles Bromley
 

Children:

  1. Elizabeth [b 1852] who married [1st December 1884] Claude Dillon [b 1855]

They lived at 10 Cotton Street, Northowram 1861

Balmforth, ChristopherRef 263-17
[1869-1941] (Possibly) son of Christopher Balmforth.

Born 4th December 1869.

He was a timber yard labourer [1901] / a general labourer [1911] / a railway goods porter [1926] / a retired railway porter [1939].

In 1893, he married Elizabeth Flitcroft in Chorlton, Manchester.


Elizabeth was born in Manchester
 

Children:

  1. Christopher William
  2. Joseph Edward [b 1897] who appears in the UK British Army  records [1914]
  3. Irving [b 12th September 1899; d 1900]
  4. Ada [b 1898]
  5. Sidney
  6. William [b 10th March 1908]

They lived at

  • 2 Swan Bank, Caddyfield, Halifax [1901]
  • 5 Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax [1911]
  • 307 Ovenden Way, Halifax (the widowed Christopher living  with son Sidney) [1939]

Christopher died 24th March 1941 (aged 71) 

Balmforth, ChristopherRef 263-2676
[1816-1869] Son of William Balmforth.

He went to live in America.

His brother, Ralph, followed him to America.

He married Elizabeth White.

He died in Rome, Italy

It is said that Elizabeth was somewhat eccentric and confused her husband's estate with her own, with the result that his will was only settled in 1913. Of the $75,000 which Christopher left, the estate was worth then $27,522.68 – from which the administrators took $13,741.01. The balance was distributed to 44 beneficiaries by Jubb, Booth & Helliwell of Halifax.

Balmforth Avenue in Danbury, Connecticut is named for the couple

Balmforth, ChristopherRef 263-2680
[1839-1903] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen cloth finisher [1861] / a cloth finisher in Elland [1863].

He worked at his grandfather's Marshall Hall Mills.

He was injured in the boiler explosion at the mill on 16th November 1854, and was a witness at the Inquest into the explosion.

On 30th June 1863, he married (1) Maria Jackson [1836-1925] at Halifax Parish Church.


Maria, of Elland, was born in Nettleton, Lincolnshire, the daughter of John Jackson, joiner.

She was housekeeper for William Howarth, a boiler maker living at Alfred Street, Halifax [1901]

 

Children:

  1. Ada [1862-1927]
  2. Joseph Edward [1864-1939]
  3. Sarah Wilks [1867-1921]
  4. Christopher [1869-1941] = (possibly) Christopher Balmforth
  5. Sarah [b 1871]

In 1870, he went to live in America.

In 1871, he married (2) Mary Dicken in Laurence, Massachusetts.

In 1871, Maria and her children Joseph, Christopher & Sarah (aged 3 months), were living with mother-in-law Mary Balmforth at 27 Colbeck Street, Halifax.


The fact that Maria, his first wife, was still alive, implies that his second marriage was bigamous
 

Maria and her children were living at 9 Highroad Well Square, Gibbet Street, Halifax [1881].

Christopher died in Tewkesbury, Massachusetts in 1903.

Maria died 6th July 1925 (aged 86) 

Balmforth, Christopher WilliamRef 263-492
[1894-1918] (Possibly) son of Christopher Balmforth

Born in Manchester.

He was a member of Halifax Parish Church / employed by Halifax Corporation Cleansing Department (Goux Dept).

He lived at 8 Sun Fold, South Parade, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1914], and served as a Sergeant with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed by shell fire at the Battle of the Marne [20th July 1918] (aged 24). The Halifax Courier [17th August 1918] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III C 4].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Balmforth, ClarenceRef 263-8
[1834-1898] Son of Oscar Henry Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a warehouseman in Huddersfield [1853] / declared bankrupt in Liverpool [1862].

On 17th June 1853, he married Martha Bowes Wormald [1833-1???] in Huddersfield.


Martha was the daughter of James Wormald
 

Children:

  1. William [b 1854]
  2. James [b 1855]

They lived at 95 Blandford Street, Liverpool [1871]

Clarence died at Billericay, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA [14th February 1898]

Balmforth, DerrickRef 263-972
[1924-1943] Son of Ethel R. & Arthur Edward Balmforth of Holywell Green.

During World War II, he served as a Driver with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.

He died 11th July 1943 (aged 19).

He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Stainland [212 New]

Balmforth, DysonRef 263-13
[1876-1967] Son of Manassah Balmforth.

Born in Rastrick [9th December 1876].

He was a commercial traveller [1911].

In [Q3] 1901, he married (1) Ada Elizabeth Gledhill [1871-1932] in Halifax.


Ada was born in Greetland
 

They had no children.

Ada died in Halifax [Q1 1932] (aged 61).

On 22nd January 1933, he married (2) Ethel Craven at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

The family lived at 40 Green Lane, Greetland [1911].

Dyson died at Southport [Q4 1967] (aged 90) 

Balmforth, EliRef 263-1782
[1856-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a warehouseman of Halifax [1876] / a warehouseman [1881] / a publican (possibly) at the Green Hill Tavern, Halifax [1891]  / landlord of the Dusty Miller, Halifax [1901, 1905] / out of work (late publican) [1911].

In 1876, he married Emily Haigh [1857-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


Emily, of Halifax, was born in Banugh, Yorkshire, the daughter of William Haigh, miner
 

Children:

  1. Ernest [b 1877] who was a drapery assistant [1891]
  2. Charles / Charlie [b 1879] who was a wire drawer  [1901]
  3. Elizabeth Ann [b 1880]
  4. Harry
  5. Julia Gertrude [b 1887]
  6. Florence [b 1889] who was a tailoress [1911]
  7. Samuel [b 1891] who was a farm labourer [1911]
  8. Annie [b 1893] who was a tailoress [1911]

They lived at

  • 1 Kings Court, Halifax [1881]
  • 100 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1891]
  • 84 Pellon Lane, Halifax [1901]
  • 4 Dam Head, Shibden near Halifax [1911]

Balmforth, EphraimRef 263-4
[1805-18??] Son of Elizabeth & John Balmforth.

Born in Ovenden [29th July 1805].

He was a spinner / an engineer / a carder / a woollen spinner [1841, 1851, 1861].

Around 1840, he married Harriet [1812-18??].


Harriet was born in Elland
 

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1826] who married [7th February 1846] Joseph  Mitchell [b 1825] (weaver of Ovenden), son of Samuel  Mitchell, (cloth finisher) 
  2. John [b 1831]
  3. Mary [b 1833]
  4. Martha [b 1838]
  5. William [b 1840] who was a woollen slubber  [1861]
  6. Daniel [10th January 1847-1851] who was buried at Elland Parish Church [1st June 1851]
  7. George
  8. Rebecca [b 1843] who was a feeder in woollen factory  [1861, 1871], married Mr Mitchell, & had a son John W.  [b 1866]
  9. James [b 1844] who was a woollen slubber [1861]
  10. George [b 1850] who was a woollen slubber [1871]
  11. Manassah
  12. Emily [b 1855] who was a woollen weaver (power loom)   [1871]

They lived at

  • Elland Lane, Elland [1841, 1851]
  • 44 East Gate, Elland-cum-Greetland [1861]
  • Elland Lane, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871, 1881]

Ephraim died between 1861 & 1871.

An Ephraim Balmforth died in Halifax [Q3 1864].

Living with them [in 1871] were daughter Rebecca & grandson John W. Mitchell [b 1866].

Living with Harriet [in 1881] were son George (31) and grandchildren John W. Mitchell [b 1866] & Clara Balmforth [b 1876]

Balmforth, FredRef 263-3
[1871-19??] Son of John Balmforth, greengrocer.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a boiler maker of Holden Street, Halifax [1894] / a boiler maker [1901] / publican at the Weston Hotel, 2 Landsdowne Place, Halifax  [1911].

In 1894, he married Mary Ann Dunn [1874-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary Ann – (Polly) - of Wadsworth Street, Halifax. was born in Bradford.

Her father is not recorded on the marriage record

 

Children:

  1. Thomas
  2. Julia [b 1899] who was a part time worsted doffer [1911]
  3. Ivy [b 1902]
  4. Clara [b 1905]

They lived at 11 Arnold Street, Halifax [1901]

Balmforth, Fred SharpRef 263-5
[1868-1936] Landlord of the Granby, Queenshead (taking over from his stepfather Jonas Sharp Binns) [1896-1903]

Balmforth, GeorgeRef 263-12
[1849-1???] Son of Ephraim Balmforth.

Born 11th September 1849.

He was woollen fettler in Elland [1878]

On 12th May 1878, he married Jane Noble [1845-1???].


Jane, of Elland, was the daughter of John Noble, stone miner
 

Balmforth, GeorgeRef 263-1191
[1860-1927] Born in Elland.

He was an iron dresser [1901, 1911].

In 1892, he married Elizabeth Gledhill [1863-1950] in Halifax.


Elizabeth was born in Barkisland.

She was a cotton reeler [1901, 1911]

 

Children:

  1. Louisa [b 1891]
  2. George
  3. Thomas A. [b 1903]

They lived at

  • 6 Blackley, Elland [1901]
  • 18 Cross Lane, Blackley, Elland / 18 The Cross, Blackley, Elland  [1911]

In 1911, George (senior) was living alone at 15 Dysons Yard, New Street, Elland

Balmforth, GeorgeRef 263-1196
[1893-1916] Son of George Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a cotton piecer [1911].

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

He accidentally drowned after being caught in weeds in the River Ancre [19th July 1916] (aged 22).

He was buried at Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille, France [Grave Ref X C 8].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on Elland War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Blackley Particular Baptist Church

Balmforth, George BealRef 263-260
[1846-1885] Son of John Balmforth.

He was a card manufacturer.

In [Q4] 1875, he married Mary Jane Walton [1847-1922] in Halifax.

They lived at 3 Aked's Road, Halifax [1881, 1885].

He died 18th March 1885.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £2,650 12/4d [resworn £3,250 1/7d].

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1056] with his parents.

Administration was granted to his widow Mary Jane.

In 1889, Mary Jane married Clayton Schofield.

Balmforth, George HealeyRef 263-963
[1911-1944] Son of Emma & John Willie Balmforth of Horton Bank Top, Bradford.

He married Elsie.

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

27 Vehicle Repair Depot

He died 6th June 1944 (aged 33).

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury [Vault WX 24]

Balmforth, HarryRef 263-1299
[1882-1917] Son of Eli Balmforth.

He was a tailor in Halifax [1901] / a tailor living at 19A Hanson Lane [1910] / a tailor (own account) in King Cross Lane, Halifax [1911].

In 1910, he married Elizabeth Raby at St Augustine's Church, Pellon.


Elizabeth, of 18 Cherry Street, was the daughter of William Raby, weaver

She was a tailor's machinist [1911]

 

They lived at

  • 18 Cherry Street, Halifax [with Elizabeth's parents 1911]
  • 11 Lord Street, Halifax

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1916], and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

He died of meningitis in hospital at Boulogne [5th May 1917] (aged 35).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [12th May 1917].

He was buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II J 16A].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Balmforth, JoeRef 263-965
[1886-1918] Son of Hannah & Thomas Balmforth.

Born at Queensbury.

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

He died 29th December 1918 (aged 32).

He was buried at Church of the Holy Trinity, Queensbury [E 26]

Balmforth, JohnRef 263-155
[1800-1869] Born in Southowram.

He was a cotton card maker employing 6 men [1851] / a cotton card maker employing 3 men & 3 boys [1861].

On 23rd January 1834, he married Margaret Holt [1806-1875] at Heptonstall Church.

Children:

  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. John Holt
  5. Benjamin Mallinson [1844-1861]
  6. George Beal [1846-1885]

They lived at 2 Aked's Road, Halifax [1851].

The children () were buried at Saint Matthew's Church, Lightcliffe.

John died 11th September 1869 (aged 70).

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

The will was proved by his widow Margaret, son George Beal, and Henry John Philbrick (solicitor).

Margaret died 1st April 1875 (aged 70).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1056]

Balmforth, JohnRef 263-4690
[1818-1858] Card maker in Halifax.

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Mary Ann [1839-1848]

The family lived at Aked's Road, Halifax [1848]

Balmforth, John HoltRef 263-19
[1841-1889] Son of John Balmforth.

Born in Northowram [21st April 1841].

He was a card manufacturer [1881].

In [Q4] 1873, he married Emily Crossley [1847-1899] in Halifax.


Emily was born in Halifax [5th May 1847]
 

Children:

  1. George Holt [1874-1879]
  2. Thomas Crossley [1875-1905]
  3. Margaret Ann [b 1878]

The family lived at 8 Rothery Street, Halifax [1881].

John Holt died 8th January 1889.

Emily died 9th October 1889.

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1056] with John's parents

Balmforth, John WilliamRef 263-1064
[1882-1918] Son of Manassah Balmforth.

Born 26th April 1882.

In 1910, he married Eliza Luty [1885-1976] in Halifax.


Eliza was born, and died, in Greetland
 

They lived at 76A Onecliffe Terrace, West Vale [1918]. During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster).

He died 8th July 1918 (aged 37).

He was buried at Houchin British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II E 32]

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Balmforth, JosephRef 263-2678
[1819-1854] Son of William Balmforth of Elland Lane, Elland.

Baptised 30th May 1819.

He was a woollen feeder & teazer [1851] / a teazer at Marshall Hall Mill, Elland [1854].

Joseph was one of 4 people killed in a boiler explosion at the Mill on 16th November 1854.

After the other victims had been accounted for, Joseph did not answer the roll call. His body was found near the seat of the boiler and a considerable portion of the chimney had fallen upon him.

He was buried at Elland Parish Church (in the family plot)  [18th November 1854]

Balmforth, JosephRef 263-16
[1821-1862] Landlord of the Calder & Hebble, Salterhebble [1861].

He married Ellen.

Children:

  1. Ralph [1852-1860] who was buried with his father

Joseph died 20th August 1862 (aged 41).

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Balmforth, JosephRef 263-2
[1856-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Ann Balmforth.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [11th September 1856]

Balmforth, ManassahRef 263-1065
[1851-1911] Son of Ephraim Balmforth.

Born in Elland [August 1851].

He was a woollen slubber [1871] / a woollen fettler of Elland [1875] / a wool warehouseman [1881, 1891].

On 21st March 1875, he married Hannah Saville [1852-1919] at Halifax Parish Church.


Hannah, of Greetland, was the daughter of William Saville, wool sorter
 

Children:

  1. Dyson
  2. Ernest [b 1879]
  3. John William
  4. Irvine [b 1886]

The family lived at Hollins Row, Greetland [1881, 1891].

Manassah died in Blackpool [August 1911] (aged 60).

Hannah died in Greetland [December 1919]

The couple were buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland Manassah [16th August 1911]

Balmforth, ManassehRef 263-276
[1866-19??] Born in Cleckheaton.

He was a labourer for the District Council [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1890, he married Sarah Ann Whiteley [1855-19??] in Bradford.


Sarah Ann was born in Wyke
 

Children:

  1. Esther Ann [b 1893] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  2. William
  3. Ethel [b 1895] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  4. Edith [b 1896] who was a cotton spinner [1911]
  5. Mary [b 1898]

They lived at

  • Moorcock, Sowerby [1901]
  • Cotton Stones, Triangle

Balmforth, Oscar HenryRef 263-15
[1868-1933] Known as Henry.

Son of Oscar Henry Balmforth.

Born 15th October 1868.

He was a maltster's labourer [1901] / a foreman maltster [1925] / a maltster [1911].

He married Harriet [1871-19??].

Children:

  1. Nellie [b 1897]
  2. Doris [b 1900] who married [10th October 1925] married  John Whitehead Pearson [b 1902] of 68 St Stephen's Street,  Copley (foundry labourer), son of Edward Jewitt Pearson  (engine driver) 
  3. Christopher [b 1904] who was a maltster [1926] & married  [22nd February 1926] Mary Ann Glover [b 1903] of Highfield  Avenue, Bailiff Bridge, daughter of Henry Glover (carpet  weaver) 
  4. Hilda [b 1906] who was a winder [1934] & married [10th  November 1934] George William Binns [b 1906] (floor-man of  Collins Fold, Clifton), son of George William Binns  (farm labourer) 
  5. Elsie [b 1908]

They lived at 14 Wakefield Road, Brighouse [1911, 1926, 1934].

Oscar Henry died in 1933 (aged 64) 

Balmforth, Oscar HenryRef 263-2675
[1808-1882] Known as Henry

Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland [6th February 1808].

He was helping his father run the family business at Marshall Hall Mills, Elland / a manufacturer Of Elland [1832] / a cloth manufacturer [1841] / a worsted manufacturer [1851] / a manufacturer employing 17 men & 20 females [1861] / a farmer of 40 acres employing 2 men [1861] / a farmer & woollen cloth manufacturer [1871].

On 20th September 1832, he married Elizabeth Sheeran.


Elizabeth was the daughter of John Sheeran
 

Children:

  1. John Benjamin [1832-1833]
  2. Clarence
  3. Oscar Henry
  4. Wilks
  5. twins John [17th December 1838-1894] who was living with  his twin sister Lydia & her husband William B. Hague in  Derbyshire [1871]
  6. Lydia [17th December 1838-1909] who married [12th June  1865] William Butler Hague [1841-1???] (agent), son of  Samuel Hague
  7. Alice [10th April 1840-1907] who was a seamstress [1861],  & married [16th November 1862] Joseph Firth
  8. Frances [b 1st December 1841] who was a seamstress [1861]  & married John Firth
  9. Elizabeth Ann [4th August 1843-April 1858] who was buried  at Elland Parish Church [14th April 1858]
  10. Frederick [24th February 1845-November 1857] who was  buried at Elland Parish Church [12th November 1857]
  11. Lucy [b 12th November 1847] who married Thomas Edward Crowther
  12. Thomas
  13. Amy [7th February 1851-1939] who was living with her  sister Frances and her husband John Firth [1881] &  married [4th February 1882] John Bentley [b 1863] (delver of  New North Road, Rastrick), son of Joseph Bentley (stone  merchant) 
  14. Jessie Sarah [b 26th July 1853] who married [4th August  1884] John Barraclough [b 1855] (corn merchant of Shelf), son  of Joseph Barraclough (corn merchant) 
  15. James [1855-1855]

The family lived at

  • Westbury House, Elland Lane, Elland [1841]
  • Elland Lane, Elland [1851]
  • 33 Oliver Hall, Elland [1861]
  • Old Earth Road, Elland [1871]

Oscar Henry died December 1882 (aged 74).

He was buried at Elland Parish Church [22nd December 1882]

Balmforth, Oscar HenryRef 263-11
[1835-1891] Son of Oscar Henry Balmforth.

Born [20th December 1835]

He was a woollen cloth finisher [1861] / a cloth finisher of Elland [1863] / a maltster [1871, 1881, 1891].

On 15th January 1863, he married Mary Williams [1840-1???].


Mary, of Elland, was born in Bicton, Shropshire, the daughter of John Williams, innkeeper
 

Children:

  1. Emma [b 20th February 1865]
  2. Oscar Henry
  3. Lucy [b 24th May 1871]
  4. Frederick [bapt 29th August 1877]

The family lived at

  • Westgate, Elland [1871, 1881]
  • 27 Westgate, Elland [1891, 1901]

Oscar Henry died in 1891 (aged 55) 

Balmforth, RalphRef 263-2677
[1823-1903] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He emigrated to America, following his brother, Christopher.

He died in Oakland, California

Balmforth, SamRef 263-1301
[1895-1917] Son of Mr & Mrs Balmforth of 1 Station View, Hipperholme.

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

He died 25th April 1917 (aged 22).

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

Balmforth, SidneyRef 263-18
[1903-19??] Son of Christopher Balmforth.

Born 23rd December 1903.

He was a cloth finisher of Sun Fold, South Parade [1926] / a brass finisher's labourer [1939].

In [Q2] 1926, he married Grace Alfreda Whitehead [1904-1???] in Halifax.


Grace Alfreda, of 5 Prescott Place, Prescott Street, Halifax, was the daughter of Solomon Ingham Alan Whitehead, pipe fitter
 

Living with Sidney at 307 Ovenden Way, Halifax [in 1939] was his father Christopher

Balmforth, ThomasRef 263-9
[1849-1897] Son of Oscar Henry Balmforth.

Born in Mossley [25th February 1849].

He was (possibly) a pupil at Rishworth School [1861] / a cloth finisher (staying with his sister Lucy & her husband  Thomas Edward Crowther) [1881] / (possibly) a carter (staying with Ann H. & Henry Hanby  and family at 77 Hornby Street, Layton with Warbreck, Lancashire)   [1891] / a warehouseman (living at William Street, Brighouse) [1885] / a beer seller [1891].

On 29th June 1885, he married Alice Dinsdale [1853-1???] at St Mary's Church, Prestwich.


Alice, of Guest Road, Prestwich, was the daughter of Thomas Banks Dinsdale, factory hand
 

A Thomas Balmforth died at Bury in 1897 (aged 48).

They lived at 81 Drake Street, Castleton, Lancashire [1891]

Balmforth, ThomasRef 263-349
[1885-1916] Known as Tom.

Son of Alfred Balmforth.

Born in Halifax.

He was an oiler in worsted mill [1901] / a waller of Warley Road, Halifax [1907] / a labourer foundry [1911] / a mason for Bower Brothers.

In 1907, he married Sarah Ann Putt [1883-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Sarah Ann, of Corporation Street, Halifax, was born in Sowerby Bridge, the daughter of John Putt, labourer.

She had an illegitimate daughter: Winnie Putt [b 1905]

 

Children:

  1. Lily Gertrude [b 1909]

They lived at

  • 6 Lock Street, Caddy Field, Halifax [1909, 1911]
  • 1 Back Lord Street, Halifax [1916]

During World War I, he joined the Territorials [Easter 1916], and served as a Private / served as a Lance Corporal with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to the Front [January 1916].

He was wounded [7th July 1916].

He died of wounds [13th July 1916] (aged 31).

The Halifax Courier [12th August 1916] reported his death with a photograph.

He was buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref III E 17].

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

After his death, Sarah Ann was living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Balmforth, ThomasRef 263-504
[1896-1918] Son of Fred Balmforth.

He was a member of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Halifax / an apprentice welded boiler rivetter [1911] / employed by Hartley & Sugden Limited / a Territorial.

He lived at 6 Stanley Street, Queens Road, Halifax.

He was a Territorial and was called-up [August 1914].

During World War I, he was mobilised at the outbreak of War and served as a Corporal / Shoeing Smith with B Battery 312th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery.

He was wounded [22nd July 1918].

He died of wounds in a French hospital [27th July 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [3rd August 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [3rd August 1918].

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref Q III J 1].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Balmforth, WilksRef 263-10
[1837-1904] Son of Oscar Henry Balmforth.

Baptised at Elland [2nd July 1837].

He was a woollen manufacturer in Elland [1859] / an ale & porter merchant [1881].

On 23rd June 1859, he married Rachel Walker [1835-1900].


Rachel, of Elland, was the daughter of James Walker, machine maker
 

Children:

  1. Eliza Ann / Elizabeth Ann [b 26th June 1859; bapt  Halifax 31st July 1859]
  2. James Henry [b 13th January 1864; bapt Elland 1st January  1865]
  3. Emily [1869-1955] who married  Harry Denham
  4. George [b 1873]
  5. Joe Edward [b 1875]
  6. Mary Edith [b 1878]

The children were baptised at Elland [17th September 1879],

The family lived at

  • Bank Bottom, Elland [1881]
  • 5 Bedford Street, Elland [1891]

Rachel died in 1900 (aged 65).

Wilks died in 1904 (aged 67) 

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-1477
[1784-1859] Or Bamforth.

He had a fulling and woollen manufacturing business at Marshall Hall Mills, Elland [1854].

In 1808, he married (1) Lydia Brearley [1787-1829] at Halifax Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Oscar Henry
  2. Benjamin [1811-1827]
  3. William
  4. Christopher
  5. John [1819-1820]
  6. Joseph [b 1821]
  7. Ralph
  8. Mary Ann [1828-1829]

In 1831, he married (2) Sarah Sheeran in Wakefield.

They lived at Marshall Hall, Elland [1829]

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-2543
[1814-1853] Son of William Balmforth.

Born in Elland.

He was a cloth maker [1841] / a manufacturer (woollen) master employing no men [1851].

In 1832, he married Mary Wilks Sheeran at Halifax Parish Church.


Mary was the daughter of John Sheeran
 

Children:

  1. Harriet Anne [3rd February 1832-15th March 1860] who was  buried at Elland
  2. John William [1833-1873]
  3. Sarah [b 1837]
  4. daughter Balmforth [b 18th December 1841; bur Elland 16th  November 1851]
  5. Christopher
  6. Lydia [1841-1851]
  7. Selina [1843-1858]
  8. Hannah Leah [1845-1924] who had an illegitimate daughter  called Phoebe
  9. Sophia Isabella [1st February 1847-7th December 1848]
  10. Phoebe [26th February 1849-1874]
  11. Herbert [1851-1930] who was a police officer
  12. William [1854-1915]

They lived at

  • Westbury House, Elland Lane, Elland [1841]
  • Elland Lane, Elland cum Greetland [1851]
  • 31 Quebec Place, Elland [1861]
  • 27 Colbeck Street, Halifax [1871]

On 25th September 1853, William was returning home by train and was crossing the line at Brighouse Railway Station when he was

caught by the engine and killed on the spot

He was buried at Elland Parish Church.

Living with the widowed Mary and children [in 1871] were daughter-in-law Maria Balmforth and her children Joseph, Christopher & Sarah (aged 3 months).

Mary died 29th June 1874 (aged 61) 

She was buried at Christ Church, Pellon [2nd July 1874].

Other members of the family were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-6
[1811-1885] Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted weaver [1841] / a twister-in in cotton mill [1861].

He married Sophia [1810-1880].


Sophia was born in Halifax.

She was a cotton winder [1861]

 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ann [1845-1928] who was a cotton winder [1861] & was buried with her parents

They lived at

Sophia died 24th May 1880 (aged 70).

William died 12th August 1885 (aged 74).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2084]

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-7
[179?-18??] Of Elland Lane

He was the cousin of William Balmforth, the owner of Marshall Hall Mill, Elland.

On 16th October 1814, he married Mary Balmforth [1798-18??].


Mary was a burler [1841] / a cloth burler [1851]
 

Children:

  1. Joseph
  2. Eleanor [bapt 13th August 1821]
  3. Martha [bapt 29th October 1826]
  4. Harriet [b 1833]

The family (with Mary as head of the household) lived at Elland Lane, Elland [1841, 1851]

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-14
[1840-1???] Son of Ephraim Balmforth.

He was a woollen slubber [1861] / a slubber in Elland [1863] / a weaver [1867] / a wool slubber [1871] / a carter (carder?) of Elland [1880] / a woollen carder [1881] / a newsagent (own account) [1901].

On 21st November 1863, he married (1) Ellen Shaw [1834-1???].


Ellen, of Fixby, was the daughter of Eli Shaw, weaver
 

Children:

  1. Ephraim [b 1866]

On 1st September 1867, he married (2) Mary Shaw [1833-1???].


Mary was the daughter of Eli Shaw, weaver
 

Children:

  1. Fred [b 29th July 1868]
  2. Mary Ellen [b 13th January 1871]

On 17th April 1880, he married (3) Grace [1840-1???].


Grace, of Sowerby Bridge, was the daughter of Eli Sutcliffe, labourer, and the widow of Mr Wilson
 

They lived at

  • Quebec Street, Elland [1871]
  • Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • Hanover Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 52 Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1901]

Balmforth, WilliamRef 263-1203
[1893-1918] Son of Manasseh Balmforth.

Born in Wyke [2nd June 1893].

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

He lived in Cottonstones [1911] and Mytholmroyd.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 17th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died of wounds in France / Flanders [4th May 1918].

He was buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.2, France [Grave Ref II A 34].

He is remembered on the W. & R. K. Lee Limited Roll of Honour, on the World War I Memorial in Sowerby Church, and on the Memorial at Mill Bank Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Balmforth, WillieRef 263-1153
[1872-1???] On 13th November 1895, he married Sarah Elizabeth Hellowell at Elland Parish Church.

Children:

  1. Horace Balmforth [1896-1969] who was a train booker  railway [1911]
  2. Annice Hellowell Balmforth [1901-1986]

In 1901, Sarah Elizabeth she was living with her Mother in Norland along with the children. There is no record of Willie.

In 1911, Sarah Elizabeth was listed as Sarah Elizabeth Sutcliffe living at Ash Grove, Norland with Robert Edgar Sutcliffe.

They do not appear to have married

 

 

Balmforth surnameRef 263-1
Other forms of the surname include Bamford, Bamforth and Baumforth

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

There are 43 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Balmforth, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.


Unattached BMDs for Balmforth

Marriages 1878, 1907; Death 1907

 



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