Bramley ...

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Bramley, MrRef 525-1374
Of Sowerby.

Vicar of Coley [1673]

Bramley, JamesRef 525-1584
Born in Old Basford, Nottinghamshire.

He was a partner in Parker & Bramley in Leicester before moving to Halifax.

Around 1866, he established business as a sewing machine merchant and general house furnisher at 67-69 Northgate, Halifax.

He was a house furnisher [1871] / a general merchant [1881] / a Councillor [1881] / a general hardware merchant [1891] / a general dealer [1901].

The business was known as

The Family Frying Pan Enquire Within for Everything

In [Q4] 1866, he married (1) Martha Hall [1843-1879] in Northampton.

Martha was born in Northamptonshire


  1. James Hall [1867] who died in infancy
  2. Helena [1868] who died in infancy
  3. Harry Hall who died 22nd November 1869 (aged 17 days) 
  4. Percy Norman who died 14th December 1876 (aged 10 weeks)   
  5. Lilly who died 26th December 1878 (aged 2 days) 
  6. Kate Ethel [b 1872] who was a shop assistant [1901]
  7. Frank Hall [b 1873] who was a shop assistant [1901]

The children died in infancy & were buried with their parents at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2093].

Martha died 5th January 1879 (aged 36).

In [Q1] 1880, he married (2) Caroline May Barber [1855-1???] in Lexden, Essex.

Caroline was born in Sutton, Norfolk

Child: 8. James Wilfrid [b 1882]

They lived at 67-69 Northgate, Halifax [1871, 1901].

James died 21st September 1907 (aged 65).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2093]

Details of Caroline's death / burial place are not yet known

Bramley, Rev JeffreyRef 525-3398
Minister at
Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden [1965]

Bramley, JohnRef 525-557
Eldest son of
Joseph Bramley.

A Halifax merchant.

In 1790, he married Elizabeth Alexander.

Elizabeth was the daughter of John Alexander


  1. Frances [d 1853]
  2. Elizabeth who married Dr John Alexander
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child

The family went to live at Haugh Shaw

Bramley, JosephRef 525-703
A Halifax draper.

Although not a member of the Chapel, in 1786, he gallantly grabbed a leather fire hose, rushed into the chapel, and ascended the pulpit to put out a fire which damaged South Parade Methodist Chapel, Halifax

... his shoes were burnt from his feet, his toes were even scorched, but the dauntless hero shrank not

In 1760, he bought Holly House from John Bentley

In 17??, he married Phoebe. They had 2 sons: John and William

Bramley, KennethRef 525-1595
Son of Maud & Walter Bramley of 32 Backhold Drive, Siddal.

He was educated at Siddal Council School / a member of Siddal Strict Baptist Church & Sunday School / a player with Halifax Vandals RFC / employed by Holdsworth's.

During World War II, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 130th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

He was killed in Normandy [5th July 1944] (aged 24).

He was buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XI E 19].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Bramley, Dr LawrenceRef 525-1023

Born in Whalley, Lancashire.

Halifax surgeon and military examiner.

On 8th July 1832, he married (1) Sarah Whyman [1806-1862] at St John the Baptist, Penistone.

Sarah was born in Padiham, Lancashire

Lawrence & Sarah were cousins

Child: Margaret Ann [1838-1845]

On 27th January 1866, he married (2) Mary Ann Emily at St Stephen the Martyr, Hampstead, London.

Mary Ann Emily was the widow of
Edward John Rudd

Members of the family were buried at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax: Margaret Ann [19th April 1845]; Sarah [8th March 1862]; Mary Ann Emily [1866].

In [Q3] 1876, he married (3) Charlotte Catherine Norris [1826-1903] at Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Charlotte Catherine was born in Halifax, the daughter of Charles Norris

They lived at

  • 8 Clare Hall Road, Halifax [1845]
  • 1 Ward's End, Halifax [1861, 1874]
  • 12 Esplanade, Scarborough [1881]
  • 3 Savile Terrace, Halifax [1891]

Living with Charlotte [in 1891] was her brother Henry Alexander Norris & his wife.

Lawrence died 8th April 1882 (aged 75).

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £9,786 9/- [Resworn £10,820 2/10d]. Probate was granted to his nephew Thomas Brewer of Huddersfield (surgeon), George Edward Emmet, and Sydney Perfect Norris.

Charlotte Catherine lived at The Breck, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth prior to her death.

She died 4th January 1903 (aged 77).

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £812 19/7d.

Probate was granted to Charles Henry Hope Norris.

She was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with her husband

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Bramley, MellorRef 525-965

Son of Thomas Bramley

He was a member of Siddal Wesleyan Methodist Church / a house painter [1911] / employed by Sam Denham, painter & decorator at Southgate,  Elland.

In [Q1] 1912, he married Beatrice A. Rhodes [1888-1955] in Halifax.


  1. Norman [b 1914]
  2. Kathleen [b 1915]

They lived at 1 Morley View, Siddal [1918].

During World War I, he enlisted [30th May 1916], and he served as a Lance Corporal with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was awarded the Military Medal [1918]

for gallant conduct in the field on 5th September 1918 at Ploegsteert

His photograph appears with a report of his award in the Halifax Courier [19th October 1918].

He survived the War.

Beatrice died Q2 1955 (aged 67).

Mellor died Q1 1964 (aged 76).

They both died in Halifax

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Bramley, PeggyRef 525-833
Daughter of Roger Bramley [1784-1843].

Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

She married John Fielden

This & associated entries use material contributed by Linda Briggs

Bramley, ThomasRef 525-961
Born in Greetland / West Vale.

He was a cotton twiner [1881, 1891, 1901, 1911].

In 1879, he married Mary Hannah Murgatroyd [1859-1???] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Southowram.

She was a cotton piecer [1881]



  1. Sarah E. [b 1880] who was a cotton cop pointer [1891], a  cotton reeler [1901]
  2. Robert [b 1881] who was a cotton cop pointer [1891], a  cotton twiner [1901]
  3. Walter [b 1883] who was a cotton piecer [1901], an  assistant cotton carder [1911]
  4. Mellor
  5. Miriam [b 1889] who was a cotton twiner piecer [1911]
  6. Fred [b 1892] who was a cotton twiner [1911]
  7. James [b 1894] who was a boot maker & repairer [1911]

The children were born in West Vale.

The family lived at

  • Green Lane, West Vale, Greetland (with Thomas's widowed  mother Sarah) [1881]
  • Green Lane, Elland with Greetland [1891]
  • 19 Jubilee Road, Siddal, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1911] was Thomas's widowed mother Sarah Bramley [b Sowerby Bridge 1832]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Bramley, ThomasRef 525-1943
Born in Castlethorpe, Lincolnshire.

He was a labourer at chemical works [1901].

He married Mary Ellen [1856-19??].

Mary Ellen was born in Townley, Lancashire


  1. Thomas
  2. Joseph [b 1884] who was a picker maker [1901]
  3. Robert [b 1887] who was a clog iron maker [1901]

The family lived at 15 Calf Hey Terrace, Walsden [1901]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Bramley, ThomasRef 525-624
Son of
Thomas Bramley.

Born in Burnley.

He was a picker maker [1901] / employed by Robert Fielden & Sons at Inchfield Picker Works, Walsden / licensee of the Boiler Makers' Arms, Rochdale.

In [Q1] 1903, he married Barbara Cooper [1880-19??] at St Peter's Church, Walsden.

Barbara, of 656 Rochdale Road, Walsden, was born in Dockray, Cumberland, the daughter of Joseph Cooper, miner


  1. Frank Law [b 1903]
  2. Mary [b 1909]
  3. Joseph [b 1915]

They lived at

  • 15 Calf Hey Terrace, Walsden
  • 18 Fenwick Street, Rochdale

During World War I, he served as an Air Mechanic 2nd Class with the 35th Kite Balloon Sect. Royal Flying Corps.

He was killed by the accidental discharge of a revolver whilst going on guard in France [2nd April 1917].

Reports of his death were published in the Todmorden & District News of 20th April 1917 & 11th May 1917.

He was buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France [Grave Ref VI A 25].

He is remembered at Christ Church, Todmorden and in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley & Derrick Habergham

Bramley, WilliamRef 525-2214
Churchwarden at Sowerby [1748]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Lesley Abernethy

Bramley, WilliamRef 525-559
Youngest son of
Joseph Bramley.

He lived at Holly House, Halifax. Recorded in 1791

Bramley, WilliamRef 525-1832
Son of William Bramley, weaver.

Born in York.

He was a bolt-maker of York [1865] / a bolt maker [1871] / a screw & bolt maker [1881] / a bolt maker of Chapel Town, Halifax [1890] / a bolt maker [1891].

In 1865, he married (1) Jane Allen [1845-1889] at Halifax Parish Church.

Jane was born in Southowram, the daughter of William Allen, sawyer.

She was a laundress [1865, 1881]


In 1881, the couple were lodging with boot & shoe maker John Eastwood & family at 4 Priestley's Court, Halifax.

Child: Eliza [b 1875] who was a silk doffer [1891]

Jane died in Halifax in 1889 (aged 44).

In 1890, he married (2) Mary Ann Hutchinson.

Mary Ann was the daughter of
Charles Hutchinson.

She had an illegitimate son Frank Hutchinson [b 1879]; he is shown as Frank Bramley (brewer's labourer) [1901].

She was a widow [1897], a washer woman [1901], a charwoman [1911]



  1. Clara Annie [1891] who died in infancy
  2. Emily [b 1893] who was a scholar at Blue Coat School, 4  Harrison Road, Halifax [1901], a worsted drawer [1911]
  3. Florence Annie [b 1895] a worsted drawer [1911]
  4. William

They lived at

  • 19 Kelton Square, Halifax [1871]
  • 27 Stannary Lane, Halifax [1891]
  • 17 Holt Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 12 Trafalgar Square, Halifax [1911]

William died in 1897 (aged 53) 

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Bramley, WilliamRef 525-1208
Son of
William Bramley.

He was brought up at the Blue Coat School / a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & Sunday School / a mill hand / doffer [1911] / employed by T. Pickles & Son at Victoria Street East, Halifax.

He lived with his widowed mother at 12 Trafalgar Square / Street, King Cross.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in an assault on Oppy Wood at the Battle of Arras [3rd May 1917] (aged 20).

The Halifax Courier [26th May 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 4], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, and on the Blue Coat School Memorial

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley


Bramley surnameRef 525-1
Entries for people with the surname Bramley are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Bramley

Marriages 1810, 1933; Death 1808


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