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Burrows, EdmundRef 514-8
Born in Dent, Yorkshire.

He was a woollen dyer [1861] / a labourer in wire mill [1871] / a wire cleaner [1881].

In [Q3] 1843, he (possibly) married Ellen Maude [1822-1891].

Ellen was born in Midgley


  1. William
  2. Mary H. [b 1854] who was a worsted reeler [1871], a  damask weaver (flax) [1881]
  3. Ann [b 1856] who was a woollen weaver [1871, 1881]
  4. Martha [b 1857]
  5. Louise [b 1859]
  6. Henry [b 1862] who was a worsted spinner [1871], a wire  drawer [1881]
  7. Frederick [b 1863] who was a worsted spinner [1871], a  cabinet maker [1881]

They lived at

  • 21 Storey's Buildings, North Side of Booth Town [1861]
  • 9 Sladdin Street, Boothtown [1871, 1881]

Edmund died Q4 1890 (aged 70).

Ellen died Q2 1891 (aged 69).

They both died in Halifax

Burrows, EdwinRef 514-5
Born in Halifax.

He was a plasterer [1881, 1891, 1901] / a plasterer (employer) [1911] / retired [1921].

In [Q4] 1873, he married Zilla Bairstow [1854-1924] in Halifax.

Zillah was born in Halifax


  1. James Arthur
  2. William Henry [1876-1889]
  3. Ada [1878-1882]
  4. Ruth Ellen [1881] who died in infancy
  5. Walter [b 1883] who was a plasterer [1911]
  6. Herbert [b 1888] who was a mechanic [1911]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 9 children of whom 3 were still alive at that time.

They lived at

  • 7 School Court, Halifax [1881]
  • 8 School Court, Halifax [1891]
  • 8 Victoria Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 40 Abbey Walk, Huddersfield Road, Halifax [1911]
  • 50 Abbey Walk, Huddersfield Road, Halifax [1921]

Zillah died Q2 1924 (aged 70).

Edwin died Q2 1930 (aged 78).

They both died in Halifax

Burrows, Edwin BattyRef 514-674
Born in Halifax.

He was a tailor [1851, 1871, 1881].

In [Q3] 1847, he married Harriet Mitchell [1827-1???] in Halifax.

Harriet was born in Halifax


  1. Richard [b 1850]
  2. Lucy [b 1853]
  3. George [b 1855]
  4. Walter [b 1860] who was a textile factory hand [1881]
  5. Fred [b 1864]
  6. Fred [b 1869] who was a wood carver [1881]
  7. Elizabeth [b 1852] who married Henry Timewell

The family lived at

  • 4 Hansons Square, Halifax [1851]
  • 9 Penn Street, Halifax [1871]

Living with them [in 1851] were Harriet's mother Margaret Mitchell [b 1803] & brother William Mitchell [b 1825] brickmaker.

Edwin was widowed by 1881.

The family lived at 5 Brinton Terrace, Halifax (living with daughter Elizabeth and family) [1881].

Edwin died in Wakefield [Q2 1882] (aged 56) 

Burrows, FrederickRef 514-709

He married Grace [1795-1865].

Child: Eliza [1828-1905] who married William Kenyon

Frederick died 14th January 1865 (aged 68).

Grace died 21st August 1865 (aged 70).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1449]

Burrows, FrederickRef 514-1554
Born 18th February 1863.

He died 24th September 1899 and was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: R-A7]

Burrows, H. J.Ref 514-1739
He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is (possibly) remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Burrows, HoratioRef 514-6
Son of
Joseph Frederick Burrows.

Born in Halifax [24th November 1892].

He was a draper's apprentice [1911] / a cook's kitchen assistant (unemployed) [1939].

In [Q3] 1918, he married (1) Annie Roberts [1892-1918] in Halifax.

Annie died 25th November 1918 (aged 26).

On 22nd December 1919, he married (2) May Mitchell [1892-19??] at Halifax Register Office.

May was born in Halifax [27th September 1892].

She was a canteen assistant [1939]


Child: Audrey [b 1920]

The Halifax Evening Courier [26th July 1921] reported a court case between the couple: May, of Wyvern Place, Pellon, Halifax, complaining of desertion by Horatio of 74 Stone Street, Newcastle:

The man – who had deserted her on 1st January 1921 – made an offer of 15/- a week, and 6s 6d costs, which the woman had decided to accept along with custody of the child Audrey (one year and 5 months old).

The arrangement was approved


They lived at

  • 94 Backhold Drive, Siddal (May) [1939, 1942]
  • 18 Beacon Parade, Halifax (Horatio) [1939]

The Halifax Evening Courier [19th August 1942] reported

On 11th August 1942, May found a handbag in the bus waiting room at the bottom of Salterhebble Hill, and handed it to a bus conductress, Doris Eileen Ireland of Aked's road, halifax The bag contained £25 in bank notes, clothing coupons and an identity card.

The bag had been lost by Mrs Elsie Moore of 2 Lower Well Gate, Greetland. Despite making enquiries Mrs Moore was unable to find her handbag and placed an advertisement in the Halifax Courier & Guardian. In response to this advertisement, May Burrows reported to Mrs Moore that she had found the handbag.

On 14th August 1942, Acting-Sgt Walker interviewed Mrs Ireland, and, after initially denying any knowledge of the bag, she later produced the bag and admitted to having spent all but £8 of the money and having burnt the clothing coupons and the identity card


Horatio died 30th October 1948 (aged 55).

Annie & Horatio were buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with Horatio's mother Hannah Jane Burrows [1861-11th January 1937].

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

Burrows, IvyRef 514-3320
Daughter of R. L. Tiffany of 2 Woodland terrace, boothtown.

In [Q3] 1922, she married Herbert Burrows in Halifax.

41-year-old Ivy was a civilian casualty of the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

She died the same day

Burrows, James ArthurRef 514-4
Son of
Edwin Burrows.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mill hand silk drummer [1891] / a slater [1901, 1911] / a slater & plasterer (employer) [1921].

In [Q1] 1897, he married Martha Ann Sunderland [1874-19??] in Halifax.

Martha Ann was born in Halifax


  1. Lily [b 1900] who was a comb minder with J. Sykes & Sons, at Corporation Street, Halifax [1921]
  2. Arthur [b 1916]

They lived at

  • 8 Victoria Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 8 School Court, Great Albion Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 10 St James's Road, Halifax [1921]

James Arthur died 14th September 1938 (aged 64)  and was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Burrows, Joseph FrederickRef 514-1559
Born in Halifax.

He was a plasterer [1881, 1891, 1901, 1911].

He married (1) Amelia [1856-1890].

Amelia was born in Dublin


  1. Frederick J. [b 1880] who was born in Battersea, London,  and was a worsted spinner [1891]
  2. Thomas H. [b 1883] who was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire
  3. Minnie/ Amelia Jane [b 1885] who was born in  Grantham, Lincolnshire, and a worsted spinner [1901], a worsted  twister [1890]
  4. Dora / Dorcas Lees [b 1887] who was born in  Grantham, Lincolnshire

Amelia died in Halifax [Q4 1890] (aged 34).

Around 1892, he married (2) Hannah Jane [1861-1937].

Hannah Jane was the widow of
James Barton

Hannah Jane had a son by her first marriage: William Edward Barton, who took his stepfather's surname and was known as William Edward Barton Burrows



  1. Horatio
  2. Gertrude [b 1895] who was a sewing machinist [1911]

They lived at

  • 30 Well Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire [1881]
  • 22 Birks Hall Lane, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 2 Clarence Yard, Halifax [1911]
  • Clare Street, Halifax [1916]
  • 18 Thompson Lane, Pellon Lane, Halifax

Joseph Frederick died in Halifax [Q4 1917].

Hannah Jane died 11th January 1937 (aged 76)  and was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell with son Horatio

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Burrows, MargaretRef 514-3

Margaret died 13th June 1907 (aged 59)  and was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden in an unmarked grave

Burrows, MilesRef 514-1281
Born in Sedburgh.

He was an overlooker in carpet works [1861] / an overlooker [1865].

He married Nancy [1815-1877].

Nancy was born in Halifax


  1. John [b 1844] who was a printer – compositor [1861]
  2. William [b 1848] who was a worsted mill hand [1861]
  3. Eli [1849-1857]
  4. Emma [1850-1865] who was a worsted mill hand [1861]
  5. Mary [b 1853]
  6. George [1856-1857]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at 22 Darley Street, Halifax [1861].

Nancy died 15th January 1877 (aged 62).

Miles died 25th November 1879 (aged 64).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2464]

Burrows, NorcrossRef 514-2855
Son of
Richard Burrows.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a letter press printer [1851] / a letter press printer & bookseller.

In [Q4] 1845, he married Elizabeth Spencer [1824-1854] in Halifax

Elizabeth was born in Ovenden


  1. Spencer [November 1846-6th September 1849]
  2. Miranda / Maranda [February 1854-3rd April 1854]  

The family lived at

  • Joint Stock Bank Court, Halifax [1850]
  • 2 Waterhouse Street, Halifax [1851]

Living with them [in 1851] was visitor Thomas Dearden [b  Hebden Bridge 1823] (commercial traveller).

The Morning Herald of London [Tuesday 4th November 1856] reported

Mr Burrows is a shareholder in a new mill recently built at Bradshaw Lane, and it had been his practice to go to the mill every Thursday, sometimes taking with him considerable sums of money, with which to pay the contractors.

Shortly after six o'clock on Thursday night [30th January 1856], as he reached the junction of Illingworth Road and Bradshaw Lane, he was attacked and robbed on the highway, near Bradshaw, by three men, having their faces blackened.

One of them knocked him backward over his horse, causing him to fall head first onto the road, the other two held him by the arms and attempted to strangle him with his scarf; the other rifled his pockets, finding only a few shillings, some keys and a knife. Disappointed at finding their booty so small, they kicked him in his side.

Bleeding from his mouth, nose and ears, he called out for assistance. His assailants heard the sound of footsteps approaching and ran off.

Mr Burrows endeavoured to remount his horse, but the saddle girths had been cut and he fell to the ground. He is very badly injured, but it is hoped, not fatally


Elizabeth died 12th March 1854 (aged 30).

Norcross died 27th January 1859 (aged 35)  (his age is shown as 55 on the gravestone at Lister Lane Cemetery.

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4129] with Norcross's his parents

This & associated entries use material contributed by Stuart Wilkinson

Burrows, RichardRef 514-390

He married Mary [1785-1860].


  1. daughter who married John Priestley
  2. Norcross

Richard died 29th March 1858 (aged 71).

Mary died 15th January 1860 (aged 75).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4129]

Burrows, RichardRef 514-1404
He worked for Bates, engineers in Sowerby Bridge.

He married Irene.


  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child

They lived at 21 Calder Avenue, Pye Nest.

During World War II, he served as a Trooper with the Royal Tank Regiment R.A.C. 5th.

He died of pleurisy in hospital in the Middle East [22nd August 1942] (aged 32).

He was buried at Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. [Grave Ref 1 J 8].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Burrows, WilliamRef 514-7
Son of
Edmund Burrows.

Born in Ovenden / Boothtown.

He was a looser of pieces at dyehouse [1861] / a thick wire drawer [1871] / a wire drawer [1881, 1891, 1901, 1911] / a plater's labourer with Drake's Limited at Ovenden [1921].

In [Q1] 1874, he married Susannah Greenwood [1853-1925] in Halifax.

Susannah was born in Ovenden


  1. Harry [b 1875] who was a joiner [1891]
  2. Edith [b 1878] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  3. Annie [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1901]
  4. Eliza Ellen [b 1882] who was a worsted twister [1901], a  drawer [1911]
  5. Amy [b 1884] who was a worsted twister [1901], a weaver  [1911], a coating weaver with Standeven & Company Limited at  Ladyship Mills, Ovenden [1921]
  6. Arnold [b 1889] who was a worsted doffer [1901], a brass  finisher [1911]

The 1911 census shows that they had had 6 children who were all still alive at that time.

The children were born in Ovenden.

They lived at

  • 2 Sod House Green, Ovenden [1881, 1891]
  • 5 Webster Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 13 Sod House Green, Ovenden [1911, 1921]

Susannah died 18th September 1925 (aged 72).

William died 21st January 1938 (aged 85).

The couple were buried at Illingworth Moor Wesleyan Chapel

Burrows, William Edward BartonRef 514-2


Burrows surnameRef 514-1
The Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames suggests that the name originates with someone who lives (or works) in a bower house Entries for people with the surname Burrows are discussed in this SideTrack.

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