John Carpmael


John Carpmael was the son of Thomas Carpmael of Staffordshire.

John and his family moved from Pudsey to Halifax. The births of their daughters Jane [in Pudsey 1781] and Elisabeth [in Halifax 1783] suggest that the family moved to Halifax around 1782.

He was the Deputy Constable of Halifax [1805] and innkeeper of the Upper George Inn, Halifax.

He married Susanna Lister [1754-1827].

Susanna was the daughter of John Lister


  1. Sarah
  2. Jane [b 1781]
  3. Elisabeth / Elizabeth / Betsy [b 1783] who  married [1805] grocer Launcelot Taylor of Manchester
  4. William
  5. Mary [b 1786]

A newspaper of 1798 announced

SUPPOSED to be STOLEN, From KEIGHLEY or BRADFORD, and now in the hands of JOHN CARPMAEL, Deputy Constable of Halifax. TEN YARDS and a HALF of KNARESBRO' LIN, with a Shop Mark upon it.
One Piece of Shalloon.
Five Silk Handkerchiefs.
Six Yards of Bengal Striped Linen.
One Pair of Men's Shoes.
One Pair of Leather Breeches.
Two Remnants of Woollen Cloth.
Two Crimson Bed Hangings.
A Remnant of Muslin, with a Shop Mark Upon it.
Ditto without Mark.
One Black Barcelona Handkerchief.
Two Yards of Check.
A Quantity of Wrappering.
Three Fleeces of Hog Wool.
Forty-eight Pounds of Worsted Yarn.
A Pack Sheet.
Three Sacks.
A Quantity of Thread, Buttons, Pins, and sundry other Articles.

It is particularly requested of those who have lost any of the above Articles, that they will immediately own the same. Halifax, November 2d, 1798

In the early 19th century, as local Constable, he was one a group of men who took it in turns to watch premises at Four Mills which had been burgled several times. When one of the group turned up to relieve Carpmael, Carpmael thought that he was a robber and shot him in the back. The victim was incapacitated for several years and never recovered. Carpmael lost his position as Constable

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