Morris ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Morris are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Morris, Mr A.Ref 420-1220
He stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Election for
MP for Halifax [1885 and 1886]

Morris, A.Ref 420-780
Of Luddendenfoot.

He emigrated to Canada.

His sister, Mrs G. Wilde, lived at Beulah Place, Luddendenfoot.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Canadian Contingent.

He was wounded and gassed, and was treated at Whalley Hospital. He returned to Canada [May 1918].

He died of wounds about a fortnight after arriving in Canada [3rd June 1918].

The Halifax Courier [8th June 1918] reported his death with a photograph. An older brother was killed [June 1917], and another is serving in France

Morris, AdamRef 420-138
Curate at
Sowerby [1572-1583]. In 1583, he left Sowerby and became chaplain to a regiment in Ireland.

He married Katharine. Between 1568 and 1582, 8 of his children were baptised at Sowerby.

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church [24th September 1591]

Morris, AlfredRef 420-1735
From Hunslet, Leeds.

In 1876, he married (1) Mary Ann Beck [1856-1898] from Hunslet, in Holbeck.

Mary Ann died in Halifax Infirmary [4th January, 1898].

Child: Unknown

In 1898, he married (2) Sarah Ann Child at St Thomas's Church, Charlestown. The witnesses were Ann and Frederick Washington.

Child: Unknown

They lived at 22 Ninn Street, Halifax [1898]

This & associated entries use material contributed by Anne Leitch

Morris, Alfred William JohnsonRef 420-695
Son of
William Morris.

After their father's death, he and his brother, T. H. Morris carried on the family business – William Morris & Sons Limited.

He died in Sussex.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £114,419

Morris, Charles StanleyRef 420-1315
Son of Mary Ann & George Morris of Brighouse.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.

He died 23rd April 1944 (aged 27).

He is remembered on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma [Grave Ref 15]

Morris, EdgarRef 420-519
Son of Betsy Hannah & Frank Morris of 130 Bacup Road, Todmorden.

He married Martha.

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 2nd/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 20th March 1916 (aged 23).

He was buried at Mankinholes Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [194].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance.

Martha married Mr Williams.

They lived at Stansfield Road, Todmorden

Morris, F. J.Ref 420-233
of Lightcliffe. President of the
Calder Valley Poets

Morris, FrankRef 420-479

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1944-1945]

Morris, H.Ref 420-523
Curate at
Brighouse [1894-1901]

Morris, H. C.Ref 420-358
[19??-] Physics teacher at Heath Grammar School. He was a keen photographer and recorded many Calderdale sights which have since disappeared

Morris, HaroldRef 420-1283
Son of Ada & George William Morris of 14 Horne Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax.

He was a sidesman at St Mary's Church, Halifax / secretary of the Sunday School / employed by Brayshaw & Dickinson.

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

He died following a German gas attack at Hill 60 [5th May 1915] (aged 26).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 20], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary's Church, Halifax

Morris, HedleyRef 420-733
He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax

Morris, JamesRef 420-2

Morris, JosephRef 420-223
Of Halifax.

He married (1) Sarah [1780-1823].


  1. Thomas who died 6th September 1806 (aged 1 year & 11  weeks) 
  2. Joseph Baines who died 11th October 1816 (aged 9 years &  7 weeks) 

Sarah died 1st April 1823 (aged 43).

He married (2) Elizabeth [1786-1859].


  1. Joseph Speight who died 10/5/1842 (aged 14 years & 4 months) 

Elizabeth died 24th August 1859 (aged 73).

Joseph died 10th January 1861 (aged 79).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 59]

Morris, Leonard JamesRef 420-580
Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

He was working in a bleach house [1911].

He lived at

  • 18 Mount Pleasant, Portsmouth, Todmorden [with his mother &  stepfather 1911]

During World War I, he enlisted in Rochdale and served as a Private with the 1st/3rd Welch Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in Palestine [3rd April 1918].

He was buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Gaza) (including Palestine & Israel [Grave Ref V 74].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham & Glynn Helliwell

Morris, PriscillaRef 420-4930
Of the
Diving Bell, Halifax.

In 3rd April 1875, she was in court for selling spirits without a licence

Morris, SarahRef 420-147
In September 1835, the
Leeds Mercury reported

[On 2nd September 1835], a young woman named Sarah Morris, now residing at Wheatley, attempted to drown herself in Friar Dam, Ovenden, near Halifax, but was fortunately observed, and prevented from executing her design.

No particular cause, we understand, can be assigned for this rash act; but her manner of late, has been such as to induce some doubts as to her sanity.

She is about thirty years of age, and lately lived in Hopwood Lane in Halifax, where she carried on business as a milliner and dress maker


Morris, Thomas HenryRef 420-800

Son of William Morris.

Born in Halifax [3rd February 1848].

After their father's death, he and his brother, Alfred William Johnson Morris, carried on the family business – William Morris & Sons Limited.

He was educated at Rugby School / Justice of the Peace for the West Riding / Deputy Lieutenant for the West Riding / Chairman of the Halifax Commercial Banking Company Limited / Chairman of William Morris & Sons Limited / President of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce [1888-1890] / President of the Royal Halifax Infirmary [1892-1895].

He was Captain (Queen's Own) Yorkshire Dragoons Imperial Yeomanry, Major 2nd West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Yeoman Cavalry [joined 1876] He was posted to the C Troop with his relatives, Captain Armitage and Mr J. H. Wheatley. In 1885, he took charge of the B Troop.

He rose to the rank of Colonel.

He married Unknown.

Child: Alice Barbara [b 1854] who married [31st October 1877] Arthur Caltrow Armitage of Meltham Villa (merchant), at Sowerby Church.

They lived at The Lodge, Triangle.

He retired in 1905.

On 30th July 1927, he gave the cricket and recreation ground to Triangle

This & associated entries use material contributed by Alan Longbottom

Morris, Vincent LawrenceRef 420-3
Born in Headington, Oxfordshire.

In [Q1] 1903, he married Isabella Mary [1880-1906] in Halifax.

Isabella Mary was the daughter of
Thomas Foley


  1. Margaret Mary [1904-1905]
  2. Lawrence [1906] who died in infancy

Isabel Mary died (possibly of perinatal complications) [26th January 1906] (aged 26).

She & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2527] with her parents.

A Vincent L. Morris died in Chichester [Q1 1963] (aged 81) 

Precise details of his death / burial place are not yet known

Morris, Rev W. D.Ref 420-670
Minister at
Pellon Baptist Church [1945-1950]

Morris, WilliamRef 420-492
Born in Gildersome.

He was a brewer (ale & porter) [1851].

He married Mary [1797-1873].

Mary was born in Clayton


  1. Sarah [b 1826] who was a stuff weaver [1851]
  2. Sabina [1839-9th September 1869] who married William Fell

The children were born in Clayton.

They lived at 9 North Knight Street, Halifax [1851].

William died 25th March 1867 (aged 69).

Mary died 27th December 1873 (aged 76).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 344] with Abraham Smithson Halliday & family

Morris, WilliamRef 420-9650
Stationmaster at
Brighouse Railway Station [1867, 1871]

Morris, WilliamRef 420-799

Of The Lodge, Triangle.

In 1839, he established William Morris & Sons Limited. He was Partner in the Halifax Commercial Banking Company [1853] / Chairman of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce [1882] / Chairman of the Halifax Commercial Banking Company [1882].

He married Unknown.


  1. Thomas Henry
  2. Alfred William Johnson

He died suddenly at home.

After his death, his sons carried on the business.

There are windows in his memory in Sowerby Church – erected by voluntary subscription [1883] – to mark the esteem of his workers.

See West Yorkshire Railway Company

Morris, WilliamRef 420-1688
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1987-1988]

Morris, WilliamRef 420-4
Born in Shrewsbury.

He was a solicitor / a member of Halifax Golf Club.

He came to the local district around 1933 to become a partner in Chambers & Morris with Edward Percy Chambers.

He married Unknown.


They lived at

  • a son
  • a daughter

William died 4th October 1941 after collapsing on the last green at Ogden Golf Club

Morris, William JosephRef 420-239
Born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

He was a carpet designer [1911].

In [Q2] 1873, he married Mary Taylor [1851-19??] from Kidderminster, Worcestershire.


  1. child
  2. William Charles [b 1876] who was a carpet designer [1911]

The family lived at 139 Huddersfield Road, Halifax [1911]


Morris surnameRef 420-1
There are 26 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Morris, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Morris

Marriage 1853


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