Townend ...

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Townend, BenjaminRef 529-374
Of Northowram.

On 27th October 1799, he (possibly) married Mary [1774-1828] in Halifax.

Child: Thomas [1807-23rd February 1822]

Mary died 25th February 1828 (aged 54).

Benjamin died 27th July 1841 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax with Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William & Amelia Sharp, who died 14th May 1842 (aged 14 weeks) 

Townend, BenjaminRef 529-335
Born in Sowerby.

He was a woollen power loom weaver [1871].

He married Sarah [1822-1888].

Sarah was born in Old Lindley

Child: Elizabeth [1855-29/12/1940] who was a cotton reeler [1900] & married Joshua Garside

The family lived at

  • Elland Road, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871]
  • West Vale

Living with them [in 1871] was nephew Wilkinson Dyson [b 1851] (cotton maker).

Sarah died 14th February 1888 (aged 66).

Benjamin died 15th December 1888 (aged 69).

The couple were buried at Blackley Baptist Graveyard with Joshua Garside & family

Townend, GeorgeRef 529-685

In [Q3] 1882, he married Julietta Mackrell [1862-1886] in Halifax.

Julietta was the daughter of
Joseph Mackrell

Child: Annie who died 27th June 1886 (aged 1 year & 7 months) 

Julietta died 3rd June 1886 (aged 24)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3104] her daughter Annie and her parents

Townend, HubertRef 529-322
Son of Annie & Henry Edward Townend, card setting machine tenter.

Born in Cleckheaton [21st September 1909].

He was a card setting machine tenter [1939] / a Fellow of Trinity College, London [1951] / organist at St John's Church, Cleckheaton [1954] / associate organist at Huddersfield Parish Church / head of the music department at Royds Hall County Secondary School,  Huddersfield [January 1959] / organist & choirmaster at St Martin's Church, Brighouse [September  1967-1969].

In [Q2] 1931, he (possibly) married Annie Broadbent.

The family lived at Taylor Hall Lane, Mirfield [1967, 1969].

Hubert died 27th November 1969 (aged 60).

See Martin Singleton

Townend, JamesRef 529-604

In [Q1] 1901, he married Ada Noble in Halifax

Ada was the daughter of
William Henry Noble

Child: Dorothy Alexandra [1902-1939] who married Victor Cope Holland

James died 27th December 1927 (aged 65).

Dorothy Alexandra died 3rd April 1939.

Ada died 2nd December 1947 (aged 72).

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-C1] with Ada's parents

Townend, Rev JohnRef 529-1168
Vicar of
Sowerby Bridge [1974-1985].

He died in a motor accident

Townend, Rev JosephRef 529-1165
Minister at
United Methodist Free Church, Sowerby Bridge [1873]

Townend, Joseph MarshallRef 529-210
Born in Ovenden.

He was a wool sorter [1881, 1891] / a chapel caretaker [1901].

In [Q1] 1870, he married (1) Mary Turner Sladdin [1844-1872] in Halifax.

Mary died 14th July 1872 (aged 28).

In [Q2] 1974, he married (2) Hannah Crampton Smith in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Heaton Mersey, Lancashire

They lived at

  • 69 New Bank, Halifax [1881]
  • 25 Smith Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 48 Stannary Street, Halifax [1901]

Living with them [in 1891] was daughter (?) Lavinia Barber [b  Halifax 1867] (rover in worsted mill).

Roger Beasley has found that,

In 1881 and 1871, Lavinia was recorded as the daughter of Mary Ann Barber, but her father was not living with them.

Lavinia disappears from the records after 1891.

Mary Ann Barber – maiden name unknown – was born in Halifax [around 1837]

Roger suggests

Joseph Marshall Townend may have adopted Lavinia, or, more likely, there was an error in the census and Lavinia should have been recorded as a lodger


Joseph died 27th May 1907 (aged 60).

Hannah died 20th January 1940 (aged 89).

He and his wives were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1173] but Hannah does not appear on the headstone

This & associated entries use material contributed by Roger Beasley

Townend, Joseph ShawRef 529-721
Son of Ruth (née Barker) [1855-1919] & James Townend [1850-1926].

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

In 1908, he had an accident, in which he fell down a cliff knocking himself out and suffering from severe concussion which led to mental health problems later in life.

During World War I, he enlisted at Halifax [29th October 1914], and he served as a Driver with the 114th Battery Royal Field Artillery.

After serving 151 days, he was placed in detention in Devizes, and tried by a court martial [1st February 1915] where he was sentenced to 56 days' imprisonment with hard labour, and discharged with ignomy,

He was released from prison [28th March 1915].

He enlisted in Manchester [12th April 1915], and joined the Prince of Wales (South Lancashire) Regiment.

He later transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He served for a short period in Egypt.

He was discharged [25th April 1918], after serving 3 years and 14 days, as

No longer physically fit for war service

due to recurring mental health issues. He was described as

of low mental intelligence but an obedient and good worker

He died one month after his mother, and both were buried at St Luke's Church, Norland.

He survived the War, and is remembered on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge,

This & associated entries use material contributed by Derrick Habergham

Townend, Rev T. W.Ref 529-965
Minister at
Cornholme United Methodist Free Church [189?].

He left in August 1894 and moved to Bradford

Townend, ThomasRef 529-704
Born in Baildon Green, Bradford.

He was a dentist [1871, 1871] / a registered dentist [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1869, he married Leah Chapman [1849-1919] in Halifax.

Leah was born in Boothtown, Halifax


  1. Elizabeth [1870-1872]
  2. Herbert [1874] who died aged 2 days
  3. Alice [b 1877]
  4. Albert [1883-1931] who was a draughtsman [1901], an  engineer's draughtsman (machine tool maker) [1911]  

The 1911 census shows that they had had 5 children of whom 2 were still alive at that time.

The family lived at

  • 5 Colbeck Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 15 Wade Street, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 9 Clapton Place, Parkinson Lane, Halifax [1911]

Leah died 27th May 1919 (aged 70).

Thomas died 12th June 1924 (aged 83).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1267]

Townend, WilliamRef 529-492
In his will of 1520, he left a sum of money to the
chapel of Ripponden, to Elland church, and to the stone bridge of Sowerby. John Royde was a witness to the will


Townend surnameRef 529-1
The surname was originally given to someone who lived at the edge or outskirts of the town.

John Attetonehende is recorded at Sowerby in 1286, and Edward Townend is recorded at Stainland in 1672

Entries for people with the surname Townend are discussed in this SideTrack.

Unattached BMDs for Townend

Marriage 1897


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