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Watson, MrRef 232-1154
[17??-1793] Of Halifax.

On 12th April 1793, he was executed at the Tyburn, York

for breaking open and robbing the dwelling-house of John Ambler, of Halifax, and stealing therefrom 1 mahogany desk, 7 or 8 guineas in gold and other articles to a considerable amount

Watson, MrRef 232-20
[18??-18??]

He married Mary [1833-19??].


Mary was born in Leeds
 

Children:

  1. William [b 1857] who was a clay miner [1901]

Mary was widowed by 1901.

They lived at 5 The Square, Southowram [1901].

Living with them [in 1901] was granddaughter Ethel Sharpe [b  1888] (cotton twister), and lodger Zachariah Naylor [b 1839] (clay miner) 

Watson, AbrahamRef 232-35
[1819-1872]

He married Sarah [1822-1901].

Children:

  1. Herbert [1868-1870] who was buried with his parents

Abraham died 20th January 1872 (aged 53).

Sarah died 2nd March 1901 (aged 79).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1800]

Watson, AlanRef 232-638
[1???-19??] JP.

He was Mayor of Todmorden [1959-1960]

Watson, AndrewRef 232-973
[1857-1???] Born in British Guiana. He lived in Halifax [1864-1870]. In August 1866, he attended Heath Grammar School. He went to public school in London. He was the first black man to play for a senior British football team, and the first black international football captain. He was Scottish football captain

Watson, ArthurRef 232-23
[18??-1???] Son of Joseph Watson.

He married Mary Elizabeth [1849-1919].

Children:

  1. Ethel May who died in infancy

Mary Elizabeth died 12th September 1919 (aged 70).

She & Ethel May were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 723] with Arthur's parents

Watson, ArthurRef 232-138
[1872-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a lithographic printer [1911].

In [Q4] 1898, he married Eliza Moore [1874-19??] from Greetland.

Children:

  1. Fred [b 1900]
  2. Elsie [b 1901]
  3. Bertha [b 1903]
  4. Helen [b 1905]
  5. twins Florence [b 1906]
  6. Jessie [b 1906]
  7. Leonard [b 1908]
  8. William [b 1910]

The family lived at 12 St Anne's Road, Skircoat Green [1911]

Watson, ArthurRef 232-2703
[1877-1940]

In [Q3] 1907, he married Harriet Elizabeth Turner in Halifax.

They lived at 36 Taylor Street, Hanson Lane [1940].

63-year-old Arthur was a civilian casualty, killed as he was leaving the West Hill pub, by the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

He died on the same day

Watson, ArthurRef 232-4
[1895-1918] Son of George Watson.

He was a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & Bolton Brow Wesleyan Methodist Chapel / a woollen piecer [1911] / employed at Willow Hall Mills, Sowerby Bridge.

On 12th January 1918, he married Elizabeth Harriet Gill [1897-19??] at St Paul's Church, King Cross.


Elizabeth Harriet, of 90 Haugh Shaw Road, was the daughter of William James Gill, merchant seaman
 

They lived at

  • 90 Haugh Shaw Road, Halifax [1918]
  • 8 Kirkby Road, Chorley New Road, Bolton

During World War I, he enlisted [29th January 1915], and served as a Private with D Company 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [January 1917].

He died of gunshot wounds [20th July 1918] (aged 23).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [17th August 1918].

He was buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref I G 7.]

He is remembered on the family grave at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross

Watson, Arthur JamesRef 232-16
[1871-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was a brush maker (own account) [1911].

In 1897, he married Clara Gaukroger in Halifax.


Clara was born in Halifax, the daughter of
James Gaukroger
 

Children:

  1. John [b 1899] who was a part-time / tailor's errand boy  [1911]
  2. Evelyn [b 1902]
  3. Phyllis [b 1908]

The family lived at 38 Wade Street, Halifax (with Clara's widowed mother) [1911]

Watson, C.Ref 232-649
[18??-191?] Of Southowram.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on Southowram War Memorial

Watson, CharlesRef 232-2264
[18??-18??] He ran a school in Halifax [around 1850].

He lived at Rhodes Street, Halifax [1850]

Watson, CharlesRef 232-298
[18??-19??] FRSA.

He was a schoolmaster at Edwards Akroyd's Haley Hill College.

He designed and patented a syphon ventilator. He designed a ventilation system for Mulcture Hall, Halifax,

Around 1855, he established an engineering business making the ventilators.

The firm's products included


Watson syphon ventilator
Watson's double current syphon ventilator
Excelsior syphon ventilator
Excelsior outlet ventilator

Their products were installed for the Royal family at Windsor Castle, Frogmore, and Sandringham House.

The business became Hill & Hey in 1871.

See Double current ventilators

Watson, Charley NewtonRef 232-940
[1860-1904] Born in Southowram.

He was a clay miner [1882].

In [Q4] 1882, he married Sarah Jane Sheard [1862-1932] in Halifax.


Sarah Jane was born in Southowram
 

Children:

  1. Louisa [b 1883]
  2. Lewis
  3. Sarah [b 1897]
  4. Gilbert [1900-1970]

The children were born in Southowram.

They lived at 5 The Square, Bank Top, Southowram [1918]

Watson, ClementRef 232-911
[1892-1917] Son of John William Watson.

Born in Halifax [23rd September 1892]

He was a colour matcher in a worsted mill / employed by Crossley's.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the 274th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died of wounds [1st October 1917] (aged 25).

He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref XX C 12A].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets

Watson, DavidRef 232-29
[1798-1869]

He married Unknown.

Children:

  1. Susannah [1833-1912]
  2. Angela [1874-1943] who married Henry Townsend

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1605]

Watson, DysonRef 232-644
[1???-1???] He was a member of the Calder Valley Poets

Watson, Francis BaildonRef 232-26
[1877-1939] Born in Halifax.

In 1906, he married Eva Dalton in Halifax.


Eva was the daughter of
John Thomas Dalton
 

Children:

  1. John Dalton (Watson) [1909] who died in infancy

They lived at Moss Cottage, Illingworth.

Francis died at home [27th May 1939].

Eva died at home [30th April 1967].

The couple were buried at St Stephen's Church, Copley

Watson, FredRef 232-942
[1879-1918] Son of George Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cart driver [1909] / employed by Whitaker's.

On 8th March 1909, he married Florence Baker in Halifax.


Florence was born in Bristol
 

They had no children.

They lived at 4 Launceston Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Driver with the 207th Field Company Royal Engineers.

He had been in France for about 18 months when he died of multiple shell wounds to the arms & legs at No.13 Casualty Clearing Station [8th May 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [1st June 1918].

He was buried at Arneke British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II C 23].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Watson, FredRef 232-896
[1899-1918] Son of Sarah & Sampson Watson of Ripponden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with F Company 2nd Battalion Scots Guards.

He died 8th November 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France [Grave Ref S III DD 11].

He is remembered on Ripponden War Memorial

Watson, Fred SamuelRef 232-10
[1886-1916] Son of Taylor Watson.

Born in Howden.

He was a playing member of Illingworth Church Football Club / a carpet weaver's helper [1901] / a weaving shed foreman [1911] / employed in the weaving department of Crossley's Carpets.

In 1911, he married Flora Elizabeth Greaves [1886-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Flora Elizabeth, of Stannary Street, Halifax, was the daughter of Joseph Henry Greaves, toolmaker
 

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He served in the Dardanelles, and in Egypt.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 27th September 1916.

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [28th October 1916].

He was buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France [Grave Ref VII L 17]

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Crossley's Carpets, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Illingworth

Watson, GeorgeRef 232-43
[18??-1???]

He married Sarah.

Children:

  1. George Mitchell who died in infancy
  2. George who died in infancy
  3. Ellen [1854-1859]

Ch++ was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3019] with James Watson

Watson, GeorgeRef 232-36
[1846-1899] Of Halifax.

In [Q1] 1871, he married Esther Jane Walker [1853-1927] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Ann who died 2nd December 1871 (aged 7 months)   
  2. Agnes Ann [1879-1880]
  3. Albert Walker Watson [1874-1882]

George died 14th April 1899 (aged 53).

Esther Jane died 10th June 1927 (aged 74).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1870]

Watson, GeorgeRef 232-943
[1856-1939] Born in Queensbury.

He was a hawker [1875].

On 14th September 1875, he married Ellen Hellowell [1857-1937] in Halifax.


Ellen was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Fred
  2. Ellen [b 1882]
  3. Emily [b 1884]
  4. Albert [b 1887]
  5. Lewis [b 1889]

The children were born in Halifax

Watson, GeorgeRef 232-15
[1868-1938] Born in Halifax.

He was a domestic gardener [1891] / a railway goods guard [1901, 1911].

In 1889, he married Alice Ann Browne [1867-1941].


Alice Ann was born in Bramham, Yorkshire
 

Children:

  1. Eva [b 1891] who was a rug weaver [1911]
  2. Wilfred [b 1893] who was a warp sizer [1911] who  married Pollie Elizabeth [1900-19th July 1934]
  3. Arthur

They lived at

  • 16 Albert Street, Northowram [1891]
  • Back Richardson Street, Oakenshaw, Cleckheaton [1901]
  • 6 Charles Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

George died 11th April 1938 (aged 70).

Alice Ann died 26th September 1941 (aged 74).

Members of the family were buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Watson, HarlandRef 232-1751
[1877-1944] Known as Harling.

Born at Wesley Place, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees [8th February 1876].

He was licensee of the Kimberley Arms, Halifax [1905] / partner in Turner & Watson.

On 10th March 1900, he married Elizabeth Halstead at All Saints Church, Salterhebble.

The family lived at

  • Todmorden
  • Cragg Vale

He died 25th January 1944

He was buried at St John's Church, Cragg Vale [28th January 1944]

Watson, HaroldRef 232-890
[1890-1917] Son of William Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of the Choir at Christ Church, Pellon / a railway clerk at the (Halifax parcels office) of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1915], and served as a Private with the 2nd/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

After training, he served in Egypt (for 8 months), then went to France.

He was killed in action [9th October 1917] (aged 27).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [24th November 1917].

He was buried at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref IV D 3].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Watson, HarryRef 232-624
[1887-1916] Bsc.

Son of James Watson.

Born in Winewall, Burnley.

He was a mill worker / a student at Manchester University / a schoolmaster in Pendleton, Salford [1911] / a maths teacher at Ormskirk Grammar School [1914].

He moved to live with his parents in Mytholmroyd.

He was a member of Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd.

In [Q4] 1912, he married Olga Mary Rycroft [1888-1913] in Burnley.


Olga Mary was a school teacher, living with her family in Colne [1911]
 

Children:

  1. Olga K. M. [b 1913]

His wife died in childbirth [Q4 1913].

During World War I, he enlisted with the Liverpool Pals [August 1914], and served as a Sergeant [1916] then as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st/9th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment).

He was killed in action – along with almost 70 others – whilst leading his men in a bomb attack near Guillemont [12th August 1916] (aged 29).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [26th August 1916].

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on a memorial in Mount Zion Methodist Church, Mytholmroyd and Scout Road Wesleyan Chapel, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Watson, HenryRef 232-19
[1802-1850]

He died 4th October 1850 (aged 48).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3851]

Watson, HenryRef 232-40
[1837-1900]

He married Jane [1836-1896].

Children:

  1. Anne [1866-1870]
  2. John Nuttall [1869-1871]
  3. Kate [1878-1918] who married  Ernest F. Massey

Jane died 25th August 1896 (aged 60).

Henry died 4th June 1900 (aged 63).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2338]

Watson, HenryRef 232-573
[1892-1915] Son of William Henry Watson

He was an iron turner [1911] / employed by Jonas Drake & Son / a bandsman with Copley, King Cross & Lee Mount brass bands.

During World War I, he enlisted in August 1914 and served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He sustained wounds to his leg and was taken to hospital at Bury St Edmunds.

He died 21st December 1915 (aged 24).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [24th December 1915].

He was buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Watson, Jack HillRef 232-3
[1919-1943] Son of Ethel & Willie Watson of Halifax.

In [Q3] 1941, he married May Needham in Halifax.

They lived at King Cross, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Sergeant with 460 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron Royal Air Force.

He died 4th January 1943 (aged 24).

He was buried at Uden War Cemetery, Netherlands [Grave Ref 4 G 6-7]

Watson, JamesRef 232-28
[1801-1???] He was a miner [1841].

Around 1826, he married Ruth [1806-1???].

Children:

  1. Martha [b 1826] who was a winder [1841]
  2. James [b 1826] who was a miner [1841]
  3. Hannah [b 1826] who was a weaver [1841]
  4. George [b 1831]
  5. Eliza [b 1831]
  6. Joseph [b 1832]
  7. Charles [b 1834]
  8. John [b 1836]
  9. William
  10. Frederick [b 1840]

They lived at Pineberry Hill, Halifax [1841]

Watson, JamesRef 232-42
[1809-1856] He was a woolcomber [1841].

He married Grace [1809-1853].

Children:

  1. (possibly) George
  2. John [b 1826] who was a woolcomber [1841]

The family lived at Pismire Hill, Midgley [1841].

Living with them [in 1841] was James's father (?) John Watson [b 1771] (wool comber).t

Grace died 21st March 1853 (aged 44).

James died 15th December 1856 (aged 47).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3019]. The children of George Watson are buried with them

Watson, JamesRef 232-30
[1815-1887] Born in Burnley.

He was an earthenware dealer [1851] / a glass & china hawker [1861] / a glass & china dealer [1871] / a retired glass & china dealer [1881].

He married Mary [1820-1871].


Mary was born in Worsthorn, Lancashire
 

Children:

  1. Sarah Ellen [b 1845] who was a sorter of rags [1861], &  married James Widdop
  2. James [b 1849]
  3. Mary Ann [b 1852] who was a dressmaker [1871], a glass &  china dealer [1881]
  4. Elizabeth [b 1855] who was a bonnet maker [1871]
  5. Joseph
  6. Thomas

They lived at

  • Lister Lane, Halifax [1851]
  • 51 Lister Lane, Halifax [1861]
  • 18 Lister Lane, Halifax [1871]
  • 14-18 Lister Lane, Halifax (when Joseph was head of the  household) [1881]

Living with them [in 1871] was daughter Sarah Ellen, her husband & daughter.

Mary died 12th March 1871 (aged 51).

James died 9th January 1887 (aged 72).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1601] with some of their grandchildren

Watson, JamesRef 232-39
[1816-1875] Son of John Watson.

He was a secretary [1875]

In [Q2] 1856, he married Martha Birtwhistle [1818-1898] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. James Birtwhistle who died 18th December 1859 (aged 5  months & 11 days) 
  2. John William who was a clerk

They lived at 19 Milton Terrace, Halifax [1875].

James died in Halifax [17th April 1875] (aged 59).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £450.

His will was proved by his widow Martha & son John William.

Martha died 8th June 1898 (aged 80).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2916]

Watson, JamesRef 232-2
[1818-1???] Born in Northowram.


Question: Is this the same as James Watson [1819-1875]?

 

He was landlord of the New Dolphin, Ambler Thorn [1851] / a farmer of 10 acres employing 1 man [1861] / innkeeper at the Stump Cross Inn [1861-1871].

He married Martha [1819-1???].


Martha was born in Northowram
 

Watson, JamesRef 232-37
[1819-1875] Born in Northowram.

Son of John Watson.


Question: Is this the same as James Watson [1818-1???]?

 

He was a smith [1841] / an innkeeper [1851] / a blacksmith [1851] / a farmer of 4 acres [1851].

He married Elizabeth [1807-18??].


Elizabeth was born in Thornton, Bradford
 

They lived at Fore, Northowram [1851].

James died 19th January 1875 (aged 56).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2981] with brother-in-law Joseph Foreman. Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £300.

Administration was granted to his sister Sarah Foreman

Watson, JamesRef 232-25
[1829-1891] Born in Halifax.

He was an iron moulder [1871, 1881].

In [Q1] 1853, he married (1) Ann Murgatroyd [1832-1862] in Halifax.


Ann was the daughter of John Murgatroyd
 

Children:

  1. Mary [b 1860] who was a worsted spinner [1871]

Ann died 28th March 1862 (aged 30).

In [Q3] 1863, he married (2) Sarah Hannah Birtwhistle [1838-1888] in Halifax.


Sarah Hannah was born in Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Louisa
  2. Harry [1866-1867]
  3. Rose Ann [b 1868] who was a worsted spinner [1881], a  worsted twister [1891]
  4. Harry [1873-1922, b 1872] who was a labourer [1891]
  5. James [1876-1905] who was an apprentice leather worker  [1891]

They lived at

  • 1 Richardson's Lower Court, Halifax [1871]
  • 1 Richardson's Court, Halifax [1881, 1891]

Sarah Hannah died in Halifax [Q1 1888] (aged 50).

James died in Halifax [Q4 1891] (aged 62).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3902]

Watson, JamesRef 232-34
[1849-1911]

He married A Daughter of Mr Addy.

James died 11th April 1911 (aged 62).

He was buried at St John's Church, Cononley.

He is remembered on the Addy family grave at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1659]

Watson, JamesRef 232-1038
[1856-19??] Born in Trawden, Colne, Lancashire He was a tailor [1881, 1891, 1901].

Around 1905, he set up as a fustian manufacturer in Mytholmroyd.

He was a salesman (cotton weaving) employer [1911] / a cotton manufacturer.

In 1880, he married Nancy Berry [1859-1???] in Burnley.


Nancy was born in Earby, Yorkshire
 

Children:

  1. Annie [b 1882] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  2. Walter Vernon [b 1883] who was a cotton weaver [1901], a  loomer and twister [1911]
  3. James Hermon [b 1885] who was a cotton weaver [1901, 1911]
  4. Harry
  5. Sarah Ellen [b 1891]
  6. Margaret A. [b 1893]
  7. Arthur Hornby [b 1897]
  8. Matilda [b 1897]
  9. Ernest Garfield [b 1898]
  10. Brooks [b 1902]

They lived at

  • 5 Morville Houses, Colne, Burnley, Lancashire [1881]
  • 17 Winewall Lane, Winewall, Trawden, Burnley [1891]
  • 1 Thornfield Terrace, Trawden, Lancashire. [1901]
  • 5 Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd [1911]
  • Field House, Mytholmroyd

Watson, JohnRef 232-33
[1???-1???] In 1843, Samuel Ramsden and John Verity were charged with assault on Watson and stealing various items from him.

Watson, Rev JohnRef 232-824
[17??-18??] AM.

Brother of Rev Thomas Watson.

He was Vicar of Coley [1791]

Watson, Rev JohnRef 232-W67
[1724-1783] Born in Cheshire [26th March 1724].

He was Curate at Halifax [1750] and Curate at Ripponden [1754-1769].

He was a well-known local historian and antiquary, and author of the classic History and Antiquities of The Parish of Halifax in Yorkshire.

See E. Jacobs and William Williams

Watson, JohnRef 232-38
[1786-18??] He was a collier [1841].

Around 1816, he married Martha [1786-18??].

Children:

  1. Sarah [b 1816] who married (possibly) (1) Mr  Ashworth & (2) Joseph Foreman
  2. James
  3. Mary [b 1826]

They lived at Range Bank, Halifax [1841]

Watson, JohnRef 232-41
[1795-1846]

He married Mary [1792-1869].

Children:

  1. James
  2. Mary [1819-1859]

John died 15th April 1846 (aged 51).

Mary died 17th December 1869 (aged 77).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2916]

Watson, John JamesRef 232-2663
[1848-1871] Born in Halifax.

He was an ironmonger employing 3 men & 1 boy [1871].

In 1870, he married Jane Elizabeth Nicholson in Halifax.

They lived at 6 Green Hill Terrace, Halifax [1871].

John James died 15th August 1871 (aged 23).

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1554].

In 1883, Jane Elizabeth married Henry Raphael Oddy

Watson, John RobertRef 232-9
[1871-1921] Born in Stockton.

He was a blacksmith.

On 22nd July 1895, he married Lilly Robinson [1873-1942] at St Paul's Church, King Cross.


Lilly was born in Thornton
 

Children:

  1. Harling Richard [1896-1967]
  2. Walter
  3. Alice [b 1903]

The children were born in Halifax.

They lived at

  • 6 Dunkirk Crescent, Halifax [1911]
  • 18 Queens Road, Halifax [1917]

Watson, John WilliamRef 232-7
[1867-1922] Born in Halifax.

He was a card maker.

In 1892, he married Frances Smith [1868-1937] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Clement
  2. Selwyn Smith [1896-1967]

The family lived at Danes Dyke, 252 Pellon Lane, Halifax

Watson, JosephRef 232-18
[1761-1820] A wharfinger of Elland.

He married Rebecca [1758-1834].

Joseph died 17th November 1820 (aged 59).

Rebecca died 23rd May 1834 (aged 76).

The couple were buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax [Grave Ref: 118]

Watson, JosephRef 232-22
[1818-1867]

He married Mary Ann [1829-1914].

Children:

  1. Arthur

Joseph died 21st August 1867 (aged 49).

Mary Ann died 26th August 1914 (aged 85).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 723]

Watson, JosephRef 232-32
[1859-1???] Son of James Watson.

He was a glass & china dealer [1881].

In [Q1] 1889, he married Maria Cullen in Halifax.

Children:

  1. James Raphael who died in infancy [16th January 1890]  
  2. Mary Agnes who died in infancy [10th December 1890]  

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1601] with their Watson grandparents

Watson, JosephRef 232-6
[1864-1934] Born in Manchester.

He was a watch maker.

On 30th August 1884, he married Elizabeth Ann Kirk [1864-1906] at St Clement's Church, Longsight.


Elizabeth Ann was born in Macclesfield
 

Children:

  1. Joseph Frederick

Watson, Joseph FrederickRef 232-5
[1888-1917] Son of Joseph Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a shop assistant.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died in Chelmsford [2nd June 1917].

He was buried at Chelmsford Cemetery [3596]

Watson, KeithRef 232-2494
[19??-] In December 2010, he took over from Ann McAllister as Mayor of Calderdale [2010-2011]. His wife, Eileen, was Mayoress

Watson, LewisRef 232-936
[1892-1918] Son of Charley Newton Watson.

Born in Halifax [19th Jun 1892].

He was a member of Bank Top Methodist Church, Southowram / a sugar boiler / employed by Riley's Toffees.

He lived with his parents at 5 The Square, Bank Top, Southowram.

He (possibly) had a sweetheart, Daisy.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1916], and he served as a Private the 13th (Service) & 1st (Barnsley) Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He went to France [29th December 1916].

He died of wounds in No.2 Casualty Clearing Station in France [28th June 1918].

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [13th July & 20th July 1918].

He was buried at Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France [Grave Ref V C 4].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Hanover Methodist Chapel, Halifax

Watson, LouisaRef 232-24
[1865-1926] Daughter of James Watson.

Born in Halifax.

She was a worsted spinner [1881] / a worsted winder [1911].

She never married.

She lived at 80 Haigh Street, Halifax (with widow Sarah Emmens [b 1836] and & her daughter Edith) [b 1879].

She died 29th September 1926 (aged 61).

She was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3902] with her parents

Watson, MilnesRef 232-9230
[1837-1875] Son of Sarah & Peter Watson, saddler.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [21st May 1837].

He was a saddler [1857] / an innkeeper in Halifax Does anyone know which inn this may have  been?.

He married 9/3//1857 [1838-1???] at Harrison Road, Chapel.


Alice was the daughter of Daniel Burnett
 

They lived at George Street, Halifax [1871]

Milnes died 7th July 1875.

He was buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Watson, PeterRef 232-1807
[18??-18??] Saddler and harness maker, and cementer of mill straps at Hebden Bridge and at Hall End, Halifax [1845]

Watson, RaymondRef 232-895
[1920-1945] Son of Mary Alice & Frank Watson of Highroad Well, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Leading Aircraftman with the 36th Squadron Royal Air Force.

He died 20th August 1945 (aged 25).

He was buried at Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia [Grave Ref 2 D 1]

Watson, RichardRef 232-8950
[17??-1793] Of Halifax.

On 12th April 1793, he was executed at the Tyburn, York for breaking open the dwelling house of John Ambler in Halifax, and stealing 1 mahogany desk, 7 or 8 guineas, and other articles to a considerable amount

Watson, RosamundRef 232-692
[15??-16??] Of Halifax. Wife of John Waddington

Watson, RowlandRef 232-2532
[1710-1776] Of Keighley.

He (possibly) married Mary.

Children:

  1. Ann [1737-1780] who married Thomas Ramsden
  2. Mary [1738-1785] who married Elkanah Hoyle

In his will of 7th May 1776, he left

all his freehold lands in Keighley and all his messuages at Hill Top in Keighley to his daughter Ann, wife of Thomas Ramsden of Halifax, gent; £1000 to Thomas Ramsden and John Clapham of Utley, shalloon maker, upon trust that they put it out at interest and pay the interest to his daughter Mary the wife of Elkanah Hoyle of Hipperholme, gent, and after her death to pay £200 to his grandsons Rowland Ramsden and Rowland Hoyle, and the £800 residue to Luke, Elkanah, Rowland, and Mary the children of Mary and Elkanah Hoyle.

To Thomas Ramsden and John Clapham all his household goods, on trust that they permit his daughter Mary to have the use thereof, and after her death to go to her children.

He acquits Elkanah Hoyle of all loans and leaves to Sarah Ratcliffe his housekeeper £20, and to Henry Smith his servant £10, and the residue of his personal estate after his debts have been paid to his daughter Ann Ramsden whom he appoints sole executrix

Watson, SamuelRef 232-14
[18??-19??] Born in Shipley.

He was a stone hewer [1901] / a hewer in stone quarry [1911].

He married Annie [1875-19??].

Children:

  1. Amy [b 1897]
  2. May [b 1898]
  3. Frank [b 1903]
  4. Harry [b 1904]

The family lived at

  • Denham Square, New Hey Road, Rastrick [1901]
  • 1 Thorn Tree Cottage, Cow Lane, Southowram [1911]

Watson, SolomonRef 232-435
[18??-19??] In December 1901, he applied for patents
for improvements in and relating to wire mattresses

Watson, SolomonRef 232-2138
[1844-19??] Born in Howden Dyke, Yorkshire.

He was bookkeeper at a timber yard in Halifax [1871] / merchant's clerk and innkeeper at Ward's End, Halifax [1881] / publican at the Shakespeare, Halifax [1887] / publican at Sowerby Bridge [1900].

He married (1) Caroline Emma [1847-1875].


Caroline came from Knaresborough
 

Children:

  1. George Herbert [b 1867]
  2. Annie Eliza [b 1873]

In 1878, he married (2) Elizabeth Rowlings [1858-1???] in Halifax.


Elizabeth came from Halifax
 

Children:

  1. Eleanor Gertrude [1879-19??] who married Cyrus Sing Lloyd

They lived at

  • 48 Great Albion Street, Halifax [1871]
  • 2 Ward's End, Halifax [1881]

Watson, SquireRef 232-13
[1841-1892] Son of William Watson.

He was a delver of Warley / a farmer of 15 acres [1881] / a gamekeeper [1891].

He married 1874 Ellen Tattersall [1851-1???].


Ellen, of Warley, was the daughter of John Tattersall
 

Children:

  1. Emma [b 1877]
  2. Mary [b 1878]

The family lived at

  • High Cote, Midgley [1881]
  • New Fly, Warley [1891]

Living with them [in 1881] was visitor Emma Tattersall [b 1861]

Squire died in 1892 (aged 51) 

Watson, Sydney JamesRef 232-17
[1887-1957] Landlord of the Weavers' Arms, Luddendenfoot [1936-1953]

Watson, TaylorRef 232-11
[1860-1893] Born in Gowdall, Snaith.

He was an agricultural labourer [1881] / a general labourer [1891].

In 1880, he married Elizabeth Nappy [1860-1???] in Howden.


Elizabeth was born in Bubwith.

She had an illegitimate daughter Mary Nappy [b 1877] who was in domestic service [1891]; by 1901, Mary was known as Mary Watson and was a worsted drawer

 

Children:

  1. Emma Elizabeth [b 1883] who was a worsted rover [1901], a  worsted drawer [1911]
  2. Arthur Ernest [b 1884] who was a carpet creeler [1901]
  3. Fred Samuel
  4. Rose Ellen [b 1889] who was a worsted spinner half time  [1901], a worsted beamer [1911]
  5. Herbert [b 1892] who was a metal spinner [1911]

The family lived at

  • The Village, Wressell, Howden [1881]
  • 8 Spring Gardens, Ovenden [1891]
  • 20 Rake Bank, Halifax [1901]
  • 17 Rake Bank, Wheatley, Halifax [1911 when daughter Emma  was head of the household]

Taylor died in 1893 (aged 33).

Elizabeth died in 1902 (aged 42) 

Watson, Rev ThomasRef 232-1402
[1758-1833] Brother of Rev John Watson. Vicar of Elland [1793]. He died at Eden Hall, Penrith

Watson, ThomasRef 232-31
[1860-1???] Son of James Watson.

In [Q4] 1883, he married Clara Boulton in Halifax.

Children:

  1. Mary Alice who died 13th June 1886 (aged 17 days)   
  2. Laura who died 24th September 1887 (aged 14 days)   

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1601] with their Watson grandparents

Watson, W.Ref 232-883
[18??-18??] Ironmonger at Elland.

In 1849, he was declared bankrupt

Watson, Walter Irvine RonaldRef 232-8
[1898-1917] Son of John Robert Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of St Hilda's Church, Halifax / employed by Economic Stores at Spring Hall Lane.

During World War I, he enlisted [May 1917], and served as a Private with the 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [15th October 1917].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [24th November 1917].

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 128-131, 162 & 162A]

Watson, WilfredRef 232-21
[1893-19??] Son of George Watson.

He was a warp sizer [1911].

He married Pollie Elizabeth [1900-1934].

Pollie Elizabeth died 19th July 1934 (aged 34).

She was buried in the family grave at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel


Details of Wilfred's death & burial place are not yet known
 

Watson, WilliamRef 232-2234
[17??-18??] He was a watchmaker and clockmaker at Elland [1834]

Watson, WilliamRef 232-1270
[18??-19??] Of 9 Sholebrook Terrace, Leeds.

In 1903, he was one of the first people to be granted a motor drivers' licence, and may have been chauffeur to a family in Halifax

Watson, WilliamRef 232-12
[1819-18??] (Possibly) son of Hannah & Joseph Watson.

He was a gamekeeper [1901].

He married Mary [1821-1???].

Children:

  1. Squire
  2. Hannah [b 1842]
  3. Margaret [b 1844]
  4. Mary [b 1847] who married [1865] William Wade
  5. Susey Ellen [b 1849]
  6. John [b 1853] who was an ag.lab [1901]
  7. Fanny [b 1856]
  8. Joseph [b 1858]

They lived at

  • Owl Nook, Warley [1841, 1851]
  • Withens Gate, Warley [1861]
  • Warley [1871]
  • Slade, Warley [1901]

Living with them [in 1871] was granddaughter Mary Ellen Wade [b 1866]

Watson, WilliamRef 232-27
[1839-1901] Son of James Watson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a coal miner [1861] / a labourer [1871] / a carpet labourer [1881] / a grocer & provision dealer [1891] / a grocer shop keeper [1901].

He married Hannah [1841-1924].


Hannah was born in Ovenden
 

Children:

  1. Herbert [b 1861]
  2. Andrew [1866-1872]
  3. Harry [1872-1924] who was a mechanic fitter [1891]  
  4. Lily A. [b 1874] who was a silk spreader [1891], a  worsted winder [1901]
  5. Emma [b 1877] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a worsted  winder [1901]
  6. Albert Edgar [1879-1889]
  7. James [b 1881]
  8. Arthur [b 1886] who was an apprentice wire drawer [1901]

They lived at

  • 8 Watson's Buildings, Halifax [1861]
  • 8 Pineberry Hill, Halifax [1861]
  • Southowram Bank [1872]
  • 99 Southowram Bank [1881]
  • 97 & 99 House & Shop, Southowram Bank [1891]
  • 97 Southowram Bank [1901]

William died 10th April 1901 (aged 62).

Hannah died 27th February 1924 (aged 83).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1170]

Watson, WilliamRef 232-661
[1840-1915] Born in Leeds.

He was a grocer [1881, 1891] / inn keeper at the Maypole Inn, Warley [1901].

In [Q3] 1869, he married Margaret Annie Craven [1847-1917] in Halifax.

Children:

  1. William Henry [b 1872]
  2. Frank [b 1876]
  3. Laura [b 1877]
  4. Charles [b 1881]
  5. Herbert [b 1882]
  6. Emma [b 1885] who married William Thomas Tansey
  7. Harold

The family lived at

  • 125 New Bank, Halifax [1881, 1891]
  • The Maypole Inn, Warley [1901]
  • 33 Newstead Place, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was sister-in-law Emma Craven [b  1843].

William died 14th February 1915.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £284 6/7d.

Administration was granted to his widow Margaret Ann

Watson, William BriggsRef 232-1720
[18??-19??] Of Higgins & Company.

He lived at Bull Close Lane, Halifax [1905]

Watson, William HenryRef 232-553
[1863-19??] Son of Henry Watson, saddler.

Born in Rochdale.

He was a belt maker of Hopwood Lane, Halifax [1891] / a machine leather belt maker [1901] / a leather belt maker [1911]

In [Q3] 1891, he married Amy Hoare [1869-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.


Amy, of Bramley Lane, Lightcliffe, was born in Wombridge(?), Shropshire, the daughter of Phillip Hoare, coal miner
 

Children:

  1. Henry
  2. Ernest [b 1898] who was a doffer [1911]
  3. Charles [b 1900]
  4. Joseph Crossley [b 1907]

The family lived at

  • 8 Marvells Square, Skircoat, Halifax [1901]
  • 6 Shaw Street, King Cross, Halifax [1911]

Watson, WillieRef 232-593
[1920-2004] England test cricketer and England international footballer.

He appeared at the Shay – as player-manager between 1954 and 1956, and as manager from 1964 to 1966. He played cricket for Yorkshire and played in 23 Tests for England including 7 against Australia. He played 4 times for the England national football team and when he joined Halifax Town, he was one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year. He scored more than 25,500 first-class runs in his career that also included county appearances with Leicestershire. After leaving Halifax Town, he played for the England Test side for the 1957/58 Ashes tour.

He emigrated to South Africa in 1968

 

 

Watson surnameRef 232-1

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are 82 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Watson, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.


Unattached BMDs for Watson

Marriages 1861, 1862, 1888, 1891, 1900, 1908, 1909, 1914, 1922, 1939; Deaths 1808, 1853, 1907

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2634

 

See Patronymic Surnames



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