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The Howard Family of Holmfirth, Yorkshire

1.Link to census Luke HOWARD. Baptized 15/7/1794 in Holmfirth Chapel in the parish of Almondbury, Yorkshire. Luke’s father was recorded as James, son of John, of  Holme Wood. Luke’s mother, and his father’s occupation, are not mentioned. Luke died 28/8/1872 in Heckmondwike, age 78.


On 26/12/1814, when Luke was age 20, he married Jane DEARNALLY (1791-1856) in the parish of Almondbury, within which the township of Holme lies.


They had the following children:


(1) George, born 9/2/1815 in Holme and baptized 8/3/1815 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Holmfirth. (2) William [2]. (3) Peter [3]. (4) Reuben [4]. (5) Hannah, born 4/5/1825 in Holme and baptized 19/6/1825 at Lane Independent Chapel, Holmfirth. (6) Mary, born 11/10/1827 in Holme and baptized 6/2/1828 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Holmfirth. (7) Henry, born 19/2/1830 in Holme and baptized 9/6/1830 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Holmfirth. (8) Ann, born 15/4/1832 in Holme and baptized 21/10/1832 in Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth. On 4/4/1850, Ann married William DEARNLEY in St David, Holme Bridge, Almondbury. Ann’s age was given as 24, although she was 17 at the time. (9) Betty, born 8/1/1837 in Holme and baptized 4/6/1837 in Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth. On 4/4/1850, when Betty was age 23, married Eliab RIDGWICK (1836-1878) in St David, Holme Bridge, Almondbury.

First Generation

Second Generation

2.Link to census William HOWARD [Parents]. Born 13/11/1818 in Holme and baptized 18/1/1819 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Holmfirth. William died in December 1889 and was buried 21/12/1889 in St Mary, Beeston. Occupation: Woollen Cloth Weaver.


On 23/2/1837, when William was age 18, he married Martha ARMITAGE in All Hallows, Almondbury. Martha was born about 1817 in Holme.


They had the following children, all born in Holme:


(1) Jane, born about 1837. (2) Henry [5]. (3) Daniel Armitage, born quarter ending June 1841. (4) Isabella, born quarter ending June 1843. (5) Caleb [6]. (6) William [7].


3.Link to census Peter HOWARD [Parents]. Born 31/12/1820 in Holmfirth and baptized 12/4/1821 at Lane Independent, Holmirth. Peter died quarter ending September 1896 in Huddersfield, age 75.


In the quarter ending June 1845, when Peter was age about 24, he married Amelia COLDWELL, daughter of Ebenezer & Lydia COLDWELL, in Huddersfield. Amelia was born 8/1/1825 in Holmfirth & died quarter ending March 1903 in Huddersfield, age 78.


They had the following children:


(1) Brook, born quarter ending March 1848 in Huddersfield & died there quarter ending September 1914, age 66. (2) Joe, born 1850 in Cartworth, Huddersfield & died quarter ending September 1869 in Dewsbury, age 19. (3) Silvanus, born quarter ending June 1860 in Batley & died quarter ending June 1867 in Dewsbury, age about 7. (4) Annie Lydia, born quarter ending March 1864 in Dewsbury. Annie Lydia died quarter ending December 1919 in Gravesend, Kent, age 55. On 17/10/1894, when Annie Lydia was age 30, she married Edwin DAWSON, son of Thomas DAWSON, in Holmfirth. They had no children.


4.Link to census ReubenReuben Howard 1823-1895 picture Howard [Parents]. Born 14/3/1823 in Holmfirth and baptized 8/5/1823 at Lane Independent, Holmfirth. Reuben died 18/3/1895 in Grove Cottages, New Delph, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, age 72.  Cause of death certified as Paralysis agitans [Parkinson’s Disease] 4 years ; Pneumonia 8 days. Occupation: Woollen warper. Click  image to enlarge


In the quarter ending September 1849, when Reuben was age 26, he married Sarah SENIOR, daughter of John and Hannah SENIOR. Sarah was born 20/1/1829 & baptized 14/6/1829, both events in Holmfirth. She died about 1859.


They had the following children:


(1) Senior [8]. (2) Luke [9]. (3) Vincent [10]. (4) Lister [11].


In the quarter ending September 1861, when Reuben was age 38, he married Catherine FOULKES. Born 16/2/1836 in Hulme, Manchester, Catherine died 1/1/1901 in Stretford, Manchester, age 64.


They had the following children:


(1) Sarah Elizabeth, born quarter ending March 1871 & died quarter ending June 1871 in Saddleworth. (2) Harry [12]. (3) Reuben, born quarter ending June 1874 in Saddleworth.

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