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For each of the names below there is a profile of the person's life built up from census, parish, trade directories and other records.  Dates in italic are approximate. If you notice any errors please contact us with details.


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AMBLER, George (1817-1891)                   Manufacturer; Canal Works

AMBLER, George (1845-1923)                   Ironmonger; Kirkgate

AMBLER, James (1838-1907)                    Mechanic; Canal Works

AMBLER, John Robertshaw (1843-1898)   Mechanic

AMBLER, Robert Robertshaw (1865-?)      Manufacturer; Canal Works; bankrupted

ASQUITH, Anthony (1798-1879)                  Farmer at Holden Gate

BAIRSTOW, Charles (1863-1935)                Wool merchant & farmer; Keighley

BAIRSTOW, Percy (1863-1943)                   Corn merchant & dairy farmer; Hainsworth House

BALDWIN, John (1848-1874)                       Woollen manufacturer

BALDWIN, Peter (1820-1864)                       Agent employing handloom weavers

BALDWIN, Stephen (1828-1874)                  Nail maker (son of John Baldwin (1788-1853)

BALDWIN, William (1790-1867)                    Labourer and woolcomber

BERRY, Jane (1825-1852)                            School mistress

BERRY, John (1790-1864)                            Grocer, farmer, postmaster

BERRY, Samuel (1819-1890)                        Joiner and grocer in the Becks

BLAND, John (1788-1853)                            Calico manufacturer

BLAND, John (1821-1914)                            Nail maker

BOOTH, Mercy (1784-1837)                         Near Ghyll Grange Farm

BRACEWELL, Henry (1806-1851)                Plumber and glazier

BRIGGS, Henry (1833-1888)                        Partner of George Jacques

BRIGGS, James (1822-1875)                       Worsted spinner of Manningham (buried in St. james' churchyard

CLARK, John (1765-1838)                            Farmer; Clark Fold (St. John's Street)

CLARK, John (1793-1858)                            Farmer; Clark Fold

CLARK, John (1828-1891)                            Farmer; Clark Fold

CLARK, Thomas Rhodes (1861-1923)          Joiner; later farmer; Clark Fold

CLARKSON, Jonas (1788-1857)                   Nail maker; Tar Topping

CLARKSON [Jackson], Henry (1807-1874)   Nail maker; Tar Topping

CLARKSON [Jackson], Jonas (1830-1904)   Farmer

CLARKSON [Jackson], John (1850-1899)     Farmer; Tar Topping

CLOUGH, William Arthur (1876-1937)           Textile manufacturer; Silsden house

CLOUGH, Roger (1901-1974)                        Gentleman farmer; born in Silsden House

COCKSHOTT, Henry (1827-1908)                  Nail maker

COCKSHOTT, Christopher (1797-1861)         Woolstapler, farmer: Crossmoor

COCKSHOTT, John (1751-1812)                    Farmer and wool stapler; Silsden Moor and Kildwick

COCKSHOTT, John (1778-1856)                    Farmer; Crossmoor

COCKSHOTT, John (1806-1859)                    Beer seller and farmer; Grinning Rat, Crossmoor

COCKSHOTT, John (1830-1888)                    Smallholder, woolcomber; Crossmoor

COWLING, Fortune (1770-1846)                    Otley nail maker

COWLING, Frank (1849-1926)                        Carpenter, joiner; employer

COWLING, Percy (1883-1935)                        Bank clerk; later bank manager

COWLING, Thomas (1820-1874)                    Carpenter, timber merchant; employer

DARBY, Joseph (1836-1912)                           Nail maker

DIXON, William (1867-1939)                            Wood turner; photographer

DRIVER, Arthur (1890-1977)                           Manager; North Street Mills (Driver Brothers)

DRIVER, Charles (1860-1942)                         Nail manufacturer

DRIVER, Frank (1868-1935)                            Textile manufacturer; North Street Mills

DRIVER, Henry Ripley (1864-1932)                 Textile manufacturer; North street Mills

DRIVER, William (1819-1878)                          Nail manufacturer

ELLISON, Jacob Bailey (1849-1924)                Textile manufacturer; worsted spinner

ELLISON, James (1838-1906)                          Station master, publican and hotel keeper

FLETCHER, Charles Henry (1875-1924)         Textile manufacturer; Becks House

FLETCHER, Charles Thomas (1882-1975)      Textile manufacturer

FLETCHER, Joshua (1802-1875)                     Becks Mill joint owner

FLETCHER, Richard (1852-1949)                    Textile manufacturer; Berry & Fletcher Ltd., Riversleigh

FLETCHER, Tom (1854-  )                                Coal merchant; The Elms

FLETCHER, William (1828-1886)                     Coal merchant 

FOSTER, Henry Christopher (1872-1925)        Printer and compositor; photographer

FOSTER, Isaac (1848-1934)                             Manager of cotton yarn factory

GAWTHORPE, John (1817-1897)                     Cordwainer; later police constable

GILL, John (1799-1876)                                     Coal merchant; Penny Peck Hall

GILL, Thomas (1807-1876)                                Farmer and beer seller (Main Street)

GREENWOOD, David (1838-1873)                   Overlooker; Becks Mill

HARTLEY, William (1857-1924)                         Sequah; medicine man

HEATON, Robert (1823-1863)                           Worsted manufacturer; Becks Mill

HENTHORN, Harold (1876-1926)                     Silsden police constable

HINDLE, James William (1886-1972)                Clog iron maker

HINDLE, John (1778-1845)                               Handloom weaver

HINDLE, John (1812-1879)                               Weaver; woolcomber; quarryman

HINDLE, John (1850-1912)                               Nail maker

HOLLINGS, Cornelius (1814-1889)                  Overlooker; Becks Mill

HOLMES, Isaac (1822-?)                                  Overlooker; Becks Mill in 1841

HOLMES, Jacob (1816-1900)                           Overlooker; Becks Mill 

HORN(E), John (1746-1802)                             Farmer and innkeeper

HORN(E), John (1819-1904)                             Farmer

NORN(E), Peter (1783-1862)                            Farmer

HORN(E), Thomas William (1852-1940)           Nail maker

JACKSON, George (1783-1863)                       Farmer and tallow chandler

JACQUES, George (1830-1895)                       Textile manufacturer; Spring Bank

JOWETT, Joseph (1766-1844)                          Farmer on Silsden Moor

JOWETT, William (1802-1874)                          Farmer at Crossmoor

LAMBERT, David (1825-1913)                          Cartwright

LAMBERT, John (1785-1851)                           Farmer; North End Farm

LAMBERT, John (1825-1909)                           Farmer; Brunthwaite

LAMBERT, Richard Henry (1857-1947)            Wheelwright/Cartwright

LAMBERT, Thomas (1794-1860s)                    Farmer at Middle Brunthwaite Farm

LAMBERT, Tobias (1733-1821)                         Handloom weaver; Ghyll Grange

LAMBERT, Tobias (1770-1855)                         Farmer; Ghyll Grange

LAMBERT, Tobias (1849-?)                               Cartwright

LAMBERT, William Henry (1861-1943)             Book keeper/Cashier; amateur artist

LEE, James (1805-1871)                                   Road surveyor

LEE, James (1818-1877)                                   Civil engineer

LEE, John (1827-1888)                                     Canal bank ranger

LEE, John (1841-1889)                                     Canal manager

LONGBOTTOM, David (1851-1915)                  Headmaster; Bolton Road School

MITCHELL, Charles (1862- ?)                           Worsted coating manufacturer; briefly at Silsden House

NEWTON, George (1768-1832)                         Woolcomber

NEWTON, James (1770-1823)                           Nail maker

NEWTON, James (1796-1836)                           Handloom weaver

NEWTON, Jonas (1798-1868)                            Wharfinger; coal dealer; village constable

NEWTON, Jonas (1831-1906)                            Nail maker

NEWTON, Joseph (1794-1883)                          Nil maker and local preacher

NEWTON, Samuel (1813-1856)                         Labourer

NEWTON, William (1803-1883)                          Nail maker and local preacher

PAGE, Thomas (1792-1858)                               Primitive Methodist school teacher

SHACKLETON, Benjamin (1845-1909)              Paper tube manufacturer; Bleak House

SHACKLETON, James (1833- ?)                        Paper tube manufacturer

SHACKLETON, James (1859-1910)                   Paper tube manufacturer

SHACKLETON, Joseph (1826- ?)                       Paper tube manufacturer

SHACKLETON, Thomas(1841-1884)                 Clog iron maker; Bridge Street

SHUTTLEWORTH, John (1771-1852)                Weaver; agricultural labourer

SHUTTLEWOETH, John (1812-1871)                Farmer; Near Ghyll Grange

SHUTTLEWORTH, Thomas (1809- ?)                Woolcomber

SMITH, Henry Clarence Fox (1897-1976)          Great War soldier

SMITH, John William (1890-1933)                      Professional photographer

SPENCER, James Henry (1862-1912)               Plumber and painter

STOCKS, James (1820-1872)                            Worsted manufacturer; Becks Mill

STOCKS, James Isaac (1859-1924)                  Stuff manufacturer; Becks Mill

SUMMERSCALES, David ( ? -1855)                  Coal merchant

SUMMERSCALES, Henry (1780- ?)                   Farmer; Seamoor

SUMMERSCALES, Henry (1783-1871)              Carrier; smallholder

SUMMERSCALES, John (1781- ?)                     Farmer; Bridge Street area

SUMMERSCALES, Richard (1815-1880)           Farmer and Publican; Punch Bowl Inn

TAYLOR, George Smith (1838-1904)                  Woolstapler and farmer; Hainsworth House

THROUP, Elizabeth (1817-1879)                        Briefly landlady og Punch Bowl

THROUP, Mary (1815-1897)                               Spinster: Shop keeper

THROUP, Matthew (1778-1855)                          Brackenhill Farm; Butcher (Back Lane area)

THROUP, Sarah (1845-1918)                              Married Thomas Shackleton; Bridge Street

THROUP, Thomas (1768-1836)                          Landlord of Punch Bowl

THROUP, Thomas (1820-1888)                          Landlord of Punch Bowl

THROUP, Thomas (1830-1897)                          Nail master; Old Hall

WADE, Herbert (1868-1945)                              Grocer and corn dealer; Briggate

WEATHERHEAD, Charles (1828-1907)             Grocer and draper; Silsden Local Board

WIDDOP, Jacob (1752-1838)                             Farmer; Holden

WIDDOP, William (1809-1866)                           Farmer; Howden Top

WIDDOP, William (1848-1866)                           Farmer's son at Howden Top (drowned)

WILSON, James (1767-1836)                            Charcoal burner; Black Pots

WILSON, James (1828-1904)                            Farmer; Black Pots

WILSON, James (1870-1938)                            Farmer; Black Pots

WILSON, Jeremiah (1739-1821)                        Charcoal burner; Black Pots

WILSON, Jeremiah (1797-1850)                        Woolcomber and farmer; Black Pots

WRIGHT, William (1803-1873)                           Worsted manufacturer; Becks Mill


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