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Earnshaw ...

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

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

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

A. Earnshaw [18??-1???]
Abraham Earnshaw [1???-1???]
Abraham Earnshaw [17??-17??]
Rev Alan Mark Earnshaw [19??-]
Crossley Earnshaw [1840-1???]
Rev Cyril Earnshaw [1???-19??]
Daniel Earnshaw [1792-18??]
Elkanah Earnshaw [1???-18??]
Elkanah Earnshaw [1816-1891]
Fred Earnshaw [1885-1918]
George Earnshaw [1827-19??]
Harry Earnshaw [1879-19??]
J. Earnshaw [18??-19??]
James Earnshaw [1???-1???]
James Earnshaw [1827-1???]
John Earnshaw [16??-17??]
John Earnshaw [18??-1905]
Rev John William Earnshaw [1834-1884]
John William Earnshaw [1892-1918]
Michael Earnshaw [1???-16??]
Misses Earnshaw
Rev Richard Foulds Earnshaw [1845-1898]
Sam Earnshaw [1???-1???]
Samuel Earnshaw [18??-19??]
Samuel Earnshaw [1856-19??]
Silvester William Penn Earnshaw [1887-1934]
Stephen Earnshaw [1799-1879]
Thomas Earnshaw [1790-18??]
William Earnshaw [17??-1???]
William Earnshaw [1799-1848]
William Henry Earnshaw [1880-1915] 

Earnshaw, A.
[18??-1???] He was a member of Halifax Town Council / an engineer. Established A. Earnshaw & Sons

Earnshaw, Abraham
[1???-1???] Constable at Todmorden & Walsden [1748]

Earnshaw, Abraham
[17??-17??] Of Ovenden.

On 17th October 1767, brothers Thomas Boys [aged 27] and Richard Boys [aged 24] of Colne, were executed at the Tyburn for

the highway robbery of Earnshaw, holding a knife to his throat and putting him in fear of his life

They had stolen 8 guineas and 2 shillings in silver from him.

These 2 brothers had married 2 sisters, who, with their father, attended the execution and then conveyed the bodies to Halifax for burial

Earnshaw, Rev Alan Mark
[19??-] He was Vicar of St George's Church, Ovenden [1966] / Vicar of Coley [1990].

He was said to be a very autocratic character. At one point he demanded that the font be replaced. When parishioners suggested that the old font be sited in the churchyard where it might be used to display flowers, he insisted that it be broken up and buried in the churchyard, lest black magic powers be invoked

Earnshaw, Crossley
[1840-1???] Born in Holmfirth.

He was a railway goods porter [1871].

He married Mary Ann, widow of Albert Veal.


  1. Willie [b 1870]

The family lived at Back Prospect Street, Claremount [1871]. Mary Ann's children were living with them

Earnshaw, Rev Cyril
[1???-19??] Priest at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Brighouse [1935]

Earnshaw, Daniel
[1792-18??] He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Earnshaw, Elkanah
[1???-18??] A farmer at Ovenden.

In June 1849, newspapers reported that

[Earnshaw] has a duck which laid an egg measuring 8½ inches in diameter and weighing 8 ounces. Another egg was found in the inside

Earnshaw, Elkanah
[1816-1891] Of Cock Hill Gate, Ovenden.

He married Hannah [1814-1895].


  1. Dan [1856-1891]

Elkanah died 7th March 1891 (aged 76).

Hannah died 17th August 1895 (aged 81).

Members of the family were buried at Mount Zion Methodist Chapel, Ogden

Earnshaw, Fred
[1885-1918] Son of Samuel Earnshaw.

Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton weaver [1901].

On 3rd February 1912, he married Sarah Hannah Dawson [1886-1915] at Mankinholes Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

Sarah Hannah was born in Todmorden

During World War I, he served as a Private with Y Siege Park Royal Army Service Corps.

He died 24th November 1918 (aged 33).

He was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery [LI A 20].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £250 5/5d.

Administration was granted to his father Samuel

Earnshaw, George
[1827-19??] Son of Samuel Earnshaw.

He was a commission agent (stuff goods) [1858].

He married (1) Unknown.

On 11th February 1858, he married (2) Ann Bateman [1828-1910] at Zion Chapel, Halifax.

They had no children

They lived at Southgate, Halifax [1858]

Earnshaw, Harry
[1879-19??] Son of (possibly) Elizabeth Sunderland & George Edward Earnshaw, overlooker.

He was a porter of 19 Rose Terrace, Halifax [1908].

In 1908, he married Ellen Wormald.

Ellen was the daughter of
Jonas Wormald


  1. Unknown

The family lived at 31 Handel Street, Hopwood Lane, Halifax.

Living with them [in 1911], was Ellen's father Jonas Wormald

Earnshaw, J.
[18??-19??] Cycle dealer at Halifax.

In July 1893, he was declared bankrupt

Earnshaw, James
[1???-1???] Constable at Todmorden & Walsden [1776]

Earnshaw, James
[1827-1???] Born in Todmorden.

He was innkeeper at the Bay Horse, Todmorden [1866, 1871].

In 1865, he married Hannah Clegg [1838-1???] from Bacup, in Todmorden

Earnshaw, John
[16??-17??] Curate at Luddenden [1720]

Earnshaw, John
[18??-1905] He was landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton, Mixenden [1903, 1905].

He married Elizabeth.

He is mentioned in the List of Local Wills: 1905.

Elizabeth took over at the Shoulder of Mutton [1905]

Earnshaw, Rev John William
[1834-1884] BA.

Son of Stephen Earnshaw.

He was born in Potternewton,

Baptised at St Bartholomew's, Ripponden [14th November 1834]

He was educated at Heath Grammar School (where he was a prizeman), and St Catherine's Cambridge [1853] before becoming Usher at Heath Grammar School [1857-8], ordained at Ripon [1859], curate at Birstall [1860, 1861], and perpetual curate at Birkenshaw with Hunsworth [1863-1884]

On 28th June 1859, he married Sarah Jane Turney [1829-1905] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Jane was born in Ovenden


  1. William Tilney Turney [1860-1861]
  2. John Watkinson [1861-1924]
  3. Thomas Turney Tilney [1862-1884]
  4. Charles Edward [1868-1868]
  5. Ethelreda [1869-1937]

The family lived at

  • Birstall [1861]
  • Birkenshaw [1863-1884]

He died at Birkenshaw [22nd March 1884].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £3,708 1/-.

The will was proved by his widow Sarah Jane

Earnshaw, John William
[1892-1918] Son of Martha & James Earnshaw of 658 Burnley Road, Cornholme.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/7th Battalion with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

He died 25th March 1918 (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [5], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on Shore War Memorial

Earnshaw, Michael
[1???-16??] He was Constable of Sowerby [1652-3]

Earnshaw, Misses
In 1845, they ran a school in Brighouse

Earnshaw, Rev Richard Foulds
[1845-1898] Son of Mary & John Earnshaw, a book keeper.

Born in Sowerby.

In 1892, he married Sarah Emma Wilson in Northampton.


  1. John Lewis William [1884-1961] who died in Australia
  2. Silvester William Penn

He died in Middlesbrough [27th December 1898]

Earnshaw, Sam
[1???-1???] Partner in Standeven & Earnshaw and Earnshaw & Fletcher

Earnshaw, Samuel
[18??-19??] Joiner, builder and undertaker.

The business is recorded at 7 Ferguson Street, Halifax [1905, 1915, 1936].

Earnshaw, Samuel
[1856-19??] Born in Todmorden.

He was a cotton weaver [1901, 1918].

He married Emma [1857-19??].


  1. Arthur [b 1880] who was a cotton weaver [1901]
  2. John [b 1882] who was an iron turner [1901]
  3. Fred
  4. William [b 1888] who was a cotton doffer [1901]
  5. Ellen [b 1890]
  6. Edgar [b 1894]

The family were born in Todmorden.

The family lived at 78 Industrial Street, Todmorden [1901]

Earnshaw, Silvester William Penn
[1887-1934] FZS.

Son of Rev Richard Foulds Earnshaw

Born in Leicester.

He died in St Pancras

Earnshaw, Stephen
[1799-1879] He was a teacher of mathematics [1851] / a master at Rishworth School [1834-1860]

On 15th July 1830, he married Selina Tilney [1802-1861] at St Peter's Leeds

Selina was born in Leeds


  1. John William

The family lived at Rishworth

Earnshaw, Thomas
[1790-18??] He served with the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot York & Lancaster Regiment in the Peninsular War

Earnshaw, William
[17??-1???] Of Brighouse. In 1805, he and William Earnshaw bought Brookfoot Corn Mill.

See Clay & Earnshaw

Earnshaw, William
[1799-1848] He was innkeeper at the Bay Horse, Todmorden [1841].

He married Mary [1806-1???].

Living with them at the Bay Horse in 1841 were Mary Earnshaw [aged 15] (female servant), William Earnshaw [aged 25] (labourer), John Earnshaw [aged 15] (labourer), Robert Barker [aged 14] (labourer), William Barker [aged 11], and James Barker [aged 7].

He was buried at Christ Church, Todmorden

Earnshaw, William Henry
[1880-1915] Son of Ann & Jonathan Earnshaw of Bradfield.

In [Q1] 1909, he married Elizabeth Emma Hague in Wortley, Yorkshire.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in Halifax [5th March 1915] (aged 35).

He is remembered with a CWGC headstone at Stoney Royd Cemetery.

In [Q2] 1918, Elizabeth Emma married John W. Poppleton in Wortley.

They lived at Sykehouse Lane, Dungworth, Sheffield.


Earnshaw surname

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

There are over 30 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Earnshaw, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Earnshaw:

Marriages 1874, 1896, 1906; Death 1900

See Shaw

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