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The entries for people & families with the surname Asquith 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.

Mr Asquith [17??-1819]
Alexander Asquith [1848-1871]
Ben Asquith [1856-1???]
Dan Asquith [1813-1870]
Herbert Henry Asquith [1852-1928]
Hugh Dynevor Asquith [1896-1917]
James Asquith [1739-1???]
John Green Asquith [1910-1933]
John Henry Stancliffe Asquith [1866-1927]
John William Stancliffe Asquith [1874-1933]
Joseph Asquith [1841-1913]
Mrs Lucy Jane Asquith [1874-1904]
Richard Warren Asquith [1914-1988]
Robert Simpson Asquith [1847-1???]
Robert Wills Asquith [1912-1963]
Samuel Asquith [1773-1852]
Samuel Asquith [1804-1???]
Samuel Asquith [1814-1894]
Rev Swithin Asquith [1853-1926]
Thomas Sharp Asquith [1843-1910]
W. Asquith [18??-19??]
William Asquith [1840-1901]
William Stancliffe Asquith [1900-1960] 

Asquith, Mr
[17??-1819] Of Hipperholme.

On 29th May 1819, he was thrown over the battlements of Halifax Bridge

by some unknown assassin

He fell 46 feet and was found dead the next morning.

Afterwards the bridge was surmounted with iron palisades, in the hope to prevent any similar occurrence

Asquith, Alexander
[1848-1871] Son of Dan Asquith.

Born in Ovenden.

He was a bell hanger.

In 1868, he (possibly) married either Sarah Ann Gomersall or Elizabeth Nicholl in Halifax.

He committed suicide in 1871.

The Bradford Observer [Thursday June 8th 1871] reported

About half past five yesterday morning, the body of a man names Alex Asquith, bellhanger who was without fixed residence, was found drowned in the canal near Caddyfields bridge.

During the night he stopped at the house of Mr William Holt, Talbot Inn Yard, to whom he expressed a wish to drown himself.

The Police found Holt's door open, when Asquith was missed and afterwards found dead in the canal


He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3199]

Asquith, Ben
[1856-1???] Son of Thomas Asquith, a scourer.

Born in Sowerby Bridge.

He was a warehouse man in dye works [1881] / a dry goods warehouseman [1891] / a worsted stuff warehouseman [1901] / assisting in his wife's millinery business [1911].

In 1879, he married Hannah Maria Briggs [1853-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Hannah Maria, of Skircoat, was the daughter of Jarrerd Briggs, a carter


  1. Annie Jane [b 1880] who was a worsted spinner [1891], a milliner's assistant [1901]

Hannah Maria died in 1882 (aged 30).

In 1886, he married Sarah Hannah Crowther [1859-1???] in Halifax.

Sarah Hannah was a milliner [1891, 1901].

In 1911, she was a dealer (millinery). Employer



  1. Harold [b 1892] who was a machine tool fitter [1911]

The family lived at

  • 3 Willow Street, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • 75 Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 28 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge [1901]
  • 30 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge [1911]

In 1905, an advertisement was published in the Sowerby Bridge Chronicle for

Mrs Asquith's, New Spring and Summer Millinery at 30 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge

Asquith, Dan
[1813-1870] Son of Jane [1777-1853] & Joseph Asquith.

Born in Halifax.

Baptised in Halifax [16th November 1817].

He was a wire drawer [1841] / landlord of the Royal Hotel & Oddfellows' Hall, Halifax [1846] / (possibly) landlord of the Golden Plough, Halifax [from 1846] / landlord of the Broad Tree, Lee Mount [1851] / assistant bailiff [1861].

In November 1856, he was declared bankrupt.

On 25th April 1839, he married (1) Maria Rushworth [1821-1858] at Halifax Parish Church.

Maria was the daughter of Jane (née Stancliffe) [1794-1868] & William Rushworth [1791-1871]


  1. William
  2. Joseph Hopkins [1841-1889]
  3. Thomas Sharp
  4. John Stancliffe [1844-1902]
  5. Robert [1846-1906]
  6. Alexander
  7. Lucy Jane [1849-1908]
  8. Richard [1851-1853]
  9. Martha Ann [1853-1858]
  10. Mary [1854-1858]
  11. Eliza [1855-1938]
  12. Maria [1858-1924]

Maria died a fortnight after giving birth to her youngest daughter.

In 1859, he married (2) Mary Ann Clegg [1833-1893] in Dewsbury.

Mary Ann came from Earlsheaton


  1. George Henry [1859-1872]
  2. Charles Edward [1862-1938]
  3. Allen [1860-1935]
  4. Alfred [1868-1933]

The family lived at

  • Shroggs Bottom, Ovenden [1841]
  • Broad Tree, Lee Mount [1851]
  • 14 North Castle Street, Halifax [1861]

Dan died 5th July 1870 (aged 57).

He was buried at Dewsbury Cemetery.

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 3199]

Asquith, Herbert Henry
[1852-1928] British Prime Minister.

Son of Emily Willans and Joseph Dixon Asquith of Morley.

He attended Making Place Academy

Asquith, Hugh Dynevor
[1896-1917] Son of Rev Swithin Asquith

He was educated at Holy Trinity School.

During World War I, he served as a Rifleman with the 2nd/3rd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

He was killed by a shell whilst in his way to the ambulance quarters [18th June 1917] (aged 21).

He was buried at the Pont D'Achelles Military Cemetery, Nieppe [I D 13].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Asquith, James
[1739-1???] Of Northowram.

Son of Timothy Askew.

He married Betty Whiteley.


  1. Samuel

Asquith, John Green
[1910-1933] Son of John William Stancliffe Asquith.

He lived at Moorlands, Savile Park, Halifax.

He died [28th April 1933] from complications following an appendicitis operation at the Royal Halifax Infirmary, only a month after the death of his father. At the time of his death, he was preparing to marry Angela Watkinson. Probate records show that he left effects valued at £7,858 4/8d.

Administration was granted to his sister Alice

Asquith, John Henry Stancliffe
[1866-1927] Son of William Asquith.

Born in Halifax.

He was a machine tool maker [1901]. He and his cousin, J. W. S. Asquith, succeeded William Asquith at Asquith's, the family machine tool manufacturing business.

In 1892, he married Annie Chapman [1869-1932] in Rochdale.

Annie was born in Ovenden


  1. Louie Gertrude Ann Stancliffe [1897-1976]
  2. William Stancliffe [1900-1960]

The family lived at 318 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1901].

He died at Great Yarmouth [10th August 1927].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £73,821 6/11d.

Probate was granted to Arthur Stocks (chartered accountant)  and James Frederick Sykes (surveyor) 

Asquith, John William Stancliffe
[1874-1933] Nephew of William Asquith.

He was a machine tool manufacturer [1901]. He and his cousin, John Henry Asquith, succeeded William Asquith at Asquith's, the family machine tool manufacturing business.

He was a director of the firm.

On 6th October 1909, he married Alice Mann Wills [1880-1972] at All Saints, Wakefield.


  1. John Green
  2. Robert Wills
  3. Richard Warren
  4. Mary [b 1916]
  5. Alice Elizabeth [1918-1985] who (possibly) married Mr Mann and was widowed by 1933

The family lived at Moorlands, Savile Park, Halifax [1933].

John William died 29th March 1933.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £64,624 6/6d.

Probate was granted to his widowed daughter Alice and Arthur Stocks (chartered accountant). He and his son, John, died a month apart

Asquith, Joseph
[1841-1913] Born in Queensbury.

He was a linen draper with a ladies' outfitters and draper's business in Halifax.

He was in Old Market, Halifax [before 1890].

He had his Mourning Warehouse at Alexandra House, Halifax [1903].

In 1876, he married Annie Elizabeth Moorhouse from Whitby, in Stourbridge.


  1. Mary Helen [b 1878]
  2. William / Willie [1880-1895]
  3. Constance M [b 1884]

The family lived at

Asquith, Mrs Lucy Jane
[1874-1904] Née Lucy Raymond. Wife of James Asquith, a greengrocer of 42 Rochdale Road, King Cross, Halifax.

On Easter Monday, 4th April 1904, she murdered her 2-year-old son, Raymond, cutting his throat, and then tried to cut her own throat. When this failed, she tried to strangle herself with a skipping rope. The bodies were found by her husband.

She had been distressed after the death of another son earlier, and had said to a neighbour

I don't know how it is I cannot rear children; other people have such strong ones

At the inquest, the Jury found that the baby was wilfully murdered by the mother and that the mother died from injuries inflicted on herself whilst of unsound mind.

Mother and child were buried at King Cross Wesleyan Church

Asquith, Richard Warren
[1914-1988] MC, AMIPE.

Son of John William Stancliffe Asquith.

In 1949, he was a Director of the family business – William Asquith Limited – and of Modern Foundries Limited.

In September 1939, he married Joan Roscoe at Halifax Parish Church.

Joan was the daughter of George Thomas Roscoe

They lived at Warley Cott, Warley.

Richard Warren died 30th August 1988.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £376,184.

Asquith, Robert Simpson
[1847-1???] Born in Ripon.

He was

He married Elizabeth [1846-1???].

Elizabeth was born in Masham


  1. Henrietta E [b 1866] who was a cotton spinner [1881]
  2. Robert William S [b 1879]
  3. Mary Jane who married Thomas Helliwell

The family lived at Albion Terrace, Luddendenfoot [1881]

Asquith, Robert Wills
[1912-1963] MIPE.

Son of John William Stancliffe Asquith.

He was Managing Director of the family business – William Asquith Limited [1949].

He married Deirdre Newton.

They lived at

  • 1 Savile Terrace, Halifax [1935]
  • Willow Hall, Halifax [1949, 1963]
  • Queen Anne House, Dukes Lane, London [1963]

Robert died at the Hotel Principe Savoia, Milan, Italy [8th October 1963].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £393,906.

Probate was granted to James Dudley Halliwell Horobin and Hugh Wilfrid Walter Finn

Asquith, Samuel
[1773-1852] Son of James Asquith.

Born in Northowram.

He became a tailor.

On 24th June 1798, he married Mary Green, at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary was the daughter of James Green


  1. Harriet [1800-1855] who married [1823] John Gregory
  2. James Green [b 1804]
  3. Mary Ann [1807-1875] who married [1832] Joseph Holdsworth
  4. William [b 1811] who married [1833] Hannah Ellen Sowden
  5. Samuel

Around 1841, he went to live with his daughter Harriet and her family at Liverpool. He died in Liverpool

Asquith, Samuel
[1804-1???] Illegitimate son of Mary Asquith.

Baptised at St John the Baptist, Coley [22nd December 1804]

Asquith, Samuel
[1814-1894] Son of Samuel Asquith.

Born in Halifax.

He became a cabinetmaker. (Possibly) an apprentice to James Mellor.

On 16th October 1833, Samuel Askwith and John Mellor appeared at the Leeds Sessions and were found guilty of highway robbery and stealing money from Benjamin Pinder in Halifax on 21st September and were sentenced to be transported for 7 years. On 9th April 1834, he was one of 260 convicts on board the Surrey which sailed for Maitland, New South Wales, Australia.

On 17th August 1844, he married Margaret Butler Whalan [1820-1896] from Tipperary, Ireland.


  1. Henrietta [1846] who died in infancy
  2. William [1847] who died in infancy
  3. Mary Ann [b 1849]
  4. Amelia [1851-1902]
  5. Samuel Cornelius [b 1854]
  6. George [1856-1912]
  7. James Alexander [1859-1904]
  8. Amelia [b 1861]
  9. Elizabeth Harriet [1862-1936]
  10. Frederick [1866-1867] who died in infancy
  11. Amelia Theresa [b 1867]
  12. Annie [1868-1957]

An advertisement in the West Maitland (NSW) newspaper announced

Two Pounds Reward.
LOST, about a month ago, at Seven-mile Station, Liverpool Plains,
A PATENT LEVER SILVER WATCH, maker's name, M. J. Tobias, Liverpool, No. 7837.
Whoever will bring the said Watch to Mr W. Drew's, "Lamb Inn," West Maitland, shall receive the above reward.

West Maitland, March 1, 1853

Asquith, Rev Swithin
[1853-1926] Born in Hunslet, Leeds.

Vicar at St James's Church, Halifax.

He left to serve at New Houghton, Mansfield.

In [Q2] 1887, he married Ann Louisa Gillibrand in Guisborough.


  1. Hugh Dynevor

He died in Southampton

Asquith, Thomas Sharp
[1843-1910] Son of Dan Asquith.

He was a compositor.

In 1863, he emigrated to Canterbury, New Zealand.

On 25th October 1867, he married Hannah Ellis [1843-1929] in Christchurch.

Hannah Ellis came from Wakefield, Yorkshire, and arrived at Lyttleton, New Zealand, on the Chrysolite [24th November 1862]


  1. Harry Rushworth [1868-1904] who married Emma
  2. Harriet Maud [1869-1908] who married [1900] John Upritchard
  3. Frederick Ellis [1871-1904] who married [1898] Lillian Eliza Gill
  4. Edith Mary Stancliffe [1872-1888]
  5. Constance Maria [1874-1964] who married (1) [1902] John Franz Reimann (2) [1924] Capt. Charles West
  6. Reginald William [1876-1876] who died aged 2 months
  7. Eleanor Kate [1877-1937] who married [1920] Robert Leonard Morris
  8. Reginald [1879-1879] who died aged 6 weeks
  9. William Sydney [b 1880]
  10. Elizabeth Angela [b 1881] who married [1907] Andrew Shankland
  11. Charlotte Ethel [1883-1944] who married [1906] Oliver Lawrence Luxton

Asquith, W.
[18??-19??] Recorded in 1901, when he was a hairdresser & umbrella maker at his Cliffe End Toilet Rooms, Rastrick

Asquith, William
[1840-1901] Son of Dan Asquith.

Born in Halifax [16th March 1840].

Machine maker who went to work in the Canadian gold fields of British Columbia, and spent 2 years working at a mining company in San Francisco.

In 1865, after the American Civil War, he returned to Halifax to establish Asquith's at Raglan Street, the family machine tool manufacturing company.

He was succeeded in the business by his son John Henry Asquith and his nephew John William Stancliffe Asquith.

On 30th September 1865, he married Ann Bower [1843-1917] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ann was born in Bradford [19th August 1843].

In 1861, Ann was staying with John Stancliffe & family



  1. John Henry Stancliffe
  2. Caroline [15th September 1868-1915]
  3. Hannah Maria [1870-1939] who never married
  4. Mary Emma [1873-1962] who never married

The family lived at

William died at Birks Hall [18th March 1901].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £26,855 19/1d.

Probate was granted to son John Henry Stancliffe and nephew John William Stancliffe Asquith.

Daughter Caroline died 9th January 1915.

Ann died at Weston-super-Mare [16th December 1917].

Probate records show that she left effects valued at £2,562 3/11d [Resworn £2,859 13/5d]. Probate was granted to daughters Hannah Maria and Mary Emma.

Daughter Hannah Maria died 4th January 1939 (aged 68).

They were buried at Warley Town Cemetery

Asquith, William Stancliffe
[1900-1960] Son of John Henry Stancliffe Asquith.

He was director of William Asquith Limited [1935].

On 24th May 1928, he married Nellie Eastwood [1905-1984] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.


  1. Betty Stancliffe [1929-1993]
  2. Angela Diane [1936-1998]
  3. Joan E [b 1938]
  4. William J. S. [b 1941]

The family lived at Oak Royde, Bright Street, Sowerby Bridge.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £115,921


Asquith surname
A variant of the surname Askwith.

The name originated in the village of Askwith, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Asquith, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Asquith:

Marriages 1906, 1912, 1913; Deaths 1897, 1899

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