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The entries for people & families with the surname Bedford 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.

Clement Bedford [1888-1918]
Edward Bedford [1859-19??]
Edwin Bedford [18??-1???]
George Bedford [1816-1866]
George Bedford [1856-1897]
Harry Bedford [1862-1915]
Harry Bedford [1896-1963]
Henry Bedford [1858-1898]
Henry E. Bedford [18??-18??]
James Bedford [1834-1???]
James Frederick Bedford [1807-1885]
Jeremiah Bedford [1831-1899]
John Bedford [16??-1720]
John Bedford [17??-183?]
John Bedford [18??-18??]
John Bedford [1808-1891]
John Bedford [1837-1892]
John Bedford [1858-19??]
John Richard Bedford [1867-1918]
Joseph Bedford [18??-19??]
Joshua Bedford [1673-1756]
Mary Bedford [16??-1735]
Mary Bedford [1783-18??]
Peter Bedford [17??-18??]
Rev R. C. Bedford [19??-19??]
Sidney Bedford [18??-19??]
Thomas Bedford [16??-1743]
W. T. Bedford [18??-19??]
William Bedford [1836-1???]
William Bedford [1837-1864]

Bedford, Clement
[1888-1918] Son of John Richard Bedford.

Born in Ovenden.

He was working on the family farm [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of wounds [18th January 1918].

He was buried at the Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery [III A 9].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Mount Tabor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Bedford, Edward
[1859-19??] Born in Lincoln.

He was caretaker of Park Lodge Laundry, Ovenden, and his wife Edna was laundress [1901].

In 1898, he married Edna Broughton [1859-19??], from West Hartlepool, in Bradford.

They lived at 1 Turney Street, Ovenden [1901]

Bedford, Edwin
[18??-1???] Halifax jeweller. Owned Abbotroyd, Barkisland

Bedford, George
[1816-1866] Of Grove House, Brearley.

Son of John Bedford.

He was a publican [1841] / a licensed victualler [1851] / a brewer [1853] / an innkeeper [1861].

Around 1845, he took over from his widowed mother as landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton in Midgley.

He was a Chartist sympathiser and meetings took place at the inn.

Around 1859, he established the Grove Brewery, Brearley at the Grove Inn.

In 1874, he bought the Bird-i-th-Hand, Warland. Fielden Fielden was landlord.

On 9th November 1853, he married Grace in Halifax.

Grace was the daughter of Eli Titterington and widow of James Hartley


  1. Sarah [b 1854] who married Jeremiah Whitaker
  2. George
  3. James Titterington [1859] who died in infancy
  4. Grace [b 1861]

The family lived at Broad Door Stones, Midgley [1851].

After George's death, his widow, Grace, continued the family business.

She was listed as an ale & porter brewer at Grove, Midgley [1871], and as a brewer & maltster – with daughter Grace and son George, a brewer & maltster – at Grove, Midgley [1881].

Son George was later proprietor of the brewery.

He died 31st December 1866.

See Lacey Hey Farm, Midgley

Bedford, George
[1856-1897] Son of George Bedford.

He was a brewer and maltster and took over at the Grove Brewery.

From around 1894, he lived at Southport.

He died and was buried at Southport

Bedford, Harry
[1862-1915] He lived at 3 Cross Street, Horton Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.

He died in the Northern General Hospital [20th December 1915] (aged 53).

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

Bedford, Harry
[1896-1963] Born in Bradley, Huddersfield.

In 1926, he married Nellie Middleton in Sanford, Maine, USA.

Nellie was the daughter of
James Middleton

The couple emigrated to the USA [1925], and settled in Sanford, Maine.

In 1930, they were living in Detroit, Michigan where Harry was working at the Ford Motor Works.

They moved back to Sanford [mid-1930s], where they both died: Nellie [] (aged 1953); Harry [] (aged 1963) 

Bedford, Henry
[1858-1898] Of Halifax.

In 1883, he married Zilpah Starkey [1866-1941] in Halifax.


  1. Mary Ann [1887-1948] who married Thomas (Tom) Hill

In 1905, Zilpah married Thomas Stubley in Halifax

Bedford, Henry E.
[18??-18??] Around 1870, he established a business as a wholesale dealer in watches and jewellery in Crown Street, Halifax [1890].

Recorded in The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874, where he was a watch and clock maker, silversmith and working jeweller at 12 Crown Street, Halifax

Bedford, James
[1834-1???] Son of John Bedford.

Born in Warley.

Founded James Bedford & Company

Bedford, James Frederick
[1807-1885] He was a stone quarrier [1859].

He married Elizabeth Crowther [1811-1900].


  1. Susannah [1838-1913] who married John Sykes
  2. Joseph who was a stone merchant [1877]

Bedford, Jeremiah
[1831-1899] Son of John Bedford.

Born in Midgley.

He was an architect in Elland.

In 1851, he married Sarah Turner [1832-1916].


  1. Frederick [b 1852] born in Warley
  2. William Thomas [1854-1932] born in Great Grimsby, died in Toronto
  3. John [1859-1932?] born in Ovenden, died in Toronto
  4. Henry [1861-1905] born in Elland, died in Toronto
  5. Phineas [1862-1844?] born in Elland
  6. Benjamin [1866-1941] born in Elland
  7. Sarah Elizabeth [1867-1876] born and died in Elland
  8. Charlie [1871-1906] born in Elland, died in Detroit, USA
  9. Alfred Turner [b 1873] born in Elland

In 1879, he emigrated to Toronto, Canada.

In Canada, he worked his way from carpenter to head of the family-run company Bedford & Sons which became Bedford Brothers after his death. Much of his work – many of which are listed buildings – still stand in Toronto. Photographs of some of his work can be seen in the Foldout.

In their building company, Bedford Brothers, his sons each had a speciality: Frederick was a carpenter in the family business, William Thomas a machinist, John a bricklayer, Henry a bricklayer, Phineas a carpenter & cabinet-maker, Benjamin a brass finisher & contractor's clerk, Charlie a mason, and Alfred Turner a bricklayer

The epitaph

A Native of Yorkshire England

was carved on his tombstone.

His descendant, Kristina Bedford writes

I have no record of any buildings he worked in the Halifax area, but I'd be grateful to hear if any information surfaces in future

Bedford, John
[16??-1720] He was third son of Robert Bedforde of Dewsbury & Isabel Riche of Penistone.

They became the Bedford family of Brighouse.

He moved to the district. He owned property at Thornhill Briggs, at Lydgate, Lightcliffe, at Priestley Green, and at Lower Winter Edge.

He married Mary.

His eldest brother Robert [d 1712] was a salter, based in Leeds.

John devised his estates to his wife Mary. His brother, Thomas, inherited some of John's property

Bedford, John
[17??-183?] In 1834, he bought the Shoulder of Mutton, Midgley from Richard Patchett.

He married Sally Crabtree


  1. George
  2. John [b 1820] who was a grocer & farmer [1851]
  3. (possibly) Mary [b 1824]
  4. Susannah [b 1826]
  5. William

He was landlord at the Shoulder of Mutton [1834], and his wife took over [1838]. Their son, George was there [1845]

Bedford, John
[18??-18??] Architect who practised in Elland. Designed Huddersfield Road Methodist Chapel around 1874

Bedford, John
[1808-1891] In 1830, he married Grace Akeroyd [1807-1887].


  1. Jeremiah
  2. James

The Bedford family had been weavers & dyers in the Midgley/Sowerby area for nearly 200 years, leading up to the Industrial Revolution. When the factory system took over, he changed course, becoming a brewer, and though he had a hard time of it financially, he seems to have ensured that his children received sufficient education to become successful in their respective businesses

Bedford, John
[1837-1892] Born in Ovenden.

He was a blacksmith [1867].

On 17th March 1867, he married Sarah Jane Ashworth in Halifax.

Sarah Jane was the daughter of
John Ashworth


  1. Arthur Ashworth [b 1867] who married [Ashton under Lyne 5th August 1900] Jane Jones from Wakefield
  2. Bertha Annis [1869-1947] who never married, spent her working life looking after children, and died in Leamington Spa

The children were born in Halifax

Bedford, John
[1858-19??] Born in Warley.

He was a cart driver [1911].

Around 1880, he married Elizabeth [1862-19??] from Oswestry.

They had no children.

They lived at 8 Trinity Place, Halifax [1911].

Living with them in 1911 were boarders Charles Windermere [aged 38] (author and actor) from Suffolk, Mrs Clare Windermere [aged 30] (actress) from Melbourne, Australia, and Belle Donaldson, [aged 25] (actress) from Manchester

Bedford, John Richard
[1867-1918] Born in Ovenden.

He was a farmer [1888, 1901, 1911].

On 9th May 1888, he married Elizabeth Hannah Greenwood [1869-1937] in Halifax.

Elizabeth Hannah was born in Halifax


  1. Clement
  2. Bertha [1890-1891]
  3. Edmund [1892-1963] who was working on the farm [1911], and married [1915] Nellie Catterall [1895-1963] from Halifax
  4. James [b 1899] who was working on the farm [1911]

The children were born in Ovenden.

The family lived at

Bedford, Joseph
[18??-19??] Halifax jeweller. Owned Abbotroyd, Barkisland [1905]

Bedford, Joshua
[1673-1756] Churchwarden at Luddenden [1730]

Bedford, Mary
[16??-1735] Wife of John Bedford.

Her husband John devised his estates to Mary.

In her will of 1735, she bequeathed a sum of £200 to establish a charity school at the Sun Dial Inn, Parsonage Lane, Brighouse. The fund was to be administered by her nephew, George Newstead, who absconded with the money.

She went to live in Leeds, where she died.

She owned the Thornhill Briggs Estate at Brighouse and this passed to George Newstead, then [in 1792] to Joseph Cartledge

Bedford, Mary
[1783-18??] She married (1) David Haigh.

She married (2) John Bairstow.

After John's death, she took over as landlady of the Shakespeare, Halifax [1834, 1837].

She was awarded £5 for damages sustained during the window-breaking riots of 1835

Bedford, Peter
[17??-18??] He was butler to Sir George Armytage at Kirklees Hall.

He married (1) Sarah who was an upper servant at Kirklees Hall.

In June 1804,

Peter was driving his family in a gig, when the horse took fright, upset the vehicle, killing Sarah on the spot, and breaking both of Peter's arms and one of his thighs, and severely bruising the rest of the family

Sarah was buried at Hartshead Church on 20th June 1804.

On 19th May 1808, Reverend William Hanwell Lucas conducted the ceremony when he married (2) Harriett Earnshaw.


  1. son
  2. George [b 1811]

He and Harriett farmed at Thornbush Farm, Hartshead.

Rev Patrick Brontë was a lodger with the Bedfords at Thornbush and christened their son, George. When he married (3) Maria, the couple rented Clough House.

Patrick Brontë enjoyed taking Peter's dog for long walks across the moors, and his wife, Maria asked Harriett to make a wedding cake which was to be shared among the parishioners on her then-fiancé's list. After her marriage, Maria frequently took shelter at Thornbush when bad weather forced her from the heath.

The Bedfords moved again within 4 years of Patrick's marriage, settling in Bramley by Leeds with their growing family

Bedford, Rev R. C.
[19??-19??] BA.

Minister at Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1967] and Sowood Wesleyan Methodist Church [1968].

In 1968, he gave the final service at the Sunday School of the Stainland Wesleyan Chapel

Bedford, Sidney
[18??-19??] He was a mason / a civil engineer / a road contractor [1901].

In [Q4] 1877, he married Hannah Marie Wood in Halifax.


  1. Beatrice [b 1887] who married Vernon Hill
  2. Amy who became a well-known pianist
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child

The family lived at Warley Road, Halifax [1901]

Bedford, Thomas
[16??-1743] Brother of John Bedford. He inherited John's property at Thornhill Briggs for the term of his natural life. He died unmarried

Bedford, W. T.
[18??-19??] Recorded in The Tradesmen's Advertiser of 1874, where he was a watchmaker, jewellers, &c, at 4 Princess Street, Halifax
Silver Watches from 18/6; Timepieces, 5/-
Clocks, Watches, Jewellery, Spectacles, &c, in stock and made to order. Best Pebble Spectacles, 6/6 per pair

Bedford, William
[1836-1???] Born in Thornhill, Yorkshire.

He was a curate at cross stone church [1871].

Around 1868, he married Sarah [1842-1???].

Sarah was born in Altrincham, Cheshire


  1. Edith M. [b 1868]

The family lived at Lower Stoodley, Stansfield [1871]

Bedford, William
[1837-1864] Son of John Bedford. He was born in Midgley.

He was landlord of the Red Lion, Luddendenfoot [1861]

In 1856, he married Hannah Beverley.

Hannah was the daughter of Dan Beverley


  1. Susannah Beverley [1857-1885] who married Leonard Tattersall
  2. Sarah [b 1860] who married Leonard Tattersall
  3. Mary Jane [1862-1862]


The Bedford family of Brighouse
In the early 1700s, the family lived at Thornhill Briggs and owned land in the area and around the Martin's Nest.

In 1792, Joseph Cartledge bought the Thornhill Briggs Estate from them

See John Bedford

The Bedford family of Sowerby

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

Unattached BMDs for Bedford:

Marriages 1860, 1862, 1882, 1899, 1937; Death 1900

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