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

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

The entries for people with the surname Brooksbank – and similar surnames – are shown in a separate Foldout

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Mr Brooksbank [1???-16??]
Mr Brooksbank [15??-15??]
Mr Brooksbank [18??-19??]
Abraham Brooksbank [1???-16??]
David Brooksbank [1810-1889]
Edward Brooksbank [16??-17??]
Geoffrey Brooksbank [1923-1945]
George Brooksbank [15??-16??]
George William Brooksbank [1804-1884]
Gilbert Brooksbank [1???-1???]
James Brooksbank [15??-15??]
James Brooksbank [16??-16??]
James Brooksbank [1632-1708]
James Brooksbank [1853-1907]
James Henry Brooksbank [1844-1???]
John Brooksbank [1???-1???]
John Brooksbank [16??-1???]
John Brooksbank [16??-1715]
Joseph Brooksbank [1???-17??]
Rev Joseph Brooksbank [1???-1739]
Joseph Brooksbank [1???-1740]
Joseph Brooksbank [1655-1726]
Leonard Brooksbank [1889-1917]
Michael Brooksbank [15??-16??]
William Brooksbank [1817-185?] 

Brooksbank, Mr
[1???-16??] He married Grace [1600-1682].


  1. James

Grace Butler was buried at Halifax [19th December 1682]

Brooksbank, Mr
[15??-15??] Of Bank House, Warley. He was killed by Richard Dean in a duel

Brooksbank, Mr

Recorded around 1900, when he was a butcher / meat purveyor at 61 Northgate, Halifax

Brooksbank, Abraham
[1???-16??] Of Shelf.

In 1626, he was required to pay composition

Brooksbank, David
[1810-1889] Of Rastrick.

He was a butcher [1841, 1851, 1861] / a farmer of 13 acres [1871] / a farmer of 10 acres employing 1 man [1881].

On 18th July 1839, he married (1) Sarah Eastwood at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah was the daughter of
Joseph Eastwood

Sarah died in 1873.

In October 1880, he married (2) Esther Eastwood in Halifax.

Esther was the daughter of Joseph Eastwood, and sister of his first wife

The family lived at

  • Church Street, Rastrick [1841, 1851, 1861]
  • Toothill Bank, Rastrick [1871]
  • Top o' th' Hill, Rastrick [1881]

David died 17th July 1889.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £787 8/-.

Members of the family were buried at Rastrick Church

Brooksbank, Edward
[16??-17??] Of Ox Heys Farm, Shelf.

He owned property at Robbers' Cave, Shelf

Brooksbank, Geoffrey
[1923-1945] Son of Annie & Harry Brooksbank of 18 Walker Street, King Cross, Halifax.

He was educated at Haugh Shaw School & Halifax Tech / a member of St Paul's Church & Choir / employed by W. Stead, butcher.

During World War II, he enlisted [June 1942], and served as a Signalman with the 52nd Division Signals Royal Corps of Signals.

He was killed in Germany [25th April 1945] (aged 22).

He was buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery [4 L 1].

He is remembered on the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross

Brooksbank, George
[15??-16??] Of Halifax.

He married Unknown.


  1. John

Brooksbank, George William
[1804-1884] Of Halifax.

He was a warehouseman [1851] / butler at Grainsby Hall, Lincolnshire [1861] / a labourer in Halifax [1871]

He married (1) Unknown.

In 1839, he married (2) Lydia Clayton.


  1. John
  2. James Henry
  3. Gilbert [1854-1914] who has descendants in New Zealand

Brooksbank, Gilbert
[1???-1???] A Heptonstall priest killed in the Wakefield-Pontefract feud

Brooksbank, James
[15??-15??] Built Ox Heys Mill, Shelf [1573] and Jacque Royd, Shelf

Brooksbank, James

In November 1673, he, Joshua Smith and Robert Ramsden, were arrested and taken to York for refusing to take the churchwardens' oath,

although they had faithfully served the office

In York, they each paid £6 and were released

Brooksbank, James
[1632-1708] Of Shelf.

Son of Mr Brooksbank.

He established Brooksbank's Gift.

His daughter married Thomas Oates

Brooksbank, James
[1853-1907] Born in Denholme.

He was a weaver [1889].

On 11th February 1889, he married Grace Mitchell [1855-1917] in Halifax.

Grace was born in Rochdale


  1. Leonard

The family lived at Luddenden [1911]

Brooksbank, James Henry
[1844-1???] Son of George William Brooksbank.

He joined the police in Surrey. He moved to Halifax in 1872. He became a sergeant in the Halifax Police [1878] and retired in 1894.

He married Alice Maude Frost from Stepney, Middlesex

Brooksbank, John
[1???-1???] He married Alice Barraclough

Alice was the daughter of
Richard Barraclough


  1. Phoebe
  2. Sara

Brooksbank, John
[16??-1???] On 2nd August 1679, he married Anne, daughter of Timothy Wadsworth

Brooksbank, John
[16??-1715] Of Elland.

Son of George Brooksbank of Halifax.

He was a member of Heywood's church at Northowram. In 1685, Nonconformist meetings were held at his home.

In July 1689, he and Rev John Lister applied for a licence to hold preaching services at Brooksbank's house in Elland.

He married Bathshua.


  1. Joseph

He was an early member of the Brooksbank family of Elland.

Some sources record that he died in 1702, others that he died on 23rd September 1715.

See Elland Unitarian Chapel

Brooksbank, Joseph
[1???-17??] Of Hackney, London and Healaugh Manor. Grandson of Joseph Brooksbank. In 1756, he endowed Elland Unitarian Chapel.

See Brooksbank's Charities

Brooksbank, Rev Joseph
[1???-1739] Curate at Luddenden [1739]

Brooksbank, Joseph
[1???-1740] Curate at Luddenden [1728-1740]

Brooksbank, Joseph
[1655-1726] Son of John Brooksbank.

He entered Brasenose College Oxford [1632], where he took a degree in Arts. He later took holy orders, and served as a curate. He moved to London, where he taught at a school in Fleet Street, and preached there. He became a haberdasher in Hackney, London. In 1699, he bought property on the Harper Royd estate from Robert Sturdie. In 1660, he published a Breviate of Lilly's Latin Grammar.

He was buried at the Dissenters' burial ground at Bunhill Fields, London.

In his will, he gave farming property and an endowment for the establishment of the Brooksbank Charities for the people of Elland

Brooksbank, Leonard
[1889-1917] Son of James Brooksbank.

Born in Halifax.

He was a blanket weaver [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted in Sowerby [1914] and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [25th November 1917].

He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial [6 & 7], on Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Luddenden

Brooksbank, Michael
[15??-16??] Of Ox Heys Farm, Shelf. He refused to take a knighthood from Charles I and paid the consequent composition of £10

Brooksbank, William
[1817-185?] Born in Halifax.

In 1845, he married Caroline, daughter of Benjamin Rushton, in Halifax.


  1. Hannah [b 1846]
  2. Matilda [1849-1851]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1850]
  4. Samuel [b 1852]

He died in 1852 or 1854.

In 1859, Caroline married Mr Highley


The Brooksbank family of Elland
An important family of dissenters. John Brooksbank was an early member of the family

The Brooksbank family of Shelf
They owned property in Shelf, including Jacque Royd, Shelf and Ox Heys Farm, Shelf.

Members of the family included Edward Brooksbank, Michael Brooksbank, Abraham Brooksbank, James Brooksbank, and Mrs Anne Brooksbank

Brooksbank surname
Other forms of the surname include Brockbank and Brookbank.

Entries for people with this and similar surnames are shown in a separate Foldout

Thomas Brokesbank is recorded in 1379.

Not surprisingly, the name is derived from the Old English meaning the bank of a brook.

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

Unattached BMDs for Brooksbank:

Marriage 1905; Death 1904

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