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The entries for people & families with the surname Nicholson 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 Nicholson [18??-1???]
Arthur J. Nicholson [18??-19??]
Charles Archibald Nicholson [1867-1949]
Charles Woodall Nicholson [1877-1934]
Clement Nicholson [1896-1917]
Cyril Nicholson [1892-19??]
Rev G. Nicholson [18??-18??]
H. Francis Nicholson [1800-18??]
Jane Nicholson [1831-1906]
Jane Elizabeth Nicholson [1849-1922]
John Nicholson [1???-1???]
John Nicholson [1???-18??]
John Nicholson [18??-1886]
John Nicholson [1823-1???]
John William Nicholson [1863-19??]
Jonas Nicholson [1770-1808]
Jonas Nicholson [1832-1905]
Joseph Nicholson [1???-18??]
Joseph Nicholson [18??-1858]
Joseph Nicholson [1866-1935]
Joshua Nicholson [1812-1885]
M. E. B. Nicholson [18??-19??]
Rev Patrick Charles Nicholson [1809-1888]
Ralph Nicholson [17??-18??]
Richard Nicholson [1???-1545]
Richard Nicholson [1???-16??]
Richard Edwin Nicholson [1851-1941]
Sarah Nicholson [1828-1860]
Sophia Nicholson [1836-1919]
Thomas Piercey Nicholson [1885-1915]
Thomas Watson Nicholson [18??-18??]
Thomas Watson Nicholson [1808-18??]
Thomas Woodall Nicholson [1848-1914]
Rev W. Nicholson [17??-1???]
Rev W. T. Nicholson [18??-19??]
William Nicholson [17??-18??]
William Nicholson [18??-18??]
Rev William Nicholson [18??-1875]
William Foster Nicholson [18??-18??] 

Nicholson, Mr
[18??-1???] Around 1890, he married Jane [1846-19??].


  1. John [b 1876] who was a hosier (employer) [1911]
  2. Charles [b 1882] who was a hosier [1911]
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child who died

The family lived at 26 Clare Road, Halifax [1911].

He was dead by 1911

Nicholson, Arthur J.
[18??-19??] Printer at Sowerby New Road, Sowerby Bridge [1927]

Nicholson, Charles Archibald
[1867-1949] Architect who worked on the church of St John The Divine, Thorpe

Nicholson, Charles Woodall
[1877-1934] Son of Thomas Woodall Nicholson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a manager of carriage & motor building works [1911] / President of the Halifax Automobile Club.

In [Q4] 1905, he married Emma Jane Booth [1879-19??] in Halifax.

Emma Jane came from Halifax


  1. Margaret [b 1907]
  2. Marian [b 1910]

The family lived at 9 Trinity Place, Halifax [1911]

Nicholson, Clement
[1896-1917] Son of John William Nicholson.

He was a member of Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden / an apprentice iron planer [1911] / employed by Denham's.

During World War I, he enlisted [17th April 1915], and served as a Rifleman with the 2nd/7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed in action by a trench mortar in Noreuil-Lognicourt sector [28th July 1917] (aged 21).

He was buried at the Favreuil British Cemetery, France [I B 36].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Providence Congregational Church, Ovenden, and on the Memorial at Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel

Nicholson, Cyril
[1892-19??] MM.

Son of Joseph Nicholson.

Born in Halifax.

He was a mechanic's apprentice (machine tool works) [1911] / employed by Maud & Turner.

In 1915, he married Hilda Greenwood [1893-19??] at St James's Church, Halifax.

Hilda, a drawer of 25 Fitzwilliam Street, was the daughter of Ingham Greenwood, watchman

They lived at 25 Fitzwilliam Street, Commercial Road, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the Royal Field Artillery.

His brothers William Henry & Joseph also served in World War I.

Cyril was awarded the Military Medal [1916] for work done on the Somme

Nicholson, Rev G.
[18??-18??] Assistant Curate at Southowram and at Halifax

Nicholson, H. Francis
[1800-18??] He was a silk mercer [1851].

He married Unknown.


  1. Hannah [b 1828]
  2. Sarah E [b 1841]
  3. Ellen [b 1851]

He married Mary [1824-1???].

The family lived at Savile Terrace, Halifax [1851]

Nicholson, Jane
[1831-1906] Daughter of Thomas Watson Nicholson.

Baptised at Halifax [21st December 1831].

In 1861, she and her sister Sophia ran a school in Brighouse.

In 1862, she married Henry Edward Horsfall

Nicholson, Jane Elizabeth
[1849-1922] Daughter of John Nicholson.

She married (1) John James Watson.

She married (2) Henry Raphael Oddy.

She died at 51 Savile Mount, Halifax. She was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [18th May 1922]. Maurice Schroeder performed the service

Nicholson, John
[1???-1???] He served at Ovenden before becoming Police Inspector in Hebden Bridge [1857]

Nicholson, John
[1???-18??] Son of William Nicholson.

He set up business as bookbinder, printer and publisher in Oldham

Nicholson, John
[18??-1886] A coal miner in Clifton.

He was one of the original trustees of the United Methodist Free Church, Clifton.

He married Harriet, daughter of Jonathan Beever.

The family lived at Cock Walk, Clifton [1871]

Nicholson, John
[1823-1???] Son of Joseph Nicholson.

Born in Halifax.

He carried on his father's printing business, moving to Russell Street, Halifax, and then to 27 Northgate, Halifax.

He was a master printer employing 1 man, 2 boys [1881] / letterpress printer at 8 St James's Street, Halifax [1863] / letterpress printer at Victoria Street East, Halifax [1863]

He was Chapel Warden at Northgate End Chapel [1875-1882, 1883].

He married Ann Maria Ramsden [1823-1???] from Elland, in Halifax.


  1. Jane Elizabeth
  2. Richard Edwin

The family lived at

  • 6 Green Hill Terrace, Halifax [1874]
  • 2 Lord Street, Halifax [1881]

See Stott Brothers, Nicholson family and W. C. Womersley

Nicholson, John William
[1863-19??] Son of William Nicholson, warp dresser.

Born in Wheatley.

He was a mechanic of Shay Lane, Ovenden [1886] / an iron turner [1891, 1901] / a mechanic of Kimberley Street, Ovenden [1909] / a iron turner [1911].

In 1886, he married (1) Martha Hannah Brooksbank [1864-1907] at Halifax Parish Church.

Martha Hannah, of Club Lane, Ovenden, was the daughter of James Brooksbank, dyer


  1. Ada [b 1888] who was a cheese winder [1911]
  2. Emily [b 1889] who was a worsted twister [1911]
  3. Willie [b 1894] who was an apprentice iron turner [1911]
  4. Clement an apprentice iron planer [1911]
  5. Clifford [b 1903]
  6. Harold [b 1905]

Martha Hannah (possibly) died in Blackburn [1907] (aged 43) 

In 1909, he married (2) Amy Nicholson [1864-19??] at Halifax Parish Church

Amy, of Green Street, Northowram, was born in Wilsden, the daughter of George Nicholson, warp dresser

The family lived at

  • 8 Waterside, Ovenden [1891]
  • 7 Waterside, Shay Lane, Ovenden [1901]
  • 14 Kimberley Street, Ovenden [1911, 1917]

Living with them [in 1911] was his widowed father William Nicholson [b Haworth 1839]

Nicholson, Jonas
[1770-1808] Bookseller at Crown Street, Halifax.

He died 30th June 1808 [aged 38].

On Nicholson's death, the business was acquired by Michael Garlick

Nicholson, Jonas
[1832-1905] Son of William Nicholson.

He went into business with his half-brother Joseph as J. & J. Nicholson.

In 1856, he married Ann Spencer [1831-1865] in Halifax.


  1. William

Ann was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 4140].

See Nicholson family

Nicholson, Joseph
[1???-18??] Landlord of the Upper George Hotel & Posting House, Halifax [1837].

In 12/1840, Joseph Nicholson innkeeper of Halifax was listed as bankrupt

Nicholson, Joseph
[18??-1858] Son of William Nicholson.

He attended Haley Hill Baptist Chapel.

As a youth, he walked to London to find work. He subsequently worked in Manchester and Bolton.

He went into business with his half-brother, Jonas, as J. & J. Nicholson.

He married Unknown.


  1. John

He was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 4141].

See Nicholson family

Nicholson, Joseph
[1866-1935] Son of Samuel Nicholson, sailor – who was in the Army for 34 years.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of the Volunteers [for 10 years] / a brass finisher [1889, 1891, 1901] / a brass finisher journeyman [1911].

In 1889, he married Emma Stead [1865-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Emma, of King Cross, Skircoat, was the daughter of Joseph Stead, weaver


  1. William Henry [b 1890] who was a mechanic iron turner (machine tool works) [1911], and served as a Corporal with the Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) [World War I]
  2. Cyril
  3. Joseph [b 1898] who was an errand boy [1911]

The family lived at

  • Thompson's Terrace, Skircoat, Halifax [1891]
  • 16 Bruce Street, Halifax [1901]
  • 10 New Road, Halifax [1911, 1916]

Living with them in 1901 was half-brother Richard Stocks [b  1883] (brass works labourer).

The family had strong links to the armed service, and the 3 sons served in World War I

Nicholson, Joshua
[1812-1885] Born in Luddendenfoot. He was a silk manufacturer. He was a Congregationalist. He moved to Leek, Staffordshire. He built the Nicholson Institute – with a Free Library, Museum and Art Gallery – at a cost of £30,000 and gave it to Leek

Nicholson, M. E. B.
[18??-19??] Medical practitioner in Stainland with Old Lindley. He served with the Local Government Medical Service [1895]

Nicholson, Rev Patrick Charles
[1809-1888] He was a distant relative of the Empress Eugénie. He was Vicar of Hebden Bridge [1840-1841]. In 1841, he left to become curate at St Margaret's, Rochester.

In 1872, he returned to Hebden Bridge one Wednesday evening in Lent ...

It was a remarkable night. After a long continuous downpour of rain the rivers began to rise and messenger after messenger kept arriving to summon people out of Church lest the rising flood should hinder their getting home, till at last there was scarcely any congregation left to listen to Mr Nicholson's sermon

Nicholson, Ralph
[17??-18??] Landlord of the Old Cock, Halifax [1816, 1822].

He (possibly) married Hannah.


  1. Thomas Watson

Hannah took over at the Old Cock and was there [1829, 1834].

Son Thomas Watson took over and was there [1837]

Nicholson, Richard
[1???-1545] He married Alicie.


  1. Elizabeth

His will is recorded in Volume 2 [1545-1559] of E. W. Crossley's book Halifax Wills

Nicholson, Richard
[1???-16??] Churchwarden of Warley.

In 1635, he had an argument with Abraham Parkinson during morning service in Halifax Parish Church. In a reviling and loud voice, Parkinson called Nicholson a lying rascal, a knave and

bade a turd in his teeth

The 2 men fell out of the pew brawling in full view of the congregation. The Vicar, Hugh Ramsden, condemned them for brawling in God's house and for showing contempt to the peril of their souls

Nicholson, Richard Edwin
[1851-1941] Son of John Nicholson.

He worked with his father in the printing trade.

He was Chairman of Stott Brothers.

He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1880] a Chapel Warden at Northgate End Chapel [1891-1897], a Superintendent of Northgate End Sunday School.

He was a well-known artist working in water-colour and oils. He also produced works in metal.

He was brother-in-law of Henry Raphael Oddy with whom he founded the Rembrandt Society.

His son, John, gave a number of his father's works to Halifax Corporation. Some of these went to Bankfield Museum.

See Art Gallery Trust and Northgate End Chapel Bicentenary Memorial

Nicholson, Sarah
[1828-1860] Of Hipperholme.


  1. Sarah [1839-1854]

Sarah and her daughter were buried at Mount Zion Chapel, Lightcliffe

Nicholson, Sophia
[1836-1919] Daughter of Thomas Watson Nicholson.

Baptised at Halifax [27th September 1836].

In 1861, she and her sister Jane ran a school in Brighouse.

In 1862, Jane married Henry Edward Horsfall.

Sophia never married.

She was a governess living with her brother at Ecclesfield Bierlow [1871] / a governess in Weston-super-Mare [1881] / a lady companion to Jane Robinson in Harrison Road, Halifax [1891] / a retired school mistress (head of household) living in Salterhebble [1901] / of private means (head of household) [1911].

She died in 1919

Nicholson, Thomas Piercey
[1885-1915] Son of Thomas Woodall Nicholson.

He was an advertising agent [1911].

He died at home [25th September 1915] (aged 30).

He was buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery [28th September 1915]

Nicholson, Thomas Watson
[18??-18??] Oil and flock merchant at Rookery, Halifax.

In 1855, he was declared bankrupt

Nicholson, Thomas Watson
[1808-18??] (Possibly) son of Ralph Nicholson.

He was licensee of the Old Cock, Halifax [1837-1850] / elected to the Halifax Tradesmen's Benevolent Institution [1870].

He married Hannah Howarth either in York [29th January 1831] or in Halifax [1st February 1831].


  1. Jane
  2. Sophia
  3. son

The family lived at Exley Cottage

Nicholson, Thomas Woodall
[1848-1914] Born in Scarborough.

He established the coach and car-building business Woodall Nicholson [1846]. He was a carriage & motor builder (employer) [1911].

In 1874, he married Annie Woodward [1849-1915] at Great Ouseburn.

Annie came from Lower Dunsforth, York


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
  2. child who died young [before 1911]
  3. Charles Woodall
  4. Francis George [b 1881]
  5. Herbert [b 1882] who was a carriage & motor builder [1911]
  6. Thomas Piercey

The family lived at

Nicholson, Rev W.
[17??-1???] Minister at Shore General Baptist Church, Todmorden [1781]

Nicholson, Rev W. T.
[18??-19??] Minister at Bethesda Methodist New Connexion Chapel, Elland [1913, 1917]

Nicholson, William
[17??-18??] Son of George Nicholson [1711-1781].

Born at Wibsey Slack.

He was listed as a bookseller at Crown Street, Halifax [1809].

He was the founding father of the local branch of the Nicholson family of printers and publishers.

He also wrote and edited a large number of devotional and educational texts.

He married Hannah Field.


  1. John
  2. William
  3. Jonas
  4. Mally

His second wife was Nancy Brook [1799-1855].


  1. Joseph
  2. a daughter
  3. a daughter
  4. a daughter

Nicholson, William
[18??-18??] A coal miner in Clifton.

He was one of the original trustees of the United Methodist Free Church, Clifton

Nicholson, Rev William
[18??-1875] Son of Jonas Nicholson.

He followed in the family's printing interests. He traded in Halifax with business in Cheapside [1844-1861].

He preached at Brearley Baptist Church and was Minister at Steep Lane Baptist Church [1857]. In 1860, he resigned but the congregation urged him to stay, saying

If you will not leave us, we will live you, pray for you, and built you a comfortable house

He remained until 1863.

In 1871, the printing business moved to Wakefield.

He married Unknown.


  1. Jonas
  2. William

He was injured in a train accident at North Dean Station in 1865.

See Nicholson & Wilson

Nicholson, William Foster
[18??-18??] Worsted spinner at Halifax.

In May 1844, he was declared bankrupt


The Nicholson family
Halifax family involved in printing and publishing. William Nicholson was an early member of the family.

See Thomas Holden and John Holroyd

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

Unattached BMDs for Nicholson:

Marriage 1937; Deaths 1834, 1899

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