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Craven ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Craven 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.

Abraham Craven [17??-18??]
Albert Craven [1867-1934]
Aspinall Arthur Craven [1883-1950]
Benjamin Craven [1837-1???]
F. Craven [1892-1917]
Fred Craven [18??-1???]
Fred M. Craven [18??-1???]
G. F. Craven [18??-19??]
George Willie Craven [1885-1916]
Gladys Craven [1909-1996]
Jesse Craven [1789-1843]
Jim Craven [1897-1917]
John Craven [1???-1728]
John Craven [1???-18??]
John Craven [1849-1???]
John Craven [1869-1933]
John E. Craven [18??-19??]
Joseph Craven [1787-1838]
Joseph Craven [1825-1914]
Joseph Craven [1834-1909]
Joseph Craven [1835-1???]
Joshua Craven [18??-19??]
Percival John Craven [1894-1965]
Richard Craven [1853-1917]
Samson Craven [1807-1875]
Selwyn Craven [19??-19??]
Selwyn Craven [1922-1944]
Tom Briggs Craven [1885-1964]
William Craven [1796-18??]
William Craven [1820-1875]
William Craven [1839-1???] 

Craven, Abraham
[17??-18??] Hatter in Halifax [1782-1797]

Craven, Albert
[1867-1934] He married Ada Harrison [1867-1931].


  1. Hilda [1891-1974] who married Ernest Lovel Lumb

Craven, Aspinall Arthur

In [Q4] 1908, he married N1884-19 in Dover.

Eliza Ann died 29th July 1944 (aged 60).

Aspinall Arthur died 14th October 1950 (aged 67).

The couple were buried at Christ Church, Pellon

Craven, Benjamin
[1837-1???] Son of Samson Craven.

He was a shoe maker.

After their father's death, Benjamin and his sister Lydia emigrated to America.

In 1872, he married Anna D. Wilkinson [1851-1???] in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Anna had also immigrated from England


  1. Edgar R. [b 1871] who died in infancy

Craven, F.
[1892-1917] Of 5 Penuel Place, Siddal.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal with the West Riding Regiment.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died [31st May 1917] (aged 25).

Craven, Fred
[18??-1???] He married Fanny, daughter of John Sunderland.


  1. Cora
  2. Nellie who married Wrothall Hamson

Craven, Fred M.
[18??-1???] Clothier and bespoke tailor at Pellon Lane, Halifax [1892]

Craven, G. F.
[18??-19??] He was the General Manager and Engineer for Halifax Corporation Tramways Department [1935]

Craven, George Willie

In [Q3] 1911, he married Cecily Coates in Richmond, Yorkshire.

They lived at 11 Oxford Terrace, Siddal.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916] (aged 31).

He was buried at the Serre Road Cemetery No.3, Puisieux [B 3]

Craven, Gladys
[1909-1996] Daughter of Tom Briggs Craven.

Born in Halifax.

She attended Clare Hall School. On leaving school, she worked at her father's tobacconist & confectioners shop at North Bridge.

In 1940, she married Harry Lumb.

She travelled widely and became a very keen photographer, particularly of her beloved town of Halifax. Gladys captured many images – many of scenes now long gone in the period from the 1950s until her death.

She gave illustrated talks to numerous clubs and organisations throughout the Halifax district and her photographs continue to be used in books covering the history of the town.

On her death, her photographs – the Gladys Lumb Collection – passed to Stephen Gee. A full tribute, written by Stephen Gee, including photographs of Gladys and of her work appeared in Memories of Halifax

Craven, Jesse
[1789-1843] Born in Keighley district [15th June 1789].

He was a slay maker / owner of property in and around Grove Street, Halifax, including the Bridge Tavern, Halifax [early 1800s].

He married Ruth.


  1. Mary Ann [1824-1859] who married John Fawthrop

Jesse died 14th July 1843

Craven, Jim
[1897-1917] Son of Alice & James Craven of 4 Providence Street, Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Bombardier with the A Battery Royal Field Artillery.

He died 17th August 1917 (aged 20).

He was buried at the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery [III B 16].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Craven, John
[1???-1728] Of Westercroft Farm, Northowram.

The Northowram Register records that he

was sowing Corn in a Field call'd Chesiwells near [Coley] Chapel fell down with the Hopper on his Arm & the Seed in his Hand, & died upon the Place 7th March 1728

Craven, John
[1???-18??] He (possibly) married Elizabeth, daughter of John Turner.


  1. John
  2. James

John and his sons were beneficiaries of John Turner's will.

Elizabeth was not mentioned in the will and may have died before the date of the will [1847]

Craven, John
[1849-1???] Born in North Bierley.

He was a worsted weaving overlooker [1881].

In 1870, he married Eliza, daughter of Samuel Bottomley, at Bradford.


  1. Mary A [b 1871]
  2. Harry B [b 1873]
  3. Sam B [b 1875]
  4. Herbert [b 1880]

In 1881, the family were living with Eliza's mother Martha at the Bottomley's Arms

Craven, John
[1869-1933] Son of John Craven, delver.

Born in Skircoat Green.

He was a driver of Skircoat Green [1890] / an agricultural labourer [1891] / a gardener (domestic) [1901] / a caretaker [1911].

In 1890, he married Alice Eliza Willett [1869-1957] at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.

Alice Eliza, of Stafford Road, was born in Gosport, Hampshire, the daughter of Henry Willett, boiler maker


  1. Edith A [1891-1904] who was an imbecile from childhood
  2. Percival John
  3. Arthur George [b 1896] who was a junior clerk [1911]

The family lived at

John died in Halifax [10th June 1933] Probate records show that he left effects valued at £74 13/3d.

Probate was granted to his widow Annie Eliza, John Thomas (solicitor), and Harold Stanley Holmes (bank clerk).

Alice Eliza died in Queensland [1957]

Craven, John E.
[18??-19??] Partner in Craven & Garsed [1905]

Craven, Joseph
[1787-1838] He was landlord of the Boar's Head Hotel, Halifax [1829, 1834, 1837, 1838].

He married Mary [1779-1853].

After Joseph's death, Mary took over at the Boar's Head [1841, 1845].

She was a retired innkeeper [1851].

She lived at 8 Southgate, Halifax [1851].

Living with her in 1841, was Joshua Craven [aged 60].

Living with her in 1851, was visitor Elizabeth Roberts [aged 17] (a burler of cloth pieces).

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

Craven, Joseph
[1825-1914] MP.

He was Liberal MP for Shipley [1885-1892].

In 1845, he married Ellen Knowles.

Ellen was the daughter of Jonathan Knowles


  1. Joshua

The family lived at Ashfield, Thornton.

Ellen died in 1876.

Joseph died 29th November 1914 (aged 89) 

Craven, Joseph
[1834-1909] Of 12 Norfolk Street, Hebden Bridge.

See Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative Society

Craven, Joseph
[1835-1???] Born in Heptonstall.

He was a cotton warper [1871, 1881] / a corn miller [1891]

In 1864, he married either Hannah Howorth or Hannah Newell [1846-1???] in Todmorden.


  1. Albert [b 1866] who was a cotton weaver [1881]
  2. William [b 1868] who was a cotton hoist tenter [1881]
  3. John Edward [b 1870] who was a cotton doffer [1881], a fustian cutter [1891]
  4. Emily [1873-1896] who was a fustian machinist tailoress [1891]
  5. Sam [b 1876] who was a fustian cutter [1881, 1891]
  6. Edith [b 1881] who was a fustian machinist tailoress [1891]
  7. Wilfred [b 1884]

The family lived at

  • Edgehey Green, Heptonstall [1871]
  • Hall, Heptonstall [1881]
  • 9 Sackville Street, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall [1891]

On Sunday 5th January 1896, the body of daughter Emily was found in the canal at Hebden Bridge.

The Inquest heard that she was engaged to a grocer Ormerod Sutcliffe, who said that Emily suffered bouts of depression about her general health. The Jury returned a verdict that she probably drowned whilst temporarily insane

Craven, Joshua
[18??-19??] Of Ashfield, Thornton.

Son of Joseph Craven.

In [Q2] 1872, he married Alice Foster in Bradford.

Alice was the daughter of Henry Foster.

She was Joshua's cousin


Craven, Percival John
[1894-1965] DCM.

Son of John Craven.

He was educated at Holy Trinity School & Rishworth School / an apprentice at sea (mercantile marine service) [1911].

On 8th September 1919, he married Mary Grace Bonis [1896-19??] in Queensland.

During World War I, he served as a Corporal then Lieutenant, with the Australian contingent.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal at the Dardanelles (he served in the Gallipoli Campaign April 1915 to January 1916), and a French decoration for bravery at the front. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant whilst serving in France where he was wounded twice. He finished the war as a Captain.

Whilst in the reserves, he attained the rank of Colonel, commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade [1937].

He died in Australia [13th July 1965].

Craven, Richard
[1853-1917] Son of William Craven.

Born in Halifax [16th July 1853].

He was a cotton spinner [1876] / landlord of the Fountain Head Inn, Pellon [1917].

In [Q1] 1876, he married Mary Hannah Turner in Halifax.

Mary Hannah was the daughter of Abraham Turner


  1. Emily Ann [1878-1947] who married Arthur Dinsdale
  2. Emma Elizabeth [1880-1951] who married Arthur Longbottom
  3. Annie [1883-1920] who married Hartley Dewhirst
  4. Margaret [1886-1934] who married Joshua Shaw
  5. Janie [1889-1959] who married William Field
  6. Janet [b 1890] who was a cotton creeler [1911]
  7. Doris [1893-1961] who married Joseph Guy Stimpson
  8. Clarice [1895-1947] who married Albert Howarth
  9. William Henry [1899-1962]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 17 Newstead Place, Halifax [1911]
  • 51 Back Raglan Street, Halifax [1937]

The couple died in Halifax: Richard [21st February 1917]; Mary Hannah [3rd February 1937].

They were buried at Christ Church, Pellon [3 L 8]

Craven, Samson
[1807-1875] He married Elizabeth Cheetham.


  1. Lydia [1846-1???] who married Matthew Nutter (in America) 
  2. Benjamin

The family lived at Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1871].

After their father's death, the children Lydia and Benjamin emigrated to America

Craven, Selwyn
[19??-19??] He served in World War II.

He was killed in the conflict.

He is remembered on Bradshaw War Memorial

Craven, Selwyn
[1922-1944] Born in Halifax.

The family lived at Elland [1939].

During World War II, he served as a Corporal with the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

He died 8th August 1944 (aged 22).

He was buried at the Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery [V B 13].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial

Craven, Tom Briggs
[1885-1964] Illegitimate son of Emma Craven.

Born in Halifax.

He had a tobacconist & confectionery shop at Regent House, Cross Hills, opposite the Grand Theatre at North Bridge.

On 11th February 1905, he married Grace Mitchell [1882-1931] at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.


  1. Gladys

Tom died in Halifax [19th January 1964]

Craven, William
[1796-18??] He was in partnership with Judge James Stansfeld [1832-1841] / partner in Craven & Rankin The partnership became Craven, Rankin & Alexander.

He married Mary.


  1. Mary [b 1829]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1834]

The family lived at Clapton Lodge, Halifax [1855].

See Partners in Halifax Commercial Banking Company

Craven, William
[1820-1875] Of Halifax.

He was a wool comber.

He married Margaret Craven [1815-1866].


  1. Richard

Craven, William
[1839-1???] Born in Halifax.

He was innkeeper at the Stafford Arms, Halifax [1874, 1881, 1887].

Around 1868, he married Grace Emma [1841-1???].

Grace was born in Edinburgh


  1. Hattie [b 1868]
  2. Harry [b 1870]
  3. Maud [b 1872]
  4. Clara [b 1877]


The Craven family of Halifax & Wakefield

Craven surname

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

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

Unattached BMDs for Craven:

Marriages 1907, 1939

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