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Chambers ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Chambers 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 Chambers [17??-18??]
Alfred Leo Chambers [1911-1945]
Benjamin Chambers [17??-18??]
Charles Chambers [1???-18??]
Charles Chambers [1???-18??]
David Chambers [1877-1941]
Major E. P. Chambers [18??-19??]
Edward Navy Chambers [1866-1???]
Francis Chambers [1840-1890]
Francis Joseph Chambers [1887-19??]
G. W. Chambers [18??-1???]
James Chambers [1841-1878]
James Chambers [1875-1941]
John Chambers [17??-1???]
John Chambers [1753-1842]
John Chambers [1774-1858]
Jonas Chambers [17??-18??]
Joseph Chambers [1841-1888]
L. Chambers [18??-19??]
Lewis Chambers [1849-1926]
Lewis Chambers [19??-19??]
M. Chambers [18??-1???]
Martin Chambers [1846-1???]
Richard Chambers [18??-18??]
Samuel Chambers [1911-1945]
Thomas Chambers [18??-1???]
Thomas Chambers [1815-1883]
Thomas Barker Chambers [18??-1???]
Thomas Bradley Chambers [1825-1885]
Thomas Washington Chambers [1865-1929]
William Chambers [1???-18??]
William Chambers [17??-1???]
William Chambers [1856-1927]
William John Chambers [1837-1918]
William McClellan Chambers [1844-1885] 

Chambers, Mr

He married Sarah [1779-18??].

  1. Elizabeth [b 1822]
  2. Thomas Bradley

The family lived at Commercial Road, Halifax [1851].

Sarah was widowed by 1851

Chambers, Alfred Leo
[1911-1945] Son of Nellie & Alfred Chambers of 12 Baker Street, Pellon.

He was educated at St Mary's Catholic School / a baker at Paton & Baldwin's.

In [Q1] 1934, he married Annie Walsh in Halifax.


  1. child
  2. child

The family lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died of pneumonia in India [14th July 1945] (aged 34).

He was buried at the Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Kolkata [O H 4].

He is remembered on the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Chambers, Benjamin
[17??-18??] Partner in Cooper & Chambers [1806]

Chambers, Charles
[1???-18??] Of Todmorden.

Recorded in 1838, when he was considered a proper person to be a Constable for the hamlet of Todmorden

See Todmorden & Walsden Select Vestry

Chambers, Charles
[1???-18??] Cotton manufacturer at Todmorden.

His mill was

submerged to the tops of the looms

in the flood of 7th August 1859.

He married Unknown.


  1. daughter
  2. Betsy [b 1845] who married John Priestley

The family lived at Adam Royd, Todmorden [1868]

Chambers, David
[1877-1941] Born in Warley.

He was a tailor's salesman [1896].

In [Q1] 1896, he married Edith Hitchin in Halifax.

Edith was the daughter of
Albert Hitchin


  1. Albert [1896-1935]
  2. Albert [1900-1963]
  3. Edith Mary [1902-1969] who never married
  4. John Philip [1906-1976]
  5. Marion [1909-1981] who married [1936] William Fraser
  6. David [1910-1994]
  7. George [1920-1943]

The children were born in Sowerby

Chambers, Major E. P.
[18??-19??] Brighouse solicitor.

Grandson of Samuel Washington

Chambers, Edward Navy
[1866-1???] Of Sowerby Bridge.

He was a worker at Corporation Mill, Sowerby Bridge [1897].

On 27th November 1886, he married Sarah Ann Culpan at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ann was the daughter of Richard Culpan


  1. Bertie [1887-1890]
  2. Beatrice Adelaide [b 1891]

In September 1897, the family sailed to Dunedin, New Zealand where he was to take the entire charge of a worsted mill

Chambers, Francis
[1840-1890] In 1867, he married Rebecca Boocock [1843-1915] in Halifax.

The couple were buried at Butts Green Baptist Chapel, Warley

Chambers, Francis Joseph
[1887-19??] MC.

Son of Martin Chambers.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School.

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Reserve Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.

His brother, Clifford M. Chambers, was a Rifleman with the King's Royal Rifles.

In September 1916, Francis Joseph was awarded the Military Cross

He took command when the company commander was wounded and carried on with great dash under heavy shell, rifle and machine-gun fire. He consolidated the ground won with great determination, and repelled many bomb attacks

Chambers, G. W.
[18??-1???] Naturalist, dealer in British and foreign birds, animals and fish. He began business in King Cross, Halifax, and then in the Halifax Covered Market. In 1890, he moved to 11 Union Street, Halifax, and also in the Old Market Hall. His premises were known as The Old Bird House. He won several prizes and awards for exhibiting his animals.

He was at 21 Union Street, Halifax [1915, 1937]

Chambers, James
[1841-1878] Son of Thomas Chambers.

Born in Halifax.

He was a worsted spinner [1871, 1878].

On 19th March 1862, he married Hannah Bottomley [1843-1914] at St Chad's Church, Rochdale.

Hannah was born in Rochdale


  1. Thomas [1865-1905]
  2. Lizzie [1864-1917]
  3. Mary [1866-1928]
  4. William [b 1868]

The family lived at

James died 26th January 1878.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at under £8,000.

The will was proved by his widow Hannah, his father Thomas, his brother William McClellan, and James Bancroft Eastwood of Hoyle Green, Warley (woolstapler) 

Chambers, James
[1875-1941] Son of William McClellan Chambers.

In 1908, he established business as timber merchants.

They were at Pellon Lane Saw Mills, Halifax near the High Level Railway.

They are still at the same site [2014]

In [Q2] 1910, he married Winifred Kate Shipston [1879-1968] in Halifax.

Winifred Kate was born in Gloucestershire

The family lived at 338 Gibbet Street, Halifax [1911].

Chambers, John
[17??-1???] Of Halifax.

He was Pastor at Butts Green Baptist Chapel, Warley [1791]

Chambers, John
[1753-1842] Collector of Excise in Hallifax.

He died 2nd January 1842 (aged 59) 

He was buried at Halifax Parish Church [7th January 1842]

Chambers, John
[1774-1858] Born at Bradshaw

He was a weaver by trade, and went on to become minister at Mount Zion Church, Ogden and preached at many other local Methodist chapels

Chambers, Jonas
[17??-18??] Printer & stationer of Todmorden

Chambers, Joseph
[1841-1888] Worsted manufacturer. With his brothers-in-law, Dan and William Cockroft, he was a partner in Cockroft & Chambers. He was at Forest Mills, Ovenden [1888].

In 1864, he married Fanny Cockroft [1840-1886].


  1. Edith [1880-1948]

The family lived at Forest Grove, Ovenden Road [1888].

On the afternoon of Sunday, 16th September 1888, his body was found face downwards in the Hebble. He had been in low spirits for some months.

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

Chambers, L.
[18??-19??] Chemist and naturalist at 23 Union Street, Halifax [1937]

Chambers, Lewis
[1849-1926] Of Friendly.

In 1873, he married Emily Greenwood [1850-1930] in Halifax.


  1. Sarah [1880-1898]

Members of the family were buried at Butts Green Baptist Chapel, Warley

Chambers, Lewis
[19??-19??] He was a chemist / a Wesleyan lay preacher / an Officer in the St John's Ambulance Brigade / a Councillor [1927] / Chairman of the Health Committee [1933] / Mayor of Halifax [1944-1945].

In 1911, he married Annie M., daughter of Bates Wood. His wife was a musician, Mayoress [1944-1945], a member of the Yorkshire Women's Liberals Association, a member of the Society for the Blind, a member of the Beacon Club, and a member of the Lifeboat Guild.

They lived at 31 West View, Halifax.

Chambers, M.
[18??-1???] In 1871, he established a boot merchants business at Union Street, Halifax. In 1881, the company moved to larger premises in Commercial Street, Halifax

Chambers, Martin
[1846-1???] Son of James Chambers, farmer.

Born in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.

He was a boot & shoe merchant [1872, 1881] / a boot & shoe merchant (employer) [1891, 1901, 1911].

In 1872, he married Sarah Ellen Midgley [1852-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.

Sarah Ellen, of Skircoat, was born in Halifax, the daughter of Thomas Midgley, salesman


  1. Gertrude Mary [b 1874]
  2. Mabel [b 1876]
  3. Edgar J [b 1878] who was an assistant boot & shoe merchant [1901]
  4. Beatrice Kathleen [b 1883]
  5. Francis Joseph
  6. Clifford Midgley [b 1889] who was a rifleman with the King's Royal Rifle Corps [World War I]
  7. Dorothy Eileen [b 1896]
  8. Gerald [b 1900]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • 3 Heath Field Terrace, Skircoat, Halifax [1881]
  • 1 Heathfield Place, Skircoat, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • Elm Wood, Halifax [1911]

Chambers, Richard
[18??-18??] Printer, publisher and bookseller at 1 Cheapside, Todmorden [1861] and Salford, Todmorden [1865]. He published the Todmorden Advertiser [1853, 1861]

Chambers, Samuel
[1911-1945] Son of Thomas Chambers.

He married Annie.

They lived at Elland.

During World War II, he served as a Driver with the Royal Army Service Corps.

He died 20th July 1945 (aged 34).

He was buried at Elland Cemetery [E 5].

He is remembered on Elland War Memorial

Chambers, Thomas
[18??-1???] He was a commercial traveller of Brighouse.

He married Unknown.


  1. Hannah who married (1) Mr Fearnley and (2) Samuel Freeman

Chambers, Thomas
[1815-1883] He was a timber merchant [1851] / a timber merchant master employing 11 men & 2 boys [1861] / a timber merchant [1871, 1881] / a partner in Thomas Chambers [1883]

On 13th June 1840, he married Mary McClellan [1815-1873] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. James
  2. Elizabeth [b 1843]
  3. William McClellan

The family lived at

  • 13 Gerrard Street, Halifax [1851]
  • Pratt Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 44 Hopwood Lane [1871, 1881]

Thomas died 1st July 1883.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £8,761 15/3d.

The will was proved by son William McClellan, John Oddie, and John Tinkler (timber merchant's foreman) 

Chambers, Thomas Barker
[18??-1???] On 26th July 1876, he married Alice Greaves

Chambers, Thomas Bradley
[1825-1885] Of Brighouse.

Son of Mr Chambers.

Born in Rastrick [12th January 1825].

He was a solicitor / partner in Higham & Chambers / Clerk to the trustees of the Bradford to Huddersfield Turnpike (on the death of George Higham) / Solicitor to the Brighouse gas and drainage commissioners / Steward of the court baron and Manor of Brighouse / one of the solicitors of the Yorkshire & Lancashire Railway Company. He was one of a number of attorneys who were

commissioned for taking acknowledgements of deeds executed by married women

In [Q1] 1856, he married Eliza Washington [1829-1906] in Halifax.

Eliza was born in Lightcliffe [18th November 1829]

The family lived at

He died 9th October 1885.

Eliza died 23rd June 1906.

They & other members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery.

See Kaye Aspinall and William John Chambers

Chambers, Thomas Washington
[1865-1929] Of Field House, Brighouse.

Son of William John Chambers.

Born 20th March 1865.

He was a solicitor [1918].

He died 17th June 1929

The couple were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Chambers, William
[1???-18??] Stationer and bookseller at Hebden Bridge [1829]

Chambers, William
[17??-1???] Worsted manufacturer in Halifax.

He was one of the town's trustees for Halifax, on the removal of William Chambers [1770].

He occupied Room 25 on the Rustic gallery of the Piece Hall [1787]

Chambers, William
[1856-1927] Ironmonger and hardware dealer.

He lived at Manor House, Hebden Bridge.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £7,653

Chambers, William John
[1837-1918] Born 29th June 1837.

Baptised 3rd August 1837.

In [Q2] 1863, he married Esther Washington [1840-1922] in Sheffield.

Esther was born in Lightcliffe [13th September 1840]


  1. Gertrude [b 7th April 1864]
  2. Thomas Washington
  3. George William [b 1st November 1866]
  4. Edward Percy [b 20th May 1868] who was a solicitor [1911, 1918]
  5. Esther Eliza Catharine [b 3rd March 1870] who married George Grandage
  6. Florence Elizabeth [b 26th March 1872]
  7. Eleanor [b 11th February 1874]

The family lived at

He died 17th January 1918 (aged 80).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £14,674 11/3d.

Probate was granted to his sons Thomas Washington and Edward Percy.

Esther died 18th November 1922.

They & other members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

See Thomas Bradley Chambers

Chambers, William McClellan
[1844-1885] Son of Thomas Chambers.

He was a partner in Thomas Chambers [1883] / a partner in James Chambers Executors [1883] / a timber merchant [1878, 1883]

On 23rd January 1867, he married Sarah Hannah Walshaw [1846-1931] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Ada [1870-1941]
  2. Rebecca [1872-1919]
  3. James

The family lived at 4 Pratt Street, Halifax [1881].

William died 24th November 1885.

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £2,882 9/4d.

The will was proved by his widow Sarah Hannah, James Edward Booth of Park View, Halifax (commercial clerk), and William Sutton of 84 Lister Lane, Halifax (commercial clerk) 


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

Unattached BMDs for Chambers:

Marriage 1900; Deaths 1811, 1900

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