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Hepworth ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Hepworth 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 Hepworth [1???-1???]
Mr Hepworth [18??-18??]
Albert Hepworth [1866-1908]
C. A. Hepworth [18??-191?]
David Hepworth [1937-1992]
Dyson Hepworth [18??-1???]
Frank Hepworth [1???-1977]
Frederick Hepworth [1864-19??]
George Hepworth [1799-1875]
George Hepworth [1849-1929]
George Benjamin Hepworth [1815-18??]
George Edward Hepworth [1854-19??]
Herbert Hepworth [1874-19??]
Isaac Hepworth [1861-1926]
James Hepworth [1830-1881]
James Hepworth [1869-19??]
Joe Hepworth [18??-19??]
John Hepworth [17??-1???]
John Hepworth [1772-1863]
John Hepworth [1808-1848]
John Hepworth [1852-1886]
John Hepworth [1870-19??]
John James Hepworth [1831-1???]
Jonathan Hepworth [1845-1931]
Joseph Hepworth [1813-1854]
Joseph Hepworth [1824-1871]
Joseph Hepworth [1876-1913]
Joseph Albert Hepworth [1899-1918]
Mary Hepworth [1807-1863]
Matthew Hepworth [17??-1???]
Richard Hepworth [17??-18??]
Sam Hepworth [1890-1916]
Thomas Hepworth [1867-1907]
Thomas Henry Hepworth [18??-19??]
Tom Denton Hepworth [1893-1917]
William Hepworth [1843-1922]
William Fairburn Hepworth [1843-1882]
Wilmott Hepworth [1896-1916]
Wilson Hepworth [1880-1955] 

Hepworth, Mr
[1???-1???] Stationmaster at Elland Railway Station [1859]

Hepworth, Mr
[18??-18??] In 1869, he took over the dyeing business of John Burgess.

He moved to Calder Dye Works, Rastrick and traded variously as Burgess & Sons, Thomas Burgess, and Rhodes Sowden.

In 1888, the business was acquired by W. Grandage & Company

Hepworth, Albert
[1866-1908] Of Brighouse.

Son of Albert Hepworth.

He may be related to Isaac Hepworth who emigrated to Australia.

Followed his parents as landlord of the Sportsman, Rastrick [1897-1899].

He was landlord of the Railway Hotel, Hebden Bridge [1905, 1908].

In 1885, he married Sarah Ann Kenyon [1869-1905] from Brighouse, in Halifax.


  1. Emily [born in Brighouse 6th March 1888, baptised at St John's Church, Rastrick 29th November 1901]
  2. Elsie [born in Australia 20th July 1893, baptised at St John's Church, Rastrick 11th November 1901]

Question: Does anyone know how Elsie came to be born in Australia?


Sarah Ann died 10th January 1905.

Albert died in 1908.

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £2,323.

Question: Does anyone know how Albert acquired his wealth?


Hepworth, C. A.
[18??-191?] He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax

Hepworth, David
[1937-1992] Son of Frank Hepworth.

Born in Leeds.

He was a racing driver / winner of the British Hill Climb Championship [1969, 1971] / in business at Princess Works, Rastrick.

In 19??, he bought Calder Bank Mills, Rastrick and used it for his businesses

  • Stovit – Stove Enameling and Shotblasting
  • Hepworth Domestics – Reconditioning domestic washing machines.

    There is a family story that he made his own washing machines under the name of GayDay

  • He also ran his race team from one of the annexes of the mill

He bought Cliffe Hill, Lightcliffe [19??]

He married Margaret Shaw.

Margaret was from Cleckheaton


  1. Stephen
  2. Andrew

Margaret and David divorced.

David died 2nd May 1992

Hepworth, Dyson
[18??-1???] Landlord of the Horse & Jockey Beerhouse, Brighouse [1892].

He was charged with having his house open during prohibited hours on Sunday 20th November 1892, after Sergeant Copping and PC Morley found George Bancroft seated in the beerhouse with a pint of beer in front of him. Hepworth was fined £1 13/- plus costs

Hepworth, Frank
[1???-1977] He married Anne Kathleen Hepworth [1???-1988].


  1. David
  2. Stuart

Frank died 20th June 1977.

Anne Kathleen died 8th July 1988

Hepworth, Frederick
[1864-19??] An insurance agent at Brighouse.

In 1899, he pleaded guilty to forging and uttering 2 claims on the Royal Liver Friendly Society. He had submitted 2 proposals forms for the life of one Walter Walker. It was said that Walker was living in a house in Elland, whereas he was, in fact, a man of intemperate habits living in the Halifax Workhouse. When Walker died, Hepworth received payment on the first policy, and subsequently repaid it to the Society. Hepworth was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour

Hepworth, George
[1799-1875] Son of John Hepworth.

Architect and surveyor. He was essentially the

Builder of Brighouse

He established a practice which became Hepworth & Son.

In 1830, he married Elizabeth [1810-1877] from Nottinghamshire.


  1. William [b 1831] who was a bookkeeper [1851]
  2. Ann [b 1834]
  3. John [b 1835]
  4. George
  5. Hugh [b 1851]

The family lived at Church Lane, Brighouse [1851].

He died 1st January 1875.

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse.

Probate records show effects valued at under £2,000

Hepworth, George
[1849-1929] Son of George Hepworth.

Born in Brighouse.

Brighouse-based architect and partner in Hepworth & Son.

In 1878, H. Kershaw – possibly Henry Kershaw – and George Hepworth drew up plans for Bradford Council's Bowling Park, Bradford. Theirs was the winning entry

He was an artist and drew a couple of postcards depicting life in Brighouse in the early 20th century.

He was a keen photographer, and a founder member of the Brighouse Photographic Society, and left an excellent record of parts of Brighouse in the 1880s.

In 1885, he wrote Brighouse, its scenery & antiquities.

A collection of his glass photographic plates were held at Brighouse Museum.

He (possibly) married Elizabeth.

They lived at

Probate records show effects valued at £5,355 19/2d

Hepworth, George Benjamin
[1815-18??] Born in Wike.

He was innkeeper at unidentified premises at 25 Holywell Green [1851] / (a farmer of) 3 acres of land at Holywell Green [1851].

Question: Does anyone know which inn this may have been?


He married Hannah [1815-18??].

Hannah was born in Thornhill Lees


  1. Beatrice [b 1837]
  2. Mary Elizabeth [b 1841]
  3. Lavinia [b 1850]

Hepworth, George Edward
[1854-19??] Son of John James Hepworth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a railway warehouseman [1871] / a waiter of Halifax [1875] / an upholsterer's salesman [1881] / hotel proprietor at the Temperance Hotel, Northgate [1891] / a furniture salesman [1901, 1911].

In 1875, he married Emma Addison [1856-19??] at Holy Trinity Church, Halifax.

Emma, of Halifax, was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, the daughter of James Addison, sailor.

She took over from her husband as hotel proprietor at the Temperance Hotel, Northgate [1901]



  1. Anne Lizzie [b 1878] who married Harry Dean
  2. Walter A [b 1881] who was a house painter [1901]
  3. William M [b 1883] who was a wood carver [1901]
  4. Eliza Ellen [b 1886] who was a worsted coating weaver [1911]
  5. Tom Denton

The family lived at

  • 34 Grant Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 52 Northgate, Halifax [1901]
  • 11 Clover Hill View, Halifax [1911, 1917]

Living with them [in 1881] was brother John William Hepworth [b 1861] (painter).

Living with them [in 1901] was daughter Annie Dean and granddaughter Mona Dean.

Living with them [in 1911] was daughter Annie (restaurant waitress) , and granddaughters Mona Dean [b 1900] Emnie Dean [b 1905]

Hepworth, Hall

Hepworth, Herbert
[1874-19??] Son of Jonathan Hepworth.

He was a butcher [1908].

On 1st June 1908, he married Maude Platts [1878-19??] in Chapeltown near Ecclesfield

Maude was born in Chapeltown


  1. Herbert [b 1905]
  2. Ronald [b 1907]

The children were born out of wedlock

Hepworth, Isaac
[1861-1926] Son of Eliza [1826-1917] & Abraham Hepworth [1825-1890].

Born in Batley.

He may be related to Albert Hepworth.

He emigrated to Australia, arriving in New South Wales on the assisted immigration program on 1st March 1883.

He may have followed his brother Benjamin who emigrated earlier.

On 17th February 1886, he married Annie Macdonald [1865-1929].


  1. Abraham [1886-1956]
  2. Edwin [1887-1967]
  3. Leslie [1889-1946]
  4. Isaac Bernard [1891-1950]
  5. Elsie Eliza [1893-1972]
  6. Stanley Allen [1896-1973]
  7. Annie Nancy [1897-1962]
  8. Dorothy [1899-1937]
  9. Marjorie [1901-1971] who died in the USA
  10. Bertha Roberta [1903-1942]
  11. Ronald [1908-1909]

Isaac died in East Maitland, Australia [22nd February 1926]

Hepworth, James
[1830-1881] Of Nab End, Hove Edge.

In [Q3] 1876, he married Rose Anna Dyson in Huddersfield.


  1. Sophia [1877-1898]
  2. Ann [1879-1892]
  3. Helena [1884-1907]
  4. Thomas [1887] who died aged 6 months

James died 21st February 1881 (aged 51).

Members of the family were buried at Brighouse Cemetery

Hepworth, James
[1869-19??] Born in Brighouse.

He was a mason's labourer [1911].

Around 1887, he married Janey [1868-19??].

Janey was born in Salterhebble


  1. Annie [b 1891] who was a shop assistant [1911]
  2. Wilmott

The family lived at

  • 5 Sunderland Yard, Lister Lane, Halifax [1911]
  • 83 Brook Street, Blaenrhondda, Treherbert, Glamorgan [1916]

Hepworth, Joe
[18??-19??] Cornet player who established McCarty's Prize Band of Clifton

Hepworth, John
[17??-1???] Of Yew Trees, Lightcliffe.

In 1790, he shot a stag at Lightcliffe. In 1948, the Hepworth family presented the antlers to the Brighouse Art Gallery

Hepworth, John
[1772-1863] He married Ann [1772-1833].


  1. George
  2. Hannah [1803-1864]
  3. Mary [1805-1889]
  4. Harriet [1815-1878]

Members of the family were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Hepworth, John
[1808-1848] Of Brighouse.

He married Elizabeth [1812-1852].

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Hepworth, John
[1852-1886] Son of Joseph Hepworth.

He was brass finisher/innkeeper [1874] / beerhouse keeper at the Freemasons' Arms, Brighouse [1881]

In October 1881, he was fined 19/6d for serving beer to a drunken person, John Greenwood, delver of Southowram. Witnesses said that Greenwood was not drunk, but was of weak intellect. Greenwood was ordered to pay 18/6d or go to prison for 14 days

On 16th April 1874, he married Jane Dawson [1858-1912] in Brighouse.


  1. Joseph

Hepworth, John
[1870-19??] Son of Jonathan Hepworth.

Born in Halifax.

He was a pattern maker [1897].

In 1897, he married (1) Ellen Laura Daws [1873-1909] in Halifax.

Ellen Laura was born in Thursford


  1. Arthur [b 1902]

Ellen Laura died 15th June 1909.

She was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

In 1910, he married (2) Sarah Ann Wood [1879-19??] in Worksop [1910]

Sarah Ann was born in Whitwell

Hepworth, John James
[1831-1???] Known as James.

Born in Huddersfield.

He was a railway station master [1861] / a railway goods agent [1871] / a railway official [1875].

He married Rachel [1839-1???].

Rachel was born in Halifax


  1. George
  2. Margaret Ellen [1860-1863]
  3. Arthur [1861-1864]
  4. John William [b 1861]
  5. Mary Lucy [b 1864]
  6. James Edward [b 1869]

The family lived at

  • Bethesda Place, Elland [1861]
  • 15 St.James Square, Horton, Bradford [1871]

Hepworth, Jonathan
[1845-1931] Born in Holmfirth.

He was a model maker.

In 1869, he married Dorothy Bottomley Boocock in Halifax.

Dorothy was the illegitimate daughter of
Hannah Boocock


  1. John
  2. Hannah [1871-1933] who married John Arthur Robinson
  3. Herbert
  4. Lucy [b 1882]

The children were born in Halifax.

Dorothy died in Halifax [6th November 1920].

She was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Jonathan died in Halifax [8th August 1931].

He was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Hepworth, Joseph
[1813-1854] He was a blacksmith in Stainland.

He married Rebecca [1814-1889]


  1. Ephraim [1839-1861]

Joseph died 11th April 1854 (aged 41).

Rebecca died 28th March 1889 (aged 75) 

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland. There is a transcription of the epitaph [number 2] at Stainland in Alan Shaw's CD Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area

Hepworth, Joseph
[1824-1871] Born in Bailiffe Bridge.

He was an iron moulder [1871] / landlord of the Sportsman, Rastrick [1867-1871].

In 1847, he married Ann Hirst [1828-1897] of Southowram, in Dewsbury.


  1. Edward [b 1846]
  2. Sarah [b 1847]
  3. Isaac [1850-1851]
  4. John
  5. Arthur [1860-1864]
  6. Albert
  7. Mary [1868-1951] who married George William Mallinson

He died 29th January 1871.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £100. Probate was granted to his widow Ann.

After his death, his wife Ann took over at the Sportsman [1871-1890], then Sam Eastwood, then the Hepworth's son Albert [1897-1899]

Hepworth, Joseph
[1876-1913] Son of John Hepworth.

He was labourer in the gas works [1897].

On 12th August 1897, he married Kate Ethel Bentley [1876-1944] of Brookfoot, at St Matthew's, Rastrick.


  1. John William [b 1898]
  2. Alice [b 1900]
  3. Bob [b 1902]
  4. Frank [b 1905]
  5. Lucy [b 1906]
  6. Tom [b 1909]
  7. George [b 1910]
  8. Joseph [b 1912]

Hepworth, Joseph Albert
[1899-1918] Son of Albert Hepworth of 96 Huddersfield Road, Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 15th/17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 12th April 1918 (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial [3 & 4]

Hepworth, Mary
[1807-1863] of Brighouse.

She was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse (grave L19) [14th May 1863]

Hepworth, Matthew
[17??-1???] Coiner of Ovenden.

The official notice of 1769 for his arrest described him as

MATTHEW HEPWORTH, late of Ovenden, in the same Parish, Butcher, about 40 years old, 5ft 7 ins high, rather slender, a little pock-broke, wears his own Hair, which is of a reddish Colour, and almost straight

Hepworth, Richard
[17??-18??] He was landlord of the White Lion, Rastrick [1822, 1829].

He married Unknown.


  1. Leah who (possibly) married Jonas Wilkinson

Hepworth, Sam
[1890-1916] Son of Thomas Hepworth.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 10th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He died 12th July 1916.

He was buried at the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbé [II B 12], on Brighouse War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Zion Methodist Free Chapel, Hove Edge

Hepworth, Thomas

In [Q3] 1886, he married Selina Robertshaw [1867-1923] in Halifax.


  1. Sam

The family lived at 309 Mason Terrace, Hove Edge, Lightcliffe

Hepworth, Thomas Henry
[18??-19??] He was a Deacon at Blackley Baptist Chapel. In 1911, he was recorded as a Past Deacon

Hepworth, Tom Denton
[1893-1917] Son of George Hepworth.

He was a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & cricket club / educated at Trinity School & Heath Grammar School / educated at Holy Trinity School & Heath Grammar School / a member of King Cross Constitutional Club / a cabinet maker [1911] / apprenticed to Walter Denton's of Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [October 1914], and served as a Corporal with the 1st/5th Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).

He was killed by a shell at Passchendaele [31st July 1917] (aged 24).

Quoting the letter received by his parent, the Halifax Courier reported that he was killed on the 2nd of August

He was buried at the Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery [II C 18].

He is remembered on the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, on the Memorial at Heath Grammar School, and on the Memorial at Holy Trinity Boys' School, Halifax

Hepworth, William
[1843-1922] Born in Brighouse.

He was a cotton machine minder [1872].

In 1872, he married Rachel Hollas in Halifax

Rachel was the daughter of
Thomas Hollas


  1. Martha Ann [1872-1939] who married George Edward Flather
  2. John Thomas [1873-1942]
  3. Sam [b 1875]
  4. Ada [b 1877]
  5. Wilson

Hepworth, William Fairburn
[1843-1882] At the Yorkshire Assizes in August 1880, James McGowan was charged with wounding Hepworth with intent to main him by striking him on the hand with a knife at Brighouse on 3rd July 1880.

The Jury found McGowan guilty of unlawfully wounding. He was sentenced to 2 months' imprisonment.

Hepworth died in Halifax [Q1 1882] (aged 39) 

Hepworth, Wilmott
[1896-1916] Son of James Hepworth.

Born in Credit Forkes, Canada.

He was a factory doffer [1911] / employed by Hartley & Sugden Limited.

He lived at 20 Back Street, Halifax [1916].

During World War I, he enlisted [31st August 1914], and served as a Private with the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

He was wounded in France and hospitalised in Newcastle.

On recovering, he was sent to Egypt, then to France.

He was killed whilst getting his breakfast [10th October 1916] (aged 20).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [3A & 3B], on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Hepworth, Wilson
[1880-1955] Son of William Hepworth.

In 1905, he married Annie Gooder in Halifax.


  1. Amy [b 1907]
  2. Mary [b 1910]
  3. William [b 1914]
  4. Harry [b 1918]


The Hepworth family
Of Yew Trees, Lightcliffe. Members included George Hepworth

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

Unattached BMDs for Hepworth:

Marriages 1858, 1870, 1879, 1882, 1895, 1901, 1907; Deaths 1897, 1907

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