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Heaton ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Heaton 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.

Andrew Heaton [1828-1894]
David Heaton [1822-1901]
Edith Heaton [1884-19??]
Frank Roper Heaton [18??-19??]
George Frederick Heaton [1898-1918]
Grace Heaton [18??-19??]
Harry Heaton [18??-19??]
Isaac Heaton [1787-1871]
J. A. Heaton [18??-1???]
James Heaton [1897-1916]
Jo J. Heaton [1889-1916]
John Heaton [17??-18??]
John Heaton [17??-18??]
John Heaton [18??-1???]
John Heaton [1824-1???]
John Heaton [1851-1???]
John Heaton [1869-1894]
John Thomas Heaton [1866-1921]
Michael Heaton [17??-18??]
Michael Heaton [1751-1807]
Michael Heaton [1816-18??]
Nan Heaton [17??-18??]
PC Heaton [18??-18??]
Robert Heaton [1859-1???]
Sam Heaton [1867-19??]
Samuel Heaton [17??-17??]
Thomas Preston Heaton [1832-1887]
Walter Heaton [1888-1916]
William Heaton [1???-18??]
William Heaton [1805-1871]

Heaton, Andrew
[1828-1894] Born in Rochdale.

He was a farmer [1871] / a carpet weaver [1881].

On 7th September 1847, he married Sarah Laycock [1830-1907] in Halifax.

Sarah was born in Craven, North Yorkshire 1830 and died Stoney Brow Farm on the 14th Jan 1907


  1. Susan [1847-1856]
  2. Thomas [1849-1850]
  3. Frances [b 1851] who married Leonard Hartwell, emigrated to Australia and settled in Townsville, Queensland
  4. Wainwright / William Wainwright [b 1853] who married Grace Lumb
  5. Oliver [1855-1903] who married Mary Jane McKnight
  6. Frederick [b 1861]
  7. Ruth [1858-1882] who was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram
  8. Robert [b 1859] who married [1882] Harriet Alderson and had 6 children [1901]
  9. Rhodes [1863-1923] who married Sarah Ann Holker
  10. Ann Ellen [b 1864] who married John William Bowes
  11. Andrew [1866-1936] who married Barbara Ann Kershaw
  12. Sarah [1868-1937] who married James Ellis Knowles
  13. Harry [b 1874] who married Emily Wood
  14. Leonard [b 1877]

The family lived at Siddal Wells [1871, 1881].

Living with Andrew, Sarah and 9 children in 1871 were son-in-law & daughter Frances & Leonard Hartwell.

Living with Andrew, Sarah and 4 children in 1891 were daughter Sarah & son-in-law James Ellis Knowles and their son Wainwright [1891]

Living with the widowed Sarah in 1901 were son & daughter-in-law Robert & Harriet and their 6 children.

Jeffrey Knowles, his great-grandson writes

On 28th October 1894, at the age of 66, Andrew Heaton walked from his home at Siddal Wells to Elland, and then rode to Brighouse to pay his rent.

He walked home up Brookfoot Hill to Southowram.

It was raining, thundering and lightning at the time, and, feeling unwell, he called in at the Shoulder of Mutton for a drink. Having drunk just one whisky, he suddenly got up and went outside, crossed the road and collapsed banging his head on the kerb.

On seeing this, one of the locals shouted

He's drunk, let him stop where he is, he's wet on the inside, let him be wet on the outside as well

No-one offered assistance except one young man named James Brown – also known as Fiddler Jim – and a lad, John Jowett, who carried him up the road to the stable of the Pack Horse Inn, wrapped him in a horse sheet and left him. James Brown was seeking work and had to be on his way, but he asked the lad to look in on him later. Some 3 hours later, the lad looked in at the stable and found Andrew quite dead.

At the inquest, Anthony Bairstow landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton said the deceased was not drunk. He arrived at the pub tired, starved and nearly finished and had only one drink.

Fred Baines landlord of the Pack Horse said that he did not know the deceased was in his stable, and John Jowett did not know the stable belonged to the Pack Horse Inn! Verdict: Accidental death due to a fall


Sarah died at Stoney Brow Farm [14th January 1907].

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [H 29]

Heaton, David
[1822-1901] Son of Isaac Heaton.

Born at his father's school in Brighouse.

He began teaching, like his father, and was an assistant teacher at the school [1851]

He succeeded John Noble as Brighouse postmaster. The Post Office at the time was in rooms at Mary Bedford's Charity School.

In 1866, he was appointed Brighouse rate collector, and he was succeeded by Emmanuel Dale

Heaton, Edith
[1884-19??] A cousin of Tom Oldfield.

She married Earl Lund

Heaton, Frank Roper

In [Q1] 1897, he married Annie Clara M. Richards [18??-19??] in Halifax.


  1. George Frederick

The family lived at 16 Prescott Street, Halifax [1917]

Heaton, George Frederick
[1898-1918] Son of Frank Roper Heaton.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

He died as a POW at Gustrow, Germany [12th August 1918] (aged 20).

He was buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, France [German Mem. 15].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Halifax Parish Church Church Members (WWI) Memorial

Heaton, Grace
[18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at Winding Road Lodging House, Halifax [November 1902]

Heaton, Harry
[18??-19??] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Patmos Congregational Chapel, Todmorden

Heaton, Isaac
[1787-1871] Born in Dewsbury.

He came to Brighouse to take up the post of Headmaster of Mary Bedford's Charity School. He wrote a history of the school. He was the last master of the school.

He married Unknown.


  1. Hannah [b 1821] who was a milliner & dress maker [1851]
  2. David who was born at the school, and assistant teacher [1851]
  3. Edwin [b 1832] who was an apprentice joiner [1851]

See Heaton Street, Brighouse

Heaton, J. A.
[18??-1???] In 1874, he took over the soap making business of Faucon Rochette & Company.

In 1894, the business was acquired by the Brighouse Soap Company Limited.

He lived at

Heaton, James
[1897-1916] Son of Samuel Heaton.

He was a member of Brunswick Football Club / an apprentice wire drawer [1911] / employed by J. & A. Binns Limited.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914], and served as a Lance Corporal with the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [December 1915].

He was killed at Le Sars by a sniper [4th October 1916] (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [6A & 6B], and on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Heaton, Jo J.
[1889-1916] Son of Clara & Jo. Heaton of 421 Lytham Road, Blackpool.

Born in Brighouse.

During World War I, he served as a Private with B Company 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

He died 14th November 1916 (aged 27).

He was buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.2, France [I G 34].

He is remembered on Rastrick War Memorial

Heaton, John
[17??-18??] He was 7 ft tall and a soldier in George III's army.

He married Unknown.


  1. William

Heaton, John
[17??-18??] Bookseller in Halifax.

He managed the bookselling business of John Binns.

He later bought the business from the Binns family

Heaton, John
[18??-1???] Son of William Heaton. At 6 ft 3 in, he was tall, like his grandfather, John Heaton

Heaton, John
[1824-1???] Also recorded as John M. Heaton & John Murgatroyd Heaton.

Born in Haworth.

He was a general dealer [1881] / a woollen merchant [1891] / a commercial traveller [1892].

He married Unknown.


  1. Alfred [b 1863] who was a belt maker (leather work) [1881]
  2. Ellen [b 1867] who was a cotton winder [1891]
  3. Harriet [b 1869] who married Fred Smith
  4. Ada [b 1873] who was a worsted twister [1891]
  5. Alice A [b 1875] who was a worsted spinner [1891]

The family lived at

  • Manchester [1869]
  • Sunny Bank, Southowram [1881]
  • 26 Stoney Royd Terrace, Southowram [1891]

He was a widower by 1891

Living with them [in 1891] was grandson (possibly Ellen's son) George Heaton [b 1888]

Heaton, John
[1851-1???] Born in Runcorn, Cheshire.

He was a chemical labourer [1881] / a mason's labourer [1891] / a boiler stoker (woollen mill) [1901] / a firer-up stoker [1911]

He married Clara [1854-1895].

Clara was born in Norwich


  1. Clara [b 1876] who was a worsted spinner [1891]
  2. Richard [b 1879] who was a worsted doffer [1891], a woollen cloth finisher [1901]
  3. Elsie [b 1881] who was a housekeeper [1911]
  4. John [b 1885] who was a doffer (worsted mill) [1901], a firer-up stoker [1911]
  5. Walter
  6. Fred [b 1890] who was a warper [1911]

The family lived at

  • Chapel Street, Sowerby Bridge [1881]
  • 5 Willow Street, Sowerby Bridge [1891]
  • 16 Milner Royd, Luddenden Foot [1901]
  • 2 Milner Royd, Luddenden Foot [1911]

Heaton, John
[1869-1894] Chemist & druggist.

He lived at Gooder Lane, Brighouse [with his parents 1894].

He died from an overdose of prussic acid. He had been depressed, on account of ill-health, for some time

Heaton, John Thomas
[1866-1921] Son of Thomas Heaton.

Born in Elland.

He was a woollen manufacturer [1887, 1901].

In 1888, he married Sarah Ann Fielding.

Sarah Ann was the daughter of Richard Fielding


  1. Hilda [b 1891]
  2. Emily [b 1893]
  3. Marion [b 1899]

The family lived at Owlet Hall, Elland [1901, 1905]

Heaton, Michael
[17??-18??] Of Robertshaw. Partner in George Widdop & Company

Heaton, Michael
[1751-1807] Gentleman of Heptonstall.

The will of William Greenwood [1790] passed property known as Robertshaw to Michael Heaton.

He died 18th August 1807 (aged 56).

He was buried at Heptonstall Church

Heaton, Michael
[1816-18??] He was a farmer of 32 acres Sunny Bank Farm, Southowram [1871]

Heaton, Nan
[17??-18??] She sold toffee at the Shelf Tide

Heaton, PC
[18??-18??] Brighouse constable [1860]

Heaton, Robert
[1859-1???] He was a farmer [1891].

In January 1882, he married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Alderson.


  1. child
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child

The family lived at Backhold Royd, Siddal [1891]

Heaton, Sam
[1867-19??] Son of Joseph Heaton, letterpress printer.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wood sawyer of Undercliffe [1887] / a sawyer at timber yard [1891] / a sawyer (wood) [1901, 1911].

In 1887, he married Minnie Madeline King [1871-19??] at Bradford Cathedral.

Minnie, a worsted winder of Horton, was born in Dewsbury, the daughter of George King, hair dresser


  1. Mary Jane [b 1889] who was a worsted bobbin setter [1901], a cotton operative [1911]
  2. Leah [b 1891]
  3. Joseph / Joe [b 1894] who was an apprentice wire drawer [1911]
  4. James
  5. Sarah Alice [b 1900]
  6. May [b 1902]
  7. Tom [b 1904]
  8. Sam [b 1905]
  9. Annie Winterburn [b 1908]
  10. Jack [b 1910]

The family lived at

  • 48 Park Street, Halifax [1891, 1901]
  • 2 South Bank Street, Halifax [1911]
  • 326 Queens Road, Halifax [1916]

Heaton, Samuel
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1775]

Heaton, Thomas Preston
[1832-1887] Son of Michael Heaton.

Born in Bradford [10th September 1832].

He was a woollen manufacturer in Elland employing 10 men, 29 women, 10 boys & 2 girls [1881] / a highly-respected woollen manufacturer in Elland employing a large number of hands [1888].

He established Thomas Heaton.

On 14th April 1865, he married Eliza Ann Ellam [1843-1913] in Huddersfield.

Eliza Ann, of Lindley, was born in Huddersfield, the daughter of Amos Ellam, millwright


  1. John Thomas
  2. Frank Smith [1867-1870]
  3. Robert Ellam [1870-1911
  4. George Smith [1872-1873]
  5. William Henry [1873-1934]
  6. Ada Florence [1875-1960] who married Fred Fielding
  7. Henrietta [1878-1949]
  8. infant

The children were baptised at Elland Parish Church.

The family lived at

  • Savile Road, Elland-cum-Greetland [1871]
  • Bradley House, Elland-cum-Greetland [1881]
  • Owlet Hall, Elland [1887]

Around 1884, Dr George Hoyle diagnosed that Thomas had poor circulation and might die suddenly. On 31st December 1887, he died very suddenly in a cab which was taking him to Halifax to see his solicitor in Hopwood Lane, Halifax. As they went up Salterhebble Hill, the cabman walked alongside the cab, talking to Thomas. He seemed in good health, but he was dead when the cabman opened the door at their destination. Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £25,713 0/11d.

Probate was granted to son John Thomas and John Wood of Elland (bank manager).

In his will [2nd July 1887], he left

an annuity of £100 to his widow Eliza Ann; £1,000 to son John Thomas; £5,000 each to his daughters Ada Florence & Henrietta, and the rest to his 3 sons John Thomas, Frank Smith, Robert Ellam & George Smith

After his death, the business – Thomas Heaton – was carried on his sons John Thomas, Robert Ellam, and William Henry

Eliza Ann died 14th July 1913 (aged 69).

Members of the family were buried at Elland Cemetery

Heaton, Walter
[1888-1916] MM.

Son of John Heaton.

He was a doffer (worsted mill) [1901] / a goods shunter [1911] / employed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914], and served as a Bombardier with C Battery 70th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

In September 1915, he distinguished himself at the Battle of Loos.

He was awarded the Military Medal. He was recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 3 occasions.

A series of letters was sent to his parents: the first (dated 12th August 1916) said that he had been wounded in the legs, one being very serious; the second (dated 15th August 1916) said that his right leg had to be amputated; the third (dated 17th August 1916) said that he had died.

He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbé, France [III D 33].

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Heaton, William
[1???-18??] A manager at the Akroyd's Copley Mill for several years.

In November 1855, Edward and Henry Akroyd and the workpeople at the mill, erected a marble tablet in his memory at St Stephen's Church, Copley

Heaton, William
[1805-1871] Son of John Heaton.

Poet born in a cottage near Luddenden churchyard.

He went to dame school and Sunday school, and was largely self-taught. He learned to read by studying the head-stones in Luddenden churchyard.

He was a handloom carpet weaver / keeper at People's Park [1857-1867].

He became a well-known poet and wrote about the flora and fauna of the district. He wrote poetry with titles such as Wild Flowers Flowers of Calder Dale, Leaves from the forest dell, The old soldier, The wandering lover, and other poems [1858].

Some of his work was published by Roberts Leyland.

His autobiography gives details of the flora and fauna of the district.

He was an acquaintance of Branwell Brontë.

He married (1) Elizabeth [1805-1864].


  1. John

He married (2) Mary [who died aged 65].

William and his wives were buried at Christ Church, Pellon


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

Unattached BMDs for Heaton:

Marriages 1861, 1913

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