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The entries for people & families with the surname Knowles 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.

A. Knowles [18??-1???]
A. Knowles [18??-19??]
Charles James Knowles [1798-1867]
Edgar Knowles [1897-1917]
Edwin Knowles [1893-1917]
Ernest Knowles [1???-196?]
George E. W. Knowles [1909-1947]
Henry Knowles [17??-18??]
Henry Knowles [1811-1???]
Herbert Knowles [1798-1817]
Rev J. G. Knowles [18??-1???]
James Knowles [1769-1805]
James Knowles [1843-1920]
James Ellis Knowles [1868-1948]
John Knowles [17??-1803]
John Knowles [1775-1848]
John Knowles [1851-1911]
Rev John Dickenson Knowles [1828-1888]
Rev John Lionel Knowles [1862-1???]
John Pollard Knowles [1825-1903]
John Wilkinson Knowles [1799-1865]
John William Knowles [1898-1918]
Jonas Knowles [18??-19??]
Jonathan Knowles [1791-1871]
Joseph Knowles [18??-19??]
Joseph Knowles [1885-1918]
Lionel Knowles [1696-1779]
Lionel Knowles [1735-1802]
Lionel Knowles [1766-1837]
Lionel Knowles [1792-1848]
Smith Knowles [1842-1???]
T. Knowles [18??-1921]
Thomas Knowles [17??-18??]
Thomas Knowles [18??-19??]
Thomas Knowles [1805-1851]
Thomas E. Knowles [1882-1915]
Wainwright Knowles [1891-1953]
Walter Thomas Knowles [1876-19??]
William Knowles [1870-1912]
Willie Knowles [1898-1917]

Knowles, A.
[18??-1???] Wholesale and retail tobacconist and tea dealer at 10 Swine Market, Halifax [1881]

Knowles, A.
[18??-19??] Physician and Surgeon at Halifax.

He lived at 406 Gibbet Street [1905]

Knowles, Charles James
[1798-1867] QC.

Son of James Knowles.

He was one of the most successful barristers on the Northern Circuit / Treasurer of the Middle Temple.

His cases were prominently reported in the Halifax Courier

Knowles, Edgar
[1897-1917] Son of James Knowles.

Born in Cornholme.

He was a bobbin finisher (varnishing bobbins) [1911].

During World War I, he enlisted in Todmorden, and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

He was killed in action [21st October 1917].

He was buried at the Hooge Crater Cemetery [XXI G 12].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Knowles, Edwin
[1893-1917] Son of Mary & Richard Tennant Knowles of High Moor Lane, Clifton.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).

He died 9th October 1917 (aged 24).

He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial [XXXI D 17]

Knowles, Ernest
[1???-196?] Cotton manufacturer of Todmorden

Knowles, George E. W.
[1909-1947] BSc.

He married Jessie Ainley.

Jessie was the daughter of
Henry Ainley

The couple were buried at Elland Cemetery

Knowles, Henry
[17??-18??] Cotton spinner at Temple Mill, Rishworth [1804].

In 1804, he was declared bankrupt

Knowles, Henry
[1811-1???] Born in Leeds.

He was a wool buyer & manufacturer [1861].

Around 1843, he married Elizabeth [1824-1???].

Elizabeth was born in Oldham


  1. Jane [b 1843] who was a dress maker [1861]
  2. Samuel Copley [b 1845] who was a wool sorter [1861]
  3. Mary Ann [b 1845]
  4. Alice Ann [b 1849]
  5. William Henry [b 1849]

The family lived at 3 Ryburn Terrace, Sowerby Bridge [1861]

Knowles, Herbert
[1798-1817] Son of James Knowles.

Born in Gomersal.


Knowles, Rev J. G.
[18??-1???] Curate at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone [1892]

Knowles, James
[1769-1805] Of Green Head, Huddersfield & Wood Street, Cheapside, London.

Son of Lionel Knowles.

He married Elizabeth Phillips.


  1. Charles James
  2. Herbert

The children were orphaned at an early age:

James died in 1805

Knowles, James
[1843-1920] Born in Settle.

He was a labourer (bobbin manufacturer) [1911].

In [Q3] 1880, he married Jane Harvey [1853-1935] in Settle.

Jane was born in Redruth, Cornwall


  1. child who died young [before 1911]
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  3. child who died young [before 1911]
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  5. Fanny [b 1877] who married Sedgwick Smith [1877-19??], spinning machine fitter
  6. James Henry [b 1882] who was a labourer (bobbin works) [1900]
  7. Beatrice [b 1878] who was a cotton weaver [1911]
  8. Maurice [b 1891]
  9. Edgar

The family lived at

  • 786 Burnley Road, Cornholme [1901]
  • 786 Bank Terrace, Cornholme [1911]

Knowles, James Ellis
[1868-1948] Rugby player. He played for Halifax 234 times between 1890 and 1899. He was a member of the Halifax team that won the Yorkshire Cup [1894] and played one game for Yorkshire against Durham [1894].

He farmed at Snydal Farm, Southowram [1908 to 1948].

In 1889, he married Sarah Heaton.

Sarah was the daughter of Andrew Heaton


  1. Wainwright
  2. Harry [b 1893] who married Beatrice Crawshaw
  3. May [b 1902] who married James Palmer
  4. Arthur [b 1905] who married Martha Ellen Siddall
  5. Annie [b 1907] who married Walter Hardy

In 1891, the family were living with Sarah's father at Siddal Wells

Knowles, John
[17??-1803] Owned Guteroyd Mill, Todmorden [17??] until his death

Knowles, John
[1775-1848] Son of Abraham Knowles [1738-1808], yeoman of Cottingley Bridge.

He married Mary Wilkinson [1775-1848].

Mary was the daughter of William Wilkinson [1735-1820] of Pye Bank, who built Bents Mill at Hallas Bridge [1810]


  1. John Wilkinson
  2. Mary Ann [b 1800] who was the third wife of George Anderson [1799-1872], worsted manufacturer, of Bradford
  3. Abraham [b 1802] who died in infancy
  4. William [1804-1848] who briefly ran Hallas Mill, Hallas Bridge, in the cotton business, then set up as a merchant in Cincinnati, Ohio; unmarried
  5. Thomas [1806-1819]
  6. Abraham Hirst [1809-1818]
  7. Richard [b 1811] of Pye Bank who conducted worsted spinning at Hallas Mill in the 1840s; married, 1837, Nancy Heaton of Haworth; living at Lyden Terrace, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, in 1874
  8. Maria [b 1813] who married William Schofield Nichols [1807-18??] of Hewenden, worsted spinner
  9. Jonas [1815-1850] who was a worsted spinner at Hallas Bridge in 1837 & died at Cincinnati
  10. Susannah [1818-1841]
  11. Emma [b 1820] who married [25th April 1855] James Macfarlane of Cliff Lane, Baildon

He was a cotton spinner.

He operated and extended Bents Mill after his father-in-law's death.

He took his eldest son – John Wilkinson Knowles – into partnership and they made calicoes for the Manchester market.

their waggons went to and fro over Blackstone Edge constantly

The firm was

perhaps the largest maker of cotton goods in this part of the country, putting out handweaving at twenty different stations extending from Skipton to Cleckheaton

They were declared bankrupt in 1825.

Hallas Mill was destroyed by fire [1895].

Bents Mill was still in use as a warehouse [1960s].

The family lived at

  • Bents House, Cullingworth
  • Pye Bank, Wilsden

Knowles, John
[1851-1911] He owned large estates in Todmorden. He died at Grange-over-Sands

Knowles, Rev John Dickenson
[1828-1888] MA.

Son of Lionel Knowles

Born in Gomersal.

He was a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge / Curate at Halifax [1852-1858] / vicar in Glossop [for 23 years] / author of Pastoral Comforts, Gold & Pearls & other works.

On 17th May 1859, he married Mary Louisa Orange at Halifax Parish Church.

Mary Louisa was born in Eckington, Derbyshire, the daughter of Colonel John Edward Orange


  1. Mary L. [b 1861]
  2. John Lionel
  3. Charles E. [b 1865]
  4. Ella L. [b 1866]
  5. Francis G. [b 1869]
  6. Jessie B. [b 1870]
  7. Gertrude O. [b 1872]
  8. James L. C. [b 1874]

The family lived at Glossop [1871, 1881].

He died in Glossop

Knowles, Rev John Lionel
[1862-1???] MA.

Son of Rev John Dickenson Knowles.

Born in Rawdon.

He was a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge / Rural Dean of Glossop [1906-1920]

Knowles, John Pollard
[1825-1903] Son of John Wilkinson Knowles.

He was a corn dealer at New Bank, Halifax.

On 8th February 1853, he married Elizabeth Cowap.

On 30th April 1853, The Leeds Mercury reported

At the Town Hall on Tuesday last, Mary Crawshaw, aged 33, produced 2 female illegitimate children, stating that John Pollard Knowles, late a corn dealer in New Bank, was the father of them. She stated that she was servant to Thomas Barraclough, who is a [nephew] of Knowles's, and that Knowles was in the habit of coming to the house, where an illicit intercourse took place between them. Her sister Martha confirmed the evidence as to familiarities which she had seen. The Magistrate decided that the plaintiff should have paid, for the lying-in of one of the children, £2 14/6d, and for the other £2 10/6d, and that she should have 2/- per week for each child till they attained the age of 13 years

He had emigrated to America by 1861 and died there

Knowles, John Wilkinson
[1799-1865] Son of John Knowles.

Of Halifax.

His father operated and extended Bents Mill, Hallas Bridge after the death of his father-in-law William Wilkinson of Pye Bank. He took John Wilkinson into partnership and they made calicoes for the Manchester market.

They were declared bankrupt in 1825.

He resumed cotton spinning at Bents Mill [1827-1840]. He was a partner in the Thornaby Cotton Spinning Company, Stockton-on-Tees [1840-1850].

On 19th December 1822, he married Mary Pollard.

Mary came from Northowram, and was the youngest daughter of William Pollard of Spring House, near Halifax


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  2. child who died in infancy
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  6. daughter
  7. daughter
  8. John Pollard

The family lived at

John Wilkinson died 25th October 1865.

Mary died 10th December 1865.

There are memorial windows to the couple in Halifax Parish Church

Knowles, John William
[1898-1918] Son of Mary & James Knowles of 206 Rochdale Road, Todmorden.

Born in Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

He died 16th February 1918 (aged 19).

He was buried at the Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension [II E 17].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden

Knowles, Jonas
[18??-19??] Brush manufacturer. Proprietor of Park Wood Pleasure Grounds [1905]

Knowles, Jonathan
[1791-1871] Of Northowram.

Born at Undercliffe, Bradford.

As a youth, he lived in Queenshead where his stepfather William Hargreaves – previously of the Bowling Green Inn, Bridge Street, Bradford – kept the Queen's Head Inn.

He was owner of the Black Horse public house in Thornton [1819] / a farmer and innkeeper at Denholme Gate / proprietor of the Denholme Gate Brewery / He commenced brewing there and built new premises for this purpose in 1837 / one of the founders of St Paul's Church, Denholme / chairman of the Church building committee [1843-1846].

He established Knowles & Sons, in partnership with his sons Jonathan and George.

In 1815, he married (1) Martha Briggs

Martha was the daughter of Abram Briggs


  1. Hannah [1816-1871] who married Henry Foster
  2. David [1817-1818]
  3. Sarah [1819-1827]
  4. John [1820-1833]
  5. David [1822-1825]
  6. Jane [1823-1890] who married George Woodhead
  7. Ellen [1825-1876] who married Joseph Craven
  8. Martha [16th November 1827-1865] who married Solomon Barsdorf
  9. Abram Briggs [1830-1840]
  10. Maria [1832-1810] who married Eli Foster
  11. Jonathan [1834-1890] of Clough House, Denholme
  12. George [1839-1900] JP, of Croft House, Denholme

Martha died in 1840.

The Leeds Intelligencer of 19th December 1840 reported

She fell a victim to typhus fever which she caught while attending with maternal solicitude the last illness of one of her sons whose death took place on the 1st instant

On 9th October 1845, he married 2 . at Halifax Parish Church

Mary was the daughter of Rev Thomas Crowther

Knowles, Joseph
[18??-19??] Liberal member of Hipperholme District Council. Director of T. A. Firth & Company, Bradford wool merchants. He lived at Home House, Lightcliffe [1904]

Knowles, Joseph
[1885-1918] Son of Thomas Knowles.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

He was killed in action [25th August 1918] (aged 33).

He was buried at the L'Homme Mort British Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, France [II C 10]

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother Thomas also died in the War

Knowles, Lionel
[1696-1779] Son of John Knowles of Northowram.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [March 1695/6]

He and his son were well-established as white cloth dressers in Gomersal [1760s].

In 1726, Lionel, of Halifax Parish, married Jane Laverack.

Jane came from Birstall


  1. Lionel [1735-1802]

The family moved and settled in Gomersal [around 1740].

He was an early member of the Knowles Family of Gomersal.

Lionel died in Gomersal [1779] (aged 83) 

Knowles, Lionel

He married Mary Rangsley.

Mary came from Heckmondwike


  1. son
  2. James

A member of the Knowles Family of Gomersal

Knowles, Lionel
[1766-1837] Of West House, Gomersal.

He married Ann Hartley.

Ann came from Grassington


  1. Lionel

Knowles, Lionel
[1792-1848] Of West House, Gomersal.

Son of Lionel Knowles.

He was a member of the Knowles Family of Gomersal, and third in descent from Lionel Knowles.

He married Lucy Dickenson.


  1. John Dickenson

Knowles, Smith
[1842-1???] Born at Shroggs, Halifax.

He was adopted by Rev Philip P. Carpenter BA PhD of Warrington. Rev Carpenter was known as a conchologist.

In 1857, he went to live in Manchester. He became a printer and publisher. He settled in Sale.

He wrote a quantity of prose and poems including Every Band of Hope Boy's Reciter [in 7 volumes] and Laughable Dialogues

Knowles, T.

During World War I, he served as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.

He died 21st March 1921.

He was buried at Brighouse Cemetery [E C 145]

Knowles, Thomas
[17??-18??] He went into partnership with John Haworth at Oldroyd Mill, Langfield and at Lob Mill. The partnership evolved into Ingham, Hollinrake & Company

Knowles, Thomas

He married Mary [18??-19??].


  1. Thomas E.
  2. Joseph

The family lived at 11 Grove Row, Heath Hill Road, Mount Tabor, Halifax.

Sons Thomas E. & Joseph died in World War I

Knowles, Thomas
[1805-1851] He was landlord of the Britannia Inn, Halifax [1837, 1841, 1845, 1850].

He married Elizabeth [1806-18??].


  1. Marianna [b 1830]
  2. Thomas Greenwood [b 1837]
  3. George [b 1839]
  4. Alfred [b 1842]
  5. Elizabeth [1844-1907] who married David Whitaker
  6. John William [b 1848]

Thomas died in early 1851.

In the 1851 census, the widowed Elizabeth Knowles was innkeeper at 36 Wool Shops, Halifax

Question: Does anyone know which inn this could have been? Could it still be the Britannia Inn?


Daughter Elizabeth was buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax.

Living with Elizabeth in 1851 was widowed aunt Mary Bottomly [aged 90]

Knowles, Thomas E.
[1882-1915] Son of Thomas Knowles.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 5th May 1915 (aged 33).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial [20], and on the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother Joseph also died in the War

Knowles, Wainwright
[1891-1953] Eldest son of James Ellis Knowles.

He was a farmer.

He married Annie P. Beever.

On the 21st June 1949, he was seriously injured when he was gored by a bull at the family's Snydal Farm, Southowram. He was paralysed and confined to bed until his death

Knowles, Walter Thomas
[1876-19??] Born in Darwen, Lancashire.

He established W. T. Knowles & Sons [1906]

In 1928, he was presented with a clock for his work with the Southowram Subscription Band

In [Q3] 1898, he married Leah Louisa Rawkins [1876-19??] in Preston, Lancashire.

Leah Louisa came from Preston


  1. Vincent Aubrey [b 1900]
  2. Stanley Walter [b 1903]
  3. Gordon Thomas [b 1910]

The family lived at

  • 4 Near Binns, Southowram [1911]
  • Ashgrove Cottage, Southowram [1927]
  • Ashgrove, Southowram [1936]

Knowles, William
[1870-1912] Of Well Head Farm.

See Knowles's Dairy

Knowles, Willie
[1898-1917] Son of Mary Ann & William Knowles of 14 Throstle Street, Walsden.

Born in Walsden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 3rd May 1917.

He was buried at the Brown's Copse Cemetery [I F 17].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance


The Knowles family of Stoodley

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

Unattached BMDs for Knowles:

Marriages 1800, 1804, 1870, 1907; Deaths 1804, 1899, 1900

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