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The entries for people & families with the surname Rayner 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.

Alan Rayner [18??-1???]
Arthur Rayner [1858-1???]
Benjamin Rayner [1773-1834]
Benjamin Rayner [1835-1908]
Mrs Cecilie Rayner [1???-1???]
Crispin Rayner [1809-1831]
Edward Lloyd Rayner [1898-1918]
Elizabeth Rayner [1812-1832]
Eric Bottomley Rayner [1900-1918]
Fairburn Rayner [1852-1918]
George Rayner [14??-15??]
George Alfred Rayner [1841-1908]
Isaac Rayner [1831-1???]
Isaac Rayner [1888-1918]
John Rayner [1798-1849]
John Rayner [1815-18??]
John Charnock Rayner [1865-1907]
John James Rayner [1823-1894]
Joseph Rayner [1828-1883]
Joseph Rayner [1892-1915]
Joseph Sykes Rayner [18??-19??]
Mark Rayner [1840-1892]
Moses Rayner [1808-1889]
Sarah Bowman Rayner [1846-1935]
Thomas Smith Rayner [1891-19??]
Thurston Rayner [1620-16??]
W. Rayner [18??-18??]
Walter Rayner [1872-1951]
William Rayner [1???-1???]
William Rayner [14??-15??]
William Rayner [1781-18??]
William Henry Rayner [1831-1904]

Rayner, Alan
[18??-1???] Recorded in 1868, when he was Constable at Rastrick

Rayner, Arthur
[1858-1???] Son of Isaac Rayner.

Born in Low Moor.

He was a general labourer [1881] / a yarn scourer of Salterhebble [1884] / a yarn scourer of Cartgate, Wibsey [1890] / a worsted yarn scourer [1891] / an iron foundry labourer [1901] / a boiler maker's labourer [1911]

In 1884, he married (1) Ellen Smith [1858-1889] at Halifax Parish Church.

Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Smith, grinder. She was a domestic servant at Harrison Road, Halifax


  1. Robert H [b 1885] who was a factory operative worsted [1901]
  2. Laura E [b 1886] who was a cotton mill operative [1901, 1911]

Ellen died in 1889.

In 1890, he married (2) Lily Smith [1868-1???] at Bradford Cathedral.

Lily was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Thomas Smith (deceased), cutler. She was a domestic servant of Cartgate, Wibsey,


  1. Alice Blanche [1890-1895]
  2. Tom Smith
  3. Eva Isabella [1895-1907]
  4. Charles V [b 1896] who was a grocer's errand boy [1901, 1911]
  5. Arthur Llewellyn [b 1902]

The family lived at 9 Bristol Street, Skircoat, Halifax [1891, 1901]

Rayner, Benjamin
[1773-1834] Of Brighouse.

He married Betty [1774-1841].


  1. Henry [1800-1854]

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

Rayner, Benjamin
[1835-1908] Elder son of Moses Rayner.

Born in Warley.

His mother, Hannah, died [1840] giving birth to his brother Mark.

By 1854, Benjamin, his father, aunt Jane, and brother Mark had emigrated to America.

In 1861, the family were living in Ripley, Indiana.

Benjamin married Unknown in Indiana.


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  2. child
  3. child

The family moved to Kansas and then Oklahoma.

He died in Custer, Oklahama [1908]

Rayner, Mrs Cecilie
[1???-1???] She married (1) William Rayner.

She married (2) Michael Waterhouse

Rayner, Crispin
[1809-1831] Son of William Rayner and brother of Elizabeth Rayner.

He was said to be a strong man in a circus and a Grenadier guard

In a feat of strength, he once pulled a loaded cart up Clifton Common.

He is reputed to have been inspected by Adelaide, wife of William IV who commented on his impressive physique with

Now then, you're a fine figure of a man

to which he supposedly replied

I am that, Mrs Queen

Rayner, Edward Lloyd
[1898-1918] Son of John Charnock Rayner.

Born in Rastrick.

He was educated at Crossley & Porter School.

During World War I, he served as a Gunner with B Battery 174th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He died 8th October 1918.

He was buried at the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux [IV E 17].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax, on Brighouse War Memorial, and on Rastrick War Memorial

He died 8th October 1918.

Rayner, Elizabeth
[1812-1832] Aka Liz. Of Clifton.

She was murdered in Clifton Wood on New Year's Eve 1832. No-one was ever charged with the crime.

William Parry wrote a poem about the incident

Rayner, Eric Bottomley
[1900-1918] Son of Walter Rayner.

Born in Halifax.

He was educated at Rishworth School / employed by J. Hoyle [1915].

During World War I, he enlisted [December 1917], and served as Flight Cadet with the 204th Training Depot Station / Leading Aircraftman Royal Air Force.

He was killed in an air crash [17th October 1918] (aged 18).

He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Stainland [North Part old ground].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross, and on the Memorial at Rishworth School

Rayner, Fairburn
[1852-1918] First conductor of the Clifton Subscription Band. He also conducted the Brighouse & Rastrick Temperance Brass Band [1901-1902]

Rayner, George
[14??-15??] Minister of Hartshead [1486]

Rayner, George Alfred
[1841-1908] Son of John Rayner.

Born in Halifax.

He emigrated to Australia.

In 1866, he married Emily Jane Newberry.

It is not known whether Emily Jane was an immigrant

Rayner, Isaac
[1831-1???] Born in Elland.

He was a wire drawer [1881, 1884].

In He married Alice [1831-1???].


  1. Arthur
  2. Thomas [b 1866] who was a maker up of cotton [1881]
  3. Marmaduke [b 1868]
  4. Sarah A [b 1871]
  5. John [b 1874]

The family lived at 5 Shoesmith's Buildings, Skircoat [1881]

Rayner, Isaac
[1888-1918] Son of Fanny & Thomas Rayner of Broadfold, Midgley.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the 31st Vet. Hosp. Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

He died 23rd December 1918 (aged 30).

He was buried at the Deir El Belah War Cemetery [C 30].

He is remembered on Luddenden & Midgley War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Mary the Virgin, Luddenden

Rayner, John
[1798-1849] Halifax draper.

He amalgamated with the business of his father-in-law, James Milne. The business was at 5 Corn Market, Halifax.

Rayner took over after Milne's death.

He retired and his brother-in-law Jonathan Wilkinson Foster took over the business and moved to Crown Street, Halifax

In 1819, he married Rachel Milne in Halifax.

Rachel was the daughter of James Milne


  1. Jane [1819-1875] who married Henry Oates
  2. Mary Elliott [1821-1895] who Francis Hilton
  3. John James
  4. Charles Milne [1825-1828]
  5. Rachel [1827-1899] who married Charles Dearden
  6. Ellen [b 1829] who married John Hodgson
  7. William Henry
  8. Frederick [1833-1847]
  9. Louisa [1836-1902] who married John Edward Cockrell
  10. Clementina [1837-1923] who married Thomas Jackson
  11. George Alfred

Rayner, John
[1815-18??] Born in Sowerby.

He was landlord of the Duke of York, Stainland [1845, 1851] / a farmer of 9 acres (employing no labourers) [1851].

In 1859, he declined to take up the Duke of York licence again.

In [Q1] 1844, he married Jane Walker [1818-18??].

Jane was born in Stainland, the daughter (or daughter-in-law)  of Rachel and John Walker.

She had a daughter: Eliza Walker [b 1839]



  1. Mary Ann [b 1845]
  2. Susan [b 1846]
  3. Sarah [b 1848]
  4. John W [b 1850]

Rayner, John Charnock
[1865-1907] Born in Rastrick.

He was a mechanic [1901]

He married Rosa Wood [1865-1903].

Rosa was born in Malton


  1. Edward Lloyd

The family lived at 130 Brook Street, Rastrick [1901]

Rayner, John James
[1823-1894] Son of John Rayner.

Born 22nd August 1823.

Baptised at Halifax Parish Church [25th December 1823].

He is recorded as an upholsterer / a naval outfitter and contractor [1894].

On 8th October 1849, he married Ellen Walker [1825-1876] at St Peter's Church, Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Ellen came from Fleetwood

Witnesses to the marriage included John James's father John & brother William Henry


  1. Frederick Charles [1851-1871]
  2. Louisa [1852-1875]
  3. John James [1853-1864]
  4. Emily [1855-1884]
  5. Ellen [18??-1944]
  6. William Henry [b 1858]
  7. Claire Alice
  8. Annie Lavinia [1862-1862]
  9. Frank Walker [b 1863]
  10. Charles Herbert [b 1866]
  11. John James [b 1869]

He expanded the family drapery business in a different direction.

The company supplied uniforms for the White Star Line.

It may have been that the Halifax business was thriving & getting orders from the shipping companies in Liverpool.

He was living & working in Liverpool / Manchester [1851].

There is today [2016] a company Miller Rayner in Southampton whose business includes the supply of uniforms to merchant navies and airlines & shipping lines

Rayner, Joseph
[1828-1883] Solicitor in Brighouse [1856].

On 11th October 1854, he married Catherine Dyson [1830-1910] at All Hallows' Almondbury

He acquired Mark Blackburn's Granny Hall Estate.

He lived at Slead House, Brighouse [1866]

He became Town Clerk of Liverpool.

See Abraham Hirst

Rayner, Joseph
[1892-1915] DCM.

He lived at 46A Ripon Street, Parkinson Lane, Halifax.

He was a regular soldier with 3 years' service in the East Lancashire Regiment.

He served with the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)  in Malta.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for taking command of the platoon at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

He was killed by gunshot after looking over the parapet [22nd June 1915] (aged 23).

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

Rayner, Joseph Sykes
[18??-19??] Of Brighouse.

He worked in the family's confectionery business at 25 Bethel Street, Brighouse [1906].

He travelled around the district selling

Rayner's Genuine Ice Creeam

from a cart pulled by a pony

Rayner, Mark
[1840-1892] Son of Moses Rayner.

Born in Heptonstall.

His mother, Hannah, died giving birth to Mark.

By 1854, Mark, his father, aunt Jane, and brother Benjamin had emigrated to America.

They were living in Ripley, Indiana [1861].

Mark married Unknown in Ripley.


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  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child

He died in Ripley [1892]

Rayner, Moses
[1808-1889] From Ramsgill, North Yorkshire.

By 1834, members of the family had come to the Hebden Bridge / Warley area.

He was a blacksmith [1841].

He married Hannah [18??-1840].


  1. Benjamin
  2. Mark

Hannah died in childbirth at Heptonstall.

His niece Mary Rayner married John Midgley.

In 1841, Moses was living at Kings Head, Stansfield with his elderly mother Mary Rayner and sister Jane [b 1826] (a spinner).

In 1851, son Mark was living with his grandparents back in Ramsgill. Moses, his mother, sister and son Benjamin were living in Northowram.

His mother died in late 1851.

He decided to emigrate, and Moses, Jane, Mark and Benjamin all emigrated to America by 1854.

In 1861 Moses, Jane and Mark were living in Ripley, Indiana.

Jane looked after her brother until he died there [in 1889].

They are buried in Ripley

Rayner, Sarah Bowman
[1846-1935] Of Brighouse.

In her will, she left bequests to a large number of local organisations and institutions.

Probate records show that she left an estate valued at £19,339

Rayner, Thomas Smith
[1891-19??] Son of Arthur Rayner.

During World War I, he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16.

He served as an Able Seaman on the Submarine E9.

He was on the E9, under Lieutenant-Commander Max K. Horton, when it sank the German Cruiser Hela [1914]

Rayner, Thurston
[1620-16??] Or Raynor.

Son of Elizabeth & Thurstan Raynor.

Born at Elmsett, Suffolk, England.

In 1638, he married (2) Martha Wood in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.


  1. Hannah [b 1638]
  2. Mary [b 1640] who (possibly) married Thomas Cooper
  3. Joseph [b 1642]
  4. Deborah [b 1643] who (possibly) married John Scott
  5. Abigail [b 1646] who (possibly) married Christopher Lupton
  6. Jonathan [b 1650] who (possibly) married Sarah Pierson
  7. Martha [b 1652]

Rayner, W.
[18??-18??] Worsted manufacturer at Northowram.

In 1862, he was declared bankrupt

Rayner, Walter
[1872-1951] Born in Leeds.

He was manager at a house furnishing store.

In [Q2] 1899, he married Caroline Bottomley [1867-19??] in Halifax.

Caroline was born in Manchester


  1. Eric Bottomley
  2. Sidney E. [b 1902]
  3. Edith K. [b 1904]

The family lived at 11 Kingsley Place, Halifax

Walter died [Q3] 1951 (aged 79) 

Rayner, William
[1???-1???] He married Cecilie

Rayner, William
[14??-15??] Of Sparkhouse, Norland.

See William Royde

Rayner, William
[1781-18??] Of Clifton.

In 1804, he married Betty Chew of Birstall.


  1. Sarah [1806-1888]
  2. Crispin
  3. Robert [1810-1847]
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Simeon [b 1816]
  6. John [1821-1898]
  7. Edmund [1828-1857]

The family lived at Well Lane, Clifton

Rayner, William Henry
[1831-1904] Son of John Rayner.

He married Sarah


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Rayner family
Important family in Clifton and Brighouse.

See Rayner Road Brighouse

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

Unattached BMDs for Rayner:

Births 1884, 1885, 1887; Marriages 1845, 1901; Deaths 1898, 1907

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