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The Howard Family of Holmfirth, Yorkshire

1.Link to census Luke HOWARD. Baptized 15/7/1794 in Holmfirth Chapel in the parish of Almondbury, Yorkshire. Luke’s father was recorded as James, son of John, of  Holm Wood. Luke’s mother, and his father’s occupation, are not mentioned.


On 26/12/1814, when Luke was age 20, he married Jane DEARNALLY in the parish of Almondbury, within which the township of Holme lies.


They had the following children:


(1) William [2]. (2) Peter [3]. (3) Reuben [4]. (4) Hannah, born 4/5/1825 in Holmfirth & baptized 19/6/1825 at Lane Independent, Holmfirth. (5) Mary, born about 1827. (6) Ann, born about 1831. (7) Betty, born about 1836.

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Second Generation

2.Link to census William HOWARD [Parents]. Born about 1817 in Holme. It is not known when William died but he does not appear in the 1891 census so it’s assumed it was before then. Occupation: Woollen Cloth Weaver.


Around 1836, when William was age about 19, he married Martha ARMITAGE. Martha was born about 1817 in Holme.


They had the following children, all born in Holme:


(1) Jane, born about 1837. (2) Henry [5]. (3) Daniel Armitage, born quarter ending June 1841. (4) Isabella, born quarter ending June 1843. (5) Caleb [6]. (6) William [7].


3.Link to census Peter HOWARD [Parents]. Born 31/12/1820 in Holmfirth and baptized 12/4/1821 at Lane Independent, Holmirth. Peter died quarter ending September 1896 in Huddersfield, age 75.


In the quarter ending June 1845, when Peter was age about 24, he married Amelia COLDWELL, daughter of Ebenezer & Lydia COLDWELL, in Huddersfield. Amelia was born 8/1/1825 in Holmfirth & died quarter ending March 1903 in Huddersfield, age 78. See the Coldwell one name study & family history for more about this surname.


They had the following children:


(1) Brook, born quarter ending March 1848 in Huddersfield & died there quarter ending September 1914, age 66. (2) Joe, born 1850 in Cartworth, Huddersfield & died quarter ending September 1869 in Dewsbury, age 19. (3) Silvanus, born quarter ending June 1860 in Batley & died quarter ending June 1867 in Dewsbury, age about 7. (4) Annie Lydia, born quarter ending March 1864 in Dewsbury. Annie Lydia died quarter ending December 1919 in Gravesend, Kent, age 55. On 17/10/1894, when Annie Lydia was age 30, she married Edwin DAWSON, son of Thomas DAWSON, in Holmfirth. They had no children.


4.Link to census ReubenReuben Howard 1823-1895 picture Howard [Parents]. Born 14/3/1823 in Holmfirth and baptized 8/5/1823 at Lane Independent, Holmfirth. Reuben died 18/3/1895 in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, age 72.  Occupation: Woollen warper.


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In the quarter ending September 1849, when Reuben was age 26, he married Sarah SENIOR, daughter of John and Hannah SENIOR. Sarah was born 20/1/1829 & baptized 14/6/1829, both events in Holmfirth. She died about 1859.


They had the following children:


(1) Senior [8]. (2) Luke [9]. (3) Vincent [10]. (4) Lister [11].


In the quarter ending September 1861, when Reuben was age 38, he married Catherine FOULKES. Born 16/2/1836 in Hulme, Manchester, Catherine died 1/1/1901 in Stretford, Manchester, age 64.


They had the following children:


(1) Sarah Elizabeth, born quarter ending March 1871 & died quarter ending June 1871 in Saddleworth. (2) Harry [12]. (3) Reuben, born quarter ending June 1874 in Saddleworth.

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