HELP! Hallidays in West Yorkshire mid 1600's Posted by: Arthur Anthony Halliday (ID *****2449) Date: Hi.
Can anyone help me in tracing my side of the Halliday family? I believe I am related to a branch of the Scottish Hallidays but I cannot get further than the mid 1600's. Details are as follows:
So far I have traced my family in Halifax in West Yorkshire to a Richard Halliday [b 1650? place unknown/Scotland?] my GGGGGGGGGGGF, he had ? children, one of which was Richard Halliday [b 1675 Halifax?] my GGGGGGGGGGF. Richard married ? in 1700? and he had 4 children, all born in Halifax, Richard [b ?], Anne [b 1706] Thomas [b 1707] and John [b 1704] my GGGGGGGGF. John married in 1725? [marriage unknown] and had ? children, one of which was Richard my GGGGGGGF.
Richard married Martha [Ainsworth?] [14.4.1746] and they had seven children, Betty [b 1747],John [b 1748], Mary [b 1750], Martha [b 1752], Richard [b 1753] and Isaac [b 1755] my GGGGGGF. Isaac married Sarah Horner around 1775, they had 5 children, John, David, Abraham, Martha and Jonathan my GGGGGF.
In 3.2.1799, Jonathan married Judith Hainsworth and Rachel Balmford [2nd Marriage] in Halifax and had 6 children one of which was William Halliday [b 18.2.1805] my GGGGF. William married Hannah ? 1820? Details from 1820 to 2007 are available to help anyone.
I am also trying to trace the US side of my family. I have a William Halliday, born in Halifax West Yorkshire in 1856 who emigrated to the US in the 1880's. He was in banking and suffered financially in the Wall St crash. He had a son who was also in the banking business. Unfortunately I have no further information.If any or this rings any bells please get in touch because I can trace the UK side back to the 1700's.
I have also found this story amongst my fathers papers:
June 1966 The Halliday Family
Around about the year 1650, three Scottish brothers named Halliday [one of which was called Tom], arrived in Boothtown, Halifax from Sandhill near Wakefield. They were members of a party of cattle drovers who had settled in the West Riding of Yorkshire from the Scottish lowlands in or around Dundee. They started work in a place called ‘Bateain’, having found clay there, which the brothers found was good for making pottery.
The Halliday brothers worked their own clay pit for many years and later they or some members of their family moved to the bottom of the hillside to the valley at Holmfield [a small village] where the clay was more plentiful. They built their own works and ovens and founded the business called ‘Howcans Fine Clay Works’
The works ceased production some 60 years after and, although the buildings, chimneys and ovens are derelict, they are still in existance and can be seen by anyone visiting the district of Holmfield. The ruins lay behind the station, alongside the railway sidings, which were built when the railways came into existance to convey the bricks, chimney pots, and drain pipes, which were all made at the Howcans works.
It was from a member of this family that Samuel Halliday was decended and he became a member of the firm. The firm later changed its name to Geo & Wm Halliday Ltd. Samuel Halliday was born 1814 and married a Marie and had two sons, John and David.
Samuel Halliday broke away from the firm about 1835/1840 and started a new business on the south side of Halifax on a field off ‘Beacon Hill’ called Seddal, the works being called the ‘Cinderhills Fine Clayworks’, Samuel Halliday died in 1846 aged 32 leaving a widow and two sons John 6 and David 4 and was buried in the burial ground of Nursery Lane Methodist Church, about a mile from Howcans.
Samuel Hallidays widow, Marie returned to Howcans and there brought up the two sons. The business at Cinderfields was taken over by a man called Morton, who had been a manager for the Hallidays at the Howcans works. The widow died in 1892 aged 82. John the eldest of the two boys eventually became a Schoolmaster and David a Boot Manufacurer, becoming a partner in the firm of Halliday & Midgeley Globe works, North Parade, Halifax.
John Hallidays first school was ‘Raggles’ at Queensbury [Queenshead], later he was Headmaster of a school in Nottinghamshire and then became Headmaster of St Augustines School in Halifax, which was then the largest school in Halifax. John retired in about 1905 and died in December 1823 aged 83. He married Susannah Stanson of Queensbury, the granddaughter of John Foster, the founder of ‘Black Dyke Mills’ and also of the famous band of the same name. The Stansons was managers and directors of the firm of John Foster & Sons.
John and Susannah Halliday had two sons, Samuel and Charles William. Susannah died in 1883 aged 42/43, John married again about 1884 and had two daughters, Alice Ann who died at the age of 7 and Edith who is still living as a widow with 3 married sons.
If anyone has anything that may help me It will be much appreciated.
Arthur Anthony Halliday [b: Halifax Yorks 19.5.47]