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Surname Period Place Contact Notes
Waddington 1796- Leeds Patti Bartles I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge of any from this family: Benjamin Waddington b. abt 1796 married Ann Byron 17 May 1818 at St. Peters Church. Some known children are: Harriet b. 1824, Benjamin b. 1826, Richard Byron b. 1829, Ann b. 1835 (this Ann married Joseph Towning in 1851 and Joseph Foster in 1852).
Wade 1850-1920 Wortley Julie Wade Robert Henry Wade and his wife Mary Jane nee Russell left Leeds c1879 for Adelaide, Australia. He was a brickmaker/potter. In 1917 his sons, Percy and Alfred, who were in the Australian Imperial Force, visited their relatives in Wortley. Percy stayed with Miss Emily Wade, 1 Pinder Street, Lower Wortley.
Wade 1800-1930 Horsforth and Idle Anita Cairns John Wade was a Listing Manufacturer had premises in Pudsey. Married Mary Bellhouse or Bellsoun.
Wade 1850-1930 Pudsey, Yorks Honor Hollis I am descended from this family and have a lot of info re early 20th century, but would like to know more.
Wade Before 1900 Woodlesford, Oulton, Rothwell Judith Parry In particular James Wade, a painter, born around 1803, married Hannah Yeadon. He died in Woodlesford in 1843.
Wager 1800-1900 Leeds, Bradford & ?Harewood
Nick Roberts I am having problems researching the Wager family, especially GEORGE WOOD WAGER (born c 1836, possibly Bradford). I believe they were a Leeds family before then, possibly from Harewood. Any help gratefully received.
Waite 1818-1822 Darnley, St Peter Leeds Judith Oldroyd Need to find the surname of Samuel Waite's wife
Walker 1770-1870 Belgrave St, Leeds.
Sue Bogatko James Henry, married to Maria Woodhead
Walker 1700 until present Hunslet, Rastrick, Leeds Margaret Hinchliffe

Holdsworth, Hinchliffe, Dennell, Walker, Wells

If anyone has information on these surnames I would appreciate any help

Walker 1700-1820 Holbeck Walker Robert  
Walker 1815 to 1900 Shadwell, Leeds Christina Walker I am trying to find any information on William Walker, born Headingley c1815 who married (at Whitkirk) Sarah Baley/Bailey from Seacroft and farmed Manor Farm at Shadwell. They had 16 children between 1838 and 1864 (George, Samuel, Eliza, William, Hannah (blind), Benjamin, Sarah Ann, Ellen and Mary (twins?) John Baley, Anne or Annie, Catherine, Joseph and Albert, 16th child unknown) Thanks if you can help.
Walker 1910-1928

North East

R A walker
Info on my father Thomas Walker army papers say joined KOYLI 1928, at Durham father Robert Henry brothers Bernard or Barney Jack Septimus. sisters Dolly or Dorothy, Annie or Nancey

Walker 1800 to 1950


Michael Walker Family of William Alfred Walker and Elizabeth Walker (Moran) trying to trace my family tree
Walker 1800-1900 Leeds-Woodhouse Lane, Blenheim Terrace & Headingley

Gill Marsden
Walkington 1885? - now Chapel Allerton Diane Townsley My grandfather Stacey was born 1889 in Chapel Allerton at 4, Regent Street but in 1881 census his father Robert Fairburn Walkington lived in Dewsbury at Batty Street.
Walls Before 1881 Castleford, Leeds, Yorkshire, England James A Walls Family came to America in 1881. I believe they settled in Florida as they were there in 1885. In 1900 they were in Pennsylvania where they remained. My grandfather was Arthur Francis Walls born in Rawmarsh,Yorkshire, England Apr.2,1869.
Walsh Any Leeds; Bradford Roz Hicks

Looking for relatives of my mother, ISABEL MCHALE (nee WALSH, parents Joseph and Isabel Walsh,(nee Connell). Isabel was born in Bradford, 1921, lived most of her life in Leeds. Had three brothers, Ron, Bernard (both deceased) and Danny. Last heard of Danny late 1950's early 1960's.

Walton 1825-1835 Potternewton, Sheepscar, Chapeltown David H Walton Researching the birth of Mary Ann Walton c 1829, Leeds Probable parents Levi Walton (soldier from Newcastle upon Tyne) and Elizabeth. Likeley that the parents were under 20yrs old.
Wapshott 1800-2000 Isleworth, Middlesex Sue Farleigh
Ward pre 1841 Bramley, Stanningly, Calverley Ann Ryder
Mary WARD, m by banns at Leeds in 1832 to Thomas GLEDHILL. Her baptism found as Mary, dtr of Elias WARD, son of John, CALVERLEY HILL- bap. April 9 1809." Calverley Par. Searching for her siblings and their descendants, and parents of Elias.
Ward 1974 Sheffield
Chris Ward Looking 4 my dad Phillip Ward was married to Gloria Western, round about 1974
Ward 1780-1885 Leathley Lodge,Claypit House, Denison Hall David O Carroll William Sykes Ward 1815-1885 attourney John Bywater Ward 1844-1898 doctor
Warman 1880-present Leeds Steve Linsell Seeking descendants of my Great grandparents William James & Emily Warman (formerly Freestone)
Warrior prior to 1870 Brunswick Row Leeds Jill Webb  
Waterhouse 1723 to 1916 Horsforth Waterhouse Thomas and Samuel in particular. All the best to all the good people of Yorkshire. I was born in Batley and emigrated to New Zealand.
Watkinson 1780-1900 Stanningley Tim Watkinson A James Watkinson was a whitesmith and property owner in Stanningley from about 1815 to 1835. It is not known if he origined there or moved there (? from Bolton). His family and descendents were and raised in Stanningley.
Watson 1800+Leeds   Geraldine Gasparelli Jesse Wilfred Watson born 6.9.1869. son of Francis Watson, journeyman stone mason. Grew up in the Whitehall area of Leeds and went to school there. Birth not registered. Not found on any census until 1901, when he is married with a family and living in Bordesley Green, near Manchester, a Dyer. According to hearsay he was one of a large family, ran away at the age of 14 and had no further contact with his family. Nothing more is known apart from the details on his marriage certificate.
Watson 1850 on East Leeds

Pat Thomas Watson was a shoemaker born in Cudworth. Looking for family links.
Watson 1919-1929 Victoria Road Chapel
Paul Bounden Looking for information on my grandparents and ancestors,James William Watson and Florrie Watson (nee Moss) James was carpenter and joiner and were caretakers of the chapel.
Watson 1854 to 1890 rear of Leeds or front
Sharon Scott Looking for my greatgrand father
thank you, Sharon
Watson 1852 to present Armley, Bramley, Leeds Janet Schade  
Way 1850's onwards Pudsey, Farsley Claire Way Interested in descendants of James and
Je(a/i)mima Way. They had about 10 children all born Pudsey.
Wayre 1843 Leeds Stephen Steere  
Wear 1800-1900 Leeds Nick Roberts My WEAR family moved to Leeds from the Otley area in the 1830s and became market traders (mainly butchers but also grocers). They included Richard Wear (b 1819) and Richard Scholey Wear (b 1847) and Clifford Hatton Wear (b 1887). The latter became a publican. Anyone else researching the Wear's in Leeds and area?
Webber 1846-now Wortley Jacqui Hilditch These Webbers lived in Gildersome but came under Wortley

Edward Webber father was from Somerset

Webster 1850 Leeds Howard Webster  
Webster 19th c Leeds Jennifer  
Webster 1880-1910 Hunslet Harrison Particular interest in G E Webster male, was killed in ww1 no grave, no known age, name on memmorial in France, moved to derby just before war.
Webster before 1850 Leeds, Holbeck Jennifer  
Weet 1800 Leeds Jean Sanderson George Weet married St Peters Church 1801 died in 1837 trying to locate where he was born possibly Germany beleived to make pies in Leeds in that time. Any information gatefully recieved. Thanks

Weightman 1850 to present Newark and Lincoln John Weightman Trying to trace the brothers and sisters of Thomas Albert Weightman born in Lincoln in 1902 and what has happened to them. Names we have so far are Arthur, Reginald, Norah, Hilda, Bertha and John Weightman.

Weil 1850-1902 Bethnel Green, Pancras, Shoreditch (London area) Pearl Goldman Family of Augustus Weil
Welbourn 1874 onwards Wortley / Holbeck, Leeds. Chris Welbourn
Isaac Welbourn came to Leeds from Peterboro in 1874 with wife Sarah daughter Jane b.1868 and son George Thomas b.1871 any information welcome especially regarding Jane,did she marry?
Weldrake Any Any Jane W(h)el(l)drake/drick or any likely variation
Interested in children of Thomas Weldrake and wife Jane (nee Whitehead) born Hunslet 1739-1750.
Thomas and Jane married in Birstall, children were Martha (married John
Hoops) Susanna (married Robert Goldthorp) Joseph bapt 29/9/1747 - anyone
have a marriage or death for him anywhere? Ann married Jacob Leyland.
Thomas died in 1750 and Jane remarried to Anthony Brook 1756 - interested
in her age if possible. Family members John and Joseph Whitehead.
Wells 1700 until present Hunslet, Rastrick, Leeds Margaret Hinchliffe

Holdsworth, Hinchliffe, Dennell, Walker, Wells

If anyone has information on these surnames I would appreciate any help

Wells from 1862 Leeds Maria Finn Thomas Mallet Wells, my great x 3 Grandfather moved his family from Suffolk to Leeds around 1862. I would like to find more info about him and his family to add to my family tree.
Wells 1800's Otley, Leeds, Rawdon, Tong, Clifton P. J. & H. S. Woodlock  
Wensley Any North Yorkshire Alec Hird  
Whilesmith early 1900's Beeston & Holbeck Gordon Blackwell The surname above is my grandma's name would be great to recieve any info at all, my grandfather died of typhoid 1932, in a mass grave at Holbeck Cemetery. best regards, Gordon.

Whilesmith 1930' to 1950's Beeston & Sheapscar Gordon Blackwell My grandma Amelia Whilesmith. married to Henry, he died of typhoid 1932,be grateful for any
info you can send me,re background of the family
Many thanks. Gordon.
Whinn 1860 - 1960 The Bank Sanderson Searching for anecdotes and stories if you have any relating to Patrick and Mary Spellman or their children and their lives in the shadow of Mt St Mary's.
Whitaker 1850 onwards Leeds Denise Revell  
Whitaker 1856 St Peter's Church and Queen St Jane I noticed some people were interested in Whitaker - this may be of interest to someone. I'm interested in Weldrake/drick - any variations 1856 George Whitaker, bachelor, footman , St Peter's Church, Leeds, married Rebecca Welldrake, 20, spinster [she came from Mirfield.] He was son of Daniel Whitaker, grocer. Witnesses Joseph Hill and Edwin Moor. Daniel lived Queen St, Leeds.
Whitaker 1820 on Leeds David Whitaker Family of Samual Whitaker..his son William ? and grandson Noel 1912_1967
Whitaker 1850-1870 Leeds Richard Cliff I am looking for information on Alfred Broughton Whitaker born in Leeds to George Whitaker in 1850.
Whitaker 1850-1900 Addingham, Connonley, Silsden etc. Roy Ackroyd Alfred Whitaker b1886 my grandfather.
had siblings - Albert,Ada,Phyllis,Jane,Alice
White 1893 Bramley Parker
White 1900-present Leeds, Camp Road area and Lincoln Green L9
White 1900 onwards Leeds 9 area Tracy White Any info on relatives of Cecil White b.1919 d.2001 around Harehills, Pudsey, Gipton. Known sisters Helen d.1999 Hilda ?
White 1900-present Leeds 9 area Tracy White Any info on relatives of Cecil White b.1919 d.2001 around Harehills, Pudsey, Gipton. Known sisters Helen d.1999 Hilda ?
White 1880-2000 Leeds George Cassell My great-grandfather, Fred Brockwell WHITE was a City of Leeds policeman, believed to have lived in Lascelles Terrace during 1940s. My grandparents were married at St Stephen & St Agnes Church, on Stonyrock Rd. Any info on relations most welcome.
Whitehead July 1877 Wortley Whitehead  
Whiteley   Leeds & Woodhouse Carr Carol Bowes Joseph (b. 1838) married Ellen PEARSE. Joseph's Father was George.
Whiteley 1815-1875+ Whitkirk Dale Schultz  
Whitfield 1901 onwards Hunslet Leeds Pauline Thomas Ernest and Emily Whitfield (nee Merrick) found on the 1901 Census living @ 22 Pepper Terrace, Hunslet, Leeds.
Whitham 1800 until present Wakefield, Stanley, Thornes, Outwood John Whitham My last relatives living in Stanley were William and Sarah Whitham.
Whitham 18th and 19th centuries Kirkstall, Burley & Headingley Graham Whitham I am researching the Whitham family (alternative spelling Witham) My 4 * great grandfather John Witham 1772-1822 owned an ironworks in Kirkstall road known as Perseverence Works. He had sons Stephen, Joseph, John & Joshuah. Any information gratefully received!

Whittaker 1850-1930 Chapeltown and North Leeds Anne Thrift Whittaker JW and MA
Whittam     John Whitam John Whittam - spouse Mary Walker. Both buried what was the Pudsey Salem Baptist Cemetery. Do not know where their remains are now. Also, any information on their son, Benjamin Whittam (born Pudsey) and spouse Eliza Pearson (born Pudsey). Immigrated to upstate New York between 1852 and 1859. Their children: Mary E. (b.1845), Martha (b. 1847), John (b. 1851) all born Pudsey.
Wichbold Mid/Late C19th - present Leeds/Pontefract/Bradford Clare Wichbold

A member of the family, Edwin Hellyer Wichbold, came from Portsmouth and settled in West Yorkshire. Any information on Wichbold welcome and also happy to share.

Widdop 1900-1930 Bradford and/or New Farnley, Leeds, West Yorkshire Barbara Dixon  
Wigglesworth Circa 1786 Leeds David Wigglesworth Looking to locate the origins of William Wigglesworth born about 1786. Only thing I have on him is from his Marriage Certificate, which unfortunately did not list his parents. In 1818 he turns up in Brantingham near Hull in East Yorkshire when he marries Mary Shaw.

Please put "Wigglesworth' in the subject line if you send me an email in order to get through the spam filter.

Wigglesworth 1840 Leeds area Janet Lawrence  
Wigglesworth 1770-1845 Leeds Keith Wigglesworth I am interested in any Wigglesworths in the Leeds area during this time. I would also be interested in knowing the history behind such places as Wigglesworth Street and Yard and the Wigglesworth Factory (possibly a Steel Foundry) on the Skipton Road
Wigglesworth 1780-1845 Leeds Keith Wigglesworth Particularly interested in Nathan Wigglesworth, b. about 1820 of Musgrave Fold, Leeds
Wilcock 1880 onwards The Shamrock Inn, Pudsey P Jagger Researching John and Martha Wilcock who were licensees of The Shamrock Inn, Pudsey, 1880 to 1902, and their children.
Wild 1859-1898 Milgarth St, Dewsbury Rd, Brearly St. Chris O Hara  
Wilkes/Wilks 1800's Leeds, Yorkshire Gail Nakayama Researching Charlotte Wilks (born Aug 12, 1879), daughter of George Wilkes and Eliza Steele. Siblings are William H (born abt 1866) and Priscilla (born abt 1870). George Wilks is son of Henry Wilks and Priscilla Naylor. Charlotte emigrated to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada abt 1890's.
Wilkinson 1780-1860 Armley Del Barraclough

James Wilkinson abt.1790, Ellen Wilkinson 1823, John Wilkinson 1820

Wilkinson 18th/19th/20th Centuries Burley/Kirkstall Mike Wilkinson  
Willans 1840-1860 Leeds area Richard Willans Thomas Willans [& Martha?: sons William & Jack]
Thomas' son Wm was my great-grandfather, but I can't confirm his wife's name, or his parents' names.
Williamson 1700 onwards Leeds/Hunslet/Holbeck/Dewsbury
Kay Spence  
Wilson 1680 Leeds and Yorkshire Marilyn Parker Joseph Wilson died 1680 Daughter Sarah married Edward Cowell of Yorkshire- Their daughter another Sarah married Timothy Ingraham about 1690 in U.S.A. Looking for a connection to my G.G.grandmother Azubah Ingraham
Wilson pre 1839 Leeds- St Peters Church Anne Welding Dennis Wilson married Hannah Charnock in 1839, Leeds St Peters.

I would be interested in finding out more about both families

Wilson 1928 Leeds Julie Wilson I am writing my life story and I would like to know more about my surname
Windsor 1820-1880 Wortley Neil Chappell Just discovered my g-g-g-grandfather was a publican - as a Vicar this appeals to my sense of humour. Any details on William IV Inn in Wortley greatly appreciated.
Wingham Leeds   Jim Wingham  
Winter 1850-1900 Parkgate-Leeds Rita Howard
Womersley 1750 -1880 Leeds, Bradford, Calverly, Pudsey
Janet Hood
I am particularly looking for information about Mary Womersley born about 1834 who's father was Richard Womersley.
Womersley 1800s Leeds Jennifer  
Womersley 1800-1950 Leeds Nicola Mcenroe searching for grandfather's parents and their ancestry
Woobank 1800-1900 Wortley Nick Roberts Looking for information on Great Grandmother's relatives (she was Maria Fothergill, born 5 April 1859, and married George Roberts). Her parents were Samuel Carlton Fothergill (b c 1826) and Sarah Woobank (b c 1827). All I believe from Wortley area.
Wood 1830-1900 Tandridge, Surrey Rita Wood I think they were Baptists as I cannot find them on the Mormon list, the church could be close to Tandridge
Wood 1840-50 Chapel Allerton Alan Heald I have obtained the birth certificate of my great grandfather (John Wood - born 16/5/1849 at Chepel Allerton) and have found that he was the son of a James Wood and a Frances Heald. I must assume that John Wood was illegitimate as he uses the name John Wood Heald for the rest of his life. This is hampering me going further back into my family tree. Has anybody any suggestions or have I hit a brick wall?
Wood 1830-1900 Hunslet, Dalton, Horsforth Halstead I'm looking for any info on Jane Wood b. 1871, who married George William Arnott. Also her father James Henry Wood b. 1848, who married Miriam Meanock and any of their other children; Asa, Arthur, Nanny, Herbert, Aurelia, Carrie, Miriam, Harry and Oliver.
Wood 1880-1890 Hunslet, Leeds Paul WOOD  
Wood 1600-1900 Bramley and thereabouts Peter WOOD A family of yeomen/clothiers. Col. John Wood may have taken part in the seige(s) of Bradford in 1642. Subsequently in 1670 John Wood was in charge of the Militia for Bramley. Several connections with the Musgrave family. Love to hear from anyone with any connections.
Wood 1800-1900     John WOOD and his wife Mary Ann WOOD (formerly PARKER) married in 1841. They had a son Francis WOOD (My great grandfather)born on 12th May 1847 at Hargreaves court, Little Queen Street, Leeds. I believe that they must have had other children in the six year gap before Francis and perhaps even more after. Do you have this couple in your family tree?
Woodhall 1880-1905 Holbeck, Leeds
Christine Pratt Particularly, Sarah Ann, Esther, George,
Woodham 1876 onwards Otley, Wortley, Armley, Bramley
Michelle Would love to hear from anyone interested in this family. Before
moving to Leeds, my branch of Woodhams lived in Gloucestershire.
Woodlock 1820 to 1871 Leeds Carol Millward John, Michael, James
Wooler 1870's Yorkshire/Leeds Helen Wooler Chemist for Farnley Ironworks 1877 Director
Woolley 1890 Holbeck /Leeds Kenneth Wilfred Woolley Looking for family information on Mr Woolley living at 4 Recreation Terrace Holbeck. Father of Ronald and Wilfred Woolley.
Thank you in advance.
K Woolley
Worth 1740-2003



Lyn Knowles Thomas Worth 1740 Rope Maker. Rothwell.
James 1766 Rope Maker Rothwell
William 1803 Rope Maker Rothwell
Godfrey 1832 Rope Maker Rothwell/Calverley/Kirkstall
George Henry 1865 Small Holding & Grocer.Bramley Rodley
Arthur Womersley 1899 Coal Driver. Blackpool
Wray 1815-1920 Leeds, Ripon, Barwick in Elmet, Bradford, Harrogate Sue Lovett William Wray (Ray) ex gunner in Royal Horse Artillary born Ripon approx 1789 married a Martha ?, his second wife and became a successful Fruit Merchant in Leeds. She is shown as a widow on 1851 census living with her son William and his family. Can't find any details of William Snrs birth nor his marriage to Martha.
Any help much appreciated.
Wray Back to 1798 and beyond Leeds Harry Wray Stuck at the marriage, in 1798, of Richard Wray.Cannot find his birth or death.He was a stonemason and lived at 4 Marsh Lane. Had 6 children, the last in 1818. Not in the 1822 Trade directory, nor the 1841 census. Any ideas?

Wrest 1830 onwards Bramley, Armley, Kirkstall Lisa Pinder Looking for any info on Rest family, James and Ann who came from Ireland and settled here in the 1830s.
Wright 1768-1823 Blackley, Leeds, Yorkshire David Freeman Mary Wright married John Rigby on 30 May 1799 at Adel Church, Leeds, Yorkshire.

Wright 1891 Armley Valerie Nailor Great grandfather, shoemaker
Wright 1909 Leeds/Nottingham
Erica Hopkinson I am currently searching for any remaining family of my great grandad Arthur Wright who sadly passed away last year. I am looking for Tom Wright, Charlie Wright, Tilly Atkins or any remaining family.
Wright 1895 Hunslet Edwin Wright William Wright married Mary Ann Gledhill
Wright 1800's York/Leeds Tricia John Wright married to Jane Richmond Mitchinson
Wright     Carol Bowes Jane Ann (b. 1854) Father James (b. Woodhouse).




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