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Dewhirst, James
c1811 – November 1860

James  was born c1811 in Hebdon Bridge. He married Rhoda Rushworth 2 August 1832 in Halifax. They had 6 children (including Leonard Dewhirst, below). In 1851 they were living in Hebden Bridge with James working as a constable and a clogger.

In November James' father died as a result of an accident at Saltaire Mills. Report from Bradford Observer 6 December 1860 as follows: -

On Saturday, an inquest was held by Mr. G. Dyson, coroner, at the Ring of Bells, Shipley, on the body of James Dewhirst, aged 50, who met his death at the new dyehouse, at Saltaire.

It appeared by the evidence that the deceased was assisting to fit up the gas pipes, and had lost his hammer in the forenoon. Shortly before two he ascended a ladder that was placed against a shaft, near to the bevil wheels. His clothes were caught in the cogs of the wheels and he was drawn into their iron grasp. It is needless to say that death was instantaneous. No blame attached to any group, but the unfortunate deceased. The jury returned a verdict of  “accidental death.''

Mr. Salt, with his usual liberality, is allowing the widow of the deceased 10s. per week, until the youngest child (now eight) is thirteen years of »ge, and, after that time, she is to be allowed 6s, so long, as she resides at Saltaire.

James was buried 2 December 1860 at Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. His widow, Rhoda, died in 1879.

Dewhirst, James
18 February 1880 – 22 February 1959

James Dewhirst was the son of Leonard Dewhirst. Leonard was born c1852 in Copley, Halifax. He married Sarah Jane Brown 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral.

James, the youngest of three children, was born 18 February 1880 in Saltaire. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.
Sarah Jane died in 1883. Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children. In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street.

James, a mechanic, married Edith Rose Goldsbrough 25 September 1905 at St Paul’s Shipley. In 1911 they were living with Edith’s parents at 39 Rhodes Street in Shipley. They had a son, Arthur, born 29 March 1908 and a daughter, Grace Alice, born in 1911. They had another son and daughter. By 1918 they were living at 33 Dover Street in Shipley, moving to 21 Lynton Drive around 1937.

Report from Shipley Times 28 September 1955 as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. J Dewhirst, of 21 Linton Drive, Shipley, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Sunday. Married at Shipley Parish Church on September 25, 1905,  both can claim a lifelong association with the town. Prior to his retirement some seven years ago. Mr. Dewhirst was an employee of Salts (Saltaire) Ltd., where he received a long service award. Thev have two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.

To celebrate the event, a family party was held at Hoyle Court, where some 30 guests were entertained. Among many beautiful flowers received was bouquet of cream roses from their grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Dewhifst are both active and in good health.

James died 22 February 1959 and was buried in Hirst Wood Cemetery, Shipley. Edith died 12 January 1972.  

Dewhirst, Leonard
1852 – 1923

Leonard Dewhirst was the son of James Dewhirst. James was born c1811 in Hebdon Bridge. He married Rhoda Rushworth 2 August 1832 in Halifax. In 1851 they were living in Hebden Bridge with James working as a constable and a clogger.

Leonard, the youngest of 6 children, was born in 1852 in Copley, Halifax. In November 1860 his father died as a result of an accident at Saltaire Mills. In 1861 widowed Rhoda lived with her children at 19 Titus Street in Saltaire. By 1871 they had moved to 40 Titus Street. Rhoda died in 1879.

Leonard married Sarah Jane Brown, 17 January 1874 at Bradford Cathedral. In 1881 the family were living at 18 Dove Street with Leonard employed as a tin plate worker at Salts Mill.They had three children (including James Dewhirst, born 1880, above). Sarah Jane died in 1883.

Widowed Leonard married Louisa Lambert 29 March 1884 at Bradford Cathedral. They had three children (including James Dewhirst, above). In 1891 & 1901 they were living at 4 Dove Street. By 1911 they were living at 3 George Street.

Report from Shipley Times 5 March 1920 as follows: -
Mr. Leonard Dewhirst, of 3 George Street, Saltatire, has a  fine record of service with the Saltaire firm, with whom he has been employed for 60 years. Born at Copley, near Halifax, in 1852, Mr. Dewhirst came to Saltaire when only 18 months old, and when the village of Saltaire was being built. When he was 8 years age, his father, Mr. James Dewhirst. who was a pipe fitter at Saltaire Mill, was killed while repairing a wheel, and Mr. Leonard Dewhirst then started work in the mill learning spinning. When he was 11. he left the spinning and entered the tinner's ehop, learnt tinning, and been employed in the tinners’ shop ever since. Mr. Dewhirst was the constructor of the first iron pleasure boat which was launched the river at Saltaire. This boat, built about 40 years ago, had a seating capacity for 16 persons, and six of these boats, which have now been replaced by others, were built.

Leonard died in 1923, Louisa in 1927.

Doyle, Albert - WW1 Roll of Honour

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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