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Jackson, Annie nee Hogan
31 May 1890 – 1969

Annie Hogan was born, 31 May 1890, to Cornelious Hogan & Sarah Redman.

In 1911 she was a weaver living her mother at her parent’s house, 20 Dove Street, Saltaire. In 1921 Annie and her married sister Mary Railton (nee Hogan) were both weavers at Saltaire Mills. They were living with their widowed mother at 13 Amelia Street, Saltaire.

In the 1939 Register Annie was living with Harry Lane at 14 Amelia Street. He worked as a painter; he was born 13 July 1888. They married in 1942.

Harry died in the house, 8 August 1947. He was cremated/buried four days later in Scholemoor Cemetery. Widow Annie married Ralph E. Jackson in 1950. Annie died in 1969.


Jackson, Eva
25 March 1905 – 8 February 1942

Eva Jackson was born, 25 March 1905, in Shipley to Mary Annie Thornton and Ralph Edgar Jackson.

In 1911 they were living at 16 Dove Street, with Ralph working as a stone mason.

By 1921 they were living at 22 Jane Street, Saltaire, where Eva would spend the rest of her life. In 1921 Eva was a spinning doffer working at Saltaire Mills.

Eva, who never married, died 8 February 1942, aged 36.

Jackson, Ralph Edgar
28 May 1882 – 20 October 1953

Ralph Edward Jackson was born, 28 May 1882, in Ruswarp, near Whitby, to Elizabath Baker and Charles William Jackson. In 1891 they were living in Ruswarp, with Charles working as a wood cutter.

In 1901 Ralph was a stone mason boarding at 2 Moor View Shipley. He married Mary Annie Thornton, 28 January 1905, at St. Pauls, Shipley. Mary, born, 6 December 1884, in Eccleshill, was living in Baildon. They had at least four children.

In 1911 they were living at 16 Dove Street, with Ralph working as a stone mason. By 1921 they were living at 22 Jane Street, Saltaire, where Ralph would spend the rest of his life.

In 1921, Ralph was a stone mason working at Saltaire Mills. Their daughter, Eva, died 8 February 1942, aged 36. Ralph died, 20 October 1953, at 22 Jane Street.

Mary remained at 22 Jane Street until after 1960.


Jackson, William Henry
13 October 1878 – 15 September 1894

William Henry Jackson was the son of William Henry Jackson. William snr. was born 1832 in Halifax. He married Saran Ann Ellison 1 December 1851 at All Saints, Bingley. In 1861 they were living at 16 Caroline Street in Saltaire with William snr. working as an alpaca sorter. By 1871 they had moved to 31 Titus Street. By 1878 they had moved to 9 Glenview Terrace in Shipley.

William jnr., the youngest of 10 children, was born 13 October1878 in Shipley. His father, William snr., died 15 July 1878. He was buried two days later in St Paul’s churchyard.

William jnr. died 15 September 1894. Report from the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 21 September as follows:

Death of a Chorister – A youth named William Henry Jackson, fifteen years of age, who resided with his mother at 17 Bingley Road, died very suddenly on Saturday afternoon last. The deceased, who was employed in the spinning-rooms at Saltaire Mills, came home from his work about noon on the 5th inst., and complained of a bad cold. The usual home remedies were applied, and, to all appearances, his health gradually improved.
Whilst sitting in the house on Saturday afternoon, however, he suddenly leaned back in his chair, and died before medical aid could be procured. Dr. Rutherford was sent for, but when his assistant arrived life was extinct. It is supposed that death was due to heart disease. The circumstances of the case were reported to the district coroner by the police, but an inquiry was not deemed to be necessary.
The deceased had, like his father before him, been a member of St. Paul’s Choir. He only retired from the choir last month, after seven years as one of the leading trebles His retirement from the choir was in consequence of the “breaking” of his voice.

William jnr. was buried alongside his father.


Johnson, Walter

Johnson, Walter - Mill Worker / WW2 Roll of Honour


Jowett, Francis William
12 November 1844 – 17 March 1924

Francis William Jowett was born, 12 November 1844, to John Jowett and Sarah Robinson. In 1851 they were living in Leeds where John was a shoemaker & dealer. Around 1854 the family moved to Saltaire. In 1861 they were living at 16 Titus Street.

Francis married Emily Ann Stead, 15 April 1871, at Saltaire Congregational Church. They had ten children, including Francis Edgar Jowett and Ada Jowett.

In 1891 they were living at 10 Dove Street in Saltaire, in 1901 at 32 Dove Street, and by 1911 they were at 4 Fern Place, where they remained the rest of their lives.

Report from the Shipley Times 22 April 1921: -

Fifty years ago, in the Congregational Church, Saltaire, Mr. & Mrs. Francis W. Jowett, of 4 Fern Place, Saltaire, were married, and they celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday, when a large company of relatives and friends met together in the Saltaire Congregational schoolroom to offer congratulations to the couple, and to wish them continued happiness in their later years.

Mr & Mrs Jowett were married 15 April 1871 and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. D. R. Cowan.

They received on Saturday, a regular “mail bag” of letters of congratulations, and presents, including a token of good wishes from Deganway, near Llandudno, Wales.

Mr & Mrs Jowett have had ten children, eight of these (seven daughters and one son) are still living, and they have 24 grandchildren.

Two of the grandsons served in the war, and one of these, George Birkett, died a short time ago, as a result of an illness brought about by his war service.

Mr. Jowett, was born in Leeds 12 November 1844, and he lived with his parents in Leeds until 1854, when he accompanied them to Saltaire, where he commenced work, at the age of 9 ½, as a half-timer in the spinning department of Saltaire Mill.

It was this year that, he first went to school, and attended school at Shipley, the master of which was known as “Old Haigh.” This school was situated in Commercial Street on the spot now occupied by the premises of Mr. A. Watson. Later, when the school was removed to Hall Lane, Mr. Jowett went to the Cottage House School at Saltaire, and then to a school conducted for half-timers by Mr. Samuel Madding, at the now Royal Cafe, Saltaire.

At the age of 13 Mr. Jowett was “passed out” as being capable of working full time, by the late Dr. Newstead, of Eccleshill, and he was employed full time in Saltaire Mills until he was 22 years of age, when he left to take position with a Mr. W. Mossman, a Bradford manufacturer. Mr. Jowett remained in this gentleman’s employ for a number of years, and on leaving to again work at Saltaire Mills, he was presented with a copper kettle and electro-plated teapot.

On resuming his employment at Saltaire Mr. Jowett worked in the wool warehouse, and when, through ill health, he retired some eight or nine years ago, he was “supplying the drawing” in the tops department for the drawing department. Altogether, Mr. Jowett was employed at Saltaire Mills for a period of 55 years, .and for over 30 years he acted as a temporary watchman at the Mills on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, and occasionally at nights.

He is one those employees who has received the Bradford Daily Telegraph Roll Honour for continuous employment with Sir Titus Salt. Bart.. Sons and Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jowett is by politics a Liberal, and for long period he was a member of the Shipley Liberal Club, while his father was for many years secretary of the East Ward Liberal Club, at Leeds.

He has always taken a keen interest in sport, although he has not been active participant.

Mr. Jowett still enjoys fair health. He likes a quiet pipe and a read, and when seen by an “Express” representative, also confessed to enjoying smoking a cigarette. A

Although, Mrs. Jowett, who, before her marriage, was Miss Emily Ann Stead, is not as old as her husband, she has nevertheless attained the allotted span of three score years and ten, while actually appearing to be far younger.

She is a very active old lady, as may be judged from the fact that she took parr in the play “The Old Village Wedding” which was recently produced by the Congregational Women’s Own, in aid the funds of the Saltaire Hospital.

She was born in Bradford, and previous to her marriage was in service. For over 30 years she has been actively connected with the work of the Saltaire Congregational Church, and she is still a member the Shipley Women’s Liberal Association, with which body she has been long associated.

Mr. and Mrs. Jowett have been living in the house where they at present reside for over 20 years, and during the whole of their married their residence has been in Saltaire.

There were from 70 to 80 guests at the excellent tea which was served in the Congregational Schoolroom on Saturday afternoon, and the gathering was of a most happy character. After tea, a pleasant musical evening was held. Songs were rendered by Miss Elsie Hill. Mr, W. Nutter, Miss F. Jowett, and others, whilst the accompanists included Mesdames H. Raynor, A. Howard, E. Proctor and Mr. W. Jowett. Among the numerous guests were the Rev. P, Drummond Pringle (Pastor, Saltaire Congregational Church), Miss S. Baldwin, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Robertshaw. The whole of the arrangements for the entertainment and the tea were excellently made Mrs. P. E. Jowett.

Francis died, 17 March 1924.


Joy, William
1856 – ????

William Joy was the son of Michael Joy. Michael was born c1831 in Pateley Bridge. He married Mary Wilson in 1853.

William was born 1856 in Cononley. In 1861 & 1871 the family were living in Cononley with Michael working as a lead miner. In 1871 William was a weaver. He married Annie Laycock 26 July 1874 at St Wilfrid’s Calverley. They had at least three children.

With the family living at 42 Ada Street in Saltaire they lost their son Willie when he died, 8 June 1879, aged just 18 months.

Report from the Shipley Times 4 October 1879: -

During the week the township has been thrown into a state of what may be characterised as mild excitement by the intelligence, industriously promulgated, that two burglaries, though both on a small scale, had been perpetrated in the neighbourhood.
The scene of the first depredation was alleged to be the residence of Mr. Joy, of 40 Ada Street, a man employed as a stoker at the Saltaire Mills. The particulars, as far as they can be obtained, appear to be these.
About one o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Joy returned from the washhouse, where she had been engaged for the previous two hours, and on descending into the cellar, found at the foot of the steps a bundle of a child's clothing, which she at once recognised as that worn by her own baby prior to its death. These clothes, she states, had been placed securely in a drawer, and in one of the articles five sovereigns were put. The money had disappeared. On her husband coming home to dinner, she acquainted him with the circumstances, and he at once called in the aid of the police to assist in discovering the culprit, if possible, and in ascertaining the means by which access had been gained to the house.
Inspector Symonds, accompanied by another officer, duly came, and was told what has just been stated. They proceeded to the cellar, and on examining an aperture, about eight inches by ten, which admits light into the place, but which is several feet below the grating and the level of the ground outside the house, they found the four laths which had previously been fastened across the opening lying on the ground, two of them broken, and the other two bent almost to breaking. As this was the place which Mrs. Joy insisted entrance could only be gained, the officers were led to give it a minute examination, though from the nature of the opening strongly predisposed to consider such a proceeding impracticable.
In the first place there was the condition of the laths to be accounted for. Why two only should have been really broken and the other two bent, was a difficulty which they found it hard to explain. But on pursuing their researches in the cellar they came across two wheels disconnected from the body of the vehicle to which at one time they had evidently been joined, and which, on being placed in opposition to the laths, as they were originally secured, showed it possible for the pieces of wood to have been broken by a blow from one or other of them, the curvature of the wheel clearing up the mystery of the two parts being broken and two only bent.
One discovery led to another. The officers also ascertained that the laths had to a certainty been injured from the inside. The places where the parts had been nailed to the wall were comparatively white, while the exposed portions were completely black, thus making it evident which was the inside and which the outside of the pieces before their severance from the wall. As the four laths were broken from the side adverse to the uncoloured part, it therefore followed that they must have been struck at by a person within the cellar.
A robber’s ingenuity, either of thought or of practical skill, would under the circumstances hardly have extended to the destruction of the laths in any other form than the simplest and most direct—namely, that of thrusting or breaking them from the outside inwardly. A person could have got into the place covered by the grate, but how to double his body up so as to compress it into and subsequently through the aperture into the cellar would defy the acrobatic capabilities of a Majilton.
The officers, taking all the circumstances into consideration, concluded, which, if summary, cannot be called illogical, though it should not after all be the true one. It was that the person guilty of the abstraction of the money could only if he found entrance into the house by no other source, have been one of the inmates. It is, trite to warn people to be cautions in arriving at judgments based upon circumstantial evidence only; but if the opinion volunteered be the correct as well as the logical one there should be no difficulty in eliciting the real facts of the monetary misappropriation.

In 1881 William, a fireman stoker, was living at 40 Ada Street with his wife Annie, two young sons and a lodger, Emma Marshall a drawer aged 22.

In 1891 Annie was living with her two sons, but without William, at 21 Caroline Street in Saltaire. It is unclear what happened to William.


Jude, Walter James

Jude, Walter James - Mill Worker / WW1 Roll of Honour


Jukes, Florrie
28 December 1897 – 1923

 Florrie Jukes was born, 28 December 1897, at Altofts, near Wakefield to Mary Ellen Story & Samuel Jukes. She was baptised, 26 January 1898, at St. Mary’s, Alofts. In 1901 the family was living in Alofts, Samuel was as a coal miner. By 1911 they were living in Normanton. Samuel died in 1913.

In 1921 Florrie was a spinner at Saltaire Mills. She was living with her mother and siblings at 5 Caroline Street, Saltaire. Florrie's siblings, Henry and Mary also worked at Saltaire Mills.

Florrie died in 1923 aged just 25.


Jukes, Henry
3 December 1899 – 1981

Henry Jukes was born, 3 December 1899, at Altofts, near Wakefield to Mary Ellen Story & Samuel Jukes. He was baptised, 3 January 1900, at St. Mary’s, Alofts. In 1901 they were living in Altofts, Samuel worked as a coal miner. By 1911 they were living in Normanton. Samuel died in 1913.

Henry married Mary Jane Turton in 1921. She was born, 18 August 1897, in Shipley. They had four children. In 1921 they were living with Henry’s mother and siblings. Henry was a comber at Saltaire Mills; Mary was a twister working for Mrs F. Willey in Shipley. By 1925 they were living at 2 Titus Street, Saltaire, moving to 24 Elliott Street in Shipley around 1934. By 1938 they were at 26 Elliott Street. In the 1939 Register Henry was a comb fettler. Henry's siblings, Florrie and Mary also worked at Saltaire Mills.

By 1954 they were at 4 Cowling Street, where they remained until after 1960. Henry died in 1981. Mary died, 2 January 1986, at 73 Albert Road, Saltaire.


Jukes, Mary Ellen
1903 – 1930

Mary Ellen Jukes was born in 1903 at Altofts, near Wakefield to Mary Ellen Story and Samuel Jukes. In 1901 they were living in Altofts with Samuel working as a coal miner. By 1911 they were living in Normanton. Samuel died in 1913.

In 1921 Mary was a spinner at Saltaire Mills. She was living with her mother and siblings at 5 Caroline Street, Saltaire. Mary's siblings Henry and Florrie also worked at Saltaire Mills.

Mary died in 1930 aged just 27.


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