Ann FIRTH(1328) was born presumably in 1735, the daughter of Abraham FIRTH(1371) and Elizabeth GIBSON (1372). She was the fourth of possibly eight children. She was baptised at St. Peter's, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, on 17 Dec 17351, the entry reading Anne of Mr Abram Firth Cloughhouse, Fartown.

Baptismal Register entry

There are altogether 8 baptisms of children of Abraham FIRTH recorded at Huddersfield, two sons and six daughters2. A pedigree by Horsfall Turner3 lists two sons and five daughters, so possibly one daughter died young.

Ann was 34 when her father died, and in June 1771, when his estate was divided into thirds, she inherited properties in Lightcliffe, Rastrick and Barkisland, in the parish of Halifax, and in Holmfirth in the parish of Kirkbirton; in Honley in the parish of Almondbury; she also inherited land at or near Broad Carr, Elland, in the parish of Halifax; Golcar, in the parish of Huddersfield; Sinderforth Dyke Wood or Sinderforth Spring in Dighton, Huddersfield and leasehold property in Rastrick. Giles House at Hove Edge, Halifax, once a property of her mother's family the GIBSONS, is reported to have descended somehow to the MACAULEY family, possibly through Ann or either of her FIRTH sisters, and to have been in occupation until about 18444.

Ann married Thomas MACAULAY(1327) on 17 Jan 1773 at St. Peter's Church, Huddersfield 5. She would then have been 37 years old, whereas he was just 22. But she was by then a wealthy woman.

Banns/marriage Register entry

They had just two children, probably on account of Ann's age:

Ann died, aged 60, on 18 Sep 1795, of Throxenby6, and was buried at St Peter's, Huddersfield on 21 Sep 1795 7, her name spelt Maccaulay and her abode Clough House.

Burial Register entry


1) Page image of baptism at Huddersfield, St. Peter's, Nov and Dec 1735; West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812, from original registers at West Yorkshire Archives, Leeds, through, accessed 13 Aug 2014.
2) The list I initially obtained from the IGI on FamilySearch, batch C018501 which covered the period 1691-1745, and was based on FHL film 262537, parish registers of Huddersfield, 1601-1801 containing baptisms and burials 1606-1792 and marriages 1724-1756.
3) History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme, by J. Horsfall Turner, 1893, p.237.
4) This information comes from notes by Jan Wood.
5) I originally has this from the IGI based on the parish registers for Huddersfield, 1562-1812; FHL film 560525. Now from Banns of marriages, St Peter's, Huddersfield, page image from original at West Yorkshire Archives, Wakefield, Parish Records, Ref. WDP32/19, through, accessed 15 Aug 2014.
6) Huddersfield Parish Church, Grave Yard Inscriptions, Huddersfield and District Family History Society, 1993, being a copy of The Tombstones in the Parish Church of Huddersfield complied by G W Tomlinson FSA in 1886/6. The inscription says she was of Thraxenby, but I assume this was a transcription error.
7) National Burial Index, quoted by, under name Ann MACCAULEY, accessed 22 Aug 2014. Also Saint Peter's Church Huddersfield, Index of Burials 1562-1812 (K to Shaw); Huddersfield and District Family History Society, 2007. A page image of the register is also available through, source: West Yorkshire Archives, Wakefield, Ref. WDP32/4, accessed 30 Sep 2014.

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