More information has come to light about the family of Foulds Heaton’s third wife Martha. She was born Martha Wharf at Upper Westfield, Haworth in 1823 and baptised at St Michaels, Haworth on 14th October 1823. She was the daughter of Henry Wharf and Susan (Crabtree). She married Joshua Sunderland when she was just sixteen years old, on 16th September 1839 at St Matthews, Wilsden, Bradford. Joshua Sunderland, who was born at Stairs Hole (Stair ‘Oyle), Far Oxenhope in 1818, was the nephew of the Joshua Sunderland who was the landlord of the Eagle Inn/Silent Inn. Together Martha and Joshua had three children Irving, Susannah and Sarah.

   The story of their youngest daughter Sarah has already been told as she is buried with her husband and mother in this grave.

   Irving was their eldest, born in 1841. He married Trawden born Alice Bannister in 1868 when she was also just sixteen years old. In 1871 they were living at Lees Hill with Alice’s widowed mother Nanny, aged 63. Irving was an overlooker in a worsted factory. Alice was just 19 at the time and they had two children Sarah Alice aged two and Susannah aged 7 months. By 1881 Irving and Alice were living in Myrtle Terrace, Cross Roads and now had three children as they now had a son William Henry. William Henry, who became a joiner, married Ann Firth in 1903. In 1939 they were living in Cecil Street, Keighley.

   Joshua and Martha’s second daughter Susannah was born on 29th April 1844 at Stanbury. On 7th April 1885 she married James Rushworth at the Baptist Chapel, Sutton-in-Craven. In 1891 James was a warehouseman in a worsted mill living in Bents Lane with Susannah and four children Enock, a 22 year old warp twister, Matilda, a 20 year old worsted weaver, Sabina, an 18 year old mill hand and a son Smith a 12 year old mill hand. They children were all from James’s first marriage to Isabella who had died on 20th September 1883 aged 46. They also had three older children who had left home Sarah Ann, Joseph and Elizabeth. James, son of George Rushworth, had been a carter when on 19th May 1861 at Bingley, he married Isabella Thompson, the daughter of tailor Robert Thompson from Bingley. James died in 1900 and Susannah was living at 6 South View, Bent Lane, Sutton when she died on 12th July 1907 and is buried at the Baptist Chapel, Sutton.

   Joshua died on 3rd December 1852 and was buried two days later at St Michaels, Haworth. In December 1856 Martha, now 34, married again to 47 year old Foulds Heaton. Both are buried in this grave.

   Looking back to the Wharf family leads to another branch of the Heaton family. Henry Wharfe was born in January 1775, his father, Marmaduke, was 36 and his mother, Susanna, was 34. He married Susan Crabtree on 23 November 1797 in Keighley, Yorkshire. They had 12 children in 26 years. He died on 24 January 1842 at the age of 67, and was buried in Haworth. Their children were Michael (Crabtree), John, Betty, Susanna, Susey, Mary, Sally, Henry, Procter, Hannah, Thomas and Martha.

   It is Martha’s older sister Susey that gives that connection. She married John Heaton of West Field Farm, Oxenhope on 7th May 1826 at St Michaels, Haworth in a ceremony conducted by Rev Patrick Bronte. John Heaton was the son of Joseph and Sally (Luty) who in 1820 had taken over the tenancy of West Field, having previously lived at Hoyle and Sowdens, Haworth and Well Head, Oxenhope. Sally‘s brother Edward Luty served in the Prince of Wales Regiment and fought in the Battle of Waterloo and came to live with them. Joseph and Sally had a large family with Mary born 1797, John born 1799, Hannah born 1801, Alice born 1805, James born 1809, Joseph born 1810 and Sarah born 1817 as well as Sally, Michael, William and Martha who died in infancy.

   Eldest daughter Mary (1797) married stonemason Abraham Parker, the son of Abraham and Sarah (Sunderland) Parker. Their daughter Hannah married William Hargreaves on 19th June 1858 at Christ Church, Oakworth. William is probably the most represented stone carver in Dockroyd graveyard and is buried here in 23P,Q,R/24P,Q. In his early years he was a lodger with Thomas Parker who was one of Abraham’s three brothers who were all stonemasons. It is from the Parker’s that William Hargreaves learnt his trade. Abraham Parker died on 27th May 1858 and left effects of less than £100 to his only children being Joseph Parker, a stonemason of Oakworth Hall, and Hannah Hargreaves, wife of stone carver William Hargreaves of Lodge. Hannah died on 10th February 1866, aged 36 and is buried here with her husband.

   John Heaton (1799) and Susey (Wharf) also had a large family with eleven children all born at Westfield. They were William, Thomas, Mary, Betty, Susey, Hannah, Joseph, John, Henry, Michael and Robert.

   Sarah Heaton (1817) married Holmes Sunderland, leaving West Field and taking her son Joseph with her. Joseph married twice but had no family and eventually returned to West Field.

   James Heaton (1809) married Joanna Shackleton and lived at Pinhill End and Marsh with their two children Joseph and Mary. Joseph came to live at West Field on the death of his parents. He was a monumental mason and sculptor. Some of his work can be seen in the carved organ of one of the Laycock’s gravestones in Kildwick, also the gravestone pictured on the left in Haworth churchyard where many of his children were buried. Many people make their way to look at the child asleep in death’s slumber on the couch, and a canopy overhead. James Witham died at two years old and people who knew him say it is a true picture of him. There is one grave in Dockroyd believed to be his work.

A photo of a headstone in Dockroyd graveyard showing James Heaton's work.
An example of James Heaton’s work in Dockroyd graveyard.

      Joseph Heaton (1810) married Hannah Sunderland who was the sister to Holmes Sunderland (Sarah’s husband) so the children of these families were double cousins. Joseph and Hannah had five children Maria, Joseph, Sally, James and Mary. It is son James’s children Martha and John who particularly interesting as they were both familiar characters in the local community.

   Martha (below) became an expert on both family and local history, something she has passed on to many Heaton family history researchers, through her niece Hazel Holmes.

   Martha’s brother John, below, took over Westfield farm when just twenty one years old, following the death of his parents. John was the honorary mole catcher in the Hawksbridge area for over forty years.

A photo of Martha Heaton baking in her kitchen.
Martha Heaton

A photo of John Heaton showing off a mole caught in one of his traps.
John Heaton