Laycock gravestone in Dockroyd Cemetery

This grave has personal significance for our trustee Andrew Heaton. Susannah Laycock was the sister of his 3x great grandfather Foulds Heaton and, as stated in the original text, the 1851 Census tells us that Susannnah and William Laycock were living at West House with Susannah and Foulds sister Betty and also Foulds’ daughter Elizabeth, his 2x great grandmother. Furthermore Foulds is buried in the adjoining grave at 34R.

Jill Denham has added the following information for us:

William & Susannah had 5 children:

  • Mary Laycock Q2 1847 – Q2 1847
  • James Laycock Q3 1849 – 10 Apr 1914
  • John Laycock 13 May 1851 – 1 Feb 1933 (my great grandfather)
  • Thomas Laycock Aug 1853 – Sep 1853
  • Edward William Laycock Q3 1856 – 24 Nov 1936

From her own family history publication:

Her great grandfather, JOHN LAYCOCK (1851-1933), started out in the textile trade. He was a worsted spinner aged 9 in 1861 and an alpaca wool sorter 10 years later. He married MARY SHUTTLEWORTH (1854-1931) at Albert Street Baptist Church, Keighley on 30 June 1875, and in 1881, was living in Keighley and described as a draper. From the mid 1880s, JOHN was a tobacconist and commercial traveller and lived with his family at 32 Belgrave Road, Keighley for about 20 years, before moving to West House, Skipton Road, Steeton. He established J Laycock & Sons, tobacco and cigar merchants, at Church Street, Keighley, the business later being taken on by his eldest son, Percy Laycock (1878-1962).

JOHN LAYCOCK was a freemason, as were many of his fellow tradesmen. He was a member & past master of the Three Graces Lodge, Haworth, a member of the Bronte Lodge of Mark Master Masons, a member of the Brunswick Chapter of Royal Arch Masons & a member of the degree of Knights Templar. Details provided by the secretary of the Brunswick Chapter in 2008 give more information about his time as a freemason. He was proposed and ‘exalted’ to membership in 1907, for 3 years was a ‘Sojourner’, was ‘Worshipful Master of the Lodge of the Three Graces’ in 1912. In 1931, he received ‘provincial honours for his work in chapter freemasonry as Past Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies’.

MARY (SHUTTLEWORTH) LAYCOCK died on 8 January 1931 aged 76, as recorded in Keighley News – ‘… death took place with tragic suddenness before medical aid could be procured.’ The cause of death was recorded as ‘angina pectoris’ and ‘senile myocarditis’. MARY was buried in Utley Cemetery, as were her husband and granddaughter 2 years later.

John Laycock died at the home of John Alfred Laycock in Leeds on 1 February 1933, as was reported in Keighley News as follows:

‘One of Keighley’s oldest and best known tradesmen passed away on Wednesday at Jackson Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, in the person of Mr John Laycock, who was senior partner in the firm of Messrs John Laycock and Sons, tobacconists, Church Green, Keighley. He was 81 years of age and had established the business nearly half a century ago.Outside business affairs, Mr Laycock’s chief interest was freemasonry. He was a member and a past master of the Three Graces Lodge, Haworth, a member of the Bronte Lodge, and a member of the Brunswick Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons . . . Until the death of Mrs Laycock some two years ago, he resided at West House, Steeton. He was connected with several clubs including Airedale Bowling Club, of which he was one of the founders. He is survived by three sons and two daughters.’

JOHN left £9168 13s 5d to be shared equally between his 5 surviving children and Ellen Laycock, his son, David William Laycock’s widow (unless she remarried).

JOHN and MARY had 7 children:
Edith Laycock (1875-1962)
Percy Laycock (1878-1962)
Harold Laycock (1883-1951)
John Alfred (Alf) Laycock (1885-1942)
David William Laycock (1887-1916)
Henry Cecil Laycock (1889-?)
ELIZABETH MARJORIE SUSANNAH LAYCOCK (1892-1983) – my grandmother

Enough for now but there are several other connections to Craven, Hall, Burwin families buried at Dockroyd.


Jill Denham tells us more about the Laycock family connections

A photograph of Edith and Frederick Day with their three sons, George, John and Edward.
Edith and Frederick Edward Day with their sons, George Frederick, John Charles Graham and Edward Percival.

   Edith Laycock married Frederick Edward Day in 1898. Pictured here with their sons George Frederick, John Charles Graham and Edward Percival Day. In 1916 George Frederick (below top) was enlisted in the army and posted to the Durham Light Infantry, 13th Battalion. He was killed in action in Flanders on 9th October 1918. Like so many soldiers his remains were never found, but he is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial near Arras, France. His name is recorded on the Albert Street Baptist Chapel Memorial (held by Cliffe Castle Museum).

   John Charles Graham (below centre) joined up in 1918 at Halifax and trained at Rugeley Camp before being transferred to 1st Machine Gun Corps (Motor) at Belton Park. The War ended before he could see action. He later moved to Canada and spent time working on farms in the Central Prairies.

   Edith’s brother David William Laycock (below bottom) also enlisted and served as Private in the Royal Fusiliers (city of London Regiment) He was killed in action at Somme, Picardie, France on 7th July 1916 and is buried close by.

George Frederick Day in his army uniform
George Frederick Day
John Charles Graham Day in his army uniform
John Charles Graham Day
David William Laycock.
David William Laycock

   The mention of Edith Laycock marrying Frederick Edward Day leads us on to another connection which takes us back to the Rhodes family to which I am related on my paternal grandmother’s ancestral line. Frederick Edward Day had a brother Charles John Day (1861-1896) who married Rebecca Rhodes (1864-1945). Rebecca was the daughter of John and Emma (Rushworth) Rhodes and therefore sister to Joseph Rhodes (1856-1920).

   This John Rhodes (1812-1894), became a prominent citizen in Keighley. He developed a taste for music, being taught by his mother. A member of the choir at Chapel he also enjoyed accompanying Benjamin Town, his violin playing brother-in -law, a nail maker from Silsden, at evenings of music and entertainment. He also had a taste for reading, and so acquired a range of general information not available to the ordinary working man. In 1860 he was appointed curator and librarian at the Mechanic’s Institute. He was also a Deacon at Albert Street Baptist Church for thirty nine years. A man of peace he always spoke with purpose, presenting well-reasoned ideas. When John Rhodes married Emma Rushworth on 24th December 1844 they were the first couple to be married at the Bethel Baptist Chapel in Keighley. The Minister W.J.Stewart presented the bridal pair with a handsome Bible and a copy of Watts and the New Selection bound together, printed and published by J. Heaton. On 21st November 1853 John Rhodes, then living at Strawberry Cottage, was proposed as a candidate for Church Fellowship. On Christmas Day 1855 he was chosen as Deacon, a post he filled until his death some 39 years later.

Joseph Rhodes
Joseph Rhodes

   His son Joseph Rhodes (1856-1920), pictured on left, was a bearded, bespectacled local journalist, and a familiar Keighley figure. He wore an Inverness cape, which served a practical purpose, as he could take notes in the rain without getting them wet. He represented both the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Observer, and contributed to the Keighley News under the sobriquet ‘The Sparrow’. Joseph was instrumental in founding the first Esperanto Society in England thanks largely to his enthusiasm for an international language.

   Joseph did considerable charitable work, particularly to the Keighley Mission to the deaf and dumb, and kindred work on behalf of the blind.

   He wrote histories of the Keighley Co-operative Society and the Baptist Church as well as compiling a monumental English-Esperanto dictionary.

   In addition to all these activities he had a strong interest in his family history and produced the most detailed circular chart that I have ever seen entitled “A branch of the Rhodes family”. Pictured below, this chart supplied a lot of the information for my book “Hannah’s American Dream” which tells of the Rhodes family from Exley Head who emigrated to Wisconsin in 1842. These relations had corresponded with Joseph and the chart turned up in Texas.

The circular diagram entitled a branch of the Rhodes family made by Joseph Rhodes.
A branch of the Rhodes family

Further information supplied by Jill Denham:

I thought you might be interested in my Burwin connection:

Thomas Burwin (Junior) 1820-1895 m Mary Hall c1821-1893 on 27 Feb 1841 at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Keighley.  

Mary was a sister of my 2x great grandmother Elizabeth Hall (so my 3x great aunt).  

Their parents were Horsfall Hall 1789-1862 & Betty Sugden 1800-1879.  They married in 1817 & were founder members of Slack Lane Baptist Church formed in 1819.  

According to ’Slack Lane Baptist Church, Oakworth – Ter Jubilee 1819-1969’ booklet, “Horsfall Hall served the church as deacon for thirty years, ably assisted by his wife, Betty.  They also raised 12 children.” 

(I have found records of 11 children, all of whom reached adulthood.)

Hall family members, several of whom emigrated to Australia, are commemorated on a fine headstone in Slack Lane Baptist Burial Ground.

The executors of Horsfall Hall’s will were his son, John Hall, & sons in law, Thomas Burwin & David Shuttleworth (my 2x great grandfather).

David Shuttleworth was apprenticed to John Craven at Sykeshead, Oakworth & worked as a joiner & cabinet maker throughout his life.  (So a Craven connection too!)

He was also a Baptist lay preacher & he too was buried at Slack Lane Baptist Burial Ground.

David Hall's headstone in Slack Lane Baptist graveyard.
“In Early Life He Wisely Sought His God,
And Bore With Reverence His Chastising,
He Loved The Church On Christ He Relied,
And Cheered By Faith In Hope And Comfort Died”
“To Die Is Gain”