Charles Henry Jones (1800-1884)

Charles Henry Jones was the first Mayor of Huddersfield.


He was born on 12 May 1800 at Buxton, Derbyshire.

He married Emma Wrigley of Netherton on 22 October 1833 at Almondbury Parish Church. The couple had the following known children:

  • Emma Wrigley Jones (c.1838-1909)[1]
  • Alice Jones (c.1840-?)
  • James Jones (c.1842-?)
  • Ann Elizabeth Jones (c.1845-?)
  • Charles Henry Jones (1846-1914)
  • Herbert Edward Jones (1854-1926?)

He worked as a woollen draper in Manchester before moving to Huddersfield in the 1840s. He became a director of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company and later a director of the Midland Railway Company.[2]

By 1861, he was residing at 36 George Street, Huddersfield.[3]

He served as an Improvement Commissioner and then as a councillor for the Huddersfield West Ward on the first Town Council. He was elected at the town's first mayor in September 1868 and served in the role for 3 consecutive years.

He was a member of the Huddersfield School Board between 1874 and 1877.

Charles Henry Jones died aged 84 on 28 August 1884 and was buried on 2 September at Edgerton Cemetery.[4]

Emma Jones died aged 87 in 1898.

Census Returns

  • 1841 — woollen draper (aged 40) residing at York Street, Manchester, with his wife Emma and two daughters
  • 1851 — retired woollen draper (aged 51) residing at West Parade, Huddersfield, with his wife Emma, three daughters and two sons
  • 1861 — proprietor of railway stocks (aged 60) residing at George Street West, Huddersfield, with his wife Emma, two daughters and three sons
  • 1871 — mayor, alderman, magistrate and director of Midland Railway Co. (aged 80) residing at George Street, Huddersfield, with his wife Emma and two daughters
  • 1881 — magistrate and railway directory (aged 80) residing at George Street, Huddersfield, with his wife Emma and two daughters

Notes and References

  1. Did not marry.
  2. "Death of C.H. Jones, Esq." in Huddersfield Chronicle (30/Aug/1884).
  3. This may the property that later became the Presbytery on Upper George Street.
  4. "Funeral of the Late Mr. Charles Henry Jones, J.P., of Huddersfield" in Leeds Mercury (03/Sep/1884).