John Linley 1877-1955

John LINLEY is the father of my great grandmother Jane LINLEY, who was born in Darfield, Yorkshire on 12 January 1910. On Jane LINLEY’s marriage certificate to Joseph William Cary GROOME in 19371, Jane gives her father’s name and occupation as: John LINLEY, motor coach proprietor.


John LINLEY was born at Brick Terrace, Ardsley on 25 January 18772. His parents’ names are Joseph LINLEY and Elizabeth Ann HELLEWELL.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
25 January 1877. Brick Terrace, ArdsleyJohnBoyJoseph LINLEYElizabeth Ann LINLEY formerly HELLEWELLColliery labourerE A LINLEY. Mother. Brick Terrace, Ardsley05 March 1877

1881 Census

In 1881 John LINLEY was 4 years old and living at Darfield Main, Wombwell, Yorkshire3, where his father Joseph worked as a colliery labourer.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Jos[eph] LINLEYHeadMarried38Colliery labourerGawber, Yorkshire
E A LINLEYWifeMarried36SeamstressArdsley, Yorkshire
Ada LINLEYDaurUnmarried15Servant general domesticArdsley, Yorkshire
Mary LINLEYDaurUnmarried11Ardsley, Yorkshire
Sam LINLEYSonUnmarried8Ardsley, Yorkshire
Ann LINLEYDaurUnmarried6Ardsley, Yorkshire
John LINLEYSonUnmarried4Ardsley, Yorkshire
Gertrude LINLEYDaurUnmarried1Ardsley, Yorkshire
The site where Darfield Main Colliery used to be. Darfield, Yorkshire. 14 June 2020. Photo: Ben Hopkins

1891 Census

In 1891, John LINLEY was 14 years old and living at Company Row, George Street, Darfield, Yorkshire4. His father was working as a dateler at Darfield Main Colliery. John LINLEY was working as a carter.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Joseph LINLEYHeadMarried47Dateler at pitGawber, Yorkshire
Elizabeth A LINLEYWifeMarried45Ardsley, Yorkshire
Samuel LINLEYSonSingle18Pit pony driverArdsley, Yorkshire
John LINLEYSonSingle14CarterArdsley, Yorkshire
Gertrude LINLEYDaur11ScholarArdsley, Yorkshire
Ella LINLEYDaur6ScholarLow Valley, Yorkshire
Kate LINLEYDaur3Low Valley, Yorkshire

1901 Census

In 1901 John LINDLEY was the head of the household, living at 8 George Street, Darfield, Yorkshire5. He was living with his mother Elizabeth, a widow, and his youngest sister Kate. LINLEY is a derivative name of LINDLEY.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
John LINDLEYHeadSingle24Colliery Corporal Below GroundArdsley, Yorkshire
Elizabeth LINDLEYMotherWidow57Ardsley, Yorkshire
Kate LINDLEYSisterSingle13Darfield, Yorkshire


John LINLEY and Mary Hannah BUTTON were married on 04 April 1904 at All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire6. John and Mary were both living at Low Valley, Darfield.

All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire. 07 March 2020. Photo: Clare Hopkins
When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
04 April 1904John LINLEY27BachelorPit CorporalLow Valley, DarfieldJoseph LINLEY (deceased)Miner
Mary Hannah BUTTON27SpinsterLow Valley, DarfieldGiles BUTTONBrickmaker
Witnesses: Thomas Smith DIXON & Kate LINLEY

According to the 1901 census, the LINLEY family were living at George Street, Low Valley, and the BUTTON/ROEBUCK family were living at Hope Street, Low Valley.

Map showing the proximity of Hope Street and George Street

1911 Census

In 1911, John and Mary Hannah LINLEY were living at 115 Snape Hill Road with their 3 eldest daughters: Thirza, and twins Jane and Elizabeth7. John LINLEY was working as a milk dealer.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirth Place
John LINLEYHead34MarriedMilk dealerArdsley, Yorkshire
Mary Hannah LINLEYWife34Married 7 years. 3 children, 3 living, 0 diedDress makingDarfield, Yorkshire
Thirza LINLEYDaughter6Darfield, Yorkshire
Jane LINLEYDaughter1Darfield, Yorkshire
Elizabeth LINLEYDaughter1Darfield, Yorkshire

1939 Register

In 1939 John and Mary LINLEY were living at 138 Snape Hill Road, Darfield, Yorkshire8. John was working as a motor proprietor & haulage contractor. Mary’s youngest brother Harry BUTTON was living in the same household.

Surname and Other NameM or FDate of BirthS, M, W or DPersonal Occupation
John LINLEYM25 January 1877MMotor Proprietor & Haulage Contractor
Mary H LINLEYF11 August 1876MUnpaid Domestic Duties
Jack LINLEYM08 January 1920SSeeking work – not previously employed
Harry BUTTONM20 July 1878SPublic Works Contractor Labourer

Father {John LINLEY}, a man of all trades so it seems as I remember cows, horses, pigs and chickens etc. Haymaking, waggonettes, so many memories of long ago, then came the motor after World War One. Buses taking over the horses ‘though still keeping chickens and ducks etc. They were good days for the motor car at that time. One could travel and enjoy the beauty of nature, the pace was slower.

Mechanical things don’t have the same appeal as living things, once I would watch the horses being groomed, clipping and harness shining all very interesting, but cars and coaches, how cold and uninteresting, oily rags and bits of steel. Not a pretty sight to me anyway.

I was allowed to clean the brass on the windscreen. About all that I was capable of anyway.

Jane Linley’s Record of Remembrance. 1973.


John LINLEY died at 138 Snape Hill Road, Darfield on 08 November 19559. He was 78 years old. John LINLEY was buried with his wife Mary Hannah BUTTON, and their daughter Jane LINLEY at Darfield Cemetery, Darfield, Yorkshire.

Samuel at the grave of his 2x great grandmother Jane LINLEY and her parents John & Mary Hannah LINLEY. 05 June 2020. Photo: Clare Hopkins
When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
08 November 1955. 138 Snape Hill Road, DarfieldJohn LINLEYMale78 yearsBus proprietor (retired)1a. Cachexia.
b. Carcinoma left bronchus.
2. Coronary atheroma
E BARNES. Daughter. Present at the death. 138 Snape Hill Road, Darfield10 November 1955

In memory of our dear parents John LINLEY died 09 November 1955 aged 78, and Mary Hannah LINLEY died 20 December 1955 aged 79. Requiescant in pace.

Also daughter of the above, Jane GROOME died 24 March 1985 aged 75. This is my commandment that ye love one another as I have loved you.

Headstone Transcription of John LINLEY. Darfield Cemetery, Darfield, Yorkshire

Family Members:

Wife:Mary Hannah BUTTON 1876-1956
Daughter (Direct Ancestor):Jane LINLEY 1910-1985
Father:Joseph LINLEY 1843-1897
Mother:Elizabeth Ann HELLEWELL 1845-1909

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  1. Marriages (CR) England. Epsom, Surrey. 03 February 1937. GROOME, Joseph William Cary and LINLEY, Jane. Entry No. 96.
  2. Births (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 25 January 1877. LINLEY, John. Entry No. 135.
  3. Census Records. England. Wombwell, Yorkshire. 03 April 1881. LINLEY, Jos. ED 5. PN 4606. FN 162. p. 40. : accessed 12 May 2021.
  4. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 05 April 1891. LINLEY, Joseph (head). ED 3. PN 3777. FN 55. : accessed 12 May 2021.
  5. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 01 April 1901. LINDLEY, John (head). ED 4. PN 4319. FN 71. p. 17. : accessed 12 May 2021.
  6. Marriages (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 04 April 1904. LINLEY, John and BUTTON, Mary Hannah. Entry No. 117.
  7. Census Records. England. Darfield, Yorkshire. 02 April 1911. LINLEY, John (head). RD 507. ED 04. PN 27606. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  8. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Darfield, Yorkshire. LINLEY, John. 29 September 1939. RG 101/3628G. The National Archives (Great Britain) Kew, London, England; Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  9. Deaths (CR) England. Staincross, Yorkshire. 08 November 1955. LINLEY, John. Entry No 402.


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