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Hebden Family Research: The Pioneers

William Hebden

The only son of Harry Hebden and Margaret Richardson, William Richardson Hebden was born in the Yorkshire woollen town of Halifax in 1902. His three sisters, Marjorie, Kathleen and Mary married, but William remained a bachelor all his life. His job as a commercial traveller took him from one end of the country to the other "rubbing shoulders with people of every sort and steeping myself in the historical details of English towns and villages" as he himself described it.

His interests in genealogy were wide-ranging, and he was the honorary secretary of the Yorkshire Parish Register Society from 1947 to 1951, remaining on the council until 1957 when he resigned due to ill health. As well as writing books on a variety of Yorkshire topics, he lectured widely as a speaker of the Royal Society of St. George. Between the Wars he pioneered research into the Medieval period of the Hebden family and the Ripon, Grimwith, Appleton-le-Street and Burwash (Sussex) families as well as his own Halifax line. He lived in Burnsall for twenty years, and died in 1973. He is buried in the churchyard of St Wilfred's in Burnsall.

I am grateful to Mary De Hebden Taylor MBE for supplying the image of William Hebden.

Uncle Bill

Thomas Peter Hebden

Peter Hebden was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1930, one of two sons of Frank Hebden and Elizabeth Thorpe, and a cousin of John R. Hebden (see below). On retirement from being the harbourmaster at Bahrain, he continued researching his own Raisgill and Oughtershawe family line, and in doing so amassed a wealth of information on other Hebden family lines. The information collected became known by his daughter Janet as "The Big Book of Hebdens" Sadly Peter died in 1995 and the work was taken up by his daughter Janet. (seen with her father, left). Janet developed a website describing the lineage of several of the larger Hebden families which is still available at http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/hebden/  The site has not been updated since her death.
image courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/hebden/

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John Reid Hebden

John H at Ripon

John's research into his branch of the family began in 1976 when he joined the Society of Genealogists as a result of a contact from a Mrs de Hebden Sutherland who drew his attention to the work of her late uncle, William Hebden of Halifax.(See above)

He was joined by Graham Pratten from the the Braisty Woods branch of the Ripon family and by the Rev David Jackson. From William Hebden's papers and other material, they developed a searchable chronological database of Hebden family events. He joined the Guild of One-Name Studies in 1980, and was a Vice-President of the Guild for some years. In this time his interest in Hebden family history broadened, and he was in touch with Hebden family history enthusiasts from all over the world. John died suddenly on the 24th June 2011 aged 87. He was one of the leading lights of Hebden Clan research for over 35 years, and his expertise and encylopeadic knowledge of all things Hebden will be sadly missed.

Thanks to Glenys Marriott for permission to use this image.

Stuart Hebden

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I certainly wouldn't class myself as a pioneer in any way. I started researching my own family group in 2001 and soon found out that my family had successfully avoided all previous research.

It was John Hebden, Graham Pratten and David Jackson who led the way in making Hebden data available to a wider audience with their Hebden Timeline Database. As far as I know, Jan Hebden produced the first generalised Hebden website, and on Jan's death, contact with John Hebden made me realise how much data could be digitised and eventually made available on-line. In the past 5 years all the main Hebden tree charts have been digitised and indexed, together with BMD, Probate Indexes and a wide range of supporting material.

The work continues, so please contact me if you have any views on the site or can contribute any material!