Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


John Halifax

Mayor of Oxford 1723/4

John Halifax (or Hallifax, or Halifaxe) (c.1673–1735) was an Oxford ironmonger. He did his duty as a Constable for the North East ward in 1694–5.

Halifax (described as being of St Martin’s parish) married Rachel Howell at St Michael’s Church on 25 March 1685. They had five children

  • John Halifax (baptised at St Martin’s Church on 2 June 1696),
  • Rachel Halifax (baptised at St Martin’s Church on 22 July 1697)
  • Ann Halifax (baptised at St Martin’s Church on 23 April 1700, buried there 14 months later)
  • William Halifax (baptised at St Martin’s Church on 23 January 1703, buried there the next day),
  • Mary Halifax (baptised at St Martin’s Church on 3 August 1707).

Halifax took on an apprentice, Richard Greene, in September 1698.

In September 1700 Halifax was elected on to the Common Council. In September 1703 he was chosen as a Chamberlain, and in September 1709 Junior Bailiff.

In 1716 his wife Rachel died and was buried at St Martin’s Church.

Halifax took on another apprentice, Anthony Weston, in 1718.

In May 1723 Halifax was chosen as one of the eight Assistants, and in September 1723 was elected Mayor (for 1723/4), naming Simon Mayow as his Child.

Halifax was buried at St Martin’s Church on 12 August 1735. His son John was buried there just nine years later on 10 October 1744.

See also:

  • Malcolm Graham, Oxford City Apprentices 1697–1800, entries numbered 37 and 1016
  • MS Wills Oxon W. 95.67; 35/4/6

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 11 September, 2012

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