The HUNTRISS Connection

This site is a record of my research into the Huntriss family name. With only a couple of hundred of us in the world we're a very exclusive breed; because of this, my interest is in all those who bear the family name(and variants), whether directly related or not.

The site provides a way of preserving memories of those who have gone before us. Do get in touch if you have information you would like to share.

Geoff Huntriss
Heswall
Wirral
England
geoff.huntriss(at)tiscali.co.uk

Family tree
Last update: 5 May 2020




So far I have been able to trace my family back to William Huntriss, a shoemaker born around 1715 in Scarborough.

Scarborough

Many of the early references to the Huntriss family are associated with the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. William Huntriss was a sailor, and was involved in the exploration of Baffin Island; Joseph Huntriss was the builder responsible for Huntriss Row.

WW1 Newspaper cuttings


A few years ago, I was given a notebook that contains cuttings from local newspapers that related to the Liverpool Scottish regiment. The notebook was put together by the parents of Hector Huntriss, who served with that regiment during the first World War.

Family Bible

I was fortunate to come across a family bible dated 1793 which was offered for sale on Ebay. This bible was owned by William Huntriss of Halifax (1804 - 1883), and contains a lot of information about the family.

Lest we forget



At least 9 members of the Huntriss family were killed in the first World War. We owe it to them to preserve the memory of those who gave their lives for us

Washington Post article


This article in the Washington Post discusses the lowering of flags to half mast in response to the killing of US servicemen in Chattanooga, and traces the history of this practice back to a voyage by William Huntriss in 1612.

Japanese POW's



Some of the Huntriss family were Japanese prisoners-of-war during the second world war.

Books

Somewhat surprisingly, the Huntriss name is featured in a number of novels.

D'arcy

My father, D'Arcy Huntriss, passed away in 2013 aged 93. Read here the story of his life

Huntrodds

There are a number of variations on the Huntriss name. In Whitby in Yorkshire are a number of families bearing the name of Huntrodds. Are the families related?

Auctions



On line auctions have proved to be a valuable source of information on family history.

Talc mining



Census records show George Huntriss's occupation as being a general merchant. There's a little more to it than that......

Robert Huntriss Tolson

Robert Huntriss Tolson, grandson of William and Ellen Huntriss, was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme.



Letters from America



Cheryl Williams lives in Seattle, and is the great-grand-daughter of John Huntriss (1880-1912). She has been kind enough to share letters and photos relating to the Huntriss family in North America.

Triumph and Tragedy



The bittersweet story of William and Charlotte Huntriss.

Sherburn-in-Elmet



Three generations of the Huntriss family lived in the Yorkshire village of Sherburn during the years 1740 to 1860.

@HuntrissFamily



Are you connected to the Huntriss Family in any way? If so, why not join the HuntrissFamily FaceBook group?

Alexander Hughes Huntriss



"Like ships that pass in the night, my French pupils at the Australian Hospital passed into the horizon of my life and then vanished. And one of these was Pte A Huntriss."

The words of Theodora Roscoe in 1917.

The mystery of Elsie MacGregor's chest



A chest donated to Goodleigh Church in North Devon in memory of a local parishioner contains a further inscription to Alfred Huntriss Arnold, killed in WW1 - but no-one seems to know why!

Australia Day

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales. Despite the strong attendance at Australia Day events and a positive disposition towards the recognition of Indigenous Australians, the date of the celebrations remains a source of challenge and national discussion. Belinda Huntriss' birthday is on Australia Day. For her it is a day of mixed emotions, as she explains in this article.

Three of a kind



Three members of the Huntriss family, who had a combined aged of 297, passed away during Easter week 2020. Read their stories here.

Thankyou



I am very grateful to all those who have contributed material for this site