These records have been extracted from the transcript of the Halifax records for the period 1538 - 1593 published in two volumes by the Yorkshire Parish Register Society: YPRS/37 (baptisms) and YPRS/45 (marriages and burials)
Considering the close proximity of Halifax to Bradford there are surprisingly few records (7 marriages, 4 baptisms and 3 burials), though many variants, including Joyeth, Joyett, Jawwet and Jowette are represented. The commonest is Jowett.
There are few persistant threads to follow. Miles Jowett of Bradford, married 1541("Milo Joyeth de Bradford") and buried 1577 ("Myles Jowwet de Bradforthe") is significant, not only because he is the earliest Jowett entry found in Parish records so far, but also because he represents a direct link between the secular records of the medieval period and parish records - Miles is down in the muster roll of 1539 as Miles Jooet of Bradford, archer.
Halifax parish covers a wide area, and even during the 16th century was served by two chapels; Elland (1559, covered the nine townships of Barkisland, Elland, Fixby, Greetland, Norland, Rastrick, Rishworth, Soyland and Stainworth) and Heptonstall (1593, Erringden, Heptonstall, Langfield, Stansfield and Wadsworth). The remaining townships - Halifax, Hipperholme, Midgley, Northowram, Ovenden, Shelf, Skircoat, Southowram, Sowerby and Warley - were covered directly by the mother church of St John the Baptist at Halifax. The pre-reformation chapels at Coley, Illingworth, Lightcliffe, Luddenden, Southowram, Sowerby and Sowerby Bridge, were rarely used during the late 16th century.
c=christening, m=marriage, i=burial
|Date||Event||Given name||Common name||Surname||Parents/Spouse||of||Notes|
|15410522||m||Milo||Miles||Joyeth||Johanna Grenewood||Bradford||It. Milo Joyeth pe de Bradford et Johanna Grenewood|
|15450808||c||Johes||John||Joyett||Johane Joyett and William Pykerd||Johes fil. bast. Wi Pykerd and Johane Joyett|
|15740509||c||Marye||Mary||Jowett||George Jowett||Hipperholme||Marye fil. Georg Jowett de Hyporu|
|15770325||i||Myles||Miles||Jowett||Myles Jowwet de Bradforthe|
|15790412||c||Georg||George||Jawett||George Jawett||Southowram||Georg. fil. George Jawett de Southor.|
|15830630||c||Johne||John||Jawwet||James Jawwet||Sowerby||Johne fil. James Jawwet de Sourbie|
|15870517||i||Jennet||Janet||Jowwett||Halifax||Jennet Jowwett de Halifax|
|15870528||i||(Unknown)||Jowwet||Sowerby||Ux James Jowwet de Sourbie|
|28 August 1998|
Copyright S D Jowitt