Todmorden and Heptonstall
lie in Calderdale on a main road over the Pennines from Rochdale through
Littleborough, Todmorden, Heptonstall past Midgley to Halifax.
Glen Midgley is researching William Midgley born about 1827 in Todmorden,
son of John born about 1790.* William was a Lancashire farmer who at
one time held five-hundred acres. He married Maria Sagar/Sager and they
Sagar Fold near Burnley in the late 1800's. They married 3rd
November 1846 at St. Mary's Church Clitheroe, Lancashire, her father
was Edmund Sagar.1 * Glen seems to think that
Jackie Hendry has located William's parents as John Midgley and Mary Wadsworth,
with William their son beinmg baptised on the 8th June 1829 at Heptonstall.
There is also a John Midgley who married Susan Fielder on the 30th
December 1823 at St. Mary's Church, Todmorden.1
Edward Sagar/Sager==28 April
William Midgley======3rd Nov. 1846=======Maria
Farmer of Waddington
1st Oct. 1847
b. 2nd June 1850
To New Zealand
Contact: Glen Midgley
Text file for Midgley of Todmorden
A pedigree of
the Midgley's of Rochdale descending from Midgley of Bottomley
Fold near Todmorden, constructed by Martin B. Gillett with additions.
[N.B. the link between William b. 1758 and James b. c. 1724 is not yet
found. William b. 1758 is shown on the I.G.I. as having a father named
William not James, this William was born in 1831 and was married in Rochdale
1841 CENSUS HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD INDEX OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TODMORDEN AND
Midgley Francis Stansfield
Kitson Royd 25 cotton weaver
y = born in county b~1816
Midgley Hannah Walsden
General Wood 40 house keeper
Midgley John Stansfield
Kitson Royd 50 farmer
Midgley John Walsden
55 shoe maker n
Midgley Joseph Walsden
Midgley Luke Walsden
24 cotton spinner n
Midgley Martha Langfield
Midgley William Walsden
Inchfield Fold 20
cotton spinner y
Midgley William Langfield
George Street 25
Midgley William Stansfield
Kebcote 40 inn keeper
Midgley William Stansfield
Proud Row 69
GRAVE PLOTS FOR CHRIST CHURCH TODMORDEN:
1 Fair View 30-Mar 1907
James Edward Midgley 74
Longfield Rd 21-Nov 1938
Hannah Mary Midgley Longfield
Rd 25-Jan 1961 70
MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE BURIAL GROUND AT LUMBUTTS CHAPEL:
C21. G.bk.no. 177.
Marble cross with side stones.
To the memory of Luke Midgley of Hurstly, Kilnhurst Rd. Todmorden
who died March 3 rd 1931 aged 65 years.
Also Alice Ann his wife who died Jan. 20 th 1918 aged 52 years.
Also Alice Agnes his wife who died March 5 th 1929 aged 72 years.
C25. G.bk.no. 184.
Sculpted grit stone lancet with marble side pillars .
In loving memory of Samuel Midgley of Mount Pleasant, Shade, Todmorden.
Born Aug. 6 th 1845 . Died Feb. 28 th 1900.
Thy will be done.
Also of Hannah beloved wife of the above who died Sept. 15 th 1932 aged
82 years .
Also of George H. Stansfield of 1, Strines St. Walsden, nephew of the
Died Nov. 18 th 1948 aged 68 years .
D5. G.bk.no. 223 and 224.
Lancet and low ledger. Grit stone.
" Not my will but thine be done ".
In loving memory of Benjamin, son of William Henry and Lucetta Midgley
Died Feb.13 th 1905 aged 20 years.
Also Arthur, Eliza and Edwin children of the above interred at Birchcliffe.
Also Private Ernest Midgley, Aged 20 years ,
reported missing in France, May 27 th 1918 , afterwards presumed dead.
Also of Lucetta, wife of Wm. Henry Midgley . Died March 10 th 1936, Aged
79 years .
In loving memory of Ernest son of Amos and Edith Midgley ,138 Halifax
died Feb. 27 th 1927 aged 8 years .
Also of Jack their son Causey West Farm, Lumbutts , died Dec. 19 th 1937
aged 17 years .
Also of Will their son died Sept. 5 th 1940 aged 16 years .
Also an infant.
In loving memory of the aforesaid Amos Midgley died 6 th Jan. 1949 aged
52 years .
Also Edith Emily wife of Amos Midgley died Dec.1 st 1965 aged 69years
The place-name Heptonstall originates from O.E. heope or heopa + tun-stall, meaning 'a farmstead where
rose-hips or brambles grow'
In 1253 recorded as Heptonstall. In the 1200's a chapelry was
established by the Norman families Soothill and de Laci at Heptonstall
Township. Until Luddenden Church at Midgley was built, inhabitants had
to travel to Halifax Parish Church even for burials until the 1600's
Heptonstall lies high in Calderdale, a Pennine Pass. This town
was a point where the manor of Wakefield had to be controlled at its
western extremity. It became important in contolling the route over the
Pennines from Lancashire and Cheshire to West Yorkshire. Part of the town
was burnt down during the Civil Wars between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers,
in Charles I's time. Heptonstall Slack and Hebden Bridge Lanes
lie within the township.
reference to a Midgley family of Tudor times is found in
Crossfield's Halifax Parish Wills5 where the
chaplain of Heptonstall is John Midgley who died before 20th
October 1545 and was buried at Heptonstall Chapel. He had at
least four children as evidenced by their mention as
1. Richard Midgley
2. A daughter who married Thomas Greenwood who had a
3. second daughter who married _______ Baker who had a
4. A third daughter, Jennett who married _______ Tomson.
In the churchyard are at least five extant gravestones bearing
the surname Midgley but none were found in the older double-sided headstones
which are now laid flat3
Glen Midgley has identified millstone grit headstones for Thomas,
Amos, Lettice and Captain Benjamin Midgley. Jackie Hendrie is also researching
William Midgley born about 1827 in Todmorden who in 1841 lived at Weavers
Square, Heptonstall.2 William and Maria were the parents
of four children:
1. John James Midgley b. 1847 who was heir to his father's farm,
2. Edmund Sagar Midgley was born 1st October 1848 at Waddington,
migrated to New Zealand.
3. Amos Midgley b. 1850, christened 2nd June 1850 at Waddington,
Yorkshire1 Amos married Elizabeth Evans of Birkenhead
and they had six children:
* Annie b. 1880.
* Harry b. 1882.
* Minnie b. 1886.
* Beatrice b. 1888 at Bowden, Cheshire
* Elizabeth b. 1890.
4. Elizabeth Midgley b. 1856.
Contact: Jackie Hendrie
Some Midgley families of Ewood appear to have resided here and moved
into the Colne Valley of Lancashire in the early 1600's, intermarying
with the Hartley's. email contact Patricia
family of Walter Midgley, opera singer,
originated in the
Heptonstall - Erringden area. This family moved to a number of
sites in Yorkshire before maintaining a public house in
Macclesfield..Eventually, Walter's parents moved to Bramley,
South Yorkshire where Walter attended school. Also see the Barnsley
and District page.
a Gedcom for Midgley of Heptonstall.
Brenda Chamber's great grand-father Jonathon Midgley
was born at Warley, W.R.Y. His family moved from
Erringden to live and work at Cooper House Mill, Luddenden Foot
/ Warley nr. Halifax. At this time the owners of the mill were John & William Whitworth
& Co. Ltd.who rebuilt the mill about 1862. Jonathan emigrated to
Victoria, Australia in early the early 1870s under the spelling of Miggeley
but he personally spelled it as Midgley. His family lived at the Cooper House Mill, Halifax and apart
from their mother, all worked in the mill. Jonathon trained as a carpenter at the mill and his two
younger sister, by the age of eight, worked as weavers in the mill. A small number of the mill homes still exist.
Brenda's great uncle Henry Foster Midgley lost his life from mortal injuries in the opening battle of the
third Ypres and lies at rest in a tiny British cemetery in
France. See Brenda's webpage: brendabooks.com.au
From a study of census' and birth records this family is
found to originate from Erringden about 1818 beginning with the
birth of David Midgley. He married Mary who was also born in
Erringden about 1816. In the 1851 census David is described
as a 'factory operative' in 1861 as an 'out
labourer' and 1871, a 'cotton mill hand'.
David and Mary had at least seven children:
1. Foster Midgley b~ 1839 Erringden. 1861- unmarried,
joiner; 1871- a joiner, married. He married Margaret b~ 1838 in
2. Betty Midgley b~ 1843, Erringden. In thee 1861 census she
is a 'power loom weaver'.
3. Henry Midgley b~ 1846, Erringden, 1861- stoker.
4. Sarah A. Midgley b~ 1849 Erringden. 1861 - Worstead
5. Alice Midgley b~ 1851 at Warley. 1861- Worstead spinner.
From about 1850 the family moved from Erringden to Warley /
Ludeenden Foot.residing at Cooper House Mill.
6. Mary J. Midgley b~ 1843 Warley. 1861- Worstead spinner.
7. John Midgley b~ 1856 Warley. 1861 - scholar.
Foster Midgley and his wife Margaret had at least
1. John Foster Midgley b~ 1862 Warley. 1861 - 'Doffer'.
2. Betty b ~ 1864 Warley. 1871 - Scholar.
3. David b~ 1865 Warley. 1871 - Scholar.
4. Ann b~ 1867 Warley. 1871 - Scholar.
This family were at 'Luddenden Foot, Warley' in the
2. 1841 census
3. Email comm. Paul Hesketh
4. Todmorden and Walsden
5.Crossley, E.W. (Ed.), Halifax Parish Wills, vol.
II,1545-1559. p. 12.
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© Tim Midgley. 2008, revised, 2017,
20th April 2020.