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St. John the Baptist's Church at Adel was the parish church for Breary, Alwoodley, Cookridge, Arthington and other surrounding townships. The original church site dates from at least 1089 when Ralph Paynell gave the priory of Holy Trinity York to the churches of Leeds and Adel.. [Y.A.J. v. 7, (1882), p. 430.]

The Adel Parish Registers Online
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Richard Midgley, son of Samuel Midgley who married Anne Pickles 8th December 1625. They had 8 children all born at Adel:
John b. 1626, Jane b. 1628, Richard b. 1632, Edward b. 1635 d. Sept. 1688, William b. 1628,
James b. 1642, Ruth b.1644, Dorothy b. 1646.
Edward married Helen Atkinson 15th April 1659. They had a child called Sampson Midgley who married Hannah Wade, they had three children all born at Leeds, Mary b. 1703, John b. 1706 and Samuel b. 1709.
Contact: RW Smith

The Throstle [Thrushes] Nest of Old England"3


Marley Hall, at Marley Brow between Bingley and Keighley. Arms of SavileMarley Hall, one time residence of a branch of the Saviles' [note arms on the gate]. Relatives of John Franklin Midgley, the Walkers', lived here in the 1960's. Also see Hainworth  


1.Holmes Midgey [a weaver], his son was William Midgley [b. 1815, a butcher] who married Martha Jowett in Bingley on 4th April 1839. Grace Midgley was William's daughter b. 30th April 1850 in Hainworth [near Bingley]
The 1851 census for Keighley and Bingley show 40 households with the surname Midgley.
Tony Hall [address amended 29 April 2015]
2. David Midgley married Mary Whalley at Bingley on 2nd March 1812. They had a son Thomas b. 1821 at Cross Flats, Bingley who died in 1919.
Contact : Shaun Midgley

Tony Bairstow has traced back to William Midgley [b ~1570] who  married Elizabeth Beane [b 1575] both of Bingley. Tony is also tracing lines back on Saville, Stansfield back to Wyan Marmions, Baildon to Thornhill and Gerneber of Thornhill.

William Midgley married Elizabeth Beane 29th June 1595 at Bingley, children [IGI] were :

John MIDGLEY (M)......................  B: 1 Aug 1596
Father: William MIDGLEY Bingley, Yorkshire, England
Mother: Elizabeth BEANE

Thomas MIDGLEY (M)....................  B: 7 May 1598
F#: 453730       @   Father: William MIDGLEY  Bingley, Yorkshire, England
  Mother: Elizabeth BEANE

Walter MIDGLEY (M)....................  B: 10 May 1600
F#: 453730       @   Father: William MIDGLEY  Bingley, Yorkshire, England
Mother: Elizabeth BEANE

Stephen MIDGLEY (M)...................  B: 15 Dec 1605
F#: 453730       @    Father: William MIDGLEY  Bingley, Yorkshire, England
 Mother: Elizabeth BEANE

Marie MIDGLEY (F).....................  B: 5 Jun 1615
F#: 445694       @    Father: William MIDGLEY   Bingley, Yorkshire, England
 Mother: Elizabeth BEANE

Contact : Tony Bairstow

I.G.I. Text file of Midgley of Bingley.

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 The 'Breragh', mentioned in Catherine Middleton's Lupton pedigree and 'Brerehagh' in Thoresby's Ducatis, is Breary Hall nr. Bramhope7:

12th great grand parent Edward Midgeley [See pedigree above], of Midgeley, near Halifax, b. ... , d. ... [Lupton 3]* 

11th great grand parent Richard Midgeley, of Breragh, b. ... , d. ... [Lupton 3] 

10th great grand parent John Midgeley, b. ... , d. ... [Lupton 3]

9th great grand parent Robert Midgeley, of Breragh, b. ... , d. ... [Lupton 3] 

8th great grand parent Ralph Midgeley, of Breragh b. ... , d. ... [Lupton 3]

7th great grand parent 'Ester Midgeley', b. ... 28 April 1669 [IGI], d. ... 1726 [Lupton 3] Esther married Francis Lupton of Leeds, clerk and registrar of the Leeds Parish Church.8 [See The Parish Registers of Adel, p. 111] Esther was the sister of an armiger, Robert Midgeley of Leeds [d. 1723 - see pedigree below] The Middletons married into the Luptons who in Francis Martineau Lupton became wealthy mill owners in Leeds. The heiress of the Lupton family, Olive Lupton, married Richard Noel Middleton, a solicitor of Leeds who is Catherine Middleton's great grandfather.  * However, in the Adel Parish Register for 19th March 1616 Richard Midgley is shown as the son of 'Robert Midgley of Brearey'. A Robt. Midgley married Isabell Smyth 16th May 1614 both of the ph. of Adel.8 

A replica of the Imperial State Crown and large ruby  at Newby Hall, near Ripon, NRY
 Headstone of Catherine Middleton's Midgley antecedants in Adel churchyard, Ralph Midgley of Breary and his wife Frances:

 'Here intered (sic) is the body of Ralph Midgley of West Breare (sic) who departed this life on the 10th of July anno 1694 in the 72 year of his age. Also Frances his wife who departed this life the 21st of February anno 1706 in the 76th year of her age. They having had 14 children eight of which are here interred' [Other members are mentioned below on this gravestone.]

Breary is now located by East and West Breary Lane that passes through Bramhope.

DOWNLOAD a zipped Gedcom file of the Yorkshire Middleton - Midgley genealogy. You will need WINZIP and a Gedcom compliant family tree software to view this correctly. If you do not have family tree software see http://midgleywebpages.com/midgedcom.html

Pedigree for Midgley of Beverley 

                                                      Midgley Pedigree 2

Also Sarah, their daughter and wife of Ely Broadbent, who departed this life March 29th, 1829. Aged 76 years.

Here Rest the Body of Susan, Wife of Captain Midgley, who departed this life 30th December 1846 aged 76 years. Also Captain Benjamin Midgley, Husband of the above named Adjutant 3rd West York Militia, who departed this life the 24th day of February 1857 Aged 84 years. Also Anne Midgley, Wife of Captain Benjamin Midgley una, ttd Adjutant of the Kings Own Stafford Rifles. and son of the above Captain Benjamin and Susan Midgley who died at Halifax on the 5th day of May 1859 aged 64 years.

Tho's Midgley died May 7th 1763.
Here Lieth the Body of Amos Midgley who died Jan. 26th 1826 aged 68 years. Also Ann his Wife who died Jan. 2nd 1831. aged 68 years. Also Hannah Redman, their Daughter, who died July 8th 1866 aged 71 years.
Also Richard Dewhirst, grandson of the above who died Dec. 22nd 1869 aged 42 years.
Source http://hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk/archive/HeptonstallInscriptons.pdf.

Susan's last name was Wadsworth.  Benjamin Midgley was baptised on the 8th June 1772 at Stansfield, Heptonstall. Benjamin and Susan were married on the 28th August 1791 at Heptonstall. In the 1851 census Benjamin is listed as the head of the household, widower for Lower Blind Land, Sowerby, age 78 adjutant on half pay army, born Stansfield. He was living next door to Joseph Greenwood and Jane his wife [daughter of Benjamin Midgley] Bob Allen is descended through Captain Benjamin Midgley and his wife Susan and Joseph Greenwood and Jane Midgley.
Contact: Bob Allen

See Word  document for Midgley of Heptonstall.

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In the 1841 & 1851 census Thomas and Margaret [nee Midgley of Harewood] Longbottom living at 125 Holbeck Lane, Holbeck, Leeds. Married 2oth October 1817.
They had seven sons:
 i] Thomas Midgley L. born 2nd January 1821 Ch. 28th Jan. 1821.
ii] John L. born 1824 Ch 12th Dec 1824.
ii] William  L. born 1827
iii] Joseph L. born 11th October 1828 Ch. 9th Nov. 1828
iv] Samuel l. born 1830 Ch. 12 Dec. 1830.
v] David l. born 18th March 1833 Ch. 14th April 1833
vi] Job L. b. 1839
David is thought to be Winston's G.G. grandfather and may be the same person who emigrated to Australia on the Gipsy which arrived in Adelaide, South Australia on the 15th August 1853.
Winston would welcome any clues that would show whether this David and his G.G. grandfather are the same person.
Download a copy of Winston's
Excel  file for Midgley of  Harewood
Contact Winston Longbottom

Anne Midgley born Holbeck, married Joseph Himsworth on 12th November 1855, Parish Church Leeds, Anne was aged 20 at the time. Father's name not given. The witnesses were William Farrar Thorp and Edwin Moore. Anne & Joseph  had a son, John born 1861 Pleasant Road, Holbeck. None appear in the U.K. 1851 census and thus may have emigrated.

Contact: Peter Butler
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  Horsforth  Horsforth is in Parish of Guiseley


18th century residents of Horsforth were:

Mary MIDGLEY Ch.: 24 Oct 1709, Horsforth. Father: Sam MIDGLEY  

John MIDGLEY  Ch: 5 Apr 1711, Horsforth. Father: Samuel MIDGLEY.

1901 census: William Midgley aged: 38, born:  Horsforth    census: Horsforth      Wheelwright & Joiner

 1881 census:
Dwelling:    Long Row
    Census Place:    Horsforth, York, England
    Source:    FHL Film 1342035     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4333    Folio 112    Page 32
    Marr    Age    Sex    Birthplace
Ann MIDGLEY    W    56     F    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Head
    Occ:    Wheelwrights Widow
Edwin MIDGLEY    W    23     M    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Son
    Occ:    Wheelwright
**William MIDGLEY    U    18     M    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Son
    Occ:    Wheelwright
Elizabeth MIDGLEY    U    19     F    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Daur
    Occ:    Power Loom Weaver
Albert MIDGLEY         11     M    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Grandson
    Occ:    Scholar
Ada BANYARD         3     F    Hunslet, York, England
    Rel:    Granddaur
    Occ:    Scholar

Midgley-Horsforth  joiners.

 William Midgley, a wheelwright, joiner & undertaker of Horsforth. Presumably "Bill " is one of the men - probably the one on the left.

1881 census:
    Dwelling:    Town St
    Census Place:    Horsforth, York, England
    Source:    FHL Film 1342035     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4333    Folio 88    Page 24
    Marr    Age    Sex    Birthplace
William MIDGLEY    M    35     M    Wistow Selby, York, England
    Rel:    Head
    Occ:    Farm Ag Lab
Ellen MIDGLEY    M    31     F    Faxfleet Howden, York, England
    Rel:    Wife
David MIDGLEY         12     M    Wistow, York, England
    Rel:    Son
    Occ:    Scholar
John MIDGLEY         10     M    Wistow, York, England
    Rel:    Son
    Occ:    Scholar
Alice MIDGLEY         8     F    Wistow, York, England
    Rel:    Daur
    Occ:    Scholar
Rose E. MIDGLEY         6     F    Horsforth, York, England
    Rel:    Daur
    Occ:    Scholar
James MIDGLEY         4     M    Horsforth, York, England
    Rel:    Son
Harman MIDGLEY         1     M    Horsforth, York, England
    Rel:    Son

Also see Guiseley Parish on GENUKI  


Joseph Midgley b. ~1807, Horsforth [census record] married Hannah [Anna] Prince  0n 14th October 1832 either at Guisely or Calverley . Hannah was b. Chapeltown [Chapel Allerton?] or Meanwood (census) ch. 12th July 1807 at St. Peter's, Leeds. Hannah was the daughter of William Prince b. 1st March 1784, ch. 27th Feb. 1785 at Chapel Allerton, son of Thomas Prince.

Joseph is listed as a Farm Labourer in the 1851 census and a Carter ten years later, labourer in 1871 and again a carter in 1881.

Joseph's parents are so far unknown but a Sarah Midgley daughter of Thomas Midgley was ch. at Horsforth  on the 25th December 1800, suggesting that Sarah may be a sister to Joseph.

Joseph and Hannah had an extensive family of at least seven children:


1.Thomas Midgley b~1834 ch. 21st July 1833, Horsforth. He was described as a mechanics labourer in the 1881 census.

2. Mary Midgley b~1835, Horsforth ch. 13 August 1835 [Married Thomas Hargraves b ~ 1845, York].

3. James Prince Midgley b~1838, Horsforth.

4. William b ~ 1844, Horsforth.

5. Ann Midgley b~1845, Hosrsforth. [?Jane in the 1861 census].

6. John Midgley b. ~ 1847, Shipley. In 1861 he was a worsted spinner of Alberts Street, Shipley.

7. Joseph Midgley b~1849, Shipley. In 1861 he is listed as a Worsted spinner In 1899 he was a Shipley councillor for over 40 years. He married Elizabeth A. __________ b. ~1849, Keighley.

Joseph was also a quarry owner and textile processor. Stephen Prior has the family tree , with old photos of the family and Shipley/Saltaire, as well as other items back to Joseph Midgley born 1807, Horsforth.  


        Symbolic key and lock of Shipley council presented to Joseph Midgley, a Shipley councillor.


Stephen Prior



Guiseley and Horsforth BDMs.


Justin Sander says that Vanessa Ann Keeton's (nee Midgley) great grandfather was Albert Henry Midgley born on the 29th November 1881 in Huddersfield, and went on to be one of the most prolific English inventors of the 20th century. Justin adds that they have a large volume of paperwork on him along with personal photos. 
Contact: Justin Sander UK. tel: 07531 609 805

Albert Henry Midgley does not appear on the 1881 census as this was collected in the previous March however on the 1911 census there is an Albert Henry Midgley born Huddersfield 1882 who in in the 1911 1911 was residing at Hendon, nr. Wembley Middlesex which has Albert Henry Midgley born in 1882 in Huddersfield.

In 1882 a Albert Midgley born Yorkshire was residing at West Ham Essex.

ORIGINAL PRINTED PATENT APPLICATION NUMBER 18,665 FOR SWITCH MECHANISM FOR SMALL ELECTRIC LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS. (1909) Vandervell, Charles Anthony & Albert Henry Midgley (inventors). Published by HMSO. (1909)



ORIGINAL PRINTED PATENT APPLICATION NUMBER 514,760 FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN ELECTRICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. (1938) Midgley, Albert Henry & Albert Morrell Midgley (inventors). Published by . HMSO. (1938)


From Wikipedia:

A H Midgley was my great grandfather. He designed the fuse for the Tall-Boy and the W Bomb and, although I'm yet to confirm it on the internet, the Bouncing Bomb. He was a British inventor who specialised in valve switches, having previously designed a number of switches for organs, cookers, cars etc. At the time of designing the fuse for the Tall-Boy he worked through Midgley Harmer Ltd in Middlesex.
Andrew Lloyd Midgley 

Tallboy (and its big brother Grand Slam) did not have a fuze (with a z) but a pistol. A fuze contained its own little explosive charge to initiate the main charge. A pistol was an inert mechanical device (easier to store and handle) which simply triggered, normally by impact, a separate detonator. Laurie53 (talk) 07:07, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

In the first quarter of the 1900's, as an electrical engineer, ALBERT HENRY MIDGLEY was residing at Warple Way, Acton Vale, Middlesex. He worked at Midgley Harmer Ltd, electrical engineers Acton, Middlesex (West London) and was residing at Northwood in 1950.

Albert Henry Midgley
born 29 November 1881
Baptised: 9 April 1882 at Woodhouse near Huddersfield
Father: Albert Midgley.
Mother: Mary Jane
1891 Census:
Albert Midgley: 43 years old (b~1843) born Huddersfield, (unreadable?) Engineeer.
Wife: Mary Jane born Stepney, London 38 years old (b~1853).
Daughter: Ethel Mary 11 y.o. born Huddersfield, scholar.
Son: Albert Henry 9 y.o. born Huddersfield, scholar.
Daughter: Alice Maud Mary 8 y.o. born Huddersfielf,, scholar.

Residing 43, ?Breareton Street, Bradford
Albert Henry Midgley
Born: 29 November 1881.
Baptised: 9 April 1882, Christ Church, Woodhouse
Residing: Croft House, Marsh.
Father: Albert. A draper
Mother: Mary Jane
UK Mechanical Engineers Records 1847-1930:
Albert Henry Midgley
born: 29 November 1881
Manager at Reed's Electrical Co. 128, Southwark St., London, S.E.

Education given at Bradford Technical College where he gained 13 certificates. He held scholarships for his studies. April 1896-1897: Assistant at a chemical laboratory.
Many other details given here re his education.

20th January 1900
Albert Henry living at 9, Bingfields St., Caledonian Road, London.
22 years old on 29 November 1903
At the time he was designing and making electrical fans at Messrs Aland & Co., 46, Commercial Road, Lambeth, London.
1911 Census:
Henry Albert Midgley 29 y.o. born Huddersfield, Electrical Engineer
Wife: Florence, Mabel ___________, 29 y.o.
Married 1910
Daughter: Mabel Eileen aged under 5 months.

14th December 1878 at the Parish Church, Huddersfield.
Albert Midgley 31 years old, draper.
Mary Jane Perry 26 years old, draper.

At the time Albert resided at FitzWilliam Street and Mary Jane at Bath Building.

Albert's father given as: Jonathan Midgley, cabinet maker.
Mary Jane's father given as: Henry Robert Perry, pilot. [probably on the River Thames]

Woodbine Mill at Dunk Hill, Idle was first occupied by Messrs. Midgley and Lister for power loom weaving.
Also see Calverley.
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Keighley and Hainworth
[Also see Glusburn]
There has been a church at Keighley since the 1200's, the first Rector being inducted in 12453. In 1968 several Midgley tombstones were seen in the overgrown and neglected graveyard around the church. The first register dates from 1562, the covers of this register are of solid oak. The first Midgley entry reads:

                              "April, 1563 The XXVth daie John Midgley
                                           son of Willm. was buried"

Keighley Parish Church before 1805.Also in the register is recorded for 30th July 1759 that the marriage of John Midgley, weaver, and Ann Holmes, spinster, both of Keighley Parish was solemnised. They lived at Hawood Hill and had the following children:
1. Joseph (1) died in infancy.
2. Mary
3. Nathan
4. Joseph (2)
5. Sally
6. Holmes (1) died in infancy December 1775.
7. Holmes (2) christened 4th August 1776, died 1850. Holmes Midgley (2) became a worsted weaver and married Martha Greenwood (born 1783 died 1855, daughter of William Greenwood, farmer of Hainworth). They lived at Keighley and
later Bingley. From the 1841 census they had six Hainworth children:

1. William of Wood Bottom, Hainworth. b. 1815 d. 1890. married Martha Jowitt (b. 1821 d.1891)
2. Ann married Harwood of Bradford
3. Grace d.s.p.
4. Betty, married Kathan Dobson of Knaresborough.
5. John d.s.p.
6. Greenwood b. 1817 d. 1895, married Martha Dilks of Thornton, Leicestershire.Greenwood Midgley may be the person referred to in the 1881 census as a              "Workhouse  Headmaster" at Keighley.

Joseph Midgley [bootmaker] married Hannah Sunderland [1828] at Keighley. They had a son, Benjamin also a bootmaker. Benjamin married Ann Brayshaw, they left the Keighley/Bingley area and emigrated to New Zealand
Also  family at Lidget/Lidgate, near Keighley of Nathan ?bap. 1744 and Esther, possible children of Joseph Midgley and _______Heaton.
Contact Prue Turnbull

For the Descendants of William Midgley and Ann Hartley married at St. Andrews, Keighley 11th May 1830 See portable document file.
Contact Wayne Sladen

William Midgley founded William Midgley and Sons, piano manufacturers of Keighley in about 1899. This branch of the family were quite inventive. William patenting a screw tuning device around 1910. John Midgley, almost certainly William's brother, patented a double slide contrabass trombone in 1861 which is now in Cliffe Castle museum in Keighley.
Janice Deverick would like to contact David Midgley of Yorkshire who contributed the following information  to the PianoGen website, but whose e-mail address has long since been changed.

   "I have the Letters Patent for the Midgley Screw Tuning system,

    including one in German! I have a small mahogany box that

    used to house the demo. mechanism for patent purposes but

    the model itself has been lost. I own a piano made using

    this mechanism; I think they beat Broadwoods to this idea. I

    know where the works were in Riddlesden; this old building

   is now a small furniture making business and not in the

   family. This branch of the family was quite inventive;

   there's a double slide trombone in a local museum (I think

   there was only ever one) which a Midgley played at the

  Albert Hall. Only he and one other local, musical luminary

  could play it, I understand. 


                                                                      On Harden Moor South of Keighley is a locality named Midgeham Flat.

Joseph Midgley born 16th March 1788, Keighley, ch. 8th May 1788 Keighley, married Susannah. Their son was Samuel who about the 1850's moved from Halifax to Sheffield as he appears on the 1861 census at Sheffield. Joseph's possible father and mother were James Midgley [ch. 9th November 1764 at Keighley] and  Hannah Wright whilst James' father and mother were Joseph Midgley and Grace. Betty is the GG granddaughter of Samuel.
Contact: Betty

Other Keighley parish church records include:

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 13 Sep 1763 Ba: C010683 
Father: Joseph MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919143 
Mother: Mary Pr: 6901264 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 8 Feb 1764 Ba: C010683 
Father: John MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919143 
Mother: Isabel Pr: 6901264 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 18 Jan 1792 Ba: C010683 # 
Father: Thomas MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919143 
Mother: Alice WINDLE Pr: 6901264 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 2 Mar 1812 Ba: C010684 # 
Father: William MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919144 
Mother: Mary MURGATROYD 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 14 Apr 1816 Ba: C010682 + 
Father: Joseph MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919144 
Mother: Susan Pr: 6901264 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 2 Apr 1820 Ba: C010682 + 
Father: Joseph MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919144 
Mother: Susannah Pr: 6901264 

Thomas MIDGLEY (M).................... C: 10 Jan 1821 Ba: C010682 + 
Father: John MIDGLEY Keighley, Yorkshire, England So: 919144 
Mother: Grace Pr: 6901264 


During the late 1800's a family of  twelve was residing in Keighley

Father: Nathan Midgley
Mother: Sarah Elizabeth Hudson

Jonas b~1875
George b~1876
Priscilla b~1879
Walter b~1879 d. 3 May 1917, Gavrelle, France.
Smith b~1881
Martha b~1883
Joseph b~1885
William b~1887
Arthur b~1889
John b ~ 1895

In 1881 Nathan and his family were residing in King Street, Keighley when he was  a tailor by the 1901 census he is recorded as a Mechanics labourer.
with his wife Srah as a  Worsted weaver.

By the 1891 census the family had moved in with Nathan's parents-in-law at Spring Row, Keighley 
George Hudson Head M 75 Yorkshire, England 

Frances Hudson Wife F 74 Yorkshire England

Nathan Midgley Son In Law M 39 Yorkshire, England
Sarah E Midgley Dtr F 36 Yorkshire, England
Jonas Midgley Son M 16 Yorkshire, England
Pricilla Midgley Dtr F 14 Yorkshire, England
Walter Midgley Son M 12 Yorkshire, England
Martha Midgley Dtr F 8 Yorkshire, England
Joseph Midgley Son M 6 Yorkshire, England
Willie Midgley Son M 4 Yorkshire, England
Arthur Midgley Son M 2 Yorkshire, England

Here Walter was already working as a Worsted Operator

In the 1901 census:
Residing: Spring Row, Keighley
Nathan Midgley Head M 48 Keighley, Yorkshire Labourer (Mechanics)
Sarah E Midgley Wife F 46 Keighley, Yorkshire
Walter Midgley Son M 22 Keighley, Yorkshire General labourer. (see below)
Martha N Midgley Dtr F 18 Keighley, Yorkshire Wool Comber
Joseph Midgley Son M 16 Keighley, Yorkshire Labourer Iron Works.

1911 census: Walter is no longer at home:
Residing: Keighley
Nathan Midgley Head M 59 Keighley, Yorkshire Labourer.
Sahare Elizabeth Midgley Wife F 57 Keighley, Yorkshire
Joseph Midgley Son M 26 Keighley, Yorkshire Labourer, single
Arthur Midgley Son M 22 Keighley, Yorkshire Forger, single
John Midgley Son M 16 Keighley, Yorkshire Clogger maker, single

Birth: abt. 1879.
Death: He was killed in action on 3 May 1917, aged 38 at Gavrelle, France
Service No: 32633
Private, 16th (Service) Battalion* (1st Bradford), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 93 Brigade, 31st Division. Army no 32633 
Brother of Joseph Midgley, of 1, Ashfield St., Knowle Park, Keighley, Yorks. 
Burial: Arras Memorial, Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, Plot: Bay 4. He appears on the Nurses Houses Memorial, Keighley
*Also known as the 'Bradford Pals'.


                                                        The position of the 16th battalion on 3rd May 1917 between Gavrelle and Oppy Wood, France.

See  'They Gave Their Today''  for Baildon near Keighley  which gives Walter's army details, so he may have been residing at Baildon before he volunteered.

Also see The Bradford Pals [pdf] for an excellent description of troop movements and first hand descriptions of life in the trenches of Western Europe. They gave their lives. Do not forget.

Contact through guestbook on main page 





[Also see Adel]
1. Stanningley, Leeds - David Midgley of Wood Nook Ironworks is mentioned as a Mechanical Engineer in Kelly's Directory 1883
2. Armley, Leeds - Charles Midgley b. Pudsey, b.1842 (d. 1878-1899) married Ann b. 1848, lived at Armley. Five Children: Wiiliam b. 1868 Armley, James b. 1870, Mary b. 1873, Sarah b.1876, Charlie born abt.1882, Walter born abt. 1879, married 1899.
Contact : Trevor Midgley [Addy updated 10th September 2010]
Sandra McAllister says that  Charles was born in 1841 and died 1897 at St. Mary's Hospital, Armley, Leeds. He married Ann Hewitt who was born 1847 and together they had eight children rather than the six shown above. The two other children were Lewis Midgley born 1879 and Eliza midgley born 1885.  Lewis is Sandra's great grandfather who appears aged nine in the 1891 census and he also appears in the 1901 census. Sandra is working on the possibility that Charles' [b. 1841] parents were William Midgley born about 1811 possibly at Pudsey and Mary Ann Stanley born 1818. They were married at St Peters Church, Leeds on 25th December 1836. Charles the son of William and Mary Ann was born on 5th June 1841 at Lowtown, . He was a Clothier.  
Contact: Sandra McAllister

Leeds Parish Church
                                                                From Thoresby's Topography, 1715

After the dissolution of the monasteries, Kirkstall Abbey lands became available to purchase. The Protestant Midgley family, like the Armytages were not backwards in furthering their chances at farming more land. A branch which descended from Edward Midgley of Midgley near Halifax moved to Breary Hall [Brerehaugh] near Bramhope under Edward's son, Richard Midgley. Richard's son, John, had three sons, Robert Midgley of Brerehaugh, Richard and Thomas6.
Again the descent is shown in Thoresby's Topography as shown below, including the Midgley blazon : "Sable 2 bars gemels Or, upon a chief of the second, three Calthorps of the first". :

Midgley Pedigree 1

Midgley Pedigree 2

The above pedigree  can be downloaded here.


1607 - Marmaduke Smithson and his son Francis sold ‘a messuage and lands in Addle, Ecop, Arthington and Weardley’ to Cyril Arthington and Francis Midgley and Grace his wife.



'Alwoodley Old Hall, was a dominant building in the area where a branch of the Weardley Smithsons lived during the 1700's. It replaced an earlier hall and both appear to have been the residences of the substantial tenant family, the Midgleys.' 9
This manor was purchased by Sir Gervase Clifton in 1630  being sold in 1661 to a Cornelius Clarke. The first Lord Bingley purchased it in 1729, and it then descended by marriage to the Lane Fox family. The construction of the reservoir to the north meant the end for the hall when it was realised that the new water supply for Leeds could be contaminated by effluent from the hall which subsequently fell into decay. Alwoodley Old Hall was finally demolished in 1969, all except one fine window survived that was destroyed some time later. 


Mr Samuel Midgeley, was the steward to Sir John Sheffield of Weardley, and as such was a ‘master’ and gentleman (WYAS WYL 250/3/13b f7 Estate Surveys). On his death in 1779, he lived in Alwoodley Hall, west of Harewood. The hall contained at least ten rooms containing high status goods such as a ‘silver pint’, ‘tea board’ and ‘tea pot’ (BI PRO 127/89). Judging by Samuel Midgley’s house and its contents this example shows that high-status members of the community did not necessarily rent the most land.8




                                                                       Alwoodley Old Hall

SAMUEL II MIDGLEY  Living c. 1698, 1704 and 1712
Detail from a late 1600's map of the manor of Harewood (possibly, 1698) shows an area around Burden Head. Samuel Midgley’s land is shown bounded on the east by the Low Close fields with Stub House Close further down Stubhouse Beck.  Adjoining Low Close was a freehold property, labelled as ‘Mr Sam Midgley’s Land’, perhaps a member of the family who had purchased Marmaduke Smithson’s Adel and Weardley properties in 1607. Samuel Midgley was an important Alwoodley tenant who, with his wife (Anne), were witnesses to Richard Smithson's will.10 



In 1768 Thomas Midgley is described in a document as a 'commissioner of Cookridge, North Riding of Yorkshire'.11 This is probably the Thomas Midgley of Thoresby's pedigree above who was the second son of Samuel Midgley of Alwoodley and Harewood and Mary Hobson who married Easter, widow of Thomas Smales esq. of Middleton.

As can be seen from the above pedigree, Midgley of Midgley divided into three main branches, one for Robert in Leeds [d.1723], one in Breary on the outskirts of the modern day Leeds conurbation and one in Alwoodley, later in Harewood. In addition the Breary branch became seated at the ancient Cathedral city of Beverley [East Riding, now Humberside] in the person of Jonathan Midgley of Beverley, a lawyer, three times mayor of Beverley who had Norwood House built in Beverley about 1760.  From the Beverley Corporation Minute book of 1737, it appears that the mayor's son, also Jonathan, was an Attorney of the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster.

Norwood house has architectural significance, originally passing through Jonathan's granddaughter, Mary to the Beverley family, when she married William Beverley of Beverley. The house remained in this family until 1833. After this time it was the residence of an M.P. for the East Riding , passing through a series of tenants until 1907 when the  E.R.C.C. purchased the  building as Beverley High School for Girls. The school has now been vacated and listed as a Grade1 building by English Heritage.
Robert Midgley M.D. of Leeds [d. 1723 aged 70 years] erected a monument  to his first wife Isabella nee Neale [d. 1706], the daughter of an M.D. in Leeds.
Thoresby's Topography states:

"Upon a pillar [in Leeds Parish Church] " is a very curious Monument of Black and white marble, with this inscription in Letters of Gold: "Here under is interred the mortal remains of Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of Robert Midgley Chirurgeon [Surgeon] daughter of George Neale M.D. whose vertues she truly imitated. She died 17th Feb. 1706 after a godly, righteous and sober life of two and forty years.; to whose memory her disconsolate husband placed this."

 "Upon a pillar [in Leeds Parish Church] " is a very curious Monument of Black and white marble, with this inscription in Letters of Gold: "Here under is interred the mortal remains of Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of Robert Midgley Chirurgeon [?Surgeon] daughter of George Neale M.D. whose vertues she truly imitated. She died 17th Feb. 1706 after a godly, righteous and sober life of two and forty years.; to whose memory her disconsolate husband placed this." .."The arms: Sable 2 bars gemels Or, upon a chief of the second, three Calthorps of the first".
Also see Midgley of Leeds page.
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North Bierley
Samuel T. Midgley born North Bierley abt. 1831. A Boot Manufacturer, Alderman & Magistrate Employing 50 Men 25 Women & 25 Boys according to the 1881 census. At this time living at Elm Wood Shaw Hill, Skircoat. Married to Hannah born abt. 1829 at Northowram. At least four children;
1.Samuel S. born abt.1863, Halifax.
2.Mary  born abt. 1865, Halifax.
3.Arthur W. MIDGLEY born abt. 1867, Halifax.
4.Annie E. MIDGLEY  born abt. 1874, Halifax.
See text file for 1881 census for Bierley

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William Whittaker Midgley born 24th June 1818, Pontefract, died 1 June 1881, Furrier.
Son of Rev. William Midgley d. 1823 who married Lockwood d. 8 Dec 1820, Bramley, Leeds..The Rev. William was a minister from 1798 to his death in 1823. [He could possibly be related to William Midgley, curate of Sowerby].
Samuel married Maria Vevers in 1850 at Taunton, Devon. Maria was born 2nd August 1825 d. 5th August 1888 London, buried Bow churchyard.
They had at least five children
1. William, born Manchester, Lancs.
2. Maria b abt. 1860 Manchester, Lancs.
3. Clara, born abt. 1863 Manchester, Lancs
Martha born abt. 1864, Lancs. married Hancock.
Alice, born Manchester.
This family appears in the 1881 census as living as furriers in Mile End Road, London.
Maria was the daughter of the Rev. William Vevers born Yorkshire and Hannah born 30th June 1791 at Wakefield.
Contact: Jonathan Fryer  Jonathan this email address seems to be out of date, Gill would like to contact you regarding a genealogy link he has to your antecedants.
Contact: Gill
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William Midgley, engineer of Baildon Moor Colliery, Baildon, Shipley2.
Also see Calverley.

See Lady Day Hearth Tax 1672 for Wilsden
Haley Anderson Midgley born at Wilsden, married Mary Ann Charlton? They had at least one child, Edith Maude Midgley. Haley migrated to Australia
Contact : Linda Barnes
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Farsley cum Calverley
Derek's grandmother was Jane Midgley born abt. 1859, Farsley, daughter of David Midgley, Grocer born abt.1837 Farsley and Elizabeth  nee Parkinson of Farsley.
The family are found in the 1851 census at Farsley as William Midgley [39] born 1811 at Pudsey, wife Jane [40] born Farsley, Martha [16] born Farsley and David [14] born Farsley. The 1841 census shows an additional child, James [8] but does not appear in the 1881 census. They were livng at Andrews Square, Farsley in 1841, William's occupation is listed as woolslubber. According to the 1851 census, William is recorded as being born in Pudsey in 1812.

So far Derek has not been able to find the birth or baptism of William Midgley at Pudsey in 1811, as he was 39
in the 1851 census taken at Beck Bottom, Farsley. William married  Jane Whiteley on 19th November1832 at Calverley, with children Martha 16 and David 14 [born 8th August 1836 at Farsley], who married Elizabeth Parkinson at St.Peters, Leeds in 1858. Their daughter Jane Midgley [born 29th October 1858] married Oliver Hind Coe on 28th August 1833 at Farsley.
David Midgley was Derek's great grandfather and has an old photograph of him and also one of his wife, Elizabeth. It seems that some of the Pudsey records of 1812 may have been lost .

Contact: Derek Hindle in Tasmania, Australia .

Mary Midgley of Oldfield married James Hall, Yeoman of Newsholme near Keighley, (to be proved) daur of Nathan Midgley. Descendants of Mary Midgley:
[Note: Oldfield the residence near Laverock Hall also occurs in reference to Midgley of Haworth]
Generation No. 1
1. MARY2 MIDGLEY (NATHAN1) was born 1693 in Keighley?, and died April 14, 1758 in Newsholme. She married JAMES HALL June 12, 1718 in Keighley St Andrews, son of ROBERT BOB HALL. He was born 1694 in Newsome, and died February 6, 1764 in Newsholme.

More About MARY MIDGLEY: Baptism: March 20, 1692/93, St Andrews Keighley
More About JAMES HALL: Burial: February 9, 1764, St Andrews Keighley
Christening: November 26, 1694, Kieghley St Andrew
Children of MARY MIDGLEY and JAMES HALL are:
i. ROBERT3 HALL, b. 1719, Newsholme; d. July 17, 1775, Newsholme; m. (1)
MARY TAYLOR, February 21, 1738/39, Haworth Parish Church; b. 1722, Haworth;
d. January 15, 1752, Y; m. (2) ELIZABETH SPEIGHT, June 25, 1752, Coley
Parish Church; b. 1722, Coley; d. Y;.
Christening: April 22, 1719, Keighley Parish Church
Burial: January 17, 1752, St Andrews Keighley
ii. MIDGLEY HALL, b. 1722, Oldfield; m. MARTHA; d. March 21, 1753, Newsholme.
More About MARTHA: Burial: March 23, 2753, St Andrews Keighley
iii. JAMES HALL, b. 1725.
iv. ELIZABETH HALL, b. 1732.
v. JOHN HALL, b. 1735.
Contact:  Janet Ogden

[Also see Keighley]
 Sarah Ann Midgley and husband Thomas Shackleton.
 They had a son called Midgley Shackleton who married an Elizabeth Hey or
From The 1881 census:
 Dwelling: Green Lane
 Census Place: Glusburn,[Nr. Keighley] York, England
 Source: FHL Film 1342027     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4306    Folio 90    Page 12
 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Midgley SHACKLETON M 24  M Keighley, York, England
 Rel: Head
 Occ: General Laboures
Elizabeth SHACKLETON M 21  F Kildwick, York, England
 Rel: Wife
Tom M. SHACKLETON   1  M Keighley, York, England
 Rel: Son
Jas. A. SHACKLETON   3 m M Kildwick, York, England
 Rel: Son

Contact: Stewart

Todmorden lies high in the Pennines on the pass between Halifax [Yorkshire] and Burnley [Lancashire]. This was the lifeline between the two separated parts of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Whalley Abbey estates and the De Laci Lands. Consequently a major packhorse route, "The Long Causeway"  traversed the Pennines here. Like much of Lancashire in the 1800's the town was very dependent on cotton spinning and weaving. Cotton mills, using cotton from India and the U.S.A.were established in these areas due to:
* The availability of water power
* The humid climate required to maintain the integrity of the cotton threads whilst processing
* Capital and enterprise.

John Midgley emigrated to New Zealand with his son Wilfred and wife and Wifred's son, Robert Charles Midgley in the early part of the 1900's. Robert was eleven at the time. Robert had two children Jonathon and Cherith.
The1881 census: A Search for John Midgley of Todmorden produced a large family:

Dwelling: Lumbutts House
 Census Place: Langfield, York, England
 Source: FHL Film 1342041     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4359    Folio 91    Page 15
 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
John MIDGLEY M 39  M Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Head
 Occ: Manager Of Cotton Factory
Sarah MIDGLEY M 46  F Todmorden, York, England
 Rel: Wife
 Occ: Housekeeper
Susannah MIDGLEY U 18  F Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Daur
 Occ: Spinner In Cotton Mill
Luke MIDGLEY U 17  M Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Spinner In Cotton Mill
John MIDGLEY   15  M Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Spinner In Cotton Mill
Sarah MIDGLEY   13  F Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Daur
 Occ: Spinner In Cotton Mill
Albert MIDGLEY   11  M Todmorden, Lancashire, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Doffer In Cotton Mill
Mary Ellen MIDGLEY   9  F Todmorden, York, England
 Rel: Daur
 Occ: Scholar
Sam MIDGLEY   5  M Todmorden, York, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Scholar
Contact: Jonathon Midgley
See text file for Midgley of Todmorden

Strays [Those born outside the County of Yorkshire and Lancashire].

Midgley of Derby, Derbyshire, 1881 census:
William MIDGLEY       Head       M       Male       30       Derby, England       Engine Fitter       
Emma MIDGLEY       Wife       M       Female       29       Derby, England       Engine Fitters Wife       
Alfred MIDGLEY        Son              Male       11       Derby, England       Scholar       
Henry MIDGLEY        Son              Male       10       Derby, England       Scholar       
Mary A. MIDGLEY    Dau              Female       8       Derby, England       Scholar       
Ernest J. MIDGLEY    Son              Male       2       Derby, England              
Frederick W. MIDGLEY       Son              Male       1       Derby, England              
Samuel LOWE       Visitor       U       Male       31       Sutton, Leicester, England      Labourer In Iron Works       

Dwelling      24 Twyford St
Census Place     Litchurch, Derby, England

Litchurch is a part of Derby and Twyford St. is off Normanton Road near what was, in the 1850's an arboretum. On the other side of the arboretum was [Twyfords?] china works, today a heritage pottery.

Two sons on the IGI of William''s and Emmas also  appear in the above 1881 census:

Alfred Edwin MIDGLEY (M)..............  C: 18 Sep 1872  Father: William MIDGLEY    Saint Andrews  Derby  Mother: Emma   England

Henry Park MIDGLEY (M)................  C: 18 Sep 1872       Father: William MIDGLEY     Saint Andrews, Derby, Derby,     Mother: Emma

They were christened at St. Andrews, Derby. There is a good chance that if their father was born in Derby he was christened here in ~1851 and possibly married here.
Contact: Jonathan Midgley

Jonathan Midgley married Sinah Hughes, their child Thomas Midgley b.1772 married Catharine Smedley 19th May 1811 at St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London, England. They had seven children one of whom was William born 1882 in Middleton [Yorkshire?]. He married Eliza Dalton 12th June 1842.  William and Eliza appear to have migrated to Australia . They had eight children one of whom was John Thomas Midgley b.1861 Prahan, Victoria, Australia. John married Barbara Jane Robertson 22nd Jan 1885 at Petersham, NSW Australia. For this family and Australian born descendants download  a zipped Gedcom here.
For further information-
Contact: Ross and Mary Midgley

 1.Contacts by email.
 2. Kelly's Engineers & Metal Trades Directory 1883
 3. Midgley, John, Franklin, Midgleyana, Mills Litho, Capetown.
 4. 1881 census for England.
 5. Midgley  from 1994 version of IGI
 6. The History of Leeds or The Topography of the Towns and Parish of Leedes and parts adjacent. [Ducatus Leodiensis], originally by Ralph Thoresby, 1714. 2nd edition with notes added by Dr. T.D. Whitaker, 1816.

7. Lumb, George Denison (ed.). The Registers of the Parish Church of Adel in the County of York from 1606-1812 and Monumental Inscriptions. 1895, p. 4.

8. Ibid. p. 20. 

8. Tatlioglu, T.G. Bigraphies of People and Place: The Harewood Estate, 1698-1813. PhD thesis, Dept. Arch. York. vol. 1, p. 83.

9. Smithson web site.

10. Ibid.

11. TNA .WRRD B 6 [MIC 600], held at North Yorkshire County Record Office.


Copyright © Tim Midgley, 2000, revised 14th January 2022.