MIDGLEY OF WEST YORKSHIRE                                         

                                                                                                  ALPHABETICAL  HYPERLINKED  INDEX :
Adel Farnley Tyas Idle
Birstall Farsley cum Calverley Keighley
Bradford Glusburn Leeds
Bingley Goldsborough by Knaresborough Newsholme
Breary - includes Catherine Middleton's Midgley heritage.
Gomersal North Bierley
Chapel Allerton
Cleckheaton Halifax
Cookridge Harewood
Crigglestone & Newmillerdam Heptonstall

Dewsbury Holbeck

East Keswick Huddersfield -


St. John the Baptist's Church at Adel was the parish church for Breary, Alwoodley, Cookridge, Arthington and other surrounding townships.

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 Adel Parish Registers Online



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Adel Parish Church website - showing the ornate design of the arched doorway.

Adel parish Register entries arranged chronologically showing Catherine Middleton's predecessors.

Tour Adel on 'Showmystreet

Karen Uslin descends from  Samuel Midgley born ~ 1580 in Yorkshire. His son Richard (b. 1608 in Adel) married Ann Pickles. Their son Edward (b. 12 February 1655, Adel) married Helen Atkinson whose daughter Sarah Midgley (b. 23 July 1693' Adel) married Edward Hartley. Sarah and Edward migrated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where Sarah died in 1743. This line led to the Hartleys in the U.S.A. Sarah was Karen's 9x great grandmother.

Note: Hartley if it is a name from the North, which is likely, is derived from Hartley near Kirkby Stephen in Cumberland (now Cumbria). You can see part of Hartley on Showmystreet     The name Andrew de Harcla (also Harclay, Hartley) is famous as the constable etc. of Carlisle for defeating Thomas earl of Lancasterís army at Boroughbridge in 1322. However in the following year Edward II recognised that he was trying to make a treaty with the Scots, who as always were raiding into northern England, and had him executed and dismembered, such was the justice of the time.
The Hartley family also married into the Paxson, Vipont and Plumely families. The farthest back Karen can go is a Roger James Hartley born in 1480 in England who married a Moira Greene. By the 1600s this Hartley family ended up mainly in Colne Parish and Marsden before heading to Pennsylvania (they actually settled in Bucks County, where Karen's family has lived ever since between there and the far Northeast corner of Philadelphia). The Hartleys are known to have been Quaker, and they are supposed to be descended from the de Harcla surname, but Karen can't find a way to bridge the gap between the medieval period and 1480. Roger Hartley, who married Alice Vipont are Karen's 10x great grandparents (it was Roger's son who married Sarah Midgley).  Roger was arrested twice and taken to Lancaster Castle prison for being a Quaker. Alice's family, as far as is known, descends from the early Anglo-Norman Vieuxpont family, but the farthest back Karen can find is Alice's grandfather, Thomas Vipont, born in 1570 who married Elizabeth Scott. By that point the family was in Bolton by Bowland. Thomas's father's name was William, and supposedly the family has some connection to Cumbria.
The Plumely side descends through the Paxson line. Elizabeth Paxson and Thomas Hartley were married  in Bucks County. The Paxsons an be traced back to John Paxson, born 1480 in Barton who married an Alice Paxson. The family seems to be from the Marsh Gibbon area. Ann Plumely married Henry Paxson in 1707, and the farthest back that can be found is a Richard Plumely, born 1594 in England who married Elizabeth Needs.

Contact: Karen Uslin

Bradford Page

Paul Midgley, spouse Rachel, married 20th March 1803, Birstall.
Children5 :
Isaac Midgeley ch 31 Aug 1775 Birstall
Sally ch 2 Jan 1780 Birstall
Sarah or Sally b. 31 Mar 1782 Birstall
Thomas 20 June 1784 Birstall
John ch 9 Nov 1786 Birstall

Isaac Midgeley ch 31 Aug 1775 Birstall, Spouse Betty Birkby
Child: Paul Midgeley ch 4 Mar 1781 Birstall, Spouse Rachel b abt. 1783
Children of Paul and Rachel:
Hannah b. 4 Sept 1808 Birstall
Grace Ch & b. 31 May 1807 Birstall
Joseph ch 9 Feb 1812 Birstall [There is also a Joseph born to Paul & Mary]
Thomas ch 6 Oct 1816 Birstall
Mary  ch 6 Oct 1816 Birstall
Margaret ch 8 Nov 1818 Birstall
Martha ch 27 Aug 1820 Birstall
There is also a Paul Midgley b. abt. 1780 married Mary of Birstall they had 6children at Batley and 4 at Leeds

Contact: Chris Broscomb

Bingley In former times Bingley district was thickly wooded and the town itself gained the appellation "The Throstle [Thrushes] Nest of Old England"3
Marley Hall, at Marley Brow between Bingley and Keighley. 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.
Contact: 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

Arms of Savile Marley 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

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 


                                           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

              Thus Catherine Middleton has at least one set of armigerous members in the family tree and is likely bring some Yorkshire hybrid vigour into the royal family.

Robert Midgeley of Leeds, the brother of Esther Midgeley predecessor of Catherine Middleton  was granted a coat of arms and crest by the King's Arms on 29th June 1709 in the reign of Queen Anne.

Arms- Sable two bars gemel Or and on a chief of the second, three caltraps of the first.

These arms had previously been in use by William de Miggeley  during the reign of Edward III.


The term commoner 

Catherine is often described as a 'commoner', however this term has a different meaning today than when it was used in its original context. The term commoner was applied by the Normans in England and their descendants to the English who were more numerous than the Norman descendant ruling class. That is, the commoners were the true English who spoke the English language rather than Norman-French. So if we reinterpret the term commoner in its original context it means a truly English person who speaks the mother tongue. However, the English royal line cannot claim immunity from marrying 'commoners'. Perhaps the best case for this is exhibited by the celebrated commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, who married Edward IV in 1464. Of course there is also the shadow cast over the royal succession by Edward IV who is believed to have been born of the union of Cecily Neville and a French archer, Blaybourne, not her husband Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. William IV, although he was never permitted to marry her, had many children by the actress Dorothy Bland better known by her stage name of 'Mrs. Jordan'. The children of  Dorothy and William, named FitzClarence, were married off to Irish and Scottish baronage, military personnel or the lesser English baronage, thus many so-called 'blue-bloods' are not what they might at first appear. In a forth-coming publication I will conclusively show that in fact the royal line has long been given hybrid vigour by one most famous English commoner whose true identity has until now not been fully recognised.

A Union of North and South

If the union between Prince William and Catherine is fruitful then the future sovereign will at least in part have a Northern genetic heritage. If, like William and Catherine, this sovereign is popular then it may help to weld the North and the South together more securely, a somewhat cryptic separatist condition which is as old as the 'Harrowing of the North' prosecuted by the Norman king, William I of England. Throughout the medieval period the North was in almost constant battle with the South from the rebellions of Simon de Montfort, Thomas earl of Lancaster, the 'Wars of the Roses' and the 'Pilgrimage of Grace'. During the industrial revolution this condition was compounded by the North being made the industrial part of the country while the South enjoyed cleaner air and the fruits of  this industrialised labour. Thus throughout English history, Londrescentric sovereigns have sought to pacify the rebellious barons to the north and bring them into the fold by the intermarriage of loyal subjects with members of  rebel families. Perhaps Catherine and William are our modern version of this for with their popularity come their 'subjects' who, in times of national crises, as has been shown throughout history, will even support them with their lives if they prove worthy enough.  Certainly such a match could only help in breaking down the class-ridden nepotistic social structures which still hold Britain back from the full economic potential of its people. Needless to say this would have to be a secular reformation to rival Henry VIII's religious reformation.

From the Adel Parish register persons of Breary:

Beatrix MIDGLEY (F)................... B:? 
Francis MIDGLEY (M)................... B: Abt 1618 
Mrs. Frances MIDGLEY (F).............. B: Abt 1620 

Ellen MIDGLEY (F)..................... C: 8 Dec 1630 
Francis MIDGLEY (M)................... C: 11 Mar 1640
Esther MIDGLEY (F).................... C: 28 Apr 1669

 Esther MIDGLEY (F).................... M: 8 Nov 1688 
Elizabeth MIDGLEY (F)................. C: 13 Apr 1800 

1. Joseph Midgley married Hannah Prince. Their son John Midgley was born at Shipley 1846. John married Esther Pickard  at Calverley in 1870. They had a child Mary Ann Midgley born 1882 at Idle, details are as follows:

 Descendants of Joseph Midgley- Generation No. 1

1).  JOSEPH1 MIDGLEY was born Bef. 1830, and died Aft. Apr 1870.  He
married HANNAH PRINCE Bef. 1847.  She was born Bef. 1830, and died

2).  i.  JOHN2 MIDGLEY, b. 24 Oct 1846, Hirst Mill, Shipley, Yorks; d.
    Aft. 1905.

Generation No. 2

2).  JOHN2 MIDGLEY (JOSEPH1) was born 24 Oct 1846 in Hirst Mill,
Shipley, Yorks, and died Aft. 1905.  He married ESTHER PICKARD 16 Apr
1870 in Parish Church Calverley, Bradford, Yorks, daughter of JOSEPH
PICKARD and MARIA TIDGEWELL.  She was born 24 Apr 1848 in Idle,
Bradford, Yorks, and died Unknown.

       i.   RICHARD3 MIDGLEY, b. 1872, Idle, Bradford, Yorks; d. Unknown.
       ii. THOMAS MIDGLEY, b. 1875, Idle, Bradford, Yorks; d. Unknown.
       iii.JAMES EDWARD MIDGLEY, b. 1876, Idle, Bradford, Yorks; d.
       iv. MARIA MIDGLEY, b. 1880, Idle, Bradford, Yorks; d. Unknown.
3).  v.  MARY ANN MIDGLEY, b. 1882, Idle, Yorks; d. 1922, Kent.

Generation No. 3

3).  MARY ANN3 MIDGLEY (JOHN2, JOSEPH1) was born 1882 in Idle, Yorks,
and died 1922 in Kent.  She married HAROLD JOSEPH SCRUTON 1905 in
Shipley Parish Church, Yorks, son of WILLIAM SCRUTON and ANNE MILLER.
He was born 1880 in Yorks, and died 1959.

    i.  RICHARD4 SCRUTON, b. 1907, North Bierley or Leeds; d.1999; m.
    ii. HARRY SCRUTON, b. 1908, Shipley, Yorks; d.1977, Lancs; m.
        DOROTHY GOODWIN, 1940, Lancs;.
    iii.CHRISTOPHER SCRUTON, b. 1911, North Bierley; d. 1990, Hayling
        Island; m. LETITIA SHEPHERD; b. Abt. 1907; d. Abt. 1996.
Contact : Iain
Also see link to Steve Gaunt's pages for Calverley which have many Midgley names from the parish registers.
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Chapel Allerton
       Graham Chapman has Jane Ann Midgley born 1828 in York, who married George Chapman in 1858 in St. Peter's Leeds. They lived in Chapel Allerton and             had two children, Samuel and Mary.

Dwelling:    Regent Street
    Census Place:    Chapel Allerton, York, England
    Source:    FHL Film 1342093     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4541    Folio 44    Page 26
    Marr    Age    Sex    Birthplace
George CHAPMAN    M    48     M    York, England
    Rel:    Head
    Occ:    Labourer Quarry Stone
Jane Ann CHAPMAN    M    53     F    York, England
    Rel:    Wife
Sam CHAPMAN    U    22     M    York, England
    Rel:    Son
    Occ:    Labourer Stone Quarryman
Mary Ann CHAPMAN         14     F    York, England
    Rel:    Niece
Annie SANDON         1     F    York, England
    Rel:    Nurse Child
Mary Ann DAVIES    U    21     F    Wales
    Rel:    Visitor
09 AUG 1829       Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, England
      Father:      JOHN MIDGLEY     Family
      Mother:      ELIZABETH      
Contact: Graham Chapman

I.G.I. text file of Midgleys of  Chapel Allerton

John Seakins in New Zealand thinks his predecessors from Sussex originated in Chapel Allerton, John is trying to test this hypothesis.
Download a zipped  GEDCOM of John's predecessors from Sussex

Contact: John Seakins


Mary Midgley born 6th March 1782 in Cleckheaton . Mary married Samuel Tillotson on the 9th Aug 1802 at Halifax. A will made by John Tillotson b1803 (son of Samuel and Mary) left money to 'his relatives':- James Brook, Benjamin Midgley, Samuel Midgley, John Midgley, Joseph Midgley and Benjamin Gomersall, all of Cleckheaton.
It is presumed that the 'relatives' were children of a brother of Mary Midgley and parish records show a James Brook (b.1816) married a Sarah Ann Midgley (b 1816) in 1837 and also Benjamin Gomersall (b19th February1813) married a Mary Midgley. Mary Midgley who sadly died after the birth of  her last child, Daniel Tillotson 1816/7

See text file for Midgley of Cleckheaton

Contact: John Tillotson

Cookridge (between Otley and Leeds)

Crigglestone and Newmiller Dam
Crigglestone and Newmiller Dam [Newmillerdam] are often used synonymously in records.
The I.G.I., 1851 and 1881 census' give the following references which have been tentatively linked:

Joseph Midgley b. abt. 1812 Crigglestone [farm labourer in 1851] married Mary abt. 1842.
They had three children [1851 census]:
1. Sarah born abt. 1843 Newmiller Dam.
2. George William b. abt. 1844 at Midgley [near Sandal Magna]
3. Elizabeth b. abt. 1847  at Midgley [near Sandal Magna]
These members do not seem to appear anywhere in the 1881 census of England and may have emigrated.

John Midgley who may have been the brother of the Joseph above. John born abt. 1818 at Crigglestone [Occupation: miner in 1851] married Mary about 1842. Mary born abt. 1816 Crigglestone. They appear to have had five children:
1. Sarah A. Midgley b. abt. 1843 Crigglestone.
2. Ellen b. abt. 1845 Crigglestone
3. Hannah b. abt. 1847 Crigglestone.
4. Joseph [Joe] b. abt. 1848 Crigglestone. Joseph married Sarah [nee: Horbury?] abt. 1872. Sarah
    born abt. 1850. The family were resident at "Humley" Newmiller Dam in 1851. three children:
     1. Mary A. b. abt. 1873 Crigglestone
     2. Anna M. Midgley b. abt. 1877 Crigglestone.
     3. Tilly J. b. abt. 1880  Crigglestone.
5. Tom born abt 1850-51 [in 1851 census he was 9 months old] Criggleston [1851 census] or Newmiller Dam [1881 census]. In 1881 Tom was a 30 year old coalminer boarding with the Clegg family household at "Newbiggin", Sandal Magna

Contact: David Midgley of Upton, West Yorkshire comments that "most of my family were born and lived in Yorkshire all their life especially around Crigglestone, Newmillerdam, Wakefield etc."

John Midgley David's twin brother has found the earliest person so far in his branch is Eli Midgley, a collier who was probably the father of Joseph Midgley b~1812 at Crigglestone, Joseph  married Mary Benn at Sandal Magna 28th October 1842. They had three children
Sahah b ~ 1843 at Newmiller Dam 
George, William b~1844 Midgley near Wakefield
Elizabeth b~ 1847 also at Midgley near Wakefield.
Download a zipped tentative G.E.D. file and P.A.F. file for Midgley of Newmiller Dam [N.M.D.], Crigglestone and Sandal Magna. You will need Winzip and a free Personal Ancestral File or P.A.F. can be helpful for importing or exporting any G.E.D file if you do not have genealogy software.
Contact: John Midgley

Also see what appears to be another Midgley line descending from an Eli Midgley born Crigglestone about 1771 who married Mary Dobson at Sandal Magna Parish Church.

D. Midgley mine manager at Batley mine in 1896. Under manager, A. Midgley. There were 214 miners underground and 52 workers on the surface in this year. Coal was mined for gas, household and manufacturing use. Mine was owned by Jas. Critchley and Sons, Batley.

East Keswick
Wharfedale Page
Midgley's of East Keswick 1841 census

Jonas Midgley b. 9th December 1830 at Eccleshill, married Mary Ann Burnley on 1st October 1857 at Bradford Old Church, they had a son John Benjamine Midgley ch. 19th May 1830.
Jonas' father was John Midgley b. 1800-1809 who married Sarah abt. 1829.
Contact : Deltarader

William Midgley of ?Eccleshill had a son Jonas Midgley b. 1840, Eccleshill. Jonas Married Mary Bamforth b. 1842, Leeds. They had 6 children:

1. John William Midgley b. 1863 married Ann Elizabeth _____ Bramley, Leeds.
2. Herbert Midgley b1864 Yeadon.
3. Elizabeth b. 1867, Rodley.
4. Samuel b. 1869 Rodley.
5. Emily b. 1872 Rodley.
6. David b. 1876 Farsley
More information: download here a GED file
This can be saved & dragged into either a GED or PAF file for viewing.
It is a zipped file, you will require Winzip

Contact: June Smith
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Farnley Tyas
Image of the 1891 census Joe Midgeley born about 1872 farmed at Ludhill, Farnley Tyas during the 1891 census, In the 1881 census he was resudent with his parents at Almondbury:
 Dwelling: Catterstone
 Census Place: Almondbury, York, England
 Source: FHL Film 1342045     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4375    Folio 96    Page 19
 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
George H.T. MIDGELEY M 33  M Kirkburton, York, England
 Rel: Head
 Occ: Joiner
Emma MIDGELEY M 32  F Almondbury, York, England
 Rel: Wife
Joe MIDGELEY   9  M Almondbury, York, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Scholar
Annie MIDGELEY   5  F Almondbury, York, England
 Rel: Daur
 Occ: Scholar
Peter Morgalla's mother, Mabel Goldthorpe remembers Joe's family with fond memories. Her uncle, John Gelder used to work for Joe according to the 1901 census.
Contact: Peter Morgalla

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Goldsborough by Knaresborough
Hannah Midgley born ~1777 d 1849 Knaresborough. Married Robert Ingleson [Engelson] 24th November 1802 at Knaresborough. Robert was born at Farnham, Yorkshire in 1774. In 1802 they were living in Marton-cum-Grafton. Their children were:
James b1805
William b1806
John b1808
Mary d. infant 1811
Joseph b1812 d1896
Hannah b1815 d1896
Abraham b1819 d1893
George b1821
Sarah d infant 1828

See Midgley of Goldsborough by Knaresborough

Contact: Maureen Downes

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In the 1881 census George MIDGLEY, a joiner, born in Gomersal and his wife Sarah MIDGLEY (WATSON) born Eshem Denison were living at 10 Hodgson Square Bradford with their children Annie 21, Thompson 17, John Birkby 15, Harry 13, James Watson 6, Martha Jane 1. Their second child Mary Elizabeth had married David BENSON on 6 February 1881.
In the 1901 census:
George had a public house at 15 Hampton Terrace Leeds, living with him was his daughter Martha Jane. Annie had married Albert CARTER who was a hairdresser and they were living at 135 Dewsbury Rd (?) Hunslet with their son Watson 12 and daughter Martha 7. Mary Elizabeth BENSON had died in 1895 aged 33. This is Howard Benson's line and he knows who her children were. Thompson was an innkeeper at 30 Great Garden St, "Abercrombie Arms". His wife was Emily (SAGAR) and their children Charles 15, Annie 11, George 3. Visiting on census night was Annie Sager (as written), sister in law. John Birkby was living in Hunslet (cannot read the street name on the enumerators page) and was an Iron Broker. His wife was Ruth Hanah and their children were George 14, Edith 10, Harry 7, Rufus 5, Sarah 1.
Harry was living at 13 Kitson St Leeds and was a Tapster/Barman. His wife was Hannah and their children were Tom 10, Elsie 7. James Watson was living at 30 Catherine St Leeds and was a public house keeper. Living with him was his wife Ada. If any of the MIDGLEY researchers can link into any of these names I would love to hear from you.
Contact: Howard Benson  email address updated  29th June 2008

Jenny Barrit has traced her family tree to Gomersal, Birstall and Cleckheaton. They link with Howard Benson's family tree described above.
Jenny's great-grandfather and mother, Tom Midgley and his wife Martha Ann [nee Saville] moved with their family to South Africa [their family in South Africa is mentioned in chapter 14 of Midgleyana]. Either the family moved or the parish of Birstall was incorporated into that of Gomersal. The Midgley's of Gomersal were parishioners of the United Reformed Church here. George, grandson of Tom was brought back from S. A. to Gomersal for his christening. A fire at Gomersal Church destroyed many of the records but Jenny has managed to locate some information at  the Huddersfield Public Library. Jenny believes that some of the family were stone masons and this appears to be reflected in the standard of their ornate headstones. Using the census, parish records at the Huddersfield library and the LDS website, Jenny has constructed a text file of her research here. Jenny is seeking corroboration of her descendancy and any more details would be welcome. Also see zipped Gedcom file at http://midgleywebpages.com/midgedcom.html

Contact: Jenny Barritt
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Lydia Midgley married Abraham Milner in 1694
Grandfather was Abraham Milner, a carpenter from Wakefield, was born about 1750 /60.  Unfortunately I cannot find his parents or the place where he was born. I think it is possible that he may descend via an Abraham born in 1703 in Guiseley whose father Abraham, born in 1650 or 1669 married Lydia Midgley
See text file for Midgley of Guiseley
Contact Joan Myers

Hainworth [Nr. Bingley]
John Midgley, farmer and weaver married Ann(e) Holmes of Harwood Hill on 30th July 1759.
They had seven children:
1. Joseph, died an infant
2. Mary
3. Nathan
4. Joseph
5. Sally
6. Holmes died 1775 as an infant.
7. Holmes Midgley born 1776, died 1850, bur. Ingrow, Worsted weaver. Married Martha [Rhodes] Greenwood, born 1784 died 1855 bur. St. John's, Ingrow.    She was the daughter of William Greenwood, farmer of Hainworth.
   Holmes Midgley and Martha  had six children:
1. William b. 1815, died 1890.Butcher of Woodbottom, Hainworth. Married Martha Jowett of Keighley b. 1824, died 1881.
2. Anne, weaver.
3. Grace, weaver. Died at the age of 24.
4. Greenwood, b. 1824, died 1895, stonemason, later the Master of Keighley Workhouse.
    Institution: "Keighley Workhouse" Oakworth Rd. He married Martha Dilks, they had a child, Mary Grace b. 1850, died 1930 who married Joseph Summerscales     of Rockfield, Ironfounder [W.& S. Summerscales Coop Ironworks]. The Summerscales had a  'mansion' called Rockfield in Keighley where they held musical          festivals. They were patrons of the arts in the town. From the late 1800's to the1950's washing 'wringers' e.g. Globe brand,  were the third largest industry in              Keighley.

From the 1881 census taken on the 3rd April :
Census Place: Keighley, York, England
 Source: FHL Film 1342038     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4347    Folio 87    Page 15
 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Greenwood MIDGLEY M 56  M Bingley, York, England
 Rel: Master (Head)
 Occ: Workhouse Master
Martha MIDGLEY M 59  F Thornton, Leicester, England
 Rel: Matron
 Occ: Workhouse Matron
Mary Grace MIDGLEY U 22  F Keighley, York, England
 Rel: Daur

5. Betty, factory girl.
6. John died 16 years of age.
William (1.) had a number of children the eldest of whom was Samuel Midgley b. 1843, died 1908. He married Priscilla Greenwood Jaques b. 1841, died 1913.
This led to the Franklin Midgley line in South Africa.
Also see Bingley.

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    See Halifax page

See Wharfedale page

Ordnance Survey map of Heptonstall Sarah Midgley married Edward Hartley at Heptonstall on the 4th of November 1693. Edward b. 16th May1666, was the son of a Quaker, Roger Hartley of Little Marsden, Lancashire. Little Marsden is close to the road across the moors to Heptonstall.  Edward's will does not mention Sarah, however, and although his children were Quaker, he is not mentioned in the monthly meeting minutes. Edward is recorded as dying before 14th June 1745 Solebury Twp. Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Sarah is believed to have been born 30th March 1665 at Luddenden
Contact: Patricia Junkin email updated 16th Jan. 2008
Midgley d. 1838 of Heptonstall marrried William Crossley [d.1838] of Ovenden, dyer, on the 16th September 1810 at Halifax Parish Church. Their children all lived in Todmorden and were 'registered' at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Heptonstall: Thomas b.1812, Hannah b.1815, Mary b.1817, Sarah b. 1821 Todmorden, Sarah .1822 William b.1825. Ruth Midgley [b.24th July 1791] may have had father [from the I.G.I] , Amos Midgley Ch. 1 August 1725 at Heptonstall and mother Ann. Amos's fathermay have been Thomas Midgeley. Ruth's siblings may be:

Contact: Diane

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.
Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

The Heptonstall Parish Church Graveyard contains the following Midgley graves:

Here Lieth the body of Amos Midgley of this Town, who died 7th. Dec. 1798 aged 73 years. Here Lieth the Body of Lettice Midgley, the  wife of Amos Midgley who departed this life the 2nd day of November, 1805 in the 81st  year of her age.
             "Go home dear our dear children, dry up your tears
               we must be here till Christ appears
               our debt is paid, our grave now you see
               prepare yourselves to follow us"

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.  Bejamin 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
                  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 


Justiin 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 andymidgey@mac.com

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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[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 

[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 descendancy 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

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 connurbation 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 architechtural significance, originally passing through Jonathan's grandaughter, 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. 


Copyright © Tim Midgley, 2000, revised 23rd December 2016.