Emigrants to Canada


George Midgley born 10th August 1865 at Acaster Malbis, ch; 10 September 1865, Acaster Malbis, Yorkshire, died 1921 Saskatchewan who emigrated to Canada about 1884. He was the son of Thomas Midgley and Mary Haw of Wigginton. Yorks. Thomas Midgley was born on the 27th March 1833 at Copmanthorpe near York the third son of Samuel and Hannah Midgley; on the 24th November 1856 he married Mary Haw. In 1859 they moved to Acaster Malbis where five of their seven children were born, by the early 1870s the family had moved to Fishergate in York. By the time their last child was born the family had moved again this time to Huntington where Thomas took the tenancy of a small farm it was here that Mary died from 'Phthisis' (TB) on the 3rd April 1882. Thomas remarried a year later this marriage did not last long as Thomas died on the 4th May 1883 from tetanus after injuring his hand. The genealogy of this family can be found in a zipped gedcom file at https://www.midgleywebpages.com/hnc.zip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Florence Midgley of Toronto
Glen Midgley of Toronto, Canada had a grandmother Florence Midgley b. 1878 who d. 1980 in Toronto and reached the age of 101.5. Glen believes that Florence's lineage can be traced back to Yorkshire but has not yet found the link.
Contact Glen Midgley

Albert Midgley of Barnsley
Born in Barnsley about 1875, died in the Spanish influnza epidemic in 1918. Migrated to Canada perhaps in the early 1900's, son of Thomas Midgley of Barnsley. The 1881 census shows Albert's parents and siblings:

Dwelling: 35 Bridge St  Also see Barnsley Page.
 Census Place: Barnsley, York, England
 Source: FHL Film 1342111     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 4601    Folio 54    Page 9
 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Thomas MIDGLEY M 39  M Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Head
 Occ: Engine Driver (Paper Mill)
Ann MIDGLEY M 36  F Stocksbridge Nr Sheffield, York, England
 Rel: Wife
Mary Ann MIDGLEY   13  F Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Daur
 Occ: Scholar
Arthur MIDGLEY   9  M Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Scholar
Albert# MIDGLEY   6  M Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Son
 Occ: Scholar
Ada MIDGLEY   2  F Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Daur
Sarah Ann MIDGLEY   6 m F Barnsley, York, England
 Rel: Daur
Contact: Ed Midgley

Samuel Midgley of Bradford, was a composer and musician in England, of some note. (unintentional pun?) His son, Arthur Reginald Midgley migrated to Canada after WW1. Samuel's daughter, May, and another son continued to live at 12 Oak Street, Bradford until their deaths. Samuel's other son was Vincent Midgley, contact Allan Midgley [Allan is this email address current?]
Allan has distant cousins in England, South Africa, Australia and U.S.A.

Thomas William Midgley Grandfather Thomas came to Canada from Yorkshire about 1882 and was married in Canada to Isabella Robertson. He was christened 7 November 1875, father: William Midgley, Lutton, mother: Ann [I.G.I]
Thomas had seven children. The second youngest was Garfield Midgley (born Norwood, Ontario), contact Allen Thomas Midgley [new mail address 16th Nov. 2007]

Edmund Midgley Furniss (b 1830, Leeds, Yorkshire, d. 1912) married Rachel Spencer (b.1828, d.1916) at Bradford Parish Church November 16th 1851. They had five children:
              1. Annie Elizabeth b. 1852,Yorkshire, d. 1928.
              2. Spencer b. 1855, Yorkshire, d. 1921.
              3. William b. 1856, Yorkshire, d. 1910.
              4. Emma b. abt. 1860, Ontario, Canada., d. 1885.
              5. Charlotte ("Lottie")  b. 1866, Ontario, Canada d. November 10, 1867
              6. Charlotte ("Lottie") b. 1868, Ontario, Canada. d. 1947. Edmund and Rachel emigrated to Canada with their three young children, accompanied by members oRachel's extended family, in 1857. Edmund established a marble importing and carving business in Ontario.  Rachael was born in Ovenden,Yorkshire; the daughter of Samuel Spencer.
Edmund Midgley Furniss was the son of John Furniss [Furness] of Leeds and Ann Midgley of Leeds..John died  between 1843 and 1851. Ann Midgley was born about 1803 in Leeds, the daughter of Jonathan Midgley, grocer, of Meadow Lane.
She was christened 17th November 1805, at St. Peter, Leeds.Proven siblings of Ann Midgley are:
            *William Midgley b. 1801 -  William became a straw hat maker in Leeds
            *Sarah Midgley b. April 1803, d. Oct 1803

Other siblings are probable but not yet proven.
 Contact: Heather in Ontario who is continuing the search

From "The Hamilton Spectator"  Saturday August 8, 1931

"The funeral of Ada MIDGLEY, wife of Peter MIDGLEY, 71 Garfield Avenue
South, will take place on Monday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock, from her
residence to Livingstone United church for service.  Interment will be made
in Hamilton cemetery."  Hamilton refers to the one in Ontario, Canada. Hamilton cemetery refers to Hamilton municipal cemetery which was principally used by the Methodists.  The United Church of Canada was formed in 1925.  Livingstone United church would have been Methodist prior to that date2.
Contact: Kevin McGill   Ada's great grandson.

Lewis Midgley
Married 1910 in Halifax to Sarah Emma Vickerman. They both migrated to ?Saskatoon. They had two children, Pauline and Charles.
Contact: Bernard Vickerman in Victoria, Australia.

Frederick Midgley
Born 8th June 1891, Bradford. He married Gertrude Mary Brook born 21st Dec 1898, Bradford. Frederick had a brother, John, but Blair does not know where John was born or where he lived.
Contact: Blair Midgley, Hamilton, Ontario.

Gerry Hodgson has a Midgley in his family history as well as Conboy, Brannan, Jones and Bickerstaffe.
Contact: Gerry Hodgson, BC
Mount Midgley lies in the Kootenay Mountains in British Columbia and is considered to be an advanced climb.

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       1. Charlotte is credited with the genealogical notes for her parents and grandparents.
       2. Heather in Ontario

© Tim Midgley, 2000, revised 11th August 2023.