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William Midgley

He was born 01 Apr 1839 in Kelfield, Stillingfleet; died 08 Apr 1912. 

He married Elizabeth 1865 in Dewsbury; born 1839 in Welldale, York.


1871 Census Otley

    William Midgley 32  Sergeant of Police b Stillingfleet
    Elizabeth Midgley 32  b Ferryfapstone
    Joseph N Lee 14  stepson b Dewsbury
    Sarah E Lee 11  stepdaughter b Dewsbury
    William W Midgley 8  b Pontefract
    Samuel R Midgley 1  b Rotherham
    Theresa G Midgley 2 months  b Otley


1881 census; Dwelling:, Police Station, Normanton, York

    William MIDGLEY, M, 42, M, Kelfield, York, England, Rel:, Head, Occ:, Inspector Of Police
    Elizabeth MIDGLEY, M, 42, F, Weldale, York, England, Rel:, Wife,
    Saml. Roger MIDGLEY,  , 11, M, Rotherham, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, Scholar
    Theresa J. MIDGLEY,  , 10, F, Otley, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, Scholar
    Florence M. MIDGLEY,  , 8, F, Otley, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, Scholar
    Fredr W. MIDGLEY,  , 5, M, Wetherby, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, Scholar
    Charles A. MIDGLEY,  , 3, M, Wetherby, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, Scholar
    Harold E. MIDGLEY,  , 1, M, Wetherby, York, England, Rel:, Son, ,
    Sarah J. HUDSON,  , 14, F, Oakham, Rutland, England, Occ:, Servant, ,
    Simeon GRIFFITHS, U, 30, M, Llnason, Flint, Wales, Rel:, Single, Occ:, Coal Miner


1891 Census Sheffield Brightside, 9 Burngreen Road

    William Midgley 52  Superintendant of Police b Kelfield
    Elizabeth Midgley 52  b Weldon
    James Roger Midgley 21  Elementary School Teacher b Rotherham
    Florence Mary Midgley 18  Musical Student b Otley
    Chas Augustus Midgley 13  Scholar b Wetherby
    Harold Edward Midgley 11  Scholar b Wetherby
    Clara Phenix 16  servant b Sheffiled
    Haron Weldon 44  labourer (Navvy - prisoner in custody) b Eckington, Derbyshire


1901 Census Dewsbury 1 Grove Street

    William Midgley 61  Head Superintendant of Police b Kelfield
    Elizabeth Midgley 62 wife b Weldone
    Charles Augustus Midgley 23 son Electrical Engineer b Wetherby
    Margaret Midgley 22  daughter in law b York
    Florence Mary Midgley 27  daughter b York
    Harold Edward Midgley 21  son Undergraduate Student b Wetherby
    Charles F Midgley 5  grandson b Liverpool
    Sarah Ann Ashbourne 16  General Domestic Servant b Workington, Cumbria
    John R Fuller 26  visitor Inland Revenue Officer b Lowestoft, Sussex
    John Cashmore 16  lodger Basket Maker b Leamington, Warwickshire
    Herbert Spurr 13  lodger Dofer Millhand b Osset
    Elizabeth Seer 60  lodger Tailoring Machinist b Maidstone, Kent
    Walter Scott 18  lodger Colliery Labourer Below b Mirfield
    William Scott 20  lodger Boot Finisher b Manningham
    Matthew Smith 17  lodger Hawker b Bradford
    Ernest Woodhead 22  lodger Tailor b Rotherham
    Thomas Johnson 60 lodger Masons Labourer b Wednesbury, Staffordshire
    Isabella Chapman 36  lodger widow b Seaburn, Northumberland


  Letter to Carrie Midgley, at Birks Farm, Buttercrambe

    Grove Street, Dewsbury, 2nd Oct 1898
    Dear Cousin,
    Will you pardon the liberty I am taking in this writing to you? The fact is my father has given me such a high character of you for filial kindness, courtesy and self sacrificing affection to your beloved parents and everybody about you that I am induced to write and ask you to execute a small commission for me. I dare say you will be inclined to say - What presumption? Well, perhaps it is - but you must blame father who said, since he returned from Birks Farm - if you want anything doing promptly and well, Ask Carrie. This is my apology for writing to you.
    I wish you to ask Uncle what he would charge me, per ton, for Old Hay, nicely trussed and put on a truck? also what he wants per quarter for new Oats and about when could he let me have them? I have enquired at a local station and find that 2 and a half tons of hay and corn could be sent from Stamford Bridge to Dewsbury for about 23shillings hence my reason for asking the probable cost at Birks Farm of the hay and say about 6 quarters of oats.
    I would take it as a personal favour if you would do this small business for me. I am delighted to learn that you are such a clever musician and still more so to learn that you play the Organ at the Wesleyan Chapel - I am a Wesleyan hence my reason for liking you. You will be pleased to hear that Father has been with me for a few days since he returned from Buttercrumb, and that he is quite well. He returned to Normanton on Saturday last. My wife is returning home today. she has been away for a few days in the hope of recruiting her health which, unfortunately has been somewhat indifferent recently. We are hoping to see her much improved. Kindly give my affectionale remombrances to Uncle and Aunt and all my cousins and with very kind regards and every good wish to yourself,
    I am, your affectionate cousin,
    Wm Midgley.


Letter to Carrie Midgley

    1 Grove Street, Dewsbury
    23rd Nov 1898
    Dear Cousin,
    I am in receipt of your letter of the 22nd inst and in reply I beg to thank you for inviting me to be present with my dear father at my uncle and aunts celebration of their Golden Wedding. I am sincerely sorry to say I cannot be present in consequence of pressure of duties. If I am absent in body I will be with you in spirit - I am quite sure it will be a very joyous gathering and one that will be fondly remembered by all who take part in it and especially by my cousins with pardonable pride and gratitude. I and my brothers and sisters were thankful to have virtuous parents who lived long enough - by the mercy and goodness of our Father in Heaven, to celebrate their Golden and Diamond wedding and believe me I heartily and sincerely pray that God may spare dear aunt and uncle to each other and all my cousins to spend their diamond wedding and that they and we may all meet in an unbroken family at the throne of Glory in heavan for Jesus Christs sake.
    I also pray that perfect health and strength may be vouchsafed to them for many many years and that every succeeding year may excell the previous one by all that makes for real happiness in this life and in that which is to come - and that the rich and abundant blessings of God may rest upon you all when you meet together to celebrate the happy event.
    I heard today that my dear father is in excellent health and spirits and is making preparations for visiting you on Saturday and spending a few days with you. I want him to bring a rug with him to wrap his legs in while in the train but I apprehend I shall have a difficulty - I can imagine him saying "Get out with thee! I nooan want thee rugs - I've never been used to coddling me self wi sich things - I shall be warm enough"
    You know dear cousin that "Young folks" are very reckless about themselves - you can only pursuade them to do as they like and dear father is one of that sort. He is a funny creature and a genuine Midgley from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot. Have you any person at Birks Farm like him? I guess you have! My wife joins me in wishing you and all my cousins and particularly uncle and aunt health and every temporal and spirtual blessing and believe me to remain your affectionate cousin
    Wm Midgley.


Letter to Carrie Midgley

    From 1 Grove Street, Dewsbury
    6th June 1899
    My dear cousin,
    Will you do me the favour of accepting the enclosed copy of Hymns and Tunes we had at our Sunday School Anniversary on Sunday last? There are some lovely tunes and the words are so beautiful and cheering. I thought you might like to try them over. We had three glorious meetings. The collection realised one hundred and ten pounds, twelve shillings and tenpence. not bad eh! "Go thou and do likewise"
    I hope you are keeping well and that dear uncle and aunt and indeed all my cousins are quite well, my wife and I and all our young folks are very well. You will be pleased to know we have got our sailor boy home safe and sound. The Lord has preserved him from innumerable dangers for which we are devoutly thankful. He has left his old ship and is attending a nautical School in Liverpool to pass for a first mate's certificate.
    He is a very good lad -as firm and sure as steel - in fact, a real Midgley through and through and you know that is saying a good deal for him. well - jesting apart he is a very good lad and an out and out abstainer. All our boys are teetotalers. Isuppose you know that is my weakness - if it can be termed such. I rejoice in the fact that I am the only teetotal chief officer in the whole of the West Riding Police. What do you think of that? Something to be proud of eh! You know what Midgleys are when they make up their minds don't you. I think you do.
    I regret to say my dear father has not been well of late. He got a bad cold and it "sticks closer than a brother" however he is improving.
    Do you think cousin George could get me a Landsail or Corncrake? They are plentiful in meadows in the summer time. They are bad to see but at times they are found dead. I want some for it's feathers - I hear he is a very good shot. I wish you would ask him when out with his guns and meets with a cuckoo to shoot it's tail off - not to kill it - just shoot its tail off and send it me. The feathers are very choice for making  flies of for fly fishing for trout. Pardon my writing you at this great length, my pen ran away with my thoughts. With very kind regards to uncle and aunt and all cousins and especially to yourself,
    I am your dear cousin, yours sincerely
    Wm Midgley.


Budget Letter Card to Miss Carrie Midgley, Birks Farm, Buttercrambe, Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire

    Sent from 1 Grove Street, Dewsbury
    My Dear Cousin
    Your nice letter of the 9th instant came to hand in due course. I was pleased to hear from you. Tell Uncle I read the para. you sent in your letter and I agree with the decision. It would be monstrous if Farm Servants could leave their situations by giving a month's notice - if that were the law what on earth would happen to the poor farmer? Why, he would be an object of pity and be the victim of even greater hardships than he now has to battle with.
    I am pleased the papers I send give you pleasure. I will not forget you in future. I miss sending one weekly to my dear father - indeed I miss him in many ways. He was very dear to me. He was a nobleman tho' poor - Morally speaking, his was the white flower of a pure and spotless life - I wish I were as good as he. I am pleased to learn that dear uncle and aunt and all my cousins - especially yourself, are quite well, give my love to each and accept Benjamin's Hare for yourself. I can quite imagine you will have had great floods. They have been common in many parts of the country particularly in low lying districts - I am afraid they have been as destructive as common.
    You remind me of Martinmas, well, nobody has asked me to stop again, so I shall be open to engagement. I have been a sort of foreman this year and would like to be foreman next year if I am spared. So if uncle is wanting one and he thinks I am good enough for him and I have to leave my "Peace" at Martinmas, don't forget me. You see I am an orphan without a home - if I leave this "place" - and I shall want a "place" where the master and "missus" will be kind and good to me. I can plough, thatch, mow, sow, milk, feed horses and work them at all farm work. I am a good getter up in the morning - never later than 8 o'clock as a rule - and am ready for anything at 9 o'clock. I have had a good wage this year - about 350 with extras and would not like to have less for the next, so if you think my qualifications are equal to what uncle requires in a man I hope you will give me a chance. I don't expect any difficulties about the wage.
    Thank you very much for the invitation I will come and see you some day, I would much like to. My wife and children and I are quite well and fit. Has uncle got any good oats to sell and what does he want for them? I have some offered here at 21/- I would be glad to hear from you at your leisure - I am afraid the carriage would make them come in dearer. Well, my dear cousin I must stop my nonsensical letter. I am pleased to hear from you occasionally, hope you will not be long before you write again and with much sincere love to yourself and all at Birks Farm, I am your affectionate cousin,
    W. Midgley.


Letter to James Midgley

From 1 Grove Street, Dewsbury
20th Feb 1902
My dear uncle,
Cousin Carrie's letter came to hand this morning informing me of your very serious illness. I am much grieved to learn such sad intelligence concerning your state of health. I wish I could do something that would relieve you but that appears to be humanely impossible. Apparently medicinal skill from which much was hoped and prayed for is unavailing in your case. Well my dear uncle, be of good cheer, there is one physician who can heal you and save your immortal and redeemed soul which is far more precious than the body however much it may be loved by your family and us. You have been mercifully spared by our heavenly Father to see a ripe and honoured old age. Do not murmur, dear uncle, but submit with patience and resignation to the will of our Father in heaven through Jesus Christ our blessed saviour. Say with all your heart and soul and mind and will, "Thy Will be done". May the Holy Spirit enable you to surrender yourself to Jesus. Say,
    Jesus thou art my righteousness
    For all my sins were thine
    Thy death has made of God my peace
    Thy life has made him mine.
    May God help you and bless you.
I hope you have had the advice and spiritual direction of your ministers, if not, Dear uncle, let me beg of you to send for one without further delay. I am sure he will be a comfort and help to you in your grievous affliction.
I wish I were nearer to you. I would be delighted to be permitted to direct you to our saviour who can "save to the uttermost", a most blessed and glorious assurance - "Only believe"
    Just as I am without one plea
    But that thy blood was shed for me
    And that thou bids't me come to thee
    O Lamb of God I come.
    May the Lord by the influence of his Holy Spirit enable you to say; -
    I yield, I yield, I can hold out no more
    I sink by dying love compelled
    And over thee Conquerer.
Give my sincere love to dear aunt and to all my cousins. In this my dear wife heartily writes - also my children. My dear father loved you very much and for his sake I love you. It has been my misfortune not to have known you many years ago. I only wish I had had that pleasure. Dear uncle if I have been deprived of that pleasure on earth let us so live and die that we may enjoy it eternally in heaven. I am endeavouring by the Grace of God to live for heaven.
    O that will be joyful
    When we meet to part no more,
God bless you my dear uncle is the sincere prayer of your affectionate nephew,
Wm. Midgley.



Mark Midgley

He was born 08 Sep 1848 in Kelfield; died 15 Apr 1934 in Middlesborough.  He married Jane Ann; born in Danby.


1881 census; Census Place:, Danby, York, England,

    Mark MIDGLEY, M, 32, M, Kelfield, York, England, Rel:, Head, Occ:, Joiner Unemployed
    Jane Ann MIDGLEY, M, 31, F, Danby, York, England, Rel:, Wife, Occ:, Wife
    Emily Caroline MIDGLEY, U, 8, F, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, Scholar
    Sarah Helen MIDGLEY, U, 7, F, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, Scholar
    George William MIDGLEY, U, 6, M, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, Scholar
    Thomas MIDGLEY, U, 4, M, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Son,
    Samuel MIDGLEY, U, 2, M, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Son,
    Arthur Mark MIDGLEY, U, 1, M, Castleton, York, England, Rel:, Son,
    Emma Mary MIDGLEY, U, 4 m, F, Castleton, York, England, Rel:, Daur,


These pictures are known to be Nephews and Nieces of James Midgley - unfortunately we do not know which ones.

James nephew

james midgley's niece

james nephew2

james nephew3

James niece

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