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 StillingfleetElizabeth Midgley 32 b FerryfapstoneJoseph N Lee 14 stepson b DewsburySarah E Lee 11 stepdaughter b DewsburyWilliam W Midgley 8 b PontefractSamuel R Midgley 1 b RotherhamTheresa 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 PoliceElizabeth MIDGLEY, M, 42, F, Weldale, York, England, Rel:, Wife,Saml. Roger MIDGLEY, , 11, M, Rotherham, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, ScholarTheresa J. MIDGLEY, , 10, F, Otley, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, ScholarFlorence M. MIDGLEY, , 8, F, Otley, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, ScholarFredr W. MIDGLEY, , 5, M, Wetherby, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, ScholarCharles A. MIDGLEY, , 3, M, Wetherby, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, ScholarHarold 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 KelfieldElizabeth Midgley 52 b WeldonJames Roger Midgley 21 Elementary School Teacher b RotherhamFlorence Mary Midgley 18 Musical Student b OtleyChas Augustus Midgley 13 Scholar b WetherbyHarold Edward Midgley 11 Scholar b WetherbyClara Phenix 16 servant b SheffiledHaron Weldon 44 labourer (Navvy - prisoner in custody) b Eckington, Derbyshire
1901 Census Dewsbury 1 Grove Street
William Midgley 61 Head Superintendant of Police b KelfieldElizabeth Midgley 62 wife b WeldoneCharles Augustus Midgley 23 son Electrical Engineer b WetherbyMargaret Midgley 22 daughter in law b YorkFlorence Mary Midgley 27 daughter b YorkHarold Edward Midgley 21 son Undergraduate Student b WetherbyCharles F Midgley 5 grandson b LiverpoolSarah Ann Ashbourne 16 General Domestic Servant b Workington, CumbriaJohn R Fuller 26 visitor Inland Revenue Officer b Lowestoft, SussexJohn Cashmore 16 lodger Basket Maker b Leamington, WarwickshireHerbert Spurr 13 lodger Dofer Millhand b OssetElizabeth Seer 60 lodger Tailoring Machinist b Maidstone, KentWalter Scott 18 lodger Colliery Labourer Below b MirfieldWilliam Scott 20 lodger Boot Finisher b ManninghamMatthew Smith 17 lodger Hawker b BradfordErnest Woodhead 22 lodger Tailor b RotherhamThomas Johnson 60 lodger Masons Labourer b Wednesbury, StaffordshireIsabella Chapman 36 lodger widow b Seaburn, Northumberland
Letter to Carrie Midgley, at Birks Farm, Buttercrambe
Grove Street, Dewsbury, 2nd Oct 1898Dear 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, Dewsbury23rd Nov 1898Dear 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 cousinWm Midgley.
Letter to Carrie Midgley
From 1 Grove Street, Dewsbury6th June 1899My 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 sincerelyWm Midgley.
Budget Letter Card to Miss Carrie Midgley, Birks Farm, Buttercrambe, Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire
Sent from 1 Grove Street, Dewsbury12.11.'00My Dear CousinYour 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, Dewsbury20th Feb 1902My 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 righteousnessFor all my sins were thineThy death has made of God my peaceThy 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 pleaBut that thy blood was shed for meAnd that thou bids't me come to theeO 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 moreI sink by dying love compelledAnd 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.
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 UnemployedJane Ann MIDGLEY, M, 31, F, Danby, York, England, Rel:, Wife, Occ:, WifeEmily Caroline MIDGLEY, U, 8, F, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, ScholarSarah Helen MIDGLEY, U, 7, F, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Daur, Occ:, ScholarGeorge William MIDGLEY, U, 6, M, Middlesbrough, York, England, Rel:, Son, Occ:, ScholarThomas 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,