He was probably born 20 Feb 1769 in Sheriff Hutton, North Yorkshire, and died 1844 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire.
He married Hannah Nichols 06 Dec 1790 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Nickels and Hannah Hick.
She was born 1770 in Hutton Bushel, Yorkshire, and died 1853 in Scarborough.
If this is the correct parents, at his baptism he was recorded as “Richard, son of Richard Midgley, Tailor”.
He was married at Kirkby Grindalythe in 1790;
The banns of marriage between Richard Midgley and Hannah Nichols were lawfully published on the 21st and 28th of November and the 8th of December 1790 by me Bow Croxton, vicar and no impediments alleged, the said Richard Midgley batchelor and servant of this parish and the said Hannah Nichols spinster and servant of this parish were married in church by banns this 6th day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety by me Bow Croxton - vicar.
This marriage was solemnised betweeen us Richard Midgley & Hannah Nichols (both signed), in the presence of Thomas Simpson and Thomas Stephenson.
Richard was parish clerk at Kirkby Grindalyth. He was witness to 18 marriages between 1817 and 1836, many of them “servants in husbandry”. On the 1841 Census his occupation is given as a clerk.
Richard Midgley was buried on 03 Dec 1844, at Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire. His occupation was given as a “Labourer, Servant & Parish Clerk”
Hannah Nichols died in Scarborough, probably at her daughters and was buried on 11 Nov 1853, at Kirkby Gryndlyth
Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.
"KIRBY GRINDALYTHE, a parish in the wapentake of Buckrose, East Riding county York, 9 miles S.E. of New Malton, and 3½ from the Wharram station on the Malton and Driffield railway. The parish, which is of large extent, contains the townships of Kirby, Duggleby, and Thirkleby, and the chapelry of Sledmere. The village is inconsiderable. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. The parish church, dedicated to St. Andrew, has an embattled tower, with a spire containing three bells. In the chancel are a sedilia and piscina, both in fine preservation; also an ancient stone font, and some lancet-shaped windows. There is also a district church at Sledmere, the living of which is a perpetual curacy Adjoining the parish church are the remains of an ancient monastery, now converted into farm buildings. There is a National school for both sexes."
The children of Richard Midgley and Hannah Nichols were:
- i. Matthew Midgley, born 24 Jan 1792 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire
- ii. Hannah Midgley, born 09 Jan 1794 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire; died 1796 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire. Christening: 12 Jan 1794, Kirkby Gryndlyth. Burial: 11 Sep 1796, Kirkby Gryndlyth
- iii. John Midgley, born 07 Nov 1795 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire
- iv. Hannah Midgley, born 11 Feb 1799 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire; died 1876 in Driffield, Yorkshire.
- v. Thomas Midgley, born 10 Jun 1801 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire
- vi. Richard Midgley, born 21 Sep 1803 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire
- vii. Jane Midgley, born 09 Jul 1806 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire. Described as a widow at the baptism of her son, but there is no record in the parish of a death of anyone called Midgley in the years preceeding her sons birth. Christening: 13 Jul 1806, Kirkby Gryndlyth
- viii. Joseph Midgley, born 09 Mar 1809 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire; died 1822 in Kirkby Gryndlyth. Burial: 14 Apr 1822, Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire. Christening: 12 Mar 1809, Kirkby Gryndlyth,
- ix. Benjamin Midgley, born 10 Jan 1812 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire; died Jun 1866
- x. Sarah Midgley, born 1815 in Kirkby Gryndlyth, North Yorkshire