He was born 1814 in Strensall, North Yorkshire, and died 1900 in Normanton.
He married Sarah Wright on 24th Jan 1837 in Linton On Ouse. She was born 30 Jun 1808 in Strensall, North Yorkshire, and died 18 Jul 1897.
1841 Census, Stillingfleet, Kelfield
Samuel Midgley 26 Agricultural LabourerSarah Midgley 30 DressmakerWilliam Midgley 2
Samuel Midgley 36 Agricultural Labourer b StrensallSarah Midgley 40 Dressmaker b Linton On OuseWilliam Midgley 11 Scholar b KelfieldMary Midgley 9 Scholar b KelfieldSamuel Midgley 7 Scholar b KelfieldSarah Midgley 4 b KelfieldMark Midgley 2 b KelfieldJohn W Midgley 6 Mo b Kelfield
1861 Census Bishop Thornton, Ripon "Drovers Inn"
Samuel Midgley 45 Farmer of 19.75 Acres & Innkeeper b StrensallSarah Midgley 49 Samuel Midgley 17 Sarah Midgley 14 ScholarMark Midgley 12 ScholarJohn Wright Midgley 10 Thomas Midgley 8
1871 Census Brinsworth , Rotherham, Haworth Hall
Samuel Midgley 55 Gardener b StrensallSarah Midgley 59 Housewife b Linton Upon OuseSarah Midgley 23 Dressmaker b KelfieldArther Hall Midgley 2 b Darfield
1881 Census No 3 Steel St, Kimberworth
Samuel Midgley, head, age 66, born Strensall, Gardener (Domestic)Sarah Midgley, wife, age 69, born Linton Upon Ouse.Arthur H. Midgley, grandson, age 12, born Darfield, York, Scholar
1891 Census Normanton, 9 Princess Street
Samuel Midgley 76 GardenerSarah Midgley 74 Arthur S Midgley 22 Railway Engineer, Fireman
Letter from William Midgley (son) to cousin Carrie 1898
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.
Death of Supt. Midgley's Father
On Wednesday the death took place at Normanton of Mr Samuel Midgley, the father of Mr Wm. Midgley, Superintendant of the Dewsbury West Riding Police Division. The deceased gentleman, who was 86 years of age, lived a modest and unassuming life. He was well-known as a practical farmer, and only a short time before his death he assisted his brother, Mr James Midgley of Buttercramb, near Stamford Bridge, in harvesting operations. Mr Midgley comes of a family remarkable for its longevity. Only a few years ago he celebrated his diamond wedding, and his brother and sister (both living) have each celebrated their golden weddings. The funeral takes place to-day at Masborough.
The children of Samuel Midgley and Sarah Wright were: