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Dr. Robert Midgley M.D. of Leeds,
married firstly Isabella Neale, daughter of Dr. George Neale M.D. and
Elizabeth daughter of Francis Jackson, Alderman of Leeds. Elizabeth
died s.p. 18th February 1706-7. Robert married secondly Mary
daughter of Admiral Sir John Cox [slain at sea 1672]. Robert
died on the 16th October 1723 aged 70. He may have had issue
by his second wife [research needed]. Robert is descended from
Ralph Midgley of Breary Hall [Brerehaugh] near Bramhope, his grandfather
was Robert Midgley of Brerehaugh and his GGGgrandfather was Edward Midgley
of Midgley near Halifax. Midgley blazon
given as: Sable 2 bars Gemels Or upon a Chief of the second, three Calthorps
of the first.2 The Midgley family of
West Breary are predecessors of Catherine Middleton, duchess of
Cambridge See Midgley
of West Yorkshire (Breary).
The Robert Midgley (a medical doctor) in the pedigree above
(b. abt. 1653) who died in 1723 is the alleged author of 'The Turkish Spy' and
probably also 'The Compendious Schoolmaster'4 See Dictionary
of National Biography. From this book Robert
Midgley M.D. describes in poetic form, witnessing the Great Fire
of London in 1666, when he was probably in his early teens. He is not to be confused with his
nephew of the same name who was son of Joseph Midgley M.A.
minister of Thirsk and who himself as a Cambridge M.A. was
school master at the Coxwold Free Grammar School for fifty-three
Midgley had a son John chr. 21st June 1739 who married Ann at St. Peter's,
Leeds. Their son Joseph was chr. 3rd December 1760 at St. Peter's, Leeds, Joseph maried Lydia Craven on
12th July 1778. Their son was Samuel Midgley ch. 20th April 1778 at St. Peter's, Leeds, Samuel married
Sarah Moxon. They had a son, Joseph Midgley born 1806 who married Elizabeth
Lee [?Allenby] on 1st January 1804 at St. Peter's Church, Leeds. Their son
was William born 1833 was involved in the wine and spirits trade and resided
in Leeds. William married Sarah Ann Walker [or Newsome] who died 1874, he
then migrated to Texas with most of his children in 1833. William had several
children to Fanny Marie Flether who was living with William as a lady's maid.
William had a brother, Charles Henry Midgley. Nelda is seeking Joseph's details.
Ann Midgley who married a George Chapman in the Leeds area around 1853.
From the 1881 census they appear to have been in Northants.
when born and moved to Leeds:
Dwelling: 6 Driver Terr
Census Place: Wortley In Bramley, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342080 PRO
Ref RG11 Piece 4505 Folio 115
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
George CHAPMAN M 39 M Hasington, Northampton, England
Occ: Gas Maker
Sarah A. CHAPMAN M 44 F Kingscliffe, Northampton, England
Herbert CHAPMAN 9 M Leeds, York, England
Contact: Graham Chapman
The earliest I.G.I. records show:
Richard MIDGLEY ................... B: Abt 1707 F#:
18357 @ Holbeck, Yorkshire, England
P#: 256 (no parents listed) O#: 8948
Mrs. Richard MIDGLEY .............. B: Abt
1711 F#: 183576 @ Holbeck, Yorkshire, England P#: 260
(no parents listed) O#: 9102
Holbeck, like much of the Leeds connurbation has been an attractive
force for employment since the 1700's when industrialisation was seeded,
drawing in folk from the rural areas.
text file of 30 Midgleys' of Holbeck, Leeds with 1881 census
Some other relevant Leeds connexions:
A place named Midgley Terrace is located in Leeds.
Born 14 September 1909 at Dewsbury?
Married: 3 December 1938 at The Register Office,South
Died: Sep 1981at Leeds
Other Spouses: Muriel Wilson BRAITHWAITE
MIDGLEY Miss DONCASTER 2-2-0
MIDGLEY Overseers of 3-3-0
Cullingworth John Midgley, tobacco and snuff manufacturer,
Lucas and Midgley stone merchants, Delph Lane.
Midgley Joseph, stone merchant, Woodhouse Moor.
Midgley Mrs Mary. Long Row, Pottery Field.
Midgley Mary, dressmaker, 3 Salem Place.
Midgley Michael, shopkeeper, 66 West St.
Midgley Samuel, earthenware dealer, Water Lane.
Mary 1st April 1730 M Joseph Midgley.
Eleanor Wilkinson [Elinor]Leeds [Leedes] 3rd May 1737 M Joseph
Elizabeth Wilkinson Parish by Jonathan Roebuck 13th July 1747
M Joseph Midgley Knottingley. Elizabeth Birch Rothwell by Lic.George
Arnett, 27 October 1760 M Joseph Midgley.
Mary Vicars Witness: Mary Wilkinson & Henry Wilkinson
+ Mary Top.
Joseph 31st March 1841 Mary Midgley.
?Samuel MIDGELEY (1700-?) had a daughter, Hannah
MIDGELEY (1733-?) Leeds.
A John Metcalf Midgley, solicitor, is mentioned as a beneficiary
in a will dated 28th June 1905 at Wakefield for Robert Featherstone
of Kirkstall , Leeds.
Middleton lies 1 mile to the S.E. of Holbeck. Here about
1812 a steam engine was used for winding in order to raise coal.
This was unusual at this time. Also a a rack and pinion wagon-way was
located here which became known as the Middleton Railway, designed
by John Blenkinsopp. This was the first railway outside the N.E. of
England, although modern tourist brochures state it was the first
railway in England.
John Midgley married Ann McGuiness 17th February 1855, they were
residing at Sheepscar, Leeds. On the marriage certicicate John's father
is given as William Midgley, brushmaker. John's family appears in
the 1881 census residing at 6, Laycock Street, Leeds, where John is shown
as being born at Bradford, a 'currier' aged 49 at the time of census, wife
Ann born in Exeter, Devon, aged 52. Daughter Florence born Bradford aged 21
a tailor's machinist. Philippa says there was another child, Inkerman. Philippa
is trying to locate any other relations to this line.
Contact : Philippa
The site of the famous Headingley cricket ground.
The earliest entry on the I.G.I. for Armley is 1671:
Samuel Midgley [also spelled Mighlay] of Armley married
Maria Moore 30th November 1671.
Later in the 1800's:
Mrs. Joseph Midgely (sic) of Armley died 1858 ,spouse
of Joseph Midgely
Joseph Midgley died 1880 Armley.
Charles Midgley born Pudsey 1842 died between
1878-99, leather tanner married Ann b. 1848. They had six children
all born at Armley1:
Dwelling: 15 Genn Row
Census Place: Armley, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342081 PRO
Ref RG11 Piece 4507 Folio 94
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Charles MIDGLEY M 39 M Pudsey, York, England
Occ: Tanner Of Leather
Ann MIDGLEY M 33 F Armley, York, England
William MIDGLEY 13 M Armley, York, England
Occ: Coal Miner
James MIDGLEY 11 M Armley, York, England
Mary A. MIDGLEY 8 F Armley, York, England
Sarah MIDGLEY 5 F Armley, York, England
Walter MIDGLEY 2 M Armley, York, England
Rel: Son [married 1899]
The sixth child was Charles born abt. 1882 and
so does not appear on the 1881 census.
Contact: Trevor Midgley
This was well inside the Bradford boundary in 1881. See Bradford page
1. 1881 British Census
2. The History of Leeds or The Topography of the
Town and the Parish of Leedes and parts adjacent [Ducatus Leodiensis]
originally by Ralph Thoresby 1714, second edition with additions and
notes by Dr. T.D. Whitaker [1816.]
3. Leeds Parish Registers 1713 to 1722, Baptisms & Marriages
Burials 1707 to 1722 (with Armley and Hunslet). Thoresby Society, (1909), vol. 13, part 2.
4. See: Nichols, John. Illustrations of the Literary History of the
Eighteenth Century. vol. 1 (1817) - online. Nichols argues
that it is not possible for Robert Midgley of Coxwold Grammar
School to have been the author, he was obviously a four-year old
when the book 'The Compendious Schoolmaster' was published
Copyright © Tim Midgley June
2002, revised 23rd January 2019.