Midgley in the U.S.A. appears to have identified his predecessors in
William H. Midgley snr. who died 22 April 1908 in Lebanon, Illinois married Jane Ezard. Both were born in England but nothing was known of exactly where for William. Jane's predecessors in England are easily found but William's extraction proved to be a little more tenacious. The U.S. census for 1850 shows a family as follows:
Residence: 1689? Kelso Township, Dearborn, Indiana.
Jonathan 43, [b~1807], farmer b. England
Ann 47, [b~1803], England
Jonathan, 21, farmer, b. England
Elizabeth, 20, b. England
John, 18, farmer b. England. Attended school.
Mary Ann, 17, b. England. Attended school.
William* 15, farmer, b. England. Attended school. [* Predicted to be William H. Midgley snr. born 1835.]
William Holms 2, b. Ohio.
James located a family from the UK marriages for 3 January 1829 that appears to match this family:
Spouses name, Ann Dobson, age 26, York, England
Also: Jonathan Midgeley, , Event Date 08 Jan 1829, Event Place: Spofforth, Yorkshire, England
This suggests that either Ann or Jonathan or both were from the parish of Spofforth near Knaresborough.
Jonathan and Ann appear to have had up to five children:
1. Ch: 08 Nov 1829, Knaresborough-RC, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.
b: 13 Oct 1829, Father: Jonathon Midgley, Mother: Ann
2. Elizabeth Ch: 21 Nov 1830 Knaresborough-RC, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.
b: 13 Oct 1830, Father: Jonathon Midgley, Mother: Ann
3. John No record found in UK Births and Christenings but from 1850 U.S. census predicted to have been born about 1832.
4. William Ch: 20 Sep 1835, Knaresborough-RC, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.
b: 08 Apr 1835,. Father: John Midgeley, Mother: Ann.
5. Mary Ann Ch: 20 Sep 1835, Knaresborough-RC, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England.
b: 18 Dec 1835,. Father: John Midgeley, Mother: Ann.
See 'Find A Grave' for William H. Midgley which gives his birth, perhaps erroneously as 8 May 1834 rather than 8 April 1835.
Subsequent U.S. census' indicate William was born in 1835.
Contact: James Midgley
In 1688/9 a William Batty purchased Low Winsley estate from a Midgley family. [Speight, Nidderdale, 1906, p. 410.] Today this is located as a farm on the north bank of the River Nidd near Hardcastle Garth, Birstwith.