2. The origins of one Midgley branch of South Africa emanate from Hainworth,
near Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire1.
The earliest confirmed record is John Midgley*, farmer and weaver of Hainworth. He married Ann(e) Holmes of Harwood Hill and Slack on 30th July 1759. They had seven children:
Joseph(1) who died in infancy
Nathan b.1762, died 1788.
Joseph(2) b. 1766, died 22nd January 1847.
Sally b. 1768.
Holmes(1) who died in infancy.
Holmes Midgley (2) born 1776 died 1850.
Holmes married by banns in the Keighley Parish Register, Martha
(Rhodes?) Greenwood, born 1784 died 1855, both are buried at St.
Martha was the eldest of six daughters born to William Greenwood, farmer of Hainworth.
Holmes and Martha had six children:
William born 1815, died 1890, a butcher of "Wood Bottom", Hainworth.
Anne married Harwood of Bradford.
Grace who entered the weaving trade died at the age of 24, spinster.
Greenwood born 1824 died 1895, a stonemason and later the Master of Keighley Workhouse.
Betty, a factory girl married Dobson of "Kathan", Knaresborough.
John died at the age of 16.
Greenwood, born 1817 died 1895, married Martha Dilks.
William married Martha Jowitt/Jowett of Keighley, born 1824, died
They had six children :
Samuel, the eldest, born 1843, died 1908.
Mary married Greenwood.
Martha Ann, married Riley.
Grace married Whitehead.
Sarah Maria, married Walker.
Fanny, married Wignall.
Samuel married Priscilla Greenwood Jacques, born 1841, died 1913. Priscilla was the great-grandaughter of Col. Henry Jacques a refugee of the French Revolution. Samuel and Priscilla had six children:
Franklin born 9th July 1870 at Keighley, died June 1961 in South
Africa, he became a court reporter and Sports Editor in South Africa.
Percy who became a butcher.
Franklin married Ada Foulds, (1878-1968) of South Africa on 13th
They had a number of children including John Franklin Midgley, the author of Midgleyana, known as "Jack" to his family2.
|Franklin Midgley's Cricket Bowling Machine
patented in 1906.
See European Patent Data Base
This John Midgley may be:
i) The John Midgley ch. 27th May 1731 of William Midgley, yeoman of Oldfield, whose eldest son Joseph (1724-1765) inherited the manor of Haworth from his cousin David. There is some credence to this as Joseph (b.1724) also had a son Nathan (died 1835).
ii) John the second child ch. 30th April 1735 of nine children to John Midgley, ch. 28th June 1702 and Mary Hodgson, married 27th December 1731. This John Midgley was the eldest of the children born to John Midgley (marr. 20th July 1701) and Ann Holmes (bur. 16th August 1731).
iii) John the third child ch. 21st January 1736-7 of seven children born to William Midgley ch. 3rd March 1705-6 and Isabell Waters. William was the second child of seven children also born of Joseph Midgley and Mary Holmes, married 29th October 1701.
From these possibilities John Franklin Midgley presumes that either Ann Holmes or Mary Holmes was the great grandmother of Holmes Midgley.
See chapters 11 to 14 from Midgleyana relating to the South African Branches of Midgley.
Recipients of the South Africa 1853 Medal
Benjamin Midgley, Lieutenant/Adjutant, 27th Regiment
James Midgley, Sergeant, Royal Artillery
William Midgley, Private, 45th Regiment
2. Ian Midgley of South
Africa [Franklin Midgley's great grandson].
3. Green type-
from John Midgley of Sandwich, U.K.
4. Prof. Rob Midgley is from another branch of the family in South Africa he is a lawyer in the faculty of Law at Rhodes University and holds a copy of Midgleyana.
5. Caroline Watkins formerly of South Africa is related to Sarah Maria who married Thomas Walker Midgley in the U.K and also Ada (nee Foulds) and Franklin Midgley who married in South Africa. Ada's sister Lily Albert Walker in S.A.
6. Brigid Brien also has Midgley
connections in South Africa.