Todmorden and Heptonstall
lie in Calderdale on a main road over the Pennines from Rochdale through
Littleborough, Todmorden, Heptonstall past Midgley to Halifax.
Glen Midgley is researching William Midgley born about 1827
in Todmorden, son of John born about 1790.* William was a Lancashire
farmer who at one time held five-hundred acres. He married Maria Sagar/Sager
and they lived at Sagar Fold
near Burnley in the late 1800's. They married 3rd November
1846 at St. Mary's Church Clitheroe, Lancashire, her father was Edmund
Sagar.1 * Glen seems to think that Jackie Hendry
has located William's parents as John Midgley and Mary Wadsworth, with
William their son beinmg baptised on the 8th June 1829 at Heptonstall.
There is also a John Midgley who married Susan Fielder on the 30th December
1823 at St. Mary's Church, Todmorden.1
Edward Sagar/Sager==28 April 1816====Mary
William Midgley======3rd Nov. 1846=======Maria
Farmer of Waddington
b. 2nd June 1850
To New Zealand
Contact: Glen Midgley
Text file for Midgley of Todmorden
pedigree of the Midgley's of Rochdale descending from Midgley of
Bottomley Fold near Todmorden, constructed by Martin B. Gillett
with additions. [N.B. the link between William b. 1758 and James b.
c. 1724 is not yet found. William b. 1758 is shown on the I.G.I. as having
a father named William not James, this William was born in 1831 and was
married in Rochdale in 1752.]
1841 CENSUS HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD INDEX OF THE TOWNSHIP OF TODMORDEN AND WALSDEN:
Midgley Francis Stansfield
Kitson Royd 25 cotton
weaver y = born in county b~1816
Midgley Hannah Walsden
General Wood 40 house keeper
Midgley John Stansfield
Kitson Royd 50 farmer
Midgley John Walsden
55 shoe maker n
Midgley Joseph Walsden
Midgley Luke Walsden
24 cotton spinner n
Midgley Martha Langfield
Midgley William Walsden
Inchfield Fold 20
cotton spinner y
Midgley William Langfield
George Street 25
Midgley William Stansfield
Kebcote 40 inn keeper
Midgley William Stansfield
Proud Row 69
GRAVE PLOTS FOR CHRIST CHURCH TODMORDEN:
1 Fair View 30-Mar 1907
James Edward Midgley 74
Longfield Rd 21-Nov 1938
Hannah Mary Midgley Longfield
Rd 25-Jan 1961
MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE BURIAL GROUND AT LUMBUTTS CHAPEL:
C21. G.bk.no. 177.
Marble cross with side stones.
To the memory of Luke Midgley of Hurstly, Kilnhurst Rd. Todmorden
who died March 3 rd 1931 aged 65 years.
Also Alice Ann his wife who died Jan. 20 th 1918 aged 52 years.
Also Alice Agnes his wife who died March 5 th 1929 aged 72 years.
C25. G.bk.no. 184.
Sculpted grit stone lancet with marble side pillars .
In loving memory of Samuel Midgley of Mount Pleasant, Shade, Todmorden.
Born Aug. 6 th 1845 . Died Feb. 28 th 1900.
Thy will be done.
Also of Hannah beloved wife of the above who died Sept. 15 th 1932 aged
82 years .
Also of George H. Stansfield of 1, Strines St. Walsden, nephew of the above
Died Nov. 18 th 1948 aged 68 years .
D5. G.bk.no. 223 and 224.
Lancet and low ledger. Grit stone.
" Not my will but thine be done ".
In loving memory of Benjamin, son of William Henry and Lucetta Midgley
Died Feb.13 th 1905 aged 20 years.
Also Arthur, Eliza and Edwin children of the above interred at Birchcliffe.
Also Private Ernest Midgley, Aged 20 years ,
reported missing in France, May 27 th 1918 , afterwards presumed dead.
Also of Lucetta, wife of Wm. Henry Midgley . Died March 10 th 1936, Aged
79 years .
In loving memory of Ernest son of Amos and Edith Midgley ,138 Halifax Road,
died Feb. 27 th 1927 aged 8 years .
Also of Jack their son Causey West Farm, Lumbutts , died Dec. 19 th 1937
aged 17 years .
Also of Will their son died Sept. 5 th 1940 aged 16 years .
Also an infant.
In loving memory of the aforesaid Amos Midgley died 6 th Jan. 1949 aged
52 years .
Also Edith Emily wife of Amos Midgley died Dec.1 st 1965 aged 69years
O.E. heope or heopa + tun-stall, meaning 'a farmstead where rose-hips
or brambles grow'
In 1253 recorded as Heptonstall. In the 1200's a chapelry was
established by the Norman families Soothill and de Laci at Heptonstall
Township. Until Luddenden Church at Midgley was built, inhabitants had
to travel to Halifax Parish Church even for burials until the 1600's
Heptonstall lies high in Calderdale, a Pennine Pass.This town
was a point where the manor of Wakefield had to be controlled at its
western extremity. It became important in contolling the route over the
Pennines from Lancashire and Cheshire to West Yorkshire. Part of the
town was burnt down during the Civil Wars between the Roundheads and
the Cavaliers, in Charles I's time. Heptonstall Slack and Hebden
Bridge Lanes lie within the township.
In the churchyard are at least five extant gravestones bearing
the surname Midgley but none were found in the older double-sided headstones
which are now laid flat3
Glen Midgley has identified millstone grit headstones for Thomas,
Amos, Lettice and Captain Benjamin Midgley. Jackie Hendrie is also researching
William Midgley born about 1827 in Todmorden who in 1841 lived at Weavers
Square, Heptonstall.2 William and Maria were the parents
of four children:
1. John James Midgley b. 1847 who was heir to his father's farm,
2. Edmund Sagar Midgley was born 1st October 1848 at Waddington,
migrated to New Zealand.
3. Amos Midgley b. 1850, christened 2nd June 1850 at Waddington,
Yorkshire1 Amos married Elizabeth Evans of Birkenhead
and they had six children:
* Annie b. 1880.
* Harry b. 1882.
* Minnie b. 1886.
* Beatrice b. 1888 at Bowden, Cheshire
* Elizabeth b. 1890.
4. Elizabeth Midgley b. 1856.
Contact: Jackie Hendrie
Some Midgley families of Ewood appear to have resided here and moved
into the Colne Valley of Lancashire in the early 1600's, intermarying
with the Hartley's. email contact Patricia
2. 1841 census
3. e-mail comm. Paul Hesketh
4. Todmorden and Walsden
Quakers of Rochdale
© Tim Midgley, 23rd October, 2008 links
revised June 2009.