SMITH OF MIDGLEY
A significant amount of information on this Smith family is provided by the 1605 will of Richard Smith (“late of Midgley and nowe of kirkstall”), along with the 1608 will of his granddaughter Priscilla Banister, which mentions several of her aunts and uncles.
Before residing at Midgley, Richard seems to have lived at Warley, which is given as his residence at the baptism of his daughter Ruth in 1561. He may be the Richard, son of Edmund Smith of Warley, who was baptised at Halifax on 30 January 1541/42, although the commonness of the name makes it difficult to establish further details.
Another clue in Richard Smith’s will is that he leaves an annuity to his “Cozin Jennett, wiefe of Robert Craven late of Warley deceased”. Also mentioned are “my Cosin John Smith of Ovenden” and “my Cozin Robert Smithe”.
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Children of Smith:
2 i RICHARD SMITH (bur 1607); m(1) ; m(2) ALICE SPEIGHT.
ii MARGARET SMITH; m 3 Jul 1564, Halifax, Yorkshire, EDMUND MAWDE.
2 RICHARD SMITH of Midgley and Kirkstall was buried on 21 April 1607 at St Peter, Leeds. He married first, , who was buried on 16 August 1587 at Halifax. He married second, on 11 January 1587/88 at Halifax, ALICE SPEIGHT.
Children of Richard Smith:
ii BATHSHEBA SMITH; m 6 Dec 1585, Halifax, MARTIN LONGBOTHAM.
 Halifax parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com): “Ux Ric Smythe de mydgley”. She may be the Agnes Fernside who married Richard Smith at Halifax on 6 Oct 1560. However, more than one possible Richard Smith was in the area at the time.
 Halifax parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The will of Richard Smith mentions “Alice nowe my wiefe” and refers to indentures made before their marriage between Alice on the one part and Henry Banister and Judith, Richard’s late daughter, on the other part.