Who are the parents of Philip Middleton?

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Philip was born circa 1842 in Michigan USA.

He moved to England circa 1870 to run the family farm in Surrey, taking over from his uncle William and aunt Sybil, both of whom were widowed and ageing.

He married an English girl Mary Ann Wright in 1874 in London

They ran the farm until Philip's death 1902.

I am trying to trace Philip's parents. His father must have been the brother of William & Sybil. He would have been born between 1790 & 1820 in London and presumably have emigrated to USA.

Any help would be appreciated.
in Genealogy Help by G Ashworth G2G1 (1.2k points)

7 Answers

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Philip Middleton

England and Wales Census, 1881

Name Philip Middleton
Event Type Census
Event Date 1881
Event Place Charlwood, Surrey, England
Registration District Reigate
Gender Male
Age 39
Marital Status (Original) Married
Occupation Farmer 11 Acres
Relationship to Head of Household Nephew
Birth Year (Estimated) 1842
Birthplace Michigan, United States
Page Number 3
Registration Number RG11
Piece/Folio 801/49
Affiliate Record Type Household






Sybil Herlock Head F 87 St James, Middlesex, England
Philip Middleton Nephew M 39 Michigan, United States
Mary Ann Middleton Niece F 30 Charlwood, Surrey, England
William P Middleton Grand Nephew M 1 Charlwood, Surrey, England
Eleanor Parson Servant F 63 Charlwood, Surrey, England
Jane Parson Servant F 57 Charlwood, Surrey, England

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"England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-GXQR : 11 December 2017), Philip Middleton in household of Sybil Herlock, Charlwood, Surrey, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 3, Piece/Folio 801/49, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,404.

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
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Philip was staying with Aunt, Sybil Hurlock nee Middleton.

Sybil was born 17 June 1793 & Christened 26 June 1793, Westminster, Middlesex the daughter of William Middleton & Sybil.


Name: Sybil Middleton
Gender: Female
Christening Age: 0
Birth Date: 17 Jun 1793
Christening Date: 26 Jun 1793
Christening Place: Westminster, London, England
Father: William Middleton
Mother: Sybil Middleton


by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
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Looks like his father was the brother of Sybil Middleton Harlock.  Not much help yet, but she was born on 17 JUNE 1793, chr 26 JUNE 1793 at St. James, Westminster, Middlesex to William and Sybil Middleton.

A sister, Margaret Ann was born 23 AUG 1972 and chr 4 SEP 1792 at the same location.

As for potential father's of Philip, you've got William born in 1794, Charles in 1796 and Thomas in 1802 all at the same location and all to William and Sybil. 

The 1851 census lists the elder Sybil's birth info as c1771 in Withington, Gloucestershire



by Brenda Butler G2G6 Mach 4 (42.3k points)
edited by Brenda Butler
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Sybil Middleton appears to have had three brothers:

William b 1794 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NDWJ-W29)

Charles b 1796 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NRNK-KXX)

Thomas b 1802 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3GW-9ZN)
by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
Many thanks everybody. I knew of Sybil, Charles & William(My wife's Great Great Great Grandfather) and that they all lived on the family farm and that it was unlikely that they had ever lived in the USA. I had no knowledge of another brother (Thomas), therefore he is now the prime person to have been Philip's father. If anybody finds any information supporting that possibility (probably in Michigan), I'd appreciate a heads-up.
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by Brenda Butler G2G6 Mach 4 (42.3k points)
Many thanks Brenda. This has also increased the connections that I knew. I did not know that Sybil's maiden name was Hayward. Philip Middleton named his second son Charles Hayward Middleton. I think that this confirms the family connection.
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William Middleton, a widower, was with sister Sybil & mother Sybil in 1851 in Charlwood, Surrey:

Name: William Middleton
Age: 56
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1795
Relation: Son
Mother's name: Sybil Middleton
Gender: Male
Where born: St James Parish, London, England
Civil Parish: Charlwood
Ecclesiastical parish: Winchester
Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Maps:

View related Ecclesiastical Parish

County/Island: Surrey
Country: England
Street address:
Condition as to marriage:


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Registration district: Reigate
Sub-registration district: Reigate
ED, institution, or vessel: 5b
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 1
Piece: 1599
Page Number: 1
Household Members:
Name Age
Sybil Middleton 80
William Middleton 56
Sybil Hurlock 57
Sarah Ell 65
Ellie Parson 31
Jane Parson 26

What may be interesting, is that this Census information is from Ancestry and I am being drawn to suggested records in Michigan, USA for a William Middleton's death record. I can't open the record as I only have UK content.

by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
According to my information William died in Reigate, Surrey in 1873
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Perhaps of interest: (Pallots Marriage Index)

Name: Sibyl Hayward
Spouse: William Middleton
Marriage Date: 1791
Parish: St. George Hanover Square
by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
Thanks Ron.

What is Pallots Marriage Index and it is freely available to view?
I believe it's available on Ancestry, there may be other sources though.  It's a database of English marriages from 1780 until civil registration began in 1837, and covers all but a couple of churches in London along with a good number of parishes in other counties.

I think there are births too, but a lot of those records were destroyed during the Blitz, so long before digital records were available.

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