Samuel Lindley 1818-1847

Samuel LINDLEY is the father of my 3rd great grandfather Joseph LINDLEY who was born in Gawber, Yorkshire on 17 June 18431. Samuel LINDLEY is the husband of Ann WHITTAKER.

When BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName and Maiden Surname of MotherRank or Profession of FatherInformantWhen Registered
17 June 1843. Gawber in BarughJosephBoySamuel LINDLEYAnn LINDLEY formerly WHITAKERMinerAnn LINDLEY. Mother. Gawber21 July 1843


Samuel LINDLEY was baptised at the Chapelry of Wentworth, Yorkshire on 27 December 1818, the son of Matthew & Selina LINLEY of Elsecar, Yorkshire2.

When BaptisedChild’s Christian NameParents’ NamesAbodeQuality, Trade or Profession
27 December 1818SamuelMatthew & Selina LINLEYElsecarCollier

The Church at Wentworth Village, Yorkshire in the year 1818 is now known as Wentworth, Holy Trinity Old Church and is available for visitors under The Churches Conservation Trust.

Holy Trinity Old Church, Wentworth, Yorkshire. 15 March 2022. Photo: Clare Hopkins

1841 Census

In 1841 Samuel LINDLEY was living at Red Barr, Gawber, Yorkshire3 with his father Matthew and his second wife Ann LINDLEY (nee NICHOLSON)4 whom he married in 1836. Samuel’s father Matthew LINDLEY was a coal miner.

NamesAgeProfession, Trade or EmploymentBorn in the County of Yorkshire?
Matthew LINDLEY50Coal minerYes
Matthew LINDLEY17Yes


Samuel LINDLEY and Ann HAMPSON nee WHITTAKER (a widow) were married on 08 August 1842 at All Saints Church, Darton, Yorkshire5.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
08 August 1842Samuel LINDLEYof Full AgeBachelorMinerGawberMatthew LINDLEYMiner
Ann HAMPSONof Full ageWidowBarnsleyJoseph WHITTAKERBasket maker
Witnesses: Thomas OUTRAM & Isaac OUTRAM


Samuel LINDLEY was tragically killed at 26 years old in an explosion in the Oaks Colliery mine, Ardsley, Yorkshire on 05 March 18476. 2 of his brothers (Isaac and Matthew) were killed in the same explosion.

When DiedName and SurnameSexAgeRank or ProfessionCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
05 March 1847. Oaks Colliery, ArdsleySamuel LINDLEYMale26 yearsCoalminerKilled by an accidental explosion of fire dampG D BARKER. Deputy Coroner, Wakefield31 March 1847

50 of the 73 men who were killed in the colliery explosion were buried at All Saints Church, Darfield, Yorkshire, where the funeral procession was half a mile long; but Samuel LINDLEY and his brothers Matthew and Isaac LINDLEY were buried at All Saints Church, Darton, Yorkshire on 08 March 18477.

NameAbodeWhen BuriedAge
Isaac LINLEYGawber08 March [1847]30
Samuel LINLEYArdsley08 March [1847]28
Matthew LINLEYArdsley08 March [1847]23
All Saints Church, Darton, Yorkshire. 25 March 2022. Photo: Clare Hopkins

The vicar wrote of the burial in the Parish Register: “The above… were of the numbers of the most unfortunate 73 persons who lost their lives in the Oaks Coal Mine at Ardsley on the fifth: Friday last about 3 o’clock in the afternoon”.

More Information regarding the Oaks Colliery Explosion of 1847 can be found at the Northern Mine Research Society’s website

Samuel LINDLEY left his wife Ann, who had now been widowed twice before the age of 31!, and 3 young children: Joseph (born 1843), Mary (born 1845), and Samuel (born 1846).

Family Members:

Wife:Ann WHITTAKER 1816-1889
Son (Direct Ancestor):Joseph LINDLEY 1843-1897
Father:Matthew LINDLEY 1789-1851
Mother:Selina BIRKS 1795-1835

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  1. Births (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 25 January 1877. LINLEY, John. Entry No. 135.
  2. Baptisms (PR) England. Wentworth, Yorkshire. 27 December 1818. LINLEY, Samuel. Yorkshire Baptisms. p. 75. Doncaster Archives. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Darton, Yorkshire. 06 June 1841. LINDLEY, Matthew. PN 1323. Book 5. FN 22. p. 10. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  4. Banns (PR) England. Darton, Yorkshire. 16 May 1836. LINLEY, Matthew and NICHOLSON, Ann. Collection: West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  5. Marriages (CR) England. Darton, Yorkshire. 08 August 1842. LINLEY, Samuel and HAMPSON, Ann. West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935. : accessed 14 May 2021.
  6. Deaths (CR) England. Barnsley, Yorkshire. 05 March 1847. LINDLEY, Samuel. Entry No. 464
  7. Burials (PR) England. Darton, Yorkshire. 08 March 1847. LINLEY, Samuel. Collection: West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985. : accessed 14 May 2021.


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