Milham Hartley

4th Dec 1771 - 30th May 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Born 1771 at Whitehaven, son of Thomas Hartley. Milham Hartley, of Rose Hill, High Sheriff of Cumberland 1818, married Mary [Lewthwaite] of Broadgate, Millom, at Whitehaven 1799. The couple had 7 children, all baptised Whitehaven St Nicholas: John (1800-45); Mary Ann (b. 1802), married Anthony Benn 1842; Milham (b. 1805); Isabella (1806); George (1808); Gilfred William (1810-74), married Margaret Randleson, daughter of a banker in the Whitehaven Joint Stock Bank; Isabella believed to have died by 1839 as not mentioned in her father's will.

  2. Milham Hartley was one of the founders of the Joint Stock Bank of Whitehaven in 1818, originally Hartley’s Bank founded 1786 by his father Thomas. Milham's principal business was the Ropery at Corkickle/Coach Road, Whitehaven. The family had connections to the Armitsteads, a prominent local family. Richard Armitstead Jnr was a solicitor who operated in Jamaica at the beginning of his career.

  3. Death of Milham Hartley registered Q2 1839 at Whitehaven and buried at Moresby. At death he left around £30,000 in cash and stocks, together with various property.


  1. John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours (4 vols., London, Henry Colburn, 1835-1838), vol. 4, p. 95; YDLEW Collection: papers of Lewthwaite family of Broadgate, Thwaites, Millom, held at Whitehaven Records Office:; Parish Registers of Whitehaven St Nicholas and Moresby St Bridget, WRO; Cumberland Pacquet, 4/6/1839.

  2. Whitehaven News, 3/9/1874; British Cheque Collector’s Society Journal November 2000, p.33. Fully sourced e-mail from Stuart Nicholson based on archival research carried out by himself and Tim Cockerill, 2/8/2015.

  3. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; Will of Milham Hartley senior, WRO/DBH/24/32/3.

We are grateful to Stuart Nicholson for his help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William Hartley
Mary Lewthwaite
John, Milham, George, Gilfrid-William (1810-), Mary-Ann, Isabella, Margaret

Associated Claims (5)

£2,379 4S 0D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,755 9S 9D
£3,914 2S 6D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£5,576 12S 6D
£8,741 7S 8D

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Registered simply on behalf of Adam Cliff with Thomas and Milham Hartley in 1829, but in 1832 registered for Thomas and Milham Hartley and Adam Cliff as mortgagee-in-possession; subsequently the three men were co-awardees of the compensation.


Acquired enslaved people from this group.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Hartleys & Co.
Other partner

Relationships (1)


Addresses (1)

Rosehill, Whitehaven, Cumberland, Northern England, England