Ann Reynolds (email@example.com)has been in touch and writes the following:
I have just been looking on the Ainscough Family History-Mawdesley site and found Edward Ainscough who was married to Dorothy Cowell then to Mary Ann Harrison,this Edward is my greatgrandad Richard's brother,his parents were James Ainscough & Jane Sergant (as spelt on my ggrandad's birth cert) on IGI it is spelt Serjeant, do we have a connection? Look forward to hearing from you. By the way James' son Richard my GGrandad was born 28 Sept 1842 Standish,Wigan. He married Harriet Latham on 9 Feb 1864 in St John's Chapel Wigan and he died 25 Jan 1891 at Rainhill Asylum.
Ann - welcome cousin!
I am pleased to say Ann that there is a connection - we are related all be it very distant! From the records given to me, researched by Anthony Brown, Aus. James & Jane had around 10 children. I have also found their gravestone in St Peter & Paul's RC Churchyard, Mawdesley along with a few of their children & grandchildren - see the images above. However, I have not had time to work out who they all are on the stone but it looks as though we have both James & Jane, their son Richard no.1 (4yrs), daughter Margaret (20yrs), Elizabeth wife1 (24yrs) of John & daughters Jane (3yrs) & Mary Jane (2yrs) and finally James the son of James & Jane (19yrs). You say your great-grandad was Richard, who was probably the youngest of the 10 children and also their second child named Richard, the 1st Richard Ive already mentioned, died at only 4yrs.
The tree outline looks something like this- if you can provide me with further or more accurate detail this would be appreciated.
1.1 James Ainscough (1711-1782) m 1739 Margaret (1717-?) - this is also my link.
2.1 James (1755-aft 1813) m Elizabeth Fletcher
3.8 James(1790-1849) m Jane Sergeant (1798-1858)
* comment from Nancy- James, should be Abt 1795 according to Andy Scarisbrick and the 1841 census, although according to his age at death on the headstone it would be 1790. The 1841 census is rounded down, so 1790 is probably more correct. Or who ever gave the information gave an incorrect age!
Children of James Ainscough and Jane Sergeant
4.4 Edward b.1832 m Dorothy Cowell (1st wife) 1828-1868 – see gravestone Mawdesley 4 children died
2nd wife Mary Ann Harrison 1847
4.8 Richard (Ann's GGrandad) b.28 Sept 1842 Standish,Wigan married Harriet Latham on 9 Feb 1864 in St John's Chapel Wigan- d. 25 Jan 1891 at Rainhill Asylum.
You might find it helpful to download "barbara's_treeblog pdf" from the black box widget on the right to see our relationship. Also there are 2 specific pdf files which focus on this family, "JamesAinscough_1755tree.pdf" & "AinscoughJames.pdf" document to download in the shared box area (on the right). This has lots of evidence to support your tree. We have Andy Scarisbrick to thank - he has recently (2007) put it together so you may like to contact him if you have any queries over evidence etc. Open the file & zoom in to see detail.
And additional census detail from Nancy supports these findings:
On Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at 07:19PM, "nancy"
I find this James and Jane in the following census. Their birth years are in line with the headstone.
1841 Census-Wrightington, Lancashire Road 6 Fairhurst Hall
>James Ainscough 45 Farmer b. Abt 1796
>Jane 40 b. Abt 1801
>John 15 b. Abt 1826
1851 James is deceased
>White Lion, Hallgate, Wigan, Lancashire, England
>Jane Aincongh Head 53 Widow Inn Keeper b. Mawdesley b. Abt 1798
>Mary Aincongh 24 daur b. Mawdesley Dressmaker's assistant
>Edward Aincongh 21 son b. Bispham b. Abt 1831
>Jane Aincongh 19 Dressmaker b. Bispham
>Elizabeth Aincongh 10 b. Bispham Scholar
>Richard Aincongh 8 son b. Standish Scholar