Monday, May 19, 2008

Ascough connections??

Thanks to Steve Ascough for the above images.

The 3 asses carved on the church pew and in the stained glass are from the Ainscough/Ascough coat of arms.

I look forward to finding out more about the Ascough connection to the Ainscough family that Steve Ascough mentions here......
On 19 May 2008, at 17:33,Steve Ascough( wrote:
Good afternoon Barbara,
I have been tracing my family history for the last three years and have accumulated a wealth of information. You are more than welcome to anything I have, though I am sure that some of it will already be known to you.
Specifically, I have kept mainly to the Ascough spelling ( for obvious reasons). My family centred around lower Wensleydale until the industrial revolution when my GG grandfather moved into industrial West Yorkshire.
I have found direct links back to 1770 and more tenuous, but certainly connected, links back to the Wars of the Roses.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Steve Ascough

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Darrell Ainscough climbs Everest!

Craig Ainscough ( from Vancouver has brought the following to my attention....good luck Darrell!
"Dear Barbara, an Ainscough is in the process of climbing Mount Everest. His name is Darrell. His father and my father were cousins. Although he lives in this area Ive never met him, infact I didnt know anything about him until I saw a photo in the newspaper."
Manisha Krishnan, North Shore News -Published: Friday, March 28, 2008
A 10-year North Shore Canada Post worker is on his way to the top of Mount Everest, armed with the signatures of dozens of supporters of Sage Transition House.
Darrell Ainscough, a 54-year-old letter carrier at the Capilano Delivery Centre, has climbed six of the seven highest summits in the world. Everest is the only one he's left to conquer.
"It takes you to different parts of the world so it's a focus for your travel. Once you've done the climb you can kind of relax and explore the culture in area the around the climb," he said.
For the full story visit:

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Utah- Vancouver Ainscough

Craig Ainscough ( has been in touch from Utah and is wondering if anybody can help him trace his ancestry back to the UK, probably Lancashire origins. He says; "My 'herd' of Ainscoughs came North to Canada from Utah. My father and I were both born in Southern Alberta and I now live in Vancouver."
He thinks it was his GG grandfather William who made the journey to Utah in the mid 1800's. If anybody has any suggestions as to how he might go about finding immigration lists or you recognise a similarity in your own family tree please contact him and cc me into the email- Im curious!

On 7 May 2008, at 14:44, craig ainscough ( wrote:
Dear Barbara - hello from Vancouver, Canada. I came across your "ainscough" website (very nicely done, if i might add) and I ended up going through some old papers and family trees.
I remember as a child, being told our family comes from Lancashire, but there was a large gap between there and here. Many Ainscoughs are named william, wives dying in childbirth, they remarry and, of course, they seemed to have so many children, it's difficult to track. This is what I have-perhaps you can tell me more?

-Craig Ainscough (thats me) born Fort Macleod, Alberta 1947
-Reed (my father) born Cardston, Alberta 1918
-William George (my grandfather) born Smithfield, Utah 1885
-William Thomas (my great grandfather) born Big Cottonwood, Utah 1854

.....and William Thomas' father was another William and that is where my information stops. what do you think?
craig ainscough

On 7 May 2008, at 19:20, barbara ainscough wrote:
Hi Craig
Thanks for getting in touch.
Sorry - I have no idea!!! it would help if you had at least one ancestor you could trace back to the UK......that way we can access census detail but I wouldn't know where to start in Utah. Have you tried checking immigration records - they would be able to tell you who emigrated when. Once we have the UK link then we can start to check census detail at this end which lists parents and siblings and is so much easier to work back from.

I will put this on my blog and see if anybody else recognises the link - there are 1 or 2 Ainscoughs who have contacted me that have come up against a blank wall - maybe they fit into your line. Do you have any old photos or even one of yourself that I could post with this item?
The other thing you might try is Mike Ainscoughs website but I guess you have tried this already??

On 7 May 2008, at 19:42, craig ainscough wrote:
To be honest....without any details, I was told the ainscoughs migrated from Pennsylvania to Utah.......
It was interesting reading all your relatives war records. My grandfather was a captain in the Canadian Armys 13th overseas mounted rifles during WW1 and was instrumental in formation of that unit. Up until recently, I had his dress sword, scabbord and belt. My children had never shown interest in that sort of thing, so I donated it to a military museum in Calgary.
My father was a Captain in a field artillery regiment, went to England and was in France on D-Day plus 2. After wars end, he stayed in the militia (britains version of the "territorial" army) and retired as a lieutenant-colonel of the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment (tanks)
I am an artist. I worked in the advertising and marketing depts. of newspapers and retired two years ago. I also freelanced for "road&track," an international automotive magazine published in the US (hence my "carguy" hotmail address) my wife was English, born North of London and raised in Tunbridge Wells, died about 7 years ago.
Thanks again for all your help.

Anthony Ainscough Brown wrote:
Was pleased to hear from you via barbara. It is hard for us to advise you.
You really need to find details of the birth of William and details of his parents etc until you find an ancestor born in England. Hopefully in Lancashire, then search the immigration records , and then search for a birth/baptismal record, which could lead to his English ancestors, which we can check to see if he fits in one of our
family trees.
You could seek help from a member of a Utah family history society to help in your search in that State.
Good Luck
Anthony Ainscough Brown (a first cousin once removed to Barbara).

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Thomas (1898-1974) & Mamie (Mitchell) (1897-1971) Ainscough

Great to hear from Mark Ainscough in South Fremantle, Western Australia - Ive been waiting for them to get in touch for sometime! Mark and Ruth are my 2nd cousins but I know nothing about them or their families apart from the fact that they existed and were in the tree that Tony Brown passed on.....Im hoping I will find out more soon though... Marks grandfather Thomas Ainscough was one of my grandfather's older brothers. if you click on the wedding photo it will take you to my Flickr where you can read a description and find out who they all were.
Thomas AINSCOUGH m 1925
On 4 May 2008, at 10:05, Mark Ainscough ( wrote:
Dear Barbara, I cannot explain how excited we were to see your Blog.
As it happened Cathy and I were in Denmark (West Aust) with my parents (Terence and Mabel) and my Sister (Ruth) when I received an email from my son's (Chris) wife Jesse. Her email was all about your Blog! We are now going to dig through the archives and find any photos we can of Dad as a child and his family. He recalls well, the photo you have of his parents getting married. It was always on display in his Mum and Dad's home (Thomas and Mamie).
Well done Barbara, I will Scan some photos and send them to you when I am back in Fremantle (work).
In brief, we lived in Rainow Near Macclesfield, Cheshire until 1966. Dad was offered a contract with Australian Commonwealth and we have been (apart from some holidays back in in England) in Australia ever since.
Talk more soon. Attached is a photo taken of us on Rottnest Island WA 2002.
This is going to be fun.......
Mark Ainscough

Relationship is as follows:
5. Henry Ainscough (1868-1912) m 28th September 1895 Catherine Farley (1872 - 1951) FATHER
4.0 Thomas Ainscough (11 June 1898-2 October 1974) (grandad) m Mamie MITCHELL (6 Sept 1897-12 April 1971) BROTHER of Norbert (my grandad)
3.0 Terence Ainscough (1 Nov 1927-) 1st COUSIN of Peter (my father)m Mabel Potts
2.0 Ruth Ainscough (28 Dec 1960-) and Mark Ainscough(5 July 1956- brother and sister) 2nd COUSIN

5. Henry Ainscough (1868-1912) m 28th September 1895 Catherine Farley (1872 - 1951) FATHER
4. Norbert Ainscough (1903 - 1991) m 31st March 1934 Freda Faulkner (1910 -1993?) BROTHER
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle - 1st COUSIN
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH - 2nd COUSIN

On 20 May 2008, at 07:25, Anthony Brown wrote:
Hi all glad to hear from you
I remember you from when you lived in Melbourne, before moving west .
My grandmother Catherine Ainscough nee Farley was widowed in 1912, and married William Henry Seymour , nicknamed POP in 1924 (registered in June Q 1924 8d 693.
I remember him as My mother and my brother Kevin & sister Margaret and myself stayed with them for some months when we visited England in 1937.
Anthony Brown