Sunday, December 17, 2006

AINSCOUGH pronunciation??

So we've all had to deal with those tricky situations in our past, trying to explain that Ainscough is pronounced "co" and not "cough", such a complicated word blend is "ough".......I found this on the web and kind of liked it!
The use of ough in the spelling of the surname is not much help to a reader trying to pronounce it. To quote Fowler:

"9. OUGH This combination of letters has deservedly become the classic example of the notorious inconsequence of English spelling. There are nine different ways of saying it . . ."—and a tenth if you include hiccough. H. W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, under "pronunciation."
Rick Sutcliffe, on his web page Opundo, under "English pronouncements," comes up with twenty ways to pronounce ough, augh, or eugh:

"The combination 'ough' can be pronounced in fourteen different ways.
1. awe: thought, bought, fought, brought, ought, sought, nought, wrought
2. uff: enough, rough, tough, slough, Clough, chough
3. ooh: through, slough
4. oh: though, although, dough, doughnut, brougham, Ough, furlough, Greenough, thorough
5. off: cough, trough
6. ow: bough, plough, sough
7. ou: drought, doughty, Stoughton
8. uh: Scarborough, borough, thorough (alt), thoroughbred, Macdonough, Poughkeepsie
9. up: hiccoughed
10. oth: trough (alt)
11. ock: lough, hough
12. oc[h] (aspirated): lough
13. ahf: Gough
14. og: Coughlin (also #5)

"The following sentence contains them all:
Rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman John Gough strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough on Coughlin road near the lough (dry due to drought), he coughed and hiccoughed, then checked his horse's houghs and washed up in a trough.

Note: Loughborough is #2, followed by #8
For an amusing poem, see English pronunciation—The Chaos, and word search for ough. On this page is this sentence:
"12 Ways to pronounce -ough. (From an English newspaper in the 1940s—adapted:

A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman, called Ayscough (pronounced Askew), slapped his horse on the hough (hock) as he rode through the streets of Willsborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully, while the wind was soughing (Oxford Dictionary 'sooching') through the lough."

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Ainscough (Mary) Kathleen
James Farley - 1881 Census

Henry Ainscough m 1895 Catherine Farley
(my Great grandmother)
Born 20th September 1872 – died 14th December 1951

Coat of arms image taken from:

Baptised 29 September 1872 as Catherina Farrelly daughter of Jacobi & Maria Farrelly (nee Morris) at Our Lady & St. Joseph RC Church, Seacombe, Cheshire. Godfather John Farrelly, Godmother Joanna McCormick

Catherine was the mother of Norbert Ainscough (my grandad). She married Henry Ainscough in 1895. Her family migrated from North Dublin, Ireland (1864-1867?) to Seacombe, Cheshire and then Birkenhead Liverpool, where Catherine was born. Presumably this was due to her father Jacobi Farley in search of employment.
Catherine lived with her 1st husband Henry Ainscough in the Station Master’s house at Dean Lane, Moston where Henry worked as station-master. Census detail suggests that this was from about 1900 to Henry’s early death at the age of 44 in 1912. He died young of pneumonia. On his death, the family had to move, the cost of living in a tied accommodation. Catherine (Farley) remarried Pop Henry Seymour (2nd husband) - see images above and in Flickr group:

Information provided by Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin) & Anthony Brown (Aus)
PARENTS of Catherine Farley
James Farley 1834- 27th June 1897 m Mary Morris 1836 - July 5th 1900

30 Mar 1864 - at 9 Boot Lane, North Dublin at time of birth of son John
1864-67 - migrated to England
15 May 1867 - Shipbuilding labourer of Poolton-cum-Seacombe at birth of son James.
27 Dec 1869 - General labourer living at Poolton cum Seacombe at time of birth of son Thomas
2 Apr 1871 - 36yrs Mar. Laborer in Ironworks - Born Ireland. Seacombe Bld Wallasley Cheshire
20 Sep 1872 - Labourer in Shipyard, living at Seacombe Buildings, Poolton Cres, Wallasley, Seacombe, Cheshire (birth of dau Catherine)
14 Aug 1875 - at 4 Seacombe Building, Poolton-cum-Seacombe, Shipbuilder at birth of daughter Margaret.
2 Apr 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead Cheshire Head M 45 M Sawyer (Unemp) bn Ireland
31 Mar 1891 census? - (tried Birkenhead & 78 St. James Sq Salford) but not in area
28 Sept 1895 - Joiner Journeyman 78 St. James St. Salford, (Marr of dau Catherine)
27 June 1897 - died at 78 St. James Street Salford, Lancashire, England
June Q 1897 - death registered as Salford 8d 145 age 59yrs
1 July 1897 - buried at Weaste Cemetery Salford Grave 615 plotA9
11 Feb 1899 - shown as Joiner (journeyman) (deceased) on marriage certificate of dau Margaret to Thomas Murphy of 59 Monmouth Street Salford.
1920's Draper shop in Salford (from Harry Ainscough) But Bernadette disagrees said shop was run by Catherine Ainscough.
Sawyer - unemployed in 1881

30 Mar 1864 - gave birth to son John at Lying in Hospital, Britain Street, Nth Dublin
1864-67 - migrated to England
15 June 1867 - at Poolton cum Seacombe when informant of birth of son James
27 Dec 1869 - at Poolton cum Seacombe when informant of birth of son Thomas
2 Apr 1871 Mar - 34yrs Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire born Ireland .
20 Sep 1872 - Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire, birth of daughter Catherine
14 Aug 1875 - 4 Seacombe Buildings Wallasley Cheshire, birth of daughter Margaret Ellen
3 Apr 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead Cheshire Wife M 44 F bn Ireland
31 Mar 1891 census?? - Possibly Salford
28 Sept 1895 - at 78 St. James Street Salford at marriage of dau Catherine to Henry Ainscough
11 February - 1899 at 59 Monmouth Street Salford at Marriage of dau Margaret to Thomas Murphy
5 July 1900 - at 27 Ariel St. Pendleton, Salford at time of death.
Sept Q 1900 - death registered Salford 8d 4
9 July 1900 - buried at Weaste Cemetery, Salford Grave 615 plotA9

SIBLINGS of Catherine Farley
Mary Farley – 1857- unknown
John Farley – 30th March 1864 – 27th May 1896
James Farley – 15th June 1867 - ?
Thomas Farley – 27th December 1869 – after 1920
Margaret Farley – 14th August 1875 – about 1967

John Maurice Ainscough – 1896-1975 m Mary Ellen Williams 1892-1976
Thomas Ainscough -1898-1974 m Mamie Mitchell 1897 - 1971
George Alfred Ainscough – 1890-1890 died as a baby
Bernard Ainscough – 1899-1978 m Edith Smith
Margaret Mary Ainscough – 1901-1983 (Australia) m Harold Brown 1893-1976
James Norbert Ainscough -1903-1991 m Catherine Farley 1872-1951
Mary Kathleen Ainscough -1904-1982 (Australia) m Jim Seymour 1900-1972
Harry Kevin Ainscough - 1912-1998 (Melbourne, Australia) m Helen Cockin 1913-living

On 1 Aug 2007, at 08:51, Jonathan Hopper wrote:
Tony...I have a record of another potential child of Catherine and Henry
George Alfred Ainscough born and died in 1890, Chorley...
Born Jan-Mar 1890
Died Jul-Sep 1890
Is this news to you? We would need to send off for the certificates to be sure.


ADDITIONAL NOTES: Catherine Farley
Dec Q 1872 - birth Birkenhead 8a 503
29 Sep 1872 - baptised as Catherina Farrelly dau of Jacobi & Maria Farrelly (nee Morris) at Our Lady & St. Joseph Seacombe, Godfather John Farrelly, Godmother Joanna McCormick
3 April 1881 - 10 St. Mary's Avenue Birkenhead U 8 dau scholar bn Seacombe, Cheshire England.
31 Mar 1891 census?? - try Salford??
28 Sept 1895 - 23yrs, 78 St. James Street. Salford marriage to Henry Ainscough
21 Aug 1896 - at 11 Fielden St. Chorley (birth of son John Maurice)
6 July 1900 - at 207 Huddersfield Road, New Hey when informant of death of her mother Mary Farley
31 Mar 1901 - 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester 27yrs bn Birkenhead CHS
1 Jun 1901 - 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester birth of dau Margaret Mary
2 Apr 1911 census- check Dean Lane Newton Heath??
10 Oct 1912 52 Dean Lane, Newton Heath, North Manchester
June Q 1924 - married Prestwick 8d 693 to Henry Seymour
23 May 1925 - 20 Richmond St Newton Heath Nth M/c
8 June 1935 - 154 Church St. Newton Heath M/c nth
1937 @ 897 Kingsway, East Didsbury M/c M20 5PB
14 Dec 1951 - 78yrs died at 24 Elmsmere Road (home of Harry & Helen Ainscough) Didsbury
18 Dec1951 - Buried in Moston Cemetery, Manchester. Grave no.761

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ?
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6.Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. *Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

See memorial plaque for Catherine (Farley) Ainscough (20th September 1872 –14th December 1951)
My Great grandmother was buried at Moston cemetery on 18th December 1951 in grave 761 in St. Anthony's RC section. Also buried in that grave 1912 is her first husband Henry Ainscough, and Bernard Ainscough buried 15 Jan 1929, son of Thomas & Mamie Ainscough who was born 28 December 1928.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I found the following chat on a Heanor forum and thought it might be worth makes interesting reading especially since they seem to think that Aiskew is Nordic for Oakwood and not Ash forest....something my father has been telling me for years!!!! what am I to trust on the internet??? Anyway, after reading the book "The Tudor Tapestry" by Derek wilson, I can almost certainly say that this well belonged to the Ayscoughs of Stallingborough & South Kelsey - they had estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

"The Well - posted on: 4/20/2005 3:27:46 PM
On the 1896 Map, a Well is shown situated in the fields beyond the cemetery. The path it lay on, ran from the upper South side of the Cemetery, in a straight line South, to Huftons Coppice. The Well lay half-way between the Cemetery and the Coppice. The name of the Well, is given as - 'Askeu(r?) Sic Well'. Has anyone any enlightenment for such an unusual name for a Well in the then middle of nowhere? Who, or what was 'Askeu(r) Sic'?
REPLY: 4/20/2005 4:54:47 PM
"(Askeu) after putting this name into a search i found it belong to a lancashire family,so it's definitely a surname of sorts. probably some family moving from lancashire to the area to work in mines etc."
REPLY: 4/21/2005 12:45:02 PM
"It's certainly a very unusual name in the respect of a Well. After further research, the following came to light concerning the name. It's similar to the name - Askew, a habitation name, predominently in N.Yorks, meaning, from the old Norse language - Eiki Skogr = Oak Wood. In Medieval English, the name is pronounced - Akeskeugh. So, with Iceboy's surname findings too, the unknown Lancs. Family's root-name would appear to be - Oakwood? The word Sic, is a loose translation from the Medieval German name Siegel, meaning approximately 'Victory'. Making the Well's full name, 'The Victory Well in the Oak Wood', or 'The Oakwood's Victory Well'. Now thereby hangs an interesting untold tale? Shades of the Shipley 'Ulf', the Viking?
REPLY: 4/21/2005 1:58:25 PM
"and i've just found this: Of Boernician origins, Ayscough is the name of an old established Cumb. family descended from Sir Hugh Askew, who received the lands of the convent of Seaton, during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1542. (1)"
Aske, Ascough, Anscough , Ainscow - Local, 'of Aiskew', a township in the parish of Bedale, co. York; v.Askey.
'Anne Askew' (1521-46), protestant, martyr, was the second daughter of Sir William Askew, or Ayscough, knight, who is generally stated to be of South Kelsey, in Lincolnshire,; Dict. Nat. Biog. (v.Askew). As shown above, the orginal form was Aiskew or Ayscough. This by an intrusive n became, in Lancashire, Ainscough and Ainscow. But Askew is the generally adopted form. It was natural that the surname should cross the border from Yorkshire to Lancashire.
1545. John Aiscoughe and Grisella Tuke; Marriage Lic. (Faculty office), p.y
1553. Anthony Twysylton and Alice Askewe: Marriage Lic (London)., 14.
1553. Margaret Askew, of Kirkbye Ireleth, North Lanc., 1570: ibid.
1553. Ellen Ayscough, of Latham, co. Lanc.,
1595. Wills at Chester (1545-1620), p.5.John Askew, of Osmuderley, North Lance.,
1597. Lancashire Will at Richmond, i.8.
1661. Edward Bedell and Barbara Ayscough; Marriage Lic. (Faculty Office), p.55 (4)
William de Aykescoghe 1366 SRLa;
Robert Ascowe 1390 LLB H;
Simon Ascogh 1488 FrY;
John Ascow, William Askew 1488 GildY;
Richard Askoo 1533 FrY;
Amy Askie 1618 Bardsley;
William Ayscough 1675 FrY;
John Ashkey 1674 HTSf. From Aiskew (NRYorks). (7)

REPLY: 4/23/2005 11:48:25 AM
"Robert. -Concerning the names i have given. These come from the book - 'The Oxford Names Companion - The Definitive Guide'. A full reference book to First names, Surnames, Nick-name and Place names, with their original root-meaning in whichever language. I can only repeat as is stated in it.


- see the Bedale entry on Wikipedia - previous "movers and shakers" in the town.......

ASCOUGH is listed......we apparently have a plaque in Bedale to identify the family as one of many "movers and shakers" in the Bedale area. Aiskew of course is an area close to Bedale and we do know that the infamous Ayscough/Askew family from Stallingborough & South Kelsey, Lincolnshire did originally come from Bedale to inherit the Stallingborough estate by marriage (John Ayscough marries in 1463 Margaret Tailboys)
1849: Slaters Directory of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - No mention of RC place of worship in Northallerton but states that there is an R C church at Aiskew.
"Bedale St. Gregory is the parish church in the Church of England in the rural deanery of Wensley within the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. This Gothic church retains some Catholic relics, although invading Puritans during the Civil War had vandalised a few such features. There is a plaque of the previous "movers and shakers" in the town, featuring coats of arms owned by these people and families: Fitz Alan, Stapleton, Grey of Rotherfield, Sheffield, Warren (Earl of Surrey), Brian de Thornhill, Lawrence de Thornhill, Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, Fitz Hugh of Tanfield, John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond, Marmion, Arthur III, Duke of Brittany and Ascough (Aiskew/ Ainscough)."
".......In this north aisle there was also an alabaster monument bearing a Latin inscription to Sir William Ascough, a justice of the King's Bench in the early part of the 15th century. He belonged to a family of yeomen resident at Ascough or Aiskew in this parish, and was the second founder of the Hospital of St. Nicholas, near Richmond.....
....Aiskew, or Ascough as the word was formerly written, gave name to a family of yeomen long resident here. Sir William Ascough, one of the judges of the King's Bench in the early part of the 15th century, was born here. It is related of him, that, discontented with his lot as a yeoman, he left his home secretly and remained hidden from his friends until, by his own industry and talent, he had reached the judicial bench. He was, for some years in the earlier part of his life, master of St. Nicholas' Hospital, near Richmond; we may, therefore, discount this runaway story with the proverbial grain of salt......."

Monday, December 11, 2006

Nancy FISHER, USA - looking for links

And Nancy FISHER from the USA writes asking for information about her husband's side of the Ainscough family.......if anybody recognises any of her family from the email below and can help her with her queries please get in touch:

...I am so grateful you wrote. I have had such a tough time with my husbands ainscough family living here in the US. I had gotten back as far as a Thomas Ainscough born in Lostock, Lancashire, England between 1821-1825, we believe he was married to a Hannah Dickenson b. Great Bolch or Bolton, England
His children were John, Rosette, Mary, Helen "Ellen", Peter, Thomas, William, James Huey and Hannah. Nothing much yet on their spouses except for Peter who married Hannah "Anna" Partington. They are buried in Coalfield, Tennesee; John who married Elizabeth Bramley; Mary who married a John Roscow or Samuel Darbyshire.

Peter Ainscough b. 21 may 1856 Lostock, Lanchashire, England and Hannah Partington b. bet 1856-1858 Possibly in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England were married 10 Jun 1876 iBolton, Le Moors, Lancashire, England, they had a Thomas, John, Ellen, Margaret, Hannah "Anna", Sarah Alice, Peter, Henry, all were born in the States except for Thomas, John and Ellen.
I am hoping more Ainscough decendants start adding to more genealogy sites on the net.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Dean Lane Moston1895Henry Ainscough d.1912
Kathleen, Henry & Norbert Ainscough
young Henry Ainscough
Henry Ainscough m 1895 Catherine Farley
(my G grandfather)

Born 14th July 1868 – died 10th October 1912
Henry was the father of Norbert Ainscough (my grandad). He married Catherine Farley in 1895, her family migrated from Dublin, Ireland, moving to Cheshire and then Liverpool.

Henry lived as station master in the Station Master’s house at Dean Lane, Moston from about 1900 to his early death at the age of 44 in 1912. He died young of pneumonia. On his death, the family had to move, the cost of living in a tied accommodation. Wife Catherine (Farley) remarried Pop Seymour. Henry's occupation, working on the Railways, was something his father Thomas (my GG grandad) had also done and indeed some of his children also went on to do – Bernard and Norbert. However, prior to this the family had always been farmers, Yeoman farmers as far back as the 1600s. I can only assume that the occupation change must have been due to the Industrial Revolution, where the move was away from farming to ndustrialisation.

Thomas Ainscough 1846-1929 m Margaret Barnes 1839-1940

FATHER - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Thomas Ainscough 1846-1929
born ca 1846 at Liverpool but birth cert not found
31 Mar 1851- Town Road Chorley 4yrs b. Lan Liverpool
7 Apr 1861 - Grimbledstons Farm, Alston - age 14yrs, Farmers son b. Liverpool
13 Oct 1866 - age 25yrs - Railway Porter of Longridge Alston at time of marriage
14 Jul 1868 - Railway Guard of 11 Bentinck St. Preston when registered birth of son Henry
2 Apr 1871 - 36 Livesey St Chorley Thomas Ainscough Railway Guard 24yrs bn Liverpooln Lan, England
3 Apr 1881 - 21 Victoria St Chorley Thomas Ainscough Railway Goods Guard M 35 M bn LAN Liverpool
1889 Railway goods guard of 21 Victoria St. Chorley ???? ref
31 Mar 1891 - 8 Victoria St Chorley Lancashire Thomas Ainscough Head M 45 Railway Goods Foreman bn Lan Liverpool
28 Sep 1895 - Foreman Goods Porter 28 Cunliffe St Chorley at marriage of son Henry
31 Mar 1901 - 132 Devonshire Rd. Chorley H M Railway Goods Inspector bn Lancs Liverpool
2 Apr 1911- check census Chorley ?
31 January 1913 - at 41 Gillibrand St Chorley (death of wife}
Sept Q 1929 - death Chorley 8e 455
23 Sep 1929 - Buried at Chorley Cemetery Grave no 218 Section A R.Catholic

MOTHER - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Margaret Barnes 1839-1940
born ca 1840 (Mar 1839-Mar1840) Caton Green Caton Lan but birth cert not found Lancaster district XX 20 Caton s/district
6 June 1841 Caton Green Caton Lan 1year old bn Lancs
31 March 1851 - census?? age 11yrs???
7 April 1861- census?? try Alston ?? 8c
13 Oct 1866 - age 26yrs P L Cotton Weaver of Village Alston at time of marriage
14 July 1868 - at 11 Bentinck st Preston birth of son
2 April 1871 - 36 Livesey St Chorley 31 Guard's Wife b. CatonLan
3 April 1881 - 21 Victoria St Chorley M 41 F Guard's Wife bn Caton Green Lan
31 March 1891 - 8 Victoria St Chorley Lancashire Margaret Ainscough Wife M 51 bn Lan Caton
31 Mar 1901 - 132 Devonshire Rd Chorley W M 60 bn Lancs Catton
2 April 1911 - census? 71yrs ??? - try Chorley
31 Jan 1913 - Lived at 41 Gillibrand St. Chorley at time of death72yrs
4 Feb 1913 - Buried at Chorley Cemetery Grave no 218 Section AR.Catholic

CHILDREN of Henry & Catherine
John Maurice Ainscough – 1896-1975 m Mary Ellen Williams 1892-1976
Thomas Ainscough -1898-1974 m Mamie Mitchell 1897 - 1971
George Alfred Ainscough – 1890-1890 died as a baby
Bernard Ainscough – 1899-1978 m Edith Smith
Margaret Mary Ainscough – 1901-1983 (Australia) m Harold Brown 1893-1976
James Norbert Ainscough -1903-1991 m Catherine Farley 1872-1951
Mary Kathleen Ainscough -1904-1982 (Australia) m Jim Seymour 1900-1972
Harry Kevin Ainscough - 1912-1998 (Melbourne, Australia) m Helen Cockin 1913-living

ADDITIONAL NOTES: provided by Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin)
14 July 1868 - born at 11 Bentinett St, Preston
2 Apr 1871 - Guard's son 36 Livesey St, Chorley 2yrs bn Preston Lane
3 Apr 1881 - Scholar 21 Victoria St, Chorley 13 M bn Preston, Lancs
31 Mar 1891 - 8 Victoria St, Chorley Lancashire, Henry Ainscough son S - 22 Railway Goods clerk bn Lancs Preston
28 Sept 1895 - 27yrs Railway Clerk - 28 Cunliffe St Chorley at time of marriage
21 Aug 1896 - Goods Clerk of 11 Fieldon St. Chorley, Birth of son, Maurice
31 Mar 1901 - 52 Dean lane, North Manchester - Head M 32 TTRly Station Master bn Preston Lancs
16 July 1901 - Railway Stationmaster, 52 Dean Lane, Newton, Prestwick Manchester (birth of daughter Margaret)
2 Apr 1911 census ? - Probably DeanLane?
10 Oct 1912 - died at 52 Dean Lane Newton Heath North Manchester
10th October 1912 - Obituary notice in Manchester Evening News page 4 " The death occurred this morning of Mr. H. Ainscough, stationmaster at the Dean Lane Lancashire and Yorkshire Station, Newton Heath. He had held this position for several years, prior to which he was stationed at Chorley. Mr. Ainscough died from pneumonia after a short illness."

14 October 1912 - Buried at Moston cemetery Manchester, grave no. 761
23 May 1925 - shown as Railway Station Master deceased on marriage certificate of daughter Margaret Mary
8 June 1935 - shown as Railway Station Master on Marriage Certificate of daughter Mary Kathleen

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ?
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6.Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. *Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

See memorial plaque for Henry Ainscough (14 July 1868 - 10 October 1912. My Great grandfather was buried at Moston cemetery on 14 October 1912 in grave 761 in St. Anthony's RC section. Also buried in that grave on 18 December 1951 were his widow Catherine Seymour, previously Ainscough nee Farley (20 September 1872 - 14 December 1951), and Bernard Ainscough buried 15 Jan 1929, son of Thomas & Mamie Ainscough who was born 28 December 1928.

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Fr Anthony Ainscough - Ampleforth
Parbold Church 1984
Mary Ainscough writes:
" I remember Father Anthony well, and liked him very much. He is my dads cousin. If you go back to Hugh 1816-1894 who married Susan Fairclough. One of their many children was my grandfather John (m. Martha T. Whitwell)and his brother Thomas 1865-1927 m Jane Smith - they had 3 children.
Anthony O.S.B., Gerald and Joseph. Many Ainscoughs attended Ampleforth but perhaps none as noteworthy as fr. Anthony !!"

Photo credit EH Stephenson, copyright Ampleforth Abbey Trustees - Kind permission of Fr Anselm Cramer to use on this site.

"I attach the only photo of Fr Anthony which lies within reach at the moment. It was taken on 8 May 1945, while the Housemasters (of which he was one) were celebrating VE Day in the Headmaster's room. History does not relate why Anthony was hogging the fireplace (but there was probably no coal for it)."

Fr Anselm Cramer OSB
Ampleforth Abbey
York YO62 4EN

b. 10 May 1906 – d. 11 Feb 1986
Clothed - 22 Jun 1928
Professed - 26 Jun 1929
Solemn Vows- 8 Dec 1932
Priest - 17 Jul 1938
"Anthony Lawrence Ainscough was born at Woodlands in Parbold on 10 May 1906. He was the third and youngest son of Thomas and Jane Ainscough. When Anthony was about 12 they moved to Lancaster House, the old family home. This brought him even more to the centre of the extended family in the midst of which he grew up. It was an exceptionally secure base in an increasingly insecure world. ..... they have survived in Lancashire longer than elsewhere. ...... It was the Benedictines of Ampleforth who served the Parbold parish in the Church built by the Ainscoughs and that perhaps justified the move to Yorkshire for schooling at Ampleforth. Ampleforth had a further claim to respectability because the community there had been built up from the Ribble valley after 1830 and in Anthony's youth it was still overwhelmingly Lancastrian......He was eight years old when he came to school here. He was the youngest in a school of about 150 boys. It was 1914 - the beginning of the war....."

Details from the Abbey Necrology

1906 10 May born Parbold Lancs
1914-25 edc Ampleforth College
1928 22 Jun Habit at Ampleforth Abbot Matthews
1929 26 Jun Simple Vows " "
1932 26 Jun Renewed Simple Vows " "
1932 8 Dec Solemn Vows " "
1936 Apr Tonsure Minor Orders " "
1936 May Minor Orders " "
1936 19 Jul Subdeacon Bishop Shine
1937 18 Jul Deacon " "
1938 17 Jul Priest " "
1931-35 Oxford St.Benet's Zoology
1938 Sept Gamesmaster
1948 Sept Housemaster - St.Aidan's
1960-75 Prior
1961-63 Junior Master
1975-86 at Ampleforth - 'honorary Prior' style VRev - teaching - later illness and retirement
1986 11 Feb died in York District Hospital
18 Feb Buried at Ampleforth

FUNERAL HOMILY – by Cardinal Basil Hume
...."So l come to the end, sad like you to have lost a good friend, grateful, like you, for so much given by one who was just a thoroughly good and holy monk. Do any of us wish for any other epitaph?".... - Ampleforths Library site - select MORE DATA - EBC History site: look under MONKS & NUNS for surnames, then follow the links

note: Ampleforth college does not have specific open days, but you are welcome to visit- just turn up, or call Hospitality 01439 766889

ANTHONY is my 5th cousin 3 x removed.
12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11.Hugh Ainscough (c1680-1741) m Elizabeth ? (1690-1755)
10. Thomas AISCOUGH(1715-?) m Alice?
9. Hugh AISCOUGH (1745-?) m Mary Smith
8. Richard AINSCOUGH (1770-1849) m Elizabeth (Betty) Livesey (1781-1852)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1816-1894) m Susan Fairclough (1830-1923)
6. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1865-1927) m Jenny Smith
5. Anthony AINSCOUGH O.S.B (10 May 1906 - 11 Feb 1986)

12. Hugh m Ann. no dates.
11. Hugh Ainscough (c1689-?) m Elizabeth ? (1690-1755)
10.James AISCOUGH (1711-1781) m
9. John AISCOUGH (1752-1835) m
8. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1780-1861) m Elizabeth(Betty)Whitehead (1796?-1879)
7. Hugh AINSCOUGH (1822-1882) m Elizabeth (Ellen) Cowley (1826-1886)
6. Thomas AINSCOUGH (1846-1929) m Margaret Barnes (1839?-1913)
5. Henry AINSCOUGH (1868-1912) m Catherine Farley (1872-1951)
4. Norbert AINSCOUGH (1903-1991) m Freda Faulkner (1910-1998)
3. Peter AINSCOUGH m Margaret Nangle
2. Barbara AINSCOUGH
1. Rhiannon AINSCOUGH

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Taken from the book - "Josiah Askew of Edgecombe County" by Alice Ann Askew

"The name Askew, spelled variously: Aiscough, Aiskeughe, Ayscough, Ascur, Askow, Ascogh, Askyou, Askey, Aiskew, Aykescughe, etc. derives from the Norse words "ask skog". The o is pronouced as oo (food) even now in Norway and Sweden—thus Askoog. Old English (Norse) was still spoken in northern England in the time of King John ca 1197 when, according to Burke's LANDED GENTRY, and accepted by all scholars as certain, a tract of land near Viillom covered with ash trees in that time called Askoog (ash forrest) was given to a certain Thurston, later called Thurston de Bosco (from the forest). Perhaps according to advice at the local historical museum in Millom, he, as a Norman or a local also of Norse descent, accompanied the Lord of Miliom when he led men of the area to the Holy Land on the Crusade of William the Lion Hearted and was given the ash forrest by which he became a yeoman ('land owner). At least, when later some Askew men were knighted, they chose to place on their coat of arms a sword held aloft holding an infidel's head. This tract of land was listed by the name Askoog in the Domesday Book, a land census lifted by agents of William the Conqueror in 1085-1086. The name Askew, thus, is a place name. The children descendants or born on the land were called, as customary, Mary of Askoog, John of Askoog, etc., until, since, few people could read or write, the name was annoted variously as heard and finally after centuries, standardized written as Askew. By the fifteen hundreds the members of the Askew family were sparsely scattered over England but were mostly concentrated near its place of origin from Bootle on the coast across the lower Lake Country along Morecombe Bay over to Bedale past Lancashire into Yorkshire. There the name is well known."
And from Wikipedia Norse Mythology page:
"In Norse mythology, the World Tree "Yggdrasil" is commonly held to be an ash tree, and the first man, "Ask", was formed from an ash tree (the first woman was made from alder). Elsewhere in Europe, snakes were said to be repelled by ash leaves or a circle drawn by an ash branch. Irish folklore claims that shadows from an ash tree damage crops. In Cheshire, it is said that ash could be used to cure warts or rickets."
All in all a name to be proud of.....something magical about it!

Jonathon Hopper also adds the following: "Looking at the large scale modern map, in the Mawdesley/ Ormskirk region are the following places:
Blainscough (further east)

So the use of the Scandinavian word for forest - scough was evidently
well established locally..."

Monday, December 04, 2006

ANNE ASKEW (AYSCOUGH) KYME b. 1521 - d. 1546

Sir William Ayscough b. 1497 -d. 1541 of Stallingborough m. Elizabeth Wrottesley.
4.5 Anne (Askew) Ayscough b. 1521 - d.1546 South Kelsey m. Thomas Kyme b. 1517 South Kelsey (JoP)
Anne abandoned her married name of Kyme in 1545, resuming Ayscough.
3.1 William Askew b. 1542 South Kelsey m. Anne Standingstone, Cumbria
4.1 William Jnr Askew b.1580
4.2 John Askew b.1583 Cumbria

Anne was one of the daughters of Sir William AYSCOUGH and it is said that Sir Isaac Newton is directly descended from this family......and now all we need is the final piece in the jigsaw to close what is a rapidly narrowing gap between the information we have about our AISCOUGH/ AYSCOUGH family starting around 1558, living in Mawdesley , the Isaac Newton AISCOUGHs in Ormskirk from around 1585?? (James Ayscough, grandfather of Isacc) and the AYSCOUGHS of Bedale......could there be a link?? Were they related in some way?

I've been looking for the reason why James Ayscough (grandfather of Isaac Newton) was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire when all of the source material clearly shows his family are firmly rooted in South Kelsey, Lincolnshire. Indeed, evidence also suggests that James heads back to Rutland to get married and raise a family. Now I've made the connection that Anne ASKEW (AYSCOUGH) was infact the sister of Sir Edward and Sir Francis and daughter of Sir William of South Kelsey. Anne Ayscough Kyme (Askew) was the only female ever to be tortured on the rack in the Tower of London, where she was tried for her beliefs, and publicly burned tied to a chair on a huge bonfire in July 1546.
Anne was converted to Protestantism when the "new bible" emerged from the continent (Lutheran). Other family members also shared Anne's beliefs despite being so closely linked to the courts of Henry VIII, Sir William was knighted in 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII. His son Edward Ayscough was cup-bearer to Henry VIII and eldest son Sir Francis Ayscough b: ABT 1509, South Kelsey, was Sheriff of Lincoln in 1545, 1549 and 1554.

Clearly the family were experiencing major political & religious conflict from 1540-onwards. Anne was a very proud, witty, outspoken, dedicated believer and a brave young lady . With the uprising of 1536 Lincolnshire must have been an extremely difficult and unsafe environment to raise a family.

OUTLINE of FAMILY & DESCENDANTS: - see Tim Sandbergs database for the links.

0.0 *Sir William Ayscough b. 1422 (Bedale) m 1444 Elizabeth Caythorpe (Argam, Bridlington, East Riding) b. 1424
1.0 **John Ayscough m.1st wife Elinor Tunstall - 1 child and m.2nd wife 1463 Margaret Tailboys b. 1446, Stallingborough a further 4 children - the Ayscoughs only inherited the Stallingborough estate through marriage to the Tailboys......they were originally from Bedale.

CHILDREN of Elinor Tunstall
2.1 Sir Christopher of Ashby m. Elizabeth Allen
CHILDREN of Margaret Tailboys
2.2 *** Sir William Ayscough b.? m. Margery Hildyard, Winestead, East Yorkshire
2.3 Edward
2.4 Elizabeth
2.5 Sir Christopher of Stallingborough
3.0 ****Sir William Ayscough b. 1497 -d. 1541 of Stallingborough was knighted in 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII, m. Elizabeth Wrottesley. They have 5 children and a further 2 children to his 3rd wife, Elizabeth Hutton.
CHILDREN of 1st wife, Elizabeth Wrottesley
4.1 Edward Ayscough was cup-bearer to Henry VIII, d. 1558 buried at Keelby.
4.2 Martha - marriage arranged to THOMAS KYME but she dies before the wedding and so Anne is forced to marry him at 15 yrs old.
4.3 Jane
4.4 *****Sir Francis Ayscough b: ABT 1509 in South Kelsey, m 2nd wife Elizabeth Dighton b: ABT 1513 in Shurton -knighted "at the wining of Boulogne" and was Sheriff of Lincoln in 1545, 1549 and 1554. He had 8 children in the 1st marriage and a further 2 in his 2nd marriage.
4.5 ANNE AYSCOUGH (Askew) Kyme b. 1521- martyr and protestant!!! (tortured and burned d. July 1546 age 25.
CHILDREN OF 3rd wife, Elizabeth Hutton
4.6 Christopher
4.7 Thomas

5.1 ******Sir William AYSCOUGH (son of Sir Francis) b: ABT 1542 -1585, Scrivelsby (Isaac Newton's GreatGreatGrandad??) married Ann CLINTON 1546, Scrivelsby, Lincs.
6. John AYSCOUGH b. 1565 + ? 1546 (GreatGrandad??)

7.1 James AYSCOUGH ( Isaacs Grandad) 1585 m. Margery Blythe
8. Hannah Ayscough (Isaacs mother) b. 1623 Market Overton, Lincs m. (1) Isaac Newton Snr 1606 and (2) Barnabas Smith
9.1 **********Sir Isaac Newton b. 1643

7.1 *******James Snr Ascough b. 1585 Ormskirk m. Margery Blythe (son of John)
....8.1 William Ayscough b. abt 1610 (priest at Burton Coggles)
....8.2 Sarah Ayscough b. abt 1612
....8.3 *********Hannah Ayscough b. abt 1614 (Daughter of James Aiscough & Sir Isaac Newton's mother)
....8.4 James Ayscough Jnr b. abt 1616

Isaac Newton: Sept 4, 2002/

Anne Askew- martyr b. 1521
Anne Askew the Heretic:
"For her religious principles, which she persistently and openly declared, she was committed to to the Tower, subjected to the rack, and burnt at Smithfield 16 July 1546."
- Lincolnshire Pedigrees
"Ann Ayscough was born at South Kelsey in 1521 (?), and the following account is taken from Mary Hays' Female Biography, and compared with many other accounts: - " She received a liberal and learned education, and manifested in early life a predilection for theological studies. Her eldest sister (not mentioned in any pedigree) after having been contracted in marriage to Thomas, afterwards Sir Thomas Kyme of Lincolnshire, died before the nuptials were completed." It does not appear to which branch of the Kyme family Sir Thomas belonged. Thompson suggests that he was one of the Kymes of Friskney, but he did not belong to the elder branch. "Her father, on this event, being unwilling to lose a connection which promised pecuniary advantages, compelled her sister Anne to become the wife of Thomas Kyme, to whom she bore two children. After much study and reading of the holy scriptures, which were at that time withheld from the perusal of the laity, she at length adopted the principles of the reformers. Her husband, disgusted at this, and instigated by the priests, drove her from his house. She then proceeded to London, to the court of Henry VIII where she placed herself under the protection of those who favoured the protestant cause. She was kindly received by many of the ladies at court, and was particularly distinguished by the queen, who favoured secretly the doctrines of the reformers. Her husband, probably still under the influence of the priests, found her out, and the priests accused her to the King, Henry VIII., of dogmatising on the subject of the 'real presence.' (webmaster's note: Anne denied the doctrine of transubstantiation, whereby the Communion bread and wine are converted to the body and blood of Christ. This is why she was burned.) Anne was therefore seized in March 1545, and taken into custody, when she was examined concerning her faith by Christopher Dare, the Lord Mayor. She was detained in prison eleven days, and refused bail. On the 23rd March, a relation succeeded in obtaining her release on bail, and her sureties were Mr. Britagne, her relation (it does not appear how), and Mr. Spilman of Gray's Inn. A short time afterwards she was again apprehended, and summoned before the King's council at Greenwich, when she was again exainined by Wriothesley, the chancellor, and Gardiner, bishop of Winchester. She was then committed to Newgate. From Newgate she was taken to the Tower, where she was tortured on the rack to make her confess her patrons at court, but having refused to give their names, Wriothesley the Chancellor was so enraged that he turned the rack himself, when she fainted. (The beef-eaters at the Tower say that she was the last person tortured there.] She was burnt at Smithfield in the 25th year of her age, on 16th July 1546," or, as Fuller gracefully puts it "she went to heaven in a chariot of fire." Her tutor and two other persons were burnt with her. She is also said to be the last martyr in the reign of Henry VIII. Mary Hays takes her account from Fox's Acts and Monuments of the Church, Hume's Hist. of England, Ballard's Memoirs of British Ladies, Biographheum Femineum, and Gibbon's Pious Ladies. It is curious that she is never mentioned except by her maiden name, "Anne Ayscough," and it is generally spelt Askew, which is incorrect."
- Notes on Visitation of Lincolnshire 1634

"William Askew (also Ayscough) was a prominent landowner who served in the court of Henry VIII. After the death of her mother, Askew and her siblings were raised by their father and stepmother, Elizabeth Hutton Hansard. Most likely Askew was educated at home with her two sisters and four brothers; although it was unusual for girls to be schooled, many wealthy families allowed their daughters to learn from their sons' tutors......."

The following is an email/letter from Lincolnshire Library ( forwarded to me from Louis Meek ( I have included it should any readers want to find out more about Anne Askew or the Ayscough family from Stallingborough. It seems the library are keen to help and answer any email queries as well as provide a photocopying service of any relevant documents should they be requested.

"Dear Mr Meek
Thank you for your recent enquiry. We apologise for our delay in replying. This has been caused by operational difficulties. We have found a family pedigree for the Ayscough Family of Stallingborough and South Kelsey on pages 58-68 of Maddison's Lincolnshire Pedigrees: Vol 1. This book was published by the Harliean Society in 1902. Although this pedigree shows Anne Askew's parents and siblings it does not show her children or any of her possible descendants. In all the books and articles that we hold on Anne Askew we have been unable to find any mention of her children's names or even their sex. Even the Dictionary of National Biography can tell us no more than that she left her children to go "gospelling".

Nor does there seem to be any certainty as to which Thomas Kyme she married. According to Elaine Beilin, in her introduction to the 1996 Oxford University Press version of in The Examinations of Anne Askew, there were two possible Thomas Kymes of Friskney. One was born in 1517 and the other buried in 1590.

Should you wish we can supply you with a photocopy of the Ayscough Family Pedigree. The charge for this would be 30p per A4 sheet plus postage. Please note that all payment must be made in Sterling and that we are unable to accept payment by credit card for orders under £3.00.

We hope that you find the above information of some assistance in your research. Please contact us again if you have any further queries, or require the photocopies.

Yours sincerely

Eleanor Nannestad
Community Librarian - Information"

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Men, Women, and Society in Reformation - Derek Wilson, England" (London: Heinemann, 1972)

Jonathon Hopper writes: "this book is available secondhand from Amazon, have ordered a copy......"
For anybody interested in mediaeval religious and political antics with links to the ASKEW/ AISCOUGH/ AYSCOUGH family it could make some interesting reading, Anne Ayscough (ASKEW) Kyme being a well known martyr. What I find particularly interesting is that Anne is not the devout Catholic that I thought all Ainscoughs had been, infact the entire family were very open minded when fresh teachings (Lutheran) of the Scripture emerged from the continent. Anne in particular openly questioned and disputed the writings and teachings of the Bible, frequently challenging learned persons of the church, much to her husband's (Thomas Kyme)dismay. Anne appears to have been a proud, intelligent, witty & eloquent young lady. Unfortunately, she refused to give up the argument and was arrested 3 times, tortured on the rack in the Tower on the 2nd arrest and then burned at the stake on her final arrest. Although Catherine Parr shared the same thinking as Anne she was not able to nterfere with the arrest because a recent attempt had also been made on her life by Wriothesley, Gardiner and Rich. Anne was young and died aged just 25 years old.


From: Kevan L. Barton <>
There is an interesting book written on many of the aspects you are talking about re the Pilgrimage of Grace, but its views are taken from the Lincolnshire country gentry paradigm. It is NOT a common book, but the best libraries do have it, i.e. the Library of Congress. It was a treasure trove of information for my family history as it speaks much about the Ayscough and Maddison families. You might recall that Anne Ayscough Kyme is a well known, gentry level martyr, complete with torture in the tower in order to implicate Queen Catherine Parr. Anyway, I recommend it as it's a pretty good read as well.

Derek Wilson, "A Tudor Tapestry: Men, Women, and Society in Reformation
England" (London: Heinemann, 1972)

Cheers, Kevan


Never seen this site before has some interesting bits.......such as:

Creator(s): Lancashire Quarter Sessions
PETITIONS - Ormskirk, Easter, 1737. - ref. QSP/1426
FILE - Mawdesley - bastardy of Alice Hatch and James Aiscough, husbandman. - ref. QSP/1426/14 - date: c1737

Creator(s): Lancashire Quarter Sessions
RECOGNIZANCES - Recognizance rolls - ref. QSB/1
FILE - Recognizance Roll: Ormskirk, Easter, 1641 - ref. QSB/1/246 - date: 1641
item: LATHOM & BURSCOUGH -- Thomas Aiscough, husbandman, bastardy on Fleetwood Cowsey - ref. QSB/1/246/23 - date: 1641


writes- somebody may be able to help with this request.........

Image taken from:

"Barbara - I have been looking at your Ainscough web-site with great interest.
I am currently trying to research my line of Ainscough's, I and am wondering if there is a connection with yours. Judging by the names, I think there could be.
My 5*Gt grandfather was Thomas Ainscough (b. 1790, North Meols [Southport]). His parents were Hugh and Jane Ainscough, from N. Meols parish records. Jane Rymer was his second wife as their marriage entry says he was a widower at the time. His first wife was a Betty, maiden name unknown, I cannot find their marriage. Hugh died March 1820, at the age of 79, giving a year of birth of 1740/41. Altogether, he had 9 children, 4 (four!) Thomas'es, Richard, James, William, Margaret and Ellen. In the extended family in general, there are quite a few Hughs, Thomases and Richards.
Considering he named four of his children Thomas, it made me wonder if his father was Thomas(?).

This Hugh did not originate from Southport. It seems he moved there around 1767, already married to Betty. Their first son, Thomas, was christened there in 1768.
When I began to search for other Thomas and Hugh Ainscoughs, I came across the family in Mawdesley, father Hugh, with children Elizabeth, James, Ann, Thomas, Mary and Richard. This then led me to your website.
Do you know of a Hugh Ainscough born around 1740/41, who was possibly married to a Betty/Elizabeth? Could they be connected to the Mawdesley Ainscough family, considering Hugh and Thomas and Richard have continued to be used in the family?
I would welcome anything you know, or think about this hypothesis. I would be happy to share everything I have on my Ainscough family.
Andrew Scarisbrick"

Jonathon Hopper (my 2nd cousin) replies;
In the Gedcom I have an unknown firstname Ainscough, about 1740 birth, between a Thomas (b c 1715) and a Hugh (son - born c 1765). Name of wife unknown... These could be the Hugh/Betty listed below...
This is the link to the Parbold Ainscoughs........
This 'unknown' could be a Hugh......but according to the note below, no son Hugh for the Hugh/Betty definitely possible but needs more information to be convincing.....Parish records might show the marriage for Hugh and Betty - that would show where they originated... The next thing to check would be between say 1758 and 1767... If they were in Croston records then this is a good clue!


REPLY -December 8th 2006

Hi Andrew
Just thinking some more.......see my blog of September 8th: Elizabeth A daughter of John and Margaret marries a Richard Ainscough!!!! & Richard her brother is witness.......which eliminates her marrying her brother at least.
Im not sure who Richards parents were....from our tree I cannot see that he is a 1st cousin, so there must have been another Ainscough family living in Mawdesley - notice the records from Croston though....could this be a Sacrisbrick link??

John AINSCOUGH (1752-1835) m Margaret WORTHINGTON (1751-1835)
John and Margaret are my GGGGG grandparents:
Information provided by: Anthony Brown(, Austrailia
John Ainscough (Mawdesley,1752- Mawdesley,14 June1835) married Margaret Worthington (Lytham, 5 Oct 1751- Mawdesley, Jan1835) on 15 Nov 1775

Marriage: 15 Nov 1775 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
John Ainscough - Husbandman of This Parish
Margt. Worthington - (X), Spinster of This Parish
Witness: William Rutter; James Smith
Married by Licence by: Thos. Lowe A: B
Register: Marriages 1767 - 1789, Page 80, Entry 299
Source: LDS Film 93713

7 children made it to adulthood, there were at least 8 children and probably more.....see information below;
1. Elizabeth - 31 Aug 1776 Croston, Lancashire, England - died Feb 1816
Betty (Elizabeth) Ainscough is not listed on the 1841 and 1851 census. Going back to her father (John A's) will, Betty was deceased before 1835. From the will we do know she had children.
In her father's will of 14 June 1835 it states " one seventh equally among the children of my late daughter Betty Ainscough deceased".

Details about death:
Burial: 4 Feb 1816 St. Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Elizabeth Ainscough
Age: 39
Abode: Mawdesley
Buried by: G. Parkin Curate
LDS Film 93713 Register: Burial 1813 - 1833, Page 33, Entry 262

Elizabeth married Richard Ainscough in 1795 ( A witness was Richard Ainscough, probably her brother.
Marriage: 8 Sep 1795 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Richard Ainscough (Cir 1773-Cir 1842) - (X), Cordwainer of This Parish
Elizabeth Ainscough - (X), Spinster of This Parish
Witness: William Eden; Richard Ainscough
Banns Read: 23 Aug 1795, 2nd: 30 Aug 1795, 3rd: 6 Sep 1795
Married by Banns by: Streynsham Master
Register: Marriages 1789 - 1812, Page 55, Entry 217
Source: LDS Film 93713

2. James - about 1778 - after 1843, marries Jane Sergeant (Abt 1798- ? ) - 4 Sep 1826 - Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire, England *** GGGGgrandad

REPLY - December 12th 06

Hi Barbara.
Thanks for all that info. It will take a little while to collate it. Regarding the Richard Ainscough who married your Elizabeth Ainscough. I have found their baptisms in Rufford Parish Records, viz.
Jane 1795
James 1798
Mary 1800
Margaret 1803
James 1805
Nancy 1808
John 1811

These records are good as they give the father of Elizabeth as John Ainscough. Have you seen these in Croston Parish Records? Richd. Ainscough, born 13/8/1772, chr. 30/8/1772, son of James and Mary Ainscough and Marriage: James Ainscough to Mary Disley, 30/1/1770

Could this be the Richard who married Elizabeth? It seems likely, following the naming of their children. The James in question would be born approx. 1745. I am not sure of any link with the Southport/Scarisbrick line. He can't, as you say, be the brother of John, but could he be a cousin? A son of either Thomas (b. 1715) or Richard (b. 1720)?

When I was looking through the M.I.s of Croston church in Preston records office, I found four graves containing Ainscoughs. (I thought there should have been more, but maybe the older ones were not recorded). These were all of one family (parents and children and one grandson), the father being Hugh Ainscough (b. 1835). Interestingly enough, this Hugh is from my North Meols line, the son of Thomas Ainscough (b. 1806) and Betty, Thomas being the grandson of Hugh Aiscough (d. 1820). Another interesting coincidence (?). Attached are the transcribed Wills I promised.