Monday, June 25, 2007

Ann Ainscough b.1853 descendant Richard Harris, Aus

Richard Harris, Perth, Australia
A message from Richard Harris in Perth, Australia ( who hopes to make a trip to England soon.

Ainscough Relationship:

Ann Ainscough (b 1853) was the 3rd daughter of Hugh Ainscough (1822-1882) my GGG Grandad and sister of Thomas Ainscough, my GG grandad (1846-1929).
Henry EARNSHAW (1847-?) m Ann (Annie) AINSCOUGH (1883-?)

There were 9 children of which 3 died as children;
1.1 Helen EARNSHAW -born about 1871 in Longridge, Alston, Lancashire - died on 18 Jun 1950 in Lancashire married John Whalley
1.2 Kate EARNSHAW -born 1876 in Longridge, Alston, Lancashire - died?
1.3 Elizabeth EARNSHAW- born about 1878 in Lancashire - died?
1.4 Maggie B EARNSHAW -born c1879 in Alston, Ribchester, Lancashire - died?
1.5 Ada E B EARNSHAW - born c1880 in Alston, Ribchester, Lancashire - died?
1.6 Louise Gertrude EARNSHAW-born cApr 1883 - died unknown date married William Walsh

Louisa Gertrude was the grandmother of Richard Harris (Aus).

"Hi Barbara
I like your photos - I checked out those on your website - some terrific shots of the countryside and I appreciate the ones of our Ainscough family history – I particularly like the shot of you in the Old Oak Inn – where our ggggrandad Hugh was landlord. I must visit there next time I’m in the UK – hopefully next September.
Attached is my family at my recent birthday – after 50 I’m not counting any more – my wife Liz, daughter Ella and her boyfriend Josh at the back – and son Chris next to Liz.

One of the photos you had was of a cricket team, and I notice you referred to a Thomas Ainscough playing for Lancashire – is that Thomas, Hugh’s son? I remember elsewhere seeing a Thomas Ainscough as a past player for Lancashire, because my granddad Walsh (who married Louisa Earnshaw-Whalley –daughter of Anne Ainscough) was also a good cricketer, who played for Colne in the Lancashire League. I had heard he may have played for Lancashire, but I couldn’t find his name amongst past players – but I did find Thomas Ainscough!! Unfortunately I can’t remember the website, but I’ll see if I can find it again.
Take care and stay in touch.


Just for the record, the Thomas Ainscough, Lancashire cricketer, that Richard is asking about is Thomas of Parbold, a great uncle of Mary & Tony Ainscough.
Hugh & Susan (Fairclough) Ainscough
Thomas A was one of the 12 children of Hugh & Susan (Fairclough) and the family lived at Lancaster House, Parbold. See blog entry Nov. 27th 2006

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dublin Ainscough, Annie -descendant Patrick Morris

Dublin Ainscough Tree
Dublin Ainscough_Annie (Ainsc) b.1895 & James Canning

I received a surprise email, right out of the blue, this afternoon from Patrick Morris ( over in Dublin, Ireland.....Im not sure of any links with our branch yet but when I get a moment shall have a good look to see if there is a possibility. Does anybody else recognise this family? on and let me know.....

1.1 James Ainscough b.1815, Wigan - d.23rd July 1873, Liverpool - married Winifred Rosbottom b.1815, Chorley - d.6th November 1884, Liverpool (wedding 25th August 1834)- Chorley, 1841 census
James and his wife are described as a labourer and a cotton weaver in the 1841 census.

children :
2.1 Henry b.1836, Horwich Chorley - d.10th April 1902, Liverpool m Margaret Calderbank - b.? Lancs.- d. 8th August 1902, Liverpool
2.2 Jeremiah - b. Chorley
2.3 Charles - b. Liverpool

3.1 James (b.1861, Stepney, London - d.1904) m. Mary Ellen Deane (1865-1947)

Great grandchildren

4.1 Henry 1883
4.2 Mary 1886
4.3 Joseph 1887
4.4 Charles 1888
4.5 Margaret 1890
4.6 Annie 1895
4.7 Winifred 1897

"Dear Barbara,
I have been researching my maternal grandmother’s family tree for the last three years. Her name was Annie AINSCOUGH. I have traced the family back to Chorley in Lancashire. James Ainscough, lived with his wife Winifred Rosbottom and their two sons Henry and Jerimiah, at Bengal St, Chorley, Lancashire. This information appears on the 1841 census. The family subsequently moved to Liverpool. Henry Ainscough became a cooper and moved with his brother Charles to London, where they lived in Church Row ,Limehouse, Stepney. They then moved to Dublin to work with the Guinness Brewery, circa 1865.
I have done all my research from Dublin and I wondered if you have come across this Ainscough line in your research? I would love some more information the earliest is a marriage entry in Standish parish (St Wilifred’s C of E) for James and Winifred 28/08/1834. I cannot research further back from that date as I live here in Dublin.
All the family here in Dublin are Roman Catholics.
There is an entry for a James Ainscough son of Henry and Margaret in St John’s RC, Wigan 1/10/1814 which would tie-in with the age profile, but that is all the info I have.

If you have any information no matter how slight, I would be most appreciative.
Your site is fantastic and heartfelt congratulations on it.

Regards and many thanks,

Ps Some of the family moved back to FLINT? Circa 1880’s. I am sure the family must still be there as I get the impression it is a rather small area in Wales!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Cowley burials- Mawdesley RC Churchyard

Thomas Cowley m Margaret Ainscough
Thomas Cowley (d. 1912 age 83) married Margaret Ainscough 1 (d.1872 age 46) & Margaret Ainscough 2 (d.1918 age 82) (my GGGG aunt & cousin of MA1) also Mary Cowley, daughter of the above who died June 28th 1869 age 13.

Thomas E Cowley d.1940
Thomas Edward Cowley d.1940
Thomas Edward Cowley (d.1940 age 79) & Eleanor his wife (d.1937 age 62). Thomas was a son of Thomas C above d. 1912). I believe this Thomas Edward C to be the grandfather of Gerard Swarbrick who draws the Old Mawdesley maps.

Richard Cowley d.1881
This might possibly be Richard Cowley & wife, brother of Ellen & Thomas?

Edward Cowley d.1887
This is likely to be Edward, eldest child & brother of Thomas & Ellen Cowley. The gravestone also mentions Alice Wright who I think maybe Alice Cowley, sister of Edward, Thomas & Ellen, but not absolutely sure because I dont know if she married a Wright.

Sylvia Wilcox, Aus ( is a direct descendant of the Cowleys, her ancestor being Everilda Cowley, one of the many sisters of Ellen Cowley (my GGG grandmother) & Thomas Cowley (my GGGG uncle).
The gravestones above can all be found in St Peter & Pauls RC church, Mawdesley.

There is no doubt that the Ainscough & Cowley families were good friends and neighbours in historic Mawdesley. The relationship between the 2 families can be traced back to the mid 1800’s.
My GGG grandad Hugh Ainscough (b. 1822-1882) married (1843) Ellen (Elizabeth) COWLEY (1824-1895), who on 6 Jun 1841 was recorded as being the family servant (age 15yrs) at Blackmore Grove, Mawdesley, home of William Finch

Thomas Cowley (b 21 Dec 1828, Bispham), married twice, both of his wives were called Margaret Ainscough.

His first wife was Margaret Ainscough (b 1826 - d 1872), daughter of John Ainscough (1794-1872) and Margaret (Wignall, 1797-1866) and cousin of my GGG grandad Hugh Ainscough. Margaret and Hugh shared the same grandparents, John Ainscough (1752-1835) m Margaret Worthington (1751-1835). His second wife was cousin of his first wife and sister of Hugh my GGG grandad - all very complex & intertwined hey?
Ainscough_Cowley tree

From information provided from various sources this is what I know about the Cowley family.
RICHARD COWLEY, Upholland (b.1797-1881) m (17 April 1820) ALICE (SWIFT b.6 Nov 1798?-1879, Wigan)

Richard Cowley 1798 - 1881 & Alice Swift 1798 - 1879 (see image) had at least 9 children, although Sylvia's records indicate 14 children!! they are my 4x Great grandparents

Info. from Sylvia Wilcox:
3.1. Edward Cowley b. abt 1822-1887, Mawdesley (see image)

3.2. Ann Cowley, b. 21 March 1821 and perhaps died before 1851. She is not listed on the census. Then again she may have just been out visiting. 

3.3 * Elizabeth (Ellen) b. 11 Dec 1826- 1886 (my GGG grandmother) 

3.4. *Thomas b. 21 Dec 1828 - 1912, Bispham married twice, both were called Margaret Ainscough – see blog detail Sept 25th 06

3.5. Everilda b. 14 Sept 1830, Bispham married John Southworth 1833, Mawdesley - (descendant Sylvia Wilcox)
3.6. Alice b. 1836-1898, Eccleston married Richard WRIGHT c1825-1885 (see image- descendant John Cobham & Jo Horridge)
3.7. Matilda b. 1838 Eccleston 

3.8. Jemima b. 1840 Eccleston 

3.9. James b 1842 Eccleston - (descendant Margaret Eaton)

And this is a photo of Sylvia with her daughter.....
Sylvia & daughter Carole