Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thomas Cowley 1828 - 1912, Mawdesley

Great to have contact from Anne(Cowley) (Metcalfe, Preston, Lancs. Her gggrandad was Thomas Cowley 1828-1912, Mawdesley age 83 who married the 2 Margaret Ainscoughs(cousins). The 2nd Margaret Ainscough was sister to my GGG grandad Hugh Ainscough 1822-1882 m Ellen Cowley (sister of the same Thomas Cowley!)

Just found your website re. the Ainscough family history, I have recently been looking into my ancestry, my maiden name was Cowley & I am the gggrandaughter of Thomas Cowley b 21.12.1828 - d1912 who married 1st wife Margaret Ainscough1 (1825-1872) then in 1874 married 2nd wife, her cousin Margaret Ainscough2 (1836-1918).
Your site mentions:
Thomas married Elizabeth (Betty) Whitehead (1797-1879), Lancs. on 17th May 1819;
CHILDREN of Thomas & Betty
Re Margaret (2nd wife 1836-1918) m Thomas Cowley (1828-?) - Thomas Cowley, my gggrandad died 1912 Aged 83

I'm a novice at this, but managing to trace quite a way back -
my husband & son are keen cricketers and are keen on me to establish a link with Thomas Ainscough, son of Hugh Ainscough b 1817 & Susan b 1831 - Thomas was born at Lancaster House Parbold 23.2.1865-20.11.1927, played for England etc
You mention a cricket website - we used
Do you know who Hugh Ainscough's father was?
Many thanks
Anne Metcalf

On 27 Feb 2008, at 08:18, barbara ainscough wrote:
Hi Ann and welcome cousin!
The 2nd Margaret A wife of Thomas was sister to my GGG grandad Hugh Ainscough (1822-1882) m Ellen Cowley, Royal Oak pub, Alston, Lancs. (who incidentally was sister to Thomas Cowley!!!) Huge crossings over between the 2 families. The 1st Margaret A (1) wife of Thomas C was Margaret A(2)'s cousin as you point out and Margaret A1 was sister to John Ainscough who married Ellen Smith and lived at Rutters farm - John Ainscough's ancestors are the Ainscough Crane Hire and Bill Ainscough property developers ......

I have lots of is all on the blog but when I get a moment I shall be back in touch with precise links and also some family trees - we can trace the Ainscough line back to 1585 so far.... You can also download the trees directly from my blog - the black box on the right.
Sylvia Wilcox ( Australia is very keen to get in touch with other Cowley descendants - she herself is a descendant of Everilda Cowley (another sister of Thomas) and has lots of info. John Cobham, Mawdesley also has several Cowley links in his tree.
There is a link - all be it tenuous but still a link to Thomas 1st class Cricketer from Parbold.......My link is James 1711 - he was brother to Thomas 1716. It is this Thomas from which H&R Ainscough come and the Parbold line - so separated by 300 yrs but I still greet this side of the family as long lost relatives - hope this helps for now.

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