Friday, March 28, 2008

Nathan Ainscough b.1853, Churchtown, Lancs.

Ainscough - Ramsgate, Thanet
Nathan Ainscough b.1853, Churchtown, Lancs
Nathan (b.1853) & Ellen Ainscough
Richard Thomas Ainscough b.1893

Richard & Nathan Ainscough 1901 census

Andrew Scarisbrick has provded 2 trees which illustrate very simply this family's origins, these can be downloaded from the black box on the right: titles: 1.Ainscough Tree early.PDF and 2. Thomas Ainscough 1825 Tree.PDF

On 27 Mar 2008, at 06:44, Graham Ainscough ( wrote:
Dear Barbara,
My name is Graham Ainscough and I found out about your blog through my sister Valerie.
We are descendents of a Lancashire branch of the family. Our great grandfather Nathan we know very little about except that he was probably born in the 1870s in Lancashire. Our grandfather, Richard Thomas Ainscough, was born in Ormskirk on 24 August 1893 and moved down to Ramsgate in Thanet where he married a London girl, Louisa Davis, and gave birth to my father, Richard Thomas Ainscough on August 10th 1919. He married my mother, Margaret Faulkner from Gloucester in 1944 and my sister and I were born in Ramsgate.
One interesting fact about my grandfather and my father is that they were both railwaymen on the Southern Region. My great grandfather was a farmer, so the occupational development appears to tie in with your observation about male members of the family becoming railwaymen.
In 1967 I moved to Sweden. As far as I know we are the only Ainscoughs living in Sweden. Over the years a vague interest in the origins of our family name has gradually grown, particularly as I am fairly certain they stem from Scandinavia. My father was always convinced there was a “Scandinavian connection” and this encouraged me to look further. As you mention in your blog, the Swedish word for forest is “skog”. You have made the link to “oak wood” whereas I’ve made the link to “juniper forest”, which in Swedish is “enskog” with the “en” pronounced “ain”. This theory is partly supported by the fact that there is a quartet of female singers who come from the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea who call themselves the Ainbusk Singers. Ainbusk translated into English would be “juniper bush”. So the combination of wood/forest/bush and various species to make up family names clearly exists.
The cricket connection is another interesting aspect. My nephew, i.e. Valerie’s son, is the first person to appear on your list of cricketers, i.e. AIRS Ainscough. He has always been interested in and very good at the game and, as the list mentions, has in fact played for Worcestershire 2nd X1. As a teenager in England my summers were completely devoted to cricket. I played for the school team on Saturdays, the local men’s team on Sundays and every other evening of the week was spent in the nets. My father, although not an active player, was also extremely interested in cricket. He was an avid supporter of Kent and umpired quite a few local games in his time.
My biggest regret is that about 20 years ago I turned down the offer from one of my relatives in Southport – I believe from Richard Wareing who was married to Alice Ainscough – to take over the family bible. I was apparently the last male in our branch of the Ainscough family at that time, and they had no use for it themselves. I already owned a family bible (but not my own family’s) and the idea of lugging it over to Sweden was not particularly enticing. If by any chance that bible is still around, I certainly wouldn’t turn the offer down a second time.
My father was convinced about the Scandinavian connection. I’m not sure, but it certainly seems to make sense. And in some way it would be a fitting conclusion. I have always loved living in Sweden. I feel very much at home here, and it would be fascinating to think that of the group of Norsemen who at one time “sacked, raped and pillaged” the inhabitants of Britain one at least has now returned to his origins (I’ve given up the raping and pillaging side but still enjoy a decent bit of sacking every now and then!). If there would be any interest in doing a DNA test on me, I would also be up for it, by the way.
Thank you for your good work on the blog and I look forward to further fascinating revelations.

Graham Ainscough
JNG Ainscough HB
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On 27 Mar 2008, at 08:29, barbara ainscough wrote:
Its lovely to hear from you. When I get time I shall see if I can make a link here back to Ormskirk. This information will really help others - I have a number of Ainscoughs on the blog that cannot link directly with our Mawdesley Ainscough branch - although they originate from very close by - Scarisbrick and Southport. The blog has been a huge help to others tracing their families. Also if you have any census detail, wills, old photos of parents/ grandparents that I could add to the blog - this would be great - pictures add clarity.
Thanks for the cricketer info. - I have often wondered who they all are.
Strangely enough my gran was also a Faulkner!!! (Fathers mother). I shall be adding your translation to Ainscough wikipedia - always good to get alternatives thrown up there.... obviously meaning a wooded area.
Keep in touch.

On 27 Mar 2008, at 09:10, Jonathan Hopper wrote:
Hello Graham...
Here is the census form (see above) for 1901 showing Nathan and Richard... Nathan was born around 1858... in Churchtown, not sure where that is...

On 27 Mar 2008, at 17:04, Andrew Scarisbrick wrote:
Hello Graham, and everyone
Yes, your Richard and Nathan Ainscough come from my branch of the Ainscough family.
Nathan was married to an Ellen Threlfall, and was the son of Thomas Ainscough and Jane Seddon. Churchtown is a small village on the outskirts of Southport, just bordering Scarisbrick, and it is in Churchtown that the old parish church of North Meols is located, where practically all this branch of the Ainscoughs used. I have the records for the earlier generations of this branch of the Ainscoughs from this church.
Attached are a couple of trees showing your Ainscough family, up to Richard b. 1893, which I hope you will find useful. If you have any other questions, do ask me.
Andrew Scarisbrick.

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 04:05PM, "V Ainscough" wrote:
Dear Andy and Barbara,
I am Valerie, sister of Graham, and the one who holds the Ainscough family
records. As Graham said, we are planning to visit in August and would love
to make contact with you.concerning the photos:
the large family group shows Nathan A. born 1856 with Ellen and their
children. Our grandfather (Richard A., not Richard Thomas A.) is on the left in the back row. It was Nathan's sister Margaret born 1840 who married James Scarisbrick.
Nathan had a son Nathan (born 1882) and he is shown with his wife and
daughter in the other picture). According to the records I've found, Nathan and Ellen were living in Crossens in 1891 and at 31 Denmark Rd, in the St Cuthberts area, in 1901. Nathan's father Thomas Ainscough born 1826, married to Jane Seddon, lived in Scarisbrick and farmed 70 acres. I wonder which farm this was?
Thomas Ainscough's father was another Thomas, married to Ann Fairclough, and they were living at 56 Bescar. Thomas was a farmer and bailiff. I was interested to see that one of their children, James Ainscough, was a silk
weaver. From what I gather, our grandfather Richard was sent to Ramsgate in 1915/16
as a radio operator with the King's Liverpool Regiment and he must have met our grandmother at that time. They were married in the Wesleyan Chapel in Ramsgate in March 1917. The only relatives that Graham and I can remember are Dick Wareing who
married Richard's sister Alice A. (born 1890) They are the couple in the
wedding picture; Alice appears in the photo of 'young Nathan' and his wife,
the young girl carrying the rose. We know they had a daughter Pauline - the
one Graham went to stay with. The other ones we know as a couple 'Ted and Rhoda'. Ted is probably Richard's brother in the tree, Edward born 1888. They once lived at 24, Larch Street, Southport. Since Richard had so many brothers and sisters, it's hard to think that we cannot find any of his siblings or their descendants.
When I come, I'll bring all the photos I have and would really appreciate any tracking down that you could do for us. Many years ago, on the way to Scotland, I came off the motorway and visited St. Cuthberts. It was closed and so I had no access to records, but I remember seeing the Ainscough headstones in the churchyard.
There are virtually no other Ainscoughs in the South East, although the crane hire firm is pretty active on all the building sites around Canterbury.
My very best wishes to you both

On 17 Apr 2009, at 21:50, wrote:
Dear Barbara
Have just found your blog re Ainscoughs of Churchtown. My name is John Raymond Wareing, brother of Pauline. My mother Alice and father Dick are in the wedding photo on your site. My grandfather Nathan and grandmother (Sarah Jane) are also in the picture. I remember going to Ramsgate on holiday with my parents in 1939 to see my mothers cousin who was an engine driver on the Golden Arrow My grandmother,
Sarah Jane Foster came from Saxton near Tadcaster . She came to work as a maid to Southport and there met my grandfather. I have the watch chain shown in the picture on my grandfather Nathan. I now live in New Longton, Preston with my wife. We have two children and 5 grandchildren.
There is lots more I can tell you, but initially I am sending this just to make contact with you and also Graham who was the son of my mother's cousin.
Best wishes John Wareing (from the Ware family tree in Banks near Southport

On 18 Apr 2009, at 12:28, GRAHAM AINSCOUGH wrote:
Hi Barbara,
That’s fantastic. We’ve been trying to contact the Wareings for ages. Valerie and I even went up to Southport last summer partly to try and trace them.
I’ll mail him straight away. Your blog is certainly the hub of a massive network. Congratulations and thanks.

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