Thursday, April 10, 2008

Catherine (Ainscough) Laycock

Ainscough Norbert - 1986

Great to hear from another of my long lost cousins (there's a million of them so its easy to lose them!). Catherine ( writes:
Hi Barbara
I am Catherine Laycock your cousin (nee Robinson Auntie Cath's eldest daughter) not sure if you would remember me except that I was the gangly awkward teenager in one of your pics!
Thanks for the work that you have put into the Ainscough family tree it is fascinating and I have spent many an hour browsing your pics and facts and have been able to show my son; Sam a real picture of his heritage; without your work I would never have been able to maintain his interest longer than a few minutes!
I hope that you do not mind but I have copied some of your pics, in particular the one of grandma and grandad on the garden bench giggling and this pic now graces all our
homes! I love the fact that they look so in love!
Thanks again
Catherine xx

Friday, April 04, 2008

Wilfred Ainscough b.1899 Mawdesley

Ainscough of Harrock Hall
Teresa (1872-1921), John (1866-1942), Mary (1866?-1942) and Oswald Thomas Ainscough (1905-1969)
Many thanks to John Cobham ( for providing these details about another line of the Mawdesley Ainscough descendants, stemming from my GGGGG grandparents John Ainscough (1752-1835) m Margaret Worthington (1751-1835). A WILL is available to obtain for those of you interested in gathering evidence. This line of Ainscoughs has now ended.

GGG grandparents:
James(1711-1782) m Margaret (1739-?), Mawdesley
GG grandparents:
John Ainscough (1752-1835) m Margaret Worthington (1751-1835), Mawdesley
G grandparents:
John Ainscough (1794-1872) m Margaret Wignall (1797-1866), Mawdesley

John Ainscough (1838 -1916)m 1862 Ellen Smith (1837-1892),Rutters Farm, Mawdesley
William John (1866-1942) m Teresa Valentine (1872-1921), Higher Barn Farm, Mawdesley
Wilfred Ainscough b.1899 m Alice Wright in 1931 - no children
Cyril Francis 1901-1996 married but no children
Vincent b.aft.1901 - unmarried
Gertrude b.aft.1901-1990? - unmarried
Lucy b.aft.1901 - unmarried

About Wilfred Ainscough b.1899
Residence: 1901 Copyhold Farm, Wrightington - Later moved to Paradise Farm, Shevington
Spouse: Alice Wright 1931
John Cobham writes: Uncle Wilf married my mothers sister, so his brothers & sisters were only related by marriage & also he lived just down the road from us in Mawdesley, so I saw him almost daily.
His brother Cyril was born in 1901 & all the others were younger, I used to take my mother to visit Gertie & Lucy. Of the remaining siblings only Cyril married & he didn't have any children so the line died out when cousin Francis died in 1996. From leaving school, presumably at age 13 until aged about 45 -50 he worked on the family farm in Shevington, from about 1950 he worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Euxton nr Chorley until he retired.
Paradise Farm in Shevington was sold for building & Vin, Gertie & Lucy retired to a large house in Newburgh nr Parbold. Gertie was the last to die approx 1990.
I'm nearly sure, but can't be 100% certain, that Teresa Valentine's brother married John Ainscoughs sister Mary - so that's another line to go down!! never ends

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mike Ainscough - songwriter

I've been meaning to add this link for sometime.....I was recently surprised to find that my cousin Mike Ainscough was a flourishing songwriter and musician.....his songs are really worth listening to.....its just not that veasy to get hold of a CD - Mike -if youre reading this Im still waiting for mine!!!! Click on the link to a get a preview of the album 'Glory Road'. The CD is available now but I can't see a means of ordering on Mike's 'my space' as yet, so if you would like one then best to email Mike directly on:

On 19 Sep 2007, at 19:14, wrote:
Please check out a sample of some of the songs that will be on my soon to be released album 'GLORY ROAD', at

Regional distribution of the name Ainscough

Many thanks to my cousin Mike's daughter Nicola Ainscough for this link to the National Trust Names Website........"which presents the findings of a project based at University College London (UCL) that is investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic. It allows users to search the databases that we have created, and to trace the geography and history of their family names...."

As Nicola pointed out many of the Ainscough Clan havent migrated far from their roots!