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Family of Thomas Baker ASHWORTH and Elizabeth B HEYES

Husband: Thomas Baker ASHWORTH (1844-1878)
Wife: Elizabeth B HEYES (1847-1913)
Children: Gertrude ASHWORTH (c. 1870- )
Beatrice B ASHWORH (1873-1951)
Henry(Harry) Baker ASHWORTH (1874-1956)
Richard Ernest ASHWORTH (1877-1950)
Marriage Apr 1, 1869 Southport, Lancashire, England
On 1 April 1869 Thomas married Elizabeth Heys in Southport. He stated that his residence was Southport though he only had to have been there for a couple of weeks to be entitled to do that. His brother John had married a woman from Southport the year previously, so perhaps that was how Thomas had met Elizabeth. They were aged 25 and 22 respectively at the time and Elizabeth’s father was Henry, a hotel keeper.

Husband: Thomas Baker ASHWORTH

Name: Thomas Baker ASHWORTH1
Sex: Male
Father: John ASHWORTH (1805-1878)
Mother: Jane BAKER (1812- )
Birth Jan 6, 1844 Rochdale, Lancashire, England
The children of Thomas and Elizabeth present something of a puzzle. Six names have been identified for whom no baptism records have been found for four and no certain birth registration for another. Two of them, John and Thomas look surprisingly close together unless John was baptised quite late but both have the family forename of Baker, although the original of the baptism register has not been seen. Neither John nor Thomas has been found in a census although the one census return where one would expect them still to be living at home, 1881, has not been found. Nonetheless this does seem to be a correct list because it was stated in 1878 that the family had six children, the two eldest being girls and the rest boys.
Census 1871 (age 26-27)
1871 158 Drake Street, Castleton
Thomas Baker Ashworth, 27, attorney & solicitor, born Rochdale
Elizabeth, 24, born Southport
Gertrude 1, born Rochdale
Beatrice 1m, born Rochdale
Margaret Hatley, 18, nurse maid, born Ireland
Occupation -; Manchester, England
Unlike his immediate forebears, Thomas trained to be a solicitor in Manchester and then got his articles in Cockermouth before returning to Rochdale.
Death Sep 30, 1878 (age 34) Derby Hotel, Bury, Lancashire, England
Thomas died suddenly on 30 September 1878 while in Bury on business. He had been suffering from heart problems and had been feeling quite ill for the past few days. The inquest concluded that he died from natural causes, most likely heart disease. A long piece was written about him in the local paper which spoke strongly and at length about his professional ability and dedication and also referred to the many who looked upon him as “a hearty and sincere friend”. The Chief Constable spoke of “the energy, and the earnestness, and the ability which the deceased had invariably manifested in advocating or defending the interests of his clients”. The streets to the cemetery were lined with spectators and there was “a very large gathering … to witness the interment”. Thomas was a mason and was buried with masonic rites. His six children were aged between 7 years and less than 8 months.

Wife: Elizabeth B HEYES

Name: Elizabeth B HEYES2,3
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth Feb 17, 1847 Southport, Lancashire, England3
Residence 1891 (age 43-44) Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire, England3
Relation to Head of House: Head
Death Jan 2, 1913 (age 65) Ormskirk, England, United Kingdom

Child 1: Gertrude ASHWORTH

Name: Gertrude ASHWORTH4
Sex: Female
Birth c. 1870 Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Death England

Child 2: Beatrice B ASHWORH

Name: Beatrice B ASHWORH3,5
Sex: Female
Birth Feb 26, 1873 Rochdale, Lancashire, England3
Residence 1891 (age 17-18) Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire, England3
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Death Oct 17, 1951 (age 78) Southport, Lancashire, England

Child 3: Henry(Harry) Baker ASHWORTH

Name: Henry(Harry) Baker ASHWORTH3,6
Sex: Male
Birth Jan, 1874 Rochdale, Lancashire, England3
Residence 1891 (age 16-17) Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire, England3
Relation to Head of House: Son
Death Oct 8, 1956 (age 82) Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Child 4: Richard Ernest ASHWORTH

Name: Richard Ernest ASHWORTH3,7,8,9,10,11,12
Sex: Male
Spouse: Elizabeth Jane Powell ASHWORTH (c. 1880- )
Birth Feb 6, 1877 Rochdale, Lancashire, England3,8,10,11
Richard was born on 6 February 1877, the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth. His father died when he was a few months old. By 1891 his widowed mother was working as a publican in Manchester, Richard and two of his siblings living with her. It was here that Richard started working in the textile industry, then moving down to London.
Residence 1891 (age 13-14) Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire, England3
Relation to Head of House: Son
Census 1901 (age 23-24)
Willesden, Middlesex, England, London, UK
1901 139 Harley Road, Willesden, Middlesex, occupying three rooms
Richard Ashworth, 24, traveller furnishing piece goods, worker, born Lancashire
Elizabeth, 21, born Lancashire
Residence 1904 (age 26-27) Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Richard and Elizabeth moved to Nottingham sometime around 1904, between the birth of their first two children.
Residence Apr 2, 1911 (age 34) West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England11
Marital Status: MarriedRelation to Head of House: Head
Census 1911 (age 33-34)
Bromley Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, England, UK
1911 Braeside, Bromley Road, West Bridgford 7 rooms
Richard Ernest Ashworth, 34, traveller, furnishing fabrics, born Rochdale
Elizabeth Jane, 31, born Manchester
The couple had been married 13 years and had 3 children all living
Richard William Baker Ashworth, 9, school, born Willesden, Middlesex
Winifred Mary, 6, school, born Nottingham
Elizabeth Heyes A, 3, born Nottingham
Ida Alice Gascoyne, servant, 20, single, general domestic, born Awsworth Notts
Census 1939 (age 61-62)
Keyworth, Nottingham, UK
1939 Braeside, Plumtree Park, Keyworth
Richard E Ashworth 6 February 1877 lace curtain manufacturer
Elizabeth J 11 August 1879 unpaid domestic duties
Mary Powell 13 April 1881 retired school mistress
Edith E Lawson 20 December 1895 paid domestic
Death Sep, 1950 (age 73)
Nottingham Cathedral, North Circus Street, Nottingham, UK
Richard died in hospital in September 1950 age 73. He was described as having been in indifferent health for some time. Mourners at his funeral, which was held at St Barnabas’ Cathedral, included very many councillors and city council officers, representatives of the Labour party, the police, sporting organisations, the University of Nottingham, the Lace Federation, the Conservative Association and a great number of individuals attending in a private capacity. [As a note of caution, the newspaper says Richard was an altar boy in the cathedral but that seems unlikely since he did not move to Nottingham until he was an adult, they perhaps confused him with his son Richard.]

Mr H Norman Smith, MP for South Nottingham, stated, “With the passing of Dick Ashworth, his family loses a devoted husband and father, I lose a warm-hearted friend, and Nottingham loses a self-sacrificing citizen, who, during three decades, gave lavishly of his best with no thought of reward save the satisfaction of serving the city in which he took a pride, and the causes in which he believed.”

The Nottingham Journal wrote: “Alderman Ashworth was a lover of sport, and a sportsman in the term’s widest sense. He had a cheerfulness and a sense of humour which made him a good companion. He was occasionally criticised for being something of a wishful thinker, for having grandiose ideas which had no place in the hard realities of the present day. He had, for instance, visions of turning the Trentside into a Continental lido, with a floating theatre and other somewhat fanciful attractions. Such a development may never be, but time may show that the alderman was not too ambitious for his adopted city. If the dreams materialise into fact Alderman Ashworth will be hailed, long after his passing, as a man of exceptional vision and foresight.”


1"Ancestry Family Trees" (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.). Ancestry Family Tree.
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2Ibid. Ancestry Family Tree.
Text From Source:, "1891 England Census" ( Operations Inc). Class: RG12; Piece: 3185; Folio: 6; Page: 5; GSU roll: 6098295.
4"Ancestry Family Trees" (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.). Ancestry Family Tree.
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5Ibid. Ancestry Family Tree.
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6Ibid. Ancestry Family Tree.
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7Ibid. Ancestry Family Tree.
Text From Source:, "1901 England Census" ( Operations Inc). Class: RG13; Piece: 1216; Folio: 12; Page: 16., "England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" ( Operations, Inc.).
10FreeBMD, "England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915" ( Operations Inc)., "1911 England Census" ( Operations, Inc.). Class: RG14; Piece: 20475., "Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813" ( Operations, Inc.). Reference Number: P154/15 IN 1/2.