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Family of John ASHWORTH and Sally Holt ASHWORTH

Husband: John ASHWORTH (1782-1847)
Wife: Sally Holt ASHWORTH (1784-1862)
Children: John ASHWORTH (1805-1878)
Robert ASHWORTH (1803-1822)
Edmund ASHWORTH (1807-1825)
Ann ASHWORTH (1810-1818)
Thomas ASHWORTH (1815- )
Sarah ASHWORTH (1818- )
Mary Ann ASHWORTH (1820- )
Elizabeth ASHWORTH (1823- )
Robert ASHWORTH (1826-1868)
Marriage Jan 8, 1803 St Chad's, Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Husband: John ASHWORTH



Name: John ASHWORTH1,2,3
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1782 England2,3
Censuses and his headstone indicate that John was born in about 1782. There were many John Ashworths baptised in Rochdale around this time and, without further information, it is not possible to ascertain which, if any, of these is the one who married Sally.
Census 1841 (age 58-59)
1841 Drake Street, Castleton
John Ashworth, 57, Woollen M, born in county (so bc 1784)
Sally, 57, born in county
Robert, 15, born in county
Death Oct 24, 1847 (age 64-65) Rochdale, Lancashire, England
John, flannel manufacturer of Drake Street, died 24 October 1847 age 65. His will is held at Lancashire Archives reference 1179/6.
Burial Oct, 1847 Rochdale Cemetery2,3
Rochdale, Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England

Wife: Sally Holt ASHWORTH

Name: Sally Holt ASHWORTH4
Sex: Female
Father: Robert HOLT ( - )
Mother: Sarah HOLT ( - )
Birth Jan, 1784 Lancashire, England
Census 1851 (age 66-67)
1851 148 Drake Street
Sally Ashworth widow 66, b Rochdale
Robert, son 24, woollen manufacturer (firm of three employing 100 m, 50w, 30b, 40g Total 220) Rochdale
Elizabeth Radcliffe, servant 24 house maid, b Norland Yorkshire
Death Aug 2, 1862 (age 78) Lancashire, England

Child 1: John ASHWORTH

Name: John ASHWORTH5
Sex: Male
Spouse: Jane BAKER (1812- )
Birth Jun 4, 1805 Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Baptism Jul 14, 1805 (age 0) Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Union Street Wesleyan Methodist, Rochdale, Lancashire, England
John had apparently left two executors for his will, neither of whom was able to act. It is likely that one of these was Jane. His son Thomas administered his estate until he died a few months later and the running of the business and administration of the estate then fell to Thomas’ brother John who made considerable losses. In 1879 the mill, Victoria Mill and all its fixtures and fittings in Oldham Road, warehouses and offices in Great George Street and Back Drake Street, thirteen cottages and two “capital dwelling houses” [one occupied by John Ashworth] were all put up for sale. It is not known if the business retained any other premises from which it could carry on. Son John had been a woollen manufacturer in 1871 but has not been found in 1881.

1841 Drake Street, Castleton, Rochdale
John Ashworth, 35, Woollen M[anufacturer], born in county
Jane, 25, born in county
Emma, 6, born in county
Jane, 4, born in county
Eliza, 1, born in county
Betsy Turner, 20, female servant, born in county

1851 146 Drake Street, all born Rochdale
John Ashworth, 45, woollen manufacturer (firm of three) employing 100 men, 50 women, 30 boys, 40 girls, Total 220
Jane, 37
Jane, 12, scholar
John, 8, scholar
Thomas Baker, 7, scholar
Betsy Turner, servant, 32, house maid

The fact that Betsy is still working for the family after at least ten years perhaps indicates that they were good employers.

1861 Hare Street, Castleton, Rochdale, all family born Rochdale
John Ashworth, 55, woollen manufacturer
Jane, 48
Emma, 25
Jane B, 22
John, 18, learning woollen trade
Thomas B, 17, solicitor’s clerk
Mary Megery, widow, 32, cook, born Rosconnan Ireland
Nora Crowther, 18, house servant, born Rochdale

1871 25 Hare Street, Castleton, Rochdale, all family born Rochdale
John Ashworth, 65, woollen manufacturer
Jane, 58
Jane B, 33, daughter unmarried
Sarah Ogilvy, 41, unmarried, servant, domestic cook, b Scotland
Elizabeth Hibbert, 23, unmarried, servant, domestic house maid, b Buxton Derbyshire
Death Mar 27, 1878 (age 72)
John died on 27 March 1878 age 72. His death was covered by the local newspaper; “We regret to have to record the death of an old and respected townsman – Mr John Ashworth – head of the firm of John Ashworth & Sons, woollen manufacturers, of Oldham Road Mills, one of the old well-established concerns of which Rochdale can boast so many… Mr late John Ashworth was for many years a most attentive man of business, and until a few weeks ago seemed to enjoy very robust health. He died at his residence, Larkfield, on Wednesday last, the 27th instant, at the good old age of 73 [72 according to his headstone].” [Rochdale Observer 30 March 1878]

Child 2: Robert ASHWORTH

Name: Robert ASHWORTH
Sex: Male
Birth Jul, 1803 Castleton
Death Nov 27, 1822 (age 19) Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Child 3: Edmund ASHWORTH

Name: Edmund ASHWORTH
Sex: Male
Birth Nov 23, 1807
Baptism Feb 14, 1808 (age 0)
Death Jun, 1825 (age 17)
Burial Jun 12, 1825 Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Child 4: Ann ASHWORTH

Sex: Female
Birth 1810 Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Death Aug, 1818 (age 7-8) Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Child 5: Thomas ASHWORTH

Name: Thomas ASHWORTH
Sex: Male
Birth Dec 16, 1815
Baptism Mar 3, 1819 (age 3)
Occupation 1851 (age 35-36) -
Thomas is in the 1851 census as a flannel manufacturer

Child 6: Sarah ASHWORTH

Name: Sarah ASHWORTH
Sex: Female
Birth Mar 5, 1818

Child 7: Mary Ann ASHWORTH

Name: Mary Ann ASHWORTH
Sex: Female
Birth Aug 24, 1820

Child 8: Elizabeth ASHWORTH

Name: Elizabeth ASHWORTH
Sex: Female
Birth Jan 10, 1823

Child 9: Robert ASHWORTH

Name: Robert ASHWORTH
Sex: Male
Birth Dec 10, 1826
Death Aug 7, 1868 (age 41)

Note on Marriage

Sally Holt married John Ashworth in the parish church of Rochdale on 8 January 1803. The licence shows that John was a weaver from Waithland, Castleton, Rochdale. Sally was from Dunkirk, Spotland, Rochdale The licence says that they were both over 21 but that was not true in the case of Sally – her age at the time of censuses and at her death, as shown on her headstone, consistently indicate that she was born in about 1785/6 so was only about 18, which also ties in with her baptism if she had been baptised as a baby.

Note on Husband: John ASHWORTH

The burial of some of the earlier children, baptised when John was said to be a weaver, but living in Drake Street at the time of their deaths, further ties these as all being one family and John changing his status to mill owner. John’s business was called “John Ashworth & Sons”, although at the time that he started being described as woollen manufacturer his sons were at most teenagers. At the time when John’s son John died the local paper reported; “We believe the firm originated with the father of the subject of this notice – “Old John Ashworth”, as he was familiarly called – at a time when hand loom weaving was greatly in vogue, and that many such looms were employed for the firm in Great George-street and Back Drake-street.” [Rochdale Observer 30 March 1878]


1"Ancestry Family Trees" (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.). Ancestry Family Tree.
Text From Source:, "England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991" ( Operations, Inc.).

Source: England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991, Grave_John_Ashworth_d1847, "Manchester, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985" ( Operations, Inc.).
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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