Ann Susannah Lacey ASHWORTH


Anne Susannah Lacey ASHWORTH (71) was born on 15 Aug 1808 at Pendleton, Lancashire1, the fourth of probably ten children of Richard Johnson Daventry ASHWORTH(74) and Ann MACAULAY(935). I have not found a baptism record, though there is an index record for Anne Maria ASHWORTH, dsughter of Richard Johnson Daventry ASHWORTH and Anne, baptised on 17 Jul 1809 at Eccles2, which might be hers with a transcription error. She died, aged 82, on 23 Jan 1889 at Oak Cottage, Singleton Road, Higher Broughton, Salford 3. The name Lacey appears in the notes sent me by Jan WOOD4, and also in a posting on Genforum5, but seems not to have been used in any of the original sources which I have seen except that she wigned the marriage register as Anne S. L. ASHWORTH (see below).

Anne married Hugh STOWELL (70), my great-great grandfather, on 03 Dec 1828 at St Mary the Virgin, the parish church of Eccles5 . The one-name archive of the late J A Stowell contains a copy of the marriage entry in the register of the parish church of Eccles, from which the image below has been scanned. The marriage was by licence. The entry does not give the names of the parents of the bride and groom. Witnesses at the marriage were Thomas Alfred ASHWORTH, B.A., presumably the bride's older brother, Sarah THACKERAY, and William Evans ASHWORTH, another of the bride's brothers.

marriage entry

Anne and Hugh had, according to the DNB amongst others, nine children, six daughters and three sons. Their youngest son died in infancy, and I have only ever found records of two sons, and eight children overall:

At the 1861 census7 Anne, aged 51, was with her husband at 11 Gore Crescent, in the township of Pendleton, Salford. With them were their four youngest daughters, and a niece:

At the 1871 census8 Anne was at 132 Bolton Road, Pendleton, and was head of household, aged 64 and a widow, her husband Hugh having died in 1865. With her were:

At the 1881 census9 Anne was at Oak Cottage, Singleton Road, Broughton, and was head of household, aged 72 and a widow. With her were two of her unmarried daughters:

The only words attributable to Anne are a quotation included by Marsden 10 in his memoir of Hugh Stowell where he says:

Only once in the course of his life, namely in August and September 1862, did Canon Stowell visit the continent. The story of this visit, however, we have it in our power to give, through Mrs Stowell's kindness, in a few words:

"Having undertaken the chaplaincy to the Episcopal Chapel at Interlachen for six weeks, my beloved husband confined himself entirely to it. So scrupulous was he in discharging his duty, that it somewhat interfered with our little excursions, as he would not be absent a single Sunday from Interlachen."

Anne died on 23 Jan 1889 at Oak Cottage, Singleton Road, in Salford 11. The informant was her daughter Cecilia PHILLIPS, of 367 Lower Broughton Road, Broughton, who was present at her death.

death certificate

Anne was buried on 26 Jan 1889 at Christ Church, Salford, the service being conducted by her son Thomas Alfred STOWELL12. John Arthur Stowell's chart B-S768, Nov 1993, indicates that she was buried in the family vault.

burial register burial register

Her will was proved at Manchester on 12 Feb 1889 by her executors, her son Thomas Alfred STOWELL and Joseph RICE, gentleman, of Park Hall, Hayfield, near Stockport, Derbyshire. At her death, her personal estate was £15,938 6s 8d12, probably equivalent to a million pounds or more today. So she was not a hard up widow.

probate register probate register


1 This date is given in the Keans Family Tree, I do not know what the original source was.
2 Familysearch, based on FHL film 1545488; Bishop's Transcripts for Eccles, 1613-1864.
3 England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966, Calendar for 1889, p.415/6, through, accessed 22 Jun 2014. GRO deaths index, Salford, Lancashire, Mar quarter 1889, vol.8d, p.47.
4 Notes from Jan WOOD, received as attachments to an email on 26 Oct 2005.
5 A posting on Genforum by Paul Robinson on 5 Apr 2008.
6 Marriage register, St Mary the Virgin, Eccles, 1828-1830, p.36, entry 108. Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project using microfilm at Manchester Central Library, accessed 23 Jun 2014.
7 1861 England census, Salford, piece 2906, folio 30, p.18, through, accessed 24 Jun 2014.
8 1871 England census, 1871 England census, Pendleton, Salford, RG10, piece 4011, folio 114, p.11, through, accessed 5 Jul 2014.
9 1881 England census, Broughton, Salford, RG11, piece 3955, folio 70, p.41, through, accessed 24 Jun 2014.
10 Marsden, Rev. J. B., Memoirs of the Life and Labours of the Rev Hugh Stowell, M.A., Rector of Christ Church, Salford; Hon. Canon of Chester; Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Manchester, etc. London, Hamilton Adams & Co., Paternoster Row. Hatchard & Co., 187 Picadilly. 1868.
11 Death certificate. Her death was registered at Salford, Mar quarter 1889, vol.8d, p.47.
12 Manchester, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985, burial register of Christ Church, Salford, 1831-1897, p.180, no.1439, image from original at Manchester Central Library, through, accessed 26 Jun 2014.
13 England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966, Calendar for 1889, p.415/6, through, accessed 22 Jun 2014.

© John Stowell 2016             This file last edited on 26 November 2016.