Ellen Disley and Richard Ashworth were married on 18th February 1868 at the Wesley Place Methodist Chapel, Bacup, Lancashire. (The chapel was built in 1866 and was demolished one hundred years later.)
Ellen was the oldest child of James and Margaret Disley. She had three brothers and two sisters: Thomas, William and John; Elizabeth and Margaret. James was a farmer at Height Barn, Spotland, Bacup. Ellen was nineteen years old when she was married.
Richard Ashworth was a farm labourer at Clifton Dean, Newchurch, Bacup. At the time of his wedding, Richard was twenty eight years old. He was the youngest of six children, his siblings being John, Margaret, Elizabeth, Francis and Mary. The 20 acres farm where Richard worked belonged to his mother, who was the widow of John Ashworth.
Ellen and Richard had their first child, John Thomas, in 1871. He was followed by James (1872), Richard (1874), Maggie (1877), Mary (1879) and Alice (1881).
By 1881, Richard was farming 26 acres for himself. He continued to farm throughout his life becoming a dairy farmer at Holmes Barn Farm in his later years. He was still farming in 1911 aged 71 years and his youngest daughter, Alice, was employed at the farm as the dairymaid.
There is an interesting account on the Bacup Times website which includes a reference to Richard 'Dicky' Ashworth:
Milkmen (farmers) came around the streets with their horses and milk floats, selling milk to householders -the practice being to carry at least 2 x 12 gallon cans on the float and the farmer filled from these a gallon tin which he then carried to his customer and poured into their jugs a gill or pint, whichever they required; or you could go to the float and he would dip into the large container a gill or pint measure, whichever you required. Perhaps three or four farmers visited Underbank. Names which spring to mind are Handford Howorth of Far Old Meadows Farm, H. Pilling - Broadclough Farm, Butlers - Hay Slacks Farm, Dicky Ashworth, Holmes Barn Farm, and Jack Holt with his son Ben "always drunk") from Old Meadows Farm.
Ellen and Richard were my great great grandparents. Their son, John Thomas, married Emma Jane Gooding and one of their children was my grandfather.
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