Emma Jane Gooding (1871 - 1957)
Emma Jane was the younger child of George and Ann Gooding. She was born in 1871 in Bacup, Lancashire. When Emma was born her father was employed as a joiner and had also opened a refreshment house in the premises where the family lived. George's business was successful and evolved into Gooding's Dining Rooms where, at the time of her marriage, Emma was employed as a waitress.
John Thomas Ashworth (1871 - 1931)
John Thomas was the oldest of Richard and Ellen Ashworth's six children. He was born near Bacup in 1871. His father was a farm labourer at Clifton Dean, Newchurch near Bacup. The 20 acres farm where Richard worked belonged to his mother who was the widow of John Ashworth. Ten years later Richard and Ellen were farming 26 acres for themselves at Thorn Farm nearby. They were still farming at Thorn Farm in 1891 but by then John Thomas had become a butcher.
Marriage 21st September 1891
The marriage between Emma Jane and John Thomas took place on 21st September 1891 at the parish church of St. John's in Bacup.
By the end of the 1890s they'd moved to Burnley in Lancashire where John Thomas was employed as a Butcher's Manager and they lived at Number 2, Woodbine Street.
What happened to prompt Emma Jane and John Thomas to leave the town of their birth? Were they ambitious and looking for a better future. Certainly Emma's father had a strong entrepreneurial streak. Did they have a family falling out? John Thomas' father continued to farm and deliver milk to the neighbourhood for many years after John Thomas married and left the area. Did they continue to visit their respective families in Bacup? There are no answers to these questions; all that is known is that by 1905 they'd re-located to Nelson in Lancashire living at 27, Scotland Road. John Thomas was still employed as a Butcher's Manager.
By 1911 they'd moved again and were living at Number 12, Altofts Road, Normanton, near Wakefield, in Yorkshire. John Thomas was still employed as a Butcher's Manager and worked for The River Plate Meat Company.
Emma Jane and John Thomas had six children: Richard Henry born in 1894; Arthur (1896); Frank (1899); Tom (1901); Fred (1903) and Horace (1905).
They continued to live at Altofts Road until 1931 when John Thomas died. By then his career as a Butcher's Manager had ended and from the mid 1920s he'd worked as a nightwatchman. Emma Jane re-located to Firville Crescent in Normanton and lived there until her death in 1957.
These rather blurry images are Altofts Road, Normanton and Market Street, Normanton in the early years of the twentieth century. Note the advert on the wall for the River Plate Meat Company. Maybe this was on the end of the building where John Thomas worked?
This photograph was taken in 1953. Emma Jane was my grandmother and that's her in the centre of the image. I'm the grumpy looking youngest one!