On 23 April

Today, a ggg aunt who kept me up late tracking her multiple marriages and liaisons.

23 April 1864
At Leeds Parish Church, Ellen Wild nee Oxley, a widow, married James Howarth. She was my ggg aunt born 14 April 1839. Tracking her proved interesting and not that easy, but find her I finally did. She had a varied life! She was the daughter of my ggg grandparents, Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist, and was born in Barnsley. Her father died when she was young and in 1851 she’s with her widowed mother in Worsbrough, the family receiving parish relief. In 1858 in Barnsley she married James Wilde, a miner, and had a daughter the following year named Emma Drusilla Wilde. In 1860 her husband James died at the young age of 25. A year later, Ellen Wilde and her daughter Emma can be found in the census in Spotland, near Rochdale, Lancashire, boarding with the Coverdale family, the wife and children being born in Barnsley so they may have been related to Ellen. Ellen is working as a cotton rover, which is someone who loaded the yarn onto bobbins. Three years later, in 1864, Ellen got married in Leeds, Yorkshire to James Howarth, an iron moulder who came from Barnsley. Ellen gave her age as 23, the same as her husband, but she was actually 25. They must have separated, though: in 1871 James is living back with his parents in Barnsley and Ellen Howarth is housekeeper to Joseph Ball, a labourer, in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and has her daughter Emma Wilde with her. Ellen gives her age as 28 (she was 31) and is working as a millhand. In 1881 she is still at Station Road, Chesterfield as Ellen Ball, wife of the Joseph Ball she was with ten years previously, but they weren’t married. In 1889 Joseph Ball died and probate was granted to Ellen Howarth of Station Road, Chesterfield. She stuck with the name Howarth and in 1891 has a boarder Thomas Tart. Ellen gave her age as 48 but she was 51. The relationship with Thomas Tart seems to have been rather more than landlady, as he is still with her in 1901 (Elllen giving her age as 53 instead of 61) and in 1911 (Ellen giving her age as 53 when she was 71). She died in 1917 at Chesterfield. In 1891, 1901 and 1911 she also had Sarah Cox living with her, described as mother in law: I have yet to work out who she was, but she was born in Barnsley.

23 April 1876
Baptism of Joseph Green at St Mary’s, Barnsley, Yorkshire. He was the son of Joseph Green, fruiterer, and sadly died when he was aged 4. Joseph was a very popular name amongst my Green ancestors: this one was my 2nd cousin 3 times removed as he was the great grandson of my gggg grandfather.

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