John ASHWORTH (1782-1847)



Name: John ASHWORTH1,2,3
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -

Individual Events and Attributes

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


Spouse 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 (age 20-21) St Chad's, Rochdale, Lancashire, England

Individual Note

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]

Note on Marriage to Sally Holt ASHWORTH

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.


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.).