Catherine Ellis was the fourth child of Susannah Thorpe & Humphrey Ellis born October 30th, 1837 & christened May 17th, 1841 at St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire. She was the twin sister of Sarah Ellis.
In 1841 Catherine was at home with her parents & brother John & sister Elizabeth at Hucknall Torkard, Notts.
By 1847 the family had moved to Tibshelf, Notts. At the time of the 1851 census Catherine, just 13, was a cotton framework knitter like her father. She had 3 sisters & 2 brothers at home. In 1857 Catherine gave birth to a son, Samuel.
The child of Catherine Ellis was:
el.126.96.36.199 Samuel Ellis born July-September 1857 at Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts
Catherine married James Ashmore in Jan-March 1859, the marriage being registered at Chesterfield. James was born at Pilsley, Derbyshire & christened December 28th, 1828 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire, the son of Frances & Samuel Ashmore, a framework knitter.
In 1861 Catherine was visiting her parents & brothers & sisters at Tibshelf at the time of the census with her children Samuel Ellis (3), Joseph Ashmore (1) & Sarah A Ashmore (2 months). The whereabouts of James at this time is unknown.
Catherine & James were living at Marlow’s Yard, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts at the time of the 1871 census. James was a framework knitter & Catherine was a cotton winder. They had 4 children at home – Samuel (13) & Joseph (11) both factory hands, Sarah Ann (10) & Mary Elizabeth (2 months).
The family were still at Marlow’s Yard in 1881 & James continued to be a framework knitter. At home were Joseph, a mason, Sarah, a factory hand, Mary, Hannah (7), James (4) & Harriet (2). Living 2 houses away in Marlow’s Yard was son Samuel, a mason, & his wife Elen.
Catherine died in Oct-December 1886, her death being registered at Mansfield.
In 1891 widower James, now a mason’s labourer, was living with his daughter Sarah who was married to Alfred Peat (30), a cotton spinner, & their 2 children – Arthur & Catherine. Four of James’ children were also living with Sarah & her husband – Mary, Hannah & James, all cotton factory hands, & Harriet.
In 1901 James was still living with daughter Sarah & family at Park Avenue, Mansfield, Woodhouse. James, at the age of 72, was now described as a stone worker (road labourer) & he gave his place of birth as Loco-Lane, Derbyshire. James’s children James & Harriet were still living with sister Sarah too.
James was still living with his daughter Sarah, now widowed, in 1911 at 4 Grove St, Mansfield, Woodhouse. Sarah’s daughter Ethel (16) & son Alfred (7) were still at home. James was described as a retired framework knitter (hosiery).
James died in Jan-March 1913, aged 84, his death being registered at Mansfield.
The children of Catherine Ellis & James Ashmore were:
el.188.8.131.52 Joseph Ashmore born April-June 1859 at Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts
el.184.108.40.206 Sarah Ann Ashmore born Jan-March 1861 at Danesmoor, Derbyshire
el.220.127.116.11 Mary Elizabeth Ashmore born Jan-March 1871 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts
el.18.104.22.168 Hannah Ashmore born July-September 1873 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts
el.22.214.171.124 James Ashmore born July-September 1876 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts
el.126.96.36.199 Harriet Ashmore born April-June 1878 at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts