Abbott, Howarth, Ainsworth
Elizabeth Abbott, wife of Richard Tomlinson
Abbott Proposed Lineage
Compiled by Judy Griffin, 2007 - email address
...... 2 Dorothy Abbott (1803 - )
...... 2 Jonathan Abbott (1805 - )
...... 2 Elizabeth/Betty Abbott (ca. 1807-1892) + Richard Tomlinson. (See Tomlinson history)
.......... 3 Mary Ann Tomlinson (c. 1826 - ) + E. D. Eastman
.......... 3 Nancy Tomlinson (c. 1828 - )
.......... 3 Harris (?) Tomlinson (c. 1830 - )
.......... 3 Alice Tomlinson (1832 - 1883) + Joseph Raworth (1820 - 1913) (See Raworth history)
.......... 3 James Tomlinson (c. 1834 - ) + Mary Ann Seevers
.......... 3 William Tomlinson (c. 1838 - )
.......... 3 Richard Tomlinson (c. 1840 - )
.......... 3 Maria Tomlinson (c. 1842 -)
.......... 3 Caroline Tomlinson (c. 1844 - )
.......... 3 Louisa Ann Tomlinson (c. 1849 - )
...... 2 James Abbott (1809 - )
...... 2 Alice Ann Abbott (1811 - 1880) + John William Howarth (1809 or 1813 - 1889)
.......... 3 William Howarth (1835 - 1903) + Mahala Elizabeth Robbins nee Brott (1831 - 1911)
.............. 4 Harry Howarth (c. 1865 - 1945)
.............. 4 Amy Howarth (1869 - 1935) + James Wright Warren
.......... 3 Emanuel Howarth (c. 1837 - )
.......... 3 Jane Howarth (c. 1840 - )
.......... 3 Mary Jane Howarth (1842 - 1870) + Thompson J. Fletcher
.......... 3 Henry Harry Howarth (1844 - 1890)
.......... 3 Amelia Howarth (c. 1846 - )
.......... 3 Nancy J. Howarth (1848 - 1874) + George D. O’Leary. (See O’Leary history)
.......... 3 John William Howarth (1850 - 1850)
.......... 3 Elizabeth Howarth (1853 - 1919) + Douglas McGhee.
...... 2 Maria Abbott (circa 1815 - 1882) + Thomas Ainsworth (1809 or 1814 - 1897)
.......... 3 Nancy Ainsworth (1842 - 1926) + Augustine Witt
.......... 3 William H. Ainsworth (circa 1845 - )
.......... 3 Alice Ainsworth (circa 1847 - ) + William Casey
.......... 3 Thomas T. Ainsworth (c. 1849 - ) + Mary J. Winters
.......... 3 Sarah E. Ainsworth (c. 1852 - ) + George Ransome
.......... 3 Joseph Ainsworth (c. 1854 - ) + possibly Margaret E. Abbott
.......... 3 Mary A. Ainsworth (c. 1856 - ) + Thomas Saye
.......... 3 Martha Jane Ainsworth (c. 1856 - ) twin?
...... 2 Henry Abbott (1819 - 1898) + Martha A. Keen (circa 1820 - after 1880)
.......... 3 William Abbott (1838 - 1916) + Sarah J. McIntosh
.............. 4 Alice Ann Abbott (1863 - 1889) + George W. Winter/Winters
.............. 4 Louisa E. Abbott (1869 - 1878)
.............. 4 Mary Ellen Abbott + Mitchel Y. Daniel
.............. 4 Pernecia H. Abbott (1871 - 1907) + Adolph Johnson (1872 - 1937)
.............. 4 Henry Arthur Abbott + possibly Carrie E. Bell
.............. 4 Dora/Dorothy J. Abbott + _?_ Walker or Frank Rickard
.............. 4 Gracie/Grace Abbott + Charles H. Schaad
.............. 4 William R. Abbott
.............. 4 Elmer R. Abbott + Hazel Kirk Croft
.......... 3 Alice Abbott (c. 1841 - ) + Joseph Fletcher
.......... 3 Nancy Abbott (c. 1846 - ) + Richard W. Campbell
.......... 3 John Benjamin Abbott (c. 1847 - 1930) + (1) Mary J. Ainsworth ( - 1914), + (2) Lillian M. _?_
.............. 4 Alice Myrtle Abbott +McCarty
.............. 4 Richard H. Abbott
.............. 4 Albert E. Abbott (c. 1872 - 1921) + Sarah Etta Mehan
.............. 4 Ira Reid Abbott
.......... 3 James Abbott (c. 1849 - ) + possibly Margaret A. Lindsay
.......... 3 Mary E. Abbott (c. 1854 - ) + possibly Thomas J. Pegram
...... 2 Sarah Abbott (1821-22 - 1888) + possibly _?_ Thornley, also possibly third wife of Thomas Ainsworth, Jr.
...... 2 William P. Abbott (c. 1824 - 1879) + Margaret (circa 1824 - )
.......... 3 James Abbott (c. 1853 - )
.......... 3 Margaret A. Abbott (c. 1857 - ) + possibly Joseph Ainsworth
.......... 3 William H. Abbott (1859 - 1915) + possibly Martha C. Beane
...... 2 Margaret Abbott (1819 or 1826 - 1854)
...... 2 Joseph Abbott (1828 - ), twin?
(and related Howarth, Ainsworth, Fletcher lines)
Most of the information below is from Vera Harris, indicated by (VH). While Vera did not record her sources, when possible her information was verified from other sources.
This is a complex and confusing family, difficult to follow, with many uncertainties, conflicting dates and intermarriages. Vera Harris, who provided much of the basic information, hired a researcher in England to obtain information on the family in England. This must have been a difficult task, since there are a number of Abbott, Howarth and Ainsworth families, all of who lived in the Blackburn area of England where our Abbott family probably emigrated from. In tracing our Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott, it was particularly helpful to follow her siblings, though it was quite difficult to keep track of all the various family members.
Our Abbott family and their spouses immigrated to America in the early 1840s, most traveling directly to Illinois. It is quite likely that the Abbott, Ainsworth, Howarth and Tomlinson families in Blackburn, England had communication with relatives who had earlier settled in Illinois.
It is not surprising that there were marriages between the Abbott, Howarth, Ainsworth and Fletcher families in Mason and Cass counties. The 1874 plat map of Lynchburg Township shows the farms of William Howarth, James William Howarth, Henry Abbott and J. W. and Timothy Fletcher all adjacent to each other. Not far away are George O’Leary, John Raworth and the Ainsworths. These families owned nearly one-fourth of the land in Lynchburg Township.
The progenitor of this line is said to be the William Abbott who married Nancy Holding on April 2, 1809 at St. Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. William was a widower of the parish of Blackburn, Nancy a spinster (unmarried) of the same parish. (1) This explains why the birth dates for some of the children are before William and Nancy’s marriage, and would suggest that Dorothy, Jonathan, and possibly Elizabeth “Betty” were children of William’s first wife, possibly a Mary Whalley. There is a marriage record for a William Abbott, a warper, who married a Mary Whalley on November 14, 1796, St. Mary, Blackburn, both single. (2) There is an 1807 burial record for a Mary Abbott, wife of William Abbott, age 29. (3)
Lastly, there is another marriage record for a William Abbott, widower, married Ellen Hartley on August 15, 1808, St. Mary, Blackburn, remotely possible parents of Elizabeth “Betty.” (4) Undocumented sources give William’s name as William H. Abbott (or Thomas or William Thomas or William Henry, etc.). There is a baptism record for a William Abbott, son of William Abbott and Jane _?_, baptized on August 5, 1781, St. Mary, Blackburn, (5) who could be the parents of our William Abbott.
There is a parish record transcript for a Bety Abbot, born January 12, 1809, christened February 5, 1809 at St. Mary the Virgin in Blackburn, Lancashire county, England. (6) Her parents were a George and Mary Abbot. George and Mary also had a daughter, Margaret, born in circa 1806. This couple are also likely candidates for the parents of our Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott. However, there is a record for a Betty Abbott, born August 12, 1809, christening October 15, 1809 St. Mary-the-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Father William Abbott, mother Ellen surname unknown. (7)
It may be just a coincidence, but listed just after Richard and Betsy (Abbott) Tomlinson on their immigration ship list was the family of a Thomas Holden (Thomas, age 27; Alice, age 22; Thomas, age 4; and Margaret, an infant). Moreover, Thomas Holden was a spinner, as was Richard Tomlinson. Thus perhaps the second wife of William Abbott was a Holden, a misspelling of Holding.
The proposed children of William, those who immigrated to the United States, are our Elizabeth “Betty,” Alice Ann, Maria, Henry, and William P. The children listed are from Vera Harris, data indicated by (VH). The children of William Abbott may have been:
Dorothy Abbott was born on March 17, 1803 (VH). The parish register does have a Dorothy Abbott, baptized May 15, 1803 at St. Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, parents William Abbott and Mary. (8)
Jonathan Abbott was born on January 2, 1805 (VH). The parish register does have a Jonathan Abbott, born January 2, 1805, baptized February 24, 1805, St. Mary, Blackburn, parents William Abbott and Mary. (9)
Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott. No consistent information has been found for her birth or parents. See information on Elizabeth below.
James Abbott was born on August 17, 1809 (VH). He could be the James discussed below. The parish register does have a James Abbott, born August 17, 1809, baptized October 18, 1809, St. Mary, Blackburn, parents William Abbott and Nancy. (10) If these parents were the William Abbott and Nancy Holding marriage cited above, then James would have been born about four and a half months after their marriage.
Alice Ann Abbott was born September 29, 1811 (VH). The parish register does have an Alice Abbott, born September 29, 1811, baptized January 5, 1812, St. Mary, Blackburn, parents William Abbott and Nancy. (11) See information on Alice Ann below.
Maria Abbott was born December 1, 1815 (VH). The possible parish record does have a Maria Abbott, christened January 28, 1816, parents William Abbott and Nancy. (12) See information on Maria below.
Henry Abbott was born on February 1, 1819 (VH). The parish record does have a Henry Abbott, baptized April 14, 1819, St. Mary, Blackburn, son of William Abbott and Nancy. (13) See information on Henry below.
Sarah Abbott was born December 2, 1821, married _?_ Thornley (VH). Sarah is mentioned in several of her sibling’s information. There is a parish record for a Sarah Abbott, christened January 13, 1822, St. Mary, Blackburn, parents William Abbott and Nancy. (14) However, there is another record for a Sarah Abbott, parents William Abbott and Nancy, christened April 12, 1814, St. Mary-The-Virgin, Blackburn. (15) Perhaps there was a daughter, Sarah, that died and another daughter was given the same name, not an unusual practice. There is a parish record for the marriage of Sarah Abbott and James Thornley on May 15, 1841, St. Mary, Blackburn. (16) Fortunately Sarah and James were found in the 1850 - 1870 censuses, and Sarah was a widow in 1880. The birthplaces of the children indicate the family came to America circa 1845 to 1850, and settled in Mason County, Illinois. Sarah consistently claimed an age that would put her birth date in 1821 or 1822. James Thornley was a farmer with real estate valued at $7,000 and personal estate at $800 by 1870. Sarah married for a second time to Thomas Ainsworth on November 29, 1884 in Mason County. (17) According to Vera Harris, the third wife of Thomas Ainsworth was Sarah Abbott, who had previously married _?_ Thornley. The family lived quite near the Howarth, Tomlinson, Ainsworth and Abbott families. The children of Sarah and James were: Nancy, Maria, William H., Joseph, Thomas A., and Eliza J.
William P. Abbott was born December 4, 1823 (VH). He was baptized on April 19, 1824. (18) See information on William P. below.
Margaret Abbott, baptized June 20, 1826 (VH). Possibly born June 22, 1819, died March 15, 1854 (VH). Margaret was not found in the parish register. Vera Harris notes that she was told that Margaret married (1) _?_ Plum, (2) _?_ Thomber. Neither marriage is in the Illinois Statewide marriage index and Vera could not find the marriages in the Havana, Illinois records. She speculates that Margaret may have married in England to _?_ Plum, then _?_. She did find two marriages that could be Margaret’s: M. A. King married John L. Thornburg, January 5, 1858 and Mrs. Marareth O. Thornburg married J. L. Randel, August 7, 1868. These are in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. She notes that the Thomber and Thornburg names sound alike.
The 1860 and 1870 Mason County, Illinois censuses may clear up the mystery regarding Margaret, although her birth date is not consistent with Vera’s information. In 1860, a Margaret Plumb, born circa 1833 and an apparent daughter, Mary A. Plumb, born circa 1854 in England, were living with Henry Abbott, born circa 1819, and undoubtedly Margaret’s brother. (19) There is a marriage record for a Margaret Blum and Thomas Thornton, March 4, 1861, Mason County, that seems a likely misspelled second marriage for Margaret. (20) In 1870 and 1880, a Thomas Thorber and wife Margaret (born circa 1834, England) were living in Mason County. Mary Plumb, the daughter, was living with the Richard Campbell household (Margaret’s brother Henry Abbott’s daughter, Nancy). In 1860 Thomas Thorber was a farm laborer living with the Ainsworth family, next door to Henry Abbott, in whose household Margaret was living.
Joseph Abbott was born January 11, 1828 (VH). There is a parish record for a Joseph Abbott, son of William Abbott and Nancy, baptized January 12, 1828. (21) On this same date there is a parish record for a Rachel Abbott, same parents, same baptismal date. (22)
Vera Harris lists an additional child of William and Nancy, a Richard, with the same birth date as Joseph. This may be the Rachel found in the parish records. No further information was found. Note the four-year gap between the births of Alice Ann and Maria, and between Maria and Henry. There may have been additional children.
The relationship of the James Abbott, wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth, who immigrated with the Lonsdale family in April 1843, is unknown. James and Elizabeth were age 46 (b. circa 1797), their daughter Elizabeth was age 8 (b. circa 1835). This family was found in the 1850 census for Peoria County, where many Lonsdales settled. James and Elizabeth were age 52 (b. circa 1878). In 1860 the family lived in Brimfield, Peoria County. There is a marriage record for an Elizabeth Abbott and Edward Story, married September 29, 1856 in Peoria County. This couple was living in Peoria County in 1860, Tazewell County in 1870. The Howarth family, some of whom settled in Peoria County, married into the Lonsdale family. No further information has been found.
Elizabeth/Betty Abbott (William1) married Richard Tomlinson (see Tomlinson family history). According to her grand daughter, Elizabeth Alice (Raworth) Hutchinson, Alice Tomlinson’s parents were Richard Tomlinson and “Betty” Abbott. In the Raworth plot in the Riverside Cemetery, Crete, Saline County, Nebraska, there is a tombstone for Elizabeth Tomlinson, Grandmother, 1807-1892. Elizabeth Alice Raworth, also stated that she (the grand daughter) was named after Mahala Howarth (the Elizabeth name) and was born in the William Howarth house. “Mahala was a midwife for all of them.” This indicates either a family relationship between Elizabeth Abbott and the Alice Abbott, who married into this Howarth family and whose son married Mahala, or just that Mahala was the midwife for the area. Undocumented information does state that Alice Abbott and Elizabeth/Betty Abbott were sisters. However, since there is no documentation for the parents of Elizabeth/Betty, the sisters’ relationship is only by association.
The birth dates for Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott were derived from her tombstone (1807), censuses (1806) and immigration records (1812), dates ranging from 1806 to 1812. She may have been born January 8, 1807 (VH). If the birth dates on the list of children Vera Harris provided is correct, the 1807 date seems more likely, the typical two years between births.
There is a parish record for Alice Tomlinson, daughter of Elizabeth “Betty” and Richard Tomlinson. This record states that Alice was christened on February 5, 1832 at St Mary-The-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England and lists her father as Richard Tomlinson, mother Betty. (23) Unfortunately Betty’s maiden name was not provided in the record, but it does seem to confirm the marriage of “Betty” and Richard, as well as where this family lived before they came to America.
The Raworths and Tomlinsons were related to the Howarths, Abbotts and possibly the Ainsworths who also came from England and settled in Mason and nearby Illinois counties. In a somewhat confusing letter from Ethelyn Jones (daughter of Joseph Raworth’s son Richard), Dorchester, Nebraska, Dec. 7, 1969, she wondered how the Howarths tied in with the family. (24) She wrote: “Great Grandma Elizabeth Abbot Tomlinson, mother of Alice Tomlinson Raworth (our Grandma) was a sister to Uncle John Howarth’s wife. [This] made them Uncle and Aunt to Grandma Raworth. Uncle George O’Leary’s first wife, mother to John and Allie, was Nancy Howarth daughter of the John Howarths.” Ethelyn was stating that Elizabeth and Alice Abbott were sisters and that Nancy Howarth was the daughter of Alice Abbott and John Howarth.
There is a record for the probable sister of “Betty,” an Alice Abbott, born September 29, 1811, christened on January 5, 1812 St. Mary-the-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Father William Abbott, mother Nancy surname unknown. (25) This record for Alice fits almost exactly with the tombstone record for Alice, the wife of John Howarth. The documented record for Maria also provides support for this family lineage. Maria’s christening date, January 28, 1816 is close to the date of birth given on her tombstone. (26) These form the basis for the conclusion that a William Abbott was the father of our Elizabeth/Betty Abbott.
Alice Ann Abbott
Sister of Elizabeth Abbott
Alice Ann Abbott (William1) was born on September 29, 1811 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died on February 18, 1880, in Mason County, Illinois. Alice was baptized on January 5, 1812, St. Mary, Blackburn. Her death was listed in the 1880 census mortality schedule of Mason County: died February 1880, cause of death paralysis, age 69, a resident of Mason County 33 years. Alice married John William Howarth on July 26, 1834 at Saint Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. (27) This is further support for our Elizabeth “Betty” Abbott’s family residing in Blackburn. Alice and William were both buried at Fairview Cemetery, Lynchburg Township, Mason County. They are said to have had nine children. Supposedly John William Howarth, his son William, and a number of his descendants had an inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (CMT), which does not affect normal life expectancy, nor is it fatal.
John William Howarth is said to have been born on August 10, 1809 (or 1813) in Blackburn, and died in August 1889 in Lewiston, Fulton County, Illinois (or near Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois) while visiting his daughter, Elizabeth Howarth McGhee. There is an undocumented marriage for Alice Ann Abbott and John W. Howarth on July 14, 1834. In this record, John’s parents are said to be Richard and Nancy Howarth. There is a parish record for a Richard Haworth, weaver of Blackburn, and Nancy Holme, spinster, married on February 21, 1803, St. Mary, Blackburn. (28)
John W. and his oldest son, William, are said to have come to America in 1842 with the Ainsworth family. John W. purchased eighty acres of land in Lynchburg Township, Mason County on September 3, 1842, then returned to England to bring the rest of his family to Illinois. The family are said to have returned to Illinois in 1847, which agrees with the information given on Alice in the 1880 mortality schedule - a resident of Mason County 33 years. Perhaps it was the birth and death of their last child born in England, Amelia, born in 1846, that delayed their return to Illinois.
John and Alice built their first home on Fairview Lane in Lynchburg Township, their land was located across the lane from the Fairview Church in whose cemetery so many of the family members were buried. John and Alice had nine children, three of whom died in England, before the family came to Illinois – Emanuel, Jane, and Amelia. They were later to lose two daughters in house and barn fires. Five of their children were found in the 1850 census: William, Mary Jane, Henry, Nancy, and John. Only Nancy and John were born in Illinois. Living with them was a Joseph Howarth born circa 1825 in England, perhaps a brother of John W. Their farm was valued at $1,400, so they were doing quite well not long after arriving in Illinois. Enumerated on the previous page were Richard and Elizabeth (Abbott) Tomlinson, Alice’s brother Henry Abbott and Ainsworths. John W. then purchased additional land in 1853 and 1855. By 1870 his real estate was valued at $16,500, and personal estate at $300.
The children of Alice and John W. were:
William Howarth was born on February 8 or April 14, 1835 in Great Harwood [Haywood?], England and died on October 10, 1903 in Mason County, Illinois or Seville, Illinois. The Illinois State-wide death index has his death recorded at Chandlerville, Cass County. (29) Another researcher states that William was born on April 14, 1835 at Chapel St., Blackburn. In 1872 William was a farmer living in Lynchburg Township. (30) In the 1900 census and the 1872 Mason County Atlas, he stated he came to America in 1842. William married Mahala Elizabeth Robbins nee Brott in 1855. Mahala was born in 1831 and died in 1911. Mahala was the woman Elizabeth Alice Raworth said was a “midwife for all of them.” Apparently William and Mahala did not have children.
It is said that William had one or two children with his cousin Elizabeth Howarth, probably Amy and Harry Howarth. William is supposed to have adopted Amy and raised Harry. The 1870 and 1880 censuses for William reveal some information. In the 1870 census for William and Mahala, Amy, less than a year old, was listed directly under William and Mahala. Listed next was a Lizzie Howarth, age 26 and born England with only her father foreign born. Listed next was Harry Howarth, age 6, born England with only his father foreign born. Also listed was a James Bromley, age 12, born Illinois. The 1880 census gives more information. Living with William and Mahala was Amy with her father born in England and mother born in Pennsylvania. Harry was listed as a second cousin, born in England, parents born in England. Lizzie was not listed, however, she is said to have died on February 26, 1879, buried at Fairview Cemetery. John W. Fletcher, a nephew was also living with them.
William is said to have immigrated in 1842 with his father and the Ainsworth family. William returned to England in circa 1867 for a four month visit. This may be when Harry was conceived. Harry was found in the 1900-1930 censuses. He stated that he immigrated in 1866-1868 (varies with each census). By the 1930 census he was living with Amy and her husband, listed as a brother-in-law. Both Amy and Harry are buried in Fairview cemetery with William and Mahala. Another researcher has stated that William adopted Amy (no documentation) and it was suspected that Harry was also William’s son. So perhaps Amy and Harry were brother and sister. It is interesting that a Lizzie Howarth married a Napoleon B. Morris on January 16, 1871 in Mason County, Illinois. There is a Fairview Cemetery tombstone record for an Elizabeth J. Morris, wife of N. B. Morris, died February 26, 18??, age 35 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Harry Howarth (father unknown, raised by William and Mahala) was born circa April 1865 in Lancashire, England and died on April 15, 1945. He immigrated between 1866-1868. In the 1900-1930 censuses he is found single, usually a boarder in 1900 and 1920.
Amy Howarth (possibly adopted) was born on August 24, 1869 and died on October 8, 1935. Amy married James Wright Warren on October 11, 1888 in Havanna, Illinois. (31) On her marriage record, Amy, age 20, listed her parents as William Howarth and Mahala Brott.
William’s biography stated that he owned 393 acres of land in Lynchburg Township. In January of 1877 he bought an interest in the Sangamon Valley Mills in Chandlerville that he operated as the Paddock & Howarth Co. (32)
Emanuel Howarth was born circa 1837 and died in infancy in England (VH). There is a record for an Emanuel Haworth who died between April and June 1838 in Blackburn. (33)
Jane Howarth was born circa 1840 and died in infancy in England (VH).
Mary Jane Howarth was born on September 4, 1842 near Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died on May 22, 1870, Mason County, Illinois. She died in a fire, as did one of her children. Mary Jane was able to save her three other children by throwing them out of an upstairs window. Mary Jane married Thompson J. Fletcher on May 20, 1858 in Havana, Mason County. Thompson was a brother of the Joseph Ward Fletcher who married Alice Ann Abbott, daughter of Henry Abbott, brother of Mary Jane’s mother.
Henry Harry Howarth was born on February 11, 1844 near Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died on October 8, 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was buried in Nebraska. Henry raised thoroughbred horses in Nebraska. He drove his horses to St. Louis and sold them, after which he was murdered, robbed and his body was found lying in a tunnel. His assailants were never found.
Amelia Howarth was born circa 1846 and died in infancy in England (VH). There is a record for the birth of an Amelia Howarth, between April and June 1846, Blackburn. (34)
Nancy J. Howarth was born on July 16, 1848 in Mason County, Illinois and died on August 6, 1874 in Mason County, Illinois (died in fire). Nancy married George D. O’Leary. See the O’Leary family history. Nancy and George’s daughter, Alice O’Leary, married George Timothy Fletcher, son of Timothy Merell Fletcher.
John William Howarth was born on September 30, 1850 and died on October 30, 1850 in Illinois.
Elizabeth Howarth was born on July 10, 1853 in Mason County, Illinois and died in August 1919. Elizabeth married Douglas McGhee. They lived Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois in 1880. Two of their children were born in Kansas, circa 1873-1875. They were living with Elizabeth’s father in Mason County, Illinois in 1870.
Sister of Elizabeth Abbott
Maria Abbott (William1) was born circa November 30, 1815 and christened on January 28, 1816. She died on September 10, 1882. Maria married Thomas Ainsworth, Jr. in 1837 in Lancashire, England. They had ten children, but only eight have been found. Thomas was born circa January 31, 1809 and died on January 8, 1897. Thomas stated he was born January 30, 1814. Thomas may have married (2) Mrs. Margaret Holden Abbott on September 27, 1883 in Mason County who died October 17, 1883, (3) Mrs. Sarah Thornley on November 29, 1884 who died September 21, 1888. Thomas and all three are buried in Chandlerville City Cemetery, Cass County, Illinois, each listed as wife of a Thomas Ainsworth. According to Vera Harris, the third wife of Thomas Ainsworth was Sarah Abbott, who had previously married _?_ Thornley. This would have been Maria’s sister.
Maria’s father-in-law, Thomas Ainsworth Sr., was born circa 1782 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, died in 1855 in Mason County, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery. He married Sarah Townley, circa 1810, Blackburn, England. Sarah was born circa 1784 in England and died in October 1855. According to Vera Harris the parents of Thomas Sr. were George Ainsworth and Betty Fielder. Thomas was a weaver and came to America in 1842 with a brother and his son William in 1842. He claimed land in Mason County and returned to England for his family.
Apparently Maria and Thomas immigrated with her brother Henry Abbott and his family, arriving on June 21, 1842. The ship’s list included Thomas age 28 and Maria age 26, Richard age 23 and Mary age 24 and William age 18. It appears that Thomas Ainsworth Jr. purchased land in Mason County on September 3, 1842, just a little more than two months after arriving at New Orleans. William Ainsworth also purchased land on September 3, 1842. As noted above, William was living with Thomas Sr. in 1850, though the value of the land was listed under William’s name, not Thomas Sr.’s. Richard Ainsworth was listed with real estate value in the 1850 Mason County Census, but land purchases were not recorded for him until 1853. These were all probably cash entry sales. Thomas Ainsworth’s biographies give family information:
“Thomas Ainsworth, capitalist, Chandlerville. Among the most active, upright and highly respected citizens of Cass County, who have achieved success by their own indomitable energies, rather than by any outside aid, is the subject of this sketch. His record is that of hundreds of others of the self made, self reliant men, to be met with in the every-day walks of life, and his career has been marked with the varied experiences common to all of the class referred to. Mr. Ainsworth is a native of Lancashire, England, having been born Jan. 30, 1814, to Thomas and Sarah (Townley) Ainsworth, both natives of England. He was denied the privilege of attaining other than a limited mental culture in youth; but his was an energy that was not easily thwarted by obstacles, and by dint of his own perseverance, he succeeded in gaining a fair business education; nor was he more fortunate in this world’s goods. Standing on the threshold of his young manhood, he could easily count the dollars that were his upon the fingers of his hand. His had ever been a cradle rocked by the hand of adversity; but his heart was strong, his courage great, his energy remarkable; and lured by hope, he pressed steadily forward, placing his trust in Him who heareth ever the cry of the raven and who has promised to reward the faithful worker. His early life was spent at home, and at an early age learned to earn his own livelihood in a cotton factory, where his father was also employed. At the age of twenty-eight years he bade his home and native country farewell. He emigrated to America in 1842, and the same year moved to Illinois, settling in Mason County, where he entered eighty acres of wild prairie land, and remained on the same for thirty-five years, and during that time saw this country develop from a wilderness to its present highly cultivated condition. In 1876 he erected, from his own designs, a neat and commodious residence in the stirring little town of Chandlerville, and moved to the same in the spring of 1877, where he may now be found, surrounded with those comforts, and enjoying those pleasures that are ever the result of honesty, industry and economy. Mr. Ainsworth is one of the largest stockholders of the Valley National Bank of St. Louis, is largely interested in Colorado mines, and is the owner of over two thousand acres of the best land of Illinois. His marriage occurred in 1837, to Miss Maria Abbott, a native of Lancashire, England, born in November, 1814. The result of this union was ten children, of whom seven are now living: Nancy, the wife of Agustine Witt, a wholesale merchant of Decatur; William Henry, a prominent merchant of Rood House, Ill.; Alice, the wife of William Casey, a retired farmer, of Centralia, Ill.; Thomas T., a farmer of Mason County; Sarah E., wife of George Ransome, a farmer of Mason County; Mary A., wife of Thomas Saye furniture dealer, of Chandlerville, and Joseph, who is farming upon the old homestead farm, in Mason County. Among his children Mr. Ainsworth has divided over $80,000 worth of property. He and wife are connected with the Congregational Church. He was formerly an old line Whig, but is now a Republican. He has never taken part in political demonstrations, but evidently takes quite as much interest in what he has not done, as in that which he actually has accomplished.” (35)
“Thomas Ainsworth, retired farmer and residence Chandlerville, Cass Co. (formerly resident of Lynchburg Township); was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, in January, 1814; he came to America in 1842 and located in Lynchburg, this county, in the fall of the same year, where he engaged in farming. He was married, Jan. 20, 1837, to Miss Maria Abbott, who was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England; ten children by this union, seven of whom are living - Nancy (wife of A. Wait; resides in Decatur, Ill.), Alice (wife of William Casey, resides in Centralia, Ill.), Sarah E. (wife of George Ranson, resides in Kilbourne Township, this county), Joseph (resides in Lynchburg Township), Mary A. (lives at home), Martha J. (deceased). Mr. Ainsworth owns 480 acres of farm land and 120 acres of timber land in Lynchburg Township, this county, and 1,857 acres in Iroquois Co., Ill. His father's family came to America in 1846 and settled in Lynchburg Township; his father, Thomas Ainsworth, died in 1855, and his mother, Sarah (Townley) Ainsworth, died in October of the same year. Mr. Ainsworth removed a few years since to Chandlerville, Cass Co., Ill., where he still resides.” (36)
Thomas’s birth is confirmed. (37) Thomas Ainsworth was born January 30, 1814, christened January 30, 1814, parents Thomas Ainsworth and Sarah. The interesting information is that he was christened at the Blackburn Presbyterian, so the family departed from the Church of England.
Children of Maria & Thomas:
Nancy Ainsworth was born on January 18, 1842 at Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died on May 16, 1926 (undocumented). According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Nancy married Augustine Wait on March 12, 1864 in Mason County. According to the 1880 and 1900 censuses, they lived in Decatur, Illinois, where Augustine was a dealer in notions. Their children were: Clarence, Linn, Arthur, and Fao. Augustine was probably previously married, living with them in 1880 was a daughter, Hattie, age 27, born in Vermont. This is probably Nancy’s obituary, published in 1926: (38)
Mrs Nancy Wait Dies Saturday - Was Active Hospital and Church Worker
Mrs. Nancy Ainsworth Wait died in the Decatur and Macon County Hospital. Saturday evening, following a bad fall that she had suffered a week before. Pneumonia set in and was the immediate cause of death.
Nancy Ainsworth was born in Blackburn, England Jan. 16, 1842. She came with her parents to the United States when she was but three months old and settled with them in Macon county, Illinois, where she spent her childhood. It was there that she met A. Wait and they were married in 1863. To this union were born Arthur, Fao and Clarence, all of whom are living in Decatur.
During her lifetime in Decatur, Mrs. Wait was a quite but indefatigable work in her church, the First Methodist, with the W.C.T.U. and with the Decatur hospital association. It was with this latter entity that she was most closely connected and was one of the group of women who aided in securing the first hospital site for the then Bethesda association on West Main street west of Fairview avenue. Her name is among those on the plate at the present Decatur and Macon County Hospital.
In W.C.T.U. work, Mrs. Wait was active but as a worker in the ranks. In all her enterprises with which she was connected she did not seek office or recognition, but was content to serve.
Funeral services for Mrs. Wait will be conducted at the First Methodist church Monday at 3:30 PM with Rev. Fred W. Ingvolsdtad in charge. Burial will be in Greenwood. Dawson and Wikoff have the body in charge.
William H. Ainsworth was born circa 1845 in Illinois.
Alice Ainsworth was born circa 1847 in Illinois and married William Casey.
Thomas T. Ainsworth was born circa 1849 in Illinois and married Mary J. Winters on December 29, 1875 in Mason County.
Sarah E. Ainsworth was born circa 1852 and married George Ransome.
Joseph Ainsworth was born circa 1854. He may have married Margaret E. Abbott (daughter of William P. Abbott) on October 1, 1878, Mason County, Illinois. In Fairview Cemetery are these burials that may be this family: Joseph Ainsworth, b. 1855, d. 1932; Margaret A. Ainsworth wife of Joseph Ainsworth, b. 1858, d. 1888; Anna S. Ainsworth wife of Joseph Ainsworth, b. 1851, d. 1922. Joseph J. Ainsworth was born July 28, 1854, Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died July 18, 1932 in Mason County, Illinois, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Mary A. Ainsworth was born circa 1856 (age 4 in 1860 census) and married Thomas R. Saye on May 11, 1880 in Cass County, Illinois (Statewide Marriage Index).
Martha Jane Ainsworth was born circa 1856 (age 4 in 1860 census). On the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index a Martha J. Ainsworth married a J. F. Bisby on July 31, 1873 in Kane County, Illinois.
Brother of Elizabeth Abbott
Henry Abbott (William1) was born on February 1, 1819 in Blackburn, England and died on July 10, 1898. Henry married Martha A. Keen on January 3, 1838 in Southport, Lancashire, England. Martha was born circa 1820 in England and died after 1880. They had seven children, only six have been found. Researcher Vera Harris claims that Henry’s daughter Alice Ann and Alice Abbott’s daughter Mary Jane Howarth were first cousins. This would make Henry and Alice Abbott brother and sister. All the children of Henry Abbott married and had children. In 1860 the probable brother of Martha Keen was living with Henry’s family.
Arriving on June 21, 1842 were a Henry Abbott age 23 and his wife, Ann Abbott also age 23, with their children, Alice Abbott age 11 and William Abbott age 5, though Alice’s age does not agree with the 1850 Mason County census. Henry was enumerated on the same page as the Ainsworths (who were on this ship) in the 1850 Mason County census. It appears that Henry immigrated with his possible sister, Maria Abbott Ainsworth. On the ship were these Ainsworths who were found in the 1850 census: Thomas age 28 and Maria age 26 (probably Henry’s sister); Richard age 23 and Mary age 24; William age 18. In the 1850 Mason County census, William was listed with his wife Elizabeth in the household of Thomas Sr. and Sarah Ainsworth. A William Ainsworth married Eliza Ann Lewis 1844 in Du Page County. It is unknown whose children the Sarah Ainsworth, age 11, and Mary Ainsworth, age 5, listed on this ship list were. They were not in the 1850 census for these Ainsworth families, and may have died/married by 1850. It appears that Thomas Sr. age 50 and Sarah age 48 immigrated in 1845 to join their children, although the ages do not match the 1850 Mason County Census.
In 1862 Henry was appointed Supervisor for Lynchburg Township. (39) In 2000 Lincoln, Illinois featured the home of Henry Abbott as part of its annual tour of historical homes. (40) Henry’s home was described: “419 Delavan St., owned by R. James and Rebecca Johnson. Henry Abbott, who was born in England, came to Logan County about 1865 and, after retiring from farming, built this house in the early 1870s. The 1875 city directory lists this as one of the first houses on Delavan Street.”
William Abbott was born on October 3, 1838 in England and died on July 27, 1916 in Mason County, Illinois. William married Sarah J. McIntosh who died on October 7, 1916 in Mason County, Illinois. Biographical information on William, and his father, Henry, provides family information. (41)
“William Abbott. Notable among the valuable farms of Mason County is that situated on section 23, Lynchburg, Township, and owned and operated by the subject of this sketch. While the land is devoted mainly to the raising of cereals, considerable attention is also paid to stock-raising, and upon the farm are to be seen a number of full-blooded Jersey cattle and. Chester White hogs. The residence, erected by Mr. Abbott at a cost of $2,000, is a two-story structure, 16x24 feet in dimensions, with an ‘L’ 20x20. The other buildings are substantial, adapted to their varied uses; the barn, 50x30 feet, was built at a cost of $800, and is one of the best in the locality. Everything about the place indicates the energetic disposition and excellent judgment of the owner. Our subject is of English parentage and descent. His father, Henry Abbott, who was born in that country February 1, 1829, came to America in 1842, and settled in Cass County, Ill., near Virginia which place he reached with his wife and two children and $5 in cash. For three years he worked at the shoemaker’s trade in that place, after which he came to Mason County and bought an eighty-acre tract near Fairview Church, in Lynchburg Township. Six years later he settled upon the farm now owned by our subject, and to his original purchase of two hundred acres, in a few months added eighty acres. He did not, however, give his personal attention to the cultivation of this tract, but removing to Logan County, bought three hundred and twenty acres, and for some years engaged in farming there. Retiring from active business in 1876, he bought a residence in Lincoln, Ill., and there he still makes his home. His landed possessions now aggregate six hundred and twenty acres in Mason County, eight hundred acres in Logan County, and eight hundred in Champaign County, Ill., the entire amount being under cultivation, with the exception of one hundred acres of timber land.
“The lady with whom Henry Abbott was united in marriage in England bore the maiden name of Martha A. Keen, and was the daughter of English parents, who lived and died in that country. There were seven children in the family, all but one of whom still survive. William is the eldest, and the others are, Mrs. Alice Fletcher, of Sterling, Ill.; Mrs. Nancy Campbell, of South Dakota; J. B., a resident of Mason City, Ill.; James, living in Logan County; and Mrs. Mary E. Pegram, whose home is in Lincoln, this state. All the children are married and have children.
“The first six years of the life of our subject were passed in Lancashire, England, where he was born October 3, 1838. Thence he came with his parents to the United States, where he grew to manhood in Illinois. At the age of twenty-four he married Miss Sarah J., daughter of Robert McIntosh, of England, who was born November 4, 1820, and in early life worked at the weaver’s trade. In 1847 he emigrated to America landing in Philadelphia, where he spent three years. Upon sending for his family to join him, he settled in New Bedford, Mass., but after a year there he went to New Hampshire, where he engaged in farming for seven years. In 1856 he removed westward to Illinois, and coming to Mason County, bought eighty acres in Lynchburg Township. Afterward he added ninety-five acres to his estate, and at the time of his death, April 9, 1888, he was numbered among the prosperous citizens of his community. His wife was a daughter of Thomas Thornley, of England. [This paragraph is confusing, everything after Miss Sarah J., daughter is about Robert McIntosh]
“Immediately following his marriage, January 1, 1863, Mr. Abbott settled in Lynchburg Township, where he purchased from his father, one hundred and sixty acres. Five years later he bought another quarter-section, upon which he engaged in tilling the soil for five years. As it was thought that a change would benefit his wife, who was in poor health, he went to Logan County, where he resided for seven years. Since then he has made his home on section 23, Lynchburg Township. He cultivates four hundred acres, and superintends the management of his father’s property in Mason County.
“Politically, Mr. Abbott is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church and prominent workers in the Sunday-school, Mrs. Abbott being at the present time Vice-President of the Township Sunday-school Association. They were the parents of nine children; two are deceased, Mrs. Alice A. Winters, who was born October 7, 1863, and died April 24, 1889, leaving two children that are now in Iowa; and Louisa E., who was born November 18, 1869, and died August 5, 1878. The other children are: Mary E., who married Mr. Daniel, and has three children; Pernecia, an accomplished young lady, who attended the Jacksonville Female College for one year; Henry A. and Dora J., who are graduates of the Mason County schools; Gracie, William R. and Elmer R., who are students in the home schools.”
Although William claimed he came to America in 1842, in the 1891 Plat Book of Mason County, he stated he immigrated in 1844. He was residing at Section 23, Chandlerville in 1891. Living with William and Sarah in 1870 was a William Holden, age 13, born in England. William Abbott, the possible progenitor of the Abbott family was said to have married Nancy Holden/Holding.
William’s probate file in Mason County (Box 165) names children: Mary Ellen Daniel (resided Beason, Illinois), Henry Arthur Abbott, Dorothy Walker (resided Mason City), Grace Schadd (resided Warsaw, Illinois), William R. Abbott, Elmer R. Abbott and his wife Sara Jane Abbott (resided Mason City). Grandchildren named were the children of Pernecia: William Ewell, Roswell Edwin, Ira Thomas and Albert Adolph Johnson, all residing at Saidora, Illinois. Also named were the children of Alice Ann: William John and Ira Deiteres Winter, residing in South Dakota.
Sarah Jane’s probate file in Mason County (Box 167) listed her children: Mary Ellen Daniel, Henry Arthur Abbott, Dorothy J. Walker, Grace Schaad, William R. Abbott and Elmer R. Abbott. The children of her daughter Ann, deceased, were named: William John and Ira Dieteres Winter. The children of her daughter Pernesia Johnson were named: Rosewell Edwin, William Ewell, Ira Thomas and Albert Adolph Johnson.
Children of William & Sarah:
Alice Ann Abbott was born on October 7, 1863 and died on April 24, 1889. Alice married George W. Winter/Winters on February 28, 1884. Evidently they moved to Iowa or George moved there after Alice’s death.
Louisa E. Abbott was born on November 18, 1869 and died on August 5, 1878.
Mary Ellen Abbott married Mitchel Y. Daniel on December 30, 1886 in Mason County, Illinois. They had three children.
Pernecia H. Abbott was born in November 1871 and died on April 15, 1907. She married Adolph Johnson on October 30, 1895 in Mason County, Illinois. Adolph was born in 1872 and died in 1937.
Henry Arthur Abbott possibly married Carrie E. Bell on January 24, 1900 in Mason County, Illinois. Both are possibly buried at Fairview Cemetery with their son Vertis G. Abbott.
Dora/Dorothy J. Abbott married _?_ Walker or possibly a Frank Rickard on November 25, 1896 in Mason County, Illinois.
Gracie/Grace Abbott married a Charles H. Schaad on February 27, 1899 in Mason County, Illinois.
William R. Abbott.
Elmer R. Abbott was born in Chandlerville and married Hazel Kirk Croft on December 29, 1915 in Mason City, Mason County, Illinois. Elmer was age 30, a druggist, at the time of his marriage.
Alice Abbott was born circa 1841in England and married Joseph Fletcher on March 4, 1859 in Mason County, Illinois. Joseph was a brother of the Thompson Fletcher who married Mary Jane Howarth. Listed with Alice and Joseph in 1870 is Mary E. Abbott, age 6, daughter of Henry Abbott.
Nancy Abbott was born circa 1846 in Illinois and married on February 21, 1866 in Mason County, Illinois, Richard W. Campbell. They moved to South Dakota circa 1883. The biography of Richard provides family information and information on Nancy’s father, Henry. (42)
“R. W. Campbell. Among the agriculturists of Sanborn county who have attained success from a financial point of view is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is a large land owner and one of the most progressive and energetic farmers and stock-raisers in this section of the country, and is a complete master of his chosen calling. His sterling integrity and honorable, upright manhood fully entitle him to the position which he holds in the estimation of the people of the community. His home is on the southeast quarter of section 1, Warren township.
“Mr. Campbell was born in 1838 in Tennessee, of which state his ancestors, as far back as his great-grandfather on the paternal side, were also natives, while the great-great-grandfather was a native of Scotland. The mother was also born in Tennessee and there the father engaged in merchandising for some years, but after his removal to Illinois, of which state the family were pioneers, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits.
“Our subject, who is the third in order of birth in a family of ten children, was reared on a farm in Illinois, and his educational privileges were very meager as at first there were no schools near his home and later those established were very poor. He left home on attaining his majority, but was persuaded to return and assist his father for another year or so. At the age of twenty three he moved to Logan county, Illinois, where he engaged in farming on his own account. While there he was married, February 21, 1866, to Miss Nancy Abbott, a native of that state and a daughter of Henry and Ann Abbott, who were of English birth. The father, who was a shoemaker by trade, landed in America with only three cents in his pocket, but at his death was worth two hundred thousand dollars, acquired by his own well directed efforts. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have a family of ten children.
“During his residence in Illinois, our subject owned and occupied three different farms. In 1883 he came to Sanborn county, South Dakota, and purchased the southeast quarter of section 1, Warren township, on which he began life in this state in a little shanty, 12 x 14 feet, living alone the first five months, while breaking some of his land. At that time there was only one house in sight from his farm, and during those early days he many times fought prairie fires to keep his neighbors’ property from being destroyed, his own always being protected by a fire guard. When he located here his stock consisted of a cow, two yearling heifers, two mules and one horse, and his other possessions consisted of little besides his household goods. He now has, however, six hundred and forty acres of valuable land, of which three hundred acres are under a high state of cultivation and well improved with good buildings. At first he engaged principally in grain raising, but was quick to perceive that this section of the state was better adapted to the cattle business, in which he is now extensively engaged. In 1893 he had the misfortune to lose sixty head of cattle from black leg and other causes. He is a close observer and being a man of sound judgment has always benefitted by past experience. He has invented a machine for burning off stubble fields, which is called the Campbell weed, seed and insect exterminator and stubble burner, and from past experience and the testimonials favoring it, it will undoubtedly prove a great success.
“Politically, Mr. Campbell is a Populist, and he has been honored with several township offices. He was active in organizing an Old Settlers Association in his neighborhood, which holds a picnic annually, and he served as its first vice-president. He and his family are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and his children are active members of the Epworth League.”
John Benjamin Abbott was born circa 1847 in Illinois and died on November 29, 1930 He married (1) Mary J. Ainsworth on October 14, 1869 in Mason County, Illinois, (2) Lillian M. _?_. His short biography was published in 1879: (43)
John B. Abbott, grain-dealer, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Natrona [Allen’s Grove Township]; was born in Mason Co., Ill., June 10, 1846. His father, Henry Abbott, and mother, Ann (Keen) Abbott, were born in Lancashire, England, and emigrated to the United States a short time previous to the birth of John B. The subject of this sketch, who was raised to the occupation of farming, for the last three years has given much attention to the buying and shipping of grain, requiring the use of two grain elevators in Natrona. He married a daughter of Richard Ainsworth, of Mason City, Ill., Oct. 14, 1869; she was born in Lynchburg Township, in this county, July 8, 1849; they have four children, viz., Richard Henry, born July 17, 1870; Albert Edward, March 30, 1872; Ira, April 28, 1874, and Alice Myrtle, Dec. 11, 1878. Mr. Abbott is Treasurer of the school fund in this township, and owns 480 acres land in this and Mason City Townships.
According to her probate file (Box 141, Havana, Illinois), Mary J. Ainsworth died on May 11, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, where she had gone for treatment, but was a resident of Mason City. In her probate file, Mary J. named a daughter Alice M. McCarty (residing at Jacksonville, Illinois) and sons Richard H. (residing at Petersburg, Illinois), Albert E. (residing at Mason City) and Ira R. (residing at Petersburgh). Her husband was John B. Abbott, residing at Mason City.
John then married Lillian M. _?_. John’s probate file in Mason County (Box 479) lists his son Ira Reid (residing Petersburg), daughter Alice M. McCarty (residing 2900 Western Ave., Mattoon, Illinois), grandson Ira R. (residing 1552 W. Forest Ave., Decatur, Illinois), and grandson Richard H. (residing 1820 S. Gleenwood, Springfield, Illinois), wife Lillian M. Abbott. It appears he had no children with Lillian.
Alice Myrtle married Rev. Francis A. McCarty/Mcarty, a ME church preacher. Albert Edward married Sarah Etta Mehan (age 24) on September 9, 1896 in Mason City, Mason County. (44) Albert was age 25, an electrician at the time of his marriage. Albert died on April 20, 1921. His probate file at Mason County (Box 185) listed his wife Sara E., son Ira R., brother Ira. R. (resided Petersburg, Illinois), sister Alice M. McCarty (resided Quincy, Illinois), and nephew Richard H. Abbott, minor (resided Petersburgh, Illinois). On November 6, 1901, Ira K. Abbott married Nona Watkins, both resided in Petersburg. (45) Alice Myrtle was residing in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1913: “Rev. F. A. Mcarty and family of Jacksonville are visiting with Mrs. McCarty's parents, J. B. Abbott and wife.” (46)
James Abbott was born circa 1849 in Illinois. He possibly married Margaret A. Lindsay on December 20, 1876 in Mason County, Illinois.
Mary E. Abbott was born circa 1854 in Illinois and married Thomas J. Pegram on December 30, 1875 in Logan County, Illinois. Information on Thomas and Mary: (47)
Thomas James Pegram was born on March 21, 1838 in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois. He died on October 11, 1924 in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. He came to Logan County, Illinois in 1857, and farmed until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted on July 25, 1961 in the Union Army, and served in the Seventh Illinois Mounted Infantry until his period of enlistment ended, leaving as a lieutenant on July 25, 1864. He participated in battles of Fort Danaldson, Corinth and Shiloh.
After the Civil War, he was a member of the grain firm The Pegram Brothers, which operated a grain elevator in Lincoln, Illinois. He was described as a staunch Republican, and a member of the Methodist church and Knights Templars. He is buried in ithe family plot in Union Illinois cemetery.
Thomas married Mary Esther Abbott [Mary Esther Abbott, Personal correspondence from Robert Mayo Pegram, a descendant of Thomas James Pegram.] daughter of Henry Abbott and Ann Keen on December, 30 1875 in Logan County, Illinois. Mary was born on March 27, 1844 in Mason County, Illinois. She died on January 18, 1922 in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. Her obituary reads in part:
Mary Ester (nee Abbott) Pegram, beloved wife of Thomas James Pegram, passed away in blessed sleep, Wednesday evening, January 18, 1922, at her home, 129 Grand Ave, at 9:35. She was born in Mason County, this state, March 27,1854, being 67 years 9 months and 21 days old when called hence. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Abbott and was married to her surviving husband in Lincoln, December 30, 1875. To this union the following children were born: Walker A. Pegram, Kankakee, Ill.; George K. Pegram, Lincoln, Ill.; Henry B. Pegram, Canton, Ill.; Benjamin H. Pegram, Lincoln, Ill. and Mary Virginia Pegram, Lincoln, Ill., besides the following brothers and sisters who preceded her in death with the exception of John B. Abbott of Mason City. The deceased are: William Abbott, Alice Fletcher, Nancy Campbell, James H. Abbott and Joseph Abbott.
Mrs. Pegram was a staunch member of the M.E. church of our city, also a member of the W.R.C. and Womans Foreign Missionary Society. She showed her true Christianity, always amiable and happy in spite of being an invalid the past 8 years superinduced by four paralytic strokes. She believed in her Lord and always remarked, that He above would call her home when her time came. A nice example for the family and others to look upon and follow, an excellent wife and a good mother gone, but only for a short time when they who follow will be reunited thru all Eternity. She has suffered faithfully, but now she is rejoicing in the abode above, no pain, no suffering, but all glory.
The funeral was held Friday (today) afternoon from the M.E. church in our city at 2 o'clock with Rev. John Kruwell officiating, with burial in Union cemetery.
Mary and Thomas had the following children:
Walker Abbott Pegram was born on December 3, 1876 and died on August 7, 1932.
George Keen Pegram was born on August 30, 1879 and died on April 4, 1940.
Henry Baker Pegram was born on June 17, 1881 and died on June 5, 1969.
Thomas Manson Pegram was born on March 8, 1884 in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois.
Carl Mayo Pegram was born on May 14, 1886 in Lincoln, Logan County and died on March 11, 1887.
Benjamin Harrison Pegram was born on June 5, 1888 in Lincoln, Logan County and died in October 1965 in Illinois. Benjamin married Natalie H., who was born about 1890 in Lincoln, Logan County.
Mary Virginia Pegram was born on January 6, 1901 in Lincoln, Logan County.
William P. Abbott
Brother of Elizabeth Abbott
William P. Abbott (William1) was born circa December 1823 (calculated from tombstone record) in England and died on May 25, 1879 in Lynchburg, Mason County, Illinois, age 55 years, 5 months, 16 days. He married a Margaret who was born circa 1824 in England.
According to Vera Harris, this was Margaret Holden, daughter of John Holden and Margaret Wholley. Margaret was born March 13, 1824 in Lancashire, England and died October 17, 1883 in Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois. William and Margaret were married in 1850 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Vera lists a second marriage for Margaret to Thomas Ainsworth, Jr. on September 22, 1888 in Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois. However, this would have been after her death. The Illinois Statewide marriage index lists Thomas Ainsworth married Mrs. Margaret Holden Abbott on September 27, 1883 in Mason County, Illinois. (48) Margaret probably died less than one month after their marriage. The marriage index also lists a Thomas Ainsworth married Mrs. Sarah Thornley on November 29, 1884 in Mason County. (49) Sara probably died on September 21, 1888. Thomas and all three are buried in Chandlerville City Cemetery, Cass County, Illinois, each listed as wife of a Thomas Ainsworth. Note that Vera Harris has the Sarah Abbott born 1821 as marrying a Thornley. So Thomas Ainsworth may have married William P.’s wife and William P.’s sister.
William P.’s probate file was transcribed at Havanna, Mason County (Box 1). He made his will on November 6, 1877, when he was age 53, naming his wife Margrate Abbott. Mentioned in the will was the following land: SE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 19, North of Range 10 West, 160 acres; SE of NE, Section 33, Township 19, North of Range 10 West, 20 acres (10 acres in probate). Heirs after the death of his wife were sons James Abbott and William Henry Abbott, daughter Margrate A. Abbott. Thomas T. Ainsworth of Mason County and Henry Abbott of Lincoln, Logan County were named executors. After he died on May 25, 1879, William Howarth signed and gave proof of death. Listed as heirs were: widow Margaret Abbott, James Abbott, Margaret A. Ainsworth, William H. Abbott. Relatives listed were Thomas Ainsworth of Chandlerville and Henry Abbott of the Town of Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois. The property listed included the above plus N side of E ½ of SW 1/4, Section 19, Township 19, Range 9, 20 acres. Total 190 acres in Lynchburg Township, $5,600 value. Added to this was 10 acres, E side of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4, Section 33, Township 19, Range 10. Then it seems there was a final total of $5,800.
Margaret, a widow, was living in Lynchburg in 1880 with their son William H. William P. was probably the son of William and Nancy. He named Henry Abbott (above) as executor in his will and Henry is listed as a relative in William’s probate, as was Thomas T. Ainsworth.
Children of William P. Abbott:
James Abbott was born circa 1853 in England. James William Abbott, born August 20, 1852, Blackburn, England, married Margaret A. “Mead” Lindsey, December 20, 1876, Havana, Mason County, Illinois (VH). Margaret was the daughter of James H. Lindsey and Frances Ann Payne (VH). This marriage is on the statewide marriage index, Margaret’s surname is listed as Lindsay. Their son was James William Abbott, Jr., born September 21, 1878 in Chandlerville, Cass County, and died on March 24, 1946 in Chandlerville (VH). He married Martha E. Elliot on January 19, 1899 in Cass County (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index). Martha was born November 7, 1878 and died April 10, 1955 in Chandlerville, buried in Chandlerville Cemetery (VH). Their children were: Margaret, Lucille, Virginia, Maxine, Hugo, James William III, Norman C.
Margaret A. Abbott was born circa 1857 in England. Margaret may have married Joseph Ainsworth. She was named as Margaret A. Ainsworth in her father’s probate. Margaret Alice Abbott was born June 22, 1857 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died March 15, 1888, Mason County, Illinois, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH). She married Joseph J. Ainsworth on October 1, 1878 in Havana, Mason County, Illinois, son of Thomas J. Ainsworth and Mariah/Maria Abbott (VH). She married her cousin.
William Henry Abbott was born circa 1859 in England. He may have married Martha C. Beane on October 4, 1887 in Mason County, Illinois. William Henry Abbott was born June 22, 1859, Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died November 26, 1915, Nebraska(?) (VH). He married Martha Charlotte Beane, October 4, 1887 in Havana, Mason County, Illinois, daughter of James Beane and Ann Cooper, born December 2, 1862, Bath Township, Mason County, Illinois and died June 16, 1938, Tecumseh, Nebraska (VH).
Thomas Ainsworth was born circa 1781 or 1782 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died in 1855, in Mason County, Illinois, buried in Fairview Cemetery. He married Sarah Townley, circa 1810 or 1813, in Blackburn, England. Sarah was born circa 1784 or 1785 in England and died October 1855. Thomas was a weaver and came to America in 1842 with a brother and his son William in 1842. He claimed land in Mason County and returned to England for his family. According to Vera Harris, the parents of Thomas were George Ainsworth and Betty Fielder. The children of Thomas and Sarah were:
Thomas Ainsworth married Maria Abbott (see above)
Richard Ainsworth was born December 5, 1817 in Lancashire, England. He married, in England, a Mary Jane Talbott (VH). This is probably their Fairview Cemetery record: Richard Ainsworth, b. December 5, 1817, Hadburn [sic Blackburn], England, d. January 21, 1885, aged 67 years, 1 month, 17 days; Mary Ann Ainsworth, b. circa October 31, 1817, d. February 19, 1874. Mary Jane was born on October 31, 1817, Blackburn, England. The record from the Chapel Street Independent in Blackburn state that Richard Ainsworth was born November 28, 1817, christened January 4, 1818, father Thomas Ainsworth, mother Sarah. (50) Richard’s biography: (51)
Richard Ainsworth, retired farmer, Sec. 6; P.O. Mason City; one of the early settlers of Mason Co.; born in Lancashire, England, Dec. 5, 1817; after receiving a common-school education, he was engaged in the cotton factories of Blackburn until 25 years of age, when he, with two brothers, emigrated to America, landing in New Orleans; they then came up the river to Cincinnati, thence to Cass Co., Ill., where, after a short residence, they came to Mason Co. and located near Bath in the fall of 1842; here he entered eight acres of land, to which he afterward added until he had accumulated between 600 and 700 acres, upon which he resided until 1877, when he disposed of the same and, after a residence of one year at Natrona, removed to Mason City Township and erected his present residence, removing into the same in October, 1878. Mr. Ainsworth is on of the self-made men of Mason Co.; arriving in the county without means; he borrowed the money to enter his first eighty acres of land; he has always confined his business to farming, and has, by his hard labor, perseverance and correct business habits, placed himself among the large landholders and successful farmers of Mason Co., owning, as he now does, 1,450 acres in Mason Co. and 1, 520 acres in Iroquois Co., his real estate being valued at upward of $100,000, aside from personal property; he has not accumulated the above by a miserly manner of living; he is known as being very liberal; contributes liberally to the cause of religion and education, and is very kind to the poor, and especially to his own tenants, with whom, uon a failure of crops, he assumes the largest share of the losses; he has devoted much time to literature, being particularly interested in ancient and modern history, and has, by years of reading and study, become familiar with all the topics of the day. His marriage with Mary J. Talbott was celebrated in 1840, in Blackburn, Lancashire; she was born in the above place in November, 1817; she died in Mason Co. Feb. 24, 1874; they were the parents of eight children, of whom two sons and two daughters now survive, viz.: Mary J., wife of John B. Abbott, of Natrona; John J., farming near Mason City; Sarah A. and William T., the last two living at home.
The children of Richard and Mary Ann were:
Sarah Ellen Ainsworth, born May 8, 1841, died May 5, 1842 (VH).
Mary Ann Ainsworth, born and died July 17, 1842 (VH).
Richard H., born circa 1846, Illinois. Probably Fairview Cemetery: Richard R. Ainsworth, son of Richard and Mary, b. circa April 17, 1846, d. January 28, 1865. Vera lists him as Richard Henry Ainsworth (VH).
Martha Ann Ainsworth, born July 8, 1849, died April 7, 1851, twin of Mary Jane (VH).
Mary Jane Ainsworth, born July 8, 1849, died May 14, 1914, buried Mason City Cemetery, married John Benjamin Abbott, the son of Henry Abbott and Ann Keene, resided Natrona, Mason County, Illinois (VH). The Illinois Statewide marriage index records this marriage on October 14, 1869. (52)
Nathaniel Ainsworth was circa 1849 in Illinois. Nathaniel Ainsworth, born circa 1851, died before 1879 (VH).
John James Ainsworth was born July 24, 1852 and died September 16, 1926, buried Mason City Cemetery. He married Elizabeth A. Ainsworth on March 22, 1877, Mason County, Illinois (VH). Elizabeth was his first cousin, the daughter of William T. Ainsworth and Elizabeth A. Pendleton, born in April 1854, Mason County, Illinois and died on February 27, 1939, buried Mason City Cemetery (VH). They had four children, two living by 1900: Christian Thomas, John William (VH). John’s biography: (53)
John J. Ainsworth, farmer; P.O. Mason City; is a son of Richard Ainsworth, whose biography also appears in this work; he was born in Mason Co., Ill., July 24, 1852; he was raised to farming, and obtained a common-school education, completing the same by a course at the Commercial College at Jacksonville, Morgan Co. He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth A. Ainsworth upon March 22, 1877; she was born in Mason Co., Ill., April 2, 1854, and was a daughter of William Ainsworth, a settler of 1842. In March, 1878, he located upon his present place, which contains 240 acres just outside the city limits of Mason City, which he intends making his permanent home.
Sarah Alice Ainsworth was born on November 27, 1854 and died on May 14, 1933. She married Charles E. Freeman on April 27, 1881 in Mason County, Illinois (VH). Vera has more details not included here.
William Thomas Ainsworth was born in January 1858, Saidora, Illinois and died December 2, 1952 in Mason City, Illinois. He married (1) Hattie S. Ironmonger, November 25, 1880, Mason County, (2) Martha Ellen Mitchell, January 1, 1884, Mason City, Illinois (VH).
William Ainsworth (William Thomas or Townley) was born January 23, 1824, Blackburn and died on September 13, 1904, Lynchburg Township, Mason County, buried Fairview Cemetery. He married Elizabeth Ann Pendleton/Pemberton, June 22, 1845, Havana, Illinois (there is no record of this marriage in the statewide marriage index). Elizabeth Ann was born October 31, 1822, Church Parish, London, England and died February 13, 1860, buried Fairview Cemetery. William may have married Elizabeth Ann Lewis, June 9, 1844 in Du Page County. (54) After Elizabeth died, William married Charlotte Moffatt (Charlotte Lois Morfoot?) on October 7, 1860. (55) Charlotte was born on March 28, 1842 and died on November 5, 1927 in Mason County, buried Fairview Cemetery. Charlotte was probably the sister of the Frederick Moffatt/Morfoot who lived with, and may have been adopted by John Raworth (see Raworth family history). Vera claims that William had 19 or 20 children. William’s biography: (56)
William Ainsworth, farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Chandlerville; was born in Blackburn, England, Jan. 23, 1824; when 14 years of age, he was apprenticed to the trade of silversmith and served three and a half years; Mr. Ainsworth, with his brothers, Thomas and Richard, came to America in 1842, reaching New Orleans in June of that year, and, early in July, landed at Cincinnati, Ohio, where they remained a few weeks; in the latter part of August, they reached Beardstown, Ill., and, in November following, located in Lynchburg Township, this county, near where he now resides. He was married, June 22, 1845, to Miss Elizabeth Pemberton, who was born in London, England, Oct. 31, 1822; her death occurred Feb. 13, 1860; ten children by this union, three of whom are living - John T., Sarah A. and Elizabeth A. (wife of J. J. Ainsworth); the deceased are William P., Henry A., Eleanor, Melinda, Mary E., Ellen and William H. He was married to his present wife, Charlotte L. Moorffoot, Oct. 7, 1860; she was born in Greene Co., Ill., March 28, 1842; they have seven children living - Charlotte L., Charles W., Eleanor, Bessie, William E., Victor and Grace; one deceased, Mary E. Mr. Ainsworth has served as Superintendent eight terms, School Treasurer about ten years and School Director several terms; he has been a member of the Fairview M. E. Church since an early date and has served the church and Sabbath school in an official capacity more than twenty years. He owns 880 acres of land in Mason Co., 720 acres in Champaign Co. and 215 acres in Kankakee Co., Ill.
Children of William and Elizabeth, all born in Illinois, were:
John T. was born circa 1846.
Sarah Ann was born circa 1847. Sarah Ann Ainsworth, born March 1848, died April 16, 1922, buried Mason City Cemetery, never married (VH).
William P. was born circa 1848. Fairview Cemetery record: William P. Ainsworth, b. 1849, d. 1854. William Pierce Ainsworth, born March 23, 1849, died May 6, 1854, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Henry H. was born circa, 1850. Fairview Cemetery record: Henry A. Ainsworth, b. 1850, d. 1851. Henry Austin Ainsworth, born August 20, 1850, died April 23, 1851, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Elizabeth A. was born circa 1854. Vera Harris has: Elizabeth A. Ainsworth, born 1854 in Iodioca, Illinois, died February 27, 1939, buried Mason City Cemetery. She married her first cousin, John James Ainsworth, son of Richard Ainsworth and Mary Jane Talbott, on March 22, 1877, Havana, Illinois.
Eleanor Ainsorth was born December 23, 1851 and died May 11, 1851, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Malinda/Melinda Ainsworth was born January 16, 1853, died April 3, 1855, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Mary Ellen Ainsworth was born March 19, 1856, died October 21, 1856, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Ellen Ainsworth was born March 23, 1857, died June 6, 1859, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
William Hudson Ainsworth, born July 28, 1858, died May 31, 1859, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Children of William and Charlotte:
Lewis was born circa 1861. Vera Harris does not list a Lewis, he is in 1870 census, age 9. This may be the Charlotte, age 18, in the 1880 census, though the 1870 census stated Lewis was a male. The Charlotte found in the 1880 census was not listed in the 1870 census.
Charlotte L. Ainsworth was born circa 1862. Vera Harris has: Charlotte Lois Ainsworth, born 1862, died May 12, 1910.
Charles was born circa 1863. Fairview Cemetery: Charles W. Ainsworth, b. October 19, 1862, d. November 1, 1945.
Eleanor Ainsworth was born circa 1864 and died before 1939 (VH).
Bessie Ainsworth was born circa November 1869 and died November 4, 1931 in Oklahoma, married William C. Pilcher (VH).
William E. Ainsworth was born circa 1873. William Edward Ainsworth, born January 1873, Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois, died 1945, buried Mason City Cemetery (VH).
Victor Ainsworth was born circa 1875. Victor P. Ainsworth, born February 1875 (VH).
Grace Ainsworth was born circa 1877. Grace Ainsworth, born May 1877, died July 28, 1937 (VH).
Mary E. Ainsworth, born circa 1879 (VH). She was not found in the 1880 census or Fairview Cemetery records.
Arthur T. Ainsworth was born 1880, died 1957, buried Fairview Cemetery (VH).
Alice Ainsworth, born circa 1826, married Anthony Armstead (VH). An Alice Ainsworth did marry Anthony Armistead on July 7, 1838, St. Mary, Blackburn. (57) There is an Alice Ainsworth, christened May 12, 1816, Chapel Street Independent, Blackburn, parents Thomas Ainsworth and Sarah. Note the mention of Anthony Armistead in Mary Ann, Alice’s sister, below.
Mary Ann Ainsworth, born circa 1828, married Adam Proctor Thornber (VH). The marriage of Mary Ann Ainsworth and Adam Proctor Thornbor was on September 25, 1833, St. Mary, Blackburn. (58) The 1828 birth is probably incorrect. There is a parish record for a Mary Ainsworth, christened April 23, 1815, Chapel Street Independent, Blackburn, father Thomas Ainsworth, mother Sarah. (59) Evidently Mary Ann was christened in a non-conformist church, but married in the Church of England.
According to researcher and published historian Craig Thornber, Adam Proctor Thornber was born April 28 and baptized on 14 Jun 1812 at Houghton Chapel. (60) He was a shoemaker who lived in Blackburn and Liverpool. He died on October 27, 1849. (61) Mary Ann Ainsworth died in 1863. Craig relates:
“James Thornber, born in 1842, third son of Adam Proctor Thornber and Mary Ann Ainsworth went at the age of 8 to work in a spinning mill in Liverpool and when 15 went back to Yorkshire to work with his elder brothers, Thomas and William. He was an apprentice until 1866 and then moved to Rantoul in Illinois to join the brothers of his mother, who had emigrated earlier. He worked for the uncles and in due course, his girl friend from England, Ann Strickland, emigrated to join him and they were married in 1868. Initially the couple rented a farm from an uncle but in about 1880/1 James and Ann moved to Iroquois in South Dakota. In 1894 they moved to Brookings in the same state, living a mile east of the college on a farm. James died there in 1927. Ann Strickland took yellow rose bushes with her when she emigrated and these were eventually moved to South Dakota.”
Craig states that “In June 2002 I was contacted by Clayton Thornber who kindly sent me further details of the families of Hubert Elwyn Thornber and Eldon William Thornber in the 20th century. Daniel was able to continue the story of the yellow roses mentioned above.”
“The yellow roses you refer to that were taken as bare root cuttings to Rantoul, Illinois, and made their way to South Dakota in the 1870’s. They grew about the doorstep at the farmhouse near Colman, South Dakota, throughout my childhood, and when I moved to Wisconsin I brought cuttings back and have two very nice outcrops.”
An administration for the will of Adam Proctor Thornber of Blackburn, dated October 1851, is in the index of wills at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research at York and Craig has transcribed the main details. He notes that the Blackburn electoral register for 1841 through to 1848 shows Adam with house and shop at King Street in Blackburn. Administration of the Estate of Adam Proctor Thornber, Admon 30 September 1851:
Mary Thornber of Blackburn, widow, Ralph Thornber of Blackburn, labourer and Anthony Armistead of Blackburn, tailor, were bound in the sum of £400 by the court to administer the estate of Adam Proctor Thornber of Blackburn, cordwainer, deceased. Mary was described as sole administratrix for Adam Proctor Thornber, late of Blackburn, cordwainer. Mary made her mark but Ralph Thornber and Anthony Armistead both signed their names. Adam Proctor Thornber died 27 October 1849 and probate was obtained on 15 October 1851 when the estate was said to be under £200.
Craig states that “from this brief account it may be that Mary, being illiterate, had not been able to sort out Adam’s affairs on his death. After a lapse of almost two years, on 30 September 1851, she went with Ralph Thornber and Anthony Armistead to the court’s representative, John Howson, to swear the estate was under £200. She was required to prepare a full inventory of her husband’s estate for the prerogative court in York by April of 1852. The fact that she was bound in the sum of £400 shows that the bishop’s representative regarded it a serious business to have delayed so long.”
Thomas Ainsworth (c. 1771 or 1782 - c. 1855) + Sarah Townley (c. 1784 - 1855)
...... 2 Thomas Ainsworth (1809 or 1814 - 1897) + (1) Maria Abbott (above), (2) Mrs. Margaret Holden Abbott, (3) Sarah Abbott Thornley
...... 2 Richard Ainsworth (1817 - 1885) + Mary Ann (1817 - 1874)
.......... 3 Sarah Ellen Ainsworth (1841 - 1842)
.......... 3 Mary Ann Ainsworth ( - 1842)
.......... 3 Richard Henry Ainsworth (1846 - 1865)
.......... 3 Martha Ann Ainsworth (1849 - 1851) twin
.......... 3 Mary Jane Ainsworth (1849 - 1914) twin
.......... 3 Nathaniel Ainsworth (ca. 1851 - before 1879)
.......... 3 John James Ainsworth (1852 - 1926)
.......... 3 Sarah Alice Ainsworth (1854 - 1933)
.......... 3 William Thomas Ainsworth (1858 - 1952)
...... 2 William Ainsworth (1824 - 1904) + probably Elizabeth Ann Lewis (1822 - 1860)
.......... 3 John T. Ainsworth (ca. 1846 - )
.......... 3 Sarah Ann Ainsworth (1848 - 1922)
.......... 3 William P. Ainsworth (1849 - 1854)
.......... 3 Henry H. Ainsworth (1850 - 1851)
.......... 3 Elizabeth A. Ainsworth (1854 - 1939) + John James Ainsworth
.......... 3 Eleanor Ainsworth (1851 - 1851)
.......... 3 Malinda/Melinda Ainsworth (1853 - 1855)
.......... 3 Mary Ellen Ainsworth (1856 - 1856)
.......... 3 Ellen Ainsworth (1857 - 1859)
.......... 3 William H. Ainsworth (1858 - 1859)
.......... 3 Lewis Ainsworth, possible (ca. 1861 - )
Second wife of William Ainsworth + Charlotte
.......... 3 Charlotte Ainsworth (1862 - 1910)
.......... 3 Charles Ainsworth (1862 - 1945)
.......... 3 Eleanor Ainsworth (ca. 1864 - before 1939)
.......... 3 Bessie Ainsworth (1869 - 1931)
.......... 3 William E. Ainsworth (1873 - 1945)
.......... 3 Victor Ainsworth (1875 - )
.......... 3 Grace Ainsworth (1877 - 1937)
.......... 3 Mary E. Ainsworth (ca. 1879 - )
.......... 3 Arthur T. Ainsworth (1880 - 1957)
...... 2 Alice Ainsworth (1816 - ) + Anthony Armstead
...... 2 Mary Ann Ainsworth (1815 - 1863) + Adam Proctor Thornber (1812 - 1849)
The information on this family in England gives somewhat a picture of the life and times of our Abbott and Tomlinson families, who came from the same area and probably the same social strata.
Richard Howarth was born circa 1781 and died in 1844, just two years after immigrating. Richard married Martha Greenwood or a Nancy in circa 1805. They had twelve children. In 1850 Martha, age 66, was living with Richard, Jr. She died in 1851. This Richard Howarth may be the father of John William Howarth who married Alice Ann Abbott. Bacup was about twelve miles from Blackburn.
According to a Greenhalgh (and variations) researcher, the father of Richard Howarth was a Henry Haworth (changed to Howarth later) of Lancashire England who married a Mariah _?_ of Lancashire England. (62) Their known son was Richard Howarth, Sr. who was born on February 18, 1780 in Fearns, Bacup and married Martha Greenwood on October 6, 1805 in Bacup. Richard died on August 12, 1844 west of Edwards, Peoria County, Illinois. Martha was born circa 1782 and died in 1851. They had 12 children born between 1806 and 1826 in Bacup, Lancashire, England: Grace, Mary, George, Samuel, James, John, David, Mariah, Ann, Susannah, Richard Jr and Edward.
Another Greenwood researcher, states that Martha Greenwood was baptized on March 25, 1782, the daughter of James Greenwood. (63) This Greenwood family was apparently from the Ashton-Under-Lyne area of Lancashire. Martha married Richard Howarth in 1805 and they did sail from Liverpool to the U.S. in 1842. “To my knowledge all were born in Bacup, Whalley parish, Lancashire. When the family came to the U.S. (Peoria Co., IL is where they settled) not all of the children came with them. Grace died young, Mary stayed behind, George died young, James stayed behind, David stayed behind, Mariah died young, and Edward died young. Of those that stayed behind they had already been married when the family left for the U.S.” Information from this researcher has been added to that from other sources.
In the ship list arriving at New Orleans for March 2, 1842 were what appears to be Richard and Martha Howarth and their family. Listed were Richard age 59, Martha age 56, Samuel age 32, John age 27, John age 21, Susannah age 19 and Richard Jr. age 18. Unfortunately, by the 1850 census these children were living on their own and Richard Sr., and son Samuel, had died in August 1844, so which of these were their children is uncertain. In 1850 Martha is living with Richard Jr. In the Peoria County records are marriages for John Howarth and Catherine Lonsdale in 1844, Susannah Howarth and John Hindle in 1845, Ann Howarth and James Greenough in 1847, and Richard Howarth and Alice Lonsdale in 1849. These account for all the individuals on the ship list except one of the Johns and adds an Ann Howarth that was not on the ship list. Richard Jr., born circa 1824, and a descendant of Susannah wrote letters to the Haworth Family Association in 1902 that confirms some of the data.
Grace Howarth was christened on August 28, 1806 at Bacup. Grace was born on July 26, 1806 and died on July 28, 1806.
Mary Howarth was christened on January 6, 1808 at Bacup. Mary was born on July 4, 1807 and died on February 4, 1877.
George Howarth was christened on June 26, 1809 at Bacup. George was born on April 28, 1809 and died on October 8, 1932.
Samuel Howarth was christened on March 3, 1811 at Bacup and died in 1844. Samuel was born on December 2, 1810 and died on August 9, 1844.
James Howarth was christened on June 4, 1812 at Bacup. James was born on April 14, 1812 and died on May 26, 1883.
John Howarth was christened on April 6, 1814 at Bacup. This is probably the John, age 27, on the ship list with his father Richard. John was born on January 16, 1814 at Edgeside, Bacup, and died on December 18, 1888, west of Edwards, Peoria County. John married Catherine Lonsdale on February 15, 1844 at Jubilee College, Edwards, Peoria County, Illinois. Catherine was born circa June 1820 and died on July 28, 1851 in Edwards Township, Peoria County. John must have remarried. The tombstones for John and his wife read: John d. Dec. 18, 1888 age 74/11/2, Selina, His wife d. June 5, 1896 age 75/11/28. (64)
David Howarth was christened on August 19, 1816 at Bacup. David was born on June 2, 1816 and died on May 7, 1874.
Maria Howarth was christened on October 29, 1818 at Bacup. Mariah was born on September 2, 1818 and died on September 17, 1818.
Anne Howarth was christened on November 19, 1820. Ann was born on June 23, 1820 and died on May 1, 1894. Ann married James Greenough on May 14, 1847 at the Old Christ Church in Edwards, Illinois. She died at Wilson, Ellsworth, Kansas.
Susannah Howarth was christened on March 28, 1823 at Bacup. Susannah married John Hindle in 1845 at the Old Christ Church, Peoria County. (65) Susannah was born on February 9, 1822 and died on March 12, 1903.
Richard Howarth, Jr. was born on April 12, 1824 and christened on June 23, 1824 at Bacup. Richard was born on April 12, 1824 and died on February 3, 1904. Richard married Alice Lonsdale on October 25, 1849. Alice was born on October 10, 1828 in Lancashire, England and died on January 25, 1887 (tombstone). Richard’s biography gives family information: (66)
“Howarth Richard, farmer and stock-grower, Sec. 30, P. O. Edwards Station. The subject of this sketch is a representative man of an English community in this township, the individual members of which are noted for their economy, thrift, prosperity and high moral character. He was born in Lancashire, England, April 12, 1824, and is the sixth son and one of twelve children of Richard and Martha Howarth, nee Greenwood, who were married in 1805. He was born and raised in a mining district, to which business he was educated. His family sailed from Liverpool on the 23rd day of February, 1842, and after stopping a while at St. Louis, reached Kickapoo in September, and settled on the farm he now occupies. Their first American home was a sod house, which was in great contrast with his present large stone residence. In 1844, sickness came upon the family and at one time they were all down together, not one of them being able to help the other. The father and Samuel, one of the sons, died within a week of each other, in August of that year. The memory of the neighbors, James Clark, the Bensons, and Bishop Chase, is dearly cherished by Mrs. Howarth, for kindness in that time. The mother died in May, 1851. Richard Howarth commenced to Americanize as a miner and farmer, and so continued until 1867-8, when he abandoned the former. On the 25th day of October, 1849, he married Alice, daughter of Thomas and Ellen Lonsdale, nee Halstead, who was born in Lancashire, England. October 10, 1828, and came to American in 1843. They commenced life on the Howarth homestead, which they have always occupied and where by their industry and economy they have acquired an extensive and valuable landed property. They have had two children: Samuel, born August 29, 1850, died August 21, 1851; Martha Ellen, born December 24, 1851, married William Taylor, April 12, 1876. Religiously, the family are of the Protestant faith. Politically, Mr. H. is a Republican.”
Richard and his family were members of the Christ Church of Lower Kickapoo. The history of this church gives some information on the immigration of the Lancashire families to Illinois: (67)
“The first group of faithful members came together in 1834 under the leadership of Reverend Palmer Dyer; however, a formal parish was not organized until Easter Sunday, 1837. In this year, Christ Church was placed under the auspicious care of Reverend Dudley Chase, the son of Bishop Philander Chase, who had preached to a small group of Episcopalians at the house of John Benson in 1836. In 1844, after soliciting over one thousand dollars from friends in England, the settlers began construction on a church building. The cornerstone was laid on May 17, 1844, containing a Bible, a Book of Common Prayer, two pieces of American and English coin, and a statement in writing declaring the uses and purposes of the building to be erected. Christ Church was completed in the fall of 1845. On December 10 of this same year, Bishop Philander Chase blessed the building for the Lord's work.”
“Christ Church, Jones Prairie, Lower Kickapoo, (now Limestone), lies 3/4 mile off Farmington Road, presenting an atmosphere of reverence and serenity. It is indeed an historic shrine for Episcopalians and others interested in historic beauty. The small stone edifice resembles old English parish churches which were dear to the hearts of the English settlers who arrived in Limestone Township in 1833.
“In the summer of l834 the settlers, who had migrated from England the previous year, many from around Alconsbury, England, met for the first time for the purpose of forming a parish. They were led by the Rev. Palmer Dyer, then a resident of Peoria who held occasional services at the homes of those who had carried the faith from England.
“The first letters to England were written in 1842 from which ensued through 1843-44 an interesting correspondence, principally between the Lady Alicia Lambert (sister of the Earl of Caran) and Mrs. Euphemia Clark, detailing the progress of the work on both sides of the Atlantic. In the old Parish Register there are copies of some of the correspondence of these two "great ladies" of their times.
“The names of more than 100 parishoners appear on the register dating from 1837. The first marriage written into the book was that of Frederick Gustorf and Harriett Benson, Sept. 13, 1837 at the home of John Benson. The first at the church was that of John Hindle and Susannah Howarth on Oct. 25, 1845.”
Samuel Howarth was born on August 29, 1850 and died on August 21, 1851.
Martha Ellen Howarth was born on December 24, 1851 and married William Taylor on April 12, 1876.
Edward Howarth was christened on June 22, 1826 in Bacup. Edward was born on June 4, 1826 and died on July 9, 1826.
With Richard Howarth on the 1842 ship list there were two Johns - a John, age 21 (born circa 1821) and a John, age 27 (born 1815). In the 1890 Biographical and Portrait Album, Peoria County, there is supposed to be engraving of Richard.
Howarth (1780 - 1844) + Martha Greenwood (1782 - 1851)
...... 2 Grace Howarth (1806 - 1806)
...... 2 Mary Howarth (1807 - 1877)
...... 2 George Howarth (1809 - 1932)
...... 2 Samuel Howarth (1810 - 1844)
...... 2 James Howarth (1812 - 1883)
...... 2 John Howarth (1814 - 1888) + Catherine Lonsdale (1820 - 1851)
...... 2 David Howarth (1816 - 1874)
...... 2 Maria Howarth (1818 - 1818)
...... 2 Anne Howarth (1820 - 1894) + James Greenough
...... 2 Susannah Howarth (1822 - 1903) + John Hindle
...... 2 Richard Howarth, Jr. (1824 - 1904) + Alice Lonsdale (1828 - 1887)
.......... 3 Samuel Howarth (1850 - 1851)
.......... 3 Martha Ellen Howarth (1851 - ) + William Taylor
...... 2 Edward Howarth (1826 - 1826)
1 Parish Register: Marriages 1801 - 1809, P 549, No 1990. Source: Film 1278807 www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/ index.html.
2 Parish Register: Marriages 1792 - 1797, P 257, No 1031, Source: Film 1278807, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
3 Parish Register: Burials : 1803 - 1812, Page 51, Entry 15, Source: LDS Film1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
4 Parish Register: Marriages 1801 - 1809, P 510, No 1835, Source: Film 1278807, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
5 Parish Register: Baptisms 1773 - 1791, P 45, No 52, Film 1278778, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
6 Bety Abbot entry. Family Search International Genealogical Index v5.0. Microfilm of parish register transcripts, 1688-1837, Batch No. C034221, Source Call No.: 942.72 K29PR V. 110, Type Book, Printout Call No. 6904251. Online at www.familysearch.org, accessed January 2004.
7 Betty Abbott entry. IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles. Betty Abbott, birth August 12, 1809, christening October 15, 1809 St. Mary-the-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Father William Abbott, mother Ellen surname unknown.
8 Parish Register: Baptisms 1792 - 1812, P 194, No 6; Source: Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
9 Parish Register: Baptisms 1792 - 1812, P 194, No 6; Source: Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
10 Parish Register: Baptisms 1792 - 1812, P 194, No 6; Source: Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
11 Parish Register: Baptisms 1792 - 1812, P 194, No 6; Source: Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html.
12 IGI, Batch No.: C017637, IGI, seems to be a parish record.
13 Parish Register: Baptisms 1817 - 1822, Page 111, Entry 885. Source: LDS Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html
14 IGI, extracted birth or christening record, Batch No.: C017641.
15 IGI, extracted birth or christening record, Batch No.: C022085.
16 IGI, extracted marriage record, Batch No.: M007086, Dates: 1831 - 1846, Source Call No.: 1278808, Type: Film.
17 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vol. 1, page 86, license no. 1117.
18 Parish Register: Baptisms 1822 - 1828, Page 77, Entry 611. Source: LDS Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html
19 Henry Abbott household. 1860 Illinois Federal Census, Township 19 Range 10, Mason County, Post Office: Bath, Roll: M653-210, dwelling 1896.
20 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vol. A2, license no. 15 (or page no.), Mason County.
21 Parish Register: Baptisms 1822 - 1828, Page 294, Entry 2346. Source: LDS Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html
22 Parish Register: Baptisms 1822 - 1828, Page 294, Entry 2347. Source: LDS Film 1278804, www.lan-opc.org.uk/Blackburn/index.html
23 FamilySearch International Genealogical Index, Batch No. C017057, accessed October 31, 2003. The source is probably Parish registers, 1568-1900 [source not listed for this entry], Church of England, St. Mary-the-Virgin Church (Blackburn), Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. Note: listed in the batch file are a ton of births for female Ainsworths 1830-1833 born same place.
24 A transcription, original from Morris Dabbs.
25 Alice Abbott entry. IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles. Alice Abbott, birth September 29, 1811, christening January 5, 1818 St. Mary-the-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. Father William Abbott, mother Nancy surname unknown. Batch No.: C017053 Type: Film.
26 Maria Abbott entry. Christening: 28 JAN 1816, St Marys, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, father William Abbott, mother Nancy Abbott. IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles, Batch No.: C017637 Type: Film.
27 Alice Abbott entry. John William Haworth [sic] married Alice Abbott, July 26, 1834 at Saint Mary, Blackburn, Lancashire, England. IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles. Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record. Source Information: Batch No.: M007086 Dates: 1831 - 1846 Source Call No.: 1278808 Type: Film.
28 Parish Register: Marriages 1801 - 1809, P 149, No 598, Source: Film 1278807.
29 Illinois Statewide Death Index , Pre–1916. Howarth, William; 10/10/1903; Chandlerville; 60 YR; Cass
30 Note transcribed from the 1872 Atlas of Mason County.
31 Transcribed marriage record from Mason County Marriage Records, Havanna, Illinois.
32 History of Menard and Mason County, Illinois, O. L. Baskin, 1879, p. 858.
33 Civil Registration Index, Deaths, District: Blackburn, County: Lancashire, Volume: 21.
34 Civil Registration Index, Births, District: Blackburn, County: Lancashire, Volume: 21, Page: 81.
35 History of Cass County, Illinois, ed. William Henry Perrin. O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882. Cass County.
36 "Lynchburg Township," History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, p. 858.
37 IGI, extracted birth or christening record, Batch No.: C032981, Dates: 1811 - 1868, Source Call No.: 0087973, Type: Film, Printout Call No.: 6903678.
38 Decatur Sunday Review (Decatur, IL), May 16, 1926
39 History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, p. 431.Township Supervisors: Lynchburg - 1862, Isaac Sarf elected and resigned, Henry Abbott appointed and served in his place.
40 “Twenty homes featured on local tour,” May 2, 2000. archives.lincolndailynews.com/2000/May/05/news/today/today_a.htm, accessed November 2006. Lincoln Daily News (Lincoln, Illinois) publishes daily news about the Lincoln/Logan County area on the Internet at www.lincolndailynews.com, not a print publication.
41 Portrait and Biographical Record of Tazewell and Mason Counties, Illinois. pp. 661-662.
42 Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota... Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Pages 455-456.
43 “Allen's Grove Township,” History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, pp. 836-837.
44 Transcription from the Mason County Marriage Records at Havanna, Illinois.
45 “Review of 1901,” Reprinted in the Mason City Banner Times (Mason City, Illinois), March 19, 1925. November 6 - Ira K. Abbott married to Nona Watkins both of Petersburg.
46 Mason City Banner, May 29 1913.
47 Descendants of George Pegram, online at, www.patch.net/pegram/pegg33.html. Accessed November 2006.
48 Vol. 1, p. 71, Lic. 919.
49 Vol. 1, p. 86, Lic. 1117.
50 IGI, extracted birth or christening record, Batch No.: C086331, Dates: 1805 - 1837, Source Call No.: 0560875 (RG4 1818), Type: film, Printout Call No.: 6904320, Type: film.
51 “Mason City Township,” History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, pp. 784-785.
52 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Abbott, John B; Ainsworth, Mary J; 10/14/1869; Vol./Page: 003/0001 00001274; Mason County.
53 “Mason City Township,” History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, p. 784.
54 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vol. A, license no. 162, DuPage County, Illinois.
55 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vol. A2, page 01, license no. 74, Mason County, Illinois.
56 “Lynchburg Township,” History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois, Chicago: O. L. Baskin, Co., 1879, p. 858.
57 IGI, extracted marriage record, Batch No.: M007086, Dates: 1831 - 1846, Source Call No.: 1278808, Type: film.
58 IGI, extracted marriage record, Batch No.: M007086, Dates: 1831 - 1846, Source Call No.: 1278808, Type: film.
59 IGI, extracted birth or christening record, Batch No.: C086331, Dates: 1805 - 1837, Source Call No.: 0560875 (RG4 1818), Type: film, Printout Call No.: 6904320.
60 A Thornber Family with Origins in Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest, Formerly Yorkshire, Now Lancashire, England, home.clara.net/craigthornber/htmlfiles/illinois.html, accessed March 2005.
61 The GRO index of deaths shows that an Adam Proctor Thornber died in the 4th quarter of 1849 in Blackburn district, ref. 21 12.
62 GREENHALGH connections??, posted to GREENHALGH-L mail list by Bunny Jeanne Harvey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 17 1997.
63 Posted to GREENWOOD-D DigestVolume 97 : Issue 22 from Jonathan Jarvis on October 17, 1997
64 History, Parish Records, Cemetery Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Limestone Township Peoria County, Peoria, Illinois Extracted from original records by Gerald Kimzey. 1987. Old Christ Church Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions, p. 70.
65 History, Parish Records, Cemetery Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Limestone Township Peoria County, Peoria, Illinois Extracted from original records by Gerald Kimzey. 1987. Marriages Old Christ Church Page 17.
66 History of Peoria County, Illinois, Chicago: Johnson & Co., 1880, pp. 773-774.
67 Old Christ Church (Christ Episcopal Church), Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois, The History, Page 2-4. genealogytrails.com/ill/peoria/church/cc/historycc.htm, accessed November 2006. Historic Peoria, Christ Church of Lower Kickapoo. www.historicpeoria.com/entry.php?eid=309&catid=6&cid=1, accessed November 2006.
Census Records | Vital Records | Family Trees & Communities | Immigration Records | Military Records Directories & Member Lists | Family & Local Histories | Newspapers & Periodicals | Court, Land & Probate | Finding Aids