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Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse

Published: October 30, 2016    Last modified: January 17, 2017

Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
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Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)

It has been quite a while since I carried out any family history research. So searching online, in response to a comment posted regarding the Ashforth families in Sheffield, I found I was in for quite a surprise. Searching for 'Ashforth' and 'Sheffield' I came across this entry for my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS) 1876-1973 and my grandfather Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990: in the Register of Inmates for Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse 1883 - 1907 (Surnames A – C).

FHJ Ref: 200
Index to Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse, 1883 – 1907 (Surnames A – C)

Date of admissionLast nameFirst nameDate of birthTradePage number
1 Oct 1905AshforthFlorence15 Dec 1879Wife3
1 Oct 1905AshforthErnest24 Feb 1905Wife3

Ernest Ashforth 1905-1990
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Ernest Ashforth 1905-1990

Ernest ASHFORTH 1905-1990 was born on the 24th February 1905, he had an older brother William Henry ASHFORTH 1896-1916 born on the 28th June 1896 at 38 Burton Street, Sheffield (William died at the Battle of the Somme, 10 July 1916, aged 20 years). Florence married William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926 on the 25th December 1895 at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, Sheffield.

Florence's mother Harriet Flowers (née Harriet LAW 1836-1903) died 1903 and her father George FLOWERS 1839-1891 died 1891, so Florence had no parents for support. I can only surmise the addition of another child forced her to seek help from the workhouse.

Annie Matilda Rodgers (née Annie Matilda Flowers): England and Wales Census 1901: Transcription

Published: November 18, 2005    Last modified: January 30, 2017

Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
Hillsborough Park, Hillsborough, Sheffield, Yorkshire
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Florence Ashforth (née Florence Flowers 1876-1973)
Sister to Annie Matilda Rodger(s) (née Annie Matilda Flowers 1864-Deceased)
Hillsborough Park, Sheffield

It has taken me almost 6 months to find time to finally publish my transcription of the England and Wales Census 1901 return showing my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) living with her sister Annie Matilda RODGER(S) (née Annie Matilda FLOWERS 1864-Deceased) at 8 Poplar Street in the parish of Nether Hallam, Sheffield.

Here is my transcription:

FHJ Ref: 029
Census: England and Wales Census 1901
Place: 8 Poplar Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Household: Annie Matilda Rodger

SURNAMEFIRST NAME(S)RELSTATUSSEXAGEOCCUPATIONWHERE BORNREMARKS
RodgerAnnie MHeadWifeFemale36Sheffield, Yorkshire
RodgerGeorge HSonSingleMale17Punch strikerSheffield, Yorkshire
RodgerJohn FSonMale8Sheffield, Yorkshire
RodgerJoseph WSonMale6Sheffield, Yorkshire
RodgerLydia ADaughterFemale3Sheffield, Yorkshire
RodgerArthurSonMale8mSheffield, Yorkshire
AshforthFlorenceSisterMarriedFemale24CharwomanSheffield, Yorkshire

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So this leads me down new avenues of research. I have yet to add the RODGER(S) family to my GEDCOM.

Notes:
Further research leads me to believe the surname is more likely RODGERS.

It is interesting that my great grandmother Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) is recorded as being married and living at the address; I would have expected her to be a visitor. Perhaps there was a family issue, or I think what is more likely is Henry RODGERS had recently passed away, leaving Annie Matilda with a very young child, and perhaps Florence is helping out. At some point I will try and spend a little time researching this curious situation.

Updates:
2016-11-03 In this post "Register of Inmates, Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse" I discovered Florence ASHFORTH (née Florence FLOWERS 1876-1973) together with her youngest son Ernest Ashforth 1905-1990 registered as inmates at the Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse.

I can only surmise that during the period circa 1900-1905 something had happened to her husband William Henry ASHFORTH 1873-1926. Unfortunately I will probably never know.
He died in 1926 at the relatively early age of 52 years.