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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Ashworth, James Taylor

3rd Engineer
70, Kitchener Street, Sunderland
West Hartlepool

 James Taylor Ashworth’s birth was registered in the June qtr. 1890 in Hartlepool . He was the son of James Taylor Ashworth and Dorothy Rowntree Smollett.

  In 1891 the family were at 7 Princess Street , Hartlepool. James Taylor Ashworth senior was 30, and a Marine Engine Machinist, born New Church , Lancashire and his wife Hartlepool  born Dorothy Rowntree Ashworth was 30 . There were children Ernest William Ashworth 4 ,Evaline Ashworth 3, and James Taylor Ashworth 11 months and all  born in Hartlepool.

 By 1901 they were at 53 Duke Street, West Hartlepool and there was a further daughter Annie Ashworth aged 9.

  In 1911  they had moved to 20 Dyke Street, West Hartlepool ,James Taylor Ashworth Snr was 50, Dorothy Rowntree Ashworth 59 and they had been  married 27 years There were 4 children all living – Ernest William and Annie Selina also living at Dyke Street.

 James Taylor Ashworth jnr.married Elizabeth Bower September qtr.1916 in Hartlepool.

 The Ashworths prove quite an interesting and complicated family ! A news extract from reads ‘1894 Dorothy Rowntree Ashworth ,43, a respectably dressed married woman of 7 Princess St West Hartlepool was charged with being drunk and disorderly on 2nd. PC Leach was called to the house where she conducted herself in a disorderly manner so he took her into custody and locked her up. She was fined 1s and 10s.4d costs. In addition James Taylor Ashworth ,34,  her husband, resisted PC Leach in the execution of his duty. He was fined 1s plus 8s.4d costs’

It appears that possibly Dorothy Rowntree Ashworth nee Smollett was formerly Wright and in 1881 living in Scarborough with that name. James Taylor Ashworth snr.married a Dorothy Rowntree Wright in Darlington in 1909. It also appears that James Taylor Ashworth snr. also married a Selina Carr in Scarborough in 1880. Neither of these first spouses can be found in searches.

A death notice from NDM Jun 1941 reads ….’at sea Ernest William Ashworth ,56 son of Mr and Mrs James Taylor Ashworth (nee Dorothy Rowntree Smollett) and brother of Mrs E Noble 112 Elwick Rd and Mrs A Richardson Spa Gdns Bath. Also remembered is James Taylor Ashworth torpedoed at sea Jun 17th 1917 his brother.

 James Taylor Ashworth junior lost his life on 17th June 1917 as  3rd Engineer on the steamship Stanhope when she was torpedoed off Devon. The deaths at sea record his address as 55 Nora Street , Sunderland although on other records the address is 70 Kitchiner Street , Sunderland .