Mary Ellen Woodworth 1874 - 1948

Mary Ellen was born in Chester about 1874, in Mill Street, Handbridge, Chester to James Woodworth, a labourer and Mary Ellen Woodworth, formerly Disley.

Her mother signed with her mark when she registered her daughter’s birth on 16 October 1874.

Mill Street is right on the bank of the River Dee.

A record for school admission is recorded on 26 Apr 1887 at St Mary’s School, Handbridge, Chester.

The family were living at 1 Chapel Terrace, Cheshire.

According to the 1891 census, Mary Ellen was a tobacco spinner.

In 1895, she married George Boardman and must have moved to Weymouth in the same year to have their first son George who was the first of their children to be born in Weymouth.

Their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, who was born in Chester, seems to have remained there as she is recorded in the 1901 census living with her grandparents.

George and Mary had 4 more children by 1901:

Thomas, 3 years, born in Weymouth

Eva, 2 years, born in Weymouth

Harold, 1 Year, born in Weymouth

Jessie, 3 months, born in Weymouth

and by 1907 they had a further 5 children making 11 children in all!

Family stories told when I was younger, paint a picture of Mary Ellen as someone with beautiful red hair and a temper to match! Maybe she had a good reason!

Also, see Mary Ellen and the Rubber Corset story