Mary (Argile) Matthews

Mary (Argile) Matthews (1875 - abt. 1916)

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Mary Matthews formerly Argile
Born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1897 in Basford, Nottinghamshire,
Descendants descendants
Died about in Basford, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified 12 Apr 2019 | Created 17 Apr 2018
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Family recollection is that Mary was born on 18th November 1875 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England. She married Thomas Matthews and had five children, Thomas (1898-1973), Agnes Gertrude, William (d young), Ada Florence (1905-1989) and Hilda Martha (1907-1994). June Hind does not remember her, thinks that she died young. [1]

Mary's birth was registered in Basford in 1875 D quarter. Mother’s maiden name Witham. [2]

Mary was christened at the Wesleyan Methodist, Ilkeston Circuit, Derby, England on 11 Jan 1876. [3] Father William Argile, mother Agnes.

At the time of the 1881 England Census Mary was 5 years old, living in Ilkeston with her parents William (boot and shoe salesman) and Agnes Argile and four siblings. [4]

In 1891 Mary was 15, living with her parents William and Agnes Argile and eight siblings. Father William was a shoe maker and her three oldest brothers were coal miners. [5]

In 1897 (Jun quarter) Mary Argyle married Thomas Matthews, at Basford, Nottinghamshire, England. [6]

In 1901 at the time of the England Census, Mary (age 26) was at home at 5 Northgate Street, Ilkeston with her two children Thomas (3) and Agnes Gertrude (2). (Her husband Thomas Matthews was boarding in Leicestershire, England, presumably for work.) [7]

In 1911 Mary and Thomas (slater and tiler) lived at 13 Spring Garden Terrace, Ilkeston with children Thomas (13, pit bank surface labourer), Agnes Gertrude (12, school), Ada Florence (8) and Hilda Martha (4). A relative, Ada Elizabeth Argyle (16, laundry ironer) was living with them. [8]

A Mary Ann Matthews, age 49, died at Basford in 1916. [9] I haven't seen a middle name anywhere else Humphrey-6461 20:58, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Research Notes

Two spellings of Argile / Argyle seem to have been used fairly interchangeably in the records.

On census returns Mary's birthplace was Ilkeston but her birth was registered in Basford; Basford was part of Derbyshire until 1.1.1937, and Ilkeston was not a registration district until 1938, created out of Shardlow and Belper so this seems reasonable. [10]

I have a copy of the census return for the family in 1911 but cannot find it at family search or freeCEN so cannot include a reference that is not behind a paywall (Humphrey-6461, July 2018).


  1. Unsourced family tree handed down to Marjorie (Humphrey) Gibbon from June (Hind) Gibbon
  2. GRO Reference: 1875 D Quarter in BASFORD Volume 07B Page 157
  3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, William Argile in entry for Mary Argile, 11 Jan 1876); citing WESLEYAN METHODIST, ILKESTON CIRCUIT, DERBY, ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1041618 IT 1.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Mary Argile in household of William Argile, Ilkeston (Derby), Nottinghamshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 6, Piece/Folio 3327/6, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,973.
  5. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Mary Argile in household of William Argile, Ilkeston, Nottinghamshire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Nottinghamshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  6. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Mary Argyle, 1897; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1897, quarter 2, vol. 7B, p. 336, Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  7. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Mary Mathews, Ilkeston (Derby), Nottinghamshire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Ilkeston subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  8. 1911 England census,
  9. GRO Reference: 1916 M Quarter in BASFORD Volume 07B Page 206

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