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Margaret (Hulme) Rigby (1839 - 1920)

Margaret Rigby formerly Hulme
Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 31 Oct 1861 in Pennington Christ Church, Wigan & Leighmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 81 in Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Jul 2018
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Margaret Hulme was born November 15th 1839 in Liverpool. She was the daughter of Peter Hulme and Mary (Ellam) Hulme.

By April 7th 1861, Margaret was living with her parents at the Packett Inn in Westleigh. Her father was a beer seller, and the landlord. Margaret was assisting in the house, and there were five younger brothers and sisters, two in paid employment, one as a labourer and one as a dressmaker.

Margaret married Thomas Rigby on October 31st 1861 at Pennington Christ Church, in Wigan and Leigh district.

On 28 Sep 1862, Thomas and Margaret's first child, Herbert Richard Rigby, was born, in Firs Lane, West Leigh. By this time, Thomas was working as the manager at a glassworks; he had formerly been a glass cutter, and as an illegitimate son from a poor family, had done extremely well to get to that position.

On 12 Apr 1865, Thomas and Margaret's second child, Mary Ellen Rigby, was born, again in Firs Lane.

Edith Annie, their third child, was born on 4 May 1868 in Westleigh.

By April 2nd 1871, Thomas was living in Plane Lane, Abram, in the Glass Works yard. He was still working as the glass works manager. The three children were all still alive, and the two older ones were now in school. The family had a seventeen-year-old domestic servant, Mary Ann Wood, who was from Abram.

Thomas and Margaret's fourth and last child, Thomas Stock Rigby, was born 3 Oct 1871 in Firs Lane.

According to a member of the Rigby family, Thomas (senior) had episodes of drinking heavily and eventually disappeared, which perhaps explains the difficulty in finding his death registration between 1871 and 1881 in Wigan area.

By April 3rd 1881, Margaret was living in Off Plane Lane, Gores Houses, and was reporting herself a widow. All four of the children were still alive; Herbert was working as a glass maker, the two girls as creelers at a cotton mill, and Thomas was still in school.

Herbert got married on Christmas Day 1886.

Mary Ellen married John Taylor in 1889. John probably died the same year, and Mary returned to live with her mother.

By April 5th 1891, Margaret was living at 7 Common Lane, Westleigh, with her widowed daughter Mary Ellen, and her two unmarried children Edith and Thomas. There were also three male lodgers in the household, one of whom, Hugh Jones, was later to marry Mary Ellen. The two girls were working as cotton card loofer/tenters. Thomas was working as a machine (followed by something illegible). The three lodgers were all colliers.

Mary Ellen married Hugh Jones on 27 Aug 1892. Edith Annie married Henry Collier in the final quarter of 1892. Thomas married Ruth Spencer in 1895.

By March 31st 1901, Margaret was living with Thomas and Ruth at 72 Glebe Street, Leigh. Thomas was working as a coal mine dataller, and they had two children - Eva (5) and Norah (1). There was also a boarder, John Spencer, an iron foundry labourer.

By April 2nd 1911, Margaret was living with her daughter Mary Ellen and her husband Hugh Jones in Common Lane Street, Westleigh. They were running a furniture shop, and had seven children, the eldest of whom was to become the founder of modern computational chemistry.

Margaret died on Christmas Day 1920 in Leigh district, aged 81. She was buried in Leigh Cemetery.

Research Notes

  In Loving and Grateful
  Remembrance of
  Entered into Rest
  7th AUG 1914, AGED 49 YEARS,
  Passed into God's Keeping
  5TH APRIL 1939, AGED 73 YEARS.
  Fell Asleep 25TH DEC. 1920, AGED 81 YEARS.
  "Until the day break,
  and the shadows flee away."


  • Burial Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 July 2018), memorial page for Margaret Rigby (unknown–25 Dec 1920), Find A Grave: Memorial #168451577, citing Leigh Cemetery, Leigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England ; Maintained by Stephen Oakes (contributor 48822953) .
  • 1861 "England, Scotland and Wales Census" database, FreeCEN ( : viewed 6 Aug 2019), Margt HULME in household of Peter HULME, Packett Inn, West Leigh, Lancashire, England; from 1861 "England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images; citing PRO RG 9/2802, Folio 107, Page 7, Schedule 39, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Margaret Rigby, Abram, Lancashire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 24, Piece/Folio 3771/59, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,084.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2017), Mary E Taylor in household of Margaret Rigby, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Lancashire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2017), Mary Ellen Jones in household of Hugh Jones, Leigh, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

The civil registration index, and the England and Wales censuses, are Crown Copyright.

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