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Mary Ellen (Rigby) Jones (1865 - 1939)

Mary Ellen Jones formerly Rigby aka Taylor
Born in Firs Lane, West Leigh, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 27 Aug 1892 in Wesleyan Chapel, Penningtonmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 73 in Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2018
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Mary Ellen Rigby was born April 12th 1865 in Firs Lane, West Leigh. She was the daughter of Thomas Rigby and Margaret (Hulme) Rigby. Her father was a glass works manager. She had one sibling when she was born, her brother Herbert Richard, who was two and two-thirds years older than her.

Edith Annie, her younger sister, was born on 4 May 1868 in Westleigh.

By April 2nd 1871, the family were living in Plane Lane, Abram, in the Glass Works yard. Mary's father 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.

Mary's younger brother, 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, Mary's mother 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.

Mary married John Taylor on June 8th 1889, in Leigh district.

John Taylor probably died in the final quarter of 1889, aged 26.

Mary married Hugh Jones on August 27th 1892, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Pennington. She was living in Plank Lane, Westleigh.

By March 31st 1901, Hugh and Mary were living at 78 Twist Lane, Leigh. Hugh had his own shop selling household furnishings. They had three children - John Edward (6), Herbert (3) and Lily (1).

By April 2nd 1911, they were living in Common Lane Street, Westleigh. Mary's mother Margaret was living with them. They were still running a furniture shop, and had seven children, the eldest of whom was to become the founder of modern computational chemistry.

Hugh died August 7th 1914.

Margaret died on Christmas Day 1920.

Mary died April 5th 1939 in Leigh district, aged 73. She was buried in Leigh Cemetery.

Research Notes

Memorial Inscription
  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."


  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 July 2018), memorial page for Mary E Jones (unknown–5 Apr 1939), Find A Grave: Memorial #168451495, citing Leigh Cemetery, Leigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England ; Maintained by Stephen Oakes (contributor 48822953) .
  • "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, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Mary E Jones in household of Hugh Jones, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Leigh subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, 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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