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Ann Marsden, daughter of Edmund Marsden (1793-1858) and Peggy Entwistle (1793?-1873), was born on 22 December 1815 at Pike House, on the Roman Road at Entwistle, Darwen, Lancashire, England. She was baptised on 25 February 1816 at Lower Chapel, Darwen. She married James Entwisle on 11 October 1836 in St Peter's Parish Church, Bolton le Moors and by the time of the 1841 census they lived with four young children at Grimehills, Entwistle.

Ann - workhouse, asylum and home

On 26 February 1846 Ann was admitted by order of Edward Greenhalgh to Bolton Workhouse. She was described as ‘not able-bodied, insane’. She was discharged by order of the surgeon on 11 March 1846 and until about 1 April 1846 was presumably at home in Entwistle with her family. She was then re-admitted as ‘insane’ to the Bolton Workhouse then discharged from there to the county asylum.

On 7 April 1846 Ann was admitted to the District County Lunatic Asylum, Lancaster. She was there at the time of the 1851 census while her husband, James was at Penny Shore, Entwistle with their children, Betty, Edmund, Andrew and Ralph. On 6 July 1852 Ann was discharged from the Asylum and she appeared on the 1861 and 1871 censuses at Penny Shore, Entwistle with her husband and expanding family. By 1881 she was a widow, living at Bannister or Penny Shore, Entwistle with her younger children, described as their housekeeper. She seems to have died before the 1891 census was taken.

James and his work

James, was born on 27 June 1811 in Entwistle, the son of Edmund Entwisle and Ellen Horrocks. In 1839 he was described as a delfman (quarryman) on Eileen’s great-grandfather’s birth certificate. In 1841 he was a weaver. By 1851 he was described as a labourer, in 1859 as a general labourer and in 1861 and 1871 as a quarry labourer. We think he died in 1874.

Ann and James' children

Following Ann’s stay at Lancaster she and James had more children:

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