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Name: Lavinia Ainsworth

Burial Number: 1579

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Thomas Ainsworth

Born: /08/1853

Died: 19/04/1934

Buried: 22/04/1934


Lavinia was born in Chester, the daughter of John Thomas Trotter Pilkington and his wife Louisa Ann. She was baptised at St John’s, Chester on 24 Aug 1853. In 1859, her mother died and Louisa was sent to live with her grandparents James and Mary Bell on the Isle of Man. She was joined later by her brother James.
In 1874, Lavinia’s father and brother Augustus were killed in the Shipton Railway accident on Christmas Eve. At the time, the family were living at Chevet Hay, Wrexham.
Despite this tragedy, Lavinia married Thomas Ainsworth in Wrexham on 7 Jan 1875. She placed her wedding flowers on the family grave.
The couple moved to Blackburn, where Thomas was a master at the local grammar school. In 1894, Thomas retired as headmaster of the school and he and Lavinia moved to Southport. Thomas died on 30 Oct 1898.
The following year, Lavinia applied for a passport and went travelling. In 1903, she was in San Francisco and two years later in Philadelphia. Between 1918 and 1924, Lavinia was living at 19 Stratford Road, Kensington. She later moved to Harrow, living at 17a Grange Park.
Lavinia died at the Homecroft Hotel, St Michael’s Road, Worthing on 19 Apr 1934. Probate was granted on 15 May to Emily Ann Sparrow sister. Effects £484 9s 8d (approx.£25K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 35

Exact Location (what3words): raves.organ.tree

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Lavinia Louisa Ainsworth who died 19 April 1934 aged 81 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Lavinia Louisa Ainsworth

Gender: Female

Born: /08/1853

Town: Chester

County: Cheshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Pilkington

Marriage Date: 7/1/1875

Spouse First Name: Thomas

Spouse Last Name: Ainsworth

Town of Marriage: Wrexham

County of Marriage: Clwyd

Country of Marriage: Wales

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/04/1934

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Homecroft Hotel

Address line 2: 1

Address line 3: St Michael's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £484 9 s 8 d

Current value of effects: £25000

Census Information


Mount Vernon, Peel Road, Isle of Man
Lavinia aged 7, niece? of James & Mary Bell, retired civil engineer and wife


Mount Vernon, Peel Road, Isle of Man.
Lavinia aged 17 and brother James aged 9, grand children of James bell, civil engineer.


11 Freckleton Street, Blackburn, Lancs.
Thomas aged 57, master of Blackburn Grammar School. Lavinia aged 27. Plus 3 servants and 3 boarders.


Free Grammar School, West Park Rd, Blackburn
Thomas aged 67, Head master. Lavinia aged 37. Plus 4 servants.


Unable to trace. Possibly abroad. On immigration lists for San Francisco (1903) and Philadelphia (1905).


Unable to trace. Possibly abroad. On immigration lists for San Francisco (1903) and Philadelphia (1905).

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