Worsley

Molly with two young children

Mary Elizabeth ‘Molly’ RankinAge: 78 years18761954

Name
Mary Elizabeth ‘Molly’ Rankin
Surname
Rankin
Given names
Mary Elizabeth
Nickname
Molly
Married name
Worsley
Birth 1876 47 38
Census 3 April 1881 (Age 5 years)
Census
Servant Confectionary
1891 (Age 15 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Rankin
1892 (Age 16 years) Age: 65

Death of a half-sisterBarbara Cross
June 1893 (Age 17 years)
MarriageEdward WorsleyView this family
9 September 1895 (Age 19 years)
Source: PRO
Publication: Public Record Office
Citation details: Sept Quarter 1895 8b 777 W derby
Text:
Witnesses: James Jones and Annie Carmichael
Birth of a daughter
#1
Mabel Elizabeth Worsley
1896 (Age 20 years)
Source: PRO
Publication: Public Record Office
Citation details: Sep Qtr 1896, 8b 179/Dec qtr? Toxteth Park
Note: There are two records of a mary Elizabeth Worsley born in Toxteth Park, one in the September qarter, and a second in the December Quarter.?
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Barbara ‘Barbara’ Worsley
2 March 1898 (Age 22 years)
Source: B.Cert
Citation details: Register 396/372
Note:
Also ID card issued 26/5/43 PRO Toxteth Park, 8b 145 Jun qtr 1898
Birth of a son
#3
Edward Worsley
21 January 1901 (Age 25 years)
Census 31 March 1901 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#4
John Stanley Worsley
3 September 1903 (Age 27 years)
Death of a sonEdward Worsley
13 February 1904 (Age 28 years)

Source: D.Cert
Citation details: 1904 mar Toxteth Park 8b/159
Text:
Thirteenth February 1904, Edward Worsley, male, 3 Years, Son of Edward Worsley a General Laborer, Capillary Bronchitis Cardiac failure certified by G.R.Mill, informat: M.E.Worsley, mother, present at death 10 Longville Street Toxteth Park,registered Fifteenth February 1904
Birth of a daughter
#5
Eliza ‘Cissie’ Worsley
17 August 1908 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#6
William Worsley
13 August 1912 (Age 36 years)
Censusyes

Christening of a sonWilliam Worsley
11 September 1912 (Age 36 years)
Death of a motherBetsy Stanley
1915 (Age 39 years)

Note: Deaths Dec 1915 Rankin Betsy 76 W. Derby 8b 394
Birth of a son
#7
Robert ‘Bob’ Worsley
21 October 1916 (Age 40 years)
Source: B.Cert
Christening of a sonRobert ‘Bob’ Worsley
5 November 1916 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Margaret Worsley
4 February 1919 (Age 43 years)
Source: Verbal, MC
Publication: Interview with Mavis Carter (Worsley)
Note: Registered in book 58 page number 409
Christening of a daughterMargaret Worsley
23 February 1919 (Age 43 years)
Marriage of a childTom ScotsonMabel Elizabeth WorsleyView this family
1926 (Age 50 years)

Death of a husbandEdward Worsley
1926 (Age 50 years)
Cause: Silicosis
Burial of a husbandEdward Worsley
24 February 1926 (Age 50 years)
Death September 1954 (Age 78 years)
Cause of death: Dropsy
Burial 11 September 1954 (Age 78 years)
Addressyes

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: 26 April 1875Lancs Liverpool
20 months
herself
Father’s family with Mary Ann Merricks - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage: 7 September 1851St Nicholas Church, Liverpool
4 months
half-sister
6 years
half-brother
4 years
half-brother
3 years
half-sister
Mother’s family with William Cross - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: 8 June 1856Lancs Liverpool
3 years
half-brother
7 years
half-sister
3 years
half-brother
6 years
half-brother
Family with Edward Worsley - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: 9 September 1895Lancs Walton on the Hill St Marys Kirkdale
16 months
daughter
2 years
daughter
3 years
son
3 years
son
5 years
daughter
4 years
son
4 years
son
2 years
daughter
Margaret as childMargaret Worsley
Birth: 4 February 1919 47 43Lancs LiverpoolWest Derby (Eastern)
Death: 4 August 1996Lancs Liverpool

CensusCensus 1891 (5th April) 24 Exeter St. Toxteth Park Liverpool Lancs
MarriagePRO
Publication: Public Record Office
Citation details: Sept Quarter 1895 8b 777 W derby
Text:
Witnesses: James Jones and Annie Carmichael
CensusCensus 1911 (3rd April) 46 GRAMPIAN ROAD FAIRFIELD LIVERPOOL
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Had thirteen children (5 mis-carriages) She maintained that we can all wear the Hunting Stuart tartan. Church of the Good Shepherd Sunday School 1938, Infants Mrs Worsley sup, teacher E Powell Letter of thanks from The Liverpool Eye, Ear and Throat Infirmary, Myrtle Street, Matron's Office, for gifts from the Sunday School children, and to her for making the arrangements. October 9th , 1939 (see scrapbook) In 1888 (aged 12) she recieved a prize and reference letter from the school. see scrapbook Molly was a deeply religious woman who celebrated Sundays in a strict manner. Mavis recalls that when she visited on these days (every Sunday morning for many years), the radio was prohibited and games forbidden. She was a Sunday school teacher, and there exists the register folder for one of the classes that she took at the Church of the Good Shepherd. In the early days, she was involved with the Salvation Army, where she taught on Sundays. At the close of her life, she mellowed, and Jean Mac's recollection gained from several lengthy summer visits is that the Sunday taboos had wained. The black note book (see Edward, her husband) containing lists of contributions for their services shows that she and Edward were regular and generous contributers as well as their children from time to time. She must have been an exceptional pupil, as there is a strong letter of praise from her school teacher. There is also a small book that had been presented to her with a dedication in the front fly leaf. I vividly recall meeting her for the first time (David, William's son). Very young, we walked up to the front door, with mum on the left and dad on the right holding my hands; I knew we were going to meet my grandmother. Dad knocked on the door and it was opened by a small tight woman - both her dress and hair were tight and severe. She looked intently at dad and said "Hello William, and this must be Margaret", turning to my mum. I knew something was up, because I had never heard anyone call dad "William" nor mum "Margaret", and they were both standing to attention and had closed up with me just behind their legs. Then she inclined her head and looked me in the face and almost barked "And whats that?" My parents parted, mumbled something, and I was pushed forward by a hand in my back. She leant forward - and smacked round the face! "Remember what I've told you William, when you see a boy - hit him! If he has done nothing wrong then he is thinking of doing something wrong". Then, with a kindly look on her face, she welcomed me into her house - but by that time I was scowling - and the movie in my head ends. There is some doubt about her religious affiliation. It seems that she was first an Anglican, then became a Salvationist, and then returned to being an Anglican again after the death of her husband. She had a ceremony Churching of Women after the birth of her children, which implies that she was an Anglican.
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As the fathers of both Edward and Molly were regulars at St Peters, it seems likely that this is where the two met. The story goes that Mollie's parents (one or the other or both) did not agree with her match with Edward. They kept the marriage secret until he had found a home for them to move to. Mollie's mother followed home and cursed them, kneeling outside on the step. Mollie was around 19 at the time, and if indeed her mother was so against the match, then Mollie must have had permission from her father - else the wedding could not have taken place. Yet, the census of 1901 gives them living together, with Mollie's mother as the head of the family. So, whatever the earlier argument, circumstances had changed. We guess that after Edward's return to work, the family may have moved out again, perhaps to Clyde Road. Later, the older woman may have joined them close to her death. Mollie was very sad that she was unable to cope with the last days of her mother's illness, and the mother died in a workhouse. JM
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