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Kate Ash Chartist Needle in a haystack?

duckweed

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THis is a very long shot. But I have a Mrs Kate or Catherine Ash who founded the Sheffield Female Chartists. I have found a fleeting mention of her as the founder and a summary of a speech by her colleague a Mrs Martin in 1841 but can't find anyone suitable in the 1841 census.

I imagine their husbands will be Chartists too but can see no mention of anyone suitable. Anyone want to do some sleuthing and see if they can do better? Here's why I am doing the research.

https://sheffieldtimewalk.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/sheffield-the-road-to-womens-rights/
 

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Found a Kate Ash with husband Thomas Ash both born 1821 in Plymouth, Devon.
1851 census at Brightside Bierlow.

Only thing, husband a tailor, not a builder. But papers get things wrong don't they?

Can do more digging if you think possible.
 

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Sorry you have lost me there. Where is the occupation of husband in the papers? There is a history of militant tailors in Leeds and the Yorkshire Rebellion but he is too young for the Yorkshire rebellion as that was 1820.
 

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You gave a link to an article in your original post. In that article it states that Kate Ash was the wife of a building contractor, originally from Devon.

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'In Sheffield the women Chartists could not be called middle class. Ann Harrison was the wife of an edge tool manufacturer. Eliza Rooke born in Lincolnshire and married to a York confectioner who moved to Sheffield. Abiah Higginbotham daughter of a miller and whose husband was a Spring Knife Cutler, Eliza Cavill whose husband was a file cutter and kept the Democratic Temperance Hotel, Kate Ash wife of building a contractor originally from Devon. All their husbands were Chartists too but the women were more often quoted in the press than their husbands'.


Steve.:)
 

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Senior moment. That must have been from previous work we did re Chartist women. So wonder if I got it wrong. Mind you I have an ancestor who was boat man, then Chemist, then builder so you can never tell.

What I really need is a Mr. Ash who is listed in Chartist documents to be sure I have right person.
 

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Found a Mr. Ash in Chartist newspapers. Name is James Ash. There is a James Ash in trade indexes in various numbers in Radford Street. He seems to have become a manufacturer and firm is called James Ash & Sons. Baptism records only one I can find is 1820 which I doubt as would have to have married young. Catherine Ash seems to have both founded the Female Chartists and gone on to be interim chair of the National Women's Rights Association in 1851 so an important person if I can but find out more about her.
 

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