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Nellie BROADHURST and William Thomas HOWORTH

Nellie BROADHURST was born was born 1891 in Shaw, Lancashire, England. She was the eighth child of eleven born to Richard BROADHURST and Sarah Ann JONES. Nellie (21) married William Thomas HOWORTH (b abt 1890, Clitheroe, Lancashire) in 1912 at St. Thomas in Blackburn. The couple had one child:

  1. May (b 1914)

1891 England Census. One month old Nellie lived at 2 Spadescroft (sp?) in the civil parish of Crompton, Lancashire. Her father, Richard BROADHURST, was a farm laborer and siblings Fanny (14) and Annie (12) were cotton mill workers. Crompton was a major cotton mill town. Also at home were her younger siblings; Sarah (9), John Richard (8), Gertrude (4), Mary (3), and Peter Ernest (2).

1901 England Census. Nine year old Nellie lived in the family’s home at 1 Peel Street in Heywood, Lancashire. Nine of the eleven siblings remained at home.

1911 England Census. Nellie (20) lived with her older brother Peter Ernest BROADHURST (22) and his family; wife Elizabeth and two children, Amy and Ernest. They lived at 30 Newton Street in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. Nellie worked as a “ring spinner” in a cotton mill. Living as a visitor in the household the night of the census was another ring spinner, William HOWORTH (21). The following year William and Nellie marry.

World War I. William HOWORTH spent four years in the British Army.

To America – 1923. On 22 October 1923, the family of Nellie, William Thomas and May HOWORTH set sail aboard the S.S. Megantic from Liverpool, England. With them is Sarah Ann BROADHURST, Nellie’s mother, now a widow and listed at 5′-2″ tall with grey hair and grey eyes. It is the first time to America for all of the party and they all declare their intent to become US citizens. They arrive into Boston on November 1st. They are headed to Utica, New York and the home of Arthur and Gertrude ADAMS nee Broadhurst at 543 Main Street.

On to New York Mills – 1923. The family moved to New York Mills, NY in 1923 and William Thomas began a 28 year career in the gas department of the predecessors of the Niagara – Mohawk Power Company.

1930 US Census. 431 Aiken Street in Utica was home to Nellie (39), William (40) and May HOWORTH (16). The home was rented for $25 a month. Nellie was a cleaner in a cotton mill and William worked for the gas and electric company.

A new job for Nellie – 1946. Nellie started working for DB Smith Company in about 1946. She worked there until September 1967 when she retired due to illness. She died the following November.

A vistor from the old country – 1947. Nellie’s sister May (Mary) HOWARTH nee Broadhurst visits America for the first time in 1947.  She takes the S.S. Marine Tiger out of Southampton on 02 August 1947 and arrives in New York on August 11th.  Her home address, and that of her husband Jack BRADSHAW, is given as 17 Victoria Ave, Cherry Tree, Blackburn. She’s a 59 year old housewife that’s 5′-5″ tall and has brown hair and blue eyes with a mole on her arm. Nellie lived at 1661 Wesley Ave in Utica.

The deaths of Nellie and William. William Thomas HOWORTH died 08 November 1957 at home at 1661 Wesley Ave, Utica. He died unexpectedly at 67 years old from a heart condition. He was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and is buried in Crown Hill Memorial Park.

Nellie HOWORTH nee Broadhurst died about nine years after her husband at 76 years old. She passed away on 11 January 1967 in Faxton Hospital in Utica, NY. At the time of her death she attended the Plymouth Bethesda Untied Church of Christ and was living with her daughter May, now Mrs. Norman A. LOCKE in the family home at 1661 Wesley Ave. Nellie is also buried in Crown Hill Memorial Park.

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