Biography

Betty Ormishaw (aka Ormshaw) was born in Ormskirk in 1784 to William Ormishaw and his wife Ellen. She was baptized at St. Peter and St. Paul church on 28 March 1784. For most or all of her life, Elizabeth was known as Betty.

On 14 July 1800, Betty married Henry Ball, a farmer from Upholland, at All Saints Church in Wigan. The couple initially settled in Upholland where Henry worked as a labourer. Betty stayed home and gave birth to their first son, Edward (named after Henry’s father and great grandfather), in Upholland in the fall of 1802. Circa 1803, the family moved to Standish where Henry took up farming. In June 1804, Betty gave birth to their second child, Margaret and in June 1806 to son John. In December 1806, daughter Margaret died at age 2. Over the next twelve years, Betty had six more children, all born in Standish, one of whom was named Margaret after the daughter they lost.

At the time of the 1841 census, Henry and Betty were living at Heywood, a farm in Haigh situated between the River Douglas and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The farm is so close to Standish that it is difficult to say whether Henry and Betty moved here from Standish, or whether their farm was in an area that became re-designated as Haigh. Also at the time of the 1841 census, two of Betty’s sons were living next door with their families at Arrowsmith Farm. In all, seventeen people were living at the two adjoining farms in 1841, including Henry and Betty, three sons (Henry, Daniel and James), two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth), two daughters-in-law (Ann and Maria), three grandchildren (Peter, Hannah and Lucy), and three farm labourers, one with wife and child. Five men worked the 36-acre farm including Henry Sr., Henry Jr., and the three labourers.

Henry and Betty’s was a large family with much coming and going. Between 1841 and 1851, while Henry continued to farm Heywood, three children—Henry, Mary, and Elizabeth—left the family home. Grandchildren Hannah and Peter (children of Mary and/or Elizabeth) stayed with their grandparents. Two other grandchildren, Ellen Ball and Henry Ball, also moved in with the grandparents during this time. James and his wife moved from Arrowsmith Farm just down the road to Red Rock Lane. Daniel and his wife remained at Arrowsmith and their family grew with more grandchildren.

By the time of the 1851 census, Henry and Betty were living with their four grandchildren: Ellen, Peter, Hannah, and Henry. Ellen, Peter, and Hannah, now in their teens, were working, probably on the farm. Their son Daniel was working as a shoemaker and living next door at Arrowsmith with his wife and family, as was their newly married daughter Elizabeth.

By 1861, Heywoods had been sold to the Municipal Waterworks, and Henry and Betty were living up the road at Blundles Fold next door to their granddaughter Ellen and her family. Henry registered in the census as a farmer of 70 acres. Their son James, who was widowed in 1853, had moved back in with his parents, along with his son Henry.

Elizabeth died two years later in Blackrod on 9 August 1863 of old age. She was buried in the churchyard at St. Wilfrid in Standish. Henry joined her there a few months later. Despite many hours of searching we have not located their grave.


Details and Facts

Baptism Search for Baptism Record

16 May 1779
Upholland

Elizabeth’s Baptism Record is not listed in the register for Upholland St. Thomas.

Christening

28 Mar 1784
St. Peter and St. Paul Church of England

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

2 Nov 1802
Standish

Per Edward Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

6 Aug 1806
Standish

Per John Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

29 Jun 1808
Standish

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

28 Jun 1811
Standish

Per Henry Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

4 Jul 1813
Standish

Per Daniel Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Elizabeth Ball family home

30 Jun 1815
Shevington, Lancashire

Per Elizabeth Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

24 Feb 1818
Standish

Per Margaret Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence Henry & Betty Ball family home

5 May 1820
Standish

Per Mary Ball’s Baptism Record.

Residence

6 Jun 1841
Heywood Farm, Arley Lane, Haigh

Per 1841 Census.

Residence

30 Mar 1851
Heywood Farm, Arley Lane, Haigh

Per 1851 Census.

Residence

7 Apr 1861
Blundles Fold, Blackrod, Lancashire

Per 1861 Census. Henry and Betty were age 84 and living next door to Joseph and Ellen.

Residence

9 Aug 1863
Aberdeen, Blackrod

Per Death Certificate.

Birth Registration Question of Parentage

9 Aug 1863

The baptismal entry for James Ball in 1808 records Betty’s parents as John and Betty Ormishaw. The baptismal entry for John Ball in 1806 records Betty’s parents as Edward and Ellen Ball—however, these are almost certainly Henry’s parents, not Betty’s.

Burial

12 Aug 1863
Standish St. Wilfrid's Church Yard


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