I was interested to see a message asking whether a female member of the Joseph Ashworth family of Bury, Lancs. could have become a barrister and later a judge in India. Maybe I'm wrong, but does the early 19th century not seem rather early for a woman to become a judge in India? Were there ever any woman judges in British Colonial Service in India? The reason I noticed was because there was by chance a man named Ernest Horatio Ashworth (born third quarter of 1870, son of Howard Haughton Ashworth and Ann Nicholson Ashworth (nee Orr) of Hampstead, Middlesex) who became a Judge in India - in fact he was a Puisne Judge of the High Court in Allahabad, in India, being appointed on 6 December 1927. The file dealing with his appointment is held among the India Office Records at the British Library.
In 1879 when he was 8 or 9 years old, he enrolled as a student at Merchant Taylors School, where his older brother Percy was already a student. In 1881 when the census was taken, he was described as 10 year old scholar living at home with his father and his siblings at Crowhurst in Hampstead, so he was obviously a day-pupil at Merchant Taylors School. He stayed at the school until 1889 when he was about 18, and entered St John's College, Oxford, as a Sir Thomas White Scholar. He was awarded a B.A. in 1893 and in that same year he was appointed to the Indian Civil Service. In 1901, when the census was taken, he was aged 30, and was residing – possibly temporarily - in Hampstead. His occupation was described as ‘Indian Civil Service’. He apparently had a 2 year old son named William ASHWORTH who had been born in India in about 1898-1899. I think that he was married to a 24 year old Irish-born woman named Edith. They may have been living in the same house as his older brother Percy, and probably also had a one year old son named Ernest ASHWORTH Junior, who had been born in Putney, Middlesex in about 1899-1900. He died on 4 March 1934 in London, at the age of 63.
I am researching all of the Ashworths of the family line from which Ernest descended, and will explain in a later message.
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