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Isabel Rishworth

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Isabel Rishworth was born on 9th April 1877 and baptised on 16th May that year in Aberford, near Leeds. She was the daughter of Henry Rishworth, a farmer from Leeds and Isabel Rishworth nee Smart, from Strensall in North Yorkshire.

Isabel Rishworth's baptism record

The family lived at Black Horse Farm which, at the time of the 1881 census, was 142 acres and her father employed one labourer and two boys. As well as Isabel and her parents, her siblings at the address were George Henry Smart (6), Sydney (5) and Henry (2). Isabel also had an older sister, Maria Smart (7) but she wasn't with the family at the time of the census. Two farm workers and a domestic servant were living there also.

The 1891 census showing the Rishworth family

By 1891 Isabel had two more sisters - Edith Hardy (9) and Olive Marion (6). Again, two farm workers lived there, as well as a general servant and a governess.

In 1901 Isabel was living in Filey at 16 West Street, and her occupation described as a companion, presumably to the widowed lady she was living with. Her parents and younger sisters had moved from the farm to Scholes, in Barwick-in-Elmet. Two of her brothers, George and Henry, were living and working at The Mansion, a hotel in Roundhay Park in Leeds, as head barman and a butcher's assistant respectively. In October 1901 Isabel's father Henry died.

Isabel Rishworth on the 1901 census, she had moved to Filey

By 1911 Isabel was living in Bridlington at 82 Promenade. Also at this address were her brother Henry, a butcher, and sister Olive, as well as a young lady whose occupation was 'Help', a butcher's apprentice and a butcher's journeyman.

Isabel worked as a nursing member at Bridlington Auxiliary Military Hospital from December 1914 until August 1917, whereupon she transferred to the War Hospital in Keighley where she undertook surgical nursing duties and remained there until May 1919.

Her brother Henry was serving during the war, as a Private with the Durham Light Infantry. He was discharged due to disability in January 1919.

Presumably Isabel returned to Bridlington after the war, as I have found no further records of her until her death, as a spinster of Holmgarth, 45 Forty Foot Road, Bridlington on 22nd May 1933. Probate was granted to her sister Edith.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

York, Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards,1914-1923

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995


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