- David Howell
Ashton, Thomas (1844–1927), trade unionist, was born on 23 March 1844 at Openshaw, Manchester, the son of John Ashton, a miner, and his wife, Betty (née Ogden). He began work in the mines at the age of twelve and emerged rapidly as an organizer. He married in 1865, and had two sons and four daughters. In the same year he was elected secretary of the ...