Fanny Ainscough was born on 21st October 1895 in Pemberton and was the daughter of Thomas Ainscough (b. 1854) and Ellen Parkinson. (The older Fanny, born in 1887, had died). In 1901 she was aged 6 and was living at 21 Turners Yard, Goose Green, Ince. In 1911 she was living at 668 Warrington Road, Brynn, Pemberton, and working as a weaver.