I think we may have been in touch some time ago. Since then I have discovered more names connected to the surname of Bryan. As yet cannot claim they are related or even linked to my grandfather THOMAS BRYAN born 1874 Burnley, died in Brierfield in 1918.
I found a SARAH ASHTON married in BURNLEY to ALFRED BRYAN in the September quarter of 1920.
My link to the LITHERLAND surname is that my grandfather married a widow named EMMA SMITH nee Litherland in 1906 in Burnley. She was the daughter of JAMES LITHERLAND. Emma was born in Huyton in 1867.
Hope the above can link with your Litherlands and Ashton. Brenda Merseyside