Ellen Butterfield was James Carrington's first wife, they married in December 1897 in Blackburn (Volume 8e, page 530).
So far I do not know if they had any children together.
She was born on the 23rd May 1856 to Thomas and Alice Butterfield. She was christened at St Mary-The-Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire on the 4th June 1856 (Volume 8e, Page 371), and registered that month.
She had certainly died by the 9th December 1909, as this is when James Carrington remarried (listing widower as marital status). She was 12 years his senior.
What we do know is that in 1901 she was to be found living with James in Blackburn, where they were listed as occupying the Ship Inn at 151 Penny Street (his occupation given as a beer seller). Her place of birth is listed as Blackburn. Her age at 45 gives a birth year of around 1854.
I cannot find her in the 1881 census - she would have been 25 years old, and I suspect the reason is she was married. A search of FreeBMD turns up the following:
I suspect the husband here was William Pomfret, (I have found a John and Emma Hickey in the 1881 census), and there are several Ellen Pomfret's (sadly none born in Blackburn, but several from Lancashire)in the census:
The only issue in the above is the birthplace being Burnley, or Livesey as below...