THORNBOROUGH AND OTHER THORNBER VARIANTS
BAPTISMS IN LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND
17TH, 18TH & 19TH CENTURIES

Part 1. Parishes A to M

Lancashire Rose

The data below is taken in part from the International Genealogical Index and in part from my own examination of parish registers in Lancashire for variants of Thornber and Thornborough. Entries in the IGI noted as "relative of" or "born about" without any information from a register are excluded as are those without parent's names.  In each case the child's name is given first; the dates are in the form year, month, day. Where the mother's maiden name is quoted in the baptism register it is shown in brackets.  I am grateful to Tony Foster for the information on Blackburn Nonconformist baptisms.   The objective is to compare the spelling variants, places and dates as a start to seeing whether families can be identified.  For anyone interested in these families the first step is to consult the full entry in the appropriate register to seek information on abodes, occupations etc.  The second step is to consult the burial records at the same place to see if any of the children died in infancy.

There are a number of examples where the variants of Thornber and Thornborough are used for the same family. Several occur in Blackburn in the early 19th century when the vicar wrote Thornborough in the marriage register but the person involved signed as Thornber. This makes it necessary to consult both this page and those dealing with Thornber records in Lancashire.

Altham and Accrington
Alice Richard & Ann Thornborough, printer, Clayton, born 1 Oct 1816 Altham, St. James 1817 05 10

An Alice Thornborough, daughter of Richard Thornber of Clayton, died of chin cough and was buried aged 11 months on 3 April 1817 but the dates do not fit exactly.

Blackburn Area

The record for George & Hannah Thornburg fits with those for George and Hannah Thornber.  George Thornber married Ann Ward at Blackburn St. Mary 11 June 1778.  (all marriages had to be in Anglican churches at that time)

William George & Hannah Thornber Blackburn, Darwen Lower Chapel 1779 02 02
Ann  George & Hannah Thornber Blackburn, Over Darwen Ind  1780 11 11
Alice  George & Hannah Thornber (Ward) Blackburn, Over Darwen Ind.  1789 02 01
Richard George & Hannah Thornburg  Blackburn, Chapel St. Ind 1791 04 03

The record for Richard and Alice Thornbury may fit with a Thornber family as shown on the Darwen page..  Blackburn St. Peter was Nonconformist until the late 1820s and the family may have then switched allegiance to Clayton Street Independent.

William Richard & Alice Thornborough of (illegible) Blackburn St. Mary 1814 04 13
Hannah Richard & Alice of Oswaldtwistle, wheelwright Blackburn St. Mary 1815 08 27
Alice Richard & Alice Thornber of Livesey Blackburn St. Peter 1818 03 25
Mary  Richard & Alice Thornber of Livesey Blackburn St. Peter 1820 02 16
Ellen  Richard & Alice Thornbury of Blackburn Blackburn Clayton Street Ind 1832 04 18

Also in Blackburn we have the following two entries

Alice Susanna Thornborough (?) Blackburn St. Mary 1827 01 21
Charlotte William & Anne Thornborough or Thornberry Blackburn St. Mary 1829 06 29
 
Blackrod St. Katherine
Richard  James & Alice Thornburrough (Howard)  Blackrod St. Katherine 1798 12 09
Betty  James & Alice Thornbury (Hall)  Blackrod St. Katherine 1800 08 31

Bolton St Peter

Henry & Mary Thornborrow are probably the same couple as that recorded at Great Bolton Ridgeway.  See also the Henry and Mary in Wigan at the same period who married in 1797.

Margaret  Henry & Mary Thornborrow Bolton St. Peter 1798 09 09
James  Henry & Mary Thornborrow Great Bolton Ridgway  1803 07 20
Mary Ann  Henry & Mary Thornborrow Great Bolton Ridgeway 1805 01 27
Elizh  Henry & Mary Thornborrow Great Bolton Ridgeway 1808 01 24
Brindle

Thomas and Martha may be the same couple as that recorded at Blackburn St. Mary.  Thomas Thornber married Martha Murray at Blackburn St. Mary on 26 July 1790

John Thomas & Martha Thornber of Oswaldtwistle Blackburn St. Mary  1796 03 27
John  Thomas & Martha Thornbury Brindle 1801 05 01
Nancy  Thomas & Martha Thornber Blackburn St. Mary  1805 12 25
Richard Thomas & Martha Thornber  Blackburn St. Mary  1810 07 18
Burnley, St Peter

Robert and Grace Thornberg are undoubtably the same couple who appear in the registers of St. Peter's at Burnley under the name Thornber, where Robert Thornber married Grace Pollard on 25 October 1788.  These entries have been abstracted from the original register.  The family is shown in much more detail in the section on Thornber families of Burnley.

Thomas Robert & Grace Thornberg (Pollard)   Burnley St. Peter  1789 09 07
Betty Robert & Grace Thornber  Burnley St. Peter  1791 09 25
William Robert & Grace Thornberg (Pollard)  Burnley St. Peter  1793 06 24
Mally  Robert & Grace Thornber of Filly Close  Burnley St. Peter  1795 06 28
Shackleton Robert & Grace Thornber of Filly Close  Burnley St. Peter  1797 10 15
Robert Robert & Grace Thornber of Filly Close  Burnley St. Peter  1801 04 05
Margaret Robert & Grace Thornber of Pendle  Burnley St. Peter  1804 10 97

As all other entries for Burnley are under the name Thornber, I suspect that the following also are spelling variants of Thornber.

Jenny  William Thornbour  Burnley, St. Peter  1754 05 20
Robert  William Thornbour  Burnley, St. Peter  1764 05 20

Rob. Thornburgh married Ann Horabine, Burnley, 1589 (Boyd's Marriage Index)

Cartmel

The IGI has entries under both Cartmel and Cartmel Priory Church.  Cartmel was the home of a Thornborough family for several centuries.

The entries for Christopher and Ann form a coherent group and the one from Warton almost certainly belongs to the same family as the son is given the mother's maiden name as a forename.  Christopher Thornborrow married Anne How at Cartmel on 29 January 1778.

Mary  Christopher & Ann Thornborrow (How) Cartmel 1780 08 27
John How Christopher & Ann Thornborrow Warton near Lancaster  1782 06 09
Jenny Christopher & Ann Thornborrow (How) Cartmel 1787 10 14
Edward  Christopher & Ann Thornborrow (How) Cartmel 1790 04 04
Christr Christopher & Anne Thornborrow (How) Cartmel 1794 06 20

There is a marriage record for Christopher Thornborrow and Hannah Borrow at Cartmel on 24 September 1815.

Isabella Christopher & Hannah Thornborough   Cartmel  1816 01 07
Christopher Christopher & Hannah Thornborrow (Borrow) Cartmel 1821 03 18

Chistopher (written Xpofer short for Christopherus) Thornburgh married Issabell Swaynson at Cartmell Priory Church on 25 Nov 1600 which relates to the following baptism:

William  Christopher & Isabell Thornburgh (Swaynson) Cartmel 1602 02 07

Other baptism entries at Cartmel:

Edmond John Thornbrough Cartmel Priory Church 1619 05 31
Mary  John & Mary Thornburgh (Taylor) Cartmel Priory Church 1626 08 20
Margaret Rowland Thornborough Cartmel Priory Church  1662 12 26

Other marriages have been identified in Boyd's Marriage Index for Lancashire:

Geo. Thornburgh married *** Cartmel, 1562
Nic. Thornburgh, married Jenet Brockbank, Cartmel 1594
Cris Thornburgh married Isb Swainson, Cartmel, 1600
Roland Thornborrow and Ann Green, Cartmel, 1762
Edw Thornborrow and Sarah Caddy, Cartmel, 1776
Edw Thornborrow and Jane Martin, Cartmel, 1800
Thomas Thornborrow and Ester Dodgson, Cartmel, 1806 (also down for Cartmel Fell)
Anth. Thornborrow and Mgt. Bigland, Cartmel 1826 (also down for Cartmel Fell)

Church Kirk
Alice Hannah Thornborough, single woman, Tottering Temple Church Kirk 1827 04 29
Thomas  Elizabeth Thornborough, single woman, Cocker Brook Church Kirk 1831 05 04

At this parish there were three marriages of interest:

Martha Thornborough married Frederick Lancaster, 19 Apr. 1818
Ellin Thornborrow, married Zacheus Walsh on 24 Nov. 1822.
Nancy Thornborrow, spr. married George Clegg, bachelor, 3 Oct. 1825

And three burials:

John Thornborrow of Duckworth hall, husbandman, 5 Feb 1704
Ann Thornborrow, Duckworth hall, vidua, 14 Feb 1710
Grace Thornborrow of Church, 3 Dec 1733.

Cockerham
Elizabeth Ann  Ann Thornbarrow  Cockerham 1863 11 29
Deane by Bolton
Ellis Richard & Nancy Thornborough  Deane by Bolton 1829 03 15
Garstang

Boyd's Marriage Index shows:

Jn Thornborrow married Betty Wardlow, Garstang, 1812
Rob. Thornborrow married Agnes Johnson, Garstang, 1835

Garstang Independent
John Robert & Agness Thornborugh Garstang Independent 1835 09 27
Great Bolton Ridgeway (see also Bolton St. Peter above)
Francis  Francis & Judith Thornbury Great Bolton Ridgeway 1794 03 12
Mary Francis & Judith Thornbury Great Bolton Ridgeway 1794 03 12

Francis was not a common name in the families and it could be that another set of nonconformist entries in Manchester relate to the same Francis with a second wife.  See also Manchester trade directory  for the name Francis.

John Minshal Francis & Mary Thornburgh Manchester New Connex 1805 01 27
Martha  Francis & Mary Thornburgh Manchester New Connex 1808 05 29
Halton

Boyd's Marriage Index notes: Georg Thornborrow married Mary Croft, Halton, 1655.

Hawkshead

Boyd's Marriage Index reports Jn. Thornbro married Elz or Jane Bownas at Hawkshead in 1755

John  John Thronborough Hawkshead  1759 08 26

A John Thornborrow married Betty Greenrod at Hawkshead on 16 July 1787 and this may be related to the first entry below.

Thomas John Thornborrow  Hawkshead   1788 04 27
Thomas  Betty Thornborough Hawkshead 1816 04 28
Kirkby Ireleth

Probably all in the same family:

Betty  John & Betty Thornburrow Kirkby Ireleth 1792 09 02
Edward  John & Betty Thornburrow Kirkby Ireleth 1797 11 02
Martha   John & Betty Thornburrow Kirkby Ireleth 1804 12 19

Other entries

Agnes Thomas & Betty Thornburrow Kirkby Ireleth 1800 06 10
Lancaster St. John

The first four entries could be for the same family:

John  John Thornborough  Lancaster St. John  1760 02 17
Robert  John Thornborough  Lancaster St. John  1762 02 28
Betty John Thornburrow  Lancaster St. John  1764 11 04
William John Thornborrow  Lancaster St. John  1769 02 12
Dorothy Thos & Elizth Thornborough  Lancaster St. John  1788 08 14
Lancaster St. Mary

John Thorneborrow married Isabella Wilson at Lancaster St. Mary on 11 November 1792.  John and Isabella entries appear to be one family, see also Preston St. John.

Betty John & Bella Thornborough Lancaster St. Mary 1795 08 23
Isabella John & Isabella Thornborough Lancaster St. Mary 1798 04 29
Hannah John & Isabell Thornborough Lancaster St. Mary 1801 01 18
Millecent Parker  John & Isabella Thornborow Lancaster St. Mary 1803 09 04

John Thornburrow married Hannah Sandham at Lancaster St. Mary on 13 Dec 1784.  There are also entries for a John and Hannah at Preston St. John

Molly John & Hannah Thornborough  Lancaster St. Mary 1786 03 05
Arthur John & Hannah Thornborough  Lancaster St. Mary 1789 07 12

The following could be more than on family.  The name Giles is of interest as it occurs commonly in the Thornber families of Slaidburn.

Giles  John Thornborrow  Lancaster St. Mary 1749 12 03
Adam John Thornburrow   Lancaster St. Mary 1751 05 17
Giles  John Thornburrow   Lancaster St. Mary 1752 08 09
Thomas John Thornburrow   Lancaster St. Mary 1755 01 26
Jane John Thornburrow  Lancaster St. Mary 1755 04 06
John John Thornborrow  Lancaster St. Mary 1757 10 23
Oliver John Thornborrow  Lancaster St. Mary 1766 11 09
Adam John Thornborough  Lancaster St. Mary  1770 09 16

Other entries:

Thomas  Thomas Thornborrow Lancaster St. Mary 1784 07 31
Joseph Saxon  Thomas Thornborough Lancaster St. Mary 1786 07 05
Robert  Giles Thornborrow  Lancaster St. Mary 1757 03 09
John William & Mary Thornborrow (Fisher) Lancaster St. Mary 1777 01 26
Arthur  George & Ann Thornborough  Lancaster St. Mary 1792 06 10
Alice Mary Thornborough  Lancaster St. Mary 1806 10 05
Joseph  John & Mary Thornborough Lancaster St. Mary 1808 04 12

Boyd's marriage Index shows:

Geo Thornborrow and Elz Greg at Lancaster in 1749
Adam Thornborrow and Cath Crompton, Lancaster, 1819

Liverpool St. Nicholas

Probably the same family:

George George & Jane Thornburgh (Belshaw) Liverpool St. Nicholas 1802 04 18
Mary George & Jane Thornburgh Liverpool St. Nicholas 1803 05 29

Compare the following with the Lancaster St. Mary record for a child of Giles in 1757:

John  Giles Thornburrow Liverpool St. Nicholas 1763 07 27

Other entries:

Sarah Thomas Thornborrow  Liverpool St. Nicholas 1760 05 23
Elizabeth  Thomas & Elizabeth Thornborrow Liverpool St. Nicholas 1783 0129
Liverpool St. Peter

The following are split into possible family groups by alphabetical order of father's name.

Benjamin Thornber married Elizabeth Lea at Liverpool St. Nicholas, 28 July 1801

Ellen  Benjamin & Elizabeth Thornborough (Lea) Liverpool St. Peter 1805 06 16

William John   James & Jane Thornbery Liverpool St. Peter 1838 10 11
Esther James & Jane Thornbury Liverpool St. Peter 1840 11 29

Compare the entry below with that for Warrington.

Elizabeth Sergeant James & Martha Thornborrow Liverpool St. Peter 1838 03 04

There is a record for the marriage of James Thornburgh and Mary Johnson at Liverpool St. Nicholas on 9 December 1832, which may correspond to the first group below:

Eliza Ellen  James & Mary Thornburgh  Liverpool St. Peter 1833 06 06
John Menagh James & Mary Thornburgh  Liverpool St. Peter 1834 10 08
James Rackham James & Mary Thornburgh   Liverpool St. Peter  1837 01 31

Thomas   John & Margaret Thornborrow Liverpool St. Peter 1815 09 25
John John & Margaret Thornburrow Liverpool St. Peter 1814 02 02
John  John & Margaret Thornburrow Liverpool St. Peter 1816 10 22
Eliza   John & Margaret Thornburrow (Wardle) Liverpool St. Peter 1812 11 18

William   John & Mary Thornborough (Jones)  Liverpool St. Peter 1809 06 25

John Henry   John & Mary Thornbury  Liverpool St. Peter 1864 05 01
Elizabeth John & Mary Thornborough  Liverpool St. Peter 1865 05 11

Mary  Robert & Mary Thornborrow Liverpool St. Peter 1838 07 22
Sarah Robert & Mary Thornborrow  Liverpool St. Peter 1840 12 03

John  Thomas Thornberry  Liverpool St. Peter 1758 04 02
Nancey  Thomas Thornbarrow Liverpool St. Peter 1759 03 27

Augusta Louise  William & Jane Thornborrow Liverpool St. Peter 1844 12 05
Jane Elizabeth William & Jane Thornbarrow Liverpool St. Peter 1849 06 20
Manchester Cathedral

The John and Theresa entries for three different churches could relate to the same family as Theresa is a very unusual name among the Thornborough and Thornber families.

Thomas Henry John & Theresa Thornbury Manchester St. Mary 1858 09 26
John John & Teresa Thornbory Manchester Cathedral 1860 04 01
Mary Elizb   John & Teresa Thornbory  Manchester All Saints 1862 02 16

Probable family groups:

Thomas   Francis & Ann Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1821 04 01
Mary Ann   Francis & Ann Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1829 03 22

(see also Manchester Trade Directories for Francis and the possible baptism of this Francis at Bolton as shown above)

John  James & Elizabeth Thornbury (Valentine) Manchester Cathedral 1814 10 30
Mary  James & Elisabeth Thornbury Manchester Cathedral 1819 07 14

Thomas Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1842 08 07
Mary Ann Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1843 09 24
John Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1844 12 29
Matthew Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1844 12 29
John Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1846 07 05
James Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1848 03 12
Ellen  Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1850 03 31
Ann Matthew & Mary Thornborough Manchester Cathedral 1852 02 29

Although there are four spellings it is likely that the following relates to a single family. See details of two deaths from this family on the Manchester page.

Thomas  Thomas & Mary Thornbery Manchester Cathedral 1812 04 22
Mary  Thomas & Mary Thornbury Manchester Cathedral 1813 12 26
Jane  Thomas & Mary Thornbory Manchester Cathedral 1815 08 27
John Thomas & Mary Thornbury Manchester Cathedral 1819 01 17
William Thomas & Mary Thornbory Manchester Cathedral 1820 07 30
Henry James Thomas & Mary Thornbury Manchester Cathedral  1822 07 14
Elizabeth Thomas & Mary Thornbory Manchester Cathedral  1824 12 27
Isabella  Thomas & Mary Thornbory Manchester Cathedral  1824 12 27
John Thomas & Mary Thornbory Manchester Cathedral  1826 11 05
Sarah   Thomas & Mary Thornbury  Manchester Cathedral  1828 05 04
David  Thomas & Mary Thornbery  Manchester Cathedral  1830 04 11
Eleanor  Thomas & Mary Thornberry Manchester Cathedral  1833 04 14

Other entries:

Alice  John & Ann Thornbury  Manchester Cathedral 1770 09 30
Thomas John Thornberry Manchester Cathedral 1774 01 05
Hannah  John & Elisabeth Thornberry Manchester Cathedral 1799 02 10
Beatrice James Henry & Martha Thornbory Manchester Cathedral 1866 04 01

Boyd's Marriage Index shows Jn Thornbro married Ann Nab at Manchester in 1769 which could relate to the first entry in the block above.

Melling

Boyd's Marriage Index shows Rob. Thornborrow married Ann Grimshaw at Melling in 1787.

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