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.
John Thornborough married Jane Clegg at Whalley on 13 September 1813 and there is a record of one child at Newchurch.
|Howarth||John & Jane Thornborough (Clegg)||Newchurch in Pendle||1814 02 06|
George and Ann may be the same couple listed under the name Thornber
|Ephraim||George & Ann Thornborough||Preston St. John||1847 04 22|
|Richard||George & Ann Thornboro||Preston St. John||1849 01 02|
|Ruth||George & Ann Thornber||Preston St. John||1850 03 02|
|William Anslow||George Richard & Martha Thornbery||Preston St. John||1847 09 18|
|George Osborn||George Richard & Martha Thornbery||Preston St. John||1850 10 31|
|Henry Hartley||George Richard & Martha Thornbery||Preston St. John||1850 10 31|
|Thomas Frederick||George Richard & Martha Thornbery||Preston St. John||1852 04 20|
|Anna||Johis Thornborough||Preston St. John||1621 12 24|
It is possible that the John and Hannah below are the same couple as that at Lancaster St. Mary, who married in 1784.
|Molly||John & Hannah Thornborough||Lancaster St. Mary||1786 03 05|
|Arthur||John & Hannah Thornborough||Lancaster St. Mary||1789 07 12|
|Mary Ann||John & Hannah Thornborrow||Preston St. John||1806 05 18|
John and Isabel may be the same couple as at Lancaster St. Mary who married in 1792.
|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|
|Agnes||John & Isabel Thornborrow||Preston St. John||1806 10 19|
|Lawrence||John Thornborrowe||Preston St. John||1623 06 01|
|Laurance||John Thornebowrowe||Preston St. John||1626 09 16|
|Ellen||Joseph & Catharine Thornborow||Preston St. John||1839 01 27|
|Edward||Richard & Ann Thornbury||Preston St. John||1855 11 30|
|Richard||Richard & Ann Thornbury||Preston St. John||1855 11 30|
|Sarah Jane||Thomas & Catherine Thornborough||Preston St. John||1862 05 25|
|Henry Thomas||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow||Preston St. John||1868 02 23|
|Louisa||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow||Preston St. John||1869 03 28|
|William (Willm)||Thomas Thornborrow||Preston St. John||1623 05 18|
|Elizabetha||Thomas Thorneborowe||Preston St. John||1618 02 26|
Boyd's Marriage Index shows that Jn. Thornborrow married Ellen Fishwick at Preston in 1621.
Thurs Thornborow married Ann Diconsons, Stalmire, 1593 (Boyd's Marriage Index)
|Alice||Gyles Thornbury||Tatham Fells||1747 08 16|
Althought there are four spellings of the surname the combination of parents' names makes this almost certainly a family grouping, particularly given the name of the last child. Arthur Thornburrow married Agnes Airey at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland on 3 Aug 1755.
|Bridget||Arthur & Agnes Thornburrow||Tunstall||1757 04 17|
|John||Arthur & Agnes Thornbarrow||Tunstall||1759 12 03|
|Isabel||Arthur & Agnes Thornborough||Tunstall||1760 08 17|
|John||Arthur & Agnes Thornborrow||Tunstall||1763 06 11|
|Anne||Arthur & Agnes Thornborrow||Tunstall||1765 11 03|
|Robert||Arthur & Agnes Thornborrow||Tunstall||1768 05 22|
|Arthur||Arthur & Agnes Thornborrow||Tunstall||1770 09 21|
|Thomas Airey||Arthur & Agnes Thornborrow||Tunstall||1774 04 03|
|Mary||Christopher Thornborrow||Tunstall||1734 03 10|
John Bush Thornborough married Agnes Gibson at Tunstall on 21 February 1807.
Note also that John Thornborough, husbandman of Bentham married Jane Bush spr o.t.p. on 30 September 1775 at Thornton in Lonsdale by Banns. Their son, John Bush Thornborough, was baptised 28 Jan 1776, at Clapham, Yorkshire. Given the date of this marriage it is likely that the entry below corresponds to the same couple.
|Mary||John & Agnes Thornburrow||Tunstall||1807 07 12|
The following correspond to the record of the marriage of John (Johanis) Thornborrow to Catherine Bell at Tunstall on 27 April 1695.
|Robert||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow (Bell)||Tunstall||1695 12 01|
|Jacobus (James)||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow (Bell)||Tunstall||1699 04 02|
|John||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow (Bell)||Tunstall||1702 05 03|
|William||Thomas & Catherine Thornborrow (Bell)||Tunstall||1704 10 21|
Compare the entry for John Thornburrow with that for John Thornber
|John||John Thornburrow||Tunstall||1731 04 17|
|Catharine||John Thornber||Tunstall||1738 03 19|
Robert Thornborrow married Elizabeth Batty at Tunstall on 1 June 1727.
|John||Robert Thornborrow||Tunstall||1728 09 16|
|Giles||Robert Thornborrow||Tunstall||1733 09 17|
|Cecily||Thomas Thornburrow||Tunstall||1647 02 14|
|Anthony||Thomas Thornburrow||Tunstall||1651 12 21|
|Anne||Thomas Thorneburrow||Tunstall||1654 10 08|
|James||Thomas Thornburrow||Tunstall||1657 09 13|
Boyd's Marriage Index shows:
Jn. Thornborrow married Bridg. Hutchinson at Tunstall in 1729
Rob. Thornborrow and Alice Morfet, banns Tunstall, 1812.
|William||Edward Thornborough||Ulverston||1806 05 25|
Note that years in this volume do not match those in the IGI for dates between 1 January and 24 March. The New Year began on 25 March under the Julian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced from 1752.
|Thomas||George Thornborow||Walton le Dale (1619 in IGI)||1618 02 20|
|William||George Thorneborrowe||Walton le Dale||1623 11 28|
|Anne||George Thorneborrowe||Walton le Dale (1629 in IGI)||1628 01 19|
|Thomas||George Thornborow||Walton le Dale||1634 08 24|
The marriage of Henry Thornbarrow to Elizabeth Hindle at Samlesbury on 2 Feb 1768 may be relevant to the next group
|John||Henry & Elizabeth Thornbarow||Walton le Dale||1768 06 29|
|Thomas||Henry & Elizabeth Thornborrow, born 27 April||Walton le Dale||1771 04 28|
|William||Henry & Elizabeth Thornborow, born 22 Sept||Walton le Dale||1773 09 26|
|Henry||Elizabeth Thornbarrow & Henry her late husband buried this day.||Walton le Dale||1776 02 18|
The burial of Henry Tornber (sic), weaver is recorded for 18 February 1776 and Betty Thornber, a widow for 6 July 1801.
The following is probably a family group. It is a good example of how the names Thornborough and Thornber are sometimes interchangeable. Similar examples exist in other locations.
|Anne||John & Catharine Thornborough||Walton le Dale||1788 09 21|
|Betty||John & Catharine Thornborough||Walton le Dale||1790 03 28|
|Henry||John & Catharine Thornborough||Walton le Dale||1792 03 25|
|Catharine||John & Catharine Thornber||Walton le Dale||1794 12 14|
|William||John & Catharine Thornber||Walton le Dale||1797 06 04|
|Anne||John & Catharine Thornber||Walton le Dale||1798 08 26|
There are burial records at Walton le Dale for:
William s. of John & Catherine Thornber, 2 Oct 1797
Ann d. of John & Catherine Thornber 4 June 1797
John Thornber 14 Feb 1799
Catharine d. of the late John Thornber & Catherine, 5 March 1799
Ann d. of the late John Thornber & Catherine, 5 March 1799
Thomas Thornber married Mary Bibby at Walton le Dale on 7 November 1791
|Richard||Thomas & Mary Thornborough, born 9 Sept||Walton le Dale||1792 10 21|
There is a burial record for Richard son of Thomas Thornber on 13 February 1794 and for Mary wife of Thos Thornber on 8 January 1794.
Compare the entry for Liverpool six years later. These are the only two James and Martha records.
|Alice||James & Martha Thornborough||Warrington||1832 06 10|
|Elizabeth Sergeant||James & Martha Thornborrow||Liverpool St. Peter||1838 03 04|
For John How Thornborrow see also the entries for Cartmell.
|John How||Christopher & Ann Thornborrow||Warton near Lancaster||1782 06 09|
|William (Will.)||Mary Thornborays||Warton near Lancaster||1702 08 30|
|Christo||Thomas Thornebarrow||Warton near Lancaster||1643 10 01|
The parish of Whalley has a number of Thornber entries. A Joseph Thornber married Susan Hartley on 6 April 1769 at Whalley.
|Isabel||Joseph Thornborough, tailor, Wiswell||Whalley||1770 05 24|
|John||Richard Thornborrowe||Whalley||1640 10 25|
|Bridget||Richard Thornborrow||Whalley||1643 03 26|
Rob. Thornborow married Dy Moises at Whittington, 1591 (Boyds's Marriage Index)
Edward Thornbergs married Jane Howton at Whittington on 29 Nov 1743.
|Margaret||Edwd Thornber||Whittington||1745 06 00|
|Christopher||Edward & Jane Thornbergs (Houghton)||Whittington||1747 05 09|
A John Thornburrow married Agnes Benson at Tunstall on 13 Jan 1756, This may be related to the following:
|Mary||John & Agnes Thornborough||Whittington||1764 06 24|
Henry Thornborrow married Mary Barrow at Wigan on 18 Feb 1797.
|James||Henry & Mary Thornborrow (Barrow)||Wigan||1801 08 16|
Compare the entry for William and Mary (nee Ellison) with those at nearby Hindley under the name of Thornber. The forename Ralph is fairly common among the Thornber families in Bowland, around Slaidburn and Waddington and could be consistent with the population movement from country to town during this period. William Thornber married Mary Ellison at Blackburn St. Mary on 19 August 1789. This family has now been reconstructed as part of a family originating in Slaidburn and moving to Blackburn.
|James||William & Mary Thornborough (Ellison)||Wigan||1808 09 26|
|Ralph||William & Mary Thornber (Ellison)||Hindley||1812 10 25|
|William||William & Mary Thornber (Ellison)||Hindley||1812 10 25|
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