THORNBER FAMILY IN WADDINGTON, BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND, AND PENDLETON
NEAR CLITHEROE, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND
This family tree,
on my own branch of the Thornber family, is the result of work carried out
since the 1960s. The point has been reached where it is becoming increasingly
difficult to find any relevant new information for the earlier period but
the tree is presented as "work in progress."
The family tree from
John Thornber and Alice Briggs, married in 1802, to the present day is supported
by extensive documentary evidence. The identification of John Thornber as
the son of William Thornber and Mary Inskip, as shown below, was initially based on naming patterns within the various Thornber families.. Several John Thornbers were
born in the 1770's in neighbouring parishes. All but three have been eliminated
from consideration by tracing their marriages and deaths. The three who remained were::
John the son of William Thornber and Mary
Inskip of Bolton by Bowland;
John the son of William Thornber and Mary Briscoe of Waddington;
John the son of Ralph Thornber of Slaidburn.
The last is thought least likely because none of John's children have the
distinctive names Ralph, Anthony and Giles which are common in this family.
Of the other two candidates, the son of William Thornber and Mary Briscoe
was baptised in Waddington in 1772 while the son of William Thornber and Mary
Inskip was baptised at Holden Chapel in 1776. My John was
reported to be 50 at his death in 1828 so I seek a candidate born about 1777/8
but have to allow for the usual errors in remembering and recording ages and
the well known tendency to round ages to the nearest ten when reporting deaths.
William Thornber who married Mary Inskip was a stone mason as reported on
his marriage bond. My John was a stone mason.
The forenames in
John's family fit well with those in both of the families of the two Williams
but the use by John of the name Catherine for his second daughter is of interest.
The mother of the William who married Mary Inskip was Catherine, nee Altham.
William had a sister called Catherine and named one of his daughters Catherine.
So John had a grandmother, aunt and sister with this name. There are no Catherines
in the family of the William who married Mary Briscoe, so on balance I favoured
William and Mary Inskip as the parents of my John Thornber. William
and Mary Briscoe appear in the family tree of Thornbers
in Blackburn, It seems likely that the William who married
Mary Briscoe was the uncle of the William who married Mary Inskip. The arguments based on marriages, baptisms and burials was eventually augmented by three wills as shown in footnote 5.
The families of the
children of John Thornber and Catherine Altham other than William, are less
securely based in terms of documentary evidence through lack of wills and
missing burial records. In some cases the evidence is based on the most appropriate
marriage in the locality and naming patterns. More work is required
to uncover other records. Elizabeth Thornber in generation 3 married Robert Seed at Waddington in 1798 and the witnesses were Henry Inskip, who could be a cousin or uncle on her mother's side of the family and John Altham, who could be a cousin or uncle related to her grandmother, Catherine Altham.
Ideas on the forebears
of the John Thornber who married Catherine Altham, of which I am less confident,
are shown in footnote 1.
Census of 1841, similarly C51, C61 etc.
BC Birth Certificate
DC Death Certificate
MC Marriage Certificate
John Thornber, possibly the one baptised in 1715, (see
Catherine Altham, married 12 May 1739 at Waddington
Susan dau. of John Thornber of Grindleton, bapt. 14 June 1741 at Bolton
by Bowland. Susan dau. of John Thornber of Grindleton buried on
6 March 1742/43 at Waddington.
Jane dau. of John Thornber, buried 25 Feb 1742/3 at Waddington.
No baptism has been found. Jane might have been born prior to
Richard son of John Thornber of Grindleton, bapt. 5 June 1743 at Bolton
Jane Heaton married on 6 January 1766 at Slaidburn.
Catherine Thornber, bapt. 18 Oct 1772 at Bolton by Bowland.
Jane dau. of John Thornber of Grindleton, bapt. 16 Dec 1744 at Bolton
by Bowland and buried on 3 Jan 1744/5 at Waddington. (That is
she was buried aged about 2 weeks old as in 1744 the new year did not
begin until 25 March)
Henry son of John Thornber of Grindleton, bapt. 10 Sept 1745 at Bolton
by Bowland. The registers at Waddington show nine children of
Henry Thornber baptised between 1772 and 1785. Three of the baptisms
took place in 1777 so it is probable that there was more than one Henry
producing children in the district and burial records point to a Henry
of Clitheroe who had a son in 1777. The children shown below are
those recorded as of Henry of Waddington in the register. Henry
Thornber of Waddington was buried at Waddington on 20 May 1789. There is also Henry Thornborrow who married Christian Wilson at Mitton on 21 August 1760 who are probably the parents of children recorded at Waddington from 1761 onwards and may be responsible for one of the 1777 entries.
Crawshaw, married 29 Dec 1768 at Waddington.
dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 11 Oct. 1772 at Waddington
Mary dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 31 Jan 1773 at Waddington
dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 5 Jan 1777 at Waddington. Ellin
dau. of Henry Thornber of Waddington was buried 15 Oct 1803 at Waddington.
dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 22 Nov 1777 at Waddington
Richard son of Henry Thornber, bapt. 2 May 1779 at Waddington and
buried as son of Henry Thornber of Waddington on 31 Jan 1780 at
Ann dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 14 Jan 1781 at Waddington.
Richard, son of Henry Thornber, bapt. 23 Nov 1783 at Waddington
dau. of Henry Thornber, bapt. 25 Dec 1785 at Waddington.
William son of John Thornber of Marsdens, baptised Feb 1747/48 at Bolton
by Bowland. William Thornber, stone mason of Bay Gate, was buried
at Bolton by Bowland on 15 Dec 1798. Evidence for the children
of William comes from two wills as well as from baptism records as shown
in footnote 5.
Mary Inskip, 1748-1797, married by licence
on 2 March 1772, Waddington. See link for details of the Inskip
family. The marriage allegation stated that William, was a bachelor
and mason of 24 and upwards from Bay Gate, Waddington, and Mary Inskip,
a spinster of 24 and upwards also of Bay Gate. Bondsmen were William
himself and Richard Thornber, a miller of Bay Gate, probably William's
brother. Mary Thornber of Bay Gate was buried on 28 Apr 1797 at
Bolton by Bowland.
She is mentioned in her grandfather's will as shown in Footnote 5.
Thornber, dau. of William Thornber of Grindleton, bapt. 5 Jan 1773
at Bolton by Bowland. Known to be alive in 1807 from her grandfather,
Richard Inskip's will. Henry Inskip and John Altham were witnesses at the marriage to Robert Seed when Elizabeth is named as Betty and was said to be of Grindleton.
Seed, married 24 February 1798 at Waddington.
(Mary Lyons, who is researching Seed family in Bolton by Bowland reports that Robert and Elizabeth or Betty Seed moved to Ramsbottom; they appear in the 1841 census, living with the Holley family, where Robert was a blacksmith. Also living in Ramsbottom were Robert's eldest daughter, Margaret or Peggy Seed, born in Holden in 1798 and her two daughters, Mary and Nancy Seed born in Holden in 1818 and 1823 respectively. Margaret Seed married John Booth and had a further five children. Mary married Robert Wilkinson and died in 1880. Robert Seed died of a stroke aged 72 in 1848. His wife Betty died aged 82, living with the Holley family in Ramsbottom, in 1855. Both are buried in Emmanuel Church on the side of Holcombe Hill abover Ramsbottom)
son Robt Seed, blacksmith and Betty, late Thornber born 25 March,
baptised 4 May 1800, Bolton by Bowland
William son Robert Seed, blacksmith, and Betty late Thornber,
born 6 April and bapt. 8 May 1808, Bolton by Bowland
Richard son Robert Seed and Betty late Thornber, born 24 July
bapt. 1 Sept. 1811. Bolton by Bowland
Thornber son of William Thornber, bapt on 30 Oct 1774 at Holden
Chapel near Bolton by Bowland. Described as Richard son of
Willm Thornber of Grindleton when he was buried at Bolton by Bowland
on 23 Aug 1781.
Thornber, son of William bapt 11 Aug 1776 at Holden Chapel near
Bolton by Bowland. A stone mason of Chapelry of Clitheroe at the
time of his marriage. Died as a result of a fall off a print
works at Primrose, Clitheroe, buried 5 Aug 1828 at Whalley when
he was said to be 50.
Briggs of Cold Coats, born about 1783/4, married by banns
on 6 Nov 1802 at Whalley. Alice and some of her children are
in the census returns for 1841 to 1861 at Whyman Houses, Pendleton
near Whalley. She was a tenant farmer on the Starkie estate
with 36 acres in C51 and C61. Alice Thornber,
widow of John Thornber of Pendleton, died on 16 Apr. and was buried
on 21 April 1868, aged 84, at Whalley Parish Church. (DC)
She made a will on 9th May 1865, see footnote 2.
Thornber, bapt. as illeg. son of Alice Briggs of Cold Coats
on 28 Nov 1802 at Whalley, the same month as Alice's marriage
to John Thornber. He later took the surname Thornber.
James died before 1865 but he and his family were mentioned
in his mother's will of that year. He is in C41 &
C51 at Pendleton
Parker, born about 1811 in Wiswell from census data, married
29 Jan 1831, Whalley, when both said to be resident in Pendleton.
Alice Thornber, dau. of James and Alice of Pendleton, farmer,
bapt. 15 Jan 1832, at Whalley. Not in C41 but
in C51 aged 19, unmarried power loom weaver living with
Thornber, dau. of James and Alice, bapt. 23 Feb 1834 at
Whalley. In C41 and C51 when 17, unmarried power loom weaver.
John Thornber, son of James and Alice bapt. 7 May 1837 at
Whalley. In C51 aged 14 as power loom weaver.
Ann Thornber, dau of James and Alice, bapt. 8 Sept. 1839
at Whalley. In C41 as Ann and in C51 as Nancy aged
Thornber, dau. of James and Alice, bapt. 10 April 1842 at
Whalley and is shown in C51.
James Thornber, son of James and Alice, bapt. 2 Nov 1845
at Whalley and is shown in C51.
Jane Thornber, dau. of James and Alice bapt. 10 June 1849,
at Whalley and in C51 aged 1.
Thomas Thornber son of James and Alice bapt. 9 May 1852
- 4. Mary
Thornber, bapt. 22 April 1804 at Whalley
- + William
Mitchell on 28 Dec 1826 at Whalley. He was a handloom weaver,
born abt 1807 from C51 at Pendleton.
- 5. Henry Mitchell, born about 1833, from C51
Sarah Mitchell, born about 1835 from C51. In 1861 Sarah
was living with her grandmother, Alice Thornber.
In 1871 Sarah was living with her uncle Thomas Thornber as
a dairy maid aged 35.
Ann Mitchell, born about 1842 from C51.
- 4. William
Thornber, bapt. 30 March 1806 at Whalley and died before 1820
as a later son given the same name.
- 4. Catherine
Thornber bapt. 27 March 1808, Whalley. In C51 said to be
born at Little Mitton. In C81 at Wilkin Heys, Pendleton
aged 73 and died 28 Feb 1901, MI at Pendleton.
- + Thomas
Peel on 29 Jan 1831 at Whalley. He was born about 1812 in
Pendleton from C51 for Pendleton and died on 2 Sept 1895 from
MI at Pendleton. In C81 at Wilkin Heys, in Pendleton, aged
72, as farmer of 80 acres. There are baptism records for some
of the children of Thomas and Catherine Peel at Whalley.
Robert Peel, born about 1836 from C51
William Peel, born about 1838 from C51
Jane Peel, born about 1840 from C51
Alice Peel, born about 1842 from C51
Elizabeth Anne, dau. of Thomas and Catherine Peel of Pendleton,
farmer, bapt. on 7 Mar 1844 at Whalley. Not in C51,
may have died in infancy.
- 5. Catherine,
dau. of Thomas and Catherine Peel of Pendleton, farmer, bapt.
21 Dec 1845 at Whalley. Not in C51, died in infancy
as later daughter also called Catherine.
John Peel, born abt. 1848 from C51
Catherine, dau. of Thomas and Catherine Peel of Pendleton,
farmer, bapt. 23 Sept 1849 at Whalley. In C51 aged 1.
- 5. Ann Peel, dau. of Thomas and Catherine Peel of Wilkin
Heys, farmer, bapt. 18 May 1851, Whalley. Died 22 Jan 1874,
aged 23 and interred at Whalley from MI at Pendleton
- 4. Anne
Thornber, bapt. 8 April 1810 at Whalley and died before 1865 as
she is not mentioned in her mother's will.
- 4. John
Thornber, bapt. 4 Oct 1812 at Whalley. Found in C41, C51,
C61, C71 and C81 for Pendleton. By 1871 a farmer of 20 acres
and by 1881 a widower farming 48 acres. Died
9 Dec 1904, for his will see footnote 3.
- + Margaret.
Marriage record not yet found. She was born about 1812 from
C51 at Pendleton and died between 1871 and 1881.
William Thornber, son of John and Margaret, bapt. 17 May 1840,
Whalley. C51, C61. Found in C71 and C81 at Pendleton
with wife Hannah but no children mentioned in either census.
- + Hannah,
born about 1838 at Pendleton from C71.
Nancy Thornber, born about 1842 from C51, no baptism found
but she is mentioned in her father's will as Ann. In
C61 as Ann.
- + Richard
Tomlinson, executor to his father-in-law's will.
John Thornber, son of John and Margaret, bapt. 7 Apr 1844
Whalley but a John aged only 3 appears in C51 for Pendleton.
Must be two sons of this name and the first died in infancy.
Death Certificate for John aged 2 years, 16 Feb. 1847, son
of John, a labourer of Pendleton. The surviving John died
before 1904 from father's will.
- + Elizabeth,
died after 1904 from father-in-law's will.
Sarah Margaret Thornber, born about 1874 in Clitheroe
from C81 at Pendleton
James Thornber, born about 1876 in Clitheroe from C81
Ann Thornber born about 1879 in Clitheroe from C81 at
James Thornber, son of John and Margaret Thornber of Whymond
Houses, labourer, bapt. 21 July 1850 at Whalley. In
C51 aged 9 months.
Henry Thornber, son of James and Margaret of Pendleton, farmer,
bapt. 9 Oct 1853 at Whalley. In C61 aged 7.
- 4. Richard
Thornber, bapt. 11 Dec 1814 at Whalley, son of John and Alice
Thornber of Coldcoates, mason. His marriage certificate
describes him as a bachelor aged 32, a labourer of Pendleton,
son of John Thornber, mason. The witnesses were Thomas Thornber
and James Fugham. Richard and his wife are in shown at Pendleton
in C51, C61 and C71. By 1861 Richard was a tenant farmer
of 26 acres. He died aged 62 on 18 Nov 1876 at Pendleton
(DC) and was buried at Whalley Parish Church (MI).
- + Martha
Stanworth, married 21 Sept 1848, at Whalley. Martha was
then a spinster of 26, a servant at Pendleton Hall, dau. of Joseph
Stanworth, labourer. She was born in Extwistle from census
information and identified at Briercliffe with Extwistle C41,
dau. of Joseph. Martha was born 25 May 1823 (register of
Haggate Baptist Chapel). Six of Richard and Martha's children
were baptised at Whalley. Additional information has come
from a family bible now in the possession of Margaret Ellison,
nee Thornber, showing details of the children, which fit those
found from birth certificates and baptism records. Martha
was a widow living with five unmarried children (Alice, Adam,
Mary, Catherine and Richard) in Clitheroe in C81. She
died, aged 60, on 7 Apr 1884 (DC and MI at Whalley).
John Thornber, son of Richard and Martha of Pendleton, labourer,
born 17 July 1849 at Pendleton (BC) and bapt. 12 Aug
1849 at Whalley. John's death was reported in the 4th Q of 1903. At the time of his
marriage he was a power loom weaver. The family appears
in the census returns of 1881 at Chapel St. Nelson and in
1891 at Carr Road in Nelson. In the 1901 census, John was 51, a cotton weaver living with his sister Jennet and her husband John Hartley at 12 Arthur Street in Nelson. He died at that address aged 54, on 27 October 1903 of bronchitis and the death was registered by his son Benjamin Richard Thornber of 40 Belgrave Street. At the time of his death he was a cotton weaver.
- + Margaret Ann Eastham dau. of John Eastham, born 18
April 1850, married 8 Oct 1870, at the Independent
Chapel in Clitheroe. See link for Margaret's family.
She died on 20 Nov 1929, aged 79 in Colne (DC) . In 1901 Margaret Ann was living apart from her husband at 138, Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, with children Ruth (29), John (18), Herbert (16), Helena (14) and Frederick (12). By 1911 Margaret was a widow at 68, Barrowford Road, Colne living with unmarried children Albert Eastham (31), Herbert Victor (26) and Helena Jane (24).
Ruth Ellen Thornber, born 15 Sept 1871 at Clitheroe (BC)
and died 18 Nov 1935 at Southport (Will).
Benjamin Richard Thornber, born 1 Aug 1873 at Henthorne,
Clitheroe (BC). Little is known of him but he died
before his sister Ruth Ellen. Details of his children
from a family chart and census of 1901. He was a cotton loom overlooker in the 1901 census, born in Clitheroe and then aged 27. The family were at 40 Belgrave Street, Nelson.
Emma Wildman was aged 27 and a cotton weaver, born in Brierfield in the 1901 census.
Married in September 1893. See Footnote 6.
- 7. Albert Edward Thornber born 1895, in Brierfield
- 7. John William Thornber was 4 in 1901 census and born in Nelson
- 7. Frederick Victor Thornber born in Nelson 1904
- 7. Mary A Thornber was 1 in the 1901 census and born in Nelson.
- 7. Sarah E Thornber was born in Nelson in 1902.
- 6. William Edward Thornber, born 25 March
1875 at Waterloo, Clitheroe (BC). Details of his
children from a family chart. The 1901 census shows a William married to Florence L Thornber at Cobden Street in Barnoldswick. He was said to be 29 and born Barnoldswick. There are other records for William or William E Thornbers in this census but this is the only one with a wife called Florence. Both were cotton weavers and she was said to be 26 and born in Wakefield.
- + Florence
- 6. Martha Alice Thornber, born 28 May
1877 at Waterloo, Clitheroe, (BC). Details of his
children from a family chart. She was living with her brother, Benjamiin at the time of the 1901 census, was 23, born in Clitheroe and a cotton weaver.
- + James Ashworth
- 7. John Ashworth
- 7. Phyllis Ashworth
- 6. Albert Eastham Thornber, born 14 April
1879 at Brierfield (BC). Died in 1954
- + Martha Frankland, who died in 1956.
- 7. Margaret Thornber
- + Arthur Geoffrey Ellison.
- 6. John Henry Thornber, born 18 Sept
1882 in Nelson (BC)
- + Blanche ? Details of children
from family chart
- 7. Dennis Thornber
- 7. Alice Thornber
- 6. Herbert Victor Thornber, born 25 May
1884 in Nelson (BC)
- + Ethel
- 6. Helena Jane Thornber, born 30 Oct
1886 in Earby (BC)
- + Fred Lackonby
- 6. Frederick James Thornber, born 23
Feb 1889 in Earby (BC). Died in Feb 1962.
- + Alice Smith (19 Dec 1878-1934), married
15 May 1909, Wheatley Lane Inghamite Chapel, near Barrowford,
- 7. Willard Eastham Smith Thornber (5 October 1909 to 18 July 1982)
- 7. Helen Thornber (8 May 1917 - 29 April 2005)
- 5. Jennet Thornber, dau. of Richard and Martha
of Pendleton, labourer, born 16 Apr 1851 at Pendleton (BC),
bapt. 11 May 1851 at Whalley. Died after 1901.
- + W. John Hartley, who was born about 1846
(C81) . The family are shown in the 1901 census at 12 Arthur Street, Nelson
together with Jennet's brother John.
- 6. Fred Hartley, born about 1882 (C1901)
- 6. Albert Hartley, born about 1888 ( C1901)
- 5. Alice Thornber, dau. of Richard and Martha
of Pendleton, farmer, born 20 Apr 1853 at Pendleton (BC) and
bapt. 29 May 1853, Whalley. Died 6 Nov 1886, aged 33,
(DC and MI at Whalley)
- 5. Joseph Thornber, no baptism found but
known from notes in a bible to have be born 10 Feb 1855 and
died 29 Apr 1856. (DC and MI at Whalley).
- 5. Adam Thornber, son of Richard and Martha
of Pendleton, farmer, born 10 Mar 1857 at Pendleton (BC),
bapt. 5 Apr 1857 at Whalley. Died on 8 Oct 1929 aged
72 (MI at Sabden). Will obtained, he had no issue.
- + Mary Elizabeth Laycock, only daughter of
John and Mary Laycock who died 23 January 1931 aged 71 years,
MI at Sabden.
- 5. Mary Thornber, dau. of Richard and Martha
of Pendleton, farmer, born 20 June 1859 (BC) and bapt. 24
July 1859, Whalley
- +John Ratcliffe
- 5. Catherine Thornber, dau. of Richard Thornber,
farmer of Pendleton and his wife Martha formerly Stanworth
on 25 Aug 1861 (BC). Baptism record not found.
She is in C71.
- + William Singleton
- 5. Richard Thornber, son of Richard and Martha
of Pendleton, farmer, born 3 Feb 1864 (BC) and bapt. 6 Mar
1864, Whalley. Died 17 June 1893, aged 29, (DC and MI
- + ? Jones (from father-in-law's name on death
cert. of Richard)
- 4. Alice Thornber, bapt. 24 May 1818 at Whalley
and died before 1865. Noted in her mother's will as the
late wife of James Lambert. From the will we know she had
- + James Lambert son of Thomas
Lambert, married Alice Thornber, dau. of John Thornber on 12 December
1840 at Clitheroe St. Mary.
- 4. William Thornber bapt.
30 Apr 1820 at Whalley. Found with his wife in C51, C61,
in Pendleton and in C81 in Ribchester by which time William was
61 and a carrier. Buried on 23 Jan 1890, aged 69 at Ribchester.
The administration of his will indicates that he died at the Bottoms,
Dilworth on 19 January 1890 and was by then a widower.
- + Ann Tomlinson, married 29 Jan 1842 at
Whalley. From census returns she was born about 1819 at
Newton in Yorkshire. Buried on 29 Apr 1889 aged 70 at Ribchester.
- 5. Alice Thornber, born about 1843 from C51
and C61. No baptism found so far.
- 5. John Thornber, son of William and Ann
Thornber of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 7 Sept. 1845,
Whalley. In C51 and C61.
- 5. Nancy Thornber, dau. of William and Ann
Thornber of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 8 April 1849, Whalley.
She appears as Ann in C51 and Nancy in C61.
- 5. Mary Thornber, dau. of William and Ann
Thornber of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 17 Aug 1851 at Whalley.
In C61. Mary, a confectioner and her sister Kate Ellen,
a cotton winder were found as unmarried women aged 29 and
21 in C81 for Ribchester. Mary was buried at Ribchester
aged 37 on 17 Jan 1889.
- 5. Kate Ellen Thornber, dau. of William and
Ann Thornber of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 1 Oct 1859, Whalley.
In C61 as Catherine Ellen. Noted as Kate Ellen Wilkinson,
wife of James Wilkinson, the daughter of William Thornber,
for the administration of his will on 3 February 1890.
- 4. Ellen Thornber, bapt. 7 July 1822 at Whalley
and said to be the late wife of David Dawson in her mother's will
of 1865. Died 1 Apr 1865 aged 42, MI at Whalley.
- + David Dawson, born about 1817 from C51 of Pendleton.
The family has been identified in C51, C61, C71 and C81 in Pendleton.
David died 24 May 1889, aged 72, MI at Whalley.
- 5. John (1) Dawson, died 1847 aged 5, MI
- 5. Nancy Dawson, died in 1847 aged 3, MI
- 5. Mary Dawson, dau. of David and Ellen Dawson
of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 4 May 1845, Whalley. In
C51, C61, C71. Mary died 30 March 1915 aged 69, MI at
- 5. Thomas Dawson Abt 1847.
He is in C51, C61 and C71 at Pendleton.
- 5. Richard Dawson, son of David and Ellen
Dawson of Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 3 Dec 1848 at Whalley.
In C51 and C61. In C71 living with his uncle, Thomas
Thornber at Whyman Houses.
- 5. John (2) Dawson, son of Davide and Ellen
Dawson, Pendleton, labourer, bapt. 15 June 1851, Whalley.
- 5. Alice Dawson, born about 1854 from C61
- 5. David Dawson, born about 1855 from C61
- 5. Catherine Ellen Dawson, born about 1857
from C61 and C71.
- 5. James William Dawson, aged 1 in C61. Appears
as James Henry in C71 at Pendleton, then aged 21
- 4. Thomas Thornber, bapt. 6 March 1825 at Whalley.
He has been found in all census returns from 1841 to 1881. In
1871 he was a farmer of 60 acres living with his wife Eliza, nephew
Richard Dawson and niece Sarah Mitchell. Thomas died 31 Oct 1884,
aged 60, MI at Whalley. He left a will, see footnote 4.
- + 1st wife, Joanna, married after C51.
She died on 25 Feb 1856, aged 29. MI at Whalley.
- + 2nd wife Eliza, born about 1827 in Pendleton
from C71 of Pendleton. Eliza died 22 Dec 1913 aged 88, MI
- 3. Mary Thornber, dau. of William Thornber, bapt.
28 Feb 1779 at Holden Chapel near Bolton by Bowland. Mentioned
in will of her grandfather Richard Inskip in 1807
- + Richard Chippendale of Grindleton, in chapelry
of Waddington married 21 April 1798 by banns, at Bolton by Bowland,
witnessed by Robt. Seed and Edmund Roberts.
- 4. Joseph son of Richard Chippindale and Mary
late Thornber born 24 December 1800 and baptised 1 February 1801
at Bolton by Bowland.
- 4. Ellen dau. of Richd Chippindale, carpenter,
and Mary late Thornber, born 8 January and baptised 6 Feb 1803
- 3. Catherine (number 1) Thornber, dau. of William
Thornber, bapt. 15 Apr 1781 at Holden Chapel and buried on 23
Aug 1781 at Bolton by Bowland.
- 3. Catherine (number 2) Thornber. Baptism not
found but presumably after the death of the first Catherine in August
1781, probably born in 1782. Catherine Thornber of Whiteholme
was buried at Bolton by Bowland, unmarried, aged 70, on 27 Apr 1852.
The MI at Bolton by Bowland church mistakenly claims she was born
15 April 1781, which was the baptism date of Catherine number 1.
- 3. Jane Thornber, dau. of William, bapt. 9 Aug 1789
at Holden Chapel near Bolton by Bowland. She was mentioned in
her grandfather Richard Inskip's will of 1807
- 3. Hannah Thornber dau. of William
Thornber, was buried 9 Nov 1790 at Bolton by Bowland. No baptism
- 3. Ellin Thornber, dau. of William
Thornber, bapt. 8 July 1792 at Holden Chapel near Bolton by Bowland.
She is mentioned in her grandfather's will of 1807.
- 2. John son of John Thornber bapt. 22
Sept 1751 at Bolton by Bowland. There are five children of John
and Elizabeth Thornber of Winterburne baptised from 1782 at Gargrave.
The only plausible marriage of a John and Elizabeth or Betty prior to
this period is the one involving Betty Frankland at Bolton by Bowland.
Note the use of the name Catherine for the eldest daughter.
- + Betty Frankland married 27 Dec
1777 at Bolton by Bowland
- 3. Catherine (in register as Thornborough)
bapt. 26 May 1782 at Gargrave.
Ann Thornber, bapt. 6 June 1784 at Gargrave.
(in register as Thornborough) bapt. 13 Apr 1788 at Gargrave.
James (in register as Thornborough) bapt. 26 Dec 1790 at Gargrave.
Thornber, bapt. 25 Aug 1793 at Gargrave.
Thomas son of John Thornber of Priestbiggins, bapt. 4 Nov 1753 at Bolton
by Bowland. He may be the one who married Mary Place in 1775 when
one of the witnesses was William Thornber, who could be his brother.
Thomas Thornber of West Bradford was buried on 15 Mar 1829 aged 76,
at Waddington. This is consistent with birth in 1753.
Place married 29 Dec 1775 at Waddington. Mary wife of Thomas
Thornber of Bradford was buried on 31 Dec 1797 at Waddington.
dau. of Thomas Thornber of Bradford, bapt 26 Sept 1779 at Waddington
Henry son of Thomas Thornber of Bradford, bapt. 30 Dec 1784 at Waddington.
Henry son of Thomas Thornber of Bradford was buried on 27 July 1802
John (No 1) son of Thomas Thornber of Bradford, buried 22 Feb 1786
John (No 2) son of Thomas Thornber of Bradford, bapt. 4
Mar 1786 at Waddington
dau. of Thomas Thornber, bapt. 11 Nov 1789 and described as dau.
of Thomas Thornber of Bradford buried on 21 May 1790, both events
dau. of Thomas Thornber, bapt. 27 May 1790 at Waddington.
son of Thomas Thornber, bapt. 3 Mar 1793 at Waddington.
Cattern dau. of John Thornber, bapt. 13 July 1755, Bolton by Bowland.
A Catherine Thornber married John Place by Banns on 26 July 1777 at
(David Almond has contacted me and reports that John Place and Catherine Thornber had a daughter Betty, baptised at Waddington St. Helens, and that she married Christopher Wood)
James son of John Thornber, bapt. 31 July 1757 at Bolton by Bowland.
James was described as a mason of the parish of Slaidburn on his marriage
in 1788. James Thornber of Slaidburn aged 74 was buried on 11
Jan 1832 at Slaidburn. The age is consistent with birth in 1757/8.
Jennet Bleazard married 16 June 1788 at Slaidburn. Jennet wife
of James Thornber of Slaidburn was buried on 13 Dec 1794 at Slaidburn.
dau. of James Thornber of Oxengill House, bapt. 25 Apr 1790 at Slaidburn.
dau. of James Thornber of Slaidburn, bapt. 10 Apr 1791 at Slaidburn.
son of James Thornber of Slaidburn, bapt. 20 Jan 1793 at Slaidburn.
dau. of John Thornber bapt. 4 Mar 1761 at Bolton
+ Will Hitchen on 18 February 1781 at Waddington
Ideas for the earlier
generations become increasingly speculative because of the scarcity of records
and the fact that popular Christian names were used. However, there
is a good liklihood that we can go back at least one further generation.
John and Catherine used the names Richard, Jane, Susan and Henry
for their first four children. This makes it likely that John's parents were
Richard Thornber and Jane Brown, who married on 12 June
1715 in Waddington. They had two children, John baptised on 12 June 1715
and Richard, baptised in 1717, both at Waddington. Jane, wife of Richard
Thornber of Bradford was buried 8 June 1721 at Waddington. Richard may
then have remarried as there is a group of eight children of Richard Thornber
baptised at Waddington between 1726 and 1745 as listed below. Ann
wife of Richard Thornber of Bradford (near Waddington) was buried on 21 Feb
1772 at Waddington.
Children of Richard Thornber baptised at Waddington 1726 to 1745.
Wm 6 Sept 1730
Thomas 16 Feb 1733
Ann 6 Oct 1734
Henry 15 May 1737
Giles 25 Dec 1739
George 13 Feb 1743
Anthony 10 June 1745
The only other candidate for a John baptised
in the appropriate period is the one baptised at Waddington on 29 Aug 1714,
the son of William Thornber (Gulielmus in the register) who married Alicia
Hanson on 30 Dec 1708 at Waddington. We know of two other children baptised
for this family - Anna in 1709, who died in infancy, and Giles (Egidius) in
1710. The John Thornber who married Catherine Altham did not use
the names William or Alice for his children but did used Richard for his eldest
son and twice used the name Jane. So it seems most likely that the John
who married Catherine Altham was the son of Richard and Jane.
As Richard married
Jane Brown in 1715 we would seek a baptism for him prior to about 1697. The
only clues we have are that Richard named his first two sons John and Richard
so one of these could be the name of his father. The only Richard Thornber
in this district baptised in the appropriate period was Ricardus, son of John,
who was baptised at Waddington on 16 April 1693 which is in the appropriate
Children of John Thornber baptised at Waddington
Johannes 20 Oct 1690
Ricardus 16 Apr 1693
Thomas 12 Jan 1696
Henricus 11 June 1699
Gulielmus 17 Mar 1706
There are three candidates for the father, John. The first John was
the son of William and Anna baptised at Waddington on 28 Jan 1671: he would
have been only about 19 in 1690. The second candidate is the one baptised
at Waddington in 1663 son of John. The third is the John baptised on
10 Jan 1669 son of Giles. The second candidate seems marginally more
likely as he named his first son Johannes and continued with four
more sons without using the name of Giles.
Children of John Thornber baptised at Waddington, 1655-1663
Ellin 2 Sept 1655
Agnes 30 Sept 1660 (birth date)
Johannes 3 April 1663
Ann a further daughter was buried on 3 Jan 1677/8 and Ellin four days later
on 7 Jan. Margretta, the wife of John Thornber was buried at Waddington
on 19 Feb 1685/6. John, the father of this family, would have to be
born before about 1635 but there is no baptism record that fits in the Waddington
registers and there is a gap in the Slaidburn records from 1600 to 1631.
If these connections are true then then the earliest part of tree is as follows
leading in generation 1 to the John Thornber who married Catherine Altham.
Note that William son of Richard and Jane is the one who married Mary Briscoe
and their story is told as part of the family tree in Blackburn.
John Thornber probably born prior to 1635. Possibly the Johannes buried
23 Nov 1692 at Waddington.
wife of John Thornber, buried 19 Feb 1685/6, Waddington
Ellin, bapt. 2 Sept 1655, buried 7 Jan 1677/8 at Waddington.
Agnes, buried 3 Sept. 1660, Waddington.
buried 3 Jan 1677/8 Waddington
John, bapt. 3 April 1663 at Waddington. He could be John Thornber of
Bradford, buried on 15 Feb 1709 at Waddington.
Johannes, bapt. 20 Oct 1690, Waddington. He could be
the John Thornber of Grindleton buried at Waddington on 18 Aug 1734.
Ricardus, bapt. 16 Apr 1693, Waddington. May have lived
until after 1772.
wife of Ricardus, Jane Brown married 12 June 1715 at Waddington.
Jane wife of Richard Thornber of Bradford was buried on 8 June 1721
John, bapt. 12 June 1715, Waddington. (See the tree
in section above.)
Richard baptised 21 Feb 1717, Waddington. An administration
granted in 1778 is for the estate of Richard Thornber and the
administrators were Ellen Thornber of Blackburn, widow of Richard
Thornber late of Blackburn, weaver, Anthony Thornber of Blackburn,
weaver, (possibly his younger brother or a son) and John Dawson
of Chatburn, presumably his brother-in-law.
Ellen Dawson. The marriage bond states Richard of Mitton,
age 24 (indicating birth in 1714) when he married Ellen Dawson,
aged 23 of Whalley on 24 Aug 1738 at Mitton.
2nd wife of Ricardus, Ann. She was described as
wife (not widow) of Richard Thornber of Bradford when buried 21
Feb 1772 at Waddington. So if this is the same Richard he lived
to at least the age of 79.
Thomas, bapt. 20 Dec 1726, Waddington.
Ann dau. of Rich'd Thornber of Bradford, buried 30 Mar 1729,
Wm, bapt. 6 Sept 1730, Waddington. See Blackburn
Mary Briscoe married on 23 June 1755, Waddington.
Thomas, bapt. 16 Feb 1733, Waddington.
Ann, bapt. 6 Oct 1734, Waddington.
Henry, bapt. 15 May 1737, Waddington.
Giles, bapt. 25 Dec 1739, Waddington.
George, bapt. 13 Feb 1743, Waddington. George may have
married twice, see Blackburn family
Tomlinson, married 9 May 1763; buried 23 Feb 1773, Waddington.
Anthony, bapt. 10 June 1745, Waddington.
Thomas 12 Jan 1696
Henricus 11 June 1699
Gulielmus 17 Mar 1706
Footnote 2. The Will of Alice Thornber, widow of John Thornber
These are the key
features of the will showing information of genealogical significance in bold
This is the last will and testament of Alice
Thornber of Whymond Houses in the township of Pendleton and County of Lancaster,
I give, devise and bequeath all my real and
personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever situate and over which
I have any power of appointment unto my trustees hereinafter named that is
to say my son Thomas Thornber now residing with me, my son-in-law,
Thomas Peel of Wilton Heys in Pendleton, farmer, and my son-in-law,
James Lambert, of Low Moor near Clitheroe, Manager of a Cotton Mill.
(The trustees were required to take all her property and convert it to
cash as soon as convenient after her death by public sale or private contract.
After payment of any debts, funeral and probate expenses the following legacies
were to be paid twelve months after her decease.)
To my son John Thornber of Pendleton,
farmer, the sum of five pounds. To my son Richard Thornber of
Pendleton, farmer, the sum of five pounds. (each of whom I have from
time to time assisted in their businesses as farmers.
To my grandchildren the sons and daughters
of my deceased son James Thornber, the sum of ten pounds and I declare
that my great grandson James Whitaker, the only child of my granddaughter,
Nancy Whitaker, shall take his mother’s share of the last named
legacy to which she would have been entitled if living.
To divide the residue of the said monies
and effects into five equal parts and to pay them in the following manner.
One part to my son William Thornber of Pendleton, farmer’s servant,
one to my daughter Mary, the wife of William Mitchell of Pendleton,
labourer, one to my daughter Catherine, the wife of Thomas Peel, aforesaid.
One share to go equally among the children of my daughter, Alice, the late
wife of said James Lambert. One share to go equally among the children
of my daughter, Ellen, the late wife of David Dawson of Pendleton,
labourer. And I do hereby declare that I have omitted my son, Thomas Thornber,
from any participation under this my will because I allowed him to become
several years ago, and he now is, a farmer in the farm which I occupy under
LeGendre Nicholas Starkie Esquire, and the farming stock and implements
of husbandry (but not the household furniture and effects) at Whymond Houses
without him paying to me a consideration for so doing.
Dated 9th May 1865.
Alice signed. Witnesses were Wm. Smith of Eshton Terrace, Clitheroe
and John Hayhurst, Wheelwright of Clitheroe.
In a codicil of 19 November 1867,
Alice made special provision for some household effects to go to her son Thomas,
her grandchildren Richard and Mary Dawson, and her granddaughter Sarah Mitchell.
Witnesses were Wm. Smith and P R Hargreaves, clerks with Mr. Dixon Robinson,
Solicitor, Clitheroe Castle. The will was proved at Lancaster on 10
October 1868. Under £450 including leaseholds.
The Will of John Thornber son of John Thornber and Alice Briggs
John Thornber of Pendleton near Clitheroe, yeoman, died on 9 December 1904
and Richard Tomlinson, a farmer of Pendleton was the executor. The key
genealogical information is as follows:
I give to my son William, whose residence
I do not know, the sum of £50 if he shall personally claim the same sum from
my executor within 12 months from my decease and (if not claimed) the said
sum to become part of the legacy payable to my daughter Ann Tomlinson (neé Thornber)
I give to my daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Thornber, the widow of my son John,
the sum of £70 and I declare that if the said Elizabeth shall die within my
lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me and reach the age
of 21 years or marry, then such child or children shall take in equal shares
the said legacy of £70. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal
estate whatsoever and wheresoever subject to the payments of my debts and
testamentary expenses and the above legacies of £50 and £70, to my daughter
Ann Tomlinson the wife of the said Richard Tomlinson, for her own use and
Will made 30 May 1904. John made his
mark. Witnesses were Wm. Self Weeks, Solicitor of Clitheroe and Hartley
Baldwin, Solicitor, Clitheroe. Probate was granted on 17th February
1905 at Lancaster to Richard Tomlinson.
From this we discover that of John’s five children, (William, Ann or
Nancy, John, James and Henry), that John has already died and that James and
Henry may have died without issue.
I am grateful to
Sharon Fry in New Zealand for pointing out the following entry in the probate
Thomas Thornber of Pendleton near Clitheroe
in the County of Lancaster, Shopkeeper, died 31 Oct 1884 at Pendleton, was
proved at Lancaster by Richard Tomlinson, farmer and Richard Dawson, labourer,
the nephews, both of Pendleton, executors.
Information on the
children of William Thornber and Mary Inskip comes from the wills of Mary's
father Richard Inskip and her father's cousin Matthew Ainsworth. The
key genealogical features are shown below.
Will of Matthew Ainsworth, dated 4 August
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto the six children of William Thornber
and Mary his wife deceased, the grandchildren of Richard Inskip, to wit Betty
the wife of Robert Seed, John Thornber, Mary the wife of Richard Chippendale,
Catherine Thornber, Jane Thornber and Ellen Thornber the sum of one hundred
and sixty pounds equally to be divided among them, share and share alike.
Will of Richard Inskip, dated 2 April 1807.
I give unto my six grandchildren John Thornber, Betty Thornber, Mary Thornber,
Katherine Thornber, Jane Thornber, and Ellen Thornber the sum of £100 to be
equally divided amongst them, share and share alike.
Will of Joseph Jackson of Lane Ends, Parish of Mitton, 26 May 1781
The will mentions Joseph's granddaughter, Mary, the wife of William Thornber of Baygate. A Giles Thornber was a witness.
I am grateful to Carole Parkes for the information that Benjamin Thornber married Emma Wildman in September 1893 and had at least five children from the census returns. They were Albert Edward, in 1895; John William in 1897; Mary Alice in 1900; Sarah Ellen in 1902 and Frederick Victor in 1904 all born in Nelson except Albert Edward who was born in Brierfield.
to Thornber Families page
© Craig Thornber, England, United Kingdom Main Site Address: