THORNBER FAMILY IN BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE
WITH ORIGINS IN WADDINGTON, FORMERLY YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
Merle Thornber in New South Wales, Australia,
has traced her ancestors to Blackburn in Lancashire and provided me with the
details going back through Thomas Thornber to William Thornber who married Mary Briscoe.
This latter family was known to me from studies on Waddington which was at
that time in West Yorkshire. Since 1974 Waddington has been in Lancashire.
There were several children said to be of
RICHARD Thornber of Bradford, the village near Waddington, baptised at Waddington
in the early 18th century. They appear in two distinct groups. There may have
been two Richards but another possibility is that there was only one Richard
who remarried when his first wife died. Additional discussion of Richard
Thornber's origins is included in the pages on families in Waddington and
Bolton by Bowland.
We follow mainly the line from Richard's son
William. Although there is no proof, William is a good candidate
in terms of age and location of birth for the William who married Mary Briscoe.
(Two other less likely candidates for William are the son of William
& Ellen Thornber (Clitheroe, bapt. 1733) and the son of John & Alice
Thornber (Downham, bapt. 1725)
Note the large family of George Thornber in Generation 2.
Initially it had to be assumed that there were either two Georges or the one George married twice, moving to Blackburn
after the death of his first wife. There is a record of
the death of Martha, wife of George in 1773. Other members of the family
moved to Blackburn as shown below. The IGI notes that the George who
married Hannah Ward was born about 1753 but the source is not quoted and it
may be the customary guess based on the assumption that the groom was aged
25 at marriage; it has been submitted to the IGI by a relative. Further
information which might help to settle this point would be the marriage bond and allegation for the second marriage, which is by licence or a burial record giving and age.
However, there is the burial of George Thornborough of Blackburn aged 85 at Blackburn St. Mary on 27 September 1826. A number of records in the Blackburn area mix Thornborough and Thornber spellings, for the same family and sometimes there is one spelling in the church register and another on the civil certificate (after 1837). This George was born in 1741 so that is a good fit for the George son of Richard baptised in Feb of 1742. This links the George son of Richard with the George who moves to Blackburn.
is needed to find the burials of George and Hannah.
Details of the complexities of Blackburn Records are shown in Footnote
I have also been in contact with Brenda Curtis
who has traced her ancestry to William Thornber, the
eldest son of William Thornber and Mary Briscoe.
Richard Thornber of Bradford near Waddington. If this Richard
married both Jane Brown and Ann as mentioned below, he must have lived beyond
1772 when his second wife was buried.
+ 1st wife, Jane
Brown, 12 June 1715, Waddington; Jana wife of Richard buried 8 June 1721,
Johes (John) Thornber bapt. 9 Oct 1715, Waddington (See link to John's extensive family)
Ricardus (Richard) Thornber bapt. 21 Feb 1717 at Waddington (Marriage
bond states Richard of Mitton, aged 24 (indicating birth in 1714) when
he married Ellen Dawson, aged 23 of Whalley on 24 Aug 1738 at Mitton.
Merle Thornber in New South Wales has provided me with information on
the this family which she has culled from Bishops' transcripts for St.
Mary's, Blackburn. The last three children in the list are found in
the Rev. Rushton's index but not in the BTs. (See Footnote
- 3. Anthony Thornber, bapt. 22 August 1739 at St. Mary's Blackburn,
son of Richard Thornber of Blackburn, Tradesman. Anthony was buried
9 February 1794 at Blackburn and there is an entry in the Blackburn
Mail for 12 February 1794 "On Thursday last, after a tedious
illness in the 55th year of his age, Mr. Anthony Thornber of this
- 3. Thomas Thornber, bapt. 22 July 1741, at St. Mary's Blackburn,
son of Richard and Ellen Thornber of Blackburn.
- 3. Alice Thornber, bapt. 3 August 1743, at St. Mary's Blackburn,
dau. of Richard and Ellen Thornber of Blackburn, tradesman.
- 3. Richard Thornber, bapt. 27 June 1750, at St. Mary's Blackburn,
son of Richard and Ellen Thornber of Blackburn. He was buried at the
same church on 9 April 1751, described as son of Richard.
- 3. John Thornber, son of Richard Thornber of Blackburn was buried
at St. Mary's Blackburn, 20 March 1752.
- 3. Elizabeth, dau. of Richard and Ellen Thornber of Blackburn, baptised
6 October 1756. The Rev. Rushton's index also includes three references
to records not found in the BT. An Elizabeth in the 1740s and the
following two which require further checking in the full register.
- 3. Ellen, May 1748
- 3. Richard, December 1751.
2nd wife "Ann wife of Richard Thornber of Bradford",
who was buried on 21 Feb 1772, Waddington. (Note that she was
said to be his wife not his widow)
Thomas Thornber, bapt. 20 Dec 1726, Waddington.
Ann Thornber, dau. of Richard of Bradford, buried 30 Mar 1729, Waddington
William Thornber, bapt. 6 Sept 1730, Waddington. Lived Bradford
Mary Briscoe, 23 June 1755, Waddington.
Wm. Thornber, bapt. 14 July 1756, Waddington. William Thornber of
Bradford was buried on 27 December 1824, aged 68, which agrees with
a birth about 1756.
- 4. Ellin Thornber, 25 May 1783, Waddington. She may be the Ellin
who married William Whitaker on 15 August 1808 at Waddington.
- 4. Thomas Thornber, 31 July 1785, Waddington, Thomas son of
Wm of Bradford buried on 30 August 1785, Waddington.
- 4. Thomas Thornber, 24 September, 1786, Waddington
William Thornber, born West Bradford near Waddington
in 1789, was a butcher. The following information on William's
family was provided by Brenda Curtis who is descended
from Thomas Fielding Thornber.
+ 1st wife, Mary
Thornber, born 1813
Thornber c. 1815
Thornber, born c. 1821, Grindleton became a butcher in Rochdale.
+ Margaret Fielding
(1827-1901) in 1856 at Clitheroe. She was the daughter of
Thomas Fielding (1799-1876) and Alice Greenwood (1806-1861)
who married in 1825 in Clitheroe.
John Thornber born 1855 in Rochdale
+ Betsy Hickson,
Joseph Duckworth Thornber, b. 1879
Alice Greenwood Thornber, b. 1881
Thomas Fielding Thornber, b. 9 July
1884, died 1955. Birth Cert shows born at 130 High
Street son of John and Betsey Thornber late Hickson
formerley Taylor, clotheier.
Percy Thornber, b. 1886
Susannah Thornber, b. 1888.
William Thornber, b. 1891
Thornber born c. 1824, married Mary Anne?
Joseph Thornber, born 1832, a butcher,
Jane Thornber, 1864.
Joseph Thornber, b. 1870?
+ 2nd wife, Isabella Booth, 24 December 1844,
the daughter of Jonathan Booth, a butcher.
5. Mary Anne Thornber, born c. 1846.
- 4. Mary Thornber, 22 May 1791, Waddington, Mary daughter of
William of Bradford buried 16 March 1805 at Waddington
- 4. Richard Thornber, 21 May 1793, Waddington. Richard son of
William of Bradford buried 26 November 1796 at Waddington.
- 4. Joseph Thornber, 10 January 1796, Waddington
- 4. Ann Thornber, 24 December 1797, Waddington
- 4. Rebecca Thornber, 22 May 1800, Waddington
Mary Thornber, bapt. 2 Apr 1758, Waddington
Ann Thornber, bapt. 2 Mar 1760, Waddington
Ellen Thornber, bapt. 19 Jun 1763, Waddington.
Richard Thornber, bapt. 23 Jun 1765, Waddington, buried aged 75
under name Richard Thornborrow 24 Jan 1841, Blackburn St. Paul
Thomas Thornber, bapt. 25 June 1767, Waddington, died aged 45, buried
1813, Blackburn St. Paul (See Footnote 2)
Alice Casson, on 11 Oct 1790, Blackburn St. Mary. (Checked in BT)
Mary Thornber, bapt. 28 Aug 1791, Blackburn St. Mary
Ann Thornber, bapt. 8 Dec 1792, Blackburn St. Mary (from
John Thornber, born abt. 1796, buried aged 3 on 16 Apr
1799, Blackburn St Mary (BT)
Susannah Thornber, born 28 Mar, bapt. 1 Apr 1798, Blackburn
St. Mary (from BT)
William Thornber, born 1798, buried aged 27 on 9 Jan 1825, Blackburn
John Thornber, born 1799, buried 16 July 1801, Blackburn St.
John William Thornber, born 18 June, bapt. 3 July 1803, Blackburn
St. Mary, died 5 Apr 1875 in Bedford.
1st wife Jane Ainsworth, daughter of Joseph
Ainsworth, married 14 Apr 1822, Manchester (bapt. 23 June 1802,
Chapel St. Independent Blackburn. Jane died 1863 in Bedford.
See Footnote 3. (2nd wife of John William
Thornber, Mary Ann Johnson, married 20 Oct 1865, Bermondsey,
Surrey. They had no children.)
Sarah Thornber, born 22 Apr 1824, Blackburn, recorded at
Blackburn Islington Particular Baptists.
Ellen Thornber, born. 26 Nov 1825, Manchester, recorded
at Blackburn Islington Particular Baptists.
Thomas Thornber, born 2 Jan 1827, Manchester, recorded at
Blackburn Islington Particular Baptists, died 11 Sept 1892,
Ruth Thomlinson, married on 9 Jan 1854, Bedford. Ruth
was born 1828 in Birmingham and died 6 May 1910, London.
Thomas Thornber, born 9 January 1856, London (Birth
Cert.) and died 25 Dec 1921, Hornchurch.
wife Emma Amelia Ranson on 3 Apr 1893, London.
She was born 21 October 1854 in Thursley, Surrey (Birth
Cert.) and died 15 June 1894. Thomas married 2nd wife,
Maria Tomlinson on 27 May 1912, no issue.
Thornber, born 30 May 1894, London. Emigrated
to Australia. Died 3 Aug 1961, Sydney.
Charlotte Gladys Thompson, 15 Oct 1927, Rockdale,
New South Wales. She was born 9 Jan 1897,
Mitta Mitta, Victoria Australia and died
16 Feb 1958 at Bexley, NSW.
Joan Charlotte Thornber, born Kogarah, NSW.
Merle Ranson Thornber, born Brighton Le Sands,
Allice Thornber, born 25 Sept 1828, Manchester, recorderd
at Blackburn Islington Particular Baptists. Alice did
not marry and died in Beford in 1864.
Ann Thornber, born 6 Dec 1832, Salford, recorded at Blackburn
Islington Particular Baptists
Mary Thornber, born 5 July 1834, Sabden, recorded at Blackburn
Islington Particular Baptist
John Thornber, born 21 Nov 1836, recorded at Blackburn
Islington Particular Baptists
Joseph Thornber, 1839
Rebecca Thornber, the daughter of John Thornber and Jane
Ainsworth was born at Sabden on 23 February 1842 ( Birth
Benjamin Thornber, born 19 May 1845 at Eanam, Blackburn.
(Birth certificate) Benjamin married
Sarah ? in 1870 in Bedford. In 1881 they lived in Islington,
London and had a daughter, Ada, born about 1874 at Holloway
in Middlesex. Benjamin was desribed as 34, born Blackburn
and a Registered Chemist.
Henry Thornber, born 20 Mar 1806, bapt. 9 May 1813, Blackburn
St. Pauls. Like his brother, John William, Henry moved to
Bedford. In the census of 1871, Henry was described
as aged 56, born Blackburn, a retired chemist and druggist,
living at 5 Gadsby Street with his wife Eliza. In 1881 he
was said to be aged 71 with wife Kitty Elizabeth with whom
he had two children. Henry died 17 March 1891 at 5 Gadsby
Street, Bedford. He left a will.
Mentioned in History of Providence Chapel, Bedford.
5. Minivah Thornber, son of Henry,
born about 1874
5. Alice Maud Mary Thornber, born about
Thomas Thornber, born 1809, bapt. 9 May 1813, Blackburn St.
Ellen Thornber, born 20 Jun 1812, bapt. 9 May 1813, Blackburn
John Thornber, bapt. 24 Jan 1773, Waddington
Joseph Thornber, bapt. 24 Jan 1773, Waddington. (See Footnote
Elizabeth (Betty) Berry, 1 Oct 1791, Blackburn St. Mary, by banns
William son of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey, bapt.
11 Nov 1792 at Blackburn St. Mary.
Alice, dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey, bapt.
13 Feb 1795, Blackburn St. Mary
Ann dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber, bapt. 10 Oct 1797,
Blackburn. (IGI says of Blackburn Liversley but the place
name is Livesey.
Molly dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey, bapt.
14 May 1800 at Blackburn St. Mary
Ellen, dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber, bapt. 14 May 1808,
Blackburn Liversley (IGI). An Ellen Thornborough of
Livesey was buried aged 5 on 24 Mar 1814 at Blackburn St.
Betty, dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber, bapt. 10 July
1810, Blackburn Liversley? (IGI). A Betty Thornber of
Livesey aged 9 was buried 18 Oct. 1819 at Blackburn St. Mary
Joseph, son of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey, printer,
bapt. 16 Jan 1814, at Blackburn, St. Mary
Jane dau. of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey, bapt.
28 May 1817 at Blackburn St. Paul
Richard son of Joseph & Betty Thornber of Livesey,
bapt. 28 May 1817 at Blackburn St. Paul. He is possibly
the Richard, bachelor of full age and son of Joseph
Thornber, printer of Livesey, who married Ann Leaver,
of full age, spinster, daughter of Henry Leaver, dyer,
at Blackburn parish church on 22 August 1840, (Marriage
Thomas Thornber, bapt. 1733, Waddington
Ann Thornber, bapt. 6 Oct 1734, Waddington
Henry Thornber, bapt. 15 May 1737, Waddington
Giles Thornber, bapt. 25 Dec 1739, Waddington; buried 1757, Waddington.
George Thornber, bapt. 13 Feb 1742, Waddington. Burial of George Thornborough of Blackburn aged 85 at Blackburn St. Mary on 27 September 1826 fits with birth in 1741.
1st wife, Martha Tomlinson, 9 May 1763, by banns at Waddington,
both of this chapelry. George was said to be of Bradford, a village
near Waddington for the baptisms of their children. Martha, wife of
George was buried 23 Feb 1773, Waddington.
Nancy Thornber, bapt. 24 July 1763, Waddington
Betty Thornber, bapt. 31 Mar 1765, Waddington, must have died in
infancy as a second Betty in 1769.
Thomas Thornber, bapt. 6 Jan 1767, Waddington. A weaver when he
married. (Note another Thomas Thornber married Alice Casson in the
Martha Murray, 26 July 1790, Blackburn at Blackburn St. Mary.
She may be the Martha Thornber of Oswaldtwistle who was buried aged
56 at Blackburn St. Mary on 4 September 1825, putting her birth
4. Betty dau. of Thomas
and Martha Thornber, of Blackburn, baptised ?? November 1790,
at Blackburn St. Mary.
4. Abortive child of Thomas
Thornber of Livesey was buried on 1 May 1793 at Blackburn St.
George Thornber son of Thomas Thornber of Livesey was
buried aged 15 weeks on 30 June 1794 at Blackburn St. Mary.
Martha Thornber dau. of Thomas and Martha Thornber, of Livesey,
bapt. 30 April 1795, Blackburn St. Mary and a Martha dau. of
Thomas Thornber of Livesey was buried on 2 May 1795 at Blackburn
4. John son of Thomas and
Martha Thornber of Oswaldtwistle, bapt. 27 March 1796 at Blackburn
St. .Mary. A John Thornber aged 3, son of Thomas Thornber of
Blackburn was buried on 16 April 1799 at Blackburn St. Mary.
Nancy dau. of Thomas and Martha Thornber of Blackburn, b. 14
Dec (?) and bapt. 25 December 1805 at Blackburn St. Mary.
Richard Thornber son of Thomas and Martha Thornber, baptised
18 July 1810 at Blackburn St. Mary.
Betty Thornber, bapt. 12 Mar 1769; buried 1 Sept 1769, Waddington
George Thornber, bapt. 7 Oct 1770, Waddington
Giles Thornber, son of George Thornber of Bradford, buried 7 Mar
Ellen Thornber, bapt. 23 Feb 1773, Waddington
- + 2nd wife of George Thornber, Hannah or Ann Ward, spinster on 11 Jun 1779,
Blackburn St. Mary by licence. George said to be a husbandman. Witness: John Nevill, Jun'r. & John Nevill
William Thornber, s. George & Hannah Thornber of Bankfold, bapt.
2 Feb 1779, Lower Chapel, Darwen.
+ Margaret. The details
of the children of this family come from the 1841 census for Peel
Street, Blackburn provided to me by Merle Thornber.
- 4. Richard, born c. 1817 as aged 24 in 1841. He was a cotton
grinder born in the county.
- 4. James, born c. 1819 as aged 22 in 1841. He was a cotton
grinder born in the county.
- 4. Ward, born c. 1823 as aged 18 in 1841. He was a cotton
stripper born in the county. He must have been called after
his grandmother. There is a burial record at St. Mary Blackburn
for Ward son of William Thornber, aged 37 of 56 High Street
on 4 March 1860.
Ann Thornber, d. of George & Hannah Thornber of Bankfold, bapt.
11 Nov 1780, Lower Chapel, Darwen. Ann Thornber, d. of Geo. &
Hannah, married John son of Wm. & Lilley Almond at Church Kirk
in Lancashire on 17 August 1797 when a William Thornber was a witness.
(See footnote 5.)
Esther Thornber, d. of George & Hannah Thornber, bapt. 22 Dec
1782, Lower Chapel, Darwen.
George Thornber, s. George & Hannah Thornber, bapt. 3 Jan 1785,
Lower Chapel Darwen. Probably the George said to be son of Geo.
and Ann, who married Rachel, daughter of Rufus and Alice Hollis
at Church Kirk, Lancashire on 8 July 1802. Church is near Accrington
Esther Thornber, d. of George & Hannah Thornber nee Ward, born
23 Nov, bapt. on 24 Dec 1786 at Lower Chapel, Darwen
Alice Thornber, d. George & Hannah Thornber nee Ward, born 22
Dec 1788, bapt. 1 Feb 1789, Lower Chapel, Darwen.
Henry Thornber, s. George & Ann, bapt. 20 June 1791, Blackburn
Richard (Thornbury) s. George & Hannah, bapt. 3 Apr 1791, Blackburn
Chapel St. It is possible that this was the Richard Thornber who
married Ann Ramsbottom at Church Kirk on 7 December 1812.
However, there is a Richard Thornborough, wheelwright, bach. (Signed his name as Thornber) who married Alice Yates, spr. at St. Mary’s Blackburn on 8 Feb 1813. In the Blackburn, as shown in the tree above, various spellings of Thornber occur often for children in the same family. The census showing the family of Richard and Alice
Anthony Thornber, bapt. 10 June 1745, Waddington. (See Footnote
The Anthony Thornber, baptised on 10 June
1745 at Waddington, son of Richard Thornber, could be the Anthony who was
an executor of an administration in 1778. Ellen Thornber, of Blackburn,
Anthony Thornber of Blackburn, weaver, and John Dawson of Chatburn were involved.
Ellen Thornber, was the widow and administratrix of Richard Thornber late
of Blackburn, weaver. This is probably Richard Thornber who married Ellen
Dawson. Thus Anthony was an administrator of his brother's estate,
along with his sister-in-law.
An Anthony Thornber was a witness at the marriage
of William Cottam, son of John and Ann of Mitton and Alison Hindle, dau. of
John and Alice of Mangnoles Oswaldtwistle, when they married at Church Kirk
on 21 January 1779.
Anthony (x) Thornber married Alice (x) Clayton both of the parish of Mitton
by banns, 30 July 1768, in Waddington, witn; John Tomlinson and Thos Mercer.
Anthony was said to be of Bradford (near Waddington) for the baptism of five
children at Waddington: Ann, 15 Jan 1769; Giles, 28 Oct 1770; Richard, 6 Oct
1782; Peggy, 15 May 1785; and John, 20 Aug 1787. Another chid who may belong
to this group is William, baptised son of Anthony on 27 Dec 1789. Jenney,
said to be 7th daughter of Anthony Thornber and his wife Alice, formerly Clayton,
was baptised on 15 January 1797 at Mitton.
There is a marriage record of William Thornborough,
bachelor of full age, labourer, son of Anthony Thornborough, labourer with
Ann Cunliffe, of full age, widow, daughter of James Cunliffe, weaver, at Blackburn
Parish Church on 2 July 1846. Witnesses were James Ashton and John Pilkington
It looks as if Thomas and his younger brother,
Joseph, moved to Blackburn. At this period people were leaving the countryside
in large numbers as the industrial revolution gathered pace and Blackburn
was the nearest large town. The evidence is as follows. Joseph was a very
uncommon name among the Thornbers at this period. Following the baptism
in 1773 in Waddington the next reference to a Joseph is the marriage to Elizabeth
Berry in 1791 at Blackburn. The evidence for the Thomas mentioned above moving
to Blackburn is that a Thomas was buried in 1813 in Blackburn aged 45, fitting
with the birth year of 1767/8. This Thomas had a family in which the
first daughter was Mary and the first son William, which would fit the names
of their grandparents - William Thornber and Mary Briscoe.
Merle Thornber reports that the following
children were baptised at the Particular Baptist Chapel in Blackburn in
consecutive entries 605 to 610. In each case the parents were said to be
John Thornber and his wife Jane, the daughter of Joseph Ainsworth.
Sarah, born Blackburn 22 April 1824.
Ellen, born Manchester, 26 November 1825
Thomas, born Manchester, 2 January 1827
Allice, born Manchester, 25 September 1828
Ann, born Salford, Manchester, 6 December 1832
Mary, born Sabden, 5 July 1834.
When John Thornber moved to Bedford some of his children went with him.
The 1851 census of Bedford (page 656) shows Alice aged 22 and the four youngest,
Joseph, 14; John W., 10; Rebecca, 9; and Benjamin, 6 at children at home
with their parents. Jane was then said to be 48 and John 46.
The following explanatory notes on the earliest
places of worship in Darwen and Blackburn are taken from the Lancashire County
Record Office handbook "Finding Folk". Tony Foster has created a database of Blackburn and Darwen records and has kindly abstracted
the Thornber entries for me. The periods covered for the oldest churches
and chapels are noted in the following section.
I have been contacted by Frank Elliott who
is descended from this couple, through their son George Almond who married
Betty Hacking. They had a son George who married Betty Lomax and they too
had a son, Georg Almond who married Lydia Chadwick. This couple were Frank's
BLACKBURN AREA NONCONFORMIST CHAPELS
Darwen Lower Chapel (Independent Congregational)
There are baptism records from 1751 to 1837 at Preston. They have been
indexed in the IGI and appear under the name Blackburn, Over Darwen, Lower
Chapel. Tony Foster's index of baptisms covers 1751- 1837.
Darwen Pole Street has baptisms from
1750 which are indexed in the IGI. Tony Foster's index of baptisms covers
Darwen Wesleyan Methodist Chapel has
baptism records from 1794 indexed in the IGI up to 1837. Tony Foster's
index of baptisms covers 1794-1837.
Blackburn Chapel Street Independent
has baptism records from 1777 and these are indexed in the IGI up to 1837.
Tony Foster's index of baptisms covers 1777-1837.
Blackburn Clayton St. Wesleyan Methodist
Chapel started in 1784 and the registers been indexed in the IGI.
Tony Foster's index of baptisms covers 1784-1837.
The Blackburn, Islington, Particular Baptists'
records run from 1772 and have been indexed in the IGI from 1796. Tony
Foster's index of baptisms covers 1792-1837.
BLACKBURN AREA ANGLICAN CHURCHES
St James, Over Darwen, has a baptism
register from 1781 but the Bishop' transcripts start in 1723.
The records have not been indexed in the IGI. The
other churches in Darwen started in the 19th century. Tony Foster's
database covers two sections for baptisms: 1723-1770 and 1813-1826.
Blackburn Parish Church, St Mary the
Virgin, is now the cathedral. The records go back to 1569. IGI
coverage is MISSING or FAULTY from 1681 to 1834 for baptisms and also from
1706-1785 for marriages. Merle Thornber has abstracted Thornber baptisms,
marriages and burials for the period from 1711 to 1789 from Mormon Microfiche
1656594, from 1790 to 1814 from the Bishop's transcripts on Mormon Microfiche
1656729, and burials from 1813 to 1843 from Mormon Microfiche 1278820.
Merle has also studied Index to the Register of Baptisms, in the Parish
Church of Blackburn from AD 1568 to 1782 and the Chapel of St. James, Over
Darwen from AD 1723 to 1729 belonging to Rev. J. Rushton, DD, Vicar of Blackburn,
30 September 1861. (Item 9 LDS #1278821)
Tony Foster's database covers baptisms for
the period 1722-1758. In the course of other work I have checked the
baptisms from 1813 to 1817 and burials from 1813 to 1823 and added some details
for the children of Joseph and Betty Thornber shown in the tree.
Blackburn St. John the Evangelist is
the second oldest church in Blackburn with baptism records from 1789.
They have not been indexed in the IGI.
Blackburn St Pauls was built in 1791
but the vicar of Blackburn refused to certify it for consecration. The
trustees placed it under the Countess of Huntingdon's Connection (Nonconformist).
On 20th December 1829 the Church was consecrated by the Vicar of Blackburn.
Baptism records commence in 1792 and have been indexed in the IGI. Merle
Thornber has checked the original records for Thornber baptisms and burials
from 1810 to 1823 using Mormon Microfiche 1470928.
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