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This tree starts with William Thornber, whose ancestry is shown on theh page for Slaidburn 2.  Some of the records for this branch of the family are from the Independent Chapel known as Mount Sion, Sandy Syke, at Tosside in Gisburn Forest, which I have transcribed and published. It is indexed in the IGI as Gisburn Sandy Syke Independent.

Footnote 1.

The family of William Thornber and his wife, Margaret Hopwood, was found in the 1841 census (film HO 107/1322, folio 15, ED 6, Parish of Slaidburn, Township of Easington) at the School house.  All the members of the household were said to be born in Yorkshire.  William, a school master was 35; his wife Margaret, 30; and the children were John, 11; Ellen, 9; Phebe, 7; Alice, 5; Mary 3; and James, 6 months.  William was a shop keeper or grocer in the 1830s as shown by the baptism records for the early children.

Beth Merryweather found the family in the 1851 census for the Township of Lawkland, parish of Clapham, Settle Union, HO 107/2277, ED 2 folio 228 page 3 at Eldroth.  At that time William was a schoolmaster aged 45 with Margaret 42 and the following children: Alice, 15, a school mistress; Mary, dau, 13 scholar; James, son, 10, scholar; Ann, daughter, 8, scholar; Elizabeth, dau. 5, scholar; all born in Slaidburn and Hannah, aged 1, born in Clapham. In 1861, the census shows the family at Dale Head School (RG9/3084, folio 27, page 4) with William, 55, a schoolmaster, his wife Margaret, 52, a school mistress, and two daughters, Ann, aged 18, employed at home and Hannah aged 11, a scholar.  All were said to be born in Slaidburn.

By the time of the 1881 census William and his wife Margaret were living in Rathmell.  He was said to be 75 and born in Sherburn, a retired schoolmaster and his wife was said to be 72 and also born in Sherburn, Yorkshire. (Source: FHL Film 1342026 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4298 Folio 111 Page 4)

The probate index gives the following details for William:

1882.  William Thornber. Administration of the personal Estate of William Thornber of Rathmell near Settle in the County of York, widower who died 21 December 1881 at Rathmell was granted at Wakefield to John Thornber of Quernmore near Lancaster in the County of Lancaster, Schoolmaster the son and one of the next of kin on 6 January 1882. Personal estate of £155.


Footnote 2.

Census of 1851: Lane Ends (Film HO/107/2255, Folio No. 133)

Matthew Thornber head, married 44 Ag. Lab Bolton, Yorkshire
Ann wife, married 36   Easington
Hannah dau. unm. 21   Easington
Ellen dau. 11   Clapham
Ann dau. 6   Easington
Anthony son 3   Easington


Census of 1861: Lower Stony Bank, Easington (RG9/3084, Folio 21, p. 8)

Matthew Thornber head, married 52 stonemason Bolton, Yorkshire
Ann wife, married 47   Easington
Anthony son 13 servant Easington
Matthew son 9 scholar Easington
Caroline dau. 5 scholar Easington
Rebekah dau. 7 months.   Easington


Anthony Thornber mentioned in his will a great nephew, Thomas, son of Matthew.  He is probably the Thomas living with Anthony at the time of the 1851 census and said to be 19.  There may be a confusion in Anthony's will as two great nieces are also mentioned as Ellen, wife of Richard Laytham, and Ann wife of Matthew Thornber, both daughters of Matthew Thornber.  We know that Matthew the son of William married his cousin Ann Parker, but no evidence of their daughter Ann marrying another Matthew has been found.  It looks as if in the course of making the copy of the will that I inspected a line was inadvertently repeated.

Footnote 3.

Norman Thornber informs me that Anthony, his great grandfather, died aged 44 from silicosis, the result of being a stonemason, he was buried with his daughter Caroline, who died of appendicitis on 16 Nov 1893 aged 14.  Anthony Thornber of Settle with the consent of his father, Matthew Thornber, of Four Lane Ends, near Slaidburn, was apprenticed to John Winskill as a Stonemason dated 1867.  He was not allowed to marry during this two year term, but in 1869 married Rebecca Nelson, (born 1845 at Martwaithe near Sedgewick, mother's name Alice) from Stackhouses at Giggleswick.  Rebecca died in 1920.  The following record was found for Giggleswick:

Anthony Thornber aged 23, bachelor, stonemason, of Settle, s. Matthew Thornber, stonemason and Rebecca Nelson, 25, spinster, servant of Stackhouse, d. Thomas Nelson, labourer, by banns, by W. Coulthurst, itpo William Silverwood & Margaret Nelson on 21 August 1869

Census of 1881: Bailey Green, District of Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley, Lancashire
PRO Ref. RG11 Piece 4170 folio 96 page 8

Anthony Thornber head, married 33 stone mason Slaidburn
Rebecca wife, married 35   Sedbergh
Thomas son 11 scholar Settle
Margaret dau. 8 scholar Settle
John son 6 scholar Settle
Rebecca dau. 5 scholar Settle
Caroline dau. 1   Bailey, Lancs
Rebecca sister 20 visitor Slaidburn


Bernard Steele has sent me the full inscription of the gravestone at Dale Head, as follows.

In loving memory /of/ Anthony Thornber /of Longridge/ who died/ January 31, 1892/ aged 44 years/ also Elizabeth/ Caroline Thornber/ who died November 16th 1893/ aged 14 years.


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