Edmund Thorn

Author: Sylvia Sellwood
Date published: 14/01/2020

Edmund Thorn (1791-1866)

Edmund Thorn, son of James and SarahThorn was born c 1791. His occupation was a shoemaker or cordwainer.

On 22nd July 1811 aged 20years he married Elizabeth Norris aged 18years                

On Toomer census of 1815 created by the Mayor of Newbury Joseph Toomer they were living at Clarks Buildings, which is west of Bartholomew St.

This census was a snapshot of Newbury on the eve of Waterloo indicating a population of 5309 people.

They had two children at this time Edmund George aged 4yrs. and James aged 2 yrs.

Also living at this address was Elizabeth’s mother Sarah Norris nee Ford aged 74 yrs.

Between 1811 and 1841 they had 13 children – Edmund George b. 1811, James b. 1813, Henry b, 1815 and Ann b. 1818, William b. 1819, Caroline b.1820, Charles b. 1823, Alfred b1827, Frederick Dunne b. 1828, Augustin b. 1830, Helen (Ellen) b. 1832,  Joseph and Fanny (Twins) 2yrs. b. 1833 – Fanny died 9th May 1834 aged 5mths.

Four of Edmunds children were buried at the Northcroft meeting house, Northcroft lane:

Caroline born 1820 buried 27th of February 1821 age 9 mths. ?

Fanny born 1833 buried 9 may 1834 age 4 months

Henry born 1815 Buried 17th may 1837 age 21 years

and William born 1819 buried 17th March 1824 age 4 years

1841 census

Living on Bartholomew St.

Children Caroline 15yrs b, 1820., William 13 yrs. b. 1819, Alfred 11 yrs. b. 1827, Frederick 8 yrs. b. 1828, Augustin 6 yrs. b. 1830, Helen (Ellen) 4 yrs. b. 1832 and Joseph 2yrs. b. 1833.

1851 census

Living at Gibbs’ Yard where the family conducted business as Shoemakers (Cordwainers) Children still at home Ellen aged 19 and Joseph aged 17

1855    Elizabeth died


At the age of 64yrs. Edmund remarried on the 25th May 1856 at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London to Hannah Nutter (nee Frost) aged 55 yrs., a widow, daughter of George Frost.

They were living at 1 Eliza Place, Little Chapel St.

Son-in-law Edward Sutton and daughter Ann Thorn were witnesses.

St. Margaret’s Church is situated in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, originally founded by Benedictine monks.

1861 census

Edmund and Hannah living at 33 East St., Marylebone, London aged 69 and 59 yrs. respectively with youngest son Joseph Thorn aged 25 yrs. Both Edmund and joseph bootmakers.


Edmund died on 1st May 1866 at New Alms Houses, Newbury aged 74yrs. he died from Phthisis Pulmonalis, (TB) and his wife Hannah was present at his death. At time of death his occupation was almsman, formerly Shoemaker. He was buried in the cemetery 7 May 1866 No 2176

Ref:     Findmypast, Free BMD, Berkshire Burial Records, NRC burial accounts


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