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William Thornhill
Mary Ann Lowe
(Cal 1809-1890)
Isaac Wibberley
Ann Fountain
(Cal 1804-1839)
William "Riley" Thornhill
Eliza Wibberley
Caroline Elizabeth Thornhill


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Frank Walker

Caroline Elizabeth Thornhill 2 3

  • Born: 9 Aug 1864, Beeston, Notts
  • Marriage: Frank Walker From Jul to Sep 1883 in Basford, Notts 1
  • Died: Mar 1929, Driffield, Yorkshire 4

  General Notes:
Caroline Elizabeth Thornhill was William and Eliza's sixth child, born on the 9th August 1864. Her mother died she was only 11 but had four surviving younger brothers and accommodation must have fairly cramped at the High Road home. Perhaps the traditional role of the youngest daughter - caring for the household - did not appeal as, for whatever reason, once again we see an early marriage in the family. Caroline was 19 when she married the 25-year-old Frank Walker, a clerk at Pearsons Nurseries in Chilwell, just over
Beeston's western boundary. In this occupation,Frank was following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas, who had occupied that position 30 years earlier and was, by 1861 the manager at Pearsons. Caroline and Frank's first child, Florence Emily was born at Chilwell in the following year but soon after this, Frank took his family to live in Tottenham, London where two sons were born. By 1891, the family had moved again, to St Albans in Hertfordshire where he was employed as a clerk. A further move then took them to Sculcoates, a suburb of Hull from where he worked as a cashier to a Leeds warehouseman. In later life, possibly helped by Caroline's inheritance from her father's estate following his death in 1910, the family moved to the village of Keyingham, just to the east of Hull, on the road to Spurn Head and north of the Humber Estuary. It is there that a nice post-script was played out - at her father's funeral, in February 1910, his pony and trap had followed the bearers to the church; although,



She resided about 1914 in Keyingham, Yorks. 5


Caroline married Frank Walker From Jul to Sep 1883 in Basford, Notts.1 (Frank Walker was born about 1858 in Chilwell, Notts 6 and died after 1911.)


1 FreeBMD Online Index of BMD, England & Wales,, Marriages Sep 1883 Thornhill Caroline Elizabeth Basford 7b 162 Walker Frank Basford 7b 162.

2 Letter - Samantha Ward 1998 Thornhill tree.

3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

4 Online Census and BMD,, PM tree.

5 Doar-Beeston Childhood-1986, p33.

6 Online Census and BMD,, 1911C.