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

Joseph William Thornhill


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Louisa Waddington Or Waddingham

Joseph William Thornhill 3 4

  • Born: 3 Feb 1873, Beeston, Notts
  • Christened: 18 May 1873, Beeston, Notts 5
  • Marriage: Louisa Waddington Or Waddingham in Mar 1894 in Lincoln 1 2

  General Notes:
Joseph William Thornhill was the youngest of William and Eliza's children to survive into adulthood. He was born on 3rd February 1873 and was only two when his mother died. After school, he was placed as apprentice to a barber in Market Harborough - although things did not go entirely smoothly. One Sunday evening, the family were in Church at Beeston as usual when a whisper ran around the congregation, "Joe's come home !". Apparently, he had been used more as domestic help to the barber's family so had run away to compain. William is said to have taken him back, had a showdown with the barber and subsequently placed him in London to complete his apprenticeship. Once this was over, William set him up in business at 62 High Road, Beeston - more recently occupied by Dillons - opposite the Greyhound Public House. The business appears to have prospered as he later employed another man and a lather boy and expanded into tobacco, newspapers, a library and fancy goods - and even opened up a bathroom upstairs where local workmen could have a bath for 6 pence ! In 1894, he married Louisa Waddington from Lincolnshire and they had two daughters. He was later to open another shop on Queens Road, Beeston but eventually the family left Beeston and he then operated from Eland Street, Basford, Nottingham.



He worked as a Hairdresser in 1901 and resided at Beeston, Notts. 6


Joseph married Louisa Waddington Or Waddingham in Mar 1894 in Lincoln.1 2 (Louisa Waddington Or Waddingham was born about 1871 in Metheringham, Lincs 6.)


1 FreeBMD Online Index of BMD, England & Wales,, Marriages Dec 1894 CopeThomasBasford 7b240 HallFrancesBasford 7b240 OldhamMary JaneBasford 7b240 ThornhillJosephBasford 7b240

Marriages Mar 1891 Chalcraft Louisa Nottingham 7b 342 Jones William Price Nottingham 7b 342 Thornhill Joseph Selby Nottingham 7b 342 Westmoreland Ada Maria Nottingham 7b 342. Which one? 1891 is Louisa but where did Selby come from? Our 1901C shows "Joseph W" with Louisa in Beeston High St.

2 FreeBMD Online Index of BMD, England & Wales,, Marriages Mar 1894 Thornhill Joseph William Lincoln 7a 795 Waddingham Louisa Lincoln 7a 795.

3 The Church of Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index,, Ancestral File.

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

5 David Hallam (Specialist in 19th Century Beeston and District),

6 Census 1901 - PRO.