My Thorn Great Grandparents and their Children

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1.Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Thorn 1881 - 1970 . married Cecil Leopold Mansell 1907
2.Annie (Nan) Thorn 1877 - 1967 married Walter Beal 1904
3.Joseph Henry Thorn 1875 - 1918 married Ellen Martha Cooper 1897, Emily M Bray 1916
4.Lucy Thorn 1886 - 1972? married Walter Booth 1912
5.John (Jack) Thorn 1882 - 1970 married Edith Sarah Goodey 1912
6.Ellen (Nell) Thorn 1879 - 1974 married Walter Henry Brett 1906
7.Mary Ann (Polly) Thorn 1871 - 1949 married Thomas Matthews 1893, Frederick William Hansell 1903
8.Joseph Thorn 1847 - 1939, son of William Thorn and Mary Ann Cheer
9.Ellen Thorn (Portsmouth) 1852 - 1929, daughter of David Hurling Portsmouth and Sarah Lovejoy
10.Rose Florence Thorn 1893 -1973 never married
11.Emma Thorn 1888 - 1974 married Robert James Shingfield 1919
12.Hetty Lorna Thorn 1895- 1982 married Henry Savage 1917, Harry B Smith 1929

Joseph Thorn and Ellen Portsmouth were married at St Laurence's, Upton cum Chalvey on 5th September 1869
William Thorn and Mary Ann Cheer were married at St Mary's, Langley, Bucks on 21st October 1826
David Hurling Portsmouth b Slough 1829, son of James Portsmouth and Sarah Jones, married Sarah Lovejoy, b Reading 1833 daughter of Samuel Lovejoy and Elizabeth Dell, at St Mary's, Langley on 1st September 1850.
Joseph Henry Thorn, my maternal grandfather, married Ellen Martha Cooper, b Charsfield Suffolk 1876 daughter of Charles Cooper and Ellen Knowles, at St Laurence's, Upton cum Chalvey on 20th November 1897
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This picture, taken around 1900, shows Ellen Thorn in the garden of her home close to the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. She used to sell bunches of flowers to anglers who came down from London at weekends. Her husband Joseph Thorn was a brickmaker. The opening of the canal in 1881 led to the development of brickfields from Slough towards Langley and Iver and gave easy transport to and from London. The Portsmouth family first appear in the Slough area as brickfield labourers.
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St Mary’s, Langley Marish
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My great great grandparents William Thorn and Mary Ann Cheer were married here 21st October 1826, as were my great great grandparents David Hurling Portsmouth and Sarah Lovejoy on 1st September 1850.
St Laurence, Upton cum Chalvey
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The Norman Church of St Laurence, although restored in 1850, still retains much original work including the doorway and font. My great great grandfather David Hurling Portsmouth was baptised there on 29 March 1829 and St Laurence's has since been the venue for many baptisms and family weddings including those of my great grandparents Joseph Thorn and Ellen Portsmouth (5 Sept 1869), my grandparents Joseph Henry Thorn and Ellen Martha Cooper(20 Nov 1897), my parents and one of my sisters.