The Thorpe family is linked to my grandmother's Harrops
through my great-grandfather's
to Hannah Thorpe
in 1876. The first observation is that, as a family, they
got about a bit, tracking hither and thither, east and
west, from Yorkshire to Liverpool and then to Runcorn
in Cheshire before landing up in Mottram. Oh, and a few
went north to Colne in Lancashire.
I should say at the start that there are two spellings of the surname – Thorp in the earlier generations and Thorpe in the later. I have standardised the spelling as Thorpe with an E.
The earliest Thorpe I can trace is Joseph and his wife Hannah Garside. They would have been born in the early 1700s but Information is inavriably sketchy in these early records. Their son Jonathan married Lydia Collier in 1774 in Almondbury, Yorkshire, which leads us to their son Abel.
Abel married Elizabeth Roebuck in 1795 at All Hallows, Kirkburton. They had five children, the second eldest, my
ggg-grandfather, Ebenezer Thorpe.
He was probably a stonemason, but had died before the
1841 census when his widow,
Hannah Wilkinson, was living
in the workshouse
in Holmfirth with nine of their children. Conditions
there were poor, described in the Huddersfield
Workhouse Abomination as "in cruelty and disgrace
surpass even the facts that earned for Andover
such an unenviable notoriety" by the overseers, Joshua
Hobson and William Moore.
The family was still in the workhouse
ten years later including
Hannah's second youngest
son and my gg-grandfather, Ben Thorpe,
born in 1832 in Cartworth,
Holmfirth, Huddersfield. By that time he was a stone mason,
as were his brothers William,
Samuel and John.
By 1861, Ben was living at Regent
Street in Runcorn and by then had married Sarah
Turner, daughter of John
Turner and Jane Barrowclough.
She was some five years younger than Ben and had been
born at Sude
Hill in Holmfirth. She had married Ben in 1856 at
West Derby in Liverpool and this was also where their
eldest child, Hannah,
had been born at Everton
View, Bootle Cum Linacre, Walton on the Hill close
to the docks.
Ben died of consumption in
February 1871 at the age of 38 in Mottram. Interestingly,
the informant was one Peter Thorpe who was living in Hadfield,
Glossop. I can only assume he was related to Ben
in some way. There was a Peter Thorpe in the 1871 census
born in Penistone, but I have yet to work out the relationship.
His widow, Hannah was living with
her mother, Jane,
in 1871 at Station
Road in Glossop, along with their six children, the
youngest being one year old Harry
who was born in Runcorn, so their move to Mottram was
relatively recent. Perhaps this had been prompted by Ben's
illness and Sarah's desire to be closer to her mother.
By 1871 Sarah was living in Tintwistle
and in 1891 at St Mary's
Road in Glossop. Skeleton in the cupboard time --
according to these censuses, she had borne three other
sons after Ben's death, Hobson
in 1876, Henry in 1879 and
Fred Bray Thorpe in 1878, although
he died in infancy. She eventually died in 1900 at Green
Road, Colne, where presumably she had moved to be
near her daughter, Zilpah,
and her family.
Of the two surviving illegitimate sons, Henry
went on to marry Mary Embley,
but the interesting one is Hobson
who led quite a life.
As mentioned at the beginning, Ben
and Sarah's daugther Hannah married my
Henry Booth Harrop in 1856 and the Harrop story continues