The Family of Thomas Thwaites

A witness at Rosamond's marriage in Leeds in 1844 was a Thomas Thwaites. This is probably not Rosamond's father for in 1841 it seems that Ann was a widow as she appears to have been living with Simon and his family at Ravenstonedale. Rosamond was married from Gower Street, Leeds. There is a Thomas Thwaites who lived in Leeds, in the censuses of 1841 (Gower Street), 1851 (Gower Street), 1861 and 1871, who was born in Kirkby Lonsdale who could therefore be a brother of Rosamond.

Thomas was born about 1802/3 at Kirkby Lonsdale, a child of Thomas Thwaite and Ann Hammond.

He married Jane Bowes 8 February 1830 at St Peter Leeds. Jane Bowes was baptised 1 January 1793 at Felixkirk (which includes Boltby), Yorks. This is a bit early for her ages in the census, though as she becomes older, her stated age becomes more consistent with this baptism.

In 1841, in Gower Street, Leeds, Thomas was aged 35, a milkman, not born in the county. With him was Jane, aged 37, and born in the county and a female servant, Frances Driver aged 19 and born in Ireland?.

In 1851, at 8 Gower Street, Leeds, Thomas was aged 47, a cow keeper, born at Kirkby Lonsdale. His wife, Jane, was aged 50 and born at Boltby, Yorks. Their daughter, Ann, aged 8, was born at Ulverstone, Lancs. Also with them was a servant, Jane Ann Thomas, aged 17 and born at Ravenstonedale (is this a link with Simon?), and a nephew, Richard Thwaites, aged 14 and born in Leeds (could this be the son of Simon, who was not at home in 1851 even though the place of birth is incorrect?).

In 1861, at 15 Francis Street, Potternewton, Leeds, Thomas was aged 57, a landed proprietor. His wife, Jane was aged 62 and his unmarried niece, Anne Layton, was aged 18. There was also a lodger, George Chadeck, a widower aged 77, and a retired butcher. All were born in Leeds (!).

In 1871, at Leopold Square New? Leeds, Potternewton, Leeds, Thomas was aged 68, a retired farmer, born at Kirby Lonsdale (clear enough in the image, though the index has Kirk Sandell!). With him was his wife Jane, aged 75 and born at Boltby near Thirsk.

Thomas Thwaites died 25 November 1872 at New Leeds, Potternewton (registered in the Leeds district in the December quarter 1872, aged 68).  Probate was granted 13 January 1873 at Wakefield to Jane Thwaites, his widow, William Bedford of Sheepscar, Leeds (a connection with George and Rosamund Kerton?), gentleman, and Richard Robinson of Vicar Lane, Leeds, druggist, the executors.  His effects were under £300 and he was a gentleman of New Leeds, Potternewton, Leeds.  According to the Leeds Times (30 November 1872) Thomas Thwaites died 23 November aged 69 and was of Leopold Square, New Leeds.


Jane Thwaites, widow, died 27 August 1875 at Leopold Square, New Leeds (registered in the Leeds district in the September quarter 1875, aged 86!).  Probate was granted 11 September 1875 at Wakefield to George Haddock of Brunswick Place, Leeds, professor of music, the nephew and John Hutton of New Leeds, builder, the executors.  Her effects were under £200 and she was late of Leopold Square, New Leeds. 

Thomas and Ann's children were

  1. Ann, born about 1842 at Ulverstone, Lancs.

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Posted February 2017