John Thorp was baptised on 30
October 1803 in Horsham.
John married Sarah Phillips by licence on 6 October
1829 in Horsham. The witnesses to their marriage were Ze??
Barnes and Francis Best.
Their marriage licence was issued on 2 October 1829 by the
Archdeaconry of Chichester, which noted that he was a bachelor and she a
spinster and they were both of Horsham and both aged 21 years and
Sarah died aged 31 years and was buried on 24 July 1835 in Horsham.
John and Sarah had 3 known children:
Henry Phillips Thorpe was baptised on 29 May 1831 in
Horsham. The baptism register noted that his father was a draper.
He was 10 years old in 1841.
As Henry Phillips Thorpe he married Marianne
Holmes by licence on 8 November 1860 in Horsham. He was
then a 29 year old bachelor and miller. She was a 24 year old
spinster. Their fathers were named as John Thorpe,
gent and George Bax Holmes, gent. The witnesses
to their marriage were Joseph Holmes and
Elizabeth Thorpe was baptised on 29 April 1833 in
Horsham. She was 8 years old in 1841.
Mary Thorpe was baptised on 22 February 1835 in Horsham
and buried there as an infant on 15 May 1835.
John next married Mary Evershed by licence on 23 April
1840 in Horsham. He was then a widower and linen draper and his
father was named as John Thorpe, gent. Mary was a
spinster and her father was named as Thomas Evershed, a
soap maker. The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas
Evershed and Ann Evershed.
When the 1841 census was recorded, 35 year old John was a draper living
in West Street, Horsham with his 30 year old wife Mary, 25 year old
sister Mary and 2 children. Also with the family in 1841 was:
20 year old
20 year old John Knight and 15 year old
Lelliott who were all journeyman drapers, and 24 year old
servant Mary Dale.
In 1861, 57 year old John and 52 year old Mary were living in Park Lane,
Horsham. John was then a retired draper. With them on census
night was his daughter Elizabeth, 6 year old niece and scholar
Helen Evershed, and 2 servants, namely 27 year old cook
Emily Adams and 24 year old housemaid Eliza Wilson.
The 1871 census records that the couple were living in London Road,
Horsham. John was a 67 year old land owner and Mary was 62.
Their 16 year old niece was living with them as was unmarried 34 year
old domestic servant, Mary A. Brown.