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Darwin Correspondence Project

Catharine Ann Thorley


Governess at Down House, 1850–6. Daughter of Elizabeth Mary and John Thorley, a solicitor of Tarporley, Cheshire, and sister of Emily Maria Thorley. Present at Anne Elizabeth Darwin’s death in Malvern in 1851.


BMD (Death index)

Census returns of England and Wales 1841 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/96/33)

England & Wales, christening index, 1530–1980 (, accessed 15 March 2016)

Freeman 1978


BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.