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Elizabeth Mary Thorley


Mother of Catherine and Emily Thorley, governesses to the Darwin family. Daughter of Thomas and Ann Woodward of Marylebone, London. Married John Thorley (1805/6–34), a solicitor of Tarporley, Cheshire, in 1828. Friend of the Tollet family. Residing at 36 Bernard Street, Russell Square, London, in 1851.


Census returns of England and Wales 1851 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/1507/100/15)

Chester Courant, 18 March 1828

England & Wales, national probate calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858–1966 (, accessed 2 October 2015)

England, births and christenings, 1538–1975 (, accessed 16 March 2016)

England, select Cheshire bishop's transcripts, 1598-1900 (, accessed 16 March 2016)