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Emily Maria Thorley


Sister of Catharine Ann Thorley, the governess at Down House between 1850 and 1856. Daughter of Elizabeth Mary and John Thorley, a solicitor of Tarporley, Cheshire. Acted as governess to the Darwin children at Ilkley in October 1859.


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

Correspondence vol. 7

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

England & Wales, national probate calendar (index of wills and administrations), 1858–1966 (, accessed 29 September 2015)


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.