CFHS code : HT173

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN THURLEY d March 9 1920 aged 83 also JANE THURLEY d Feb 5 1930 aged 87

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



John Thurley (c.1837 – 9 March 1920)

John was born in the village of Conington – a village five miles south east of Huntingdon and was the son of Richard and Sarah Thurley. Richard was a horsekeeper, and by the age of 13 (1851) John was working as an agricultural labourer.  In 1861 he was working as a railway porter and lodging with William and Mary Yeadon in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He married Jane Asplen at Holy Trinity Church, Gray’s Inn Road on 26 July 1863. The couple had twelve children, all of whom lived into adulthood: Eliza (1864-), Anne Louise (1865-1946), Mary Elizabeth (1867-), John Matthew (1869-1917), Grace (1870-1950), Richard (1872-1950),  Emma Jane (1874-1957), George (1876-), Thomas (1879-), Eleanor (1880-), Philip (1882-1911) and Arthur (1885-1970).

John worked as a drayman for a brewery and the family lived at Finsbury Park (1871) and then 184 Farringdon Road (1891).  By 1901 they had returned to Cambridge and were living at Brookside, Mill Road – John was working as an agricultural labourer at this time.  From at least 1911 onwards they lived at 87 Vinery Road, and in the census of that year John was described as a brewery pensioner.  From newspaper articles it is known that both John and Jane were involved in the Baptist Church on Mill Road. He died aged 83 years old.

Jane Thurley (née Asplen) (1842 – 5 February 1930)

Jane was born in Milton, just north of Cambridge and was the daughter of agricultural labourer John Asplen and his wife Mary. She grew up on Church Lane in the village. By the age of 18, she was  living in Westminster, London and working as a domestic servant and married John Thurley when she was 21 years old.

Jane continued to live at 87 Vinery Road after she was widowed and died aged 87 years old.



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