December 2, 2014


By angus

My 2X gr-grandparents, Ann THROSTLE and Thomas BROWN arrived in Canada about 1845. I am hoping to connect both of them to their ancestors in England. Many years ago, I hired a professional genealogist in Lincolnshire and while she was unable to determine the parents of Thomas she did find information on a Nancy Throstle who is presumed to be the woman I know as Ann. Her opinion was that the name Ann is often used in place of the name Nancy.  Based on this information, I have used on-line databases to try and determine who her parents were. This is what I have found so far:

Nancy (Ann) Throstle: born about October 1804 in Crowle, baptised at St. Oswald’s Church, Crowle on 22 October 1804. Her parents are thought to be Edward Throstle and Frances (Fanny) Greeve.

Ann married Thomas Brown at St. Martin’s Church, Owston on 14 May 1827. I have this documentation.

Thomas was born about 1805. His son, in a later biographical record, states his father was born in Nottinghamshire. His parents are unknown. I have almost every entry for the Brown surname from Crowle and Owston records but I cannot find anything that connects him to a sibling or parents.

Thomas and Ann had 7 children from 1828 to 1840 before leaving for Canada about 1845. I have some Canadian transportation documents that refer to them as having had “assisted passage”.

I am sure these two people, Ann and Thomas, are likely connected to people living in Crowle and Owston in the early to mid 1800s. Hope springs eternal and to connect them, with proof, to their ancestors in England, particularly Crowle and Owston, would be the fulfillment of over 20 years of research.