THURSTON, John Hannington

1864 - 1928

Born at Ipswich in 1864, son of John Thurston and his wife Elizabeth Mary née Hannington, who married at St George's Hanover Square, London on 19 November 1861. Her husband died young and in 1869 she remarried at Brighton, Charles Smith. In 1871, John was a 6 year old living at Rose Villa, Keymer, Sussex with his step-father, 32 year old Charles H. Smith, a wine merchant, and his 30 year old mother Elizabeth, his 4 year old sister Beatrice Mary Hannington Thurston (1867-1872), also born at Ipswich and 10 month old step-sister Bessie May Smith. By 1881 young John was a 16 year old learning the wine business, and the enlarged family were now living at High Street, Henfield, Steyning, Sussex. In 1891 a 26 year draper's clerk, living at Whaphams Freehold, Henfield, Sussex with his step-father Charles, now a retired wine merchant, his 50 year old mother Elizabeth and step siblings Bessie M. 20, Minnie D. 19, Blanch E. 17, all born at Brighton and Charles L. 12, born at Henfield. By 1901he a 35 year old artist (painter) lodging at Tregenna Place, St Ives, Cornwall and married at Redruth in 1904, Annie Morrisset (1878-1938). He died at Plymouth, Devon in 1928, aged 63.