Thomas Ditchburn

Son of George Ditchburn and Jane Fletcher, father of Kathleen Ditchburn and husband of Elizabeth Clarke, nee Cunnington

Thomas was born in Langdale End, Wykeham on 10th April 1868. He was a farmworker in the area of Broxa, Yorkshire and in addition to Langdale End, it is believed that his family had connections with Bickley and Hackness - all near Scarborough.

According to the 1881 Census, Thomas, aged 12, was living at the home of Mr & Mrs Estill and Family at Sipho Brows Farm, Silpho, Yorkshire as a Farm Servant (indoor).

According to the 1891 Census. Thomas, aged 22, was a servant (as one of two agricultural labourers) for William Jordan Coleman, who lived at The Ferns, Carnaby, Yorkshire. His birth is confirmed as Langdale End

According to the 1901 Census, Thomas was living at 10 Brinkburn Road, Scarborough in the Parish of All Saints. He was aged 33 and was a Crocer's Carter; it confirms his birth in Langdale End. Elizabeth A, his first wife, was aged 26 and born in Scalby, Yorkshire. Living next door at 8 Brinkburn Road was his younger brother, George.

Thomas married twice and married Elizabeth Clarke, nee Cunnington, his second wife, on 9th April  1910 at Scarborough Parish Church. Thomas was then a labourer living at 32 Trafalgar Street East, Scarborough - as was Elizabeth.

Witnesses at the marriage were:

Gibson Cockerill

Alice Pickering, almost certainly a relative of Elizabeth

He had one daughter by his first marriage:

Edith Ditchburn who married Jim Emmerson and they had two Children:

Bob Emerson who married Margaret 

Jean Emmerson who married Alan Cowper.

Kathleen Dictcburn who married Ronald Gill was the only child of the marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth.

On the birth certificate of Kathleen, in 1913, his job is stated as Corporation Carter and his address as 18 James Street, Scarborough.

Thomas died in 1941 and was buried in Scarborough cemetery.

All the above information came from Kathleen and Nora C


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