THURSTON, John Hannington

1864 - 1928

John Hannington Thurston, was 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. His father John Thurston died at Islington, London in 1866 and in 1869 his mother Elizabeth, 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 (1866-1872), 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 May 20, Minnie Dora 19, Blanch Emily 17, all born at Brighton and Charles Lawrence 12, born at Henfield. In 1901, John was a 35 year old artist (painter), lodging at Tregenna Place, St Ives, Cornwall and married at Redruth, Cornwall in 1904, Annie Morrisset (1878-1938). He died at Plymouth, Devon in 1928, aged 63.