PENTNEY, John Thomas

1855 - 1937

John Thomas Pentney, sometimes known as Thomas John Pentney, was born at 24 Mustow Street, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk in 1855, son of John Pentney (1829-26 September 1865), a brushmaker, and his wife Harriet née Laws (c1828-1915), who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1854. In 1861, a 5 year old, living at Mustow Street, Bury St Edmund's with his parents, 29 year old John and 30 year old Harriet with his sibling sister Harriet Emma 3. His 35 year old father committed suicide by drowning on 26 September 1865. In 1871, John Thomas was a 15 year old printer's apprentice, still living at Mustow Street, Bury St Edmund's with his 38[sic] widowed mother 'a tailoress', and his 13 year old sister Emma. John Thomas married at West Stow Church, Suffolk on 8 October 1878, Rose Ann Jolly (1855-1945), eldest daughter of William Jolly/Jolley, and they had three children. Thomas exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1881, an oil 'Before the Storm'. In 1891, a 35 year old manager of printing & newspaper publishing business The Bury Free Press, living at 16 Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmund's with his 34 year old wife Rose Ann, born West Stow, Suffolk and two children, Cecil 3 and Oliver 1, both born in Bury St Edmund's. The family had moved to Huddersfield, Yorkshire by 1895 where John Thomas established a photography studio at 6 South Parade. In 1911, still at 6 South Parade, Huddersfield where 55 year old John Thomas was a photographer with his 54 year old wife Rose Ann and children Florence May (1881-1952), Cecil Claud (1888-1945) and Oliver Gordon (1889-1940), and they took in two boarders. He died at Huddersfield in 1937, aged 81.