Jabez Thornton (1817 – 1904)

Jabez Thornton arrived at Lyttelton on the ‘Charlotte Jane’ on the 16th December 1850.  He was 32 years old and was on his own.

A Carpenter by trade, he married Mary Coster on the 16th September 1852. As there was no church at Lyttelton at that stage, they were married in a temporary church. They would go on to have 5 children.

The city records report that he lived in Lyttelton, Strowan, Bryndwr and also settled on the North Belt – now known as Bealey Ave.

He is buried at Linwood Cemetery.

*photo taken by Annette Bulovic*

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