|Poems from the THORNE Family
When Louisa ROADWAY died in 1925, her
wonderful album looks to have landed in the hands of her nephew Percy Thomas
FORD and later passed down to his son, Jack Clarence Roadway FORD, who was my
grandfather. He was born on the Isle of Wight on the 6th August 1904, at the
"Hot and Cold Sea Water Baths", Esplanade, Ventnor, the only son of Percy Thomas and Daisy Clara FORD (nee
WELTON). His father Percy was the proprietor of the "Baths" at
the time and this is where the family appear to have lived.
As far as I am aware, my
grandad's father Percy, left his wife and son when my grandad was only quite young. But Louisa's Album appears to have remained with Daisy and her son Jack. Inside are some writings by the THORNE family. My grandad Jack Clarence Roadway FORD married Mabel Agnes THORNE at Godshill Parish Church on the Isle of Wight on the 26th December 1931. She was the eldest daughter of
6 children born to William James and Harriet Ann THORNE (nee EDWICKER).
It would appear that my grandmother Mabel Agnes THORNE knew her future husband Jack Clarence Roadway FORD as early as 1926 because she wrote in Louisa's Album - she would have been only about 18 years old at the time. There is a poem called "Be True" that appears to have originally written by someone called Di Bonar, but copied into Louisa's Album by my grandmother - I have been informed that this poem was actually written by someone by the name of Dr.Horatius Bonar who was a Christian Preacher and poet, who wrote many Christian Hymns during the 19th century. You can find out about this gentleman by visiting
Horatius Bonar (1808-1880)
Another poem called "A Dinner and a Kiss" was written into Louisa's Album and initialled V.M.T. This was probably my grandmother's younger sister, Vera May THORNE born
at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight on 28th November 1911. She later married a Canadian and emigrated to Canada. She died in Canada in 2000.
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