|About The Lunenburg Thurlows
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Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Fourth Quinquennial RoundUp of all descendants of Luigi Arturo Augusto Thurlow, which was planned for Lunenburg NS on the weekend of June 26-27-28, 2020. The tentative new dates will be June 25-27, 2021. If you have any of Luigi's blood in you, plan to be there and mingle with all your relatives! More details in the coming months.
There were two notable passings in the Thurlow clan recently, both the matriarch and patriarch; Margaret (Thurlow) Morash at age 108 and younger brother Arthur Thurlow at 107. They began 2020 as the oldest living siblings in Canada.
The Lunenburg Thurlows are all descended from Luigi Arturo Augusto Thurlow, born in Florence Italy in 1845, who mysteriously arrived in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, sometime before 1872. Lunenburg is a picturesque seaside town, home of the Bluenose and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - also famous for the longevity of its residents.
As of June 2010, Arthur Lewis Thurlow (Luigi's Canadian name) had had a total of 117 descendants, of which 53 were born to the name Thurlow. Eighty nine descendants are currently alive, mostly living across Canada, though there's more than 20 living in New Zealand/Australia (none with the surname Thurlow!). In fact, there's only 32 of his descendants living who were born with the surname Thurlow.
The Lunenburg Thurlows have held quinquennial family reunions in Lunenburg on the last weekend in June in 2005, 2010 and 2015 with the next to be held in June 2021. If you've got any of Luigi's Italian blood in you, we'd love to see you then!
A1 is the birth certificate of Luigi Arturo Thurlow showing he was born in Italy in 1845 to Giuseppe Thurlow and Maria Lena. He brought this with him from Italy and it is stored with other family artifacts by the curator, Geoff Thurlow, who can be contacted at email@example.com
A2 is Luigi Arturo's picture.
Research by Lionel and Geoff Thurlow found that Giuseppe and Maria had four other children, all
of whom apparently also emigrated from Italy:
A3 is the 1829 birth record of Luigi Georgio Thorlo
A5 is the 1832 birth record of Anna Elizabetta Torlo.
A6 is the 1837 birth record of Giovanni Batta Roberto Thurlow
A7 is the 1839 birth record of Eduardo Giovanni Thurlow
A5 also shows Giuseppe the father was a Protestant from London. This enabled David Weston to extend our ancestry back to Thomas Thurlow born in 1678 in Cawston, Norfolk, England. The research has since been corroborated by DNA testing.
Georgio went to England and had a family of 4 daughters. Elizabetta also went to England and lived with Georgio's family in London.
Eduardo emigrated to Massachusetts, married, but died at age 32, apparently childless.
A "Joseph Giovanni Thurlow" (1837-1882) arrived in Australia from England circa 1857, married a local girl and had a family of seven. A search of Ancestry.com reveals nobody of that name born in England at the time ... could this be Luigi's Italian brother Giovanni? If you live in Australia and are a descendant of Joseph Giovanni Thurlow, please get in touch with us!
As for the Cawston connection, the Lunenburg Thurlows have cousins currently living in Norfolk County - our common ancestor lived there six generations back! Another group of Thurlow cousins, who also trace their roots back to Cawston, currently reside in and around the town of Odessa in eastern Ontario.
Now, how did young Luigi Arturo get to Lunenburg?
A9 show Lionel's Aunt Lily's version. A Captain Smeltzer apparently found young Luigi and
brought him from New York to live with his family in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia...year unknown.
This somewhat improbable story has recently been challenged by John Davis ... you can
read his thoughts on the matter by clicking on People/Stories.
A11 record his marriage in Lunenburg in 1872, in which he is known as
Arthur Lewis Thurlow, a seaman born in Florence in 1845. His wife Clara Selig had a son Sydney but she died within two months. Sydney went to sea at age twelve, got married and sired three daughters in London, England. While the girls were still very young, Sydney emigrated to New Zealand and sometime later had his family join him. He was active in unionizing the dockworkers in Lyttelton NZ. Julie McCaw (who was at the 2005 Lunenburg reunion) and her cousin Sidney Anderson are granddaughters of Sydney Thurlow and among 20 or more New Zealand and Australian descendants with Lunenburg Thurlow genes.
A12 and A13 are the record of Luigi's marriage to Amelia Smeltzer. Research A14 by Albert
Thornhill of Lunenburg details her descendancy from Johann Smeltzer an original settler from
Germany as a passenger on the Gale (a brig) in 1752.
A16 are stories of a rescue at sea and
A17 is the record of the government rewarding the rescuers; one being Arthur Lewis Thurlow. In 1879, a Marine Hospital was built and he got the job of Keeper. His family was raised there but they had to vacate after Arthur's sudden and unfortunate death from being kicked by a horse (that is the story Lionel Thurlow heard as a boy). Recently a letter has come to light, written in 1981 by Pauline Thurlow to cousins Donald, Mildred and Gilbert in which she says of Luigi's death that "Pop always had said that he hit his head on a beam in a barn." Pauline's father was Luigi's son Norman Albert, so this is a pretty direct story. Regardless, it looks like the circumstances of Luigi's death are as mysterious as his arrival in Nova Scotia!
Revised April 4, 2020
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