Birth: 1785 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Birth: South Thoresby, Lincolnshire

Baptism: 30 March 1785

Place of Baptism:South Thoresby, Lincolnshire

Death: 27 March 1864

Place or Registered Place of Death: St. Mary's Church, nr Newton Abbott, Devon

Father: Rev. Thomas Birch (1731-1806)

Mother: Mary Wright (1740-1807)

Spouse(s): Charles E. Eddy

Date of Marriage: 20 June 1820

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Andrew, Rugby, Warwickshire


Charles Walter Eddy (1821-1874)
Frances Mary Eddy (1821-)
Maria Susanna Eddy (1822-)
Jane Elizabeth Eddy (1825-)
Sophia Lucy Eddy (1826-)


The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 216 - 1864
March 27
At St. Mary's Church, Devon, aged 79, Elizabeth Frances, widow of the Rev. Chas. Eddy, of Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, and Rector of Bemerton, Wilts.

Elizabeth Frances Birch. Born in 1785. She lived in: Bath, Somerset; Guilsborough; Northampton; Kegworth, Leicestershire; and St. Mary's Church, Devon; where she died March 27, 1864. Her will, dated January 30, 1864, was proved at London April 15, 1864. She married Rev. Charles E. Eddy, Rector of Guilsborough. He died in 1930. They had issue.


The Rev. Thomas Birch was born about 1731 at Repton in Derbyshire and was baptised at Bakewell in Derbyshire 27 August 1731. Thomas died at South Thoresby in Lincolnshire, aged 75, 22 September 1806. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew's in South Thoresby.

Mary Wright was the daughter of Thomas Wright. She was born about 1740 and baptised at Repton in Derbyshire 23 September 1740. Mary died in August 1807 at her son's house at Battle in Sussex and was buried at Battle Abbey.

The Rev, Thomas Birch and Mary Wright were married at Milverton in Warwickshire 4 August 1769.

Family History Archives
Descendants of the Rev. Thomas Birch of Thoresby
Rev Thomas Birch The 3rd son of Rev Jonathan Birch was born in 1731 probably in Repton in Derbyshire. He attended Hertford College at Oxford matriculating on May 31, 1750 at age 18 and received his B.A. on March 9, 1754/5. He married Mary Wright, the daughter of Thomas Wright, Esq., and lived in Alford, Lincolnshire from 1783-1785 and Thoresby from 1791-97. According to a letter from William Tower, Rector of South Thoresby, to Erskine B. Essig, of New York City, February 23, 1921: “The Rev. Thomas Birch appointed to the living of South Thoresby in 1771 by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, died 1806.” The church registry lists: “Burial 1806, September 27. The Rev. Mr. Thomas Birch of this parish aged 75.” He is buried in the churchyard of St. Andrews with several of his children. His wife Mary died in August 1807 at age 59 and is buried in the cemetery of her son's church in Battle.

Inside the Church at South Thoresby on the North wall of the chancel is an inscription on a white marble slab mounted on black marble which reads: “To the memory of the Rev. Thomas Birch, 35 years Rector of this Parish. This tribute of pious affection, respect and gratitude is placed by his children. He remaineth therefore at rest to the people of God. He died Sept. 22, 1806, aged 75.”

An inscription also appears outside the church on a black marble tablet under the East window which reads:

“Beneath, by the side of his children, reposes the remains of Rev. Thomas Birch. For 30 years the revered pastor of this church within which a tablet is inscribed to his memory. He dying in 1806, his widow a truly pious excellent woman, the devoted mother of a numerous family survived him but a year departing this life in the house of her eldest son, the Dean of Battle, and resting in the church there.”

Monument inscription at the parish church in Battle Abbey. “To Mary, wife of Thomas Birch, Rector of South Thoresby, Lincolnshire. Mother of a numerous family, nine of whom survived her. This tablet in grateful memory of her maternal care and forever example of benevolence and piety is placed by her children. She was born A.D. 1748 and died August 1807 in the first year of her widowhood after a union of forty-nine years.”

Elizabeth Frances Birch