If anyone has information regarding the ancestry of William THORNE [Sr.] or any other new information about him, or the name of the wife of #3 John THORN [Jr.], please contact me.

(1) William THORNE [Sr.], b. about 1616 possibly in Lincolnshire or Dorsetshire, England, d. about 1657 in Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY; burial: Quaker Meetinghouse Cemetery; m. 1st, probably before 1636, to Susannah BOOTH (b. about 1617, d. after 1675; parents unknown); they resided in Lynn, MA, and later in Jamaica, Long Island, NY; their children:

        i. William [Jr.], b. about 1636, d. 1698, m. Winnifred LINNINGTON; 
[#2]   ii. John [Sr.], b. about 1639, d. 1707, m. Mary PARCELL; 
      iii. Joseph, b. about 1642, d. 3 May 1727, m. 1st Anna LAWRENSON, m. 2nd Mary BOWNE; 
       iv. Susannah, b. about 1645, m. John LOCKERSON; 
        v. Samuel, b. about 1648, d. about 1732. 

William THORNE [Sr.] signed the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657 which is recognized as the foundation of freedom of religion in America.

(2) John THORNE [Sr.], b. about 1639 in Lynn, MA, d. 1707 in Flushing, Queens Co., NY; m., 9 May 1664 in Flushing, Long Island, NY, to Mary PARCELL (b. unknown, d. after 1691; daughter of Nicholas PARCELL) and Sarah ____; they resided in Flushing, Queens Co., NY; their children:

[#3]    i. John [Jr.], b. about 1665, d. 14 Jun 1737, 
		m. Kathron "Catherine (OAKLEY? or KING?); 
       ii. Joseph, b. about 1668, d. Jul 1753, m. Marth Johanna BOWNE; 
      iii. Mary, b. about 1669, d. 1714, m. William FOWLER; 
       iv. Elizabeth, b. about 1673, d. 1710, m. Frederick SHUERMAN; 
        v. Hanna, b. 1678, d. 26 Oct 1756, m. Richard CORNELL; 
       vi. Sarah, b. about 1680, m. Joshua CORNELL; 
      vii. William, b. about 1682, d. 1742, m. Meribah ALLEN. 

(3) John THORN [Jr.], b. about 1665 in Flushing, Long Island, NY, d. 14 Jun 1737 in Chesterfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; m., about 1688, to Kathron "Catherine" (possibly OAKLEY? or KING?) (b. about 1670, d. Nov 1766); they resided in Flushing, Long Island, NY, and later in Chesterfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; their children:

        i. Thomas, b. 1691, d. 1765, m. Mary ____; 
       ii. John [III], b. about 1692, d. 8 May 1759; 
      iii. Mary, b. about 1693, d. after 1766; 
       iv. Elizabeth, b. about 1695, d. before 1736; 
        v. Deborah, b. about 1698, d. before 1736, m. Mr. SIMMONS; 
       vi. Joseph. b. Nov 1700, d. Jun 1776, m. Sarah FOULKE; 
      vii. Rebecca, b. about 1703, m. Mr. SIMMONS; 
     viii. Samuel, b. about 1704, d. 1777, m. Hannah CLAY; 
       ix. Benjamin, b. about 1705, d. 1787, m. Sarah BUNTING; 
        x. Catharine, b. about 1707, m. 1st Francis KING, m. 2nd Francis JERVIS; 
[#4]   xi. Sarah, b. 3 Jun 1711 d. 30 Jun 1811, m. David WRIGHT Sr.; 
      xii. Hannah, b. about 1714, m. Caleb SHREVE. 

(4) Sarah THORN, b. 3 Jun 1711 in Chesterfield Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ, d. 30 Jun 1811 in New Hanover Twsp., Burlington Co., NJ; m., 5 May 1743 in Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., NJ, to David WRIGHT Sr. (b. about 1706, d. 16 Jun 1791).

Continued on my WRIGHT [#1] Family Page


  1. Dickinson, Thorn. "Early History of the Thorne Family of Long Island". The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, starts in vol. 92, no. 1, January 1961, page 1.

  2. Eaton, Arthur W. H. "William Thorne and Some of His Descendants". The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, starts in vol. 19, 1888, page 153.

  3. Lee, Francis B. "Thorn". Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey, Lewis Hist. Publ. Co., New York, NY, vol. 4, 1910, pages 1355-56.

  4. O'Callaghan, Edmund B. "[Thorne]". In: "An Exact List of All the Inhabitants Names Within the Towne of Flushing...1698". In: Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, MD, 1979, page3 40-41.

  5. Society of Friends (Quaker). Records of the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, New Jersey.

  6. Thorn, John C. William Thorne, 1998, Web page: http://thorn.pair.com/thorn/wthorne.htm

  7. Thorn, Katharine. "[Abstract of her will, written 19 November 1766, proved 29 November 1766]". New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills - 1761-1770, page 429.

  8. Thorne, John. "[Abstract of his will, written 16 February 1736, proved 14 June 1737]". New Jersey Colonial Documents, Calendar of Wills, page 480.

  9. Thorne, Steve. Written communication, 22 November 1996.

  10. Thorne, Zelda N. Thornes and Allied Families, 1945, pages 1-3.

  11. "William Thorn ...". Chesterfield Township Heritage, Burlington County, New Jersey, Chesterfield Township Tercentenary Committee, Crosswicks, NJ, 1964, page 26.

  12. Williams, Gary W. Written communications, 20 January 1996 to 2 February 1996.



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