Loyalist of the Day – Thomas Thorne Family

Family record: Thomas Thorn Family, 1830-1840, graphite, ink and watercolour on wove paper lined with newsprint, gift of Richard Thorne, 2003 (2003.2)

Family record: Thomas Thorn Family, 1830-1840, graphite, ink and watercolour on wove paper lined with newsprint, gift of Richard Thorne, 2003 (2003.2)

Another of the many treasures in the Loyalist Legacy exhibition was the hand-painted family record of the Thomas Thorne Family.  So far the artist is unidentified, but the attention to detail, the colours and lettering show a very competent hand.  The frame is not original, probably an 1890s replacement for the original and it is clear the record has been cut down to fit the “new” frame.  Perhaps the artist’s signature was lopped off during the re-fit.  The family record was cleaned and re-framed during the exhibition process and is now in good health for the next few decades.  The staining, as a result of an unfortunate sojourn in a pig house, could not be removed as part of the conservation treatment.  But then again, it makes for an interesting story and is part of the object’s history!  The following article is supplied by QCH member Richard Thorne:

Photograph: Sarah Titus and Thomas Thorn, c. 1850, gift of Richard Thorne, 2003 (2003.78)

Photograph: Sarah Titus and Thomas Thorn, c. 1850, gift of Richard Thorne, 2003 (2003.78)

Thomas Thorne was the second child of Melancthon and Hannah (Butler) Thorne.  He was born on 8 December 1782 in Glen Cove, Long Island NY, died on 18 September 1865 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 82, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB. Thomas married Sarah Titus. Sarah was born on 2 January 1788 in Waterborough Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 1 November 1863 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 75, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

From his arrival as a one year old Thomas lived with his older brother Richard, his father and mother and his grandfather Michael Butler near what is now St. James St. in the southern peninsula of Saint John.  In 1785 the family migrated to land at the Head of the Nerepis on land they petitioned for but did not receive.  They remained in the area of what became New Jerusalem for eleven years and in 1796 migrated along with a number of other families along the lower Saint John River to a the wilderness district of Brunswick which, although part of Queens County, had not yet been erected as a separate parish.  They settled at a meadow land which they called New Canaan.  The Thorne’s chose land at the intersection of a brook which now bears there name.  When the various families petitioned for land in 1802, Thomas Thorne was among the petitioners.  However, he did not receive land along with the others in 1809.  He had married Sarah Titus in Gagetown on 4 January 1805 and they returned to New Canaan until 1810.

Thomas Thorne followed his father from New Canaan to the South side of the Washademoak where he purchased lot # 2 in that area.  Their oldest children had been born in New Canaan but the family was primarily identified with life on the Washademoak.  Thomas and Sarah Thorne were among the original founders of the Baptist Church and their son-in-law and daughter were early teachers in the community.  Thomas Thorne was held in sufficient respect that his considered opinion appeared to have the force of law in that he was the source of community and church judgments.  He was a Deacon of the Baptist Church and referred to as the “Governor” in the community.

10 October 1867 The Christian Visitor – “d. Johnston (Queens Co.) 18th ultimo, age 86, Deacon Thomas THORNE. He was born on Long Island, New York and came to this Province with his parents who, for their loyalty, left home for this strange land and settled on the Washademoak Lake where he lived till his death. He was among the first who professed religion in that place and became deacon of the first Baptist Church in Johnston which office he held till death. He has left five sons, three daughters. – (contributed by) Elias Kierstead (see eulogy)”

Children from this marriage were:

+           3              F              i.              Hannah Thorne was born on 3 Oct 1806 in New Canaan, Brunswick Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 23 Sep 1877 in Portland, St John Co NB at age 70, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

+           4              M            ii.             Richard Thorne was born on 8 Feb 1807 in New Canaan, Brunswick Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 19 May 1879 in Knowlesville, Carleton Co NB at age 72.

+           5              F              iii.            Edith Thorne was born on 29 Mar 1810 in New Canaan, Brunswick Parish, Queens Co NB, died in 1866 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 56, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

6              F              iv.           Elizabeth Thorne was born on 29 Apr 1812 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 2 May 1812 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

+          7              M            v.            Butler Thorne was born on 29 Sep 1813 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 23 Aug 1876 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 62, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

+           8              M            vi.           Isaac Thorne was born on 2 Sep 1816 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 10 Mar 1888 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 71, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

+           9              F              vii.          Catherine Thorne was born on 29 Sep 1818 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 2 Dec 1892 in Salmon Creek, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 74.

+           10           M            viii.         James F. Thorne was born on 3 Oct 1820 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB, died in Apr 1905 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 84, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

+           11           F              ix.           Mary Sabina Thorne was born on 8 Mar 1823 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 17 Mar 1904 in East Jefferson, ME at age 81.

12           M            x.            John Thorne was born on 8 Oct 1825 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 3 Sep 1899 in Lancaster Parish, St John Co NB at age 73, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

13           F              xi.           Sarah Jane Thorne was born on 15 Jan 1828 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 9 Apr 1835 at age 7.

+           14           F              xii.          Elizabeth Thorne was born on 20 Mar 1831 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB, died on 26 Sep 1916 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 85, and was buried in Thornetown Baptist Cemetery, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB.

15           F              xiii.         Ann Thorne was born on 29 Jul 1834 in Thornetown, Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB and died on 14 Aug 1852 in Johnston Parish, Queens Co NB at age 18.

+  denotes that this child married and had a family

For more information about the Thorne Family Record or to see it in person, visit the Loyalist Legacy exhibition at the Tilley House, Gagetown.

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4 Responses to Loyalist of the Day – Thomas Thorne Family

  1. Ken Short says:

    I have a pic of Annie Thorne Christmas 1901 . When i was in Saint John I visted a grave site where the Thorne family and the Musgrove family have a family plot I am trying ti connect the dots Any help would be great Ken Short of Calgary GGrandson of Dr TW Musgrove

  2. Aaron Allison says:

    I have been working on the Thorne Family Genealogy for 9 years, I am the 6th Great grandson of Loyalist Robert Thorne. Always willing to share information with Family.

  3. Virginia says:

    My brother showed me a grave of Jane Thorne in Knowseville NB, B 1812: died 1870; wife of Richard. My father is descended from Thomas Gilbert Thorne, B 1841 in Knowseville. Does any one know how Thomas might be related to Jane & Richard? From my research, Jane & Richard only had 2 children (William Baxter Thorne & Rainsford Thorne). Is it possible one of Richard’s brother could have migrated to Knowseville with him & was the father of Thomas Gilbert Thorne?

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