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Notes for George Francis Thorn

The Families of Lawrence Thorn

Born app. 1836 in NY according to 1850 census

1840 - Benton, Yates Co., NY
Lawrence Thorn household:
1 male under 5 (this confuses me. He should have George, age 4; William Allen, age 2 & Fayette, age 1)
1 male 30 & under 40 (Lawrence, age 31, born abt 1809)
1 female under 5 (this confuses me too. His first daughter was born in 1842. Unless the census taker thought Fayette was a girl??)
1 female 20 & under 30 (Hannah, age 27, born 1813)

1848 Lawrence & wife & 6 children among 1st families of Corning, NY

1850 census in Painted Post with Lawrence & Hannah. 1850 census Painted Post, Steuben Co., NY - Lawrence Thorn (40), Hannah (37), George (14), William (12), Fayette (11), Sarah J. (8), Edward (6), Maryette (3), and Charles (1). Lawrence's occupation listed as Mason. Lawrence, Hannah & George listed born NJ, all others born NY.

From "marriage Notices from Steuben Co. NY Newspapers 1797-1884" by Mary S. & Edward F.Jackson (Heritege Books)
Lawrence Thorn of Corning NY (m) 28 Mar 1854 Martha Clark of Horseheads,NY"

1855 Census, Scio, Allegany Co., NY shows Lawrence Thorn age 35, Martha age 23 , George age 15, Fayette age 14, Jane age 13, Manult (think they mean Maryetta) age 7 and Edwin 2/12 b. Allegany Co. For the others they have birth place marked unknown, so I wonder if Martha might have given the information and being 2nd wife she would not know where step children were born. Where were William and Francis Edwin at this time?

1860 census Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI
Census taken July 19, 1860
George Thorn, 25, male, Laborer, b. NY
Elizabeth, 25, female, b. OH
Frances, 6/12, female, b. WI
Living next door to Amos & Sarah Harbaugh & family (Elizabeth's parents)

From: E MacDonald <>
To: Kari Northup <>
Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 12:02 PM
Subject: George F. Thorn
> I was looking at the Ancestry Civil War and came across George F. Thorn, enlisted February 11, 1864, Pvt., PA F Co 2nd HA Reg. PA. I wonder if this is our George F. They mustered out at City Point, VA on Jan. 29, 1866.

1870 census - Peremarquette, Mason Co., Mich, page 478
George Thorn (36) male, Brickmason, b. NY, $200 Real Estate
Elizabeth (35) female b. OH
Frances (10) female, b. WI
Edwin (7) male, b. WI
Ida (5) female, b. WI
Sarah (3) female, b. WI
Jessie (3\12) female b. MI

1878-1879 Erie City Directory
Fay Thorn, baker, h 164 e 7th
Mrs. G.F. Thorn, bakery and confectionary, s 160 e 7th
Lawrence Thorn, bricklayer, h 235 e 8th

1880 United States Census Ludington, Mason, Michigan Page Number 505D
Foster Street
George THORN Self M Male W 40 NY Brick Mason And Plasterer NY NY
Elizabeth THORN Wife M Female W 43 OH Works In Dressmaking Shop PA PA
Francis THORN Dau S Female W 20 WI Works In Dressmaking Shop NY OH
Edwin THORN Son S Male W 16 WI At School NY OH
Ida THORN Dau S Female W 14 WI Keeps House NY OH
Sarah THORN Dau S Female W 12 WI At School NY OH
Jessie THORN Dau S Female W 10 MI At School NY OH

August 31, 1881 - daughter Frances died at age 21. (She had just been married in June to Sylvester Share)

April 16, 1882 - daughter Ida died at age 16.

1900 census Peremarquette Twp., Ludington City, Mason Co., Mich. ED 51, sheet 12 June 9, 1900
301 Washington Ave.
George Thorn, head, age 65, July 1834, NY\NY\NY, married 41 years, Mason
Elizabeth, wife, age 65, Jan 1835, OH\MD\OH, married 41 years, Dressmaker
Jessie, daughter, age 30, March 1870, MI\NY\OH, single, Dressmaker

December 21, 1900 - Elizabeth Harbaugh Thorn died

1906 Estate Deed shows George in Ludington, Mason Co., Mich.

1910 census Permarquette Twp., Ludington City, Mason Co., MI ED 61, page 16
Census taken April 30, 1910
Household #283, 710 Loomis St.
George Dodd, Head, age 50, married 9 years, NY\English\NY, Supply man Lumbermill
Jessie, wife, age 40, married 9 years, no children, MI\NY\OH
George Thorne, father in law, age 73, widowed, NY\NY\NY

LDS film #1006449 - Death Index 1867-1976, Mason Co., MI shows 1914 Thorne, George W. Liber 2, Page 293. Record at Court House has him listed as George Francis Thorne, Record #2329, died Aug. 28, 1914, Male, White, Widower, Age 77 yrs., 0 mos., 28 days, Place of Death: Ludington, Cause of Death: Angina Pictoris, Birthplace: New York, Occupation: Stone Mason, Parents: Lawrence Thorne & Hannah VanWinkle, Residence of Parents: New York, Date of Record: Sept. 5, 1914.

Mason County cemetery Index

Thorn/Emma// 01-00A-013-09-01 07/17/1891 19 lakeview
Thorne/Edwin// 01-002-040-02-01 09/07/1915 51 lakeview
Thorne/Elizabeth M.// 01-00A-013-09-02 12/21/1900 60 lakeview
Thorne/George Francis// 01-002-040-01-01 08/28/1914 77 lakeview

-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth A. Macdonald []
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:23 PM
To: Kari Northup
Subject: Fw: THORN / THORNE - #5

This one was really disappointing. Betty
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nancy Keith" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:28 PM
Subject: THORN / THORNE - #5
> The last batch, the THORNs, was a disappointing lot.
> The sexton shows Edwin and George buried on Block 2, Lot 40. But that is just a large open space.... no stones at all.
> He also shows Emma THORN with Elizabeth HARBAUGH THORN buried on Block 1A, Lot 13. No stones there. And I don't know why they would be buried there, when George was on Block 2.
> No joy for Fayette, Ida, or Sarah. Not even any burials, much less stones.
> So, I found no stones at all for this family.
> Perhaps when / if I find obituaries, I'll find more information. But that's it for now. I will print out pictures once I have had a chance to re-visit the cemetery and, perhaps, get some more readable photos. Not much sense in having pictures of stones that you can't decipher, after all.
> I will be gone virtually the entire month of May, with a full schedule until then, so I don't know how much time I can devote to obituaries. I will get this all together as I find gaps in my calendar, but at least you have the information gleaned from the various stones.
> When I am ready to mail all this out, I will ask for your snail-mail address, but please don't send it until I ask for it. Would hate to get it lost in my inbox!
> Will be in contact again.
> Nancy