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Daniel Thorn was the son of Langford Thorn & Mary Roe
Mary Wandel was the daughter of John Wandel & Letitia Aletta Swan

THE FAMILY OF DANIEL THORN & MARY WANDEL

Daniel Thorn & Mary Wandel

Daniel Thorn married Mary Wandel/Vandel about 1795, probably in New York. There is a Daniel Thorn & Mary Johnes who married in Goshen, NY in 1795 that I thought for many years was this couple, but baptism records of their children in the Goshen church indicates they were a different family. Daniel & Mary (Wandel) Thorn had at least 4 children. In the will of John Vandel in September 1797 he names his daughter Mary, "wife of Daniel Thorne, New Cornwall" and also makes his son-in-law Jacob Burbenk an executor. Children named in the will indicate this is the John Vandel/Wandell family that was from Staten Island, New York. Daniel Thorn is listsed as head of household on the 1800 census of New Cornwall, Orange Co., NY. A will written in 1807 by Daniel's father, Langford Thorn, stated "having already provided for my son Daniel Thorn I give him five pounds - Item I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Thorn a certain bond I have against my said son Daniel Thorn on which is due about five hundred dollars". Langford also appointed his son-in-law John Eastmond to be executor of his estate. Daniel is listed as head of household on the 1810 census of Orange Co., NY. The family moved between 1810 to 1816 from Orange County to Ontario (later became Yates) Co., NY. On July 3, 1816, Elisha Woodsworth sold land in Benton, Ontario, New York to "Daniel Thorn of the town of Cornwall, County of Orange, New York". On July 26, 1816, Jacob Burbenk of Staten Island, Richmond, New York "only surviving executor of the last will of John Vandel, formerly of the city of New York" loaned money to Daniel Thorn "late of Cornwall, but now of Benton in the county of Ontario, yeoman, and Mary his wife", and that this money was Mary's share from the estate of her father. Mary's share of her late father's estate was determined to be $592, and that it was supposed to be "placed out at interest for her benefit during her natural life". Apparently the loan of the money to Daniel was at Mary's request, and he was supposed to repay later so it could be invested as the will stated. John Eastmond sold 50 acres in Benton, Ontario (later became Yates) Co., New York to Daniel Thorn on June 3, 1818. Daniel Thorn is listed as head of household on the 1820 census of Benton, Ontario Co., NY, and on the 1830 & 1835 censuses of Yates Co., NY. John Eastmond's son Edward also lived in that area during that time, and from 1821 to 1824 John wrote letters to Edward in which he tells Edward to try to collect from his "Uncle Daniel Thorn" or his "Aunt Polly" anything that he can in payment of the debt that they owe. I do not find Daniel on the census after 1835, but in 1837 John Eastmond writes a letter to an Abram Thorn and his sister in Benton, Yates Co., NY telling them that they owe $354.75 from their "late father's estate" to him, and that this is the second letter sent, the first being sent on June 1, 1836. There is also an excerpt in a history on Steuben Co., NY that tells of an Daniel Thorn, known as "Old Thorn" who lived on a farm there. He was a noted hunter and trapper, but also notorious for not paying his rent. After at least one stand-off with the sheriff he "moved west" - this may be the same Daniel Thorn, although the date referred to is not clear except that it was probably between 1820 to 1840. See notes for more details. Daniel Thorn died sometime after 1835, possibly in Benton, Yates, New York but it is not for certain. Mary is listed as head of household on the 1840 census of Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, living with her daughter (name?) who was age 25 to 30 and near the family of her son John Thorn. At that time Mary was age 70 to 80. Mary Wandel Thorn died after 1840, probably before 1850 in Chemung Co., NY.
Daniel Thorn Family Records
Notes for Daniel Thorn
Notes for Mary Wandel

The Children of Daniel Thorn & Mary Wandel

John ThornJohn Thorn was born on April 16, 1796 in Cornwall, Orange Co., NY. His parents are listed on the 1800 & 1810 censuses of Orange Co., NY. His parents moved about 1816 from Orange County to Ontario (later became Yates) Co., NY. At that time John would have been between about age of 20. He is not with his parents on the 1820 census, and I have not found him at this time. At some point before 1823 John moved to Chemung Co., NY, probably with his younger brother Robert. John married Ann Elizabeth Carpenter on September 11, 1823 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY and they had 12 children. They settled on a farm in Horseheads near the family of John & Mary Ann (Moore) Brees, and were their neighbors for over 50 years. John Thorn's family is listed on the 1830 census of Elmira, Tioga Co., NY; the household also includes a young man who is probably his brother Robert. John & Ann's family is on the 1840 & 1850 census Elmira, Chemung Co., NY. They are listed on the 1860 & 1870 censuses of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. John's niece Sarah Jane Thorn married John & Mary Ann's son Solomon Brees in 1865. John Thorn died on June 24, 1872 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. John & Ann are buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung, New York, near the graves of John's grandparents, John & Hannah (Gildersleeve) Brees.
The Family of John Thorn & Ann Elizabeth Carpenter
Notes for John Thorn
Letitia Thorn Letitia Thorn was born in 1799 in probably Orange Co., New York. She is probably named for her grandmother, Letitia Aletta Swan. Their is a female in the household of Daniel Thorn that is the right age to be Letitia age 1 on the 1800 census of New Cornwall, Orange Co., NY. There is a female in the household of Daniel Thorn who is the right age to be Letitia, age 11 on the 1810 census of Newburgh, Orange Co., NY. Her parents moved between 1810 to 1820 from Orange to Ontario Co., NY. There is a female the right age to be Letita, age 23, on the 1820 census of Benton, Ontario, NY. Yates Co., NY was formed from part of Ontario Co., NY in 1823. There is not a female the right age to be Letitia, age 33, in Daniel Thorn's household in 1830, but Daniel and "Letta" Thorn are both listed as heads of household on the 1835 state census of Benton, Yates Co., NY. Letitia married Daniel Lovejoy between 1835-1840, possibly after 1837 when John Eastmond sent a letter to Abram (Lawrence?) Thorn and his sister (probably Letitia) asking for money due him from their father's estate. Daniel and Letita are listed on the 1840, 1850, 1855 & 1860 censuses of Benton, Yates, NY. At the time of their marriage, Daniel had been married at least once before and had at least 7 children. Daniel and Letitia had one son, Daniel T. Lovejoy, who was born about 1841. (His name was possibly Daniel Thorn Lovejoy.) Daniel Lovejoy died on April 15, 1864 in Benton, Yates, New York. Letitia Thorn Lovejoy died in 1878 in probably Benton, Yates, New York. Daniel and Letitia are both buried in the Benton Center Cemetery, Benton, Yates, NY, along with son Daniel T., who died in 1868. Burial records for the Benton Cemetery list Letitia as "Letisha Lovejoy, nee Thorn".
Notes for Letitia Thorn Lovejoy
Lawrence ThornLawrence Thorn was born on October 12, 1808 in Orange Co., NY. His parents are listed on the 1810 census of Orange Co., NY. The family moved between 1810 to 1820 from Orange County to Ontario (later became Yates) Co., NY. They are listed on the 1820 census of Ontario Co., NY, and on the 1830 census of Yates Co., NY. Lawrence married Hannah Van Winkle on December 20, 1835 in Benton, Yates Co., NY and they had 6 children. Lawrence's father either left or died about 1836; there is a letter from John Eastmond to Abram Thorn and his sister in 1837 asking for payment from Daniel's estate for money due. It is possible that Lawrence's name was Abram Lawrence or Lawrence Abram as he had an uncle named Abraham. The letter was probably only addressed to Lawrence and his sister in Benton because his brothers John & Robert were living in Chemung Co., NY at that time. Lawrence & Hannah are on the 1840 census of Benton, Yates Co., NY, and they are on the 1850 census of Painted Post, Steuben Co., NY. Lawrence married Martha Clark on March 28, 1854 in Corning, Steuben Co., NY and they had 5 children. I assume his first wife Hannah died, although I have not been able to find a death record for her. The newspaper announcement of their marriage said tht Martha was from Horseheads (Chemung Co.), NY, which is where Lawrence's brother John Thorn had settled. Lawrence & Martha are on the 1855 state census of Allegany Co., NY. I have not been able to find them on the 1860 census at this time. The family moved some time between 1855 to 1867 from New York to Pennsylvania. They are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses for Erie, Erie Co., PA, and on tax lists and city directories there from 1867 to 1885. Lawrence Thorn died on November 23, 1884 in Erie, Erie Co., PA. His widow, Martha, is listed on the 1885 & 1889 city directories for Erie, PA. Martha died in December 1905 in Erie, Erie Co., PA.
The Families of Lawrence Thorn
Notes for Lawrence Thorn
Unknown Daughters of Daniel ThornThere are 2 unidentified females on census records for Daniel Thorn. In 1800 there are 2 females under age 10 - one is Letitia, age 1, but the other is an unknown daughter, probably age 6-10 . In 1810 there is one unidentified female age 16 to 25 who could be the unknown daughter, age 16-20, but there are no females who are the right age to be Daniel's wife Mary or daughter Letitia, age 11. In 1820 there are only females the right age to be wife Mary and daughter Letitia, age 21. The older daughter probably married by then. In 1830, there is a new female who is age 15-19. As there was no female age 5-9 on the 1820 census, she was either overlooked, or she is a granddaughter or household help. In 1840 Mary is living near the family of her son John Thorn in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY with an unidentified female, age 20 to 30 - this is probably the same female as on the 1930 census, who would be age 25 to 30 at that time. More research is needed on these daughters. I don't know if they died young, or married, or much else about them. I would welcome any information on these ladies!
Notes for the Unknown Daughters of Daniel Thorn
Robert ThornRobert Thorn was born in 1818 in NY. I only have circumstantial evidence that Robert was Daniel's son - Robert's age fits the early census records for children of Daniel, he lived in the same town as John & Ann Carpenter Thorn, he and his family are buried in the same Cemetery and section as the family of one of John's sons, and there are no other Thorns in the area who are known to be his parents. There is a son under age 5 listed in the household of Daniel Thorn on the 1820 census that I believe is Robert, age 2. There is a young male listed as being 15 to 20 in the 1830 household of John Thorn in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY that I think is Robert; he should only be age 12, but I think there was some census taker error. The young man is still living in John's household in 1840 and listed as being age 20 to 30, which would fit with Robert, age 22. Robert Thorn married Emeline Fuller on April 20, 1843 in Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, and they had 3 children. The family is listed on the 1850 census of Veteran, Chemung Co., NY. They are listed on the 1860 census of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. In 1868 Robert Thorn and Emeline's uncle Spafford Andrus established a woolen factory in Horseheads. Clark M. Barbour became associated with them in the business, which was successfully conducted under the firm name of Thorn, Andrus & Barbour. Robert & his family are listed on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. There is a Lucy Fuller listed with them from 1850 to 1870 who is Emeline's mother. Robert Thorn died January 1, 1892 in Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY. Emeline died on November 11, 1893. They are both buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads, Chemung Co., NY in the same section as Henry & Delphine Thorn. (Son of John & Ann Carpenter, above)
Notes for Robert Thorn