of Solomon Strout Thorne
Generation No. 1
submitted by: Carl J. Hoffstedt, 2006
SOLOMON STROUT THORNE (DANIEL
6 , ISRAEL 5 , ISRAEL 4 , JOSEPH 3 , JOSEPH 2 ,
for SOLOMON STROUT THORNE:
Solomon's mother had a brother named Solomon and her maiden name was Strout so
The Standish, Maine records have Solomon's birth date as March 6, 1823.
of birth as March 6, 1822. The death certificate for Solomon lists his middle
initial as E.
The 1860 US census for Standish, Cumberland County, Maine listed Solomon as a
to the obituary of Solomon's wife, Margaret, the family arrived at St. Anthony
purchased property on November 9, 1866 from Charles R. Church and Roxanna P.
and greatly enlarged.
The 1870 US census lists Solomon as working in a Saw Mill. Margaret E. Thorn
40 acres described as the NE1/4 of the NE1/4 of Section 9, Township 32N and
In 1873, Solomon and Margaret ended their membership in the Methodist Episcopal
his wife Margaret E. and daughters Laura, Emma and Ida. An O. Richardson is listed as aniece but should be I. Richardson as granddaughter. Solomon and family are on the farm in the 1885 Minnesota census. Solomon S. Thorn purchased the N1/2of the SE1/4 of Section 4,
Township 32N, Range 25W on May 16, 1887 from Sylvester and Belinda Kipp. The deed wasfiled with Anoka County on May 21, 1887. The farm now totaled 200 acres.
From an 1888 Ramsey Township Plat Map, the farm was located about 1.6 miles west of theTrott Brook Cemetery. The west edge of the farm had Rice Lake as its border and Rice Creek ran through the farm and into Trott Brook. Trott Brook flows into the Rum River which flows
into the Mississippi River in the City of Anoka. Rice Lake is shown as a US Government Loton the 1914 Anoka County Plat Map and has subsequently been renamed Thorn Lake. On the 1888 Plat Map, Thorne was spelled Thorn so that is why the lake name is Thorn. Solomon's
children may have attended Trott Brook School, District #14 about 1 1/2 miles east of thefarm. The school was just north of the Trott Brook Cemetery. They also might have attended School District #44 about 3/4 mile southeast of the farm. District #44 was south of Trott
Brook along Nowthen Boulevard. Or, they might have attended School District #38 about 3/4of a mile west of the farm. When a family by the name of Loucks owned Solomon's farm in the early 1900's, the children attended District #44, thus, Solomon's children probably did too.
There is no census record for 1890. In 1892, according to Margaret's 1907 obituary, Solomonand Margaret moved into the City of Anoka and lived on Branch Ave. as the 1895 census has them in the City of Anoka. Solomon and Margaret became Seventh Day Adventist in 1900.
After they moved into the City of Anoka in 1892, Solomon's daughter Emma lived on the farm
with her husband, John A. Hall, until 1898. Solomon and Margaret sold all 200 acres of the
farm to John A. Hall and Emma D. Hall on November 12, 1894 with signatures on November
15, 1894. The deed was filed on December 18, 1894. When Emma died in 1898, John A.
Hall apparently left the State and the farm ownership reverted back to Solomon. The John E.
Quimby family lived on the farm as renters next. The farm was sold on March 26, 1901 to
Bart F. Lucas. The 1904 Plat Map shows F. M. Loucks as owner of the farm. The 1914 Plat
Map shows W. J. Loucks as owner of the 80 acres that Solomon had in his name and 40 acres
that Margaret had in her name and R. Hunt owning the other 80 acres that were in Margaret's
When Solomon lived on Branch Avenue in Anoka after leaving the farm in 1892, the property
must have had a barn. Branch Avenue was named after the first postmaster in Anoka. It was
reported in an Anoka Newspaper that lighting struck the Solomon Strout Thorne barn on
Monday night August 7, 1900. He lost a horse, a buggy, cutter, harness and some farming
tools. The 1900 US census for 1st Ward, Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota listed Solomon as
77 years old and having been married 53 years.
The 1910 US census for Champlin Township, Hennepin County, Minnesota listed Solomon as
88 years old and living with the John Richardson family as a boarder. Solomon died at the
home of John E. Richardson in Champlin, Minnesota. Solomon's funeral was held at the
Richardson home. John Richardson handled the arrangements. There is a Richardson Ave. in
Champlin close to the Mississippi River/Trunk Highway 169 bridge crossing. Perhaps it was
named after the John Richardson family. Solomon went back to the Methodist Church before
his death as per his obituary. The Anoka Union newspaper obituary stated that Mr. Thorn was
a fine old gentleman.
The Trott Brook Cemetery is currently located at about 173 Ave. N. W. and Trunk Highway
47 (St. Francis Boulevard.) in the current City of Ramsey which owns the cemetery. Joseph
Trott took claim in 1855 on the creek that now bears his name. Joseph received a Land Patent
on April 3, 1857 for 160 acres. In 1868, Joseph and his wife, Esther, set aside one acre for a
burying ground which was named for him. The first recorded burial took place in 1860.
Ramsey Township was organized in 1857 and Ramsey Township was incorporated as a City
on November 12, 1974.
The Thorne family is indirectly related to many early settlers in the Trott Brook Cemetery area.
The Demarests, Fords, McKenneys, Trotts, Littlefields, Tennisons, Giles, McLeods and
Varneys are all interrelated and have family members buried in Trott Brook Cemetery. The
interrelationships originated with the McKenney family. "The Trott Brook Cemetery
Genealogy" by Carl J. Hoffstedt gives a more detailed account.
More About SOLOMON STROUT THORNE:
Burial: November 27, 1912, Trott Brook Cemetery, Ramsey, Anoka County, Minnesota
Notes for MARGARET ELLEN JORDAN:
Some records have Margaret's birth date as September 27, 1822. Other records have
Margaret's birth date as September 2, September 7 or September 23, 1823. Margaret Ellen
was blind in her later years. The Anoka County records list Margaret's parents as E. Jordan
born in Maine as her father and Margaret Jordan as her mother born in England. The E. might
have stood for Ezekiel as there was an Ezekiel Jordan in the 1860 US census for Raymond,
Cumberland County, Maine as that is where the Jordans supposedly lived. The E. might also
have been Elisha and there was an E. H. Jordan who owned property north of Thorn Lake
(Rice Lake on 1888 Ramsey Township Plat Map). A connection has yet to be made between
E. H. and Margaret. Margaret's funeral was held at the Seventh Day Advent Church in Anoka.
Margaret died from complication of natural diseases common to old age.
In the 1900 US census for 1st Ward, Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota, Margaret was listed as
being married 53 years and the mother of 8 children with 4 living.
At one time, there was a genealogy on Margaret's parents, the Jordans, dating back to the
1600's in the hands of Idella Thorne's descendants. Margaret Jordan was supposed to have
inherited an estate in England but in order to claim it, she had to go to England and give up her
American citizenship. Margaret Jordan did not want give up her American citizenship since
she came to America for religious freedom and had to leave from Amsterdam, Holland.
More About MARGARET ELLEN JORDAN:
Burial: April 30, 1907, Trott Brook Cemetery, Ramsey, Anoka County, Minnesota
Children of SOLOMON THORNE and MARGARET JORDAN are:
i. DARIUS J. THORNE, b. April 02, 1848, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. April 12, 1849, Standish,
Cumberland County, Maine.
Notes for DARIUS J. THORNE:
Darius died along the way by falling onto a wagon wheel, when his parents were moving from one place to
another per Dorothy Tottingham West.
ii. MARY E. THORNE, b. December 22, 1849, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. January 21, 1902, St.
Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota at the city hospital; m. June 21, 1869.
Notes for MARY E. THORNE:
Mary sometimes was known as May Mary Thorne. She was listed in the 1880 US census for the 2nd Ward,
Stillwater, Minnesota as Mary Thorn and running a boarding house with a daughter named Mable, age 7 and
attending school. Mary's boarders were Alice Twine, John Tyler and Chas. Tyler. Mary's death certificate
had her listed as Mrs. Mary E. Thorne and the occupation was Housekeeper (Domestic). At the time of
burial, her daughter was Mrs. Mabel Van Dyke of Aurora, Illinois per Oakland Cemetery records. Mary had
resided for 12 years at 32 E. 6th St., St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. She died from pelvic peritonitis
More About MARY E. THORNE:
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
iii. MARCIA A. THORNE, b. October 26, 1851, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. August 05, 1877,
Parents' residence in Ramsey Township, Anoka County, Minnesota.; m. ROBERT M. RICHARDSON, October
02, 1870; b. 1836, Maine; d. July 01, 1874, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Notes for MARCIA A. THORNE:
The family record and Bible has her date of birth as October 26, 1851. The 1870 census for Richfield,
Minnesota listed Marcia as Thorn being a Domestic Servant for the George Townsend farm family. Marcia
was married in 1870 and was widowed in 1874 before she died in 1877 at the residence of her father in
Ramsey Township, Anoka County, Minnesota. The Anoka County death records list her as Thorn rather than
Richardson. She died of consumption. Marcia was buried in Space 3, Lot 2, Block 22, First Addition, Oak
Hill Cemetery. The cemetery is located at 60th St. and Lyndale Ave. in south Minneapolis, Minnesota. Oak
Hill Cemetery was established in 1859.
More About MARCIA A. THORNE:
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Notes for ROBERT M. RICHARDSON:
In the 1870 census, Robert was listed as a Farm Laborer. His death record listed his occupation as Carpenter.
Robert's father, John, was a 62-year old Carpenter in the 1870 census. John's wife, Abby, was a 44-year old
Housekeeper in the 1870 census. Robert died of consumption after a 16-month duration. Robert was buried
in Space 4, Lot 2, Block 22, First Addition, Oak Hill Cemetery which is located at 60th St. and Lyndale Ave.
in south Minneapolis, Minnesota.
More About ROBERT M. RICHARDSON:
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
iv. ABBY F. THORNE, b. June 26, 1853, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. May 18, 1877, Ramsey
Township, Anoka County, Minnesota.
Notes for ABBY F. THORNE:
The family Bible has her date of birth as June 6, 1853. Based on her date of death and age from Ramsey
Death Records, Abby's birth date was June 26, 1853. In the 1860 US census for Standish, Cumberland
County, Maine, Abby was Abby. In some records, she was listed as Abbie, Abba or Abbey. Abby had joined
the Methodist Episcopal Church in Anoka in 1870/1871. She died of consumption.
More About ABBY F. THORNE:
Burial: Trott Brook Cemetery, Ramsey, Anoka County, Minnesota
v. MARGARET E. (MAGGIE) THORNE, b. February 26, 1856, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d.
September 09, 1901, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota at home; m. ANTONE (ANTON) CASTLE,
September 16, 1876, Methodist Episcopal Church, Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota; b. January 08, 1853,
Germany; d. November 15, 1924, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.
Notes for MARGARET E. (MAGGIE) THORNE:
Margaret's death certificate listed her date of death as September 8, 1901, but the obituary and other records
show September 9th. She died of breast cancer and was a resident of Minneapolis for 21 years. Margaret's
death certificate lists her place of death as 957 - 25th Ave. N.E. Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Anoka County
Historical Genealogy Society records for Church Records, Marriage, show Anton Castle and Margaret being
married in the United Methodist Church with an asterisk saying it was previously called the Methodist
More About MARGARET E. (MAGGIE) THORNE:
Burial: Section B, Lot 491, Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Notes for ANTONE (ANTON) CASTLE:
There is information saying Anton's father was Johannes and Anton's mother was Margarethae Robinson.
Antone was quite often spelled Anton. Based on US census records, Anton Castle came to America in 1855
when he was two years old and that is when he became a citizen of the United States. Anton and Margaret
moved to Minneapolis about 1880. He was a shoemaker and worked in a shoe store with Charles Ograsky at
Marshall and Broadway St. NE in Minneapolis until 1890. Anton then went to work as a Machine Operator
for the Soo Line Railroad Shops on Central Ave. and 29th Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anton worked
at Soo Shops until he retired. In the 1900 Minneapolis Directory, Anton and Margaret are living at 957 25th
Ave. N.E., Minneapolis moving there from an 1898 address of 1011 25th Ave. N. E. In Margaret's 1901
obituary, his name was spelled Antone. In the 1909 Minneapolis Directory, Anton was living at 1033 27th
Ave. N. E.
In the 1912 Minneapolis Directory, Anton was living at 1108 29th Ave. N.E. just east from the Soo Line
Railroad Shops. He was still listed at that location in the 1923 Minneapolis Directory. At the time of his
death, he was at 3005 Holmes, Dallas, Texas. Anton died of cardiac problems. His death certificate showed
his name as Antone but the grave marker spells it as Anton. The death certificate listed his birthplace as
Illinois but records have not been found to substantiate that birthplace. The 1900 US census lists Antone's
birthplace as Germany but the1910 US census shows Illinois as his birthplace as at the time he was married to
his second wife so that is probably why Illinois was shown on the death certificate.
Antone's second wife, Minnie D. Hanes Peterson, had one child, Lulah M. Peterson Parks. Minnie was born
September 23, 1865 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa and died February 23, 1942 in Minneapolis,
Hennepin County, Minnesota at St. Andrews Hospital. Minnie was the daughter of James and Almira C.
Hikus Hanes. James was born in England and Almira was born in Pennsylvania. Minnie was buried in
Section 24, Lot 37, Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas alongside Antone.
Lulah was born December 10, 1885 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. She married William H. Parks on
December 10, 1904. William was born August 6, 1880 in Edmore, Montcalm County, Michigan. They had
10 children - Thomas H. Parks, William D. Parks, Everette W. Parks, Donald H. Parks, Dorothy M. Parks,
Betty Lou Parks Rose, Ruth Parks Richard, Ella May Parks Grey, Arlene Parks Johnson and Bertha Parks
Johnson. Thomas H. Parks married Wilma and they had at least one son, David.
Lulah died February 18, 1955 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota at home. William died January
13, 1949 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital. Both Lulah and
William are buried at Hillside Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
More About ANTONE (ANTON) CASTLE:
Burial: November 18, 1924, Section 24, Lot 37, Space 10, Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
vi. LAURA P. THORNE, b. September 20, 1859, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. August 12, 1916,
Battle Ground, Clark County, Washington at home; m. ROBERT JACOB DEMAREST, February 20, 1881,
Ramsey Township, Anoka County, Minnesota; b. August 16, 1856, Burns Township, Anoka County,
Minnesota; d. November 06, 1921, Battle Ground, Clark County, Washington.
Notes for LAURA P. THORNE:
Laura moved to Burnett County, Wisconsin and was listed in the 1900 US census for Meenon Township,
Burnett County, Wisconsin. The census record also showed that Laura and Robert had five children and four
were living. A record for the fifth child was found in the Anoka County death records. Laura was still living
in Meenon Township at the time of her mother's, Margaret, death in 1907. She was listed in the obituary as
being from Kruger, Burnett County, Wisconsin. Kruger was an unincorporated city in Meenon Township
located two miles south of Webster, Wisconsin on Trunk Highway 35. The family was not listed in the 1910
US census for Meenon Township, Burnett County, Wisconsin so they must have started their trek to the state
of Washington just before then.
Whether Crawford, Washington was their original destination is not known but Laura and Robert are buried
near there. Laura's death certificate listed her occupation as Housewife and she died from carcinoma of the
breast with nephritis being contributory.
More About LAURA P. THORNE:
Burial: August 14, 1916, Crawford Cemetery, near Crawford northeast of Battle Ground, Clark County,
Notes for ROBERT JACOB DEMAREST:
In some records, Demarest was spelled Demorest. Robert J. Demarest, son of Franklin and Ruth Ford
Demarest, was the first white child born in the Township of Burns in Anoka County, Minnesota. Franklin
was born in New York in 1835 and Ruth was born January 18, 1837 in Maine. The "History of Anoka
County, City of Anoka, Town Organizations", states that Robert was born in August of 1857 as the first white
child in Burns Township of Anoka County, Minnesota.
The 1900 State of Wisconsin, Burnett County Census listed Robert as being born in August of 1856. The
1900 census also stated he was married to Laura Thorn (Thorne). Robert settled in Burnett County,
Wisconsin in 1899. In 1902, he served as a Deputy Constable for an inquest concerning a 12-year old boy
who drowned in the Clam River. Robert also served as School Treasurer for District No. 3. Robert owned
property three miles south of Webster, Wisconsin on Trunk Highway 35 and one mile east from the Kruger
Church. The property was just to the west of Clam Lake. A school was shown on the property from the 1915
Meenon Township, Burnett County, Wisconsin plat map. The Kruger School was two miles south of
Webster, Wisconsin on Trunk Highway 35 (one mile north of the church). The Kruger Post Office was built
near the school and operated from 1899 to 1914.
The Franklin Demarest farm was about 3/4 of a mile east of the Solomon Thorne farm. The first post office in
Ramsey Township was established at Itasca in May, 1852. Later, a post office was set up on the Franklin
Demarest farm. This was not a town but mail was received addressed to Demarest, Minnesota. Angus
McLeod must have been the postmaster as he was paid $6.50 for those duties. Angus was a brother-in-law to
Robert's father, Franklin, was an Anoka County Supervisor in 1870. On June 22, 1868, Franklin was paid
$50.00 for fencing a burying ground. This could very well be the Trott Brook Cemetery as he is buried there.
Franklin was born in 1831 in Wayne, Stueben County, New York and died August 8, 1885 from cancer in the
stomach. Ruth Ford Demarest was born in January of 1837 in Maine and died April 24, 1915 in Reubens,
Nez Perce County, Idaho. Ruth was a sister to Priscilla Ford McLeod who was the mother to Frederick
McLeod who was married to Idella Thorne. The Solomon Thorne and Ruth Demarest farms were about 3/4
mile apart on an 1888 Anoka County plat map. Rice Creek ran through both farms on its way to Trott Brook.
The Demarest farm was 0.9 mile west of the Trott Brook Cemetery. The Trott Brook Cemetery is located at
about 173rd Ave. N. W. and T. H. 47 in the City of Ramsey which owns the cemetery. Robert was a cousin to
Frederick C. McLeod and they married Thorne sisters, Laura and Idella, respectively.
Ruth Ford Demarest and Priscilla Ford McLeod's parents were Charles M. Ford and Philoma McKenney
Ford. Philoma McKenney was a sister to Esther McKenney who was married to Joseph Trott founder of Trott
Brook Cemetery. Joseph Trott was born May 5, 1809 in Maine. He married Esther on December 16, 1838 in
Springfield, Penobscot County, Maine. Joseph died in July 10, 1892 in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County,
California. Philoma and Esther McKenney's parents were Ruth Douglas and William McKenney.
Robert moved his family to Meenon Township, Burnett County, Wisconsin 1899 where they were listed in the
1900 US census. According to Meenon Township history, Robert served as Deputy Constable for an inquest
concerning the drowning of 12-year old Perry Porter who drowned in the Clam River on June 3, 1902.
Perry's father homesteaded and then received a patent for land in 1907 that included a portion of the Clam
River. Perry and his brother, Stacy, were spearing fish when Perry accidently fell from the apron of the dam
and was carried away in the current. Perry's father was Clarence A. Porter and Clarence's sister, Bertha E.
Porter, is buried at Trott Brook Cemetery. Clarence and Bertha's mother was Sarah Cooper Porter Tennison
and Cooper's Corner on T. H. 65 in Anoka County was named after Sarah Cooper's father's family, James
Cooper. Sarah's first husband, Nathan Porter, died in Pennsylvania and she married William Tennison after
moving to Anoka County. William's first wife was Zilpha Trott, daughter of Joseph Trott, founder of Trott
Brook Cemetery. Zilpha died in 1868. The Robert Demarest and Clarence Porter families moved to Meenon
Township about the same time.
Robert received a Land Patent from the United States Government on June 30, 1906 for 160 acres in Meenon
Township, Burnett County, Wisconsin. The patent was for Range 16W, Township 39N and the W1/2 of the
NW and SW 1/4 of Section 34. The 1915 plat map showed Robert as still owning the land but he went to
Oregon before 1910 as he was listed in the 1910 US census as living in North Bend, Coos County, Oregon.
Robert moved to Washington between 1910 and 1916 as his first wife Laura died there. In the 1920 US
census for Heisson, Clark County, Washington, Robert was listed with Julia C., his second wife, and two of
her sons, Kinley and Richard W. Linn. Kinley was the informant on Robert's death certificate and Richard is
buried at Crawford Cemetery too. Paul L. Linn, another son, is also buried in Crawford Cemetery. Julia was
Robert's death certificate stated that his occupation at time of death was Farmer. He died of apoplexy. He
was buried at Crawford Cemetery which was originally known as Kent's Cemetery. The cemetery was
established in 1885 and has about 125 burials.
The Demarest family that came to America originated from France but because of religious persecution, they
moved to Holland and then came to America. The family settled in the New Jersey area and the City of
Demarest, named after the family, is located in Bergen County, New Jersey just west of the Hudson River in
the northeast part of New Jersey. A booklet entitled "The Life and Times of the Demarest Family" by Carl J.
Hoffstedt is available for further interest. The booklet focuses on the descendants of Franklin Demarest,
primarily, to a limited extent.
More About ROBERT JACOB DEMAREST:
Burial: November 08, 1921, Crawford Cemetery, near Crawford northeast of Battle Ground, Clark County,
vii. EMMA (EMILY) D. THORNE, b. January 17, 1863, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. May 21, 1898,
City of St. Cloud (East Side), Benton County, Minnesota; m. JOHN A. HALL, September 18, 1885, Anoka
County, Minnesota; b. 1862, Maine.
Notes for EMMA (EMILY) D. THORNE:
The Margaret Thorne Castle family Bible refers to Emma as Emily. She is also shown as Emily D. Thorne on
the Family Photograph Register. Early records and her obituaries have her birth as January 17, 1863 but
January 20, 1863 is shown on her grave marker.
Emma married John Hall and they lived in the City of St. Cloud (East Side) for seven years, 1885/1886 to
1892/1893 but resided near Anoka, Solomon Thorne's farm in Ramsey Township, for five years,1892/1893 to
1898, prior to Emma's death. They returned to St. Cloud about a month before her death. Emma died at the
age of 35 at Second Ave. NE in St. Cloud (East Side), Minnesota. She died of consumption and/or lung
disease. Emma's obituary in the St. Cloud Journal - Press dated Thursday, May 26, 1898 stated that she had
three adopted children and had been mother to seven unfortunate orphans but no names were given. Emma
died on a Saturday and her body was taken on Sunday to the home of her parents in Anoka for a funeral
service and interment.
The Anoka County 1895 census for Ramsey shows Guy McLeod, Maye McLeod and Ruth McLeod listed
with John and Emma Hall. The Halls were living on the Solomon Thorne farm at this time. The McLeods are
the children of Fred and Idella McLeod with Idella being a sister to Emma. Fred McLeod died in February of
1892 and Guy, Maye and Ruth might be the three adopted children referred to in the St. Cloud Journal - Press
obituary for Emma. The 1895 Anoka County census also lists an Abby Hall age 7. If Abby was a natural
child to John and Emma, one wonders why she was not mentioned in Emma's obituary.
More About EMMA (EMILY) D. THORNE:
Burial: May 23, 1898, Trott Brook Cemetery, Ramsey, Anoka County, Minnesota
Notes for JOHN A. HALL:
John was a stonecutter in St. Cloud in 1892 prior to moving back to Anoka County that same year. Based on
information provided by the Loucks family, the John Hall family moved onto the Solomon Thorne farm in
1892 when the Thornes moved into the City of Anoka. The Loucks family purchased the Thorne family farm
in 1906. The Loucks family publication stated, " The farm was known as the Thorn or Johnny Hall farm".
The two story house was not new and has been updated, fixed up and remodeled several times. It is still
standing and is in good shape (2006).
viii. IDELLA THORNE, b. November 10, 1864, Standish, Cumberland County, Maine; d. December 27, 1931,
University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota; m. (1) FREDERICK CALVIN
MCLEOD, November 19, 1882, Ramsey Township, Anoka County, Minnesota; b. May 07, 1863, Minnesota;
d. February 07, 1892, Motley, Morrison County, Minnesota; m. (2) JAMES CLINTON LEMON, January 01,
1904, Champlin, Hennepin County, Minnesota; b. February 06, 1858, Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania; d.
July 04, 1935, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota; m. (3) LYONS, 1920.
Notes for IDELLA THORNE:
The Margaret Thorne Castle family Bible listed Idella's birth date as November 10, 1864. Idella's death
certificate listed her birth as November 10, 1869. One early record has her birth as November 1, 1864. Idella
and Fred were married by M. H. Tarbox(v), Pastor of Free Baptist Church at Elk River. Idella was widowed
at a young age and operated a boarding house in Motley, Minnesota after Frederick died. The 1900 US
census for Eyota Township, Olmstead County, Minnesota had Idella and her two oldest children, Guy and
Emily, living with Charles Tottingham. Idella was listed as Housekeeper and the children as Boarders.
Idella married James Clinton Lemon on January 1, 1904. The 1907 obituary for Idella's mother, Margaret,
said two daughters survive her and one was listed as Mrs. Idella Lemon of Anoka County. Idella and James
parted before 1910 as James Lemon married a Mrs. Phebe (Phoebe) A. Cole Nolan in November of 1910.
More information about James Clinton Lemon can be found in the booklet "The Life and Times of James
Clinton Lemon" by Carl J. Hoffstedt. The booklet is available.
Idella supposedly married a third time to a Mr. Lyons. Idella may have left Mr. Lyons before or in 1925 as
she left Motley, Minnesota again at that time. Idella was an Aunt to Etta Castle Goodrich whose oldest
daughter was Cora. Cora married Carl E. Hoffstedt in 1925 and they got a bedroom set from Idella at that
time as she was leaving her husband. Cora had the bedroom set until her auction sale in 1979. Idella reverted
to using a previous husband's name which would be Lemon. However, she used a variation spelling it as
LeMon. Idella died of cancer at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County,
Minnesota. Based on her death certificate, she is buried under the name Le Mon in the Benton County
Cemetery. The death certificate was not signed by a family member but by a nurse at the hospital and a
funeral chapel director. Thus, the information probably was obtained from Idella in her last hours when her
memory was not clear. Her grave marker reads IDELLA LEMON and has the birth year incorrect. The grave
marker shows 1868 and it should be 1864.
In 1981, four letters plus a school history lesson were found in an old house in the current City of Ramsey,
Anoka County, Minnesota. The letters were in Idella Thorne's handwriting and she spelled her name Thorne.
The letters were written to Frederick McLeod and dated back to 1882/1883.
More About IDELLA THORNE:
Burial: December 29, 1931, Benton County Cemetery, Sauk Rapids, Benton County, Minnesota
Notes for FREDERICK CALVIN MCLEOD:
On January 29, 1861, Frederick's mother, Priscilla McLeod, was a grantee for the E1/2, SE1/4, Section 3,
Township 32N, Range 25W from J. C. & Philoma Varney as grantors. Philoma was Priscilla's sister.
Frederick's father, Angus, received a Land Patent on August 22, 1889 for the NW1/4, NW1/4 of Section 1 and
the NE1/4, NE1/4 of Section 2 in Township 32N, Range 25W in Ramsey Township.
At the time of the birth of his son, LeRoy, Frederick was listed as a Laborer. He became a member of the
Motley Village Council and was considered a prominent citizen. He also was a member of Motley Lodge No.
134 of the I. O. O. F. (International Order Of Oddfellows). Frederick as a young boy was struck in the
forehead by a bullet that grazed the frontal bone. He subsequently suffered from severe head pains. Frederick
died in Motley, Minnesota and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Motley. Rev. J. H. Cudlipp of the
Methodist Church officiated the burial. Motley was a lumbering and sawmill town at that time and
Frederick's occupation was a Butcher at the time of his death. The Evergreen Cemetery records were burned
and the grave site is now unmarked. In some records McLeod is spelled McCloud for family members.
Frederick's daughter, Ruth, and Cora Etta Goodrich Hoffstedt visited the Evergreen Cemetery in 1923 and
Frederick had a grave marker at that time. However, when Thelma McLeod Dundas, Frederick's
granddaughter, and Cora visited the cemetery in 1975, the grave marker could not be located.
Frederick was the son of Angus and Priscilla Ford McLeod. Angus was born in 1824/1825 in Scotland and
died in 1886/1889 in Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota. Angus/Priscilla had a farm in Section 3, Ramsey
Township, Anoka County, Minnesota. He was a Private in the 2nd Minnesota Light Artillery during the Civil
War. Angus apparently served as Postmaster in Anoka County as he was paid $6.50 for those services on
March 30, 1867. He was buried near the Thorne family members in Trott Brook Cemetery, Ramsey, Anoka
County, Minnesota. Priscilla was born in 1841 in Maine and died June 9, 1878 in Anoka, Anoka County,
Minnesota. She was buried in the Trott Brook Cemetery next to Angus. Priscilla and Angus were married in
1859 in Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota. After Priscilla's death in 1878, the 1880 census shows a
housekeeper in the McLeod household by the name of D. Starky. Priscilla was a sister to Ruth Ford Demarest
wife of Franklin Demarest.
Frederick C. McLeod and Robert Jack Demarest were cousins and they married the Thorne sisters, Idella and
More About FREDERICK CALVIN MCLEOD:
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Motley, Morrison County, Minnesota
Notes for JAMES CLINTON LEMON:
James's parents were Isae and Diana Lemon both of whom were born in Canada. James's death certificate and
obituary spell Corry as Cory. James was married in Pennsylvania to Emma C. Graves. They came to
Champlin, Minnesota in 1885 and then moved to Anoka County, operating a 300-acre dairy farm on the east
side of the southeast end of Crooked Lake. The lake is located just east of the City of Anoka. James and
Emma had three daughters, Margaret (1889-1897), Florence (1891-1893) and Mrs. Randolph (Mary E.)
Rahders born January 20, 1894. Emma died in 1901 and is buried in the Champlin Cemetery, Champlin,
Hennepin County, Minnesota.
James and Idella were married in 1904 and lived on James' dairy farm on Crooked Lake. The 1905 census for
Anoka County, Minnesota listed James C., Idella and Mary E. Lemon. James and Idella separated between
1905 and 1910 as James married Phebe (Phoebe) A. Cole Nolan on November 15, 1910 in Anoka County,
In 1911, James bought a variety store in Anoka and operated it for 22 years until retirement in 1933. James
lived with his daughter, Mary E. Lemon Rahders, at 4207 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis, Minnesota from
1933 until his death. James died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was a member of the Anoka Baptist Church
and served the church as Clerk, Deacon, and Trustee. James was also a member of the Workman Lodge. The
obituary for James, listed one brother, Alec Lemon of Waverly, Washington as a survivor. James was also
survived by three sisters, Mrs. Amanda Johnson of Spokane, Washington, Mrs. Myrtle Sperry of Jacksonville,
Florida and Mrs. Earl Brown of Genesea, New York. Another sister passed away in Waverly, Washington
one week before James.
The obituary said Mr. Lemon was "a man of unswerving honesty, a lover of peace, kindly and cheerful. He
had musical ability and filled acceptably all positions of trust given him".
More About JAMES CLINTON LEMON:
Burial: Champlin Cemetery, Champlin, Hennepin County, Minnesota
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