Thorne & Bryan Genealogy
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Birth: 3 Aug 1834  Hillier, Prince Edward Co., Ontario

Death: 4 Aug 1906  Vancouver, British Columbia1

Father: Seth THORN (1802-1859)

Mother: Rhoda BABBIT (1812-~1870)


Spouse:  Chloe [Cleo] Ann CHAMBERLAIN

Birth: 21 Mar 1841  Richmond, Ontario2

Death: 11 Aug 1935  Vancouver, British Columbia2

Father: John CHAMBERLAIN (ca1800-ca1865)

Mother: Ann DETLOR (ca1800-ca1870)



Marriage: 3 Feb 1858  Wellington, Ontario





Mary 'Alida' (1858-1928)

Charles [Charlie] Seth (1860-1954)

Fred Clayton  (1862-1948)



THORNE Sam 1834 - 1906

Photo to the right is of the Thorn home in Hillier, Ontario as taken with a tintype. 
A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s

From left to right along the fence.  Rhoda (nee Babbit) Thorn, mother of Sam Thorn; sons  Fred and Charlie; Sam; Chloe and their daughter Alida.





Further information for Samuel [Sam] Thorn


  • Sam lost his right eye in a childhood injury. Apparently he bumped a table corner, his eye was forced from the socket and there being no immediate medical help available, the eye was lost. Most photographs of Sam were taken showing only his left side.
L-R Cleo, Charlie, Alida, Fred and Sam
Photo above taken at 932 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC. L-R back: Fred, Ella & Sam. L-R sitting: Florence, Alida, Edna (white hat), Percy, George Jones & Cleo.
Little girl in front is Babes (grandaughter of Alida & George Jones).
Photo below ca 1905. Top row: George Jones, Ralph Van Horne, George Van Horne. Middle row: Cornelia (Jones) Van Horne, not identified, Alida (Thorn) Jones, Cleo (Chamberlain) Thorn. Bottom row: Fred Jones, Florence Jones, Babes, Sam Thorn.
Excerpt from Edna (Thorne) Van Horne's 1912 Travel Diary:  Began her day in Wellington, Ontario.  "Thurs 17 had breakfast late. every thing good to eat. all went in to Uncle Ernest's for dinner Aunt S went to Uncle Phil last night to help pick up apples after dinner. Edna took us to Uncle Phil & Aunt H & we got home just dark. Saw grandpa Thorne's old place. Phil Earl came home unexpectedly. fine little chap. Went to Grandmas for supper. King came & saw the pictures with Phil Earl."

Under picture (above) she had written "Grandpa Thorne's old home."  [in Hillier].

1878 Hillier Township showing property of Harvey Terry (click here or on map to enlarge)


1881 Canada Census - Hillier, Prince Edward, Ontario (Original can be found at LDS Family History Library film 1375873, NA film number C-13237, District 119, Sub-district E, Division 1, Page number 26, Household Number 130)

 Name  Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
 SAMUEL THORN  M   Male   English   47   Ontario   Farmer   Church of England 
 CLEO THORN  M   Female   English   40   Ontario      Church of England 
 CHARLES THORN     Male   English   20   Ontario      Church of England 
 FRED G. THORN     Male   English   19   Ontario      Church of England 

  • 1881 Canada Census - Ontario - Prince Edward - Hillier - shows Sam Thorn (age 47), farmer, Cleo Thorn (age 40) plus sons Charles S Thorn (age 20) and Fred G [sic] Thorn (age 19).  Household religion - Church of England. 
  • 1901 Canada Census - British Columbia - Burrard District -  shows Sam (age 66) and Cleo (age 60) with a single man lodger, Archibald McNichol. 


THORNE Sam & Cleo with granddaughters Ella & Edna
1905 Cleo & Sam THORN with granddaughters Ella & Edna THORNE


1. Death Registration Archives, B13095, GSU 1927123,  

2. "The Bible," Cleo Ann Chamberlain.

3.  Canada Census - 1881, 1901

4.  Jane Foster - identifying house in tintype.