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Samuel THORN


Birth:   12 Jul 1696   Flushing, Long Island, NY38

Death:   1759  Rumbout Precinct (new Hackensack), Dutchess Co., NY 38

Father:   Joseph THORNE (1668-1753)

Mother:   Martha Johanna BOWNE (1673-1750)




Birth:  1696   Newtown, Nassau, NY

Death: 19 May 1724   Flushing, Long Island, NY

Father:   Thomas STEVENSON Jr

Mother:   Anne FIELD


Marriage:   9 Dec 1715   Newtown, Nassau, NY









2:   Esther HUNT ?37

Birth:   1 Jul 1701

Father:   Josiah HUNT

Mother:   Abigail HEUSTIS


Marriage:   abt 1724 Westchester Co. or Dutchess Co.37



Jonathan (~1724-1777)

John (1728-1817)

James (1731-)

Robert (~1734-1819)

Stephen (1737-1795) 

Further information for Samuel Thorn:


A superb web site for further exploration on the Thorn/Thorne family is that of John Coutant Thorn at:



  • Samuel Thorn's year of birth is recorded in the Flushing Monthly Meeting for the Religious Society of Friends. His death is recorded in the Flushing Friend's Records.  Such record confirms he had remained a "good Quaker".


  • The record of the first marriage of Samuel Thorn reads in part as follows:

    "Samuel Thorn, Son of Joseph and Martha Thorn of flushing, and Ann Steueenson, Daughter of Thomas and Ann Steuenson of Newtown, ninth day of ye tenth month of ye year 1715, at a meeting of ye aforesaid people Cald Quakers & other Appoynted for that purpose in the house of Thomas Steuenson aforesaid"

    Witnesses of their marriage included Joseph Thorn, Martha Thorn and Thomas Thorn (Flushing Friends Rec. 213:42).


  • MAY 19, 1724   Death of "Anne Thorn, wife of Samuel of Flushing" recorded in The Friends Records (Rec. :7:43).


  • APRIL 1, 1728 John Stevenson and John Ferris, executors of the will of "Daniel Clark, late of ye Burrough town of Westchester, Gent.," conveyed to "Samuel Thorne, of Flushing, blacksmith" for 145 pounds "All the lot of land whereon used. Daniel Clark did dwell, containing near nine acres," adjoining Abner Hund and Underhill Barnes, including dwelling house, barn, fruit trees and fences, together with 19 acres of woodland, all in the town of Westchester. ""Also a twenty-five pound privilege of comanage in ye sheep pasture" (Westchester Co. Deeds F:205).


  • MAY 6, 1728 Samuel Thorn elected Town Pounder at a general town meeting "held by the freeholders & Inhabitants of ye. Burrough town of Westchester this 6th day of May in ye: first Year of his Majty's Reign Annoq Domo. 1728 Being ye: Day of Election according to Charter"  (Westchester Town Rec., Comptroller NY City 5-57:203)


  • SEPTEMBER 4, 1728  Samuel Thorn, John Cromwell and William Oakly mortgaged lands "together with ye Saw Mill & dwelling house thereon"  in the  Borough Town of Westchester for 37 pounds, 16 pence.  Ithamar Pelton of  Mamaroneck, lawyer, (Westchester Co. Deeds G:33)



  • DECEMBER 17, 1728 conveyed to Jeremiah Fowler for 125 pounds the property he had purchased earlier in the year "whereon he now lives," but without mention of the 19 acres of woodland or rights in the sheep pasture. The deed was signed ""Saml. Thorn" and " Esther Thorn" (Ibid.:G:133). Jeremiah Fowler is son of Jeremiah Fowler of Eastchester whose brother William Fowler married Mary Thorne


  • FEBRUARY 1, 1732  Samuel Thorn granted a power of attorney by Jeremiah Fowler for the collection of various sums, including a bond of William Fowler, deceased, and Samuel Fowler. The money to be applied to the liquidation of a debt of 250 pounds incurred on December 17, 1728  (see date above) for the payment of which Samuel Thorn prosecuted Jeremiah Fowler "in ye province of Vergeine boath being in ye said province at that time," and "on said prosecution received me ye said Jeremiah Fowler into his custody from one of ye Sheriffs of yt. province, with promis from me to make him satisfaction in whole or in part when I should arive at ye County of Westchester & being now there" (Westchester Co. Deeds G:93).


  • BETWEEN 1738 and 1740 Samuel Thorn appears as the owner of a farm about three miles south of the present city of White Plains and about one mile east of the property which his uncle, William Thorne of Flushing, purchased in 1729 (Ibid:49:170). At that time "the white plains" were a part of Rye and Samuel Thorn may have been recorded as of Rye while on this farm.


  • MARCH 27 1748 , sold to Joseph Lyon of Greenwich, yeoman, for 773/3 pounds "all that my farme and plantation where I now Dwell in the white plains But in two parcels -- one on the Easterly Side of the white plains Road, the other on the westerly side of said Road." The deed was signed "Samuel Thorn" and " Esther Thorn." The property is the same as that referred to above and encompasses 51 acres east of the White Plains Road extending down to the Mamaroneck River and 130 acres west of the road, including a house and other buildings. (Ibid:58:38, cf. Rye Land Rec. C:239). Adjacent property was held at the time by Francis Purdy, Samuel Hunt, Samuel Haight, Justice Caleb Hyatt, Abraham Underhill, Bartholomew Gedney and Thomas Maugham (map in Rec.:49, opposite p.170).


  • JUNE 1, 1751 Captain Abraham Swathwout and Tryntjie his wife conveyed to "Samuel Thorn of the Manor of Cortlandt, Esq.," for 661 pounds a farm of 305 acres comprising a portion of Lot no.6 of Rumbout Precinct, Dutchess County, on the south side of Wappingers Creek. The property is about seven miles south of the center of Poughkeepsie, and the present New Hackensack Dutch Church occupies a portion of the original farm (Dutchess Co. Hist. Soc. Coll. v.6, p.49, cf. Dutchess Co. Deeds 2:431 & Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, Dutchess Co. Doorways, 1931, p.232). Samuel Thorn is listed as a taxpayer in Rumbout Precinct between 1753 and 1761 and his estate in 1752 (Ibid:38).


  • The death of Samuel Thorn is noted in the Flushing Friends Records as follows: ": "Samuel Thorne son of Joseph Deceased ye - 1759" (Ibid:7:88). Confirming Samuel Thorn had remained a "good Quaker".


  • The children of Samuel and Ann (Stevenson) Thorn are recorded in the Flushing Friends Records (Rec:4:94), but not the children of Samuel and Esther Thorn.


  • February 18, 1767  The oldest and youngest children of Samuel and Ann, Jonathan and Stephen, executed a quitclaim deed: "Joseph Thorn of Rumbout Precinct in Dutchess County in the province of New York, Eldest Son of Joseph Thorn Late of Charlotte Precinct in Dutchess County Deceased." ... "Jonathan Thorn and Stephen Thorn, Sons of the said Samuel Thorn Deceased," in consideration of ten shillings "and for Diverse Other Good Causes," the farm conveyed to "my Said Grandfather" by "Abraham Swatwout and Tryntie his wife,"  (Dutchess Co. Hist. Soc. Coll. v.6, p.61, cf. Dutchess Co. Deeds 5:70).


  • Samuel Thorn owned land in New Hackensack and died there in 1759. Most of his children from his second marriage migrated to Dutchess County where they all appeared to have dropped the "e" from Thorne as he did. However, in the first marriage not all of the sons dropped the "e". It is supposed that the ones who followed the Quaker religion, perhaps retained it. Samuel was Quaker. Samuel was probably named after his mother's nearest brother in age, Samuel Bowne.


  • All of Samuel's sons, except Thomas (who was Quaker), by both marriages, were Loyalists. Samuel sat out the Revolutionary War in White Plains, New York. He sided with the crown privately. Samuel built a famous old structure in Dutchess County, known as the OLD HOMESTEAD (located in New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York). This property was left by him to his son, Dr. Stephen Thorne, by his second marriage.