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Birth: abt 1771 Dutchess County, New York
Death: abt 1836 Hillier, Ontario
Father: Robert THORN (abt 1734-1819)
Mother: Sophia PELS (~1750-)
Spouse: Phoebe CHASE
Birth: abt 1772 Duchess County, New York
Death: abt 1840 Hillier, Ontario
Father: James P. CHASE
Mother: Elizabeth [Betty] DOUGLAS
Marriage: 10 Feb 1794 Gagetown, New Brunswick
Esther (1797-1797) Buried October 23 1797.
Joseph (bapt. 16 Mar 1809 - 1810) Killed by accidental gun shot. Buried Aug 10 1810
Edward (1809-1809) Baptized Mar 9 1809. Buried Mar 19 1809.
Elizabeth (1809-) Married (10 Feb 1825) Henry Babbitt.
Catharine Ann (1814-24 Jul 1870) Married (16 Jan 1833) George Hendry
Samuel Michael (~1817-1889)
Mary T. (~1822-)
"The Thorns are an old family in Prince Edward County who find their common progenitor in Samuel Thorn, an United Empire Loyalist who migrated during the Revolutionary War from Duchess County, New York, to New Brunswick, where he settled for a number of years and reared a family of eight children [eleven children born of which 3 died within their first year]. Before leaving New York he married Phoebe Chase, who was a sister of the founders of the Chase family in Prince Edward County. [The foregoing sentence is probably incorrect.] Her sister Mary was the grandmother of the late Sir S. L. Tilly, of New Brunswick.
Samuel Thorn lived about twenty-eight years in New Brunswick, and then removed to Prince Edward County and settled in Hillier.
The Thorns came accompanied by such well-known county families as the Babbits, Morgans and Giles. Samuel Thorn and his son Seth, who had married Rhoda Babbit before leaving New Brunswick, worked a two hundred acre lot, on which they lived in two small houses. Robert, the eldest of the family, had married Miriam Cyphens and had a son four years old at the time he came to Prince Edward. He procured a hundred acres of virgin forest land in the third concession of Hillier, now owned by the Kirk and Nethery families. The pioneers were not only subjected to the encroachments of the forest, but to the depredations of the wolves, who occasionally wrought sad havoc among their flocks. Deer, partridge and many kinds of the best game abounded; and mink, muskrat and duck were to be had in plenty by the creek which ran through the farm and turned Trumpourís mill-wheel."