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Catherine (Linington) Thorne (abt 1666-aft. 1705) -- Draft Profile

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Date: 1666 to 1705
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This is a draft profile for review by interested parties in anticipation of replacing the profile in Linnington-21. Presently, Linnington-21 is named Winnifred and she is set as married to William Thorne II (Thorne-29), but this is wrong on two counts: (1) Henry's daughter who married William Thorne was named Catherine, not Winnifred, and (2) she married William III, not William II. William II's mother's name was Winnifred, but she was not a Linington. The proposal is to use Linnington-21 to represent the real daughter of Henry, and to create a new profile for her husband's mother, Winnifred Unknown. See this g2g thread.

Catherine Linington, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Ellison) Linington of Hempstead, Queens, married William Thorne III, son of William and Winnifred Thorne, perhaps around 1687.

Henry Linington of Hempstead executed his last will on 10 June 1691, making a bequest of 20 acres to son-in-law William Thorne and grandson Richard Osborn. William was the third out of four sons-in-law named by Henry,[1] by which we might suspect Catherine was among the younger of Henry's children. Her husband was baptized in 1663,[2] so lacking any other information, we might presume she was born, perhaps, around 1666.

On 10 September 1698, William Thorne of Madnans Neck sold to Samuel Denton, Sr., a certain parcel of meadow ground fresh and salt lying at ye south meadows on a neck called ye Mill River Neck in Hempstead, in quantity of acres "as was given mee by my Desesed father in Law henery Lininton..." Caterne Thorne co-signed, witnessed by Joseph Pettit, John Leninton and John Smith.[3]

The 1698 census of Hempstead shows three children in William and Catherine's family: Henry, William and Winnifred Thorne.[4] No other records of children belonging to this family have yet been found.

On 17 May 1705, William Thorne of Madnans Neck, blacksmith, sold "one mussuage or tract of Land meadow Sedge" along with all structures and water courses, etc. to John Monfoort of Jamaica for £640. Catherine co-signed, making her mark. The deed was acknowledged before Jeremiah Tuthill, Justice of the Peace for the City and County of New York on 23 May 1705,[5] and by this it appears that William and Catherine had their family on the move.

By 1706, William was at Cooper's Creek in Gloucester County, New Jersey (see William's profile), though we have no record of when or where Catherine died.


  1. Abstract of the last will of Henry Linington. Canfield, Amos. "Abstracts of Early Wills of Queens County, New York." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1934, 65:118; also available as Henry B. Hoff. Long Island Source Records. From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1987, pp. 131-2; Ancestry.com. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008.
  2. 1663 – 23 May; Wilt Toorn, Winne Fruyt; Willem; no witnesses. "New Amsterdam (New York City) New York Reformed Dutch Church Baptisms 1661 - 1665 (archived)," Olive Tree Genealogy, Lorine McGinnis Schulze, 1996-present, citing Evans, Thomas Grier. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New Amsterdam and New York. Baptisms from 25 December, 1639 to 27 December, 1730. Collections of the New-York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Vol 2. New York: Printed for the Society, 1901.
  3. Hicks, Benjamin D., ed. Records of the towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., 1654-1880. Jamaica, New York: Long Island Farmer Print, 1896, 2:143-5, citing Liber D:24-6.
  4. Harris, Edward D., contrib. "The Hempstead Census of 1698." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1914, 45:62. In the right-hand column, William and Winnethrift Thorne, the probands husband's parents, are listed near the top with son Richard; listed below are their son William (III) and his wife Cathrene and three children, Henry, William and Winnethrift.
  5. Dickinson, Thorn. "Early History of the Thorne Family of Long Island." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1963. Profile of 41. Henry^4 Thorne, 93:90, citing Queens County Deeds, B2:76.

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