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William Thorne III (1663-aft. 1720) -- Draft Profile

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This is a draft profile for review by interested parties in anticipation of replacing the profile in Thorne-645. As stated in the text, his wife Catherine was the woman who was daughter of Henry Linington, rather his mother Winnifred. The proposal is to renaming Linnington-21 to Catherine and attach her as Thorne-645's wife, rather than as his and his siblings' mother, and to create a new profile for Winnifred Unknown, his mother.

William Thorne, third of the name in his line, was baptized on 23 May 1663 in the Dutch Church at New Amsterdam.[1] His next younger sibling, John, was probably the John Thorne who was recorded as born in "New York City" (New Amsterdam) when he married at Poughkeepsie while a resident of Albany,[2] and if he is properly identified, it's likely William was born there, as well.

William married Catherine Linington, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Ellison) Linington, perhaps around 1687.

On 1 April 1687, William Thorne Ju entered land "for defraying the pattent Charg and paid Six Shillins upon the Same to Capt Jackson apointed to Reseve the mony."[3]

Henry Linington of Hempstead executed his last will on 10 June 1691, bequeathing 20 acres to his son-in-law William Thorne and grandson Richard Osborn.[4]

The 1698 census of Hempstead shows three children in William and Catherine's family: Henry, William and Winnifred Thorne.[5] No other records of children belonging to this family have yet been found.

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.[6]

On 13 March 1698/9, William Thorne of Madnans Neck conveyed one of two tracts that his father had purchased in Westchester County to his brother [in-law] Samuel Ward,[7] husband of his sister Hannah. This appears to signal that his father had recently died.

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. The deed was acknowledged before Jeremiah Tuthill, Justice of the Peace for the City and County of New York on 23 May 1705,[8] and by this it appears that William and Catherine had their family on the move.

On 24 December 1706, William Thorne, "late of Long Island but now of Gloucester County N. J." bought three tracts of land on Coopers Creek in Gloucester from Mordecai Howell,[9]

That this William Thorne is the one who was raised in Hempstead is supported by association with his son Henry, who appears in the 1698 census with the family, because a Henry Thorne of Gloucester County sold land on the "southerly branch of Coopers Creek" to Thomas Thorne of Flushing on 9 September 1717.[10] Henry was not a name that appeared in the Thorne family, but it was the name of the proband's father-in-law.

On 18 February 1707, William Thorne conveyed land on the southerly branch of Coopers Creek to Joseph Bates.[11]

Abraham Porter, Henry Treadway and William Thorne were sworn to make an inventory of the estate of Arthur Powell of Gloucester County on 27 October 1714, which inventory was returned two days later by William Thorne and Henry Treadway.[12]

William Thorne presented Mary Blewett for baptism at Gloucester on the 19th day of the 3rd month, 19 May 1715, as per records of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.[13]

On 26 March 1720, William sold to Richard Cheesman, "'all that said William Thorne tract of Land, farm and Plantation whereupon he now dwells... situate in the County of Gloucester and Province of New Jersey... lying and being on both sides of ye Southerly branch of Coopers Creek commonly called by the name of Christianity... containing 484 acres' of which 440 acres were purchased 'Dec. 24, 1706 of Mordacai Howell.'"[14]

No subsequent record of William has been found.

Children of William and Catherine (Linington) Thorne:[5][15]

  • Henry Thorne, b. abt. 1689
  • William Thorne, b. abt. 1692
  • Winnifred Thorne, b. abt. 1695


  • 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, 1962-3. Profiles of 7. William^3 Thorne, 93:89-91 and 41. Henry^4 Thorne, 94:173-8.
  • 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.
  1. 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.
  2. John Thorn, a young man born at New York and living at Albany, married Geertje Bresser, born at Kingston, in Poughkeepsie on 7 February 1705/6. Holland Society of New York. Year Book of the Holland Society of New York, 1905. New York: Holland Society of New York, 1905, p. 5.
  3. Hicks, 2:102, citing C:241.
  4. 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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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 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; three of the proband's younger siblings are yet further down on the page.
  6. Hicks, 2:143-5, citing Liber D:24-6.
  7. Thomas Vaile to Thomas Whitlock; Thomas Whitlock to William Thorne; John Jennings to Thomas Whitlock; Thomas Whitlock to William Thorne; William Thorne [II] to brother Samuel Ward. Westchester County Deeds, B:395-6. "New York Land Records, 1630-1975," images, FamilySearch (22 May 2014), Westchester > Deeds 1681-1698 vol A-B > image 390 of 396; county courthouses, New York.
  8. Dickinson, 93:90, citing Queens County Deeds, B2:76.
  9. Dickinson, 93:90, citing Trenton Deeds – Gloucester A:84.
  10. Dickinson, 94:173. Dickinson does not cite a source when reciting the specifics of Henry's sale to Thomas Thorne, but a search of "Early Land Records, 1650-1801" at the site of the State of New Jersey Department of State shows that the deed is recorded in West Jersey Deeds S:64, and it is from the abstract returned from that search that we can here relate that the land was on the southerly branch of Coopers Creek.
  11. "Early Land Records, 1650-1801," State of New Jersey Department of State, 2019-2022, citing West Jersey Deeds, DD:261.
  12. Nelson, William and New Jersey Historical Society. Calendar of New Jersey Wills. Patterson, N. J.: Press Printing and Publishing, 1901, 23:373.
  13. Church Registers. Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Ancestry.com. U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Pennsylvania Philadelphia First Presbyterian Church Baptisms, Births, Marriages 1701 - 1746, image 14.
  14. Dickinson, 94:173, citing Trenton Deeds – Gloucester A:173.
  15. The birthdate estimates here are as given by Dickson, 94:173-4. There may be other children who were born after the 1698 census.

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