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  • ID: I74
  • Name: William THORN THORNE
  • Suffix: Jr
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: NOV 1741 in Providence/Newport, RI
  • Death: 12 APR 1842 in Port Huron; St. Clair Co, MI
  • Burial: Lakeside Cemetery., Port Huron, MI
  • Note: 1

    From William Lee Jenks, History of Cottrellville

    ?Captain William Thorn was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1743, and died in St. Clair County, Michigan in 1842, age 99 years and five months. He is buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron, Michigan. His father was William Thorn and Phoebe Tilley, second wife of William Thorn. The Tilleys came to this country on the Mayflower.?

    A History of the Lighthouses at the St. Clair Flats
    ?After the American Revolutionary War, Captain William Thorn, a British citizen living in Cottreville on the St. Clair River, became one of the first Great Lakes pilots.2 He is credited with sailing the first schooner to the head of Lake Huron through the east channel of the Flats in 1770 In 1814, he served as Colonel George Croghan's pilot during the unsuccessful attempt to recapture Fort Mackinac from the British.?
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    The following historical reminiscences were published in the Marine City Reporter in 1881, by a settler who wrote under the nom de plume - "One Who Was There:" [688] I was born in what is now known as the township of Cottrellville the 18th day of October, 1808, on what is now commonly known as the Tom Robertson farm and have never since lost a residence here, and flatter myself that I know something of the history of the township and its inhabitants. The growth and vicissitude of the settlements along St. Clair River has to me many points of interest, and, I judge, might for some of your readers. At the time of my birth there were but few settlers in the county, the nearest large settlement being Detroit, and that was a mere hamlet. The families of note in this vicinity were Capt. Harrow's, Pascal Potva's that occupied the farm now occupied by O'Leary, and what is now the Roberts farm was occupied by Nicholas Huffmaster and owned by John Grant, a local mogul among the few French settlers at Grosse Point. Samuel Crable occupied what is now the M. Fitzgerald farm. William Thorne, father of Maj. Thorne, who died at Port Huron, owned and occupied that land now owned by J. J. Spinks and T. Fitzgerald. He died there and is buried underneath the large pear tree that now stands near the bank of the river. A man named Roe lived on what is now the Lumby farm, and the next was the Robertson farm. Our nearest neighbor on the the north was Joseph Minnie. Then came David Cottrell, William Brown, father of James D. and Charles Brown, George Cottrell, father of the present Capt. George, and John Cottrell, who lived in a log house near the mouth of the creek that empties into St. Clair River near Richard Cottrell's farm. These families formed what was known as the Cottrellville settlement. About a mile north on Belle River was what was known as the Duchene settlement, comprising the families of Duchene, Nichola, Burdeneau, Lozo, Geror and Yax. No one surrounded with the advantages of to-day can understand the hardships endured by these early settlers; farming was the only employment, and this was unlucrative as there were no markets, and our money was our few farm products which soon became interchangeable at stated values. Bets on horse-racing would generally be for so many bushels of oats, and it became a matter of interest, especially to the horses, as the horse that was beaten generally went hungry until the new crop was harvested.
  • _UID: D365F754D5C0446BA96808FA31DB4A1F4FC2
  • Change Date: 9 OCT 2006

    Father: William THORN THORNE
    Mother: Phoebe TILLEY

    Marriage 1 Henrietta MCNEEL MCNEIL b: in Glasgow, Scotland
    • Married: DEC 1773 in Detroit; Wayne Co, MI
    1. Has Children Alice THORN b: 15 JAN 1777 in Detroit., Wayne Co, MI
    2. Has No Children William THORN b: 2 NOV 1779 in Detroit, Wayne Co, MI
    3. Has No Children Jane THORN b: 22 FEB 1781 in Michigan
    4. Has Children Martha THORN b: 30 JAN 1785 in Cottrellville Twp; St. Clair Co, MI
    5. Has Children Nancy THORN b: 17 JAN 1788 in St. Clair Co, MI
    6. Has No Children Eliza THORN b: 2 JUL 1789 in
    7. Has No Children James THORN b: 23 JUN 1792 in
    8. Has No Children Henrietta ?Harriet? THORN b: 10 DEC 1794 in
    9. Has Children John THORN b: 12 OCT 1799 in St. Clair Co, MI

    1. Type: Book
      Author: A.T. Andreas
      Periodical: History of St. Clair County, Michigan
      Publication: Chicago: A.T. Andreas & CO. 1883
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