1942. John Thorn was
born on 22 May 1809 in Clintondale, Ulster Co., NY. He was buried in Dec 1886
in Clintondale Friends Cemetery, NY. He died on 15 Dec 1886 in Clintondale,
Ulster Co., NY. John Thorn was born in the town of Plattekill, Ulster Co., NY,
May 22, 1809, the eldest child of Nathaniel and Charity Thorn. The family has
belonged to the Orthodox Society of Friends for many generations. His grandfather,
Elnathan Thorn, was a native of Westchester Co., NY. He married Martha Weeks
of the same county. They raised a family of seven children: Thomas, John, Elnathan,
Nathaniel, Lydia, Phebe, and Sarah. His father, Nathaniel Thorn, was born in
Westchester, 1784. His eldest brother, Thomas, first came to Plattekill, and
purchased a small farm near Clintondale, now a village in that town, which he
subsequently sold to Nathaniel, upon which the latter settled. He married Charity
Cornell, daughter of William and Esther Cornell, a short time after moving to
Plattekill. They had eight children, viz.: John, William C., Esther C., Sarah,
Elnathan, Stephen, Solomon, and Nathaniel. The four youngest were not married
and are deceased. William C. and Esther C. are both married, and are residents
of the town of Plattekill. The latter is the wife of Abraham Weeks, and has form
many years been an acknowledged minister in the Society of Friends, and has traveled
extensively in that capacity through the United States and the Canada. Sarah,
a maiden lady, resides with her brother, John. Nathaniel Thorn died Dec. 14,
1857; his wife March 6, 1858. John Thorn received his education in the district
school. At the early age of fourteen he commenced the business of peddling the
products of his father's farm at Poughkeepsie, and was for several years thus
employed. His mind naturally took a speculative turn, but in all his business
ventures he has shown a rate tact and good judgment, and in consequence has been
almost uniformly successful in whatever enterprise he engaged. In April 1830,
he went to New York City, where, for about two years, he was employed by his
uncle, William H. Cornell, in the manufacture of "Cornell's Patent Overshoe;"
during which time he also, on his own account, carried on quite an extensive
trade in apples in the New York market, shipping a portion of them to England,
which proved a successful venture. For one year thereafter, in company with his
uncle, Oliver Smith, he engaged in getting out ship timber for the New York shipyards.
Having made an arrangement with his uncle, by paying him a royalty upon the patent,
he commenced at Clintondale the manufacture of the "Waterproof Patent Overshoe,"
which business he followed for thirteen years, and proved a financial success.
In the sale of these goods he traveled extensively through the States of New
York, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
He was married to Hannah P. Lewis (daughter of Adonijah
Lewis and Huldah Nye) on 9 Oct 1833 in Plattekill, Ulster
County, NY. Hannah P. Lewis was born on 15 Mar 1810
in Plattekill Tsp, NY. She died on 12 Sep 1896 in Clintondale, Ulster Co., NY.
In 1896 she was alive & well at the age of 86. She was buried in Clintondale
Friends Cemetery, NY. Both Whig & Republican. He and Wife were active members
in the Orthodox Friends at Clintondale, NY. John Thorn and Hannah P. Lewis had
the following children: