1840. Michael Stanton Thorn
was born on 24 Feb 1814 in Bulltown (Knottsville), WV. He died on 19 Oct
1865 in West Virginia. The names of sons Benjamin Franklin Thorn & James
William Thorne are from the Wirt County Histoical docs sent to me by Thorn Huffman.
The 1850 Wirt County Census #145-145; lists the following children; Mary E. 15
(VA), Emma 11 (VA), Margaret 9 (VA), Franklin 6 (VA), Elvira 4 (VA) & John
There was a Delaware village along the Little Kanawha River consisting of five
Delaware families, led by Captain Bull. The people called the village Bulltown.
The Indian families of the village were friendly with the white pioneers and
the two groups traded goods with each other. (From Internet) Family history
says that "Michael married Sarah DeWees and lived at Bulltown, WV (near
Believe Michael was known as Michael Jr to distinguish him from his Uncle Michael.
1st white child born in Preston Co (Source of information unknown)
Family History 1981 (Wirt Co) says Michael and his father Thomas were living
in what is now Culpepper Co, VA. One spring they journeyed westward across the
Blue Ridge Mountains where land could be bought cheap. After they built cabins
and planted crops, they sent for their families and settled in what is now Wirt
Michael may be the Michael Thorn who purchased 100 acres on Reedy's Creek in
1841 (Sim's Index to WV Land Grants c. 1952 State of WV) Possibly Michael Thorn
1850 100 acres Lynn Camp
1850 Census Wirt Co, VA #145
Michael 36, Sarah 37, Mary E 15, Emma 11, Margaret 9, Franklin 6, Elvira 4, John
1860 Census Wirt Co, VA #20
Michael 46, Sarah 47, Emily E 20, Franklin 16, Elvina 13, John S 12, Amanda E
11, Clarissa 9, James W 6
1870 Census Wirth Co WV #27
Sarah 57, Emily 31, B.F. (M) 26, John S 22, James M 15, J.E. (M) 3, James Bell
He was married to Sarah DeWees (daughter of John Deweese
and Mary (Polly) Updegross) on 28 Jan 1873.
Sarah DeWees was born on 28 Jan 1813 in West Virginia. She died
on 11 May 1881 in Preston County, VA. Family tradition shows her as the daughter
of John and Mary Updegrove Dewees. It is thought that if she was dgtr of Joshua
and Anna Peacock Dewees (They have an unnamed dgtr with the same exact date of
birth) and if Anna deserted her family when Sarah was a year old, as reported,
it is possible that Sarah was raised by her grandparents (John & Mary Updegrove
Dewees)and that is why they have been said to be her parents.
Sarah Deweese may be the daughter of Joshua Deweese and Anna Peacock. Joshua
being the son of John Dewees and Mary Updegrove. I saw a family bible many years
ago (Joshua's) that gave all the births of his family and deaths. One was of
a daughter (illegible) who was born January 28, 1813. Anna died September 22,
1821, and Joshua married Lucinda Level and moved into Mason County, Virginia.
[Large Family] This bible was in the hands of a Deweese researcher (saw it in
1981) and the information was recorded and I believed saved in the Deweese Archives
in Philadelphia. The child, remember will be listed as a daughter born January
28, 1813. (John C Dawson) Michael Stanton Thorn and Sarah DeWees had the following
Mary Ellen Thorn.
Serena Jane Thorn was born on 29 Sep 1837. She died on 25 Aug 1838.
Died in infancy.
Emma (Emily J.) Thorn.
Margaret Sheppard Thorn.
Benjamin Franklin Thorn CSA.
Elvira Ann Thorn.
John Stanton Thorn.
Amanda Elizabeth Thorn.
Clarisa Susan Thorn.
James William Thorn.