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Thomas Thorn (b. 04 March 1743/44, d. 09 September 1815)Thomas Thorn (son of Joseph Merriman Thorn and Catherine Hightower) was born 04 March 1743/44 in Richmond County, North Farnham Parish, Virginia729, and died 09 September 1815 in Chester District, South Carolina730.He married Mary Williams on 1765 in Warrenton, Virginia731.
Notes for Thomas Thorn:
Thomas Thorn is listed in the 1790 Census living in Warren County, North Carolina. His Will, dated 9 September 1815 is on file in the Chester County Court House in Will Book F, 1816-1817. He served during the Revolution under General Greene, and participated in the battles at Kings Mountain, Eutaw Springs, and Guilford Courthouse. Mary Mobley Reese's DAR application #226011 cites Thomas Thorn's service and her descendence from him. "Revolutionary Soldiers of Catholic Presbyterian" by Mary Wylie Strange contains considerable information on his descendants.
"Thomas Thorn was born 1735 supposedly in Mecklinburg County, Virginia. His place of residence during the Revolutionary War was Warren County, N.C. according to the census of 1790. He afterward moved to Rocky Mount, Chester County, S.C. where he died after 1800. His will dated Sept. 9, 1815, with an inventory of the estate made in 1816 is in Chester County Will Book F, 1816-17. He did not have a land grant.
According to Deed Book F page 82 Chester County, S.C. Jonathan Hemphill sold to Thomas Thorn of S.C. Pinckney District (now Chester County) January 1792, 250 acres of land. This was recorded August 7, 1797. In Deed Book D, page 67, December 24, 1808, Thomas Thorne sold to his son-in-law, Charles Wall, 105 acres on Rocky Creek "where I now live, being a part of my plantation." He lived on or near Catawba River according to Mill's map of 1825, which has a "Thorn's Mill".
Thomas Thorn was of English descent and an Episcopalian in Virginia. In Chester County he found no church of that faith. He and his children were buried in the family half-acres near their homes, as was the custom at that time. Some later descendants are buried in the churchyard at Catholic and a few are still members there.
Graham Sandifer,son of Thomas Thorn Sandifer, took down information given by his father, who was born in 1818, and was living during the lifetime of Thomas Thorn's wife. From this information it would seem that Thomas Thorn not only served in the patriotic army but also under General Greene and was at the Battles of Guilford's Court House, Eutaw Springs, Kings Mountain and other battles."Revolutionary Soldiers of Catholic Presbyterian Church by Mary Wylie Strange.
I am unconvinced that this Thomas Thorn's parents have been identified, or that he is connected with the Hightower genealogy.
More About Thomas Thorn:
Date born 2: 14 July 1735
Event 2: 09 September 1815, Will on file Chester Cty Book F 1816-17.
Occupation: 1790, Listed in Census for Warren County, NC.
More About Thomas Thorn and Mary Williams:
Marriage: 1765, Warrenton, Virginia.731
Children of Thomas Thorn and Mary Williams are:
- +Charles T. Thorn, b. 1769, South Carolina732, d. 15 May 1835, Chester District, South Carolina733.