|Grave of Stephen Thorn|
This is Stephen Thorn, a shoemaker born around 1811 and a father of (at least) twelve children, five of whom are buried in the cemetery. Three of these children died as infants, one just a few months before the death of Stephen's first wife, Susan Weeks. Another child died as a teenager, and one in her twenties. A sixth child died in her twenties but is buried in a different cemetery.
Here is Stephen Thorn's family in 1850, just two years before Susan's death. Their son Stephen Jr. died on May 3, 1852, at the age of 5 months, placing his birth somewhere around early January of that year. Susan died on August 16, 1852, at the age of 39.
|1850 US Federal Census|
Stephen Thorn married Harriet B. Dixon sometime before 1856 (their first child together was born in January of 1857). I have to wonder what she thought of the prospect of marrying a man with eight children. In 1850, aged 26, she was living with her middle-aged parents, presumably the last of her siblings to leave the house. Her father was a laborer who owned no property. Given that Harriet was between the ages of 28 and 32 when she was married, she was unusual for her time. Most of her peers would have been married young, in their early twenties.
Early in their marriage, Stephen and Harriet lost two infants within two years: George Thorn in 1857 and J. Lewis Thorn in 1858. Neither lived past nine weeks old. One child of Stephen and Harriet did live: Albert Thorn, born in 1861, who was living with them and his half-sister Julia in 1870.
|1870 US Federal Census|
|1880 US Federal Census|
Here is a summary of the lives of the Thorn children who reached maturity:
Sarah E. Thorn - Unknown.
Charles Thorn, who was 12 in the 1850 census, was in 1860 living with a nearby family of Sarleses and working as a shoemaker. He died of Bright's disease in 1878 in New Market, New Jersey. In 1907, his widow Lucy had his remains removed from the Episcopal Cemetery and reburied in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. You can read more about it in this post.
Abby Jane Thorn was living in Danbury, CT, in 1860, where she worked as a hat trimmer. She died in 1865 at the age of 25.
Antoinetta Thorn married Edward Keer, a German immigrant and jeweler, in 1867 and lived in Newark, New Jersey.
|Antoinetta Thorn Keer|
Frances Thorn married Abraham Van Winkle in 1865 and had three children. She died in 1875 and was buried in the cemetery, then was disinterred and reburied elsewhere in the 1920s. Read about it here.
|Frances Thorn Van Winkle|
Albert Thorn married Hattie B. and continued to work as a shoemaker. Hattie died in 1904 of heart failure caused by typhoid fever and is buried in the cemetery. Albert, who suffered from paralysis, was living in the Westchester County Almshouse in July 1916, but was discharged after only a week's stay.
- Stephen Thorn (1811-1891) m. (1) Susan Weeks (1813-1852); (2) Harriet B. Dixon (1823-1900)
- Sarah E. Thorn (1837-)
- Charles H. Thorn (1838-1907) m. Lucy
- Abby Jane Thorn (1839-1865)
- Antoinetta Thorn (1841-) m. Edward Keer (1841-) in 1867
- Esther Thorn (1843-) m. Richard Lappin (1845-)
- Frances A. Thorn (1845-1875) m. Abraham Van Winkle (1829-1909) in 1865
- Adrienne Van Winkle (1867-1965)
- Charlotte Van Winkle (1869-1924)
- Charles Van Winkle (1872-1954)
- William F. Thorn (1849-1863)
- Julia Thorn (1850-1924) m. William DeWitt Moose (1837-1915)
- William DeWitt Moose Jr. (1877-1947)
- Stephen Thorn (1852-1852)
- George Thorn (1857-1857)
- J. Lewis Thorn (1858-1858)
- Albert Thorn (1861-after 1916) m. Hattie B. (1857-1904)