Monday, April 23, 2018

The Thorne-Wilkins Burying Ground

New York Researcher, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter 2017. Pages 5-8.

This article is about the Thorne-Wilkins Burying Ground at Fort Totten on Willets Point in Bayside, New York.

This is of interest to me as I am a descendant of William Thorn(e) Sr. He is supposed to have landed at Boston about 1629. He was admitted as a freeman at Lynn, Massachusetts Bay Colony on May 2, 1638. He left Lynn early in 1643 for Long Island as one of the followers of Lady Deborah Moody (Gravesend, LI). He was one of the patentees at Flushing, LI in 1645. He was one of the signers of the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

I am descended through his son Joseph Thorne (cir. 1642-1727), who married Mary Bowne. Mary Bowne was a daughter of John Bowne (1627-1695) and Hannah Feake (1637-1677). Quakers or the Society of Friends.

Research Sources for your Palatine Ancestors

Research Sources for your Palatine Ancestors

1)   Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration, by Walter Allen Knittle. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965, reprint of 1937 edition.

2)   Palatine Roots: The 1710 German Settlement in New York as Experienced by Johann Peter Wagner, by Nancy Wagoner Dixon. Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1994.

3)   The Palatine Families of New York: A Study of German Immigrants Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710, by Henry Z. Jones. Camden, ME: Picton Press, Third printing 1995.

4)   More Palatine Families: Some Immigrants to the Middle Colonies 1717-1776 and their European Origins, plus New Discoveries on German Families Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710, by Henry Z. Jones. Privately published 1991.

5)   Even More Palatine Families: 18th Century Immigrants to the American Colonies and Their German, Swiss and Austrian Origins, by Henry Z. Jones. Privately published.

6)   The Palatine Families of Ireland, by Henry Z. Jones. Privately published.

7)   The Book of Names: Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the Mohawk Valley, complied and arranged by Lou D. MacWethy. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985.

8)   Palatine Heads of Families from Governor Hunter’s Ration Lists, June 1710 to September 1714, by Boyd Ehle. See the following website:

9)   Mohawk Valley in the Revolution: Committee of Safety Papers & Genealogical Compendium, by Maryly B. Penrose. Franklin Park, NJ: Liberty Bell Associates, 1978.

10)   The Palatines of New York State: A complete compilation of the history of the Palatines who first came to New York State in 1708-1722. The Palatine Society, 1953.

11)  Pages from the Past, No. 4, Palatine Historical Background. Palatines to America, 1993.

12)  The Simmendinger Register. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1984.

13)  The Palatines of Olde Ulster, by Benjamin Myer Brink. Saugerties, NY: Hope Farm Press, 2000.

14)  The Irish Palatines in Ontario: Religion, Ethnicity, and Rural Migration, by Carolyn A. Heald. Gananoque, ON: Langdale Press, 1994.

15)  Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, Vol. 31, N.4, October 2008.  A tri-centennial celebration of the Palatine Migration of 1708/09.

16)  Palatines to America German Genealogy Society.

17)  Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, Old Courthouse, Fonda, NY.