|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1831|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1916|
Joseph was the son of John Thorn and Elizabeth Ann Beatty. He married Margaret J Beatty on Aug 21, 1855 in Butler Co, PA. They were the parents of 11 children, 6 still living in 1900: Samuel Joseph, Robert C, Anicka Mae, Emma Etta, Ena Mary, Margaret Jane "Mattie", Nellie, and Alf (Nellie and Alf are not listed with the family in 1885 census).
Joseph worked smelting ore for the making of railroad iron in Pennsylvania. The Thorns came from Pennsylvania to Iowa in about 1868, crossing the Des Moines River (Mississippi) at Dubuque. They found the river full to its banks and no bridges being there in those days they had to camp on the river bank until the water lowered somewhat. Then they crossed the river swimming the oxen, as they drove ox teams in those days instead of Fords. They stopped at Dakota City, Iowa, where they were farmers.
Sept 22, 1916 - Humboldt Republican - Mr Joseph Thorn was born in Butler Co, PA on Dec 8, 1830. Was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Beatty August 21, 1855. To this union 11 children were born 5 of whom are alive: Samuel John Thorn, Mrs Mitchell at Lake Park; Mrs Clevidence at South Dakota; Mrs Loomer at Livermore; Mrs Deadrick at Alberta, Canada.
He died on September 5, 1916 aged 85 years, 8 months, & 28 days. There remains to mourn his loss in addition to those named: 21 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren. Burial was in the Humboldt cemetery. Gazette
John Thorn (1806 - 1875)
Elizabeth Ann Beatty Thorn (1811 - 1889)
Margaret J Beatty Thorn (1839 - 1923)
Samuel Joseph Thorn (1858 - 1934)*
Robert C Thorn (1860 - 1902)*
Anna M Thorn Mitchell (1865 - 1918)*
Ena Mary Thorn Loomer (1870 - 1925)*
Martha Jane Thorn Deadrick (1873 - 1933)*
Joseph McGinnes Thorn (1831 - 1916)
Mary Anna Thorn Shoup (1833 - 1912)*
Elizabeth Caven Thorn Leedom (1834 - 1917)*
McCune Lormar Thorn (1847 - 1936)*
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Jan 20, 2011
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