Jehu Hank “John” Thorn

Jehu Hank “John” Thorn

Knottsville, Taylor County, West Virginia, USA
Death 21 Dec 1899 (aged 74)
Sandyville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Sandyville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 40868024 · View Source
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1) His Grave
2) Himself
3) His Daughter with Her Husband
4) The Cemetery

About Jehu and his wife Elizabeth:
Jehu Hank Thorn was born March 25, 1825 at Bulltown (now Knottsville, Taylor County, West Virginia). He met Elizabeth Sprague about 1844. Nobody knows how they met or where, but we can imagine where it might have been -- family gatherings or church socials or mutual friendsa are time honored occasions for meeting a special someone. Elizabeth was known all her life as a loving, soft, and kind woman. Not nearly so much is known about Jehu, except that we was much less easy to know than Elizabeth. They were married in 1845, probably Jackson County, West Virginia. Jehu, like most people in the area, was a farmer. He probably grew food for the family, and maybe a little tobacco. The hills of Jackson County razor up from the calleys, and they don't provide farmland that will make the farmer rich. It's hard to raise much on the side of a hill, and the valleys were narrow.

Nearly everyone raised a large family back then. Elizabeth and Jehu both had been one of a family of eleven children. Elizabeth's family was of Irish descent, and some of her close relatives helped to settle in Marietta, Ohio. She was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, December 22, 1827.

Elizabeth and Jehu started their own family when they settled on Thorn's Run in Wirt County, Virginia (Now West Virginia). After having six of their eight children, they decided to try their luck in the west. About 1865, they packed up their few belongings, and in a covered wagon, they left Thorn's Run.

There is no record of their trip, but it's not hard to imagine how difficult it must have been. The country was just starting to recover from the Civil War, and times were hard for everyone. They got as far as Hazeltown, Indiana. One more child was born there, but she survived only a few months.

Evidently, they had little success in establishing themselves, for within a year they returned to Jackson County, and settled down in Silverthorn. Their eighth child, Anna Bell, was born there in 1867. They made still another move in the early part of 1870, this time to Tuppers Plains, Ohio, which is near Coolville. Sometime later, they once again returned to Jackson County where they purchased a farm near Sandyville, on Copper Fork, and Jehu spent his remaining days there.

Jehu died December 21, 1899. After he died, Elizabeth sold the farm and spent her remaining days visiting with their children.

Elizabeth was very refined and a gentle woman in her manner. She was considerate of other people and deeply religious. Everyone loved her; she was a sweet old lady. She died while staying with Tudie (Anna Bell, their youngest child), on Februrary 9, 1919. She was 91 years old. She was sharp and active til she died.

Jehu and Elizabeth are buried in Independence Cemetery near Sandyville, Jackson County, West Virginia. Seven children survived them.



  • Maintained by: Rachel Powell
  • Originally Created by: FRAGGLEROCK66
  • Added: 19 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 40868024
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jehu Hank “John” Thorn (25 Mar 1825–21 Dec 1899), Find a Grave Memorial no. 40868024, citing Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Rachel Powell (contributor 47229143) .