Henry Thorne and family


Henry John Thorne (1813-1883), his wife Agnes Chestnut (born 1819), and daughters Agnes C. (1844-1931), Anna C. (1846-1914) and Harriet (1850-1953), are buried here in a row.

In the rear is the grave of Henry Thorne’s granddaughter, Madge Thorne Sterling, born 1873, who died 13 September 1895, aged 21, at Boston, Massachusetts.

There is no tombstone marking the grave of Henry Thorne, who was born 1813 in Plymouth, England. He was married in 1837 to Agnes, daughter of Robert Chestnut, whose burial plot this one adjoins. In 1851 Margaret Chestnut, 78, was a lodger in the Thorne home.

This was a Methodist family. Henry Thorne had been assistant postmaster for ten years or more when he was appointed Postmaster on 1 March 1875, succeeding Andrew Straton Phair. He resigned this post in 1880 and died in 1883. Before entering the service of the Post Office, he was a merchant.

The census of 1861 shows Henry J. Thorne, 48, living with his wife, Agnes, 42; Henry J., 19; Agnes, 17; Anna C., 15; Robert Chestnut, 13; Harriet, 11; and Ella L., aged 6 years. The record of the baptism of their younger son may be seen in the old records of the Wilmot United Church:

Robert Chestnut, son of Henry John, merchant, and Agnes Thorne, born Nov. 22, 1847, baptised April 9, 1848.

The elder son, Henry John, born in 1841, married Matilda Yerxa and is not buried here. Harriet married William Charles Black. Agnes and Ella Thorne, buried here, were noted teachers in Fredericton and Ella formed the first King’s Daughters Circle. Margaret, the eldest daughter, married John Allen Sterling, and their daughter Madge is buried here with her grandparents and aunts.

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