About Mary Birdsall
John Thorne was married to Mary Birdsall (daughter of Zadoc Birdsall and Lavinia Purdy) on 4 Jun 1784 in Westchester County, NY. Date & location just a good guess. Altho the families were both Quakers for generations no surviving record exists of their Marriage. It was no doubt a Quaker Marriage & most likely in Chappaqua MM. Mary Birdsall was born on 2 Sep 1762 in Chappaqua, Westchester Co, NY. She died on 14 Oct 1825 in Newburgh, Orange Co, NY. She was buried on 14 Oct 1825 in Plattekill, Ulster County, NY. We know for certain that she is buried with husband John in the Plattekill Friends Cemetery. She with headstone & his was thought gone, but is there. I have her place of death as Newburg, as that is where she lived with John, who preceded her in death by 4 years. At her death at least 3 of her children were living in or very near Plattekill, which is only about 7 miles from Newburg. The point being she may well have been living with one of her children at her demise. She was Quaker. Philip V. Thorne Notes:
Mary's younger brother Daniel J. Birdsall married her husband John's younger sister Anna Thorne.
In 1789 The CHAPPAQUA MM sent a letter to The CORNWALL MM asking them to deal with Mary THORNE formerly BIRDSALL for having married out of the Society of Friends. She had requested a Certificate of Removal, which would allow her membership to be transferred from CHAPPAQUA TO CORNWALL . She married John THORNE, who at that point was no longer a Quaker, or they were married by a priest or magistrate. She wrote a letter acknowledging her error, it was accepted & she was granted a Certificate of Removal. John apparently did not request a formal membership but in his will, He asked to be buried in The Manner of The Friends, so it would seem that he may have lived out his life as a Quaker.
In Shirley Anson's abstract of the Marlboro MM, Mary Thorne's death is listed. She was obviously a member of Marlboro at her death. As I have previously speculated, She probably was no longer living in Newburgh. She was probably living with 1 of her children in the Plattekill area. Her son Thomas P Thorne was there & son Daniel B Thorne was also. Her youngest daughter Jane T Thorne was there married to Jacob Coutant Gerow, whose son John B Gerow, became the guardian of her great grand kids, the Browns. Plus others. John Thorn and Mary Birdsall had the following children:
+1211 i. Solomon Thorn.
+1212 ii. Jonathan Thorn.
+1213 iii. Zadoc Thorn.
+1214 iv. Hannah Thorn.
+1215 v. Thomas P. Thorn.