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Sunday, July 26, 2015


Elias Thorne, Skaneateles, NY
UPDATE - Elias Thorne has been claimed and is going home to Skaneateles.

This photo of Elias Thorne was located at an outdoor antique show in Liverpool NY this weekend.

The photo was taken in nearby Auburn NY probably around 1895.

He was born in Dutchess County NY on 15 Feb 1811 to parents Obediah Thorne and Charity Haight. Around 1830 he relocated to the Finger Lakes area and began a career as a farmer, eventually becoming a wool-farmer toward the end of his life.

Elias was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends (Quakers). He was married twice; first to Mary Cornell who bore him two children (Theresa and Charles) and died early at the age of 23. His second wife was Mary Douglas Kellogg with whom he produced a daughter Georgianna.

Elsewhere on the internet I came across this photo of an old painting of Elias Thorne, and I post it here for the sake of comparison. He is likely around 45 years of age at that time.

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