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We are Charles and Evelyn Linger Thorn. We are from West Virginia, but have made our home in Marietta, Georgia for several years. We are researching the surnames Thorn, also spelled Thorne, Wilson, Geer, Gray, McFadden, Linger, Francis, Richardson, McPherson, Gray, Walker, Young, Wright and Kincheloe.

Our Thorn(e) history begins with William Thorne who was born in Dorsetshire, England ca.1610. He married Susannah Booth abt. 1636 in England. We have a lot of information on the Thorn family, but always hope for more. Our line of Thorn's dropped the "e" many years ago, when John Thorne II signed legal papers without the "e". The "e" has been added back by some members of the family down through the years. One brother may use it while another does not. Charles father Delson Thorn married Jessie May Wilson.

Our Geer history is scant. Charles' grandmother Clara Geer married Delson Thorn. We have this history beginning with Hosea Geer and his wife Martha. Their son was Jonathan born in 1813.

Our Wilson history is short. Joseph Wilson born about 1806 in Ritchie County, Virginia, married Mary Cain. They had six sons. Napoleon and Lemuel were twins, born in 1840 in Lewis County, Virginia. He lived for a time in Nebraska and married Rosa (Ukn)about 1879. They had one son, Carl Emery Wilson born 1880 in Nebraska. They went to Iowa about 1884. It is assumed that Rosa died in Iowa. We are searching for the surname of Rosa. Napoleon married a second time in 1891 to Priscilla Hess and again in 1900 to Cora or Carrie Wamsley Woodford. She only lived a few years after they married. Napoleon died in 1925 in Akron, Ohio while living with his son Carl and Carls family. Carl Emery was Charles' grandfather. Any help on this would be appreciated.

We are lacking in McFadden information as well. Henry McFadden married Caroline "Unknown". William McFadden was his son and was Charles' greatgrandfather. He was born 8/8/1835 and died 7/30/1913. He married Debora or Deborah Gray in Noble County, Ohio 12/28/1856. His daughter Mary Elizabeth McFadden married Carl Emery Wilson.

Our Gray line goes back to Michael William Gray born about 1700 and his son Louis. Louis had a son Abraham Gray born about 1854 in New York. The son of Abraham, Peter Gray married Sarah Ann Luke.

We have a large tree on Linger beginning with Nicholas Linger who was born in Hesse, Germany in abt. 1758. We believe his parents were William and Hester. He and his brother Thomas came to America. The story goes that Thomas was in the Hessian army and took Nicholas with him. Nicholas married Margaret McNemar. They lived and raised their family in Lewis, Upshure and Wood Counties of what is now West Virginia.

The biggest mystery of my research is in finding my great grandmother, Josehpine Porter Linger m. to William Benton Linger in 1864 in WV. I have pictures of her and have visited her gravesite but no information on her family. She first appeared in the 1860 Lewis County, Virginia census with the George Linger Family, probably taking care of their children. By the next census she was married to a cousin of Georges, my great grandfather.

My grandmother Bertha Francis married Joseph Franklin Linger. She was the daughter of Charles Manfield Francis of Ohio and Lucinda C. Walker.

The Francis family goes back to Andrew Francis b. abt. 1740 in Maryland and died abt. 1804 in Fauquier Co., Va. His wife was Mary but we do not have a Surname.

Richardson was my mothers maiden name. My research begins with General Bill Richardson. He had at least one son, Mathew Richardson who was married to Mary Ann Reed. Mathew died May 24, 1889. The Richardsons, The McPhersons and the Wrights came from the area of Cross Creek and Jefferson, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

My GGGrandfather was Edward McPherson who was born March 12, 1804 and died Aug. 10, 1893 in Wood Co., Va.(now W.V.) He married Susanna Kinchelow May 20, 1824. Edwards parents
The Thorn and Linger Branches
Updated September 6, 2010


Charles and Evelyn Thorn
2985 Canton Hills Ct.
Marietta, Ga. 30062
A-United States
770 509-8893

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