Thomas Thorn land and Perry Frisby




The house was a part of the house at 428 South Coles Avenue.

From some time in the mid- 1700s the Thorn family owned the land. In the 1900s the land west of Coles Avenue became the Plan of Sunny Brook Farms owned by Joseph E. Rynning and Rosa Rynning his wife. The Streets are named Rynning, Florence and Rose Avenues. The property ends at Rose Avenue and marks the location that the Old Market Road went.

Coles Avenue was Cooperlanding Road laid out in 1817. It is interesting that soon after in 1818 land was sold to a black farmer named Perry Frisby. The Thorn family didnít seem to live in the Maple Shade area in the late 1600s or early 1700s and when and if they did live in the area, I donít think it was for long. The Asa R. Lippincott family was related to them.

The following information is from T. Chalkley Matlackís Book of Thorns-
Thomas Thorn, only son of Thomas and Latitia (Hinchman) Thorn was born in 1739 on an old house on the Thorn plantation. Three years after his birth, in 1742, the new brick house was built by his parents. Thomas was nine years old when his father died in 1748. In the year 1759, when he was twenty years old, he married Abigail Burrough, daughter of Samuel and Ann (Gray) Burrough, one year older than he. They had eleven children, the first died in infancy, being less than a year old. Thomas Thorn died September 17, 1809.

The house they lived at was named Thorndale and located in what is today Cherry Hill off Kings Highway across from Crooked Lane near where the Matlackís saw mill once was on the Pennsauken Creek. The house was razed for a housing development.

Remember that Thomas Thorn married Abigail Burrough, a daughter of Samuel and Ann (Gray) Burrough and land was given/ bought nearby her parents which actually looks like original Stilesí land to me. And remember Thomas Thorn died September 17, 1809.


Perry Frisby House Land Chain of Title-

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Joseph Rynning
took title in 1910
under deed book 456, page 491
from Henry Mosebach Jr, and his wife Lillian
For the Sum of 7,250 dollars.
Two tracts- One containing 31 and 1/4 acres, and one containing eleven acres.

(Also there is another deed of Joseph E. Rynning and Rosa Rynning his wife, of Philadelphia buying land in 1913, under deed book 499, pages 332,334 from Alice M. Wesley, then reselling her back her house lot. Alice M. Wesley got the land under deed book X, page 303, in 1811, from Joseph Burrough.)


Map detail from the 1907 G.M. Hopkins Camden and the Environs Atlas map of Maple Shade showing the Asa R. Lippincott and Frisby house, etc... lots coming together under one owner. The road to the Charles B. Coles house (Rose Avenue) was once the Old Ferry Road of the 1760s. Samuel Burrough's grist mill was on it near the Pennsauken Creek.


A. Frisby House

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Albert Mosebach and Henry Mosebach Jr., both of Philadelphia
took title on March 28, 1901
under deed book 352, page 266
from William Ridgrow Ex, and Margaret A., his wife.
Containing 31 25/100 acres.

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William Ridgrow
took title on February 1, 1896
under deed book 320, page 522
from Charles B. Coles Ex., and other Coles family Ex.
(I think it said Mary M. Coles died.)
for the Sum of 6,900 dollars.
30 and 1/4 acres.

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Mary M. Coles, wife of Charles B. Coles
took title in October 1877
under deed book Q-9, page 408
and conveyed unto Emma J. Austin, wife of L. Henny Austin in fee, deed book E-10, page 270. Foreclosure granted said premises back to Charles B. Coles.

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Mary M. Coles
took title on October 27, 1877
under deed book Q-9, page 408
sold by David J. Pancoast, Master in chancery.

Abigail R. McCallister was the complaintent.
Samuel Smith, Daniel Smith, Anne Smith, and William McMalthon were executors of the last will and testament of Bridget Smith, deceased.
Bridget Smith deceased and Daniel Wilsey defendants.
Several debts, one for 2,126 dollars.
Indenture of mortgage given to Samuel Smith and Bridget Smith his wife to Charles B. Coles

Jan(?) 21, 1865 assigned to William S. McCallister and him devised to the complainant June 21, 1877.

Sale Public Vendue October 20, 1877, ads in West Jersey Press and Mount Holly Herald.

Note- The ad in the Mount Holly Herald gives no details about the house. (on microfilm at Burlington County Library)
Containing 30 1/4 acres of land.
It has at the end of the land description-
"Seized as the property of Samuel Smith, Daniel Smith, Annie Smith, and William McHalton, executors of the last will and testament of Bridget Smith, deceased, and Daniel Wilsey, at the suit of Abigail K. McCallister, and to be sold by David J. Pancoast, Special Master."

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Link or links of title chain missing here that I did not get.

J.D. Scott's 1876 Atlas Map of Chester Township has William McCadden for the house. (See above note. Prob. should be McCallister. I cannot find any of these names in Grantor/ Grantee books or in the Surrogate's Office. I think they might have just been renting or paying a mortgage to someone else. ? There are McCallisters in the early 1900s buying from Mary Cutler, probably children of the above.)

1870 Census-
Bridget Smith 45 yrs. old, Keeping House,
Samuel Smith 17 yrs. old, Farmer,
Daniel Smith 14 yrs. old, Attending School
Annie Smith, 12 yrs. old, Attending School

The 1860 Lake and Beers Map of Phila. and Vicinity has William Miller for the house. (Burlington County Library wall map)

The 1858 Parry and Sykes Map of Burlington County has "J. Sutherland" for the house. (Burlington County Library wall map)

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Adam Southern
took title on May 15,1854
under deed book O-5, page 581
Sold by Samuel Stiles, Jacob Adams, and William H. Harris, Executors of the last will and testament of Perry Frisby late of the the township of Chester.

Several lots and parcels of land adjoining each other.
Sum of 1,252 dollars and 12 1/2 cents.
Containing 18 acres and 55/100 acre. part from a deed dated 1818, from John Haines and wife, deed book H-2, page 383, and part from William Stile, deed book H-3, page 57.

(My Note- Perry Frisby, and Hannah his wife, sold one acre and 77/100 of an acre of land to Charles Coles in 1838, that Frisby had purchased from William Stiles. Deed book S-3, page 309)

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The 1849 Smith And Wistar Map of Burlington County has "H. Frisby" for the house. Perry's wife was named Hannah. (Moorestown Library wall map)

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        PERRY FRISBY,
       a colored farmer.
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Perry Frisby
took title on March 15, 1838
under deed book X-3, page 57
sold by William Stiles

Perry Frisby, a coloured man of the township of Chester.
Sum of 166 dollars and 10 cents
12 acres and 15/100 acre of land.
From William Stiles who bought it from Joseph L. Burrough and Elizabeth Burrough.

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Perry Frisby
took title on April 15,1818
under deed book H-2, page 383
sold by John Haines and Elizabeth his wife of Evesham

Perry Frisby, a coloured man of Waterford.
Land situate in Chester to stake cornerland sold to William Rudrow in Joseph Burrow's line.
Containing 4 acres, one rood, and 5 perches of land.

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John Haines
took title on September 24,1810
under deed book V, page 266
sold by Joseph Thorne and Isaac Thorne
Executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Thorne of Waterford.
for the sum of 1037 dollars and 90 cents.

Lots to be sold at public sale November 28, 1809.

All these several described lots of woodland. Thomas Thorne was in his lifetime seized of sundry tracts or parcels of land situate in the township of Chester.

Lots 1,2,3 and Lot 4, and lot 5. were in three tracts of land.
One tract was 20 acres, two roods, 13 perches of woodland.
One tract was 12 acres, 6 perches.
One tract was 4 acres, one rood, and 5 perches.

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B. Asa R. Lippincott Woods

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Henry Mosebach Jr. and Albert Mosebach
took title on March 28,1902
under deed book 429, page 165
from William and Joseph Lippincott of Delaware Township, Executors of Hannah D. Lippincott, died.

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Map detail from the G.M. Hopkins 1877
Philadelphia and the Environs Atlas.

Asa Roberts Lippincott married Hannah Dudley Thorne,
the only child of William and Hannah Thorne.

William Thorne was one of the sons of Thomas Thorne,
who bought out his brothers' shares
to the Thornedale farm in Waterford and also
this Chester Township land that he left as woodland.


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William Thorne
took title on April 15, 1818
under deed book 360, page 42
from John Haines of Evesham
12 acres and 6 perches of land.

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John Haines
took title on September 24,1810
under deed book V, page 266
sold by Joseph Thorne and Isaac Thorne
Executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Thorne of Waterford.
for the sum of 1037 dollars and 90 cents.

Lots to be sold at public sale November 28, 1809.

All these several described lots of woodland. Thomas Thorne was in his lifetime seized of sundry tracts or parcels of land situate in the township of Chester.

Lots 1,2,3 and Lot 4, and lot 5. were in three tracts of land.
One tract was 20 acres, two roods, 13 perches of woodland.
One tract was 12 acres, 6 perches.
One tract was 4 acres, one rood, and 5 perches.

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C- "Rudderow Tract"

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William Rudderow
took title on January 22, 1810
under deed book U, page 691
sold by Joseph Thorne and Isaac Thorne
Executors of the last will and testament of Thomas Thorne of Waterford.
For the Sum of 651 dollars and 99 cents.
Two tracts of woodland situate in Chester Township.
One is 20 acres, two roods, and 13 perches, and the other is 16 acres, and two roods.
Adjoining the lands of Samuel Roberts, William Roberts, and others.



D- Thornedale


Map detail from the G.M. Hopkins 1877
Philadelphia and the Environs Atlas.

The Thomas Thorn homestead was in Cherry Hill on Kings Highway near the Colestown Cemetery, with a part of its once 200 plus acres crossing into Maple Shade between the lands of Asa Matlack and Samuel Roberts.

The brick farmhouse was the second home on the property and built in 1742 by Thomas Thorn Sr., who died in 1748. The house was razed in 1959 and Cherry Valley and Peppermill Farms housing developments are on the property.

Thomas Thorn Jr. (died 1809), inherited the plantation and in 1759 married Abigail Burrough, daughter of Samuel and Ann (Grey) Burrough who owned a grist mill in Waterford Twp. Abigail's brother is Samuel Burrough Sr. of Evesham who owned the "Collins Lane house." Her brother Joseph was the father of Joseph Burrough who deeded the Chesterford Schoolhouse lot to neighborhood subscribers. Her older sister, Hannah, was the first wife of Robert Stiles the 3rd. Thomas and Abigail Thorne's daughter Ann married Enoch Roberts. There are probably a few more ties.

"Thorndale," as the plantation was named, had slaves working on it as did Burrough farms, etc.. until the Quakers ended that here.

After Thomas Thorn's death in 1809, son William Thorne bought out his brothers' shares of Thornedale and some of the other Thorne land. John Haines of Evesham purchased some. William Thorne's only child was Hannah Dudley Thorne.

Hannah D. Thorne married Asa Roberts Lippincott in 1842, and one year later the property was heired to him. Thornedale was sold to a neighboring farmer, J. Heulings Coles, in 1922.

The above information is from "Descendants of Asa R. and Hannah D. Lippincott" papers compiled by Elizabeth R. Lippincott in 1960. (Moorestown Library)

Chalkley Matlack wrote an extensive work of books called "Chalkley Matlack's Book of Thorns," of which there is a copy of in the N.J. State Library , State St., Trenton.



Notes from Perry Frisby's Will-

Perry Frisby of Chester Township died April 6, 1847.
Below are some notes I took from Will Book G, page 56, and Inventory E, page 354.

Wife is Hannah Frisby (I didn't get details)
Estate to be sold.
Mary Scott- 100 dollars, my niece who lived part of time with me.
Rest of my Estate to be divided between my two brothers James Frisby and John Frisby.
Sister Phillis (City of Baltimore) share and share alike.
I appoint Jacob Adams and William Harris as my Executors.

(Note- Samuel Stiles became the main executor.)

Inventory-
Debts.
Desk and Drawers, 1 stove, chairs and settee, Looking Glass and Stand, cupboard and contents, Tabel, stove, Doughtrough tabel and settee, sadirons and tinware, bedstead and beding, 2 Guns and aparatus, etc... etc.... corn, wheat, oats, sadel, bridel, wagon, plough, etc... etc...
6 hogs, 3 cows, 1 horse, poultry

He said one thing, I believe mentioned after the 100 dollars to his neice Mary Scott, which struck me.
He wrote "I have been as successful as I could have been."


Note from Dennis- It is really a dilemma I face. I always said Thorne and Thornedale. I saw this in a geneology of Hannah Dudley Lippincott and in deeds way before ever going to the New Jersey State Library and seeing Chalkley Matlack's Book of Thorns (no E) He never calls the local Thorns as Thornes and always says Thorndale. When at least I refer to the local family and to his book I will use his spelling.


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