The Thorne Family
and the Perry Frisby House

By Dennis Weaver, Maple Shade historian, July 21, 2008.



I started to look into this house located at 428 South Coles Avenue due to researching Thomas Thorne and his son Joseph Thorne.

Part 1- Whos Original Land Was It Over There?

Samuel Burrough Sr. of Evesham bought the "Collins Lane house" plantation from Joseph Rudderow. Also a part of his 200 something acre plantation, north of Maple Ave. in Cherry Hill, which he got from his father Samuel, who owned the grist mill and lived by it, extended into the Little Red Schoolhouse area.

Joseph Burrough, brother of Samuel Burrough Sr. of Evesham, and son of Samuel Burrough who owned the grist mill, lived in a large brick home somewhere nearby where the Levitz furniture store is on Church Road, Cherry Hill. The farm called Woodland Farm. He died in 1810 (His son, Joseph, deeded the Schoolhouse lot in Dec. 1811) and in his will, (Book of Wills A page 514 in Woodbury, Gloucester County Surrogate's Office) he states...

"Lands in Burlington County that I purchased from my brother Samuel Burrough, Thomas Thorne, Thomas Stiles, Hugh Cowperthwaite, and Joseph Plum, and meadow I purchased of Thomas Morton."

I, for a time now have believed that the Robert Stiles land must have gone from creek to creek as did the Roberts, Hancock, and Matlack tracts. This was also edged on by Charles B. Coles, according To Prowell's book "The History of Camden County, NJ," marrying Rachael Burrough and then buying the land from Reuben Burrough's Estate.

The following is quoted from the George Reeser Prowell's book "The History of Camden County, NJ" published in 1886-

Joseph Coles, the grandfather of Charles B. Coles, was married to Sarah Heulings. Their son Charles was born July 7, 1807, and died February 25, 1837; married Rachel Burrough, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Davis) Burrough, and had two children, Joseph, who died in childhood, and Charles B. Coles, who was born on August 7, 1836, at the homestead now owned by himself, and known as the Coles Mill Farm, in Chester township, Burlington County, near the Camden line, to which place his father moved upon his marriage with Rachel Burrough, whose ancestors for six generations had owned the same property. His mother died in the Eleventh Month 29,1869, aged sixty-five years.

Charles B. Coles’ father died when he was less than a year and a half old. When eight years of age he went to reside with an uncle on a farm, and in early life followed the occupation of farming. In 1864 he engaged in the active business of life and has since followed it with unabated prosperity.

C.B. Coles' Planing Mill, corner of Front and Liberty Streets, is owned by Charles B. Coles, who, in 1864, in connection with William S. Doughten, started the business on Front Street and Chestnut, the firm-name being Doughten & Coles. They continued in partnership until 1870, when they dissolved, and Charles B. Coles built his own mill at the present location.

Charles B. Coles married Mary M. Colson in 1865 and had two children. They were William C. and Henry B., and the C.B. Coles' Planing Mill would later be named the C.B. Coles and Sons Company. Charles B. Coles would move to Chester Avenue in Moorestown, but keep the "Alden Park" land until losing it in the Depression. His son Henry B. Coles would live at the S.W. corner of Main Street and Coles Avenue for a time in a large house.

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Charles B. Coles
took title on March 25, 1835
under deed book N 3 page 283
sold by the executors of Reuben Burrough
(William Burrough and Joseph Burrough)
containing 167 19/100 acres of land
for the sum of 9,028.26 dollars

Jan. 22 1810, Joseph Burrough formerly of Waterford Township willed to Reuben Burrough among other a certain Grist-Mill and plantation and all his lands situated partly in the County of Burlington and partly in the County of Gloucester with the Grist Mill, Mill Pond and appurtenances,

containing 167 19/100 acres for sale at public vendue on 28 day of January at the house of William Doughten Inn Keeper in Moorestown
at sale said Charles Coles was highest Bidder at 9,028.26 dollars, from William Burrough and Joseph Burrough, 167 19/100 acres at 54 dollars per acre.

Beginning at Walnut tree corner to land of Late Samuel Burrough, corner of Samuel Roberts, crossing Moorestown Road to Samuel Roberts and William Stiles line thence to the corner of Frisby's lot side of Cooper's Landing Road, in the Joseph Burrough line in the old saw mill pond, excepting out of this grant the School house lot, together also with all and singular the dwelling house, Grist Mill, Mill Pond, barns, buildings, improvements, etc...

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Well, part or all of this Burrough/Coles land on the Maple Shade side of the south branch of the Pennsauken Creek had to have come from Thomas Stiles, son of Ephraim Stiles.

Robert Stiles Jr. married his cousin Sarah Rudderow (daughter of John and Lucy Stiles Rudderow). He had two sons, Robert and Ephraim. He died Dec. 24, 1728. His will states "I give and bequeath to my son Robert Stiles and to his heirs and assigns forever, One Half of my land. And the other half I give to my son Ephraim Stiles, his heirs and assigns forever." He also provides for Nicholas and Sarah and "for the child yet unborn."



From the Asa Matlack collection-

Thomas Stiles, son of Ephraim and Mercy Ann Brown, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth. Thomas Stiles died 2-17-1779, buried in Colestown.
Ephraim Stiles, father of above Thomas, hung himself in his barn 9-14-1771. My Uncle Job, who then was a Sexton at the Church would not let his corpse be interned...

I believe the point of North Forklanding Road is the dividing line between Robert and Ephraim's lands. I say "point" because it runs at a different pitch. The "Levi Lippincott land" (and perhaps house) would remain in the Stiles family for awhile, going from Robert, Ephraim, Thomas, to Thomas' son William in 1810. The creek land was purchased by the Burrough and Thorne families.

Anyhow, back to the Stiles land going from creek to creek. All was confirmed in the deed from Joseph Rudderow to Samuel Burrough stating-

John Rudderows Jr.'s will is quoted in deed book Z-4 page 21,22, ..., August 1772, in which Samuel Burrough is buying Joseph Rudderow's land (Collins Lane house).

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Rudderow and his heirs and assigns forever one hundred and twenty five acres of land lying on the Westerly Branch of Pensauking Creek, Beginning at Ephraim Stiles lower corner on said Branch and along the same to a Black oak markt for a corner between Joseph and Samuel Rudderow's line for a second corner....

I do not know yet if the land for what Iam calling the "Frisby House" or broader speaking, the Thomas Thorne land, was originally Stiles or Roberts family land.

Part 2- What Does It Have To Do With the Collins Lane House?

Below is the will abstract for Samuel Burrough Sr. of Evesham, who also owned a plantation in Waterford (Cherry Hill), and Chester Twp. (Collins Lane house, Maple Shade). He mentions his nephew Joseph Thorne. John Haines of Evesham was an executor and seemed to look after the Thomas Thorne Estate somewhat as well. Thomas Thorne died in 1809.


Thomas Thorne Jr. (died 1809), 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.


Part 3- 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 was once the Old Ferry Road of the 1760s. Samuel Burrough's grist mill was on it on the Cherry Hill side of 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.
(Maybe the Frisby house was on property. ? Also I drew it as a one section farmhouse, but it could have been two sections. ? However, it is probable the house was built or moved to there in 1818 after Coles Avenue, then Cooper's Landing Road, was layed out in 1817. Also note it is not, as custom would follow, built on the hilltop but centered in its lot.)

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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Thomas Thorne purchased this land in the 1700s. Some was sold to Joseph Burrough pre 1810.

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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Thomas Thorne purchased this land in the 1700s. Some was sold to Joseph Burrough pre 1810.




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 Thorne 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 Thorne Sr., who died in 1748. The house was razed in 1959 and Cherry Valley and Peppermill Farms housing developments are on the property.

Thomas Thorne 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.

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

After Thomas Thorne'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)

I have not seen it as of this writing, but Chalkley Matlack wrote an extensive work of books called "Chalkley Matlack's Book of Thornes," of which there is a copy of in the N.J. State Library , State St., Trenton.



Part 4- 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- Under the will are executor notes and Samuel Stiles became the main executor and the only name, I believe, that is listed in the Grantor book.)

Inventory-
Notes on 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 said, "I have been as successful as I could have been."



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