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This was sent to me by a freind at the Rock County Genweb site.
I am a decendent of Jenette Thorburn. --Matt Brown, August 13, 2002

ADAM THORBURN, a retired farmer and scientist of Janesville, Rock County, is one of the wealthy and prominent residents of that city, who, having spent their earlier years in hard work, are now enjoying their declining days, removed from the wear and tear of active business life.

Adam THORBURN was born in Bovina, Delaware Co., N.Y., Dec. 11, 1837, a son of George and Margaret (GLENDENNING) THORBURN, natives of Scotland. The paternal grandfather of our subject, also named Adam, was a native of Scotland, born in 1765, and came to America in 1818 with his wife, Jennette PATTERSON, of Scotland, and four sons and four daughters, settling in Delaware County, N.Y., where he died, aged about seventy-two. While a resident of Scotland Mr. THORBURN was a mail carrier, carrying both mail and government bank notes, but after coming to this country he became a farmer. The maternal grandfather, James GLENDENNING, also a native of Scotland, came to America in 1827, locating in Delaware County, N.Y. Later in 1850, he migrated to Wisconsin, settling in Center, Rock County, where he followed farming for a year, when he died, aged about seventy. James GLENDENNING married Janett HYSLEPH, and six daughters and one son were born to this union. Mr. GLENDENNING's father married a sister of Patrick HENRY.

George THORBURN, the father of our subject, who was a farmer by occupation, came to America in 1818, settling in Delaware County, N.Y., and in 1854 migrating to Janesville, Rock County, where he bought a farm of 280 acres. Here he resided until his death, which occurred in 1882, when he was aged seventy-seven, his wife having passed away in the spring of 1851, aged thirty-seven. Both of these worthy people were Presbyterians in religious faith. While in New York State George THORBURN was a member of the State militia. Thirteen children were born of their marriage, four sons and nine daughters, two of the latter now living: Jeanette, the widow of James BROWN, of Janesville; and Belle, wife of Alexander ATCHINSON, of Spring Brook, Oregon.

Adam THORBURN lived in Delaware County, N.Y., until he was ten years old, when his father removed to Red Hook, Dutchess County, N.Y., where they remained until 1854, when the family removed to Wisconsin. All of his education was obtained in the district schools, he WORKING during the summer upon his father's farm, and remaining thereon until he was twenty-three, though he also worked for others. At that time he and his brother James purchased the homestead; later Adam bought out his brother, and cultivated the farm himself until 1897, when he removed to his present pleasant home at No. 207 Pearl street, Janesville, and rented the farm. This property now contains 240 acres, although at one time it consisted of 280, but Mr. THORBURN sold forty acres of timber, reducing it to its present proportions. In addition he possesses considerable property in Janesville, including his residence.

On September 21, 1881, Adam THORBURN married Mrs. Hannah ELLIS, widow of Arthur ELLIS, and daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (RAGG) GRUNDY, and there were two children born to them, Mary E. and Hannah K. On March 24, 1897, Mrs. THORBURN died, aged fifty years, and her untimely demise was deeply lamented.

Politically Mr. THORBURN is a Republican, and is very highly esteemed by all who know him. Having always taken an interest in science, of late years, Mr. THORBURN has devoted himself to taxidermy, and has a number of very fine specimens of his skill at his home.

Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c)1901, pp. 78-79.


Additional Thorburn Information

DAVID YOUMANS, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Janesville; came to Wisconsin in 1850, and settled in Center Township lived there four years; purchased present homestead of seventy-one acres from Mr. O. CLEELAND, four years ago; born in Orange Co., N.Y., in 1839. Married Miss Nancy THORBURN, daughter of George THORBURN, of Janesville, on Dec. 31, 1874; have two children - George C. and Ella; is Treasurer of School Board at present; raises grain, corn and stock for Chicago markets.

[Taken from "The History of Rock County, Wis." (c)1879, p. 732.]
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DAVID YOUMANS, one of the old settlers of Rock County, and a highly esteemed farmer-citizen of Janesville township, resides in Section 30, upon a well-cultivated farm.

David YOUMANS was born in Orange County, N.Y., Dec. 6, 1839, son of Nehemiah and Margaret (KELLEY) YOUMANS, natives of New York. The paternal grandfather of our subject, David YOUMANS, died in middle life; he had a large family. The grandfather on the mother's side was a native of Ireland, but came to American, settling at Newburgh, N.Y. The family of this gentleman was a very large one, and he lived to see his children and their children grow up about him, and died at the age of eighty years. Nehemiah YOUMANS was a blacksmith by trade. He died in Orange County, N.Y., in 1852, aged about forty years. In 1849 his wife died, aged thirty-six years; both attended the Presbyterian Church. To this couple were born six children, four now living: Annie, wife of Peter COLGAN, of New Haven, Conn.; David; and Mary and Sarah, both unmarried, and residents of New Haven, Conn.; George, who was a soldier in the Civil war, died in Andersonville prison.

David YOUMANS, our subject, lived in Orange County, N.Y., until ten years of age, attending the district school at Searsburg. In 1850 he came West to Wisconsin, in company with George CLELAND and wife, via the great lakes to Milwaukee, and thence to Center township, Rock County, by wagon. Here they took up government land, and David YOUMANS lived with Mr. and Mrs. CLELAND until he grew to mature years. Later he supplemented his early education by a course at a commercial college at Madison. In 1875 Mr. YOUMANS purchased his present farm of about seventy-five acres, which he has brought into a high state of cultivation.

On Jan. 21, 1874, David YOUMANS married Miss Nancy THORBURN, who was born Dec. 28, 1843, in Delaware County, N.Y., daughter of George and Margaret (GLENDENNING) THORBURN and two children were born to this union: George C., who lives at home, and Ella, who died in 1888, when a little over eleven years of age. Mrs. YOUMANS passed away Dec. 11, 1883; she was a consistent member of and worker in the Congregational Church. Mr. YOUMANS belongs to Fortville Lodge, No. 137, F. & A.M. Politically his affiliations are with the Democratic party, and he has held the office of district trustee for twenty-two years. There is no man in Janesville township who is more representative of the best agricultural interests of the State than is Mr. YOUMANS, understanding, as he does, so thoroughly, farming pon modern methods, with latest improved appliances.

[Taken from "Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Rock, Green, Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Wisconsin" (c) 1901, pp.230-231.]



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