Israel Thornell

(circa 1645 - September 1688 or October 1688)

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Relationship8th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
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Some Background

Israel Thornell was also known as Israel Thornal.1

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildIsrael Thornell was born circa 1645. Information for this genealogy regarding Israel's parentage and origins has yet to be found.
     The year of his birth is calculated based on likely/presumed age at time of arrival/presence in Woodbridge, New Jersey and likely age at time of the birth of his first known child.2
BrideHannah Gannett married Israel Thornell circa 1675. Year calculated based on the year of birth of her first known child.2
DeceasedHe died in September 1688 or October 1688 in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., Province of New Jersey, British Middle Colonies. "The death of Israel Thornell, the "rate-gatherer" for 1688, seems to have made a great deal of trouble. He died, probably, in September or October, after some of the taxes had been paid; but left his accounts in an unsettled condition. Evidence and personal oaths were required to settle the question of payment in many cases. Not that Thornell was dishonest; but being stricken down suddenly, he had no time to adjust his business with the town. As receipts were not given by the Collector the inhabitants were liable to be visited a second time for the same year's tax. John Ilsley acceptably filled out the unexpired term of Mr. Thornell."3,4

Children with Hannah Gannett:

Founder or First Settler

In 1668, Israel was among the founders/first settlers of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., Province of New Jersey, British Middle Colonies.5

Occupation

Israel was a carpenter... in August of 1669 he was given a houselot on the condition that he build on it immediately. His was a sought after trade in Woodbridge and was apparently successful economically in that he was able to acquire an additional 186 acres if land in the town by the time he died in 16885

Community Service

From 1681 to 1687, at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., Province of New Jersey, British Middle Colonies, Israel Thornell served as Constable for the town. Over the years, until his sudden death in 1688, Israel filled a number of different elected civic offices... Overseer of Highways, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector.6

Will

Israel Thornell prepared a will dated 17 August 1688, in Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., Province of New Jersey, British Middle Colonies. Abstract:
1688 Aug. 17.
Thornell, Israel, of Woodbridge;
will of.
Wife and children, sons and daughters (names not given).
Real and personal estate.
The wife executrix with Samuel Denis, Patrick Falkoner and Ephraim Andrews as overseers.
Witnesses Patrick ffalconar (sic) and John Pike Junior.
Proved March 1, 1688-9.
N.J. Archives, XXL, p. 217, and Middlesex Wills.7

Sources - Citations

  1. [S1038] W. Woodford Clayton, Editor, History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey with Biographical Sketches of many of their Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1882), pg. 850.
  2. [S1037] Joseph W. Dally, Woodbridge and Vicinity : The Story of a New Jersey Township : Embracing the History of Woodbridge, Piscataway, Metuchen and contiguous places, from the earliest times; the History of the different Ecclesiastical Bodies; Important Official Documents relating to the Township, etc. (New Brunswick, New Jersey: A. E. Gordon, 1873), APPENDIX E; pg 348; Record of Marriages, Births & Death, Transcribed Literally from Liber A; marriage inferred.
  3. [S1037] Joseph W. Dally, History of Woodbridge, Piscataway, Metuchen and contiguous places, pg 110.
  4. [S1061] William Nelson, editor, New Jersey Colonial Records, East Jersey Records: Part 8 - Volume 21 Calendar of Records 1664-1703 (n.p.: Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1899), pg. 232.
  5. [S1039] Robert W. Craig, "Starting from Scratch: The First Building Tradesmen of Middlesex County", New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal v. 2, n. 1, p. 50-76, (January 2016).
  6. [S1037] Joseph W. Dally, History of Woodbridge, Piscataway, Metuchen and contiguous places.
  7. [S1042] William Nelson, Editor, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey : Volume XXIII : Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I. 1670-1730 (Paterson, N.J.: The Press Printing And Publishing Co., 1901), pg. 460; does not name family members.
  8. [S1037] Joseph W. Dally, History of Woodbridge, Piscataway, Metuchen and contiguous places, APPENDIX E; Record of Marriages, Births & Death, Transcribed Literally from Liber A.
  9. [S1037] Joseph W. Dally, History of Woodbridge, Piscataway, Metuchen and contiguous places, APPENDIX E; pg 347; Record of Marriages, Births & Death, Transcribed Literally from Liber A.
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