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Susannah Booth

Female - Aft 1676

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  • Name Susannah Booth  [1
    Born England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft Jan 1676  Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I6821  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2016 

    Family 1 William Thorne,   b. Bef 1618, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1657-1664, Jamaica, Long Island, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Married Bef 1636  [2, 4
    +1. Joseph Thorne,   b. Abt 1642,   d. May 1727, Flushing, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F1363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Hallett,   b. Abt 1616, Bridport, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1705, Hell Gate, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married Between 1657-1669  [2, 3
    • Separated by 1674
    Divorced 1674  [3
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F3738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From The Winthrop Woman, a historical novel by Anya Seton (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958):

      "There's Will now," Elizabeth cried, suddenly catching sight of his tall figure standing at the gate and talking to someone. "Isn't he splendid in that new scarlet coat? I had a time getting the everlasting leather jerkin off him."

      Anneke laughed. "Bess, you look at your husband, eager as a girl vith her first sveetheart. And at your age, lieveling!"

      "Aye -- " said Elizabeth breathing deep. Then she added slowly, "Why, he's talking to the young widow Thorne, she seems to be the first arrival."

      Anneke glanced sideways at her friend, and knowing Elizabeth as she did, sensed a withdrawal, though Elizabeth's face showed nothing. Anneke examined the widow Thorne who was very pretty, had dark curly hair, and a roguish smile. She was demurely droved in black, with a plain white collar. She looked about twenty-five. Anneke had never seen the young woman before and was struck by a resemblance to someone. In a moment she realized to whom. In coloring, and height, in the tilt of the head while laughing up at Will, there was a suggestion of Elizabeth as she had been when Anneke first met her in Watertown over twenty years ago.

      "Do you see much of this widow Thorne?" asked Anneke, carefully counting the stitches on her needle.

      "From time to time," said Elizabeth, and went on with some incoherence. "Susannah Thorne lives over in Maspeth with her father Mr. Booth, rather lonely for her, and she comes to visit the girls. The Thornes were Dorset folk so Will and Susannah often reminisce too. I expect she'll marry soon again."

      "No doubt," said Anneke, knitting fast while she had an uneasy thought. Will Hallet was only thirty-nine, and men of about that age were susceptible. Her Toby was much younger than she, but it did not matter, since romantic passion had never been their bond, and she neither inquired nor cared what he did on his voyages. When Will and Susannah Thorne walked over to them, Anneke favored the pair with a sharp stare. But Will gave his wife his usual warm attentive look, while Susannah cried in sincere pleasure, "Oh, Mrs. Hallet, I'm so glad to see you! What a wonderful day for Hannah's fete!"

      Elizabeth smiled, and pressed Susannah's hand with extreme cordiality because the thoughts which had just occurred to Anneke, she had already suffered many times; ever since she had first seen the pretty young widow, and the resemblance to her younger self, and Will's unconscious response to it.


      William Hallet was the third and final husband of Elizabeth Fones, who had previously been married to Henry Winthrop and Robert Feake. After Elizabeth died in 1655, William Hallet married Susanna (Booth) Thorne, as her second husband. The marriage ended in divorce in 1674.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1387] Eardeley Genealogy Collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

    2. [S199] Genealogies of Long Island Families, From the New York Genealogical and Bibliographical Record, ed. Henry B. Hoff. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1987.

    3. [S756] Early New England Families, 1641-1700, by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    4. [S745] Thorn Dickinson, "Early History of the Thorne Family of Long Island." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 92:1, 92:91, 92:178, 92:208, 93:29, 93:85, 93:158.