Johann Valentin Thorn was born on 26 April 1733 in Falkenstein.
He and his wife Anna Elisabeth arrived in Russia with three children Anna Margaretha, Heinrich Jacob, and Maria, two of whom were baptized in Falkenstein. Anna Elisabeth and Maria both died during the trip to the colony. They settled in the Volga German colony of Kolb on 13 May 1767 and are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 3.
Descendants of this family also moved to the colony of Frank.
This surname is also spelled as Dorn in some records.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Ko31.
- Parish records of Sankt Alban, Rockenhausen, Central Archive of the Evangelical Church in Pfalz (Archion.de)
- Parish records of Sankt Alban (LDS Film #193160)
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 2 (Göttingen: Der Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2001): 386.