According to tradition, the first Horne in America was Dutch. His father died in London, his pregnant mother made the rest of the trip to America alone, and delivered her baby in Baltimore. I have not been able to identify this unknown ancestor.
The earliest proven ancestor of this family was John Horne (1736-1840), a physician educated at the University of Edinburgh, who came from Carlisle in Cumberland to America about 1800. The family was first documented in North Carolina, but might have previously lived in Delaware. One branch of George’s descendants moved to Georgia, then in the late 1850s to Indiana.
William S. Horne (1833-1896) of Madison County, Indiana served in the Union Army as a drummer. He was kicked in the head by a mule at the Battle of Palmetto Ranch (11 May 1865, in Texas), and discharged as disabled . . . one of the last casualties of the Civil War. After the war, William moved to Missouri, where he married Rachel Roberson, a Cherokee who had been a Confederate sympathizer. His pension application shows that the family was destitute and moved frequently. Their house burned in 1896, and William died a few months later.
William’s son George Rufus Redmond Horn (1876-1969) worked as a railroad fireman in Nebraska. He was the first to spell the name without the final e. Many of his descendants have maintained the tradition of working for the railroad. George’s daughter Evelyn Horn married Dudley Howery.
1. Dr. John George Horne (1736-1840), physician; married Catherine Hook (1740-1840). They came to America, and settled in North Carolina.
2. John Horne (about 1765-before 1820) a farmer in Davidson County, North Carolina. He married Ann (Skidmore?) (1768-1840).
3. George Horne (1799-1854), a farmer in Madison County, Indiana. He married Martha “Patsey” Johnson (1804-1869), daughter of John and Nancy (Stever) Johnson, of Surry County, North Carolina.
4. William Steven Horne (1832-1896), a farmer in Rock Port, Missouri. He married Rachel Jane Roberson(1847-1944), daughter of Rufus Morgan and Elizabeth A. (Lomax) Roberson, of Holt County, Missouri.
5. George Rufus Redmond Horn (1876-1969), a railroad fireman in Fremont, Nebraska. He married Myrtle Louise Quillen (1885-1956), daughter of James Robert and Clara Etta (Weight) Quillen, of Tabor, Iowa.
6. Evelyn Louise Horn (1911- ); married Dudley Hamilton Howery (1910-1983), a jeweler in Laramie, Wyoming.