Thorne, James an eminent minister of. the Bible Christians, was born at Shebbear, Devonshire, England, September 21, 1795. At an early age he was converted, and in 1816 entered the ministry. By nature and grace he was peculiarly fitted to be a leading spirit in the Connection. His gifts were diversified, his piety deep, his devotion to the work thorough, and his spirit catholic, childlike, and forbearing. He was president of the Conference five times, viz., in 1831, 1835, 1842, 1857, and 1865; secretary from 1819 to 1830, from 1832 to 1835, in 1849 and 1850, and in 1853 — eighteen times; and for several years editor and book-steward. He died January 28, 1872. See Minutes of the Conference, 1872; Jubilee Volume, published in 1866.