When John Thomas Billington was born on 28 June 1896, in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States, his father, Marion Billington, was 22 and his mother, Anna Lowe, was 19. He lived in Crystal Springs, Kidder, North Dakota, United States in 1910 and Deer Creek, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1924. He died on 28 March 1985, in Angora Township, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 88.
English: habitational name from any of the three places called Billington, in Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Bedfordshire. The first of these is first recorded in 1196 as Billingduna ‘sword-shaped hill’ (see Bill 2); the second is in Domesday Book as Belintone ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of Billa’; the one in Bedfordshire is recorded in 1196 as Billendon, from an Old English personal name Billa + dūn ‘hill’. The place in Lancashire is the most likely source of the surname.
History: John Billington (1580–1630), from Spalding, Lincolnshire, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 and an early settler in Plymouth Colony. Governor Bradford called him ‘the profanest’ of the settlers; eventually he was hanged for murder. His son Francis married and had children.