John Gorton

Male21 December 1765–15 September 1838

Brief Life History of John

When John Gorton was born on 21 December 1765, in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Benjamin Gorton, was 40 and his mother, Avis Hulett, was 24. He married Hope Brown on 13 February 1787, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 15 September 1838, in Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 72.

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John Gorton
Hope Brown
Marriage: 13 February 1787
George Brown Gorton
Daniel Gorton
Hope Ann Gorton
John Anthony Gorton
Sanford Gorton
Benjamin Burroughs Gorton
Edwin Gorton
Independence Whipple Gorton
Avis Melisa Gorton

Sources (12)

  • John Gorton in entry for Independence Wilson Gorton, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"
  • John in entry for Daniel Gorton, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • John in entry for David Gorton, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 February 1787Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 11

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1776 · Rhode Island Declares Independence

    Age 11

    Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, making it the first colony to do so officially.

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion

    Age 21

    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

    Name Meaning

    English (Lancashire): habitational name from a place in Lancashire, so named from Old English gor ‘dirt, mud’ + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’.

    History: Introduced in America by a family from Gorton, Lancashire, England (three miles from Manchester), the name Gorton was also adopted by a religious group known as the Gortonites. They were followers of Samuel Gorton (c. 1592–1677), whose unorthodox religious beliefs, which included denying the doctrine of the Trinity, caused him to seek religious toleration by emigrating to Boston in 1637 with his family. In conflict with authorities in Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Newport, he eventually settled in Shawomet, RI, and renamed it Warwick. He died there in 1677, leaving three sons and at least six daughters.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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