William Henry Thornton

21 May 1856–19 February 1911 (Age 54)
Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Thornton was born on 21 May 1856, in Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, his father, Davis Thornton, was 27 and his mother, Abigail McCoy, was 19. He married Matilda Stintman on 14 October 1879. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 19 February 1911, in Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Allegany Cemetery, Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.

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William Henry Thornton
Matilda Stintman
Marriage: 14 October 1879
Earl Terrel Glover Thornton
Richard Holley Thornton

Spouse and Children

14 October 1879


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World Events (8)


Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 7

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 16

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.2 Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ ( see Skehan ).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ ( see Drennan ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Henry Thornton in household of R H Mc Coy, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Henry Thornton in household of Richard H Mccoy, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Wm H Thornton in household of Richard Mc Coy, "United States Census, 1870"

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