William Henry Thornton

Male21 May 1856–19 February 1911

Brief Life History 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 3 sons. He lived in Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States in 1905. 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, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.

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

Sources (13)

  • Henry Thornton, "New York State Census, 1905"
  • Henry Thornton in entry for R H Thornton, "New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936"
  • William H Thornton, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"

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  • Marriage
    14 October 1879
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)


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    Age 16

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    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. The placename is most frequent in northern England, especially Yorkshire, where there are at least 16 possible sources for the surname.

    Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ (see Skehan ).

    Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ (see Drennan ).

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

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