John Thornton

1645–1688 (Age 43)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England

The Life of John

When John Thornton was born about 1645, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, his father, Robert Thornton, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth Robinson, was 25. He had at least 4 sons with Mary Palmer. He died in May 1688, in Virginia, British Colonial America, at the age of 43.

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Family Time Line

John Thornton
Mary Palmer
Daniel Thornton
William Thornton
Henry Thornton
Stephen Thornton

Spouse & Children



  • Daniel Thornton


  • Henry Thornton


  • Male1670–Male

  • Stephen Thornton


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World Events (1)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 43

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • John Thornton in entry for William Thornton, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John Thornton in entry for William Thornton, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John Thornton, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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