Nehemiah Thornton

6 July 1828–6 December 1879 (Age 51)
Drighlington, Yorkshire, England

The Life of Nehemiah

When Nehemiah Thornton was born on 6 July 1828, in Drighlington, Yorkshire, England, his father, Thomas Lightowler, was 25 and his mother, Phoebe Thornton, was 28. He married Mary Marshall on 1 October 1859, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Birstall, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and Yorkshire West Riding, England, United Kingdom in 1851. He died on 6 December 1879, in Drighlington, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 51, and was buried in Drighlington, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

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Nehemiah Thornton
Mary Marshall
Marriage: 1 October 1859
Annice Thornton
Emily Thornton
Lewis Thornton
William Marshall Thornton
Charles Sykes Thornton
Hannah Thornton
Horace Thornton
Major Thornton
Eunice Thornton
Percy Thornton
Nehemiah Thornton

Spouse and Children

1 October 1859
Bradford, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom


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World Events (5)


Age 2

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 5

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 15

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

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)

  • Nehemiah Thornton in household of Jeremiah Thornton, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Nehemiah Thornton, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • Nehemiah Thornton in household of Jeremiah Thornton, "England and Wales Census, 1841"

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