Joshua Horton

9 August 1806–
Sheshequin, Sheshequin Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Joshua

When Joshua Horton was born on 9 August 1806, in Sheshequin, Sheshequin Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Joshua Horton, was 31 and his mother, Lucy Thompson, was 25. He married Betsey Brink on 5 February 1829. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Sheshequin Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Flagg, Flagg Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States in 1880.

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Joshua Horton
Betsey Brink
Marriage: 5 February 1829
Elizabeth Horton

Spouse and Children


    Betsey Brink


5 February 1829


    Elizabeth Horton


Parents and Siblings


    Lucy Thompson




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World Events (8)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Age 12

Illinois is the 21st state.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 33

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, are named from Old English horh ‘mud’, ‘slime’ or horn ‘dirt’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. One in southern Gloucestershire, however, is named from Old English heorot ‘hart’ + dūn ‘hill’.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Joshua Horton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joshua Horton, "United States Census, 1880"

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