William Riley Thurman

3 September 1862–10 December 1945 (Age 83)
Giles, Tennessee, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Thurman was born on 3 September 1862, in Giles, Tennessee, United States, his father, John Riley Thurman, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Elvira Morrow, was 31. He married Nora Bourbon Baker on 8 August 1901, in Hickman, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Civil District 9, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States in 1930 and Civil District 9, Williamson, Tennessee, United States in 1940. He died on 10 December 1945, in Williamson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Franklin, Williamson, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Riley Thurman
1862–1945
Nora Bourbon Baker
1871–1963
Marriage: 8 August 1901
Elmira Lois Thurman
1904–1993
William James Thurman
1906–1987
Robert Irwin Thurman
1908–1965
Charles Edwin Thurman
1908–1983

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
8 August 1901
Hickman, Tennessee, United States
children

(4)

    Elmira Lois Thurman

    Female1904–1993Female

    William James Thurman

    Male1906–1987Male

    Robert Irwin Thurman

    Male1908–1965Male

    Male1908–1983Male

Parents and Siblings

    John Riley Thurman

    Male1828–1878Male

    Elizabeth Elvira Morrow

    Female1831–1899Female

siblings

(9)

    Nancy Ann Thurman

    Female1852–Female

    James Martin Thurman

    Male1854–1932Male

    Eliza J. Thurman

    Female1856–Female

    Elizabeth Ellen Thurman

    Female1858–1925Female

    Male1862–1945Male

+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1863

Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Sultana Tragedy

Age 3

In April of 1865, the steamboat the Sultana exploded. The Civil War had been over for awhile so this was considered the worst maritime disaster in US history. Compared to the Titanic where 1,512 people were killed, 1,8000 soldiers were killed on the Sultana. Confederate soldiers that weeks earlier had been fighting with Union soldiers were now fighting to save their lives.
1886

Age 24

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

1 English (East Midlands): from the Middle English personal name Thurmond, Old Norse þormundr, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Norse god of thunder ( see Thor ) + mundr ‘protection’. Reaney and Wilson suggest that, Thurmond having been an uncommon personal name, this surname may also represent the commoner name Thurmod, Thormod with the second element derived from Old Norse móþr ‘mind’, ‘courage’, but assimilated to -mund (a common second element in other compound names).2 German (Thurmann): habitational name for someone from a place called Thur ( see Thur ).3 German (Thurmann): occupational name for a watchman, from Middle Low German torn(e)-man (torn(e) ‘tower’) or Middle High German turn, turm ‘tower’ + man ‘man’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • W Rily Thurman in household of Mrs E E Thurman, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William B Thurman in household of John K Thurman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Thurman, "United States Census, 1920"

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