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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William Riley Thurman
Nora Bourbon Baker
Marriage: 8 August 1901
Elmira Lois Thurman
William James Thurman
Robert Irwin Thurman
Charles Edwin Thurman

Spouse and Children

8 August 1901
Hickman, Tennessee, United States


    Elmira Lois Thurman


    William James Thurman


    Robert Irwin Thurman



Parents and Siblings

    John Riley Thurman


    Elizabeth Elvira Morrow




    Nancy Ann Thurman


    James Martin Thurman


    Eliza J. Thurman


    Elizabeth Ellen Thurman



+4 More Children

World Events (8)


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.

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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