Thomas Jefferson Thornton

22 September 1844–23 July 1916 (Age 71)
Rogersville, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States

The Life Summary of Thomas Jefferson

When Thomas Jefferson Thornton was born on 22 September 1844, in Rogersville, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States, his father, William Henry Thornton, was 27 and his mother, Sarah Ann Rowsey, was 30. He married Mary Ann Covington on 22 December 1869, in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Elgin, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States in 1870 and Election Precinct 4 Cross Roads, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States for about 30 years. He registered for military service in 1907. He died on 23 July 1916, in Thorntontown, Lauderdale, Alabama, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Jefferson Thornton
Mary Ann Covington
Marriage: 22 December 1869
Benjamin T Thornton
William Moses Thornton
Ingram Davis Thornton
Sallie Bet Thornton
Thomas Jefferson Thornton Jr.
Emma Van Della Thornton
Mary Ethel Thornton
Eliza Othellie Thornton
India Belle Thornton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 December 1869Lauderdale, Alabama, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1849 · Capitol Building Destroyed by Fire
    Age 5
    The capitol building in Montgomery was destroyed by fire on December 14, 1849, the 30th anniversary of the state.
    Age 19
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. The placename is most frequent in northern England, especially Yorkshire, where there are at least 16 possible sources for the surname.Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ (see Skehan ).Irish: shortened 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 (16)

    • Thomas J Thornton in household of Sarah Thornton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Thomas Jefferson Thornton in entry for India Thornton Downs, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"
    • Thos Jefferson Thornton, "Alabama, Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927"

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