Clarence Emerson Thornton Jr.

1935–1999 (Age 64)
Oconee, Georgia, United States

The Life of Clarence Emerson

When Clarence Emerson Thornton Jr. was born on 30 June 1935, in Oconee, Georgia, United States, his father, Clarence Emerson Thornton Sr., was 32 and his mother, Eula Cobb, was 32. He lived in District 1331, Oconee, Georgia, United States in 1940. He died on 30 July 1999, in Oconee, Georgia, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Mars Hill Cemetery, Oconee, Georgia, United States.

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Clarence Emerson Thornton Sr.
Eula Cobb
Sarah Thornton
Clarence Emerson Thornton Jr.

Parents & Siblings

  • Clarence Emerson Thornton Sr.


  • Female1903–1988Female



World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 2

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1942 · Germans Sink Ships Near St. Simons Island

Age 7

Lights from homes along the coast of St. Simons Island provided a clear view of the SS Oklahoma for German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen on April 8, 1942. A German torpedo was fired at the SS Oklahoma shortly after midnight. An hour later, a second torpedo was fired at the oil tanker Esso Baton Rouge. Both ships sunk and the attacks left 22 seamen dead. After the incident, residents of the Golden Isles panicked over concern of a German Invasion of the coast and were stringently observant of a nighttime blackout.  
1955 · The Civil Rights Movement Begins

Age 20

The civil rights movement was a movement to enforce constitutional and legal rights for African Americans that the other Americans enjoyed. By using nonviolent campaigns, those involved secured new recognition in laws and federal protection of all Americans. Moderators worked with Congress to pass of several pieces of legislation that overturned discriminatory practices.

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (2)

  • Clarence Thornton in household of Clarence Thornton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Clarence E Thornton Jr, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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