William Thornton Jr.

1804–
Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

William Thornton Jr. was born in 1804, in Massachusetts, United States. He married Lucy Foss in April 1829, in Wayne, Kennebec, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, United States in 1860 and Maine, United States in 1870.

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Family Time Line

William Thornton Jr.
1804–
Lucy Foss
1809–1852
Marriage: April 1829
George Thornton
1830–1831
William H Thornton
1831–
Lucy F. Thornton
1834–
Horatio Thornton
1836–1916
Mary E. Thornton
1839–
Sarah Jane Thornton
1842–
Adelia Thornton
1844–1918
Jeremiah Thornton
1847–

Spouse & Children

MARRIAGE
April 1829
Wayne, Kennebec, Maine, United States
children

(8)

  • George Thornton

    Male1830–1831Male

  • William H Thornton

    Male1831–Male

  • Lucy F. Thornton

    Female1834–Female

  • Horatio Thornton

    Male1836–1916Male

  • Mary E. Thornton

    Female1839–Female

+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1804

Age 0

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 0

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 32

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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 (3)

  • William Thornton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Thornton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William in entry for Joseph W. Seavey and Lucy F. Thornton, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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