William Thornton Jr.

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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William Thornton Jr.
Lucy Foss
Marriage: April 1829
George Thornton
William H Thornton
Lucy F. Thornton
Horatio Thornton
Mary E. Thornton
Sarah Jane Thornton
Adelia Thornton
Jeremiah Thornton

Spouse & Children

April 1829
Wayne, Kennebec, Maine, United States


  • George Thornton


  • William H Thornton


  • Lucy F. Thornton


  • Horatio Thornton


  • Mary E. Thornton


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


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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