Willard DeAlton Thornley

10 July 1908–26 July 1997 (Age 89)
Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States

The Life of Willard DeAlton

When Willard DeAlton Thornley was born on 10 July 1908, in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States, his father, William Thornley, was 42 and his mother, Emma Sarah Clark, was 37. He lived in Smithfield Election Precinct, Cache, Utah, United States in 1940. He died on 26 July 1997, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Thornley
1866–1918
Emma Sarah Clark
1871–1945
Lilla Maud Thornley
1895–1974
William Clark Thornley
1897–1982
Wilson Robert Thornley
1899–1979
Moselle or Sywila Thornley
1902–1902
Gwendella Thornley
1904–1968
Willard DeAlton Thornley
1908–1997

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World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1909 · The Cathedral of the Madeleine

Age 1

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church that was completed in 1909 and currently serves as a cathedral for the Catholic community in Salt Lake City. It is the only cathedral in the U.S. under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene.
1932

Age 24

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Lancashire): habitational name from Thornley in Lancashire, so named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

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Story Highlight

My First Writing Mentor (from Diann Thornley Read)

Uncle Willard was a poet of some renown throughout Utah. When I began to develop my own talent for writing, he encouraged me in my early efforts. Once, after reading a story I'd written, he told me I …

Sources (3)

  • Willars De Alton Thornley, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Willard De Alton Thornley in household of Emma Clark Thornley, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Willard Dealton Thornley in household of Lilla Maud Thornley, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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