Lydia Meacham Thornton

Female19 October 1830–1 May 1901

Brief Life History of Lydia Meacham

When Lydia Meacham Thornton was born on 19 October 1830, in Ontario, Canada, her father, Oliver Thornton, was 24 and her mother, Mary Griswold, was 18. She married Edmund Ray Butler about 1847, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850. She died on 1 May 1901, in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in American Fork Cemetery, American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joshua Adams
Lydia Meacham Thornton
Marriage: 1 November 1854
Joshua Alexander Adams Jr.
Lydia Ann Adams
Amos Griswold Adams
Thomas Ephraim Adams
Alice Lillissa Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Sabina Clark Adams
Charity Melissa Adams
Joseph Smith Adams
Oliver Marion Adams
Olive Marian Adams
Bertha Emeretta Adams

Sources (41)

  • Lydia Addams, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lydia Thornton in entry for Amos G. Adams, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • Lydia Adams in household of Joshua Adams, "United States Census, 1860"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 November 1854Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children (12)

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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 2

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


    Age 17

    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States


    Age 20

    Historical Boundaries 1850: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Utah, Utah, United States

    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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