Hugh Kennedy Thornton

16 August 1836–5 July 1926 (Age 89)
Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Hugh Kennedy

When Hugh Kennedy Thornton was born on 16 August 1836, in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, William Collins Thornton, was 30 and his mother, Mary Kennedy, was 28. He married Elizabeth Smith on 28 October 1861. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Lincoln Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Rialto Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1900. He died on 5 July 1926, in Colton, San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Rialto, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hugh Kennedy Thornton
Elizabeth Smith
Marriage: 28 October 1861
Hugh Alexander Thornton
Mary Thornton
William H. Thornton
Marion Elizabeth Thornton
Arthur Gilbert Thornton
Margaret Thornton
Elizabeth Thornton
John Smith Thornton
Emily Thornton
Ralph Thornton
Andrew Joseph Thornton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 October 1861
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 7
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
    Age 15
    Historical Boundaries: 1851: Harrison, Iowa, United States
    Age 27
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Sources (23)

    • A Thornton in entry for Hugh Alexander Thornton, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Hugh Thornton in household of James W Metcalf, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Hugh Thornton in entry for William Thornton and Elsie E Turner, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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