Martha Jane Thornton

18 July 1840–20 June 1912 (Age 71)
Quincy Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Thornton was born on 18 July 1840, in Quincy Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Levi Thornton, was 21 and her mother, Eliza Ann Terman, was 20. She married Theodore Albert Lee about 1856, in Waynesboro, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States. She lived in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States in 1860 and Fielding, Box Elder, Utah, United States in 1900. She died on 20 June 1912, in Portage, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Portage, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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William Henry Harrison Sharp
Martha Jane Thornton
Marriage: 14 November 1863

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 November 1863Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion
    Age 1
    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.
    Age 6
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 23
    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 (12)

    • Martha J Thornton in household of Levi Thornton, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Martha Lee, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Martha Jane Thornton, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)"

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