Emmaretta Phillips

24 December 1853–10 May 1934 (Age 80)
Toms River Township, Ocean, New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of Emmaretta

When Emmaretta Phillips was born on 24 December 1853, in Toms River Township, Ocean, New Jersey, United States, her father, Maurice Richard Phillips, was 43 and her mother, Margaret Emma Luker, was 35. She married Oliver Evans Thornton on 15 February 1873, in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1861 and lived in New Jersey, United States in 1853 and Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 10 May 1934, in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Evans Thornton
Emmaretta Phillips
Marriage: 15 February 1873
Oliver Joseph Thornton
Richard Amazon Thornton
Retta May Thornton
Ira John Thornton
Alice Menetta Thornton
Eva Elzetta Thornton
Mary Delcia Thornton
Owen Edmund Thornton
Sylvia Ann Thornton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 February 1873American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 8
    No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).
    Age 10
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii
    Age 22
    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    English, Dutch, North German, and Jewish (western Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Philip . In North America, this surname has also absorbed cognates from other languages (see Philips ).

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

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    Story Highlight


    Emmaretta Phillips was born on 24 December 1853 in Toms River,Ocean, New Jersey to Maurice Richard and Margaret Emma Luker Phillips. She was the ninth of thirteen children, five girls and eight boys …

    Sources (43)

    • Emuelty Philips Thornton in household of Edmond Owen Thornton, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Emeretta Phillips in entry for William J Peterson and Sylvia Thornton, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • Emeretta Phillips Thornton in entry for Oliver Evans Thornton, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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