Edwin Terry Thornberry

8 April 1900–29 January 1996 (Age 95)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Edwin Terry

When Edwin Terry Thornberry was born on 8 April 1900, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Thomas Lynn Thornberry, was 30 and his mother, Gertrude Walker, was 25. He lived in Robards, Henderson, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and Magisterial District 6 Robard, Henderson, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 29 January 1996, in Henderson, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Spencer Cemetery, Robards, Henderson, Kentucky, United States.

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Edwin Terry Thornberry
Mae Olen Spencer

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    Walker L. Thornberry



    Halbert H Thornberry


    Lillian P Thornberry


    Roy Burnie Thornsberry


World Events (8)

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 1

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.
1904 · The Black Patch War

Age 4

From 1904-1909, the Black Patch War took place. This was a war between about 30 counties in southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee. The war was mostly over the Dark Fired Tobacco that was produced in the area during this time.
1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 26

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from Thornborough in North Yorkshire (Thornebergh in 12th-century records) or Thornbrough in Northumberland and North Yorkshire (T(h)orneburg in 13th-century records). The former is probably so named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + beorg ‘hill’; the latter from þorn + burh ‘fort’. Other possible though less likely sources are Thornbury in Devon, Gloucestershire, or Herefordshire, which are all named from Old English þorn + byrig, dative of burh ‘fortified place’.2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of Swedish Thornberg .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Terry E Thornberry in household of Thos L Thornberry, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Terry Thornberry in household of Thos L Thornberry, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Infant Thornsbury in household of Thomas Thornsbury, "United States Census, 1900"

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