John Thornton


Brief Life History of John

When John Thornton was born in 1715, in Richmond, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, Mark Thornton, was 29 and his mother, Mary Bruce, was 23. He had at least 7 sons and 2 daughters with Jemima Longworth. He lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1800, in Spartanburg, Pinckney District, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 85.

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John Thornton
Jemima Longworth
Luke Thornton
Wiliam Thornton
Henry Thornton
Matthew Thornton
Jane Thornton
Thomas Thornton
Josiah Priah Thornton Sr
Randolph Ransdell Thornton
Jane Thornton

Sources (4)

  • John Thornton, "United States Census, 1800"
  • John Thornton, "United States Census, 1790"
  • Family Data Collection - Births

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World Events (4)


Age 60

"Patrick Henry made his ""Give me Liberty or Give me Death"" speech in Richmond Virginia."


Age 61

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1783 · A Free America

Age 68

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

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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