Billie Josphine Thornton Land

1914–2011 (Age 96)
Coalfield, Morgan, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Billie Josphine

When Billie Josphine Thornton Land was born on 25 December 1914, in Coalfield, Morgan, Tennessee, United States, her father, Joseph Walker Thornton, was 19 and her mother, Ann Quanita Brinkerhoff, was 17. She married William Newell Land II on 22 March 1941. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died in August 2011, in Cullman, Alabama, United States, at the age of 96.

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Billie Josphine Thornton Land
William Newell Land II
Marriage: 22 March 1941
Glenda Jean Land Lovell

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22 March 1941


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1917 · The 167th Infantry Regiment

Age 3

The 167th Infantry Regiment of the Alabama National Guard was assigned to the 42nd “Rainbow Division” in World War II. The 167th fought in 5 major campaigns and served at the front longer than any other U.S. Regiment.

Age 27

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.2 Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ ( see Skehan ).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ ( see Drennan ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Billie Jo Thornton, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Billie Jo Thornton, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Billie Jo Thornton, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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