Sir. Henry Thornton IV

1627–1730 (Age 102)
Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Henry

When Sir. Henry Thornton IV was born on 13 August 1627, in Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom, his father, Henry William Thornton III, was 21 and his mother, Martha Floud, was 20. He married Deborah Scoper on 18 November 1652, in St Margaret, Westminster, Middlesex, England. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died in 1730, in Richmond, Virginia, British Colonial America, at the age of 103.

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Family Time Line

Sir. Henry Thornton IV
Deborah Scoper
Marriage: 18 November 1652
John Thornton
Henry Thornton V

Spouse & Children

18 November 1652
St Margaret, Westminster, Middlesex, England


Parents & Siblings



  • Male1627–1730Male

  • Mary Thornton


  • Alice Thornton


  • Benjamin Thornton


World Events (3)

1642 · The English Civil War

Age 15

A series of conflicts regarding England's governance during the years 1642 to 1651 is now known as The English Civil War. Charles I summoned supporters to join him against his enemies in Parliament. In October 1642, nearly 10,000 men fought for Charles I and chased Parliament across the River Tamar. Fighting continued for years and was finally ended at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, with a Parliamentarian victory.
1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 61

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 93

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.

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.

Story Highlight

William Thornton and Elizabeth Rowland

The Thornton Family by W. G. Stanard Though there have been in Virginia several different familes of this name. the largest and most prominent has been that which originally settled in Gloucester …

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Sources (2)

  • Henry Thornton, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland, and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

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