Edgar Preston Thornton

15 October 1900–23 July 1979 (Age 78)
Neshoba, Mississippi, United States

The Life Summary of Edgar Preston

When Edgar Preston Thornton was born on 15 October 1900, in Neshoba, Mississippi, United States, his father, Emmett Lafayette Thornton Sr, was 22 and his mother, Collie Mae Ingram, was 18. He married Mary Bertha Yates on 10 December 1923, in Poinsett, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Beat 1, Neshoba, Mississippi, United States in 1910 and Beat 4, Amite, Mississippi, United States for about 10 years. He died on 23 July 1979, in Neshoba, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Cooks Chapel, Neshoba, Mississippi, United States.

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Edgar Preston Thornton
Mary Bertha Yates
Marriage: 10 December 1923
Edna Mae Thornton
Harold Jay Thornton
Barbara Thornton

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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.
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop
Age 7
When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack
Age 23
Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

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 ).

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

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Sources (6)

  • Edgar P Thornton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Edgar P Thornton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Edgar Thornton in household of Code M Cannon, "United States Census, 1910"

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