Calvin THORNTON

Calvin THORNTON

Male 1830 - 1908  (78 years)

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  • Name Calvin THORNTON 
    Born 7 Jan 1830  , Vermilion, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Ancestor Interest MEDIUM 
    Census 1840  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1840 U.S. Federal 
    • Nathan Thornton; Home in 1840: Vermilion, Illinois; Free White Persons - Males - 5 thr 9: 2; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 3; Free White Persons - Males - 40 thr 49: 1; Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 2; No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1; Free White Persons - Under 20: 11; Free White Persons - 20 thr 49: 3; Total Free White Persons: 14; Total All Persons - Free Wite, Free Colored, Slaves: 14.
    • Role: Household Member
    Census 1840  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    1840 U.S. Federal 
    • Nathan Thornton; Home in 1840: Vermilion, Illinois; Free White Persons - Males - 5 thr 9: 2; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 3; Free White Persons - Males - 40 thr 49: 1; Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 2; No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1; Free White Persons - Under 20: 11; Free White Persons - 20 thr 49: 3; Total Free White Persons: 14; Total All Persons - Free Wite, Free Colored, Slaves: 14.
    • Role: Household Member
    1840 census
    1840 census
    Census 17 Sep 1850  , Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1) Nathan Thornton, farmer, age 51, birthplace North Carolina, value of real estate $2500.
      2) Charity Thornton, age 45, birthplace South Carolina.
      3) Newton Thornton, age 18, birthplace Illinois.
      4) Anne Thornton, age 13, birthplace Illinois.
      5) Jane Thornton, age 11, birthplace Illinois.
      6) William Thornton, age 8, birthplace Illinois.
      7) Thomas F. Thornton, age 5, birthplace Illinois.
    • Role: Household Member
    Census 17 Sep 1850  , Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1) Nathan Thornton, farmer, age 51, birthplace North Carolina, value of real estate $2500.
      2) Charity Thornton, age 45, birthplace South Carolina.
      3) Newton Thornton, age 18, birthplace Illinois.
      4) Anne Thornton, age 13, birthplace Illinois.
      5) Jane Thornton, age 11, birthplace Illinois.
      6) William Thornton, age 8, birthplace Illinois.
      7) Thomas F. Thornton, age 5, birthplace Illinois.
    • Role: Household Member
    1850 Census
    1850 Census
    Descendant Interest MEDIUM 
    Residence 1900  Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Also residing in this household were W.G. Harris, age 78, and Maude Thornton, age 21
    _UID 523B8EEA43014F638400A0EFCB23BB7B320C 
    Died 3 Sep 1908 
    Buried Altadena, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    2400 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
    Altadena, CA 91001
    626-794-7133
    http://www.mtn-view.com/ 
    Person ID I1799  Our Blended Family
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2016 

    Father Nathan THORNTON,   b. 25 Apr 1799, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1878, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Charity COOK,   b. 15 Mar 1805, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1853, Ankeny, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 11 Jul 1821  Liberty, Union, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • Nathan and Charity were second cousins. His father and Charity's mother were first cousins
    Census 17 Sep 1850  Fort Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F1590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Araminta HARRIS,   b. 15 Mar 1831, Henry, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Jan 1854  Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Census 30 Jun 1860  Douglas Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • C. Thornton, male, age 30. Born in Indiana. Occupation was farmer. Value of real estate was $2500, and personal estate was valued at $350||C. Thornton
    Census 10 Jun 1870  Lee Township, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Married white male. Age 40. Born in Illinois. He was a farmer||Calvin Thornton
    Census 26 Jun 1880  Grant Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Calvin Thornton, married white male, age 50. Occupation is farmer. He was born in Illinois. His father was born in North Carolina, and his mother in South Carolina
    Children 
     1. Jerome B. THORNTON,   b. Abt 1855, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Nancy E. THORNTON,   b. 1855, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ida Jane THORNTON,   b. Abt 1859,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Laura V. THORNTON,   b. Abt 1861, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Alta M. THORNTON,   b. Abt 1862, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Viola THORNTON,   b. Abt 1864, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Maud THORNTON,   b. Abt 1875, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1840 U.S. Federal - 1840 - , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1840 U.S. Federal - 1840 - , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 17 Sep 1850 - , Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 17 Sep 1850 - , Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1854 - Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 30 Jun 1860 - Douglas Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 10 Jun 1870 - Lee Township, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 26 Jun 1880 - Grant Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Calvin Thornton

  • Notes 


    • Calvin secured an education sufficient to fit him for successful business. When 17 years old he concluded he could do better than living on a farm and that he would learn a trade. His father attempted to dissuade him, telling him that it was his intention to give each of his children a farm or set them up in business; that if he left his home, he would get no farm, and no start in business from him. Despite the wishes of his father, he apprenticed himself for 30 months to learn the trade of cabinetmaker. At the end of the first year of his apprenticeship, in 1848, he got a ticket-of-leave to visit his father, who had removed to Polk County. His visit completed, he returned and served the remainder of his apprenticeship.

      In September 1850 he returned to Fort Des Moines, in a prairie schooner. He at once began work at his trade. And with resolute spirit took up the burden of life, often being reminded of the "no farm" decree of his father, which was faithfully kept, and which he later in life often said was a real benefit, for it forced him to rely upon his own sources.

      In January 1851, having reached his majority, he decided to invest in farm land. In April 1851 he was elected clerk of Delaware Township, and soon after Township Assessor, Director of the School District and President of the School Board, and held one or more of those offices so long as he lived in the township. In 1857 Calvin was appointed by the County Clerk to organize the township for election, revenue and judicial purposes. He was elected the first Justice of the Peace in the township, and held the place so long as he resided there. A few years later, his father-in-law died, leaving a farm which is now the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Calvin sold his farm, settled with the heirs of his father-in-law, took possession of the farm, and lived thereon until he sold it to the State Agricultural Society in 1886. [14]

  • Sources 
    1. [S705] Andrews, Pioneers of Polk County, L.F. Andrews, (Trisler Company, Des Moines, 1908), TMG Src#: 73., pages 459-64 (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S851] Illinois, Vermillion County - 1840 U.S. census, Illinois, Vermilion County, (www.Ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010), M704, roll 71, p. 126, line 5, Nathan Thornton, accessed 19 Mar 2016. (Reliability: 3).
      Nathan Thornton; Home in 1840: Vermilion, Illinois; Free White Persons - Males - 5 thr 9: 2; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 3; Free White Persons - Males - 40 thr 49: 1; Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2; Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 2; No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1; Free White Persons - Under 20: 11; Free White Persons - 20 thr 49: 3; Total Free White Persons: 14; Total All Persons - Free Wite, Free Colored, Slaves: 14.

    3. [S855] Iowa, Polk County - 1850 - U.S. Census, Iowa, Polk, (http://www.Ancestry.cin: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M432, roll 188, p. 61A, dwelling 134, family 759, Nathan Thornton household (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S565] 1900 US Census California Los Angeles Co, (1900), TMG Src#: 597.

    5. [S780] Find A Grave, (http://findagrave.com: 2012), accessed 23 Mar 2016<, Calvin Thornton (Reliability: 3).
      Calvin Thornton, born 7 Jan 1830 in Illinois, died 3 Sep 1908 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA, cemetery Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum.

    6. [S243] Ancestoral chart of Martin Lut, TMG Src#: 286.

    7. [S522] Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1892, Compiler: Jordan Dodd, ((Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2004)), TMG Src#: 554.

    8. [S710] 1850 Census Thornton Nathan, (17 Sep 1850), TMG Src#: 735.

    9. [S705] Andrews, Pioneers of Polk County, L.F. Andrews, (Trisler Company, Des Moines, 1908), TMG Src#: 73., page 460 (Reliability: 0).

    10. [S62] Polk County Marriages 1846-1866, Compiler: Pioneer Sons & Daughters Genealogical Society, (Iowa Genealogical Society, Des Moines, Iowa, 1983), TMG Src#: 108.

    11. [S310] Iowa, Polk County - 1860 - U.S. census, TMG Src#: 350., C. Thornton (Reliability: 0).

    12. [S415] Iowa, Polk County - 1870 - U.S.census, TMG Src#: 451., Calvin Thornton (Reliability: 0).

    13. [S382] 1880 Census IA Polk Co, TMG Src#: 420., Calvin Thornton (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S705] Andrews, Pioneers of Polk County, L.F. Andrews, (Trisler Company, Des Moines, 1908), TMG Src#: 73., pages 459-464 (Reliability: 3).


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