Nathan THORNTON

Nathan THORNTON

Male Abt 1845 - 1862  (~ 17 years)

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  • Name Nathan THORNTON 
    Born Abt 1845  Illinois or Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Ancestor Interest MEDIUM 
    Census 17 Sep 1850  , Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • 1) Riley Thornton, age 24, born in Ohio, farmer.
      2) Rachel Thornton, 24, born in Illinois.
      3) Nathan Thornton, age 5, born in Illinois.
      4) Charity Thornton, age 2, born in Iowa.
      5) Susanna Thornton, age 1, born in Iowa.
    • Role: Household Member
    1850 Census
    1850 Census
    Census 17 Sep 1850  , Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Riley Thornton, head, male, age 24, profession farmer, value of real estate $2,000, born in Ohio; Rachel, female, age 24, born in Illinois; Nathan, male age 5, born in Illinois; Charity, female age 2, born in Iowa; and Susanna, female age 1, born in Iowa.
    • Role: Household Member
    1850 Census
    1850 Census
    Census 1856  Delaware, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 1) Riley H. Thornton, male, age 30, married, born in Ohio, resident in state for ten years, farmer, native voter, militia, and owns land.
      2) Rachael Thornton, age 30, born in Illinois, married, resident of state for ten years.
      3) Nathan Thornton, male, age 10, born in Illinois; Charity Thornton, female, age 8, born in Iowa.
      4) Susanah Thornton, female, age 7, born in Iowa.
      5) George H. Thornton, male, age 5, born in Iowa.
      6) Richard G. Thornton, male, age 3, born in Iowa.
      7) Martin Luther Thornton, male, age 1, born in Iowa.
    • Role: Household Member
    Census 30 Jun 1860  Douglas Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 1) Riley Thornton, head, male, age 34, value of real estate $3,000, birth place Ohio.
      2) R. Thornton, female, age 34, birth place Illinois.
      3) Nathan Thornton, male, age 15, birth place Illinois.
      4) C. Thornton, female, age 12, birth place Iowa.
      5) S. Thornton, female, age 11, birth place Iowa.
      6) George Thornton, male, age 9, birth place Iowa
      7) R.G. Thornton, male, age 7, birth place Iowa.
      8)( M.L. Thornton, male, age 5, birth place Iowa.
      9) C. Thornton, female, age 3, birth place Iowa.
    • Role: Household Member
    THORNTON, NATHAN and RILEY - 1860 US Census.jpg
    THORNTON, NATHAN and RILEY - 1860 US Census.jpg
    Descendant Interest MEDIUM 
    Military 1862  , , Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 
    • Nathan Thornton fought on the Union side; regiment state Iowa, Comnpany I, rank in and out.
    _FSFTID 2D6P-XNJ 
    _UID 78FFA01D1E0B403086E4B15BF0D1A247EDD2 
    Died 21 Sep 1862  Sedalia, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Excerpt from the book "?i?American Patriotism, or Memoirs of Common Men?/i?" (1869) by Leonard Brown [posted to Ancestry.com on 28 Jan 2013 by Dan Olson]:

      Son of Mr. Riley H. Thornton, of Douglas Township, Polk County, Iowa, was born in Vermilion County, Illinois., May 17, 1845, and came with his parents to Polk County, in July of the same year. Enlisted in Company I, 18th Iowa Infantry, July 10, 1862, being then a little past seventeen. Died Sept. 21, 1862, at Sedalia, Mo., of measles, having
      been in the service about two months. He writes :

      " Sedalia, Sept. 3, 1862.
      " My dear Parents, \emdash I wrote you that I had the measles at Clinton, but I think it must have been a mistake, for I have had it good since I came here. I am at the hospital now ; but I think I will leave here before long, for I am about well again. Though weak, I walk about town once in a while. I do not dare to eat what I crave, for fear of the measles coming back again, and the last state is worse than the first. One of the boys in the hospital where I am went to eating trash when he had begun to get well, and the measles came back on him and he died. Two men of our regiment have died since we came into camp, one with measles."

      He says to his little brothers : \emdash

      "You must be good boys, work hard, and mind what father and mother tell you, and go to meeting whenever you can ; behave yourselves properly in company, and keep in boys' place, and grow up to be respected." He was a noble boy, and strove to do his duty as a Christian. He says to his mother, in a letter written from Clinton, \emdash " You must pray for me often; for I have a hard time to serve God where I am." Though so young, he realized fully the obligations of American citizens to defend their country. Says his father : \emdash " Nathan had a notion of enlisting ever since the war began. I opposed it on account of his age, until I thought he knew what hardships he would have to endure. He said that he could do as much work on the farm as a man, and that he could do as much in the army. ' If I were there,' he said, 'I would be one more to help.' I told him then to go, understanding his duty, and what he might have to suffer. It took men, he said, to support the government, and he was no better, he thought, than the rest."

      He was temperate, never drinking coffee nor eating meat ; was always quite lively ; had not an enemy in the world ; was polite in his manners ; loved his little brothers and sisters dearly ; was obedient to his parents ; was kindhearted. " It seemed," said his mother, " that I could never give up for him to go ; but he would never be satisfied without going." If he had lived he would have made a good soldier. He was a congenial companion; a studious and trustworthy boy. His father could intrust to him any affairs, and go from home, leaving his work in Nathan's hands, knowing that it would be well attended to.
    Person ID I3738  Our Blended Family
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2017 

    Father Riley H THORNTON,   b. 1 Nov 1824, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1900, Osceola, Clarke, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Rachel HAWORTH,   b. 1 Jan 1826,   d. 1 Nov 1876, Ankeny, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1844  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 17 Sep 1850  Fort Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 30 Jun 1860  Douglas Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F1584  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1845 - Illinois or Indiana 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 MapsCensus - 30 Jun 1860 - Douglas Township, Polk, Iowa, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Sep 1862 - Sedalia, Missouri, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [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 758, family 758, Riley Thornton household, accessed 13 Apr 2017 (Reliability: 3).
      Riley Thornton, age 24, born in Ohio, farmer; Rachel Thornton, 24, born in Illinois; Nathan Thornton, age 5, born in Illinois; Charity Thornton, age 2, born in Iowa; and Susanna Thornton, age 1, born in Iowa.

    2. [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 133, family 758, Riley Thornton household (Reliability: 3).
      1) Riley Thornton, head, male, age 24, profession farmer, value of real estate $2,000, born in Ohio.
      2) Rachel, female, age 24, born in Illinois.
      3) Nathan, male age 5, born in Illinois.
      4) Charity, female age 2, born in Iowa.
      5) Susanna, female age 1, born in Iowa.

    3. [S860] Iowa, Polk County - 1856 - State census, Iowa, Polk, (Digital images. 2007. \i Ancestry.com\i0 . http://www.ancestry.com : n.d.), Delaware, p. 647, dwelling 62, family 62, line 10, Riley H. Thornton; (http://www.ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).
      Riley H. Thornton, male, age 30, married, born in Ohio, resident in state for ten years, farmer, native voter, militia, and owns land; Rachael Thornton, age 30, born in Illinois, married, resident of state for ten years; Nathan Thornton, male, age 10, born in Illinois; Charity Thornton, female, age 8, born in Iowa, Susanah Thornton, female, age 7, born in Iowa; George H. Thornton, male, age 5, born in Iowa; Richard G. Thornton, male, age 3, born in Iowa; Martin Luther Thornton, male, age 1, born in Iowa.

    4. [S857] Iowa, Polk County - 1860 - U.S. census, Iowa, Polk County, (http://www.Ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M653, roll 338, Douglas, p. 111, dwelling 814, family 720, Riley Thornton household (Reliability: 3).
      Riley Thornton, head, male, age 34, value of real estate $3,000, birth place Ohio; R. Thornton, female, age 34, birth place Illinois; Nathan Thornton, male, age 15, birth place Illinois; C. Thornton, female, age 12, birth place Iowa; S. Thornton, female, age 11, birth place Iowa; George Thornton, male, age 9, birth place Iowa; R.G. Thornton, male, age 7, birth place Iowa; M.L. Thornton, male, age 5, birth place Iowa; C. Thornton, male, age 3, birth place Iowa.

    5. [S879] U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, National Park Service, ((http://ancestry.com : 2007)), accessed 24 Apr 2016), Nathan Thornton; Original data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online <http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/., acquired 2007. (Reliability: 3).
      Nathan Thornton, Union, Iowa 18th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I, Private, Film Number M541 Roll 26.

    6. [S380] Iowa Roster, (24 Jun 2000), TMG Src#: 418.

    7. [S442] Illinois Marriages, Compiler: Jordan Doodd, Liahona Research, (MyFamily.com, Inc, Provo, Utah, 2004), TMG Src#: 477., Vermilion, Illinois; Source Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, microfilm 1298747 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S318] Iowa, Polk County - 1850 - U.S. census, TMG Src#: 358., Riley Thornton (Reliability: 0).

    9. [S709] Iowa, Polk County - 1860 U.S. census Riley Thornton, (30 Jun 1860), TMG Src#: 734.


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