Thomas J. THORNTON

Thomas J. THORNTON

Male 1762 - 1834  (72 years)

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  • Name Thomas J. THORNTON  [1
    Immigration late 1700  [1
    • Charleston, Pennsylvania
    Born 11 Oct 1762  Snow Camp, Alamance, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Ancestor Interest MEDIUM 
    Descendant Interest MEDIUM 
    Residence 1776  District 96, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration Dec 1782  Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • According to the book "Thorntons in North Carolina," Thomas, with his father and siblings, left Charleston, South Carolina when the city fell to the American forces as they were Loyalists
    Immigration 1786  North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Thomas returned to the U.S. after the death of his father, and also because North Carolina pardoned Loyalists after the war was over
    Residence Apr 1793  Surry, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1820  Randolph, Miami, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    1820 U.S. Federal Census
    Residence 1830  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Alt. Death 20 Oct 1834  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    _FSFTID LK3N-SH2 
    _UID 1E81BE9AC4C2473B91DA51A6B555B76D8F54 
    Died 10 Nov 1834  , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address:
    Elwood Friends Cemetery 
    Person ID I4664  Our Blended Family
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2017 

    Father Thomas A. THORNTON,   b. Abt 1739,   d. Bef Apr 1783, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth WILLIAMS,   b. 1742,   d. 1782  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 11 May 1760  Perquimans, , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F694  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail SPENCER,   b. Feb 1773, , , South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1810, , Miami, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married Feb 1792  Randolph, , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth T. THORNTON,   b. 24 Jan 1793, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1854  (Age 61 years)
    +2. Eleanor THORNTON,   b. 7 Jan 1795, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1881  (Age 86 years)
    +3. 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)
     4. Eli THORNTON,   b. 27 Mar 1801, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1890  (Age 89 years)
     5. Thomas THORNTON,   b. 5 Jan 1804,   d. 1 Aug 1883, Polk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +6. Joshua THORNTON,   b. 26 Jun 1806, Silver Creek, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Mary THORNTON,   b. 12 Feb 1809,   d. 1 Jan 1837  (Age 27 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F1594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Elizabeth THOMAS,   b. 1793,   d. 1834, , Vermillion, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1813  Montgomery County, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Abigail THORNTON,   b. 31 May 1814,   d. 23 Mar 1877  (Age 62 years)
     2. Rebecca THORNTON,   b. 14 Apr 1816, , Montgomery, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1885, , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Anna THORNTON,   b. 2 Dec 1818,   d. 22 Sep 1876, , Wood, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +4. Isaac THORNTON,   b. 16 Oct 1819,   d. 22 Sep 1876, , Wood, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     5. Sarah THORNTON,   b. 3 Nov 1821,   d. 14 Jan 1852  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Oct 1762 - Snow Camp, Alamance, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1776 - District 96, South Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Dec 1782 - Nova Scotia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1786 - North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1793 - Surry, North Carolina, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1813 - Montgomery County, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1820 - Randolph, Miami, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1830 - , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Death - 20 Oct 1834 - , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Nov 1834 - , Vermilion, Illinois, United Sttes Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The following is from biographical information provided by Dan Olson at Ancestry.com:

      According to Ken Thornton in his book "Thorntons in North Carolina", Thomas, his brothers and father left South Carolina on December 13, 1782 during the evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina. They left South Carolina because they were loyal to Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. Thomas fought for the British along with his father and his uncle John Thornton. They served from June 14, 1780 until late 1782. They went to Nova Scotia, Canada, which was still a British colony. Thomas' father died soon after arriving in Nova Scotia. Thomas stayed one winter in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then in April 1783, went to Newport, and then Rawdon (probably in Nova Scotia). According to land records in Nova Scotia, Thomas owned about 250 acres of land, which he had received from his father when he died. Thomas sold his land in Nova Scotia in 1785, and went back to North Carolina (North Carolina passed a law in 1786 that pardoned all loyalists returning to North Carolina). Probably Thomas knew this and felt safe in returning. Thomas two brothers were cared for by Reuben Lively (see below).

      Thomas probably left for Ohio about 1806, according to research done by Ken Thornton. They moved to a Quaker settlement near Dayton, Ohio. The family went via wagon, which was pulled by oxen. The wagon was loaded with household goods, food and children. Each of the families engaged in the move made 5 bushels of noodles before they started on the trip. They migrated from North Carolina to Ohio to get away from slavery and then left Ohio because timber was scarce and no public land was left to enter. Illinois better suited their needs because they found good soil and an abundance of timber. After Abagail died, she asked that if Thomas ever married again, he would name a daughter Abagail after her. Thomas did this after marrying Sarah. Thomas and Sarah moved to Vermilion County, Illinois in 1821, where they both died in 1834. Thomas's gravestone could still be read in the 1970s, but by the later 1990s, it was becoming very difficult to read. It was not anchored in the ground and was leaning.

      Information on Reuben Lively found at www.livelyroots.com:

      The Thomas Thornton claim said that two of his younger brothers were in the care of Reuben Lively. Thomas received a 250 acre grant. Reuben Lively was born 1756 in America, and died in 1826 in Rawdon, Nova Scotia. He married Mary Liddell 1780 in South Carolina or Nova Scotia. Reuben Lively Sr. was from the 96 District in South Carolina and served as a private in Col. John Cotton's, Stevenson Creek Militia on the side of the British in the American Revolution.

      From the John Duncanson book "Rawdon and Douglas: Two Loyalist Townships in Nova Scotia". Rawdon Township (now in Hants Co, Nova Scotia) was formed in 1784 by the government of Nova Scotia "for the Loyalist refugees from the 96th District, South Carolina and St. Augustine, Florida." 96th District is in the extreme northwest corner of South Carolina and had been Indian Territory up to at least 1766, some of which was only settled after that date by settlers moving south and by new arrivals from North Ireland, Yorkshire, England, etc. After the American Revolution began in 1775, action in South Carolina was limited to skirmishes until the fall of 1779 when the British launched a major campaign taking Charleston and establishing military posts from Camden to the 96th District. However, on 1781, May 22, the Americas under General Greene attacked the 96th District post. The post held out but finally on June 21, 1781, Lord Rawdon, Commander of British forces in South Carolina ordered the evacuation of the 96th District post and loyalist refugees moved to Orangeburg, and later to Charleston. Charleston itself was evacuated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in October 1782 and included the 96th District loyalists, which also included Reuben Lively. On August 3, 1784, a grant of 24,500 acres was made in Rawdon township, Nova Scotia to 57 settlers, "most of whom were loyalist refugees from the old 96th District. This grant is sometimes referred to as "The Bond Grant" after Captain James Bond, one of the settlers from the 96th District, and a recognized leader among the Rawdon settlers. Reuben Lively of the 96th received 500 acres in this grant.

      Reuben Lively, loyalist claim #104 dated July 1786 stated that he was a native of America, settled in the 96th District of South Carolina in 1775. He avoided service with the Americans by being under age; served with them for 6 months but only against the Indians. His father was friendly to Great Britain but was killed by the rebels in 1781. Reuben joined the British at the 96th District post after the taking of Charleston by the British in the autumn of 1779 and served in the militia until the fall of the 96th District. He had 250 acres in the 96th District from his wife. They were married in 1780, her family was named Cameron. He also had 200 acres from his wife valued at 10 shillings per acre. Had 15 horses, 30 cattle, 6 negroes, all lost to the Americans. He was buried at the Anglican Church, St. Pauls, Upper Rawdon, Nova Scotia. [11]

  • Sources 
    1. [S662] Badger to Debbie, Letter, 09/0, Letha Badger, (email dated September 1, 1998), TMG Src#: 69.

    2. [S242] Ancestoral Chart of Martin Lut, TMG Src#: 285.

    3. [S628] Thorntons of NC, Compiler: Kenneth Thornton, (Unknown, North Carolina, 1999), TMG Src#: 657., Thomas was part of the Cane Creek MM, near what is now Snow Camp, NC (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S628] Thorntons of NC, Compiler: Kenneth Thornton, (Unknown, North Carolina, 1999), TMG Src#: 657.

    5. [S627] Ancestry Family Tree Baxter, Gene Baxter, Compiler: Gene Baxter, (30 Jan 2013), TMG Src#: 656.

    6. [S628] Thorntons of NC, Compiler: Kenneth Thornton, (Unknown, North Carolina, 1999), TMG Src#: 657., Thomas purchased land in Surry County from a James Jones. (Reliability: 1).

    7. [S849] Ohio, Montgomery County - 1820 U.S. census, Ohio, Montgomery County, (http://www.Ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M33, roll 94, Randolph, Thomas Thornton, accessed 19 Mar 2016 (Reliability: 3).
      Thomas Thornton; home in 1820 Randolph, Montgomery, Ohio; Enumeration Date 7 Aug 1820; Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1; Free White Persons - Males - 10 thr 15: 2; Free White Persons - Males - 16 thr 25: 2; Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1[; Free White P ersons - Females - Under 10: 3; Free White Persons - Females - 10 thr 15: 1; Free White Persons - Females 16 thr 25: 1; Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1; Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3; Free White Persons - Under 16: 7; Free White Persons - Over 25: 2; Total Free White Persons: 12; Total All Persons - Whites, Slaves, Colored, Other: 12.

    8. [S21] FamilySearch Family Tree (http://www.familysearch.org), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://www.familysearch.org)), accessed 3 Apr 2017), entry for Thomas J. Thornton, person ID LK3N-SH2. (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S780] Find A Grave, (http://findagrave.com: 2012), accessed 21 Jan 2017<, Thomas J. Thornton (Reliability: 3).
      Name«tab»Thomas J. Thornton
      Birth Date«tab»11 Oct 1762
      Age at Death«tab»72
      Death Date«tab»10 Nov 1834
      Burial Place«tab»Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
      Household Members«tab»
      Name«tab»Age
      Thomas J. Thornton

    10. [S628] Thorntons of NC, Compiler: Kenneth Thornton, (Unknown, North Carolina, 1999), TMG Src#: 657., Date is an estimate, two years before the birth of their oldest son Thomas.  Ken Thornton believes they were probably married in Perquimans County, North Carolina (Reliability: 1).

    11. [S629] Dan Olson, Dan Olson, Compiler: Dan Olson, (2013), TMG Src#: 658.


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