Saturday, January 31, 2015

SURNAME SATURDAY – Thornton of England, Canada & Michigan

The Thornton’s are connected to my family by marriage.  My great grandaunt, Mary Elizabeth MILNE married John Thornton.

What I know about John THORNTON

He was born in Lincolnshire, England on 17 May 1851.1
His father was Samuel Thornton2, born 1820 in Yorkshire, England, died 24 Dec 1893 in Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.

His mother was Mary STATEN, (also spelled Staton) born about 1820 in Yorkshire, England and died 16 Feb 1910 in London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.

John Thornton had 3 brothers – James, George and Samuel Jr. and 2 sisters – Ann & Mary.

John married Mary Elizabeth MILNE3 on 19 Dec 1871 in Lambton, Ontario, Canada.  They had 6 sons – Samuel Charles, Alfred, John Jr., George, Andrew Ritchie and Orman Staten and 1 daughter – Lottie May.  Two of the sons, Samuel and Alfred did not live to adulthood.

John & Mary Thornton family view

THORNTON_John_obituary from The Muskegon Chronicle_Monday 27 Jun 1921_page 9_cropped
John’s obituary4 gives quite a bit of information about his life.  He came to Canada at the age of two and came to Michigan when he was 17 years of age, settling in Owosso.  He later returned to London, Ontario, Canada and then to East Tawas, Michigan.  From the obituary we learn that John was a pioneer resident of Muskegon, moving to the town in 1891.

John spent practically all his working days on the railroad.  He is listed as a retired Locomotive Engineer on his death certificate.
He was a member of the Maccabees and the Canadian Order of Foresters. His wife Mary, was a Treasurer of the Companions of Foresters.

John & Mary lived in Ontario, Canada for the birth of their first five children.  By 1888 when Orman5 was born, they have moved to East Tawas, Iosco, Michigan.  Their daughter, Lottie6, was born in Muskegon, Michigan.

THORNTON_Orman S_birth record 1888_Michigan_page 1 of 2
    THORNTON_Orman S_birth record 1888_Michigan_page 2 of 2

We find the couple living on Prospect St. in Muskegon, Michigan in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census.
John died 25 Jun 1921 at his home 37 Prospect St., Muskegon, Michigan.  Cause of death is listed as Angina pectoris-arteriosclerosis1.

THORNTON_John_death cert _25 Jun 1921_Muskegon_Michigan

Mary lived for seven more years and died 22 Aug 1929 at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan.  Her cause of death was Arteriosclerosis, myocarditis, nephritis, terminal lung infection.

Both John & Mary are buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan.Here is a link to their memorials on – John, Mary.

If you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog, please contact me!
1- Michigan, Death Certificate, 1921-1952 and Newspaper obituary-The Muskegon Chronicle
2 - Ontario, Canada, Death, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
3 – Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1926
4 – The Muskegon Chronicle, page 9, column 1, published 27 Jun 1921
5 -  Michigan Births, 1867-1902
6 -  Michigan, Death certificates, 1921-1952
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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