Thornton lived in Summerfield, Guernsey County, Ohio. He moved with the Round Family in the 1850's to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Judging from his son, Samuel's census data, Thornton's family came to Virginia from England.
- "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M85K-Z7X : accessed 10 Jan 2014), T P Haskett, Clear Creek, Clark, Illinois, United States; citing dwelling 633, family 633, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 100.
- 1856 Iowa Census on Ancestry Shell Rock, Butler, Iowa
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No known carriers of Thornton's Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA have taken yDNA or mtDNA tests and no close relatives have taken a 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA "Family Finder" test.
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