Thomas Thornton and Martha Boykin, the parents of
Thomas Thornton, abt. 1735-1782. (I’ll refer to him as Thomas 1735)
Thomas 1735 m. Elizabeth Williams
Background: 1775 American Revolution
1779 British took Charleston, established posts from Camden to 96th Dist. 22 May – 21 June 1781, evacuation of loyalist refugees of 96th to Orangeburg then to Charleston.
Thomas 1735 died either on the way to Halifax, Nova Scotia or shortly after arrival in Nova Scotia. His wife died before the evacuation.
Thomas 1735 and Elizabeth had three son’s: Thomas, Abraham & Eli (not to be confused with the brothers of Thomas 1735 also named Abraham and Eli).
The three son’s of Thomas 1735 and Elizabeth: Thomas 1762-1834, Abraham 1765-1804 and Eli 1769-1852.
Thomas 1762, the eldest son of Thomas 1735, submitted the Loyalist claim in his fathers right. All three boys were in the care of Reuben Lively who returned to South Carolina (Abbeville/96) and it is believed that all three boys also returned to South Carolina, initially.
Thomas Thornton 1762
The following has been attributed to this Thomas
Marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Thomas 1 Sept 1813 • Miami County, Indiana (note: he would have been abt. 50 years old)
Thomas Thornton of Randolph, Montgomery, OH. Son of Thomas Thornton and Elizabeth (dec’d). Sarah, daughter of Isaac Thomas (dec’d) and Mary. M 1 Sept 1813 at Rocky Spring Mtg (Miami Indiana) witness, Eleanor Thornton.
FaG Memorial ID 23072556 His parents were Thomas A. & Elizabeth Thornton. He was married to Abagail Spencer in 1792 in Randolph County, North Carolina and second to Sarah Elizabeth Thomas in 1813 in Montgomery County, Ohio.
Pg 80, A Loyalist Life: John Bond of South Carolina and Nova Scotia by Carole W. Troxler.
From the John Duncanson book "Rawdon and Douglas: Two Loyalist Townships in Nova Scotia".
“The father, Thomas, Sr., joined the British and served as a Lieutenant, and later as Captain. The mother had died before the family left South Carolina for Nova Scotia. Thomas, Sr. died shortly after the family evacuated from Charleston, South Carolina in 1782.
Thomas, Jr., the eldest son, submitted the Loyalist claim in his father's right. The family spent the winter of 1782 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in April 1783, went to Newport, Nova Scotia, and later moved to Rawdon Township where the grant land was located.
The family had owned 150 acres at 96th District, South Carolina, which had been purchased before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. It had been bought from Thomas, Sr.'s brother, David Thornton.”
Note: David Thornton the brother of Thomas 1735 appears to have returned to South Carolina (Edgefield).