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William S. Thornton (1792 - abt. 1878)

William S. Thornton
Born in Edgefield, South Carolina, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1812 in Abbeville Dist., SC, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Heidelberg, Jasper, Mississippimap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Jun 2012
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WILLIAM S. THORNTON was born January 08, 1792 in ,Edgefield, SC. He married ELIZABETH WALKER c. 1812 in Abbeville Dist., SC, and died August 21, 1886 in Jasper Co., MS[1].

The father of William has not been substantiated other than the last name of Thornton however, it is highly likely (see below post by Ray Thornton re; DNA) that FNU Thornton is a decedent of Thomas Thornton and Martha Boykin. Speculation has revolved around the father being Eli Thornton, born abt. 1754, the son of the aforementioned Thomas Thornton and Martha Boykin. Eli Thornton born abt, 1754 in N.C. was first married about 1781 and had married "out of unity." In 1797, at Friends monthly meeting (now living in Edgefield SC), “Eli makes good on second marriage step, but does not know if “wife” is still alive.”

William S. Thornton had a half brother by the name of John G. Thornton, 1803-1868. In order for Eli Thornton to have been the father of both boys, Eli's first wife would have to have been, a Stallworth because William was born 10 years before his half brother John G. William being named in William Stallworths will, is the grandson, thus a daughter of William Stallworth married FNU Thornton.

(update) Half-siblings of Wm. S. Thornton were, John G. Thornton 1803-1868, Hasting G. Thornton abt. 1800- d. bef. 1865 [likely Pike, AL], and Martha M. 1799-1864 [m. Alfred Reel]).

The daughter of William Stallworth who marreid FNU Thornton, is herself a first name unknown. William Stallworths will names as children: Nicholas, Joseph, Sally, Nancy, and Betsy.

Research Notes

The following was a post by Ray Thornton; it is not proven (not a fact).

My name is Ray Thornton. I am connected to the Quaker Thornton line. This was validated by submitting y-DNA testing and verified through a cousin, Kenneth Jacob Thornton. For several years, I've looked at document over document to verify a father for our William S. Thornton. my 4th great-grandfather.

I see this Needham Matthew Thornton who presumably married a Sarah Sallie Stallworth and had a son named William.

Our best guess, highest probability after excluding all possibilities, is that William's father was Eli Thornton, Sr. I noticed the source below connecting Needham to the Stallworths. However, in all of the databases, I cannot find a "Needham Matthew Thornton".

Eli Thornton, Sr. > William S. Thornton & Jemima Thornton (Butler)

I have found several documents for a Matthew Thornton, Edgefield died 1836/37, wife named Sarah.

They left half of their estate to a William S. Thornton, and the other half to Jemima Thornton Butler.

1) There was only one Mathew/Matthew. He is listed in the 1810 and (1820) census as Head of Household. He was born approximately 1793-1794. (William S. Thornton was born 1792). Matthew is either a brother, half-brother or cousin of our William. Matthew is not listed in the 1830 census -- he and Sarah died intestate, their heirs and representatives were cited to appear in the Court of Ordinary, 5th October 1835 to show just cause why the head waters of Cuffeetown Creek, waters of the Savannah River should not be sold or divided, allotting to William S. Thornton one half and the other half to Martin Saddler and Jemima Ann Saddler his wife land which they inherited from their father and mother. One can conclude that Jemima was Matthew’s sister.

2) Given this event, using just this source, it is possible that the Sarah is a Stallworth and that this Matthew is Needham Matthew, but there exist no valid documentation for this Needham (who was estimated being born in 1771). Add to that, Sarah "Sallie" Stallworth b. 1778 and est died by 1805 – some source has her living many years beyond. This further weakens the possibility that our William was the William in Stallworth's will. Source: Edgefield Deed Book 36, pg 116 that several Stallworths including Sally Stallworth sold to William Thornton by deed 16 Jan 1815 lands whereon Mark Thornton now lives being part of land granted to William Stallworth in his lifetime and willed by him to said William Thornton. This is not our William Thornton

3) Same deed book page 110 you find William S. Thornton to Jeriah Dillard a deed dated 13 Jan 1818 for $800 sold 200 acres on Beaverdam Creek. Elizabeth Thornton, wife of William S Thornton relinquished her dower 21 nov 1818. This is our guy.


  1.  : Burial: Old Ebenezer Church Cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial# 28284555; Heidelberg, Jasper Co., MS, USA; Note: William S Thornton headstone

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  • WikiTree profile Thornton-857 created through the import of GerkeFam.ged on Jun 14, 2012 by Matthew Gerke. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Matthew and others.

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