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Family Time Line

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By Joan Jackson


August 16 1754 is the date given on the plat of Samuel Thorntonís Granville Land Grant. Neighbors are William Morrison, George Davison and Robert Allison. See page 10 of the Iredell CO. Heritage.

May 7. 1757 is the date of the Indenture on the Granville Land Grant. It was witnessed by McChurron and Robert Simonton. The signature of Samuel Thornton appears to be in Robert Simontonís hand.

November 31, 1757 Samuel Thornton and his wife Mary conveyed half of his land grant to Patrick Duffy for a sum of -------.† The deed was witnessed by Thomas Allison and Robert Simonton and registered at the Court of Rowan CO. Jan. 1758.

Jan. 7, 1758 Samuel Thornton, Patrick Duffy, Robert Alllison, Thomas Allison and William Simonton acted as Trustees for the Fourth Creek Congregation in the purchase of three-quarters of an acre from Fergus Sloan to be used as a Burying Ground for the Fourth Creek Congregation. Patrick Duffy was witness to old Theophelus Simonton will of 1754 found in Rowan CO. (now Iredell CO.) NC. The Allisons were married to the other Simonton sisters - Samuel Thornton being married to Mary Simonton.

Feb. 11, 1786 Samuel (no wife signs) lets his son, Theophilus Thornton have 300 acres on 4th & 5th Creeks (the remainder of his Granville Land Grant).

Feb.21, 1801 Theophilus Thornton (no wife signs) lets James Hall (of Thomas) have 150 acres between 4th and 5th Creeks.

Oct.23 1801 Theophilus Thornton to Charles Sunmers.

Dec. 14, 1821 Theophilus Thornton deceased - letters of Administration to Samuel C. Thornton. Wife Sarah (Miller). Died in Washington CO., IN. where estate papers are found for both Theophilus and Sarah. Marriage bond for Theo. & Sarah dated 10 Nov. 1786 in Rowan CO. NC.

AUG. 10. 1796 Samuel Thornton makes his will in ABBEVILLE, SC. Names sons James and Robert administrators and bequeaths to his son Theophilus sum of one shilling. Wife is Mary. Daughters are Magdolene and Margaret. The will was recorded June 13. 1797. Witnessed by John Montgomery, John Strain and Thomas Strain. Son Theophilus is omitted from the abstract of the will because the paper is torn through the middle of the name. Cut and paste and can read Theophilus. John Montgomery was the brother of Jennet (Janet) Montgomery Thornton.

These people all removed to Ohio about 1804 led by their Presbyterian minister, Robert Gilliland Wilson, of the Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, SC. See Howes History of the Presbyterian Church in SC 2 volumes. The Thorntons went into Highland CO. OH and after James died in 1814 (see Rocky Springs Presbyterian Session Book which can be found at the Ohio State Library) the sons and daughters moved into

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