William (2) Thornton was born 26 Nov 1808 in NY, the son of William
Thornton (1) and Mary Brenenstuhl. His father was a Revolutionary
War soldier, born in RI Early on, the Thorntons moved to Renssalaer
Co NY, and William and Maranda's first two children are recorded as being
born in Grafton NY.
William (1) and Mary Brenenstuhl Thornton are buried in Pittstown NY,
in the Pittstown Corners Baptist Disciple Cemetery.
The following information is supplied from Phyllis Draper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
concerning William (1)
William (1) was in the Revolution - probably not much more than 15
yrs old at the time.I do have copies of some pension records
that are very difficult to read. I think the jist of them is that Mary
was granted the pension after William died.. Nothing there about Father
being born in RI.
In a book, Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State
Governments, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, it lists on page 529
Thornton, William. N.Y. Matross. 9 jul 1790 . 600 acres
In the NY Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol 32. page 160
I found: Onondaga Records 1791
Thornton, William, late private Art. Regt, illiterate, transfers to James
Palmer Jr. of Kinderhook. Deated at Kinderhook March 3 Vol. 33 , page 160
Onondaga Records 1793-1794
Wm. Thorrington ( I have seen Thorrington
used many times in place of Thornton .- twice when I knew the person signing
was illiterate and most likely unable to proofread ) of Pittstown,
late matross Art. Regt., illiterate, transfers to John Comstock, Joel Abbott
and Richard Lush, lot 44 Camillus Date Oct 24.
Camillus is near Syracuse NY and was formerly Onondaga Indian land.
In the aforesaid book it states that the state of NY purchased the land
from the Onondaga Indian Nation and the Cayuga Nation in 1788 and 1789.Further
purchases from the Oneida and Tuscaroras were also made. The Indians had
supported the British during the Rev. War.The tract contained over
one and a half million acres. Within 3 days after the final purchases
from the Indians, NY held the balloting for distribution
of the land. The name of each veteran was written on a slip of paper
and put into a box. The name of each lot was written on another slip and
placed in a seperate box. As a slip was drawn from each box, they
were matched as the veteran's land. The veteran then received patent to
their land on condition that the land be
settled within 7 years. They also had to pay surveying costs. The formula
for issuing NY bounty land grants was
private: 500 acres
Somewhere along my research, I remember reading that if a soldier
was in an extra dangerous position, he received an additional amount.
This may account for William Thornton getting 600 acres, as from what I
could find, a matross loaded cannons.
Here is a transcript of William's Revolutionary War Pension file, from
descendant William Hall:
"Revolutionary War Pension
Claim # W20089
A True and Perfect Inventory or Schedule, of all the House and personal
property (?? clothing and bedding excepted), of William Thornton as pensioner
of the U States.
No real estate - Personal estate as follows, vis
1 Hog $1.00
1 iron post 75/100,
1 tea kettle 50/100,
1 bake kettle 50/100,
1 dinner kettle $1.00
---------- $ 3.75
1 small finishing wheel $1.00,
One large Wheel $2.00,
6 knives and forks $1.00,
6 ???? 19/100
6 Pewter spoons 50/100,
4 ?? 12.5/100,
6 earthen plates 37.5/100,
3 bowls 18/100
1 ?? 50/100,
4 chairs $2.00,
1 maple table $1.00,
One chest 75/100
I am a common laborer, unable to do much by reason of Rheumatic complaints,
which I am constantly afflicted - my family consist of a wife aged
forty - nine, and seven children. vis. Polly aged sixteen, Catherine aged fifteen, William
aged fourteen, Phoebe aged Eleven, Larry aged ten, Hannah aged Eight, Michael aged
four years. And I do solemnly swear that the forgoing Schedule of Property, the
number, names, and ages of my family are true according to the best of my knowledge.
Jan 2, 1821
Sign with his mark, William Thornton
Sworn in Open Court"
William (1) married Mary Brenenstuhl, and they were the parents of:
Mary/Polly Thornton b. ca. 1805; married Benjamin Morse
Catherine Thornton b. ca. 1806; married Samuel Morse
William (2) b ca. 1813? married Maranda Robinson
Hannah Thornton b. ca. 1813
Michael Thornton, b. 9 Aug 1816 in Housick, Renssalaer Co NY; died
5 Oct 1891 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; married Sarah Morse.
William (2) married Maranda Robinson, and their first two children
are born in Grafton, Rensslaer Co. NY. About 1845 William and Maranda
migrate to Ionia Co. Mich, where they remain for 20 years, and where they
add seven more children to their family.
In 1866 William and Maranda decide to move to Wisconsin, where Maranda's
father, brother and sister had already settled. The purchase
land in the township of Auburn in 1866, and their last child is born here.
William (2) and Maranda Thornton had ten children:
William Clark Thornton (July 2, 1844 - 21 Oct 1919)
Andrew Almiriam Thornton (25 May 1846 - 2 June 1925)
Mary E. Thornton Flynn (31 Jan 1849 - 31 July 1881)
Sarah Thornton Kuter (17 June 1851 - 13 Aug 1950)
Harvey James Thornton (13 Sept 1854 - 10 Aug 1922)
Charles Thornton (Jan 1856 - ?)
Harriet Thornton Thompson (1858 - ?)
George Thornton (1860 - ?)
Samuel Thornton (1864 - ?)
John Benjamin Thornton (4 Sept 1867 - 2 June 1936)
Thanks to the efforts of Evelyn Luedtke, another family genealogist
who worked on this line, all ten lines of William and Maranda's descendants
have been located.
on page 10 you can fine Thornton, William, Private, etc listed. I
have also found him in "Abstracts of Rev War Pension Files"
*** Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants
Awarded by State Governments, by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck
*** NY Genealogical & Biographical
Record, Vol 32. page 160
*** Revolutionary War Pension Claim
***In the 1880 census for Fond du
Lac Co. WI, William (2) states that his mother was born in NY, but
his father was born in Rhode Island.