Biography of William Thornton
Monroe County, MI Biographies

WILLIAM THORNTON was born in the town of Ovid, Seneca county, N. Y., in 1819. About the year 1836 his parents, Ebenezer and Abigail Thornton, started from Camillus, Onondaga county, N. Y., with the family with two horse teams for Illinois. After a journey over rough roads for five hundred miles, and in consequence of the failing health of Mrs. Thornton, on reaching this county the balance of the journey was abandoned and a settlement made in the town of Bedford, where 480 acres of land was purchased, and the remainder of their lives was passed. The body of Mrs. Thornton was the first one interred in the cemetery at Lambertville. Of this family there are five children still living. William married Polly McArthur, of Summerfield, by whom he has three sons and one daughter living. He settled in Whiteford about the year 1852, on the farm of 110 acres on which he now resides; he now owns 130 acres of land.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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