JAMES C. THORNTON.
The prominent mine operator whose name is mentioned above was born in Saline county, Missouri, where his father,
James Thornton, was an early settler. His father was born and reared in Howard county, Missouri, and now, at the
age of eighty years, lives on the farm to which he was taken seventy seven years ago, when he was three years old.
Peter Thornton, the father of James Thornton and the grandfather of the immediate subject of this sketch, was a
native of Virginia and a member of an old family of that state. James Thornton married Miss Amanda Bridgewater,
a native of Cooper county, Missouri. James C. Thornton married Miss Minnie H. McKee, a daughter of Henry McKee,
of Joplin, Missouri, who was a pioneer there and is now living there in retirement; and she has borne him children
named as follows Tennie C., Juanita, Jahleel and Paul. The family have a pleasant home on the Hastings place at
Mr. Thornton, who is now superintendent of the Cliff mine, on the Granby land, came to this district hi 1878, twenty
three years ago, and has: been mining continuously since that time. He has been superintendent of the Morning Star
mine at Webb City, the La Salle mines at Spring City, the W. S. Johnson mines at West Hollow, the Gold Standard
mine at Midway, the Boston Loy mine at Stott's City, the C. C. mine on the Leonard lease, the Nickelsville mine
on the Yale O'Brien lease, and the Treuble mine on the Continental lease, and is one of the best known mining men
in the district. He opened up on his own account the Big Nugget mine in Reddish Hollow, and the Potter mine in
West Hallow. He is a Red Man and a Modern Woodman, and is known as a man of enterprise and public spirit.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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