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Harold Thornton (#47010007)
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Bio Photo I am researching the Thornton family and the descendants of Birdsong/Burdsong Thornton. His Children are Spencer S, Henry Jackson, Seaborn Jefferson, Abedango, Lucius Columbus, George W, Bluford B, John T, Francis M, Rufus, Martha, Mary, Lellie C, and Parthena J Thornton. As I find someone who is descended from one I put them in their respective virtual cemetery. My direct ancestor is Spencer S. Thornton, his first wife Elizabeth M. Robinson, his 2nd wife Elizabeth Jane Grant. The combined children from the two marriages are: Sarah Elizabeth (Costley), Henrietta (Costley), Rosa (Cosley), Mary Jane, Georgia Ann, William Adelbert, Thomas Grady, and Henry Brantley Thornton. I am also related to the Smith, Brannan, Garrett, Grant, Carmichael, Brittain, Shinn and Hamilton families through my different grandmothers. I started researching my tree in 1975. Still have a lot of work to do with it, but I'm getting close to having it finished.I have one virtual cemetery for those who chose to be cremated, cemetery unknown and buried at sea. As I find other relatives that are related and are already entered I put them in the virtual cemetery of how they are related. As an example, Russell Gibbs was already listed in South Carolina. I added him to the virtual cemeteries of Thomas Grady Thornton and the Thornton Family. Also, Russell will only appear in my virtual cemeteries and not under the list of the memorials I've entered.All the memorials that I have added are members of my family line.
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RE: myrtle and janie thornton
my mother said my grandmother always said they were buried there but didnt know where...most have headstones, its where alot of my family is buried...will go one day soon and walk through and take pics of all the Thortons..
Added by lostnwild on May 27, 2015 5:02 PM
myrtle and janie thornton
I am a member of find a grave just over a year and when my mother asked me about myrtle and janie thornton, I saw where you had myrtle on your site, mother grew up near them and said they lived together (myrtle and janie) on her street..she has looked for their graves where my family is buried and couldnt find..just wondered if you knew anything about janie....and we will look for myrtle and take a pic if you like..
Added by lostnwild on May 26, 2015 4:15 PM
Temple Watson
RE: Birdsong Thornton
Thomas Henry Thornton and Missouri M. Clifton are her 2nd great grandparents.
John T. and Lucy Jane Waldrup are her great grandparents.
Pierce William Thornton and Ida Bell Dillard are her grandparents.
Robert Earl Thornton, Sr. and Julia Catherine Davis are her parents.

I have Birdsong and Elizabeth with 9 children and some birthdates seem to be in error.
Martha .. abt 1827 ... 1850 Census
Mary .... abt 1830 ... 1850 Census
Spencer .. Sep 1830... on n 1850 Census listed as 19
Seaborn ... 09 Aug 1831
Henry ... 13 Nov 1831 ... assuming this is Thomas Henry...too close to Seaborn
Abednego....abt 1834..on 1850 Census
Then a 10 break in children. ????
Lucius C.....16 Jan 1843 ... also on 1850 Census
George W.....abt 1845... 1850 Census
Bluford B.... abt 1848...1850 Census as a 2 yr old male infant
Then a 5 yr break in children. Mother is probably Mary Elizabeth Crouch.
John T... abt 1853 ... 1860 Census
Sarah E.. abt 1857 ... 1860 Census
Parthena J...abt. 1858 ... 1860 Census
On the 1870 Census, the children are difficult to place/identify.
John age 18 could be John T b. abt 1853
Thomas age 12.....???
Copa female age 10... ???
And, there is a Francis M. with ???

Could you help clarify and identify?
Added by Temple Watson on Apr 18, 2015 1:59 PM
Temple Watson
RE: Birdsong Thornton
Thanks. I am changing Burdong to Birdsong and I was one of those with info on Ancestry and MyHeritage without a parent for Birdsong. My wife's father could never find that piece of info to tie him to a father.
Added by Temple Watson on Apr 18, 2015 8:31 AM
Temple Watson
RE: Birdsong Thornton
My wife is a Thornton: parents Robert Earl and Julia Catherine Davis Thornton.
She is the granddaughter of Pierce William and Ida Bell Dillard Thornton.
Her third great grandfather is Birdsong/Burdong Thornton.
Robert Earl Thornton in his early retirement years began researching his family. He made numerous trips to courthouses, cemeteries, and relatives to compile a family tree/history. He was not of the computer era and all his research was handwritten. His wife Julia Catherine was a retired secretary and she converted the notes to a typewritten form. Their son Robert Earl, Jr. had it duplicated for family members. His research used the name Burdong. I am surprised he did not find the marriage documents.
I took his files and converted them into a digital format using Family Tree Maker. Now when I change Burdong to Birdsong, the software does give some marriage info, but it uses the name BIRD. I am unable to actually see the documents.
Who do you have as spouses for Birdsong? I have two with names that are too similar. The 1850 Census has spouse as Elizabeth; the 1860 Census has spouse as Mary E.; 1870 Census for Meriwether has a Byrd Thornton and Mary family but the ages and names are a little different. Do you think this 1870 Census for Byrd Thornton is Birdsong Thornton? If this is the same family, do you know why they made the WESTWARD MOVEMENT to Alabama then returned eastward after the 1860 Census?
Added by Temple Watson on Apr 17, 2015 4:20 PM
Temple Watson
RE: Birdsong/Burdong Thornton
That is a good source. Do you think Birdsong and Burdong are the same person. Is the 1860 US Census Randolph County, Alabama for Birdding Thornton also Birdsong Thornton? Would you share a copy of the marriage documents?
Added by Temple Watson on Apr 17, 2015 2:56 PM
Temple Watson
Birdsong/Burdong Thornton
You mention in the info for Birdsong Thornton that most information/records indicate the spelling to be Birdsong. The US Census for 1830 Pike County, Georgia and 1840 & 1850 Meriwether County, Georgia looks like Burdong. In the 1860 Census for Randolph County, Alabama there is a Birdding Thornton and wife Mary E with 5 children. Are these Birdsong? Could you share the sources you have for spelling of Birdsong.

Added by Temple Watson on Apr 16, 2015 12:21 PM
Dianna Taylor
Thank You !!!
Thanks so much for the edits/links on Ethel V Jackson Moore.
Added by Dianna Taylor on Dec 17, 2014 9:24 AM
Kathy Kleiber
RE: Odis Thrnton
This is where I found the info on Odis Thornton. Hopes it helps.

Name: Odis Olin Thornton
Birth Date: abt 1902
Death Date: 9 Jun 1971
Death Place: Flint, Morgan, Alabama
Death Age: 69
Gender: Male
Father Name: T G Thornton
Mother Name: Ella Garrett
FHL Film Number: 2051652
Source Information: Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Added by Kathy Kleiber on Sep 01, 2014 5:20 PM
Randall Thompson
Thornton DNA
Dear Harold- I am an adopted child. I had DNA y chromosone test done at Family Tree DNA and came back R1B1A I am a genetic distance of 1 to an Elbert Ray Thornton and a Mike Thornton Spencer S. Thornton is the common ancestor. I know nothing about who my father was. Any help would be appreciated. My e-mail is and my cell phone is 210 387 8440. I was born in Temple Texas on 8-25-1956. thanks
Added by Randall Thompson on Aug 20, 2014 6:58 PM
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