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Jeptha Thornton
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Birth: Sep. 11, 1821
Auxvasse
Callaway County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1889
Roseburg
Douglas County
Oregon, USA

Jeptha Thornton was the fourth of eleven children born to William H. Thornton (1792-1858) and Sally Todd (1793-1891) in Callaway Co., Missouri. He was raised in Halls Creek, Callaway Co., Missouri.

In 1839, Jeptha set out on his own and applies for a land grant in DeKalb Co., Missouri. On the 2 January 1840, Jeptha married Martha Ragsdale Walker (1820-1899), the daughter of Edward Walker (1776-1848) and Mary Griffin (1781-1853), in Missouri. Jeptha and Martha had ten children between 1841 and 1864: William, Sally, Mary, Emily, Josiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Priscilla, Permelia, Rebecca, and Martha.

In 1865, Jeptha and his family moved to Oregon, settling first in Yamhill County before moving to Douglas County, where they lived in the town of Oak Creek. Jeptha was an active member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and had been since the 1840's; he serving as a minister and an elder in the church. In addition to farming, Jeptha was also the first postmaster of Oak Creek, Oregon.

Jeptha died on the 2 March 1889 in Roseburg, Douglas Co., Oregon; he was buried in Oak Creek Cemetery. His wife, Martha, followed him in death about ten years later. She was also buried in Oak Creek Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  William H Thornton II (1792 - 1858)
  Sally Todd Thornton (1793 - 1891)
 
 Spouse:
  Martha Ragsdale Walker Thornton (1820 - 1899)*
 
 Children:
  William Edward Thornton (1841 - 1910)*
  Sally Griffin Thornton Stephens (1842 - 1887)*
  Martha Ann Thornton (1844 - 1864)*
  Mary Elizabeth Thornton Agee (1847 - 1920)*
  Emily Jane Thornton Murray (1849 - 1931)*
  Josiah J. Thornton (1851 - 1941)*
  Jeremiah Luke Thornton (1853 - 1939)*
  Samuel Isaac Thornton (1855 - 1935)*
  Priscilla C Thornton Kernan (1857 - 1930)*
  Permelia Katherine Thornton (1859 - 1885)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cordelia Thornton Agee (1815 - 1893)*
  William Todd Thornton (1817 - 1906)*
  James Thornton (1819 - 1820)*
  Jeptha Thornton (1821 - 1889)
  Hannah Marinda Thornton Agee (1824 - 1854)*
  John Riley Thornton (1826 - 1874)*
  Thomas Rankin Thornton (1828 - 1872)*
  Luke Thornton (1831 - 1912)*
  Martha Jane Thornton (1833 - 1833)*
  Jeremiah Todd Thornton (1834 - 1916)*
  Sallie Ann Thornton Hines (1837 - 1918)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Creek Cemetery
Glide
Douglas County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: William
Record added: Nov 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22680777
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