Rowland was a son of Francis and Alice (Savage) Thornton, born presumably on his father's plantation in "Old" Rappahannock County. [Biographies of his parents linked to this one contain erroneous information.]
Rowland married Elizabeth Catlett, daughter of John Catlett 2nd. Rowland and Elizabeth then settled at Crowes, the new Thornton family seat in Richmond (later King George) County.
The 1726 will of Francis Thornton 1st refers to Rowland "of Crowes, King George County." He and brother Francis 2nd each got half of their father's land at the lower falls of the Rappahannock. Rowland was also bequeathed half of his father's thousand acres on both sides of Crowes swamp (Francis' widow Ann inherited the other half).
Rowland's 1741 will in King George County reveals an impressive estate. (Bio by Mark Hale)
Elizabeth Catlett Thornton