Hall Thornton 1838-1913
Born: 01 Oct 1838 Black
Callerton, Northumberland County, England
Occupation: Coal Mine Fireboss
Residence: 204 West Drinker Street, Dunmore
Died: 04 Oct 1913 Dunmore, PA
Burial: Dunmore Cemetery
Married: Barbara Allison
Born: 1839 Auckland St. Andrew (South Church)
County Durham, England
Parents: Benjamin and Ellen Allison
Died: 17 Jun 1920 Dunmore, PA
Burial: Dunmore Cemetery
John Thornton 1795
Margery Hall 1803
Margery 1859 b. in Germany m. William Eden d. 1888
Benjamin 1861 b. in England
Mary Ellen 1866 m. Daniel Wescott 1901 d. 1909
John William 1868 b. in Germany m. Isabella Rumford 1891 d. 1921
Septa May 1872 m. Delmar Belknap 1908 d. 1932
Joseph Thomas 1874 (My
Allison Hall 1876 m. Sarah Phillips 1913 d. 1941
Hall was included in the 1861 Census of England. He lived in the Morpeth
Registration District of the Beddlington Civil Parish in Northumberland
County. His occupation was listed as coal miner. He and his wife Barbara
had two children; two year-old Marjorie (born in Prussia) and three month-old
Benjamin born in Northumberland county. In other records, Marjorie's country
of birth is identified as Germany.
John William's baptism took place on 13 Sep 1868 at the
British Chaplaincy in Dusseldorf, Rheinland, Prussia. A Thomas Thornton
(possibly Hall's brother) and his wife Sarah baptized children at the
same location in 1862, 1866, and 1867.
Hall emigrated in 1869 and appeared on the 1870 US Census,
living in Dunmore, PA. Benjamin was no longer listed with the family and
it can be assumed that he was deceased. The family now included two year-old
The Tribune-Republican, Scranton PA, 06 Oct 1913
HALL THORNTON DEAD AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Hall Thornton died at his home, 204 West Drinker Street, on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Thornton had been in failing health during the past year but had only
been confined to bed for one week. He was born in Beddleton, Eng., October
1, 1837, and came to America in 1869. He has been a resident of the borough
during most of the years since that time. He had been a member of the
local lodge of Odd Fellows for thirty-seven years. He is survived hy his
wife and four children, Mrs. Delmar Bilknap, John, Thomas, and Allison.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home by Rev. E. A. Martin, pastor
of the M. E. Church. The Odd Fellows will attend in a body and be in charge
of the services.
Note: There are two inaccuracies
in Hall Thornton's obituary. His birthplace is identified as Beddleton,
but there are no towns with that name in England. There is a Bedlington
in Northumberland County. Regardless, according to his birth record, which
was obtained from the General Register Office in London, Hall was actually
born in a very small town called Black Callerton in Northumberland County.
The confusion probably arose from the fact that Hall's father John Thornton
was a farm laborer who lived in numerous locations around Northumberland
County, most likely in search of work on various farms. The birth record
also indicates that Hall was born on October 1, 1838, not 1837, as indicated
in his obituary.