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Hall Thornton 1838-1913

Born: 01 Oct 1838 Black Callerton, Northumberland County, England
Occupation: Coal Mine Fireboss
Residence: 204 West Drinker Street, Dunmore PA
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

Parents:
John Thornton 1795
Margery Hall 1803

Children
Margery 1859
Benjamin 1861
Mary E. 1866
John W. 1869
Sepmay A. 1872
Joseph Thomas 1874 (My Great Grandfather)
Allison Hall 1876

Obituary:
The Tribune-Republican, Scranton PA, 06 Oct 1913
DUNMORE
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.