Hall Thornton 1838-1913
Born: 01 Oct 1838 Black
Callerton, Northumberland County, England
Married: Barbara Allison
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 John W.
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.
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