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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 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 Great Grandfather)
Allison Hall 1876 m. Sarah Phillips 1913 d. 1941

Timeline:
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 John W.

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.