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William Thornton and Elizabeth Stell
Posted by: Lynette Jester Date: January 22, 2000 at 09:39:50
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I had made an earlier post about the Thornton's being on a ship, My apologies, I had the wrong family. It was the Davis family that Mary Ann Thornton married into that made the boat trip.

The following is a letter from my mother to me telling me some of what she knew and had researched on her family lines.

"Old William Thornton was found in 1850 census, Randolph Co GA; 1860 Winn Parish, LA, 1870 Lafayette Co, AR. He is supposed to be buried at Sylverino Cemetary on Hwy 71 s of Texarkana, also Fredrick and William. There are no markers except large stones that got removed. So no one knows where the graves are.

Fredrick (Fed) is found in 1880 Miller Co AR Census with wife Marcella and Children. He may have been in LA in 1870, and may have had a previous marriage. According to 1880 Census his oldest child was born about 1868. He may also have been a civil war soldier.

Marcella is listed in 1900 Miller County census with 2 children. I don't know how many lived to be grown.

Children were William Leonard, b. LA
Mary Ann, James W., France/i/s, in 1880 census. Wesley and Wiley living at home in 1900 census.

Wesley may have married married Maud Peavy, records show Wesley 21 - Maud 18 married 30 May 1903 Bool L page 383 Miller Co AR.

1880 Miller Co AR Beech township William D. found with wife Litha. I have no way of knowing if this is our William but age fits. Children are William, can't make out initial but could be W and I think it might stand for Wesley. -A girl- Nellie L. and Daniel. Also Laura V. that is first child listed in census.

William W.? could be the one that married Alice Sams.

Marriage Records shows Wesley Thornton age 25 - Alice Sams age 21 married married 15, 1901.

1910 census Miller Co Sulpher Twp
Thornton, William W. age 34
Alice 30 married 9 years mother of 4/3 liv Lester 8, Inez 6, Elmer 5

Miller Co Marriage records show Inez Thornton age 18 - C. E. Lannon 24 20 may 1922 - age fits perfect.

Wiley Mayfield Thornton b. 6 Sept 1849 GA d. 20 Feb 1915 AR bur Suried Sylverino m. 11 Jan 1877 Book A page 226 spouse Margaret Alice Scott b. 25 Apr 1860 d. 7 Oct 1921?
Mary A b. 6 Dec 1877 D. 12 Jan 1959
John D. 7 Sept 1880 d. 27 Jun 1950 Miller Co
Suzie Ophelia b. July 1885 d. ?
Marvin Odus b. Feb 1896 d. 1963
Margaret Nina 13 mar 1898 d. 8 Mar 1994
Mary Alice thornton William J. Paulk 19 Aug 1989
*John D. Thornton m1 Olive Davis 1 Jun 1900
m2 Janie Clements ?
Marvin Odus thornton Charlsie griffen ?
Suzie Ophelia thornton - James Lee Cozine - no children
Margaret Nina - Halbert Killian 8 Jun 1918

* Olive Davis b. 23 Oct 1882 d. 12 Aug 1900 only 12 weeks after marriage. She was 1st cousin to my father (Jo Ed Davis) dau of Andrew Jackson Davis and 1st wife Nancy McDonald. John D. Thornton also 1st cousin(to Jo Ed Davis) Janie Clements b. 12 mar 1885.

Mary Alice Thornton and Willie J Paulk b. 12 May 1869 d. 20 Feb 1942 had 3 children:

James Bryon Paulk b. 11 Oct 1898 d. 12 Oct 1963 was in both WW 1 and 2. bur at Sylverino.

Margaret E "Effie" Paulk school teacher b. 2 Dec 1899 d. 6 Apr 1984 m. H. H. Pace b. 13 July 1899 d. 22 Jun 1940

Vera Paulk school teacher b. 18 Oct 1902 d. 25 Jun 1988 m Laurence Huff b. 26 May 1901 d. 31 jan 1976

I remember going to school to Vera and I think I went to Effie. Went ot Nina also - high school English - 8 & 9 grade.

Margaret Alice Scott Thornton lived in house with Mary A and Willie Paulk after husband Wiley Mayfield died. She was there in the 1920 census.

Marvin Odus Thornton and Charlsie b. 1898 d. 21 Jan 1940 had 3 children: Wiley Mayfield Thornton II b. 6 Dec 1921 d. 24 Aug 1981

Marvin Odus Thornton Jr b 4 Mar 1924 m 4 Mar 1944 Lilliam Mize b. 11 Jun 1925

James Patrick - I don't have information on Patrick, I know he died.

After Charlsie d. Marvin Odus m Ada Longino. She was my math and Algebra teacher. I was real surprised when i found out they got married.

Almost all the Thorntons are buried at Sylverino except Grandmother Mary Ann, who is buried at Concord (Cem) and Elizabeth J. Geralds, also Concord (Cem).

Wiley Mayfield II and Patrick were never married as far as I know. Marvin Odus had 2 children Marvin Odus III and John D. II. He lived in Garland, TX. I don't know where he is now.

Nina and Hal Killian divorced. I know she adopted a son Michael, I think after she was divorced. Michael was killed in a car accident not very long ago, I think this year (1998) b. 6 Jun 1946 Librarian. After Nina retired from teaching she got a degree in Library Science and went to work again.

Elizabeth J. Thornton (dau of Wm and Elizabeth) d. 1885 m. John C. Geralds b. 16 Sept 1856 d. 2 Dec 1924. children: Barbara E. b. 28 Feb 1881 d. 4 Nov 1991 Euphrates J. b. 22 Feb 1885 d. 5 sep 1885

There were lots of Geralds. Dad (Jo Ed Davis) seemed to know all of them. I can remember one named Mildred. I think she was daughter of John by 2nd wife. Dad went to school to an Everett Geralds. If you ever have need to know their names, I have several. I know nother of Nettie Thornton and Davis Merideth.

---Lela Iralee Davis Jester 1998

If this is confusing to you, just think about what it is for me. And I had to type it. All I can tell you this is part of the descendents of William Thornton and Elizabeth Stell, covering the other children except my Great Grandmother Mary Ann Thornton and John Dallas Davis. I am trying desparetely to get this entered into the db. Email me in a few days and I will let you know if I have finished it and will email a gedcom to those who ask.

Will also post more of William and Elizabeth's descendents to this list.


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