The following information is extracted from the CW pension file of JAMES M THORNTON, PVT, 1ST ALA CAV USA. It is presented in this forum in the hope that it will be of assistance to others who are researching members of the 1st Ala Cav USA, NORTHWEST ALABAMA, or the THORNTON family.James is the son of RICHARD and AGNES THORNTON who lived in the Dublin Post Office region of Fayette County
THORNTON, JAMES M. Private (b 1825 AL; d 1913 MS buried in Lann Cemetery, Monroe County, MS)
THORNTON, NANCY LAY (his second wife)
[THORNTON], LUCINDA ALDRIDGE (his first wife, deceased)
THORNTON, THOMAS RICHARD (his son)
THORNTON, JOHN (his son)
THORNTON, ALICE (his daughter)
THORNTON, EMMA (his daughter)
THORNTON, JAMES (his son)
THORNTON, HARRIET (Thomas Richard Thornton's wife; nurse to Nancy in her final illness)
THORNTON, I. V. (probably "Ida" Thornton, son James Thornton's wife; nurse to Nancy in her final illness)
ALLEN'S FACTORY, MARION COUNTY, AL (one of the addresses at which James Thornton lived)
RUSSELVILLE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (one of the addresses at which James Thornton lived)
QUINCY, MONROE COUNTY, MS (final post office address for James M Thornton)
RODEN, B.W. (family physician of James Thornton), ALLEN'S FACTORY, MARION COUNTY, AL.
GILL, WILLIAM A, Surgeon, MORGAN COUNTY, AL
TAYLOR, J. M., Physician, CORINTH, MS, 1887
BARNES, T. B., Physician, BURLESON, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL, 1888
LEE, R. F., Physician, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL, 1888
SURGEON'S CERTIFICATE, 1891, examining board J.E.SMITH, S.E.YORK, W.C. BUCKLY, DECATUR, AL.
BOOZER, E. D., physician, whose bill for the final medical care of Nancy Jane Lay Thornton during the months of March
and April, 1918 totaled $12.00 (and that includes house calls and medicine!). Dr. Boozer was from SPLUNGE, MONROE
ROWAN HARDWARE AND FURNITURE, AMORY, MONROE COUNTY, MS. Bill for the casket for Nancy Jane Lay Thornton was $40.00. A copy of the bill which is dated April 28, 1918, was in the pension file.
BURDICK, FRANK C., Captain, Company A, 1st ALA CAV USA, HOUSTON, WINSTON COUNTY, AL
LOVETT, ASHLEY H., First Sergeant, Company A, 1st ALA CAV USA, WINSTON COUNTY, AL
HEWIT, WILLIAM A, Scout from 1st ALA CAV USA, sent with James Thornton to Alabama and is probably the same
as the HEWETT, WILLIAM A, Sergeant, Company A, 1st Ala Cav, USA identified by Glenda McWhirter Todd, First
Alabama Cavalry USA: Homage to Patriotism (Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1999), page 252.
FILES, JERE F., Second Lieutenant, Company A, 1st ALA CAV, USA, WALKER COUNTY, AL (identified by Todd as
"Jeremiah F. Files, 2nd LT.") Files is also identified in the pension file of J. M. Thornton as JUSTICE OF PEACE, WALKER COUNTY, AL, 1886.
FILES, THOMAS B., Sergeant, Company A, 1ST ALA CAV, USA, ARKADELPHA, BLOUNT COUNTY, AL.
STUDDARD, ANDREW, Private, Company A, 1st Ala Cav, USA, SPENCER, FAYETTE COUNTY, AL
GUTTERY [or GUTTENY], ROBERT, 65 year old acquaintance of J M Thornton, WACO, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL, 1896. ROBERT GUTTERY signed another affidavit in 1897. (Todd identifies Robert Guttery, Private, Company L, 1st, Ala Cav)
GILES, THOMAS B., "commrade" of James M Thornton, affidavit signed 1897, WINSTON COUNTY, AL.
JOHNSON, PLEASANT, "commrade" of James M. Thornton affidavit signed 1897, WINSTON COUNTY, AL.
BLACKBURN, JAMES R., acquaintance of James M Thornton, SPRUCE PINE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL, 1887. JAMES R. BLACKBURN also signed another affidavit in 1896 on which he (Blackburn) was identified as being 74 years old and from PHIL CAMPBELL, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL.
BOTTOMS, RILEY S., JUSTICE OF PEACE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL, 1887
THOMPSON, GEORGE, Justice of the Peace, Franklin County, AL, 1882
TAYLOR, F.M., Judge of Probate, WINSTON COUNTY, AL, 1883
MALONE, DAVID H., Clerk of the Circuit Court, FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL 1883
PENSION AMOUNTS FROM THE RECORD:
1896: $12.00 per month, James M Thornton was 71 years old.
1907: $20.00 per month JMT was 82 years old
1913: $22.50 per month, JMT was 87 years old
1913: August 27: JMT dropped from roll
1914: Accrued pension payable to his widow, Nancy Jane Lay Thornton
G-Grandson of James M. Thornton