BTW, there evidently was quite an exodus from Columbia County, Pennsylvania to Northwestern Illinois (Quad Cities area) with the conclusion of the Black Hawk situation there.Jackson D. Thornton was one of the emigrants, probably shortly before 1850.
Jackson, according to his biography from Mercer County, was the son of Eli and Abigail (Hittle) Thornton of Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
Several other families from Columbia County relocated, and I'm not quite sure yet when, but the "period piece histories" of the 1880's for Mercer County yield quite a few Columbia County connections.
One of the projects I'm currently working on is an alphabetical listing of Columbia and Montour Counties from the results of the 1850 census.While there are indexes already in place, a fresh transcription may be beneficial, especially from someone somewhat familiar with the surnames of the area.
I'm starting with 1850 as a base, and will eventually work backward all the way to 1820, and then will jump to the corresponding townships in Northumberland County for the 1790, 1800 and 1810 data.
Hopefully I'll be able to help identify more than just my own missing relatives by doing so.
Welliver, Wooliver, Wolover, are all phonetic spellings of the same family name, and can be found from Luzerne to Union Counties. You have quite the project if you decide to pursue any of them!
One more last BTW, Lorentz is also in the 1840 census for East Penn, and you're looking at the same earlier references for him that I'd already encountered.I was hoping you had another 5 daughter reference!
But, you're beginning to see why I found my original hypothesis so plausible.
We're a long way from a smoking gun, but I'm smelling the powder burn!!