Back in August of 2000, I posted for info on William "the immigrant" Thornton.Due to researching, the help of lookup people, and people that has responded via email correspondence, I figured that I would share some of the DOCUMENTED answers to my questions about this line:
1.Wm. Thornton is listed in at least 3 different immigration books as entering Va. in 1641/1642.On the actual headright, Wm. Thornton is listed as one of the 26 headrights of Wm. Pryor.Wm. Pryor was owner of the ship named Honor/Honour.All of the headrights were in York Co., Va. at that time. (from the N. side of York River all the way to Pryor's Creek).Wm. Pryor's headright was for a total of 1300 acres (50 acres per headright) and was dated August 10, 1642.
2.I have yet to find any records of William Thornton trading from Mobjack Bay, although it is likely since Mobjack Bay is in the Chesapeake Bay area, which includes the York River outlet.He also received a land patent for the transfer of 4 people, so he had to have the means for transporting them.
3.Thanks to Bob Thornton for posting the mystery Wm. Thornton deed from D.B. 6.I can finally see a first name of his wife in 1679 that is listed as Elizabeth, and the deed mentions that it is his "now wife", which means that he was married before.
4.As for the last name of Elizabeth being Rowland, I have came to the conclusion that it came from Wm. having a son with the first name of Rowland.I can not locate any Rowland families around that area at that time. There were Billington families during that time frame, including a Luke and an Elisia, but no references to any relative to Wm. Thornton.
6.Wm. Thornton must have moved from Gloucester to Stafford between 1706-1708.The last entry of Wm. Thornton, Sr. in the Petsworth Parish Vestry book is in 1706, when they replace him as vestryman.Then the deed from Wm. to his 2 sons, Francis and Rowland Thornton is finally turned in along with a power of attorney from Wm, confirming this deed transaction, stating that Wm. Thornton, was formerly of Gloucester, but in 1708 was "of Stafford".
7.Lastly, after corresponding with at least 3 people that have been to Fall Hills, all of them agree that there is no indication that Wm. Thornton is buried there, that there is no tombstone, especially with a coat of arms on it.
I would love any information on William Thornton's trading expeditions.I am looking for info on the ship Jane or Mary Jane.I can only find info that states that it was a ship about that timeframe.
I am also looking for info on the 4 people that Wm. Thornton received a land grant for...William West, Mary Shepard, Rowland Cornelius, and Nicholas Corker.As near as I can tell William West was from Holland?If this is true, it would've had to be more of a larger ship in order to make it that distance.If he only traded to the West Indies (including Barbados), it could've been just a small schooner since it would just be going along the coast most of the way.
The third possibility is that he wasn't in charge of any ship at all (especially since most records lists him as a "planter"), and it had something to do with sponsoring the ship from being a vestryman of Petsworth Parish.Thomas Vicars, who was listed as the "minister" of the Parish received a land grant adjoining Wm. Thornton's, on the same exact day (listed as a headright as well)
The last thing that I am looking for is concerning the 2000 acres that William Thornton had in Old Rappahannock Co., Va. (bought in 1673 from the Motts). This is the land that he deeds to his 2 sons Francis and Rowland, but the deed, dated 1675, is not turned in until 1708.Who is living on this land during that time and who does it go to after the deed is turned in after 1708?