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Life Sketch by Ric Tobin
Birth: 5 NOV 1651 in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
Father: William Thornton
Married: Alice Savage; Jane, widow of John Harvey; Anne, widow of John Riding
Death: before 7 OCT 1726 in St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia - Probate
THORNTON, FRANCIS (1651-1726) of Richmond, Stafford and King George counties, married (1) 13 April l674, Alice Savage, daughter of Captain Anthony Savage (16??-1695) of Richmond County; she was the mother of all his children. He married (2) circa 1701, Jane Harvey, widow of John Harvey of Stafford County, and (3) circa 1709, Ann ? who survived him and proved his will in King George County, Virginia, in October 1726
REFS: Rappahannock County DB#6, p. 64; King George County COB#l, p. 330, 349 and DB#l, p. 453; Stafford County Book "Z", p. 55; Westmoreland County W&D#3, p.439; 12T65; 19T170-173; 20T114-119; Bible record of Francis Thornton (1651-1726) in Virginia Historical Society
Virginia records note that the elder William and his three sons were active in the purchase and sale of land, the Church of England, the High Church. However, by their own request, they were removed as Vestrymen, publically avowing thwir disbelief in the doctrines of Transsubstantiation. They were Justices, members of the Burgess, and honored with various offices of public trust.
REFERENCES: to be reviewed
Rappahannock County Deed BBook #6, p. 64;
King George County COB#l, p. 330, 349
Deed Book #l, p. 453;
Stafford County Book "Z", p. 55;
Westmoreland County W&D#3, p.439;
Bible record in Virginia Historical Society. Transcrption is in King's papers at the Library of Virginia (Mss1:k5823a # 6).
[Source: The Library of Virginia. Bible Records Collection; 29533, Thornton Family Bible Record, 1651-1758. Bible printed in 1672. This accession is updated in Acc. 29785. http://image.vtls.com/Bible/29533/0003.tiff ]
Marriages of Richmond County, Virginia (1668-1853)
There are two primary documents that provide an accurate list of Francis Thornton's 8 offspring, his personal Bible record and his will. They were: Elizabeth (Thornton) Conway Gibson, Margaret (Thornton) Strother, Sarah (Thornton) Taliaferro, William Thornton, Francis Thornton 2nd, Rowland Thornton, Anthony Thornton and Ann Thornton.
Transcription from the Bible of Francis Thornton, Sr.:
"Ye birth of Frans Thornton Sanier borne ye 5th day November 1651, married ye 13 Aperell, it being a Munday 1674"
"Elizabeth my first borne was borne ye 3th of January at 12 of ye Clock at night ye next day being Monday in 1674"
The year 1674/75 is a Julian Calendar date. Francis & Alice were married 13 Apr 1674, Elizabeth was born 20 Jan 1674/75 which was 9 months AFTER they were married.
So the marriage year of 1678 appears to be incorrect according to Francis Thornton's Bible.
Source: "King's papers at the Library of Virginia"
Entries on 26 Aug 2013 by mlohman2706420:
Francis was ... a member of the House of Burgesses from Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Various Virginia records reveal that the elder William and his three sons were active in matters pertaining to the purchase and sales of lands, involving some extensive tracks; they were active in the Church of England, the High Church, though at one time were, by their own request, removed as Vestrymen, publicly avowing their disbelief in the doctrine of Transubstantiation. They were Justices, members of the Burgess, and honored with various offices of public trust. July 16, 1675 - William Thornton to Francis and Rowland Thornton. [Richmond Co., VA, Deed Book No. 5, Page 49] [Source: Virginia Colonial Records, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume I, Richmond County Records, 1692-1704, Page 241] P. 20. Deed. 6 Sept. 1692. Thomas Pace of Rappa. Co., Planter and Jane his wife and Rowland Thornton of the same Co., planter, and Eliz: his wife one of the Daughters of Alexand'r Flemming dec'd to Francis Thornton of the same Co., Gentleman, for 5 shillings Sterling, 320 acres, now in occupation of the said Thomas "being on the River side on the North Side Rappa River in the county aforesaid and is that part of the Tract or divident of Land Nine hundred and sixty acres of Land given by the said Alex'r Flemming betwixt his wife and Two Children which three hundered and Twenty acres was the divident alotted to the said Tho Pace and Alexia his late wife the other of the Daughters of the said Alexander as by the Platt and devident made by Edwin Conway Surveyor Warwick Camock Fran: Stone Wm Clapham Fran: Sterne and David Sterne will more fully apppeare". Signed Fran Thornton, Tho: Pace, Jeane x Pace, Row: Thornton, Eliz: X Thornton. Wit: Hen: Berry, Ja Roy. Recorded 29 Sept. 1692. [Richmond Co., VA, Deed Book No. 1, Page 20]
August 31, 1706 - Deed of Francis Thornton, of Stafford county parish of St. Paul's, to his daughter Sarah, wife of Lawrence Taliaferro. Will of Francis Thornton of King George County, Virginia, Will Book 1-A (1721-1751), pp. 48-51. Will dated May 10, 1726, probated October 7, 1726. In the will of Francis Thornton (1651-1726), it states "I give and bequeath........to my Loving Wife Ann Thornton". ".....after the death of my said wife Ann then the said five hundred acres of land I give and bequeath unto George Riding, the son of my wife Ann Thornton" "I give and bequeath to George Riding the son of my wife Ann Thornton, one tract or tenement of land containing one hundred and seventy odd acres which I purchased of Capt. John Washington...." [Source: Marriages of Richmond County, Virginia (1668-1853), Compiled and Published by: George H.S. King, Page 210.] THORNTON, FRANCIS (1651-1726) of Richmond, Stafford and King George counties, married (1) 13 April 1674, Alice Savage, daughter of Captain Anthony Savage (16??-1695) of Richmond County; she was the mother of all his children. He married (2) circa 1701, Jane Harvey, widow of John Harvey of Stafford County, and (3) circa 1709, Ann ? who survived him and proved his will in King George County in 1716. Rappahannock County DB#6, p. 64; King George County COB#1, p. 330, 349 and DB#1, p. 453; Stafford County Book "Z" p. 55; Westmoreland County W&D#3, p. 439; 12T65; 19T170-173; 20T114-119; Bible record of Francis Thornton (1651-1726) in Virginia Historical Society.
Entry on 26 Aug 2013 in FS Family Tree by dkeeton3600634:
THE DIARY OF ROBERT ROSE, edited and annotated by Ralph Emmett Fall, 1977. THE ABRIDGED COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN GENEALOGY, Vol. III, by Frederick Virkus: [son of] William, vestryman Petsworth Parish, 1677. LEWISES, MERIWETHERS AND THEIR KIN, by Sarah Travers Lewis Scott Anderson, 1984: Francis [son of William Thornton] born November 5, 1651; settled in Stafford County before 1700, married first Alice Savage; second, Mrs. Jane Harvey (no issue). "Chrisbry's Family Tree", webpage
: Francis Thornton, b. 5 Nov 1651 at Glochester City, VA; m. 13 Apr 1674 at Glochester, VA; d. 1726 at King George, VA; father, William Thornton; mother, Elizabeth Rowland. [unproven mother -TM] "Thornton Family", webpage : Francis Thornton, Col, b. 5 Nov. 1651, Fall Hill, Stafford Co., VA, d. 1726, King George Co., VA, m. (1) 13 Apr 1673, Gloucester Co., VA, Alice Savage ... Francis was justice and High Sheriff of Gloucester Co., VA. "Will of Francis Thornton", webpage : In the name of god Amen. I Francis Thornton of the County of King George ...I give and bequeath the other moiety or half of the said Thousand acres of land purchased of John Wright to my Loving Wife Ann Thornton in full dower and satisfaction of all my Lands before given and bequeathed that she shall claim no right, title, interest or claim in or to any of my other lands before bequeathed which said five hundred acres of land I give to my said Wife during her natural life and after her deceased that is to say after the death of said wife Ann then the said five hundred acres of land I give and bequeath unto George Riding, the son of my wife Ann Thornton, to him the said George Riding his heirs and behoofs forever ... In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this 10th day of may 1726. /s/ Francis Thornton (Seal). Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of us: T: Turne r. Thomas Moore. John (I) Kendall. At a Court held for King George County on Friday ye 7th day of October 1726. This last Will & Testament of Francis Thornton, deceased, was presented into Court by Ann Thornton, his Widow & Executrix ...