Hopefully someone, somewhere out there in cyberspace has a copy of one of the wills or slave records and will post them. In the meantime, you should review, again and again, if need be, the 1850 & 1860 Slave Schedules for each of these slave owners. I know that neither provides names, but the year of birth, name, gender, race somewhat narrows it down.
Although Harris County, Georgia was not formed until ca. 1827, you still should be looking in the surrounding counties. Perhaps George T. Thornton lived and/or was born in one of those counties prior to appearing on the 1880 Census Muscogee County.
Also, try to be very open to the possibility that he or his parents may have had more than one slaveholder, as was the case in one of our lines. Boy, what doozie! Three different slaveholders, three different family surnames to research (including the slaveowners family)!! And to be quite frank, we could not have accomplished much in those regards without the kind assistance of the slaveholding descendants.
I know how challenging research of the enslavement period can be, and know you're trying as best you can. Continue to find out as much as you can about George T., his parents, siblings (names, birth year, etc.) and even their neighbors. Continue trying to locate them starting with the 1930 Census, moving back to the 1870.
Believe it or not, the neighbors of my ancestors were the clues that led to the discovery of my gggg-grandfather, b. 1790, AFRICA. He lived to the ripe old age of 120 years, outliving many wives and kin.
Sometimes it seems as though no matter how diligent we research/search, try as we may, there's always a brickwall (or 2, or 3, or 4 :-), elusive ancestors, certain data and documentation that seems to be beyond our reach. Then, VOILA !!! The moments when it seems as though ancestors are putting much needed information into our hand; or sometimes it seems as though "sheer coincidence" or "sweet serendipity" kicks in.
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary" ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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