Nancy Royce has given me permission to post her research regarding Dozier THORNTON Sr. and his immediate descendants. The post is below. She agreed as I am the Administrator of the THORNTON Surname DNA Project and I am in the process of trying to update the various Luke lines, especially the Dozier lines. We have a number of participants that represent only 2 of Dozier's sons. We have made significant progress but we really need more representatives. If you are a descendant of Dozier Sr., or know of a descendant of Dozier Sr. (or any of the Luke lines for that matter), please consider testing (we can only use direct male-line descendants: the son, of a son, of a son, etc. .... a male with the THORNTON surname). If you have questions, would like a copy of my DNA research on the THORNTON Virginia-A group, or would like to contact me, my email address is on the Project website (here: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Thornton/default.aspx).
Please help the cause!
NOTE: If you have additional information regarding Dozier’s children, and such proof/evidence is not discussed below, please don’t hesitate to provide it. Alternatively, if you believe you descend from someone who you believe is a child of Dozier, and they are not listed below but you have credible proof/evidence to support that claim, by all means please provide that as well (and then join the project!)
Family of Dozier Thornton Sr:
Dozier Thornton Sr. was born 1755 as evidence by the 1771 Bute Co. NC tax list where he is listed for the first time with his father Mark Thornton Sr. He was married by 1778 when he and wife Betty sold the land in Bute/Warren Co. NC. he had purchased thesame year from his brother Thomas Thornton. He had migrated to Elbert Co. Ga. by 1785 where he is of record in tax lists, deeds and Van’s Creek Church. On 1 Aug 1796 John Slayden of Fayette Co. Ky. sold to Dozer Thornton of Madison Co. Ky. 300 ac. in Greene Co. Ga. on the Oconee River and Greenbrier Creek and witnessed by Clayton Talbot, Jeremiah Thornton, Griffin Smith, James Tuttle, and Thomas Burk and proved in Greene Co. on 9 Mar 1797 by Thomas Burk. (Some Ga. County Records, Vol. 2 by Rev, Silas Emmet Lucas Jr. Greene Co. GA. DB2, p.260) Dozier’s wife Elizabeth/Betty is of record releasing her dower thirds to lands in Ga. as late as 1804 and died sometime between the 1820 census and 1826 when he married Jane Pulliam, a widow. Dozer Thornton Sr. wrote his will in 1837 naming one son Reuben as exec. whom he later (1840) noted had moved out of state, so he named another executor, one seeming unrelated. From this information it is safe to assume all his children had moved far enough away from him that it would be difficult for any of them to return to administer his estate. He resided in Elbert Co. Ga. in 1820 and Franklin Co. Ga. in 1830 and 1840 and died in 1843. In the time period in which Dozier and his wife Betty lived it is likely they married when he was 21 and she 18, had their first child a year after marriage and a child every two years for 20 years and a last child a few years later. This would mean Betty was 19 when the first child was born and in her 40’s at the last one. The 1820 census shows no children living at home so it is likely the last child was born prior to 1804. With this information and the sorting of other Thornton lines in the area particularly those of Dozier’s brothers Mark and Thomas, it is likely the following are children of Dozier and Betty Thornton.
Mark Thornton born c. 1777 Va. In May 1801 Mark Thornton Jr. purchased 60 on the Beaverdam from Rachel Hill.1 Then in 1816 Mark Thornton of Putnam Co. sold 82 ac. on the Beaverdam to Rachel Hill. (Note: I believe this Mark Thornton to have been the son of Dozier and Betty Thornton based on the fact that both had property located on the Beaverdam, whereas Mark Thornton III’s property was onColdwater. The 1806 Ga. Land Lottery for Elbert Co. lists Mark Thornton Sr. which implies a Mark Thornton Jr. was ofrecord in the county and so must have been born by 1785 to be of age in 1806. Had this Mark been a son of Thomas then it is likely he would have been involved with the estate of Thomas Thornton in Franklin Co.)
The 1813 tax list of Putnam Co. Ga. for Cpt. Seth Hearn’s Dist. enumerates Mark Thornton, Thomas Thornton, Mathew Thornton and Jordan Thornton. The 1820 Tax Digest of Morgan Co. Ga. enumerated Mark Thornton and Solomon McAlpin and the 1820 census shows Mark Thornton 101101-21210. The 1830 Morgan Co. census shows no Thornton’s but several McAlpins including Alexander McAlpin. Mark Thornton is on the 1830 Putnam Co. census, the 1840 Meriwether Co. census and in 1850 he is in Meriwether age 73 born Va. with wife Sarah T. age 69 born Va.
Jeremiah Thornton born c. 1779. On 4 Oct 1811 (Elbert Co. DBN, p. 194) Nathaniel Allen of Morgan Co. for love of dau. Betsey Thornton, wife of Jeremiah Thornton give negro woman Dilsey and her two children Elbert and Vina. Google Books “Historic Linwood Cemetery” by Linda J. Kennedy and Mary Jane Galen – “One of the first physicians in Columbus, Dr. Hudson Allen Thornton came to Columbus with his parents Jeremiah and Elizabeth Thornton and his siblings…..” “His wives Judith d. 1829 and Elizabeth d. 1837 are buried with him.” The monument was erected by his children. Son Nathaniel M. Thornton who married Aramintha Kidd in 1836 Chambers Co. was involved in a land fraud case in Chambers Co. just prior to Jan 1835. In the depositions regarding this case it was noted that Nathaniel was a “rascal”. http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/chambers/deeds/lndfraud.txt
Reuben Thornton born 16 Feb 1783 and died 8 Dec 1863 buried Thornton Cemetery, Lee Co. Ala (record on web, cannot find again), married CatherineWalker and had son Walker R. Thornton born c. 1802 Ga., Jeremiah J. Thornton born c. 1815 and married 25 Dec 1833 Mary Waters, son Robert Thornton born c. 1830, son Reuben J. Thornton born c. 1825 and married c. 1847 Sarah A. Edwards, and a daughter Catherine F. Thornton born c. 1817 and married 1 Aug 1837 John Hains.
Dozier Thornton Jr. born c. 1785 Ga., wife Nancy born 1788 Ga. (1850 Macon Co. Ala Census)
Macon Co. Alabama Land Patents – Dozier Thornton 1837, 1840, 1851, Jeremiah H. Thornton 1837, 1841, John Thornton 1845, Henry Thornton 1837.
Married Nancy Allen and died 1863 Macon Co. Ala.
Will names children Annphilidia who married Joseph Sims, Memory W. who was dec’d. by date of will, Nathaniel who married Sarah Amanda Dodson, Jeremiah, Theresa Thornton Kennedy and Emily Thornton Odum (Glenda S. Ferrara Genforum).
Jonathan Thornton was born c. 1793 Ga. and married Martha McMasters who was born c. 1802 SC. They had children William Monroe Thornton born c. 1818, Jeremiah Thornton 1823, Sanford Thornton 1832, George Thornton 1835, and Mary Thornton 1836. He married second Rebecca and had Mattie, Rebecca and John
Green H. Thornton born c. 1795 Ky. and married Rhoda. Children include Euphemia, Blackton R., Green G., Nathan and Rhoda. Green is included here based on the land transaction in Ky.
Elizabeth Thornton born 1797 and married John Dickerson.
Sanford Thornton was born c. 1798 Ga. and married Susan McMasters born c. 1804, Their children include William Dozier Thornton, Albert Jeremiah Thornton 1828, Memory W. 1831, Rowland 1836, Columbus 1839, Sarah 1841 and Henry 1843.
1Elbert County Georgia Deed Books, Michal Martin Farmer, 1997 and notes of Chandler Eavenson
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