Person:Samuel Thornhill (6)

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Samuel Thornhill
b.abt. 1727 of Maryland
  • HSamuel Thornhillabt 1727 - abt 1778
  • WMary Clybournabt 1728 - bef 1778
m. 4 February 1747/48
  1. John Thornhill1754 - 1778
  2. Henry Thornhill1757 - 1833
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Name Samuel Thornhill
Alt Name Samuel Thornbill
Gender Male
Birth? abt. 1727 of Maryland
Marriage 4 February 1747/48 Marylandto Mary Clybourn
Death? abt. 1778 Rockingham County, Virginia

Samuel Thornhill was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Land Grant Surveys in Virginia:


  • Page 4 - Samuel Thornhill, 70 acres, Between Stony Run and Dry Run. Adjoining Jacob Runkle. October 1, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 2].
  • Page 168 - Samuel Thornhill, 145 acres, between the Peaked Mountain and the Shenandoah. Adjoining Kersh. April 20, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 61].

Records of Samuel Thornhill in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records: (unless otherwise listed)


  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT -. 1750 - List of tithables liable to work on road from Sherrendo River to top of Blue Ridge at Swift Run Gap. Petition of Hance Magard (Magot). James Urry, William Burk, Stephen Hansburger, Samuel Thornbill, John Fought, John Furniss, Little Partrick, Charles Cross, George Wanol, Jacob Miller, Henry Lung, Adam Miller, Jacob Coger.
  • Vol. 1 - ORIGINAL PETITIONS AND PAPERS FILED IN THE COUNTY COURT. 1750. - List of tithables liable to work on road from Sherrendo River to top of Blue Ridge at Swift Run Gap. Petition of Hance Magard (Magot). James Urry, William Burk, Stephen Hansburger, Samuel Thornbill, John Fought, John Furniss, Little Partrick, Charles Cross, George Wanol, Jacob Miller, Henry Lung, Adam Miller, Jacob Coger.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1752. - (247) James Urrey, Steven Hans Burger, John Fought, Wm. Burk, Saml. Thornhill, John Fornice, Little Patrick, Jacob Miller and son, Adam Miller and son, Charles Cross, Henry Lung, Jacob Coger, George Warrell-to be added to Hans Magart's road hands on road from Shanando River to top Blue Ridge.
  • Page 201.--Estate of William Burk--Debts recovered 1754 and articles sold; to James Neal, John Harman, Nicholas Brook, Margaret Douglass, Christian Grubb, Thomas Smith, Sarah Stern, Daniel Sink, Stephen Johnston, Saml. Thornhill, Jeremiah Earley, Andrew Scott, David Logan, John Early.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1756. - Page (435) Peter Bruner and Saml. Thornhill added to list of tithables.
  • Page 174.--15th March, 1770. Nicholas ( ) Millberry, farmer, and Barbara ( ), to Peter Tresler, farmer. £20, 130 acres patented to Nicholas. 14th July, 1769; corner Samuel Thornhill, Stony Run. Delivered: Henry Tresler, 13th May, 1786.
  • Land Grant Survey: Page 205 - Adam Sellers, 542 acres, Shenandoah River. Adjoining John Miller, Samuel Thornhill, Mathias Scarce, Henry Sellers, Peter Sellers.[Abt. April/May 1773] [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 74].
  • Vol. 2 - 1779 -- ROCKINGHAM COUNTY RECORDS. - The following notes are from the Minute Book of the County Court of Rockingham through the Revolutionary Period: November 23d, Relief of Samuel Thornhill, father of Jno. Thornhill, a soldier.

Information on Samuel Thornhill

Samuel Thornhill may have been older than the estimate given above. He may have been the Samuel Thornhill listed on the ship list of the "Pretty Patsy", a ship that transported individuals from Newgate Prison in England to Maryland in 1737. Many of the convicted criminals transported to America on this ship became successful after serving their terms.

Sources: The King's Passengers to Maryland and Virginia, by Peter Wilson Coldham, pg. 74 and http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rwbaker/ancestry/nichlsbakrimgrnt.htm and: http://www.earlyamericancrime.com/convict-transportation/end-of-transportation/ex-convicts-who-succeeded