Person:Samuel Thornton (9)

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Name Samuel Thornton
Gender Male
Birth? 1790 Abbeville, South Carolina, United States
Marriage 22 DEC 1813 Ohio, USAto Ann Henderson
Residence[2] 1850 Clinton (Township), Seneca, Ohio, United States
Property[4] 7 Jan 1852 Marengo, Iowa, Iowa, United StatesHilton Township (east half of southeast quarter, section 5, township 80, range 10)
Residence[1] 1856 Marengo, Iowa, Iowa, United States
Burial[5] 1860 Old Marengo Cemetery, Iowa, Iowa, United States
Military? War of 1812, Private, 1st Regiment Ohio Volunteers
Death[3] 11 MAR 1860 Dayton, Iowa, Iowa, United Stateslung fever
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  1. Iowa, United States. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925, 1856, Primary quality.
  2. United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Roll M432_728; Page: 463; Image: 347, 1850, Primary quality.
  3. U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880. (Provo, Utah, USA [database on-line]: Operations, Inc., 1999), A1156_55, 1860, Primary quality.
  4. The History of Iowa County, Iowa: containing a history of the county, its cities, town &c., biographical sketches of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion ... (Des Moines [Iowa]: Union Historical Co., 1881), pgs. 749-751, 373-374, 1881, Secondary quality.

    Samuel Thornton came from Virginia and settled in section 5 near Hilton Creek in the year 1851. He was the first settler in the township and owned a quarter section. He owned two yoke of oxen and two cows; with the oxen be did the first breaking of prairie in what is now Hilton township. This clever old man belonged to the Wesleyan Methodist Church attending regularly to his religious duties at Marengo. He died twenty one years ago and was buried in the Old Marengo Cemetery two miles southeast of Marengo.
    The first school was taught on the farm of Samuel Thornton in a small log hut by Mary Thornton grand daughter of Samuel Thornton.
    Hilton township was organized in the fall of 1858. The following was the order September 22 1858: This day came Samuel Thornton and presented a petition asking for the formation of a new township to be called Hilton...

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