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Francis Thornton, I

Birthplace: Petsworth Parish, Gloucester , Virginia
Death: Died in King George , Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Thornton, IV and Elizabeth Thornton
Husband of Alice Thornton; Alice Thornton; Jane Thornton and Anne Thornton
Father of Margaret (Mary) Strother; Martha Catlett; Sarah Alice Taliaferro; Elizabeth Gibson; Francis Thornton, Jr. and 4 others
Brother of Ann Thornton; William Thornton, V; Rowland Thornton, Sr.,; Esther Thornton; Prudence Thornton and 1 other
Half brother of Luke T. Thornton, I; Edward Thornton and Francis Thornton

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About Francis Thornton, I

Francis Thornton

  • Birth: 5 NOV 1651 in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia
  • Parents: William Thornton, Elizabeth Rowland
  • Married: Alice Savage; Jane, widow of John Harvey; Anne, widow of John Riding
  • Death: 7 OCT 1726 in St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia - Probate

THORNTON, FRANCIS [MAJOR] (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 Major Francis Thornton (1651-1726) in Virginia Historical Society

Francis was a Colonel of the Virginia Militia, and a member of the House of Burgesses from Spotsylvania County, Virginia. 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.



  • 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.


  1. Old King William homes and families : an account of some of the old homesteads and families of King William County, Virginia, f [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Clarke, Peyton Neale,. Old King William homes and families : an account of some of the old homesteads and families of King William County, Virginia, from its earliest settlement. Louisville: J.P. Morton and Co., 1897. 
  2. The William and Mary Quarterly, Volume 20 (Google eBook) Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Earl Gregg Swem, Richard Lee Morton. Institute of Early American History and Culture., 1912 - Virginia. Page 270.


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Francis Thornton, I's Timeline

November 5, 1651
Gloucester , Virginia
Age 16
Hanover, VA, USA
January 3, 1674
Age 22
Gloucester, Virginia
April 13, 1674
Age 22
Gloucester , Virginia
April 2, 1678
Age 26
Richmond Co, VA
December 14, 1680
Age 29
Gloucester, Virginia
December 17, 1680
Age 29
January 4, 1682
Age 30
Stafford, Virginia
August 1, 1685
Age 33
of "Crowes" King George Co., Va.
Age 37
Westmoreland, Virginia