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Hannah Jack Thornton

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chester, New Hampshire, United States
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Thornton Graveyard Merrimack Hillsborough County New Hampshire, USA Plot: to the left of Matthew Thorton's
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Jack and Mary Jack
Wife of Matthew Thornton, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of James Thornton; Andrew Thornton; Mary Betton; Matthew Thornton, Jr. and Hannah Thornton (McGaw)

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About Hannah Jack Thornton

Hannah Jack Thornton

1742-1786

Wife of Matthew Thornton

Hannah Jack, who married Dr. Matthew Thornton, in 1760, was of Scotch-Irish descent, as was her husband. She was eighteen years old at the time of her marriage to Dr. Thornton, who was himself a man of middle age, having been brought to this country at the age of three years, in 1717, by his father, James Thornton, who settled in Wiscasset, Me. After completing his medical studies, young Thornton removed to Londonderry, N. H., to practice.

Mrs. Thornton was a daughter of Andrew Jack, who settled near Chester, N. H., prior to 1747, at which time his name appears on the Presbyterian records as warden. He had emigrated to New Hampshire from Londonderry, Ireland, but his family was originally Scotch, as was that of his wife, Mary Morrison.

Dr. Thornton, like Dr. Bartlett, had held appointment as an officer in the State militia and a commission as Justice of the Peace, under Governor Wentworth, and, upon the abdication of that Executive in 1775, he was appointed. a member of the provisional government. In September of the same year, he was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress and was permitted to add his signature to the Declaration although that measure had been adopted four months previously. He was again a member of Congress in 1777 and afterwards was a judge of the Superior Court. He died in 1803, having outlived his wife about seventeen years. Both were buried at Thornton's Ferry, N. H.

Five children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Thornton, four of whom grew to maturity. James, born in 1765, was married to Mary Parker, and one of his sons, James Shepard Thornton, had a distinguished career in the U. S. Navy. The torpedo boat Thornton was named. in his honor. Matthew Thornton, the youngest son married Fanny Curtis of Amherst. He became a prominent lawyer of his native State. Mary Thornton married Hon. Silas Betton of Salem, N.H., and Hannah married John McGaw, of Bedford, N. H.*

Source: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence, by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1997). Orignaly Published in 1912 as volume 3 of The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons). Pages 16-18. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)

  • [From page 149] Mrs. Clyde, a niece of Matthew Thornton (signer) fled from Indians into the woods with her eight children, one a babe in arms. She hid for twenty-four hours behind logs, near where Indians were passing. Exhibiting wonderful strength and endurance she finally reached the fort in safety.--American Monthly Magazine

From ColonialHall.com

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My mother would make the best tasting Peanut Butter Soup. We children always considered it a special treat. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized this was my mother’s way of stretching the food dollars, while providing us with protein. I will give you my version first, then my mothers. You chose the one you like best.


June’s Peanut Butter Soup


4 TBSP. Seltzer water

4 TBSP. Almond flour

1 cup Almond milk

½ cup Peanut Butter


Gather all premeasured ingredients before beginning to cook. Place the Almond milk in a medium Saucepan; set aside. Whisk together the seltzer water and almond flour until smooth. Add it to the almond milk stirring constantly over medium high heat, until starts to thicken. DO NOT Boil. If it starts to boil, remove from high stirring to it becomes smooth and slightly thickened. Return to heat, add peanut butter. Stirring constantly until peanut butter is well blended into the mixture and slightly thick. If it is too thick, thin it with the milk. Remove from heat. Measure into ½ cup Ramekins. Serve Warm with a sprinkle of Crushed peanuts if you desire. I like a dash of Cinnamon.



Moms Peanut Butter Soup


4 TBSP. Butter

4 TBSP. Cornstarch

1 can Evaporated Milk

½ cup Peanut Butter


Gather all premeasured ingredients before beginning to cook. Place the can of milk with equal parts of water in a medium Saucepan. Add the butter and cornstarch to the milk mixture stirring constantly over medium high heat, until it starts to thicken. DO NOT Boil. If it starts to boil, remove from high stirring to it becomes smooth and slightly thickened. Return to heat, add peanut butter. Stirring constantly until peanut butter is well blended into the mixture and slightly thick. If it is too thick, thin it with the milk Remove from heat. Measure into ½ cup Ramekins. Serve Warm.


Source:

June Stearns Butka, and many others, Family Recipe Collection (Private address, June Stearns Butka, 2014), Private Address, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 03054, Peanut Butter Soup, loose 3 x 5 card. Family recipe hand down from mother. Original source unknown.

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Hannah Jack's Timeline

1742
December 5, 1742
Chester, New Hampshire, United States
1760
1760
Age 17
New Hampshire, United States
1763
1763
Age 20
1766
1766
Age 23
Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
1768
1768
Age 25
Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
1770
1770
Age 27
Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
1774
September 25, 1774
Age 31
1776
July 4, 1776
- 1776
Age 33
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Descent Only 15 of the 56 signers have male descendants today. These Signers have no descendants: William Whipple, John Hancock, Samuel Huntington, James Smith, James Wilson, Caesar Rodney, George Wythe, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Lynch, Jr. Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton. These Signers have no same surname (male) descendants: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, William Williams, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, George Taylor, George Ross, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, Thomas Jefferson, William Hooper and John Penn. These Signers have very doubtful same surname (male) descendants: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Oliver Wolcott, John Witherspoon, Abraham Clark, John Morton, Carter Braxton, Edward Rutledge. The remainder of the Signers is known to have same surname (male) descendants. (Talk about being blown away when you find out almost all of the signers are part of your family's history. You sit back shake your head and wonder am I dreaming. Then you double check in disbelief wondering how that could be. What does that mean for you and your.)

July 4, 1776
- 1776
Age 33
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Descent Only 15 of the 56 signers have male descendants today. These Signers have no descendants: William Whipple, John Hancock, Samuel Huntington, James Smith, James Wilson, Caesar Rodney, George Wythe, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Joseph Hewes, Thomas Lynch, Jr. Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton. These Signers have no same surname (male) descendants: Josiah Bartlett, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, William Williams, William Floyd, Francis Lewis, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, George Clymer, George Taylor, George Ross, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, Thomas Stone, Thomas Jefferson, William Hooper and John Penn. These Signers have very doubtful same surname (male) descendants: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Oliver Wolcott, John Witherspoon, Abraham Clark, John Morton, Carter Braxton, Edward Rutledge. The remainder of the Signers is known to have same surname (male) descendants. (Talk about being blown away when you find out almost all of the signers are part of your family's history. You sit back shake your head and wonder am I dreaming. Then you double check in disbelief wondering how that could be. What does that mean for you and your.)

1786
December 5, 1786
Age 44