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Elizabeth Thornton (Rowland)

Birthplace: Richmond, North Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Stafford , Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Rowland, II (The Immigrant) and Margaret Rowland
Wife of William Thornton, IV
Mother of Ann Thornton; William Thornton "the younger"; Francis Thornton, I; Rowland Thornton, Sr.,; Esther Thornton and 3 others
Sister of Lewis Rowland; John Rowland, Jr.,; William Rowland, I; Frances Brown; George Rowland and 1 other

Managed by: Carl Ray Williams
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About Elizabeth Thornton

Elizabeth Rowland

  • Birth: 1627 in Yorkshire, England
  • Parents: John Rowland, Margaret Bailey
  • Husband: William Thornton
  • Death: in Stafford County, Virginia


  1. 27 MAR 1648 in Stafford County, Virginia to William Thornton b: 1620 in "The Hills", Yorkshire, England; his 2nd wife

5 children born in Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia

  1. William b: 27 MAR 1649. Married 1) Elizabeth FitzHugh 2) Prudence Willis 3) Jane Presley
  2. Thomas b: ABT 1651.
  3. Francis b: 5 NOV 1651. Married 1) Alice Savage 2) Jane (Baldridge?) 3) Ann, widow Riding
  4. Rowland b: 1654. Married Elizabeth Fleming
  5. Esther b: 1655.


On November 4, 1679, William issued the below deed to his wife, Elizabeth in Rappahannock County, Virginia. (4)
William Thornton to his wife, Elizabeth (NOTE: Spelling updated to current practice)

November 4, 1679 Know all men by these presents that I, William Thornton for the consideration of the acknowledgement of the thirds or dower my wife, Elizabeth Thornton, now has or hereafter may have of and to one dividend of six hundred acres of land sold to Mr. Waters and his heirs, have given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, feeoffeed and confirmed unto my said now wife, one mare about three years old also a sorrel color, whitish in the forehead and marked with a hole in the right ear.

And also one yearling cow calf marked with two cross and two shoats natural marked, being black with a white face. To have and to hold the said mare and her increase (except one weanable foal), such as the said William Thornton or his heirs or assigns shall at any time hereafter make choice of happens to have fallen so from the above said mare, upon such demand as the said Thornton or his assigns shall make together with the so above said yearling cow calf, with all their & every of their increase, unto the aforesaid Elizabeth Thornton & to her own proper use, & to her heirs and assigns forever (except as before excepted)……. all of him the said William Thornton, his heirs or assigns, or any other person claiming from by or under him, them any of them.

In witness whereof I have here unto set both my hand & seal this 4th day of November 1679. Sealed & delivered in fee (S) William Thornton
Recorded in Circuit Court Rappahannock
anno 1649 Edmo. Craske Cl Cur


  1. W.G. Stanard. "The Thornton Family.". William & Mary Quarterly, Vol 4, No. 2 (Oct 1895). Pages 89-93. PDF doc.


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Elizabeth Thornton's Timeline

Richmond, North Yorkshire, England
Age 21
March 27, 1649
Age 22
Gloucester, Virginia
November 5, 1651
Age 24
Gloucester , Virginia
Age 26
Petsworth Par, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
Age 28
Gloucester, VA, USA
Age 28
Petsworth, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
Age 28
Stafford , Virginia
Age 28
Rockingham,,New Hampshire,USA