Amos Griswold Thornton

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Amos Griswold Thornton

Also Known As: "Amos Griswald Thornton", "Amos Griswold Thornton"
Birthplace: Pickering, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death: April 05, 1901 (68)
Pinto, Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Oliver E. Thornton and Mary Thornton
Husband of Mary Thornton and Charity Artemesia Wallace
Father of Mary Alice Thornton; Amos Whittaker Thornton; Lydia Mecham Knell; Oliver Griswold Thornton; Ellen Lunt Pace and 4 others
Brother of Lydia Meacham Adams; Thomas Ephraim Thornton; Edward Hotchkiss Thornton; Alice Ann Mott; Appolos Griswold Thornton and 6 others

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About Amos Griswold Thornton

Thornton, Amos Griswold (1832–1902), Sergeant, Company H, Third Platoon, Pinto. Amos Thornton, accompanied by two others, visited the emigrants in their camp at the Mountain Meadows on Sunday, September 6, 1857 The next day at his home in Pinto, Thornton received orders delivered by Joseph Clewes from Isaac C. Haight to have John D. Lee stop the attack on the emigrants until word could be received from Salt Lake. Albert Hamblin recalled seeing Thornton at Hamblin’s ranch during the week of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, likely to deliver the message Clewes gave him at Pinto.


(son of Oliver Thornton and Mary Griswold). Born December 30, 1832, Pickering, Ontario county, Canada.

   Married:	Mary Whittaker December 18, 1856, Cedar City, Utah (daughter of James Whittaker and Rachel Taylor of Cedar City pioneers 1852). She was born November 18, 1838.
   Their children:
           Mary Alice born July 29, 1858;
           Amos Whittaker born October 10, 1860;
           Lydia Meacham born August 22, 1862, married James G. Knell;
           Oliver Griswold born November 15, 1864;
           Rachel G. born April 6, 1867;
           Ellen Lunt born February 18, 1870, married J. Granville Pace;
           Sarah May born May 1, 1873, married Joseph D. Cox, Jr.;
           Hattie Maria born December 2, 1875, married William J. Snow;
           James Whittaker born December 9, 1883, married Matilda Grace Green; married Nellie Schofield
   Family home Pinto, Utah.
   Married:	Charity Butler (Wallace) 1862, Salt Lake City (daughter of John Butler and Caroline Skeen of Spanish Fork, Utah pioneers 1852).
   Their children:
           John L. born August 3, 1863, died;
           James Apollos born December 23, 1864;
           Edmund T. born January 8, 1867, married Jennie Cox September 22, 1896;
           Lydia Adeline born January 19, 1870, married Hezekiah E. Duffin September 22, 1896;
           Artimesia born October 6, 1871;
           Taylor Butler born March 3, 1873.
   Family home Pinto, Utah.

Called to southern Utah 1854. Presiding elder of Pinto ward several years. Veteran Walker Indian war. Died April 5, 1901.

Charity Butler was the widow of Mr. Wallace.

   The two children of her first marriage were:
           Caroline M., married Dagbert Whipple;
           Hamilton Monroe, married Jane Stapley.


   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 352
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1212

  • Residence: Pottawatamie county, Pottawatamie, Iowa - 1850
  • Residence: Mountain Meadows, Washington, Utah, United States - 1860
  • Residence: Pinto, Washington, Utah, United States - 1880
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Amos Griswold Thornton's Timeline

December 30, 1832
Pickering, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
July 29, 1858
Pinto, Washington, Utah
October 10, 1860
Pinto, Washington, Utah
August 22, 1862
Pinto, Washington County, Utah Territory, United States
October 18, 1862
Age 29
November 15, 1864
Pinto, Washington, Utah
April 6, 1867
Pinto, Washington County, Utah Territory, United States