Sunday, 19 January 2014

Robert Martin Thornton

Robert Martin Thornton was born on Aug 10,1850 in Dundee, Scotland ( Could be  Monifieth, Angus, Scotland) The son of Peter Simpson Thornton and Mary Swaddell. He had eleven siblings, John Swaddel, Lydia, David, William, Peter Simpson, James Easson, Etthal Aison (Easson), Peter, Mary Jane, Samuel, and Janet Eason "Jessie".

He arrived in Canada about 1857

He married Ellen ( Helen ) Smith,daughter of Richard Smith and Grace Smith, Feb 20,1871 in York, York, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Martin Thornton and Ellen ( Helen ) Smith had the following children:

Walter Scott Thornton was born on 15 Jan 1878 in Ontario.
  Peter Thornton was born on 02 Jan 1872 in Ontario
Grace Thornton was born on 29 Jul 1874 in Toronto,
  David Thornton was born in Dec 1879 in Toronto Ontario (about).

I believe Ellen died in early 1880. Iam trying to confirm if she died during childbirth or shortly after.

Robert married Phoebe Edwards about 1880 in Toronto. 

Robert Martin Thornton and Phoebe Edwards had the following children:

Violet Thornton was born on 21 Mar 1886 in York, Ontario
 Ernest Thornton 

Dec 4,1884 Toronto

13 years later Robert married for a third time He married Vesta Ward,daughter of Alonzo Ward and Sarah Jane Lethbridge, on 15 Feb 1893 in York, York, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Martin Thornton and Vesta Ward  had no children.

He died on 02 Aug 1926 in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. 

Story on will of Robert M Thornton

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