Welcome to our Thornton family

In this blog we attempt to create a visual history of a main southern Kentucky Thornton branch, descended from Scots-Irish Thorntons who may have arrived in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700s. If your goal is to check whether or not you or a family member are listed in our genealogy file, the first eight posts contain more than 1,500 names, listed generationally. Use the 'find' command to scroll through the material...Good luck.

Also, if you have photos, corrections, or inquiries, please feel free to contact us at thorntonsoky@gmail.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thornton DNA Update

Recently, we expanded our DNA profile to 25 alleles to better establish our relationship to other Scots-Irish lines. Now, we just need other Thornton males willing to submit samples for DNA testing: spread the word...

Updated alleles:


Robert D. Thornton

Robert D. Thornton "Bob" was born February 19, 1924, to Jesse Benton and Mary Susan Cooper Thornton of Warren County, KY. Like his older brothers, Robert would be active in local sports: he was a regular on the Woodburn High and South Warren High School basketball teams (#77). After completing high school in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served during the last year and a half of World War II. Bob married Juanita Meredith, daughter of Henry and Florence Kirby Meredith, and had two children: Jana and Mike Thornton. Robert Thornton died Dec. 12, 1989.

In the third photograph below, Bob is standing next to his teammate and brother, Jesse W. Thornton (holding the trophy), my grandfather.