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.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Erman Lula Thornton Chandler (1888-1985)

Erman Lula Thornton Chandler, daughter of William James and Jane Marshall Thornton, was born August 23, 1888, in Scottsville, Allen County, Kentucky. She was the granddaughter of William Thornton Jr., one of the first generation Thorntons in southern Kentucky who was born in 1827 in North Carolina, and Martha Jane Dinkins.  In 1907 Erman married Edward Boss Chandler (1880-1944) in Webster, Kentucky, and they had three children: 1) Esker Earl Chandler (1908-1939) married Anne E. Kercher and had Jeannette, Jerome, and Earl; 2) William Boyd Chandler (1910-1995) married Bessie McRoy; and 3) Edna Loraine Chandler (1912-1995) married George Ferris McGrew and had Robert McGrew, Betty McGrew Grimes, and Thelma McGrew Normile.  Erman passed away on September 9, 1985, in Florence, South Carolina.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Honorable Jesse Willard Thornton (Part II)

 Champion Boxer Joe Louis pictured below with Colonel William Bailey, the godfather of Diane Thornton Lewis.