Henry Thornton, M.P.[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

Male 1760 - 1815  (54 years)


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  • Name Henry Thornton 
    Suffix M.P. 
    Born 10 Mar 1760  [10
    Gender Male 
    _UID CA707B7ED0D242C09FCC7C13FE6A24FE5BB9 
    Died 16 Jan 1815  [10
    Person ID I8282  Treefive
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2016 

    Father John L. Thornton,   b. 1720,   d. 1790  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lucy Watson,   d. Aft 1785 
    Family ID F2716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marianne Sykes,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 9 Mar 1796  [10
    Children 
     1. Marianne Thornton,   b. 1797, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887  (Age 90 years)
     2. Henry Sykes Thornton,   b. 28 May 1800, Battersea Rise, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880  (Age 79 years)
     3. Lucy Thornton,   b. 1801, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1844  (Age > 44 years)
     4. Rev. Watson Joseph Thornton,   b. 1802, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855  (Age 53 years)
     5. Isabella Thornton,   b. 1803, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1891  (Age > 89 years)
     6. Sophia Thornton,   b. 1805, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1887  (Age > 83 years)
     7. Henrietta Thornton,   b. 20 May 1807, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1853, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     8. Laura Thornton,   b. 1809, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869  (Age 60 years)
     9. Rev. Charles Thornton,   b. 1810, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2673  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Burke's Irish Family Records (1976) names Henrietta Thornton’s father as Richard. Henrietta’s father was Henry, not Richard. The County Families of the United Kingdom by Edward Walford (1889 and 1892 editions) refer to Henrietta as ‘5th dau. of the late Henry Thornton, Esq.’

      Henry Thornton of Battersea Rise was a close friend (and also a relative) of William Wilberforce, the British anti-slavery crusader. They shared a house in Palace Yard, London until Wilberforce's marriage to Barbara Spooner. Henry was a Calvinist, a banker, philanthropist and Member of Parliament for Southwark. He bought Battersea Rise House in 1790. This was eventually to become the "headquarters" of the Clapham fellowship. Thornton gave away as much as six-sevenths of his income till he married, and after that at least a third of it. Probably his greatest personal efforts were expended in directing the affairs of the Sierra Leone Company, a Clapham-inspired enterprise to establish a colony of freed slaves in West Africa. He was Treasurer of the Church Missionary Society, MP for Southwark, 1782-1814 and, from 1784, partner of London banker, Down, Free and Thornton.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4476] BOK137 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2, BOK137., page 1473.

    2. [S4489] BOK The County Families of the United Kingdom (1889) by Edward Walford, page 1035 (Thornton, Miss).

    3. [S4490] BOK The County Families of the United Kingdom (1892) by Edward Walford, page 1009 (Thornton, Miss).

    4. [S3616] BOK114 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland (Burke, 1852), BOK114., pages 1346, 1347 (Synnot).

    5. [S4500] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2 (Burke, 1879), page 1562, 1563 (Synnot).

    6. [S4501] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 2 (Burke, 1894), page 1971, 1972 (Synnot).

    7. [S4502] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (Burke, 1912), page 679-681 (Hart-Synnot).

    8. [S4504] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1089-1092 (Hart-Synnot).

    9. [S4742] BOK169 Leslie - Armagh Clergy and Parishes, BOK169., page 390.

    10. [S3626] TRE134 Family tree - Sir Walter Synnot 1742-1821/1841 on genealogy.links.org, TRE134., 10 April 2014; Links - Genealogy; Data sheets for Sir Walter Synnot and descendants; 2011; Camilla von Massenbach.