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, 11
    Gender Male 
    _UID CA707B7ED0D242C09FCC7C13FE6A24FE5BB9 
    Died 16 Jan 1815  [10, 12
    Person ID I8282  Treefive
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2019 

    Father John L. Thornton,   b. 1 Apr 1720,   d. 7 Nov 1790  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Lucy Watson,   b. 26 May 1722,   d. 1 Nov 1785  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F2391  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marianne Sykes,   b. 12 Aug 1765,   d. 12 Oct 1815  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 9 Mar 1796  [10
    Children 
     1. Marianne Thornton,   b. 10 Mar 1797, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1887  (Age 90 years)
     2. [Unknown] Thornton,   b. Abt 1798,   d. 3 Aug 1798  (Age ~ 0 years)
     3. [Unknown] Thornton,   b. Abt 1799,   d. 16 May 1799  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. Henry Sykes Thornton,   b. 28 May 1800, Battersea Rise, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880  (Age 79 years)
     5. Lucy Thornton,   b. 1801, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1844  (Age > 44 years)
     6. Rev. Watson Joseph Thornton,   b. 1802, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855  (Age 53 years)
     7. Isabella Thornton,   b. 1803, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1891  (Age > 89 years)
     8. Sophia Thornton,   b. 1805, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1887  (Age > 83 years)
     9. 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)
     10. Laura Thornton,   b. 1809, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869  (Age 60 years)
     11. Rev. Charles Thornton,   b. 27 Apr 1810, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1839  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2352  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. [S2687] BOK137 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2, BOK137., page 1473.

    2. [S2699] BOK The County Families of the United Kingdom (1889) by Edward Walford, page 1035 (Thornton, Miss).

    3. [S2700] BOK The County Families of the United Kingdom (1892) by Edward Walford, page 1009 (Thornton, Miss).

    4. [S1922] BOK114 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland (Burke, 1852), BOK114., pages 1346, 1347 (Synnot).

    5. [S2709] 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. [S2710] 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. [S2711] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (Burke, 1912), page 679-681 (Hart-Synnot).

    8. [S2713] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1089-1092 (Hart-Synnot).

    9. [S2920] BOK169 Leslie - Armagh Clergy and Parishes, BOK169., page 390.

    10. [S1931] 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.

    11. [S4183] BOK494 Our Clapham forefathers by T. C. Dale, Page 39, entry 290 Marianne Thornton, daughter of Henry.

    12. [S4183] BOK494 Our Clapham forefathers by T. C. Dale, Page 40, entry 294 Henry Thornton and Marianne his wife.