Matthew Thornton - (1714 - 1803)

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Matthew Thornton Biography


Matthew Thornton was the son of James Thornton, a native of Ireland, and was born in that country, about the year 1714. When he was two or three years old, his father emigrated to America, and after a residence of a few years he removed to Worchester, Massachusetts.

Here young Thornton received a respectable academical education, and subsequently pursued his medical studies, under the direction of Doctor Grout, of Leicester. Soon after completing his preparatory course, he removed to Londonderry, in New-Hampshire, where he commenced the practice of medicine, and soon became distinguished, both as a physician and a surgeon.

In 1745, the well known expedition against Cape Breton was planned by Governor Shirley. The cooperation of New-Hampshire being solicited, a corps of five hundred men was raised in the latter province. Dr. Thornton was selected to accompany the New-Hampshire troops, as a surgeon.

The chief command of this expedition was entrusted to colonel William Pepperell.
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Matthew Thornton Genealogy

Parents:
James Thornton (____ - 1754)
Elizabeth Jenkins Thornton (1690 - 1741)

Spouse:
Hannah Jack Thornton (____ - 1786)

Children:
James Thornton (____ - 1817)
Andrew Thornton (____ - 1787)
Mary Thornton Betton (____ - 1845)

Siblings:
Hannah Thornton Wallace (____ - 1814)
William Thornton (1713 - 1790)
Agnes Thornton Wasson (1717 - 1774)

Matthew Thornton Tivia

Matthew Thornton was appointed in 1745 as surgeon of the New Hampshire troops, and accompanied them in the expedition against Louisburg
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Events in the life of Matthew Thornton

DateEvent

1714    Birth of Matthew Thornton
1776 01   Appointed a Judge of the Superiour Court of Massachusetts
1782    Resigned Judgeshop
1789    Purchased a farm in Exeter
1803 06/24   Death of Matthew Thornton
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You must all be sensible that the affairs of America have at length come to a very affecting and alarming crisis.

Matthew Thornton: letter to the inhabitants of the Colony of New Hampshire - June 2, 1775
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Quote 1242 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1242 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1242 Duty to God, to ourselves, to Posterity, enforced by the cries of slaughtered Innocents, have urged us to take up Arms in our Defense. Such a day as this was never before known, either to us or to our fathers.

Matthew Thornton: letter to the inhabitants of the Colony of New Hampshire - June 2, 1775

Quote 1243 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1243 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1243 We would therefore recommend to the Colony at large to cultivate that Christian Union, Harmony and tender affection which is the only foundation upon which our invaluable privileges can rest with any security, or our public measures be pursued with the least prospect of success.

Matthew Thornton: letter to the inhabitants of the Colony of New Hampshire - June 2, 1775

Quote 1244 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1244 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1244 We further recommend a serious and steady regard to the rules of temperance, sobriety and righteousness, and that those Laws which have heretofore been our security and defense from the hand of violence may still answer all their former valuable purposes, though persons of vicious and corrupt minds would willingly take advantage from our present situation.

Matthew Thornton: letter to the inhabitants of the Colony of New Hampshire - June 2, 1775
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