George Mason Dallas Thornton, Sr.

George Mason Dallas Thornton, Sr.

Male 1845 - 1886

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  • Name  George Mason Dallas Thornton, Sr. 
    Suffix  Sr. 
    Born  18 Oct 1845  Browning, Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  18 May 1886  Branch Place, Camden, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried  Freedom Church of Christ Cemetery, Camden, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I10065  All Family Connections
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2013 

    Father  Albern J. Thornton,   b. 1816, , Smith, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1880, Browning Township, Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy Moore,   b. 1821, , Carter, TN, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, Browning Township, Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Jan 1839  , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1369  Group Sheet

    Family  Polly Ann Luttrell,   b. 7 Jan 1849, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1912, , Washington, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Sep 1871  , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lewis Albert Thornton,   b. 4 May 1872, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1947, Brumley, Miller, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Nancy Ann Mahala Thornton,   b. 25 Dec 1874, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1958, Pacific, Franklin, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. George Mason Dallas Thornton, Jr,   b. 30 Dec 1875, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1881, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Fealix Ervin "Field" Thornton,   b. 15 Dec 1880, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1964, Pacific, Franklin, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Doctor Dutchman Thornton,   b. Jan 1883, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1970, Fisk, Butler, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. John Wesley Thornton,   b. 19 Feb 1885, , Schuyler, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1964, Pacific, Franklin, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  15 Jan 2012 
    Family ID  F6639  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • George Mason Dallas Thornton was born 18 Oct 1845 in Browning, Schuyler County, Illinois to Albern J. Thornton and Nancy Moore. George had a light complection, red hair and blue eyes. He received an injury during the Civil War which caused Epilepsy and he would have seizures. On 11 Sep 1871, he married Polly Ann Luttrell (the daughter of William Lewis & Mahala Ann Luttrell). Nancy Ann Mahala Thornton, the only girl in the family, remembered they came to Camden County, Missouri when she was 9 years old. They traveled in a covered wagon.
      To this union seven children were born (the 1900 census says 8) but only 5 lived to adulthood.
      One day, Polly and the family came home and found George dead by the fireplace. This was at their home near Horse Shoe Bend in Glaze township, Branch Place, Camden County, Missouri. He was buried near Bagnell, Missouri the following day on 19 May 1886. George was only 40 years old.
      Life was difficult for Polly - she had 3 boys under the age of 6 to care for. She traveled to Southwest Missouri to Tiff City, McDonald County, Missouri where she married John H. Luttrell (called "Old Blind John" by many) on 30 Sep 1889. John died sometime between Sep 1896\endash 1900 in Bridges, Ozark County, Missouri. Nancy hated her mother's 3rd husband but no one knows why. Polly and her children were back in Miller County, Missouri by 1900 and Nancy, who had 3 children by Andrew Irwin (but never married him), was living with her mother.
      Polly had gone blind in her older age and use to scream from the pain because her eyes hurt her so bad. It was believed her sister went blind the same way. A letter from someone else stated that Polly was blind due to cataracts but Glaucoma does run in the family and seems more likely the culprit.
      James Luttrell (Polly's first husband) was shot by George Washington Luttrell, Sr., Polly's brother, just one week into his marriage to Polly for abusing her so bad. James and Polly were supposedly related somehow (Marcella Moege thought first cousins) but no one knows how. I have yet to find the relationship. They buried James where no one would find him and told everyone that James deserted Polly two days after they were married. It was reported on George Thornton's Civil War Pension, that afterwards, several persons informed Polly that James Luttrell was dead.
      This is confirmed in a letter from Marcella (Ash) Moege to Alma (Littrell) Wiles. "Polly was married 3 times, the first husband was her first cousin, and was shot when he walked out on the porch the first week of their marriage." Nobody knew who had shot him until 2011 when my mother remembered her father telling them the story and he indicated it was his father, George Washington Luttrell who had done the deed. Polly was only 18 at the time.
      Polly died on 24 Jan 1912 in Hulsey, Washington County, Missouri of Pneumonia (although her death certificate lists Consumption). She was 63 years old. Her daughter, Nancy, remembered getting a letter edged in black indicating there was a death in the family. But she didn't have the money to go to her mother's funeral. Polly was buried the next day in Bryant Grove Cemetery (now known as New Hope Cemetery) not far from Pea Ridge, Washington County, Missouri.

  • Sources 
    1. [S599] Missouri, Deaths and Burials Index, 1873-1976, FamilySearch, ((2011)) (Reliability: 3).
      Name: Geo M D Thornton
      «u»[George Mason Dallas Thornton] «/u»Birth Date: abt 1846 Birth Place: Illinois Death Date: 18 May 1886 Death Place: Glaze Township, Missouri Burial Date: 19 May 1886 Burial Place: Branch Place, Camden County, Missouri Death Age: 40 Occupation: Farmer Race: White Marital Status: Married Gender: Male FHL Film Number: 1006458