Monday, September 29, 2014

Pension File for Thomas Thornhill

Continuing from Sunday's post on Thomas Thornhill, son of my 6th-great-grandfather Joseph Thornhill and brother of my 5th-great-grandfather Joseph Jr, this post covers the Revolutionary War pension of Thomas and the claim filed by his children. The following information comes from the Revolutionary War Pensions file on Fold3.com.

Source: Fold3.com
On 16 June 1828, Thomas Thornhill signed a declaration of his Revolutionary War pension claim. On the document, he states that he was of Broomfield Parish, Culpeper County, Virginia.

Thomas later settled in Woodville, Rappahannock County, which is located to the north west of Culpeper, on Route 522 south of Sperryville, Virginia. After the war he married Lucy Jones (so far I don't think she is related to my Jefferson County Jones line), and they had at least the following children:
- Joseph Thornhill
- William Thornhill
- Bryan Thornhill
- Thomas Thornhill Jr.
- Charles Thornhill
- Bleuford Thornhill
- Robert Thornhill
- Edmond Thornhill
- Elizabeth Thornhill
- Lucinda Thornhill

Lucy Jones Thornhill died in 1837, while Thomas passed in June 1839. The children of Thomas filed a claim to his Revolutionary War pension in August 1850, but this was rejected. William Slaughter, a neighbor and friend of the Thornhill family, supported the application of the Thornhill children with the declaration below.


The pension office responded on 6 September 1850, noting that Thomas Thornhill had received bounty land and a pension under the Act of 15 May 1828, and no further amounts were due to him.

Thomas is on my list of names to check on the next visit to the Culpeper Court, to see if there are any deeds or other records involving his brother Joseph or other Thornhill siblings.

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