Hannah Thornton Wife of Matthew Thornton

Hannah Jack Thornton married Dr. Matthew Thornton in 1760. She was of Scotch-Irish descent. She was eighteen years old when she married Dr. Thornton, who was middle-aged. After completing his medical studies, Dr. Thornton moved to Londonderry, New Hampshire to practice.

Hannah Thornton was a daughter of Andrew Jack, who settled near Chester, N. H., before 1747. At that time, his name appears on the Presbyterian records as warden. He emigrated to New Hampshire from Londonderry, Ireland. Still, his family was initially Scotch; his wife was Mary Morrison.

Like Dr. Bartlett, Dr. Thornton was an officer in the State militia and a Justice of the Peace. When Governor Wentworth fled his position in 1775, Dr. Thornton became a provisional government member. In September 1775, he was a delegate to the Continental Congress. He signed the Declaration of Independence four months after its adoption. Later, he was again a member of Congress in 1777 and afterward was a judge of the Superior Court. He died in 1803, having outlived his wife for about seventeen years. Both were buried at Thornton’s Ferry, New Hampshire.

Matthew and Hannah Thornton had five children. Only four grew to maturity. James, born in 1765, married Mary Parker. One of their sons, James Shepard Thornton, had a distinguished career in the U. S. Navy. The torpedo boat Thornton was named in his honor. Matthew Thornton married Fanny Curtis of Amherst. He became a prominent lawyer in his native State. Mary Thornton married Hon. Silas Betton of Salem, N.H., and Hannah married John McGaw, of Bedford, New Hampshire.

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