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Twisted Trees, parts 2 and 3

My last post was about the union of Nathan and Charity (Cook) Thornton, second cousins. Today's post will be on their daughter-in-law Rachel Haworth (wife of Riley Thornton). Let me see if I can explain these next twisting braches of my family tree.


Rachel Haworth was the daughter of William Perry and Ruth (Wright) Haworth. William and Ruth were first cousins, sharing the same grandparents, James Frederick and Sarah (Wood) Haworth.

And before I forget it, Ruth Wright and Charity Cook were 1st cousins once removed through the Wright family. John Wright, the patriarch of the family had a number of children, including  Charity Wright b. 12 Nov 1742 and James Wright b. 28 May 1753.


Charity (Wright) married Isaac Cook. Their son, Thomas Cook, was the father of Charity (Cook) Thornton. 

James Wright, their son, married Sarah Haworth (another twisted branch of my tree) and they had a daughter, Ruth Wright, making her granddaughter of John Wright.


Twisted Trees, part one

I previously posted about my Thornton relatives and their land purchases in Polk County, Iowa. Today I'm going to take you back to the beginning of the Thornton family that I have proven. Thomas Thornton (6th great grandfather) was born about 1709, the son of William Thornton. About 1734 he married Martha  Boykin. Thomas died in 1762 in Northampton, North Carolina. It is believed that Thomas and Martha converted to the Quaker religion, probably converting in Virginia. Before this, they were part of the Puritan sect of the Church of England. They left Virginia and went to North Carolina, among a large Quaker neighborhood, including the Cooks, Wrights, and Wells, all part of my Quaker heritage. Thomas and Martha had two known children: Thomas A. (b. about 1739, d. before April 1783) and Rebecca Thornton (b. 21 May 1743). Thomas A. was my 5th great-grandfather and Rebecca both a great-aunt and my 5th great grandmother, hence one part of my twisted tree. Thomas A. Thornton (5th great…