Not-So Wordless Wednesday: James Patrick Thornton (1824-1887)

That feeling you get when you finally see a picture of an ancestor you’ve been working on for years and years (around 14) is absolutely priceless.  Putting a face to the name you’ve been researching is so rewarding.  It makes that ancestor so much more real (at least in my opinion).  I can immediately relate to them more.  I am more interested in learning their story.

I have a distant cousin who sent me these pictures this past month.  I am so thankful and am looking forward to sharing them with the rest of my family.

These pictures are of James Patrick Thornton (1824-1887), my 3rd great-grandfather.  He came to the U.S. (first to Illinois and then Nebraska) from Ireland.

These photos were scanned from an album in my cousin’s possession.  The album has a stamp that says “Patent June 6, 1882” in it.

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  • Marian Wood - April 17, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Hi Jen, Happy to see you posting again! I miss reading about your ancestors and adventures. Take care! – From Marian @ your twin blog namesakeReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

      Thanks Marian! I started my own photography business a couple of months ago, so I’ve been swamped. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    What an amazing face — I think it shows a lot of strength. And those eyes look so penetrating. Maybe it is their intelligence, or maybe it is their light color. I would want to make sure this person was my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Mariann – I agree! He has very nice eyes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ann H. Emory - May 4, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    When I encountered your site and the photo of James P. Thornton, I was shocked, as I have the same photo. I would love to get in touch with you and your cousin who has the photo album. I have other Thornton photos that I’m happy to share as well. Hope to here from you. My email is
    Thanks, Ann

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