My Thornton ancestors lived in such a small, rural community, that my 3rd great-grandmother, Louisa Pottgen Thornton, wasn’t even called her real name in her death notice. They just called her “Grandma Thornton”.

6 Mar 1919, Dakota County Herald, NE

2014-12-29_0022Grandma Thornton passed away Saturday. The funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. It was very largely attended. Grandma had not been well for a long time. We extend our sympathy to those who will always miss her.

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Maurice O’Connor was a brother to my great-great grandmother, Ellen Louise O’Connor Thornton. He never married.
7 Jan 1910, Dakota County Herald, Dakota City, NE
2014-12-29_0021Maurice O’Connor, an old resident of Nacora, Neb, aged 40 years, died at a hospital in Sioux City Wednesday afternoon. Mr. O’Connor went to Sioux City a short time ago to visit his two sisters. He was taken ill only a few days before his death, and at the advice of a physician was taken to a hospital. Death was due to pneumonia, which developed into heart trouble. Mr. O’Connor was a retired farmer. The body will be taken to Hubbard today for burial. Mr. O’Connor never was married. He leaves two sisters residing in Sioux City and two brothers, Charles and John O’Connor, of Nacora.

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Elizabeth Thornton Ehret, was the daughter of Edward Thornton, a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, James Patrick Thornton.
19 July 1927, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois
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Mrs. John Ehret Dies Monday Night
Mrs. Elizabeth Ehret, wife of John B. Ehret, died Monday night at 8:40 o’clock at the family home, 1312 Belle street. She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Miss Isabel Ehret, and a son, John W. Ehret. She also leaves three sisters, Miss Anna Ward of Alton, Mrs. Jacob Noil of Virden, Mrs. Mollie Blackburn of Alton and a brother, Philip Thornton of New York.
Mrs. Ehret was born in Virden, Ill., but spent practically all her life in Alton. She was well and favorably known throughout the city. Mrs. Ehret was a member of the Old Cathedral.
She served as deputy under her grandfather, Pat Ward, for many years city clerk of Alton.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 9 o’clock, requiem mass to be celebrated at the Old Cathedral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

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Mrs. Margaret Thornton Noll was the daughter of Edward Thornton, a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, James Patrick Thornton.

17 Aug 1937, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois.
2014-12-29_0005Mrs. Margaret Noll Dies at Virden
Mrs. Margaret Thornton Noll, wife of Jacob Noll, died last night at 7 o’clock at her home in Virden, Ill.
Mrs. Noll was born and reared in Alton, but had resided in Virden since her marriage.
She is survived by her husband, one son, Henry; a daughter, Eleanor, and a grandchild, Mary Noll.
Mrs. Noll also leaves one brother, Philip Thornton of New York; two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Blackburn of Alton and Miss Annie Ward of Granite City; a nephew, Philip Blackburn, and a niece, Mrs. Frank Womack, of Alton.
Mrs. Noll suffered a heart attack at 6 o’clock and her death occurred one hour later. She had been ailing for several days.
Requiem mass will be sung by the Rev. Fr. W. B. Whalen at St. Catherine’s Church in Virden Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, and burial will be in the Virden cemetery.

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