Corp Peter Hampton Thornton

1836

Peter Hampton Thornton was born on 11 May 1836 in Richland, South Carolina, USA a child of Thorogood Thornton and Lavicia Wallace Thornton.

1850

Peter Thornton was counted in the census on 10 Sep 1850 in Richland, South Carolina, USA, as 12-year-old, male, white. Also in the home was Thorogood Thornton, Lavicia Thornton, Dorothy Thornton, John Thornton, Thorogood Thornton, George Thornton.

1870

Peter Thornton was counted in the census on 10 Sep 1850 in Richland, South Carolina, USA, as a 31-year-old, male. Also in the home was Kesiah Thornton, Emma Thornton, Victoria Thornton, Ella Thornton, Thorogood Thornton, Melton Thornton, John Thornton and Lewis Watts.

1880

Peter Thornton was counted in the census on 11 Jun 1880 in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA, as a 30-year-old, male, married, white, head of household, farmer. Also in the home was his wife, Kessiah Thornton; their children, Fanny Thornton, Milton Thornton, John Thornton, Throughgood Thornton; also in the house was Reuben Davis, Jas. Madison Cooper and Nannie Brown (their relationship to the family was unknown).

1900

Peter Thornton was counted in the census on 15 Jun 1900 in Richland, South Carolina, USA, as a 62-year-old, male, married, white, head of household, farmer. Also in the home was his wife, Kisiah E Thornton; their son, Melton Thornton; and a boarder, James Madison.

1915

On October 23, 1915, Peter H. Thornton was mentioned as the living father on the death record of John W Thornton.

1916

On May 13, 1916, P. H. Thornton was mentioned as the living father on the death record of Ella Lovett.

1928

Peter Hampton Thornton died on 28 Aug 1928 in Dentsville, Richland, South Carolina, USA. He was buried on 29 Aug 1928 in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, USA at Killian Baptist Church Cemetery. His cause of death was Angina pectoris.

DIES JUST AFTER CASTING BALLOT

Peter H Thornton Passes Away at Dentsville

NINETY-TWO YEARS
Richland County Citizen Was Lieutenant in Confederate Army.

Peter H. Thornton, 92, Confederate veteran of near Blaney, died suddenly at 4:15 yesterday afternoon at Dentsville, he having gone there for the purpose of casting his vote.

Mr. Thornton lived at Blaney, about 12 miles distant from Dentsville, and after casting his vote at the polls at Dentsville was in a group of his friends engaged in conversation when he died suddenly.

Mr. Thornton was born May 11, 1836, and at the time of his death was in his 93rd year. He was a Confederate veteran, and at the outbreak of the Confederate war volunteered for service. He became a member of the Seventh South Carolina infantry under Captain Sligh, Hagood’s brigade. He was wounded three times, at Cold Harbor, Seven Pines and Manassas. He was with Lee’s army when the surrender at Appomattox took place, and at the time he was discharged was a lieutenant. A man of many fine qualities and with a wide circle of his friends wherever known, news of his death has caused much sorrow.

He is survived by two sons, T. C. Thornton of Columbia and J. M. Thornton of Blaney; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Motley of Pontiac.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 this afternoon at Crane Creek Baptist church at Killian. Interment will follow in the churchyard.

The funeral party will leave McCormick’s mortuary at 1:45 this afternoon for Crane Creek church.

COUNTY’S OLDEST VETERAN ANSWERS GREATEST SUMMONS

In the death of Peter H. Thornton, 96, Tuesday, as reported i., The State yesterday, Richland county (and perhaps South Carolina) lost its oldest Confederate veteran and one of its oldest citizens.

Mr. Thornton was a gentlemen of the old school, and his death erases another name from the fast thinning line of soldiers who wore the gray. Having been born years before the Confederate war, he watched the trouble between the North and South grow to fever heat, and finally to break into a raging flame in the momentous year 1861.

Along with thousands of his comrades, he flocked to the standards of his state, and proudly helped to bear her colors through the war. Joining the Seventh South Carolina infantry, Hagood’s brigade, under the command of Captain Sligh, he saw much “active” service. Three times was he wounded by Union bullets, at Cold Harbor, Seven Pines and Manassas, but always he went back with an indomitable courage that did not know defeat. He had risen to the rank of lieutenant, and when the inevitable end came, and Lee surrendered to Grant his army at Appomattox, Peter Thornton laid down his arms, and came back home to a state that had been overrun by hardened armies of the enemy, to a state – helpless and broken, all but in spirit.

And then, through he had given up his weapons of war, he set to work to aid in the rebuilding of his native Palmetto state. And well did those glorious veterans do their work, as the guided South Carolina’s destinies through the dark period of reconstruction days, to see her come back to take her place in equal rank with the other states of the union.

Mr. Thornton had lived a life of long service to his friends and neighbors, and he will be sorely milled in his community. He died suddenly at Dentsville at 4:15 Tuesday afternoon, he having gone there for the purpose of casting his vote. He lived near Blaney, about 12 miles distant from Dentsville, and after voting had engaged in conversation with friends at the polls when he died suddenly.

He is survived by three children, two sons, T. C. Thornton of Columbia and J. M. Thornton of Blaney; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Motley of Pontiac. He is also survived by 56 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granchild, making five generations that were living up to Mr. Thornton’s death.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 yesterday afternoon at Crane Creek Baptist church at Killian, conducted by the Rev. Broadus Wall. The funeral party left McCormick’s mortuary at 1:45. Interment was in the churchyard.

Pallbearers were: J. M. Hagood, J. D. Edens, G. W. Sloan, T. A. Wilson, J. M. Cassidy and G. W. Sceley.

August 29, 1928  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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August 29, 1928 State (published as The State) Columbia, South Carolina
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“South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D47H-Q7B?cc=1417492&wc=M6YD-1WL%3A30677601 : 12 March 2022), 004177650 > image 35 of 1732; Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia.

1943

On July 30, 1943, Preston M. Thornton was mentioned as the deceased father in the death record and obituary of Thoroughgood Clifton Thornton.

1965

On January 6, 1965, T H Thornton was mentioned as the deceased father in the obituary of Mrs. Fannie Thornton Motley.

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