Thornton, Dozier F 1a 2a

Birth Name Thornton, Dozier F 3a 4a 5a 2b 6a 7a 5b 8a 9a 10a 11a 12 13
Gender male
Age at Death 88 years, 4 months, 28 days

Narrative

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Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Thornton, Mark17251800
Mother Dozier, Susannah6 November 1739after 1785
         Thornton, Dozier F 14 April 1755 12 September 1843
    Brother     Thornton, Reuben 6 February 1768 1 May 1810
    Sister     Thornton, Elizabeth
    Brother     Thornton, William
    Brother     Thornton, Thomas
 
Stepfather Roberts, Thomas
Mother Dozier, Susannah6 November 1739after 1785

Families

Family of Thornton, Dozier F and Hill, Lucy Elizabeth

Married Wife Hill, Lucy Elizabeth ( * 13 January 1760 + before 1826 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1773      
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Thornton, Benjamin12 October 17811854
Thornton, Reuben16 February 17835 December 1863

Family of Thornton, Dozier F and Gilbert, Jane

Married Wife Gilbert, Jane ( * + ... )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 24 May 1826 Franklin County, Georgia, USA   1b 2c

Source References

  1. Hunting For Bears, comp.: Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944
      • Source text:

        Marriage date: 4 May 1826
        Marriage place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=gamarriages_ga&h=156875&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Marriage date: 4 May 1826
        Marriage place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=gamarriages_ga&h=156875&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  2. Dodd, Jordan: Georgia Marriages to 1850
      • Source text:

        Marriage date: 24 May 1826
        Marriage place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=eamga&h=22703&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Page: to Jane Pulliam, 24 May 1826 in Franklin County, GA
      • Source text:

        Marriage date: 24 May 1826
        Marriage place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=eamga&h=106476&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Marriage date: 24 May 1826
        Marriage place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=eamga&h=22703&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  3. J. H. Campbell: Georgia Baptists: Historical and Biographical
      • Date: 1874
      • Page: "Dozier Thornton", pp. 241-245
      • Source text:

        Dozier Thornton</line><line /><line>The subject of this notice was also a Virginian. Lunenburg county was the
        place of his birth, which occurred April 14th, 1755. His father's name was
        Mark Thornton, and his mother's Susannah Dozier. The former was a High
        Churchman and the latter a Baptist. In youth he was fond of playing on the
        violin and other instruments. When he left the paternal roof, he engaged in
        the business of overseeing in the upper part of North Carolina, where he had
        opportunities of hearing the gospel from the lips of a Baptist minister of
        the name of Lunsford.
        The word was sanctified to his conviction, and after enduring great distress
        of mind for several weeks, he was enabled to embrace Christ as his Saviour
        while following his plough in the field. He immediately ungeared his horse,
        went to the house of his employer, (a widow woman,) and told her and the
        family of the great things God had don for his soul. He then asked permission
        to talk to the servants, which being granted, he exhorted them to forsake
        their sins and turn to God. Thus he began to preach Jesus before he joined
        the church. He was baptized by Elder Lunsford, and soon thereafter ordained
        by him and others.
        He soon extended his labors far and wide, and preached incessantly. Several
        churches were raised up as the fruits of his early labors. After his marriage
        to a Miss Hill, he removed to Georgia and settled in Elbert county, about the
        year 1784.
        The brethren in North Carolina whom he left so reluctantly, obtained a
        promise from him to visit them as often as possible. He accordingly made
        several tours back to the old North State, in one of which he experienced a
        gracious revival in one of his old churches and baptized a considerable
        number. During his journeys to and from North Carolina, many things occurred
        which are worthy of being recorded. A few of these only can we introduce
        here. Stopping at a house one evening, where he intended to pass the night,
        he saw some signs which led him to inquire of his host "If the family had
        been to meeting?" "Yes." "To a Baptist meeting?" "No, they area a people that
        I hate; I would not give house room to any of them." "You must, then, turn me
        out of doors, for I am a Baptist. But what objections have you to the
        Baptists?" "They are an ignorant people, and I will not come down so low as
        to talk to them." His horse was immediately brought out, and our preacher
        left the inhospitable abode of his Episcopal landlord.
        On another occasion, he met a female near one of his appointments, whom he
        asked, "Have you heard of meeting at such a place?" "Yes." "Are you not
        going?" "No, I can't go; I have no shoes to wear." Having passed her a short
        distance, it occurred to him that he had but one dollar; yet, as the
        scripture came to his mind, "He that giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord,"
        he turned around, and calling the woman, gave her that one dollar, telling
        her to buy herself shoes and go to meeting hereafter-then went on his way
        with a light heart. He was then three hundred miles from home, and not a cent
        in his pocket. Having reached his appointment and preached, however, his
        brethren (who knew nothing of his want of funds,) presented him with four
        dollars.
        Late one evening he rode up to a house. The woman was engaged in milking
        cows. The first salutation was, "I say, good woman, are you a christian?" "I
        hope so?" Having obtained her husband's consent to pass the night with them,
        he alighted. Supper over, he asked the woman to give a reason for the hope
        she professed. She related a sound christian experience, whereupon he
        inquired, "Why have you not been baptized?" "It is what I have greatly
        desired, but there is no church within some forty miles of us, and I have as
        yet had no opportunity to obey the Saviour's command in this matter." "Are
        you willing for me to baptize you now?" "Yes, by all means." A torch was soon
        prepared by her husband; they three repaired to a creek some half a mile
        distant, where he buried this believing woman in baptism. The next morning he
        left with her a certificate of her baptism and proceeded on his tour.
        The same day he came in sight of a fine dwelling, discoverable through a
        beautiful avenue, shaded with trees in either side. A strong impression came
        upon his mind to go up to the house and pray for its inhabitants. Without
        hesitation, he turned up the avenue. The lady came to the door, to whom he
        promptly stated his errand. She kindly invited him to alight and come in, and
        though neither she nor any of the family made any pretensions to religion,
        the strange preacher was treated with great respect. The husband being
        absent, the lady, two sons and two daughters, with the domestics, listened to
        the good man's exhortation, his song, an bowed with him in prayer, while he
        fervently plead with God on their behalf. This done, he bade them farewell
        and departed, expecting to see them no more this side of the eternal world.
        Several months afterwards, two strange young men came into Elbert county,
        inquiring for Rev. Dozier Thornton, who proved to be the sons of the family
        above referred to, and who, with their mother and sisters, had, by his visit,
        all been awakened to a sense of their lost condition as sinners, had been
        hopefully converted, and had now traveled all the way from North Carolina to
        seek baptism at the hands of him whose prayer had been answered in their
        salvation. They were accordingly baptized and returned homewards rejoicing.
        For a time, in connection with Thomas Johnson and Littleton Meeks, he acted
        as a missionary to the Cherokee Indians.
        A flourishing church, situated on Hightower river, was constituted and kept
        among them until their emigration to the West. In this service he endured
        great deprivations and hardships. Once he and Littleton Meeks lost their way
        among the mountains and after traveling until a late hour at night, they were
        compelled to take up in the woods, without fire or food, and wait for the
        dawning of the day. They were prevented from closing their eyes in sleep by
        the barking of the foxes and the howling of the wolves.
        The churches at Dover's creek and Van's creek were raised up under his
        ministry soon after he came to Georgia, of which he was pastor near forty
        years, with the exception of about twenty months, which he spent in Kentucky.
        He removed to that State with a view to a permanent residence, but soon
        became convinced that he was not acting under the guidance of Providence, and
        returned to his old neighborhood in Elbert county, where he spent the
        remainder of his life. It is related of him that on one of his journeys to
        Kentucky he fell in with a family among the mountains, living in a small,
        fertile valley, which was thickly settled by a most irreligious community.
        Finding out that he was a preacher, they invited him to stop for the night,
        promising that they would blow the horn in a certain manner, which would
        cause the neighbors to collect, when he could preach to them. He was the more
        willing to comply when he was assured there had not been a sermon preached
        among them for twelve years. About sunset, the horn was accordingly blown,
        and he had a congregation of about thirty, to whom he dispensed the word. The
        most of them were much affected and begged him to leave an appointment for
        his return. He accordingly agreed to preach to them again on a certain
        evening on his way home. When he did return, however, it was with several
        other travelers, with whom he was desirous to keep company through the Indian
        nation, as it was perilous to pass through that region alone. As they would
        not wait, however, he permitted them to leave him behind. His meeting in the
        valley of the mountains was one of so much interest, that he concluded to
        continue, waiting upon the Lord several days. He accordingly held a
        protracted meeting, baptized a goodly number of believers, whom he
        constituted into a church. With one of their number, who seemed to possess a
        gift for teaching, he left his Bible and hymn book, admonishing him and his
        brethren to continue faithful unto death.
        About a year afterwards, Mr. Thornton, after spending a restless night, rose
        early one morning and told his wife he must go and see his children whom he
        had left in the wilderness. The same day he was on the road. When he reached
        the valley, to his surprise he found the people had erected a comfortable
        house for the worship of God, and that many others had experienced saving
        grace through the instrumentality of him with whom he had left his Bible and
        hymn book. This brother Mr. Thornton ordained, the new converts were
        baptized, they were all commended to the care of the Good Shepherd, and he
        bade them farewell, to see their faces no more on earth.
        He raised eight sons and eleven daughters, all of whom are members of the
        church except one. Rev. Reuben Thornton, an excellent minister, was one of
        his children. He departed this life in Franklin county, in this State, in
        September, 1843, in the ninetieth year of his age.

      • Citation:

        http://books.google.com/books?id=2ziArrmD4UIC

      • Citation:

        There are several other mentions in this book of Dozier and of his son, Reuben.

  4. Ancestry.com: 1820 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1820; Census Place: , Elbert, Georgia; Roll: M33_8; Page: ; Image: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1820
        Residence place: Elbert, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&h=1455810&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Page: Year: 1820; Census Place: , Elbert, Georgia; Roll: M33_8; Page: ; Image: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1820
        Residence place: Elbert, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&h=1455810&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  5. Ancestry.com: U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=800208&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=1057693&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=800208&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=1057693&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=800208&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 14 Apr 1755
        Birth place: Lunenburg, Virginia
        Death date: Sep 1843
        Death place: Franklin, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=sarmemberapps&h=1057693&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  6. Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.: American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1755
        Birth place: Virginia, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=agbi&h=1936629&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1755
        Birth place: Virginia, Georgia</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=agbi&h=1936629&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  7. Hatcher, Patricia Law: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots
      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=graves&h=50702&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  8. Ancestry.com: Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1755
        Birth place: United States
        Marriage date: 1779
        Marriage place: United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=alrefnamefiles&h=141213&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1755
        Birth place: United States
        Marriage date: 1779
        Marriage place: United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=alrefnamefiles&h=141213&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  9. Ancestry.com: 1830 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1830; Census Place: , Franklin, Georgia; Roll: ; Page: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1830
        Residence place: Franklin, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1830usfedcenancestry&h=1834298&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Page: Year: 1830; Census Place: , Franklin, Georgia; Roll: ; Page: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1830
        Residence place: Franklin, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1830usfedcenancestry&h=1834298&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  10. Ancestry.com: 1840 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1840; Census Place: District 206, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: ; Page: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1840
        Residence place: Franklin, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1840usfedcenancestry&h=1736712&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Page: Year: 1840; Census Place: District 206, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: ; Page: .
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1840
        Residence place: Franklin, Georgia, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1840usfedcenancestry&h=1736712&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  11. Ancestry.com: 1810 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1810; Census Place: , Warren, North Carolina; Roll: 42; Page: 760; Family History Number: 0337915; Image: 00343.
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1810
        Residence place: Warren, North Carolina, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1810usfedcenancestry&h=403124&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Page: Year: 1810; Census Place: , Warren, North Carolina; Roll: 42; Page: 760; Family History Number: 0337915; Image: 00343.
      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1810
        Residence place: Warren, North Carolina, United States</line><line />

      • Citation:

        http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1810usfedcenancestry&h=403124&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

  12. Ancestry.com: U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
  13. Ancestry.com: Web: Georgia, Find A Grave Index, 1728-2012