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George Wade Thornton

George Wade Thornton was my great grandfather Nonie’s brother. Wade (as he was called for most of life) was a little more nebulous than some of the other ;His father’s obituary in 1941 mentioned Wade living in Marion, West Virginia and I didn’t think anything of it - until I examined the 1940 census. I was startled to see he was listed as an inmate at Southwestern Mental Hospital. I was able to obtain Wade’s…
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Interesting Tidbits

Earthquake in SW Virginia

Earthquakes are actually common in Virginia. Here's one that would affected my Thornton ancestors in Pulaski County: May 3, 1897. Centered at Radford, where a few chimneys were wrecked and plaster fell from walls, and chimneys were damaged at nearby Pulaski and Roanoke.  Felt in most of southwest Virginia and as far south as Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Estimated magnitude   This was a prelude to The Big One. ((Division of Geology and Mineral Resources -…
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North Carolina

A Brief History of Samuel Jackson

Written by Lucille Vernon And Bob Jackson   This is a download I found that has some very good information about Samuel Jackson (Born: 1720-25, Died In 1806 in Stokes Co, North Carolina), married: Catherine Plankinhorn and his descendants Jacob, Curtis, John, Susannah, Joseph, Elizabeth, Jehu, William, Amer, Samuel Jr.  and Ruel. Feel free to download and share. Download the Word file As always, verify everything on your end.
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