NameMargaret PILKINGTON ®1, F
Birth Date26 Dec 1837
Birth PlaceBolton Le Moors, Lancashire, England
Death Date29 Jan 1930
Death PlaceFerris, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Burial DateJan 1930
Burial PlacePowellton, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Burial MemoThornber Cemetery
FatherAdam PILKINGTON , M (1809-1856)
MotherJane GARSIDE , F (1811-1880)
Birth Date10 Jan 1816 ®112
Birth PlaceDownham, Lancashire, England
Death Date17 Feb 1887
Death PlaceHancock County, Illinois, United States
Burial Date20 Feb 1887 ®51
Burial PlacePowellton, Hancock, Illinois, United States
Burial MemoThornber Cemetery
FlagsNauvoo Area Resident
FatherRichard THORNBER , M (1775-1834)
MotherHannah LEITHAM , F (~1780-1850)
Marr Date3 Mar 1868
Marr PlaceHancock County, Illinois, United States
ChildrenGenevra Emorant (Adopted), F (1858-1912)
 Amos Joseph , M (1869-1937)
ChildrenGenevra Emorant , F (1858-1912)
Notes for Margaret PILKINGTON
“Mrs. Thornber continued to reside upon the home farm until 1901, when she purchased a beautiful residence on Maple Street in Ferris. She is there residing together with her niece and grandson, David Mccollom, sho she has reared to the age of eighteen years. Mrs. Thornber is a member of the Methodist Protestant church.”

Source: “Henry Thornber,” Biographical Review of Hancock County, Illinois, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, pp 360
Census notes for Margaret PILKINGTON
1850 US Census, Illinois
Sonora, Hancock County

Adam Pilkinton, age 61 [sic], farmer, born England
Jane Pilkinton, age 39, born England
Elizabeth Pilkinton, age 16, born England
Margaret Pilkinton, age 13, born England
Amos Pilkinton, age 11, born England
Alice, Pilkinton, age 2, born Illinois
Joshua King, age 71, born England

1860 US Census, Illinois
Sonora, Hancock County
Post Office: Nauvoo

Mrs. Jane Pilkington, age 45, born England
Margaret Pilkington, age 23, born England
Amos Pilkington, age 20, Farmer, born England
Alice J. Pilkington, age 12, born Illinois
Mary A. Pilkington, age 10, born Illinois
George M. Gafferty, age 15, Farm Laborer, born Illinois
Jane Evsee, age 1, born Illinois

1870 US Census, Illinois
Hancock County, Rock Creek

Thornber, Henry, age 54, Farmer, born England
Thornber, Margaret, age 32, Keeping House, born England
Thornber, David R, age 20, Farm Laborer, born Illinois
Thornber, Mary Ann, age 18, born Illinois
Thornber, John T, age 15, Farm Laborer, born England
Thornber, Lucy M, age 12, born Illinois
Thornber, William H, age 9, born Illinois
Thornber, James M, age 3, born Illinois
Thornber, Amos J, age 10mos, born Illinois

1900 US Census, Illinois
Hancock County, Rock Creek Twp

Thornber, Amos J, Head, born Aug 1869, age 30, widow, born Illinois, parents born England, Physician & Surgeon
Thornber, Gladys S, Daur, born May 1892, age 8, born Illinois, parents born Illinois, at school
Thornber, Geraldine M, Daur, born Nov 1893, age 6, born Iowa, parents born Illinois, at school
Thornber, Margaret, Mother, born Dec 1837, age 62, widow, 2 births, 2 still living, born England, parents born England, Housekeeping
McCullan, David, Nephew, born Oct 1888, age 11, born Illinois, parents born Illinois, at school
Spears, Jennie A, Servant, born Nov 1859, age 40, born Illinois, father born Ohio, mother born England, Servant
Immigration notes for Margaret PILKINGTON
Date of Departure: 21 Oct 1843
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
LDS Immigrants: 91
Date of Arrival: 6 Dec 1843
Port of Arrival: New Orleans, Louisiana

Jane Pilkington (age 31),
Mary Pilkington (age 9),
Margaret Pilkington (age 5),
Betty Pilkington (age 4), and
Amos Pilkington (age 3).

A Compilation of General Voyage Notes
"TWENTY-THIRD COMPANY. -- Champion, 91 souls. October 21st, 1843, the ship Champion sailed from Liverpool with ninty-one Saints on board, bound for Nauvoo, via New Orleans. The above which is taken from Linforth's 'Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley,' is all the information that I have been able to glean about this company." "Sat. 21 [Oct. 1843] -- The ship Champion sailed from Liverpool with 91 Saints, bound for Nauvoo."
Notes for Henry (Spouse 1)

Henry Thornber, deceased, was a self-made man, deserving of all the praise that the term implies, for when but a young lad he was forced to start out in life for himself. He fought its battles unaided and came off victorious in the strife. A native of Lancashire, England, he was born in the town of Downing, in 1816, a son of Richard and Hannah (Lord) [sic] Thornber. When a young man of twenty-nine years he crossed the Atlantic and settled in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842. Before leaving his native country he had learned the shoemaker’s trade and had followed that in connection with farming. Aside from two trips which he made to his native country, one covering two yers, and the other six months, he resided continuously in Hancock county, after first crossing the Atlantic and devoted the greater part of the time to farming in Rock Creek township. He was very prosperous and owned at the time of his death twelve hundred acres of land, his posessions being scarcely equalled by that of any resident of his part of the county. He transferred raw prairie land into richly productive fields and made all of the improvements upon the farm including the erection of a commodious and comfortable residence. In all that he did he was eminently practical and accomplished results that were indicative of his business enterprise, unfaltering diligence and executive skill.

In 1846, Mr Thornber was married to Miss Lucy Ellison, who was born in Yorkshire, England, and died in 1865. Of the eight children of that marriage five are still living, namely: David R., a resident of Montana; Mary A., the wife of Isaac Siegfried, of Rock Creek township; John, who is living in Sonora township near the old homestead; William Henry, of the same township; and James M., who is a physician by profession but is now engaged in the printing business in Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1868, Mr. Thornber was again married, his second union being with Margaret Pilkington, who was born in Bolton La Moors, Lancashire, England, in 1837, a daughter of Adam and Jane (Garside) Pilkington, who were also natives of Bolton La Moors. The father came to America in 1842 and the mother in 1844, settling in Hancock county. They were well known as farming people of Sonora twonship but ere his emigration to the United States Mr. Pilkington had been employed as a bleacher in his native country. His political allegiance was given to the democracy and both he and his wife were members of the Church of England, while in their native land, and before coming to America became identified with the church of the Latter Day Saints. The death of Mr. Pilkington occurred in 1856, and his wife survived until 1880, when she was laid by his side in Sonora township. They had six children but only three are now living: Mrs. Thornber; Alice, the wife of William Lambert, of Rock Creek township; and Mary, the wife of William Weber, of Prarie townshp.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Thornber was born one son, Amos Joseph, whose birth occured in Rock Creek township in 1869, and he is now a successful practicing physician at Burlington, Iowa. He married Catherine Reiter, who died in 1898 leaving two children, Gladys and Geraldine, and for his second wife he married Miss Anna Shank. Although devoted his energies to the practice of medicine he is also the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of good farm land in Rock Creek township.

Mr. Thornber continued actively in farm work until his life’s labors were ended in death on the 17th of February, 1887. He was a member of the church of the Latter Day Saints, and in England had been identified with the Odd Fellows society. Starting out in life with a few advantages he became imbued with the laudable ambition to attain something better and steadily advanced in those walks of life demanding business ability and fidelity. He became one of the largest landowners of his township, making judicious investments, while at all times his business career was characterized by unquestioned probity. He passed away February 17, 1887, honored and respected by all who knew him and such a life record as his should serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others, showing what may be accomplished through industry and perseverance--qualities that may be cultivated by all. Mrs. Thornber continued to reside upon the home farm until 1901, whe she purchased a beautiful residence on Maple Street in Ferris. She is there residing together with her niece and grandson, David McCollom, who she has reared to the age of eighteen years. Mrs. Thormber is a member of the Methodist Protestant church. Mr. Thornber was a republican in politics but though he held several offices did not seek promimence along that line, being content to devote his time and energies to his business, in which he met with signal success.

Source: “Henry Thornber,” Biographical Review of Hancock County, Illinois, Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1907, pp 358-59


“Henry Thornber
is a native of the county of Lancaster, England, and was born Jan 10, 1816. His parents were Richard and Anna Thornber, also natives of England. Our subject was reared and educated in his native country. He then learned the trade of wooden-shoe maker. He set sail Jan. 12, 1842, and arrived at New Orleans March 9 of the same year. They then came up the Mississippi river to Nauvoo, where he remained four years. He then, in 1846, removed to this tp [Sonora]., where he still resides and is engaged in farming and stock raising.

“He was married Jul 11, 1845, to Miss Lucy Ellison, by whom he has had 8 children; of these 6 are living; viz, David R., Mary H., John T., Lucy M., William H., and James M. Mrs. Thornber died Jan 24, 1866. Mr. Thornber again married, March 3, 1868; this time, Margaret Pilkington, and they have one child, Joseph.

“Mr. Thornber resides on sec. 6, and owns over 1,000 acres of valuable land.”

Source: History of Hancock County, Illinois, together with an outline history of the State, and a digest of State laws, TH. Gregg, Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1880, p. 877.

From: Biographical sketches of Abraham Shaw and Margaret Thornber, typescript, Historic Nauvoo Land and Records Office, Illinois:

“... Her brother Henry joined the church in England. He, his Mother and two sisters, Alice and Jane, came to America a year after the Shaws. They settled in Hancock County, Illinois where Jane also joined the church...

“At the time of the exodus from Nauvoo, Abraham Shaw sold his farm to Margaret's brother Henry for $120.00. The land is still owned by the Thornbers.

“Henry Thornber was a shoemaker by trade. While in Nauvoo, he worked every tenth day on the Temple. He served as bodyguard to the Prophet and assisted in the secret burial of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum after their martyrdom. However, he did not move West.”

Name: Thornber, Henry
Birth Date: 11 February 1816
Birth Place: Downham, Lancaster, England
Death Date: 17 February 1887
Death Place: Hancock County, Illinois
Father: Thornber, Richard
Mother: Laythen, Hannah
Spouse: Pilkinson, Margaret
Spouse: Ellison, Lucy
Comments: Henry remained in Illinois after the majority of the Mormon population had left. He was a shoemaker by trade. From 1850-1880 he resided in Hancock County, Illinois.
Source: United States Federal Census, 1840, p. 447; Hancock County Taxes, 1842, p. 209; Rowena Miller Files, Lands and Records Office, Nauvoo Restoration, Inc.; United States Federal Census, 1850, 1880; Ancestral File.
Grantor:Abraham Shaw and Margaret, wife
Residence: Hancock County, Illinois
Grantee: Henry Thornber
Residence: Hancock County, Illinois
Transaction Date: 17 May 1846
Considerations: $120.00
Land Parcel: Southwest/4 Section 8 Township 6 North Range 7 West (42.14 Acres)
Witness: James W. Brattle
Acknowledged: 25 May 1846, Robert F. Smith, Justice of the Peace, Hancock County, Illinois
Grantor: Hancock County Deeds, book W page #42 entry #13276 (28 June 1849)

(History of Matthew & Jane Ellison, by Mary Siegfried)

"Henry Thornbe r was the son of Richard and Hannah (Leatham) Thornber and was born at Downham, Lancashire, England, January 10, 1816. Being converted to the L atter-Day Saints about 1839, he decided to come to America in 1842. On the 12th of January of that year he, with his widowed mother and two sisters Jane and Alice, set sail from Liverpool, arriving in New Orleans on March 6. Coming up the Mississippi by steamboat to Nauvoo, his sister Alice succumbed to Cholera and was buried along the river bank.

In Nauvoo he worked at the shoemaker's trade which he had learned in England and worked every tenth day on the temple. He was also a body guard to Joseph Smith. He lived at the foot of Chandler hill, at the southeast corner of Nauvoo not far from where Lucy's parents lived. He assisted in the secret burial of Joseph and Hyrum Smith after they were murdered by the mob at the Carthage jail.

Lucy was always homesick for her native land. On the hot dry summer days on the endless, flat prairies of Illinois, she dreamed of the fresh green grass and the beautiful country side of her childhood home. In the year 1853 they returned to England with the intention of remaining and making their home. They lived near Burnley in Lancashire, where he engaged in farming and dairying. After two years Henry was convinced that America was the land of opportunity, as he knew he never could hope to own a foot of land in England, but in America he could buy and develop large holdings. Thus in 1855 they decided to return. The children now numbered three, as a son John wa s born to them on October 16, 1854. Before leaving England, they made a farewell visit to Lucy's relatives near Clitheroe. Her mothers's sister Lucy Earnshaw, for whom she was named, gave her some dishes, a luster teapot, and a set of teaspoons. They are still in the possession of her granddaughters, Lucy Siegfried Neff and Carrie McCollom Rasmussen.

After their return to America they lived with Lucy's parents until the spring of 1856 when they moved onto a farm he had purchased in Section 6 o f Rock Creek Township, being the southwest quarter of the section. This became the family homestead. In addition to grain growing, he raised sheep, and Lucy spun the wool into knitting yarn. She spun the black wool separately and dyed some of the white red with madder which she purchased in the drug store in Nauvoo. With this yarn she knit pretty two -colored mittens for her children to wear to school. For several years Henry owned a molasses mill and made sorghum molasses for himself and the neighbors."

Nouvoo Property:
Warrington: Block 7, LOTS 1 AND 3
Warrington: Block 8, Lot 1
Census notes for Henry (Spouse 1)
1841 British Census, England
Lancashire, Downham

Hannah Thornber, age 58, Wool Spinner, born Lancashire
Henry Thornber, age 25, Clogger, born Lancashire

1850 US Census, Illinois
Hancock County
[Living between the Timothy Terry family and the Matthew Ellison Family]

Henry Thornber, age 33, Farmer, born England
Lucy Thornber, age 23, born England
David Richard Thornber, age 1, born Illinois

1860 US Census, Illinois
Hancock County, Rock Creek

Henry Thornber, age 40, Farmer, born England
Lucy Thornber, age 32, born England
David Thornber, age 11, born Illinois
Mary Ann Thornber, age 8, born Illinois
John T, age 5, born England
Lucy M, age 2, born Illinois
Alice A, age 3mos, born Illinois
Wm Kitchie, age 17, born Illinois

1870 US Census, Illinois
Hancock County, Rock Creek

Thornber, Henry, age 54, Farmer, born England
Thornber, Margaret, age 32, Keeping House, born England
Thornber, David R, age 20, Farm Laborer, born Illinois
Thornber, Mary Ann, age 18, born Illinois
Thornber, John T, age 15, Farm Laborer, born England
Thornber, Lucy M, age 12, born Illinois
Thornber, William H, age 9, born Illinois
Thornber, James M, age 3, born Illinois
Thornber, Amos J, age 10mos, born Illinois
Immigration notes for Henry (Spouse 1)
Liverpool to New Orleans
Ship: Tremont
Departure: 12 Jan 1842
Arrival: 10 Mar 1842
Church Leader: Unknown

[The passenger list for this voyage contains only two names, neither of which is a Thornber.]

A Compilation of General Voyage Notes
"EMIGRATION MOVEMENTS. . . . The Tremont sailed on the 12th of January with 132 passengers, mostly of our society. . . ." 1842), p.155>

"ELEVENTH COMPANY. -- Tremont, 143 souls. The ship Tremont sailed from Liverpool January 12th, 1842, with one hundred and forty-three passengers, mostly Saints, bound for Nauvoo via New Orleans. This was the first company that sailed in 1842. Under date of Sunday March 27th, 1842, the Prophet Joseph records: 'I witnessed the landing of one hundred and seventy English Saints from the steamer Ariel under the presidency of Lyman Wight; also about three thousand dollars worth of goods for the Temple and Nauvoo House.' These must have been the passengers who crossed the Atlantic in the ship Tremont, and perhaps some that emigrated in the Chaos two months previous. It is likely that Peter Meeling the leader of the Chaos company, pushed through with only a portion of his people, and that others waited somewhere on the road to come on to Nauvoo with the Tremont passengers."

"Wed. 12. [Jan. 1842] -- The ship Tremont sailed from Liverpool with 143 Saints bound for Nauvoo via New Orleans."

Collection of Reminiscences of Thomas Callister

The 12th day of January 1842. I went aboard the ship Tremont & she left Liverpool Dock at half past ten p.m. She was towed out by a steamboat, it being a beautiful, calm day. Elder Parley P. Pratt was on board & delivered an oration to the Saints. It was a New York ship & had a American flag. I recollect him tell that the stars & stripes had reference to a land of liberty & that they had now left the oppressive land of England & was now on their way to a land of liberty & a land of plenty & would no longer have to give six pence for a small loaf of bread &c, &c. When we got out of the harbor the steamship returned back & Elder Pratt & many others returned who accompanied us thus far.

It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when we parted. It was a beautiful, calm evening. It was now all hustle & bustle on board our vessel, for each passenger was trying to find out where his berth would be. I do not know the exact number of passengers but in a little while we were all placed & each one having his own station. I will explain a little the manner or in other words the way we were situated in our new home. We were steerage passengers & where we stored away our things & slept was a large open space between decks. The berths where we slept was on each side of the ship, from one end to the other & one above the other. The first was about three feet from the floor & the second about six or eight. I was now totally among strangers, not a face that I ever had seen before in my life & left all my folks & not knowing as I would ever see them again in my life. I felt considerable down hearted & sad, but keeping up appearances as well as possible, I & two other men concluded to sleep together & picked out our berth which was a lower one.

The weather being so beautiful we all concluded there was no need of fastening luggage of any kind until next day. So we packed our chest, bags, &c in the midway of the ship. Each one or family had cooking utensils which consisted principally of tinware, cups, &c . Each passenger went to work & drove nails round his berth & hung up his cups, coffee pots &c, &c round his berth & I among the rest prepared a place & hung up mine & so got everything [p.8] fixed, ready to go to bed. After being in bed about two hours the wind began to blow & the sea began to roar & about midnight the cry was all hands on board. The storm grew worse & worse. It was as much as I could do to keep myself in bed. Our tinware & luggage rolled first from one end of the ship & then to the other. When it came daylight our room was an awful sight, almost every person was sick. Everything that was not fastened was mixed together. I got up & went on deck. The sea was very rough & remained so for three days, during which time I could get nothing to eat for those that had the management of the provision was sick & could not attend to it. The fourth day the storm abated some so that they dealed out some provision. The sea calmed some & the folks began to show them.

After the storm we had quite a good time & I began to get a little acquainted. The seventh day after we started we were out of sight of land & continued to have good weather. In forty-one days we were in sight of land again & forty-eight from the time we left Liverpool, being forty-one days out of sight of land. During which time a great many things transpired that I shall pass over. We had a very pleasant voyage. Saw almost all kinds of fish & caught some. I worked considerable at my trade while on the sea. Had a room on the water deck in which I worked. Made considerable work for the captain & cabin passengers & others. The most of the passengers were Saints. We arrived in New Orleans the six day of March 1842. It being fifty-five days from the time we left Liverpool until we arrived in New Orleans & fifty-eight since I left the Isle of Man. We tarried in New Orleans 12 days...

BIB: Callister, Thomas. Collection (LDS Church Archives, MS 5112, Reminiscences, fd. 1, p. [1] and Autobiographical Notes, fd. 2, pp.8-9; Acc. #23811) (CHL)
Obituary notes for Henry (Spouse 1)
(Obituary) "Birth: Jan. 10, 1816, England Death: Feb. 17, 1887,Powellton, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Henry Thornber was converted to the Church of the Latter-Day Saints about 1839 and emigrated to America in 1842. He worked as a shoemaker, and also for the local LDS church, becoming a bodyguard for Joseph Smith. On 11 July 1845 he married Lucy Ellison at Nauvoo, IL. They had eight children. After Lucy's death, he remarried to Margaret Pilkington, by whom he had one more child. Henry owned 1200 acres of land in Hancock county at his death. He was buried in the Thornber Cemetery, which he and his son David had dedicated for public use as a burial ground."
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