Henry Thornhill

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Henry Thornhill, son of Colonel Timothy Thornhill and Susannah (…), was born 26 February 1668/69.1 He died before 25 August 1694, when his wife was styled as "widow" in her father's will.2

Henry married Alice Dowding, daughter of Thomas Dowding and Alice Pickering, before 1689.2

Col Timothy had three sons, Timothy, Henry, and Thomas. Timothy died without issue in 1693. Per the father's will, Thomas was born 31 Mar 1670. This makes him unusually young to be married and have a son by 1689. This leaves Henry who we presume to be the husband of Alice and the father of Dowding and Timothy. As of yet, no record has been found for a Thornhill with a wife Alice, nor for one with two sons, Dowding and Timothy. The sons mentioned each other in their own wills; Dowding mentioned each of Timothy's children, including one named Henry. That Alice Dowding was his wife and mother of his children is evident from the wills of her parents. But with no records to back it up, further research is definitely called for. It will not take much to overturn this conclusion.3,4,5,6


Alice Dowding b. say 1670, d. aft. 18 Jul 1724
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  1. [S410] Joanne McRee Sanders, compiler, Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations (3 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1979-1981), 2:344, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Wills.
  2. [S410] Sanders, Barbados Wills, 2:96.
  3. [S410] Sanders, Barbados Wills, 2:96, 344.
  4. [S829] "Thornhill of Barbados," Genealogies of Barbados Families From Caribbeana and The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, James C. Brandow, editor (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983, 515-526, at 516; Originally published, The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society IX (1942): 90-101, further cited as "Thornhill of Barbados."
  5. [S2615] James C. Brandow, editor, Omitted Chapters From Hotten's Original Lists of Persons of Quality…and Others who Went From Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 (1982; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 2001), 146, 151, 199, 209, 213, 215, further cited as Brandow, Omitted Chapters.
  6. [S1298] John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went From Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700: With Their Ages, the Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in Which They Embarked, and Other Interesting Particulars (1874; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983), 164, 469, 506, further cited as Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality.