Reverend Robert Hill Thornton Family Gravestones
- Brian Winter, Photographer
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- A black and white photograph of Peter, Margaret, Jessie and Reverend Robert H. Thornton's gravestones in Union Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario.
- Reverend Dr. Robert Hill Thornton was born in April 1806 at Calder, near Edinburgh, Scotland and attended the University of St. Andrews and the Secessionist Church College in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1833 he received a call to become the first Presbyterian Minister in Whitby Township and established his church at Dundas Street and Kendalwood Road. In 1837 he moved to the site of the Union Cemetery where he built a brick church and a school. He established churches at Columbus, Pickering, Dunbarton and Claremont. He was Superintendent of Education in Whitby Township from the 1840's until his death. In 1861 he took over St. Andrew's congregation in Oshawa, where he died on February 11, 1875. Reverend Thornton is buried at Union Cemetery, Oshawa.
Robert and his wife, Margaret, had 10 children: Peter (1836-1848), Jane Todd (1837-1899), Agnes Smith (1839-1926), Robert McAlpine (1841-1913), Margaret (1843-1850), Jessie B. (1847-1869), Elizabeth (1848-1923), Margaret B. (1850-1880), Josephine M. (1852-1941) and Ebenezer James (1856-1907).
- Gravestone inscriptions from left to right:
In memory of/ PETER,/ son of the/ Rev. R.H. THORNTON/ who died/ 26. Aug. 1848:/ Aged/ 12 y'rs & 5 mo's./ I am the resurrection and the life/ that cheek shall wear a/ softer hue/ when risen from the yielding sod/ those eyes shall speak in softer blue/ love in the paradise of God
MARGARET/ daughter of/ Rev. R.H. THORNTON/ DIED/ Oct. 5. 1850./ Aged 6 y'rs 11 mo./ The Lord gave and the/ Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
WEEP NOT SHE IS NOT DEAD BUT SLEEPETH/ IN/ MEMORY OF/ JESSIE./ THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF/ REV. R. H. & MARGARET/ THORNTON,/ WHO DIED/ FEB. 17, 1869/ AGED/ 21 YR'S & 10 MO'S/ I KNOW WHO I HAVE BELIEVED AND AM/ PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE TO KEEP THAT/ WHICH I HAVE COMMITTED UNTO HIM AGAINST/ THAT DAY
ROBERT H. THORNTON D.D./ A NATIVE OF/ WEST CALDER. NEAR EDINBURGH./ SCOTLAND./ CAME TO WHITBY TOWNSHIP 1833./ DIED/ OSHAWA, FEB. 11, 1875./ AGED 88 Y'RS & 10 MO'S./ LEAVING TO OUR COUNTRY/ THE IMPERISHABLE RECORD OF/ AN EARNEST LIFE/ HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP
Width: 1.5 in
Height: 1.5 in
- Personal Name(s):
- Thornton, Reverend Robert H. ; Winter, Brian ; Thornton, Peter ; Thornton, Margaret ; Thornton, Jessie
- Local identifier:
- Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
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- Copyright Statement:
- This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
- Copyright Holder:
- Whitby Archives
- Recommended Citation:
- Reverend Robert Hill Thornton Family Gravestones, Date Unknown, Brian Winter. Whitby Archives A2013_004_458D.
- Reproduction Notes:
- Scanned from a black and white negative.
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