Matthew Thornton

A descendant of persecuted Scottish Presbyterians, Thornton’s family came to America by way of Ireland, but found little compatibility among the Puritans of New England. Finally settling in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Matthew, following an ongoing Scot-dominated profession, set up his medical practice with signal success. Also following what had become a pronounced Scotch-Irish pursuit in America, he criticized the English Parliament and royal tyranny. A bachelor until the age of 46, he finally married eighteen year old Hannah Jack and fathered five children.