Thornton's Family Tree
Brown, Phillips, Winking, and Rupp
These are the four names of my
grandparents and where my journey starts. My grandmother
Mary Margaret Phillips Brown was the one who started my
interest in genealogy. She was the Probate Clerk of New
Madrid, Mo for many years and began researching her
family lines back int he 1960's. I have since inherited
all of her books and research along with the genealogy
bug. Only recently have I began to dig into my other
branches and I can't wait to find out more.
- Brown Genealogy Pages
This is my Dad's line. There
is a story passed down that we are related to
Ethan Allen, Rev. Jonathon Edwards, Aaron Burr
and the author of Ben Hurr, Lew Wallace. These
have yet to proven but we do have a Julia Allen
married into the line and the middle name Edwards
is used for several generations. Although we have
not pinpointed the immigrant Brown, we know the
family was in Pennsylvania, then Nebraska and
then my grandfather went to Missouri.
This is my grandmother, the
genealogist's, paternal line. She did loads of
research on this line and traced her lineage so
she could join DAR. Her lines go back to Virginia
and connect to what some call "The First
Families of Virginia" such as the Randolphs,
Lewis' and Jeffersons. This line comes directly
from Thomas Jefferson's sister Lucy who married
Charles Lilbourne Lewis.
This is my Mom's line. They
came over from Germany in and settle in Quincy,
Ill. There are still Winking Descendants in
This is my maternal
grandmother's line. They also came over from
Germany and settled in Quincy, Illinois. My
grandmother had 11 brothers and sisters and she
is the only one still living.
New Madrid, MO
Madrid, MO Pages
This site wouldn't be
complete without having a little history of the
small town where my Dad and Grandmother lived.
This is where all the research began and it is
the subject of book written by my Dad, a cousin
and myself called "Pioneers of New Madrid,
Mo and Their Descendants"