Sunday, July 6, 2014

Death of an Ohio Pioneer

The Marietta Intelligencer, April 8, 1858

Thomas Thorniley Sr., died at his residence in Fallston, Pa., on the 23d of February.

Mr. Thorniley was born in Cheshire, England, April 1st, 1790, and came to America with his father, Caleb Thorniley, in 1795.  The same year, the family descended the Ohio, from Pittsburgh, and settled in Marietta.

In 1813, Mr. Thorniley removed to Beaver County, Pa., where he resided until his death.  We make some extracts from a lengthy obituary notice of the deceased, in the Beaver County Argus, not doubting that they will be read with interest by many of our citizens:

Since 1813, Mr. Thorniley has been a constant resident of the county, and being a liberal and public-spirited man, his name is identified with all the various improvements that contribute to make up the prosperity and favorable history of our county.  Few men perhaps have done more to elevate the character, advance and mature the manufacturing, agricultural and general producing interests of the county, than Mr. Thorniley.  The last several years of his life, he devoted almost entirely to agricultural and horticultural pursuits, and the ability with which he directed and superintended the cultivation of his extensive gardens, together with the arrangement, nicety and perfection to which he brought this department under his own observation, almost entitle the plan to the appellation of a science.

Having a familiar and rare knowledge of almost every department of business, he was prepared to act with efficiency in any capacity or position that might be assigned him, in the business affairs of life.  In all the various enterprizes that have hitherto combined to constitute the present growth, wealth and influence of the county, he always acted a prominent part, and occupied a commanding position.

The nature of his illness was such, that he maintained the full vigor of his mind to the last moment, and departed under pleasant circumstances - dying in the bosom of an affectionate family - surrounded by everything that heart could wish.

In this dispensation of divine Providence, the Church has also suffered a loss.  For many years and up to the time of his death, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church - and witnessed a good profession.  However much pressed and perplexed with business, he always found time to wait upon God by meditation and prayer.  He loved the courts of His house, and as long as health permitted, his place was never vacant in the Sanctuary on the Sabbath.


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