Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy 120th Anniversary!

. . . to my great grandparents, Cape and Bennie Thornton.





Andrew Capus Thornton was born 4 Sep 1855 near Vernon, Fayette County, Alabama. (Vernon is now in Lamar County.) His parents were James M. Thornton and Lucinda Aldridge. His mother died at the time of or very soon after his birth, and he was reared by his maternal grandparents Ashley and Celia Aldridge.


Berniece Estelle Duke was born in July 1868 in or near Cotton Gin Port, Monroe County, Mississippi. Her parents were Thomas Duke and Nancy Malinda Allred.


Cape and Bennie were married 10 November 1887. It was Cape's third marriage although he had no children by his previous wives. The couple settled in Becker, Mississippi. They had twelve children. The house pictured below is the "old home place" shown shortly before it was demolished.


While the couple only lived to celebrate 47 years together, today marks the 120th anniversary of their marriage!

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