Francis was a Colonel of the Virginia Militia, and members of the House of Burgesses from Spotsylvan…

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Francis was a Colonel of the Virginia Militia, and members of the House of Burgesses from Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Various Virginia records reveal that the elder William and his three sons were active in matters pertaining to the purchase and sales of lands, involving some extensive tracks; they were active in the Church of England, the High Church, though at one time were, by their own request, removed as Vestrymen, publicly avowing their disbelief in the doctrine of Transubstantiation. They were Justices, members of the Burgess, and honored with various offices of public trust.

Will of Francis Thornton of King George County, Virginia (who married Alice Savage), Will Book 1-A (1721-1751), pp. 48-51. Will dated May 10, 1726, probated October 7, 1726.

House of Burgesses, Assembly of 1723-26
The first session of this Assembly was called for December 5, 1722; but was prorogued and did not meet until May 9, 1723. The second and last session met May 12, 1726.
http://www.newrivernotes.com//va/vareg1.htm#council

Session of May 9, 1723

Spotsylvania: Larkin Chew, Francis Thornton.
Source: Virginia Historical Register IV. 66.

Session of May 12, 1726

Spotsylvania: Larkin Chew, Francis Thornton.
Source: Virginia Historical Register IV, 73.

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