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Easley-Thornton Family Collection

Identifier: A-0245

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of both the Easley and Thornton family photos from 1900-1937. A few interesting photos include those of the newly built Canton Court House in 1937. This collection also contains a blank marriage license, personal letters, and postcards.


  • Creation: 1900-1937
  • Event: Donated in 2007

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Thornton and Easley Families were joined together with the marriage of Mary Thornton and Jim Easley. Both families are from Canton, Texas. Before her marriage to Jim Easley, Mary Thornton was raised by her father Richard P. Thornton. Much of this collection deals with the Thornton family, both Mary Easley-Thornton and her brother Oscar P. Thornton. Mary's brother Oscar married a women whose name was also Mary. Before his marriage Oscar Thornton spent some time in the US Military in 1900. After the couple married, they moved to Somerton, Arizona were they worked on a farm planting and harvesting cotton. Although Mary and her brother Oscar were separated after the move, the two continued to keep in touch through various letters and postcards.


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This collection is described in 10 folders and housed in one clamshell box.

Guide to the Easley-Thornton Family Collection
Marissa Church
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository