On March 18, 1820, one hundred and ninety-three years ago today, Martha Ragsdale (Walker) Thornton (1820-1899), my 5th great grandmother, was born in Smith Co., Tennessee the daughter of Edward Walker (1776-1848) and Mary Griffin (1781-1853).
Martha was the wife of Jeptha Thornton (1821-1889), whom she married in 1840 in Missouri; and with whom she had ten children, one of which was Mary Elizabeth Thornton (1847-1920), who married John Agee (1839-1912). Mary and John were the paternal grandparents of Lois Beatrice Agee (1897-1983), who married Wilhelm Percy Wellin (1895-1977). Lois and Wilhelm were the parents of Alice Lucretia Wellin (1916-1985), who married Theodore Alexander Lapham (1910-1955). Alice and Theodore were the parents of my paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann (Lapham) Kernan (1936-2004).