Henry Thornber: An English Mormon who Sailed to Nauvoo Twice Before He Stayed

This presentation discusses the life of Mr. Henry Thornber, a Mormon, who did not go west and instead went back to the Downham area in Northern England before coming back to the Nauvoo region and homesteading east of Nauvoo. At the time of Mr. Thornber’s death, he owned a section of Hancock County and was one of the richest men in the County.

Vickie Ziegler Thompson’s roots in Nauvoo go back five generations to Andrew LaCroix and Henry Thornber, both great-great grandfathers. She started out at Powellton School, went away to college, spent a year in Vienna improving her German among other things, finished her Ph.D in medieval German language and literature at Yale, and taught at Penn State/University Park for many years. She is now married to Anthony Thompson and lives in Bethlehem, Pa.


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