Brothers John(b1757), Ezra(b1759), and Michael(b1763) Thornton of Salisbury, CT, enlisted in the Continental Army at nearby Sheffield, MA - John and Ezra in June, 1780 for a 6 month term, and Michael in June, 1781 for 3 years. Their father, Ezra Thornton(b1724)may have died in 1780 in Salisbury, prompting the older boys to enlist for the bounty to support their mother and sisters. I have not been able to find any record of the death of their father, Ezra Thornton born in 1724, nor of his wife, Ruth(b1728). They are my 5th great grandparents, and Ezra(b1759) is my 4th GGF. I have found all the information available in the Barbour Collection, and I would be grateful for any other information on this family anyone has run across. I would also like a referral to anyone who performs for-fee look-ups in Salisbury and/or Sheffield.
Regards, Terry Thornton