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The COURT INN or THORNTON TAVERN

at Newtown, Bucks co., Pa.
On the back of this photo, given to me by my great-aunt, Junia "June"s Izetta Marlowe Schoenbeck in 1984, is the following information. It is typed on a piece of paper and taped to the back of the photo...

The COURT INN or THORNTON TAVERN at Newtown, Bucks Co., Pa.

Called "The Court Inn" when Newtown was the county seat of Bucks County and the court house was across the street. (Newtown was the county seat from 1726 to 1775, when the county seat was moved to Doylestown.)

This building was built by JOSEPH THORNTON (1699/1700-1752) about 1733 and operated as an inn or hotel after his death by his widow Margaret (GALE) Thornton (c. 1710-1790). The THORNTONs sold the inn after Margaret's death; but it continued to be operated as an inn until 1818, when it became a private residence.

Photograph taken in 1906 by Pemberton Hutchinson of Philadelphia, a descendant. The building has been greatly altered since 1906. (Still standing about 1939.) SOURCE: Edward R Barnsley in "Historic Newtown" (1934), pp 31-33.

Under the paper is hand written the following:

Joseph Thornton & Margaret Gale
James Thornton & Hannah Burroughs
William Howe Thornton & Hannah Matthews
Dr. Samuel Yardley Thornton Sr (1807-1877) & Frances "Cittie" Clarke (1807-1868)

Samuel and Frances were the great-grandparents of Junia and my grandmother, Nellie Frances Marlowe.


The Inn has served as the headquarters of the Newtown Historic Association since 1962 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit their website for more info.

© 1999 Nancy Trice