A chronology of key events in the life of Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton, influential social leader and political observer in Washington, D.C., in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
Born in England probably in this year. Moved to Philadelphia with her mother, Ann Brodeau
William Dodd, her putative father, was hanged in England for forgery
Married architect William Thornton (1759-1828)
The Thorntons moved to Washington, D.C., after living in Tortola
Fled Washington ahead of the British attack on the city during the War of 1812
1828, Mar. 28
Death of husband William Thornton
1835, Aug. 5
Threatened with an axe by her slave, Arthur
1865, Aug. 16
Died; interred at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.