James Thorington (1816-1887), a native of North Carolina, studied and practiced law in Alabama before moving to Davenport, Iowa, in 1839. His political career included terms as mayor of Davenport (1843-1847), United States representative (1855-1857), sheriff of Scott County (1859-1863), and United States Consul to Panama (1873-1882). Thorington and Mary Parker (d. 1886), married in the early 1840s and had several children, including Sarah, Mary, Naomi, Ella, Monroe Parker (1853-1878), James, Jessie, Anna, and Margaret Watson. The younger Mary married George B. Pratt of Oak Park, Illinois. James, a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, married Florence M. Jennings and worked for a time in Panama. Jessie married Ross Woodmansee. Anna married William Mitchell Wadsworth. Margaret married George Cuyler Preston and leter moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Monroe Parker Thorington entered the United States Military Academy in 1873. After graduation, he was stationed at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory, where he died on September 10, 1878. Ella Thorington married Reverend Frank Burdett Nash on October 15, 1873. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, they lived in Chicago, Illinois, where Ella delivered lectures, taught cooking classes, and practiced palmistry. Their daughter Louise later lived in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Jesse Sanger, and their son Thor.