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Thurston Genealogies 



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To the Reader 9 

Arms of Thurstons in England 15 

History of the name 17 

The name in England 18 

Archbishop Thurstan of York, England, history 18 

Early settlers in New England 20 

Daniel Thurston of Newbury, Mass 21 

Edward Thurston of Newport, R. 1 261 

John Thurston of Dedham, Mass 356 

Moses Thurston of HolUs 434 

Joseph and Thomas Thurston of Fishkill, N. Y 476, 593 

Peter Thurston of London, England 481 

William Thurston of Kent, England 483 

Robert Thurston of Bristol, England 484 

Thurstons of Virginia 484. 486 

James Thurston, M.D., of Chester, Vt 49° 

John Thurston of Chester, Vt 491 

Corrections and additions 493 

Baptisms of Thurstons from Rowley ch. rec 413 

City and town records, etc 4^3 

Thurston of Boylston, Mass 51Z 

Index to descendants of Daniel Thurston of Newbury, Mass 517 

Index to descendants of Edward Thurston of Newport, R. 1 543 

Index to descendants of John Thurston of Dedham, Mass 557 

Index to descendants of Moses Thurston of Hollis, N. H., and others ... 569 

Index to persons incidentally mentioned 577 

Index to miscellaneous items of interest 585 

Index to graduates from college, etc 5^^ 

Index to military services of Thurstons and others 590 





David Thurston, d.d 89 

Stephen Thurston, d.d 109 

Hon. Ariel Standish Thurston 168 

Brown Thurston 171 

Hon. Edward Southworth 176 

Rev. Richard Bowers Thurston 177 

Timothy Appleton Chapman 233 

Daniel Holt Thurston 253 

Robert Lawton Thurston 304 

Prof. Robert Henry Thurston, 337 

Prof. Robert Henry Thurston, military 338 

James Hamilton Thurston 428 

Elihu Thurston 458 


Genealogical researches are comparatively recent in this country. 
It doubtless seems to many that questions of birth and lineage are of 
little consequence under republican institutions, where all men are 
free and equal, and where laws of primogeniture and hereditary 
distinctions have no place. The attempt to trace out the lines of 
family descent and history is too often frustrated by the indifference 
of those who might impart the desired information ; and the compiler 
is met at the threshold of his inquiries with the question Cui bono? — 
of what use will it be ? 

Many are unable to give their ancestry back of their parents, and 
one writes, " Socrates was once reproached for want of knowledge of 
his ancestry, and he replied ' So much the better, for my race begins 
with myself.' " This is not good doctrine ; for I think experience has 
proved that the influence of genealogy has been elevating and refining, 
imparting a desire to be useful in society, and to hold a respectable 
place in history. Socrates himself, probably, would have been glad to 
be remembered. 

It would be difficult for the compiler to enumerate the obstacles he 
has had to encounter in getting the annals of the Thurstons in this 
country into their present shape ; and he must crave the indulgence of 
his readers for many errors and omissions, by far the larger part of 
which are fairly chargeable to imperfect reports received. At the 
same time, it should be stated, there are those who have taken a 
hearty interest, and worked right royally, to have their families placed 
with proper fullness and accuracy upon these pages. Several of them 


are persons who have come into the family by marriage, and by their 
faithful and painstaking endeavors, have proved their appreciation of 
the name and their desire to perpetuate its history. 

If the most distinguished genealogist this country has ever produced, 
the late James Savage of Boston, found it necessary to add to his four 
volumes one hundred and fifty pages of "additions and corrections," 
the author of these pages ought to be accorded the privilege of fifty. 
Having already detected many errors, he expects to' find more j and 
what he fails to find he hopes will be pointed out to him by corre- 
spondents, so that he may leave behind him a corrected copy for some 
future gleaner in the field. 

I have not limited these researches to the descendants of a single 
branch of the Thurston family, but have included all of the name in 
the United States. The leading feature of the work, however, com- 
prises those who sprung from the first three of the name who came to 
New England, Daniel, John, and Edward. I have no knowledge that 
these were kindred to each other, though there seems to be some 
probability that such was the fact. In pursuit of the required infor- 
mation for this volume, I have sent out over 5000 circulars and let- 
ters, and received about 1500 letters and postals in reply. Nearly a 
hundred city, town, and church records have been consulted ; old 
Bibles containing family records sought out, and their treasures of 
genealogy rescued from oblivion ; the memories of aged people have 
been brought into requisition, and valuable information has been put 
upon the printed page to be handed down to posterity, which, but for 
this effort, would have perished with the lives of those from whom it 
was obtained. 

Some of the communications received should rightly have a place in 
the book as addenda, as epistolary curiosities worthy of preservation. 
I have admitted a few which some, it is true, may think puerile • but 
which others will probably read with interest and pleasure. 

The extended search for our ancestors in England has utterly failed 


of satisfactory results. I have the record of nearly a hundred Thurstons 
of Challock, county of Kent, England, coming down to 1638, after 
which date the name became extinct in that locality. The scribe im- 
agines he has in this list the name of Daniel Thurston, who settled in 
Newbury, Mass., and married Anne Pell, a name which he says is very 
common in Kent; but it is evident to me that it is mere conjecture. 
I have the outline of thirty-eight wills, recorded in the Kent registry, 
but no trace of our English ancestors can be derived from them. The 
result of a search in the College of Arms in London, where the pedi- 
grees or arms of sixty-one Thurstons are recorded, reveals nothing 
more tangible than the fact that the arms of Thurstons of Kent have 
been perpetuated by three families recorded in these pages. 

Genealogy is defined by an encyclopedist to be " an account or his- 
tory of the origin, lineage and relationships of a distinguished family." 
So far as relates to the twelve or thirteen thousand names that fill these 
pages, the word " distinguished " may as well be omitted, as it is appro- 
priate to but very few of them ; yet without high or wide distinction, 
it is an amiable and fruitful sentiment which cherishes the family life, 
characteristically pure, patriotic, and beneficial to the world. Riches, 
honor, and attainments in literature and the arts have not, as a rule, 
been the heritage of the descendants of the name in this country. 
There are, however, exceptions. The great majority have had a 
competency, and have been seemingly happy to adopt the language 
of Queen Anne in the play. 

. . . " 'Tis better to be lowly born. 
And range with humble livers in content, 

Than to be perked up in a glistering grief. 
And wear a golden sorrow." 

Nearly all the Thurstons have moved in the middle walks of life— ~ 
not so elevated as to be dazed by splendor, nor so poor as to be 
pinched by want. Very many it will be seen have been christian 
ministers, and a very large proportion connected otherwise with church- 


es as members or church officers. An unusual majority were pious, 
God-fearing men and women. 

Upon the whole, the writer is quite satisfied with the character of 
his ancestors, and the book is as perfect as he could make it under 
the circumstances. Time and again he has been surprised by receiv- 
ing important corrections and additions a day or two after the pages 
were printed. All these, however, will be found in the appendix, un- 
der "corrections and additions," and at the end of the index. ^ He 
gives it to the public as it is, and hopes those who have the curiosity 
to peruse its pages will do so in a spirit of candor, and an apprecia- 
tive sense of the impossibility of putting in a form entirely correct 
the statistics of any family running back through a period of two 
hundred and fifty years. 

The statistics of names in the volume are as follows : 

Names of Thurstons 5,39° 

Descendants having other names 4,008 

Persons who have married Thurstons or their descendants . 4,115 

Persons incidentally mentioned 1,846 

The pedigrees of 23 families who have married Thurstons are given. 



The names of Thurstons arid their descendants are numbered consecutively from 
the beginning to the end of the book; so that there can be no difficulty in finding 
the person looked for, by following the numbers in the index. 

The indexes at the end of the volume are full and complete, giving every name 
and the number attached to it. They are given in four distinct families; so that 
any person in either family may be more readily found. Let every one examine the 
arrangement of these indexes carefully when you first get the volume, and when 
you have learned their order and scope, you will be able readily to ascertain where 
any name wanted is to be found. 

The generation of every Thurston is given in the first lines of every name intro- 
duced ; the small figures after the name denoting the generation. For example, 
take my own name on page 171. Brown,^ i.e., the sixth generation, son of David,^ 
the fifth generation, son of David,* the fourth generation, son of Richard,' the third 
generation, son of Daniel,^ the second generation, son of Daniel,^ the first genera- 
tion, who came to this country about 1635, and settled in Newbury, Mass. 

This + character placed before any name, denotes that further on in the book 
the same number will be found, in larger figures, and placed in the middle of the 
line, so as to strike the eye at a glance. Under these figures the history and chil- 
dren of the person named are given. 

The grand-children, when introduced after the first appearance of the name, are 
set a little further in from the margin than the children, and printed in italic letters ; 
so also the great-grand-children, are placed still further in from the margin. By 
taking heed to these suggestions, you need have no confusion in tracing out the fam- 

ARMS. 1 5 


Thurston of Hoxne Abbey, Suffolk, where monuments exist trac- 
ing the family back to the reign of James I. (1603), sa. three bugle- 
horns stringed, or, garnished az. Crest : A stork, ar. Motto : Esse 
quam videri. 

ThurstoNj Lancashire, sa. three bugle-horns stringed, ar. two and 

Thurston, Cranbrook, Kent, sa. a chev. betw. three bugle-horns 
stringed, or. Crest : Out of a plume of five ostrich feathers, a demi- 
griffin, segreant. Motto : Thrust- on. 

Thurston, sa. three bugle-horns ar. stringed or. Crest : A wood- 
pecker proper. 

Thurston. Crest : A thrush ppr. 

Thurston, ar. three bars, sa. ; on the first, a lion pass, guard, 
betw. two martlets, or ; on the second, three cinquefoils of the last ; 
on the third, three escallops of the third ; on a canton gu. a bird, with 
wings expanded, of the first. 

Thurstone, Elston, Co. Huntingdon. Or, on a canton, az. a falcon 
volant, with jesses and bells of the first. Crest : a wolf 's head or, 
pierced through the neck with an arrow gu. headed and feathered ar., 
vulned of the second. 

,^_ — _, — ^"&7j •*"" iTMcxij.aui.ii.ui ucnvacions or woras are not unfrequently 

suggested^'you may be excused .if you trace Back the name Thurston to the times 
of heathen mythology, and find, even in paganism, a religious idea in the combina- 
tion of the two words by which the name is formed. 

You will naturally find in "Thurs" the god Thor, and in "ton" you might at 
first be disposed to find "town," and thus judge that "Thurston" was at first the 
name of a town in which worship was paid to the god " Thor." But we find the 

* Son oi Mrs. Mary (Thurston) Blodget,. Buoksport, Me. 


It has been my aim from the start, to make a full and perfect rec- 
ord. I have never expected to gain anything pecuniarily by my la- 
bor upon this work. 

Therefore, let any one who discovers an omission or an error, 
immediately communicate the same to me, and I will leave a corrected 
copy of the book for some one to enlarge upon, as the generations to 
follow shall have come upon the stage of life. Direct to 

BROWN THURSTON, Portland, Me. 


Let every one who wishes to get the full benefit of the contents of 
this book, turn to page 493, and note the corrections and additions, 
which came to the compiler after the pages alluded to were printed. 
They are so numerous and so important that he wishes he could af- 
ford to print the book over again. 

Take the first case, mentioned on page 493 : p. 30, no. 27, 3d line. 
Turn to page 30, and after the word Seaver, make a -f- with a pen, 
and note on the margin, see p. 493. 

Go through with all the corrections and additions, found all along 
to the very end of the index, in the same way, and the book will be 
prepared to give you all the information it contains. 

Without this labor, you may miss some very important facts. 



The name of Thurston is said to be derived from the Saxon, 
Danisli, and Runic troest, meaning trusty or faithful. 

Lower's Patronymica says, " in some cases, perhaps, from the Teu- 
tonic name Turstin, which is found in Domesday as the designation 
of persons of both Norman and Saxon. One Turstanus is there de- 
scribed as machinator, probably a military engineer. Ton, a common 
termination for names of places, and consequently for those 'of 

Ferguson says, " Thurston and others from the god Thor, son of 
Odin." ^ 

Arthur, in his work on the derivation of family names, says, 
" Thurston — ^local — the hill or town where the Saxon god Thor was 

In Horstred's work on the Danes in England, Scotland, and Ire- 
land, Thurston is found as a Scandinavian name. 

F. H. Thurston of Oconto, Wis., says, " I have no question that 
the name Thurston is of Scandinavian origin, and was originally 
Thor-sten — Thor's stone— freely, 'God's Rock.' In the Swedish 
poem of Fridthof's Saga, by Bishop Tegn^r, Thorsten, although the 
friend of the king, and the father of the mighty Fridthof, was still a 

Prof. Longfellow, in a letter dated Cambridge, May ii, 1877, says, 
" I have no doubt that you are of Scandinavian descent. Thorston, 
Thorsten, and Thurston must be one and the same. The Stone of 
Thor — the god of thunder. That is rather portentous, but you can- 
not escape this divine genealogy. Yours, very truly, Henry W. Long- 

Extract from a letter received from Rev. Henry Blodget,* mission- 
ary in China, under the auspices of the American Board : 

Peking, Aug. 4, 1877. 

My Dear Cousin: — I am interested to know that you are preparing an account of 
the genealogy of the Thurston family. In these days when so much is made of the 
science of etymology, and when fanciful derivations of words are not unfrequently 
suggested, you may be excused if you trace back the name Thurston to the times 
of heathen mythology, and find, even in paganism, a religious idea in the combina- 
tion of the two words by which the name is formed. 

You will naturally find in "Thurs" the god Thor, and in "ton" you might at 
first be disposed to find " town," and thus judge that " Thurston " was at first the 
name of a town in which worship was paid to the god "Thor." But we find the 

* Son of Mrs. Mary (Thurston) Blodget,. Buckapoi't, Me. 



name Thurs^fl», which can hardly be other than Thurs/<7», as early as the twelfth 
century. Sir Walter Scott, in his "History of Scotland," vol. i, chap. 3, P-.2S, 
writes, " Thurstan, archbishop of York, a prelate of equal prudence and spirit, 
summoned a convention of the English northern barons, and exhorted them to a 
determined resistance." This form of the name, ending in "/(^«," suggests thane, 
a "minister, servant, soldier, oiBcer, master," lord of manor, baron, as the original 
of "ton." In that case the Thurstons were originally the servants or ministers of 
Thor, and, when converted, we may hope they became the no less zealous servants 
of the living and true God. At all events it is pleasing to find that one of the fam- 
ily in the early part of the twelfth century had attained to the dignity of being 
archbishop of York. And it may be excusable in a son, if in reading of the " bless- 
ing of the aged Thurstan," spoken of by Sir Walter Scott, he is reminded of the 
benedictions which but a few years since in the state of Maine so often fell upon 
waiting congregations from the lips of his own sire, " the venerable Father Thurs- 

Thorstein (son of Erik the Red) in 1005 made an unsuccessful 
visit to Vineland (New England, called Vineland from its • abundance 
of vines) and died on the expedition, showing that America was sure- 
ly discovered by the Northmen long before Columbus. 


Thurston, a parish in Suffolk county. 

Thurstonland, a town in York county. 

Thurston, a Danish monk, lived in the Abbey of Croyland a.d 800 

Thurston, a Dane, rebuilt Ely. 

Thurston, another Danish monk, is mentioned in history a d 870 

Thurston, a Thane, lived in 1 014, under King Canute. 

Thurston was a coiner under King Edward in 870. 

Thurston at York was coiner under King Ethelred in 017 and to 

Thurston, a knight in King Edward's suite in 1048. 

Thurston of Thetford, Norfolk county, and his son Ralph were 
mmt-masters at the time of the conquest under William the conqueror 
m 1066, and had the same arms as borne at the present day by their 

THUPtSTON in Norwich, 1066. 

Thurston under King Henry II., 1109. 

Thurstan, the Abbot of Glastonbury, retired in 1084 to Caen 
Normandy, from \yhence he came. He was afterward restored in the 
time of King William Rufus. ' 

Thurstan was elected the twenty-eighth archbishop of York 
chaplain and secretary to Henry II. in iioo. In 1132 he founded 
Fountam Abbey, and upon its ruins still remains his device "a thrush 
upon a tun." He is described as a "man of lofty stomach but vet 
of notable learnmg." As an interesting scrap of ancient historv and 
practice we copy from "The Early. English Church," bv Edward 
Churton, m.a., rector of Crayke, Durham, England : ^ -c-award 

In this reign of confusion and blood, there is yet one name which ran„„f 1 
membered by Englishmen without respect,— the name of Thurstan T ?> ■ J^^ ^^' 
York. He was elected by the clergy, as it appears by the wish of Ki'n^ « "''°P °^ 
whose chaplain he was. He went abroad a few years after, to be invefted^'b''''' P 

* Eev. David Thurston, D.D., of 'Winthrop, Me. 


Calixtus, who in A.D. iiig was holding a council or synod at Rheims. This act 
gave great offense to Henry, who banished him tor a year or more ; but he was 
afterward restored, and gained from the pope the privilege that his See should be 
independent of and equal to that of Canterbury. This was one of many points of 
contention in those times, and changes were often made. York was sometimes 
subject to Canterbury and sometimes independent, the popes favoring either, as 
they liked them best; but at length Canterbury prevailed. These contests of Nor- 
man pride helped on the popes' usurpations. Thurstan himself was a compound 
of the Norman baron with the christian bishop, and his character may serve as a 
specimen of many of the great churchmen of his day; but there were in him great 
and good (jualities mixed with the darkness and superstition of his time. When he 
was fixed in his exalted station, he was remarkable for the strictness of his Kfe and 
the firm uprightness of his conduct., His mode of living was frugal, and yet as 
generous as became a bishop, who ought to be "given to hospitality." He was 
abundant in alms-deeds and instant in prayer. In the celebration of the holy com- 
munion he was often moved to tears. He promoted men of good life and learning; 
was gentle to the obedient and unbending, though without harshness, to the oppo- 
nents of good discipline. He was as severe to himself as he was to others, and 
was remarked for the severity of his penances, going on fast days attired in sack- 
cloth and, what was then a common practice, afflicting his body with a scourge. 

He was at an advanced age when, in the third year of Stephen's reign, A.D. 1138, 
David, king of Scotland, having declared in favor of his niece, the empress Matil- 
da, collected his forces and made a dreadful inroad into the northern counties, turn- 
ing his pretext of opposing a usurper into a plea for plundering and massacring the 
inhabitants of a country at peace with him. There was neither counsel nor con- 
duct among the barons of the north ! Some who dwelt nearest the border had 
joined the invading army that they might partake the spoils, when Thurstan invited 
them to a conference for the defense of the country. He represented to them the 
disgrace that was brought upon the realm of the Norman conquerors if they, who 
had overcome a people often victorious over the Scots, were now to quail before 
such less worthy antagonists. He showed them that the nature of the inroad made 
it no longer a question whether the Scots came as allie^of the empress or enemies 
of England, and that whoever might be the rightful sovereign, it was their duty to 
protect the soil and the people against such wanton injury and destruction. The 
barons, Walter I'Espec of Cleveland, Roger Mowbray, William Percy, and other 
large landed proprietors in Yorkshire, assembled an army, with which they en- 
camped at North Allerton. To impress on the people the conviction that they 
were to fight, not for a doubtful title, but for the cause of religion, their churches 
and their homes, there was no royal banner carried to the field; but a tall ship- 
mast, erected on a wagon, bore a sacred ensign, such as was used in the processions 
of the church, representing our Saviour on the cross, pierced with his five wounds. 
Round this the Norman barons, with their retainers, vowed to stand or fall. Ralph, 
bishop of Orkney, a suffragan of Thurstan (Thurstan being too infirm to come in 
person), mounted the wagon, and encouraged the soldiers to fight with the confi- 
dence that it was a holy war. The Scots, after a stubborn conflict, were completely 
routed and fled in disorder; and thus an end was put to the most successful attempt 
they ever made on the borders, and one which, but for Thurstan's devout energy, 
would in all probability have given them possession of the whole country north of 
the Humber. 

Within two years after the battle of the standard, as it was called, the aged 
Thurstan felt his vital vigor to decay, and prepared for a more solemn hour of conflict. 
He set his house in order, and assembling the priests of the cathedral of York in 
his own chapel, made his last confession before them ; and lying with bared body 
on the ground before the altar of St. Andrew, received from some of their hands 
the discipline of the scourge, with tgars bursting from his contrite heart. And re- 
membering a vow made in his youth at Clugny, the famous monastery in Burgundy, 
he went to Pontefract, to a newly founded house of Cluniac monks, followed by an 
honorable procession of the priests of the church of York and a great number of 
laymen. There, on the festival of the conversion of St. Paul, he took the habit of 
a monk in the regular way, received the abbot's blessing, and for the remainder of 
his life gave himself entirely to the care of the salvation of his soul. 

On the 6th of February, A.D. 1140, twenty-six years and a half after his accession 
to the archbishopric, the canons of the church of York and other religious persons 
standing round, the hour of his departure being at hand, he celebrated the vigils in 
commemoration of the dead in Christ, read the lesson himself (probably Job, chap. 


X.), and with a clear voice, pausing and sometimes groaning in spirit, chanted the 
solemn verses of the hymn Dies irce: 

Day of wrath, the dreadful doy. King of dreadful majesty, 

Shall the baunerod cross dispkiy, Saving souls m mercy tree. 
Earth in ashes melt away. , Fount of pity, save thou me. 

Who can paint the agony, VTeary, seeking me, wast thou. 

When Mb coming shall be nigh. And for rae m death didst bow, 

Who shall all things judge and try? Let thy pam avail me now. 

When the trumpet's thrUling tone, Thou didst set the adultrcss free, 

Through the tombs of ages gone, Heardst the thief upon the tree. 

Summons aU before the throne, Hope vouchsaSng e en to me. 

Death and time shall stand aghast. Nought of thee my prayers can claim, 

And creation nt the blast Save m thy free mercy's name. 

Rise to answer for the past. Save me from the undying flame ! 

Then the volume shall be spread. With thy sheep my place assign. 

And the writing shall be read Separote from the accursed line. 

Which shall judge the quicli and dead. Set me on thy right with thme 1 

Then the Judge shall sit; oh, then When the lost, to silence driven, 

All that's hid shall be made plain. To devouring flames are given. 

Unrequited nought remain. Call rae with the blest to heaven ! 

Woe is me! what shall I plead? Suppliant, lol to earth I bend. 

Who for me shall intercede. My bruised heart to ashes rend. 

When the righteous scarce is freed? Care thou, Lord, for my last end I 

At the end of this solemn service of humiliation he sank to the earth, and while 
the monks gathered around and prayed for him, breathed his last. 

The beautiful Cistercian Abbey- of Fountains was founded by the charity of this 
remarkable christian bishop. He was also the founder of the See of Carlisle, A.D. 

Thurston was one of the archbishops of Fife, Scotland, in the 
twelftli century. 

John Thurston and Margaret his wife were imprisoned in Col- 
chester castle, where he died in May, ,1557, and his wife, on Sept. 
17th following, was burned. 

Walter Thurston,, vicar of Mettingham, Suffolk county, 1349. 

John Thurston, rector of Flixton, Suffolk county, 1562. 

Thurstons of Challock, resident there as early as the reign of 
Edward IV., 1461, extinct since 1622. 

Pedigrees of the following families are contained in manuscripts in 
the British Museum : 

Kent county — Thurston of Challock. 

Lancashire — Thurston of Anderton. 

London — Thurston of Hunts. 

London — Thurston. 

Suffolk — Thurston of Hoxne. 


Daniel Thurston, probably from Cranbrook, Kent county, in the 
south-east portion of England, had a grant of " an house' lott " in 
Newbury, Mass., Nov. 6, 1638. He married Anne Lightfoot, Aug. 29, 
1648, and died without issue Feb. 16, 1666. 

Daniel Thurston, probably a nephew of the above, as he gave 
him all his property by will, married Anne Pell, Oct. 20, 1655, and 
lived and died in Newbury ; is the gertn from which all the Newbury 
Thurstons came, as will be seen further on in this book. 

There is a tradition that three brothers of the name came together 
from England, and landed in Newbury, in 1638. Of these, the two 
Daniels settled in Newbury. Farmer mentions a John Thurston of 
Newbury in 1641, who may have been of the number. It is possible 
that Edward Thurston of Newport, R. I., was one, whose descend- 
ants are largely delineated in this work. 


Richard Thurston had a ten acre lot granted him in Salem, 
Mass., Jan. 29, 1636-7 ; was a mariner. He married Martha Stanley, 
daughter of Christopher Stanley, moved to Boston and had a son, 
Samuel, born there July 11, 1652. 

Charles Thurston, in Plymouth, Mass., was able to bear arms in 
August, 1643. 

John Thurston had a grant of twenty acres of land ,in Salem, 
Mass., Jan. 21, 1638-9, and appears on record in Salem till 1655, in 
which year we find a John in Newport, R. I., on the list of freemen, 
which very likely was the same man. 

John Thurston of Wrentham, Suffolk county, Eng., aged thirty, 
and his wife Margaret, aged thirty-two, were passengers for New Eng- 
land in the "Mary Anne" of Yarmouth, Eng., May 10, 1637. They 
are traced down to the present time further on in the volume. 

Richard Thurston, commander of the " John Adventure " of 
New England, by order of the council of state, had license to go to 
Maryland with his ship June 9, 1651. By another order of June nth, 
a petition from him was referred to the committee of the adm'iralty. 
July 29, 1652, he was granted permission by the English authorities 
to carry one ton of shot and fifty-six barrels of powder to New Eng- 
land, and was instructed to declare the Dutch enemies to the com- 
monwealth ; war having just been declared against Holland. 

Thomas Thurston, a Quaker, aged thirty-four, was a passenger in 
the " Speedwell," from London, May 30, 1656, and landed at Boston 
Aug. 27, 1656. He, with three other passengers, after being exam- 
ined, were committed to prison, " there to remain until the return of 
the ship that brought them," and then to be carried back to England, 
" lest the purity of the religion professed in the churches of New 
England should be defiled with error." 

Thomas Thurston resided at Southold, L. I., 1670 to 1692. He 
married Priscilla, daughter of Richard Benjamin. He died October, 
1697. She died October, 1722. They had: 

John, married Mary, daughter of Jonathan Moore. 
Thomas, born 1680; died Feb. 6, 1736. 
Robert, married Martha Horton. 


Daniel Thurston, senior, clme from England to Newbury, in the 
county of Essex, state of Massachusetts, at a very early day, as upon 
the records of Newbury there is an entry of ajigrant to him in these 
words: "24 November, 1638, there was granted unto Daniell Thurs- 
ton an house lot on the Neck, over the great river, of four acres, next 
to John Osgood." As Newbury was incorporated in 1635, he must 
have come to America between 1635 and 1638. 

Thus far, it has been impossible to ascertain for a certainty from 


what county in England this Daniel came. There was at the time an 
immense emigration from England to this country. And among tne 
names collected by Drake while in England, no name of ^^^"'^;^°" 
appears among the early emigrants except that of John I tiursron, 
who was from Wrentham, in the county of Suffolk, and came over in 
the "Mary Anne" of Yarmouth, and settled in Dedham m 1637, at 
the age of thirty-six. -n -.^.i 

Upon this subject of the place of nativity of the elder Daniel, 
James Savage, the historian, of Boston, in a letter to Hon. A. i). 
Thurston of Elmira, N. Y., dated Sept. 16, 1858, says: 

As yet nobody can answer your two points as to the//fl« in England from which 
your progenitor came, or the ship which brought him. That all the 1 hurstons in 
America did 7iot spring from the Newbury family, the highest probability appears. 
One John Thurston had a grant of land [twenty acres] at Salem m 163b Lrecords 
say, 21, II month, 1639], but he may'be a different John, I think, from him whose 
baptism at Wrentham, Eng., 13 January, 1601, I have certified to me. He came m 
the Mary Anne from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, the nearest port for that part of 
Suffolk in which Wrentham lies, about fifteen miles distant, 1637, bringing two 
sons, Thomas, baptized 4 August, 1633, and John, baptized 13 September, 1635. 
Here he lived at Dedliam and owned estate in that part which became Medfield.^ . . 
A Charles, too, I find at Plymouth, 1643, and Edward at Newport, who married, 
1647, and had plenty of children. As none of these give me their whereabouts in 
England, or tell in what ship any one came, we are left quite at large to conjecture. 
Still it must be a good point to know so exactly about John, and it is a fair infer- 
ence that one or more of the next came from the county of Suffolk. Many of the 
substantial yeomen and prosperous mechanics of that shire were, no doubt, attract- 
ed to our side of the water by the success of their neighbor, our first governor, 

Joshua Coffin of Newbury, who was somewhat of a historian, writes 
to A. S. Thurston, under date of April 15, 1859: 

I find in the county records the names of two hundred and thirty-six persons of 
Newbury who took the oath of allegiance in September, 1678. The list is in the 
elegant hand writing of Rev. John Woodbridge, who affixed the age to every name. 
Thus he says, "Daniel Thurston, forty." Now if the age and date of his marriage 
are correct, he was only seventeen when he was married to Anne Pell, who, I 
think, came from Salem. There were Pells in Salem but none in Newbury. 
Whether the age of Daniel is or is not correct, he was a boy when he came to 
Newbury with his uncle Daniel, who was one of the original grantees of Newbury, 
and of course came between 1635 and 1638. Again, the Newbury troubles about 
the militia happened, if I remember rightly, about 1655. It is therefore very prop- 
erly said, " young Daniel Thurston is under his uncle." Of the two hundred and 
thirty-six who took the oath of fidelity the ages are from sixteen to sixty. Young 
Daniel to be under his uncle must have been less than twenty-one. He probably 
had taken the oath of allegiance and signed the petition. Nothing satisfactory can 
be ascertained from the witnesses of the two wills. John Poor was Daniel Thurs- 
ton's next door neighbor in Newbury. He came from Wiltshire, 1635. 1°^" 
Cheney came to Roxbury in 1635, thence to Newbury. Richard Dol^, son of Wil- 
liam, was born in Thornbury, Eng., 1624; was a clerk in Mr. Lowell's store in 
Bristol, 1639. Thomas Hale came from some other part of England, and all of 
them. Poor, Cheney, Dole, and Hale, were Thurston's near neighbors in Newbury. 

In the History of Kejit, by Edward Hasted, published at Canter- 
bury in 1798, vol. vii., and in the Kent Genealogies, published by 
William Bowry in 1830, will be found something relating to the history 
and genealogy of families of the name of Thurston, but the only 
ground for supposing our Newbury family sprung from them is the 
frequent occurrence of " Richard " and " Daniel," family names 
The books above referred to will be found in the Astor Library. 


The elder Daniel is stated by Savage to have lost his first wife 
May 25, 1648, and to have married for his second, Aug. 29, 1648, 
Ann Lightfoot, who without doubt was the widow of Francis 
Lightfoot of Lynn, who came from London and died in 1646. Dan- 
iel Thurston died Feb. 16, 1666, having on the 2Sth day of June, 

1665, made his last will and testament. On March 27, 1666, R^phard 
Dole testified to the making of the will, and on the loth of April, 

1666, John Cheney, senior, before William Gerrish and Nich. Noyes, 
certified to its authenticity. Those taking the proof are styled " com- 
missioners." The following is a copy of his will : 

June ye 20th, 1665. I, Daniell Thurston of Newberry in New England, being 
weake in body but in parfect memorie, doe make and appoynt this as ray last will 
and Testamunt. Wherein ffirst I doe give and bequeathe my now dwelling house 
and Barne and all my lands both up land and* meadow with all ye privileges and ap- 
purtainences thereunto belonging^unto Daniell Thurston my kinsman of ye same 
town of Newberry before mentioned : save only what I shall except: And also I 
doe give unto ye same Daniel all my goods and chattels. 

I give unto Ann my wife my fetherbeds with bolster and pillow : and all appurtain- 
ing thereto, and her chest and her box, with all her clothing, her own brass kettle 
and an iron pot : and ten pounds by ye yeare in good pay namely, in corn, butter, 
cheese and porke : or her thirds of ye lande : All this above mentioned concarn- 
ingmywife: during her natural life I do give it unto her. But in case my wife 
chuse rather to live with my kinsman Daniell Thurston then he shall comfortably 
mayntain her with meat, drink and clothes: and give her twenty shillings by ye 
yeare ye one half in money, ye other half in cheese and butter. 

And I doe ordayne and apoiynt my kinsman Daniell Thurston above mentioned 
to be my soall and alone executor. The mark for D. T., Daniell Thurston. Seal. 

Signed and sealed in ye presence of us, John Cheney, Sen":, Richard Dole. 

Ye court held at Ipswich the 27 of March, 1666, Richard Dole upon oath testified 
that this is the last will and Testament of Daniel Thurston to the best of his knowl- 
edge. As attest Robert Lord, Clerk. 

John Cheney, Sen', certified on oath that this will is the Last of Daniell Thurston 
to the best of his knowledge this loth day of April, i666. Before us, Wm. Gerrish, 
Nich» Noyes, Com". 

The " kinsman," Daniel Thurston, the devisee in the foregoing 
will, was undoubtedly a nephew of the testator, as in a paper entitled 
" Newbury troubles," * it is there stated, as a ground of the disability 
of some of the signers, that "young Daniell Thurston is under his 
uncle." Though this paper is without date. Coffin in his letter to me 
says it was about 1655. If this were so, and young Daniel were then 
a minor, he must have been almost an infant in arms when his uncle 
came to Newbury. 

In 1678 there was a list of two hundred and thirty-six names of 
those who took the oath of allegiance.! In this is the name Daniel 
Thompson, forty, which should undoubtedly be Daniel Thurston, as 
this printed list contains many mistakes. t There is also in the list 
the name of " Daniel Thurston, jun', seventeen," and this makes the 
year of this Daniel's birth 1661, which agrees with the record. 

♦Genealogical Register, vol. viii., page 274. 

t Genealogical Register, vol. vii., page 349 

t Coffin's letter, Genealogical Begister, vol. viii., page 72. 


Posterity of Daniel Thurston. 

jFicst eifeneratttin. 

Daniel Thurston,^ the "kinsman," and probable ancestor of all 
the Newbury Thurstons, married,* Oct* 20, 1655, Anne Pell, a 
daughter, as Savage supposes, of Joseph Pell of Lynn, the same town 
whence came Ann Lightfoot, the wife of the elder Thurston, a cir- 
cumstance adding probability to Savage's conjecture. He died Feb. 
19, 1693. The following is a copy of his will : 

Be it known to all men by these presents that I, Daniel Thurston, Sen', of New- 
berry in the county of Essex in New England, being weak of body but of perfect 
memory, doe hereby make my last will and testament. 

Commending my soul to God and my body when it shall depart this life to decent 
buriall in an assured hope of a blessed resurrection. And for my worldly goods 
which God of his mercy hath given me I dispose of as followeth, viz. : 

I have by deed of gift under my hand and seale made over to my Sonne Daniel 
Thurston one-half of my lands and meadow that I have in the town of Newberry 
known by the name of Rake Lott, which was done upon his marriage, with all priv- 
iledges and appurtenances yerto belonging, and I doe now make over to my sonne 
Daniel Thurstain All my buildings with the other half of all my lands and meadows 
with priviledges and appurtenances yrto belonging on conditions as follows: 

First. That he, my said sonne Daniel, and his heirs Doth take care of and pro- 
vide comfortably for his mother soe long as She shall remain my widow. 

Secondly. I do oblidge my son Daniel to pay to my daughter Sarah the sum of 
thirty pounds in Cattell within two years after my decease. 

Thirdly. I doe oblidge my sonne Daniel to pay to my sonne Joseph the sum of 
thirty pounds in Cattell within fower yeares after my decease. 

Fourthly. J doe oblidge my sone Daniel to pay to my sonne Steven the sum of 
thirty pounds in Cattell Five years after my decease. 

Fifthly. I oblidge my sonne Daniel to pay to my daughter Abigail the sum of 
thirty pounds in cattell within eight years after my decease. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my sonne James a parcel of land lying in Newberry 
known by the name of my Rake Lott with my pistolls and houlsters, which is held 
in full of his portion. 

Item. I also give to my sonne Joseph a pr of loomms with the tackling belong- 
ing to them and also a cowe and a gun. 

Item. I give to my son Stephen a pair of loomms and my carbine. 

Item. I doe also give to my daughter Hannah five shillings which is to be with 
what I have before given her in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Sarah fiveteen pounds which she shall have out of 
my household goods which is to be in full of her portion. 

Item. I doe also leave all the rest of my moveable estate in my sonne Daniel's 
hands, except a fether bed and furniture belonging to it and to the value of other 
five pounds in other household stuff, which I do leave to my beloved wife to make 
use of during her life. 

And I give my son Daniel full power as administrator to receive all my debts due 
to me by bills or otherwise. And I doe also order him, my said sonne Daniel to 

*Coffln'a History of Newbury. 


pay for my funerall expenses and also to pay all ray lawful debts which he is to do 
out of my movable estate. And if there be any overplus the rest of it is to be di- 
vided amongst four of my children, viz., Joseph, Stephen, Sarah and Abigail. But 
if it soe fall y' yer be not enough o£ my movable estate to pay all my lawful! debts 
then I order that my son Daniel shall be abated so much of the hundred and twenty 
pounds which he was to pay to his brothers and sisters above mentioned as will dis- 
charge the remainder of my debts, and my four children, Joseph, Steven, Sarah, 
and Abigail, shall beare it equally among them, and I doe desire my loving friends 
John Poore, Henry Poore, to be the overseers of this my last will and testament. 
I hereby revoking all former wills of myne. In confirmation of what is before 
written as my last will and testat, I have hereunto set my hand and seale the 
17 day of January, 1692-3. The mark of Daniel Thurston. 

Signed, sealed, and declared in ye presence of John Poor, Thomas Hale. The 
mark of Stephen Thurston. 

Note. I have inspected the original document in the probate office in Salem, 
and it is scorched as though it had been thrown in the fire and rescued from the 
flames before being consumed. It is mere conjecture that this was done, and that 
the addendum following, dated the same day, was made to appease somebody who 
was dissatisfied with the first part of the will. A. S. Thurston. 

For some addition to what is above written, Whereas it is expected that my be- 
loved wife shall halve a feather bed and furniture and five pound more out of the 
house daring life and also that my daughter Sarah shall have fourteen pound out of 
the household stuff, And whereas I left the rest of my movables within doors to 
my son Daniel, My will now is that after my daughter Sarah have had her fiveteen 
and my beloved wife her bed with furniture and her five pounds that then what is 
left of my movable estate within doors shall be equally divided between my daugh- 
ters Sarah and Abigail and prized to them as part of their thirty pounds apeace, 
and so much as it amounts to shall be taken off from the sixty pounds in Cattell 
, which my son Daniel was to pay them. And my will is that my son Daniel shall 
pay all the abatement of said sixty pounds to my two sons Joseph and Stephen. 
And Whereas it is above provided that if my movable estate without doors will not 
pay all my lawfull debts, that then my son Daniel shall be abated so much of the 
hundred and twenty pound which he was to pay his brothers and sisters as would 
discharge the remainder of my debt, and that my two sons Joseph and Stephen 
and my two daughters Sarah and Abigail should bear it equally between them. My 
will now is y' if my movable estate without doors will not discharge all my lawfull 
debts, that then ray said Daniel shall take out of what I ordered him to pay my two 
sons Joseph and Stephen Soe much as will discharge the remainder of my debts 
and with the same pay the remainder of my engagements. 

And whereas I have given to my beloved wife a bed with furnitur and five pounds 
more out of the house which she is to have during her life, my will is that at her 
decease it shall be equally divided between my two daughters Sarah and Abigail. 
My will further is that whereas I did order my son Daniel to pay his brothers and 
sisters portions in Cattell, my will is that it shall be paid in neat Cattell under 
Seaven years old. 

As witness my hand the 17 January, 1692-3. The mark and seal of Daniel 

Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of us, John Poore, Thomas Hale. 
The mark of Stephen Thurston. 

Their children were : 

2 Daniel,^ b. July 2, 1657 ; d. Nov. 3, 1657. 

+ 3 Hannah,^ b. Jan. 20, 1659; m. Benjamin Pearson. 

4 A daughter, b. Nov. 22, i66o; d. Dec. 16, 1660. 

-{- 5 Daniel,^ b. Dec. 18, i66i ; m. Mary Dresser. 

6 Sarah,2b. Jan. 8, 1664; m. . 

7 Stephen.^b. Oct. 25, 1665; d. soon. 

+ 8 Joseph,2b. Sept. 14, 1667; m. Mehitable Kimball. 

9 Anne,''b. Sept. 6, 1669; d. soon, 

-f-io James,^ b. Sept. 24, 1670; m. Mary Pearson. 

II Stephen,^ b. Oct. 25, 1672; d. soon. 

-)-i2 Stephen,^ b. Feb. 5, 1674; m. Mary . 

-j-13 Abigail/ b. March 17, 1678; m. Joseph Chase. 



Hannah Thurston' (Banie/^), second child of the "kinsman" 
Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, Mass., born in Row- 
ley Jan. 20, 1659; married, Jan. 20, 1679-80, Benjamin Pearson,* 
son of John and Dorcas Pearson of Rowley, Mass., born Feb. i, 
1658. He died June 16, 1731, aged 73. She died June 26, 1731, 
aged 72. He had a mill at Byfield, Mass., which he bought of Mr. 

Their children were : 

14 Hannah (Pearson), b. April 5, 1681. 

15 Pliebe (Pearson), b. July 14, 1682. 

16 Daniel (Pearson), b. Dec. 25, 1684. 

17 Ruth (Pearson), b. Aug. 2, 1687. 

18 Abigail (Pearson), b. March i, 16S9. 

19 Benjamin (Pearson), b. Aug. 12, 1690. 

20 Sarah (Pearson), b. Dec. 10, 1691. 

21 Jedediah (Pearson), b. April, 1694. 

22 Mehitable (Pearson), b. May 18, 1695. 

23 Jonathan (Pearson), b. Dec. 14, 1699. 

24 David (Pearson), b. Jan. :8, 1702. 

'25 Oliver (Pearson), b. Aug. 14, 1704; died aged l5 years. 
26 Bartholomew (Pearson). 


Daniel Thurston '■' (Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and son 
of the *' kinsman" Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass.; born there Dec. i8, 1661 ; married Mary Dresser, born Dec. 
24, 1667, daughter of Lieut. John Dresser of Rowley, Mass., who 

*The Pearson Pamilt. 

I. Dea. John Peaeson came from England to Ipswich, then to Rowley, Mass., in 1643, 
bringing with him machinery for a fulling-mill, which was the first in this country. Suppos- 
ing Amei'ica had no wood that would stand water, he brought cedar posts also. Some of 
these posts were taken up about 1800 and found in a good state of preservation. He leased a 
grist-mill of P. Nelson, which his sou John subsequently bought. He was sent to the general 
court in 1678 and seven timss after; was also selectman. In 1660 his tax was £1 5s. 7d. and in 

1691 it was £7 15s., the highest but one in Rowley. He married Dorcas ; had thirteen 

children, and died 1693; his wife died 1703. Their son Samuel, born 1648, married, in. 1670, 
Mary Poor, aud lived in Haverhill, Mass., till the place was burned by the Indians, after 
which they lived in Newbury, Masp. She died at the birth of their daugnter Mary, who mar- 
ried James Thurston [see no. 10]. Their son Beajamiu, born 1658, married Hannah Thurston 
[see no. 3]. 

II. Capt. John Pearson, eldest son of John, born Dec. 22, 1644, married, 1671, Mary 
Pickard; had the mill, and had six children. Joseph, born 1656, was killed at Bloody brook, 
in DeerHeld, Mass., 1675, where seven hundred Indians attacked one hundred men, the flower 
of Essex county, and killed seventy-five of them. 

III. Joseph Pearson, sou of Capt. John, born 1677, married Sarah Walker; had the 
Pearson homestead and a large lande j property ; lived in a garrison house, the walls filled, in 
with brick; died 17)3. 

IV". Capt. John Pharson^, son of Joseph, born May 13, 1702, married Ruth Hale, born 
Nov. 17, 1706. They had eight children. He died Mar. 18, 1784, and she in 1788. Their son 
Joseph, 'oorn 1737, married a Boston lady, had no children, graduated from Harvard 1758, 
and was the first secretary of state of New Hampshire, which office he held twenty-eight 
years, resigning at the age of seventy. He lived in Exeter, N. H. 

V. Capt. John Pearson, son of Capt. John, born October, 1746, married, June 13,1775, 
Sarah Thurston [see no. 37]. They had seven children. 

VI. John Pearson, son of John, last oE the male line, bora March 4, 1791, Friday, two 
o'clock A.M.; died October, 1819. His sister Mehitable, born Jan. 1, 1783, married, 1805, 
James Webster, She died Sept. 15, 1818. Among her last words were these, "I know G-od 
will take care of my children," of whom thev had five. 

VII. Caroline Mehitable Webster, daughter of James Webster, born Nov. 15,1808, 
on the old Pearson place in Rowley, married^ September, 1839 (at the house of Col. John 
Mills of Marietta, Ohio, who married his sister Dorothy), Rev. J. R. Barnes of New Haven, 
Ct., then pastor of Presbyterian church in Evansville, Ind. Mrs. Barnes has rendered valua- 
ble service in this work. 


was sent to the general court 1691 and four times after. She died 
Dec. 7, 173s, very suddenly, aged 69. She was "standing and 
dropped down and was not perceived to breathe after." The same 
month Mary Jewett, Thomas, son of Daniel Thurston,' and Daniel 
Thurston, died at their house. We are unable to tell who this Daniel 
was. Daniel Thurston'' died Feb. 18, 1738, aged 77. 

Daniel Thurston,^ with one hundred and nineteen other persons, re- 
ceived a grant of land called Narragansett, No. i, now Buxton, Me., 
range of lots known by the letter D, on the right of his father Daniel,^ 
for services in the Narragansett war. His will is as follows : 

The last will and testament of Daniel Thurston of Newberry, in ye province of 
Massachusetts Bay, New England, husbandman, which is as followeth : 

First. In God's appointed time I resign my soul into ye hands of GOD that 
gave it and my body to ye dust until ye day of ye reserection of ye just according 
to ye gracious promise of ye and trust in Christ Jesus. And as for my temporal 
goods that GOD have given me I dispose of as followeth : 

Imps. I give to my son Benj" Thurston and his heirs and assigns one-third * 
part of my right, propriety, or share of land and meadows in ye township of Lunen- 
burgh in ye county of Middlesex in ye Province aforesaid. And also my two thatch 
islands lying in the great creek between Newbury and Rowley, and also half an acre 
of thatch bank at ye south-west corner of that piece of my meadow commonly 
called Biships meadow, and this with what I have before given him is in full of his 

Item. I have given my son Jonathan Thurston a deed of the land on which he 
now dwells. I also give to my s* son Jonathan and his heirs and assigns one-third* 
part of my right, propriety, and share of land and meadow in ye township of Lu- 
nenburgh aforesaid, and also one-half of my lot of marsh called by ye name of my 
lower lott, and also one-halfe of my lott of mead" that I bought of my brother 
Nathaniel Dresser, lying in the township of Rowley in ye county aforesaid and on 
the North side of Nelsons Island (so called), and also one lott of land lying below 
Pen Brook in ye township of Rowley aforesaid, and it is the fifth lott on a range of 
lotts known by ye letter G, and also a convenient driftway through to my F lotts in 
the three thousand acres in ye township of Rowley aforesaid in full of his portion. 

Item. I give to my son Richard Thurston his heirs and assigns seventeen lots of 
land lying in ye township of Rowley aforesaid, in that part of said Rowley that is 
commonly called the thousand acres. Said lotts were laid out by ye proprietors of 
ye common land in said Rowley, and also a house which standeth on f)art of said 
lotts (only I reserve the liberty of a driftway for my son Jonathan through ye F lotts 
as aforesaid). Also I give to my said son Richard and his heirs and assigns one- 
third* part of my right, propriety, or share of land and meadow in the township of 
Lunenburgh aforesaid, and also one-half of my lott of marsh called by ye name of 
my lower lott in ye township of Newbury aforesaid, and also one-half of my lot 
of meadow that I bought of my brother Nathaniel Dresser, lying in ye township of 

*Iii the register's office at Worcester, Mass., there is the record of three deeds, as follows : 
Richard Thrtrston of Rowley, gentleman, to Bbenezer Thurston of Fitchburgh, house-wright. 
Deed dated Aug. 21, 1769; witnessed by William Spofford and William Chandler; acknowl- 
edged before Aaron Wood, J. P. Conveys two lots of land in Fitchburgh, being one-third 
part of two lots laid oat for Mr. Daniel Thurston. The first lot laid out December, 1729, con- 
taining one hundred and thirty-five acres ; the second lot November, 1731, containing eighty- 
six acres, as per plan. Consideration, £34 7s. 

John Thurston of Fitchburgh, yeoman, to Bbenezer Thurston. Deed the same as above in 
date and description. Consideration. £35. 

Daniel Thurston, gentleman, of Bradford, to Ebenezer Thurston. Deed same as above in 
all respects. 

John Thurston undoubtedly derived title to one-third »f the Fitchburgh lots above granted 
as the heir of his father Jonathan, who, as we shall see hereafter, died intestate Sept. 28, 1738. 
Daniel Thurston derived his title under the will of his father Benjamin, which was admitted 
to probate Oct. 13, 1746. 

There is on record in Worcester registry ofBce, vol. vii., page 77, a deed as follows: Ben- 
jamin Thurston of Bradford, Jonathan Thurston of Rowley, Richard Thurston of Rowley, 
husbandmen, to Benjamin Foster of Bradford, convey lot 50, Lunenburgh, which seems to be 
referred to in deeds hereafter made to Ebenezer Thurston. This deed is dated June 1, 1731, 
before the date of their father's will. Deed acknowledged before John Dummer, J. P., Oct. 
25,1734; recorded Aug. 13, 1736; witnessed by Samuel Filar and Hilkiah Boynton. This 
Ebenezer Thurston was a son of John, who went from Rowley to Fitchburgh, 1766. 


Rowley aforesaid and on ye North side of Nelsons Island (so called) in full of his 

Item. I give to my daughter Mary Chute twenty and six pounds to be paid with- 
in one year after my decease and also one-third part of my household goods, which 
is (with what she already had) in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Hannah Frazer twenty-six pounds and twelve shil- 
lings to be paid within two years after my decease and also one-third part of my 
household goods, which is (with what shee have already had) in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Martha Jewett twenty and nine pounds to be paid 
within three years after my decease and also one-third part of my household goods, 
which is (with what she have already had) in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my granddaughter Sarah Thurston twenty pounds to be paid 
within four years after my decease in full of her portion. 

Lastly. I give to ray son John Thurston and his heirs and assigns, whom I like- 
wise constitute, make, and ordain my whole and sole Ex"^ of this my last will and 
testament, all my land and meadow housing goods and chattels that I have not dis- 
posed of in this my will. Also I give him all the debts that is due to me. And I 
order liim to pay all the debts that I do owe and legacies that I have given in this 
my will and also to pay my funeral charges. And this is my last will and testament 
having my perfect memory and understanding. 

As witness my hand and seal this sixth day of July anno domini one thousand 
seven hundred and thirty-si.x. Daniel Thurston. Seal. 

Signed, sealed, and declared in the presence of us, the Subscribers, Jonathan 
Plumer, Jno. Poor, Daniel Hale. 

Essex probate office. A true copy as of record in said office, approved May 27, 
1737. Attest James Ropes, Reg'. 

Their children were : 

-f-27 Daniel,' b. June 26, 1690; m. Lydia Seaver. 

28 Son and daughter, twins, b. May 7, 1691, and died in two weeks. 

--29 John,^ b. June 12, 1692; m. Dorothy Woodman. 

-30 Mary,' b. Jan. 7, 1694; m. James Chute. 

-31 Benjamin,' b. May 4, 1695; ™- Mary Gage. 

33 Hannah,' | twins, born ) m. Jan. 9, 17 18, Gersham Frazer, b. Aug. 8, 1697, 

33 Lydia,' j Jan. 20, 1698; j son of Colin Frazer of Rowley. She died 

Sept. 18,1770. Lydia m. May n, 1723, Robert Rogers of Gloucester. 
She died Sept. 4. 1727. 

34 Martha,' b. Nov. 27, 1699; m. Jan. 9, 171S (same day as her sister Hannah), 

Ezekiel Jewett. 
-|-35 Jonathan,' b. March 16, 1701; m. Lydia Spofford. 

36 Stephen,' b. 1704; d. Sept. 18, 1727. 

37 Sarah,' b. Dec. 30, 1706; m. Capt. John Pearson. 
-I-38 Richard,' b. Oct. 16, 1710; m. Mehitable Jewett. 


Joseph Thurston " {Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son 
of the "kinsman" Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass.; born there Sept. 14, 1667; married, first, 1695, Mehitable 
Kimball; second, Aug. 25, 1707, Elizabeth Woodbury, daughter 
of John Woodbury of Beverly, Mass. 

Mr. Thurston was a weaver in Newbury and after in Rowley, Mass. 
Children, by first wife, Mehitable : 

39 Mehitable,' m. Oct. 15, 1718, Joseph Russell of Newbury. 
-)-4o Joseph,' ) twins, born f ra. Mary Jane Finson. 

41 iSenjamin,' j Jan. 23, 1698-9; ) d. June 30, 1699. 

42 Abigail,' b. October or December, 1700. 

43 Hannah,' b. Feb. 27, 1702-3. 
-|-44 Benjamin,' m. Elizabeth . 


James Thurston ''■ {Daniel''-), brother of the preceding, and son of 
the " kinsman " Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, Mass. • 



born there Sept. 24, 1670; married, Jan. 24, 1693, Mary Pearson of 
Rowley, Mass. He probably settled in Exeter, N. H. 

Their children were : 

45 Hannah,' b. Nov. 15, 1694; d. Nov. 8, 1701. 

46 Dorcas,' b. Oct. 20, 1696. 
+47 Abner,' b: Feb. 28, 1699. 

48 Phebe,' b. June 20, 1702, 


Stephen Thurston^ {Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and sin 
of the "kinsman" Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, 

Mass.; born there Feb. 5, 1674; married, first, Mary ; second, 

Sarah . 

His estate was probated 1728, Moses, administrator. In the regis- 
ter of deeds office at Exeter, N. H., under date of 1725, is a deed to 
Stephen Thurston of Stratham, 'N. H. Estate appraised Sept. 9, 
1728, at ^536 i2s. 3d. In September, 1732, the widow Sarah leased 
her dower to Moses for ;^s a year. 

Their children were : 

+49 Moses,' b. July 19, 1707 ; m. Sarah . 

+50 John,' b. Aug. 29, 1709; m. ist, Mrs. Phebe Wiggin; 2d, Elizabeth . 

-(-51 Robert,' b. Feb. 25, 1712; m. . 

52 Danielj' b. Aug. 27, 1714; d. Feb. 16, 1737. 

53 Mary,' b. June 3, 1716; m. Sept. 23, 1756, Jeremiah Searle. 
+54 Nathaniel,' b. July 12, 1718; ra. Miner Chase. 

+55 Stephen,' b. 1720; m. Mary St. Clare. 

56 Mehitable,' m. Capt. Jonathan Jewett ; his second wife. 

57 Rebecca.' 

58 Abigail,' spinster; May 10, 1748, she relinquished her right in the estate of 

her father to her brother Moses for ;^92 los. 
These children were quite large land owners, as the registry of deeds office con- 
tains very numerous deeds to and from them. 


Abigail Thurston ^ {Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and daugh- 
ter of the " kinsman " Daniel and Anne (Pell) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass.; born there March 17, 1678; married, Nov. 28, 1699, Joseph 
Chase, born March 25, 1677, son of Aquila and Esther Chase of 
Newbury, ancestor of Hon. Salmon P. Chase, former secretary of the 
United States treasury and chief justice of the United States. They 
removed to Littleton, Mass., in 1726, and it is thought died there. 

Their children were : 

59 Nathan (Chase), b. Aug. 2, 1701 ; m. Ruth Peaslee. 

60 George (Chase), b. Feb. 17, 1702-3; m. 1st, Elizabeth ; 2d, Lucy Wood. 

61 Stephen (Chase), b. Oct. 26, 1705; m. 1732, Jane Wingate. 

62 Anne (Chase), b. Feb. 11, 1707; m. Joseph Webster. 

63 Abigail (Chase), b. March 27, 1709; m. Simon Tuttle, jr. 

64 Hannah (Chase), b. Feb. 25, 1711. 

65 Rebecca (Chase), b. Nov. 16, 1714; m. March 6, 1734, Thomas Warren. 

66 Benjamin (Chase), b. June 21, 1717; m. ist, June 17, 1740, Widow Rachel 

Hartwell; 2d, May 15, 1766, Mary Dayton. 

67 Joseph (Chase), b. Dec. 8, 1719; m. Sarah Wood. 


JECijirB (JKcneration. 

Daniel Thurston ° (Daniel,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Daniel ^ and 
Mary (Dresser) Thurston of Newbury, Mass. ; born there June 26, 
i6go; married, Nov. 14, 1715, Lydia Seaver of Rowley. He died 
March 10, 1720, and his widow married Stephen Jewett'. 

Their children were : 

68 Gideon,' b. Nov. 12, 1716; m. Abigail ; lived in Exeter, N. H., till 

about 1744, as March 24, 1744, he was admitted to the church in Rowley 
by letter from church in Exeter. He had a son Oliver, b. April 8, 17351 
who died before .Sept. 18, 1755, ^^ his will, made that date, makes no 
mention of any children, but gives his wife Abigail all his personal estate 
and use of his dwelling-house in Rowley so long as she shall remain his 
widow. His land in IVIunson, N. H., and all his estate after his widow 
dies to his cousin Daniel Thurston, son of Capt. Richard Thurston. 
This will was approved Dec. 2, 1776, in which year he died. The will 
was witnessed by James Chandler, Samuel Plumer, Edner Plumer; A. C. 
Goodell, register. 

69 Thomas,* d. at his grandfather's Dec, 1735. 

70 Sarah,* b. May 13, 1719; m. Dec. 17, 1741, Joseph Kilburn and had: 
71 Daniel (Kilburn), b. Oct. 6, 1742. 

72 Mehitable,* m. Capt. Jonathan Wiggin as his second v\fife; he married first, 
Molly Little. Mehitable died Nov. 14, 17S4. He died 1810. They had: 

73 Eilmund ('^\g%Vi\), b. 1772, Thomaston, Me. 

74 A/i'/«/(r(5i'if (Wiggin), b. 1773; m. Samuel Marble. 

75 Abigail (Wiggin), b. 1775; m. Thomas Chase. 

76 William H. (Wiggin), b. 1776, Thomaston, Me. 

77 Sally (Wiggin), b. 1778; m. Binder. 

78 Clarissa ( Wiggin), b. 17S0; m. Stephen Boardman. 

79 Am^usta (Wiggin), b. 17S2. 

Capt. Wiggin married a third wife, who survived him. 


John Thurston ' {Daniel,^ Daniel'^), second son of Daniel ^ and 
Mary (Dresser) Thurston of Newbury, Mass.; born there June 12, 
1692 ; married when he was forty years of age, May 17, 1732, Doro- 
thy WooD.MAN, born 1705, daughter of Joshua Woodman of New- 
buryport, Mass. He died May 27, 1751, aged 59 [grave-stone at 
Newbury]. She died Oct. 27, 1773, aged 68. 

His will bears date twenty-three days before his death. We get 
the names of his children from his will. They were all minors, as 
there was an interval of only nineteen years between his marriage 
and death. The following is a copy of his will : 

The last will and testament of John Thurston of Newbury, in the county of Es- 
sex in the province of y" Massach«s Bay in New England, which is as foUoweth: 

First. In God's appointed time I resign my soul into the hands of God that gave 
it, and ray body to the dust until 1 the day of the resurrection of the just, with as- 
sured hope at that day to receive it according to the gracious promise of the GOD 
of grace and trust in Christ Jesus: and for my temporal goods that God hath "iven 
me I dispose of as followeth : '^ 

Item. I give to my daughter Mehitable Thurston and her heirs and assigns one 
acre of wood land at the nearest end of my wood lott in Newbury near to ye Dan- 
ford's and Pearson's mills. Also I give to my said daughter Mehitable one hundred 
and sixty ounces of silver, one-halfe to be paid to her at marriage or at the age o£ 
twenty and one, whichever comes first, the other half to be paid her when shee 
shall arrive at ye age of twenty-five years. Also I give to my said daughter a priv- 
illege in my East chamber and in my cellar and oven and well so long as she shall 
live unmarried, in full of her portion. 


Item. I give to my daughter Mary Thurston and her heirs and assigns one acre 
o£ wood land towards the Norwest end of my wood land in Newbury, adjoyning to 
yo acre that I have given to my daughter Mehitable. Also I give to my daughter 
Mary one hundred and sixty ounces of silver, one-halfe to be paid to her at mar- 
riage or at the age of twenty-one, whichever comes first, the other halfe when shee 
shall arrive to the age of twenty-five years. Also I give to my said daughter a 
privillege in my east chamber and a privillege in my cellar and oven and well so 
long as shee live unmarried, in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Judeth Thurston and her heirs and assigns one acre 
of wood land toward ye norwest end of my wood lott in Newbury, adjoining to the 
acre I gave to my daughter Mary. Also I give to my daughter Judeth one hundred 
and sixty ounces of silver, one-halfe to be paid to her at marriage or at y" age of 
twenty and one, whichever comes first, the other halfe to be paid to her when shee 
shall arrive at the age of twenty and five years. Also I give to my said daughter a 
privillege in my east chamber and a privillege in my cellar, oven and well so long 
as shee shall live unmarried, in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Patience Thurston her heirs and assigns one acre of 
wood land toward y= norwest end of my wood lott in Newbury, adjoining to the 
acre that I gave to my daughter Judeth. Also I give to my daughter Patience one 
hundred and sixty ounces of silver, one halfe to be paid to her at marriage or at the 
age of twenty and one, whichever comes first, the other halfe to be paid to her 
when shee shall arrive to the age of twenty and five years. Also I give to my said 
daughter a privillege in my east chamber and a privillege in my cellar, oven and 
well so long as she shall live unmarried, in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Hannah Thurston and her heirs and assigns one 
acre of wood land laying toward the norwest end of my wood land in Newbury, ad- 
joyning to y" acre I gave to my daughter Patience. Also I give to my said daugh- 
ter Hannah one hundred and sixty ounces of silver, one-halfe to be paid to her at 
marriage or at the age of twenty and one, whichever comes first, the other halfe to 
be paid to her when shee shall arrive to the age of twenty-five years. Also I give 
to my said daughter a privillege in my east chamber and a privillege in my cellar 
and oven and well so long as she shall live unmarried, in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my son John Thurston and to his heirs and assigns six acres of 
wood land laying in Newbury and adjoyning to Thurlo's land. Also I give to my 
said son John my clock, my gun and my sword. 

Item. I give to my two sons John Thurston and Benj" Thurston and to their 
heirs and assigns all and every part and parcel of my lands and meadow or marsh 
land that I have within the townships of Newbury and Rowley and my right of 
land in Narragansett Township* number one lying on Sawco River. Also I give to 
my two sons John and Benjamin all my buildings excepting the privilleges that I 
have already reserved for my daughters or hereafter may reserve in my house. I 
also give to my said sons all my utensels for husbandry, all of which lands, build- 
ings and utensels equally to be divided between my two sons John and Benj° (ex- 
cepted y" six acres of land, my clock, gun and sword which I first gave to my son 
John), and this my will is that if either of my two sons should die before they ar- 
rive to the age of twenty and one years my surviving son shall have all I have 
given unto them both (excepting my Narragansett right on Sawco river), and if 
either of them should die before that he arrive to the age of twenty and one years 
as aforesaid, then my Sawco right to return to my five daughters, equally to be di- 
vided betwixt them. Furthermore this my will is that my two sons John and Ben- 
jamin pay to my daughter Hannah the last payment of her portion equally betwixt 
them if living, or if but one of them be alive when said payment be due he shall 
pay y' whole and to have the possession of the premises at y'^ end of twelve years 
from y' day of y^ date hereof. 

Lastly. I give to my beloved wife Dorothy (whom I likewise constitute, make 

*Narragansett No. 1, now called Buxton. This land John Thurston must have derived title 
to as the residuary devisee under his father's will, and his father derived his title to it from 
Daniel the kinsman. Genealogical Register, vol. xxii., pp. 278, 279. 

fiichard Thurston also had land there. So also had Rev. Jonathan Jewett, who was Rich- 
ard Thurston's wife's father. Also James Chute. 

These lands were given to those who were in the Narragansett expedition against the In- 
dians in 1676. The kinsman was therefore without doubt in that expedition and received 
land tor his services, which went in the manner above stated. Gen. Reg., vol. xvi ., pp. 143, 216. 

By the will of the " kinsmin" he was a fighting man, as he gives pistols, holsters, and car- 
bine. If he was born In 1628, according to the English will, he was forty-seven in 1675. 


and ordain executrix o£ this my last will and testament) all my household goods and 
moveable estate within doors forever. I also give to my said wife all my stock or 
creatures and all y^ money due and debts owing to me, and my chaise, wheeles and 
harness to enable her to pay my legacies. I also give to my execytrix the improve- 
ment and income of all my estate, real and personal, for and during the term of 
twelve years from the day of the date hereof, that she may be enabled to brmg up 
my children and support my family, said income and profits to be used and put to 
said ends at the discretion of my executrix unless shee see cause to marry, and if so 
then at the time of her marriage to acquitt the improvement of all my real estate, 
her right of dower or power of thirds excepted, which right of dower or power of 
thirds this my will is that my said wife enjoy during y" term of her natural life (ex- 
cepting her right in my wood lotts in Newbury, which right this my will is that shee 
acquitt on y'= time o£ her marriage). And furthermore this my will is that my exec- 
utrix pay all the debts that I do owe and all the legacies that I have given except- 
ing the legacy that I have ordered my two sons to pay to ray daughter Hannah and 
to pay my funeral charges. And this is my will and testament having my perfect 
memory and understanding. As witness my hand and seal this fourth day of May, 
One thousand seven hundred and fifty-one. John Thurston. Seal. 

Signed, sealed, and declared in the presence of us y"* Subscribers, Jno. Plumer, Ju"., 
Jn". Poore, Jonathan Plumer. 

Essex, s.s. Probate office. A true copy as of record in said office (approved 
June 24, 1751). Attest A. C. Goodell, Register. 

The will of Dorothy, the widow of the foregoing John Thurston, is 
as follows : 

In the name of God, Amen: the third day of September, 1770. I, Dorothy 
Thurston of Newbury, in the county of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay in New England, widow, being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given 
unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body and knowing that 
it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and 
testament, that is to say. Principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul 
into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be 
buried at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting, but at the general Resur- 
rection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and'as touching 
such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, de- 
vise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form : 

First. I give to my beloved son John Thurston about three acres of salt marsh 
land be the same more or less, laying on Newbury Neck, in partnership and was 
formerly owned by my HonWs Father dec* and descended to me from him, and to 
his heirs and assigns forever. 

Secondly. I give to my beloved son Benjamin Thurston eight pounds lawful 

Thirdly. I give to my beloved daughter Judith Thurston six pound thirteen shil- 
ling and four pence lawful money and all my weavers geers of all sorts, and one 
hundred weight of pork. 

Fourthly. I give to m.y granddaughter Patience Adams twenty shillings lawful 
money, to be kept tor her by her father till she arrive to the age of twenty and one 
years or till her marriage day, that which comes first, and then to be paid to her 
with the interest by her father. 

Fifthly. I give to my four daughters, viz., Mehitable Coats, Mary Stickney, Han- 
nah Adams, and Judith Thurston, all the rest of my estate, that I have not already 
disposed of in this my will, viz., all my stock of creatures of all sorts, and all my 
household goods and personal estate of every sort and all my wearing apparel, and all 
the just debts that are due to me and all the money I have by me or security for, to 
them my said four daughters, equally to be divided between them and by thera free- 
ly to be enjoyed. 

Sixthly. And finally, I do hereby constitute, make and ordain my well beloved 
son-in-law Edmund Adams, of the town and county aforesaid, yeoman, my sole ex- 
ecutor of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disallow and revoke all 
other former testament or wills and executors, by me any ways before made or 
named, ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year above 
written. Dorothy Thurston. Seal. 

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Dorothy Thurston 


as her last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers. Bitfield Plummer, 
Mark Plummer, Joseph Willet. 

Essex, ss. Probate office. A true copy of record in said ofSce (approved Dec. 
1. 1773)- Attest A. C. Goodell, Register. 

Children : 

80 Mehitable,* b. about 1733 ; m. David Coats. 

81 Mary,* b. 1737; m. Oct. 17, 1759, Wm. Stickney; d. May 18, 1790, aged «. 

82 Judith,* m. March 24, 1784, Daniel Balch. 
+83 Hannah,* b. about 1740; m. Edmund Adams. 

84 John,* b. 1744; m. Eunice . She died July 23, 1818, aged 75. He died 

Nov. 29, 1820, aged 76; buried in Newbury Oldtown. They had: 

85 Stefhenf b. 1765; d. April 10, 1789, aged 24. 

86 Daniel^ b. Oct. i, 1774; d. Aug. 4, 1775. 

87 Amos,'' b. Sept. 10, 1776; d. Nov. 6, 1776. 

88 Benjamin,* b. 1746; m. Jan. 20, 1785, Jane Knight. He was assessor in 
Newbury 1807, and died Dec. 11, 1807, aged 62. She died April 8, 1820, 
aged 65 ; both buried in Newbury Oldtown. They had : 
8g Janefih. 1789; d. Oct. 6, 1795. 
90 Sarah,^ b. Nov., 1793; d. May l8, 1795. 
gi Patience,* d. without issue. 


Mary Thurston ' {Daniel,"^ Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and 
daughter of Daniel^ and Mary (Dresser) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass.; born there Jan. 7, 1694; married, Jan. 26, 1715, Dea. James 
Chute* of Byfield, Mass., born June 14, 1686, son of James and 
Mary (Wood) Chute. She died Aug. 12, 1760, aged 66. He mar- 
ried, second, March 30, 1761, Mrs. Sarah Pearson of Rowley, and 
died Jan. 31, 1769. 

Tlieir children were : 

92 Mary (Chute), b. Nov. 8, 1716; m. Mark Jewett of Rowley and had twelve 


93 Ruth (Chute), b. Aug. 27, 1720; m. Joseph Searle of Rowley and had thir- 

teen children. 

94 Daniel (Chute) (Capt., so called), b. May 6, 1722; m. Hannah Adams of 

Newbury, Mass., a very remarkable woman for her time. Dr. Elijah 
Parish is reported to have said "that next to George Washington he 
knew of no one more fit to govern this nation than she.'' He died Jan. 
6, 1805, and she died April 12, 1812, aged 90, having had: 

95 Judith (Chute), b. Jan. 20, 1743; m. Daniel Thurston [see no. 163]. 

96 James (Chute), b. Jan. 6, 1745; d. 1749. 

*The Chute Family. 

I. LiowEL Chute, the aixteenth generation from Alexander Chewte or Chute, who was 
lord of the manor of Taanton, Somersetshire, Enf?., in 1268, married Rose Symonds, daugh- 
ter o£ Samuel Symonds, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, and had one son, James. 
Lionel came to America in 1635, and settled in Ipswich, Mass. He taught a grammar school 
there in 1636, and died in June, 1645. 

II. James Chute, son of Lionel, married the daughter of 'William Epps o£ Ipswich and 
had one son, James. He was register of deeds in Ipswich in 1650, and died m 1690. 

ni. Jambs Chute, son of James, born 1649, married, Nov. 10, 1673, Mary Wood, daughter 
of William Wood, and had Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Lionel, James, Thomas, Martha, Kuth, 
Hannah. He removed to Byfield, Mass. (Rowley side) in 1681, and commenced the settlement 
of the old Chute place, near the meeting-houge, where Rev. Ariel i*arish Chute, who fur- 
nished this history, was born. 

IV. Dea. James Chute, son of James, was born June 14, 1686 ; married, Jan. 26, 1716, 
Mary Thurston, bora 1694, daughter of Daniel Thurston of Newbury, Mass. [see no. 30]. 

V. Capt. Daniel Chute, son of James, married, 1742, Hannah Adams of Newbury, and 
had Judith, born Jan. 20, 1743, married Daniel Thurston of .Rowley [see no. 163], and Dea. 
James, born Feb. 16, 1751. 

VI. Dea. James Chute, son of Capt. Daniel, born Feb. 16, 1751, imarried Mehitable 
Thurston, and had a son Richard [see no. 166]. 

VII. Richard Chute, son of Dea. James, married Dorothy Pearson, and had Rev. Ariel 
Pariah Chute, whofurnished this history [see no.,— ^/ 5^1 U 


97 David (Chute), b. Dec. 28, 1747 ; d. Jan. 25, 1749. 

98 Susannah (Chute), b. and d. in 1749. 

99 James (Chute) (Dea.), b. Feb. 16, 1751 ; m. Mehitable Thurston [see no. 

166], and d. April 8, 1825. 

100 ZJaj'/a' (Chute), b. 1753; d. 1756. 

loi Daniel (Chute), b. July 21, 1754; d. November following. 

102 David (Q,\aAe.), b. Aug. 19, 1756; d. 1843. 

103 Richard (Chute), b. Aug. 4, 175S; d. Aug. 3, :76o. 

104 Daniel (Chute), b. Sept. 28, 1760; d. March, 1843; no issue. 

105 Mary (Chute), b. Dec. 28, 1762; m. Dea. Benj. Colman, and d. 1851. 
io6 Hannah (Chute), b. April, 1765; m. Rev. Ariel Parish July 7, 1792- 

107 James (Chute), b. May 12, 1725; d. in childhood. ' 

108 David (Chute), b. 1727; d. in childhood. 

Three other daughters who died early. 


Benjamin Thurston" {Daniel,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preced- 
ing, and son of Daniel ^ and Mary (Dresser) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass.; born there May 4, 1695; married, Oct. 15, 1718, Mary Gage 
of Bradford, Mass. He died Sept. 6, 1746, aged 51. His wife died 
March 5, 1778. 

Mr. Thurston was a joiner in Bradford, Mass. The following is a 
copy of his will : 

In the name of God, Amen. This first day of May, 1746, I, Benjamin Thurston 
of Bradford, in the county of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
Englahd, Joyner, calling to mind the certainty of death and that it is appointed unto 
men once to die and being of a disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain 
this my last will and testament: that is to say, Principally and first of all I give and 
recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it trusting in his mercy 
through Jesus Christ, and my body I committ to the earth to be decently buried at 
the discretion of my Exec'* hereafter named. 

And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in 
this life I demise, give and dispose of the same in the following manner. Viz*. 

Imp™ I will that all my just debts I owe to any person or persons lae well and 
truly paid by my executors hereafter named. 

Item. I will unto my beloved wife Mary Thurston ye use and improvem' of ye 
one-halfe of my Homestead, the one-third part of my dwelling house with one cel- 
lar which she shall choose, whilst shee shall conthiue my widow, with sufficient fire 
wood cutt and brought to her doer in equal halfe by my Executors hereafter named. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Thurston the one-third 
part of the moveables in the house, two cows which shee shall choose, five sheep, 
and my rideing horse, for her own forever. As also the one-fifth part of the provis- 
ions in the house, and the rest of the provisions to be equally divided between my 
four daughters. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Dan'' Thurston the place I bought of 
John Green, which he now lives on, with the buildings thereon, as also my right* I 
have in the township of Lunenburgh and the one-halfe of my pasture lying by 'Jon- 
athan Chadwick's for quantity and quallity, as also the Thatch Banks I had of my 
father Daniel Thurston. I also give him my best suit of wearing apparrill, my best 
saddle and bridle, silver hilted sword, pistols and holsters, and a pair of steers of 
two years old, as also the one-halfe o£ the money I shall leave in my house with ye 
one-halfe of what is due to me that I have not before disposed of. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Nath" Thurston my homestead with all 
the buildings thereon, to come into the possession of one-halfe of the lands and 
two-thirds of the buildings at my decease and the whole at the e.xpiration of rav 
wife's contuiuing my widow, and the one-halfe of my pasture lyin"- by Tonii Chad 
wick's both for quanlity and quallity, as also the wood lott I bought of Abra 
ham Haseltme lying in a place called Dismall Hole, and the thatch island I bought 
of Phihp Atwood's Heirs lying in Plumb Island River, with all my stock of everv 
kmd (except what I have before disposed of), and my wearing apparrill of all sorts 

* Tliis Irom his father. See will, page 27. 


(except what I have before disposed of), with my husbandry utensills and one-hal£e 
of my joyners and carpenter's tools; my desk and clock with cne-halfe of the 
money I shall leave in the house and halfe of all my just debts that are due to me 
(which I have not before disposed of). 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Thurston one hundred and 
fifty pounds old tenor, at the rate of silver at thirty and four shillings per ounce, to 
be paid by my Exec* hereafter named in equal halfes when shee arrives to the age 
of twenty and one years or marriage, which shall happen first, with the one-quarter 
part of the two-thirds of the moveables in my house (which I have not before dis- 
posed of). 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Thurston one hundred and 
fifty pounds old tenor, after the rate of silver money, at thirty and four shillings per 
ounce, to be paid by my executors hereafter named in equal halfes when shee shall 
arrive unto the age of twenty and one years or at marriage, which shall happen first, 
with the one-quarter part of the two-thirds of the moveables in my house (which I 
have not before disposed off). 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Thurston the sum of one 
hundred and fifty pounds old tenor, after the rate of silver at thirty and four shillings 
per ounce, to be paid by my executors hereafter named in equal halfes when shee 
arri^ftto the age of twenty and one years or at marriage, which shall happen first, 
with^e one-quarter part of ye two-thu'ds of the moveables in my house (which I 
have not before disposed of). 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Thurston the sum of one 
hundred and fifty pounds old tenor, after the rate of silver at thirty and four shil- 
lings per ounce, to be paid by my executors hereafter named in equal halfes when 
shee arrives to the age of twenty and one years or marriage, which shall happen 
first, with the one-quarter part of the two-thirds of the moveables in my house 
(which I have not before disposed off). 

Item. I do constitute, make, and ordain my two sons Dan" Thurston and Nath" 
Thurston sole executors of this my last will and testam', disallowing all others, 
rattifying and confirming this and no other, my last will and testam'. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal ye day and year above 
written. Benj" Thurston. Seal. 

Signed, sealed, delivered, published, and declared by y° sd Benj" Thurston to be 
his last will and testam' in presence of us subscribers. John Cogswell, Solomon 
Springe, Stephen Huse. Approved Oct. 13, 1746. Attest, A. C. Goodell, register. 

Note. Deed in Worcester registry office. Daniel Thurston of Bradford, " house 
joiner," to Jacob Gould, Lunenburgh. Dated in 1747. Acknowledged before 
Thomas Kimball. Witnesses, Richard Adams and Nathaniel 'Gould. Conveys 
one-third of house lot. This deed was made by Daniel the year after his father 

They had the following children : 

+119 Daniel,* b. March, 1720; m. ist, Hannah Parker; 2d, Judith Gerrish; 3d, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Rolf. 
120 Nathaniel,* b. 1722; m. Feb. 19, 1744, Sarah Kimball; d. Dec. 7, 1746. 
They had : 
121 Mehitablef b. Oct. 14, 1746. 

122 Sarah,* b. 1731 ; d. in infancy. 

123 Sarah,* b. Oct. 14, 1734; m. Dec. 14, 1748, James Head. 

124 Elizabeth,* b. May 6, 1740. 

125 Mary,* m. May 21, 1771, Edward Walker of Bradford. 

126 Hannah.* 


Jonathan Thurston ' {Daniel,^ Daniel'^'), brother of the preced- 
ing, and son of Daniel ^ and Mary (Dresser) Thurston of Newbury, 
Mass. ; born there March 16, 1701 ; mar;ried, Dec. 10, 1722, Lydia 
Spofford, born 1700, baptized July 7th. He died intestate Sept. 28, 
1738, aged 37. His grave-stone in Georgetown, Mass., is the oldest 
bearing the name of Thurston and about the oldest there, and has 
this inscription upon it : " Here lies buried the body of Mr. Jonathan 


Thoston, died Sept. 28, 1738, in the 38th year of his age." Lydia, 
his widow, married, March 15, 1744, Dea. William Fish. 

Mr. Thurston was one of the original members of the second 
church in Rowley, now Georgetown, at its organization, Oct. 4, i732- 
He was also one of the collectors in the parish at its incorporation, 

Their children were : 
+137 John,' b. Aug. 19, 1723; m. ist, Hepzibah Burpee; 2d, Lydia Kimball. 

138 Sarah,* b May 26, 1725. 
-(-139 Samuel,* b. June 7, 1727; m. Priscilla Burpee. 

140 Lydia,* b. April i, 1730. 

141 Mary,* b. Feb. 27, 1731-2; m. April 2, 1751, Timothy Jackman. 

142 Benjamin,* b. Feb. 10, 1733-4; d. Oct. 31, 1736. 
-I-I43 David,* b. July 9, 1736; m. Eunice Whitney. 

144 Martha,* b. April 3, 1737; m. Oct. 18, 1753, Joseph Thurlow, b. May 30, 

1734, son of Thomas and Joanna Thurlow of Newbury, Mass., where the 
new family lived. ^ 

145 Jonathan,* b. Sept. 10, 1738. fp 


Dea. Richard Thurston " {Daniel^ Daniel''-), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and youngest child of Daniel ' and Mary (Dresser) Thurston 
of Newbury, Mass.; born there Oct. 16, 1710; married. May 5, 1731, 
Mehitable Jewett, born July 19, 17 10, daughter of Jonathan Jew- 
ett, who was grandson of Joseph, who came from England in 1638. f 

*By a letter rpceived from James Ropea, the assistant register of Essex county, it appears 
that Lydia Thurston was the widow and administratrix of the estate of Jonathan, and that 
there ia a receipt on file from John, son of Jonathan, to his gu.irdian Richard, of '* the whole 
real and personal estate." This receipt is dated Nov. 5, 1744. Deduct 21 form 44 would mal^e 
John b0rn in 1723. Ttie inscription upon the grave-stone of John the elder, at Fitchburgh, 
Mass., is, "In memory of Dea. John Thurston, who died Aug. 5, 1807, aged 83 years. The 
sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when they sleep in dast." Being 83 years of 
age in 1807 would malte him born in 1724; so there is no doabt, in my mind, but that he was 
the John mentioned aa the son of Jonathan. Mr. Cyrus Thurston of Fitchbnrgh informed 
me that John Thurston removed from Rowley in 1766, wben 43 years of age. In the register's 
office at Worcester ia the record of a deed, Ephraim Whitney of Fitchbnrgh to John Thurs- 
ton of Rowley, dated Aug. 1 6, 1765. This pnrchaae waa the fall before he moved from How- 
ley, as above. His wife's name was Lydia. Fitchburgh was formed from Lunenburgh, and 
all the Thurstons had land there, as is seen by their wills. A. S. Thurston. 

t The JBWBTT Family. 

Edward Jewett, clothier (manufacturer of cloth), in Bradford, West Riding, Yorkshire 
county, Eng., married, Oct. 1, 1604, Mary Taylor, daughter of William Taylor. Thev had 
William, baptized Sept. 15, 1605, Maximilian, baptized Oct. 4, 1607, Joaeoh, bantlzed Dec 31 
1609, and Sarah. r . r . u^, 

I. Maximilian Jewett and Joseph, brothers, and Joseph's sou Joseph came to this 
country in 1688, in company with Rev. Ezekiel Rogers of Rowley, Yorkshire oountv EuB 
and twenty " householders " (sixty persons), and settled in Rowley, Mass. A church was or- 
ganized there Deo. 3, 1639, and Mr. Rogers was chosen their first pastor. He died 1661 a<»ed 
70. Tbe new settlement was named Rowley from the place wtiere he waa minister in Ene 

land. Maximilian married flrat Ann ; she died Nov. 9." 1667; second Ano- "m 1671 Mrs 

Elinor P"""*^"" • ho fiiort Ant iQ IKSI Tho!,. oi>!irt,.n„ ,„ ,!._:,'-!_, "i r-"p- '>y?>"'i>*"3- 

2, 172 


1667, a. June la, loou; oaran, o. inou, m. jeremian aiiswortu of Rowlev Prisi-illn ■u'm'.T^ iq' 

1664, d. Sept. 5, 1664. ■' ' ^'""-"'a, b. May 19, 

II. Joseph Jewett, died Oct. 29, 1724. He married, March 2, 1676, Eebecca To-bt o„.qi,„.i 
Jonathan, b. March 11, 1678; Aquilla, b. Sept. 4, 1684, m. Oct. 23, 1704, Ann Tennev^PriJ.11 
b. Aug. 9, 1687, m. July 12, 1708, Stephen Jewett, son of Ezekiel; Reheeca, b lu^v 94. irqp' 
m. Jeremiah Burpee. ' ■' ^*» loati, 

III. Jonathan Jewett, born March 11, 1678; married, Jan. 29, 1700 IWn™ -nr!„„~. j 
had Joseph, b. Deo. 31, 1700, a farmer in Stratham, N. H., m. Ann Wiasiu • bl ^ m? '1?^°/ 
Beniamin, b. April 1, 1703, a farmer in Stratham and Hopkinton, N H rn ' n?vv.;fi '^^'™' 
of Rowley; Jedediah, b. Jan. 1, 1705, m. Elizabeth Dummer; be was the fifth mstnv%l" 
Congregational church in the first pariah of Rowley from 1729 to 1774 when he fjil,i t S® 
b. Jan. 28, 170.8-9, m. Bethiah Boynton, a tanner in Rowley; Mehitable b Tiilv iq i.,,?"""' 

Dea. Richard Thurston; Mark, b. Jan. 15, 1712-13, m. Mary , and liVed in n',^ 1 ■ 1 ™- 

Mass.; Moses, b. Nov. 15, 1715, m. Nov. 17, 1737, Martha Hale, lived in Exeter KT S"?^'"*"'!, 
b. Jan. 29, 1718; Sarah, b. 1720, m. Joseph Hoyt of Stratham, N. H. >'■•<■ a.., James, 


Upon the stones which mark their graves in Georgetown, Mass., is 
inscribed, " Memento Mori. Erected in memory of Dea. Richard 
Thurston, who departed this life July the 12th, 1782, in the 72d year 
of his age." "Memento Mori. In memory of Mrs. Mehitable 
Thurston, relict of Dea. Richard Thurston, who died May the i8th, 
1789, ffitat 78 yrs., 9 mo., 10 d." In a memorandum of deaths left 
by him he says, " my venerable grandfather Dresser died March 14, 
1724, in his 85th year. My honored mother [i. a. his wife's mother], 
Mary Jewett, died Jan. 22, 1742, in the 63d year of her age. My 
honored father, Jonathan Jewett, died July 25, 1745, in his 67th year." 
Dea. Richard Thurston * was a farmer in Rowley, now Georgetown, 
Mass. ; was chosen deacon of the second church at its organization, 
Oct. 4, 1732. In his family devotions he was accustomed to use this 
petition, " that the Lord would be a God to him and his descendants 
to the latest generation, as long as the sun and moon endure." Rev. 
David Thurston, d.d., a igrant grandson of Richard, settled over the 
Congregational church in Winthrop, Me., for over forty years, not 
long before he died in 1865, said concerning these prayers, " they 
have been greatly blessed as regards their spiritual interests ; quite a 
number are or have been deacons and deacons' wives, and ministers 
and ministers' wives." He was a captain of the " second foot com- 
pany" of Rowley June, 1757, and in that company were John Thurs- 
ton and Stephen Thurston as privates. Benjamin Thurston was on 
Capt. Thurston's alarm list. The following is his will : 

In the name of GOD, Amen. I, Richard Thurston of Rowley, in the county of 
Essex and commonwealth of the Massachusetts in New England, gentleman, being 
sound of body and perfect in mind and memory, but calling to mind the cartainty 
of death and the uncartainty of the time when it will come, do make and ordain 
this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following : 

In the first place I recommend my soul to GOD who gave it and my body to the 
earth to be buried in a decent christian manner as my executors hereafter named 
shall think fit and proper, and as touching the distribution of my worldly goods and 
estate, I dispose of the same as foUoweth : 

Imprimis. I give to my beloved wife Mehitable Thurston the improvement of 
one-third part of all my real estate in Rowley or elsewhere, with the one-half my 
dwelling house and one-third of my barns, viz., the westerly end of my house that 

IV. Jambs Jewett, born Jan. 29, 1718, married Martha Scott ; was a merchant in New- 
buryport, Mass., and had Joseph, b. 1749, a merchant in Portland, Me. ; Rev. Caleb, ordained 
in (jorham, Me., Nov. 6. 1783, m, Nov., 1783, Elizabeth Bacon; James, b. May 28, 1758, came 
to Portland, Me., 1784, d. Sept. 16, 1843. 

Bzekiel Jewett 2 and Faith Pan-ot had Stephen,' b. Feb. 23, 1682-3; m. Ist, Jnly 12,1708, 
Priscilla Jewett,' 2d, Nov. 23, 1725, Lydia Rogers, and had among other children Kliphalet,* 
b. Jan. 22, 1711. m. Feb. 27, 1734, Ruth Pickard, daughter of Jonathan and Joanna Piokard; 
she died Sept. 18, 1750. Their sixth child was David,!! b. May 31, 1746, in. Oct. 31, 1771, Fhebe 
Thurston [see no. 160]. 

Joseph Jkwett,i emigrant, married first, Oct. 1, 1634, Mary Mallinson; she died May 12, 
16.52; second, May, 1663, Mrs. A.nn Allen, widow of Bozonne Allen, one of the first settlers of 
Hingham, Mass. Joseph Jewett died in Rowley Feb. 26, 1660, having had Jeremiah, b. 1637, 
m. March 4, 1661, Sarah Dickinson, d. May 20, 1714; Hannah, b. 1639, m. John Carleton ; Ne- 
hemiah, b. 1643, m. Experience Pearce; Faith and Patience, b. 1646, Patience m. Shubael 
Walker; Mary, b. Feb. 4, 1654; Joseph, b. Feb. 1. 1656, m. Jan. 16, 1680, Ruth Wood. 

♦Extract from the works of John Adams by his grandson, vol. ii., page 290. 1771, Novt 6, 
Teusday. At Salem; fine weathpr. Deacon Thurston of Rowley came in last night; a vener- 
able old man with his snowy, hoary locks, Kent and the deacon soon clashed upon religion. 
" Don't you think, sir," sava the deacon, " we are here probationers for eternity ? " " No, by 
no means," says Kent. " We are here probationers for the next state, and in the next we 
shall be probationers for the next that is to follow, and so on through as many states as there 
are stars or sands to all eternity. Tou have gone through several states already before this." 
"Ay," says the deacon, " where do you get this; don't you believe the Scriptures? " 1 put in 
my oar. " He made It, deacon, out of whole cloth; it never existed out of his imagination." 
Kent. " I get it from analogy." It is the delight of this Kent's heart to tease a minister or 
deacon with his wild conceits about religion. 


I do now improve ; also, the improvement of all my household goods vfith the 
youce of my clock during her natural life. I also give my beloved wife to be at 
her disposal forever my riding horse and the one-half my stock of Catel and sheep 
and swin, with what provision I shall leive in my house. 

Item. I give to my son Daniel Thurston and his heirs and assigns my dwelhng 
house and barn and the land on which they stand, being about forty-two acres and 
being' the four first lots on the letter B and three on a range known by the letter A, 
viz., the first and second and eighth on said range, also another tract of land laying 
north of my house, it being land I purchased of Eleazer Spafford, formerly Nathan 
Boynton's, and bounded according as the deed of said land describes them with a 
peaice of woodland at the north of said land, which I purchased of Stephen Hardy, 
jun'', for bounds I refer to the deed I had of said Hardy, also a piece of meadow 
and upland about seven acres, known by the name of Barrit meadow, also a piece 
of salt marsh laying north of Nelson Island (so called) and laying in partnership 
with Thomas Gage, esq', also a piece of salt marsh laying in Ipswich, which marsh 
I purchased of the widow of Col° Berry, deceased. 

Item. I give to my son David Thurston and his heirs and assigns a tract of laud 
in the township of Rowley containing about fifty-five acres, with a barn and orchard 
on the same and known by the name of the F lots, and it being thirteen lots on that 
rainge of lots, also an orchard I purchased of Elgazer Spafford and known by the 
name of the Boynton orchard, and bounded as may appear by the deed I had of 
sii Spafford, also a wood lot on a rainge of lots known by the letter D, and being 
the tenth lot on that rainge of lots ; also a piece of Meadow and upland known by 
the name of Pleasant Hill meadow, and laying in partnership with John Smith; also 
a piece of Salt marsh laying in Rowley and known by the name of Shepard's 
marsh, and contains about six acres; also a wood lot in the township of Boxford 
containing ten acres, which I purchased of John Hale, for bounds I refer to the 
deed I had of said land. 

Item. I give to my daughter Mary Searl and her heirs and assigns twenty-eight 
pounds, four shillings, lawful silver money, to be paid by my executors hereafter 
named in one year after my decease, with one-fifth part of my household goods 
after my wife's decease, with what I have before given her in full of her portion. . 

Item. I give to my daughter Phebe Jewett and her heirs and assigns twenty-four 
pounds, eighteen shillings, lawful silver money, to be paid by my executors hereafter 
named withhi two years after my decease, with one-fifth part of my household goods 
after my wife's decease, with what I had before given her in full of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Sarah Pearson and her heirs and assigns twenty- 
three pounds, sixteen shillings, lawful silver money, to be paid by my executors 
hereafter named within three years after my decease, with one-fifth part of my 
household goods after my wife's decease, with what I have given her before in full 
of her portion. 

Item. I give to my daughter Mehitabel Chute and her heirs and assigns twenty- 
three pounds. Sixteen shillings, lawful silver money, to be paid by my executors 
hereafter named within four years after my decease, with one-fifth part of my house- 
hold goods after my wife's decease, with what I have given her before in full of her 

Item. I give to my granddaughter Mary Harris and her heirs and assigns eight 
pounds, sixteen shiUings, lawful silver money, to be paid by my executors hereafter 
named within five years after my decease, with one-tenth paVt of my household 
goods after my wife's decease, with what I had before given to her mother in full of 
her portion. 

Item. I give to my granddaughter Phebe Harris and her heirs and assigns eight 
pounds, sixteen shillings, lawful silver money, to be paid bv my executors hereafter 
named withm six years after my decease, with one-tenth part of my household 
goods after my wife's decease, with what I had before given to her mother in full of 
her portion. 

Lastly. I give to my two sons above named all my land in Lunenbureh and 
Fitchburgh, also all my land in Hollis and Amherst in Newhampshire also all mv 
remaining stock of cattle, horses, sheep and swine, wearing apparel,' guns sword 
and clock, and every other thing not given away before, except my books of Pietv 
them, my will is, should be equally divided to my wife and all my childreu and mv 
two grandchildren heretofore mentioned one share. My will is that my two sons 
viz., Daniel Thurston and David Thurston, whom I constitute and appoint mv soul 
executors of this my last will and testament, shall receive all the debts that are now 
due to me, and pay all the debts I justly owe and all the legacies I have given in 


this my will,— renouncing all other wills, I do declare this to be my last will and 
testament, and do now set to my hand and seal, this eleventh day of May, one thou- 
sand seven hundred and eighty-two, and in the six year of the Independency of the 
Younited States of America. Richard Thurston. Seal. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of David Chute, Daniel Chute, ir, Dan- 
iel Chute. 

Their children were : 

155 Stephen,* b. Mar. 4, 1733; at the age of 29, May 13, 1762, he was ship- 
wrecked on Cape Ann bar, near Squam harbor, and the body was not 
found till June 21st, following, at the lower end of Marble Head, thirty 
miles from the place of disaster. It was taken to Rowley and buried. 

+156 Mary,* b. Oct. 26, 1734; m. Dea. Jeremiah Searle. 

+157 Eunice,* b. Oct. 4, 1736; m. John Harris. 

158 Hannah,* b. May 16, 1738; d. Nov. 9, 1739. 

159 Jonathan,* b. Sept. 26, 1739; d. Jan. 23, 1740. 

+160 Phebe,* b. Dec. 14, 1741; m. ist. Rev. David Jewett; 2d, Dea. Daniel 
161 Hannah,* b. Jan. 4, 1744; m. June 24, 1773, John Adams of Andover, 
Mass.; d. Jan.i22, 1775, aged 31, leaving 
162 Joseph (Adams), d. June 22, 1776, aged 2 years, I month. 
--163 Daniel,* b. Dec. 14, 1745; m. ist, Judith Chute; 2d, Mrs. Margaret Kinsman. 

164 Sarah,* b. April 14, 1748; m. John Pearson. 

165 David,* b. March 19, 1751; m. ist, Mary Bacon; 2d, Chloe Redington. 

166 Mehitable,* b. Sept. 25, 1753; m. Dea. James Chute. 


Joseph Thurston' (^i^j-^/z,^ Z'a/zzV/^), eldest son of Joseph^ and 
Elizabeth (Woodbury) Thurston of Rowley, Mass. ; born there Jan. 
23, 1698-g; married, March 9, 1725, Mrs. Mary (Lane) Finson, 
born Aug. 8, 1697, daughter of John Lane. Her first husband, 
Thomas Fi'nson, was killed at Fox island, Me., by the Indians, with 
five others, in June, 1724. She had four children by this marriage. 
She died 1792. 

Mr. Thurston was the first of the name who settled in Gloucester, 
Mass. He afterward removed to (Sandy Bay) Rockport, Mass., and 
followed fishing. He died May 29, 1780. 

This record was taken from a bible which contains this memoran- 
dum : "Joseph Thurston and my son William bought this bible 1756. 
Feb. 16, 1779, my son William being lost at sea, I have sold this bi- 
ble to my son Joseph for twelve pounds, lawful money. Witness my 
hand, Joseph Thurston. A true copy, Mary Thurston." 

Children : 

177 Sarah,* b. Dec. 2, 1726; m. Thomas Finson, and d. 1795. 

-)-i78 Joseph,* b. Feb. 15, 1729; m. Agnes Davis. 

179 Elizabeth,* b. Nov. 8, 1731 ; m. Henry Clark. 

+180 Daniel,* b. Feb. i6, 1735; ™- Anna Tarr. 

-j-181 John,* b. June 30, 1737 ; m. Eunice Stockbridge. 

182 Dorcas,* b. in Haverhill, Mass., Jan. 22, 1740; m. Thomas Robbins (or 
Roberts), and d. April 28, 1825. 

+183 William,* b. Nov. 27, 1742; m. Martha Pool. 


Benjamin Thurston ° of Uxbridge, Mass. {Joseph,^ Daniel''-), 
brother of the preceding, and second son of^Joseph ^ and Elizabeth 
(Woodbury) Thurston of Newbury, Mass.; born there Jan. 23, 1698; 
married Elizabeth . 


Their children were : 

194 John,* b. March 20, 1741. 

195 Elizabeth,* b. June 26, 1743; d. Feb. 24, 1745. 

196 Peter," b. Sept. 17, 1745. 

197 Benjamm,* b. Jan. 2, 1748. 
19S Levi,* b. July 30, 1751. 


Abner Thurston^ {jFames^ Daniel'^), son of James'' and Mary 
(Pearson) Thurston of Newbury, Mass.; born Feb. 28, 1699; mar- 
ried . 

Mr. Thurston may have been born in Newbury, Mass., and come 
to Exeter, N. H., with his father. The records show that he bought 
land in Exeter in 1728 and sold land to Moses of Stratham in 1734 
and 1735. He was corporal in the company of Capt. Daniel Ladd in 
the 'iisftarch after the enemy toward Winnipiseogee pond," May 17, 

Their children were : 

--209 Abner,* b. 1729; m. Martha Piper. 

--210 Icliabod,* b. about 1731 ; m. Betty Filbrick. 

--211 James,* b. Sept. 8, 1733; m. ist, Mary Jones; 2d, Elizabeth Peabody. 

212 Susan,* n.m. ; lived to be over 90 in Exeter, N. H. 

-j-213 Caleb,* b. 1737; m. Hannah Dudley. 

-j-214 Peter,* b. 1739; m. Dorothy Gates. 

215 Elizabeth,* n.m. ; d. in Exeter. 

-|-2i6 Timothy,* b. 1742; m. Susan Wheeler. 


Moses Thurston' (Stephen,'^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of Stephen'' and 
Mary Thurston of Stratham, N. H.; born there July 19, 1707; mar- 
ried Sarah . He died Oct. 12, 1756; his son Stephen appointed 

administrator Nov. 24, 1756. 

Estate appraised at ^^213. Jan. 20, 1757, sworn to by said Stephen 
to be correct. April 26, 1757, the widow Sarah's dower was set off. 
1731, deed recorded in Exeter, N. H., Moses to John of Stratham, 
probably his brother. 1787, deed from Sarah, widow of Moses, to 
son Josiah. He was sergeant in company C of Col. Nathaniel 
Meserve's regiment in an expedition against Crown Point in 1756; 
enlisted May ist, discharged Oct. 2d. 

Children : 

228 Josiah.* 

+229 Moses,* b. June lo, 1730; m. Elizabeth Clifford. 

-|-230 Ezekiel,* m. . 

231 Sarah,* d. April 8, 1752. 

-j-232 Stephen,* m. . 

-i-233 Oliver,* b. about 1738; m. Sarah French. 

234 John.* ^ 

235 Benjamin.* 

^ The three last were under twenty-one Jan. 10, 1757, as letters of guard- 
ianship were issued to John Thurston, probably their uncle [see no. 50]. 


John Thurston = {Stepheft,'^ Daniel^), second son of Stephen ^ and 
Mary Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; born there Aug. 29, 1709 ■ mar- 
ried, first, Mrs. Phebe Wiggin, who had a daughter Hannah Vwig- 

gin). She died April 24, 1750. Second, Elizabeth . He died 

Dec. 28, 1773. 


He was probably a farmer in Stratham, N. H., as his will, pro- 
bated 1774, gives his "wife Elizabeth 20 bush, good corn, 6 bush, 
rye, 200 lbs. good pork, 80 lbs. beef, and 10 lbs. flax." His grand- 
daughter, Mrs. Nourse, says he gave the land to build the Congrega- 
tional church upon in Stratham. 

His children were : 
+246 John,* m. Elsie Leavitt. 
-j-247 Paul,* m. Margaret . 

248 Hannah,* I m. Stockbridge. 

249 Phebe,* ) 


Robert Thurston " {Stephen,'^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, 
and son of Stephen ^ and Mary Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; born 

there Feb. 25, 1712 ; married . He died at his brother John's 

Feb. 16, 1752. 

Mr. Thurston deeded land in township of Bow, N. H., " said land 
having belonged to my honored father Stephen of Stratham, N. H." 
He was in a company "guarding and scouting at Canterbury," under 
command of Capt. Jeremiah Clough, from July 4 to^Mtye, 1746. 

Their children were : 

260 Robert,* mariner ; was in the revolutionary, war and died in Stratham, intes- 
tate, 1788. 

+261 Samuel,* m. Mary . 

-i-262 James,* b. 1744; m. . 


Nathaniel Thurston' {Stephen,'^ DanteP), brother of the preced- 
ing, and son of Stephen ^ and Mary Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; 
bom there July 12, 1718; married Miner Chase, born Nov. 17, 1721, 
daughter of Stephen Chase of Nottingham, N. H. He died Oct. 12, 
177s. aged S7- She died April 9, 1815, aged 93. 

Mr. Thurston was a tailor in Newbury, Mass., and after marriage 
took his wife on horseback to Plaistow, N. H., to reside ; deeded land 
in Chester, N. H., 1747, and in Bakerstown, 1771 ; was a member of 
the Congregational church. Mrs. Thurston used to walk nearly a 
mile and a half to meeting, down a long and steep hill, till after nine- 
ty years old. The following is a copy of his will : 

In the name of GOD, amen. This twenty-seventh day of September, Anno 
Domini one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, I, Nattf Thurston of New- 
bury, in the county of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Eng- 
land, taylor, calling to mind the uncertain state of this life, do make and declare 
this my last will and testament in the manner and form following : 

First. I commend my soul to GOD who gave it, and my body I commit to the 
earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix ; and for the settling 
of my estate as it hath pleased GOD to bestow upon me, I do give and dispose of 
the same in the manner and form following : 

Firstly. I give to my beloved wife Miner all my estate both real and personal of 
what name or nature soever, to use and dispose of as she shall se fit, she paying to 
my children six shillings apiece, also six shillings . apiece to four of my grandchil- 
dren, viz., my son Paul Thurston's three children and my daughter Sarah Moulton's 

Secondly. I give to my son Enoch six shillings in money, to be paid to him in 
ten years after my decease by my executrix. 

Thirdly. I give to my son Jonathan six shillings in money, to be paid to him in 
ten years after my decease by my executrix. 

Fourthly. I give to my son Stephen six shillings in money, to be paid to him in 
ten years after ray decease by my executrix. 


Fifthly. I give to my son Daniel six shillings in money, to be paid to him in ten 
years after my decease by my executrix. 

Sixthly. I give to my daughter Minor six shillings in money, to be paid to her 
when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years by my executrix. 

Seventhly. I give to my daughter Susanna six shillings in money, to be paid to 
her by my executrix when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years. 

Eighthly. I give to my daughter Lydia six shillings in money, to be paid to, her 
by my executrix when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years. 

Ninthly. I give to my daughter Rhoda six shillings in money, to be paid to her 
by my executrix when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years. 

Tenthly. I give to my grandson John Thurston six shillings in money, to be paid 
to hira by my executrix when he arrives to the age of twenty-one years. 

Eleventhly, I give to my granddaughter Anne Thurston six shillings in money, 
to be paid her by my executrix when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years. ' 

Twelfthly. I give to my granddaughter Sarah Thurston six shillings in money, 
to be' paid to her by my executrix when she arrives to the age of Iwenty-one years. 

Thirteenthly. I give to my grandson Silas Moulton six shillings in money, to be 
paid to him by my executrix when he arrives to the age of twenty-one years. 

Fourteenthly. I appoint my beloved wife my sole executrix of this my last will 
and testament, to pay my just debts andfuneral charges ; also to receive my just dues. 

I do hereby revoke, disannul and make void all former wills and testaments by 
me made, declaring this only to be my last will and testamt. 

In confirmation hereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year 
above written. Nathaniel Thurston. Seal, 

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared in the presence of these witnesses. 
Moody Follansbe, Joseph Bartlet, Joseph Bartlet, jun,, 

Essex, ss. Probate office. Approved May 7, 1776. A. C. Goodell, register. 

Their children were : 

--273 Enoch,* b. July 29, 1741 ; m. ist, Lucy Mclntyre; 2d, Elizabeth Chase. 
--274 Paul,* b. Nov. 22, 1743; m. Hannah Rawson. 
--275 Jonathan,* b. Dec. 21, 1745; ra. Elizabeth Hovey. 

276 Sarah,* b. Nov. 27, 1747; m. Moulton of West Newbury, Mass.; d. 

Sept. 20, 1769, having had: 
277 Silas (Moulton). 
+278 Stephen,* b. Jan. 24, 1750; m, ist, Keziah Cheney; 2d, Mrs, Pettingall. 
279 Daniel,* b, Aug. 24, 1752; lived in Beverly, Mass,, and had John}- Anne^ 

Sarahf all minors Sept. 7, 1775, 
283 Miner,* b. Dec. i, 1754; m. Jan. 29, 1785, Benjamin Carleton, a farmer and 
basket weaver in Plaistow, N. H. ; a member of the Congregational 
church in Haverhill, Mass. She d. 1831; he d. Nov., 1833, They had: 

284 David (Carleton), b, Dec, 13, 1785; m, Mary Mitchell of Plaistow; 

served in the war of 1812 and received a bounty of one hundred and 
sixty acres of land ; was deacon and one of the founders of the Baptist 
church in Plaistow; sang in the choir till he was over sixty years old. 

285 Hannah (Carleton), b. Feb. 2, 1787 ; m. Saml Farrington of Newton, N.H. 

286 Miner (Carleton), b. Sept. 16, 1788; m. Wm, J. Chase of Newbury, Mass. 

287 Benjamin (Carleton), b. Jan. 4, 1790; went to sea, and died in a hospital 

in Asia, 1814. 

288 Paul Thurston (Carleton), b. Jan. 10, 1792 ; m. Ruth Harriman of Derry, 

N. H. ; was in the war of 1812, and died soon after. 

289 John (Carleton), b. Aug. 18, 1794; n.m.; d, in Plaistow, i§66, aged 72. 

290 Tappan (Carleton), b. Sept, 2, 1796; d, Sept. 2, 1797. 

291 Silas,* b. March 2, 1757; d. April 12, ,1758. 

292 Lydia,* b, Dec. 4, 1759; m. May 23, 1779, Peterson Roby; d. Mar. 15, 1780. 
+293 Susannah,* b. May 7, 1763; m. Josiah Chase. 

294 Ruth,* / twins, born ) d. Sept. 7, 1775. 

295 Rhoda,*) Jan. 14, 1766; ) to. Thurlow of Newburyport, Mass., where 

they Ijved and died. 
The above is taken from an old bible in hands of J. H. Noyes, Webster N. H. 


Stephen Thurston" {Stephen^'' Daniel'^), brother of the preced- 
ing, and son of Stephen ^ and Mary Thurston of Stratham, N. H. • 


born there about 1720; married Mary St. Claire. He died Nov. 
27, 1782. She married again and had one child. She died Sept. 10, 
181 1, aged 83. 

Mr. Tliurston lived in Strathara, N. H. ; was in Capt. Ezekiel 
Worthen's company, Col. Nathaniel Meserve's regiment, in the expe- 
dition against Crown Point, 1756. He enlisted April 17, 1758, in 
Capt. Somerbee Oilman's company, Col. John Hart's regiment, in the 
expedition against Lewisborough, N. Y., and was discharged Oct. 30, 
1^58. He next enlisted, April 24, i36o, in Capt. Jeremiah Marston's 
coriipany, Col. John GofE's regiment, for the invasion of Canada, and 
deserted June 2d. ' 

Children : 

+306 Stephen,* b. April 8, 1760; m. Betsey Wiggin. 

307 Mehitable,* m. Zebuloii Ring of Deerfield, N. H., and had : 

309 iphaliah (Ring), ) '^'^'"^• 

310 Rebecca (Ring). 

311 Sally (Ring). 

312 Stephen (Ring). 

313 Daniel (Ring). All dead 1877. 

+314 Daniel,* b. July 29, 1763; m. Hannah Dutch. 

315 Ruth,* m. Wiggin of New Mai'ket, N. H. 

316 A daughter,' m. St. Claire. 

317 Sarah,* b. 1752; m. Col. Joseph Hilton of Deerfield, N. H. ; d. May 15, 

1813, aged 61. They had : 

318 Betsey (Hilton). 

319 Sally (Hilton). 

320 Hannah (Hilton), d. young. 
• 321 Mehitable (Hilton). 

322 Hannah (Hilton). 

323 Stephen (Hilton), 

324 yoseph (Hilton). 

325 Daniel (Hilton). 

326 Theodore (Hilton). 

327 Nathaniel (Hilton). 

328 Winthrop (Hilton). All dead 1877. 

329 Deborah (half-sister), m. Richard Bartlett of Deerfield, N. H., and had: 

John (Bartlett). 

Stephen (Bartlett). 

Richard (^3.xt\^\.t). 

Deborah (Bartlett;. 
Stephen Thurston is said to have had fourteen daughters. 

jFourti) CffnTtratton. 


Hannah Thurston^ {John,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), fourth daughter of 
John ' and Dorothy (Woodman) Thurston of Newbury, Mass. ; born 
about 1740; married, Nov. 22, 1764, Edmund Adams, an energetic 
and thrifty farmer in Londonderry, N. H. The following is an ab- 
stract of Mr. Adams' will : 

March 17, 1823, Edmund Adams made his will, in which he gives his wife Han- 
nah all those goods she brought to me when she became my wife, also one cow, six 
of my best chairs, a suit of mourning apparel, fifty dollars, and directs his executor 
to furnish her with provisions sufficient for herself and my daughter Susannah for 
six months from the time of my decease ; the sole use of the west room and west 


bedroom, together with the use of the well, cellar, oven, garden, and fruit from my 
farm, as much as she may want for her own use, and the use of my chaise, and so 
long as she shall remain my widow to have her cow kept on the farm, and to be 
furnished with firewood sufficient to keep one fire, cut and placed convenient for her 
use, and also to have delivered to her annually in six months after ray decease 12 
bush, good Indian corn, 3 bush, good rye, 2 bush, good wheat, 120 lbs. good mess 
beef, 200 lbs. good pork, 10 bush, potatoes, 15 lbs. beef tallow, 8 lbs. good sheep's 
wool, and 15 lbs. of good flax. 

To his son James the farm on which I now live with all the privileges and appur- 
tenances thereto belonging, except what I have bequeathed my wife, also half the 
stock on my homestead farm, half my farming utensils and casks, together with all 
my blacksmith tools, half my wearing apparel. 

To his son Edmund his farm in the town of Salem on which he now lives and 
my McKeen lot in Londonderry near Leverett's meadow, containing about twenty- 
seven acres ; my mill farm, saw-mill and mill privileges, with the buildings situated 
in Londonderry; a wood lot in the town of Chester, about thirty acres; also half 
the live stock on my homestead farm and half my farming utensils and casks and 
half my wearing apparel. 

To my daughter Jane Marsh two large silver spoons, three silver teaspoons, and 

To my daughter Susannah Pike my best bed and bedding, two large silver spoons, 
three silver teaspoons, best brass kettle, a desk which was my son Amos', a suit of 
mourning apparel, J?i,ooo to be paid her at age of twenty-one, or when she is mar- 
ried, and interest annually, also $50 in one and two years after my decease. 

To my granddaughter Mary Moor two large silver spoons, two silver teaspoons, 
and one cow or the value of one. 

To my grandsons Edmund Adams, Edmund Marsh, and John Adams, Jioo equal- 
ly between them. 

To my four children before named and granddaughter Mary Moor, equally be- 
tween them, my books, watches, clocks, beds and bedding and household furniture 
not already dispcsed of. 

To my executor )f300, in trust for my granddaughter Mary Moor. 

To first parish churcli in Londonderry $ioo, for a permanent fund. 

I will and order that my pew in the East meeting-house in Londonderry be kept 
for the use of my children and heirs. 

That my farm in Chester and land in Rumney and all other lands not disposed of 
at my decease be sold, and the proceeds with all the residue of ray estate, after 
paying all debts, to be given to ray sons Jaraes and Edmund equally, and I appoint 
Capt. John Clark of Londonderry my executor. The will was witnessed by John 
Burnham, William Choate, John Burnham, jr. Thomas Leavitt, register of probate. 

Their children were : 

340 James (Adams), b. May 5, 1765; m. Ann GrifSn Jan. 24, 1793. She died 

in 1807. He died Jan. 18, 1825, aged 85. 

341 Jane (Adams), b. Jan. 2, 1767; m. Daniel Marsh Dec. 31, 1794. 

342 Amos (Adams), b. May 10, 1768; killed in a saw-raill Nov. 13, 1813. 

343 Patience (Adaras), b. July 16, 1770; d. July 20, 1806. 

344 Hannah (Adaras), b. Feb. 8, 1775; d. June 5, 1795. 

345 Edmund (Adams), b. May 14; 1777 ; m. Elizabeth Carr 1808; was a farmer 

in Salera, N. H. 

346 Richard (Adams), b. Nov. 14, 1779; d. soon. 

347 Benjamin (Adams), b. May 31, 1782; d. in Havana Sept. 21, iSii. 

348 Jacob (Adams), b. Jan. 14, 1785; d. unmarried, Aug. 10, 1823, having en- 

dowed by his will the "Adams Female Academy " at Londonderry N H 

349 Susannah Pike (Adams). 


Col. Daniel Thurston * {Benjamin^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^) eldest 
son of Benjamin' and Mary (Gage) Thurston of Newbury, 'Mass ■ 
born there March, 1720; married, first, Sept. 3, 1741, Hannah Par- 
ker; she died Jan. 11, 1759. Second, Sept. ro, 1761, Judith Ger- 
rish; she died August, 1765. Third, Mrs. Elizabeth Rolf of 
Newburyport, Mass. He died July 14, 1805, aged 85. She died 
1819, aged 97. 


Mr. Thurston was an architect and house carpenter * in Bradford, 
Mass. He was a "noted man in his day;" was a member of the 
Massachusetts Provincial Congress and enlisted in the revolutionary 
war. He and his son Nathaniel were representative and senator for 
thirty years in succession, one and sometimes both at the same time 
in the legislature of Massachusetts. He held many responsible of- 
fices in town and state ; was colonel of a regiment, one of the 
framers of the constitution of Massachusetts, and a deacon in the 
Congregational church. The following is a copy of his will : 

In the name of God, amen. The twenty-ninth day of October eighteen hundred 
and one. I, Daniel Thurston, of Bradford in the County of Essex, and Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, Esquire, being of sound mind and memory, and consider- 
ing the uncertainty of Life, think it best to settle my estate, which I now undertake 
to do in the following manner, viz, : 

First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and 
my body to the earth from whence it was taken, to be buried at the discretion of 
my executor hereafter named. 

Imprimis. I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by my execu- 
tor herein hereafter named. 

Item. I will that Elizabeth my loving wife take one-third part of my real estate 
according to Law, and also I give her one-third of the household furniture, and the 
Other two-thirds of said furniture I give to my three daughters, to be equally di- 
vided between them" or their desendants. I also order that my executor pay my 
said wife yearly the sum of ten dollars, so long as it pleases God to continue her 
life, and that my executor shall provide firewood for my said wife ready cut at the 
door ; also that he find her an horse and chaise to ride to meeting and elsewhere, 
as she shall have occation. 

Item. I give to my son Benjamin Thurston ten dollars, which is his part of my 
estate, including what he hath already had. 

Item. I give to my son Nathaniel Thurston, Esquire, all my real estate lying in 
the town of Bradford, and also a piece of salt meadow in the Town of Rowley; to- 
gether with all my quick stock of every discription, except what is otherwise dis- 
posed of. 

Item. I give to my son Daniel Thurston the sum of five hundred dollars, to be 
paid him in three months after my decease, and also I give him my share in Brad? 
ford Social Library. 

Item. I give to Captn Peter, Kimball, who married ray daughter Betty, the sum 
of twenty-six dollars, to be paid him in three months after my decease. 

Item. I give to Deacon Richard Walker, who married my daughter Mary, the 
sum of twenty-six dollars and one cow, to be paid him in three months after my de- 

Item. I give to the children of my daughter Hannah, who was the wife of Timo- 
thy Gage, the sum of twenty-six dollars, to be paid them in three months after my 

■ I likewise make and ordain my son Nathaniel Thurston, esquire, sole executor 
of this my last will and testament, ratifying this and no other to be such. Daniel 
Thurston. Seal. ' 

* When a young man he built a meeting-house in New Hampshire. Tea and coffee were 
not maoli used in those days, and he took several cakes of chocolate to the lady with whom 
he boarded and requested her to make some chocolate for breakfast. She pat it into a large 
kettle and hung it over the fire, and when she came to take it up she exclaimed, "O, Mr. 
Thurston, it has all come to pieces, what shall I do ! " He told her to pass a bowl of it and a 
pitcher of hot water and he would make it all right. They had a good laugh o?er it and a 
fine dish of chocolate. He had two front teeth come after he was seventy years old. 

Mr. Thurston was a man who commanded the respect of every one. He was usually made 
moderator of their town meetings. A gentleman says, " they had a town meeting one day, 
and Col. Thurston was detained for a short time, and they put a vote which divided the house 
and made great noise and confusion. Just at this time Wfr. Thurston stepped in, and every 
hat was off and every man in his seat in a moment, and so still that the slightest noise was 
perceptible," lUr. Thurston remarked afterward that he never was in a more orderly meeting. 

He was a man of great strength. His son Daniel went to his house for a barrel of cider, 
and went to the barn to get a man to help him get it out of the cellar and into his cart, and 
when returning met his father carrying the barrel by the chimes out of the yard, over the 
gate-way, and placing /t In the cart said, "you may drive off Daniel." 


Signed, sealed, published, pronounced, and declared by the said Daniel Thurston 
as his last will and testament, in presence of us witnesses. Eliot Payson, David 
Marble, Joseph Marble. 

Essex Probate Office. Proved Aug. 5, 1805. James Ropes, Asst. Regr. 

His children were ; 

350 Hattie,^ b. 1742. 

351 Betty,'' b. Oct. 25, 1744; m. Capt. Peter Kimball. 

352 Mary,^b. July 24, 1746; m. May 21, 1771, Dea. Richard Walker, a farmer 

and tanner in Bradford, Mass. They had : 

353 Mehitable (Walker) , b. 1773. 

354 Hannah (Walker), b. 1775; m. Samuel Gardner, a shoe manufacturer 

of Haverhill, Mass. 

355 Z?(ZKZ(/ (Walker), b. 1778; m. Sarah Thurston [see no./ 3 "^O. 

356 Betsey (Walker), b. 1782; m. Samuel Gardner, above. 

357 .ff/<r/5rtri/ (Walker), b. 1786; m. Catherine Trickey of Bradford; was a 

farmer in Hanover, N. H. 
358 Hannah,"* m. March 14, 1771, Timothy Gage, a farmer in Bradford. They 

359 Daniel (Gage), m. Hannah Curtis. 

360 Betsey (Gage), m. Thomas Webster. 

361 Hannah (Gage), m. Samuel Chadvvick of Bradford. 
+362 Benjamin,'' b. Sept. 25, 1753; m. Sarah Phillips. 

-i-363 Nathaniel,^ b. Jan. 17, 1755; m. ist, Betsey Webster and six others. 
-j-364 Daniel,* b. June 12, 1757; m. Susannah Crombie. 
365 Judith,' b. Aug. 14, 1765; d. Sept. 4, 1765. 


Dea. John Thurston^ {Jonathan^ Daniel,^ Daniel''-^, son of Jon- 
athan ^ and Lydia (Spofford) Thurston of Rowley, now Georgetown, 
Mass.; born there Aug. 19, 1723; married, first, March 15, 1743-4, 
Hepzibah Burpee; second, April 28, 1768, Lydia Kimball of Brad- 
ford, Mass. He died August, 1807. 

Mr. Thurston purchased a farm in the westerly part of Lunen- 
burgh, before the town of Fitchburgh was incorporated, Aug. 6, 1765, 
and moved there in the spring of 1766. He was a soldier in the 
French and Indian wars, and several relics captured by him from the 
enemy are still in possession of his descendants. He was deacon of 
the Congregational church, and a man much respected in town. 

The inscription upon the head-stone of his wife in the grave-yard 
at Fitchburgh is " In memory of Lydia Thurston, died Feb. 3, 1805, 

aged 70 years." 

' Now my last charge to you I give. 
That you repent, believe, and live. 
Remember what I've said to you, 
And so I bid you all adieu." 

His children, all born in Rowley, were : 

366 Ebenezer,6 b. 1749; published Oct. 27, 1770; m. Lydia Flagg of Worcester. 

He was a farmer, deacon of the Congregational church many years. No 
family; d. June, 1822, aged 73. She died Nov., 1S31, aged 78 

367 PnsciUa.'ipublished July 14, 1770; m. Abram Farwell, b. Aug 18 17411 a 

farmer, son of Gen. Samuel Farwell of Fitchburgh. She died Dec -^o 
1837. They had : ' -* ' 

36S Hepzibah i^3x-,y^\\) b Oct. 15, 1770; m. May 23, 1793, Simeon Farwell. 

309 iiamuel (I<arwell), b. Nov. 10, 1772. 

370 Abram (Farwell), b. Aug. 16, 1774. 

371 Josiah (Farwell), b. Feb. 9, 1777. 

372 Abel (Farwell), b. Feb. n, 1780. 

373 Merriam (Farwell), b. May 9, 1782. 

374 Levi (Farwell), b. Oct. 19, 1784. 


37S Joseph (Farwell), b. Jan. 22, 1787; m. Dec. 6, 1804, Polly Kimball. 
376 Hepzibah,s published July 6, 1786; m. John Osborn, a farmer in Fitch- 
burgh. She died Nov. 29, i8o8. They had : 

377 Hepzibah B. (Osborn), b. Sept. 30, 1787. 

378 Lydia K. (Osborn), b. July 19, 1790. 

379 John (Osborn), b. April 6, 1792. 

380 Epkraim (Osborn), b. May 2, 1794. 

381 Miriam (Osborn), b. July 13, 1801. 

382 Abram (Osborn), b. May 5, 1804. 

383 Daniel,^ published March 30, 1780; m. April, 1780, Hannah Hilton of 
Fitchburgh, and had Enoch,^h. Aug. 24, 1780; probably removed from 
Fitchburgh soon after. 

--384 Thomas,* m. ist, Lydia Davis; 2d, Mehitable Upton. 

--385 John.^b. 1757; m. Esther Wood. 

- -386 Stephen,* m. Mary Osgood. 


Samuel Thurston* {Jonathan,'' Daniel,^ Daniel'^), son of Jona- 
than ^ and Lydia (Spofford) Thurston of Rowley, now Georgetown, 
Mass.; born there June 7, 1727; married, by Rev. James Chandler, 
April 18, 1751, Priscilla Burpee of Rowley, born Jan. 20, 1727. 
He died March, 1806. She died November, 181 1. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Lancaster, Mass. 

Their children were : 

395 Priscilla,* b. March 24, 1752; d. May 29, 1812. 

396 John,*b. Sept. 15, 1753; d. Jan. i, 1754. 

397 John,* b. Nov. 15, 1754; a farmer in Lancaster. 

398 Judith,* b. Jan. 9, 1757; d. June 20, 1774. 

399 Silas,* b. Dec. 12, 1758; a farmer in Lancaster. 

400 Mary,* b. Oct. 17, 1761 ; m. — -z Richards. 
+401 Pearson,* b. Dec. 9, 1763; m.^erusha Greenleaf. 

402 Sally,* b. June 14, 1767; d. Jbfie 16, 1801. 

403 Susanna,* b. April 7, 1769; m. June 9, 1790, Dr. Silas Allen of Leominster, 

Mass., where he was a physician of standing and repute. She died Sept. 
13, 1824. He died Sept. 5, 1841. They had: 

404 Julia (Allen), b. Sept. 14, 1791 ; d. June 6, 1857. 

405 Hinry (Allen), b. Oct. 5, 1793 ; m. twice ; was a merchant in Leominster 

many years, and after a member of the firm of Hallet & Davis, piano 
makers in Boston, where he died, 1874. 

406 Susan (Allen), b. Sept. 15, 1795; d. July 15, 1799. 

407 Mira (Allen), b. Sept. 11, 1797; m. L. Burrage. 

408 Susan (Allen), b. Dec. 27, 1800; d. Nov. 2, iSoi. 

409 Silas (Allen), b. May 18, 1802 ; connected with the firm of Hallet & Da- 

vis, Boston; was organist of Park street church many years, where he 
died, about 1873. 

410 William Thurston (Allen), b. Oct. I2, 1811 ; d. June 6, 1842. 

411 Hepzibah,* b. Aug. i, 177 1 ; m. June 16, 1805, Kendall, a carpenter of 

Sterling, Mass. ; d. July 31, 1814. 

412 Lydia,* b. Jan. 24, 1774; d. Nov. 25, 1803. 


David Tkvkstotx** {Jo7tatkan,^ Daniel,'^ DanieP), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Jonathan ' and Lydia (Spofford) Thurston of 
Rowley, Mass.; born July 9, 1736; married Eunice Whitney. She 
died Jan. 5, 1802, aged 63. He died Aug. 6, 1826, aged go y. 28 d. 

David Thurston lived in Leominster, Mass., several years, when he 
left and was one of the first settlers in Marlborough, N. H., as early 

*It i3 proper to say that the parentage of David is not positively proved, but extensive cor- 
respondence and wide search tor evidence all point to Jonathan of Rowley. 


as 177s, near the Monadnoc mountains, when the township was al- 
most an unbroken forest, subjecting them to great hardships. The 
catamounts, wolves, bears, and wild turkeys were very numerous and 
troublesome, disturlsing the slumbers of the night by their noise and 
search after sheep and fowls. It is said of Mrs. Thurston that she 
was particularly tough and smart, oftentimes walking long distances 
on snow shoes in the care of her family. By a letter from his son 
David written to his sister Eunice (found 1878), he records that 
David Thurston (his fatlier) went to live with him in 0|wego, N. Y., 
some years before his death, and that " he died sitting in his great 
chair, the place chosen by himself to die a few minutes before, and 
closing his own eyes passed away like one going into a gentle sleep." 
He was a member of the Presbyterian church and to all appearances 
a sincere christian. 

Children, born in Leominster, Mass. : 
423 Benjamin,^ b. Dec. 26, 1766; m. Sally and had : 

424 Gimtet,^ b. in Marlborough Aug. 30, 1792. 

425 Sally f b. in Marlborough March 9, 1794. 
-}-426 David," b. Oct. 17, 1768; m. Fanny Darling. 
--427 Levi,' b. June i, 1770; m. Abigail Newton. 
--428 John,' b. Jan. 2:, 1772; m. I,ydia Ball. 

Born in Marlborough, N. H. : 
4-429 Samuel,' b. Aug. i5, 1775; ™- Sally French. 
-I-430 Jason,' b. Jan. 23, 1777; m. Mrs. Lydia (Palmer) Rollins. 

431 Eunice,' b. June 25, 1780; m. in Marlborough, N. H., Qct. 6, 1805, Abra- 
ham Garfield, b. 1779, son of John and Lucy (Smith) Garfield of Lincoln, 
Mass. He was a farmer, living in Troy and Londonderry, N. H., and in 
Landgrove, Vt. He died in Jaffrey, N. H., Sept. 24, 1865. She died in 
Marlborough Feb. 23, 1S41. They had: 

432 Eunice (Garfield), b. July 27, iSofi. 

433 Maria (Garfield), b. May ig, 1808. 

434 Abraham (Garfield), b. April 24, 1810. 

435 John (Garfield), b. Feb. 27, 1812. 

436 Fanny (Garfield), b. Sept. 18, 1814. 

437 David (Garfield), b. March 2, 1817. 

438 Solomon (Garfield), b. Jan. 2, 1819. 

439 Andiew Jackson (Garfield), b. June 18, 1821 ; d. Sept. 24, 1848. 

440 Daniel Jackson (Garfield), b. Aug. 9, 1824. 
441 Stephen,' b. March 18, 1783; d. Jan. 25, 1784. 


Mary Thurston ' {Richard,^ Daniel,'^ Daniel\ eldest daughter of 
Richard ^ and Mehitable (Jewett) Thurston of Rowley, now George- 
town, Mass.; born there Oct. 26, 1734; married, Sept. 23, 1756, Dea. 
Jeremiah Searle, born 1723, son of William and Jane (Nelson) 
Searle. She died Aug. 20, 1804, aged 70. 

Their children were : 

449 Jeremiah (Searle), b. 1761 ; n.m. 

450 Stephen (Searle), m. about 1790 Mary Jewett and had : 

451 Jeremiah (Searle), b. 1794. 

452 Jacob (Searle), b. 179S. 

453 Stephen (Searle), b. 1803; m. Sally Stickney and had Stephen (Searle) b. 

1830. '* 

454 Benjamin Gardner (Searle), b. 1809. 

455 Richard ('&%'i.x\€),\i. 1S14. 

456 Betsey (Searle), n.m. 

457 Martha (Searlel, n.m. 

458 Jonathan (Searle), n.m. 


459 Mehitable (Searle), m. March x, 1793, Rev. Samuel Toombs, b. in WallkiU, 
N. Y., Jan. i, 1776; installed Feb. 19, 1806, as pastor of a Presbyterian 
church in Salem, Washington county, N. Y., where he labored very suc- 
cessfully twenty-six years, and died March 28, 1832. It is recorded of 
him that "few equaled him in profoundness and solidity of intellect. 
His mind was clear, vigorous, and comprehensive, and while expounding 
the great doctrines and principles of Christianity, in which his whole heart 
and soul were engaged, he gave utterance to thoughts that were eloquent 
and impressive." 


Eunice Thurston* (Richard^ Daniel^ Daniel'^'), sister of the pre- 
ceding, and daughter of Richard ' and Mehitable (Jevs^ett) Thurston 
of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass.; born there Oct. 4, 1736; mar- 
ried John Harris, ■ grandson of Dea. Timothy Harris. She died 
Sept. 21, 1775. He died Sept. 20, 1808, aged 78. 

Their children were : 

470 Mary (Harris), d. in youth. 

471 Phebe (Harris), b. Dec. 23, 1769; m. June 14, 1798, Dr. Joshua Jewett of 

Rowley. She died Oct. 12, 1854, aged 85, leaving no living issue. In a 
letter written by Dr. Jewett Nov. 21, 1852, he says he is in his eighty-fifth 
year, and that his wife has two silver table spoons made from silver mon- 
ey found in the pocket of Stephen Thurston after he was shipwrecked, 
marked S. T. [see no. 155]'. 

472 Eunice (Harris), m. Dea. Joshua Jewett and had: 

473 Henry C. (Jewett;, pastor of a church in Winslow, Me., at one time; m. 

but had no children. 

474 Mary (Jewett), d. in youth, and a son d. n.m. 


Phebe Ttjvv.sto's^ {Richard' Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), sister of the pre- 
ceding, and daughter of Richard ^ and Mehitable (Jewett) Thurston 
of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass.; born there Dec. 14, 1741; mar- 
ried, first, Oct. 31, 1771, Rev. David Jewett, born May 31, 1746, 
graduated from Harvard 1769, and settled as a Congregational min- 
ister in Candia, N. H., in 1771; dismissed in 1780, and settled as 
the first pastor of the Congregational church in Winthrop, Me., Jan. 
2, 1782, having preached several months preceding, where he died 
March, 1783, aged 37. Second, Dea. Daniel Spofford of Rowley, 
Mass.; his third wife. He died April 26, 1803. She died Aug. 15, 
1811, aged 70. 

Her children were ; 

485 Phebe (Jewett), m. Adams of Newbury, Mass. 

486 David (Jewett), m. Mrs. Judkins; a farmer of Monmouth, Me., where he 

lived and died. 

487 Sarah (Jewett), d. in Rowley, young. 

488 Eunice (Jewett), m. Rev. Randall Noyes; Atkinson, Me. One of their 

sons married a daughter of his uncle David Jewett, and became a Baptist 

489 John (Jewett). 


Daniel Thurston* {Richard,^ Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Richard ^ and Mehitable (Jewett) Thurston of 
Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass. ; born there Dec. 14, 1745 ; married, 
first, Feb. 4, 1768, Judith Chute, born Jan. 20, 1743, daughter of 
Capt. Daniel and Hannah (Adams) Chute of Nei^bury, Mass. She 


died Dec. 3, 1788. Second, Nov. 5, 1789, Mrs. Margaret Kins- 
man of Ipswich, Mass. She was a sister of James Chute, who mar- 
ried Daniel Thurston's sister Mehitable. She died Feb. 27, 1822, 
aged 75. He died at Ipswich April 30, 1817. The following is a 
copy of his will : 

In the name of GOD, amen. I, Daniel Thurston of Ipswich, in the county of 
Essex and commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, being sound in body and 
mind, but considering the shortness of life and the certainty of death, do make and 
ordain this my last will and testament in manner following, viz. : 

After recommending my soul to GOD who gave it, and my body to the earth to 
be decently buried as my executor hereafter named shall judge proper, I make the 
following distribution of the worldly goods and estate with which it hath pleased 
GOD to bless me. 

Imprimis. I give to my wife Margaret Thurston the use and improvement of the 
one-third part of my real estate during her natural life ; also one cow, all the swine, 
and all the provisions, of whatever kind, shall be in the house at the time of my 

Item. I give to my son Stephen Thurston the whole of the wearing apparel 
which I shall have at the time of my decease, which, with the money and notes of 
hand I have heretofore given him, shall be his full portion out of my estate. 

Item. I give and devise to my grandchildren, Daniel Thurston Colman, Hannah 
Colman, Judith Colman, Dorothy Colman, Sumner Colman, Lucy Colman, and 
Mary Colman, the one-half of the real estate I may die possessed of, as also the 
one-half of my personal estate, excepting so much as I have before disposed of, 
which shall be their full portion out of my estate. 

Item. I give and devise to my daughter Judith Pearson the other half of my real 
estate, as also the one-half of the personal estate I may die seized of, excepting so 
much as I have before disposed of, which, with what I have before given her, shall 
be her full share out of my estate. 

Item. I constitute and appoint my brother-in-law, Benjamin Colman of Newbury, 
to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annull- 
ing all former wills by me made. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, and declared it to be 
my last will and testament, this fifteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and fourteen. Daniel Thurston. Seal. 

Thomas Burnham, Daniel Ross, Lemuel Pearson. D. A. White, judge of pro- 
bate. James Ropes, register. 

His children, by first wife, were : 
-I-500 Susannah,^ b. Nov. i, 1768; m. William Colman. 

-(-501 Stephen,5b. Jan. 2, 1770; m. ist, Philomela Parish; 2d, Sarah Burge; 3d, 
Hannah Worcester. 
502 Judith,* b. Dec. 31, 1771 ; m. Oct. 10, 1793, Samuel Pearson, a cotton mer- 
chant of Providence, R. I., and had : 

503 ZaM^r (Pearson), b. Sept. 21, 1794; m. and had Phebe, Louisa, and 

Sarah; he d. June 24, 1871. 

504 Daniel (Pearson, m. Williams. 

505 William (Pearson), m. Earle, and had William and Henry 

506 Harriet (Pearson), m. Capt. William Comstock, a popular steamboat 

captam, running from Providence to New York, and had Richard and 
a daughter who m. Sprague ; Anna, who m. Balch 

507 &OT;<f/ (Pearson), m. and had Samuel. 

508 Susan Thurston (Pearson), resided in New York- n.m. 

509 Henry (Pearson), m. and d. childless in 1836. 

510 Daniel,^ b. Dec. 18, 1772 ; d. unmarried April 19, 1792. 

51 1 Hannah,* d. in childhood. 


Sarah Thurston^ {Richard,^ Baniel,'' Daniel'^), sister of the ore 
ceding, and daughter of Richard ^ and Mehitable (Jewett) Thurston 
of Rowley, Mass.; born there April 14, 1748; married, June 13 


177s, Capt, John Pearson, born October, 1746 [see Pearson fam- 
ily, p. 26]. He died Sept. 15, 1807 ; she died April 28, 1818, aged 70. 
Sarah Thurston and lier sister Mehitable were married at the same 
time, Tuesday before the battle of Bunker Hill, which was fought 
Saturday, June 17, 1775. She was evidently fond of music, as she 
copied tunes which formed a thick book, and bound it in tin covers, 
wiiich is now, 1879, in possession of H. Webster, Milton, Maws. She 
was " lame thirty years and suffered divers trials with patience." 

Their children were : 

522 Ruth (Pearson), b. Dec, 9, 1776; d. May 27, 1777. 

533 Sarah (Pearson), b. March 22, 1778; m. Rev, Moses Elliot of Concord, 
N. II. After marriage he became a preacher, and after that went through 
college. They had thirteen children, two of whom are living, 1877 : 

524 Elijah Parish (Elliot), b. March, 1809, and lives at Amcsbury Mills, Mass. 

525 Matthew Pearson (ICIIiol), b. Dec, 1817; m, Aljljy Adams, and lives at 

Somcrville, Ma.'is., business 77 Court street, Boston. 

526 Elizabeth (Pearson), b. Feb. 5, 1780; d. Dec, 5, 1786. One still born Oct. 

27, I78r. 

527 Mehitable (Pearson), b. Jan. i, ^i^y, m. James Webster and had five chil- 

dren, three now living [see Pearsrjn family, p, 26] : 

528 Horatio (Webster), of Milton, Mass. 

529 Caroline M. (Webster), m, Sept. 19, 1839, Jeremiah R. Barnes and had 

three children. 

530 Dorothy (Webster), m. John Mills and had two children. 

531 Hannah (Pearson), b, Oct, 9, 1785; d, Aug. 10, 1814, a^od 29, 

532 John (Pearson), b. March4,i79i; last of the male line ; d. Oct. 5,1819; n.m. 


David ThurstoN* of North Sedgwick, Me. {Richard,'' Daniel,^ 
A?«/V/'), brother of the preceding, and son of Dea. Richard' and 
Meliitable (JevveLt) Thurston of Rowley, now (icorgetown, Mass. ; 
born there March 19, 1751; married, first, Mary Bacon, born Aug. 
18, 1750, only daughter of Rev. Jacob and Mary (Wood) Bacon* of 

•TllO IlAflON TaMILV. 

I. Tiri)MA« llAiiow, born Uliiil, rniiiTlud llnniiah Fiiloii; 8)10 illud April, 1711; ho illofl April 
11, I7'l'.l, riKoJ «3. TUdv liiul TliDinm, d. 17H1, iw"! 92i .Jnmim, il. 17S5, aijuil m; JAOOB! and 
lliiiiJiJili, m. Niithatilol Wright iiiidd. O.^t. ,'1, I7M; Mr. WriKlitd. A))rll 3, 1705. 

II. Rk.v. Jaooii Uacon, luirn In Itowli'y, Miimi., 1700, mrtrrliMl, lirnt, .fuiio 22, 1740, Miiry 
Wood, born 1717; slio diod N'ov. 17, 1771i, HimmiiuI, Mary Wliltiioy, llii dlml Aui{. H, 1787, 
iiKculKl; Dliodlud ttt l)iivldTliur»ton'« In Hiidijwiuk, Mu., Miinilii), 18ir,, anud 87. ilii Krudii- 
litod tr()rndlii,rviinl I7:il, mid was tin) fli:«t mlolntor of tho t.iwnshlp ol' Ifppur Aiiliiiolot, now 
iCijoiio, N. II. II. Ih iioi liiiowii lit wlmlidivtu lio wont tlrni'o, but In OoUiluii-, 1737, It wu« voted 
tlittt " tho woi-Mjy Mr. .|iii;ob Hiiooii draw lotit for tho wholo proprloty: " thli) was at the hoc- 
oiid iIIvIhIoii oriiiiiiidiiw Iriiid. Ill Uiii couTHO of that year lio wan iippolnliid proprlotorn' clwk. 
Ho rorailviid aoall to nulUoaa llmlr iiiliiliiter May 6, 1788, Kuvoan ii/llrmaUviuinHwor Auk. Otli, 
mill wiw ordiilnoil to Ibn woric of tliii mtnliitry Oct. 18, 17!)8, whon ftclmroli ol' nlncitcoM irii'iu- 
tiora wiM or«anlzod. Tho .!oon.ill .lotwlBtod of pastor* and dolouatcw from tho cluu'ohon In 
Wrmithmu, Siiudorland, NorUillold, and Medwiiy, vl/.., Uuv. mm*n. Itimd, DoollUlo, ami 
JJuoltman, with tho dnlnKiito" from oai'.li ohuroU, He was itiiioh bolovod by hU oburch and 
piioplo. Ill the litiiKiiaxo of tliu proprlotorH, ho wan " Llio worthy and rovorond Mr. liacon." 
Homo jiorHOus woro addud to tho oliuruh undor hl» mlnlxtry, but no rooord liu» como down to 
UK, lio wart oxouKHd from all obllifiitlonii to hin olmroli ami pooplo by an Informal voto of tho 
iii-opi-li)to™ JiHt bi'lbro thoy abandoned tho town whon It wa« bumod by tho Indians In 17-17, 
liobooamo the piwlor of tlio third oliuroh In I'lynioutb, Mii«H., 1740, and continued there till 
1770. whon the nooloty booama 140 Kroatly dlmlnlnhod by iho war that they ooiwod to maintain 
nubllu wornhlp In lliolr bauKe, and In 1784 woro nnltud to tbo lli'Ht oUuroh. Illn chlldi'on woro 
M/VRV, b, Au«. 18, I7W1, ni. David Thurnton, d. Got. 21, 1700 1 .laoob, b. Au({.26, 1751, who bad ono 
chilli, Sally. C. .Ian. '.!7, 178B, and lived In Haloin, Maun. : .Jacob d. .ruly 27, 1816 i Thomnn, b. Feb. 
6, 1768, d. Ann. 0, 170.1; David, b, Aug, 24. 17154, d. In Tompluton, MiM(«., Nov. 80, I840, nKod 
»6yoar«, 3 monUiH; Oliver, b, Oct, 25, 1755, d, at Jaftroy, r<, II.; Hainuol, b. .Jnne 3, 1767, d. 
InTompUiton, Mann., Oot.,]8:i8, agedSl; Oharlen, b. April 8, 1760, d. Bopt. 10, 17I5B. Uov. 
Jacob Bacon inado tliln rooord, " May the 10, 1780 On fryday wa« mudi a Darlcnenn an I Novor 
«aw In tho Diiytlnio bol'oro— tho mornliiff wan cloudy and HomothliiK hiiHoy, at O'clock there 
wiwayalow ()4|ip on tho oloailmmd tho DarknoHX Inoronnod till 12 o'clock Whon I put out 
my Candle and It appeared aa Daric an tho star Lite Nlte then the T.lEht Came on Gradually 
till about 6 attar Noon aud It 1> sayod by noiuo I'oraoai thot tho Night for oxooodod tho Day 
for Uarkuost." 


Rowley. She died Oct. 21, 1790. Second, Chloe Redington, born 
May II, 1767. She was a daughter oft^^^^^^^^ftS^ Sarah (Hook) 
Redington. Mr. Redington was a farmer in Boxford, Mass. When 
Chloe was quite young he sold his farm and purchased a trading 
vessel. On the morning of his departure in this vessel he took his 
family, wife and six small children, into the front room, drew the 
shutters, and commended them all to God. He left and was never 
heard from after. Chloe's mother died in Newburyport Sept.^ 28, 
1823, aged 86 years, 9 months. While yet an infant Chloe was given 
by her mother to her aunt, Mrs. Rev. Jacob Bacon. After Mrs. 
Bacon's death, and when Mr. Thurston married her daughter, he 
took Chloe with his wife to their new home, which became her life 
home. Mr. Thurston often said " I brought my two wives home at 

David Thurston died in Sedgwick, Me., Aug. 26, 182 1, aged 70; his 
wife died in Bucksport, where she spent the last few years of her life 
in the family of her daughter, Mrs. Blodget, Oct. 12, 1862, at the ripe 
old age of 95 years, 5 months, and was buried in Sedgwick. 

David Thurston was a farmer in New Rowley* till June, 1796, when 
he removed to Sedgwick, following the same occupation. He made 
the journey on horseback, stopping at many places to see what 
advantages they offered, but with the resolution that he would not 
locate where there was no orthodox minister. In conversation with 
a gentleman in Bangor he said, '' I have money in my pocket to 
buy this land, which included all that is now Bangor city, but I will 
not settle where my family cannot have the gospel." So he went 
on forty miles to Sedgwick, where Rev. Daniel Merrill, a pupil of 
Dr. Spring, senior, was pastor of a Congregational church. Very 
soon there was a great revival and his two older sons were con- 
verted ; his seven sons were all christians. 

The family came in a sloop from Newburyport to Bluehill Falls. 
There with four children, the oldest four years old, they were put into 
a boat and rowed four miles to the old saw-mill in the dead of night. 
Here they waited for the dawn. David and Richard came with an 

*Among the papers of ReT. Dayid Thurston, d.d., of Winthrop, was found the following 
interesting record; " In New Rowley they were a long time destitute of a pastor, though 
they generally had preaching on the Sabbath. Some sixty different ministers preached 
there between the time the first minister of the church, Rev. James Chandler, became un- 
able to preach through the infirmities of age and the settlement of the second minister, Rey. 
Isaac Braman, in June, 1797. They extended invitations to three candidates to become pas- 
tors, who all returned a negative answer. Mr. William Bradford was, lacking one vote, 
unanimously invited to be their pastor. He deferred giving his answer a long time and then 
sent a negative. Then another and another were employed, among whom was Rev Eliiah 
Kellogg, who negatived their call and was afterward pastor of the second churchin Portland, 
Me. After him, Mr. Samuel Toombs had a call, which he declined. Mr Toombs was after 
that pastor of a church in West Newbury, Mass., and then pastor of a church in Salem N Y 
Several of these ministers boarded in my father's family. So noted had the place become for 
employing candidates without settling them, that it became a sort of proverb amonir them 
that no one could obtain a settlement until he had preached a while in New Rowlev 

" The sad result of so many, was the division of the church and societv verv near 
equally, into two parties, distinguished by the terms Hopkinsians and moderate Calvinista 
Some of the leading points upon which they differed, and about which there was much warm 
discussion, were ' the duty of men to exercise disinterested benevolence, the natural nhilitr 
of the sinner to repent or to comply with the terms of the gospel, the doings of the unroo^pn 
erate,' etc. Rev. Samuel Hopkins, d.d., of Newport, R. 1., and Rev. Siimuel Spring dd of 
Newburyport were among the ablest advocates on the Hopkiusian side, and Rev David Tan 
pan, D.D., then of West Newbury, afterward professor of theology in Harvard tjnivfirtiiv" 
and Rev. Joseph Dana, D.D., of Ipswich on the side of the moderate Calvinists. Mv fatliJr 
embraced the views of the Hopkinsians, and was an admirer of the writings of brs Honltin« 
and Spring, with the latter of whom he had a personal acquaintance, residing only ten Kii in. 
from him." j ou uiuos 


ox-team to take them to their new home, which was rough and not 
very clean. Some time after, a quantity of milk having been spilled, 
mother called to the maid, " Patty, Patty, I have found the floor." 
[This incident was related by one of the children.] 

He was a man of commanding presence, nearly six feet high. He 
held the reins of government with a strong hand ; exerted a molding 
influence on thafcharacter of his large family, so that not one fell 
into habits of vrce. In his religion he was firmly orthodox, owning 
and studying such works as Edwards' and Hopkins.' He was con- 
stant in family worship, taught his children the Assembly's catechism, 
and so influenced them that they have all remained steadfast in the 
orthodox faith.* He was selectman of Sedgwick and justice of the 
peace many years. 

Mrs. Chloe Thurston was a bright, sprightly woman, of great ener- 
gy and endurance, and did a wonderful work in the care of a large 
family, for which they bless her memory. 

His children, by first wife, Mary, born in Rowley, were : 

+540 David,^ b. Feb. 6, 1779; m. ist, Eunice Farley; 2d, Prudence Brown. 
-|-54I Richard,^ b. July 5, 1781 ; m. Ann Bowers. 

By second wife, Chloe : 
4-542 Mary,5b April 7, 1792; m. Dea. Bliss Blodget. 
-I-543 Samuel;^ b. July 8, 1793; m. ist, Prudence Goodale; 2d, Mrs. Charlotte 

(Goodale) Greeley. 
-|-544 John,* b. Nov. 26, 1794; m. Abigail King Lawrence. 
-f-545 Sarah,* b. April i, 1796; m. Dea. John Buck. 

/ Born in Sedgwick, Me. : 

+546 Stephen,* b. 'Si^ 22, 1797; m. Clara Matilda Benson. 
4-547 Mehitable,* b. Feb. 5, 1800; ra. John Godfrey. 

*The family were emiaently social and fraternal in their feelings, and had several very in- 
teresting family gatherings and two golden weddings. The first family gathering that the 
writer is cognizant of was at the paternal home3'"ead in Sedgwick, Daniel Oliver Thurston's 
residence, Aug. 25, 1849, where eleven brothers and sisters, with the wives and husbands of 
ten of them, passed the night, making twenty-seven in all. 

The second, June 28, 1860, was at the house of Samuel Thurston of Bangor, at which were 

S resent the mother, Mrs. Chloe R. Thurston, 93 years old, four sons, four daughters, five chil- 
ren by marriage, eighteen gi-andchildreu, ten grandchildren by marriage, seven great-grand- 
• children, making forty-nine. The incidents transpiring are given by Rev. David Thurston as 
follows: " Collected to partake of refreshments, thanks being given and a blessing sought, 
all except mother were standing. As she was havina such a green old age and all were dis- 
posed to honor her, in t»ken of respect Mary Pond had prepared a garland of evergi-een. It 
fell to me, as the oldest, to place it as a crown upon mother's head. Holding it up I re- 
marked, * this, though called an evergreen, will ultimately fade. We put it upon your head, 
trusting that hereafter there will be placed upon it a crown of righteousness, a crown of glory 
which shall never fade.' After supper John R. and Fanny desired me to administer baptism 
to their infant son. Having in prayer besought the God of Abraham, the father of the 
faithful, for his presence and blessing on the parents and the child, Walter Lawi-ence was 
baptized into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy (jhost. This gave variety, 
solemnity, and interest to the occasion. In the evening several tunes were performed on the 
piano, several hymns sung, cheerful conversation was had. The parting hymn, ' Blest be the 
tie that binds,' was sung, some parting words uttered, and prayer offered. The season has 
been exceedingly pleasant and I trust not without profit. We may never all expect to meet 
again in this world. It will be marvelous grace should we all be so happy as to meet in that 
better world where sorrowful parting will not be known. May the God of all grace grant we 
may there meet." 

The third meeting was Aug. 2, 1861, at the house of Dea. John Buck of Orland. The moth- 
er was present, five brothers, four wives, four sisters with their husbands, and children and 
grandchildren to the number of eighty. 

Oct. 31. 1861, at the house of Brown Thurston in Portland, the golden wedding of Rev. 
David and Prudence (Brown) Thurston was celebrated in an appropriate manner, thirty-one 
of the relatives and friends being present. 

June 6, 1ST7, at his own house m Searsport, the golden wedding of Rev. Stephen and Clara 
( Benson) Thurston was happily and enthusiastically celebrated, thirty-one of their relatives 
and a large company of resident friends being present. 


548 Hannah,^ b. Nov. 16, 1801 ; baptized by Rev. Daniel Merrill ; d. Sept. 14, 
1824, aged 23. She had been teaching a school in New Bedford, Mass., 
where, having sometime before going there thought she was a subject of 
renewing grace, she united with the Congregational church. About the 
time she closed her school she was seized with a fever and died. 

+549 Elizabeth Chloe,* b. June 18, 1803; m. Rev. Joseph Smith. 

+550 Daniel Oliver,* b. May 5, 1805 ; m. Aphia Hinckley. 

+551 William.^b. Feb. 7, 1807; m. ist, Dorothy Pearson Colman; 2d, Caroline 
Elizabeth Greenleaf. ■ 

552 Phebe,*b. March 15, 1809; baptized by Rev. Jonathan Fisher of Bluehill; 
n.m. ; d. Jan. 24, 1857. 


Mehitable TuxsRSTOti'^ (liichard,^ Daniel,^ Daniel''-), sister of the 
preceding, and youngest daughter of Richard ' and Mehitable (Jew- 
ett) Thurston of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass. ; born there Sept. 
25; 1753; married, June 13, 1775, Dea. James Chute, born Feb. 16, 
1 75 1, son of Capt. Daniel and Hannah (Adams) Chute of Newbury, 
Mass. She died in Byfield, Mass., Oct. 18, 1819, aged 66; he died 
in Madison, Ind., April 28, 1825, aged 74. 

He was a farmer, and lived in Boxford, Mass., while his father was 
able to carry on the farm in Byfield, Mass., which he afterward occu- 

Their children, born in Boxford, were : 

563 Betsey (Chute), b. 1776; m. Daniel Hale of Newbury, Mass. 
-j-564 Richard (Chute), b. Sept. 3, 1778; m. Dorothy Pearson. 

565 Hannah (Chute), b. 1780; m. John Poor of Rowley, Mass. 

566 Mehitable (Chute), b. 1782; m. Jonathan Elliott of Concord, N. H. 

567 Eunice (Chute), b. 1783; m. 1806 Joseph Hale of Newbury, Mass., b. Dec. 

I, 1781. She died June 20, 1868; he died June 18, 1820. They had: 

568 Joseph (Hale), b. Jan. 6, 1807. 

569 ffenry (Hale), b. Feb. i8, 1808. 

570 Mary (Hale), b. Aug. 14, 1809. 

571 Mary (Chute), b. Jan. 7, 1786; m. Jeremiah Colman of Newbury, Mass., b. 
Feb. 15, 1783 and had: 

572 Dorothy Pearson (Colman), b. Feb. 13, 1810 [see no. ]. 

573 Betsey Little fColman), b. Dec. 21, 1813. 

574 Moses (Colman), b. Jan. 27, 1817. 

575 Mehitable Thurston (Colman), b. Aug. 28, 1821. 

576 James Chute (Colman), b. April 28, 1826. 

577 Daniel (Chute), b. 1787; m. ist, Dec. 27, 1813, Rachel McGrifHn; she died 

Sept. 21, 1840; 2d, Oct. 20, 1842, Mrs. Sarah Benjamin. He graduated 
from Dartmouth m i8ro. His daughter Elizabeth is the wife of Ex-Gov. 
Conrad Baker of Indiana, whose name with others has just been, March, 
1877 handed m to President Rutherford B, Hayes as a suitable candidate 

settled in' ae"weS."'^-^""''°' "^^'^' ''"'"^ " ^^'^^ ^^'""y' """^''^ 

578 James (Chute), b. Nov 15, 1788; m. ist, Oct. 23, 1S17, Martha Hewes 

Clapp of Dorchester Mass. ; 2d, 1834, at Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Mary (Crane) 
t^th.T,ln"^ T°H- '^- Samuel Crane one of the first missionaries 
to the Tuscaiora Indians. He graduated from Dartmouth in i8n and 
was settled over a Presbyterian church in Fort Wayne, Ind several vears 
and died there Dec. 28. 183S, leaving three sons and t^o daughters 


i°Af 1?''^^';°^,' {yosepK yoseph,-' Danid\ son of Joseph" 
and Mary (Fmson) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; born there Feb 
15, 1729; published July 30, 1750; married Agnes Davis, born Oct' 
15, 1733. daughter of Capt. Samuel Davis. He died June 8 iSot '• 
she died at age of 73. ' > 


He was a fisherman, residing at (Sandy Bay) Rockport, Mass. 

Their children were : 

589 Sarah.i^b. Nov. 27, 1751; m. Edmund Grover. 

590 Joseph.^b. Nov. 15, 1755; m. Lydia Parsons, b. 175S. He died 1807; she 

died 1848, aged 90. They had : 
+591 William,^ b. Feb. 22, 1783; m. Nancy Parsons. 
+592 Joseph,^ b. Jan. 22, 1787; m. Esther Norwood. 

593 Sally,^h. Aug. 2i, 1790; m. ist, William Davis; 2d, Anthony Chipman; 
moved to Steuben, Me. ; both died, leaving William (Davis), Anthony 
(Chipman), Daniel (Chipman), James (Chipman), George (Chipman). 

594 William,^ b. Oct. 27, 1762; d. young. 

595 Annis,^ b. 1764; m. John Tarr. 

596 Benjamin,* b. 1765; d. young. 

597 Olive,* b. April 7, 1766; d. young. 

598 Benjamin,* b. Dec. 25, 1771 ; d. young. 

599 Hannah,* b. 1772. 

600 Samuel Davis,* b. Oct. 14, 1775; m. Margaret Oakes. He joined the Con- 

gregational church in 1805, and died in the West Indies in i8o8. Their 
children were : 

601 Ebenezer Oakes,^ b. Dec. 9, 1796 ; n.m. ; drowned at sea. 

602 Peggy. ^ b. Aug. 21, 1798; m. Winthrop Harridan; no children. 

603 Samuel Davis,^ b. 1802 ; d. 1804. 

604 Lydia Parsons,^ h. Aug. 2^, 1804; m. July 29, 1820, Samuel Saunders, 

b. July, 1798. She joined the Congregational church Feb. 26, 1832. 
They had: 

605 Mary Ann (Saunders), b. Aug. 13, 1821; m. Dudley G. Adams. 

606 Margaret (Saunders), b. Sept. 3, 1823; m. Freeman Mitchell. 

607 Elizabeth (Saunders), b. Dec. 19, 1825; m. John Woodfall. 

608 Samuel (Saunders), b. Aug. 15, 1832; m. Ann McDonald. 

609 William E. (Saunders), b. March 3, 1836; m. Hannah McCarthy. 

610 ffenry (Saunders), b. Oct. 8, 1840; m. Esther Robinson. 
6n Emily C. (Saunders), b. Aug. 8, 1846; m. Henry Welch. 

612 Annis,^h. Feb. 23, 1806; n.m.; d. Feb. 4, 1878. 

613 Elizabeth,^ b. Sept. 30, 1809; m. Dec. 6, 1827, William Bailey of North 

Village, b. Dec. 6, 1801, and had: 

614 Charlotte (Bailey), b. April 20, 1828; d. Sept. 20, 1832. 

615 Annis Thurstoji (Bailey), b. July 18, 1831 ; m. Stinson Mitchell. 

616 Elizabeth (Bailey), b. Jan. 4, 1835; m. James McClaron. 

617 William (Bailey), b. April 9, 1842 ; m. Martha Goday. 


Daniel Thurston' {j^oseph,^ yoseph^ Daniel'^), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Joseph ^ and Mary (Finson) Thurston of Rock- 
port, Mass.; born there Feb. 16, 1735 ; married, 1756, Anna Tarr. 
He died in 1818, aged 83. 

He was interested in fishing ; built a vessel in front of his house, 
and was quite a land owner and fanner, 

Children : 
+630 Daniel,* b. 1758; m. Sally Rowe. 
-i-631 Nathaniel,* b. Aug. 7, 1769; m. Betsey Gee.. 
632 Benjamin,* the first sea captain who sailed out of Rockport. His ship 
foundered on the passage from London to Boston, and he was lost in her. 


C apt. John Thurston* {yoseph^ yoseph^ Daniel'^), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Joseph ° and Mary (Finson) Thurston of 
Gloucester, now Rockport, Mass.; born there June 30, 1737 ; married 
Mrs. Eunice (Gott) Stockbridge, born April 5, 1738. She had a 
son Benjamin (Stockbridge), a master mariner. Mr. Thurston died 
June 25, 1814; she died March 7, 1832. 


Mr. Thurston was a fisherman, living in Rockport, Mass., and lost 
his vessel bv the French in 1783, when he moved to Deer Isle, me., 
and pursued the same business there. He was taken prisoner by tne 
British in the revolutionary war and confined in Dartmoor prison. 
He was a member of the Baptist church. 

Children, born in Rockport, Mass. : 

+643 Ambrose,"^ m. Polly Gamage. 

+644 Amos,^ b. Oct. 20, 1772; m. Mary Gott. 

645 Stephen,"* m. Mrs. Pierce Carter ; settled in Cape Elizabeth, Me. 

+646 William,^ b. Aug. 27, 1778; m. Nancy Foster. 

-I-647 John,^ b. 1781; m. Sarah Foster. 

Born in Deer Isle, Me. : 

-I-64S Solomon,^ b. Feb. 21, I7!^3; m. Sarah Gott. 

649 Lovis,^ m. 1st, Hooper; 2d, Charles Gott. 

650 Eunice,^ m. David Smith of Swan's Island, Me. 

651 Susan,5 m. Charles Gott of Mt. Desert, Me. ; she d. and he m. Lovis, above. 


William Thurston' {Joseph,'^ Joseph,^ Daniel'^'), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Joseph ^ and Mary (Finson) Thurston of Rock- 
port,' Mass. ; born there Nov. 27, 1742 ; married, Jan. 10, 1764, Mar- 
tha Pool, born 1747. He was lost at sea in 1779. After the death 
of her husband she married Capt. Andrew Woodbury. She died 
August, 182 1, aged 74. 

Mr. Thurston was a seaman and owner of a schooner in 1779, in 
which he sailed for the Western Banks, and never returned. 
Their children were : 

662 Martha,^ b. Oct. 17, 1765 ; m. Felix Doyle and had : 

663 William (Doyle), m. Polly Stillman. 

664 Abraham (Doyle), m. Rhoda Blatchford. 

665 Felix (Doyle), m. Fanny Clark. 

666 Martha (Doyle), m. John Hunt of Newburyport. 

667 Sally (Doyle), m. Joshua Colby of Newburyport. 

-J-66S WilHam,'5b. Oct. 31, 1767; m. ist, Polly Tarr; 2d, Lucy Seward. 

669 Sally,^ b. 1769; m. Moses Platts Clark; she joined the Congregational 
church Aug. 14, 1814; d. Aug. 24, 1859, aged 90 years, i month. They 
had six children, two died young : 

670 Moses (Clark), b. 1786; m. Rhoda Tarr; d. April 3, 1835. They had 

Rhoda (Clark), m. Benjamin Choate ; Sophia (Clark), m. Oliver Craig; 
Howard (Clark), Jason (Clark). 

671 William Platts [C\zx\i),\>. July 23, 1791 ; m. 1815 Sally Thurston [see 

no. ], and had six children. He is living, 1S77. 

672 Sally (Clark), b. 1800; m. Amos Tarr; d. April 3, 1S60, aged 60. 

673 Betsey (Clark), b. 1S05; m. Oct. 5, 1825, Moses Haskins, and had six 


674 Josiah,''b. 1771; m. Lydia Bradstreet, and had seven children, all daugh- 

ters; moved to Boothbay, Me., and died, aged about 65. Their eldest 
m. Samuel Clark, Lydia m. Joseph Haycock, one m. A. Stetson of New 
York ; others unmarried. 

675 Abraham,'' d. unmarried. 


Abner Thurston^ {Abner^ y antes, ^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of Abner' 
of Exeter, N. H. ; born 1729; married Martha Piper, born 1720. 
She died in Candia, N. H., Nov. 4, 1825, aged 96. 

Mr. Thurston resided in Exeter, N. H. ; enlisted in the revolutiona- 
ry war March 20, 1777, in Capt. Wait's company, Col. John Stark's 


regiment, and was paid state bounty of ;^20. Jan. 22, 1778, was in 
Capt. Farwell's company, Col. Josepli Cilley's regiment; became a 
corporal, and is reported to have been killed in action.* 

Their children were ; 
-f686 Thomas,^ b. Jan. 19, 1752; m. Lucy Fenderson. 
-f-687 Suah,^ m. Aaron Brown. 
+688 David,6 b. July 31, 1775; m. Sally Eaton. 
689 A daughter. 


IcHABOD Thurston* {Abner^ yames^ Daniel'^'), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Abner* of Exeter, N. H. ; born about 1731 ; 
married Betty Filbrook. 

Mr. Thurston with " his wife Betty, formerly Betty Filbrook," deed- 
ed land in Epping 1748, and in Exeter 1753. He was in the military 
company of Capt. Jolm Parsons, regiment of Col. Peter Oilman of 
Exeter, in an expedition to Albany in 1755 ; he enlisted Sept. 19th, 
and was discharged Dec. 28th. April 7, 1760, he was in Capt. George 
Marsh's company, Col. John GofFs regiment ; was left sick at No. 4 
(Charlestown), N. H., and went home Oct. loth. 

Their children were : 

700 Betty,^ n.m. 

701 Anna," m. ist, Dec. 4, 1777, James Underwood; 2d, Nutter o£ Pitts- 

field, N. H. 

702 Patty,^ m. Chase. / v i r ■" ^ 

703 Dolly,* m.^^=^ Babcock. iU^ }. ///^ id^^u-e^^y^ 

704 DebBy,* lived with father and with Capens. 


Capt. James Thurston* {Abner,^ James,^ Daniel'^), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Abner^ of Exeter, N. H.; born Sept. 8, 1733; 
married, first, Aug. 26, 1756, Mary Jones of Newmarket, N. H.; 
she died Oct. 29, 1787. Second, May, 1789, Mrs. Elizabeth Pea- 
body, widow of Dr. Thomas Peabody. He died July 13, 1808, aged 75. 

Mr. Thurston was selectman of Exeter 1781, associated with 
Daniel Tilton and Ephraim Robinson. He must have been the 
James noted as in the revolutionary war and at the battle of New 
Town, Chemung county, N. Y. 

Children, all by first wife, Mary : 

715 Mary,* b. Sept. 22, 1757; d. June 6, 1759. 

716 Mary,* b. Sept. 30, 1759; m. Caleb Johnson. 

717 Abigail,* b. Nov. 3, 1761 ; m. Jonathan Powers. 

718 Joanna,* b. Sept. 15, 1765; m. July 15, 1792, Simon Wiggin. 
-)-7i9 James,* b. March 17, 1769; m. Elizabeth Peabody. 

720 William,* b. Sept. 29, 1772; m. Sept. 18, 1798, Elizabeth Peck. He gradu- 
ated from Dartmouth in 1792, read law with Hon. John Lowell of Boston, 
Mass., and practiced in Boston till his health failed, when he went to 
Italy, and died in Naples Aug. 25, 1822, leaving no issue. He adopted a 
son, William, who died in South Carolina June, 1846, aged 31. He also 
adopted a daughter, Sarah Jane Wiggin, b. in 1802. 

*The names of John, Josiali, Ward, Samuel, Ambrose, and Joseph Thurston are on the 
rolls of men from New Hampshire in the French and Indian and revolutionary wars. We 
know not who these men were. There was a Moses in company of Capt. Reuben Dow of 
Hollis. N. H., Col. William Presoott's regiment, Nov. 20, 1775, as a private, who is thought to 
have been from Hollis. 



Caleb Thurston^ {Abner^ James,^ Daniel'^), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and son of Abner' of Exeter, N. H. ; born 1737; married, 
Oct. 7, 1756, Hannah Dudley of Exeter. He died Jan. 4, 1799, 
aged 62 ; she died Nov. 3, 1802, aged 66. 

Mr. Thurston settled in Exeter; was a private in Capt. John 
Ladd's company, Thomas Tush of Durham, N. H., major of the 
battalion, from Aug. 19 to Sept. 24, 1757. 

Their children were : 

--731 Calebj^m. ist, Mary Oilman; 2d, Anne Wiggins. 
--732 John.^ 

--733 Dudley,^ m. Betsey Thurston [see no. 1038]. 
--734 Trueworthy,^ b. 1777; m. Priscilla Royal. 

735 Sarah,* b. Dec. 27, 1769; m. Philip Bullen of Hallowell, Me. ; d. April 2, 
18 14. They had: 

736 A son, b. and d. 1804. 

737 Hannah (Bullen), b. Aug., 1805; m. 1829, Caleb Hunt; two daughters. 

738 Paulina (Bullen), b. Oct. 30, 1807; m. 1831, Moses B. Bliss; one son. 

739 Henry Martin (Bullen), b. May 8, 1809. 

740 Laura (Bullen), b. Nov. 10, 1810. 

741 Samtiel (Bullen), b. Jan. 2, 1812. 

742 Hannah,* b. April 17, 1765; m. Samuel Hopkinson, b. Nov. 22, 1769, son 
of Noyes and Dolly (Scribner) Hopkinson of Exeter, N. H. He was a 
hatter in Exeter, and d. May 23, 1853. She was a member of the Baptist 
church, as were all her children. She died at her daughter's, Hannah 
Miles, in Brooklyn, N. Y., Jan. 28, 1859. They had : 

743 Samuel (Hopkinson). 

744 Noyes (Hopkinson), b. 1795; d. May 28, 1850. 

745 Joseph (Hopkinson), d. in infancy. 

746 Hannah (Hopkinson), b. Feb. 25, 1799; m. Miles. 

747 Dolly Scribner (Hopkinson), b. Oct. 3, 1800; m. Harris. 

748 Sarah Thurston (Hopkinson), b. June I, 1802; d. Feb. 24, 1875. 

749 Harriet (Hopkinson), b. March 22, 1804; m. Smith. 

750 Deborah Thurston (Hopkinson), b. March i, 1806; m., Baldwin. 

751 Lucy Dana (Hopkinson), b. Nov. 2, 1S07 ; d. April 2, iSig. 
+752 Daniel,* b. Aug. 6, 1776; m. Deborah Folsom. 


Peter Thurston' (Abner^ J^ames,^ Daniel''-), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and son of Abner^ of Exeter, N. H. ; born there 1739; mar- 
ried Dorothy Gates, daughter of Hezekiah,* John,° Thomas,'' 
Stephen Gates,-"- who came from Norwich, Norfolk county, Eng., and 
settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1642. He died Dec. 22, 1812, ; she 
died Feb. 16, 1831, aged 92. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in New Boston, now South Lancaster, 
Mass. ; was engaged in the revolutionary war. 

Children : 

755 Rebecca,* m. Amos Allen of Lancaster; moved into state of New York' 
had two or three sons, one a physician in Philadelphia. She died at 
Kingsbury, N. Y., May 27, 1827, aged 65. 
+756 Gates,* b. 1760; m. Elizabeth Pollard. 

757 Dorothy or Dolly,* b. Nov. 6, 1766; m. June 12, 1789, Josiah Flagg, b. Nov. 
12, 1760, son of William and Sarah (Mecom) Flagg of Boston Mass* 
He was a merchant and town clerk in Lancaster ; a member of the Unita- 
rian church. She died June i, 1835 ; he died Feb. 11, 1840. They had ■ 

758 William (Flagg), b. July 29, 1790; d. at sea Feb. 7, i8o6. 

759 Sally (Flagg), b. Nov. 19, 1791. 


760 Dolly (Flagg), b. July 25, 1793. 

761 Rebecca (Flagg), b. May 8, I79|. 

762 George Washington (Flagg), b. J uly 31, 1797 ; d. Oct. 17, 1819, in Boston. 

763 Samuel Ward (FlaggI, b. April 22, 1803. 
+764 Peter,5 b. Sept. 23, 1768; m. Sally Sweetser. 


Moses Thurston' {Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel\ son of Moses' and 
Sarah Thurston; born June 10, 1730; married, 17SS) Elizabeth 
Clifford, born Aug. 12, 1735. He died Aug. 23, 1812, aged 827. 
2 m. 2d.; she died Dec. 24, 1817, aged 82 y. 4m. 12 d. 

In 1769 Moses Thurston, with John Ladd, commenced the settle- 
ment of Unity, N. H., as a farmer, having six children. Soon after 
they were destitute of food, and he went to Walpole barefoot, guided 
by spotted trees, bought two bushels of corn, had it ground, and car- 
ried it home, twenty-five miles, on his back. He said he never felt 
happier than when his family sat down to that meal of pudding and 
maple molasses. He was a man of iron frame and iron will. He of- 
ficiated in all the town offices at different times. In the French and 
Indian war he was in Capt. John AUcock's company. Col. Peter Gil- 
man's regiment, from Sept. 22 to Nov. 14, 1755. He was sergeant in 
a company of which Lieut. Col. John Hart was captain, in Col. Na- 
thaniel Meserve's regiment, from May i to Oct. 12, 1756. In an 
account of the sums paid by Capt. Samuel Leavitt, muster-master and 
pa)rmaster of the forces raised out of Col. Atkinson's regiment for the 
Canada expedition, 1759, he enlisted March 25111, and received 3;^' 
7s. 6d. He was in Capt. Jacob Tilton's company. Col. John Goffe's 
regiment, from April 26 to Nov. 27, 1760. We cannot ascertain how 
long he served as a private in the revolutionary army, but he was sec- 
ond lieutenant in company 5, Col. Benjamin Bellows' regiment, raised 
for the relief of Ticonderoga, the last of June, 1777 ; but as that fort- 
ress surrendered July 7th, they arrived only in time to swell the army 
on its retreat. It appears from the " Report " that this regiment was 
not at the battle of Bennington, although another one under the same 
colonel was there. War with France being anticipated. Gen. John 
Sullivan, then " president " of New Hampshire, gave Moses Thurston 
a commission as colonel March 9, 1787. 

Their children were : 

765 Sally,^ b. in Stratham, N. H., Feb. 6, 1756; m. Sept. 13, 177401 5, Jesse 
Bailey of Dracut, Mass. He was a farmer and settled in Corinth, Vt., 
where he died, Sept. 5, 1837 ; she died Sept. 12, 1853, aged 97 y. 7 m. 7 d. 
They had : 

766 Mary (Bailey), b. Feb. 12, 1776. 

767 Amanda (Bailey), b. March 25, 1777. 
76S Jesse (Bailey), b. Feb. 9, 1779. 

769 Elizabeth (Bailey), b. March 12, 1781. 

770 Phinehas (Bailey), b. July 13, 1783. 

771 Rhoda (Bailey), b. Sept. 26, 1785; m. in Corinth Jan. 26, 1804, Capt. 

John Ford. She lived with her husband on the farm wliere she died 
sixty-three years and was the mother of sixteen children ; she died 
Sept. 7, 1809. 

772 Dolly (Bailey), b. April 5, 1788. 

773 Alotiy (Bailey), b. May 26, 1790, 

774 Polly (Bailey), b. Aug. 8, 1792. 

775 Sarah (Bailey), b. Dec. 27, 1794, 


776 AUal (Bailey), b. Feb. II, 1798. 

777 Permelia (Bailey), b. Aug. 12, i8oi. 

+778 Phinehas,^ b. in Epping, N. H., Jan. 7, 175S; m. Polly Wood. 

-f-779 Moses, ^ b. Jan. iS, 1760; m. 1st, Jane Spaulding; 2d, Polly Cross. 

7S0 Anna.i^ b. in Nottingham, N. H., Jan. 25, 1762; m. iVtav i, 1782. Samuel 
Hurd, b. in Killingworth, Ct, Nov. 12, 1758, son of Samuel and Lydia 
(Wilcox) Hurd of Newport, N. H. He was a farmer in Newport; dea- 
con in the Congregational church, and died March 8, 1826; she died May, 
1835. They had : 

781 Lydia (Hurd), b. Feb. 16, 1783; d. Jan. 30, 1793. 

782 Aima (Hurd), b. Oct. 23, 1786; m. Zadoc Bowman; she died 1S32; had 

seveii children, who all emigrated to Illinois 1843. 

783 Astnath (Hurd), b. Aug. 27, 1787; d. Nov. 8, 1787. 

784 A daughter, b. and d. Aug. 26, 1788. 

785 Samuel (Hurd), b. Sept. 29, 1789; d. Jan. 17, 1793. 

786 Parmenas (Hurd), b. Sept. 3, 1790; m. Sophia Dean; d. June, 1877; 

three children. 

787 iSamiw/ (Hurd), b. Nov. 30, 1792; m. Mary Ann Corbin; d. Aug. 5, 

1826; one child. 

788 Lydia (Hurd), b. Sept. 13, 1795; m. Moses Chapin; died; ten children. 

789 Kuel (Hurd), I twins, born \ d. Dec. z, 1803. 

790 Rua (Hurd), (Feb. 4, 1798;) m. Parmenas Whitcomb; d. 1864; three 


791 Paulina (Hurd),b. July 23, 1801 ; m. David S. Newell of Lebanon, N. 

H. ; no children living. 
792 Elizabeth,^ b. in Deerfield, N. H., March 23, 1764; m. about 1785, John 
Ayer of Corinth, Vt. They had : 

793 Elisha (Ayer), a soldier in the war of 181 2. 

794 Warren (Ayer), b. July 25, 17SS; m. Esther Moody of Vermont. They 


795 £/«(7fe//i (Ayer), b. March 2, 1808; m. Merrill, and living in 

Ulysses, Penn. 

796 Warren (Ayer), b. May 28, 1810; m. Polly Laytan; living in Apala- 

chin, N. Y. 

797 Isaac (Ayer), b. April 11, 1814. 

798 Esther (Ayer), b. April 9, 1824. 

799 John (Ayer), d. in 1832. 

800 John (Ayer), b. July i, 1790; m. July 6, 1814, Mary George of West 
Fairlee, Vt. ; a farmer ; Free Baptist. He died in Pike, Bradford 
county. Pa., July 7, 1852 ; she died at the same place Sept. 25, 1850. 
They had : 

801 Micah George (Ayer), b. Jan, 23, 1816 ; m. June, 1843, Lydia Ann Al- 

len; d. in Chicago July 12, 1S49. 

802 John (Ayer), b. June 25, i8i8 ; m. Oct., 1844, Harriet Wood. 

803 Lucy Ring (Ayer), b. Sept. 3, 1819 ; m. Jan. 15, 1839, Geo. W.Wells. 

804 Elbridgc Nelson (Ayer), b. Nov. 13, 1820; d. at Chicago July 14, 1849. 

805 Mary (Ayer), b. Feb. 16, 1822 ; m. Oct. 29, 1846, Homer Wells ; liv- 

ing in Le Raysville, Pa. 

806 Elizabeth Thurston (Ayer), b. Sept. 16, 1823; d. Jan. 12, 1825. 

807 Afcr//zfl (Ayer), b. Feb. 22, 1825; m. July 15, 1854, Alonzo White- 

head ; he served in the army two years. 

80S Samuel (Ayer), b. July 26, 1826; d. Aug. 15, 1828. 

809 Warren (Ayer), b. Aug. 4, 1828; m. July, 1858, Ann Eliza Wood; 
enlisted in 1864 and served till the close of the war ; lives in Alba- 
ny, Pa. 

810 Lucinda (.\yer), m. John Burke. 

811 Isaac (Ayer), a soldier of 1812 ; d. in Ohio. 
S12 Mary (Ayer), m. Amasa Wells. 

813 i7«»/fl' (Ayer), d. young. 

814 Elizabeth (Ayer), d. young. 

815 Mary,5 b. in Deerfield Jan. 14, 1767 ; m. Thomas Smith of Unity N H b 
Sept. 4, 1752, d. July 31, 1830; she died Aug. 26, 1850. Thev'had ■ '' ' 
816 Sally (Smith), b. March 26, 1786; m. Sept. 2, 1804, Noah Ladd of Unitv 
d. Jan. 31, 1861. They had: ■''. 

817 Lorenda (Ladd), b. July 26, 1805; d. Nov. 4, 1809. 


818 CfflTO/;«e (Ladd), b. March 14, 1807; m. 1827, John Sleeper; d. in 

Oneida, 111., Feb. 5, 1S57 ; three children. 

819 Lorenda (Ladd), b. May 23, i8io; m. Wilson Bartlett of Unity; d. 

Jan. 4, 1843; two children. 

820 Washington 'Ihurslon (Ladd), b. July 4, 1812; d. April 22, 1820. 

821 Adeline (Ladd), b. Jan. 25, 1815; m. Stephen Glidden of Unity. 

822 James Monroe (Ladd), b. June i, 1818; m. Sarah Graves; living in 

Oneida, 111. ; three children. 

823 Harriet (Ladd), b. April 12, 1820; m. Alvin Roundy ; two children. 

824 Washington Thurston (Ladd), b. Nov. 10, 1822; m. Frances Neal; d. 

in Oneida, 111., March 31, 1862. 

825 Noah Jefferson (Ladd), b. Sept. 14, 1825; m. Hannah Frost; d. in 

Claremont, N. H., June i, 1849. 

826 Wallace Wing-ate (Ladd), b. April 22, 1827; m. Ann Jones; d. in 

Springfield. Vt., July lo, 1852. 

827 Asenath (Smith), b. April 8, 1790; m. Edward Sleeper of Unity; d. Sept. 

14. 1873; was a member of the Baptist church; seven children. 

828 Thomas (Smith), b. Dec. 15, 1791; d. young. 

829 Thomas (Smith), b. March 14, 1794; m. ist, Hannah Huntoon of Unity; 

2d, Hepsy Newton of Dalton, N. H. He was a soldier of the war of 
1812; a member of the New Hampshire legislature; a farmer, and be- 
longed to the Methodist church. He died in Dalton Oct. 24, 1S76; 
nine children. ■ 

830 Josiah (Smith), b. Jan. 8, 1796; m. Cynthia Farwell of Unity; was 

drummer in the war of 1812, for which service he receives a pension. 
He is living in Claremont, N. H. ; is a shoemaker, and belongs to the 
Methodist church; four children. One son, Curtis, was in the war 
against the rebellion. 

831 John (Smith), b. Jan. 27, 1798; m. Delia Cram of Unity; d. in Jones- 

ville, Mich., Jan. 17, 1873; a farmer; three children. 

832 Betsey (Smith), b. Dec. 22, 1799; m. Ichabod Farrington of Claremont; 

is a member of the Baptist church; no children. 

833 Hiram (Smithj, b. April i, 1802; m. Lucinda Marshall of Lempster, 

N. H. ; is a farmer in Unity ; has been town representative ; three 

834 Moses (Smith), b. July 28, 1804; d. young. 

835 Hannah (Smith), b. May 3, 1807; m. Jesse Cram of Unity; d. in Ohio 

1830; one child. 

836 Moses Thurston (Smith), b. Oct. 8, 1S09; m. Eunice Blake of Rocking- 

ham, Vt.; d. Sept., t86o, in Springfield, Vt. ; a mechanic, and mem- 
ber of the Baptist church ; three children. 

837 Alvah Chase (Smith), b. Dec. 7, 181 1; m. Phebe Ann Faulkner of Ham- 

ilton, Mass.; is a physician in Reading, Mass., and member of the 
Congregational church ; two children. 
■838 Frederic Plummer (Smith), b. July 30, 1814; m. Locia Morris of Lisbon, 
N. H. ; is a farmer, living in Claremont; seven children. 

Born in Unity : 

839 Dorothy,^ b. Nov. 14, 1769; m. Jan. i, 1789, Nathaniel Hunton,* b. Jan. 
21, 1764, son of Charles and Maria (Smith) Hunton of Kingston, after 
of Unity, N. H. ; a farmer. She died Feb. 10, 1828; he died Dec. 29, 
1857. They had, all born in Unity: 
840 /4rzV/ (Hunton), b. Julys, 1789; m. March 18, 1809, Polly Pingry, b. 
Sept. 6, 1791, daughter of William and Mary (Morrill) Pingry of 
Rowley, Mass., after of Salisbury, N. H. She died in Bethel, Vt., 
April 29, 1874; he died in Hyde Park, Vt., Nov. 25, 1857. He com- 
menced the practice of medicine in Groton, N. H.,in 1814; July, 1818, 
he removed to Hyde Park, where he was the village doctor for thirty- 
nine years. They had : 
841 Parmeiias (Hunton), b. in Salisbury Nov. 30, 1809; m. May 22, 
1838, Laura Pearson of Randolph, Vt, b. in Roxbury, Vt., Mar. 17, 

* This family all originally spelled their name Hunton, but about 1825 a part of them 
changed it to Huntoon. 


1815, daughter of John T. and Mary (Fowler) Pearson; after his 
death she married again, and is living in Wheatland, N. J., ^°7°- 
He studied law and was admitted to the bar at Hyde Park in 1838, 
and died in Charleston, S. C, Aug. 4, 1839; no children. 

842 Sylvanus (Hunton), b. in Salisbury June 2, iSii; m. Sept. 5, 1841, 

Clarissa M. Bailey, b. in Weare, N. H., Sept. 29, 181 1, daughter 
of Bradbury and Agnes (Marshall) Bailey of Unity; she died in 
Unity Dec. 21, 1842. He graduated from the Vermont Academy 
of Medicine at Castleton in 1836; went to South Carolina on ac- 
count of ill health in Oct., 1839, and engaged in teaching; was at 
Gaillard's plantation on the great southern bend of the Santee, at 
Sumterville, Charleston, and Aiken; and in Nov., 1846, he went to 
CarroUton, Ga., to take charge of a school, where he died, Feb. 25, 
1847, at the house of Dr. W. P. Parker; no children. 

843 Etidosia Dorothy (Hunton), b, in Salisbury May I, 1813; d. single at 

Hyde Park Aug. 3, 1S44. 

844 Augustus Pingry (Hunton), b. in Groton, N. H., Feb. 23, 1816; m. 

April 29, 1S49, Caroline Paige, b. Feb. 14, 1817, daughter of Dr. 
Alfred and .Sarah (Bigelow) Paige of Bethel, Vt. He was admitted 
to the bar in Montpelier, Vt., April, 1837 ; commenced practice in 
Warren, Vt.; removed to Bethel in 1838, where he still resides, 
187S; has been several limes representative to the legislature; was 
speaker of the house iS6o-i ; has been state senator, and was pres- 
idential elector in 1864. They have : 

845 Mary (Hunton), b. in Bethel, Vt., April 25, 1851; m. Feb. i, 

1877, Wm. Brunswick Curry Stickney [no. 1405 in Stickney fam- 
ily], b. in Marblehead, Mass., Jan. 16, 1845, son of Rev. Moses' 
Parsons [no. 1405 in Stickney family] and Jane Frances (Curry) 
Stickney of Bethel. Mr. Stickney is a partner in the law firm 
of Hunton'& Stickney, Bethel. They have William (Stickney), 
b. March 6, 1878. 

846 Albert (Hunton), b. in Bethel June 20, 1S53; d. July 18, 1S64. 
847 Tryphena Ruth (Hunton), b. in Hyde Park Jan. 10, 1827; d. single 

Nov. II, 1843. 

845 William Philo (Hunton), ) b. in Hyde Park ) d. single Feb. 22, 1856. 
849 Mary Augusta (Hunton),) Nov. 24, 1S32 ; ) m. July 8, i860. Rev. 

Sylvester Ames Parker, b. June 10, 1834, son of William Bateman 
and Malvina (Miner) Parker of Lempster, N. H. ; has been pastor 
of the Universalist church in Stowe, and in Bethel, Vt., where he 
still is, 1879; "o children. 

850 Tryphena (Hunton), b. March 22, 1791 ; ra. Oct. I, 1820, Moody Gilman 

of Goshen, N. H. ; she died Nov. 15, 1821 ; no children. 

851 Reiiel iHunton), b. July 22, 1794; d. in Unity May 2, 1823; n.m. 

852 Harvey (Huntoon), b, Nov. 10, 1800; m. July 5, 1S31, Maria P. Morse, 

daughter of Ichabod and Polly (Bailey) Morse of Newport, N. H., b. 
April 25, 1S13; she died Feb. i, 1871. He is a farmer on the home- 
stead in Unity, 1879; was appointed first railroad commissioner in 
1844; high sheriff for Sullivan county from 1850 to 1855; been justice 
of the peace fifty years. They have : 

853 Keuel (Huntoon), b. July I, 1832; m. Nov. 21, 1861, Susie E. Russell, 

b. Sept. 10, 1S37, daughter of Phileman and Mary (Wilkins) Rus- 
sell of Cambridge, Mass. She died at Somerville, Mass., May 30 
1875. He enlisted in the i6th New Hampshire regiment Nov. 4, 
1862, as corporal, and was promoted to first sergeant" was mus- 
tered out Aug. 20, 1863, and died Sept. 17, 1S63, three weeks after 
reaching home; one child. 

854 Ransom (liuntoon), b. April 25, 1836; m. Sept. 12, 1859, Elizabeth L, 

Thorp of Wataga, III. ; is a farmer in N ewport, N. H. • four children." 

855 Ora Morse (Huntoon), b. May i, 1839; m. Nov. 30, 1871, Mary Vilona 

Curtice of Contoocook, N. H.; was representative to legislature 
1868-9; is a farmer in Contoocook; two children. 

856 Ira McLnughlin (Pluntoon), b. June i, 1843; m- July 3, 1867, Jennie 

S. Lowell of Lempster, N. H, ; is a farmer in Unity; four children 

857 Lemira Jennett (Huntoon), b. Feb. 22, 1847 ; m. May 26, 1874, Joel a' 

Jillson of Bellows Falls, Vt. ; one child. 


858 Ariel Augustus (Huntoon), b. Sept. 29, 1851 ; m. June I, 1874, Carrie 
F. Kenerson of Newport; is a grocer in Newport; three children. 

859 Roxana (Hunton), b. July 15, 1805; d. Oct. 22, 1837; n.m. 

860 Ransom (Huntoon), b. Aug. 10, 1810; entered the military academy at 

West Point 1830, and died in Unity Feb. 18, 1834; n.m. 
+861 Josiah,^ b. May 7, 1772 ; m. ist, Polly (Wood) Thurston ; 2d, Martha March. 
862 Hannah,^ b. Sept. 13, 1774; m. March 19, 1793, Jedediah Philbrick, b. Nov. 
5, 1767, son of Samuel and Sarah (Sanborn) Philbrick of Kingston, N. H. 
He was a farmer in Springfield, N. H., where he died, Aug. ig, 1820; he 
was a member of the Methodist church. She died in Crovden, N. H., 
Oct. 5, 1850. They had : 

863 Betsey Eliza (Philbrick), b. Dec. 7, 1794; m. April 4, 1814, Moses Bean; 

d. in Petersburgh, 111., Feb. 12, 1869. 

864 Samuel (Philbrick), b. July 22, 1796; m. June 24, 1822, Aurelia Clement; 

d. in Havana, 111., Dec. 31, 1873. 

865 Dorothy (Philbrick), b. Aug. 10, 1798; d. March, i8oo. 

866 Lua (Philbrick), b. Dec. 27, 1801 ; m. 1822, Winn Oilman of Springfield, d. 

867 Anna McKenslry {Y\A\\ix\i:^),\i. Jan. 8, 1806; m. Nov. 23, 1826, Ezra 

Pillsbury of Springfield, where she is now living, 1879. 

868 Diah (Philbrick), b. May 23, 181 1 ; m. in Derry, N. H., March 4, 1835, 

Sarah Gibson; d. in Derry Oct. 23, 1838. 

869 Emily Bingham (Philbrick), b. Aug. 10, 1816; m. Aug. 21, 1841, James 

Colby; is living, 1879, ™ Kewanee, 111. 

870 John,^ I twins, born fm. Betsey Ladd. He was a farmer in Unity; d. 

871 Joanna,^ j Dec. 14, 1776; ( Oct. 5, 1839; she d. Jan. 19, i860; no children. 

Joanna m. Nov. 26, 1795, Jonathan Fitts, b. May 9, 1772, son of Jonathan 

and Susannah (Pike) Fitts of South Hampton, N. H. He was a farmer 

in Unity till 1807, when they moved to Smithville, N. Y. ; both members 

of the Baptist church. He died Oct. 9, 1847 j she died in McDonough, 

N. Y., April 29, 1855. They had : 

872 Jonathan (Fitts), b. Oct. 24, 1796; m. ist, in Smithville, N. Y., Jan. 4, 

1820, Martha Chamberlain of that place, b. Jan. 7, 1794; she died in 

Harrisville, Ohio, July 19, 1839; 2d, in Elyria, Ohio, June 3, i84r, 

Nancy DeWitt, b. in Vermont Aug. 22, 1S16; she died in Elyria Feb. 

4, 1859. He was a farmer in Harrisville, afterward Lodi, Ohio, in 1820; 

member of the Congregational church; d. June i, 1850. They had: 

873 Hiram Lewis (Fitts), b. Feb. 22, 1821 ; n.m. ; d. April 26, 1838. 

874 Sylvia (Fitts), b. July 11, 1822; n.m. ; .d. July 7, 1838. 

875 Celinda (Fitts), b. May 13, 1824; m. Feb. 12, 1845, George Burr of 

Harrisville; living, 1878, in Lodi. 

876 Sophia (FittsI, b. Sept. 15, 1825; m. May 5, 1846, John T. Wells of 

Lodi; moved to Coral, 111., where she died, Feb. 5, 1847. 

877 Sophronia (Fitts), b. Dec. 22, 1827; d. June 29, 1849. 

878 Julia De Francey (Fitts), b. Jan. 21, 1832 ; d. July 19, 1843. 

879 Wealthy (Fitts), ) twins, born ) d. Nov. 13, 1838. 

880 Welton (Fitts), ) Mar. 9, 1834; ) enlisted, 1861, in the 2d regiment of 

U. S. sharp-shooters; remained in camp Instruction near Washing- 
ton, D. C, till May, 1862, when his regiment was ordered to march ; 
was carried to the hospital at Fredericksburgh with typhoid fever, 
where he died, June, 17, 1862. He lies buried in the soldiers' bury- 
ing-ground at Falmouth Village, Virginia. 

881 Rollin Jonathan (Fitts), b. Feb. 5, 1843; "i- March 8, 1862, Cornelia 

J. Nevins of Elyria; d. May 6, 1877. 

882 Harvey Edmund (F'Ms),h. Oct. 6, 1844; m. March 3, 1868, Lizzie 

Spurriss of Tennessee. He entered the army in the spring of 1862, 
belonging first to the infantry, then the cavalry, and served till the 
close of the war in 1865; living, 1878, in Aberdeen, Miss. 

883 Virgil (Fitts), b. Oct. 12, 1847 ; d. Oct. 5, 1850. 

8S4 Anna (Fitts), b. March 13, 1798; m. Dec. 31, 1818, Seth Curtis of Mc- 
Donough, N. Y. ; d. May 19, 1876. She was a member of the Baptist 
church, as were all her children, as follows : 

885 James Harvey (C-axt\s],h. 'Nov. 2<), \&ig; m. Feb. 1, 1846, Fanny 

goville of McDonough ; d. April 29, 1869. 

886 Palmyra Leach (Curtis), b. Oct. 15, 1821 ; m. ist, Sept. 4, 1840, George 

Mclntyre of Cincinnatus, N. Y., who died Aug. 8, 1841 ; 2d, May 


19, 1844, Merrit Daniels of McDonough. In Nov., 1878, they went 
to Nebraska. 

887 Sally (Curtis), b. Jan. 2, 1823; d. July 17, 1839. . 

888 John Thurston (Curtis), b. Aug. 5, 1824; m. Oct., 185T, Julia Ackley 

of McDonough ; lived on the old homestead for several years, then 
was overseer on railroads in different towns till a few years since 
they moved to Kentucky, where they reside, 1878. 
8S9 Edmund Bostwick(Q.\xx\\%),h. yi3.xc\i<), i&2^\ m. Oct., 1851, Mary 
Moore of McDonough; was clerk in the treasury department for 
sixteen years ; 1878 is a dealer in eggs, butter, and cheese ; is dea- 
con of the Baptist church and Sunday-school superintendent in 
Washington, D. C. 

890 Adelaide Elizabeth (Curtis), b. July 13, 1828; m. Aug. 27, 1856, Nel- 

son Coville of McDonough; d. Sept. 3, 1872. 

891 Charles Edgar (Curtis), b. May 24, 1830; m. Oct., 1852, Maria Gib- 

son of McDonough; enlisted Sept., 1864, in the 90th New York 
regiment; was taken prisoner at the battle of Cedar Creek Oct. 19, 
and died from starvation in prison hospital at Salisbury, N. C, Feb. 
8, 1865. 

892 Louisa Rebecca (Curtis), b. May 9, 1832; d. March 17, 1861. 

893 Lorena Allen (Curtis), b. Feb. 23, 1834; m. Sept., 1853, Asa McDan- 

iels of McDonough. In iS58 they moved to Norwich, N. Y., and 

in 1878 to Garnett, Kansas. 
S94 IVilliam Henry (Curtis), b. Dec. 10, 1838; d. Jan. 10, 1839. 
895 ffatlie Adores/a [Cmlis], b. June II, 1S40; n.m.; living in McDon- 
ough, 1878. 

896 Betsey (Fitts), b. Oct. 12, i8oo; went with her parents to Smithville, N. 

Y., in 1S07 ; was for many years a teacher of district school and of 
Baptist Sunday-school ; m. ist. May 21, 1844, Elder Bennett Hart, 
Baptist, of Smithville, who was killed by lightning June 12, 1S45; 2d, 
Dea. Silas Betts of Greene, N. Y. ; he died Feb. 8, 1878; she is living 
at Brisbin, N. Y., 1878; no children. 

897 Sally Bartlett (Fitts), b. Oct. i, 1802; m. April 5, 1826, Isaac Tichinor 

Towslee of Pownal, Vt. ; d. Sept. 3, 1870; was a Baptist; had, all b. 
ill Smithville: 

898 Henry Lafayette (Tovi&lee). b. Jan. 6, 1827; m. Louisa Van Tassel 

of Oxford, N. Y. ; she died May 8, 1864. He was a boatman at 
Greene, N. Y., where he died, April 2, 1874. 

899 Clarrenda Jane (Towslee), b. Feb. 17, 1828; d. June I, 1832. 

900 Lavorian Thurston (Towslee), b. Feb. 7, 1830; m. ist, Jane Knicker- 

bocker of Smithville; she died Dec. 31, 1857; 2d, Diantha Cong- 
don of Scipio, N. Y. ; is a grocer and butcher in Locke, Cayuga 
county, N. Y., 1878. 

901 Francis Chase (Towslee), b. May i, 1831 ; m. Sarah Caukins of Had- 

ley, Mass. ; is a farmer in Smithville, 1878. 

902 Delos Hiram (Towslee), b. May 20, 1S33; m. Jan. I, l86i, Hannah 

Thackry of Leeds, Eng. ; is a farmer and blacksmith in Greene, 
1878 ; both members of the Baptist church. 

903 Clarrenda Jane (Towslee), b. May 21, 1835; m. Sept. i, i86l, Har- 

vey Symoiids of Oxford, N. Y. ; live in Greene, 1S78; Baptists. 

904 Lovina (Fitts), b. Nov. 2, 1S08; m. Sept. 19, 1849, John Carpenter of 

Ohio; he died in McDonough May 2, 1864; both members of the Bap- 
tist church. She lives in McDonough, 1878; no children. 

905 Hiram Lewis (Fitts), b. Mav 2, 1812; m. Jan. 5, 1842, Almeida Ward 

Beardsley of McDonough, where he resides, 1878. They have bom 
in Smithville : 

906 George Harvey (¥'Ms),h. 'Nov. 13,1842; m. Hattie Alvard • live in 

Iowa, 187S; Methodist. ' 

907 Ellen Douglas (Fitts), b. Feb. 22, 1S44; n.m.; d. at Oxford N Y 

April 9, 1872; Baptist. ' ' "' 

908 Alice (Fitts), b. May 14, 1S45; d. April 29, 1853. 

909 Adelaide Elizabeth (Fitts), b. April 14, 1S48; m. in 1869 Hadlai Fish 

Pendleton of Norwich, N.Y., where they now reside, 1S78 • Baptist 

910 Martha Minerva (Fitts), b. in McDonough Jan. 9, 1851 ; d. i'n Oxford' 

Nov. 12, 187 X. 


911 Mary Ida (Fitts), b. March 30, 1853; m. Nov. 9, 1872, George Burr 

of Lodi, Ohio, where they reside ; member Congregational church. 

912 J^rank (Fitts), b. in Maine, N. Y., March, 4, 1859; lives in McDon- 

ough; is studying to be a teacher. 

Note. The descendants and relatives of Moses Thurston, no. 229, page 59, are 
under lasting obligation to Mary Augusta Hunton, no. 849, wife of Rev. Sylvester 
Ames Parker of Bethel, Vt., for her untiring labors in research and preparation of 
the materials for the history of these families as given in these pages. 


EzEKiEL Thurston* (Moses,^ Stephen? Daniel'^), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Moses ^ and Sarah Thurston ; married . 

Mr. Tliurston was a resident of Exeter, N. H., in 1775, as he was 
enlisted from that place in the revolutionary war under Col. Joseph 
Cilley; was in the battle at Saratoga Oct. 7, 1777. 

Their children, born in Epping, N. H., were : 

+923 Jonathan,^ b. May 7, 1761 ; m. ist, Sarah ; 2d, Mary Ardway. 

-i-924 Ezekiel,^ b. May 28, 1765 ; m. Mrs. Bray. 


Stephen Thurston * of Stratham, N. H. {Moses^ Stephen!,^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Moses' and Sarah Thurs- 
ton ; married . 

Child : 
-|-935 Moses,^ m. Betsey Wiggin. 


Oliver Thurston* {Moses ^ Stephen? Daniel''^'), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and son of Moses' and Sarah Thurston; born about 1738; 
married Sarah French. She died in Eaton, N. H., 1814; he died 
in Shapleigh, Me., or Wakefield, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston was a butcher in Brentwood, N. H., a very large 
and athletic man. He was in Capt. George March's company. Col. 
John Goff's regiment, in an expedition for the invasion of Canada, 
from March 6 to Nov. 27, 1760. He next enlisted in Capt. Rowell's 
company, Col. Nathan Hale's regiment, Feb. 11, 1778. In the battle 
of New Tow«, Chemung county, N. Y., fought Sunday, Aug. 29, 1779 
(a very large and enthusiastic centennial celebration of this battle 
was held on the spot Aug. 29, 1879), he was sergeant in the 8th com- 
pany of Col. Reed's regiment, shot through the thigh, and suffered 
much for many years before the ball could be removed. Discharged 
Feb. 26, 1781; examined and commenced garrison duty Feb. 26, 
1783. Received a pension of two dollars per month. 

Children : 

946 Thomas,^ m. twice; was a shoemaker, living in Shapleigh, Me., Freedomi 
and Eaton, N. H., where he died between 1835 and 1840; no children. 
-)-947 Moses," b. about 1770; m. Sarah or Sally Moses. 
4-948 Oliver,^ b. May 10, 1773; m. Anstress Cross. 
+949 Reuben,^ b. 1775; m. Sally Cross. 
-1-950 William,^ b. Oct. 19, 1777 ; m. Mary Robinson. 
-I-951 John,5 b. July 5, 1782; m. Alice S. Hutchins. 
952 Ann,^ lived and died in Brentwood. 



John Thurston^ (^yohn,^ Stephen,^ Daniel^ son of John' and 
Elizabeth Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; married Elsie Leavitt. 
Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Stratham. He was in the revolution- 
ary war. 

Their children were : ' 

+966 John,^ b. 1780; ra. ist, Hannah Mason; 2cl, Jane Smith. 

967 Phebe,^b. 1784; m. James Cram of Newmarket, N. H. ; d. 1871. They had: 
968 Benjamin Franklin^ Joseph^ Mary, and Ann (Cram). 

972 Sally,^ b. 1791 ; n.m. ; d. in Exeter, N. H., 1867, aged 76. 

973 Betsey,^ n.m. ; d. yomig. 

974 Dolly,* m. Theophilus Jones of Exeter; d. 1843; five children. 

980 David,* b. about 1798 ; m. Lydia Drew of Wakefield, N. H. ; d. abqut 1858. 

981 Hannah,* b. March 31, 1803; m. John Lyford Conner, a carpenter of Exe- 

ter. He died Jan. 22, 1848, aged 43 ; she died July 26, 1872. They had : 

982 yohn (Conner). 

983 Sarah E. (Conner). 

954 Enoch y. (Conner). 

955 Margaret B. (Conner). 

986 Carrie Frances (Conner), b. July I, 1837; m, Sept. 2, i860, Geo. Wash- 
ington Wiggin, b. Feb. 22, 1831, son of Andrew N. and Sarah B. 
(Messer) Wiggin of Northampton, N. H., a manufacturer of drain tile 
in Exeter ; a member and clerk of the Baptist church. Children : 

987 Emma Adell (y^^Sggm), b. Jan. 18, 1862. 

988 Perley Olive (Wiggin), b. Nov. 30, 1864. 
9S9 Amy Floretta (Wiggin), b. July 27, 1868. 

990 William H. (Conner). 
991 Mary Carr,* b. Nov. 9, 1804; m. March, 1831, John I. Nourse, a farmer of 
Andover, Mass., b. Sept. i, 1808, son of John and Elizabeth (Ingalls) 
Nourse of Lynn, Mass. He died Aug. i, 1857. She resides in Law- 
rence, Mass. They had: 

992 Nathaniel Thnrston (Nourse), b. Dec. 3, 1832; d. May 4, 1855. 

993 Mary Susan (Nourse), b. April 3, 1843; "'• •*-. B. Cutler of Andover. 

994 Sarah Elizabeth (Nourse), b. Jan. 15, 1847; d. April 27, 1856. 
-I-995 Nathaniel,* m. Hannah Dutch. 


Paul Thurston* {John^ StepJmi^ Datiiel'^), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and son of John ^ and Elizabeth Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; 
married Margaret . 

Their children were : 
looS Paul,* was a tax-payer in Belchertown, now Pelham, Mass., in 1769; served 
six months in the revolutionary war ; was elected to a town office in 
1775, and constable in 1780; became deranged and froze to death in 
Hardwick, Mass. 

1007 Samuel,* was a tax-payer in Belchertown in 1767. 

1008 Pagy,* m. Norton. 

-j-1009 Thomas,* m. Elizabeth Larmon. 


Samuel Thurston* {Robert^ Stephen,'^ Daniel^), son of Robert" 

of Stratham, N. H. ; married Mary . Mr. Thurston was a joiner 

in E.^eter, N. H., and died, intestate, 1765. April 28, 1766, dower 
was set off from his estate to Mary, his widow. 

Their children were : 
+1020 Samuel,* m. Elizabeth Oilman. 
-|-I02i Ephraim,* b. March 25, 1753; m. Annie Marsh. 


* 262 

James Thurston * of Nottingham, N. H. {Robert,^ Stephen,^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Robert 'of Stratham, N. 
H.; born 1744; married . He died Nov. 20, 1816, aged 72. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and wealthy land owner in Nottingham 
and New Sandwich, N. H. 

His children, said to have been born in New Sandwich, were : 

+1032 Ebenezer,^ m. ist, Betsey Doughty; 2d, Jane . 

i°33 Jonathan,^ a farmer in Nottingham, and had Helfy.^ 

+1034 Peter,^ b. March 6, 1770; m. Rachel Doughty. 

'°3S Joseph,^ went to New Orleans and died there. 

+1036 Moses,^ m. Nancy Harvey. 

-)-l037 Polly,^ b. Feb. 5, 1776; m. Freeman Dexter. 

1038 Betsey,^ m. Dudley Thurston [see no. 733]. 

1039 Hannah,^ lived and died single in Nottingham. 

1040 Dudley.^ 

1041 Sally,^ b. 1786; m. March 12, 1853, Eb'en Harvey of Nottingham. She 

died Dec. 20, 1858; he died Feb. 26, i860, aged 84. 


Enoch Thurston * of Beverly, Mass. {Nathaniel,^ Stephen,^ Dan- 
id''-), eldest son of Nathaniel' and Miner (Chase) Thurston of Plais- 
tow, N. H.; born there Aug. 9, 1741 ; married, first, April 14, 1763, 
Elizabeth Chase, born Jan. 21, 1746, daughter of Aquila and Mary 
(Bowley) Chase; second, Feb. 24, 1774, Lucy McIntyre of Dan- 
vers, Mass. ; third, Betjey Sheldon of Beverly. He was a butcher 
in Beverly, and died March, 1828. 

His children, by second wife, Lucy, were : 

1052 Enoch.^ 1053 Eben.^ 1054 Lucy.^ 1055 Lydia.* 

1056 Ruth,* m. i8or, Jonathan Cressey of Beverly. They had : 

1057 Sally (Cressey), b. June 5, 1802. 

1058 Aaron (Cressey), b. Sept. 4, 1804; in Beverly. 

1059 Lucy McIntyre (Cressey), b. June 9, i8og. 

1060 Rebecca (Cressey), b. Feb. 18, 1814. 

1061 Enoch (Cressey), b. Aug. 28, 1817; in Danvers. 

1062 Rebecca L. (Cressey), b. Nov. 28, 1819. 

1063 Solomon (Cressey), b. Nov. 3, 1824. 

By third wife, Betsey: 
+1064 James,^ b. June 16, 1795; m. ist, Nabby Black; 2d, Louisa Ray. 


Paul Thurston* {Nathaniel!' Stephen^ Daniel'^'), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Nathaniel ' and Miner (Chase) Thurston of 
Plaistow, N. H. ; born Nov. 22, 1743 ; married . 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in West Newbury, Mass. 

Children : 
1075 John.* 1076 Anne.* 1077 Miner.* 

1078 Sarah.* John, Anne, and Sarah named in their grandfather's will. 


Jonathan Thurston^ { Nathaniel ^ Stephen!^ Daniel'-'), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Nathaniel ' and Miner (Chase) Thurston of 
Plaistow, N. H. ; born there Dec. 21, 1745; married, October, 1769, 
Elizabeth Hovey, born Sept. 23, 1741, daughter of Samuel and Eliz- 



abeth Hovey of Newbury, Mass. She died Aug. 14, 1823, aged 82 ; 
he died June 8, 1832, aged 87. . -u 1 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Boscawen, N. H. ; was in the revolu- 
tionary war, remained till the close, and was honorably discharged. 
Owing to the loss of the muster roll of his company, he failed to re- 
ceive a pension. In i860 the town was divided and Webster formed,, 
the division bringing the homestead into the new town, where all the 
family lived except Nathaniel, who bought a farm in the eastern part 
of the town, which is still Boscawen. 

Their children were : 

1089 Mary,5 b. Aug. 18, 1770; m. 1794, Ephraim Noyes, b. 1765, son of James 
and Jane Noyes of Newbury (Old Town), Mass. He was a shoemaker 
in Boscawen, a soldier in the war of 1812, and a member of the Congre- 
gational church. He died May 11, 1856; she died Sept. 5, 1857, aged 
87. They had: 
logo James (Noyes), b. 1795 i ™^s ^" ''^^ ^'^'^ '^^ 1812, and supposed to have 
been lost at sea. 

1091 Jane (Noyes), b. 1797 ; n.m. ; d. 1819. 

1092 Elizabeth Wyatt (Noyes), b. 1799; n.m.; d. 1870. 

1093 Edna Adams (Noyes), b. May 13, 1801 ; n.m. 

1094 Judith Stickney Whittier (Noyes), lives in Rowley, Mass. 

1095 Nicholas Moody (Noyes), b. Oct. 24, 1806. 
-I-1096 Nathaniel,^ b. Dec. 29, 1771; m. Susanna Jackman. 

1097 Moses,^ b. Sept. 27, 1773; teacher; n.m.; d. March 14, i86i. 

109S Ruth,* b. Oct. 12, 1775; n.m.; d. July 19, 1843. 

1099 Phebe,^ b. May 30, 1778 ; teacher ; n.m. ; d. March 27, 1867, aged 89. 

278 . 

Stephen Thurston' {Nathaniel^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Nathaniel^ and Miner (Chase) Thurston of 
Plaistow, N. H. ; born in Newburyport, Mass., Jan. 24, 1750; mar- 
ried, first, Keziah Cheney, born in 1749 at Newburyport; she died 
Sept. 25, 1814, aged 65. Second, in 1816, Mrs. Pettingall of New- 
port, N. H., born 1791, having had three children, Jefferson (Pettin- 
gall), Phebe (Pettingall), and Rev. Erastus (Pettingall), who was a 
Methodist minister; she died in 1873 in Barnard, Vt. 

Stephen Thurston was a farmer and joiner, and lived in Rowley, 
now Georgetown, Mass., Boscawen and Orford, N. H., and Fairlee, 
Vt., where he died. May 26, 1846, aged 96 years and 4 months. He 
was in the revolutionary war under Washington at Valley Forge. 
His daughter Jane writes : " They were Congregationalists till late in 
life when he joined the Methodists; an exemplary member; an hon- 
est and upright man. They were very industrious people. As soon 
as the girls were old enough to work we were taught to knit, sew, 
spin flax, card tow, wool, and cotton, and spin and weave material for 
the principal part of our clothing and that of the family. The order 
of the day with my brothers was, work ; with the motto, whatever you 
do, do well." 

His children, all by first wife, born in Rowley, were : 
-fuio Eunice Smith,'^ b. June 9, 1774; m. Porter Estabrook. 

nil Keziah,6b. May 21, 1779; m. Oct. 15, 1795, Abel Gillet, a joiner and farm- 
er of Norwicli, Vt. She died May i, and he May 15, 1852. They had: 
1 1 12 Sarah, Abel, Otis, Hannah, Franklin, Lova, and Harriet (Gillet). 


IH9 Fannie (Gillet), m. 1844, Nahala Davis and had Sarah Keziah (Davis), 
m. June 4, 1864, A. E. Wardwell, Congregationalists and live in 
Norwich; Anna Isadore (Davis), m. Nov, 26, 1870, A. H. Trescott; 
she is a Methodist and they live in Norwich ; George Ransom (Da- 
vis), lives in Centerville, La. 
+1120 Stephen,^ i twins, born / m. Philena Pamelia Dunham. 

1 121 Patty,6 ) April, i78i;)m. Lewis Churchill; lived in Cornish, N. H., 
where they died. They had : 
1122 Bmker Brewster (Churchill), m. and had Edgar (Churchill); both 
father and son were in the war against the rebellion; Lydia (Church- 
ill), m. Nelson. 

1123 Sally,5 b. Nov. 25, 1782; m. John Terry, a farmer of Hanover, N. H.; d. 
leaving : 
H24 Caroline (Terry), m. and lives in Kansas. 
1125 Julius (Terry), m. and lives in Claremont, N. H. 
1126 DoUy,^ b. Oct. 4, 1784; m. Dec. 25, 1807, Ithamar Watson, b. Sept. 7, 
1784, son of Caleb and Lydia (Houlet) Watson of Weare and Salis- 
bury, N. H., a machinist and later in life a farmer of Salisbury, where 
he died Nov. 2, 1855; she died June 6, 1859. He was captain of militia, 
justice of the peace, and many years master of Warner lodge of Masons. 
They were members of the Baptist church. They had : 

1127 A child who did not survive its birth. 

1128 .fi&K?-_y ZyOTflK (Watson), b. Feb. 10, 1811; m. June 4, 1840, Roxana 

Hughes. He graduated from Vermont medical college 1838, and 
practiced medicine successfully over twenty years in Guildhall, Vt. 

1129 iJ/e/zKi/a C4^«^^ (Watson), b. June 8, 1816; m. Jan. i, 1838, Tenney 

Hardy, b. March 26, 1808, son of Thaddeus Hardy of Warner, N. 
H.,- where he died Feb. 23, 1873. 

1130 Joseph Warren (Watson), b. June lo, 1823; d. Oct. 10, 1824. 

1131 Porter Baldwin (Watson), b. July 13, 1825; m. Oct. 17, 1848, Luvia 

Ellen Ladd. He was a farmer, but is now, 1878, overseer of a glove- 
leather tannery in Littleton, N. H. ; was representative in the legis- 
lature in 1863 and 1864. 
1132 Jane,^ b. June 27, 1788; m. 1806, Stephen Stanley, a farmer of Salisbury, 
where they lived till after their children were born, and after in Warner. 
He died June 11, 1853. Mrs. Stanley has been very helpful in collect- 
ing these facts, 1877. They had : 

1133 Eunice (Stanley), b. Mar. 21, 1810; lives with her mother, unmarried. 

1 134 Stephen Thurston (Stanley), i twins, born I m. 1840, Sarah Emerson 

1135 /^wz^^flj (Stanley), ) Dec. 28, 1812; ) of South Reading, now 

Wakefield, Mass.; live in Warner. Phinehas m. ist, 1842, Virtue 
Jones of Rumney, N. H. ; 2d, in 1850, Mary Wiggin of Moulton- 
borough, N. H., and live in Lowell, Mass. 

1136 Betijamin (Stanley), b. April 14, 1815; m. 1851, Elizabeth Cutting of 

Concord, N. H., and live with his mother. 

1137 Charles (Stanley), b. May 31, 1820; d. 1843. 

1138 John,^ b. Oct. I, 1790; m. and went West about i8i2, and was never 
heard from. 
+1139 Nathaniel,^ b. April 22, 1795; m. ist, Martha Hall; 2d, Jane Fellows. 


Susannah Thurston* {Nathaniel^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), sister of 
the preceding, and daughter of Nathaniel ^ and Miner (Chase) Thurs- 
ton of Plaistow, N. H.; born there May 7, 1763; married, Oct. 11, 
1781, JosiAH Chase, born April or Aug. 2, 1762, son of Aquila and 
Mary (Bowley) Chase of Newbury, Mass. She died Oct. 6, 18 13. 

Their children were : 

H50 Moses (Chase), b. March 2, 1782; ra. Feb. 29, 1820, Sally Lewis. 

1151 Josiah (Chase), b. Jan. 12, 1784; m. 1st, Nov. 25, 1809, Sarah Woodward; 

2d, Feb. s, 1817, Esther S. Fernald. 

1152 Rebecca (Chase), m. Jonas Lewis. 

1153 Nathaniel (Chase), n.m. ; d. in Newbury. 


1154 Mary (Chase), m. Sept. 25, 1814, Eliphalet Randall. 

1155 Charles Aquila iChase), n.m. ; d. in Newbury. 

1156 Susan (Chase), n.m.; d. in Newbury. 

1157 Lydia F. (Chase), n.m.; d. in Newbury. 

1158 Nancy (Chase), m. May 12, 1818, Richard Hawes. 

1159 William (Chase), n.m.; d. in Newbury. 

1 160 Hannah Sawyer (Chase), m. Charles Crocket. 

n6i Lydia Thurston (Chase), b. Nov. 30, 1806; m. Nov. 10, 1832, Job Tapley.^ 
1162 Elizabeth (Chase), b. May 18, 180S; m. in Brooksville, Me., Job Tapley; 
d. Dec. 16, 1830. 


Stephen Thurston' (Stephen^ Stephen,^ Daniel''-), son of Stephen^ 
and Mary (St. Claire) Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; born there April 
8, 1760; married 1784, Betsey Wiggin, born Oct. 10, 1762, daughter 
of Capt. Jonathan and Molly (Little) Wiggin of Stratham, and her 
grandmother was Molly Jaquith of Newbury, Mass. [see no. 72.] He 
died Jan. 23, 1861, aged 100 y. 9 m.; she died May 8, 1859, aged 97. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Stratham. In 1806 moved to Cor- 
nish, Me., where he remained one year, and removed to West Madi- 
son, Me. He entered the army of the revolution at an early age, 
and was at West Point when Arnold left there so precipitately; was 
there when Washington arrived and saw him frequently. At the time 
of the death of his wife, it was said that they had six children, fifty- 
four grandchildren, sixty great-grandchildren, and three great-great- 
grandchildren. They lived with their son Col. William, from whom 
they had never been separated more than a few days at a time since 
his birth. 

Their children were : 

-)-ii73 William,^ b. Jan. 11, 1786; m. Charity Eames. 

1174 Mary,!^ b. March 15, [792; m. March 23, 1S15, Dea. Daniel Hobart of So- 
lon, Me. ; d. May i, 1S57. They lived in Skowhegan, Me;, and had: 

1175 Huldah (Hobart), b. Feb. 23, 181S; m. ist, Oct. 6, 1840, Luther Jew- 

ett; he died March 16, 1854; 2d, James Malbon of Skowhegan. 
She is a member of the Congregational church. 

1176 Warren (^A.oh■^.xt],\,. June 30, 1819; m. Oct. 22, 1857, Mary Ann 

Lincoln; d. Nov. 6, 1861, leaving one son, who died Feb., 1878. 

1 177 Elizabeth (Hobart), b. May 31, 1821; d. Feb. 24, 1863. 

1178 Mary^ (Hobart), b. Oct. 9, 1822; m. June 6, 1844, Daniel Paul, a farm- 

er in South Solon; seven children. 

1179 Martha Jane (Hobart), b. July I, 1824; d. Nov. 16, 1847. 

1 180 Daniel Franklin ('Ro\j7a\.),h. Yah. (>, 1826; m. Feb., 1855, Martha 

Jenkins and reside in East Madison; one son. 

1181 Sextiis (Hobart), b. March 31, 1S2S ; m. Nov. 7, 1856, Sibel Rowell of 

Solon; live in Boston, Mass.; one son. 

1182 George Fargo (Hobart), b. Nov. 4, 1829; drowned April 3, 1845. 

1 183 Hannah Wright (Hobart), b. Dec. 30, 1831 ; d. Jan. 24, 185.-1. 

1184 7o<'/ fJ^/7/wOTj- (Hobart), b. July 21, 1833; m. Jan. 30, 1855, Hannah 

Norton of Solon. They live in East Madison; two sons. 
11S5 Betsey,* b. May 12, 1795; m. April 12, 1817, David Baker; d.' Nov. 12, 
1856. They resided in South Solon. She was a member of the Con- 
gregational church. They had : 

1186 Phebe Hazzleton (Baker), b. April II, 1S19; lives in Portland Me ■ is 

a member of the Baptist church. ' ' ' 

1187 Elizabeth Thurston (Baker), b. May 19, 1828; m. Feb., 1867- d Tune 

4, 1875, in Solon. 

1188 David (Baker), b. March 27, 1831 ; a farmer and teacher in Nebraska • 

enlisted in the Union army i86i in ist Nebraska Cavalry ; d in the' 
hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 8, 1862 ; was a member' of the 
Congregational church. 


1 189 y?w« (Baker), b. Oct. 14, 1835; enlisted in 21st Maine regiment in 

1862 ; badly wounded before Port Hudsoil May, 1863. He was a 
spar maker in Bath; m. March 26, 1865, Susan W. Brownson ; re- 
sides in Solon ; three children. She is a member of the Baptist 

1 190 Mary Hobart (Baker), b. April 18, 1838 ; n.m. 

1191 Mehitable,6 b. in Meredith, N. H., Nov. 8, 1797 ; m. May 18, 1817, Reu- 
ben Martin, a farmer and lumberman. They had : 
1192 Mary Elizabeth (Martin), b. Nov. 15, 1819 ; m. May 31, 1842, Edward 
Hobart, b. April 11, 1817, son of Caleb and Hannah (Paul) Hobart 
of Solon. They resided in Madison till 1846, when they moved to 
Maine Settlement in Wisconsin, and in 1850 to Hinghara,Wis., where 
he owned and operated saw and grist-mills till 1866, when he moved 
to Sheboygan Falls, and in 1868 to Rockford, 111., where he now re- 
sides, 1879. They have, b. in Hingham : 

1193 Adah Maria (Hobart), b. March 7, 1852; graduated in music 

from Rockford female seminary 1871 ; m. Jan. i, 1872, Fred 
James Whiffin from Sheboygan county, Wis., and had Mary 
(Whiffin), b. in Rockford Nov. 14, 1872. 

1194 Sarah Alma (Hobart), b. Feb. 6, 1855; graduated from Rockford 

high school 1874; m. April 23, 1876, Melville Adelbert Calkins 

of Rockford. 
1195 Ripley (Martin), b. Sept. 22, 1822;, d. April 25, 1862. 
H96 Maria (Martin), b. Sept. 29, 1824; m. Dec. 11, 1843, Hiram Hobart; 
had two children, b. in Sheboygan; d. Sept. 27, 1849. 

1 197 Mark (Martin), b. Nov. i, 1826. 

1 198 Asher (Martin), b. Sept. 23, 1828 ; d. July 8, 1837. 

1199 Alonzo (Martin), b. Nov. 23, 1831. 

1200 Sarah (Martin), b. Feb. 25, 1833 ; d. June 2, 1856. 

1201 Reuben (Martin), b. March 28, 1837. 
+1202 Jonathan,^ b. 1801 ; m. Lucinda Emerson. 


Daniel Thurston * of North Parsonsfield, Me. {Stephen^ Stephen^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen ° and Mary 
(St. Claire) Thurston of Stratham, N. H.; born there July 29, 1763 ; 
married, 1794, Hannah Dutch, born in Lee, N. H., Dec. 8, 1764. 
She died Feb. 28, 1839; he was a farmer and died 1845. 

Their children were : 

1213 Sally,5b. Feb. 27, 1795; m. Dec. 26, i8i6, by Rev. John Buzzell, Ephraim 
Thompson, a farmer of Brownfield, Me., after of Eaton and Conway, 
N. H., b. in Buxton, Me., Oct. 8, 1790. She died Dec. 15, 1866; he died 
Dec. 13, 1863. They had: 

1214 Mary Ann (Thompson), b. Dec. 23, 1817 ; m. Ephraim Hatch of Con- 

way, N. H. 

1215 Hannah Smith (Thompson), b. Nov. 14, 1819; m. July 15, i860, 

Isaac Meader. 
I2i6 Z>a«2>/ 7%«rrfoa (Thompson), b. Oct. 23, 1820; n.m.; a farmer in 

1217 Lorenzo Dow (Thompson), b. July 15, 1822 ; a farmer of Eaton. 

1218 Jane Dutch (Thompson), b. Feb. 10, 1824; m. May 19, 1842, Jona- 

than Leavitt, a farmer in Chatham, N. H. 

1219 Stephen Thurston (Thompson), h. Jan. 25, 1826; m. March 8, i860, 

and is a farmer in Minnesota. 

1220 Artemas Richardson (Thompson), b. Feb. 29, 1828; d. June, 1829. 

1221 Rebecca Hall (Thompson), b. Nov. 15, 1830; m. Dec. 5, 1857, George 

N. Merrill, a farmer in Danvers, Mass. 

Born in Conway, N. H. : 

1222 Thaddeus Broad (Thompson), b. Dec. 15, 1833; m. March 7, 1861, by 

Rev. King Atkinson, Susan M. Stuart of Eaton. 


1223 Samuel Dutch (Thompson), b. Dec. 31, 1836; m. Feb. 25, 1864, Mary 
Estell ; is a farmer in Minnesota. 

1224 George,^ b. Nov. 23, 1797; m. Jane Thompson; was a carpenter in Great 

Falls and Somersworth, N. H. He died 1842 ; she died 1872 ; had two 
sons who died in infancy. 

1225 Mittee,5 b. Dec. 22, 1798; m. William Thurston [see no.Z'jijV]. 

1226 Stephen,6b. June 10, 1802; a farmer; n.m. ; d. of lock-jaw, caused by a 

slight wound, Feb. 18, 1823. 

1227 Mary ,5 b. April 29, 1806; n.m.; d. Oct. 10, 1836. 

1228 Betsey,^ b. July 30, 1808; n.m. ; d. July 14, 1834. 

1229 Hannah.s b. July 23, 181 1 ; n.m. ; d. Dec. 4, 1835. 

1230 Daniel,^ b. March 15, 1814; n.m.; d. Dec. 11, 1835. 

jFiftl^ <afeneratfon. 

Rev. Benjamin Thurston ^ {Col. Daniel,^ Benjamin^ Daniel^ 
Daniel''-'), son of Col. Daniel ^ and Hannah (Parke^ Thurston of 
Bradford, Mass.; born there Sept. 25, 1753; marriea^'i77S, Sarah 
Phillips, born Dec. 25, 1755, daughter of John Phillips of Boston, 
formerly governor of Massachusetts. She died May 22, 1789; he 
died near Raleigh, N. C, in 1804. 

Rev. Benjamin Thurston graduated from Harvard 1774; settled at 
Northampton, N. H., Nov. 2, 1784; resigned Oct. 27, 1800. He had 
rare talent, pleasing address, and was an efiScient preacher. Feb. 22, 
1797, he gave the right hand at the ordination of Rev. Jesse Apple- 
ton at Hampton, N. H. Dr. Phillips, the founder of Phillips acade- 
my, Exeter, procured the charter of the legislature of New Hamp- 
shire April 3, 1 78 1. The inaugural ceremonies took place in 1783. 
They were performed by Rev. Benjamin Thurston, a gentleman of 
the trust, with a particular address and charge to the preceptor. In 
the solemn charge, delivered in the presence of the founder, to the 
first preceptor of the academy, this sentence occurs : " You will 
therefore, sir, make no discrimination in favor of any particular 
state, town, or family, on account of parentage, age, wealth, senti- 
ments of religion, etc., — the institution is founded upon principles of 
the most extensive liberality." Mr. Thurston's charge and the re- 
sponse by Mr. William Woodbridge exist in manuscript in the library 
of Harvard college. Mr. Thurston was a trustee for twenty years, 
from 1781 to 1801. 

Their children were : 
+1250 John Phillips,^ b. 1781 ; m. Mary Tucker. 

1251 Sarah,8 b. Feb. 12, 1783; m. July 12, 1803, Joel Hall; d. Oct. 2-!. 1806 
They had: 
1252 Sarah Thurston Phillips (Hall), b. 1804; m. Nov. 4, 1835, James 

Merrill Cummings, b. July 27, 1810, graduated from Bowdoin, M.D. 

1834 ; a practicing physician in Portland, Me. They had : ' 

1253 Elizabeth W. (Cummings), b. Sept. 27, 1836. 

1254 ya?«« ^Mi7rt (Cummings), b. Feb. 12, 1840. 

1255 Jane (Hall), b. 1806; m. 1827, John K. Hale, lawyer; d. 1857; had: 

1256 Mary (Hale), m. Dr. Guild and had Jeannie Thurston (Guild). " 

1257 Sarah (Hale), m. Rev. J. M. Robinson. 

1258 Matthew (Hale). 


1259 Benjamin,^ b. June 17, 1785; attended Phillips academy at the age of 13; 
n.ra. ; d. July 30, 1803, at St. Georges, Granada. 

J260 Betsey," b. jfune 6, 1787 ; m. Nov. 25, 1804, James Milk Ingraham of Port- 
land ; d. 1858. They had : 

1261 James Milk (Ingraham), b. Oct. 13, 1805. 

1262 Elizabeth Thurston (Ingraham), b. March 8, 1807 ; m. D. B. Holbrook, 

and had Caroline (Holbrook). 

1263 yoj-(?//4 j^o/^ (Ingraham), b. Jan. 26, i8og; m. Mary Brooks, and had 

Josephine (Ingraham), Sargent P. (Ingraham), Louisa (Ingraham), 
Caroline (Ingraham). 

1264 Benjamin (Ingraham), m. Laura Brooks, and had William (Ingraham), 

Henry (Ingraham). 

1265 Caroline {\.n^,^c3h2xa) . 

1260 John Phillips Thurston (Ingraham), m. and had three children. 

1267 Charles (Ingraham). 

1268 Julia (Ingraham). 

1269 Daniel," b. May 7, 1789; n.m. ; d. at Northampton, N. H., Nov., 1816. 


Hon. Nathaniel Thurston ^ ( Col. Daniel,'^ Benjamin,^ Daniel^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Col. Daniel* and 
Hannah (Parker) Thurston of Bradford, Mass. ; born there Jan. 17, 
175s; married, first, Jan. 30, 1780, Betsey Webster of Bradford; 
second, Martha Bridges of Andover, Mass. ; third, Huldah Per- 
kins of Portsmouth, N. H. ; fourth, Clarissa Tucker of Newbury- 
port, Mass.; fifth, Martha B. Lovejoy of Andover; sixth, Sept. 22, 
1807, Mary Chadwick, daughter of Joshua Chadwick of Rindge, 
N. H. ; seventh, Frances Fletcher of Boston, Mass. This last 
marriage we found recorded in the Williamsburgh, Va., Gazette of 
i8og, with the following quotation in connection, " counsel our coun- 
selors and give our senators wisdom," "Virginia State Library." 

He was a farmer in Bradford, and exporter of beef ; for many 
years a member of the legislature of Massachusetts ; was distin- 
guished for his benevolence and greatly lamented by his friends. 
He died in Lansingburgh, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1811, aged 56, after which 
his widow married an ex-governor of Massachusetts, and went to the 
South. The following epitaphs are copied from the stones in the old 
burying-ground in Bradford: 

Here lies interred the remains of Mrs. Betsey Thurston, consort of Capt. Na- 
thaniel Thurston, who departed this life Dec. 10, 1^90, aged 34. 
/ Let mourning friends and husband dear 

Lament the dead, repent, and fear ; 

Let youthful children read this stone, 

Feel they must die and soon be gone. 
Mrs. Martha Thurston, consort of Nathaniel Thurston, Esq., died May 12, 1799, 
aged 32. 

See there, all pale and dead she lies,, 

Forever flow my streaming eyes ; 

There dwells the fairest, loveliest mind, 

Faith sweetens it, together joined, 

Dwelt faith and wit and sweetness there, 

O view the change and drop a tear. 
Mrs. Huldah Thurston, consort, etc., died Sept. 8, 1801, aged 24. 
Mrs. Clarissa Thurston, consort, etc., died Nov. 14, 1803, aged 36. 
Mrs. Martha B. Thurston, consort, etc., died July 27, 1804, aged 25. 
Mrs. Mary Thurston, consort, etc., died March 30, 1808, aged 27. 

His children were : 
-I-1279 Daniel," b. Jan. 12, 1796; ra. Abbie Stephens. 
-{-1280 Nathaniel Bridges," b. 1797 ; m. Ruby Gage. 


1281 Benjamin,^ b. July, 1800; d. March 11, 1801, aged 8 months. 

1282 Benjamin,^ m. ; no children. 

1283 Betsey,'' m. Benjamin Kimball, a shoe manufacturer of Bradford, and had : 

1284 Eliza (Kimball), m. Stephen Mansur, mayor of the city and merchant 

in Lowell, Mass. ; had three daughters and four sons ; all dead 1878. 

1285 Thurston (Kimball), m. Harriet Griffin of Bradford. 

1286 Ellen (Kimball), m. William Gage, a shoe manufacturer of London- 

derry, N. H. 

1287 ZfOTzs?-!/ (Kimball), d. young. 

1288 Benjamin (Kimball), d. young. 


Daniel Thurston^ {Col. Daniel,^ Benjamin^ Daniel^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Col. Daniel * and Hannah 
(Parker) Thurston of Bradford, Mass.; born there June 12, 1757; 
married, Nov. 5, 1781, Susannah Crombie, born Nov. 11, 1764, 
daughter of James and Sarah (Poor) Crombie, of Andover, Mass. 
He died at his son's in Methuen, Mass., June 11, 1831, and was 
buried in Bradford. She died Dec. 10, 1844. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Bradford ; assessor, treasurer, and 
collector of the town. He was in the revolutionary and 1812 wars. 
They were professors of religion but not members of the church. 

Their children were : 
+1299 Danieljis b. Oct. 11, 1782 ; m. Mary Stacy. 

1300 Sarah,^ b. Nov. 20, 1786 ; m. David Walker of Bradford, a tanner and in- 

spector of beef; lived thirty years in Troy, N. Y. She died Jan., 1831 ; 
he died in Hanover, Mass., 1836; no children. 

1301 Nathaniel Parker,^ b. June 25, 1790 ; in the United States service as drum- 

mer for five years, and was stationed at Marblehead and Fort Independ- 
ence, Boston. May 6, 1811, had orders to march to Pittsburgh, Pa. 
His sister Clarissa writes, 1878, at the age of 75, "next we heard from 
him at Vincennes, Fort Harrison, March 20, 1812, after the battle of 
Tippecanoe ; he says, ' but through the' goodness of God the bullets fell 
harmless at my feet. The number killed and wounded was 188, the In- 
dians 224.' He was in all the principal battles of the war, and when 
Gen. Hull surrendered to the English, said he could have taken the 
English flag if Hull would have let him, but he chose to surrender, and 
every true-hearted soldier's blood boiled with indignation and shame at 
the consummate, self-willed blunder. They were marched through the 
streets to the tune of ' Yankee Doodle ' to the prison ; and as they 
marched the old ladies came to their doors with light in hand (it was 
evening), holding up their glasses and crying out, ' have you got all the 
rebels now ? ' That was more than my brother could bear, and his drum- 
sticks would not beat. They were thrust into a filthy prison and given 
rations of horse flesh and wormy bread. When the prisoners were ex- 
changed they were put on board a vessel, and the English put copperas 
into the casks of water ; but fortunately before they were out of the har- 
bor the trick was discovered, and they were saved from being poisoned. 
He after enlisted for the war, and then for five years more, which he 
served as drum-major at West Point military academy as teacher. He 
was drowned in June, 1820, in Lake Erie. Thirty ladies and gentlemen, 
out sailing on a pleasure party, were overtaken by a violent squall, so 
common on the lake, which capsized the boat, and all but two or three 
were drowned. My brother was a splendid swimmer, but was lost. He 
was a dear brother." 

1302 Susan.e b. March 28, 1793 ; m. George Ellis of Bradford, who was station 

agent on the Boston and Maine railroad at North Andover Mass till 

he died, June, 1837. They had : ' '' 

1303 Susan Martin (Ellis), m. Daniel Smith of Haverhill, Mass a box 

manufacturer. He enlisted in the war against the rebellion' 'as first 

lieutenant, and was at the first battle of Bull Run. They have four 

sons and one daughter. 


1304 George (Ellis), m. Caroline Allen of Andover; is an engineer and box 

manufacturer in Haverhill ; captain of steam fire department. They 
have four sons and one daughter. 

1305 Julia Ann (Ellis), m. ist, Chandler Smith, a machinist in Andover, 

who died 1856; two daughters ; 2d, Henry Wilson, a shoe manu- 
facturer in Lynn, Mass. ; no children. 

1306 Clara Spofford (Ellis), d. in infancy. 

1307 Clara Thurston (Ellis), m. Charles Foster of Andover, a manufacturer 

of all kinds of cutlery and needles used in shoe making ; is alder- 
man of the city and enlisted in the war against the rebellion ; reside 
in Lynn and have two sons. 
1308 Martha Bridges,"* b. Oct. 25, 1797; m. Dec. 8, 1817, Seth Clark,* b. Jan. 
14, 1783, a merchant tailor in Portland, Me., a man of character and in- 
fluence. Mr. Clark m. ist, March 18, i8c8, Nabby Tucker, b. Feb. 18, 
1789, d. Dec. 27, 1816, having had George Howe (Clark), b. Dec. 24, 
1808, m. Nov. I, 1836, Maria L. Smith of Hadley, Mass; Francis Tukey 
(Clark), b. May 16, 181 1, d. Dec. 16, 1813; Lsaac Towle (Clark), b. June 
5, 1814, m. 1st, June, 1837, Louisa A. Marston, 2d, June 24, 1864, Julia 
C. Winslow; Nabby Tucker -(Clark), b. May 27, 1816, m. Sept. 9, 1834, 
William Goold. Seth Clark died Aug. 13, 1871, leaving his second wife, 
Martha B., who from eight years of age was reared in the family of her 
cousin, John Phillips Thurston, an eminent merchant of Portland, who 
moved to New York in 1819, and became one of the leading commission 
merchants of that city. She was several years a scholar at the Portland 
academy, commencing under the tuition of Edward Payson, afterward 
D.D. She lived to a good old age, respected and loved by all who knew 
her, and died Jan. 16, 1879. She had : 

1309 A son, b. Oct. 4, 1818; d. in infancy. 

1310 Stephen Tukey (Clark), b. Oct. 29, 1819; m. April 22, 1847, Charlotte 

A. Ilsley of Westbrook, Me. He was interested in the New York 
Express and after on the editorial staff of the New York Tribune ; 
died in Italy 1S69; family reside in NewVork. 
13H Thurston (Clark), b. Jan. 14, 1822. 

1312 Henry Thurston (Clark), b. Feb. 15, 1823; m. Oct. 12, 1852, Louisa 

Stinchfield of Clinton, Me ; is connected with railroading and re- 
, sides at Cumberland, Mills, Me. 

1313 Ezra (Clark), b. April 7, 1825; m. May 11, 1848, Elizabeth Durgan. ; 

was a tinsmith in Portland and in Titusville, Pa., where he died, i868. 

1314 Seth (Clark), b. Jan. 7, 1827; m. June 19, 1853, Sarah L. Lambert of 

Port Jervis, N. Y. ; is in the boot and shoe business in Clinton, Iowa. 

1315 Edward (C\3x\i), b. Dec. 2, 1833; is on the editorial staff of the New 

York Tribune. 

♦ The Claek Family. 

I. William Clark came from England and settled in Doreliestar, Maaa., May 30, 1630. 
He and his wife Sarah were members of the Dorchester church before 1639. He removed to 
North Hampton, Mass., in 1650 or 1660, and was many years a leading man and a deputy to 
the general court. He died July 18, 1690, aged 83. They had Nathaniel, b. Jan. 27, 1641 ; Re- 
beokah.b. about 1649; John, b. about 1651; Samuel, bap Oct. 2, 1653; "William, b. July 3, 
1656; Sarah, b. Mar.^h 19, 1659. 

II. John Claek, born about 1651 ; married, first, July 12, 167T, at Springfield, Mass., Ke- 
beckah Cooper; she died May 8, 1678. Second, March 20, 1679, Mary Strong, daughter of El- 
der John Strong. John Clark was deacon, deputy to general court, and died Sept. 3, 1704. 
Children, all by second wife; Sarah, b. April 20, 1678; John. b. Dec. 28, 1679; Nathaniel, b. 
May 13, 1681; Ebenezer, b. Oct. 18, 1682; Increase, b. April 8, 1684; Mary, b. Dec. 27, 1685; 
Rebecca, b. Nov. 22, 1687; Experience, b. Oct. 30, 1689; Abigail, b. Mar., 1692; Noah, b. Mar. 
28, 1694; Thankful, b. Feb. 13, 1696, d. May 9, 1696; Josiah, b. Jnne 11, 1697. 

III. Ebsnezeb Clark, born Oct. 18, 1682; married, Dec. 10, 1712, Abigail Pearson : he waa 
asubstantial man; died Feb. 27, 1781, aged 98. They had Ebenezer, b.Aug. 16, 1714; EZRA,b. 
April 4, 1716; Abigail, b. Nov. 29, 1718; William, b. Jan. 2, 1721; Sarah, b. April 23, 1723; 
Jedediah, b. March 25, 1726; Israel, b. March 16,1729; Blihu, b. Sept. 30, 1731. 

IV. Ezra CLiEK, born April 4, 1716; married, 1739, Martha Phelps. They had Martha, b. 
Sept. 4, 1740; Abigail, b. March 6, 1742; Hannah, b. Sept. 15, 1743; Ezra, b. Feb. 26, 1746; 
Martin, b. Dee. 23, 1746; Mary. b. July 17, 1748, d. young; Phebe, b. about 1760; Jonas, b. 
about 1751; Naomi, b. Oct. 4, 1753; Job, b. Nov. 30, 1765; Zenas, b. Sept. 23, 1767; Dorothy, 
bap. Feb. 7, 1760. 

V. Ezra Clark, bom Feb. 26, 1745 ; married, Jan. 20, 1775, Sarah Howe, born Aug. 14, 
176S. He died Aug. 14, 1818. They had Anna, b. March 14, 1778; James, b. Sept. 30, 1780; 
Seth, b. Jan. 14, 1783, m. Martha Bridges Thurston; Samuel, b. Aug. 26, 1784; George, b. 
Feb. 27, 1787; Sarah, b. Sept. 16, 1797; Jonas, b. June 14, 1799. 


13 16 Mary Walker,^ b. July 13, 1800; m. Joseph C. Pearson of Bradford; had: 

1317 Sarah W. (Pearson), b. March 6, 1820; m. ist, Joseph H. Delaware; 

2d, Daniel N. Poor; two children. 

1318 Zaterto» (Pearson), b. June 18, 1822; m. Susan Buswell, and had 

Gertrude and Ida (Pearson). 

1319 William Jlemy {Pearson), b. June 13, 1825 ; m. Elizabeth Ann Austin, 

and had William, Nydra, Louise, Daniel, Grace, and Charles (Pear- 

1320 Daniel T/ii/rsfon {Fe3.rson),h. Ms.y 6, 1S20; n.m.; d. in Happy Val- 

ley, Cal., about 1848. 

1321 C.4«rA'j .5". (Pearson), b. Sept. 16, 1832; n.m. ; engaged in the war 

against the rebellion, and died in Bradford. 

1322 Afary 77/z<«/o« (Pearson), b. Aug. 19, 1834; m. Henry P. Morse; 

three children. 

1323 Martha A. C. (Pearson), b. Aug. 16, 1S38; m. Geo. H. B. Howe; no 

1324 Clarissa Tucker," b. Dec. 7, 1802 ; m. March 25, 1819, George Spofford of 
Georgetown, Mass., b. Feb. 2, 1797 ; a merchant, then express to Boston 
thirteen years, then station agent on Georgetown and Newburyport rail- 
road, and parish clerk; was once appointed postmaster but did not ac- 
cept ; he died Feb. 18, 1873. They had : 
1325 ^OTOj (Spofford), b. June 23, 1822; was named for his grandfather, 
Dr. Amos Spofford, who purchased the old Thurston farm on Spof- 
ford's hill in Georgetown for $1,800, which he paid in silver dollars, 
making half a bushel. Amos entered West Point 1837, but from a 
naturally weak constitution could not stand the discipline; he re- 
signed, became a civil engineer, and assisted in locating the Sarato- 
ga and Sacketts Harbor railroad, which runs near Raquett lake and 
the Adirondac mountains. Game was so plenty in those days that 
he sent home to his friends at one time six carcasses of deer ; the 
lake was lite/ally full of beautiful trout. In 1862 he enlisted in the 
war against the rebellion ; had his knee badly injured by a railway 
accident ; suffered much from lack of treatment, but went to New 
Orleans, barely escaping shipwreck on a condemned steamer ; did 
service in the 50th Massachusetts regiment hospital at Baton Rouge, 
where he died, June 23, 1863, and his remains were brought home 
in 1865 and placed beside those of his father and two of his chil- 
dren. In 1845 he married Sophia Savary of Georgetown and had: 

1326 Clara Tucka- (Spofford), b. in Georgetown Feb. 10, 1846; m. 

1872, Harry Stetson, a printer in New York ; d. April 30, 1875. 

1327 Martha Savary (Spofford), b. in Epsom, N. H., Oct. 24, 1849; d- 

in Georgetown Oct. 17, 1863. 

1328 Judith Follatisbee (Spofford), b. in Georgetown Sept. 28, 1851 ; m. 

Chandler L. Parker of Boxford, Mass., a musician, teacher of 
all kinds of wind instruments, and composer of music ; live in 
Groveland, Mass. They have : 

1329 George Gihnan (Parker), b. Dec. 2, 1875. 

1330 Herbert Chandler (Parker), b. Dec. 13, 1877. 

1331 Amos Little (Spofford), b. in Lowville, N. Y., April 11, 1856- 

graduated from Massachusetts Agricultural college 1878, and 
is studying medicine in Harvard university. 

1332 Jennie Smith (Spofford), b. in Lowville April 8, 1858; m. David 

Mighill Winter Morrill, a mechanic of Georgetown. They have • 
1333 Z«/rt(??- jS'A/ori/ (Morrill), b. May 2, 1878. 
1334 George John (Spofford), b. at Lyons Falls, N. Y., Nov. 29 i8t;q- 
a shoemaker. -"^ ' 

+1335 Benjamin,^ b. Aug. 7, 1805; m. ist, Eliza Gage; 2d, Lydia Carlton. 


Thomas Thurston « {Dea. John,^ Jonathan," Daniel,'' Daniel'^') 
son of Dea. John and Hepzibah (Burpee) Thurston of Rowley, now 
Georgetown, Mass.; married, first (published March 30, 1780), Lydia 
Davis of Concord, Mass.; she died Jan. 19, 1806. Second,' Jan. i 


1807, Mehitable Upton, born Nov. 6, 1763, daughter of William 
and Hannah (Stanley) Upton of North Reading, Mass. 

He was a farmer in Fitchburgh, Mass., and member of the Congre- 
gational church. 

Capt. Tom, as he was afterward familiarly called, was a musical ' 
genius. He inherited superior talent, which, with some cultivation, 
made him the leading musician in town, in fact in all this region. 
He had a good voice, a fine ear for music, and was leader of the 
church choir for over thirty years. His father, though himself a good 
singer, had no idea of allowing his son to depend upon his musical 
talent for a living, so he determined that Thomas should learn a 
trade, as was the custom in those days. Accordingly he apprenticed 
him to a shoemaker by the name of Brown in Concord, Mass. The 
trade was not adapted to his tastes ; but he was remarkably success- 
ful teaching singing-schools, and he won a reputation in all the sur- 
rounding towns. 

There is a bit of romance connected with his early life, which has 
never been written, which may account for the musical talent of this 
branch of the Thurston family. We have said he was a singing mas- 
ter and during the winter traveled about the country teaching singing- 
schools. One winter, in the town of Concord, he saw and fell in love 
with a charming-faced, rich-voiced maiden— one, in his eyes, the fair- 
est of the fair. His heart was devoted to music then more than ever, 
and the cooling shades of old Concord lured him, out of singing- 
school season, to sundry rehearsals of which no public notice was 
given. It was a mutual love, and very soon it was whispered around 
that Singing Master Thurston and Miss Lydia Davis were " courting." 
They v/ere duly published and married. What wonder that children 
born in such wedlock should be musicians ? What wonder that Uncle 
Cyrus is so often called " to lead the old folks ? " What wonder that 
Grandpa Ebenezer, at eighty years of age, could beat the bass drum 
with unerring precision and whistle Yankee Doodle like a boy ? Nay, 
more, what wonder, with Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne, Thoreau — ce- 
lebrities Concord has produced — that the intellectual basis of an able 
missionary should be brought fofth in such a union ? 

Rev. Dr. Ripley, for many years a pastor of Concord, officiated at 
the wedding. Mr. Thurston took his young bride to his new home in 
Fitchburgh, and commenced in earnest to fell the giant forest pines 
that covered the Turkey hills. He used to say he could stand on one 
spot and touch with his axe every inch of ground he could clear in 
one day, so thick was the growth of trees. After he had succeeded 
in clearing a small patch, his wife became so homesick that he was 
obliged to pack up and move to her father's in Concord, where he en- 
gaged at his trade as a shoemaker. In a year and a half they came 
back to Fitchburgh to find the cleared patch grown up with briars, 
and everything looked discouraging in the extreme. But they went 
to work with a will, and there was a happy home on the hill, with 
music in doors and out. 

The autumn of 1787, seven years after the nuptials at Concord, 
found Thomas and Lydia Thurston with a family of three children — 
one son and two daughters. On the twelfth day of October came a 


little Stranger to the hillside home to share with his brother and sis- 
ters the joys and sorrows of childhood, and fill the parents' hearts 
with gratitude. 

That was a gladsome day, was it not ? Who would have dreamed 
that in the far-off islands of the Pacific was a kingdom awaiting the 
advent of this child, upon which his character should be stamped. 
While he slept so peacefully in his cradle, that nation was groaning 
under the burdens of heathenism and wasting its blood in ghastly 
conflicts. What uninspired seer would have been bold enough to an- 
nounce the workman and his work ? There was no unwonted melody 
in the sighing of the breezes that swept the brow of old Watatic, or 
bent the waving fields of corn on the hills and in the valleys of Fitch- 
burgh. Nor did the birds, as they winged their way southward, sing 
sweeter farewell songs when this child was born whose maturer life 
was in such harmony with God. Perhaps the sun shone benignly on 
richly-laden orchards and fields white with the frosts of autumn, as 
the news spread from farm to farm that a child had been born and a 
household had been blessed. For those were days when children 
were welcomed. There was room for them then. No edict of fashion 
forbade them. No stingy selfishness begrudged them a living. No 
fear of present poverty or coming want debarred them, but with a 
trust in God that was hearty, the sturdy pioneers greeted their new- 
born children. 

The winter of 1803 found them with ten children. Theirs was a 
happy household of gay, rollicking children as ever clustered round a 
fireside. Thomas, the eldest son, had just passed his majority and 
was intending to enter the ministry. Asa had been boarding two 
years at Joseph Farwell's, learning his trade at Farwell's scythe shop 
on West street. He was a strong and robust fellow, and his frequent 
visits home " to see mother " were jovial seasons as such natures 
might make them. While Mrs. Thurston lived, her house was a 
favorite resort for all the young people of the neighborhood. The 
Eaton family, who lived where Daniel Eaton now resides, were partic- 
ular friends. The two families were alike in many respects. Both of 
buoyant spirits, fond of music, companionable, and ranging about 
equal ages, there grew a bond of sympathy and friendship between 
them which ripened and deepened with the years. 

There were playmates from other households, boys for the boys to 
visit, and girls for the girls to visit, and we may be pardoned, per- 
haps, for guessing that laughing blue eyes and black had mutual at- 
tractions, sometimes unspoken. It is convenient often for brothers 
to have sisters, and sisters to have brothers, else the bashful minority 
of humankind might fare worse than it does. Many a trembling 
fellow has been enabled to carry on the first half of his courting 
successfully under the excuse of going to see " her brother ■ " and 
likewise a diffident, shrinking girl is made bolder because "his sister " 
gave the invitation. 

Mr. Thurston apprenticed Asa and Cyrus, for seven years, as soon 
as the youths reached fourteen, to learn the scythe-maker's trade of 
John and Joseph Farwell. 

The house seen to-day on the Thurston farm bears but slight re- 


semblance to the original. Instead of the contracted dwelling that 
sheltered the family of twelve within its clapboardless sides and 
around its enormous fireplace, an addition has enlarged it to nearly 
twice its former size. The old-fashioned glass still remains in the 
windows and two generous chimneys peer above the roof. The front 
door has been moved to the west, but the ancient door rock, around 
which the children played eighty years ago, still marks the place of 
its former usefulness. 

That rural simplicity which characterized the early homes of New 
England was found in Thomas Thurston's humble domicile. It is 
true there were singing books and a violin, but the Bible and Pilgrim's 
Progress were usually the extent of literature, and, indeed, the sing- 
ing books and violin might be called as much a luxury then as a 
piano is to-day. But the home was brightened by the advent of little 
ones, and merry voices cheered what otherwise would have been a 
less attractive fireside. Lydia presided in the house with true woman- 
ly dignity, and her cares and duties grew and multiplied as the years 
tolled on. 

Rev. John Payson, the minister, in his usual round of visits, found 
a welcome to their hospitality, and when he called, the old-fashioned 
courtesy of a mug of the best flip was ready for his lips. The con- 
versation often turned, with his choir leader, upon church music, and 
sometimes upon the innovations which were sought to be introduced, 
in singing, in the house of the Lord. It was during the year 1787 
that the decision, considered so important as to convulse the town, in 
regard to deaconing the hymns, was settled in town meeting by com- 
promise. A committee chosen for the purpose reported, and the 
town accepted the report, " that there shall be singing five times in 
the worshiping on the Lord's day, and three times the hymn shall be 
sung without reading." As we look back upon the petty differences 
which caused such bitter animosities, we little think the questions 
with which we grapple, and over which we quarrel, will seem as child- 
ish to those who come after us. In the light of intervening years 
they doubtless will. Children : 

1343 Thomas,^ b. Aug. 23, 1781 ; n.m. ; d. Feb. 15, 1806. 

1344 Hannah,^ b. Sept. 27, 1782 ; m. Jan. 7, 1802, Dea. John Farwell of Fitch- 

burgh, b. March 23, 1775, son of Dea. John and Sarah (Hovey) Farwell 
of Groton, Mass. They were both members of the Congregational 
church. He was a scythe manufacturer in Fitchburgh, and died Dec. 
24, 1855; she died Oct. 8, 1856. Children: 
1345 John Thicrston (Farwell), b. Jan. 22, 1803; m. ist, Aug., 1823, Eliza- 
beth H. Holden, b. March 15, 1800, d. Nov. 28, 1828; 2d, Feb. i8, 
1830, Mersilvia Todd, b. Nov. 14, 1800. John T. Farwell was a 
scythe manufacturer in Fitchburgh; chosen deacon of the Congrega- 
tional church Nov. 9, 1833, and held the office until his death; town 
clerk several years; a man of sterling integrity. His children : 

1346 Elizabeth Hannah (Farwell), b. Dec, 1825; d. Jan. 25, 1831. 

1347 Elizabeth Mersilvia (Farwell), b. July 2, 1831 ; m. Sept. 24, 1857, 

Charles H. Merrill of Cambridge, Mass., a farmer in Fitchburgh. 

1348 John A. (Farwell), b. Sept. 3, 1833; m. Oct. 28, 1869, Ava M. 

Chambers; is now, 1877, comptroller of Chicago, 111. 

1349 Sarah C. (Farwell), b. May 31, 1836; m. Oct. 4, 1855, Joseph M. 

Barney of Brimfield, 111., a farmer in Erie, Kansas. 

1350 Maria Thurston (Farwell), b. July 11, 1838; m. Oct. 27, 1859, 

Charles A. Sullivan, a lawyer in Starkville, Oktibbeha Co., Miss. 

1351 Mary Jane (Farwell), b. July 12, 1840; d. Aug. 29, 1841. 


1352 Edward P. (Farwell), b. Oct. 24, 1843; enlisted in the Union 

army, and died at Port Hudson, La., July 19, 1863. 

1353 Jane Todd (Yix^zW), b. Dec. 4, 1846; m. Nov. 26, IS73. t'^^^'^-T 

P. Downs, secretary Mutual Insurance Company of Fitchburgn. 

1354 Stephen Thurston (Farwell), b. June 2i, 1805 ; m. 1834, Elizabeth Carle- 

ton Todd of Rindge, N. H. He was a merchant in^ Cambridge, 
Mass. ; in 1837 chosen deacon of the Shepard Congregational church, 
Cambridge, and continued thirty-five years, till his death, Oct. 20, 
1872. He was a man greatly beloved, and held important trusts of 
a public and private nature ; was member of the legislature several 

1355 Lydia Elizabeth Thurston (Farwell), b. Nov. 15, 1807. 

1356 Thomas Thtirston (Farwell), b. Sept. II, 1809. 

1357 Hannah (Farwell), b. Dec. 24, 1812. 

1358 Sarah. (Farwell), b. Jan. 13, 1814; d. May 25, 1823. 

1359 Matilda B. (Farwell), b. May 3, 1816. 

1360 Asa Thurston (Farwell), b. May 13, 1818. 

1361 Mehitable W. (Farwell), b. Aug. 21, 1820; d. June ig, 1821. 
1362 Elizabeth,^ b. Sept. 16, 1785; n.m. ; d. Feb. 28, 1806. 

+1363 Asa,^ b. Oct. 12, 1787; m. Lucy Goodale. 
-j-1364 Ebenezer," b. Nov. 25, 1789; m. Lydia Sawyer. 

1365 Polly,'' b. May 16, 1792; n.m.; d. Nov. i, 1818. 
-{-1366 Cyrus," b. May 20, 1796; m. Caroline Boutelle. 

1367 Sylvania,'^ b. Feb. 13, 1798; m. Oct. 2, 1823, George S. Messenger of 
Chelmsford, Mass., a farmer in Fitchburgh. They had : 

1368 Elizabeth (Messenger). 

1369 Caroline (Messenger). 

1370 Mahala," b. June 5, i8or ; m. April 16, 1823, Thomas Hale, a wheelwright 
in Fitchburgh. They had: 

137 1 Elizabeth Thurston (Hale), b. Nov. I, 1825. 

1372 Thomas Thurston (Hale), b. March 4, 1828. 

1373 Augustus S. (Hale), b. Feb. 12, 1839; d. Nov. 8, 1840. 

1374 Maria," b. Sept. 9, 1803; m. Oct. 2, 1823, Augustus H. Searle of Westford, 
Mass., a scythe maker in Fitchburgh; she d. July 19, 1831. They had: ♦ 

1375 Azigusta Maria (Searle), b. July Z2, 1S24; d. Oct. 12, 1825. 

1376 Augusta Maria (Searle), b. Oct. 20, 1825; d. Sept. 26, 1828. 

1377 Ellen Eliza (Searle), b. July 17, 1827. 


Dea. John Thurston ^ (Dea. yohn,^ Jonathan^ Daniel^ Daniel'^'), 
brother of the preceding, and son of John* and Hepzibah (Burpee) 
Thurston of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass.; born there 1757; mar- 
ried, Aug. 2, 1782, Esther Wood of Fitchburgh, Mass. She died 
July 22, 1801, aged 44; he died April 28, 1814, aged 57. 

Mr. Thurston came to Fitchburgh with his father and succeeded 
him in carrying on the place. He was a deacon in the Congrega- 
tional church, as was his father before him. He was a man of 
considerable influence in church and town affairs, and his name fre- 
quently appears in ecclesiastical and political records; was selectman 
several years. Their children were : 

1384 Sally," b. Apr. 5, 1783 ; m. Samuel Philips, a farmer in Fitchburgh, and had : 

1385 Sally (Philips), m. Charles Russell and had three children. 

1386 Ivers (Philips), became a colonel, a prominent business man, and dep- 

uty sheriff of Worcester county. He had a family of five' children 
some of them holding ofSces of trust in the city and influential 
members of the church. 
4-1387 Jonathan," b. May 8, 1785; m. Abigail Allen. 
-{-1388 Susan," b. Aug. 4, 1787 ; m. Joseph Upton. 

1389 John," b. July 6, 1789; m. April 4, 1815, Roxa Gerould, b. March 17 1701 
daughter of Samuel and Arubah (Thompson) Gerould of Stoddard n' 
H., and sister of Rev. Moses Gerould of Goffstown, N. H., 1878. Mr' 


Thurston was a farmer and resided in Fitchburgh, Mass., Walpole and 
Gilsum, N. H., where he engaged in a woolen manufactory with his 
brother-in-law, Lyman Gerould. He died Nov. 17, 1838. They had five 
children, all of whom died in infancy. She afterward married and moved 
to Northampton, Mass., where she died, Feb. 20, 1870. 
+1390 Abel,!* b. Dec. 24, 1791 ; m. ist, Eunice Allen; 2d, Deborah Butler. 

1391 Clarissa," b. Oct. lo, 1794; m. Joseph Low, a farmer in Fitchburgh ; had : 

1392 Caroline (Low). 

1393 Frances (Low), 

1394 Nancy," b. Aug. 10, 1797 ; m. Asa Sawyer and had a daughter. 

1395 Martha," | twins, born ) d. in infancy. 

1396 Mary," f July 8, 1801 ; j m. John Coleman, a farmer in Ashby, Mass., and 

had Mary, John, Edward, Samuel (Coleman), and one other child. 
'1397 Daniel,'' b. March 10, 1804; d. in infancy. 


Stephen Thurston* {Dea. John,'' Jonathan^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Dea. John * and Hepzibah (Bur- 
pee) Thurston of Rowley, Mass.; married (published Aug. 10, 1787) 
Mary Osgood of Lancaster, Mass. He died March 15", 1805 ; she 
died June 17, 1811. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Fitchburgh, Mass. He was a sol- 
dier in the revolutionary war, and in 1781 the town voted to give his 
father one hundred and six bushels of corn for his son's services in 
the continental army. While laboring under temporary insanity he 
hung himself in the woods near his house. 

Children, all born in Fitchburgh r 
-I-1409 John," b. Sept. 24, 1788; m. Elizabeth Dascomb. 

1410 Susanna Osgood," b. Dec. 2, 1789; m. Jabez Sawyer, a shoemaker in 
Fitchburgh; d. March i8, 1858. Children : 

141 1 Samuel Thurston (Sawyer), b. Dec. 22, 1819; n.m. ; d. Jan. 6, 1843. 

1412 Mary Osgood (Sawyer), b. Dec. 3, 1821 ; m. George Litchfield; d. Oct. 

9, 1846, in Fitchburgh. 

1413 Jabez (Sawyer), b. Oct. 5, 1824; n.m.; d. March 16, 1852. 

1414 Samuel," b. Dec. 4, 1791 ; n.m. ; d. Jan. 11, 1815, in Fitchburgh. 

1415 Mary," b. Sept. 27, 1794; d. Sept. 7, 1796, iji Fitchburgh. 

1416 Nathiel," b. June 23, 1797; m. March 31, 1847, Mrs. Sarah R. (King) 

Brown, b. in Wilton, N. H., Feb. 4, 1797. He was a carpenter, worked 
at farming summers and taught school winters ; lived in Fitchburgh, 
Mass., Mt. Morris, N. Y., Lowell, Mass., where he was deacon of a 
church, and in Wilton, N. H., where he died, April 3, 1874. 


Rev. Pearson Thurston* {Samuel,^ Jonathan^ Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), 
son of Samuel * and Priscilla (Burpee) Thurston of Lancaster, Mass. ; 
born there Dec. 9, 1763; married, 1794, Jerusha Greenleaf, born 
1765, daughter of Samuel and Ann (Bradbury) Greenleaf (who were 
married May 17, 1749, she being eighteen years old) of Newburyport, 
Mass. Jerusha was a member of the Congregational church under 
the pastoral care of Rev. Samuel Spring, d.d., the father of Rev. 
Gardiner Spring, d.d., of New York city. She was an active chris- 
tian, and retained her mental faculties and usefulness to the day of 
her death, which occurred suddenly at Amherst, Mass., Dec. 10, 1834, 
to which place she removed three years previously. He died in Leo- 
minster, Mass., Aug. 15, 1819. 

Pearson Thurston graduated at Dartmouth 1787, and studied the- 
ology with Rev. Nathaniel Emmons, d.d., the celebrated Hopkinsian 


theologian of Franklin, Mass., and with R.ev. Samuel Spring, d.d., of 
Newburyport, Mass. He was ordained in Somersworth, N. H., Feb. 
I, 1792, with a salary of $400 a year. He built a house there, think- 
ing, as most Congregational clergymen of that day did, that he was 
settled for life ; but in the extremely severe winter of 1812, in the ab- 
sence of his wife, his house, out-buildings, furniture, and everything 
was burned, the family not even saving a suit of clothes each. _ The 
night was so cold that not a bucket of water could be obtained in the 
village. He always regarded it as a wonderfully kind providence 
that not a life was lost. The people were too poor to assist him to 
rebuild, and he was commissioned by the Massachusetts Home Mis- 
sionary Society a missionary, with his field of labor first at Norway 
and then at Limerick, the then district of Maine. He obtained a 
temporary home for his family and removed them there, his wife pre- 
ferring to share his privations and toils as a missionary rather than to 
remain in comfort among her friends. After laboring in Maine about 
three years he was assigned to St. Johnsbury, Vt., where he went, 
leaving his family in Limerick. Here was extended to him a unani- 
mous call from the first Congregational church in St. Johnsburj', and 
then the only one in the region, to become their pastor, which he ac- 
cepted, removing his family again, hoping for a permanent place of 
rest and of labor for the Master. He continued there, and doing 
missionary work for miles around, until his health utterly failed on 
account of the extra labor required by the scattered population, the 
scarcity of co-laborers, and the loss of his library and all the sermons 
accumulated during his former ministry. He then took his son Wil- 
liam from his medical studies, which he had pursued for a year, to 
travel with him on account of his health ; went to Boston and con- 
sulted eminent physicians, but to very little purpose. Their universal 
advice was to leave both preaching and study, purchase a small farm, 
and without labor be out upon it as much as possible. To this end 
he purchased a farm in J^eominster, Mass., in connection with his 
son, and moved his family again, to be near his relatives. He failed 
gradually and survived less than two years. A contemporary says, 
" He was a faithful minister of the gospel for twenty-seven years and 
was taken from his labors by distressing illness. Blessed are the 
dead that die in the Lord." An obituary notice of Mrs. Jerusha 
Thurston, by one of the officers of Amherst college, says, "Dropsy 
on the chest is supposed to have caused a spasm of the heart, which 
extinguished life almost instantly and without warning. Thus sud- 
denly have four of the family been cut down by the angel of death. 
She apprehended such a termination of her life, and frequently spoke 
of it to her family with a manifestation of feeling which indicated a 
happy preparation for the promised Canaan above. She had in 
health and in youth devoted herself to the Saviour, and had long 
been an active laborer in his vineyard. Faith had disarmed the king 
of terrors. A most affectionate disposition, sanctified by holy love 
made her a kind and beloved parent, an amiable and valued friend' 
and commended her to all." ' 

Their children, born in Somersworth, N. H., were : 
-I-1424 William Parsons,'' b. 1795; m. Mary Gardner. 
'424a Elizabeth Parsons," b. 1797; d. Sept. 3, 1803. 
(25 Anna Mary," b. 1798; d. Sept. 5, 1803. 


1426 Judith Sawyer,^ b. Sept. 4, 1800; n.m. 

1427 Eunice Greenleaf,^b. Oct. 9, 1805; n.m. ; d. in Virginia Sept. 28, 1862, 

and was buried in Leominster. 

1428 Elizabeth Ann,^ b. May 3, 1810; n.m.; she and her sisters Judith and Eu- 

nice were educated for teachers, and continued with their mother till her 
death, when they went to Virginia and established a school for. young 
ladies, where they continued more than twenty-five years, burying one of 
their number in the meantime, and returned to North Leominster about 
three months before the close of the war in 1865, losing every dollar of 
their savings except the avails of furniture sold on leaving. 
There were three other children, died in infancy. 


David Thurston^ {David,^ Jonathan^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^'), s&q.ox\A 
son of David ^ and Eunice (Wliitney) Thurston of Marlborough, N. 
H. ; born in Leominster, Mass., Oct. 17, 1768; married, 1808, Fanny 
Darling, born Dec. 27, 1788, daughter of Rev. David and Esther 
(Metcalf) Darling of Keene, N. H. David Darling was born in 
Wrentham, Mass., Sept. 14, 1753- He pursued a collegiate course in 
Brown university, Providence, R. I. His class was ready to graduate 
when the British took the place and used the college buildings for 
barracks. The president of Yale invited the president of Brown to 
graduate his class there, which invitation was accepted. He after- 
ward became the pastor of the Congregational church in Keene. 
Esther Metcalf, born Nov. 3, *76i, was a highly educated woman. 
Being associated with the college faculty she took the college course, 
and was prepared and ought to have graduated with the class, but 
was debarred from doing so by the customs of the tinjes. 

Mr. Thurston moved to Owego, N. Y., about i8||2. He was a 
farmer, and died there Jan. 6, 1858; she died Ju * 3, i860. His 
daughter Mary Almeda says, "my father was a man of more than 
ordinary intelligence, a great reader, in physique faultless, tall, well- 
built, vigorous, and in perfect health till past the age of 70. Though 
unfortunate financially, he was an honest man, a good father, and a 
christian. He and my mother were among the seven who united to 
form the first Methodist church in Owego. My mother was a supe- 
rior woman, endowed with a superior mind ; and though her early ad- 
vantages were limited, yet amid all her cares she never ceased her 
efforts for improvement, by reading, writing, etc., and her poetry has 
frequently graced the village papers. Her days were filled with use- 
fulness, and she died respected by all who knew her. The children 
are all good looking, good sized, wide awake, and it may be with aim 
in life too high to hit, but we are trying to make our mark." 

Their children, born in Marlborough, N. H., were : 

1439 Fanny,^ b. June 27, 1809; m. 1828, Prentice Ransom, and reside in Iowa 

City, Iowa. 

1440 Nancy,^ b. Dec. 4, 1812; d. May 9, 1814. 

Born in Owego, N. Y. : 

1441 Nancy Darling,^ b. March 24, 1814; a graduate of Cazenovia seminary, N. 

Y. ; taught school many years in New York, Mississippi, and Mobile, 
Ala., where she married, Feb. 6, 1864, Drury Thompson, b. in Augusta, 
, Ga., a grandson of Gen. Elijah Clark of revolutionary history. He took 
part in the war of the rebellion, though he had emancipated his slaves 
long before. He died July 12, 1873. 


+1442 George Waldo," b. April 19, 1816; m. Mary Ann Collins. 
-)-i443 David Whitney,'* b. April 8, 1818; m. :fi;iizabeth S. Bowen. 

1444 Jolin Metcalf.s-b. Oct. 16, 1820; m. 1st, 1850, Sarah Wood; 2d, Persis 

Wight; had one child by each, who died in infancy. He resides in 
Utica, N. y. 

1445 Mary Almeda," b. Feb. 10, 1S23; m. 1st, Jan. 5, 1843, Anson Garrison of 

Cold Spring, N. Y. He was foreman in an iron foundry in Owego; 
died by the hand of an assassin Feb. 2, 1850; 2d, Jan. 28, 1878, Rev. 
Benjamin Pomeroy, b. in Williamsburgh, Mass., April 27, 1808; of the 
Troy (N. Y.) Conference, a speaker and writer of originality and power, 
who has published many of his thoughts in book and pamphlet form. 
After the death of her first husband she taught school in Utica, N. Y., 
and from there took charge of the art department in the Cazenovia sem- 
inary for several years; then opened a painting studio in Syracuse, giv- 
ing instruction, etc, till 1871, when she commenced the study of medicine. 
In 1S72 she entered the college for women in New York, taking a three 
years' course, spending two years there and one in the medical universi- 
ty in Boston, from which she graduated in 1875. She practiced medi- 
cine in Syracuse for a while, and is now, 1879, practicing in Albany, N. 
Y. She had: 
1446 Fanny Elizabeth (Garrison), b. Jan. 24, 1845; m. Jan. 28, i85i, Mel- 
ville E. Dayton of Clinton, N. Y., a graduate of Hamilton universi- 
ty; he is practicing in Chicago, 111., as a solicitor of patents and 
expert in patent suits ; three children. 
1447 James Sidney,'' b. Oct. 14, 1825; m. Sept. 3, 1850, Phebe Ann Van Ben- 
schoten, b. May 9, 1829. He was a merchant till 1862, then quarter- 
master of the 107th New York regiment in the war against the rebellion 
one year; promoted to paymaster in 1863, till some months after the 
war; then banker and manufacturer till 1875, since which time has been 
business manager of the Binghamton (N. Y.) Publishing Company; 
votes the republican ticket straight, and attends the Methodist church. 
They have : 

1448 Mary^Uzabeth^ b. Oct. 31, 1852 ; m. June 26, 1878, Edward Morris 

Ai^S, b. Oct. 17, 18^5, son of George and Lucy A. Ames of South 
Killingly, Ct. 

1449 Emma Louise,"^ h. Feb. II, 1857. 

1450 James Sidney,"^ b. Nov. 8, 1861 ; d. July 29, 1862. 

1451 Charlfs Whitney^ b. Oct. 15, 1865; d. Nov. 7, 1875. 


Levi Thurston * {David* yonathan,^ Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), brother of 
the preceding, and son of David* and Eunice (Whitney) Thurston of 
Marlborough, N. H.; born in Leominster, Mass., June i, 1770; mar- 
ried Abigail Newton, born in Brookfield, Mass., Oct. 11, 1777. She 
died March 11, 1861, aged 83; he died Aug. 20, 1861, aged 91. 

He was a farmer in Keene, N. H., Binghamton, N. Y., and Nich- 
ols, Tioga county, N. Y., where he was crippled by rheumatism for 
many years and found a home and care with his daughter Maria. He 
was a member of the Methodist church. 

Their children were : 
1462 Maria,8 b. in Keene, N. H., May 19, 1797; m. Nov. 24, 1818, in Owego, 
N. T., Daniel McDaniel Shoemaker, b. in Stroudsburgh, Pa., Feb. 24' 
1795. He was a farmer in Nichols, N. Y., and died Nov.' 26, i873;"s'he 
died Dec. 26, 1874. They were both earnest and efficient workers in the 
Methodist church. He was steward and clerk of the board of trustees 
of the Asbury Methodist church forty years, whose meeting-house he 
was the chief mover in building in 1824. His daughter Elizabeth writes 
" this was the Methodist itinerants' home. The first quarterly-meeting 
was held in their corn-house, where sixty dined and forty staid the ni<yht. 
Going thirty miles in a big. wagon or on horseback to attend such meet- 
ings was common in those days. With the hard work of spinning for 


the manufacture of all sheets and wearing apparel, the scouring of floors, 
etc., it is no wonder our mother became an invalid. With right care 
she might have lived a hundred years." They had: 

1463 Hiram W. (Shoemaker), b. Feb. 5, 1819; m. Oct. 25, 1850, Ellen H. 

Schott; was sheriff of Tioga county four years, and has been express 
messenger and .mail agent, gaining credit to himself in all positions 
he has held. 

1464 Elizabeth N. (Shoemaker), b. June 21, 1821; been a teacher twenty 

years in various places, and now, 1878, lives on a part of the old 
farm in Nichols, where "she will at anytime be pleased to see any 
branch of the Thurston family." 

1465 Horace Agard (Shoemaker), b. Feb. 22, 1831 ; a farmer in Nichols; m. 

and has two sons and one daughter. 

1466 Lyman Thurston (Shoemaker), b. Jan. 22, 1833; a railroad engineer; 

lived in Port Jervis, N. Y., and died Feb. 13, 1875; 'wo daughters. 

1467 Hubbard,^ b. in Surry, N. H., Feb. 20, 1800; m. and d. in Indiana, where 

his daughter Anna resides ; daughters Maria and Amy live near Wil- 
liamsport. Pa. 

1468 Hartwell," b. in Alstead, N. H., Feb. 16, 1802; d. in Wyoming, 111., Nov. 

17, 1845. 

1469 Luman," b. in Orange, N. H., April 6, 1804; lived in Wyoming, 111., and 

after went to Minnesota with his family. 

1470 David,*" b. in Canaan, N. H. ; is a carpenter in Waverly, N. Y. ; m. March, 

1827, Mary B. Smith, b. in Smithburgh, N. J., March 3, 1800, daughter 
of James and Betsey (Bowman) Smith ; she died in Bradford county, 
Pa., 1842. They had: 
147 1 Daniel Wallace^ b. in Bradford county, Pa., Sept. 28, 1842. 

1472 Clark," b. in Canaak, N. H., Feb. 10, 1810; went to Pennsylvania and has 

not been heard from. 

1473 Malvina,^ b. in Canaan, N. H., Oct. 14, 1813; d. March 3, 1815. 

1474 Eliza,^ b. in Owego, N. Y., Dec. 19, 1815 ; m. and had two children ; all dead. 

1475 Hannah,^ b. in Berkshire, N. Y., May 28, 1818; m. 


John Thurston' {David,^ yonaihan,^ Daniel^ Daniel'^), brother 
of the preceding, and son of David ^ and Eunice (Whitney) Thurston 
of Marlborough, N. H.; born in Leominster, Mass., Jan. 21, 1772; 
married, Nov. 4, 1801, Lydia Ball, born in Holden, Mass., Dec. 26, 
1775, daughter of Daniel and Lydia (Smith) Ball of Princeton, Mass. 
He died July 31, 1843 i she died in Hinsdale, N. H., April 29, 1847. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in 'Keene, N. H. ; was in the war of i8i'2. 

Children : 
+1487' Leland,^ b. in Windham, Vt., May 29, 1803; ra. Margaret Hutchins. 
+ 1488 Roswell,^ b. in Marlborough, N. H., Oct. 22, 1807; m. Frances Cummings. 
-j-1489 Emily," b. in Marlborough March 8, i8io; m. Melvin Starkey. 

1490 Miranda," b. in Northfie^d, Mass., Sept. 19, 1813 ; m. E. Marsh of Mon- 
tague, Mass. ; lived with him a few monthi; had one child, which died 
at the age of two years; she had her name changed back to Thurston 
and is living, a single woman, in Hinsdale, N. H. 
+1491 Wesson,^ b. in Northfield Nov. 4, 1816; m. Harriet Scott. 


Samuel Tkvb.shovs ^ {David,*" yotiathan,'' Daniel,'' Daniel''-), brother 
of the preceding, and son of David* and Eunice (Whitney) Thurston 
of Marlborough, N. H. ; born there Aug. 16, 1775; married, 'Jan. i, 
1800, Sally French, born in Chelmsford, Mass., March 9, 1776, 
daughter of Joseph and Bridget (Farrar) French of Jaffrey, N. H. 
She died March 2, 1839, aged 6t, ; he died Dec. 23, 1873, aged 98 
years, 4 months, 7 days. 


He was a farmer and school teacher in New Alstead, N. H. He 
taught eighteen terms of school, eight in one district. When he was 
a boy he says he has lain in bed and heard the yelling of the cata- 
mounts and the howling of the wolves, and in the morning, after a 
light snow, has tracked the wolves all about the house and barn, even 
to looking into the windows of the sheep hovel. 

Children : 
1502 Louisa,^ b. Dec. i6, 1800; m. Timothy Dort; d. Nov. 6, 1835. They had; 

1503 Sarah French [JiQt\.),'b. March 23, 1819; m. March 20, 1842, Levi 

Mansfield, a farmer in Gilsura, N. H. ; four children. 

1504 j%te>il/a?-z'a (Dort), m. Edward Elisha Roundy; live in Fitzwilliam, 

N. H. ; three children. 

1505 Helen Louisa (Dort), m. John Isham; live in Gilsum. 

1506 ^Mj-za« il/o«J7ff/(/ (Dort), m. Jennie Knight ; live in Fitzwilliam; one 


1507 y(7j-(?//5 j%?-//^;;/ (Dort), b. Jan. 14, 1828; m. May, 1851, Sabrma H. 

Mack'Hay; four children. 
150S Mary Louisa (Dort), b. Oct. 4, 1831 ; m. May 27, 1850, Claudius B. 
Hayward, a farmer in Gilsum; six children. 
1509 James Gilman,^ b, Oct. 8, 1802; d. April 17, 1804. 
+ 1510 Joseph,^ b. May 30, 1804; m. Betsey Brown. 
-(-1511 Hartley,^ b. March 3, i8o5; m. Arminda Robinson. 
+1512 Alden Spooner,^ b. Sept. 12, 1809; m. Esther Adeline Miller. 
-j-1513 Franklin Robinson,^ b. Jan. 22, 1815; m. Fanny Louisa Holman. 


Jason Thurston^ {David,'^ yonathan^ Daniel,^ Daniel''^'), brother 
of the preceding, and son of David* and Eunice (Whitney) Thurston 
of Marlborough, N. H. ; born there Jan. 23, 1777; married Mrs. 
Lydia (Palmer) Rollins, born Sept. 9, 1778. He died March 7, 
1862, aged 85 ; she died July, 1870, aged 92. 

Mr. Thurston was a ship carpenter, and went to Damariscotta, then 
called Nobleborough, Me., in 1804 or 1805. He was a very faithful 
member of the Alna lodge of Free Masons. 

Their children were : 
1525 Elizabeth Palmer,*! b. Nov. 18, 1810; m. March 15, 1835, Tilden Hall, a 
blacksmith in Damariscotta, b. Sept. 16, 1806, son of Thomas and Anna 
(Vannah) Hall of Nobleborough. They had : 

1526 ^zz^zu^aj- (Hall), b. March 30, 1841 ; enlisted in the 21st Maine regi- 

ment against the rebellion ; went to New Orleans, was taken sick, 
and died in the hospital at Baton Rouge, La., July 20, 1863 ; a noble 
young man, the idol of the family. 

1527 Anna Elizabeth (Hall), b. Sept. 13, 1S44. 

1528 Jerusha Rollins,^ b. in Newcastle, Me., June i, 1813; m. Feb. 15, 1838, 
Joseph Teague, a ship ironer of Damariscotta, b. July 23, 18 12, son of 
Joseph and Eleanor (Hussey) Teague of Newcastle. They had: 

1529 Orlando (Teague), b. Dec. 10, 1838; d. Sept. 21, 1846. 

1530 Lizzie Hall (Teague), b. April 8, 1842; m. Sept. 3, 1867, Capt. W. A. 


1 531 Georgie Day (Teague), b. Feb. 4, 1848; m. July 12, 1870, Horace N. 

Hatch, a merchant in South Boston, Mass. 

1532 Ida Eui/ora (Teague), b. May 18, 1850. 

1533 Joseph (Teague), b. Sept. 9, 1856; a merchant in Damariscotta. 


Susannah TuvRSiovi^ (Daniel,'^ Richard,^ Daniel,^ Daniel''), daugh- 
ter of Daniel * and Judith (Chute) Thurston of Ipswich, Mass. ; born 
Nov. I, 1768; married, May 17, 1792, William Colman, born Oct. 


26, 1768. She died Oct. 8, 1808. He married, second, April 15, 
1809, Zeruiah Temple; she died July 25, 1815; third, Jan. 12, 1816, 
Hannah Brown; she died August, 1843. He died May 23, 1820. 
Mr. Colman was a wheelwright in Byfield, Mass. 

Her children were : 

, 1544 Daniel Thurston (Colman), twin, b. March 5, 1793; m. Feb. 3, 1818, Nancy 
Harris; she died Sept. 13, 1872. They had: 
1545 Charles Harris (Colman), b. Feb. 8, 1819; m. Oct. ig, 1846, Deborah 
Long Dinsmore and had : 

1546 Arthur Dinsmore (Colman), b. May 8, 1849. 

1547 Nellie Thurston (Colman), b. July 2, 1853. 

1548 Charles E. (Colman), b. Feb. i, 1856. 

1549 Hattie B. (Colman), b. Oct., 1S62. 

1550 C/ara Z. (Colman). 

1551 Ann Maria (Colman), b. May 29, 1821. 

1552 William Thurston (Colman), b. Aug. 4, 1823; m. Sept. 26, 1848, Han- 

nah B. Dinsmore ; she died May 3, 1868. They had : 

1553 Alice M. (Colman), b. Aug. 7, 1850. 

1554 Mary H. (Colman), b. Aug. 20, 1856. 

1555 George W. (Colman), b. June 12, 1S60. 

1556 Hannah B. (Colman), b. April 24, 1868. 

1557 Daniel Thurston (Colman), b. April 7, 1827; d. Dec. 6, 1832. 

1558 Margaret Toppan (Colman), b. Sept. 7, 1829; m. Sept. 3, 1855, Arthur 

Dinsmore and had : 

1559 George S. (Dinsmore), b. Jan. 28, 1857. 

1560 Lucy Colman (Dinsmore), b. Nov. 25, i860. 

1561 Frank Thurston (Dinsmore), b. Jan. 18, 1862. 

1562 Robert (Dinsmore), b. Jan. 5, 1863; d. Feb., 1863. 

1563 Louis (Dinsmore), b. July 6, 1874. 
1564 Lucy (Colman), b. Oct. 26, 1831. 

1565 Hannah Thurston (Colman), twin, b. March 5, 1793; "i- '814, Marshall 
French and had : 
1566 Marshall (French), b. 1815; d. aged 6 months. 
1567" Susannah Thurston (French), d. 
1568 Sumner (French), m. Eliza Faville and had : 

1569 A daiighter, d. young. 

1570 Sumner Faville {Fier\ch.),'b. 1854. 

1571 Judith (Colman), b. March 7, 1795; m. 1824, Erastus Dean, b. in Bristol, 
Vt., May 13, 1798; d. at Dubuque, Iowa, March 3, 1852. They had: 

1572 Sarah (Dean), d. aged 2 years. 

1573 yames William (Dean), b. in Lyons, N. Y., July 12, 1830; m. Oct. 7, 

1861, Susan Brown and had: 

1574 Chester Colman (Dean), b. July 25, 1863. 

1575 James Sumner (Dean), b. Nov. 23, 1864. 

1576 William Allen (Dean), b. Sept. 26, 1867. 

1577 Elmore Williams (Dean), b. Sept. 24, 1869. 

1578 Carrol Edward (Dean), b. Jan. 17, 1874; d. Sept. 28, 1874. 

1579 Susan Clara (Dean), b. Dec. 18, 1876. 

1580 Sarah Colman (Dean), b. in Westfield, N. Y., April 20, 1832; m. April 
7, 1852, N. M. Kelsey and had : 

1581 James Munroe (Kelsey), b. Aug. 16, 1854. 

1582 Frank Chester (Kelsey), b. May 23, 1858. 

1583 Archibald Rodell (Kelsey), b. June 16, 1862. 

1584 Alice Cornelia (Kelsey), b. April 28, 1866. 

1585 Clara Dean (Kelsey), b. Feb. 4, 1870. 

1586 Sarah Malvina (Kelsey), b. Sept. 24, 1873. 

1587 Clarissa Thurston (Dean), b. in Westfield Oct. 22, 1834; m. Oct. 12, 
1853, Orville Wright and had : 

1588 Clara Isabella (Wright), b. Oct. 22, 1854. 

1589 Sarah Ethilinda C^ngU), b. July 19, 1857; m. Feb. 14, 1877, 

George Wills. _ 

1590 Dorothy (Colman), b. Jan. 29, 1797; m. in Providence, R. I., 1819, Phi- 


lander Wilmarth,b. in Richmond, Vt, May 19, 1796, son of Rev.^ Ezra 
and Mehitable (Cooper) Wilmarth of Georgetown, Mass. She died in 
Broolilyn, N. Y., May 4, 1850; he died in New York March 4, 1861. 
They had: 

1591 William Colman (Wilmarth), b. Nov. 23, 1820; d. May 30, 1823. 

1592 Abel (Wilmarth), d. soon. 

1593 Abel Cooper (Wilmarth), b. July 25, 1822; m. Jarie Dias; no children. 

1594 William Caiman (Wilmarth), b. July 26, 1825; 'm. Ann Brown and 

had William, d. ; Rebecca; Ida, d. ; Sumner (Wilmarth), d., and 
another son, d. 

1595 Susannah Thurston (Wilmarth), b. May 12, 1827; m. June 13, 1849, 

Edwin Alexander Brooks, and had Emma, b. May 20, 1850; Ada, d. 
1873; Bell, d. 1864; Edwin (Brooks), b. Feb. 10, 1852. 

1596 ^/«zzD i%Krj/ (Wilmarth), b. Oct. 8, 1837; drowned July 4, 1856, 18 

years of age. 
1597 Sumner (Colman), b. Aug. 11, 1799; m. Oct. 26, 1826, Sophronia L. Hinck- 
ley; d. Dec. 12, 1864. They had: 
159S Sumner O. Thurston (Colman), b. Aug. 13, 1832; m. Sept. 10, 1855, 
Ann Newman, and had Harry Hudson, b. Nov. 14, 1859; Edwin 
Sumner, b. Nov. 4, 1863; Blanche Hinckley (Colman), b. March 11, 
1869; ail living 1877. 

1599 Betsey (Colman), b. June 18, 1801 ; d. April 29, 1803. 

1600 Lucy (Colman), b. April 2, 1803; d. unmarried. 

1601 Betsey (Colman), b. Sept. 26, 1805; d. Oct. 26, 1S09. 

1602 Mary (Colman), Ij. Feb. 16, 1807; m. Aug. II, 1829, Stillmaft Moores, b. 

Dec. 20, 1805; he died May 16, 1865. They had: 

1603 Mary B. (Moores), b. Dec. 7, 1830; m. Dec. 24, 1874, Leonard Rog- 

ers, and had Hester Ann and Mary Jane (Rogers). 

1604 Jere7niah Colman (Moores), b. Dec. 8, 1832; m. June, 1870, Hester' 

Ann Alloway. and had William Henry, b. April i, 1871, and Mary 
(Moores), b. Sept. 25, 1878. 

1605 Henry Marty7t (Moores), b. Sept. 25. 1834; d. April 11, 1869. 

1606 William Colman (Moores), b. June 19, 1836; m. March 12, 1865, and 

had Mary Ellen, b. Jan. 9, 1866, d. June, 1866; William Henry, b. 
July 12, 1867; Mary Emma, b. March 13, 1871; a son, who died 
1875, and Benjamin Franklin (Moores), b. June 20, 1878. 

1607 Edward Payson (Moores), b. June 7, 1S3S; d. Oct. 10, 1862/ 

1608 Lucy Colman (Moores), b. Oct. 5, 1840; m. June 5, 1S56, John A. 

Kimble, and had ; 

1609 Fanny Colman i^!^\m\i\e), b. Aug. 23, 1857; m. Sept. lo, 1875," 

Francis Hoyer, and had Francis and Martin (Hoyer), twins, b. 
Nov. 23, 1876. 

1610 Mary L. (Kimble), b. Nov. 21, 1858; m. Dec. 25, 1874, Frederick 

Chapman, and had William (Chapman), b. Jan. 25, 1876. 

1611 Ellen M. (Kimble), b. May 22. 1859; John E., b. March 12, 1861, 

d. July, 1874; William Colman, b. March 5, 1864; Lulu, b. Jan. 
5, 1867, d. 1867; a son, b. March 3, 1869, d. same day; Frank 
S., b. Aug 5, 187 1 ; Flora May, b. May 14, 1S74; Lucy (Kimble), 
b. April 28, 1877. 

1612 Samuel Stillman (Moores), b. Feb. 20, 1843 ; ">. Jan., 186S, Mrs. Emma 

J. Williams, and had Eddie Lincoln, b. Nov. 3, 1868, and Emma 
(Moores), b. Sept. 23, 1873. 

1613 Hannah Thurston (Moores), b. Aug. 15, 1845. 

1614 Daniel Thurston (Moores), b. March 28, 1S47 ; m. March 28 1869 

Mary Voadicie Clark, and had William Colman, b. March 23 1870' 
Stella Winnifred, b. Aug. 25, 1874; Hattie (Moores), b Tulv 2 1878' 
d. Jan. 19, 1879. J 1 > I < 

By second wife, Zeruiah : 

1615 Luther (Colman), b. Feb. i, 1810; d. March 21, 1854. 

1616 Calvin (Colman), b. April 17, 1812; name changed to'william' d. Feb. 20 


1617 David (Colman), b. July 3, 1814. 

OaJ-lcI. (J^oirunM-n^ 



Dea. Stephen Thurston « {Daniel,^ Richard,'' Daniel? Daniel^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of DanieP and Judith (Cliute) 
Thurston of Ipswich, Mass.; born Jan. 2, 1770; married, first, June 
26, 1794, Philomela Parish, born in Windham, Ct, Dec. 4, 1768. 
Her maternal grandmother was Hannah Foster, n6e Standish. Mrs. 
Thurston was only sister of Rev. Elijah Parish, d.d., of Byfield, Mass. 
Hapnah Foster was great-granddaughter of Capt. Miles Standish of 
Plymouth colony. She died at Bedford, N. H., July 24, 1818. Sec- 
ond, April 14, 182 1, Sarah Purge, born at Hollis, N. H., May 20, 
1777, and died in September, 1825. Third, Jan. 19, 1826, Hannah 
Worcester,* born in Hollis March 17, 1783, daughter of Capt. Noah 
Worcester; she died at Elmira, N. Y., Dec. 28, 1871. He died of 
cholera at Bedford, N. H., Sept. 13, 1833. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Andover and Bedford, Mass., Goffs- 
town and Bedford, N. H. ; deacon and elder in the Presbyterian 
church, the organizer of the first Sunday-school in Bedford, as well 
as the first temperance society; a strictly conscientious man. 

His children, by first wife, Philomela, were : 
+1624 Philomela,!* b. in Rowley, Mass., April 11, 1795; m. Rev. Samuel Newell. 

1625 Delia,'' b. in Rowley Dec. 21, 1796; n.m. ; d. at Bedford, N.H., Sept. 24, 1823. 

1626 Clarissa,'' b. in Andover, Mass., Feb. 26, 1801 ; has been a teacher of re- 

pute for over forty years ; has taught in siix different states ; beside being 

an author. 
1^27 Lucinda,6 b. in Bedford, Mass., July 21, 1S05; d. in Bedford March 23, 1S06. 
1628 Mary Colman," b. in Bedford Sept. 23, 1806; d. in Putnam county, Ga., 

July 23, 1825. 
-I-1629 Ariel Standish,!* i,^ ;„ Goffstown, N. H., June 11, i8io; m. ist, Julia Clark 

Hart; 2d, Cornelia Sophia Hull; 3d, Georgiana Gibson. 

By third wife, Hannah : 
1630 Mary Delia,^ b. at Bedford Feb. 28, 1827 ; n.m. ; d. at Elmira, N. Y., Aug. 
23, 1866. She was beloved by all who knew her. 


Rev. David Thurston^ of Winthrop, M.&.\£>avid,* Richard,^ Dan- 
iel,^ Daniel^); eldest son oi'T)3.v\A* and Mary (Bacon) Thurston of 
Sedgwick, Me.; born in New Rowley, Mass., Feb. 6, 1779; baptized 
by Rev. James Chandler; married, first, Dec, 26, 1808, Eunice Far- 

* She''wa9 the last survivor of seventeen children of Noah Worcestpr, who died at Hollis, 
N. H., in 1§17, at the age of eighty-two. She spnjin^ from a stern Puritan ancestry, being tlie 
sixth in descent from William Worcester, who emigi-ated from England to Essex county, 
Mass., about the year 1638, and among whose descendants are enrolled some of the most emi- 
nent names that have graced the annals of American biography. Noah Worcester, the father, 
was a captain in the revolutionary army and marched at the head of a company in the winter 
of 1775-6 to reinforce Washington at Cambridge. For forty years he was a magistrate in his 
native town of Hollis, and was a member of the convention which formed the constitution of 
New Hampshire. Her two elder brothers enlisted in the continental army at the ages re- 
spectively of fifteen and sixteen years. The elder participated in the battles of Hennington 
and Bnnlier Hill, and the younger accompanied the expedition to Ticonderoga. Upon the re- 
turn of peace one of these brothers became a farmer at the paternal homestead in Hollis— 
still held by one of his descendants — and the elder of the two and three more became, and 
for long years were, pastors of churches in New Hampshire, and were men eminent in letters 
and distinguished for learning and piety. 

Mrs Ireland having lost two husbands, the former Stephen Thurston of Bedford, N. H., 
and the latter Jonathan Ireland of Dunbarton, N. H., made Elmira her permanent place of 
residence in the fall of 1855, residing with her only child and her step-children, Clara and 
Ariel S Thurston, with the latter of whom she was living at the time of her decease. 

Natarallv of a retiring disposition, she was only known to her intimate friends. They can 
bear teStinionv to her shining character as a woman and a christian. No poor encomiums 
that we can nass upon her life can come up to the full and complete measure of her worth. 
What her hand found to do in acts of christian benevolence and kindness she did. 


LEY, born Feb. 15, 1787, daughter of Hon. John Farley of Newcastle, 
Me. They were married by Rev. Kiah Bailey, the Congregational 
clergyman of Newcastle. She was a lady of great beauty of person 
and refinement of character. She died April 21, 1809, only four 
months after marriage, aged 22 y. 2 m. 5 d. Her father was a tanner 
and large farmer, a man of social standing and influence. He was 
town treasurer thirty-one years, twice chosen county treasurer, four- 
teen times elected representative to Massachusetts 'legislature, one 
term in the senate of Maine, presidential elector in 1804, postmaster 
until his death in 1812. Second, Oct. 31, 1811, Prudence Brown, 
born April 3, 1786, daughter of Benjamin and Prudence (Kelley) 
Brown * of Chester, N. H. She died at her daughter's in West 
Springfield, Mass., May 28, 187 1, aged 85, years. Rev. David Thurs- 
ton died at Litchfield Corner, Me., May 7, 1865, aged 86 years. 

Mrs. Thurston was a lady of great efficiency and decision of char- 
acter ; possessing energy, fervent piety, and a wonderful equability of 
temper. Her administrative qualities were marked by an undefinable 
quiet influence, which created an enthusiasm in all with whom she la- 
bored. She did very much to promote thrift and forethought in the 
members of her household, and also a self-sacrificing spirit of benevo- 
lence in them and in the parish. She acted upon the principle, and 
inculcated it in others, that what is given without sacrifice is hardly 
true benevolence, and therefore, to make up a purse for some benevo- 
lent or missionary object, she would interest the members of her fam- 
ily to go without tea, sugar or coffee, and thus save the cost of such 
articles for the object in hand. In this way the true spirit of benevo- 
lence was implanted, which grew into a habit, to be practiced through 
life in many cases. 

* Brown Familt. 

I. Thomas Ueowne, Wfiarer. of Maltord, Eng., and his wife Mary sailed in the " James " 
of London. .303 tons, about April 6, 1635, and came to Newbury, Mass. He died Jan. 8, 1687, 
aged 80. They had Feahcis; Mary, b. 1636, the first white child born in Newbury: Isaac, h. 

II. FiiAKOis Browne, born 1632 ; married, first, Mary Johnson ; second, Mary Hogers. He 
had, by first wife, Elizibeth, Mary, Hannah, Sai-ali, John, Thomas, Joseph, Francis; by sec- 
ond wife, Ben;iamin, 

III. JoHH Browne, born 1665 ; married Euth Huso and had John, Isaac, Thomas, Joseph, 
Euth, Abel. 

IV. Thomas Browne, born Jan. 1, 1689; married Ann Cheney and had Francis, Anne, 
died young, John, Anne, Daniel, Eutli. 

V. Francis Browne, born Nov. 14, 1716; married. May 5, 1741, Mercy Lowell, and had 
Anne, Molly, Thomas, Ruth, Mercy, Benjamin, Francis, John. 

VI. Benjamin Brown, born Oct. 14. 1765; married, first, Feb. 2, 1776, Prudence Kelley, 
born April 17, 1753; she died Sept. 9, 1798; second, Mary Lunt, born Jnly 27, 1753; she died 
March 13, 1838. Mr. Brown was a merchant of high standina in Chester, N. H., and died 

April 13, 1818. He had, all by first wife, Nancy, b. Oct. 26, 1776, m. Sweetser, d. April 27, 

1799; Mercy, b. April 18, 1778, m. Daniel French, d. March 8, 1802, having had Benjamin 
Brown f 'rench, b. Sept. 4, 1800, a man of considerable prominence and infinence in Washing- 
ton, D. C, for many years till his death, 1863; Lydia, b. Feb. 6, 1782, m. Hon. Toppan Eobie, 
a gentleman 'if property and standing in Gorham, Me., and d. Feb. 23, 1811, havinw had Har- 
riet Robie and Francis Brown Robie; Hannah, b. Feb. 6, 1780, m. Dea. Jacob luitchell, a 
tanner and farmer in Yarmouth, Me., and d. May 18. 1863, having had Benjamin Francis, 
Samuel Woodbury, Asa Cummings, and Mary JElizabeth Mitchell; Francis ■ Prtjdbnok 
[see no. 540], who m. Rev. David Thurston. 

VII. Feanois Brown, born Jan. 11, 1784; married, Feb. 11, 1811, Elizabeth Gilman daugh- 
ter of Rev. Tristram Gilraan of Yarmouth, Me., a lady of fine intellectual powers and de- 
voted christian character. He died July 27, 1820 [see page 102] ; she died Sept., 1851 Thev 
had Samuel Gilman, Mary Elizabeth and Francis, who died in infancy. * * 

VIII. Samuel Gilman Brown, born in North Yarmouth, now Yarmouth, Me Jan 4 
1813; graduated from Dartmouth 1831; finished professional studies in Andover, Ma^s 1837'' 
professor in Dartmouth, first of rhetoric and English literature, then of intellectual niiiloso- 
phy and political economy, from 1840 to 1867 ; president of Hamilton college 1857 ■ niaiTied 
1846, Sarah Savage, daughter of Rev. Jacob Van Veehten, D.D., of Schenectady, N Y • seven 
children ; three daughters and two sons living 1879. ' '' 


In her clay, the minister's house was a sort of hotel, and often de- 
volved great burdens upon the wife. She was always in readiness for 
these emergencies ; in such a quiet way, too, that it was often a won- 
der how she sustained the strain, and maintained the cheerful, unruf- 
fled demeapor, which marked her life. It was no uncommon occur- 
rence for eight or ten persons to arrive at the house without any notice, 
to be fed and lodged ; but it made no visible change or distraction in 
her manner — she was equal to the occasion. All clergymen, and 
many other classes of educated men of the various professions, agents 
for benevolent objects, in the early part of this century, used to go to 
the minister's, as a matter of course. 

She was foremost in every good work, of education, of habits, or of 
reform, and always accomplished something, if not all that was aimed 
at. The last years of her life were clouded by an aberration of mind 
which destroyed her own happiness, though she retained for her hus- 
band, her children, and her friends, all the love and watchful interest 
that characterized her previous life. 

Among her husband's papers was found the following estimate he 
put upon her character : " Having uncommon soundness of judgment, 
she was a very discreet and judicious counselor. Her moral princi- 
ples were elevated and pure; her integrity scrupulously exact; her 
conscientiousness strict and extensive. She was eminently peaceable 
and contented, patient in sufferings and submissive under afflictive 
and trying dispensations. My income was very limited ; yet such was 
her economical skill in the arrangement of her domestic concerns, that 
the family — she was the mother of eight children — always had a com- 
fortable supply of wholesome, well prepared food, and of decent ap- 
parel. She was benevolent to her fellow-men, and took a lively inter- 
est in all the benevolent enterprises of the day ; she was not ashamed 
to plead the cause of the oppressed and fallen, and was ready to every 
good work. Her piety was not -superficial, but deep and controlling; 
not fitful, but uniform. She was humble and decided in regard to all 
the fundamental truths and duties of the bible. She was harmless 
and blameless without rebuke. The heart of her husband safely 
trusted in her. Her children arise up and call her blessed." 

Rev. David Thurston was in childhood devoted to God in baptism ; 
from his earliest recollection he was accustomed to hear the Scrip- 
tures read, and prayer offered in the family, and early commenced 
committing to memory what he styled "that invaluable manual of 
christian doctrine and duty, the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Cat- 
echism." Through the influence of strict family discipline and relig- 
ious instruction, he was kept back from presumptuous sins, and was 
what was called a decently behaved moral boy. 

He has left in manuscript a pleasant account of his childhood days. 
" He was a ' spindling boy,' subject to frequent ill turns. He attend- 
ed school winter and summer ; the only branches studied were read- 
ing, spelling, arithmetic, and writing. His teacher was disposed to 
flatter him for his good spelling. Classed with those who were twice 
his height, he was required to stand on a low seat to bring him nearer 
to an equality. He loved play like other boys, but was not inclined 
to be mischievous ; was never feruled or whipped at school. 

" When seventeen years old, he procured a Latin grammar, and his 


teacher told him to commit it to memory, so that he could repeat it all 
at once, which he did, and had most of it in his memory when eighty- 
four years old. He then took Corderius. At recitation he was^ re- 
quired to cover the translation, read the Latin, and translate it into 
English. Of what use his grammar was he knew not, as his teacher 
made no allusion to it. In this style he went through Corderius and 
^sop's Fables. In arithmetic he became a 'mighty cipherer,' filling 
several large books with his operations ; but had he been asked why 
he carried one for every ten, more than for seven or eight, he could 
not have told. He was taught the how, but not the why. His teach- 
er was a graduate of Harvard. 

" About this time his father removed to Sedgwick, in the then district 
of Maine, where he was put under the tuition of Rev. Daniel Merrill, 
pastor of the Congregational church. Mr. Merrill set him to parsing, 
and this ' brought him up very short.' But he soon abandoned his 
Latin and went to work on the farm." 

In the autumn of 1798 some of his youthful associates became. in- 
terested in the subject of religion. "With shame," he says, " I have 
to confess that I felt sorry, and hoped they would relapse, that our 
seasons of youthful pleasure might not be interrupted. But, Oh ! the 
boundlessness of God's forgiving love ! that I was not utterly given 
up to walk in my own ways to endless perdition. God awakened my 
own mind to feel, in some measure, my need of a part in the salvation 
of the gospel. As a transgressor of God's law I felt that I was justly 
condemned. For several days a sense of my condition bowed me 
down. As one night I was attempting to pra,y, I thought I was wil- 
ling to renounce my sinful ways, and submit myself to God. The pas- 
sage, 'Whoso confesseth andforsaketh his sins shall find mercy,' came 
to my mind, and afforded me some relief. I had a calmness and 
peace of mind such as I had never before experienced., I was en- 
couraged to think that my heart had. been renewed. From time to 
time I have cherished the hope that, through the riches of divine grace 
in Christ Jesus, I shall finally be saved." He was admitted a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church in Sedgwick two days after he was 
twenty years old. 

The momentous question then came up, in what way he could most 
honor God, and be useful to his fellow men. The result was, a de- 
termination to resume his studies, with a view to the ministry. 

In September, 1802, he entered the junior class in Dartmouth col- 
lege, having pursued all his previous studies under the tuition of his 
pastor. The standard of qualifications for entering college at that 
time was low, and he considered himself poorly qualified for 'that. 
Of his college life, his classmate, Rev. G. T. Chapman, d.d., furnished 
the following testimony : 

He came to Dartmouth in the junior year, and his regular, mild, and sedate man" 
ner first attracted my attention. He sustained the character of a truly religious 
man to the close of his college life without spot or wrinkle. With such feelings it 
is not surprising that he was a close, diligent, and conscientious student, and that 
the bloom of his youth fully indicated the ripened fruits of his manhoocl and age 
His standing as a scholar was good, and on commencement day he had a part iti 
the Hebrew dialogue. Within the last few years I have met him several times at 
Newburyport, and the more I saw of him, the more I had reason to love him as a 
christian, and be proud of him as a son of Dartmouth. 


He graduated in August, 1804, and immediately after entered on a 
course of theological study, under the Rev. Dr. Burton, at Thetford, 
Vt. His estimate of the character of his instructor is given as fol- 
lows in the American Quarterly Register for May, 1838, page 333 : 

As an instructor in systematic theology, I give him a higher place, than any other 
man I have ever known. He had studied more intensely the operations of the hit- 
man mind than any other man in the circle of my acquaintance. The subject o£ 
moral agency a theme on which he had bestowed immense thought. This gave 
a clearness, a depth, and comprehensiveness to his views which were very uncom- 
mon, and qualified him, in an eminent degree, to be an interesting and profitable 
instructor in divinity. His great excellency as a teacher of systematic divinity con- 
sisted in his talent to present divine truth in a manner unusually lucid, rational, 
comprehensive, convincing. His pupils never had occasion to inquire what he 
meant in any instruction which lie communicated. Other men might have views as 
profound, but rarely so distinct. He had followed so many minds, of such various 
structure, that he had become exceedingly familiar with the whole circle of truths 
comprised in a system of divinity, with the arguments, objections, answers, bear- 
ings, relations, etc., with the whole and with each particular part. The course of 
his instructions was admirably suited to develop the faculties of his pupils. He 
would make suggestions which would lead them to investigate for themselves ; they 
must depend upon their own resources. In this way the ideas and views which his 
pupils obtained were very much their own. Hence few, if any, who ever pursued 
a regular course of study under his instruction, ever changed materially the senti- 
ments which they embraced under his care. I have never known one. 

In June, 1805, he was "approbated" by the Orange Association, 
and preached his first sermon July 4, 1805, as a preparatory lecture 
for Rev. Sylvester Dana of Orford, N. H. He continued his. studies 
with Dr. Burton till October, usually preaching somewhere on the 

He says of himself at this time : " I had written but one sermon. 
As the association met only once in three months, the doctor advised 
me to present myself for examination at this time. The sermon 
which I read before the meeting was founded on John iii. 7. I find 
notes in my journal of this day, 'had some solemn reflections on the 
greatness of the work of the ministry. My own wickedness and ig- 
norance appeared so great that I felt almost ready to sink. How can 
such a stupid mortal be instrumental of good to the cause of Zion ! 
O that God would give me strength for the work ; felt somewhat de- 
jected.' July 4th, at the earnest solicitation of Rev. Sylvester Dana 
of Orford, N. H., preached my first sermon at his preparatory lecture. 
Was somewhat intimidated in reading the first Psalm and in the first 
prayer; delivered my discourse without much embarrassment. I 
have great reason to be humbled for my pride and stupidity. May 
God bless the seed sown. The Sabbath following, p.m., I preached 
the same sermon to the doctor's people in Thetford. Rev. Roswell 
Shurtleff, professor and preacher at Dartmouth college, insisted upon 
my preaching a Sabbath for him. Perhaps very imprudently, I con- 
sented. I wrote a discourse from Titus ii. 6, and on Lord's day, July 
14th, preached my two sermons before the president, professors, tu- 
tors, and three classes with whom I had been a fellow-student. Pre- 
sumptuous as this was, I lived through it. 

" I returned, after purchasing a horse, saddle, and bridle in East 
Hanover, for which I gave my note for $80, and pursued my studies 
with Dr. Burton. The next Sabbath I preached at West Fairlee my 
two sermons, where there was some special interest in religion, par- 


ticularly among the young people. Here I passed several days with 
interest and profit. The next Sabbath I preached all day for the 
doctor ; the next Lord's day I preached for Rev. Eden Burroughs, 
D.D., East Hanover, in whose family I had passed some months while 
connected with the college. The latter part of the week, in company 
with Mrs. Burton, who was in feeble health, commenced a journey 
across the Green mountains. Mrs. Burton being unable to travel on 
Saturday, we passed the Sabbath at Vershire, with Rev. Stephen Ful- 
ler, for whom I preached. On Monday we rode to Berlin. The doc- 
tor and Mr. Fuller overtook us ; passed the night at Rev. James 
Hobart's, Berlin ; Tuesday night we tarried at Waterbury. The next 
day at Essex an ecclesiastical council convened, and examined Mr. 
Asaph Morgan, who had been a fellow-student with me at Dr. Bur- 
ton's for a season. He had been a preacher before he came to the 
doctor's > but not being satisfied with the ' exercise scheme ' in which 
he had been instructed, and desiring to know more of the ' taste 
scheme,' he came, and having examined it, entered fully into it. 

"The next day, Thursday, Aug. 15th, the exercises of ordination were 
performed as follows: Introductory prayer, Jlev. Mr. Parker of Un- 
derbill, Dr. Burton preached from 2 Tim. iv. 2, Rev. S. Fuller of 
Vershire led in the consecrating prayer. Rev. Benjamin Wooster of 
Fairfield gave the charge, Rev. J. Hovey of Waterbury the right 
hand of fellowship, Rev. Mr. Kingsbury of Jericho offered the prayer 
by which Dea. Buel, who had been examined by the council, was or- 
dained to that office, Rev. Silas L. Bingham of New Haven gave the 
deacon his charge. Rev. Leonard Worcester of Peacham offered the 
concluding prayer. The next day went to Burlington, called on Pres- 
ident Saunders of the Vermont university. It had been said that the 
morals of this place were exceedingly corrupt. The president seemed 
very desirous to convince us that the morality of the place and of the 
college was rapidly improving. There was one college building, four 
stories high of brick, 160 by 75 feet. It stands about one mile from 
the margin of Burlington bay in Lake Champlain. The land rises 
gradually from the shore to the site of this edifice, which has ' an ele- 
vation of 330 feet above the surface of the water.' The view, from 
this building, of the lake, its islands, the lofty hills on its western 
shore in the state of New York, and the country in Canada, is very 
extensive, beautiful, and grand. It was delightful beyond all the 
scenery I had ever before seen. The following Sabbath I preached 
in Williston, eight miles from Burlington. Monday eve I preached a 
lecture at New Haven and tarried with the minister. Rev. S. L. Bing- 
ham. Tuesday, at Middlebury, was kindly entertained at Judge 
Painter's. The people about the college made provision, in their hos- 
pitality, to entertain all preachers of the gospel. Attended an exhi- 
bition of the Freshman class. Evening heard a genuine revival 
sermon from Rev. Mr. Preston of Rupert, from, Isa. xxxiii. 14. 
Wednesday attended the exercises of commencement. The ner- 
formances were creditable to the students and their instructors In 
the evening Rev. Martin Fuller of Royalton preached from 2 Tim 
iii. 15. Thursday, a.m., Rev. Mr. Fuller of Vershire preached froni 
Matt. xi. 28. Here was an atmosphere of piety. This college was 
not patronized by the state ; but God blessed it by frequent outpour- 


ings of his spirit and the conversion of many of the students. For a 
number of years no class passed through its whole course without a 
revival of religion. 

" The following three Sabbaths I preached in Sharon, Vt. I at- 
tended commencement at my Alma Mater, saw and visited many 
friends. For the first time saw and got upon the back of an elephant. 
On the 4th of September, 1805, preached my first funeral sermon 
at the funeral of Isaac Latham, in Sharon, text i Cor. vii. 29. 
Sept. nth attended the meeting of the Orange Association at Rev. 
Mr. Lambert's, Newbury, Vt. Present, Hon. N. Niles, Rev. Messrs. 
Burton, Fuller, Kellogg, Fitch, Carpenter, Sutherland, Smith, BHss, 
Dana, and Messrs. Calvin, Noble, and Jewell, students in the- 
ology; passed the, night in Haverhill, N. H. 13th, visited some 
friends in West Fairlee and preached a lecture. The next two Sab- 
bath's preached in Windsor, for Rev. Bancroft Fowler, who was or- 
dained there last May ; he was now absent on a journey. While here 
I formed some very pleasant acquaintances ; was present at a wed- 
ding; Judge Hunter administered the marriage covenant and called 
on me to make the prayers. Here I formed acquaintance with Rev. 
Andrew Law, a teacher and writer of music, a godly man, of whom 
Dr. Burton said, ' he was the only teacher of music I ever knew who 
thought.' His health failed while a preacher. 2Sth, was present with 
an ecclesiastical council called to ordain Mr. Ignatius Thompson over 
the Congregational church in Pomfret, Vt. They continued the ex- 
• amination about five hours, and were then about two hours by them- 
selves. They decided, with one exception, that they could not con- 
scientiously proceed to ordain him. He was, in regard to doctrines, 
both ignorant and heretical. 

" Preached the next Sabbath in Sharon, and the following one in 
Royalton, Oct. 6, 1805. The next day visited friends in Thetford. 
Wednesday I took leave of Dr. Burton's family, and especially of dear • 
Mrs. B., who is apparently on the verge of heaven in consumption. 
After calling on some friends in Hanover, I made my way down to 
Jaffrey, N. H., and visited my uncle Oliver Bacon's family. On the 
Sabbath, A.M. heard Rev. Laban Ainsworth preach from Jonah iv. 10, 
II ; P.M. I preached for him. Tuesday and Wednesday visited uncle 
Samuel Bacon's family, in company with cousin Mary Bacon, in Tem- 
pleton, Mass. Returned with cousin Mary to Jaffrey. Friday rode to 
Hollis, N. H., and called on Capt. William Tenney, a very estimable 
and beloved friend of my father. On my way to IBoxford, Mass., the 
next day, took tea with my classmate, Samuel Gile, at Rev. Jonathan 
French's, Andover, with whom Mr. G. was studying theology. Lord's 
day at Rowley, in my native parish; a.m. heard Rev. Mr. Williams 
of Linebrook preach from Ps. cxix. 45 ; p.m. I preached, and afterward 
attended the funeral of the wife of Mr. Asa Pingree. Passed the 
night with cousin Stephen Searle. Monday visited uncle Dr. Jacob 
Bacon's family, Salem. Called on Rev. Samuel Worcester. Wednes- 
day called on Rev. Jonathan Strong, Randolph, and passed the night 
with Rev. Samuel Niles, Abington. Next day visited uncle David 
Bacon's family, Plymouth, my mother's native place. Uncle being 
absent, concluded to remain over the Sabbath, contrary to my plan. 


The next day called on Rev. Adoniram Judson, then pastor of a Con- 
gregational church there, and father of the celebrated Dr. Judson of 
the Burman mission. I preached for him three times. In the evening 
had an interview with my friend and classmate, Gile, who had preach- 
ed to the other church. Monday rode out with cousin Lucy Bacon to 
Manoraet pond and returned. My uncle is an irreligious man, and 
aunt is very melancholy. I passed Tuesday night with Rev. Ezra 
Weld, Braintree, of whom it has been said that he would have his cud 
and his pipe in his mouth, and his snuff in his nose at the same time. 
Next day called on my classmates, Ezekiel Webster and O. Fifield, in 
Boston, and passed through Cambridge to Salem. The next day was 
introduced to Rev. Eli Smith of Hollis, who insisted I should go and 
preach three Sabbaths at Dunstable, N. H. I was intending to pur- 
sue my journey to Sedgwick, as I had not visited my father's family 
for two years. 

"Went with Mr. Worcester, was introduced to Rev. Abiel Abbot 
and wife. Mr. W. preached a preparatory lecture for Mr. A., from 
Col. iii. I. This was the first ministerial intercourse they had had. 
Was then introduced to Rev. Joseph Emerson and wife and the 
famous Miss Hannah Adams. Evening I preached for Mr. W. in the 
tabernacle, Salem. The next day called on uncle Daniel Thurston, 
Ipswich, and passed the night at uncle Pearson's, Rowley. Saturday, 
in company with Rev. Caleb Jewett Teniiey of Newport, R. I;, and 
Dr. Muzzey, rode to Pelham, N. H. Went over to Dunstable on th? 
Sabbath and preached twice. Monday Mr. Tenney called, and we 
rode to his father's, Capt. Wm. Tenney's, Hollis. The next day I 
preached in Hollis p.m. and evening. Thursday, returned to Mr. 
Israel Hunt's, my boarding place. I preached here five Sabbaths and 
Thanksgiving. I preached also a preparatory lecture for Rev. Joshua 
Heywood, Dunstable, Mass., where I had an interview with Rev. Mr. 
Bullard of Pepperell, Mass. Rev. Joseph Kidder, former minister 
where I was preaching, gave me a very full account of his trials with 
the people, which was not suited to raise them in my estimation. But 
during the five Sabbaths I spent there, the congregation enlarged and 
there was increasing solemnity.* They would have me remain, but I 
'longed after my father's house.' Whether I did right to leave them 
is an undecided question. Dec. 2d I passed the night at Bradford at 
Mr. Hasseltine's with my friend and classmate, Abraham Burnham, 
preceptor of the academy. I spent about two weeks in Rowley and 
Byfield, visiting friends, preached eight times and left for Sed°-wick 
Passed a night with Rev. S. Toombs of Newtown, whose wife was 
cousin Mehitable Searle— another with my friend and classmate Sea- 
ver, at Berwick, Me.; called on Rev. Pearson Thurston, Somersworth 
The following Sabbath was at Brunswick with Prof Cleaveland" 
Pres. McKeen requested me to preach, but I did not dare to • heard 
him all day and passed a night with him. Called on Rev. Eliphalet Gillet 
at Hallowell ; and reached uncle Samuel Redington's, Vassalborouffh 
Dec. 25th. I met here Rev. Alexander McLean, who on bein? 
told I was a preacher, says to me ; 'And do you preach the a:os 
pel ? ' I replied that I preached what I understood to be the o-osnel • 
preached in the evening. The next day rode with him to'^PjUer' 


mo and heard him preach from Zech. xii. lo. Saturday 28th reached 
Frankfort and passed the Sabbath with my dear brother Richard. It 
was so rainy I preached but once. Wednesday, Jan. i, 1806, brother 
and I went to fatlier's at Sedgwick. I had not visited my father's 
family before since September, 1803. A great change had taken 
place in the minister, Rev. Daniel Merrill, and in the church of which 
I was a inember. The pastor had been immersed and re-ordained 
by a council of close communion Baptists, and a large majority of the 
church had gone with him. Nor is it owing to any want of earnest, 
persevering labors on his part that I am not a Baptist. He deemed 
it inconsistent to ask me to preach, but he came and heard me preach 
at severallectures. I remained at my father's about four weeks. Vis- 
ited many of my former acquaintances in Sedgwick, who received me 
cordially, though I did not become a Baptist. I preached about a 
dozen times in different neighborhoods. I then spent four weeks in 
the eastern part of Hancock and Washington counties, and preached 
twenty sermons. James Campbell, Esq., gave me a dollar, which was 
all I received for my labors, except some thanks. I passed a night 
at the house of a Mr. Archer, on the Narraguagus river, where he and 
his wife had become the parents of twenty-one children. She was 
truly ' a fruitful vine.' 

" On arriving at my father's, I found a letter from uncle Asa Red- 
ington of Waterville, inviting me to go there and preach. Saturday, 
March i, 1806, I reached Waterville at uncle Asa Redington's, father 
of Hon. Asa Redington of Augusta, and after of Lewiston, Me., and 
brother of my step-mother. The next day preached twice in a school- 
house to. small audiences. My letter informing them that I designed 
to be there had not been received. The audience appeared very Cold 
and dead. I preached the next Sabbath at West Waterville. Here and 
at the settlement on the river I preached alternately for nine Sabbaths 
and the annual fast. The religion, if there was any in the setdement 
on the river, was hidden. There was not a house in which family 
prayer was attended, nor a man who professed to be a regenerated fol- 
lower of the Lord Jesus. Nor did I find a woman among them who 
seemed like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus. I felt as though I had 
neither Aaron nor Hur to hold up my hands. In the west part of the 
town were a few pious Baptists. I may never forget my emotions as 
I was leaving the house of God an aged female took my hand and 
said, ' I trust I have got a few cr«mbs from my Master's table to-day.' 
Who or what she was I knew not ; afterward I was told she was a 
godly woman in the Baptist church. Her remark encouraged and 
strengthened my poor heart. Well, I thought, if by preaching I could 
feed one of God's dear children with a few crumbs of the bread of life, 
I did not live in vain. I preached twenty-eight sermons in Waterville, 
two in Fairfield, and two in Clinton. I visited but little in the settle- 
ment on the river ; the greater part of my time was required to write 
my sermons. 

"At my last lecture in Clinton, April 29th, I met Rev. Jotham Sew- 
all, of whom I had heard, but never before seen. I had agreed, with 
the divine permission, to be at Winthrop to preach the next Sabbath. 
Mr. Sewall rather urged me to go with him ; so the next day we rode 


to Canaan ; in the evening I preaclied again. The next day we rode 
to Starks, where I was glad to meet Rev. Alexander McLean again. 
Here was a council called to settle some difficulties. Next day ac- 
companied Mr. Sewall to his home in Chesterville and ^preached in 
the evening. 

"Having preached nine Sabbaths in Waterville in March and April, 
1806, having been invited to preach in Winthrop, went there in May, 
and preached most of the time till Feb. 18, 1807, when I was ordained 
pastor of the Congregational church." 

He was appointed by the Massachusetts Missionary Society, "a 
missionary for one year in the district of Maine." As the people in 
Winthrop seemed inclined to retain his services, by advice of neigh- 
boring ministers, he relinquished his mission. Nov. 3d he was pre- 
sented with a call from the church to become their pastor. This had 
been preceded by a day of fasting and prayer. The following day he 
was presented with a vote of concurrence by the town; and on the 
i8th of February, 1807, he was ordained. The officiating ministers 
were the Rev. Messrs. Asa Lyman of Bath ; Elijah Parish of Byfield, 
Mass. (who preached); Jonathan Powers of Penobscot; Eliphalet 
Gillet of Hallowell; Mighill Blood of Bucksport; and Kiah Bailey of 
Newcastle. The council hesitated somewhat on account of the inade- 
quacy of support, which was four hundred dollars a year, and four 
hundred dollars ''settlement," in accordance with a custom formerly 
prevailing in New England. But this was to be paid in annual in- 
stallments; in other words he was to receive five hundred dollars a 
year for four years, and four hundred dollars afterward. But having 
encouragement from the committees of the church and town that fur- 
ther provision should be made, they proceeded to ordain him. 

On Jan. ist, 1805, while with Dr. Burton, he commenced a journal, 
in which he made a daily entry of his situation and employments, and 
this he continued, without intermission, till seventeen days before his 
death. In his journal, as well as in his sermons, he used a system of 
stenography, invented by the Rev. Jonathan Fisher of Bluehill. 

For several years he was accustomed to sum up, at the end of every 
month, the labors of the month ; and at the end of the year the labors 
of the yesiT. The following summing up of the year 1812 may serve 
as a specimen : 

"During this year I have attended two meetings of associations, two 
of societies, three councils, three ordinations, two schools, four town 
meetings, four days of fasting and prayer, seven meetings of trustees, 
eight marriages, ten funerals, thirteen singing schools, forty-seven 
conferences, heard nineteen sermons, and preached one hundred and 
forty-seven; administered six baptisms, made eighty-three pastoral 
and fifty-two friendly visits, and three hundred and thirty calls ; have 
received ninety-three companies, and one hundred and forty-nine calls; 
have written twenty-two letters, and ridden fourteen hundred and sixty- 
four miles out of town. ■' 

rail^ad. ^^ ''^''""'''''^'^ '^'^^ ''^^^ "'^^''^^ i" those days was not done by 
In 1819 Mr. Thurston was unanimously elected professor of then! 
ogy, by the trustees of the "Maine Charity School," then located in 


Hampden, now better known as the Bangor theological seminary. 
He yielded to the unanimous wish of the church, and declined the 

His logical mind was early brought to a firm conviction of the in- 
herent sinfulness of slave-holding ; and he was a member of the con- 
vention at Philadelphia, at which the American Anti-slavery society 
was organized ; and though he mourned over the aberrations of some 
prorninent men in the cause, he firmly adhered to the principles of anti- 
slavery, and spent one year in advocating them, by lecturing through 
the state^his pulpit being supplied by the Rev. Daniel D. Tappan. 

IniSso he went as delegate from Maine to the Peace Congress at 
Frankfort, Germany, and visited a part of Wales, England, France, 
Switzerland, Germany, Prussia, and Belgium. 

He kept the records of the church himself, and made a careful en- 
try, not only of evfry business meeting, but every conference, specify- 
ing the topics that were discussed. 

In 1853 the trustees of Dartmouth college conferred on him the de- 
gree of doctor of divinity. 

He was an efficient member of most of the benevolent societies, and 
in 1859 was elected president of the American Missionary Associa- 
tion, and was annually re-elected till his death. He was a member of 
the board of overseers of Bowdoin college, a trustee of the Bangor 
theological seminary, of Hallowell and Monmouth academies for many 
years, and of the Maine Missionary Society for half a century. We 
copy still further from his journal : 

"I remained pastor of the church in Winthrop till Oct. 15th, 185 1, 
when, in compliance with my request, with the advice of an ecclesias- 
tical council, I was dismissed. I was induced to request a dismission, 
because some desired to have a younger man, and some were dissatis- 
fied with my anti-slavery course. I had conscientiously plead the 
cause of the enslaved, and had endeavored to act as I believed 
and prayed. I removed to Vassalborough, where I preached half of 
the time, and the other half was divided between the North Parish in 
Augusta and the Union house in Sidney. The year following I 
preached all the time in Vassalborough. 

"The next year till its close, Dec, 1854, I preached three-fourths of 
the time in Vassalborough, and one-fourth in Sidney. 

"In Jan., 1855, I removed to the East parish in Searsport. There a 
Congregational church, composed of members dismissed from the ist 
church in Searsport, of which my brother, Stephen Thurston, was pas- 
tor, was organized Sept. 19, 1855. In this parish are about forty 
families, and several young married couples who have not kept house, 
being much of the time absent at sea. Twenty-five captains of vessels 
now follow the seas. 

" My wife and I removed our relation from the church in Winthrop 
to the second church in Searsport March 9, 1856. I continued to 
preach in Searsport, enjoying highly the intercourse with my brother 
and family. The Maine Missionary Society not being able to assist 
the 2d church and the church at Sandy Point, without leaving some 
other feeble churches destitute, proposed that these two should unite 
in the support of a minister. Such an arrangement was accordingly 


made. Not bein^ desirous of having the charge of two churches, 1 
left Searsport the last of Dec, 1858, and being invited to preach a 
year in Litchfield, Kennebec county. Me., I began to preach there the 
third Sabbath in Jan., 1859, on a salary of $300. This church has 
few members and but little property. They are exemplary christians, 
large-hearted and liberal. It is doubtful whether any church in the 
state or country do more for the support of the gospel in proportion to 
their means. At the expiration of the year they extended a unani- 
mous invitation to me to preach for them another year. With this 
invitation I complied. 

" April 23, i860, having entered my eighty-second year last February, 
my wife and I left Litchfield for Goshen, N. H., to visit our oldest and 
youngest daughters ; May 8th returned to Portland. The loth son 
Samuel and I took tickets from Portland to Chicaap, 111. I paid $60 
fare for both to go and return in thirty days. We left Portland twenty 
minutes before nine o'clock a.m.; Saturday a.m., at eight o'clock, we 
were in Detroit, Mich., eight hundred and fifty-eight miles from Port- 
land. We reached in the evening the residence of my second daugh- 
ter. Tuesday, 29th, at four a.m., left Adrian, and at forty minutes past 
eight P.M., Wednesday, was in Portland; at nine took a steamer for 
Boston, and at ten Thursday morning I was presiding at a meet- 
ing of the American Missionary Association in the Music hall, Boston. 
Friday evening left Boston in a steamer, and Saturday, four p.m., was 
at Litchfield. Through the great goodness of my heavenly Father, 
have passed, going and returning, about two thousand, two hundred 
and seventy-five miles, in good health, without any harm or casualty. 
Preached the next day, heard my class in the Sunday school, and at- 
tended monthly concert in the evening, and felt no more fatigue than 

Mr. Thurston continued vigorous in body and mind, and remained 
in Litchfield, preaching his last sermon on the day of the National 
Fast, just after the assassination of President Lincoln, seventeen days 
before his death. 

The Creator dealt most kindly with him in endowing him with an 
assemblage of social affections, which eminently fitted him both to 
enjoy and to impart an unusual amount of happiness in the various 
relations of life. Few appreciated more highly, or enjoyed more 
keenly, the blessings of the conjugal and parental relations. His 
house was therefore the home of quietness and serene comfort. He 
had great pleasure in the society of his friends. He o-reeted them 
with warm cordiality, and entertained them with sincere" thou^-h un- 
pretentious, hospitality. ' ^ 

As a man of intellectual capacity, Mr. Thurston stood amon? the 
ablest men m the mmistry of Maine ; as a scholar, he took high rank 
in college ; as a theologian, he acquired so much reputation that sev- 
eral young men, even after theological seminaries were established 
chose to receive his private instruction in the study of divinitv ' 

As a preacher, he regarded the doctrines of the gospel as constitut 
ing its vital force, sheddmg light on its precepts, opening to view the 
path of life, unfolding the wondrous method of grace and sal t 
displaying the wisdom and matchless love of God in redemof "' 


teaching men what they must do, and what they must be, in order to 
gain eternal life, enforcing duty by the sublime fact of eternal retribu- 
tion both for saints and sinners. 

His manners in the pulpit were characterized by simplicity, solem- 
nity, earnestness, and an affectionate persuasiveness. He was utterly 
unpretentious. He stood erect in the calm simplicity of one charged 
with a message from God to immortal men, soon to enter upon their 
eternal retribution. 

As a pastor, he was kind, faithful, and sympathetic. He not only 
visited the people from house to house, but preached lectures on week 
days and evenings in the various parts of his parish very frequently. 
Among the leading elements of his christian character were rever- 
ence, conscientiousness, devoutness, and firmness of moral principle. 
His reverence was developed in all his intercourse with his Maker, in 
all his treatment of divine truth, and religious ordinances. In consci- 
entiousness, he would sooner have suffered the loss of all human fa- 
vor than the approbation of his own conscience. For the sake of 
preaching the gospel, he was willing to practice the most rigid econ- 
omy, and live on very humble fare. Notwithstanding his means were 
small, he gave a tenth of all his income in charity. 

Religious devoutness was one of his most marked characteristics. 
He must have communed much with the Father of Spirits, with things 
unseen 'and eternal, in order to have acquired such reverent facility 
and holy fervor in the privilege of prayer. He often seemed near the 
throne, as if in the presence chamber of the Most High. In no other 
way, probably, did he ever make so deep an impression on the minds 
of men, as by the prayers he was called upon to offer on some public 
occasions. I will mention two. 

In 183 1 he met the General Assembly of the. Presbyterian church 
in Philadelphia, as delegate from the Maine conference. It was a time 
of division and excitement in that church, regarding what was called 
new and old divinity; each party, very conscientiously no doubt, 
striving for the ascendency. In this meeting party spirit ran high, and 
discussions arose which gathered warmth. The session was stormy 
and tumultuous, and in the midst of one of their most excited pas- 
sages, the moderator arrested the regular business, and called upon 
the delegate from Maine to pray. He prayed, in melting strains, 
and with fervent desire, that God would calm those perturbed spirits, 
that those christian men and ministers might not, by unhallowed strife, 
give occasion to the wicked exultingly to exclaim: "Aha, aha, so 
would we have it." The assembly was melted, the excitement was 
allayed. It was as if the Master had said, "peace, be still, and there 
was a great calm." The public prints spoke much of that prayer and 
its effects ; and the Maine delegate was long remembered with pecu- 
liar interest. 

The other occasion was at the ordination of his nephew in Newbury, 
the Rev. John R. Thurston. Prof. Shepard, of blessed memory, 
preached one of his striking and impressive sermons ; the uncle of- 
fered the ordaining prayer. An intelligent hearer of that prayer gives 
his impression of it as follows : " The prayer was exceedingly appro- 
priate, solemn, pathetic, comprehensive, and minute ; touchmg every 


department of labor and duty devolving upon a good minister; quot- 
ing some very beautiful and appropriate passages of Scripture. It 
seemed for the time that the heavens and earth were brought very 
near together, and a finite saint was in very deed communing with the 
infinite and holy God, and that he had brought all the audience up,_ or 
the Infinite down, to the blessed communion. I think the impression 
will never be obliterated from my mind and heart." 

The question of right, of duty, having been settled, he adhered to 
it with oaken firmness. His quick moral discernment carried him in 
advance of his times in regard to the evils to be reformed. Early did 
he become a laborer in the cause of temperance and of the oppressed. 
He remembered those in bonds as bound with them. Notwithstand- 
ing all he suffered in the cause of the oppressed, whether by his breth- 
ren in the ministry, or the church, or the baser sort, I never heard of 
a hard or unforgiving word he ever uttered respecting them. His 
forgiving love, his broad charity, covered a multitude of wrongs done 
to himself. 

Children of David and Prudence Thurston, all born in Winthrop : 

+1641 Eunice Farley,'' b. Nov. 19, 1812; m. Rev. Henry Richardson. 

+ 1642 Brown," b. Oct. 6, i8t4; m. ist, Harriet Cliapman; 2d, Amanda Chapman. 

1643 Mary,6 b. Feb. iS, 1817; d. Nov. i, 1819. 

-j-1644 Elizabeth.^b. Nov. 28, 1818; m. Charles Philbrook. 

1645 David Francis, 8 b. June 17, 182 1 ; d. Sept. 30, 1830. 

1646 Mary Brown,^ b. April iS, 1S23; d. Jan. 18. 1835. 

+1647 Samuel," b. Aug. 14, 1825; m. ist, Lucretia Harrington Bartels; 2d, Mary 

Louisa Waters. 
+ 1648 Harriet Ann," b. May 8, 1829; m. 1st, Melvin Gilmore Deane; 2d, Hon. 

Edward Southworth. 

President Francis Brown' {Benjamin,^ Francis,^ Thomas,^ yohn^, 
Francis j^ Thomas'^'), youngest son of Benjamin^ and Prudence (Kelley) 
Brown of Chester, N. H. ; born there Jan. 11, 1784; married, Feb. 
4, 181 1, Elizabeth Oilman. He died July 27, 1820; she died 
September, 1851. 

From various sources we gather the following interesting history of 
his short but eventful life : His mother was distinguished as well for 
her intellectual as moral qualities ; and though she died when he had 
only reached his tenth year, she had already done much to give per- 
manent direction to his character. At the age of fourteen he ven- 
tured to communicate to his father his wish that he might have the 
advantages of a collegiate education ; but his father, in consideration 
of his straitened worldly circumstances, felt obliged to deny his re- 
quest. By a subsequent marriage, however, his circumstances were 
improved ; and through the generosity of his new mother his desire 
for an education was gratified. He always retained the most grateful 
sense of her kindness, and delighted to think of her in connection 
with all the honorable usefulness to which he subsequently attained. 

In his sixteenth year he became a member of Atkinson academy, 
then a highly respectable institution, under the care of the Hon. John 
Vose. Here he was a most diligent and successful student, and 
when his instructor wrote to Dr. Wheelock, recommending him to 
college, he informed him that he had sent him an Addison. 

Of the commencement of his religious character the most that is 


known is the following statement which he communicated to the 
friends who were standing around his death-bed : " During my sick- 
ness at Atkinson academy, about the time the fever formed a crisis, 
while in a state of partial delirium, I had a view of the happiness of 
heaven— I was gently led on to the portal and beheld a glory which I 
can never describe. I was then conducted to the gate of hell, where 
I had a view of the pit below. I fell asleep, and upon waking, 
thought I could not live. Greatly distressed in my mind, I called to 
my mother and asked her what I should do. When she counseled 
me and directed me, as my case required, I changed my position in 
the bed, and for the first time in my life attempted to pray. After 
this I had clear and impressive views of the Saviour, succeeded by 
great enjoyment, such as I had never experienced. I felt a desire to 
go to college and become a minister." He made a public profession 
of his faith when he was a tutor in college, and then joined the 
church in his native place. 

He graduated from Dartmouth in 1805. The year after his gradua- 
tion he spent as a private tutor in the family of Judge Paine of Wil- 
liamstown, Vt., and then, at the close of 1806, he was appointed to a 
tutorship in the college at which he had graduated. Here he re- 
mained till 1809, and, while discharging the duties of his office, he 
was pursuing a course of theological study in preparation for the 

Having been licensed to preach by the Grafton association, he re- 
signed his office as tutor, with a view to give himself solely to the 
duties of his profession. After a short time he received a call from 
the church in North Yarmouth,* Me. ; this call he accepted, and on 
his birthday, Jan. 11, 1810, he was set apart as their pastor. Scarcely 
had he entered on the duties of his pastorate before he was chosen 
professor of languages in Dartmouth college, but declined. During 
the five following years his influence was widely felt in favor both of 
learning and of religion. 

After the difficulty between President Wheelock and the trustees of 
Dartmouth college had commenced, and the trustees, acting on a pro- 
vision of the charter, had removed him from the presidency, Mr. 
Brown was appointed in his place, and was inaugurated Sept. 27, 1815. 
The controversy in the midst of which this occurred was a most agi- 
tating one, and just as it was at its height, and it seemed difficult to 
predict the issue, Mr. Brown was invited to the presidency of Hamil- 
ton college ; but he unhesitatingly declined the invitation, determined 
to stand by the college with which he was then connected and to 
share its fortunes, whatever they might be. 

The legislature passed an act enlarging the sphere of the college, 
adding to the number of the trustees, changing the name to Dart- 
mouth university, and giving the appointing power of teachers and 
officers to the governor and council. Under this act a treasurer was 
appointed. President Wheelock was reinstated, the college buildings, 
library, and apparatus were forcibly appropriated, thus turning out 
the original trustees and President Brown. The students generally 
adhered to President Brown, and temporary quarters were secured. 

*The present town of rarmoutli. 


The trustees immediately sued the treasurer, before the superior court 
of New Hampshire, for the recovery of the property and were de- 
feated, the court sustaining the doings of the legislature. An appeal 
was at once made to the supreme court of the United States, and me 
case was argued before the full bench by Hon. Daniel Webster, ine 
action of the lower court was reversed, the trustees sustained, and a 
principle of law established, which has been recognized as the law ot 
the land ever since, in regard to all charitable institutions, colleges, 
academies, corporations, etc., viz., that all such institutions are chari- 
table and therefore private ; that the legislature cannot interfere, or 
make any change, without the consent of the trustees, unless such 
power is expressly reserved by the charter. Never has higher legal 
ability been brought to bear upon any question. On the side of the 
trustees were Jeremiah Smith, Jeremiah Mason, Danipl Webster, and 
Joseph Hopkinson. On the part of the treasurer, supported by the 
governor and council, were John Holmes, William Pinckney, and 
William Wirt. 

Rev. Henry Wood, in a sketch of his life, says : " It was charac- 
teristic of President Brown that he was always equal to any emergen- 
cy ; no call could be made upon his resources unhonored ; at a word, 
all the sleeping energies of his ipiind came up in their glowing beauty 
and just proportions, awakening the admiration and securing the con- 
fidence of timid friends, and overawing the presumption that ^Iready 
exulted in the overthrow of the college. Reluctantly given up by his 
people, he had only to touch again the soil of his native state, and 
move amid the eyes and ears of its citizens, to be admitted as that 
superior mind which Providence had raised up and kept, like Moses 
in the desert, for this very crisis. A certain dignity of person, alto- 
gether native and inimitable, made every one feel himself in the pres- 
ence of original greatness, in honoring which he also honored himself. 
Such were the conciliation and command belonging to his character 
that, from the first moment of his reappearance in his own state, the 
voice of detraction was silent ; whoever else was rebuked, he escaped, 
whom all conspired to honor. Judgment founded upon a clear and 
ready perception of things was a leading characteristic of his mind. 
Reason presided over and kept in subjection all the inferior powers; 
cool, investigating, cautious, the rigid discipline he maintained over 
his spirit allowed little indulgence for excitement of feeling, little play 
for the fervor of imagination. He so well understood the structure 
of our institutions, the power of legislatures, and the rights of cor- 
porate bodies secured by contract, he was so confident of success in 
the ultimate decision of the highest tribunal of the nation, that when 
others were disheartened he stood erect and fixed in his purpose. 
Never has a cause been litigated in our country more important from 
the principle to be established and the interests remotely involved ; 
the existence not only of this, but of all seminaries for education 
and of all corporate bodies whatever, was suspended upon the pres- 
ent decision. The permanence of all the institutions of our country, 
whether charitable, literary, or religious, and indeed the very charac- 
ter of the nation in its future stages were connected with this adjudi- 
cation upon a point of constitutional law." 



President Brown's labors proved too much for his physical consti- 
tution. Beside being almost constantly occupied during the week 
with his duties in the college, he preached nearly every Sabbath 
somewhere in the neighborhood, and his vacations were generally 
spent in traveling for the purpose of increasing the college funds. 
Soon after the Commencement of 1818 it became painfully apparent 
that he was the subject of pulmonary disease. His last effort in the 
pulpit was in Thetford, Vt., on the first Sabbath in October, 1818. 
In the fall of 1819 he traveled south as far as South Carolinar and 
Georgia, in the hope that he might be benefited by a milder climate ; 
but he returned in June, 1820, only to convince his friends as soon as 
they met him that he had come home to die. As he was unable to 
appear in public, he invited the senior class, as they were about to 
scatter at the beginning of their last vacation, to come to his house, 
and there, with a voice which was manifestly soon to be hushed in 
death, he addressed to them the most affectionate, appropriate, and 
weighty counsels, which were received with the warmest gratitude and 
deepest veneration. He lingered, in the most serene and cheerful 
submission to the divine will, until July 27, 1820, and then 'ascended 
with the words, "Glorious Redeemer, take my spirit," upon his lips. 

The degree of doctor of divinity was conferred upon him by both 
Williams and Hamilton colleges in 1819. 

Dr. Brown was commanding in his person, affable in his manners, 
and exceedingly dignified in his whole bearing. His mind was of a 
very high order, profound, comprehensive, z(fcd discriminating. His 
habits of study were liberal, patient, and eminently philosophical. His 
preaching was highly evangelical, in the best taste, and always in- 
structive and impressive. He presided over the college with great 
wisdom, dignity, and kindliness, and the students loved and honored 
him as a father. His whole character — intellectual, moral, christian — 
was beautiful. 

He published an address on Music, delivered before the Handel 
society of Dartmouth college, 1809; a sermon delivered at the ordi- 
nation ^f Allen Greeley, 1810; a sermon delivered on the occasion of 
the state fast appointed in consequence of the declaration of war 
with Great Britain, 1812; a sermon delivered before the Maine 
Missionary society, 1814; Calvin and Calvinism defended against cer- 
tain injurious representations, contained in a pamphlet entitled "A 
Sketch of the Life and Doctrine of the celebrated John Calvin " — of 
which the Rev. Martin Ruter claims to be the author — 1815 ; a reply 
to the Rev. Martin Ruter's letter relating to Calvin and Calvinism, 
1815; a sermon delivered at Concord before the convention of Con- 
gregational and Presbyterian ministers of New Hampshire, i8i8. 


Dea. Richard Thurston' of Bangor, Me. {David,^ Richard,^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel''-^, brother of the preceding, and son of David ^ and 
Mary (BacOn) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born in Rowley, Mass., 
July 5, 1781; baptized by Rev. James Chandler j married, by Rev. 
N. Whitman, Oct. 13, 1817, Ann Bowers, born in Bilerica, Mass., 
Feb. 17, 1787, daughter of Samuel Bowers,, a merchant in Boston. 
They both died in Bangor; he May 24, 1852 ; she Juae 13, 1869. 


He went to Sedgwick, Me., with his father in 1796, and about 1805 
settled in Franlcfort, Me., as a merchant, where he remained till 1830. 
In 1832 removed to Bangor, and spent the remainder of his life in 
mercantile business. Early in life he experienced religion, and was 
instrumental in establishing a Congregational church in Frankfort, of 
which he became a deacon. He was a very hospitable man, and 
kept what was called in those days a " minister's tavern." Frankfort 
was a godless place when he settled there as a young man, and his 
life was so sober and correct that he was called deacon long before 
the office was conferred upon him. 

Children : 

-|-i659 Richard Bowers,^ b. at Charlestown, Mass., June 28, 1819; m. Jane Miller 

-|-i56o Samuel David,^ b. at Frankfort Feb. 10, 1822; m. ist, Susan Duncan 
Pierce; 2d, Jane Maria Sparhawk. 
l65i Caroline Ann Parker,^ b. at Frankfort Nov. 2, 1825; m. in Stamford, Ct, 
April 12, 1873, Hugh Young, b. Jan. 2, 1831, eldest son of James and 
Elizabeth Young, nee Learmouth, of Edinburgh, Scotland. His parents 
afterward lived in Kilmarnock. He came to this country in 1851. He 
was captain of the 79th New York volunteers in the war of the rebellion. 
He is a manufacturer and inventor of Young's diamond saw machine, for 
sawing stone, and lives in New York city. 


Mary Thurston^ {David* Richard,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), sister. of 
the preceding, and daughter of David * and Chloe (Redington) Thurs- 
ton of Sedgwick, Me. jfborn in Rowley, Mass., April 7, 1792; bap- 
tized by Rev. Joseph Dana; married, at Sedgwick, Feb. 18, 1818, by 
her father, who was a justice, assisted by Rev. David Thurston, her 
brother, Dea. Bliss Blodget, born in Lebanon, N. H., Dec. 9, 1785, 
son of Daniel and Mary (Bliss) Blodget of Chelsea, Vt. He died 
April 29, 1857. 

Dea. Blodget's parents moved to Chelsea in his early childhood, 
where he remained till he was twenty-one, when he went to Bucksport, 
Me., into a store as clerk. In this capacity he served one year, and 
then became a partner in the business. He continued in trade, with 
several changes, until his death. He was an officer in the Congrega-' 
tional church for many years, and always interested in all religious 
and educational objects. He. was a public-spirited man, and helped 
forward, so far as he could, all matters of progress and improvement. 
He never spared any effort for the education and advancement of the 
members of his family. In all these departments he was thoroughly 
seconded and aided by his consort, and their lives have been filled 
with usefulness, as their house has always been the home of all in any 
way connected with the advancement of society and religion. Their 
son Henry has been a missionary to China since 1854. 

Their children, all born in Bucksport, were : 

--1672 Mary Thurston (Blodget), b. Jan. 9, 1819; m. Rev. Enoch Pond 

--1673 Sarah Ann (Blodget), b. Aug, 24, 1820; m. John Hincks. 

--1674 Elizabeth (Blodget), b. Nov. 12, 1822; m. Rev. John P. Skeele 

--167S Henry (Blodget), b. July 13, 1825; m. Sarah Ripley. 

--1676 John (Blodget), b. July 11, 1827; m. Sarah Case. 

— 1677 George (Blodget), b. April 6, 1831; m. Mary Sophia Pond. 

1678 William Stephen (Blodget), b. Jan. 21, 1834; d. Jan. 31, 1838. 

1679 Charles Howard (Blodget), b. July 5, 1S36; d. Sept. 5, 1862. 



Samuel Thurston = of Bangor, Me. {David,^ Richard^ Daniel,^ 
Z)a«zV/i), brother of the preceding, and son of David* and Chloe 
(Redington) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born in Rowley, Mass., 
July 8, 1793; baptized by Rev. Ebenezer Bradford; married, first, 
Jan. 21, 1824, Prudence Goodale, born in Worcester, Mass., March 
16, 1801, daughter of Hon. Ephraim and Prudence (Willard) Goodale 
of Orrington, Me.; she died Dec. 19, 1838. Second, Jan. i, 1840, 
Mrs. Charlotte (Goodale) Greeley, sister of his first wife, born 
May 13, 1809 ; married, first, July 16, 1832, Rev. Greenleaf Greeley, 
a Methodist minister of Readfield, Me., a man of deep piety and 
much usefulness ; he died in Burke county, Ga., where he had gone 
for his health, Feb. 29, 1836. 

Hon. Ephraim Goodale was born in Worcester, Mass., Jan. 6, 1773; 
died May 25, 1858, aged 85. 'He married, Aug. 3, 1796, Mrs. Pru- 
dence Howard Willard (widow Haven), born in Milford, April 16, 
1773, died Feb. 4, 1850, aged 76. They removed to Orrington, dis- 
trict of Maine, in 1803. He was a deist, and brought Payne's and 
Voltaire's works into that country, and made a business of publishing 
and selling books as well as of scientific farming. He supplied the 
first fruit trees planted in Penobscot county. In 1809 they were con- 
verted and joined the Methodist church in Orrington, Rev. Enoch 
Mudge, pastor. Notwithstanding his infidelity, he and his wife went 
ten miles on one occasion to attend a meeting, and were both awak- 
ened and rode home in perfect silence. Before retiring, they both 
knelt in prayer. The next day he burnt all his infidel works, and es- 
tablished a family altar, which ever after was sacredly maintained. 
They both left an excellent record, adorning their profession by a 
holy life. He was for many years one of the justices of the court of 
sessions, and of the same court under a new name in the county of 
Penobscot till 1835, when he resigned. 

Mr. Samuel Thurston was a merchant at Mill creek, Orrington, Me., 
for eleven years, till about 1831, where he accumulated a very hand- 
some property. He then moved to Brewer, a town on the opposite 
side of the Penobscot river from Bangor, where he kept store, built 
houses, dealt in lumber, and succeeded well till 1835, when he entered 
into the land speculation, which swept like a destructive tornado over 
all the northern part of New England, and lost all the accumulations 
of his past life. His wife was sick with consumption, soon after died, 
and with five young children he commenced life anew. In 1840 he 
moved to Bangor and pursued the lumber business the remainder of 
his days. Here, too, he met with many losses by fire and flood and 
business indorsements, which he bore with serene patience, never 
bringing his troubles into his house to depress his family. 

When he started in life, he determined to attain riches, and he had 
come almost to the realization of his wishes, when the disaster came 
which showed him that " it is not in man that walketh to direct his 
steps," but that the Lord directeth them for better ends than the mere 
attainment of wealth. The loss of his wife and his earthly posses- 
sions led him to consider those interests of a more enduring character, 
and he gave his heart to God, established a family altar, taught his 


children, both by precept and example, to seek first the kingdorn of 
God and his righteousness. He gave his children a good education, 
sustained the mstitutions of society generally, and was a decided abo- 
litionist, when it was very unpopular to be one. He did not join the 
church till i860, when he was received into the Bangor Central church, 
at that time under the care of Prof. Shepard of the theological semi- 
nary. Through all his life he maintained an unblemished moral char- 
acter. All his children but one are members of some Congregational 

Children, by first wife, Prudence, born in Orrington : 

1690 Samuel Kedington,^ b. Feb. 4, 1825; d. in Brewer Oct. 31, 1847. 
+1691 Ephraim b. July 2, 1827; m. Charlotte Margretta Darling. 

1692 Helen Maria," b. Sept. 1,1830. 
-f-1693 Emily," b. in Bucksport, her mother being on a visit there, Jan. i, 1834; 
m. Charles Wood. 

Born in Brewer : 

1694 Henry Martin," b. Oct. 13, 1S36; d. Aug. 3, 1S41. 

By second wife, Charlotte : 

1695 Charlotte Greenleaf (Greeley), child of Rev. Greenleaf and Charlotte 

(Goodale) Greeley, b. July 4, 1836. 

1696 Willard Nelson," | twins, born ) d. Aug. 26, 1842. 

1697 Horace Page," ( July 9, 1841 ; ) d. Aug. 30, 1842. 

-I-1698 Mary Elizabeth," b. Dec. 15, 1843; m. Augustus Hall Walker. 

1699 Arthur Everett," b March 5, 1845; d. in Brewer Aug. 18, 1849. 

1700 Isabel Redington," b. Sept. 30, 1848; m. Jan. i, 1873, Edgar Clarence 

Pearson, b. Jan, 9, T850, son of Orpealyer and Susan E. Pearson of 
Bangor; he is a lumber merchant in Bangor. 

1701 Willis Little," b. Aug. 16, 1850; m. Oct. 31, 1878, Catharine Barker, daugh- 

ter of Isaac P. and Almeda W. Barker of Brookline, Mass. ; is a whole- 
sale grocer in Bangor in firm of Thurston, Patterson & Bragg. 


John Thurston^ of Bangor, Me. {David,^ Richard^ Daniel,^ Dan- 
iel^ hxoxh&r oi the preceding, and son of David* and Chloe (Red- 
ington) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born in Rowley, Mass., Nov. 26, 
1794; baptized by Rev. Ebenezer Dutch; married, 1826, Abigail 
King Lawrence of Brooksville, Me. She died Jan. 6, 1834; he died 
March 14, 1834. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer at his father's, and after he left home 
in Bangor, a few miles from the city ; but a few years before his 
death sold his farm and moved into the city, where he kept the ordi- 
nary for the theological seminary. 

Their children were : 
Born in Sedgwick : 

17 12 David," b. Nov. 14, 1827; drowned in Penobscot river Oct 3 1837 

17 13 Margaret," b. April 4, 1830; d. April 30, 1830. 

Born in Bangor : 
-fi7l4 John Rogers," b. Sept. 4, 1831; m. ist, Fratices Orilla Goodale; 2d, Caro- 
line Augusta Wells Story. 
1715 William," b. Dec. 19, 1S33; d. Oct. 13, 1834. 


Sarah Thurston ^ (David,^ Richard,^ Daniel,"^ DanieP'), sister of 
the preceding, and daughter of David* and Chloe (Redington) Thurs- 
ton of Sedgwick, Me.; born in Rowley, Mass., April i, 1796- bap- 



tizedby Rev. Humphrey C. Perley; married, Oct. 30, 1823, Dea. 

John Buck, born Feb. i6, 1795, son of Benjamin and (Sewall) 

Buck of Bucksport, Me. He died Feb. 13, 1872. 

Mr. Jolm Buck was a man of a genial and liappy nature. Tlie sup- 
port of his father's family largely devolved upon him, quite early in 
life, and he engaged in school teaching and fishing, sometimes taking 
fifty salmon from his weir at a single tide. He commenced business 
in Orland, Me., in 1823, as a trader, and increased his facilities as the 
place grew ; bought large tracts of timber land, built and equipped 
fishing vessels and coasters; was successful in his business, be- 
came one of the first men in the town, and offices of honor and trust 
were often conferred upon him. He was deacon of the Congrega- 
tional church in Orland from the time of its organization, Sept. 25, 
1850, till his death. He was chiefly instrumental in forming the 
church and in building a house of worship. He was constantly doing 
good things that the world never heard of. He was a strong anti- 
slavery man and acted as conductor on the "under ground" railroad, 
during the years of the fugitive slave law, sheltering and helping many 
on their way to the Queen's dominions. He was heartily seconded 
by his companion in life in all social and benevolent matters, and 
their house was the common resort for all progressive minds, as well 
as relatives, who were all made to feel at home and happy in their 
munificent mansion. 

Their children, all born in Orland, were : 

1726 Maria (Buck), b. July 25, 1824; d. in Bradford, Mass., May 12, 1842. 

--1727 John Albert (Budt), b. Aug. 15, 1825; m. Charlotte Maria Buck. 

--1728 Frank (Buck), b. April 24, 1827; m. Ann Catherine Buck. 

--1729 Edward (Buck), b. April 17, 1829; m. Emeline Billings Darling. 

1730 Hannah Thurston (Buck), b. May 17, 1832. 

1731 Sarah Emeline (Buck), b. April 12, 1835. 

1732 Charlotte Elizabeth (Buck), b. Feb. 27, 1837; d. Sept. 12, 1862. 


Rev. Stephen Thurston^ of Searsport, Me. {David,'^ Richard,^ 
Daniel,'^ Daniel''-), 'brother oi the preceding, and son of David ^ and 
Chloe (Redington) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me.; born there ^&i-. 22, 
1797; baptized by Rev. Daniel Merrill; married, at No. 67 Kingston 
street, Boston, Mass., June 5, 1827, Clara Matilda Benson, born 
in Bucksport, Me., Jan. 6, 1803, daughter of John and Sarah (Buck) 
Benson of Boston. 

Mr. Thurston joined the Congregational church in Bluehill, Me., 
under the pastoral charge of Rev. Jonathan Fisher, in 1816, at the 
age of nineteen, and had his mind turned toward the ministry. He 
studied nearly two years with his brother, David Thurston of Win- 
throp. By an imprudent use of his eyes there, they were so injured 
as to render a college course, which he i|pd contemplated, an impossi- 
bility. After more than a year spent in other employments, he en- 
tered Bangor theological seminary and graduated in 1825. He was 
ordained as pastor of the first church in Searsport Aug. 9, 1826, and 
remained there until^J|jt^,^Hj^i864, when he was elected to the office 
of secretary of the Maine Missionary Society, an office which he filled 
with great satisfaction to the churches till June, 1876, when failing 


health induced him to resign. In 1856 he received the degree of 
doctor of divinity from Colby university. Since 18^ he has been a 
trustee of the Bangor theological seminary, and is now, 1879, presi- 
dent of the board. Since 1849 he has been a trustee of the Maine 
Missionary Society. 

He was abundantly blessed in his labors as pastor in Searsport. 
During the first two years one hundred and ten members were added 
to the church. Several seasons of refreshing were enjoyed between 
the years 1830 and 1839, in connection with some special efforts in 
the form of protracted meetings of four days' continuance. In 1840, 
without any special preparatory efforts, the Holy Spirit was poured 
out in a remarkable manner, moving powerfully the whole community. 
Ninety-nine were added to his church, besides large accessions to the 
Methodist church. Again in 1852 another revival brought fifty into 
the church ; and during the forty years of his ministry more than four 
hundred souls were gathered into the fold. 

Mr. Thurston is eminently social in his nature, and his relatives 
and friends can recall many happy and joyful seasons spent at his own 
cheerful fireside and at theirs. Particularly fraternal have been the 
relations between himself and his brothers and sisters. Many delight- 
ful social gatherings have given expression to the good will, kindliness 
of heart, social gratification and affection for each other, consecrated 
by a manifest trust and repose in the Father above, which have bound 
them together as with "hooks of steel." But the climax, the grand- 
est and best of all, was on the occasion of their golden wedding, June 
5, 1877. Their children assembled at the homestead some days be- 
fore, and made extensive preparations for the reception of the wide 
circle of relatives and friends who had been some time previously in- 
vited. The mansion was a perfect bower of flowers and evergreen, 
arranged with skillful taste ; tables were loaded with substantial food 
and attractive condiments. In the afternoon the house was thronged 
with friends from the neighborhood coming to congratulate the happy 
pair on the occasion and leave their tokens of remembrance ; and 
every one who came was pressed to the table of refreshments. The 
evening was devoted to a social reunion of relatives, about fifty of 
whom were present, several coming fifteen hundred ■ miles to be there. 
The house and grounds were brilliantly illuminated and sweet music 
added her charm to the occasion. The blessing of Heaven was in- 
voked ; several poems written for the occasion were read ; appropriate 
and interesting remarks were made ; nearly a thousand dollars in gold 
and many valuable and beautiful keepsakes were presented ; and the; 
whole was of great interest, ever to be remembered with satisfactory 
pleasure by all who were present. Four sisters and one brother (one 
Ijrother only being absent, and he seventy-two years old), were 
present, whose united ages^ere 387 years. Two brothers of Mrs. 
Thurston and their wives, ai^ one sister were present, while others 
from New York and San Francisco were handsomely represented by 
generous gifts. 

As a preacher, he saw the great fundamental truths of the bible in 
a clear light, and feeling the indispensable need that others should 
see them as clearly, he was forcible and direct in his expositions and 


exhortations, often rising to an abandon of self, which greatly added 
force and power to the thoughts uttered. He was tenacious of the 
form of sound words, had no misgivings about preaching the whole 
truth, and never curtailed it to satisfy the timid. 

Prof. Enoch Pond, d.d., of Bangor theological seminary, says : " I 
have been intimately acquainted with Rev. Dr. Thurston for more 
than forty year*, nearly the whole of his long ministerial life. He has 
a clear head, an invincible conscience, and a warm heart. He has 
long been regarded as one of the most efficient and useful ministers 
of Maine. As a counselor, he is discreet, searching, and impartial ; as 
a pastor, he is watchful, sympathetic, and active, not neglecting the 
sick and the sorrowful, and especially those who are sorrowing for 
their sins. All this is evinced in his eminent pastoral success. His 
church, originally a small one, has, years ago, become three bands. 

"But as a preacher that I wish particularly to speak of him. 
He is among the early graduates of the Bangor theological seminary, 
which he left previous to my connection with it. His theology is 
strictly of the New England type, following that of Hopkins and Em- 
mons. His sermons are lucidly planned, mostly doctrinal, and always 
instructive, and impressive because they are instructive. It is not his 
method to rely on a flow of words or gushes of strong feeling to make 
an impression, but on the point and weight of the truths he delivers. 
These truths, he well knows, are ' quick and powerful, and sharper than 
any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and 
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner ' and revealer 
'of the thoughts and intents of the heart.' His chief reliance, so far 
as impression is concerned, has obviously been on this ' sword of the 
Spirit, which is the word of God.' Strange that the reliance of any 
gospel minister should be on aught else. His ministry has been 
fruitful in conversions and revivals of religion. 

"Although he is very decided in what he believes to be the truth of 
God's word, he is not wanting in christian liberality — not that liberal- 
ity which regards the doctrines of religion as of small importance; 
which tells you with a sneer that ' Christianity is not a dogma, but a 
life ' — but that true liberality which is watchful over the religious 
rights of others, which accords to them the same liberality of thought 
and opinion which he claims for himself. 

" He has long sustained and honored the character of a reformer. 
He was an outspoken and persistent opponent of slavery during the 
long agitation of that subject in this country, and the same may be said 
of the cause of temperance, which has no firmer friend and advocate. 

" The regard in which he is held by the ministers and churches of 
Maine is evinced in the responsibilities which they have laid upon 
him. He was dismissed from his people several years ago, that he 
might become secretary and general agent of the Maine Missionary 
Society. He has long been a trustee of the Bangor theological senii- 
nary and is now president of the board. He is deservedly held in 
high estimation by a wide circle of christian friends and associates, 
and long may he be spared — a blessing both to himself and them." 

Rev. Luther Wiswall says : " My personal acquaintance with Dr. 
Thurston began in 1837. I was a member of the ministerial associa- 
tion of which he was the oldest and most trusted counselor. He was 


a genial companion and a welcome guest in the families of surround- 
ing parishes. Asa preacher he was most acceptable; his written ser- 
mons were able, sound, pointed, easily understood, and delivered with 
fluency; but, to my apprehension, he excelled in his extemporaneous 
efforts, some of which I have never heard equaled as to matter and 
manner combined. As a pastor he was active, watchful, and very la- 
borious. His parish was territorially large in the first part of his 
ministry, as for many years past two other Congregational _ churches 
have existed in the territory which was originally embraced in his par- 
ish. He gave many week-day lectures in the outlying districts of his 
parish, and was a kind of missionary to all the feeble Congregational 
churches in the interior of Waldo county, and personally influential 
in creating several of them. The denomination in that county owes 
more to his labors and counsel than to those of any other man. Of 
the eleven Congregational churches now reported in that county, only 
five were in existence when he commenced his labors there. His 
pastorate was nearly forty years, but not for lack of calls to other 
and larger churches in the cities." Children, all born in Searsport: 

1743 Clara Benson,'' b. April 14, 1828; m. March 15, 1850, Dr. Samuel Wood- 
bury Blanchard, b. April 15, 1818, son of Sylvanus and Dorcas (Prince) 
Blanchard of Yarmouth, Me. He graduated at Bowdoin college in 1841, 
attended medical lectures at Bowdoin, and finally graduated from Jeffer- 
son medical college, Philadelphia, in 1844. He commenced the practice 
of medicine in Searsport, and finally settled in Yarmouth. He died 
Dec. 23, 1857, aged 39. His widow lives in Portland, Me. They had, 
born in Yarmouth : 

1744 Lucy A^k/io/s {}i[3.nchard), h. June 12, 1852. 

1745 A/ice Benson (Blanchard), b. July 22, 1855. 

1746 Maria Woodbury (Blanchard), b. April 20, 1857. 

1747 Stephen Augustus,* b. Aug. 6, 1829; d. Aug. 26, 1829. 

1748 Sarah Buck," b. Feb. 7, 1831 ; d. Feb. 19, 1831. 

-I-1749 Stephen RoUo,^ b. July 20, 1832 ; m. Annie Frances Carpenter. 

1750 Alfred," b. Feb. 25, 1834; d. March 19, 1834. 

1751 Mary,"" b. Aug. 13, 1835; m. by Rev. Stephen Thurston, her father, in 

State street church, Portland, Me., Nov. 6, 1866, William Albert Rogers, 
born in Bristol, Me., Jan. 20, 1832, son of Josephus and Sarah (Lord) 
Rogers of Frankfort, Me. He is a master mariner, having made several 
voyages to San Francisco, China, and Europe, his wife going with him 
at times. They have, born in Searsport : 

1752 William Thurston (Rogers), b. June 29, 186S. 

1753 Slephen Thurston (Rogers), b. April S, 1872. 

1754 Sarah Buck," b. Aug. 18, 1836. 

1755 Hannah," b. Sept. 9, 1837; m. Feb. 21, 1861, Capt. Freeman McGilvery, b. 

Oct., 1S24, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Chase) McGilvei7 of Prospect, 
Me. He was a ship-master in the foreign trade, and on the breaking 
out of the southern rebellion, in 1861, collected the 6th Maine bat- 
tery and went into Virginia. He was afterward promoted from the cap- 
taincy of this battery to be colonel, commanding a corps of artillery at 
his death, which took place in Petersburgh, Va., Sept. 3, 1864. He was 
a brave and very eificient officer. Mrs. McGilvery resides in Portland 
Me. ; no children. ' 

+ 1756 Henrietta b. March 31, 1839; m. Rev. Charles Whittier 

1757 Elizabeth Homer," b. Nov. 26, 1840; m. May 22, 1879, by her father, James 

Mun-MacDougall, b. May 25 1S40, son of James and Elizabeth (Muir) 
MacDougall of Auburn, N. Y. ; he was appointed assistant enKineer U 
S. revenue manne June 20, 1864, commissioned chief eneineer Mav 26 
187 1, and is stationed, 1879, on the Pacific coast. ' 

1758 William Colman," b. April 3, 1842; d. April to, 1843. 

1759 William Redington," b. Dec. 13, 1843; d. May 26, 1844. 



Mehitable I-s^-rsto^^ {David,'' Richard^ Daniel,'' Daniel^), sister 
of the preceding, and daughter of David ^ and Chloe (Redington) 
Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born there Feb. 5, 1800; baptized by 
Rev. Daniel Merrill ; married, at Searsport, Me., April 24, 1838, Hon. 
John Godfrey* of Bangor, Me., born May 27, 1781, son of John 
and Jerusha (Hodges) Godfrey of Taunton, Mass., where his parents 
lived and died. 

Hon. John Godfrey graduated at Brown university, Rhode Island, 
1804, and studied law at Taunton. He established himself in Hamp- 
den, Me., in the practice of the law in 1805 ; removed to Bangor in 
182 1, and continued the practice till his death, May 28, 1862. He 
held the office of chief justice of the court of sessions for Penobscot 
county from 1825 till 1827, when he was appointed county attorney, 
which office he held seven years. He was a man of influence in his 
profession and a promoter of all good enterprises, both material and 
spiritual. He was one of the class, now nearly gone, who held to the 
good old custom of seeking God's blessing at the table and before 
the family altar, although he never made a profession of religion. 
His children, all by first wife, Sophia, were. 

Born in Hampden : 

1765 Sophia (Godfrey), b. Feb. i8, 180S; d. May 28, 18:1. 

1766 John Edwards (Godfrey), b. Sept. 6, 1809; m. ist, May 16, 1837, Elizabeth 

Angela Stackpole, daughter of David Stackpole of Portland, Me.; she 
died May 27, 1868; 2d, Sept. 19, 1876, Laura J. Schwartz, daughter of 
M. Schwartz of Bangor. John E. Godfrey is a member of the bar, has 
been in the common council of Bangor, alderman four consecutive yeairs, 
on the school committee over ten years, and judge of the probate 
court for Penobscot county since 1856. He had two sons by first wife 
and a daughter by the last. His eldest son, John Franklin (Godfrey), 
was captain of cavalry in Louisiana under Butler and Banks, and after- 
ward lieutenant-colonel of 2d Maine cavalry. He is now a lawyer and 
city attorney of Los Angeles, Cal. ; is married and has a son and daugh- 
ter. His second son, George F. (Godfrey), is married and has Henry 
Prentiss, George Herbert, Edward Rawson, named for his ancestor, the 
secretary of the colony of Massachusetts 40 years, and Angela (Godfrey). 

1767 Charlotte (Godfrey), b. March 25, i8n; m. Rev. Alpha Morton; d. in 

West Auburn, Me., Sept. 4, 1871. He went to Oakham, Mass., 1872. 

1768 Ann Sophia (Godfrey), b. Dec. 24, 181 2; m. Rev. John Dodge of Waldo- 

borough, Me., and after in Braintree, Mass., where he died, June 19, 
1872, aged 60. Their daughter Ellen is the wife of Rev. Minot J. Sav- 
age of Boston. 

1769 Emeline (Godfrey), b. Nov. 11, 1814; m. Rev. W. W. Whipple, now of 

Jaynesville, Iowa. 

1770 Mary (Godfrey), b. March 12, 1817 ; m. Samuel F. Stone of Harvard, Mass. 

1771 Caroline (Godfrey), b. Aug. 15, 1819; d. Aug. 19, 1819. 

1772 Julia (Godfrey), b. Aug. 20, 1820; m. ist, Robert Dutton of Bangor; he 

died Nov. 2^, 1843 ; 2d, A. C. Waltman of I^aGrange, Mo. 

. Born in Bangor : 

1773 j3-nies (Godfrey), b. Oct. 8, 1822 ; m. Mary C. Wheelwright, daughter of 

George and sister of Hon. Joseph S. Wheelwright of Bangor. He 
graduated from Bowdoin 1844, and settled in Houlton, Me., as a lawyer, 
where he died, Aug. 30, 1850. 

*KiOHABD GoBFEBT was born in England, came to this country and was in Taunton as 
early as 1652. Hon. John, above, was tlie fifth descent frjm him; married, first, May 21, 
1807. SophiaDutton,boru July 31, 1786, daughter of Col. Samuel Button of Bangor j she died 


1774 George Godfrey), b. Oct. 22, 1824; d. Dec. 31, 1S34. 

1775 Arthur (Godfrey), b. Feb. 18, 1828; d. in Virginia City, Nevada. 

1776 A daughter, b. Aug. 20, 1831 ; d. Aug. 22, 1831. 


Elizabeth Chloe Thurston ^ {David,*' Richard,^ Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), 
sister of the preceding, and daughter of David ^ and Chloe (Reding- 
ton) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me.; born there June 18, 1803 ; baptized 
by Rev. Daniel Merrill; married, in Sedgwick, Jan. i, 1843, Rev. 
Joseph Smith, born in Cornish, Me., Feb. 7, 1810, son of John Pike 
and Nancy (Hayes) Smith, a farmer and dealer in lumber, who after- 
ward lived in Denmark and died there ; his wife Nancy died in Belvi- 
dere. III. J. P. Smith was born in New Market, N. H., Dec. 6, 1785 ; 
Nancy Hayes, his wife, was born in Dover, N. H., April 27, 1786; 
they were married in Cornish Feb. 11, 1807. 

Rev. Joseph Smith attended North Bridgton and Fryeburgh acade- 
mies and studied two years with Rev. J. P. Fessenden of South Bridg- 
ton, attended the classical school at Bangor, and graduated from 
Bangor theological seminary in 1842. He was ordained as an evan- 
gelist at Oldtown Nov. 10, 1842, where he preached a year. Taken 
sick, he went to his father's in Denmark, and after a long illness 
preached a while there. In 1845 he went to Wilton and labored four 
years; spent the winter of 1849-50 in Belvidere, 111., supplying the 
Presbyterian church six months. The malarial climate injuring his 
health, he returned to Maine and in the autumn of 1850 commenced 
preaching at Boothbay Harbor, and remained a year and a half, when 
health failing again he went to his mother's, then residing in Bridgton. 
Commenced preaching at Lovell July 11, 1852, where he remained 
about sixteen years ; spent a few months at the West and returned to 
supply at Buxton Center in 1868, and in Minot 1871 till July, 1876. 
He was a laborious, faithful, and successful pastor, having received 
one hundred and sixty-one members to the church during his ministry 
in his various fields of labor. No children. 


Daniel Oliver Thurston "> of North Sedgwick, Me. {David* Rich- 
ard,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of David* 
and Chloe (Redington) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born there May 
5, 1805; baptized by Rev. Daniel Oliver;* married, June i, 1843, 
Aphia Kimball Hinckley, daughter of Nehemiah and Phebe Peters 
(Kimball) Hinckley of Bluehill, Me. She died June 2, 1878, aged 57. 

Mr. Thurston has always lived on the homestead, and is 'a thrifty 
farmer and lumberman, having acquired a competence beside giving 
his children a good education. His wife was a member of the Con- 
gregational church in Bluehill and was greatly beloved by all who 
knew her. 

•After Rev. Mr. Merrill with a majority of the chnroh In Sedgwiclr became Bantiitc nho„t 
thirty under the lead of Ua>rld Thurston, the father of Dauiel 01iver7maTtai,?ed ™4etS 
under the patronage of the Massachusetts Missionary Society. Revs. Daniel Lo™-nvToihoS 
Sewall, John Sawyer [who lived to be 103 years oldl, and Daniel 01iV«-o Boston rwif„ ha n 
tizert and gave the name to Daniel Oliver Thurston], labored there at diffei"nt time^ -p-.t h; 
Ihe society. ^luca, aeub oy 


Their children, all born in Sedgwick, were : 

1787 David.^b. April 11, 1844; m. March 12, 1872, Elva Medora Gale; is a 
farmer in Sedgwick. They have : 

1788 Harry David,'' b. Dec. 19, 1872. 

1789 George Lawrence,'' b. Dec. 17, 1874. 

1790 Clara Emeline,'' b. June 26, 1876. 

1791 Ray Condon^ b. March 21, 1878. 

1792 George Henry,'' b. Oct. 9, 1845; n.m. ; in Oakland, Cal. 

1793 Franklin Hinckley," b. Oct. 26, 1847 ; d. Oct. 20, 1864. 

1794 Daniel," b. Dec. I, 1849; m. Dec. 5, 1876, Delia A. Hewey; clerk in Or- 

land, Me. 

1795 Clara Maria," b. Feb. n, 1852; m. Sept. 7, 1871, Capt. Grenville Payson 

Clapp, a master mariner in Sedgwick. They have : 

1796 Eugene Payson (Clapp), b. Oct. 15, 1872. 

1797 Rowland Grenville (Clapp), b. March 13, 1874. 

1798 Nellie Eliza (Clapp), b. June 23, 1877. 

1799 John," b. Feb. 3, 1854. 

1800 Fanny Goodale," b. March 12, 1856; d. Aug. 12, 1871. 
iSoi Ella Mehitable," b. May 16, 1858. 

1802 Jennie Sparhawk," b. March 20, 1861 ; d. June 9, 1877. 

1803 Frederic Harlow," b. Jan. 6, 1865. 


William Thurston ^ of Newburyport, Mass. {David,^ Richard^ 
Daniel,^ DanieP), hiother oi the preceding, and son of David* and 
Chloe (Redington) Thurston of Sedgwick, Me. ; born there Feb. 7, 
1S07 ; baptized by Rev. Joseph Brown; married, first, Oct. 16, 1837, 
Dorothy Pearson Colman, born Feb. 13, 1810, daughter of Jere- 
miah and Mary (Chute) Colman of Newburyport, Mass. [see no. 571] ; 
she died Jan. 4, 1868. Second, March 3, 1870, Caroline Elizabeth 
Greenleaf, born Feb. 8, 1823, daughter of George and Elizabeth 
(Wheelwright) Greenleaf of Newburyport. 

Mr. Thurston is a lumber merchant in Newburyport. He left his 
father's house at the age of seventeen, and lived at South Orrington 
some four years, at Bucksport a year, at West Prospect, now Sears- 
port, a year, at Bangor for five years, till 1836, then Bucksport and 
Orland till 1844, when he went to Newburyport, and has remained 
there since. He joined the Congregational church in Bucksport in 
1829 ; removed his connection to the first church in Bangor and colo- 
nized to form the Hammond street church, Bangor, in 1833; removed 
to the first church in Newbury, Mass., in 1845, and Jan. i, 1850, was, 
with others, dismissed to form the Whitefield Congregational church 
in Newburyport, and has been the senior deacon ever since its forma- 
tion. Both his wives were members of this church. He has ever 
been an active and influential member of the church, and has been 
moderator of the General Conference of Massachusetts and presi- 
dent of the State Sunday-school Convention of all the evangelical 
denominations of the state,- held at Newburyport, 1858. 

His children, by first wife, Dorothy, were : 

1814 Mary Colman," b. Nov. i, 1838. 

1815 Lucy Redington," b. Dec. 16, 1840. 
i8i6 Maria Buck," b. July 4, 1843. 

1817 Alice Hale," b. Sept. 18, 1845; m. March 12, 1872, Alvah F. Hunter. 

1818 William," b. Aug. 11, 1847; m. Aug. 11, 1875, Sarah Eva Eastman; no 



1819 Elizabeth Smith," b. Nov. 20, 1849. 

1S20 George," b. Dec. 21, 1851 ; went down with the ship Tennyson, in the In- 
dian ocean, Feb. 22, 1873. 

1821 Sarah Dorothy," b. Sept. II, 1853. 

1822 Helen Tracy," b. Nov. 8, 1855; d. March 10, 1872. 


Richard Chute " {Mehitable Thurston,^ Richard^ Daniel,'^ Daniel'^), 
son of Dea. James and Mehitable (Thurston) Chute of Boxford, 
Mass.; bom there Sept. 3, 1778; married, Oct. 17, 1805, Dorothy 
Pearson, born May 8, 1784, daughter of Benjamin Pearson of New- 
bury, Mass., the seventli Benjamin Pearson, in a direct line, living on 
the same spot and in the same house, and whose grandson of the 
same name now, 1S77, owns and occupies it. He died in St. Louis, 
Mo., Oct. 24, 1820, aged 42 ; she died May 9, 1870, aged 86. 

Richard Chute was a farmer in Byfield, Mass. 

Their children were : 

1833 Alexander (Chute), b. Sept. 27, 1806; m. Martha F. Gould of Maiden, 

Mass., and died Oct. 11, 1841, leaving one daughter. 

1834 Ariel Parish (Chute), b. May 16, 1809; m. April 25, 1836, Sarah Maria 

Winslow Chandler, b. Dec. 13, 1805, daughter of Peleg and Esther 
(Parsons) Chandler of New Gloucester, Me., then, but since of Bangor, 
Me. He graduated from Bowdoin in 1832, pursued theological studies 
at Bangor, and graduated from Andover, Mass., in 1835; ordained over 
the Congregational church in Oxford, Me., March 16, 1836, having com- 
menced preaching there Jan. i previous. Rev. David Thurston of Win- 
throp. Me., preached the sermon; dismissed Dec. 31, 1838; went to 
Pownal, Me., in April, 1S39, and left in Dec, 1841, when he was appoint- 
ed preceptor of the Warren academy, where he remained nearly five 
years; installed at Harrison, Me., Feb. 24, 1847, dismissed Aug. 15, 
1849; preached and taught school at Lynnfield, Mass., one year, when 
he was elected preceptor of the Dummer academy of Newbury, Mass., 
where he remained nearly three years ; supplied the church in Lynnfield 
principally till June, 1857, when he was settled over the first Congrega- 
tional church in Ware, Mass., where he remained four years; for sixteen 
years past he has been in the government service in connection with the 
United States Treasury, in post-office building in Boston, his family living 
in Sharon, Mass. Children : 
183s Ellen Maria {Ch.\A€), b. in Oxford May 23, 1837; m. Sept. 11, 1865. 
Dr. Amasa D. Bacon of Sharon, where they reside; one daughter. 

1836 Francis Pearson (Chute), b. in Pownal June 2, 1840. 

1837 Richard Henry {CXwA^),^,. \-a Woburn, Mass., March 13, 1843; m. 

Nov. 6, 1867, Susan R. Nelson of Georgetown, Mass. ; live in Eau 
Claire, Wis., and have three children living, one deceased. He was 
in the war against the rebellion from private to captain. 

1838 Esther Andrews (Chute), b. in Milton, Mass., June 22, 1846; m. July 

3, 1866, Edgar Mace Hixon of Sharon, and died there Dec. 31, i865. 

1839 Sarah Barnes (Chute), b. in Plarrison July 30, 1S48. 

1840 Betsey (Chute), b. June 7, 1810; d. Oct. 27, 1S56. 

1841 Andrew (Chute), b. April 11, 1814; m. Sept. 30, 1836, Ann Perry, daugh- 

ter of Isaac Perry, Esq., of Orland, Me. They had : 

1842 Charles Richard {(Z\m\e)^ b. Aug. i, 1837; d. Sept., 1870, just as he 

was landed from the ship of which he was first officer at Queens- 
town, Ireland. 

1843 Martha Elizabeth (Chute), b. Jan. 4, 1841 ; d. June 24, 1868. 

1844 George Albert (Chute), b. Mar. 3, 1843 \ ™- Clara Wood of Bl'uehill Me. 

1845 Sarah Buck (Chute), b. Sept. 13, 1846. ' 

1846 Kimball C. (Chute), b. April 24, 1848; d. Sept. 3, 1850. 

1847 James Andrew {<Z\i\A€),\>. Nov. 12, 1850. 

1848 Edward L. (Chute), b. 1853 ; in theological seminary at Andover 1877 
1849 Benjamin Pearson (Chute), b. May 13, 1816. ' ''' 



William Thurston" {Joseph,^ Joseph,^ Joseph^ Jos'eph^ Daniel'^'), 
son of Joseph ^ and Lydia (Parsons) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; 
born there Feb. 22, 1783; married Nancy Parsons, daughter of 
James and Patience Parsons of Rockport. 

Mr. Thurston was a fisherman, residing in Rockport. 

Their cliildren were : 

1858 Nancy,' m. Washington Tarr ; both dead. They had: 

1859 Phrbe (Tarr), m. George Blatchford of Rockport; is dead, 1877. 

1860 Washington (Tarr), m. Anna James of Ipswich, Mass. 

1861 Eliza (Tarr), m. David Smith, jr., of Rockport; is dead. 

1862 Jane (Tarr), m. Edwin York of Rockport. 

1863 ffoward [Tsxr), m. Sarah Elliot of Beverly, Mass. 
1864 Martha,' m. Benjamin Andrews and had : 

1865 Benjamin (Andrews), m. Delia Gamage of South Bristol, Me. 

1866 Martha (Andrews), m. John Norwood of Rockport ; is dead. 

1867 William,' b. Sept. 6, i8i6; m. Oct. 10, 1835, Emily Pool, b. April 27, i8i6. 
He resided in Rockport, and died May 24, 1854, after which she married 
Benjamin Knights of Rockport. They had: 

1868 George Williamfh. Marcli 21, 1836; m. Sally Pool. 

1869 Levi Poolf' b. Dec. 2i, 1840; m. Susan Trafts. 

1870 Samuel Davis fb. Sept. 9, 1845; m. Mary J. Allen. 

1871 Albert F.,^ b. Aug. 7, 1849; m. Anna Parker of Nova Scotia. 

1872 Lucy,' n.m. 

1873 Samuel D.,' d. young. 


Joseph ■ Thurston « {Joseph,^ Joseph,^ Joseph^ Joseph,^ DanieP), 
brotlier of the preceding, and son of Joseph ^ and Lydia (Parsons) 
Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there Jan. 22, 1787; married 
Esther Norwood. He was a fisherman, living in Rockport. 

Their children were ; 
1884 William,' b. 1811; m. Margaret O. Blatchford; was a fisherman, living in 
Rockport. They had : 
1885 William E.f b. Dec. 5, 1834; m. Nov. 9, 1862, Elizabeth Denison 
Burnham, b. June 17, 1841 ; no children. 
386 John,^ b. Oct. 11, 1836; drowned in 1859, coming from Georges Banks 

in schooner Young America. 
587 Margery A.? b. 1838; m. Benjamin Wetherbee. 
1888 Esther,' m. Andrew Griffin of Gloucester. Mass., and had : 

' 39 George (Griffin), drowned Jan. 17, 1865, on a passage from Newfound- 
land to Gloucester. 
50 John (Griffin), enlisted in the war against the rebellion, m 1861, and 

never returned. 
91 Andrew (Griffin), living, 1878, with his mother ; n.m. 
1892 Martha,' m. William Goday and had : 

1893 Martha (Goday), m. William Bailey. 

1894 A child, burned in a school-house. 

1895 Joseph,' drowned in 1851 from schooner Four Sisters, on a passage from 
Gloucester to St. Lawrence bay. 

1896 Sally,' m. William Winn of Wells, Me., and had: ,, , 

1897 Sarah Jane (Winn), m. Edward Walton of Eastport, Me. ; he was lost 
at sea on the Georges Banks Feb., 1879. 

1898 Mary A. (Winn), m. George Barron. 

1899 Ida (Winn), m. Albert Lane of Gloucester. 

1900 Fostina (Winn), m. George Billings of Kittery, Me. 

1901 Nelly (Winn). 

1902 Alberta (Winn), d. 

1903 Hannah (Winn), n.m. 



Daniel Thurston ^ {Daniel* Joseph,'^ Joseph,^ Daniel'^), son of 
Daniel * and Anna (Tarr) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; bom there 
1758 ; married, Jan. 2, 1812, Sally Rowe, born 1795. He died 1836 ; 
she died Jan. 10, 1878. 

He was a fisherman, owned a vessel that was lost, loaded with fish, 
on Cape Negro, N. S. He said he had a peck of silver dollars when 
he bought the vessel. 

Children : 
-f-1914 John Rowe,' b. Sept. 25, 1812; m. Lucy Rowe. 

1915 Daniel," b. 1817; m. Martha Harris of Rockport, and died in 1854, aged 

37 ; no children. 

1916 Sally,'' m. Samuel Avery Bray of West Gloucester, Mass.; three children. 
+1917 Winthrop,"" b. Nov. 9. 1820; m. lat, Mary Fears; 2d, Sarah Eliza Burnham. 
-(-1918 William Henry,' b. Sept. 24, 1823; m. Anna Sparrow. 


Nathaniel Thurston " {Daniel,* Joseph^ Joseph,''- Daniel'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Daniel * and Anna (Tarr) Thurston 
of Rockport, Mass.; born there Aug. 7, 1769; married, July 10, 1801, 
Betsey Gee, born July 10, 1782. He died Oct. 2, 1829; she died 
March 26, 1838. 

Children : 

1929 Eliza,' b. May 3, 1802; m. Dec. 4, 1825, William Wharf. 

1930 Maria," b. May 6, 1804; m. Oct. 6, 1S23, Charles Ward. 
+1931 Nathaniel,' b. Aug. 5, 1806; m. Ruth Butler. 

1932 Benjamin," b. Jan. 16, i8og; d. Oct. 29, 1810. 
+1933 William Gee,' b. Dec. 24, i8ii ; m. Rachel Rich Smith. 

1934 Mary Jane,' b. June i:, 1814; d. Nov. 10, 1825. 

1935 Fanny,' b. Oct. 11, 1816; m. Gerry Lane. 
+1936 James Gee,' b. April 23, 1820; m. Lucy Harvey. 
-)-i937 Benjamin,' b. Aug. 16, 1823; m. Nancy Lane. 


Ambrose Thurston"^ {Capt. John,* Joseph,^ Joseph,'^ Daniel^), 
eldest son of Capt. John * and Mrs. Eunice (Gott) (Stockbridge) Thurs- 
ton of Rockport, Mass. ; married Polly Gamage. 

He resided in Mt. Desert, Me. ; was a carpenter on the United 
States ship Merrimac. He died in Rockport, Mass. 

Their children, all born in Rockport, were : 

1948 Ambrose,' drowned in Rockport harbor. 

1949 Polly or Mary,' m. Isaac Gott of Mt. Desert, Me., and had : 

1950 Polly or Mary (Gott), m. John Verrill of Mt. Desert; eight children. 

1951 Nancy (Gott), m. John Gott of Mt. Desert; eight children. 

1952 Hannah. (Gott), ra. Sullivan Webster of Mt. Desert; two children. 

1953 Serena Merrill (Gott), m. Ambrose Thurston [see no. 200O 

1954 Isaac (Gott), m. Betsey Thurston [see no. ]. 

1955 Almira T. (Gott), m. Ambrose Thurston [see no. ]. 

1956 James T. (Gott), m. Martha Small of Deer Isle, Me. 

1957 Lydia (Gott), d. 

1958 Betsey,' m. Alexander Robinson Foster of Bristol, Me. He died i86q- 
she died Sept. 6, 1870. They had: 
1959 Ambrose (Foster). 
i960 Alexander (Foster). 

1961 Frederick (Foster). 

1962 Elijah (Foster). 

1963 yohn Jackson (Foster). 


1964 Thomas (Foster). 

1965 Charlotte Trumbuil (Foster), m. Wm. Cunningham o£ Newcastle, Me. 

1966 Belinda (Foster). 

1967 IVancy Thtirston (Foster). 

1968 Deborah Tatr (Foster). 

1969 Harriet Thorp (Foster). 
+1970 Nathaniel C.,s m. Elizabeth Bobbins. 

1971 Susan.e m. Israel Putnam; lived in Deer Isle, Mt. Desert, and Columbia, 
Me., where he died, insane; eight children. 
+1972 John, 6 m. Nancy Gott. 

1973 James,6 m. Deborah Tarr of Bristol ; she and her only child died at same 
time and he went to sea and was never heard from. 


Amos Thurston ^ {Capt. John* Joseph,^ Joseph,^ Daniel'^), broth- ' 
er of the preceding, and son of Capt. John* and Eunice (Gott) 
(Stockbridge) Thurstoii of Rockport, Mass.; born there Oct. 20, 
1772 ; married Mary Gott, daughter of Daniel Gott of Gott's Island, 
Me. He died June 14, 1850. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer, fisherman, and fitter in Deer Isle, Me. ; 
was captain nearly forty years. He and his wife were very devout 
members of the Baptist church. 

Their children were : 
19S4 Mary,6b. Jan. 26, 1798; d. 1S03. 
1985 Eunice,^ b. Feb. 6, 1800; m. Edward Small, a sailor in Deer Isle. They had : 

1986 Mary Hatch (Small), b. March 11, 1820; m. Joshua Gross of Orland, 

Me. ; seven children. 

1987 Martha (Small), b. 1822. 

1988 Susan,6 b. Jan. 17, 1802; m. Dec. 7, 1821, John Webster Small, b. May 12, 
1799; he was a farmer in Deer Isle, and died Feb., 1875. They had : 
19S9 Mary Ann (Small), b. Sept. 9, 1822; m. William Allen; live in Cape 

Elizabeth, Me. ; eight children, 
iggo yhhn (Small), b. Oct. 12, 1S24; m. Elizabeth Stinson; eleven children. 

1991 Edward (Small), b. March 23, 1826; m. Harriet Stinson; nine children. 

1992 Enoch (Small), b. July 6, 1828; m. Mary Jane York; three children. 

1993 Amos T. (Small), b. March 17, 1831 ; m. Sarah Robbins; ten children. 

1994 Walter H. (Small), b. Sept. 8, 1833; m. ist, Sarah E. Fifield; 2d, Ora 

A. Lane ; two children. 

1995 Susan T. (Small), b. May 5, 1836 ; m. Martin V.Warren ; three children. 

1996 Elizabeth S. (Small), b. Sept. 15, 1839; m. Avery Fifield; six children. 

1997 William W. (Small), b. April 2, 1842; m. Susan Crockett. 

1998 Serena (Small), b. Sept. 17, 1844. 

1999 Mary,8 b. April 6, 1804; m, Nov. 5, 1826, Nathaniel Havelock Richardson, 
a ship carpenter at Green's Landing, Tremont, Me., deacon of Free Bap- 
tist church; he died May 2, 1842; she died Sept. 5, 1850. They had : 

2000 Amos Thurston (Richardson), b. Feb. 10, 1829. 

2001 William (Richardson). 

2002 Frederick (Richardson), d. 1846. 

2003 Mary Ann (Richardson). 

2004 Clara (Richardson), d. 1836. 

-f-2005 Ambrose,^ b. Aug. 2'4, 1806; m. Serena Merrill Gott. 
-j-2006 Amos,^ b. Jan. 31, 1809; m. Ann Stinson. 

2007 Elizabeth,6b. Aug. 31, 181 5; m. ist, Walter Butler Hamblen; he died 1836; 
2d, Capt. Jesse Stinson, a farmer and fisherman of Deer Isle. She had : 

2008 Ambrose Thurston (Hamblen), b. Oct. 17, 1833; m. Sept. 30, 1855, 

Caroline Matilda Mills of Deer Lsle ; is member of F. Baptist church. 

2009 Afe?-^(i?-f/ (Hamblen), b. June 2, 1836; ra. Sept. 30, 1855, Peter H. 

Mills, a ship carpenter, residing in West Deer Isle; both members 
of the Free Baptist church ; he was S. S. superintendent eight years. 

2010 Ira (Stinson), b. Dec. 19, 1839; m. Feb. 26. 1862, Elizabeth Barber. 

201 1 Amos (Stinson), b. March 8, 1842 ; lost, with his brother Ira, on the 


Georges Banks in the gale of March 23, 1864, and a marble monu- 
ment has been erected in the cemetery at West Deer Isle to their 
memory. . , 

2012 James Edwin (Stinson), b. March 19, 1845; m. his brother Iras wid- 

ow ; three children. 

2013 Waller Butler (Stinson), b. Aug. I, 1847; d. April 10, 1870. 

2014 Enoch Small (Stinson), b. Sept. 25, 1850; d. Dec. 10, 1850. 

2015 Sophroma Elizabeth (Stinson), b. Oct. 27, 1851 ; m. Oct. 16, 1863, Sim- 

eon Goss, and had Austin Colby Stinson (Goss). 

2016 Mary Alice (?iim%a\\),\i. March 25, 1854; m. Dec. 28, 1875, Austin 

Avery_ Colby; had one son, d. in infancy. 

2017 .^K/AVflK (Stinson), b. Nov. 4, 1856; d. Dec. 15, 1871. 

The mother of these children has been confined to her bed for many 
years. They are both members of the Free Baptist church. 
2018 Hannah Ann,^ b. April 14, 1819; d. Oct. 8, 1836. 


William Thurston^ (Capt. John,"^ Joseph^ Joseph,^ Daniel''-), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Capt. John ^ and Eunice (Gott) 
(Stockbridge) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; born there Aug. 27, 
1778; married, Dec. 24, 1800, Nancy Foster, born Feb. 12, 1783. 
He died June 11, 1852. 

He was a pilot, residing in Castine, and Pemaquid, Bristol, Me. ; a 
Congregationalist. His father moved to Deer Isle, Me., when he was 
very young. 

Their children were : 
-I-2029 William,^ b. Nov. 9, 1802; m. Margaret McKay. 
-j-2030 .Solomon,'' b, Feb. 16, 1804; m. Margaret McKay. 

2031 Matilda,'* b. May 15. 1808. 
4-2032 George Washington," b. March 13, 1810; m. ist, Sarah McKay; 2d, Mrs. 
Mary Sproul. 

2033 Nancy," b. May 18, 1812; m. John Blaisdel of Bristol. 

2034 Susan F.," b. in Pemaquid, Bristol, April 3, 1822 ; m. ist, Mar. 29, 1851, Eben 

Trask; he died Oct. 13, 1851, at East Boston, Mass., aged 28; 2d, May 
27, 1856, Capt. Charles D. Ferrin of Brunswick, Me. He sailed for As- 
pinwall in September, where he contracted the local fever together with 
all his crew. He shipped another crew and sailed for the West Indies 
Dec. 1 2th, and died when ten days out, aged 42 ; his mate died same day. 
The brig was taken into Carthagena after being out fifty-two days. 3d, 
1863, John Andrews, son of John and Lucy (Coombs) Andrews of 
Brunswick; a farmer, residing in West Jefferson, Me.; a Methodist. 
She had ; 
2035 Eben Austin (Trask), b. in East Boston Jan. 29, 1852 ; resides in Reno, 
Nevada; n.m. 


John Thurston ^ {Capt. John,^ Joseph,'' Joseph;' Daniel''-), brother 
of the preceding, and son of Capt. John * and Eunice (Gott) (Stock- 
bridge) Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there 1781; married, 
1804, Sarah Foster, born 1781, daughter of John and Susannah 
(Robinson) Foster of Bristol, Me. He died Nov. 9, 1835 ; she died 
Nov. 26, 1847. 

He lived at Christmas Cove, South Bristol, Me.; was a farmer and 
mariner; summers occupying his time between the farm and sea, and 
teaching school winters. He was a Baptist, and though not ordained 
used to preach wherever he was and the people had no supply. He 
was a man of great physical strength and agility. It used to be said 
of him that "he was one of nature's noblemen, with free and inalien- 
able rights written all over him." 


Children : 

2046 Susan Sproul," b. 1805; n.m. ; d. 1831. 

2047 Nancy," b. April 2i, 1808; m. 1828, Robert Russell, a master mariner of 
' . Bristol, b. Feb. 6, 1804, son of George and Nancy (Hanly) Russell of 

Bristol. He died April 14, 1863; she died April 21, 1865. They had : 

2048 Rachel Ann (Russell), b. Aug. 23, 1829; went on board a schooner in 

Boston, Capt. Jonathan Pierce master, bound for Bristol, and on the 
morning of Nov. 24, 1854, foundered in a squall in the Sheepscot 
river, and all were drowned, and only her body was recovered, 
which was buried in the cemetery at South Bristol. 

2049 Ellen (Russell), b. March 22, 1831 ; m. Capt. Loring Thorpe of Bristol. 

2050 Margaret Ann (Russell), b. March 15, 1837; ra. Capt. Edward Thorpe 

of Bristol. 

2051 j1/a/«a/« (Russell), b. Aug. 23, 1841; m. Edward Marr of Southport, 

Me. ; is a widow, living in Bristol. 

2052 Mary Elizabeth {^MS^^A^h. April 5, 1845; m. Llewellvn Gamage of 


2053 Hannah (Russell), b. Nov. 4, 1851 ; m. Albion Gamage of Bristol. 
2054 Sarah," b. 1809; n.m.; d. Aug. 20, 1848. 

2655 Elira,'^ b. March 13, 1812; m. Nov. 25, 1838, Loring Pierce, b. July 12, 
1812, son of Jonathan and Lydia (Rand) Pierce of Southport; he is a 
master mariner, residing in Southport. They had : 

2056 Thomas Warren (Pierce), b. Aug. 13, 1839; d. Aug. 20, 1845. 

2057 &<,ra» ^'/zirafcM (Pierce), b. Dec. g, 1841; m. Dec. 7, 1852, Elisha 

Merritt Whitten of Southport; d. Dec. 7, 1863. 

2058 Mahala Thurston (Pierce), b. March 26, 1844; d. Oct. 7, 1845. 

2059 Nollis Loring (Pierce), b. Aug. 8, 1846; d. Feb. 10, 1868. 

2060 Ida Ella (Pierce), b. Sept. i, 1849; m. June 21, 1874, Wilber GroVer 

of Southport. 
2o6r Harvey Thomas (Pierce), b. Oct. i, 1851. 

2062 Almira,^ b. 1813; n.m.; d. 1831. 

2063 John,^ b. 1815; m. Mrs. Almira Given; was passenger on a vessel bound 

from Bristol to Boston, wrecked on Rye beach, N. H., Nov., 1850, and 
was the only one lost; his body was recovered and buried in the ceme- 
tery at Bristol Mills; no children. 

2064 Mahala,6 b. 1817 ; m. March, 1841, Capt. Daniel Cameron 2d, of South- 

port; d. Aug. 9, 1841. 
+2065 Thomas Foster,^ b. Sept. 21, 1822; m. Alice Vose Albee. 

2066 Ambrose,^ b. 1824; d. 1826. 

2067 Harvey," b. 1826; d. 1830. 

2068 Arvilla Lyons," b. June 27, 1827; m. Dec. 16. 1845, Capt. Daniel Cameron 

2d, formerly husband of her sister Mahala. He has been for years sen- 
ior member of the firm of Cameron & Orne of Southport, and is engaged 
in navigation and trade; has been selectman several years, town treas- 
urer, and has held other offices of trust. They had : 

2069 Mahala (Cameron), b. Dec. 22, 1846 ; m. Emerson McKown of South- 


2070 Sarah Alice (Cameron), b. Oct. 29, 1848; d. May 17, 1851. 

2071 Charles (Cameron), b. Oct. 27, 1849; d. Dec. 9, 1872. 

2072 Melissa Alice (Cameron), b. Oct. 2, 1851 ; d. March 24. 1863. 

2073 John (Cameron), b. Aug. 31, 1853; graduated at mercantile school. 

2074 Thomas Thurston (Cameron), b. June 15, 1855; graduated at mercan- 

tile school. 

2075 William (Cameron), b. Sept. 15, 1857; m. Maria Todd of Southport. 

2076 Emma (Cameron), b. Nov. 27, 1861 ; d. June 3, 1873. 

2077 Freddie (Cameron), b. March 14, 1863; d. April 20, 1873. 

2078 Moses Nickerson (Cameron), b. May 5, 1866; d. Jan. 10, 1870. 


Solomon Thurston' {Capt. John,^ Joseph^ Joseph,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Capt. John * and Eunice (Gott) 
(Stockbridge) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; born in Deer Isle, Me., 
Feb. 21, 1783; married Sarah Gott, born May 26, 1786, daughter 


of Daniel and Hannah (Norwood) Gott of Mt. Desert, Me, He died 
in Rockport, at his son WiUiam's, Aug. 4, 1854; she died Aug. 23, 

1869. T 1 T? 1 f 

Mr. Thurston was a sea captain, residing in Deer Isle, Kockport, 
and Camden, Me. He was a member of the Baptist church since 
the age of fifteen. He and his vessel were taken by the British while 
getting wood and water at Seal cove, and carried to Halifax. The 
vessel was not condemned, and he returned late in the season, losing 
his summer's work. 

Their children were : 
2089 Sarah,8 b. Nov. 9, 1809; m. Enos Cooper of Rockport, b. in North Haven, 
Me., July 3, 1813, son of Lemuel and Margaret (McDonald) Cooper; he 
was a ship master and member of the Baptist church. She died July 23, 
1874, beloved by all who knew her, and inscribed on her tomb-stone was 
" she always made home happy." They had, born in North Haven : 

2090 MaUie (Cooper), b, April 6, 1839; m. J. B. Arnold, a cooper in Rock- 

land, Me. 

2091 Vonia (Cooper), b. March 17, 1842; m. Albert Snow, a pattern maker 

in Hyde Park, Mass. 
Z092 Zlaniei Thurston (Cooper), b. Oct. 24, 1846; m. June 26, 1870, Maggie 
L. Crockett, daughter of Dea. Samuel Y. Crockett of So. Haven. 
He is clerk for J. Bird & Co., corn and fiour dealers in Rockland ; 
is deacon of the Baptist church. They have Blanche May (Cooper), 
b. April II, 1871 
2093 Maggie (Cooper), b. June 30, 1848; d. in Rockport May 23, 1878. 
+2094 Solomon, « b. Oct. 6, i8ii ; m. Mary Annis. 

2095 Martha," m. Jesse Thayer of West Deer Isle. 

2096 Hannah," m. James Weatherspoon; live in North Haven. 

2097 Sophronia," ra. Wm. Harrison Smith; live in Whitewater, Wis. 

2098 John," m. Lizzie Grindell; live in North Haven; no children. 

2099 Daniel," lost at sea, shipwrecked, 1848, on passage home from California. 

2100 Mary Ann," b. April 28, 1S32; m. March, 1853, Job Washburn Ingraham, 

a farmer in Rockport, b. in Camden June 15, 1828, a member of the 
Methodist church. They had : 

2101 Nancy Jeannette (Ingraham), b. Aug. 22, 1855; graduated from East- 

ern normal school, 1877, and is teaching scliool in Rockport. 

2102 Edivin (Ingraham), b. March 28, 1857 ; is teaming between Camden 

and Rockland. 

2103 Sarah (Ingraham), b. Sept. 15, 1858. 

2104 Annie Belle (Ingraham), b. March 28, i860; d, 

2105 Job Washburn (Ingraham), b. Nov. 5, i86l. 
2io5 Enos Eu«;ene (Ingraham), b. Nov. 3, 1863. 

2107 Annie Belle (Ingraham), b. May 10, 1865. 

2108 Ralph (Ingraham), b. Aug. 12, 1872. 
2109 William,^ m. Abbie Wright; live in Rockport. 


William Thurston* {William,'^ yoseph^ yosepJi,^ Daniel''-'), son of 
William '^ and Martha (Pool) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; born 
there Oct. 31, 1767 ; married, first, about 1792, Polly Tarr, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Lucy (Seward) Tarr of Rockport ; second, about 
1815, Lucy Seward of Cape Elizabeth, Me., who had quite a large 
family by a previous marriage. 

Mr. Thurston removed to Cape Elizabeth after his first wife died ; 
joined the Congregational church May 8, 1808 ; lost all his property, 
and returned to Rockport to die. 

His children, by first wife, Polly, were : 
2120 Polly," b. Oct. 30, 1793; m. George Robards, b. Oct. 12, 1794. She died 
Feb. 12, 1862; he died Sept. 16, 1876. They had: 
2121 Mary (Robards), b. Dec. 21, 1817. 


2122 Lticy (Robards), b. April 22, 1821. 

2123 George (Robards), b. May 29, 1823. 

2124 Henry (Robards), b. June 28, 1825. 

2125 Laura (Robards), b. June 27, 1827. 

2126 Esther (Robards), b. July 7, 1831. 

2127 William (Robards), b. Sept. 30, 1836. 

2128 Sally," b. July 4, 1796; m. 1815, Wm. Platts Clark, b. July 23, I79l,andhad: 

2129 William Plaits (Clark), b. Oct. 27, 1815; m. Oct. 2, 1837, Judith 

Woodbury Griffin. He died Feb. 4, 1867 : she died July 4, 1875 ! 
four children. 

2130 Moses (Clark), b. March i, 1S19; n.m. ; d. Dec, 1878. 

2131 BenjaDiin Platts (Clark), b. May 27, 1827. 

2132 Eliza Aim (Clark), b. Jan. 6, 183 1 ; m. James Pool. 

2133 Charles (Clark), b. Jan. 27, 1S35 ; m. Martha Parsons. 

2134 George (Clark), b. 1837; n.m. 

2135 William,'' b. about 1802; m. Margaret A. Jordan of Portland; sailed from 
there as master, and was lost in a gale when three days out, in 1831. 
They had : 
2136 William H.^ b. June 26, 1830; d. 1848, aged 18. 

2137 Charlotte,'' b. Aug. i, 1804; m. Dec. 15, 1825, William Tarr, and had: 

2138 William (Tarr). 

2139 Edward ['Xi.r!). 

2140 George Washington (Tarr). 

4-2141 Henry ,8 b. Dec. i, 1808; m, ist, Rhoda Kinsman; 2d, Jane Plummer. 
2142 Betsey,^ m. David Dyer of Portland. 
__2iia_J,afies,'^ ""■^-■""^ 



Thomas Thurston* {Abner,^ Abner,^ James^'- Daniel'^'), son of 
Abner*and Martha (Piper) Thurston of Exeter, N. H.; born there 
Jan. 19, 1752; married, April 7, 1775, Lucy Fenderson, born Dec. 
17, 1751. He died in 1830, and was buried on his farm; she died in 

Mr. Thurston purchased a tract of land in Parsonsfield, Me., im- 
proved it a little, sold and went to Scarborough, Me., and bought 
land on which he lived and died. He built a little house on what is 
called the "ash swamp road," about two miles from Dunstan Cor- 
ner, in which his wife lived while he was in the revolutionary war. 
The wolves were numerous then and used to make night hideous with 
their howling. After the war he built the old homestead on the 
"broad turn road," about the same distance from Dunstan. This old 
house was replaced by another, and within three years a more mod- 
ern one still has been built in its place. He was also an itinerant 
shoemaker, as was the custom in newly settled places in those days. 

Children, all born in Scarborough : 

+2149 Daniel,^ b Oct. 17, 1776; m. Sally Merrill. 

2150 Sarah,8 b. Aug. 5, 1780; m. Dec, 1799, Ephraim Holmes of Buxton, Me. 

21 51 Mary," b. June 6, 1782; m. Roger Edgecomb of HoUis, Me., and moved to 

New York. 
+2152 Alexander," b. June 10, 1784; m. Almira Fickett. 
-I-2153 James," b. Dec. 19, 1787; m. Sarah McKenney. 
-I-2154 Thomas," b. Feb. 23, 1790; m. Clarissa B. Kimball. 
2155 Lucy," b. Nov. 11, 1791; m. Oct. 23,1808, by Rev. Asa Heath, Phineas 
Merrill of Scarborough Beach, and had : 
2155a William (Merrill). 
2155b John (Merrill). 
2155c Catharine (Merrill). 
-)-2i56 WilUam," b. June 20, 1794; m. Catherine Simonton. 


of Daniel and Hannah (Norwood) Gott of Mt. Desert, Me. He died 
in Rockport, at his son William's, Aug. 4, 1854; she died Aug. 23, 

Mr. Thurston was a sea captain, residing in Deer Isle, Rockport, 
and Camden, Me. He was a member of the Baptist church since 
the age of fifteen. He and his vessel were taken by the British while 
getting wood and water at Seal cove, and carried to Halifax. The 
vessel was not condemned, and he returned late in the season, losing 
his summer's work. 

Their children were : 
20S9 Sarah," b. Nov. 9, 1S09; m. Enos Cooper of Rockport, b. in North Haven, 
Me., July 3, 1813, son of Lemuel and Margaret (McDonald) Cooper; he 
was a ship master and member of the Baptist church. She died July 23, 
1874, beloved by all who knew her, and inscribed on her tomb-stone was 
" she always made home happy." They had, born in North Haven : 

2090 Mattie (Cooper), b. April 6, 1839; m. J. B. Arnold, a cooper in Rock- 

land, Me. 

2091 Vonia (Cooper), b. March 17, 1842; m. Albert Snow, a pattern maker 

in Hyde Park, Mass. 

2092 Daniel Thurston (Cooper), b. Oct. 24, 1S46; m. June 26, 1870, Maggie 

L. Crockett, daughter of Dea. Samuel Y. Crockett of So. Haven. 
He is clerk for J. Bird & Co., corn and flour dealers in Rockland ; 
is deacon of the Baptist church. They have Blanche May (Cooper), 


2122 Lucy (Robards), b. April 22, 1821. 

2123 George (Robards), b. May 29, 1823. 

2124 Henry (Robards), b. June 28, 1825. 

2125 Laura (Robards), b. June 27, 1827. 

2126 Esther (Robards), b. July 7, 1831. 

2127 William (Robards), b. Sept. 30, 1836. 

2128 Sally," b. July 4, 1796; m. 1815, Wm. Platts Clark, b. July 23, 1791, andhad: 

2129 William Plaits (Clark), b. Oct. 27, 1815; m. Oct. 2, 1837, Judith 

Woodbury GrifEn. He died Feb. 4, 1867: she died July 4, 1875; 
four children. 

2130 Moses (Clark), b. March i, 1819; n.m. ; d. Dec, 1878. 

2131 Benjamin Platts (Clark), b. May 27, 1827. 

2132 Eliza Ann (Clark), b. Jan. 6, 1831 ; m. James Pool. 

2133 Charles (Clark), b. Jan. 27, 1835; m. Martha Parsons. 

2134 George (Clark), b. 1837 ; n.m. 

2135 William,'' b. about 1802; m. Margaret A. Jordan of Portland; sailed from 
there as master, and was lost in a gale when three days out, in 1831. 
They had : 
2136 William H.^ b. June 26, 1830; d. 1848, aged 18. 
2137 Charlotte," b. Aug. i, 1804; m. Dec. 15, 1825, WiUiara Tarr, and had : 

2138 William (Tarr). 

2 1 39 Edward (Tarr) . 

2140 George Washington (Tarr). 

+2141 Henry ,1^ b. Dec. I, 1808; m, ist, Rhoda Kinsman; 2d, Jane Plummer. 

2142 Betsey," m. David Dyer of Portland. 

2143 James,'' unmarried. 

2144 Lucy," m. Solomon Robards; lived in Newburyport, Mass.; no children. 

2145 Martha," m. Andrew Sargent of Gloucester, Mass. 


SuAH Thurston' {Abner,'' Abner,^ James,^ Danid% daughter of 
Abner^ and Martha (Piper) Thurston of Exeter, N. H.; married, 
about 1790, Aaron Brown, born in Kensington, N. H., 1744. 

Aaron Brown was in several engagements in Rhode Island in the 
revolutionary war. He was a farmer i^ Candia and a member of the 
Congregational church. 

Their children were : 

2160 Mary (Brown), b. 1791; d. March 7, 1872. 

2161 Hannah (Brown), b. 1792; m. Samuel Cass, Esq. 

2162 Suah (Brown), b. 1794; m. David Norton; d. March 29, 1829. 

2163 Aaron (Brown), b. June 22, 1796; a farmer in Candia; m. Nov. 28, 1825, 

Abial Turner Brown, b. March 7, 1799, daughter of Sewall and Abial 
(Turner) Brown of Candia. Sewall Brown was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill. They had : 

2164 Caroline (Brown), b. July 26, 1826. 

2165 Suah (Brown), b. Jan. 31, 1829. 

2166 Sewall (Brown), b. May 28, 1830; m. 

2167 George H. (Brown), b. Sept. 26, 1833; ra. and has Eleanora A. (Brown), 

b. Nov. 4, 1873. 


David Thurston' (Abner* Abner,'' yames^' DanieP), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Abner^ and Martha (Piper) Thurston of 
Exeter, N. H. ; born July 31, 177S J married, about 1800, Sally 
Eaton, born April 26, 1774, daughter of Ebenezer and Phebe (Sar- 
gent) Eaton of Candia. He died in Hill, N. H. ; she died in North- 
field, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Candia and belonged to the Free 
Baptist church. 


Their children, born in Bridgewater, N. H., were : 
--2178 Asa," b. Dec. 17, 1800; m. Eliza Woodward Hartwell. 
--2179 Abner,^ b. Oct. 13, 1802; m. Mary Worthen Huntoon. j c v. 

--2180 Ebenezer,*! b. March 13, 1805; m. ist, Sarah Salma Huntoon; 2d, baran 

Knowles Rogers. 
+2:81 Sally,6b. Sept. 13, 1807; m. John Langford Hodgdon. 

Born in Hill, N. H. : . -^ 

+2182 Lydia," b. July 2S, 1810; m. 1st, George M. Phelps; 2d, Hillery Knox. 
21S3 Mary,6 b. March 8, 1813; m. Warren G. Currier o£ Brookluie, Mass. 


Rev. James Thurston " {Capt. James,^ Abner,^ James,^ Daniel% 
son of Capt. James ^ and Mary (Jones) Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; 
born there March 17, 1769; married, Oct. 9, 1791, Elizabeth Pea- 
body, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Elizabeth (Shaw) Peabody. Eliz- 
abeth Peabody's mother, Elizabetli, married Capt. James Thurston as 
his second wife. Rev. James died in Exeter Dec. 12, 1835 ; his wife 
died Oct. 15, 1845, aged 71. 

In 1783, at the age of fourteen, he entered Phillips academy, Exe- 
ter, which commenced that year under the care of William^ Wood- 
bridge, where he remained several years, and though very desirous of 
a collegiate course relinquished it in deference to his father's wishes, 
who desired to retain him nearer home. He taught school a year or 
two and then entered into business in Exeter, but soon removed to 
Boston to superintend the business of a very respectable firm, one of 
the partners being resident in England. In a few years he became 
interested in religion and returned to Exeter, and by the advice of 
friends entered the ministry, in which his efforts were everywhere dis- 
tinguished with remarkable success. He had numerous calls to settle, 
and in 1800 was ordained at Newmarket, N. H., where his labors 
were greatly blessed. The following notice we take from the Exeter 
News Letter, Dec. 29, 1835 : • 

"In 1805 he was engaged by the ' Piscataqua Missionary Society' 
to go as a missionary to parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, 
and Canada which were destitute of gospel instructors. The success 
which attended this mission may be learned from the ' Piscataqua 
Evangelical Magazine,' in the second volume of which may be found 
' Extracts from the Rev. Mr. Thurston's Journal ' and other informa- 
tion on the subject. Twice afterward, once in 1806 and once in 1807, 
he was employed on a like mission. 

"In 1808 he received a call from the church and society in Man- 
chester, Mass., which he accepted, and was installed April 19, 1809. 
The sermon was by the venerable Dr. Buckminster of Portsmouth, 
N. H., charge by Rev. Mannasseh Cutler, ll.d., of Ipswich, Mass. 
Here again his labors were crowned with remarkable success. All 
former disputes and animosities were settled ; peace, union, and har- 
mony prevailed throughout the whole town, and the church was very 
much enlarged. This happiness and usefulness continued for many 
years ; but at length some who had joined the church stirred up strife 
and contention. After ineffectual attempts to restore union, an eccle- 
siastical council was called, and at the request of Mr. Thurston they 
recommended a separation. 

" Some abusive attacks upon his personal and ministerial character 


induced Mr. Thurston, at the urgent solicitation of his friends, to ap- 
peal to the laws in his defense. His cause was argued by the Hon. 
Daniel Webster and Hon. Leverett Saltonstall, before Judge Ward, 
Judge Shaw, and Hon. Samuel Hoar. The defendants' counsel were 
W. Prescott, D. Cummins, and B. R. Nichols, Esq'rs. The result' 
was an award of ^1500 for damages to Mr. Thurston. 

''He returned with his family to Exeter in 1820 and continued to 
reside there until his death ; but so much trouble and affliction had 
he been called to pass through that he gave up the intention of a re- 
settlement. He continued, however, to preach in destitute parishes 
in the vicinity as long as his strength and ability would permit. 

" To a sound judgment he united warmth of feeling, and to chris- 
tian mildness and candor a full share of energy and decision. That 
he was without faults we have no intention to say. He was ardently 
devoted to the ministerial office, bringing to it all the energies of his 
mind and heart ; and in his last years he lamented nothing so much 
as his inability to resume its duties. It was the object of his thoughts 
by day and by night. To his family he was devotedly attached, and 
willing to make any sacrifice for their good. In his pastoral office he 
was ready to undergo any hardship in discharge of his duties. 

" In his feelings he was truly catholic. He ever maintained a 
friendly intercourse with other denominations of christians and all 
who differed from him in sentiment. When the attempt ^as first 
made to draw lines of separation between the trinitarian and unita- 
rian Congregational ministers, he opposed it with his most strenuous 
efforts, though at that time his sentiments were trinitarian. The spirit 
of alienation and bitterness and exclusiveness he ever frowned upon. 
In the words of one who was many years with him in the ministerial 
office, ' Mr. Thurston was a man of a truly christian spirit.' 

" In the latter years of his life, by an earnest, unremitted, and 
prayerful study of the sacred scriptures, his religious views were 
changed, and he became a decided unitarian. In his last sickness he 
was calm and happy. He wished to live longer, if God's will were so, 
that he might be useful again in the world." 

Their children were : 

2194 Mary,6b. Sept. 2, 1792; d. Dec. 18, 1817. 

2195 Elizabeth Peabody,^ b. Dec. 10, 1794; m. William Norwood; he died 1836; 

she died 1841 ; no children. 

2196 Abigail,' b. .March 3, 1798; d. Dec. 17, 1806. 

2197 Ann Rogers,' b. March 28, 1801 ; d. Jan. 14, 1806. 

2198 Henrietta Peabody,' b. Jan. 3, 1804; ,m. 1826, Charles Benjamin Abbot, b. 

Jan. 19, 1805, son of Benjamin Abbot, LL.D., for nearly fifty years the 
popular preceptor of Phillips academy, Exeter. He entered Harvard in 
class of 1826, but left before graduating; taught school; then settled on 
a farm in Glenburn, Me., and for some years was agent of the Brownville 
slate company. He died in Bangor, Me., March 8, 1874; she died 1874. 
They had : 
2199 Francis Peabody (Abbot), b. Jan. I, 1827, a dentist to the imperial fam- 
ily of Germany; m. 1858, Caroline L. Fay, daughter of Theo. S. 
Fay, late United States minister to Switzerland ; reside at No. 2 
Hausvoigtei Platz, Berlin. They have Caroline Laura, b. 1S60, 
Charles Henry, b. 1862. and Henrietta (Abbot), b. 1864. 
-(-2200 James,' b. Dec. 11, 1806; m. Elizabeth Austin. 

2201 John Rogers,' b. Jan. 2, i8io; graduated from Harvard 1829; n.m. ; d. in 
Glenburn Nov. 23, 1843. 


2202 Martha Ann,« b. March 26, 1813; m. Calvin Rogers Hubbard; he died 

1837; she died 1867; no children. 

2203 Thomas Peabody,^ b. June 27, 1816; d. Sept. 11, 1816. 


Caleb Thurston ^ {Caleb,^ Abner,^ jfames,'^ Daniel'^), eldest son of 
Caleb ^ and Hannah (Dudley) Thurston of Exeter, N. H.; married, 
first, Nov. 17, 1792, Mary Oilman; second, Aug. 31, 1799, Anne 
Wiggins; she died May i6, 1822. 

His children were : 

2214 Mary.^ 

2215 Caleb.6 

2216 Dudley,^ went to Oregon. 

2217 Daniel. •• 

2218 Joshua.^ 
22ig Fletcher.^ 


Dudley Thurston ^ of Monmouth, Me. (Caleb,'' Abner^ jfames^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Caleb* and Hannah 
(Dudley) Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; married Betsey Thurston, 
daughter of James Thurston of Nottingham, N. H. [see no. 1038.] 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Monmouth. 

Their children were : 

2230 Abigail, 8 m. Fox. 

2231 Caleb,' d. young. 

2232 James,'' m. 1st, Witham ; 2d, Hannah Baker. They had Mary J.^ 

Dudley^ Elizabeth^ and six others. 

2233 Hannah, 6 n.m. 

2234 Dudley,'' d. young. 


Trueworthy Thurston^ {Caleb,'' Abjier,^ jfames,^ Daniel'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Caleb * and Hannah (Dudley) Thurs- 
ton of Exeter, N. H.; born there June i, 1778; married, Nov. 26, 
1801, Priscilla Royal, born Oct. 13, 1779. He died in Peru, Me., 
July 20, 1849, aged 71 ; she died Oct. 16, 1865, aged 86. 

He was a farmer in Monmouth, Me., and moved to Peru in 1819. 

Their children were : 

2245 Levi Moody,8 b. Dec. 2, 1802; d. Jan. 15, 1S31. 

2246 Clarissa," b. Sept. 18,1805; m. Feb. 23, 1840, William Paul o£ Peru and had; 
2247 Dealhca Osca (Paul), b. June, 1S45. 

224S William (Paul), b. Sept., 1S49. 
-[-2249 Daniel Adams, ' b. July 16, 1808; m. Olive Bray. 

2250 Oilman. 6 b. March 15, ;8ii; d. Feb. 20, 1830. 

2251 Benjamin,i5 b. April t?, 1813; m. Nov., 1844, Laura A. ; a farmer in 

Poland, Me.; d. Sept. 20, 1849. 
+2252 Samuel Royal," b. in Monmouth April 17, .1816; m. Elizabeth McLench. 
-I-2253 Trueworthy.o b. in Monmouth April 15, 1S19; m. Rachel Fisher Welch! 
2254 Elvira Priscilla," b. in Peru Aug. 25, 1822; m. July 20, 1851, John Sim- 
mons Lunt, b. Nov. 13, 1S19, son of Francis and Lydia (Simmons) Lunt 
of Peru; he is a farmer m Dixfield, Me. ; enlisted in the 56th Massachu- 
setts regiment against the rebellion. They had: 
2255 Priscilla Clara Augusta {XAx\\\.),\i.M.2C!z\\ 6, 1853; m. April c 1874 
Frank E. Kidder. ' ■" ''*' 

2256 George Washington (Lunt), b. Oct. 20, 1854; d. Jan. 29, 1S65. 

2257 Lilla Stanton (lM\\t),\ twins, born I d. Ji<ly, iS$2. 

2258 J?ose Standis/t {Lunt), (Aug. 16, 1856;) 


• ' 

2259 Emma Frances (Lunt), b. Nov. 23, 1857. 

2260 John True (Lunt), b. April 14, i860; d. May 12, i860. 

2261 John Franz Sigel (Lunt), b. July 22, 1861. 

2262 Ulysses G««/ (Lunt), b. Oct. 26, 1863. 


Daniel Thurston^ {Caleb, ^ Abner^ J-ames^ Daniel'^'), brother of 
the preceding and son of Caleb * and Hannah (Dudley) Thurston of 
Exeter, N. H. ; born there Aug. 6, 1776; married, Aug. 4, 1798, Deb- 
orah FoLSOM, born April 29, 1778. He died Sept. 25, 1855; she 
died at her daughter's in Portsmouth, N. H., Nov. 12, 1863. 

Mr. Thurston was a carpenter in Exeter and a member of the Con- 
gregational church. 

Their children were : 

2273 Elizabeth Oilman,^ b. Nov. 6, 1799; d. May 22, 1820. 

2274 Mary Jane,^ b. Sept. 3, 1801 ; d. Aug. 4, 1803. 

2275 Mary Jane, 6 b. June 15, 1804; m. Nov. 24, 1825, Samuel Kingsbury of 

Portsmouth, N. H., born in York, Me., Dec. 4, 1798. He was a house 
and ship joiner. She died May 20, 1856. They had ; 

2276 Elizabeth Mary (Kingsbury), b. May 9, 1827; d. Dec. 17, 1S35. 

2277 Deborah Folsovi (Kingsbury), b. May 8, 1830; m. June 27, i855, Mich- 

ael R. Perkins ; live in Portsmouth. 

2278 Samuel Henry (Kingsbury), b. Nov. 17, 1833; m. Nov. i, 1858, Sarah 

E. Rand of Portsmouth. They had : 
2279 Maude Thurston (Kingsbury), b. Jan. 11, 1861 ; d. Jan. 13, 1861. 

2250 Charles Henry (Kingsbury), b. July 16, 1S62. 

2251 Samuel Lincoln (Kingsbury), b. March 4, 1864. 
2282 John Gilman (Kingsbury), b. Dec. 15, 1866. 


Gates Thurston^ {Peter,'^ Abner^ J ames,^ Daniel'^'), son of Peter ^ 
and Dorothy (Gates ) Thurston of South Lancaster, Mass. ; born 1760 ; 
married, Jan. 12, 1790, Elizabeth Pollard of Lancaster; her father 
and mother died about 1812, being about 90 years old each. He died 
February, 1816; she died at her son John Gates', 1849, ^g^d 86. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in New Boston, now South Lancaster, 
living in the homestead mansion. 

Children : 
2293 Nov. 9, 1790; m. Sept. 15, 1814, Mary West; about 1S35 lived 
in Tioga county, N. Y., as a farmer. 
+2294 Henry.6 b. Aug. 19, 1792; m. Aurelia Fox. 
-j-2295 John Gates,^ b. March 18, 1794; m. Harriet Patrick Lee. 

2296 Nancy Elizabeth,8 b. Jan. 31 1796; m. as his second wife, Oct. 11, 1827, 
• Nathaniel Rand, hotel keeper, sheriff, and postmaster in Lancaster. 

They had: 

2297 Charles Henry (^2in&),\i. 1828; m. Lucy Rand of Westfield, Mass. ; 

d. 186S; no children. 

2298 Ellen Elizabeth (Rand), b. 1831 ; d. Nov., 1835. 

-f 2299 William,^ b. March 6, 1798; m. ist, Sabra Houghton, and four others. 

2300 Thomas Gates," b. Nov. 15, 1800; m. ist, Aug. 18, 1825, Mary Ann Stod- 

dard; was a blacksmith in Concord, Mass., after a merchant in Wilming- 
ton, N. C, after Louisville, Ky., and m. there; d. about 1848; several 

2301 Abel Atherton,!* b. Sept. 15, 1802; d. April 20, 1803. 

-I-2302 Wilder Stoddard,^ b. Oct. 8, 1806; ra. Rosanna Meliscent Pierce. 


Peter Thurston ^ {Peter, ^ Abner,' James ^ Daniel'^), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Peter ^ and Dorothy (Gates) Thurston of South 


Lancaster, Mass.; born there Sept. 23, 1768; married, Dec. 8, 1796, 
Sally Sweetser, born Dec. 2, 1778, daughter of Jacob and Marga- 
ret (Cooledge) Sweetser of Boston, Mass. He died Dec. 9, 1824; 
she died Jan. 21, 1832. 

Peter Thurston was a hatter in South Lancaster, living next door 
neighbor to his father, whose farm was divided between his two sons, 
Gates and Peter. He was a member of the Unitarian church. 

Their children were : 

2313 Caroline.s b. Sept. 22, 1797 ; n.m. ; d. at South Lancaster March i, 1878. 

2314 Sarah Ann,^ b. May 14, 1799; m. Nov. 9, 1820, Eben Sawyer, b. Feb. 2, 

1798, son of Amos and Hannah (Dustin) Sawyer of Haverhill, Mass; he 
is a merchant in South Lancaster. They have. 

2315 Sarah Ann (Sawyer), b. Sept. 3, 1821 ; m. Sept. 14, 1S43, William H. 

Young; live, 1877, in Worcester, Mass. 

2316 Mary Elizabeth (Sawyer), b. Nov. 8, 1822; m. May 14, 1844, Herbert 

H. Stimpson; live in South Lancaster. 
2317 George Peter,^ b. March 28, 1801 ; a hatter; n.m.; d. in Worcester Oct. 
7, 1859. 


Phineas Thurston ^ {Moses,'^ Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel''-^, son of 
Moses ^ and Elizabeth (Clifford) Thurston of Unity, N. H. ; born in 
Epping, N. H., Jan. 7, 1758; married, Jan. 24, 1787, Polly Wood, 
born June 6, 1768, daughter of David and Mary Wood of Rocking- 
ham, Vt. He died March 17, 1796. After her husband's death she 
married his brother Josiah [see no. 85i]. 

Phineas Thurston was one of the first settlers of Barnet, Vt. ; took 
the freeman's oath there March 10, 1789. He was a farmer and set- 
tled near that part of the town known as Passumpsicville. He was a 
soldier in the revolutionary war; was taken prisoner, sent to England 
and nearly starved; compelled to eat the entrails of sheep broiled on 
coals, which he said was the sweetest meat he ever ate. He was ex- 
changed, and on his way home the vessel was wrecked in the bay of 
Biscay, and he was saved from starving again only by eating salt pork 
for several days with intense thirst. After he had served his time 
and come home he asked his sisters to sing ; they sang a new war 
song about the wrecked prisoners. He heard them with great emo- 
tion, and when he could command his feelings, said, " I was one of 
those prisoners." None of his family had known of his imprisonment. 

Their children were : 

2328 John,6 d. young. 

2329 Mary,6 b. in Barnet, Vt., Sept. 15, 1791 ; m. June 5, 1806, John Spencer, b. 

in Charlestown, N. H., April 15, 1787, son of Joseph and Mary Spencer. 
They lived on the farni in Barnet which she inherited from her father till 
1828, when they removed to St. Johnsbury, Vt., where she died, April 
18, 1843; he died in West Concord, Vt., Oct. 29, 1858. They had, all 
born in Barnet : 

2330 Phineas 7/«;«fon (Spencer), b. Sept. 18, 1806; m. at St. Johnsbury 

Feb. 25, 1838, Atlanta W. Gage, b. there Oct. 22, 1810; was a farm- 
er and died in St. Johnsbury May i, 1877, where his family still re- 
side, 1879. 

2331 Mary Caroline (Spencer), b. July 3, 1808; m. 1830, George Washing- 

ton Gage of St. Johnsbury, where she died, Oct. 18, 1818 Her 
husband removed to New York city in 1844, where he was a mer- 
chant till his death in 1874. 


2332 Loren Albert (Spencer), b. April 23, 1812 ; graduated from Dartmouth 

1837 ; was a lawyer at St. Louis, Mo., where he d. May i, 1847 ; rt.m. 

2333 Willard {^^fa.csx),h. Aug. i, 1817. In 1841 started on a whaling 

voyage from which he returned in about three years, having sailed 
around the world. Dec. 20, 1848, he started for California, went 
from there to Oregon in 1850, where he established a trading post at 
a place called Eminence, thirty miles from the mouth of the Colum- 
bia river; remained there in trade till May, lidii, when he was 
thrown from a horse and killed; n.m. 

2334 Milo (Spencer), b. March 29, 1822; m. at St. John'sbury Feb. 27, 1850, 

Rosaline Eliza Hill of West Concord, b. June 22, 1818. In March, 
1855, ^^ removed to West Concord; was a farmer and drover. In 
Jan., 1S69, he entered the Massachusetts General Hospital for the 
removal of a tumor under his left ear; operated upon by Dr. Bige- 
low Jan. 30, and he died in the hospital of phlegmon erysipelas Feb. 
6, 1869. His widow and son are living at West Concord, 1879. 


Moses Thurston ' {Moses,^ Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Moses * and Elizabeth (Clifford) Thurston 
of Unity, N. H.; born in Brentwood, N. H., Jan. 18, 1760; married, 
first, Jane Spaulding of Unity, born 1759; she died May 31, 1799. 
Second, Polly Cross; she died April 7, 1839, aged 62 y. 8 m. 21 d. j 
he died 1848. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Corinth and Orange, Vt., Indian 
Stream, now Pittsburgh, Coos county, N. H., near the head of the 
Connecticut river, and finally came back to Orange, where he died in 
1848. He was a member of the Free Baptist church and used to 
preach some. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 

+2345 John Spaulding,^ m. Joanna Thurston [see no. ]. 

-I-2346 Jane," had a son Andrew,' and afterward m. Hurd. 

-(-2348 Ezekiel," b. Feb. 11, 1785; m. Sally Darling. 

-i-2349 Moses," m. Betsey Lovering. 

4-2350 Sampson," b.^(i»^ 1 789; m. Hannah Payne. 

-j-2351 William," b. Oct. 4, 1791 ; m. ist, Clarissa Church; 2d, Betsey M. Wiley, 
3d, Mrs. Huldah Farmer. 

2352 Cyrus," b. Jan. 19, 1794. 

2353 Tenney," b. Feb. 18, 1796. 

2354 David," b. March 31, 1799. 


JosiAH Thurston ^ (Moses,^ Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel''-), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Moses* and Elizabeth (Clifford) Thurston 
of Unity, N. H. ; born there May 7, 1772; married, first, in Barnet, 
Vt, Feb. 14, 1797, Polly (Wood) Thurston, the widow of his 
brother Phineas. In 1806 they removed to St. Johnsbury, Vt., and 
afterward to Campton, N. H., where she died, March 5, 1835. Sec- 
ond, June I, 183s, Martha March of Campton, born March 16, 1805. 
He died in Thornton, N. H., Feb. 7, 1863 ; his widow is living in 
Campton Village, 1879. 

His children, by second wife, were : 
2365 Franklin Josiah," b. in Plymouth, N. H., May 11, 1836; m. May, 1863, Ju- 
lia Merrill; she died June, 1872. He served in the war against the 
rebellion in the 8th regiment New Hampshire infantry; is living in 
■ Woodstock, N. H., 1879. They had: 
2366 Julia^ b. 1864. 


2^67 'fohn? b. 1866. . „, ., ,, 

2368 Martha EUen,<= b. in Thornton, N. H., April 13, 1838; m. m ^}r^°f^' N. 

H April 15, 1874, Drury Fairbanks Cummings of Plymouth, b. Uct. 30, 
i802, son of Jonathan and Ruth (George) Cummings, a surveyor by oc- 
cupation; no children. . 

2369 Horace Livermore,« b. in Thornton June 6, 1842; m. Dec. 10, i«6», Ann 

Oilman, b. in Thornton Nov., 1842; she died in Campton Dec, i»7o; 
2d, Oct. 4, 1S77, Stella L. Baker, b. in Carroll, N. H., Feb. 27, i85», 
daughter of Rev. William and Asenath (Scales) Baker of Campton. He 
enlisted Aug. ii, 1864, in Co. A, 8th regiment New Hampshn-e volun- 
teers. He was at New Orleans, Natches, and Vicksburgh; was dis- 
charged Oct. 20, 1865. He is hving at Campton, 1879, a member of the 
Baptist church; his occupation is freighting from Plymouth depot to 
Campton. He had, by first wife : 
2370 Lilly May,'' b. in Thornton Jan. i, 1870. 


Jonathan Thurston ^ {Ezekiel,^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest 
son of Ezekiel Thurston' of Epping, N. H. ; born there, May 7, 1761 ; 

married, first, Sarah ; she died March, 1784; Second, Mary 

Ardway, born 1768, died July 5, 1790. He died Nov. 22, 1788, so 
recorded in an old bible, but probably it should be 1798. 

Mr. Thurston was a seaman in Portland, Me. 

His children, all born in Portland, were, 
By first wife, Sarah : 

2381 Asa, 6 b. Jan. 24, 1780; d. April lo, 1781. 

2382 Sarah,6b. March 11, 1782. 

By second wife, Mary : 

2383 Betsey,^ m. Clark. 

+2384 Ezekiel, 6 b. Oct. 9, 1786; m. Hannah Moulton. 

2385 Hannah Ardway,^ b. Feb. 4, 178S; m. Thompson. 

2386 EUzabeth,^ b. Jan. 20, 1790. 


Ezekiel Thurston^ {Ezekiel,^ Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), brother 
of the preceding, and son of Ezekiel Thurston ^ of Epping, N. H. ; 
born there May 28, 1765 ; married Widow Bray. He took the yel- 
low fever in the West Indies and died in Savannah, Ga., on his pas- 
sage home in 1809, aged 44. 

Mr. Thurston was a master mariner and owner of a vessel trading 
with the West Indies, residing in Portland, Me. March 8, 1781, at 
the age of sixteen, he enlisted for three years in the ist New Hamp- 
shire regiment, under Col. Joseph Cille)^, from the town of Deerfield, 
N. H. 

Children : 

2397 John," m. Jan. 12, 1825, Susan Libby; was a seaman; killed on a wharf in 

Portland by being jammed between a team and pile of lumber. 

2398 Oilman," a seaman, and was drowned Sept. 13, i860, by the upsetting of a 

boat near Portland. 
-(-2399 Samuel," m. Mary Tucker. 

2400 Eliza," m. Oct. 13, 1821, John Dela, a trader in Portland, and had: 
2401 Lewis (Dela), m. April 25, 1844, Frances E. Bagley. 


Moses Thurston^ {Stephen,^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), son of 
Stephen Thurston^ of Stratham, N. H. ; married Betsey Wiggin of 
Stratham. He was a farmer in Wolborough, N. H. ; died about 1830. 


Children : 

+241 1 Isaac^b. Jan. 28, 1799; m. Maria Dodge. 
2412 James,6b. Oct. i6, 1802; d. Feb. 21, 1877. 


Moses Thurston^ {Oliver,^ Moses, ^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), son of 
Oliver * and Sarah (French) Thurston of Brentwood, N. H. ; born 
about 1770; married, Sept. 2, 1793, Sally Moses. 

Mr. Thurston was a hatter in Exeter, N. H. ; moved to Eaton, N. 
H., about 1808 and was a farmer there. 

Their children were : 
+2420 Moses,6 b. March 5, 1795; ">• Phebe Forrist. 

2421 Sally,6 b. in Exeter; m. Nathaniel Thurston [see no.. 2475]. 
+2422 Oliver,*' b. in Exeter Sept. 23, i8oo ; m. Betsey Harriman. 


Oliver Thurston ^ {Oliver,^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^'), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Oliver^ and Sarah (French) Thurston of 
Brentwood, N. H.; born there May 10, 1773 j married, 1792, Anstress 
Cross, born in Exeter, N. H., Nov. 3, 1775. She died Jan. 5, 1851 ; 
he died Oct. 3, 1852. He was a farmer in Freedom, N. H. 

Their children were : 

2433 Mary,6 b. in Exeter Feb. 5, 1793; m. 1810, John Kennison, a preacher in 
the Free Baptist denomination, residing in EfHngham, N. H. She died 
March 18, 1834; he died in Parsonsfield, Me., about 1845. They had: 

2434 Asenath (Kennison). 

2435 Daniel (Kennison). 

2436 Ivory (Kennison). • 

2437 Isaac (Kennison). 

2438 Susan (Kennison). 

2439 Melmna (Kennison). 

2440 yohn (Kennison). 

2441 Oliver (Kennison). 

2442 Henry (Kennison). 

2443 Mary (Kennison). 

2444 Elmon (Kennison). 

+2445 Oliver,^ b. March 5, 1795 ; m. Amy Forrest. 

2446 William,6 b. Sept. 11, 1798; d. in infancy. 

-j-2447 William,^ b. May 23, 1799; ™- Mittee Thurston. 

2448 Sally," b. July 17, 1801 ; d. young. 

2449 Martha," b. in Meredith, N. H., Dec. I, 1803; m. by Rev. Jonathan 

Woodman, Jan. 12, 1823, Hale Watson, a farmer and carpenter in Free- 
dom, where he was also selectman and member of Free Baptist church, 
b. Aug. 12, 1795, son of Daniel and Lydia (Hinckley) Watson of Lee, 
N. H. They had : 

2450 Albert Newell l^3X50'a),h. Sept. 27, 1823; m. March 4, 1849, Eliza- 

beth Ann Downes of Freedom ; lives with his father on the home- 

2451 .£w2z/y /iK« (Watson), b. Oct. 2, 1825; m. March 16, 1845, Erastus 

Ward of Freedom. 

2452 Lydia Ruth (Watson), b. Aug. 8, 1828 ; m. April 26, 1849, John Davis, 

a farmer in Freedom. 

2453 Mary Jane C^sison), b. April 14, 1835; m. Dec. 23, 1852, Ara D. 

Shaw, a farmer and shoemaker o£ Hampton, N. H. 

2454 Martha Ann (Watson), b. April 28, 1837; m. Oct. 30, 1857, Frederick 

E. Bradbury, a farmer and trader in Limerick, Me., and now in Ef- 
fingham, N. H. 



2455 Sarah E. (Watson), b. Nov. 27, 1838; m. Oct. 25, i860, Amos F. An- 

drews, a farmer of Freedom. 

2456 Ann Sophia ('^z.<Vaon),h. July 29, 1841; m. Feb. 16, 1867, Ira A. 

Clough, a farmer in Parsonsfield, Me. 

2457 Anslrcss Thzirston (Watson), b. Oct. 17, 1844; m. Aug. 28, 1864, Ben- 
jamin P. Philbricl<, a shoemaker of Freedom. 

Nathaniel,^ b. March 22, 1806; m. 1S30, Martha Spaulding; studied medi- 
cine till fitted to practice, when he had a call to preach as a P'ree Baptist 
minister in Dover, N. H., and in Lowell, Mass.; 1852 went to San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., and practiced medicine many years and died there; no chil- 
dren; adopted Laura, who married Parker of Lowell and went to 

California soon after her adopted father died. 

2459 Josiah,6 b. Oct. 30, i8oS; d. 1812. 

2460 Sally,6 b. Feb. 17, 1812; m. Nov. 13, 1834, Samuel Stokes, a farmer in 

Freedom, b. March 28, 1810, son of Jeremiah and Polly (Durgin) Stokes 
of Northwood, N. H. They adopted a little girl who died soon after. 
2461 Stephen A. Lary (Stokes), m. and lives in Freedom; three children. 
+2462 Josiah," b. June 9, 1814; m. ist, Mary Ann Thurston; 2d, Julia Ann Rob- 
erts Pierce. 

2463 Eunice. 6 b. March 9, i8r6; d. Sept., 1831. 

2464 Isaac,^ b. May 4, i8ig; d. 1824. 


Reuben Thurston" of Eaton, N. H. {Oliver,^ Moses,^ Stephen,"^ 
Daniel''-), brother o£ the preceding, and son of Oliver* and Sarah 
(French) Tliurston of Brentwood, N. H. ; born there 1775; married, 
1792, Sally Cross, born about 1772 in Exeter, N. H. She died 
1835. He was a farmer, and died 1840. 

Their children were : 
-|-2475 Nathaniel, 6 b. 1793; m. Sally (or Nancy) Thurston. 

2476 James,6b. 1795; d. in the East. 
-)-2477 Oliver,^ b. 1797; m. ist, Rebecca Harmon; 2d, Susan Colby; 3d, Susan 
2478 Sarah," b. March 27, 1799; m. Dec. 19, iSrg, Jacob AUard, a farmer, son 
of Job and Sarah (Durgin) Allard of Eaton, N. H. ; in 1854 moved to 
Ellison, Warren county, 111. She died Sept. 17, 1856; he died April i, 
1878. They had: 

2479 Ahah C. (Allard), b. Oct. 21, 1820; d. May 5, 1840. 

2480 Job (Allard), b. July 12, 1822; m. Mittee Ann Thurston. 

2481 David (Allard), b. April 6, 1824; lives in Ellison. 

2482 Eleanor Jane (KVinxi), b. Sept. 14, 1S26; m. March 22, 1849, David 

Young, jr., a farmer in Freedom, N. H. 

2483 Jacob (Allard), b. Dec. 28, 1828; d. Feb. II, 1846. 

2484 Martha Ann (Allard), b. Feb. i, 1831; m. Oct. 24, 1857, Chas. Davis. 

2485 Josiah (Allard), b. April 13, 1837; lives in Ellison. 

2486 Eliza Ann (Allard), b. Jan. I, 1S40; m. Bradley Davis; live in Cali- 


2457 Rose Ann (Allard), b. Mar. 15, 1843 ; m. Henry Baldwin ; live in Oregon. 

2458 Alvah Cross (Allard), b. Oct. 17, 1845; lives in Ellison. 

2489 Martha," b. iSoi ; m. William Palmer of Eaton, N. H. 

2490 Joseph," b. 1803; m. Adeline Simonds; lived in Lowell, Mass.; had two 

or more sons; d. in Eaton about 1S45. 
+2491 Henry,!' b. 1805; m. Drusilla Wedgwood. 
-1-2492 Elias Cushman," b. 1S07; m. Eliza Brown. 

-(-2493 Reuben Leavitt," b. 1S09; m. ist, Lydia Welch; 2d, Mary Phillips. 
Three died in infancy. 


William Thurston" of Eaton, N. H. {Oliver,^ Moses,^ Stephen,'^ 
Daniel'), brother of the preceding, and son of Oliver* and Sarah 
(French) Thurston of Brentwood, N. H.; born there Oct. 19, 1777; 


married, in Exeter, N. H., 1806, Mary Robinson, born at Hampton 
Falls, N. H., March 31, 1775. She died Aug. 7, 1843; he died May 
19, 1867. He was a farmer; deacon in the Free Baptist church. 

Their children were : 

2504 Abigail,^ b. May 22, i8io; m. March 22, 1849, Henry Blaisdell, as his sec- 
ond wife. He had five children by a former marriage but none by the 
second wife. He is a teacher and Free Baptist preacher at Tamworth 
Iron Works, N. H. ; was ordained by the Methodists in Jefferson City, 
Mo., in 1842. 

-1-2505 William Robinson," b. April 5, 1812; m. Elizabeth W. Snell. 

-j-2506 Daniel,^ b. July 21, 1814; m. Mary Ann Alley. 

-)-2507 Mary Ann,* b. May 15, 1816; m. Josiah Thurston. 


John Thurston^ [Oliver,^ Moses ^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^'), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Oliver* and Sarah (French) Thurston of 
Brentwood, N. H. j born there Jul}' 5, 1782; married, July 5, 1807, 
Alice S. Hutchins, born April 5, 1787, daughter of Solomon and 
Hannah (Lewis) Hutchins of Wakefield, N. H. He died in Kendus- 
keag. Me., March 28, 1869; she died in Hartland, Me., Sept. 9, 1873. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer, cooper, and clothier in Wakefield and 
Freedom, N. H. ; in Harmony and Kenduskeag, Me., a farmer only. 
In the fall of 1825 his house and barn were burnt, losing all his hay, 
grain, and household effects except one bed. He soon recovered 
himself, rebuilt, and maintained his family in a respectable manner. 

Their children were : 

-I-2508 Solomon Hutchins," b. in Wakefield Sept. 10, 1S08; m. Jennie Wiggin, 
nee French. 

Born in Freedom : 

2509 John Lewis," b. Sept. 10, i8ro; d. Sept. 24, 1811. 

2510 Hannah Lewis," b. July 6, 1812; m. June 5, 1855, Joseph Oray, a farmer 

in Harmony. She was a member of the Christian church, and died Nov. 

19, 1870; no children. - 
-I-2511 John Langdon Roberts," b. July 16, 18 14; m. Louisa Hutchins. 
-I-2512 Asa Lewis," b. Sept. 25, 1816; m. Julia Ann Corson. 
4-2513 Joseph Hutchins," b. Sept. 17, 1818; m. Mary Jane Crosby. 
-1-2514 Alvah Wiggin,*^ b. Oct. 24, 1820; was drafted in March, 1865, for the war 

against the rebellion, discharged Nov., 1865; m. Frances Ann Libbey; 

d. in Kenduskeag May 19, 1866. [See page 218 for further notice.] 

Born in Harmony : 

2515 Sarah French," b. Aug. 19, 1822. 

2516 Nancy Ann," b. March 12, 1825; m. ist, Nov., 1857, Rev. William Smith, 

b. June 12, 1813, son of Isaac Smith of Harmony; he was a minister of 
the Free Baptist church and farmer, and died Sept. 30, 1870; 2d, June, 
1875, Robert Ludwig, a farmer in Palmyra, Me. She was a member of 
the Christian church. Her children, by first husband, b. in Harmony ; 

2517 Alice Emma (Smith), b. Sept. 9, 1858. 

2518 Flora Anna (Smith), b. Feb. 15, i860; she and her sister Alice Emma 

graduated with honors from Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, June 
19, 1879, and are successful teachers. 

2519 Estelle Eugenia (Smith), b. Aug. 24, 1863. 

2520 Anson Eugene (Smith), b. in Palmyra Sept. 6, 1868. 


2521 Eugene True,« b. April 26, 1827; m. in Ellsworth, Me.. Sept. 24, 1861, 
Zarissa Annie Morse, b. Feb. 6, 1841, daughter of John Thistle and 
Emily (Hammond) Morse of Surry, Me. He is a teacher, residing in 
Oakland, Cal. They have : 
2522 iLtt^ene Trite^ b. April 24, 1873. 

2523 Mary Henick," b. April 28, 1830; m. Oct. 9, 1851, Thomas Jefferson Far- 
rar, b. Aug. 25, 181 1 ; he is a blacksmith in Harmony. Children, all b. 
in Harmony: _ ' 

2524 Grace Greenwood (Farrar), b. Sept. 22, 1852; m. June i, 1870, Smith 

Alonzo Symonds of Dexter, Me. 

2525 Alexis Walter (Farrar), b. Jan. 5. 1854; m. Aug. 30, 1874, Etta Thombs. 

2526 Latiriston Everett (Farrar), b March 2, 1S61 ; d. Aug. 3, 1862. 
2526a Eitelle Etta (Farrar), b. Nov. 23, 1862. 

2525b Alice Eugenia (Farrar), b. July 3, 1865. 
2526c Liston Alverdo (Farrar), b. March 24, 1868. 

2527 Hattie Newell,'' b. April 17, 1832; m. ist. May 22, 1858, George Libbey, 

b. in Wellington, Me., March 23, 1831, d. July 10, 1864; 2d, Aug. 15, 
1867, Benjamin Randall Huff, b. July 19, 1818, d. in Hartland, Me., Jan. 
12, 1878. She had, by first husband: 

2527a John Sainnel (Libbey), b. in Kenduskeag May 28; 1859. 

2527b Eleanor (IJbbey), b. in Levant, Me., Sept. 23, i85i. 
By second husband: 

2527c George Everett (Huff), b. in Hartland Nov. 16, 1868. 


John Thurston^ {John,^ jFohn^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of 
John^ and Elsie (Leavitt) Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; born there 
1780; married, first, Hannah Mason; she died December, 1820. 
Second, 1822, Jane Smith of Stratham. He died May 23, 1825. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Stratham. 

His children, by first wife, Hannah, were : 

2528 George," b. 18:4; n.m. ; d. aged about 22. 

2529 Nancy Mason," b. May 11, 1S16; m. March 26, 1840, George Washington 

Home, a brick manufacturer in Dover, N. H. They had: 

2530 Guitavus Henry (Home), b. Jan. 29, 1841 ; was cashier of a bank; d. 

Nov. 23, 1S73. 

2531 Georgiana Emma (Home), b. Nov. 8, 1843; d. Oct. 21, 1872. 

2532 Charles William (Home), b. Nov. 7, 1845; ^- March 15, 1850. 

2533 Fanny-Sarah (Home), b. Nov. 2, 1847; d- Jan. 13, 1869. 

2534 Charles Albert (Home), b. Jan. 2, 1850; d. Aug. 20, 1S51. 

2535 George Allen (Home), b. Feb. 15, 1852; d. Sept. 13, 1869. 

2536 Jolin Ed'diin (Home), b. June 2g, 1855; d. April 20, 1858. 

2537 Susan Alice (Home), b. Nov. 30, 1861. 

2538 William," b. 1819; n.m.; d. in Salem, Mass., May 23, 1852. 

By second wife, Jane: 

2539 Hannah Jane," b. 1823; m. Oct. 14, 1844, John Lambert of Kittery, Me. 

2540 Nathaniel," b. 1S25; d. in infancy. 


Nathaniel Thurston^ {John,'^ John,^ Stephen,^ Daii.iel'^), brother 
of the preceding, and son of John ^ and Elsie (Leavitt) Thurston of 
Stratham, N. H.; married Hannah Dutch. 

Mr. Thurston was a stone worker, killed by blasting rocks in New- 
market, N. H., 182,0. 

Their children were : 

-I-2541 Andrew Leavitt," b. Nov. 18, 1815; m. Anna Fisher. 
2542 Clarissa D.," m. Marsh of Exeter, N. H. 



Thomas Thurston^ {Paul,^ John^ Stephen,^ Daniel\ son of Paul* 
and Margaret Thurston, said to be of Litchfield, Ct. ; married Eliza- 
beth Larmon of Ware, Mass. He died 1797; she died 182 1. 

Mr. Thurston was a tax-payer in Belchertown, now Pelham, Mass., 
in 1769 ; served six months in the war of the revolution. He was 
elected to an office in town once or twice. 

Their children were : 

2553 Mary,^ m. Elias Shaw of Belchertown; they had: 

2554 Betsey (Shaw). 

2555 Hannah Mary (Shaw), d. young; 

2556 Elias (Shaw). 

2557 Susan (Shaw). 

2558 Leonard (Shaw), accidentally hung himself in Granby, Mass. 

2559 Esther (Shaw). 
+2560 Paul," m. Mary Moody. 

2561 Betsey (or Elizabeth), b. Feb. 27, 1779; ™- May 19, 1803, Caleb Tillson,* 
b. in Greenwich, now Enfield, Mass., July 27, 17S0. One of her sons 
says : " She was a woman of uncommon industry, dignity, integrity, 
and sensibility, a hater of all shams and untruths; for instance, she ob- 
jected to some of the literature of the Sunday-school libraries, because 
she believed many of the stories about unnaturally holy children were 
only pious tales, and she revolted at the idea of promoting religion by 
the sacrifice of truth. The writer of this believes she never uttered an 
untruth knowingly, and is confident he never detected her in anything 
false, even for the purpose of being polite or agreeable." She died Aug. 

•The Tillson Familt. 

I. Tillson, the first that we have any record of, came to thia country about the year 

1670 and settled in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Mass. He had two sons, Edmund and Ephraim. 
From the latter came the Tillsons living in Middleborongh and part of those living in Carver. 

II. Edmund Tillson, had five wives; the last one, Deberuch Caswell of Taunton, Mass., 
was the mother of 

III. Stephen Tillson, m. Jannett Murdoch, daughter of John Murdoch, son of John 
Murdoch, merchant in Plymouth, and a native of Scotland. Stephen settled in Ply- 
mouth, and had William, b. March 5, 1740, o. s., m. Mary Ransom, moved to Connecticut, 
thence to New Jersey, tlience to Virginia or Pennsylvania; John, b. Dec 31,1742,0 s., m. 
Ruth Barrows, settled in Carver and had a family; Stephen, b. Aug. 30, 1747, o. s. ; Ichabod, 
b. April 25,1750,0. s., m. Azuba Thomas, settled in Plympton or Carver, Mass., and had a fam- 
ily; two of his sons were furnace men in 1809 or 1810 in the Frauconia iron works, Francouia, 
N. H.; Jeuet, b. Feb. 10, 1753, d. in childhood. 

IV. Stephen Tillson, b. in Plympton, now Carver, Plymouth Co.. near the town of Ply- 
month, about forty miles from Boston, Aug. 30, 1747, o. s.; m. Hopesfill Shaw, b. in Middlebor- 
ongh, Mass., May 25, 1744, o.s., daughter of .vioses and Mary (Darling) Shaw of Pembrolte, Mass. ; 
Moses Shaw was son of Bensoni Shaw of Carver. Stephen Tillson was a furnace man. working 
most of tlie time at his trade in Srafford,Ct., while his family lived upon a farm m Enfield, Mass., 
after the birth of their second child. She died May 3, and he May 6, 1814. He was esteemed 
for his rare honesty and temperate habits; never belonged to any church. Mrs. Tillson was a 
woman of great energy and executive ability. It is said she managed the farm, iu her hus- 
bands absence, with more energy and economy than most men. Children, all but the two 
first born in Enfield: Elizabeth, b. in Plympton Nov. 2, 1769, at 1 o'clock a.m. ; m. 1784, Isaac 
Green of Greenwich, Mass.; settled in Middlefield, Otsego county, N. Y., and had a family. 
Jonah, b. in Plympton Aug. 10, 1771, at 11 o'clock a.m. ; went to Richfield, Otsego county, N. 
Y., cleared up a farm; m. about 1803 Ruth Lammon, and had a familv. Stephen, b. Oct. 15, 
1773 at 11 o'clock a.m.; went to Richtield, cL-ared a farm; m. Azuba Noyes of Richfield, and 
had a family. Cephas, b. Dec. 15, 1775, at 6 o'clock a.m. ; went to Butternutts, now Mnrrls, 
Otsego county, N. Y., and seitled on a farm; m. Betsey Converse of Stafford, Ct., and had a 
family. Moses, b. July 6, 1778, at 4 o'clock a.m.; went to Butternutts, settled on a farm ; m. 
Mary Young of Richfield, lormerly from Rhode Island, Caleb, b. July 27, 1780, at 1 o'clock 
A.M. George, b. Nov. 25, 1782, at 12 M,; was a furnace man and manufncturer of hollow ware 
patterns; worked in Stafford and other places; m. iVIiss Barker from Maine; settled at Long 
Point, Canada West; in a short time moved to Dereham, Oxford county, Canada, where he 
founded a prosperous village called Tillsonburgh; had a family. Hannah, b. March 20, 1785, 
at 7 o'clock P.M.; m. Josepli Kuggles, a farmer; went to Peru, Huron county, Ohio, where 
they had a family. Thoma*, b. t eb, II, 1788, at midnight; ra, Patty Bartlett of Enfield ; lived 
a while upon a farm owned by his father aa a second farm, in Enfield, then went to Peru, Ohio; 
had a family. 

V. Caleb Tillson, b. July 27, 1789 ; m. Betsey Thurston, as above. 


23, i86i, aged 82 y. 5 m. 23 d. Caleb Tillson was a farmer, an honest, 
industrious man, not addicted to any bad habits of intemperance m tne 
use of intoxicating liquors or tobacco in any of their forms. We niea 
Feb. 6, 1846, aged 65 y. 6 m. 10 d. They lived on the old Tillson home- 
stead and were both members of the Congregational church, tor their 
children, see Appendix. ,^i,-M 

2562 Thomas," m. ; d. in Wiscasset, Me., about 1810-15. Children: 

2563 Betsey? 

2564 Joseph'' fell overboard and drowned at sea. 

2565 James.'' 

+2566 James," b. Feb. 8, 1787; m. ist, Susan Thayer; 2d, Maria Gleason. 

2567 Margaret," m, Lane. 

2568 Susanna," n.m. 


Samuel Thurston ^ {Samuel,^ Robert,^ Stephen,^ DanieP), eldest 
son of Samuel * and Mary Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; married Eliz- 
abeth Oilman, daughter of Moses Oilman of Exeter. 

Mr. Thurston resided in Epping, N. H. His will was probated in 
1783, and his widow Elizabeth was administratrix. 

Their children were : 
2581 Samuel.^ 

2552 Anna." 

2553 Elizabeth.^ 

2584 Oilman." 

2585 Nathaniel." 

The four last were minors Dec. 15, 1784, as the mother and Samuel Mor- 
rill of Epping were appointed guardians at that date. 


Ephraim Thurston ^ {Samuel,^ Robert,^ Stephen,^ Daniel^), brother 
of the preceding, and son of Samuel * and Mary Thurston of Exeter, 
N. H.j born there March 25, 1753; married, Jan. 11, 1780, Annie 
Marsh, born April 20, 1760, died in Wakefield, N. H., Nov. 10, 1789. 

Mr. E. Thurston of Exeter deeded land away in 1787 ; was in the 
revolutionary war. 

Their children were : 

2596 Ephraim," b. Aug. 22, 1780; lived in Wakefield. 

2597 Betsey," b. Jan. i, 1782; d. Jan. 6, 1782. 

259S Nancy," b. April 3, 17S3; m. William Pike; d. in Oxford, Me., April 12, 
1S59; three children, all dead. 

2599 Betsey," b. Oct. 27, 17S5; m. Hackett; lived in Wakefield. 

+2600 John," b. July 31, 1787 ; m. Mercy Hale. 

2601 Dolly" b. Aug. 14, 17S9; d. in Wakefield Nov. 17, 1789. 


Ebenezer Thurston '' of Monmouth, Me. {Raines,'' Robert,^ Stephen,'^ 
Daniel'^), son of James Thurston* of Nottingham, N. H. ; born in 
New Sandwich, N. H. ; married, first, Betsey Doughty of Lisbon 

Me., born June, 1772 ; she died Sept. 12, 1839. Second, Jane .' 

He died Oct. 17, 1847. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Monmouth, where he came with his 
sister Polly about 1795 ; they were professors of religion. 


His children, by first wife, Betsey, were : 

2612 Stephen,8b. Jan. 7, 1796; d. young. 

2613 Nancy W.,6 b. Aug. 28, 1797 ; m. May 3, 1828, Irving Dexter, carpenter 

and farmer of Winthrop, Me. She was a Methodist ; he a Baptist. She 
died March 13, 1863; he died Aug. 18, 1872. They had: 
2614 Isaiah (Dexter), m. Mahala Mabrey of Boston, Mass. They had : 

2615 Sarah (Dexter), b. Feb. 26, 1856; d. Nov. 13, 1872. 

2616 George A. (Dexter), b. July 12, 1857. 

2617 Hattie E. (Dexter), b. April, 1861 ; d. Oct., 1861. 

2618 Alston B. (Dexter), b. Aug., 1869. . 

2619 Ira L. T. (Dexter), m. Ruth Dixon of Boston. They had : 

2620 Willard M. (Dexter), b. Aug. 19, i860. 

2621 Carrie A. (Dexter), b. Feb. lo, i864f'<^, /^/ £^ 

2622 Ernest (Dexter), b. Sept. i, 1874; d. March id 1875. 

2623 Everett Elwood ('Dexter),h. Nov. 15, 1877/ ^. /f'^/ 
2624 Mary E. (Dexter), d. in infancy. ' ^ 

2625 Joseph,^ b. May 27, 1799; d. young. 

2626 David M.," b. March 22, 1802; m. May 25, 1834, Louisa Fairbanks Fogg 

of Monmouth: a Methodist minister; no children. 
+2627 Elijah Doughty,^ b. Aug. 28, 1803 ; m. Mary Dexter. 

2628 Louisa,^ ) twins, born ! n.m. ; d. Aug. 29, 1848. 

2629 Clarissa Augusta,^ ) May 22, 1807 ; ) m. Meshack Blake of Gardiner, Me. 

They had : 

2630 Henry Clay (Blake), n.m. ; d. 

2631 Ann (Blake), m. 

2632 Louisa (Blake), n.m. ; d. 

2633 Samuel (Blake), tn. 

2634 Ellen (Blake), n.m. ; d. 

2635 Mary (Blake), d. young. 

2636 Hannah Wallace.s b. May 8, 1809; n.m.; d. Sept. 26, 1846. 

2637 Peleg Benson,6b. Oct. 22, 1811; n.m.; d. April i, 1834. 
+2638 Ira Towle,8 b. Sept. 12, 181 5; m. Pamelia Fairbanks Fogg. 

By second wife, Jane : 
2639 Charles F.,6 b. Nov. 12, 1847 ; served in the war against the rebellion. 


Peter Thurston ^ of Nottingham, N. H. {^ames* Robert,^ Stephen,"^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of James Thurston * of 
Nottingham; born in New Sandwich, N. H., March 6, 1770; married 
Rachel Doughty, born in Topsham, Me., Feb. 15, 1770. He died 
March 8, 1840, aged 70; she died Dec. 25, 1859, aged 89. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and builder of stone walls and wells, a 
very strong and rugged man; it was said he could walk further with a 
crowbar, axe, and shovel on his shoulder than without them. 

Their children were : 
-)-264o James,' m. Deborah Chase. 

2641 Samuel,' m. ; went West 1820; d. ; had: 
2642 Harrison,'' in Raymond, N. H. 

2643 Elijah,' b. Oct. 15, 1800; m. March 20, 1824, Abigail Merrill of Derry, N. 

H. ; a farmer in Deerfield, N. H. ; d. Nov. 26, 1846 ; she still lives in 
Deerfield, a member of the Free Baptist church ; no children. 

2644 Betsey,' d. 

2645 Levi,' went away and was never heard from. 

2646 Mercy,' b. Dec. 15, 1810, a housekeeper in Nottingham; n.m. ; member of 

the Free Baptist church. 

2647 Hannah,' b. 1812; n.m.; d. July 28, 1874. " 
+2648 Freeman Dexter,' b. Aug. 16, 1815; m. Nancy Ann Jones. 

2649 Elizabeth,' b. Oct. 15, 1817; m. ist, Oct. 31, 1847, Orin Jones; he died 
Oct. 6, 1854; 2d, Oct. 28, 1856, Washington Fogg Jones, brothers, and 
both farmers in Nottingham. She had : 


2650 Ada Helen (Jones), m. Feb. 15, 1877, Sidney Smith French of Notting- 
2651 Mary,<' n.m. ; d. Aug. 9, 1855. 


Moses Thurston'^ of Nottingham, N. H. {yames,^ Robert,^ Stephen,^ 
Banie^^), brother oi the preceding, and son of James Thurston^ of 
Nottingham ; married Nancy Harvey of Nottingham. He died 1829, 

and his widow married Kennerson and moved to Orange, Vt. 

He was a farmer. 

Children : 

2662 Mehitable,^ m. John Brown of Deerfield, now Newton, N. H. 

2663 Betsey,^ went to Orange with her mother. 

2664 James, 6 m. ; lived and died in Epping, N. H. ; had : 
2665 Malvina? 

2666 Samuel D.,^ m. ; lived in Epping and died in the war against the rebellion 

of wounds received at Fredericksburgh. 

2667 Delia Jane,^ went to Orange with her mother. 


Polly Thurston ^ {ymnes,^ Robert,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^'), sister of 
the preceding, and daughter of James Thurston ^ of Nottingham, N. 
H. ; born in New Sandwich, N. H., Feb. 5, 1776; married, Nov. 20, 
1794, Freeman Dexter of Wintlirop, Me., born Sept. 14, 1773. She 
died June 15, 1839. He was a farmer in Winthrop; died Dec. i, 1840. 

Their children were ; 

2678 Nathaniel (Dexter), b. Aug. 15, 1795; m. Nov. 25, 1819, Mary Rich of 
Harpsweil, Me. ; was a farmer in Winthrop. They had : 
2679 Harrison (Dexter), m. Catherine McCormick and had: 

2680 Clara E. (Dexter), b. Aug. 28, 1854; m. 

2681 George (Dexter), b. Nov. 7, 1856. 

2682 Nathaniel G. (Dexter), b. May 16, i860. 

2683 Daniel (Dexter), b. Nov. i, 1864. 

2684 Emetine Trtifant (Dexter), m. Joseph Rice King, a farmer and manu- 
facturer of Monmouth, Me., and had : , // y? / // 

2685 Albertus Rice (King), m. Elef*-Witig. VoCO- l^C^y^-^^ cUAy'- 

2686 Eva Arietta (King). 

2687 Emogene Crowell (King). 

2688 Amanda F. (Dexter), m. David Irving of Boston, and had: 

2689 Frank (Irving), b. 1852; m. ; one cliild. 

2690 Edson E. (Irving), b. March, 1854; d. 1856. 

2691 Flora (Irving), b. April, 1856; d. Oct., 1856. 

2692 William (Irving), b. Feb., 1858. ffl ' \ 

2693 Minnie (Irving), b. April, 1861, ciSCi) Lnyn^.^ (jUf-'yt^J 

2694 Irving (Dexter), b. Jan. 15, 1797; m. Nancy Thurston of Monmouth [see 

no. 2614]. 

2695 Freeman (Dexter), b. Dec. 12, 1798; m. Sept. 2, 1820, Abigail Harvey of 

Monmouth, where he lived, as a carpenter, till he removed to Boston, 
where he died. They had; 

2696 Julia (Dexter), m. Hiram Ladd, a farmer in Readfield, Me., and after 

in Winthrop ; one child. 

2697 Samuel (Dexter), n.m.; d. 

2698 Abigail (Dexter), n.m. ; d. 

2699 Mary Jane (Dexter), m. Geo. Merrill of Livermore, Me. ; no children. 

2700 Drusilla (Dexter), m. Solomon Leighton of Mt. Vernon, Me. ; no child. 

2701 Reuel (Dexter), m. Elnora C. Mank; no children. 

2702 Sumner (Dexter), b. Oct. 26, 1800; m. June 12, 1834, Priscilla Getchell of 
Winthrop, and had : 
2703 Lucilla (Dexter), n.m. ; d. aged 19. 


2704 Emily (Dexter), b.>n. 28,1837 ; m. Rufus Wing, Wayne, Me. : no child 

2705 Ellen (Dexter), n.m. ; d. 

2706 George Monroe (Dexter), b. Feb. 22, 1839; m. Julia Burgess of Wayne ; 

three children. 

2707 Wesley (Dexter), b. 1851 ; n.m. 

2708 Amasa (Dexter), b. Feb. 18, 1803; m. Feb. 27, 1830, Eliza Bessey of 
Wayne, and had: . 

2709 Wilbor (Dexter), m. Anna Brooks of Boston/ t. cA^ 

2710 &c« (Dexter), d. young and an infant d. ' 

2711 Mary (Dexter), b. Oct. 26, 1804; m. Elijah D. Thurston of Monmouth [see 

no. 2627]. 

2712 Louisa (Dexter), twin, b. Nov. 2, i8o5; m. ist, Feb. 14, 1835, Capt. David 

Rich of Harpswell ; 2d, William Banks. She had : 

2713 John L. (Rich), d. in infancy. o-ils^ 

2714 John L. (Rich), m. Anna Eraser of E*A; one child. 

2715 Allura L. (Rich), m. Stetson of Boston; one child. 

2716 Alonzo (Dexter), twin, b. Nov. 2, 1806; m. April 14, 1830, Lucy Wood- 
ward of Gardiner, Me., and had : 

2717 Emma Jane (Dexter), m. Lane of Boston; one child. 

271S Lucy N. (Dexter), m. Lane of Boston. 

2719 Everett (Dexter), m. ; is an attorney at law, Boston. 
2720 Gideon (Dexter), b. Oct. 9, 1808; m. Sept. 16, 1834, Rebecca Getchell of 
Winthrop, and had : 
272: George W. (Dexter), n.m. ; d. 

2724 Hannah (Dexter), b. 'April 23, 1810'; m. ist. Tan." 20, 1S34, Aaron Palmer; 
2d, Silas Peck of Illinois. She had : 

2725 Mary E. (Palmer), m. 

2726 Aaro?i (Palmer), d. in infancy. 

2727 Charles S. (Dexter), b. Feb. 27, 1812; m. ist. May i, 1837, Sylvia Pierce 

of Greene, Me.; three children, d. in infancy; m. 2d, , and had: 

2728 Charles (Dexter). 

2729 Meribah (Dexter), b. May 13, 1814; m.; d. aged 32. 

2730 Betsey (Dexter), b. Jan. 20, 1816; m. March 12, 1834, Capt. Isaac Rich of 

Harpswell, and had: 

2731 David {R\c\i), a master manner; m. and has two children; reside in 


2732 Louisa (Rich), and perhaps others^^ 

2733 Stephen T. (Dexter), b. April 19, 181^ m. April 26, 1843, Betsey Frost of 
Wayne, and had: // 

2734 Arianna (Dexter), n.m. 

2735 Roansa (Dexter), m. C. Bacon of Boston; one child. 

2736 Stephen Alston (Dexter). 


James Thurston^ of Peabody, Mass. {Enoch,'^ Nathaniel,^ Stephen,'^ 
Daniel'^), youngest son of Enoch* and Betsey (Sheldon) Thurston of 
Beverly, Mass.; born there June 16, 1795 ; married, first, Jan. 9, 1817, 
Nabby Black, daughter of Nathaniel and Anna Black of Beverly; 
she died Jan. 26, 1820. Second, Nov. 20, 182 1, Louisa Ray, daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer Ray of Beverly ; she died Sept. 8, 1864, aged 67. 

Mr. Thurston was a morocco dresser; attended the Unitarian church. 

He had one child, by first wife, Nabby : 
2745 Abbie,'' b. Jan. 15, 1820; m. June 5, 1838, Eben Shillaber Daniels, son of 
Daniel Daniels of Peabody, a shoe dealer. They had : 
2746 Mary Ellen (Daniels), b. Feb. 16, 1848; m. March 16, 1869, William 
Lamson Wonson, son of Augustus Wonson of Gloucester, Mass. 
They had : 

2747 Augustus Daniels (Wonson), b. in Gloucester July 25, 187 1. 

2748 William Thiirston (Wonson), b. in Beverly Aug. 25, 1873. 

2749 Ellen Lamson (Wonson), b. in Gloucester Dec. 25, 1875. 


1096 . 

Nathaniel Thurston = of Boscawen, N. H. {Jonathan,^ Nathaniel^ 
Stephen^ Daniel'^), second child of Jonathan^ and Elizabeth (Hovey) 
Thurston of Boscawen; born in Newbury, Mass., Dec. 29, i77i J 
married. May 17, 1792, Susanna Jackman of Boscawen, born May 
17, 1774. She died May 8, 1842 ; he died July 21, 1849. He was a 

Their children were : 

2760 Polly Jackman,<! b. Nov. 20, 1792; n.m. ; d. Sept., i860. 

2761 Moses,8 b. Feb. 2, 1795; d. Nov. 9, 1798. 

2762 Abel,6 b. April 5, 1797 ; n.m. ; d. March 20, 1873. 

2763 Moses,« b. Oct. 20, 1799; n.m.; d. Oct. 22, 1849. 

2764 Aphia Coffin," b. Tune 15, 1802; n.m.; in Boscawen. r t, , 

2765 Ruth," b. Oct 7, 1804; m. Feb. 4, 1827, Gideon Walker Huntress of Ports- 

mouth, N. H. ; he was a tailor in Boscawen and died there, i hey had : 

2766 William Augustus (Huntress), b. Nov. 14, 1827; was a member o£ the 

2d New Hampshire cavalry in the war against the rebellion. 

2767 John Emery (Huntress), b. Sept. 6, 1838. 

2768 Clara Ann (Huntress), b. May 24, 1840; d. Sept. II, 1870. 

2769 Charles Walker (Huntress), b. April 21, 1842; d. June 8, 1859. 

2770 George Hervey (Huntress), b. July 21, 1844; d. Nov. 14, 1864. 

2771 Francis Edson (Huntress), b. Oct. 21, 1846. 

2772 Albert Bridge (Huntress), b. April 7, 1849; d. April 27, 1864. 
+2773 Enoch," b. March 24, 1807 ; m. Caroline Blanchard. 

2774 Mary Bartlett," b. Sept. 19, 1809; m. May, 1838, Jeremiah Littlefield of 
Boscawen, b. July 21, 1816; he is a farmer in Danbury, N. H. They had : 

2775 George (Littlefield), b. July 13, 183S; m. Angeline Sweatt of Danbury. 

2776 Susan Adeline [i:\M\it'a&\&), b. Sept. 22, 1839; m. Luther Sawyer of 

Hill, N. H. ; reside in Andover, N. H. 

2777 Frances Au/^usta (Littlefield), b. Feb. 8, 1841 ; m. Frank Tucker of 


2778 Mary Jane {VA\\iA!t\&],\ twins, born ) m. John Bartlett of Warner, 

2779 Eliza Jane (Littlefield), ( Jan. 19, 1843 ; ) N. H. Eliza Jane m. John 

E. Huntress of Boscawen; d. April 27, 1878. 

2780 Lewis (Littlefield), b. Nov. 20, 1844; d. Sept. 4, 1869. 
27S1 Phebe (Littlefield), b. Aug. 9, 1846; d. Sept. 20, 1851. 

2782 Filz Henry (Littlefield), b. Sept. 5, 1848; d. Oct. 11, 1851. 

2783 Abby Jloyt (Uttle&eU), h. May n, 1850; m. George Clark of Danbury. 
+2784 John Jay," b. April 3, 1S13; m. ist, Eunice R. Andrews; 2d, Mrs. Orzilla 

2785 Susan Jackman." b. Oct. 18, 181 5; m. May 11, 1852, Capt. Bradley Atkin- 
son, a carpenter of Boscawen. They have : 
2786 George (Atkinson), b. March 29, 1859 ; m. Sept., 1878, Hattie Annis of 
+2787 Nathaniel," b. April 6, 1820; m. Hannah Noyes. 
Three other children who died young. 


Eunice Smith Thurston ^ {Stephen,^ Nathaniel^ Stephen^ Daniel'^), 
daughter of Stephen* ^ and Keziah (Cheney) Thurston of Boscawen, 
N. H. ; born in Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass., June 9, 1774; mar- 
ried, Dec. 31, 1795, Porter Estabrook of Lebanon, N. H. She died 
in Junius, Senaca county, N. Y., July 31, iSii. He was a carpenter 
in Utica, N. Y. 

* On page 68, under no. 278, it is said Mrs. Pettingall Thurston died in Barnard, N. H. ; it 
■ should be Barnard, Vt., as we since learn she spent her last days with the widow of her son, 
Eev. Brastus Pettingall. 


Children : 

2798 Porter (Estabrook), b. Jan. 8, 1797; d. in Hartford, Vt, Jan. 9, 1797. 

2799 Alvan (Estabrook), b. Sept. 4, 1798. 

2800 John (Estabrook), b. May 24, 1800. 

2S01 Thesda (Estabrook), b. Jan. 16, 1803; d. Sept. 4, 1803. 

2802 Thesda (Estabrook), b. April 3, 1805 ; d. Aug. 6, 1806. 

2803 Porter (Estabrook, b. Aug. 20, 1807. 

2804 Joseph (Estabrook), b. May 19, 1809; d. Dec. 19, 1810, at Westfield, Vt. 


Stephen Thurston ^ {Stephen,^ Nathaniel^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen * and Keziah (Cheney) 
Thurston of Boscawen, N. H. ; born in Rowley, now Georgetown, 
Mass., April, 1781; married Philena Pamelia Dunham, daughter 
of William and Pamelia (Dimmick) Dunham. He died Sept. 6, 1864, 
aged 83 y. 5 m. ; she died Sept. 12, 1867, aged 87 y. 7 m. He was a 
carpenter and farmer in West Hartford, Vt. 

Children : 
+2805 Volney.8 b. July 21, 1806; m. Hannah C. Barbour. 

2806 Lucia Maria.s b, March 22, 1808; m. Darius Foster of Haverhill, N. H. ; 

d. Dec, 1876. 

2807 Valorous Morris Tillotson,^ b. Nov. 23, 18 10; n.m. ; d. in New Orleans 

Dec, 1835. 

2808 Emily Louisa,^ b. Aug. 14, 1814; n.m.; d. Dec. 12, 1841. 
+2809 John Cheney,^ b. Oct. 18, 1816; m. Harriet Maria Snow. 
-f-2810 Charles Henry,^ b. Nov. 30, 1820 ; m. Susan Ann Miller. 

2811 Philena.^ b. March 21, 1822; m. Orris Wills; live on the homestead; no 


Nathaniel Thurston^ {Stephen,'^ Nathaniel^\Stephen^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen* and Keziah (Cheney) 
Thurston of Boscawen, N. H. j born in Rowley, Mass., April 22, 
179s; married, first, 1816, Martha Hall, born in Francistown, N. 
H., 179s ; she died Oct. 26, 1833, and was buried at Hanover, N. H. 
Second, February, 1834, Jane Fellows, daughter of Isaac Fellows 
of Hanover. She died 1849; he died in Hanover Feb. 15, 1844. 

Mr. Thurston lived successively in Boscawen, N. H., Hartford, Vt, 
Hanover and Orford, N. H. 

His children, by first wife, Martha, were : 

2822 Joel,eb. i8i8; d. 1820. 

2823 Lurena Carlton,^ b. April 27, 1820; d. Feb. 7, 1843. 

+2824 Henry Warren Lyman,6 b. Nov. 20, 1823; m. ist, Eliza Ann Burnham; 2d, 
Mary Elizabeth Charts. 

2825 Nathaniel Pillsbury,« b. Sept. 23, 1830; d. July 4, 1846. 

By second wife, Jane ; 

2826 Martha Jane,6 b. April 9, 1835; m. 1852, R. B. Eastman of Canaan, N. H., 

and had one daughter ; mother and child died in 1855. 


CoL. William Thurston ^ of Madison, Me. {Stephen,^ Stephen^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Stephen* and Betsey (Wiggin) 
Thurston of Stratham, N. H. ; born there Jan. 11, 1786; married, 
October, 1807, Charity Fames, born Jan. 22, 1786. 


Mr. Thurston was a farmer, a justice of the peace, member of the 
legislature when held in Portland, Me., and colonel of militia; held 
many offices of trust in town ; was a Free Mason ; and a man of 
more than ordinary natural ability, to which he was constantly adding 
by his studious and practical habits. This couple are still smart and 
living with their son Winthrop in Hartland, Wis., where four gener- 
ations are living in the same house, 1879. 

Their children were : 
-1-2837 Joseph Hilton," b. Aug. 31, 1S08; m. Deborah Luce Reraick. 

2838 Maria, ^ d. in infancy. 
-1-2839 William Wiggin," b. Jan. 17, 1811; m. Eliza Nutting. 
-1-2840 Daniel, 5 b. Dec. 6, 18 12; m. Ann I3urns. 
2S41 Alfred," d. in infancy. 

2842 Betsey," b. Oct. 10, 1815; m. June 26, 1S37, Jesse Nutting of Madison, a 
farmer and stone cutter ; soon after moved to Parkman, Me., where he 
died Oct. 30, 1875. They had: 

2843 Hoi'atio Nelson (Nutting), b. March 24, 1838; m. Nov., 1863, Helen L. 

Leighton; graduated from Colby 1863, and is a lawyer in Redwood 
City, Cal. 

2844 Marcellus Albert {^MVawg], b. March 13, 1840; m. Nov., 186S, Emma 

Haines, and lives in Oceola, Iowa. 

2845 Ann Jatie Morrill CNntt-mg), b. Sept. 10, 1842; m. July 30, i865, G. 

A. Mathews of Andover, Mass. 

2846 Frank Thurston (Nutting), b. Oct. 23, 1846; m. July 4, 1870, Mary 

Page, and lives in Parkman. 

2847 yerawz^ yjrwi'ft (Nutting), b. May 6, 1S48; m. June 19, 1870, Emma 

Macomber, and lives in HoUister, Cal. 
2S4S Afory^&ato/2 (Nutting), b. May 23, 1852: m. Sept. 23, 1876, Fred 
Leighton, and lives in Sangerville, Me. 

2849 Mary,6 m. Josiah Holbrook of North Madison. 

2850 Stephen," d. in infancy. 

-1-2851 Winthrop Hilton," b. June 23, 1821 ; m. Hannah Spears. 

2852 Augusta Wiggin," b. Feb. 16, 1823; m. Nov. 13, 1845, Andrew Jewett, b. 
■ June 23. i8i6, son of Nathan and Lucy (Cook) Jevvett of South Solon, 
Me. He is a farmer, selectman, assessor, and member of the Universa- 
list church in South Solon. They have : 

2853 Marcellus (Jewett), b. Dec, 3, 1847, in Peoria, 111. 

2854 Maxie (Jewett), b. May 19, 1849; t"- April 8, 1875, Vandalia Carter 

of Iowa; is a farmer and stock raiser in Shenandoah, Page county, 

2855 Ansel (Jewett), b. May 21, 1851 ; mining in Prescott, Arizona. 

2856 Sumner (Jewett), b. March 30, 1853; m. Dec. i, 1877, Flora A. Heath 

of Augusta, Me. ; is a cabinet maker in Augusta. 

2857 Emma Jessie (Jewett), b. April 23, 1855; d. Sept. 22, 1859. 

2858 Frank Rowley (Jewett), b. June 24, 1S57. 

2859 Ho^oard Leslie (Jewett), b. Sept. n, 1864. 

2860 Caroline," b. Nov. 8, 1825 ; m. ist, in Solon, Feb. 19, 1846, Matthew Benson, 
b. in Industry, Me., May 4, 1823, son of Matthew and Mary (Gray) Ben- 
son of Madison; he was a farmer in Madison and died Jan. 20, 1867; 2d, 
Feb. 8, 1868, Earl Marshall Norton, b. in Madison June 26, 1821, son of 
Earl Marshall and Sally (Weston) Norton of Solon; he was a farmer in 
Solon, but 1878 resides at 61 Cambridge St., Charlestown, Mass. She had : 
2861 Hannah (Benson), b. April 17, 1850. 

2862 Aura,"b. 1828; m. Cyrus Holbrook, a farmer in Madison; d. Aug. iq, 
187 1. They had: 

2863 Cyrus Delviont (Holbrook). 

2864 Abbie Jane (Holbrook). 


Jonathan Thurston ^ {Stephen,^ Stephen,^ Stephen^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen * and Betsey (Wigginj 


Thurston of Stratham, N. H.; born there (iSoi ; married, 1820, Lu- 
ciNDA Emerson. He died March 7, 1873. 

Mr. Tlaurston was a farmer and lumberman in Madison, Me., hav- 
ing come with his father from Stratham when six years old. He was 
a Free Mason, member of the Key Stone lodge in Solon, Me. He 
went to Winona, Minn., a few months before his death from lingering 
consumption, and to the last expressed the strongest assurance of a 
personal interest in Christ as his Saviour. 

Their children were : 

2875 Sarai Cushion,^ b. May 19, 1827; m. Feb. 13, 1851, Alden Heald, b. July 
16, 1822, son of Warren and Eunice (Hilton) Heald of Solon; he is a 
farmer in Solon. They have : 

2876 Eunice (Heald), b. Nov. 6, 1852; m. Herbert Doble of West Quincy, 

Mass., and has Gracie (Uoble). 

2877 Delia Maria (Heald), b. Nov. 3, 1856. 

2878 Mary Emma (Heald), b. Feb. 13, i860. 

2879 Abby Frances (Heald). b. Oct. 2, 1861. 

2880 Caddie Ada (Heald), b. Oct. 22, 1863. 

2881 Flora Elvira (Heald), b. May 9, 1866. 

2882 William Alden Russell (Heald), b. May 10, 1S69. 

2883 Stephen," b. 1829; m. Esther Weld; d. i860. 

2884 Hannah Descomb,'' b. Aug. 13, 1831 ; m. Josiah Whipple. 

2885 Prescott,'' b. 1833; m. Frances Jewett; enlisted in the war against the re- 

bellion and died in the army. 

2886 Danville Clarence,*' \ twins, born ) 

2887 Eliza P.,8 JFeb. 9, 1838; j m. Jan. I, 1859, Henry C. Higgins, b. 

in Smithfield, Me., April 16, 1838, son of Curtis and Harriet (Decker) 
Higgins of Augusta, Me. ; he is an engineer in Winona. They have : 
2S88 Freddie Eugene (Higgins), b. in Skowhegan, Me., May 23, 1S66. 

2889 Lucinda L.," b. 1840; m. Charles Weld. 

2890 Mary L.,*^ b. 1842; d. i860. 

2891 Leander T.," b. 1844; m. ; settled In Minnesota. 

2892 Martha Jane,'' b. 1S46; lives in Minnesota. 

Sipti) aUaiEratfon. 


John Phillips Thurston " {Rev. Benjamin,^ Col. Daniel,*- Benja- 
min^ Daniel,^ Daniel''-), eldest son of Rev. Benjamin ° and Sarah 
(Phillips) Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; born there Feb. 22, 1781 ; 
married, March 27, 1803, Mary Tucker of Portland, Me., born Sep- 
tember, 1782. He died June 28, 1832 ; she died Sept. 1, 1839. 

He studied in Phillips academy, Exeter; graduated from Dart- 
mouth 1797; taught school at Bradford, N. H., two years, at Frye- 
burgh, Me., six months, and then, in 1805, was an importer of sugar 
and commission merchant in Portland till 1822, in which year he 
moved to New York city and pursued the same business there. 

Their children, all born in Portland, were : 

2902 Frederick George,^ b. Sept. 3, 1808; went to New York with his father, 
succeeded him in the importing and commission business, acquired a 
handsome property, took great interest in the genealogy of the family, 
and with his two sisters lived in Brooklyn, N. Y., where he died in 1861; 
n.m. Mr. Thurston was for years a diligent inquirer after facts, names. 


and dates concerning tjie descendants of Daniel Thurston of Newbury. 
He made a very elaborate chart of the families in this descent, which has 
been of great service to the compiler of this work. During a visit to 
England a few years before his death he explored, as best he could, for 
the connections there, but was unable to find them, though he came to 
the conclusion that they came from the county of Kent. 

2903 Ellen.' 

2904 Caroline,' b. May 21, 1811. 


Daniel Thurston" {Hon. Nathaniel,^ Col. Daniel,^ Benjamin,^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Hon. Nathaniel^ and Martha (Bridges) 
Thurston 'of Bradford, Mass.; born there Jan. 12, 1796; married 
Abbie Stephens of Haverhill, Mass. He was a farmer in Haverhill ; 
died May 18, 1855. 

Their children were : 

2915 Abigail,' m. Milton B. Mears of Haverhill. 

+2916 John Albert,' b Jan. 27, 1S17; m. Eliza S. Downing. 

2917 Nathaniel Kimball,' in Brentwood, N. H. 

2918 Eliza Ann,' d. young. 

2919 George,' in Gloucester, Mass. 


Capt. Nathaniel Bridges Thurston ^ {Hon. Nathaniel^ Col. Dan- 
iel,^ Benjamin^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son 
of Hon. Nathaniel ^ and Martha (Bridges) Thurston of Bradford, 
Mass.; born there 1797; married, April, 1823, Ruby Gage of Brad- 
ford. He died August, 1831, and his widow married John Perley. 

Mr. Thurston was a merchant in Bradford, and filled the offices of 
selectman, overseer of the poor, and major of a regiment. 

Their children were : 

2930 Aroline Amelia,' b. Jan. 19, 1S24; m. Sept. 23, 1846, Allison Wheeler of 

Haverhill, Mass; divorced. She has : 
2931 Ella Amelia (Wheeler), m. Edward Kitfield; two daughters. 
2932 William Gage,' b. March 10,1825; m. 1848, Charlotte Eaton; lived in 

Charlestown, Mass., La Crosse and Viroqua, Wis.; was an architect 

and carpenter; fell from the steeple of a meeting-house and was killed 

June 27, 1868; she died Jan. 10, 1866. They had: 

2933 Adelfred Adionysiusf'b. 1S51; d. Jan. 10, 1861. 

2934 Osric Adolf hsof in parts unknown. 

2935 Allfo Lnltf b. in Charlestown Feb. 10, 1856 ; a painter and inventor in 
West Salem, Wis. 

2936 Lara Elden^ b. March 20, 1862; attending school in Waukesha, Wis, 
2937 Martha Bridges,' b. Jan. 30, 182S ; m. Sept., 1856, Chas. L. F. Atkinson ; 

d. Aug. 2, 1871. They had : 
2938 Fraiik Thurston (Atkinson), d. in infancy. 


Daniel Thurston'' {Daniel,^ Col. Daniel,'^ Benjamin^ Daniel,''' 
Daniel'^), eldest son of Daniel'' and Susanna (Crombie) Thurston of 
Bradford, Mass.; born there Oct. 11, 1783; married, Sept. 29, 1805, 
Mary Stacy of Salem, Mass. He died Jan. 13, 1820; she died Jan. 
4 i860. He was a house carpenter in Salem. 
Their children were : 

2949 Daniel,' b. June 28, 1806; m. Sarah Stanley of South Danvers, now Pea- 
body, Mass.; d. April 11, 1830; no children. 


2950 Mary Stacy,' b. May 29, 1808; n.m. ; d. Jan. 7, 1828. 

2951 Henry Winchester,' b. Dec. 8, 1818; m. ist, April 5,*i849, Margaret Ellen 

MacKenzie, b. Sept. 30, 1827, daughter of Reuben and Isabella (Hutch- 
ins) (b. in Aberdeen, Scotland) MacKenzie of Salem; she died Feb. 14, 
1866; 2d, April 30, 1868, Elizabeth Pingree Smith, b. Jan. 22, 1828, 
daughter of Aaron and Mehitable (Pingree) Smith of Salem. Mr. Thurs- 
ton is a furniture dealer in Salem ; was a member of the city council in 
1868-9. He had, by first wife : 

2952 William Henry* b. Feb. 3, 1850; d. March 29, 1859. 

2953 Helen Slacyf b. Aug. 8, 1852. 

2954 Mary Isabella^ b. Dec. 2, 1857. 


Benjamin Thurston « {Daniel,^ Col. Daniel* Benjamin,'' Daniel,^ 
Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and son of Daniel^ and Susanna 
(Crombie) Thurston of Bradford, Mass. ; born there Aug. 7, 1805 ; 
married, first, Jan. i, 1827, Eliza Gage, born Aug. 16, 1804, daugh- 
ter of Daniel and Hannah (Trask) Gage of Bradford ; she died Feb. 
7, 1839. Second, June 22, 1840, Lydia Carlton, born Aug. 18, 1818, 
daughter of Warren and Ludea (Mills) Carlton of Methuen, Mass. 
Her mother was the daughter of Gen. Mills of Lee, N. H., of revolu- 
tionary fame. Mrs. Lydia Thurston died Nov. i, 1851; Benjamin 
Thurston died Dec. 7, 1874. He was landlord of the Washington 
House in Lowell, Mass. 

His children, by first wife, Eliza, were : 

2965 Nathaniel,' b. Feb. 7, 1829; d. Feb. 28, 1829. 

2966 Annie L.,' b. Oct. 30, 1836; m. 1878, William Clemments; he has been 

city marshal of Lowell and is now, 1879, chief of the Massachusetts 
state detectives. 

By second wife, Lydia: 

2967 Benjamin Carlton,' b. July i, 1846; d. June 12, 1847. 


Rev. Asa Thurston " {Thomas,^ Dea. John,^ yonathan,^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^'), son of Thomas^ and Lydia (Davis) Thurston of Fitchburgh, 
Mass.; born there Oct. 12, 1787; married, Oct. 12, 1819, Lucy 
GooDALE, daughter of Dea. David Goodale of Marlborough, Mass. 
He died in Honolulu, Sandwich Islands, March 11, 1868, aged 80 
years; she died Oct. 13, 1873, lacking only sixteen days of being 81 
years old. 

Mr. Thurston learned the trade of scythe making and worked at it 
till twenty-two years of age, when he turned his mind toward the min- 
istry, and graduated from Yale in 1816 and from Andover in 1819. 
He was the most athletic man in his class. In August of the same 
year he was ordained as a missionary to the Sandwich Islands, and 
sailed with his wife Oct. 23, 1819, on the brig Thaddeus ; arrived 
March 30, 1820, and was assignecl to the station at Kailua Hawaii, 
the old residence of the kings of the islands. He lived there more 
than forty years, until disabled by paralysis, when they moved to 
Honolulu, where he spent the few remaining years of his life, respect- 
ed and esteemed, honored and beloved. 

Rev. E. D. G. Prime, d.d., " Eusebius " of the New York Observer, 
wrote the memoir of Rev. William Goodale, d.d., his father-in-law, 
published 1866, in which he gives the following description of the 


courtship and marriage of Rev. Asa Thurston : "Among those asso- 
ciated with me at Andover were Bingham and Thurston. They be- 
longed to the class before me, and were already designated to be the 
pioneers of the mission to the Sandwich Islands. Early in September, 
1819, the prudential committee, hearing of a good opportunity in 
the brig ' Thaddeus,' directed those brethren to complete all their 
arrangements and hold themselves in readiness to embark at the very 
shortest notice. 

"At the last moment the mothers of the young ladies, who had 
engaged to accompany our brothers to the Sandwich Islands, inter- 
fered and refused to let their daughters go. It was an unexpected 
and severe trial to them. Something must be done and that speedily, 
but there seemed no time to accomplish so important a matter. That 
they should go unaccompanied by suitable companions was not to be 
thought of for a moment ; for they were not expected to return, and 
the voyage itself was one of six months' duration. The result was, 
the society to which we belonged clubbed together and procured for 
me a fine horse, that would carry me fully ten miles an hour, and sent 
me, if not on a quixotic, a most delicate mission. Receiving from 
Mr. Thurston what was perhaps equivalent to a carte blanche in regard 
to one or two young ladies whom I had described to him, I started 
early one morning and ' streamed ' through the country after a wife 
for my destitute brother, borne on by the best wishes and fervent 
prayers of the whole theological seminary of Andover. After a forty 
miles' ride, I slackened my pace and put up my horse in a stable in 
one of the principal towns of Massachusetts. Unsuccessful there, 
yet believing in the perseverance of the saints and that what is fore- 
ordained will surely come to pass, I early next day turned my horse's 
head and partly retraced my steps, but not by the same road, to a 
school-house where I knew a distant relative of mine was teaching 

" Dismounting I bolted into the school-room and not having much 
time for a long conference I opened my business at once. The days 
of photographs had not then come, and I intimated to her that there 
were a thousand little matters of taste that she alone could decide 
and that she should have the opportunity. ' Next week,' said I, ' is 
the anniversary at Andover, and the next da)'' Mr. Thurston will start 
to go to his ordination in Connecticut. Your father's house is on the 
way. I will accompany him and we will pass the night under your 
roof; you will thus have an opportunity of becoming acquainted. 
No person need know the object of our stopping, nor need you feel 
under any obligation to encourage his suit.' 

" Had she like Priscilla asked, 'why do you not speak for yourself, 
John ? ' the natural answer would have been, ' John is already pro- 
vided for.' On the day appointed I took Mr. Thurston and walked 
with him to the town of Marlborough. The sun was sinking in the 
western woods and all the windows were reflecting his glorious rays 
which we took for a good omen. We knocked and were soon ad- 
mitted. Before we had time to be seated, I saw the black-eyed dam- 
sel entering from a door at the other end of the room. Stepping 
forward and taking her hand, I said, ' How do you do, cousin ' and 
drawing Mr. Thurston nolens volens through the crowd I put his hand 


in hers. The next morning I was directed to go to the town clerk 
and get him to pubHsh that ' marriage was intended between the Rev. 
Asa Thurston and Miss Lucy Goodale.' As tliere would not be three 
Sabbaths before the time of their embarkation in which to publish 
the bans, as the law of Massachusetts required, I requested him to 
make use of their town-meeting, which occurring the following week 
fulfilled the requirement of the law. That in this case I acted right 
is beyond a doubt. It was a mode of procedure under extraordinary 
circumstances, and not to be judged by common rules. The union 
proved a comfort and a blessing to the parties concerned." 

The following sketch is condensed from the Fitchburgh Sentinel of 
April, 1878 : "Leaving home was a new era in the life of Asa Thurs- 
ton. In the neighborhood and at the district school he had been the 
champion of muscle, and was known as a wrestler who could floor 
any fellow of his age. It was fun for the crowd which often gathered 
after singing-school to see the tussle. 

" His shopmates had a severer test of strength and agility. An 
open hogshead standing upon one end was kept for practice for ap- 
prentices, in jumping into and out of without touching the sides. 
The men who dared attempt the dangerous feat were few, but he was 
equal to the test. A rail fence ran alongside West street from the 
house of Joseph Farwell to the scythe shop. It was the custom of 
young Thurston to vault from right to left over each length of this 
fence, on his way between the shop and his boarding-place. The ex- 
ercise of tending a trip-haijimer ten or twelve hours per day ought to 
satisfy an exuberant nature, but he possessed a spontaneity of life 
that never seemed to wane. 

"Apprenticeship brought new associations. Boyish sports gave 
way to maturer pleasures. Instead of the wrestling match, his buoy- 
ant nature seized upon the ball-room and the fascinations of the 
dance for its gratification. His love of music and gayety found agree- 
able companions in the brilliantly-lighted hall and the mazes of the 
dance. He was the center of life, and a ball-room in Fitchburgh 
without the presence of Asa Thurston to enliven it was considered 
tame. He knew no half-way, but entered into the festivities with his 
whole soul. 

" The autumn of 1805 was a season of severe sickness in this re- 
gion. Typhoid fever was prevalent and proved fatal in many cases. 
The athletic form of Asa Thurston was a subject for a fever to attack 
and rage with exceeding violence. Death seemed to revel over his 
victim for several days, but life was spared. However, his mother, 
for whom he had such warm attachment and who watched over him 
with great tenderness, was taken sick, and died Jan. 19, 1806, of this 
disease. A brother and sister followed, so that in six short weeks the 
family circle was sadly broken and the light of home seemed to have 
gone out in darkness. 

" Up to this time young Thurston had been a gay fellow. There 
was nothing gross or vicious about him, but he had led, ' the gayest 
of the gay,' to use his own words, and had never taken that interest 
in religious matters that afterward characterized him. Another era 
marked his life. A new impulse seized him which turned the whole 


tenor of his existence. He became one of the most zealous advo- 
cates of the doctrines which Mr. Worcester and his successor, Rev. 
Titus Theodore Barton, taught, and like Paul he 'declared with great 
boldness those things which he had heard and believed.' All his for- 
mer plans of life were laid aside, and he set at work to obtain an ed- 
ucation and fit for the ministry with a special purpose of foreign 
mission service. 

" We do not pretend to give an analysis of the different elements 
which constituted the character of Asa Thurston. Some things have 
been hinted which seem essential to a correct estimation of the man 
and his mission. Scientists tell us that children inherit marked traits 
of character, and that there are peculiarities of mind which are often- 
er impressed previous to birth than otherwise. Some children seem 
to possess deep religious natures from birth. This was not the case 
with Asa Thurston; there was nothing dark, shadowy, foreboding 
about him in boyhood ; not even a vein of solemnity, but a gay, frol- 
icsome spirit, delighting in music, fun, and bold, daring feats. The 
simple habits of the early settlers, the plain mode of living compell- 
ing to conform to hygienic laws, gave children born under such cir- 
cumstances good physical development, but that religious fervor so 
prominent afterward was not apparent then. 

" Mr. Thurston's convictions were the result of no sudden emotion. 
For six long years his mind had been agitated and he had pondered 
the teachings of Mr. Barton. Many of his most intimate friends had 
announced their position and his mind grappled with grave theologi- 
cal questions in desperate conflict. There was no superficial view, no 
hastily-formed conclusion to be recanted in the future. Like Paul, 
' he knew in whom he had believed and was persuaded that he was 
able to keep that which he had committed unto him unto that day.' 
He was one of the men who gave Fitchburgh and that religious re- 
vival a widespread reputation. 

" He had reached twenty-two years of age, had recovered health, 
was in the enjoyment of vigorous manhood, and had that essential 
foundation of mental stamina, 'a sound mind in a sound body.' His 
intellectual faculties, heretofore but partially developed, gave promise 
of strength, and the choice of the ministry was in the line of his tal- 
ent as his future success proved. 

" Some phases of the inner life of Asa Thurston may possibly ap- 
pear, in this sketch, to be overdrawn, or wholly the product of fancy 
or imagination. It may be questioned how so much should be re- 
vealed of the secret workings of the heart, especially since the rec- 
ords of those days are meager and more than seventy years have 
elapsed. It would be impossible to establish these points but for the 
existence of a curious document, written by the subject himself a 
copy of which is in possession of Dea. Alvan Simonds of Boston an 
ardent admirer of Mr. Thurston, and also a native of Fitchburo-h. It 
is an interesting paper, in view of recent discussions upon the dogmas 
and doctrines held and taught in the early days. It has a historical 
value which also makes it worthy of preservation. It was originally 
presented to the examining committee of the church when he was 
propounded for admission, and we give it verbatim. 



I lived almost entirely unconcerned about my precious soul till I was past sixteen 
years of age. I sometimes thought that religion was of importance and that I would 
attend to it at some future period, but I felt disposed to put off repentance to a 
more convenient season. I thought that after I had become old I should have 
nothmg else to do but to attend to religion, but could not bear the thought of attend- 
ing to the concerns of eternity so young. I thought that I was as good as many 
others and that I should fare as well. When I was about sixteen years old, it 
pleased God to send his Holy Spirit to convince and convict many in this place of 
their sins, by which I was alarmed. I began to think religion was of some import- 
ance, that I would attend to it. Seeing some of my young friends and connections 
embracing the Saviour and singing the wonders of redeeming love, I thought I 
should like to be one of the happy number. I felt somewhat anxious about being 
prepared for death and eternity, but I had very little if any conviction of sin by the 
law. I knew that I was a sinner, but I had no realizing sense of the opposition of 
my heart to God and holiness. I knew that I must repent of my sins or perish for- 
ever, but notwithstanding all this knowledge, I soon lost all my serious impressions 
and anxious thoughts about myself and became as careless as ever. But I could 
not go on in sin with so calm a conscience as before. Some of my friends and con- 
nections, that formerly had been my most -intimate companions in sin, became faith- 
ful witnesses against me, and in particular my sister. She would often reprove me 
for my folly. Her friendly voice would frequently warn me in the most solemn 
manner: " Why will you not forsake your beloved sinful companions and go along 
with me ? Do be entreated, my dear brother, to forsake your sins and embrace the 
Saviour. _ How can you crucify the benevolent Jesus?" But I could see no loveli- 
ness in him, so I said, " Go thy way for this time, when I have a more convenient 
season I will call for thee," and thus I went on in my own chosen way till at length 
God appeared in judgment against me, and visited me with sickness, at which time 
few, if any, expected 1 should recover; but God, being rich in mercy, saw fit to for- 
bear, and restored me to health. I felt somewhat rejoiced, but had no heart to sing 
praises to God for his mercy. My spared life, which ought to have been devoted 
to God, was spent in the service of Satan. I expected I should have no more to 
trouble me, but I was soon arrested by a most solemn providence. God was pleased 
to take from me a most affectionate and loving mother. This, indeed, was a most 
solemn scene to me. To think that but a few weeks before she was in sound health 
and I, to all appearance, on the verge of eternity, and then to look back and behold 
the hand of God in restoring me to health, while she was called into the eternal 
world ! About this time my eldest brother was taken sick, and in a short time de- 
parted this life. In his last moments I stood by the side of his dying bed to hear 
his last, his dying admonition. Solemn and heart-affecting were his last words. He 
earnestly entreated me to see first that my peace was made with God. He solemn- 
ly warned me to escape from the wrath to come. I then made some resolves that I 
would attend to religion. I was soon called to witness the departure of my sister. 
She was one of the richest of Heaven's blessings to me, and, alas I she was too 
precious a blessing" for me to retain. God was pleased to take her from me, and 
thus in about the space of six weeks I was called to part with a most affectionate 
parent, a most faithful brother, and an affectionate and dear sister. 

I thought, if all these solemn warnings and admonitions that I had been called to 
pass through did not excite me to attend to the concerns of my soul, that there was 
no means that would. But, alas I I soon forgot them and became as careless and 
heedless as ever and more so. That I was extremely hardened in sin by these prov- 
idences is evident from this, — in about six months I was engaged in the ball-room I 
Who would have thought this of a rational creature? To look back on the solemn 
scenes that I had been called to pass through so lately, and then to see the ungrate 
ful, stupid part I was acting I Who would have thought that my limbs, that had 
been so lately snatched from the grave, would have been suffered to move in the 
service of Satan ? But I scruple not to say, there was no one there more gay and 
active than myself; but in the midst of these scenes of gayety and sinful pleasure, 
these solemn words of my deceased brother would come into my mind, viz., " Es- 
cape from the wrath to come." These words followed me for the space of about 
four years, until at length I was brought to feel that if I did not escape I should 
soon be lifting up my eyes in torment. In this solemn situation I looked back on 
my past life with trembling. I then saw how I had been deaf to all the solemn 
calls, warnings, and invitations of the gospel and the offers of mercy. I saw how I 


had been fighting against God all my days, and that it was because he was God and 
not man that I was spared. ^ . , 

Twenty-two years of my precious life had been trifled away in the service 01 
Satan ! So much time gone to eternity and the deeds thereof sealed up to the judg- 
ment of the great day! In this solemn situation I bade farewell to my gay compan- 
ions. I felt, indeed, that I was in a lonely and disconsolate state. In this gloomy 
and melancholy situation I sometimes attempted to ask for mercy, but no meicy 
could I find, and indeed I could see no mercy that I deserved, for saith the eternal 
God, " I Irave called but ye have refused, I have stretched out my hand and no man 
regarded, therefore I will laugh at your calamity, and mock when your fear coraeth, 
when distress and anguish come upon you, tlien shall ye call but I will not answer. 
I felt that God had called so long on me to repent, and I had turned a deaf ear to 
his voice, that there could be no hope respecting nie. I found that my heart was 
wholly and totally opposed to God and holiness, and that it would be just in God 
should he cast me off forever. All the solemn warnings that had been addressed 
to me in my past life from the people of God, and in particular those from my 
brother and sister, stared me in the face. I could almost hear them saying, " Es- 
cape from the wrath to come." But I could see no way of escape for me. I thought 
I had sinned against so much light and knowledge that there could be no hope re- 
specting such an ungrateful wretch as myself. I sometimes read my long-neglected 
bible, but, dreadful to behold, the curses of the divine law all stood against me. I 
looked forward to the dreadful judgment day — there I seemed to stand trembling, 
expecting every moment to hear the righteous Judge pronounce the awful sentence, 
"Depart I " and myself saying, "Amen! it is just! " Under these solemn consider- 
ations I would frequently ask myself, " What shall I do ? " and the answer would 
always be at hand, which was this, " Submit to God! " and at length I was brought 
to. feel that such was the hardness of my heart and the stubbornness of my will, that 
nothing short of the power that raised Christ from the dead could ever subdue the 
heart of stone and bow the stubborn will. I then felt that I was entirely dependent 
on God's sovereign will and pleasure, and that he would do with and dispose of me 
and all his creatures for his own glory. 

I was brought, as I humbly hope and trust, to feel willing to say, with my heart, 
to my God, " Glorify thyself with me, do with and for me that which shall be most 
for thine honor and glory." I thought I felt willing that God should take the throne 
that I had been long contending with him about, likewise I was willing to cast my- 
self down at the foot of sovereign mercy. I then was brought to feel the way in 
which mercy could flow down to such a heaven-daring sinner as I had been, and to 
my joyful surprise I beheld, with the eyes of the mind, the Lord of life and glory 
suspended on tire cross. I then saw how my sins had pierced his innocent hands 
and feet and fastened them to the accursed tree. I saw the big wound in his side 
that the spear of unbelief had made, and then I seemed to hear him saying to me 
(not with an audible voice, but by his Spirit), " Come unto me, look and live," and 
truly astonishing and animating was the smiling of his countenance. Oh, how 
cheerfully did I embrace him as the Lord my righteousness. I felt willing to trust 
my all, my eternal all, in his hands. Oh, how sweet was the union and communion 
between Christ and my sou! ! And what love and joy then filled my peaceful breast ! 
Oh, how glorious was that Saviour who honored the divine law in my view ! Even 
the Lord of glory condescended to dwell in the heart of such a self-destroying 
apostate. Oh, what songs of praise did my heart sing to my God and Saviour ! I 
felt in my heart that the mhabitants of heaven were rejoicing over a repenting, re- 
turning prodigal. I went about saying to myself, "Can this be true?" Am I a sub- 
ject of the love of God ? Can this be the heart so lately filled with bitterest enmity 
against God and all goodness ? But now it is melting ! Melting with what ? "Why, 
with love to my God and Saviour. Who can measure the love of Christ.'' Surely 
no one. It is boundless ; it cannot be fathomed. And oh, what gratitude I owe to 
my God for his long-suffering patience with such a vile wretch, and for the wonders 
he has wrought for me in the course of my past life. Once he delivered me from 
immediate death by the untimely discharge of a gun, and once his almighty arm 
brought me up from the borders of the grave. Must not this God have all mv 
songs and all my love ? He must and shall have the first share in the affections of 
my heart. I must count all things but loss and dross for the excellence of the 
blessed Imraanuel. I think I now take comfort and satisfaction in religion if I am 
not deceived. The long-despised band of christains now appear most lovely • 
they have the first share in my affections below my God and Saviour. I think if I 
am not deceived, I feel willing to deny myself and take up the cross and follow 


The church accepted its applicant. The American Board of Mis- 
sions was then in its infancy. A great interest had been excited, 
throughout this country, in the benighted portions of the earth, and' 
a few brave hearts had gone to distant lands to carry the gospel of 
peace and good-will to men and plant the seeds of industry and civil- 
ization. Though past his majority, he decided to give up his trade 
as a scythe-maker and commence studying for the ministry. Mission 
life was one grand idea that possessed his soul and he knew no other 

" He fitted for college and was ready to enter in the summer of 
1812. He selected Yale, and started on his journey from Fitchburgh. 
It was a time when the country was convulsed with war with Eng- 
land, but nothing of a political nature could keep him from his pur- 
pose. Home, country, friends, all were laid upon the altar. 

" In his physical nature he was Asa Thurston still. Hazing fresh- 
men was a pastime more frequently enjoyed than at Princeton to-day. 
_ New Haven sophs did not lack courage ; they possessed discretion. 
There was a postponement, a consultation, a meeting in one of the 
rooms, and the faculty heard of it. They anticipated the delibera- 
tions and sent for Asa Thurston, and he was instructed to go up and 
clean out the crowd. He did it. 

"He graduated from Yale in 1816, with honor, and from Andover 
in 1819; he was considered one of the best men that institution pro- 
duced. His visits home had been few. Traveling expenses were 
large and means of public conveyance limited to the old-fashioned 
stage-coach. It took from ten to fifteen days, according to the condi- 
tion of the roads, for a letter to reach New Haven from Boston. 

_ "In the fall of rSig, after finishing his seminary course, he turned 
his steps homeward for the last time. His purpose to be a missionary 
had long been known, but his chosen field of labor, the Sandwich 
Islands, had just been announced. The story of the barbarous mur- 
der of Capt. Cook had sent a chill through England and America. 
Youth and age alike, not only in Fitchburgh, but in all the adjacent 
towns-, were interested in the man who had courage to carry the gos- 
pel among savages. He who dared venture on such an errand, with 
such a people, was a curiosity. Every fireside discussed the proba- 
bilities of his fate and the majority decided he was to throw his life 
away ; a few had him eaten up by the savages in less than a twelve- 

" Services were held in the church, and many a prayer ascended 
from family altars and pulpits for the safety of the little band who 
with him were about to embark. Fitchburgh was filled with a mis- 
sionary spirit. The Sabbath previous to his departure he preached 
in Mr. Eaton's pulpit from the text, John x. 16, — 'And other sheep I 
have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring; and they 
shall hear my voice ; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.' 
The church was filled to overflowing. In the choir were Ebenezer, 
Cyrus, Sylvania, and Mahala, his brothers and sisters. 

" There was a gathering of neighbors aqd relatives at the old home- 
stead the morning of Mr. Thurston's departure, and right warmly was 
the ' God bless you ! ' given. The time was fixed for the vessel to 


sail. It was a sorrowful day. Gray-haired men and women and little 
children wept, but no tear could be traced on his cheek as the little 
groups, talking, laughing, crying, were all anxious to shake hands. 
' It was a great undertaking,' they said, and so it proved. 

" His horse was saddled and brought to the door. As he mounted 
and drove away not a shadow crossed his brow. Longing eyes ^^^^_}- 
after him as he ascended the hill, and as he entered the woods which 
then covered the brow of the hill he turned his horse about and sat 
for a moment surveying the scene and group before him — a last look 
at home, kindred, and friends — then drew his reins and galloped 
away. Brave soul ! His goal was no visionary, flighty castle, but a 
sublime height reached only by patient toil that knew no rebuff of 
fortune or flickering of faith, and its reward is ' manifold more in this 
present time and in the world to come life everlasting.' 

" There is a story of touching pathos, exceeding tales of fiction, 
connected with the establishment of the Sandwich Island mission. 
Henry Obookiah, a Hawaiian youth, was found one day upon the 
steps of the college buildings at New Haven, weeping because he 
thought the doors of instruction were closed to him. He was an or- 
phan of tender sensibilities though born in a heathen land. His 
parents had been slain in his presence and he remained a captive un- 
til an uncle, who was a priest of the island, found him and took him 
to his home. He was restless and unhappy, and formed the plan of 
leaving the island. He secured passage, with two other youths, in a 
merchant vessel, commanded by Capt. Brintnal of New Haven, and 
bound for that port. He became converted to Christianity, and was 
living in New Haven while Mr. Thurston was a student at Yale. 
Obookiah, with four other Hawaiians, was placed by christian friends 
at the mission school at Cornwall, Ct., where he and they made rapid 
advancement. His great desire was to obtain an education and go 
back to teach his fellow-countrymen. In this he was disappointed. 
A sudden fever seized him, and in Februar)^, 1818, he died. But he 
lived long enough to arouse a great interest, throughout America, in 
the Sandwich Islands. The establishment of missions upon this field 
was determined, and this little incident, intensified by his death, was 
published by newspapers in all Christendom. 

" The managers of the Andover Missionary Society believed Asa 
Thurston and Hiram Bingham, classmates at the seminary, possessed 
the necessary qualifications for mission service, and recommended 
them to the American board. This selection was made with care, as 
the field was deemed not only difficult, but one of unusual importance. 
Dr. Worcester was then corresponding secretary of the board. 

" The ordination of Messrs. Thurston and Bingham took place un- 
der the auspices of the North Consociation of Litchfield county, at 
Goshen, Ct., on the 29tli of September, 18 19. The sermon was 
preached by Rev. Heraan Humphrey, afterward president of Amherst 
college, from the text. Josh. xiii. i — •' There remaineth yet very much 
land to be possessed.' Mr. Bingham found his bride at this ordina- 
tion. That morning, while walking to the church, he was met by a 
young lady who inquired the way to the house of worship where the 
services were to be performed. He volunteered to accompany her to 


the church, found her an earnest, educated christian, made an offer 
of marriage, which was accepted, and she became his wife. 

" The first company sent out by tlie American board to the Sand- 
wich Islands comprised seventeen persons. Beside the two missiona- 
ries and their wives were Dr. Thomas Hohnan, physician, Samuel 
Whitney, mechanic and scliool-raaster, Samuel Ruggles, catechist and 
teacher, Elisha Loomis, printer and school-master, and Daniel Cham- 
berlain, farmer. All were married and accompanied by their wives. 
Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlain came from Brookfield, Mass. ; they were 
in the prime of life, and took with them a family of five children, 
three sons and two daughters. Mr. C. had been a well-to-do farmer 
and had acquired considerable property by thrift and industry. The 
other members of the company were young couples, who had offered 
themselves to the board to engage in this mission enterprise. Three 
native Sandwich Island youths, who had been educated at Cornwall, 
Ct, were sent as interpreters ; their names were Thomas Hopu, John 
Honoree, and William Tenoee. These persons were organized into a 
church, and a farewell meeting was held in Park street church, Bos- 
ton, previous to the departure. The house was packed to overflowing 
with friends of the enterprise. Mr. Thurston made the principal 
farewell address. The assembly adjourned to the wharf, where a vast 
throng awaited their arrival. Prayer was offered and ' Coronation ' 
sung upon the pier. If ever that grand old tune and those sublime 
words found fitting expression, it was on that occasion. Says an eye- 
witness, 'The enthusiasm kindled to its height as the last verse was 
sung — 'Let every kindred, every tribe' — and it seemed as though 
the arches of heaven responded, 'Amen ! ' ' The missionaries were 
pronounced foolish and fanatical, and the plan of taking ladies to live 
or die among the barbarians of Hawaii appeared to many, who sym- 
pathized with the object in the main, as objectionable and forbidding. 
It was deemed advisable to send a frame dwelling, and this was trans- 
ported free through the generosity of Messrs. Sturgis & Bryant, own- 
ers of the vessel, prompted by sympathy for the ladies of the mission, 
for whose comfort it was thought the grass-thatched huts of Hawaii 
would be unsuitable. These gentlemen also gave their ship-master 
instructions to offer the missionaries free passage home, as it was be- 
lieved they could not long remain among the vile barbarians. 

" Mr. Thurston, then just passed thirty-two, and his new wife Lucy 
were among the most cheerful passengers. The brig was small and 
the quarters contracted. Nearly all the party were seasick. Fifty 
days out, in latitude 2° south, longitude 20*^ west, the brig was 
spoken by an East India merchantman and letters were sent home. 
They had encountered head winds with rain and had made slow sail- 
ing ; they had a long and tempestuous voyage around Cape Horn, 
and reached Honolulu March 30, 1820, having been one hundred and 
sixty-nine days from Boston, 18,000 miles. 

" The condition of the Sandwich Islanders on the arrival of Mr. 
arid Mrs. Thurston, in 1820, was pitiable in the extreme. From a na- 
tion variously estimated, by Capt. Cook and others, at 300,000 to 
400,000 people, they had been reduced by wars, bloodshed, and vices 
which follow evil passions to about 150,000. Disease, drunkenness. 


and debauchery had so weakened and prostituted their powers as to 
place them in a forlorn and almost hopeless condition. ^ To human 
vision there was a sickening prospect before the missionaries. Loath- 
some forms of disease, introduced by profligate seamen or foreign 
refugees from vessels which entered the harbors, were universal. The 
entire experience of the natives, from the first visit of white men, had 
been one of fraud and intrigue, and the missionaries found an innate 
and crafty suspicion of every motive and precept they sought to in- 
culcate. The grossest forms of idolatry abounded. Filial affection 
was unknown. Cannibalism was universal, and captives taken m war 
were slain by thousands as sacrifices to the gods, or roasted for the 

" With these filthy, naked, besotted creatures and their degraded 
surroundings before them, this brave band looked upon Hawaii. It 
is one thing to listen to tales of horror and another to endure.^ Re- 
volting as the picture seemed there was a ray of light that pierced 
the darker background. The natural beauty was charming; the cli- 
mate was delightful. But there was something better than these. 

" Kamehameha I., one of the most gifted rulers of the islands, died, 
at the age of 66, only a few months previous to the time the mission 
bark sailed from Boston. Although adhering strenuously to idola- 
try, he modified some of its worst ceremonies. He would not permit 
human sacrifices to be offered during his sickness. At his death, his 
eldest son, Liholiho, succeeded to the kingdom. Soon after his ac- 
cession to the throne, the ' tabu ' system, which was a set of restric- 
tions and prohibitions inseparably connected with idolatry, was 
disregarded. Among the prohibitions of the tabu were these : the 
wife could not eat with her husband on penalty of death ; the choicest 
kinds of meats, fruit, and fish were forbidden women of all classes 
on the same penalty. The destruction of idols soon followed; this 
brought on a civil war, in which idol worshipers were conquered, so 
that upon the arrival of the missionaries the way seemed prepared 
before them. The first intimation they had of the new regime was 
upon their arrival in the harbor of Honolulu, March 31st. But they 
found, a few days after, on their arrival at Kailua, the place of royal 
habitation, that the king had not abandoned the old religion with any 
desire for a new one. 

" Permission was first obtained for the missionaries to land. It was 
given with reluctance. The king was invited to dine on board ship. 
He came with only a ' malo ' or narrow girdle around his waist, a 
silken scarf thrown over his shoulders, a string of beads around his 
neck, and a feather wreath on his head. In this scanty attire he was 
introduced to the first company of white ladies he ever saw. 

" The band was to be divided. Mr. and Mrs. Thurston and Dr. 
Holman and wife were stationed at Kailua, near the royal residence. 
The village is on the western coast of the island of Hawaii, one hun- 
dred and forty miles from Honolulu. It contained three thousand 
inhabitants. Mr. Thurston was selected as teacher of the royal fam- 
ily. His pupils were the king and his brother (afterward Kamehame- 
ha III.), two of the king's wives, the governor of Hawaii, and a lad 
named John li, who afterward became one of the judges of the su- 


preme court. Mr. and Mrs. Thurston were assigned quarters in a 
thatched hut three and one half feet in height at the foot of the raft- 
ers. It was without floor or ceiling, furniture or matting, and though 
one of the royal palaces, was filled with fleas and vermin. The frame 
dwelling brought from Boston was left at Honolulu. Thus they be- 
gan their mission labors. There was no written language, and the 
first work was to construct one. It was found that twelve letters — 
five vowels and seven consonants — expressed every sound in the pure 
Hawaiian, and each syllable ended with a vowel. This rendered it 
easy for the natives to learn to read and write. After three months 
of toil amid the darkness and pollution of a heathen village, Mr. 
Thurston obtained an opportunity to preach to the king by the aid of 
Thomas Hopu as interpreter. He chose as his text, ' I have a mes- 
sage from God unto thee.' 

" In a short time the royal family removed to Honolulu and Mr. 
Thurston and wife accompanied them ; they remained here two- years. 
Mr. Thurston compiled a dictionary and grammar of the native lan- 
guage, and translated parts of Genesis, Numbers, Deuteronomy, the 
whole of Samuel and 11 Kings, and portions of the New Testament 
into Hawaiian. He learned to speak that language with great accura- 
cy and fluency. His influence upon the conduct and disposition of 
the kings, Kamehameha II. and Kamehameha III., was very great. 
It was a time of utmost importance to secure the good will of those 
highest in authority when the word of the king was law and his will 
absolute. Mr. Thurston was peculiarly fitted to instruct ruling minds. 
Possessed of sound sense, excellent judgment, a commanding pres- 
ence, he won the admiration and respect alike of the chiefs and sub- 
jects ; they regarded him physically as the strongest man that ever 
visited their island. In the early days of the mission a burly chief 
followed Mrs. Thurston home from another part of the village with 
evil intent. Mr. Thurston met him at the door and, comprehending 
his purpose, gave him a castigation so severe that the insult was never 

"The printing press came into use on the islands in 1822, and an 
additional band of missionaries arrived in 1823. At the expiration 
of two years Mr. and Mrs. Thurston returned to Kailua, where they 
remained until the close of his mission service, more than forty years. 

"They brought up a family of children, whom they educated with 
the greatest care, though surrounded by the vices of heathenism. 
They kept them aloof from' association with the natives, and did not 
allow them to learn the language until after twelve years of age. 
The Hawaiians were accustomed to wear no clothing, and the mis- 
sionaries were compelled to make a restriction that no one should at- 
tend service without some article of dress, however coarse and rude 
it might be. This prohibition had the effect of fashion in civilized 
lands. Many excused themselves because ' they had nothing to wear.' 

" The severest blow that befell this noble couple was the death of 
a darling daughter, Lucy Goodale, who died in Brooklyn, N. Y., just 
after her arrival in this country, Feb. 24, 1841, aged 17 years.^ In 
company with her mother, sisteT", and brother, she came on a visit to 
America. Arriving from the southern latitude in mid-winter, she 


quickly became a victim of tlie fell destroyer. She was attractive 
and lovely, a favorite with all who knew her. Mrs. Thurston was ab- 
sent about two years. During her visit to Fitchburgh, the Ladies 
Missionary Society made up a suit of clothes for Mr. T.' Dr. Jonas 
A. Marshall was measured for the suit. Mr. Thurston intended to 
accompany his family on this trip, but postponed on account of the 
necessities of his station. He never afterward found opportunity. 
He came as far east as San Francisco for his health, in 1863, but 
never returned to New England. They lived to see more than fifty 
thousand converts to Christianity upon the islands and a degree of 
civilization established which compares favorably with the christian- 
ized nations of the earth. 

" From the lowest depths of cannibalism, they beheld a nation 
raised to power, influence, and respect, with a commerce stretching 
over seas and turning its wealth even upon the nation which produced 
and sent out its benefactors. They saw from the vilest idolatrous su- 
perstitions a marvelous growth of religious ideas, a degree of civiliza- 
tion of such marked advancement as to astonish the world, and there 
is no satisfactory explanation save in the power of God's Spirit and 
his truth thoroughly, practically, and wisely taught. We desire to 
place no improper emphasis upon human agencies, but if there ever 
has been one grand effort to elevate mankind more free from criti- 
cism than another it is the Sandwich Island mission. The details of 
its work were laid out and executed with excellent judgment and 
sound common sense, and the remarkable success that has crowned 
those labors is in great measure due to the wisdom and shrewdness 
of Asa Thurston. 

" His piety was of purest mold. The dross that mingles in human- 
kind was purged from his soul as it seldom is ; and that heart which 
went out in such sympathy for the benighted ones of earth was close- 
ly linked with God. To declare this requires no stretch of the imag- 
ination which sometimes throws the mantle of charity over the dead, 
but it is a simple, honest tribute to his memory. 

"Mr. Thurston's earnestness was conspicuous. He went into mis- 
sion work, as in his younger days he went into the dance hall, with 
all his might. As in the giddy dance he was ' the gayest of the gay,' 
so in his after life he formed the sets and with his whole might led 
the procession 'marching up Zion's hill' He had no uncertain step; 
he never broke time with divine music. He was ready for the 
prompter's first call and he anticipated the changes. His words are 
expressive : 

We want men and women who have souls, who are crucified to the world and the 
world to them, who have their eyes and their hearts fixed on the glory of God in 
the salvation of the heathen, who will be willing to sacrifice every interest but 
Christ's, who will cheerfully and constantly labor to promote his cause ; in a word, 
those who are pilgrims and strangers such as the apostle mentions in the eleventh 
chapter of Hebrews — men like these we want. Many such we need to complete 
the work which God in his providence has permitted us to commence. The request 
which we heard while standing on the American shores, from these islands, we reit- 
erate with increasing emphasis: " Brethren, come over and help us." 

" That life is most successful which best fits others to live. He la- 
bored not only for the direct influences of his teaching, but for the 
indirect. He sought to make virtue contagious, and gave to his in- 


struction such cast of perfection as made it desirable, and stamped 
his character on that heathen people in a peculiar manner, as man 
has rarely done. He made the natives feel not only his presence, but 
the presence of his God, and when they were converted to Christiani- 
ty they had thoroughly instilled into them the idea and purpose of 
conveying that Christianity to others. And so the Sandwich Island 
mission has a remarkable history. It has been an aggressive mission. 
It has accepted and obeyed the command of the Great Founder of 
Christianity, 'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to 
every creature.' It has thrown out its arms to the Micronesian and 
the far-distant South Pacific islands, and said to them, ' The nation 
which sat in darkness has seen a great light.' That light which glim- 
mered from the old hill farm in Fitchburgh has shed its rays afar and 
its beams are yet spreading. 

" With such a natural soil for positiveness as existed in him, what 
wonder that his views, born in a season of such religious zeal, were 
strong and decided to the end ! What wonder that when he ' put his 
hand to the plow he did not look back ! ' That he never visited his 
native Fitchburgh because his mission to preach the gospel was so 
important ! Men of weaker decision and less zeal might have been 
excused if, in a missionary life of almost fifty years, with a great lov- 
ing heart like his beating in their bosoms, the desire to see once more 
the home and friends of childhood had lured them from their labors. 
With Judson, Mills, Bingham, King, and a score of other noble spirits 
who were pioneers of missionary work, wherever this gospel is 
preached this that they have done is told as a memorial of them. 
He is described by Hawaiians as a man of noble physique, with 
broad, deep chest, a finely-shaped head, a full, clear, blue eye that 
beamed with love and intelligence. He wore a long, flowing beard 
'like Aaron's beard, which came down to the skirts of his garments,' 
and in his riper years as it turned to a snowy whiteness, with his 
locks, 'his hoary head was a crown of glory.' His youthful exuber- 
ance of spirits never left him, and his rich, deep voice would ring out 
in Hawaiian melody as in the songs of youth. 

"Asa Thurston was undoubtedly the ablest man Fitchburgh ever 
produced. That he had wonderful power physically, intellectually, 
and morally is manifest in that scripture test which the world ac- 
knowledges correct, ' By their fruits ye shall know them.' That he 
had a noble ambition, lofty purposes, and grand ideas, we have but 
to turn the leaves of Hawaiian history. We claim a remarkable life 
such as the world has seldom known, and if in our poor vision we 
have caught glimpses of its origin which bear investigation, which 
may lead others to consider the great possibilities of life, nay, which 
may bring a decision by which the world will be benefited through 
their labors, our effort will not be lost. We acknowledge admiration 
for a character so pure, noble, lovely, and manly that the more it is 
studied the purer and nobler and manlier it grows. And if one pur- 
pose has prompted more than another, it has been to redeem from 
oblivion recollections soon to be buried in the grave, and place upon 
record the fact that Fitchburgh, though derelict in her duty and tardy 
in her recognition, produced in Asa Thurston a man who is worthy to 
be written among the heroic and self-sacrificing of the world." 


Children, all born at Sandwich Islands : 

+2978 Persis Goodale,' b. Sept. 28, 1821; m. Rev. Townsend Elijah Taylor. 
2979 Lucy GoodaleJ b. April 25, 1823; d. in Brooklyn, N. Y^, Feb. 24, 1841, 

just after her arrival in this country. A sketch of her life was written 

by Mrs. A. P. Cummings. The book is entitled, "The Missionary's 

+2980 Asa Goodale,' b. Aug. i, 1827; m. Sarah Andrews. 
+2981 Mary Howe,' b. June 3, 1831 ; m. ist, Edwin A. Hayden; 2d, Marcus 

+29S2 Thomas Gairdner,' b. May 9, 1836; m. ist, Harriet Frances Richardson; 

2d, Alice Gasking. 


Ebenezer Thurston^ {Thomas,^ Dea. ^ohn,* Jonathan,^ Daniel,'^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas ' and Lydia 
(Davis) Thurston of Fitchburgh, Mass.; born there Nov. 25, 1789; 
married Lydia Sawyer, daughter of Jabez and Hannah Sawyer of 
Fitchburgh. He was a farmer in Fitchburgh; died Oct. 2, 1871. 

Their children were : 

2993 Lydia Elizabeth,' b. May, 1812; m. May, 1S33, Samuel Melvin Caswell of 
Fitchburgh, and had : 

2994 Charles Melviii (Caswell), b. March 15. 1840. 

2995 Herbert Eugene (Caswell), b. Jan. 8, 1S48. 

2996 Emma Etta Mmdwell (Caswell), b. Sept. 9, 1849. 

2997 Ellen Maria (Caswell), b. Oct. i, 1852. 

2998 Lottie Elizabeth (Caswell), b. Sept. g, 1S54; d. Jan. 2, 1875. 

2999 Mary Maria,'' b. Aug. iS, 1815; d. Sept. 22, 1833. 

3000 Charles Thomas,' b. Nov. 15, 1819; m. Sept. 27, 1843, Martha Aldrich 

Cousins, and had : 
3001 Nelson A.,^h. Sept. 27, 1848. 
3002 Susan Abigail,' b. Dec. 3, 1826; m. Sept., 1844, Asa W. Raymond of 
Gardner, Mass., and had: 

3003 Li^inan (Raymond), ) ^^^. ^ g ^g 

3004 Lyman (Raymond), ) ' i j» tj 

3005 Mary Abbie (Raymond), b. Oct., 1849. 


Cyrus Thurston ° {Thomas,^ Dea. yoh?i,'^ yonathan^ Daniel,"^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas'' and Lydia 
(Davis) Thurston of Fitchburgh, Mass.; born there May 20, 1796; 
married, April 16, 1822, Caroline Boutelle, born Oct. 12, 1796, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Polly (Hill) Boutelle of Fitchburgh. 

Cyrus Thurston was a teacher of singing thirty years, teacher of 
public schools several years, selectman and assessor of Fitchburgh 
ten years, overseer of the poor twenty-seven years, and chairman of 
the board in 1877 and for several years previous; has always been a 
faithful and efficient officer, a friend and benefactor to the poor, a 
helper in every good cause, and is highly respected by all. We give 
quite a full report of a pleasant reunion held on the occasion of Mr. 
Thurston's eighty-second birthday, which shows in what estimation he 
is held by the cominunity in which he lives : 


The "Old Folks' Singing Class," which was a flourishing organization in 1857 
when four concerts were given in the town hall, held a grand reunion in the Calvin- 
istic chapel Monday evening, May 20, 1878, in honor of their director, "Uncle" 
Cyrus Thurston, who that day completed his eighty-second year. About three hun- 


dred persons, including about thirty-five of the original members of the class, 
were present. Thirty-seven of the seventy-four male members of the class in 1857 
are dead, and eighteen were present on Monday evening. 

After the entjre company had tested the bountiful collation spread upon the 
tables, and enjoyed an hour in reviving memories of "ye olden time," the audience 
was called to order in the chapel by Dea. J. C. Moulton, and the old folks, under 
the direction of Uncle Cyrus, with Banks Davison as organist, sang some of the 
old tunes, including Turner, Majesty, New Jerusalem, and others. These were all 
rendered with vim and were a rich treat to the younger portion of the audience. It 
was remarked by many that during this part of the programme Uncle Cyrus and 
the members of his class seemed "just as young as they used to be." 

Rev. S. J. Stewart read the following appropriate reunion poem, written for the 
occasion by Mrs. Caroline A. Mason : 

SiDg the old tunes we need to Bing But some, alna, who aanff with U8 

When lile was ill its May, Have passed beyond our sight; 

When time went liy on gladsome wing Perhaps their voices, emulous, 

And lieartB were young and gay. Take up these strains to-night. 

Sweet is the music of the spheres; And waft them, jubilant and free. 

To us a sweeter chime O'er all the heavenly hills. 

Floats upward from the vanished years, In notes fi om whoee frraud harmony 

The happy oldeu time. No earthiiness distills. 

The strains that we together sung O shining ones, whose glad eyes view 

Corae bacit to us once more. The King, the great " 1 am ! " 

And greet us lilte our native tongue When shall we sing the song with you 

Upon a foreign shore. Of Moses and the Lamb? 

Again sublime old " Majesty " Dear Father, tune our hearts below 

Rings nice a trumpet's blarel To that diviner lay. 

And plaintive " WnKlbam" and " Dundee" That we their blessedness may know 

Float, trembling, on the air,— Who serve thee night and day. 

While he whose voice was wont to lead Make us to yield to thy commands 

Each mazy theme along. The glad obedience due: 

Still lives, thank God, to serve our need In temples, then, not made with hands 

And guide the tuneful throng. Our praises we'll renew. 

A nice easy chair was then rolled in, much to the surprise of Uncle Cyrus, who 
was finally persuaded to occupy it. Rev. J. T. Hewes, being called upon for a few 
remarks, spoke as follows : 

Honored and Aired Friend :— One of the purposes which your friends had promi- 
nently in mind in bringing about this reunion was tn show their respect and affec- 
tion for you. They could think of no better way of expressing their regard for you 
than by remembering your eighty-second birthday. The bible says that the glory 
of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the gray head. And 
it adds another word by way of qualification and amendment : " The hoary head 
is a crown of glory if it be found in the way of righteousness." We honor you, my 
friend, not only for your age, but for your character. It is gratifying to your friends 
that they can look back over the years that they have known you and recall so much 
that is pleasant and honorable in their intercourse with you. They delight to re- 
member you as an able and enthusiastic teacher of music, as a genial companion, as 
a good citizen, and a high-toned, true-hearted man. Of the original members of 
this union I understand that nearly one-half are gone, some to other parts of the 
country, and some to their eternal homes. But whether present or absent, your 
name will never be erased from the memory of your friends. 

It would not become me to enlarge upon the associations and remembrances 
which this occasion awakens in the minds of the older portion of this company. 
Before the close of this meeting they will all have an opportunity to speak of these 
things and to rehearse the old memories. The part which I have been asked to 
perform on this occasion, and which gives me great pleasure m performing, is soon 
told. I have been asked to present you, in behalf of your friends and fel ow-mem- 
bers of the Old Folks' Union, this easy chair^ It is a simple testimonial ot their 
regard. They hope that you will find it pleasant to sit in, as the infirmilies of age 
increase, and trust that it may sometimes bring to your mind the memories of old 
friends and pupils. May you long live to sit in and enjoy it. May the infirmities ot 
age come gently and tenderly upon you. and may you be spared to see many another 
birthday in the possession of health and the capacity of usefulness, is the wish of 
all your friends. . , ,, , , u- 

Mr Thurston, in his response, showed that this pleasant surprise had touched his 
tenderest feelings. After thanking his friends for so kindly meeting on the occasion, 
he referred to the chair as of special value to him from the circumstances which 
caused its presentation. He should never forget the first meeting of the class the 
many pleasant hours he had spent with them, and expressed the hope that these 
meetings would continue to be held long after he passed away. His associations 



with the class had always been pleasant. When he looked back to that portion of 
his life he had given to music, he had little to regret and much to be thankful for. 
He said he had much on his mind that he could not express, and again returned 
hearty thanks for so kind an expression of the love of his friends. 

Revs. I. R. Wheelock, Fred Wood, and S. J. Stewart, in response to calls from 
Dea. Moulton, spoke briefly of the pleasing features of the evening entertain- 
ment. Each alluded to the pleasure experienced in their intercourse with their 
older friends and the encouragement they received from warm-hearted, high-toned 
gentlemen like the one all joined in honoring on this occasion. Roby R. Safford of 
Royalston also spoke very kindly of Mr. Thurston, his first music teacher. 

Mr. Thurston then favored the company with the old song, "The Down-hill of 
Life," with bass viol accompaniment. Probably few persons ever heard the song 
rendered by an old singing master on his eighty-second birthday. 

In the down-hill of life when I flnd I'm declining, 

May my fate no leas fortunate be 
Than a snug elbow-chair can aif.ird for recUning, 

And a cot tliat o'erlooks the wide sea; 
With an amblmg pad pony to pace o'er the lawn 

While I carol away idle soitow. 
And brisk as the lark that each day hails the morn, 

liook forward with hopes for to-raorrow". 

With a porch at my door, hoth for shelter and for 
shade, too. 

As the sunshine or the winds may prevail; 
Witli asmallspotof land for the use of my spade, too, 

And a barn for tlie use of m/ fliil, 
A cow for my dairy and a dug for my game, 

And a purse when a friend w^nts to borrow, 
I'll envy no king; his riches or fame, 

Or the " honors " that await him to-morrow. 

From the bleak northern blast may my cot be com- 

Secured by a neighboring hill. 
And at night may repose steal on me more sweetly 

By the sound of a murmuring rillj 
And when peace and plenty I find at my board, 

I'll forget all past trouble and sorrow, 
With my friendij will I share what to-day may afford, 

And let them spread their tables to-raorrow. 

And when I at last must throwoff this frail covering 

Which I've worn full three-score years and ten. 
On the brink of the grave I'll not cease to keep hov- 

Nor my thread wish to spin o'er again; 
But ray face in the glass I'll serenely survey. 

ATid with smiles count each wrinkle and furrow. 
That this poor worn-out staff, which is threadbare 

May become everlasting tor-morrow. 

During the evening Dea, Moulton read a letter from the Kimball brothers of 
Lawrence, Kansas, regretting their inability to join the reunion of their old singing 
class. Soon after ten o'clock the reunion closed by singing to "Auld Lang Syne " 
the following ode written for the occasion by Uncle Cyrus : 


Kind friends, we here again have met 

Our union to restore, 
And join in those time-honored songs 

We sane -n days of yore; 
Those joyous songs our fathers sang, 

In which we used to join. 
When gathered round the household hearth 

In the days of auld lang svne. 

As we m retrospect furvey 

The si^enes of former years. 
And tliink of loved ones passed away, 

How sad the thoTight appears; 
Yet, though they meet us here no more 

To jom us in our song. 
We trust they're only gone before 

To join the angelic throng. 

Now let us all, before we part, 

Our hearts and voices raise 
To him who gave us power to sing 

These consecrated lays; 
We'll praise him for his mercies past 

And his protecting care, 
Who still has lengthened out our daye 

This pleasure here to shai-e. 

Should this reunion be the last 

While we on earth remain. 
In purer realms, when life ia past. 

May we all meet again; 
There, with our friends now absent here, 

Whose loss we all deplore, 
To join in new and nooier songq. 

Where parting comes no raore. 

m. Chauncy Mason of Jersey 

Their children were : 
3006 Frances Caroline,'' b. Nov. 26, 1S23; m. Jan. ir, 1845, Henry J. Lowe, b. 
July 15, 1822, son of Stephen and Susan Lowe of Fitchburgh. She died 
in Marion, N. J., Jan. 15, 1S7S; he died a few years previous. They had ■ 

3007 //e/rn Frances (Lowe), b. June 16, 1S47; m. Henry F. Nason of New 

Yorkj and have Fannie Elizabeth (Nason), b. in Fitchburgh Nov 2-' 
1875- ' ""' 

3008 Louise Caroline (Lowe), b. Oct. 11, iS 

City, N. J., and have : 

3009 Nellie Frances (Mason), b. in Jersey City April 13, 1873. 

3010 Florence (Mason), b. in Jersey City Sept. 12, 1875. 

301 1 yen-nie Mai'ia (Lowe), b. Jan. 19, 1857. 

3012 Charles Henry (Lowe), b. Nov. 3. 1858; d. Jan. 25 1861. 

3013 Ann'e E. (Lowe), b. June 27, t86o; d. Aug. 3, 1860. 

3014 Clara E. (Lowe),b. Jan. 8, 1362; d. Aug. 14, 1862. 

3015 Frank P res Ion (Lowe), b. Feb. 24, 1S64. 

3016 Florence Gertrude (Lowe), b. Dec. 2, 1867; d. Feb. 24, 1875. 

3017 Thomas Boutelle,7 b. June 4, 1825; m. Nov. 9, 1850, Susan' Tyler of 
Northiield, Vt. They had: 

3018 Frances C,^ b. in Northfield, Vt., 1851 ; d. young. 

3019 Marcia M.^ b. in Warren, Vt., 1853; d. young. 


3020 James Tyler? b. in Fitchburgh Aug., 1855. 
'3021 William Davis,' b. Oct. 22, 1829; m. Nov. 3, 1853, Elizabeth J. Billings, 

b. June 9, 1834, daughter of Silas L. and Joanna Billings of Fitchburgh; 

no children. 
3022 Ellen Maria,' b. Nov. 9, 1833; m. Jan. 4, 1855, Samuel Porter Durant, b. 

March 25, 1828, son of Amos and Joanna Durant of Fitchburgh. They 


3023 George Henry (Durant), b. Dec. 21, 1855; d. Jan. 10, 1861. 

3024 Freddie Martin (Durant), b. Nov. 21, 1B57; d. Oct. 15, 1858.. 

3025 ff'u/fer (Durant), | twins, born Id. Sept. 13, 1862. 

3026 Willie (Durant), J April 6, 1862 ; ] d. Sept. 17, 1862. 

3027 Mary Catherine,' b. Feb. 6, 1836; m. Nov. 27, 1871, Justin Howard of 

Wakefield, Mass. ; no children. 


Jonathan Thurston ^ (Dea. J-ohn,^ Dea. John,* jfonathan,^ Dan- 
ielj^ Daniel^), eldest son of Dea. John* and Esther (Wood) Thurston 
of Fitchburgh, Mass. ; born there May 8, 1785 ; married Abigail Al- 
len of Fitchburgh. He died at Burlington, Wis., 1855 ; she died 1867. 

■Mr. Thurston was a farmer, living with his brother Abel on the 
homestead in Fitchburgh till about 1825, when he sold and went to 
New York state. 

Their children were : 

3028 Martha Wood,'' b. 1807 ; m. David Battles, and had : 

3029 David Warren (Battles), b. 1833. 

3030 George Thurston (Battles), b. 1835. 

3031 Albert C«««f/ (Battles), b. 1S37; d. 1872. 

3032 Charles P. (Battles), b. 1839; d. 1864 in New Orleans in service in 

the war against the rebellion. 

3033 Abby Foster [\S2M\^&),\i. 1S46; d. 1875. 

3034 Samuel A.,' b. 1809; m. Martha Hastings; went to Smyrna, N. Y., and 

after a few years to Illinois; three daughters. 

3035 Abigail,F.,' b. 1811 ; m. Horace Dailey of New York; d. in Illinois; three 

children, married. 

3036 Eliza Ann,' b. 1813; m. Pool of New York; d. in New York Sept., 

1876; three children. 

3037 Caroline,' d. in infancy. 

3038 Charles,' m. ; went to California and died. 

3039 John L.,' d. in infancy. 

3040 Alonzo,' m. ; went to Illinois to live ; took a trip to Ohio on business and 

died suddenly. 

3041 Nancy,' d. aged 22. 

3042 Warren,' lives in Norwich, Chenango county, N. Y. 

3043 Clarissa,' m. Thomas Buel of Burlington, Wis.; d. 1868. 


Susan Thurston^ {Dea. yohn,^ Dea. John* Jonathan,^ Daniel,'^ 
Daniel'^'), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Dea. John * and 
Esther (Wood) Thurston of Fitchburgh, Mass. ; born there Aug. 4, 
1787; married, Feb. 12, 1807, Joseph Upton, born July 3, 1784, son 
of John and Abigail (Lowe) Upton of Fitchburgh. She died in Rox- 
bury, Mass., April 28, 1873. 

Mr. Upton was a carpenter in Fitchburgh ; Mrs. Upton was a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church and a woman of excellent christian 
character, and brought up her children in the path of integrity. 

Their children were : 

3044 Joseph (Upton), b. Oct. 15, 1S07; m. ist, Jan. 20, 1831, Betsey Messenger, 

b. Jan. 21, 1806; she died Dec. 25, 1864; 2d, March 28, 1866, Mrs. 
Amelia F. (Vose) Low. He was a farmer and military captain in Fitch- 
burgh; a prominent member of the Congregational church and leader of 


the singing for twenty years. His children were Susan Elizabeth, Calvin, 
Jane Augusta, Emily M., Louisa Adeline, Harrison, Mary Thurston, 
Daniel, Lyi/ia H., Ahbv Carolitie, Susan A., and George N. (Upton). 
3045 Mary Thurston (Upton)', b. Nov. 10,1809; m. April 30, 1833, Jonathan 
Burrage, residing in Fitchburgh, afterward a manufacturer of varnish at 
Roxbury, Mass. She died in Fitchburgh Tune 22, 1841. They had : 

3046 Thomas Fairbaitks (Burrage), b. July 4, 1S34; m. Harriet L. Battis ; d. 

in service in the war against the rebellion. They had : 
Henry Thompson (Burrage), b. Oct. 27, 1857. 
William Edtfin (Burrage), b July 15, 1859. 
Charles Albert (Burrage), b. Sept. 20, i860; d. Sept. 25, i860. 

3047 Henry Sweelser (Burrage), b. Jan. 7, 1837; m. May 19, 1873, Caroline 

Champlin, daughter of Rev. James T. [and Mary (Pierce)] Champhn, 
D.D., president of Colby University, Waterville, Me. ; she died Nov. 
24, 1875. ^'Ii- Bun'age graduated'at Brown University 1861 and en- 
tered Newton Theological Institution. Aug. i, 1862, he enlisted 
against the rebellion as a private in the 36th Massachusetts regi- 
ment; was promoted to sergeant, sergeant major, second lieutenant, 
first lieutenant, captain, brevet major, and acting assistant adjutant 
general; was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1S64, prisoner 
in Richmond and Danville, Va., from Nov. i, 1864, till Feb. 22, 
1865. He served in Maryland, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, 
and Virginia, and was mustered out June 8, 1865; returned to the 
theological institution and graduated in 1867; prepared the memo- 
rial volume for his alma mater, entided " Brown University in the 
Civil War," issued in Providence in 1867; ordained as pastor of the 
Baptist church in Waterville Dec. 30, 1869; resigned Oct. 1, 1873, 
and became proprietor and editor of the Zion's Advocate, Portland, , 
Me., which position he still holds, 1879. Children: 
Champlin (Bm-rage), b. April 14, 1874. 
Thomas Jayne (Burrage), b. Nov. 15, 1875. 

304S William Upton (Burrage), b. Dec. 22, 1838; d. Aug. 12, 1839. 

3049 Edwin Augustus (Burrage), b. Nov. 21, 1840; d. Sept. 15, 1841. 

3050 Thomas (Upton), b. 1813; m. 1836, Abigail Downe. He was an insurance 

agent and teacher of vocal music; held the commission of ensign during 
the war of the rebellion, was on tiie detached reserve, and quartermaster 
and assistant superintendent of negro affairs in Virginia. They had 

Hattie Dowtie, Mary Emma, m. Pitts, and Charles Emerson (Upton), 

b. Aug. 14, 1S43; was first lieutenant 25tli Massachusetts regiment and 
was killed in battle near Petersburgh, Va., May 9, 1864. 

3051 Edwin (Upton), b. Dec. g, 1815; m. Nov. 10, 1S42, Louisa Maria Farwell 

of Hoosiclv, N. Y. , and had one son, who died in infancy; adopted a 
daughter, .who married but is now dead. He was colonel of militia for 
twenty years, representative in the legislature two years, selectman of 
Fitchburgh fourteen years, assessor five years, jailor, and a prominent 
member of the Congregational church. When the war of the rebellion 
broke out he raised the 25th Massachusetts regiment volunteers, which 
was in the Burnside expedition in North Carolina. He lost his sight a 
few years ago by a premature discharge in blasting rocks. He has ren- 
dered much service in preparing this genealogy of his family. 

3052 John (Upton), b. Dec. 29, 1S17; m. April 5, 1848, Louisa C. Willis, and 

have Frederic Willis and Amy Louisa (Upton). He was a dry goods 
merchant fourteen years, insurance agent and deputy collector of taxes 
four years, and is now, 1877, collector of internal revenue. 

3053 Abigail Susan (Upton), b. July 20, 1819; m. James P. Putnam, and had. 

A an Maria, Thomas Far rington, Daniel Cowdin, James Edward, Fred- 
eric Adams, Charles Benjamin, Frank Porter, Walter Herbert, and Wil- 
liam Sweetser (Putnam). Three of the boys were over six feet high. 
She died i860. 

3054 Charles (Upton), b. Nov. 4, 1821; m. Dec. 16, 1845, Sarah Amelia Hagar, 

and had George Clinton, Charles Herbert, and Lillian (Upton). He is 
a mechanic; has been town officer and selectman. 

3055 Martha Ann (Upton), b. Feb. 27, 1826; m. Sept. 18, 1845, George Curtis, 

and had ten children, Henry Clifford, Martha Gertrude, Edwin Upton, 
and Nelson O. (Curtis) ; the others died in infancy. 



Dea. Abel Thurston " (Dea. yohn,^ Dea. yohn,^ jfonathan,^ Dan- 
iel,'' Daniel^), hrothex oi the preceding, and son of Dea. John'' and 
Esther (Wood) Thurston of Fitchburgh, Mass.; born there Dec. 21, 
1791; married, first, Dec. 14, 1815, Eunice Allen, born March 18, 
1790, daughter of Benjamin and Dolly (Flagg) Allen of Fitchburgh; 
she died Feb. 9, 1823. Second, Sept. 30, 1823, Deborah Butler, 
born in Townsend Nov. 22, 1797. He died July 9, 1864. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer, living on the homestead in Fitchburgh 
for some years in company with his brother Jonathan, building him- 
self a house on the opposite side of the road from the homestead. 
Some years ago he sold this place, moved to the center of the town 
and engaged in the manufacture of bellows, and afterward became 
secretary of the Fitchburgh Mutual Fire Insurance Co., which office 
he held till his death. He held several offices of trust in the town ; 
was deacon in the Congregational church for forty-one years, and su- 
perintendent of the Sunday-school for thirty years. His daughter 
says, " He was a truly good man, who set a most worthy example, 
and gained the confidence of all who knew him as few men do ; he 
was a peace-maker in the family, church, and neighborhood, and 
when he died he left a host of friends and not one enemy." Rev. G. 
B. Wilcox, his pastor, said to his daughter, Mrs. Litchfield, " I have 
had some very good deacons in the churches over which I have been 
pastor, but I never had one like your father. I always knew where 
to find him." His children, by first wife, Eunice, were : 

3057 Elizabeth Adams,' b. Oct. 3,1816; m. James Davis Litchfield, a chair 

maker in Fitchburgh, and had Carrie (Litchfield). 

3058 Dorothy Caroline,' b. Dec. 28, 1818; ra. 1845, I""* Carlton, a miller in 

Fitchburgh; he became insane and hung himself 1855. They had: 

3059 Eliaa (Carlton), b. Oct. 30, 1846. 

3060 Abby E. (Carlton), b. Oct. 29, 1848. 

3061 William Abel (Carlton), b. Sept. 7, 1850. 
+3062 Abel Leander,' b. June 21, 1821 ; m. Elizabeth Knapp. 

By second wife, Deborah : 

3063 Aaron Butler,' b. Dec. 29, 1824; d. 

3064 Rufus Winslow,' b. Dec. 15, 1828; d. 


Capt. John Thurston ° {Stephen,^ Dea. John,^ Jonathan,' Daniel,''' 
Daniel'^), eXd^st son of Stephen^ and Mary (Osgood) Thurston of 
Fitchburgh, Mass.; born there Sept. 24, 1788; married, Nov. 28, 
1816, Elizabeth Dascomb, born Aug. 14, 1792, daughter of Jacob 
(who was a lieutenant in the revolutionary war) and Rachel (Dale) 
Dascomb of Wilton, N. H. He died June 16, 1852 ; she died in Lu- 
nenburgh, Mass., June 9, 1873. 

Capt. John was a farmer and resided in Fitchburgh, Northampton,, 
Northfield, Mass., and Wilton, N. H., where he died. He was cap- 
tain in the war of 1812, and was selectman of Northfield. 

They had twelve children, only one surviving infancy : 
3067 Mary Elizabeth,' b. in Northfield Sept. 5, 1833. She has devoted herself 
mainly to teaching juvenile singing schools, seventy-six of which she 
taught between 1859 and 1869, closing each with a floral concert. Feb- 
ruary, 1877, she went to Brooklyn, N. Y., to assist in getting up a floral 
concert in one of the mission schools connected with Rev. Henry Ward. 
Beecher's church. 11 



William Parsons Thurston " (Rev. Pearson,^ Samuel,^ Jonathan^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of Rev. Pearson ^ and Jerusha (Green- 
leaf) Thurston of Leominster, Mass. ; born in Somersworth, N. H., 
1795; married, 182 1, Mary Gardner, born about 1802, daughter of 
John Gardner of Leominster. He died March, 1847 ; she died Au- 
gust, 1850. 

Mr. Thurston was educated at Dummer academy and commenced 
the study of medicine, but was compelled to leave his studies to trav- 
el with his father in an endeavor to regain his health, and did not re- 
turn to it but became a farmer in Amherst, Mass. ; was a member of 
the Congregational church, and after of the Episcopal. 

Their children were : 

3069 Mary Elizabeth,'' b. in Leominster Dec. i, 1821 ; d. in Amherst Nov. 5, 1840, 

3070 S'arah Greenough,' b. in Leominster June 4, 1823; m. by Rev. M. C. Col- 

ton, in Amherst, April 22, 1845, George Osgood, b. in Charlestown, Mass.. 
Sept. 14, 1819, son of Benj. Binney and Clara (Call) Osgood, a success- 
ful merchant of Boston for many years ; retired and now resides in Old 
Cambridge ; a member of the Episcopal church. They had, b. in Boston : 

3071 Clara Call (Osgood), b. March 30, 1846; d. Nov. 14, 1849. 

3072 George (Osgood), b. Nov. 2, 1847 ; d. Sept. 14, 1848. 

3073 William Thurston (Osgood), b. June 23, 1849; ^ merchant in Boston. 

3074 John Gardner (Osgood), b. in Roxbury, Mass., Jan. 18, 1851 ; m. Eliz- 

abeth Jane Legro of Great Falls, N. H. ; is in business in Boston. 

3075 Benjamin Binney (Osgood), b. in Roxbury May 10, 1852; d. May 12, 


3076 Samuel Call (Osgood), b. in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 30, 1853; d. July 

2, 1855. 

3077 Emily Call (Osgood), b. in Cambridge Oct. 23, 1854; m. Oct. 23, 1878, 

Appleton Payson Clark GriiEn, b. in Wilton, N. H., an officer in 
public library, Boston. 

3078 Frederick Huntmgton (Osgood), b. in Newton, Mass., April 16, 1857; 

m. Oct. 17, 1878, Ella Ann Brown of Sunderland, Mass., b. in To- 
ronto, Can.; graduated from Amherst agricultural college with much 
honor and is in Scotland, pursuing medical studies. 

3079 Walter Griffith (Osgood), b. in Brookline, Mass., Jan. 10, 1859; is in 

the Traveller office, Boston. . 

3080 Mary Florence (Osgood), b. in Belmont, Mass., April 21, 1861. 

3081 Edward Tufts (Osgood), b. in Cambridge March i, 1864; d. Sept. 13, 

4-3082 William Henry,' b. in Nashua, N. H., March 27, 1827. 


George Waldo Thurston " {David,^ David,'^ yonatha7t,^ Daniel,^ 
.Daniel''-), son of David ^ and Fanny (Darling) Thurston of Owego, 
N. Y. (formerly of Keene, N. H.) ; born there April 19, 1816 ; married, 
May 17, 1839, Mary Ann Collins, born April 19, i8i8, daughter of 
Barnett Collins of New York city. 

Mr. Thurston is a wood worker and lumber dealer in Owego. A 
copy of an interesting document has come to our hand concerning 
George W. Thurston's grandfather David [no. 143, p, 47] since that 
was printed, which we give place to here. 

"Marlborough, N. H., July 9, 1776. We the subscribers do here- 
by solemnly engage and promise that we will to the utmost of our 
powers, at the risk ot our lives and fortunes, with ARMS oppose the 
hostile proceedings of the British Fleets and Armies against the 


United American colonies." Signed David Thurston, and forty-nine 
others, ^ 

Their children were : 

3093 William Collins,' b. March 17, 1840; m. Jan. 7, 1864, Sarah Adelaide Shel- 
don, b. in Binghamton, N. Y., Oct. 6, 1844; is an engineer on the Erie 
railroad and resides in Owego. They have : 

3094 Mary Elizabeth} b. Feb. 28, 1865. 

3095 George Sheldon^ b. June 21, 1867. 

3096 Cora Sarahf b. June 6, 1871. 

3097 Fanny Alice,' b. May 13, 1842; m. Nov. 27, 1861, Edward T. Haskins of 

Taunton, Mass. ; d. Oct. 5, 1872. 

3098 Chester Prentice,' b. Aug. 8, 1848 ; in company with his father. 

3099 Frederick Oilman,' b. Sept. 16, 1853. 


Rev. David Whitney Thurston ° {David,^ David* Jonathan^ 
Daniel^ Daniel''"^, brother of the preceding, and son of David ^ and 
Fanny (Darling) Thurston of Owego, N. Y. ; born there Aug. 8, 1818 ; 
married, at Sanquoit, N. Y., May 24, 1846, Elizabeth S. Bowen, 
born at Sanquoit March 3, 1826, daughter of Rev. Elias and Abigail 
(Birdseye) Bowen. 

Mr. Thurston is a Methodist Episcopal clergyman, formerly presid- 
ing elder; delegate to General Conference of i860; now, 1879, an 
evangelist, residing in Syracuse, N. Y. ; a man of influence in his 
profession and quite successful as an evangelist. 

Their children are : 

3110 Addie Catherine,' b. in Cincinnatus, N. Y., March 7, 1847; >"• George J. 

Sager of Syracuse. 
3HI Nellie Delphene,' b. in Sherburne, N. Y., July 4, 1849; m. Amasa Parker 

Sager of Syracuse, and has : 

3112 Frederick Whitney (Sager). 

31 13 Fannie Adaline (Sager). 

31 14 Edward Watson,' b. in Utica, N. Y., June 19, 1854; m. Eva Dodge of 
Syracuse, and has : 

31 1 5 Earl Edmund.^ 

3116 Harry Dodge} b, Jan. 19, 1879. 

31 17 Carrie Jane,' b. in Cortland, N. Y., March 11, 1859. 


Leland Thurston ° {^jfohn,^ David* jfo7iathan^ Daniel^ Daniel'^'), 
eldest son of John ^ and Lydia (Ball) Thurston of Keene, N. H. ; 
born at Windham, Vt., May 29, 1803; married, in Boston, April 22, 
1827, Margaret Hutchins, born in Epsom, N. H., May 29, 1806, 
daughter of Samuel and Betsey (Lock) Hutchins of Concord, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston was a mason by trade, lives in Denver, Col., and 
member of the Baptist church. 

Children : 

-f3i27 Charles Currier,' b. in Troy, N. H., Jan. 13, 1828; m. Caroline Humphrey. 

3128 Edwin M., b. in Troy April 12, 1830. 

3129 Emily M.,' b. in Troy Aug. 21, 1832. 

+3130 Franklin Alden,' b. in Keene Oct. 9, 1834; m. Annie Eliza Rapelge. 

3131 Martha J.,' b. in Keene Feb. 3, 1837. 

3132 Mary E.,' b. in Keene Aug. 20, 1839. 

3133 Catherine M.,'' b. in Keene Nov. 6, 1841. 

3134 Henry S.,' b. in Boston Aug. 10, 1844. 

3135 Josephine,' b. in Boston April 24, 1847. 



RoswELL Thurston^ {John,^ David,^ Jonathan,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of John ^ and Lydia (Ball) Thurs- 
ton of Keene, N. H.; born in Marlborough, N. H., Oct. 22, 1808; 
married, Sept. 25, 1834, Frances Cummings, born in Keene, 
1814. He died in Keene April 29, 1850, and his widow married, 
Nov. 22, 1856, Apollos Nye, born 1795; died in Keene Mar. 22, 1864. 
She married a third husband, Dec. 16, 1868, Charles P. Page, and 
lives in Keene. Mr. Thurston was a butcher by occupation in Keene. 

His children were : 

3146 Charles Henry,' b. in Swanzey, N. H., June i, 1836; m. in Clareniont, N. 

H., June 6, i860, Elizabeth Doane Newcomb, b. in Wellfleet, Mass., 
Nov. 23, 1839, daughter o£ Jeremiah and Abigail (Harding) Newcomlj of 
Boston Highlands. Mr. Thurston is editor and proprietor of the West- 
borough Chronotype, Westborough, Mass., under the firm name of Hol- 
ton & Thurston; is a member of the Congregational church; no children. 

3147 Francis Warren,' b. May 7, 1839: d. April 8, 1840. 

3148 William Cummings,' b. June 27, 1841 ; d. Jan. 2, 1842. 

3149 Julia Ann,'' b. Jan. 2, 1843; d. April 13, 1845. 

3150 Lyman Cummings,' b. Oct. 4, 1847; d. Sept. 4, 1848. 

3151 George Rosvvell,' b. 1849; n.m. ; a seaman, going a whaling voyage of five 

years when he was seventeen; then enlisted in United States marine 
service, and was stationed at Hong Kong and other foreign ports. His 
term of enlistment closed June, 1878, and he was drowned Oct. 12, 1878, 
by the capsizing of bark Sarah off New Bedford, Mass. 


Emily Thurston^ {John,^ David,* yonathan,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), 
sister of the preceding, and daughter of John ^ and Lydia (Ball) 
Thurston of Keene, N. H. ; born in Marlborough, N. H., March 8, 
1810; married, Nov. 17, 1834, Melvin Starkey, born Aug. 9, 1809, 
son of Benjamin and Sally (Smith) Starkey of Westminster, Mass. 
He died in Orange, Mass., July 29, 1870. 

Mr. Starkey was a mechanic and farmer in Winchester, N. H. 

Children, born in Keene, N. H. : 

3161 Sarah Harriet (Starkey), b. Dec. 27, 1835; m. July 13, 1855, Samuel Saw-, 
yer; d. in Orange Sept. 21, 1867, leaving: 
3162 Hattie Maria (Sawyer), b. in Orange Sept. 27, 1859; m. May 20, 1875, 
Edwin Angel, a mechanic, and had one child, Eveline (Anoell h 
May 14, 1S76, d. Aug., 1876. o '. "• 

3163 Elizabeth Amanda (Starkey), b. Aug. 27, 1841 ; m. Aug. i8, 1869 Henry 
H. Murdock, a farmer. They have : 

3164 Frank Milton (Murdock), b. in Orange Jan. 17, 1874. 

3165 Charles Edward (Murdock), b. in Athol Feb. 20, 1877. 


Wesson Thurston' {J-ohn,^ -David* yonathan,^ DamenDamel^) 
brother of the preceding, and son of John ^ and Lydia (Ball) Thurs- 
ton of Keene, N. H. ; born in Northfield, Mass., Nov. 4 1816 • mar- 
ried, in Lowell, Mass., June 9, 1838, Harriet Scott, 'daughter of 
James and Sally Scott of Stoddard, N. H. He died Jan. 24 i868 

He was a machinist ; worked at it winters in South Boston Mass • 
lived in Stoddard, where he owned and worked a farm summe'rs ' '' 


Their children were : 

3176 Charles Wesson/ b. in Stoddard Oct. 5, 1839; m. Jennie Prank of Waldo- 

borough, IVfe. ; was a machinist by trade ; enlisted in the war against the 
rebellion in the 6th New Hampshire regiment; was taken prisoner Sept. 
3, 1864, and confined at Salisbury, N. C, where he was put in charge of 
a bakery and served the union prisoners with many an extra ration and 
saved many lives. He finally escaped and rejoined his regiment. He 
went to Alabama in 1870, and died there Aug. 3, 187 1 ; had one child, 
which is not living. 

3177 James Edward,' b. in Keene Feb. i6, 1843; residing in Nelson, N. H. ; is 

an engineer; enlisted in the 2d New Hampshire regiment against the re- 
bellion and served during the war, after which he married, June 5, 1867, 
Lucy Ann Center, b. in Merrimack, N. H., June i, 1848, daughter of Er- 
vin H. and Almira J. (Winn) Center of Stoddard. They have : 

3178 Addie L.? b. April 8, 1868. 

3179 Myra F.,^ b. Oct. 28, 1870. 

3180 Helen Maria,' b. in Lowell Oct. 24, 1845; m- Aug. 26, 1861, Henry H. 
Stevens of Stoddard, who died in the army Oct. 29, 1S64, aged 23. She 
died Jan. i, 1866, leaving : 

3181 ffaaie L. (Stevens), b. 1862. 

3182 Henry H. (Stevens), b. July, 1864. 

3183 Frank L.,' b. in Concord, N. H., March 6, 1848. At the age of fifteen he 
enlisted in the 9th New Hampshire regiment ; was taken prisoner Sept. 
3, 1864, and confined in Salisbury prison till exchanged in 1865; m. Dec. 
15, 1870, Eleanor Bartlett of Francistown, N. H.; has been a great suf- 
ferer for the last four years [1877] from hardships and injuries received 
in the war and in prison. They have : 
3184 Charles Wesson} b. Oct. 26, 1871. 


Joseph Thurston " {Samuel,^ David,^ Jonathan^ Daniel^ Daniel ') , 
son of Samuel ^ and Sally (French) Thurston of New Alstead, N. H. ; 
born there May 30, 1804 ; married, June, 1828, Betsey Brown, born 
June 20, 1803. She died June 3, 1876. 

Mr. Thurston was a blacksmith in Dublin, N. H., four or five years ; 
then purchased a stand in Sullivan, N. H., and continued the business 
six or seven years ; sold and bought a place in Dublin, where he lived 
twenty years, working at his trade ; sold and bought in Keene, N. H. ; 
sold and bought a farm in Belchertown, Mass. ; staid six years, sold 
and is now, 1878, in Gardiner, Ulster county, N. Y. 

Their children were : 

3185 Joseph Edwin,' b. Nov. 18, 1830; d. Nov. 13, 1837. 

3186 Albert Bradley,' b. June 20, 1837 ; m. Sept. 10, 186S, Hannah Bertholf Jen- 

kins, b. in New Paltz, N. Y., May 20, 1833, daughter of Crines and 
Rachel (Hardenbergh) Jenkins of Gardiner, N. Y. He is a teacher of 
music, repairer and tuner of musical instruments in Gardiner ; is high- 
way surveyor and deacon in the Reformed Dutch church. 

3187 William Henry,' b. July 20, 1840 ; d. Oct. 19, 1848. 


Hartley Thurston ° {Samuel,^ David,^ jfonathan^ Daniel,^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Samuel ^ and Sally (French) 
Thurston of New Alstead, N. H. ; born there March 3, 1806; mar- 
ried, in Alstead, June 6, 1832, Arminda Robinson, born in Green- 
field, N. H., Jan. 14, 1811, daughter of Benjamin and Esther (Greeley) 
Robinson. • 

Mr. Thurston when young had feeble health, taught school winters 


and worked on the farm summers ; at age of twenty-one was book- 
keeping in Boston, but it did not agree with his health and he went 
back to his former occupations. After marriage he bought a farm in 
New Alstead, where he resided a few years, acting as superintending 
school committee. After a few years he sold and purchased a tarni 
in Gilsum, N. H., where he lived a number of years and held several 
town offices ; then sold and bought a farm in Manchester, Wis. ; sold 
and bought in Berlin, Green Lake county, Wis., where he still resides, 
retired from business. 

Their children were : 
+3188 Andrew Jackson,' b. in Alstead Dec. 6, 1835; m. Jane Delzelle. _ 

3189 Marion Emogene,' b. in Gilsum Sept. 16, 1844; ni. Sept. 14, ibbl, in l-ar- 
deeville, Wis., Erastus Darwin Corning, a farmer m Cicero, N. Y., b. m 
Canaan, Columbia comity, N. Y., June 16, 1834, son o£ Edwin and Cyn- 
thia (Babcock) Corning of Clay, N. Y. They had : 

3190 Edwin Hartley (Corning), b. in Clay Aug. 31, 1866; d. May r, 1869. 

3191 Herbert Leon (Corning), b. in Clay June 25, 187 1 ; d. Feb. 11, 1872. 

3192 Clara Estelle (Corning), b. in Berlin May 29, 1873. 

3193 Anna M. (Corning), b. in Cicero Sept. i, 1875. 

3194 Emma Estelle,' b. in Gilsum Dec. 18, 1850; m. Feb. 14, 1875, Judge Thos. 

Curran Ryan, b. in Utica, N. Y., July 4, 1841, son of Michael and Mar- 
garet Ryan of Ireland ; he lives in Berlin ; obtained his education by his 
own efforts and delivered a course of scientific lectures when eighteen; 
enlisted in the war against the rebellion, served two years, and was dis- 
charged on account of wounds received in battle ; was admitted to the 
bar at age of twenty-four, and has held the office of district attorney or 
county judge nearly all the time since. They have : 
3195 Thomas Hartley (Ryan), b. Sept. 3, 1876. 


Alden Spooner l-HXS'RSXO'ii'' {Samuel^ David,*' yonathan^ Daniel^ 
Z'awzV/*), brother of the preceding, and son of Samuel^ and Sally 
(French) Thurston of New Alstead, N. H. ; born there Sept. 12, 1809 ; 
married, Sept. 15, 1836, Esther Adeline Miller, born July 20, 
1812, daughter of Robert and Mary (Boyce) Miller of Marlow, N. H. 
She died May 18, 1878. 

Mr. Thurston has taught fifty-five terms of school in New Alstead 
and adjoining towns ; been superintending school committee eight 
years, selectman and justice of the peace for the county of Cheshire 
twenty years, beside numerous other offices, and has now settled down 
as a farmer on two hundred acres of land. 


3195 George Franklin,' b. Feb. 17, 1838; d. Oct. 7, 1839. 

3197 Charles Samuel,' b. Aug. 21, 1840; taught two district schools, winters of 

1861 and 1862; in the spring of 1863 went to Pesotum, 111., took the 
fever and ague, and died April 18, 1864. 

3198 Edwin Alden,' b. Nov. 5, 1843; m- May 16, 1867, Nellie Louise Reeves, 

dau. of David A. and Almira (Smith) Reeves of Suffield, Ct. ; he worked 
with his uncle Franklin Robinson Thurston three years at blacksmith- 
ing and then went to Saxton River, Vt., where he worked at ironing car- 
riages until a short time before his death, May 3, 1876, at that place. 
They had: 

3199 Charles Edward^ b. May l8, 1868. 

3200 Edwin Horace^ b. July 7, 1876. 

3201 Lorenzo Goldsbury,' b. Jan. 26, 1847 ; n.m. ; lives with his parents. 

3202 Harriet Ellen,' b. Aug. 27, 1852; m. June 6, 187 1, Edwin Emerson Roundy 

of Winchester, Mass., and has: 
3203 Nellie Lillian (Roundy), b. Dec. 14, 1S72. 



Franklin Robinson Thurston ° of Marlborough, N. H. {Samuel^ 
David,*' Jonathan^ Daniel^ Daniel''-'), brother of the preceding, and 
son of Samuel ^ and Sally (French) Thurston of New Alstead, N. H. ; 
born there Jan. 22, 1815; married, first, Fanny Lovisa Holman, 
born in Roxbury, N. H., Aug. 31, 1816, daughter of Dea. Charles and 
Polly Holman of Marlborough; she died Dec. 23, 1870. Second, 
Nov. 28, 1878, by Rev. F. D. Ayer, Mrs. Hannah Elizabeth (Nich- 
ols) HoiT of Concord, N. H., born in Boston, Mass., July 12, 1829, 
daughter of Luther Western and Hannah (Tompkins) Nichols; she 
was first married by Rev. D. D. Burrows, March 4, 1852, in Amherst, 
N. H., to Sewell Hoit of Concord, where she lived twenty-seven years, 
and has a daughter, Jennie Lizzie (Hoit), born Sept. 23, i860. 

Mr. Thurston was formerly a blacksmith; is now, 1879, nianufac- 
turing agent for the Thurston Knob Screw Company of Marlborough; 
was republican representative to the legislature 1877 and 1878. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 
+3213 Charles Holman,' b. June 3, 1842; m. Amanda C. Frost. 

3214 Ellen Chestlna,'' b. Dec. 4, 1848; m. Aug. 20, 1872, Horatio Stilman Rich- 
ardson, b. May 21, 1846, son of Thomas Hall and Hannah (Morse) 
Richardson of Marlborough ; he is a pharmacist in Cambridgeport, 
Mass., of the firm of A. R. Bayley & Co., and also of the firm of Bayley 
& Richardson. They have : 
3215 Frank Linden (Richardson), b. Oct. 13, 1877. 


Philomela Thurston ^ {Stephen,^ Daniel,* Richard,^ Daniel^ Dan- 
iel^), eldest daughter of Stephen^ and Philomela (Parish)* Thurston 
of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass.; born there April 11, 1795 ; Oct. 
2, 18 1 7, she embarked as a missionary for Bombay, India, and after 
a voyage of five months or thereabouts, married, first, March 26, 1818, 
Rev. Samuel Newell, son of Ebenezer and Mary (Richards) New- 
ell of Durham, Me., born there July 24, 1784. He graduated from 
Harvard 1808, from Andover 1810; was ordained at Salem, Mass., 
Feb. 6, 1812 ; married, Feb. 9, 1812, Harriet Atwood, and sailed Feb. 
19, 18 1 2, for Calcutta, as a missionary of the A. B. C. F. M. His 
wife died in the Isle of France, Nov. 30, 1812, before reaching their 
field of labor. He died of cholera at Bombay May 30, 182 1, and his 
widow married, second, March, 1822, James Garrett, born in Tren- 
ton, Oneida county, N. Y. He was a printer at the Bombay mission, 
where he died, 1831. In 1832 she returned to this country and died 
at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1849. 

Her children, by first husbandj Newell, were : 
3226 Harriet Atwood (Newell), b. 1819; m. Smith Hart of Liberty county, Ga. ; 
he died 1865. They had: 

♦Eunice Foster was the consort of Elijah Parish, and died Dec. 13, 1799, aged 66. She was 
daughter of Nathan Foster, and granddaugliter of Dea. Josiah Standiah, who was erandson 
lOf Capt. Miles Standish, military commander of the colony which landed at Plymouth, Mass., 
December, 1620. Her eldest son was Rev. Elijah Parish of Byfield, Mass. [see p. 98, preached 
ordination sermon of Eev. David Thurston at Wintbrop]. Her second son was the Rev. Ariel 
Parish of Manchester, Mass., who died May 20, 1794, aged 30. tier only daughter was Mrs. 
Philomela, wife of Stephen Thurston, the father of AriefStandish Thurston [no. 1629], 

Hannnah Standish [see no. 601, p. 89] was grandmother of Lafayette Standish Foster of 
Oonneotieut, vice-president, ex-offiaio, of the United States after the assassination of Lincoln. 


3227 Samuel Newell (Hart), b. Dec. 6, 1856. 
322S Clara Thursloji (Hart), d. in infancy. 
3229 Hattie Atwood (Hart), b. Feb. 23, i860. 

By second husband, Garrett: 

%Z 't^.^^^.^%T^ZO-:^Slt^:hr. the war against the rebelUon; 

^^ -"Sken prisoner at the battle of Cold Harbor; taken from Richmond to 

AndersonviUe, and from there to Florence, S. C, where he died. 


Hon. Ariel Standish Thurston" {Stephen,^* Daniel,^ Richard,^ 
Daniei;' Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and only son of Stephen* 
and Philomela (Parish) Thurston of Rowley, now Georgetown, Mass. ; 
born in Goffstown, N. H., June 11, 1810; married, first, Sept. 8, 1836, 
Julia Clark Hart, born July 6, 1813, daughter of Dr. Erastus 
Langdon Hart of Goshen, Ct. ; she died April 17, 1844. Second, May 
7, 1846, at Angelica, N. Y., Cornelia Sophia Hull, born Dec. 20, 
1820, daughter of Andrew C. Hull of Nelson, Madison county, N. Y. ; 
she died suddenly at Brooklyn, N. Y., June 27, 1865. Third, April 
15, 1867, at Elmira, N. Y., Georgianna Gibson (nee Converse), born 
in Palmer, Mass., March 16, 1827, daughter of Maxy Manning Con- 
verse of Woburn, Mass. 

Mr. Thurston prepared for college at Kimball Union academy, 
Meriden, N. H., 1826-28 ; entered Amherst college September, 1828, 
remained during the freshman year; went to Elmira 1830, studied 
law, and was admitted to the supreme court May, 1835; was elected 
judge and surrogate in Chemung county, N. Y., which office he held 
five years ; state assessor three years, and is a manager of the State 
Reformatory, 1879. 

He has in his possession a bible, formerly the property of Gideon 
Thurston [no. 68], bought in 1756, and given by him to his cousin 
Daniel [no. 163]. Daniel gave it to his daughter Judith, who married 
Samuel Pearson [no 502], and after her death Mr. Pearson gave it to 
Clarissa Thurston [no. 1626], and she gave it to her brother Ariel S. 
On the fly leaf is written, "Gideon Thurston, his bibel, bot in 1756, 
cost ;^i 6s. lawful." 

* Obituary of Stephen Thurston, father of A. S. Thuraton, published in " The Farmer's 
Cabinet" Nov. 1,1833: Died suddenly, Sept. 13, 1833, in Bedford, N. H., Dea. Stephen 
Thurston, aged 63. He was born in Rowley, Mass., and having resided at different periods 
in various places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the circle of his acquaintance was 
extensive. lu early life he wa.s married to a sister of the late Dr. Parish of Bytield afterward 
to Miss Sarah Biirge of HoUis, and the widow who survives him is sister of the late T»r Snm 
uel AVorcester. Happy in the choice of his domestic connections, he was a man whnoA fofw 
and benevolence qualified him to diffuse happiness to those around him, not onlv i I ■ f -i 
but in society at lar^e. Dea. Thurston was an eminent instance of what a cli r i^™ny 
common waliss of life can accomplish. In the sphere in which he moved tho .^^^^lan in the 
he exerted was of the happiest kind. He was not able to make large benpf k^""^ which 
charities were, to the extent of his ability, freely and unostentatiously bestn '^Ii "^' ^^^ ^^ 
intercourse with the world, and he was called to mingle much with it, be rn"!f ■ ^^ ^^^ ^^^ 
aim to be doing good. "With characteristic zeal he entered into .all the ben i '* '^^^ great 
of the day. If a single passage of scripture were to be selected that mirrM-^'^ °* enterprises 
his character it sliould be. "Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit ^* once express 
The summons to depart, though unexpected, found him as we trust not n, ^^""^ing the Lord," 
in active service. One Sabbath he was in attendance upon divine op ^.'^^P^^'^d. He died 
health, and the next his pastor was called upon to preach in reference to >,"''?' '^Pparentlv in 

It should be mentioned as a kind and affecting providence that his ein ^ ^^*''- 
Garrett, who has lately returned from Bombay, after an absence of si?l "Inughter Mrs 

since her return has been chiefly in the state of New York, arrived at hV.^^J? .^^iw, and whn 
just in season to soothe his dying moments and receive his parting beuedier "^'^ °i a visit 
page 89], ™Q [see no. 501, 




Mr. Thurston is more entitled to the credit of laying the foundation 
for the history of the descendants of Daniel Thurston of Newbury, 
as contained in this genealogy, than all others put together. He not 
only collected the early names, records, and wills in this country, but 
made considerable research in England for the connections there. 
His children, all born in Elmira, were. 
By first wife, Julia : 

3242 Theodore,' b. April 8, 1838; d. Sept. 14, 1S39. 
+3243 Mary Parmalee,' b. July 29, 1840; m. Curtis Crane Gardiner. 
+3244 Clara Standish,' b. Nov. 3, 1842; m. Henry White Strang. 

By second wife, Cornelia : 
3245 William Hull,' b. March 29, 1847; d. Aug. 21, i86i. 
+3246 Julia Hart,' b. May 16, 1849; m- George Washington Thomas. 
+3247 Charles Parish,' b. Feb. 22, 1851; m. Mary Toll Ried. 

3248 Elizabeth Morse,' b. Sept. 13, 1855; m. Aug. 27, 1873, Henry Bowring, 
ship and freight broker in Brooklyn, N. Y., son of C. T. Bowring of 
the Devonshire family of Bowrings, of whom was Sir John Bowring, 
author of many beautiful hymns, and among others the one commencing 
" Watchman, tell us of the night ; " publisher of the works and executor 
of Jeremy Bentham, British Minister to Hong Kong, member of par- 
liament, etc. C. T. Bowring is now a resident of Liverpool. Eng. 
They have : 
3249 Harriet Cornelia (Bowring), b. Oct. 14, 1877. 
3250 Richard Hull,'' b. Oct. 10, 1863. 


Eunice Farley Thurston " {David,^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^), eldest child of Rev. David "^ and Prudence (Brown) 
Thurston of Winthrop, Me.; born there Nov. ig, 1812; married, 
Sept. 3, 1832, Rev. Henry Richardson,* born in Springfield, Mass., 
Nov. 28, 1799, son of John Barnard and Mabel (Wolcott) Richardson. 

Henry Richardson entered Bradford academy, Mass., in 1823, and 
studied there three years. During this time he taught school three 
winters, two of them in that town. In 1826 he entered the theologi- 
cal seminary in Bangor, Me. 

In 1829 a small Congregational church was organized in Sidney, 
on the Kennebec river, and Mr. Richardson was ordained its pastor 
Nov. 23, 183 1. The people did not feel able to pay for preaching, 
and he was dismissed Sept. 20, 1833. Not long after he became pas- 
tor of the Congregational church in Brownville, Me. Neither the 
church or town had long been in existence. He was dismissed 
in the winter of 1838 ; went to Gilead, Me., the following spring, 

• KiOHAKDSoir Family. 

I. "William Richardson and Edward, who is supposed to have been his brother, were in 
West Newbury, Mass., aa early as 1647; we linow not how much earlier, nor from what part 
of England they came. He was born about 1620 ; married, Aug. 23, 1654, Elizabeth Wiseman. 

. He died March 25, 1657, and his estate consisted of *' a house, foure akers of land prised at 
£23." They had Joseph, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. 

II. Joseph Eiohakdson, born May 18, 1656; married, July 12, 1681, Margaret Godfrey; 
was a cordwainer in West Newbury. They had Damiel and seven other children. 

III. Danibl Riohabdsost, born April 4, 1692; married Lydia . They had Stephen 

and four other children. 

IV. Stbphe.v Eiohakdson, married Mary Chase of West Newbury; lived inMethuen and 
after in Dracut, where he died in the autumn of 1813. They had Johh Barnard and eight 
other children. 

V. John Barnard Kiohabdson, bom in Methuen 1768 ; maiTied Mabel Wolcott. He 
was a boot and shoemaker in Springfield, Wilbraham, and Chickopee, Mass. He died at his 
son William's in Hadley.Mass., April 6, 1841, aged 72. They had Henry, who married Eunice 
Farley Thurston, as above. 


and preached there and in the adjoining town of Shelburne, 
N. H., eleven years. He left Gilead in the spring of 1849, and in 
March, 1850, became acting pastor of the church in Goshen, Sullivan 
county, N. H. ; went back to Gilead Sept. i, 1861, and preached a 
time with failing health. He has been able to preach but little for 
the last seventeen years. During the last thirteen years he has been 
so disabled by rheumatism as to be unable to walk a step, still his 
mind is active and unclouded, and he maintains a lively interest m 
transpiring events throughout the world. He and his wife are living, 
1879, with Mr. William Reade Peabody, who married their daughter 
Mary Elizabeth, and enjoy a pleasant and comfortable home. 

He was an independent thinker and a forcible preacher, ancl his 
sermons were always characterized by vigor, closeness, and original- 
ity of thought; were framed with a logical and pointed bearing and 
delivered with a natural, persuasive power. 

Mrs. Richardson is a woman of more than ordinary force of char- 
acter, as exhibited through all her life, by maintaining in the various 
societies where she has been located, and in her household affairs, 
that influence and energy that sustains and encourages a clergyman 
in his ofttimes perplexing and cheerless work ; and has tended to 
strengthen his hands and encourage his heart, while the people of his 
charge have been inspired by it to greater exertions and more self- 
denying efforts to increase religious interest and bring souls to Christ. 
She has always striven for the elevation and advancement of all with- 
in her influence. Though at one time suffering for several years with 
a disease which rendered it difficult for her to walk, and sometimes 
impossible, she maintained a cheerfulness and hopefulness of dispo- 
sition which rendered her society very attractive and her influence 
charming. For some years past, since her husband's illness, she has 
enjoyed remarkably good health. 

Children : 

3261 John Francis (Richardson), b. in Sidney Aug. 25, 1833; "^' Ji^'is 4, 
1872, Emily Susan Hutchins of Boston. He is a designer and wood en- 
graver of the firm of Russell & Richardson, 194 Washington street, Bos- 
ton ; owns a pleasant cottage and lives in Belmont, a few miles out of 
the city, 1879. They have : 
3262 Mabel Wokott (Richardson), b. Sept. 5, 1877. 

3263 Henry Brown (Richardson), b. in Winthrop Aug. 23, 1837; m. in St. Jo- 
seph, La., June 18, 1867, Anna Howard Farrar. He is a civil engineer, 
and has been employed on the levee on the Mississippi river, on rail- 
roads in Texas, was chief engineer in the construction of the Natchez 
railroad; is assistant state engineer, appointed by Governor Nichols in 
1878, with his residence in St. Joseph, La. ; was in the war of the rebel- 
lion, wounded and taken pi'isoner at Gettysburgh. Their children, all 
born in St. Joseph, are : 

3264 Thomas Farrar (Richardson), b. Sept. 28, 1871. 

3265 Mary Wolcott (Richardson), b. Oct. 26, 1873. 

3266 yolm (Richardson), b. March 21, 1876. 

3267 Mary Elizabeth (Richardson), b. in Gilead May 2, 1841 ; ra. Oct. 29, 1863, 
' William Reade Peabody, b. in Gilead Jan. 31, 1837, son of Asa Peabody; 

he is a farmer in Gilead ; has held offices in town, and is a member of 

the Congregational church. Children: 

3268 Mary Gertrude (Peabody), b. July 29, 1864. 

3269 Ada Louise (Peabody), b. Aug. 10, 186^. 

3270 Henry Asa (Peabody), b. Dec. 21, i866; d. Aug. 20, i858. 

3271 William Welcome (Peabody), b. Dec. 24, 1869. 

3272 Francis Richardson (Peabody), b. April 9, 1871. 



Brown Thurston " of Portland, Me. {David,^ David,^ Richard,^ 
-Daniel^'i j)anieP), brother of the preceding, and eldest son of Rev. 
Davids and Prudence (Brown) Thurston of Winthrop, Me.; born 
there Oct. 6, 1814; married, first, July 19, 1842, Harriet Chapman,* 
born Sept. 8, 1813, daughter of Dea. George Whitefield and Mary 
(Greenwood) Chapman of Gilead, Me.; she died Feb. 23, 1858. 
Second, Oct. 26, 1859, Amanda Chapman, born Dec. 30, 1828, sister 
to his first wife. 

Mrs. Harriet Thurston joined the Congregational church in Gilead 
in her youth, removing her church relation after marriage to High 
street church in Portland, and maintained a consistent christian char- 
acter through all her life. She was noted for her self-sacrificing be- 
nevolence, and highly esteemed and greatly beloved by all who knew 
her. Miss Amanda Chapman united with the High street church by 
profession April 28, 1858. 

Mr. Thurston, when a lad, had slender health. In 1821, when 
seven years of age, he lived a year with his aunt, Mrs. Mary Blodget, 
in Bucksport, attending school. In the summer of 1825 went nine 
trips from Bangor and Searsport to Boston, with Capt. David Nichols 
of Searsport, in a coasting schooner, in the hope of securing better 
health ; spent the year 1830 in Dr. Hubbard's family in Winthrop, 
under his medical care. In 1831 he went by stage to Lowell, Mass., 
and learned the art of printing in the office of the Lowell Observer, 
owned by Allen & Shattuck. They sold to Rev. Asa Rand, and 

• Chapmaii Family. 

I. Edwakd Chapman, miller, ot Ipswich, Mass., is said to have come from the north-east 
of England, not far from Hull in Yorkshire. In 1642 he maiTied, first, Mary, daughter of 
Mark Symonds ; she died Jane 10, 1653. Second, Dorothy, daughter ot Richard Swaiu and 
widow of Thomas Abi)0tt of Rowley, Maas. He died April 18, 1678. He was an industrious, 
energetic, christian man; accumulated some property; was cautious, firm, and decided iu his 
opinions. His wife Dorothy survived him and married, Nov. 13, 1678, Archelaus Woodman 
of Newbury, Mass. His children, by first wife, were Samuel, Simon, Nathaniel, and Mary. 
HlB will closes with these words : •' My will is that all my children be satisfied with that I 
have done for them ; and If any of them shall through discontent make trouble about this, 
my will is that then they shall forfeit and lose what I have herein bequeathed unto them or 

II. Samubl Chapmaw. bom 1654; was a wheelwright and farmer, a man ot influence and 
piety He took the homestead and was allowed three years to settle the estate and six years 
to pay the heirs. He married, May 20, 1678, Ruth, daughter ot Samuel Ingalls ; he died Jan. 
26, 1722. They had Samuel, John, Joseph, Kuth, Edward, Mary, Job, Edmund. 

Ill Samuel Chapman, bom Feb. 12, 1679; married, March 11, 1702, Phebe Balch of Man- 
chester, N. H. ; was a eordwainer in Hampton, and after a farmer in Greenland, N. H. He 
died April 21, 1742. They had Phebe, Paul, Samubl, Martha, Penuel, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Jonathan, Ruth. Abigail. _ „ , ., j, , ^ , j ,,-,„ 

rv. Samuel Chapmas, bora In Hampton Dec. 7, 1708; baptized in Greenland 1717; mar- 
ried, first, York; second, . He was taxed in Newmarket, N, H., 1732, and is sup- 
posed to have Uved in Stratham. N. H. He had, by first wife, John, Mary, Samuel, Benjamin, 
Phebe. Edmund, Noah, Elizabeth, Eliphaz. Martha, David, and by second wife, Hannah. 

V. Eliphaz Chapmam, bora In Newmarket March 7, 1760; married, first, ; she died 

soon after marriage. Second, Aug. 12, 1772, Hannah, daughter of Timothy Jaokman of New- 
bury. He was a Congregational mlnLster and preached in Madbury from 17r0 to 1773, then in 
Meflmen, Mass., till Pebraary, 1791, when he removed to Sudhury-Canada, now Bethel, Me. 
Heioarneved with two two-horse teams through the towns of York, Gorham, Bridgton, Wo, 
terford, and Albany, from where there was no road, to Bethel ; only a one-horse tflam had 
ever passed over the route before. There were but few families In Bethel at that time, and no 
traveled road within twenty miles. He selected a lot on the north s de of the Androsooggin 
liver, which his son Timothy afterward occupied and which is now, 18,9, owned by his giand- 
Bon Timothy HiUiard, the seventh child of Timothy. He wm a very Prominent and popuar 
man in towb, judging from the number of children named after h m. He djed J?"' ^?i}^^*' 
BhediedDec! 16, 18&, aged 92. They had Hannah, Eliphaz, Elizabeth, Abigail, Geobob 
■ffHiTEFiELD, Timothy, Samuel, Edmund. iTon. ™o,rfo/i fl,.<i( ciont 

VI. Geobqe Whitefield Chapmah, bora in Methuen Dec ffi, 1780; married, flist, Sept. 
ao, 1804, Mary Greenwood [see page 173], parents of Harriet and Amanda, who married Urown 
Thurston, above. 


he went to New York, worked at his trade a few months, and business 
being dull he shipped for a whaling voyage in the ship Statira of 
Nantucket, Capt. Cannon, master. He was on board this ship just 
four years, visiting the Azores, Cape Verd Islands, sailing close under 
Teneriffe, around Cape Horn, landing at Valparaiso, the seaport of 
Santiago in Chili, Callao in Peru, Atacames, United States of Colom- 
bia, Galapagos Islands, several of the Society, Navigator, Friendly, 
Tonga, and Sunday Islands, arriving back at Nantucket with about 
half a cargo of sperm and black whale oil in 1838, having been pro- 
moted from seaman to boat-steerer for nearly half the voyage. He 
resumed his trade again, and worked in Brunswick, Hallowell, and 
Bangor till 1840, when he procured material and established an office 
in Augusta; moved to Portland in 1841. At one time he had associ- 
ated with him Arthur H. Branscomb, Levi W. Fenley, and George F. 
H. Ilsley, under the firm name of Thurston, Ilsley & Co. ; after this 
his brother Samuel, under name of Thurston & Co. ; then Newell A. 
Foster and William H. Jerris, under the name of Thurston, Foster & 
Co. These firms existed for about six years, since which time he has 
had no partner till 1876, when he took in Stuart A. Strout and John 
H. Russell. He was the first job printer to introduce the power 
press in Portland. He also introduced stereotyping, electrotyping, and 
wood engraving. He stereotyped Town's full series of school books, 
Weld's Grammar and Parsing Book, Payson's Works in 3 vols.. Pearl 
Bible, and many other books. In 1866, July 4, the great fire which 
destroyed over $10,000,000 worth of property and about one-third of 
the city, including his office, subjected him to a loss of over 1.25,000 
above insurance. He soon started again and has maintained a lead- 
ing position in the business since. 

In 1842 he was received into the High street Congregational 
church; was elected deacon in 1856, and has been superintendent of 
the Sunday-school twelve years. He was early engaged in the tem- 
perance cause, and was one of the first to espouse the cause of the 
slave. During the reign of the fugitive slave law he with others did 
what they could to help the bondman in his flight from slavery ; at 
one time having the care of thirty fugitives, who were dispatched to 
St. John, N. B., and Montreal, Canada. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 

3283 Charles Brown,' b. June 10, 1843; enlisted as private in I3tli Maine regi- 

ment infantry Dec. 2, i85i ; promoted to be sergeant Aug. 28, 1863; dis- 
charged at expiration of term of service, Jan. 6, 1865; with army of the 
gulf from Marcli i, 1S62, to July, 1864, from Pensacola to Baton Rouge; 
from July, 1864, to January, 1865, in Shenandoah Valley, Va., under 
Gen. Sheridan; is now engaged in the scroll saw and fancy woods busi- 
ness in Portland, Me., 1879. 

3284 Jane Mary,' b. Dec. 22, 1845; d. Jan. 9, 1846. 

3285 Harriet Chapman,' b. March 11, 1847; d. March 13, 1847. 

3286 George Francis,' b. Jan. 20, 1848; m. Sept. 7, 1871, Ella Amelia Kendall, 

b. in Ashby, Mass., Oct. 30, 1848, daughter of Hosea and Lydia (Taylor) 
Kendall of Portland. He is a banker and broker in partnership with 
Henry M. Payson, at 32 Exchange street, Portland. They had : 
3287 Agjies^ b. March 20, 1877 ; d. March 24, 1877. 

3288 Clara Amanda,' ) , . „ , t ,„„ ,„ ,0,. 

3289 Mary Brown,' \ '™'^^' ^- J""^ "°' '^Si- 

3290 David Frederick,'' b. July 25, 1853; d. Dec. 7, 1857. 

3291 Jessie Louise,' b. June 20, 1856. 


George Whitefield Chapman ° {Eliphaz^ Samuel,^ Samuel^ Sam- 
uel,^ Edward'^'), son of Eliphaz ^ and Hannah (Jackman) Chapman of 
■Bethel, Me.; born in Methuen, Mass., Dec. 25, 1780; married, first, 
Sept. 30, 1804, Mary Greenwood, born 1787, daughter of Nathaniel 
Greenwood of Bethel; she died March 17, 1849. Second, Aug. 20, 
1851, Mrs. Hannah (Prince) Buxton of Bridgton, Me. She died 
April 18, 1863; he died June 31, 1875, aged 947. 6 m. 

Mr. Chapman was a farmer in Gilead, Me. Coming to this new 
country with his father at the age of eleven years, he participated in 
all the privations and hardships of pioneer life, and experienced the 
fear which pervaded the country on account of the Indians, who had 
shortly before this committed depredations in that region, and some 
of whom were still straggling about the country. 

He united with the Congregational church in Bethel, by profession 
of faith, in 1810, and in 1818 removed his connection to Gilead^; 
where he had located upon a farm, when a Congregational church was 
established there. There had been a powerful revival of religion in 
Gilead, during which nearly every head of a family in town was con- 
verted ; this gave the church at its outset an earnest and vigorous 
life. He was chosen one of the deacons, at the time of the forma- 
tion of the church, and maintained the office till 1852, when he re- 
moved to Bethel. For nearly half the time they were without any 
shepherd, and the deacons kept up the service regularly and read ser- 
mons. He was superintendent of the Sunday-school for the first ten 
years. He was a man of general influence in the region, representa- 
tive to the legislature one term before Maine was set off from Massa- 
chusetts, a justice of the peace, which ofSce he honored in the eyes 
of his fellow citizens, who deferred to his judgment in many matters 
of difference in preference to going to court. For many years he was 
selectman of the town, and was one of the first to organize the tem- 
perance reform and practice the principle of total abstinence in hay- 
ing time, at " raisings," and the like, on which occasions it was the 
universal custom to provide ardent spirits. 

Soon after his second marriage he purchased a farm in Bethel, and 
in 1855 became wholly blind, when he sold and purchased a house on 
the hill, near the church. Aiter his wife's death he made his home 
with his eldest son, Granville, on the homestead, summers, and with 
his daughter, Mrs. Thurston, in Portland, winters, during which time 
he wrote several chapters of the history of Gilead, which were printed 
in the Bethel Courier, and in 1867 he published a volume of poems, 
which he composed during his blindness. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 

3301 Abigail' (Chapman), b. Aug. 25, 1807 ; d. May 7, 1814. 

3302 George Granville' (Chapman), b. Aug. 22, 1809; m. March 19, 1835, Eliza 

Chapman, b. March 5, 18 10, daughter of Timothy and Betsey (Barker) 
Chapman of Bethel : is a farmer on the homestead in Gilead. They had : 

3303 Fordyce Granville^ (Chapman), b. Jan. 30, 1836 ; drowned Sept. 20, 1840. 

3304 Sarah Elizabeth^ (Chapman), b. June 4, 1838. 

3305 Abbie L? (Chapman), b. Oct. 13, 1840; d. May 26, 185S. 

3306 William Chalmers^ (Chapman), b. Nov. 13, 1841; m. Nov. 30, 1870, 

Martha E. Baldwin, b. in Stratford, N. H., Oct. 29, 1847 ; is a farm- 
er with his father on the homestead. They have : 

3307 Hannibal Hamlin''' (Chapman), b. April 28, 1872, 

3308 Alger Baldwin'^ (Chapman), b. Nov. 8, 1873. 

3309 Marion Eliza'' (Chapman), b. May 19, 1876. 


3310 George T? (Chapman), b. Feb. J, 1844; d. Aug. 20, 1846. 

3311 Hannibal Hamlin'^ (Chapman), b. Oct. 31, 1845; ^- '^^y ^^' 1862. 

3312 Lamartine T.^ (Chapman), b. Jan. 27, 1848; d. May 5, 1849. 

3313 Augustus Faulkner* (Chapman), b. Oct. 18, 1849; a clerk with his un- 

cle Timothy Appleton Chapman in Milwaukee, Wis. 

3314 Mary' (Chapman), b. March 18, 1811; d. Jan. 31, 1835. 

3315 Harriet' (Chapman), b. Sept. 8, 1813; m. Brown Thurston [see no. 1642]. 

3316 Joseph Greenwood' (Chapman), b. Oct. 18, 1815; d. June 24, 1835. 

3317 Albion Perry' (Chapman), b. Aug. 12, 1817 ; m. ist, April3, 1844, Sophronia 

Eames ; she died April 28, 1865, aged 42 ; 2d, Jan. 12, 1866, Mary Ophelia 
Skillings; she died April 15, 1869, aged 28; 3d, Oct. 23, 1871, Mrs. Bet- 
sey (Crockett) Penley of Norway, Me.; she died Jan. 26, 1876, aged 57 ; 
4th, Sept. 5, 1878, SusannaP.Wight of Bethel. Mr. Chapman is a farmer 
in Bethel, a member of the Methodist church. He had, by first wife : 

3318 Leander Thurston'^ (Chapman), b. March 8, 1845; went west and has 

not been heard from for many years. 

3319 Paulina Kimball* (Chapman), b. March 6, 1847; d. Jan. 15, 1869. 

3320 Ebenezer Eames* (Chapman), b. Jan. 19, 1850; a farmer in Bethel. 

3321 Hannah Prince* (Chapman), b. Oct. 24, 1851; m. May 13, 1879, Na- 

than Newman Penley, b. in Norway, Me., Jan. 18, 1842; he is in a 
cotton mill at Conway Center, N. H. 

3322 Augustine Washington* (Chapman), b. Aug. 20, 1853; d. in Worcester, 

Mass., Oct. 30, 1877. 

3323 Sophronia Hazen* (Chapman), b. Feb. 6, 1856. 

3324 George Albion * (Chapman), b. July 28, 1858. 

3325 Timothy Hannibal (Chapman), b. Sept. 21, 1862. 

3326 Leander Thurston' (Chapman), b. Sept. i8, 1819; studied medicine; was 

practicing dentistry in Yarmouth, Me., where he died, Dec. 23, 1845. 

3327 Jarvis' (Chapman), b. Jan. 22, 1822; m. Oct. 17, 1849, Anna Twitchell, 

daughter of Col. Eli Twitchell of Bethel. He was a farmer in Gilead; 
enlisted in the war against the rebellion in the 13th Maine regiment and 
died at Fort St. Philip, below New Orleans, La., 1862; she died i860. 
They had ; 

3328 Fordyce Granville* (Chapman), b. Sept., 1850; d. Jan., 1851. 

3329 Clarence Eugene^ [0[i2Lpca3XL),\i. ^vccit 27, 1851; graduated from the 

Michigan university, a law school at Ann Arbor, Mich., 1879. 

3330 Adelaide Josef hene* (Chapman), b. July II, 1853; folder and stitcher 

in a book bindery in Worcester, Mass., 1879. 

3331 Harriet Amanda* (Chapman), b. Oct. 13, 1857. 

3332 Annie Grace^ (Chapman), b. Dec. 18, 1858; m. Oct. 31, 1877, William 

J. Osgood of Leominster, Mass. 
+3333 Timothy Appleton' (Chapman), b. May 23, 1824; m. Laura Bowker. 

3334 Hannibal Greenwood' (Chapman), b. Oct. 5, 1826; a dry goods merchant 

in Boston, a young man of bright promise, till his health failed, when he 
went on to a farm in Gilead, and died Feb. 5, 1858. 

3335 Amanda' (Chapman), b. Dec. 30, 182S; m. Brown Thurston [see no. 1642]. 

3336 Fordyce' (Chapman), b. July 31, 1831 ; d. May 14, 1833. 


Elizabeth Thurston ° (^Rev. David,^ David,'^ Richard^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Rev. David'' and 
Prudence (Brown) Thurston of Winthrop, Me.; born there Nov. 28, 
1818; married, June 20, 1839, Charles Philbrook,* born May 16, 

♦ Phii-beook family. 

I. Thomas Philbeook, came from England in one of the thirty transports that brought 
imigranta to this country in 1633. He had three sons, Jonathan, Samuel, and William. 
if. William Philbrook, had three sons, Walter, Jonathan, and William. 
Itl. Jonathan Philekook, had four sons, William, Jonathan, Joshua, and Job. 

IV. Jonathan PniLBaooK, married the daughter of Rev. Abijah Wells, d.d., pastor of the 
Congregational church in Attleborough, Mass., and had five sous, John, Thomas, Samuel, 
Robert, and Charles. 

V. Charlbs Philbeook, married Betsey Johnson, settled in Winthrop, Me., and had 
seven children. Lacy; Samuel Johnson, living at the West, 1877;jThomas, died in West Indies ■ 
Jotham Sewall; Moses, living in Illinois; Eliza, married Henry Goodale and lives in Adi-ian! 
Mich.; and Charlbs. 

VI. Charles Philbrook, married Elizabeth Thurston, aa above. 


181 1, son of Charles and Betsey (Johnson) Philbrook of Winthrop. 
She died in Portland, Me., while on a visit to her brothers, Sept. 16, 
1875. She was a consistent member of the Congregational church, 
very much esteemed by all who knew her. 

Mr. Philbrook was a shoemaker by trade, working at it in Winthrop. 
In the spring of 1836 he settled in Adrian, Mich. He spent the win- 
ter of 1837-8 in Port au Prince, San Domingo, W. I., settling the estate 
of his brother, who died there. In March, 1863, they moved to Gen- 
eseo, 111., on to a farm, he having become so deaf as to incapacitate 
him for the shoe business, in which he was engaged in Michigan. 
He is a very devout member of the Congregational church. 

Their children, all born in Adrian, were : 

3347 Francis Thurston (Philbrook), b. April 12, 1846. 

3348 William Thomas (Philbrook), b. Feb. 22, 1848; d. March 26, 1849. 

3349 Charles (Philbrook), b. Oct. 10, 1854; d. Oct. 13, 1854. 

3350 Ella (Philbrook), b. Dec. 23, 1856. 

3351 Harriet (Philbrook), b. March 14, 1859. 


Samuel Thurston ° {David^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel,"^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Rev. David ^ and Prudence 
(Brown) Thurston of Winthrop, Me.; born there Aug. 14, 1825 ; mar- 
ried, first, June 5, 1850, Lucretia Harrington Bartels, born Sept. 
12, 1829, daughter of John and Sarah Bartels of Portland, Me.; she 
died at Steep Falls, Me,, Sept. 7, 1856. Second, June 15, 1858, 
Mary Louisa W^aters, born Sept. 10, 1833, daughter of Cornelius 
and Abigail (Irish) Waters of Gorham, Me. ' 

Mr. Samuel Thurston spent his early days in Winthrop, working on 
a farm and attending school, closing his education at the Monmouth 
academy, then taught by Dr. N. T. True. Soon after arriving at ma- 
jority he came to Portland and worked with his brother. Brown 
Thurston, in the stereotyping business, after which he engaged first 
in the apothecary and then in the grocery trade. During his early 
life he developed a capacity and taste for vocal music, and became a 
superior tenor singer. About 1855 he gave up trade and devoted his 
time to teaching music, being appointed teacher of vocal music in the 
public schools of Portland. When the war of the rebellion broke 
out his loyalty and martial spirit caused him to enlist, Aug. 22, 1862, 
as a private in the 6th Maine battery of mounted artillery. As a 
token of respect for their teacher, the lads of the three grammar 
schools presented him with an elegant revolver. The presentation 
was made before a large concourse of people in the city hall by Mr. 
Manthano Pickering, teacher of the Park street school, in behalf of 
the lads, who read an address which was signed by a committee of 
lads from each of the schools. Mr. Thurston responded in a few 
patriotic remarks, the boys sang "America " with a will, and gave 
three hearty cheers for Mr. Thurston. 

Though enlisting as a private, his bravery and energy were soon 
recognized, and on Oct. 28, 1862, he was appointed sergeant. Dec. 
I, 1862, he was appointed quartermaster sergeant of the artillery 
brigade, 2d division, 12th corps. He returned to the battery Feb. 28, 

1863, and Jan. 15, 1864, was appointed orderly sergeant. March i, 

1864, he was commissioned second lieutenant. He was wounded 


May 12, 1864, at the battle of Spottsylvania, where the second co^p^ 
gained an important victory after a severe battle. July i^' '?p car- 
was commissioned first lieutenant, and was mustered out °^ .f -f-hf-nl 
vice at Augusta, Me., June 20, 1865, bearing a good record of *^" nrk 
service. After leaving the army he acted as clerk for the New ^ o 
steamers, and now, 1879, is a dealer in musical instruments and leaae 
of .church choirs in Portland. He is an active member of the Con- 
gregational church. 

His children, by first wife, Lucretia, were : 
•3^62 Charles Augustus,' b. Feb. 12, 1852; m. Aug. 2, 1878, Olive Agnes Mason 
of Portland, b. Aug. 26, 1852. He is with his father in the musical in- 
strument business in Portland. 

3363 Henry Bartels,' b. April 14, 1853; d. Sept. 23, 1853. 

3364 Louisa Bartels,' b. April 4, 1855; d. Sept. 23, 1856. 

3365 Carrie Elizabeth,' b. June 17, 1856; d. Aug. i, 1856. 

By second wife, Mary : 

3366 Ida Louisa,' b. Feb. 4, 1861. 

3367 Henry Lynden,' b. June 19, 1 866. 

3368 Ella Waters,' b. July 26, 1868. 

3369 David Cornelius,' b. April 11, 1870. 

3370 Harriet Elizabeth,' b. Feb. 13, 1874. 


Harriet Ann Thurston ^ {David^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel^ 
Daniel'^'), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Rev. David ^ and 
Prudence (Brown) Thurston of Winthrop, Me. ; born there May 8, 
1829; married, first, Oct. 12, 184S, at Winthrop, Melvin Gilmore 
Deane, born at Ellsworth, Me., Nov. 16, 182 1, son of John Gilmore 
and Rebecca Dennis (Paddleford) Deane of Portland, Me. He was a 
civil engineer and died in Portland March 21, 1854. Melvin G. Deane 
married, first, May 9, 1843, Sarah Edwards Shepard, born in Ashfield, 
Mass., Sept. 16, 1823, daughter of Rev. Thomas and Sarah Williams 
(Barrett) Shepard of Bristol, R. I.; she died in Bristol May 12, 1847. 
Mr. Deane had one son by this marriage, John Gilmore (Deane), born 
in Portland March 28, 1845. He was lieutenant in the 6th Maine 
battery during the war of the rebellion, and was for some time on the 
staff of Acting General Col. Hazard. He married, Oct. 27, 1870, 
Marie Louise Greenwood, born in New York city Feb. 10, 1850, 
daughter of Benjamin and Salome L. (Carnelison) Greenwood of 
Bristol, R. I. He died at Denver, Col., where he went for his health, 
Nov. II, 1873; ihey had at South Hadley Falls, Mass., Marie Louise 
(Deane), born Nov. 25, 1871, died Aug. 10, 1872 ; and Hattie Green- 
wood (Deane), born Dec. 13, 1873, died April 20, 1877. 

becond, Oct. 5, 1866, Mrs. Harriet Ann (Thurston) Deane married 
Hon. Edward Southworth, born July 3, 1804, son of Dr. Abiah 
^"ll™1n,P,°^r°°^^ Southworth of PelhamT Mass. Mr. South- 
Tc I'm years fZ '^^T''' "^ ^^26. He taught in Charleston, 

fey^FallfforT/e 'yea^; tt\lll ^ '^r^'''\ '' 'r"" ^i" 
at West Springfield, Mass., in the mamii^^t 7^' -^^'^^^^ ^"^.^^^ 

1839 till his death, Dec. n, 1860 "'^"^^^^'^'^e of writing paper from 
legislature in 1853 and 1854, and was nbir ^ ''epresentative m the 
clfned. He was treasurer^ol the^ ^0^-^°- ^SLcUf^^^^^pt 



ny for thirty years, and president at the time of his death of the 
Hampshire Paper Company of Soutli Hadley Falls. He was deacon 
of the first Congregational church in West Springfield from 1857 to 
1869, an active christian and a man of deservedly great influence. 
He married, first, June i, 1841, Ann Elizabeth Shepard, born in Little 
Compton, R. I., June 24, 1810, daughter of Rev. Mase and Deborah 
(Haskins) Shepard. She died Aug. 7, 1855, aged 45, having had 
George Champlain Shepard (Southworth) [see no. 3381], born Dec. 
13,1842; Edward Wells (Southworth), born Feb. 12, 1845, died 
Feb. 8, 1847 > Mase Shepard (Southworth), born Sept. 23, 1847, mem- 
ber for three years of the class of 1868 at Yale, after which he was 
student of chemistry at Tubingen in Germany, where he received the 
degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.) in 1873, and in 1876 was 
chosen professor of chemistry at Williams college ; the degree of 
M. A. was conferred upon him by Yale in 1877; Charles Upbam 
Shepard (Southworth), born June 26, 1850, died Nov. 24, 1853 ; Wells 
(Southworth), born March 6, 1852, died Feb. 22, 1854. He married, 
second, Dec. 4, 1856, Mary Woodbury Shepard, born in Ashfield, 
Mass., Oct. 10, 1827, daughter of Rev. Thomas, d.d., and Sarah Wil- 
liams (Barrett) Shepard of Bristol, R. I. She died June 15, 1861, 
aged 33, having had Edward (Southworth), born Sept.' 27, 1857, is a 
member of the class of 1879 at Yale; Mary Woodbury (Southworth), 
born Sept. 26, '1859 ; Thomas Shepard (Southworth), born June 7, 

Mrs. Southworth has spent about three years in Europe since her 
husband's death with the most of her family; is a member of the 
Congregational church. 

Her children, by first husband, Deane, were : 

3380 Sarah Shepard (Deane), b. at Goshen, N. H., Oct. 30, 1850; d. at Win- 
throp Dec. 23, 1851. 
-f-3381 Ada (Deane), b. March 24, 1853; m. Geo. Champlain Shepard Southworth. 

By second,husband, Southworth ; 

3382 Alice Harriet (Southworth), b. Feb. 19, 1868. 


Rev. Richard Bowers Thurston* {Richard^ David,^ Richard^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of Richard ^ and Ann (Bowers) Thurs- 
toii of Bangor, Me.; born ih Charlestown, Mass., June 28, 1819; 
married, in Friendsville, Susquehanna county, Pa., May 24, 1847, 
Jane Miller Pierce, born in Owego, Tioga county, N. Y., Sept. 14,, 
1823, daughter of Henry Miller and Susan (Peironnet) Pierce of 
Waverly, Tioga county, N. Y. 

Mrs. Thurston had unusual skill as an amateur artist. Her gift 
was useful in promoting the culture of art in the places of her resi- 
dence. In the time she could withdraw from the cares of her family, 
she painted many landscapes and other pictures of much beauty and 
merit, which adorn her home and those of some of her friends. 

Mr. Thurston belonged to the first class which graduated from the 

Bangor city high school in 1837 ; graduated from Bowdoin college in 

1841, and from the theological seminary, Bangor, in 1846. He was 

ordained over the Congregational church in Waterville Nov. 11, 1846. 



Rev. Stephen Thurston of Searsport preached the sermori, Rev. Da- 
vid Thurston of Winthrop offered the ordaining prayer, Eliphalet Gil- 
let, D.D., of Hallowell, secretary of the Maine Missionary Society, 
gave the charge to the pastor, Rev. Eli Thurston of Hallowell gave 
the right hand, and Rev. Benjamin Tappan, d.d., of Augusta gave the 
address to the people. He was dismissed April 27, 1855, and became, 
acting pastor of the church at Chickopee Falls, Mass., where he re- 
mained three years. He was settled in Waltham, Mass., in 1858. 
Rev. Edward N. Kirk, d.d., of the Mt. Vernon church, Boston, 
preached the sermon. Rev. Isaac R. Worcester of Boston gave the 
charge, and Rev. George W. Field of the Salem street church, Bos- 
ton, the right hand. He was installed over the church in Stamford, 
Ct, 1865, Rev. Richard S. Storrs, d.d., of Brooklyn, preaching the 
sermon; removed to New Haven in 1874 and preached for the sec- 
ond church in Fair Haven two years, and removed to Old Saybrook, 
Ct., Jan. I, 1877. He is a man of more than ordinary ability, and his 
ministry was accompanied in all these places with satisfactory results. 
He was the author of the prize essay on the " Error and Duty in re- 
gard to Slavery," published in 1857, and of the resolution passed by 
the Jubilee Convention in Chicago, 1870, which led to the founding 
of the National Council of Congregational Churches in Oberlin, Ohio, 
in 1871. 

Prof. William M. Barbour of Yale says of him, " He was held in 
high esteem by his ministerial brethren for his mental acumen and 
his scholarly attainments. Faithful in the pastorate, yet his chief 
place was the pulpit, where he excelled in the delivery of clear, ear- 
nest, and instructive thought. He was the sworn foe of slavery, and 
his preaching and writing contained weighty arguments and out- 
spoken denunciations of the national evil. He was and is still one 
of the most earnest reformers of rooted wrongs. After hearing some 
of his weighty deliverances, some of his parishioners have been heard 
to say, ' Mr. Thurston is a born statesman.' To condense the esti- 
mates of him drawn from his fields of labor, let him be known as one 
with his family's traits, ' a strong, clear, earnest teacher, an able and 
fearless defender of the christian faith, a kindly and cautious coun- 
selor, an upright and spotless man of God.' " 

Their children were : 

3393 Florence Bowers,' b. in Waterville, Me., March 3, 1S49; m. Mar. 7, 1870, 
Henry Carroll Humphrey, b. 1848, a chemist, residing in Philadelphia, 
Pa., 1S77. They have : 
3394 Mary (Humphrey), b. in Dresden, Saxony, Aug. n, 187 1. 

3395 Henry Stephen,' b. in Waterville Sept. 4, 1852; d. Sept. 27, 1852. 

3396 Jennie King,' b. in Waterville Oct. 2, 1854 ; m. Rev. John Howard Hincks 

[see no. 3431]. 

3397 Marion Percy,' b. in Waltham, Mass., March 25, 1863. 


Samuel David Thurston^ {Richard,^ David,^ Richard,^ Daniel"^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Richard^ 'and Ann 
(Bowers) Thurston of Bangor, Me. ; born in Frankfort, now Winter- 
port, Me., Feb. 10, 1822 ; married, first, May 24, 1848, in Waterville 
Me., Susan Duncan Pierce, born in Friendsville, Pa., 1832, daugh- 


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Thomas Gates Thurston* {Gates,^ Peter, ^ Abner^ jfames,^ 
Daniel''^, brother of the preceding, and son of Gates and EHza- 
beth (Pollard) Thurston of South Lancaster, Mass. ; born there 
November 15, 1800; married first, in Albany, N. Y., by Rev. Dr. 
Chester, Aug. 18, 1825, Mary Ann Stoddard ; she died in 
Louisville, Ky., February 24, 1829 ; second, 1831, Diana Moore 
Gwathmey, born June 16, 1811, daughter of Temple and Nancy 
(Marks) Gwathmey of Louisville. 

Mr. Thurston was a blacksmith's apprentice in Concord, Mass., 
for about a year, and at the age of sixteen clerked in Wilmington, 
N. C. ; went to the West Indies in a vessel as supercargo. He 
was small in stature, slender, refined, aristocratic in appearance, 
well educated, intelligent and manly. He was a merchant in 
Louisville, Ky., and Evansville, Ind. At Sabinetown, Texas, he 
was manager of saltworks. In 1849 went to California, and re- 
turned to New Orleans in 185 1 with consumption. Winter of 
1852 went to Madisonville, La., and died May 19, 1853 ; she died 
in Areola, La., June i, 1893. 


Ann,' b. in Cleveland, O., Nov. 10, 1826; d. aged 15. 

Virginia,' b. in Cincinnati, O., Nov. 21, 1828 ; m., in New Orleans, La., June 
27, 1853, Augustus Pierce White, head clerk In large clothing store in 
New Orleans, grandson or grand-nephew of Gov. White of Louisiana, d. 
July, 1861 ; she d. Sept. 16, 1879, having had Alexander (White), b. in 
New Orleans, Nov. 18, 1854 ; clerk ; m., no children. 
William,' b. in Louisville, Ky., Dec. i, 1832; d. Aug. 10, 1833. 
Kate,' b. do., Aug. 8, T834; m., May 11, 1853, Thomas Evander Kercheval, a 
steamboat pilot and captain in New Orleans ; she d. Dec. 12, 1859, hav- 
ing had Lily Clapp (Kercheval), b. March 2, 1854, m. Charles B. Amory ; 
Sally Diana (Kercheval), b. June i, 1856, m. Robert Clark Day, in New 
Anna Alexander,' b. do., Nov. 21, 1836; m., ist, Oct. 5, 1854, John Robeson 
Wooldridge, a planter and merchant of Franklin parish, La. ; asst. post- 
master four years after close of the war in New Orleans, where he d. May 
19, 1873; 2d, in Amite, La., July 11, 1874, Henry Augustus Jolls, b. in 
New Orleans, Aug. 23, 1835, where he is a captain and pilot, inventor of 
a water wheel, which he has great faith in. She had, by ist husband : 
Ida Kate (Wooldridge), b. Aug. 30, 1855 ; m., April 17, 1874, Davis Wool- 
dridge, a civil engineer in Austin, Texas ; he d. July 6, 1890, leaving 
3 children ; she has a position in the treasury dept. in Washington, D. C. 
Charles Henry Thurston (Wooldridge), b. Aug. i, d. Aug. 28, 1859. 
Sarah Anna (Wooldridge), b. in Natchez, Miss., Nov. 24,1860; m. Isaac 

R. Hammons, a merchant in Wesson, Miss. 
Mary Grace (Wooldridge), b. Jan. 18, d. Feb. 27, 1863. 
Edwin Thurston (Wooldridge), b. Sept. 24, i866j a railway mail clerk in 
New Orleans ; m., Nov. 15, 1887, Regina North of N. Orleans ; 2 chil. 
Harry Temple (Wooldridge), b. Aug. 17, 1869; d. Aug. 17, 1872. 
John Gates,' b. do., Nov. 21, 1838 ; d. Aug., 1840. 


Charles Henry/ b. in Evansville, Ind., Oct. 21, 1840; killed after the second 
battle of Bull Run while taking wounded to the hospital in Lynchburg, 
Va., July 22, 1862; n.m. 
Mary Elizabeth/ b. in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 1843; m., Sept. 30, i865, 
Thomas Arnold Wooldridge, b. 1830, bro. to John Robeson Wooldridge, 
husband of his wife's sister; a, clerk in Chismville, Arkansas; she d. 
June 30, 18S9. They had: 
Di Helen (Wooldridge), b. Jan. 10, 1869; m. Adolphus Metcalf, in Na- 
tional, Ark. 
Daisy Grace (Wooldridge), b. Oct. 8, 1870 ; d. Nov. 10, 1881. 
Kate Thurston (Wooldridge), b. Aug. g, 1873 ! n-™"- 
Clarence Thurston (Wooldridge), b. Feb. 24, 1876; d. Sept. 8, 1879. 
Harry (Wooldridge), b. Dec. 3, 1879. 
-f-Thomas Gates,' b. Nov. 20, 1844; m. Ella Fannie Roane. 

Edwin Joseph,' b. in Louisville, Jan. 8, 1847 ; a chemist in marine hospital, 

Detroit, Mich. ; n.m. 
Lucy Temple,' b. in New Orleans, Sept. 22, 1849 ; m , Oct. 5, 1876, Charles 
Harrison Ogilvie, b. April 23, 1853, a bookkeeper in New Orleans, since 
com'l agent Missouri Pacific railroad in Memphis, Tenn., summer resi- 
dence Areola, La. They have: 
Lula Diana (Ogilvie), b. Aug. 12, 1877. 
Lily Thurston (Ogilvie), b. Dec. 24, 1879. 

Thomas Gates Thurston ^ {Thomas Gates,^ Gates,^ Peter* 
Abner? yames,^ Daniel'^'), son of Thomas Gates and Diana Moore 
(Gwathmey) Thurston, born in Sabinetown, Texas, November 20, 
1844; married, December 10, 1871, Ella Fannie Roane, born 
May 28, 1852, daughter of Dr. Ewing Hobbs and Elizabeth Mar- 
tha (Hanna) Roane of Monroe, La. Doctor Roane was the son 
of ex-governor Roane of Arkansas. 

Mr. Thurston served in the confederate army with the com- 
manding general of the army of Tennessee from 1862 to 1865. 
From 1866 to 1869 clerk in the post-office at New Orleans; 1870 
to 1876 in the book and stationery business in Monroe, La., and 
at Fort Smith, Ark. ; 1877 to 1883 with the Gullett Cotton Gin 
Company in Amite City, La. ; 1884 to 1893 with the Pullman Car 
Company at New Orleans ; since which he is connected with the 
New Orleans Agricultural Works in New Orleans, where he resides. 


Mary Gwathmey," b. at Fort Smith, Ark., Sept. 25, 1872; preparing herself for 

an art teacher. 
George,' b. June 26, 1874 ; d. July 27, 1884. 
Elizabeth Roane,' b. Dec. 3, 1876; d. Feb. 20, 1880. 
Julia Roane," b. Feb. 22, 1879. 
Harry,' b. Sept. 12, 1880. 
Ella Roane,' b. May 20 1882. 
Frank Roane,' b. Oct. 18, 1884; d, June 10, 1885. 
Hattie,' b. Oct. 4, 1885 ; d. Oct. 15, 1888. 
Marguerite,* b. Sept. 25, 1889. 


ter of Henry Miller and Susan (Peironnet) Pierce ; she died in Ban- 
gor May, 1851. Second, June 14, 1852, Jane Maria Sparhawk, 
born 1819, daughter of Noah and Maria (Stetson) [born in Kingston, 
Mass., 1 791] Sparhawk of Buck?port, Me. Mr. Stetson moved to 
Harvard, Mass., 1798, where Maria was married, Aug. 17, 1817, to 
Noah Sparhawk, by Rev. Warren Fay of Charlestown, Mass., after- 
ward D.D. Mr. Sparhawk after marriage moved to Bucksport, where 
he died, May, 1858. Mrs. Sparhawk lives with her daughter in Ban- 
gor, 1879. Mr. Sparhawk's father was a Congregational minister in 
Templeton, Mass. 

At the age of twenty Mr^ Thurston began business in lumber and 
merchandise in Bangor; 1851 moved to Bridgeport, Ct., and con- 
tinued the lumber business under name of Hincks & Thurston ; re- 
turned to Bangor 1857, and engaged in ship chandlery and ship 
building in company with John L. Crosby, building some of the 
largest ships ever built in Bangor. Served as councilman and alder- 
man 1861-1866; was mayor of Bangor, 1869, 1870; treasurer of Ban- 
gor and Piscataquis railroad, Bangor theological seminary, and 
Bangor savings bank. He united with the ist Congregational church 
1840, and has been deacon of the Hammond street Congregational 
church since i860. 

His children, by first wife, Susan, were : 

3408 George Pierce,' b. March 30, 1849; m. in San Francisco, Cal., May 8, 

1879, Dora M. Riversmith, daughter of W. H. Riversmith of Saco, Me. 
He went to San Francisco in 186S, and is secretary of mining companies 
and broker. 

By second wife, Jane : 

3409 Elliot Sparhawk,' b. in Bridgeport Oct. 10, 1853; went to San Francisco 

in 1874, and is mining engineer. 

3410 Samuel Richard,' b. in Bridgeport Oct. 11, 1855; d. Nov. 9, 1856. 

341 1 Maria Stetson,' b. in Bangor Sept. 10, 1858. 


Mary Thurston Blodget {Mary Thurston,^ David,^ Richard,^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel^), eldest daughter of Bliss and Mary (Thurston) 
Blodget of Bucksport, Me.; born there Jan. 9, 18 19; married. May 
25, 1843, Rev. Enoch Pond, born in Ward, Mass., June 20, 1820, 
son of Rev. Enoch Pond, D.D., president of the Bangor theological 
seminary, an institution of great importance to the Congregational 
denomination in Maine, and in which Dr. Pond has maintained a vig- 
orous and healthy influence for more than forty-four years. 

Rev. Enoch Pond, jr., prepared for college in the Bangor classical 
school, and entered Bowdoin college in 1834; graduated in 1838; 
graduated from Bangor theological seminary in 1842. He was or- 
• dained colleague pastor with Rev. Isaac Braman, who had been sole 
pastor for forty-five years, in Georgetown, Mass., December, 1842. 
His ministry was earnest and faithful, but short, as in the spring of 
1846 he had the influenza, from which he never recovered, and after 
nine months of wasting health finished his life at Bucksport Dec. 17, 
1846. Prof. George Shepard of Bangor attended his funeral. His 
remains are interred in Georgetown, where his parishioners desired to 
have them. Shortly before his demise he expressed the following 
sentiments : " I am going to be with my Saviour, into his immediate 


presence, free from those doubts which so harass the soul ; free from 
sin, to be forever at rest. I think I know in whom I Iiave believed. 
I rejoice in submission to God's will. I am willing to follow where 
the divine hand leads. The two worlds seem closely connected." 
His widow has resided with her mother at Bucksport since the death 
of her husband. 

They had one child, born in Georgetown : 

3421 Mary Bliss (Pond), b. Oct., 1844; d. in Bucksport Oct. 22, 1869. She was 

a lovely christian, as will be seen by the following transcript : " I have 
known nothing but love all my life and am going where all is love. It 
has been hard to give up life, but now I long to go. My life seems like 
a dream, all incomplete, but complete in Christ." 


Sarah Ann Blodget {Mary Thurston,^ David,^ Richard,^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Dea. Bliss and 
Mary (Thurston) Blodget of Bucksport, Me. ; born there Aug. 24, 
1820; married, Aug. 23, 1839, John Winslow Hincks, born in North 
Bucksport Aug. 23, 1817, son of Jesse Young and Ruth Payne (Rich) 
Hincks. She died at Bridgeport, Ct., July 26, 1864; he died there 
Feb. 6, 1875. 

Mr. Hincks was a merchant, and for some time before and after 
his marriage was connected with his father-in-law, Dea. Bliss Blodget, 
in the general business of a country store, ship stores, and ship build- 
ing. In 1852 he moved to Bridgeport and went into the lumber trade, 
and subsequently, in company with his son William B., in the nursery 
business. Mrs. Hincks was a very spiritually minded christian lady ; 
her friends trusted in her and " her children arise up and call her 

Their children, born in Bucksport, were : . 

3422 Wm. Bliss (Hincks), b. Sept. 8, 1S41 ; m. Sept. 11, 1866, Mary Louise Hart, 

b. Feb. 20, 1843, daughter of Dea. Baldwin and Charlotte J. (Welles) 
Hart of Madison, Ct. Mr. Hincks fitted for college, but after pass- 
ing examination went into the army against the rebellion and was both 
private and commissioned officer in the 14th Connecticut regiment, tak- 
ing part in most of the battles of the army of the Potomac, leaving the 
army with the commission of major. In 1878 the degree of A. M. was 
conferred upon him by Yale. He is now, 1879, treasurer of the Bridge- 
port Gas-light Company; is deacon and scribe in the Congregational 
church. Their children are : 

3423 Edward Baldwin (Hincks), b. Jan. 4, iS6g. 

3424 William Thurston (Hincks), b. Jan. 22, 1870. 

3425 Robert Stanley (liincks), b. April 28, 1875. 

3426 Edward Young (Hincks), b. Aug. 13, 1844; m. April 19, 1877, Elizabeth 
Champlin Perry, daughter of Oliver Hazard and Anne (Randolph) Perry 
of Andover, Mass. Mr. Hincks fitted for college in a private school • 
graduated from Yale 1866, and from Andover 1870. In his course of 
study he acquired proficiency as a writer and received the " DeForest 
Prize." He was ordained over the State street Congregational church 
in Portland, Me., Oct. 18, 1870; sermon by Rev. William McLeod Bar- 
bour, D.D., Buck professor of christian theology and lecturer on pastoral 
duties in Bangor theological seminary, ordaining prayer by Rev. Stephen 
Thurston, p.D., of Searsport, Me., right hand by Rev. Newman Smyth 
professor in the theological seminary, Andover. During the nine years 
in which he has held this position he has aimed to preach the central 
truths of the gospel. They have ; 
3427 Annie Perry (Hincks), b. Feb 7, 1879. 


3428 Enoch Pond (Hincks), b. Dec. 22, 1846; m. Oct. S, 1869, Cornelia Emerine 
Hart, sister of his eldest brother's wife. He is one of the firm of Wood 
Bros., carriage manufacturers in Bridgeport; is a member and treasurer 
of the 1st Congregational church. They have : 

3429 Annie Hart (Hincks), b. May 22, 1872. 

3430 Henry Winslow (Hincks), b. Dec. 13, 1875. 

3431 John Howard (Hincks), b. JMarch 19, 1849; t"- April 4, 1878, Jennie King 

Thurston [see no. 3396]. He graduated from Phillips academy, Andover, 
giving the valedictory, i858; from Yale 1872, and from Yale theological 
seminary 1876. Like his brother he gained distinction as a writer and 
won the " De Forest Prize." He was ordained pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church, Montpelier, Vt., Sept. 27, 1877; sermon by his brother, 
Rev. E. Y. Hincks, ordaining prayer by Rev. C. B. Drake, D.D., of 
Royalton, Vt., charge to the pastor by his wife's father. Rev. R. B. 
Thurston, charge to the people by Rev. M. H. Buckham, d.d., president 
of the Vermont university, right hand by Rev. Wm. S. Hazen of North- 
field, Vt. Rev. Mr. Hincks has a philosophical and independent mind ; 
he calls no man master, but follows Christ. In his pastorate he suc- 
ceeded an eminent man, the late Rev. Wm. H. Lord, D.D., and his min- 
istry has made its impression on the community. They have : 
3431a Percy Thurston (Hincks), b. Feb. 17, 1879. 

3432 Jane Isabel (Hincks), b. in Bridgeport Jan. 6, 1856. 


Elizabeth Blodget {Mary Thurston,^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel^ 
DaJiiel^), sister of the preceding, and third daughter of Dea. Bliss 
and Mary (Thurston) Blodget of Bucksport, Me. ; born there Nov. 
12; 1822 ; married, Feb. 9, 185 1, Rev. John Parker Skeele, son of 
John and Charlotte (Fisher) Skeele of Kennebunk, Me. 

Rev. Mr. Skeele graduated from Bowdoin in 1845, and from Ban- 
gor in 1850; was ordained over the Congregational church in Hallo- 
well, Me., Oct. 9, 1850; invocation and reading scriptures, Rev. P. 
F. Barnard of Richmond ; introductory prayer, Rev. David Thurston, 
D.D., of Winthrop ; sermon, Rev. John Maltby of Bangor; ordaining 
prayer, Rev. Benj. Tappan, d.d., of Augusta ; charge to pastor, Rev. 
Stephen Thurston, d.d., of Searsport; right hand, Rev. W. L. Hyde 
of Gardiner; address to the people. Rev. Geo. Shepard, d.d., of Ban- 
gor; concluding prayer. Rev. Albert Cole of Winslow; Dr. Benj. 
Tappan was moderator and Rev. R. B. Thurston of Waterville, scribe. 
He was dismissed Dec. 23, 1857 and went south to regain his health. 
For a while he was agent for the A. B. C. F. M. In July, 1873, he 
became the pastor of the church in East Bloomfield, N. Y. He is a 
man of highly respectable attainments, a consecrated and useful 
minister of the gospel. 

Children : 

3433 Henry Blodget (Skeele), b. Aug. 21, 1852. 

3434 Arthur Fessenden (Skeele), b. April 3, 1854. 

3435 Charles Blodget (Skeele), b. Feb. 7, 1857; d. Oct. 12, 1863. 

3436 Walter Fisher (Skeele)/ b. Sept. 26, 1865. 


Rev. Henry Blodget (Mary Thurston,^ David* Richard^ Daniel^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and eldest son of Dea. Bliss and 
Mary (Thurston) Blodget of Bucksport, Me.; born there July 13, 
1825; married, December, 1846, Sarah Ripley, born March, 1822, 
daughter of Franklin and Charlotte (Barrett) Ripley of Greenfield, 


Henry Blodget was received to the Congregational church in 
Bucksport 1837 ; graduated from Yale 1848, and received the honora- 
ry title of D.D. from his Alma Mater 1872 ; removed his church rela- 
tion to the college church 1844, and was deacon till 1848 ; }°T° 
transferred his church relation back to Bucksport. Studied m Ban- 
gor theological seminary till the autumn of 1850, when he was ap- 
pointed tutor in Yale; resigned 1853; was ordained as a missionary 
to China at Bucksport Jan. 25, 1854; sailed for China April, 1854. 
He resided at Shanghai until i860, when he went to Teintsin, being 
the first protestant missionary in the province of Chihli. In 1864 
went to Peking, where he has resided to this time, 1879. He says, 
" It was my privilege to baptize the first convert among protestant 
christians in the province." He was one of the committee to trans- 
late the new testament into the Mandarin, and he prepared a hymn 
book for the use of the native christians. He has been a faithful and 
self-denying laborer in this field, being separated from his wife for 
several years. The climate of the low country not being suited to 
her, she came back to this country and remained till he removed to 
Peking, which is more elevated and salubrious. 

Rev. N. George Clark, d.d., secretary A. B. C. F. M., says : " Rev. 
Henry Blodget, D.D., is a man of superior intellectual gifts, of great 
singleness of purpose, and thoroughly consecrated to the cause of 
Christ. By his labors as a translator of the new testament into the 
Mandarin colloquial, in connection with missionaries of other socie- 
ties, he has helped lay the foundation of a christian literature for 
nearly half the population of the Chinese empire. His self-denial 
and devotion to the cause of missions have been a worthy example 
and an inspiration to younger men." 

Their children are : 

3437 Henry (Blodget), b. in Greenfield Oct. 22, 1854; graduated from Yale 1877 

and has nearly completed studies for the medicalprofession, 1879. 

3438 Charlotte Ripley (Blodget), b. in Shanghai, China, Feb. 24, 1857 ; gradu- 

ated from Abbott Female seminary, Andover, 1878. 


John Blodget {Mary Thurston,^ David,'^ Richard,^ Daniel^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and second son of Dea. Bliss and 
Mary (Thurston) Blodget of Bucksport, Me. ; born there July 11, 
1827; married, in Bangor, Me., Feb. 3, 1852, Sarah Page Case, 
born Sept. 8, 1830, daughter of Isaac and Abigail (Page) Case of 
Kenduskeag, Me. She died in Lemars, Iowa, May 6, 187 1. 

John Blodget was a merchant in Bucksport, in company with his 
father, from October, 1854, till February, 1869, when he went to 
Lemars and established a life and fire insurance agency. He says, 
" When I came here there was no store in the county, and no railroad 
nearer than Sioux City, twenty-five miles west, and Fort Dodge, one 
hundred miles east; now [1877] we have two railroads. There' was 
only one house where our town now stands and contains fifteen hun- 
dred inhabitants. I started a Sabbath-school in 1869, from which 
has grown two schools, each of about one hundred and fifty members 
a Congregational church of sixty-five members, and a Methodist 
church of about one hundred, and some work has been done at out' 


Stations." He was a member of the Congregational church in Bucks- 
port, and was chosen deacon after his father's death to fill his place. 
At Lemars he was the only deacon until a grandson of Rev. Samuel 
Spring, D.D., of Newburyport, Mass., was chosen as his associate. 
Children, all born in Bucksport : 

3439 Julia Case (Blodget), b. Dec. 19, 1853. 

3440 Albert Morrill (Blodget), b. July 17, i8«. 

3441 Grace Howard (Blodget), b. April 8, 1864. 


George Blodget ° {Mary Thurston,^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and third son of Bliss and Mary 
(Thurston) Blodget of Bucksport, Me.; born there April 6, 1831; 
married, Sept. 20, 1859, Mary Sophia Pond, born July 19, 1834, 
daughter of Rev. Enoch, d.d., and Julia Ann (Maltby) Pond of Ban- 
gor, Me. 

Mr. Blodget graduated from Williams college 1857, and is engaged 
in the manufacture of leather in Bucksport. He is a deacon in the 
Congregational church. 

Children : 

3442 Benjamin Pond (Blodget), b. Aug. 7, i860. 

3443 George Redington (Blodget), b. Sept. 17, 1862. 

3444 AnnieMaltby (Blodget), b. Feb. 8, 1864; d. in Bangor Feb. 17, 1876. 

3445 Frederic Swazey (Blodget), b. Max 26, 1876. 

Ephraim Goodale Thurston " {Samuel,^ David* Richard^ Daniel^ 
JDanid'^), second son of Samuel^ and Prudence (Goodale) Thurston 
of Mill creek. South Orrington, Me.; born there July 2, 1827; mar- 
ried, Sept. 25, 1852, Charlotte Margretta Darling, daughter of 
Henry and Eliza (Cobb) Darling of Bucksport, Me., born there June 
2, 1830. 

Mr. Thurston was a lumber merchant of great energy, carrying on 
business in Bangor, Me., and Boston, Mass., at one time, till his 
health failed him and he was compelled to relinquish the Boston 
branch. He spent the winter of 1866 in Florida, with his family, for 
his health, and in the summer went in a sailing vessel to the East 
Indies, and after starting from Rangoon for home was never heard 
from ; all on board are supposed to have been lost. He was a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church. 

Their children were : 

3446 Harry Darling,' b. in Bucksport May 25, 1854; lumber dealer in Bangor. 

3447 Helen Foster,' b. in Bangor Oct. 3, i860. 

1693 . . 

Emily Thurston^ {Samuel,^ David* Rickard,' Daniel,^ Daniel'^), 
sister of the preceding, and second daughter of Samuel ^ and Pru- 
dence (Goodale) Thurston of Brewer, Me. ; born in Bucksport, Me., 
Jan. I, 1834; married, Oct. 31, 1855, Charles Wood, born in Bur- 
lington, Mass., July 9, 1808. He died Jan. 16, 1875. 

Mr. Wood was a merchant in Boston, Mass., till 1840, when he 
went to Lovell, Me., to reside. He owned considerable real estate in 
Lovell and his later years were occupied mostly in the care of it. 


Their children, born in Lovell, are : 

3450 Charles Thurston ( Wood), b. Aug. 25, 1859; studying medicine, Portland.Me. 

3451 Harold Blanchard (Wood), b. J.uly 23, 1864. 


Mary Elizabeth Thurston ^ {Samuel,^ David,^ Richard,^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^'), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Samuel^ and Char- 
lotte (Greeley, nee Goodale) Thurston of Brewer, Me.; born there 
Dec. IS, 1843; married, Oct. i, 1863, Augustus Hall Walker, born 
in Fryeburg, Me., Dec. 22, 1833. She died, after a lingering illness of 
several years, during which her christian character shone out with 
beautiful luster, Feb. 16, 1873, aged 30. He is a practicing lawyer in 
Lovell, Me. ; judge of the probate court. 

They had one child : 

3452 Alice Thurston (Walker), b. Oct. 14, 1865; d. Aug. 29, 1876, aged 11. 


Rev. John Rogers Thurston ^ ( John,^ David,^ Richard,^ Daniel,^ 
Daniel'^), son of John = and Abigail King (Lawrence) Thurston of 
Bangor, Me.; born there Sept. 4, 1831; married, first, Sept. 4, 1858, 
Frances Orella E. Goodale, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth 
(Hincks) Goodale of Orrington, Me., born Feb. 4, 1831 ; she died in 
Newburyport, Mass., Feb. 21, 1868. Second, March 16, 1871, in 
New York city, Caroline Augusta Wells Storey, daughter of 
Charles William and Elizabeth (Burnham) Storey of Newburyport, 
born Sept. 7, 1835. 

Mr. Thurston being quite young when his parents died, he lived 
with his aunt, Mehitable Godfrey, and always looked upon her house 
as his home. He fitted in the Bangor high school, and graduated 
from Yale college in 185 1 ; taught in a boarding-school in Stamford, 
Ct., until 1855, proving an able, successful teacher and a good 
manager of boys ; graduated from Bangor theological seminary in 
1858. He was ordained pastor of the Congregational church in 
Newbury, Mass., Jan. 20, 1859, as the colleague of Rev. L. Withing- 
ton, D.D. The -sermon was by Prof. George Shepard, d.d., of Ban- 
gor, Me. ; ordaining prayer by Rev. David Thurston, d.d., of 
Winthrop, Me. ; charge to the pastor by L. Withington, d.d., senior 
pastor of the church; right hand of fellowship by Rev. J. L. Jen- 
kins of Lowell, Mass. This was a successful pastorate till March 
28, 1870, when he was dismissed. April 20, 1871, he was installed 
pastor of the Congregational church in Whitinsville (Northbridge), 
Mass. Sermon by Rev. Richard B. Thurston of Stamford, Ct. ; 
charge by Rev. D. T. Fiske of Newburyport. He is still acceptably 
filling this place. He has been a laborious and watchful minister. 
His preaching is honest, earnest, sound, and instructive. He is fond 
of original study and careful investigation of a subject. In Associa- 
tions he vigorously upholds the standard of ministerial scholarship • 
in all relations a practical, diligent, faithful, fraternal man. 

Children, by first wife, Frances, born in Newburyport : 

3453 Walter Lawrence,' b. May 2, i860; d. Dec. 31, i86o. 

3454 Margaret Mead,' b. April 21, 1862. 

3455 Elizabeth Goodale,' b. Sept. 24, 1865. 


By second wife, Augusta, born in Wliitinsville : 

3456 Charles Storey,' b. April 17, 1872. 

3457 Joliii Lawrence,' b. Aug. 4, 1874. 

3458 Caroline Burnham,' b. Aug. 21, 1876; d. Aug. 18, 1877. 

3459 Helen,' b. Dec. 19, 1877. 


John Albert Buck^ {Sarah Thurston,^ David,^ Richard^ Daniel^ 
Daniel'^'), eldest son of Dea. John and Sarah (Thurston) Buck of Or- 
land, Me.; born there Aug. 15, 1825; married, Nov. 5, 1846, Char- 
lotte Maria Buck, daughter of Joseph and Abby (Hill) Buck of 
Bucksport, Me., born there May 18, 1828. She joined the Congrega- 
tional church in 1865. 

Mr. Buck is a successful merchant, ship builder, and ship owner; 
was a member of the house o*f representatives in the legislature of 
1868, and of the senate in i86g and 1870, and of the house again in 


Their children, all born in Orland, were : 
3464 Albert Redington (Buck), b. Nov. 20, 1847; m. May 14, 1876, May Louise 
Saunders. They have : 
3465 John Dudley (Buck), b. Sept. 25, 1878. 

3466 Maria (Buck), b. Sept. 7, 1849; d. March 11, 1850. 

3467 Harry Hill (Buck), b. Feb. 21, 1851. 

3468 Harriet Elizabeth (Buck), b. April 5, 1853; d. May 30, 1853. 

3469 Frank Swazey (Buck), b. June 19, 1855; d. Oct. 21, 1856. 

3470 Joseph (Buck), b. July 24, 1857; d. Nov. 15, 1858. 

3471 Lottie Linwood (Buck), b. May 5, i860. 

3472 Lizzie Lane (Buck), b. Oct. 11, 1S61; d. Feb. 26, 1862. 

3473 "Walter Darling (Buck), b. June 8, 1865. 


Frank Buck" {Sarah Thurston,^ David,"^ Richard? Daniel^ Dan- 
iel''^'), brother of the preceding, and second son of Dea. John and 
Sarah (Thurston) Buck of Orland, Me. ; born there April 24, 1827 ; 
married, in Boston, Mass., Oct. 13, 1847, Ann Catherine Buck, 
daughter of James and Lydia (Treat) Buck of Bucksport, Me., born 
there March i, 1826. Mr. James Buck was born in Frankfort, Me., 
April 29, 1795, and died in Bucksport March 31, 1867. Mrs. James 
Buck died Dec. 17, 1872. 

Frank Buck is a fanner in Orland, and is much interested in the 
improvement of stock. They are both members of the Congrega- 
tional church in Orland. 

Their children, all born in Orland, were : 

3474 Waldo Pierce (Buck), b. Feb. 27, 1849; ^- Aug. 12, 1849. 

3475 Julia Florence (Buck), b. July 31, 1850; d. April 8, 1862. 

3476 Willis Frank (Buck), b. Nov. 18, 1851; m. Sept. 29, 1873, Helen Sweetser 

Soper, b. May 13, 1853, daughter o£ Elisha and Charlotte (Eldridge) 
Soper of Bucksport. They reside in Orland, and have : 
3476a Belle Pearson (Buck), b. Oct. 3, 1878. 

3477 Lucilla Pierce (Buck), b. July 8, 1853; d. Sept. I, 1857. 

3478 Jennie Nelson (Buck), b. Dec. 29, 1854. 

3479 George Alfred (Buck), b. Sept. 22, 1857. 

3480 Augustus Walker (Buck), b. May 29, 1859; d. Oct. 19, 1859. 

3481 James Herbert (Buck), b. July 19, i860; d. Aug. 3, 1864. 

3482 Fred (Buck), b. Oct. 27, 1862. 

3483 Lizzie Rice (Buck), b. May 17, 1864. 

3484 Carrie Maria (Buck), b. June 10, 1866. 

3485 Kitty Clover (Buck), b. Dec. 15, 1868; d. Sept. 10, 1870. 



Edward Buck " {Sarah Thurston,^ David,'^ Richard? Daniel,'^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Dea. John and Sarah 
(Thurston) Buck of Orland, Me.; born there April 17, 1829; mar- 
ried, June 3, 1853, Emehne Billings Darling, born June, i°32, 
daughter of Dea. Henry and Ruth (Cobb) Darling of Bucksport, Me. 

Mr. Buck graduated from Yale 1852, and from Bangor theological 
seminary 1855 ; preached in Orland, Sedgwick, Brooksville, and 
Union from 1858 to 1866. He stood high as a scholar and preached 
with much ability ; but circumstances led him to enter into business, 
which he carries on in Orland, residing in Bucksport. 

They have one child : 

3486 Carl Darling (Buck), b. Oct. 2, 1856. 


Stephen Rollo Thurston « {jRev. Stephen,^ David,* Richard? 
Daniel? DanieP), son of Rev. Stephen = and Clara Matilda (Benson) 
Thurston of Searsport, Me. ; born there July 20, 1832 ; married, Jan. 
13, 1859, Annie Frances Carpenter, born Sept. 17, 1836, daughter 
of George and Frances (Spaulding) Carpenter of Augusta, Me. 

Mr. Thurston graduated from Colby university in 1853 ; went into 
the ship chandlery business, in Portland, Me., with McGilvery, Ryan 
& Davis ; after, into the general insurance business, under the firm 
name of Loring & Thurston. In January, 1873, he went to Chicago, 
111., and is now, 1879, in the law and land brokerage business, under 
the firm name of Isaac Claflin & Co., residing in Lombard, a few 
miles out of the city. While in Portland, he was a deacon in State 
street Congregational church. 

Their children, born in Portland, are : 

3487 George Carpenter,' b. Dec. 8, i86i. 
Grace Carpenter,' b. Sept. to, 1864. 


Henrietta Maria Thurston ' of Dennysville, Me. {Rev. Stephen? 
David? Richard? Daniel? Daniel''-), sister of the preceding, and 
daughter of Rev. Stephen^ and Clara Matilda (Benson) Thurston of 
Searsport, Me.; born there March 31, 1839; married, Oct. 3, 1861, 
Rev. Charles Whittier, born Aug. 3, 1830, son of Edmund and 
Anna (Patten) Whittier of Merrimac, Mass. 

Mr. Whittier graduated from Williams college 1856, and from Ban- 
gor theological seminary i860; was ordained pastor of the Congrega- 
tional church in Dennysville Nov. 13, i86o; Rev. Henry F. Harding 
of Hallowell, moderator of council ; Rev. Seth H. Keeler d.d. of 
Calais preached the sermon ; Rev. Wm. Warren, d.d., of Gorham 
Me., offered the ordaining prayer. Mr. Whittier is a man of excel- 
lent judgment and wields a strong influence for good in the county 
where he is settled ; has been very successful as a pastor, unitino- and 
enlarging his church. It is said there is scarcely a family in ''town 
which has not felt the reviving influences of religion. 


Children : 

3493 Charles Thurston (Whittier), b. Dec. 20, 1862. 

3494 Stephen Thurston (Whittier), b. March i6, 1864. 

3495 John Kilby (Whittier), b. Feb. 2, 1867. 

3496 Arthur Benson (Whittier), b. Aug. 9. 1868. 

3497 Clarence Patten (Whittier), b. June 6, 1876. 


John Rowe Thurston " {Daniel,^ Daniel,^ yoseph,^ Joseph,'' Dan- 
iel'^), eldest son of Daniel ^ and Sally (Rowe) Thurston of Rockport, 
Mass.; born there Sept. 25, 1812 ; married, 1840, Lucy Rowe of 
Portland, Me., born in Rockport 18 17. 

Mr. Thurston was a mariner, and the first person to send a petition 
to congress against slavery, and the first one to engage actively in the 
temperance reform in Rockport. 

Children : 

3507 Arethusa,' b. April, 1847; d. July 5, 1847. 

3508 Frederick William,' b. 1854; d. in Portland April i, 1862. 


WiNTHROP Thurston^ {Daniel,^ Daniel* Joseph,^ Joseph,^Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Daniel^ and Sally (Rowe) 
Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there Nov. 9, 1820; married, 
first, Mary Fears, born April, 1823, daughter of John and Hannah 
Pears^^^:^nckport ; she died Sept. 12, 1872. Second, in Boston, 
Mass.f^Hi, 1873, Sarah Eliza Burnham, daughter of Abraham 
and Catherine (Belmore) Burnham of Grand Menan, N. B. He died 
Oct. 14, 1878. 

Mr. Thurston was a grocer and curer of fish, in which he dealt. 
He was the first man to introduce the system of buying from the fish- 
ermen to cure ; the fishejmen previously curing their own fish. He 
was inspector of customs for Rockport from 1855 to 1859, a director 
of the Rockport railroad, and a member and officer of the Universa- 
list church. 

Children, by first wife, Mary : 

3509 John Winthrop Hale^' b. Dec. 31, 1848; lives in Topeka, Kansas, clerk in 

a bank. 

3510 Henry,' b. Sept. 7, 1853; was with his father in business. 


William Henry Thurston * {Daniel,^ Daniel,* Joseph^ Joseph^' 
DanieP), brother of the preceding, and son of Daniel^ and Sally 
(Rowe) Thurston of Rockport, Mass. ; born there Sept. 24, 1823 ; 
married, June 22, 1855, Anna Sparrow. 

Children : 

3520 Annette,' b. July 26, 1857. 

3521 Daniel,' b. July 30, 1859. 

3522 John Ellis,' b. July 16, 1861. 

3523 Mary Olive,' b. Sept. 14, 1866. 


Nathaniel Thurston ° of Gloucester, Mass. (Nathaniel,^ Daniel* 
Joseph^ yosepk,^ Daniel^), eldest son of Nathaniel^ and Betsey (Gee) 
Thurston of Rockport, Mass. j born there Aug. 5, 1806; married 
Ruth Butler. 


Children, all born in Gloucester : 

3530 Nathaniel,' m. 

3531 MelisseJ m. and lives in Southport, Me. 

3532 George,'' m. 

3533 William H.,' m. ; lost on Georges Banks ; had children. 

3534 James,' m. 


William Gee Thurston ^ {Nathaniel,^ Daniel,'^ yoseph? Joseph^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Nathaniel^ and Bet- 
sey (Gee) Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there Dec. 24, 1811; 
married, Dec. 10, 1832, Rachel Rich Smith, born Oct. 17, 1809, 
daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Rich) Smith of Riverdale, Mass. 

Mr. Thurston is a mariner and resides in Riverdale. 

Children : 

3543 Betsey Jane,' b. May 22, 1S34; d. May 23, 1838. 
4-3544 William," b. Aug. 14, 1836; ra. Caroline Elwell. 

354S Betsey Jane,' b. Oct. 14. 1S37 ; m. Dec. 13, 1856, Eli Gott, b. Oct. 7, 1831; 
d. March 19, 1875. They had : 

3546 Castillo Doddridge (Gott), b. Dec. 14, 1857. • 

3547 Lizzie Jane (Gott), b. Feb 12, 1859. 

3548 Eva Florence (Gott), b. July 6, 1861. 

3549 Frank Eli (Gott), b. Aug. 30, 1S67. 

3550 Effie May (Gott), b. Dec. 20, 1S69. 
+3551 James,' b. Sept. 9, 1839; m. Martha Hood. 

3552 Lewis,' b. Sept. 18, 1841; d. Dec. 31, 1845. 

3553 Mary F.,' b. Dec. 5, 1842; d. Dec. 26, 1S45. 

3554 Rachel,' b. May 25, 1845; d. Jan. 1, 1846. 

3555 Lewis,' b. Oct. 5, 1846. 

3556 Rachel,' b. Jan. 9, 1849; m. Jan. 20, 1874, Daniel Brewton, b. Nov. 17, 

1850; d. May 16, 1875. 

3557 Elias Howard,' b. Nov. 4, 1850. 

355S Mary Fuller.' b. Oct. 4, 1853 ; m. Jan. i, 1872, Frank Saw)'er Day, and had : 

3559 Frank Sawyer (Day), b. Nov. 19, 1872; d. Nov. 2, 1874. 

3560 Mabel Dennison (Day), b. April 23, 1874. 

3561 Annie Gertrude (Day), b. Nov. 7, 1875. 


Capt. James Gee Thurston"* {Nathaniel,^ Daniel,'^ Joseph^ Jo- 
seph,"^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Nathaniel* and 
Betsey (Gee) Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there April 23, 
1820; married, first, Nov. 18, 1841, Lucy L. Harvey; she died 
March 10, 1852. Second, March 23, 1853, Deborah Parsons. 

Children, by first wife, Lucy : 

3562 Charles L.,' b. Oct. 10, 1842; d. Feb. 11, 1846. 

3563 Lucy E.,' b. Sept. 28, 1845; ^- Jan. 30, 18/16. 

3564 Charles L.,' b. March 15, 1847; m. Jan. i, 1874, Justine Hicks; d. Sept. 1, 

3565 Alfred,' b. April 23, 1849; m. Jan. i, 1874, Mary Ingersol, b. Aug. qo, 1847, 

daughter of Samuel and Mary (Haddock) Ingersol of Riverdale, Mass. 

By second wife, Deborah : 

3566 Julia F.,' b. Oct. 29, 1856. 

3567 Emma,' b. Feb. 19, 1859. 

3568 Marillia,' b. Oct. 25, 1S62 ; d. Jan. 28, 1864. 

3569 Marillia,' b. March 24, 1866. 



Benjamin Thurston^ {Nathaniel,^ Daniel,^ Josef h^ Joseph,^ 
Daniel''-), brother of the preceding, and son of Nathaniel^ and Bet- 
sey (Gee) Thurston of Rockport, Mass.; born there Aug. 16, 1823; 
married, Nov. 26, 1846, Nancy Lane, born June 13, 1825, daughter 
of James and Judith (Lane) Lane of Annisquam, Mass. 

He is a mariner, residing at Riverdale, Mass. Capt. Ezekiel Call 
was lost in the severe gale of April 2, 187 1, and Mrs. Nancy Thurston 
showed her christian beneficence by collecting the means to build a 
house for the widow and five small children left by this casualty. 

Children : 

3578 Judith Merrima,' b. June 23, 1848. 

3579 Benjamin Albert,' b. July 4, 1850; d. Sept. 9, 1875. 

3580 Sidney Lane,' b. June 23, 1853; d. April 9, 1870, by the accidental dis- 

charge of his gun. 
35S1 Edith Rosalind,' b. Aug. 4, 1856. 

3582 Etta Florence,' b. Nov. 27, 1859. 

3583 Sherman Horace,' b. Jan. 28, 1S65. 


Nathaniel Gamage Thurston^ (^Ambrose^ Capt. yohn,''' Joseph^ 
Joseph^ Daniel'-), son of Ambrose^ and Polly (Gamage) Thurston of 
Mt. Desert, Me.; born in Rockport, Mass., May 2, 1790; married, 
June II, 181 1, Elizabeth Robbins, born Nov. 25, 1790, daughter of 
Nathan and Elizabeth (Colby) Robbins of Cambridge, Mass. He 
died May i, 1856. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and master mariner in Deer Isle, Me. ; 
member of the Methodist church. 

Their children were : 
3593 Sarah Robbins,' b. Mar. 17, 1812; m. Jan. 2, 1834, Ignatius Small, b. June 
5, 1810. He is a farmer in So. Deer Isle ; has been representative to the 
legislature, selectman, and held various other town offices. They have : 

3594 Elizabeth Thurston (Small), b. Sept. 24, 1835; m. 1852, Benjamin N. 

Sylvester o£ Jefferson, Me.; two children. 

3595 Edward Fairfield ['6-ca.2\\),\>. Mar. 19, 1838; m. Nov. 26, 1865, Susan 

S. Robbins of Deer Isle ; three children. 

3596 Hannah Ann (Small), b. July i6, 1839; m. Nov. 14, 1862, Joseph K. 

Buckminster of Deer Isle; four children. 

3597 Matilda (Small), b. Mar. 15, 1843 ; m. Dec. 25, 1871, Jonathan ICnowles 

of Belfast, Me., and live in South Deer Isle. 

3598 Sylvia (Small), b. Nov. 11, 1845; m. _Feb. 20, 1865, Amaziah Billings 

of Sedgwick, Me.; reside in Salem', Mass. ; three children. 

3599 Stephen Thurston (Small), b. July 2, 1848; a captain in Deer Isle. 

3600 Maggie Heleti Thurstoti (SmsW), b. March 10, 1850; m. June, 1872, 

Capt. Wallace Turner of Isle au Haute, Me. ; one child. 

3601 Pauline Ackley (Small), b. Aug. 23, 1853. 

3602 Frances Abbie McKay (Small), b. Nov. 8, 1855. 

3603 Mary Evelyn (Small), b. Feb. 4, 1859; d. Feb. 14, i860. 

' 3604 Ambrose,' m. Almira Gott, daughter of Polly Gott; lives in Tremont, Me.; 
six children. 

3605 Betsey,' m. Isaac Gott of Mt. Desert; seven children. 

3606 Serena,' m. 1851, John Knight of South Deer Isle. They have : 
3607 John Edward (Knight), m. and has two children. 

3608 William Snow,' last heard of was in New Orleans or Mexico, and sup- 
posed to be dead; n.m. 
--3609 Stephen,' b. Jan. 13, 1825; m. Margaret B. Sylvester. 
--3610 Thomas,' b. Aug. 24, 1828; m. Caroline Stinson. 
+361 1 James Robbins,' b. Sept. 6, 1832; m. Pauline Ackley. 



John Thurston « {Ambrose,^ Capt ^okn* yoseph,^ yoseph,^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Ambrose ^ and Polly (Gam- 
age) Thurston of Mt. Desert, Me.; married Nancy Gott. 

Mr. Thurston was a seaman till a few years before his death, when 
he tended a lighthouse at Tremont, Me. ; lived in Mt. Desert, P. O., 

Their children were : 

3619 James,' m. Eliza Benson. 

3620 John,' m. Delia Putnam. 

3621 Solomon,' m. Mary Webster of Mt. Desert. 
-j-3622 Charles,' m. Hannah Ann Thurston. 

3623 Fannie,' m. William Stockbridge of Swan's Island, Me. ; live in Glouces- 

ter, Mass. 

3624 Lydia,' m. James Wilson of Mt. Desert. 

3625 Louie,' m. Morris Rich of Mt. Desert. 

3626 Daniel,' m. Katie Goft. 

3627 Susan,' d. at age of 17. 


Ambrose Thurston ° {Amos,^ yokn,^ yoseph,^ yoseph,'^ Daniel'^), 
son of Amos ^ and Mary (Gott) Thurston of Deer Isle, Me. ; born 
there Aug. 24, 1806; married, 1835, Serena Merrill Gott, daugh- 
ter of Capt. Isaac and Mary (Thurston) Gott. 

Mr. Thurston has been master of a fishing vessel for many years, 
residing in Deer Isle, Me., and brought the first fare of mackerel 
from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to this place. 
Their children were : 

3637 Hannah Ann,' b. Aug. 22, 1836; m. Charles Thurston [see no. 3622]. 

3638 John,' b. Feb. 16, 1839; incompetent; lives with his father. 

3639 Eunice,' b. July 19, 1844; m. Dec. 27, 1S60, Henry Banks, b. in Holland, 

Sept. 30, 1835 They had; 

3640 Henry G. (Banks), b. Dec. 18, 1861. 

3641 Mina S. (Banks), b. Sept. 17, 1863. 

3642 E^ra (Banks), b. July 24, 1867. 

3643 Phineas M. (Banks), b. Jan. 14, 1869. 

3644 A son, b. Jan. 6, 1873; d- Jan. 9, 1873. 

3645 Hatiie G. (Banks), b. March 27, 1875. 

3646 Nancy,' b. April 3, 1846; m. Roland Lunt of Tremont, Me. ; one son. 

3647 Harriet,' b. Feb. i, 1848; m. Ezra Gott, b. April 28, 1841; d. Nov. 5, 

T872. They had; 
3648 Joseph (Gott), b. Sept. 23, 1S71. 

3649 Ambrose,' b. Sept. 23, 1852; m. Jan. 27, 1877, Mary Kenney, b. Nov. I, 

1852; she died Dec. 22, 1877. 

3650 Watson,' b. Oct. 5, 1855; d. six months of age. 


Amos Thurston ' {Amos,^ yohn,^ yosepk," yosepk,^ Daniel'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Amos ^ and Mary (Gott) Thurston of 
Deer Isle, Me,; born there Jan. 31, 1809; married Ann Stinson. 
She died July 7, i860; he died March 27, 1870. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and fisherman, living in Deer Isle. 
Their children were : 

3661 Mary Abigail,' b. March, 1839; d. March 27, 1867. 

3662 Serena Ann,' b. Aug. 15, 1842; d. Oct. 5, 1866. 

3663 Susan E.,' b. Jan. 4, 1844; m- July 9. 1861, Josiah Webb Stinson, b. Tan. 

4, 1842. They had: "^ 


3664 William Edmund (Stinson), b. Jan. 15, 1863. 

3665 Ira S. (Stinson), b. May 13, 1866; d. June 30, 1869. 
3660 Anna Lillian (Stinson), b. April 23, 1869. 

3667 Alden Turner (Stinson), b. April 2, 1872; d. Jan. 26, 1878. 

3668 Lyman Haskell (Stinson), b. April 28, 1874. 

3669 Maggie Hamblen (Stinson), b. Dec. 6, 1877. 

3670 Jesse,' b. June 25, 1847; m. April 12, 1868, Olive Stinson, b. March 23, 

1849; two children. 

3671 Louisa,' b. Nov. 19, 1851 ; d. Nov. 25, 1869. 

3672 Nellie,' b. Nov. 5, 185^. 


William Thurston" {William,^ John,^ Joseph^ Joseph,^ Daniel'^), 
eldest son of William * and Nancy (Foster) Thurston of South Bristol, 
Me. J born there Nov. 9, 1802; married, in Pemaquid, Me., April 17, 
1834, Margaret McKay, born Nov. 25, 1806, daughter of Gilbert 
and Rebecca (Berry) McKay of Shelburne, N. S. 

Mr. Thurston was a master mariner, residing in South Bristol. 

Their children were : 

3682 George Edward,'' b. April I, 1835; m. Oct. 7, 1864, Elizabeth Sargent. 
He was a seaman, and was losi at sea March 8, 1870 ; she lives at Booth- 
bay, Me. They had ; 

3683 James Edwardf b. Nov. 20, 1865. 

3684 Hiram Sargentf b. Sept. 2, 1867. 

3685 Mabel,^ b. April 17, 1870. 

3686 Albert,' b. Sept. 10, 1837; m. May 11, 1862, Martha Eliza Poole, b. Dec. 
is, 1837, daughter of Eben C. and Martha (Plummer) Poole of South 
Bristol. He is a seaman, residing in Bristol. They had: 

3687 milardS.,^ b. Feb. 8, 1866. 

3688 Laura Etta,^ b. Jan. 13, 1868. 

3689 franklin f' b. Aug. 26, 1869. 

3690 Albert M.^\>. Sept. 19, 187I. 

3691 Elmer McKay} b. Aug. 2, 1873. 

3692 Warren^ b. Oct. 28, 1875; ^- J""^ 28, 1876. 

3693 James,' b. April 20, 1839; fisherman, lost at sea July 18, 1859. 

3694 Mary Ellen,' b. Dec. 4, 1842; tailoress in Oakland, Cal. ; n.m. 

3695 William,' b. Jan. 23, 1847; master mariner ; served one year in the 14th 

Maine regiment in the war against the rebellion; n.m. 

3696 Nancy,' b. April 17, 1850; is a seamstress in Bristol. 


Solomon Thurston ^ ( ^///za»?,^ jfohn,^ yoseph^ Joseph,^ Daniel''''), 
brother of the preceding, and son of William ' and Nancy (Foster) 
Thurston of Bristol, Me.; born there Feb. 16, 1804; married, 1834, 
Margaret McKay, born March 3, 1814, daughter of Hugh and Anne 
(McPherson) McKay of Shelburne, N. S., and after of East Boston, 
Mass. He was drowned in Boston harbor in 1847. 

Mr. Thurston was a sea captain, engaged in the coasting trade, re- 
siding in Bristol, and after in East Boston. 

Their children, born in Bristol, were : 

3706 Ann Elizabeth,' b. 1836; m. ist, Montague Burk; 2d, April 29, 1872, Jo- 
seph Francis Taylor, b. Jan. 15, 1837, son of Davis and Hannah (Cros- 
by) Taylor of Biddeford, Me. Mr. Taylor is a boot maker in East 
Weymouth, Mass. ; was a soldier in the war against the rebellion. 
They have : 

3707 Fannie May (Taylor), b. Jan. 29, 1873. 

3708 Frank Thurston (Taylor), b. Aug. 6, 1874. 

3709 Annie Gertrude (Taylor), b. Feb. 13, 1876. 


3710 Benjamin Franklin,' b. 1838; went to school in East Boston after his pa^ 

ents moved there ; worked at painting, but was not satisfied, and ^Vl- „ 
a commercial college, after which he shipped in the " Great Kepu^^ . 
and she was burned in New York harbor. He then sailed m the oea 
Flower," came back second mate; went to England and sailed as nrst 
mate of the large and beautiful ship " Bolingbroke " to I", {f V "^wo 
turning from this voyage he sailed as master of the " British -^y^'^ 
voyages to India. After an absence of nine years, he returned noma 
and married Mary Major of East Boston, and sailed for England as mas- 
ter of the bark " Edna" with his wife on board, and was lost ott tne 
coast of Ireland in a terrific storm. Their bodies were found and buried 
in one grave on that island. , , 

371 1 Eugene,' b. 1842; a seaman in the merchant service till the rebellion broke 

out, when he shipped on board the U. S. flag ship " Brooklyn, which 
fought many severe and successful battles, and he was not wounded, fie 
is now, 1S78, in the U. S. flag ship "Tennessee" on the coast of Japan. 

3712 Judith,' d. aged 14. . 

3713 Albenia,' m. George A. Wadleigh of Boston ; now, 1S78, m New York. 

They have : 

3714 Jennie (Wadleigh), b. 1866. 

3715 Oscar,' b. in East Boston July 14, 1846; enlisted in 3d Massachusetts cav- 
alry and served three years under Gen. Banks; is now, 1878, a boot 
maker in East Weymouth; m. Nov. 23, 1868, Addie Milici White of 
East Weymouth b. Feb. i, 1850. They had: 

3716 Albenia? b. April 7, 1S72. 

3717 Eugene? b. March 10, 1875; d. Dec. 25, 1875. 

3715 Ernest? b. Aug. 4, 1876. ^ 


George Washington Thurston " ( William,^ John,^ Joseph,^ y^o- 
seph^ Daniel'^), \sxo\h&^ of the preceding, and son of William^ and 
Nancy (Foster) Thurston of Bristol, Me.; born there March 13, 1810; 
married, first, Sarah McKay, daughter of Hugh and Anne (McPher- 
son) McKay of Shelburne, N. S. ; she died Sept. 20, 1868. Second, 
May 27, 1869, Mrs. Mary E. Sproul of Bristol. He died Nov. 5, 
1870. He was a master mariner, residing in Bristol. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 
3728 Emma Louisa,' b. Jan. 19, 1842; m. in San Francisco, Cal., June 23, 1S68, 
John Major, b. April 11, 1840, son of Robert and Catherine (Magee) 
Major of Boston, Mass. ; he is a rancher at Wheatland, East Bear River 
township, Yuba county, Cal. ; both members of the Baptist church. 
They have : 

3729 Lizzie Liicretia (Major), b. June 22, 1869. 

3730 Ralph Thurston (Major), b. Dec. 14, 1S73. 

3731 Sarah Theresa (Major), b. Sept, 22, 1875. 

3732 Reginald Erving ^^:\\ox). b. Nov. 12, 1877. 

3733 Susan Alice,' b. Oct. 3, 1843; d. Jan. i, 1866. 

3734 Donald McKay,' | twins, born 1 d. Sept. 3, 1862. 

373s Henry William,' j Oct. i, 1845; (m. in Boston Oct. 9, 1S67, Margaretta 
Gilmore, b. in South Boston July 17, 1843, daughter of John T. and 
Sarah (Burgess) Gilmore. Mr. Thurston is a machinist, having learned 
his trade with his uncle Donald McKay of East Boston, and is now 
1S78, foreman of the American Net and Twine Co. of East Cambridge' 
Mass. They had : ^ ' 

3736 Donald Henry? b. Oct. 13, 1868; d. May 27, 1869. 

3737 Lottie Elizabeth? b. March 24, 1869; d. May 14, 1876. 

3738 Alice Emma} b. April 4, 1872; d. April 3, 1876. 

3739 Ida May? b. Sept. 17, 1874. 

3740 Lottie Alice,^ b. April 17, 1877. 

3741 Lucretia McClure,' b. March i, 1848; d. April 17, 1S69. 

3742 Margaret,' b. Nov. 30, 1850; d. Dec. 25, 1870. 
1743 Annie,' b. Aug. 12, 1853; d. Jan. 19, 1868. 

3744 Harriet Ellen,' b. Jan. 20, 1858; d. March 13, 1871. 



Thomas Foster Thurston ' {John,^ yohn,^ yoseph^ yoseph^ Dan- 
ieP), son of John' and Sarah (Foster) Thurston of South Bristol, 
Me.; born there Sept. 21, 1822; married, at Monhegan Isle, Me., 
March 12, 1848, Alice Vose Albee, born in Thomaston, Me., Jan. 
29, 1828, daughter of Rev. Samuel and Jane R. (Fales) Albee of 
Rockland, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a master mariner, member of the Episcopal church, 
and resides in Rockland. 

Their children were : 

3754 Flora,' b. May 17, 1849; ^- June 14, 1849. 

3755 Samuel Albee,' b. June g, 1850; d. rfept. 10, 1850. 

3756 Eliza Peirce,'' b. March 7, 1854; a compositor. 

3757 Edwin Albert!,' b. Dec. ii, 1856; is an artist aud photographer, residing 

in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a member of the Episcopal church. 

3758 Russell,' b. Oct. 5, 1861 ; d. Oct. 29, 1863. 
7359 Paulina Jane,' b. April 2, 1863; d. Aug. 4, 1864. 


Solomon Thurston ' {Solomon,^ Capt. yohn,^ jfoseph^ yosepk^' 
Daniel'^), eldest son of Solomon ' and Sarah (Gott) Thurston of Cam- 
den, Me.; born in Deer Isle, Me., Oct. 6, 1811; married, first, Nov. 
21, 1833, Mary Annis, born 1814, daughter of Simon and Mercy 
(Brimhall) Annis of North Haven, Me.; she died March 22, 1841. 
Second, April 6, 1843, Calista Calderwood, born Oct. ir, 1816. 

Mr. Thurston is a sea captain, residing in Camden. 

His children, by first wife, Mary, were : 

3765 Mercy,' b. Jan. 2, 1834; d. 1835. 

3766 Mary Ann,' b. Dec. 25, 1836; m. Wm. Frye, a sea captain in Beverly, Mass. 

3767 David B.,'' b. Jan. 19, 1841 ; a sea captain ; n.m. 

By second wife, Calista : 

3768 Roscoe.'b. Aug. 24, 1844; m. Dec. 11, 1865, Mary N. Philbrook, b. Oct. 

21, 1846, daughter of James B. and Mary E. (Proale) Philbrook of Rock- 
port, Me. He is captain of a schooner. July 5, 1877, he and two 
others, between Owls Head and Indian island, fastened to a sword fish 
with a harpoon, arid the fish took the boat and all in it down instantly; 
neither could swim much, but he with difficulty cleared himself from one 
of the men who grasped him, and rose to the surface and saved himself 
by the help of two oars, while the others were drowned. They had : 

3769 Daniel E.,^ b. Jan. i, 1868; d. Nov. 14, 1875. 

3770 Alden C.f b. March 30, 1872. 

3771 Georgia Eva^ b. March 27, 1875. 

3772 Almeda,' b. Nov. 20, 1845; d. Dec. 16, 1862. 

3773 Susan C.,' b. April 18, 1847 ; m. Frank P. Webster of North Haven; re- 

side in Camden. 

3774 Daniel,' b. Oct. 30, 1848; m. Nov. 7, 1877, Mrs. Ella A. (Carver) Weath- 

erspoon; a sea captain in Camden. 

3775 Calista Jane,' b. Jan. 16, 1850; d. Jan. 7, 1863. 

3776 Henry,' b. May i, 1852; d. Feb. 17, 1856. 


Capt. Henry Thurston' {Capt. William,^ William,^ Joseph,^ 
yosepk,^ Daniel^), son of Capt. William^ and Polly (Tarr) Thurston 
of Gloucester, now Rockport, Mass.; born there Dec. i, 1808; mar- 
ried, first, Rhoda Kinsman; she died May 11, 1845. Second, June 
14, 1846, by Rev. J. S. Eaton, Jane Plummer, born Aug. 15, 1814,, 


daughter of Moses and Abigail (Smitli) Plummer of Portland, Me. 
He died Feb. 9, i860. . p _<.- 

Capt. Thurston was an enterprising ship master, residing iri -ro 
land. He sailed from this port for more than thirty years, having tne 
charge of a vessel at the age of nineteen. He traversed the ocean 
to foreign ports some portion of every year during that time. _ 
was a skillful navigator, never having run his vessel ashore or carnea 
away a spar or yard. He was endowed with the finest and warmest 
sensibilities; with a keen, penetrating eye he observed at a glance 
a deficiency in the character of his ofhcers and crew ; and with an in- 
domitable resolution and courage, that governed and conquered and 
won for him their highest esteem. Few persons of his age have seen 
so much or so severe service. He never shrank from any duty ; wa^ 
brave, manly, courteous, open-hearted, and was highly esteemed for 
his sincerity and honesty. In the domestic relations he possessed 
those warm affections of the heart which adorn and beautify home. 
During the last year of his life he felt very sensibly that nothing but 
religion can fully satisfy the mind of man, and his heart was softened 
and his affections drawn to holy objects. While at Marseilles, 
France, Sept. 17, 1859, he was attacked by apoplexy; partially recov- 
ered, and as his wife and family were with him he set sail for New 
York on Oct. 24; had a second attack while in the Mediterranean, 
and some days later a third, from which he never recovered, though 
able to reach home. His widow is a woman of great energy of char- 
acter, mentally and physically ; and having no doubt been wronged in 
regard to some property left by her husband, has for several years 
past been infatuated with the idea that she was the owner of the 
United States and Great Britain, and has taken all the legal measures 
to gain possession, visiting the president at Washington and several 
governors of Maine and justices of the United States court, and has 
actually issued paper money, which she considers legal tender. 

His children, by first wife, Rhoda, were : 
3786 Henrietta Maria,' b. Aug. 28, 1836; d. Sept. 10, 1849. 
37S7 George Henry,' b. July 28, 1838. 

3788 William Edward,'' b. May 29, 1840; d. at sea Nov. 30, 1858. 

3789 Charles Augustus,'' b. March 15, 1S42. 

By second wife, Jane : 

3790 Henrietta,'' b. July 10, 1S48; d. Sept. 28, 1870. 

3791 Abbie Jane,'' b. July 30, 185-1; d. Feb. 5, 1862. 

3792 Henry,' b. Nov. 20, 1854; d. Aug. 20, 1859. 


Daniel Thurston ^ {Thomas,^ Abner,^ Abner,^ James^ Daniel^), 
eldest son of Thomas^ and Lucy (Fenderson) Thurston of Scar- 
borough, Me.; born there Oct. 17, 1776; married, 1800, Sally Mer- 
rill,* born July 18, 1778. He died Dec. 6, 1849; she died Dec 6 
1852. • ' 

♦ Sally Merrill was a descendant of Charles Pine, who was an early settler of Scarbnrnncrh 

Me., and from whom " Pine Point" was naniert. Pine married Grace , and thpiV- d»,,Sh' 

ter Mary married William Deerlng (son of Roger Deering), who killed her in a at of r,»^" 

Pine's daughter Grace married, first, Runnels; second, Moulton. A chiM r,f ♦hJ?™ 

married Daniel Merrill, the father of Sally Merrill above We subjoin ai extract from Wm 
S. Southgate's History of Scarborough, as found in Me. His. Soo. Col. • 

The first settlers of Scarborough, after the evacuation of 1690, were 'a band of sevm „ 
sons, who came from Lynn in a sloop. They anchored their little vessel in the bay at Bla li 


Mr. Thurston was a teamster and farmer, and lived in Biddeford 
and Portland, Me., and last in Scarborough on the homestead. He 
was a worthy and industrious man, and member of the Free Baptist 
church in Scarborough. He served in the war of 1812. 

Children : 

+3800 Daniel Merrill,' b. Oct. 31, 1801 ; m. Jane Tibbetts. 

4-3801 Lucy,' b. April 24, 1803; m. Nathaniel Googins. 

+3802 Henry Rice,' b. May, 14, 1805; ra. Mary Richards. 

3803 Polly,' b. Nov. 10, 1807 ; n.m. ; member of Free Baptist church ; d. Nov. 

20, 1872. 

3804 Thomas,' 1 twins, born ) d. May, 1809. 

3805 Hannah Merrill,' f Jan. 19, 1809 ; ) a tailoress ; m. Jan. 12, 1853, Jonathan 

Taylor, a farmer and stone cutter of Biddeford, Me., b. April 14, 1802. 
She died 1861 ; he died Dec. 25, 1874; no children. 


Alexander Thurston^ {Thomas^ Abner^^ Abner^ y antes ^Daniel'^^^ 
brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas ^ and Lucy (Fenderson) 
Thurston of Scarborough, Me.; born there June lo, 1784; married, 
April 15, 1809, Almira Fickett of Gorham, Me., born Jan. 2, 1792. 

Point, and used it as a shelter by night until they had put up a aufficient garrison on land. 
The names of these emigi-ants are known to us only by tradition, which is in this case entirely 

reliable. They were John Larrabee. Henry Libby and three sons, Fine,t and Blood. 

These resided on the Neck, in the garrison they had built, and were, at least for a year, the 
only iahabitants of the town. . . . Fine Poiat received its name from Charles Pine, a famous 
hunter, whose residence was there, lie was celebrated for very many brave exploits with the 
Indiana. . . . During the eleven years of Queen Anne's war, the townsmen, or at least two of 
them, encountered parties of Indiana, and usually came ofE unharmed. The two referred to 
were Charles Pine and Richard Hanniwell, who earned the epithet of " Indian Killer." Both 
of these were distinguished iu their day as bitter enemies of the Indians, and often found oc- 
casion to show their hostility with terrible effect. One or two well authenticated traditions 
will serve to illustrate their peculiar mode of warfare and its consequences. At the time of 
the second settlement, an unfinished house, which had remained since the desertion of 1690, 
stood on Winnock's (Plummer's) Neck. This house became a sort of rendezvous for the In- 
dians, where they would occasionally meet and amuse themselves with howling and dancing. 
One spring, soon after the return of the inhabitants, Mr. Piae discovered that the saraeea 
were holding in this shell a series of nightly " powwows," and at once he determined to im- 
prove the occasion for a trial of his skill as a marksman. It was his rule to hunt Indians 
without any companions but two guns, which he was wont to discharge, one immediately 
after the other, when he fired from a covert. Taking his two guns he went out alone from 
the garrison early one afternoon, paddled his boat up the Nonsuch till he came near the 
house, and then, having hid it near the bank of the river, went into the deserted dwelling, got 
up amongst the beams, and silently awaited the result of his adventure. Soon after dark he 
heard the expected Indian whistle in the woods around him, and peeping out he saw nearly a 
score of savages coming toward the place of his concealment, which was at least three miles 
from the garrison, where the nearest aid was, in case the Indians should attack him. Pine, 
however, was not easily frightened, aud probably did not expect any more unfavorable result 
than that which happened. As the two foremost Indians were entering the doorway, he fired 
and killed them both, but before he could get ready his other gun, for a second discharge, the 
remaining savages were beyond danger from it. They did not even stop to see if their com- 
panions were killed. In an hour's time Pine was back in the garrison, examining the guns 
and ammunition of the victims. Such an occurrence was hardly out of the ordinary course 
of his life. But the anecdote of Pine, which used to be narrated with the greatest relish by 
the veterans of the past generation, is the following: The Indians were in the habit of show- 
ing themselves on the beach, between the Ferry and the Neck, aud amusing themselves by in- 
sulting and provoking the garrison, with the aid of certain significant attitudes and gestures. 
Pine, with Ms wonted readiness for such employment, volunteered to put a stop to this recre- 
ation. Charging the garrison not to allow the Indians to cut off his retreat, he went out on 
the beach one morning before day, and covered himself with rockweed, near the usual scene 
of the Indians' sport. After waiting patiently until the morning was well advanced, the In- ' 
dJans at length appeared and begun their sport. Presently an enormous fellow Btei)ped out 
from the crowd that he might be fairly seen, and, turning his back toward the garrison, ex- 
posed a part of his huge body, which, in the words of Pine, " shone like a glass bottle." The 
hunter immediately sent his bullet to the precise spot indicated by the Indian's hand. The 
astounded savages seized their falling comrade and rushed headlong into the woods, while 
Pine walked leisurely, back to the garrison, confident that there would be no more such exhi- 
bitions within sight of it, 

t Mr. Southgate thinks that this was Charles Pine without doubt, . but cannot prove it, who 
made the second settlement of Scarborough iu 1702. 


He died April 15, 1857 ; she died April 9, 1870. He was a farmer in 
Poland, Me. 

Their children were : 
3814 Sally Fickett,'b. Feb. 2, 1812; m. Jasper Haskell; lived in Poland and 
Auburn; d. Aug. i8, 1871. 

iSii; Lorenzo Swett,' b. Oct. i5, 1815; m. Sylvi'na . !,„,==■ 

+3816 George Fickett,' b. Aug. 13, 1817; m. ist, Hannah Gorham Waternouse, 

2d, Betsey Reed Libby. 
+3817 Edward McLellan,' b. Oct. 9, 1820; m. Flora Record. „ ,, r 1 at 

3S18 Martha Fickett,' b. Aug. 3, 1822 ; m. Philander Haines of Biddetora, Me. 


James Thurston^ {Thomas,^ Abner,^ Abner,^ yames,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas^ and Lucy (Fenderson) 
Thurston of Scarborough, Me.; born there Dec. 19, 1787; married, 
Sept. 4, 1808, by Rev. Asa Heath, Sarah McKenney, born Sept. 5, 
1787. She died Nov. 9, 1857 ; he died Oct. 3, i860, aged 73. 

Mr. Thurston lived in Buxton, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and 
Danville, Me., and for more than fifty years was a member, and most 
of the time an officer, of the Methodist Episcopal church in Danville, 
now Auburn. 

Their children were : 

3825 Lucyj'b. Jan. 20, 1810; m. June 7, 1835, William Peables McKenney. 
They had : 

3826 William A. (McKenney), b. in Brunswick, Me., June 28, 1836; n.m. ; 

d. in the army of the Potomac May 25, 1865. 

3827 Z2(f)' y<J« (McKenney), b. in Brunswick Feb. 14, 1838; m. June 7, 

1S68, Albee C. May; live in Indianapolis, Ind. They have: 

3828 Grace L. (May), b. Aug. 10, 1874. 

3829 Gertrude (May), b. July 21, 1876. 

3S30 Atmie Maria (McKenney), m. Jan. 31, 1S57, Albert Reed of Danville, 
Me. They have : 

3831 Ida M. (Reed), b. Aug. 18. 1862. 

3832 Helen (Reed), b. Dec. 5, 187 1. 

3833 Charles J. (McKenney), b. in Brunswick Sept. 3, 1843; d. in the army 

of the Cumberland Oct. 5, 1863. 

3834 Clara E. (McKenney), m. June 11, 1867, Billings P. Sibley of Manka- 

to, Minn., now, 1877, in Erie, Pa. They have: 

3835 Hattie May (Sibley), b. Dec. 8, i858. 

3836 James Thurston (Sibley), b. March 12, 1872. 

3837 Sadie (Sibley), b. May 8, 1877. 

3835 Ida E. (McKenney), b. in Portland, Me., June iS, 1S53. 
3839 Sarah y. (McKenney), b. in Danville Dec. 2, 1S56. 

4-3840 Charles,' b. Jan. 20, 1812; m. Catherine Falkington. 

-)-384i Moses Waterhouse,' b. March 9, 1814; m. Eunice Hunnewell. 

3842 James,' b. in Buxton, Me., March 12, i8i6; m. Nov. 8, 1S40, in Eastport 
Me., Mrs. Clara Anna (Chase) Flint, daughter of William and Ruth 
(Lowell) Chase of Lubec, Me. He was educated at the Maine Wesleyan 
seminary in Readfield, and became a minister of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church in 1838 in the Maine conference; was presiding elder two 
terms in the New Hampshire conference, and in 1871, on account of 
poor health, became a '' supernumerary," and resides in Dover N H 
1877. No children. Adopted: ' ' "' 

3843 Lucia Frances, b. Nov. 21, 1856. 
3844 Merabah Ann,' b. in Scarborough April 4, i8i8; m. Dec. 8 t8ai Bnrfm, 
Fales of Thomaston, Me. ; d. June 12, 1848. They had : ■''urcon 

3845 A'atta««>/ (Fales), b. 1843; lives in California. 

3846 Sarah Ozetta (Fales), b. 1845; m- April 22, 1863, William H Harrli„ 

of Rockland, Me., and moved to California. Wardm 

3847 Mary (Fales), b. 1847; m., lived, and d. in Rockland. 


Everline,'' b. Nov. 20, 1820; m. Aug. 28, 18.14, William S. Marston, b. in 
North Yarmouth, Me., Aug. 14, 1814; resided in Adrian, Wis.; 1876 
removed to Owatonna, Minn. They had : 
3849 Kate (Marston), b. in Danville June 29, 1845; "i- J'^'is '9) 1868, Jacob 
Beag, and has : " 

3850 Florence A. (Beag), b. in Owatonna June 25, 1869. 

3851 Charles M. (Beag), b. in Aurora, Minn.. Nov. 9, 1871. 

3852 Jane G. (Beag), b. in Aurora May 22, 1873. 

3853 Cyrus Crafts (Marston). b. in Danville Oct. 24, 1847 j ''^es in Owatonna. 

3854 Mary (Marston), b. in Danville Dec. 12, 1849; m. Jan. i, 1S72, Geo, 

B. Hallock; reside, 1877, in Owatonna, and have : 
3855 Ethelyn (Hallock), b. in Aurora May I, 1873. 
3856 iSw/)/?? (Marston), b. in Danville July 12, 1852; m. June 30, 1874, 

Dennison J. Woodard, and has : 
3857 Edith J. (Woodard), b. in Adrian, Wis., May 8, 1875. 

3858 Howard ^W»* (Marston), b. in Danville Dec. 24, 1854: lives in Aurora. 

3859 Willie M. (Marston), b. in Danville April i, 1857; lives in Aurora. 

3860 Dora F. (Marston), b. in Garden City, Minn., June 18, 1861 ; resides, 

1877, in Owatonna. 
3S61 Mary Edgecomb,'' b. April 20, 1823; m. Dec. 30, 185:, Charles Robinson 
Whitney, b. Jan. 16. 1820, son of Haynes and Jane (Robinson) Whitney 
of Thomaston ; he is a manufacturer of lime in Rockland. They have : 

3862 Mary Frances (Whitney), b. July II, 1855; m. Nov. 6, 1875, Thomas 

S. Rich of Chelsea, Mass. 

3863 Lizzie Ella (Whitney), b. Dec. 19, 1856. 

3864 Francis,l b. April 9, 1826 ; captain in the East India trade ; d. at sea 1869. 


Thomas Thurston ^ of Readfield, Me. {Thomas,^ Abner,^ Abner^ 
yames^ Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, son of Thomas^ and 
Lucy (Fenderson) Thurston of Scarborough, Me. ; born there Feb. 
23, 1790; married Clarissa B. Kimball, born in Ipswich, Mass., 
daughter of Nathaniel and Sally (Stickney) Kimball of Winthrop, 
Me. He died March 28, 1851; she died July 21, 1871. He was a 
carpenter and farmer. 

Their children were : 

3870 Clorinda,' b. May 3, 1817 ; m. July 4, 1837, Simon Trueworthy, b. in 
Bucksport, Me., 1815; he was a seaman, residing in Thomaston, Me. 
They had, b. in Thomaston : 

3871 Bernett Thurston (Trueworthy), b. Nov. 16, 1837; enlisted in the war 

against the rebellion, in a Maine regiment, and served honorably to 
the close of the war; m. and resides in Washington, D. C. 

3872 OwoM ..4af«jfej- (Trueworthy), b. Nov. 16, 1839; ra. in Auburn, Me.; 

d. in Washington, D. C, Sept. 27, 1865, leaving some property; two 

3873 Albina Delia (Trueworthy), b. in Readfield, Me., Dec. 22, 1842; m. in 

New York and is now a widow. 

3874 Albert H. (Trueworthy), b. in Thomaston Nov. 8, 1845; d. June, 1876. 

3875 Lizzie Clarinda (Trueworthy), b. in Thomaston, 1846; m. Jabez Bar- 

rett of Brookfield, Mass., where they now reside. 
3876 Snell,' b. Oct. 10, 1819; m. Feb. 16, 1865, Anna C. Bacon, daughter of 
Jabez and Sally (Kimball) Bacon of Winthrop, Me. He is a farmer in 
Readfield ; no children. 
+3877 Hiram,' b. Oct. i, 1820; m. Harriet Newell Hayward. 
+3878 William Henry,' b. March 31, 1823; m. Sarah E. Waterhouse. 


William Thurston' {Thomas^ Abner,^ Abmr^ James,^ Daniel'^^, 
brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas^ and Lucy (Fenderson) 
Thurston of Scarborough, Me. j born there June 20, 1794; married, 


Dec. 27, 1818, Catherine Simonton, born June 5, 1797, daughter of 
Ebenezer and Betsey (Maxfield) Simonton of Cape Elizabeth, Me. 
He died Aug. 27, 1869. 

Mr. Thurston was a shoemaker in Portland, Me. ; member of the 
Congregational church. 

Their children were : 

3883 Elizabeth Simonton,' b. March 23, 1820; m. Jan. 26, 1842, George S. 
Chandler of Nashua, N. H. ; in business at 9 Pembroke street, Boston, 
1878. They have : 
3S84 Charles Bradford (Chandler), lives in Wilmington, Del. 

3885 Luther Gross (Chandler), M.D. ; m. Dora Hurd ; is resident physician 

at Deer island. Boston harbor. 

3886 George Fraitk (Chandler), n.m. ; a photographer in Philadelphia, Pa. 
3S87 Lillian (Chandler), n.m. ; lives in Boston. 

3888 Janette,' b. May 23, 1824; m. June 4, 1861, Edmund C. Merrill of Port- 
land; d. Dec. 14, 1866. They had : 
3889 Catherine Brabrook (Merrill), residing at Alfred, Me. 

3890 William Thomas,'' b. May 17, 1827; n.m.; a ship carpenter in Portland. 

3891 George Soule,' b. Feb. 4, 183 1; n.m. 

3892 Catherine Simonton,' b. June 30, 1834; m. in Dorchester, Mass., May 23, 

1858, Albert A. Brabrook, a furniture dealer in Boston, residing in Som- 
erville, Mass. ; no children. 

3893 Emily Abby,' b. Dec. 26, 1836; n.m.; resides in Somerville. 


Asa Thurston'' of Lyme, N. H. {David^ Abner,^ Abner^ James,'^ 
Daniel'^), eldest son of David ^ and Sail);- (Eaton) Thurston of Candia, 
N. H. ; born in Bridgewater, N. H., Dec. 17, 1800; married, in Went- 
worth, N. H., July 22, 1840, Eliza Woodward Hartwell, born in 
Rumney, N. H., March 6, 1810, daughter of John and Louisa (Kim- 
ball) Hartwell of Haverhill, N. H. He died May 28, 1877. 

Mr. Thurston was a merchant ; representative in the legislature in 
1863-4, town clerk twelve years, and a member of the Congregation- 
al church fifty-eight years. 

Their children, all born in Warren, N. H., were : 

3900 Ellen Eliza,' b, July 27, 1845; d. Aug. 12, 1S45. 

3901 Charles Edward,' b. Aug. 3:, 1847; i". Sept. 27, 1873, in Concord, N. H., 

Minnie Ella Knox, b. Aug. 27, 1850, daughter of Crosby and Abbie 
(Carr) Knox of Pembroke, N. H. He is a clerk in a dry goods store 
in Concord, and is a member of the Congregational church. 

3902 Ellen Louisa,' b. Jan. 26, 1849; m. Nov. 3, 1874, Leander D. Warren, and 

lives in Lyme, N. H. They have : 

3903 Maude Louisa (Warren), b. Feb. 20, 1876. 

3904 Harry Hartwell (Warren), b. Jan. 12, 1878. 


Abner Thurston'' {David,^ Abner,* Abner,^ James,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of David ^ and Sally (Eaton) Thurs- 
ton of Candia, N. H.; born in Bridgewater, N. H., Oct. 13, 1802; 
married in Charlestown, Mass., Feb. 3, 1828, Mary Worthen Hun- 
toon, born June 11, 1803, daughter of Elisha and Hannah (Worthen) 
Huntoon of Candia. 

He was a cooper in Franklin, N. H., and belonged to the Christian 

Their children, born in Charlestown, were : 
+3913 David Benjamin,' b. July 24, 1829; m. Almira Yeaton Howard. 

3914 Hannah Eliza,' b. March i, 1831. 


.3915 Asa Josephus,' b. Dec. 13', 1833 ; is a butcher by trade, and was represent- 
ative in the legislature from Franklin, N. H., 1876, 1877. 

3916 Sarah Eaton,' b. July 13, 1836; m. in Concord, N. H., March 10, 1867, 

Frank Kendrick Jones ; d. Oct. ii, 1872. 

3917 Charlotte Rebecca,' b. in Hebron, N. H., May 17, 1844; d. in Franklin 

Dec. 16, 1848. 


Ebenezer Thurston ° {David,^ Abner,^ Abner^ j^ames,^ JDaniel^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of David ^ and Sally (Eaton) Thurs- 
ton of Candia, N. H. ; born in Bridgewater, N. H., March 13, 1805; 
married, first, November, 1836, Sarah Salina Huntoon of Salis- 
bury, N. H., born April 26, 1808; she died June 4, 1839. Second, 
Dec. 27, 1842, Sarah Knowles Rogers, born March 24, 1815, 
daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Hoagg) Rogers of Northfield, N. H. ; 
she died April 8, 1866. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Northfield, but P. O. address is Tilton, 
N. H., on the farm where his last wife was born. 

His children, by second wife, were : 

3927 Lena Lucy,' b. in Hill, N. H., March 24, 1849; >"■ Sept. 29, 1877, Joseph 

James Prescott, a farmer in Northfield, P. O. address Tilton, b. in Pitts- 
field, N. H., Nov. 24, 1853, son of Ebenezer J,, and Ruhama (Mason) 
Prescott of Loudon, N. H. 

3928 Leanna Marr,' b. in Tilton July 8, 1853. 


Sally Thurston" (^David,^ Abner,'^ Abner,^ James, ^ Daniel''-), 
sister of the preceding, and daughter of David ^ and Sally (Eaton) 
Thurston of Candia, N. H. ; born in Bridgewater, N. H., Sept. 13, 
1807; married in Hill, N. H., Dec. 5, 1830, John Langford Hodg- 
DON, born Dec. 19, 1805, son of Israel and Comfort (Sandborn) 
Hodgdon of Northfield, N. H. He died Aug. 8, 1874. He was a 
farmer in Ashland, N. H., and member of the Methodist church. 

Their children were : 

3930 Hiram (Hodgdon), b. in Ashland Oct. 21, 1832; m. June 10, 1858, Martha 

Thurston Webster of Dunville, N. H. ; a merchant in Ashland; no 

3931 George Morey (Hodgdon), b. Aug. 13, 1835; m. Sept. 15, 1857, Pamelia A. 

Plaisted, b. Jan. 20, 1838, daughter of B. Eaton and Nancy Barker (Mer- 
rill) Plaisted of Ashland; is a farmer in Ashland. They have : 
3932 Charlie Merrill (Hodgdqp), b. Oct. 24, i860. 
3933 Sarah Eaton (Hodgdon), b. in Northfield Oct. 27, 1838. 


Lydia Thurston" {David^ Abner,^ Abner,^ James ^ Daniel'^), sis- 
ter of the preceding, and daughter of David ^ and Sally (Eaton) 
Thurston of Candia, N. H. ; born in Hill, N. H., July 28, 1810; mar- 
ried, first, April 27, 1834, George M. Phelps, born Jan. 27, 1788, a 
lawyer, who was several times representative in the New Hampshire 
legislature; he died in Hill Aug. 27, 1845. Second, Aug. 8, 1850, 
Hillery Knox, a farmer of Sanbornton, N. H., born in Pembroke, 
N. H., Feb. 17, 1798; he died June 6, 1876. 

Her children, by first husband, Phelps, were : 

3940 Edvfard Douglass (Phelps), b. in Hill Aug. 19, 1837. 

By second husband, Knox : 

3941 George Peabody (Knox), b. in Sanbornton Sept. 7, 1851 ; d. Aug. 28, 186S. 



Rev. James Thurston ° {Rev. James,^ Capt. James,^ Abner,^ James, ^ 
Daniel"^), eldest son of Rev. James ^ and Elizabeth (Peabody) Thurs- 
ton of Exeter, N. H. ; born in Newmarket, N. H., Dec. n, 1806; 
married, Sept. 11, 1844, Elizabeth Austin, daughter of Hon. Wil- 
liam and Charlotte (Williams) Austin of Charlestown, Mass. He 
died Jan. 13, 1872, aged 66. 

Mr. Thurston fitted for college at Phillips academy, Exeter, and 
graduated at Harvard 1829. He taught three years in the English 
high school in Boston, and graduated at the Divinity school at Cam- 
bridge in 1835. -He went west one year, and returned and was or- 
dained over the Unitarian society in Windsor, Vt., in 1838.^ In 1844 
he took charge of the first Congregational society in Billerica, Mass., 
and remained six years; in South Natick two years. In 1853 he was 
installed over the Allen street church in Cambridge, Mass., and re- 
signed, the following year. From 1855 he was stated supply in Lunen- 
burgh, Mass., till 1859, after which he was two years at Leicester, 
Mass. The state of his health unfitting him for ministerial duties, he 
became agent of the Massachusetts Temperance Society. 

After the war of the rebellion, he was sent by the Memorial Socie- 
ty to Wilmington, N. C, and for some months took charge of a school 
for freedmen. At a meeting of the Historical Society held at Boston 
Sept. 4, 1867, he read a paper on the condition of the south since the 
war of the rebellion, giving his own experience of seven months in 
Virginia, North and South Carolina. The last eight years of his life 
he spent in West Newton, Mass. At his funeral eight classmates 
walked in front of the coffin, as it was taken to the church, among 
them Rev. Samuel F. Smith, Rev. James Freeman Clarke, and Sam- 
uel May, jr. The entire population were sincere mourners, as he had 
endeared himself to all by his upright life, steadfast friendship, and 
amiable disposition. 

Their children, born in Billerica, were : 

3950 James Peabody,'' b. March 8, 1S47. 

3951 William Austin,^ b. July 9, 1848. 

3952 Elizabeth Peabody,' b. Jan. 10, 1850. 

Born in Natick, Mass. : 

3953 Charles Abbot,' b. June 25, 1851 ; is in the storage business, Union wharf, 


Born in Cambridge, Mass. ; 

3954 Charlotte Williams,' b. Feb. 7, 1854. 


Daniel Adams Thurst6n ° {True-worthy,^ Caleb, '^ Abner^ yames''' 
Daniel'^), son of Trueworthy " and Priscilla (Royal) Thurston of 
Peru, Me.; born in Monmouth, Me., July 16, 1808; married Decem- 
ber, 1832, Olive Bray, daughter of Benjamin and Susannah (Royal) 
Bray of Poland, Me. She died April 10, 1875. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Poland. In 1842 he drove an ox team 
from Hannibal, Mo., to Oregon, being gone two years. 

Their children were : 

3960 Levi Moody,' b. June 7, 1834; d. 

3961 Susanna B.,' b. June 22, 1836; m. March i6, 1874, Almon Andrews- no 

children. ' 


3962 Gilman,'' b. Oct. 29, 1838; m. Jan. 23, 1863, Miriam Marble. They have : 

3963 Frederick Williamf b. May 17, 1864. 

3964 Edwin Aldo}^\>. Feb. 17, 1867. 

3965 Rosef b. Dec. 29, 1870. 

3966 Lydia Maybellef h. July 5, 1874. 


Samuel Royal Thurston ^ {Trueworthy,^ Caleb,* Abner,^ Japies^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Trueworthy^ and Pris- 
cilla (Royal) Thurston of Peru, Me. ; born in Monmouth, Me., April 
17, 1816; married, July, 1844, Elizabeth McLench, daughter of 
John McLench of Fayette, Me. He died April 9, 1851. 

Mr. Thurston was with his father in Peru on the farm till seventeen 
years of age, when an injury changed his plans for life. He fitted 
for college at the Maine Wesleyan seminary, Readfield, Me.; entered 
Dartmouth college in the Freshman class, and in 1840 left there and 
entered Bowdoin as a Sophomore, and graduated in 1843. He read 
law with Hon. P. Dunlap of Brunswick, Me., and practiced there till 
1845, when he went to Burlington, then the territory of Iowa, and 
practiced' law and edited the Iowa Gazette, a leading democratic pa- 
per. The climate did not agree with him, and in the spring of 1847 
he bought a team of five yokes of oxen, two cows, and a horse, took 
his wife and child three months old in a wagon, and with goad in 
hand drove that team two thousand four hundred miles, arriving in 
Salem, in the valley of the Willamette river, Oregon, Sept. 12, 1847. 
He established himself in the practice of law ; was elected the first 
representative to congress, from the territory of Oregon, in June, 
1849, and on the 4th of August started for Washington, D. C, in a 
boat propelled by Indians on the Columbia river, and arrived in San 
Francisco on the i8th; left San Francisco Oct. ist, Panama 25th, 
and Chagres 29th, in the steamship Empire City, bound to New York, 
where he arrived Nov. i ith. He paid a flying visit to his relatives in 
Maine, and arrived in Washington on the last day of November. 
His course in congress was marked by fidelity to his adopted state 
and the country and with honor to himself. He died April 9, 185 1, 
on board the steamer California, on his way home, and was buried in 
Acapulco, Mexico. His remains were subsequently removed to Sa- 
lem, Oregon, and honored with a monument to his memory by the 

He was in all relations ambitious, resolute, and determined, fond 
of debate and vigorous in defense of his points. His 4th of July 
address of 1849 will be long remembered by those who heard it. He 
was kind to his friends and magnanimous to all ; a sincere christian, 
humble and earnest in the prayer-meeting as he was bold and defiant 
in debate. He made his way by hard and faithful work, attained suc- 
cess, and left an honored memory. 

His widow has since married the Hon. William H. Odell, who was 
one of the presidential electors of 1876. 

His children were : 

3970 George Henry,' b. in Burlington, Iowa, Dec. 2, 1846. 

3971 Elizabeth Blandena,' b. in Salem, Oregon, 1849. 



True Worthy Thurston" {Trueworthy,^ Caleb," Abner,^ James,^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Trueworthy* and 
Priscilla (Royal) Thurston of Peru, Me. ; born in Monmouth, Me., 
April IS, 1819 ; married, March 4, 1846, Rachel Fisher Welch, 
born Sept. 3, 1823, daughter of Robert and Lois (Titus) Welch of 
Monmouth. He is a farmer in Rumford, Me. 

Their children, all born in Peru, are : 
3975 Samuel Royal,' b. July z, 1847; m. Jan. 2, 1871, Carrie A. Whitmarsh of 
Boston, Mass. ; reside in Chicago, 111. ; he is traveling salesman for a 
safe and lock company of Chicago. They have : 
3976 Samiiel Royal f\>. March 12, 1875. 
3977 William Henry,' b. Dec. 12, 1848; m. July 23, 1871, Salonie F. Glover of 
Rumford, where they reside. He is a farmer; lost his right hand in a 
hav cutter Nov. 12, 1865. They had : 
3978' 'Willie Howard^ b. Feb. 7, 1872; d. Dec. 28, 1874. 
3979 Ethel May f b. Nov. 23, 1875. 
39S0 George Henryf b. Jan. 30, 1878. 
3981 Granville True,' b. Oct. 13, 1850; m. Dec. 4, 1875, Ada E. Lufkin of Rum- 
ford, where they reside ; he is a farmer. They have : * 
3982 Carl Granville} b. June 23, 1877. 

3983 Robert Lamont,' b. Feb. 28, 1852; m. April 13, 1879, Anna O'Comier of 

Chicago, 111.; is teaming in Chicago. 

3984 Lydia May,' b. May 24, 1854; m. July 17, 1875, John E. Goggin of Lewis- 

ton, Me. ; he is a blacksmith in Livermore, Me. They have : 
3985 Bertha Lois (Goggin), b. May 8, 1877. 
39S6 Everett Lamont (Goggin), b. April 26, 1879. 
3987 Lizzie Odell,'' b. Jan. i, 1857. 

3958 Daniel Adams,' b. Dec. 16, 1859. 

3959 Franklin Marston,' b. Jan. 7, 1861. 


Henry Thurston" {Gates,^ Feter," Abner,^ J^ames,^ DanieP), son 
of Gates ^ and Elizabeth (Pollard) Thurston of Lancaster, Mass. ; 
born there Aug. 19, 1790; married, July 17, 1815, Aurelia Warren, 
born in Amenia, Dutchess county, N. Y., April 12, 1794. Her father, 
James Warren, purchased a large tract of land near Lake George, N. 
Y., and removed to it in 1804. He died in early life, and his friends, 
in respect to him, gave the name of Warrensburgh to the place of his 
residence and of Warren to the county. Mr. Thurston died at Lan- 
caster, while on a visit there, Sept. 30, 1842 ; his widow died at Troy, 
N. Y., Jan. 26, 1847. Previous to his marriage he resided in western 
New York, but after that was a farmer at Harlem, Winnebago 
county. 111. 

Their children were : 

3990 Sarah Maria,' b. at Warrensburgh May 2, i8i8; m. at Harlem July 6 

1840, Henry George Raleigh Dearborn, b. in Salem, Mass., June 22', 

1809, eldest son of Gen. H. A. S. Dearborn of Ro.xbury, Mass. He is 

a civil engineer, residing in Boston, Roxbury district, Mass. They had ■ 

3991 Henry (Dearborn), b. Oct. 12, 1841; d. Sept. 5, 1842. 

3992 Sarah Ellen (Dearborn), b. March 2, 1847. 

Born at Lake George : 
3993 Elizabeth Melinda,' b. Feb. 16, 1821 ; m. June 28, 1855, Stephen Clarv b 
)n Montgomery county, N. Y., Sept. 25, 1S14; she died April 20 1870' 
he is a prominent commission merchant in Chicago; president ' of the 
Chicago Board of Trade; no children. 
+3994 Joli'i Henry,' b. March 8, 1824; m. Mary Ann Barrett. 


3995 William Peirce,' b. at Troy, N. Y., Sept. 19, 1828; m. Jan. 21, 1857, Eliza- 
beth Harris Hooper, b. Nov. 12, 1832, daughter of Henry N. Hooper 
of Boston. He died Aug. 15, 1872; his widow resides in Beverly, Mass. 
They had : 

3996 Margaret Aureliaf b. Feb. 10, 1859. 

3997 Agnes Greenwood^ b. March 4, i860. 


John Gates Thurston ^ ( Gates,^ Feter* Abner^ James^ Daniel'''^, 
brother of the preceding, and son of Gates '' and EHzabeth (Pollard) 
Thurston of South Lancaster, Mass.; born there March 18, 1794; 
married, June 5, 1828, Harriet Patrick Lee, daughter of Seth Lee, 
a lawyer of Barre, Mass. He died March 27, 1873 j she died March 
6, 1878. 

Mr. Thurston spent nearly all his life in his native town, though he 
had traveled extensively in the United States, and visited Europe in 
1869. He was in Italy during Louis Napoleon's Franco-Austrian 
campaign, and visited the battle field of Magenta shortly after the 
battle ; after which he accompanied a portion of the French army to 
Milan, the soldiers treating him and his companion (Edward A. Ray- 
mond of Boston) with great courtesy, and carrying their valises for 
thera. He was so exhausted by the tramp that Raymond said he 
slept forty hours. He held many positions of public trust and re- 
sponsibility ; was an " old line whig " and an earnest politician; sat 
many terms in the legislature (both houses) ; was town clerk for fif- 
teen consecutive years ; bank director for many years. He was in 
mercantile life for more than forty years. They celebrated their sil- 
ver wedding in 1853, at the same time as the celebration of the bi- 
centennial anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Lancaster. • 

Children : 
4000 Harriet Elizabeth,' b. March 31, 1829; m. Harry Peck. 
-I-4001 George Lee,' b. June 16, 1831 ; m. Mary Baldwin Whitney. 

4002 Josephene,' b. Sept. 9, 1832; d. Oct. 15, 1832. 

4003 Francis Henry,' b. Dec. 21, 1833; m. in Paxton, 111., March 4, 1863, Eliz- 

abeth Amelia Crandall, b. in Cambria, Niagara county, N. Y., Oct. 1, 
1836, daughter of David Sprague, formerly editor of Niagara Courier, 
and Eliza (McBride) Crandall, of Lockport, N. Y.' Mr. Thurston has 
been a merchant many years, residing in Oconto, Wis., and other places, 
but a trouble with his eyes has caused varied changes in his life. He 
has now, May, 1879, purchased a farm at Central Lake, Antrim county, 
Mich. , where he intends to locate permanently, as he prefers that for an 


William Thurston" {Gates,^ Feter,^ Abner," jfames^ Daniel''-'), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Gates ^ and Elizabeth (Pollard) 
Thurston of South Lancaster, Mass. ; born there March 6, 1 798 ; 
married, first, June 9, 1824, Sabra Houghton of Bolton, Mass. ; 
second, Mary Moffat of Vanderburgh county, Ind. ; third, Mrs. 
Sarah Carpenter of Princeton, Ind. ; fourth, Jane L. Thomas of 
Luzerne county, Pa.; fifth, Mrs. Isabel M. Bannan of Luzerne 

Mr. Thurston lived in Scott township, Vanderburgh county, Ind. ; 
built and kept a hotel on the state road from Evansville to Vincennes, 
and owned a large farm. « 


His children, by first wife, Sabra, were : 
4010 Mary Greenleaf,' b. Nov. 19, 1824; m. June 15, 1844, Moses Barnes. 
They had : o<; tt Ir 

40H Sabra Elizabeth i;%zxn^^),h. June 29, 1845; !"■ N°^- ^' ' '^'^^ 

Green; d. Jan. 24, 1872. They had: 

4012 Moses (Green), b. Dec. 29, 1S64. 

4013 Lottie M. (Green), b. Sept., 1866. 

4014 Frank H. (Green), b. Nov. 2, 1871 ; d. July 8, 1872. ,-1,13 
4015 Sarah Isabel (Barnes), b. June 7, 1847; m. March 27, 1864, John Bar- 
ton. They had: 

4016 William J. (Barton), b. Dec. 29, 1864. 

, 4017 Ranie E. (Barton), b. Aug. 2, 1868. 

4018 Sabra A. (Barton), b. Sept. 9, 1872. 

4019 Herbert A. (Barton), b. April 15, 1S74. 

to^x 7:^j;^.CnU'--.^-AP"'5.i876. 

4022 William Edwin (Barnes), b. Dec. 27, 1849. 

4023 Clara Susanna (Barnes), b. Oct. 13, 1851 ; m. Oct. 26, 1871, John 

Wheeler. They had : 

4024 Mary A. (Wheeler), b. March 26, 1873. 

4025 Lucy B. (Wheeler), b. Sept. 4, 1874; d. Feb. 14, 1875. 

4026 Frank H. (Wheeler), b. Aug. 20, 1878. 

4027 Herbert Bri7isley {^■ixn<i%),\>. June 20, 1854; m. Oct. i6, 1877, Alice 

M. Grant. 

4028 Mary Ellen (Barnes), b. Jan. 29, 1856. 

4029 Eunice Jane (Barnes), b. May 4, 1858. 

4030 Charles Rufus (Barnes), b. April 18, i85l. 

4031 Ruth Christina (Barnes), b. June 30, 1863. 

4032 Louis M. (Barnes), b. Sept. 14, 1869. 

4033 Eliza Blackman,' b. Sept. 10, 1825; d. May 13, 182S. 

4034 William Gates,' b. May 19, 1830; d. May 23, 1830. 

By second wife, Mary : 

4035 John Henry,' b. July, 1853; m. 1874, and had: 
4036 Eva? 

By third wife, Sarah : 
4037 Emma,'b. Dec, 1855; m. about 1873 Charles Schmall of Princeton, Ind. 
They had : 

4038 Lizzie (Schmall). 

4039 Annie (Schmall). 

4040 Augustus (Schmall). 


Wilder Stoddard Thurston ° {Gates, ^ Peter, ^ Abner,^ James^ 
Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Gates ^ and Elizabeth 
(Pollard) Thurston of South Lancaster, Mass. ; born there Oct. 8, 
1806; married, Oct. 27, 1836, Rosanna Miliscent Peirce, born 
1817, daughter of Jacob Peirce, a farmer of Woburn, Mass. 

Mr. Thurston was baptized by the name of Sampson Wilder Thurs- 
ton, named for the somewhat noted Sampson Vining Stoddard Wilder, 
who was once a resident of Bolton, Mass. The name was afterward 
changed to its present form by act of legislature. He was a merchant 
in Boston from 1825 for fifteen years, when he returned to Lancaster, 
1840; moved to Lynn, Mass., 1857, and continued his mercan- 
tile life till 1872, when, having become largely interested in real 
estate, he retired from mercantile life. He was a man of influence in 
his native place, having been selectman, postmaster, and justice of 
the peace. From 1845 to 1855 he took a deep interest in political 
matters connected with the "American " party. He was nominated 
for congress by them, and was a member of their state and national 


Their children were : 
4050 Clara Wilder,' b. in Boston June 19, 1838 ; was educated for a teacher, 
graduating at the State Normal school in Framingham, Mass. ; m. in 
Lynn Oct. 30, 1S62, to Thomas E. Frye of Bolton. They lived for three 
years in Brooklyn, N. Y., and then removed to Chicago, 111., vfhere they 
still reside, 1878, and where' they were completely stripped of all their 
household possessions by the great fire of Oct. 8-9, 187 1. They have : 
4051 Thomas Wilder (Frye), b. in New York city Sept. 25, 1863. 

Born in Lancaster : 

4052 Russell Gates,' b. May 29, 1840; d. April 17, 1841. 

4053 Louise Meliscent,' b. Sept. 19, 1842 ; is assistant in one of the Boston 

High schools. 

4054 Ellen Elizabeth,'' b. March 31, 1845; went to Chicago with her sister, Mrs. 

Frye, in 1865, and was employed as cashier and corresponding secretary 
in the music store of Root & Cady; m. in Lynn Aug. 27, 1868, Myron 
Leonard of Middletown, Vt. ; reside in Chicago, 1878. They had: 

4055 Frederick Thurston (Leonard), b. June 26, 1869; d. Sept. 16, i86g. 

4056 Elsie (Leonard), b. Aug. 16, 1872. 

4057 Earnest Wilder (Leonard), b. May 3, 1874; d. Aug., 1874. 

4058 Lois Russell (Leonard), b. Nov. n, 1875; d. Dec. 22, 1875. 

All three of the daughters have been somewhat given to writing for various pub- 
lications, mostly juvenile, and the two older have published some books for chil- 
dren. It was an amusing coincidence that the two having written, unknown to each 
other, the one in Chicago, the other in Lynn, story books in answer to an offer of 
three prizes for suitable Sunday-school books, by the American Unitarian Associa- 
tion, two of the prizes fell to them. Their names and residences being different, 
the awarders had little suspicion that two prizes went to the same family. 


John Spaulding Thurston" (Ji^oses^ Moses* Moses^ Stephen,^ 
Daniel''-^, eldest son of Moses ^ and Jane (Spaulding) Thurston of 
Orange, Vt. ; married Joanna Thurston, born Nov. 10, 1771. He 
died 1850; she died Sept. 9, 1862, aged 90 years, 11 months. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Orange. 

Their children were : 
4065 Sally,' m. Nathan Knapp of Bradford, Vt. They had: 

4066 John B. (Knapp). 

4067 Orrin C. (Knapp), killed in the battle of Williamsburgh. 

4068 John,' b. Oct. I, 1801 ; m. in Plattsburgh, N. Y., Dec. 6, 1829, Sally Park- 

hurst, b. May 3, iSio, daughter of Reuben and Lydia (Powell) Parkhurst 
of Highgate, Vt. He is a farmer in Pottsdam, N. Y., where he went in 
March, 1830; no children. 

4069 Eliza,' m. Robert Ford; reside in Corinth, Vt. ; had three daughters; all d. 

4070 Hiram,' m. Dec. 8, 1829, Jane Works ; was a carpenter in Canton, N. Y., 

where he died, May 14, 1833. They had: 
4071 Lucy y.,' m. Marston of Fillmore, Minn. 

4072 Ezekiel,' b. May 16, 1808; n.m. ; a ship carpenter; d. in Pottsdam Nov. 

17, 1862. 

4073 Huldah,' b. in Plattsburgh Feb. iS, 1813; m. ist, Joseph Colby; 2d, Dea. 

Benson Aldrich. He died Oct. 5, 1862; she died Nov. i, 1877. She 
had, by first husband : 

4074 Huldah (Colby), b. in Washington, Vt., May 5, 1846; m. Hiram Rich- 

ardson Thurston [see no. ]. 

4075 Joseph Benson (Colby), lives in California. 

4076 Louise Caroline (Colby), m. Leavitt; live in Bradford, Vt. 

4077 Moses,' m. ; no children. 


Jane Thurston" {Moses^ Moses,* Mgses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), sister 
of the preceding, and daughter of Moses' and jane (Spaulding) 
Thurston of Orange, Vt. ; married Hurd. 


Child : 
+4078 Andrew,'' b. Oct. 18, 1804; m. Lovina Richardson. 


EzEKiEL Thurston '^ {Moses,^ Meses,'' Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Moses ^ and Jane (Spauldmg) 
Thurston of Orange, Vt. ; born there Feb. 11, 1785 ; married, 1807, 
Sally Darling, born Nov. 2, 1792, daughter of Peter and Rebecca 
(Burbank) Darling of Corinth, Vt. He died Feb. 19, 1851. She 
married again, Samuel Darling; he died March 10, 1856, and she 
died in Groton, Vt., Oct. 8, 1866. Mr. Thurston was a farmer in 
Orange and a member of the Christian church. 

Their children were : 

4080 Joseph,' b. Oct. 10, 1808; d. in Orange 1844. 

4081 Elizabeth,' b. April 23, 181 1 ; d. in Orange Feb. 15, 1827. 

4082 Betsey,' b. May 15, 1813; d. in Orange July, 1832. 

4083 Moses,' b. April 4, 1S15; enlisted in a New York regiment against the re- 

bellion, and died Sept. 7, 1874, in Massachusetts. 

4084 Sarah,' b. July 4, 1817; d. in Orange Sept., 1836. 

4085 Lucetta,' b. July 27, 1S20; m. Hiram Richardson; live in Rockford, 111. 
40S6 Peter,' b. May 4. 1822. 

4087 Rebecca,' b. June 19, 1824; m. May 26, 1841, Jeremy Paul Welch, b. Oct. 
30, 1817, son of Forriss and Huldah (Paul) Welch of Orange; he is a 
farmer in Groton, Vt. They have : 

4088 Joanna Elizabeth (Welch), b. Feb. 2, 1842 ; m. Lewis Dimick of 

Lyme, N. H. 

4089 Lucetta Abigail (Welch), b. Apr. 29, 1S44; m. Joab Hunt of Peacham.Vt. 

4090 George Oilman (Welch), b. Sept. 22, 1846; resides in Helena, Montana. 

4091 James Monroe (Welch), b. July 12, 1849; resides in Groton, Vt. 

4092 Elsie Alvira (VVelch), b. March 11, 1852; m. Frank Davis of Groton. 

4093 Rebecca Jane (Welch), b. June 14, 1854; m. Sidney Cameron of Wells 

River, Vt. 
4094 Anna,' b. April 15, 1827; d. in Groton July 25, 1857. 


Moses Thurston ° {Moses,^ Aloses,"" Moses,^ Stephen^- Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Moses '' and Jane (Spaulding) 
Thurston of Orange, Vt. ; born at Indian Stream, now Pittsburgh, N. 
H. ; married Betsey Lovering, daughter of Simeon and Sarah (San- 
born) Lovering of West Corinth, Vt. He died Jan. 27, 1815, and she 
married Samuel Clifford of Duxbury, Vt., and died Jan. 24, 1844. 

Mr. Thurston was a carpenter in Corinth, Vt., and was killed by 
being run over by a sled loaded with wood ; was a member of the 
Free Baptist church. 

Their children were : 
4100 Simeon Lovering,' b. Aug. 3, 1S04; m. ist, Fandira Richardson; she died 
without issue; 2d, Sept. 20, 1854, Luvia Foster. He was a farmer in 
Washington, Vt. ; d. Nov. 13, 1867, leaving : 
4101 Easier Simeon^ b. Sept. 27, 1855. 
-I-4102 Moses,' b. Oct. 16, 1S06; m. Julia Richmond. 

4103 Sarah Frost,' b. April 25, 1808; m Capt. John Locke, b. Oct. 21, 1799, a 
farmer in Chelsea, Vt. ; she died March 4, 1864, He is still living 1878 
They had : S' / • 

Born in Corinth : 

4104 Lucy Maria (Locke), b. Nov. ii, 1S24. 

4105 Nancy (Locke), b. Feb. 27, 1827 ; m. Levi Grant of Washington Vt 

4106 John Lcrvcring (Locke), b. Feb. 19, 1829; a farmer in Hatton, Kansas 

4107 Susan Collins (Locke), b. April 19, 1831 ; m. Alpheus Heminwav of 

Worcester, Mass. 


4108 Charles Collins (Locke), b. Nov. 26, 1832; d. Sept. 25, 1835. 

4109 Dewit Clinton (T^ocke), b. Dec. 26, 1834; a farmer in Hatton. 

4110 Charles Collins (Locke), b. Jan. 11, 1837; a farmer in Chelsea. 
4m Victoria Richardson (Loclie), b. Feb. 18, 1839; d. Dec. 18, 1870. 

4112 Eliot S. (Locke), b. Jan. 3, 1841 ; a farmer in Hatton. 

41 13 Hannah Merrill iX^O'^^], b. Oct. 21, 1842; m. Augustus E. Carr of 


41 14 Carrie (Locke), b. July 18, 1844; m. James P. Richardson of West 

Medfield, Mass. 

4115 Sarah Julia (Locke), b. Feb. 12, 1846; d. 

Born in Chelsea: 

4116 Diantha Dickey (Locke), b. April 10, 1848; d. 

4117 George Eugene (Locke), b. Dec. 30, 1S49; studying medicine in Mont- 

pelier, Vt. 

4118 Henry Eustace (Locke), b. Dec. 22, 1851; d. Oct. 14, 1876. 

4119 Mary Lovering,' b. Dec. 15, 1810; n.m. ; d. July 20, 1841, in Chelsea. 

4120 Huldah Spaulding,' b. Sept. i, 1812; ra. ist, Dec. 7, 1829, .Elijah Sabin 

Clark, a farmer in Landaff, N. H. ; he died in Groton, Vt,, May 16, 
1852, aged 5iy. 9m. i6d. 2d, Feb. i, 1855, Charles Huntoon Burnham, 
b. in Corinth Oct. S, 1808, son of Josiah and Ruth (Huntoon) Burnham 
of Chelsea ; he was a farmer and postmaster in Corinth. She had, by 
first husband : 

4121 Jane Htbbard{Z\3.-C&),h.\xi\s.-a&2S. May 12, 1830; m. Oct. 8, 1847, 

Rev. Joseph Warren Healey, d.d., graduate of Burlington, Vt. ; 
preached in Walpole, Mass. , Milwaukee, Wis., Chicago, 111., New 
Orleans, La. ; was two years in England as agent of the Freedmens' 
Mission, went to the Holy Land, and after returning preached in 
Iowa City, Iowa, and 1878 in Ottumwa, Kansas. 

4122 John (Clark), b. July 25, 1S31 ; dealer in agricultural implements in 

Keota, Iowa. 

4123 Meroa Kimball (Clark), b. Oct. 7, 1833; m. M. Renfrew; reside in 


4124 Charles Lovering (Clark), b. April 14, 1835; d. in Grinnell, Iowa, Mar. 

10, J 858. 

4125 Hallis Sampson (Clark), b. March 8, 1838; a Congregational clergy- 

man at Genoa Bluffs, Iowa, where he d. May 26, 1873 i "o children. 

Born in Groton : 

4126 Emma Maria (Clark), b. Feb. 12, 1845; m. Amasa M. Converse of 

Springfield, III. They have traveled in Italy, France, England, 
Germany, Palestine, and 1878 are in Oakland. Cal. 

4127 Henry Healy (Clark), b- Aug. 14, 1846; lives in Somerville, Mass. ; n.m. 
4128 Hannah Lomantha,' b. Oct. 25, 1814; m. Sept. 24, 1835, Calvin Merrill, a 

farmer of East Haverhill, N. H., b. Nov. 21, 1812, son of Benjamin and 
Mary (Hyde) Merrill of Corinth; he has held several town offices. 
They have : 

4129 Julia Carpenter (Merrill), b. Oct. 25, 1836; m. Nathan Hanson. 

4130 Fannie Thurston (Merrill), b. Feb. 19, 1S40; m. Alonzo Wasson Smith. 

4131 Simeon Thurston (Merrill), b. June 14, 1845; •"• Mary Lovina Rich- 


4132 Lucia Mehitable (Merrill), b. May 13, 1849; m- John Wesley Fitts. 

4133 Flora Maria (Merrill), b. June 16, 1851; ni. Frank Peaslee Cutting. 


Sampson Thurston" (^Moses,^ Moses, ^ Mqsbs^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^^, 
brother of the preceding, and son of Moses ^ and Jane (Spaulding) 
Thurston of Orange, Vt. ; born there April, 1789; married Hannah 
Payne, born Aug. 12, 1790. They both died in Avon, Me., she Nov. 
6, 1858, and he Dec. 14, i860. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and mechanic in Washington, Vt. ; 
moved to Danville, Vt., and from there to Indian Stream, now Pitts- 
burgh, Coos county, in northern New Hampshire, and then to Avon, 


Me., in 1835. The wolves were very numerous and troublesome at 
Indian Stream, killing many sheep and frightening the people. As he 
and his wife were coming home from a visit to a neighbor's one even- 
ing, on an ox sled, he made a noise like a wolf and a whole pack 
came running after them into the very door-yard. Moose and deer 
were plenty there in those days. He came very near being drowned 
twice in Lake Champlain, by breaking through the ice, once when 
walking, and once with a two horse team and his wife. He was in 
the war of 1812, a very brave and efficient soldier; was a member of 
the Free Baptist church, and after of the Methodist. Mrs. Thurston 
had great power of endurance, and brought up her children to be pa- 
tient and strictly honest in all things. 

Their children were : 

4140 Mary,' b. in Orange Sept. i, 1810; m. ist, in Washington, Vt., Jan., 1830, 

James Dailey, b. 1S09, a farmer of Woodbury, Vt. ; 2d, May 27, 1840, 

William Phillips, a farmer, b. in Avon, Me., March, 1799. She fiovr 

lives, 1878, in Grand Haven, Mich. She had, by first husband: 

4141 Amanda Malviiia (Dailey), b. in Woodbury Nov. 10, 1830; living in 

Lowell, Mass. ; n.m. 
4143 Julietla f^;//vr (Dailey), b. in Boston, Mass., May 8, 1833; m. Oct. 
30, 1864, Knoch Page Cummings, b. in Groton, N. H., Sept, 30, 
1837, a physician and dentist in Grand Haven. They have : 

4143 Edward Page (Cummings), b. June 28, 1871. 

4144 Herbert TMirsto/t (Cummings), b. March 10, 1874. 

4145 Charlotte,' b. Oct. 16, i8i2. 

4146 Melissa,' b. March 19, 1S15; m. Otis H. Wheeler of South Hadley, Mass. 
+4147 Sampson,' b. Jan, 25, 1817; m. Elsie Ann Clifford. 

-(-4148 Joshua Tenney,' b. July 19, 181S; m. Sally Vining. 

4149 Alonzo,' b. Sept. 25, 1820; went west and not heard from since. 

4150 Maria,' b. Sept. 5, 1824; d. 1827. 

-{-4151 Willard,' b. May 19, 1S26; m. Hester Ann Sylvester. 

-1-4152 Dennis,' b. Jan. 17, 1828; m. ist, Sarah Simpson; 2d, Smith. 

4153 Rosanna,' b. Dec. 17, 1829; m. in Temple Mills, Me., Oct. 19, 1862, Silas 
Goodin, a farmer in Avon, P. O. Phillips, Me. They have : 
4T54 Elsie Orreiia (Goodin), b. in Avon June 3, 1864. 

4155 Ediain Alonzo Thurston (Goodin). b. in Farmington, Me., May 31, l865. 

4156 Elizabeth Janett {Qoa&m), b. in Farmington Dec. 19, 1867. 

4157 Edmond Alphonzo (Goodin), b. in Avon Aug. 3, 1871. 

415S George Washington,' b. Dec. 13, 1832; m. ist, Lavina Dill of Avon; 2d, 
Rebecca Gordon Lawn of Pasely, Scotland ; worked in an oil carpet 
mill in Winthrop, Me., and in a woolen mill in Springfield, Mass. ; d. in 
Lowell, Mass., June 14, 1875, of sun-stroke. He had, by first wife: 

4159 Georgia Emmaf b. Oct. 13, 1855; was adopted by her aunt, Mary 

Phillips, and lives with her in Grand Haven, 1878. 
By second wife : 

4160 John Edwin,^ A. in infancy. 

4161 Mary Etta,^ b. March 2, 1867. 

4162 Edwin,' b. in Pittsburgh, N. H., Nov. 19, 1834; m. Oct, 9, 1865, Sarah 
Martha Gould, b. in Temple, Me., July 18, 1845, daughter of Joseph and 
Polly (Woodbury) Gould of Farmington, Me. He is a carpenter, resid- 
ing in Farmington, and has saw-mills in Temple. They have: 

4163 Lilla Belle,^ b.«Dec. 25, 1869. 

4164 Edith Althea* b. Feb. 18, 1873. 


William Thurston" {Moses,^ Moses," Moses^ Stephen,"^ Daniel'^') 
brother of the preceding, and son of Moses ^ and Jane (Spauldin'^') 
Thurston of Orange, Vt. ; born in Unity, N. H., Oct. 4, 1791 ■ mar- 
ried, first, Dec. 4, 1810, Clarissa Church, born in Unity Jan 29 


1793 ; she died in Gaysville, Vt, Aug. 3, 1847. Second, in Roxbury, 
Vt., July 19, 1848, Betsey M. Wiley, born 1832 ; she died in South 
Royalton, Vt, Aug. 4, 185 1. Third, March 26, 1852, Mrs. Huldah 
Farmer, of South Royalton. He died in Woodstock, Vt., July 6, 
1876, and his widow is living there still. He was fife-major in the 
war of 1812, and received for his services bounty land and a pension. 

His children, by first wife, Clarissa, were : 

4170 Clarissa^ b. in Orange June 12, 181 1 ; ra. John Walbridge, b. iSo-j; d. May 
1,1869. They had: 

4171 jfoAtt (Walbridge), b. in Roxbury, Vt. 

4172 Louisa Clarissa (Walbridge), b. in Roxbury. 

4173 Cliflon (Walbridge), b. in Roxbury. 

4174 Lurinda (Walbridge), b. in Northfield, Vt. 

4175 Charles (Walbridge), b. in Northfield. 

4176 Frankie (Walbridge). 

4177 Tryphena T.,' b. in Waterford, Vt., April 22, 1814; m. Leonard Chaffee 
of Rochester, Vt, b.'i8l3, and died Sept. 3, 1855; she lived with her 
son, Dr. Chaffee, at Chicago, 111., till she died, July 6, 1879, ^"d her re- 
mains were brought to Rochester for burial. They had, all born in 
Rochester : 

4178 Elvira Clarissa (Chaffee), b. May 3, 1832; d. 

4179 Emily (Chaffee), d. 

4180 Esther Emily (Chaffee), d. 

4181 Charles William (Chaffee), m. in Rochester Sept., 1869, Diana Mosher; 

.graduated at Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a successful physician and 
surgeon in Chicago. They have : 
4182 Charles Francis (Chaffee), b. Jan. 3, 1878. 
4183 William,' b. at St. Johnsbury, Vt., Oct. 7, 1817. He served in the Florida 
war, the Mexican war, and the war against the rebellion; was wounded 
in the two last ; n.m. 
+4184 Uzziel Tinny,' b. in Sharon, Vt., July 8, 1819; m. Mary Chase. 
+4185 Erastus Henry,' b. in Sharon Aug. 23, 1827 ; m. Harriet Clough. 

4186 Andrew Jackson,' b. in Sharon March 2, 1829; m. Emily Burnham; d. in 

St. Albans, Vt., June 23, 1866; no children. 

4187 Cyrus Lorenzo,'' b. in Hancock, Vt., Feb. 15, 1832; m. Ann Livermore ; 

served in the war against the rebellion, and died at Brattleborough, Vt., 
Aug. 7, 1863, from wounds received in battle; one son. 

4188 Mary Luvinna,' b. in Rochester Jan. 24, 1835; m. July 4, 1852, William 

Wallace Wills, b. in Chelsea, Vt., June 18, 1829; he is a machinist and 
inventor of several patents, the most noticeable of which is the " single 
center spring " for vehicles ; living in Janesville, Wis. They have : 

4189 Ella Luvinna (Wills), b. in Lebanon, N. H., Oct. 16, 1854. 

4190 George Mills {Wills), b. in Palatine, 111., Sept. 8, 1856; m. at Janes- 

ville Feb. 14, 1877, Ethelinda Wright, b. in Emerald Grove, Wis., 
Juljr 19, 1858, daughter of Orville and Clara Thurston (Dean) 
Wright; living at Janesville, and is shop clerk and telegraph opera- 
tor for the Chicago & N. W. R. R. They have : 
4191 Xula Ethel (Wills), b. in Janesville Oct. 4, 1877. 

4192 Charles Albert,' b. in Gaysville, Vt., Oct. 28, 1838; d. there July 26, 1842. 

By second wife, Betsey : 

4193 Sophia Louisa,' b. in Roxbury, Vt., April 11, 1849; m. in Bridgewater,Vt., 

Sept. 15, 1867, Charles Denison Dean, b. in Barnard, Vt., April 2, 1841, 
son of Paul D. and Maria A. (Topliff) Dean of Barnard; he is a farmer 
in Barnard. . They have, b. in Bridgewater : 

4194 William Denison (Dean), b. June 30, 1868. 

4195 Minora May (Dean), b. May i, 1872. 

4196 Edwin Leroy (Dean), b. March 3, 1875. 

4197 Waiter Harrison (Dean), b. Jan. 15, 1877. 

4198 Betsey M.,' b. in South Royalton, Vt., June 27, 185: ; d. Sept., 1851. 



EzEKiEL Thurston' iJonathan,^ Ezekiel,^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ Dan- 
iel''), son of Jonathan 5 and Mary (Ardway) Thurston of Portland, 
Me.; born in Epping, N. H.. Oct. 9, 1786; married, April 10, 1810, 
Hannah Moulton, born April 20, 1788, daughter of John and Ann 
(Cornish) Moulton of Lisbon, Me. He died Dec. 3, 1859. She is 
living, 1879, in Portland. 

His parents died when he was quite young and he was brought up 
by his uncle Ezekiel, who adopted him. He was a ship builder in 
Portland and was a soldier in the war of 1812. 

Their children, all born in Portland, were : 

4208 William Moulton,' b. Feb. 7, 1811; d. Aug. 30, 1811. 

--4209 John,' b. Nov. 5, 1812; m. Harriet Snow. 

--4210 Edward,' b. Jan. 17, 1815; m. Mary Ann Carter. 

--4211 Eliza Moulton,' b. Sept. 4, 1816; m. William Goold. 

4212 Oilman,' b. Oct. 20, 1819; d. Sept. 21, 1821. 

4213 Sarah Ann Card,' b. Oct. 15, 1821; m. Dr. John Heald; no children; d. 

June 28, 1863. 
+4214 Charles Plummer,'b. Oct. 15, 1823; m. Athena Blake Littlefield. 


Samuel Thurston" {Ezekielf Ezekiel,^ Moses^ Stephen,''' Daniel''-), 
son of Ezekiel ' and (Mrs. Bray) Thurston of Portland, Me. ; married, 
May 6, 1824, Mary Tucker, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Eliza- 
beth Tucker of Cape Elizabeth, Me. He died March 12, 1841, aged 
39 ; she died Aug. 9, 1876. He was a calker, residing in Portland. 

Their children were : 

4220 Adeline H.,b. July 30, 1825; drowned in Portland harbor, with several 

others, on a sailing excursion, in 1840. 

4221 Gilman,' b. Nov. 17, 1827; m.; d. March 13, 1873. 

4222 Margaretta,' b. May 4, 1829; d. Jan. 28, 1835. 

4223 Mary Jane,' b. June 7, 1830; d. April 14, 1831. 

-I-4224 John Thomas,' b. Jan. 4, 1832; m. Sept. 2, 1855, Mary A. Strong. 

4225 Samuel,' b. Jan. 16, 1834; n.m. ; teamster in Portland, and an officer in 

the fire department. 

4226 Mary,' b. Dec. 14, 1835; d. March 7, 1836. 

4227 Margaret Knights,' b. March 21, 1837; m. Jan. 9, 1853, i" Portland, Jason 

Howard Shaw, b. Dec. 28, 1830, son of Reuel and Hannah (Crabtree) 
Shaw of Portland. He is a railroad clerk and deacon of the West Con- 
gregational church, Portland. They had : 

4228 Anna Howard (Shaw), b. Oct. 12, 1854; m. James C. Stott, a com- 

mercial traveler, residing in Portland. 

4229 Frank Lewis (Shaw), b. March l8, 1837. 

4230 Mary Adelaide (Shaw), b. April i8, i860. 

4231 Carrie Louise (Shaw), b. Oct. 16, 1863. 

4232 Margaret Ellen (Shaw), b. Dec. 31, 1867; d. Feb.- 17, :869. 
+4233 Lewis Lincoln,' b. July 29, 1839; m. Susan Matilda Winship. 

4234 Adeline M.,'b. March 12, 1841 ; m. Nov. 22, 1872, George J.Hodgdon, of 
Portland ; no children. 


Isaac Thurston" of Ossipee, N. H. {Mos'es,^ Stephen,^ Moses,' 
Stephen,'^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Moses ^ and Betsey (Wiggi'n) Thurs- 
ton of Wolfborough, N. H.; born there Jan. 28, 1799; married Maria 
Dodge, daughter of Jonathan and Mehitable (Trask) Dodge of Wen- 
ham, Mass.; she died Jan. 26, 1875. 


Mr. Thurston was a merchant in Ossipee; he worked for John 
Wingate of Wakefield, N. H., for three years, and for Samuel Wiggin 
in North Wolfborough two years, and one year in Union, N. H., be- 
fore commencing for himself at Ossipee as a country trader. He 
carried on business for forty years, and was ever noted for honesty 
and integrity. He joined the Morning Star Lodge of Masons at 
Wolfborough in 1826, and is now its oldest member, 1879. He never 
sought office or position, but when thrust upon him the duties in- 
volved were performed in such a manner as to reflect credit upon 
himself and the community he served. 

Children : 

4235 Charles Henry,' b. May 2, 1832; d. Feb. 2i, 1871. 
-1-4236 George Carter,' b. Oct. 28, 1837; m. 1st, Lauretta Goldsmith; 2d, Delia 

4237 Ann Eliza,' b. April 15, 1841 ; d. June 7, 1863. 

4238 Pamelia Stillings,' b. April 20, 1847; m. Jan. 21, 1864, John C. Bickford, 

b. in Wolfborough Dec. 18, 1842, a lawyer of Manchester, N. H. ; she 
died at Manchester Nov. 29, 1878. They had: 
4239 Charles Wilmot (Bickford), b. in Ossipee Dec. 20, 1865. 


Moses Thurston" (Moses,^ Oliver,*' Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), 
eldest son of Moses ^ and Sally (Moses) Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; 
born there March 5, 179S ; married, March 5, 1816, Phebe Forest 
of Eaton, N. H., born 1795. She died April 5, 1849; ^^ died Dec. 
I, 1870. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Errol, N. H. ; had been selectman, 
town treasurer, representative in the legislature in 185 1, and was a 
member of tlje Constitutional Convention of New Hampshire in 1850. 

Their children, all born in Eaton, were : 

4245 Sophronia,' b. Aug. 23, 1817; m. May 6, 1834, Leonard Harriman of 
Eaton ; resides in Biddef ord, Me. 
-I-4246 David Howard,' b. Oct. 24, 1821 ; m. Mary Jane Norton. 

4247 Thomas,' b. Oct. 24, 1824; m. Sarah Bemas; lives in Errol. 

4248 Lavina.' b. July 19, 1828; m. in Lowell, Mass., 1853, Nathan Hackett; 

lives in Portland, Oregon. 
-I-4249 William Moses,' b. Feb. 15, 1832 ; m. Emma Rose. 

4250 Phebe Ann,' b. June 5, 1835; ™ John Harden of Lawrence, Kansas. 

4251 Amanda F.,''b. June 4, 1839; m. Charles H. Demrite; lives in Bethel, Me. 


Oliver Thurston' (Mo'ses,^ Oliver,* Moses,^ Stephen? Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Moses ^ and Sally (Moses) 
Thurston of Exeter, N. H. j born there Sept. 23, 1800; married, June, 
1823, Betsey Ann Harriman, born May 30, 1805. He died Oct. 
12, 1877. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and cooper in Eaton, N. H. ; a member 
of the Free Baptist church, of that branch termed Bullockite. 

Their children, all born in Eaton, were : 

4254 Sarah Ann,' b. Oct. 6, 1825; d. Aug. 7, 1830. 
-|-4255 Daniel Hobbs,' b. June 26, 1827; m. Mary Littlefield; a farmer in Eatoru 
-)-4256 Benjamin Moses,' b. March 13, 1829; m. Mary Ann Lary. 


4257 Eliza AnnJ b. March 29, 1831 ; m. ist, April 19, 1849. Thomas Ellis ; he 
died May 11, 1864; 2d, Sept. 8, 1868, Lucien Danforth of Eaton. Mr. 
Danforth was a house carpenter and shoemaker ; justice 01 the P=^'^=> 
town clerk, and representative to the legislature. She had, oyist husDana . 

4258 Amanda Jane (Ellis), b. Dec. 15, 1849; m. March, 1868, Loren L.. 

Drew of Eaton. -mt n--i 

4259 Ellen Frances (Ellis), b. Dec. 30, 1852; m. Oct., 1872, John M. Uiies 

of Eaton. , . 

4260 Charles Sumner (Ellis), b. Sept. 25, 1855; m. Nov., i»74. ^"a -»■• 

Thompson of Eaton. 

4261 Abbie Ann (Ellis), b. Aug. 2, i860. 

4262 Thomas (Ellis), b. May 10, 1863. 

4263 Thomas Hobbs,' b. June 6, 1833; m. Dec, 1857, Sophia Downes, b. June 
16, 1834, daughter of Nathaniel and Fanny (Haines) Downes of Madi- 
son, N. H. He was a farmer in Eaton, and was killed by the fallmg of 
a limb from a tree in Conway, N. H., June 22, 1870. Mrs. Thurston 
moved to Great Falls, N. H., 1874, and to Berwick, Me., 1879, where 
she died, June 5, 1879. Children: 

4264 Ellen Frances f b. Oct. 28, 1858. 

4265 Bradley^ b. June 13, i860. 

4266 Thomas Lincoln^ b. Dec. 4, i86l. 

4267 Fanny,^ b. Dec. 8, 1863. 

4268 Idaf b. Aug. 30, 1867. 

4269 Abigail,' b. Feb. 22,1836; m. ist, Ely Thompson; 2d, Thomas Shack- 
ford of Center Conway, N. H. She had, by first husband : 
4270 Horace M. (Thompson), b. about 1853. 
-I-4271 Cyrus,' b. Aug. 22, 1839; m. 
4272 Mary Jane,' b. March 6, 1842; m. Jan. i, 1873, James Oliver Libby, a 
farmer and lumberman of Conway, N. H., b. March 12, 1841, son of 
Phinehas and Mary (Hanson) Libby of Bridgton, Me.; no children. 
-I-4273 Charles Pleaman,' b. May i8, 1844; m. Harriet Downs. 
4274 Franklin,' b. Feb. 22, 1850; n.m.^ a farmer in Eaton. 


Oliver Thurston ° {Oliver^ Oliver,^ Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel''^), 
eldest son of Oliver^ and Anstress (Cross) Thurston of Freedom, 
N. H. ; born in Exeter, N. H., March 5, 1795; married, by John 
Marsh, Esq., April 4, 18 19, Amy Forest, born in Eaton, N. H., Oct. 
4, 1799. He died Feb. 5, 1852; she died Nov. 29, 1875. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Freedom. 

Their children were : 

427.5 Nathaniel Cross,' b. May 16, 1820; m, ist, by Rev. A. Butler, Feb. 4, 1S49, 

Hannah Durgin, b. in Eaton March 14, 1821 ; she died Oct. 6, 1856; 2d, 

i860, Mrs. Mary (Moses) Huntress of Effingham, N. H. He was a 

farmer in Freedom, and a member of the Free Baptist church in Eaton. 

He died Nov. 26, 1875; she resides in Freedom. He had, by first wife: 

4276 Mary Ellenf b. March 27, 1851 ; m. in Salem, Mass., April 28, 1871, 

John Garney, a pohce officer of Lynn, Mass., b. June lo, 1833, son 

of Ambrose and Waitstill (Norton) Garney of Lynn. They have : 

4277 Atmie Cross (Garney), b. Nov. 20, 187 1. 

4278 John Ambrose (Garney), b. Aug. ig, 1873. 

4279 Amos Franklin (Garney), b. June 27, 1876. 

4280 Sumner Parker (Garney), b. May ig, 1878. 

4281 John Mooref b. May 17, 1853 ; a farmer and hunter in Freedom • n m 

4282 Nathaniel Crossf b. May 16, 18^5; d. Nov. 21; 1871; 

4283 Sarah,' b. Oct. 24, 1822; d. Dec. 23, 1827. ^' 

4284 Abigail,' b. March 9, 1825 ; d. Oct. 3, 1827. 

4285 Catharine Melissa,' b. Feb. 12, 1827 ; m. Jan., 1856, Carr Leavitt Tavlor 

a carpenter m Lynn. He went to the California gold mines and after 
to Nevada, lost his health, and came home shortly before his death M^v 
18, 1868; she died April 16, 1871. They had: ms aeath, May 

4286 Addie Fra7ues (Taylor), b. Sept., 1857; d. June 21, 1875. 


4287 Joseph Carr (Taylor), b. Aug., 1858; d. July 30, 1863. 

4288 Emma Kate (Taylor), b. i860; m. Aug. 8, 1875, Frank Bryant of Ef- 

fingham Falls, N. H. ; d. April 30, 1876. 

4289 Isaac Taylor,' b. March 19, 1828 ; m. Fannie Downes of Madison, N. PL, 

six weeks before his death, April 10, 1858 ; was a merchant in Freedom. 

4290 Eunice Ann,' b. Aug. 18, 1831; m. Dec. 27, 1851, Samuel P. Bryant, b. 

Sept. 28, 1826, son of Levi and Elsie (Daniels) Bryant of Effingham 
Falls; he is a farmer and surveyor of highways. They had: 

4291 Frank (Bryant), b. April 27, 1853; m. Emma Taylor of Lynn; she d. 


4292 Emma (Bryant), b. Dec. 28, 1854; m. Frank Kennett of Effingham. 

4293 Laura A. (Bryant), b. Nov., 1857 ; m. Lewis Young of Manchester, N. H. 

4294 Mary (Bryant), b. Feb. 8, i860; m. Albert Thompson of Ossipee, N. H. 

4295 Etta (Bryant), b. Nov. 29, 1862; d. March 31, 1878. 

4296 Clara (Bryant), b. Aug. 4, 1866. 

4297 Herman (Bryant), b. May 2i, 1871. 

4298 Almon (Bryant), b. Sept. 5, 1873. 

4299 Amy,' b. April 8, 1833; d. May 13, 1853. 

4300 Oliver,' b. Dec. 9, 1835; ™- '^Y ^^^- N. Foss, Jane 25, 1856, Martha Ann 

Hurd, daughter of Aaron Hurd of Effingham ; is a farmer in Freedom, 
living on the old homestead. They had : 

t^02 ^fe,s''jtwins,b. Sept. 21, 1857. 

4303 Alvm Oliver^ b. Sept. 29, 1858. 

4304 Nathaniel Cross,^ b. Dec. i, 1875; ^- Aug. 5, 1877. 

4305 Samuel Stokes,' b. Nov. 4, 1843; m. Sept. 6, 1870, Kittie lantha Dunklee, 
b. in Rutland, Vt., Oct. 8, 1845, daughter of Nathan Sargent and Mar- 
tha Elmira (Warner) Dunklee of Charlestown, Mass. He went to Bos- 
ton in 1859; has lived in Charlestown since 1869, in the grocery business, 
under firm name of Thurston & Rollins ; a member of the Baptist church. 
They had : 

4306 Martha Antoinetti} b. Aug. 28, 1872; d. Dec. 4, 1872. 

4307 Nathan Samuelf b. Nov. 13, 1873. 


William Thurston ° {Oliver,^ Oliver,'^ Moses," Stephen,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Oliver^ and Anstress (Cross) 
Thurston of Freedom, N. H. ; born there March 23, 1799; married, 
first, by Rev. H. Lord, Oct. 18, 1818, Mittie Thurston, born in 
Parsonsfield, Me., Dec. 22, 1798, daughter of Daniel and Hannah 
(Dutch) Thurston [see no. 1225] ; she died of cancer on the face, 
Aug. 13, 1867. Second, Feb. 16, 1870, Abigail Allard (Ham) 
(Tyler) Blake, bom April 23, 1807, daughter of James and Betsey 
(Kennett) Allard of Albany N. H. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer at Effingham Falls, N. H., formerly a 
merchant in Freedom and Parsonsfield. 

Their children, born in Freedom, were : 

4312 Sally,' b. April 19, i8ig; member Free Baptist church in Parsonsfield; d. 

Sept. 17, 1839. 

4313 Anna Wiggin,' b. Nov. 10, 1820; member Free Baptist church in Parsons- 

field; d. Aug. 13, 1841. 

4314 Anstress Cross,' b. March 23, 1822 ; member Free Baptist church in Par- 

sonsfield; d. Jan. 22, 1845. 
-I-4315 Stephen Daniel,' b. March 5, 1824; m. Hannah Hubbard Whitten. 
4316 Hannah Dutch,' b. Jan. lo, 1826; m. Oct. 22, 1846, Alonzo Alley, b. Nov. 
22, 1825, son of Daniel and Hannah (Leavitt) Alley of Eaton, N. H., a 
farmer, cooper, and deputy sheriff of Carroll county for fifteen years ; 
they reside in Madison, N. H. ; she is a member of the Free Baptist 
church. They had : 


4317 Ariia Eugene (Alley), b. in Eaton April 6, 1848; m. March 27, 1872, 

Sarah Tibbetts of Madison; a carpenter; one child. 

4318 ^/W«a ^/ar^rfi'fc (Alley), b. May 13, 1849. ., 

4319 Ella Rose (Alley), b. in Freedom Sept. I, 1853; m. Feb. 24, i»73' ^' 

vin Emson Philbrick, in the ice business in Wakefield, Mass. , tnrec 
children. , /^ t TRcfi 

4320 John C. Freemont (Alley), b. in Eaton July 14, 1856; d. Oct. 31, 103a. 

4321 Hannah Delora (Alley), b. July 14, 1859; d. Nov. 29, 1S60. 

4322 Otis Owen (Alley), b. April 14, 1861. 

4323 William Otis,' b. Dec. 20, 1827 ; n.m. ; a trader of influence and character; 

d. Oct. 31, 1846. , ^ „ , 

4324 Mittee Ann,' b, Sept. 30, 1829 ; m. June 25, 1845, 1°^ Allard [see no. 24»oj, 

b. July 12, 1822, son of Jacob and Sarah (Thurston) Allard of H-aton; 
d. Dec. 22, 1851 ; he was a carpenter and farmer, and after a merchant in 
Freedom. They had : 

4325 William Otis (Allard), b. S?pt. 29, 1846; enlisted in the war against 

the rebellion, and died in New Orleans April 18, 1865. 

4326 Daniel Austin (Allard), b. July 12, 1848; lives in Wisconsin. 

4327 Mary Elizabeth,' b. May 31, 1832; m. in Lowell, Mass., Aug. 2, 1851, Al- 
bion Keith Paris Lougee, a brick mason, farmer, and trader, formerly of 
Parsonsfield, now in Holden, Mass., son of Oilman and Mary (Buziell) 
Lougee of Parsonsfield. They had : 

4328 Mitlee (Lougee), b. in Parsonsfield May 5, 1852; d. Aug. 15, 1852. 

4329 Grace Anna (Lougee), b. in Parsonsfield Sept. 28, 1853; d. in Limer- 

ick, Me., Aug. 13, 1869. 

4330 Maiel {hougee), b. in Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 15, 1855; m. May 15, 

1878, Albert Newell of Holden. 
4331 Martha Elvira,' b. Dec. 9, 1835; m. 1851, Shephard Franklin Demeritt, a 
teamster and trader in Effingham, N. H., b. 1827, son of John and Betsey 
(Leavitt) Demeritt of Effingham. They have : 
4332 Edgar Frank (Demeritt), b. Aug. 2, 1852 ; m. Jan., 1876; two children. 
4333 Rozilla Jane,' b. June 17, 1837; m. in Plaistow, N. H., June 2, 1871, John 
F. Canney, a farmer in Effingham, b. in Tuftonborough, N. H., July 9, 
1848, son of Cyrus and Sabra (Nute) Canney of Effingham. They have: 
4334 Etta Belle (Canney), b. Nov. 13, 1878. 

Born in Parsonsfield : 

4335 Daniel Wedgwood,' b. Feb. 16, 1840; d. Feb. 7, 1841. 
+4336 Josiah Wedgwood,' b. May 21, 1842 ; m. Arvilla Frances Chick. 

2462, 2507 

Josiah Thurston ° {Oliver,^ Oliver,^ Moses^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), 
brother of the preceding, and son of OHver ^ and Anstress (Cross) 
Thurston of Freedom, N. H.; born there June 9, 1814; married, first, 
Sept. 10, 1840, Mary Ann Thurston [see no. 2507], born May 15, 
18 1 6, daughter of William and Mary (Robinson) Thurston of Eaton, 
N. H. ; she died Nov. 16, 1875. Second, April 23, 1877, Julia Anna 
Roberts Pierce, born Feb. 3, 1843, daughter of Daniel and Abigail 
Pierce of Wyman, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer, on the homestead where he was born, 
and lumber dealer in Freedom ; president of the Ossipee Savings 
Bank of Freedom. 

His children, both adopted : 

4340 Nathaniel Henry,'' son of Joseph and Adeline (Simonds) Thurston [see no. 
2490], b. Nov. 8, 1839; m. April 30, 1863, Georgia Anna Sias, b. Aug.' 
4, 1843, daughter of William Putnam and Belinda B. (Evans) Sias of 
Ossipee, N. H. He was a teacher and after a clerk in Boston Mass 
He died in Freedom April 28, 1875 ; she resides in Boston. They had' 
b. in Ossipee : -^ ' 

4341 Maybellf b. Sept. 8, 1864. 


4342 Addief b. Aug. 26, 1866. 4343 Wmfield Oliver^ b. May 28, 1871. 

4344 Sarah Ann,' b. Sept. 7, 1851 ; m. July 4, 1869, Edwin Towle. b. April 7, 

1848, a farmer; lived with her father till she died, Nov. 4, 1876. Chil. : 

4345 Amos Calvin (Towle), .b. Oct., 1S70; d. May, 1871. 

4346 Jostah Thurston (Towle), b. Oct., 1873. 


Nathaniel Thurston ^ of Eaton, N. H. {Reuben,'' Oliver,'^ Moses,'' 
Stephen,'' Daniel''-), eldest son of Reuben * and Sally (Cross) Thurston 
of Eaton; born there 1793; married Sally (or Nancy) Thurston 
[see no. 2421], born in Exeter, N. H., daughter of Moses and Sally 
(Moses ) Thurston of Eaton. He was a farmer. Children: 

4350 Margaret,' b. ab. 1825 ; m. Ambrose Wilkinson of Eaton ; d. ab. 1850 ; 2 chil. 

4351 Ann,' b. Jan. 5, 1826; m. Nov. i, 1850, James Munroe Durgin, a farmer 

and stone worker of Freedom, N. H,, b. April 9, 1824, son of Dudley L. 
and Sophia (Milliken) Durgin of Freedom. They had : 

4352 Martha Francenia (Durgin), b. Oct. 24, 1852. 

4353 Alonzo (Durgin), b. Jan. 16, 1856. 

4354 Edwin (Durgin), b. March 22, 1859. 

4355 Emma jfane (Durgin), b. Jan. 5, 1862. 

4356 Alonzo Edwin (Durgin), b. Oct. 24, 1866. 

4357 Alvah,'' I • .1 lived in Brownfield, Me. 

4358 Ansel,' ) "'"^5 j thought to have been in last war. 

4359 Martin,' d. young. 4360 Sarah Jane,' d. 4361 Munroe,' d. 
4362 Nathaniel,' thought to have been in last war. 


Oliver Thurston " of Eaton, N. H. {Reuben^ Oliver,^ Moses^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'-), brother of the preceding, and son of Reuben^ 
and Sally (Cross) Thurston of Eaton; born there 1797; married, first, 
Rebecca Harmon; second, Susan Colby; third, Susan Hayes. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer. Children, by first wife, Rebecca • 
-I-4367 James Harvey,' b. Nov. 4, 1826; m. Mary jane Towle. 

4368 Andrew,' b. 1828; m. ist, Mahala Eaton; 2d, Priscilla Tibbetts; lived in 

Biddeford, Me., Freedom and Effingham, N. H.; d. in the war against 

the rebellion. He had, by first wife : 

4369 Orrin*\>.\ri. Biddeford 1852; m. in Boston, Mass., Nov. 5, 1873, 

Annie E. Henlon, b. in England 1852; is tollman in Chelsea, Mass. 

4370 Joseph,' b. 1834; m. Mary Kennison; a truckman in Boston; one son. 

4371 John,' b. 1836; a teamster in Boston; n.m.; d. 1857. 


Henry Thurston' of Eaton, N. H. {Reuben^ Oliver,^ Moses^ 
Stephen^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Reuben ^ and 
Sally (Cross) Thurston of Eaton; born there 1809 ; married Drusilla 
E. Wedgwood of Parsonsfield, Me., born 181 1, died Dec. 27, 1871. 
He was a farmer; died Feb. 2, 1874. Children : 

4372 Thaddeus Henry,' b. 1835; a farmer in Bartlett, N. H. ; m. 1862, Rowena 

Seavey of Limerick, Me. ; two children. 

4373 Adaline Simonds,' b. 1838; m. 1861, Norman M. Macomber of Boston; he 

is a machinist at Beaver Falls, Penn. Children : 

4374 William M. (Macomber), b. April 16, 1867. 

4375 Norman B. (Macomber), b. Nov. 30, 1878. 

4376 Harrison Franklin,' b. 1840; a tinsmith in Bartlett; m. ist, Mary Brown 

of Brownfield, Me. ; 2d, Sarah L. Sawyer of Eaton ; 3 chil. by second wife. 

4377 Mary Ann,' b. 1842; m. ist, 1862, Nathaniel Seavey, a tinsmith of Limer- 

ick; ■2d, 1869, Alex. J. Merserve, a farmer in Brownfield Center. Chil. : 

4378 Carrie Emma (Seavey), b. April 17, 1864. 

4379 Frank K. (Meserve), b. Dec. 14, 1869; d. in infancy. 

4380 Wilbor M. (Meserve), b. March 14, 1872. 

4381 Ida M. (Meserve), b. April 4, 1878. 

4382 Almon Dana,' b. 1846; d. April 20, 1865, in the army at Washington. 

4383 Susan Vyrene,' b. 1848; m. 1871, Henry S. Foster, a stationer in Boston, 

resides in Medford, Mass. 


4384 Quincy Adams,' b. 1850; a farmer in Eaton; m. 1872, Georgie 

Stewart of Eaton ; one child. ^ . , -o^^tpr Me 

4385 WarrenViolin,' b. 1852 ; farmer in Eaton ; m. 1873, Ella Tripp ot i-orter, 

4386 Tames Lorenzo,' b. 1853; d. in infancy. . „/• r-r-nwav 

4387 Elijah 1855 ; farmer in Eaton; m. 1875, Mary Davis of Conway. 


Elias Cushman Thurston « of Eaton, N. H. {Reuhenf Oliver,*' 
Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son ot Reu- 
ben'* and Sally (Cross) Thurston of Eaton; born there Jan. 20, 1812; 
married, April 15, 1833, Eliza A. Brown. He was a farmer; died 
Dec. 20, 1868. Children: 

4388 Sarah Ann,' b. March 3, 1835; m. April 25, 185S, John F. Adjutant, a 

farmer in Brownfield, Me. Children : 

4389 Elias F. (Adjutant), b. March 24. 1856; m. July, 1876, Etta Hanson. 

4390 Eliza E. (Adjutant), b. June 14, 1859; m. July 4, i877. Herbert Clay. 

4391 George P. (Adjutant), b. Aug. 24, 1862. 

4392 Sarah C. (Adjutant), b. Aug. 14, 1865. 

4393 Charles E.,' b. Sept. 5, 1838; m. March i, 1859, Caroline A. Drew; a 
farmer in Alfred, Me. ' Children : 

4394 Nellie b. Sept. 14, i860; m. Nov., 1877, E. Douglas. 

4395 George b. March 24, 1863. 4396 Minnie G.? b. Feb. 15, 1867. 
4397 Alice} and Altaf twins, b. May 9, 1874. 

4398 Martha F.,' b. Feb. 15, 1840; m. May 7, 1858, Timothy Day, a farmer in 
Brownfield. Children : 4399 Sumner A. (Day), b. April 30, 1859. 

4400 Emma C. (Day), b. July 22, 1861. 

4401 George W.,' b. Aug. 15, 1841 ; enlisted in the war against the rebellion Oct. 

29, 1861 ; wounded at Fair Oaks May 31, 1862; d. June 12, 1862. 

4402 Hannah D.,' b. Jan. 15, 1842; m. April 27, 1859, Ivory Day of Windham, 

Me. Children : 
4402a Mary E. (Day), b. May 26, i860. 4402* Melvina (Day), b. June, 1863. 
4402(r Eva (Day), b. May, 186S. 4402a' Grace (Day), b. June, 1870. 

4403 James R.,'b. May 26, 1844; m. Oct. 29, 1865, Lydia F. Adjutant. Children: 
4404 Nettie M.^h. kvL%.,\?,(£. 4405 .F?-<-o',8 b. May, 1872. 

4406 Amanda T.,' b. June 11, 1849; "i- April 28, 1868, Lorenzo D. Mills, a 

farmer and blacksmith in Conway Center, N. H. 


Reuben Leavitt Thurston," farmer and cooper in Madison, N. H. 
(Reiibeiif Oliver,^ Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, 
and son of Reuben^ and Sally (Cross) Thurston of Eaton, N. H.; 
born there 1809; married, first, Lydia Welch; second, Mary Phil- 
lips, daughter of Metiphore and Susan Phillips of Effingham, N. H. 
Children, by first wife, Lydia : 

4407 Albion,' b. 1842; killed in battle in the war against the rebellion. 

4408 Nahum,' b. 1844. 

4409 Arvilla Jane,' b. 1847; m. Charles Andrews of Madison. 


William Robinson Thurston " ( William!' Oliver^* Moses^ Stephen^ 
iJa^nV/^), second child of William^ and Mary (Robinson) Thurston 
of Eaton, N. H.; born there April 5, 1812 ; married, Oct., 1838, Eliz- 
abeth Walker Snell, born about 1812, daughter of William Snell 
of Eaton. He was a farmer in Eaton, adjoining the homestead till 
1864, when he moved to a farm in Madison, N. H. Chil., b. in Eaton • 

4410 William Paris,' b. June 13, 1846; n.m. ; was in the war against the rebel' 

lion; d. in New York 1874. 

4411 Alphonzo Walker,' b. July 5, 1848; n.m.; d. in Madison 1872. 

4412 Elmera C.,' b. 1850; m. James Odell Gerry of Madison; d. Nov 1874 

4413 Jerome,' b. Sept., 1852 ; m. Agnes ; a farmer with his father inMaHuAn 

4414 Laura Ellen,' b. April, 1855. maaison. 



Daniel Thurston « of Eaton, N. H. ( William,^ Oliver,^ Moses,' 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Wilham '^ and 
Mary (Robinson) Thurston of Eaton; born there July 2i, 1814; mar- 
ried, Jan. 10, 1839, Mary Ann Alley, born Feb. 27, 1815, daughter 
of Daniel and Hannah (Leavitt) Alley of Eaton. He died Sept. 30, 
1854. Mr. Thurston was a farmer and cooper; a deacon in the Free 
Baptist church. 

Their children were : 

4415 Mary Ellen,' b. Sept. 14, 1846; m. July 24, 1871, Burleigh Monroe Taylor, 

a farmer of Bridgton, Me. 

4416 David Marks,' b. June 11, 1848; m. Jan. 20, 1878, Rose Abby AUard, b. 

in Boston, Mass., Dec. 26, 1858, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
Ann (Harmon) AUard of Eaton; is a farmer on the homestead in Eaton. 

4417 Daniel Lorin,' b. Feb. 18, 1852; is in Massachusetts. 


Solomon Hutchins Thurston" of Kenduskeag, Me. {John^ 
Oliver * Moses,' Stephen,'^ Daniel'^), eldest son of John' and Alice 
(Hutchins) Thurston of Wakefield, N. H.; born there Sept. 10, 1808; 
married, in Harmony, Me., Jan. 16, 1856, Jennie Wiggin nee 
French, daughter of Moses and Olive Hutchins (n6e French) French 
of Orneville, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a teacher, farmer, justice of the peace, and a mem- 
ber of the Baptist church. 

Children : 

4418 Florence Lillian, b. in Levant, Me., Feb. 2, 1857. 

4419 Annie Myra,' b. in Kenduskeag Sept. 3, 1861. 


John Langdon Roberts Thurston' {John^ Oliver,^ Moses' 
Stephen,''' Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of John ' and 
Alice (Hutchins) Thurston of Freedom, N. H. ; born there July 16, 
1814; married, Dec. 7, 1843, Louisa Hutchins, daughter of Isaac 
and Betsey (Davis) Hutchins of Wellington, Me. She died Oct. 12, 
1873; he died Sept. 23, 1875. He was a farmer, first in Levant and 
afterward in Kenduskeag, Me., where they both died. 

Their children, born in Harmony, Me., were : 

4425 Maria Hutchins,' b. Nov. 29, 1844; m. Feb. 9, 1868, Ephraim Frederic 
Nason of Kenduskeag. They have : 

4426 Ella (Nason), b. 1870. 

4427 Albert (Nason), b. 1872. 

4428 John Langdon,' b. June 28, 1847 ; d. in Kenduskeag Aug. 7, 1857. 

4429 Edwin Lewis,' b. in Levant Sept. 11, 1849. 

Born in Kenduskeag : 

4430 Frank Benjamin,'' b. Feb. 3, 1852; m. May 19, 1874, Martha Ann EeUs of 

Stetson, Me. ; is a farmer in Kenduskeag ; she died Feb. 29, 1879, leaving : 

4431 Louisa Dorathaf b. March 2, 1875. 

4432 Eva Martha f b. Nov. 12, 1876. 

4433 Isaac Hutchins,' b. July 12, 1854. 

4434 Fred Walter,' b. April 19, 1857. 

4435 Elmer Ernest,' b. Sept. 17, 1861; d. May 19, 1872. 



Asa Lewis Thurston" {^ohn,^ Oliver,^ Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of John^ and Alice (Hutchins) 
Thurston of Freedom, N. H. ; born there Sept. 25, 1816 ; married, m 
Athens, Me., Sept. 24, 1846, Julia Ann Carson, born Feb. 19, 1829, 
daughter of Benjamin and Bathsheba (Thayer) Carson of Waterville, 
Me. She died in Carmel, Me., May 16, 1866. 

Mr. Thurston is a carpenter and builder, residing in Athens, Ken- 
duskeag, Waterville, Carmel, and 1879 in Lagrange, Me.; has been 
town clerk and supervisor of schools ; a member of the Universalist 
church and later in life a Spiritualist. 

Their children, born in Athens, were : 

+4440 Winfield Scott,' b. Oct. 5, 1849; m. Ellen Eliza Trafton. 

4441 Ella May,'b. April 7, 1854; graduated from the Eaton Family and Day 

school in Norridgewock, Me., June 22, 1871; taught school in different 
places; from Aug., 1873, to April, 1879, was principal of 2d grammar 
school in Skowhegan, Me. ; is now, 1879, teaching in Lagrange; a mem- 
ber of the Congregational church. 

4442 Lillia Emma,' b. in Kenduskeag April 22, 1858; educated at the Eaton 

Family school in Middleborough, Mass., which she left June, 1875, ^"d 
has since been successfully teaching in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 
and Maine. 


Joseph Hutchins Thurston" {^ohn,^ Oliver,^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of John ^ and Alice 
(Hutchins) Thurston of Freedom, N. H.; born there Sept. 17, 1818; 
married, Jan. i, 1844, Mary Jane Crosby, born Feb. 22, 1827, daugh- 
ter of Sherwin and Betsey (Stinson) Crosby of Madison, Me. He is 
a farmer, first in Athens, now, 1879, in Kenduskeag, Me. 

Children : 

4447 John Crosby,' b. in Athens June 9, 1845. 

4448 Joseph Jackson,' b. in Harmony, Me., Dec. 23, 1847. 

4449 Emily Jane,' b. in Harmony Feb. 5, 1850; d. in Hermon, Me., Sept. 4, 1851. 

Born in Kenduskeag : 

4450 Mary Jane,' b. Dec. 18, 1853; m. in Bangor, Me., April 27, 1873, Leander 

George Richards of Corinth, Me. ; he is a farmer in i)exter, Me. Children: 

4451 Harry Wilbur (Richards), b. in Kenduskeag April 19, 1875. 

4452 Rosetta Mary (Richards), b. in Kenduskeag May 24, 1878. 

4453 Clara Ella,' b. March 4, 1S56; m. April 14, 1875, Elisha Richards of Cor- 
inth; he is a farmer in Alton, Me. They have : 

4454 Ernest Irving (Richards), b. in Bradford, Me., July 14, 1876. 

4455 Effie Jane (Richards) b. in Alton June 26, 1878. 

4456 Flora Emma,' b. April 19, i860. 

4457 Alice Ann,' b. July 10, 1863. 

4458 Betsey Edith,' b. July 31, i868. 


Alvah Wiggin Thurston" {^ohn,^ Oliver,''' Moses^ Stephen^ Dan- 
iel''''), brother of the preceding, and son of John^ and Alice (Hutchins) 
Thurston of Freedom, N. H. ; born there Oct. 24, 1820; married. May 
15, 1845, Frances Ann Libbey, daughter of Wentworth Libbey of 
Harmony, Me. She died Oct. i, 1867. He is a farmer in Kendus- 
keag, Me. 


Their children, born in Harmony, were : 

4465 Eliza Ann,'' b. Oct. 9, 1849 ; m. George Gross. 
4460 Riley Gray,' m. Elby Bean. 

Born in Bangor, Me. : 

4467 Oscar.' 

4468 Abbie,' m. Leslie Withee. 

Born in Kenduskeag : 

4469 Eunice.' 

4470 Elmer. 1 


Andrew Leavitt Thurston" of Newmarket, N. H. {Nathaniel^ 
jfohn,^ John^ Stephen^ Daniel'^'), eldest son of Nathaniel'' and Han- 
nah (Dutch) Thurston of Stratham, N. H.; born there Nov. 18, 1815 ; 
married, Jan. 4, 1842, Anna Fisher, born Nov. 4, 1820, daughter of 
Capt. John and Catherine (Bell) Fisher of Portsmouth, N. H. She 
died at Exeter, N. H., Feb. 26, 1869. 

Mr. Thurston is a pattern maker; a man of standing in the com- 
munity, as he is entrusted with the collection of the taxes. 

Children : 

4475 Harriet Ellen,' b. Feb. 6, 1844; ™- Charles B. Chapman, and has : 

4476 Arthur B. (Chapman), b. Aug. 23, 1878. 
4477 Charles Edwin,' b. Jan. 30, 1848; m. Elizabeth Varney of Melrose, Mass. ; 
no children. 


James Thurston ^ (Thomas,^ Paul,^ jfohn^ Stephen^ Daniel'^), son 
of Thomas ^ and Elizabeth (Larmon) Thurston of Pelham, Mass. ; 
born there Feb. 8, 1787; married, first, April 3, 1817, Susanna 
Thayer of Belchertown, Mass., born there Feb. 15, 1792 ; she died 
in Pelham Aug. 22, 1825. Second, Dec. 5, 1827, Maria Gleason, 
born June 19, 1798, daughter of Jason and Maria (Draper) Gleason 
of Brimfield, Mass. She died April 6, 1866, and he died only six 
hours after, April 7, 1866. 

He was a farmer in Pelham and Enfield, Mass., and accumulated 
quite a fortune ; was selectman, representative to the legislature in 
1842-3, and held most of the minor offices in his native town of Pel- 
ham. " He was a man of strict integrity, his promise being as sure 
as his written note, which was as good as coin. He left a clear rec- 
ord of his life-work, and died without an enemy." 

His children were, 
By first wife, Susanna, born in Pelham : 

4482 John Thayer,' b. Jan. 11, 1818; m. ist, Betsey Jepson of Aslifield; she 
died Oct. 5, i860; 2d, Oct. 25, 1865, Lucretia Jepson. He died May 21, 
1867. He had, by first wife : a son who died at 3 or 4 years of age. 

4483 Cora F.f b. in Belchertown July 23, 1857. 

4484 Kirk John^ b. in Belchertown April 4, i86o. 
James,' b. April 29, 1820; n.m. ; d. in Greenwich, Mass., Oct. 4, 1851. 
Susan Maria,' b. Dec. 22, 1822; m. May 17, 1843, Oliver Hill; live in Ag- 

awam, Mass. They had, b. in Shutesbury, Mass. -. 
4487 Henry Newell (Hill), b. Aug. 28, 1844 ; m. 
44S8 Jason Abbott (Hill), b. Feb. 10, 1846; m. ; d. Sept. 6, 1872. 
4489 Susan Ellen (Hill), b. Feb. 5, 1850. 


4490 JaneElha (Hill), b. Nov. 3, 1851; m. W. P. Gleason of Springfield, 


4491 James Thurston (Hill), b. Feb. 11, 1854. 

By second wife, Maria : 

4492 Olive Thurston,' b. Nov. 22, 1828; ra. Dec. 27, 1853, George Chandler; he 

died in Monson, Mass., April 22, 1874; no children. u f v, 

4493 Almira,' b. Jan. 21, 1832; n.m. ; has been an invalid since the death ot tier 

parents. She and her widowed sister Olive live together in Warren, 
Mass., upon their own place. 

4494 Royal Gleason,' b. Sept. 27, 1834; m. May 21, 1867, Helen Carey; had: 
4495 Willie Ez'-a,^ d. eight months of age. 

-1-4496 Philander,' I twins, born 1 

4497 Lysander,7 ) May 25, 1837 ; ) held most of the town offices in^ Enfield and 

taught school winters from 1857 to 1867 very successfully; is a farmer in 
Enfield; n.m. 

4498 Jason,' b. April 5, 1840; n.m. Lysander and Jason own the homestead m 

Enfield, where they live and carry on the large and valuable farm in 


John Thurston^ (Ephraim,^ Samuel,* Robert,'^ Stephen,"^ DanieP), 
son of Ephraitn'5 and Annie (Marsh) Thurston of Exeter, N. H. ; 
born there July 31, 1787; married, June 7, 1812, Mercy Hale, born 
Dec. 27, 1789, daughter of Israel and Esther (Taylor) Hale of Water- 
ford, Me. She died in Oxford, Me., June 18, 1858; he died in Sher- 
burne, Mass., 1872. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Norway and Oxford, Me., and was a 
member of the Methodist church; served in the war of 18 12. 

Their children, born in Norway, were : 

-I-4503 Daniel Holt,' b. Jan. 24, 1813; m. ist, Jane Drown Shackley; zd, Mrs. 
Esther (Shackley) Battles. 

4504 Esther Hale,' b. Oct. 18, 1814; d. Nov. 2, 1815. 

Born in Oxford : 

4505 Lorenda Holt,' b. March ig, 1816; m. May 28, 1845, George N. Davis of 

Virginia ; now lives with her son, George Henry Davis, Peabody, Mass. 

4506 Mary Holt,' b. April i, 1818; m. George Washington Day, b. Dec. 16, 

1809, a seafaring man, Methodist, living in Freeport, Me. ; no children. 

4507 Nancy Marsh,' b. June 15, 1820; m. in Oxford, Willard O. Haynes of Na- 

tick, Mass., a farmer in Sherborn, Mass. They had Ella, d. young, Wil- 
lard Augustus, Franklin Wallace, and Lizzie Emvia (Haynes). 

4508 Blarriet How,' b. April 24, 1822; m. Nov. 10, 1851, Joshua Haynes; d. in 

Cambridge, 187 1. They had : 

4509 LeliaEmma (Haynes), b. Aug. 31, 1853. 

4510 Homer Dana (Haynes), b. April i, 1856. 

451 1 John Thurston (Haynes), b. Nov. 19, 1857. 

4512 Annie Mary (Haynes), b. Aug. 24, 1861. 
4513 Mercy Jane,' b. May i, 1824; d. in Oxford 1841. 

+4514 John Colby,' b. Dec. 5, 1825 ; m. Mary Elizabeth Murphy. 

4515 Hiram Leonard,' b. Aug. 7, 1828 ; learned the shoemaking trade in Natick, 
Mass.; m. Sept. 3, 1852, Eleanora Collins, and moved to Cochituate; 
enlisted Aug. i, 1862, in the 38th Massachusetts; was in the Red river 
expedition ; was called to reinforce Grant, and died in Washington, D. C, 
Aug. 21, 1864, and was buried in Natick. They had: 

4516 A son? d. young. 

4517 Melissa Janef b. Oct. 8, 1854; m. Argravy of Saxonville, Mass. ; 

two children. 

4518 Franklin Waldo^ b. July 15, 1856. 

4519 Hiram Leonard^ b. March, 1859. 


4520 Augustus Aurelius,' b. Feb. 4, 1831 ; learned the shoemaking business in 
Natick; enlisted in the 3d Massachusetts April 2, 1861 ; re-enlisted Aug. 
I, 1862, in the 3Sth Massachusetts ; went to New Orleans, where he was 
taken sick, and was sent to Brashear City, La., where he died, May 21, 


Elijah Doughty Thurston " of Winthrop, Me. {Ebenezer^ jfames,^ 
Robert^ Stephen^ Daniel^), fifth child of Ebenezer^ and Betsey 
(Doughty) Thurston of Monmouth, Me. ; born there Aug. 28, 1803 ; 
married, Feb. 5, 1828, Mary Dexter, born Oct. 26, 1804, daughter of 
Freeman and Polly (Thurston) Dexter of Winthrop. She died Sep- 
tember, 1851; he died March, 1865. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer, and deacon in the Methodist church. 

Their children were : 

-|-4525 Aaron Sanderson,' b. Aug. 15, 1828; m. Adeline Phinney. 

4526 Mary Elizabeth,' b. April 15, 1830; d. in infancy. 

4527 Mary Elizabeth,' b. June 29, 1831 ; m. William Russell Cummings of Win- 

throp, now a farmer in Rome, Me., P. O. address Mt. Vernon, Me. She 
is a member of the Methodist church. They had : 
4528 Freeman Franklin (Cummings), b. Jan. 6, 1869; d. Jan. 13, 1870. 
4529 Joseph Dexter,' b. July 27, 1833; m. Catherine N. Chandler of Winthrop; 
was a mechanic and farmer in Winthrop, a member of the Methodist 
church; d. May, 1861. Children: 

4530 Mary Victoria^ b. April 3, 1858; d. 

4531 Fred Alston^ b. Sept. 2, 1859. 

4532 Peleg Benson,' b. Aug. 9, 1835; m. Feb. 25, 1858, Rachel Gave Page of 
North Weare, N. H., where he resides, a carpenter and cabinet maker; 
enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire ; was at Winchester,Va., with Sher- 
idan, taken prisoner and carried to Belle Isle, but was soon exchanged 
and rejoined his regiment, and served to the close of the war. Children : 

4533 Mary Anna,'' b. Dec. 8, 1858; d. Dec. 6, 1862. 

4534 Abby Maria^ b. April 26, 1867. 

4535 Mabel Isadoref b. Oct. 25, 1873. 

4536 Ada Meribah,' b. June 10, 1837; m. ist, Thomas Daniels of Winthrop; 
2d. George Norcross, a farmer of Winthop ; she was a member of the 
Methodist church; d. 1869. She had, by first husband: 
4537 Edson Eugene (Daniels), b. Feb. 28, 1859; name changed to Thurston. 

4538 Cyrus Freeman,' b. April 7, 1839 ; d. April 3, 1842. 

4539 Stephen Atwell,' b. April 19, 1841 ; m. ist, Jan. i, 1864, Mary Jane Bus- 

well of Stetson, Me.; 2d, Sept. 2, 1871, Emma Adeline Crosby of Au- 
gusta, Me.; she died Feb. 20, 1873; 3^, Sept. 14, 1873, Mary Ann 
Cummings of Winthrop. He enlisted April 3, 1861, in the 3d Maine, 
and participated in the battles of ist Bull Run, Yorktown, Williams- 
burgh, Fair Oaks, seven days before Richmond, 2d Bull Run, Chantilly, 
Monocacy, and Fredericksburgh, and was discharged on account of sick- 
ness Feb. 14, 1863; recovered and re-enlisted Nov. 25, 1863, in the 2d 
Maine cavalry, and participated in the battles of Pollard, Mariana, 
Spanish Fort, and Fort Blakeley, and was raised to a corporal. He was 
one of Gen. A. P. SpurUng's scouts. At one time the general, disguised 
in rebel uniform, went into the rebel camp at Milton, Fla., as an in- 
spector of military posts, had a thorough inspection of the post, com- 
prising about one hundred men, slept with the captain in his tent, and 
left next morning to return soon after with a union force and capture the 
entire company and all the supplies. He was discharged Sept. 18, 1865. 
He is a stage driver and mail contractor between Augusta and Chelsea, 
Me., where there is a Soldiers Home, sustained by the United States. 
He had, by last wife, Mary A. : 

4540 Earnest Linwood,^ b. Jan. ag, 1874. 

4541 Bertha Emma^ b. Feb. 5, 1875. 

4542 Frank Freeman? b. July 18, 1877 ; d. June 20, 1879. 


4543 Cryus Freeman,' b. May 13, 1844; enlisted in the 14th Maine regiment 

against the rebellion, and died in New Orleans in 1863, aged 19; was a 

4544 Isadore Alice,' b. Dec. 4, 1846; m. April 24, 1867, Martin Luther Clark, 

a carpenter of Manchester, N. H. ; she is a member of the Methodist 
church. Children: 

4545 Florence Mabel (Clark), b. March 28, 1868. 

4546 Arthur Lincoln (Clark), b. March 11, 1871. 

4547 Bertha Maude (Clark), b. May 26, d. Aug. 28, 1872. 

4548 yunius Henri (Clark), b. Sept. i, 1878, 

4549 Hannah Louisa,' b. Oct. 25, 1849 ; m. Nahum Addison Goodwin of Law- 
rence, Mass. ; he was in the United States army, but is now a painter in 
Lawrence, 1879. They have : 
4550 Charles Addison (Goodwin), b. July 2, l868. 


Rev. Ira Towle Thurston^ of Monmouth, Me. (Ebenezer,^ James,^ 
Robert^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Eben- 
ezer^ and Betsey (Doughty) Thurston of Monmouth; born there 
Sept. 12, 1812; married, June 13, 1837, Pamelia Fairbanks Fogg 
of Monmouth. Mr. Tliurston gained his early education in the com- 
mon school and Monmouth academy, teaching school winters. He 
learned the trade of carpenter of Nathaniel Dexter in Winthrop, Me. ; 
was converted, and feeling it his duty to preach the gospel, applied 
himself to further study at home, and attended the Maine Wesleyan 
seminary at Readfield. In 1837 he joined the Maine Methodist Con- 
ference, and labored in Dixfield circuit one year, 1838 Phillips circuit, 
1839 Byron circuit, 1840 in Livermore, 1841 and 1842 in Fayette, su- 
peranuated in 1843, but in 1844 took a charge in Vienna, 1845 in 
Unity, and 1846 in Mercer. At the close of this year his health 
failed, he purchased a farm in Monmouth and labored what he could 
till he died, Jan. 7, 1852. 

Children : 

4556 Juliette,' b. in Byron, Me., Jan. 8, 1839; m. Nov. i, 1858, Alfred W. 
House of Monmouth; d. Dec. 7, 1873, leaving: 
4557 Elwood Morris (House), b. Aug. 16, 1871. 

455S Henry Clark.' b. in Livermore, IVIe., June 22, 1841 ; m. Dec. 25, 1862, 
Harriet E. Hilton. He was a seaman in the navy one year; enlisted in 
the loth New York cavalry against the rebellion and served three years ; 
settled in Pepperell, Mass., as a paper manufacturer. They have : 
4559 Arlie* b. April, 1^68. 

4560 Octavia Fogg,' b. July 13, 1843 ; m. May 4, 1866, James Ward well of Win- 
throp; died July 28, 187 1, having had: 

4561 Louisa (Wardwell), b. April 9, 1867; d. April 9, 1869. 

4562 Hattie E. (Wardwell), b. Nov. 29, 1870. 

4563 Emily Ann.' b. Oct. 26, 1845; d. Oct. 27, 1846. 

4564 Ira Morris,' b. in Monmouth June 15, 1849; a mason, working in Pepper- 

ell, Mass., 1879. 


James Thurston" of Nottingham, N. H. {Peter,^ James,^ Robert^ 
Stephen^ Daniel''-')^ eldest son of Peter '' and Rachel (Doughty) Thurs- 
ton of Nottingham; born there 1797; married Deborah Chase, born 
1799, daughter of Josiah and Susan (Weeks) Chase of Stratha'm N. 
H. He died Dec. 20, 1826, and his widow married, in Deerfield' n! 
H., June 2, 1829, Benjamin Noyes, a farmer of Nottingham. 


Mr. Thurston was a boot and shoe maker in Nottingham, and after 
in Raymond, Me. ' 

Their children were : 

4570 LucretiaJ d. 1823, aged ten months. 
+4571 Elijah Chase,' b. in Epping, N. H., May 16, 1824; m. Maria Lois Lucy. 

4572 Lucretia,' b. July n, 1825 ; m. Benjamin Harvey ; lived in Nottingham, and 

died there Oct. 30, 1857. 

Child of Benjamin Noyes : 

4573 Huldah H. (Noyes), b. 1832; m. 1st, Leonard O. Witham; 2d, Warren S. 

Rollins of Lee, N. H. 


Freeman Dexter Thurston" of Nottingham, N. H. {Peter,^ 
yames,'' Robert^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son 
of Peter ^ and Rachel (Doughty) Thurston of Nottingham ; born there 
Aug. 16, 1815; married, Nov. 9, 1838, Nancy Ann Jones, born Aug. 
4, 1808, daughter of Jonathan and Comfort (Knight) Jones of Not- 
tingham. Mr. Thurston is a farmer. 

Children : 

4580 Melissa Ann,' b. Aug. 6, 1840; m. Oct. 3, 1862, William Henry Noble, -^ 
dealer in boots and shoes in Stoneham, Mass. They have : 
4581 Walter Herbert (Noble), b. April 14, 1864. 
4582 Frances Ann,' b. Nov. 4, 1841; m. May 17, 1858, Moses Bowton Neally, 
a farmer in Nottingham; d. April 20, 1859, leaving : 
4583 Sarah Frances (Neally), b. April 17, 1859; m. June i, 1877, George 
Lerov Bartlett, a farmer in Deerfield, N. H., and has Naomi Myrtle 
(Barflett), b. 1877. 

4584 Henrietta Butler,' b. April i, 1843; m. Dec. 17, 1866, Frank Greenleaf 

Rundlett of Epping, N. H., now a letter carrier in Lowell, Mass.; has- 
4585 jlfa2/(/iV»i5/« (Rundlett), b. May 21, 1870. 

4585 Freeman Elijah,' b. Dec. 9, 1848; m. March 6, 1871, Rose F. Durgin, a 

shoemaker of Nottingham. They have : 
4587 Blanche Mary,^ b. Nov. I, 1874. 


Enoch Thurston " of Bow, N. H. {Nathaniel,^ Jonathan* Nathan- 
iel^ Stephen^ Daniel''-'), son of Nathaniel^ and Susanna (Jackman) 
Thurston of Boscawen, N. H.; born there March 24, 1807; married, 
Sept. 27, 1843, Caroline Blanchard of Boscawen. He is a farmer. 

Children : 

4593 Mary Ann.' 

4594 Oscar.' 

4595 Amos.' 

4596 Nancy.'' 

4597 Polly Jane.' 

4598 Josephene.' 


John Jay Thurston" of Boscawen, N. H. {Nathaniel,^ Jonathan,^ 
Nathaniel^ Stephen,''' Daniel'''), brother of the preceding, and son of 
Nathaniel* and Susanna (Jackman) Thurston of Boscawen; born 
there April 3, 1813 ; married, first, December, 1841, Eunice Randall 
Andrews of Somersworth, N. H., born April 11, 1817 ; she died Aug. 
29, 1858. Second, Jan. i, 1861, Mrs. Orzilla (Bean) Elkins, wid- 
ow of John Elkins of Salisbury, N. H. Mr. Thurston is -a carpenter. 


His children, by first wife, Eunice, were : 
460? John Peacock,' b. Oct. 25, 1843; m. July 3, 1867, Mary Isabel Stott of 
Newmarket, N. H., b. April 29, 1853. He served three years m the war 
against the rebellion in Co. F, 4th New Hampshire regiment, and was 
wounded in the battle of Pocatalago, S. C. ; is a shoemaker at Derry 
Depot, N. H. ; no children. . 

4604 Samuel Hovey,' b. Sept. 29, 1845; m. June 17, 1874, Annie Davis ot ±ios- 

cawen ; is a shoemaker in Ipswich, Mass. ; no children. 

4605 Phebe Jane,' b. Jan. 18, 1848; ra. Feb i, 1872, Charles Henry Smith of 

Laconia, N. H. They reside in Concord, N. H., and have: 

4606 Lillie Bell (Smith), b. July 18, 1873. 

4607 Henry Arthur (Smith), b. ApriJ, 1S76. 

4608 Susan Webster,' b. March i, 1850; is in Concord, N. H. ; n.m. 

4609 Ida Ann,' b. March 6, 1S56; is in Washington, D. C. ; n.m. 


Capt. Nathaniel Thurston ° of South Boston, Mass. {Nathaniel,^ 
Jonathan,^ Nathaniel,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, 
and son of Nathaniel ^ and Susanna (Jackman) Thurston of Bosca- 
wen, N. H. ; born there April 6, 1820; married, July 9, 1851, Han- 
nah Clough Noyes, born Jan. 19, 183 1, daughter of Charles Glidden 
and Hannah (Haines) Noyes of Boscawen. 

Mr. Thurston is a fret sawyer; was captain of artillery and a mem- 
ber of Berdan's sharp shooters in the war against the rebellion ; par- 
ticipated in the battles of the Peninsular campaign under McClellan, 
was on picket thirteen times at the seige of Yorktown, at Hanover 
Court-house, Mechariicsville, Gains' Mills and Malvern Hill ; was 
discharged for double hernia, at Crany Island hospital, Oct. 24, 1862. 
He says, " I have seen hard times in my country's service, but don't 
regret it, and if there is a call for its defence again I am ready and 
willing to go." 

Children : 

4615 Hannah Adelaide,' b. May 30, 1852; d. Aug. 30, 1852. 

4616 Addie May,' b. in Poscawen, May i, 1854; m. in Boston, Mass., Dec. 11, 

1871, Granville Otis Waltz, b. Mar. 12, 1850, son of Samuel Otis and Har- 
riet (Genther) Waltz of Waldoborough, Me.; he is a cabinet maker and 
builder in Waldoborough, member of the Baptist church. They have: 

4617 Granville Ernest (Waltz), b. Feb. 10, 1872. 

4618 Clarence Brmun (Waltz), b. Aug. 5, 1874. 

4619 Guv Irving (Waltz), b. June 23, 1875. 

4620 Es'tella May (Waltz), b. Oct. 5, 1S76. 

4621 Roland Thurston (Waltz), b. Feb. 23, 1878. 

4622 Florette Haines,' b. Aug. 4, 1856; m. George A. White of Gardiner, Me., 

and lives with her parents. 

4623 John Charles Fremont,' b. Dec. 29, 1858; d. July 11, i860. 

4624 Charles Otis,' b. Oct. 20, 1863; d. Nov. 26, 1869. 

4625 Hattie Maria,' b. April 20, i868. 


VoLNEY Thurston ' {Stephen,^ Stephen,^ Nathaniel^ Stephen,^ Dan- 
iel'^), eldest son of Stephen ^ and Philena Pamelia (Dunham) Thurs- 
ton of West Hartford, Vt. ; born there July 21, 1806; married, first 
Hannah C. Barbour ; second, P. M. B. Wood, who survives him 
and resides in West Hartford. 


Children, born in Barnard, Vt. : 

4630 Edgar,'b. May 13,1835; m. in Houghton, Mich., Oct. 31, 1865, Mary Jane 
Helley, b. Nov. 3, 1845, daughter o£ Samuel and Lucinda (Fox) Seiley of 
Waterville, N. Y. He is a farmer in .Sciola, Iowa, justice of the peace, 
and member of the Congregational church. They have : 
4631 IJUie Ellen^ b. in Ypsilanti, Mich., Aug. 22, 1870. 

4632 Vallorous,'' b. April 19, 183S; m. in Wayne township, Ind., Nov. 5, 1871, 
Emma L. Farn.sworth, b. in Wentworth, N. H., April 25, iSji, daughter 
of Hiram M. and Mira J. (Phelps) Farnsworth of Rumney, N. H. He 
is a carpenter in, Indianapolis, Ind. ; enlisted in the war against the re- 
bellion Sept. 25. i86t, in the ist Vermont cavalry; was a prisoner three 
months in Lynchburgh and Belle lble,Va., and a second time six months 
in Belle Isle; no children. 


John Cheney Thurston^ {SUphen,^ Stephen,^ Nathaniel^ Stephen,- 
Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen^ and Philena 
Pamelia (Dunham) Thurston of Hartford, Vt. ; born there Oct. 18, 
1816; married, Aug. 17, 1842, Harriet Maria Snow, born Oct. 12, 
1815, daughter of Martin and Lydia (Hayes) Snow of Pomfret, Vt. 

Mr. Thurston is a notary public in Cambridge, Mass., and a mem- 
ber of the Unitarian society. 

Their children, born in Cambridge, are : 
-j-4637 James Melvin,' b. April 13. 1844; m. Nellie Florence Mann. 

463S Mary Emma,' b. Jan. 3, 1846 ; n.m. 

4639 John Henry,' b. March 5, 1852; n.m.; a bookseller in Cambridge. 


Charles Henry Thurston ° {Stephen,^ Stephen,'^ Nathaniel,^ 
Stephen,'' Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and son of Stephen* 
and Philena Pamelia (Dunham) Thurston of Hartford, Vt. ; born 
there Nov. 30, 1820 ; married Susan Ann Miller, daughter of Ansel 
and Lucy (Wood) Miller of Orange, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston is a carpenter ip West Canaan, Grafton county, N. 
H.^ also a notary public, and a member of the Congregational church 
in Hartford. 

Their children, born at West Hartford, were : 

4645 Ellen Philena,' b. Jan. 19, 1849; d. June 2. 1862. 

4646 Charles Stephen,' b. April 9, 1854; m. April 28, 1875, Emma Frances 

Crafts of Lowell, Vt.. b. Dec. i, 1856. They have : 
4647 Willie Alhn^ b. March 17, 1876. 


Rev. Henry Warren Lyman Thurston " {Nathaniel,^ Stephen,* Na- 
thaniel^ Stephen^ Daniel'^), son of Nathaniel* and Martha (Hall) 
Thurston of Hanover, N. H. ; born in Hartford, Vt, Nov. 20, 1823; 
married, first, April 12, 1848, Eliza Ann Burnham, born Aug. 12, 1824, 
daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Sawyer) Burnham of Hanover, N. H. ; 
she died April 2, 1857. Second, Nov. 20, 1858, Mary Elizabeth 
Choate, born Dec. 25, 1836, daughter of Benjamin and Eliza A. 
(Whittemore) Choate of Enfield, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston spent the first fifty years of his life in farming, trade, 
and as a mechanic. On May i, 1875, he was called to the ministry 
in the Congregational denomination, and preached in Goshen, N. H., 
two years, having been ordained Aug. 25, 1875 ; in Harrisville, N. H., 
from May i, 1877, to May i, 1879, when he went to Sullivan, N. H. 


His children, by first wife, Eliza Ann, were : 

4653 CharlesHenry.'b. March 9, 1850; d Nov 12 1868. walker son 

4654 Elzina Maria,' b. Sept. 13,1854; '"^ "^''^.V^^'^^ ' ^l^riiv^ at West 

of Haskel and Irene (Lang) Walker of Goshen. They live at West 

Lebanon, N. H., and have: 
46=15 Nellie Grant (Walker), b. Nov. 5, 1872. 

4656 Henry Haskel (Walker), b. May 10, 1874. 

4657 Irene (Walker), b. Feb. 18, 1876. 

4658 Edna Marriel (Walker), b. Dec. 24, 1877. 



TosEPH Hilton Thurston » of Ellsworth, Wis. {William,' Stephen,' 
Stephen,' Stephen,' Da?ziel'), e\Atst sorv oi Col. William'^ and Charity 
(Eames) Thurston of Madison, Me. j born there Aug, 31, 1808; mar- 
ried, March 4, 183 1, Deborah Luce Remick, born in Industry, Me. 
Oct. 31, 1813, daughter of True and Catherine (Luce) Remick of 
Madison. He is a farmer. 

Children, born in Madison : 

4660 Mary Ann,' b. June iS, 1826; m. Ripley Martin [see no. 1195]. 

4661 Elvira,! b. Nov. 15, 1833; d. Oct. 9, i860. 

4662 Hetsey.'b. Jan. 23, 1835; d.July 3,1856. ^ . q c^ i^t a 

4663 True Remick,' b. Dec. 30, 1836; m. ni Madison Sept. 18, 1861, Nancy Ann 

Chapman ; is a farmer in Cornville, Me. They have : 
4664 Helen A.,^ b. Jiin. 29, 1864. 
4665 William,' b. Dec. 4, 1839; m. at Beldenville, Wis., Sept. 5, 1869, Sophia R. 

Weston ; was a farmer in Trim Belle, Wis. ; d. Apr. 26, 1872. They had : . 
4666 William fi b. April 10, 187 1 ; d. March 8, 1872. 

4667 Gilbert Remick,' b. July 28, 1841 ; served three years in the 30th Wiscon- 

sin regiment against the rebellion. 

4668 Catherine Remick,' b. July 6, 1845; m. Nov. 26, 1865, Isaac Franklin 

Weston, a lumberman in Motley, Minn.; served three years in the 30th 
Wisconsin regiment against the rebellion. Children: 

4669 John H. (Weston), b. June 24, 1867. 

4670 Charles M. (Weston), b. May, II, 1869. 

4671 Adah Ihurston (Weston), b. Jan. 12, 1872. 

4672 Eddie W. (Weston), b. Aug. 31, d. Oct. 31, 1875. 

4673 Rvemma S. (Weston), b. Aug. 18, 1877. 

4674 Mary Adelaide,' b. May 22, 1847 ; m. Dec. 25, 1866, Frank T. Williams, a 
farmer and lumberman in Lorane, Wis. ; he served two years in the 
38th Wisconsin regiment against the rebellion; was one of the first men 
•who went into Fort Hell at Petersbuigh, Va. Children : 

4675 'Julia Dell (Williams), b. Dec. 15, 1S67. 

4676- 'Dora Alona (Williams), b. Oct. 12, 1869. 

4677 Myrtle Blanch (Williams), b. Sept. 10, 1874. 
4678 Ruema Norton,' b. Nov. 16, 1850; m. in Kinnick Kinnick, Wis., Jin. i, ■ 
1870, Harry S. Sawyer; he served two years in the war against the re- 
bellion in a Pennsylvania regiment of infantry ; is a contractor and build- 
er at River Falls, Wis. Children : 

4679 Addie Belle (Sawyer), b. Oct. 7, 1S71. 

4680 Hattie (Sawyer), b. Jan. 31, 1873. 
.4681 Will T. (Sawyer), b. Aug. 12, 1S78. 

Born in Solon, Me. : 

,4682 Clementine Remick,' b. Nov. 15, 1852; m. Nov. 8, 1S69, Levi R. Stafford, 
a farmer in Trim Belle. Children: 

4683 Vinna Jf. (Stafford), b. June 22, 187 i. 

4684 True Thurston (Stafford), b. Nov. 14, 1S74. 

4685 Levi R. (Stafford), b. April 4, 1879. 

4686 Adah,' b. Jan. 20, 1855; d. July 6, 1855. 

4687 Charles,' b. Aug. 29, 1857; d. April 13, i860. 



William Wiggin Thurston' of Trim ^<t\\&,\<lvi. {William,^ Steph- 
en,^ Stephen^ Stephen'^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of 
Col. William ^ and Charity (Eames) Thurston of Madison, Me. ; born 
there Jan. 17, 181 1; married, Jan. i, 1834, Eliza Nutting, daughter 
of Abel and Sally (Moore) Nutting of Madison. She died March 
2, 185 1 ; he died March 8, 1862. 

Mr. Thurston was a small capitalist, loaning money and laboring. 

4690 Ansel GanselOj'b. Nov. 20, 1834; m. Nov., 1853, Helen Moore. He was 
lieutenant-colonel of state militia; d. June 7, 1855; no children. 


Daniel Thurston ^ ( William,^ Stephen,* Stephen,^ Stephen,'^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Col. William^ and Charity 
(Eames) Thurston of Madison, Me.; born there Dec. 6, 1812; mar- 
ried, Aug. 15, 1842, Ann Burns, born Sept. 17, 1817, daughter of 
Samuel S. and Anna (Weston) Burns of Madison. 

Mr. Thurston was educated mostly at the Wesleyan seminary, 
Readfield, and Waterville college, Me., but finally graduated at the 
Asbury university, Ind., through the influence of his friend. Prof. 
Wm. C. Larrabee. He followed teaching in Maine and was principal 
of some of the largest and best schools and academies of the state ; 
was employed for some time by the Appletons of New York to lec- 
ture on reading and general education, holding institutes in connec- 
tion with the same ; has been an ordained minister over thirty years 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. He had an attack of paralysis 
and physicians advised him in the fall of 1855 to go to Beldenville, 
Wis., since which time he has followed farming and teaching com- 
bined. He has held the office of town and county superintendent 
for some years and also the office of justice of the peace most of the 
time. Sept., 1879, moved to Round Spring, Mitchell county, Kansas. 

Child : 

4691 Helen Augusta,' b. Sept. 10, 1855; ™- Dec. 12, 1876, Moses Thomas Pick- 

ard, a farmer in Mitchell county, Kansas, since 1878; no children. 


Winthrop Hilton Thurston' {William,^ Stephen,'^ Stephen,^ 
Stephen^^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Col. William ' 
and Charity (Eames) Thurston of Madison, Me. ; born there June 23, 
1821; married, in Anson, Me., Hannah Spear, born July 22, 1823, 
daughter of James and Susan (Merrill) Spear of New Portland, Me. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Madison, and removed to Hartland, 
Pierce county. Wis. 

Children, all born in Madison : 

4692 Ledru Rollin,' b. April 3, 1848; m. Nov. 8, 1877, Anna Caroline Anderson. 

4693 Susan Spear,' b. Oct. 11, 1850; m. March 7, 1874, Ben Owen Beavins. 

4694 Ann,' b. Sept. 23. 1852; d. March 7, 1873. 

4695 James Frank,' b. March 8, 1854; d. April 29, 1855. 

4696 Jane,' b. March 6, 1857 ; d. Aug. 23, 1859. 

4697 Frank,' b. Oct, 24, i860. 

4698 Jane,' b. Jan. 2, 1862. 

4699 Emma Stella,' b. March 28, 1866. 


Seijtntf) dfcnrratton. 

ToHN Albert Thurston' {Daniel,' Hon. Nathaniel,^ Col Daniel,' 
Benjamin^ Daniel;^ Daniel^), eldest son of DanieK' and Abigail 
(Stevens) Thurston of Haverhill, Mass. ; born in Bradford, Mass., 
Tan. 27, 1817; married, in Lynn, Mass., Eliza Sparrow Downing 
born in Boston, Mass., May, 1810, daughter of Smith and Hannah 
(Jacobs) Downing of Charlestown, Mass. She died September, 1871. 

Mr. Thurston is captain of police in Lynn, Mass. ; has been on the 
police force thirty-six years; seven years city marshal; two years as- 
sistant marshal ; two years chief engineer ; si.x; years captain of police ; 
many years constable ; member of the Methodist church. Children : 

4700 Eliza Ann,'* b. Dec. 8, 1836; d. 1S53. 

4701 Albert Adams.Hx 1838; d. 1840. , , . ,, , c- . 
470' Mary Piiol,"* b. Dec. 19. 1840; m. Nov. 24, 1859, John Aspniwall, b. bept. 

15, 1832, son of John and Esther (Reed) Aspinwall of Charlestown. 
Mr. Aspinwall is a dentist in Lynn, having graduated from the Philadel- 
phia dental college, In 1S61 he entered the navy as a common sailor; 
was promoted to master, and then to ensign, which position he held till 
1866, when he received an honorable discharge. Children : 

4703 Minnie Ida (Asi)inwall), b. Oct. 23, 1S61. 

4704 Carrie habel (Aspinwall), b. Oct. 8, l858. 

4705 Annie Mabel (Aspinwall), b. May 25, 1870. 

4706 Lucv Gir.'rude (Aspinwall), b. April, 1872; d. Sept., 1872. 

4707 Ella Thurston (Aspinwall), b. Sept. 16, 1873. 

4708 Ralph Waldo (Aspinwall), b. June 6, 1875; d. July 2, 1875. 
+4709 Albert Theodore," b. Dec. 23, 1843; m. Eliza Jane Howard. 

4710 Margaret Helen, « b. Sept. 8, 1845; m. Nov. 24, i858, John Hobart Lin- 
coln, a gravel roofer in Chelsea. Mass., b. March 15, 1840, son of Isaac 
and Sarah (Barter) Lincoln of Chelsea. They have : 
47 1 1 Haltie Maiia (Lincoln), b. Sept. 5, 1869. 
4712 Benjamin Stevens.8 471-3 George Breed.' 

4714 EttaH.8 2978 

Persis Goodale Thurston' (Rev. Asa,' Thomas,^ Dea. John,' 
yonathan^ Daniel^^ Daniel'^), eldest child of Rev. Asa^ and Lucy 
(Goodale) Thurston of the Sandwich Islands; born there Sept. 28, 
1821; married, in Dr. Cox's church, Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. 12, 1847, 
Rev. Townsend Elijah Taylor, born July 18, 1818, son of Eleazer 
and Phebe (Townsend) Taylor of La Grange, N. Y. 

Mr. Taylor graduated from Middlebury, Vt., July, 1844; from 
Union theological seminary, New York city, June, 1847, ^.nd sailed 
for the Hawaiian Islands, under appointment from the Seaman's 
Friend Society, in October, 1847. After laboring for seamen at La- 
haina and Honolulu, he was called, in 1851, to organize and take 
charge of the Fort street church, Honolulu. In i860 removed to 
California on account of ill health. In 1864 was appointed delegate 
from California to the Christian Commission, and spent several weeks 
with the sick and wounded soldiers in Washington and at City Point. 
Since then has been pastor of churches in different parts of Califor- 
nia and Nevada. For two years was district missionary for home 
missions on the Pacific coast. P'or the last few years has been labor- 
ing in southern California under the auspices of the Presbyterian 
Board of Home Missions, and is now, 1879, the pastor of the Presby- 
terian church in Nordhoff, Ventura county, Cal., presbytery of Los 
Angeles, synod of California. 


Miss Thurston'went to New England in 1840, and graduated from 
the Mt. Holyoke seminary 1845 ! taught in that seminary two years. 

Children : 
4720 Lucy (Taylor), b. in Ilonolulii May 28, 1849; m. in San Rafael, Cal., Aug. 
If), 1874, Jacob Pevcy Winnie, general business man o£ Carson City, 
Nevada, where they now reside. They have : 

4721 Lucy (Winnie), b. Aug. 5, 1S75. 

4722 Mary (Winnie), b. Oct. 28, 1876. 

4723 Mary (Taylor), b. in Lahaina Dec. 26, 1850; m. in San Rafael June 24, 
1874, Ch.irles Henry Kluegel, civil engineer and surveyor of Oakland, 
Cal., where they now reside. They have : 
4724 G'or^e 7ai'/o^ (Kluegel), b. Jan. 20, 1876. 

4725 George Brainerd (Taylor), b. in Honolulu March 22, 1853; d. in Oakland, 

Cal., Jan. 7, iSGg. 

4726 Henry Thurston (Taylor), b. in Kailua, H. L, May 20, 1856. 

4727 James Tovvnsend (Taylor), b. in Kailna March 19, 185S. 

4728 Edward Sanford (Taylor), b. in Columbia, Cal., Sept. 18, 1862. 


Asa Goodale Thurston '' {Rev. Asa,^ Thomas,^ Dea. ^ohn,^ Jona- 
than,' Daniel^^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and eldest son of 
Rev. Asa ^ and Lucy (Goodale) Thurston of the Sandwich Islands; 
born in Kailua, Hawaii, Aug. i, 1827 ; married at Honolulu, Oct. 23, 
1853, Sarah Andrews, born in Lahainaluna, Island of Maui, Oct. 
10, 1832, daughter of Lorrin and Mary (Wilson) Andrews, missiona- 
ries of 1827 to those islands. Mr. Andrews was the founder and for 
eleven years the principal of the Lahainaluna seminary for young 
men; for a number of years judge of the supreme court, and author 
of the Hawaiian dictionary and grammar. Mary Wilson, Mrs. An- 
drews, was from Washington, Mason county, Ky., and is now, 1877, 
living in Honolulu. Mrs. Asa Goodale Thurston, since the death of 
her husband, has been matron of the Haleakala government board- 
ing school, which is situated within nine miles of the crater of Halea- 
kala, the largest crater in the world, but now extinct. 

Mr. Thurston graduated from Williams college, Williamstown, 
Mass., in 1848. He returned to the Sandwich Islands and was a 
surveyor ; chief clerk for the minister of the interior two or three 
years; speaker of the house of representatives two years, and a mem- 
ber of the Fort street church in Honolulu, where he died, Dec. 17, 


Children : 

4730 Robert Taylor,^ b. Nov. 26, 1854; d. April 17, 1874- 

4731 Lorrin Andrews,* b. July 31, 1858; is clerk for the attorney general of the 

Sandwich Islands. 

4732 Helen Goodale,^ b. Aug. 28, i860. 


Mary Howe Thurston ' [Rev. Asa,'' Thomas,^ Dea. John,^ Jona- 
than,' Daniel,^ Daniel^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Rev. 
Asa'' and Lucy (Goodale) Thurston of the Sandwich Islands; born 
on board vessel, near the islands, June 3, 183 1 ; married, first, April 
5, 1859, Edwin A. Hayden; he died April i, 1864. Second, July 
9, 1867, Marcus Benfield; he died September, 1874, She gradu- 
ated from the normal school at Westiield, Mass. 

Her children, by first husband, Hayden, were : 

4733 Edwin (Hayden), b. Nov. 23, i860; d. March 24, 1866. 
\lli, Asa Thurston (Hayden), b. April 12, 1862. 


4735 Mary {Hayden),b. June 29, 1864; d. April 25, iS56. 

y>y second husband, Benfield : 

4736 Lilly (Benfield), b. April 20, 1S68. 

4737 Eric Let (Benfield), b. Dec. 17, iSSg; d. Nov. 22, 1874. 

4738 Clara (Benfield), b, Sept. iS. 1871. 

4739 Ida (Benfield), b. June 22, 1874; d. Nov. 22, 1874. 


Rev. Thom.\s Gairdner Thqrston' (Rev. Asa,^ Thomas,^ Dm. 
yohn," Jonathan,^ Daniel;^ Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and 
son of Rev. Asa" and Lucy (Goodale) Thurston of the Sandwich 
Islands; born there May 9, 1836; married, first, at the Hawaiian 
Islands, Oct. 25, 1866, Harriet Frances RrcH.ARDSON, born Aug. 
31, 1838, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Tovvle) Richardson of 
Maine; she died at Grass Valley, Cal., May 25, 1872. Second, in 
Albany, N. Y., May 13, 1875, Al[ce Gasking, born June 7, 1846, 
daughter of George and Alice (Black) Gasking of Rhinebeck, N. Y. 

Rev. Mr. Thurston graduated from Yale 1862, and from Union 
theological seminary in 1865 ; ordained by presbytery in Hawaiian 
Islands in 1866. Now, 1879, preaching in Taylorville, N. C, where 
he, as principal, and his wife, as assistant, are teaching an academy 
for boys and girls. 

Child, by first wife, born at Hawaiian Islands : 

4742 Alice,* b. July 21, 1S67. 


Abel Leander Thurston' lyDea. Abel,^ Dsa. yohn,^ Dea. yohn,^ 
Jonathan? Daniel^^ Daniel'^), son of Dea. Abel' and Eunice (Allen) 
Thurston of Fitchburgh, Mass.; born there June 21, 1821; married, 
in Leominster, Mass., Oct. 3, 1843, Elizabeth Knapp, born Mar. 31, 
1822, daughter of Elijah and Rhoda (Swallow) Knapp of Mason, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston is assistant superintendent of the Cambridge (Mass.) 
cemetery, and a member of the Congregational church in Fitchburgh. 
Children, all born in Fitchburgh: 

4750 Henry Melville,** b. Jan. 25, 1846; d. April 10, 1846, 

4751 Rufus Leander,' b. Aug. 7, 1850; n.m. ; in music store, firm of Goodnough 

& Thurston, 240 Farrell street, San Francisco, Cal. 

4752 George Abel,^ b. Nov. 28, 1S52 ; n.m. ; with his brother Rufus as clerk. 

4753 Allen Lewis,** b. Dec. 28, 1S55; m. July 15, 1877, Martha Elizabeth Skel- 

ton, b. in Cambridge March i, 1848; is a stone-mason in Cambridge. 


Col. William Henry Thurston' {WiHiMn Parsons,^ Hev. Pear- 
son,^ Samuel,'- Jonathan,^ Daniel;^ Daniel'^), son of William Parsons ° 
and Mary (Gardner) Thurston of Leominster, Mass.; born in Nashua, 
N. H., March 27, 1827; married, first, in Elizabeth, N. J., 1854, 
Mary Jane Woodruff; divorced. Second, in Memphis, Tenn., 
March 11, 1865, Maggie Fisher, born in Carson Armagh, north of 
Ireland, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Thomson) Fisher of Lu- 
zerne, N. Y. Her father was a lawyer of some note in Ireland, and 
had a brother. Rev. John Fisher, deceased some years ago, who was 
pastor of the Presbyterian church in Rochester, N. Y. Col'. Wm. H. 
Thurston died in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 17, 1877, and was buried in 
Leominster. His widow lives in Luzerne, 1879. 

Col. Thurston was in the railroad service for seventeen years • 
went to Cincinnati in i860, and for a time was agent of the Merchants 
Dispatch Company. At the breaking out of the war of the rebellion 


he entered the army as captain in an Indiana regiment, and was soon 
promoted to be a staff officer of Gen. Lew Wallace, and served ap in- 
spector general for Gen. S. A. Hurlburt, gaining much distinction; 
breveted brigadier general, but would not consent to be called any- 
thing but colonel ; was once wounded in battle. After the close of 
the war he was connected with the internal revenue service in Cincin- 
nati. In politics he was an ardent republican and a man of much 
influence. In social life he was a kind, tender, and loving husband 
and father, and had a host of friends warmly attached to him. 

His children, by first wife, Mary, were : 
4763 Sarah Fannie,* b. about 1855. 

4761 John Clute,8 b. about 1857. 

By second wife, Maggie : 

4762 Sadie Blanche,5 b. 187 1. 


Charles Currier 'YwGvsiGVi'^ {Leland,^ John,^ David,^ yonathan^ 
Daniel^'' Daniel'^), eldest son of Leland^ and Margaret (Hutchins) 
Thurston of Denver, Col.; born in Troy, N. H., Jan. 13, 1828; mar- 
ried, in Boston, Mass., Caroline Humphrey, born April 11, 1827, 
daughter of Charles Haden and Jane Frost (Higgins) Humphrey of 
Gray, Me. He is a builder in Elizabeth, N. J. Children : 

4770 LiUie Maria,' b. Nov. 4, 1849. 

4771 Mary Elizabeth,' b. May 31, 1851. 

4772 Carrie Josephine,' b. April 4, 1854. 

4773 George Humphrey,' b. Sept. 8, 1855. 

4774 Fanny Humphrey.s b. March 27. 1857 ; d. March 4, i860. 

4775 Charles Clement,' b. Feb. 18, 1863; d. Feb. 3, 1864. 


Franklin Alden Thurston ' {Leland,^ John^ David,^ Jonathan^ 
Daniel,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Leiand ° and 
Margaret (Hutchins) Thurston of Denver, Col.; born in Keene, N. 
H., Oct. 9,1834; married, Nov. 27, i860, Annie Eliza Rapelye, 
daughter of George and Margaret (Calyer) Rapelye of Newtown, 
Long Island. Mr. Thurston is a master builder in New York city, 
and a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church. 

Children : 

4780 Minnie Jane,' b. in Troy, N. Y., April 4, 1S63. 

4781 Bertha Eliza,' b. in New York March 2, 1869. 

4782 Frank Leiand,' b. in New York Oct. 27, 1870. 


Andrew Jackson Thurston' {Hartley,^ Samuel^ David," yona- 
than,^ Daniel;^ Daniel^), elAtst son of Hartley^ and Arminda (Rob- 
inson) Thurston of Berlin, Wis.; born in New Alstead, N. H., Dec. 
6, 183s ; married. May 28, 1859, Jane Delzelle. He died in Nash- 
ville, Tenn., Nov. 10, 1864. 

Mr, Thurston lived in Wisconsin till the war of the rebellion, when 
he went to Tennessee and was in government service till his death. 
His widow was several years matron at the soldiers orphans home in 
Davenport, Iowa ; her health failed, she went to her friends in Kan- 
sas, and soon died. Children : 

4787 Nellie Adelle,' b. Jan. 28, 1861 ; d. Feb. 14, 1866. 

4788 Orvis Greeley,' b. Feb. 6, 1862; d. March 21, 1863. 

4789 Effie May,' b. Jan. 30, 1864; d. Nov. 14, 1865. 




Charles Holman Thurston' (FranJiUn Robinson,^ Samuel^ Da- 
vid,^ Jonathan,^ Daniel;^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Franklin Robinson « 
and Fanny L. (Holman) Thurston of Marlborough, N. H. ; born there 
June 3, 1842; married, Nov. 23, 1864, Amanda Caroline Frost, 
born April 14, 1842, daughter of Col. Cyrus and Caroline (Richard- 
son (Frost) of Marlborough. 

Mr. Thurston is one of the firm of Thurston Knob Screw Co. of 
Marlborough, with agency offices in Boston and New York. He was 
the inventor of this Screw and of the machinery for the manufacture 
of them. He also invented the " Companion Sewing Machine," put 
into the market in 1879. 

Children : 

4795 Frank Watson,* b. Sept. 7, 1865. 

4796 Clarence Frost," b. April i, 1870; 

4797 Charles Willis, 8 b. May 18, 1872. 
479S Arthur Clemons,' b, Oct. 8, 1873; 

d. Sept. 28, 1S70. 

d. Feb. 22, 1S74. 


Mary Parmalee Thurston ' {Arid Standish,'^ Stephen,^ Danid,^ 
Richard^ Danid^^ Danid'^), eldest daughter of Hon. Ariel Standish' 
and Julia Clark (Hart) Thurston of Elmira, N. Y. ; born there July 
29, 1840; married, Nov. 19, 1862, Curtiss Crane Gardiner,* born 
Dec. I, 1822, son of Lyman Gardiner of Sherburne, N. Y. 

Mr. Gardiner was a resident of Angelica and raised the first com- 
pany of volunteers in Allegany county, N. Y., in r86i, and entered the 
service as captain and retired as brevet colonel of the 27th New 
York regiment volunteers, in the war against the rebellion; was ap- 
pointed United States assessor of internal revenue of twenty-seventh 
district New York in 1867 ; he became a resident of St. Louis, Mo., 
in 1873. 

*The G-AEDraER Family. 

Lion Gardiner, tlie first settler of this family, was an 
Englialiman. He seryed under Gen. Fairfax, in the tow 
Countries, ^? engineer and master of works of fortifica- 
tion, during the reign of Charles I. Himself, wife, ser- 
vant, with othei-s, sailed from London, and arrived in 
Boston Nov, 21, 1635. Early the next spring he proceeded 
to the mouth of the Connecticut river and built Fort Sav- 
brook and commanded it four years, under the directio"n 
of Gov. John Winthrop jr., after which he removed to an 
island in Long Island sound, which he had purchased of 
the Indians, and called it Gardiner's Island. 


I. Lion Gardiner, liorn in England 1699; married 
Mary Wilemson in Holland 1616; died in East Hampton, 
L. L, 1663. 

II. David Gardiner, born in Saybrook, Ct., April 29, 
1636; married Mary Lei-ingham, June 4, 1657; died in 
Hartford, Ct., July 10, 1689. 

HI. John GARb^^EE, born at Gardiner's Island April 
19, 1661; married, in Southold, L. I,, Mary Kins; died in 
New London, (Jt., June 25, 1738. 
A ^^i of "^JSi'^ Gardiner, born at Gardiner's Island 

GKt'ci'c'^^'lilanriTsI""^ ^™'"' °^*- ^' ''-'■' ^'''^ '" 
HM1-, - ^ ^ ,, T. . ^- WILLIAM Gardiner, born in Groton ct cjpi^t ^ 

1741 : married Esther Deuison, April 16, 1T61 ; died at Chenango Forks, NY March 31 1800 

VI. Daniel Denison Gardiner, born in Grotou, Ct., March 4 177q- 'mn, -fwl k,S 
Otis, Feb. 18, 1794; died in Eaton, N. Y., July 17, 1S17. ^'"''on -», iuB, mamed Eunice 

VII. Lyman Gardineu, born in Sherburne, N. Y., July 25 1798- iiini-riod ivr„,.„ r^,,„„ 
Jan. 22, 1S22; died in Nunda, N. Y., Dec. 7, 1846. ' '^""™ ""? Crane, 

yilL OuETiss Crane Gardiner, born in Eaton, N. Y., Dec. 1, 1822- married Mat,y 
Pakmalee Thurston, as above. ' ' '"""^ea iviaby 

arms op GARDINER. 

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. ^ 

The Heuotypb Prin' 


Children : 
4805 Julia Thurston (Gardiner), b. Nov. 13, 1864. 
4S06 Clara Standish (Gardiner), b. May i, [867. 
4807 Cuniss Crane (Gardiner), b. May 19, 1874. 


Clara Standish Thurston' {Ariel Standish,^ Stephen,^ Daiiiel,'^ 
Richard? Daniel;^ Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of 
Hon. Ariel Standish i* and Julia Clark (Hart) Thurston of Elmira, 
N. Y.; born there Nov. 3, 1842 ; married, Oct. 9, 1867, Henry White 
Strang, born Jan. 2, 1844, son of Samuel Bartow Strang of Elmira, 
born Oct. 4, 1805, son of Major Strang of the revolutionary army. 

Mr. Strang is a jeweler in Elmira. Child : 
4810 Catharine Malvina (Strang), b. Aug. 25, 1868. 


Julia Hart Thurston' {Ariel Standish? Stephen,^ Daniel,'^ Rich- 
ard,^ Daniel;^ Daniel'^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Hon. 
Ariel Standish ^ and Cornelia Sophia (Hull) Thurston of Elmira, N. 
Y. ; born there May 16, 1849; married, June 7, 1871, George Wash- 
ington Thomas, born May 25, 1825, son of Vial Thomas of Rhode 
Island. Mr. Thomas is a druggist and stationer in Angelica, N. Y. 

Children : 

4812 William Standish (Thomas), b. July 5, 1873. 

4813 Cornelia Thurston (Thomas), b. April 29, 1875. 


Charles Parish Thurston' {Ariel Standish? Stephen? Daniel,^ 
Richard,^ JDanielj^Daniel^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Hon. 
Ariel Standish^ and Cornelia Sophia (Hull) Thurston of Elmira, N. 
Y. ; born there Feb. 22, 185 1; married, Oct. 14, 1874, Mary Toll 
RiED, born Feb. 28, 1849, daughter of James and Jane (DeGraff) 
Ried of Amsterdam, N. Y. Mr. Thurston is a lawyer in Elmira. 

Children : 

4818 Ariel Standish.^ b. July 31, 1875. 

4819 James Ried,* b. 1877. 


Timothy Appleton Chapman' of Milwaukee, Wis. {Dea. George 
Whitefield,^ Eliphaz,^ Samuel,^ Samuel,^ Samuel,^ Edward'^), son of 
Dea. George Whitefield ^ and Mary (Greenwood) Chapman of Gilead, 
Me.; born there May 23, 1824; married, in Boston, Mass., April 16, 
1850, Laura Bowker, born 1828, daughter of David and Eunice 
(Clapp) Bowker of Scituate, Mass. 

During his boyhood he assisted his father upon the farm ; was edu- 
cated at the district school of his native town and at the academies 
of Bethel and Yarmouth, Me., and engaged in teaching. He was an 
ambitious boy and would never allow himself to be outdone, as an 
anecdote best illustrates. His brother far excelled hini in singing, 
do what he might, so at the age of fifteen he procured a violin and in 
six weeks' time was drawing the bow in the village choir to the ad- 
miration of the audience, and, as we imagine, somewhat to the aston- 
ishment of the staid adviser who told him in the beginning that if he 
could play psalm tunes in church in two years' time he would do well. 
This characteristic has followed him through all his pursuits to the 
present time and is one of the elements of his success. 


At the age of twenty, with less than ten dollars in his purse, he 
went to Boston and met a dry goods merchant, who gave him employ- 
ment as clerk in his store. He served in that capacity for six years, 
to the entire satisfaction and confidence of his employers, as was 
evinced on more than one occasion, when he was sent into the coun- 
try with a large stock of goods to be disposed of in his own fashion. 

Through the encouragement of James M. Beebe, he with his broth- 
er opened a dry goods store on Hanover street, Boston, under the 
firm name of T. A. & H. G. Chapman. For seven years, here and 
on Tremont street, they prosecuted this business with but little suc- 
cess, except to establish a reputation for capacity and integrity; for 
with the commencement of their business they established the princi- 
ple, and conscientiously carried it out, of truthful representation. 
Observing the power of capital invested in the dry goods business in 
the East, he determined to make his future experiments in the West. 

In 1857 he went to Milwaukee, Wis., and with the assistance of C. 
F. Hovey Si Co. of Boston established himself in business on East 
Water street, under the name of Hasset & Chapman. IVIr. Hasset 
retired at the end of five years, and was succeeded by Mr. Charles 
Endicott, who remained three years, since which time Mr. Chapman 
has been alone. Having goods of good quality, selected with refined 
and educated taste, with system and good order in his establishment, 
never allowing the quality of his wares to be misrepresented, with the 
rule of one price, his patronage very soon exceeded his expectations. 
The city grew and rival houses rose, but he maintained his supremacy. 

In 1872 he built one of the largest dry goods houses in the north- 
west, on the corner of Wisconsin and Milwaukee streets, 50 by 240 
feet, four stories, airy, cheerful, and perfect in every detail, affording 
every convenience to employe and patron. In 1878, finding his 
business still increasing and needing more room, he added another 
store of the same frontage as the one he built and connected it with 
the original structure, thus nearly doubling the business area. Al- 
though giving employment in his establishment to more persons, in- 
cluding their familes, than the entire population of his native town, 
the character of its head is felt in every member, and order and sys- 
tem prevail throughout. 

Mr. Chapman is a man who does his own thinking, is original and 
not a copyist, a man of positive convictions, despising cant in religion 
or anything else, and shows his character and ability more by what 
he does than by what he professes. He is sharp in trade when deal- 
ing with his peers, but was never known to take advantage of or op- 
press the poor or unfortunate. In his pursuit of wealth he has not 
been unmindful of the comfort and happiness of his employes and 
members of his family who have been less successful than himself, 
nor has he been wanting in public spirit. He contributes liberally to 
whatever measures are calculated . to promote the public welfare, 
whether physical, moral, or intellectual, recognizing no distinction of 
creed or opinion, being broad and liberal in his views. He is at- 
tracted by the discussion of great themes, and studies with enthusi- 
asm the works of God in nature ; logical in mind and in reason acute, 
not content with superficial knowledge of any subject, he goes to the 
root of the matter. His present influential position was not attained 


by chance or luck, but is the immediate and direct result of this same 
principle carried out in his business. 

System and good judgment characterize all his work, and his ster- 
ling integrity renders his credit " gilt edged," not only in this country, 
but in Europe. Other men may be worth more money, but no man 
stands higher as to reliability and promptness. His life illustrates 
the success an ambitious man of high moral aims may achieve in a 
good field by self-reliance, sound judgment, persevering industry, 
strict integrity, and a determination to know the reason of things. 
He is no pDlitician, desires no office, has always voted the republican 
ticket; was loyal during the rebellion and sent a substitute into the 
army; has accumulated a handsome competency; is highly respected 
by his fellow citizens, and if the moral and business sentiment of 
Milwaukee is marked by a higher and purer practice than the average 
of large cities, it is due as much to the example and inflfience of T. 
A. Chapman as to any other man in their midst. 

Mrs. Chapman is a woman of education, culture, refinement, and 

the highest social qualities. She is deservedly esteemed by the 

purest and best people in the city, and maintains a position of rare 

• elevation by natural dignity of character, intelligence, and true moral 


The Milwaukee Sentinel of June 18, 1879, says: "Yesterday Mr. 
T. A. Chapman, the dry goods prince, left with his family for New 
York, whence they will sail on Saturday for Europe. Mr. Chapman 
will remain two months abroad, while his family will spend two years 
there. A large number of citizens wished the family a pleasant jour- 
ney. Mr. Chapman is one of the pioneers of enterprising business 
in Milwaukee. For more than twenty years he has been engaged in 
the dry goods business here, and in all that time has been known as 
the leading merchant of the city, notable for his honesty, kindness of 
heart, and for the credit he has made his establishment to Milwaukee. 
He has now the largest dry goods establishment in the northwest 
outside of Chicago, and even that city has no establishment which 
surpasses ' Chapman's ' in any important respect. There are few men 
as generous as Mr. Chapman, few in his line as successful, and none 
who have done more to elevate the name of their city. His friends 
all over the north\yest will unite in wishing him a delightful trip and 
a safe return." 

Children : 

4825 Alice Greenwood 8 (Chapman), b. in Boston Nov. 9, 1853. 
4825 Laura Appleton 8 (Chapman), b. in Milwaukee March 20, 1866. 


Ada Deane {Harriet Ann Thurston^ David,^ David,^ Richard,^ 
Daniel,'' Daniel'^), daughter of Melville Gilmore and Harriet Ann 
(Thurston) Deane; born in Winthrop, Me., March 24, 1853; married, 
in Rome, Italy, April 30, 1874, George Champlain Shepard South- 
worth of West Springfield, Mass., born Dec. 13, 1842, son of Hon. 
Edward and Ann Elizabeth (Shepard) Southworth. 

Mr. Southworth graduated from Yale 1863, and from the Harvard 
law school 1865 ; was representative in the Massachusetts legislature 
ini87i. He was administrator of his father's estate; spent two 


years or more in traveling in Europe, making a circuit of the world, 
and stopping at Rome to be married. After coming home he settled 
up his father's estate and in 1877 went to Europe with his family, 
for the benefit of his health, where he remains, 1880. 

Children : 

4830 Mary (Southworth), b. at West Springfield, Mass., April 14, 1875. 

4S31 Constant (Soutliworth), b. at Gilead, Me., Sept. 21, 1876. 

4832 Riifus (Southworth), b. at St. Jean de Luz, France, June 20, 1878. 


William Thurston ^ ( William Gee,'' Nathaniel,^ Daniel,^ Joseph,^ 
Joseph;^ Daniel'^), son of William Gee" and Rachel Rich (Smith) 
Thurston of Riverdale, Mass.; born there Aug. 14, 1836; married, 
March 31, 1857, Caroline Elwell, born July 30, 1832. 

Mr. Thurston enlisted in the 32d Massachusetts regiment Nov. 4, 
1861, and was engaged in the following battles: Malvern Hill, 
Gainsville, second Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, 
Chancellorsville, Gettysburgh, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, 
Spottsylvania, and the Wilderness, at which he received a ball in the 
neck, from which he suffered for a full year and underwent several 
operations before the ball could be extracted, which was finally ac- 
complished May 19, 1865. 

Children : 

4836 Caroline Elizabeth,^ b. Nov. 22, 1857; d. Feb. 3, 1864. 

4837 James William,* b. Sept. 16, 1859; d. Sept. 10, 1864. 

4838 Anna Jane,* b. May 16. lS6l. 

4839 Wilbert,* b. June 4, 1865. 
4S40 Margetta,' b. Feb. 16, 1867. 

4841 James William,* b. Aug. 22, 1S69. 

4S42 Blanche,* b. Jan. 28, 1874. 

4843 George,* b. July 22, 1876; d. Oct. 4, 1876. 


James Thurston ' ( William Gee,'' Nathaniel,^ Daniel,^ Joseph^ 
Joseph^^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of William Gee^ 
and Rachel Rich (Smith) Thurston of Riverdale, Mass. ; born there 
Sept. 9, 1839; married, July 17, 1862, Martha Hood, born Sept. 30, 


Children : 

4850 Martha Lenora.s b. Sept. 13, 1S63. 

4851 Rachel Frances.^ b. Sept. 18, 1865. 

4852 Flora May,* b. Nov. 8, 1867. 

4853 Grace,* b. Aug. 3, 1869. 

4854 Howard Lewis,* b. Jan. 11, 1870. 

4855 Mary Fuller,* b. July 2, 1874. 


Stephen Thurston ' {Nathaniel,'' Ambrose,^ Capt. yp/in,^ jfoseph^ 
Joseph,^ Daniel'^), son of NathanieP and Elizabeth (Robbins) Thurs- 
ton of Deer Isle, Me.; born there Jan. 13, 1825; married, Jan. 18, 
1848, Margaret Babbidge Sylvester, born May 15, 1827, daughter 
of Joseph and Mary (Staples) Sylvester of Deer Isle. 
Mr. Thurston is a master mariner, residing in Deer Isle. 

Children : 
4860 Joseph William Sylvester," b. June 13, 1S49; m. Aug. 9, 1874, Bernice 
Babbidge Warren, b. Dec. 2, 1853, daughter of Benjamin F. and Pauline 


B. (Babbidge) Warren of Deer Isle. He is a master mariner of South 
Deer Isle. They have : 
4861 Merton Franklin,^ h. March 25, 1877. 

4862 Orville Herbert,* b. Aug. 17, 1856. 

4863 Ernest Vernley,^ b May 26, 1859; d. Sept. 12, 1863. 

4864 Percy Sylvester,^ b. Nov. 25, 1862. 


Capt. Thomas Thurston' {Nathaniel,^ Ambrose,^ Capt. John,* 
yoseph^ Joseph^^ DanieP'), brother of the preceding, and son of Na- 
thaniel" and Elizabeth (Robbins ) Thurston of Deer Isle, Me.; born 
there Aug. 24, 1828 ; married, June 18, 1849, Caroline Stinson, 
born March 28, 1831, daughter of Joseph C. and Mary (Dow) Stin- 
son of Deer Isle. 

Mr. Thurston is a master mariner, residing in South Deer Isle. 

Children : 

4870 Almira,8 b. Sept. 12, 1850; d. Feb. 8, 1854. 

4871 Clarence,^ b. Dec. 8, 1852; a seaman. 

4872 Wallace,* b. Sept. 30, 1855; ^ seaman, sailing from Gloucester, Mass. 


James Robbins Thurston' (Nathaniel,^ Ambrose,^ Capt. John,* 
Joseph,^ Joseph,''' Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Na- 
thaniel " and Elizabeth (Robbins) Thurston of Deer Isle, Me.; born 
there Sept. 6, 1832; married, April 2, 1854, Pauline Ackley, born 
ifi Machias, Me., Jan. 2, 1835. 

Mr. Thurston is a sea captain, residing in Rockport, Me. ; a mem- 
ber of the Methodist church. 

Children, born in Deer Isle : 

4876 Everett,* b. Nov. 21, 1855; d. March 15, 1858. 

4877 Lillian Isaphene,* b. Oct. 23, 1S59. 

4878 George Everett," b. Nov. 21, i860. 

Born in Rockport: 
4S79 Lizzie Bell,* b. Sept. 12, 1864. 
4880 Franlc,* b. Dec. 30, 1869. 


Charles Thurston ' {John,^ Ambrose,^ Capt. John,* Joseph,^ Jo- 
seph,'' Daniel^), son of John " and Nancy (Gott) Thurston of Tremont, 
Me.; married, May, 1868, Hannah Ann Thurston [see no. 3637]. 

Mr. Thurston is a fisherman in Tremont. 

Children : 

4885 A son, d. in infancy. 

4886 Edward Watson.* 

4887 A daughter, d. in infancy. 

4888 Fanny Evelyn,* d. in infancy. 

4889 William Caspar.* 

4890 Fanny Evelyn.' 

4891 Charles Ray.* 


Daniel Merrill Thurston' {Daniel,^ Thomas,^ Abfur,* Abtier,^ 
James,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Daniel" and Sally (Merrill) Thurston 
of Scarborough, Me.; born Oct. 31, 1801 ; married, September, 1826,, 
in Portland, Me., Jane Moore Tibbetts, born July ii, 1805, daugh- 
ter of Jolrn and Mary (Moore) Tibbetts of Newfield, Me. She died 
in Minneapolis, Minn., August, i860. 

Mr. Thurston worked on the farm summers and went to school 


winters till seventeen, when he went to sea, sailing to the West Indies 
and South America. In 1823 or 1824 he was shipwrecked in the 
schooner Mt. Vernon, Capt. Howell of Portland, in the port of St. 
Pierre, Martinique. He was then put on board the schooner Ram- 
bler, Capt. Andrews of Providence, R. I., by the American consul. 
She being short ofie man, he shipped as one of the crew at St. Bar- 
tholomews, went to Charleston, S. C, and from there to Havana. 
When within about twelve hours' sail of the Moro castle at Havana, 
they saw a sail in the mouth of a creek, which they suspected to be a 
pirate ; not a very pleasant discovery, as the motto of the pirates of 
those days was, " Dead men tell no tales," and whole crews were 
murderecl or made to walk a plank. They very soon found that their 
suspicions were well founded, as they saw that she was aiming to 
head them off. All sail was crowded on the Rambler, and the sails 
were wet to make them hold more wind, in order to escape. But the 
pirate was a fast sailer, a long, low, black craft, with one large gun 
amidships, and full of men. She kept gaining on the Rambler. It 
was a race for life. The mate went below and brought up sev- 
eral rusty old muskets, determined to sell his life as dearly as he 
could, but the captain, seeing the utter uselessness of resistance, 
laughed at him. There was a schooner ahead of them that they saw 
in the morning, and being a much poorer sailer than the Rambler, 
the latter had been gaining on her very much. The wake of this 
schooner was filled with the lumber that had composed her deck-loacl, 
and which was thrown over to lighten her. The pirate gained on the 
Rambler, till the crew of the latter could see the men on her decks, 
when a flash was seen, and a ball from her gun came whizzing over 
the deck, carrying terror to their hearts. They thought their time 
had come, and gave up all hope. The shot did no harm to the Ram- 
bler, falling in the sea beyond, but the charge set fire to one of the 
sails of the pirate, making a large hole in it and impeding her pro- 
gress very much. As they were now nearing the castle, the pirate, 
probably fearing that some man of war might be in the harbor, did 
not keep up the chase much longer, but hauled on the wind. Their 
deliverance seemed to them almost miraculous. 

He resided in Portland, Me., and went mate of the brig " Fountain," 
under Capt. Samuel Waterhouse ; left the sea at the age of twenty- 
four and worked three or four years rigging vessels. P"rom 1830 to 
1840 was employed by Daniel Winslow in packing meats and in the 
retail trade, having the charge of the latter several years, till he went 
into the retail meat trade for himself. He at one time kept an eating 
house in company with Daniel Gill ; was a member of the common 
council one term, In 1855 he went to Lakeville, Minn., and took one 
hundred and sixty acres of wild prairie, from which, althouo-h on the 
top of a high ridge, and commanding a view of from two" to forty 
miles, not a single house, fence, or building could be seen. In 1868 
he sold his farm, and has since lived with his eldest son in Farmino- 
ton, Minn., assisting him in the drug business. He has been warden 
of the Episcopal church there since its organization ; has lived to see 
the prairie subdued and dotted over with comfortable hjuses fine 
barns, thriving villages, and railroads, and is now, 1880, active 
capable of business, and enjoys life. ' ' 


Children, all born in Portland : 

4895 Mary Jane,' b. June 23, 1827; d. Sept. 6, 1829. 

4896 Frances Ellen,' b. Aug. 9, 1829; d. Sept. 26, 1831. 

-I-4897 John Henry,' b. Jan. 25, 1832; m. 1st, Ellen Matilda Brimhall; 2d, Louise 

4898 Sumner Cummings,' b. April, 1834; d. Jan., 1836. 

4899 Sumner Cummings,' b. April 29, 1836; m. April, 1856, Martha Jane 

Webb; learned the art of printing, and in 1855 went to Lalceville and 
took a farm, where in October, 1861, he enlisted as sergeant in the 4th 
Minnesota infantry; was in Corinth, Memphis, and VicUsburgh cam- 
, paigns; was orderly sergeant U. S. colored infantry, and was appointed 
second lieutenant on the day of his death, which occurred while on a 
furlough, caused by congestive chills contracted in the army, Nov. 5, 
1863. He was intending to be confirmed in the Episcopal church. His 
widow resides in Winona, Minn. They had : 

4900 Kate? b. 1857. 

4901 Grace? b. 1862. 

4902 William Francis Hayes,' b. Sept. 9, 1S38; d. March 20, 1844. 

4903 Lorenzo Dow,' b. Feb. i, 1840; d. July 31, 1844. 

4904 Helen Jane,' b. March 5, 1842; d. Sept. 5, 1S47. 

4905 Sarah Frances.' b. June 15, 1844; d. Sept. 19, 1847. 

4906 Albert,' b. 1846; d. 1847. 

4907 Charles Clifton,' b. July 8, 1849; watchmaker in Baldwin, St. Croix coun- 

ty. Wis. ; n.m. 


Lucy Thurston' {Daniel,^ Thomas,^ Abner,'^ Abner,^ J^ames,^ Dan- 
iel^), sister of the preceding, and daughter of Daniel' and Sally 
(Merrill) Thurston of Scarborough, Me. ; born in Saco, Me., April 

24, 1803; married, Sept. 4, 1824, Nathaniel Googins of Saco, born 
May 27, 1798, and is now, 1880, living in Lyman, Me. She died in 
Saco Nov. 7, 1870. 

Children : 

4915 Louisa Maria (Googins), b. May 9, 1825. 

4916 Albion Keith Paris (Googins), b. Dec. 29,1827; m. in Saco March 12, 

1856, Rulh Healy Bensley, b. in Scarborough July 29, 1833. daughter of 
George Angel! and Rachel Weston (Buwe) Bensley of Cape Elizabeth, 
Me. Mr. Googins went to sea eight years, then became a farmer in I<;ast 
Hiram, Me. ; has been town clerk, and is a member of the Universalist 
church. They have : 

4917 Mary Louisa (Googins), b. Nov. 27, 1857. 

4918 Eiiilh Cressey (Googins), b. Feb. 2, 1S65. 

4919 Fred Carlton (Googins), b. Feb. 27, iSftl 

4920 Francis Byron (Googins), b. Aug. 26, 1829. 

4921 Ellen Hannah (Googins), b. Sept. i, 1831. 

4922 Christiana Plummer (Googins), b. Sept. 13, 1833. 

4923 Daniel Thurston (Googins), b. Dec. 7, 1835; d. Aug. 6, 1837. 

4924 William Hayes (Googins), b. Aug. 20, 1838. 

4925 Lydia Ann (Googins), b. Dec. 4, 1840. 

4926 Lucy Abby (Googins), b. Aug. 13, 1843. 

4927 Charles Sumner (Googins), b. Feb. 24, 1846. 


Henry Rice Thurston ' {Daniel,^ Thomas,^ Abtier,^ Abncr^ James,"^ 
Daniel^), brother of the preceding, and son of Daniel ' and Sally 
(Merrill) Thurston of Scarborough, Me.; born there May 14, 1805; 
married, 1828, Mary Richards. He settled on the homestead, and 
carried on farming and teaming between Scarborough and Portland. 
He was a member of the Free Baptist church since 1842 ; died Oct. 

25, 1876; she died Oct. 15, 1878. 


Children : 

4930 Andrew Jackson,' b. Jan. 23, 1829; d. young. 
4-4331 Ansyl Augustus,' b. April 20. 1830; m. Hannah Meserve. 

4932 Oren Crawford.^ b. Nov. 2, 1831 ; m. Lydia Taylor of Biddeford; a car- 


4933 Miranda Moses,' b. March 28, 1833 ; m. Granville Moulton of Scarborough, 

where they reside. 

4934 Sarah Augusta,' b. Feb. 23, 1835; resides with her sister Miranda. 

4935 James lleserve,' b. Sept. 6, 1836; a carpenter and farmer, lives on the 


4936 Jennie Hannah,' b. Sept. 14, 1S40; lives on the homestead. • 

4937 George Boothby,' b. Sept. 14, 1842 ; m. March 26, 1866, Sarah Ann Libbey 

of .Scarborough; is a carpenter and lives at Dunston's Corner. 

4933 Nellie Frances,' b. Nov. 6, 1847; m. Charles O. Roberts; lives at Duns- 
ton's Corner. 

4939 Sophronia Baker,' b. June i, 1S51 ; lives on the homestead. 


George Fickett Thurston ' {Alexander,^ Thomas,^ Abner* Abner^ 
James ^^ Daniel'^), son of Alexander "^ and Almira (Fickett) Thurston 
of Poland, Me.; born there Aug. 13, 1817 ; married, first, April 4, 
1846, Hannah Gorham Waterhouse, born Nov. 6, 1822, daughter 
of Daniel and Abigail (Gorham) Waterhouse of Poland; she died 
Jan. 9, 1855. Second, June .14, 1857, Betsey Reed Libby, born 
Feb. 8, 1828, daughter of Jedediah Cobb and Hannah (Prince) Libby 
of Gray, Me. He died suddenly at Mechanic Falls Sept. 22, 1879. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in Poland, a member and clerk of the 
Free Baptist church. 

Children, by first wife, Hannah : 

4945 Edward Franklin,' b. March 12, 1847; m Nov. 6, 1865, Sarah A. Pillsburv 

of Biddeford, Me., where she died, July 26, 1876; he died Sept. 15, 1876. 

4946 Otis Waterhouse,' b. Oct. 19, 1848; m. at Windham; Me., Aug. 25, 1877, 

Abbie Susan Brown, b. in Raymond Feb. 8, 1856. They reside in Po- 
land, 1S78. 

4947 Abby Hannah,' b. April 14, 1852 ; d. April 9, 1S70. 

4948 William Lewis,' b. June 13, 1S54. 


Edward McLellan Thurston' {Alexander,^ Thomas^ Abner,* 
Abner,'' Jaines^^ Daniel'^)., brother of the preceding, and son of Alex- 
ander " and Almira (Fickett) Thurston of Poland, Me. ; born there 
Oct. 9, 1820; married, in Auburn, Me., June 25, 1856, Flora Record, 
born Feb. 21, 183 1, daughter of Baruck and Sally (Dresser) Record 
of Greene, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a merchant at Mechanic Falls, Me., and a member 
of the Universalist church. 

Child : 

4950 Herbert Elroy,^ b. Dec. 20, 18S2. 


Charles Thurston' {James,^ ^homas,^ Abnei;'' Abner^ James? 
D.mid^), eldest son of James" and Sarah (McKenney) Thurston of 


Danville, Me.; born in Scarborough, Me., Jan. 20, 1812; married, in 
Liverpool, Eng., Aug. 13, 1844, Catherine Talkington, born Jan. 
28, 1828, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Newman (Hill) Talkington 
of Liverpool. He died at his son's house in East Boston, Mass., 
June I, 1877, aged 65 

Mr. Thurston was a master mariner in the merchant service be- 
tween this country and China and India. They resided in Salisbury, 
Mass., and attended the Unitarian church. 

They had one adopted child : 
4955 Charles Samuel,* b. in Boston Dec. 20. 1842; m. ist, Aug. 13, 1868, Addie 
Lomi Pratt of Winchester, Mass.; she died Aug. 13, i86g; 2d, Dec. 25, 
187 1, Clara Minora Jackson, b. in Randolph, Vt., daughter of Edwin 
Samuel and Minora (Fitz) Jackson of Bethel, Vt. Mr. Thurston was a 
seaman twelve years ; was in the war of the rebellion in the expedition 
against New Orleans under Gen. Butler; on the gunboat Annacosta of 
the Potomac flotilla, and ensign on the United States steamers " Fort 
Morgan," " Penobscot," and " Kanawha." He is now, 1879, a grocer in 
East Boston, and is a member of the Unitarian church. Children, by 
second wife : 

4956 Clara Louise^ b. Aug. 23, 1873. 

4957 CAar/es £iiwm,^ h. Sept. ■/, 187$. 


Moses Waterhouse Thurston' (^ames,^ Thomas,^ Abner* Ab- 
ner^ James,^ Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of James « 
and Sarah (McKenney) Thurston of Danville, Me. ; born in Cape 
Elizabeth, Me., March 9, 1814; married, April 13, 1834, Eunice 
Hunnewell, born May 9, 1814, daughter of Robert and Susan 
(Roberts) Hunnewell of Danville. He is a farmer, and a member of 
the Methodist church in Danville. 

Children, all born in Danville : 
+4965 Charles.S b. Feb. 2, 1835 ; m. Lydia S. Goss. 

4966 William Melville,* b. April 16, 1837; d. July, 1857. 

4967 George Greely,* b. April 11, 1839; d. April 4, 1845. 
+4968 James Henry,* b. Oct. 2, 1841 ; m. Aura Volevia Sylvester. 


Hiram Thurston' {Thomas,^ Thomas,^ Abner,'^ Abner,^ James,^ 
Danielh, son of Thomas^ and Clarissa B. (Kimball) Thurston of 
Readfield, Me.; born there Oct. i, 1820; married, in Boston, Mass., 
June 16, 1844, Harriet Newell Hayward, born in Troy, Vt., May 
3, 1826, daughter of Harry and Lucy (Sterling) Hayward. 

Mr. Thurston is a carpenter, millwright, and stationary engineer, 
living in Oberlin, Lorain county, Ohio; was in California from 1851 
till 1853 ; enlisted in the army against the rebellion and served three 
years iii the 2d Ohio cavalry; is a member of the Episcopal church. 

Children : 
4975 Ella Harriet.* b. in Cambridge, Mass., June 18,1845; m. Jan. 28, 1862, 
Reuben Maynard Gorham of Sullivan, Ashland county, Ohio. They re- 
side at Grand Rapids, Mich., and have : 

4976 Mary Hayward (Gorham), b. in Sullivan Feb. 20, 1866. 

4977 Edwin Thurston (Gorham), b. in Oberlin April 15, 1867. 

4978 Clarence Maynard (Gorham), b. in Oberlin June 2, 1873. 

4979 Lewis Clayton (Gorham), b. at Grand Rapids Dec. 8, 1875. 
4986 Fanny (Gorham), b. at Grand Rapids Oct. 5, 1877. 



4981 Edward Hiram,^ b. in Readfield May 5, 1847; m. Sept. 3, 1867, Agnes 
Maria Dorsey, b. in Malone, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1846, daughter of Ricliard 
and Sarah (Wentworth) Dorsey of Oberlin. Mr. Thurston is a manu- 
facturer of cheese boxes, barrel hoops and headings, etc. Dec. 10, 1863, 
enlisted in the 128th Ohio regiment and was stationed at Johnson's 
Island, as guard to rebel prisoners, mostly officers, and was discharged 
at Camp Chase July 13, 1865. "The never changing two hours on and 
four hours off every other day became monotonous to the last degree, 
and the attempt of Cole and his confederates to capture the steamer 
Michigan, lying just off the island, and release the prisoners, and an oc- 
casional ' break ' over the stockade by the rebs, were really enjoyed by 
the majority. Spent from September, 1875, to April, 1877, in Alabama 
and Mississippi, mostly at Quitman, Miss., with my family, and enjoyed 
ourselves very much." They have : 
4982 Lottie Eugenie^ b. in Oberlin June 2, 1869. 

4983 Lucy Adaline,* b. April 25, 1850; d. in Bath, Me., March 1, 1851. 


William Henry Thurston' (Thomas,^ Thomas,^ Abner* Ahier^ 
jfames,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas" and 
Clarissa B. (Kimball) Thurston of Readfield, Me. ; born there March 

31, 1823; married, first, , a noble christian lady, by whom 

he had one son, who died early. Second, in Charlestown, Mass., Sept. 
28, 1854, Sarah E. Waterhouse, born May 13, 1829, daughter of 
John P. and Sarah (McLellan) Waterhouse of Portland, Me. He 
died Oct. 26, 1877. 

He was a saddler, firm of Bojel & Son in Boston, for nearly thirty 
years, residing in Chelsea, Mass. 

Children, by second wife, Sarah : 
49S5 Annie Jane,' b. in Boston, Mass., June 27, 1855. 

4986 William Kimball,^ b. in Boston March 28, 1857. 

4987 Sarah Minnie,' b. in Readfield July 5, 1859. 


David Benjamin Thurston' {Abner,^ David,^ Abner,'^ Abner,^ 
James,^ Daniel'^), son of Abner" and Mary Worthen (Huntoon) 
Thurston of Franklin, N. H.; born in Charlestown, Mass., July 24, 
1829 ; married, in Natick, Mass., by Rev. James Thurston [no. 2200], 
Feb. 14, 1852, Almira Yeaton Howard, born in Strafford, N. H., 
Aug. 10, 1834, daughter of Paul and Sarah Yeaton (Hobbs) Howard 
of Wakefield, N. H. He is a farmer in Franklin. 

Their children are : 

4990 Louis Buchanan,' b. in Natick Sept. 27, 1857. 

4991 Fred Howard,' b. in Natick Oct. 13, i860. 

4992 Harry Lee,8 b. in Andover, N. H., Jan. 6, 1866. 


John Henry Thurston ' {Henry, <^ Gates,^ Feter,* Abner,^ Mantes ^ 
Z?a«z>/^), eldest son of Henry *= and Aurelia (Warren) Thurston of 
Harlem, Winnebago county, 111. ; born at Glen's Falls, N Y Mar 
8, 1824 1 married, at Harlem, Feb. 16, 1846, Mary Ann Barrett" 
born in Essex, Vt., Jan. 6, 1823, daughter of Reuben and Zilpha 
(Simons) Barrett of Harlem. ^ 

Mr. Thurston is a butter dealer in Rockford, Winnebago county 111 
where he has resided since March 12, 1837. ' 


Children : 

4997 William Henry,* b. in Harlem Dec. 9, 1846; grocer in Bismarck, Dakota. 

Born in Rockford : 

4998 Reuben Barrett,' b. Dec. 25, 1849; ^ grocer in Chicago, 111. 

4999 James Warrenj^ b. July 2, 1851; a tin worker in Rockford; mi June 24, 

1875, Ida Elizabeth Marsh, and had: 
5000 ZOT«jf,' b. Aug. 31, 1877. 
5001 Mary Elizabeth,* b. Feb. 17, 1859; d. July 4, i86[. 


George Lee Thurston' {yohn Gates,^ Gates^ Feter* Abner^ 
yames^^ Daniel''-'), eldest son of John Gates" and Harriet Patrick 
(Lee) Thurston of Lancaster, Mass.; born there Jan. 16, 1831 ; mar- 
ried, in Boston, Mass., June 15, 1859, Mary Baldwin Whitney of 
Brighton, Mass., born in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 14, 1834. 

Mr. Thurston was a merchant in Boston, Mass., from the age of 
eighteen ; after which for several years a merchant in Ogdensburgh, 
N. Y.; then in Chicago, 111., four or five years ; after which he carried 
on business some four years in Lancaster, previous to the breaking 
out of the war of the rebellion. At different periods of his life had 
been a member of several military and civic organizations in 
Ogdensburgh, N. Y. ; of the state militia and of the Light Guards 
(Tigers) in Boston ; of the Light Guards in Chicago. He was 
active in reviving Trinity Lodge of Masons in Clinton, formerly 
Lancaster, as his father had been in his younger days. He entered 
the union army and was captain of company B, 55th regiment Illinois 
volunteers, and died at his father's, Dec. 15, 1862, from disease con- 
tracted in the army while at Corinth, Miss. He was buried at Lan- 
caster, with Masonic honors, a large concourse of friends attending. 
Mrs. Thurston resides in Lancaster. 

Their children were : 

5005 William Lee,* b. May 3, i860; grad. from Phillips academy, Exeter, 1879. 

5006 Alice Clary,* d. in infancy. 


Andrew Thurston ' (^Jane^ Moses^ Moses,'^ Moses^ Stephen^ Dan- 
iel'^), son of Jane Thurston,* daughter of Moses of East Orange, Vt. ; 
born there Oct. 18, 1804; married, March 2.2, 1827, Lovina Rich- 
ardson, daughter of Andrew and Polly (Payne) Richardson of East 
Orange. He died 1854. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer in East Orange, and a member of the 
Free Baptist church. 

Their children, born in Orange, were : 
5010 Diadama,* b. Oct. 25, 1828; ra. in Orange Jan. i, 1849, Ora Slayton Cut- 
ler, b. in Orange Aug. 16, 1826, son of John and Bethiah (Stetson) 
Cutler of Barre, Vt. ; he is a brick mason in Barre, and member of the 
Universalist church. They have : 

5011 Fayette Tower (Cutler), b. Sept. 23, 1850; m. May 5, 1872, Nora Warren. 

5012 Flora Emma (Cutler), b. Sept. 25, 1853; m. Nov. 20, 1873, Horatio 

Nelson Parkhurst. 

5013 /i(/rf«V£//OT (Cutler ),b.Jan.25, 1856 ;m. July 18, 1875, Eddie Enos Fuller. 

5014 Edna Carrie (Cutler), b. Oct. 3, 1858; m. Oct. 9, 1876, Otis Dennis 

Shurtleff, a shoemaker. 
+5015 Almond Richardson,* b. March 3, 1830; m. Diana Wilds Jackson. 
+5016 Wilson,* b. March 20, 1832 ; m. Frances Louise Kenney. 


5017 Hiram Richardson," b. Nov. 29, 1834; m. in Hardwiclc, Vt, Sept. 13, 
1866, Huldah Colby, b. in Washington, Vt., May 5, 1846, daughter of 
Joseph and Huldah (Thurston) Colby [see no. 4074] ; is a farmer m East 
Orange ; no children. 

Born in Lawrence, N. Y. ; 

C018 Andrew Jackson," b. Nov. i, 1836; m. Oct. 4, 1863, EvaB. Bagley, b. July 
28, 1845, daughter of William A. and Ann T. (Mittson) Bagley of West 
Topsham, Vt., where he is an operative and speculative mason. They 
have : 

5019 General Wellington^ b. July 2, 1865. 

5020 Alice Dellf b. June 9, 1868. 
Daughter, b. July 7, 1879. 

5021 Lucius Hurlbert," b. Jan. 13, 1842 ; m. April, 1862, Angelyn Cutler, b. 
Aug. 9, 1842, daughter of Nathan S. and Phebe (Newton) Cutler of 
Orange. He is a farmer in Barre; served in the war against the rebel- 
lion in the 1 5th Vermont regiment ; is captain of state militia. Children : 

5022 Willie H.,^\>. in Topsham Jan. 29, 1865. 

5023 Minnie A.f b. in Topsham Sept. 18, 1866. 

5024 Lillian B.,^ b. in Barre Oct. 31, 1870. 

5025 Walter S.,^ b. in Roxbury, Vt., Feb. 8, 1874. 


Moses Thurston' of Northfield, Vt. {Moses,^ Moses,^ Moses,* 
Moses," Stephen,^ Daniel'^), son of Moses * and Betsey (Lovering) - 
Thurston of Corinth, Vt. ; born in Hartford, Vt., Oct. 16, 1806; mar- 
ried, Sept. 22, 1832, Julia Richmond, born in Barnard, Vt., Oct. 28, 
1812, daughter of Paul and Mercy (Udall) Richmond of Barnard 
and Northfield, Vt. He died July 20, 1849 ; she died Oct. 4, 1873. 

Mr. Thurston was an enterprising farmer in Hartford and North- 
field, Vt., energetic and upright in business, devoted to his family, 
a most excellent neighbor; school committee and treasurer of the 
town, and attended the Congregational church. [See Appendix.] 

Their children were : 

5030 Charles Richmond,' b. Sept. 6, 1834; m. in New Hartford, N. Y. , Oct. 22, 

1866, Mrs. Orissa Jane (Case) Owen, b. Feb. 4, 1834, daughter of Abel 
and Sarah (Dutton) Case of Penfield, N. Y. ; her first husband was 
Henry B. Owen of Penfield, m. Feb. 4, 1852; he was killed in battle 
May 10, 1864. Mr. Thurston was connected with the Montpelier Manu- 
facturing Company in Montpelier, Vt, for several years in the construc- 
tion of cabs, till the autumn of 1877, when he purchased a fruit farm in 
West Webster, Monroe county, N. Y., about eight miles from Rochester. 
He is a member of the Methodist church, teacher in the Sunday-school, 
and a inan of sterling worth; no children. 

5031 An mfant,8 b. Dec. 6, 1835; d. Dec. 8, 1835. 

5032 Cornelia Mason," b. March 28, 1839; is a graduate, educated at Topsfield 

and Boston; has been preceptress in West Randolph and St. Johns- 
bury academies, in Blairstown and Newton collegiate institu.te, N. J., 
in the high schools of Illinois. She taught seven years in the college 
preparatory department of Mrs. Marr's boarding and day school in 
Clinton, N. Y. Her influence is felt for good wherever she goes ; is a 
tea.cher of high order, and a christian lady in the Presbyterian church in 

5033 Henry Elliott," b. Oct. 9, 1839; m. Oct. 9, 1861, Eliza M. Heywood; had 

a son, b. Aug. 4, 1864, d. Aug. 4, 1867. He served in the commissary 
department of the gth Massachusetts regiment at New Orleans under 
Gen. Banks ; has been in the dry goods and lumber business in New 
England and Chicago, but is now deputy sheriff in Portland, Oregon; 
a smart business man. 

5034 Caroline Annette.S d. Sept. 8, 1844, aged 11 m. 26 d. 

5035 Alexander Bowman Richmond,' b. Sept. 4, 1845 i d. April 5, 1846. 
3035 A Son," b. July 20, d. July 21, 1848. 



Sampson Thurston' {Sampson,^ Moses,^ Moses,'^ Moses, ^ Stephen,^ 
Daniel'^), eldest son of Sampson « and Hannah (Payne) Thurston of 
Avon, Me.; born in Orange, Vt., Jan. 25, 1817 ; married, in Bradford, 
Vt, April 16, 1848, Elsie Ann Clifford, born there April 23, 1831, 
daughter of Ambrose and Lydia (Baldwin) Clifford of North Haver- 
hill, N. H. He is a farmer in Bradford. 

Children : 

5040 George Kimball.^ b. Sept. 6, 1849; m- Oct. 27, 1874, Ellen Frances Smith 
of Lyman, N. H.; is a mechanic, residing in Bradford. They have: 

5041 Charles Eugene^ b. April 29, 1875. 

5042 George Kimball,^ b. Dec. 4, 1877. 

5043 Hannah Jane,^ b. Oct. 26, 1850; m. Aug. 20, 1870, Norman Edward Small 
of Windsor, Vt., now living in Columbus, Platte county. Neb., agent for 
sewing machines. They had : 
5044 Freddie Harry (Small), b. April 18, 1876; d. June 23, 1876. 

5045 Martin Daniel,^ b. Oct. 10, 1857 ; n.m. ; a dentist in Grand Haven, Mich. 

5046 John Edson,^ b. March 20, i860. 

5047 Charles Eugene,^ b. May 12, 1864. 

5048 Mary Emma 8 b, Aug. 21, 1865. 


Joshua Tenney Thurston' {Sampson,^ Moses,^ Moses,*' Moses,^ 
Stephen,^ Da7iiel^), of the preceding, and son of Sampson' 
and Hannah (Payne) Thurston of Avon, Me. ; born in Orange, Vt., 
July 19, 1818; married, in Avon, May 5, 1842, Sally Vining, born 
in Lewiston, Me., Sept. 8, 1814. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and stock raiser in Ord, Valley county, 
Nebraska, 1878. He says he traveled from the north-east coast of 
Labrador to the Columbia river, and is now settled down for life. 
They are both members of the Methodist church. He resided about 
twenty years in Richford, Wis., and did much toward building up that 
place, mostly supporting the preaching and Sunday-school ; was a 
class leader and steward of the church. He owned a large farm, 
well fenced with cedar, large barn, and good house with all conven- 
iences and comforts, and taking the " western fever " sold it for half 
what it was worth, and went to Nebraska to help build them up. 

Their children, born in Avon, were : 

5053 Charles,^ b. March i, 1843; entered the war against the rebellion and was 

killed in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864. 

5054 Maria,* b. Jan. 5, 1845 ; m. Frank Gifford of Rome, Jefferson county, Wis. 

They have : 

5055 Mittee Marion (Gifford). • 

5056 Ernest Conrad {OMiorS). 

5057 Eugene," b. June 16, 1848. 

5058 Herbert,* b. Aug. 14, 1849; ■"■ Almena Holcomb; is a blacksmith in Ord, 

Neb. They have : 

5059 May.^ 

5060 Ray? 

5061 Amanda Malvina,* b. Oct. 23, 1850; m. Warren G. Collins. They have: 

5062 Oscar Ernest (Collins). 

5063 Carrie Marion (Collins). 

5064 Helen (Collins). 

5065 Dennis Eugene,* b. Sept. 5, 1859. 



WiLLARD Thurston' (Sampson,'' Moses, ^ Moses, ^ Moses,^ Stephen,^ 
Datiiel'^), brother of the preceding and son of Sampson,'' and Hannah 
(Payne) Thurston of Avon, Me.; born in Danville, Vt., May 19, 1826; 
married, Nov. 17, 1850, Hester Ann Rogers Sylvester, born Jan. 
7, 1831, daughter of Maj. John and Esther (Collier) Sylvester of Avon. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Otsego, Columbia Co., Wis. He en- 
listed in the Wisconsin cavalry against the rebellion and was injured 
by a fall from his horse, from which he never recovered ; but came to 
his death finally by an apothecary putting up a poison instead of the 
medicine ordered. When too late to remedy the error, the apothecary 
came to see him, full of alarm, Mr. Thurston said, "don't hurt him, it 
was a mistake." He was very liberal in his religious views ; loyal to 
his country, and was honored by his fellow citizens, being appointed 
to several offices of trust. 

Their children, born in Avon, were : 

5070 Eudora Geneva,^ b. Aug. 4, 1851 ; d. in Macfarland, Wis., July 15, 1865. 

5071 Wilson Elma,^ b. Apr. 6,1855; d. in Otsego Feb. 12, 1873. 

5072 Georgia Lou Emma,^ b. in JVIacfarland May 23, 1857. 

5073 Willard Sylvester,* b. in Macfarland July 23, 1864; d. Aug. 19, 1864. 

5074 Albert Wallace,* b. in Otsego Nov. 2, 1866. 

5075 Abbie Geneva,* b. in Otsego Dec. 10, 1870. 


Dennis Thurston ' {Sampson,^ Moses^ Moses,* Moses^ Stephen? 
Daniel'^), brother of the preceding and son of Sampson^ and Hannah 
(Payne) Thurston of Avon, Me.; born in Pittsburgh, N. H., Jan. 17, 
1828 ; married, first, Sarah Simpson of Phillips ; second, Smith. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and gardener in East Livermore, Maine. 
They are both members of the Methodist church. 

His children are : 

5080 Emma,* m. T. S. Clough of Chesterville, Me. 

5081 Elsie,* m. Wilbur of East Livermore, Maine. 

5082 Jane, 8 m. Charles Josselyn of Fayette, Maine. 


Uzziel Tinney Thurston' of Palatine, Cook Co., 1\\.; {William^ 
Moses,^ Moses,* Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), son of William and Clarissa 
(Church) Thurston of Woodstock,Vt.; born in Sharon,Vt., July 8, 1819 ; 
married Mary Chase. 

Their children were : 

5087 George Elbridge,* m. and has six children. 

5088 Julius Walbridge,* m. 

5089 Wallace,* m*. Emeline Lytle. He is an engineer, residing in Janesville, 

Wisconsin. They have : 

5090 Cora? b. in Palatine, 111., June 29, 1867. 

5091 Minnie Maude f b. in Janesville, June 19, 1874. 

5092 Ellen,* m. Patrick, and had one child who d. ; she is d. 

5093 Clara.* 

5094 Fannie.* 


Erastus HeNry Thurston ' ( William,^ Moses,^ Moses,'' Moses,^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding and son of William and 
Clarissa (Church) Thurston of Woodstock, Vt.; born in Sharon Vt 


■^^S- 23, 1827; married, in Chelsea, Vt, Jan. 11, 1852, Harriet 
Clough, born in Strafford, Vt, 1828, daughter of Anson and Sarah 
(Campbell) Clough of Washington, Vt. 
Mr. Thurston is a lumber manufacturer in Braintree. 

Their children were : 

5100 Ella Betsey,8 b. in Washington, Oct. 21, 1852; m. April 26, 1871, Thomas 

Aldnch of Newark, Vt. ; she d. Jan. 1878; no children. 

5101 Emma Luvinna.s b. in Canaan, N. H., Nov. 3, 1854; m. Nov. 29, 1871 ; Ar- 

thur Charles Campbell, b. in Lempster, N. H., Aug. 26, 1850, son of 
Arthur and Sibera (Scott) Campbell. Reside in Granville, Vt. and have: 

5102 J^rank Arthur (Campbell), b. in Braintree, Vt., May 26, 1872. 

5103 William Henry (Campbell), b. in Braintree, June 7, 1874. 

5104 Son, b. Jan. 27, 1876; d. in Granville, Vt. March 11, 1876. 

5105 Eda Maude (Campbell), b. in Granville, Sept. 6, 1878. 

5106 Harriet Elvira,^ b. in Lyme, N. H., July 8, 1857 ; m. Oct. 30, 1872, Henry 
Seymour Hazen, b. in Hartford, Vt., Dec. 24, 1849, son of Seymour and 
Rebecca (Russ) Hazen; live in Braintree, Vt., and have : 
5107 Carrie Mabel (Hazen), b. in Braintree, Nov. 26, 1877. 

5108 Ida Louisa,'' b. in Granville, Feb. 5, i860. 

5109 Clara Bell,' b. in Granville, April 22, 1864. 

51 10 Charles Lorenzo,' b. in Granville, March 16, 1866. 

5111 George Frank,^ b. in Granville, Aug. g, 1869. 

5112 Phena May,' b. in Braintree, Oct. 22, 1874. 


John Thurston ■' (.£2^/5/^/,^ Jonathan,^ Ezekid,^ Moses ^ Stephen,'^ 
Daniel'^'), eldest son of Ezekiel ^ and Hannah (Moulton) Thurston of 
Portland, Me.; born there Nov. 5, 1812 ; married, June 13, 1838, Har- 
riet Snow, born Nov. 4, 1814, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Ma- 
berry) Snow of Portland. He died April 10, 1869. 

Mr. Thurston was a ship builder and surveyor in Portland. He fre- 
quently told the story of a journey he took to New Hampshire with 
his father, when he was about twelve years of age. Much of the way 
was wilderness, and they would go a distance of twenty miles without 
seeing a house ; the bears were numerous and so little disturbed that 
they would go to the very doors of the houses. Wolves, and snakes a 
yard long, were plenty. The father of Mrs. Thurston enlisted in the 
privateer Dash, which sailed from Portland in January, 1815, and nei- 
ther he or the vessel were ever heard of after. 

Their children were : 

5117 Nathaniel Snow,' b. Nov. 21, 1839; d. April 29, 1842. 

51 18 Henry Irving,' b. April 20, 1843 ! enlisted in the 17th Maine reg. in the war 

against the rebellion and was killed by a railroad collision near Portland, 
July 26, 1864. 

5119 Nathaniel Snow,' b. Feb. 17, 1848; d. Oct. 12, 1853. 


Edward Thurston' {Ezekiel,^ Jonathan,^ Ezekiel,^ Moses' Ste- 
phen,^ Daniel'-), brother of the preceding and son of Ezekiel ^ and 
Hannah (Moulton) Thurston of Portland, Maine; born there January 
17, 1815 ; married, June 5, 1845, Mary Ann Carter, born Dec. 11. 
1815, daughter of Benjamin and Betsey (Blake) Carter of Portland. 

Mr. Thurston was junk dealer in Portland, a member of the com- 
mon council and one of the overseers of the poor, for several years 
previous, and at the time of his death ; a member of the Methodist 
church ; died Feb. 3, 1875. 


Their children were : 

5125 Elizabeth Carter," b. April 16, 1846; d. May 17, 1853. 

5126 Ella Carter," b. June 26, 1854. 

5127 Hattie Edda," b. Oct. 10, 1856. 


Eliza Moulton Thurston ' {Ezekie!,^ Jonathan,'' Ezekiel,* Moses,'' 
Stephen;^ DanieP), sister of the preceding and daughter of Ezekiel* 
and Hannah (Moulton) Thurston of Portland, Me. ; born there Sept. 
4, 1816; married, Aug. 22, 1839, William Goold, born in 1807, son 
of Dr. John and Martha (Hinton) Goold of Portland. 

Mr. Goold is a sailmaker in Portland; has been alderman, and is a 
member of the Congregational church. 

Children : 

5130 Harriet Eliza (Goold), b. Feb. 28, 1841 ; d. May 25, 1846. 

5131 William Dwight (Goold), b. Jan. g, 1843. 

5132 Frank Eugene (Goold), b. Aug. 22, 1848; m. Harriet L. Howe, and resides 

in Portland. 

5133 Eleanor Walker (Goold), b. Feb. 18, 1852. 

5134 Milbury Green (Goold), b. June 18, 1856; d. Sept. 2, 1856. 


Charles Plummer Thurston ' {Ezekid,^ Jonathaii,^ Ezekiel,^ 
Moses,^ Stephen,'- Daniel'^),hxot\\s.-coi the preceding and son of Ezekiel^ 
and Hannah (Moulton) Thurston of Portland, Maine ; born there 
Oct. 15, 1823 ; married, Dec. 15, 1847, Athena Blake Littlefield, 
born in Kennebunkport, Me., Feb. 10, 1826, daughter of John and 
Betsey (Coes) Littlefield of Chelsea, Mass. 

Mr. Thurston was a naval architect, and resided in Portland, Me., 
Chelsea and Maplewood, Mass., where he died Nov. 13, 1875. 

Their children were : 

5140 Charles Plummer,8 b. in Portland Jan. 26, 1849. 

5141 Anna Elizabeth,' b. in Chelsea Nov. 19, 1850; d. Mar. 21, 1856. 

5142 Floie Evelyn," b. in Portland Dec. 24, 1856. 

5143 George Quincey," b. in Portland Sept. 24, 1859. 


John Tucker Thurston' {Samuel,^ Ezekiel,^ Ezekiel,^ Moses," 
Stephen,"^ Daniel'^), son of Samuel " and Mary (Tucker) Thurston of 
Portland, Me. ; born there Jan. 4, 1833 ; married, Sept. 2, 1855, Mary 
Ann Strong, born Oct. 14, 1832, daughter of Daniel and Jane (War- 
wick) Strong of Portland. 

Mr. Thurston is engineer on the Grand Trunk Railway, residing at 
Island Pond, Vt. In his boyhood was in the revenue service three 
years, on board the revenue cutter Morris, Capt. Green Walden. 
While cruising in the Gulf of Mexico, during the Mexican war, they 
experienced a hurricane Oct. 11, 1847, in the harbor of Key West, 
Fla., which wrecked the vessel, and the seamen went into the sol- 
diers' barracks, where they stayed six months. Jan. 3, 1850, he 
sailed from Portland for Cuba in the brigG. W. Knights, Capt. Joseph 
Munroe. The next day, his birthday, the vessel capsized, and they all 
came near freezing to death, but were taken off from the wreck by 
Capt. Colby, of the schooner Pilot of Gloucester, Mass., all more or 


less frost-bitten. Since June 2, 1854, has been in the employ of the 
G. T. Railway, four years as fireman, and since engineer. Moved his 
family to Island Pond i860, and in 1861 built a house in which they 
now live, 1879. 

Children : 

5148 John Wan-en.s b. in Portland, Nov. 10, 1S59; has been clerk in the G. T. 

Railway office at Island Pond, since 1875. 

5149 Frank Melvin,^ b. at Island Pond, Oct. 28, 1862. 

5150 Charles Dyer,^ b. at Island Pond, Jan. 28, 1866. 

5151 Jennie Isabelle,^ b. at Island Pond, July 7, 1872; d. Feb. 27, 1S76. 


Lewis Lincoln Thurston' {Samuel,^ Ezekiel^ Ezekiel,'^ Moses^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Samuel ^ and 
Mary (Tucker) Thurston of Portland, Me.; born there July 29, 1839 ; 
married, in Poland, Me., Nov. 24, 1862, Susan Matilda Winship, 
born Dec. 11, 1842, daughter of Amos and Elizabeth J. (Massey) 

Mr. Thurston is in the lumber business in Portland, under the firm 
name of Rumery, Bernie & Co. He enlisted in the ist Maine Regi- 
ment in 186 1, and afterward served three years in the 7th Maine. 
He was severely wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, Va., May 
5, 1864; was a prisoner of war at Belle Isle, Richmond, and after 
being paroled, was carried to the Naval Hospital at Annapolis, where 
he was under the care of Miss Adelaide Walker, daughter of Moody 
Walker of Portland, Me. She was so true and faithful a nurse that 
he nained his first daughter after her, and says, " she was one of 
Portland's most noble offerings on the altar of liberty in behalf of the 
sick and wounded soldiers of the war to suppress the late rebellion." 

Their children are : 

5156 Frederick Lewis,^ b. April 23, 1863. 

5157 Adelaide Walker,* b. May 6, 1868. 

5158 Harriet Emily,8 b. Oct. 18, 1871. 


George Carter Thurston ' of Boston, Mass. {Isaac," Moses,^ Ste- 
phen,^ Moses,^ Stephen,'^ Daniel'^), son of Isaac ^ and Mary (Dodge) 
Thurston of Ossipee, N. H.; born there Oct. 28, 1837 ; married, first, 
Nov. 16, 1861, by Rev. John Walker, Lauretta Goldsmith, born 
May 18, 1834, daughter of Daniel Goldsmith of Ossipee. She died 
May 6, 1878. Second, in Boston, Mass., May i, 1879, by Rev. Mr. 
Seymour, Delia F. Hanley, born Dec. 11, 1839, daughter of Mar- 
tin and Catherine Hanley of Halifax, N. S. 

Mr. Thurston studied in Phillips academy, Exeter, N. H., 1855. 
Has been engaged in railroading for quite a number of years, residing 
in Boston. 

His child, by first wife : 

5160 Annie Bell,* b. Nov. 17, 1869. 


David Howard Thurston ' {Moses,^ Moses,^ Oliver,^ Moses," Ste- 
phen,^ Daniel'^), son of Moses ^ and Phebe (Forest) Thurston of Errol, 
N. H.j born in Eaton, N. H., Oct. 21, 182 1 ; married, in Eaton, Feb. 


16, 1843, Mary Jane Norton, born Jan. 11, 1821, daughter of Na- 
thaniel and Hannah (Davis) Norton of Nottingham, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and lumberman ; was selectman of Errol, 
N. H., ten years, town clerk four years, treasurer several years, super- 
intending school committee twenty years, and representative in the 
legislature 1858, 1859, 1870 and 1872. 

Their children, all born in Errol except first, were : 

5165 Jacob Almon,* b. in Eaton Nov. 15, 1843; n.m. ; resides in Errol, is jus- 

tice of tlie peace, has been selectman five years, and town clerk two years, 

5166 Annette Castelman,' b. Jan. 18, 1S46; d. May 18, 1877; n.m. 

+5167 Ernest David,* b. Dec. 11, 1847; m. Oct. 27, 1874, Mary Etta Bragg; 
reside in Errol ; is a farmer. 

5168 Mattier Lafayette,^ b. Jan. ii, 1850. 

5169 Mary Lavina,' b. Dec. 7, 1851 ; m. June, 1873. 

5170 Young America,* b. May 30, 1854. 

5171 Remember Baker,* b. March 24, 1856. 
5T72 Howard Forrist,* b. May 18, 1859. 

5173 Lily Arabella,* b. March 17, 1861. 

5174 Guy Linley,* h. Feb. 9, 1865. 


William Moses Thurston ' (Moses," Moses,^ Oliver,'^ Moses," Ste- 
phen,^ Daniel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Moses ^ and 
Phebe (Forest) Thurston of Errol, N. H.; born in Eaton, N. H., Feb. 
15, 1832 ; married, Dec. 17, 1857, Emma Rose, born in Voluntown, 
Windham Co., Conn., April 29, 1837, daughter of Duane and Celia 
Maria (Clark) Rose of Bethel, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Errol, N. H.; has been selectman, 
collector and school committee. 

Their children, born in Bethel, were : 

5184 Celia Maria,* b. March 3, 1859; m. Oct. 15, 1877, A. Eugene Bennett, a 

farmer in Errol, N. H. 

5185 William Duane,* b. Feb. 26, i85i. 

5156 Abby Clinton,* b. Jan. 3, 1864. 

Born in Errol : 

5157 Ralph Dayton,* b. Dec. 5, 1865. 
5188 Archie Moses,* b. March 2, 1870. 
51S9 Phebe Rose,* b. Jan. 28, 1872. 

5190 David Forest,* b. May 2, 1874. 

5191 Dwight Clark,* b. Nov. 16, 1877. 


Daniel Hobbs Thurston' (C/zWr,« Moses ^ Oliver,'^ Moses," Ste- 
phen^^ Daniel'^) ■s.^coudi child of Oliver^ and Betsey Ann (Harriman) 
Thurston of Eaton, N. H.; born there June 26, 1827 ; married, March 
18, 1849, Mary Littlefield, born May 11, 1830, daughter of Otis 
and Polly (Quint) Littlefield of Eaton. He is a farmer in Eaton; 
enlisted in the war against the rebellion, Sept. i, 1864, in the ist N. 
H. heavy artillery. 

Children : 

5195 Elvira,* b. Oct. 31, 1850; m. John Hall. ' 

5196 Fanny,* b. Ang. 18, 1851 ; m. George G. Philbrook. 

5197 (Georgia Anna,8 ) twins, born ) m. B. P. Judkins. 

5198 Rosanna,* ( Nov. 8, 1854; j m. Frank Fifield. 

5199 Mary Augusta,* b. July 5, 1859; m. David Hurd, 

5200 Harriet Emma,* b. Jan. 18, 1862, 

5201 Daniel S.,* b. March 6, 1863. 

5202 Isaac,* b. March 7, 1868. 

5203 Cora Lena,* b. Feb. i, 1872, 



Benjamin Moses Thurston' {Oliver, ^ Moses,^ Oliver,^ Moses, ^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel% brother of the preceding, and son of Olivers and 
Betsey Ann (Harriman) Thurston of Eaton, N. H. ; born there March 
13, 1829 ; married, Oct. 10, 1852, Mary Ann Leary, born June 27, 
1833, daughter of James and Mary (Towle) Leary, of Eaton. He died 
Jan. 18, 1875. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer and carpenter in Eaton Center, N. H. 

Their children, born in Eaton, were : 

5208 James Alphonso,^ b. Aug. 5, 1853; n.m. ; a carriage maker in Eaton. 

5209 Betsey Anna,8 b. Feb. 25, 1855; m. Aug. 12, 1876, Horatio Sewall Nute, 

of Conway, N. H. They have : 

5210 Lillian Alice (Nute) b. April 22, 1878. 
5211 George Washington,* b. Nov. 11, 1856; m. Jan. 22, 1876, Nelly May Ab- 
bott, b. in Bartlett, N. H., Oct. 23, 1862. He is a farmer in Eaton Cen- 
ter, N. H. They have : 

5212 Sadie? b. June 22, 1878. 

5213 Benjamin William,* b. Feb. 17, 1858; n.m. ; a farmer in Eaton. 

5214 Sarah Jane.s b. in Madison, N. H., July 4, i860. 

5215 Abraham Lincoln,^ b. June 8, 1865; n.m. ; a miner in Eaton. 

5216 Nellie Etta,* b. April 12, 1873. 


Cyrus Thurston ' ( Oliver,^ Moses,^ Oliver,* Moses,^ Stephen,"^ Dan- 
iel'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Oliver ^ and Betsey Ann 
(Harriman) Thurston of Eaton, N. H. ; born there Aug. 22, 1839 ; 
married, in Effingham, N. H., July 4, 1865, Mary Lizzie Shackford, 
born Dec. 19, 1850, daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Marston) 
Shackford of Eaton. He is a farmer in Eaton, N. H. 

Children : 

5220 Sarah Ann,* b. May 23, 1867. 

5221 Moses Edwin,8 b. Dec. 9, 1868. 

5222 Jerry Albert,* b. April 22, 1871. 

5223 Cyrus Walter,* b. Feb. 6, 1875. 

5224 Mary Ina,* b. Sept. 30, 1878. 


Charles Pleaman Thurston' of Eaton, N. H. {Oliver,^ Moses, ^ 
Oliver,*' Moses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel''-), brother of the preceding and son 
of Oliver^ and Betsey Ann (Harriman) Thurston of Eaton ; born there 
May 18, 1844; married, Dec. 8, 1868, Harriet Downs, born Dec. 
23, 1849, daughter of Nathaniel and Fanny (Haines) Downs of Mad- 
ison, N. H. He is a farmer in Eaton. 

Their children are : 

5230 Fred W.,* b. March 28, 187 1. 

5231 Charles H..* b. March 8, 1874. 

5232 Benjamin M.,* b. April 17, 1875. 

5233 Leroy,8 b. April ii, 1878. 


Stephen Daniel Thurston' of Sanbornton, N. H. {William,^ 
Oliver,^ Oliver,* Moses,^ Stephen,'^ Daniel'-), fourth child of William ° 
and Mittee (Thurston) Thurston of Effingham Falls, N. H. ; born in 
Freedom, N. H., March 5, 1824; married, Nov. 5, 1846, Hannah 


Hubbard Whitten, born Jan. 15, 1824, daughter of Simon J. and 
Mary B. (Pike) Whitten of Parsonsfield, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer living in Parsonsfield, Me., Freedom, 
Eaton, Meredith, and now, 1879, in North Sanbornton, N. H. Was 
constable and collector of taxes in Parsonsfield in 1850; attends 
Free Baptist church. 

Their children were : 

5238 Adelah,8 b. in Parsonsfield, Sept. 15, 1847; d. Oct. 16, 1847. 

5239 Ada Idellah,8 b. in Freedom, N. H., Oct. 5, 1855; d. Feb. 4, 1856. 

5240 Georgie Adah,8 b. in Freedom, Jan. 2, 1857 ; m. Dec. 23, 1873, Frank L. 

Moulton, a barber in Laconia, N. H. ; no children. 

5241 John Henry,^ b. in Freedom, June 5, 1862. 


JosiAH Wedgwood Thurston ' of Effingham Falls, N. H. ( Wil- 
liam,^ Oliver,'^ Oliver,* Moses,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^'), brother of the pre- 
ceding, and son of William and Mittee (Thurston) Thurston of Effing- 
ham Falls, N. H. ; born in Parsonsfield, Me., May 21, 1842 ; married, 
Feb. 3, 1867, by Rev. E. C. Page, Arvilla Frances Chick, born 
Aug. 22, 1849, daughter of John G. and Eliza (Hyde) Chick of Par- 
sonsfield, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Effingham, N. H., has been town clerk, 
justice of the peace, teacher of music, and deputy grand patriarch of 
the Sons of Temperance. 

Their children are : 

5246 Willie Mansdn,8 b. Nov. i, 1867. 

5247 John Edwin,8 b. Feb. 26, 1S70. 

5248 Eva Bell,8 b. May 28, 1872. 

5249 Delphi May,8 b. April 11, 1876. 

5250 Ethel Eliza,8 b. Oct. 27, 1877. 


James Harvey Thurston' of Freedom, N. H. {Oliver,^ Reuben^ 
Oliver,* Moses^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest child of Oliver ^ and Rebec- 
ca (Harmon) Thurston of Eaton, N. H. ; born there Nov. 4, 1826 ; 
married, April 8, 1849, Mary Jane Towle, born Jan. 21, 1819, 
daughter of Stephen and Abigail (Woodman) Towle of Parsonsfield, 
Me. He is a blacksmith and farmer. 

Children : 
5255 Edwin Augustus,' b. in Eaton, N. H., Sept. 2, 1851 ; m. Nov. 9, 1873, Ada 
Everline Huckina, b. Jan. 23, 1853, daughter of Simon and Cordelia 
D. (Noble) Huckins of Freedom. Mr. Thurston is a truckman in Bos- 
ton, Mass. They have : 

5256 Jennie Cordelia^ b. April lo, 1876. 

5257 Simon Harvey,^ b. Sept. 23, 1877. 

5258 Stephen Laroy," b. in Madison, N. H., July 20, 1853; m. 1875, Loanna 

Frances Nickerson, b. Nov., 1853, daughter of Luke and Lydia Ann 
(Tuttle) Nickerson of Madison, N. H. 

5259 Susan Abby,8 b. in Eaton, Jan. 13, 1857 ; m. June 17, 1877, Clarence Han- 

son of Conway, N. H. 


Winfield Scott Thurston ' {Asa Lewis,'' John,^ Oliver,* Moses^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Asa Lewis" and Julia Ann (Carson) 
Thurston of La Grange, Me. ; born in Athens, Me., Oct. 5, 1849 '> "lur- 
ried, in Kenduskeag, Me., June 22, 1878, Ellen Eliza Trafton, 




born in Carmel, Me., Feb. 14, 1851, daughter of Charles and Mary 
Eliza (Le Greaux) Trafton of Carmel, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and lumberman in La Grange, Me. ; no 


Rev. Philander Thurston' {^ames,^ Thomas,^ Fatd,'^ John,^ 
Stephen,^ Danid% son of James and Maria (Gleason) Thurston of 
Pelham, Mass. ; born there May 25, 1837 ; n.m. 

Mr. Thurston worked on his father's farm in Pelham and En- 
field during most of his minority, attended the Monson academy 
to prepare himself for teaching, and taught winters from 1856 to 1865, 
in Palmer, Belchertown, Amherst grammar school and Sunderland 
high school. While thus engaged in Palmer, in January, 1858, 
he says : "At midnight, without any previous serious thoughts, 
I was instantly convicted of sin against God, and after a struggle of 
three long hours, asked him, for Christ's sake, to pardon and use me 
as he pleased. In the morning, my first conviction was, I must preach 
the gospel, though previously always opposed to it." He commenced 
preparation, in the face of many difficulties, at Williston seminary, 
East Hampton, Mass.; entered Amherst college in September, 1861, 
graduated 1865 ; entered Bangor theological seminary, October, 1865, 
and left for Andover theological seminary. May 6, 1867, and gradu- 
ated in 1868. Not wishing to settle at once, he preached in East 
Machias, Me., from Oct., 1868, to Dec, 1869. Was installed in Sud- 
bury, Mass., July i, 1870, Rev. J. M. Manning, d.d., of Boston, 
preaching the sermon ; resigned and was dismissed in Oct., 1874, and 
was installed over the " Village Church " in Boston, Dorchester dis- 
trict, Jan. 21, 1875, having commenced preaching there Jan. i ; and 
still continues in successful labor, Aug., 1879. 


Daniel Holt Thurston' {John,^ Ephraim,^ Samuel,^ Robert^ 
Stephen,^ Daniel'^), son of John and Mercy (Hale) Thurston of Ox- 
ford, Me. ; born in Norway, Me., Jan. 24, 1813 ; married, in Charles- 
town, Mass., Feb., 1839, Jane Drown Shackley, born Oct. 3, 1816, 
daughter of Edmund and Mehitable (Drown) Shackley, of Kennebunk, 
Me. She died Nov. 23, 1866. Second, Mrs. Esther Battles, sister 
of his first wife. 

Mr. Thurston is a cracker baker in Cambridgeport, Mass., in firm 
of Thurston, Hall & Co., and has a store in Boston. Has served in 
both branches of the city government, was representative to the 
General Court in 1874 and 1875. Is a member of the Universalist 


Their children are : 
C264 Sarah Frances.s b. April 20, 1840; m. Sept. 1,1864, Benjamin Franklin 
Fletcher, of Cambridge. He d. Jan. 12, 1872. They had: 
,26c Charles Walter (Fletcher), b. Nov. 22, 1865; d. Oct. 9, 1877. 
,,65 Helen Tane Elizabeth,^ b. Mar. 15, 1842; m. ist, Mar. 15, 1866, Oliver 
Augustus Kelley, of Boston. He d. June 6, 1868; zd, Oct. 22, 1S71, 
■\ym. H. Hubbard, a painter in Cambridge. She had by ist husband: 
1:267 Grace Gertrude (Kelley), b. April 9, 1867. 
By second husband: 
gg Alie^ Jeanette (Hubbard), b. Feb. 17, 1873. 


5269 Amy Louise (Hubbard), b. April 26, 1875. 
+5270 Charles'Frederick,** b. Aug. 28, 1844; m- Annette Maria Holden. 
5271 Eldora Mehitable,* b. Aug. 18, 1846; m. Oct. 26, 1868, Charles W. 
Mead, a printer, of Cambridge, and had : 

5272 Ida Frances (ikead), b. July 12, 1871. 

5273 Olive Josepheiie (Mead), b. Nov. 22, 1874. 

5274 Harriet Emma,* b. in Kennebunk, Me., Apl. 23, 1849; m. Dec. 7, 1869, 
Charles Emery Pierce, a can manufacturer, of Boston, and have : 
5275 James Wilson (Pierce), b. Aug. 28, 1870. 
5276 John Edmund,* b. in Cambridge, May 1,1853; ™- Nov., 1874, Josephene 
Cora Bowker, of Cambridge. She d. Jan. 15, 1875. They had: 
5277 Winslow} b. Jan. 15, 1875. 


John Colby Thurston' {John,^ Ephraim,^ Samuel,^ Robert,^ 
Stephen,'^ Daniel'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of John^ and 
Mercy (Hale) Thurston 'of Oxford, Me.; born there Dec. 5, 1825 ; 
married, April 16, 1856, Mary Elizabeth Murphy, born in Provi- 
dence. R. I., Oct. 18, 1836, daughter of John and Ona (Smith) 
J^iMdlMti Madison, Wis. 

Mt. Thurston is a conductor on a railroad, residence Black River 
Falls, Wis. 

Their children are : 
52S3 Clara L.,* b. at Lone Rock, Wis., Mar. 7, 1858. 

5284 Mary E.,* b. at Lone Rock, Wis., June '24, 1859. 

5285 Charles H.,* b. at Lone Rock, Wis., April 14, 1S61. 

5286 Nellie A. ,8 b. at Mazo Manie, Wis., Sept. 7, 1866. 

5287 George E.,* b. at Mazo Manie, Wis., Dec. 15, 1S68. 
528S Nettie Eldora,* b. at Mazo Manie, Wis., March 27, 1871. 

5289 Alice,* b. at Black River Falls, Wis., Nov. 19, 1874. 

5290 Jennie C.,* b. at Black River Falls, Wis., May 25, 1877. 


Aaron Sanderson Thurston' of Rome, Me. {Elijah Doughty,^ 
Ebenezer,^ yames* Robert,^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Elijah 
Doughty" and Mary (Dexter) Thurston of Winthrop, Me.; born there 
Aug. 15, 1828; married Adeline Phinney, of Wayne, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer, post office address, Mt. Vernon, Me. 
Enlisted in the 6th Maine battery against the rebellion, was in the , 
battle of the wilderness, siege of Petersburgh, and served to the close 
of the war. 

Children : 

5295 William Chandler,* b. Oct. 24, 1854; ra. Mary Frances Nicholas of 

Livermore, Me. 

5296 Frank Alston,* b. Feb. 7, 1858. 

5297 Joseph Washington,* b. Aug. 28, 1861. 

5298 Linda May,* b. Mar. 27, 1S66. 

5299 John Phinney.* b. Oct. 9, 1S68. 

5300 Lizzie Mabel,* b. June 14, 1876. 


Elijah Chase Thurston 'of Lowell, Mass.(yaw«,e/'^i'(?r,5 James^ 
Robert,'^ Stephen,'' Daniel'^), eldest son of James and Deborah (Chase) 
Thurston of Nottingham, N. H.; born in Epping, N. H., March 16 
1824; married Maria Lois Lucy, born Nov. 23, 1827, daughter of 
Thomas and Drusilla (Witham) Lucy of Nottingham. 

Mr. Thurston is a tin and sheet iron worker ; a member of the 
Universalist church. 


Their children were : 

5305 Edwin Ossian,^ b. in New Marlcet, N. H., Nov. 10, 1850. He was cleric 

in an insurance ofSce in Lowell, and d. July 20, 1877. 

5306 Albert Eugene,* b. in Lowell, Sept. 6, 1853; clerk in the gas office in 

Lowell; m. May 8, 1879, Helen Augusta Ball, b. May 31, i860, daugh- 
ter of Charles Carroll and Ellen R. (Peirce) Ball of Lowell. 

5307 Ida May,s b. in Lowell, June 15, 1868; d. May 23, 1869. 

5308 Arthur,* b. in Lowell, July 18, 1873. 


James Melvin Thurston' {John Cheney,^ Stephen,^ Stephen,'^ Na- 
thaniel^ Stephen,^ Daniel'^), eldest son of John Cheney" and Harriet 
Maria (Snow) Thurston of Cambridge, Mass.; born there April 13, 
1844 ; married, June i, 1874, Nellie Florence Mann, born in Low- 
ell, Mass., Sept. i8, 1856, daughter of Rufus and Charlotte (Reed) 
Mann of Cambridge. Mrs. Mann died Oct. 11, 1874. 

James M. Thurston is treasurer of the Cambridge savings bank at 
Cambridge, Mass. He enlisted in the 52d Illinois regiment, in the 
war against the rebellion, in 1861, and continued in it until the close 
of the war. Was under Grant at the battle of Pittsburgh Landing (or 
Shiloh) Tenn. ; with Rosecrans at the battle of Corinth, Miss. ; and 
took part in the various engagements and marches in the siege of At- 
lanta, Ga., under Sherman. Was also with Sherman in his famous 
" march to the sea." He enlisted as private, but served afterward as 
adjutant's clerk, and general's private secretary ; also as secretafy for 
the surgeon-in-chief at Corps field-hospital. At the reorganization of 
the regiment after the expiration of the three years' term of service, he 
was appointed quartermaster-sergeant, and served as such until the 
mustering out of the regiment at the close of the war. 

Their children are : 

5313 Herbert Melvin.^ b. July 8, 1875; d. July 20, 1875. 

5314 Gertrude Addie,* b. May 25, 1877. 

3Effii)ti) estneratton. 

Albert Theodore Thurston" {yohn Albert^ Daniel,^ Hon. Na- 
thaniel,^ Col. Daniel,^ Benjamin,^ Daniel,^ Daniel'^), son of John Al- 
bert' and Eliza Sparrow (Downing) Thurston of Lynn, Mass.; born 
there Dec. 14, 1842; married, May 25, 1862, Eliza Jane Howard, 
born in Melrose, Mass., March 25, 1843, daughter of Joseph A. 
and Sarah J. (Penney) Howard. 

Mr. Thurston is a mason, contractor, and jobber in Lynn, Mass., a 
member of the special police and of the Methodist church. He enlisted 
in the war against the rebellion, in the i8th company of unattached 
infantry, and was soon transferred to the 4th heavy artillery, and 
served during the war. In 1877 he went to the Black Hills in Dako- 
tah, took a squatter's claim, paid seven dollars per bushel for potatoes 
to plant, cared for them with much labor and anxiety, being compelled 



to take his rifle into the field to protect himself against the Indians, 
and then the whole crop was devoured by grasshoppers and the potato 
bug, after which he returned home, having had enough of the "wild 

Children : 

53T9 William Albert, b. Jan. i, 1863. 

5320 Ida Adelaide, b. Sept. 6, 1864; d. March 18, 187 1. 

5321 Lillia Adelaide, b. Aug. 6, 1870; adopted March i, 1876. 


John Henry Thurston ^ {Daniel Merrill,'' Daniel^ Thomas^ Ab- 
ner,^ Abner," James,'' Bmtiel^), eldest son of Daniel Merrill and Jane 
Moore (Tibbetts) Thurston of Portland, Me.; born there Jan. 25, 1832 ; 
married, first, Nov. i, 1858, Ellen Matilda Brimhall, born in Pe- 
tersham, Mass., Oct. 21, 1837, daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail 
(Eaton) Brimhall, of Eureka township, Dakota county, Minn., formerly 
of Worcester, Mass. She died in Lakeville, Minn., Nov. 11, 1865. 
Second, July 18, 1866, Louise Mosbaugh,* born in Cambridge City, 

•MosbAugh Family. 

I. Pierre (or Petke) de Beaufokt, father o£ 

II. Bernard DB Bbaufort, married Leviua Boet van Vrybergen. They had: 

III. Ltevkn Ferdinand i>e Bkadfort (ppnsionaria van Tholiu), writer of the lives of 
the PriQcea of Oraug:e, horn Oct. 8, 1670; died Nov. 9, 1730; married first, Cornelia van Vry- 
bergen ; second, Maria de Beaufort, big niece. He had by second wife : 

IV. PiETER or Pierre, Bernard de Beaufort, deputy conncilor and delegate to the 
college of Admiralty of Zealand, Holland, born in the ciry of Tholen; married Johanna (or 
Anna) Catherine Sohorer, born at Middlebourg, Zealand, and had: 

V. Johanna Petronella d Beaufort, born May 22. 1749, at Middlebourg; married 
Jean van Kruyne, born at Brielle; vice admiral under the orders of the college of Admiralty 
in Zealand; he died at Bergen-op-Zoom, in 1787, having had : 

VI. Hblene Burnardina tan Kruynk, born at Middlebourg; married Carl Freiherr 
von Bauer, an officer under the Prince of Nassau, higtdy educated, very handsome, and said 
to have been seven feet high. He died about 1796. They had: Pieter Bernard van Kruyne, 
chief of the island of Timor, East Indies; Jobau Anthony van Kruyne, commander of Para- 
maribo, Dutch (Guiana, South America, married Celia Verbrug, who died at Veenendaal, Hol- 
land, in 1852; Johanna Fetrouella van Kruyne, married Hendriclt Vos, formerly burgomaster 
of Ameronagen, Holland; Adrianna Petronella van Kruyne; and 

VII. George Cbristian von Bauer, t born in Goelheim, Bavaria, Feb. 24, 1792, a gen- 
tleman and a scholar, speaking seven languages. He was in Napoleon's army through the 
Russian campaign, and witnes.sed the burning of Moscow; married Loniae Marx, of his native, 
placp, and came to the United States in 1838, and died Feb. 18, 1878. Their daughter: 

VIII. Louise ton Bauer, born in Goelheim about 1812; married Franz Mosbaugh, 
born near the same place 1809. They came to the United States in 1838, and settled in Cam- 
bridge City, Ind., a pioneer, and died 1834. Their daughter: 

IX. Louise Mosbaugh, born in Cambridge City, March 26, 1843, married John Henry 
Thurston, above. * 

t The grandfather of George Christian von Bauer was the owner of extensive quicksilver 
mines, wliich. under some pretext or other, were (alien from him by the Prince of Nassau, 
and for which he gave him as a partial recompense, a position in the army as an officer. His 
father, Carl, was also an officer, well educated, and a very handsome man. His son avers 
that he was, at least, seven feet In height. The Prince of Nassau was required to send to the 
King of Holland a certain number of the finest looking officers and soldiers in the realm. 
Carl von Bauer was chosen as one of these otSoers. He went to Holland, and in his official 
capacity trequpntly went to the Castle at Hague, to carry orders to the Admiral, Jean van 
Kruyne. It was when he was ou one of these errands that he first saw the Admiral's beauti- 
ful d.aughter, Helene Bernardina. It was said that she was so fair and delicate that the blood 
could be seen coursing in the veins underneath her skin. When their eyes first met, it was 
a case of love at first ►ight, mutual, deep and strong. But there were obstacles in the way of 
a full and free expression of it. His position, that of a minor officer in the army, prohibited 
his approaching her on her own level in society. However, they contrived to open a corre- 
spondence, which was carried on by means of a long cord, to which the letters were secured, 
let down from the window in the apartments of the castle, occupied by the fair Helene 
It would have been very difficilt for him to have succeeded, but from the fact of his beina 
an officer having enabled him to make friends with the guards about the castle This state 
of things continued for some time, but the lovers longed for a closer companionshio. and as 
no other way seemed to present itself, an elopement was decided upon 

Arrangenients were made with this end in view, colleagues were secured, and a rone ladder 
provided. Everything was in readiness at the time appointed, and the brave Carl and his as- 
sistants assembled under the window of the ilair one. She let down the cord that had served 


Ind., March 28, 1843, daughter of Franz and Louise (Bauer) Mos- 
baugh, from Germany. 

Mr. Thurston received a common school education, learned the 
trade of a machinist in Portland, went to Lakeville, Minn., in 1855, 
took land adjoining that of his father's, made a farm of it, and carried 
it on until the war of the rebellion broke out; enlisted Oct., 1861, in 
the 4th Minnesota infantry, was at the front at luka, Miss., the sec- 
ond battle at Corinth, following the troops in the other battles of that 
campaign in the quartermaster's department. Was after quartermas- 
ter-sergeant, ist lieutenant, and adjutant of the 49th U. S. colored 
infantry. Resigning this, was chief head clerk of quartermaster's de- 
partment in 4th division, 17th army corps, on the march from "Atlanta 
to the sea." Sold his farm in 1868, and went into the drug business 
in Farmington, Minn., where he still continues, 1879. He barely es- 
caped death in a railway accident in Dec, 1876. Is a communi- 
cant in the church of the Advent, Episcopal, and clerk of the vestry. 
His children by first wife, Ellen Matilda, born in Lakeville, were : 

5326 Mary Louise,^ b. Sept. 30, 1859; d. Nov. 20, 1869. 

5327 Da.iiel Merrill,^ b. May 6, 1861 ; d. Aug. 17, 1865. 

5328 Albert Henry,^ b. Jan. 29, 1865; d. Oct. 1865. 

By second wife Louise, born in Farmington : 

5329 Walter Merrill,' b. Aug. 6, 1876. 


Ansyl Augustus Thurston ^ {Henry Rice,'' Daniel,^ Thomas,^ Ab- 
ner,^ Abner^ yames,^ Daniel^), son of Henry Rice' and Mary (Rich- 
ards) Thurston of Scarborough, Me.; born there April 20, 1830 ; 
married, first, Jan. 22, 1852, Hannah Meserve, of Scarborough; she 
died Sept., 1862. Second, June 14, 1864, Augusta Lowell Libbey. 

Mr. Thurston learned the carpenter's trade of Horace B. Richards 
of Portland, Me., and labored in Portland and other places ; but now, 
1879, i^ owner and operator of a lumber mill in North Saco, Me. 

herao well before; this was fastened to the ladder, which was drawn up and secured, but 
found to be too short. Here waa a dilemma, but love overcomes the greatest obstacles, and 
something was procured, from the top of which von Bauer could reach the ladder, which he 
then ascended. As Helene was about to join her lover, a little sister, wltb whom she slept, 
awoke, and began to cry. She was quieted, however, by the gift of a pear by Helene, and 
waa soon asleep again. A last, long look, and a farewell kiss, and then Helene placed herself 
in her lover's arms, who was waiting for her at the window. Then commenced the long and 
perilous descent, which was safely accomplished, and the precious burden safely landed on 
terra firma. 

Their troubles were not at an end here, however, as pursuit would be certain, as soon as 
the flight was discovered, and Carl's life would be of^ little value if overtaken before he 
reached the river Rhine, eight miles distant, after crossing which he would be comparatively 
safe for a while. They had to cross a canal, and here the rope ladder again served them a good 
turn. As it would not be safe for them to travel with horses, they walked, following unfre- 
quented paths. 'While resting in a clump of bushes, they heard their pursuers coming, and 
saw them pass, without being discovered. They finally reached their destination, and the nup- 
tials were performed. The King issued a decree, commanding whoever should discover von 
Bauer in his realm, to deliver him dead or alive, to him. Now he was discovered by the Prince 
of Nassau, who, instead of delivering him to the King, advised him to become a recruiting 
oflicer for Prussia (he may have remembered the quicksilver mines), which advice was taken 
and acted upon, thereby securing him from farther molestation, as any interference after 
this might have made trouble between Prussia and Holland. _ ^ 

Of course Helene was disowned by her relatives, but herson George, and hts sister, visited, 
after the death of their mother, their aunt (she to whom the pear was given), at Hague, who 
frequently took them to the King's castle, which was on the opposite side of the street from 
her residence, where on one occasion they dined with Queen victoria, who was visiting there, 
and which circumstance the old gentleman took great pride in relating. 

Carl died in 1796, when George was but four years old. 



His children, by first wife, Hannah : 

5335 Charles Lincoln,^ b. May 10, 1854; m. Hannah Cleaves of Saco, where he 
is a miller. Children : 

5336 Eben Cressey}" b. March 12, 1874; d. July 6, 1875. 

5337 Alton Lincoln}^ b. Feb. 22, 1876. 

5338 Annie Mary,'^" b. March 3, 1878. 

5339 Benjamin Franklin,^ b. April 4, 1856; d. Sept. 30, 1857. 

5340 Ida Estella,^ b. Jan. 26, 1858; m. Sept. 27, 1876, Charles Henry Magrath 

of Saco, a market gardener and dealer in stock and meats. They have : 
5341 Gertrude Estella (Magrath), b. Dec. 31, 1878. 

5342 Olivia Ann,^ b. Sept. 12, 1861. 

5343 Hannah E.,' b. Aug. 27, 1862; d. Dec. 5, 1863. 

By second wife, Augusta : 

5344 Elmina Augusta,^ b. June 24, 1865. 

5345 Mary EUen,^ b. Aug. 6, 1866. 

5346 Albert Augustus,^ b. April 20, 187 1. 


Charles Thurston * {Moses Waterhouse,'' jFames,^ Thomas^ Abner,"^ 
Abner,^ James, "^ Daniel'^), eldest son of Moses Waterhouse^ and 
Eunice (Hunnewell) Thurston, of Danville, Me.; born there Feb. 2, 
1835 ; married, first, Dec. 31, 1858, Lydia S. Goss, born Jan. 9, 1834, 
daughter of Thomas and Sally (Jordan) Goss, of Danville; she 
died April 21, 1864. Second, in South Paris, Me., June 3, 1865, Sa- 
rah' E. Goss, sister of first wife. 

Mr. Thurston has been baggage muster at the Grand Trunk Rail- 
way depot at Danville junction for twenty-five years, 1879. Was 
1st lieutenant in the 23d regiment Maine volunteers, against the re- 
bellion ; and is a member of the Congregational church. 

His children, by first wife, Lydia, were : 

5347 Ernest Rinaldo,^ b. Sept. 10, 1859. 

5348 Charles Elmer,^ b. April 6, 1864; d. July 3, 1864. 

By second wife, Sarah : 

5349 Almon Roscoe,' b. March 20, 1872. 


James Henry Thurston ^ {Moses Waterhouse,'' James,^ Thomas,^ 
Ab7ier,^ Abner,^ Janies^ Daniel'^),^ brother of the preceding, and son 
of Moses Waterhouse ' and Eunice (Hunnewell) Thurston of Dan- 
ville, Me.; born there Oct. 2, 1840 ; married, Oct. 13, 1870, Aura 
VoLEViA Sylvester, born in Unity, Me., March ii, 1852, daughter 
of James Whitton and Eliza Farrinton (Richardson) Sylvester, of 
Freedom, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and lime burner in Freedom, Me. He 
was a soldier in the loth and 29th regiments Maine volunteers till 
the close of the war against the rebellion. 

Their child : 
5353 Frank Hale,^ b. Aug. 13, 1876. 


Almond Richardson Thurston" {Andrew,t Jane,^ Moses ^ Mo- 
ses,'^ Moses^ Stephen,'' Daniel'^'), son of Andrew ' and Lovina (Richard- 
son) Thurston of Barre, Vt.; born in Orange, Vt., March 3, 1830 • 


narried, in Orange, Vt., Nov. 19, 1850, Diana Wilds Jackson, born 
Dec. 3, 1831, daughter of Lyman and Polly (Peak) Jackson of Man- 
ihester, N. H. 

Mr. Thurston is a mechanic and wheelwright in Barre, Vt.; was 
Irafted for the army against the rebellion, and paid for a substitute 
vhile living in West Topsham, Vt. ; belongs to the Methodist church. 

Their children were : 

5358 Emma Lovina,' b. in Orange, Oct. 16, 1857 ; m. June 4, 1876, Frank Si- 

mons Snow, b. in Williamstown, Vt., Jan. 25, 1856, son' of Henry Jacob 
and Philenda (Simons) Snow of Montpelier, Vt. He is a farmer in 
Barre, Vt. They had a daughter, b. Aug. 29, 1877; d. same day. 

5359 Clara Belle,' b. in Topsham, Vt., June 28, 1859; Somerville, Dec. 31, 

1876, Walter Charles Mentzer, b. at Brady's Bend, Penn., Oct. 26, 1852, 
son of Charles Lewis and Lucy Jane (Brewer) Mentzer of Washington, 
N. H. He is a butcher and wholesale dealer in beef, doing business in 
Boston ; they reside in Somerville, Mass. They have : 
5360 Charles Almond (Mentzer), b. Nov. 5, 1877. 
5361 Flora Angelia,' b. in West Topsham, Vt., Dec. 9, 1862. 


Wilson Thurston ' {Andrew^ Jane,^ Moses^ Moses,'^ Moses,^ Ste- 
then,^ Daniel''-), brother of the preceding, and son of Andrew' and 
Lovina (Richardson) Thurston of Barre, Vt.; born in Orange, Vt., 
March 20, 1832 ; married, March 23, 1856, Frances Louise Kinney, 
born July 10, 1831. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer in Barre, Vt. 

Children : 

5366 Charles Orren,^ b. Feb. 23, 1857. 

5367 Herbert Elon,s b. Nov. 12, 1858; d. Feb. 23, 1864. 

5368 Henry Winfred,' b. Feb. 28, 1861. 

5369 Justus Kinney,' b. June 27, 1865. 

5370 Delia May,' b. May 26, 1867. 

5371 Alice Ellen,' b. July 4, 1869. 

5372 Inez Lydia,' b. Jan. 15, 1872. 

5373 Nellie Louise,' b. Feb. 17, 1875. 


Ernest David Thurston ° {David Howard^ Moses,^ Moses,^ Oli- 
c^r,* Moses^ Stephen^'' Daniel'-), son of David Howard' and Mary Jane 
[Norton) Thurston, of Errol, N. H. ; born there Dec. 11, 1847 '> n^^"^' 
ded, in Colebi"ook, N. H., Oct. 26, 1874, Mary Etta Bragg, born 
fVpril II, 1855, daughter of William Washington and Mary Jane (Har- 
der) Bragg of Errol. 

Mr. Thurston is a farmer and blacksmith in Errol, N. H. ; asso- 
;iated with his brother, J. A., in the manufacture of starch. 

Their children are : 

5378 Ernest Clarke,' b. Aug. 21, 1875. 

5379 Annette Castelneau,' b. Oct. 28, 1877. 


Charles Frederick Thurston * {Daniel Holt^ John,^ Epkraim,^ 
Sa-muel,^ Robert,^ Stephen^ Daniel'), son of Daniel Holt' and Jane 
Drown (Shackley) Thurston of Cambridgeport, Mass.; born there 
lug. 28, 1844 ; married, in Cambridgeport, March 15, 1S66, Annette 


Maria Holden, born in Reading, Mass., Sept. 6, 1846 ; daughter of 
Cyrus Knight and Lu Fannie (Lombard) Holden of Otisfield, Me. 

Mr. Thurston is a cracker manufacturer, firm of Thurston, Hall & 
Co., in Cambridgeport, Mass. Has been representative to the gene- 
ral court, ward officer, and a member of the standing committee of 
the First Universalist church. He enlisted in the ist Massachusetts 
cavalry, Sept. 16, 1 861, at seventeen years of age; served through 
the war, and was mustered out May 29, 1865. He was taken prisoner 
at the battle of Aldie, Va., June 17, 1863, sent to Libby prison ; from 
there to Belle Isle; was within the enemy's lines thirty-five days, and 
was among the last prisoners paroled before sending them to Ander- 
sonville. Company D, to which he belonged, was detailed as Gen. 
Meade's escort, and served in that capacity the last eighteen months 
of the war. He was wounded at Gravelly Run, Va., at the last attack 
and capture of Petersburgh, Va. After returning home, he joined 
the National Lancers of Boston, and is now, 1879, captain of that 

Their children were : 

5385 Fannie Jane,' b. Dec. 26, 1866. 

5386 Carrie Maria,' b. Feb. 6, 1869. 

5387 Daniel Herbert,' b. March 10, 1873; d. March 16, 1873. 

There are other families which no doubt belong to the descendants 
of Daniel, but, as the connection cannot be positively traced, are 
placed in the latter part of the book, . 


Posterity of Edward Thurston. 

It gives the present compiler great pleasure to say that the work on 
this family, from 1647 to 1866, was most thoroughly and patiently 
wrought out by Mr. Charles Myric)(Thurston of New Rochelle, 
N. Y., and published in a pamphlet of seventy pages. Since that 
time he continued industriously to gather materials for perfecting 
his previous work, and to bring the records down, till the day of his 
sudden death, June 3, 1878. After the decease of Mr. Thurston, the 
result of his labors was transferred to the writer, who previously had 
much communication with him, to arrange for this volume. Persist- 
ent correspondence and searching of town and county records on the 
part of both, have resulted in bringing together a mass of facts and 
dates which will be valuable for future reference. 

iFtrjst ©feneration. 

Edward Thurston ^ was the first of the name in the Colony of 
Rhode Island. He must have been there some time previous to 1647, 
sufficient, at least, to attend to the preliminaries of his marriage, which 
occurred June, 1647, to Elizabeth Mott, daughter of Adam Mott,* 
and is the third on the record of the " Society of Friends," at Newport.f 
He is mentioned in the colonial records as a freeman in 1655 ; as 
commissioner, assistant, and deputy from Newport for many years, 
from 1663 to 1690. On August 26, 1686, he, with others, signed an 
address from the Quakers of Rhode Island, to the king. He died 
March i, 1707, aged 90; she died Sept. 2, 1694, aged 67. His will, 
two fragments of which only remain, was made Jan. 11, 1704, and 
proved March 12, 1707; and on these he names his grandson Ed- 
ward, the son of his son Edward ; his four surviving sons, Jonathan, 
Daniel, Samuel and Thomas ; his granddaughter, Elizabeth, the 
daughter of Jonathan ; his sons-in-law, Weston Clarke and Ebenezer 
Slocum,t and two granddaughters named Slocum. 

*Adam Mott, aged thirty-nine, from Cambridge, England, bis second wife, Sarah, aged 
thirty-one years, four children of Adam, by a former wife, and Mary Lett, a daughter of Sa- 
rah, by a former husband, were passengers from London for New England, in the " Defence," 
in July, 1634. One of the children, Elizabeth, born in 1CQ7 — 1628, became the wife of Ed- 
ward Thurston.— 0. M. Thubbton. 

t To the Society of Friends we are indebted for a complete record of his family, and of 
those of his descendants " who remained faithful." 

t Ebenezer Slocum, son of Giles and Joan Slocum, born March 25, 16B0 ; died in James- 
town, Feb. 13, 1715, aged sixty-five. 


Their children were : 

5502 Sarah,^ b. March 10, 1648. 

5503 Elizabeth, 2 b. Feb., 1650. 

+5504 Edward,^ b. April i, 1652 ; m. Jeffries. 

5505 Ellen,2 fc_ March, 165s; m. 1674, George Havens, and had : 

5506 George (Havens), b. at ShetJandjslandX^M. 

5507 Jonathan (Havens), b. at Jamestown, R. I., Feb. 22, 1681. 

5508 Mary,2 b. 1657 ; m. Ebenezer Slocum, b. March 25, 1650, son of Giles and 
Joan Slocum; he d. in Jamestown, Feb. 13, 1715; she d. Nov. 16, 1732. 
Two granddaughters named Slocum, were mentioned in their grandfather 
Thurston's will, who are supposed to have been children of these : 

5509 Rebecca (Slocum), m. Aug. 29, 1704, William Burling of Flushing, L. I. 

5510 Mary (Slocum), m. Jan. 3, 1699, David Greene of Warwick, R. I. 
+5511 Jonathan,^ b. Jan. 4, 1659; m. Sarah . 

-I-5512 Daniel,^ b. April, 1661: m. Mary Easton. 

5513 Rebecca,^ b. A'pril, 1662; m. ist, Peter Easton; he d. Dec. 17, 1690, aged 
31; 2d, Nov. 25, 1691, Weston Clarke; shed. Sept. 16,1737. Mr. 
Clarke was freeman 1655, representative of Providence 1663, but re- 
turned to Newport. His daughter, Elinor, by a former marr.iage, m. in 
1674, George Havens of Portsmouth, R. I. Rebecca's children were : 

5514 Rebecca (Easton), b. July 5, 1684. 

5515 /Vfcr (Easton), b. Nov. 11,1685; ™- ist> Content Slocum; 2d, Ann 

Stanton; d. Dec, 1747. 

5516 Ann (Easton), b. Sept. 3, 1687; d. Nov. 23, 1690. 

5517 Joshua (Easton), b. April 27, 1689. 

5518 Jeremiah (Clarke), b. July 27, 1692; d. Sept. 3, 1756. 

5519 Mary (Clarke), b. Feb. 8, 1694. 

5520 Elizabeth (Clarke), b. Nov. 5, 1695. 

5521 Weston (Clarke), b. Aug. 25, 1697 ; d. June 22, 1737. 

5522 John,2 b. Dec, 1664; m. Elizabeth . He was freeman May 6, 1690. 

She d. Oct. 7, 1690, aged 21 ; he d. at the house of Peter Easton, Oct. 
22, 1690. 

5523 Content,^ b. June, 1667. , 
+5524 Samuel,^ b. Aug. 24, 1669; m. Abigail Clarke. 

-j-5525 Thomas,''' b. Oct. 8, 1671; m. Mehitable Mayo. 

Note. Probably a large number of this family and their descendants were buried in the 
Coddington burying-ground, Newport. Stones are still standing in memory of Klizabeth, 
wife of Edward, and their sons, Daniel, Samuel, and many others. 

Stcontr Offtncratton. 

Edward Thurston^ of Newport {Edward'^), son of Edward' 
and Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston of Newport, R. 1.; born there April 

1, 1652 ; married, Jeffries.* He died Dec. 7, 1690, aged 

38. He was a freeman May 6, 1679. 

Their children were : 

+5526 Edward,^ b. 1678; m. Elizabeth Gardner. 
-1-5527 William,^ b. 1680; m. Phebe Batty. 

* William Jeffries was in Massachusetts in 1630, in Rhode Island In 1665, and died in New- 
port, 1675, aged eighty-four. In his will he mentions his wife, Mary, his mother, J Audrv of 
Chittingly county, Sussex; his wife's brothers, John and Daniel Gould, and his' children- 
Mary married John Green, John, Thomas, Sarah married James Barker Prisrfll» Sii' 
sanna. One of the two last named was probably the wife of the above Edward Thirr'jtnn 
and married after the date of her father's will, made in 1674. JJ-iwara iliurston, 


5528 Abigail,' b. April 3, 1686; m. ist, William Dyer; 2d, Capt. Job Bennett. 
From her will, made in Providence, May 5, 1753, but never proved, as 
she married after, and other writings in possession of E. W. Seabury, 
Esq;, of New Bedford, Mass., we learn that her paternal grandfather 
came from England, and m. Elizabeth Mott. Her maternal grandfather 
was William Jeffries, who came from England, and m. Mary Gould. She 
d. Oct. 16, 1761. Her children, by first husband, were : 

5529 William (Dyer), d. Sept. 29, 1713, aged 14 months. 

5530 Abiirail (Dyer), d. July 31, 1735. aged 21. 

5531 Edward (Dyer), d. April 25, 1721, aged 5. 

5532 Priscilla (Dyer), m. John Eastman; d. May n, 1746, aged 28. 

5533 Jol'n (Uyer), d. July 16, 1737, aged 17. 

5534 Daughter, m. Nicholas Tillinghast. 

5535 Priscilla,^ m. April 16, 1713. Job Lawton, and had: 
5536 George (Lawton), b. Fek i, 1714. 
+5537 Jonathan,' baptized, adult, Oct. 9, 1719; m. 1st, Phebe Holmes; 2d, Mehit- 
able Claghorn. 


Jonathan Thurston "^ of Little Compton, R. I. . {Edward'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Edward ^ and Elizabetli (Mott) 
Thurston of Newport, R. I.; born there Jan. 4, 1659 ; married, 1678, 

Sarah . He died 1740, aged 81. His will made Aug. 22, 

1735, proved in Taunton April 15, 1740. 

Their children were : 

+5538 Edward,' b. Oct. 18, 1679 i ™- i^t; Susanna Pearce ; 2d, Sarah Carr. 
5539 Elizabeth,' b. Nov. 29, 1682; m. Jan. 6, 1703, Jonathan Wood, and had: 

5540 Rebecca (Wood), b. Dec. 26, 1704. 

5541 Bridgett (Wood), b. June 22, 1706. 

5542 Elizabeth (Wood), b. Jan. 31, 1708. 

5543 Ruth (Wood), b. Aug. 7, 1710; d. July 13, 1766. 

5544 Susanna (Wood), b. June 21, 1712; d. Aug. 13, 1712. 

5545 Jonathan (Wood), b. July 5, 1714. 

5546 Mary (Wood), b. Jan. 19, 1716. 

5547 Mary,' b. March 20, 1685; m. July 6, 1706, George Brownell, and had : 

5548 Giles (Brownell), b. March i, 1707. 

5549 i%«& (Brownell), b. June 19, 1708. 

5550 Mary (Brownell), b. Nov. 9, 1709. 

5551 George (Brownell), b. June 21, 1711. 

5552 Thomas (Brownell), b. Feb. i, 17 13. 

5553 Elizabeth (Brownell), b. Sept. 15, 1717. 

5554 Jonathan (Brownell), b. March 19, 1719. 

5555 Pi^"^ (Brownell), b. June 12, 1721. 

5556 Stephen (Brownell), b. Nov. 29, 1726. 
+5557 Jonathan,' b. July 5, 1687 ; m. . 

5558 Rebecca,' b. Nov. 28, 1689; m. May 6, 1711, Edward Richmond, and had: 

5559 Sarah (Richmond), b. Dec. 20, 17 11. 

5560 Mary (Richmond), b. 1714. 

5561 Priscilla (Richmond), b. Feb. 27, 1718. 

5562 Eunice (Richmond), b. Sept. 23, 1722. 

5563 Content,' b. Aug. 18, 1691 ; m. Sept. 14, 1715, Henry Wood, and had: 

5564 Henry (Wood), b. Nov. 17, 1716. 

5565 William (Wood), b. Sept. 7, 1720; d. March 9, 1724. 

5566 Peleg (Wood), b. March 20, 1722. 

5567 Sarah (Wood), b. June 4, 1726; m. July 31, 1771, James Chace. 

5568 Rebecca (Wood),b. Dec. 15, 1727; d. Jan., 1797. 

5569 Thomas (Wood), b. March 3, 1733. 

5570 Sarah,' b. Nov. 9, 1693; m. June 26, 1712, Benjamin Sawdy. 

5571 John,' b. July 12, 1695. 

5572 Eleanor,' b. Nov. 26, 1696; m. Peters; they had : 

5573 Lcrvell (Peters), named in will of grandfather, 1735. 

5574 Hope,' b. Nov. 26, 1698; d. Feb., 1716; gravestone still standing in Cod- 
dington burying-ground, Newport. 


5575 Abigail,' b. May 7, 1700; m. Oct. 2, 1729, William White. 

5576 Patience,' b. Feb. 16, 1702; m. Feb. 21, 1723, Thomas Southworth, and 

had : 
5577 Rebecca (Southworth), named in will of grandfather, 1735- 

5578 Amy,' b. Jan. 29, 1705. 

5579 Peleg,' b. July S, 1706. 

5580 Jeremiah,' b. May 8, 1710. 

5581 Susanna,' b. Aug. 20, 1712; m. Carr. She was baptized in Trinity 

church, Oct. 12, 1740. 

5582 Joseph,' b. April 25, 1714; m. June I, 1738, Mercy Burgess, daughter of 

Thomas Burgess ; they had : 

5583 Mary,''' b. Dec. 2, 1741 ; d. in Newport, Aug. 30, 1742. 
5584 Job,' b. July I, 1717; m. Aug. 10,1766, Mary Gibbs, resided in Little 
Compton, R. L; estate inventoried in Taunton, Mass., Dec. 19, 1780, 
Jonathan Thurston, appraiser, his widow, administratrix; they had : 

5585 Thomas,^ d. Sept. 30, 1767. 

Note. Rebecca. John, Hope, Amy, Pele^ and Jeremiah are not mentioned in the will, 
and therefore supposed to have died before 1735. 


Daniel Thurston'^ of Newport, R. I. {Edward''-), brother of the 
preceding, and son of Edward ' and Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston of 
Newport; born there April, 1661 ; married Mary Easton, daughter 
of John and Mehitable (Gant) Easton. 

His will was made July 18, 1712, in which he names all his chil- 
dren. Previous to his death he was administrator on the estate of his 
brother John. 

Their children were : 

5586 Daniel,' b. Sept. 25, 16S7 ; a mariner in Newport, 1716. 

5587 Elizabeth,' b. Jan. 14, 16S9; m. Samuel Collins. She died Oct. 6, 1767 ; 

they had: 

5588 Samuel (Collins), b. Feb. 24, 1712; d. March 13, 1738. 

5589 Mary (Collins), b. Oct. 3, 1713. 

5590 Bannah (Collins), b. Nov. 15, 1715. 

5591 John (Collins), b. Nov. i, 1717. 

5592 Elizabeth (Collins), b. March 3, 1720. 

5593 Rebecca (Collins), b. May 24, 1722. 

5594 Ruth (Collins), b. July 3, 1724. 

5595 Daniel (Collins), b. Dec. i6, 1727. 

5596 Mary,'b. March 9, 1690; m. ist, Sept. 7, 1710, John Tompkins; 2d, be- 

fore Feb. 28, 1727, Daniel Gould. 

5597 John,' b. June 9, 1692 ; m. Elizabeth . He was a farmer in Newport, 

and member of the Episcopal church. They had : 
5598 Samuel*' b. June 4, 1737; d. July 8, 1825. By a lengthy notice of 
him in " The Memorials of Deceased Friends," we infer he never 
married, and that he was a prominent member of that denomination 
in Newport. 

5599 Edward,' b. Sept. i, 1693; a mariner in Newport, 1716. 

5600 Eleanor,' b. Jan. 18, 1694; m. Cranston. 

+5601 Beniamin,'b. Mar. 25, 1697 ; m. ist, Sarah Casey ; 2d, Mrs. Hepzibah Smith. 

5602 James,' b. July 15, 1698. 

5603 Peter,' b. July 3, 1704; a sailmaker in Newport, 1733. 


Samuel Thurston ^ of Newport, R. I. {Edward^), brgther of the 
preceding, and son of Edward ^ and Elizabeth ( Mott) Thurston of 
Newport; born there Aug. 24, 1669; married Abigail Clarke 


daughter of Latham and Hannah (Wilbor*) Clarke and granddaugh- 
ter of Jeremiah and Frances (Latham) Clarke. She died Nov. 30, 
1731, aged 56; he died Oct. 27, 1747, aged 78. 

Mr. Thurston was admitted freeman May 5, 1696. Will dated May 
13, 1740, and proved Nov. 2, 1747 ; the seal attached has a bird with 
wings expanded. 

Their children were : 

+5604 Edward,8b. May 26. 1696; m. Elizabeth Norton. 

5605 Son,' b. July 18, 1698. 
+5606 Samuel,' b. Oct. 16, 1699; m. Mary . 

5607 Hannah,' b. Dec. 11, 1701; m. July 18, 1723, William Cornell; she d. 
Sept. 23', 1753. They had: 

5608 Sarah (Cornell), b. April 26, 1724; d. Sept. 7, 1730. 

5609 Thomas (Cornell), b. Jan. 13, 1726. 

5610 Abigail (Cornell), b. July 11, 1728; d. Sept. 24, 1730. 

561 1 Hannah (Cornell), b. Nov. 22, 1730. 

5612 Elizabeth (Cornell), b. May 17, 1740. 
+5613 Latham,' b. June 3, 1704; m. Mary Wanton. 
-f-5614 Joseph,' b. Sept. 24, 1706; m. Abigail Pinnegar. 

5615 Elizabeth,' b. Dec. 22, 1708 ; m. Jan. 16, 1729, George Cornell. They had : 

5616 Walter (Cornell), b. Oct. 11, 1729. 

5617 Thomas (Cornell), b. Sept. 22, 1731. 

5618 Latham (Cornell), b. Oct. 22, 1733; d. May 5, 1734. 

5619 Gideon (Cornell), b. Dec. 6, 1737. 

5620 Matthew (Cornell), b. Oct. 31, 1743. 
5621 Mary,' b. Feb. 11, 1711; d. Oct. 28, 1733. 

-|-5622 John,'b. April 10, 1713; m. Mary Coffin. 

5623 Phebe,' b. Nov. 20, 1715; m. Jan. 6, 1742, Peleg Shearman, and had : 

5624 Elizabeth (Shearman), b. Feb. 21, 1744; m. Jonathan Marsh; d. Jan. 

14, 1767. 

5625 Samuel (Shearman), b. June 16, 1749. 

5626 Abigail,' b. Jan. 6, 17 18; d. Dec. 18, 1730. 

5627 Sarah,' b. May 16, 1720. 


Thomas Thurston f ^ of Freetown, Mass. {Edward'^), brother of 
the preceding, and son of Edward -^ and Elizabeth (Mott) Thurston of 
Newport, R. I.; born there Oct. 8, 1671 ; married, first, July 23, 1695, 
Mehitable Mayo, born Jan. 6, 1669, daughter of John and Hannah 
(Graves) Mayo of Wrentham, Mass.; second, Jan. 29, 1712, Eliza- 
beth Cornell, daughter of Stephen Cornell of Dartmouth, Mass. 
He died March 22, 1730 ; will dated March 20, 1730, son Thomas to 
have his Bible. His widow was living in Newport, R. I., Oct. 21,1 736. 

In 1708 he was the owner of the south half of the tenth lot in Free- 
town, Mass. This property was conveyed by John Rogers to Edward 
Thurston, senior, of Newport, R. I., for sixty pounds, Oct. 3, 1702. 
He was grand-juryman in 1706, selectman, 1708-9, surveyor of high- 
ways, 1712-13, assessor, 1718, 1722. 

His children were : 

-I-5628 Edward,' b. 1696; m. Hannah Dodson. 
-[-5629 Thomas,' m. . 

* Hannah WUbor was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Porter) Wilbor, and grand- 
daughter of Samuel and Ann (Bradford) Wilbor. Hannah Porter was the daughter ot John 
Porter. Ann Bradford was the daughter of Thomas Bradford. Trances Latham was the 
daughter of Lewis Latham. 

t Thomas, in his will, names his brother-in-law, Pelep; Tripp, who, therefore, must have 
married one of his sisters, either Sarah, Elizabeth, or Content. 


-I-5630 Peleg,^ m. 1st, Sarah Borden; 2d, Amy Richardson. 

+5631 Jonathan,^ m. Lydia Goddard. 

5633 Samuel.^ 

5633 John.^ 

5634 Ruth,' m. Eddy. 

5635 Elizabeth,' b. 1717, m. Joseph Church; d. 1798. 

5636 Anne,' m. Sprague. 

5637 Mehitable,' m. Joslin. 

5638 Mary,' m. Oct. 21, 1736, Jolm Tayer of Newport, and had: 

5639 William (Tayer), b. June 29, 1738. 

5640 Mehitahle (Tayer), b. Feb. 26, 1740. 
5641 Nathaniel.' 

5!rf)trtf Cfftneration. 


Capt. Edward Thurston = of Newport, R.I. {Edward,^ Edward'^'), 

eldest son of Edward and ( Jeffries) Thurston of Newport; born 

there 1678 ; married, Jan. 16, 1699, Elizabeth Gardner, probably a 
sister to Joseph Gardner, who married Catherine Holmes. He died 
April 27, 1727; she died Sept. 24, 1754, aged 70. Her son William 
administered on her estate, April 5, 1755. 

Capt. Thurston was chosen, May 4, 1709, commissioner, to provide 
all military stores for the Rhode Island colony. 

Their children were : 

-{-5642 Edward,* b. Sept. 8, 1702; m. Catherine Gardner. 

5643 Elizabeth,* b. April 3, 1705; m. Chapman; d. May, 1739. 

5644 Abigail,* b. Nov. 18, 1707; m. Joseph Gardner.* She was a widow May 

5, 1753, and d. April 9, 1768, leaving; 
5645 Joseph (Gardner), named in will of Abigail Dyer. 

5646 John,* b. May 14, 1710; d. Nov. 4, 1728. 

5647 Susanna,* b. Aug. 2, 1714; d. Nov. 22, 1716. 

5645 Grindall,* b. Dec. 29, 1715; lost at sea, Nov., 1748. 
5649 Samuel,* b. April 21, 1719; lost at sea, Nov., 1748. 

+5650 Gardner,* b. Nov. 14, 1721 ; m. ist, Frances Sanford; 2d, Martha Sanford. 

5651 William,* b. July 13, 1724; d. Feb. 13, 1775. 

5652 Valentine,* b. Feb. 14, 1726; d. at Cape Francois, 1760. 


William Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Edward^ Edward"^), 

brother of the preceding, and son of Edward " and (Jeffries) ' 

Thurston of Newport ; born there 1680; married, Nov. 3, 1704, Phebe 
Batty of Jamestown, R. I. She died Aug. 3, 1706, aged 24; he died 
June 21, 1717, aged 37 ; both buried with the Fourtane family. His 
estate was settled by the widow Rebecca, July i, 1717. The three 
children are named in the will of their aunt Abigail Dyer. 

Their children were : 

5653 Priscilla,* m. Havens. 

5654 Mary,* m. George Gardner, and had : 

5655 Joseph (Gardner), d. Aug. 8, 1727, aged 16 days. 
Daughter, d. Oct. 17, 1729. 

5656 WiUiam Thurston (Gardner), b. July 7, 1732. 

* Joseph Gardner married, Nov. 30, 1673, Oatheriue Holmes, and had Joseph and George 
(Gardner), previous to hia marriage witli Abigail Thurston. 


5657 Abigail (Gardner), d. Jan. 6, 1764, aged 22 years. 

5658 Mary (Gardner), named in will of her aunt. 
5659 William.* 


Jonathan Thurston « of Newport, R. I. {Edward,^ Edward'^), 

brother of the preceding, and son of Edward^ and (Jeffries) 

Thurston of Newport. He was baptized Oct. 9, 1719, in Trinity church, 
adult; married, first, Phebe Holmes, sister of William* and John 
Holmes; she died March 31, 1734, aged 39. Second, Aug. 26, 1736, 
Mehitable Claghorn. She died Sept. 7, 1745, aged 38; he died 
April 13, 1749, aged 61. His will dated March 31, 1749, proved May 
I, 1749. 

His children, by first wife, Phebe, were : 

+5660 John,* b. Aug. 17, 1723; m. Elizabeth Oxx. 

5661 Mar)',* b. May 2, 1725; m. William Almy; she d. July 12, 1768. His will 
was made July 29, 1749. They had : 

5662 William (Almy). 

5663 Ann (Almy), b. 1740; d. Sept. 24, 1756. 
5663J Phebe (Almy). 

5664 Elizabeth (Almy). 

5665 Jonathan (Almy), b. Feb. 18, 1746; m. ist, May 14, 1770, Elizabeth 

Hammond ; she d. Feb. 18, 1783, aged 32 ; 2d, Jan. 20, 1796, Eliza- 
beth Perry; she d. Feb. 4, 1801, aged 38; 3d, liope Campbell; she 
d. Sept. 4, 1804, aged 40. He had seven children and 
5666 Jonathan Thurston (Almy), b. Jan. 20, 1782; m. Dec. 31, 1809, 
Ann Coggeshall. 

5667 Mary (Almy), b. 1747 ; d. Jan. 3, 1755. 

5668 Job (Almy), b. 1749; d. May i, 1750. 
+5669 Jonathan,* bap. May 2, 1725; m. Ruth Scott. 

5670 Peleg,* bap. July 16, 1727; d. Oct. 20, 1727. 

+5671 William,* b. Oct. 7, 1728; m. Dorothy Carter. 

5672 Peleg,* bap. Dec. 20, 1729; d. Dec. 29, 1729. 

5673 Deborah,* bap. June 27, 1731; d. Nov. 20, 1749. 

Note. The above five surviving children were legatees in a codicil to the will of 
John Holmes, made May 12, 1743, proved Dec. 5, 1748, as his cousins (or nephews 
and niece). 

By second wife, Mehitable : 

5674 Thomas,* bap. July 3, 1737. 

5675 Phebe,* bap. June 22, 1740. 

5676 Peleg,* bap. April 4, 1742; d. Aug. 16, 1742. 

5677 Edward,* bap. Aug. 28, 1743; d. Sept. 20, 1759. 

5678 Job,* bap. Sept. 15, 1745. 


Edward Thurston ° of Little Compton, R. I. (Jonathan,^ Ed- 
ward'^), eldest son of Jonathan ^ and Sarah Thurston of Little Comp- 
ton; born there Oct. 18, 1679; married, first, Dec. 19, 1706, Susanna 
Pearce, daughter of George and Alice (Hart) Pearce; second, Oct. 
IS, 1712, Sarah Carr. His will is dated March 20, 1739, proved in 
Taunton, Mass., May 15, 1739; the widow executrix. 

His children, by first wife, Susanna, were : 

-1-5679 George,* b. Nov. 4, 1709; m. ist, Keziah ; 2d, Greene. 

5680 William,* b. April 13, 1711; d. March 13, 1712. 

• Will of William Holmes, March 23, 1713, proved April, 1720, mentions his mother Mary 
and five sisters, Frances Carr, Ann Feckham, Deborah Manchester, Fhebe Holmes, and Mary 
Dyer of Kingston. Brother Nicholas Can of Jamestown, executor. 


By second wife, Sarah : 
5681 Mary,* b. May 16, 1714; m. July 2, 1733, John Brownell. , , , . 

56S2 Elizabeth,* b. Sept. 24, 1719; m.Mar. 4, 1739, Christopher White, and haa . 

5683 Sarah (White), b. Sept. 28, 1740. 

5684 Thurston (White), b. Oct., 1741. 

gl ]It^Tw'hir'l'---''-^^y^^-'^'^'^- 

5687 Noah (White), b. March, 1745. 

5688 Peregrine (White), b. Nov. 19, 1748. 

5689 Susanna (Wliite), b. Aug. 11, 1751. 

5690 Elizabeth (White), b. Feb. 27, 1753. 

5691 Lucy (White), b. Jan. 24, 1755. 

5692 Ruth,'' b. Oct. 3, 1722 ; m. Feb. 7, 1740, Pearce Brownell, and had : 

5693 Pearce (Brownell), b. 1743. 

5694 Gideon (Brownell), b. 1746. 

5695 Hope (Brownell), b. 1750. 

5696 Susanna (Brownell), b. 1755. 

5697 George (Brownell), b. July 5, 1763. 

5698 Lois (Brownell), b. 1765. 

5699 Sarah,* b. July 14, 1725. 

5700 Hope,* b. Sept. 8, 1727; m. Bee. 26, 1751, Ichabod Potter. 


Jonathan Thurston' of Little Compton, R. I. {Jonathan^ Ed- 
ward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Jonathan^ and Sarah 

Thurston of Little Compton ; born there July 5, 1687 ; married . 

Their children were : 

5701 Edward,* b. 1719. 

5702 Jonathan,* b. 1721. 

5703 Mary,* b. 1723. 

5704 Content,* b. 1725. 

5705 Abigail,* b. 1727. 


Benjamin Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Daniel,^ JSdward'^), son 
of Daniel^ and Mary (Easton) Thurston of Newport; born there 
March 25, 1697; married, first, Sarah Casey, daughter of Thomas 
and Rebecca Casey; she died Aug. 18, 1732, aged 28. Second, Mrs. 
Hepzibah Smith, daughter of Peleg Bunker; her first husband was 
Eliphalet Smith of Nantucket. Mr. Thurston died March 14, 1750, 
aged 53. He owned the sloop Pelican, the first regularly equipped 
whaler from Rhode Island. He received a bounty from the colony 
on 114 barrels of oil and 200 pounds of bone, brought into Newport 
June II, 1733. 

His children, by first wife, Sarah, were : 

5706 Sarah,* b. May 25, 1729; m. Oct. 14, 1751, Joseph Turner, a mechanic in 

Newport and an original member of the " Mechanics Society." Children : 

5707 Hannah (Turner), m. Seth Yates. 

5708 Kuth (Turner), d. single. 

5709 Mary,* b. June 18, 1730; m. Dec. 18, 1753, Jonathan Remington. 

5710 Benjamin,* b. May 6, 1731; m. March 30, 1752, Ann Jackson. He was 

lost at sea and she died July, 1793, aged 59, leaving: 
5711 Sarah Casey,'' b. 1756; m. Nov. 13, 1783, Thomas Ward Bliss. He 
died Sept. 5, 1798, aged 37; she died May 26, 1822, aged 66. The 
old house in which Mr. Bliss lived, on the corner of Farewell and 
Marlboro streets in Newport, was one of the oldest in town and 
was standing til] 1876; always called the " Bliss House." They had : 
5712 Elizabeth Ayers (Bliss), b. Oct. 2, 1784; m. Wells. 


5713 Barbara Phillips (Bliss), b. March 14, 1786; m. Murphy, a 

shipmaster of Newport, and had three children. 

5714 Benjamin Thurston (Bliss), b. March 20, 1788. 

5715 Sarah Thurston (Bliss), b. Sept. 11, 1790; m. Stillman. 

5716 Thomas Ward (Bliss), b. Nov. 13, 1792. 

5717 Ebenezer David [ISAs,^), b. Dec. 29, 1796. 

By second wife, Hepzibah : 

5718 Daniel,* b. 1734; d. May 12, 1735. 

5719 Hepzibah,* b. Dec. 25, 1736; m. ist, May 16, 1754, Nicholas Townsend; 

2d, Dec. I, 1764, Nathaniel Barney. 


Edward Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,'^ Edward'^), eldest 
son of Samuel^ and Abigail (Clarke) Thurston of Newport; born 
there May 26, 1696; married. May 9, 1723, Elizabeth Norton, 
daughter of Benjamin and Avis Norton. He died Feb. 22, 1776, 
aged 79; she died April, 1783, aged 76. Her will was dated Nov. 6, 
1781, proved May 5, 1783. 

Mr. Thurston was a cooper, and was thus noticed on the record of 
the society of Friends : " Recorder and keeper of these records 
divers years, yet nevertheless, for not following the advice of Friends 
respecting the manumitting his slaves, was set aside from being a 
member of the society several years before his death. However, at 
the earnest request of his widow, the present recorder hath presumed 
to record his death, although in the strictest sense he might not have 
done it." 

Their children were : 

+5720 Samuel,* b. April 5, 1724; m. Eunice Anthony. 

5721 Abigail,* b. Jan. 4, 1726; d. March 28, 1726. 

-j-5722 Edward,* b. Jan. 12, 1729; m. Mary Fourtane. 

-j-5723 Benjamin,* b. Nov. 20, 1732; m. Amy Sherman. 


Samuel Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,'^ Edward'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Samuel ^ and Abigail (Clarke) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there Oct. 16, 1699; married Mary . He 

died in East Greenwich, R. I., Sept. i, 1792, aged 92 y. 11 m. 

Mr. Thurston was a saddler; was a freeman May i, 1722; was at 
Providence in 1772, and removed to East Greenwich in 1786. A par- 
tition of his father's estate was made Nov. 7, 1750, among his four 
sons, Edward, Samuel, Joseph, and John. 

Child : 
5724 Lydia,* b. March 25, 1725; m. Samuel Tompkins. 


Latham Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,^ Edward'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Samuel ^ and Abigail (Clarke) 
Thurston of Newport; born there June 3, 1704; married, Jan. i, 
1730, Mary Wanton, daughter of John and Mary Wanton. He was 
lost at sea 1737; she died Sept. 30, 1737, aged 30. 


Their children were : 

5725 John,' b. Oct. 27, 1730; drowned at Jamaica Jan. 22, 1756. 

5726 Latham,* b. Sept. 21, 1732; death on record, no date. 

5727 Abigail,* b. May 9, 1735; d. May 20, 1760. 
+5728 Samuel,* b. Sept. 23, 1737 ; m. Mary Brett. 


Joseph Thurston" of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,^ Edward'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Samuel ^ and Abigail (Clarke) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there Sept. 24, 1706; married, April 8, 1733, 
Abigail Pinnegar, daughter of William and Abigail Pinnegar. He 
died in Amsterdam Jan. 6, 1758; she died March 16, 1779, aged 61. 

He was a freeman May 4, 1742. 

Their children were : 

5729 Abigail,* b. July 28, 1739; d. Oct. i, 1740. 

+573° Joseph,* b. June 21, 1741 ; m. ist, iVTary Easton; 2d, Susanna Brownell. 

5731 Abigail,* b. Nov. 6, 1742; d. April 11, 1754. 

5732 Samuel,* b. Dec. 20, 1745; d. Feb. 7, 1746. 
+5733 William,* b. March 8, 1747 ; m. Priscilla Norman. 

5734 Sarah,* b. Aug. 16, 1749; m. William Bell; d. Dec. 25, 1829. 

5735 Edward,* b. April 20, 1753; m. Rebecca Bassell; was lost at sea 1779. 

They had : 
5736 Edwardfh. 1779; m. June 28, 1812, Andra Place: d. March, i860. 
They had : 

5737 William Bassell,^ b. May 3, 1814; d. June 2, 1814. 

5738 Eliza Annf b. Dec 16, i8i5; d. Oct. 20, 1818. 

5739 Benjamin,* b. Sept. 24, 1754. 

5740 Latham,* b. 1757; d. 1757. 


John Thurston^ of Newport, R. I. (Samuel,'^ Edward'^), brother 
of the preceding, and son of Samuel^ and Abigail (Clarke) Thurston 
of Newport; born there April 10, 1713 ; married, Jan. 7, 1741, Mary 
Coffin.* He was a freeman May 3, 1745 ; died March i, 1771. 
The will of Mary Thurston was dated March 6, 1773, and proved 
June s, 1783. 

Their children were : 

4-5741 Latham,* b. Oct. 20, 1748; m. ist, Sarah Wanton; 2d, Mrs. Martha 

* Marv Coffin was the daughter o£ Paul and Mary ( AUeu) t Coffin, granddaughter of Stephen 
and Mary (Banker) Coffln, great-granddaughter of Tristram and Uionis (Stevens) Coffin, great- 
great-granddaughter of Peter and Joanna (ThemberJ Coffyn, greal^great -great-granddaughter 
of Nicholas and Joan Coffyn. t The witnesses to this marriage were Edward Thurston 
[6604], John Tliurstoii [6i;60], Benjamin Thurston [5601), Hepzibah Tliurstou [6601], Edward 
Tllurston [5723], Samuel Thurston [6606], Mary Thurston [6606], Samuel Thurston [6524], Sarah 
Thnvston [5027J, Lydia Thurston [5724], Elizabeth Thurston [5604], Phebe Thurston [66231, 
Paul Coffin, brother of bride, Mary Pearce, mother of bride, Clothier Pearce, son of Mary 

t Mary Allen was the daughter of Edward and Anne (Coleman) Allen. Anne Coleman was 
the daughter of Joseph and Anne (Uunlterr Coleman and granddaughter of Thomas and 
Susanna Coleman. Mary Bunlser and Anne Buolcer were daughters of George and Jane 
(Godfrey) Bunker and granddaughters of William Banker. Dionis Stevens was the daughter 
of Robert Stevens. 

t Robert Alien Cofflo was a descendant of this family, who died at Conway Mass 1378 
aged seventy-seven years. He was the first student registered for admission to Amhers't col- 
lege at its opening in 1S21 aud was its oldest living alumnus. Ue was the founder of the War- 
ten Female Seminary of Rhode Island, author of the " History of Conway," and a woric on 
natural philosophy, a contributor to " Bibliothea Sacra," and a member of the Massachusetts 
legislature in 1856-57. He was the brother of the late James H. Coffin, ll.d., meteoroloelst 
of the Smithsonian institution and professor in Lafayette college. ' ^ 


5742 A son, b. April lo, 1749; d. April 13, 1749. 
+5743 John,* b. June 12, 1750; m. Sabra Smith. 
5744 Mary,«b. July 17, 1752; m. Nov. 18, 1771, Hezekiah Starbuck of Nan- 
tucket, Mass. They moved to North Carolina in 1785. They had : 

5745 George (Starbuck), b. April 8. 1775; m. Elizabeth Starbuck. 

5746 Gayer (Starbuck), b. Aug. 10, 1777. 

5747 Clarissa (Starbuck), b. Jan. 28, 1780; m. Reuben Mills. 

5748 Hezekiah (Starbuck). b. Oct. 14, 1782 ; m. Hussey. 

5749 Jet/iro (Starbuck), m. Mills. 

5750 Samuel (Starbuck), m. Asenath Hedge. 

5751 Mary (Starbuck), m. Hunt. 

5752 yohn (Starbuck). 

5753 Rebecca (Starbuck). 

5754 Latham (Starbuck). 

5755 Samuel,* b. Oct. 8, 1755; d. June 19, 1757. 

5756 Abigail,* b. March 10, 1760; d. Aug. 17, 1760. 

5757 Hannah,* b. April 29, 1762; d. Nov. u, 1762. 
+575S Samuel,* b. Feb. g, 1763; m. Mary Landers. 

5759 Paul,* b. July 16, 1769; m. Jan. 2, 1791, Sarah Hall. He died in Mara- 
caybo. South America, Oct. 8, 1802; she died May 17, 1856, aged 85. 


Edward Thurston' of Freetown, Mass. {Tho7nas,^ Edward'^), 
eldest son of Thomas ^ and Mehitable (Mayo) Thurston of Freetown ; 
born there 1696 ; married Hannah Dodson, daughter of Jonathan 
and Abigail (Gannett) Dodson of Freetown, and granddaughter of 
Anthony Dodson of Scituate, Mass. She died Sept. 15, 1778, aged 
75 ; he died Nov. 3, 1783, aged 87. 

Their children were : 

+5760 Edward,* b. Sept. 6, 1724; m. Parnold Mott. 

+5761 Peleg,* b. Oct. 24, 1726; ra. Amy Barton. 

5762 Hannah,* b. Feb. 24, 1729; m. Aug. 27, 1752, William Mosher of Dart- 
mouth, Mass. 

+5763 Thomas,* b. Dec. 25. 1730; m. 1st, Elizabeth Pearce; 2d, Hannah Winslow. 

5764 Sarah,* b. Nov. 24, 1732; n.m. ; d. 

5765 Elizabeth,* b. Jan. 24, 1735; n.m.; d. April 5, 1826. 

5766 Mehitable,* b. Feb. 28, 1737; m. ist, Nov. 2, 1758, Francis Harrison of 

Freeto\yn; 2d, Jan. 11, 1776, Joshua Weeks of Wellfleet, Mass. 

5767 Mary,* b. March 9, 1740; m. 1st, Oct. 9, 1774, Joseph Terry of Freetown; 

2d, Noah Edminster of Freetown. 

5768 Samuel,* b. March 7, 1743; n.m.; d. June 23, 1831 ; will dated Dec. 8, 

1828, proved Aug. 5, 1831. 


Thomas Thurston' of Tiverton, R. I. (Thomas^ Edward'^), broth- 
er of the preceding, and son of Thomas ^ and Mehitable (Mayo) 
Thurston of Freetown, Mass. ; married . 

Their children were : 

5775 Mehitable,* b. Dec. 13, 1741. 

5776 Samuel,* b. Aug. 21, 1743. 

5777 Elizabeth,* b. Nov. 20, 1747. 

+5778 Thomas,* b. Feb. 16, 1750; m. Patience Beers. 
5779 Mary,* b. Feb. 12, 1753. 


Peleg Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Thomas^ Edward'^'), brother 
of the preceding, and son of Thomas " and Mehitable (Mayo) Thurs- 


ton of Freetown, Mass.; married, first, Nov. 15, i739> Sarah Bor- 
den, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Borden ; she was a legatee in 
the will of her brother, Thomas Borden, made Feb. 11, 1748- Sec- 
ond, Oct. 3, 1765, Amy Richardson, daughter of Thomas and Mary 
Richardson. He died June, 1770; she died Oct. 31, 1791, aged 61. 
Mr. Thurston was a dry goods merchant in New York city. 
His children, by first wife, Sarah, were : 

+5785 John,* b. June 15, 1740; m. ist, Sarah Feke; 2d, Abigail Robinson. 

5786 Peleg,* b. March 13, 1742; m. Sept. 23, 1765, Mary Fryers. «SHe died Jan. 

9, i766;,*lje_diecl_Oct_25jj77o,c«gea^2i.T 

5787 Joseph,* b. June 20, 1744. 

5788 Bryer,*b. Julys, 1746; d. July 20, 1747- , ^ 

5789 Sarah,* b. Dec. 27, 1749; m. Dec. 3, 1776, Jonathan Easton; d. June 30, 


5790 Elizabeth,* b. March 6, 1752; m. Oct. 7, 1779, Philip Robinson; d. June 

22, 1782. They had: 

5791 William Philip (Robinson), b. June 13, 1780. 

5792 George Brown (Robinson), b. June 22, 1782. 

5793 Thomas,* b. June 3, 1754; d. Sept. 29, 1754. 

5794 Thomas,* b. Feb. 17, 1757. 

By second wife, Amy : 
+5795 William Richardson,* b. July u, 1766; m. ist, Eleanor King; 2d, Mary 
Seaman; 3d, Abigail Eveingli(ni._--<J_- 


Jonathan Thurston^ of Newport, R. I. (Thomas,^ Edward''-), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas ^ and Mehitable (Mayo) 
Thurston of Freetown, Mass. ; married Lydia Goddard, daughter of 
Daniel and Mary Goddaird. Peleg Thurston (his brother) and Lydia 
Thurston (his widow) administrators on estate of Jonathan Thurston 
June 1, 1763, bond given June 21, 1763, liberty to sell his real estate. 
His widow married, June 30, 1763, James Chace. 

Their children were : 

5800 Mehitable,' b. Nov., 1743; m. ist, Dec. i, 1763, Cornelius Coggeshall; 2d, 
Oct. 5, 1769, Daniel Wood. She had, by first husband : 
5801 Elizabeth (Coggeshall), b. Aug. 27, 1764. 

5802 Samuel,* b. July 5, 1745. 

5803 Lydia,* b. 1749; m. June 27, 1782, Benjamin Gould; d. Dec. 10, 1785. 

jFouctf) (Sfeneration. 


Edward Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Edward^ Edward,"^ Ed- 
ward'-'), eldest son of Edward ^ and Elizabeth (Gardner) Thurston of 
Newport; born there Sept. 8, 1702; married Catherine Gardner, 
daughter of Joseph and Catherine Gardner, mentioned in will of her 
uncle, John Holmes, Nov. 21, 1732, as Katherine Thurston. He 
was a ship carpenter; died Nov. 14, 1735, aged t^-s,. 
Their children were : 

5810 Susanna,^ b. 1728; d. March 14, 1730. 

581 1 Susanna,^ b. 173^; d. May 10, 1736. 

5812 Edward,^ b. 1732; was a Free Baptist preacher in Providence, R. \. 


+5813 John,5 b. 1734; m. Mary Brett. 
5814 Catherine,^ b. 1736; m. March 19, 1761, William Wilson, and had: 

5815 John (Wilson), bap. June 14, 1772. 

5816 Edward Thurston (Wilson), bap. May 2, 1774. 


Rev. Gardner Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Edward^ Edward,^ 
Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Edward" and Eliza- 
beth (Gardner) Tliurston of Newport; born there Nov. 14, 172 1; 
married, first, Sept. 16, 1747, Frances Sanford, daughter of Joseph 
and Lydia Sanford; she died Sept. 7, 1759, aged 32. Second, Oct. 
25, 1760, Martha Sanford. She died Dec. 17, 1784, aged 52; he 
died Aug. 23, 1802, aged 81. n 

He was pastor of the second Baptist church in Newport, and was 
the only clergyman remaining there in 1780. Oct. 27, 1783, this 
church was incorporated as the " Six Principles Baptist church." He 
held services in Trinity church until his own church could be repaired. 

Rev. Joshua Bradley of Mansfield, Ct., in the Evangelical Maga- 
zine for November, 1808, says : " Mr. Thurston was endowed with 
an excellent disposition and possessed a good natural constitution, 
with a quick and brilliant imagination. He was mild, religious, stu- 
dious, and amiable in his family, easy and graceful in all his public 
• movements. His voice was strong and melodious, and his heart all 
alive in the great and arduous work of the ministry. He generally 
wrote the heads of his sermons, the quotations from scripture, and 
some of the most interesting ideas, which he thought necessary for 
the clear illustration of his subject. These he committed to memory 
and but seldom had his notes before him in public. Being possessed 
of pleasing pulpit talents, and giving himself wholly to the work of 
the ministry, his hearers Ijecame so numerous that his meeting-house 
was twice enlarged and was well filled as long as he was able to 
preach, and he was favored with repeated revivals of religion among 
his people." 

His children, by first wife, Frances, were : 

5820 Sarah,^ b. June 29, 1748; d. Sept. 17, 1755. 

By second wife, Martha : 

5821 Frances,^ b. Oct. i, 1769; m. July 25, 1813, Job E. Woodman; d. Oct. i, 

1834 ; no children. 


Capt. John Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Jonathan^ Edward,^ 
Edward'^'), eldest son of Jonathan ' and Phebe (Holmes) Thurston of 
Newport; born there Aug. 17, 1723; married, May 10, 1746, Eliza- 
beth Oxx, born June 14, 1725. She died March 25, 1793, aged 68 ; 
he died Aug. 6, 1794, aged 71. Will dated July 21, 1794, proved Jan.. 
5, 1795. He was a sea captain, and maintained the coat of arms, 
handed down from his fathers. 

Their children were : 
-I-5826 John,^ b. May 31, 1747; m. Elizabeth Jenkins. 
5827 Phebe,^ b. April 14, 1749; m. Jan. i, 1769, Christopher Champlin;, d. ia 
Providence, R. I., March i, 1823. They had : 


5828 John Thurston (Champlin), b. Feb. 8, 1770; bap. Feb. 23, 1770; m. 

Penelope Miiiturn. He died July 24, 1830; she died suddenly at 
South Hampton, L. I., July 31, 1S72, aged 80.* 

5829 Rebecca {OiWix^XxTx), b. Nov. 4, 1771; bap. Jan. 6, 1772; m. 1791, 

Stephen Dexter; d. Jan. 21, 1795. 
5S30 Uriah Oliver (Champlin), b. Dec. 24, 1772; bap. Jan. 6, 1773; m. 
Eliza S. De Peyster. 

5831 Elizabeth (Champlin), b. Nov. 27, 1774; m. 1796, John Church; d. 

March 24, 1810. 

5832 Phebe (Champlin), b. Oct. 20, 1776; m. 1798, Stephen Dexter. 

5833 Christopher Joseph (Champlin), d. July, 1780. 

5834 Sarauel,^ b. June 4, 1751; m. Nov. 5, 1783, Elizabeth Lavfton. He died 
Jan. 8, 1825; she died Dec. 27, 1825, aged 70; no children. 
+5835 Peleg,^ b. May 28, 1753; '"■ '^'' Pl^^l": Lawton; 2d, Ruth Lawton. 
+5836 Jonathan,^ b. April 25, 1755; ™- Hannah Beebe. 

5837 Edward,^ b. April 12, i7S'j; d. July 27, 1782. 


Jonathan Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {J^onathan,^ Edward,^ 
Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Jonathan^ and Phebe 
(Hohnes) Thurston of Newport; born there May 2, 1725; married, 
April 21, 1748, Ruth Scott, daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Gould) 
Scott. He died Aug. 24, 1757 ; she died Oct. 31, 1767, aged 37 ; her 
will dated Jan. 25, 1765. The stone over the grave has the family 
coat of arms and this inscription : " In memory of Jonathan Thurs- 
ton, an honest, industrious, skillful merchant, whose piety and virtues • 
procured the love and esteem of his acquaintances." 

Their children were : 
-I-5840 Jonathan,^ b. 1749; ni. Margaret Sweet. 

5841 Joseph, 5 bap. Dec. 27, 1750. 

5842 Edward,' bap. Jan. 14, 1753; d. May 26, 1753. 

5843 George,' bap. May 15, 1754; d. May 15, 1754. 

5844 Elizabeth,' bap. May 28, 1756; m. ist, Oct. lo, 1783, Capt. Richard Chil- 

cott; he died at sea August, 1786; 2d, Oct. 22, 1799, John Bours; she 
died April 15, 1804, having had: 
5845 Mary (Chilcot), d. Dec. I, 1787, aged 20m. 16 d. 
5846 Deborah,' bap. April 5, 1757; d. Sept. 4, 1757. 


William Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Jonathan,^ Edward,'^ Ed- 
ward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Jonathan^ and Phebe 
(Holmes) Thurston of Newport; born there Oct. 7, 1728; married, 
Sept. 4, 1754, Dorothy Carter. He was lost at sea in 1756, aged 
28; she died Feb. 11, 1822, aged g6. 

Child : 
+5850 William,' b. Sept. 25, 1755; m. Mary Rowlong. 


George Thurston * of Little Compton, R. I. {Edward,^ Jonathan,'' 
Edward'^), eldest son of Edward "^ and Susanna (Pearce) Thurston of 
Little Compton, R. I.; born there Nov. 4, 1709; married, first, Dec. 
II, 1729, Keziah ; second, Greene. He sold his home- 
stead farm in Little Compton Jan. 21, 1740, to John Brown and re- 
moved to Hopkinton. 

*Ann Maria, widow of the late Gahriel L. Lewis, and daughter of the late John Thm"?ton 
Cliamplin of New York city, was buried from the residence of her son-in-law TT A M.,v 
. dock, 313 Fifth avenue, New York. '*w, u . a. Mur- 


His children, by first wife, Keziah, were : 
5855 Susanna,'' b. Jan., 1731. 
-1-5856 William,^ b. Jan. 17, 1733; m. Ruth Stetson. 

5857 Hannah,^ b. Jan. lo, 1735; m. Greene. 

5858 Mary,^ b. Aug. 27, 1737. 

-I-5859 Edward,^ b. May 16, 1740; m. Thankful Main. 

-I-5860 George, ^b. 1741; m. ist, Dolly Cottrell; 2d, Mrs. Sarah Rathbun. 

5861 Nabby,^ b. 1753; m. Nathaniel Main, b. 1751. They lived in North Ston- 
ington, Ct. She died 1825; he died 1827. They had: 

5862 Job (Main), m. Billings, and lived and died in Brooklyn, Ct. He 

was a good farmer, and the last of his life a trader. 

5863 Gardner {^zX-ri), m. Hakes; lived and died in Brooklyn; two 


5864 Nabby (Main), m. Thomas Tliompson; lived and d. in No. Stonington. 

5865 Adie (Main), m. Israel P. Park ; lived and died in North Stonington. 

5866 Russell (Main), m. Katura Chapman; lived and d. in No. Stonington. 

5867 Clarissa (Main), m. Ichabod Eccleston; lived and d. in No. Stonington. 

5868 Hannah (Main), m. Wheeler ; lived and died in Brooklyn. 

5869 Aruby (Main), m. Jonathan Chapman; lived and died in Brooklyn. 

They were all farmers. 

By second wife : 

-I-5870 Gardner,^ b. 1760; m. Lydia Taylor. 
-j-587 1 Joseph,^ m, Sarah Taylor. 


Samuel Thurston* of Newport, R. I. [Edward^ Samuel^ Ed- 
ward'^), eldest son of Edward ' and Elizabeth (Norton) Thurston of 
Ne-wport; born there April 5, 1724; married, April 28, 1744, Eunice 
Anthony, daughter of Isaac and Mary Anthony. He died at His- 
paniola April 8, 1760; she died Nov. 7, 1777, aged 56. 

Their children were : 

5876 Norton,^ b. May 29, 1745; m. May 25, 1768, Ann Greene; she died in 

Canajoharie, N. Y., 1814. 
5S77 Avis,^ b. July 10, 1747 ; m. Dec, 1784, Peleg Sherman. 
5878 Elizabeth,^ b. April 10, 1749; m. Dec. i, 1768, David Melville. She died 

Dec. I, 1803; he died Dec. 13, 1804, aged 62. They had, all baptized in 

Trinity church, Newport : 

5879 Lydia (Melville), b. Aug. 3, 1769. 

5880 Samuel Thurston (Melville), b. 1771 ; d. Oct. 17, 1792. 

5881 ZlawV (Melville), b. March 21, 1773; m. March 4, 1812, Patience S. 


5882 Mary (Melville), b. March 20, 1775; d. Sept. 10, 1794. 

5883 ^/«za&/'^(Melville),b. Dec. 5, 1777. 

5884 Eunice Thurston (Melville), b, Sept. 4, 1781 ; d. Aug. 29, 18 19. 

5885 Sarah Anthony (Melville), b. May 28, 1784; m. Jan. i, 1815, John 


5886 Avis (Melville), b. 1786; d. May 22, 1792. 

+5887 Samuel Isaac^b. Aug. 18, 1756; m. 1st, Mary C. Coggeshall; 2d, Mrs. 
Jane Futhey, n6e Rawlins. 


Edward Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Edward,^ Samuel," Ed- 
ward'''), brother of the preceding, and son of Edward'' and Elizabeth 
(Norton) Thurston of Newport; born there Jan. 12, 1729; married, 
June 17, 1764, Mary Fourtane, daughter of Daniel and Jane 
(Whitfield) Fourtane. He died in New York city June, 1782; she 
died May 19, 1818, aged 81. 


Their children were : 

5S92 Edward,^ b. March 2, 1766; n.m. ; d. Oct. 8, 1826. • 
5893 Elizabeth Norton,^ b. June 12, 1768; m. Aug. i, 1808, John Bannister; d. 
Dec. 7, 1838; no children. 


Benjamin Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Edward,^ Samuel,^ Ed- 
ward'^), brotlier of the preceding, and son of Edward^ and Elizabeth 
(Norton) Thurston of Newport; born there Nov. 20, 1732; married, 
Dec. 10, 1755, Amy Sherman, daughter of Job and Amy Sherman. 
She died Sept. 4, 1762, aged 28; he died in the West Indies Dec. 4, 

Their children were : 

5898 Job,^ b. Oct. I, 1756; m. 1st, 1787, Rachel Coleman; she died Sept. 13, 

1787, aged 23; 2d, Ruth Cartwright; no children, 

5899 Elizabeth,^ b. April 4, 1758; d. Aug. 4, 1777. 

5900 Abigail,* b. May 30, 1760; m. Robert Thomas; removed to the state of 

New York after the revolutionary vpar. They had: 
590: Amy (Thomas), b. Nov. 28, 1781. 

5902 Elizabeth (Thomas), b. Dec. 5, 1783. 

5903 Thurston (Thomas), b. Dec. 30, 17S6. 


Samuel Thurston* of Newport, R. I. {Latham,^ Samuel,^ Ed- 
ward'^), son of Latham'' and Mary (Wanton) Thurston of Newport; 
born there Sept. 23, 1737; married, Sept. 16, 1764, Mary Brett. 
He died Sept. 23, 1771 ; she died April 10, 1819, aged 80. 

Their children were : 

+5908 John Brett,^ b. June ii, 1765; m. Mary . 

5909 Latham,'' b. July i, 1766. 


Joseph Thurston' of Newport, ^.l.{yoseph^ Samuel- Edward^), 
eldest son of Joseph'' and Abigail (Pinnegar) Thurston of Newport; 
born there June 21, 1741 ; married, first. May 27, 1773, Mary Easton, 
daughter of John and Patience (Redwood) Easton; she died Nov. 10, 
1777, aged 38. Second, April 27, 1780, Susanna Br'ownell, daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Mary Brownell. He died Feb. 20, 1803, ao-ed 
62; she died May 14, 1841. ' ' ^ 

His children, by first wife, Mary, were : 

5914 Joseph,^ b. May 23, 1774; d. June i, 1774. 

By second wife, Susanna: 

5915 Mary,6 b. Jan. 30, 1781 ; d. Sept. 2, 1781. 

5916 Hannah.i^b. July 12, 1782; d. April ii, 1783. 

5917 Joseph,'ib. Oct. 24, 1783; d. Dec. 5, 1783. 
+5918 Abraham,* b. Nov. 7, 1784; m. Martha D. Prior 

5919 Susanna,* b. Feb. 8, 1789; d. Aug. 4, 1789. 

+5920 Joseph,* b. June 16, 1791 ; m. Letitia McBurney 

5921 Henry,* b. June 26, 1796; d. Sept. i, 1797. 

5922 Susanna.* b. Dec. 3, 1799; d. Sept. 18, 1873. 

5923 Benjamin,* b. Jan. 22, 1801 ; d. Aug. 29, 1801. 



William Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Joseph,^ Samuel,"^ Ed- 
ward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Joseph ^ and Abigail 
(Pinnegar) Tliurston of Newport; born there March 8, 1747; mar- 
ried, Aug. s, 1773, Priscilla Norman. Mr. Thurston's son William 
told his daughter Sarah that his father (William *) started for the 
South when the youngest child was an infant and was never heard 
from ; supposed to haye been lost at sea on the passage. 

Their children were : 

5928 Abigail,^ b. Aug. 16, 1775; m. Aug. 25, 1793, James Searles; d. March 23, 
1833, leaving : 

5929 Mary Ann (Searles), b. March 18, 1795; ™- J^"- '815, Stephen Mar- 

tin; d. 1833. 

5930 Lucia (Searles), b. Dec. 27, 1796; ra. Oct., 1824, Rufus Park; d. i86r. 

5931 Fanny (Searles), b. March i5, 1799; m. July 11, 1822, Calvin Clark; 

d. 1836. 

5932 John M. (Searles), b. Dec. 7, 1801 ; m. Philomelia Stoddard ; she d. 1862. 

5933 Priscilla (Searles), b. April 9, 1804 ; m. Dec. 7, 1838, Calvin Clark. 

5934 James H. (Searles), b. May 4, 1806; m. May 4, 1830, Martha G. Ran- 

som; she died i860. 

5935 William Thurston {^&2a\t%),h. June 27, 1808; m. ist, 1838, Laurilla 

Williams; 2d, Lucinda B. White; d. 1864. 

5936 Elizabeth Thurston (Searles), b. Dec. 20, 181 1 ; m. June, 1833, Edward 

B. Hawes; d. 1862. 

5937 Moses Thurston (Searles), b. Feb. 9, 1814; m. 1840, Mary Ann Primmer, 

5938 Bernard Tj, (Searles), b. Aug. 22, 1815; m. Dec. 23, 1843, Sophia 
- Harvey. 

5939 Abigail (Searles), b. Oct. 2, 1816; m. Jan. 9, 1838, L. N. Thomas. 
-I-5940 Moses,* b. Feb. 6, 1780; m. ist, Elizabeth Easton; 2d, Mrs. Abigail Baker, 
-I-5941 William,* b. 1782 ; m. Ruth C. Easton. 


Latham Thurston * of Newport, R. I. (^yohn,^ Samuel,^ Edward''-^, 
eldest son of John 'and Mary (Coffin) Thurston of Newport; born 
there Oct. 20, 1748; married, first, Feb. 4, 1768, Sarah Wanton, 
daughter of John and Anna Wanton; she died Dec. 16, 1800, aged 
58. Second, July 25, 1802, Mrs. Martha (Cahoone) Coggeshall, 
daughter of James Cahoone. He died July 10, 1825 ; will dated June 
27, 1825, proved Sept. 5, 1825. 

Their children were : 

5946 John Wanton,* m. ist, Oct. 25, 1795, Nancy Anthony; she died May 10, 

1796, aged 20; 2d, March 24, 1800, Mrs, Elizabeth Anthony, daughter of 
Gideon Cornell. 

5947 Nancy R.,* m. Robert Babcock, and had : 

5948 John (Babcock). 

5949 Latham (Babcock). 

5950 Sarah Ann (Babcock). 

5951 Wanton (Babcock). 

5952 Eliza (Babcock), 

5953 Abby (Babcock). 

5954 Cornelia (Babcock). 

+5955 William Wanton,* b. 1780; m. Sarah Jack. 

5956 Mary,* m. Aug., 1802, John Snow; he died April 25, 1865, They had: 

5957 William (Snow), 

5958 George (Snow), 

5959 John Wanton (Snow), 

5960 Mary (Snow). 


5961 Latham,^ m. Aug., 1802, Abby Wanton, daughter of John Wanton, and 

1:062 Sarah ^ b ''iVs^': m. Tury"3o"^i8o6, George C. Tew; d. Oct. 20, 1832; had: 
^^ cot, L;^/c (Tewj.i noted phrenologist in Rhode Island and other states 
5964 Latham Thurstott (Ttv!),m. Maria T. Sterne [see no. 5971], both 
dead; no children. 

By second wife, Martha : 
5965 Martha Coggeshall,^ m. Henry Higgins Thurston, [see no. 6037.] 


John Thurston^ of Newport, R.I. {John,^ Samuel,^ Edward'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of John^ and Mary (Coffin) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there June 12, 1750; married, March 11, 1789, 
Saera Smith.* He died of yellow fever, in Newport, Aug. 12, 1819, 
aged 69 ; she died June 26, 1822, aged 53. He was " disowned " by 
the society of Friends in 1784 for "keeping slaves." 
Their children were : 

5970 Maria,^ b. Jan. 5, 1790; m. Dec. 8, 1811, John Sterne ; d. Oct. 9, 1S49; had: 

5971 Maria Thurston (Sterne), b. Sept. II, 1812; m. Jan. 21, 1834, Latham 

Thurston Tew [see no. 5964] ; d. Aug. 10, 1872 ; no children. 

5972 Caroline (Sterne), b. Feb. 6, 181 5; m. June 14, 1S38, Thomas B. 

Shearman. They had : 

5973 Jol"^ Sterne (Shearman), b. Nov. 1,5, 1840; d. Dec. 2, 1840. 

5974 Rowena (Shearman), b. March 5, 1842. 

5975 y<"'"' Sterne (Shearman), b. April 6, 1843. 

5976 Wanton Taber (Shearman), b. April 26, 1846; d. July 20, 1846. 

5977 Wanton Taber (Shearman), b. Aug. i, 1847. 

5978 James Turner (Shearman), b. Jan. 10, 1849. 

5979 Maria Sterne (Shearman), b. Feb. 29, 1852. 

59S0 Samuel (Si&mt), b. June 21, 1817; m. May 24, 1841, Martha J. Bur- 
dick. They had: 

5981 Charles Thurston (Sterne), b. June 8, 1S49. 

5982 Ella (Sterne), b. May 17, 1853; d. Aug. 2, 1855. 

5983 Kate (Sterne), b. June 22, 1857 ; m. Grant Perry Taylor Oct., 1878. 

5984 Sophia Eliza (Sterne), b. July 29, 1862. 

5985 Charles Thurston (Sterne), b. July 14, 1819; d. Jan. 23, 1820. 

5986 Charles Thurston (Sterne), b. Jan. 23, 1821 ; d. March 5, 1822. 

5987 Georgiana (Sterne), b. Dec. 29, 1822 ; m. Aug. 6, 1843, William P. 

Swasey of Vineland, N. J. ; she died, having had one child who died. 

5988 Harriet Elizabeth (Sterne), b. Aug. 3, 1825; m. Jan. 28, 1844, J.^ B. 

Swasey; d. Jan. 7, 1848; he was lost at sea on passage to Georgia. 

5989 Martha Rosaline (Sterne), b. April 16, 1828; d. May 11, 1846. 

5990 Andrew Jackson (Sterne), b. Oct. 7, 1830; d. Feb. 23, 1856. 

5991 Louisa (Sterne), b. July 16, 1S32; d. June 29, 1857. 

* Sabra Smith was the daughter of Elijah and Esther (MyriclO Smith, granddaughter of 
Benjamin and Sarah (Way) Smith, great-granddaughter of Francis Smith, and great-great- 
granddaughter of Ricliard Smith. 

Esther Myrick was the daughter of Elisha and Grace (Rogers) Myrick. and granddaughter 
of Jolin and Elizabeth (Trowbridge) Myrick. 

Elizabeth Trowbridge was the daughter of James and Margaret (Atherton) Trowbridge, 
and granddaughter of Tlioraas Trowbridge. 

Margaret Atherton was the daughter of Humphrey Atherton. 

Grace Rogers was the daugliter of Daniel and Grace (Williams) Rogers, granddaughter of 
Samuel and Mary (Stanton) Rogers, and great-granddaughter of James and Elizabeth (Row- 
land) Rogers. 

Elizabeth Rowland was the daugliter of Samuel Rowland. 

Mary Stanton was the daughter of Thomas and Anne (Lord) Stanton. 

Anne Lord was the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Lord. 

Grace Williams was the daughter of Thomas and Joanna Williams. 

Sarah Way was probably the daughter of George and Susanna (Nest) Way, granddaughter 
of George and Elizabeth (Smith) Way, and great-granddaughter of Henry and Elizabeth Way. 

Elizabeth Smith was the daughter of John and Joanna Smith. 

Susanna Nest was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Bodington) Nest. 


5992 John (Sterne), b. April 17, 1834; m. Dec. 20, 1855, Elizabeth R. Mum- 
ford; d. March 25, 1863. 
+5993 Charles Myrick,^ b. Feb. 23, 1792 ; m. Rachel Hall Pitman. 

5994 Child, d. in infancy. 

5995 Sophia Eliza,^ b. Apr. 3, 1797 ; n.m. ; an active member of the Methodist 

church; d. June 12, 1879. 

5996 Esther Matilda,6b. July 25, 1800; m. Nov. 24, 1828, William Robinson 

Pitman, a watchmaker and jeweler, formerly in New Bedford, Mass., 

now living in Newport, R. I., 1879. She was an active member of the 

Methodist church; d. Nov. 7, 1834. They had: 
5997 flarriet Elizabeth (Pitman), b. Sept. 20, 1829; m. April 6, 1852, Rev. 
Carlos Banning, a Methodist clergyman ; he graduated from the 
"Concord Theological Seminary," now removed to Boston and 
known as the " Boston University." Children : 

5998 Matilda Thurston (Banning), b. June 30, 1854; m. Nov. 15, 1877, 
Thomas W. Freeborn, and has : 
5999 yennie Thurston (Freeborn), b. July 15, 1878. 

6000 William Carlos (Banning), b. May 17, i860; d. Oct. 10, 1864. 

6001 Arthur Staples (Banning), b. June g, 1862; d. Jan. 31, 1865. 

6002 Edwin Thomas (Banning), b. May ii, 1864. 

6003 Mary Elizabeth (Banning), b. Feb. 28, 1866. 

6004 Alice Crocker (Banning), b. Oct. 8, 1868. • 

6005 William Goddard (Pitman), b. Oct. 15, 1834; m. March 14, 1864, Eu- 
genie S. Bemis.* Mr. Pitman is a dry goods merchant in Madison, 
Wis. ; they are members of the Episcopal church. He says : " I 
enlisted April, i85i, and served as sergeant in Co. IC, ist Wisconsin 
volunteers, during the three months' service. In August, 1862, I, 
with two others, recruited a company which was assigned to the 23d 
regiment Wisconsin volunteer infantry. I served as adjutant of the 
regiment until May, 1863, when I was commissioned captain of the 
company which I had helped to raise (Co. I) ; resigned in Dec, 
1863, and have since followed my present occupation. Participated 
in one of the first skirmishes of the war, that at Falling Waters, 
Va., July 2, 1861, and also in the first attack on Vicksburgh, Dec, 

1862, in the battle of Fort Hindman, Jan., 1863, Port Gibson, 
Champion Hills, Black River Bridge, May, 1863, in the siege and 
capture of Vicksburgh, July 4, 1863, in the siege of Jackson, July, 

1863, and in the battle of Carrion Crow Bayou, Nov., 1863, besides 
numerous skirmishes and guerrilla chases." Children: 

6006 Bertha Staples (Pitman), b. Aug. 6, 1865; bap. Oct. 21, 1865. 

6007 Jennie Matilda (Pitman), b. Sept. 8, 1872; bap. Nov. 3, 1872. 

6008 Annie Maria (Pitman), b. Oct. 10, 1874; bap. Feb. 21, 1875. 
6009 -Harriet Smith,^ b. Sept. 27, 1804; d. June 3, 1829. 


Samuel Thurston * of Newport, R. I. {John,^ Samuel,^ Edward'^'), 
brother of the preceding, and son of John* and Mary (Coffin) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there Feb. 9, 1763; married, Aug. 7, 1783, 
Mary Landers, daughter of John Landers; she died Sept. 13, i8i6. 

Mr. Thurston was disowned by the society of Friends in 1782, for 
having " shipped on a privateer." 

Their children were : 

6016 John, 5b. April 21, 1784; d. May 12, 1785. 

6017 John,^ b. Jan. 12, 1786; m. Mrs. Lamphire, daughter of Burdick; had : 

6oi8 Avis,^ m. Burdick. 

6019 Nancy f m. Vanalger of Nile, Allegany county, K. Y. 

6020 Mary,^ 

* Eugenie S. Bemis was the daughter of Frederick and Sarah Jane (Swan) Bemis of Boston, 
Mass. Sarah Jane Swan was the daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Shale) Swan of Salem, 
Mass. Hannah Shale was the daughter of Andrew (gentleman of Dublin university) and 
Jane (Elliott) Shale. Jane Elliott was the daughter of Capt. Benjaniin and Abigail (trroves) 
Elliott of Beverly, Mass. 

Frederick Bemis was the son of Isaac and Louisa (Jones) Bemis. 


6021 Mary,^b. March 2, 1788; d. Sept. 12, 1810. 

6022 Elizabeth Landers,i^ b. Feb. 14, 1791; m. Oct. zS, 1810, John F. Ham- 

mond, and had: 

6023 Mary Thurston (Hammond), b. June 9, 181 1 ; d. 

6024 John Henry (Hammond), b. Oct. 19, 1812; d. 

6025 William (Hammond), b. April 5, 1814. 

6026 James (Hammond), b. Oct. 10, 1816. 

6027 Joseph (Hammond), b. Sept. 19, 1818. 

6028 Elizabeth Landers (Hammond), b. Sept. 30, 1820. 

6029 Edward Landers (Hammond), b. Aug. 16, 1822. 

6030 Ann (Hammond), b. Oct. 23, 1S25. 

6031 Sarah (Hammond), b. Aug. 25, 1S27; d. 

6032 Sarah (Hammond), b. Aug. 29, 1829. 

6033 Phebe (Hammond), b. Feb. 20, 1832. 

6034 Laura Wood (Hammond), b. March 16, 1836. 
-f-6035 Samuel,* b. June 13, 1793; m. Elizabeth Gifford. 

6036 Paul,* b. Feb. 20, 1796; d. Aug. 7, 1797. 
+6037 Henry Higgins,* b. Sept. 20, 1799; m. Martha Coggeshall Thurston. 


Edward Thurston * of Freetown, Mass. {Edward,^ Thomas,^ .£'(2'- 
zcar(2?^), eldest son of Edward^ and Hannah (Dodson) Thurston of 
Freetown; born there Sept. 6, 1724; married Parnold Mott of 
Dartmouth, Mass. 

Their children were : 
+6042 Gardner,* b. Feb. 15, 1761; m. Mary Terry. 

6043 Parnold,* d. single, Dec. 27, 1814. 

6044 Deborah,* m. Elisha Davis of Fall River, Mass. 
-j-6o45 Nathaniel S.,* b. May 10, 1771; m. Lavinia Davis. 

6046 Hepzibah,* d. single 183-. 


Peleg Thurston ^ of Troy, Mass. {Edward,^ Thomas,^ Edward'^), 
brother of the preceding, and son of Edward ^ and Hannah (Dodson) 
Thurston of Freetown, Mass.; born there Oct. 24, 1726; married 
Amy Barton of Warren, R. I. She died Oct. 8, 1796, aged 59; he 
died Sept. 29, 1822, aged 95. He was a farmer. 

Their children were : 

6050 Diadema,* b. 1752; d. single Sept. 11, 1838, aged 86. 

6051 Peleg Rufus,* b. 1765; was a farmer; d. single Oct. 6, 1822, aged 57. 

6052 James,* b. 1770; wa^ a farmer; d. single April 4, 1829, aged 59; will 

made Feb., 1S25, proved June 30, 1829. 
-|-5o53 Varnum,* b. 1773; '"• Mary Gardner. 
6054 Hannah,* m. Rufus Blossom, and had : 

6055 Susan (Blossom). 

6056 Barton (Blossom). 

6057 Mary,* m. Benjamin Terry of Freetown, and had : 

6058 Amy (Terry), named in will of her uncle James Thurston, 1825; m. 
Ephraim Winslow, and had : 

6059 Ephraim N. (Winslow), chief engineer of Old Colony railroad, 

residing in Hyannis, Mass. 

6060 Benjamin (Winslow), d. in California. 

By second wife, Susan : 

6061 Andrew J. (Winslow). 

6062 Louisa (Terry), m. George Lawton, and had Job, Joanna, and Mary. 

6063 Susan (Terry), m. Ephraim Winslow, as his second wife. 


Thomas Thurston ^ of Freetown, Mass. {Edward,^ Thomas,^ Ed- 
ward^), brother of the preceding, and son of Edward" and Hannah 


(Dodson) Thurston of Freetown; born there Dec. 25, 1730; married, 
first, Jan. 1, 1756, Elizabeth Pearce of Swansea, Mass.; she died 
Jan. 12, 1794, aged 59. Second, Hannah Winslow of Freetown.. 
She died March 20, 1803, aged 79; he died June 4, 1811, aged 80. 

His children, all by first wife, were : 

6068 Mary,5 b. Dec. 17, 1756; d. single May, 1799. 

6069 Patience,^ b. May 29, 1759; ™- William H. Potter, and had: 

6070 William (Potter). 

6071 Benjamin (Potter). 

6072 Ruby (Potter). 

6073 Elizabeth (Potter). 

6074 Elizabeth," b. Dec. 8, 1760; d. single April 6, 1846. 

6075 Sarah,^ b. June 5, 1763; d. single Nov. 11, 1833; will made June 24, 1831. 

6076 Joseph,^ ) twins, born 1 d. single Oct. 26, 1828. 

+6077 Jonathan,^ J June 25, 1765; f m. ist, Sarah Luther; 2d, Mercy (Briggs) 

6078 Phebe," b. Dec, 1770; d. single Dec. 30, 1793. 

6079 Lydia,^ b. May 21, 1773; d. single May 24, 1794. 


Thomas Thurston* of Tiverton, R. I. {Thomas^ Thomas,^ Ed- 
ward''-'), fourth child of Thomas Thurston^ of Tiverton; born there 
Feb. 16, 1750; married, Jan. i, 1776, Patience Beers. 

Their children were : 

+6085 Samuel,^ b. March 28, 1776; m. Mercy Tabor. 

6086 John,5 b. Jan. 22, 1778. 

6087 Thomas,^ b. Jan. 16, 1780. 

+6088 George Howland,^ b. May 11, 1782; m. Elizabeth Baker. 


John Thurston' of Newport, R. I. {Peleg,^ Thomas,^ Edward'^'), 
eldest son of Peleg^ and Sarah (Borden) Thurston of Newport; born 
there June 15, 1740; married, first, Sarah Feke, daughter of Rob- 
ert and Eleanor Feke; second, April 23, 1772, Abigail Robinson, 
daughter of William and Elizabeth Robinson. He died July 5, 1788 ; 
will dated July 2, 1788, proved Aug. 4, 1788; she died Nov., 1840, 
aged 87. 

His children, by first wife, Sarah, were : 

6093 Sarah,* b. Aug. 12, 1768; d. Aug. 19, 1787. 

By second wife, Abigail : 
+6094 John Robinson,* b. April 24, 1774; m. Mary Ann Bruce. 

6095 Peleg,* b. Jan. 21, 1778; d. July 25, 1800. 

6096 Eliza Wanton,* b. July 22, 1781 ; m. Nov. 25, 1808, Abraham S. Hallett; 

d. Nov. II, 1809. 

6097 William Robinson,* b. April 4, 1784; d. Feb., 1807. 

6098 Philip Wanton,* b. Feb. 28, 1787 ; d. Dec. 3, 1806. 


William Richardson Thurston* of Flushing, N. Y. {Pekg^ 
Thomas^ Edward''-'), brother of the preceding, and son of Peleg^ and 
Sarah (Borden) Thurston of Newport, R. I.; born there July 11, 
1766; married, first, Eleanor King; she died June 11, 1797. Sec- 
ond, March 8, 1815, Mary Seaman, daughter of Willet and Mary 
Seaman" of New York; she died April ig, 1819. Third, July 12, 


182 1, Abigail Eveingham, daughter of Gilbert and Phebe Eveing- 
ham of New York. He died April 25, 1855. 

Mr. Thurston removed to New York city when the tonnage of 
Newport was larger than that of New York, and engaged in the im- 
portation of cloths, and in 1846 retired to Flushing, where he died. 

His children, by first wife, Eleanor, were : 
6103 Eleanqr,^ b. May 21, 1797 ; d. Sept. 25, 1804. 

By second wife, Mary : 
+6104 William Richardson,^ b. May 17, 1817; m. Jane Ridley Day. 

By third wife, Abigail : 
+6105 Joseph Delaplaine,^ b. Feb. 22, 1823; m. Mary Wharton. 
6106 Edward,^ b. April 3, 1830; d. April 4, 1830. 

jFiftij CJfaifratton. 


John Thurston^ of Providence, R. I. {Edward,^ Edward^ Ed- 
wdrd,^ Edward'^'), ?,0T\ oi Edward * and Catherine (Gardner) Thurs- 
ton of Newport, R. I. ; born in Providence 1734; married Mary 
Brett. He was a house carpenter. Both himself and wife died of 
small pox. 

Their children were : 
6no Samuel,"" was a captain and ship owner, and m. a widow who was the own- 
er of three plantations in Nassau, N. P. 
6111 William," b. 1760; fell when young and so injured his head that he was 
very eccentric ever after. He used to wander about the country, staying 
awhile at home and with each of his brothers and sisters, calling himself 
"the pilgrim; " never married. He came near being pressed into the 
British service. The press-gang searched his father's house, and he hid 
in an empty cask that was floating in the water in the cellar. In 1824 
he returned to Providence and lived to be quite aged. 
6n2 Grindell.'i 
61 13 Edward." 
-t-6114 John," m. Elizabeth Allen. 
-I-6115 Daniel," b. 1770; m. Prudence Grossman. 
6ii6 Richard." 
61 17 Freelove," m. John Thurber, who owned a ropewalk in Providence. 


John Thurston^ of Hudson, N. Y. {Capt. yohn,^ Jonathan^ Ed- 
ward,"^ Edward'^), eldest son of John * and Elizabeth (Oxx) Thurston 
of Newport, R. I.; born there May 31, 1747; married, June 21, 1772, 
Elizabeth Jenkins, eldest daughter of John and Prudence (Marion) 
Jenkins of Boston, Mass. He died Jan. 6, 1809 ; she died Aug. ig, 
1815, aged 65. 

Mr. Thurston lived for a time in Providence, R. I., and was one of 
thirty shareholders who formed themselves into an association in 1783 
and founded the city of Hudson, N. Y., which he supposed would be 
the head of North river navigation. He moved to New York in the 
sprift^of 1794, going in a sloop, provisioned for the "voyage," hav- 

N«TE.— SAoe prmtlnp; the above, I have learned that this " vovaee " was not frnm pj^.,. 
aence to New York but the passage np the Hudson river, from Tew York cl?y?o^ifj°J'^- 
aiul this makes the Incident noteworthy. There is an enlargement of the Hudson rivl? 11^; 
^T.^i.'':,Y?i°'' "?A°Jl','!?_'l'? "j'^?!?.'!"" ^ee, or zee," the crossing of which gave the fnm®w 


ing also a cow on board. He placed the vessel under the control of 
his wife, and as she ordered the captain to cast anchor whenever the 
wind blew fresh, the "voyage" naturally occupied two weeks. He 
remained in New York till 1804, when he bought a beautiful farm near 
Hudson called Mt. Laurel, where he spent the remainder of his days. 

A local paper says : " Few men have passed through the active 
scenes of life, and arrived at the age of this excellent man, with 
character so wholly unsullied ; and few men have departed this life 
so universally lamented by those societies in which they have moved. 
Mr. Thurston was born in Newport, where he passed the morning of 
his life and arrived at its meridian. He was one of the original pro- 
prietors of the city of Hudson, and removed with his family to this 
place in the year ^784. Here he continued to reside for a number of 
years, and was active among his co-proprietors in laying the founda- 
tion of a city which he lived to behold the third in size and popula- 
tion in this state. He removed to New York in the year 1794. There 
for a long time he was engaged in extensive business, and there he 
invariably supported the character which he had acquired of an intel- 
ligent merchant and an honest and honorable man. Having acquired 
an ample fortune, in the year 1804 he concluded to retire from busi- 
ness and spend the remainder of his days in the enjoyment of 
domestic happiness and in the peaceful society of his early life. Ac- 
cordingly he purchased an elegant seat near Hudson, to which he 
soon removed. There, in the neighborhood of the city which he had 
a large share in establishing, he continued to reside, surrounded by 
all those domestic pleasures which independence, peace of mind, and 
a most amiable family are sure to bestow. He was no bigot, but 
zealous in the cause of religion. He was ever a sincere and distin- 
guished member and supporter of the Episcopal church in this city. 
That church will feel his loss sincerely ; they were attached to him as 
a friend and a christian. Society will feel his loss deeply, for he was 
a friend to the poor and the industrious. His connections will long 
mourn for him, for they found him ever generous and just. And his 
afflicted family will ever remember with tender gratitude the exem- 
plary manner with which he filled the endearing relations of husband 
and father." 

" Mrs. Elizabeth Thurston was a woman who dignified and orna- 
mented every station which she sustained in life. It is usual to apol- 
ogize when we praise the dead, and it is to be lamented that eulogy 
is so often misapplied ; but to those who knew Mrs. Thurston, who 
were acquainted with the sweetness of her disposition, her exertions 
of benevolence, and the ardor of her piety, no praise will be consid- 
ered extravagant, no encomium unmerited. Her death is a loss to 
society at large, for she ornamented and improved every circle in 
which she moved. The dignity of her conduct, the purity of her 
mind, and her ceaseless walk of virtue commanded admiration and 
respect and irresistibly won esteem and affection. Her house was 
the seat of the most genuine and friendly hospitality and liberal char- 
ity. To her children she was everything by her instructions, example, 
and affections that the best of mothers could be. In her last distress- 
ing sickness she appeared in all the loveliness of christian resigna- 


tion, in all the triumph of christian faith. Her piety began in her 
youth; it increased with steady lustre, like the shining light, until the 
day of life was past. It sustained in every trial, was consolation m 
every sorrow, and a firm support in the hour of death. 

Mild as a saint whose errors are forgiven, 
Calm as a vestal, and composed as heaven. 

Her sick bed afforded a lesson never to be forgotten, and a proof of 
the perfection of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ not to be refuted. 
When her gentle spirit fied, all believed that for her to die was gain. 
' Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.' " 

Their children, born in Providence, were : 

6123 John Holmes," bap. May i, 1776; d. Sept 8, 1776, in 'Newport. 
-j-5i24 Robert Jenkins," m. Abigail Bogert. 

6125 Phebe Watson," b. 1783; n.m. ; d. in New York Feb. 10, 1858, aged 75. 

Born in Hudson ; 

6126 Louis Marion," of the firm of Proud & Thurston in Baltimore, Md. ; n.m.; 

d. in Philadelphia, Pa., aged 23. 

6127 John," d. single in Bushwick. 

6128 "Eliza," b. 1786; m. Ezra Reed of Mt. Laurel, N. Y. ; he died 1858; she 

died Jan. 15, i860, aged 74; no children. "We extract from The New 
York Observer of Jan. 20, i860, the following account of three ladies 
who have recently followed each other to the grave within the short 
space of two months : ' While the death of Mrs. Bedell and her sister, 
Mrs. Fanning, continues to spread sadness over a wide circle of chris- 
tians, that of a third sister of the same family, Mrs. Eliza Thurston 
Reed, has taken place within the last week, bereaving the community, 
within the short space of two months, of three sisters, whose lives will 
be ever remembered with gratitude and emotion, as devoted to the no- 
blest and most sacred aims of the christian religion. We do not pro- 
pose to refer again, on this occasion, to the great services rendered by 
Mrs. Bedell, trusting, as we do, that some of her admirers will prepare 
a memorial of her life ; nor do we wish to expatiate upon the active so- 
licitude for the poor which distinguished Mrs. Fanning, or upon the ten- 
der sympathies with the distressed which formed so bright a feature in 
the character of Mrs. Reed; but we cannot resist the temptation of 
pointing to the remarkable fact of the rapid manner in which the three 
sisters have followed each other to the grave, and to the lovely spirit 
which marked their transition from this to a higher sphere of existence. 
Their lives were devoted to the most generous thoughts and deeds 
which can engage the human soul, and on departing from this earth they 
were filled with joy at the anticipation of meeting their Saviour, whom 
they had so much loved and served for the last fifty years.' The journal 
in which this notice appears is the organ of the Old-School Presbyterian 
church, but the ladies to whom it refers were members of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, while our journal represents the interests of Unitari- 
ans. No higher homage could be paid to the exalted character of these 
ladies than this universal recognition by all denominations, while we re- 
joice, at the same time, that all theological differences disappear around 
the graves of those whose life was in true harmony with the laws of love 
of our Saviour, which transcend all creeds and all denominations. Mrs. 
Bedell's husband was Rev. Gregory T. Bedell, for some time rector of St. 
Andrew's, Philadelphia, where he died in 1834. For eloquence and be- 
nevolence he had hardly any superior in the Protestant Episcopal church ; 
and his sermons, remarkable for simplicity and point, were published, 
with a memoir, by Rev. Dr. Tyng. His son officiated for several years 
in the Church of the Ascension of this city, and has recently accepted 
the post of assistant bishop of Ohio, to the great regret of his constitu- 
ents in New York, whose respect and affection he has won by his inde- 
fatigable and public-spirited exertion in behalf of the interests of the 


church, and by his solicitude for the moral elevation of his parish. Mrs. 
Bedell, his mother, whose example must have contributed powerfully to 
inspire his zeal, was a lady in whom the religion by faith and that by 
good works were combined in a truly remarkable degree. Her life was 
lull of incidents which attest the efficacy of the latter, while her personal 
influence purified the moral atmosphere wherever she went. Her sis- 
ters, Mrs. Fanning and Mrs. Reed, were, in a more narrow but not less 
beautiful sphere, remarkable for the highest christian qualities. The 
one could not hear of any person in need without endeavoring to allevi- 
ate his want; the other could, not hear of a tale of sorrow without mani- 
festing the deepest sympathy. To the influence of such women is the 
country indebted for many of its noble and redeeming characteristics. 
While men are more disposed to be absorbed by selfish aims, such 
women sow the seeds of the unselfish, beautiful, generous, and holy, 
and show how immense the moral and social influence of woman is, not 
only in the home life, but in the vast domain of humanity, which gathers 
fresh hopes from such select beings, whose life is a blessing and whose 
death is a triumph." — A New York Journal. 

■6129 Edward Champlin," b. Nov. 9, 1790; m. Elizabeth Van Vredenberg. 

-6130 Penelope,'' b. Dec. 29, 1792; m. Rev. Gregory Townsend Bedell. 

-6131 Susan Alida,'' b. Nov. 29, 1793; m. Patrick Fanning. 


Peleg Thurston^ of Portsmouth, R. I. {Capt. yohn,^ yonathan^ 
Edward^ Edward'^'), brother of the preceding, and son of Capt. John* 
and Elizabeth (Oxx) Thurston of Newport, R. I. ; born there May 
28, 1753; married, first, June i, 1777, Phebe Lawton, daughter of 
Robert and Mary Lawton; she died Oct. 6, 1793, aged 41. Second, 
Ruth Lawton, sister of his first wife. He died Dec. 4, 1831, aged 
78; she died Oct. 28, 1836, aged 77. 

He was a sea captain till he became too old, when he paid atten- 
tion to farming; the farm that his son Peleg lived and died upon. 

His children, by first wife, Phebe, were : 

6136 Peleg,6 b. July 19, 1778 ; d. Oct. 3, 1781. 

6137 Elizabeth,'' b. June 21, 1782; m. March 17, 1805, Enos Gibbs, a farmer in 

Portsmouth, R. I. ; d. Oct. 9, 1820. They had : 

6138 Phebe Lawton (Gibbs), b. Aug. 10, 1805; m. Thompson. 

6139 Jonathan (Gibbs), b. Aug. 14, 1807 ; d. March 6, 1820. 

6140 Ruth (Gibbs), b. Feb. 14, 1809. 

6141 Enos (Gibbs), b. Dec. 3, 1810; d. Aug. 12, 1822. 

6142 Peleg (Gibbs), b. March 28, 1813; d. Aug. 23, 1820. 

6143 Rachel Stoddard (G\hhs), b. Sept. 19, 1815; m. May 19, 1839, Samuel 

Lindon Ward, and had : 
6144 Lamra Underwood (Ward), b. Feb. 29, 1840; m. Dec. 28, 1869, 
Thomas Williams, and had Charles Lyndon (Williams), b. Oct. 
3, 1870. 
6i4« Elizabeth Gibbs (Ward), b. Dec. 27, 1841 ; m. Sept. 4, 1865, Isaac 

N. Babbitt, and had Samuel Ward (Babbitt), b. July i, 1866. 
6146 Robert Gibbs (Ward), b. March 14, 1844; d. Oct. 30, 1844. 

6147 Robert [V,\hhi), \ twins, born I d. Feb., 1841. 

6148 Panny Bright-man, (Gibbs), ) Dec. 10, 1819; ) m. Dec. 24, 1840, Henry 

Sanford, and had : 

6149 Ann Elisabeth (Sanford), b. Feb. 14, 1842; d. Aug. 7, 1858. 

6150 Fanny Brightman (Sanford), b. Mar. 19, 1845; '^- •'^P"' 22, 1846. 

6151 Caroline Frances (Sanford), b. Sept. 2, 1847. 

6152 Rachel Gibbs (Sanford), b. March 10, 1858. 
61 « Phebe," b. Oct. 17, 1783; d. Oct. 17, 1785. 

-)-6i S4 Peleg," b. Jan. 19, 1786; m. Susan Barker Lawton. 
6155 Phebe," b. April 30, 1788; d. July 4, 1788. 


By second wife, Ruth: 

6156 Samuel," b. July 17, 1794; d. Dec. 6, 1794. 

6157 Samuel," b. Aug. 30. 1795; d. Sept. 6, 1796. 

6158 Phebe Lawton," b. Jan. 7, 1797; m. July 13, 1815, George L. Potter; d. 

March 18, 1S71, having had : 

6159 Mary Thurston (Potter), b. March, 1817; d. Nov., iSzo. 

6160 Thomas G. (Potter), b. April, 1S18; m. 1845, Elizabeth H. Coggeshall. 
6i5i RzUh Lawton (Potter), b. Dec, 1S19. 

6163 Peleg Thurston (Potter), b. June, 1822; d. Dec, 1873, in Denton, Md. 

6163 Mary Taylor (Potter), b. March, 1824. 

6164 Hsnry David (Vottsr), b. Feb., 1826. 

6165 George Lawton (Potter), b. June, 1828. 

6166 Elizabeth Lawtoit (Potter), b. April, 1S30. 

6167 Phebe Thurston (Potter), b. Jan., 1832. 

616S Robert Thurston (Potter), b. Feb., 1834; m. 1858, Hannah H. Carr, 
and has : 
6169 Nettie Carr (Potter), b. April, 1864. 
6170 Charles I. (Potter), b. Aug., 1836; d. Feb., 1837. 
-I-6171 John Samuel," b. Sept. 26, 1799; m. Hannah Barker Lawton. 
-)-6i72 Robert Lawton," b. Dec. 13, 1800; m. ist, Eliza Stratton; 2d, Harriet 


Jonathan Thurston^ of Newport, R. I. (Capt. yolin,^ yonathan^ 
Edward^'' Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Capt. 
John ^ and Elizabeth (Oxx) Thurston of Newport; born there April 
25, 1755; married Hannah Beebe ; she died Sept. 8, 1789, aged 41. 
The two children were mentioned in will of their grandfather. 

Their children were : 
+6175 Edward," b. Oct. 29, 1778; m. ist, Catharine Hubbard; 2d, Eliza Fairchild. 
6176 Christopher," b. about 17S0; m. Phebe Farrington; lived in Bridgewater, 
N. Y. ; no children. 


Jonathan Thurston^ of Newport, R. I. {Jonathan,^ jfonathan,^ 
Edwardj^ Edward'^), eldest son of Jonathan* Ind Ruth (Scott) 
Thurston of Newport; born there 1749; baptized April 23, 1749; 
married, June 15, 1771, Margaret Sweet, daughter of Capt. Samu- 
el Sweet. He died June 28, 1780; she was appointed administratrix 
Aug. 9, 1780. 

Their children were : 

61S0 Ruth Scott," bap. April 17, 1775; d. Dec. 24, 1794. 

6i8i Margaret Sweet," bap. March 14, 1777; d. April 15, 1791. 

61S2 Jonathan," had a guardian, John Cook, appointed 1785. 


William Thurston ^ of Newport, R. I. ( William,^ Jonathan,^ Ed- 
ward,^ Edward'^), only child of William* and Dorothy (Carter) 
Thurston of Newport; born there Sept. 25, 1755; married, Dec. 23, 
1778, Mary Rowlong. He died Sept. 6, 1794; she died Oct. 23, 
1828, aged 69. 

Their children were : 
6187 Margaret," b. April ii, 1779; m. Nov. i, 1801, George Washington Carr a 
.. oo'''''' g?°''5,™'=''='^'i"; °f Newport; d. July 19, 1878, aged 99. They had : 

6188 Dolly Thurston (Carr), b. July 27, 1802. 

6189 ^% (Carr), b. Dec. 18, 1803; m. Dec. 19, 1825, Thomas J. Potter, 

and had : .^^ j i 

6190 Deborah Ann (Potter), b. Sept. 19, 1826; m. Sept. 2, 1848 Thos 
Stoddard; d. March 19, 1856, having had three children! 


6191 Thomas J. (Potter). 

6192 George W. (Potter), b. Jan. 16, 1835. 

6193 Margaret (Carr), b. Sept. 17, 1805. 

6194 George Washington (Carr), b. April 22, i8o8. 

6195 Mary Ann (Carr), b. Mar. 26, 1810; m. Oct., 1834, Isaiah Goodspeed, 

and had : 
6196 Mary Ann (Goodspeed), b. Dec. 19, 1835; m. July 31, 1856, 
James McKenzie Southwick and lives in Newport. 
6197 Caleb Arnold (Carr),b. June 15, 1813; m. June 11, 1848, Martha Glad- 
ding, and had : 

6198 Kichard Arnold (C3xx), b. Nov. 12, 1849; d. April 12, 1850. 

6199 George Henry (Carr), b. Dec. 21, 18C0. 

6200 Theodore Orman (Carr), b. March 30, 1868. 

6201 Thomas Thurston {, b. May 4, 1815; m. June 22, 1845, Clara 
Peckham ; he is a grocer in Newport, deacon of the Baptist church. 
Children : 

6202 Clara (Carr), b. March 16, 1846; m. Sept. 22, 1868, Edwin Bur- 

dick, and had Bessie and William (Burdick). 

6203 Josephene Augusta (Carr), b. May 7, 1847; m. Dec. 18, 1871, Geo. 

A. Hazzard. 

6204 Tho?nas Thurston (Carr), b. Sept. 19, 1848. 

6205 George Washington (Carr), b. Nov. 29, 1850. 

6206 Fhebe Jackson (Carr), b. Oct. 29, 1853. 

6207 Mary Lever (Carr), b. June 14, 1856. 

6208 William (Carr), b. Oct. 12, 1858. 

6209 /4««o (Carr), b Nov. 21, 1861. 

6210 i>arah Raiulong (Cixx), b. April 5, 1818; m. Nov. 22, 1842, Benjamin 
C. Paul ; he died July 15, 1851. They had : 

6211 Mary Frances (Paul), b. March 24, 1844; m. April 6, 1S69, James 

W. Waldron. 

6212 Benjamin Arnold {Fa.u]), b. Aug. 16, 1846; d. Sept. 16, 1863. 

6213 Deborah Cleveland ^3yx\),h. June 24, 1849. 

6214 John (Carr), b. Feb. 22, 1821 ; m. Oct. 19, 1845, Sarah Crandall; they 
live in Newport and have : 
6215 Martha Thurston (Carr), b. July 20, 1850 ; m. Sept. i, 1870, Stafford 
Bryer of Newport. 
6216 Amelia (Carr), b. June 23, 1824; m. June 16, 1844, Whitman Peck- 
ham, and had : 

6217 William (Peckham), b. Feb. 24, 1845; d. Aug. 3, 1854. 

6218 George E. (Peckham), b. July 14, 1846. 
6219 Thomas," b. Sept. 28, 1780; d. Sept. 12, 1781. 

+6220 Thomas," b. Jan. 15, 1782; m. Martha Simpson. 
4-6221 William Carter," b. Aug. 23, 17S3; m. Patience Young. 
6222 Dolly," b. Aug. 10, 1785; d. Sept. 3, 1800. 


William Thurston^ of Hopkinton, R. I., after of Bridgewater, 
'&.Y. {George,^ Edward^ Jonathan,^ Edward'^), eldest son of George* 
and Keziah Thurston of Little Compton, R. I. ; born there Jan. 17, 
1733; married Ruth Stetson. He died at Bridgewater Feb. 6, 
1803 ; she died Oct. 20, 1820. 

Mr. Thurston bought a farm in Bridgewater, and intended as soon 
as his business could be arranged to return and take his family there, 
but before he was ready to do so, was taken sick and died. The wid- 
ow, with the children, went to Bridgewater to reside. 
Their children were : 

4-6226 Rowland," b. 1764; m. Freegift McKoon. 

6227 William," m. Abby Church. 

6228 Thomas," d. single March 19, 1820. 

6229 Nancy," d. Oct. 20, 1810. 


+6230 Elisha,^ b. April 18, 1792; m. Climena Guild. 

6231 Oliver.^ 

6232 Hannah.^ 

6233 Mary.'^ 

6234 Ruth.s 


Edward Thurston^ of Springfield, ^.Y. {George,^ Edward,^ Jon- 
athan,'^ Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of George * and 
Keziah Thurston of Hopkinton, R. I.j born there May 16, 1740; 
married, Oct. 31, 1764, Thankful Main, daughter of Jeremiah and 
Thankful Main. She died Sept. 14, 1819, aged 64; he died Nov. 24, 

Mr. Tliurston was a cabinet maker in Stonington, Ct, and in 1793 
a farmer on Tliurston Hill, in Springfield, Otsego county, N. Y. He 
was a member of the Baptist church. 

Their children were : 
+6240 Edward," b. Aug. 21, 1766; m. Hannah Gardner. 
-f-624: Adam," b. Aug. II, 1768; m. Eunice Miner. 
6242 Tliankful,'' b. Nov. 23, 1770; m. April 18, 1793, Jeremiali York, b. Jan. 14, 
1765; he was a farmer in North Stonington, Ct. ; enlisted in the revolu- 
tionary war and had a pension. They had; 

6243 Jeremiah (York), b. Sept. 25, 1794; m. 1815, Catherine Pendleton. 

He was a farmer in Oxford, Chenango county, N. Y., a deacon in 
the Baptist church; d. April 24, 1873; four children. 

6244 Fanny (York), b. Jan. 8, 1796; m. Nov. 20, 1814, Randall Main, a 

farmer in North Stonington, Ct. ; moved to Oxford, N. Y., and in 
1846 to New York city; deacon in the Baptist church. He died 
March 12, 1S52; she died Aug. 17, 1878; three children. 

6245 Edward i^ax\C), b. Aug. 25, 1797; graduated from Yale; practised 

medicine in North Stonington, Ct., and McDonough, N. Y. ; m. 
1S25, Lydia Stratton ; d. 1S55; one son and five daughters. 

6246 Martin (York), b. July 31, 1799; m. March, 1824, Abby Chapman, 

daughter of Benjamin Peabody; he was a trader; two children. 

6247 Electa (York), b. July 30, 1802; n.m. ; d. Oct. 27, 1853. 

6248 Randall (York), b. May 8, 1805 ; d. in infancy. 

6249 Thankjiil (York), b. Aug. 8, iSo5; d. in infancy. 

6250 Hiram (York), b. Aug. 8, 1808; d. in infancy. 

6251 Ruth Caroline (York), b. Feb. 6, 1810; resides on the homestead, 

1879; has been very helpful in procuring these statistics; post office 
address, Pendleton Hill, Ct. 

6252 Lydia (York), b. Nov. 24, 1812; m. March, 1842, Stephen Main, a 

dealer in butter and cheese in New York. In 1846 moved to Staten 
Island, and d. Aug. 14, 1846. 
6253 Lydia,'' b. Jan. 17, 1773; m. Caleb Gardner; d. in Ohio. 
4-6254 Joshua," b. Feb. 21, 1775; m. Betsey Greene. 

6255 Daniel," b. Oct. 7, 1777 ; m. Sabrina Baldwin; had two children who died 
in infancy; he died Oct. 19, 183S. 
-I-6256 Charles," b. July 2, 1780; m. Margaret Fish, 

6257 Patty (or Martha),'' b. Jan. 21, 1783; m. 1st, Thomas Williams, b. June 23, 
1773, d. April 28, 1813, buried on Thurston Hill; 2d, James Stevens, b. 
Sept. 18, 1775, d. Dec. 10, 1856; she died Jan. 12, 1866. They lived in 
Pennsylvania. She had, lay first husband: 

6258 Thomas (Williams), b. March 14, 1802; d. June 6, 1S03. 

6259 Patty (or Martha) (Williams), b. Dec. 10, 1803; d. Aug. 24, 1805. 

6260 Alonzo (Williams), b. April I2, 180S; m. Emma Stevens, b. Sept. 24, 


6261 Orlando (Williams), b. Aug. 22, 1808; m. Marilla Nickerson, b. May 

20, 1S16; she d. June 29, 1865; he d. Mar. 14, 1865; five children. 

6262 Atirelius F. (Williams), b. Aug. 20, 1810; m. Ursula Ives, b. Aug. 30, 

1806; he died Oct. 14, 1857 ; she died April 8, 1S70; five children. 

6263 Thomas (Williams), b. Sept. 23, 1812; d. June 2, 1833. 


By second husband : 

6264 JVancy (Stevens), h. March 20, 1816; m. Daniel H. Wade. b. Sept. 

26, 1803; six children. 

6265 Edward Thunton (Stevens), b. April 16, 1818; m. 1st, Lucy Blowers, 

b. April 28, 1822, d. Ang. 10, 1S50; 2d, Mary Ann Oakley, b. Sept. 
29, 1827; twelve children. 

6266 &m/i (Stevens), b. June 20, 1820; m. Nathan Mitchell, b. July 10, 

1816; he died March 10, i86o. They had: 

6267 Caroline A. (Mitchell), b. Nov. 11, 1839. 

6268 Mary J. (Mitchell), b. July 16, 1841. 

6269 Seih M. (Mitchell), b. Aug. 27, 1843. 

6270 Ida (Mitchell), b. July 26, 1845. 

6271 Patly R. (Mitchell), b. June 8, 1847; d. June 12, 1850. 

6272 Eva K. (Mitchell), b. Oct. 17, 1849. 

6273 Nathan J. (Mitchell), b. Oct. 15, 1851; d. May 12, 1857. 

6274 A^nes J. (Mitchell), b. Sept. g, 1853. 

6275 Ira (Stevens), b. Oct. lo, 1S22; d. Aug. 10, 1823. 

6276 Lydta M. (Stevens), b. May 29, 1824. 

6277 Chandler (Stevens), b. May 30, 1829; m. Lucy J. Palmiter, b. June 26, 

1842; two children. 
6278 Lucy,"! b. Oct. 3, 1785; m. Dec. 25, 1S06, Jabez Sumner, b. Oct. 15, 1783; 
she died June iS, 1866; he died March 21, 1868. They had : 
6279 Melissa (Sumner), b. Oct. 16, 1807; m. Jan. 18, 1827, Alfred Stevens, 
b. June 6, 1800; she died Feb. 28, 1869. They had: 

6280 Oscar F. (Stevens), b. Oct. 2, 1827. 

6281 Albert M. (Stevens), b. Nov. 15, 1830. 
62S2 Ann S. (Stevens), b. Nov. 18, 1S33. 

6283 Emma M. (Stevens), b. April 9, 1836. 

6284 Gilbert J. (Stevens), b. June 13, 1838. 

6285 Nancy J. (Stevens), b. April 26, 1S40. 

6286 Theresa M. (Stevens), b. July 15, 1842. 

6287 Charles S. (Stevens), b. July g, 1845. 

6288 Lucy P. (Stevens), b. Jan. 29, 1848. 

6289 Lavinia M. (Stevens), b. Oct. 31, 1851. 

6290 Almira (Sumner), b. Aug. 28, 1809. 

6291 George (Sumner), b. Sept. I, 1811. 

6292 Nancy (Sumner), b. July ig, 1813. 
62g3 Lucy (Sumner), b. Nov. 19, 1816. 

6294 Thankful (Sumner), b. July 15, 1820. 

6295 Sarah (Sumner), b. July g, 1822. 

6296 Charles (Sumner), b. Jan. 6, 1825. 

6297 Porter (Sumner), b. Aug. 15, 1827. 
+6298 Cyrus,^ b. March 9, 1788; m. Sarah Spencer. 

6299 Ira,'' b. April 29, 1791 ; d. Oct. 28, 1814, buried on Thurston Hill. 

6300 Calvin," b. in Springfield, N. Y., May 3, 1795; d. April 27, 1796, buried 

on Thurston Hill. 


Gen. George Thurston" of Hopkintoti, R. I. {George* Edward,'^ 
y^onal/ian,^ Edward^), brother oi the preceding, and son of George'' 
and Keziah Thurston of Hopkinton; born there 1741; married, first, 
Feb. 22, 1766, Dolly Cottrell; she died Oct. 21, 1789, aged 42. 
Second, Mrs. Sarah Rathbun. She died Sept. 19, 1817, aged 64; 
he died Nov. 30, 1827, aged 86. 

Mr. Thurston was a merchant, and was connected with " Sullivan's 
expedition " in revolutionary times. 

His children, by first wife, Dolly, were: 
-I-6305 Jeremiah," b. May 29, 1768; m. Sarah Babcock. 

6306 Mary," b. Jan. 2, 1770; m. March 28, 1788, Benjamin Taylor, a hatter in 
Hopkinton; d. Sept. 13, 180S; no children. 
+6307 Nathaniel," b. July 16, 1772; m. Mary Whitman. 
6w8 Fanny," b. Oct 4, 1774; m. Joseph Spicer; d. Aug. 18, :79s; no children. 


6309 Susanna,^ b. July i8, 1777 ; d. single Feb. 9, 1847. 

6310 Nancy,^ b. March 28, 1780; d. single June 25, 1848. 

63 1 1 George,"^ b. April 26, 1783; d. Feb. 4, 1828. 

By second wife, Sarah : 

6312 Sarah," b. June 17, 1793; m. Aug. 29, 1813, Russell Clarke; d. Oct. 12, 

1814, leaving: 
6313 Sarah Elizabeth (Clarke), b. June 26, 1814; m. Thomas Potter Wells, 
b. Sept. 28, 1809, son of Thos. Robinson and Maria (Potter) Wells 
of Kingston, R. I. Mr. T. P. Wells has been cashier of the Na- 
tional Landholders Bank since i860; was town treasurer some years 
and is a member and deacon of the Congregational church. Children: 

6314 Thomas Clarke (Wells), b. Sept. 26, 1832; living in Manhattan, 

Kan.; no children. 

6315 Frances Elizabeth (Wells), b. April 16, 1834; m. Samuel J. Cross; 

settled in Rochester, Pa. ; he died ; his widow m. Rev. John 
Davis of Rochester, where they now reside. Children: 

6316 Snsatt Thiirston (Cross), m. Hartford Perry Brown. 

6317 Julia hrances (Cross), m. Benjamin Tolman Johnson of East 

Lynn, Ct. 

6318 Samuel Joseph {Ctoss). 

6319 Emma (Cross). 

6320 George (Cross). 

6321 Thomas (Cross). 

6322 Fanny,'' b. March 27, 1798; m. July 11, 1826, Daniel Deshon; d. Nov. 23, 
1S33, leaving: 
6323 --Daniel (Deshon), d. without issue, 1S75, i" New London, Ct. 


Gardner Thurston'' of Hopkinton, R. I. {George,'^ Edward,^ Jon- 
athan^ Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of George* 
and (Greene) Thurston of Hopkinton; born there 1760; mar- 
ried, March 21, 1782, Lydia Taylor. He was a cooper, and died at 
North Stonington, Ct., Aug. 26. 1825; she died in Hampton, Ct., 
July 23, 1834, aged 69. Children: 
+6328 Benjamin Taylor," b. Aug. 29, 1787; m. Mary Button. 
+6329 Robert,'' b. April 5, 1790; m. Eliza Hannahs. 

6330 Lucy," b. July 11, 1792; m. in Hopkinton Feb. iS, 1811, Charles Chandler 
Button, b. Feb. i, 1788, son of Roswell and Lydia (Spicer) Button of 
Preston, Ct. ; he was a saddle and harness maker in Hampton, Wind- 
ham Co., Ct. She d. Jan. 29, 1835; he d. May 15, 1877. They had: 
6331 Charles Chandler (Button), b. Feb. a, 1815; m. Nov. 27, 1838, Ruth 
H. Fuller of Mansfield. Ct. He was a harness maker in Hampton. 
They had: 
6332 LeKoy (Button), b. Oct. 25, 1S43. 
6333 Lyndon Taylor (Button), b. March 24, 1817; ra. in Hartford, Ct., Nov. 
25, 1838, Sarah A. Curtis of Springfield, Mass. He was a harness 
maker in Hampton, representative to the legislature, and county 
commissioner. They had : 

6334 George Curtis (Button), b. Jan. I, 1840; d. Nov. i, 1841. 

6335 William Thurston (Button), b. Oct. 6, 1841 ; m. Nov. 29, 1867, 

Eliza J. Spear of Meriden, Ct.; d. Feb. 2, 1868, leaving: 
6336 Jane Allen (Button). 
' 6337 Mary Gould (Button), b. Oct. 28, 1842; m. Dec. 25, 1865, William 

Henry Burnham of Hampton; they have : 

6338 George Lyndon (Burnham), b. June 17, 1873. 

6339 Bei-tha Mary (Burnham), b. Dec. 29, 1S78. 

6340 Worthiiigton Bulkeley (Button), b. May 12, 1853; m. Feb. 17, 1875, 
Mary A. Utley of Hampton; they have : 
6341 Louie Worlhington (Button), b. June 26, 1875. . 
6342 William Thurston{Tiulton), b. July i, 1819 ; d. in Hartford May 21, 1843. 
.6343 IVorthington Bulieley {Button), h. May 16, iS22;m. May 10, 1848, 
Jane C. Allen of New London, Ct. He is a merchant in New York 
city. They have : 


6344 Harriet Cady (Button), b. April 20, 1849. 

6345 Lucy Thurston (Button), b. June 28, 1852; m. Jan. 22, 1877, Rev. 

James A. Church of Gill, Mass., and has Lucy Allen (Church), 
b. Oct. 25, 1877. • 

6346 Henry Taintor (Button), b. April 20, 1830 ; a merchant in New York 
city; m. there Jan., 1856, Mary Hanson; they have : 

6347 Lillie (Button), b. June, 1862. 

6348 Jane (Button), b. 1866. 

6349 Lydia," b. Oct. 5, 1795; m. 1st, July 29, 1821, by Rev. Matthew Stillman, 
Reuben Parsons; he died Oct. 3, 1832; 2d, March 31, 1834, Ebenezer 
Griffin of Hampton. She d. Dec. 20, 1856. She liad by first husband: 

6350 ./^raK«j- £w/zW (Parsons), b. in Stonington, R. I., May 30, 1822; d. 

June 2, 1822. 

6351 Leander (Parsons), b. in Stonington July 12, 1823; d. at Block Island, 

R. I., Oct. 9, 1827. 

6352 Sophia Wakefield (Parsons), b. at Block Island, Jan. 12, 1826; m. April 

4, 1846, Daniel C. Holt of Hampton; they had Dora (Holt), b. Jan. 
I, 1848. 

6353 Sarah Cole [V2ccson%), ) twins, b. in Wickford, ) 

6354 Susan Tillinghast (Parsons), ) R. I., Oct. 23, 1828; ) m. Oct., 1847, 

George Burnham of Hampton. 

6355 Caroline (Parsons), b. in Wickford Feb. 9, 1831. 

By second husband : 

6356 Lucy Thurslon (Gritfin). 

6357 Lydia Taylor (Griffin). 

+6358 Jeremiah,^ b. Oct. 17, 1797; ni. Maria Southworth. 
6359 Gardner.^bl April 20, 1800; m. ist, Oct. 3, 1825, Mary E. Clegg; she died 
Nov. 12, 1863; 2d, Nov. 7, 1867, Laura S. Wales. He was a blacksmith 
in Norwich, Ct., but retired many years before his death, which occurred 
in June, 1878. He had, by first wife : 

6360 Marietta^ b. June 9, 1835; d. May 22, 1868. 

6361 Edward Gardner^ b. Oct. 8, 1837; d. Oct. 19, 1856. 
+6362 Ichabod," b. Sept. 27, 1802; m. Sarah B. Spink. 
-i-6363 William,'' b. March 23, 1805; m. Abbv Hannahs. 

6364 Daniel B.,'' b. Oct. 21, 1808; d. single' Feb. 28, 1842. 


Joseph Thurston* of Hopkinton, R. I. {George,'^ Edward,^ jFona- 
than^ Edward''-^, brother of the preceding, and son of George* and 

(Greene) Thurston of Hopkinton- married Sarah Taylor. 

He was town constable. Children : 

6370 Joseph,^ d. young. 

6371 Clarke,'* d. in infancy. 
+6372 Job,* m. Susanna Andrews. 

-(-6373 John Taylor,* b. April 21, 1782; m. Mrs. Hannah Reynolds. 

6374 Phebe,'' m. Asa Langworthy of Hopkinton, and died leaving no children. 
637 S Joseph,^ d. single. 
+6376 Peleg Grinald," b. April 1, 1788; m. ist, Roby Andrews: 2d, Ann York. 
+6377 George,* b. Aug. 28, 1790; m. ist, Artemissia Saunders; 2d, Mrs. Susan 

(Gavitt) Browning. 
+6378 Clarke," b. about 1791 ; m. Abby Reynolds. 

6379 Sarah," b. in Stonington, Ct., Aug. 6, 1793; i"- Sept. 15, i8ii, James Dick- 
inson, a farmer of Stonington, b. May 30, 1791, son of Ichabod, who was 
a soldier in the revolutionary war, and Lucy (Babcock), Dickinson of 
Westerly, R. I. She died Dec. 8, 1835. They had: 

6380 jl/urj/ (Dickinson), b. at Cornwall, Ct., Nov. 28, 1812; m. ist. May 

25, 1840, Elisha Pierce Dennison, a seaman, lost at sea in 1841, son 
of Justin and Maria (Collins) Dennison of Stonington ; 2d, May 23, 
1849, Seabury Thomas, a farmer of Ledyard, Ct., son of Daniel and 
Eunice (Baker) Thomas of Ledyard; he died Dec. 28, 1873, and 
his widow resides at Mystic Bridge, Ct. 
Born in Stonington : 

6381 /f.4ffi5(7ar (Dickinson), b. Oct. 8, 1814; m. Dec. 25, 1842, Frances Mary 

Chesboro, b. Sept. 13, 1822, daughter of Samuel C. and Sarah 
(Robinson) Chesboro of Stonington. 


6382 Lucy ^nn (Dickinson), h. Nov. 17, 1816; m. May 20, 1839, William 

L. Peckham, a brass molder, son of William and Cynthia (Lewis) 
Peckliam of North Stonington ; reside in Waterford, Ct. 

6383 F/ide T/iiirstmi (Dickinson), b., Dec. 21, 1819. 

6384 yo/m Thiirslon (Dickinson), b. June 22, 1821 ; a molder in New Lon- 

don, Ct. ;■ m. April 4, 1S46, Charlotte Elizabeth Baker, daughter of 
Zebadiah Comstock and Mary Waterman (Kimball) Baker of New 

6385 George Thurslon (Dickinson), b. May 4, 1823; m. Nov. 25, 1857, Julia 

Johnson Gifford, daughter of Warren and Lucy Ann (Harris) Gif- 
ford of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

63S6 Susan Adelia{X>icV\nion), b. Aug. 8, 1826; m. in Stonington Feb. 2, 
1845, Elisha Avery Denison, a livery stable keeper and layer of con- 
crete walks in New London, son of Elisha Williams and Fanny 
(Cheseborough) Denison of Groton, Ct. 

6387 Harriet Prew (Dickinson), b. Dec. 31, 1830; m. Jan. 4, 1863, Thomas 
P. Smith, a mariner of New London, son of Samuel P. and Sarah 
(Latham) Smith of Groton. 
4-638S Lodowick Lewis, ^ b. 1806; m. Mary Browning. 


Samuel Isaac Thurston ^ of Georgetown, S. C. (Samuel,'^ Edward,^ 
Samuel,'^ Edward''-), youngest child of Samuel * and Eunice (Anthony) 
Thurston of Newport, R. I.; born there Aug. 18, 1756; married, first, 
Mary C. Coggeshall; second, June 22, 1799, Mrs. Jane Futhey, 
nee Rawlins. He died June 11, 1820, aged 64; she died June 3, 
1841, aged 81. His children, by first wife, Mary, were : 

6393 Mary C.,^ m. June, 1809, Richard Waterman of Providence, R. I., and had: 
6394 jl/(!r)/ (Waterman). 6395 £"//«« (Waterman). 6396 £?7«7j' (Waterman). 

6397 Samuel Isaac, ^ b. 1787; graduated from Brown 1807, and was a lawyer in 

Orangeburgh, S. C. ; (j. 1820. 

By second wife, Jane: 

6398 Jane Caroline,'' b. April 2, 1800; m. 1S24, Stephen Ford; d. June 14,1850; 

they had : 

6399 Caroline Thurston (Ford), b. Jan. 18, 1825; m. B. A. Coachman, liv- 

ing in Florida, 1879. 

6400 Joseph Wragg ('?0'!&],h. Sept. 13,1827; n.m. ; d. on the passage to 

England, Aug., 1869. 

6401 Robert Thurston (Ford), b. Jan. 25, 1830; d. in Georgetown, Oct. ii, 


6402 Maria Rees (Ford), m. Robert Thurston [see no. 7236]. 

6403 Samtiel Isaac (Ford), b. Feb. 28, 1834; d. Nov. 30, 1839. 

6404 Esther Brown (Ford), b. Nov. 7,1835; m. W. W. Shackleford of 

Charleston, S. C. 

6405 Margaret F. (Ford), b. Dec. 5, 1836; n.m. 

6406 Eliza Jane (Ford,, b. April 24, 1839. 

6407 Emily Thurston (Ford), b. Feb. 19, 1842; m. C. Rutledge Holmes of 

Somerville, S. C. 

6408 George Thomas Stephen (Ford), b. Sept. 2, 1843. 
+6409 Robert," b. Oct. lo, 1801 ; m. Eliza Emily North. 

6410 Caroline," b. Jmie 28, 1S05; d. Nov. 19, 1813. 


John Brett Thurston « of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,^ Latham,^ 
Samuel,^ Edward'-), eldest son of Samuel^ and Mary (Brett) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there June 11, 1765 ; married Mary . He 

died Oct. 21, 1799; she died Sept. 20, 1850, aged 81. He was a 
master mariner. Children : 

6415 Abigail Rowland," b. July 16, 1792; m. Oct. 29, 1815, Edward Stanhope, 
a baker by trade, but a grocer in Newport ; she d. July 7, 1853 ; they had : 
6416 Jane Martha (Stanhope), d. Oct. 8, 1819, aged 10 m. 


6417 William Henry (Stanhope), d. Oct. 15, 1821, aged i y. 2 m. 25 d. 

6418 Jane Martha (Stanhope), d. Jan. 18, 1822, aged 2 m. I4d. 

6419 John Thurston (Stanhope), m. Catherine Weaver. 

6420 Mary Thurston (Stanhope), m. Thomas M. Hathaway. 

6421 Frederick Augustus (Stanhope), m. Olivia Williams. 

6422 Charles iMtham (Stanhope), m. ist, Ann Norman; 2d, Anne Adams. 

6423 William Henry (Stanhope), b. 1825; m. Christiana E. Allen. 

6424 Abby Rowland (Stanhope), m. John R. Hammett. 

6425 Francis (Stanhope), m. Amelia Stevens. 

6426 Elizabeth Amelia (Stanhope). 

6427 Latham," d. in Windsor, N. C, 1832, aged 35* 

6428 John Dennis,"* bap. Jan. 14, 1798; d. in Norfolk, Va. 


Abraham Thurston = of Newport, R. I. {Joseph,^ Joseph^ Samuel,^ 
Edward'^), fourth child of Joseph* and Susanna (Brownell) Thurston 
of Newport; born there Nov. 7, 1784; married, Nov. 11, 182 1, Mar- 
tha D. Prior. He died Feb. 2, 1865, aged, 80; she died Oct. 23, 
1870, aged 79. He was clerk in Newport bank fourteen years, depu- 
ty collector of Newport twelve years; moved to Providence and was 
clerk in custom-house some years. Children : 

6432 Susan Brownell,'' b. Sept. 21, 1823; d. June 4, 1826. 

6433 Elizabeth Shepard,^ n.m. ; resides in Providence, R. I. 

6434 Martha Dickerson," b. Feb. 13, 1833; d. April 17, 1842. 

6435 Joseph Lafayette,'' foreman of a livery stable in Newport; m. Nov. 17, 

1850, Eliza S. Greene; no children. 

6436 William Pryor," served in the 14th N£W York regiment in war against the 

rebellion; was prisoner in Annapolis, Md. , where he died, Dec. 26, 1865. 

6437 Christopher EUery,^ a printer in New York city; m. Nov. 25, 1S54, Aman- 

da Baker; they had : 6438 Charles,'' b. March i, d. July 30, 1856. 

6439 Susan Brownell,'' n.m. ; lives in Providence. 


Joseph Thurston ^ of New York city ( ^oseph,^ yoseph^ Samuel^ 
Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of Joseph* and Susanna 
(Brownell) Thurston of Newport, R.'I.; born there June 16, 1791; 
married, Dec. 27, 1858, Letitia McBurney. He died Feb. 11, 1867. 
She married, April 23, 1868, Charles M. Fairbrother. 

Mr. Thurston was a resident of South Carolina many years previ- 
ous to his marriage. Child : 

6441 Richard Lathers," b. Sept. i, 1859. 


Moses Thurston" of Newport, R. I. {William,^ Joseph,^ Samuel,^ 
Edward'^), second child of William* and Priscilla (Norman) Thurs- 
ton of Newport; born there July 6, 1780; married, first, April 30, 
1807, Elizabeth Easton, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Gre- 
lea) Easton; she died Feb. 18, 1817, aged 36. Second, Oct. 6, 1822, 
Mrs. Abigail Baker, daughter of Isaac Church. He died July 9, 
1832 ; she died Dec. 22, 1861. He was a merchant. 

His children, by first wife, Elizabeth, were : 
6443 Sarah Ann," b. April 13, 1809; m. March i, 1831, George A. Gray of Sa- 
lem, Mass., a farmer in Middletown, R. I., since which time he has re- 
sided in various places, as will be seen by the places of birth of their 
children, and now, 1879, '^ ™ Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio. Children : 

6444 Frederick Morland (Gray), b. at Middletown Jan. 8, 1832; an Episco- 

pal clergyman; m. June 13, 1867, Augusta Van Kleeck. 

6445 Elizabeth Thurston (Gr^y), b. at Middletown Feb. 21, 1833; i^' May 

j8, 1852. 


6446 John Morland (Gray), b. at Newport Oct. 20, 1834. 

6447 Abby Tibbitts (Gray), b. at Newport May 28, 1836; d. Sept. 29, 1837. 

6448 George Alexander (Gray), b. at HilLsborough, 111., July 31, 1839. 

6449 Annie (Gray), b. at Audobon, 111., March 3, 1841 ; d. Oct. 5, 1842. 

6450 William Thurstoti (Gray), b. at Audobon April 21, 1843. 

6451 Wallace (Gray), ) twins, b. at Audobon I d. Sept. 6, 1847. 

6452 Rob:rt [OiA-j), \ Feb. 4, 1845; ) d. Sept. 7, 1847. 

6453 Charles Morland (Gray), b. at Lawrenceburgh, Ind., Aug. 14, 1848; d. 

Dec. 27. 1853. 

6454 William JVieholson (Gray), b. at Cincinnati, Ohio, March 12, 1852. 
6455 Abby Grelea,''b. Ja« 18, 1811 ; m. Oct. 31, 1S36, Henry Tibbitts, in the flour 

and grain business in Louisville, Ky., Audobon and Hillsborough, 111., 
Lawrenceburgh, Ind., and Cincinnati, O., where he d. May 4, 1869. Chil. : 

6456 Anna (Tibbitts), b. at Louisville Aug. 20, 1837; d. July 24, 1838. 

6457 Henry Cook (Tibbitts), b. at Louisville Nov. 13, 1838. 

6458 William Thurston (Tibbitts), b. at Audobon Nov. 9, 1840. 

6459 John Waterman (Tibbitts), b. at Audobon March 25, 1842. 

6460 Abby Thurston (Tibbitts), b. at Audobon Oct. 3, 1843. 

6461 Susan Green (Tibbitts), b. at Hillsborough Nov. 25, 1845. 

6462 Sarah Gray (Tibbitts), b. at Lawrenceburgh June 7, 1848; d. at Cin- 

cinnati Aug. 4, 1849 

6463 Charles Norris (Tibbitts), b. at Cincinnati March 2, 1852. 

6464 William Bradford,"^ b. May 9, 1815; m. 1st, at New Bedford, Mass., Dec. 

25, 1836, Louisa Sawyer of Cambridge, iMass. ; 2d, Oct., 1875, Minerva 
Merrill of Indianapolis, Ind., where he has been a merchant many years. 
Three other children, died in infancy. 


William Thurston^ of Middletown, R. I. {William,* Joseph^ 
Samuel^^ Edward'''), brother of the preceding, and youngest child of 
William* and Priscilla (Nortnan) Thurston of Newport, R. I.; born 
there 1782 ; married, Oct. i, 1815, Ruth Coggeshall Easton, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Grelea) Easton. He died Nov. 19, 
1840, aged 58 ; she died Feb. 2, 1864, aged 78. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer; attended the Moravian church. When 
he was an infant his father was supposed to have been lost St sea on 
a passage to the South. His motlier died soon after, and lie was left 
to the care of his great aunt, a widow named Pinnegar, a devout 
member of the Moravian church, and for whom he always maintained 
the highest regard, contributing to her support in her later years. 

Children : 
6467 Benjamin Easton,'' b. June 8, i8i5; d. August, i8i5. 

6465 Elizabeth Easton," b. Oct., 1S17 ; n.m. ; living in Newport, a devout mem- 

ber of the Episcopal church. 
6469 Sarah," b. Aug., 1819; m. April 2, 1838, Ayrault Wanton Dennis, a mas- 
ter mariner, sailing out of Newport for many years. He died at his 
residence in Middletown Feb. 13, 1862; his widow still resides there, a 
member of the Episcopal church. They had : 
6470 Ayrault Wanton (Dennis), b. Oct. 12, 1841 ; m. 1st, Oct. 26, 1869, 
Ella Mary Rutter; she died 1875; 2d, 1877, Margaret Ringgo. He 
is a farmer in Nebraska, not far from Omaha, a baptized member of 
the Episcopal church. Children, all but last one by first wife : 

6471 Ella Afary (T)tnms,],h. 1870; d. 1S71. 

6472 Barius (Dennis), b. 1872. 6473 George (Dennis), b. 1873. 
6474 Ella Alary (Dennis), b. 1S75. 6475 Daughter, b. 1878. 

6476 Darius (Dennis), b. May 8, 1845; d. Dec. 22, 1857. 

6477 Ella (Dennis), b. June 7, 1849; d. Oct. 26, 1849. 

6478 George (Dennis), ) twins, born I d. Sept. '6, 1856. 

6479 Laura (Dennis), ) May 22, 1856; ( d. Oct. 18, :856. 
6480 John Grelea," b. July, 1S21 ; d. April, 1822. 

-1-6481 William Henry," b. Feb. 4, 1823; m. Laura Casttoff. 


6482 Mary Ann,6 b. Dec. 1824; m. July, 1848, Robert P. Berry, a dentist, quite 
celebrated m his profession; he died Feb. 9, 1873; "o children. 
+04S3 Benjamin Easton.s b. Oct., 1826; m. Mary Ann Siddall. 
6484 Abby Searles,6 b. Aug., 1828; d. June 15, 1850. 


William Wanton Thurston^ of Newport and Providence, R. I. 
{Latham,^ John,^ Samuel,'' Edward'^), third child of Latham* and 
Sarah (Wanton) Thurston of Newport; born there 1780; married, 
Oct. 3, 1806, Sarah Jack, daughter of Alexander Jack. He died 
Feb. 20, 1846, aged 65 ; she died Aug. 17, 1863, aged 83. 

Mr. Thurston was a hatter, and later in life a silk and woolen dyer. 

Their children were : 

6490 William Alexander,^ b. 1807 ; d. in Mexico 1849. 

6491 George Latham.s b. 181 1 ; d. in infancy. 

6492 Edward Henry,6 b. Sept. 16, 1812; m. in Warren, R. I., Nov. 13, 1833, 

Martha T. Wood, daughter of Obed and Hannah (Covel) Wood. They 
had five children, four died in childhood. 

6493 Elizabeth Jack," m. Richard Beverley; d. June 20, 1848. 

6494 Mary Jane,6b. July 24, 1817; m. May 30, 1850, Lewis Edwin Holmes of 

Providence, and had: 

6495 Robert William (Holmes), b. April 10, 1851. 

6496 Carrie Elizabeth (Holmes), b. Nov. 20, 1852; m. Aug. 8, 1867, James 

E. Burlinghame, and had : 
6497 Mary Elizabeth (Burlinghame), b. Aug. 29, 1868. 

6498 Lewis Edwin (Holmes), b. May 23, 1853. 

6499 John TVanton (Holmes), b. Nov. 26, 1854; d. Oct. 27, i860. 

6500 Thomas TJiurston (Holmes), b. Nov. 5, 1856. 

6501 Wanton Jonas,^ b. April 20, 1823. 

6502 Thomas White.^ 


Charles Myrick Thurston* of Newport, R. I., and after of 
New York city {yohn^^ yohn^ Samuel,'^ Edward'^), second child of 
John^ and Sabra (Smith) Thurston of Newport; born there Feb. 23, 
1792; married, Sept. 6, 1818, Rachel Hall Pitman.* He died 
May 6, 1844, aged 52. 

•Rachel Hall Pitman was the daughter of Judge Thomas (i, and Abigail (Hall) Pitman, 
g-daughter of John and Abigail (Nichols) Pitman, g-g-daught^ of Benjamin and Mary Pit- 
man, g-g-g-daaghter of John and Mary (Saunders) Pitman. 

Abigail Nichols was the daughter of Andrew and Abigail (Plaisted) Nichols, 

Abigail Hall was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Peckham) Hall, g-daughter of Ben- 
jamin and Abigail (Babcock) Hall, gi|-daughter of William and Mary (Brownell) Hall, g-g-g- 
daughter of Benjamin and Frances (Parked Hall, and g-g-g-g-daughter of William and Mary 

Frances Parker was the daughter of George and Frances Parker. 

Mary Brownell was the daughter of George and Susannah (Pearce) Brownell, and g-daugh- 
ter of Thomas and Ann Brownell. 

Susannah Pearce was the daughter of Kichard and Susannah (Wright) Pearce. 

Susannah "Wright was the daughter of George Wright. 

Abigail Babcock was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Hall) Babcock, g-daughter of 
John and Mary Babcock, and g-g-daughter of James and Sarah Babcock. 

Elizabeth Peckham was the daughter of Peleg and Elizabeth ( Coggeshall) Peckham, g-daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Waite (Gould) Peckham, g-g-daughter of John and Sarah Peckham, and 
g- g-g - daughter of John and Mary (Clarke) Peckham. 

Waite Gould was the daughter of Daniel and Waite (Coggeshall) Gould, and g-daughter of 
Jeremy and Priscilla (Grovier) Gould. 

Waite Coggeshall was the daughter of John and Mary Coggeshall. 

Elizabeth Coggeshall was the daughter of Thomas and Mercy (Freeborn) Coggeshall, 

f -daughter of Joshua and Sarah Coggeshall, g-g-daughter of Joshua and Joan (West) Cogges- 
all, and g-g-g-daughter of John and Mary Coggeshall. 

Mercy Freeborn was the daughter of Gideon and Mary (Boomer) Freeborn, and g-daughter 
of William and Mary Freeborn, 
Mary Boomer was the daughter of Matthew Boomer, 


Mr. Thurston was the founder and first president of the Newport 
Exchange bank. He removed to New York in 1840, where his widow 
still lives. 

Their children were : 
+6506 Charles Myrick.^ b. July- 11, 1819; m. Caroline Marsh. 

6507 Abby Pitraan.'^b. Nov. 22, 1821 ; m. July 9, 1846, Richard Lathers, and had: 
650S Abby Caroline (Lathers), b. March 9, 1848. 

6509 Agnes (Lathers), b. June 10, 1853. , 

6510 Richard (Lathers), b. April 23, 1855. 

651 1 Emma (Lathers), b. July 22, 1857. 

6512 Joseph Thurston (Lathers), b. Dec. 20, 1858; d. Aug. 4, 1859. 

6513 Ida (Lathers), b. March 20, 1862. 

6514 Julia (Lathers), b. Aug. II, 1864. 

6515 Edmund Griffin (Lathers), b. March 24, i865. 

6516 Rachel Hall,^ b. March 23, 1824; m. Dec. 12, 1S43, Charles Connor Bar- 
rington, and had : 
6517 Rachel Thurston (Barrington), b. Oct. 4, 1844. 
6518 Sophia Eliza,^ b. Aug. 22, 1S27; m. Sept. 22, 1847, Allan Melville. She 
• died Oct. 3, 1858; he died Feb. 9, 1S72, aged 48 y. lorn. They had: 

6519 Maria Gansevoorl (Melville), b. Feb. 18, 1849; m. June 10, 1874, Wil- 

liam B. Moorewood. 

6520 Florence (Melville), b. Sept. 2, 1850. 

6521 Catharine Gansevoorl (Melville), b. April 30, 1852. 

6522 Julia (Melville), b, Sept. 6, 1854; d. Dec. 26, 1854. • 

6523 Lucy (Melville), b. June 14, 1856. 

+6524 Alfred Henry,^ b. Oct. 2, 1832; m. ist, Eliza Strong Blunt; 2d, Mary Sul- 
livan Bankhead. 


Samuel Thurston^ {Samuel,^ John^ Samuel,^ Edward'^), fifth 
child of Samuel* and Mary (Landers) Thurston of Newport, R. I.; 
born there June 13, 1793; married Elizabeth Gifford. He went 
to New Bedford, Mass., and after returned to Newport. 

Their children were : 

-|-6530 George,^ b. March 29, 1815; m. ist, Sophia Hawn; 2d, Margaret Manery. 

6531 Mary,6 b. Jan. 28, i8i5; m. John Terry of Buffalo, N. Y. ; no children. 


Henry Higgins Thurston^ of Newport, R. I. {Samuel,^ John,^ 
Sa7nuel,^ Edward''-), hxothex of the preceding, and son of Samuel* 
and Mary (Landers) Thurston of Newport; born there Sept. 20, 
1799; married, Nov. 27, 1826, Martha Coggeshall Thurston, born 
Jan. 15, 1804 [see no. 5965], daughter of Latham and Martha C. 
(Cahoone) Thurston of Newport. He is a ship carpenter, and at- 
tends the Baptist church. 

Children : 
+6536 George Henry," b. Aug. 11, 1827; m. Ruth Esther Potter. 

6537 Ann Martha,6 b. Dec. 11, 1830; d. Jan. 5, 1850. 

6538 Sarah Tew, 6 b. Sept. 28, 1832 ; m. Joshua Stacy ; divorced ; is a member 

of the Catholic church; no children. 

6539 Jol^n Latham,8 b. Oct. 3, 1S35; m. Oct. 31, 1S69, Abby Sullivan. He is a 

carpenter in Newport ; served in the war against the rebellion, enlist- 
ing in Sept., 1861, in the 87th Connecticut regiment, Capt. J'ohn Lee, 
Col. Dodge; went to Alexandria and Yorktown, Va. ; was sick with 
rheumatism, sent to hospital in Baltimore, where he was nearly two years ; 
was not in any battle, but did some service as nurse ; no children. 

6540 Charles Edward," b. Nov. 24, 1839; m. Jan. 2, i86i, Susan Frances Crow- 

ell of Newport. He is a carpenter in Newport ; served in the 4th Rhode 
Island regiment during the war of the rebellion. Children : 
6541 Charles Edward,'' b. Oct. 19, i86i; d. Aug. 4, 1863. 


6542 Martha Elizabeth,'' b. April 11, 1863; d. Sept. 9, 1864. 

6543 Emma Augusta,'' b. Dec. II, 1865. 

6544 James Fernandas,^ b. Oct. 29, 1841 ; m. April 5, 1866, Eliza Ann Beegan. 
He is a carpenter in Newport; served in the war against the rebellion. 
He says: "June 6, 1S61, I enlisted for three years in the 2d Rhode 
Island regiment, Capt. Charles Turner. July 21st we fought our first 
battle at Bull Run, lost our colonel, major, and about three hundred 
men. The regiment held the battle field forty-five minutes before assist- 
ance came. I was in ten other battles, the last one Antietara, which 
lasted eight hours. I was wounded in the leg, and lay on the battle 
field three days and four nights with only four apples, two of which x 
gave to a wounded confederate, who lay beside me and afterward refused 
me a drink of cold water. I crept to the woods and made me crutches, 
and traveled four miles to a confederate tobacco house, where I was al- 
lowed to stay for a week, when a union ambulance came along and took 
me to Maryland, and from there to Washington hospital. I was allowed 
a furlough of three months. On my return to Washington hospital I 
was transferred to the 9th regiment veteran reserve corps, doing garrison 
duty around the outskirts of Washington. The Mosby Guerrillas were 
working their way toward Philadelphia, and we were ordered to intercept 
them. We traveled for seven days behind them. Just before we reached 
Harrisburgh we had a skirmish, which resulted in our having nine killed 
and thirty wounded. From there we went to Philadelphia and back to 
Washington, where we were assigned to guard rebel prisoners. The 
greatest battle I fought in during the war was in front of Richmond, 
Va., seven days and seven nights continuous fighting; heavy loss of life 
on both sides. Part of the time we had to lie on our faces while the 
batteries fired over us. The cries of the wounded and dying were heart- 
rending." Children: 

6545 James Henry^ b. Dec. 25, 1867. 

6546 John Burkinshaw^ b. Aug. 22, 1874. 


Gardner Thurston ^ of Fall River, Mass. {Edward,^ Edward^ 
Thomas,''' Edward'^), eldest child of Edward ^ and Parnold (Mott) 
Thurston of Freetown, Mass.; born there Feb. 15, 1761 ; married, 
March 31, 1796, Mary Terry of Freetown. His will was dated 
Feb. I, 1844, proved April 5, 1844. 

Their children were : 

6550 Hannah,^ b. Feb. 2, 1797 ; m. Abraham Wardell of Westport, Mass. ; had : 

6551 Mary Ann f^ardell), named in her grandfather's will. 
6552 Sarah,^ b. April 13, 1799; m. Dec. 15, 1822, Thomas E. Bhffins of Fall 
River, and had : 

6553 Sybil Valentine (Bliffins),, b. June 15, 1823. 

6554 Anson (Bliffins), b. Feb. 7, 1826. 

6555 Harriet Newell (Bliffins), b. June 4, 1828; named in grandfather's will. 

6556 David Evans (Bliffins), b. Dec. 31, 1831. 

6557- Thomas (Bliffins), b. April 5, 1835; named in grandfather's will. 

6558 Elizabeth,^ b. March i, 1801 ; d. single 1850. 

6559 Peleg,^ b. May 19, 1803; d. before 1844, as he is not named in will. 

6560 Mary,<5 m. John Francis of Dartmouth, Mass. ; d. Oct., 1843. Children : 

6561 julianna (Francis). 

6562 Susan (Francis). 

6563 Abraham (Francis). 

6564 Clarissa (Francis)." 

6565 Peace (Francis). 
6565 Sylvia (Francis). 

6567 William (Francis). 

6568 James H. (Francis). 

6569 Barnaby (Francis). All named in their grandfather's will. 


6045 / 

Nathaniel S. Thurston « of Fall River, Mass. {Edward,"" EdwardJ^^ 
Thomas,^ Edward''), brother of the preceding, and son of Edward 
and Parnold (Mott) Thurston of Freetown, now Fall River, Mass. ; 
born there May 10, 1771; married Lavinia Davis. He died May 
18, i844)<ay ^-IWtaV. 

" Their children were : 

6575 Elizabeth.s b. April 21, 1794; m. Jan. 24, 1813, Thomas Freelove; d. May 
24, 1S69. 
+6576 Samuel, 8 b. Dec. 17, 1797 ; m. Rachel Boomer. 
+6577 James.s b. April 12, 1799; m. Ruth Waddell. -r-i- u t^ ■ a 

6578 Lucy,8 b. July 23, 1803; m. (intention dated Jan. 15, 1841) Elisha Davis; a. 

Feb. 20, 1869. J u /I 

6579 Joanna,^ b. Dec. 2, 1806; m. Nov. 4, 1827, Brightman Terry, and haa : 
6580 Silas (Terry), b. Sept. i, 1835. 

+6581 Williatn,6 b. Dec. 7, 1809; m. Eleanor Chace. 
-I-65S2 Gardner,^ m. Elizabeth S. Moore. 


Varnum Thurston ^ of Fall River, Mass. {Peleg,^ Edward^ Thomas^ 
Edward^], iourth child of Peleg^ and Amy (^Barton) Thurston of 
Troy, Mass. ; born there 1773 ; married, Dec. 29, 1797, Mary Gard- 
ner, born Feb. 8, 1780, daughter of Peleg and Lydia (Simmons) 
Gardner of Swansea, Mass. He died April 3, 1828, aged 55 ; she 
died July 5, 1862, aged 82. He was a cooper. 

Their children were : 
+6587 Peleg Gardner.^b. Sept. 5, 1799; m. Susan Blossom. 

6588 Amy Barton,6 b. April 3, tSoi ; n.m. ; d. June 10, 1S26. 

6589 Jonathan Gardner," b. Nov. 14, 1802; d. single Feb. 16, 1846. 
+6590 Edward," b. Sept. 4, 1804; m. Sarah Maria Mason. 

+6591 Samuel," b. Dec. 27, 1806; m. Almira Boomer. 
-(-6592 James," b. Nov. 8, iSoS; m. Hannah Pierce. 

6593 Susan Gardner," b. Dec. II, i8io; d. Dec. 12, 1810. 
+6594 Abraham Gardner," b. June 21, 1813; m. Catharine Borden Allen. 
+659S Vernon," b. Feb. 11, 1815; m. Abby Streeter. 

6596 Mary Gardner," b. Jan. 4, 1817; d. Oct. 8, 1819. 
+6597 WiUiam Barton," b. Nov. 8, 1818; m. Mary Ann Packard. 

659S Henry Gardner," b. Sept. 8, 1S20; d. single April 22, 1857. 

6599 Amy Diadema," b. July 29, 1824; d. single July 6, 1846. 


Jonathan Thurston ^ of Fall River,* Mass. {Thomas,* Edward,^ 
Thomas,'^ Edward'^), sixth child of Thomas* and Elizabeth (Pearce) 
Thurston of Fall River; born there June 25, 1765; married, first, in 
1800, Sarah Luther of Swansea, Mass.; she died May 2, 181 1, 
aged 37. Second, Mercy (Briggs) Hathaway. She died 1837 ; 
he died April 28, 1832 ; will dated April 20, 1832, proved June 26, 
1832. Her estate was settled by John in 1837. 

Mr. Thurston was a farmer, tanner, and shoemaker. 

His children, by first wife, Sarah, were : 
6605 John," b. Dec. 8, 1800; m. 1827, Hannah HoUoway. He was a house car- 
penter in Fall River; d. March 17, 1873; no children. 

* When Mr. Thurston was born this locality was known as Freetown ; in 1803 Fall River 
was set otr and inoorpovated ; in 1804 the name was changed to Troy, and in 1884 it was 
changed back again to Fall River; so that he was born in Freetown, lived in Fall River, died 
in Troy, without change of residence, and now the same place is Fall Kiver. 


+6606 David,^ b. July 26, 1802 ; tn. Hannah Miller Hathaway. 

6607 Elizabeth," b. Oct. 26, 1804; m. June, 1850, Gardner Davis. He died 

Dec. II, 1876; she resides in Fall River; no children. 

6608 Ebenezer,<i b. July 26, 1808; m. 1864, Philinda A. Chase. He was a house 

carpenter; d. June 3, 1878, in Somerset, Mass.; no children. 
By second wife, Mercy : 

6609 Sarah Luther," b. Jan. 6, 181 5; d. single July 31, 1834. 

6610 Warden Hathaway," b. Sept. 4, 1818; d. Oct. 12, 1822. 

+65ii Thomas," b. Aug. 24, 1820; m. ist, Betsey Jane Davis; 2d, Matilda Gray 
6612 Mary,s b. Sept. 12, 1822; m. Anson Blivens, a house carpenter in Fall 
River. They have : 

6613 Helen M. (Blivens), m. Charles Fisher, a house carpenter in Fall River. 

6614 Frank H. (Blivens), n.m. ; a printer in Fall River. 


Samuel Thurston ^ of Tiverton, R. I. {Thomas,'' Thomas,^ Thomas,'^ 
Edward'^), eldest son of Thomas* and Patience (Beers) Thurston of 
Tiverton; born there Mar. 28, 1776; married, Nov. 23, 1800, Mercy 
Tabor. He died Dec. 30, 1805, aged 29. She married, second, Ben- 
jamin Manchester. Children : 

6620 Patience," b. Sept. 25, iSoi ; m. George B. Seabury. 
-)-662i John," b. 1803; m. Mary Ann Chase. 


George Rowland Thurston ^ of Tiverton, R. \. {Thomas,* Thomas^ 
Thomas^^ Edward''-), brother of the preceding, and son of Thomas * 
and Patience (Beers) Thurston of Tiverton; born there May 11, 1782 ; 
married, Dec. 25, 1803, Elizabeth Baker. He died Aug. i, 1841. 

Children : 
4-6625 Thomas," b. May 24, 1807; m. Barbara Whitford. 

6626 Lydia S.," b. Dec. 29, 1809. 

6627 Mary A. S.," b. May 10, 1812. 

6628 Samuel," b. Sept. 20, 18 14; d. Aug. 22, 1815. 

6629 Samuel," b. Oct. 11, 1817. 

6630 William Baker," b. June 4, 1820; d. at Charleston, S. C. 

6631 Hannah S.," b. March 30, 1823. 

6632 Daniel Baker," b. March i, 1825. 


Dr. John Robinson Thurston ° of St. Christophers, West Indies 
{John,^ Peleg^ Thomas,^ Edward'^), son of John* and Abigail (Rob- 
inson) Thurston of Newport, R. I.; born there April 24, 1774; mar- 
ried, 1799, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Mary Ann Bruce. He died May 
7, 1819 ; she died July 2, 1852. 

Mr. Thurston graduated from St. Andrews university, Scotland. 

Children : 
6636 Eliza," b. Oct., 1800; ra. 1821, Abraham S. Rees, m.d., a graduate of Har- 
vard; d. 1862. They had: 
6637 Roberl C. (Kees), b. 1822; d. 1852. 
6638 Mary Ann," b. Oct., 1803; d. 1829. 
+6639 William Torrey," b. July 14, 1805; m. Caroline Thurston [see no. 6967J. 
-J-6640 John Robinson," b. 1807; m. Louisa Ann Adlam. 
-I-6641 Wanton," b. Dec, 1809; m. Sarah Ottey. 
4-6642 James," b. April, 1812; m. Martha Smith. 
6643 Esther," b. 1816; d. 1819. 


William Richardson Thurston = of New York city ( William . 
Richardson,^ Pekg^ Thomas,^ Edward'^), son of William Richardson* 


and Mary (Seaman) Thurston of Flushing, N. Y. ; born there May 
17, 1817; married, Nov. 9, 1842, Jane Ridley Day, born Feb. 23, 
1820, daughter of Mahlon and Mary Day of New Yorli. Mr. Day 
was a publisher of children's books, and nearly forty j'ears ago editor 
of Day's Bank Reporter, which had a large circulation. Mr. Day, 
wife, and daughter were lost on board the steamer Arctic in 1854, as 
they were returning home from Europe. 

Mr. Thurston has been actively engaged during his whole life in- 
taking charge of the business matters of his family and friends. 

Children : 
6648 William Richardson." b. Oct. 27, 1843; m. Nov. 4, 1869, Maria H. Samp- 
son. He is an importer ot drugs, firm of T. B. Merrick & Co., New- 
York city. Children : 

6649 William Richardson^ b. Aug. 24, 1873. 

6650 Edzvani Sam/'son,'^ b. Aug. 8, 1876. 

6651 Mary Day," b. May 31, 1846; n.m. 1879. 

6652 Edward Day," b. March 4, 1S51 ; n.m. 1879; fif™ of Banning, Bissel & Co., 

importers of analine colors, New York. 

6653 Anna Day,6b. May 4, 1857; n.m. 1879. 


Joseph Delaplaine Thurston ° of Bayside, L. I. ( William Rich- 
ardson,^ Peleg^ Thomas,^ Edward^), brother of the preceding, and son 
of William Richardson * and Abigail (Eveingham) Thurston of Flush- 
ing, N. Y. ; born there Feb. 22, 1823; married, April 30, 1849, Mary 
'Wharton. She died Oct. 26, 1856; he died June 5, 1861. 

Mr. Thurston graduated from Haverford college. Pa.; purchased a 
country place at Bayside, near Fliishing, L. I,, and devoted himself to 
farming and fruit culture. Children : 

6655 Hetty Wharton," b. March r, 1850; d. Oct. 30, 1875. 

6656 William Wharton, 6 b. April 25, 1852; m. Sept. 24, 1873, Ellen Marion 

Coppee, b. at West Point, Va., Sept. 20, 1854, daughter of Henry (LL.D., 
see civil and military history in "Graduates of West Point," Henry Cop- 
pee appointed from Georgia) and Julia de Witt Coppee of Bethlehem, 
Pa. Mr. Thurston graduated from the university of Pennsylvania 1871, 
and is vice-president of Bethlehem Iron Co.; a member of the society of 
Friends, wife and children Episcopalians. Children ; 

6657 Edward Coppee^' b. Oct. 28, 1S74. 

6658 Joseph Wharton^ b. Aug. 25, 1876. 

6659 William Wharton^ b. May 27, 1S78. 

6660 Anna Wharton," b. April 23, 1854; d. Nov. 19, 1856. 

cStptlj eSEucratitin. 


John Thurston" of Merrick South, now Freeport, L. I. {John^ 
Edward^* Edward,^ Edward,'^ Edward^), son of John^ and Mary 
(Brett) Thurston of Providence, R. I.; born there about 1769; mar- 
ried Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Andrew and Mary (Tuttersaw) 
[of Long Island birth, but English descent] Allen of Falkirk, Scot- 
land. Children : 

6662 Nancy,' b. June 18, 1792; m. Oliver Dorian; d. May 19, 1867. 

6663 John,' I twins d. in childhood. 

6664 Fanny,' ) ' 

6665 Elizabeth,'' b. Aug. 13, 1798; m. John Carman; d. Aug. 15, 1828. 
+6666 George Allen,' b. April 3, 1802; m. Ellen Fenton. 



Daniel Thurston^ of Utica, N. Y. {John,^ Edward,^ Edward,^ 
Edward^ Edward'^), brother of the precediiig, and son of John ^ and 
Mary (Brett) Thurston of Providence, R. I.; born there 1770; mar- 
ried, 1791, Prudence Grossman, born in New Bedford, Mass., 1776. 
She died March 8, 1836; he died at his son John's, in Granby, Os- 
wego county, N. Y., 1840. 

Mr. Thurston at the age of fourteen was a waiter boy for a captain 
in the navy. He was afterward a baker, and kept a grocery and 
baker's shop in Providence; moved to Utica; was in the war of 1812 ; 
a member of the Free Baptist cliurch in Providence, but joined the 
Methodist church in New York. Gliildren : 

6669 Fanny,' d. at the age of five. 
4-6670 John,' b. Jan. 7, 1792; m. Hannah Tucker. 


Rqbert Jenkins Thurston" of New York city {John,^ Capt. 
jfohn,'^ jfonathan,^ Edward,^ Ed-ward'^), second son of John" and 
Elizabeth (Jenkins) Tlmrston of Hudson, N.Y.; married, June 4, 
1801, Abigail Bogert, born in New York city May 20, 1774. He 
died July 21, 1806; she died May 8, 1841, and was buried at Jamaica, 
L. I. He was a hardware dealer, firm of Bogert & Thurston. 

Children : 

6675 EJiza Ann,'' b. July i, 1S02 ; n.m. ; d. at Jamaica May 24, 1830. 

6676 Cornelia Emmeline,' b. Oct. 20, 1803 ; m. April 3, 1828, Jesse Hoyt, son 

of Gould and Sarah (Reid) Hoyt of Jamaica; he was at one time col- 
lector of the port of New York. She died July 20, 1852; he died Mar. 
17, 1867. They had : 

6677 Cornelia T/turs/on CHoyt), n.m. 

6678 Louis Thurston (Hoyt), m. IMarie Antoinette Bogert [see no. 6692; a 

banker in New York. 
■ 6679 William H. (Hoyt), n.m.; in business in Baltimore, Md. 

6680 Emily Adele (Hoyt), m. Francis A. de Wint of Fishkill on Hudson; 

he died. They had five children. 

6681 Robert Sands (Hoyt), n.m.; d. May 16, 1879. 

6682 Ella Carroll {Hoyt), m. J. de Wint Whittemore of Fishkill on Hudson. 
-)-6683 Louis Marion,' b. Oct. 23, 1804; ni. Ehzabeth Samuella Brewer. 

6684 A child, b. Dec. 26, 1805; d. Feb. 15, 1806. 


Edward Champlin Thurston ° of New York city {Johnf Capt. 
John,^ Jonathan,^ Edward,^ Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and 
son of John^ and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Thurston of Hudson, N. Y. ; 
born there Nov. 9, 1790; married Elizabeth Van Vredenberg. 
He died about 1873, aged over 80. He was a magistrate. 

Children : 

6690 Maria Louisa,' m. Dr. Cornelius Robert Bogert, a physician in New York 
city; he died 1877. They had: 

6691 Clinton (Bogert), d. in infancy. 

6692 Marie Antoijiette (Bogert), m. Louis Thurston Hoyt [see no. 6678], 

a banker in New York city; d. June i, 1879, leaving two children: 
6693 Ceraldine (Hoyt). 6694 Aline (Hoyt). 

6695 Eugene Thurston (Bogert), a broker in N.Y. city, m. Kate A. Vanderpool. 
6696 Phebe Watson,' n.m. 



Penelope Thurston" {Johnf Capt. yohn* Jonathan^ Edward,^ 
Edward'^), sister of the preceding, and eighth child of John^ and 
Elizabeth (Jenkins) Thurston of Hudson, N. Y. ; born there Dec. 29, 
1792 ; married, Oct. 29, 1816, Rev. Gregory Townsend Bedell, d.d., 
born Aug. 28, 1793, son of Israel and Elizabeth (Moore) Bedell of 
New York. Elizabeth Moore was born in New York Jan. 26, 1760, 
and died on Staten Island 1802 ; sister to the Rt. Rev. R. C. Moore, 
bishop of Virginia. Penelope was one of the most beautiful women of 
her day ; her two sisters and herself were known as " labelle famille." 
Israel Bedell was born September, 1750, died May 30, 1830. Dr. 
Bedell died in Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 30, 1834; his widow died in 
New York city Dec. 30, 1859. 

G. T. Bedell graduated from Columbia college in 181 1, and had 
his first charge in Hudson ; from thence he went to Fayetteville, N. 
C., and from there to Philadelphia, where St. Andrews church was 
erected for him and consecrated in the spring of 1823. His ministry 
there was such that to this day it is recalled with loving gratitude by 
all who knew him. His life has been written by Rev. S. H. Tyng, 
D.D., of New York, and published with his sermons, which, with . his 
hymns, musical compositions, books of devotion, etc., are still in use. 

Children : 

6700 Gregory Thurston (Bedell), b. in Hudson Aug. 27, 1817; m. Oct. 7, 1845, 

Julia Strong, daughter of James and Aletta Strong of New York. Mr. 
Bedell graduated from Bristol college, Pa., 1836;' was ordained in St. 
Andrews church, Philadelphia, July, 1840. His first parish was in 
Westchester, Pa.; the second was that of the Ascension church in New 
York, from where he was elected assistant bishop of Ohio, Rev. Dr. 
Mcllvane being then bishop ; since his death Dr. Bedell was consecrated 
to the office of bishop in Richmond, Va., and is now bishop of Ohio. 
They had three children, all died in infancy. 

6701 Elizabeth (Bedell), m. Jan. [7, 1854, Frederick Augustus Benjamin, so.n of 

Col. Aaron Benjamin, of Stratford, Ct., an officer in the army during the 
whole of the revolutionary war. Mr. Benjamin was an importing mer- 
chant of New York (Bean, Benjamin & Co.); after retiring from business 
he erected a country seat in his native town, where he resides with his 
family for a portion of each year. He was one of the electors of Abra- 
ham Lincoln for president of the United States on his second terra. Mrs. 
Benjamin is known extensively as a pleasant writer of religious books 
and articles for the press. They have : 
6702 Arthur Bedell (Benjamin), b. Oct., 1854. 


Susan Alada Thurston ' of New York city {John,^ Capt. Johns*' 
yonathan^ Edward,'^ Edward''-), sister of the preceding, and daugh- 
ter of John^ and Elizabeth (Jenkins) Thurston of Hudson, N. Y. ; 
born there Nov. 29, 1793; married Patrick Fanning. She died in 
New York Nov. 19, 1859. 

Children : 
6703 Ann Eliza (Fanning), b. in Hudson Oct. 22,1816; m. ist, Oct. 5,1836, 
John H. Boswell, a dry goods merchant in Norwich, Ct. ; he died Nov. 
13. '857, aged 45; 2d, May 18, 1859, Capt. Charles L. Meech, a farmer 
in Preston City, Ct. ; he died May 18, 1862, aged 54. She had : 

6704 Ji>h7t Lovett (Boswell), b. Oct. 14, 1838. 

6705 Elizabeth //awls' (Boswell), b. Aug. 9, 1841. 

6706 Elizabeth (Boswell), b. May 26, 1844. 

6707 Alia Thurston (Boswell), b. May 2, 1847. 


6708 Charles Fanning (Boswell), b. Sept. 14, 1850. 
6709 Cornelia Dubois (Fanning), d. 6710 Harriet Dayton (Fanning), d. 

67 1 1 Caroline Winslow (Fanning), d. 

6712 Frances Chester (Fanning), b. June28, 1831; m. in Hudson April 23, 

1856, Rev. John A. Paddock, D.D., rector of St. Peter's church in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., a devoted christian and faithful, sacrificing pastor. Children : 

6713 Alada Thurston (Paddock), b. June 25, 1858. 

6714 Edith Fingg (Paddock), b. Nov. 30, i860; d. 

6715 Lilly Bedell (Paddock), b. Feb. i, 1862; d. 
6710 John Benjamin (Paddock), b. March i8, 1864; d. 

6717 Fanny Fanning (Paddock), b. May 11, 1866. 

6718 Louise Bogert{Vz.A&o'ik)^ b. Jan. 16, 1868; d. 

6719 Robert Lewis (Paddock), b. Dec. 24, 1S70. 

6720 Elbe Morgan (Paddock), b. Nov. 14, 1872. 

6721 Florence Hubbard (Paddock), b. March 6, 1875. 

6722 Robert Slark (Fanning), b. April 22, 1835; m. ist, Oct. 9, 1861, Elizabeth 
Paddock, sister to Rev. John A. Paddock, d.d. ; 2d, Oct. 6, 1868, Ellen 
Wyckoff Mulligan ; was a merchant in New York ; d. Feb. 4, 1876. Chil. ; 

6723 Lizzie Flagg ^Trnmn^^), b. Sept. 15, 1863. 

6724 Ellen f^c^^ (Fanning), b. Sept., 187-. 

6725 Julia Mulligan {?z.-ama^,\i.Y^h., \%T%. 


Peleg Thurston" of Portsmouth, R. I. (Peleg,^ Capt. John,* jfon- 
athan^ Edward,'^ Edward'^), fourth child of Peleg '^' and Phebe (Law- 
ton) Thurston of Portsmouth; born in Hudson, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1786; 
married, May 28, 1809, Susan Barker Lawton, daughter of Job 
and Hannah Lawton. He died March 2, 1876, aged 90; she died 
Aug. 23, 1879, aged 88 y. 4m. 8 d. He was a farmer; served in the 
war of 1812, and received a pension, 1875. 

Children : 

6726 Hannah,' b. Dec. 16, i8og; d. April 11, 1S22. 

6727 Phebe Lawton,' b. March 14, 1813; m. Oct. 10, 1833, Oliver Albro, a 

farmer of Portsmouth, and had,: 
6728 Hannah Barker (Albro), b. Oct. 28, 1835; m. in Newport, R. I., Sept. 
25, 1859, Thomas Holman of Portsmouth, and had: 

6729 Frederic William (Holman), b. March 25, i860. 

6730 Fannie Lavoatia (Holman), b. Oct. 1862. 

6731 Herman Thomas (Holman), b. Oct. 29, 1866. 

6732 Christopher Durfee (Albro), b. Sept. i, 1842; m. in Providence, R. I., 

Aug. 17, 1875, Sarah Adelaide Hawkins. 

6733 Caroline Adelia (Albro). b. Dec. 10, 1844; m. Jan. 10, 1S66, George 

Henry Breed of Geneseo, III., and had: 

6734 Jennie Wilson (Breed), b. Nov. 14, 1866. 

6735 William Baxter (Breed), b. Jan. 20, 1872. 

6736 Cora Thurston (Breed), b. Jan. 28, 1877; d. Feb. 6, 1877. 

6737 James Albert (Albro), b. in Middletown, R. I., Sept. 14, 1848; d. Nov. 

7, 1866. 

6738 Franklin Thurston (Albro), b. in Portsmouth May 6, 1854; d. Jan. 31, 

6739 Susan Lawton,' b. Feb. 20, iSij; m. April 11, 1842, John Clark, a boot 
and shoe manufacturer in Newport; no children, 
+6740 Louis Jenkins,' b. March 18, 1818; m. Cynthia Ann Peckham. 
+6741 Edward,' b. Nov. 26. 1820; m. Harriet Peckham. 

6742 Robert Lawton,' b. Feb. 23, 1823; a farmer in Portsmouth; m. Nov. 13, 
1879, by Rev. E. M. Smith, Harriet J. Rawson of Newport. 
-J-6743 Peleg Lawton,' b.- June 18, 1826; m. Sarah Elizabeth Lawton. 

6744 Benjamin Franklin,' b. April 30, 1S30; d. at Placerville, Cal., Oct. 28, 1852. 
+6745 Parker Hall,' b. March 2, 1833; m. Louisa Maria Rawson. 


John Samuel Thurston" of Providence, R. L {Peleg^ Capt. John* 
Jonathan,^ Edward,^ Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and son of 


Peleg" and Ruth (Lawton) Thurston of Portsmouth, R. I. ; born there 
Sept. 26, 1799; married, in Newport, R. I., by Rev. Michael Eddy, 
June 22, 1822, Hannah Barker Lawton, born July 19, 1797^ daugh- 
ter of William and Sarah (Barker) Lawton of Portsmouth. He died 
Jan. 7, 1879, aged 79. 

Mr. Thurston was in the navy in the war of 1812, in the vessel 
that took the British ship Nimrod, at Portsmouth, when thirteen 
years of age. He followed the sea for some years, and after became 
a steam engine manufacturer, at one time in company with his broth- 
er Robert Lawton ; withdrew from this compaoy to go to the West 
Indies to set up steam engines. He run the Spanish steamer Alman- 
dar between Havana and Matanzas, taking her to Providence once to 
put in a new engine. This steamer was wrecked, lying at the wharf, 
in the hurricane of 1844, after which he returned to Providence. He 
was a very active and resolute business man till about 1864, after 
which time he was unable to do any labor. 

Children, born in Portsmouth : 

6750 Elizabeth Lawton,' b. Dec. 23, 1823; m. Jan. 29, 1843, Henry Gardner 
Luther of Swansea, Mass., a collector of bills in Providence. Children: 

6751 John Henry (Luther), b. April 15, 1844. 

6752 William Gardnrr (Luther), b, Nov. 29, 1845. 

6753 Elizabeth Thurston (Luther), b Aug. 10, 1847. 

6754 James (Luther), b. April 3, 1S49; d. May 9, 1849. 

6755 James (Luther), b. May 10, 1850; d. Aug. 4, 1S51. 
6756 Phebe Lawton,'' b. Nov. 7, 1825; in Providence, n.m. 

Born in Providence : 
_|-6757 John Babcock,' b. Feb. 26, 1829; m. ist, Sophia A. Capwell; 2d, Adde- 
line A. Wilbur. 
6758 William Henry,' b. April 12, 1832; d. June 17, 1838. 
-{-6759 George Stratton,' b. July 26, 1834; m. Jerusha W. Heath. 

6760 Sarah Hart,' b. Sept. 23, 1S36; in Providence, n.m. 

6761 Ruth Hannah,' b. Oct. 5, 1839; m. Dec. 13, 1857, Daniel Henry Matthew- 

son, a lapidary in Providence. Children : 

6762 George Snow (Matthewson), b. April 20, 1861 ; d. Oct. 26, 1863. 

6763 CharlfS Henry (Matthewson), b. Dec. II, 1863. 

6764 Edwin Lawton (iVXatthewson), b. Oct. 6, 1873. 


Robert Lawton Thurston" of Providence, R. I. {Peleg,^ Capt. 
jfohii,^ Jonathan^ Edward^^ Edward'^), brother of the preceding, and 
youngest son of Peleg ^ and Ruth (Lawton) Thurston of Portsmouth, 
R. I.; born there Dec. 13, 1800; married, first, 1827, Eliza Stratton, 
daughter of Capt. John Stratton; she died July 10, 1828, aged 28. 
Second, Jan. 5, 1839, Harriet Taylor, daughter of William and Eliz- 
abeth (Bailey) Taylor of Little Coinpton, R. I. He died Jan. 13, 1874. 

" He* was one of the few intelligent, far seeing, and enterprising 
men, whose energy and capacity, a half century and more ago, devel- 
oped successfully the long latent power of steam and applied it to 
navigation, to railroad transportation, to driving the spindle and the 
loom, and to the thousand purposes now so familiar to us. He de- 
veloped an extraordinary talent as a mechanic at an early age, and 

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immediately upon attaining his majority, commenced learning the 
trade of a machinist with Pelham & Walcott. Eight months later he 
had acquired sufficient skill to attract the attention of John Babcock, 
sen., a distinguished mechanic, who was then actively aiding in the 
introduction of cotton and woolen manufactures, and who was well 
known as an accomplished engineer and an inventor. 

"These two mechanics completed an experimental steam engine, 
with its 'newly invented and most excellent' safety tubular boiler, as 
it would be called to-day, which was placed in a small ferry-boat de- 
signed for use near Fall River. The performance of this craft was 
sufficiently satisfactory to encourage the inventors to try again, and 
the ' Rushlight ' and the ' Babcock,' subsequently built, were compar- 
atively large craft. They created a sensation only equalled by the 
excitement attending the voyages of the ' Clermont ' or the trial trips 
of John Stevens' boats. 

" Subsequently to a journey to the South, to seek business and to 
study the country, Mr. Thurston was employed by the ' Iron Compa- 
ny' of Fall River, while building the old Annawan mill. John Bab- 
cock died in 1827, leaving a son John, who inherited fully his father's 
engineering ability, business capacity, and remarkable energy. 

"Mr. Thurston came to Providence in 1830, and with young Bab- 
cock succeeded so well that in 1834 they commenced business, start- 
ing the first steam engine building establishment in New England, or, 
with two exceptions, in the United States. The company then formed 
was known as the Providence Steam Engine Company. 

" Mr. Babcock's health failed and he was compelled to give up 
business. The firm of Robert L. Thurston & Co. was formed in 
1838, and in 1845, by other changes, it became Thurston, Greene & 
Co. Just before this latter change a terrible boiler explosion de- 
stroyed the buildings and seriously crippled the resources of the com- 
pany. The friends of the proprietors came promptly to the rescue, 
however, and the establishment was soon in working order again. 

"A few months after the formation of the new company a fire 
broke out in an adjoining establishment, and communicated to their 
just rebuilt works, sweeping them away. Hardly was the fire fairly 
extinguished, however, when workmen were sent among the ruins, 
and preparations were made for rebuilding. Mr. Greene went to Eu- 
rope to purchase new machinery; Mr. Gardner, the financier of the 
firm, skillfully and promptly obtained all necessary capital, and Mr. 
Thurston attended to the work of reconstruction. The new buildings 
were rapidly built, the new machinery was put in place, and work was 
resumed. The long machine shop then built still remains, forming a 
part of the large building now occupied by the successors of the old 

" Thurston, Greene & Co. purchased the Sickles patent for the 
' drop cut-off ' for steam engines, and were the first manufacturers, 
either in America or in Europe, who ever built a standard form of ex- 
pansive steam engine. They were the pioneers in the introduction of 
the modern steam engine, and Mr. Thurston was accustomed to 
relate many anecdotes illustrating the difficulties attending the in-