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Thomas "John" Thurston, Sr.

Also Known As: ""John""
Birthplace: Wrentham, Suffolk, England
Death: November 1, 1685
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Thurston, of Wrentham and Grace Thurston
Husband of Margaret Thurston
Father of Joseph Thurston; Thomas Thurston; Deacon John Thurston; Joseph Thurston; Benjamin Thurston and 4 others
Brother of Margaret Thurston; Frances Thurston; Mary Thurston; John Thurston and Samuel Thurston

Occupation: Husbandman; carpenter
Managed by: Damien Wilson
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About John Thurston, of Medfield


John Thurston, son of Thomas Thurston and Grace Utting (Not Nutting), was bp 13 Jan 1610/11 in Wrentham, Suffolk, England as Thomas. He and died Nov 1, 1685 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He married Margaret (her parents unknown) circa 1605. She died 9 May 1662 Medfield. He changed his name to John in New England.

On May 10, 1637, John Thurston age 36 and his wife Margaret age 32 were passengers for New England in the Mary Anne of Yarmouth, England. They brought 2 sons with them and were received in church in Dedham, Mass. - she 6/28/1640, he 3/28/1642.

Her passenger list included: John Thurston, 30, husbandman of Wrentham, Suffolk, England. Going to Salem, MA. Mrs. Margaret Thurston 32 Thomas Thurston John Thurston Lucy Poyett 23 spinster

He was received into the the church in Dedham, MA on March 28, 1641.

He became a freeman on May 10, 1643, and attended a meeting in Nov. 1644 to provide some means of education for the youth.

He had a grant of land in Dedham on Feb 16, 1643. His estate was part in Medfield, set off from Dedham in 1651.

John Thurston was commissioned by the town of Dedham to build the first schoolhouse in 1648 for which he received a partial payment of £11.0.3 on December 2, 1650. The details in the contract require him to construct floorboards, doors, and "fitting the interior with 'featheredged and rabbited' boarding" similar to that found in the Fairbanks House.


Children of JOHN THURSTON and MARGARET are:

  1. THOMAS THURSTON, christened 4 Aug 1633, died 20 May 1704; m. SARAH THAXTER.
  2. JOHN THURSTON, christened 13 Sep 1635, died 3 Mar 1712 m. MARY WOOD.
  3. JOSEPH THURSTON, born 13 Sep 1637, died 9 Jul 1688 Jamaica Long Island (NY).
  4. BENJAMIN THURSTON, born 8 Jul 1640, died 10 Nov 1678, Boston MA; m. ELIZABETH WALKER, December 12, 1660. Cause of Death: Small Pox
  5. MARY THURSTON, b. born 8 Jan 1643; m. SETH SMITH, December 27, 1660.
  6. DANIEL THURSTON, b. born 5 Jul 1646, died 23 Jul 1683; m. (1) MARIA; m. (2) HANNAH MILLER.
  7. JUDITH THURSTON, b. born 17 May 1648, died 12 Oct 1726; m. JONATHAN TREADWAY, March 10, 1665/66.
  8. HANNAH THURSTON, b. born 28 May 1650, died 29 Dec 1690; m. JOSEPH CHANEY, March 12, 1667/68.


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  2. Douglas Richardson, "English Origins of the THhrston Family of Dedham" in TAG (1978) 54:176-77
  3. Thurston Gen p.367; Births,Marr. & Death in the Town of Dedham,MA R974.42 D29 de-1
  4. New England Marriages: Prior to 1700 (C. A. Torrey) p. 741
  5. Immigration: Planters, "Mary Anne" 20 June 1637 (Charles Edward Banks), Banks, Charles Edward, ((Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1972) (Orange FHL 974.w2p, pg. 183) (Winthrop: Journal 1:222; Wyman: Charlestown 1:563; and original list in Public Record Office)), 974.w2p..
  6. The American Genealogist, New Haven, Connecticut: D. L. Jacobus, 1945, Vol. 22, p. 209, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database).
  7. Roberts, Gary Boyd, Notable Kin, Volume 1, Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 3rd (1998), 140.
  8. Thurston, Brown, Thurston Genealogies, 2nd Edition, Portland, Maine: Published by Brown Thurston (1892), 357-358, Google Books (Digital Library).
  9. Washburn, Mabel Thacher Rosemary, Ancestry of William Howard Taft, New York: Frank Allaben Genealogical

Company (1908), 45, Heritage Quest (Digital Library).

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John Thurston, of Medfield's Timeline

January 13, 1611
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
January 13, 1611
Wrentham, Suffolk, England

bp 13 Jan 1610/11 in Wrentham, Suffolk, England as ''Thomas''. He changed his name to ''John'' in New England.

August 4, 1633
Age 22
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
September 13, 1635
Age 24
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
Age 24
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 8, 1640
Age 29
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 28
January 8, 1643
Age 31
Dedham, Massachusetts Bay Colony