(WARNING: Please use caution when digesting information on this family. Most accepted information on this line comes directly from Brown Thurston's Thurston Genealogies, yet this volume is filled with errors. 1) Moses Thurston did not marry Hannah Sewall, her name was Hannah Johnson. 2) Son Peter Thurston could not have been born on Dec. 10, 1761, as he was baptized over a year before that date. 3) Daughter Mary did not marry a Mr. Spofford, but died as an infant. 4) Daughter Lydia also died as an infant and did not marry a Mr. Johnson. 5) Daughter Hannah born in 1744 did not marry John Wheeler, but died in her youth (it was a younger daughter named Hannah who married John Wheeler). 6) Daughter Shuah did not marry Benjamin Crocker, his name was ANDREW Crocker. 7) When son Peter went back east to visit relatives at some point after moving to Ohio in 1813, he could NOT have visited his brother Moses in Massachusetts (who had been dead since 1809). It is wise to assume that there are other errors in the book that have not yet been discovered.)
Please see cousin Ryan Wadleigh's research into the Thurston line. The above warning comes from him. This line is rather messed up with everything that you might find on the internet, or books for that matter.
THURSTON, Moses 2
He was 53 in 1775 when the American Revoluton broke out. His son Peter had been at the Battle of Lexington, and two days after the Battle of Bunker Hill Moses enlisted to join the Seige of Boston, joining the throng of farmers and others fed up with the British and determined to drive them from Boston once and for all. Two years later, in the summer of 1777, as General Burgoyne advanced southward on Fort Ticonderoga, Moses again rushed to take up arms, this time 55 years old. He joined a company of men of Hollis, New Hampshire who started towards Fort Ticonderoga, only to return when they learned of it's fall to the British.
Noted events in his life were:
• He was employed. Hatter
• He appeared on the New Hampshire census in 1775 in Hillsborough. 4
• Military: Revolution, 1775. 5 Moses Thurston of Hollis enlisted June 19th, 1775 (sic), two days after the battle of Bunker Hill in Captain Ruben Dow's company, Col. William Prescott's Regiment of eight months men with the army at the siege of Boston. He enlisted again in June 1777 in Capt. Daniel Emerson's Company raised for the defense of Ticonderoga. p 434
• Military: 6 Oct 1775. 3 Return roll of men of Capt. Dow's company, Col. Prescott's regiment from the seige of Boston.
• Military: 15 Jul 1777. 6 On the list of disbanded company of men of Hollis who had formed for the defense of Fort Ticondoga in the face of General Burgoyne.
• Church: 2Deacon in the Congregational Church.
Moses married Hannah JOHNSON, daughter of Zebadiah JOHNSON and Hannah ROBBINS, on 29 May 1744 in Andover, Essex, MA.1 (Hannah JOHNSON was born on 31 Mar 1724.)
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Marriage: "Historical Manual of the South Church in Andover, Mass., August, 1859" (Andover: Warren F. Draper, 1859) [FHL fiche 6087365] on page 133. It shows the following information: Hannah (Johnson) Thurston (Moses) was received into the church on 11 May 1746 by profession of faith, and removed on 12 Apr 1752 by discharge to the church in Hollis, NH.
Despite a great number of web sites and even published sources that say that Hannah was Hannah Sewall the sixth child of Samuel Sewall (1688-1769 of York, Maine) and Lydia Storer, the parentage of Moses' first wife Hannah was never discovered. Evidence from the will of Samuel Sewall that his daughter by Lydia Storer married first Henry Sayward and second Richard Trivett. Hannah Trivett is named in his will. (Pages 65 to 67, Book 12, Probate Records of York County, Maine, Alfred, ME excert by Eben Graves: The will of Samuel Sewall, of York, dated 14 August 1762 and proved at the York County Probate Court 10 July 1769, makes bequests to his three sons Samuel Sewall, John Sewall, and Joseph Sewall, to his son Moses Sewall, to his son David Sewall, to his two sons Dummer Sewall and Henry Sewall, to his daughters Lydia Mitchell and Mary Bragdon, to his daughters Mercy Frost and Hannah Trivett, and to his beloved wife Sarah. Witnesses were Joseph Holt, Jeremiah Bragdon, and William Dunning.)
Moses next married Catherine EMERSON, daughter of Peter EMERSON and Unknown, on 18 Dec 1777 in Hollis, Hillsborough Co., NH. (Catherine EMERSON was born on 20 Dec 1718 and died on 29 Aug 1809 in Hollis, Hillsborough Co., NH 8.)
Vital Records, Andover, MA Vital Records. Andover, MA Vital Records to 1850 [Marriages]
Published by: The Topsfield Historical Society Topsfield, MA 1912
Transcribed by Frances LaMarco
2 Thurston, Brown, comp., The Thurston Genealogies (Portland, ME, Hoyt, Fogg & Dunham, 1880).
3 Worcester, S.T, History of the Town of Hollis, NH (1879).
4 Ancestry.com online database, New Hampshire Census 1790-1890.
5 Thurston, Brown, comp., The Thurston Genealogies (Portland, ME, Hoyt, Fogg & Dunham, 1880), p434.
6 Worcester, S.T, History of the Town of Hollis, NH (1879), p 173.
7 Ancestry.com online database, http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/message/an/surnames.thurston/660. Additional posts to the board by Eben Graves site Church Records that appear to be conclusive proof that Hannah was Hannah Johnson.
8 Worcester, S.T, History of the Town of Hollis, NH (1879), Online at Ancestry.com.