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Abner Thurston and Shuah Gilman
Abner THURSTON. (Thirston-S2). [Familytree].
Born 28 February 1698-1699 at Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts; son of James THURSTON and Mary (Mercy) PEARSON. He was christened on 30 April 1699 at Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.
He is said to have moved to Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire with his father's family sometime between 1701 and 1716.
He married Shuah Gilman about 1720, probably in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
On 17 May 1724 he was a corporal in Captain Daniel Ladd's march after the enemy toward's Winnipiseogee Pond. This probably refers to an offensive involved in Dummer's War, or Lovewell's War, in which men marched to the White Mountains at the north side of Lake Winnipesaukee to fight the Abenaki Indians.
He bought land in Exeter in 1728.
He sold some land in 1734 and 1735 to Moses Thurston of Stratham.
He died after 1742 at Exeter, Rockingam County, New Hampshire.
An Abner Thurston is a witness or surety to several probate records in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1750, 1751 and 1754; but it is not known if this refers to him or his son Abner.
Shuah Gilman. [Familytree].
Born about 1702 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire; daughter of Moses Gilman and Anne Heard.
She is thought to have married Abner Thurston about 1720, probably in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. There is no proof for this, but the circumstantial evidence makes this quite sound (S1):
- Moses Gilman, of Exeter, New Hampshire, names Shuah Thustin as a daughter in his will in 1741.
- Abner's oldest child in names Moses Thurston, probably in honor of the maternal grandfather.
- Three different granddaughters were named Shuah.
- A grandson was named Gilman.
- Abner Thurston moved to Exeter at about the right time to marry Shuah.
- Shuah was known later as Shuah Thurston. There are not many other possible Thurstons for her to have married.
Some researchers have listed her as Jerusha Gilman. That is simply not true. Nowhere is she listed with the name Jerusha. The name Shuah was an uncommon biblical name in itself, and was not a derivative of Jerusha. (S1).
She died after 1742, probably at Exeter, Rockingam County, New Hampshire.
CHILDREN of Abner Thurston and and Shuah Gilman:
- Moses THURSTON. [Familytree]. Born about 1721. He married (1) Hannah Johnson. He married (2) Catherine Emerson on 18 December 1777. He died on 6 April 1800.
- Susan THURSTON. Born about 1723 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She did not marry. She lived to be over 90 years old.
- Elizabeth THURSTON. Born about 1725 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She did not marry. She died in Exeter.
- Abner THURSTON. Born in 1729, probably in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married Martha PIPER. She was born in 1729. He was reported killed in service during the Revolutionary War, about 1778. Martha died on 4 November 1825 in Candia, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
- Ichabod THURSTON. Born about 1731, probably in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married Elizabeth PHILBRICK. He died after 1760.
- (CPT) James THURSTON. Born on 8 September 1733 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married (1) Mary JONES on 26 AUG 1756. She died on 29 October 1787. He married (2) Elizabeth, widow of Thomas PEABODY, in MAY 1789. He died on 13 July 1808.
- Caleb THURSTON. Born in 1737 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married Hannah DUDLEY on 7 October 1756. He died on 4 January 1799. Hannah died on 3 November 1802.
- Peter THURSTON. Born in 1739 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married Dorothy GATES on 8 December 1761. He died on 22 December 1812. Dorothy died on 16 February 1831.
- Timothy THURSTON. Born in 1742 in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He married is said to have married Susan WHEELER, but it is possible that the Thurston Genealogies confuses him with John Thurston, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, who married Susanna Wheeler in 1765 in Grafton, Massachusetts.
- [S1]. WADLEIGH - BROWN - PLYMALE - BIXBY. Ryan Wadleigh Research. http://www.ryanwadleigh.com/thurston.html. QUOTES as sources: a) Thurston Genealogies, 1635-1892. Brown Thurston. Portland, Maine. 1892.
- [S2]. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988. Ancestry.com
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