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(Deacon) Peter Thurston and (1) Eunice Chadwick; (2) Hannah Butler

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[F248]. (Deacon) Peter THURSTON. [PC W3].
Born about November 1760 in Hollis, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire (S11); son of Moses THURSTON [F496] and Hannah JOHNSON [F497].

He was baptized on 16 November 1760.

Most researchers have accepted that Peter was born on 10 December 1761 in Hollis, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire. This is impossible though, since he was christened on 16 November 1760 in Pepperell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Because his only siblings with surviving record of both birth and baptism (Lydia and Phebe) were baptized at the age of 3 and 5 days respectively, it is safe to assume that Peter was born in November 1760, several days before the 16th of that month. If his surviving, but incorrect, birthday is based in truth, then perhaps he was actually born on 10 November 1760. It is also possible that Moses and Hannah Thurston had two sons named Peter Thurston and that this Peter was born in 1761 and was named after his older brother who died as an infant. (S11).

Peter was raised in Hollis, New Hampshire, where his parents lived on a farm that rested partially in the town of Pepperell, Massachusetts. (S11).

He was in the battle of Lexington. (S10).

Peter served in the Revolutionary War, but the details of his service are not completely known. He is said to have been at the Battle of Lexington in 1775, when he only would have been 14. (S11).

Peter was said to have been a "strong and robust man who was an Indian fighter". At some point, I would guess in the early 1780's, he is said to have been captured by Indians with other Americans and taken to Montreal where they were held for about three weeks. Peter walked back from Canada and stopped on the way in Franklin County, Vermont. He began living in the town of Fairfax (or Fletcher), Vermont, but decided to return to his hometown to find a wife. (S11).

He married (1) Eunice CHADWICK (on)(after) 22 April 1787. They had several children. They lived in Fletcher. (S10).

On April 22, 1787 in Boxford, Massachusetts, Peter filed intentions to wed Eunice Chadwick. It is unknown when or where the actual marriage occurred. They probably moved to Fairfax, Vermont at that time. In 1789 or 1790, Peter and his family moved the short distance to Fletcher, Vermont, where they settled on a farm off of the Lamoille River. They lived in a part of town that was annexed to Cambridge, Lamoille County, Vermont in 1845. (S11).

"Mr. Thurston was a remarkably strong and tough man, with double teeth all round both jaws. He was always cheerful and very agreeable to his friends, and was the champion of all his region at 'pulling sticks,' a game in vogue in those days to test the strength. Many experiences and tests of his strength and endurance are told by his children. He was, withal, a great and successful hunter and trapper, paying for his farm in Vermont by these means. Moose, deer, beaver, sable, marten, otter, and other game were plenty there. (S10).

When the town of Fletcher was organized in 1790, Peter served as selectman and in 1792 was constable. At some point, Peter became a Deacon in his church, which probably occurred in Fletcher, Vermont. The Thurston Genealogies indicates that Peter was a deacon of the Baptist Church, but a history of the town of Fletcher indicates that he was one of the only Methodists in the area. We do know that in Ohio, the Thurstons identified with the Methodist church. (S11).

He was once taken prisoner by the Indians and with others carried to Montreal, kept some three weeks, when he made his escape and found his way back to Vermont, on foot, to a place since called Fletcher, which attracted his attention by the fertility of the soil, then a wilderness with only a few white settlers at long distances and no reads. He marked the trees and went on to Haverhill, where he married, and took his wife, with such effects as they could carry on horseback, and started for Vermont. They arrived in course of time, with no way-marks for much of the distance save the spotted trees. He erected a log-cabin, laid out his farm, began work with a will, and soon made the place attractive, so that several of their friends and relatives came and settled in that place, in Fairfax, and in Cambridge. (S10).

His descendants tell this curious incident in his life. He was told that if he would bite a live adder his teeth would never ache or decay. So on his journey from Montreal to Vermont he found adders swimming in a pond, caught one and bit it. The result was, his mouth was very sore and his teeth became loose. A friendly Indian squaw made him some tea and prepared a wash for his mouth from leaves and roots, which soon relieved him. His teeth never troubled him and remained perfectly sound till his death. (S10).

His wife died about 1800 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. (S11).

He married (2) Hannah BUTLER in 1802 in Franklin County, Vermont.

Peter and Hannah moved from Vermont in 1813, during the war with England, and settled in Granville, Licking County, Ohio. He sold his property in Vermont to his son Rufus, gave Edward a portion near by, and moved to Ohio with the rest of his family, his sister Wheeler, Samuel Chadwick, and several others. They fitted up long wagons, covered them with a coarse cloth manufactured by themselves, and attached two horses to each; supplied them with bedding, so they could be used for camping in nights, and with cooking utensils for baking bread and cooking game and fish, which they found in abundance on the way. These operations, together with fording streams, encounters with copperhead and rattle snakes, which were numerous, rendered the journey lively and often exciting. There were but few settlers on the route, and no hotels, making it necessary to camp out most every night during the two months it required for the journey. When they arrived at Buffalo, N.Y., the place had been burnt by the British and all the people fled. He probably obtained land in Ohio as a result of his service in the Revolutionary War. (S10).

Some years after he returned home to visit his brother Moses and other friends, and reported they were well pleased with their Ohio home, but advised his brother, who asked him if he had better sell out and go too, that as long as he was doing well in Massachusetts he had better stay there. (S10a).

Peter and Hannah were both members of the Baptist church, and Peter was a deacon. She joined the Methodist church in Ohio." (S10a).

He died (on 29 AUG-S10,S11)(OCT-S?) 1827 in (Centerburg, Knox County)(Granville, Licking County-S11), Ohio; and was buried in thge Old Colony Burial Ground in Granville, Licking County, Ohio.

WIFE (1):
Eunice CHADWICK.
Eunice was born about 1765 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. (S11).

She died about 1800 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. (S11).

CHILDREN of Peter THURSTON [248] and Eunice CHADWICK:
  1. Edward THURSTON. Born on 9 March 1788 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Betsy Page about 1811 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. She died on 14 April 1814 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He died on 24 June 1849 in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland.
  2. Rufus THURSTON. Born on 18 October 1789 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Esther Thurston, widow of Francis Weatherby, sometime between 1816 and 1820 in Vermont. She was born on August 17, 1782 in Westminster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. He died on 12 September 1856 in Cambridge, Lamoille County, Vermont. She died in July 1860 in Cambridge, Lamoille County, Vermont.
  3. Peter THURSTON. Born about 1799 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Elizabeth Jackson in 1822. She was born on 27 March 1801 in Oneida County, New York. He died on 20 August 1836 in Granville, Licking County, Ohio. He is buried in the Old Colony Burial Ground, Granville, Licking Co., Ohio. Elizabeth died after 1879.


WIFE (2):
[F249]. Hannah BUTLER. [PC W3].
Born on 18 August 1772 at (Fairfax, Fairfax County, Connecticut-S5)(Hollis, Hillsboro County, New Hampshire-S?)(Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut-S11); the daughter of Thomas BUTLER [F498] and Jane WHITE [F499].

She married (1) Zalmon WHEELER. Zalmon Wheeler was born in 1762 probably in Fairfield, Connecticut; son of Joseph Wheeler and Francis Hill. His parents were among the first settlers of Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont, Zalmon died on 29 December 1799 in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont.

She married (2) Peter THURSTON [F248] in 1802 in Franklin County, Vermont.

It was said of her,
Mrs. Thurston was a woman of great energy, endurance, bright intellect, and social culture; having remarkably uniform good health, a sound and strong physical body, which, together with similar qualities in her husband, produced a wonderfully healthy, vigorous, and hardy family of children. She would weave fourteen yards of cloth a day after she was sixty years of age. (S10a).

She died (23-S5,S8,S10,S11)(28-S?) MAY 1866 at (Granville-S10)(Centerburg-S5,S8,S11), Knox County, Ohio at the home of her son, Johnston. She was said to have been age 97, but this does not agree with the dates for her birth and death. She was buried in the Robbins-Thurston Cemetery in (Centerburgh-S10)(Hilliar Township, Knox County-S11), Ohio.

She is buried in the Robbins-Thurston Cemetery, Hilliar Twp., Knox Co., Ohio. CHILDREN of Zalmon WHEELER and Hannah BUTLER:
  1. Polly (Mary) Wheeler. Born on 23 APR 1788 IN Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont. She married Samuel JOHNSON. She died on 20 MAY 1853.
  2. Almon WHEELER. Born on 1 OCT 1789.probably in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont. He was of Malone, Franklin County, New York. He married (1) ?. He married (2) Eliza Woodworth. His son, William Almon WHEELER, was Vice-President of the United States from 1877 to 1881, under President Hayes. Almon died in 1827 in Malone.
  3. Alfred Wheeler. Born on 4 AUG 1791 in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Maria BUCK on 2 MAR 1817. He died on 11 NOV 1850.
  4. Salmon Wheeler. Born on 7 JUL 1792 in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Gillen CHIPMAN. He died on 1 APR 1874.
  5. Thomas Wheeler. Born on 9 FEB 1796 in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont.
  6. Fanny Wheeler. Born on 8 APR 1798 in Fairfield, Franklin County, Vermont.


CHILDREN of Peter THURSTON and Hannah BUTLER:
  1. Johnston THURSTON. Born on 20 October 1803 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Julia Everett on 22 February 1824 in Licking County, Ohio. (She was born on July 15, 1808 in Connecticut 5 and died on March 29, 1888 in Columbus, Franklin Co., Ohio. She is buried in the Robbins-Thurston Cemetery, Hilliar Twp., Knox Co., Ohio.). He died on 7 December 1858 in Lebanon, St. Clair County, Illinois. He was buried in the Robbins-Thurston Cemetery in Hilliar Township, Knox County, Ohio beside his wife Julia.
  2. George Washington THURSTON. Born, a twin, on 12 February 1805 at Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Charlotte Jackson on 20 May 1832. (She was born circa 1812 in New York 11 and died after 1880, perhaps in Iowa or Minnesota.) He died on 30 June 1835 near New Haven, Huron County, Ohio.
  3. [F124]. Thomas Jefferson THURSTON. [PC W3]. Born, a twin, on 12 February 1805 at Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married (1) Rosetta BULL on 28 March 1828 in Granville, Licking County, Ohio. He married (2) Elizabeth Smith on 18 November 1855 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. (She was born on February 27, 1835 in Newton, Lancashire, England 8 and died on Janaury 18, 1895 in St. George, Washington Co., Utah. She is buried in the St. George Cemetery, St. George, Washington Co., Utah.). He married third Helen Maria Davis on May 3, 1862 in Utah 8. (She was born on October 29, 1844 in Lowell, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts 8 and died on August 3, 1896 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah 8.). They had no children. He died on 4 MAY 1885 in St. George, Washington County, Utah. He is buried in the St. George Cemetery, St. George, Washington County, Utah.
  4. Reuben Harris THURSTON. Born on 11 DEC 1806 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. He married Mary Morse BROOKS on 15 Mar 1827 in Granville, Ohio. He appeared on the census in 1840 in Berlin Township, Delaware Co., OH. He moved to Garden City, Minnesota. He was a farmer in Garden City at the time of his death. " In religion a free thinker; having a fertile mind, he writes essays and poems upon religious and moral subjects, discrediting the bible as a revelation, but holding to the great first cause, God, as revealed in nature only. He always advocates morality, 'and is a most genial gentleman, a man of good judgement and taste." (S10). He died on 13 APR 1880 in Garden City, Blue Earth County, Minnesota at age 73; and was buried in Garden City.
  5. Jane THURSTON. Born, a twin, in August 1807 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. She died age 1 year, 6 months, in February 1809 in Fletcher, Franklin county, Vermont.
  6. Caroline THURSTON. Born, a twin, in August 1807 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. She married Henry Charter "of Michigan" in 1839. She died at the birth of her first child about 1840 in Ohio. It is assumed that the child also died. Nothing further is known of her widower.
  7. Siata (legally changed to Maria) THURSTON. Born on 15 April 1809 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. She married Orrin CHIPMAN on 2 NOV 1828. She married Orrin Chipman on November 2, 1828 in Granville, Licking Co., Ohio. (He was born on 1 July 1803 or October 4, 1803 in Vermont and died on March 4 or May 15, 1886 in Washington Co., Iowa. He is buried in the Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Washington Co., Iowa.)She died 4 March 1860 in English River Twp., Washington Co., Iowa. She is buried in the Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Washington Co., Iowa.
  8. Cordelia THURSTON. Born on 10 April 1810 in Fletcher, Franklin County, Vermont. She married Calvin WOODS in 1829. She married Calvin Woods in 1829 in Licking Co., Ohio. (He was born circa 1804 in Vermont 11 and died after 1870 in Marshall County, Iowa.). She died (in 1860)(on 13 October 1863) in Burlington Twp., Licking Co., Ohio. She is buried in the Homer Cemetery, Homer, Licking Co., Ohio.


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