Thruston family commonplace book
Thruston family commonplace book
Thruston family commonplace book
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"I was married to Anne Loveing … the 28th day of octob. 1666 at Martins hundred in Virginia"

Thruston family commonplace book.

v.p. [Bristol, England; Martin's Hundred, Virginia]: 1628-early 20th century.

12mo. "I was married to Anne Loveing … the 28th day of octob. 1666 at Martins hundred in Virginia" Seventeenth-century sheep, gilt-tooled floral wreath centerpiece, lacking clasps. Binding defective, front cover detached, rear cover holding by a cord, first few leaves heavily worn, affecting legibility, remainder of contents with occasional stain or tear, but generally legible. Provenance: Dr. John Thruston of Louisville (c. 1896). Item #314513

Manuscript family record book of the Thruston family of Bristol and Virginia, with early family records concerning Martin's Hundred, Virginia, a plantation on the north shore of the James River first settled in 1638.

The genealogical portion of the manuscript is largely transcribed in a series of articles in the William and Mary Quarterly (vols. IV, nos. 1-4 & vol. V, nos. 1-2, 1895-6) which opens with this assessment: "Probably one of the most interesting and satisfactory family records preserves in American is that of the Thruston family. This family came to Virginia from the city of Bristol, which contributed so much to the settlement of Virginia." The manuscript was then in the possession of Dr. John Thruston of Louisville, grandson of Col. Charles Mynn Thurston of the Revolutionary War.

The manuscript opens with an "Epistle Dedicatory" dated 25 October 1628 by one Abell Louering, addressed to Robert Rogers, Esq., whose wife was present at the baptism of John Thruston's son John. The manuscript then passes to John Thurston, Chamberlain of Bristol (1606-1675), son of Malachias Thurston of Wellington. Thurston had 16 children with his first wife, Thomasine Rich. Their various births, deaths and marriages recorded here, including the birth of son Edward in 1638 who would emigrate to Virginia. John Thruston has also recorded dates and events around the restoration of Charles II: "The first May 1660 King Charles ye second was voted in pliamt to bee ye undoubted heire to ye crowne." Edward, into whose hands the manuscript passed, notes his father's death in 1675 in Bristol.

"After the death of John Thruston, the chamberlain, the book came to the hands of his son, Dr. Edward Thruston. In the Norfolk county records there is a power of attorney from 'Edward Thruston, of Long Ashton, in the county of Somersett, Chyrurgeon,' to Walter Bayley, of Long Ashton aforesaid, shipwright, to dispose of his interest by courtesy in 'the plantation at Martin's Hundred in James River, which I hold by right of my former wife, Anne, the daughter of Mr. Thomas Loveing, of Martin's Hundred, merchant, now deceased'" (William & Mary Quarterly, vol. IV, no. 2, p. 116).

Edward Thurston's entries, begin as follows, and contain the first reference to Virginia in the manuscript: "This Booke Coming to my hands I though good to incert the marryages, Berths, Buriall and Christenings of those that doe & did appertaine to my ffamily by The name of Edward Thruston, son of ye aboves'd Mr John thruston Disceased. Memorandu—yt I was married to Anne Loveing daughter of Thomas Loveing mrchant the 28th day of octob. 1666 at Martins hundred in Virginia." In a later entry Thruston notes "But the Celebration of or Wedding was at Chepoakes in the same country Virginia by Mr Murray minister." Thurston notes the birth and subsequent death of a daughter, Thomasine in 1670 and of a son, "John Thruston was borne in Martins hundred pish in Virginia the 2nd day of December 1668 on Wednesday about 3 of the clocke in the morning: Mr. William Whittaker, Mr Richard Whittaker who stood for Mr John Groves, & Mr John Reed Gossips, & Mrs Ann Ramsey the other Gossips." Thomas Loving, Edward's father-in-law, was a prominent Virginia settler, a burgess from James City in 1657-8 and Surveyor-General of Virginia until his death in 1665.

Edward and his family evidently returned to England, where is first wife is recorded as having died at Bristol in 1670. Edward marries his second wife, Susan Perry, in 1671 at the parish church of St. Thomas. A later entry records a grand-daughter's return to Virginia: "Memorandum—y 26th day of August 1691 my son John's wife was delivered of a daughter … and baptized by the name of Justina. In the year 1713 she came to Virginia to receive her Estate at Martins hundred with husband John James." Edward has filled the rear of the manuscript with a curious mix of recipes, ciphers and what may be alchemical formulas.

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