Daniel Thurston (March 1, 1719 Bradford, Essex Co., Massachusetts-July 14, 1805 Bradford, Essex Co, MA), was an Officer during the American Revolution, Member of the Committee of Safety, and a member of the Committee drafting the Massachusetts State Constitution.
Eldest son of Benjamin Thurston and Mary Gage, whose family had a history of military service in America dating back to MG Humphrey Atherton, he married first on 3 Sept 1741 Hannah Parker, second on 10 Sept 1761 Judith Gerrish, and third on 17 Sept 1767 Elizabeth Rolfe.
His son Nathaniel Thurston (Jan 17, 1755-Oct 21 1811) was also a member of the Massachusetts Legislature.
Military and Political Career
Col. Thurston was a Captain of the Bradford Militia as early as 1765.
Only one web source actually attributes to him the rank of Colonel, however at least 3 of his brothers in law held that rank (Joseph Gerrish, Samuel Gerrish, and Jacob Gerrish all commanded regiments) during the Revolution.
Vital Records of the Town of Bradford Essex Co. Mass. to the Year 1850.