Daniel Thurston

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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.

Family[edit]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Multiple sources list him as a member of the Committee to Draft the Massachusetts State Constitution[citation needed].

Sources[edit]

Vital Records of the Town of Bradford Essex Co. Mass. to the Year 1850.