The Thurston Family

Joseph Thurston

Birth: 1635

Baptism: 6 December 1635, in St Runwald, Colchester, Essex

Father: Edmund Thurston

Mother: Aquila (Eldred) Thurston

Married: Mary Shaw


Occupation: Woollen Draper

Death: 22 June 1690, aged 54

Buried: The chancel at Holy Trinity Church, Colchester, Essex, England
The history and description of Colchester vol 2 p25 (1803):
    On grave stones in the chancel.
1. M. S. Johannes Shaw Miles
7. Mrs. Mary Thurston, wife of Joseph Thurston, and daughter of sir john Shaw. "She lived 30 years a widow, was a very tender and affectionate mother of her children, and of exemplary piety, virtue, and charity in her life and conversation." She died June 27, 1720, aged 74.
8. Joseph Thurston, son of Edmund and Aquila, died June 22, 1690, aged 54. left issue surviving, Joseph, Thomas, and Mary.

Will:  dated 17 February 1687/8 (OS/NS). Proved 8 July 1690.
Fragmenta Genealogica vol 8 p39 (Frederick A. Crisp, 1902):
JOSEPH THURSTON of Colchester, co. Essex, gent. All personal estate to my wife Mary Thurston. To my son Joseph Thurston manor of Holand Hall, co. Essex, and advowson of Much Holand, lands in Peldon and West Mersey, manor of East Donyland, house in Walton, all in county of Essex. To my son Thomas Thurston land in St Nicolas, the "olde Taverne" in St Peter's, Colchester, land in Walton, Frinton, Kirby Thorpe, Bentley, St Osyth, Much Horseley, Coln Engain, co. Essex. To my daughter Mary £10,000. To Joseph and Thomas all my shipping property, land and house "in the Parishes of Holy (sic) & St Peters in the occupation of myself and the widow Havens." All property to be held by my wife, my sole executrix, till my children attain age of 21. Dated 17 February 168⅞. Witnesses: John Shaw, junr, Thos: Shaw, Abigail Brasier. Proved at London 8 July 1690 by Mary Thurston, relict. 
      P.C.C. 31 Dyke.      

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