John B Thurston

10 October 1847–1936 (Age 88)
Great Gott Island, Tremont, Hancock, Maine, United States

The Life of John B

When John B Thurston was born on 10 October 1847, in Great Gott Island, Tremont, Hancock, Maine, United States, his father, James Robbins Thurston, was 23 and his mother, Eliza Ann Benson, was 23. He married Hannah E Dix on 23 December 1868, in Tremont, Hancock, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Tremont, Hancock, Maine, United States for about 20 years and Castine, Cornwall, New York Colony, British Colonial America in 1920. He died in 1936, at the age of 89, and was buried in Castine Cemetery, Castine, Cornwall, New York Colony, British Colonial America.

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John B Thurston
Hannah E Dix
Marriage: 23 December 1868
Sara A Cole
Gertrude Blanche Thurston

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    Hannah E Dix


23 December 1868
Tremont, Hancock, Maine, United States


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World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 4

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 25

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

English:1. from a medieval personal name, Old Norse þórsteinn, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Scandinavian god of thunder ( see Thor ) + steinn ‘stone’, ‘rock’, hence ‘altar of Thor’ or perhaps ‘hammer of Thor’. 2. habitational name from Thurston in Suffolk, so called from the genitive case of the Old Norse personal name þóri ( see Thor ) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • John B Thursten, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John B Thurston, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John B Thurston in household of James Thurston, "United States Census, 1860"

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