States: Virginia: Gloucester
Hi Tony, this is my second attempt to respond to you. I think my "modem" is acting up. I believe I am connected to the Gloucester Thurston/Thruston family but have not made my connection yet. I am descended from Robert B. Thurston and Nancy Brown Thurston, who married in 1830 in Goochland County. I've never been able to determine his parents or siblings. I think I've determined those of Nancy, but still need to confirm that information. A great aunt of mine said Robert came to America (Virginia) as a young man from Manning, England and eloped at 19 with Nancy Brown, 13. Some of her records were correct. Some, I've found to be incorrect. For example, she showed they eloped from Fairfax County (no records of Thurstons in Fairfax County). She said they married in 1850 and had five children. They married in 1830, had several children before coming to the Kanawha Valley in the mid-1850s. All the older people who might be of some help to me with names are gone. I located one several years ago and just about the time I found out about her, she passed away. A distant cousin, who descends from Robert and Nancy through their son, Marcellus, said she thought she remembered her grandmother saying her grandfather's (Robert's) father was a John Thurston. I know the John Thurston/Thruston of Gloucester had a son, Robert, who, according to what family history I've seen, there is little information on, other than "who married, had a large family, and is doing well." I've often wondered if this John was the father of my gggdfth, Robert.
As to the old home, I'd love to come visit. I shall be retiring for the third time in November and hope to get back into genealogy and would love to come see this home, even if they should turn out not to be my ancestors. Where is it located and when is it open?
Thanks for responding to my message.