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Thruston family commonplace book

 Item — Box: BW 42, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 16427

Scope and Contents Note

The Thruston family commonplace book (1604-1925; 0.03 cubic feet) documents the family history of the Thruston family of Bristol and Virginia, with early records concerning Martin's Hundred, Virginia, a plantation on the north shore of the James River, first settled in 1638. The manuscript opens with an "Epistle dedicatory" dated 25 October 1628 by Abell Louering, addressed to Robert Rogers, Esq., whose wife was present at the baptism of John Thruston's son John. The manuscript then passes to John Thruston, Chamberlain of Bristol (1606-1675), son of Malachais Thurston of Wellington. Thurston had 16 children with his first wife, Thomasine Rich. Their various births, deaths, and marriages are recorded here, including the birth of son Edward in 1638. Dr. Edward Thurston began writing in the book in 1666, and his entries contain the first reference to Virginia in the manuscript.


  • Creation: 1604 - 1925

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Item was in preservation awaiting an enclosure. Work was completed by 2020.

Biographical Note

The Thruston family moved to Virginia from Bristol, England in the mid-17th century and later moved to Kentucky.

Source: Materials within collection.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 bound volume)


2019-0169, purchased 19 April 2019, Elizabeth Cocke Coles Fund, 2018/2019.

Condition Description


Thruston family commonplace book
Tanner Greene
2 October 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States