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    Th8 Rev. & Col.. Charles Minn Thruston

    Th8 Col. Charles Minn Thruston was the son of Colonel John Thruston (Th9) of Gloucester Point, Virginia and Sarah Minn or Mynn (My9) (wid. Dalton, wid. Haynes).
    Born: November 6, 1738, at Gloucester, Virginia. IV"'
    Died: 2 March 1812 , near New Orleans, Louisiana.
    (Date of death also given as :March 21 in the Thruston Diary).
    Married: first 1760 to Mary Buckner (Bu8) daughter of Col. Samuel Buckner.
    Second 1766 Ann Alexander.

    By 1st wife, Mary Buckner:
    Th7 John Thruston b 1761 d 1802 settled in Louisville, Ky.
    Th7-2 Buckner Thruston b 1764 d settled in Lexington, Ky, in 1788.
    Th7-3 Charles Minn Thruston b 1765 d 1800 settled in Louisville, Ky, married Frances Eleanor Clark, daughter of John Clark b 1724 d 1799 and Ann Rogers b 1728 d 1799, sister of Gen Goerge Rogers Clark and widow of Dr James O'Fallon and had Charles William Thruston and Ann Rogers Thruston. She m3 Judge Dennis FitzHugh
    Th7-3-1 Charles William Thruston b: ABT 1800 in Louisville d after 1850, m Mary Eliza Churchill b: 14 APR 1804 in Louisville
    (Fonda Flax Carroll shows Th7-3 as son of Ann Alexander and leaves out Frederick, Elizabeth, Alfred, Sydney and Edmund. probably because they died young)
    By 2nd wife, Ann Alexander:
    Th7-4 Sarah Alexander Thruston {1766¬ m 17 DEC 1782 George Norton b: 20 MAY 1751 in Yorktown, Va -1 Charles Minn Norton b: FEB 1788 in Fredericksburg, Virginia
    Th7-5 Frederick Thruston (1770- )
    Th7-6 Mary Buckner Thruston b 1772 m 24 MAY 1794 Charles Magill b: 10 JUL 1760 in Ireland
    Th7-6-1 Charles Thurston Magill b: 15 OCT 1794
    Th7-6-2 Elizabeth Daingerfield Magill b: 23 AUG 1796 in Frederick Co. Va m Augustine Charles Smith b: 5 APR 1789 in Frederick Co., Va -2-1 Elizabeth Augusta Smith b: 1820 in Frederick Co. Va
    -3 Ann Magdelen Magill b: 9 OCT 1798 in Winchester, Va m 1821 Thomas Turner Fauntleroy b: 6 OCT 1796 in Richmond Co, Va. -3-1 Thomas Turner Fauntleroy b: DEC 1823 in Frederick Co. Va -3-2 Dr. Archibald Magill Fauntleroy , b: 18 JUL 1836 in Fauquier Co Va
    Th7-6-4 Archibald Magill b: 29 APR 1800
    Th7-6-6 John Samuel Magill b: 27 OCT 1802 in Winchester, Virginia
    Th7-6-7 Alfred Thurston Magill , Dr. b: 10 DEC 1804 in Winchester, Virginia
    Th7-6-8 Henry Daingerfield Magill , Dr. b: 30 NOV 1806 in Winchester, Va
    Th7-6-9 Mary Buckner Thurston Magill b: 13 JUL 1809 in Winchester, Va d 29 Jan 1890 Fauquier Va m1831 Robert Lee Randolph b: 1791 in Fauquier, Va
    Th7-6-9-1 Mary MaGill Randolph b: NOV 1833 in Fauquier Co., Va
    Th7-6-9-2 Alfred Magill Randolph b: 31 AUG 1836 in Fauquier Co., Va
    Th7-6-10 Augustine Smith Magill b: 1 SEP 1811
    Th7-6-11 Frances Catherine Magill b: 16 JUL 1813
    Th7-6-12 Buckner Thurston Magill b: 30 MAY 1815

    Th7-7 Frances Thruston (1774-1813) m 25 Apr 1793 Charles Magill Conrad b: 24 DEC 1804 in Winchester, Va -1 Charles Magill Conrad b: 24 DEC 1804 in Winchester m 30 Jul 1835 Mary Eliza Angela Lewis b: 1 APR 1813 in 'Woodlawn' Fairfax Co., Va -1-1 Lawrence Lewis Conrad b: 3 JUL 1839 in Louisiana
    Th7-8 Elizabeth Minn Thruston b 1775 m 9 Aug 1798 in Frederick Co Va Henry Daingerfield, surety David Holmes
    Th7-9 Alfred Thruston (1778- )
    Th7-10 Eloiza Thruston (1782- ) m 7 FEB 1797 Edmund Haynes Taylor b 22 JUL 1772
    Th7-10-1 Charles Mynn Taylor b 6 FEB 1799 in Va m 22 NOV 1821 in Jefferson Co Ann Maria Eliza Barbour b 1795 in Va dau of Thomas T. Barbour b: 9 MAR 1766 in Orange Co., Virginia and Mary Jane Pendleton Taylor b 28 SEP 1769 in Orange Co
    Th7-10-1-1 Dr. Thomas W. Taylor b ABT 1823 in Ky
    Th7-10-1-2 Sarah Courtney Taylor b 22 Feb 1809 in KY
    Th7-11 Sydney Ann Thruston (1783-1803)
    Th7-12 Edmund Taylor Thruston (1785-ante 1848)

    Sources: Facsimile copy of Thruston Family Tree, made by
    - R.C. Ballard Thruston from original Thruston records begun in 1606. Blueprint owned by (Ni3-5)
    - Buckner data: Crozier, Virginia Heraldica.

    Sketch (Th8).
    Charles Minn Thruston, who was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, on November 6, 1738, was baptised on November 19, 1738.
    He lived at his home “Mt. Zion" near Winchester, Virginia. It was about 16 or 18 miles from Winchester, in present Warren County.
    In 1758, he was Lieutenant of Provincials under the immediate command of George Washington, in the expedition of General Forbes against Fort Duquesne. (now Pittsburg)"
    He was a vestryman of Petworth Parish in Gloucester County, Virginia.
    He was elected minister in 1767 and went to England to take orders.
    He filled a pulpit there until 1768. '
    He resigned, and removed to Frederick County, Virginia, where he was a leading Episcopal minister and chief dispenser of justice for many years.
    He was a warm supporter of the Colonia1 Cause from the outbreak of the Revolution.
    In 1776, after finishing a sermon on a Sunday A.:M., Charles Minn Thruston laid aside his robes, end organized a company of which he was elected Captain; and at once marched to join Washington in New Jersey.
    He was colonel of a Continental regiment, 1777-1779; wounded at Trenton; commanded at the Battle of Piscatawey near Perth and at Amboy, N.J., on :March 8, 1777, where his arm was badly shattered. He was carried off the field. His son Charles fought at his side. ("People & Events of the American Revolution" by Dupuy/Hammerman. R.R. Bowker Company, 1974. pg.414. Joyce)
    Colonel Thruston sold Mt. Zion in 1809, and went to Southwest Point, Tennessee.
    In 1811 he was living near Natchez, Mississippi. The climate disagreed with him, so he went farther south, and purchased a plantation a few miles below New Orleans, Louisiana, where he died on the 12th of March, 1812.
    The Battle of New Orleans was fought over his grave, on this planta¬tion, which was called "Madison Hall”. This residence became the British General's headquarters. .
    Charles Minn Thruston was a graduate of William and Mary.
    In Frederlck County, Virginia, he was one of the first Magistrates; was County Judge; and was elected to the General Assembly several times.

    Data from

    Charles Mynn Thruston

    THRUSTON, Charles Mynn (throo'-ston), soldier, born in Gloucester county, Virginia, in 1738; died near New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1812. He was educated at William and Mary college, and after prosecuting his theological studies in England was ordained to the ministry of the Episcopal church in Gloucester county. Subsequently he removed to Clarke county, and officiated in a church, near Shenandoah river, that is still standing. At the beginning of the Revolution he raised a company, was commissioned as captain, and badly wounded at Trenton. On his recovery he was appointed colonel, being known as the "warrior parson." After the war he was a judge and a member of the legislature, and in 1808 removed to Louisiana.--His son, Buckner, jurist, born near Winchester, Virginia, in 1763; died in Washington, D. C., 30 August, 1845, received a classical education, emigrated in early life to Kentucky, and there studied law and was admitted to the bar. He practised in Frankfort, taking an active part in public affairs, and was elected United States senator in 1805, declining the post of United States judge of the territory of Orleans, to which he had been appointed immediately before. On 1 July, 1809, he resigned his seat; in the senate to accept the appointment of United States judge for the District of Columbia, which office he held until his death.--Buckner's son, Charles Mynn, soldier, born in Lexington, Kentucky, 22 February, 1789; died in Cumberland, Maryland, 18 February, 1873, entered the United States military academy in 1813, and lit July, 1814, was commissioned as lieutenant of artillery, and assigned to duty on Governor's island, New York harbor, where he was engaged in erecting fortifications till the close of the war with Great Britain. He became adjutant of his regiment in 1821, and during the Florida war in 1835-'6 was acting adjutant-general of the Florida army. Resigning on 31 August, 1836, he settled on a farm at Cumberland, Maryland He became President of a bank in 1838, and mayor in 1861. At the beginning of the civil war he entered the volunteer service as brigadier-general, and served in guarding the Baltimore and Ohio railroad till April, 1862, when he resigned--Buckner's grandson, Gates Phillips, soldier, born in Dayton, Ohio, 11 June, 1835, was graduated at Miami university in 1855, studied law, and began practice in Dayton, where he entered the volunteer service at the beginning of the civil war as a captain in the 1st Ohio infantry, He was promoted major and assistant adjutant-general on 4 September, 1863, and subsequently lieutenant-colonel, for special acts of gallantry at Shiloh and Stone River, trod was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general of volunteers for galantry at Chickamauga. Since the war he has followed his profession at Nashville, Tennessee He is corresponding secretary of the Tennessee historical society, has contributed articles on military history and other subjects to northern and southern magazines, and has in preparation an illustrated work on the mound-builders, describing recent discoveries in the vicinity of Nashville and elsewhere.

    Data recorded by Mrs. George Nicholas from the Thruston Family Bible in copy at the Filson Club in Louisville:
    Appendix Th8
    From page 67, of Thruston record, 18 the following: - .
    Col. Charles Minn Thruston, born 6th November 1738, married Mary Buckner daughter of Col. Samuel Buckner of Gloucester County, Virginia. (she departed this life about the 18th August 1765) in the year 1760.
    By whom he had three children:
    John born 15th Oct. Anno 1761
    Buckner born 9th Feb. 1764
    Charles born 3rd Aug. 1765
    He married in Feb. 7, 1766, Ann daughter of Col. Alexander of Gloster? Lynham? He had the following children:
    (Names not repeated here - see list on page Th8)
    Col. Charles Minn Thruston departed this life 21st March 1812.

    Page 38/9 of George Washington's Diary includes the following entry:
    Charles Mynn Thruston (1738--1812), originally of Gloucester County, raised a body of volunteers in 1758 and joined William Byrd's Virginia Regiment as a lieutenant (WRITINGS, 3:2; HAMILTON [1], 2:292). In 1760 he married Mary Buckner, daughter of Col. Samuel Buckner of Gloucester County; she bore him three sons and died in 1765. In the fall of 1764 Thruston, having

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    been chosen minister of Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, went to England to take orders, and was licensed for Virginia in Aug. 1765 (PETSWORTH, 323--24; GOODWIN, 312). The Alexander family of Gloucester County had been headed by David Alexander (d. 1750), who emigrated to Virginia from England. This Mr. Alexander may have been David's son Morgan Alexander (b. 1746), who, like Thruston, was now looking for land, in either Loudoun or Frederick County, where he could settle. There were several Carter families in Gloucester County at this time.

    Col. Algernon S. Thruston
    (Marker Number: 1843)

    County: Daviess
    Location: Thruston Elem. School, 4 mi. E. of Owensboro, KY 144

    Description: Lawyer, soldier and farmer. Born in Louisville 1801, died 1864 at Thruston. Went to Texas with company of volunteers in 1836. Commissary General of Purchases (1837) and Quartermaster General (1838) for the Republic of Texas. Political ally of President Sam Houston. Practiced law in Houston. Returned to Daviess County in 1854. Presented by Nettie Sweeney Rhodes.

    (Reverse) Algernon Sidney Thruston - This community became known as Thruston. Algernon's father, Col. John Thruston, at age 16, served at Kaskaskia and Vincennes with General Clark in Revolutionary War. Algernon's grandfather, Rev. and Col. Charles Mynn Thruston of Va., was "a fighting parson" of the Revolution. Charles received 15,000 acres in Daviess and Ohio counties for military services.

    684. Thruston, Charles William, 1796-1865.
    Papers, 1777-1865. A\T530. 1.66 cu. ft.
    Miscellaneous papers, 1823-1855. C\T. 55 items.
    Louisville businessman. Papers include wills and estate records for Samuel C. Thruston, Charles Mynn Thruston, and Charles W. Thruston; accounts, 1808-1855, regarding school tuition, domestic purchases, medical needs, purchase of hemp and ropewalk bills, newspapers, periodicals, silversmiths, and springs and watering places; land and legal matters; and farm records.

    Miscellaneous papers include bills of sale for slaves and the hiring of slaves; bills for medical expenses; and announcements of runaway slaves.

    685. Thruston, Gates Phillips, 1835-1913. Papers, 1864-67. A\T530a. 18 items.
    Union soldier. Papers include Thruston's letters, 1864-1867, to his family discussing his service under Gen. George H. Thomas at Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta; Gen. William T. Sherman's and Gen. Thomas's opposition to Gen. George B. McClellan as a presidential candidate; army life; and the death of Abraham Lincoln. Miscellaneous collection also includes Thruston's 9 Jan. 1910 note to R.C. Ballard Thruston regarding a replacement copy of his book.

    686. Thruston, Robert Reade. Papers, 1653-1838. A\T530r. 1 vol.
    Collection of legal and land papers regarding the Thruston family of Gloucester Co., Virginia collected by Thruston. Included are deeds, court orders, mortgages, bonds, wills, estate inventories, surveys, apprenticeships, and genealogical data regarding the John Thruston, Robert Thruston and Mynn families, and others. Also included are slavery records and a 1707 plat of the town of Gloucester listing lot owners.

    687. Thruston, Rogers Clark Ballard, 1858-1946.
    Papers, 1885-1945. A\T530a. .5 cu. ft.
    Correspondence, 1940-1942. A\T530b. 3 vols.
    Correspondence, 1933-1941. A\T530c. 2 vols.
    Miscellaneous papers, 1866-1945. C\T. 135 items.
    Report, n.d. BF\T530. 1 vol.
    Louisville geological engineer, researcher, historian, collector, and president and benefactor of The Filson Club. Papers include correspondence, 1929-1942, regarding the Ballard and Ballard Co.; letters of Frances Thruston Ballard discussing family and routine matters; notes about early Jefferson County courthouses, marriages, and census; abstracts of marriage laws in Hening's Statutes of Virginia; and a notebook containing the history of the Ballard Mills. Also included are Thruston's 10 May - 23 July 1873 travel journal kept while touring Europe; and 13 Jan. - 25 April 1920 journal kept while touring Japan, China, and Manila.

    Correspondence with Lucy Brown Beale of Hague, Virginia, describes genealogical research on the ancestral families of R.C.B. Thruston, including typed extracts from the order books of Westmoreland Co., Va., 1663-1750, and Caroline Co., Va., containing information on the Pope, Rogers, Clark, Oldham, Marshall, Lisson, Wilson, and Richards families; cemetery inscriptions at Bushfield, Va., for the Bushrod family; and wills for Nathaniel Pope, 1659, and Original Brown, 1697.

    Correspondence between Thruston and Thomas H. Warner of Tappahannock, Virginia, concerns genealogical research on the Rogers, Clark, McLeod, Richards, and allied families of colonial Virginia. Extensive extracts from Virginia records are included and analyzed.

    Miscellaneous papers include a 24 Feb. 1866 phrenological character reading by Prof. O.S. Fowler of Thruston; letters to Fanny Ballard from her cousin Ben O'Fallon concerning old family letters in his possession; correspondence between Milo M. Quaife and Thruston re: Quaife's book on the U.S. flag; twenty-two letters, 1910-1911, between Thruston and Benjamin LaBree concerning the Sons of the American Revolution and genealogy; twenty-five letters, 1925-1930, written to Ludie J. Kinkead regarding research Thruston had done on the signers of the Declaration of Independence; ten letters, 1940, 1945, regarding Thruston's recommendation of Daniel Mac-Hir Hutton as director of state parks; three letters, 1943, to John E. Boos regarding Kentucky's delegation to Abraham Lincoln's burial; and research notes.

    An undated geological report of the areas of Bell, Harlan, Knox, and Letcher counties in Kentucky mainly concerns coal, and also describes the topography of the area.

    688. Thruston Family. Miscellaneous papers, 1806-1820. C\T. 13 items.
    Prominent Kentucky family. Papers include a Buckner Thruston letter to William Taylor, 12 Nov. 1806, concerning the receipt of $100 sent by Mr. Taylor; Rev. Charles Mynn Thruston letter from Mississippi Territory to Buckner Thruston, 5 Nov. 1811, providing family news; and eleven letters, 1812-1820, of Charles M. Thruston to his father, mother and brother, Thomas Thruston, describing West Point and Governors Island, and discussing his studies and fellow cadets.
    Letters from George Washington to Charles Minn Thruston:

    Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 3
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    Williamsburg, March 12, 1773.
    [Note:Thruston, whose home was in Gloucester, Va., was born in 1738. He entered the Episcopal ministry and held a pastorate in Frederick County, Va.; was a colonel in the Continental Army and became known as "the fighting parson"; moved to New Orleans in 1808 and died there in 1812. ]
    Revd. Sir: Your favor of the 25th ulto. by Mr. Watson came duly to hand; in answer to it I must beg leave to inform you, that the short allotment of Land to Mr. Andw. Waggener was not the result of any determination of the Officers who met at Fredericksburg on the 23d of Novemr. (for they had nothing to do, either in settling the proportions, or distributing the Land,) but was a solemn act of the Governor and Council, on the sixth preceeding, (adopted after having a full state of the several advances laid before them, and in my opinion, upon the most just and equitable principles.) If Mr. Waggener therefore, is injur'd or thinks himself injured, he must appeal to that Board as the only Tribunal which can afford him redress.

    >From your statement of the case, however, it would appear that you have been deceived by Mr. Waggener's representation

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    of this matter, he has been a culprit in respect to his contributions, from the very beginning as thus. In August 1770 a meeting of all the principal claimants, was required in Fredericksburg: accordingly Mr. Waggener, among others, attended, and exhibiting the nature of his claim, was considered as the representative of his uncle Thos. Waggener. An advance was then voted, his proportion call'd for, but not paid 'till many months after.

    In March, 1771, another meeting of the Claimants was summoned in Winchester; (for by, or before this time, it is necessary to be remarked, that our affairs, never in a very promising way, began to grow very alarming, from the sollicitation of a large Grant on the Ohio, by some of the most powerful men in England, and by Lord Bottetourt; notwithstanding the order of the council of the 15th December 1769, expressly forbidding the Surveys to go on) at this meeting, the few that attended, maugre all the discouragements, resolved, as the only chance left, to proceed at all hazards to surveying; altho' they were sensible that the expence would be great; and would inevitably light on their own heads, if it failed; accordingly, another sum was voted, and Mr. Waggener call'd upon in an earnest and pressing manner to advance his proportion: and what has he done? why, not paid one shilling of it to this hour; so that it was not for his non-attendance at Fredericksburg in November last (where, give me leave to add, if other business was an excuse for this negligence, no man could plead it with more propriety than myself, having left all my business in Williamsburg undone, by reason of the late coming in of the merchants, in order to be up there) that he was curtailed of his land in the first distribution, but, for want of his money to make the surveys, the effecting of which could not be done without. Whether this neglect proceeded from a disinclination

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    to advance more under the circumstances, as they then appeared from disability, or any other cause, his own Breast can best determine; sufficient it is, that he was call'd upon on the 4th of March, 1771, to make this deposit, and that it is not done yet: The Council seeing, and having no reason to disbelieve these things, not only as they respected Mr. Waggener, but all others under the like predicament, thought it very just and reasonable, that those who, rather than give up their hopes, had waded thro' every difficulty and expence, should be first considered, and therefore determin'd, (without a dissenting voice, that I have hear'd of) that, of the first surveys, every one should receive in the proportion he had advanced; being well satisfied that this work could not have gone on without money; and that it never was expected, nor could with propriety be expected that I, who had had so much trouble in other respects, was to ride about as a Collector, to receive five pounds of this man, ten pounds of that and so on; it being sufficient for the Parties to be apprized of their quotas, and to whom to pay it. To what I have here said, I must take the liberty of observing further by way of explanation of my own meaning and the Council's intention, that my offer which you hint at had no allusion to an alteration of the kind you apply for, for the matter under contemplation at the time of inserting that saving clause was the quality of the soil, it being supposed that the difference therein might cause an unequal division, tho' each man should obtain his quantum of Land.

    These, Sir, are facts, and but part of the reasons which govern'd in the determination of this matter, under which you may judge how far Mr. Waggener has just cause of complaint. Colo. Fry, Lt. Savage &c. have shared the same fate; and Captn. Stobo, Vanbraam and others who have contributed nothing, have had no part of the Lands already survey'd, allowed them, but left to come in at the second distribution, when I dare say

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    the Govr. and Council will measure their justice by the same Rule they observ'd upon the last occasion, if the same causes prevail, as they are left at large, by the Proclamation of 1754 under which we derive our claim, to divide the Land in any manner they think proper. That Mr. Wagener, or the greatest delinquent of the whole shou'd be now ready and willing to pay up their deficiencies and take a share of the patents, I neither wonder at or doubt; many men have objections to the purchase of Lottery tickets (in which light this Grant of ours, to the most sanguine of us all, has appear'd) that would be fond enough of partaking in the prizes; but let it be asked, would the delinquents have been ready and willing to have paid up their quotas, if the scheme had fallen through? (as it most assuredly would have done if a few had not stood forth in support of the claim) and where will be the answer? It does not need the gift of prophecy to make it; for if the money could not be got whilst there was the chance of a prize, there wou'd be little hopes of receiving it in a case of a Blank.

    What kind of Land may be included in the next surveys, I cannot undertake to determine; but should think it hard if the District allow'd us, never yet half explored, shou'd not be able to afford more than 127,000 acres of good, the quantity now patented. I have rather exceeded the bounds of a letter, by endeavoring to give you some idea of this matter; after which I have only to repeat, that I have no power to redress the complaint, even if I had adjudged it reasonable, which in truth I do not, as I have declared upon this, and shall do upon every other occasion, when call'd upon. Notwithstanding I am informed, formed, that you have been pleased to complain of the advantage which Doctr. Craik and I (why not Colo. Fry & Colo. Mercer also) have reaped in a distinct allotment, the reasons of which I endeavor'd, in as clear and distinct a manner as I could to account for; and as far as I was concern'd in the

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    distinction, if it is considered in this light, with openness and candour; with what propriety am I accused then?

    Did it matter anything, whether Doctr. Craik, Mr. West or Mr. Polson was left out of the large Survey, so far as the general end respecting quantity was answered by it? And if it did not, was there any person better entitled to the indulgence than the Doctor, considered in every point of view? I think not, and admitting that by fixing my Lott in this Survey, and turning others out, the amount of the Claims had corrisponded as nearly as now with the quantity of the Survey; was there any reason for doing of it? if not, why shou'd it have happened?

    I did not on the one hand, pick the Surveys that were assigned me, either from the excellency of the Land, or convenience of situation; If I had, I should have avoided the largest Tract I now have (composing a full moiety of my quantum) as every inch of it, from the Surveyors' account, is subject to be overflowed, nor did I, on the other, object to the fifty thousand on account of the Land, for if I had my choice of the whole country, I should have fixed in this Survey, but because I thought (after the Land became patented) if any additional trouble was to be encounter'd (from the strange manner of granting it) it might as well fall upon others, as me; as my shoulders had supported the whole weight heretofore; and in as much as I might add without much arrogance, that if it had not been for my unremitted attention to every favorable circumstance, not a single acre of Land would ever have been obtained.
    The Thruston Family. Chapter X.

    THE English Thrustons laid great stress on family records, and as early as the Seventeenth century kept a genealogy which has been handed down from father to son, and after remaining in Louisville for three generations is now in the possession of Dr. Charles Minn Thruston, of Waco, Tex. Thanks to this old record book the genealogy of the family is unusually complete, and the Kentucky family has not neglected to keep up the tradition chronicling the history of fighters and lawyers, men of affairs and of beautiful women.
    Col. John Thruston, of the third generation at Gloucester Point, Va., married Sarah Minn and had only one son, Charles Minn Thruston, who was known as the fighting parson of the Revolution, although he was officially the Rev. and Col. Thruston. He was educated at William and Mary College, and studying for the ministry, went to England to take orders. He moved from Gloucester Point to the Shenandoah Valley, and the old church at Berryville, where he preached, is still standing. His military career started at the age of twenty, when as a lieutenant of Provincials he took part in the campaign


    which resulted in the evacuation of Fort Duquesne. When the Revolution broke out he exhorted the Virginia youths to enlist, and at the head of a regiment joined Washington in New Jersey.
    The Rev, and Col. Thruston married, first, Mary Buckner, by whom he had three sons- John, Buckner and Charles Minn Thruston, to whom he left his lands in Kentucky. He married a second time Ann Alexander, and removed to Tennessee and later to Louisiana, where he lived on a plantation until his death, in 1812.
    John Thruston and Charles Minn Thruston came to Louisville, while Buckner Thruston settled in Lexington. John Thruston came west as a lad of 16 to fight under Gen. George Rogers Clark in the Illinois regiment. He served in the campaigns, against Kaskaskia and St. Vincents (Vincennes), with the rank of cornet. He received in 1831 a grant of 2,666 acres of land in Illinois under the Virginia act of 1779, which provided that the volunteers (officers and soldiers), who served through the campaign which reduced the British forts in Illinois, should receive remuneration in land.
    John Thruston, who came to Louisville in 1789, married his cousin, Elizabeth Thruston Whiting, and their home was "Sans Souci,' which stood on the site of "Hayfield," the home


    of Mrs. Robert Tyler. They had ten children, but of these only two are ancestors of Louisville folk, Elizabeth Taylor Thruston, who married Worden Pope, of the pioneer family, and Charles Minn Thruston, who married Eliza Sydnor Cosby, daughter of Judge Fortunatus Cosby, and his wife, Mary Ann Fontaine.
    After the death of John Thruston, his widow married Capt. Aaron Fontaine, the grandfather of her son's wife.
    Elizabeth Taylor Thruston and Worden Pope had three sons. Patrick Henry Pope married Sarah Lawrence Brown, and was the father of Edmonia Pope, who married Dr. William Galt, their children being Ellen Galt and Urith Galt; of Ellen E. Pope, who married Dr. John Thruston; of Mary Anna Pope, who married George Nicholas, and was the mother of George Nicholas and Pope Nicholas.
    Edmund Pendleton Pope married Nancy Johnson, and was the father of Judge Alfred Thruston Pope, who married his cousin, Mary Tyler Pope, their children being Dr. Curran Pope and Alfred Thruston Pope. Mary Tyler Pope was the daughter of Col. Curran Pope and Matilda Prather Jacob.
    Charles Minn Thruston, born in 1793 at Sans Souci, was a celebrated criminal lawyer in Louisville. He and wife, Eliza Sydnor Cosby, had


    a large family, and there are in Louisville descendants of three of their children. Their daughter Mary Thruston, married Dr. Lewis Rogers, the well-known physician, and was the mother of six children. Jane Farrar Rogers married Robert Atwood, her children being Lewis R. Atwood, Lizzie Atwood, Mrs. Oscar Beckmann, William Atwood, who married Nellie Stark. Her daughter, Mamie Atwood, married Tom Knott, and was the mother of Lewis Atwood Knott, of New York.
    Eliza Thruston Rogers married Dr. B. M. Messick, and their only child in Louisville is Martha M. Messick. Anne Thruston Rogers, who married Harvey Yeaman, was the mother of Dr. Rogers Yeaman. Harriet Rogers is Mrs. George Gaulbert, the mother of Carrie Gaulbert, Mrs. Attilla Cox.
    Dr. John Thruston married Ellen Pope and was the father of Mrs. Sarah Thruston Hughes, whose children are: Commander William Neal Hughes, U. S. N.; Major Thruston Hughes, U. S. A.; Anabel, Mrs. Garnett Zorn; Katherine Fontaine, Mrs. Walton Maxey, of Beaumont, Texas, and of Dr. Charles Minn Thruston, of Waco, Texas.
    Anne Blake Thruston married William J. Johnson, of the pioneer family, and was the mother of Charles Thruston Johnson, who married


    first Sally Ward Danforth, and second, Miss Stuart; and of Lizzie Johnson, who married George Breed, and was the mother of Lilla Breed, of Louisville, and George and Edwin Breed, of Boston.
    John Thruston, the second son of Charles Minn and Eliza Thruston mentioned above, was a midshipman in the navy at 16, but gave up his commission, returning to Louisville on account of his father's illness. He became a prominent Louisville physician, and during the Civil war was in charge of the Military Hospital at Eighth and Green for nine months.
    His brother, Charles Minn Thruston, was a deputy in the county clerk's office, then held by his cousin, Col. Curran Pope. Later he was elected clerk of the county court, filling the position for three terms. He made his residence for a short time in New York, and returned to be re-elected to his former office by a great majority. He was a great political leader and a man of pleasing personality and wide popularity. His wife was Leonora Keller. They had no children.
    Capt. Charles Minn Thruston fought in the Revolution, at the age of 11, as aide to his father, the Rev. and Col. Thruston, at the Battle of Piscataway. In 1793 he married Gen. George Rogers Clark's sister, Fanny Clark, after the


    death of her husband, Dr. James O'Fallon. Their home was at Westport. Capt. Thruston was killed in December, 1800, by Luke, his body servant, who feared that his master would punish him for repeated misdemeanors. Capt. Thruston refused to take Luke on a trip back to Virginia, and warned him that any misconduct during his absence would mean a thrashing. The slave had not attended to his duties during his master's absence, and before the return of Capt. Thruston, ran away. However, one night early in December, a servant reported to Capt. Thruston that Luke had been in the kitchen and had stolen a leg of lamb. Capt. Thruston and his small son went out to look for Luke, tracking him by footprints in the snow. When discovered hiding in a corn shock, Luke sprang on his master and stabbed him with a carving knife which he had stolen from the kitchen. Luke was caught and was hung by verdict of the jury. Capt. Thruston's widow married her cousin, Judge Dennis Fitzhugh, and her home stood in the square between Green and Jefferson, Brook and Floyd.
    Capt. and Mrs. Thruston's son was named Charles Minn Thruston, but owing to confusion arising from the name being borne by his cousin, the son of John Thruston, was called Charles W. Thruston. He was a successful manufacturer


    and merchant, and his wife was Mary Eliza Churchill, daughter of Col. Samuel Churchill. Their daughter, Fanny Thruston, married Andrew J. Ballard, the lawyer. Fanny Thruston Ballard was a great beauty and belle, and died in Vienna in April, 1896, while making a European trip. On this trip she visited the home of the early Thrustons, seeing the old manor house and porter's lodge at West Buckland, England, and an old church nearby, where her ancestors are buried within the chancel.
    S. Thruston Ballard and Rogers C. Ballard Thruston are her sons, the name of the latter being changed to preserve the family name of Thruston. S. Thruston Ballard married Sunshine Harris, and has one daughter, Mary Ballard, who married Dr. David Cummins Morton. The late Charles T. Ballard, who married Mina Breaux, was the father of Abigail Ballard, Mrs. Jefferson Stewart; of Charles T. Ballard, U. S. N.; of Fanny Ballard, Mrs. Charles Homer; of Breaux Ballard, whose wife was Jane Fish, and of Mina Ballard, Mrs. Warner L. Jones. The youngest member of the family is little Frances Homer.
    "Lansdowne," the home of Mrs. and Mrs. S. Thruston Ballard, at Glenview, bears the name of the early Virginia home of the Thrustons, at Gloucester Point.


    Buckner Thruston settled in Lexington in 1788, practiced law and was Judge in the State courts. His wife was Janette January, of Maysville. He was Senator from Kentucky in 1804, and retired to become United States Judge for the District of Columbia. His home from 1804 was at Cumberland, Md.
    Gen. Charles Lee, a great personal friend of the Rev. and Col. Charles Minn Thruston, left his library to Buckner Thruston, saying that he was the only man he knew capable of appreciating it.
    There are descendants, in Louisville, of the Rev. and Col. Charles Minn Thruston by his second wife, Ann Alexander, their daughter, Eloise Thruston, born 1792, in Virginia, marrying Major Edmund Taylor, and settling on Beargrass. Sarah Courtney Taylor, one daughter, married John De Colmesnil, and their home on Jefferson street, between Eighth and Ninth, was long a landmark of that old neighborhood. Sarah and John Colmesnil's daughter, Courtney Colmesnil, married John Murphy, of Nelson county, for years manager of the Galt House, and has a daughter in Louisville, Mary May Murphy, widow of Joseph Simmons. She is the mother of Courtney Simmons, Lily Simmons Huber, Joseph Simmons and Sarah Thruston Simmons.


    Sarah Thruston Simmons was instrumental in organizing the Charles Minn Thruston Chapter, Children of the Confederacy in Louisville.