Thomas Dustin Jr
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Thomas Dustin Jr (abt. 1652 - bef. 1732)

Thomas Dustin Jr aka Duston
Born about in Portsmouth, Rockingham, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New Hampshire)map
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 3 Dec 1677 in Haverhill. Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Haverhill, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Aug 2014
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Disputed items and/or conflicts:

  • Narrative had reported "Death" as date: 1697 at Place: Haverhill, MA[1]
  • Narrative had reported a "Chistening date" of 03 DEC 1677, without further reference.
  • Narrative had reported that he served in King Phillip's War "BET JUN 1675 AND 1676"


Thomas (2) Duston[2] was born around 1650-1652 in either Portsmouth, NH or Kittery, ME He married Hannah W. Emerson on 3 Dec. 1677 in Haverhill.

He was a brick maker; in 1660 he resided Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

24 Aug 1677; served in King Phillip's War Military Service 28 Nov 1677; Haverhill (Essex Co.) Mass.; Freeman

8 Jun 1703; Kittery Maine; for his father Estate Administrator

Marriage: 03 DEC 1677 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, USA[3][4][5][6]

Thomas Dustin and Hannah Emerson reporting children: Hannah Dustin; Elizabeth Dustin; Mary Dustin; Thomas Dustin; Nathaniel Dustin; John Dustin; Sarah Dustin; Abigail Dustin; Jonathan Dustin; Timonthy Dustin; Mehitable Dustin; Timothy Dustin; Martha Dustin

Thomas(2) Duston and Hannah Webster Emerson. Children: Martha Duston; Susannah(Hannah) Duston; Thomas(3) Duston; Timothy Duston; Hannah Abagail Duston; Elizabeth Duston; John Duston; Jonathan Duston; Lydia Duston; Mary Duston; Mehitable Duston; Nathanial Duston; Sarah* Duston

Thomas saved 7 of the 8 of his children who were living at home when the Indians attacked on March 15, 1697. Martha, the youngest at only one week. was killed by the Indians. His wife, Hannah, was taken prisoner, but later escaped.

Thomas Dustin died in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts before November 27, 1732 (Probate date),


  1. Cited "Source: #S00058" that is not otherwise identifiable on the profile.
  2. Source: #S59
  3. Source: #S369 Page: Haverhill MA - NEHGS database
  4. Source: #S335 Page: Dustin, Massachusetts, pg 24986
  5. Source: #S61
  6. Source: #S421 Page: pg 98
  • History of Henniker, Pg 552-3,
Was a hero on 15 Mar 1697 when the Indians made the attach upon his house, mounted his horse, and placing his seven children before him, conveyed them to a place of safety. His wife was the heroine who, on the night of March 30, 1697, twelve days after her capture, in the company with Mary Neff and Samuel Leonardson, dispatched ten Indians, and released herself from captivity.
"Tall spectres gaunt, whose garments drip with gore; From that infanticide the day before; Mount strange convulsions: whence that fearful wail?; T'was Hannah Duston, waking for the trail."
  • Gen. and Family History of the State of NH by Ezra S. Stearns, pg 1220
"DUSTON - This name is probably of Scotch origin, as it does not appear among the early English immigrants, and is first found in Haverhill, MA. It is best known, perhaps through the heroic exploit of Hannah Dustin, wife of Thomas Dustin, who receives further mention in the history of the Emerson family, to which she belonged. The family has furnished industrious, intelligent and useful citizens to NH, employed chiefly in agriculture and the industries. The spelling of the name varies at present usage.
1696 his house was besieged by Indians and he succeeded in saving seven of his children, but his wife was carried away captive. They had thirteen children."
  • Gen. Dict. of 1st Settlers of New England, : Pg 83-4
"Thomas, Haverhill, perhaps son of Thomas of Dover, married 3 Dec 1677, Hannah Emerson, had 13 ch. before 1699, of which on 15 Mar 1697, 8 were at home, the youngest, Martha, a wk old, then killed by the Indians who carried away the mother and her nurse, and on 31st of same month she revenged her cause by killing 10 of the Indian family which had charge of these two prisoners with an English youth, Samuel Leonardson."
1. Lt. Benjamin Sweet's company Aug 24 1767 (N.E. Reg. 43 p.98 & 275).
2. On the York county (Maine) Probate records June 8 1703 (N.E. Reg. Vol 31 p.221) "Administration granted to Thomas Duston of Haverhill on the estate of his father Thomas Duston of Kittery deceased intestate."
  • Source: Brodrerbund World Family Tree, Volume 3 NOTE Source Medium: Family Archive CD CONT
  • Source: Author: Compiled by Rodney A Griffin of Franklin, assisted by Mrs Alice Thompson, Concord Consultant Genealogist, Indexed by Chester A Griffin, Franklin Title: Griffins of Franklin, New Hampshire, a partial genealogy and some descendants of Humphrey Griffrin 1605-1661 Repository: Call Number: G853g 929.2 NOTE
  • Source Medium: Book "The data herein is from apparently reliable sources. However, the compiler does not guarantee their accuracy or assume any responsibility for errors, but will gladly correct same in future editions if any are found"
  • Source: Author: Pam Sauer Title: percy.GED NOTESource
  • Source: Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1 Publication: Name: Release date: November 29, 1995; NOTESource Medium: Family Archive CD
  • Source: Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 3, Ed. 1 Publication: Name: Release date: February 9, 1996; NOTESource Medium: Family Archive CD
  • Source: S335 Title: IGI 1992
  • Source: S369 Title: Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 transcription NEHGS
  • Source: S421 Title: Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts Publication: Name: Topsfield Historical Society; Location: Topsfield, Massachusetts; Date: 1911;
  • Source: S59 Title: Thomas Duston Pg 552-3, History of Henniker Pg 1220, Gen & Fam Hist of the State of NH, Stearns Pg 83-4, Gen. Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, by James Savage
  • Source: S61 Title: Thomas/Hannah Duston Pg 552-553 History of Henniker pg 1220, Gen. and Family History of the State of NH by Stearns 1992 IGI NH pg 5655 and MA pg 24,986

See Also

  • Noyes, Libby and Davis: "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire"; page 212 (Dustin)
  • Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Records 1648-1840; Probate date November 27, 1732
  • New England Marriages prior to 1700; page 236, Hannah Emerson and Thomas Dustin, December 3, 1677, Haverhill


  • WikiTree profile Duston-54 created through the import of perry and plumb tree.ged on Aug 18, 2012 by Merry Kennedy. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Merry and others.
  • A profile about this person was created on 27 March 2011 through the import of fitzmaster032511.ged.

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Duston-7 and Dustin-119 appear to represent the same person because: Same person.
posted by Jack Wise
Button-459 and Duston-7 appear to represent the same person because: The children of Elizabeth Wheeler and her first husband, Thomas Duston, were called out in the will of her father by only their given names. By that time, she had married second to Matthias Button. Early Button and Wheeler genealogists, unaware of the first marriage, mis-interpreted the parentage of the children in the will. Thus we find these Duston children sometimes in print as born to Elizabeth and her second husband. See sources and comments on profile of Elizabeth Wheeler/Wheeler-613 for more information.
posted by GeneJ X
Plese go ahead with editing. Thanks.
posted by M. (Stewart) H.
May we:

1. Update his LNAB to Duston

2. Sever relation to "Unknown Button" father (then merge "Unknown Button" into Matthias Button_

3. Remove the reference to vital dates.

All would help clear way for the unmerged match to be initiated as a merge.

posted by GeneJ X
Dustin-12 and Duston-7 appear to represent the same person because: Both men are Thomas, the son of Thomas Duston and Elizabeth (Wheeler). Please see notes and sources poste dto Duston-8.
posted by GeneJ X
Button-459 is the son of Elizabeth Wheeler, and reports on Wheeler-613 as a sibling to Mary and Elizabeth.

This might might well be the grandson of John Wheeler, thus Thomas Duston with misplaced vital and LNAB.

posted by GeneJ X

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