Biography of Caleb C. Thurston
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Thurston, Caleb C., came from Oneida county during the winter of 1814, and settled one mile west of Albion village, on what is now the Denio farm. Mr. Thurston was a farmer and secured a comfortable fortune, which enabled him to retire from farm work and live in the village during his latter years, and there he died June 3, 1861. His wife was Thankful Bailey, and she died April 4, 1858. Their children were as follows: Sophronia, who married Orlando Rogers; Stephen B., Urban C., Joel C., Thankful, who married first John Parker, and after his death Asa Howard, and Lydia, who married Harlow W. Lee. Caleb Thurston was one of the founders of Albion village, also one of the organizers of the Presbyterian church there, and otherwise prominently identified with pioneer events in that town. Asa Howard, who married Thankful Thurston, was a native of Hinesburg, Vt, and came to Albion about 1828. He was a furniture and cabinet maker during his young business life, and became a merchant and forwarding and commission dealer on the canal during the early days of village history. He accumulated a fair property, but misfortune in business swept it away, he lending his name and credit to friends, who jailed to keep good their promises. By his marriage with Thankful (Thurston) Parker he had one child, Ellen S., now the wife of William A. Howard, of Albion. Asa Howard died February 11., 1873, and his wife September 25, 1885. William A. Howard was born in Huntington, Vt., August 30, 1840. His father, Spencer D. Howard, was a tanner, currier and shoemaker, but William was brought up to farm work. In 1859 the latter came to Albion to attend the old academy, but before his course was fully completed he became bookkeeper for Asa Howard. Later on he was taken into the business as one of the then existing firm of Howard & Thurston. A little later still, and after being one year out of the business, William A. bought the property and established the firm of William A. Howard & Co., and to the present day Mr. Howard has been numbered among the successful and enterprising business men of Albion. On February 21, 1865, Mr. Howard married Ellen S. Howard. Two children were born of this marriage: John Henry, born August 23, 1868, and Sarsh B., born May 8, 1871. John H. married Myra Black and has one child, Mabel Ellen, born July 4, 1893. Myra Black, born in Coventry, Vt., October 4, 1867.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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