- Born January 16, 1831 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
- Parents were JOHN GATES THURSTON and HARRIET PATRICK LEE.
- Married MARY BALDWIN WHITNEY on June 15, 1859 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Mary was born November 14, 1833 to JOHN WHITNEY and MARY BALDWIN HOLT.
- Was a captain in the 55th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War.
- Died December 16, 1862 in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi of phthisis, a casualty of the war.
- WILLIAM LEE THURSTON, born May 3, 1860.