So far, no family researcher has found documented proof that Christopher is the son of John and Justina Thurston.
It seems that those records were destroyed in Richmond during the Civil War.
Noel Hume was a Williamsburg archaeologist and his team pieced together the cultural and social fabric of the settlement from the shards of pottery, hardware, and other fragile artifacts painstakingly unearthed with trowel and brush.
The story of how they came to acquire this land is interesting.Justina’s great grandmother, Elizabeth (Beverly) Kingston, had sailed to Martin’s Hundred on the James River from England in 1618 along with two hundred and twenty settlers to populate the settlement that would include a fort and the fledgling Wolstenholme Towne, which was part of Martin’s Hundred.Then, they moved another 80 miles west and were living in Buckingham County, Virginia in 1783. In 1794 they had eight children and they had moved 110 miles SW to Campbell County, Virginia. The adventurous couple finally settled in an area we now call Ohio County, Kentucky in 1799, and only three years after it had become a state.No towns or settlements are shown on the “Kentucke” map of 1795, for none had yet been settled.Through contacts that he provided, I received a hand-written descendant chart with many, many James family names listed.
That chart was drawn (or distributed by) Jesse Sibert James, who was the father of Thurston James, both now deceased.Justina was coming to claim her inheritance, a home that had been established by her parents, in the late 1600s.The property was comfortably situated along the James River and was known as the “Loveing Estate.” Justina’s estate in Martin’s Hundred, which is located on the James River, the site where our American history begins.Elizabeth and her first husband, Thomas Kingston, survived.by Ivor Noel Hume, the story of the archaeological breakthrough at Martin’s Hundred is a marvelous account of sleuthing, suspense, and feats of deduction.Anne and Edward had a son they named John Thruston, who was born in Martin’s Hundred on December 2, 1668.