HURST, Deacon James - I53812
I. Of the family here considered, the first to come to New England was James HURST, who was in Plymouth in 1632, if indeed not earlier. According to an article in Boston Transcript, 27 July 1927, he came with a party of thirty five persons, from Leyden in 1629, in a ship called the Mayflower, whether the same one which came in 1620 or not is apparently a matter for conjecture.
He was a tanner by trade, and built the first tannery in the Colony.  His name is frequently found in Plymouth records as appraising estates, taking inventories, witnessing wills or deeds, etc.  It also appears in a list of Plymouth "males between 16 and 60 able to bear arms," in 1643.  He was one of the purchasers of Dartmouth, 7 March 1652, and received allotment there of "one whole share," in 1654. His "meddow" is mentioned in 1657. 
He was a member of the Plymouth Military Company , and also, for, many years a deacon of the church.  He married, probably in England, Catherine THURSTON.  Charles Thurston, of Plymouth, in 1643 , may have been her brother or other relative.
Deacon James Hurst died in Plymouth in 1657, his will being drawn on the l0th of December of that year, and inventory taken on the 24th. In his will he appoints his wife executrix, gives her his house, names no children but several grandchildren, all of whom were children of his daughter Patience, wife of Elder Henry Cobb. 
The will of Widow Catherine Hurst, whose name, written poorly in early records, has been variously interpreted Gartend and Gartherew, was proved 30 May 1670, and John Cobb appointed to administer the estate of his grandmother.  A correspondent in Boston Transcript (28 February 1923) says he had always believed that the wife of James Hurst was Patience Faunce.
For continuation of this family line please see the COBB biography. SOURCE: The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)
- (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 2: 506.)
- (Mayflower Descendant 1: 82, 198; 4: 186; 6: 174.)
- (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4: 255.)
- (Mayflower Descendant 4: 186, 187.)
- (General Register Society of Colonial Wars 1899 1902, 677)
- (Smith with Collateral Lines, Barnes, 40.)
- (Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Davis, 158.)
- (Savage 4: 296)
- (Ibid. 2: 506.)
- (Mayflower Descendant 18: 2 5 1.)