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Name: Thurlow, Charles T., Capt. (1822-1869)

Historical Note:

Capt. Charles T. Thurlow was born 1822 in Cutler, Maine and was the brother of Capt. Mark Thurlow. He married  Eunice C. Ackley of Cutler on April 16, 1865  and they had nine children—four daughters (Susan O., b. 1848; Alice Belcher, b. 1856; Mary Ella, b. 1857; and  Clara/Clare Emma, b. 1862) and five sons (George W., abt. 1849; Frederick Willliam, b. 1852; Charles Melvin, b. 1854; Maurie P. or R., b. 1862 and Lewis Kalmon, b. 1867).

Charles T. Thurlow is listed as a “farmer” in the 1850 United States Federal Census, “Merchant” in the 1860 United States Federal Census and in “Retail Sales” in the 1865 IRS Tax Assessment List. The 1850 Maine Directory also lists Charles T. Thurlow of Cutler, Maine as a “Justice of the Peace” and “Inspector for the Cutler Seat of Customs.” The only referenced to a seafaring life is in the 1850-1880 U.S. Federal Census Non-population Schedules listing his occupation as fishing4 and the New England Business Directors of 1860 and 1865 listing him as a fish dealer.

Ship registers and enrollments of Machias, Maine shows us that Charles T. Thurlow commanded the vessel Lark (Schooner) in 1863. The Lark was built at Harpswell in 1834 and was initially owned by Malachi Flagg. In 1860, Charles T. Thurlow purchased ½ share of the vessel.  He then left the Lark (Schooner) and came aboard the schooner Decator as shipmaster between 1864 and 1869. The Decator was built at Essex, MA in 1836 and Charles T. Thurlow was registered as full owner of this vessel in 1864. In 1865,. Charles T. Thurlow co-owned the vessel with Moses T. Stevens. He continued to be master of this vessel up until his death in 1869 at which point his heirs owned ½ of the vessel. By 1870, his heirs owned 32/64.1  Capt. Charles T. Thurlow died October 3, 1869 in Cutler, Maine.


1.  Ship registers and enrollments of Machias, Maine 1780-1930. Part I & II. Rockland, Maine: The National Archives Project , 1942.

2. Thurlow, Mark, Capt. Account Book, 1847-54.

3. Andrews, Frank. "The Real Thing." Down East. September 1997, pg. 44.

4. http://www.ancestry.com and http://rootsweb.com

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