The organization to which you refer is actually known as The Duston-Dustin Family Association rather than the Hannah Dustin Association. This association first met Oct. 14, 1905 at Haverhill, Massachusetts and meets annually the second Saturday of August at The Buttonwoods, 240 Water Street, Haverhill, Mass. This year we met for the 100th Annual Reunion, had some interesting speakers and took a bus tour to the five monuments in honor of Hannah Dustin and to the "Garrison House", the ancient brick house traditionally known as the Dustin home and which is maintained by the Society.
Since the original New England emigrant, Thomas Duston (c. 1606-1662) had only one son, Thomas Duston Jr. (c. 1652-1732), all Dustins who stem from the early New England family descend from Thomas Jr. and his wife Hannah (Emerson) Duston (1657-1737), noted for her escape from her Indian captors in 1697 and the first woman in America to have a monument erected to her honor.
All descendants of Thomas and Hannah (Duston) are invited to become members of the Duston-Dustin Family Association. The annual dues of $5.00 per year ($50.00 for life membership) are rediculously low and will probably be raised soon. To join, send your membership directly to the Associaton's secretary - Gail Schevey, 63 Bean Road, Merrimack, NH 03054.
The Association has researched and maintained a history of all descendants of Thomas and Hannah Duston since the early part of the 20th century and have published a series of generational booklets which are still available. Much updating is presently being done with the genealogy. As the society's genealogist, I try to assist new and current members who are trying to connect with this family as long as you are willing to exchange information on your family line with us. (Please correspond by e-mail when possible).
Not all persons present in America with the surname Dustin (Duston, Dustan, Dusten) descend from Thomas and Hannah Duston, but a majority do. Some families have come to America in the mid-19th century or later from England and Scotland (particularly those with the surname Dustan). Some Canadian Dustin (Duston, Dustan, Dusten) families descend from Thomas and Hannah Duston while others descend from later emigrants directly from England or Scotland.
We welcome you to become a member of the Association and plan a trip to New England next summer and if possible plan it so you can attend the 101st Annual Meeting of the Association on Aug. 13, 2005 at Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Chris H. Bailey, Genealogist for the Duston-Dustin Family Association
31 Prospect Street
New Hartford, CT 06057-2223