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REYNOLDS HISTORICAL 
GENEALOGY COLLECTFON 



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ACHER-THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part? 1. - -' 

COAT-OF-ARM5 




HERALDIC DESCRIPTION 



Arms: Gules, a cross moline argent ; on a chief d'or, three grasshoppers, proper. 
Crest: A grasshopper, proper, resting on a helmet, visor closed. 



THACHER- THATCHER 
GENEALO G Y 

Part I, 

COAT-OF-ARM5 

BY 

, JOHN R. TOTTEN 

MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 
AND NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC-GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 



EDITION OF ONE HUNDRED COPIES 



New York Genealogical and Biographical Society 
1910 



No. 



1775317 



Reprinted from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, for April, 1910. 



THACHER-THATCHER COAT-OF-ARMS. 



By John R. Totten, 

Member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society. 



From the earliest period of English history up to the time of 
the Puritan revolution, the right to "bear arms" or use armorial 
insignia in any form was strictly regulated by the law of the 
land. The Heralds appointed by the Crown were delegated to 
grant the privilege to bear such arms, and were also empowered 
to prevent unauthorized individuals from exercising such rights 
under the penalty of the law. These Heralds in their periodic 
"Visitations" of the various counties of England, exercised their 
legal functions, and kept recorded in the archives of their office 
the rolls of those entitled to bear arms, together with a full 
heraldic description of the arms thus borne, and in many in- 
stances the full pedigrees of the individual entitled to bear 
them. The manuscript records of these periodic " Visitations " 
have in many instances been placed before the public in printed 
duplicates of the original, giving the record of those in certain 
counties at the time of that particular " Visitation " who by the 
Heralds were recognized as having the indisputable right to use 
such armorial insignia. For the purposes of this article it is 
necessary to refer to only one of such published Visitation, viz.: 
The Visitations of Sussex in i^jo and in idjj-^., published by the 
Harleian Society of England. 

The right to bear arms was the official recognition of an 
existing aristocracy, and it was natural that at the breaking out 
of the Puritan reforms in England, the recognition of this 
aristocratic privilege should spring into some disrepute among 
those who swayed the destinies of the land at that time. It 
followed from this condition of affairs that during the time of the 
Puritan upheaval and subsequent thereto up to the present time 
the same rigid scrutiny of the use of armorial insignia in England 
has not existed as it did exist previous to that period. However, 
the right to bear arms exists by law today in England as it did 
in the past, even though the transgression of that same law is 
not punished now by the severe penalties in force before the 
Puritan revolution. 

If a family in England can trace its origin to one to whom the 
right to bear arms has been duly granted by the properly con- 
stituted authority, then the members of that family, subject to 
the laws of Heraldry, can make use of such arms as an inalienable 
right granted unto them by the law. 

For many years subsequent to the discovery of this country 
the larger part thereof which was settled was under the dominion 
of the English crown, and hence the laws of England were the 



fundamental laws of this land. An individual in this land, 
therefore, at that time belonging to an English family entitled 
to bear arms, was. from the fact that he was a subject of Eng- 
land, entitled likewise to make such use of his Heraldic in- 
heritance as were permitted by the then well-known laws of 
Heraldry, 

Such was the legal status of Heraldry in this country up to 
the time of the Declaration of Independence and the subsequent 
adoption of the Constitution of the United States. The very 
essence of the Constitution of this country is repugnant to the 
fostering of an aristocratic class, and such was the spirit of the 
founders of our fundamental law that by specific wording of the 
Constitution barriers were erected to prevent the establishment 
in the future of any officially recognized aristocracy. Hence any 
one who swears allegiance to the United States, loses by his 
oath any legal right he may have had in another country to a 
recognized use of Heraldic insignia. The use of such insignia 
however, has not been specifically prohibited by the law of the 
land, and hence its use has continued in force here by the toler- 
ation of a government indifferent to a usage which it feels is of 
too little importance to materially affect the serious underlying 
democracy of the people at large. 

The knowledge that certain families in the United States are 
descended in direct line from families of foreign origin entitled 
to bear arms is perhaps a matter of justified pride on the part of 
the representatives of the branches of these families who are now 
citizens of the United States. The study of family history of 
recent years has become so popular, that the desire for knowledge 
of blood right to use armorial insignia has increased so that it 
has become desirable to ascertain with as much accuracy as 
possible the amount of evidence existant in support of the blood 
(not legal) right of an individual in this country to make use of 
the heraldic insignia conferred in the past by law on an individual 
bearing his family name. 

The largest group of the Thacher-Thatcher family in the 
United States is that composed of the descendants of Antony' 
Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass., and of his nephew, Rev. Thomas' 
Thacher of Old South Church, Boston, Mass. — both of whom are 
descendants of the Rev. Peter' Thacher of Queen Camel, Co, 
Somerset, England — the most remote known ancestor of this 
branch of the family, and who was for fifty (50) years, 1574-1624, 
vicar of the parish church at Queen Camel, where he died in 1624, 
while still vicar. 

Rev. Peter' Thacher of Queen Camel, had the following 
children: 

1 Rev. Peter' Thacher, b. , 1587-8 d. Feb. 14, 1 640-1, at 

Salisbury, Eng. 

2 Antony" Thacher, b. , 1588-9; d. , 1667, at Yar- 

mouth, Mass. 

3 John" Thacher, b. , 1590-1; d. , 1653-1655, at 

Queen Camel, Eng. 



4 Giles' Thacher, b. , 1591; d. , 1602, at Queen Camel, 

Eng. 

5. Thomas' Thacher, b. ; d. ; m. Sept. 24, 162 1, at 

Queen Camel, to Marie Lokier. 

Rev. Peter" Thacher was the well known Puritan rector of 
the parish church of St. Edmund in Salisbury, England, from 
1622 until his death in 1640-1. Plis son, Rev. Thomas' Thacher, 
his only child known to have come to this country, came over in 
1635, on the ship James, and subsequently became the first 
pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and died there Oct. 
15, 1678, while still pastor of that church. He was one of the 
best known and most highly honored men of Boston of his time, 
and was the founder of the Boston branch of the Thacher family. 

Antony' Thacher came over to this country on the ship fames 
in 1635, having in his charge his nephew. Rev. Thomas' Thacher 
(then a lad of fifteen). Antony' Thacher settled in Yarmouth, 
Mass., of which town he was one of the original grantees. He 
was one of the leading men of his community and the founder of 
the Cape Cod branch of the Thacher family. 

John' Thacher lived and died in Queen Camel, England, and 
we have no knowledge of any of his descendants coming to this 
country. 

Giles' Thacher died at Queen Camel, England, before reach- 
ing maturity. 

Thomas' Thacher, so far as is known lived and died in Queen 
Camel, England; we have no knowledge of his children. His 
wife Marie was witness to the will of John' Thacher in 1653. 
On the 7th day of September, 1650, letters of administration were 
granted to Marie Thacher, widow of Thomas Thacher, late of 
Queen Camel, deceased. 

The earliest record that we have of the use of a coat-of-arms 
by the Yarmouth-Boston branch of the Thacher family is found 
on the seal impressed in wax upon the letter sent by Rev. 
Thomas' Thacher, pastor of the Old South Church, Boston, 
under date of 16-8, 1676, to his son Peter' Thacher, who was at 
that time sojourning in London, England. A copy of this letter, 
with comments thereon, including a description of the seal at- 
tached to the signature, can be seen in Vol. VIII, pp. 177-8, 
April, 1854, issue of the N. E. Hist. -Gen. Register. The original 
of this letter passed down from Rev. Peter* Thacher, to whom it 
was sent, to his descendants and was discovered later in the 
possession of Deacon Peter' Thacher of Attleboro, Mass.; from 
him it came into the possession of his son, Hon. Peter* Thacher 
of Cleveland, Ohio, who died Feb. 12 (or 13), 1880; it then came 
into the hands of his son Peter' Thacher of Cleveland, Ohio, who 
died Jan. 19, 1891, at Lake Mary, Florida. This original letter 
was preserved with great care by Hon. Peter* Thacher and his 
son, and by them was kept in a glass case to preserve it from 
further disintegration. At the time of its publication in the 
New England Register in 1854, it was in a fair state of preser- 
vation and the seal impressed thereupon was intact. Peter* 



Thacher before his death presented this letter in its glass case to 
one of the antiquarian societies of Boston, where it is now de- 
posited and may be seen. I am unable to state what society it 
was, but I have positive knowledge of its existence in the 
archives of some library in Boston, as I have seen in the col- 
lection of the late Hon. Peter Thacher of Newtown, Mass., a copy 
of the letter of Peter' Thacher of Cleveland, transmitting the 
letter to this Society. 

The family arms are impressed in wax in this letter and 
when inspected in 1854, were thus described: 

"Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief of gold, three grass- 
hoppers, proper. Crest: A grasshopper proper." 

At the time when this letter was written, the right to bear 
arms in England and its dependencies was rigidly scrutinized 
and regulated by law, and an unauthorized assumption of this 
right was at least a misdemeanor and possibly a crime visited by 
punishment therefor. As America was at that time indisputably 
under the English crown, it follows that the use of a coat-of-arms 
here would be subjected to a certain amount of scrutiny even 
though it might not be as rigid as that exercised in the mother 
country. It is not, therefore, for a moment to be supposed that 
Rev. Thomas' Thacher, one of the leading divines of his day, and 
also one of the most prominent men of Boston, would have pre- 
sumed to transgress the law in using such armorial insignia. 
The fact that he possessed this seal and used it is the strongest 
presumptive proof of his legal right so to do. 

Rev. Thomas' Thacher died intestate. Had he left a will 
there would have undoubtedly been found attached to it after his 
signature an impression in wax of the above described seal. It 
is worthy of note, however, that in the inventory of his effects 
taken after his decease, is found an item, "gold seals," and 
among these "gold seals" was unquestionably the seal which in 
1676 had been impressed upon the above referred to letter, which 
seal in the distribution of his property became the property of 
one of his children. 

Thomas^ Thacher, eldest son of Rev. Thomas' Thacher also 
died intestate, and we have no will of his to examine for a 
reproduction of this seal. Rodolphus* Thacher, second son of 
Rev. Thomas' Thacher, died in Groton, Conn., in 1773, and his 
will, which is filed in the Probate Court of New London, Conn., 
originally bore a seal; a description of the seal I have never 
seen in any early writings on the subject, and now in 19 10, when 
an inspection was made of the same, time had so destroyed the 
original impression as to leave nothing of it which is decipher- 
able. Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton, Mass., youngest son of 
Rev. Thomas' Thacher, died Dec. 17, 1727, and his will dated 
Feb. 12, 1 72 1-2, bears a seal; this seal has not been described to 
my knowledge in the past, and an examination of the original 
will, made in 19 10, develops the fact that it cannot now be 
deciphered, due to age and consequent deterioration. It is 
however a fair presumption that the wax impression on the 



will of Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton was that of the self-same 
seal used on the letter of 1676; for the reason that Thomas' 
Thacher, son of Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton, died on Dec. 19, 
1725, leaving a will which is filed in the Suffolk County, Mass., 
Probate Court under the file number 4561. On this will with the 
signature of Thomas' Thacher was in the past to be found im- 
pressed in wax a seal, which seal has been fully described in the 
past as bearing the same arms as these described in the letter of 
1676.* It is a regrettable fact that in 1910 this same seal is so 
worn as to be incapable of description. Rev. Peter* Thacher of 
Milton outlived his son Thomas' Thacher, and it is probable that 
the seal on the latter's will was the family seal belonging to his 
father, who in his turn had impressed the same seal on his will 
although it is not now distinguishable. After the death of Rev. 
Peter* Thacher, this seal was probably inherited by his son 
Oxenbridge' Thacher, as we hear of it again subsequently as in 
the possession of his grandson Rev. Peter' Thacher of the Brattle 
Street Church in Boston. 

This seems to be a complete resum^ of the evidence obtain- 
able from family sources that the descendants of Rev. Thomas' 
Thacher of Boston are entitled to bear arms, and it seems 
sufficient, for they were borne by the emigrant ancestor and 
have been used ever since by the successive generations of his 
descendants. 

From the Heraldic Journal, Vol. IV, pp. 75-80, we see that 
the right to bear arms is conceded to this branch of the Thacher 
family by the expert authority of that publication, and that the 
arms impressed on the will of Thomas' Thacher of Boston are 
therein described as: "Gules, a cross moline argent, on a chief 
three grasshoppers proper," and on the cut of the arms accompany- 
ing the article, which cut is an exact reproduction of the seal on 
the will of Thomas' Thacher of Boston; the crest is also given as 
a grasshopper. 

In the Heraldic Journal, Vol. I, pp. 1 13-140, is given a de- 
scription of the "Gore Roll of Arms," the most ancient authority 
on the use of coat-of-arms in this country. On page 129 of this 
article, and number 53 of the Gore Roll, is given the description 
of the arms of Joshua Gee of Boston. These arms are the Gee 
arms quartered with those of the Thachers, and are thus de- 
scribed: 

I St on a chevron, between three leopards' faces, as many 
fleurs-de-lys. 

2nd a cross moline, on a chief three grasshoppers. 

Crest, a wolf statant, reguardant, ermine. 

The 2nd quartering here described is as we see the arms of 
the Thachers. 

Joshua Gee married Elizabeth* Thacher, daughter of Judah' 
Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass., and granddaughter of Rev. Thomas 
Thornton, pastor of the church of Yarmouth, Mass., for many 

See Heraldic Journal, Vol. IV, p. 77, pub. 1868. 



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years. Thus we see that as early as 1696, the date of the mar- 
riage of Joshua Gee to Elizabeth* Thacher, we have record that 
the Yarmouth branch of the Thacher family claimed the right 
to bear these same described arms. 

This is a full statement of the claims of the Boston- Yarmouth 
branch of the American Thacher family to bear arms. It now 
becomes necessary to connect this American branch of the family 
with the English Thacher family, who were likewise entitled to 
bear arms. 

As we have stated, John" Thacher, the uncle of Rev. Thomas* 
Thacher, lived, died and was buried in Queen Camel, Co. Somer- 
set, England. He was buried there Feb. 25, 1653, under the 
middle aisle of the parish church, St. Barnabas, where a marble 
slab marks his grave. He left a nuncupative will, dated Feb. 21, 
1653, this will was dictated and witnessed on that date and 
subsequently admitted to probate, and is on file in the Prerogative 
Court of Canterbury. The will not being signed, but being 
simply dictated before witnesses, there is no seal attached to 
same to establish right to bear arms. This John" Thacher left, 
however, a widow Rebecca, who made a will dated Aug. 20, 1662, 
which was proved April 18, 1669, at Wells, England, and is now on 
file there in the Wells Registry of Probate, in the Archdeaconry 
Court, file number 36, of 1664. This will is signed " Rebeckha 
Thacher {^Irms^} her mark." The seal which accompanies her 
mark and which is the distinguishing mark of her identity, is the 
seal of the Thacher family of Sussex Co., England, and has been 
carefully examined by a local genealogist of undoubted repute, 
who accompanied his description of said seal by a sketch of the 
same which fully confirms the description sent, which is as 
follows: "Gules, a cross moline, on a chief or, three grasshoppers. 
Crest, a grasshopper resting on a helmet." The tinctures and 
metals of this seal are of course not given in the wax impression, 
but are indicated by the conventional engraving known to 
heraldry. We thus see that on or about the same time, 1662 and 
1676, Rebecca Thacher of Queen Camel, England, and her 
nephew, by marriage, were both using the same coat-of-arms, 
the only difference being that the seal used in England had the 
crest of a grasshopper resting on a helmet. The simultaneous 
use of the same armorial insignia by two branches of the same 
family, one in England and one in America, gives us the 
necessary clue in establishing the right of the American branch 
to use the English Thacher coat-of-arms here above described. 
No link in the argument is lacking to in any way render it 
anything but positive. 

It is now to be determined to what particular Thacher-Thatcher 
family in England these above described arms belonged, in order 
to determine if possible the original cradle of the family in 
England. 

In Burke's General Armory (edition of 1844) we find the fol- 
lowing description of the Thacher arms which I quote in 
full, viz.: 



"Thatcher (Essex and Sussex) — Gules, across moline argent; 
on a chief or, three grasshoppers proper." 

"Thatcher (the same arms) — Crest, a Saxon sword, or sceaux, 
proper." 

"Thatcher (Ringmer, County Sussex), visitation of 1634 — 
Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief of the last (t. e. argent), 
three grasshoppers azure," 

"Thatcher — Gules on a cross moline argent, a crescent; on a 
chief or three birds volant, azure." 

In Fair bairns' Crests (edition of 1905), the crest of the 
Thatchers of Essex is thus described, viz.: 

" A Saxon sword or seax, proper " (see volume of plates, No. 
171, No. 2). 

In Vermont's America Heraldica,-^. 117, we find the following 
extract, viz.: 

" Thatcher: — Here is a clear pedigree from Rev. Thacher (or 
Thatcher), born in 1620, and belonging without contest to the 
Thatcher's of Ringmer, Co. Sussex, originally of County Essex 
(visitation of 1634). The arms we give are found on the seal of 
a letter written in 1676 by the first Thomas Thacher of Boston, 
to his son Peter, then in London. Said seal still exists. Arms: 
Gules, across moline argent; on a chief or, three grasshoppers 
proper. Crests: {a) A Saxon sword proper, {b) A grasshopper 
proper." 

From the Visitations of Sussex, 1530 and j6jj-^, we obtain 
the following references: 

p. 217, "Thatcher of Warbill — Gules across moline argent, a 
chief or." 

p. 217, " Thetcher — Gules, across moline argent, on a chief of 
the second {i, e. argent) three grasshoppers vert." 

pp. 53-54, "John Thetcher of Ringmer in County Sussex, 
quartered with the arms of Lewknor. 1st quartering: — Gules, a 
cross moline argent, on a chief of the second {i. e. argent) three 
grasshoppers vert." 

p. 209, " Thacher of Presthawes, Esq., quartered with the 

arms of Piers. Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief or, three 
grasshoppers vert." 

From a Complete Body of Heraldry, a large folio volume of 
the i8th Century apparently (title page and date missing), on file 
in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Lib- 
rary, a work of much evident erudition, we find: 

"Thatcher: Gules, on a cross moline argent, a crescent; on a 
chief or, three birds volant, azure." 

It would be possible to quote indefinitely from English author- 
ities numerous other instances of the authorization and use of 
armorial insignia by various members of the Thacher-Thatcher 
family in that country, but were we to do so it would result in a 
multiplication of citations, all of which could properly be grouped 
under the general headings quoted above. 



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From all of the above citations we see that the arms borne by 
the Thachers-Thatchers in England group themselves into two 
classes, viz.: 

ist class, which is subdivided into three groups, viz.: 

a — Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief or, three 

grasshoppers proper. 
b — Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief argent, three 

grasshoppers azure. 
c — Gules, a cross moline argent: on a chief argent, three 

grasshoppers vert. 

2nd class — Gules on a cross moline argent a crescent; on a 
chief or, three birds volant azure. 

As regards the ist class, the three subdivisions form in reality 
but two, dependent upon the metal of the chief. In one case it 
being given as or and in the other as argent. As regards the 
color of the grasshoppers, it would depend simply upon the in- 
terpretation of the term "proper" {i. e. natural color), and by 
some the proper color of a grasshopper would be regarded as 
*' vert " (green), and by others as " azure " (blue). In point of 
fact the natural color of a grasshopper varies in shade all the 
way from yellow, through green to bluish green and to blue or 
azure. 

As regards the 2nd class of arms, it would seem that the 
Thachers in England using such insignia formed an offshoot less 
numerous of the general stock, to whom had been granted certain 
modifications and augmentation of the arms originally granted 
to the family. 

It is distinctly evident that the Thachers of the Yarmouth- 
Boston branch of the Somerset, England, family, grouped them- 
selves in the ist class, which has for its special armorial distinc- 
tion the grasshopper. The evidence which we have presented 
herein connecting the Yarmouth- Boston-Queen Camel, England, 
Thachers with the ist class, consists entirely of impressions in wax 
made by seals in the possession of various members of the family 
on both sides of the water. These impressions are absolute and 
perfect evidence in so far as the form and character of the arms 
are concerned, but being but impressions in wax are not positive 
evidence as to tinctures and metals used in the coloring of the 
arms unless the seals used were conventionally engraved to 
heraldicly represent such colors. As far back as 1854, in de- 
scribing the seal on the above quoted letter of 1676, the chief of 
the arms on the seal is described as being or, and the description 
of the seal on the will of Rebecca Thacher of Queen Camel, 
England, distinctly states that the chief is or, and moreover gives 
us the distinct statement that the crest, a grasshopper, rests upon 
a helmet, and in the cut accompanying the description of this 
seal the helmet is drawn in protile with visor closed, which in 
heraldry indicates that the bearer of such arms was an Esquire 
or Gentleman. Hence we have the direct evidence in all neces- 





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THATCHER-ARMS PITCHER 




THATCHER ARMS 



According to Selleck's Norwalk 



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sary details that the arms of the Thacher-Thatcher family de- 
scended from Antony'' Thacher of Yarmouth, and his nephew 
Rev. Thomas' Thacher of Boston, are as follows, viz.: 

Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief or, three grasshop- 
pers, proper. 

Crest: A grasshopper, proper, resting upon a helmet visor 
closed in profile, proper. 

The statement quoted above from Vermont's America Her- 
aldica that the Yarmouth-Boston Thachers are descended from 
the Thachers of Ringmer, Co. Sussex, England, I do not think 
to be established by the evidence, as the field of their arms was 
argent. It would seem more probable that they were of the same 

stock as Thacher of Presthawes, who used the same arms 

except that the chief was or. 

In our searches we have been able to positively trace the 
Yarmouth-Boston Thacher family back to 1574, when they were 
located in Queen Camel, England. The Rev. Peter' Thacher of 
Queen Camel is the earliest known progenitor of this family, and 
although we have, as given above, distinct evidence of his right 
to bear arms, yet it has been impossible to establish his direct 
connection genealogically with the Sussex Thatchers, owing to 
the fact that the Parish and Diocesan Records of Somersetshire 
are very imperfect, if not totally lacking previous to about 1600. 
The absence of these local records in no way, however, invali- 
dates the claim that the Somersetshire Thachers and the Sussex 
Thachers are of the same original stock, which the common use 
of the same armorial insignia establishes beyond peradventure. 

Much endeavor has been made to ascertain the significance of 
the grasshopper on the Thacher arms; but to my knowledge no 
satisfactory conclusion has been reached on the subject. From 
the fact that the grasshopper appears as a permanent feature of 
the ornamental iron work of the Royal Exchange in London, 
investigation has been conducted in that direction, developing 
the fact that the grasshopper which appears there is significant 
of the connection of the Gresham family with the establishment 
of the Royal Exchange, but no connection has been proven 
between the Gresham and Thacher-Thatcher families. 

In Selleck's History of Norwalk, p. 469, there is given a cut of 
the Thacher coat-of-arms, supposed by him to represent the 
proper arms to be used by the Norwalk, Conn., Thachers. These 
Norwalk Thachers are all descendants of Antony' Thacher of 
Yarmouth, Mass., and hence are entitled to use the arms as 
described above. The arms given in Selleck are as per the ac- 
companying plate and are not those which the Norwalk Thachers 
should display. Mr. Selleck accepted what was supposed by his 
correspondents to be a correct representation of the Thacher 
arms; but their conclusions were drawn from insufficient study 
of the family history. The story of this coat-of-arms is as follows: 
In the early part of the 19th century, Daniel Thatcher of Bridge- 
port, Conn., while abroad in England, became interested in 



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Thacher family history and there picked up in his travels an 
earthenware pitcher, bearing as decoration on one side (see plate) 
the Thatcher coat-of-arms as described above as arms of the 2nd 
class, and in front the name Anthony Thatcher, and on the other 
side a rural sketch of a landscape including ruins of an ancient 
structure of some architectural importance. He also obtained, 
from some source unknown, the description of the arms given in 
Selleck. As Daniel Thatcher's brother's name was Anthony 
Thatcher (of New London, Conn., the grandfather of the writer 
of this article), he brought the pitcher back to this country and 
presented it to him, and it is now by gift the property of the 
author of this article. From the description of the Thatcher 
arms obtained by Daniel Thatcher while in England, his son 
George W. Thatcher of St. Louis, Missouri, had painted a colored 
representation of the same, from a photograph of which painting 
the cut in Selleck's Norwalk was made. From whom Mr. Selleck 
obtained the photograph I cannot state. I have a copy of the 
photograph myself, but have never regarded it as in any way 
authoritative. The armorial description of these arms is as 
follows: 

"Gules, on a cross moline argent, a crescent; on a field or, 
three birds volant." Crest a bird volant, resting on a mitre. 
Motto: "-Cedant Anna Togce, Coticedat Laurea LingiicBy Which 
motto by liberal translation would read: "The power of arms 
yielding to that of the church, let the eloquence of the pulpit 
take the place of arbitrament of force." The evident argu- 
ment of this coat-of-arms is that some Thatcher in the past laid 
aside his knightly right to bear arms and assumed the gown of 
a priest. 

Whereas the arms themselves as given in Selleck and on the 
pitcher are well recognized in England as arms of a certain 
branch of the Thatcher family, yet I have never in any authority 
on the subject seen any crest of a mitre, either mentioned, much 
less authorized, and I can give no credence whatever to the right 
of any Thacher-Thatchers in this country to use such insignia. 
Certainly no Thacher of the Yarmouth-Boston family have any 
claim to use it. 

Much emphasis is placed by the Yarmouth-Boston branch of 
the Thacher-Thatcher family on the spelling of the family name. 
The large majority of them claiming that the correct spelling of 
the name is Thacher, and they so spell it today. From a careful 
study of the facts of the case, I find the emigrant ancestors of the 
Yarmouth-Boston family and possibly four successive generations 
did so spell it. Subsequently to these five generations there has 
sprung up a change in the spelling of the name, the majority of 
those who continued to dwell in Boston and on the Cape have 
retained the spelling *' Thacher," while those living in other 
parts of this country spell the name "Thatcher." In England 
the records show that the prevalent spelling of the name in all 
localities and at all times has been "Thatcher," and the exception 
is to spell it "Thacher." 



THACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part 11. 



ORIGIN OF NAME 

ENGLISH ORIGIN OF THE 

YARMOUTH - BOSTON BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN 

THACHER- THATCHER FAMILY 

GENEALOGY OF THE 

ENGLISH BRANCH OF THE YARMOUTH - BOSTON 

TEACHER -THATCHER FAMILY 



THACHER- THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 

Part II. 



ORIGIN OF NAME 

ENGI.ISH ORIGIN OF THE 

YARMOUTH - BOSTON BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN 

THACHER - THATCHER FAMII.Y 

GENEAI.OGY OF THE 

ENGIvISH BRANCH OF THE YARMOUTH - BOSTON 

THACHER - THATCHER FAMII.Y 



BY 

JOHN R. TOTTEN 

MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY 
AND NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC-GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 



EDITION OF ONE HUNDRED COPIES 



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rOBlAS A. WRIGK 



[Reprinted from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, July, 1910.] 



THACHER-THATCHER GENEALOGY. 
Origin of the Name. 



By John R. Totten, 

Member of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and New England 
Historic-Genealogical Society. 



By the consensus of opinion of all authorities on the origin 
of surnames, that of the Thacher-Thatcher family is regarded as 
one of those that were in the first instance bestowed upon the 
original bearer thereof on account of the nature of his occupation. 
To quote from "Our English Surnames, their Sources and Signifi- 
cations," by Charles Waring Bardsley, M.A., London, n.d., p. 210, 
we have as follows : 

"The early husbandman required but little decorative refine- 
ment for his homestead. To keep out the cold blast and driving 
rain, to have a niche by the fireside, comfortable and warm, this 
was all he wished or asked for. His roof was all but invariably 
composed of thack or thatch; and every village had its thatcher. 
Busy indeed would he be as the late autumn drew nigh, and stack 
and stead must be shielded from the keen and chilling winter. The 
Hundred Roll forms of the surname are le Thacher, and le Thachere; 
the Parliamentary Writs give le Thacher; while the more modern 
directory furnishes us with such changes rung upon the same as 
Thatcher, Thacker (still a common provincialism for the occupa- 
tion), and Thackery, Thakeray, or Thackuray. A John Thaxter 
is met with in a college register for 1567 (Hist. C. C. Coll. Cam.) : 
and far earlier in the Parliamentary Writs we light upon Thomas 
Thackstere (this is one more instance of the feminine termination). 
That the word itself was in familiar use is proved by the fact that 
in the ordinance arranging the Norwich Trades Procession, we 
find among others the Thaxteres marching in company with the 
Rederes, (History of Norwalk, vol. iii). As a surname the term 
still survives." 

The numerous English variants of this family surname are as 
follows : Thacher, Thecher, Theccher, Thatcher, Thetcher, Thacker, 
le Thacher, le Thuchare, le Thecher, le Thachere, Thaxter, Thacks- 
tere, Thackery, Thackeray, Thackuray, Thackara, and Thackaru. 

Of all the forms of the surname found in the early English 
history of the family, there seems to have survived up to the present 
time in appreciable numbers only the following forms of spelHng, 
viz. : — Thatcher, Thacher, Thacker, Thaxter, and Thackeray, — the 
survivals being here given in the order of their frequency of occur- 
rence. It seems to be undoubted that all of the various family 
groups whose surnames are here given derived their patronymic 

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H 

originally from the nature of the occupation of the founder of that 
particular group from whom they specifically descended: i.e., a 
thacher, thatcher or thacker, or one who thaches, thatches or thacks. 
The variation of surname in each instance is due to the local modifi- 
cation of the term used to designate such occupation. While it is 
not impossible, yet it is highly improbable, that all of those who 
bear these various forms of the family surname did spring from a 
common ancestor. It is far more probable that the numerous groups 
of the family sprang into independent existence (at least some of 
them) in separate and distinct parts of England at different or 
possibly simultaneous periods of English history. 

To determine positively how the surname of the original com- 
mon ancestor of the family, (if there was such a common ancestor), 
was spelt is impossible; and we can at best form but a weak con- 
jecture. It would seem best for us then to set forth here the facts 
collected from the records in England and in this country bearing 
upon the subject from which we may draw our conclusions; and 
for clearness sake we will work backwards from known sources 
of information. 

ist. Antony^ Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass. (1588-9- 1667), by 
seniority of generation the earliest known representative of the 
Somerset County, England, branch of the family known to have 
come to this country, spelt his name Thacher. Numerous of his 
signatures have been handed down to posterity, and a facsimile of 
the same may be seen in Swift's "Old Yarmouth" on pp. 90-91. 
The records of the parish church St. Edmund's in Salisbury, Eng- 
land, also refer to him as Antony Thacher, during the time of his 
acting as curate of that parish, 1631-1635; and during that period 
in the entries made in the parish register by him, (he evidently act- 
ing as parish clerk), his signature is invariably Antony Thacher; 
and in the records of the birth of his children and death of his first 
wife his name is also invariably given as Thacher. In the Diocesan 
Register of Bath and Wells, (to be found at Wells, Somerset, Eng- 
land), under the head of Queen Camel we find him referred to 
as Anthonie Thacher under the date of February 7th, 1621. His 
descendants on Cape Cod and elsewhere for several generations 
adhered exclusively to this form of spelling, until shortly subse- 
quent to 1700 when we find that branches of his line settled in sec- 
tions of the country remote from Cape Cod began inserting the 
second "t" in their name ; and we have instances where one brother 
spelled his name Thacher and another Thatcher; while they both 
descended from the above Antony- Thacher and were undoubtedly 
children of the same parents. 

2nd. Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Old South Church, Boston, 
a nephew of the above Antony^ Thacher, spelled his name invariably 
Thacher and his descendants may be said to have followed the same 
custom with marked regularity, with here and there an exception 
(as in the Antony^ line), where subsequent to 1700 some isolated 
families of this branch inserted the second "t" and spelled their 
name Thatcher. 



3rd. Rev. Peter^ Thacher (brother of Antony^ Thacher) was 
rector of St. Edmund's parish church, of Sarum, (SaHsbury), Eng- 
land, from 1622 till his death in 1640- 1. In the record of the bap- 
tisms of that church all of his children born in Salisbury are entered, 
and in the cases of the baptisms of his first three children 
there born in 1623, 1625, and 1627, respectively (Martha, EHza- 
beth and John), they are entered as children of Mr. Peeter 
Thatcher. This I account for as due to the fact that the entries 
were made not by Peter^ Thacher himself, but by the clerk of 
the parish, and the general and popular spelling of his name 
was Thatcher, while he himself spelled it Thacher. Subse- 
quent to the last date mentioned, 1627, and sometime between then 
and 1634, Antony^ Thacher became curate of this parish, and acted 
as parish clerk ; and from then thereafter in all entries referring to 
either Rev. Peter^ Thacher or Antony^ Thacher, the name is in- 
variably spelled Thacher. In the parish register of St. Edmund's 
we find under date of March 26th, 1636, his signature, Peter 
Thacher, and under date of April 24th, 1640 (his last signature in 
the Register) Peter Thacher. 

Rev. Peter- Thacher made his will February ist, 1 640-1, and 
it was probated August 5th, 1641, and is on file in the Prerogative 
Court of Canterbury, where it can still be seen. The copy which 
is open for ordinary inspection is indexed under the name of 
Thatcher, and in the body of the instrument his name appears many 
times as Peter Thatcher, and the copy is signed "Peter Thatcher!* 
The ordinary observer would therefore be lead to suppose, finding 
the name thus spelled in so important a document, that Thatcher was 
the correct spelling of the name. Such, however, was not the belief 
of Mr. Thomas Thacher of New York City (son of Prof. Thomas 
Anthony Thacher of Yale College), who after inspecting the copy 
of the will asked for permission to inspect the original will itself, 
which request was granted; and he states to me in regard to the 
original will as follows: "It is a long document and has attached 
to it a schedule of books; the schedule as well as the will being 
signed. The will is not in the testator's handwriting. The name 
appears in the body of the will uniformly as "Thatcher^' ; but in 
the two signatures (as clear as if written yesterday by a scrivener) 
the name is Thacher." From the fact that the will was written by 
another and not by himself we see how the popular and more cus- 
tomary method of spelling his name appears in the body thereof; 
but the signature even now clear and unquestioned on the most 
important document of his life, seems the strongest evidence as 
to his deliberate belief as to what was the proper spelling of his 
family name, which he thus testifies to as being "Thacher." 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher died on February i6th, 1640- 1, and was 
buried in St. Edmund's churchyard, where his tombstone still stands. 
The inscription on this tombstone (which inscription was un- 
doubtedly composed by his dear friend Francis Dove, warden of his 
church) gives his name as Peter Thatcher; but this spelling of his 
name is only another instance of the popular spelling of his family 



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surname as opposed to the frequent spelling of it by himself as 
Thacher. 

Previous to settling as rector of St. Edmund's Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher was vicar of Milton Clevedon, County Somerset, England ; 
and while there his child, John^ Thacher, died and was buried in 
the church there ; a stone that once marked his grave under the aisle 
of the church has since been removed and is now set in the outer 
wall of the church as an ornamentation. On this slab the name is 
plainly inscribed John Thacher, which is another bit of evidence as 
to the spelling of the family name by Rev. Peter^ Thacher, who 
undoubtedly composed the inscription. In the record of his institu- 
tion as vicar of Milton Clevedon, which record is not in his hand- 
writing, he is spoken of as Peter Thatcher; and he is likewise 
spoken of in the announcement of the institution of his successor 
in 1623: these two instances are again examples of how his name 
was popularly spelled by others ; and in opposition to this spelling 
he signs his name, June 13th, 1622, to the death record of his son, 
John^ Thacher, in the Parish Register of Milton Clevedon as Peter 
Thacher. In his ordination papers both as deacon and priest he is 
recorded as Peter Thatcher; but as these papers were prepared and 
written by others than himself and do not bear his signature they 
are but examples of the popularly accepted spelling of his name, 
and are not to be accepted as evidence of his own particular way 
of spelling it. In the record of his matriculation at Oxford, which 
appears in two of the books of record there, he is in one entered 
as Peter Thacher and in another as Peter Thatcher. 

We thus see that beyond cavil Rev. Peter^ Thacher habitually 
signed his name Thacher, and undoubtedly regarded that as the 
proper spelling of his patronymic; while the popular and general 
method of spelling the name even at that period was Thatcher. 

4th. John^ Thacher, of Queen Camel, County Somerset, Eng- 
land (brother of Rev. Peter^, and of Antony^ Thacher) in his nun- 
cupative will dated February 21st, 1653, and proved July 19th, 
1655, by his widow, who was executrix, is described as John 
Thacher; and on his tombstone in middle aisle of St. Barnabas' 
Church, in Queen Camel, he is called John Thacher. His wife, 
Rebecca Thacher, is likewise buried there, and on her tombstone 
she is called Rebecca wife of John Thacher. His wife Rebecca 
made her will dated August 20th, 1662, which was proved April i8th, 
1669, at Wells, Somerset, England; in this will her name is spelled 
Thacher; and her name written to accompany her mark is given 
as Rebeckha Thacher. Her mark being the heretofore mentioned 
seal of the Thacher arms (see N. Y. G. & B. Record, April, 1910). 
Everything in the history of this particular family proves that they 
regarded their family name as Thacher. 

5th. Giles^ Thacher (brother of Peter^, Antony^, and John'' 
Thacher) died at Queen Camel, and in the Diocesan Records of 
Queen Camel, filed at Wells, Somerset, England, he is recorded as 
Giles Thacher. As he died young his name was recorded by his 



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parents and must be according to their understanding of the proper 
spelling. 

6th. Thomas^ Thacher (brother of Peter^, Antony^, John^, and 
Giles^) lived in Queen Camel; he married at Queen Camel Sept. 
24th, 1 62 1, Marie Lokier, who survived him and to whom letters 
of administration were granted on his estate November 7th, 1650. 
In these letters of administration he is called Thomas Thatcher, 
and she Marie Thatcher, widow. She, however, was a witness on 
February 21st, 1653, to the nuncupative will of her brother-in-law, 
John^ Thacher, in which instrument she signs her name with a mark 
as Marie Thacher. 

Thus we see that all of the children of Rev. Peter* Thacher, of 
Queen Camel, give evidence of their firm belief that their family 
name was correctly spelled Thacher. 

7th. Rev. Peter* Thacher, vicar of St. Barnabas' Church, Queen 
Camel, 1574-1624, and father of Peter^, Antony^, John^, Giles^, and 
Thomas^ Thacher, signs the Diocesan transcript of Queen Camel 
parish records, recorded at Wells, in the name of Peter Thacher, 
and such must have been his belief of the true spelling of his name, 
as his signature appears frequently on this transcript of the parish 
register of Queen Camel, and is always so spelled. However, in 
the record of his installation as Vicar of Queen Camel in 1574, 
and likewise in the record of the installation of his successor in 
1624, he is called Peter Thatcher, which is but another and the first 
instance in which the popular spelling of his name is used when 
written by some one other than himself; as of course the record 
of his installation is not in his handwriting, nor can that of his 
successor be. We think therefore that there is here furnished 
evidence of the undoubted fact that the original spelling of the 
patronymic of the Yarmouth-Boston Thacher family was Thacher; 
and that all descendants of this Hne are justified in so spelling it. 
Those who have altered the original spelling by introducing the 
second "t" have done so without the authority of justified precedent. 

8th. The branch of the Thatcher family represented by the 
descendants of Samuel* Thatcher of Watertown, Mass., have always 
invariably spelled their name Thatcher from the original Samuel* 
to the present day. This Samuel* Thatcher appears in Watertown 
as a freeman in 1642 ; whence he came has never to my knowledge 
been ascertained. He is not known to have been in any way related 
to the An tony 2 Thacher or Rev. Thomas^ Thacher families in Massa- 
chusetts, and strange to relate, although living contemporaneously 
in neighborhoods quite accessible one to another, there is no record 
extant of there ever having been any interchange of visits or inter- 
mingling of blood between the descendants of Samuel* Thatcher 
of Watertown, Mass., and the descendants of either Antony^ of 
Yarmouth, or Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Old South Church, Boston. 
The descendants of Samuel* Thatcher of Watertown, Mass., form 
a group as yet, so far as my knowledge of the subject extends, un- 
attached to any particular English stock, and of no known connec- 
tion with any other group in the United States. 



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9th. The Pennsylvania Thatchers represented by the descendants 
of Richard^ Thatcher and Joane his wife, who first appeared in this 
country in 1685 from Uffington, County Berks, England, (a dis- 
tinctly Quaker family), have always spelled their name Thatcher; 
and from this line spring the West Virginia Thatchers and more 
recently the Utah Thatchers, prominent in the Mormon hierarchy. 

loth. The New Jersey Thatchers, apparently a group separate 
and distinct from the Pennsylvania family, and who seem to have 
had their origin in this country in Hunterdon County, N. J., have 
always spelled their name Thatcher. 

The above mentioned groups comprise, as far as my careful 
investigation of the subject shows, all of the important branches 
of the family in America, — leaving out of consideration a few 
smaller groups of comparatively recent appearance in this country, 
which latter groups seem all to spell their name Thatcher. 

From an analysis of the foregoing remarks, it would seem to 
be established that the only branch of the Thacher-Thatcher family 
in this country which did, does, and should spell their name Thacher 
is that which is represented by the descendants of Antony^ Thacher 
of Yarmouth, and of his nephew, Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Old 
South Church, Boston. 

All of the others invariably spell their name Thatcher. How- 
ever, inasmuch as the Yarmouth-Boston branch of the family was 
first estabHshed in this country (1635) ; and also as it is probably 
the most numerous of all of the distinct groups, I have concluded to 
give it's spelling of the family name precedence in these articles, 
which I shall call the genealogy of the Thacher-Thatcher family. 

Yet, despite this conclusion, it is quite evident that if we take 
the aggregate of the descendants of all of the other combined groups 
of the family in this country who spell their name Thatcher, they 
will far outnumber the descendants of the Yarmouth-Boston family. 

ENGLISH ORIGIN OF THE YARMOUTH-BOSTON BRANCH OF THE 
AMERICAN THACHER-THATCHER FAMILY. 

In seeking to trace backward to the place of origin of the 
Thacher-Thatcher family, represented in America by the descend- 
ants of Antony^ Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass., and of his nephew, 
Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Old South Church, Boston, Mass., we are 
guided by unquestioned evidence to Somersetshire, England; and 
there we are brouhgt to a stand-still as far as positive evidence is 
at present obtainable. It has been up to date impossible to trace 
the progenitors of this branch of the family further back than a 
positive ancestor, Rev. Peter^ Thacher, who resided in Queen Camel, 
County Somerset, England, and who was vicar of St. Barnabas' 
Church there from 1574 until his death in 1624. 

This positive ancestor. Rev. Peter^ Thacher, was installed as 
vicar of St. Barnabas' Church at Queen Camel on December 4th, 
1574, as will be seen in his detailed genealogical record to be given 
hereafter. The laws of the Church of England at that time (and 



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possibly also at the present time) required that a candidate for 
orders in the church should be over twenty-three years of age to 
be ordained a deacon; and also decreed that he could not be or- 
dained a full priest until two years thereafter. Assuming therefore 
that the Rev. Peter^ Thacher was installed as Vicar of Queen 
Camel shortly after his taking his orders as a priest, he must have 
been at least twenty-five years old on December 4th, 1574; and hence 
he was born at least twenty-five years previous to that date, or in 
1549 at the latest, and probably a few years earlier. This therefore 
fixes the earliest date to which we can trace the family with our 
present information as somewhere between 1545 and 1549. Yet 
we are still left in doubt as to what was the place of residence of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher previous to his installation at Queen Camel, 
nor have we been able to locate his birth place. 

By an examination of the records still extant of the various 
parishes of Somersetshire, and also of the transcripts of these 
Registers in the Diocesan Registry at Wells, in Somerset, and also 
of the Probate records of that county; we perceive that during the 
period of the incumbency of the Vicarage of Queen Camel by Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher (as well as previous thereto, and subsequent thereto, 
through the 17th century), there were many Thachers living in 
Somerset County, some of whom may have been his progenitors 
or at least his relatives. However, owing to the fact that the parish 
registers (and Diocesan transcripts of the same) of the various 
localities in which these various Thachers hved, are very imper- 
fect and in some cases non-existent covering the latter half of the 
i6th century; and also due to the fact that the probate records of 
Somerset County covering that same period, are also lacking or very 
imperfect, it has been impossible to connect Rev. Peter^ Thacher 
of Queen Camel indisputably with any genealogical antecedents in 
Somerset, Dorset, Wilts or Berks, contiguous counties, in which 
there existed at that time a numerous settlement of Thachers. Nor 
has it been possible to definitely establish his genealogical connection 
with the Sussex Thatchers, with whom he was undoubtedly con- 
nected, as we have shown previously that his descendants made 
use of the same armorial insignia as did the Thatchers of Sussex. 
It is well to remark here that the parish, diocesan, and probate 
records of this section of England (Somerset, Dorset, Wilts, and 
Berks) have not up to the present time been carefully compiled and 
printed, as they have been in many other sections of that country; 
and therefore the possibility exists that with more perfect and com- 
plete publication of these valuable records (many of which are kept 
filed in non-sequential bundles in their places of deposit) in the 
future the coming Thacher genealogist may be able to trace the 
antecedents of Rev. Peter^ Thacher from Somerset back through 
Berks to Sussex and thence to Essex County, where are found the 
earliest records of any of the name. Such a task will be the agree- 
able occupation of my successor. It is my object to record the facts 
as known to-day to guide those who follow in my footsteps. 



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The argument by means of which I definitely locate this first 
known ancestor, Rev. Peter^ Thacher in Queen Camel is as follows : 

Thomas^ Thacher of Old South Church, Boston, is known to 
have been the son of Rev. Peter- Thacher of St. Edmund's Church, 
Salisbury, England ; and he is also known to have been the nephew 
of Antony^ Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Antony^ Thacher of Yarmouth is known to have been the 
brother of Rev. Peter- Thacher of St. Edmunds; and to have been 
at one time a curate under his brother. Rev. Peter^, in St. Ed- 
mund's, Salisbury. We therefore have two brothers. Rev. Peter^ 
and Antony^, located together in Salisbury previous to 1635 : An- 
tony^ as late as 1634, and Rev. Peter- until his death, 1640-1. The 
next question naturally is, where did they come from? The ordi- 
nation papers of Rev. Peter^ Thacher, both as deacon and as priest 
(copies of which will be found under his specific record) state that 
he was born in Queen Camel, County Somerset, England; and it 
is a fair inference that his brother, Antony^, was also born there; 
as in those days children were more likely to be born at home than 
it is in these days of easy transportation, and consequent frequent 
absences from the home roof. We find that Antony^ Thacher's 
daughter, Edith^, was baptized at St. Barnabas' Church, Queen 
Camel, February 7th, 1621-2, by Rev. Peter^ Thacher, vicar of the 
parish; this being the same Edith^ who was drowned in the his- 
toric shipwreck of Antony^ Thacher ofif the Massachusetts coast, 
August 15th, 1635. This St. Barnabas' Church was the church 
over which the Rev. Peter^ Thacher was vicar; and it is more than 
probable that Antony^ Thacher was a curate there under his father 
up to the time of Rev. Peter^ Thacher's death in 1624, as he was like- 
wise a curate subsequently under his brother. Rev. Peter^ Thacher, at 
St. Edmund's, Salisbury. 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's, in his will dated Febru- 
ary I, 1640- 1, leaves a bequest to his brother, John^ Thacher, whose' 
place of residence is not mentioned in said will. I find a John 
Thacher living in Queen Camel at that time, and who survived 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Salisbury. This John Thacher of Queen 
Camel died between February 21st and 25th, 1653, as on the former 
date he made his will and on the latter date he was buried in St. 
Barnabas' Church, Queen Camel, under the middle aisle of said 
church. This John Thacher of Queen Camel left a widow, Rebecca, 
who in her will dated August 20th, 1662, specifically directs that 
she "be buried in the parish church (St. Barnabas') of Queen 
Camel, by my late husband and his relatives." She was so buried 
on December nth, 1662, and the fact is recorded on same slab in 
middle aisle of church that marks her husband's resting-place. 
Affixed to her will there is a wax impression of a seal bearing the 
arms of the Thachers of Presthawes, Sussex, England, which gives 
positive proof of the existence of a connection existing between 
the Somerset and Sussex Thachers, although I have been 
unable to trace genealogically what that connection was. 
Again, Peter Thacher, son of the above John Thacher, 



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and of Rebecca his wife, in his will, dated November 
24th, 1669, directs that he "be buried in the parish church of 
Queen Camel, near the place where my late deceased father was 
buried." This Peter Thacher was buried as directed December Qth, 
1669, and his resting-place is recorded on same slab with that of 
his father and mother, — the mother stating^ that she was to be 
buried "near her husband and his relatives." What is more likely 
than that Rev. Peter^ Thacher, vicar of St.-Barnabas' Church, Queen 
Camel, 1574-1624, was the father of this John Thacher of Queen 
Camel, and that hence this John Thacher was the brother, John^ 
Thacher, mentioned in the will of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Ed- 
mund's, Salisbury? A close scrutiny of the existing- register and 
probate records of Somerset reveal no other John Thacher living 
1640-1 (the date of Rev. Peter^ Thacher's will) who could have 
been the brother of Rev. Peter^ Thacher ; which fact strengthens the 
circumstantial evidence that they were brothers. Moreover the 
connection by birth of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's with 
Queen Camel, and his subsequent incumbency, 1616-1622, of the 
vicarage of Milton-Clevedon, Somerset, a parish only twelve (12) 
miles from Queen Camel ; and the fact that the John Thacher who 
lived at Queen Camel survived Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Ed- 
mund's, and hence would be a proper beneficiary under the latter's 
will, made February ist, 1640-1, render it circumstantially indis- 
putable that this John Thacher of Queen Camel was the brother 
John^ Thacher mentioned in the will. 

The Diocesan transcript of the Parish Register of Queen Camel 
(very incomplete, the earHest date of which is 1601) gives the fol- 
lowing record signed by Peter Thacher, vicar, viz. : — 

"August 3rd, 1602, Giles, son of Peter Thacher, was buried." 

This entry establishes the fact that Rev. Peter^ Thacher, vicar 
of Queen Camel, was married and had a son, Giles ; and being mar- 
ried there is nothing inconsistent with our foregoing argument that 
this Giles was the brother of Rev. Peter^, Antony^, and John^ afore- 
mentioned. We have no record of the birth of this Giles^ Thacher, 
and we have no means except by inference, of establishing it. Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher was born 1687-8, as is shown by his matriculation 
papers and his ordination papers. Antony^ Thacher is known to 
have been born in 1688-9; as he was a curate under his brother it 
is fair to assume that he was younger than Rev. Peter^ Thacher; 
and it is authoritatively stated that he was about eighty years old 
when he died in 1667. A John Thacher matriculated at Queen's 
College, Oxford, from Somerset October 19th, 1604, son of a clergy- 
man, at the age of 13, hence he was born in 1 690-1 ; and we assume 
this John Thacher of Oxford to be the John^ Thacher of Queen 
Camel, a younger brother of Rev. Peter^ and Antony^. Giles^ 
Thacher was probably a still younger brother who died while still 
a youth of not more than 10 years of age. 

Thomas^ Thacher lived and died in Queen Camel; his date of 
birth we have no record of and we record him as the youngest son ; 



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however, as the parish and diocesan transcripts of records of Queen 
Camel give no records previous to 1601, and as his birth is not 
recorded subsequent to that date, he may have been born previous 
to that date; and hence his position as regards date of birth among 
these children may be in error. He married at Queen Camel Sep- 
tember 20th, 162 1, Marie Lokier, the marriage record being entered 
in the Diocesan transcript of Queen Camel parish register at Wells 
and the entry signed by Peter Thacher, vicar. Administration on 
his estate was granted November 7th, 1650, to Marie Thacher his 
widow; hence he died previous to that date. This same Marie 
Thacher was witness to her brother-in-law John^ Thacher's will, 
February 21st, 1653. 

There is not one single item of positive evidence inconsistent 
with the hypothesis that these five — Rev. Peter^, Antony^, John^, 
Giles*, and Thomas" Thacher — were all sons of the same father. 

The next question in sequence is, who was the father of these 
five (5) children? We have it recorded that Giles"^ Thacher was 
the son of Peter Thacher in the Diocesan transcript of Queen Camel 
Register at Wells. The only Thacher whatever, and more emphati- 
cally the only Peter Thacher, living at Queen Camel at the time 
covered by the births of these five children, of whom we have abso- 
lute record, is Rev. Peter^ Thacher, vicar of Queen Camel Parish 
Church from 1574 to 1624. Therefore in the absence of the posi- 
tive evidence of Queen Camel parish register, which does not exist, 
to cover that period (the earliest date in existing register being 
1629), and the diocesan transcript of same not extending back of 
1601, we think that the circumstantial evidence of the birth of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher at Queen Camel ; the residence of his brother, An- 
tony^ Thacher there in 1621 ; the mention of a brother John^ Thacher 
in Rev. Peter^ Thacher's will in 1 640-1, which brother, John* 
Thacher, we have shown to have been living at that time in Queen 
Carmel; the burial of this John^ Thacher and his wife and child 
(Rebecca Thacher and Peter^ Thacher) in the church at Queen 
Camel, the two latter buried near this same John* Thacher and his 
relatives ; the residence, death and burial of Giles* Thacher at Queen 
Camel ; and the residence and death of Thomas* Thacher at Queen 
Camel ; taken together with the fact that Rev. Peter^ Thacher was 
the incumbent vicar of that parish from 1574 to 1624; — all of these 
facts we hold point to the inevitable conclusion that Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher, vicar of St. Barnabas' Church at Queen Camel from 
1574 to 1624, was the father of these five (5) children; and that 
as vicar of said church he was probably buried there himself, al- 
though we have no record of the fact, nor is his grave so marked 
that at this day we can distinguish it. The now unmarked graves 
of Rev. Peter^ Thacher and his wife and that of his son, Giles* 
Thacher, being the graves of the "relatives" near whom Rebecca 
Thacher (widow of John*) requests in her will of August 20, 1662, 
to be buried near unto. We venture to assume that as children of 
the deceased Vicar, Rev. Peter^ Thacher, the right of burial in St. 
Barnabas' Church was probably inherited by them all, or at least 



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for such reason it was conceded to John^ Thacher and his wife 
and child. 

The non-existence of the Parish Register of St. Barnabas' 
Church, Queen Camel, from 1574 to 1624 is the link that is lacking 
which would render this chain of overwhelming circumstantial evi- 
dence positive proof. 

All Thacher genealogists who have studied this problem re- 
cently have at some time in their research inclined to the belief that 
the Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel was the father of Peter^, 
Antony^, John^, Giles^, and Thomas^ Thacher. The only fact that 
has ever shaken this belief is that in the Register of Matriculation at 
Oxford, in the entry of the name of Peter^ Thacher, he is described 
as "plebei iilius" ; i. e., one of the humbler classes of life, instead 
of being entered as son of a cleric, or priest of the Church of Eng- 
land, as he undoubtedly was. The argument being that if this Peter 
Thacher of Oxford had been the son of the Vicar of Queen Camel 
he would not have entered his name in the register of Queen's College, 
Oxford as "plebei filius," but as son of a clergyman. Those who ad- 
vanced this argument against Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel 
being the father of the Peter Thacher who matriculated at Queen's 
College, Oxford, May 6th, 1603, did so before the ordination papers 
of Rev. Peter- Thacher of St. Edmund's, Salisbury, had been discov- 
ered. The discovery of these ordination papers, which state Queen 
Camel to have been the place of his birth, seem to emphatically refute 
the force of such argument in the face of the strong array of circum- 
stantial evidence in favor of such parentage. 

It is a well known fact, admitted by English antiquarians of 
to-day, that it was by no means unusual for students at that period 
in entering their names for matriculation at Oxford to under-rate 
the social status of their parents in order to avail themselves of 
lower matriculation and other college fees, which fees were arranged 
upon a sUding scale dependent upon the more or less prominent 
social standing of the student's parents. 

What more natural then than for Peter- Thacher to enter his 
name on the college rolls as "plebei filius" f He was, in fact, the 
son of a poor country vicar of a parish of strong Puritan tenden- 
cies ; and his father was undoubtedly in very moderate circum- 
stances, which obliged him to strain every point to enable him to 
send his son to college at all. This son Peter^ enters Queen's Col- 
lege May 6th, 1603; and on July 19th, 1603, he transfers from 
Queen's College to Corpus Christi College, in the same university. 
Subsequently, on October 19th, 1604, JoW Thacher, from Somer- 
set, brother of Peter^ Thacher, matriculates at Queen's College, 
Oxford ; and he is described upon the register as son of a clergy- 
man. It is this fact of Peter- Thacher being entered a "plebei 
Uliiis" and John^ Thacher being entered as son of a clergyman that 
has lead some to argue that the two could not have been sons of 
the same parents. With this view of the situation I cannot agree. 
I think I have circumstantially proved that Peter^ Thacher, from 
Somerset, of Queen's College and of Corpus Christi College in 1603, 



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and subsequently vicar of Milton Clevedon, Somerset, and there- 
after rector of St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, was a brother of 
John^ Thacher from Somerset and of Queen's College, 1604, and 
subsequently until his death residing in Queen Camel, Somerset. 
The description of John^ Thacher on the matriculation register as 
son of a clergyman proves him to have been son of Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher of Queen Camel, who was the only Thacher priest of the 
English church in Somerset at that time. The fact of one entering 
as plebei iilius and the other as son of a clergyman is simply 
a matter of each one's personal temperament and the individual 
discretion on the part of the one who gave the information at 
the time of matriculation (either the parent or the son himself). 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher was strongly imbued with Puritan ideas, and 
would doubtless have had, even at that early period in his career, 
sentiments antagonistic to the accidental advantages of birth, and 
may have taken the opportunity to emphasize these views. John' 
Thacher, his brother, was undoubtedly less of a Puritan in his 
view of life than Rev. Peter^ Thacher, as is shown subsequently 
in the spirit of his son, Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel, who in 
his will, dated November 24th, 1669, describes himself as a gentle- 
man, a descriptive distinction assumed by no other of the Thachers 
of Somerset of that period, that I am familiar with. The differ- 
ence of personal individuality of the two brothers would in my mind 
fully account for their different self-descriptions on the college 
register. Moreover, both descriptions were equally true; as, al- 
though Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel was a clergyman, yet 
he was also of a lowly order in the social scale, and his sons could 
with perfect propriety call themselves either plebei iilius" or son 
of a clergyman, as either one or the other might elect. Again, pos- 
sibly a betterment in worldly circumstances in 1604 as compared 
with those of 1603, may have placed the parent in such a condition 
that in the latter year he may have been able to better afford the 
increased fees attendant upon his son John^ Thacher entering in 
the register as son of a clergyman. 

It is upon the above stated premises that I have based my con- 
clusion that Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel is the most remote 
known ancestor to whom the Yarmouth-Boston branch of the family 
can trace back. 

In arriving at this conclusion I have endeavored to state can- 
didly and as fairly as my pen will permit me, the whole case pro 
and con; and it must be left for the future to prove the accuracy 
or fallacy of my belief, 

GENEAI^OGY OF THB ENGLISH BRANCH OF THE YARMOUTH-BOSTON 
THACHER-THATCHER FAMILY. 

I. Rev. Peter^ Thacher, 

b, at ; date , 1545-9; resided at Queen Camel, County 

Somerset, England, 1574-1624; Vicar of St. Barnabas' Parish 
Church there 1574-1624; d. at Queen Camel probably, although 
we have no record, previous to May 7th, 1624; buried in St. 



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Barnabas' Qiurch, probably, although we have no record thereof, 

1624; m. at ; date of marriage ; to ; b. at ; 

date of birth ; died at ; date of death — 1 — ; who was 

a daughter of and of — • — , who resided at . 

Children 5 (Thacher) sons, all born at Queen Camel. 

+2 i. Peter," b. , 1587-8; d. February i6th, 1640-1; m. ist 

Anne ; m. 2d Alice Batt. 

+3 ii. Anthony ,2 b. , 1588-9; d. , 1667; m. ist Mary 

; m. 2d Elizabeth Jones. For continuation of his 

record see record of American branch of the family. 

+4 iii. John,2 b. , 1 590-1 ; d. between February 21st and 

25th, 1653 ; m. Rebecca . 

5 iv. Giles,^ b. , I592(?); d. August , 1602; buried at 

Queen Camel, August 3d, 1602; presumably in St. Bar- 
nabas' Church; record of his burial is to be seen in the 
Diocesan transcript of the Parish Register at Wells, 
Somerset, England, as follows: "1602, Giles sonne of 
Peter Thacher was buried the 3rd day of August 1602." 
No issue. 

+6 V. Thomas,^ b. , 159-?; d. August , 1650; m. ist 

Alice ; m. 2d Marie Lokier. 

The first identification of Rev, Peter^ Thacher with Queen 
Camel which we have was discovered by Ralph Partridge Emilius 
Thacher, brother of Hon. Peter Thacher of Newton, Mass., who 
made extensive Thacher research in England. In searching the 
records of the British Museum in London for Thacher material he 
ran across the Hugo manuscripts, which, as explained below, con- 
tain the "Institutions of Incumbents of various parishes in Somer- 
setshire," and among them those of Queen Camel. The manu- 
script thus referred to is catalogued in the British Museum as 
"Hugo MSS. Ad. 30279, Vol. I, p. 155, East Camel or Queen's 
Camel." Title, "Institutions of Incumbents in Somersetshire." 
The manuscript is entirely in Latin, and on the margin at the 
top of the page (as Mr. Thacher interpreted it) is written "advo- 
cate to the abbot of Chrym:" Mr. Thacher saying that his 
translation of the first word may be incorrect and that it may not 
be "advocate." It has occurred to me that the proper translation 
of the word may be "adjoined to," "belonging to," or a dependency 
of, i.e., under the jurisdiction of the Abbot of Chrym. Following 
the heading there is written in red ink, — "East Camel, Abbot's 
Camel." Then follows a list of incumbents in regular order of 
succession from 1317 until we reach the following entries, viz.: 

"1566, May 13th. Will. Waller, cler, per resignation of 
Leonard Stafford, ad pres ejusdem {i.e., on his own presenta- 
tion.)" 

"1574, December 4th, Pet Thatcher, cler per mort Will: 
Waller, ad pres ejusdem. Cammell 45." 

"1624, May 7th, Job. Picker, per mortem Peter Thatcher, 
ad pres Humf. Mildmay. Mil. Lake p. 138." 



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and so on, the manuscript continues to June 4th, 1732, and ends 
on that date with the following entry: 

"Carolus Brinsdon, A. B. per resignation of N. W., ad pres 
ejusdem.*' 

In the same manuscript at the top of one of the pages it is 
recorded that Queen Camel was taxed at the rate of £10; which 
means that every incumbent, upon his institution as Vicar, had 
to give bonds to pay by installment the sum of £10 in recogni- 
tion of the benefice bestowed upon him. It is to be noted that 
most of the incumbents succeeding Peter^ Thacher at Queen 
Camel are recorded as B.A., or M.A., which gives rise to the 
question, as yet undetermined, whether Peter^ Thacher of Queen 
Camel was a graduate of a college or not. The fact of there 
being no B.A., or M.A., after his name is prima facie evidence 
that he was not a college graduate; and yet it may be proven 
later that he was, and that the record given above is defective 
to this extent. 

From the 40th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Rec- 
ords (England) (appx. 2 p. 477), a class of document the exami- 
nation of which ought on no account be omitted by genealogists, 
we have the following extract in regard to the "Subsidy Rolls," 
viz: "The principal value of the 'Subsidy Rolls' is genealogical. 
The wills containing the names of the persons assessed are ex- 
tremely valuable as establishing links in pedigrees which with- 
out these rolls would be missing. The Americans have used 
them to a great extent. They can then avail themselves of 
the Parish Register, a large portion of which they are saved 
from searching through the assistance of the 'Subsidy Rolls.' 
The rank in life of the person assessed may also be deduced by 
the amounts they paid." 

In these "Subsidy Rolls" every person instituted to a bene- 
fice had to give bonds for the payment by installment of the 
"First Fruits" of such benefice. Two sureties were required with 
each bond, and they were naturally in all cases, relations, con- 
nections or near friends of the incumbent; thus in many in- 
stances giving valuable clues as to family relationship. The 
kind of information furnished is seen hereafter in the record of 
the Composition of Peter^ Thacher, Vicar of East Camel (Queen 
Camel) in the time of Elizabeth. 

Although the First Fruit Composition book (see Part A) 
fails to elucidate the family connections of Rev. Peter^ Thacher 
of Queen Camel, it is of much interest in bringing to light his 
connection with Sir Walter Mildmay, and thus stamping Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel as a Puritan of the deepest dye. 
Sir Walter Mildmay was notorious as a grantee to an enor- 
mous extent of the confiscated property of the church, and even 
more notorious as being more puritanical than the puritans 
themselves. In his latter days, doubtless under the prick of a 



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conscience not altogether dead, he disgorged a trifling portion of 
his ill-gotten wealth by the foundation of Emanuel College of 
the University of Cambridge. This college has a portrait of 
him painted for it in 1588; and the ring, a present from the great 
Queen Elizabeth, which he is represented as wearing in the por- 
trait, is still in the possession of a descendant of his elder brother. 
Such being the character of the patron of the living, there can 
be no doubt as to the puritanism of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of 
Queen Camel, the recipient of the benefice. 

The following is the extract from the First Fruits Composi- 
tion Book (Subsidy Rolls) referring to Rev. Peter^ Thacher of 
Queen Camel, viz. : 

" i6th February — 17th Elizabeth 

Somerset. ^ Peter Thatcher, clerk, compounded for 

Este Cammell | the First Fruits of the Vicarage afore- 

in the gift of V said valued at ^£17. i6sh. lo^d. a tenth 

Sir Walter Mildmay thereof 35sh. 8d. 

Knight. J Michaelmas. 1575 ^ 

Annunciation. 106 l ^,. ,., 
Michaelmas 1576 \ ^^li. 9>^d. 

Annunciation 1577 J 

William Doddington of the Middle Temple, London, gent, 
and Leonard Doddington of the household of Sir Walter Mild- 
may, Knight, are bound." 

This document shows that Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen 
Camel on the i6th day of February in the 17th year of the reign 
of Queen Elizabeth paid 35 sh. and 8d. down as part payment 
of the tax assessed of £17 16 sh. lo^^d. on the living of the Vicar- 
age of Queen Camel bestowed upon him by Sir Walter Mild- 
may; and the bondsmen named guaranteed that he would pay 
the remainder in four installments, amounting in total to £16 
9^d., on the dates above mentioned. 

We thus see Rev. Peter^ Thacher installed as Vicar of 
Queen Camel, December 4th, 1574, and there he remained as 
Vicar until his death, exact date of which is unknown, but which 
must have occurred before May 7th, 1624, the date of the ap- 
pointment of his successor who was appointed after his death. 

The British Gazeteer thus describes Queen Camel : 

"A parish in the hundred of Cabash in Somerset; 5 miles 
east of Ilchester, its post town on the river Camel. Formerly a 
market town of some importance. The living is a vicarate in 
the Diocese of Bath and Wells ; church name St. Barnabas. A 
hill in the town commands a fine view; forty-one towns and vil- 
lages may be seen from it." 

Where Rev. Peter^ Thacher was born has not yet been 
discovered, nor the exact date of his birth; but as I have 
previously shown he must have been born as early as 1549, and 



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possibly as early as 1545, in order to have been Vicar of Queen 
Camel in 1574. Where he lived previous to his installation at 
Queen Camel is not known. The existence of a large settlement 
of Thachers in Somerset in the i6th Century points to the possi- 
bility of that being the county of his birth, as well as of his 
residence; but we have no positive proof that such was the 
case. The presentation to him by Sir Walter Mildmay of the 
living of Queen Camel, and his First Fruit Composition bond 
having been signed by a member of Sir Walter's household, points 
to the possibility that he was well known to Sir Walter; and 
he may have been born and have resided in the vicinity of Sir 
Walter's home, and may possibly have been his relative; inves- 
tigation along this line of suggestion may result in further in- 
formation on the subject, which time has prevented my doing. 
The exact date of his death is also unknown ; but he died pre- 
vious to May 7, 1624, on which date his successor was appointed 
"per mortem" Peter Thatcher. Where he was buried is also 
not a matter of record in any form or shape; but as he was 
Vicar of St. Barnabas' Church for 50 years, it is almost positive 
that he was buried in that church; especially so as his son and 
family are there buried, as is proven by the gravestones still 
there to their memories. When he married and to whom is 
also unknown ; in fact we have not one item of information in 
regard to his wife. That he was married, however, is known 
as the Diocesan transcript of Queen Camel Register gives the 
record of the burial at Queen Camel on August 3d, 1602, of 
Giles, son of Peter Thacher. Rev. Peter^ Thacher's ist child, 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Salisbury {i.e., ist child of whom we 
have definite record) was born 1587-8. 

Assuming Rev. Peter^ Thacher to have been at least 25 years of 
age when installed at Queen Camel in 1574, he would have been 38 
years old at the date of birth of his first known child; an age so 
advanced as to suggest the birth of children previous to 1587-8, 
of whom we have no record. It is, therefore, possible that Giles^ 
Thacher and Thomas- Thacher may both have been born previous to 
this date; and we have noted our doubt as to the date and 
sequence of their respective births heretofore. 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher was at Queen Camel as Vicar 1574- 
1624, full 50 years ; and he must have kept some sort of a regis- 
ter of his parish during that long time ; but it has disappeared. 
The first entry of the earliest existing register of that parish is 
1629, subsequent to the death of Rev. Peter^ Thacher. The 
Diocesan transcript at Wells of the Queen Camel Register con- 
tains no entries previous to 1601 ; and thence on to 1623, inclu- 
sive all of the entries therein are signed "Peter Thacher, vicar;" 
but none of these entries throw any light upon his marriage, nor 
in any way give any record of his wife. 

Such, then, is the record of the first known ancestor of the 
Yarmouth-Boston branch of the Thacher-Thatcher family. 



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Rev. Peter^ Thacher (Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel), 
b. at Queen Camel, County Somerset, England, 1587-8; resided 
at Queen Camel till 1603; at Oxford until about 1616; at Milton 
Clevedon, Somerset until 1622-3, and at Salisbury, County Wilts, 
England, until his death; he was a priest of the Church of Eng- 
land, fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Vicar of Milton 
Clevedon, and Rector of St. Edmund's parish church, Salisbury, 
England; d. at Salisbury, England, " Sunday at 3 of the clock," 
February i6th, 1640- 1; buried in the church-yard of St. Ed- 
mund's, Salisbury, England, where tombstone marks his grave. 

He m. 1st at ; date ; to Anne ; b. at ; date 

of birth ; d. at Salisbury, England, March 23d, (about) 

1634; buried at Salisbury, England, March 26th, 1634, from St. 
Edmund's Church, and probably interred in the yard of that 
church, although no stone records the fact. She was a daughter 

of , and of , who resided at . 

Children 7 (Thacher), 4 sons and 3 daughters; place of birth 
of i. and ii. unknown; iii. and iv. at Milton Clevedon; v. vi. and 
vii. at Salisbury, England. 

7 i. John,^ b. iv. 12, 161 5; d. June , 1622; buried June 

13th, 1622, at Milton Clevedon. Where he was born is 
a matter of conjecture; his birth is not recorded at Mil- 
ton Clevedon; according to the parish register of the 
church there he died aged 7 years, which would make 
him b. 161 5; and as his father was not installed Vicar 
of Milton Clevedon until August 9th, 1616, over a year 
after his birth, it is fair to presume that he was b. 
before his parents settled at that place. His father pre- 
vious to settling at Milton Clevedon was a Fellow of 
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to which fellowship he 
was appointed March 20th, 1613. Upon marriage a 
Fellowship was forfeited; and hence as John^ Thacher 
was b. iv.-i2-i6i5 (June or July 12th, 1615) his par- 
ents must have been married, according to the ordinary 
laws of nature, previous to October or September, 1614. 
Therefore Peter^ Thacher could not have held his Fel- 
lowship at Oxford more than a little over a year. The 
holding of a Fellowship in Oxford suggests residence 
in that place, and hence the child John^ may have been 
born there. Again, his father, Peter^ Thacher, was or- 
dained deacon and priest in London, the latter ordina- 
tion taking place June i8th, 1614; and notwithstanding 
his Oxford fellowship Peter^ Thacher may have 
resided in London, and John^ Thacher may have been 
b. there. Again, after marrying, his father may have 
removed from Oxford to his home in Queen Camel, and 
have lived there up to the time of his installation as 
Vicar of Milton Clevedon. August 9th, 1616; in which 
case the child John^ Thacher may have been b. at the 



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home of his grandfather, Rev. Peter^ Thacher, at Queen 
Camel, The non-existence of the Queen Camel Parish 
Register covering this period makes it, however, im- 
possible for us to state this positively, and the Diocesan 
transcripts at Wells are silent on the subject. This 
child was buried either in the church or in the church- 
yard of Milton Clevedon. A stone slab to the memory 
of this John^ Thacher is now (1908) imbedded in the 
outer wall of that church, which slab, it is believed, once 
formed a part of the floor of the church. The slab is 
well engraved in Roman capitals and is perfectly legible 
and is thus inscribed: 



VNDKR THAT STONE'S A CH 

II.D WRAPT IN EARTH'S MOI.D 

FOR WHOM CANOT HIS PAR 

ENTS GRIEFE BE TOLD. 

IN WIT MOST RARE NOE 

LESSE IN GRACE WAS HE 

THE SOONER FIT WITH 

CHRIST IN BLISS TO BE. 

JOHN THACHER— BORNE IV. 12. 1615 



ii. Peter^, b. , 1616 ( ?) ; d. , subsequent; to 1641, 

It is a noticeable fact that all of the children of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher who were living at the date of the mak- 
ing of his will February ist, 1640- 1, and who were all 
mentioned in said will, are so mentioned in the sequen- 
tional order of their birth, in so far as we have records 
of the dates of their respective births to verify such 
statement. The birth of this Peter^ Thacher is not to 
be found recorded in the Parish Register of Milton 
Clevedon, nor in the Diocesan transcript thereof at 
Wells, nor at St. Edmund's, Salisbury. His brother, 
John* Thacher, was dead at the date of the making of 
the will and hence was not mentioned therein. These 
facts, taken in connection with the fact that this Peter* 
Thacher is the first child mentioned in his father's will, 
leads us to conclude that he was the oldest living child 
at the time of the making of said will ; and that he was 
b. before his parents settled in Milton Clevedon, be- 
tween the birth of his brother John*, who was b. iv.- 



12-1615, and that of his brother Thomas' who was b. 
May 1st, 1620. The place of his birth is a matter of 
conjecture, and subject to the same argument that we 
have advanced in the foregoing case of his brother 
John.^ When we regard the interval existing be- 
tween the births of John^ (iv.- 12- 161 5) and that 
of Thomas^ (May ist, 1620), a period of five 
years, this seems a reasonable assumption, as the aver- 
age time between the births of the other children of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher by his ist wife Anne is but two 
(2) years, which average if it were kept up in the 
case of Peter^ Thacher would place the year of his 
birth about 1616, and hence previous probably to the 
settlement of his parents in Milton Clevedon, which 
occurred August 9th, 1616. 

This Peter^ Thacher was undoubtedly alive at the 
time of the making of his father's will, February ist, 
1640-1, as is evidenced by the terms of that will taken 
in connection with the fact that the testator d. only two 
weeks after the will was made. It is most worthy of 
note that all of the money left by his father to this 
Peter^ Thacher and to his brother Thomas^ Thacher 
was money which was specifically located at that time 
in New England, and not in the mother country. That 
is to say money in the hands of Antony^ Thacher 
(Peter^ Thacher's paternal uncle) then living in Yar- 
mouth, Mass.; and also in the hands of Christopher 
Batt (Peter' Thacher's maternal step-uncle) who was 
also at that time in the colony of Massachusetts. Note 
also that Thomas^ Thacher (brother of this Peter^) was 
likewise at that time in New England. The money left 
by Rev. Peter- Thacher to his other children was all 
money located in England. The money left to Peter^ 
and Thomas^ was money located in New England; 
Thomas^ we know was located himself at that time in 
New England and the terms of the will suggest that pos- 
sibly Peter^ was also there at that time. We have no 
definite statement, however, that Peter^ Thacher was in 
New England, but let us see what circumstantial evi- 
dence will do to support this hypothesis, which I have 
never seen advanced before. 

Antony^ Thacher was accompanied on the ship 
James when he came to this country in 1635 by a 
"servant," Peter Higdon. Beyond the mention of his 
name on the passenger list of the James we never 
find any further mention of this Peter Higdon in the 
early records of New England. What became of him? 

In the proceedings of the General Court of Massa- 
chusetts 1-12-1641 a Peter Thacher is recorded as hav- 



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ing been haled before that court to answer the charge of 
running away from Antony Thacher; and he was ad- 
monished by the court for such conduct. In the record 
of the Quarter Court of Assistants held at Boston, 
Mass., 1st of 1st month 1641-2 we have the following 
record: "Peter Thatcher, for plotting piracy was com- 
mitted, and to be whipt" — and two (2) others were 
ordered to be whipt for concealing the plot of piracy. 

Beyond the two references we have no record what- 
ever of any Peter Thacher in the archives of New Eng- 
land at or about these times, and the connection of his 
name with Antony^ Thacher in the first reference natu- 
rally suggests the question, "who was he?" Antony^ 
Thacher's son Peter^ by his first wife was drowned in 
1635, so it could not be he. Antony^ Thacher and his 
nephew Thomas^ Thacher we know were both in New 
England at this time. They both came over on the 
James in 1635. Antony's^ name is mentioned on the 
list of passengers on that ship, he being entered thereon 
as a "tayler" by way of precaution in order that he 
might obtain permission to emigrate in those days of 
religious persecution. Had he signed the list as curate 
of the Church of England he would have been subjected 
to such rigid examination as to his Puritanical tenden- 
cies as to preclude the possibility of his gaining his free- 
dom to emigrate. Thomas^ Thacher's name is not mem- 
tioned at all on the published list of the passengers on 
the James ; and yet it is an undoubted fact that he 
came over on that ship with his uncle Antony^ Thacher. 
This Thomas^ Thacher therefore, was included among 
the unnamed children passengers on this trip of the 
James or else he was entered on the list under an 
assumed name for the same reasons of religious precau- 
tion, as he was the son of a Puritan priest of the Church 
of England. On the list of passengers on the James 
in 1635 we find the name of Thomas Scoates of Sarum 
[Salisbury], laborer. Of this Thomas Scoates we have 
no further record in the early New England colonial 
records. From the fact that he is registered as from 
Sarum, the home of Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's 
Church, it is my impression from the above cited rea- 
sons that Thomas^ Thacher came over on the "James" 
under the assumed name of "Thomas Scoates of Sarum, 
laborer," and that he resumed his true name of Thomas^ 
Thacher on landing in New England. I also think that 
Peter^ Thacher came over on the same trip of the 
James apprenticed to his uncle Antony^ Thacher un- 
der the assumed name of "Peter Higdon, his servant;** 
and that he resumed his own name Peter^ Thacher as 



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soon as he landed in New England ; as we have no fur- 
ther record of him in the colonial records as "Peter 
Higdon," and we have the record of a Peter Thacher 
in the court proceedings of 1640-1 whose presence in 
this country at that time we can in no other way ac- 
count for; and moreover his presence in this country 
in 1640- 1 is strongly suggested by the peculiar terms 
of his father's will. 

If my surmise is correct, it would account for a 
Peter Thacher being in 1641 in this country, and in 
charge of Antony^ Thacher, who would be his uncle and 
natural guardian to whom he was also apprenticed as 
is suggested in will of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Ed- 
mund's. From the terms of his father's will it is to be 
distinctly inferred that Peter^ Thacher was unruly and 
not to be as fully trusted as was his brother Thomas^ 
Thacher; and if he was b. as I have assumed in 1616, 
then in 1641 he was 24 years of age and nearing the 
end of his apprenticeship, if not entirely through with 
it, and more than usually hard to control, as is evidenced 
by his running away fron Antony^ Thacher, and being 
punished for piracy. 

After the mention of Peter^ Thacher in court in 
1 64 1 -2 no further mention of his name is made in the 
colonial records; and it is to be presumed that he 
served out his apprenticeship with his uncle Antony^ 
Thacher, received his legacies under the terms of his 
father's will from Antony^ Thacher and Christopher 
Batt, and either died or returned to England. At any 
rate he entirely disappeared in this country and I 
know of no record of his subsequent career elsewhere. 

+9 iii. Thomas^, b. May ist, 1620, at Milton Clevedon; d. Octo- 
ber iSth, 1678, at Boston, Mass.; m. ist Elizabeth Part- 
ridge-Kemp; m. 2d Margaret Webb-Sheaffe. A full 
record of this individual will be found in the genea- 
logical record of the American branch of the family. 

10 iv. Anne,^ b. , 1622; bap. February 17th, 1622, at Mil- 
ton Clevedon, Somerset, England. She was aHve at 
the date, February ist, 1 640-1, of her father's will and 
received thereunder a bequest of £50 and all of her 
mothers' childbed linen. I have been unable to secure 
further information regarding her, and do not know 
whether she married or not, nor do I know when or 
where she died and is buried. 

II. V. Martha,' b. , 1623; bap. November 30th, 1623, at 

St. Edmund's Church, in Salisbury (see Register of 

that church); d. at ; date ; m. July 17th, 1649, 

at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury (see Vol. I of parish 
register of that church), to Mr. Richard Parham of 



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London, fishmonger. I have not been able from lack 
of time to trace descendants of this couple any farther. 

12 vi. Elizabeth,^ b. , 1625-6; bap. January 29th, 1625-6, 

at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury (see Register of 
that church). She was living February ist, 1640-1, 
when her father made his will and was a beneficiary 
under said will to the extent of £50. I have been un- 
able to obtain further information regarding her, as 
to whether she married or not, and when and where 
she died and was buried. 

13 vii. John,^ b. , 1627-8; bap. February 3d, 1627-8, at St. 

Edmund's, Salisbury (see Register of baptisms) ; he 

d. , 1673, at Salisbury, England, and was buried 

September ist, 1673, from St. Edmund's Church (see 
the Register of burials). He was a "chirurgeon." It 
is not known whether he married or not. From the 
records of the Court of the Sub-Dean of Sarum (Salis- 
bury), England, we obtain the following extract, viz.: 

"1673 — ^Thatcher, John — Sarum, administration, 
bundle 'E' No. 7 [abstract] 'John Thatcher of City of 
New Sarum, deceased intestate. Letters of administra- 
tion issued November loth, 1673, to Henry Denny, 
apothecary {pharmacopeis) of New Sarum, principal 
creditor of the deceased, with bonds in £100 of Wil- 
liam Blattwaite of New Sarum, laminem, and William 
Osborne of New Sarum, cutler (scissorem). Wit- 
nessed by William Denny, John Saintebarbe.' No. pub. 
File 'E' No. 7." 

This is the John^ Thacher mentioned in the before 
referred to letter of Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Boston 
to his son Peter* Thacher, then sojourning in London, 
England, in which letter Rev. Thomas^ Thacher says 
to Peter* Thacher that he had heard from his half 
brother, PauP Thacher, that their brother, John' 
Thacher, had died three (3) years previous to that year 
(1676) in Salisbury, "very poor." 

Rev. Peter2 Thacher, 

m. a 2d time at Salisbury (Sarum), England, , 1635; license 

therefor being granted April 14th, 1635, to Alice Batt, who 

was b. at Salisbury, England, date ; bap. at St. Edmund's 

Church, January 30th, 1604-5 (see church Register), she being 
a resident then of St. Edmund's parish. She d. at Salisbury 
about September 13th, 1669, and was buried from St. Edmund's 
Church September i6th, 1669, and was interred probably in the 
yard of that church in ground contiguous to the grave of her 
2d husband, Francis Dove; no inscription on his tombstone, 
however, marks her resting-place. She was the daughter of 
Thomas Batt gentleman, who was bap. December 30th, 1571, 



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1775317 



and who m. September 29th, 1600, at St. Edmund's Church, and 
was buried from St. Martin's Church, Sahsbury, February 20th, 

1632, and of his wife, Joane Byley, b. at ; date ; d. , 

1623, and was buried December 24th, 1623, from St. Edmund's 
Church ; she was the daughter of Henry Byley, a tanner of Salis- 
bury, by his wife Alice, widow of Robert By the way, a tanner 
of St. Edmund's parish, Salisbury. 

Children by 2d marriage 3 (Thacher) ; all born in Salisbury, 
England : 

14 viii. Samuel,^ b. , 1635-6 ; bap. at St. Edmund's Church, 

January ist, 1635-6 (see register) ; d. at Salisbury about 
March 22d, 1646, and was buried from St. Edmund's 
Church, March 26th, 1646 (see register). Died, aged 
10 years, no issue. 

15 ix. Paul,^ b. July , 1638; bap. at St. Edmund's Church, 

July 22d, 1638; d. September , 1678, and was 

buried from St. Edmund's Church, September i6th, 
1678. He was a grocer and lived in Milford Street, 
Sarum (Salisbury), Co. Wilts, England. He m. Mary 

, who survived him, and by whom he had the 

following children: 

i. Peter' Thacher, b. , 1668; bap. at St. Edmund's 

Church, March 4th, 1668. He was living September 
30th, 1678, when his father made his will; whether 
he married or not is unknown to me, nor do I know 
where and when he died and was buried. He was 
living in 1692. 

ii. Anthony Hillary* Thacher, b. — — , 1671 ; bap. at St. 
Edmund's Church, November 4th, 1671. He resided 
at Salisbury, England, and was a gold and silver wire 
drawer by trade. He died in Salisbury and was 
buried from St. Edmund's Church, November 25th, 
1692. He left a will dated November 4th, 1692, 
which was proved December ist, 1692, which will is 
filed in the Sub-Dean of Sarum's Court in Salisbury, 
Bundle "F" No. 6, of which the following is an ab- 
stract : 

"1692. Anthony Hillary Thatcher of the City of 
New Sarum, Co. Wilts, gold and silver wire drawer, 
weak in body, dated Nov. 4th, 4th year of William 
and Mary, 1692. To brother Peter £5 to buy mourn- 
ing; to mother, Mary Thatcher, a messuage in Mil- 
ford Street in New Sarum, now in possession of 
John ffulicke, and a messuage in Winchester Street 
now in possession of Thomas Cosens, a blacksmith; 
and a messuage in Salt Lane, now in possession of 
Thomas Batchelor the elder. Mother residuary lega- 
tee and executrix; signed by mark, Anthony Hillary 



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Thacher; seal red wax (A. T.). Witnesses, Joseph 
Jennings, Elizabeth Cox, Peter Terry, Thomas 
Holm. Proved by executrix named in will December 
I St, 1692." 
Mary Thacher, widow of PauP Thacher d. at Salis- 
bury, , 1697, and was buried "in the close," St. 

Edmund's Church, July 20th, 1697. PauP Thacher 
was at time of his death a member of St. Martin's 
parish, in Salisbury. His will, dated September 13th, 
1678, was proved September 27th, 1678, and is to be 
found filed in the Sub-Dean of Sarum's Court, Salis- 
bury. File "F" No. 17, of which will the following is 
an abstract: 

"Paul Thacher of Milford, County Wilts, grocer, 
weak in body; dated 13th September, 30 Charles 
II, 1678. To son Anthony Hillary Thacher all my 
messuage in City of New Sarum in Milford Street now 

or late in the possession of ( )fflood, widow; and 

also my messuage in same city in Winchester Street, 
now or late in the possession of John Cosens the 
younger, blacksmith ; also messuage in same city in Salt 
Lane now in possession of Thomas Batchelor the elder, 
cloth worker: but wife Mary Thacher to enjoy same 
till said son attain the age of 21 years without making 
any account of same towards the breeding up of said 
son. To son Peter Thacher, all lands, tenements, etc., 
in said city of New Sarum or elsewhere not before here- 
in bequeathed; and wife to enjoy rents, etc., as before 
till he is 21. The remainder in case of death of sons 
under age and without heirs, to right heirs of my wife. 
Wife Mary residuary legatee and executrix: overseers, 
kinsmen, John Hillary the younger, of East Ivitherly 
Co. Southton, Clarke: and John Payne of said city of 
New Sarum brewer: signed Paul Thacher, seal black 
wax, in design a little obscure, but what seems to be a 
large bird with long legs and neck. Witnesses John 
Hillary, senior; Anne Lindon, her mark, Richard Lin- 
don, and Robert Payne. Proved xxvij Sept. 1678 by 
Executrix. Endorsed Mr. Thatcher's will." 

"Inventory of goods, etc., that Paul Thatcher (late 
of Milford, within the parish of St. Martin's, Co. Wilts, 
Grocer, deceased) d. in possession of: Taken Septem- 
ber 23d, 1678, by William Smith, the mark of James 
ffort the elder. A very full inventory of goods in the 
kitchen, the parlour, the chamber over the parlour, cham- 
ber over the kitchen, the chamber over the buttery, the 
chamber over the woodhouse, the brewhouse, the cham- 
ber over the brewhouse, the buttery and in the wood- 
house, backside, and garden, — ending as follows :" 



ACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part HI. 



GENEALOGY OF THE 
5NGI.ISH BRANCH OF THE YARMOUTH - BOSTON 

THACHER- THATCHER FAMIEY 

( Coniinited. and Cotnpigied) 



GENEAEOGICAL RECORD OF 

AXTOXY-^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



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Item: wearing apparel and books, one little 
gold ring and two gold sealing rings 

and silver watch £ i6 o o 

Item : in ready money 8 o o 

Item : in desperate and doubtful debts lo o o 

Total 128 o o 

16 X. Barnabas,' b, August , 1640; bap. August 3d or 

30th, 1640, at St. Edmund's Church; d. about May 9th, 
1641, at Salisbury, England, and was buried from St. 
Edmund's Church, May nth, 1641. No issue. 
Alice Batt-Thacher, widow of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Ed- 
mund's, m. a 2d time at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, England, 

on October 19th, 1641, to Francis Dove, gentleman; b. at >; 

date ; who resided in Salisbury, England, where he was at 

one time Mayor of the City and Warden of St. Edmund's 
Church; he d. at Salisbury, England, February nth, 1666, and was 
buried in St. Edmund's church-yard alongside of Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher, where a grave-stone marks his grave. He was a son 

of ; and of ; who resided at . 

Children: 4 (Dove), 3 sons and i daughter; all b. in Salisbury. 
(Not in Thacher line.): 
i. John, b. July 24th, 1642; 
ii. Peter, b. February 6th, 1644; 

iii. Samuel, b. April 4th, 1647; d. February , 1649; buried 

at St. Edmund's, February 24th, 1649; 
iv. Martha, b. December 17th, 1648. 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher was, as we will see from his ordination 
papers both as deacon and priest, and from the record of his ma- 
triculation at Oxford, born in Queen Camel, Somerset, England, 
previous to March 6th, 1587-8. The exact date of his birth in 
the year preceding that date cannot be ascertained, as the earliest 
register of that parish still existing in 1883 gave records of no 
earlier date than 1629, and that register itself was not one of births 
and baptisms. He undoubtedly lived in Queen Camel until the year 
1602-3, when at the full age of 15 he entered Queen's College, 
Oxford University. The exact date of his matriculation at Oxford 
is variously stated in the several registers of matriculation of that 
institution of learning as March 6th, 1602-3, ^^d May 6th, 1603 5 — 
these two dates being but two months apart, as the new year in 
those days was estimated as beginning March 25th. There being 
several registers of matriculation at Oxford in existence covering 
this period of time, the difference of dates of his matriculation as 
given in them (March or May) can be explained as follows, viz: — 
I St. It is possible that the two words specifically translated 
March and May respectively may be so written in the original 
Latin entries in the registers as to render the correct translation 
of each entry doubtful, some taking the word for March and some 
for May. 



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2nd. It is also possible that the two specific entries of March 
6th, 1602-3, and May 6th, 1603, are both correct for the following 
reasons. Peter Thacher's name may have been entered upon the 
University Matriculation book and his entrance fee have been regu- 
lated and paid on March 6th, 1602-3, preliminary to his becoming 
a regular student there; and this formality having been fulfilled, 
he possibly began his active association with that institution as a 
student of Queen's College and entered his name upon the matricu- 
lation book of that particular college on May 6th, 1603, the com- 
mencement of the Easter term. I here sub- join the extracts from 
these registers for explanation of my views, viz : 

From what appears to be a register of Matriculation of the 
University of Oxford for the year 1602 we extract the following 
entry, — bearing in mind that the year 1602 ended with March 24th 
and the year 1603 began March 25. 

"1602. March &^ — Petrus Thatcher, Somersetiensis, plebei Ulius 
et paup, an nat 15, 2^". 

Somersetiensis means that he came from Somerset, plebei filius 
that he was of humble birth as compared with those of gentle and 
titled lineage; et paup that he was poor and hence unable to pay 
high fees; an nat; that he was full 15 years of age at the date of 
matriculation March 6th, 1602, and hence he was born previous 
to March 6th, 1587; and 2^ is the record of his matriculation fee 
of two pence. 

In another register, which is probably the specific register of 
matriculation of Queen's College, we find the following extract, 
viz: — 

Ter pasch Thatcher, b' ' 

Ter pasch means that he was entered for the Easter term; 
and h means that he was a batteler, that is a student who received 
some assistance from the College either in board or lodging or 
both. 

In still another register, whether of Queen's College in par- 
ticular or of the University at large is not clear, — it appears that 
the first matriculations for 1603 took place April 25th of that 
year. It is therein specifically stated that on May 4th, 1603, the 
Proctors of the University were elected. These Proctors were not 
concerned with the matriculations; but it is specifically stated 
therein that two (2) days later. May 6th, 1603, Peter Thacher 
was matriculated, as from the following entry, viz : — 
"Social condition, paup; — name, Thacher, Peter; — date. May 6th, 

1603; father's name and residence ; father's rank, pleb; 

County Somerset; age 15". It is also stated that he was of Queen's 
College, and the month of May is particularly noted. 

From all of which I think it fair to conclude that Peter^ 
Thacher matriculated in the general University of Oxford on 
March 6th, 1602-3, two months previous to the beginning of the 
Easter term, at which term he intended to begin his studies. He 
subsequently selected Queen's College as his specific alma mater 



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and entered upon his studies there at the beginning of the Easter 
term, May 6th, 1603, and was on that date entered upon the ma- 
riculation register of that College. 

The following is a scale of matriculation fees then in force, 
payable upon entrance to the University; which fees we see were 
graded according to the social rank and supposed corresponding 
affluence of the students of the various classes, viz : — 

Principis, duels, aut marchionis Alius I3sh 4d 

Comitis, aut vice-comitis filius losh 

Baronis, Episcopi, aut baronetti filius 6sh 8d 

Equites, decani, aut archi-diaeoni filius 3sh 4d 

Armigeri filius ish 8d 

Generosi, filius ish 

Plebei filius 4d 

In the earliest matriculation register of Oxford University 
(marked "P" and beginning 1571) the fees are sometimes men- 
tioned; and they vary very considerably. Pauper scholaris pays 
often 4d, sometimes 3d and often 2d. Ministeri verbi Dei filit4s, 
who is graded between generosi filius and plebei filius, frequently 
pays 6d. The latest date found in this book is July 7th, 1615; 
and it is in this book that occurs the record of the matriculation of 
Peter^ Thacher. 

The Matriculation Registers of the University and of the va- 
rious subordinate colleges are records of the highest possible au- 
thenticity and value. But it should always be borne in mind that 
the details of individual descriptions of students matriculated 
which they contain were taken down from the dictation of the 
parents of the students or from the students themselves. It is the 
consensus of opinion of all English Antiquarians of to-day that 
it was the tendency of both parents and students to under-estimate 
their social standing, so that their matriculation and subsequent 
other fees, which were regulated by social position, might be as 
moderate as possible. 

A parallel case of the under-rating of social position is known 
to have been prevalent in England at this period; for in the case 
of the various County Visitations made periodically to ascertain 
those who were entitled to bear Armorial insignia, and also to 
record the same in the Herald's office together with recording of 
the pedigrees of those county families, it was frequently the case 
that many who were in reality entitled to the distinction of Coat- 
Armour by virtue of their birth and pedigree, denied such right 
in order to avoid paying the fee attendant upon having their pedi- 
grees and Heraldic rights recorded. 

The fact that Peter^ Thacher is recorded in the matriculation 
registers of Oxford as plebei filius has been regarded by some 
as proving that he was not the son of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of 
Queen Camel, 1574-1624; as, if he had been his son, they argue that 
he would have entered himself or been entered on these registers 
as ministeri verbi Dei filius. This argument does not seem to 



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carry much weight in view of the facts of under-rating social 
standing prevalent at that time as stated above. I think that in 
accordance with well established custom of that period, and urged 
thereto by the stress of pecuniary need, his social rank was under- 
rated to secure for him the benefit of lower entrance fees and sub- 
sequent charges during his college career. The term paup, mean- 
ing indigent student, given in his personal description, did not of 
necessity mean absolute poverty but simply the necessity for some 
material reduction in charges to enable him to pursue a college 
career. This was in strict accordance with the facts of his home 
life ; he was the son of a poor Country Vicar of meagre income ; and 
his humble personal description was moreover in strict accord with 
the puritan discountenancing of the adventitious circumstances of 
birth. 

1603. Pete.r2 Thacher soon left Queen's College to enter 
Corpus Christi College of the same University. He was elected a 
scholar of this college on the Somerset foundation July 19th, 1603 ; 
and received, 1609, his degree as a Bachelor of Arts therefrom 
February 4th, 1608-9, ^"^ took his degree as Master of Arts from 
that same college March 14th, 1610-11. On October loth, 1610, 
admission to the Bodleian Library at Oxford was given by grace 
to Peter^ Thacher, B. A., of Corpus Christi College. This fact 
emphasizes his studious bent of mind, and calls our attention to 
the formalities which 300 years ago attended the admission of 
Junior members of the University to the freedom of the Univer- 
sity collections. Access by right to these collections was granted 
only to Masters of Arts and Doctors in the faculties. Other per- 
sons desirous of using the Library had to obtain permission from 
the Congregation or Faculty of the University, which permission 
was granted as a favor or "by Grace," and such privilege was 
made a matter of formal record. 

1610. The illustrious Dr. John Raynolds, for many years 
President of Corpus Christi College, and who died in 1607, gave 
directions in his will for the distribution of a portion of his ex- 
tensive Library among a number of the under-graduates of that 
College ; the beneficiaries to be chosen by his executors on account 
of their merit as students. A large portion of this Library was 
bequeathed to the Bodleian Library itself. Among the under- 
graduates thus selected by the Executors we find the name of 
Peter^ Thacher, to whom were presented thirty-five (35) volumes, 
a larger number than those presented to any other student in the 
college, or to any private individual except two (2) of the testator's 
nephews, who received 45 and 40 volumes, respectively. The gift 
of these volumes to Peter^ Thacher gives us the much desired 
evidence establishing the identity of Peter^ Thacher of Corpus 
Christi College with Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's Church, 
Salisbury, and proving beyond doubt that they were one and the 
same individual. For Rev. Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's in 
his will left all of his library to his son. Rev. Thomas-^ Thacher, 
then in New England; and among the long list of books thus be- 



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queathed, which books finally found their way to this country un- 
der the terms of Rev. Peter^ Thacher's will, and became part of 
the Library of Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Old South Church, Bos- 
ton, were found a number bearing inscriptions showing them to 
have been presented to Rev. Peter^ Thacher by the Executors of 
Dr. John Raynolds' will. 

1612. On June 7th, 1612, Peter^ Thacher was ordained a 
deacon of the Church of England by the Reverend Father John 
King, Lord Bishop of London, in the Parish Church of Fulham, 
in the County of Middlesex ; it being Trinity Sunday of that year. 
The record of his ordination is to be seen in the book of ordi- 
nations (1578-1628) performed by John King, who was Bishop of 
London, 1611-1621, — in which book the ordination is recorded in 
the quaint and abbreviated Latin of the scribes of those times; 
which record after amplification and translated reads as follows, 
viz: — 

"John King — 1611-1621 — The next general ordinations were 
conferred and celebrated by the Reverend Father John, Lord 
Bishop of London, in the Parish Church of Fulham> in the County 
of Middlesex, on Sunday the Feast of the Holy and Undivided 
Trinity, on the seventh day of the present month of June in the 
year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twelve. The 
candidates for ordination having previously on the Saturday pre- 
ceding in the Chapel of the said Reverend Father within his manor 
of Fulham aforesaid been examined and approved; there being 
present Masters William Peirse and Henry Mason, bachelors of 
Sacred Theology; Robert Richardson, Master of Arts, priests, 
domestic chaplains of the said Reverend Father; also Henry Good- 
cole, clerk, curate of Fulham, assistants to the said Reverend 
Father in the aforesaid matter, in the presence of Master Robert 
Christian, Notary Public, deputy to Master John Gough, principal 
Registrar." 

DEACONS. 

* * * "Thatcher-Cameron — Peter Thatcher, Master of Arts, scholar 
of Christ Church College, Oxford, over twenty-four years of age, 
born in Queen Cameron, in the County of Somerset, recommended 
by letters testimonial from the aforesaid College. ' ' (Book of ordina- 
tion, 1 578-1628.) 

1613. On March 29th, 1613, Peter^ Thacher was elected a 
Probationary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. A Fel- 
low of a college in those days, as well as in! the present time, was 
a bachelor; and by marriage (except in cases of a special vote of 
the College faculty) forfeited his fellowship. Peter^ Thacher's 
first child was born June 4th, 1615; hence he must have been mar- 
ried between the date of his appointment as a fellow (March 29th, 
1613), and the date of the birth of his first child (June ^th, 1615), 
— and therefore probably not less than nine (9) months previous 
to the latter date, which would place the date of his marriage 
about or previous to September 4th, 1614. As a Fellow of Corpus 



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Christi College it is fair to presume that he was living at the time 
of his fellowship at Oxford. It is therefore possible and prob- 
able that he was married there; and, if so, then among the local 
records of Oxford his marriage allegation may be found, with 
possibly the record of the names of his parents and the place of 
their residence, and also the record of the maiden surname of his 

first wife, Anne , and her place of residence previous to 

marriage, and the names of her parents and their place of resi- 
dence. The Oxford records may in fact give the record of the 
actual marriage itself. Time has not been permitted me to verify 
the truth of this possibiUty. It has been assumed by me, in the 
absence of all knowledge to the contrary that Peter^ Thacher for- 
feited his fellowship on marriage; and his ability so to do, as 
the fellowship carried with it certain pecuniary emoluments, sug- 
gests that either he or his first wife, Anne , must have had 

some income to support them in their married state up to the 
time he was appointed Vicar of Milton Clevedon in 1616. 

1614. On June i8th, 1614, he was ordained a full priest of 
the Church of England by the same Reverend John King, Bishop 
of London, in the parish church of Fulham, it being Sunday. 
The record of this ordination is to be found in the same book as 
that containing his ordination as deacon (i. e., ordination book, 
1578-1628) ; and the record when translated reads as follows, viz: — 

"The next general ordinations were conferred and celebrated 
by the Reverend Father John, Lord Bishop of London, in the 
parish church of Fulham, in the County of Middlesex, on Sunday, 
the eighteenth day of the present month of June in the 1614th 
year of our Lord; the candidates for ordination having previously 
on the next preceding Saturday in the chapel of the said Reverend 
Father within his manor of Fulham, aforesaid, been examined and 
approved." 

PRIESTS. 

* * * "Thatcher (Camwell). Peter Thatcher, Master in Arts in 
Christ Church College, Oxford, born at Queen Camwell, in the 
County of Somerset, 27 years of age or thereabouts, formerly or- 
dained Deacon by the Reverend Lord Bishop of London, recom- 
mended by letters from aforesaid College" (Book of ordinations, 
1578-1628). 

1616. On August 9th, 1616, he was instituted Vicar of Mil- 
ton Clevedon, as is proved by the following evidence, viz: — 

In the book of Institutions of clergymen in Somerset County, 
Vol. II, we obtain the following extract, viz: — 
''Milton Clevedon, Vic. Thos. Still, Som^oi^ Petrus 

511 i^sh ^d gent. 9th Aug. 1616 Thatcher" 

In the ist column is the name of the living and its taxed 
value as regulated by the Crown Commissioners; in the 2nd col- 
umn is the name of the patron of the living and the date of in- 
stitution; and in the 3rd column is the name of the recipient of 
the living. 



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Again in the Hugo MSS. No. 3082, p. 37 (on file in the Brit- 
ish Museum) under the head of institutions at Milton Clevedon, 
Somerset, we find as follows, viz : — 

"August 9th 16 1 6. Pet. Thatcher, per mort, R. M. ad pres Thos. 
Still de Somerton hoc vice." Montague, folio 28. 

Should the First Fruits Composition Book in the Subsidy Rolls 
be examined as they were in the case of Rev. Peter^ Thacher, we 
would undoubtedly find the bond recorded there which Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher furnished for the payment of the First Fruits of this 
living, — £6 13^^ 4^: and the names of his bondsmen would throw 
additional light upon his history. I have lacked time and oppor- 
tunity to make this examination. 

The name of the parish church at Milton Clevedon is St. 
James, and it is located in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, only 
10 or 12 miles from Queen Camel, where Rev. Peter^ Thacher 
was at that time Vicar. 

While Rev. Peter^ Thacher was located at Milton Clevedon 
we find no records of the birth of any of his children, either in 
the Parish Register or in the Diocesan transcript of this parish 
Register at Wells ; the only record that we find relating to his 
own family is that of his son John's burial on June 13th, 1622. 
He unvariably signed the Parish Register at Milton Clevedon, 
Peter Thacher, Vicar. 

1622. Here he remained as Vicar until 1623, as we find in 
the above quoted Hugo MSS. No. 3082, the following entry, viz : — 
''1623. Nov. 14th Otho Polewheile, per resignation P. T." 

In further corroboration of his record at Milton Clevedon I 
give the following extracts taken from a paper covered book on 
file in the Diocesan Registry at Wells. This book bears the title 
"Institutions and Collations, 1585-1625." The original entries are 
in Latin, of which the below are translated extracts, viz: — 

"Milton Clevedon, 9th August 1616 — Peter Thatcher, Clerk, 
was admitted to the Vicarage of Milton Clevedon, vacant by the 
death of Richard Marshall, Clerk, the last Vicar there on the 
presentation of Thomas. Still of Somerton, gent, the true patron 
of said Vicarage." 

"Milton Clevedon, 14th November, 1623. Otho Polewheile, 
clerk, was admitted to the Vicarage of Milton Clevedon, vacant 
by the resignation of Peter Thatcher, late the incumbent there, on 
the presentation of John Drake of Aishe in the County of Devon, 
the true patron of the said Vicarage for this term by virtue of a 
grant thereof to him made by John Greene of Milton, aforesaid, 
Esquire, the true patron of the said Vicarage." 

That Rev. Peter- Thacher was in Milton Clevedon as late as 
August 1 2th, 1622, is evident from the fact that in the will of 
Walter Wiles, made on that date, Peter Thacher, Vicar of Milton 
Clevedon, is mentioned, and he is appointed one of the overseers 
of said will. 



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During the latter years of the service of Peter^ Thacher as 
Vicar of Milton Clevedon he was the recipient of overtures on 
the part of the Vestry of St. Edmund's in Salisbury to accept a 
call to that parish. Hugh Williams was the immediate predeces- 
sor of Rev. Peter^ Thacher at St. Edmund's, but he resigned his 
pastorate on account of disagreement with the congregation, which 
was a strongly Puritanical organization. Record book No. 2 of 
the Parish of St. Edmund's is the book in which a record of the 
action of St. Edmund's vestry on the subject of the call of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher to that parish would be recorded. In 1883 the 
Clerk of St. Edmund's parish informed an inquirer that this Record 
book No. 2 had not been in the custody of the parish for a num- 
ber of years. The following are, however, quoted extracts which 
were taken from Book No. 2 in 1830, while it was still in the 
custody of the parish officials, viz : — 

"At the Vestry held the 19th of January, 1622 (1623 New 
Style). At this Vestry it is agreed, with full consent that the 
matter agreed upon touching Mr. Thacher's coming shall proceed; 
and if it may be possible to be effected Mr. Thacher shall be 
placed here and be vested in our church as our Minister before 
Shrove Sunday next (the annual meeting of the Vestry). And 
for better effecting thereof, and all necessary things touching the 
same Mr. Recorder (Giles Tooker) is to be desired to be at a 
vestry to be held on the 17th day of February next in the even- 
ing to which the Vestry is adjourned. 
Signed by 

Henry Sherfield Peter Bankes 

B. Tookie Thomas Bullen 

John Paxton T. Hancock 

Robert Jole William Marshall 

James Mitchell Robert Roberts 

George Beach Robert Tyte 

John Joie 
i6th February, 1622. At the court of the Vestry, there held 
the day aforesaid, a letter sent by the worthy Giles Tooker, Esq., 
Recorder of this town, and directed to the Masters of this Vestry, 
was read and deliberately considered of; and his care and good 
wishes to the church is by all acknowledged. After due consid- 
eration had thereof, it is now ordered by the general consent of all 
the Masters present at the Vestry, that Mr. Thacher shall be our 
Minister and preacher as hath been formerly often resolved; and 
that the same shall now be effected with all expedition ; for the 
better finishing whereof this Vestry is adjourned until Wednesday 
next at four of the clock in the afternoon. And in the meantime 
Mr. Sherfield, Mr. Hancock, Mr. Tookie, Mr. Home, some of 
the Masters of the Vestry are desired to meet and to prepare such 
things as are requisite in the cause, and Mr. Jole, Mr. Marshall, 
Mr. Joie, and both the church wardens, other Masters of this 
Vestry, and Mr. John Dove are desired to collect the voluntary 



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contributions according as every man hath set down in writing. 
And it is hoped and desired that Mr, Recorder will be present and 
give his assent and assistance in the furthering and finishing this 
good work in hand." 

There was much controversy and litigation in the 17th Cen- 
tury in regard to the proprietorship of the patronage of the Rec- 
tory of St. Edmund's. The right of bestowal of the living was 
claimed by the feoffees as held by them by deed of trust, and was 
not in the gift of any individual. These feoffees were Puritans; 
and would not accept as Rector any one who was not in agree- 
ment with them in matters religious. It was on account of his 
distinct Puritan tendency that Rev. Peter^ Thacher received his 
call to St. Edmund's. As a result of this controversy it seems that 
the incumbent Rector had to be supported by the voluntary con- 
tributions of the parish; and did not receive the regular legal sti- 
pend which had there been no controversy, would have attached 
itself to the office. It was undoubtedly due to this question of 
emolument that so long a period of time was required to induce 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher to accept the call of the Vestry of St. Ed- 
mund's and thereby give up his regular Ecclesistical holding at 
Milton Clevedon. The fact of his compensation for service as 
Rector of St. Edmund's being paid by the voluntary contributions 
of his parishioners undoubtedly accounts for the fact that there is 
no record in the First Fruits Composition Book of his paying the 
regular tax on the living; as he was not in receipt of the regular 
stipend upon which the tax was based, but supported solely by 
the voluntary contributions of his Parishioners. 

It seems that an agreement was finally reached between the 
feoffees and Vestry and the Bishop of the Diocese on the one hand 
and Rev. Peter^ Thacher on the other hand and he accepted the 
call, and was regularly instituted at St. Edmund's, February 23rd, 
1622-3, his patron at institution being Bishop Davenant, Lord 
Bishop of Salisbury at that time. The record of his institution is 
to be found in the Registry of the Lord Bishop of Salisbury, where 
it is recorded in Latin, of which the following is a correct trans- 
lation, viz": — 

"1622. February — Sarum, St. Edmund's Rectory, Register. 

"On the twenty-third day of the month, in the year and at 
the place aforementioned, the Reverend Father above named 
(Bishop Davenant) by an act of grace, conferred upon Peter 
Thatcher, Clerk, Master of Arts, the Rectorship and parish church 
of St. Edmund, Sarum, in the county of Wilts, in his Diocese of 
Sarum, vacant through the free and voluntary resignation of Hugh 
Williams, clerk, the last Rector and incumbent lawfully instituted 
to the office (The said Peter Thatcher having first taken the oath 
of supremacy as well as that of canonical obedience, etc., according 
to the form of the statutes) ; — he, the said Reverend Father, has 
instituted him Rector and invested him in and of the same, with 
all its rights, privileges and appurtenances, etc., and has committed 



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to him the spiritual charge and duties thereof, whatever they may 
be, etc. And a record was made by the Sub-Dean of Sarum of 
his institution according to the usual custom." 

The record of this institution shows that Rev. Peter^ Thacher 
received the office by grace {i. e., as a favor) at the hands of 
Bishop Davenant, which fact in itself is a strong hint at the con- 
troversy existing between the feoffees and the church government ; 
the appointment being evidently a compromise on the part of the 
contending factions. 

We thus see Rev. Peter^ Thacher located as Rector of St. 
Edmund's on February 23rd, 1622-3, where he remained in office 
the rest of his life. His daughter, Martha^ Thacher, is the first 
of his children recorded as being born in Salisbury; the entry 
of her baptism is found in the St. Edmund's parish register as hav- 
ing (1623) taken place in that church, November 30th, 1623. And 
in that same Register is to be found the record of baptisms of all 
children born to him in Salisbury by his first and second wives. 

His first wife, Anne , died at Salisbury about March 23rd, 

1634, and was buried from St. Edmund's Church March 26th, 
1634 (and was probably interred in St. Edmund's Church Yard). 
The date of her burial being recorded in the Parish Register. 




st. edmunds, salisbury. 

Rev. Peter* Thacher, Rector, 1623-1640-1. 

Antony* Thacher, Curate, 1631-1635. 



163 1. In a record book of the Parish of St. Edmund's called 
"A New Book for ye Vestry, January 21st, 1630, being No. 3," 
we find the following signatures to a record of a vestry meeting 



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which names are here given to show who were the chief parish- 
ioners of Rev. Peter^ Thacher at that date. It will be noted that 
he himself signed these proceedings ; the extract is as follows, viz : — 
"January 7th, 163 1. The names of the Company, gentlemen 
of the Vestry e, whose hands are to this order 

Henry Byley, Mayor Philip Crewe 

Henry Sherfield Thomas Batts 

Barthol Tookie Richard Busley 

John Joie John Banger 

Peter Thacher Rowland Taylor 

George Beach John Pearson, Jr. 

Maurice Aylerrugge Richard Carter 

John Barrowe 

1632. From "Water's Gleanings in England" we obtain the 
following extract which shows the probable insufficiency of the 
voluntary contribution to support Rev. Peter^ Thacher at St. Ed- 
mund's; and which also sets forth the fact that he held a com- 
mission to Probate Wills, — whether this authority was by virtue 
of his Rectorship or by virtue of a special commission to cover 
this case does not appear, although from the phraseology it would 
seem to have been special authority granted in the case, viz : — 

"Will of Geoffrey Bigge of Putney, Wilts, clerk, — October 
15th, 1630. Proved May 3rd, 1632. I give unto Mr. Peter 
Thatcher a little to help his too small stipend for his painful and 
profitable ministry in the parish church of St. Edmund in Sarum, 
the sum of five pounds to be paid within half a year after my 
decease if he shall then be incumbent there" "Wit- 
nessed by John White, Clerk; and the probate granted by Peter 
Thacher by virtue of a commission" (P. C. C. Audley 55). 

1634. From a book of the Records of St. Edmund's I ex- 
tract the following, viz: — 

"A note of the Church's goods, April 18, 1634. 

One challice, silver and guilte. 

One cupp, silver and guilte with a cover. 

Two small dishes, silver and guilte. 

Ffower flagons pewter. 

One great Church Bible, in folio. 

Two common prayer books, in folio. 

One book of prayers for the 5th of November (Gunpowder 
plot, Nov. 5, 1605). 

One carpet of silk and gould for the communion table. 

One pulpit cloth of silke and imbroydered worke. 

One pulpit cushion and one cushion of Velvett for the Mayor's 
pew. 

One table cloth of diaper for the communion table. 

Two diaper robes and one Dowlas robe. 

One brasse candlesticke. 

Two surplises. 

One great hanging candlesticke with handle of brass." 



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It has been remarked by an English Antiquarian of some 
repute, — "the interest of this Hst is very great. It shows Vv^hat was 
the furniture of St. Edmund's when Peter Thacher had held the 
Rectory more than a decade. The costliness of the furniture 
strikes one as having little in accord with puritan notions. That 
there should have been "two surplises" — that indeed there should 
have been any — is not a little remarkable when we consider the 
intense and bitter antipathy of the Puritans to that very ancient 
and singularly becoming vestment. 

The "surplises" appear also in a later list dated April 6th, 
1638, and again April 26th, 1639; and as they likewise occur after 
Peter Thacher's death in a list of May 7th, 1641, it is to be in- 
ferred that they were in the church to the end of his incumbency. 
The question is, were they used? Even in England the publica- 
tion of this list would excite interest." 

About March 23rd, 1634, Anne , the first wife of Rev. 

Peter^ Thacher, died, and, as we have before stated, on the 26th 
of that month was buried from St. Edmund's. It is a tradition 
of early origin in the American history of the family that Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher had it seriously in mind to emigrate to New Eng- 
land on account of his Puritan faith ; but the death of his first wife 
disturbed these plans and they were never carried out. It is 
stated on as good an authority as Cotton Mather, in his Mag- 
nalia, that Rev. Peter^ Thacher offered to his son, Thomas^ 
Thacher, a college education in either Oxford or Cambridge; 
but that owing to the lack of religious freedom then existent in 
England, Thomas^ Thacher preferred to come to this country 
while still a youth and forego the opportunity of college education 
thus offered him. 

1635. April 14th, 1635, a license was granted Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher to marry again; and a copy of this license is to be found 
among the Salisbury Records and reads as follows, viz : — 

"1635, xiiij ^° die mensis Aprilis. Appeared personally Rich- 
ard White, of St. Thomas' in Sarum, grocer, and humbly craved 
license for marriage between Peter Thacher, clarke. Master of 

Arts, , of St. Edmund's in Sarum, a widower, and Alice Batt 

of Edmund's in Sarum, spinster, aged xxx years or thereabouts; 
and alleged that to his knowledge there is noe impediment either 
in respect of consanguinity, affinity, former contract or otherwise, 
but that they may lawfully marry together; and that her parents 
are both dead ; and of the truth thereof he offereth to make faith." 

Where the marriage authorized by this license took place is 
not known, as no record of it is found in the Parish Registers of 
Salisbury in any of the churches there. That it was solemnized 
is beyond doubt, and moreover, it took place soon after the grant- 
ing of the license, as the first child of Rev. Peter^ Thacher by 
Alice Batt, his second wife was born in 1636-7 and was baptized 
at St. Edmund's January or June of 1636-7, as is recorded in the 
Parish Register of that church. 



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March 30th, 1635. From the record of the Vestry of St. Ed- 
mund's we note as follows, viz: — 

"Election of Mr. Thomas Keinton and Mr. Francis Dove to 
be church wardens, and of Mr. Maurice Smith to be Parish Clerk." 

The Rector incumbent had the right to nominate one church 
warden, the other to be elected by the parishioners. The office 
of Parish clerk is a freehold tenable for life, and his appointment 
was in the hands of the Rector incumbent. It is more than prob- 
able that the Warden nominated in this case by the Rector incum- 
bent was Francis Dove, who was the warm and chosen friend of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher ; and who on the death of Rev. Peter^ Thacher 
(he, Francis Dove, himself being a widower) married as his sec- 
ond wife Alice Batt-Thacher, widow of Rev. Peter^ Thacher. 

A little previous to this last date, Antony^ Thacher (Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher's brother), who had for some time been acting 
as curate of St. Edmund's, must have severed his connection with 
that church; for on April 5, 1635, he sailed from Southampton on 
the ship James, bound for New England ; and he took with him, 
as is well known. Rev. Peter^ Thacher's son, Thomas^ Thacher; 
and also in my opinion, he took with him as his apprentice. Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher's oldest son, Peter^ Thacher, as I have explained 
in full under the individual record of this Peter^ Thacher. An- 
tony2 Thacher is said to have married a second time six weeks 
before sailing from Southampton; and on leaving SaHsbury he 
left behind him there, in charge of his brother, Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher, his youngest son (by his first wife, Mary ) Ben- 
jamin^ Thacher, who was born in Salisbury April 3rd, 1634, and 
who subsequently died September ist (about) 1639, and was 
buried there in Salisbury. 

All during the incumbency of Rev. Peter^ Thacher at St. 
Edmund's there was constant friction between him and the ec- 
clesiastical authorities of the cathedral church on account of the 
Puritanism of himself and his parishioners; it being evident that 
neither he nor his congregation were sufficiently in accord with 
the church powers of that day to induce them to conform any 
more than was absolutely necessary to the then established rules 
of the church. This condition of affairs resulted in formal com- 
plaints being made by the church authorities against Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher to the Bishop of Salisbury, to which complaints he finally 
replied in the following letter, the original of which is still pre- 
served, viz: — 

1637. "January 13th, 1637. To the Right Reverend Father 
in God, the Lord Bishop of Sarum: Certain reasons for which 
I do in all humility supplicate and entreat your Lordship that I 
may not be inforced either to publish in the congregation, or promise 
obedience to an order lately made by the Right Worshipfull Dr. 
Lynne concerning the time of beginning prayer at St. Edmund's 
church. 



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1. That the order herein said to be made by the Right Wor- 
shipfull Sir Nathaniel Brent, Vicar General, in St. Edmund's 
Church, was not made there, but at Dr. Osbourn's house, where the 
said Vicar General then lay as I very well remember being then 
present. 

2. That the order made by the Vicar General required not 
that prayer should begin in the afternoon at two o'clock pre- 
cisely, but about that time, namely at two or somewhat after, so 
that I [considered] the [word missing] a little of the time could 
be no breach of the Vicar General's order. As on Ash Wednes- 
day the lecture at St. Thomas' Church is intended to begin at ten, 
yet many times it is past ten, and sometimes I suppose nearer 
eleven before it begins. 

3. I never promised to observe this order of the Vicar Gen- 
eral, not only for that it was contrary to an order formerly made 
by your Lordship and observed until Mr. Robson's coming, but 
also for some other reasons which I know it would be to me very 
inconvenient; some of which when I began to allege by his, the 
Vicar General's permission, it pleased him to command me silence 
in these very words : — 'Mr. Thacher, speak no more of it, for I 
will have it so.' 

4. I never violated or neglected the order aforesaid in any 
contempt of ecclesiastical authority and jurisdiction, as is here in- 
dicated, but would willingly have observed it had I been able. 

5. I never used any plot or practice [by] long and tedious 
sermons as is here pretended, or any other way whatsoever to 
circumvent or hinder at any time from coming [to] hear the ser- 
mons in the Cathedral Church. But having at my first coming to 
my church craved and obtained your Lordship's allowance to do 
something by way of catechising on Sunday Mornings, for the in- 
formation of such of my parish as could not come to the Cathedral 
Church, of which sort there were and still are very many, I con- 
tinued that course until the afternoon's sermons were commanded 
to be turned into catechising. Then in obedience to that order I 
began to catechise in the afternoon instead of preaching, and to 
preach in the morning instead of catechising. And this course I 
have hitherto continued with as much care as I could not to give 
offense to any. Mr. Chancellor himself allowed me an hour for my 
prayer and sermon in the morning, after the prayers of the church 
were ended. And I can truly say I have desired to confine myself 
to that time. Yea, I think verily I have never exceeded it, or very 
seldom ; many, yea , and most times have ended within it. And this 
much I say truly, that I never understood of their late coming 
at any time from St. Edmund's to the Cathedral, but it was [great] 
grief and vexation unto me. 

6. I consider this order of Mr. Chancellor is impossible to 
be observed as it is there set down, without putting down my 
sermon in the morning altogether. For the order is that morning 
prayer shall begin Sundays after eight of the clock, and the prayer 



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and sermon after that not to be extended longer than till the 
great bell shall be rung for warning to the sermon at the Cathedral 
Church. Now the reading of all prayer (which is commanded to 
be done) will take up an hour and sometimes more, ordinarily 
cannot be done less ; and the ringing of the bell to the sermon 
at the Cathedral is usually at 9 o'clock, as hath been observed, or 
presently thereupon ; yea, the bell that often times begins to ring 
before I have been able to begin my sermon. To order therefore 
that prayer shall begin presently after eight, and the sermon not 
extend longer than till the ringing of the bell in the Cathedral is 
in truth to order that there shall be no sermon at all, and so to 
leave a company of poor souls purchased at as high price as the 
best soul in the world (which cannot come to the Cathedral 
Church, never do) without any instruction at all; which my con- 
science tells me, for me willingly to yield unto, were to bring guilt 
of their blood upon myself. 

7. I cannot with good conscience (as I suppose) read this 
order in the congregation at the time appointed for two reasons. 

(i) Because I know the reading of it immediately after the 
first lesson (as is required) will cause an interruption and much 
discussion in the whole congregation in the public worship of Al- 
mighty God, which I think in my [conscience] ought not to be 
done. 

(2) Because there are therein many aspersions cast upon 
myself (as all that shall hear -it will presently judge and under- 
stand) as namely, of malice of contempt of authority and eccles- 
iastical jurisdiction, and the like, which I utterly defie; v/hich for 
me to be a publisher of in the congregation would, as I consider, 
be no less than a kind of bearing penance by a public: acknowl- 
edgement of my being guilty of them. 

8. Whereas the order requires that we notify within a time 
therein limited both of the publication of the order, and of our 
obedience and submission thereunto, which is, as I understand it, 
that we promise duly to observe the same, I do in all humble man- 
ner intreat that I may not be made to make any such promise 
without some investigation of the order aforesaid, it being impos- 
sible to be kept for the [reason] before alleged without putting 
[down] the morning exercises altogether; and sometimes without 
omitting the exercises in the afternoon also, which I think I can- 
not do without sin, who am willing to yield all obedience to the 
Lord. 

PETER THACHER 
The unworthiest of all God's servants." 

The original of this remonstrance was in 1839 in the pos- 
session of Rev. George Radcliffe, then Rector of St. Edmund's. 
What the result of this controversy was has not been recorded. 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher died at Salisbury, England, while still 
the incumbent of the Rectorship of St. Edmund's, on Sunday, 



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February i6th, 1640 (old style) 1641 New Style; and was buried 
from St. Edmund's Church on February 19th, 1 640-1 ; and his 
remains were interred in the churchyard of St. Edmund's, where 
an altar tomb was erected to his memory, which tomb is still stand- 
ing in this year (1910), The inscription on this tomb is still quite 
legible; but the side panel on which the inscription is cut is made 
of three slabs of stone with vertical joints; on the two left-hand 
slabs the inscription is cut, the right-hand slab being left blank. 
Time has corroded the stone along the edges of the joint between 
the left and middle slabs so as to render the lettering along the 
line of this joint somewhat illegible. In the inscription the "V" 
of the Roman numerals XVI comes right at this joint, and time 

has caused it to disappear and it now reads X 1 instead of XVI, 

as it originally did. This must be so as the Sundays of February, 
1640, old style fell on the 2nd, 9th, i6th and 23rd, respectively, 
and the i6th is the only one that fits the facts of the case. This 
statement explains the various readings of the inscription on the 
tomb which have heretofore appeared. The correct inscription is 
as follows, viz: — 

"HERE LYETH YE BODY OF MR. PETER 
THATCHER WHO WAS A LABORIOUS MIN- 
ISTER IN PREACHING YE GOSPEL OF JESUS 
CHRIST TO YE PEOPLE OF ST. EDMOND'S BY YE 
SPACE OF XVIII YEARES, WHO DEPARTED 
THIS LIFE ON LORD'S DAY AT NIGHT BE- 
ING XVI OF FEBRUARY 1640 
LET NO MAN MOVE HIS BONES. 

F. D." 

The dignity of the tomb, which is as pronounced as any in the 
churchyard, is a reminder of the position which he held in the 
community. 

The maiden surname of his first wife, Anne , has never 

been ascertained, nor their place of marriage, nor any knowledge 
of her parentage. 

The record of his second wife, Alice Batt, is fully given herein. 
Her will has not yet been discovered, which is to be regretted, 
as its contents might possibly throw additional light upon the 
English connections of the Thacher family. AHce (Batt) Thacher, 
widow of Rev. Peter^ Thacher, married a second time at Salis- 
bury, October 19th, 1641, to Francis Dove, one of the overseers 
of her first husband's will and his "verie dear friend"; he was a 
merchant of Salisbury and was twice elected Mayor of that city 
and was also one of the wardens of St. Edmund's Church. Alice, 
widow of Francis Dove, died at Salisbury about the 13th of Sep- 
tember, 1669, and was buried from St. Edmund's Church Septem- 
ber i6th, 1669; she was undoubtedly interred in St. Edmund's 
Church Yard alongside either her first or second husband, al- 
though the tomb of neither Rev. Peter^ Thacher nor Francis Dove 



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bear any inscription to her memory. Francis Dove died at Salis- 
bury February nth, 1666, and was buried in St. Edmund's Church 
Yard, where an altar tomb similar in shape and size to that of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher, and alongside of the latter, marks his grave. 
The tombstone to his memory bears the following inscription, the 
original being in Latin, viz : — 

"Francis Dove of noble character, twice Mayor of this City; 
a man singularly pure ; not excessively severe, but at the same time 
grave and gentle; a true friend, not harsh to his enemies. Here 
below he was laid. He died nth February in that fatal year 
1666. 

Francis, his second son, imbued with softest manners, and 
remarkable for his piety and probity, knowing nothing of deceit 
or guile, here also sleeps under this stone. He died September 
14th, 1661." 

Francis Dove, Senior, was a widower when he married Alice 

(Batt) Thacher. His first wife was named Margery , her 

maiden surname being not known. She died at Salisbury and was 
buried from St. Edmund's Church, June 26th, 1639. Francis Dove 
had by Margery, his first wife, the following children (not in 
Thacher line) : 

1. Thomas, baptized St. Edm.und's, March 6th, 1630; 

2. Francis, baptized St. Edmund's, March 3rd, 1633; died 

September 14th, 1661 ; 

3. Henry, baptized St. Edmund's, July 30th, 1637; 

4. Peter, baptized St. Edmund's, June 22nd, 1639; died about 

June 24th, 1639, and was buried from St. Edmund's 
Church, June 26th, 1639, 

The initials "F. D." following the inscription on the tomb of 
Rev, Peter^ Thacher, are undoubtedly those of Francis Dove, who 
in all probability had charge of the erection of his tomb and the 
wording of the inscription thereon. Francis Dove had by his second 
wife Alice (Batt) Thacher, four children (three sons and one 
daughter) as heretofore recorded. These children are not of 
Thacher blood, but are half-brothers and sisters of the children of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher by his second marriage. 

Rev. Peter^ Thacher made his will on February ist, 1 640-1, 
and it was probated August 5th, 1641. It is recorded at the Prin- 
cipal Registry of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of 
the High Court of Justice in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. 
A copy of this will duly certified to by the local authorities of 
its place of deposit here follows. It should be borne in mind, 
however, that the copy here subjoined is a certified copy of the 
filed copy of the will itself and not a copy of the original will. 
Stress is here placed on this fact for the reason heretofore set 
forth that the filed copy of the will is signed Peter Thatcher, 
whereas the original will itself is clearly signed Peter Thacher. 
In the body of the instrument, whether in copy or original, wher- 
ever the name Thatcher appears it is so spelled Thatcher and 



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not Thacher; which is accounted for by the fact that the docu- 
ment was, in the original, not in the handwriting of the testator 
but in the handwriting of his legal adviser, who spelled the sur- 
name of the testator according to the popular acceptation thereof 
and not according to the testator's own particular way of spell- 
ing it. 

"Last Will and Testament of Rev. Peter Thatcher, of Salis- 
bury, England, extracted from the Principal Registry of the Pro- 
bate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High Court of Jus- 
tice in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. 

"In the Name of God, Amen. The first day of February 
Anno Domini one thousand six hundred and forty, and in the 
sixteenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord King 
Charles, — I, Peter Thatcher of the Cittie of New Sarum, in the 
Countie of Wilts, clerke, being sick in bodie, but of good and per- 
fect memorie, thanks be given to God for the same, doe ordaine 
and make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form 
following. 

First : — I give and bequeath my soule into the hands of Al- 
mightie God, and my body I commit to the earth from whence it 
came. 

Item: — I give and bequeath to Peter Thatcher and Thomas 
Thatcher twoe of my sonnes the some of thirty five pounds in 
money which was sent over to New England to buy goates, and 
is in the hands of my brother Anthonie Thatcher. Also I give 
and bequeath to my said two sonnes twenty pounds which is due 
to me from my said brother for keepinge his child. Also, I give 
to my said twoe sonnes the several somes of thirty and one pounds 
and fourteene pounds being in the hands of my brother-in-law 
Christopher Batt, all which severall somes of money to be equallie 
divided betweene my said two sonnes. And my will is that my 
said sonn Thomas shall have his legacie paid as convenientlie as 
may be after my decease. And my said sonne Peter to have his 
legacie paid when he shall have served out his apprenticeship and 
not before, and in the meantime to be managed by my overseers 
hereafter named. 

Item: — I give to my said sonn Peter my greate Brass pott, 
and Mr. Henry Aynesworth's works and Mr. Roger's his seven 
treatizes. 

Item: — I give and bequeath to Anne Thatcher, my daughter, 
fiftie pounds and all her mother's child-bed lynnen. 

Item: — I give and bequeath to Martha Thatcher and Eliza- 
beth Thatcher, my daughters, to each of them fiftie pounds, which 
said legacies given to my said three daughters I will shall bee 
paid onto them when they shall respectively attaine to their several 
ages of twenty and one yeares or bee married, which of them 
shall first happen. 

Item: — I give and bequeath to John Thatcher, my sonne, fiftie 
pounds to be paid to him when he shall have served out his ap- 



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prenticeship or shall have attained to his age of twenty and three 
years, which shall happen first; all of which fower last mentioned 
legacies of fiftie pounds, being in the whole twoe hundred pounds, 
my will is shall be paid out of the money's specified and mentioned 
in a writing now in the hands of Mr. Francis Dove. 

Item: — I give and bequeath unto my last nominated fower 
children (viz) Anne, Martha, Elisabeth and John, to each of them 
tenn pounds to be paid unto them by my executrix at the tymes 
limited for the payment of their other legacies. Provided alwaies 
that if my said daughters or anie or either of them shall marrye 
before they shall respectively attain to their several ages of twenty 
and one yeares without the consent of my overseers, or one of 
them, then such of them as shall soe marrye shall have onlie this 
last legacie of tenn pounds, and their other legacies of fiftie pounds 
to be divided amonge the survivours of them at the discretion of 
my overseers. 

Item: — I give and bequeath to Samuel Thatcher, Paull 
Thatcher, and Barnabas Thatcher, my three youngest sonnes, to 
each of them fiftie pounds to bee paid to them when they shall re- 
spectively attaine to theire severall ages of twenty and three years. 
And it is my will that the benefit and comoditie to be made of 
all the said legacies given unto the said children shall bee bestowed 
and ymployed by my overseers for and towards the education and 
maintenance of my said children untill theire legacies shall re- 
spectively grow due and paieable in such sorte as my said over- 
seers shall thincke best and fittest for them. And if any of my said 
children shall dye before his, her or theire legacies shall growe 
due and payable by this my Will, then my will is that the legacies 
of him, her or them so dyinge shall be divided amongst the rest 
of my children surviving by my overseers in such sorte as to them 
shall seem best and fittest. 

Item: — I give to my tzvo brothers John and Anthonie, to my 
zvife's fower sisters, Elizabeth, Margerie, Marie and Dorothie, and 
to my sister Ann Batt to each of them five shillings to make them 
rings as a remembrance of my love to them. 

Item: — I give to my servant Edithe Davis forty shillings to 
be paid to her within one month next after my decease. All the 
rest of my goods, debts, chattels, plate, ymplements of household 
stuff and books (except such of my books as I shall give and 
dispose of by a noate or schedule hereof to be annexed to this my 
Will, and reserving to my children the plate which was severallie 
given to them at theire births or since) I give and bequeath to 
Alice Thatcher my loving zvife whom I alsoe ordaine and make 
sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. And I do 
desire my verie loving friend the said Francis Dove and my loving 
brother-in-law Richard Alhvood, to be the overseers of this my 
last Will and Testament to whom I give five shillings apeace in 
token of my love. 



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In witness whereof I, the said Peter Thatcher have hereunto 
sett my hand and seale yearen the day and yeare first written, 
(copy on general exhibition signed) Peter Thatcher 
(original will signed) Peter Thacher 

Signed, sealed, delivered and published by the said Peter 
Thatcher for his last Will and Testament in the presence of Na- 
thaniel Conduit and John Ivie, Jr." 

The certificate of Probate of this will is filed at Doctors Com- 
mons in London, and is written in Latin, of which the following is 
an accurate translation, viz: — 

"The aforesaid will with the schedule annexed was proved 
at London the fifth day of August Anno Domini sixteen hundred 
and forty one before the worshipful Sir Henry Marten, Knight, 
Doctor of Laws, the last appointed Custodian or Commissioner 
of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, by the oath of Alice 
Thacher, widow of the said deceased and Executrix nominated in 
such will, to whom was committed administration of all and sin- 
gular the goods found and held in trust of this same deceased. 
She swears well and faithfully to administer the same goods upon 
the holy Evangelists of God before Judge John Bushell, Clerk 
under, authority (by force) of the commissioner." 

SCHEDULE ANNEXED TO WILL. 

''Given to my sonn Thomas Thatcher, theis bookes following 
(vizt)". (Here follows a list of some 117 volumes, the titles 
recorded in Latin, which books eventually found their way to 
this country and into the hands of Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Wey- 
mouth, Mass., then, and subsequently of Old South Church, Bos- 
ton, the beneficiary named in schedule. Among these books are 
those given to Rev. Peter^ Thacher while at Oxford, under the 
terms of the will of Rev. John Raynolds, President of Corpus 
Christi College, Oxford, which is proven by the fact that a num- 
ber of the books in the library of Rev. Thomas^ Thacher which 
was inherited by his son, Rev. Peter^ Thacher, of Milton, bore 
inscriptions showing them to have been given to Rev. Peter^ 
Thacher by the executors of Rev, John Raynolds' will.) 
"(copy of schedule on general exhibition signed) Peter Thatcher, 
testibus. 

(original schedule signed) Peter Thacher, testibus." 

In the above will we see that Rev. Peter^ Thacher mentions 
his children by his first wife in one group, viz : — Peter, Thomas, 
Anne, Martha, Elizabeth and John; and those by his second wife 
in a separate group, viz: — Samuel, Paul and Barnabas. These 
children are mentioned in the order given above, which is also 
the order of their birth in so far as we know from the existant 
records. In as much as Peter is named first I conclude that he 
was the oldest living child, his elder brother, John first, having 
died at Milton Clevedon, June — , 1622. All of these children were 



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undoubtedly living at the time of the making of the will, Feb- 
ruary ist, 1640- 1, and also at the time of the testator's death, 
which took place a few days later, February 16, 1640- 1. Peter^ 
Thacher, according to my belief, came to New England with his 
Uncle Antony^, as the latter's apprentice, and was in New Eng- 
land as late as 1641-2, where he was twice haled before the Court, 
once for running away from his Uncle Antony^ and once for an 
act of piracy. After this year he disappears from the Colonial 
Records, and he may have returned to England, but we have abso- 
lutely no record of him beyond the year 164 1-2. Thomas^ Thacher 
we know came to New England and there remained leaving a 
numerous posterity. Of Anne^ Thacher we have no record be- 
yond that of her baptism at St. Edmund's Church. Of Martha^ 
Thacher, we know that she married Mr. Richard Parham of Lon- 
don, and nothing more. Of Elizabeth^ Thacher we know nothing 
beyond the fact of her baptism at St. Edmund's. Of John^ Thacher 
we have given a record so far as it is known to us. Samuel^ 
Thacher died in 1646 aged 10 years, and left no issue. Paul^ 
Thacher married and his record so far as it is known is hereto- 
fore given; and finally Barnabas^ Thacher died in 1641, a mere 
child, leaving no issue. 

Thomas Batt and his wife Joane (Byley) Batt had the fol- 
lowing children, viz. : 

I. Christopher, bap. July 16, 1601 ; who married Anne Bayn- 
ton. 
11. Thomas, bap. Dec. 2, 1602. 

III. Alice, bap. Jan. 30th, 1604-5; who married Rev. Peter^ 

Thacher as his second wife. 

IV. Elizabeth, bap. April 26th, 1607; who married at St. Ed- 

mund's Jan. 29th, 1639-40 to Mr. Richard Allwood; 
and surviving him, she married second July 17th, I650, 
Mr. Richard Combe (See N. E. H. G. Reg. Vol. 47, p 
135 for will of Richard Allwood). 
V. Henry, bap. Oct. 4th, 1609. 

VI. Margerie, bap. Sept. , 1610. 

VII. Mary, bap. Nov. 9, 1616. 

VIII. Dorothie, bap. July 18, 1618, who came over to New Eng- 
land on the Bevis from Southampton, May , 1638, 

aged 20, with her brother, Christopher Batt. 
I have given the above record of the children of Thomas 
Batt in order to prepare for the discussion of the will of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher. 

The will as we see mentions his wife Alice (Batt) Thacher, 
whom he left residuary legatee and sole executrix. His brothers, 
Antony^ and John^, are both left small legacies of 5 shillings to 
buy themselves rings ; and he distinctly mentions the fact that 
his brother Antony^ Thacher was then in New England. He 
does not mention the residence of his brother John^ Thacher. 
He mentions his wife's four sisters, Elizabeth, Margerie, Marie 



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and Dorothie, who we see are the four sisters of Alice Batt men- 
tioned in the above record of the children of Thomas Batt. It 
may be well here to remark that Elizabeth (Batt) was then the 
wife of Richard Allwood, which accounts for Peter^ Thacher 
calling him brother-in-law in his will ; she subsequently, as we 
see July 17th, 1650, became the wife of Richard Combe, the cele- 
brated Ana-Baptist, and was the "Mother-in-law's sister, one 
Mrs. Elizabeth Coombs," mentioned in the letter of 1676 from 
Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of Boston to his son Peter^ Thacher, who 
was then sojourning in London, The will also mentions his "sis- 
ter," Ann Batt. Many genealogists previous to this have argued 
from insufficient data that this "sister" Ann Batt was born Ann 
Thacher, i. e., was the blood sister of Rev. Peter^ Thacher; such, 
however, was not the case. Rev. Peter^ Thacher never had a 
sister Ann; and in fact, so far as we know, never had any sister 
whatever. This sister Ann Batt was the wife of Christopher Batt, 
his brother-in-law, and should in the will have properly been called 
"sister-in-law." Christopher Batt (brother of Alice Batt, the sec- 
ond wife of Rev. Peter^ Thacher) married by license at St. Ed- 
mund's Church, Salisbury, October 12th, 1629, to Anne Baynton, 
a spinster, then aged about 26. (See Diocesan Register of Sarum, 
Book IV.) Being described in the license as a spinster, she was 
of course a maiden, and her maiden name was Baynton and not 
Thacher. Her description in the will as his "sister" means that 
she was the wife of his brother-in-law, Christopher Batt. Francis 
Dove, "his verie loving friend," and one of the overseers of his 
will, was as we have seen also one of the wardens of St. Ed- 
mund's Church during the incumbency of the testator and was 
also twice elected Mayor of Salisbury. The servant, Edith Davis, 
mentioned in the will bears no relation to the family history. The 
witnesses to the will are Nathaniel Conduit and John Ivie, Jr. Of 
the former Nathaniel Conduit we know nothing; it has, however, 
occurred to me that the latter John Ivie, Jr., is identical with the 
John Ive with whom Sewell corresponded in London, England, 
and who was Sewell's agent there in arranging for the liberation 
of Perez Savage and Thomas^ Thacher, of Boston, from cap- 
tivity among the Moors in Mequinez, Barbary, — an accoimt of 
which will be found under the record of Thomas^ Thacher, of 
Boston, and also under record of Thomas^ Thacher, of Yarmouth, 
Mass. (who was son of Judah^ Thacher, son of Antony^ Thacher). 
This completes the history of Rev. Peter^ Thacher, of St. 
Edmund's, in so far as it is known to us. 
4. JoHN^ Thacher (Rev. Peter^, of Queen Camel), born at 

Queen Camel, Co. Som., Eng., , 1590-91 ; resided at 

Queen Camel, died at Queen Camel, , 1653 ; buried at 

Queen Camel, February 25th, 1653-4, under middle aisle of 

St. Barnabas' Church, grave stone ; married at ; date ; 

to Rebecca ; born at ; date ; died at Queen 

Camel, December, 1662; buried at Queen Camel December 



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nth, 1662, under middle aisle of St. Barnabas' Church, grave 
stone. She was a daughter of ; and of ; who re- 
sided at . Children, 6 (Thacher), two sons and four 

daughters. 

17 i. John,3 born at ; date ; died at ; 

date ; buried at Queen Camel, March 26th, 1621 ; 

record of his burial is to be found in the Diocesan 
transcript of Queen Camel parish register at Wells, 
Eng. 

18 ii. Rebecca,^ born at ; date ; baptized at St. 

Barnabas' Church, Queen Camel, April 8th, 1623 
(See Diocesan transcript of Q. C. Parish Register 
at Wells). She married Richard Somers and had 
five (5) children, viz: — Rebecca, Martha, EHzabeth, 
Samuel and John, as is shown by will of her 
father and also by will of her mother, and also by 
will of her brother Peter^ Thacher. Her father's 
will is dated February 21st, 1653, and in it he men- 
tions three of her children already born, so she must 
have been married at least three years previous to 

19 iii. Ann,^ born at ; date ; died at ; 

date ; married first at Queen Camel, June loth, 

1651, to Richard Jeanes, and was a widow in 1662, 
at date of her mother's will ; she married, second, 
Peter Lambe, who was living November 24th, 1669, 
as is shown by will of her brother, Peter^ Thacher. 
By her first husband she seems not to have had 
children ; by her second husband she had a son, 
John Tambe. 

20 iv. Elizabeth,^ born at ; date ; died at ; 

date ; she married Thomas Banger and had a 

son, John Banger, as is shown in will of her mother, 
dated August 20th, 1662. 

21 V. Martha,^ born at ; date ; died at ; 

date ; she married Thomas Martin and had 

three (3) children, viz: — John, Ann and Eleanor, as 
is shown by will of her mother, dated August 20th, 
1662. 

22 vi. ,^ born at ; date ; died at ; 

date ; she married Henry Lodwell, gent, of 

Queen Camel, by whom she had a son, John Lodwell, 
who was living November 24th, 1669, as is shown 
by will of her brother, Peter^ Thacher. She must 
have died before August 20th, 1662, as she is not 
mentioned in her mother's will made that date. 

23 vii. Peter,^ born at ; date ; baptized July 27th, 

1635 ; resided at Queen Camel ; died at Totness, Co. 
Devon, England, , 1669; buried at Queen Camel, 



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December 9th, 1669, under tower of St. Barnabas' 
Church, in porch now partly covered by inner doors, 
where a blue marble slab marks his resting place 
thus inscribed : '"'Here also lyeth the body of Peter, 
Sonne of John Thacher, who was buried December 
the 9. Ano, Dom. 1669." 

From the terms of his will an abstract of which 
follows, it would appear that he died a bachelor, or a 
widower without children. His will is filed in the 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury. 

"I, Peter Thatcher of Queene Cammell, in the 
County of Sommersett, Gent., being sick in body, 
but of sonnd and disposing mind and memory. To 
be buried in parish church of Queen Camel near the 
place where my late deceased father was buried. 
Goods and chattels. First unto John Sommers of 
Blaufert in County of Dorset, gent.; John Lodwell, 
son of Henry Lodwell of Queen Camel, gent.; John 
Martin, son of Thomas Martin of Petermore- Milton, 
in the County of Somerset, yeoman, and John L,ambe 
of West Camel, alias Abbot's Camel in the said 
County, yeoman; all my messuages, lands and tene- 
ments in Queen Camel aforesaid, or elsewhere in the 
said County to hold unto the said John Sommers, 
John lyodwell, John Martin and John I^ambe their 
heirs and assigns forever. 

To the first son of the said John Sommers, John 
lyodwell, John Martin and John Lambe, as shall be 
lawfully begotten by either of them and christened 
by the name of Thatcher, being by me intended for 
the future preservation and remembrance of my sur- 
name, my silver watch, which is to remain in the 
hands of my executors hereafter named until the 
same shall be by such of them to whom the same shall 
belong lawfully demanded. 

To my cousin John L,odwell, the cane with an 
ivory head I use to walk withal. I give and bequeath 
to Thomas Martin and Peter Lambe, my brother-in- 
law and make them my whole and sole executors of 
this my will. 

Dated November 24th, 21 Car. II. 1669. 

(sgd) PETER THATCHER. 

In presence of James Winston, Cary Jones, Roger 
Peck (the sign of) George Hodge (the sign of) 

Proved apud cedes Exonionsis (Exeter House) 
situate in the Strand in the County of Middlesex, 
March nth, i66g-70, Jus ta cursam et computa hoiiem 
Ecclesiae Atiglicajiae 4 2 Penn". 



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Nothing is known further of John^ Thacher than that he 
lived at Queen Camel, and that he matriculated at Queen's Col- 
lege, Oxford, October 19th, 1604, as son of a clergyman from 
Somerset, he being on that date full 13 years of age ; and that he 
died at Queen Camel between February 21st and and 25th, 1653. 
Of his son John^ Thacher we have no information beyond the 
record of his burial. Of his daughter Rebecca^ we have the rec- 
ord of her baptism. All of the other information concerning his 
children we gather from his own will, and that of his wife Re- 
becca Thacher, and that of his son Peter^ Thacher. 

John^ Thacher left a nuncupative will dated February 21st, 
1653, which is on file in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, of 
which the following is a correct abstract, viz. : 

"1655— Aylett I93- 

Will of John Thacher of Queene Camel, Co. Somerset, being 
sicke of bodie. Nuncupative will dated February 21st, 1653; to 
dau Elizabeth a chattell lease of Close called Long Close, and 3 
score and 18 pounds (£78). To Rebecca Sommers her 3 chil- 
dren that are allreadie born £50' to be paid by Executrix; neither 
the father nor mother of said children shall have the disposing; 
to John Lodwell £5; to Elizabeth Burton 40 sh ; wife Rebecca 
Residuary Legatee and sole executrix; 
Witnesses Anne Crawes (?) 

Marie Thacher (the marke of) 
Probated 19th July, 1655, by Executrix." 

Marie Thacher, the second witness to the above will, was 
undoubtedly the second wife and widow of Thomas^ Thacher of 
Queen Camel, whom she married at Queen Camel September 
24th, 1621. 

Of Rebecca, the wife of John^ Thacher of Queen Camel, we 
have no record beyond the fact of her baptismal name. She made 
a will dated August 20, 1662, which will is filed in the Arch Dea- 
conry Court at Wells, Co. Som., Eng., of which the following is 
a correct abstract, viz. : 

"Rebecca Thacher of Queen Camel, in the County of Somer- 
set, widow — 20th August, 1662. To be buried in the parish 
church of Queen Camel by my late husband and his relatives. 
Richard Somers, my son-in-law 5sh ; my son-in-law Thomas Mar- 
tin 5 sh; my son-in-law Thomas Banger 5 sh; Rebecca Somers, 
my eldest daughter ; Rebecca Somers my grand-daughter ; Mar- 
tha Somers my grand-daughter; Elizabeth Somers and Samuel 
Somers the two youngest children of Richard Somers above 
named. My daughter Ann Jeanes, widow. My daughter, Eliza- 
beth Banger. John Banger, my grand-son. My daughter, Mar- 
tha Martin, my grand-son John Martin; Ann and Eleanor Mar- 
tin, my grand-daughters. My grand-son John Lodwell. My 
Kinswoman and god-daughter, Betty Eastmont. My cousin 



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'Mariery' Parsons, one of the daughters of my cousin Andrew- 
Parsons, of West Camel. Cousins Ann Martin, Mary Martin 
and Dorothy Martin, the daughters of Nicholas Martin. The 
aged woman of Queen Camel that are poor and have no relief 
from the parish. 

Item : — I give unto my son, Peter Thacher, one chattel lease 
of a close of meadow or pasture ground commonly called 'Long 
Close,' to hold and enjoy the same meadow or pasture ground 
with the appurtenances for and during the residue of 99 yeares 
yet to come and unexpired, if the lives in the said lease men- 
tioned happen so long to live; and also one chattel lease of a 
messuage, tenement house and living with the appurtenances 
wherein I now dwell, commonly called Davidges tenement to 
have, hold and enjoy the same tenement and premises for and 
during the remainder of a term of four score and nineteen (99) 
yeares yet to come and unexpired as in and by the said lease ; 
relation being thereunto had as may at large appeare: whom I 
make and ordaine my sole executor of this my last will, hereby 
revoking all former and other wills by me made. 

(Signed) Rebeckha Thacher (Seal of Arms) her mark. 

Sealed, delivered and published in the presence of us : John 
Eastmont, Richard Martin, John Warre, John Durrant. 

Proved at Wells April i8th, 1669. Inventory ;^99, S''\ o"^. 

Arch Deaconry Court of Wells No. 36 of 1664. Wells Reg- 
istry of Probate." 

The seal attached to this will as the mark of Rebecca Thacher 
is the regular Thacher coat-of-arms of Sussex County, England, 
viz. : "Gules, a cross moline argent; on a chief or, three grass- 
hoppers. Crest, a grasshopper resting on a helmet." The tinc- 
tures and metals of this seal are of course not given in this wax 
impression; but they are indicated by the conventional engrav- 
ing known to heraldry. The arras on this seal are identical with 
those used on the letter of 1676 from Rev. Thomas^ Thacher of 
Boston (nephew of this Rebecca Thacher) to his son Peter* 
Thacher, who was then sojourning in London, Eng. The simul- 
taneous use of the same arms by nephew and aunt on both sides 
of the water, is the strongest proof of the right of the Yarmouth- 
Boston Thacher family to use these same arms. 

From the will of John^ Thacher we see that on February 
2 1 St, 1653, his daughter Elizabeth^ Thacher had apparently not 
yet married; that his daughter Rebecca^ Thacher had been pre- 
viously married to one Sommers and had borne unto him three 
(3) children. 

From the fact that his other children then living (Ann^, Mar- 
tha^, ^, wife of Henry Lodwell, and Peter^ Thacher) 

are not mentioned in their father's will, it is to be inferred that 
they were either at that date minors or else that they had previ- 
ously been given their share of the testator's estate during his 
lifetime. It would also seem that they were, with the exception 



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of Ann^ (Thacher) Jeanes, not married at that date, unless pos- 
sibly the John Lodwell to whom John^ Thacher left £5 was the 

John LodweJl, son of Henry Lodwell, by his wife ^ Thacher 

From the will of Rebecca Thacher (widow of John^) dated 
August 20, 1662, we see that her eldest daughter Rebecca^ Thacher 
had previous to that date married Richard Sommers and had 
borne unto him the four children mentioned in said will. Ann^ 
Thacher, her second daughter, had previously, June lOth, 165 1, 
married one Richard Jeanes, and was at date of will a widow, pre- 
sumably without children, Elizabeth^ Thacher, her third daugh- 
ter, had previously married Thomas Banger and had borne unto 
him a son named John Banger. Martha^ Thacher, her fourth 
daughter, had previously married Thomas Martin and had borne 

unto him three (3) children as named in the will. "^ Thacher, 

her fifth daughter, had previously married Henry Lodwell and 
borne unto him a son named John Lodwell; and from the fact 
that this 3 (Thacher) Lodwell is not mentioned in her moth- 
er's will it is fair to presume that at date of will she was dead, 
having left but this one child, John Lodwell. The terms of the 
will also indicate that at its date the testatrix's son, Peter^ 
Thacher, was was not married, or if married, that he had up to that 
time no children. 

From the terms of the will of Peter^ Thacher (John^) dated 
November 24th, 1669, it is to be distinctly inferred, from lack of 
all reference to wife or children, that he died either not married, 
or a widower without living children. The mention of a Peter 
Lambe as his brother-in-law introduces another name into the 
family not previously mentioned in the will of John ^Thacher nor 
in the will of Rebecca Thacher; and it is clearly indicated that 
Ann^ (Thacher) Jeanes, who was a widow, August 20th, 1662, 
the date of her mother's will, had subsequently married again to 
Peter Lambe by whom she had a son named John Lambe. Also 
the mention of John Sommers, of Blaufert, in the same category 
as John Lodwell, John Martin and John Lambe, who were all 
three the testator's nephews, indicates that this John Sommers 
was also his nephew, i. <?., a fifth child of his sister Rebecca^ 
Thacher by her husband Richard Sommers. 

John^ Thacher and Rebecca his wife and his son Peter^ 
Thacher were buried under the porch beneath the tower of St. 
Barnabas' Church, Queen Camel, where a blue marble slab (now 
partly covered by the inner doors of the church) marks their 
resting place, which slab is thus inscribed, with an ornamental 
border, hour glass and cherubs in upper corners : 
"Here lyeth the "Here lyeth also "Here also lyeth 

-odi of John Rebecka the wife the body of Peter 

Thacher who of John Thacher sonne of John 

was buried the who was buryed Thacher who 

25th day of Februa the 1 1 day of Decern was buried 
ry Ano Dom 1653" ber Ano Dom 1662" December the 9 

Ano Dom 1669" 



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The mention of Cousins, in the will of Rebecca Thacher 
(widow of John^), whose names were respectively Parsons and 
Martin, suggests that possibly the maiden surname of Rebecca 
Thacher was either Parsons or Martin ; the cousins nained being 
the children of her uncles of the name of Parsons or Martin, one 
of whom may have been her paternal uncle. This, however, is 
mere conjecture. 

6. Thomas^ Thacher (Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Queen Camel) 

born at Queen Camel, date ; died at Queen Camel, August 

, 1650; buried at Queen Camel, August 24th, 1650 (see St. 

Barnabas Church Register) ; married first at ; date ; to 

AHce ; she was born at ; date ; died at Queen 

Camel, March , 1620-1, and was buried at Queen Camel 

the "last day of March" 1620-1. Pier parentage being un- 
known. He married second at Queen Camel, September 24th, 

1621, to Marie Lokier, who was born at ; date ; she 

died at Queen Camel between December 24th, 1668, and April 
28th, 1669. Her parentage is unknown. Children 5 (Thacher) 
all probably by second wife and probably all born in Queen 
Camel. 

24. i. Thomas^, born at ; date ; resided at Queen 

Camel in 1648, died at ; date ; married at 

Sherborne, Dorset Co., Eng., February 25th, 1648 
(see Vol. I Sherborne Register) to Joane Smith 
(widow) whose parentage is unknown. 

He was executor and residuary legatee of his 
mother's will dated Dec. 24, 1668. 
Children : 3 (Thacher) daughters : 
i. Mary; baptized at Sherborne, Dorset, January 

i6th, 1649. 
ii. Jane; baptized at Sherborne, Dorset, July 6th, 

1652. 
iii. Agnes. 

In the Registry of Probate at Wells, Co. Som., 
Eng., I find a will recorded of which the following 
is an abstract, viz. : 

"Joane Thatcher of Sherborne, Dorset Co., 
Eng., widow, will dated Dec. 27th, 1689; proved at 
Wells, February nth, 1694. Mentions daughter 
Mary, wife of John Jeffrey of Sherborne £40. Men- 
tions daughter Joane, wife of John Higgins of Wells, 
buttonmaker. Grand-daughter Mary Higgins, best 
bed and its furniture at 21 years of age. Grand son 
Samuel Smith. Grand-daughter Mary Smith. 
Daughter Jane, wife of Francis King of Sherborne, 
maltster, to be Residuary Legatee and Executrix." 

Joane Thacher, wife of Thomas^ Thacher, 
was a widow named Smith when he married her 



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February 25th, 1648, at Sherborne; therefore the 
above will looks as if it were her will for the fol- 
lowing reasons. The daughter Mary, wife of John 
Jeffrey, might well be the daughter Mary Thacher, 
baptized at Dorset, January i6th, 1649. The 
daughter Joane, wife of John Higgins, might also 

be a daughter by her first marriage to Smith. 

The mention of her grandson Samuel Smith, sug- 
gests the fact of her having had a son Smith, by 

her first marriage to Smith. Her daughter 

Jane, wife of Francis King of Sherborne, malster, 
might also be the daughter Jane Thacher, baptized 
at Sherborne, July 6th, 1652. The non-mention of 
her daughter, Agnes Thacher, suggests her death 
previous to December 27th, 1689, either not mar- 
ried or without issue. This is, however, a mere 
suggested possibility, but it looks probable. 

25. ii. Peter^, born at ; date ; died at ; date 

; he resided probably at Queen Camel, mar- 
ried at ; date ; to ; whose parentage is 

unknown. 

Children : 2 (Thacher) daughters, 
i. Mary, mentioned in her grandmother's will Dec. 

24th, 1868. 
ii. Anne, mentioned in her grandmother's will Dec. 

24th, 1668. 

26. iii. William^,, born at Queen Camel, May , 1629; 

baptized at Queen Camel, May 20th, 1629 (See Dio- 
cesan transcript of Queen Camel Register). As he 
is not mentioned in his mother's will it is to be in- 
ferred that he died previous to December 24th, 1668, 
either unmarried or without issue. 

2^. iv. Anne^, born at ; date ; died at ; date 

; married Richard Nowell. Child: i (Nowell) 

daughter. 

i. Mary, mentioned in her grandmother's will Dec. 
24th, 1668. 

28. v. Mary, born at ; date ; died at ; date 

; married at Queen Camel, November 20th, 

1648, to William Stevens. 

Children : ^ (Stevens) daughters, and others, names 
and sex not mentioned, 
i. Mary; mentioned in her grandmother's will 

Dec. 24th, 1668. 
ii. Anne ; mentioned in her grandmother's will Dec. 

24, 1668. 
iii. Jane ; mentioned in her grandmother's will Dec. 

24, 1668. 



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Thomas^ Thacher died intestate in August, 1650; adminis- 
tration on his estate was granted unto his widow, Marie Thatcher 
of Queene Camel, Co. Som., Eng., on November 7th, 1650. (See 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Administration Book "A" folio 
162.) 

The will of Mary Thacher (widow of Thomas^) is filed in 
the Arch Deaconry Court at Wells, Co. Som., Eng., and the fol- 
lowing is a correct abstract thereof, viz. : 

"Mary Thatcher of Queen Cammell in the County of So- 
merset, widow. To Peter Thatcher my son the furnace in my 
present house at Camel, the chest, the bedstead in the hall with 
the bed-holder and pillow thereto belonging and the table board 
and form in the hall. Unto his wife, my best green apron. To 
Mary and Anne, his two daughters one pewter dish apiece. Unto 
my son Thomas Thatcher, my best brass pan, my bedstead in the 
middle chamber, my carpet and one coffer which was his father's. 
Unto his wife my two best napkins. Unto their daughters Mary, 
Jane and Agnes one pewter platter apiece 'of the best,' and one 
table napkin apiece. Unto my daughter, Anne Nowell, the sum 
of £40, which is now in John Marline's hands of Cammell ; also 
to her my little brass pan, my little brass kettle, one beer barrel, 
my box, one tyneing flagon, my best holland apron, my best hat, 
my best whittle, my riding-coat, two petticoats, and the 'halfen 
deale' of all my linen not otherwise particularly mentioned. Unto 
Richard Nowell, my son-in-law, my sitting trow. Unto Mary, 
his daughter, one pewter dish. 

Unto my daughter, Mary Stevens, forty pounds ; twenty 
pounds thereof being now in my son Peter's hands, and the other 
twenty pounds in my son Thomas, his hands ; to be paid unto her 
to and for her use at such times as my well beloved friends Wil- 
liam Barton of Puddimore, Jasper Batt of Streate and John An- 
derdon of Bridgewater, or any two of them, or the survivor of 
them shall judge meet. And that my son Thomas Thatcher, my* 
executor hereafter named shall yield and pay unto his sister Mary 
Stevens, yearly the interest of the monies remaining in his hands. 
And if any part of the said sum of forty pounds remain in my ex- 
ecutor's hands unpaid to my said daughter Mary Stevens in her 
life time, my will is that such remainder shall be divided amongst 
her children according to their necessity or more or less to the 
one or the other as those my friends aforenamed or either of 
them, then living shall also judge meet. And my desire further 
is that the first twenty pounds above mentioned in his brother 
Peter's hands be laid out for his estate in my house and backside 
in Cammell, and Mary's life put therein, if they can so agree, as 
I hope they will, that she may have a habitation to dwell in while 
she lives. And that my son Thomas will exchange his right in 
the said house and backside after his brother Peter, for Mary's 
right in the other small house in Cammell which she hath therein 
after her brother Thomas. And I hope they will also agree ac- 



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cording to my desire. I give unto my daughter two second brass 
pans, and after her decease to remain to her two daughters, Mary 
and Anne Stevens. I give unto my said daughter, Mary two 
pewter candlesticks, one beer barrel, my best petticoat, and waist- 
coat and the other 'halpen deale' of my linen undisposed of. I 
give unto her daughter Mary Stevens my holland pillowcase, 
my dowlas, apron and my serge petticoat. Unto Jane Stevens, 
her sister, my frock ; and to each of the rest of William Stevens, 
his children, one implement of household stuff apiece of what is 
not before given, as my son Thomas sees meet, as a small mani- 
festation of my love to them. All the rest of my goods and 
chattels not before given. I give and bequeath unto my son 
Thomas Thatcher, whom I make and ordain to be the sole and 
only executor of this my last will and testament. Dated the 
XXiiij day of December 1668 MDCLXViii. 

The Mark of M (seal) 

Mary Thacher 

Signed, sealed and published to be my last will in the presence of 
(the mark of) Thomas Parrar. 
(sgd) Robert Chaffey. 

(the mark of) Jacob Turner. 

Proved April 28th 1669. 

Value of inventory £88 2 ®^ 4.^. Arch Deaconry Court of 
Wells." 

This Mary Thacher (widow of Thomas^ Thacher) was the 
witness Marie Thacher of the will of her brother-in-law John^ 
Thacher dated February 21st, 1653. 

This concludes the genealogy of Rev. Peter^ Thacher of 
Queen Camel, England, and that of his children who remained in 
England in so far as we have deemed it advisable to pursue the 
collection and recording thereof. We will now take up the gene- 
alogical record of Antony^ Thacher (Rev. Peter^) and of his de- 
scendants down to date. 



Corrections: 

Part I, p. 4. 6th line from bottom, date of death of Rev. Peter' Thacher 
should read "Feb. 16, 1640-1," instead of "Feb. 14, 1640-1." 

Part I, p. 6. 6th line from top, for " Newtown '' read " Newton." 

Part II, p. 21. 14th, I2th and 7th lines from bottom of page, dates of birth of 
Rev. Peter,' Antony,' and John' Thacher, should respectively 
read "1587-8, 1588-9, and 1590-1," instead of "1687-8, 1688-9, 
and i6go-i." 

Part 11, p. 30. i6th and 17th lines from bottom of page, " sequentional " should 
read " sequential." 



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GENEALOGICAL RECORD OF ANTONY^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS., 
AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 

0. Antony^ Thacher (Rev. Peter^ Thacher, of Queen Camel), 

born at Queen Camel, Co. Somerset, England, , 1588-9; 

resided at Queen Camel, Eng,, Salisbury, Eng., Marblehead 
(then Salem) Mass., and Yarmouth, Mass. ; he was a curate of 
the Church of England and one of the original grantees of the 
town of Yarmouth, Mass.; he died at Yarmouth, Mass., between 
June 30th, 1667, and August 22nd, 1667, and was buried on 

his own land in Yarmouth. He married, first, at ; date 

1619, about; to Mary ; born at ; date ; she died 

at Salisbury, England, July , 1634, and was buried from 

St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, July 26th, 1634, and was in- 
terred probably in the yard of that church, although no stone 
marks her grave; her parentage is imknown. He married, 

second, at ; February , 1635, about six weeks before 

the date of his sailing for New England, which was on April 

5th, 1635, to Elizabeth Jones, born at ; date ; died 

at Yarmouth, Mass., presumably, although we have no record 

thereof; date of death , subsequent to the death of her 

husband as she was appointed his executrix; she was presum- 
ably buried alongside of her husband. Her parentage is un- 
known, but she was a sister of Richard Jones, of Dorchester, 
Mass., who came to this country from Binder, England, sailing 
from Waimouth, Eng., March 20th, 1635. 

Children eight (Thacher) ; three sons and two daughters 
by first marriage; two sons and one daughter by second mar- 
riage. 
Children by first marriage: 

29 i. William,^ born at ; date , previous to 1620, 

according to D. W. Allen's Thacher genealogy, p. 
32; on what authority he makes the statement I do 
not know; he came to this country with his father 
in the ''James,'" died August 15th, 1635, being 
drowned in shipwreck on that date, and his body was 
not recovered. The place of his birth is not a mat- 
ter of record. 

30 ii. Edith,^, born at Queen Camel, Co. Som., Eng., prob- 

ably about February ist, 1621-2, as it is recorded in 
the Diocesan transcript of the Queen Camel Parish 
Register at Wells that she was baptized at Queen 
Camel by Rev. Peter ^ Thacher, February 7th, 162 1-2. 
She died August 15th, 1635, being drowned in ship- 
wreck on that date and her body was not recovered. 

31 iii. Mary ,3 born at ; date ; died August 15th, 

1635, being drowned in shipwreck on that date; her 
body was not recovered. The place of her birth is not 
a matter of record. 



ATCHER 



GENEALOGY 



Part IV, 



GENEAI.OGICAI. RECORD OF 

ANTONY' THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



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32 iv. Peter,3 born at ; date ; died August 15th, 

1635, being drowned in shipwreck on that date; his 
body was not recovered. The place of his birth is 
not a matter of record. 

33 V. Benjamin,^ born at Salisbury, Eng., on Sunday, April 

13th, 1634, "between the hours of one and two o'clock 
in the morning" ; and was baptized at St. Edmund's 
Church, April 27th, 1634, according to the Parish 
Register of that Church; he died at Salisbury, Eng., 
about September ist, 1639, ^"^ was buried from St. 
Edmund's Church, September 4th, 1639, and was 
probably interred in the yard of that Church, but no 
stone marks his grave. This child was left by his 
father when he left Salisbury to embark for New 
England in the care of the child's uncle, Rev. Peter ^ 
Thacher, of St. Edmund's to whom Antony^ 
Thacher agreed to pay ;!^20 for his maintenance 
which agreement is mentioned in the will of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's (quod vide). 

Children by second marriage; vi. born at Marblehead (then 
Salem) Mass. ; vii. and viii. probably born at Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 
+34 vi. John,3 born March 17th, 1638-9; died at Yarmouth, 
Mass., May 8th, 1713; married, first, Rebecca Wins- 
low; married, second, Lydia Gorham. 
+35 vii. Judah,^ born ; died at Yarmouth, Mass, No- 
vember 4th, 1676; married Mary Thornton. 

-f36 viii. Be.thia,3 born ; died probably at Bristol, R. I., 

on December 19th, 1725 ; married Jabez Rowland. 

Antony^ Thacher was born in Queen Camel in 1588-9. We 
have no distinct record of his birth there as the parish register 
of St. Barnabas' Church is not in existence covering that period 
of time, and the earliest date in the Diocesan transcript of that 
Register at Wells is 1601. But, as his father, Rev. Peteri Thacher, 
was living then at Queen Camel as Vicar of St. Barnabas we are 
justified in assuming him to have been born there, especially so 
as it is recorded in the ordination papers of his brother. Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher of St. Edmund's that he, Rev. Peter, ^ was born 
in Queen Camel. As Antony^ Thacher was curate under his 
brother, Rev. Peter^ at St. Edmund's it has always been justi- 
fiably conjectured that he was younger than Rev. Peter^ ; and it 
is a matter of early family record that Antony^ Thacher died in 
Yarmouth, Mass., in 1667 aged about 80 years. These facts taken 
in connection one with another place the date of his birth as 
1588-9. 

The first absolute record which we have relative to him sub- 
sequent to his birth, is the record of the baptism of his daughter 
Edith^, who, according to the Diocesan transcript of the Queen 



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Camel parish register at Wells, was baptized at Queen Camel by 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher (her grandfather) on February 7th, 1621-2. 
He probably spent his childhood in Queen Camel, but what was 
his residence from the time he gained his majority until the year 
1 62 1 we do not know. The tradition exists that he was a college 
graduate, but I have never, after much search, obtained any evi- 
dence that such was the case. In 1621 he was 32 years of age and 
for eleven years had been of man's estate. Where was he during 
these eleven years? His daughter Edith's baptism in Queen 
Camel in 1621-2 suggests his residence there at that time; and 
it has been thought by some, in which view I fully concur, that 
after reaching man's estate, having prepared for the rfiinistry 
either under his father or perhaps at college, he was curate under 
his father at Queen Camel until the latter's death in 1624, and 
subsequently acted in the same capacity under his brother at St. 
Edmund's, Salisbury. The exact time of his becoming associated 
with St. Edmund's is not known. The parish Register of St. 
Edmund's, No. 2, which covers the period of time previous to 
1630, has been missing from the custody of the parish for many 
years ; and it is in this book that probably would appear the 
record of the date of the first appearance of Antony^ Thacher at 
St. Edmund's. However, in the parish Register No. 3 there ap- 
pears numerous entries made by him over his signature during 
the year 1631, 1633 and 1634, after which latter year his name 
disappears from the Register. I think that shortly after his 
father's death in 1624 he became curate at St. Edmund's under 
his brother. Rev. Peter^, who had been installed as rector there 
in 1622-3. 

Who his first wife, Mary , was we do not know (See 

Note I following immediately after completion of record of An- 
tony2 Thacher), except that her baptismal name was Mary. 
When and where he married her is not known ; nor have we any 
knowledge of her parentage. D. W. Allen in his Thacher gene- 
alogy, p. 32, says that his son, William^ Thacher was born pre- 
vious to 1620 ; but upon what authority he makes the statement 
I have never discovered ; but if the statement is correct then his 
marriage took place in 1619 or previously. Should the parish reg- 
ister of Queen Camel, covering that period, ever be discovered 
(1574-1624) we will probably find therein the record of his birth 
and possibly that of his marriage, and that of the birth of his 
child William^ and possibly that of Mary^ and Peter^. Other- 
wise these questions must be answered by deductive reasoning 
rather than by documentary evidence. Record Book No. 3 of St. 
Edmund's parish dates from January 21st, 1630 Old Style, 1631 
New Style ; and in that book there are numerous entries of Parish 
transactions attested to by Antony^ Thacher over his own signa- 
ture as curate, amongst which I select the following, viz. : 

"1634 — April 27th Benjamin, son of Antony and Mary 
Thacher, borne on Sunday ye 13th day, between the hours of one 



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and two oclocke in the morning-, was baptized the 27th day of the 
same month of April 1634. 1634 — ^July 26th, Mary wife to An- 
thony Thacher, cleric, was buried." 

Shortly after his first wife's death Antony^ Thacher must 
have made up his mind to emigrate to New England, for we find 
that he embarked for New England from Southampton April 5th, 
1635, on the ship James of London bound for this country. (See 
Note 2 following immediately after completion of the record of 
Antony^ Thacher for complete copy of sailing list of James 
on this trip). From the sailing list of the James we see 
that he is entered thereon as being a "tayler" and that he had 
with him his servant, Peter Higdon ; no mention by name is made 
cf his second wife, Elizabeth Jones, whom he is said to have 
married six (6) weeks before sailing, nor is mention made of his 
children by his first wife (William^, Edith^, Mary^ and Peter^), 
who accompanied him, they being included among the wives and 
children not named, referred to in that list. It is however defi- 
nitely known that his second wife did accompany him. Nor is 
mention made on the list of the James of his nephew, Thomas^ 
Thacher, who also accompanied him on this trip. 

1635. February — ; i.e., about 6 weeks previous to embarking 
on the James, he married Elizabeth Jones. Where this marriage took 
place, the parentage of the said Elizabeth Jones and her previous 
place of residence is not known. She was, however, undoubtedly the 
sister of Richard Jones of Binder, England, who came over to 
this country in March, 1635, sailing from Waimouth, Eng- 
land, March 20th, 1635, and who settled in Dorchester, Mass. 
(See Note 3 following immediately after the completion of the 
record of Antony^ Thacher). Benjamin^, his youngest son by his 
first wife, was left behind in England in charge of his brother, 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher. 

The probable cause of Antony^ Thacher's emigration was 
his desire to secure a home free from religious persecution then 
so prevalent in England ; on account of this same religious espion- 
age, he probably styled himself a "tayler" on the passenger list 
of the "Janies," when in reality he was, or had been almost up 
to the time of sailing, a curate of the established English Church 
at Salisbury. He so styled himself in order to avoid the rigid 
scrutiny he would have had to undergo if he had announced 
himself as formerly a curate of an English Church of pro- 
nounced Puritan faith. He may have been a "tayler" by trade, 
as curates of Puritan faith were many of them in the humble 
callings of life ; but if such was the case, it is positive that in 
this country he never followed his trade, but was always re- 
garded as a man of literary attainments and occupied a leading 
and prominent position in the community in which he dwelt. He 
was also accompanied on this voyage of the James by his 
"cousin," Rev. Joseph Avery, and his wife and children, be- 
tween whom and Antony^ Thacher there had been entered into 



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a league of perpetual friendship and an agreement to inhabit 
the same place. Rev. Joseph Avery's name, however, does not 
appear on the list of the James, and he probably came over 
under an assumed name to avoid scrutiny, as he was a Puritan 
priest. William Kemp was also a passenger on this trip of the 
James. This William Kemp was the one who was the first 
husband of Elizabeth Partridge, who, when she became his 
widow, married as her second husband Rev. Thomas^ Thacher 
of Weymouth, Mass. then (subsequently of old South Church, 
Boston, Mass.), she being Rev. Thomas^ Thacher's first wife. 

The exact place of landing in New England of the Ship 
James, and the date of such landing does not appear to be 
agreed upon by the authorities ; "Young's Chronicles" states 
that the ship arrived at Boston, June 3rd, 1635 ; "Freeman's Cape 
Cod" states that it arrived at Newbury, Mass., June 4th, 1635, 
and D. W. Allen's Thacher genealogy states that it arrived at 
Ipswich, Mass., June 4th, 1635. Wherever the passengers first 
landed Antony^ Thacher and family sojourned a short time 
thereafter in Ipswich, Mass., during which time Rev. Joseph 
Avery received a call to preach in Marblehead, Mass. (then a 
part of Salem, Mass.), which call after some deliberation he de- 
cided to accept, Antony^ Thacher and Rev. Joseph Avery and 
their families having in the meantime removed to Newbury, 
Mass., with a view to settling there. Rev. Joseph Avery having 
accepted the call to Marblehead, he and his family of eleven all 
told, accompanied by Antony^ Thacher and his wife Elizabeth 
(Jones) Thacher, and his children by his first wife (William^, 
Edith^, Mary3 and Peter^), went to Ipswich, Mass., and there on 
April nth, 1635, embarked for Marblehead. 

In the celebrated letter which he wrote to his brother. Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher of Salisbury, England, after the shipwreck 
which terminated this voyage, Antony^ Thacher states that his 
family consisted of seven (7) souls: himself, wife and four chil- 
dren make but six; who the 7th one of the party was is not 
clear to me. If the 7th was his servant, Peter Higdon, men- 
tioned in the sailing list of James, then according to the let- 
ter written after the wreck, he, Peter Higdon, was drowned; 
as the only survivors of the wreck were Antony^ Thacher and 
his wife. I do not myself think that Peter Higdon accompanied 
him on this voyage, but do think that Peter Higdon, who was in 
reality, according to my views, Peter^ Thacher (son of Rev. 
Peter^ Thacher of Salisbury) accompanied his brother Thomas^ 
Thacher on his overland trip to Marblehead. Antony^ Thacher's 
nephew, Thomas^ Thacher, was impressed with a sentiment 
of evil foreboding as regards this voyage, and determined to 
make the journey overland despite the danger attendant there- 
upon from hostile Indians. The party embarked from Ipswich 
for Marblehead on the date above stated in a pinnace belonging 



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to Mr. Isaac Allerton ; and the vessel was wrecked on August 
15th, 1635, and all on board were lost except Antony^ Thacher 
and his second wife, Elizabeth (Jones) Thacher. The fact that 
it is recorded that all on board were lost except Antony^ and 
his wife leads me to conclude that Peter Higdon did not accom- 
pany them on this voyage as before stated. It seems to me 
that this Peter Higdon was in reality Antony^ Thacher's nephew, 
Peter^ Thacher, who subsequently appears in 1641 and 1642 in 
Marblehead as under the care of Antony^ Thacher. If this is 
so then the 7th member of Antony^ Thacher's family who ac- 
companied him on this voyage was some person of unknown 
name to us, probably some retainer of his household. The 
entire episode of the wreck so frequently referred to by early 
New England chronicles is best set forth in Antonym's letter 
to his brother, Peter^ Thacher, written a few days after his 
rescue from the island on which he was cast after the wreck, 
which island has since been known as Thacher's Island. The 
storm which occasioned the wreck was a most memorable one, 
during which the tide rose some 20 feet; and it was said to have 
been the most terrific storm within the memory of the native 
Indians thereabouts. For a copy of this letter of Antony^ 
Thacher, see Note No. 4, to follow immediately after completion 
of Record of Antony^ Thacher. 

A cradle coverlet of scarlet broadcloth originally trimmed 
with gold lace (which lace souvenir hunters have entirely picked 
oflf), said to have been originally the property of Antony^ 
Thacher, and to have been rescued by him from the shipwreck, 
was still in 1872 in the possession of one of Antony^ Thacher's 
descendants in Yarmouth, Mass., and was held by the family 
in great veneration, and has been used by the family for many 
generations as a ceremonial covering for their children at their 
baptisms. 

From the letter of Antony^ Thacher written after the ship- 
wreck we see that when rescued from "Thacher's Island" he was 
taken to Marblehead, Mass. Colony, and there it will be seen 
from the following evidence he remained some time. Marble- 
head was not set off from Salem as a separate town until the 
year 1649; so while residing in that place, he was in reality an 
inhabitant of Salem, Mass., of which town the territory subse- 
quently set off as Marblehead then formed a part, viz : — 

"Att the Court holden at New Towne, September ist, 1635. 

"There is administration granted to Mr. Antony Thacher of 
the goods and Chattells of Mr. Joseph Avery, deceased, which he 
is to inventory and return the same to the next Court; and the 
said goods are to remain in his hands until further order be taken 
therein. 

"An Inventory of the Goods and Chattells of Joseph Avery, 
deceased. 



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"Due to him from John Emery, Carpenter £7. o«^ o* 

"Item: From Robert Andrews of Ipswich 
which he confesseth to be due and 
to be paid forth with £2. o. o 

"Item: From Mr. Wm. Hilton £2. 16. o 

Or a sowe and piggs to that value 
testis Richard Hunt. 

From Richard Kent of Ipswich 10 bushels 
of Indian corn which he acknowledges. 

"John Emery denys his debt; but Richard Knight, Nicholas 
Hollo and John Knight, all three of Newbery can and will testify 
and prove it to be due ; only he was by condicion to pay the said 
£7 in his work, which he was to do so soon as Mr. Avery did 
call upon him for it; out of which £7, there is something paid 
in labor already, as he can make appeare. 

per me Antony Thacher" 

It is well here to note that Antony^ Thacher always in sign- 
ing his name spelt Antony without the "h." This was probably 
due to the fact that as curate in the English Church he was in 
the habit of writing in Latin, as the church records in those days 
were in the majority of instances written in that language, they 
going so far even as to use the Latin forms of English baptismal 
names; and hence from writing his name Antonius (in Latin) he 
acquired the custom of writing it Antony in English, instead 
of Anthony, the more commonly accepted English form of the 
name. Whether my surmise is correct or not, "Antony" he was 
and not "Anthony" as he was so often styled by the contempo- 
raneous records and writers of his time. 

"September 31"^, 1635. Att the General Court houlden at New 
Towne. 

It is ordered that there shall be fforty markes given to Mr. Thacher 
out of the Treasury towards his late great losses." 

In Governor Winthrop's History of New England, he states 
that the General Court awarded Mr. Thacher £26, 13^^, 4* 
towards his losses; and divers good people gave him besides. 

In a list of first settlers of Salem, Mass., Antony^ Thacher is 
named as being of that place in 1635. 

1636-7: "At a General Court houlden at Boston, ist month, 
9**^ day, 1636-7, Mr. Antony^ Thacher had granted him the small 
island at the head of Cape Ann upon which he was preserved from 
shipwreck, as his proper inheritance." 

1637-8: On the first day of January, 1637 (1637-8) a meet- 
ing was held at Salem, Mass., and a vote of £100 was ordered, 
of which £8 were to be assessed upon the following inhabitants of 
Marblehead : 

* * * 20 (acres) Anthonie Thatcher. * * * The 
figures preceeding the name of Antony^ Thacher, as well as those 
preceeding all other names, represented the number of acres held 



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by each inhabitant, upon which acreage the proportionate amount 

of the tax was assessed. 

It is stated by some of the early authorities that Antony^ 
Thacher spent some time in Marshfield, as an inhabitant of that 
town, previous to his permanent settlement in Yarmouth, Mass. ; 
but I have been unable to trace any such residence there, or to 
discover any foundation in documentary evidence to substantiate 
such statement, which I am inclined to think was an unfounded 
report. 

1638: At a General Court held at Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, 
December i8th, 1638. 

"Mr, John Crow, Mr. Thomas Howes of Mattacheese, alias 
Yarmouth, took oath of allegiance to the Kinge and fidelity to 
government; and likewise Mr. Anthony Thacher took the same on 
the 7th day of January, 1638-9." This record above probably 
fixes the date upon which Antony^ Thacher first became asso- 
ciated with Yarmouth, 

"At a Court of Assistants held (at Plymouth) the vii of 
January in the xiiij yeare of the reigne of our Souvraigne Lord 
Charles, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland and France, 
and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, etc. * * * 
The names of those to whom the 1 Mr. Anthony Thacher, 
grant of land at Mattacheeset I Mr. Thomas Howes, 
now called Yarmouth is made. | Mr. John Crow, 

J Mr. John Coite, to be enquired of 
The names of those that are proposed "] Mr, Madrick Matthews, 
to take up their freedom at Yarmouth j Mr. Anthony Thacher, 

Mr. John Crowe, 
Mr. Thomas Howes, 
and others. 

At a General Court at Plymouth, March 5, 1638-9. "It is 
ordered by the Court that Mr. Nicholas Sympkins, William Palmer, 
Philip Tabor, and Joshua Barnes, of the town of Yarmouth, shall 
be added to Mr. Anthony Thacher, Mr. Thomas Howes and Mr. 
John Crowe, committee of the said place, to make an equal division 
of the planting lands now to be divided for the first time there, to 
each in and according to his estate and quality and according to in- 
structions." 

John^ Thacher, eldest child of Antony^ Thacher and Eliza- 
beth Jones, his second wife, was born at Marblehead, Massachu- 
setts Colony, March 17, 1638-9. 

1639. The following record of Court proceedings at Salem, 
Mass. Colony, together with the preceding record of the birth 
of John^ Thacher at Marblehead, Mass., in same Colony, show 
that Antony^ Thacher was at these dates occupied in transferring 
his interests from Marblehead, Mass. Colony to Yarmouth, Ply- 
mouth Colony; and that although he himself was already a large 
land owner of Yarmouth, he had as yet not transferred his family 
and made his permanent home there. 



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"Att Salem, 25*^ of the 4*^ month, 1639, ye 13*^ Courte. A 
complaint brought in by Mr. Anthonie Thatcher against Jane 
James for things taken forth of his house w^'^ she had received. 
Wherefore Jane James is bound in recognizance in the some of 
3" (shillings) to answer to this Court this tyme twelve months. 
The boys to be whipped by the Governor of the ffamilie where he 
had offended." 

From the above official records we see that Antony^ Thacher 
was one of the original grantees of Yarmouth ; and from the 
precedence given his name in these records it is to be inferred was 
the most important of the three original grantees. He was one of 
the first settlers of that town, and established his house and dwell- 
ing there late in 1639, on the border of the meadows in the 
Northwest part of the village. The exact spot on which his home- 
stead stood was a little knoll about midway between the residence 
(in 1872) of Mrs. James G. Hallett and that of Mr. Dustin Eld- 
ridge at Yarmouth Port, Mass. 

At a General Court at Plymouth, Dec. 3rd, 1639. Anthony^ 
Thacher admitted freeman and sworn accordingly. 

1639-40. At a General Court at Plymouth, March 3rd, 1639- 
40. "Where as Mr. Thacher, Mr. Crow and Mr, Howes, the 
committees of Yarmouth, were complained of to have made un- 
equal division of lands there; whereupon the said committee have 
exhibited a very formal division of said lands unto the Court 
which is well approved of. And the court doth further order that 
the said committee shall receive no more inhabitants into the said 
towne, except they bring certificates from the places whence they 
came under sufficient men's hands of the said places of their re- 
ligious and honest character; which certificate shall be first allowed 
by the Governor and Assistants before such persons shall be ad- 
mitted there." 

In 1639 Antony^ Thacher became Town Clerk and Town 
Treasurer of Yarmouth, Mass., and he remained in such capacity 
until his death in 1667, when he was succeeded by Mr. Edmund 
Hawes. 

1641. General Court at Yarmouth June 17th, 1641. "Settle- 
ment of land controversy between Mr. Anthony Thacher, Mr. 
Nicholas Sympkins and William Chase." 

Quarter Court at Salem, Mass., i-i2mo, 1641. "Peter 
Thatcher haled before Court for running away from Antony 
Thacher." 

1641-2. Record of Quarter Court of Assistants at Boston, 
Mass., ist of ist month, 1641-2 (See Vol. I., p. 118, on file in 
N. Y. G and B. Soc. Library). "Peter Thatcher, for plotting 
piracy, was committed, and to be whipt; Matthew Collaine, Robert 
Allen and another to be whipped for concealing plot of piracy." 

These two preceding records are those upon which I base 
my surmise that the above mentioned Peter Thacher was Peter^ 
Thacher, son of Rev. Peter^ Thacher, of St. Edmund's, Salisbury, 



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Eng,, and a nephew of Antony ^ Thacher; and that he, the above 
Peter^ Thacher, had accompanied his uncle, Antony^ Thacher, to 
New England as his apprentice, and whose apprenticeship was 
at the above date probably expired, as he was probably born in 
1616, and was hence about 25 years of age. Peter^ Thacher had 
also probably by this time received the money left him by his 
father in his will, from the hands of Antony^ Thacher and his ma- 
ternal step-uncle, Christopher Batt, and he was in all liklihood very 
unruly and difficult to control. 

1642. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1642. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher sworn in as a member of the Grand In- 
quest." 

General Court at Plymouth, September 27th, 1642. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher appointed by Court one of the Council of 
War. Anthony Thacher on list of freemen of Yarmouth and one 
of a list of those liable to bear arms in town of Yarmouth." 

1643. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 6th, 1643. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher elected deputy to General Court from 
Yarmouth." 

General Court at Plymouth, October loth, 1643. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth. He was ap- 
pointed one of the committee to provide a place of defense for the 
towne of Yarmouth against sudden assault." 

1643-4. General Court at Plymouth, March 5th, 1643-4. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth." 

1644. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5th, 1644. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher elected deputy to General Court from Yar- 
mouth, and appointed by Court Surveyor of Highways for the 
town of Yarmouth; and also licensed by Court to draw wine in 
Yarmouth." 

General Court of Plymouth, August 20th, 1644. "Mr, An- 
thony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth, and appointed 
by the Court one of a committee of three to lay out farm land 
granted to a Nathaniel Sowther." 

1645. General Court at Plymouth, June 4th, 1645. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher appointed on committee to prepare laws to over- 
come certain abuses." 

General Court at Plymouth, October 20th, 1645. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth." 

1645-6. General Court at Plymouth, March 3rd, 1645-6. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth." 

1646. General Court at Plymouth, July 7th, 1646. "Edward 
Sturgis licensed by Court to keep an ordinary and draw wine in 
Yarmouth, provided Mr. Thacher draws out his." 'Repealed 20-8, 
1646.' 'Mr. Anthony Thacher fined 6d for absense from Court.' " 

1646-7. General Court at Plymouth, March 2nd, 1646-7. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher being returned at the Court Register Keeper 
for Yarmouth was approved by ye Court." 



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1647. General Court at Plymouth, June ist, 1647. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth, and he was 
granted £20 by Court for public services." 

1648. General Court at Plymouth, June 7th, 164S. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher awarded no acres upland and 26 acres of mea- 
dow land by the Court as his allotment for discovering, purchasing 
and other charges in the settlement of Yarmouth." 

This allotment was a slight modification of the award made 
to him by the original committee of which he was one; the modi- 
fication being due to the complaint made by some that his allot- 
ment in the original division was excessive. The decision of the 
Court here recorded seems to have been a virtual upholding of 
Mr. Thacher's original award, as the modification was but slight. 

165 1. General Court at Plymouth, June 5, 165 1. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher, present as deputy from Yarmouth and appointed 
by Court to try certain Indians on complaint made by Richard 
Sears." 

1652. February 24th. "Mr. Anthony Thacher one of the 
jurors appointed by Court, to lay out a highway from Sandwich 
to Plymouth." 

General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7, 1652. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher elected deputy to represent Yarmouth." 

General Court, Plymouth, June 29th, 1652. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher is allowed and appointed by the Court to administer the 
ordinance of marriage at Yarmouth as occasion may require." 

1653. General Court of Election, Plymouth, June 7th, 1653. 
"Mr. Thacher one of the Surveyors of the Highway for Yar- 
mouth." 

1653-4. General Court at Plymouth, March 7th, 1653-4. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth." 

1654. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 6th, 1654. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher sworn as a member of the Grand In- 
quest." 

General Court at Plymouth, June 20th, 1654. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher one of the Jurors for to lay out the convenientest way 
from Sandwich unto Plymouth, which Jurors were sworn before 
Mr. Prence (Governor). February 24th, 1652. Jurors submit 
plan for said way to the above Court, June 20th, 1654." 

General Court at Plymouth, August ist, 1654. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth. Mr. Anthony 
Thacher, Mr. Josias Winslow and Mr. Thomas Kingsley submit 
to the above court a report of the accounts of the Treasurer (of 
the Colony) as audited by them." 

1656-7. General Court at Plymouth, March 5, 1656-7. "A 
warrant was directed from the Court unto Mr. Anthony Thacher 
of Yarmouth, to require him personally to appear at the Court of 
Assistants to be holden in May next to make answer to a com- 
plaint of Janna an Indian Sachem, concerning some land formerly 



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belonging- to him in the Uberties of Yarmouth, which was pur- 
chased of him by Mr. Thacher and Mr. Howes, and, as he saith, 
unpaid for." 

1657. General Court at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1657. "I, An- 
thony Thacher doe testify that Captain Standish accepted of one 
cow of Barnard Lumbard in the summe of five pounds, which 
cow the said Barnard Lumbard promised to winter, and the Cap- 
tain promised to allow him for it. This I can testify upon oath, 
and if I be called upon shall be reddy to doe it. 

(sgd) Anthony Thacher." 
The signature as given here above is copied from the printed 
record. His baptismal name it will be here noted is spelled An- 
thony and not Antony. I have never seen the original manuscript 
record; but am under the impression that in this original from 
which the printed copy was taken the name appears as Antony 
and the "h" was introduced by error on account of Anthony being 
the commonly accepted form of spelling. This may be, however, 
but an unjustified conjecture on my part, if it is so spelled in the 
original manuscript record, it is the only case of his so spelling his 
baptismal name that I am aware of. 

In the year 1657, Mr. Anthony Thacher's name is on Hst of 
those in Yarmouth that had taken the oath of fidelity. 

1657-8. General Court at Plymouth, March 2nd, 1657-8. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher one of a committee summoned to appear before 
the Court to transact certain business." 

1658. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June ist, 1658. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher sworn in as constable of Yarmouth. Mr. 
Anthony Thacher chosen as one of the Council of War. Mr. An- 
thony Thacher on a list of freemen of Yarmouth taken about 1658." 

General Court at Plymouth, June 5th, 1658. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher is required by the Court in settlement of the Indian 
Sachem Janna's claim to pay 20^^ as his share of the matter; this 
decision to be final. This being the conclusion arrived at by Mr. 
John Alden and Mr. Josias Winslow appointed by the Court to 
settle the matter; they having heard the case May 14th 1658 and 
reported to the above Court." 

1658-9. General Court at Plymouth, March ist, 1658-9. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher one of a committee appointed by Court to levy 
on inhabitants of Yarmouth to raise £40 or £50 a year to sup- 
port a minister." 

1659. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1659. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher elected deputy to represent Yarmouth." 

General Court of Plymouth, October 6th, 1659. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher one of the Coroner's Jury to hold inquest on the death of 
Mary Chase of Yarmouth." 

1660-61. General Court at Plymouth, March 5th, 1660-61. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher, Mr. Thomas Howes, appointed a com- 
mittee by Court to see that no more houses are erected at Yar- 
mouth except by permission of the Court." 



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1661-62. General Court at Plymouth, March 4th, 1661-62. 
"The agents for the town of Yarmouth appearing at this Court 
according to agreement to debate and determine a difference be- 
tween them and others about whales, were desired by the Court to 
give their result concerning the matter unto the Court as being that 
whereunto they could stand, who gave in their answer as fol- 
loweth : 

"The sixt of the first month -jr- 

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Right Wor^^. We intreat your worshipes reddily to accept 

these few lines for a positive answer to which we promise to stand ; 

that the Treasurer shall have two barrels of oyle out of each whale 

according to his proposition made unto us for the year past, soe 

as there may be a full end of what troubles hath formerly past 

about it." 

(sgd) Antony Thacher, 

Robert Denis, 
witness our hands Thomas Boardman, 

Richard Taylor." 

1662. General Court at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1662. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher sworn as member of the Grand Inquest." 

General Court at Plymouth, June 10, 1662. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher appointed one of the two excise officers of Yarmouth to 
take invoice of what liquors, powder, shot and lead are brought 
into the government of Yarmouth, and is ordered to report same 
to General Court each year." 

General Court at Plymouth, October 3rd, 1662. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher submits to Court invoice of Liquors brought into 
town of Yarmouth from June last to September 26th, 1662." 

1663. General Court at Plymouth, June ist, 1663. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth," 

1663-4. General Court at Plymouth, March ist, 1663-4. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher and Mr. Robert Denis submit invoice of liquor, 
powder and shot introduced into Yarmouth since May 1663." 
"Item: — Mr. Thacher, 3 cases," (whether liquor or powder or shot 
does not appear). 

1665. General Court at Plymouth, June 7th, 1665. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher present as deputy from Yarmouth. Court grants 
Mr. Anthony Thacher an equal share with certain others of cer- 
tain lands obtained by one William Nicaison at Mannamoisett from 
natives illegally, without consent of the Court, leaving only 100 
acres to said Nicaison." 

General Court at Plymouth, June 9th, 1665. "Final award of 
the Court in awarding land in the Nicaison controversy to Mr. 
Thacher and others." 

General Court at Plymouth, October 3rd, 1665. "Mr. An- 
thony Thacher is authorized by the Court to make contracts of 
marriage in the township of Yarmouth, and likewise to admin- 



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ister an oath to any witness for the tryall of a case as occasion 
may require within said township, and likewise to administer an 
oath to give evidence to the grand inquest as there shall be occa- 
sion within the said township." 

"Mr. Anthony Thacher appointed an excise officer to recom- 
mend excise on liquor for the year at Yarmouth." 

1665-6. General Court at Plymouth, March 6th, 1665-6. 
"Thomas Starr, Jonathan Barnes and Abraham Hedge were fined 
by Court for abusive carriage towards Mr. Anthony Thacher in 
his own house." 

"Mr. Anthony Thacher's name on the list of select men of the 
town of Yarmouth approved by the Court." This is the first men- 
tion of these officers by the Court; they were elected by the towns- 
men. 

1666. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5, 1666. 
"Mr. Anthony Thacher's name first on the list of select men for 
Yarmouth approved by the Court." They were elected by the free- 
men of the town to try cases involving not more than 40 shillings. 

1667. Council of War at Plymouth, April 2nd, 1667. "Mr. 
Anthony Thacher a member of the Council; and he was appointed 
the one to act for Yarmouth to concert with military officers there 
situated for the good of the Government." 

General Court at Plymouth, June 5, 1667. "Mr. Anthony 
Thacher as excise officer brings in report to the Court of liquor 
brought into Yarmouth for the year past." This invoice includes 
items up to the first week in June, 1667. He must, therefore, have 
been alive at that time. 

In Swift's "Old Yarmouth," between pp. 90-91, is to be 
found a fac simile of a document drawn up and signed by Antony 
Thacher dated April 4th, 1667. The original of a valuable docu- 
ment dated June 30th, 1667, and signed by Antony Thacher was at 
the time of the publication (1872) of D. W. Allen's "Thacher 
Genealogy" in the possession of H. C. Thacher, Esq., of Boston, 
Mass. 

According to D. W. Allen's "Thacher Genealogy," an inven- 
tory of his estate was taken August 22nd, 1667. Freeman's "His- 
tory of Cape Cod" says that he died August 22nd, 1667. These 
two statements are consistent, as inventories of deceased individuals' 
estates were frequently taken immediately after death and before 
funeral of the deceased. From what we have of record, however, 
we know that he died between June 30th, 1667, and August 22nd, 
1667, as we have a document signed by him June 30th, 1667, and 
this inventory was taken August 22nd, 1667. 

Court of Assistants at Plymouth, October 30th, 1667. "Let- 
ters of administration were granted by the Court to John^ Thacher 
(his eldest son) to administer on the estate of Mr. Anthony Thacher, 
deceased." 

From the above record we see that he died intestate. 



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1667-8. Court of Assistants at Plymouth, March 5th, 1667-8. 
"Letters of administration were granted to Mistress Elizabeth 
Thacher and unto John^ Thacher to administer the estate of Mr. 
Anthony Thacher, deceased." 

From which we have recorded evidence that his second wife, 
Elizabeth (Jones) Thacher, survived him. 

In Volume VII. of the Plymouth Colony Records the name 
of Mr. Anthony Thacher appears in various court proceedings, 
sometimes as juror and again as party to a suit. None of these 
records are of any material interest and hence are not quoted. 

Antony^ Thacher was buried on his own land in Yarmouth, 
not far from the marsh, by a little button pear tree situated near 
said marsh; which pear tree is said to have been planted by his 
own hands, and which Alden in his "Epitaphs" states was stand- 
ing in 1814. Swift in his "Old Yarmouth" states that the tree 
was standing in 1884. The general location of his resting place 
is therefore known ; but the identical spot is unknown, as his grave 
is not now, nor, as far as my knowledge extends, has ever been 
marked by a grave stone. When and where Elizabeth (Jones) 
Thacher, widow of Antony^ Thacher, died and was buried is not 
a matter of record, but it is almost a certainty that she died in 
Yarmouth subsequent to 1667-8 and was buried there beside her 
deceased husband. Descendants of Anthony^ Thatcher are eligible 
for membership in the Society of Colonial Wars and the Society 
of Founders and Patriots and in the Order of Americans of Ar- 
morial Ancestry. 

Authorities 

The Thacher Family, by Peter Thacher of 85 Milk Street, Boston, 1885, 
pp. 1-4. 

D. W. Allen's Thacher Genealogy, 1872, pp. 5, 6, 26-33, 86. 

History of Old Yarmouth, C. F. Swift, 1884, pp. 34-36, 44-46, 84, 88, 90, 
91,92. 

Sears Genealogy, S. P. May, p. 12. 

New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. IV, p. 258; XIII, pp. 
245, 246 ; XIV, pp. 332, 333 ; XXXV, p. 295. 

History of Cape Cod, Freeman, Vols. I, pp. 119, 120, 137, 142-145. 187, 
190, 226, 256 ; II, pp. 173, 179-181, 189, 190, 206, 580, 622. 

Alden s Epitaphs, Vol. i, p. 120, 121. 

Farmer's First Settlers of New England, p. 283. 

Records of Colony of Massachusetts Bay, Vol. I, pp. 154, 157, 191. 

History and Traditions of Marblehead, Mass., p. 13. 

Annals of Salem, Mass., p. 170. 

Young^'s Chronicles, pp. 485, 486, Note 2, 494, Note 3. 

Records of Plymouth Colony, Vols. I, pp. 107, 108, 117, 137, 142; II, 19, 20, 
27,41,47,57,63,65,68,72,73,85,94,95,105,106,112,117, 120, 128, 168; 111,9, 
15. 33. 44, 49, 61-64, 66, 113, 118, 129, 136, 138, 146, 155, 162, 172, 207 ; IV, 9, 14, 
23, 28, 37, 52,90, 96, 102, 105, 108, no, 115, 117, 142, 146, 152, 168, 175 ; VII gen- 
eral references ; VIII, 185, 194, 200 ; XII, 145. 

Winthrop's History of New England, Vol. i, Sec. 161, pp. 192, 196, 197. 

Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. VII, p. 191. 

Massachusetts Historical Soc. Collections, Vol. XXVIII, p. 319; Vol. VIII, 
p. 278 ; Vol. XXX, p. 133. 137. 

Researches Among British Archives, S. G. Drake, p. 55. 

Hotten's List of Emigrants, pp. 119, 120. 

Essex Antiquarian, Vols III, p. 86 ; IV, p. 62. 



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Notes Referring to the Record of Antony' Thacher 

Note i : Concerning Antony' Thacher and his first wife, Mary . At- 
tention is here called to the two following wills of Clement and Thomas 
Thatcher, which wills were copied from the New England Historic Genealog- 
ical Register, ]2iXi\i?Lty, 1893, in an article entitled Genealogical Gleanings in 
England, by Henry F. Waters, pp. 131, 132. The original of these wills are on 
file in the principal Registry of the Probate, Divorce and Admirality Division 
of the High Court of Justice, in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, England. 

Thomas Thatcher of Beckington, Somerset, 8 January, 1610, proved 13 
June, 161 1. To certain poor persons in the parish of Beckington, whom I par- 
ticularly named to my executrix twenty shillings, to be divided to the said poor 
persons by the discretion of my overseers. For the better relieving of my 
uncle John Thatcher my executrix shall deliver into the hands of my brother 
Clement Thatcher a cow which now is in the custody of my brother-in-law Rob- 
ert Keenell that, by the discretion of my brother Clement, she may be employed 
to the use of my said uncle during his natural life, and after his decease the 
said cow to remain to the use of his children. My executrix shall, in like man- 
ner, deliver into the hands of my brother Clement, one other cow, color black, 
for the better relieving of my aunt Elizabeth Thatcher, the use of it to her for 
life, and then to remain to the use of my said uncle John's children. To Wil- 
liam Hillman twenty shillings. To Thomas Grififin ten shillings. To Thomas 
Bembury ten shillings. To my maidservant Mary Wattes twenty shillings. To 
Hester Thatcher, my brother William's daughter, one flock bed and one bolster, 
and one sheep. To Ezra Thatcher, my brother William's son, one sheep. A 
conditional bequest to John Gallington son of brother-in-law John Gallington. 

Item, my will is that if my brother Anthony Thatcher (who is now in the 
"separation") do join in the profession of true religion with any true church, 
that then my executrix within one whole year after he shall so have joined him- 
self, either with the reformed Dutch Church, in which country he now liveth, or 
shall return into England and join with us, shall pay unto my said brother five 
pounds, which in token of brotherly affection, I give unto him. The rest of my 
goods I give to Anne my wife whom I make executrix, and make my friend 
Toby Walkwood and brother Clement Thatcher overseers. (Wood 60.) 

Clement Thatcher of Merston Bigot, Somerset, yeoman, 13 January, 
1629, proved 4 May, 1639. I give to the Church of Froome and Merston six 
shillings eight pence, to be equally divided, and to the poor of Froome five shil- 
lings and to the poor of Merston five shillings. To my son Clement forty 
pounds, to be in the custody of Bridget my wife until he comes of the 
age of one and twenty, she, the said Bridget continuing in my name, 
and not otherwise, it then to be ordered and disposed by my overseers. 
I give unto Thomas my son twenty pounds and to Hannah my daugh- 
ter twenty pounds and to Mary and Joane my daughters twenty pounds apiece. 
To William Thatcher my kinsman five pounds and to his sisters Alice and Jane 
forty shillings apiece. To Thomas Thatcher my kinsman Hatton twenty shil- 
lings. To all my God children an ewe and a lamb, or six shillings eight pence 
in money, at the discretion of my executor. To my brother Gallington's chil- 
dren an ewe and a lamb apiece and to my brother William Thatcher's children 
an ewe and a lamb apiece, and to my brother Anthony, which is beyond sea, 
forty shillings, and to his two children ten shillings apiece. To Thomas 
my son my chattel lease of the house in the field and five acres of ground there- 
unto belonging. Two other chattel leases in Filton and Mr. Cable's land, that 
which was lately in the tenure of Elizabeth Hipstonn, shall remain to Clement 
my son, &c. Wife Bridget to be executrix and brother William Thatcher and 
brother John Gallington overseers. (Harvey, 92.) 

Genealogists in the past have labored under the impression that the Anth- 
ony Thatcher mentioned in the two wills given above was identical with 
Antony* Thacher whose daughter Edith^ Thacher was baptized at Queen Cam- 
el, February 7th, 162 1, and which Antony' Thacher was subsequently curate 
under his brother Rev. Peter* Thacher at St. Edmund's, Salisbury, and who 
subsequently in 1635 emigrated to New England and there died in in 1667 aged 



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about 80 years. This identity is proven to be incorrect for the following reas- 
ons, viz : — 

From the Register of the Parish of Frome, Somerset County, England, 
Vol. I, 1558 to 1703, under the head of baptisms we obtain the following extracts, 
viz : — 

1568, May 15, Anthonius Thatcher was baptized 

1571, March 2, Clemens Thatcher was baptized 

1574, August I, William Thatcher was baptized 

1575, February 25, Thomas Thatcher was baptized 
1577, March 2, Elizabeth Thatcher was baptized 

A careful reading of the above wills leads to the opinion that the above 
children whose baptizms are here recorded are all brothers and sisters, and are 
the brothers specifically mentioned in these wills ; the Elizabeth, baptized 
March 2nd, 1577, being undoubtedly the Elizabeth Hipstonn mentioned in the 
will of Clement Thatcher. 

In the licenses to pass beyond the sea (in times of Queen Elizabeth to 
Charles i) in the Public Record Office in Fetter Lane, London, is to be found 
the following entry, viz : — 

"Prima die Octobris, 1631 Anthony Thatcher of age 65 years and dwelling 
in Leyden, et uxor Clarey Thatcher 38." 

Notice the age of this Anthony Thatcher, 65 years old in 1631 ; hence he 
was born in 1566 according to this entry. It is most probable that this entry was 
not absolutely correct as to his age, but merely approximate. Anthony 
Thatcher of Frome was baptized May 15, 1568 and on October ist, 1631, would 
have been at least 63 years, 4 months and 16 days old, on the supposition that 
he was born a few days before baptizm. In those days it was customary to 
baptize very shortly after birth, but exceptions frequently occurred to this rule 
and Anthony Thatcher of Frome may have been a year and a half old at bap- 
tism, May 15, 1568 which would make him 65 years old, October ist, 1631. It 
is also possible that the original entry of the license may have read aged 63, as 
the 3 and 5 is often confused in transcription. Whichever of these two hypo- 
theses is correct it is undoubtedly true that Anthony Thacher baptized May ist 
1568, at Frome and the Anthony Thatcher mentioned in the two preceding wills, 
and subsequently granted a license to pass beyond the sea in 1631, are one and 
the same person and that in 1631 he had a wife named Claree. 

This Anthony Thatcher of Frome, and later of Leyden, died previous to 
April 9th, 1656, as is seen by the following abstract of his widow's will taken from 
Vol. 47, pp. 421, 422 of the New England Historic-Genealogical Register •wh.xch. 
is as follows : — 

Claree Thatcher of Woolsack aller, in Hounsditch St. Buttolph's without 
Aldgate, London, widow, makes her will April 9th, 1656, which will was proved 
April 19th, 1656, and mentions as follows :" 

"To my loving sister Mary Langham, wife of Richard Langham twenty 
gilders sterling money. To my loving friend and brother in the faith Anthony 
Trayford, five pounds of lawful money of England. To my nurse Margery 
Beale forty shillings. To Eleanor Shilcock twenty shillings. To my daughter 
Sarah Hancocke, wife of Robert Hancocke of Amsterdam, silk dyer, the sum 
of five shilling and no more. All of which legacies my desire is shall be paid 
unto the several and respective legatees aforesiaid within six (6) months next 
after the death or departure of this mortal life of me the said Claree Thatcher, 
I give, will and bequeath unto Mary Moody, daughter of James Moody of Step- 
ney, mariner, a debt of forty shillings, due unto me from her said father. 
All the rest and residue of my goods, etc. to my loving son Humble Thatcher 
whom I ordain and make sole executor, etc. Witness, Ralph Grafton, William 
Cock, John Butler, Scr." 

From all of the above we see that the Anthony Thatcher mentioned in the 
wills of Clement and Thomas Thatcher given above, and Anthony Thatcher 
baptized at Frome, May 15, 1568, and subsequently of Leyden were one and the 
same person ; and that this Anthony Thatcher in 163 1 had a wife Claree ; that 



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Anthony Thatcher died before April gth, 1656, and was survived by his widow 
Claree who on that date was Hving in London, England. 

Mr. H. F. Waters from whose Genealogical Gleanings in England we ob- 
tained the above wills of Thomas, Clement and Claree Thatcher, says in a note 
thereunder : — 

"1 would suggest that the testatrix of the above will (Claree Thatcher') was 
the widow of Anthony Thatcher referred to by his brother Thomas as m the 
separation" (see above will of Thomas Thatcher). The rather odd name of 
Clarey (Claree); the bequest of "twenty gilders ;" the reference to a friend as a 
brother in the faith," and to a "son-in-law of Amsterdam" all seem to show 
this." 

Antony* Thacher (brother of Rev. Peter* Thacher of St. Edmunds') was 
born in 1588-g, as we have shown in his individual record. In 1631 he was 

married to one Mary , who died at Salisbury and was buried there July 

20th, 1634 and he married a 2nd time to Elizabeth Jones sometime in February, 
1635, and he died in Yarmouth, Mass., in 1667 aged about 80 years. Hence we 
see conclusively that he could not have been identical with the Anthony 
Thatcher mentioned in the wills of Thomas and Clement Thatcher here above 
given. 

From English Records we obtain the following viz : (See London Marriage 
Licenses ; also see Waters's Gen. Gleanings in England) "March 18, 1618-19. 
Ralphe Brace of St. Bride's, merchant tailor, allegeth that Anthony Thatcher 
of St. Catherine's near the tower, shoemaker, a bachelor, aged about 23, 
and a freeman, at his own government, intends marriage with Mary Clarke of 
St. Saviors, Southwark, maiden, about 21, daughter of Clarke, husband- 
man, deceased long since; she now a servant with Mrs. Roberts widow. Then 
appeared Henry Flint of St. Giles, Cripplegate, tailor, and testifieih, etc., etc., 
at St. Bennet's, Pauls Wharf;" which is a marriage allegation or notice of inten- 
tion. And again from Marriage Licenses, London, England, we have: Anthony 
Thatcher of St. Catherine's by the Tower, London, shoemaker and Mary 

Clarke of St. Saviour, Southwark, Co., Surrey, Spinster, daughter of Clarke 

deceased, to marry at St. Bennet, Paul's Wharf, London, 18 March, 16, 18-19.'' 
And again from the Stepney Parish Register we have the following, viz: — 

"1621, April. Richard Sonne of Anthony Thacher of St, Dunstan's in the 
West, London, yeoman, and Mary His wife, borne in the house of William 
Ffishburn of Ratcliffe highway, victualler, baptized the thirteenth (13th) day, 
being at that tyme fower dayes old." (See Vol. 2 of Baptizms.) 

And again from the Register of St. Paul's Convent Garden, London, Eng- 
land published by the Harleian Society, we have the following, viz: — (See Vol. 
II, p. 164.) 

"October 30th, 1797. Anthony, son of Richard and Ann Thatcher was 
baptized. 

(Signed) Richard Ballock, Rector. 

rLlSyd^""'"^'""" i Witnesses." 
As a result of the discovery of the above quoted marriage allegation and 
licence granted to Anthony Thatcher and Mary Clarke, it has been suggested 
by many that this Anthony Thatcher was identical with Antony' Thacher of St. 
Edmund's and subsequently of Yarmouth, Mass. This suggestion on the face 
of it seems plausible on account of the christian name of the wife Mary Clarke, 
i. e. Mary which was the christian name of the first wife of Antony* Thacher of 
St. Edmund's and Yarmouth; the likelihood of the two being identical is ren- 
dered possible by the date of the license 1618-19 which in no way conflicts 
with the possible date of marriage of Antony* Thacher of St. Edmund's and 
Yarmouth and the known date of birth of his daughter Edith who was baptized 
at Queen Camel, Feb. 7th, 162 1-2; and still further the record of baptism of 

Richard Thatcher son of the above Anthony Thatcher and Mary (Clarke?) 

April 13th, 1621 (born April 9th, 1621), is not inconsistent with such identity, as 
this child was baptized some ten (10) months previous to Edith^ as April 13th, 
1621, old style was in the year 1621, and Feb. 7th, 1621, was 1621 old style and 
1622 new style; and hence so far as dates of baptism are concerned they could 
both possibly be the children of Antony* Thacher of Queen Camel, St. 



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Edmund's and Yarmouth; nor would the diEEerence of places of baptism of the 
children and the comparative remoteness of one place from the other render 
the identity of these two Antony^ and Anthony impossible, as the time elapsed 
between the two baptisms might easily account for a change of residence. This 
seems to be the whole argument in favor of such identity. On the other side of 
the argument, in the marriage allegation of Anthony Thatcher of St. Catherine's 
near the Tower, London, it is stated that in 1618-19 he was about 22 years old, 
and this would place the date of his birth about 1595-6; from what we have ar- 
gued before under the head of his individual record, Antony^ Thacher of St. 
Edmund's and Yarmouth, Mass., died in 1667 aged about 80 years, and was 
therefore born as I conclude about 1588-Q. Hence as the one was born in 
1595-6, and the other in 1588-9, a difference of 7 years, they cannot be one and 
the same person, notwithstanding the fact that they each had a wife named 
Mary, and the births of the children of each as far as we have knowledge there- 
of in no way conflicts with the possibility of identity. 

My conclusion from a close analysis of the above citations is that Anthony 
Thatcher of the marriage allegation and license was not the son of Rev. Peter' 
Thacher of Queen Camel, but the son of some other as yet undetermined 
Thatcher, and that the occurrence of the Christian name Anthony suggests a 
possible relationship between his father and Rev. Peter' Thacher of Queen 
Camel. 

The Anthony Thatcher who was baptised at St. Paul's, Convent Garden, 
London, Oct. 30th, 1797, it would appear from the repetition of the names 
Richard and Anthony, to be a descendant of Anthony Thatcher, who married 
Mary Clarke, who had a son Richard Thatcher baptised April 13th, 1621. The 
names Richard and Anthony having been probably maintained during the 
intermediate missing generations. 

These remarks are given to show my reasons for doubting that either of the 
two above discussed Anthony Thatchers could be identical with Antony* 
Thacher of Queen Camel, St. Edmund's and Yarmouth, Mass. 

Note 2. Sailing list of sh\p /a mes, taken from New England Historic- 
Genealogical Register, Vol. XIV, pp. 332, 333, with notes thereon by S. J. D.: 

"SouTHON. — A list of names of suche Passeng" as shipt themselves at the 
towne of Hampton, in the Jaines of London of iij" tonnes William Coop' Mr. 
v" New England, in and about the v* of Aprill, 1635. 

Augustine Clem', sometime of Readinge (in Berkshire), Paynter. 

Thomas Whealer, his servant 

Thomas Browne, of Malford (perhaps Milford in Hants), weav' 

Hercules Woodman, of the same, mercer 

John Euered, alias Webb (settled in Chelmsford, " 
Mass., and died 1665) 

Stephen Euered, alias Webb 

Gyles Butler 

George Coussens 

Thomas Colman 

Thomas Goddard 

John Pithouse 

Anthony Morse 

William Morse , 

John Hide, Tayler 

John Parker, Carpenter 

Richard Walker, shomaker 

Maudit Ingles, ffuUer (a name that has been sub- 
jected to much torture, plain Maudit Ingles in 
this [original] record. On our Boston record, 
April 2, 1638, Maudit Ings appears. No doubt 
the same. See Hist, and Antiquities of Boston, 
p. 241 and elsewhere) 

Thomas Davyes, Sawyer 

Thomas Carpenter, of Amesbury (in Wilts), Carpenter 

William Paddey, skinn' / , ^„ r t , 

Edmund Hawes, cutler ^^^^ ^^ London 



of Marlborough 
in Wiltshire 
laborers 
or husbandmen 



of Marlborough 
shoomakers 



late of 
Marlborough 



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Late of 
New England 



Edmund Batter, maulter 

John Smale, his servant 

Michael Shafflin, Tayler 

Josuah Verren, Rep' 

Thomas Antram, weav' )■ 

Thomas Browne, his servant 

George Smythe, Tayler 

Phillip Varrem, Roop' 

John Greene, surgeon 

Zacheus Courtis, of Downton, laborer (several places bear this name, but 

this was probably in Wilts' 
Henry Rose, of Platford, laborer (or Plaitford, in Wilts) 
Nicholas Batt, of ye Devyes, lennen weav' 
Thomas Scoates, of Sarn (Sarum, Salisbury in Wilts), laborer 
John Pike / of Langford (Some 12 places bear this name in 

John Musselwhite \ laborers different counties. Langford 

Steeple is in Wilts) 
Sampson Salter, of Caversham, fisherman (probably the same place called 

Gonsham in another list. In Oxfordshire) 
Henry Kinge, of Brencsley, laborer 
William Andrews of Hampsworth, carpenter 
John Knight ) of Romsey, 
Richard Knight ) Taylers 
Thomas Smithe of the same, weaver 
Nicholas Holte, thereof, tanner 
Robert ffield, of yealing, laborer 
Anthony Thetcher of Sarm, tayler and 
Peter Higdon his servant 

LaTren^e°Se"aV ( ^^^^^^ °^ Hampton of about 17 years old 
Henry Leiiage } of Sarn 
William Parsons ] Taylers 

i«ho'i7 ELery ! "^ R°n>-y. Carpen.crs 
William Kemp, servant 

The totall number of these men, youthes, and boyes are liij p'sons, besids 
the wives and Children of Dyvers of these. 

(sgd) Tho: Wurfris, Coll' ibm. 

(sgd) N, Dingley, Comptr 
(sgd) John Knapp, Searcher" 
On a separate sheet accompanying the above: 

" Right ho"-"'" 
After the p'formance of our most humble Duties, may it please y' LoP' to 
receaue hereinclosed a list of the names of suche passeng" as tooke shippinge 
at this porte for New England, and that onely in Aprill last in the good ship 
Called the James of London whereof William Coop' went Mr. And thus in 
Due obedience and observance of yo' hon" Ire Dated the last of Decemb' 
past. Thus wee humbly take leave. Southampton the xij''' Day of June, 1635. 
Yo' LoP' most humble serv** 

(sgd) Tho: Wurfris Coll' 
(sgd) N. Dingier, Compt' 
(sgd) John Knapp, searcher" 
(Direction.) "To the right ho'"' the lords of his ma*« most honorable 
privie Counsel], this at Whitehall. London." 

Note 3. Concerning Elizabeth Jones, 2nd wife of Antony'' Thacher. 
From Pope's Pioneers of Massachusetts, p. 262, we obtain the following extract 
viz: — 

"Richard Jones of Dinder, England, embarked from Weymouth, England 
before March 20th, 1635. He settled in Dorchester, Mass., bought house and 
land there 1635. Richard Jones of Salisbury, witness in Essex Court in 1648 
may be the same." (Note: Pope is wrong in this suggestion, as, if Alice was 



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his widow in 1642, he could not have been a witness in 1648,— T.R. T.) "Alice 
Jones, aged 26, who came on the James in July, 1635, was doubtless his wife. 
He died intestate, leaving children Timothy, Samuel, Elizabeth and Mary. 
The widow Alice Jones conveyed estate, 2-12, 1642, to Anthony Thatcher of Yar- 
mouth, Richard Baker, Thomas Millett and George Weekes of Dorchester, for 
her son Timothy. She refers in the inventory of her estate to her brother 
Thatcher and her man John March." (Suffolk deeds. Vol. I, p. 41). From Suf- 
folk Co., Mass., Deeds Vol. I, p. 41, we obtain the following (4) 1634. 

"Alice Jones, late wife of Richard Jones, deceased intestate, granted unto 
her children her home and land and goods in manner as foUoweth: 

One third part of the house and land she reserved to herselfe for six (6) 
years; and the other two thirds she reserved for her three (3) children Samuel, 
Elizabeth and Mary for the said term, out of which she is to be allowed for their 
dyet and apparel the ist year £ 7 and the other five (5) years so much as the 
fifeofes shall judge fit, whilst she keepeth them. And after the six (6) years 
expired, the house and lands to remain to Timothy her son and to his heirs for- 
ever, he paying to the other three (3) children £ 22 as followeth vizt. To Eliz- 
abeth or her assigns £l \^ corn, cattle or money within two (2) years next after 
the six (6) years expired, unto which Alice Jones promeseth to add 20 sh; and 
two (2) years after that Timothy shall pay unto Mary ^ 7 in manner aforesaid, 
whereto Alice Jones promeseth to add 20'"; and two (2) years after thatTimothy 
shall pay to Samuel, his brother ^8. 

And of her moveable goods (after her debts are paid and certain goods 
taken out for her son Timothy as in the inventory it is mentioned.) She giveth 
two thirds for the use of Elizabeth, Mary and Samuel to be divided equally 
amongst them before the last of the third month next and to be kept in the 
hands of the ffeofes (Antony Thacher of Yarmouth, Richard Baker, Thomas 
Millett and George Weekes of Dorchester) until they be of years." 

And in case Timothy die without heirs, the house and lands to descend to 
Samuel; and for want of issue by him, to descend to the two daughters, or such 
of them as shall be living; and so if any of the three (3) children Elizabeth, 
Mary or Samuel die before they be of age to receive their portions, it shall re- 
main to the rest then living. 

In witness whereof Alice Jones set to her hand and seal the 2nd day of the 
I2th month 1642; and delivered one pewter dish to Elizabeth in part of the 
two thirds of said goods. In presence of Jeoffrey Turner and Elizabeth Crane. 
This was acknowledged before the Court as the deed of Alice Jones with the 

consent of her husband and the 8th of the 4th ." 

Note upon above extracts by S. P. May. 

" The deed of gift of Alice Jones is a very smgular one and it is explained by 
the fact that she had then at the date of the deed 9-4, 1643 or shortly thereafter 
married John Kinsley. This accounts for the closing words of the deed; 'with 
the consent of her husband.' She had then married John Kinsley between 2-12, 
1642 and 9-4, 1643, the former the date of the deed and the latter the date of its 
recording. 

Alice Jones, widow, lived in Dorchester, Mass. The question naturally 
arises why did she (or her husband) go so far as Yarmouth for a ffeoffee (or 
trustee). Doubtless Antony Thacher was their brother-in-law, his 2nd wife 
Elizabeth Jones being a sister of Richard Jones (unless perhaps she was the 
widow of a brother of Richard Jones). The first theory is probably the correct 
one. 

That Richard Jones was a brother of Elizabeth Jones is proved by the will 
of his son Samuel Jones, dated May 28th, 1661 in which he makes bequests to 
his six (6) cousins in Yarmouth. 

Here arises an interesting point. Either Antony Thacher had in 1661 six 
(6) children (I find only three (3) named) or else there are three cousins to be 
accounted for. Bearing in mind then that Richard Sears in his will calls An- 
tony Thacher 'brother' and that Antony Thacher's son John calls Richard Sears 
'uncle,' it is borne in upon me that Richard Sears had married a sister of Eliz- 
abeth Jones and of Richard Jones, and that Richard Sears three (3) children 
Paul, Silas and Deborah were the three (3) other cousins. 



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I have long thought that John Thacher would not have called Richard 
Sears 'Uncle' unless the connection was on his own father or mother's side and 
not by the way of Antony Thacher's first wife." 

The above are Samuel P. May's views upon the family relationship of Eliz- 
abeth Jones, 2nd wife of Antony''' Thacher. Mr. May is a genealogist of known 
repute and his argument in the matter seems to carry conviction with it, and I 
am convinced that his reasoning is correct. 

Note 4. Antony'' Thacher's letter to his brother Rev. Peter"^ Thacher 
concerning the shipwreck August 15th, 1635, taken from D. W, Allen's 
Thacher Genealogy : 

" I must turn my drowned pen and shaking hand to indite the story of 
such sad news as never before this happened in New England. There was a 
league of perpetual friendship between my cousin Avery and myself, never to 
forsake each other to the death, but to be partakers of each other's misery or 
welfare as also of habitation in the same place. Now upon our arrival at 
New England, there was an offer made unto us. My cousin Avery was invited 
to Marblehead to be their pastor in due time; there being no church planted 
there as yet, but a town appointed to set up the trade of fishing. Because 
many there (the most being fishermen) were something loose and remiss in 
their behavior, my cousin Avery was unwilling to go thither, and so refusing, 
we went to Newbury, intending there to sit down. But being solicited so often, 
both by men of the place and by the magistrates, and by Mr. Gotten, and 
most of the ministers, who alleged what a benefit we might be to the people 
there, and also to the country and commonwealth, at length, we embraced it, 
and thither consented to go. They of Marblehead forthwith sent a pinnace 
for us and our goods. We embarked at Ipswich, August 11, 1635, with our 
families and substance, bound for Marblehead, we being in all twejity-three 
souls, viz: eleven in my cousin's family, seven in mitte, and one Mr. William 
Elliot sometime of New Sarum, and four mariners. The next morning, 
having commended ourselves to God with cheerful hearts, we hoisted sail; 
but the Lord suddenly turned our cheerfulness into mourning and lamentations, 
for, on the fourteenth of August, 1635, about ten at night, having a fresh gale 
of wind, our sails being old and done, were split; the mariners, because it was 
night, would not put to her new sails, but resolved to cast anchor till the 
morning. But before daylight it pleased the Lord to send so mighty a storm 
as the like was never known in New England since the English came, nor in 
the memory of any of the Indians. It was so furious that our anchor came 
home, whereupon the mariners let out more cable, which slipped away. Then 
our sailors knew not what to do; but we were driven before the winds and 
waves. My cousin and / perceived our danger, and solemnly recommended 
ourselves to God, the Lord both of earth and seas, expecting with every wave 
to be swallowed up and drenched in the deep; and as my cousin, his wife, and 
my tender babes sat comforting and cheering one to the other in the Lord 
against ghastly death, which every moment stared us in the face, and sat 
triumphing upon each one's forehead; we were, by the violence of the waves 
and the fury of the winds (by the Lord's permission), lifted up upon a rock, 
between two high rocks, yet all was one rock; but it raged with the stroke 
which came into the pinnace, so as we were presently up to our middles in water 
as we sat. The waves came furiously and violently over us and against us, but 
by reason of the rock's position could not lift us off, but beat her all to pieces. 

Now look with me on our distress and consider of my misery who beheld 
the ship broken and the water in her, and violently overwhelming us; my goods 
and provisions swimming in the seas, my friends almost drowned, and mine 
own poor children so untimely (if I may so term it without offence), before 
mine eyes, drowned and ready to be swallowed up and dashed to pieces 
against the rocks by the merciless waves, and myself ready to accompany 
them. But I must go on to an end of this woeful relation. In the same room 
whereat he sat, the master of the pinnace not knowing what to do, our foremast 
was cut down, our main mast broken in three pieces, the fore part of the 
pinnace beat away, our goods swimming about the seas, my children be- 
wailing me as not pitying themselves, and myself bemoaning them, poor 
souls, whom I had occasioned to such an end in their tender years, wlaen as 



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they could scarce be sensible of death. And so likewise my cousin, his wife 
and his childrett, and both of us bewailing each other, in our Lord and only 
Saviour Jesus Christ, in whom we had comfort and clieerfulness, in so much 
that from the greatest to the least of us, there was not one screech or outcry 
made, but all as silent sheep, were contentedly resolved to die together 
lovingly, as since our acquaintance we had lived together friendly. Now as I 
was sitting in the cabin room door with my body in the room, when lo, one of 
the sailors by a wave, being washed out of the pinnace, was gotten in again, 
and coming into the cabin room over my back, cried out, ' We are all cast 
away, the Lord have mercy upon us. I have been washed overboard into the 
sea and gotten in again.' His speech made me look forth and looking 
towards the sea, and seeing how we were, I turned myself to my cousin and the 
rest, and spake these words 'Oh, cousin, it hath pleased God to cast us here 
between two rocks, the shore not far off from us, for I saw the tops of trees 
when I looked forth.' Whereupon the master of the pinnace, looking up to the 
scuttlehole of the quarter deck, went out at it, but I never saw him afterward. 
Then he that had been in the sea went out again by me and leaped overboard 
towards the rocks, whom afterwards also I could not see. Now none were left 
in the barque that I knew or saw, but my cousin, his wife and children, myself 
and tnine and his maid servant. But my cousin thought I would have fled from 
him, and said unto me, 'Oh, cousin, leave me not, let us die together,' and 
reached forth his hand unto me. Then /, letting go my son Peter's hand, took him 
by the hand and said, ' Cousin, I purpose it not; whither shall I go? I am willing 
and ready here to die with you and my poor children. God be merciful to us 
and receive us to himself,' adding these words, ' the Lord is able and willing 
to help and deliver us.' He replied, saying, 'True, cousin, but what His pleas- 
ure is, we know not; I fear that we have been too unthankful for former deliv- 
erances, but He hath promised to deliver us from sin and condemnation and 
bring us safe to heaven, through the all-sufficient satisfaction of Jesus Christ; 
this therefore we may challenge of Him.' To which I, replying, said 'that is all 
the deliverance I now desire and expect', which words I no sooner said, but by 
a mighty wave /was with a piece of the barque, washed out upon part of the 
rock where the wave left me, almost drowned; but recovering my feet, I saw 
above me on the rock, my daughter Mary, to whom I had no sooner gotten but 
my cousin Avery and his eldest son came to us, being all four of us washed out 
by one and the same wave. We went all to a small hole on the top of the rock, 
whence we called to those in the pinnace to come unto us, supposing we had 
been in more safety then, than they were in. My wife seeing us there crept up 
into the scuttle of the quarter deck to come unto us; but presently came another 
wave, and dashing the pinnace all to pieces, carried my wife away in the scuttle 
as she was, with the greatest part of the quarter-deck unto the shore, where she 
was cast safely but her legs was something bruised, and much timber of the 
vessel being there also cast, she was sometime before she could get away, being 
washed by the waves. All the rest that were in the barque were drowned in 
the merciless seas. We four by that wave were clean swept away from off the 
rock also, into the sea, the Lord in one instant of time disposing of fifteen souls 
of us according to his good pleasure and will. His pleasure and wonderful 
great mercy to me was thus: Standing on the rock as before you heard, with 
xxvy eldest daughter, my cousin and his eldest son, looking upon and talking to 
them in the barque, when as we were by that merciless wave washed off the 
rock, as before you heard, God in his mercy caused me to fall by the stroke of 
the wave, flat on my face, for my face was towards the sea, in so much that I 
was sliding off the rock into the sea, the Lord directed my toes into a joint of 
the rock's sides, as also the tops of some of my fingers, with my right hand, by 
means whereof, the wave leaving me I remained so, having in the rock only 
my head above the water, when'on the left hand I espied a board of plank of 
the pinnace. And as I was reaching out my left hand to lay hold on it, by 
another coming over the top of the rock, I was washed away from the rock, and 
by the violence of the waves was driven hither and thither in the seas a great 
while, and had many dashes against the rocks. At length, past hopes of life, 
and wearied in body and in spirit, I even gave over' to nature, and being ready 
to receive in the waters of death, I lifted up both my heart and hand to the God 
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that I was under and in the water, who at that instant lifted my head above the 
top of the water that so I might breathe without any hindrance by the waters. 
I stood bolt upright as if I had stood upon my feet, but I felt no bottom, nor 
had any footing for to stand upon, but the waters. While I was thus above the 
water, I saw by me a piece of the mast, as I suppose, about three feet long, 
which I labored to catch into my arms. But suddenly I was overwhelmed with 
water and driven to and fro again, and at last I felt the ground with my right 
foot, when immediately, whilst I was thus groveling on my face, I presently re- 
covering my feet was in the water up to my breast, and through God's great 
mercy, had my face unto the shore, and not to the sea. I made haste to get out 
but was thrown down on my hands with the waves, and so with safety crept to 
the dry shore, where, blessmg God, I turned about to look for my children and 
friends, but saw neither nor any part of the pinnace where I left them as I sup- 

f)Osed. Bat / saw my wife about a butt length from me getting herself forth 
rom amongst the timber of the broken barque. But before I could get to her 
she was gotten to the shore. I was in the water after I was washed from the 
rock before I came to the shore, a quarter of an hour at least. When we were 
come each to the other we went and sat down on the bank. But fear of the seas* 
rolling and our coldness, would not suffer us there to remain. But we went up 
into the land and sat us down under a cedar tree, which the wind had thrown 
down, where we sat about an hour almost dead with cold. But now the storm 
was broken up, and the wind was calm, but the sea remained rough and fearful 
to us. My legs were much bruised, and so my head was; other hurt 1 had none, 
neither had I taken in much quantity of water, but my heart would not let me 
sit still any longer, but I would go to see if any more were gotten to the land in 
safety, especially hoping to have met with some of my own poor children; but 
I could find none, neither dead nor yet living. You condole with me my miser- 
ies who now begin to consider of my losses. Now came to my remembrance 
the time and manner how and when I last saw and left my children and friends. 
One was severed from me sitting on the rock at my feel, the other three in the 
pinnace. My little babe (ah, poor Peter,) sitting in his sister i5',^///2 '5 arms; who 
to the utmost of her power sheltered him from the waters. My poor William 
standing close unto them, all three of them looking ruefully on me, on the rock, 
their very countenances calling unto me to help them, whom I could not go 
unto, neither could they come at me, neither would the merciless waves afford 
me space of time to use any means at all, either to help them or myself. Oh, I 
yet see their checks, poor silent lambs, plead pity and help at my hands. 
Then on the other side to consider the loss of my dear friends, with the spoiling 
and loss of all our goods and provisions; myself cast upon an unknown land in 
a wilderness, I knew not where nor how to get thence. Then it came to my 
mind how I had occasioned the death of my children ; who caused them to leave 
their native land, who might have left them there, yea, and might have sent 
some back again and cost me nothing; these and such like thoughts do press 
down my heavy heart very much. But I must let this pass, and will proceed on 
in the relation of God's goodness unto me in that desolate island on which I was 
cast, /and my wife were almost naked both of us, and wet and cold even un- 
to death. I found a snapsack cast on the shore in which I had a steel and flint 
and powder horn. Going further I found a drowned goat; then I found a hat 
and my son William's coat, both of which I put on. My wife found one of her 
petticoats, which she put on. I found also two cheeses and some butter driven 
ashore. Thus the Lord sent us some clothes to put on, and food to sustain our 
new lives, which we had lately given unto us, and means also to make fire for 
in an hour I had some gun powder, which to mine own (and since to other 
men's) admiration was dry. So taking a piece of my wife's neckcloth, which I 
dried in the sun, I struck a fire, and so dried and warmed our wet bodies, and 
then skinned the goat, and having found a small brass pot, we boiled some of 
her. Our drink was brackish water. Bread, we had none. There we remained 
until Monday following, when about three of the clock in the afternoon, in a 
boat that came that way, we went off that desolate island, which I named after 
my name, 'Thacher's Woe,' and the rock 'Avery, his fall,' to the end that their 
fall and loss and mine own. might be had in perpetual remembrance. In the isle 
lieth buried the body of my cousin's eldest daughter, whom I found dead on the 
shore. On the Tuesday following, in the afternoon, we arrived at Marblehead." 



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THIRD GKNERATION. 



34. Honorable Colonel John^ Thacher (Antony^, Rev. 
Peter^,) ; born at Marblehead (then Salem) Massachusetts 
Bay Colony, March 17th, 1638-9; resided at Marblehead, Mass., 
and Yarmouth, Mass. ; he was a statesman and soldier ; he 
died at Yarmouth, Mass., May 8th, 1713, "on Friday about 
noon, and was buried Monday 3 P. M."; he was buried at 
Yarmouth, Mass., with military honors in the old cemetery 
there, where a gravestone marks his resting- place. He was 
first married at Marshfield, Mass., (then in Plymouth Colony) 
November 6th, 1661, to Rebecca Winslow of Marshfield, Mass. 
She was born at Marshfield, Mass., July 15th, 1643; she died 
at Yarmouth, Mass., July 15th, 1683; and was buried presum- 
ably at Yarmouth, Mass., though no gravestone does, or ever 
has, marked her grave; she was a daughter of Josiah Winslow 
(brother of Gov. Edw. Winslow) who died and was buried 
December ist, 1674, in his 69th year, and of his wife Mar- 
garet (Bourne) Winslow, who was buried at Marshfield, Mass., 
October 2nd, 1683, both of her parents residing in Marshfield, 
Mass. Hon. Col. John^ Thacher married a second time at 
Yarmouth, Mass. (there recorded), January ist, 1683-4, to 
Lydia Gorham of Barnstable, Mass. ; she was born at Barn- 
stable, Mass., November 6th, 1661 ; died at Yarmouth, Mass., 
August 2nd, 1744, and was buried at Yarmouth, Mass., in 
the old cemetery where a gravestone marks her resting place. 
She was a daughter of Col. John Gorham and his wife Desire 
(Howland) Gorman, who resided at Barnstable, Mass. 
Children 21 (Thacher), all born in Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children by first marriage 9, 3 sons and 5 daughters and i 

sex not given. 

+37 i. Peter,^ born May 20th, 1665 ; died February 12th, 

1735-6; married Thankful Sturgis. 

+38 ii. Josiah,4 born April 26th, 1667; died May 12th, 
1702; married Mary Hedge. 

-|-39 iii. Rebecca,* born June ist, 1669; died April loth, 
1734; married, first, James Sturgis; married, sec- 
ond, Ebenezer Lewis. 

-f 40 iv. Bethia,* born July loth, 1671 ; died July 7th (or 
8th), 1734; married James Paine. 

-f-41 v. John,* born January 28th, 1674-5 ; died March 7th, 

(17th or 26th), 1764; married Desire (Sturgis) 
Dimmock. 

+42 vi. Elizabeth,* born June 19th, 1677; died May i8th, 
1710; married Moses Hatch. 
43 vii. Hannah ist,* born August 19th, 1679; died July 
nth, 1689, in girlhood, not married; buried prob- 
ably in Yarmouth, Mass.; no gravestone. 



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44 viii. Mary ist,* born August 3rd, 1682; died Septem- 

ber 7th, 1682, in infancy; buried probably in Yar- 
mouth, Mass. ; no gravestone. 

45 ix. Child, sex not stated,'* born ; died ; 

and was probably buried in Yarmouth, Mass. We 
have no record of the sex of this child, nor any 
reference to it whatever except in the verses writ- 
ten by John^ Thacher on the death of his wife 
and unto her memory, in which he specifically 
states that his first wife bore him 9 children. 

Children by second marriage 12 ; 4 sons and 8 daughters. 

-{-46 x. Lydia,^ born February nth, 1684-5; died Septem- 

ber 3rd, 1724; married Joseph Freeman. 

+47 xi. Mary 2nd,4 born February 5th, 1686-7; died 
June 28th, 1778; married Shubael Gorham. 

-{-48 xii. Desire,^ born December 24th, 1688; died May 6th, 
1723; married Josiah Crocker. 

4-49 xiii. Hannah 2nd,^ born October 9th, 1690; died 
May 6th, 1780; married Nathaniel Otis. 
50 xiv. Mercy ist,* born July 23rd, 1692 ; died August 
27th, 1692, in infancy, and was buried probably 
in Yarmouth; no stone marks her grave. 

-{-51 XV. Judah,4 born August 20th, 1693; died January 

8th, 1775 ; married Sarah Crosby. 

52 xvi. Mercy 2nd,* born December 28th, 1695; died 

August 22nd, 1696, in infancy, and was buried 

probably in Yarmouth; no stone marks her grave. 

4-53 xvii. Ann,* born May 7th, 1697; died March 13th, 
1756; married John Lothrop. 

+54 xviii, Joseph,* born July nth, 1699; died June 17th, 
1763; married Ruth Hawes. 

-f-55 xix. Benjamin,* born June 25th, 1701-2; died , 

1768; married Hannah Lumbert. 

-j-56 XX. Mercy 3rd,* born February 7th, 1702-3; died ; 

married James Harris. 

-f 57 xxi. Thomas,* born April 2nd, 1705 ; died December 
20th, 1746; married Thankful Baxter. 

Making twenty-one (21) children in all; six- 
teen of whom married and left issue. 

Honorable Col. John^ Thacher was born in Marblehead (then 
Salem), Mass., and removed with his parents to Yarmouth early 
in the 1640's. Of his history prior to marriage we have no definite 
knowledge, but assume that his boyhood and youth were spent in 
Yarmouth, receiving such school advantages as were obtainable 
there in those early days. We have no record of his having attended 
college. In 1661 he was married to Rebecca Winslow, daughter of 
Josiah Winslow of Marshfield, Mass., by his wife Margaret 
(Bourne) Winslow. It is assumed that the marriage took place 



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in Marshfield, although no record thereof is to be found there nor 
in Yarmouth; the poem dedicated to his first wife's memory sug- 
gests that Marshfield was the place of marriage. 

Josiah Winslow, his father-in-law, was the youngest brother 
of Governor Edward Winslow. He was born in Droitwich, Eng- 
land, February nth, 1606, and was baptized February i6th, 1606; 
came over to New England with his brother Kenelm, arriving here 
in 1631 (as stated both by Bradford's and by Winthrop's contem- 
poraneous histories) with Allerton on the "White Angel" landing 
at Saco, June 27th, 1631. He lived some time in Scituate and then 
removed and settled in Marshfield. He married Margaret Bourne, 
perhaps the daughter of the second Thomas Bourne, and had 
amongst other children, Rebecca Winslow, born at Marshfield, 
July i6th, 1642, or July 15th, 1643, the latter date being probably 
the correct one as it is taken from the Vital Records of Marsh- 
field. Josiah Winslow was a Representative to the General Court 
of Plymouth in 1643, '45 and '47 and several years thereafter, cer- 
tainly in 1659 and '60. He was town clerk of Marshfield from 
1646 until his death, December ist, 1674. Margaret (Bourne) 
Winslow, his widow, died in 1683. 

The date of marriage of Hon. Col, John^ Thacher to Rebecca 
Winslow is variously given, Allen in his "Thacher Genealogy," pp. 
33, and Savage in Vol. IV., p. 602, of his "Genealogical Dictionary," 
both say that the marriage took place November 6th, 1661. The 
N. E. H. G. Reg., Vol. XIV., p. 11; and Freeman's "History of 
Cape Cod," Vol, i, p, 622, and Davis' "Landmarks of Plymouth," 
pp, 258-9, all say November 6th, 1664, The poem written by John^ 
Thacher on the death of his first wife, however, specifically fixes 
the date as 1661 ; and when I note that the first of their known 
and named children was born on May 20th, 1665, I am inclined to 
think that the 9th child recorded above was in reality their first 
born, who was born between 1661 and 1665 and probably died in 
infancy or at birth. 

In 1668 Hon. Col. John^ Thacher was chosen a deputy to the 
General Court at Plymouth and served in that capacity annually 
to the year 1681, except in the years 1672, '75 and 'yy. In 1668 
he was elected a selectman of Yarmouth and remained such for 
many years. In 1681 he was appointed one of the Council of War 
for Plymouth Colony in which capacity he served a number of years. 
From 1682 to 1692 he was an Assistant to the Governor of Ply- 
mouth Colony. Immediately upon the union of Plymouth Colony 
with the Province of Massachusetts Bay under the Charter of Wil- 
liam and Mary in 1692 he was elected a representative and sub- 
sequently an Assistant or Councillor to the Provincial Council and 
served as such until 1707. He joined the militia of that period 
at an early age and in time attained the rank of Colonel therein, 
and upon his death. May 8th, 1713, he was buried with military 
honors. His first wife, Rebecca, died July 15th, 1683, from ail- 
ments, induced by the birth and subsequent death of her last child, 



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Mary ist^ Thacher; she was probably buried in Yarmouth, Mass., 
although no stone marks her grave. Hon. Col. Thacher was much 
attached to his first wife and deeply grieved over her loss; and 
during the period between her death and his second marriage he 
composed verses in her enthusiastic praise, dated August 30th, 1683. 
(A copy of extracts from these verses will be found in Note i, 
following the completion of the record of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher, 
the extracts being there inserted not on acount of their intrinsic 
merit, but as an example of the custom then largely in vogue of 
extolling the virtues of departed dear ones in verse; and moreover 
principally on account of the genealogical facts related in said 
verses, which facts are not specifically recorded elsewhere.) It 
would seem hardly possible that after such an ardent outpouring 
of his love and affection for his first wife in these verses that he 
could so soon again enter the matrimonial state ; but the care of his 
then large family of children necessitated his having a helpmate, 
and he married a second time January ist, 1683-4, to Lydia Gor- 
ham. Family tradition furnishes us with an interesting anecdote 
concerning his first and second wives which will be found related 
in full in Note No. 2, following this record. Lydia Gorham, his 
second wife, was a daughter of Colonel John Gorham of Barn- 
stable, Mass., and his wife, Desire (Howland) Gorham. She died 
at Yarmouth, August 2nd, 1744, having survived her husband many 
years. Both she and her husband were buried in the old cemetery 
at Yarmouth, Mass. The stone that marks their graves was the 
first inscribed stone erected in the Yarmouth burying ground and 
bears the following inscription: — 

"In memory of the Honorable John Thacher, Esq., 
Who departed this life 8. May, 1713 in the 75th year of 
his age, and in memory of Lydia Thacher his 
wife, who died 2 August 1744, in the 84th year of 
her age." 

Hon. Col. John^ Thacher made his will under date of April 
25th, 1713, and it was proved July 27th, 1713; a copy of this will 
will be found at the end of this record in Note 3. 

The following is a transcript of the official record of Hon. 
Col. John^ Thacher as extracted from the records of the Colony 
of New Plymouth, New England, as published by order of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, edited by N. B. Shutleff, M. D., 
Boston, 1853, and which is to he found in all important public 
libraries, to wit: — 

1666. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5th, 1666. 
"John Thacher sworn as a member of the Grand Inquest." 

1667. Court of Assistants, Plymouth, October 30th, 1667. 
"John Thacher on land committee for Yarmouth. Also letters of 
administration granted by Court unto John Thacher on estate of 
Mr. Anthony Thacher, deceased." 

1667-8. Court of his Majesty, Plymouth, March 5th, 1667-8. 
"Letters of administration granted to Mistress EHzabeth Thacher 



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and unto John Thacher on the estate of Mr. Anthony Thacher, de- 
ceased." 

1668. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1668. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth, and ratified as select- 
man for Yarmouth." 

1669. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June ist, 1669. 
"John Thacher audits Treasurer accounts July 8, 1669; he is elected 
deputy from Yarmouth." 

1670. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1670. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth, ratified as select- 
man of Yarmouth; on list of freeman of Yarmouth May 29, 1670, 
and appointed by Court to look after collection of minister's rates." 

167 1. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5th, 167 1. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified as select- 
man of Yarmouth." 

1672. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5th, 1672. 
"John Thacher ratified as selectman for Yarmouth; also on Cor- 
oners Jury to view body of Richard Lake's daughter." 

1673. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1673. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified as select- 
man of Yarmouth; he was also present as deputy from Yarmouth 
at Court held at Plymouth, September 15th, 1673." 

1673-4. General Court at Plymouth, March 4, 1673-4. "John 
Thacher appointed by Court to act as one of the administrators of 
the estate of Richard Taylor." 

1674. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1674. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified as select- 
man for Yarmouth. Sergeant John Thacher made ensign of Yar- 
mouth Co. of Militia, July 7th, 1674." 

1675. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June ist, 1675. 
"John Thacher ratified as selectman for Yarmouth." 

1676. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1676. 
"Ensign John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified 
as selectman for Yarmouth." 

1676-7. Court of his Majesty, March 6, 1676-7. "John 
Thacher has delivered unto him Yarmouth's share of certain con- 
tributions from Ireland to assist the poor, rendered needy by the 
Indian War." "Mentions John Thacher as partaking in distribu- 
tion of fund sent from Ireland for the relief of such as are im- 
poverished, distressed and in necessity by the late Indian War." 
"Yarmouth £ — .losJi. 00^. Mr. John Thacher." 

1677. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5, 1677. 
"John Thacher ratified as selectman for Yarmouth." 

Majesty's Court of Plymouth, November i, 1677. "John 
Thacher on Coroner's Jury on death of James Claybournc." 

1678. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 5th, 1678. 
"John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified as select- 
man for Yarmouth, and acted as adviser in administration of estate 
of Thomas Phillips." 



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i679- General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1679. 
"Ensign John Thacher elected deputy for Yarmouth and ratified 
as selectman for Yarmouth." 

1680. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June ist, 
1680. "John Thacher audits Treasurer's accounts June 4, 1680. 
He is elected a deputy and ratified as a selectman for Yarmouth." 

1681. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1681. 
"Ensign John Thacher ratified as selectman for Yarmouth, he was 
approved of and appointed by Court to be Lieutenant in the Yar- 
mouth Militia Company; and Lieutenant John Thacher was ap- 
pointed by Court to be of the Council of War." 

Court of his Majesty at Plymouth, October 28th, 1681. "John 
Thacher on jury to try Thomas Saddeler." 

1682. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 6th, 1682. 
"John Thacher chosen and sworn in as an Assistant to Governor." 

Court of his Majesty, July 7th, 1682. "John Thacher present 
as Assistant." 

Court of his Majesty, October 31st, 1682. "John Thacher pres- 
ent as Assistant." 

1682-3. Court of his Majesty, March 6, 1682-3. "John Thacher 
present as Assistant." 

1683. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 6th, 1683. 
"John Thacher audits Treasurer's accounts, June 8th, 1683 ; he was 
also chosen an Assistant and also appointed on a committee to re- 
vise laws and to audit Treasurer's accounts." 

1683-4. Court of his Majesty, March 5th, 1683-4. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant. He together with other Assistants, 
the Governor and Deputy Governor, acte in the settlement of the 
estate of Desire Gorham" (his mother-in-law). 

1684. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1684. 
"John Thacher chosen an Assistant; and as Assistant records that 
Jonathan Hawes chooses his uncle Jeremiah Hawes as his guardian." 

Court of his Majesty, July ist, 1684. "John Thacher present 
as Assistant." 

1684-5. Court of his Majesty, March 5th, 1684-5. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." 

1685. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 2nd, 1685. 
"John Thacher chosen Assistant. Entered on Treasurer's account 
as owing a fine of 5 shillings. Capt. John Thacher and Mr. Barna- 
bas Lothrop directed by this Court to settle the estate of Wm. 
Chase of Yarmouth, deceased." 

Court of his Majesty at Plymouth, October 27th, 1685. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." 

1686. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June , 1686. 

"John Thacher chosen Assistant." 

1687. Records are entirely missing for the year, but it is pre- 
sumed John Thacher was Assistant. 



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i688. Records are entirely missing for the year, but it is pre- 
sumed John Thacher was Assistant. 

1689. General Court of Election at Plymouth, ist Tuesday 
of June, 1689. "John Thacher chosen Assistant, and his name en- 
tered on list of freemen." 

General Court of Assistants at Plymouth, August 14th, 1689. 
"John Thacher present as Assistant." 

His Majesty's Court at Plymouth, October 2nd, 1689. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." 

His Majesty's Court at Plymouth, December 25th, 1689. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." "John Thacher fined 20^^ for ab- 
sence, fine remitted it being first offense." "John Thacher ap- 
pointed first one of a committee of six (6) chosen and appointed 
by the Court to take and adjust the accounts and charges of the War 
relating to the late expedition against the Indians ; and to make re- 
port to the Court to the end that soldiers and others concerned may 
have their wages and dues paid with all convenient speed. Captain 
John Thacher, Captain Jonathan Sparrow and Mr. John Gorham 
appointed a sub-committee to act for the County of Barnstable." 

1690. Court of Assistants at Plymouth, April ist, 1690. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." 

General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1690. "John 
Thacher chosen as Assistant." 

General Court at Plymouth, November 4th, 1690. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant." 

General Court at Plymouth, ist Thursday, December, 1690. 
"John Thacher, Esq., present as Assistant." 

1690-1. Court of Majesty's Assistants, February 11, 1690-1. 
"John Thacher present as Assistant." 

1691. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 2, 1691 
(last Court of Election at Plymouth). "John Thacher chosen As- 
sistant." 

General Court at Plymouth, July 7th, 1691. "John Thacher 
present as Assistant." 

1692. Court of Assistants at Plymouth, April 5th, 1692. "John 
Thacher present as Assistant. This was the last Court of Assistants 
of Plymouth Colony, which colony thereafter became a part of the 
Province of Massachusetts Bay." 

From the Acts and Resolves of the Province of Massachu- 
setts, published by authority of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts we obtain the following record of the continuation of the Pub- 
lic Service of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher, to wit: — 

1692. General Court at Boston, June 8th, 1692. "Captain 
John Thacher representative for Barnstable County." 

1693. Captain John Thacher representative for Barnstable 
County. 



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1694-5- John Thacher, Esq., Councillor or Assistant for for- 
mer Colony of New Plymouth, Mass. 

1695-6. 

1696-7. 

1697. 

1698. 

1699-1700. " 

1 700- 1. " " " " " " " 

1701-2. 

1702. 

1703-4. 

1704-5. 

1705-6. 

1706-7. 

1707. " " " " " " 

This last year Mr. Thacher did not sign the oath of office. 

This completes the record of his official services as given in 
the printed Colonial records of Plymouth Colony and the Province 
of Massachusetts Bay. 

From the N. E. H. G. Reg., Vol. XVI., pp. 24 and 146, we 
obtain the following: — 

"1694, June 2nd, John Thacher signed as Assistant the deed 
of Eastham, Mass., from the Indians. Sachamus signed deed for 
the Indians; deed witnessed by John Thacher and John Seabury." 

John^ Thacher's heirs were among the grantees of the 7 Nar- 
ragansett Townships laid out by the General Court and confirmed 
April 1 8th, 1735. 

Hon. Col. John^ Thacher had but one brother and one sister. 
Judah^ Thacher, his brother, left male issue, but they all died with- 
out issue ; hence the male line of Antony^ Thacher was perpetuated 
only through his son, Hon. Col. John^ Thacher, who is therefore 
the ancestor of all of the Cape Cod Thachers living at the present 
time. Descent from Hon. Col. John ^ Thacher entitles his descend- 
ants to membership according to their sex in the following so- 
cieties: Colonial Wars, Colonial Dames, and the Society of Foun- 
ders and Patriots, and the Order of Americans of Armorial An- 
cestry. Descendants of his second wife, Lydia (Gorham) Thacher, 
are entitled to membership in Society of Mayflower Descendants, 
as Lydia Gorham's mother. Desire Howland, was the daughter of 
John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley ; they are also by their ancestor, 
Lydia (Gorham) Thacher, entitled to membership in Colonial Wars, 
Colonial Dames and Founders and Patriots. 

Authorities: 

D. W. Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33 to 37 inc. 

New Ens^land Historic-Genealogical Register, Yo\s. II, p. 248; XIV, pp. 
24, 146; XLVII, p. 187; LII, p. 358. 

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XXIX, pp. 45,67, 
133-135 inc. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, pp. 145 and 622; II, p. 210. 

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, Vols. II, p. 281; IV, p. 602. 



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Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, pp. 122-123. 

Young's Chronicles, p. 485, Note 3. 

May/lower Descendants, Vol. II, pp. 4, 181. 209, 252. 

Paine Fa7nily Records, by H. D. Paine, p, 59. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 258-259. 

Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families, by Otis, Vol. I, p. 413; II, p. 136. 

Gravestone Record of Yar?nouth, Mass., p. 33. 

Printed Records of Plymouth Colony, Vols. IV, pp. 123, 167-168, 175, 180, 
182; V, pp. 17, 34, 37, 55, 92, 95, 113, 135, 137, 143. 144, 151. 164, 19s, 196, 222, 
230, 250, 256, 273, 276; VI, pp. 10, 35, 36, 59, 64, 67, 74, 83, 88, 97, 102, io6, no, 
123, 124, 127, 134, 139, 145, 150, 164, 170, 175, 185, 205, 211, 217, 221, 228, 229, 236, 
239, 255, 256, 262, 264, 268; VII, p. 311; VIII, pp. 44, 127, 155. 163, 164, 206. 

Acts and Resolves of Province of Massachusetts, Vols. VII, pp. 8, 21, 44, 71, 
103, 147, 179, 212, 237, 283, 332; VIII, pp. 6, 61, 113, 161, 225, 338. 



Note : I deem it desirable here to state that the Hon. 
Peter' Thacher (Hon. Stephen,' Rodolphus,' Peter/ Rev. Ralph,* 
Rev. Thomas,^ Rev. Peter," Rev. Peter'), of Newton, Mass., born 
October 14th, 1810, died October 21st, 1894, for many years 
previous to his death devoted much time and money in en- 
deavoring to clear up the record of the English origin of the 
Yarmouth-Boston Thacher family, as well as to collect a definite 
record of the Thachers in the United States. 

On May 18th, 1882, he published a small pamphlet, in which 
he foreshadowed the conclusions which I have arrived at in 
compiling the English record of this family. His son, Stephen 
Thacher, Esq., of Boston, Mass., fell heir to the manuscript 
collections of his father relating to the Thacher family, and was 
so extremely courteous and considerate as to allow me to have 
temporary possession of the same during the period of my 
compilation of the English origin and genealogy of the family, 

Hon. Peter* Thacher was much aided in his work by Miss 
Julia W. Redfield of Pittsfield Mass., who most generously 
presented to me her entire manuscript bearing upon her study 
of Thachers in England and the United States. In collecting 
the English records of the family, Hon. Peter' Thacher was also 
assisted greatly by Mr. J. Henry Lea, the American genealogist 
who has made and still does make a specialty of unravelling 
knotty questions of English ancestry; and the result of his 
research, made himself in England, as submitted to Hon. Peter* 
Thacher, was so complete and satisfactory as to be invaluable to 
me, in connection with my own search, in enabling me to draw 
the definite conclusions which characterize my chapters on the 
English origin and genealogy of the Thacher family. I desire 
here to acknowledge the excellence of the work of my pre- 
decessors in this field, and to record, in the name of those of 
Thacher blood, the debt due to Hon. Peter* Thacher and to Miss 
Redfield for clearing this field of many preliminary obstacles; 
and to likewise record my endorsement of Mr. Lea's exhaustive 
and clearly submitted reports upon the result of his search in 
England bearing upon the Thacher family. — j. r. t. 



Correction: — Page 43, 22nd line from top. Typographical error: 
" unvariably," should read "invariably." 



HACHER- THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part V. 



( niXEALOGICAI. RHCORD 01- 
ANTONY- THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MA: 
AND IITS DESCENDANTS 

[Continued) 



lOI 

Notes Concerning the Record of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher. 

Note i: The verses composed by Hon. Col. John^ Thacher under date of 
August 30th, 1683, comprise some 322 lines, a full copy of which may be 
seen in the manuscript Thacher Genealogy compiled by Hon. George 
Thacher of Biddeford, Maine (1754-1824), one of the rare copies of which may 
seen in the Library of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. 
The verses are not of any poetic merit but form a fair example of the verbose 
and unduly extended emotional eulogy which bereaved ones of those times 
indulged in rehearsing the virtues of their departed dead. We append here 
below only such extracts from these verses as possess distinct genealogical 
value, the extracts given bearing full evidence of the literary and metric 
value of the entire effusion. Marrying as he did just four months after de- 
livering himself of such an extensive and enthusiastic eulogy, many might be 
excused for suspecting the author of some degree of exaggeration of his real 
sentiments; but in justice to his memory let it be borne in mind that he was 
the father of a family of seven young children who much needed a woman's 
care and thus the force of circumstances undoubtedly aided a distinctly pro- 
nounced preference in the selection of his second help-mate. 

The verses, extracts from which are here below quoted, were bequeathed 
by Hon. Col. John^ Thacher to his children accompanied by the following 
letter of explanation and advice, viz.: 

"Here you may find a few broken leaves which I leave to your con- 
sideration, my children; in which you have some brief and short hints of 
things and passages which your poor father more largely descanted upon in 
the time of his melancholy mourning hours for his exceeding great loss of his 
most dear and loving wife, and your dear and tender mother, who went from 
this sinful weary world to those mansions of joy and rest prepared by her 
Lord and Christ for her on the 15th day of July about eleven or twelve o'clock 
in the night in the year 1683; she being as I count within one day of 41 years 
of age. Proverbs, 18. 'My son, bear the instructions of thy father, and forsake 
not the law of thy mother.' 

These lines which here are left of me 

May speak when I no more shall be 

And also you in mind may put 

Of that which else may be forgot. 

Your greatly affectionate father 

J. T." 
Extracts from Verses. 
" When I was young and a mate did "For, in the month of September, last, 

need, On seventh day as I it cast, 

To God I went me to succeed; My little babe away was took 

Who graciously did me guide, When it most pleasingly did look. 

So that a virtuous maid I spied. Of which bereaving stroke I speak 

Rebecca Winslow was her name, The heart of my dear,wife did break." 

Brought up in family of fame * * * 

For Godliness and piety "Five weeks and then twas taken home 

To which place I went speedily Methinks I hear the mother mourn 

[This probably means Marshfield] Her little Mary gone to rest. 

Where I obtained help meet for me. Soquickly snatched from tender breast. 

Such jewels now how rare they be; This cost tender mother many sith. 

She young and fair, a comely one And helped shorten her precious life, 

She IS now gone. I m left to mourn. Me thinks I hear her still to say. 
My case most sad and desolate \ shan't make much delay, 

Because I have lost my tender mate. Before that with my sweet babe, I 
Full twenty years and one I had shall be with Christ, eternally." 

This mate which always made me glad i^ if in 

Yea, and to add unto the score i4^7-„i *!,„ tu ^ a tn^A^ ^ 

more. .j^^yu- But Oh! I was so dull I see 

These two sums do complete the time -^jT .' ", „u V^ XI k ;i, ^.,o* k^ 

T« n..i,-:^h j?^h^^^^ ch^\„.r.c .v,,-;^^" My wife and child they both must be 

In which Rebecca, she was mine. ^^ ^^^^j ^^^^^ removed from me. 

* * * My cries and tears could not avail 



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The time was come, death must pre- Their souls in bliss, Christ's arms 

vail within 

To cut down that most pleasant vine While we are here committing sin." 
Which did flourish in this house of ^ ^ ^ 

■c iw '"^' u A ..V, f V ^u „ o "My ■z^C/^, Rebecca, leaves to me 

Full furnished now with fruit she goes pj / ' ^^ ; ^ 

To blessed grave there to repose. ^^y^^^ ^^^^^ ^ ^^^{^ ^f p^^^^^^ 

* * * God make him of heaven an heir. 

Josiah next did quickly come, 

" Oh! dismal was the night, I say oh! God, make him a blessed son 

That followed July s fifteenth day Rebecca, eldest daughter, she 

Such dismal loss I did sustain Her mother's name do bear to me. 

That puts me to most grievous pain, oh! that her mother's virtues she 

Her dying groans they pierced my May inherit continually. 

heart; Bethiah comes the next in place 

I feel within my breast the smart To whom God will give his free grace. 

Of this sharp cutting chastisement John his father's name do bear 

Which Thou, my Father dear, hast jo which his mother rejoiced to hear; 

sent." And as his name grace do signify 

* ♦ * Grace gave him to live eternally. 

Elizabeth is next in count, 

"The children she hath left with me God grant her faith aloft may mount. 

They are daughters four and sons Hannah she the number do complete 

three ; For her I beg thy mercy great. 

The other two are in the grave, And now. Oh! Lord, my sons all three 

Where they their quiet resting have Let them be always blest of Thee; 

With their dear mother where they lie. And these four daughters of?nine 

In silent grave most quietly, Oh! God, let they for aye be thine." 

An Acrostic. 
"Righteous ones they haste away 
Earth no longer this saint must stay ; 
Blest she was while she lived here, 
Each one laments thee now my dear. 
Christ was her all, God was her fear 
And to his Gospel she gave ear; 
Her delight was in saints communion 

'Twas great while she was her journey on. 

Home now she's gone to return no more 

And she's safe arrived at the other shore. 

Choice pleasures now she doth enjoy 

Heaven is the place where she rests for aye. 

Ever to be with Christ her friend 

Rejoicing world without an end. 

August 30'''', 1683." 
The value of this effusion from the pen of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher from a 
g:enealogical standpoint is as follows : It fixes specifically his ist wife's bap- 
tismal name as Rebecca. It states that he went away from his home to be 
married; and although we have no existing record of the place of his marriage, 
it is a fair presumption that he went to Marshfield where his bride's parents 
lived. In fact Hon. George Thacher, in his genealogy of the Thachers, before 
referred to, specifically states that the marriage took place in Marshfield; which 
statement was made from information obtained from reliable sources by him 
over a hundred years ago. It fixes also the date of his i^' marriage specifically; 
for Rebecca his i^' wife died July I5*^ 1683; and 21 years, 8 months and 9 days 
the time she was his wife places the date of her marriage at November 6'^, 1661, 
as I have given it. The verses also establish the fact that he had 9 children by 
his I" wife, 7 of whom were living at her death; and he gives therein their 
names in order of their birth as we have them recorded. The ninth (g"*) child, 
sex not given, as we have recorded it, was in all probability the 1=' born and was 
probably born between 1661 and 1665, and probably died at birth or in early 
infancy as we have no mention of its name in the verses. 



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Note No, 2. Family tradition furnishes us with an interesting anecdote 
relating to the first and second wives of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher, which is as 
follows: On his return to Yarmouth from Marshfield with his first bride and 
company, they stopped at the house of Captain John Gorham at Barnstable. 
In the merry conversation with the newly married couple, an infant was brought 
into the room, about three weeks old, and Mr. Thacher was informed the child 
had been born on such a night; he replied that it was the very night on which 
he was married; and taking the child in his arms he presented it to his bride 
saying: "Here, my dear, is a little lady born the same night that we were 
married; I wish you would kiss it, as I intend to have her for my second wife." 
"I will, my dear," she replied "to please you, but I hope it will be a long time 
before you have that pleasure!" so taking the babe, she kissed it. This jesting 
prediction was eventually verified. Mr. Thacher's first wife Rebecca Winslow 
died, and the child Lydia Gorham, arriving at mature age actually became his 
2°** wife January 1=*, 1683-4. Upon the death of his first wife July 15'^, 1683, 
Hon. John^ Thacher was plunged into what seemed to be hopeless grief and 
composed to her memory an eulogistic poem of many lines under date of Aug- 
ust 30'^, 1683. Yet so capable is the human heart of healing, and so remarkable 
was his recuperative powers that on January i^', 1683-4, he was married again 
and his second bride was the baby of the tradition (then become a young lady.) 
The family tradition goes on to relate the interesting manner of, and incidents 
connected with, his winning his second wife. After the death of his first wife 
Mr. Thacher while riding one day through Barnstable, saw a horse belonging 
to his son Peter tied to a tree in front of Capt. Gorham's residence; and as a 
thoughtful parent is inclined, he went in to see what his son was doing. He 
found that his son had made considerable advance in his suit for the hand 
of Lydia Gorham (the infant of the foregoing narrative) whom he Col. John' 
had predicted he would have for his second wife; and whether it was on account 
of the aforesaid prophecy or because his attention had been attracted to the 
young lady before, he took his son Peter aside and offered him ten pounds old 
tenor, and a yoke of black steers, to induce him to abandon his suit. Tradition 
does not state whether Peter was an obedient son and accepted the offer, or 
whether his father succeeded in spite of his rival. The date of birth of Lydia 
Gorham, 2""^ wife of Hon. Col. John^ Thacher is variously given as follows; 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy pp. 33-34 gives the date as November 6, 1661 ; 
Plymouth Colony Records Vol. VHI, p. 44 and Savage's Gen. Die. Vol. II, p. 
281 gives it as November 11"', 1661; and N. E. His. Gen. Reg. Vol. LH, p. 358 
gives it as November 16*, 1661. Which of these dates is absolutely correct I 
will not attempt to state but inasmuch as John' Thacher specifically states in his 
verses that he was married November 6*. 1661, and inasmuch as the yery old 
story as given above states that Lydia Gorham, the baby of the narrative, was 
born on the day John' Thacher married Rebecca Winslow, I have recorded 
Lydia Gorham's date of birth as November 6, 1661. 

Will of Hon. Col. John' Thacher. 

Note 3. "In the name of God, Amen, I, John Thacher of Yarmouth, in 
the County of Barnstable, in New England, considering my age and near 
approach to death, and being at this time threw the mercy of God to me of 
disposing mind and memory; do make and ordain this my last will and testa- 
ment. 

In manner and form following: 

First. I comitt my spirit to God that gave it, and my body to ye Earth 
from whence it was taken, believing that at ye Last Day they shall be reunited 
together again; and that this very body which I now lay down in the Dust being 
kept by the mighty power of Christ Jesus shall be raised up again at ye Last 
Day; and being reunited to my Soul shall appear before his Tribunal seat, who 
having of his own free Grace and more mercy in Jesus Christ by the Blood of 
his soul done away all my sin, yea he, by himselfe being once offered hath 
purged away all my sins and sanctified me by that once offering of his body, 
will raise it up a Glorious Body that both Soul and body may reign with him in 
Glory forever Amen. And as for my temporal and outward estate which it hath 
pleased God to lend me, as Housings, lands, goods and chattels I do order, give 
and dispose ye same in manner following, that is to say; — first, I will that all 



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my Debts which I owe in Right or conscience to any person whatsoever shall 
be well and truly paid and satisfyed by my Executors hereafter named in con- 
venient time after my Decease out of my moveable estate. 

Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Peter Thacher and to his heirs 
and assigns forever, a piece of marsh lying att ye west of ye Neck pasture 
bounded northerly by the way that leads into ye Loane Tree furlong and ye 
crick yt runs down betwixt that and Joseph Howes his meadow, and on ye other 
side by the creek that runs betwixt that and John Hallett's marsh up southeast- 
ward to a small creek or gutter and so up from ye creek straight to a white oake 
tree marked on two sides, and thence on a straight line northward across the 
point of upland to a strip which is hollow on ye west side a flat rock lying close 
to ye hollow thereof, and westward by ye foresaid way to ye meadow aforesaid, 
and that he my son and his heirs and assigns shall forever att their own cost 
and charge make and maintain all ye fence that shall belong thereto and that 
the way unto ye same shall ever be att ye corner by said stump. I do also give 
to my said son Peter, Perkins first volume or booke and my great book called 
"ye Christians Warfare;" as also my cradle and bearing blanket which he has 
in possession. 

Item: I do give to my son Johti Thacher and to his heirs and assigns for- 
ever, my land att Plainfield, in ye County of New London, or that which Mr. 
James Fitch hath sett out according to my agreement with him, in exchange 
for that in Plainfield aforesaid; as also two acres of Creek Stuff and broken 
marsh next to Joseph Gorham's where Thomas Haddaway hath used to mow, 
with privilege of flooding it up to the Drying Ground at Greean Hill after the 
grass is mown; and also liberty of way to cart it away; and also ten shares in the 
third division of ye Comons and undivided Lands and meadows within the 
township of Yarmouth. Furthermore, I do give to him, m.y son, John my gold 
ring with a seal that was my father's and Perkins -^^ volume or book and Ains- 
worth's Annotations, as also a piece of marsh lying on ye north side of ye way 
that leads into ye Lone Tree Furlong containing about one acre and a half. 

Item: I give unto ye male heirs of my son Josiah Thacher, deceased, that 
lot the Close which I intended for him my said son as it is now inclosed by ye 
Great Ditch in the Swamp and my son Peter's fence on ye westward side and 
by my fence on ye northwest, and by ye present fence eastward and southward; 
provided that they shall and do annually winter and summer make and keepe 
up a sufficient fence (by sufficient fence I mean such as shall keep out swine, 
cattle and horses) where now it is, beginning at the great ditch westward and 
extending eastward and northward to the half part of ye whole from the said 
ditch to ye North end of ye cross fence; and that if occasion shall be hereafter 
they shall draw back westward to the east corner of his fence by ye Highway, 
westward to a stump in said fence for an outlett to pass and repass to and from 
my house to ye highway, and also if it happen that they the said heirs or their 
heirs or assigns shall see cause to sell the said close during ye time of any of 
my children or any one of them possessing ye land adjoining thereto on either side 
thereof, they shall first offer it to him or them so joining aforesaid, and they or 
any one of them paying twenty pounds to ye said heirs shall have said Close 
and all the fence belonging to it and they said heirs so selling shall seal and 
deliver a sufficient deed for the same ; and if neither of my children will buy, 
they said heirs may sell to whom they please, which condition being observed 
and performed shall according to the true intent thereof this bequest shall 
stand good forever; but if otherwise it shall be utterly void and of no effect, and 
as the said close was part of my homestead so it shall be again and belong to 
the possession thereof anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Item: I give and bequeath to my four sons, Judah, Joseph, Bettjamin and 
Thomas their heirs and assigns forever all my housing, lands, and meadows 
with all the privileges and appurtenances excepting as before, and if it pleaseth 
God to take away any of them by Death before they arrive to ye age of twenty 
and one years or are married, his or their part of my said housing, land and 
meadow shall fall in equal part to the survivors. 

Item: I give unto ;^/^ daughter, Rebecca 5/«r^^j, besides what she hath 
formerly had of me as her portion, Mr. Robert Bolton's works and six shillings 
more of my estate. 



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Item: To my daughter Bethiah Paine, I give and bequeath besides what I 
have formerly given her Mr, Perkins 2°* volume or book and also ten shillings 
of my estate. 

Item: I give to ye children of my daughter Elizabeth Hatch, deceased 
besides what I have formerly given to her as her portion, ten shillings of my 
estate. 

Item: My will is that all ye rest of my moveable Estate both within doors 
and without and whatsoever is owing to me (except such utensils as are for the 
management of ye Husbandry as cart, plows, yokes, chains, etc.) be equally 
divided two equal parts or shares; the one half part I give and bequeath to my 
loving wife Lydia to her dispose forever, and the other half part shall be 
divided into four equal parts which I give and bequeath to my four youngest 
daughters by my present wife Lydia to each one of them one equal fourth part, 
they paying unto their sisters Lydia Freeman and Mary Gorham six shillings 
apiece; and further my will is that my wife shall have the improvement of my 
housings, lands and meadows and receive the profits thereof durittg her being 
my widow for her own and childrens support and att her decease or marriage 
my said four sons shaW have ye profits thereof and shall possess the same as 
they come to age to inherit; and while my said wife shall have ye profits of my 
said lands, she shall keep my dwelling house in good repair, from time to time 
she shall also have the use ot cart, plows, yokes, chains, etc. for ye management 
of ye Husbandry, she repairing and renewing of ye same as need may be for 
ye use of my sons when the improvement of ye land comes to them; further / 
give to ye two drummers of Yarmouth, if they be at my funeral five shillings 
apiece in money, that so my children may have my weapons, though I had 
much rather be decently buried without Military Ceremony. 

Lastly I do now make and constitute and appoint my beloved wife Lydia 
and my son Peter Thacher to be Executors to this my will. And I do hereby 
utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every former testaments, wills, 
legacies and bequests and executors by me in any ways before named, willed 
and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will 
and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 
twenty fifth day of April in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred 
and thirteen. 

(sgd) John Thacher (seal) 

Signed, sealed, published pronounced and declared by the said John 
Thacher as his last will and testament in presence of us. 

(sgd) Daniel Greenleaf. 
(sgd) Stephen Greenleaf. 
(sgd) Mary Gorham 

Barnabas Lothrop, Esq., Commissionated by his Excellency ye Governor 
Counsal of this her Majesty's Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New 
England, to be Judge of ye Probate of Wills and for granting Letters of 
Administration on ye estates of persons deceased, having goods, chattels, 
, "> rights or credits in ye County of Barnstable within ye province 

^ ' aforesaid. To all unto whom these presents may come Greeting. 

Know ye that upon ye nineteenth day of June 1713 before me at Barnstable in 
ye County aforesaid ye will of John Thacher Esq. late of Yarmouth, in said 
County, deceased to the presents annexed was proved and is approved and 
allowed who having while he lived and att ye time of his death, goods, chattels, 
Rights or Credits in the County aforesaid, and ye Probate of ye said will and 
power of committing administration of all and singular the goods, chattels and 
Credits of the said deceased by virtue thereof appertaining unto me. The 
administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, Rights and Credits of 
the said deceased and his will in any manner concerning is hereby committed unto 
Lydia Thacher widow, relict of ye deceased, Executrix in ye same will named 
{Mr. Peter Thacher another executor in ye said will named having renounced 
his executorship and refuseth to act therein) and she to administer the estate of 
ye said deceased according thereunto, and to make a true and perfect In- 
ventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, Rights and Credits of ye said 
deceased and to exhibit ye same faithfully unto ye Registery of ye Court of 
Probate for ye County aforesaid, and also to render a plain and true account of 
said administration upon oath. In testimony whereof I have hereunto sett my 



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hand and ye seal of ye said Court of Probate. Dated Barnstable, ye 27"" day of 
July in ye twelfth year of her Majesties Reign Anno Domini 1713. 

(sgd) Barnabas Lothrop." 
The property of John^ Thacher, bequeathed in his above will to his son, 
John'* Thacher, situated in Plainfield, is found described in the following deed 
which was copied direct from the Norwich, Conn., Land Records: 

Norwich, Conn., Land Records, Book 2 A, page 12. 

To all people to whome these Presents shall come ononeco son and heire 
unto unkas deceased sachems of moheagine in ye county of New London in 
new england in america Send Greeting & know yee that I the sd ononeco for 
and in consideration of the sum of five pounds unto me in hand paid by 
capi John Thacher of the town of yarmoth in the county of barnstable in 
newing Land in america afforesaid gentleman wharewith I doe acknowlidg my 
selff to be fully satisfied contented & paid & thereoff & of every part & parcell 
thereof I the sd ononeco doe by these presents acquite exonerate & discharge 
the sd capi John Thacher his heires exekutors and administrators & every of 
them for ever Have freely & absaltuily [absolutely] bargained & sould 
allienated Infeoffed & confirmed & by these presents 1 doe bargain sell 
allienat Infeoff & confirme from me the sd ononeco & my heires unto the sd 
capt John Thacher his heires & assigns for ever all that my hundred acres of 
Land that I have Lying & being on the eastwardside of quinabaug river neere 
pigscotnsite Laid out at first in comon with fifty acres of the land of m' John 
miller two thirds of the hundred & fifty of the upland & halff the meadow in & 
aioyning to the sd hundred & fifty acres of Land the sd hundred acres abuting 
northwesterly on the Land of m"' John miller three hundred & twenty rodds 
abuting southwesterly on the comons fifty two rodds & a quarter abuting 
southeastwardly on the Land of Thomas waterman & of Stephen merick three 
hundred & twenty rodds at the northward end abuting on a brooke it being 
fifty two rodds in width right across the sd Land the same width the southwest 
end mentioned in the thirteenth Lyne whare it is inter Lyned & halflf the 
meadow Land on the northan side of the sd brook between the affore mentioned 
hundred & fifty acres of Land & the upland comons on the north sid of the sd 
brooke at the northward end of the sd upland all that my hundred acres of 
upland & meadow more or less as it is buted & bounded I the said ononeco for 
and in consideration Afforesd have bargained & sould so affooresd unto the 
sd Capt Thacher with all the appurtenances & privelidge thereunto belonging 
& all my rights title and Interest off & into the sd bargained premises belong- 
ing & every part and parcell thereoff To have and to hould etc. 

In Witness whareof The above named ononeco have hereunto seete my 
hand & sealle this the 23: of aprill anno: 1686 

oneco his X mark ( ) seal. 

Signed sealled & Delivered 

in presents of us Norwich march 4*^ Anno 1689 

William Backus oneco sachem of moheagin ack- 

Simon Huntington nowlidged & signed this deed 

(unto which william backus & 
simon huntington ar witnesses) 
before me James Fitch assis* 

35. JuDAH^ Thacher (Antony^, Rev. Peter^), born at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., probably, although we have no record there- 
of ; date of birth ; he was always given in lists 

of his father's children as junior to his brother John,^ and 
hence was probably born some time early in the 1640's. He 
resided at Yarmouth and what his business or occupation 
was we have no record ; he is recorded, however, as Sur- 
veyor of Highways for Yarmouth. He died at Yarmouth, 
November 4th, 1676, and was probably buried in Old Ceme- 
tery at Yarmouth, although no stone marks his grave at 



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this time, nor have we ever obtained any intimation that 
there ever was one. He married at Yarmouth, Mass., the 

2nd of , , the year being probably about 1666, 

Mary Thornton, who was born in , England, about the 

the year 1640, and died in Boston, Mass., at home of her 
daughter, Mary (Thacher) Grant, November 30th, 1708, 
aged 68, and was buried in Boston in Copp's Hill burying 
ground, where a grave stone marks her grave. She was a 
daughter of Rev. Thomas Thornton, of Yarmouth and Bos- 
ton, Mass., and Mary ( ) Thornton, his wife. 

Children 6 (Thacher), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all born in 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

+58 i. Elizabeth,* born October , 1667; died ; 

married, first, Joshua Gee ; married, second, Peter* 
Thacher (Rev. Thos.^ Rev. Peter," Rev. Peter^), 
as his third wife. 

+59 ii. Thomas,* born May i8th, 1669; died , 1701-2; 

probably unmarried. 

-f6o iii. Mary,* born March 17th, 1671 ; died , ; 

married, first, Moses Draper ; married, second, Jo- 
seph Grant. 

61 iv. Judah ist,* born 21st, 1673 (?); died Oc- 

tober 6th, 1676, in infancy, and was probably 
buried in Yarmouth. No stone marks his grave. 

62 V. Ann,* born October 31st (last of October, not 

31st specifically), 1674; died at Boston, Mass., 
September 7th, 1706, according to the manuscript 
notes of the late Hon. Peter Thacher, of Newton, 
Mass., whose authority for the statement is un- 
known to me. She is supposed to have died un- 
married, as no record of her marriage has ever 
been discovered. Where she is buried is not a 
matter of record. 

63 vi. Judah 2nd,* born December 7th, 1676; died 

, 1705 ; he is supposed to have died unmar- 
ried, as no record of his marriage has ever been 
discovered ; he removed to Boston, Mass., and it 
is recorded that he joined the 2nd Church there, 
January 29th, 1698-9. His place of burial is un- 
known. His estate was administered upon by his 
brother-in-law, Joshua Gee, May 20th, 1705. He 
was a seaman. 
Of Judah^ Thacher little is known; he was born in Yar- 
mouth, Mass., according to Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. 11, p. 194. 
In the distribution of the estate of his father, Antony^ Thacher, 
he received his share of the real estate; and he lived and pre- 
sumably died in Yarmouth, and according to Freeman's Cape Cod, 
was buried there, November 7th, 1676. We have no record of 
his birth, but he is always recorded as the junior of his brother, 



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John' Thacher, and hence was born subsequent to 1638-9 and, 
if as stated he was born in Yarmouth, his birth occurred prob- 
ably early in the 1640's. D. W. Allen's Thacher Genealogy 
says that he died November 4th, 1676; but upon what authority 
he makes such statement I do not know, but taken in connec- 
tion with the excellent authority of Freeman, who says that he 
was buried November 7th, 1676, it is fair to presume that Allen 
is correct in the date of his death as I have given it. He was 
at his death then but 36 years old, a comparatively young man. 

1676-7. March 6th. At Court of Assistants at Plymouth. 
"Letters of administration granted by Court unto Mary, the 
relict of Mr, Judah Thacher, deceased, and unto Mr. John 
Thacher (his brother) and unto Nathaniel Hall to administer 
the estate of the said Judah Thacher. 

"Concerning the settlement of the estate of Mr. Judah 
Thacher, of Yarmouth, late deceased, the Court hath ordered 
that the widow shall have the whole profit of the estate, both 
personal and real, until the children come to their respective 
ages, for and towards the bringing up of the children ; and when 
the children come of age the eldest son to have the house and 
half the land most convenient to the house according to the 
worth of it; and the other son to have the other half of the 
lands; and his three (3) daughters to have £10 apiece out of 
the personal estate ; and the remainder of the estate to the widow 
forever, and the third of the profits of the land during her nat- 
ural life, only if need shall require. The Court ordereth that 
the two sons shall pay £5 apiece out of their estate to be paid 
and disposed unto and for the bringing up of the younger chil- 
dren, or unto the daughters as the Court shall see cause, and in 
such convenient time as the Court shall judge meet." 

1667. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 2d, 

1667. "Mr. Judah Thacher, surveyor of the highways for Yar- 
mouth." 

1668. General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 3rd, 

1668. "Mr. Judah Thacher, surveyor of the highways for Yar- 
mouth." 

1670. May 29th. "Mr. Judah Thacher on list of freemen 
at Yarmouth, Mass." 

General Court of Election at Plymouth, June 7th, 1670. 
"Mr. Judah Thacher sworn as a member of the Grand Inquest." 

1671. April 28th. "Mr. Judah Thacher on Coroner's Jury." 
1674. October 27th. "Mr. Judah Thacher on jury for trial 

of a native named Matthias for murder, prisoner acquitted." 

After the death of her husband, it is thought that Mary 
(Thornton) Thacher, widow of Judah^ Thacher, continued to 
live in Yarmouth, Mass., until about 1690 or 1691. Her father, 
Rev. Thomas Thornton, became minister at Yarmouth in 1662, 
and remained as such until 1693, when he removed to Boston. 
The records of the 2nd Church at Boston show that Judah' 



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Thacher's widow joined that Church, November ist, 1691. Ann* 
Thacher, her daughter, joined same Church May loth, 1696; 
and Judah* Thacher, her son, joined it January 29th 1698-9; 
and Hkewise her daughter, Mary* Thacher, joined it on Septem- 
ber 26th, 1703. It will be noted that we have no record of her 
son, Thomas" Thacher, joining that Church nor any other in 
Boston ; nor is there any record of EHzabeth* Thacher, her eldest 
daughter, joining the 2nd, or any other Church in Boston under 
her maiden name ; but in the History of the 2nd Church, Boston, 
we find that she and her husband, Joshua Gee, joined the 2nd 
Church May 2nd, 1697. Hence all of Judah^ Thacher's children 
who were alive joined the 2nd Church, Boston, except his son, 
Thomas* Thacher ; and the reason why he did not, or rather was 
not able to, join said Church was that he was for many years 
previous to his death, 1701-2, a captive with the Moors and died 
in prison. 

When Mary (Thornton) Thacher removed to Boston, she 
made her home with her daughter, Mary* Thacher, who mar- 
ried first, Moses Draper, and second, Joseph Grant. She con- 
tinued to live in Boston until her death, which occurred No- 
vember 30th, 1708, at the age of 68; and she was buried in Copp's 
Hill Burying Ground, where a stone erected to her memory still 
exists and which is thus inscribed, viz : — 

"Here lyes buried ye body of Mrs. Mary Thacher, 
widdow, late wife of Judah Thacher of Yarmouth, 
departed this life November ye 30th, 1708, in ye 
68th year of her age." 
Rev. Thomas Thornton, father of Mary Thornton who 
married Judah^ Thacher, came over to this country from En- 
land in 1662 and settled that same year as minister of Yar- 
mouth. He was rated in the tax list of Yarmouth, April 29th, 
1676, at £2, los. ; and his name appears on the list of Freemen 
of Yarmouth in 1678. He remained as minister there until 1693. 
In 1691 Rev. John Cotton was settled at Yarmouth as colleague 
of Thomas Thornton, and in 1693 Mi. Thornton, on account of 
old age and infirmity, relinquished his charge at Yarmouth and 
removed to Boston, where he made his home with his son, Tim- 
othy, at whose home he died February 15th, 1699-1700, at 3 P. M. 
Freeman's History of Cape Cod, Vol. 11, pp. 200-1, note, thus 
gives his pedigree, viz : — 

1. Richard Thornton, a merchant of York, England, in 1514, 
had by his wife, Jane, who was a daughter of John Norman, 
of York. 

2. John Thornton, who was living in 1584 at Birdforth, parish 
of Coxwold, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. This John 
married Anne, daughter of Christopher Tomlinson, of the 
same parish, and they had 

3. Thomas Thornton, who married Ellen, daughter of Per- 
cival, son of Lord Lumley, and they had 



no 

4. John Thornton, of Birdforth, in 1681, who married Grace, 
daughters of Thomas Withers, of Copgrave, and who died 
about 1628. They had 

5. Thomas Thornton, born about 1609, in England. This 
Thomas Thornton was a Non-conformist minister in Eng- 
land and eventually he emigrated to this country in 1662, 
and became in that year the minister at Yarmouth. He mar- 
ried in England, Mary , and had issue as follows : 

i. Mary, born in England, about 1640, who married Judah" 
Thacher. 

ii. Anne, born in England, ; who married Nathaniel Hall. 

iii. Theophilus, bom in England, ; he served in the Indian 

Wars in 1675-6 and then removed to Boston, and was 
thereafter one of the projectors of the settlement of Wor- 
cester, Mass. 

iv. Thomas, born in England, ; he is supposed to have 

been the schoolmaster at Weymouth. 

V. Priscilla, born in England, ; who died aged about 11 

years. 

vi. Timothy, born in England, about 1650, as appears in a 
deposition made by him July 28th, 1680, when "about 30 
years old"; being about 11 or 12 when my father came 
over (1662). He joined the ist Church, Boston, Septem- 
ber 17th, 1 67 1, and continued in communion there many 
years. In 1690 he was dismissed to the 2nd Church, Bos- 
ton, and remained with it 23 years, when he was dis- 
missed to the New North Church and continued with it 
until his death. He was a wealthy shipping merchant in 
Boston. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33, 35, 36. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, pp. 145, 338; Vol. II, pp. 188, 194-5-6, 199. 
200, 201, and note 205. 

Savage's Gen. Die, Vol. II, p. 292. 

Plymouth Colony Records, Vols. IV, pp. 95, 149, 181, 217; V, pp. 36, 156, 
217, 220, 276. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. Ill, p. 38. 

Reports of Boston Record Commission, Vol. 28, pp. 10 and 164. 

Copp's Hill burial inscriptions, p. 7, No. 119. 

History of 2nd Church Boston, p. 28. 

Stephen Thacher, 54 Court House, Boston, Mass. 

36. Bethiah^ Thacher (Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., probably, although we have no record there- 
of; date of birth . She is always given in list of her 

father's children as the youngest child and hence was prob- 
ably born in Yarmouth some time in the 1640's. She resided 
at Yarmouth with her parents until her marriage, which 
took place presumably in Yarmouth some time about 1667 
or 1668, as her ist child was born November 15th, 1669, 
but we have no record of place or exact date of the marriage. 



Ill 

She died in Bristol, R. I., December 19th, 1725, and was 
presumably buried there although no stone marks her grave. 
She married Jabez Rowland (son of John Rowland and 
Elizabeth (Tilley) Rowland, of Plymouth, Mass.), who 

was born at Plymouth, Mass., date ; died at Bristol, 

Rhode Island, , 171 1, or 1712, and was presumably 

buried in Bristol, although no stone marks siq grave. He 
resided at Duxbury and Plymouth, Mass., and finally settled 
in Bristol, R. I. Re was a blacksmith and cooper and car- 
ried on a large business. He was also an inn-keepr at 
Bristol, R, I. He was a representative to the General Court 
at Plymouth from Bristol, R. I., and was a selectman of 
Plymouth, Mass., and Bristol, R. I., Lieutenant in Indian 
Wars, and town clerk of Bristol, R. I., and also Assessor 
there. 

Children 11 (Rowland), 8 sons and 3 daughters. First 5 
born in Plymouth, rest born in Bristol. 

+64 i. Jabez,* born November 15th, 1669; died October 

17th, 1732; married Patience Stafford. 

65 ii. John, ist,* born January 15th, 1672-3; died 

January i6th, 1672-3, at Plymouth and was 
buried there; no stone marks his grave 

66 iii. Bethiah,* born June 3rd, 1674; died , 1676, 

at Plymouth, Mass., by accidental drowning; a 
Coroner's Jury returned a verdict that "she was 
accidentally drowned or stifled in a tub of clothes 
and water." She was buried in Plymouth, Mass. 
No stone marks her grave. 

-I-67 iv. Josiah,* born August 6th, 1676; died February 
8th, 1717; married Yetmercy Shove. 

+68 v. John, 2nd,* born July 26th, 1679; died . 

69 vi. Judah,* born May 7th, 1683; died November — , 

1683, at Bristol, R, I., and was buried there No- 
vember I2th, 1683. No stone marks his grave. 

70 vii. Seth,* born January 5th, 1684-5; died April — , 

1685, at Bristol, R. I., and was buried there. No 

stone marks his grave. 
+71 viii. Samuel,* born May i6th, 1686; died May 15th, 

1748; married first Abigail Carey; second 

"Madame" Rachel Allen. 
72 ix. Experience,* born May 19th, 1687; died 

"soon," "in infancy," at Bristol, R. I., and was 

probably buried there. No stone marks her 

grave. 
-|-73 X. Joseph,* born October 14th, 1692; died August 

i6th, 1737; married Bathsheba Carey. 
74 xi. Elizabeth,* born ; died ; married Nathan 

Townsend, of Newport, R. I. 



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Bethiah^ Thacher was in all probability born in Yarmouth, 
Mass., although we have no record of the place and date of 
her birth. She undoubtedly lived in Yarmouth with her parents 
until her marriage, which occurred probably in that town shortly 
after her father's death, which occurred in 1667; but we have 
no record of the place and date of her marriage, and can only 
gather a suggestion as to this date from the birth of her first 
child, Jabez* Rowland, which took place November 15th, 1669. 
She and her husband lived in Plymouth, Mass., until 1681, when 
they removed to Bristol, R. I., where she died December 19th, 
1725, and she was probably buried there, although no stone now 
marks her resting place. 

Jabez Rowland, husband of Bethiah' Thacher, was the sec- 
ond son of John Rowland, who came over on the Mayflower on 
that ship's first trip in 1620 and of his wife, Elizabeth Tilley (a 
passenger on the first trip of the Mayflower), daughter of John 
Tilley, who likewise was a passenger on the first trip of the 
Mayflower. Re, Jabez Rowland, was born either in Duxbury 
or Plymouth, Mass., and lived in Plymouth, Mass., until 1681, 
where he and his wife were members of Rev. John Cotton's 
Church, and where he was also constable. Re was engaged in 
military affairs and was a I^ieutenant under Captain Benjamin 
Church in the Indian Wars and was present at the battle in 
which King Philip was killed. After the Indian Wars, in 1681, 
he removed with his wife and family to Bristol (then in the 
Colony of Massachusetts, it not having been joined to Rhode 
Island until January, 1746-7), and settled there. His first five 
children were born in Plymouth and the others in Bristol. The 
Plymouth Colony Records give the following as his official rec- 
ord, viz : — 

1681, Jabez Rowland, licensed to keep house of entertain- 
ment. 

1682. Jabez Rowland, selectman of Plymouth. 

1684. Jabez Rowland, ensign in Capt. John Walley's 
Company of New Bristol. 

1685. Jabez Rowland, selectman of Bristol. 

1689. Jabez Rowland, selectman of Bristol and deputy to 
General Court from Bristol. 

1690. Jabez Rowland, selectman of Bristol and deputy to 
Geenral Court from Bristol. 

1697. Jabez Rowland, deputy to General Court from Bris- 
tol (this may have been he or his son Jabez). 

He was elected first Town Clerk of Bristol, November 
loth, 1681, and held that office one year, and then became a 
selectman, and was thereafter made an assessor. He was by 
trade a blacksmith and cooper and carried on an extensive busi- 
ness; he also kept a tavern. He was a member of the First 
Congregational Church in Bristol. His home in Bristol stood 
on what is now Rope Street. The house he occupied in Ply- 



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mouth was still standing in 1900 and a picture of it may be seen 
in "Family Records, Woolsey, Rowland and Newton," on page 
88, and this house is also described in Davis* Landmarks of 
Plymouth. 

Jabez Rowland, Senior, died and was buried in Bristol, but 
no stone now marks his grave. The date of his death is not 
recorded but he made his will May 14th, 1708, and it was proved 
February 21st, 1712, and therefore it is presumed that he died 
early in 1712 or late in 171 1. A full copy of his will can be seen 
in the Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, pp. 198-208. 

The following is a record of the parents of Jabez Rowland, 
Senior, viz : — 

John Rowland, passenger on the Mayflower, 1620, and i6th 
signer of the "Mayflower Compact," was born in England about 
1592 (he was 80 years old at death). Re resided at Duxbury 
and Plymouth, Mass., and died at Plymouth, Mass., February 
23rd, 1672, and was buried on Burial Hill, Plymouth. Re mar- 
ried Elizabeth Tilley (daughter of John Tilley and Elizabeth 

, his wife, both daughter and father having been passengers 

on the first trip of the Mayflower in 1620). 

Elizabeth Tilley was born in 1607 and died in Swansea at 
the home of her daughter Lydia, wife of James Brown, on De- 
cember 2ist, 1687, Wednesday, aged 81, and was buried on 
Burial Rill, Plymouth, where a stone was erected to the mem- 
ory of herself and husband. They had 10 children, of whom 
the second son was Jabez Rowland, who married Bethiah' 
Thacher. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 33. 

Savage^ s Gen. Die, Vol. II, p. 479. 

Winsor's History of Duxbury, p. 269. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vols. II, pp. 70-71 ; III, pp. 54-57 ; X, pp. 65-66. 

History of Bristol, R. I., by W. H. Munro, pp. 5, 93, no, 112, 130, 384. 

Vital Records of R. I., Vols. II, pp. 229, 268; VI, pp. 82-83. 

Austin's Gen. Die. of R. I., p. 387. 

Family Record, Woolsey, Howland, Newton, etc., pp. 88-89. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 52, 93, 138, 150. 

Thacher's History of Plymouth, pp. 128-130. 

Signers of Mayflower Compact, by Miss Annie A. Haxtun, Part I, pp. 
29-30 ; Part II, p. i. 

Howland Genealogy, pp. 226-328. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

37. Ron. Peter* Thacher (Ron. Col. John,' Antony,* Rev. 
Peter^), born in Yarmouth, Mass., May 20th, 1665, resided 
at Yarmouth, Mass. Re was a statesman and judge, select- 
man of Yarmouth from 1702 for five years, town treasurer 
of Yarmouth from 1709 for four years. He died at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., February 13th, 1736, according to his grave 
stone (according to other authority on February 12th, 1736). 
Re was buried in Old Cemetery in Yarmouth, where a stone 
marks his grave. He married at Yarmouth, Mass., (probably 



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as we have no record of the place of marriage), about 1692-3; 
we have no record of the date of his marriage, but his first 
child was born January 13th, 1693-4, from which we assume 
he was married about 1692-3. He married Thankful Sturgis; 'she 
was a daughter of Edward Sturgis (who was born April loth, 
1624 ; died December 8th, 1678) and his wife, Temperance 
(Gorham) Sturgis (born May 5th, 1646, at Marshfield, Mass., 
died March 12th, 1714-15), and who married as her second 
husband on January 27th, 1679, Thomas Baxter. Thankful 
Sturgis was born probably at Yarmouth, Mass., (where her 

parents lived), , 1675, (see date of death and age at 

death); before marriage she lived in Yarmouth, Mass. We 
have been unable to discover the exact date or place of her 
birth from the records. She died in Yarmouth, Mass., May 
1st, 1745, "Aged 70," "in her 71st year" and was buried in 
the Old Cemetery there where a grave stone marks her 
grave. Her parents lived in Yarmouth, Mass., near the 
first meeting house. 

Children 7 (Thacher); 3 sons and 4 daughters, all born in 
Yarmouth. 

+75 i. Thankful,^ born January 13th, 1693-4; died Feb- 
ruary 9th, 1768; married John Hallett. 

76 ii. Peter ist,^ born December nth, 1695; died ; 

"in infancy" in Yarmouth, Mass., and was prob- 
ably buried there ; no grave stone. 

'jj iii. Son ^ born July 20th, 1703 (about) ; died July 

22nd, 1703, "two days old" in Yarmouth, Mass., 

and was probably buried there; no grave stone. 

-f-78 iv. Sarah,^ born February 2nd, 1708-9; died April 

30th, 1762; married George Lewis. 
+79 V. Temperance,^ born September i6th, 171 1; died 

July nth, 1736; married Seth Crocker. 
+80 vi. Peter, 2nd,^ born August 24th, 1712 ; died August 
22nd, 1775 ; married Anner Lewis. 
81 vii. Hannah,^ born August loth, 1715; died June 
14th, 1748, "in her 33rd year" at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried in Old Cemetery there, 
grave stone. She was not married. 

The following is a copy of a letter writen to Nathaniel Otis, 
of Colchester, Conn., at the time of and concerning the death 
of Hon. Peter* Thacher. The letter is somewhat torn and the 
signature is missing and the year date is not given, viz : — 

"Yarmouth, in the County of Barnstable, 12 February 
[1735-6]. This day died here, much lamented, the Hon. Peter 
Thacher, Esq., in the 71st year of his life; he was the eldest son 
of the late Hon. John Thacher, Esq., of this town. Deceased, 
sustained several public services and Honors; having been one 
of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County in 1713, 



"5 

and one of the Judges of the Superior Court of Common Pleas 
from 1702, and first Justice of that Court from 1732, and one of 
His Majesty's Honorable Council several years; and so dis- 
charged these trusts, and held in esteem in both public and 
private life that he has left behind him a good name for his 
benevolence to mankind, the integrity of his (words missing) 
at Justice and doing them good, and above all for his piety to 
God. As a Judge he was full of compassion, and when bold 
transgressors were before him, seemed to wish their reformation 
more than to delight in their punishment. As a head of a 
family, was tender of his domesticks, and concerned for their 
welfare and specially for their soul's interests. As a Christian, 
ever humble, esteeming others better than himself; fearful of 
none's miscarrying more than his own. A devout man, and one 
that feared God always. In his last sickness, by which he lan- 
guished under strong pains, (which he indured with profound 
submission to the divine hand), he was beset awhile with griev- 
ous fears which his latter hours ( torn ) removed to the 

great joy of his soul that ( torn ) red and unshaken 

hope of eternal glory ( torn ) passion and merit of Jesus 

Christ, and had ( torn ) him no doubt an happy and joy- 
ful ( balance torn off"). 

Note: — Since he was born in 1665 and died in the "71st 
year of his life" on February 12th, we calculate 1665 -\- yo = 
1735-6, which must be the year date of the letter, and which 
from records was as we know the year of his death. 

In 1716-1717, Hon. Peter* Thatcher was appointed the 
Commissioner for Barnstable County to arrange for the issu- 
ing of notes for £100,000 for the Colony of Massachusetts. 

In 1717-1718, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for 
Indians in Barnstable County and Nantucket. In September, 
1729, he was appointed to have care and government of the 
Indians within the County of Barnstable in all matter civil and 
criminal; he was authorized to appoint constables and other 
proper officers amongst them. He was a representative to the 
General Court of Massachusets in 1711-12, 1712-13, and in 1716- 
1717. He was Town Clerk of Yarmouth from 1705 till his 
death. The town records say that he died February 12th, 1735-6; 
his grave stone at Yarmouth records his death as February 
13th same year. 

In the abstract of his will taken from the Barnstable Pro- 
bate Records, dated January 6th, 1735-6, he mentions his son 
Peter,^ his daughter Hannah," his grandson Peter Hallet. "To 
my son Peter, my bed which was Mother Baxter's;" "my son 
George Lewis, my walking stick which he gave me." "To my 
four (4) daughters. Thankful Hallet, Sarah Lewis, Temperance 
Crocker and Hannah Thacher," Witnesses: John Thacher, 
Judah Thacher, John Thacher, Jr. Letters testamentary were 



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granted February 6th, 1735-6. Total Inventory £876, I7sh -f- 
33 old (tenor). 

The Mother Baxter mentioned in the will was his wife's 
mother who first married Edward Sturgis and after his death 
married a second time to Thomas Baxter on January 27th, 
1679-80. Thomas Baxter died June 22, 1713, and she died March 
I2th, 1714-15. Hon. Peter* Thatcher lived in the east half of 
the Thacher homestead in Yarmouth. 

Thankful (Sturgis) Thacher, wife of Peter* Thacher 
was a sister of Desire (Sturgis) Dimmock, who married first 
Capt. Thomas Dimmock, and who after his death became the 
wife of John* Thacher (brother of Peter* Thacher). She was 
also a sister of James Sturgis, who was the first husband of 
Rebecca* Thacher, a sister of Peter* Thacher. 

The will of Thankful (Sturgis) Thacher taken from the 
Barnstable Records, dated April 30th, 1745, mentions daughters, 
Thankful Hallet, Sarah Lewis and Hannah Thacher. To my 
son, Peter Thacher, my gold ring. To my grandson, John Hallet, 
Jr., my silver spoon. To Thomas Crocker, the only surviving 
son of my daughter Temperance Crocker. Hannah^ Thacher 
was executrix. Letters were granted to her May 8th, 1745. 
Thankful (Sturgis) Thacher's will is the only Thacher will 
recorded in Barnstable County signed by a mark in place of a 
signature ; but, as the will was dated a few days before her death 
it may have been weakness and not inability to write that 
caused her to use a mark instead of a regular signature. 
Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 34, 36, 37. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11 and note. 

Stephen Thacher, 54 Court House, Boston, Mass. 

Ofis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 414. 

Acts and Resolves of Province of Mass., Vol. IX, pp. 172, 234, 459, 
.560, 571. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS., Thacher Genealogy. 

38. Deacon Josiah* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., April 26th, 1667; bap- 
tized there on same day; he lived at Yarmouth, his home 
being on his father's land ; he was a deacon in the church, 
and from 1693 till his death he was a selectman in Yar- 
mouth; he died at Yarmouth, May 12th, 1701, (or 1702), 
"in his 36th year" and was buried in Old Cemetery at Yar- 
mouth. He married at Yarmouth, February 25th, 1690-1, 

to Mary Hedge, (daughter of Elisha Hedge and Mary 

of Yarmouth), who was born at Yarmouth, March , 

1671; she was 7 years old the last of March, 1678; she 
was admitted to Second Church, Yarmouth, from the First 

Church, August 6th, 1727; she died at ; date ; and 

was buried in Old Cemetery at Yarmouth where a foot 
stone marked "M. P." notes her resting place. 



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Children 5 (Thacher) ; 2 sons and 3 daughters, all born in 

Yarmouth. 

82 i. Anthony,^ born , 1691, about; see date of 

death and age at death ; died at Yarmouth, March 
26th, 171 1, "in his 22nd year" and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery. He was a soldier or 
sailor in His Majesty's service. He was not mar- 
ried. His grave stone now reads that he died 
"March 26th, 171 1, in his 2nd year," which is 
incorrect and due undoubtedly to the obliteration 
by time of the second 2, and originally read in 
his 22nd year. His father died in 1702 and even 
if he had been posthumous he would in 171 1 have 
been more than 2 years old. He is always re- 
corded as the oldest child of his parents, and as 
they were married February 25th, 1690-1, he was 
born probably in 1691 or 1692, which would 
make him in his 22nd year in 171 1. In Vol. IX. 
of Acts and Resolves of Prov. of Mass., p. 213, 
we have as follows: "November 7th (1711-12). 
Resolve allowing £6 to Peter Thacher: Re- 
solved that the sum of six pounds be allowed 
and paid out of the Public Treasury to Peter 
Thacher of Yarmouth, the petitioner, in full of his 
account for sickness and funeral charges of An- 
thony Thacher to whom he was guardian, and 
who died of sickness contracted in His Majesty's 
service." (Leg. Rec. of Council IX., p. 166, 
Mass. Archives LXXL, pp. 836-7-8. 

+83 ii, Rebecca,^ born ; died ; married John 

Paddock. 

-I-84 iii. Mary,^ born ; died ; married Joshua 

Sears. 

+85 iv. Elisha,^ born , 1698; died December 6th, 

1774; married Phebe Lothrop. 

-|-86 V. Josiah,^ born July 7th, 1701 ; died August 22nd, 
1780; married first Ann Burne; married second 
Mary (Greenleaf) Blinn. 

Deacon Josiah,* Thacher died intestate and letters of ad- 
ministration were granted unto his widow, Mary, December ist, 
1702. As appears by his inventory, his house was located on 
the land of his father in Yarmouth. In the settlement of his 
estate his son, Anthony^ Thacher, is mentioned as the oldest 
child. Barnabas Lothrop, Commissioner of Intestate Estates, 
settled the division of his property; giving to his wife one-third 
of personal and real estate for life; two (2) parts to eldest son, 
Anthony, and one (i) part each to Elisha, Josiah, Rebecca and 
Mary ; widow's one-third of real estate to go at her death to chil- 



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dren of Deacon Josiah* Thacher. There proved to be no real 
estate. Inventory taken September 7th, 1702, £113, 14s., Qd. 

Close by the grave of Deacon Josiah* Thacher in the Old 
Yarmouth Cemetery is foot-stone or marker inscribed "M. P.," 
which is undoubtedly the marker of the grave of Mary (Hedge)- 
Thacher-Paddock, who was buried by the side of her first hus- 
band ; her second husband being buried in Dennis, by the side 
of his first wife. 

Elisha Hedge (father of Mary (Hedge) Thacher) was a son 
of William Hedge, of Sandwich and Yarmouth, Mass., whose 
will was dated June 30th, 1670, and proved August nth, 1670; 
in which will his son Elisha is mentioned. This William Hedge 
was a freeman of Lynn, Mass., May 14th, 1634; he removed to 
Sandwich and thence to Yarmouth and died in 1670; he mar-, 
ried twice; his first wife's name is not known; his second wife 
was Blanche, widow of Tristram Hall. 

There exists quite a remarkable genealogical coincidence 
between the record of Deacon Josiah* Thacher and his nephew, 
Deacon Josiah^ Thacher (Judah*). Deacon Josiah* Thacher 
died in 1702, and married Mary Hedge and was a deacon in the 
Yarmouth Church. Deacon Josiah^ Thacher died in 1802 and 
married another Mary Hedge, and was also a deacon in the same 
church as was his uncle, Deacon Josiah* Thacher, one hundred 
years previous. This coincidence caused a perplexity among 
early genealogists, which has since been cleared up by the dis- 
covery of the fact of two Josiahs living at the two different pe- 
riods above mentioned. 

Mary (Hedge) Thacher, widow of Deacon Josiah* Thacher, 
married a second time at Yarmouth, Mass., on July 29th, 1708, 
to Zachariah Paddock, as his second wife; he was a son of 
Zachary Paddock and Deborah (Sears) Paddock, of Yarmouth; 
he was born at Yarmouth, Mass., April 14th, 1664, and resided 
in Yarmouth in that part which is now called North Dennis; he 
was a deputy to the General Court at Plymouth from Yarmouth 
in 1709; he died at North Dennis, April 8th, 1717 (or 18) aged 
54, and was buried in Dennis, Mass., near the meeting house 
by the side of his first wife, where a stone marks his grave. 
Zachary Paddock's first wife was Bethiah Hall, who died March 
8th, 1708, aged 41 years. 

Children 2 (Paddock) i son and i daughter, both born in 
Yarmouth. Not in Thacher line. 

i, Hannah, born August ("the middle of"), 1709; died 
February 3rd, 1781 ; married February 23rd, 1728-9, to 

David Howes (son of Jonathan and Sarah ( ) 

Howes). They lived at Dennis (then Yarmouth), Mass., 
and had 10 children, records of whose names and birth 
can be seen in Mayfloiver Descendant, Vol. VI., p. 4. 
ii. Anthony, born February 5th, 1710-11; died February 
15th, 1731, in his 22nd year, drowned in Vineyard Sound, 



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"on that very cold day;" buried in Old Cemetery, Yar- 
mouth; grave stone. He was not married. 
Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 34, 37, 41. 

Sears Genealogy, by S. P. May, pp. 32, 33, 34, 73, 76 

A^. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, p. 206 note. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vols. Ill, pp. 246-7; IV, pp. 188-9; V, p. 27; 
VI, p. 4- 

Pope's Pioneers of Mass., p. 226. 

Record of the Hodges Family, by A. D. Hodges, p. 17, 

Old Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 33. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

39. Rebecca* Thacher, (Hon. Col. John,' Antony,* Rev. 
Peter^), born at Yarmouth, June ist, 1669; baptized June 
6th, 1669; died at Barnstable, Mass. (presumably), April 
loth, 1734, aged 65, and was buried probably in Barnstable, 
Mass., in Lothrop's Hill Cemetery, although no stone marks 
her grave. She married, first, at Yarmouth (probably), 

date of marriage ; to James Sturgis, born at Yarmouth, 

Mass., , 1668-9, about (see age at death and date of 

death) ; who resided at Yarmouth ; he died at Yarmouth, 
January 3rd, 1717-18, in his 49th year, and was buried in 
Old Cemetery at Yarmouth, where a stone marks his grave. 
He was a son of Edward Sturgis (born April loth, 1624; 
died December 8th, 1678), and of his wife, Temperance 
(Gorham) Sturgis, of Yarmouth, Mass. Rebecca* Thacher- 
Sturgis (widow of James Sturgis) married a second time 
at Yarmouth, Mass., on February 28th, 1720, probably, 
although authorities state the year was 1728 (see what 
follows here in regard to settlement of estate of James 
Sturgis) to Ebenezer Lewis, as his second wife (his first 
wife was Anna Lothrop, whom he married in 1691 ; and 
who died December 26th, 1715). He was born at Barn- 
stable, Mass., December 20th, 1666; he lived at Barnstable 
and died there January 9th, 1759, aged 92 years, 7 months, 
22 days. He was Judge of Court of Common Pleas and 
Town Treasurer of Barnstable from 1713 to 1741, and was 
one of the most active and intelligent business men of his 
time and a man of wealth. He was a son of Lieut. James 
and Sarah (Lane) Lewis of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children 7 (8?) (Sturgis) i son and 6 (7?) daughters; all 
born at Yarmouth. No children by her second marriage to 
Ebenezer Lewis. 
87 i. Rebecca," born October 30th, 1690; died ; as 

she is not mentioned in settlement of her father's 

estate, February 22nd, 1721-2; it is assumed that 

she died young, not married. 
+88 ii. Hannah," born March 3rd, 1693; died ; 

married John Matthews. 



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-f-89 iii- Bethiah,^ born February 19th, 1695-6; died July 
nth, 1769; married, first, Captain Isaac Freeman; 
married, second, Captain Job Gorham. 

90 iv. Temperance,^ born July 31st, 1697; died ; as 

she is not mentioned in the settlement of her 
father's estate, February 22nd, 1721-2, it is as- 
sumed that she died young, not married. 

-(-91 V. Thankful,^ born September 2nd, 1701 ; died 
January loth, 1721-2, "in her 22nd year"; mar- 
ried Timothy Hallett, as his first wife; she died 
at birth of her first child, a daughter, who likewise 
died and was buried with her in Old Yarmouth 
Cemetery, where grave stone marks their grave. 
Timothy Hallett married twice again after her 
death, 

-[-92 vi. Elizabeth,^ born December , 1703; died June 

6th, 1727; married Gershom Davis, 

93 vii. James,^ born October 13th, 1707; died January 

8th, 1724, at Yarmouth, Mass., in his 17th year; 
he was drowned, and was buried in Old Ceme- 
tery at Yarmouth, grave stone. Not married, 

94 viii. (?) Fear,^ born ; died ; married 

Long, Hon. George Thacher in his MSS. Thacher 
Genealogy, is my only authority for recording 
this child and her marriage ; he states that she 
had no children ; beyond this statement I have 
never seen further record of her, nor is she men- 
tioned in settlement of her father's estate. I 
doubt her ever having existed, 
Edward Sturgis, Senior (son of Philip Sturgis, of Hanning- 
ton, England), came to America about 1634 and settled in 
Scituate, Mass. He was in Charlestown, Mass., in 1634, and set- 
led finally in Yarmouth, Mass., in 1639. His wife's name was 

Elizabeth , sometimes called Alice, probably through error. 

His son, Edward, Jr., married Temperance Gorham, daughter of 
Captain John Gorham, and his wife, Desire (Howland) Gorham. 
Desire Howland was a daughter of Captain John Howland and 
Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland. Elizabeth Tilley was a daughter 

of John Tilley and his wife, Elizabeth . John Howland 

and his wife and John Tilley and his 2nd wife (not the mother of 
Elizabeth Tilley) were passengers on the first trip of the Mayflower 
in 1620. Temperance Gorham was born in Marshfield, Mass,, 
May 5th, 1646, Edward Sturgis, Jr., died December 8th, 1678. 
Temperance (Gorham) Sturgis, widow of Edward Sturgis, Jr., 
married a second time at Yarmouth, Mass., January 27th, 1679, to 
Thomas Baxter, by whom she had 3 sons — John, Thomas and 
Shubael Baxter. 

Children of Edward Sturgis, Jr., and Temperance (Gorham) 
Sturgis — 6 (Sturgis), 4 sons and 2 daughters. 



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i. Joseph, born ; died . 

ii. Samuel, born 1665; died ; married Mercy- 
Howes. 

iii. Desire, born , 1666; died March 29th, 1744; married 

first, Captain Thomas Dimmock; married, second, Col. 
John* Thacher, brother of Rebecca* Thacher. 

iv. James, born , 1668-9; died January 3rd, 1717-18; 

married Rebecca* Thacher. 

V. Edward, born , 1673; died ; married Mehitable 

Hallet. 

vi. Thankful, born , 1675 ; died May ist, 1745 ; married 

Peter* Thacher (brother of Rebecca* Thacher). 

The authorities consulted, such as Freeman's Cape Cod and 
Otis' Barnstable Families, do not mention the 6th child of Ed- 
ward Sturgis, Jr., and Temperance Gorham, viz : Thankful Stur- 
gis; but it is a Thacher family tradition of many years' stand- 
ing and positively stated by Hon. George Thacher (died 1824, 
aged 70), in his well-known Thacher Genealogy, that she was a 
sister of James Sturgis, who married Rebecca* Thacher, and of 
Desire Sturgis, who married Col. John* Thacher; moreover, 
Peter* Thacher, in his will, mentions "Mother Baxter," which 
corroborates the family tradition; for if Thankful Sturgis was 
the daughter of Edward Sturgis, Jr., then the "mother Baxter" 
referred to in the will of Peter* Thacher would be his mother-in- 
law. Temperance (Gorham) Sturgis, who after the death of 
Edward Sturgis, Jr., (her first husband) married a second time 
to Thomas Baxter, and died March 12th, 1714-15. Such is my 
argument for including Thankful Sturgis among the children of 
Edward Sturgis, Jr. 

The Sturgis house in Yarmouth was standing in 1905. The 
owner then told Mr. George Winslow Thacher, that she in- 
tended to pull it down. It was on the north side of the state 
road, about a quarter of a mile east of the road to South Dennis. 
From previous to i860 to 1890 it was owned and occupied by 
Hannah Crowell. 

The will of Edward Sturgis, Jr., was nuncupative or verb- 
ally dictated by him, and was communicated to the Court held 
at Plymouth, June 3rd, 1679. He gave to his wife one-third of 
his estate, and the other two-thirds to his children, giving to his 
son, Joseph, £20 more than to the others. To Mr. Thornton 
(the minister) 21s. and to Joseph Gorham ;^5 in silver; and to 
his daughter. Desire, his silver tankard "as a token of love." 
His will was witnessed by John Sunderland, Joseph Gorham and 
Elizabeth Sturgis (mother of the testator) before John Free- 
man, Assistant, the date being November 15th, 1678. It ap- 
pears by well authenticated records that there were two com- 
mittees appointed by the Probate Court at Barnstable under dif- 
ferent dates to appraise and divide the estate. The first com- 



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mittee being comprised of Mr. Hinckley, Mr. Barnabas Laythrop 
and Mr. Miller. The second committee was comprised of Jere- 
miah Howes, John Miller, John Rider, John Rider, Senior, and 
Jonathan Hallett. The decree of the Court added to the widow's 
part "the negro towards bringing up of the children." Tem- 
perance Sturgis and her second husband, Thomas Baxter, giv- 
ing security therefore and having "the improvements of the 
estate unto the children coming of age." The estate was valued 
at £900, a large one for those days. It was divided April 13th, 
1694, among Joseph, Edward, James and Samuel Sturgis. 

From Hinckley's MSS. copy of Barnstable Probate Book 
No. 4, pp. 233, 236, on file in N. E. Hist. Gen. Soc, Boston, Mass., 
we obtain "Administration of Estate of James Sturgis, late of 
Yarmouth," of which the following is a sufficient abstract for 
our purposes, viz : — "Whereas, James Sturgis, late of Yarmouth, 
died intestate, the personal estate being consumed by fire. In 
the hands of Rebecca Lewes, late wife of said deceased and ad- 
ministratrix to said Sturges estate, etc. I, therefore, settled 
said estate as follows: 

"To pay James Sturges, the only son of the said deceased, 
the house lot containing about 4 acres, etc. Hannah Matthews 
and Bethiah Freeman, two of the eldest daughters of said de- 
ceased, having heretofore received £40 apiece; so that said 
James Sturges receives a double portion. He is to pay unto 
his youngest sister, Elizabeth Sturges, etc. He is to pay after 
his mother's death to Thankful Hallett, etc. And the above 
James Sturges, being a minor of about fifteen years of age, his 
guardian, Edward Sturges, of Yarmouth, hath given bonds for 
payment, etc. I do further order and reserve unto the said 
Rebecca Lewes, Administratrix aforesaid, her right of dower, 
or use of her thirds, etc. 

"(sgd) John Otis." 
"dated February 22nd, 1721-2." 

The date of marriage of Rebecca* (Thacher) Sturgis to 
Ebenezer Lewis is given by some authorities as February 28, 
1728. This year date is wrong as we see by above document 
that on February 22, 1721-2, she was then the wife of Ebenezer 
Lewes. The date, February 28, 1728, was probably February 
28, 1720, a date entirely consistent with date of settlement of 
estate of James Sturges as well as with dates of death of James 
Sturges and Anna (Lothrop) Lewes. In transcribing the "o" 
was taken for an 8 probably. 

"Yarmouth, Mass., March 14th, 1718. Town voted to give 
old meeting house to the widow, Rebecca Sturgis, in consider- 
ation of the loss of her home by fire, to be used towards the 
erection of another dwelling; only reserving the materials of 
which the pews were built for the owners thereof." See Free- 
man's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 211. 



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"On February 22nd, 1721, Captain John* Thacher, of Barn- 
stable, Mass., was chosen and appointed guardian of EHzabeth'* 
Sturgis, a minor, aged about 18 years. 

"(sgd) John Otis." 
(See Book 4, pp. 236-7, Hinckley MSS.) 
Ebenezer Lewis, the second husband of Rebecca* (Thacher) 

Sturgis, was married, first, April , 1691, to Anna Lothrop 

(daughter of Barnabas Lothrop), by whom he had 11 children, 
7 sons and 4 daughters, all born at Barnstable, Mass. The 
names of these children are here given with dates of birth, etc., 
on account of the numerous inter-marriages of this family with 
the Thacher family of the Cape. Anna Lothrop was born at 
Barnstable, Mass., August loth, 1673; she died December 26th, 
1715. Her mother's maiden name was Sarah Clarke. Both 
Ebenezer Lewis and his first wife, Annah (Lothrop) Lewis, are 
buried in Lothrop's Hill Cemetery, Barnstable, Mass., where 
stones mark their graves, thus inscribed: — 

"In memory of Mr. Ebenezer Lewis, who deceased January 
ye 9th, 1759, aged 92 yrs., 7 mos., 22 da." 

"Here lyes buried ye body of Mrs. Annah Lewis, wife to 
Lieut. Ebenezer Lewis, who died December 26th, 1715, in ye 
42nd year of her age." 

Children of Ebenezer Lewis and Annah (Lothrop) Lewis, 
all born in Barnstable, Mass. 

i. Sarah, born January 13th, 1691-2; died March 21st, 
1737-8; married June 17th, 171 1, to Ebenezer Hinckley, 
as his first wife, 
ii. Susannah, born April 17th, 1694; died October 4th, 
1753; married July 24th, 1712, to James Allyn, of Barn- 
stable. 

iii. James, born August 4th, 1696; died ; married, first, 

Rebecca Hatch, daughter of Moses Hatch and Eliza- 
beth* Thacher (Hon. Col. John^ Thacher), she died 
July 5th, 1740. He married, second, September 2nd, 
1745, Dorcas Baker; she died July 5th, 1748; he mar- 
ried, third, on April 12th, 1750, to Joanna Howland. 
He finally became insane and was placed in hands of a 
guardian. May 13th, 1756. 

iv. Ebenezer, born May 9th, 1699; died ; married, 

November , 1736, Mary Coree, of Long Island. 

V. Hannah, born February 14th, 1701 ; died . 

vi. Lothrop, born June 13th, 1702; died , 1773; H. C. 

class 1723. 
vii. George, born April 5th, 1704; died ; married Sep- 
tember 1 2th, 1727, to Sarah^ Thacher, daughter of 
Peter* Thacher. 
viii. Nathaniel, born January 12th, 1706-7; died July 7th, 
1751 ; married February 19th, 1736, to Fear^ Thacher, 
daughter of Col. John* Thacher. 



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ix. John, born July 15th, 1709; died ; married July 

2ist, , to Thankful Crowell. 

X. David, born November 8th, 171 1 ; died . 

xi. Abigail, born November 8th, 171 1; died ; married 

August 2nd, 1732, to Solomon Sturgis. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 34. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622 ; II, pp. 225, 285-6, 472, 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. II, pp. 208 ; X, pp. 24-25. 
Sturges Genealogy, pp. 8, 9, 32. 
Freeman Genealogy, p. 63. 

Otts' Barnstable Families, Vols. I, p. 472, 513; II, pp. 136-144. 
Yarmouth Tombstone Inscriptions, p. 30. 
Boston Transcript, Sept. 12th, 1906. 



40. Bethiah* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ Rev Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., July loth, 1671 ; died at Barn- 
stable, Mass., July 7th (or 8th), 1734; her will was dated 
September 4th, 1733, and proved July 31st, 1734; she was 
buried at Barnstable, Mass., in Lothrop's Hill Cemetery; 
she married at Yarmouth, Mass., (presumably) April 9th, 
1691, to James Paine (son of Thomas Paine and Mary 
(Snow) Paine of Eastham, Mass.) He was born at East- 
, ham, Mass., July 6th, 1665 ; died at Barnstable, November 
I2th, 1728, and was buried there in Lothrop's Hill Ceme- 
tery. He resided at Barnstable, Mass., in a house which 
stood on a lot where afterwards stood the house of Samuel 
Savage, afterwards John Gray's house. He was a school 
teacher, miller, cooper, soldier and clerk. 

Children: 7 (Paine) 2 sons and 5 daughters, all born in Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

95 i. James,^ born March 24th, 1691-2; baptized March 
27th, 1692; died July 13th, 171 1, at Barnstable, 
Mass., and was buried there in Lothrop's Hill 
Cemetery, where a stone to his memory exists, 
thus inscribed : "Here lyes buried the body of 
James Paine, aged 20 years, died July ye 13th, 
171 1." He was not married. 
-\-g6 ii. Thomas,^ born April 8th, 1694, baptized April 
9th, 1694; died May 30th, 1757; married Eunice 
Treat. 
97 iii. Bethiah, ist,^ born February 22nd, 1695-6; bap- 
tized February 23rd, 1695-6 (or March 8th, 1696) ; 

Corrections : 

Page Q2, 25th line from top, and page 95, 21st line from top, "Col. John 
Gorham" should read "Captain John Gorham." 

Page 85, nth line from bottom, "Shutleff" should read "ShurtlefiE." 



HACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



ART 



VI. 



GENEAI.OGICAL RECORD OF 

ANTONY^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS., 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

(Continugd) 



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died July 29th, 1697, at Barnstable, and was 
buried there, 
+98 iv. Bethiah, 2nd,^ born May 23rd, 1698, baptized 

May 29th, 1698; married Dr. Samuel Russell. 
+99 V. Mary/ born August 13th, 1700; baptized August 
i8th, 1700; married first Nathaniel Freeman; 
married second Edmund Hawes. 
4-100 vi. Experience,^ born March 17th, 1702-3; died June 
17th, 1775 ; married Samuel Hunt, 
loi vii. Rebecca,^ born April 8th, 1705; died June 13th 
(or 30th), 1726, aged 21, at Barnstable, Mass., 
and was probably buried there. No grave stone. 
Not married. 
James Paine, Senior, was admitted a freeman of Barnstable, 
May 29th, 1689. He was an enterprising and highly respected 
citizen. He was a school teacher, miller, cooper and a clerk. 
He served on the expedition against Canada in 1691 led by Sir 
William Phipps and also in Captain Gorham's company, and 
is mentioned as a clerk. For his services in Captain Gorham's 
Company his heirs in 1736 received a grant of land in Maine. 
He was of a literary turn of mind, and was a member of the 
1st Church, Branstable, until the organization of the 2nd 
Church, when he was granted a letter of dismissal to the 2nd 
Church at his own request and he became a member thereof. 
He was the ist clerk of the East Precinct or Parish of Barn- 
stable and so served many years. 

Mary Snow, mother of James Paine, Senior, was the 
daughter of Nicholas Snow and Constance (Hopkins) Snow. 
Nicholas Snow came over in the Ann in 1623 and married Con- 
stance (daughter of Stephen Hopkins, of the Mayflower), and 
settled in Eastham in 1645. He died in 1676. Thomas Paine, 
who married his daughter, was the founder of the Eastham 
branch of the Paine family, and he (Thomas Paine) died August 
i6th, 1706; his exact age is not known. 

The following inscriptions are taken from stones in Loth- 
rop's Hill Cemetery, Barnstable, Mass., viz : — 

"Here lies buried Mrs. Bethiah Paine, wife of Mr. James 
Paine, deceased, and daughter of the late Honorable John 
Thacher. She died July ye 8th, (1734), Aetatis 63." 

"Here is buried the body of James Paine, born July ye 6th, 1655, 
died November ye 12th, 1728, in hope of a Glorious Resurrec- 
tion." 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 34. 

Greenleaf Genealogy, by James Edward Greenleaf , p. 77. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. II, p. 196; XIV, p. 11; XXII, pp. 62, 188-9; 
XLVII, p. 87. 

Savage's Gen. Did., Vol. Ill, p. 332. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 
Paine Family Records, by H. D. Paine, pp. 12, 15, 59, 60. 



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41. Colonel John* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. 
Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., January 28th, 1674-5; 
died at Barnstable, Mass., March 26th, 1764, and was buried 
in Barnstable in Goodspeed's Hill, East Burying Ground, 
grave stone; he resided at Barnstable, Mass., in the East 
Parish ; he was a soldier. Judge and Registrar of Deeds for 
Barnstable County. He married at Barnstable, November 
loth, 1698, before his father, Hon. Col. John^ Thacher, as 
civil magistrate to Desire (Sturgis) Dimmock (widow of 
Captain Thomas Dimmock). She was born at Yarmouth, 

Mass., date of birth , 1666 ; see age at death and date of 

death; died at Barnstable, Mass., March 29th, 1749, aged 
83, and was buried probably at Barnstable, but no stone 
marks her grave. She was a daughter of Edward Sturgis 
(born April loth, 1624; died December 8th, 1678), and his 
wife. Temperance (Gorham) Sturges, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children 6 (Thacher) 3 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Barnstable, Mass. 
-|-I02 i. Abigail,*^ born November 2nd, 1699; died Septem- 
ber i8th, 1768; married Joseph Hallett. 
-f-103 ii. Elizabeth,^ born June 17th, 1701 ; died September 

14th, 1733; married Jonathan Davis. 
-)-i04 iii. John,^ born June 25th, 1703; died September 13th, 

1783 ; married Content Norton. 
4-105 iv. Lot,^ born May 23rd, 1705; died December 15th 

(or i6th), 1732; married Rebecca Kean. 
-j-106 V. Fear,^ born March 28th, 1707; died November 

14th, 1758; married Nathaniel Lewis. 
4-107 vi. Roland,^ born August 28th, 1710; died February 
i8th, 1775 ; married Abigail Crocker. 
Colonel John* Thacher was for about thirty (30) years Reg- 
istrar of Deeds for the County of Barnstable, Mass. He was 
for many years Judge of the Court of Common Pleas ,and was 
Colonel of a Regiment. He was a selectman at Barnstable from 
1716 for 8 years and from 1735 for 4 years. The following is 
the inscription on his tombstone in Goodspeed's Hill Burying 
Ground on the south side of the East Meeting House in Barn- 
stable, viz : — 

"Here lies interred ye body of ye Hon'bl John Thacher, 
Esq., who after a long life of usefulness and faithfulness in sev- 
eral military and civil offices, and of eminent exemplariness in 
ye religious Christian life, departed this mortal life in ye fear 
of Christ and his gospel and in ye hope of eternal life, March 
ye 26th, 1764, in ye 90th year of his age." 

"Let me die the death of the righteous 
and let my last days be like his." 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. H, p. 220, says that he died March 
7th, 1764; and Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 37; says that he died 



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March i7th, 1764; and the N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 
12, is given an abbreviated copy of his epitaph in which it is 
stated that he died March 17th, 1764. The above inscription was 
copied and sent to me by Stanley W. Smith, Esq., of Boston, 
Mass., an expert and reliable authority on grave yard inscrip- 
tions of Cape Cod. The will of Col. John* Thacher (see Barn- 
stable Probate Records) mentions his daughter Abigail Hallett ; 
children of my daughter, deceased as follows : To Elizabeth Pen- 
field, * * * 'Pq each of the others as they arrive at the 
age of 21 * * *. To the children of my granddaughter, 
Mary Lothrop, deceased * * *, To my son, Roland. To the 
children of my grandson, Lot Thacher, deceased, * * *. To 
my granddaughter-in-law, Martha Thacher, while she is Lot's 
widow * * *. Executor John^ Thacher, Jr. Witnesses, Peter 
Thacher, Elizabeth Dimmock and Lydia Gorham. Dated March 
27th, 1763. Letters testamentary granted April 20th, 1764. 

Captain Thomas Dimmock, first, husband of Desire Sturgis, 

was born April , 1664, and died September 9th, 1697. He 

was killed in the Indian War. He lived at Barnstable, Mass., 
and had by Desire Sturgis the following children, all born in 
Barnstable, viz : — 

i. Mehitable, born October , 1686 ; died May , 1775 ; 

aged 88; married Capt. John Davis. 

ii. Temperance, born June , 1689; <ii^d ; married 

Benjamin Freeman. 

iii. Edward, born July 5, 1692; died ; married Han- 
nah . 

iv. Thomas, born December 25, 1694; died ; married 

v. Desire, born February , 1696; died January 28th, 

1732-3 ; married Job Gorham. 

All of the above children were baptized at Barnstable, 
March 26th, 1699. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 35, 37, 38, 42. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. II, p. 197; X, p. 350; XIV, pp. 11-12. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, p. 220. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. IV, p. 221. 
Sturges Family, p. 8. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vols. I, pp. 281, 340, 401. 414-15. 
Barnstable Records, Vol. I, pp. 270, 304 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

42. Elizabeth* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,' Antony ,* Rev. Peter*), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., June 19th, 1677; died at Falmouth, 
Mass. (presumably) May i8th, 1710, and was presumably 
buried there, the existence of her gravestone has never been 
discovered by me; married at Falmouth, Mass. (it is recorded 
there) by John Thacher, Justice of the Peace (her father) on 
October i8th, 1699, to Deacon Moses Hatch (as his second 



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wife). Elizabeth* (Thacher) Hatch was admitted to church 
at Barnstable, August 2nd, 1702, and was dismissed therefrom 
to church at Falmouth, October loth, 1708. Deacon Moses 
Hatch was born at Falmouth, March 4th, 1662-3 5 he ^s said to 
have been the first white child born there; he was admitted to 
First Church at Barnstable, June 19th, 1698 ; and was dismissed 
to church at Falmouth, October loth, 1708, in which latter 
church he was a first deacon; he was a farmer and a wealthy 
man of good business ability and a good citizen ; he died at Fal- 
mouth, May 20th, 1747, in the 85th year of his age, and was 
buried there in the old burying ground. He was a son of Jona- 
than and Sarah (Rowley) Hatch, (Savage says Hannah 
Rowley, in which statement he is incorrect) who resided at 
Falmouth, Mass., having removed there from Barnstable. 

Children: 5 (Hatch), 2 sons and 3 daughters; first child born 
at Yarmouth, rest born at Falmouth, Mass. 

-|-io8 i. Elizabeth,^ born May 15th, 1701 ; died October 23rd 

(or 24th), 1744; married Timothy Hallett. 
+ 109 ii. Moses,^ born ; died ; married, first, Mary 

Lord; married second ? 

+ 110 iii. Rebecca,^ born December 27th, 1703; baptized June 

i8th, 1704; died July 5th, 1740; married James 

Lewis. 

111 iv. Hannah,"^ born May 27th, 1705; baptized October 

14th, 1705; died — ' — . 

112 v. Sylvanus,^ born ; died . 

Deacon Moses Hatch gave to Falmouth the land on which the 
first church was built and which is now a public square ornamented 
with trees. He married, first, May 9th, 1686, Hepsiba Eddy, of 
Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard (said to be the younger sister of Eliza- 
beth Eddy, second wife of his brother, Benjamin Hatch) ; and by 
her he had the following children (not in Thacher line) : 

i. Abiah, born February ist, 1686-7; died February 13th, 

1686-7; buried February 14th, 1686-7. 
ii. M * * * (a son), born February ist, 1686-7; died Feb- 
ruary 1st, 1686-7; buried February 2nd, 1686-7. 
iii. Moses, born October 6th, 1688; died October 23rd, 1688. 

iv. Hiepsiba, born February i6th, 1690; died ; married 

Benjamin Nye, of Falmouth. 

A Moses Hatch married, about 1710-11, to Hannah, widow of 
Joshua Bangs, and a daughter of John Scudder, of Barnstable. 
This Hannah Scudder was baptized October 5th, 165 1, and hence 
was II years older than Deacon Moses Hatch. Joshua Bangs died 
January 14th, 1709-10, Although she was so much older than 
Deacon Moses Hatch, yet the death of Elizabeth (Thacher) Hatch, 
his second wife, and the death of Joshua Bangs, Hannah Scudder's 
first husband, renders it possible that Deacon Moses Hatch had 
for a third wife Hannah (Scudder) Bangs. The Falmouth Rec- 



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ords state that " Hannah, wife of Captain Moses Hatch, died May 
13th, 1739." If this was the above Hannah (Scudder) Bangs- 
Hatch, then Deacon Moses Hatch was styled Captain, as was also 
his son Moses. It is thought by Amos Otis, in his Barnstable 
Families, that the death record should read, "Mary, wife of Captain 
Moses Hatch, died May 13th, 1739;" the record, in his opinion, 
referring to Mary Lord, first wife of Captain Moses, son of Deacon 
Moses. 

Deacon Moses Hatch's fourth and last wife's name was Pa- 
tience . 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33-35- 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, p. 474. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, p. 249. 
. Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 471-2- 

Genealogical Advertiser, Vol. IV, p. 82. 

46. Lydia* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., February nth, 1684-5; admitted to 
First Church, Harwich, March ist, 1723-4; died at Harwich, 
September 3rd, 1724, aged 39; buried at Brewster, Mass., 
gravestone; she married at Yarmouth (probably) October 13th, 
1709, to Captain Joseph Freeman, as his first wife. He was 
born at Harwich, Mass., February nth, 1682-3 (see Eastham 
and Orleans Vital Records) ; he resided at Harwich and was 
admitted to First Church, Brewster (then Harwich), April 
22nd, 1733. He held rank successively as Ensign, Lieutenant 
and Captain in the Militia; he was a Selectman, Justice of the 
Peace and Representative to the General Court; he died at 

Harwich, March , 1756; will dated March loth, 1756; he 

was probably buried at Harwich (now Brewster), but I have 
never seen record of his gravestone. Captain Joseph Freeman 

was a son of Deacon Thomas Freeman (born September , 

• 1653; died February 9th, 1 716, aged 62; married December 31st, 
1673), and his wife, Rebecca (Sparrow) Freeman (born Octo- 
ber 30th, 1655; died — — ), daughter of Jonathan Sparrow 
and Rebecca (Bangs) Sparrow. Captain Joseph Freeman's 
parents lived at Harwich, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Freeman), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 

Harwich, Mass. 

-I-113 i. Thacher ,'* born December 3rd, 1710; baptized First 

Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; died August 

15th, 1784; married Anna Gray. 

114 ii. EHzabeth,' born December 14th, 1712; baptized 

First Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; died 

; married February 12th, 1754, Ebenezer Berry, 

of Rochester, Mass. 

115 iii. Joseph,"* born March 15th (or 25th), 1714-15; bap- 

tized First Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; 



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died , young; probably unmarried; he is not 

mentioned in his father's will. 

-|-ii6 iv. Lydia,^ born October 22nd, 1717; baptized First 

Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; died ; 

married Nathaniel Clarke. 

+ 117 V. Rebecca,^ born March (or April) 23rd, 1720; bap- 
tized First Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; 

died ; married Jonathan Hopkins. 

118 vi. Thomas,* born March 23rd, 1721-2; baptized First 

Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; died , 

young ; probably unmarried ; not mentioned in his 
father's will. 

Captain Joseph Freeman married a second time, on September 
9th, 1736, to Mary (Watson) Freeman (widow of Nathaniel Free- 
man, Esq., and daughter of Elkanah Watson, of Plymouth, Mass.), 
by whom he had one (i) daughter, Mary Freeman, who was bap- 
tized at Harwich, Mass., in 1744. Nathaniel Freeman, first hus- 
band of Mary Watson, was born March 17th, 1682-3, and died 
August 2nd, 1735; he married Mary Watson, October 24th, 1706; 
his will was dated August ist, 1735. Captain Joseph Freeman 
mentions in his will "his grand daughter, Anne Freeman" (doubt- 
less daughter of his son Thacher) ; "his daughters, Elizabeth Berry, 
Lydia Clarke, Rebecca Hopkins, and son Thacher." Mary Wat- 
son, his second wife, was born in October , 1688; and was 

received into church at Brewster in 1724. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33-35. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12 ; XX, pp. 61-62. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, p. 361. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vols. Ill, p. 174; VIII, pp. 34, 93. 
Freeman Genealogy, pp. 27, 28, 29, 36, 51, 58, 59. 
Bang's Genealogy, p. 43. 

47. Mary* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., February 5th, 1686-7 (or March 
6th, 1686-7, according to Richard Henry Greene, Historian 
General of the Mayflower Society, who is the only authority 
I know of who so gives it) ; died at Barnstable, Mass., June 
28th, 1778, in the 92nd year of her age, and was buried in 
Barnstable, Mass., in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying Ground, 
where a gravestone marks her grave thus inscribed : "Here lies 
buried Mrs. Mary Gorham, relict widow of the Honorable 
Shubael Gorham, Esq., deceased, who died June 28th, 1778, 
in ye 92nd year of her age." She married at Yarmouth, De- 
cember 23rd, 1708, Colonel Shubael Gorham. He was born 
at Barnstable, Mass., September 2nd, 1686, and lived at Barn- 
stable ; he was a soldier and man of public affairs ; he died at 
Louisburg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, February 20th, 1745-6, 
and was buried there, probably, as no stone marks his grave 



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in Barnstable. He was the son of Lieut. Col. John Gorham 
(born at Marshfield, Mass., February 20th, 1651-2; died No- 
vember nth (or December 9th), 1716; married February 24th, 
1674-5), and of Mary (Otis) Gorham, his wife, who was bap- 
tized March 14th, 1654; died April ist, 1733; she was the 
daughter of John Otis. Col, Shubael Gorham's parents lived 
in Barnstable. 

Children: 10 (Gorham), 6 sons and 4 daughters, all born in 
Barnstable. 

+ 119 i- John,^ born December 12th, 1709; died , 

1750-1, about; married Elizabeth Allyn. 
-|-I20 ii. David,* born April 6th, 1712; died January 2nd, 
1786; married first Abigail Sturgis; married 
second Elizabeth Stevens; married third Hannah 
Davis. 
-\-121 iii. Mary,^ born February 7th, 1714; died ; mar- 
ried Stephen Clap. 

122 iv. William,^ born May 6th, 1716; died , after 

1746. 
+ 123 v. Lydia,° born June 28th, 1718; died November 9th, 
1740; married Dr. James Hersey. 

124 vi. Hannah, ist,^ born May 22nd, 1720; died , 

young ; buried at Barnstable, Mass. ; not married. 

+ 125 vii. Hannah, 2nd,^ born May ist, 1721 ; died ; 

married Edward Crosby. 

126 viii. Shubael,^ born June 27th, 1723; died , 1748, 

aged 25 ; buried at Barnstable, Mass. ; not married. 
-fi27 ix. Joseph,® boi-n May 29th, 1725; died ; mar- 
ried Ann Spry. 
+ 128 X. Benjamin, born June 5th, 1726; died ; mar- 
ried first Nancy Hinckley; married second Ellen 
Rankin. 
"Colonel Shubael Gorham took an active part in obtaining the 
grants made by the Legislature of Massachusetts, to the officers 
and soldiers actively engaged in King Philip's War; and was chair- 
man of the Committee for Narragansett No. 7 (now Gorham, 
Maine), which township was granted to the officers and soldiers 
in the company under command of Captain John Gorham. He was 
Colonel of the 7th Massachusetts Regiment in the Louisburg ex- 
pedition, his commission being dated February 20th, 1744; and he 
was also captain of the ist Company of that Regiment; he died at 
Louisburg, February 20th, 1745-6. The fortress of Louisburg, 
which was built by the French, was captured by the English and 
Colonial forces, June 17th, 1745. The preparations for the war 
were made in New England during the previous winter. General 
Sir Wm. Pepperell was in command; Admiral Sir Peter Warren 
commanded the fleet. There were two brigadier generals, Samuel 



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Waldo and Joseph Dwight. It was usual then for general officers to 
command regiments and for field officers to command companies. 
General Pepperell commanded the ist Regiment of Mass. Colony; 
Waldo the 2nd; Jeremiah Moulton the 3rd; Samuel Willard the 
4th ; Robert Hall the 5th ; Sylvester Richmond the 6th ; and Shubael 
Gorham the 7th and he was Captain of the ist Company thereof, 
with John Gorham (his son) as Lieutenant Colonel and Captain 
of the 2nd Company. This last regiment (the 7th) was posted at 
Light House Point." 

"Colonel Shubael Gorham was a man of enterprise and one 
who persevered in whatever he undertook until he failed or suc- 
ceeded; his name frequently appears in the parish, town and state 
records, showing that he was a man esteemed by those who knew 
him. The great act of his life, that for which he will be ever re- 
membered, was the active and efficient part he took in obtaining 
the grants made by the Legislature of Massachusetts to the officers 
and soldiers of the Narragansett or King Philip's War, or to their 
legal representatives. The earliest grant made to the Narragansett 
soldiers is dated May 27th, 1685, of a township 8 miles square in 
the Nipmay Country. This grant was made to persons residing 
in Lynn, Reading, Beverly and Hingham. Mr. Josiah Pierce, the 
Historian of Gorham, Maine, thinks that this grant was never 
located." 

"December 14th, 1727, two tracts of land, six miles square, 
were granted, and April 26th, 1733, this grant was enlarged, giv- 
ing a township equal to six (6) miles square to each 120 persons 
whose claims should be established within four (4) months. It 
was found that the whole number was 840. Seven (7) townships 
were granted in the province of Maine, called Narragansett town- 
ships Nos. I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. The last township, No. 7, was 
assigned to the officers and men who served under Captain John 
Gorham and to a few additional ones; and it was afterwards in- 
corporated as the town of Gorham, but was generally known as 
'Gorhamtown.' By an order in Council, dated February 2nd, 1736, 
Shubael Gorham, Esq., was empowered to assemble the grantees 
of this township. In this order occurs a curious mistake. It is 
therein stated that the grant was made to the soldiers under the 
command of Captain John Gorham in the Canada Expedition in 
1690. Captain Gorham, of the Canada Expedition, was the father 
of Colonel Shubael Gorham; the grant was made to the officers 
and soldiers who served under his grandfather, Captain John 
Gorham, in the Narragansett War. By an order dated July 5th, 
1736, this mistake was corrected: 

"Col. Shubael Gorham was the chairman of the Committee 
for Narragansett No. 7, and was the efficient man in effecting its 
settlement. He spent much time and money in this enterprise, and 
bought the shares of many who did not desire to emigrate; and his 
speculation in wild lands proved unfortunate. He died insolvent 
in 1746; his own children being his principal creditors. He had no 



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estate to dispose of at his death. James Lowell, Jr., was appointed 
August 1 6th, 1746, to administer his estate. The inventory is dated 
December nth, 1746, and his personal estate was appraised in Old 
Tenor at £479, iS^^^, 6^, and his Real Estate at £2,365. Total, 
£2,844, i8^^> 6*^- He had 55 ounces, 17 pennyweights and 12 grains 
of silver plate valued at £99; 15^^^, o^; a part of which was marked 
with the arms of the Gorham family and has been preserved by 
the descendants of his son John. As before stated, members of 
his family were his principal creditors." 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. Z2, 35. 

N. Y. G. & B. Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 133-4-5-6, 197-8-9. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. XIV, p. 12; LII, pp. 357-8; LIV, p. 168. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

Mayflower Descendant Vol. V, pp. 7^^ and 180. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 415, 420, 423, 435-8. 

R. H. Greene, Historian, General Soc, M. F. D. 

48. Desire* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., December 24th, 1688, died at Yar- 
mouth, May 6th, 1722 (Sabbath morning), buried at Yar- 
mouth in old burying ground, gravestone. "Desire, wife of 
Ensign Josiah Crocker, died May 6th, 1722, in her 34th year." 
She married at Yarmouth (presumably) April loth, 1717 (or 
1718), to Captain Josiah Crocker, born at Barnstable, Mass., 
February 8th, 1684. He resided at Barnstable, Mass.; he 
was a sea captain and an Ensign in the Military Service. He 
died at Nauset, according to the Records, or at Annapolis 
Rial, St. Mary's Harbor, on October loth, 1721, aged 37. He 
is supposed to be buried at Annapolis Royal, but a stone to his 
memory is erected in Old Burying Ground at Yarmouth thus 
inscribed: "Ensign Josiah Crocker died at sea October loth, 
1 72 1, and was buried at Port Royal" (on gravestone of his 
wife). He was a son of Josiah Crocker (born September 19th, 
1647; died February 2nd, 1699; married October 23rd, 1668), 

and Meletiah Hinckley (born , 1648-9; died February 2nd, 

1 714-15, daughter of Gov. Thomas Hinckley) who resided 
at Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Crocker) i son and i daughter, both born in 
Barnstable, Mass. 

+ 129 i. Josiah,'' bom October 30th, 1719; died August 28th, 
1774; married first Rebecca Allyn; married sec- 
ond Hannah Cobb. 
130 ii. Desire,^ born December 17th, 1721, (posthumous); 

she was baptized the following Sabbath; died . 

I have been unable to find further record of this 

child and conclude that she must have died young 

or unmarried, without issue. 

Captain Josiah Crocker was a sea captain and while on a voyage 

to Nova Scotia he was betrayed out of his course by an Irishman 



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who pretended to be a pilot. He and all of the crew were sick at 
the time. He died on board his own vessel at St. Mary's Harbor, 
Annapolis Rial, October loth, 1721, and was buried at Port Royal, 
October 14th, 1721, age 37. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33-35- 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, pp. 212, 281. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. Ill, pp. 150-2. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 243-44 and note. 

49. Hannah* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., October 9th, 1690 (or 1689) ; died 
at Colchester, Conn., May 6th, 1780, aged 90, "in her 91st 
year;" buried in old burying ground, Colchester, Conn,, grave- 
stone. She was married at Yarmouth, Mass. (presumably, 

although we have no record thereof) ; date of marriage 

(probably in 17 15- 16) to Nathaniel Otis. He was born at 
Marshfield, Mass., January 31st, 1689-90; died at Colchester, 
Conn., April 15th, 1771, in his 82nd year, and was buried in 
old burying ground in Colchester, where gravestone marks 
his grave. He held many town offices in Colchester and was 
an Ensign in the Military Service. He was a son of Joseph 
Otis (baptized at Hingham, Mass., June 3rd, 1666; died at 
New London, Conn., June nth, 1754; married November 20th, 
1688), and his wife, Dorothy (Thomas) Otis (born November 
6, 1670; died February i8th, 1755), daughter of Nathaniel 
Thomas and Deborah (Jacobs) Thomas, of Marshfield, Mass. 
Nathaniel Otis' parents lived at Scituate, Mass., and New Lon- 
don, Conn. 

Children: 8 (Otis), 2 sons and 6 daughters. 

+ 131 i. Lydia,^ born January 20th, 1716-17; died January 
1st, 1807, aged 91 ; married Abner Kellogg. 

-{-132 ii. Hannah,^ born February 29th, 1717-18; died June 
I2th, 1752; married Benajah McCall. 

-f 133 iii. Dorothy,^ born April i6th, 1721 ; died ; mar- 
ried first Asahel Bigelow; married second Isaac 
Day; married third Joseph Langwill. 

4-134 iv. Desire,^ born May 20th, 1723; died ; married 

Ichabod Bartlett. 
135 V. Nathaniel,^ born August 20th, 1725 ; died January 
24th, 1740-1, at Montville, Conn.; buried in Col- 
chester, Conn., in old burying ground, gravestone ; 
not married. 

-I-136 vi. John,^ born April ist, 1728; died October 24th, 
1804; married Prudence Taintor. 
137 vii. Delight,^ born March i6th (or 23rd), 1730-31; 
died July 20th, 1740, at Colchester, Conn., and 
was buried there in old burying ground, grave- 
stone; not married. 



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+ 138 viii. Mercy/ born July 2nd (or 3rd), 1734; died ; 

married Nathaniel Bartlett. 

"Nathaniel Otis, Senior, removed from Scituate, Mass., to 
New London, Conn., about 172,1, probably in company with his 
father, Josepph Otis ; he was received into communion with the 
church in New London, together with his wife, November 29th, 
1722. He was appointed January 22nd, 172 1-2, on a committee 
to act in the prudential affairs of the parish and was chosen clerk 
of the parish January 31st, 1722-3, and also in 1723-4. At about 
this latter date he removed and settled about 8 miles from New 
London, on the old county road, in the town of Colchester. He 
settled on lands which his father purchased from Captain Samuel 
Gilbert. The deed for these lands was witnessed by Michael 
Taintor and James Otis; and for the sum of £770, lawful cur- 
rency of New England, gives 280 acres of land and appurtenances; 
deed dated 1724, and was for land lying on the old county road in 
the town of Colchester. Joseph Otis, the grantee, is described in 
the deed as then of Scituate, Mass. This land Joseph Otis deeds 
to his son Nathaniel in 1735-6, 'for and in consideration of love, 
goodwill and affection which I have and do bear unto my beloved 

son , and is the whole of what I design my said son shall have 

of my estate.' " The house erected on this land by Nathaniel Otis 
has been in the possession of five (5) successive generations of 
his family. 

On May 29th, 1736, Nathaniel Otis was commissioned by Gov- 
ernor Talcott a Cornet of the troop of the County of Hartford; 
he also held numerous offices in the gift of the town of Colchester. 
He was one of the seven members of the Second Congregational 
Church, which was deeded to the North Parish in trust in 172 1-2. 
He signed as trustee for the parish in the deed of transfer. He 
was present at the installment of Mr. Hillhouse, October 3rd, 1722, 
who was the first minister of the church. The meeting house was 
raised July nth, 1723. Joseph Otis, his father, was one of the 
four original pew holders and was a deacon in the church. 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33, 35. 

A^. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. II, pp. 282, 283, 285, 287, 288 ; Vol. IV, pp. 
164-5 293 ; XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 622. 

Caulkin's New London, pp. 432, 433, 435. 

Colchester, Conn. Epitaphs, pp. 19, 20. 

Kellogg's in New and Old World, Vol. I, p. 90. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. V, p. 233. 

51. Hon. Judah* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony, ^ Rev. 
Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., August 20th, 1693; died 
at Yarmouth, January 8th, 1775, "in his 82nd year;" buried at 
Yarmouth in old burying ground, gravestone. He resided at 
Yarmouth, where he was a prominent merchant; he was a 
Representative to the General Court in 1737, a selectman from 
1737 for 5 years, town treasurer from 1737 for 12 years, 



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town clerk from 1740 for 8 years. He married at Yarmouth, 
June 4th, 1724, to Sarah Crosby, born at Yarmouth, February 
4th, 1701-2; died at Yarmouth, October 20th, 1771, aged 69, 
"in her 70th year," and was buried in old burying ground, 
Yarmouth, gravestone. She was a daughter of Joseph and 
Mehitable (Miller) Crosby, of Yarmouth, Mass., who were 
married at Yarmouth, February i6th, 1692-3. 
Children : 9 (Thacher), 7 sons and 2 daughters, all born at Yar- 
mouth. 

139 i. A daughter, "^ born March 27th, 1725 ; died March 
27th, 1725 ; buried at Yarmouth, Mass. 
-j-140 ii. Joseph,^ born September loth, 1726; died Decem- 
ber 24th, 1 771 ; married Abigail Hawes. 
141 iii. David, ist,^ born May 30th, 1728; died July 29th, 
1729; buried at Yarmouth. 
4-142 iv. David, 2nd,^ born March 14th, 1730; died Novem- 
ber 9th, 1801 ; married Abigail Russell. 
-I-143 v. Josiah,^ born February 2nd, 1732; died January 
19th, 1802; married first Desire Crowell; mar- 
ried second Mary (Miller) Hedge, widow of 
Deacon Isaac Hedge. 
144 vi. Judah,^ born January 29th, 1734; died — ' — ; at 
Halifax, N. S. ; not married. 
-f 145 vii. Sarah,^ born August 17th, 1737; died ; mar- 
ried first Prince Hawes; married second Thomas 
Palmer. 
-(-146 viii. John,^ born August 25th, 1739; died August 12th, 

1799; married Hannah Matthews. 
4-147 ix. William,^ born March 30th, 1743; died May 24th, 

1829; married Thankful Hedge. 
Judah* Thacher 's will was dated August 7th, 1773, and proved 
February loth, 1775, and is filed in the Probate Court at Barn- 
stable, Mass. In it he mentions his two (2) grandsons, Solomon 
and Peleg, giving them "the land on which the house is and south- 
erly up to the pond, equally between them." To my other grand- 
sons, Ebenezer, Isaac, Joseph, Daniel, Barnabas and Ezekiel, 20 
shillings apiece. To my grandson, Job Palmer, 20 shillings. To 
my granddaughters, Lydia, Sarah, Temperance, 20 shillings apiece. 
To Anna Hawes, 20 shillings. To John Thacher the land on which 
his house now stands adjoining the highway. To my son, William 
Thacher, my now dwelling house. To my four (4) sons, David, 
Josiah, John and William. He speaks of his dock, which he re- 
quests that they would not sell to a stranger until they had offered 
it to each other. David and Josiah, executors. Witnesses, Richard 
Taylor, Joyce Taylor and Desire Rawson. 

The house mentioned in the first item is the one which was 
occupied in the latter part of the 19th century by Phebe Lewis, to 
the south of the first triangular common on Strawberry Lane in 
Yarmouth Port. The pond is Miller's Pond. John Thacher's house 



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stood where subsequently stood the house occupied by Isaac Taylor 
and owned in 1907 by Thomas Chandler Thacher on the corner 
of Strawberry Lane and the highway. The dock mentioned was 
later known as Curtis Dock, on the farm of Mrs. James G. Hallett. 
The cutting in the swamp is now barely navigable, but two or three 
stumps of the piles of the old dock still exist. 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 35, 38. 

A''. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. V, pp. 27 and 161. 

Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 33, 34. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

53. Ann* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 

born at Yarmouth, Mass., May 7th, 1697; died at , March 

13th, 1756. She married at — ■ — , May 31st, 1722, to John Loth- 
rop, born at Barnstable, Mass., October 3rd, 1699; died at 
Tolland, Conn., October 17th, 1752, and was buried at Tolland, 
Conn. He was a son of Hope Lothrop (born at Barnstable, 
Mass., July 15th, 1671 ; died October 29th, 1734 (or 1736) ; 
married December 17th, 1696), and Elizabeth (Lothrop) Loth- 
rop, daughter of Meletiah and Sarah (Farrar) Lothrop. John 
Lothrop's parents lived in Barnstable and Falmouth, Mass., 
and in Tolland, Conn., and possibly in Sharon, Conn. 
Children: 8 (Lothrop), 4 sons and 4 daughters. 

+ 148 i. David,^ born October , 1723; died October 

2nd, 1787; married Clarinda Delano. 

149 ii. Hannah,^ born July 5, 1725; died ; nothing 

further known of her. 

-f-150 iii. Jonathan,^ born September i8th, 1727; died ; 

married Rachel Ladd. 
151 iv. Anna,^ born March loth, 1730; died ; noth- 
ing further known of her. 
-f 152 V. John,^ born May 6th, 1732; died March 24th, 1812; 

married Lucy Gray, 
-f 153 vi. Thacher,^ born January 26th, 1734; died Decem- 
ber 30th, 1806; married Submit Loomis. 

154 vii. Lydia,^ born June 21st, 1736; died ; nothing 

further known of her. 
+ 155 viii. Elizabeth,^ born April 22nd, 1740; died ; mar- 
ried Solomon Wills, 
"John Lothrop purchased 120 acres of land in Tolland, Conn., 
June 4th, 1726 ; and in the deed is said to be 'now resident of Tol- 
land.' He had come, so Waldo says, from Falmouth, Mass. He 
stood among the first men in Tolland as is evident from the offices 
he held; he was a Selectman five years, a Justice of the Peace, a 
Deputy to the Connecticut Assembly five sessions, 1 748-1 751 ; he 
was Town Clerk of Tolland in 1722. He died October 17th, 1752, 
and we have the following strangely incomplete record, 'Mrs. Ann 



138 

Lothrop died,' which, though imperfect, preserves for us at least 

the Christian name of John Lothrop's wife." John Lothrop lived 

in Barnstable and Falmouth, Mass., before settHng in Tolland, Conn. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 35. 

A^. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

Lothrop Memorial, pp. 49, 64, 92, 93, 124-5-6-7. 

Otis' Barnstable Families Vol. II, pp. 163 and 166. ' 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

54. Colonel Joseph* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., July nth, 1699; died at 
Yarmouth, June 17th, 1763; buried at Yarmouth in old ceme- 
tery, gravestone; he resided at Yarmouth and was a Colonel 
in the military service, a representative to the General Court 
from 1748 for three years, and a Selectman, 1750, for three 
years, in Yarmouth, where he was "a highly influential citizen." 
He married at Yarmouth (probably) February 24th, 1727-8, 
to Ruth Hawes, who was born at Monomoy, February 3rd, 
1708-9, died at Yarmouth, Mass., May 3rd, 1772, aged 62, 
"in her 62nd year," and was buried in Old Cemetery in Yar- 
mouth, where a gravestone marks her resting place. She was 
a daughter of Ebenezer Hawes (died at Yarmouth, October 
7th, 1727, aged 50, gravestone. Old Cemetery) and Sarah 

( ) Hawes (died at Yarmouth, January 9th, 1741, aged 

65, gravestone. Old Cemetery), who resided at Yarmouth, 

Mass. 

Children: 5 (Thacher), 2 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 

Yarmouth. 

156 i. Desire, ist,^ born April 7th, 1729; died April 27th, 
1729, aged 20 days, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; inscription found on 
P^g^ 33 of Yarmouth, Mass., burying ground in- 
scriptions says that she died in 1722, but the tran- 
scription must have been incorrectly interpreted, 
owing to obliteration, as her parents were not mar- 
ried until 1727-8. 
-f 157 ii. Desire, 2nd,^ born July 5th, 1730; died — — , 1816; 
married Grindal Rawson. 

-I- 1 58 iii. Ebenezer,^ born February 17th, 1733; died . 

4-159 iv. Ruth,^ born September nth, 1736; died ; mar- 
ried first Ezekiel Webb; married second Seth 
Whelden. 

-f-i6o V. Joseph,^ born May 19th, 1744; died , 1790; 

married Susannah Whelden. 

Colonel Joseph* Thacher was a popular character. Through 
his influence principally a company of forty (40), thirteen (13) 
of whom were Indians, was raised, all except six or eight being 
from Yarmouth, his native town, to go on the Cape Breton Ex- 



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pedition in 1745. A condition of their embarking on this bold enter- 
prise was that Joseph* Thacher should be their Captain. It is re- 
markable that of the Indians only three lived to return, two having 
been killed by the enemy and eight dying probably in consequence 
of a mode of living to which they had not been accustomed. The 
rest of the company, though exposed to great hardships, were 
providentially all spared to see their native place again and to par- 
ticipate with their fellow countrymen in the joy which pervaded 
the land over the reduction of Louisburg, the strongest fortress in 
America at that time. The following anecdote illustrates the im- 
feeling cruelity of the American savage of that period. Through 
the treacherous conduct of a certain Frenchman, a party of twenty 
provincial soldiers had been ambuscaded, nineteen of whom were 
killed. The Frenchman was captured and at first was given up to 
the Indians to be killed by them as they might see proper. Isaac 
Peck, a blood-thirsty Indian, began immediately to sharpen his 
knife; and thinking it too easy for a traitor to die at once, said that 
he was going to begin at his fingers and was going to cut off one 
joint at a time and then another and so on till he had separated all 
of his bones from head to foot. He would probably have carried 
out his intent had not the criminal been rescued from his hands. 
One of Thacher's Indians, hired by Colonel Vaughan for a bottle 
of brandy, was the first of the provincials to enter the grand battery 
of Louisburg. He crawled through an embrasure and opened the 
gate through which Vaughan and his troops entered. The enemy 
at the time had withdrawn from the battery, though this fact was 
not known to the Indian at the time. 

From Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, pp. 123-4, we obtain the fol- 
lowing : 

"Colonel Joseph Thacher, who departed this life June 17th, 
1763, in the 64th year of his age. 

"All you that pass by pray think on me. 
Think, I was once in the world like thee, 
But now lie mouldering in the dust 
In hopes to rise among the just." 

Colonel Joseph Thacher's home was a fine house near the old 
church. The above narrative concerning him and his Indians was 
taken from the New England Magazine for July 1834, written 
by Dr. James Thacher, who in turn took it from Alden's Epitaphs, 
Vol. I, pp. 123-4. Colonel Joseph Thacher's will was dated No- 
vember 4th, 1762, and was proved July 7th, 1763. He mentions 
"To Ruth, my wife * * * to Joseph Thacher, my gun and 
sword and £ 10 to be paid him when he is 21 by his mother * * *. 
To my daughter Desire Rawson * * * . ^nd my daughter Ruth 
Webb. Witnesses, Seth Whelden, Simeon Taylor and Joseph Staple. 

David^ Thacher (No. 142, Hon. Judah* Thacher) was on 
January 12th, 1769, appointed guardian of Ruth (Hawes) Thacher, 
widow of Col. Joseph* Thacher, who was non compos mentis. There 
are in the records about 250 items concerning this guardianship 



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some of which entries are very interesting, showing something of 
the manner of living at that time. In the settlement of her (Ruth 
(Hawes) Thacher's) affairs Joseph Thacher of Yarmouth is men- 
tioned as her only son, the daughters mentioned are Desire, wife of 
Grindal Rawson, and Ruth, wife of Seth Whelden, Jr. The set- 
tlement was made October 8th, 1772. 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 35, 38-40. 

A^. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols, I, p. 622 ; II, pp. 219, 239-40. 

Aid en's Epitaphs, Vol. I, pp. 122-4. 

Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 33-34. 

Hawes Family MSS. Lenox Library, p. 3. 

55. Benjamin* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., June (or July), 25th, 1701 (or 
1702) ; he resided at Yarmouth, Barnstable and Harwich, 
Mass., and was at one time a sea-faring man and became sub- 
sequently a tavern-keeper; he died at Harwich, Mass., date of 

death , 1768; his will was dated April i6th, 1767, and was 

proved August 9th, 1768. He was married at Barnstable, 
Mass., by Rev. Mr. Green on January 30th, 1734, to Hannah 
Lumbert of Barnstable, Mass., who was born at Barnstable, 
September 8th, 17 14. She was a daughter of Benjamin Lum- 
bert (or Lombard) of Barnstable, and his wife Tredde- 

way (or Tread well). 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 4 sons and 7 daughters, all of whom 

except No. i, were baptized at First Parish Church, Harwich, 

Mass. 

-f-i6i i. Benjamin,^ born February nth, 1739; died , 

1775; married Desire Freeman. 

162 ii. Hannah,^ born , 1739; baptized First Parish 

Church, Harwich, Mass., November 25th, 1739; 
died April 8th, 1813, aged 73 years, at Harwich 
(now Brewster), Mass., and was probably buried 
there; not married. 
-I-163 iii. Sarah,^ born December ist, 1741 ; died October 
3rd, 1777; married Isaac Foster. 
164 iv. Lydia, ist,^ born May 9th, 1743; baptized First 
Parish Church, Harwich, Mass., May 15th, 1743; 
died May 30th, 1743; died in infancy; no issue. 
+ 165 v. Lydia, 2nd,^ born September loth, 1744; died Sep- 
tember 5th, 1825 ; married Samuel Foster. 
166 vi. Jonathan, ist,^ born April i8th, 1746; baptized at 
First Parish Church, Harwich, Mass., April 27th, 

1746; died June , 1746, at Harwich, Mass., 

and buried there ; no issue. 
+167 vii. Jane,° born July 30th, 1747; died December 25th, 
1833; married Shubael Cook. 
168 viii. Jonathan, 2nd,'' born January 22nd, 1748-9; bap- 
tized January 29th, 1748-9 at First Parish Church, 



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Harwich, Mass.; nothing further known of him. 

169 ix. Temperance, ist,^ born April 9th, 1750; baptized 

April 15th, 1750, at First Parish Church, Harwich, 

Mass. ; died , previous to July 27th, 1754 (see 

date of birth of Temperance 2nd^. 
-I-170 X. Samuel,^ born January 17th, 1752; died December 

23rd, 1793; married Lucy Fessenden. 
+ 171 xi. Temperance, 2nd,* born July 27th, 1754; died 

; married William Ward. 

Benjamin* Thacher lived at one time in Barnstable, Mass., 
in the lane above Charles Bursley's, In his will, dated April i6th, 
1767, and proved August 9th, 1768, he appoints his wife, Hannah, 
executrix, and mentions three sons, Jonathan, Samuel and Ben- 
jamin, and daughters Hannah, Jane and Temperance Thacher and 
Lydia Foster. Witnesses, Chillingworth Foster, Benjamin Free- 
man and William Fessenden. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 35 and 40, 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 
Brewster, Mass. Vital Records, p. 49. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, pp. 99, 148, 150; Vol. VIII, pp. 119, 
120, 247; Vol. IX, pp. 205, 210. 

Boston Record Commission Reports, Vol. z'^, p. 230. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

56. Mercy* Thacher (Hon. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born 

at Yarmouth, Mass., February 7th, 1702-3; died at ; date 

of death ; married at ; date of marriage , 1738 

("in her 36th year"), to James Harris (as his second wife). 
He was born at Mohegan, New London Co., Conn, (or at Col- 
chester, Conn.), January 26th, 1699; he resided at Saybrook, 

Conn., where he was a merchant ; he died at ; date of death 

. He was a son of Lieut. James Harris (bom April 4, 

1673; died February loth, 1757; married , 1696), and his 

wife, Sarah (Rogers) Harris (born New London, Conn., 
August 9th, 1676; died November 13th, 1748, age 72). Lieut. 
James Harris lived successively at Boston, Mass., Mohegan 
and Colchester, Conn. 

Child: (Harris), i daughter. 

172 i. Ann Mercy,^ born July 14th, 1746; died May , 

1764, aged 18 years; not married. 

James Harris was the eldest son of Lieut. James Harris and 
he was the celebrated Saybrook merchant. He removed with his 
parents to Colchester, Conn. (Salem parish) in 1718, and was made 
a freeman there in 1722. He was Lister in 1726 and Surveyor in 
1727. On February 14th, 1728, he bought land in Saybrook, Conn., 
and removed to that place the spring following and built a store 
upon what was still in 1878 called Harris' Wharf, and there he be- 
came widely known as a very extensive and successful merchant 



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having a large export and import trade with France and the West 
and East Indies. He was admitted to the church in Saybrook in 
1736 and his wife, Mercy, was admitted by letter in 1741. In 1744 
he sold his real estate in Saybrook and removed to Mohegan, North 
Parish, New London Co., Conn., where he and his wife joined the 
church by letter. In 1747 he was living in New London and in 
1748 he re-purchased his old property in Saybrook and returned 
there and there remained until his death, the date of which is un- 
known. The story of his one child, Ann Mercy Harris, is a sad 
one. Sole heiress of a princely fortune, of great personal beauty 
and loveliness of character, at the age of 18 her parents decided to 
send her abroad for a couple of years for higher instruction in 
England and for travel in Europe for the advantages of foreign 
and social cultivation. On the eve of her departure she was inocu- 
lated in order to guard against the danger of small-pox, then the 
dread of foreign travelers. The virus proved fatal and she died 
after a few days of extreme suffering in the pest house of Saybrook. 
This sudden and tragic blow fell with crushing weight upon her 
parents and cast a gloom over the wide region throughout which 
she was known and beloved. 

Prof. T. A. Thacher, of Yale College, in a letter dated March 
1st, 1882, to Hon. Peter Thacher, of Newton, Mass., says: 

"Some weeks ago some one left at my door for me a copy of 
a writing by Mercy Thacher, grand-daughter of Antony Thacher 
and daughter of the second wife of John Thacher who was born 
after the wreck off Cape Ann. She, Mercy Thacher, gives a full 
list of her 20 brothers and sisters {vide Allen's Thacher Genealogy, 
pp. 34-35), with day and hour of birth; tells how she was married 
in her 36th year in 1738 (not 1724, as Allen states) ; how her only 
daughter was born in 1746 and in 1763 by a 'stratagem of Satan' 
was taken to Gull Island to be inoculated for the small pox to en- 
rich the doctors and died there. How she finished reading the 
Bible through the 22nd time, and there had her daughter read it 
with her in course, till the whirlwind of Satan came over them after 
the 5th reading. She tried to continue the reading afterwards 
but Christ's enemies came again in 1770 like bees and she could 
read no more in course. Her last entry is dated 1772." 

James Harris' first wife was Ann Gilbert, who must have died 
about 1737-8. She was a daughter of Captain Samuel Gilbert and 
his wife, Mary Rogers. James Harris had no children by his first 
wife. Captain Samuel Gilbert was born in 1663 and died August 
5th, 1733 ; he married, October 2nd, 1684. He was a son of Jona- 
than and Mary (Wells) Gilbert. His wife, Mary Rogers, was 
born April 17th, 1667, at New London, Conn., and died Septem- 
ber 30th, 1756, at Salem, Conn. Captain Samuel Gilbert was a 
cornet in the Pequot War under Major John Mason, an ensign in 
train band at Hartford, Conn., July, 1678. He was one of the 
patentees of Colchester, Conn., in 1707. He commanded a com- 
pany on the Expedition against Canada in 171 1. He was Marshall 



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of Connecticut Colony. His father was one of the first proprietors 
of Hartford, Conn. 

Amos Otis, in his Barnstable Families, incorrectly states that 
this Mercy* Thacher married Joshua Sears, and S. P. May's Sears' 
Genealogy makes the same error. Joshua Sears in reality married 
Mary'^ Thacher, daughter of Deacon Josiah* Thacher, of Yar- 
mouth, by his wife, Mary (Hedge) Thacher. 

The place and exact date of marriage of Mercy* Thacher to 
James Harris has never been discovered. It has seemed likely to 
me that it probably occurred at Colchester, Conn., as Mercy* 
Thacher's sister, Hannah* Thacher, was in 1738 living in Colchester, 
Conn., as the wife of Nathaniel Otis and it is not unlikely that 
Mercy* Thacher was at the time of her marriage in 1738 visiting 
her sister in Colchester, where her husband, James Harris, was 
then a resident. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 33-35. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

James Rogers of New London, pp. 48-50. 

Harris Genealogy, pp. 31, 32. 

Colchester, Conn. Vital Records by Taintor, p. 92. 

History of Montville, Conn. p. 178. 

57. Thomas* Thacher (Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 
born at Yarmouth, Mass., April 2nd, 1705; he was a mariner 
and resided at Yarmouth, Mass.; he died at Annapolis (Nova 
Scotia, probably), on December 20th, 1746, and was probably 
buried there, as there is no gravestone to his memory in the 

Yarmouth cemetery. He was married at , February , 

1730-1 (or July nth, 1730, according to Baxter Genealogy, 
P- 35 )» to Thankful Baxter, of Barnstable, Mass. She was 
born at Barnstable, Mass., July 29th, 1711-12, and died at 
Barnstable, Mass., April 9th, 1786, and was buried probably 
there in Lothrop's Hill Burying Ground; no gravestone. She 
was a daughter of Shubael Baxter by his wife, the widow 
EHzabeth Downs, who resided at Barnstable, Mass. Shubael 
Baxter died April 12th, 1741, and his widow died April 17th, 
1746. 

Children: 4 (Thacher), i son and 3 daughters, all probably 
born at Yarmouth. 

173 i. Lydia,'' born August 31st, 1736; died September 

loth, 1736, aged 10 days; buried at Yarmouth, 
Mass., Old Cemetery; gravestone; no issue. 

174 ii. Thomas,^ born August 13th (or 30th), 1740; died 

; beyond the record of his birth I have been 

unable to find any further record of this child and 
conclude he must have died young or unmarried, 
without issue. 
+175 iii. Ehzabeth,^ born March 28th, 1741-2; died De- 
cember 23rd, 1768; married Thomas Palmer. 



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4-176 iv. Thankful/ born November 8th, 1744; died ; 

married Zacheus (or Zachariah) Allen. 

Administration on the estate of Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth, 
mariner, was granted unto his widow, Thankful, on March 24th, 
1746. Inventory was taken May 13th, 1747, by Jonathan Hallett, 
John Miller and Peter Thacher, all of Yarmouth, yeomen. 

Thankful Baxter-Thacher, widow of Thomas* Thacher, mar- 
ried, second time, at Yarmouth, Mass., probably (intention was 
published at Barnstable, January 28th, 1747-8) on January 28th, 
1747-8, to Captain Samuel (or Lemuel) Lumbert as his second wife. 
He was born at Barnstable, September 15th, 1691 ; he resided at 
Barnstable, where he was presumably from his title a sea-captain; 
he died at Barnstable, November 12th, 1759, and was buried pre- 
sumably at Lothrop's Hill Burying Ground, Barnstable, although 
no stone marks his grave. He was a son of Benjamin Lumbert 
by his second wife, Sarah (Walker) Lumbert, who resided at 
Barnstable. Samuel (or Lemuel) Lumbert's first wife was Anna 
Baker, whom he married at Barnstable, October 17th, 1717. She 
died May 19th, 1747, and was buried at Lothrop's Hill Burying 
Ground, Barnstable, Mass. The record of deaths at Barnstable, 
Mass., by Hinckley, on file at the N. E. Hist. Gen. Library, Boston, 
Mass., says that Thankful, wife of Lm'® Lumbert died April 9th, 
1786, and it is recorded as Lemuel. Allen's Thacher Genealogy 
says that Thankful, widow of Thomas* Thacher, married, a second 
time, to Captain Samuel Lumbert, from which it would appear that 
Thankful (Baxter) Thacher's second husband was either Samuel 
or Lemuel Lumbert. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 35, 40. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vols. I, p. 622; II, pp. 216-17. 

Baxter Genealogy, p. 35. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

58. Elizabeth* Thacher (Judah,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born 

at Yarmouth, Mass., October , 1667; died at ; date of 

death (subsequent to August 12, 1727). She married, 

first, at Boston, Mass., probably, although we have no record 
as to place of marriage (her mother was living in Boston as 
early as 1691) ; date of marriage , not later than Sep- 
tember loth, 1696 (see date of birth of her first child), to 
Joshua Gee, as his second wife (his first wife was Elizabeth 
Harris, who died about 1696). He was born in Boston, date 
of birth — ■■ — , probably about 1667; he resided in Boston; he 
was a mariner in early life, and was held in slavery by the 
Moors in Morocco for some time previous to September 20th, 
1687; afterwards, on his return to Boston, he was a ship- 
wright, and owned and operated a shipyard on the southwest 
side of Prince Street. He died at Boston, between January 
15th, 1722-3 (date of his will), and March nth, 1722-3 
(date of probate of his will), and was buried in Boston, Mass, 



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He was a son of Peter Gee and Grace ( ) Gee, who was 

Peter Gee's wife in 1668 and who in 1681 was spoken of "a*s 
his then wife." Peter Gee resided in Boston and was a fisher- 
man. 

Qiildren: 5 (Gee), 4 sons and i daughter, all born in Boston, 
177 i. Samuel,° born June loth, 1697; died previous to 

January 15th, 1722-3, as he was not mentioned in 

his father's will made on that date; not married. 
+ 178 ii. Joshua,^ born June 29th, 1698; baptized July 3rd, 

1698; died , 1748; married first Sarah Rogers; 

second Anna Appleton; third Sarah Gardner. 

179 iii. John,^ born February 27th, 1699 ; died , previous 

to January 15th, 1722-3, as he was not mentioned in 
his father's will made in that date; not married. 

180 iv. Ebenezer,^ born December 22nd, 1702; died , 

1730; he was appointed and qualified as one of the 
executors of his father's will on March nth, 1722-3 ; 
not married. 

181 V. Elizabeth,^ born June 14th, 1704; died , pre- 

vious to January 15th, 1722-3; as she is not men- 
tioned in her father's will of that date ; not married. 

Elizabeth* Thacher-Gee, widow of Joshua Gee, married a sec- 
ond time, at Boston, Mass., probably, date of marriage , in- 
tention of marriage was published at Boston, Mass., August 12th, 
1727, to Rev. Peter* Thacher (Rev. Thomas,^ Rev. Peter,^ of Salis- 
bury, England, Rev. Peter,^ of Queen Camel, England), as his 
third wife. He was born at Salem, Mass., July i8th, 165 1, grad- 
uated at Harvard College 1671 ; he resided at Milton, Mass., where 
he was pastor of the First Church from June ist, 1681, until his 
death; he died at Milton, Mass., December 17th, 1727, and was 
buried at Milton. He was a son of Rev. Thomas^ Thacher, of Old 
South Church, Boston, by his first wife, Elizabeth Partridge-Kemp 
(widow of William Kemp and daughter of Rev. Ralph Partridge). 
Rev. Thomas^ Thacher was pastor of the church of Weymouth, 
Mass., during his first wife's Hfetime, and subsequently settled in 
Boston, where he died. A full record of Rev. Peter* Thacher will 
be found under the record of the descendants of Rev. Thomas' 
Thacher, which will follow the record of descendants of Antony'' 
Thacher with which we are now occupied. There were no chil- 
dren by the marriage of Elizabeth* Thacher-Gee and Rev. Peter* 
Thacher. 

Joshua Gee married, first, at Boston, Mass., on September 25th, 
1688, by the Rev. Joshua Moody, to Elizabeth Harris, of Boston. 
She was born at Boston, Mass., September 7th, 1669, and died at 

Boston , subsequent to January 25th, 1693-4, and was probably 

buried in Boston. She was a daughter of John Harris and his wife 
Elizabeth ( ) Harris, of Boston, 

Children: 4 (Gee), 2 sons and 2 daughters, all born in Boston. 

Not in Thacher line. 



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1. Peter, born December i6th, 1689. 

2. Eliza, born November 22nd, 1690 ; baptized December 28th, 
1690. 

3. Joshua, born August i8th, 1692; died August i8th, 1692; 
buried August 21st, 1692. 

4. Mary, born January 25th, 1693-4; baptized January 28th, 
1693-4. 

Of these children Peter, Eliza and Mary probably died before 
their father or else were provided for by ante mortem settlements, 
as they are none of them mentioned in their father's will, dated Jan- 
uary 15th, 1722-3. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 35. 

Boston Record Commission Reports, Vols. IX, XXIV, XXVIII. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 194, 200. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Savage's Gen. Die, Vols. II, p. 241 ; III, p. 623. 

History of Milton, Mass., p. 245 

Note Referring to Elizabeth* Thacher (Judah'*) who Married ist 
Joshua Gee and 2nd Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton, Mass. 

As much confusion seems to exist on the part of the various old genealog- 
ical authorities as to who was the wife of Joshua Gee (son of Peter Gee, fisher- 
man, of Boston, Mass.,) I deem it proper here to give my analysis of the facts 
as presented in full, as authority for the record I have here before given of 
Elizabeth* Thacher and her husband Joshua Gee. 

Referring to the subject matter under the head of the record of Judah^ 
Thacher (No. 35) we see that in the list of the children of Rev. Thomas Thorn- 
ton of Yarmouth and Boston which was compiled by Freeman from the best 
authorities obtainable, there is no mention made of Rev. Thomas Thornton 
having had a daughter Elizabeth; and we assume that in giving this list, Free- 
man, in his History of CaPe Cod, did not think that he ever had a daughter 
Elizabeth for if he had so thought, he would have mentioned her. 

Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary, vol. iv., p. 292, says as follows, viz: 

"Thomas Thorton came over in 1662; he went to Yarmouth, as early as 
June 18"', 1662. He removed to Boston and joined Mather's Church; his chil- 
dren were : 

1. Ann, who married Nathaniel Hall of Yarmouth. 

2. Mary, who married Judah Thacher and died November 30*^,1708, aged 68. 

3. Elizabeth who married Joshua Gee of Boston and afterwards Rev. 
Peter Thacher of Milton, Mass. 

4. Thomas. 

5. Theophilus. 

6. Priscilla, who died aged 11. 

7. Timothy, born , 1647." 

This list of children agrees with that given by Freeman, vol. ii, p. 200, with 
the exception that Savage gives as we see a daughter Elizabeth (not given by 
Freeman) whom he says married ist Joshua Gee and 2nd Rev. Peter Thacher 
of Milton. 

Bonds Watertown, p. 602, probably quoting directly from Savage says 
that "Elizabeth Thornton, daughter of Rev. Thomas Thornton, married i*' 
Joshua Gee and 2'"' Rev. Peter Thacher of Boston." 

In volume 28 of the Boston Record Commission Reports, p. 10 we get the 
following extract, viz : 

"Joshua Gee married to Elizabeth Thornton by Rev. Cotton Mather, 
December 7*, 1705." 

It is this last quoted record that has given rise to all this confusion and 
mis-statement by Savage and Bond. 



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Freeman's Cape Cod, vol. ii, p. 194, states th'at "Elizabeth, daughter of 
Judah Thacher became the 2°'' wife of Mr. Joshua Gee of Boston." 

By a careful consideration of each of the above quoted authorities we see 
that there is a distinct difference amongst them in their statements as to who 
was the wife of Joshua Gee; and we are forced to the conclusion that either one 
or the other of the authorities is wrong, or that there were in fact two (2) Joshua 
Gees whom they have confused, one of whom did marry Elizabeth* Thacher 
and the other of whom did marry an Elizabeth Thornton. 

The most authoritative statement of those quoted above is that from p. 10, of 
vol. 28, of the Boston Record Commission Report, which specifically states that 
a Joshua Gee married on December 7, 1705, an Elizabeth Thornton, but note 
carefully that this record does not state that this Elizabeth Thornton was a 
daughter of Rev. Thomas Thornton, nor does it state this particular Joshua Gee 
was the son of Peter Gee of Boston. The question naturally arises; "What 
Joshua Gee and what Elizabeth Thornton was it who were married, December 
7th, 1705 .?" 

Hon. George Thacher in his MSS. Thacher Genealogy, states that Eliza- 
beth* Thacher, daughter of Judah^ Thacher ( Antony') married Mr. Joshua Gee; 
and as Hon. George Thacher died in 1824 aged 70, and was all during his life 
a faithful and indefatigable student of Thacher Genealogy, I feel certain that 
his statement is correct. 

In the Heraldic Journal, vol. i, p. 129, as before quoted in these articles, 
we find a record of the quartering of the Gee Arms with those of the Thachers' 
and a distinct statement given that these arms so quartered were the arms of 
Joshua Gee of Boston. No other intermarriage of a Gee or a Thacher is ever 
quoted or known of; and these arms thus referred to were the arms of Rev. 
Joshua* Gee and of his brother Ebenezer* Gee who were children of Joshua* 
Gee by his 2nd wife Elizabeth* Thacher. 

In the Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, vol. i, series vi, we have a reprint of 
Sewall's letters; and beginning with October 30th, 1695, we find there a series 
of letters from Sewall to John Ive (located probably then in London, Eng.) 
relating to the endeavor then being made to obtain the liberation from slavery 
in Mequinez, Morocco, of Thomas* Thacher of Boston (Thomas*, Rev. Thomas^) 
and of Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth (Judah^). From one of these letters, 
(pp. 206-7) dated November 4th, i6g8, from Sewall to Ive Joshua Gee is quoted 
as speaking of Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth as his (Joshua Gee's) wife's 
brother. 

Now if Joshua Gee's wife was a sister of Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth in 
1698, Joshua Gee must have married this sister of Thomas* Thacher previous 
to the date of this letter which was November 4th, 1698, and this sister whom 
he married was Elizabeth* Thacher (Judah^) as we have above stated. Rev. 
Joshua' Gee (i. e. 5th generation in the Thacher line) son of Joshua* Gee and his 
2nd wife Elizabeth* Thacher-Gee, who was born June 29th, 1698, and was bap- 
tized July 3rd, 1698, speaks in later life (subsequent to 1727) of his respected 
father-in-law. Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton (Rev. Thomas^), showing that his 
mother must have married a 2nd time to Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton. The 
term mother-in-law used in this instance was employed to mean step-mother 
undoubtedly as Rev. Joshua' Gee's actual mothers-in-law were none of the 
three of them of Thacher blood, but bore the names of Rogers, Appleton and 
Gardner respectively. Now as Rev. Joshua' Gee was born in 1698 and his 
father Joshua* Gee did not die (as we know) until subsequent to January 15, 
1722-3 (see date of his will), and his mother married a 2nd time, August 12th, 
1727, to Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton, she (Rev. Joshua' Gee's mother) must 
have been alive from 1698 to 1727; and as Joshua* Gee did not die until 1722-3, 
the Joshua Gee who is recorded as having married on December 7th, 1705, to 
Elizabeth Thornton could not have been Joshua* Gee, father of Rev. Joshua^ 
Gee, whose mother was Elizabeth* Thacher who survived her husband Joshua* 
Gee and in 1727 became the wife of Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton. 

In order to make this still more clear, I will here give a full and complete 
resume of all Gee and Thornton items taken from the Boston Record Commis- 
sion Reports, vols, ix, xxiv, and xxviii, in so far as they may in any way refer to 
the question under discussion, "BR" being the reference mark used to refer to 
these reports, viz : 



i65. 
i68 



, 148 

* Family No. i. 

B R, vol ix, p. 84, Gee, John; son of John and Hazelponah, b. May 27th, 1662. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 121, Gee, Hazelponi, baptised 19th day of 9th month, 1671; rst 
Church Records. 
It is quite evident that the record as given of this family can have no bear- 
ing whatever on the case in question. 

Family No. 2. 
B R, vol. ix, p. 145, Gee, Thomas, son of John and Joane, b. May 15th, 1678. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 148, Gee, Grace, dau. of John and Joane, b. May 26th, 1679. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 151, Gee, Joshua, son of John and Joane, b. January 19th, 1680. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 160, Gee, Mary, dau. of John and Joane, b. April nth, 1683. 
Town Records. 

Gee, Grace, dau. of John and Joane, b. September 4th, 
3. Town Records. 
" " " " p. 174, Gee, Lately, son of John and Joane, b. February 4th, 1687. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 201, Gee, Ann, dau. of John and Joane, b. April 27th, 1692. 
Town Records. 

" ' p. 211, Gee, John, died July 25th, 1693. 

" " " " p. 211, Gee, Joan, wife of John, died July 17th, 1693. 

Note the fact that in the obove Family No. 2 there was a Joshua Gee, born 
January 19th, 1680, who would on December 7th, 1705, have been about the 
marriageable age, and hence may very likely have been the Joshua Gee who 
on that date married an Elizabeth Thornton. 

Family No. 3 
B R, vol. ix, p. 182, Gee, Joshua and Eliza Harrise were married at Boston by 
the Rev. Joshua Moody, September 25th, 1688. Town 
Records, 
p. 184, Gee, Peter, son of Joshua and Eliza, born December i6th, 

1689. Town Records, 
p. 190, Gee, Eliza, dau. of Joshua and Eliza, b. November 22nd, 

1690. Town Records, 
p. 195, Gee, Eliza, ; baptized December 28th, 1690, ist Church 

Records, 
p. 201, Gee, Joshua, son of Joshua and Eliza, b. August i8th, 1692. 

Town Records, 
p. 204, Gee, Joshua, son of Joshua and Eliza, died August i8th, 
1692. Town Records. 

p. 205, Gee, Joshua, ; buried August 21st, 1692. ist Church 

Records, 
p. 207, Gee, Mary, dau. of Joshua and Eliza, b. January 25th, 
1693-4. Town Records. 

p. 220, Gee, Mary, ; baptized January 28th, 1694. ist Church 

Records. 

Notice here the lapse of two years and six months between the date of 
birth of the last child named above, Mary Gee, and the date of birth of the fol- 
lowing child, Samuel Gee, recorded below. Bear in mind that Joshua* Gee who 
married Elizabeth* Thacher was a widower when he married her (according to 
Freeman;) also bear in mind the fact that Elizabeth Gee (the mother of Rev. 
Joshua^ Gee) survived her husband (who died in 1722-3) and married 2nd on 
August 27th, 1727, to Rev. Peter* Thacher of Milton; and most important of all, 
bear in mind that on November 4th, 1698, Joshua* Gee refers to his wife's brother. 

Corrections: 

Page 124, last line under head of Corrections, ^a^^ 8^ should Tea.d. page pj. 
Page 1 10, top line, 1681 should read 1^81. 



HAGHER. THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part VI 



GENEALOGICAL RECORD OF 

ANTONV^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



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Thomas'' Thacher of Yarmouth, and remember that Joshua* Gee was a brother- 
in-law of Thomas' Thacher and had a son Joshua* Gee born, as we will see 
below, June 29th, 1698. From all of which it will appear quite evident that 
Joshua* Gee must have married Elizabeth* Thacher at least as early as Septem- 
ber 29th, 1697, and perhaps earlier; which suggests that Elizabeth Harrise, ist 
wife of Joshua* Gee, died subsequent to January 25th, 1693-4, the date of birth 
of Mary Gee, the last child above recorded. 
B R, Vol. ix, p. 232, Gee, Samuel, son of Joshua and Eliza, b. June loth, 1697. 

Town Records. 
" " " " p. 240, Gee, Joshua, son of Joshua and Elizabeth, b. June 29th, 

1698. Town Records. 
" " " " p. 247, Gee, John, son of Joshua and Eliza, b. Feb. 27th, 1699, 

Town Records. 
" " " xxiv, p. 15, Gee, Ebenezer, son of Joshua and Elizabeth, b. Dec. 22, 

1702. Town Records. 
" " " " p. 28, Gee, Elizabeth, dau. of Joshua and Eliza, b. June 14th, 
1704. Town Records. 

Now bearing in mind that Elizabeth* Thacher is said to have married 
Joshua Gee as his 2nd wife, and that she was the mother of Joshua* Gee born 
June 29th, 1698, and that she married a 2nd time (after the death of Joshua* 
Gee her ist husband) on August 12th, 1727: it is conclusively proven that 
Elizabeth* Thacher must have married Joshua* Gee previous to September 29th, 
1697 (which is 9 months previous to the birth of Joshua* Gee). It also follows 
that Elizabeth (Harrise) Gee, ist wife of Joshua* Gee must have died previous 
to September 29th, 1697. 

The question then arises as to who was the mother of Samuel Gee born 
June loth, 1697, which up to the present point of our demonstration is some- 
what in doubt, as there is nothing that we have shown up to now which 
prevents Elizabeth (Harrise) Gee having been Samuel Gee's mother, nor have 
we proven that Elizabeth (Thacher) Gee was not. 

It is a matter of record that Elizabeth* Thacher was the eldest child of 
Judah^ Thacher and that she was born October — , 1667. Mary (Thornton) 
Thacher (widow of Judah^) was admitted to the 2nd Church, Boston (Cotton 
Mather's Church) November ist, 1691, and her daughter Ann* Thacher joined 
the same church May loth, 1696; her son Judah* Thacher joined the same 
church January 29th, 1698-9; and her daughter Mary* Thacher, joined that 
church September 26th, 1703. The only daughter (in fact the only child that 
reached maturity) of Judah^ Thacher who is not recorded as joining that church 
is Elizabeth* Thacher and as she was living all during these years it is a fair 
inference that she had during that period married and joined that church or 
some other church under her married name. As her entire family excluding 
herself belonged to the 2nd church we naturally would look in the records of the 
2nd church to see if she is recorded as joining that body under a married name. 

From the History of the 2nd Church, Boston we obtain the following 
record of admissions thereto: 

May 2nd, 1697. Joshua Gee, admitted to 2nd Church Boston. 

May 2nd, 1697. Elizabeth Gee, " " " " " 

These entries bearing the same date taken in connection with the fact that 
on November 4th, 1698, Joshua* Gee refers to Thomas* Thacher (brother of 
Elizabeth* Thacher) as his wife's sister prove conclusively that Joshua* Gee 
had married Elizabeth* Thacher as his 2nd wife before May 2nd, 1697, and if 
Elizabeth* Thacher was the wife of Joshua* Gee previous to May 2nd, 1697, she 
must have been the mother of Samuel* Gee who was born June loth, 1697, as 
well as of all the children born subsequently to Joshua* Gee as recorded under 
head of Family No. 3, viz: 

Joshua* Gee, b. June 29th, 1698. 

John* Gee, b. February 27th, 1699 (or 1699-1700). 

Ebenezer* Gee, b. December 22nd, 1702. 

Elizabeth* Gee, b. June 14, 1704. 

And this is rendered all the more probable, as in the record of the Baptisms 
in the 2nd Church, Boston (see History of said Church) we find the above 
children's baptisms recorded in one group as follows: 



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June 13th, 1697. Gee, Samuel, son of Joshua baptized. 

July 3rd, 1698. " Joshua, " " " 

March 3rd, 1700. •' John, " " " " 

Dec. 27th, 1702. " Ebenezer, " " " 

June i8th, 1704. " Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua, baptized. 

And the foregoing are all of the children whose baptisms are grouped 
under this heading. 

The natural and inevitable conclusion from all of the preceeding records 
is that Joshua* Gee while married to his ist wife Elizabeth (Harrise) Gee 
belonged to the ist Church, Boston, and that on marrying Elizabeth* Thacher 
after his first wife's death he was dismissed to, and with his 2nd wife joined the 
2nd Church which was the place of worship of all of his 2nd wife's family. 
Granting that Joshua* Gee who married Elizabeth* Thacher was a widower at 
the time of his marriage to her (which fact is distinctly stated to be so by 
various contemporaneous authorities); he, Joshua* Gee, married ist Elizabeth 
Harrise on September 25th, 1688 and lay her had all the children grouped under 
head of Family No. 3 up to and including Mary" Gee born January 25th 
(baptized January 28th), 1694. His wife Elizabeth (Harrise) Gee died subse- 
quent to January 25th, 1694, the date of birth of her last child, and Joshua* Gee 
then married 2nd to Elizabeth* Thacher in time to have by her a child Samuel' 
Gee born June loth, 1697, and hence he must have married her at least nine (9) 
months previous to that date, or on or previous to September loth, 1696. 
Joshua* Gee had by his 2nd wife Elizabeth* Thacher all the children above 
recorded as born in the years 1697-98-99-1702 and 1704. 

The records as they are found to exist in no way disagree with the 
traditions of the family and the statements of numerous authorities Savage and 
Bond excepted; and we claim to have corrected the statements of these two 
latter authorities in establishing beyond cavil the following facts: 

1st Joshua* Gee married ist Elizabeth Harris, on September 25th, 1688; she 

died previous to September loth, 1696. 
and Joshua* Gee married 2nd Elizabeth* Thacher (Judah^) on or previous 

to September loth, 1696. 
3rd Joshua* Gee under date of November 4th, 1698, is quoted by Sewall as 

speaking of Thomas* Thacher (brother of Elizabeth* Thacher) of 

Yarmouth, Mass., as his wife's brother, 
4th Elizabeth* (Thacher) Gee, widow of Joshua* Gee, married a 2nd time on 

August I2th, 1727, to Rev. Peter* Thacher, of Milton, Mass., which is a 

matter of record. 
5th Rev. Joshua* Gee was according to his own statement a "son-in-law" 

(a term used by him to signify step-son) of Rev. Peter* Thacher of 

Milton. This statement being made by him in a funeral sermon 

delivered subsequent to the death of his step-father which occurred 

December 17th, 1727. 

Joshua* Gee (father of Rev. Joshua^ Gee), who married as his 2nd wife 
Elizabeth* Thacher, was in his early life a mariner evidently engaged as ship- 
master or merchant in trade with the Mediteranean Sea countries and while on 
some voyage connected with his vocation was captured and held in slavery by 
the Moors in Morocco. This fact is made clear by reference to vol. i, series 
vi, of the Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, in which we see that Joshua Gee was 
liberated from captivity by the Moors previous to September 20th 1687. That 
the Joshua Gee who was then liberated was the same Joshua* Gee who married, 
subsequent to his ist wife's death, to Elizabeth* Thacher is made clear by a 
letter in this same volume from Sewall to Ive under date of November 4th, 1698, 
in which Sewall says "Mr, Gee knows the heart of a captive;" and this same 
letter makes it clear that the once captive Joshua Gee had married Elizabeth* 
Thacher, as in the letter Mr. Gee is quoted as speaking of Thomas* Thacher 
of Boston as "his wife's brother." 

Joshua* Gee when liberated from captivity returned to Boston aud became 
a shipwright and married as we have above shown ist to Elizabeth Harrise and 
2nd to Elizabeth* Thacher. He made his will under date of January 15th, 1722- 
3, and it was probated March iith,'i722-3; hence he died between these dates. 



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In this will he mentions his wife Elizabeth and his sons Joshua and Ebenezer, 
no other children being mentioned, and he appoints the three as his executors. 
On the hypothesis (which we think we have established as a fact) that 
Joshua* Gee who married Elizabeth* Thacher was married twice and was a 
widower when he married Elizabeth* Thacher, and that his ist wife was 
Elizabeth Harrise, we must from the terms of his will assume that all of his 
children by his ist wife, as given in Family No, 3, were on January 15th, 1722-3, 
either dead without issue, or that they had been previously provided for by 
ante mortem settlements, as they are not mentioned in their father's will of that 
date; and also that all of his children by his 2nd wife (Elizabeth* Thacher) 
except Joshua^ and Ebenezer^ Gee were also dead on that date or had been 
previously provided for by a«/(?W(7/'/^»^ settlements as they are none of them 
mentioned in their father's will. The History of the 2nd Church, Boston gives 
dates of baptisms and admission to the Church but does not give any dates of 
deaths or burials; therefore I have been unable to determine positively the 
dates of the death of those children by ist and 2nd marriages who are not 
mentioned in their father's will; but as no mention is made of them in said will 
it seems a fair presumption that they were dead without issue on January X5th, 
1722-3. 

Family No. 4. 
B R, Vol. ix, p. 134, Thorton Mary, dau. of Timothy and Experience, b. 

April 2nd, 1674. Town Records. 
" p. 135, Thornton, Mary, dau. of Timothy and Experience, bapt. 

5th day, 2nd mo. 1674. ist Church Records. 
" p. 136, Thornton, Thomas, son of Timothy and Experience bapt. 

2ist day, 9th mo., 1675. ist Church Records. 
" p. 143, Thornton, Elizabeth, dau. of Timothy and Experience, 

born Nov. lyth, i6yy. Town Records. 
" p. 150, Thornton, Ann, dau. of Timothy and Experience, born 

Nov. 7th, 1679. Town Records. 
" p. 156, Thornton, Timothy, son of Timothy and Experience, 

born May 6th, 1681. Town Records. 
" p. 176, Thorton, Priscilla, dau. of Timothy and Experience, 

born Feb. 23rd, 1687. Town Records. 
" p. 219, Thornton, wife of Timothy, died Mar. 23rd, 1694. Town 

Records. 

The error and confusion which has arisen regarding the identity of the 
Joshua Gee who married Elizabeth Thornton on December 7th, 1705, is thus 
explained. 

Joshua Gee (son of John and Joane Gee) born January 19th, 1680 (see 
Family No. 2), married on December 7th, 1705, to Elizabeth Thornton (daughter 
of Timothy and Experience Thornton, see Family No. 4) who was born 
November 17th, 1677. They were both of marriageable age in 1705 and were 
the Joshua Gee and Elizabeth Thornton who married December 7th, 1705. John 

Gee who married Joane , and Joshua Gee who married ist Elizabeth 

Harrise and 2nd Elizabeth* Thacher were brothers, and were sons of Peter Gee 

a fisherman of Boston possibly by his wife Grace , both of whom (Peter 

and Grace) were living in 1681 as will be seen by consulting Suffolk County, 
Mass. Deeds, vol. xii, p. 130; and therefore the Joshua Gee who married 
December 7th, 1705, to Elizabeth Thornton was a nephew of Joshua Gee who 
married xst to Elizabeth Harrise and 2nd Elizabeth* Thacher; and in the 
records the'former is sometimes mentioned as Joshua Gee, Jr., to distinguish 
him from his uncle Joshua Gee. 

From the above facts we are enabled to construct the record of Family 
No. 5. 
B R, Vol. xxviii, p. 10, Joshua Gee was married at Boston by Rev. Cotton 

Mather on Dec. 7th, 1705, to Elizabeth Thornton and had the 

following children. 
" " " " p. 45, Gee, John, born March 23rd, 1706. Town Records. 
" " " " p. 61, Gee, Eliza, born January 15th, 1709. Town Records, 

recorded as dau. of Joshua, Jr. 
" " " " p. 82, Gee, Ann, born March 4th, 1711-12, Town Records. 



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Joshua Gee, the father of the above family No. 5 died when his daughter 
Anne was 18 months old hence died about September 4th, 1712-13. Elizabeth 
Thornton-Gee widow of this Joshua Gee was married a 2nd time at Boston on 
January iith, 1722, by the Rev. Cotton Mather to William Fine, a " slatter." 
The following abstracts of the wills and settlements of the estates of Joshua 
Gee, son of Peter, and Joshua Gee, son of John, will render it quite clear that 
they were not one and the same individual. ■' ix-.l " v J 

Abstract of will of Joshua Gee (son of Peter Gee), shipwright. Will dated 
January 15th, 1722-3, probated March nth, 1722-3, Gives to Elizabeth Gee, his 
wife, in lieu of dower, his home and land and garden in north end of Boston 
with all privileges and appurtenances for life, with privilege to dispose of the 
same at her death to either of his two sons (Rev. Joshua^ and Ebenezer") as she 
may see fit; also gives to his wife >^ of plate and household goods and furniture 
(with certain exceptions) and the sum of ^100, and the testator's negro woman 
Diana and her child. Gives to his son Joshua a certain Library of books loca- 
ted in chamber of his house together with other contents of said chamber and 
all of his land in County of York and a silver cup. Gives to his son Ebenezer 
Gee certain lands and books, gold seal ring "with ye coat of arms," silver 
tankard, gun and sword. Joshua and Ebenezer his sons residuary legatees. 
Executors wife Elizabeth and sons Joshua and Ebenezer. No other individuals 
mentioned. Witnesses: Benjn. Edwards, John Harrod, Sam'l White. Admit- 
ted to probate on oath of witnesses by Samuel Bewail, March nth, 1722-3. 

Abstract of settlement of estate of Joshua Gee, shipwright of Boston (son 
of John and Joane.) He died about September 4th, 1712-13, intestate leaving a 
widow and 3 children; John, Eliza and Ann. No immediate settlement of his 
estate was made, the widow having possession of same until November 25th, 
1724. She having previously, on January nth, 1722, married a 2nd time to 
William Fine, a "slatter" of Boston, it was probably regarded by the Court as 
necessary to have the estate of her ist husband, Joshua Gee, administered, in 
order to safeguard the interests of her children by her ist marriage. On No- 
vember 25th, 1724, Judge Samuell Sewall appointed William Fine and Eliza- 
beth his wife to administer the estate of said Joshua Gee and make report there- 
upon before November 25th, 1725. In compliance with said administration, an 
inventory of estate was submitted to Court of said estate on November 30th, 
1724, signed by Robert Kenton, Thomas Jones and Tho. Tippin and also sworn 
to by William Fine and Elizabeth his wife. On April gth, 1725, an additional 
inventory was submitted signed by Timo. Crouchington, Ferdinando Bowd and 
Joseph Poumery, and sworn to by William Fine and Elizabeth Fine. Attached 
to this inventory is a statement of a claim against said estate made by William 
Fine and Elizabeth Fine for expenditures made in bringing up the children 
(John, Elizabeth and Anne) of Joshua Gee by his wife Elizabeth (Thornton) Gee 
who married as her 2nd husband, Wm. Fine. In the statement of this claim it 
is specifically stated that the child John was 10 years old in 1715; that Elizabeth 
was 7 years old in 1715, and that Anne was 18 months old at the time of her 
father's death; all of which ages in 1715 agree with the dates of birth of said 
children as given in Family No. 5. On December 20th, 1725, a 3rd statement 
of said estate was submitted to the Court by William and Elizabeth Fine; and 
on January 7th, 1725-6, the final statement of William Fine and Elizabeth Fine 
as administrators of Estate of Joshua Gee was submitted to the Court and ap- 
proved. 

Suffolk Co., Mass., Deeds, vol. vi, pp. 124 and 134, and vol. ix, p. 97, and 
vol xii, p. 130, show conclusively that John Gee and Joshua Gee (father of fam- 
ilies No. 2 and No. 3 respectively) were brothers and sons of Peter Gee, fisher- 
man of Boston, whose wife in 1668 and 1681 was Grace and this Grace was 

perhaps the mother of these two sons John and Joshua; there is some doubt, 
however, as to whether she was their mother, as in one of the deeds above re- 
ferred to she is described by Peter Gee as "my now wife" suggesting the 
possibility of her being a 2nd wife and not of necessity the mother of his 
children. 

In the Memorial History of Boston, vol. i, p. 555, we have the following ex- 
tract which shows conclusively the connection which existed between the Gee 
and Thatcher Families, viz: 



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" In 171 1 Samuel Sewall and his wife Hannah conveyed a part of what had 
been once the pasture of old John Hall the mint-master, to the town of Boston 
to form a part of the Copp's Hill Burying ground and in the deed of transfer 
there was a reservation made of 'one rodd square in which Mrs. Mary Thacher 
now lyeth buried,' which rodd square had previously in 1708-9 been conveyed 
by them (Sewall and his wife) ' with no right of way except across the old bury- 
ing ground ' to Joshua Gee." 

Mrs. Mary Thacher was the mother-in-law of the above referred to Joshua 
Gee and hence the reason for his buying the title to her burial place. This 
Little " rodd square " is even to this day private property of the Gee heirs 
(unless subsequently deeded by them) although it is located in the midst of 
Copp's Hill Burying Ground, which is the property of the City of Boston. 

In vol. ii, p vii, of this same Memorial History of Boston can be seen a 
fac-simile of the signature of Joshua Gee who married as his 2nd wife Elizabeth* 
Thacher; and also the statement that early in the i8th century he owned a ship 
yard on the S. W. side of Prince Street and that his home stood on the S. W. 
corner of Salem and Prince Street. He also owned some of the adjacent 
property which fell in 1722-3 to his sons Joshua and Ebenezer (the latter of 
whom died in 1730) and finally fell wholly to Joshua who died in 1748, when 
the estate was divided, according to a document which the "Gleaner " calls one 
of the most important in the Boston Probate office. 

From all of the above it will be seen that D. W. Allen in his Thacher 
Genealogy, on p. 35, is absolutely in error in stating that Elizabeth* Thacher 
(daughter of Judah-' Thacher) married Joshua Gee, December 7th, 1705. She 
did marry him however on or previous to September loth, i6q6. 

59. Thomas'* Thacher (Judah,^ Antony, ^ Rev. Peter^), born at 
Yarmouth, Mass., May i8th, 1669; he resided at Yarmouth 
and was a mariner by profession ; he died at Mequinez, 
Morocco, while held there in slavery by the Moors, date of 
death previous to June 17th, 1702; he was probably buried 
in Mequinez. We have no record of his ever having married 
and he is presumed to have died single. 

Thomas* Thacher came of age May i8th, 1690, and ac- 
cording to the terms of the settlement of the estate of his 
father Judah^ Thacher he received his father's house and 
one-half of the land most convenient thereto. Inasmuch as 
Judah^ Thacher inherited one-half of the land of Antony- 
Thacher, it follows that Thomas* Thacher's inheritance was 
one-fourth of the real estate of Antony^ Thacher, which was 
a goodly portion for those days. 

D. W. Allen in his Thacher Genealogy, p. 36, states that 
this Thomas* Thacher settled in Tolland, Conn., in which 
statement he is entirely in error. He probably derived 
this impression from the first part of the MSS. Thacher 
Genealogy by the Hon. George Thacher. Hon. George 
Thacher was self-confessedly very ignorant of the records 
of the descendants of Judah^ Thacher and records the tradi- 
tion that Thomas* Thacher had gone to Tolland, Conn., but 
never gave any facts in substantiation of such tradition. 
Lack of knowledge of the descendants of Judah^ Thacher 
up to a recent date was due to the primary fact that the 
family became extinct in the male line with the death of 
Thomas* and Judah* both of whom died not married, leaving 
no issue. And as they both died long before Hon. George 



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Thacher was born, leaving in their immediate branch of the 
family none of the name in Hon. George Thacher's day, it 
is not remarkable that his sole knowledge of them was an 
unfounded tradition. However, we of more recent times, 
due to the publication of old records have been able to find 
out somewhat about Thomas* Thacher. 

Probably starting at manhood he chose the sea as a 
means of livelihood, whether as a sea captain or as a trader 
does not appear, but as he was of some means it is presumed 
that he commanded his own vessel. Apparently his calling 
required voyages to southern European waters as is shown 
by his fate ; as on his last voyage he was captured by the 
Moors and held a slave in captivity, in Mequinez, Morocco, 
where he died early in 1702, previous to June 17th, of that 
year. 

In the Mass. Hist. Soc. Collections, vol. i., series vi., 
there is as I have before noted a series of letters from 
Sewall to John Ive, probably of London, Eng. ; these letters 
begin October 30th, 1695, and bear largely upon the con- 
certed endeavor then being made in New England to secure 
the liberation from slavery of Thomas* Thacher of Yar- 
mouth, then held a captive by the Moors in Mequinez, and 
who had as a companion in this captivity one James Ball, 
at one time of Boston, New England, and later of Bristow, 
England. This correspondence continues, Sewall from time 
to time sending money to Ive to be used in the interest of 
the captives, either in ameliorating their condition or af- 
fecting their release by ransom or escape. During all this 
time Joshua Gee, who about 1696 married Elizabeth* 
Thacher (sister of the captive Thomas* Thacher) was 
largely instrumental in raising the necessary funds, sub- 
scribing thereto himself to the amount of £50 towards ef- 
fecting the release of Thomas* Thacher. Joshua Gee had 
himself previously been a captive slave of the Moors and 
was released from such captivity previous to September 
20th, 1687. It may have been that Joshua Gee had been a 
fellow captive with Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth, at 
Mequinez, and after his escape or ransom (it does not ap- 
pear which), out of friendship for Thomas* Thacher became 
acquainted with Thomas* Thacher's family who subsequent 
to 1691 were living in Boston ; and this acquaintance ripen- 
ing into friendship resulted in the marriage not later than 
1696 of Joshua Gee to Elizabeth* Thacher, the sister of 
Thomas* Thacher, who was still a captive at Mequinez. 
However, that may be we have among the papers of Sewall 
the following account rendered by Sewall of funds raised by 
Joshua Gee under date of March 29th, 1694, viz: — 

"Account of money collected for Thomas Thacher of 
Yarmouth, given me by Joshua Gee, March 29th, 1694. 



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By his relatives 


£50-00.00 


By Joshua Gee 


50-00.00 


By Miss Copp and Gill 


39-15.02 


By Hingham 


10-17.00 


By Barnstable 


8-14.00 


By Sandwich 


3- 8.00 


By Eastham and Harwich 


16- 5.00 


By Judith Thacher 


9-1 1. 00 


By a friend 


7.00 




£187-17-02 


Bills of Exchange £202.10.0 




Deduct 187.17.2 





Rests 14. 12. 10." 

From this account we see that Thomas* Thacher of 
Yarmouth was in captivity as early as 1694 when the fund 
was raised. And as news travelled slowly in those days it 
is more than probable that he had been in captivity some 
little time before it was known, and the funds raised for the 
betterment of his condition. It has been asked who was 
the Judith Thacher who in the above account subscribed 
£9-11.00. No Judith Thacher that we know of was living 
at that time, and it has been suggested that Thomas* 

Thacher may have married a Judith , who was the party 

who sent this amount to him to aid in his release. I do not 
think that this was the case as Thomas* Thacher was born 
in 1669 and was in captivity in 1694, when he was not yet 
25 years old, and had been there for sometime in such cap- 
tivity, and as we have no record of his marriage in the early 
colonial records, I do not think that he ever married. I ac- 
count for Judith Thacher in this way. It is a noticeable fact 
that in the records of that period the name Juda (Judah) 
was often recorded Judith, and vice versa Judith was fre- 
quently recorded Juda (Judah). My belief is that the Judith 
Thacher here above recorded as sending the £9-11.00 was 
in reality Thomas* Thacher's brother Tudah* Thacher, born 
December 7th, 1676, and who was in 1694 almost of age, and 
who may have received the authority of the Court to thus 
subscribe for his brother's ransom. This Judah* Thacher 
was at this date living in Boston, where he joined the Second 
Church in 1698. 

These letters of Sewall to Ive continue and in them 
as before stated (under the record of Elizabeth* Thacher) 
on November 4th, 1698, Joshua Gee is quoted as speaking of 
Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth as his (Joshua Gee's) wife's 
brother; and on June 17th, 1702, in a letter from Sewall to 
Ive, Sewall states, "I have yours per Captain Foster, giving 
further account of the return of the captives, and of the 
death of poor Thacher of Yarmouth, which Anthony Hay- 



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wood, now come in the Centurion, also informed me of." 
Sewall then goes on to instruct Ive to return the balance of 
the account in favor of Thomas Thacher* of Yarmouth to 
enable him (Sewall) to return it pro rata unto those who 
gave it. It is not specifically stated whether Thomas* 
Thacher of Yarmouth died in Mequinez during his captivity 
or soon after his release, but I have assumed from the term 
of the letter that he died in captivity. The Anthony Hay- 
wood, of the Centurion, referred to in the letter of Sewall 
was in all likelihood the father of Margaret Haywood, who 
married Thomas^ Thacher (Thomas*), of Boston, who was 
the Thomas Thacher, of Boston, who was a fellow captive 
in Mequinez of Thomas* Thacher of Yarmouth, and who was 
liberated on or before June 17th, 1702. The John Ive who 
was Sewall's correspondent, it has appealed to me may have 
been a relative of the John Ive who was one of the vestry- 
men of St. Edmund's Church, during the incumbency of 
Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Salisbury. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 36. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. I94- 

Mass. Hist. Sac, Collections, Vol. I, Series VI. 

60. Mary* Thacher (Judah,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born at 
Yarmouth, Mass., March 17th, 1671 ; she resided before mar- 
riage at Yarmouth, Mass., and Boston, Mass. ; she died at 

; date of death ; she married first, at Boston, Mass., 

November 3rd, 1692, to Moses Draper (as his second wife), 

born at ; date of birth ; he resided at Roxbury and 

Boston, Mass. ; he died at Boston, Mass., August 14th, 1693, 
and is buried in Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Boston, where 
a gravestone marks his grave ; his parentage is unknown, 
but he was perhaps a son of James Draper of Dedham, Mass. 

Child: I (Draper) son, born at Boston, Mass. 

182 i. Moses,^ born September 12th, 1693; baptized Sep- 
tember 17th, 1693, ^t Second Church, Boston. I know 
nothing further of this child. However, in Boston 
Record Commission Report, vol. 28, p. 276, we have 
the intention of marriage published in Boston (mar- 
riage not recorded there) between Moses Draper and 
Mary Allen, November 26th, 1743. This may have 
been this Moses Draper, but if so it was probably not 
a first marriage as on that date he was 50 years of 
age. A''. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., vol. iv., p. 68, mentions 
Capt. Moses Draper as being in Regiment of Thomas 
Gardner of Cambridge (25th Regt.) July 6th, 1775; 
and vol. xxvii., p. 121, speaks of Capt. Moses Draper 
being at Battle of Bunker Hill. (Authorities, Hist. 



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Second Church, Boston, p. 242, and Savage's Gen. Die, 
vol. ii., p. 71 ; iii., p. 616.) 

Mary* Thacher-Draper was admitted to Second Church, 
Boston, September 26th, 1703. Moses Draper, Sr., confessed 
Jesus and was admitted to full communion in Roxbury Church 
and was baptized there December 17th, 1683. 

Moses Draper, Sr., married first at , on July 7th, 1685, 

to Hannah Chandler; she was born at ; date of birth ; 

she was admitted into full communion in Church at Roxbury, 
Mass., in 1689. She died at Roxbury, Mass., June 9th, 1692, aged 
22-8-21, and was buried at Roxbury, Mass., gravestone. She 
was a daughter of Deacon John and Elizabeth (Douglas) Chan- 
dler, of Woodstock, Conn. 

Children: 3 (Draper), daughters. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Hannah, born April 8th, 1686. 

2. Elizabeth, first, born , 1687; died November 5th, 

1687. 

3. EHzabeth, second, born November 17th, 1688; died No- 
vember 17th, 1688, and was buried in Roxbury, Mass., 
gravestone. 

A stone to the memory of Moses Draper is in Copp's Hill 
Burying Ground and is thus inscribed : 

"Here lyeth buried ye body of Moses Draper, aged about 
31 years, deceased ye 14th of August, 1693." 

From a book of transcripts of Land Records at Roxbury, 
Mass., September 22nd, 1715, lot No. 33 is recorded in name of 
Moses Draper. This must refer to Moses Draper, Jr., who was 
born September 12th, 1693. 

Mary* Thacher-Draper, (widow of Moses Draper, Sr.), 
was married a second time at Boston, Mass., on August 19th, 
1704, by Mr. James Allen to Joseph Grant. He was born at 
Boston, February 15th, 1660-61 and resided at Boston; he died 

at Boston, date of death , and was buried in Copp's Hill 

Burying Ground where a footstone marks his grave with no date 
thereon. Joseph Grant was a son of Edward Grant, of Boston, 

a shipwright who died , 1682, (leaving a widow, Sarah and 

one child Joseph) and his wife Sarah (Ward) Grant, (daughter 
of William Ward, (or Ware) who died in Boston, March 25th, 
1690. Edward Grant was a freeman in 1672. 

Child: I. (Grant), son, born at Boston, Mass. 

-I-183 ii. Samuel,^ born October 13th, 1705; died ; 

married Elizabeth Cookson. 

From Boston Record Commission Report, vol. 9, p. 196, we 
obtain the following extract: 

"Joseph Grant, son of Joseph and Hannah, born at Boston, 
June 22nd, 1691," from which it appears possible that the above 
Joseph Grant (Mary* Thacher's second husband) may possibly 



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have been previously married to one Hannah . I have how- 
ever been unable to establish this as a fact. 

From Boston Record Commission Report, vol. 28, p. 51, we 
obtain the following extract : 

"Joseph Grant and Dorothy Allen were married by Rev. 
Cotton Mather, October 6th, 1714," and from same Records, vol. 
24, we obtain the following record of births : 

"P. 119. I. Joseph, son of Joseph and Dorothy Grant, born 
June 7th, 1716. 

"P. 129. 2. John, son of Joseph and Dorothy Grant, born 
March 5th, 1717-18. 

"P. 136. 3. Edward, son of Joseph and Dorothy Grant, born 
Dec. nth, 1719. 

"P. 186. 4. William, son of Joseph and Dorothy Grant, born 
April 2d, 1728." 

From which records it appears possible that Joseph Grant, who 
married Mary* Thacher as her second husband, may have married 
a third time to Dorothy Allen. It seems, however, more probable 
that the Joseph Grant who married Dorothy Allen was the Joseph 
Grant (son of Joseph and Hannah Grant), born June 22d, 169 1. 
From the data at hand and time at my disposal, I have been un- 
able to determine which (if either) of these surmises is correct; 
but it does not materially matter to this record as the children of 
the issue are not of Thacher blood. 

A Mary Draper was either baptized in or admitted to the First 
Church, Boston, October 13th, 1695. I do not think that this was 
Mary* (Thacher) Draper, (although it may have been she), as her 
only child by Moses Draper, senior, was baptized in the Second 
Church, Boston, September 17th, 1693, and her second husband, 
Joseph Grant, was also of the Second Church. Yet it may have 
been she, as her child may have been baptized in the Second Church, 
which was the church of her mother's family, and she may have 
subsequently been dismissed to the First Church subsequent to her 
first husband's death; and again on September 26th, 1703, may have 
been again dismissed back to her old church, the Second Church of 
Boston. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 36. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 194. 
Savage's Gen. Die, Vols. II, p. 71 ; III, p. 616. 

Boston Record Commission Reports, Vols. VI, pp. 96 and 100; IX, 
PP- 73. 193, 203 ; XXIV, p. 39 ; XXVIII, pp. 51, I49- 

Copp's Hill Burying Ground Inscriptions, pp. 3 and 35, No. 667. 
History 2nd Church, Boston, pp. 242, 249. 

64. Jabez* Howland (Bethia^ Thacher, Antony, ^ Rev. Peter^), 
born at Plymouth, Mass., November 15th, 1669; he resided at 
Plymouth, Mass., and Bristol, Rhode Island; he was a black- 
smith and cooper, succeeding to his father's business; he was 



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an industrious and thrifty man ; he died at Bristol, R. I., Oc- 
tober 17th, 1732, aged 64, and was buried in St. Michael's 
P. E. Churchyard, Bristol, R. L, on October 19th, 1732. His 
estate was $15,000 in value. Executors, his daughters Bethia 
Bragg, a widow, and Elizabeth Howland, spinster. He mar- 
ried at , date of marriage , to Patience Stafford, who 

was born at , date of birth , 1669 (see age at death) ; 

she died at Bristol, R. I., October 23rd, 1721, aged 52, and was 
buried in St. Michael's P. E. Churchyard being the first body 
interred there. She was re-interred in 1726. She was a daugh- 
ter of Samuel Stafford (born , 1636; died March 20, 1718), 

and his wife Mercy Westcott (who died March 25, 1700), of 
Warwick, R. I. 

Children: 9 (Howland), 2 sons and 7 daughters, all born in 
Bristol, R. I. 

184 i. Patience, ist,^ b. ; baptized 7-2-1706; died 

October 5th, 1707, at Bristol, R. I. 
-j-185 ii. Bethiah,^ b. Saturday A. M., December 5th, 1702; 

died ; married, first, Nicholas Bragg; second, 

Simon (or Simeon) Davis; (third, Daniel Green?) 
-(-186 iii. Mercy (or Mary^), b. January 27th, 1704; died 

; married, first, George Pierce (Pearse or 

Pearce) ; second, Isaac Martindale. 

187 iv. Elizabeth, ist,^ b. May 15, 1707; died , 1707; 

in infancy, at Bristol, R. I., and was buried there. 
No issue. 
+ 188 V. EHzabeth, 2nd,^ b. July 17th, 1709; died ; mar- 
ried Otis Little. 

-I-189 vi. Sarah,^ b. April loth (or 30th), 1711; died ; 

married Isaac Lawton. 

190 vii. Jabez,^ born July 20th, 1713; died May , 1739, 

at sea; marriage intention published nth of 3rd 
month, 1738, with Mary Green, of Warwick, R. I., 
said to have left no issue. 
+ 191 viii. Patience, 2nd,^ born March 23rd, 1716-17; died 

; married Samuel Barker. 

192 ix. Thomas,^ born February 5th, 1719-20; died ; 

said to have left no issue, and I have obtained no 
record of his marriage. 
At the Easter meeting, 1724, the first vestry meeting of St. 
Michael's P. E. Church at Bristol, R. I., Jabez* Howland was 
elected a vestry man and Senior Warden of that church. In front 
of the old wooden church which was burned on Decem.ber 5th, 
1858, there stood an old slate gravestone which marked the resting- 
place of Patience, wife of Jabez* Howland. This stone was thus 
inscribed : 

"Ye body of Patience, ye wife of Jabez Howland, died October 
23, 1 72 1, aged 52, being ye first interred in St. Michael's church- 
yard." 



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This stone also bore the following epitaph: 

"The Dame who takes her rest within this tomb, 
Had Rachel's comely face and Leah's fruitful womb, 
Abigail's wisdom, Lydia's purer heart, 
Martha's just care and Mary's better part." 

From the Vital Records of R. I., vol. vi., p. 28, we obtain the 
following extract: 

Jabez Rowland, of Bristol, and Mary Green, of Warren, 
published their intention to marry in Bristol, March nth, 1727. 
This may have been the above Jabez* Howland who intended to 
marry a second time, but I have found no record of the actual mar- 
riage; it could hardly have been Jabez^ Howland (Jabez*) who 
was the contracting party as at the date, March nth, 1727, he was 
only 14 years of age. 

We have also the published intention of marriage of Jabez 
Howland and Mary Green, of Warwick, R. I., 11-3, 1738. This 
was undoubtedly Jabez^ Howland (Jabez*). I think that these 
two entries in the original records were duplicates of the same 
publication and that in transcription the date March nth, 1727, 
was incorrectly copied 1727, being in the original record 1737; 
if this were the case it would read March nth, 1737, which was 
old style for the year and would be March nth, 1738, New Style; 
and this would be 11-3-1738, agreeing with the second record, the 
name Warren being also incorrectly transcribed for Warwick. 

Authorities. 
Winsor's Duxbury, p. 269. 
Thacher's History of Plymouth, Mass., p. 130. 
History of Bristol, R. I., p. 145. 

Vital Records of R. I., by Arnold, Vol. VI, pp. 28, 83. 139 ; Vol. VIII, 
p. 228. 

Austin's Gen. Die. of R. I., pp. 386-387. 

Davis Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 9, 93, 138, 150, 151. 

Howland Genealogy, pp. 328, 331. 

67. JosiAH* Howland (Bethiah^ Thacher, Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 
born Plymouth, Mass., August 6th (or ist), 1676; died at Bris- 
tol, R. I., February 8th, 1717, and was buried there. He was a 
blacksmith and inn-keeper at Bristol, R, I. He married at 

; date of marriage 24-n-i709, to Yetmercy Shove 

(mentioned in her father's will), born at Taunton, Mass., 
November 7th, 1682; died at : date of death ; she sur- 
vived her husband and kept up the inn. She was a daughter 
of Rev. George Shove (who was ordained at Taunton, Mass., 
November 16, 1665, and who died April 21st, 1687), and his 
second wife Hannah (Bacon) Walley, who died September 
(or December) 22nd, 1685, and who was a daughter of Na- 
thaniel Bacon and widow of Thomas Walley. 

Children: 6 (Howland), 3 sons and 3 daughters (probably all 
born at Bristol, R. I.). 



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-f-193 i. Yetmercy,^ born March nth, 1712-13; died August 
8th, 1737; married, first, Isaac Palmer, and second, 
Nathaniel Howland, 

194 ii. Elizabeth,^ born ; died . 

195 iii. John,^ born ; died . 

196 iv. Samuel,'' born ; died . 

197 V. Patience,^ born ; died . 

198 vi. Josiah,' born April 9th, 1717; baptized 5-8- 

1722; died February 6th, 1748, at Bristol, R. I. 

Authorities. 
IVinsor's Hist, of Duxhury, Mass., p. 269. 
Thacher's Hist, of Plymouth, Mass., p. 130. 
Arnold's Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 83, 139. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 138, 150, 153. 
Howland Genealogy, pp. 328, 332, 333. 

68. John* Howland (Bethiah^ Thacher, Antony ,"-' Rev Peter^), 

born Plymouth, Mass., July 26th, 1679; he died at ; date 

of death ; previous to May 15th, 1748, as his brother 

Samuel* Howland administered on his estate on that date. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 150, states that this John* 
Howland married Martha Wardwell. This statement I think 
is in error. First because at the date of the record of marriage, 
October 24th, 1736, John* Howland would have been 57 years 
old, which, while not impossible, is rather improbable for a first 
marriage, and no other marriage of his has been discovered by 
me after a somewhat exhaustive search. Secondly, because 
John^ Howland (son of Samuel* Howland), who was born Sep- 
tember 27th, 1713, was of a suitable marriageable age on October 
24th, 1736, to be the John Howland who married Martha Ward- 
well, and moreover because this John^ Howland's three sisters, 
Phebe,^ Mary^ and Mehitable^ Howland all married brothers 
of Martha Wardwell, thus showing a strong tendency of this 
generation and family of Howlands and War dwells to inter- 
marry ; and the entries of the record of the marriages of John,' 
Phebe,' Mary' and Mehitable' Howland occur also in the 

^ books in such a manner as to suggest them to have been of 

^ one family while not specifically so stating. 

Authorities. 
History of Plymouth, Mass., by Thacher, p. 130. 
IVinsor's Hist. Duxhury, p. 269. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, Mass., pp. 138, 150. 
Howland Genealogy, p. 328. 

71. Deacon Samuel* Howland (Bethiah^ Thacher, Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., May i6th, 1686; died at Bristol, 
R. I., May 15th, 1748; he resided at Bristol, R. I., joined the 
Congregational Church there August ist, 1708; he was Jus- 
tice of the Peace, 1740, and also Town Clerk of Bristol and a 
school teacher and a Deacon in the Congregational Church. 
He was married, first, at Bristol, R. I., by the Rev. Mr. Spar- 



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hawk, on May 6th, 1708, to Abigail Carey. She was born at 
Bristol, R. I., August 31st, 1684, and was a member of the 
Congregational Church there, June 29th, 1707; she died at 
Bristol, R. I., August 6th, 1737, aged 53, and was buried at 

Bristol. She was a daughter of John and Abigail ( ) 

Carey, who came from Bridgewater, Mass., and settled in 
Bristol, R. I. 

Children: 8 (Rowland), 3 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 

Bristol, R. I. 

4-199 i. Samuel,^ born April 3rd, 1709; died ; mar- 
ried, first, Lucie Smith; second, Abigail Moon. 

+200 ii. Abigail,^ born October i8th, 1710; died August 
8th, 1737; married Israel Church. 

+201 iii. John,^ born September 27th, 1713; died August 
2ist, 1786; married Mantha Wardwell. 

-j-202 iv. Tabitha,^ born January 13th, 1715-16; died ; 

married, first, Nathaniel Carey; second, John 
Peckham. 
203 V. Seth,^ born July 9th, 1719; died August 6th, 1719, 
at Bristol, R. I., and was buried there. No issue. 

+204 vi. Phebe,^ born March 9th, 1720-21 ; died November 
30th, 1794; married Joseph Wardwell. 

+205 vii. Mary,^ born March i8th, 1722-23; died ; 

married William Wardwell. 

+206 viii. Mehitable,^ born February ist, 1724-25 ; died Feb- 
ruary 13, 1764; married Stephen Wardwell. 

Samuel* Rowland married a second time at ; date of mar- 
riage ; intention published at Bristol, R. I., February i8th, 

1741-2, and at Barrington, R. I., February 19th, 1741-2, to 
"Madame" Rachel Allen, of Barrington, R. I. (widow of Samuel 
Allen). She died at Barrington, R. I., January 25th, 1744-5, and 
was buried at Barrington, gravestone. By this marriage we have 
the record of no children. 

Samuel* Rowland from 1709 to 1712 was a school teacher in 
Bristol, Mass., at a salary of £40 a year, and was the Town Clerk 
there for many years. On January 27th, 1746-7, Bristol, Mass., 
became a part of Rhode Island and on February loth, 1746-7, he 
was chosen Town Clerk of Bristol, R. I. 

The following is the inscription on the gravestone of the sec- 
ond wife of Samuel* Rowland, which stone marks her grave in 
the burying ground in the woods on the hill in Barrington, R. I. : 
'Tn memory of Mrs. Rachel Rowland, ye wife of Samuel Rowland, 
who departed this Hfe January ye 25th, 1744-5, on or about ye 64th 
year of her age." Her will was dated January, 1744, and refers 
to»her as the wife of Samuel of Barrington, R. I., and in said 
will she gives to Samuel Allen the sword and gun, etc., of my 
former husband, Samuel Allen, to whom she also gives one silver 
tankard. 



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Samuel* Howland administered on the estate of his brother 
John* Howland. 

Authorities. 

Thacher's Hist, of Plymouth, p. 130. 

History of Bristol, R. I., pp. 138, 160, 338. 

Arnold's Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 12, 20, 27, 68, 82, 83, 123, 
139, 140. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 138, 150. 

Howland Genealogy, pp. 328, 333. 

73. Joseph* Rowland (Bethiah^ Thacher, Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), 
born at Bristol, R. I., October 14th, 1692; baptized 8-9- 
1695, at First Congregational Church, Bristol, R. I. ; he resided 
at Bristol, R. L, and possibly at Newport, R. I. He died at 

; date of death, August i6th, 1737; he married at ; 

date of marriage, 1712 about, to Bathsheba Carey. She was 
born at Providence, R. I., August 14th, 1693 ; before marriage 

she resided at Swansea, Mass. ; she died at , 16-8- 

1775. She was a daughter of David and Elizabeth ( ) 

Carey, of Providence, R. I. ♦ 

Children: 3 (Howland), i son and 2 daughters, all born at 
Bristol, R. I. 
207 i. Lydia,^ born November 6th, 1715; died ; mar- 
ried Edward Belcher, of Newport, R. I., 22-6- 

1747- 

+208 ii. Joseph,^ born December 6th, 1717; died March , 

1775; married Sarah Barker. 

209 iii. Elizabeth,^ born February 14th, 1719-20; died ; 

married at Newport, R. L, November 3rd, , 

to Constant Taber, of Newport, R. I., by whom she 

had one son, Constant* Taber, born ; died ; 

aged 83 ; this child was living in Newport, R. I., 
in 1816. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

75. Thankful^ Thacher (Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,* 
Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, January 13th, 1693-4; died 
at Yarmouth, Mass., February 9th, 1768, and was buried in 
old Cemetery at Yarmouth probably; no gravestone. She was 
married at Yarmouth, August 2nd (or 24th), 1716, by Hon. 
Peter* Thacher, Esq. (her father), to John Hallett. He was 

born in Yarmouth, ', 1688 (see age at death and date of 

death) ; he resided at Yarmouth, where he built a large man- 
sion which in 1888 was occupied by the widow Elizabeth Gor- 
ham and Howard Crowell. He was sheriff and a man of note ; 
Rep. to Gen. Court, 1 741-5, and Selectman of Yarmouth from 
1741 for 13 years; he died at Yarmouth, April 8th, 1765, aged 
yy, or "in his 78th year," and was buried in old Cemetery, 
Yarmouth, where a stone marks his grave. He was a son of 
John^ Hallett (Andrew,^ Andrew^), and his wife, Mary 
(Howes) Hallett, of Yarmouth, Mass. 



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Children: 3 (Hallett), 2 sons and i daughter, all born at Yar- 
mouth. 

+210 i. Mary,^ born December 17th, 1717; died August 

19th, 1741 ; m. Isaac Gorham. 
-f-2ii ii. John,® born August 9th, 1719; d. February 14th, 

1760; m. Rebecca Hallett. 
+212 iii. Peter,® born October 7th, 1721 ; died February , 

1794; m. first, Eunice Allen; second, Sarah Snow; 

third, Lydia Bearse. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 36-37. 
N.E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. y.lY,v-^-^- 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 516-517. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

78. Sarah^ Thacher (Hon. Peter," Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Yarmouth, February 2nd, 1708-9; died at Barn- 
stable, Mass., presumably, although I have no record of her 
gravestone. She was married at Yarmouth, presumably, on 
September 12th, 1727 (the year date is given incorrectly as 
1737 in Allen's Thacher Genealogy and Otis' Barnstable Fam- 
ilies) to George Lewis. He was born at Barnstable, April 
5th, 1704; he resided at Barnstable, where he was a hard-work- 
ing industrious man, not distinguished in public life; he died 

at Barnstable, date of death , will dated July 19th, 1757, 

and he was probably buried in Barnstable, but I have no record 
of his gravestone. He was a son of Ebenezer Lewis and his 
first wife, Anna (Lothrop) Lewis, who resided at Barnstable, 
Mass. 

Children: 12 (Lewis), 4 sons and 8 daughters, all born in 
Barnstable. 

-|-2I3 i. Annah,® born December 9th, 1728; died ; mar- 
ried Nathaniel Gorham. 
214 ii. Thankful, ist,® born January loth, 1729; died 
March i6th, 1729, at Barnstable and was buried 
there. 

-f 215 iii. John,® born October Sth, 1731 ; died ; married 

Deborah Phinney. 

216 iv. Thankful, 2nd,® born April 6th, 1734; died . 

I know nothing more of her. 
-f-217 V. Sarah,® born July 31st, 1737; died June 23rd, 
1785 ; m. Otis Loring. 
218 vi. Temperance, ist,® born August 25th, 1739; died 
September 4th, 1739, at Barnstable and was buried 
there. 
-I-219 vii. George,® born April 9th, 1741 ; died July 24th, 
1819; married, first, Mary Davis, and second, 
Desire Parker. 



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220 viii. Temperance, 2nd,® born June 13th, 1743; died June 
4th, 1744, at Barnstable and was buried there. 
+221 ix. josiah,*" born April 29th, 1745; died ; mar- 
ried ? 

222 X. Temperance, 3rd,® born October 20th, 1747; died 

. I know nothing more of her. 

-(-223 xi. Susannah,® born September 5th (or 26th), 1749; 
died September 25th, 1841 ; married Jonathan 
Davis. 

224 xii. James,® born August , 1753; died October 

17th, 1773; drowned; not married. 
George Lewis, sr. (husband of Sarah^ Thacher) resided at 
Barnstable, Mass., in the old dwelling house of his father, Ebenezer 
Lewis, which was still standing at the time of the writing of the 
Amos Otis' Barnstable Families. He was a hard-working, indus- 
trious man, not distinguished in public life. His children probably 
inherited the energy and decision which characterized them from 
their mother. In his time the garden and grounds of Frederick 
W. Crocker, deceased, in front of his house, was a thick and almost 
impenetrable swamp. He was called Junior all his life to distin- 
guish him from his Uncle George Lewis, who outlived him 12 
years. In his will, dated July 19, 1757, he mentions his daughters 
Annah Gorham, Sarah Loring, Temperance and Susannah Lewis, 
and his sons John (Executor), George, Josiah and James, his wife 
Sarah and his father Ebenezer. The inventory of his estate amount- 
ed to £284-6-2. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 36-7. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, pp. 136, 144-5. 

79. Tempkrance^ Thacher (Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, September i6th, 171 1; 
died at West Barnstable, Mass., July nth, 1736, aged 24, and 
was buried at West Barnstable. She married at Yarmouth, 
presumably on July 24th (or June ist), 1734, to Seth Crocker 
(as his second wife). He was b. at Barnstable, Mass., June 
13th, 1708; he resided at West Barnstable until about 1781, 
when he removed to Lee, Mass.; he died at West Barnstable, 
Mass., March 25th, 1770, aged 62 and was buried there. He 
was a son of Thomas Crocker (born May 28th, 1671 ; died 

April , 1728; married March 25th, 1696), and Hannah 

(Green) Crocker, of Boston, (born , 1675; died January 

23rd, 1728-9), who resided at West Barnstable, Mass. 
Child: I (Crocker), son, born at West Barnstable, Mass. 
+225 i. Thomas,® born June 8th, 1735; died July 5th, 1796; 

married Mercy Hamblin. 
Seth Crocker married, first, April i6th, 1730, to Joanna Leavet, 

born , 1712; died at West Barnstable, August 4th, 1732, aged 



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20, and was buried there ; she left one child, Hannah Crocker, born 
July i8th, 1732, baptized July 23rd, 1732, which child was feeble 
minded. Seth Crocker married a third time in 1742, to Abigail 
Blish( daughter of Joseph Blish and Hannah (Child) Blish), born 
at Barnstable, November 29th, 1705, and died at Lee, Mass., April 
loth, 1795, "in her 90th year," and was buried in Lee, Mass.; 
gravestone. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 36-37- 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11. 

freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 622. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 91-92 and 242. 

Lee, Mass., Vital Records, p. 192. 

80. Lieut, Peter° Thacher (Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony, ^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, August 24th, 1712; he 
resided at Yarmouth, Mass., where he was a selectman from 
1729 for four years and a Lieutenant in the Militia; he died 
at Yarmouth, August 22nd, 1775 (Town Records), or August 
21 st, 1775 (gravestone), in his 63rd year and was buried in 
Old Cemetery, Yarmouth, where gravestone marks his grave. 
He was married at Yarmouth, Mass., by Hon. Peter* 
Thacher, his father, Justice of the Peace, on October 24th, 
1734 (1735 according to Hinckley's Barnstable Records, N. 
E. Hist. Gen. Soc, which is probably incorrect, on account of 
date of birth of his first child), to Anner Lewis, born at Barn- 
stable, February 3rd, 1715-16; died at Yarmouth, January 17th, 
1784, and was buried there in Old Cemetery. She was a 

daughter of George Lewis (born , 1673 ; died November 

, 1769, in 96th year; buried in Old Burying Ground; 

married June 14th, 171 1, by Col. John Otis), and Alice Crocker 
(born December 25th, 1679, at Barnstable; died February 3rd 
(or 23rd), 1718, aged 39, daughter of Josiah Crocker), of 
Barnstable, Mass. George Lewis and his wife lived at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 7 sons and 4 daughters, all born in 
Yarmouth. 

-f226 i. Josiah,^ born July 22 (or 25th), 1735 or 1736; 
died October 5th, 1799 (or 1800) ; married, first, 
Elizabeth Hamblin; second, EHzabeth Lothrop. 

-I-227 ii. Peter,^ born November 25th, 1737; died Septem- 
ber 2ist (or 27th), 1802; married Betty Howes, 

-{-228 iii. Temperance,^ born February 22nd (or 25th), 
1739-40; died , 1805 ; married John Hedge. 

229 iv. Lewis, ist,® born March 15th, 1741-2; died No- 

vember 24th, 1742, aged 8 mos., at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there in Old Cemetery; 
gravestone, 

230 V, Lewis, 2nd,® still born, about 1743. 



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231 vi. Thankful,^ born February 28th, 1744-5; <iied 

March 5th, 1764, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was 
buried there. Not married. No issue. 

232 vii. Anner,^ born July 2nd, 1747; died August 9th, 

1748, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried there; 
died in infancy; no issue. 

+233 viii. Sarah,® born June 5th, 1749; died January 28th, 
1808-9; married Isaac Gorham. 
234 ix. Lewis, 3rd,® born November 23rd, 1751 ; died No- 
vember 7th, 1778, aged 27, at Yarmouth, Mass., 
and is buried there. Not married. His will is 
recorded at Barnstable. 

-I-235 X. George,® born April 12th, 1754; died April 6th, 
1824; married Sarah Savage. 

-{-236 xi. Thomas,® born January 20th, 1757; died February 
24th, 1806-7; married Mary Churchill. 

The will of Lieut. Peter^ Thacher, dated November 14th, 1772, 
and probated September 27th, 1775, mentions son Peter, who re- 
ceived "little gun and cain" ; grandson Peter Thacher "silver but- 
tons on my jaccoat" ; grandson John Hedge "silver Buttons on my 
breeches" ; Peter Lewis, son of John Lewis, "one good ewe sheep" ; 
children Josiah, Thomas, Lewis, Sarah and George and Temper- 
ance Hedge, son-in-law John Hedge. Josiah® Thacher, son of 
Lieut. Peter^ Thacher, was made guardian of his youngest brother 
Thomas® Thacher ; and in his accounting is this item : "To one pair 
of trowsers when you went privateering." George Lewis willed 
to his daughter Anner (wife of Lieut. Peter° Thacher) a room in 
his house in Barnstable which he called his study. Amos Otis says 
that Hon. Peter* Thacher used to occupy this room as his office 
during the sessions of the Court at Barnstable. 

In her will Anner (Lewis) Thacher mentions her grandson, 
Lewis Thacher, to whom she gives her "assembly notations" ; she 
also mentions Benjamin Lothrop Thacher and Joseph Lewis 
Thacher. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37 and 41. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 11. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, pp. 622-23. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 137. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 32-33-34. 

Barnstable Records, (Hinckley's Copy N. E. H. G. Soc. ) Vol. Ill, p. 66. 

Lewisiana, Vol. Ill, p. 101-2. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

83. Rebecca^ Thacher (Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 

tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, date of birth . 

She was admitted to Second Church at Yarmouth, August 6th, 
1727, and was on list of communicants at Brattle Street 
Church, Boston, December 5th, 1736, from East Yarmouth, 

Mass.; she died at (Boston, probably), date of death 

(subsequent to 1736). She was married at (Yar- 



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mouth, probably, although we have no record thereof) ; date 

of marriage , 1716, about (between October ist, 1716, 

and December 12th, 1717), to John Paddock. He was born 
at Yarmouth, June 24th, 1695 ; he lived at Yarmouth (East 
Parish) ; he was admitted to Second Church, Yarmouth, Aug- 
ust 6th, 1727, and on June i6th, 1729, he was on a committee 
to locate meeting house in Wellfleet (then Eastham) ; he died 

at (East Yarmouth, probably), September 30th, 1732, 

"in his 38th year," and was buried at East Dennis, Mass., in 
the Paddock Burying Ground. He was a son of Captain John 
Paddock (born May 5, 1669; died February i8th, 1717, in 
49th year; marriage pub. , 1694; son of Zachariah Pad- 
dock and Deborah (Sears) Paddock) and Priscilla Hall (born 

February , 167 1 ; died January 2nd, 1724, in her 57th 

year; daughter of John and Priscilla (Bearse) Hall), of Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

Children: 9 (Paddock), 3 sons and 6 daughters, all born in 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

237 i. Anna, ist,® born September 23rd, 1717; died Jan- 
uary 31st, 1718, aged 4 mos., at Yarmouth, and 
was probably buried in Paddock Burying Ground, 
East Dennis. 

-{-238 ii. Anna, 2nd,® born November 2nd, 1718; died ; 

married Benjamin Hawes. 

239 iii. Mercy, ist,® born June 8th, 1720; died November 

20th, 1728, aged 8 yrs., 5 mos., at Yarmouth, and 
was probably buried in Paddock Burying Ground, 
at East Dennis. 

240 iv. Elizabeth, ist,® born April i6th, 1722; died April 

2nd, 1725, at Yarmouth, and was probably buried 
in Paddock Burying Ground, at East Dennis. 

241 V. John,® born March 9th, 1723-4; died . 

242 vi. Elizabeth, 2nd,® born April 25th, 1726; died . 

-f243 vii. Adino,® born March I4.th, 1727-8; died March 

25th, 1804; married Lydia Snelling. 
+244 viii. Enoch, 6 born March i8th, 1728-9; died ; 

married Martha Dickinson. 
245 ix. Mercy, 2nd,® born March 29th, 1732; died April 

6th, 1742, aged 10 years, at Boston, Mass., and 

was probably buried at East Dennis, in Paddock 

Burying Ground. 
After the death of her husband, Rebecca'' Thacher -Paddock 
removed to Boston and is thought to have lived there in the home 
of her son-in-law, Benjamin Hawes, whose name is next below 
hers in the list of communicants in the Brattle Street Church, Bos- 
ton, under date of January 2nd, 1737. Samuel P. May, in his 
Sears' Genealogy, states that John Paddock married a second time 
to Hannah , but later discovered his error; and to his care- 
ful research I am indebted for the whole of the above record. The 



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John Paddock who married Hannah (which Hannah Pad- 
dock was admitted to Second Church, Yarmouth, December 3rd, 
1738), may have been John* Paddock (No. 241 above) ; I am not 
positive in this suggestion, as I have no more definite information 
concerning him than I have given above. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 37. 

5". P. May's Sears Genealogy, p. 34 and additional notes from S. P. 
May direct. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 206. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

84. Mary^ Thacher (Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,* 

Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, date of birth ; she was 

admitted to church at Harwich, March 14th, 1721 ; dismissed 
to Mr. Dennis' church December 8th, 1734, but her name is 
not recorded at the latter church ; she was dismissed to church 
at Norwalk, Conn., March 28th, 1736; she died at Norwalk, 

Conn., date of death ; her son Isaac administered on her 

estate July 25th, 1761 ; she was buried presumably at Nor- 
walk, Conn., in Pine Island Burying Ground, where an un- 
marked mound exists between the grave of her husband and 
that of her son Nathaniel; she married at Yarmouth, Mass., 
September 17th, 1719, to Joshua Sears. He was born at Har- 
wich, Mass., May 3rd, 1697; he lived in Harwich, Mass., and 
West Brewster, Mass., and removed to and settled in Nor- 
walk, Conn., about 1734; he died at Norwalk, Conn., July 21st, 
1754, in his 58th year, and was buried there in Pine Island 
Burying Ground, where a blue stone gravestone marks his 
resting-place. He was a son of Samuel Sears (born Yar- 
mouth, Mass., last of January, 1663-4; died West Brewster, 
Mass., January 8th, 1741-2, in his 78th year; gravestone West 

Brewster, Mass.), and of Mercy Lumpkin-Mayo (born ; 

died January 20, 1748-9, in 84th year; gravestone West Brew- 
ster, Mass.; widow of Deacon Samuel Mayo, of Boston, 
Mariner), who resided at West Brewster, Mass. 

Children: 9 (Sears), 7 sons and 2 daughters, first 7 born in 
West Brewster, Mass., 8th and 9th born in Norwalk, Conn. 

246 i. Josiah,* born June 14th, 1720, baptized May 21st, 

1721 ; died about 1761 ; married Sarah ; his 

will was administered upon by his wife, July 6, 
1761. 

247 ii. Nathaniel, ist,* born July 21st, 1722; baptized 

August 19th, 1722; died January 4th, 1724-5, at 
West Brewster, Mass., and was buried there; 
gravestone. 
-f248 iii. Joshua,® born May 15th, 1724; died ; mar- 
ried Rachel Marvin. 



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4-249 iv. Nathaniel, 2nd,® born ; baptized April 20th, 

1725-6; died December 19th, 1752, "in 22nd year;" 
married Ruth Raymond. 

250 V. Mary,® born ; baptized April 25th, 1728; died 

; married Ketchum. 

+251 vi. Isaac,® born , 1730; baptized July 12th, 1730; 

died October 28th, 1786; married Sarah Drake. 

-[-252 vii. Phebe,® born ; baptized April 8th, J 733; died 

December 8th, 1807; married, first, Antony 
Squire; married, second, Thaddeus Hubbell. 

253 viii. John,® born ; died ; mentioned in his 

father's will, dated 1754. 

254 ix. Anthony,® born ; died ; mentioned in his 

father's will, dated 1754. 

Joshua Sears, sr., about 1719, built his house where he lived in 
West Brewster, at Bound Brook, nearly opposite the ancient Sears' 
Burying Ground ; and there in the lower south end room the first 
seven (7) of his children, including Isaac® Sears, the famous 
"Liberty Boy" of Revolutionary War fame, were born. 

He removed to Norwalk, Conn., about 1734 (not 1724 as stated 
by E. H. Sears in his Scars' Genealogy, published in 1857) ; and 
was dismissed from church in Harwich to the church in Norwalk, 
Conn., March 28th, 1736. 

In 1732 Joshua Sears purchased from his brother-in-law, Jo- 
siah^ Thacher, jr., one acre of the so-called "Home Lot," situated 
on Washington Avenue, South Norwalk, Conn., and marked on 
Hall's Norwalk plan of that town with the names of C. Raymond 
and W. Raymond; and in the house which he built upon this 
ground he lived until his death. The house of his great-grand- 
daughter, Mrs. Charles Raymond, had, for foundation, stones taken 
from the old homestead of Joshua Sears. 

The Thacher (Josiah^) house stood where the "Pottery" is 
marked on Hall's map of Norwalk. 

Joshua Sears possessed other lands in Norwalk which at va- 
rious times he deeded to his children, amongst which was land at 
"Old Well," now South Norwalk, deeded to sons Nathaniel and 
Joshua, jr. 

Family tradition relates that he was an excellent man, a promi- 
nent citizen, occupying various positions in the gift of the town, 
a good husband and a generous father. He is said to have been 
"an oysterman" and to have sold fish and oysters about Norwalk. 
This statement was given me by S. P. May, Esq., on the authority 
of Judge Jones (?) History of New York, but Mr. May thinks 
the statement an unauthorized one. Joshua Sears, sr., was buried 
in Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn., a blue stone marking 
his grave ; near by his grave is a similar memorial to his son 
Nathaniel, and a nameless mound between the graves of father and 
son is supposed to be the unmarked grave of Mary^ (Thacher) 
Sears, his widow and the mother of his children. His will was 



171 

dated June nth, 1754, and was proved October 15th, 1754; in it 
are mentioned his wife Mary, and his children, Josiah, Mary 
Ketchum, Phebe Squire, Joshua, Isaac, John and Anthony; and 
his grandsons, Nathaniel and Thacher. The estate was appraised 
at £1640. 

In the Sears' Genealogy, by Rev. E. H. Sears, Joshua Sears' 
wife is erroneously stated to have been "Mercy, daughter of John^ 
Thacher." She was, as we have above and previously stated, 
Mary, daughter of Deacon Josiah* Thacher. No record of her 
death has been discovered by me, but her estate was administered 
upon by her son Isaac, July 25th, 1761. 

The following deed of land from Joshua Sears to his brother- 
in-law, Josiah Thacher, shows one of his earlier land transactions 
and fixes the relationship of Mary, his wife, to Josiah^ Thacher of 
Norwalk, viz : 

"Know all men by these presents that I, Joshua Sears of ye 
town of Norwalk, in ye County of Fairfield, and Colony of Con- 
necticut in New England, for and in consideration of ye sum of 
seventy-five pounds, four shillings and three pence, money received 
to my full satisfaction of my brother-in-law Josiah Thacher of ye 
aforesaid town and county, have given and granted and by these 
presents do give, grant, bargain and sell and confirm with ye said 
Josiah Thacher, his heirs and assigns, viz : one acre, three roods 
and five rods of land precise measure as it lyes undivided with my 
land, in that parcel of land I bought of James Hoyt, lying in ye 
field on ye west side of Norwalk Harbor, the whole of said piece 
of land besides three Roods I sold to Thomas Raymond, contains 
three acres, three roods and twelve rods, and bounded north by 
said Thomas Raymond's land. East by said Raymond's and my 
own land. West and South by Highway. 

"Also two roods and one rod of land precise measure of that 
three roods of land I bought of Thomas Raymond; said two roods 
and one rod is bounded North by said Thomas Raymond's land, 
East ye Bank, south ye said Thacher's land and West my own land." 

***** :f: 

Date, Nov. 18, 1735. (sgd) Joshua Sears. 

Witnesses : John Copp, John Rowe. 

Recorded: Nov. 18, 1735, per John Copp, Register. See Land 
Records, Norwalk, Conn., Book No. 8, folio 11. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. Z7- 
S. P. May's Sears' Genealogy, pp. 73-76. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 206. 
Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., p. 461. 

85. Elisha^ Thacher (Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,'' 

Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., , 1698, see age 

at death and date of death; he resided at Yarmouth, and Barn- 
stable, Mass., died at Barnstable, December 6th, 1774, "in the 
76th year of his age," and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill 



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West Burying Ground, Barnstable, gravestone ; he was a yoe- 
man, carpenter and boat builder; held office of hogreeve in 
1765. He married at Barnstable, Mass. (presumably) ; date 
of marriage , to Phebe Lothrop, born , 1701 ; bap- 
tized Barnstable, Mass., July 20, 1701 ; died March 12th, 1785, 
at Barnstable, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill West 
Burying Ground; gravestone. She was a daughter of Capt. 

John Lothrop, and his second wife, Hannah ( ) Fuller (wid. 

of Dr. John Fuller), whom he married December 9th, 1698, 
of Barnstable. 

Children: 9 (Thacher), 5 sons and 4 daughters. 
4-255 i. Desire," born April 15th, 1722; died ; mar- 
ried Capt. William Taylor. 

256 ii, Anthony, ist,® born May 6th (i6th or 17th), 1724; 

died August 29th, 1742, aged 18 yrs., 3 mos., 12 
days, at Barnstable, and was buried there in Good- 
speed's Hill, East Burying Ground, where a grave- 
stone marks his resting-place thus inscribed: 
"Here lyes ye body of Anthony Thacher, son of 
Mr. Elisha Thacher and Mrs. Phebe Thacher, who 
died August 29th, 1742, aged 18 yrs., 3 mos. and 
12 da." He was not married. According to his 
gravestone, he was born May 17th, 1724. 

257 iii. Phebe,*^ born March 7th (loth or 14th), 1726-7; 

d. September 24th, 1742, aged 15 yrs. 6 mos., 14 
days, at Barnstable, and was buried there in Good- 
speed's Hill, East Burying Ground, where a grave- 
stone marks her resting-place, thus inscribed : 
"Here lyes ye body of Phebe Thacher, daughter 
of Mr. Elisha Thacher and Mrs. Phebe Thacher, 
who died September 24th, 1742, aged 15 yrs., 
6 mos. and 14 da." She was not married. Ac- 
cording to her gravestone, she was born March 
loth, 1727. 

-f-258 iv. John," born September ist, 1730; died , be- 
fore June nth, 1770, it is thought, as his father's 
will made on that day makes no mention of him 
or of any wife or children belonging to him. 

+259 V. Mary," born March 7, 1731-2; died ; mar- 
ried Ebenezer Gorham. 

-f26o vi. Elisha," born May 8th, 1734; died January 14th, 
1795; married, first, Abigail Webb; married, sec- 
ond, Mary Given (or Grove). 

+ 261 vii. Lucretia,^ born April 20th, 1737; died ; mar- 
ried Joseph Davis. 
262 viii. Samuel Sturgis," born November 4th (or loth), 
1741 ; died February 14th, 1742; aged 3 mos., 4 
days, at Barnstable, and buried there in Good- 
speed's Hill, East Burying Ground, where a stone 



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( GENEALOGICAL RECORD OF 

ANTOXV^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



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marks his grave, thus inscribed: "Here lyes ye 
body of Samuel Sturgis Thacher, son of Mr. 
Elisha and Mrs. Phebe Thacher who died Feb- 
ruary 14th, 1741 (42), aged 3 mos. and 4 days." 
According to his gravestone, he was born Novem- 
ber loth, 1741. 

+263 ix. Anthony, 2nd,* born June 28th, 1744; died Jan- 
uary 1 8th, 1806; married Elizabeth Taylor. 

In Goodspeed's Hill, West Burying Ground, Barnstable, lie 
buried the remains of Elisha^ Thacher and his wife Phebe; stones 
mark their graves, thus inscribed : "In memory of Mr. Elisha 
Thacher who died December 6th, 1774, in the 76th year of his age." 

"In memory of Phebe, widow of Mr. Elisha Thacher ; she died 
March 12th, 1785, in ye 84th year of her age." 

The will of Elisha° Thacher, dated June nth, 1770, proved 
January 20th, 1775, describes him as a yoeman, and mentions his 
son Anthony who receives carpenter and boat building tools ; chil- 
dren Elisha, Desire Taylor, Lucretia Davis, and wife Phebe. He 
had a shop and his homestead lot is defined. Inventory presented 
by Elisha® and Anthony* Thacher, December 9th, 1776, and another 
paper relating to the estate was presented by Anthony* Thacher, 
July 4th, 1785. 

Captain John Lothrop (father-in-law of Elisha' Thacher) was 
born in Barnstable, February 9th, 1644; he married, first, at Ply- 
mouth, Mass., January 3rd, 1671-2, to Mary (probably daugh- 
ter of James and Mary (Tilson) Cobb, of Scituate) ; she was born 
in Scituate, December 3rd, 1653. His name in the marriage record 
is given as Laythrope and she is called Mary Colsgain. He mar- 
ried, a second time, December 9th, 1695, Hannah ( ) Fuller, 

widow of Dr. John Fuller. John Lothrop died September i8th 
(or 27th), 1727, at II o'clock A. M., and he is recorded as having 
been 85 years old in the Barnstable Church Records. On Mr. Otis' 
authority, we know that he was a man of note among the seafaring 
men of the coast in those early times, sailing as Captain in com- 
mand of his own vessel. 

In the New Haven, Conn, records is found this evidence of 
his occupation: 

"These certify I received on board ye Swan, John Lothrop, 
master, 8 bbls. pork, 48 bushels wheat of Samuel Hemmingway of 
New Haven, for use of Captain Elisha Hutchinson of Boston, and 
doe promise to deliver ye same on paying freight 8^^ per barrel 
and 6*^ per bushel. 
"April 1st, 1691. (sgd) Jo. Lothrop," 

John Lothrop's will (Book iv., p. 407, Barnstable Probate 
Records) is dated March 9th, 1726-7, and was proved February 
9th, 1727-8. It names as legatees his wife Hannah, his son John's 
son Joseph, the children of his daughter, Mary Howland, and those 
of his daughter, Elizabeth Lewis, and his sons Barnabas and Ben- 
jamin. His son Barnabas and his wife Hannah, executors. 



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Hannah Lothrop's (widow of John) will bears date October 
7th, 1738 (Book v., p. 362) and was proved October 19th, 1738; 
she mentions as legatees son Benjamin, the heirs of John Fuller, 
deceased, grandson John Lothrop, daughter Reliance Prince, daugh- 
ter Bashua Webb and daughter Phebe Thacher. Executor, son-in- 
law Elisha Thacher. 

Hannah (widow of John) Lothrop was the second wife of Dr. 
John Fuller (son of Matthew Fuller), and had by him Bethia, born 
December , 1687; John, born October , 1689; and Re- 
liance, born September 'Sth, 169 1. These names make the names 
in the will understandable. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37, 41. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. X, p. 351. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 206. 

Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 41 and 52. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 382 ; II, p. 164-5. 

Barnstable Records, Vol. II, p. 330. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

86. Captain Josiah^ Thacher (Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., July 7th, 1701 ; 
he resided at Yarmouth, Mass., and Norwalk, Conn. ; he was 
a Sea Captain engaged in the coast trade, and a man of af- 
fairs in Norwalk; he died at Norwalk, Conn., August 22nd, 
1780, "Tuesday at 8 hours and 44 minutes in the morn- 
ing." He was buried, presumably, at East Norwalk, Conn., 
between the graves of his two wives; no stone marks his 
grave, but the space left between his wives' graves suggests 
his interment there. He married, first, at Norwalk, Conn, 
(according to Selleck's Norwalk), on February 17th, 1724, to 
Ann Burne (Burr, Bun or Bunce ; probably Burr, according 

to Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42). She was born at on 

March 25th, 1699, and died at Norwalk, Conn., February 25th, 
1733-4, "between 9 and 10 at night, aged 34," and was buried 
in East Norwalk Cemetery, where a stone marks her resting- 
place. Her place of residence before marriage and her par- 
entage is unknown. Capt. Josiah^ Thacher was married a sec- 
ond time, at Boston, Mass., by Rev. Sam'l Checkley, of the 
New South Church, on August 7th (or September 15th), 1735, 
to Mary (Greenleaf) Blinn (daughter of Rev. Daniel Green- 
leaf of Yarmouth and Boston, Mass., by his wife Elizabeth 
(Cooking) Greenleaf; and widow of James Blinn, whom she 
married March i6th, 1725). She was born at Cambridge, 
Mass., August 29th (or September 25th), 1706, and died at 
Norwalk, Conn., April 2nd (or 6th), 1744, and was buried at 
Norwalk, Conn., in East Norwalk Cemetery where a stone 
marks her grave. 

Children by first marriage: 4 (Thacher), i son and 3 daugh- 
ters, all born at Norwalk, Conn. 



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264 i. Ann, ist," born July 4th, 1726, "Monday morn- 
ing at ^2 past one o'clock"; died June 15th, 1727, 
in infancy ; buried at Norwalk, Conn., presumably ; 
no gravestone. 
+265 ii. Josiah,*' born February 15th, 1728-9, "at about 5 
o'clock Saturday morning" ; died March 9th, 1807, 
Monday ; married, first, Mary Fitch ; married, sec- 
ond, widow Wait Burwell. 
+266 iii. Ann, 2nd,*' born April loth, 1731, "about 2 o'clock 

Saturday afternoon" ; died , 1805 ; married 

Isaac Hayes, 3rd. 
4-267 iv. Mary,*' born September 14th, 1733, "Friday at i 

o'clock in the morning" ; died ; married, first, 

Stephen Davis ; married, second, Hoyt. 

Children by second marriage 6: (Thacher), 3 sons and 3 
daughters, all born in Norwalk, Conn. 

268 V. Elizabeth, ist,^ born April 25th, 1737; died Sep- 
tember 5th, 1743, at Norwalk, Conn., and was 
buried there in East Norwalk Cemetery, where a 
stone marks her grave, thus inscribed : "Elizabeth 
Thacher, daughter of Mr. Josiah and Mrs. Mary 
Thacher, died September 5th, 1743, aged 6 yrs., 
4 mos. and 10 days." 
-[-269 vi. Daniel,® born June 29th, 1739, Friday; died No- 
vember 17th, 1776; married Mary Street. 
-f-270 vii. John,® born July 25th, 1742; died January i6th, 
1805 ; married, first, Ann Perry ; married, second, 
Mehitable (Uffoot) Thompson. 

+271 viii. Hannah,® born ; died ; married John 

Banks. 

-I-272 ix. EHzabeth, 2nd,® born ; died ; married, 

first, Thomas Hill ; married, second, John Black- 
leach. 

4-273 X. Stephen Greenleaf,® born ; died , aged 

34; married Anna Piatt. 
Captain Josiah^ Thacher was a mariner in the coasting trade 
between Boston and Cape Cod and along Long Island Sound. He 
lived in Yarmouth, Mass., until about 1725 when he acquired land 
in Norwalk, Conn., from Alexander Ressiquie. The deed of this 
transfer of land is to be found in Norwalk Land Records, Vol. V., 
foHo 285; it is dated December 22nd, 1725, but is recorded of date 
December 31st, 1724; and in said deed Josiah Thacher is described 
as being of "Yarmouth in Barnstable County in Province of Massa- 
chusetts Bay in New England." By this deed he acquired a house 
lot of three acres. The place of the first marriage of Josiah^ 
Thacher is not a matter of record, but Selleck, in his History of 
Norzvalk, states that it took place in Norwalk, Conn. The maiden 
surname of his first wife is variously stated by different authorities 
as being Burne, Burr, Bun, or Bunce. His family Bible and Free- 



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man's Cape Cod, however, specifically state that her maiden sur- 
name was Burne, and I have therefore so recorded it. Where his 
first wife lived at the time of her marriage or where she was born 
or who were her parents is not a matter of record. In the East 
Norwalk Cemetery there is a gravestone to her memory thus in- 
scribed: — "Here lyes buried the body of Mrs. Ann Thacher, wife 
to Mr. Josiah Thacher, aged 34 years and 11 months. Died Feb- 
ruary ye 25th, 1733-4" (hence she was born March 25th, 1698-99). 
Alongside of this grave, with a space between sufficient for an- 
other grave, is the grave of Josiah^ Thacher's second wife, which 
grave is marked by a stone thus inscribed : — "In memory of Mrs. 
Mary Thacher, wife of Capt. Josiah Thacher, who departed this 
life April 6th, A. D. 1774, in her 68th year. 

Who follow here ye paths of truth 

Shall bloom in everlasting youth. 

Clad with new glories they shall shine 

In charms immortal and divine." 

Mary (Greenleaf) Blinn, second wife of Josiah^* Thacher, was 
the widow of James Blinn, to whom she was married March i6th, 
1725. This James Blinn was probably the son of Mr. Blinn and 
Margaret Dennis, who were baptized at Milton, Mass., by Rev. 
Peter* Thacher (Rev. Thomas^), July 20th, 1701 ; where this James 
Blinn lived and died is undetermined. It is stated by some authori- 
ties that Mary Greenleaf had 10 children by Mr. Blinn, which 
statement seems incredible, as she married him March i6th, 1725, 
and married Josiah^ Thacher on August 7th (or Sept. 15th), 1735, 
which would render it necessary for her to have had 10 children in 
a little over 10 years. Josiah^ Thacher had 10 children, — 4 by his 
first wife and 6 by his second, and I think the authority above re- 
ferred to confused the 10 children of Josiah^ Thacher by his first 
and second wives, with 10 children supposed to have been born to 
Mary Greenleaf by her first husband, James Blinn. Wm. F. 
Boardman, in the Ancestry of Jane Maria^ Greenleaf, states that 
Mary Greenleaf had 16 children; which would mean that she had 
10 by James Blinn and 6 by Josiah^ Thacher. I am inclined to 
doubt the existence of these 10 Blinn children, as I have never seen 
any record of their births or deaths. The place of burial of Jo- 
siah^ Thacher is not positively known ; but in the East Norwalk 
Cemetery between the graves of his first and second wives there 
is a vacant place where it is presumed he lies buried. No record 
of his burial exists. 

Captain Josiah^ Thacher died intestate. On September 17th, 
1780, the bond of Josiah® Thacher, Jr. (the eldest son of the de- 
ceased), as administrator of the estate of his father was accepted. 
In 1782 Josiah® Thacher and Eliphalet Lockwood were allowed to 
sell land on the account of the estate of the late Captain Josiah"^ 
Thacher. May 6th, 1782, the inventory of Josiah^ Thacher was 
filed. This inventory takes up 11 pages of the Fairfield County 
Records. On November 3rd, 1783, another sale of land on ac- 



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count of the estate was ordered. November 13th, 1783, the ac- 
counts of Josiah** Thacher as administrator were allowed. Jan- 
uary i6th, 1786, the distribution of the estate was ordered. August 
6th, 1790 distribution of said estate was finally allowed and ordered. 
In the probate records of Fairfield, Conn., Vol. 1795-1818, p. 678, 
we find the following record of final distribution : 

"We the subscribers being by the Honorable Court of Probate 
for the District of Fairfield appointed to make distribution of the 
Estate of Josiah Thacher, late of Norwalk, deceased, distributed 
the same in the following manner, viz : — 

£ sh. d. 
To Josiah Thacher, the eldest son, the orchard and 

land, etc. 69. 16. 01 

To the heirs of Daniel Thacher, son of Josiah, viz : — 

£ sh. d. 

Josiah II. 12. 07 

Daniel Greenleaf 11. 12. 07 

William 11. 12. 07 34. 17. 09 

To John Thacher, 260 rods of land at the North end 

of the Mill Hill lot. 
To Stephen Greenleaf Thacher 210 rods of land, etc. 
To Anna Hayes, wife of Isaac Hayes, land, etc. 
To Mary Davis, wife of Stephen Davis, land, etc. 
To Hannah Banks, wife of John Banks, land, etc. 
To Elizabeth Blackleach, wife of John Blackleach, 

230 rods of land on Mill Hill, etc. 34. 18. 00 

(sgd) 

Samuel Grumman 
Thomas Belden 
Ozias Marvin 

Distributors. 
Court of Probate, August 6th, 1798, approved, etc. 

(Sgd) Samuel Rowland, 

Clerk." 
Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37, 41, 42. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XXXIII, p. 15. 
Greenleaf Genealogy, pp. 201, 205, 206. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 206. 
Family Bible of Josiah^ Thacher. 

Fairfield Co. Conn., Hist. Soc. Report of Inscriptions in East Nor- 
walk, Conn., Cemetery, Nos. 220 and 213. 

Norwalk, Conn., Real Estate Records, Vol. XI, p. 60; XIV, p. 127; 
XV, p. 157; XVI, pp. 32 and 88; XVIII, pp. 24-28. 

Fairfield, Conn., Probate Records Book 1782-1785, p. 78; Book 1785- 
1788, p. 85. 

Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., pp. 451-461. 
Boston Record Commissioner's Reports, Vol. 28, p. 194. 
Ancestry of Jane Maria Greenleaf, p 70. , 

88. Hannah^ Sturgis (Rebecca* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., March 3rd, 
1693; died at , subsequent to 1754 (according to Hon. 



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George Thacher's MSS. Genealogy) ; married at Yarmouth, 
Mass., March 9th, 1707-8, to John Matthews of Yarmouth, 

Mass. He was born at , date ; died at Yarmouth, 

Mass., January 7th, 1776. 

Children: 9 (Matthews), 7 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

i. Thomas,® born May 4th, 1710. 

Isaac,** born September 4th, 1712; died February 

4th, 1790, "in his 79th year," 

Rebecca,® born Nov. 31st, 1 714. 

John,® born March 29th, 1717. 

James,® born April nth, 1719. 

William,® born May 24th, 1721. 

Thankful,® born January 9th, 1724-5. 

David,® born May 14th, 1727; died July loth, 1819, 

"in his 91st year"; married, first, Sarah ; 

married, second, Anna . 

282 ix. Elisha,® born August 7th, 1730; died ; mar- 
ried Eliza . 

Children: 4 (Matthews), 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. James,'^ born March ist, 1753. 

2. Tempe,' born , 1755. 

3. Mary,^ born , 1759. 

4. Isaiah,'^ born , 1767. 

In the settlement of James Sturgis' estate, Hannah Matthews is 
mentioned as his eldest daughter. 

Authorities. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 225. 
Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 25, 26. 

89. Bethia^ Sturgis (Rebecca"* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., February 19th, 
1695-6; died at Barnstable, Mass., July nth (or 19th), 1769, 
aged 73; married, first, at , March i6th, 1715-6, to Cap- 
tain Isaac Freeman, who resided at Yarmouth, Mass., and 
removed thence to Fairfield, Conn. ; he died at Fairfield, Conn., 
May 2ist, 1732, in 46th year, and was buried there; gravestone. 

He was a son of Lieut. Edward Freeman (born June , 

1657; died December loth, 1717), by his second wife, Sarah 
Mayo (daughter of Samuel Mayo). Edward Freeman lived 
at Eastham, Mass. Bethia^ Sturgis-Freeman married, second, 

, 1735, at , to Captain Job Gorham as his second 

wife (his first wife was Desire Dimmock (daughter of 
Thomas), whom he married December 4th, 1719). He was 
bom at Barnstable, Mass., August 30th, 1692 ; he resided at 

Barnstable, Mass., and died there , 1762. He was a son 

of Lieut. Col. John Gorham by his wfe Mercy Otis (daughter 
of John Otis), who resided at Barnstable, Mass. 



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Children: first marriage, 4 (Freeman) sons No. i. and ii. born 
at Yarmouth, Mass., iii., iv. and v. born at Fairfield, Conn. 

283 i. Isaac,® born , 1717-18, about; died ; mar- 

ried Ann Smethurst. 

284 ii. Edmund,® born , 1720, probably. 

285 iii. Rebecca,® born , 1723-4, probably; baptised 

Fairfield, Conn., February 2nd, 1723-4. 

286 iv. James,® born November 5th, 1728; baptised No- 

vember loth, 1728, at Fairfield, Conn. ; died May 
27th, 1763; married Deborah Tasker. 

287 V. David,® born , 1730, probably; baptised July 

26th, 1730, at Fairfield, Conn. ; died , about 

1769; married Abigail Davis. 

Child by second marriage: i (Gorham) daughter, born at 

Barnstable, Mass. 

287 >^ V. Sarah,® born ; baptised August i8th, 1736; 

died young. 
Captain Isaac Freeman, eldest son of Lieutenant Edmund 
Freeman of Eastham, removed to Fairfield, Conn., after his mar- 
riage, and died there before 1736 (he died actually May 21st, 1732), 
as appears by the terms of his mother's will. His widow returned 
to Yarmouth, Mass., and married a second time to Captain Job 
Gorham of Barnstable, Mass., as his second wife. Mrs. Sarah 
Freeman, widow of Lieut. Edmund Freeman, died in 1746, and 
in her will left legacies "to the four sons of my son Isaac, de- 
ceased," two of these sons chose on September 24th, 1746, their 
brother Isaac of Boston as their guardian. Their mother, who had 
married Job Gorham and again became a widow, died at Barnstable, 
July 19th (or nth), 1769, aged 73. She was born February 19th, 
1695-6. Mrs. Abigail Freeman, widow of David Freeman, admin- 
istered on her estate August 8th, 1769. She, Bethia Gorham, had 
by her second marriage only one child, a daughter Sarah, baptized 
August 13th, 1736, and who probably died young. Bethia' Sturgis 
was a very attractive young lady possessing both personal 
and mental charms; her hand was sought by two gentlemen of 
great respectability. Freeman and Gorham. Both urged their suit 
earnestly. She had so warm a regard for both of them that in 
the unsophisticated tenderness of her heart she forbore giving pref- 
erence to either of them, and left it to the two suitors to decide 
between themselves. No bloodshed occurred, but Freeman was de- 
clared the victor and was rewarded by the hand of the fair Bethia. 
When she became a widow, she returned to the scene of her youth- 
ful conquest and became the second wife of Captain Job Gorham 
(her first husband's rival), who had in the meantime, on Decem- 
ber 4th, 1719, married Desire Dimmock (daughter of Thomas), 
who had born to him five (5) children, and who died January 28th, 

1732-3- 

The will of Capt. Job Gorham of Barnstable, Mass., gentle- 
man, is dated September 12th, 1753, and was proved November 



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2nd, 1762. In it he names his wife Bethia Gorham and daughters 
Temperance Fuller and Desire Gorham, to whom he gives legacies. 
All the remainder of his estate he gives to his son Thomas, whom 
he appoints his executor. Capt. Job Gorham inherited the dwell- 
ing house built by his grandfather (Capt. John Gorham) in Barn- 
stable and the lands in its immediate vicinity; and the same was 
held by his descendants as late as 1888. In 1745 he took down 
the old mansion and built the one which was standing in 1888 
on the same spot. Part of the material of the old house was used 
in the construction of the new one. Captain Job Gorham's children 
by his first wife, Desire Dimmock, were as follows : 

1. Temperance, born Barnstable, Mass., July 23rd, 1721 ; 
married October 29th, 1741, John Fuller, her cousin. 

2. Thomas, born Barnstable, Mass., August 13th, 1723; mar- 
ried, first, Hannah Gorham ; married, second, Rebecca 
Jones. 

3. Edward, born Barnstable, Mass., Sept. 12th, 1725; died 
young. 

4. Desire, born Barnstable, Mass., March 17th, 1727-8. 

5. Job, born Barnstable, Mass., November 6th, 1730; died 
young. 

Authorities. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. V, p. 180. 
Stiirgis Genealogy, p. 32. 
Freeman Genealogy, pp. 28, 38, 62-3, 105-6-7. 
Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of R. I., 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 420-2, 424, 443. 

91. Thankful'^ Sturgis (Rebecca* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., September 2nd, 
1701 ; died at Yarmouth, January loth, 172 1-2, "in her 22nd 
year," at the birth of her first child ; she was buried in Yar- 
mouth in old Cemetery, gravestone ; she married at Yarmouth, 
Mass., February i8th, 1719-20, to Timothy Hallett as his first 

wife. He was born at Yarmouth, Mass., , about 1694, 

according to his gravestone ; he resided at Yarmouth, Mass., 
in the house owned and occupied by Mr, Eldridge Lovell in 
1888; he was a farmer and a very respectable man, and died 
at Yarmouth, July 7th, 1760, "in his 66th year," and was buried 
there in old Cemetery, gravestone. He was a son of Jonathan 
Hallett (born November 20th, 1647; died January 12th, 1716- 
17, aged 69; married January 30th, 1683-4) and his wife, 
Abigail (Dexter) Hallett, daughter of Ensign Thomas Dexter, 

of Sandwich, Mass. (born , 1663 ; died September 2nd, 

1715, aged 52), who resided at Yarmouth, Mass. 

Child : I (Hallett) daughter, born at Yarmouth, Mass. 

288 i. (Daughter®), born January loth, 1721-22; died Jan- 
uary loth, 1 72 1-2, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried 
with her mother in old Cemetery, Yarmouth, grave- 
stone. 



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Timothy Hallett married a second time about 1724 to Eliza- 
beth^ Hatch (daughter of Deacon Moses Hatch and Elizabeth* 
(Thacher) Hatch) of Falmouth, Mass.; she died at Yarmouth, 
Mass., October 23rd, 1744, aged 44, and was buried in old Ceme- 
tery, Yarmouth, gravestone ; by this marriage Timothy Hallett 
had 8 children whose records will be found under head of the 
record of Elizabeth^ Hatch and her descendants (See No. 108). 
Timothy Hallett married, third, on May 23rd, 1745, to Thankful 
Jones of Barnstable, and she died January 24th, 1771, in her 69th 
year and is buried in old Cemetery, Yarmouth, Mass., gravestone; 
by this third marriage there were no children. 
Authorities. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 513. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 17 and 20. 

92. Elizabeth^ Sturgis (Rebecca* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., December , 

1703; died at Barnstable, Mass., June 6th, 1727, and was buried 
in Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying-ground, gravestone; she 
married at Barnstable, Mass. (February 29th (or 24th, accord- 
ing to Otis' Barnstable Families), 1725-6, to Deacon Gershom 
Davis (as his first wife), born Barnstable, Mass., September 
5th, 1702; died at Barnstable, May 6th, 1790, "in his 87th 
year" and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying- 
ground, gravestone; he resided at Barnstable; his house stood 
where subsequently stood Captain Pierce's house at N. W. 
corner of lot laid out to Thomas Lumbard. He was the son 

of Joseph Davis, who married March , 1695, to Hannah 

Cobb (she was born Barnstable, March 28th, 1671 ; died Barn- 
stable, May 3d, 1739, aged 68; daughter of Sergeant James 
and Sarah (Lewis) Cobb of Barnstable, Mass.). 

Child: I (Davis) son, born in Barnstable, Mass. 

289 i. James,* born June 2nd, 1727; died ; married 

October 3rd, 1745, to Jean Bacon. 

Children: 10 (Davis), 3 sons and 7 daughters, all 

born in Barnstable, Mass. 

1. Elizabeth,^ born July 2nd, 1746; died young. 

2. Elizabeth,^ born March 25th, 1748. 

3. Jean,'' born April 24th, 1750. 

4. Patience,'^ born June 13th, 1752. 

5. Desire,^ born October 22nd, 1754. 

6. Joseph,'^ born September 19th, 1757. 

7. Robert,'' born June 30th, 1760. 

8. Hannah,'^ born December 19th, 1762. 

9. James,^ born January 19th, 1767. 

10. Desire,'^ baptized September loth, 1772. 

Deacon Gershom Davis married a second time September 23rd, 
1731, to Mary Hinckley (daughter of Joseph Hinckley of West 
Barnstable by his wife Mary (Gorham) Hinckley) ; she was born 



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February 25th, 1703-4, at West Barnstable, Mass., and died March 
31st, 1756, in 53rd year of her age; and by her Deacon Gershom 
Davis had the following 7 children, who are not of Thacher blood, 
viz: — 

1. Robert, born July 12th, 1732; died December 3rd, 1738, in 
7th year of his age. 

2. Samuel, born September 13th, 1734; died ; married 

Mary Gorham, December 22nd, 1757. 

3. Elizabeth, born August 12th, 1736; died ; married Jo- 
seph Crocker, Jr., January 12th, 1758. 

4. Mary, born December 5th, 1740; died . 

5. Abigail, ist, born September 12th, 1744; died young. 

6. Abigail, 2nd, born July 12th, 1746; died . 

7. Mercy, born February 4th, 1748; died young. 

Deacon Gershom Davis married a third time in 1757 to Thank- 
ful Skiff of Sandwich, Mass., by whom he had no children. 

In Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying-ground, Barnstable, Mass., 
we find the following gravestone inscriptions: — 

"Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, wife to Mr. Ger- 
shom Davis, deceased June ye 6th, 1727, in ye 23rd year of her 
age." 

"Here lyes the body of Mrs. Mary Davis, the wife of Mr. Ger- 
shom Davis, who died March ye 31st, 1756, in ye 53rd year of her 
age." 

And in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying-ground, we find a 
stone there inscribed : — 

"In Memory of Deacon Gershom Davis; he died April 29th, 
1790, in his 87th year." 

Note the difference in the dates of his death as given by Free- 
man's Cape Cod, p. 325, and Otis' Barnstable Families, May 6th, 
1790, and his gravestone, which gives it April 29th, 1790. 
Authorities. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 280 and 283-4; Vol. II, pp. 45-6. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 325. 

96. Rev. Thomas^ Paine (Bethiah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., April 8th, 
1694, baptized April 9th, 1694. He resided at Weymouth and 
Boston, Mass., Halifax, N. S., and Braintree, Mass. ; he died 
at Germantown, near Braintree, Mass., at the home of his 
daughter, Abigail Greenleaf, May 30th, 1757, aged 63, and was 
buried at Weymouth, Mass., in Old Cemetery (North). He 
was a minister of the Gospel, in the shipping trade, a student 
of law. Harvard College, 1717. He married at Boston, Mass. 
(by the Rev. Peter^ Thacher of Boston), April 21st, 1721, to 
Eunice Treat, born at Eastham, Mass., September 27th, 1704; 
died at Boston, Mass., October 17th, 1747, aged 42, and was 
presumably buried at Weymouth, Mass. She was a daughter 
of Rev. Samuel Treat and his second wife, Abigail (Willard) 
Estabrook (widow of Benjamin Estabrook and daughter of 



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Rev. Samuel Willard of Old South Church, Boston), of East- 
ham, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Paine), 3 sons and 2 daughters; first 3 born in 
Weymouth and last 2 at Boston, Mass. 

290 i. Abigail," born March 6th, 1725 ; died January 15th, 
1808 (or 1809), aged 83; married October 17th, 
1749, at Boston, Mass., by Rev. Joseph Sewall, 
D. D., to Joseph Greenleaf (son of Wm. and 
Mary (Shattuck) Greenleaf, of Boston, Mass.), 
born November loth, 1720, at Boston, Mass. ; he 
Hved at Abington and Boston, Mass.; he died 
October 28th, 1810, at Maiden, Mass., and was 
buried in Granary Burying-ground there; he was 
an author and publisher. Justice of the Peace, and 
a zealous, patriotic citizen. 

Children: 7 (Greenleaf), 2 sons and 5 daughters, 
all born at Abington, Mass. 

1. Abigail, ist,'' born , 175°; died , in 

infancy. 

2. Abigail, 2nd,'' born February 28th, 1753 ; died 
July 8th, 1788; married Rev. Ezra Weld as 
his third wife. 

3. Joseph,^ born May 28th, 1754; died November, 
1 77 1, aged 17 years, 5 months. 

4. Thomas,^ born , 1755 ; died , 1798, in 

New York; married Anna Quackenbos ; he 
was a printer; 4 children. 

5. Mary,'' born , 1757; died , 1804; 

married Nathaniel Thwing, a merchant of 
Boston ; no children. 

6. Catharine,'' born June nth, 1760; died ; 

married Dr. Joseph W. Rhoades ; 6 children. 

7. Eunice Paine,^ born August 7th, 1762; died 
April iith, 1803; married Wm. Prentiss, as 
his second wife; he was a merchant in Lon- 
don, Eng., several years; i child. 

291 ii. Robert Treat, ist,« born October 9th, 1727; died 

October 21st, 1727, at Weymouth, Mass., and was 
buried there. 

292 iii. Thomas," born July 3rd, 1729; died August 19th, 

1730, at Weymouth, Mass., and was buried there. 

293 iv. Robert Treat, 2nd," born March nth (or 12th), 

1730-1; died May nth, 1814, at Boston, Mass., 
and was buried in Granary Burying-ground, Bos- 
ton, Mass. ; married , 1770, at , to Sally 

Cobb, of Taunton, Mass. ; she was born , 1740, 

about, at ; died June 6th, 1816, aged 76, at 

; she was a daughter of Thomas and Lydia 

(Leonard) Cobb of Taunton, Mass. 



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Children: 8 (Paine), 4 sons and 4 daughters; first 
6 born in Taunton, Mass., others in Boston, Mass. 

1. Robert Treat,^ born , 1770; died July 

30th, 1798, at Boston, Mass. H. C. 1789. 
Not married. 

2. Sally,^ born , 1772; died January 26th, 

1823. Not married. 

3. Thomas,^ born December 9th, 1773; died No- 
vember 13th, 181 1 ; married Elizabeth Baker. 

4. Charles,^ born August 30th, 1775 ; died Feb- 
ruary 15th, 1810; married Sally Sumner 
Gushing. 

5. Henry j'^ born October 20th, 1777; died June 
8th, 1814; married Olive Lyman. 

6. Mary,^ born February 9th, 1780; died Feb- 
ruary 27th, 1842 ; married Rev. Elisha Clapp. 

7. Maria Antoinette,^ born December 2nd, 1782 ; 
died March 26th, 1842; married Dr. Samuel 
Greele. 

8. Lucretia,'^ born April 30th, 1785 ; died August 
27th, 1823, at Boston, Mass. Not married. 

Hon. Robert Treat^ Paine taught school for a 
year. He then made three voyages to North Caro- 
lina, acting as master. He subsequently sailed to 
Fayal and to Cadiz and to Greenland on whaling 
voyages as master of his ship. In 1755 he read law 
in Lancaster with Judge Willard, a relative, and 
preached at the same time in Shirley, Mass. He 
was chaplain of Col. Willard's Regiment, which 
was sent to Crown Point and was in Camp on Lake 
George for three months. In 1757 he was ad- 
mitted to the bar and removed to Taunton, Mass., 
in 1 76 1. He was Rep. to G. C. from Taunton, 
1733-4, Deputy to ist Congress in 1775; attended 
1st provincial congress at Cambridge, Mass., and 
in May attended the Congress at Philadelphia, Pa. 
July 4th, 1776, he signed the Declaration of In- 
dependence. He was a Member of Congress in 
1777-8, but did not attend. In 1781 he removed 
to Boston and settled there on the corner of Milk 
and Federal Streets in former residence of Gov- 
ernor Shirley. He was Attorney-General in 1777- 
1790. In 1790 he was made Judge of the Superior 
Court and resigned in 1804. A facsimile of his 
signature may be seen, p. 244 of the Treat Family 
Genealogy. 

294 V. Eunice,® born May nth, 1733; died February 2nd, 
1803 ; at Boston, (probably) ; she was buried from 
her brother's home in Boston. Not married. 



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Rev. Thomas' Paine at an early age was placed under Rev. 
Jonathan Russell of Barnstable for preparation for Harvard Col- 
lege. In 1713 he entered Harvard, and while there pursued the 
study of mathematics and astronomy far beyond the ordinary course 
of these studies there at that time. His great interest in these 
studies led him in 1718 and 1719 to publish almanacs in his own 
name. To the study of Latin, Greek, Hebrew and French he gave 
great attention, and graduated at Harvard in 17 17. Having shown 
an early predilection for the ministry, in August, 17 17, he began 
the study of theology under Rev. Theophilus Barnard of Andover, 
Mass. ; and upon completion of his studies he accepted a call and 
was ordained minister at Weymouth, Mass., on August 19th, 1719; 
he remained there until 1730, when ill health compelled him to ask 
for his dismission. He then went to Boston to reside and soon be- 
came engaged in commercial pursuits. He carried on a trade with 
the Southern Colonies, West Indies, and the new port of Halifax, 
N. S., and with England and other foreign ports, and soon acquired 
considerable wealth. He was also engaged in the manufacture of 
cannon and the casting of shot; he had foundries in Abington and 
Bridgewater. In the summer of 1749, his business affairs became 
involved in consequence of the capture of some of his vessels, and 
on account of the depreciated value of the existing currency, and 
general business conditions ; and his property was swept away. His 
health gave way, and he made a voyage to the West Indies ; and on 
his return made Halifax his place of residence. There he turned 
his attention to the study of law with the intention of practising. 
His health becoming greatly impaired, he was compelled to abandon 
his studies and he returned toBraintree, Mass., to a village nearby 
called Germantown, where his daughter Abigail Greenleaf lived ; 
and at her home passed to his rest and was buried at Weymouth, 
Mass. He was undoubtedly a man of great talents, learning and 
piety. 

Authorities. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. II, p. 196; XXII, p. 189; XLVII, p. 187. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 381. 

Greenleaf Genealogy, by J. E. Greenleaf, pp, 77-78. 

Paine Family Records, by H. D. Paine, pp. 59, 169-70-71. 

Treat Family, by J. H. Treat, p. 196. 

98. Bethia^ Paine (Bethia* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,» Antony, = 
Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., May 23rd, 1698; bap- 
tized May 29th, 1698; died , at ; married at Barn- 
stable, Mass., , 1732 (or 1737), to Dr. Samuel Russell, 

born Barnstable, Mass., May ist, 1699; he resided at Barn- 
stable, Mass. ; he was a physician, and was the minister to the 

"Great Marshes ;" he died , at . He was a son of 

Rev. Jonathan Russell, Harvard College, 1675 (born September 
i8th, 1655; died February 20th, 1710-11, aged 55), and his 
wife Martha Moody, daughter of Rev. Joshua Moody of Ports- 
mouth, N. H. (born ; died September 28th, 1729), who 

resided at Barnstable, Mass., where he settled September i8th, 
1683. 



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Children : I have been unable to ascertain whether there were 
any children born of this marriage. 
Authorities. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 196 ; XL, pp. 383-4-5. 
Greenleaf Genealogy, by J. E. Greenleaf, p. 59. 
Hon. Geo. Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

99. Mary^ Paine (Bethia* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' Antony,* 
Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., August 13th, 1700; bap- 
tized there August i8th, 1700; died , at ; she married, 

first, October nth, 1723, at , to Nathaniel Freeman; he 

was born at Eastham, Mass., May 7th, 1698; he resided at 
Eastham and Barnstable, Mass. ; he died at Barnstable, Mass., 
December 2nd, 1727. He was a son of Samuel Freeman (born 
March 26th, 1662; died January 30th, 1742, aged 81), and his 
second wife, Bathsheba (Lothrop) Smith-Freeman (daughter 
of Barnabas Lothrop of Barnstable and widow of Samuel 
Smith of Eastham), who resided at Eastham, Mass. She mar- 
ried a second time, October nth, 1729, at , to Edmund 

Hawes, born at Yarmouth, Mass., June 13th, 1699; he resided 
at Yarmouth, where he died June 2nd, 1777. He was a son 

of Joseph Hawes (born July i6th, 1673-4), and Mary ( ) 

Hawes, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children by first marriage: 3 (Freeman), 2 sons and i daugh- 
ter, all born in Barnstable, Mass. 

295 i. Bethia® born July 4th, 1725; died ; married 

January 24th, 1744-5, at Barnstable, to John 
Hinckley, Jr., born Barnstable, Mass., January 4th, 
1712-13 ; he lived at Barnstable in a red brick 
house that belonged to Henry Bourne and subse- 
quently was used as a Parsonage by Rev, Thomas 

Walley and the Russells ; he died , at . 

He was a son of Joseph Hinckley (born May 15th, 

1672; died , 1753; aged 81 years), and Mary 

(Gorham) Hinckley (born September i8th, 1680; 

died ), of West Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Hinckley), 4 sons and 4 daughters, 
all born at Barnstable, Mass. 

1. Joseph,'^ born November loth, 1745 ; died No- 
vember 2 1 St, 1745. 

2. Bethia,^ born August 25th, 1747; died Feb- 
ruary 23rd, 1775. 

3. Mary,' born August 9th 1749; died April 2nd, 
1820. 

4. Elizabeth,' born April 9th, 1752. 

5. John,' born October 15th, 1754; died ; 

married December 4th, 1778, to Hannah Ide 
of Rehoboth, Mass. 

6. Freeman,' born June 27th, 1757; died ; 

married Sabra Hatch; he died early, leaving 



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' ■ no issue, and she became fourth wife of John' 

Thacher (No. 327). 

7. James/ born April 2nd, 1760. 

8. Sarah,"^ born October 28th, 1763. 

296 ii. James,* born October nth, 1726; died ; he 

is said to have gone to Halifax, N. S. 

297 iii. Nathaniel,® born March 20th, 1728; died April 

17th, 1728, at Barnstable, Mass., and was buried 

there. 
Children by second marriage: 3 (Hawes), i son and 2 daugh- 
ters. 

298 iv. Edmund,® born . 

299 V. Mary,® born . 

300 vi. Elizabeth,® born . 

Nathaniel Freeman, first husband of Mary^ Paine, died before 
the birth of his last child, Nathaniel® Freeman. His will mentions 
his wife Mary, who was Executrix, and will was admitted to ad- 
ministration May 22nd, 1728, "the said widow and her father, 
James Paine of Barnstable, being granted letters of administration." 
Edmund Hawes, second husband of Mary^ Paine, was ruined finan- 
cially by the depreciation of Continental paper currency. In Jan- 
uary, 1777, the paper currency then in circulation was at 5 per cent, 
discount, in July it was at 25 per cent, discount, and before the end 
of the year three dollars in paper would not command one dollar 
in silver. The depreciation was so rapid that finally a paper dol- 
lar was only worth two or three cents. Edmund Hawes had sold 
his home to a Mr. Doane (the property since known as the Dr. 
Savage estate) and had been paid therefor in Continental paper 
currency, which almost immediately thereafter became worthless. 
Mr. Hawes, being thus reduced to poverty, went into the woods 
and hung himself. It is a singular fact that his only son also com- 
mitted suicide. 

Authorities. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., II, p. 196; XXII, p. 189. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 202. 

Paine Family Records, by H. D. Paine, pp. 59 and 171. 

Freeman Genealogy, pp. 356, 359, 367, 368. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 386-7; II, p. 46. 

100. Experience^ Paine (Bethiah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., March 17th, 

1702-3; died at Norton, Mass., June 17th, 1775; married , 

int. pub. September 25th, 1724, at Weymouth, Mass., to 
Samuel Hunt, born at Braintree, Mass., date ; he re- 
sided at Braintree, Weymouth and Norton, Mass., in which 
latter place he bought land in 1740; he probably was a farmer; 

he died at , date , administration on his estate was 

granted December i6th, 1755. He was a son of Captain 
John Hunt (born , 1646; died March i8th, 1724; mar- 
ried October 19th, 1686), and his wife Ruth (Quincy) Hunt 



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(born October 29th, 1658; will dated February 28th, 1745-6, 
proved December 27th, 1748; she was a daughter of Edward 
Quincy) of Braintree, Mass. 

Children: 10 (Hunt), 3 sons and 7 daughters, all born at 
Weymouth, Mass. 

301 i. Elizabeth,® born December 20th, 1725; died ; 

married May 3rd, 1750, at Norton, Mass., to 
Jonathan Hunt of Norton, Mass. 

Children: 3 (Hunt), i son and 2 daughters, all 
born at Norton, Mass. 

1. Abigail,'^ born July 15th, 1750. 

2. Bythiah,'' born September 13th, 1752 (old 
style). 

3. James,' born April 13th, 1754. 

302 ii. Rebecca, ist,® born September lOth, 1727; died 

October 3rd, 1730, at Weymouth, Mass., and was 
probably buried there. 

303 iii. Samuel, ist,® born March loth, 1729; died De- 

cember 14th, 1729, at Weymouth, Mass., and was 
probably buried there. 

304 iv. Rebecca, 2nd,® born March 27th, 1731 ; died Jan- 

uary 4th, 1806, at Norton, Mass. ; married August 
27th, 1750, at Norton, Mass., to Joseph Lincoln, 
Jr., of Norton, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Lincoln), 2 sons and 6 daughters, 
all born at Norton, Mass. 

1. Elizabeth,' born February 28th, 1751 ; bap- 
tized at Norton, July 15th, 1753. 

2. Abigail,' born November i6th, 1752. 

3. Rebecca,' born September 21st, 1756. 

4. Samuel,' born September 21st, 1758. 

5. Silve,' born November 3rd, 1760. 

6. Joseph,' born June 17th, 1765. 

7. Nanse,' born May 26th, 1768. 

8. Ruth,' born July 14th, 1771. 

305 V. Experience,® born July 8th, 1733; died April 30th, 

1768, at Norton, Mass.; married March 31, 1757, 
at Norton, Mass., to Jeremiah Newland of Nor- 
ton, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Newland), 2 sons and 3 daughters, 
all born at Norton, Mass. 

1. John,' born February 19th, 1758. 

2. Experience,' born February 23rd, 1760. 

3. Dan,' born March 27th, 1762. 

4. Lucy,' born June 30th, 1764. 

5. Metelda,' born July 5th, 1766. 



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306 vi. Samuel, 2nd,® born May 9th, 1735 ; died Decem- 

ber 22nd (26th), 1790, at Norton, Mass.; married 
September i6th, 1762, at Norton, Mass., to Abi- 
gail Day, born , at ; died November 15th, 

1813, aged 70, at Norton, Mass. 

Children: 10 (Hunt), 5 sons and 5 daughters, all 
born at Norton, Mass. 

1. Samuel, ist,^ born January 25th, 1763; died 
November 17th, 1763, at Norton, Mass. 

2. Abigail, ist,^ born August i6th, 1764; died 
November nth, 1764, at Norton, Mass. 

3. Samuel, 2nd,^ born March 30th, 1766; bap- 
tized January 27th, 1771, at Norton; died 
October iSth, 1830, at Norton, Mass., aged 
64, g. s. ; married, first, January 28th, 1790, 
at Norton, Mass., to Sally Walker; married 
second, June i6th, 1824, at Norton, Mass., to 
Mrs. Luranah Lane. 

4. Jonathan,^ born May 9th, 1768; baptized 
January 27th, 1771, at Norton; died Septem- 
ber 20th, 1793, at Norton, Mass., "in 26th 
year;" no record of his marriage at Norton, 
Mass. 

5. Abigail, 2nd,^ born August 31st, 1770; died 
October i8th, 1830, at Norton, Mass., "in 
59th year," mg. int. pub. at Norton, Mass., 
April 2ist, 1793, to Asahel (Asel) Tucker; 
he was born March i6th, 1772, at Norton, 
Mass. ; died January 2nd, 1847, at Norton, 
Mass., "aged 75." 

6. Day,^ born February loth, 1773. 

7. Josiah,^ born July 9th, 1775 ; died October 
15th, 1818, "aged 43;" married April 7th, 
1803, at Norton, Mass., to Fanny Lincoln. 

8. Jerusha,'^ born November 20th, 1778; died 
March 19th, 1824, "in 46th year," at Norton, 
Mass. 

9. Anna,'^ born September 7th, 1781 ; died Aug- 
ust 20th, 1821, "in 40th year," at Norton; mg. 
int. pub. at Norton, January 27th, 1806, to 
James Carpenter. 

10. Elizabeth,'^ born November nth, 1784. 

307 vii. James,® born January 30th, 1736-7; died Sep- 

tember 15th, 1750, at Norton, Mass., and was 
probably buried there. 

308 viii. Ruth, ist,® born September 23rd, 1738; died 

October 13th, 1738, at Weymouth, Mass., and 
was buried there. 



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309 ix. Ruth, 2nd,* born April 7th, 1740; died March 

25th, 1741, at Weymouth, Mass., and was prob- 
ably buried there. 

310 X. Ruth, 3rd,* born August 8th, 1741 ; died April 

25th, 1824, at Norton, Mass. ; married December 
8th, 1774, at Norton, to William Makepeace, born 
May 4th, 1738, at Norton; died October 31st, 
1822, at Norton, Mass. ; son of WiUiam and Ex- 
perience ( ) Makepeace of Norton, Mass. 

In the Bristol, R. I., probate records we find Book XIV, p. 
628, that administration on estate of Samuel Hunt was granted to 
J. Campbell, December i6th, 1755; Inventory Book XV. In the 
Paine Family Records, p. 183, the children of Samuel Hunt are 
incorrectly given. 

Authorities. 
A^. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 196; XXII, p. 189. 
Paine Family Records, by H. D. Paine, pp. 59-60, 183. 
Hunt, Family, by Wyman, pp. 273, 310. 

Vital Records of Weymouth, Mass., Vol. I, pp. 147-154; Vol. II, pp. 
286-290. 

Vital Records of Norton, Mass. 

102. Abigail^ Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 
Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., November 2nd, 1699; 
baptized November 19th, 1699; died September i8th, 1768, 
at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried there in old cemetery, 
gravestone. She was married at Yarmouth, Mass. (probably) 
October nth, 1722, to Joseph Hallett, born , at Yar- 
mouth, Mass. ; he resided at Yarmouth and died there prob- 
ably, on September 19th, 1735 ; and was probably buried in 
old cemetery there; no gravestone. He was a son of John 
Hallett (born Yarmouth, December nth, 1648; died June 

loth, 1726, aged 78), and Mary (Howes) Hallett (born , 

1659; died June , 1732, aged 73; she was a daughter of 

Joseph Howes) of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Hallett), 2 sons and 4 daughters, No. i. born in 

Barnstable, and the rest in Yarmouth. 

311 i. Roland,* born August 7th, 1723; died July 30th, 

1727, aged 4 years, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was 
buried there in old cemetery; gravestone. 

312 ii. Joseph,* born June 25th, 1725; died ; mar- 

ried Mary Joyce , 1745. 

4-313 iii. Abigail,* born June 15th, 1727; died April 15th, 

1790; married Samuel Gorham. 
+314 iv. Hannah,* born October 23rd, 1729; died Feb- 
ruary 26th, 1790; married Nathan Bassett. 

315 v. Eunice,* born January 8th, 1831-2; died . 

-I-316 vi. Elizabeth,* born April 25th, 1734; died March 
19th, 1764; married Prince Hawes, Jr. 
Joseph Hallett, Sr., built a house in Yarmouth like his father's, 
between the houses of his brothers John and Andrew. 



191 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37-38. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 220. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 5'^7- 
Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 9, 14, 16, 19. 

103. Elizabeth^ Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ 
Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., June 17th, 1701 ; 
died at Barnstable, September 14th, 1733; and was buried 
there in Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying-ground ; gravestone. 

She married at Barnstable, Mass., date of marriage , to 

Captain Jonathan Davis, born at Barnstable, , 1698; died 

at Barnstable, December 2nd, 1782, aged 83, according to 
Church Records (January 4th, 1784, in 82nd year, according 
to gravestone) ; he resided at Barnstable and was a sea-cap- 
tain; he was a son of Josiah Davis (born September , 

1656; died , 1709; married June 25th, 1679), and Ann 

(Taylor) Davis (daughter of Richard Taylor of Yarmouth) 
who resided at Barnstable. 

Children: 3 (Davis), i son and 2 daughters, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

317 i. Elizabeth, ist,® born October 14th, 1724; died 

October 31st, 1724, aged 17 days. 

318 ii. Jonathan,® born , 1726-7; died November 

7th, 1729, in 3rd year. 

319 iii. Elizabeth, 2nd,*' born November 9th, 1729; bap- 

tized November 9th, 1729; died November 28th, 
1729, aged 19 days, at Barnstable, Mass., and was 
buried there. 
Captain Jonathan Davis married a second time, April 24th, 

1735, at Barnstable, to Susannah, Allyn, born at Barnstable, , 

1715; died at Barnstable, August 14th, 1751, aged 36, and was 
buried there in Goodspeed's Hill East Burying-ground, presumably ; 

no gravestone. She was a daughter of James Allyn (born , 

1691, about; died October 8th, 1741, aged 50; married July 24th, 
1712, at age of 21) and Susannah (Lewis) Allyn (born April 17th, 
1694; died October 4th, 1753, aged 59; daughter of Ebenezer and 
Anna (Lothrop) Lewis), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Davis), i son and 4 daughters, all born in Barn- 
stable. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Elizabeth, born ; baptized October 24th, 1736; died 

young. 

2. Susannah, born July 29th, 1738. 

3. Elizabeth, born ; baptized October 4th, 1741 ; died 

; married Hamlin. 

4. Anna, born ; baptized May ist, 1743; married 

Wm. (or John) Belford. 

5. Jonathan, born ; baptized June 14th, 1747; died young. 



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According to the Church Records, Captain Jonathan Davis 
died December 2nd, 1782, aged 83. His gravestone in the burying- 
ground, near the Unitarian Meeting House, says January 4th, 1784, 

in the 82nd year of his age. His will was proved January , 

1788; in it he names William Belford and daughter Ann, to whom 
he gives all of his estate, and his daughter Elizabeth. His house 
stood on the north side of the road between the houses of Samuel 
Cobb and Josiah Davis. His daughters Elizabeth and Anna were 
the only children living at the time of his death. Anna taught 
school several years. She married William (or John) Belford, a 
Scotch-Irishman, and had the following children: 

Children: 4 (Belford), i son and 3 daughters. Not in Thacher 
line. 

1. Edward, baptized January ist, 1770; died young. 

2. Susie Davis, baptized October 11, 1772. 

3. Edward, baptized October — , 1778. 

4. Davis, baptized June i8th, 1781. 

The descendants of this family all write their name "Ford," 
instead of Belford. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 27, 38. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 220, 275. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, pp. 10, 280-282. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XIV, p. 223. 

104. JoHN^ Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., June 25th, 1703; died Sep- 
tember 13th, 1783, aged 81, at Barnstable, and was buried 
there in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying-ground ; grave- 
stone. He lived at Barnstable and was a farmer and me- 
chanic; he was married by the Rev. Wm. Homes at Chil- 
mark, Martha's Vineyard, Mass., November 28th, 1734, to 

Content Norton, born , 1713 about, see age at death and 

date of death; died at Barnstable, March 20th, 1773, "in the 
60th year of her age," and was buried there in Goodspeed's 
Hill (West) Burying-ground; gravestone. She was a daugh- 
ter of Samuel Norton, Esq., and his wife (Content ( ) 

Norton (born ; died August ist, 1739, "in 63rd year of 

her age") of Chilmark, Mass. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 4 sons and 7 daughters; all born at 

Barnstable, Mass. 

-{-320 i. Elizabeth,® born February 29th, 1735-6; died 
April 30th, 1806; married (i) Hezekiah Jackson; 
married (2) Eleazer Stevens. 

-4-321 ii. Abigail,® born March 20th, 1738; died ; mar- 
ried John Gray. 
322 iii. Content,® born September 6th, 1740; died March 
ist, 1825, aged 84, at Lee, Mass., and was buried 
there. Not married. 



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323 iv. Rebecca,® born August 7th, 1742; died September 
14th, 1810, in her 67th year, at Barnstable, Mass., 
and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill (West) 
Burying-ground ; gravestone, viz : — "In memory 
of Miss Rebecca Thacher; she died September 
14th, 1810, in the 67th year of her age." Not 
married. 

-{-324 V. Desire,® born July i8th, 1745 ; died March 4th, 
1824; married Benjamin Gorham (see No. 413)- 

+325 vi. Jethro,® born January i6th, 1747; died June 28th, 
1826; married Hannah® Thacher (No. 345). 

-I-326 vii. Fear,® born February ist, 1748; died March 20th 
(or 28th), 1829; married John Goodwin. 

+327 viii. John,® born December 29th, 175 1 ; died July 4th, 
1833; married (i) Hannah Bowne; married (2) 
Remember Freeman; married (3) Mary (or 
Polly) Simmons; married (4) Sabra (Hatch) 
Hinckley, widow of Freeman Hinckley. 

+328 ix. James,® born February 14th, 1754; died May 
26th, 1844; married Susannah Hayward. 

329 X. Mary,® born March i6th, 1757; died March 3rd, 

1838, aged 81 years, at Plymouth, Mass., and was 
buried there on Burial Hill, gravestone thus in- 
scribed : — "In memory of Mrs. Mary Thacher, 
who died March 3rd, 1838, aged 81 years." She 
was not married. 

330 xi. Samuel,® born March 2nd (or 29th), 1759; died 

May 26th, 1761, at Barnstable, Mass., and was 
buried there in Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying- 
ground, gravestone thus inscribed: "Here lyes 
buried Samuel, son of Mr. John Thacher and 
Mrs. Content Thacher, his wife, who deceased 
May 26th, 1761, aged 2 years and 24 days." 

John"^ Thacher's will was dated May 9th, 1779, and was proved 
November 24th, 1783. In it he mentions his son Jethro, who re- 
ceives the cooper-shop and tools ; and also his children John, James, 
Content, Rebecca and Mary Thacher, Elizabeth Stevens, Abigail 
Gray, Desire Gorham and Fear Goodwin. In Goodspeed's Hill 
(West) Burying-ground there are the graves of John^ Thacher and 
his wife with stones thus inscribed: — 

"In memory of Mr. John Thacher, who departed this life Sep- 
tember ye 13th, 1783, in ye 8ist year of his age, with a confident 
hope of enjoying that heavenly reward that the Messiah has prom- 
ised to those who follow his precepts and live his religion and 
example." 

"Here lyes ye body of Mrs. Content Thacher, wife of Mr. John 
Thacher, who departed this life in a sacred hope of a better, March 
ye 20th, 1773, in ye 60th year of her age. 



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"All you that pass by, pray cast an eye, 
As you are now so once was I, 
As I am now so you must be, 
Forever in eternity. 
A virtuous, wise and cheerful mother, 
To serve ye Lord she did endeavor." 
John® Thacher being the oldest son, inherited the family home- 
stead in Barnstable and lived therein. He bore an unblemished 
reputation, being religious in principle and practice. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37-8, 42. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. XIV, p. 12; XLVIII, p. 450. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 220. 

Barnstable Records (Hinckley's MSS. Copy, N. E. H. G. Soc.) Vol. 
II, p. 311- 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 259. 

Burial Hill Plymouth, Mass., Grave Yard Inscriptions, p. 219. 

Vital Records of Lee, Mass., p. 231. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 92. 

Chilmark, Mass, Vital Record, p. 92. 

105. Lot® Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. 
Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., May 23rd, 1705; died De- 
cember 15th (or i6th), 1732, drowned while crossing Cape 
Cod Bay from Provincetown to Barnstable ; body lost at sea. 
He resided at Barnstable, Mass. ; he married September 29th, 
1730, at Pembroke, Mass. (int. pub. at Barnstable, August 
30th, 1730), to Rebecca Kean, born at Pembroke, Mass., De- 
cember I St, 1709; died , at . She was a daughter of 

John and Rebecca (Barker) Kean of Pembroke, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Thacher), i son and i daughter, both born at 

Barnstable. 

+331 i. Mary,^ born May 29th, 173 1 ; died May nth, 

1761 ; married Jonathan Lothrop. 
4-332 ii. Lot,® born February 19th, 1731-2; died February 

14th, 1763; married Martha Taylor. 

Rebecca (Kean) Thacher (widow of Lot® Thacher) was mar- 
ried a second time October i8th, 1738 (by John* Thacher, Esq., 
her father-in-law), at Barnstable, Mass. (int. pub. at Eastham, 
Mass., July 22nd, 1738, she being described as of Barnstable), to 
Joseph Smith of Eastham, Mass., as his second wife; he was born 
October 9th, 1692, at Eastham, Mass.; died , at ; he re- 
sided at Eastham, Mass., and was a cordwainer. He was a son of 
Samuel and Bathsheba (Lothrop) Smith, of Eastham, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Smith), i son and i daughter, both born in East- 
ham, Mass. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Rebecca, born July 23rd, 1739. 

2. Joseph, born October 17th, 1743. 

Joseph Smith (the second husband of Rebecca (Kean) 
Thacher) married first at Eastham, Mass., June 24th, 171 5, to Mary 



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Hopkins, born at Eastham, Mass., January 20th, 1694-5 ; died at 
Eastham, Mass., between July 28th, 1732, and July 22nd, 1738. 
She was a daughter of Joshua and Mary (Cole) Hopkins, who were 
married at Eastham, May 26th, 168 1, and who resided at Eastham. 

Children: 5 (Smith), i son and 4 daughters, all born in East- 
ham, Mass. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Bathsheba, born April 17th, 1716; died April 19th, 1722 

2. Mary, born October 4th, 1718. 

3. Bathshua, born August 8th, 1724. 

4. Samuel, born December 21st, 1729. 

5. Huldah, born July 28th, 1732. 

In Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VH, pp. 185 and 186, we find 
the following entries among deaths in South Parish of Eastham, 
Mass., viz:- — "wife Jos^ Smith died 1775," — "Rebeca Smith died 
1777," — "W*' Reb. Smith died 1781." It is possible that any one 
of these entries may refer to the date of death of Rebecca (Kean) 
Thacher-Smith, but I am not certain that they do. In the settle- 
ment of John Kean's estate, which took place in 1801, see 
Plymouth, Mass., Probate Records, Book No. 37, pp. 106-8, "Di- 
vision of Heirs of John Kean," the balance of estate is divided 
into shares and one share is allotted to heirs of Rebecca Smith, 
deceased. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37, 38, 42, 43, 56. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 220. 

Barnstable Records, (N. E. Hist. Gen. Soc.) Vol. Ill, p. 35. 

Early Mass. Marriages, by F. W. Bailey, Vol. II, p. 59. 

Stanley W. Smith, No. 396 Beacon St., Boston, Mass. 

Vital Records, Pembroke, Mass., p. 131. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

106. Fear^ Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. 
Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., March 28th, 1707; died 
at Barnstable, Mass., November 14th, 1758, and was buried 
there in Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying-ground ; grave- 
stone. She married February 19th, 1735-6, presumably at 
Barnstable, to Nathaniel Lewis, born at Barnstable, January 
1 2th, 1706-7 ; he lived at Barnstable and died there July 7th, 
175 1, aged 43, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill 
(East) Burying-ground ; gravestone ; he was a son of Ebenezer 
and Anna (Lothrop) Lewis of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Lewis), i son and 4 daughters, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

-f333 i. Elizabeth,^ born July 31st, 1737; died January 
31st, 1786; married Samuel Penfield. 
334 ii, Abigail, ist,^ born December 24th, 1740; died 
April 29th, 1 74 1. 

-I-335 iii. Abigail, 2nd,^ born September 2nd, 1742; died 
; married Andrew Hill. 



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-f336 iv. Hannah,® born October i6th, 1744; died Septem- 
ber 15th, 1839; married Peter Penfield, Jr. 
+337 V. Nathaniel,® born June 5th, 1747 (or 1745) ; died 

From Goodspeed's Hill (East) Burying-ground we obtain the 
following inscriptions, viz: — "Here lies buried the body of Mr. 
Nathaniel Lewis, who died July 7th, 1751, in the 44th year of his 
age." 

"Here lies buried Mrs. Fear Lewis, widow of Nathaniel, died 
November ye 14th, 1758, in 51st year of her age." 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37-38. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 220. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 136. 

107. Rev. Roland^ Thacher (Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., August 28th, 
1710; died February i8th, 1775, at Wareham, Mass., "in his 
64th year," and was buried there in Parker Mills Cemetery; 
gravestone. He was a minister of the Gospel and first pastor 
of the Church and Society at Wareham, Mass. He married, 

Corrections: 

Page 97, i6th line from bottom, Jonathan Hawes and Jeremiah Hawes 
should read Jonathan Howes and Jeremiah Howes. 

Page 113, 13th line from top, i6th signer should read 13th signer. 

Page 113, 18th and 19th lines from top, should read: He married Elizabeth 
Tilley (daughter of John Tilley and ( ) Tilley, his wife, etc.). 

Page 120, I2th line from bottom, should read: Elizabeth Tilley was a 

daughter of John Tilley and his wife ( ) Tilley. John Rowland, his 

wife Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, and John Tilley and his wife (the mother of 
Elizabeth Tilley) were passengers on the first trip of the Mayflower in 1620. 

Note: — In preparing the records of John Tilley and his wife ( ) 

Tilley, and that of their daughter Elizabeth Tilley, I was guided by the state- 
ments made by Miss Annie A. Haxtun in her published Signers of the May- 
flower Compact, Part II, p. i. New York City, 1897. Miss Haxtun there states 
specifically that John Tilley (the i6th signer) was married twice, 1st to 

Elizabeth , and 2nd to Bridget Van der Velde. Miss Haxtun in her time 

was regarded as good authority and hence my acceptance of her statement. 
Since the compilation of this portion of these records Mr. George Ernest 
Bowman has conclusively proven that the John Tilley who married Bridget 
Van der Velde in Leyden, Feb. 13, 1615, was not John Tilley the i6th signer of 
the Compact. (See Mayflower Descendant, vol. x, pp. 65-6-7.) I have there- 
fore corrected my article on the authority of Mr. Bowman, whose article, at the 
time (April, 1911) of going to press, had not been brought to my notice. As 
Miss Haxtun's authority for stating that the baptismal name of John Tilley's 
wife was Elizabeth is not given, and as I find no further authority for such 
statement, I have corrected my article so that both the baptismal name and 
the maiden surname of John Tilley's wife remain unstated. 

Page 126. The inscription on gravestone of Col. John* Thacher was copied 
by Stanley W. Smith, 396 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass., from the Gustavus 
Hinckley copies of Barnstable Cemetery Records in the New England 
Historical-Genealogical Society's Library — and not from the stone itself. 

Page 131. Record No. 128 should read: "+128 x. Benjamin,' born 

June 5th, 1726; died ; married Nancy Hinckley." He did not marry 2nd 

to Ellen Rankin. 



HACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part IX. 



GENEALOGICAL RECORD OF 

ANTONY" THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

{Cantinued) 



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first, at Barnstable, Mass. (int. pub. there May 31st, 1740), 
on September 24th, 1740, according to Barnstable Records, 
Vol. Ill, p. 55 (on September 2nd, 1740, according to Otis' 
Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 246), to Abigail Crocker, born 
Barnstable, Mass., April 2nd, 1721 ; died at Wareham, Mass., 
October 31st, 1753, "in her 33rd year" and was buried there 
in Parker Mills Cemetery; gravestone. She was a daughter 
of Timothy Crocker, Esq. (born April 30th, 1680-1 ; died 
January 31st, 1737, aged 57; married October 27th, 1709, by 
Rev. Jonathan Russell), and Melatiah Crocker, his wife 
(daughter of his uncle, Josiah Crocker, hence she was his 
first cousin), who resided at Barnstable, Mass. Rev. Roland* 
Thacher married a second time at Plympton, Mass., Septem- 
ber 15th (or i6th), 1754 (int. pub. July 30th, 1754), to Mrs. 
Hannah (Swift) Fearing (widow of Israel Fearing of Ware- 
ham, Mass.). She was born at Sandwich, Mass., , 1724-5 

(see date of death and age at death) ; she died at Wareham, 
Mass, June 29th, 1774, "in her 50th year," and was buried 
there in Parker Mills Cemetery ; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of Moses Swift (born , 1699; died ; mar- 
ried December 24th, 1719), and Mary (Foster) Swift, who 
resided at Sandwich, Mass. 

Children: ist marriage, 7 (Thacher), i son and 6 daughters, 
all born at Wareham, Mass. 

+338 i. Martha Fearing,^ born June 19th, 1741 ; died 
October loth, 1825 ; married Nathaniel Rowland. 
+339 "• Jerusha,^ born April 3rd, 1743; died ; mar- 
ried John Gibbs. 
-I-340 iii. Roland,^ born March 13th, 1745; died March 

29th, 1813; married Elizabeth Nye. 
-f34i iv. -Sylvia,^ born May i6th, 1747; died January ist, 

1830; married Alvan Crocker. 
+342 V. Desire,® born July 27th, 1749; died January 4th, 
1815; married David Nye. 

343 vi. Lucy,® born May 27th, 1751 ; died March 2nd, 

1772, at Wareham, Mass., and was buried there; 
gravestone thus inscribed: — "Lucy, daughter of 
Mr. Roland and Abigail Thacher, died March 
2nd, 1772, in her 21st year." Not married. 

344 vii. Abigail,® Ijorn October 20th, 1753; died February 

13th, 1775, at Wareham, Mass., and was buried 
there; gravestone thus inscribed: — "Abigail, 
daughter of Rev. Roland and Abigail Thacher, 
died February 13th, 1775, in her 22nd year." Not 
married. 

Children by second marriage: 5 (Thacher), 2 sons and 3 

daughters, all born at Warham, Mass. 

+345 viii. Hannah,® born June 27th, 1755; died July 15th, 
1833; married Jethro® Thacher (No'. 325). For 



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continuation of her line, see record of No. 325 

et sequentia. 
+346 ix. Lot,^ born June 3rd, 1757; died March 4th, 1833; 

married, first, Abigail Fearing; second, Huldah 

Millard. 
-f-347 X. Fear,^ born March 14th, 1760; died September 

8th, 1833; married Joshua Crocker. 
+348 xi. Elizabeth," born September 23rd, 1762; died 

; married Israel Fearing. 

-I-349 xii. John," born January 26th, 1767; died October 5th, 

1828; married Parna Robinson. 

Rev. Roland^ Thacher was educated for the ministry and grad- 
uated at Harvard College in 1733. He was the first pastor of the 
Church and Society of Wareham, Mass., where he was ordained 
in 1740, and remained pastor there for thirty-four (34) years, dying 
greatly beloved and respected. 

The following is an extract from an original letter written by 
Col. John* Thacher in 1761 to his son, Rev. Roland^ Thacher, from 
which it seems clear that the latter's name was in reahty Roland 
Cotton^ Thacher, viz: — 
"My dear son Cotton: 

Through much weakness of body, I write these few lines to 
you, which I would have you receive and improve as the last and 
dying words of your aged father. A few moments after you were 
born, I went into the room to see my new born babe with the 
mother, and after giving thanks for her deliverance, I asked her 
'what we should do for a name.' 'Oh!' said she, 'I have a name 
ready, if you like it. Don't you know how often that good man, Mr. 
Cotton, comes in to see us? I want the child named after him.' 
To which I readily complied, and at the same time, I had sudden 
thoughts of giving you to God, as devoted to. the work of the 
ministry. * * * " 

Col. John* Thacher, father of Rev. Roland'' Thacher, died in 
1764, aged 90; hence he was 87 years old when he wrote the above 
letter. The original was in the hands of Mrs. Elizabeth Thacher 
(Benton) Bennett of Brooklyn, N. Y., who sent a copy of the same 
to Hon. Peter Thacher of Newton, Mass., from which copy the 
above extract was obtained. 

From the Cemetery at Parker Mills Station, Wareham, Mass., 
we obtain the following graveyard inscriptions : 

"Rev. Roland Thacher, Pastor of Church of Christ in Ware- 
ham, died February i8th, 1775, in his 64th year." 

"Abigail, virtuous consort of Rev. Roland, died October 31st, 
1753— 33rd year." 

"Hannah, virtuous consort of Rev. Roland, died June 29th, 
1774 — 50th year." 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37, 43. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIV, p. 12. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 154, 220, 294-5. 



199 

Early Mass. Marriages, by F. W. Bailey, Vol. II, p. 27, 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, Mass., p. 259. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 246. 

Barnstable Records, Vol. Ill, pp. 52, 55. 

Charles Milton Thacher, of Middleboro, Mass. 

J. M. Lincoln, of Wareham, Mass. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

108. Elizabeth'^ Hatch (Elizabeth* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., May 15th, 
1701 ; died at Yarmouth, Mass., October 23rd, 1744, aged 44 
years, and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. She 

married , about 1724 (see date of birth of first child), 

at , to Timothy Hallett (as his second wife; his first wife 

was her first cousin Thankful^ Sturgis (Rebecca* Thacher), 
see No. 91, who died January loth, 1721-2) ; he was born — — , 
1694 (see age at death and date of death), at Yarmouth, 
Mass. ; he was a farmer and died at Yarmouth, Mass., July 
17th, 1760, in his 66th year, and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery; gravestone. He was a son of Jonathan Hallett 
(born November 20th, 1647; died January 12th, 1716, aged 
69; married January 30th, 1683-4), and Abigail (Dexter) 

Hallett (born , 1663, about; died September 2nd, 1715, 

aged 52; daughter of Ensign Thomas Dexter of Sandwich, 
Mass.), who resided at Sandwich and Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Hallett), 6 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

350 i. Timothy," born May 7th, 1725 ; died August 3rd, 

1747, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was probably 
buried there ; no gravestone. He was not mar- 
ried. 

351 ii. Elizabeth, ist," born June 12th, 1727; died June 

14th, 1728, at Yarmouth, aged i year and 2 days, 
and is buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. 

352 iii. Moses," born April 12th (or 20th), 1729; died 

December 14th (or 24th), 1809, at Yarmouth, 
and buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. 

He married, first, at Yarmouth, Mass., , 

175 1, to Phebe Hamblin, born Yarmouth, April 
nth, 1731 ; died November 28th, 1769, in her 
39th year, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of Joseph Hamblin, a blacksmith of 
Yarmouth, Mass., by his wife, Elizabeth (Mat- 
thews) Hamblin. He married, second, , 

1771, at , to Eleanor Hamblin, born Barn- 
stable, April 15th, 1733; baptized April 15th, 
'^7ZZ'' joined church September 30th, 1761 ; died 
September 7th, 1771, aged 38, at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there in Old Cemetery; 
gravestone. She was a daughter of Shubael and 



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Eleanor (Winslow) Hamblin of West Barnstable, 

Mass. He married, third, , "^yT^., at , 

to Lydia Goodspeed, born January 21st, 1738, at 
Barnstable; died February 15th, 1791, "in her 
53rd year," at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of John Goodspeed of Barnstable, Mass., 
by his wife Rebecca Goodspeed (daughter of 
Benjamin and Hope (Lumbart) Goodspeed), of 
Barnstable, Mass.- He married a fourth time, 

, at - — — , to Elizabeth Crowell, born , 

at ; died March 9th, 1821, aged 89, at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. She was a daughter of Eph- 
raim Crowell. 

Children, first marriage: 7 (Hallett), 2 sons and 
5 daughters, all born in Yarmouth, Mass. 

1. James,'^ born September nth, 1752; died No- 
vember 1 8th, 1824, in his 72nd year; married 
Susannah Taylor. 

2. Elizabeth,'' born May 21st, 1754; died ; 

married Jonathan Bassett. 

3. Mary,'' born March i8th, 1756; died ; 

married Jeremiah Crowell. 

4. Abigail,'' born February 8th, 1758; died 
; married William Taylor. 

5. Timothy,^ born January 9th, 1759; died May 
6th, 1766, aged 17, at Yarmouth, and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 
Not married. 

6. Phebe,^ born August 4th, 1763; died Feb- 
ruary 17th, 1836, in her 73rd year, at Yar- 
mouth, and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. Not married. 

7. Keziah,'' born March 26th, 1766; died Feb- 
ruary 1 2th, 1806, in her 40th year, at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery; gravestone. Not married. 

Children by second marriage, none. 

Children by third marriage, i son, still born, 
January 17th, 1774, at Yarmouth, Mass., and 
buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. 

Children by fourth marriage, none. 

353 iv. Benjamin," born October 9th, 1730; died ; 

married Bethia Jones of Sandwich, Mass., on 
April 26th, 1759; he resided at Yarmouth, and 
was pilot of a vessel bound for Halifax and was 
lost at sea with all on board. No issue. 



20I 

354 V. Elizabeth, 2nd,® born November i6th, 1735; died 

December 20th, 1735, aged i month, 3 days, at 
Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. 

355 vi. James," born April 12th, 1737; died young, at 

Yarmouth, Mass., and was probably buried there ; 
no gravestone. Not married. 

356 vii. Joshua,® born January loth, 1738-9; died August 

19th, 1821, aged 84, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. He 

married , at , to Dorcas Eldredge, born 

, 1741, about, see age at death and date of 

death; died April 26th, 1813, aged 72, at Yar- 
mouth Mass., and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. 

Children: 7 (Hallett), i son and 6 daughters, all 
born at Yarmouth, Mass. 

1. Bethia,'^ born February 5th, 1763; died ; 

married Elkanah Crowell. 

2. Elizabeth,'^ born October 31st, 1764; died 
June 2ist, 1852, aged 87 years, 5 months, at 
Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried there in 
Old Cemetery; gravestone. Not married; 
she lived at Yarmouth. 

3. Lydia,^ born February 21st, 1767; died , 

1849, about, aged 82; married Obed Howes, 
Esq. 

4. Dorcas,'^ born April 20th, 1770; died Decem- 
ber 19th, 1854, aged 85; married Benjamin 
Hallett. 

5. Mary,^ born June 23rd, 1772 ; died , 1858, 

about, aged 86; married, first, Josiah Baker; 
second, Robert Dixon; third, Eben. Howes, 

6. Patience,'^ born April 26th, 1775; died De- 
cember 1st, 1779, aged 4 years 4 months, 5 
days, at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 

7. Joshua,^ born April 12th, 1778; died January 

25th, 1863, aged 85; married, first, ; 

married, second, , . 

357 viii. Isaac,® born August 24th, 1742; died October 
5th, 1814, at Yarmouth, Mass., aged 72, and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. He 
was a deacon in Yarmouth Church; he married 

, 1761, at , to Elizabeth Eldredge, bom 

, at ; died March 1st, 1831, aged 86. 

Children: 12 (Hallett), 6 sons and 6 daughters, 
all born at Yarmouth, Mass. 



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1. Benjamin/ born November 3rd, 1762; died 
February 28th, 1838; married, first, Abigail 
Matthews; married, second, Dorcas^ Hallett 
(his own first cousin, daughter of his uncle 
Joshua* Hallett). 

2. Thankful,^ born October loth, 1764; died 
August 14th, 183 1 ; married Reuben Rider. 

3. Isaac,^ born December i6th, 1766; died , 

1857, aged 90; married Rebecca Matthews. 

4. Elizabeth,^ born February 23rd, 1769; died 
March 26th, 1866, aged 97; married, first, 
Prince Crowell; married, second, Isaac Gor- 
ham. 

5. Anna,'' born March 26th, 1771 ; died Septem- 
ber 24th, 1823, aged 52 ; married Barnabas 
Marchant of Barnstable and removed to Fal- 
mouth. 

6. Deborah^, born August 3rd, 1773; died Sep- 
tember 24th, 1857, aged 84; married Capt. 
Ezra Crowell. 

7. John,^ born January 28th, 1775; died Jan- 
uary 30th, 1854, aged 78; married Lydia' 
Thacher (daughter of Solomon" and Sus- 
annah (Crosby) Thacher of Yarmouth). 
For continuation of this line, see record of 
Lydia^ Thacher, et sequentia. 

8. Elisha 1st,'' born MarchSth, 1777; died March 
8th, 1777, at Yarmouth and buried there in 
Old Cemetery; gravestone. 

9. Rosanna,' born May ist, 1778; died June 
, 1867; married Zenas Howes. 

10. Samuel,'' born September 23rd, 1780; died 
April 23rd, 1829, aged 48; married Lydia 
Ewer. 

11. Levina,^ born January 13th, 1783; died Sep- 
tember I2th, 1847 ; married, first, Tristram 
Nye; second, William Cobb. 

12. Elisha and,' born ; died ; married, 

first, Dorca Small of Lubec; married, second, 
Hannah W. Davis of Lubec. He resided at 
Lubec, Maine. 

On the family record of Benjamin^ Hallett (grandson of Tim- 
othy Hallett, who married Elizabeth^ Hatch), the names of James* 
Hallett does not appear. Joshua^ Hallett (son of Joshua" No. 
356), who died in 1863, said in 1858 that he did not recollect his 
father ever saying that he had a brother James" Hallett; but the 
above record of children is given in Amos Otis' Barnstable Families. 
James" Hallett probably died very young and was not recorded in 
the Family Bible. 



203 

Timothy Hallett (after the death of his second wife, Elizabeth* 
(Hatch) Hallett), married a third time at Barnstable, Mass., on 
May 23rd, 1745, to Thankful Jones (daughter of Jedediah and 
Hannah (Davis) Jones of Barnstable, Mass.) ; she was born April 
I2th, 1701, at Barnstable, Mass.; died January 24th, 1771, "in 69th 
year of her age," at Yarmouth, Mass., and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery; gravestone. There were no children by this marriage. 

Authorities. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 474. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, p. 249. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 471-72, 509. 513-14; Vol. II, p. ill. 
Yarmouth, Mass., Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 17, 18 20. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

109. Captain Moses'* Hatch (Elizabeth* Thacher, Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born probably at Falmouth, 

Mass., , probably before 1700; he resided at Falmouth, 

Mass.; he died , at ; he married, first, April — , 1724, 

at , to Mary Lord, born at Chatham, Mass., 19-20, (2), 

1701 (i. e., April i9th-20th, 1701, Old Style, in the night). 
She died at Falmouth, Mass., January 27th, 1742-3. She 

was a daughter of Rev. Joseph Lord (born ; died June 

6th, 1748, aged 76, H. C. 1691 ; schoolmaster, physician and 
minister; married January 2nd, 1697-8), and Abigail (Hinck- 
ley) Lord (born Barnstable, April 8th, 1669; died December 
14th, 1725) of Chatham, Mass, 

Children: 5 (Hatch), 3 sons and i daughter, and i child, sex 
not stated, all born at Falmouth, Mass. 

358 i. Sylvanus," born January 24th, 1725; died ; 

married , and had 7 (Hatch) sons, viz: — 

1. Sylvanus.' 

2. Samuel' 

3. John.' 

4. Solomon.' 

5. Charles.' 

6. Orias.' 

7. Jethro.' 

359 ii. Moses,^ born May 28th, 1732; married Prudence 

Gorham, September , 1766 (she was a 

daughter of John and Prudence (Crocker) Gor- 
ham of Barnstable, Mass.) ; born at Barnstable, 
August i6th, 1734. 

360 iii. Joseph,* born March 8th, 1735; died , 

361 iv. Hepsibah,* born February 12th, 1737; died . 

362 v. (Child, sex not stated),® born , 1742-3; died 

Captain Moses^ Hatch married a second time, at , date 

of marriage , to ; born , at ; died , at . 

Children : 2 (Hatch), sons, both born at Falmouth. 



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363 vi. Jonathan,® born December 17th, 1743; died . 

364 vii. Benjamin,® born September loth, 1745 ; died . 

Hon. George Thacher, in his MSS. Thacher Genealogy, states 
that on May 14th, 182 1, he had a conversation with Joshua" Hallett 
(son of Elizabeth^ Hatch and Timothy Hallett) who was then 83 
years old and who told him that he recollected that when he was 
young his uncles Moses^ and Sylvanus^ Hatch (his mother's 
brothers) frequently visited at his father's (Joshua^ Hallett's) home, 
but that he did not recollect any of the others of the family. 

Authorities. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 474, 475, 479- 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 471-2. 

1 10. Rebecca^ Hatch (Elizabeth* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' An- 
tony,2 j^gy Peter^), born probably at Falmouth, Mass., De- 
cember 27th, 1703, and baptized there June i8th, 1704; died 
July 5th, 1740, aged 36, at Barnstable, Mass., probably; she 

married , 1733, at , to James Lewis, born Barnstable, 

Mass., August 4th, 1696; died , at ; he resided at 

Barnstable. He was a son of Ebenezer and Anna (Lothrop) 
Lewis of Barnstable. 

Children: 3 (Lewis), i son and 2 daughters, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

365 i. Rebecca,® born August 5th, 1734; died ; mar- 

ried October 6th, 1754, to Isaac Baker, born April 

2nd, 1734; died (son of Nathaniel and Ann 

(Lumbard) Baker), by whom she had the fol- 
lowing seven (7) (Baker) children: — i. Rebecca; 
2. James ; 3. Lewis ; 4. Ezekiel ; 5. Nathaniel ; 6. 
John, who removed to Brewster; 7. Isaac, who 
died in Barnstable, unmarried. 

366 ii. Abigail,® born ; baptized December 19th, 

1736. 

367 iii. James,® born ; baptized May 7th, 1740. 

James Lewis, Sr., married, second, on September 3rd, 1745, at 
Barnstable probably, to Dorcas Baker, who died July 5th, 1748, aged 
35. She was possibly Dorcas (Backus) Baker, widow of Nicholas 
Baker (he born November 6th, 1711; died January 31st, 1739-40. 
By this second marriage James Lewis, Sr., had Elizabeth, baptized 
June 7th, 1747. James Lewis, Sr., married a third time, April 12th, 

1750, to Joanna Howland (daughter of John and Howland) 

by whom he had no children. This James Lewis, Sr., was, in the 
opinion of Amos Otis, the one who was insane and who had a 
guardian appointed May 13th, 1756. 

Authorities. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 62, 471-2; Vol. II, pp. 53, 136. 



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Thacher^ Freeman (Lydia* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born Harwich, Mass., December 3rd, 
1710; baptized ist Parish, Harwich (Brewster), Mass., March 
8th, 1723-4; died August 15th, 1784, at Becket, Mass.; he 
Hved at Harwich (Brewster), Mass, and removed to Becket, 
Mass., in his latter days. He married, January 27th, 1731-2, 

at , to Anna Gray, born at Harwich, November 30th, 

1714; died at Becket, Mass., November 30th, 1797, aged 83; 

she was a daughter of John Gray, Jr. (born ; died March 

31st, 1732, aged 60), and his wife Susannah (Clark) Gray 
(ad. to ch. at Harwich, June 22nd, 1701 ; daughter of Andrew 
Clark) of Harwich, Mass. 

Children: 12 (Freeman), 6 sons and 6 daughters, all born at 
Harwich, Mass. 

368 i. Lydia,* born November 9th, 1733 ; died , at 

; married September loth, 1761, at , to 

George Conant (as his fourth wife) ; he was born 
at Plymouth, Mass., January 13th, 1723 ; he re- 
sided at Plymouth, Mass., and removed to Barn- 
stable, Mass., with his mother in 1736-7, and re- 
moved to Becket, Mass., in 1779; he was a mer- 
chant and a Revolutionary soldier and one of the 
most respected citizens of Becket. He died at 
Becket, Mass., March 3rd, 1792, in his 70th year, 
and was buried there in churchyard near ist 
Cong. Church. He was a son of George Conant, 
a sailor and fisherman (baptized at Dunsford, 7 
miles west of Exeter, Eng., September 9th, 1682, 
and came over to Plymouth, Mass., 1716, and 
was drowned there in 1731) and his wife Mary 
(Howland) Conant, of Plymouth, Mass. 

Children: 3 (Conant), sons, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

1. George,^ born July 27th, 1762; died Feb- 
ruary 22nd, 183 1 ; married Hannah Walden. 

2. Thacher, ist,^ born August 13th, 1763; died 
November i6th (or i8th), 1763, at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

3. Thacher, 2nd,^ born March 2nd, 1767; died 
June 19th, 1840; married Elizabeth Manley. 

369 ii. Anna,® born October 26th, 1735; died , at 

; married March 17th, 1757, to Nathan Mayo. 

Children: 3 (Mayo), i son and 2 daughters. 

1. Joshua.'^ 

2. Lydia.' 

3. Mehitable.' 

370 iii. Susannah," born June 25th, 1737; died February 

13th, 1803, in her 66th year at Becket, Mass.; 



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married September i8th, 1788, at Becket, Mass., 
to John Austin of Becket, Mass., who died pre- 
vious to his wife's death. 

371 iv. Thacher,^ born June 23rd, 1739; baptized and 

joined church 1757. 

372 V. Mehitable,** born June 23rd, 1741 ; died ; 

married February 9th, 1761, Gideon Snow. 

373 vi. Keziah," born August loth, 1743; died ; mar- 

ried October 24th, 1764, at Brewster, Mass., to 
Isaac Clark, born at Harwich (now West Brew- 
ster), Mass., April 27th, 1741 ; died at Becket, 
Mass., July 3rd, 1798, "in his 58th year;" he re- 
sided at Becket, Mass., and was a son of Roland 
and Lydia (Dillingham) Clark of Brewster, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Clark), 2 sons and 2 daughters, all 
born at Becket, Mass. 

1. Dillingham,^ born August 13th, 1766; died 
; married Abigail Walden. 

2. Rebecca,^ born October i6th, 1771 ; died 
; married Alpheus Russell. 

3. Susanna,^ born May 9th, 1774; died ; 

married George Smith. 

4. Isaac,^ born August i6th, 1779; died ; 

married Anna Mack. 

374 vii. Joseph, ist,® born September ist, 1745; died 

August 5th, 1747, at Harwich, Mass. 

375 viii. Joseph, 2nd,° born September i8th, 1747; bap- 

tized , 1757- 

376 ix. Rebecca,** born July 29th, 1750; died ; mar- 

ried December 22nd, 1774, to Thomas Stevens. 

377 X. Thomas, ist,^ born May 30th, 1752. 

378 xi. Joshua,® born March 7th, 1756. 

379 xii. Thomas, 2nd,® born . 

The last child, Thomas, 2nd,® Freeman, is given on the au- 
thority of Hon. Geo. Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

Authorities. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XX, p. 62. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 525. 
Freeman Genealogy, pp. 58, 59, 102. 
Conant Family, by F. D. Conant, p. 530. 
Gray Genealogy, by M. D. Raymond, p. 249. 

Ancestors and Descendants of Capt. Joshua Gray, MSS., by Geo. Wins- 
low Thacher, p. 2. 

Hon. Geo. Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Becket, Mass., Vital Records. 

116. Lydia!^ Freeman (Lydia'^ Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,* 
Rev. Peter^). born Harwich, Mass., October 22nd, 1717; bap- 
tized ist Parish, Brewster, March 8th, 1723-4; died ; 

married at Harwich, Mass., September 22nd, 1743, to Nath- 



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aniel Clarke (as his second wife) ; he was born , 1682, at 

; he resided at Harwich, Mass., and Lyme, Conn.; he 

died , at ; he was a son of Andrew Clarke (born 

, 1602), and his wife Mehitable (Scotto) Clarke, of 

Plymouth and Harwich, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Clarke), 3 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Harwich, Mass. 

380 i. Elizabeth," born ; baptized December 9th, 

1744, at Brewster, Mass. 

381 ii. Winifred," born ; baptized June 14th, 1747, 

at Brewster, Mass. ; married N. Berry. 

382 iii. Lydia," born ; baptized May 28th, 1749, at 

Brewster, Mass. 

383 iv. Solomon," born ; baptized August i8th, 1751, 

at Brewster, Mass.; died January nth, 1830, at 

Brewster ; married , at , to Miriam , 

born , at ; died January 31st, 1835, at 

Brewster, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Clarke), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all 
born at Brewster, Mass. 

1. Lydia,^ born February 14th, 1773. 

2. Solomon,^ born January 17th, 1775 ; married 
Rebecca . 

3. Miriam,'^ born July 28th, 1781. 

4. Nathaniel,^ born March 22nd, 1783. 

5. Sparrow,^ born September 30th, 1789. 

6. Eliza,^ born . 

384 V. Enoch," born ; baptized June 30th, 1754, at 

Brewster, Mass.; died April 23rd, 1816, at Brew- 
ster; married , at , to Lydia , born 

, at ; died August 7th, 1839, at Brew- 
ster, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Clarke), 4 sons and 3 daughters, all 
born at Brewster, Mass. 

1. Mehitable,^ born March ist, 1783; int. mg. 
pub. February 2nd, 1806, to Abner Robbins, Jr. 

2. Thacher,^ born August 27th, 1787; married, 

first, ; married, second, September 27th, 

1848, to Betsey Sears. 

3. Anna Freeman,^ born August 27th, 1790, int. 
mg. pub. September 22nd, 18 10, to Nathaniel 
Robbins. 

4. Hannah,^ born October 25th, 1792, int. mg. 
pub. September 19th, 1813, to Winslow Hall. 

5. Enoch,'^ born July 25th, 1795 ; died May 5th, 
1834 (or 1835) ; married Huld^h King, int. 
mg. pub. April 23rd, 1826. 



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6. Nathan,"^ born March 6th, 1797; int. mg. pub. 
July 27th, 1824, to Nancy Joy of Boston, 

7. Joshua/ born July 6th, 1799; int. mg. pub. 
November 28th, 1824, to Dinah Hall of 
Dennis. 

385 vi. Thacher," born , 1756; baptized at Brewster, 

October 8th, 1758. 

386 vii. Mary,® born , 1756; baptized at Brewster, 

Sept. I2th, 1756. 
(Thacher and Mary were twins.) 

Nathaniel Clarke married, first, April 26th, 1720, to Abigail 
Hedge, born at Yarmouth, November i6th, 1700; died October 27th, 

1732; she was a daughter of John Hedge and Thankful ( ) 

Hedge of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children by his first marriage: 6 (Clarke), 5 sons and i daugh- 
ter. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Barnabas, born February loth, 1723. 

2. Elisha, 1st, born April 24th, 1724; died young. 

3. Elisha, 2nd, born May 2nd, 1725. 

4. Abigail, born October i8th, 1726; married July 28th, 1745, 
to John Hall of Yarmouth. 

5. John, born June 29th, 1729. 

6. Isaac, born May 15th, 1731. 

Nathaniel Clarke, Sr., it appears removed to Lyme, Conn., and 
lived there for a time, as in a deed to his brother Thomas Clarke, 
of Harwich, he styles himself as "of Lyme," in 1726. How long 
he remained there is not known; but there is reason to think that 
he left his children by his first marriage in Lyme and that he re- 
turned to Harwich, for an original document of the nature of an 
agreement between John Dillingham and the three brothers, Thomas, 
Scotto and Nathaniel Clarke, made in the year 1735 styles Nathaniel 
Clarke as of Harwich, Mass. 

Authorities. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XX, p. 62. 

Freeman Genealogy, pp, 59, 102-3. 

Clarke Genealogy, by Rev. Wm. P. Johnson, p. 21. 

Mayflower Descendants, Vol. VIII, pp. 119, 121; IX, p. 209. 

117. Rebecca^ Freeman (Lydia* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,=' An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich, Mass., March (or 
April) 23rd, 1720; baptized ist Parish, Harwich, March 8th, 

1723-4; died , at ; married October 4th, 1744, at 

, to Jonathan Hopkins of Harwich, who removed to 

"The Oblong" in 1756 [possibly "The Oblong" in Connecti- 
cut]. Rebecca^ (Freeman) Hopkins was dismissed from i.st 
Parish Church, Harwich, Mass., on August ist, 1756, to 
church "in or near the oblong undr ye care of Rev. Mr, 
Kniblow." 



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(Hopkins), 2 sons and 3 daughters: 
Edmond,^ born October i8th, 1745; baptized 
October 27th, 1745, at Harwich, Mass. 
ii. Lydia,^ born July 30th, 1747; baptized August 
2nd, 1747, at Harwich, Mass. 

Mary, ist,*^ born ; baptized April 9th, 1749; 

at Harwich, Mass. 
Mary, 2nd,^ born April 6th, 175 1. 
Jonathan,® born May 29th, 1753 ; baptized June 
3rd, 1753. 

Hon. George Thacher, in his MSS. Thacher Genealogy, gives 
the names of the children of Rebecca^ (Freeman) Hopkins as fol- 
lows, viz : — 

i. Lydia®. 
ii. Mary«. 

iii. Joseph,® baptized May 12th, 1751, at Brewster, 
iv. Freeman®. 

Jonathan Hopkins, Senior, was born at Harwich, January 12th, 
1719-20; he was a son of Joseph and Mary (Mayo) Hopkins of 
Harwich. 

Authorities. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XX, p. 62. 
Freeman Genealogy, pp. 59, 103. 

Mayflower Descendants, Vol. V, p. 89; Vols. VII, IX, X, p. 134. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

119. Col. John^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, December 12th, 1709; 

died , 1750-1, in London, Eng. (probably), of smallpox; 

he resided at Barnstable until 1742, at Falmouth (now Port- 
land), Maine, Gorham, Maine, and Boston, Mass., in 1749, 
and at various military stations ; he was a soldier. He mar- 
ried at Barnstable, March 9th, 173 1-2, to Elizabeth Allen, 
born Barnstable, June 8th, 1713; died at Gloucester, Mass., 
Dec, 25th, 1786, "in her 73rd year" and was buried at Glou- 
cester, Mass. She was a daughter of James Allyn (born 
July 1st, 1691 ; died October 8th, 1741 ; married July 24th, 
1712), and Susannah (Lewis) Allyn (born April 17th, 1694; 
died October 4th, 1753 ; daughter of Ebenezer and Anna 
(Lothrop) Lewis) of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 15 (Gorham), 7 sons and 8 daughters; first 7 born 
at Barnstable, 8 and 9 on Casco Bay, 10 at sea, rest at Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

392 i, Susannah, ist,® born November 21st, 1732; died 

March i6th, 1738, at Barnstable, and buried 
there. 

393 ii, Mary, ist,® born December 3rd, 1733; died Jan- 

uary 8th, 1738, at Barnstable, and buried there. 

394 iii. Anna,® born July 28th, 1735; died March iSth, 

1738, at Barnstable, and buried there. 



2IO 

395 iv. John,® born December 26th, 1736; died February 

i6th, 1758, drowned at sea; not married. 

396 V. Christopher,® born January loth, 1738; died Oc- 

tober nth, 1762, at Havana, W. I., and was 
buried there; not married. 

397 vi. EHzabeth,® born December loth, 1739; baptized 

December i6th, 1739; died March 14th, 1769; 
married November 6th, 1759, at Gloucester, 
Mass., to Daniel Rogers, of Gloucester, Mass., as 
his first wife; he born October 6th, 1734, at Kit- 
tery, Maine; he was a merchant in the shipping 
business and foreign commerce, a man of large 
wealth; he died January 4th, 1799 (or January 
15th, 1800), aged 66, at Gloucester, Mass. He 

was a son of Rev. John Rogers (born , 1692, 

at Ipswich, Mass. ; died October i6th, 1773, at 
Kittery, Maine; H. C. 171 1; married October 
i6th, 1718), and his wife Susannah (Whipple) 
Rogers (daughter of Major John and Katherine 
(Leighton) Whipple), who was born April 3rd, 
1696; died October 22nd, 1779, of Kittery, 
Maine. Daniel Rogers married, second, March 

2nd, 1770, to Rachel EUery (daughter of 

Ellery and his wife (Stevens) Ellery, who 

was a daughter of Col. John Stevens of Glouces- 
ter, Mass.). 

Children: first marriage, 4 (Rogers), 2 sons and 

2 daughters. 

I. John Gorham,^ born ; died ; married 

Mercy Rogers. 

2. Charles,'^ born ; died — — ; married Eliza- 
beth Rogers. 

3. Lucy,"^ born ; died ; married John 

Low. 

4. Elizabeth,' born ; died ; married 

Davis Low. 

Children: second marriage (inter alios), 3 (Rog- 
ers), not in Thacher line. 

1. Timothy, born ; died ; a merchant in 

Boston. 

2. Daniel, born ; died October 15th, 1819; 

H. C. 1798; a merchant in Gloucester. 

3. Esther, born ; died ; married John 

Rowe, a lawyer of Gloucester and Quincy, 
Mass. 

398 vii. Daniel,® born February 26th, 1 740-1 ; baptized 

March ist, 1740-1 ; died June 24th, 1741, at Barn- 
stable, Mass., and was buried there. 



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399 viii. James Allyn, ist,' born August 23rd, 1742; died 

September 9th, 1742, on Casco Bay, and was 
buried there. 

400 ix. Charles,® born August loth, 1743; died , 

1762, at Grenada; not married. 

401 X. Sea Deliverance,® born July loth, 1744, on vessel 

bound for Cape Cod; baptized July 22nd, 1744, 
at East Church, Barnstable; died August 30th, 
1745, at Boston, Mass. 

402 xi. James Allyn, 2nd,® born August 3rd, 1745; died 

April 4th, 1746, at Boston, Mass. 

403 xii. Mary, 2nd,® born March loth, 1747; died Sep- 

tember loth, 1810; married , 1767, at Glou- 
cester, Mass., to Eben (or Ebenezer) Parsons, 

born , 1746, at Gloucester, Mass. ; died , 

1819, at Byfield, Mass., on his farm there ; he was 
a merchant in Gloucester and Boston, Mass. ; he 

was a son of Rev. Moses Parsons (born , 

1716; died December 14th, 1783; married Jan- 
uary nth, 1742; H. C. 1736) and Susannah 
(Davis) Parsons (daughter of Ebenezer Davis) 
who resided at Gloucester and Byfield, Mass. 
Child: I (Parsons), born in Gloucester, Mass. 

I. Gorham,'' born , 1768; died , 1843, ^t 

Byfield, Mass.; married Sarah Parsons. 

404 xiii. Solomon,® born October 31st, 1748; died Decem- 

ber 20th (or 2ist), 1795; ^t Gloucester, Mass.; 

married , at , to Sarah Giddings. 

Child: I (Gorham), daughter. 

I. Judith,^ born ; died ; married Sewall 

Lancaster of Scarborough, Maine (son of Rev. 

Mr. Lancaster). Children: 3 (Lancaster), 2 

sons and i daughter: i. Sarah Parsons*; 2. 

Thomas SewalP; 3. John Park Little.* 

405 xiv. Susannah, 2nd,® born October 24th, 1749; died 

December 3rd, 1749, at Boston, Mass. 

406 XV. Susannah, 3rd,® born June 29th, 1751. 

Elizabeth (Allen) Gorham (widow of Col. John"* Gorham) 

married, second, , 1754, to Colonel John Stevens (as his second 

wife; his first wife was Rachel Allen, whom he married in 1729), 
of Gloucester, Mass. ; he was a merchant ; he was born at Glouces- 
ter, , 1707; died April 13th, 1779, ^g^d ^2, at Gloucester, Mass.; 

he was a son of Samuel and Mary (Ellery) Stevens of Gloucester, 
Mass. 

Col. John° Gorham resided at Barnstable, Mass., until 1742. 
In 1743 he v^as granted 400 acres at Gorham, Maine, on condition 
that he should finish the saw-mill and grist-mill that he had begun 
there. He did not become a permanent resident of Gorham. In 



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1744 he was stationed in command of a body of provincial troops 
at Annapolis Royal, which place was threatened by the enemy; and 
he was sent by Governor Mascarene to Boston to raise troops for 
its defense. While in Boston he was induced by Governor Shirley 
to join the expedition there fitting out against Cape Breton. Hav- 
ing raised a number of men for that expedition, he received the 
appointment of Lieutenant Colonel in his father's regiment of pro- 
vincials, and was put in charge of the whale boats which were to 
land the troops. On the death of his father at Louisburg he was 
promoted by General Pepperell to be full Colonel. The following 
letter was written by him July 5th, 1751, from Halifax, N. S., to 
General Pepperell, viz : — "I was sent up to recruit from Annapolis 
Royal by Governor Mascarene, as that fort was then in great dan- 
ger of falling into the hands of the enemy ; and this expedition be- 
ing then in embryo, I was importuned by Governor Shirley, and 
desired by your Honor and many more of the Council to raise a 
number of men and purchase whale boats and proceed on the ex- 
pedition; as I did upon condition of my having the liberty of go- 
ing home with your Honor's packet in my own sloop, once the 
EngUsh flag should be hoisted at Louisburg. But I was disap- 
pointed in this, and received no commission in his Royal Regiment. 
My father died and most of his Regiment at Louisburg. But I 
thank you for giving me the commission of Colonel in my father's 
regiment, and now I solicit a letter of recommendation abroad and 
assistance to carry through my memorial to the Legislature of 
Massachusetts." 

Colonel Gorham returned to Annapolis Royal after the cap- 
ture of Louisburg, and received from Governor Shirley the com- 
mand of the New England troops sent to Minas with Colonel 
Noble, but he was not present in the engagement with the French 
at Grand Pre, where Noble, who was in command, was killed. He 
had afterwards command of a body of Rangers comprised prin- 
cipally of Indians raised in New England for service in Acadia. 
Colonel Gorham came from Annapolis with the Rangers to Che- 
bucto in June, 1749, and was appointed to the Council of Gov- 
ernor Cornwallis and was present at the first meeting of July 14th, 
1749. It is uncertain whether he held a seat in the Council at 
Annapolis, as there are no records of that Council to be found be- 
tween 1745 and 1749, and but one entry in 1748, in which his name 
does not appear. Cornwallis however assigned him a place at the 
Board above those gentlemen who came with him from England. 
He is called Captain in the last of Cornwallis' Council, which was 
probably his rank in the Regular (or Royal) Army, that of Col- 
onel being only his Militia Rank. He was recommended to the 
consideration of the Government by General Pepperell for his ser- 
vices at Louisburg, and it is probable that the rank of Captain in 
the Royal troops was then conferred upon him. Colonel Gorham's 
name is among those of the Council at a meeting on July nth, 1751. 
He must have died soon thereafter, for an inventory of his estate 
is in the Suffolk County Probate Records of Massachusetts dated 



213 

May 7th, 1752. His widow afterwards married Col. John Stevens 
and moved to Gloucester, Mass. At the close of the French War, 
Col. John'* Gorham and wife visited Europe and were presented 
at the Court of St. James and had an audience with the King, an 
honor very marked in those days. 

The following is the inscription on the grave of Elizabeth 
(Allen) Gorham-Stevens : — 

"She supported through life the Christian Character, and 
moved in the various circles of domestic life with honor and dig- 
nity. 

The affectionate wife 
The tender mother 
The exemplary widow 
The pious friend." 

Col. John^ Gorham died in London, England, of smallpox, 
while there prosecuting his claim for expenses in the Louisburg 
expedition; and he was probably buried there. 

Authorities. 

N. y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 197-8-9; XXIX, p. 45- 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 275. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 10, 420, 435-36, 444. 

Mayflower Descendants, Vol. II, p. 212. 

History of Gloucester, Mass., by Babson, pp. 124-5; 167-8; 477-8. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

120. Col. David'' Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,* An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., April 6th, 1712; 
died January 2nd, 1786, aged 74, and was buried at Barn- 
stable in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying ground, grave- 
stone. He resided at Barnstable, Mass., where he was a Col- 
onel in the Military Service and Registrar of Deeds. He 

married, first, August 2nd, 1733, at , to Abigail Sturgis, 

born , 1712, about, see age at death and date of death; 

she died at Barnstable, February nth, 1775, "in 63rd year" 
and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying 

ground, gravestone. He married, second, , 1775, at , 

to Elizabeth Stevens of Truro, Mass., born October — , 1725, 

at ; died March 29th, 1784, at Barnstable, Mass., aged 

58 years, 5 months, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill 
(West) Burying ground, gravestone. He married, a third 

time, June 17th, 1783-4, at , to Hannah (Davis)) Davis 

(widow of Isaac Davis of Barnstable). She was born at 
Barnstable, May 31st, 1731, and died there at the home of 
Ebenezer Sturgis, October 3rd, 1810 (or 1812), aged 79 years, 
3 months, and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Bury- 
ing ground, gravestone. She was a daughter of James Davis 
(born July 30th, 1700; married January 4th, 1727-8), and 
Thankful (Hinckley) Davis (died August 20th, 1745, aged 
38), of Barnstable, Mass. 



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Children: first marriage, lo (Gorham), 6 sons and 4 daugh- 
ters, all born at Barnstable, Mass. 

407 i. David,® born August 24th, 1735 ; died young, at 

Barnstable, Mass., and was buried there ; not mar- 
ried. 

408 ii. Elizabeth,® born August 22nd, 1737; died Oc- 

tober 2nd, 1759, at Barnstable, Mass., aged 22 
years, i month, and was buried at Goodspeed's 
Hill (East) Burying-ground ; not married. 

409 iii. Edward,® born April 23rd, 1739; died young; he 

was living in 1756 and probably died soon there- 
after. 

410 iv. Lydia,® born May 30th, 1741 ; died April 14th, 

1803 (or 1813), at Gorham, Maine, at house of 
her brother William® Gorham ; she married, Jan- 
uary 26th (or 28th), 1764, at Barnstable, Mass., 
to Captain Edward Bacon, born October 19th, 
1742, at Barnstable; died August 20th, 181 1, at 

; he was a son of Hon. Edward Bacon (born 

January 23rd, 1714-5; died March i6th, 1783; 
married September 2nd, 1740), and Patience 
(Marston) Bacon (born January ist, 1720; died 
October 21st, 1764, daughter of Benjamin and 
Elizabeth (Goodspeed) Marston) of Barnstable, 
Mass. 

Children: 2 (Bacon), i son and i daughter. 

1. Betsey,"^ born ; died ; married Rich- 
ard Jackson. Children: 2 (Jackson), sons: 
I. John;8 2. Joseph.8 

2. Henry ,^ born ; died ; married Abi- 
gail (Nabby) Gorham. 

The History of Gorham, Maine, says that 
Lydia® (Gorham) Bacon died a widow, on April 
4th, 1803 ; Freeman's Cape Cod says that Edward 
Bacon, her husband, died August 20th, 181 1. 
These two statements are at variance. If she was 
a widow at time of her death she must, if Free- 
man is correct, have died subsequent to August 
20th, 181 1. I am inclined to think that she died 
in 1813 (not 1803). I give the statements as I 
have gathered them, but am not positive as to 
their correctness. Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol, 
I, p. 27, says that Hon. Edward Bacon married 
Patience Marston, September 7th, 1744. Free- 
man, Vol. I, p. 354, says that he married her Sep- 
tember 2nd, 1740, which latter date, must be cor- 
rect, as his son Edward (who married Lydia® 
Thacher) was born October 19th, 1742. 



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411 V. Hon. William,® born July 12th, 1743; died July 

22nd, 1804, at Gorham, Maine; he resided after 
1760 at Gorham, Maine, where he was Judge of 
Probate and Judge of Court of Common Pleas ; 
he married, ist, October 26th, 1769, at Scituate, 
Mass., to Temperance (Clap) White (widow 

of Joseph White, of Scituate, Mass., born , 

1745 (see age at death and date of death) ; died 
April 14th, 1788, aged 43, at Gorham, Maine. 
He married, second, March 8th, 1789 (int. pub., 
February 28th, 1789), at Gorham, Maine, to 

Temperance Garret, born , at ; died 

, 1840, at Providence, R. I. Temperance 

(Garrett) Gorham (widow of William® Gor- 
ham) married a second time, to Dr. Jeremiah 
Barker, as his fourth or fifth wife ; and she sur- 
vived him. Dr. Jeremiah Barker was a son of 
Samuel and Patience* (Howland) Barker of 
Scituate, Mass. (See Nos. 191, 414 and 634.) 

Children: first marriage, 2 (Gorham), both born 
at Gorham, Maine. 

1. Frances, ist,^ born ; died young. 

2. Frances, 2nd,^ born April 22nd, 1774-5 ; died 

; married December nth, 1796 (int. pub., 

Gorham, Maine, November 26th, 1796), at 
Gorham, Maine, to James Tyler. 

Children, second marriage, none. 

412 vi. Shubael, ist,® born February 3rd, 1745 ; died , 

1748, at Barnstable, Mass., and was buried there. 

413 vii. Benjamin,® born February 23rd, 1747; died , 

shortly after 1791, at Barnstable, Mass.; married 
October 15th, 1775, at Barnstable, to Desire* 
Thacher daughter of John° and Content (Norton) 
Thacher (see No, 324), born July i8th, 1745, at 
Barnstable; died March 4th, 1824, at Barnstable, 
Mass. 

Children: 6 (Gorham), 5 sons and i daughter, all 
born at Barnstable, Mass. For record of these 
children, see record No. 324 of Desire® Thacher 
et sequentia. 

414 viii. Abigail,® born March 5th, 1749; died June 29th, 

1790, at Falmouth, Maine; she married, October 
I2th, 1775, at Barnstable, to Dr. Jeremith Barker 
(as his first wife), son of Samuel Barker of Scit- 
uate, Mass., and his wife Patience^ (Howland) 
Barker, who was a descendant of Bethia^ Thacher 
by her husband Jabez Howland. Dr. Jeremiah 
Barker was born March 31st, 1752, at Scituate, 
Mass.; he resided at Gorham, Maine, and was a 



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physician and surgeon, and served as a Surgeon 
in the Revolutionary War; he died at Gorham, 
Maine, October 3rd, 1834, aged 84, 

Children: 5 (Barker), 2 sons and 3 daughters. 

1. Jeremiah C.,^ born , 1778; died December 

19th, 1810; aged 32, at sea. 

2. Mary Gorham,^ born August 20th, 1781 ; died 

; married October 13th, 1800, at Stroud- 

water to Daniel Johnson of Portland, Maine. 

3. David,^ born March 7th, 1784; died ; mar- 
ried , Deborah Josslyn of Pembroke, 

Mass. He was a physician and lived in Dur- 
ham and Sedgwick, Maine, in which latter 
place he died. 

4. Elizabeth,^ born January 29th, 1787; died 
; married Rev. Samuel Clarke. 

5. Abigail Gorham,^ born ; died ; mar- 
ried John Johnson of Providence, R. I., on 
May 19th, 1817, at Gorham, Maine. 

Dr. Jeremiah Barker married, second, Decem- 
ber 17th, 1790, at Gorham, Maine (int. pub., at 
Gorham, October 23rd, 1790), to Susanna Gar- 
ret (a sister of Temperance Garrett, who was the 
2nd wife of William^ Gorham (No. 411) and who 
after the death of William^ Gorham became the 
fourth or fifth wife of Dr. Jeremiah Barker) ; she 

was born , 1769; and died June 3rd, 1794, 

aged 25 ; children, none. Dr. Jeremiah Barker 

married, third, , at , to Eunice Riggs 

(daughter of Jeremiah Riggs) who died Novem- 
ber loth, 1799, aged 29; no children. The int. 
of marriage of Dr. Jeremiah Barker of Falmouth, 
Maine, and Mary Williams is recorded at Gor- 
ham, Maine, July 2nd, 1802 ; but no record of 
the marriage is found. Dr. Jeremiah Barker 
married, a fourth or fifth time, at Gorham, Maine, 
March 17th, 1808, to Mrs. Temperance (Garrett) 
Gorham (widow of his brother-in-law William* 
Gorham, No. 411; and sister of Dr. Barker's 

second wife, Susannah Garrett), ^he died , 

1840, at Providence, R. I., at home of her step- 
daughter Abigail Gorham (Barker) Johnson, 
Children, none. 

Dr. Jeremiah Barker was the son of Samuel 
Barker of Scituate, Mass., and his wife Patience* 
Rowland. Patience^ Rowland was a daughter 
of Jabez* and Patience (Stafford) Rowland. 
Jabez* Rowland was a son of Bethia^ Thacher by 



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her husband Jabez Howland; Bethia^ Thacher 
was a daughter of Antony^ and Elizabeth (Jones) 
Thacher. Hence we see that both Dr. Barker and 
his first wife were both descendants of Antony^ 
Thacher. Dr. Jeremiah Barker was educated by 
Rev. Mr. Cutler of the Congregational Church in 
Scituate, Mass., from whom he received a thor- 
ough education in the classics; he never entered 
college. He went to Cambridge, Mass., and 
studied medicine and surgery under Dr. Lincoln 
of that town, and served as a surgeon in the 
Revolutionary War. At close of that War he 
went to Barnstable where he practiced a while, 
and then removed to Gorham, Maine, under the 
influence of his brother-in-law, William* Gorham, 
who had settled there. After a few years he re- 
moved to Falmouth (now Portland), Maine, 
where he resided until 1808, when, after his last 
marriage, he returned to Gorham, Maine, where 
he lived and died. 

415 ix. Shubael, 2nd,® born February iSth, 1751-2; died 

, at sea, leaving no issue. 

416 X. Mary,6 born May 21st, 1745; died July 8th, 1780, 

at Barnstable, and was buried there in Good- 
speed's Hill (West) Burying-ground, grave- 
stone; she married , 1778, at , to Dr. 

William Prentiss (son of Caleb and Lydia (Whit- 
more) Prentiss of Cambridge, Mass.), born at 
Cambridge, Mass., December ist, 1754; died 

, at London, England. He was a physician 

and resided in Philadelphia, Pa., where he was 
in good practice at the time of the plague there. 
Children, none. 

Children, second marriage, none. 

Children, third marriage, none. 

Col. David^ Gorham resided on the old homestead in Barn- 
stable; his dwelling house was afterwards the home of Dr. John 
Davis and of his son Dr. Job C. Davis. He was with his brother 
Col. John^ Gorham at Cape Breton and at the taking of Louisburg 
and had other military experience. During the Revolution some 
parties unjustly charged him with being a Tory, because he would 
not advocate the extreme measures of the younger men. He was 
for many years Registrar of Probate and kept the Records very 
carefully. He was in public life, active, energetic and capable, — 
but was never a popular man. 

Ebenezer Sturgis and Ebenezer Bacon, Esq., took care of the 
property of Hannah (Davis) Gorham, widow of Col. David"* Gor- 
ham and provided for her support during the latter part of her life. 



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Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42. 

N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, p. 134. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 27-28, 436-7; Vol. II, p. 219. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 354. 

Early Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, pp. 173, 174. 

History of Gorham, Maine, by McClellan, pp. 279, 396-8. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

121. Mary^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,' 

Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, February 7th, 1714; died , 

at ; married October 24th, 1734, at Barnstable, to Stephen 

Clap of Scituate, Mass. He was born October 4th, 1706, 

at Scituate, Mass. ; died , at . He was a son of 

Deacon Stephen Clap (born March 4th, 1670; died Decem- 
ber nth, 1756, aged 86; married Dec. 24th, 1696; Lieut, in 
militia, Rep. G. C. 1720) and Temperance (Gorham) Clap 
(born August 6th, 1678) of Scituate, Mass. 

Children: None. 

The Clapp Family, p. 114, says that the above "Stephen Clapp 
probably never married, and if he did, had no issue. There was 
a Stephen Clapp who married Mrs. Mary Gorham in Barnstable, 
October 24th, 1734, who may have been he." In absence of proof 
to the contrary I have assumed the above Stephen Clapp to have 
been the one who married Mary^ Gorham. 

Authorities. 

N.Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 134, 199. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 422, 437. 

123. Lydia^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,' 
Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, June 28th, 1718; died Novem- 
ber 9th, 1740, aged 22, at Barnstable, and was buried there; 
married July 27th, 1737, at Barnstable, Mass., to Dr. James 
Hersey, born at Hingham, Mass., December 21st, 1716; he 
resided at Barnstable, Mass., where he was a physician. He 
died at Barnstable, July 22nd, 1741, and was buried there. 
He was a son of James Hersey (born May 23rd, 1682 ; died 
September 19th, 1723; married January 3rd, 1705-6) and his 
wife Mary (Hawke) Hersey (born July 6th, 1685; died July 
3rd, 1770) of Hingham, Mass. 

Child: I (Hersey) son, born at Barnstable, Mass. 

417 i. James,^ born November 9th, 1738; died , 1758, 

aged 20. Not married. 

Dr. James Hersey married, second, April 9th, 1741, to Mehit- 
able Davis (daughter of John Davis, Esq., of Barnstable), by whom 
he had a son Ezekiel (not in Thacher line), born in Barnstable, 
January 14th, 1741-2 (5 months and 22 days after death of his 
father). Mehitable Davis was born in Barnstable, August loth, 
17 1 7, and died , 1804, aged 87. 



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Mehitable (Davis) Hersey married, second, October 21st, 1744, 
to John Russell (son of Dr. John Russell of Barnstable), by whom 
she had one son, John Russell, baptized September 4th, 1748. John 
Russell, Sr., died August ist, 1748. 

Mehitable (Davis) Hersey-Russell married, third. May 9th, 
1754, to John Sturgis, as his second wife, by whom she had two 
(Sturgis) children, viz: — 

1. Sarah, born Thursday, April 17th, 1755, at 3.30 o'clock, 
A. M. 

2. John, baptized March 19th, 1758. 

John Sturgis, her third husband, died August 15th, 1759, aged 
56; his first wife was Mehitable Crocker, whom he married March 
2 1 St, 1734. 

Mehitable (Davis) Hersey-Russell-Sturgis, married fourth, 
July 7th, 1 76 1, to Hon. Daniel Davis, as his second wife, by whom 
she had one son, Daniel Davis, born May 8th, 1762. Daniel Davis' 
first wife was Mehitable (Lothrop) Davis (daughter of Thomas 
Lothrop). Daniel Davis, Senior, died April 22nd, 1799, aged 85 
years, 6 months and 13 days. 

Dr. James Hersey settled as a physician in Barnstable and pur- 
chased a part of the Dimmock estate, which included the ancient 
stone house built by Elder Thomas Dimmock. A tradition existed 
that he lived in a house that stood east of stone house, but Amos 
Otis thought it more probable that he lived in the stone house which 
he owned and which at that time was in good repair. He did not 
receive a college education but was none the less a well educated 
man, and Dr. James Thacher, who studied medicine under him, 
speaks of him as a skilful physician who had acquired an exten- 
sive practice at that time in Barnstable County. 

Authorities. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 284, 285-6; Vol. II, pp. S-6. 
N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, p. 134. 
Hingham, Mass., Vital Records, Vol. II, p. 301. 

125. Hannah^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John," An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., May ist, 1721 ; 
died , at ; married July 24th, 1748, at , to Ed- 
ward Crosby. 

Children: 2 (Crosby), i son and i daughter. 

418 i. Edward," born ; died ; he did not 

marry ; he was a Captain "in the i8th Regiment 
of the English Army." 

419 ii. Mary (Polly),® born ; died ; married, 

first, , int. pub., February nth, 1769, to 

Elisha Gray, by whom she had three (3) (Gray) 
children : 

1. Edward,' born ; died ; not married. 

2. William,'' born ; died ; not married. 



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3. Joseph Gorham,'' born ; died ; not 

married. 

She married, second, date , to David 

Loring, by whom she had 4 (Loring) children: 
2 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Sally Lewis^. 

2. Mary ( Polly )^ 

3. John^ 

4. Elisha/ who married Hannah Hawes and had 
two (Loring) children, i son and i daughter: 

1. David,* who married Elizabeth Kelley, and 
had: i. Joseph Gray®; 2. Hannah Gorham®. 

2. Sally Lewis*. 

Authorities. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 435-438. 
N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, p. 134. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

127. Major General Joseph^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born May 29th, 1725; died 

, subsequent to April 29th, 1790; he lived in Barnstable, 

Mass., and removed to AnnapoHs, Nova Scotia, in 1750; he 
was a soldier and a Royalist in the Revolutionary War; 

he married , at , to Ann Spry, a lady of English 

descent by whom he had the following: — 

Children, 11 (Gorham), six sons and five daughters. 



420 


i. Joseph". 


421 


ii. V^illiam«. 


422 


iii. Amherst^. 


423 


iv. James V^olf«. 


424 


V. John®. 


425 


vi. Benjamin*. 


426 


vii. Mary*. 


427 


viii. Anna'. 


428 


ix. Lydia®. 


429 


X. Abigail". 



Corrections: 

Page 159. Record No. 185. The parenthesis about and interrogation point 
after "third, Daniel Green" should be omitted and Green should be spelled 
Greene. [Bethiah* Rowland did marry Daniel Greene as her 3rd husband.] 

Page 162. Record No. 204. Joseph Wardwell should read John Wardwell. 

Page 192. Record No. 104. Last sentence should read: She was a 

daughter of Samuel Norton. Esq. (b. , about 1673; d. February i6th, 1760, 

at Chilmark, Mass.; gravestone), and his wife Content (Coggeshall) Norton 
(born May loth, 1676, at Newport, R. I.; died August ist, 1739, "in 63rd year 
of her age"), of Chilmark, Mass. Content Coggeshall was the daughter of 
John and his 2nd wife (whom he married December 2nd, 1655) Patience (Throg- 
morton) Coggeshall. — Authority: Winthrop Witherbee, Esq., P. O. Box 3493, 
Boston, Mass. 



HACHER- THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part X. 



GENKAL^OGICAI, RECORD OF 

ANTONY^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

{Coximueil) 



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430 xi. Charlotte Spry,* born ; died , 1807; 

married, first, , at , to ; married, 

second, Sir John Jackson, by whom she had, 

amongst others, the following child: 

I. Welby Brown^ Jackson, who married and had 

a son, Louis d'Aguilar^ Jackson, born April 

20th, 1804. 

Joseph^ Gorham was a distinguished soldier; he was perhaps 
with his father at Louisburg in 1745; he was a Lieutenant of 
Rangers under Governor Cornwallis in 1749; and a Captain of 
Rangers under General Amherst in 1758-9. About this latter date 
he went to England to endeavor to have the Rangers put in the 
establishment of the Regular troops ; and was the bearer of a letter 
from General Amherst to Governor Lawrence, dated April 30th, 
1760, from which the following is an extract: — 

"I send you this by Captain Gorham, who is lately returned 
from England, where he has been to endeavor to get rank and to 
get his company put in the establishment; concerning which Lord 
Barrington has desired my opinion which I have given him as far 
as relates to Captain Gorham personally, and I make no doubt but 
he will be promoted, as he is very deserving of it. I have as yet 
suspended my judgment in regard to the establishment of his Com- 
pany. His is certainly the best I have seen of the Rangers ; but the 
best, according to me, is no extraordinary thing. However, if you 
think that the augmenting of that company, or the establishment 
of two, would be of any real service or advantage to the Province 
of Nova Scotia, I shall upon your answer recommend the affair to 
the Secretary of War." 

The establishment of Gorham's Rangers as regular troops un- 
der Joseph Gorham as Major Commandant dates from September 
25th, 1761. In 1763 his troops were disbanded; and on September 
of that year he again went to England, and was appointed a mem- 
ber of the Halifax Council, taking his seat on December 20th, 1766. 
In 1770 he became Lieutenant Governor of Placentia in Newfound- 
land. In May, 1772, he became a Lieutenant Colonel and in June 
of that year vacated his seat in the Halifax Council. In 1776 he 
was in command of Fort Cumberland. May 16, 1782, he became a 
Colonel; and on April 29th, 1790, he was appointed a Major General, 
dying soon after, probably. 

Hon. George Thacher, in his MSS. Thacher Genealogy, gives 
the first two children of Joseph^ Gorham, viz: — Joseph* and Wil- 
liam,* as one child named Joseph William*; but Amos Otis gives 
them as I have recorded them, the sons being grouped in sequence 
and the daughters likewise, with no dates of their respective births. 

Ann Spry was a sister of William Spry, Judge of the English 
Court of Admiralty at Halifax, Nova Scotia. They both came to 
Nova Scotia with another sister, Emily, arriving at Halifax, Sep- 
tember 25th, 1764. 



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Authorities. 



N. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 134, 199. 
Otiy Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 438. 

128. Benjamin^ Gorham (Mary* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,* An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, June 5th, 1726; he 
resided at Barnstable, where he was a ship master ; he died 

, at ; he married , at , to Nancy (or Ann) 

Hinckley of Barnstable, Mass., born ; died . She 

was a daughter of Ebenezer Hinckley, a ship master of Barn- 
stable (born Braintree, Mass., March 14th, 1713; died , 

in West Indies; married July nth, 1732), and Hannah 
(Nightingale) Hinckley.* 

Children: 5 (Gorham), 4 sons and i daughter, all born in 
Barnstable, Mass. 

431 i. James,® born ; died ; married Charlotte 

Kneeland; he was a merchant in Cuba, W. I. 

Children: 3 (Gorham), i son and 2 daughters. 

1. Charlotte,^ born ; died ; married Jo- 
seph Palmer, M. D., of Boston, Mass. 

2. Matilda,^ born ; died ; married F. P. 

Leverett of Boston. 

3. John G.,'' born ; died ; married Eliza 

A. Farwell and settled on a farm in Billerica, 
Mass. 

432 ii. Benjamin,^ born ; died ; he was a ship 

master; he first married , at , to Nancy 

Kneeland, born ; died ; married, second, 

to Frances Harrison (daughter of James Harri- 
son), (Otis' Barnstable Families says her maiden 
surname was Harrington), born ; died . 

Children, first marriage: 3 (Gorham), i son and 
2 daughters. 

1. James Lane,'' born ; died ; married 

Jerusha Ann Wright; he was a Boston mer- 
chant, and lived at Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

2. Ellen,'' born ; died . 

3. Charlotte,'' born ; died ; married H. 

Fowle. 

Child, second marriage: i (Gorham), daughter. 

4. Lydia,'' born ; died ; married 

Snow. 

* Under record of Mary* Thacher (No. 47), her loth child, Benjamin' 
Gorham (No. 128) is stated to have married twice: ist to Nancy Hinckley, and 
2nd to Ellen Rankin. This statement as to 2nd marriage is incorrect; he only 
married once, and to Nancy Hinckley. 



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433 "i- Samuel," born ; died ; married, first, 

; married, second, Ellen Rankin. He settled 

in New York City. 

Child by second marriage: i (Gorham), daugh- 
ter. 

I. Antoinette,'^ born ; died ; married 

Anthony Hoguet of New York City. 

434 iv. John,® born ; died , young. 

435 V. Nancy," born ; died ; married, first, 

Anthony Glean of Cuba, W. I. ; married, second, 

James Macomb of Matanzas (Otis says Mata- 

moras). 

Children, first marriage: 3 (Glean), 2 sons and 

I daughter. 

1. Francis,^ born ; died ; married 

Jenkins of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

2. Anita,^ born ; died ; married John 

Philpot Curran Thompson. 

3. James,^ born . 

Children, second marriage: 3 (Macomb), i son 
and 2 daughters. 

4. Frances,^ born ; died ; married, first, 

Israel Thorndike, Jr. ; married, second, 

Tessane of Cuba, W. I. 

5. Thomas,^ born ; died ; married 

Chartrand. 

6. Louisa,^ born ; died ; married John 

Chartrand. 

Authorities 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. XIII, pp. 211-12. 
A^. Y. Gen. and Biog. Record, Vol. XXVIII, p. 134. 
Otis' Barnstable Pantiles, Vol. I, p. 438. 

[29. Rev. Josiah^ Crocker (Desire* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., October 30th, 
1719. Harvard College, 1738; died at Taunton, Mass., Au- 
gust 28th, 1774, "in 55th year of his age", and was buried 
at Taunton, Mass., gravestone. He married, first, at Barn- 
stable, Mass. (probably), July 28th, 1742, to Rebecca Allyn, 

born , 1723, at Barnstable, Mass.; died September 28th, 

1759, at Taunton, Mass., and was buried there; gravestone. 

She was a daughter of James Allyn (born , 1691 ; died 

October 8th, 1741 ; married July 24th, 1712), and Susannah 
(Lewis) Allyn (born April 17th, 1694; died October 4th, 
1753), of Barnstable, Mass. He married, second, November 

5th, 1761, at , to Hannah Cobb of Attleborough, Mass., 

daughter of Colonel Thomas Cobb and his wife Lydia 
(Leonard) Cobb of Attleborough, Mass. Lydia Leonard 
was daughter of James Leonard (born May nth, 1677; died 



224 

January i6th, 1764), and his second wife Lydia (Gulliver) 
Gulliver (widow of John Gulliver and daughter of Jonathan 
Gulliver of Milton, Mass.). 

Children, first marriage: 7 (Crocker), 6 sons and i daughter. 

436 i. Josiah,^ born — — ; died ; married Abigail 

Leonard (daughter of Zephaniah Leonard). 

Children: 5 (Crocker), amongst whom was 

I. William Augustus,^ born ; died ; 

married Sally (Ingell) Richmond (widow of 
Charles Richmond, and daughter of Captain 
Jonathan Ingell), by whom he had Children: 

3 (Crocker), sons: i. WiUiam,* born ; 

died ; married Thomas (grand- 
daughter of Lsaiah Thomas, and sister of 
B. F. Thomas of Worcester, Mass. 2. 
Samuel Leonard,^ born March 31st, 1804; 
died February loth, 1883. 3. , . 

437 ii. Benjamin.^ 

438 iii. AUyn." 

439 iv. Joseph.* 

440 V. William.' 

441 vi. Ebenezer.* 

442 vii. Rebecca.' 

Children, by second marriage: 2 (Crocker), i son and i 
daughter. 

443 viii. Leonard," born October 2nd, 1762. 

444 ix. Hannah,® bom October i8th, 1765, 

Rev. Josiah® Crocker was the friend of Whitfield and in 
some traits resembled him. At the early age of 15 he entered 
College and was ordained at the age of 23. He was of an ardent 
temperament; zealous and earnest, yet tender and persuasive in 
his manner. Like other zealous men, he was not always cautious 
in his expressions. He had many warm friends and some enemies. 
His call to Taunton was not unanimous, and there were always 
some who opposed him. He was dismissed from his charge De- 
cember 1st, 1774, but continued to live in Taunton until his death. 
His earnest and persuasive manner drew together a large audience 
when it was known that he was to preach. His granddaughter 
Hannah M. Crocker was the author of the "Rights of Woman," 
published in 1818. 

A memorial tablet has been erected to commemorate the loca- 
tion of the house of Rev. Josiah"* Crocker, 1742- 1774, on the 
southeast corner of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Mass. He 
was the sixth minister of Taunton. 

Authorities 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 212. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 243-4. 



225 

2Soth Anniversary of Taunton, Mass. (1639- 1889), P- 224. 
History of Bristol Co., Mass., p. 358. 

131. Lydia'^ Otis (Hannah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,=* Antony ,2 
Rev. Peter^), born January 20th, 1716-17, at ; died Jan- 
uary 1st, 1807, aged 91, at . She married, first, June 

26th, 1740, at Colchester, Conn, (by Rev. Ephraim Little, pas- 
tor of First Congregational Church of Westchester) , to Abner 
Kellogg, born 17 16, about (see age at death and date of 
death), at Colchester, Conn.; he resided at Colchester, Conn., 
where he was a farmer, probably ; he died at Colchester, Conn., 
November i8th, 1754, aged 38, and was buried in old burying 
ground there, gravestone. He was a son of Lieutenant Na- 
thaniel Kellogg (born ; died , 1757, in 86th year, 

at Colchester, Conn., and was buried there), and Margaret 

(born ; died December 13th, 1747, in 71st year, at 

Colchester, Conn., and was buried there), of Colchester, Conn. 
She married, second, March 19th, 1761, at Colchester, Conn, 
(by Rev. Ephraim Little of First Congregational Church, 

Westchester), to Captain Amos Thomas, born , 1696 (see 

age at death and date of death), of Lebanon, Conn.; he died 

December 17th, 1781, aged 85, at . His occupation and 

parentage are unknown to me. 

Children, first marriage: 7 (Kellogg), 4 sons and 3 daugh- 
ters, all born at Colchester, Conn. 

445 i. Delight,® born April 6th, 1741 ; died November 

8th, 1749, at Colchester, Conn., and was buried 
there. 

446 ii. Lydia,® born January 15th, 1742-3; died April 

14th, 1759, at Colchester, Conn., and was buried 
there. 

447 iii. David,'' bom August 26th, 1744; died March 

loth, 1826, at Essex, Vermont; he lived at Col- 
chester, Conn., until 1771, removed to Lee. Mass., 
in 1786; he removed thence to Essex, Vermont. 

He married, first, at , date of marriage , 

to Elinor Williams, born March 12th, 1747, at 
Lebanon, Conn. ; died May loth, 1805, at Essex, 
Vermont. She was a daughter of Isaiah Wil- 
liams and Jerusha ( ) Williams of Lebanon, 

Conn. He married, second, January 20th, 1807, 

at , to Sarah Redington Tyler of Vergennes, 

Vermont, who died April 12th, 1844, aged 86. 

Children, by first marriage: 11 (Kellogg), 4 sons 
and 7 daughters (including i daughter, Adosia, 
who was adopted). 

I. Lydia,^ born October 4th, 1766, at Colchester, 

baptized there June 5th, 1768; died ; 

married Pierce. 



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2. Rhoda/ born September 24th, 1768, at Col- 

chester, baptized there October 2nd, 1768; 

died ; married Stephen Lawrence, and 

had I child. 

3. Russell,^ born June ist, 1770, at Colchester, 
Baptized there July 8th, 1770; died April 
i6th, 1845, at Essex, Vermont; married Feb- 
ruary 2 1 St, 1796, to Elizabeth Atherton of 
Athol, Mass., born February 19th, 1768; died 
September i8th, 1857, and had 9 children. 

4. Adosia^ (adopted), born March 27th, 1772, 
at Colchester; died October 6th, 1808; mar- 
ried January 31st, 1795, to Ichabod Post, 
born Hebron, Conn., August 31st, 1768, He 
was of Middlefield and Hinsdale, Mass.; 6 
children. 

5. David,^ born January 5th, 1775, at Lee, 
Mass., died September 26th, 1848; he lived 
at Essex, Vermont, and Massena, N. Y-; 
married February i6th, 1806, to Maria Hen- 
rietta Wells of Jericho, Vermont; born De- 
cember 17th, 1778; died March , 1879; 5 

children. 

6. Wealthy,^ born May 15th, 1777, at Lee, 
Mass.; died June 14th, 181 5, at Essex, Vt., 
where she is buried; married at Jericho, Vt., 
December 26th, 1799, to John Frederick Au- 

bery of Jericho, born England 17, ; 

died December , 1852; 7 children. 

7. Hannah,'' born July i8th, 1779, at Lee, Mass. ; 
died October 14th, 1848, aged 69, and was 

buried at Essex, Vt. ; married , 1815 

(about), to John Frederick Aubery (her 
brother-in-law, her deceased sister Hannah's 
husband), born — — , England; died Decem- 
ber , 1852, at New Haven, Conn. Child: 

I daughter, 

8. Ira,'' born July lOth, 1781, at Essex, Vt.; 
died before September 24th, 1828, at Detroit, 
Mich. ; married to Nancy Mathews and had 
4 children. His widow married, second, to 
Daniel Tilden. 

9. Otis,^ born March 23rd, 1783, at Lee, Mass. ; 
died July 31st, 1833, at Essex, Vt. ; married, 
first, December 4, 1806, to Mabel Thompson 
(daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah (Aplin) 
Thompson), born August 17th, 1786; died 

, 1830. He married, second, January 

25th, 1830, to Almeda Butler. He was a 



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farmer and deacon in Essex, Vt., Congrega- 
tional Church for 30 years ; 6 children by 
first wife. 

10. Laura/ born ; died ; not married. 

11. Nancy/ born ; died ; married , 

1812, Ebenezer E. Thompson (son of Ebe- 
nezer and Sarah (Aplin) Thompson of 
Swansey and Essex, Vt.), born Smithfield, 
R. I., November 25th, 1785 ; died Essex, Vt., 
July 17th, 1862. He was a farmer and 
brickmaker in Essex, Vt. He married, sec- 
ond, February 7th, 1832, to Mercy Cole. 
Children, by first marriage, 10; by second 
marriage, 2. 

Mine's Lebanon says that Isaiah WilHams (son 
of Daniel and Lydia (Abel) Williams) was born 
in Lebanon, Conn., March ist, 1715; and Bailey's 
Conn. Marriages, Vol. H., p. 41, says that Isaiah 
Williams married at Lebanon, Conn., July 12th, 
1738, to Lucy Roberts. 

448 iv. Capt. Abner,^ born November 9th, 1746, baptized 
November i6th, 1746; died July 24th, 1821, in 
76th year, at Colchester, Conn. ; he was a tanner 
and farmer and Hved at Colchester; he married 
at Lebanon (Bozrahville), Conn., November 
24th, 1768, to Lydia Bartlett (his first cousin, 
No. 467) of Windsor, Conn. ; born May 6th, 

1748, at ; died , at ; she was a 

daughter of Deacon Ichabod and Desire (Otis) 
Bartlett of Windsor, Conn. 

Children: 11 (Kellogg), 5 sons and 6 daughters, 
all born in Colchester, Conn. 

1. Ichabod,^ born September 21st, 1769; died 
March 2nd, 1770, at Colchester, Conn. 

2. (daughter),'' born January 6th, 1771 ; died 
January 7th, 1771, at Colchester, Conn. 

3. (son),^ born December 30th, 1773; died De- 
cember 30th, 1773, at Colchester, Conn 

4. Molly,' born August 30th, 1775; died , 

at or near Colchester, Conn; married April 
24th, 1817, to Capt. John Ackley of Colches- 
ter, Conn. No issue. 

5. Margaret,' born October 7th, 1777; died , 

at Cazenovia, N. Y. ; married , 1847, to 

Tillotson, as his second wife. 

6. Seth Bartlett,' born April 5th, 1780; died 
August 25th, 1826, in ManHus, N. Y. ; mar- 
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(daughter of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth Ann 
(Otis) Wattles); children: ii. 

7. Abner/ born July 12th, 1782 ; died February 
ist, 1787, at Colchester and buried there. 

8. Otis/ born July 20th, 1785; died July , 

1856, in Syracuse, N. Y. ; married March 
1 8th, 1818, to Mary Watrous (daughter of 

Theodore Watrous), born , 1795; died 

March 28, 1855, aged 60. He was a farmer 
in Colchester and in 1827 removed to Caze- 
novia, N. Y. 

Children: 7, first 4 born in Colchester; rest 
born in Cazenovia, N. Y. 

9. Lucy,^ born October 23rd, 1786; died ; 

not married. 

10. Lydia,^ born September 15th, 1788; died Feb- 
ruary 2nd, 1789, at Colchester, and buried 
there. 

11. Sophia,^ born September 19th, 1790; died 
February 8th, 1818; not married. 

449 V. Ezekiel,® born September 17th, 1748; baptized 
September 25th, 1748; he lived at Colchester un- 
til 1 77 1, removed to Great Harrington, Mass., 
and in 1786-7 removed to Cooperstown, N. Y. ; 
he was a farmer and soldier in Revolutionary 
War; he died at Otsego, N. Y., July 7th, 1823; 
he married, first, at Colchester, May 30th, 1771, 
to Elishaba Wells, born September 5th, 1751, at 

; died January 9th, 1777, at (daughter 

of Elisha Wells and ( ) Wells of Col- 
chester, Conn.). EHsha Wells died August 31st, 
1 75 1, and was buried at Colchester, September 
I St, 1 75 1, aged "in 31st year". EzekieP (Kel- 
logg) married, second, in Exeter Parish, Leba- 
non, Conn., April ist, 1779, to Mrs. Philotha 
(Clark) Tracy (widow of Tracy and daugh- 
ter of Clark), 

Children, first marriage: 3 (Kellogg), sons, all 
born in Great Harrington, Mass. 

I. Wells,'' born March loth, 1772; died January 
28th, 1862, at Ashland, Ohio, from effects of 
a fall ; married November 12th, 1794, to 
Mary Sage, born August 13th, 1775 J ^^^^ 
December 24th, 1853 ; he was a ship carpen- 
ter. He lived at Oswegatchie till 1825, when 
he removed to Ashland, Ohio, where he was 
a Mayor and Justice of the Peace, and a sol- 
dier in War of 1812. 6 children. 



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2. Silas/ born February 15th, 1775; died Feb- 
ruary i6th, 1824, accidentally shot at Oswe- 
gatchie, N. Y. ; married at Wilmington, Vt., 
August I2th, 1808, to Sophia Lamb of Wil- 
mington, Vt., born February 13th, 1787; died 
March 13th, 1827, at Wilmington, Vt. 
(daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Ham- 
ilton) Lamb of Hahfax, Vt.). He removed 
to Wilmington, Vt., and in 183 1 removed to 
Oswegatchie, N. Y., where he was a mer- 
chant. 

Children: 7, first 3 born in Wilmington, Vt., 
and rest born in Oswegatchie, N. Y. 

3. (son),^ born January 3rd, 1777; died January 
3rd, 1777. 

Children, second marriage: 6 (Kellogg), 5 sons 
and I daughter, first 4 born in Great Barrington, 
Mass., rest born in Otsego. N. Y, 

4. Elishaba,'' bom February 23rd, 1780; died 
March ist, 1847; married December ist, 
1796, to Isaac Williams, born April 5th, 1777, 
at Lebanon, Conn.; died November 9th, i860. 
He was a son of John and Mercy (Lee) 
Williams. He removed from Lebanon, Conn., 
to Otsego, N. Y., in 1786. He was a farmer 
and sheriff of Otsego County, N. Y., and had 
14 children. 

5. Tracy,^ born August 31, 1782; died April 
23rd, 1876, aged 94; married Esther Brown, 

born ; died April 30th, 1855, aged 68. 

He resided at Otsego, N. Y., 90 years; he 
was a farmer and a carpenter and had a saw- 
mill; 5 children. 

6. John, ist,^ born December 8th, 1783; died 
March 29th, 1788. 

7. Jared,^ born August 27th, 1785; died March 
23rd, 1788. 

8. Charles,^ bom January 17th, 1787; died Oc- 
tober 6th, 1867, at Otsego, N. Y., where he 
lived all his life ; he was a blacksmith ; he 
married Lucy Williams (daughter of Price 
Williams). She died May ist, 1859, aged 70. 
No children. 

9. John, 2nd,^ born May 25th, 1790; died Jan- 
uary 15th, 1862, at Cooperstown, N. Y. ; mar- 
ried January i8th, 1813, Hannah Wattles 
(daughter of Charles Wattles), born Sep- 
tember 9, 1793; died January 20th, 1866. He 
was a farmer and lived and died upon the 



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homestead three miles from Cooperstown, 
N. Y., where his father settled in 1786. 
8 children. 

450 vi. Margaret,** born January i6th, 175 1-2; died De- 

cember 24th, 1794; married January 23, 1771, at 
Goshen Parish, Lebanon, Conn., to John EUis 
(son of Daniel Ellis) of Norwich, Conn., by 
whom she had 2 children (Ellis), both born at 
Norwich, Conn., viz. : 

1. Damaras,^ born November 23rd, 1771. 

2. Abner,^ born September 12th, 1773. 

451 vii. Ezra,^ born September 5th, 1754; died September 

29th, 1833, at Great Barrington, Mass. He lived 
in Colchester, Conn., until 1771, and removed to 
Great Barrington, Mass. He was Deputy Sheriff 
of Great Barrington and a Lieutenant in the 
Revolutionary War. He married April 30th, 
1779, at Great Barrington, to Mary Whiting 
(daughter of Lieut. Gamahel and Anna (Gillett) 
Whiting of Great Barrington), born December 
nth, 1758; died May nth, 1837, at Great Bar- 
rington. 

Children: 10 (Kellogg), 2 sons and 8 daughters, 
all bom at Great Barrington, Mass. 

1. Anastasia Lukens,'^ born February (or 
March) 29, 1780; died May 4th, 1837, at 
Lockport, N. Y. ; married at Great Barring- 
ton, October 19th, 1800, to Mark Hopkins 
(her cousin), born Great Barrington, June 
29th, 1779; died November 27th, 1828, at St. 
Clair, Mich. He was a son of Moses and 
Anna (Whiting) Hopkins. He removed to 
Henderson, N. Y., in 1805. He was a Cap- 
tain of Volunteers in War of 1812, and state 
representative. He removed with his family 
to St. Clair, Mich., in 1824, and was Judge 
of Probate and Postmaster there. 7 children, 
first 2 born in Great Barrington and rest born 
in Henderson, N. Y. 

2. Henry/ born February 7th, 1782; died Octo- 
ber 15th, 1805, at Albany, N. Y. ; married 
April i6th, 1805, to Lucy Riley. No issue. 

3. Frances,^ born April nth, 1784; died April 
27th, 1827. Not married. 

4. Bernice Whiting/ born July 6th, 1786; died 
August 20th, 1823 ; married at Great Barring- 
ton, June 7th, 18 18, to Aaron Kellogg (son 
of Col. Aaron Kellogg), as his second wife; 



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he bom Canaan, Conn., August 13th, 1773. 
No children. 

5. Mary,'^ born November 12th, 1789; died June 
26th, 1872. Not married. (Twins.) 

6. Sarah,^ born November 12th, 1789; died 
September 5th, 1862. Not married. (Twins.) 

7. Augustus,^ born September 23rd, 1792; died 
October 14th, 1793. 

8. Lydia Ann,^ born October loth, 1793; died 
February 9th, 1865, at Great Harrington; 
married August i6th, 1816, William Sher- 
wood of New York City (son of Ensign 
Jehiel Sherwood of Greenfield, Conn.) ; born 
February 27th, 1786; died October 12th, 1871, 
aged 86. 5 children. 

9. Nancy, ist,^ born October 17th, 1795; died 
October 13th, 1796. 

10. Nancy, 2nd,^ born November 21st, 1798; died 
March 2nd, 1877; not married. 

Axn-HORITIES 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 293. 

Early Conn. Marriages, by F. W. Bailey, Vol. Ill, p. 98. 

Colchester, Conn., Epitaphs, pp. 14-15-16-20. 

Kellogg Family in Old Word and New, Vol. I, p. 90. 

132. Hannah" Otis (Hannah^ Thacher, Hon. Col. John', An- 

tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born February 29th, 1717-18, at ; 

died June 12th, 1752, at ; married November 6th, 1735, 

at Colchester, Conn., by Rev. Ephraim Little of First Con- 
gregational Church of Westchester, to Benajah McCall of 
Lebanon, Conn., born ; died . 

Children: 3 (McCall), i son and 2 daughters, all born at 
Lebanon, Conn. 

452 i. Faith,® born February 12th, 1737; died ; 

married Asa Harris, July 23rd, 1761, at Colches- 
ter, Conn. 

453 ii. Nathaniel," born September 25th, 1740. 

454 iii. DeHght,® born March 19th, 1744. 

Authorities 
Early Conn. Marriages, by F. W. Bailey, Vol. Ill, p. 98. 
History of Lebanon, Conn., by O. D. Hine, p. 165. 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 293. 
Colchester, Conn., Epitaphs, p. 20. 

133. Dorothy^ Otis (Hannah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^' Antony,* 

Rev. Peter^), born April i6th, 1721, at ; died October 

20th, 1794, at ; married, first, December 13th, 1737, at 

Colchester, Conn., to Asahel (Asa) Bigelow, born September 
3rd, 1720, at Colchester, Conn. ; he resided at Colchester, and 
was a farmer; he died at Colchester, Conn., October 9th, 



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I754> "in 35th year," and was buried there in old burying- 
ground. He was a son of John Bigelow (born Watertown, 
Mass., Decembei 20th, 1681; died Colchester, Conn., March 
8th, 1770; will dated May i8th, 1769; married November 
4th, 1709), and his second wife Sarah (Bigelow) Bigelow 

(daughter of Jonathan Bigelow) (bom ; died October 

13th, 1754, in 75th year), of Colchester, Conn. 

Dorothy^ Otis married, second, October 12th, 1762, at 
Colchester, Conn., by the Rev. Ephraim Little of First Con- 
gregational Church, to Isaac Day, born May 17th, 171 3, at 
Colchester, Conn. ; he was a farmer and resided at Colchester, 
Conn.; he died March 7th, 1765, "in his 52nd year," at Col- 
chester, Conn., and was buried there in old burying ground. 

He was a son of John Day (born ; died October 17th, 

1754, "in 77th year," at Colchester), and ( ) Day 

(born ; died May 12th, 1714), of Colchester, Conn. 

Dorothy^ Otis married, third, , at , to Joseph 

Langwill (or Langrell). 

Children, first marriage: 9 (Bigelow), 4 sons and 5 daugh- 
ters, all born at Colchester, Conn. 

455 i. Asa, ist,^ born October 31st, 1738; died Sep- 

tember i8th, 1754, in i6th year, at Colchester, 
Conn., and was buried there; not married. 

456 ii. Jonathan,^ born August loth, 1740; died January 

13th, 1823, "in 83rd year," at Colchester; mar- 
ried May 24th, 1759, at , to Elizabeth 

(Betty) Otis, born , at ; died at Col- 
chester, August 31st, 1 82 1, "in her 86th year". 
She was a daughter of James Otis (born Scitu- 

ate, Mass., , 1692 ; died Saybrook, Conn., 

, 1754; married June, , 1728, at Mont- 

ville. Conn.), and Sarah (Tudor) Otis (born 

; died at Colchester, February 15th, 1788, 

aged 91)- 

The will of Mary Otis was proved March 
4th, 1788, and it mentions amongst others her 
daughter Elisabeth, wife of Jonathan Bigelow; 
but N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. H., pp. 288 and 
294, says that James and Sarah (Tudor) Otis 
were the parents of Betty Otis, who married 
Jonathan Bigelow. 

Children: 8 (Bigelow), 2 sons and 6 daughters; 
all born at Colchester, Conn. 

1. Delight,^ born December 24th, 1759. 

2. Dorothy,^ born Februarj'^ 3rd, 1761. 

3. James,'' born March i6th, 1764; died Novem- 
ber 23rd, 1840; married Ann , who died 

October 25th, 1825, aged 62. 



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4- Alice/ born March 21, 1766; died December 
13th, 1776. 

5. Betty/ born June , 1768. 

6. Sarah Tudor/ born March 2nd, 1771. 

7. Eunice/ born June 30th, 1773. 

8. Jonathan/ born August nth, 1775; died May 

22nd, 1793. 

457 iii. Dorothy,^ born September 2nd, 1742; died De- 

cember 26th, 1 76 1, at ; married at Colches- 
ter, March i6th (or 19th), 1761, to Jonathan 
Robbins. 

458 iv. Sarah,^ born November 13th, 1744; died ; 

married, first, November 19th, 1761, at Colches- 
ter, Conn., to Elias Ransom ; she married, second, 
, at , to Hopkins. 

459 V. Otis,® born January 4th (or 24th), 1746-7; died 

September loth, 1832 ; married, first, Lydia Loo- 
mis; married, second, Betsey Bartlett. 

460 vi. Betty, ist,® born February 8th, 1749; died Jan- 

uary 28th, 175 1-2, "in 3rd year," at Colchester, 
Conn., and was buried there. 

461 vii. Delight,® born February 25th, 1751 ; died Sep- 

tember 28th, 1754, "in 4th year," at Colchester, 
Conn., and was buried there. 

462 viii. Betty, 2nd,® born March 21st, 1753; died ; 

married Captain Simon Abell of Goshen, Conn. 

463 ix. Asa, 2nd,® born May 12th, 1755; died July 28th, 

■1830; married Lydia Newton. 

On December 3rd, 1754, administration was 
granted to Dorothy^ (Otis) Bigelow of Col- 
chester on the estate of her late husband, Asa 
Bigelow, deceased. On April 3rd, 1770, the 
estate was divided between the sons, Jonathan, 
Otis and Asa, and daughters, Sarah and Betty. 

Children, by second marriage: 3 (Day), sons. 

464 X. Charles.® 

465 xi. Daniel.® 

466 xii. John.® 

Children, by third marriage: none that are known of. 
Authorities 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, pp. 93, 288, 294. 
Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. Ill, p. 103 ; Vol. I, p. 70. 
Colchester, Conn., Epitaphs, pp. 2, 3, 9, 20. 
Bigelow Genealogy, by G. B. Howe, pp. 42, 72, 73. 

134. Desire"* Otis (Hannah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ 
Rev. Peter^), born May 20th, 1723; died ; at ; mar- 
ried October 29th, 1748, at Colchester, Conn., by Rev. Ephraim 
Little, First Congregational Church, to Deacon Ichabod Bart- 



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lett, born Lebanon, Conn., October 17th (or 20th), 1723; 

died ; he was a farmer and a deacon in the church. He 

resided at Lebanon and Windsor, Conn. He was a son of 
Josiah Bartlett and his wife Mary (or Mercy) Chandler 
(daughter of Zebulon and EHzabeth (Alden) Chandler) of 
Lebanon, Conn. 

Children: 8 (Bartlett), 3 sons and 5 daughters, all bom at 
Lebanon, Conn. 

467 i. Lydia,* born May 6, 1748 (or 49) ; died , at 

; married at Lebanon (Bozrahville), Conn., 

November 24th, 1768, to Captain Abner Kellogg 
(her first cousin, No. 448), born November 9th, 
1746; died July 24th, 1821, For completion of 
this record, see record of Captain Abner Kel- 
logg, No. 448, 

468 ii. Desire,® born April 24th, 1750; died ; mar- 

ried Daniel Strong of Lebanon, Conn. 

469 iii. Judah,* born June 15th, 1752; died ; mar- 

ried Luna Abell of Lebanon, Conn. 

470 iv. John,® born September 24th (or 29th), 1754; 

died August 2nd (or 6th), 1831, at East Wind- 
sor, Conn. ; married at Lebanon, Conn., , 

1774, to Desire Loomis, born Lebanon, Conn., 
July loth, 1754; died February i6th, 1821. She 
was a daughter of Lieut. Thomas Loomis (born 

Lebanon, Conn., , 1714; died Lebanon, , 

1792; married , 1734), and Susannah 

(Clark) Loomis, of Lebanon, Conn. John" Bart- 
lett resided at Lebanon and East Windsor, Conn. ; 
he was a deacon in the church. 

Children: 8 (Bartlett), 4 sons and 4 daughters, 
all born at Lebanon, Conn. 

1. Ruby,^ born November 17th, 1775; died 
April 27th, 1791. Not married. 

2. Shubael,^ born April 2nd, 1778; died June 
6th, 1854, aged 76; married at Hartford, 
Conn., January 19th, 1803, to Fanny Leffing- 
well, born Norwich, Conn., September 23rd, 
1778; died August 28th, 1864, aged 85. He 
was pastor of East Windsor, Conn., Congre- 
gational Church. Yale College, 1800. 9 
children. 

3. Hannah,^ born February 29th, 1780; died 
August 22nd, 1803. 

4. Loomis,'^ born March 23rd, 1782; died De- 
cember 20th, 1805. 

5. John,'' born August i6th, 1784; died April 
25th, 1866, at Avon, Conn. ; married Septem- 



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ber i2th, 1812, to Jane Golden, born Herki- 
mer Co., N. Y., May 12th, 1797; died at 
Avon, Conn., December 3rd, 1869. He was 
of Yale College, 1801. Pastor of Congre- 
gational Church at Avon, Conn. 11 children. 

6. Mary,^ born October , 1786; died , 

1865 ; married , 1803, Deacon Charles 

Sexton of Ellington, Conn. 1 1 children. 

7. Lucy,^ born June 2nd, 1790; died March 15th, 
1840, at East Windsor, Conn. 

8. Seth C.,^ born October 26th, 1796; died May 

, 1830; married, first, Laura Butler of 

Lebanon, Conn., by whom he had 3 children ; 
married, second, Dimmock. 

471 V. Hannah,® born May 24th, 1757; died ; mar- 

ried John Shapley of New London, Conn. 

472 vi. Molly,® born April 4th, 1760; died ; married 

Hallet Gallup. No children. 

473 vii. Lucy,® born December 19th, 1763; died ; 

married Andrew Champion. 

474 viii. Seth,® born June i8th, 1766; died ; married 

Althea Ripley. 

Authorities 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 293. 
Colchester, Conn., Epitaphs, p. 20. 
Early Conn., Marriages, Vol. Ill, p. 100. 
Kellogg's in Old World and New, Vol. I, p. 173. 
History of Lebanon, Conn., by O. D. Hine, p. 145. 
Stiles' History of Windsor, Conn., Vol. II, pp. 64-5. 

136. JoHN^ Otis (Hannah* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony, ^ 
Rev. Peter^), born April ist, 1728 (according to Town Rec- 
ords), or June 4th, 1727 (according to Family Bible). He 
resided at Colchester, Conn., where he was a farmer and land 
surveyor and held numerous town offices. He died at Col- 
chester, Conn., of apoplexy, October 24th, 1804, aged yy, 
and was buried there. He married at Colchester, Conn., by 
Rev. Ephraim Little of First Congregational Church, on De- 
cember 20th, 1750, to Prudence Taintor, born Colchester, 
Conn., August 20th (or December 9th), 1729; died at Col- 
chester, June 7th (or 17th), 1823, "at the advanced age of 
94," and was buried there. She was a daughter of Michael 

Taintor (born ; died ; married December 3rd. 1712), 

and Uniss (Eunice) (Foot) Taintor of Colchester, Conn. 

Children: 12 (Otis), 6 sons and 6 daughters, all born at Col- 
chester, Conn. 

475 i. Hannah,® born February 29th, 1752; died , 

1790, aged 38; married at Colchester, Conn., No- 
vember 5th, 1778, to Martin Kellogg (as his sec- 
ond wife), born , baptized at , March 



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29th, 1741. He resided at Lyme, Conn.; he died 
at Lyme, Conn., November 28th, 1789- He was 
a son of Jonathan Kellogg (born September i8th, 
1712; died July loth, 1745), and Mary (Niles) 
Kellogg (born June 20, 1716), daughter of John 
Niles of Lyme, Conn.; Mary (Niles) Kellogg 
married, second, July 7th, 1746, to Reynold Mar- 
vin. 

Children: 4 (Kellogg), 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Sarah,' born ; died ; married Amasa 

Foot, her cousin. 

2. Fanny,' born ; died ; married a 

Methodist minister. 

3. William,' born ; died , young. 

4. Asa,' born ; died . 

Martin Kellogg's first wife was Sarah Tread- 
way, born March 31st, 1742; died January 26th, 
1778; she was a daughter of Josiah and Eunice 
(Foote) Treadway. 

476 ii. Nathaniel,^ born June 19th, 1753; died March 

i8th, 1834, aged 81 ; he resided at Colchester, 
Conn., and Hartford, Conn., and settled at New 
London, Conn. He was a Captain of Militia; 
took oath of fidelity September 19th, 1780; and 
was land surveyor of New London County, Conn. 

He married at , November 5th, 1778, to Mary 

Foot, born ; died , aged 84. She was a 

daughter of Israel Foot. 

Children: 3 (Otis), i son and 2 daughters. 

I- Asa,' born ; died ; resided at New 

London, Conn. 

2. Daughter,' born ; died ; resided at 

New London, Conn. 

3. Daughter,' born ; died ; resided at 

New London, Conn. 

477 iii. Sarah,« born May 24th, 1755; died , 1781, 

of consumption, aged 26 ; married at Colchester, 
November 5th, 1778, to Israel Foot, Jr. (son of 
Israel Foot). 
Children: 2 (Foot), daughters. 

1. Sarah, ist,' born ; died , in infancy. 

2. Sarah, 2nd,' born February ist, 1781 ; died 
; married Hale. 

478 iv. Ann,* born March 15th, 1757; died , 1837, 

aged 80; at Rochester, N. Y. She was blind and 
while living with her daughter her clothing caught 
fire, causing her death. She married at Colches- 
ter, October 19th, 1777, to Daniel Wattles of Leb- 



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anon, Conn.; he was born at Colchester, Conn., 

November 5th, 1755 ; died . He was a son 

of William Wattles (married May 29th, 1735), 
and Abigail (Denison) Wattles, of Lebanon, 
Conn. 

Children: 11 (Wattles), several of whom died in 
infancy. 

479 V. John Thacher,^ born October 31st, 1758; died 

at Colchester, September i8th, 1842, on Sunday, 
aged 84, and was buried there- He was a Deacon 
and a soldier in Revolutionary War. He mar- 
ried at Colchester, September 29th, 1782, to 

Louisa Pomeroy, born , 1760 (see age at 

death and date of death) ; died at Colchester, De- 
cember 3rd, 1837, aged JJ, and was buried there. 
She was a daughter of Deacon Noah and Irene 
(Northam) Pomeroy of Colchester, Conn., who 
were married April 24th, 1748. 

Children: 7 (Otis), amongst whom were the fol- 
lowing 3 : 

1. Charles P.,^ born ; died January 7th, 

1837. Yale College, 1829. He was principal 
of Bacon Academy for 10 years. 

2. Israel Taintor,'^ born ; died , 1889; 

William College, 1828, M. A.; Andover Theo- 
logical Seminary, 1834; minister at Rye, 
N. H. 

3. Eunice,^ born ; died December 30th, 

1814, in 2ist year, at Colchester, Conn., and 
was buried there ; not married. 

4. .^ 

5- -^ 

6. ? 

7. •' 

480 vi. Charles,^ born October 29th, 1760; died October 

, 1844, aged 84, at Hamilton, N. Y. ; married 

, at , to Elizabeth (Gould) Sweetland 

(widow of Sweetland of East Pladdam, 

Conn.). He lived at Colchester, Conn., and took 
oath of fidelity there December 17th, 1782; he 
removed and settled at Hamilton, N. Y. 

Children : 

1. Hannah,'^ born ; died ; married John 

Blish. 

2. Charles G.,'^ born ; died;; he Hved at 

Earlville, N. Y., and was a Justice of the 
Peace. 



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481 vii. Prudence,^ born November 23rd, 1762; died ; 

(she was living at Colchester, Conn., in 1850) ; 

married , at , to Ambrose Dutton, born 

, 1759; died October 28th, 1841, aged 82. 

Children: 7 (Dutton), 5 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Epaphroditus/ 5. Russell." 

2. Phebe.'' 6. Ambrose.'^ 

3. Sophia.^ 7. James.'^ 

4. FrancisJ 

48^ viii. Marcy,® born September 17th, 1764; died , 

1813; married, first, Daniel Cone, by whom she 
had 2 children ; she married, second. Dr. Amos 
Skeel of Williamstown, Mass., by whom she had 
4 children. 

483 ix, James,** born June 6th, 1767; he lived at Col- 

chester and was made a freeman there in 1792; 
died March 2nd, 1845 ; he married November 
i8th, 1792, to Dorothy Foot, who died , 1848. 

Children: 2 (Otis) : 

I- John Nelson,^ born ; died , young, 

2. James Foot,^ born ; died April 5th, 1846; 

married Eliza H Hammond, and left 

children; he was a talented musician. 

484 X. Eunice,® born November 28th, 1770; died 

(in 1850 she was living in Eaton, N. Y.) ; mar- 
ried Daniel Gardner, by whom she had 6 chil- 
dren, 3 sons and 3 daughters. 

485 xi. David,** born August 20th, 1773; died May 13th, 

1847 ; married Fanny Fowler, born Goshen Par- 
ish, Lebanon, Conn., June 28th, 1783. She was 
a daughter of Captain Amos and Rebecca 
(Dewey) Fowler of Lebanon, Conn. 

Children: 8 (Otis), 4 sons and 4 daughters, all 
born at Colchester, Conn. 

1. Alfred,^ born ; died ; married Sophia 

Jane Worthington, who died October 7th, 
1849, aged 43, at Colchester, Conn., and was 
buried there; by her he had i daughter, i. 
Laura Emmeline* Otis, born ; died Sep- 
tember 1st, 1842, aged 5 years and 10 months. 

2. Clarissa.^ 

3. Rhoda Emmeline,'' born ; died , 

1843 'y married Ambrose Dutton and left i 
son. 

4- Orrin F.,^ born ; died . Yale Col- 
lege, 1840; a minister of the Congregational 
Church at Chepachet, R. I. 



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5- Benjamin F./ born ; died ; married 

Frances Jane Clark. 

6. Harriet Newell/ born ; died ; mar- 
ried Russell Button. 

7. Horatio Nelson/ born July 24th, 1816; died 
May 7th, 1881, at Yonkers, N. Y. ; married 
December 27th, 1853, to Margaret Bigelovv 

Bradford of Newburgh, N. Y. ; born ; 

died , 1879. 

7 children: 4 sons and 3 daughters. 

8. Sarah/ born ; died . 

486 xii. Amos," born April i8th, 1776; died October 17th, 
1857, "in 82nd year/' at Colchester, and was 

buried there. He married Huntly. 

John^ Otis lived at Colchester, Conn., on the estate he re- 
ceived from his parents in 1769. 

Authorities 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. II, p. 293; IV, pp. 146-7-8; VIII, p. 196; 
XLI, p. 419. 

Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. Ill, pp. loi, 107, 108. 
Colchester, Conn., Records, by C. M. Taintor, p. 91. 
Hist, of Lebanon, Conn., by O. D. Hine, p. 173. 
Colchester Epitaphs, p. 19. 

138. Mercy^ Otis, born July 2nd (or 3rd), 1734; died ; mar- 
ried at Colchester, Conn., by Rev. Ephraim Little, First Con- 
gregational Church, December 14th, 1752, to Nathaniel Bart- 

lett, born Lebanon, Conn., November 27th, 1727; died ; 

he resided at Lebanon (Goshen), Conn. He was a son of 
Josiah and Mercy (or Mary) (Chandler) Bartlett of Leb- 
anon, Conn. 

Authorities 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. II, p. 293. 

Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. Ill, p. loi. 

Colchester, Conn., Epitaphs, p. 20. 

History of Lebanon, Conn., p. 145. 

140. Joseph'* Thacher (Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., September loth, 1726; he 
resided at Yarmouth, and was a blacksmith ; he died at Yar- 
mouth, Mass., December 24th, 1771. Letters of administra- 
tion on his estate was granted April 9th, 1772, to his brother 
David^ Thacher. He married at Yarmouth, Mass., July 27th, 
1749, to Abigail Hawes (sister of Ebenezer Hawes), born 
Yarmouth, Mass., September i6th, 1730; died June 21st, 
1789, "in her 59th year." She was a daughter of Ebenezer 

Hawes (born Yarmouth, July 15th, 1705; died ; married 

January i6th, 1728-9) and Sarah (Hedge) Hawes of Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 8 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 



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-{-487 i- Solomon,® born April 3rd, 1750; died October 
25th, 1798; married Susannah Crosby. 

+488 ii. Peleg,® born November 22nd, 1751 ; died August 
I2th, 1817; married Mercy Matthews. 

-1-489 iii. Ebenezer,® born June 2nd, 1754; died April ist, 
183 1 ; married Tamsen Taylor. 

-[-490 iv. Lydia,° born January 22nd, 1756; died March 
9th, 1838; married Charles Hallett. 

491 V. Isaac,'' born September 6th, 1757; died ; not 

married. 

+492 vi. Joseph,® born April i6th, 1759; died ; mar- 
ried Abigail Gorham. 

4-493 vii. Sarah,® born May loth, 1761 ; died July 27th, 
1847; married Joseph Vincent. 

494 viii. Temperance,® born December 22nd, 1762; died 

June 14th, 1791. 

495 ix. Daniel,® born April 29th, 1765; died , young. 

-{-496 X. Barnabas,® born August 26th, 1768; died Sep- 
tember 26th, 1836; married Mary Howes. 

497 xi. Ezekiel,® born January 26th, 1772; died , 

1785. Not married. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38, 44. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Archibald Gourlay Thacher, N. Y. City. 

142. Hon. David^ Thacher (Judah,* Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ 
Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., March 14th, 1730; died 
at Yarmouth, November 9th, 1801, aged 72, and was buried 
there in old cemetery ; gravestone. He married at , Jan- 
uary ist, 1754, to Abigail Russell, born , 1727 (see age 

at death and date of death), at Barnstable, Mass.; died at 
Yarmouth, April 25th, 1803, aged 76, and was buried there 
in old cemetery ; gravestone. She was a daughter of Dr. John 
and Mehitable (Lothrop) Russell, of Barnstable, Mass. Me- 
hitable Lothrop was the daughter of Hon. Joseph and Abigail 
(Childs) Lothrop of Barnstable, who were married January 
14th, 1695. 

Children: 6 (Thacher), 4 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, only i of whom, David, 2nd,® Jr., reached ma- 
turity. 

498 i. Mehitable, ist,® born February 12th, 1760; died 

April 24th, 1764, "in her 5th year," at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there in old cemetery; 
gravestone- 

499 ii. David, ist,® born ; died , before reach- 

ing maturity. 

500 iii. Judah, ist,® born ; died , before reach- 

ing maturity. 



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501 iv. Judah, 2nd,® born ; died , before reach- 

ing maturity. 

502 V. Mehitable, 2nd,* born ; died , before 

reaching maturity. 
+503 vi. David, 2nd,^ born June loth, 1767; died October 
17th, 1830; married, first, Sarah Gray; married, 
second, Eunice Weld Noble. 

Hon. David Thacher was a Judge and Statesman. He inher- 
ited and lived in the house of his father in Yarmouth. He was a 
representative for 21 years and a senator several years in the Gen- 
eral Court of Massachusetts, and was often there employed on 
committees where maturity of judgment and experience gained by 
careful attention to the interests of the commonwealth were par- 
ticularly required. He was distinguished by talents of solid, judi- 
cious and useful character, rather than those of a brilliant and 
showy type. He held during the great part of his life various 
offices in his town and county. He was one of the committee of 
safety during the Revolutionary War; and for 15 years was one 
of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for Barnstable 
County. He was also a member of the conventions for forming 
and adopting the State and Federal Constitution. His gravestone 
is thus inscribed : "To the memory of the Hon. David Thacher, 
Esq., who having served his generation in many important public 
stations with honor and fidelity, died November 9th, 1801, aged 
seventy-two years. By a constant practice of social virtues, he 
rendered himself greatly beloved and respected in the various walks 
of domestic life- Reader, wouldst thou be honored in life and 
lamented in death, go and do likewise. Also erected to the memory 
of Mrs. Abigail Thacher, widow of the Hon. David Thacher, Esq., 
who died April 25th, 1803, aged seventy-six years. She was greatly 
esteemed as a Christian and a friend." 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38, 44-5. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 229. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 32-33. 
Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, pp. 127-8. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 168. 

143. Lieutenant and Deacon Josiah^ Thacher (Judah,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth. Mass., 
February 2nd, 1732-3. He resided at Yarmouth, Mass., 
where he was a deacon and held the office of Lieutenant in 
in the Military Service ; he was a Tavern Keeper. He died 
at Yarmouth, Mass., January 19th, 1802, and was buried 
there in old cemetery {Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. H., pp. 
229-30, says that he died January 19th, 1809, aged 69 ; and so 
also does Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. L, p. 127; but as he was 
born in 1732-3 and died aged 69, he must have died in 1802; 
therefore Freeman and Alden are incorrect). His tombstone 



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inscription does not appear in Gravestone Records of Yar- 
mouth, Mass., prepared by Thomas W. Thacher and Stanley 
W. Smith, and pubhshed in 1906 by the Mass. Society, M. 
F. D., and therefore I presume it was destroyed between the 
compilation of Aldcn's Epitaphs and the year 1906. He mar- 
ried, first, at Yarmouth, Mass., February 22nd, 1758-9, to 
Desire Crowell, born Yarmouth, May 30th, 1736; died at 
Yarmouth, February 27th, 1788, "in her 52nd year," and was 
buried there in old cemetery; gravestone. She was a daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer Crowell and his wife Mary (Gorham) 
Crowell (born Yarmouth, August 20th, 1708, daughter of 
John and Ann (Brown) Gorham of Yarmouth) of Yarmouth, 
Mass. He married, second, at Yarmouth, Mass., January ist, 

1789, to Mary (Miller) Hedge, born , 1744 (see age at 

death and date of death), at ; died at Yarmouth, Mass., 

January 15th, 181 1, "in her 67th year," and was buried there 

in old cemetery ; gravestone. She was a daughter of 

Miller, and widow of Deacon Isaac Hedge, according to 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. H., p. 230, and widow of Deacon 
Josiah Hedge, according to Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I., p. 125-6. 
I am inclined to think Freeman is correct. 

Children, all by first marriage: 8 (Thacher), 4 sons and 4 
daughters, all born at Yarmouth. 

+504 i. Mercy ,^ born March 20th, 1760; died September 
29th, 1807; married Andrews Hedge. 

505 ii. daughter,® born July 26th, 1761 ; died August 

28th, 1762, at Yarmouth. 

506 iii. Judah,^ born July 2nd, 1762; died , young; 

lost at sea ; not married. 
-j-507 iv. James," born May 15th, 1764; died November 
28th, 1832 ; married, first, Susannah® Thacher 
(No. 580, daughter of Joseph^ and Susannah 
(Wheldon) Thacher; married, second, Susan- 
nah Hall (half sister of William Hall, who mar- 
ried her husband's eldest daughter Polly). 
4-508 v. Josiah,^ born July ist, 1766; died December i8th, 

1853 ; married Lydia Matthews. 
-)-509 vi. Desire,® born February 6th, 1769; died February 

23rd, 1825 ; married Daniel Taylor. 
-I-510 vii. Anne,® born June 23rd, 1771 ; died ; mar- 
ried, first, Dr. John Dusten; married, second, 
Joseph (or Asa) Washburn. 

-I-511 viii. Edmund.® born March 24th, 1774; died ; 

married Polly Bassett- 
There is a remarkable coincidence existing between the records 
of Deacon Josiah^ Thacher and that of his uncle Deacon Josiah* 
Thacher (No. 38). The latter was born April 26th, 1667, and 
died May 12th, 1701 (or 1702) ; the former was born February 
2nd, 1732-3, and died January 19th, 1802; they were both deacons 



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in the same church, and they both had for a wife a Mary Hedge. 
This coincidence has heretofore puzzled antiquarians and has caused 
a confusion of the two Josiahs. 

Deacon^ Josiah Thacher was chosen as a deacon, May i8th, 
1801. His tavern stood upon the site of the Congregational par- 
sonage in Yarmouth. According to a paper written by his grand- 
son, Prentiss^ Thacher, he was married in 1758. 

From Alden's Epitaphs we obtain the following inscription 
taken from the gravestone of Deacon Josiah^ Thacher, and those 
of his two (2) wives. The gravestone of Deacon Josiah** Thacher 
has since the compilation of Alden's Epitaphs, been broken, and at 
last accounts (according to George Winslow Thacher of Yarmouth- 
port, Mass.) was lying on the ground and likely at any time to 
disappear; and from the fact that the printed records of the Old 
Burying Ground at Yarmouth makes no mention of said stone, it 
would appear that it had now vanished. 

"In memory of Deacon Josiah Thacher, who died January 19th, 
1809, in his 69th year." 
"Look down upon the sacred spot and see 
What death can do for you as well as me; 
Sweet bosom friend, your falling sand is nigh, 
Children, prepare, 'tis God that calls on high. 
Neighbors and friends alike must be the same, 
Prepare for death in time, for God doth reign." 

The date 1809 was copied incorrectly by Alden, or else it 
was recorded incorrectly on the gravestone, as he was born in 
1732-3 and died in 1802, aged 69. 

'Tn memory of Mrs. Desire Thacher, wife of Deacon Josiah 
Thacher, who died February 27th, 1788, in the 52nd year of her 
age. Also in memory of Mrs. Mary Thacher, his last wife, and 
formerly widow of Deacon Josiah Hedge. She died January 15th, 

181 1, aged years." 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 37-8, 45-6. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 229-30. 

Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, p. 125. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 33. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

George Winslow Thacher of Yarmouthport, Mass. 

145. Sarah" Thacher (Judah,* Hon. Col. John,* Antony,=^ Rev. 

Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., August 17th, 1737; died , 

at Falmouth (possibly) ; she married, first, at Yarmouth, Oc- 
tober 17th (or 27th), 1765, to Prince Hawes, Jr. (as his 
second wife; his first wife was Elizabeth® Hallett, daughter 
of Joseph and Abigail (Thacher) Hallett, see Nos. 102 and 
316, born Yarmouth, April 15th, 1736; he lived at Yarmouth 

and was a mariner; he died December 14th, 1767, at ; 

lost at sea ; body not recovered ; he was a son of Prince 
Hawes (born Yarmouth, December 29th, 1709; died Yar- 



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mouth, December 8th, 1771 ; married July 17th, 1735) and 

Anna (Hodge) Hawes (born ; died March 4th, 1782) 

of Yarmouth, Mass. Sarah^ (Thacher) Hawes married, sec- 
ond, (after December 23rd, 1768), at , to Thomas 

Palmer (as his second wife; his first wife was Elizabeth" 
Thacher, No. 175 (daughter of Thomas* and Thankful (Bax- 
ter) Thacher), who died December 23rd, 1768, in her 27th 
year) ; he was born February 12th, 1737-8, at Falmouth, 
Mass. ; he resided at Falmouth and died there April 25th, 
1775, "in his 38th year;" he was a son of Rev. Samuel Palmer 
(born August 8, 1707, at Middleboro, Mass.; died April 13th, 
1775, at Falmouth, Mass., "in his 68th year" ; married Jan- 
uary 25th, 1736-7), and his first wife, Mercy (Parker) 

Palmer, (born ; died March ist, 1750), of Falmouth, 

Mass. Rev. Samuel Palmer graduated at Harvard College 
1727, and was minister at Falmouth for 45 years; his second 
wife was Mrs. Sarah Allen of Chilmark, Mass., whom he 
married in 175 1. 

Child, first marriage: i (Hawes), daughter, born at Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

512 i. Anner,^ born August 4th, 1766; died April loth, 

1782, aged 16; she was drowned at Yarmouth 
and was buried there in old burying ground; 
gravestone; not married. 

Child, second marriage: i (Palmer), son, born at Falmouth, 
Mass. 

513 ii. (See also No. 871.) Job,^ born August nth, 

1772; died ; married , of Virginia. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 38. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 565 ; II, pp. '202-221. . 

Hawe's Family MSS. Genealogy (N. Y. Public Library), p. 5. 

Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 21. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. II, p. 106. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

146. JoHN^ Thacher (Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., August 25th, 1739; he re- 
sided at Yarmouth, where he was Town Clerk from 1789 for 
10 years; he died at Yarmouth, August 12th, 1799, aged 59, 
and was buried there in old burying ground ; gravestone ; he 
married at Yarmouth, October i8th, 1766, to Hannah 
Matthews, born Yarmouth, May 2nd, 1747 (or 1748) ; died 
Yarmouth, April 26th, 1832, aged 84, and was buried there 
in old burying ground ; gravestone. She was a daughter of 
Isaac and Sarah (Hawes) Matthews, of Yarmouth. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 6 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth. 



^ACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part XL 



GENEAI.OGICAL RECORD OF 

ANTONY^ THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

I Continued) 



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4-514 i- Rebecca,* born November 23rd, 1767; died June 
30th, 1795 ; married William Bray. 

-f-515 ii. John,* born March 24th, 1769; died March 7th, 
1820; married Deborah Sears. 

4-516 iii. Hannah,* born August 17th, 1771 ; died October 
8th, 1849; married Sylvanus Kelly. 
517. iv. Isaiah,* born November 6th, 1773 ; died Sep- 
tember 25th, 1798, in the 25th year of his age; 
he was drowned at sea, and body not recovered, 
on a trip from Cape Ann to the "Banks." He 
was not married. He sailed from Harwich, Mass., 
to Cape Ann for stores and sailed from Cape 
Ann on September 21st, 1798, and was lost in a 
gale that occurred on September 25th, 1798. He 
was a mariner. 

518 v. Job,* born December 30th, 1776; died August 

, 1802, at Cape Hayti, West Indies, of yellow 

fever, and was buried there- He was a master- 
mariner. Not married. 

519 vi. Elkanah,* born January i8th, 1779; died August 

, 1802, at Cape Hayti, West Indies, of yellow 

fever, and was buried there. He was mate of his 
brother Job* Thacher's vessel. Not married. 
4-520 vii. Sarah* (Sally), born April 19th, 1782; died No- 
vember 17th (or i8th), 1862; married Edward 
Gorham. She and her sister Elizabeth* were 
twins. 

521 viii. Elizabeth, ist,* born April 19th, 1782; died No- 

vember 17th, 1782, at Yarmouth, and was prob- 
ably buried there; no grave stone. 

522 ix. Isaac,* born September 25th, 1784; died Febru- 

ary , 1801, at Jamaica, West Indies, of yel- 
low fever, and was buried there. He was a mari- 
ner. He sailed from Boston with Captain Ben- 
jamin Foster. A certificate signed by Benjamin 
Foster describes him as of light complexion, blue 
eyes, flaxen hair, 4 feet 10 inches high, aged 16; 
he died unmarried on his first voyage. 

-I-523 X. Matthews,* born June 8th, 1788; died October 
25th (or 26th), 1868; married Elizabeth Crocker; 
he and his sister Elizabeth, 2nd,* were twins. 

4-524 xi. Elizabeth, 2nd,* born June 8th, 1788; died March 
5th, 1862 ; married Ebenezer Matthews. 

Hannah (Matthews) Thacher, widow of John^ Thacher, mar- 
ried a second time at Yarmouth, March loth, 1805, to Robert 
Homer, born Yarmouth, January 28th, 1742. He resided at 
Yarmouth (Hokanum) in the Old Sturgis House; he died , 



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at . He was a son of Benjamin Homer (born May 8th, 

1698; died October 23rd, 1776) and Elizabeth (Sears) Homer 
(born October 8th, 1700; died January 23rd, 1778) of Yarmouth. 
By this, het second marriage, she had no children. From Alden's 
Epitaphs, Vol. I., p. 126, we obtain the following inscription from 
the grave stone of John^ Thacher: 

"In memory of Mr. John Thacher, who died 12th August, 1799, 
aged 59 years." 
"Why should we fear the hour of death? 
Since Hfe is but a span. 
By lengthening out our feeble breath 
We're more involved in sin. 
Here I resign my mortal frame 
Submissively to God, % 

In hopes to meet a Heavenly train 
In my Redeemer's blood." 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38 and 46. 
Sears' Genealogy, by Saml. P. May, p. 42. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 23, ^2. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
George Winslow Thacher of Yarmouthport, Mass. 

147. William' Thacher (Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,' 
Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, March 30th, 1743. He re- 
sided at Yarmouth until 1803 and then removed to South 
Dartmouth, Mass. He was a house and ship carpenter 
and a man of inventive genius in his line. He died May 
24th, 1829, at Dartmouth (probably), and was probably 
buried there, but I have no record of the place of his death 

and burial. He married , at , to Thankful Hedge, 

born , 1751, at Yarmouth; died April 7th, 1823, at 

(South Dartmouth probably and was probably buried there). 
I have no record of the place of her death and burial She 

was a daughter of Thomas Hedge (born , 1719; died 

June 9th, 1764, aged 45; married January 25th, 1738-9) and 
Mary (Gorham) Hedge (baptized July 19, 1719; died June 
3, 1795, aged 75) of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 4 sons and 7 daughters, all born 
at Yarmouth. 

525 i. Mehitable, ist,^ born October 25th, 1768; died 
April 2nd, 1774, in her 6th year, at Yarmouth, 
and was buried there in old burying ground; 
grave stone. 

-I-526 ii. Laban,^ born September 9th, 1772; died March 
3rd, 1833; married Sally Davis. 

-1-527 iii. Molly Gorham," born June loth, 1775; died April 
22nd, 1799; married Benjamin Kelly, who after 



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her death married, second, her sister Mehitable, 
2nd,^ Thacher, No. 533, 

528 iv. Thankful, ist,® born ; died , young, at 

Yarmouth, and was probably buried there; no 
gravestone. 

529 V. Thankful, 2nd,® born ; died , young, at 

Yarmouth, and was probably buried there; no 
gravestone. 
+530 vi. Thankful, 3rd,* born July 31st, 1780; died De- 
cember 22nd, 1842 ; married Ebenezer Hawes- 

+531 vii. Judah,® born August 28th, 1784; died ; 

married, first, Mary (Polly) Rowland; married, 

second, Rebecca R Custis (said to have been 

a cousin of the first husband of Martha Wash- 
ington). He and his brother William® Thacher 
were twins. 
-f532 viii. William,® born August 28th, 1784; died Decem- 
ber 3rd, 1853 ; married Hannah Howland. 
-f-533 ix. Mehitable, 2nd,® born April ist, 1787; died De- 
cember i6th, 1841 ; married Benjamin Kelly as his 
second wife (his first wife was her sister Molly 
Gorham® Thacher, No. 527. 
-f-534 X. Gorham,® born April 25th, 1790; died July 13th, 
1857; married, first, Phebe V. Soule; married, 
second, Eunice Sears. 
535 xi. Hannah,® born ; died , young, at Yar- 
mouth, and was probably buried there ; no grave- 
stone. 
William^ Thacher was a deacon in the church; he was a car- 
penter and a ship-builder and a man of considerable genius in his 
line of work, introducing many improvements in the construction 
of salt works and wind-mills. He was on the committee for draw- 
ing up the new State Constitution in 1776, he being then of Yar- 
mouth. He lived in Yarmouth, at the foot of Church Street, until 
about a year after his son Laban® Thacher removed to South Dart- 
mouth. His son Laban bought him a farm in South Dartmouth 
and he removed thereto. Davis'^ Thacher (his grandson) says 
that he was a house carpenter, and was chosen a deacon when he 
was 80 years old. Mrs. Sally^ (Hawes) Cobb, his grand-daughter, 
states that he was a deacon in 1819. Antony^ Thacher, his grand- 
son, states that he built boats of a kind called "Moses" boats ; and 
that afterwards he built small fishing and coasting vessels. He 
owned a sloop of 10 or 15 tons burden that plied between Yarmouth 
and Boston; and also sailed on a sloop of his own building to 
Labrador, but was probably not the master thereof. He built many 
wind-mills and also built the first light-house on the back of Cape 
Cod, it being constructed of wood. He is said to have built the 
wind-mill that formerly stood on the northeast corner of the Yar- 



248 

mouth Academy and which was subsequently on the hill east of 
the Congregational Meeting House- This wind-mill was moved 
to near the site of Charles Sears' house. He is said to have been 
the inventor of the improvements in salt work implements which 
were made use of by the Acme Salt Works. His ship yard was 
on Green Hill. Both Mrs. Sally Cobb and Warren'' Thacher (his 
grand-children) were in possession of miniature portraits of Wil- 
liam* Thacher, which were the only portraits of any of this line of 
Thacher's from the first to the fifth generation. Both William" 
Thacher and his wife were dismissed from church in Yarmouth to 
that of Dartmouth in 1807. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38, 46-7. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 429. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 224. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

148. David* Lothrop (Ann* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,* 

Rev. Peter^), born October , 1723, at ; died October 

2nd, 1787, at ; he lived at Tolland, Conn., and it is pre- 
sumed died there, as all of the dates of the records here 
given are on the Tolland, Conn., Records. He married 
Clarinda Delano, on July 28th, 1747, at Tolland, presumably. 

Children: 3 (Lothrop), 2 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Tolland, Conn. 

536 i. Samuel, ist,® born November 7th, 1748; died 

July nth, 1751. 

537 ii. Hannah,® born April 9th, 1750. 

538 iii. Samuel, 2nd,® born April 15th, 1752; died Octo- 

ber 1 6th, 1760- 

Authorities 
Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 92 and 124. 

150. Jonathan* Lothrop (Ann* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' An- 

tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born September i8th, 1727, at ; died 

, at ; married December 20th, 1753, at , to 

Rachel Ladd. He lived at Tolland, Conn. 

Child: I (Lothrop), daughter, born at Tolland. 

539 i. Rachel,® born October 22nd, 1754. 

Authorities 
Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 92, 124. 

152. John* Lothrop (Ann* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' Antony,' 

Rev. Peter^), born May 6th, 1732, at ; died March 24th 

(or 27th), 1812, "in 80th year of his age, born in May," at 

; married December loth, 1754, at , to Lucy Gray 

of Coventry, Conn., born , 1739-40 (see age at death and 

date of death), at ; died DecemlDer 25th, 1807, "in 67th 

year of her age," at . 



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Children: ii (Lothrop), 3 sons and 8 daughters. 

540 i. Desire,* born November nth, 1755; died No- 

vember nth, 1755. 

541 ii. Anne,^ born October 19th, 1756; baptized Octo- 

ber 24th, 1756; died November 23rd, 1756- 

542 iii. Luscalla,* born November 23rd, 1757; died No- 

vember 30th, 1827; married Eliab Ladd. 

543 iv. Presinda,* born January 30th, 1761 ; died March 

20th, 1810; married WiUiam Huntington, 

544 v. John,* born April 24th, 1763; died December 

loth, 1780. 

545 vi. Elizabeth,^ born ; d. September i6th, I837; 

married Andrew Steele. 

546 vii. Elvira,® born June 13th, 1768; died December 

5th, 1836. 

547 viii. Rowland,* born March loth, 1771 ; died Sep- 

tember 14th, 1844; married, first, Hannah Crafts; 
married, second, Hannah Cleaveland. 

548 ix. Lucy,* born November ist, 1774; died ; 

married Rawdon. 

549 X. Jonathan,* born February 17th, 1776; died May 

13th, 1776. 

550 xi. Molly,* born September 12th, 1779; died ; 

married, first, Woodward ; married, second, 

Torrey. 

Authorities 
Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 92, 125-6. 

153. Thacher** Lothrop (Ann* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,' An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born January 26th, 1734, at ; he 

lived at Tolland and East Windsor, Conn., and was a soldier 
in Revolutionary War; he died December 30th, 1806, "in 

62nd year," at ; married November loth, 1755, at , 

to Submit Loomis, born at Windsor, Conn., October 20th, 
1736; died August 22nd, 1794, "aged 59." She was a daugh- 
ter of Moses Loomis (born June 24th, 1696; died February 
i6th, 1 761 ; married December 17th, 1729) and his second 

wife Elizabeth Bidwell of Hartford, Conn, (born ; died 

February 20th, 1761, aged 55) of Windsor, Conn. 

Children: 10 (Lothrop). 

551 i. Elizabeth* (Betty), born September 2nd, 1756; 

died ; married George Buckland. 

552 ii. Lydia,* born ; died March loth, 1772. 

553 iii. David,* born April 26th, 1758; died ; mar- 

ried Anna Chipman. 

554 iv. Lura,^ born , 1762; died November i6th, 

1845, ^g^<^ 83 ; married Hall. 

555 V. *, baptized January 30th, 1763. 



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556 vi. Submit,^ born , 1765 ; baptized January 20th, 

1765 ; died September loth, 1848, aged 83 ; mar- 
ried Ephraim Hunn. 

557 vii. Luther,® born October 5th, 1766; baptized Octo- 

ber I2th, 1766; died ; married Lucy Hart- 
well. 

558 viii. ,® born ; baptized May nth, 1768. 

559 ix. Loring,® born April 3rd, 1770; baptized May 

30th, 1770; died January 7th, 1847; married 
Miriam Foster. 

560 X. Vallely,® born , 1772 ; died October 27th (or 

29th), 1794, aged 22; married Elizur Atkins, 

leaving one child, Freeman^ Atkins, who died 

November 5th, 1798, aged 5. 

Thacher^ Lothrop, according to Stiles' Windsor, is reputed to 

have succeeded Timothy Skinner as sexton of Wapping Parish in 

Windsor, Conn. Timothy Skinner died in 1777. A letter from 

Thacher^ Lothrop to his children in Long Meadow has preserved 

the names of his sons. 

Authorities 
Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 92-3, 126-7. 
Stiles' Ancient Windsor, Vol. II, pp. 430, 440. 
Loomis' Genealogy, by Elias Loomis, Vol. II, p. 636. 

155. Elizabeth^ LoxHRor (Ann* Thacher, Hon. Col. John,^ An- 

tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born April 22nd, 1740, at ; died 

, at ; married February 24th, 1763, at , to Col. 

Solomon Wills, born October 14th, 1731, at ; died De- 
cember loth, 1807. He resided at Tolland, Conn., where he 
was a soldier, judge and statesman. He was a son of Joshua 
and Millicent ( ) Wills. 

Children: 7 (Wills), 3 sons and 4 daughters. 

561 i. Roxalana,® born December 3rd, 1763 ; died No- 

vember 24th, 1780; married Col. Eliakim Chap- 
man (son of Col. Samuel and Sarah (White) 
Chapman) as his first wife. 

562 ii. Nancy,® born September 3rd, 1765; died ; 

married Col. Eliakim Chapman as his second 
wife; his first wife was her sister Roxalana" 
Wills. 

563 iii. Elizabeth,® born November 30th, 1767; died 

; married Capt. Ashbel Steele. 

564 iv. Millicent,® born September 12th, 1769; died 

; married Col. Elijah Smith. 

565 v- Azariah,® born May 30th, 1772; died ; settled 

in Franklin, N. Y. 

566 vi. Solomon,® born January loth, 1775; died ; 

married and settled in , Pennsylvania. 

567 vii. Wareham,® born July 27th, 1780; died ; 

married , and settled in , Pennsylvania. 



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Colonel Solomon Wills enlisted early in the Revolutionary 
War and rose to the rank of Colonel. After the War he served in 
the Public Civil Service for the rest of his life, serving his towns- 
men in many offices with fidelity and to their satisfaction. He 
was an Associate Judge of Tolland County for seven (7) years, 
and a member of the State Legislature of Connecticut for twenty- 
three (2^) sessions. The above list of his children is given in the 
authority of Waldo's History of Tolland. 
Authorities 
Lothrop Family Memorial, p. 93. 

157. Desire^ Thacher (Joseph,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 

Peter^), born July 5th, 1730, at Yarmouth; died , 1816, 

at ; married January 26th, 1756, at Yarmouth, to Rev. 

Grindal Rawson, Harvard College 1741 ; A. M., Yale College 
1753; born July 29th, 1721, at Milton, Mass.; he resided at 
Milton, Ware, Yarmouth and Sutton, Mass. He was a Con- 
gregational minister. He died at Sutton, Mass-, , 1794 

(or 1795), at the home of Ebenezer Rawson. He was a son 
of Peletiah Rawson (born July 2nd, 1696, at Braintree, Mass. ; 

died , 1769) and Hannah (Hall) Rawson, of Dorchester, 

Mass. (born ; died August ist, 1775, aged 83), of Mil- 
ton, Mass. 

Children: 3 (Rawson), i son and 2 daughters. 

568 i. Ruth,^ born August 13th, 1757; baptized August 

14th, 1757; died September 5th, 1757. 

569 ii. Jonathan,® born January 24th, 1759-60; died 

May 17th, 1794. He was an aide-de-camp to 

Governor John Sullivan. He married , at 

, to Hannah Gage of Dover, N. H., by whom 

he had one child. 

I. Jonathan Augustus'' Rawson. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Gen- 
ealogy states that Jonathan® Rawson died with- 
out issue. 

570 iii. Hannah,® born May 25th, 1761 (or 1767), prob- 

ably 1761, at ; died March 31st, 1816, at 

Ward, Mass.; married September 13th, 1781, at 

, to Paul Thurston, born August 25th, 1761, 

at Medway, Mass. ; he lived at Medway, Mass., 
Ward and Harvard, Mass. He died at Milton, 
Mass., previous to November 21st, 1797, and was 
buried at Harvard, Mass. He was a son of Rev. 
David and Susannah Waters (Fairbanks) Thurs- 
ton of Medway, Mass. 

Children: 3 (Thurston), 2 sons and i daughter. 

I. Jonathan Grindal,'^ born ; baptized July 

8th, 1782 ; died , in infancy. 



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2. Elihu Cleverly, born ; died November 

— , 1809. 

3. Dianthe Thacher/ born December 23rd, 1790; 
died March 15th, 1857; married Benjamin 
Putnam of Sutton, Mass., on August 25th, 
1812, and settled in East Eddington, Mass. 
Paul Thurston lived in Ward, Mass., and 

Harvard, Mass., but he apparently died in Milton, 
Mass., as his widow, who was his administratrix, 
asked for an allowance for transporting the de- 
ceased from Milton to Harvard. In 1795 or 1796 
he lived on Deer Island, Maine. 

Rev. Grindal Rawson succeeded Mr. Smith as pastor at Yar- 
mouth; he was installed December loth, 1755. He was descended 
from Edward Rawson, Secretary of the Colony of Massachusetts, 
and was the eldest son of Pelatiah Rawson of Milton, Mass. He 
graduated Harvard College 1741, and was installed as first pastor 
of Ware, Mass., May 9th, 175 1, and was dismissed of his charge 
there June 19th, 1754; he took his dismission from Yarmouth 
Church in 1760, "in consequence" — as Mr. Alden said — "of general 
dissatisfaction between him and the people, being allowed by a 
council to ask for a dissolution of connexion." He is represented 
as having been a man of strong mind but very eccentric. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 39. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. Ill, pp. 302-3, 308, 321. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 218-19. 

Rawson Family, by E. K. Crane, pp. 16, 17, 35, 36. 

History of Milton, Mass., p. 155. 

Thurston Genealogy, p. 384. 

Glover Genealogy, pp. 298-9. 

Hamlin Family, by H. Franklin Andrews, p. 89. 

158. Ebenezer^ Thacher (Joseph,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ 

Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, February 17th, 1733; died , 

at . From Vol. XV, p. 507, of Mass. Soldiers a)id Sailors 

in Rev. War, I obtain the following record of an Ebenezer 
Thatcher, which it is highly probable is the record of this 
Ebenezer^ Thacher, viz : — 

"Thatcher, Ebenezer, Yarmouth, Private, Captain Joshua 
Gray's Co., enlisted July lOth, 1775; discharged December 31st, 
1775, service in defence of sea coast; rolls sworn to in Barnstable 
Co. ; also, return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army 
from Colonel Nathaniel Freeman's (ist Barnstable County) Regi- 
ment, residence Yarmouth, enlisted for town of Yarmouth; joined 
Captain Lamont's Co., Col. Bradford's regiment, enlistment 3 years ; 
also list of men mustered by Joseph Otis, Muster Master for Barn- 
stable Co., dated April 14th, 1777, Capt. James Davis' Co., Col. 
Gamaliel Bradford's regiment; mustered April 14, 1777; enlist- 
ment 3 years ; reputed received State and Continental Bounties ; 



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also Sergeant 5th Co. Col. Bradford's Regt., Continental pay ac- 
counts for service from April 14, 1777, to December 31, 1779; also, 
Captain John Lamont's Co. Col. Bradford's (12th) Regt., return 
(year not given) ; mustered by County and Continental Muster 
Masters; joined May ist, 1777; also Captain Haskell's Co., Col. 
Bradford's Regiment, Continental Army, pay accounts for service 
January ist, 1780, to April 14, 1780 (see Obed Ilaebe) ; also Cap- 
tain Micah Hamlen's Co., Lieut. Col. Hallet's Regt., entered ser- 
vice August 14th, 1780, 3 days preceding march; discharged Oc- 
tober 31st, 1780; service 2 months, 21 days at Rhode Island; regi- 
ment detached from Militia to reinforce Continental Army for 3 
months." This record is apparently that of the Ebenezer^ Thacher 
No. 158; and that it is so is rendered still more probable as a com- 
parison of this record with that of Joseph"^ Thacher (his brother, 
No. 160), it is seen that this Ebenezer Thatcher and Joseph^ 
Thacher both served in the same Company and Regiment (La- 
mont's Co. and Bradford's Regt.) and both were from Yarmouth. 
The subsequent career of Ebenezer' Thacher I have been unable to 
trace ; whether he married and left issue, or whether he died single, 
is unknown to me. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 39. 

159. RuTH^ Thacher (Joseph,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 

Peter^), born Yarmouth, September nth, 1736; died , 

at ; married, first, , 1755, at , to Ezekiel Webb 

of Yarmouth, born ; died , after November 4th, 

1762, the date of Joseph* Thacher's (the father of Ruth" 
Thacher) will, in which will Ruth^ Thacher is spoken of as 
"my daughter Ruth Webb ; she married, second, November 
i6th, 1764, at Yarmouth, Mass., to Seth Whelden of Yar- 
mouth, b. , at ; died , at . 

Child, first marriage: (Webb), i daughter, born at Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

571 i. Sarah^ (Sally), born ; died ; married 

Powers, and had one daughter, Sally 

Powers. 

Children, by second marriage: 4 (Whelden), 3 sons and i 
daughter. 

572. ii. Isaac,® born ; died ; married Nabby 

Bassett and had 8 (Whelden) children, viz: — 

1. Polly.^ 5. Roxanna.'^ 

2. Cyrus.'^ 6. Alexander.'' 

3. Seth.^ 7. Abigail.'' 

4. Joseph Thacher.^ 8. Isaac.'' 

573 iii. Mary® (Molly), born ; died ; married 

Benjamin Matthews and had 2 (Matthews) chil- 
dren, viz : — 



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1. Benjamin/ 

2. Ruth/ 

574 iv. Joseph,* born ; died ; married Fanny 

Howes and had i (Whelden) daughter, viz: — 
I. Fanny Howes/ 

575 V. Samuel,* born ; died ; married Polly 

Chase and had ii (Whelden) children, 7 sons 
and 4 daughters, viz : — 



1. Cynthia/ 

2. Isaiah/ 

3. Ruth Thacher/ 

4. Samuel/ 

5. Mary/ 

6. Joseph/ 


7. James.'^ 

8. Payson."' 

9. Susan.^ 

10. Benjamin.^ 

11. Matthews/ 


Authorities 




Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 39. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 219. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, p. 246. 

Hon. George Thacher's AISS. Thacher Genealogy and corrections thereto. 



160. Joseph^ Thacher (Joseph,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,=^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Yarmouth, May 19th, 1744; died Oct. i6th, 
1778* (subsequent to June 26th, 1777), at "King's Ferry," 

probably, and was probably buried there; married (int. 

pub. at Yarmouth, October 5th, 1765), at Yarmouth, prob- 
ably, to Susannah Whelden, born , at Yarmouth; died 

, at . She was a daughter of John (or Jonathan) 

and Rebecca (Hallett) Whelden of Yarmouth. Joseph' 
Thacher resided at Yarmouth in a house built by his father 
next to Thomas Long's house. He is reputed to have died 
while serving in the Revolutionary Army. 

Children: 6 (Thacher), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all bom in 

Yarmouth. 

+576 i. Mary* (Polly), born October 28th, 1766; died 

April , 1795 ; married Abial Lovejoy, as his 

first wife; his second wife was Elizabeth' Gray, 
No. 875. 
577. ii. Joseph,* born February 8th, 1769; died August 
30th, 1790, at Yarmouth in his "22nd year," and 
was buried in Yarmouth, in old burying-ground ; 
gravestone. Not married. 

-{-578 iii. Ruth Hawes,* born August 5th, 1771 ; died ; 

married Philip Baker. 
579 iv. Ebenezer,* born January 23rd, 1774; died Aug- 
ust 22nd, 1786, drowned in Saco River; grave- 

* In Vol. XLII, p. 267, record No. 160, the date of death of Joseph' 
Thacher is incorrectly given as 1790 ; it should be as given above, October 16, 
1778. 



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stone in Old Yarmouth Cemetery says he died 
"in his 13th year." Not married, 
+580 V. Susannah, born June 19th, 1776; died Septem- 
ber 28th, 1823; married James^ Thacher (No. 
507). For completion of the record of herself 
and her descendants, see Record No. 507 and its 
continuation. 
581 vi. ( ?) Jonathan Rawson,® born September 25th, 

1782; died , 1800, about, "on the Coast of 

Guinea, after niggers." For further informa- 
tion concerning this child, see Yarmouth Records. 
He was not married. 

From Mass. Soldiers and Sailors in War of Rev., Vol. XV, 
p. 508, we obtain the following record of the Military Service of 
Joseph^ Thacher, viz: — 

"Thatcher, Joseph, Yarmouth — Return of men raised to serve 
in Continental Army from Col. Nathaniel Freeman's (ist Barn- 
stable County) regiment, dated Sandwich, June 10, 1777; resi- 
dence Yarmouth ; enlisted for town of Yarmouth ; joined Capt. 
Lamont's Co., Col. Bradford's regt., enlistment 3 years; also pri- 
vate, 5th Co., Col. Bradford's Regt. ; Continental Army pay ac- 
counts for service from May 16, 1777, to October i6th, 1778; 
residence Yarmouth; credited to town of Yarmouth; reputed de- 
ceased; also Captain John Lamont's Co., Col. Gamaliel Bradford's 
(i2th) regiment; subsistence allowed from date of enlistment, 
May 12, 1777, to May 27, 1777; credited with 15 days' allowance; 
also, same Co. and Regt.; return (year not given); mustered by 
County and Continental Muster Masters; joined June 26th, 1777; 
reported sick at Kings Ferry." 

From an analysis of above record it would seem that the date 
of his death was either on or subsequent to October i6th, 1778, as 
he was allowed pay up to that date. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 40, 47. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 219. 
Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 33. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

161. Benjamin^ Thacher (Benjamin,^ Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,* 
Rev. Peter^), born February nth, 1737-8; his baptism is not 
recorded in records of Harwich first parish church, as is that 
of all of his brothers and sisters ; and hence it is presumable 
that he was born in either Yarmouth or Barnstable before 
his father settled in Harwich. He resided at Harwich in that 
part which is now known as Brewster; he was a mariner. 

He died , about 1775; he was living, as appears by his 

father's will, on August 9th, 1768; and letters of administra- 
tion were granted to his widow Desire on his estate, October 
3rd, 1775. He married int. pub. April 9th, 1756, at . 



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(Freeman Genealogy, p. 92, says that he was married Jan- 
uary 13th, 1752), to Desire Freeman, born October 3rd, 

1736; died , at . She was a daughter of Lemuel 

and Desire (Sears) Freeman. 

Children: 2 (Thacher), i son and i daughter. 

582 i. Desire,®; I have been unable to obtain anything 
more of her record. 

+583 ii. Benjamin,® born ; died ; married Eunice 

Foster. 

Desire (Freeman) Thacher, widow of Benjamin'' Thacher 

married a second time , at , to Nathaniel Stone, Jr. (as 

his second wife; his first wife was Mary Bourne), born November 
29th, 1713, at Harwich, Mass., where he lived and was Town 
Treasurer for 28 years and Town Clerk for 25 years, and Rep. 
to G. C. 1755 for 6 years; he died at Harwich, Mass., January 
7th, 1776-7, aged 63. He was a son of Rev. Nathaniel Stone 

(born April , 1667, at Watertown, Mass. ; died February 8th, 

1755, aged 87 years, 10 months, at Harwich, Mass. ; married De- 
cember 15th, 1698), and Reliance (Hinckley) Stone (born ; 

died May 24th, 1759, aged 84; she was a daughter of Governor 
Hinckley), of Harwich, Mass. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 40 and 47. 

Freeman Genealogy, pp. 51, 92, 154. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VII, p. 196. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 391. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy and corrections thereto. 

163. Sarah'"* Thacher (Benjamin,* Hon. Col. John,'" Antony,^ 
Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich (now Brewster), Mass., De- 
cember (or November) ist, 1741, and baptized ist parish 
church there, December 6th, 1741 ; she died at Harwich, 
Mass., October 2nd (3rd or 20th), 1777, and was probably 
buried there. She married May 15th, 1764, at Harwich (int. 
pub. there February 5th, 1764), to Captain Isaac Foster (as 
his third wife), born Harwich, May 29th, 1739; he lived at 
Harwich, and was a mariner; he was on the Committee from 
Brewster, July 2nd, 1812, to vote against War with Great 
Britain; he died at Harwich, February 29th, 1824, and was 
buried there ; gravestone. He was a son of Isaac Foster 
(born Harwich, June 17th, 1718; died Harwich, September 
loth, 1777; married November 2nd, 1738), and Hannah 
(Sears) Foster (born Harwich, June 3rd, 1720; died Har- 
wich, October 31st, 1760), of Harwich, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Foster), 4 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Harwich (Brewster), Mass. 

-f584 i. Lemuel,® born August 15th, 1765; died January 
25th, 1832; married Elizabeth® Foster (No. 592). 



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+585 ii. Hannah,® born August 3rd, 1767; died December 
I2th, 1841 ; married Zoheth Snow. 
586 iii. Eunice,® born August , 1769; died Novem- 
ber , 1769, at Harwich; buried there. Not 

married. 

+587 iv. Isaac,® born October 23rd, 1770; died January 
3rd (or 4th), 1855; married Sarah® Thacher, 
No. 600. 

+588 V. Benjamin,® born September 27th, 1772; died 
March loth, 1848; married Desire Freeman. 

+589 vi. Samuel,® born February 6th, 1775 ; died Decem- 
ber i6th, 1826; married Eunice Clark. 

-I-590 vii. Sarah,® born May 26th, 1777; died mar- 
ried Theophilus Berry. 

Captain Isaac Foster married, first, June loth, 1762, to Eunice 

Freeman, born May ist, 1730; died ; daughter of John and 

Tamsen (Sears) Freeman; he married, second, Almira ; he 

married, third, Sarah^ Thacher (No. 163) as above stated; and he 
married, fourth, in 1778, to Rebecca Wing. In the Freeman Gen- 
ealogy, p. 116, the children given above are said to have been 
children by his first wife, Eunice Freeman, but the Foster Gen- 
ealogy, p. 560, gives them as children of Sarah^ Thacher (No. 163), 
which agrees with the date of her marriage. His will (since burnt) 
was recorded at Barnstable; probated March 13th, 1824; sons 
Isaac® and Benjamin® Executors. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 40, 

Sears' Genealogy, by Saml. P. May, p. 70, 71. 

Foster Genealogy, by F. C. Pierce, pp. 53S-6, S6o. 

Brewster, Mass., Vital Records, pp. 21, 51. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

165. Lydia^ Thacher (Benjamin,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Harwich (now Brewster), Mass., September 
loth, 1744; baptized there, first parish church, September 
i6th, 1744; died at Dorchester, Mass. (at home of her daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth,® who married her first cousin, Lemuel® Foster), 
September 5th, 1825 ; married at Harwich, Mass., December 
4th, 1766, to Samuel Foster, born Harwich, May 31st, 1741 ; 

he resided at Harwich and was a sea captain ; he died , 

1774, by drowning, when one day's sail from home. He was 
a son of Isaac and Hannah (Sears) Foster of Harwich; and 
a brother of Isaac Foster, who married Sarah^ Thacher, No. 
163. 

Children: 3 (Foster), daughters. 

591 i. Lydia,® born ; died . 

4-592 ii. Elizabeth,® born September , 1772; died 

June 9th, 1822; married Lemuel® Foster (No. 
584). 



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-f 593- iii- Desire Thacher,® born ; died ; married 

Seth Thayer. 
Lydia^ (Thacher) Foster was appointed guardian of her three 
daughters on April nth, 1774. She was left a widow at the age 
of 30 and never re-married. According to Carlyle Patterson, she 
lived and died with her granddaughter, Eliza Thayer Clapp, which 
statement is at variance with statement made above on authority 
of the Foster Genealogy. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 40. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VIII, p. 109. 
Foster Genealogy, pp. 536, 560. 

167. Jane^ Thacher (Benjamin,* Hon. Col. John,» Antony,^ Rev. 
Peter^), born Harwich (now Brewster), Mass., July 30th, 
1747; baptized there, first church, August 2nd, 1747; died at 
Dorchester, Mass., December 25th, 1833, aged 86; married 

February 19th, 1776, at , to Shubael Cook of Harwich, 

Mass , born , at ; died , at . 

Children: 6 (Cook), 3 sons and 3 daughters. 

594 i. Jane,® born ; died . 

595 ii. Shubael, ist,^ born ; died . 

596 iii. Shubael, 2nd,® born ; died . 

597 iv. Elizabeth,® born' ; died ; married Dor- 

chester, Mass., January 19th, 1807, to Isaac Clapp. 

598 V. Jonathan,® born ; died . 

599 vi. Hannah,® born ; died . 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 40. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VIII, p. 247. 

Boston Record Com. Reports, Vol. XXI, p. 337; Vol. XXXVI, p. 230. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

170. Samuel^ Thacher (Benjamin,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 
Rev. Peter^), born Harwich (now Brewster), January 17th, 
1752; he was a master mariner and resided at Harwich; he 
d. December 23rd, 1793, at sea, on a voyage from St. Lucius 
to Boston ; he married July 9th, 1780, at Harwich, probably, 
to Lucy Fessenden, born Harwich, May 21, 1757; died Har- 
wich, August 25th, 1834. She was a daughter of Dr. Wil- 
liam Fessenden (died November 5th, 1802), and Mehitable 
(Freeman) Fessenden (died November 25th, 1808), of Har~ 
wich, Mass. 

Child: I (Thacher), daughter, born at Harwich, Mass. 
-f-600 i. Sarah,® born April 23rd, 1781 ; died February 
28th, 1861 ; married Isaac® Foster (No. 587). 
One of Captain SamueP Thacher's vessels was once taken as a 
prize by the English and carried towards Nova Scotia, but on ac- 
count of his influence as a Free Mason, he secured the release of his 
vessel. 



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Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 40, 47. 

Brewster, Mass., Vital Records, p. 51. 

Foster Genealogy, pp. 560, 594. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

171. Temperance'^ Thacher (Benjamin,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born Harwich (now Brewster), Mass., 

July 27th, 1754; died (she was living in 1839), ^^ ; 

married ; int. pub. December 17th, 1798, at , to Wil- 
liam Ward (of Guilford or New London, Conn.), born , 

at ; died , at . 

Children: None (according to Hon. George Thacher's MSS. 
Thacher Genealogy). 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 40. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

175. Elizabeth^ Thacher (Thomas,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony ,2 
Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, March 28th, 1741-2; died De- 
cember 23rd, 1768, "in 27th year," at Falmouth, Mass., and 
was buried there in old burying-ground ; gravestone. She 

married, May 26th, 1763, at , to Thomas Palmer, born 

Falmouth, February 12th, 1737-8; died Falmouth, April 25th, 
1775, "in 38th year of age," and was buried there in old 
burying-ground; gravestone. He was a son of Rev. Samuel 
Palmer (born August 8th, 1707, at Middleboro, Mass.; died 
April 13th, 1775, "in 68th year of age," at Falmouth; mar- 
ried January 25th, 1736-7), and his first wife, Mercy 
Parker) Palmer (born ; died March ist, 1750), of Fal- 
mouth, Mass. Rev. Samuel Palmer's second wife was Mrs. 
Sarah Allen of Chilmark, whom he married in 1751. 

Children: 2 (Palmer), both born at Falmouth, Mass. 

601 i. Matty,^ born October 20th, 1766. 

602 ii. Thomas," born August 20th, 1767, 

Thomas Palmer, Senior, after the death of his first wife, mar- 
ried a second time, — — , after December 23rd, 1768, at , to 

Sarah^ (Thacher) Hawes, No. 145 (daughter of Judah* Thacher, No. 
51, and widow of Prince Hawes, Jr.) She was born at Yarmouth, 
Mass., August 17th, 1737; died , at Falmouth, Mass., probably. 

Child: I (Palmer), son, born at Falmouth, Mass. 

603 iii. (See also No. 513, 316 and 871.) Job,^ born Aug- 

ust nth, 1772; died ; married , of 

Virginia. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38 and 40. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 565 ; Vol. H, pp. 449, 452. 

Mayflower Descendant, Vol. U, p. 106. 



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176. Thankful^ Thacher (Thomas,* Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ 
Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., November 8th, 1744; 

died , at ; married December 30th, 1765, at , 

to Zacheus (or Zachariah) Allen of Falmouth, Mass., born 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 40. 

178. Rev. Joshua^ Gee (Elizabeth* Thacher, Judah,^ Antony," Rev. 
Peter^), born Boston, Mass., June 29th, 1698; baptized 2nd 
Church, Boston, July 3rd, 1698; he was admitted to 2nd 
Church, Boston, May 13th, 1716; graduated H. C. 1717; 
he Hved at Boston, Mass., and W2is a Congregational minister; 
ordained at 2nd Church Boston, December i8th, 1723, and 
thereupon became its pastor in which office he remained until 
his death; he died May 22nd, 1748, at Boston, "in the 51st 
year of his age and 25th year of his ministry," and was prob- 
ably buried in the Gee tomb in Copp's Hill Burying-ground, 
Boston. He married, first, at Portsmouth, N. H., December 
13th, 1722 (int. pub. Boston, August 30th, 1722), to Sarah 

Rogers, born , about 1701, see age at death and date of 

death, at Portsmouth, N. H., probably; died , 1730, aged 

29, at Boston, Mass., probably, and probably was buried in 
Gee tomb in Copp's Hill Burying-ground. She was a daugh- 
ter of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers (born Ipswich, Mass., February 
22nd, 1669-70; H. C. 1687; <^ie<^ October 3rd, 1723, aged 
54; married October 26th, 1699, at Boston), and Sarah Pur- 

kis (born April ist, 1680, at Boston; died ; she was 

a daughter of George and Sarah (Pemberton) Purkis. Sarah 

(Pemberton) Purkis married, as her second husband, 

Elatson; she was a daughter of James and Sally (Marshall) 
Pemberton, and was baptized January 28th, 1648-9; and died 
December 31st, 1704), of Portsmouth, N. H. 

Children: 5 (Gee), i son and 4 daughters, all born at Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

604 i. Mary,® born May 23rd, 1724; baptized 2nd 

Church, Boston, May 24th, 1724. 

605 ii. Joshua,® born June 6th, 1725 ; baptized 2nd 

Church, Boston, June 6th, 1725 ; H. C. 1744. 

606 iii. Sarah,® born September 3rd, 1726; baptized 2nd 

Church, Boston, September 4th, 1726. 

607 iv. Elizabeth,® born ; baptized 2nd Church, 

Boston, October ist, 1727. 

608 v. Margaret,® born ; baptized, 2nd Church, 

Boston, May 4th, 1729. 

Rev. Joshua^ Gee married, second, April 17th, 1734, at Bos- 
ton, Mass., by Rev. Joseph Sewall, to Mrs. Anna (Gerrish) Apple- 
ton (widow of Samuel Appleton, whom she married March 19th, 
1718,1719, at Boston, and who died at London, Eng., December 



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15th, 1728), bron Boston, Mass., August 14th, 1700; died Boston, 
Mass., September 4th, 1736, and was probably buried in Gee 
tomb in Copp's Hill Burying-ground. She was a daughter of 

John and Sarah ( ) Gerrish of Boston, Mass., and in the record 

of her birth she is called " Hannah." 

Children: 2 (Gee), i son and i daughter, both born in Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

609 vi. Annah,® born ; baptized, 2nd Church, Jan- 

uary 5th, 1734-5- 

610 vii. John,® born ; baptized, 2nd Church, August 

22nd, 1736. 

Rev. Joshua^ Gee married, a third time, at Boston, Mass., by 
Rev. Samuel Mather, January 29th, 1739, to Sarah Gardner. (She 
was possibly daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Goodwin) 
Gardner of Boston, Mass., who were married at Boston, by Rev. 
Cotton Mather, May nth, 1693, and who had a daughter Sarah, 
born Boston, May 27th, 1709 ; baptized 2nd Church, May 29th, 

1709.) She died — — , at -. She was admitted to 2nd Church, 

Boston, April 20th, 1740. 

Child: I (Gee), daughter, born at Boston. 

611 viii. Susannah,^ born November i8th, 1740; baptized, 

2nd Church, November 23rd, 1740, 

Authorities 

Boston Record Com. Reports, Vol. IX, pp. 152, 209, 240, 241 ; Vol. XXIV, 
pp. 2, 32, 33, 34, 35, 61 ; Vol. XXVIII, pp. 73, i59. 183, 211. 

Genealogy of Appleton Family, by W. S. Appleton, p. 10. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. V. pp. 44, 3iS. 325; Vol. VI, p. 17; Vol. XIII, 
p. 309; Vol. XLVI, p. 393- 

Sprague's Annals of American Pulpit, Vol. I, pp. 312-13. 

Savage's Gen. Die, Vol. II, p. 241 ; III, p. 623. 

Heraldic Journal, Vol. I, p. 129; II, pp. 77-78. 

Hist. 2nd Church, Boston, p. 247. 

Copp's Hill Burying Ground Inscriptions, p, 140. 

Granary Burying Ground Inscriptions, p. 190. 

New Hampshire Gen. Record, Vol. V. 

King's Chapel, Boston Burying Ground Inscriptions, p. 98. 

183. Samuel^ Grant (Mary* Thacher, Judah,^ Antony ,2 Rev. 
Peter^), born Boston, Mass., October 13th, 1705; he resided 
at Boston, Mass.; he died November 14th, 1784, aged 79, 
at Boston ; he married at Boston, Mass., by Mr. Joshua Gee, 
January ist, 1729, to Elizabeth Cookson, born Boston, 
October loth, 1708; baptized 2nd Church, Boston, October 
loth, 1708; diad January 28th, 1778, aged 70, at Boston, Mass. 
She was a daughter of John and Rachel (Proctor) Cookson 
of Boston, Mass., who were married at Boston, by Cotton 
Mather, November 2nd, 1704. Both SamueP Grant and his 
wife are buried in Grant tomb, Copp's Hill, Boston. 

Children: 6 (Grant), 4 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Boston. 



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6i2 i. Samuel,® born September Qthj 1731. 

613 ii. William,*^ born September 23rd, 1734. 

614 iii. Elizabeth,® born November 2nd, 1741. 

615 iv. Mary,® born January 24th, 1742. 

616 V. Moses,® born March 6th, 1744; died December 

22nd, 1817, aged 7^; buried at Copp's Hill, 
Boston. 

617 vi. Joseph,® born June 22nd, 1746. 

Authorities 
Boston Record Com. Reports, Vols. XXIV, pp. 39, 55, 202, 216, 243, 246, 
253, 260; Vol. XXVIII, pp. 8, 149. 

Copp's Hill Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 107. 

185. Bethiah^ Rowland (Jabez* Rowland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., December 5th, 
1702, "Saturday A. M." She was a member of St. Michael's 

P. E. Church in Bristol in 1732. She died , at ; she 

married, first, at Bristol, R. I., by the Rev. John Usher of 
St. Michael's P. E. Church, on May 19th, 1725, to Captain 
Nicholas Bragg of Bristol, a sea captain; he was born at 
Bristol, May 23rd, 1696, and was admitted to St. Michael's 
P. E. Church at Bristol, June 12th, 1726; he died at Surinam, 
February 8th, 1732, and was probably buried there. He was 
a son of Henry and Elizabeth ( ) Bragg of Bristol, R. I. 

Children: 2 (Bragg), sons, both born at Bristol. 

618 i. Nicholas,® born ; baptized St. Michael's P. 

E. Church, Bristol, June 22nd, 1728; he married 
Sarah Greene (daughter of Benjamin and Ann 
(Hoxie) Greene), born September 4th, 1736. 

619 ii. William,® born February 25th, 1729-30; baptized 

St. Michael's P. E. Church, March 8th, 1729-30; 
died Bristol, February 6th, 1730-31, and was 
buried there February 8th, 1 730-1, in St. Mi- 
chael's Church Yard. 

Bethiah^ (Rowland) Bragg, widow of Nicholas Bragg, mar- 
ried a second time at Bristol, August 29th, 1733 ; int. pub. Bristol, 
August 8th, 1733, to Simeon (or Simon) Davis (as his second 

wife), he was born , 1660 (see date of and age at death), at 

; he died at Bristol, R. I., September nth, 1736, aged 76, and 

was probably buried there. He was a son of Nicholas and Sarah 
( ) Davis of Newport, R. I. Children: (Davis) None. 

Simeon Davis' first wife was Ann Low, whom he married at 
Bristol, R. I., September 29th, — ' — . 

Bethiah^ (Rowland) Bragg-Davis, widow of Simeon (or Si- 
mon) Davis, married a third time , 1741 (int. pub. Bristol, 

November 21st, 1741), at , to Daniel Greene (as his second 

wife) , born February 20th, 1698-9, at Warwick, R. I. ; he lived 
at Centerville, R. I., died at Centerville, November 24th, 1797 (or 
1798), aged nearly 100, and was buried there presumably. Re 



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was a son of Major Job and Phebe (Sayles) Green of War- 
wick, R. I. 

Child: I (Greene), daughter. 

6igy2 i. Deborah,^ born May 24th, 1745; died ; said 

in one account to have been "wife of Captain 
Job Pierce," who was at one time the husband 
of her half-sister Temperance Greene. 

Daniel Greene married, first, November nth, 1731, by 
Simon Kay, to Temperance Harris of New Shoreham, R. I.; born 
— — ; died March 28th, 1732-3, by whom he had one (Greene) 
daughter. Not in Thacher line, viz.: 

I. Temperance, born March 13th, 1732-3; died 
; married Captain Job Pierce. 

The intention of marriage of Bethiah Rowland to Samuel 
Davis was published at Bristol, June 26th, 1724, but I have found 
no record of the marriage itself. The question naturally arises in 
view of the above record, what Bethiah Howland was this? There 
were at this time in Bristol but two (2) Bethiah Rowlands, viz.: 
Bethiah^ (Thacher) Howland (No. 36), widow of Jabez^ How- 
land, son of John,^ and the above Bethiah^ Howland (Jabez* and 
Patience (Stafford) Howland). Bethiah^ (Thacher) Howland 
died at Bristol, R. L, December 19th, 1725, and it is barely pos- 
sible that in her widowhood she may have contemplated a second 
marriage with Samuel Davis. If such was the case I have no 
knowledge of the fact. If this above record was the intention of 
marriage of Bethiah^ Howland (Jabez*) then it would seem that 
the marriage itself was never solemnized, as Samuel Davis died 
March 23rd, 1732, and in the meantime she, Bethiah^ Thacher, had 
on May 19th, 1725, married Nicholas Bragg. This Samuel Davis 
was as I make out the brother of Simeon Davis, her second hus- 
band, and was born June 30th, 1698, at Bristol. 

Authorities 

Vital Records of Rhode Island, Vol. VI, pp. 10, 17, 28, 66, 72, 83, 119, 
126; Vol. VIII, pp. 148, 201, 207. 

Austin's Gen. Die. of Rhode Island, p. 387. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 150-1. 
Greene's of Rhode Island, pp. 75, 100. 

186. Mercy^ (or Mary^) Howland (Jabez* Howland, Bethiah^ 
Thacher, Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., January 

27th, 1704; died , at . She married, first, at Bristol, 

R. I., by Rev. James Orem, on November 22nd, 1722 (int. 
pub. August 25th, 1722), to Captain George Pearse (Pearce 
or Pierce), of whose individual record I am uninformed. In 
the record of her marriage to Captain Pearse she is styled 
"Mrs." She married, second, at Bristol by the Rev. John 
Usher, on July 9th, 1724, to Isaac Martindale of Newport, 
R. I., of whose record I am uninformed. Whether any 



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children were born to Mercy Rowland by these two mar- 
riages I do not know. 

In Vol. VI of Vital Records of R. I., pp. 27 and 53, we have 
the record that a Mercy Rowland of Bristol and Joseph Tilling- 
hast, Jr., of Tiverton, were married at Bristol, August 6th, 1722. 
I do not know who this Mercy Rowland was unless she was the 
above Mercy^ Rowland, or possibly Yetmercy (Shove) Rowland, 
widow of Josiah* Rowland. If the record refers to the above 
Mercy^ Rowland, then she married Joseph TilHnghast, Jr., August 
6th, 1722, and on August 25th of same year her intention to 
marry Captain George Pearse was published and she married 
Captain Pearse on November 22nd of that same year, 1722. This 
is not impossible, but highly improbable, except as the result of 
some family tragedy or romance with which I am not familiar. 

If, however, it refers to the possible marriage of the widow 
of Josiah* Rowland to Joseph Tillinghast, there is nothing in the 
record inconsistent with the record of Josiah* Rowland, as he died 
at Bristol, February 8th, 1717, and his widow may possibly have 
married a second time August 6th, 1722, to Joseph TilHnghast, 
Jr. ; however, if she did so I am not positively so informed. I 
give the record of this marriage of Mercy Rowland and Joseph 
Tillinghast and my analysis thereof for what it is worth, with no 
pretense of suggestion as to its value. 
Authorities 

Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 27, 42, 53, 83. 

Austin's Gen. Die. of R. I., p. 387. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 151. 

Howland Genealogy, p. 332. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

188. Elizabeth^ Rowland (Jabez* Rowland, Bethia^ Thacher, 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, July 17th, 1709; died 

, at ; married at Bristol, R. I., by Rev. John Usher 

of St. Michael's P. E. Church, on October 3rd, 1733 (int. 
pub. September 2nd, 1733), to Otis Little, of Pembroke, 
Mass. ; he was a member of St. Michael's P. E. Church at 
Bristol, R. I., December 25th, 1752. 

Children: 3 (Little), 2 sons and i daughter. 

620 i. William,^ born ; died ; married and left 

considerable issue. 

621 ii. Charles,® born ; died ; he was a Lieu- 

tenant in English Navy. 

622 iii. Polly.® 

Authority 
Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 22, 33, 83; Vol. VIII, pp. 192, 207, 
210. 

189. Sarah^ Rowland (Jabez* Rowland, Bethia^ Thacher, An- 
tony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., April loth (or 30th), 
171 1 ; died , at ; married at Bristol, by Rev. John 



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Usher, August 27th, 1732 (int. pub. August 5th, 1732), to 
Captain Isaac Lawton, born Bristol, October 6th, 1709; he 
lived at Bristol and died there March 7th, 1749, and was 

buried there. He was a son of Thomas and Margaret ( ) 

Lawton of Bristol. 

Children: 6 (Lawton), 5 sons and i daughter, all born at 

Bristol. 

623 i. Thomas,® born ; baptized St. Michael's P. 

E. Church, Bristol, June , 1733; died June 

y I733> and buried St. Michael's Church 

Yard, July 2, 1733. 

624 ii. John,® born November 22nd, 1734; baptized St. 

Michael's, March 9th, 1734-5. 

625 iii. William,® born October 3rd, 1737; baptized St. 

Michael's, November 27th, 1737. 

626 iv. Isaac,® born ; baptized St. Michael's, No- 

vember i6th, 1740. 

627 v. Patience,® born ; baptized St. Michael's, May 

13th, 1744. 

628 vi. Joshua,® born March 8th, 1746-7; baptized St. 

Michael's, April 6th, 1747. 
Authorities 
Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 28, 31, 83, 86, 143; Vol. VIII, pp. 
163, 191, 207, 209, 229. 

Austin's Gen. Die. of R. I., p. 387. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 151. 
Howland Genealogy, p. 332. 

191. Patience^ Rowland (Jabez* Howland, Bethia^ Thacher, An- 
tony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., March 23rd, 1716-17; 
died May 2nd, 1802, aged 85, at Pembroke, Mass., and was 
buried there. She married December 6th, 1739, either at 
Bristol, R. I., or at Scituate, Mass. ; the marriage is recorded 
both at Scituate, Mass., and in the Register of St. Michael's 
P. E. Church at Bristol, R. I. ; intention published at Bristol, 
October 15th, 1739, to Captain Samuel Barker, Jr. (as his 
second wife) ; he was born at Scituate, Mass., October 4th, 

1707; died , 1782, will dated August 3rd, 1782 (according 

to Barker Genealogy, by Barker Newhall, p. 76). In the 
Vital Records of Hanson, Mass., p. 87, we find the record that 
Samuel Barker of Scituate died May 2nd, 1802, in 86th year, 
which is supposed to have been taken from Grave Yard In- 
scriptions. I think, however, that this inscription has been 
incorrectly transcribed and think that it refers to Mrs. Samuel 
Barker, whom we see from above died at Pembroke on that 
date. Captain Samuel Barker, Jr., was a son of Captain 
Samuel Williams Barker (born April 23rd, 1686; died August 
6th, 1754; married December 25th, 1706) and Hannah (Cush- 

ing) Barker (born March 26th, 1687-8; died ; daughter 

of Rev. Jeremiah and Hannah (Loring) Cushing of Scituate) 
of Scituate, Mass. 



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Captain Samuel Barker, Jr., married, first, about No- 
vember 15th, 1738, at Barnstable, Mass., intention published 
at Scituate, Mass., July 15th, 1738, to Deborah Gorham, born 
at Barnstable, Mass., November 13th, 1718; died at Scituate, 
Mass., December nth, 1738, "aged 20 years and 26 days, and 
had been married about 26 days." She was a daughter of 

John Gorham (born September 28th, 1688; died , 1769; 

married October 2nd, 1712) and Prudence (Crocker) Gorham 
(born July 26th, 1692) ; died , 1778, aged 86) of Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

Children: 9 (Barker), 5 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Scituate, Mass. 

629 i. Patience,® born October 27th, 1740; died ; 

married Scituate, June loth, 1761, to Thomas 
Josselyn (son of Thomas and Anna (Stockbridge) 
Josselyn of Hanover, Mass.), born Hanover, Sep- 
tember 26th, 1733 y died Pembroke, Mass., Jan- 
uary 20th, 1818, aged 86. 

Children: 7 (Josselyn), 3 sons and 4 daughters, 
all born at Hanover, Mass. 

1. Thomas,'^ born September 28th, 1762; died 

, in Maine; married Polly Loring and 

had 5 (Josselyn) children, 4 sons and i 
daughter, viz. : i . Thomas* ; 2. Enoch® ; 3. 
Mudge^ 4. PoUy^ 5. SamueR 

2. Patience H.,^ born February 8th, 1765; died 

; married Jonathan Damon of Buckfield, 

Maine. 

3. Bethiah Thacher,'" born January loth, 1767; 

died ; married Barnabas Perry of Minot, 

Maine, and had 4 (Perry) children, 2 sons 
and 2 daughters, viz.: i. Bethiah Thacher*; 
2. Abigail Gushing^ ; 3. Barnabas* ; 4. Samuel 
Barker*. 

4. Joseph B.,^ born June loth, 1769; died . 

5. Samuel W.,^ born April 3rd, 1772; died ; 

married Elizabeth J. Coxe, May 20th, 1798, 
and had 5 (Josselyn) children, 2 sons and 

3 daughters, viz.: i. Samuel,* born , 

1799; 2, Elizabeth,* born , 1801 ; 3. Debo- 
rah B.,* born , 1804; 4. Mehitable,* born 

, 1807; 5. Ophar,* born . 

6. Anna S.,^ born , 1776; died ; mar- 
ried Pratt Allen and had 4 (Allen) children, 
3 sons and i daughter, viz.: i. Patience*; 
2. Samuel*; 3. Pratt*; 4. Thomas*. 

7. Deborah B.,^ born ; 17^2] died April 

nth, 1846 ; married , 1805, to David Gor- 
ham Barker (see Record No. 414), born 



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March 7th, 1784; died April 15th, 1830, and 
had 6 (Barker) children, viz.: i. Susan Gar- 
rett*; 2. Moses*; 3. Mary G.*; 4. Eliza 
Clark*; 5. Jeremiah Gushing*; 6. Abby Gor- 
ham*. 

630 ii. Hannah,^ born July 5th, 1742; died ; mar- 

ried, first (intention published Scituate, January 
15th, 1763), to Nathaniel Bryant of Marshfield 

(son of Seth and Elizabeth ( ) Bryant), born 

October loth, 1738; died . She married, 

second, to Prince Barker (son of Prince and Abi- 
gail (Keen) Barker), born October 26th, 1747; 
died June 24th, 1781. 

Children, by first marriage: 3 (Bryant), i son 
and 2 daughters, viz. : 

1. Nathaniel.^ 3. Patience.'' 

2. Hannah.^ 

Children, by second marriage: 4 (Barker), 2 sons 
and 2 daughters, viz. : 

1. Deborah.'^ 3. Prince.'' 

2. Abigail.^ 4. John.^ 

631 iii. Capt. Williams,^ born September 2nd, 1744; died 

; married at Kingston, Mass., December nth, 

1777, to Sarah Lothrop of Kingston. He lived 
at Scituate until about 1790 and removed to Wis- 
casest, Maine. 

Children: 5 (Barker), 2 sons and 3 daughters, all 
born at Scituate, Mass. 

1. Sally,^ born September 29th, 1778. 

2. John Williams,^ born October 7th, 1782; bap- 
tized October 8th, 1786. 

3. Ruth Leach,'' born January 27th, 1785; bap- 
tized October 8th, 1786. 

4. Elizabeth Thacher,'' born January 29th, 1787; 
baptized July nth, 1790. 

5. Lothrop,'' born . 

632 iv. Deborah,® born June 14th, 1747; died January 

loth, 1819. 

633 V. Samuel, ist,® born January 12th, 1749; died June 

8th, 1753. 

634 vi. Jeremiah,® born March 3rd, 1752; died October 

3rd (or 4th), 1834, aged 84; married, first, Abi- 
gail Gorham ; second, Susanna Garrett ; third, Eu- 
nice Riggs; fourth, possibly to Mary Williams, 
intention published July 2nd, 1802; fourth or 
fifth to Temperance (Garrett) Gorham. For 
elaboration of this record see record No. 414. 



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635 vii. Bethia Thacher,^ born June 27th, 1755 ; died , 

young. 

636 viii. Samuel, 2nd,® baptized December 4th, 1757; died 

, young. 

637 ix. Samuel, 3rd,® born August 21st, 1762; died July 

5th, 1840, aged 78, at Hanson, Mass. (died June 
17th, 1840, according to Pembroke, Mass., Vital 
Records). He was a doctor and removed to 
Hanson, Mass. He married at Pembroke, Mass., 
March 27th, 1806, to Hannah Jones, born Pem- 
broke, Mass., January 15th, 1774; died 

(Barker Genealogy, by Barker Newhall, p. 81, 
says that she died June 22nd, 1872, which may 
be correct; if so, she was 98 when she died). 
She was a daughter of Simeon and Deborah 
(Beals) Jones of Pembroke, Mass. 
Children : I have no record of any children. 
Authorities 

Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 6, 83 ; Vol. VIII, pp. 199. 207. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

Early Mass. Marriages, by Bailey, Vol. II, pp. Z7, 170. 

Vital Records of Scituate, Mass., Vol. I, pp. 21, 22, 23; Vol. II, pp. 19, 
20, 351, 352. 

Vital Records of Pembroke, Mass., pp. 232, 385, 420. 

History of Hanover, Mass., p. 338. 

Vital Records of Hanson, Mass., pp., 14, 88. 

Barker Genealogy, by Barker NewJmll, pp. 28, 40, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 83. 

History of Scituate Mass., p. 216. 

193. Yetmercy^ Howland (Josiah* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., March nth, 1712- 
13; baptized as a widow 5-8-1732; died at Bristol, August 
8th, 1737, and was buried there. She married, first, at Bris- 
tol, R. I., by Rev. Barnabas Taylor, on October 17th, 1731 
(intention published September i8th, 1731), to Captain Isaac 

Palmer of Little Compton, R. I. ; born ; died , before 

5-8-1732, as his widow was baptized on that date. An 
Isaac Palmer was born at Little Compton, R. I., January 14th, 
1701, and he may have been the above Captain Isaac Palmer, 
but of this I am not assured. His parentage is unknown 
to me. 
Children: (Palmer) None that are known of. 

Yetmercy^ (Howland) Palmer married a second time at 
Bristol, R. I., by Rev. Barnabas Taylor, December 6th, 1733, 
to Captain Nathaniel Howland, born Plymouth, Mass., 
9-6-1705; died 1 3-7-1 766. He was a son of Nathaniel How- 
land (born ; died December 20th, 1746, aged 76; buried 

at Plymouth, Mass., Burial Hill: gravestone) and Martha 

(Cole) Howland (born ; died August nth, 1718, aged 

about 46, buried at Plymouth, Burial Hill: gravestone) of 
Plymouth, Mass. 



HER. THATCHER 
kNEALOGY 



Part XII. 



GENEALOGICAL RECORD ol' 
:ONY' THACHER, OF YARMorTll. ^^AS^ 
AND HIS DESCENDANTS 
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Child: I (Howland), son, born at Bristol, R, I. 
638 i. Nathaniel,^ born April 3rd, 1735; died July i8th, 
1736. 

Captain Nathaniel Howland married, second, at Boston, 
Mass., November 22nd, 1739, by the Rev. John Webb, to 
Abigail (Burt) Lane (widow of Richard Lane), born Boston, 
March 28th, 171 8 (she was a daughter of Rev. John and 
Abigail (Cheever) Burt, and she married Richard Lane, Jan- 
uary 8th, 1735); she died 22-7-1766. 

Children: 6 (Howland), 3 sons and 3 daughters. Not in 
Thacher Line. 

1. Abigail, born 24-10-1740; died , 1821; 

married Joshua Pico. 

2. Nathaniel, born 5-7-1742; died 7-5-1779; 
married Sarah Atkins of Boston. 

3. John, born 21-4-1744; died , 1789, at 

sea; married Jane King of New York. 

4. Martha, born 21-10-1747; died , 1833; 

married Silas Atkins of Boston. 

5. Joseph, born 30-9-1749; died 11-3-1836. 

6. Susan, born 9-7-1752; died — — . 

Authorities 
Vital Records of R. I., Vol. IV, pp. 35, 43 ; Vol. VI, pp. 28, 41, 83, 139- 
Davis" Landmarks of Plymouth, Mass., pp. 153, 154. 
Howland Genealogy pp. 332, 343-4. 

Plymouth, Mass., Burial Hill Inscriptions, p. 95, Nos. 650, 651. 
Boston Record Com. Reports, Vol. XXIV, p. 127 ; Vol. XXVIII, pp. 49, 

192, 211. 

199. Samuel^ Howland (Samuel* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony^, Rev. Peter^), bom Bristol, R. I., April 3rd, 1709; 

died , at ; married, first, , at , intention 

published at Bristol, R. I,, July 29th, 1738, to Lucie Smith of 

New Haven, Conn.; born , at ; died , at ; 

he married a second time at Portsmouth, R. I., by William 
Anthony, Justice of the Peace, on November 27th, 1743, to 
Abigail Moon, born May 2nd, 1717, at Portsmouth, R. L: 

died (she survived her husband), at . She was a 

daughter of John Moon of Portsmouth. 

Children, first marriage : None that are known of. 

Children, second marriage: 5 (Howland), 2 sons and 3 daugh- 
ters; No. I born in Bristol, rest born in Portsmouth. 

*639 i. Abigail,* bom August 4th, 1744. 

*640 ii. Elizabeth,* born March i6th, 1745, 

641 iii. Desire,® born 30-6-1753. 

642 iv. George,® born 28-2-1755. 

643 v. John,® born 4-8-1757. 

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Authorities 
Vital Records of R. I., Vol. IV, p. 28; Vol. VI, p. 28, 83. 
Howland Genealogy, pp. 333. 

200. Abigail^ Rowland (Samuel* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., October i8th, 1710; 
baptized at Bristol, Congregational Church, September i6th, 
1722; died at Bristol, August 6th (or 8th), 1737, and was 
buried there presumably. She was married at Bristol, by 
Timothy Fales, Justice of the Peace, on October 23rd, 1729, 
intention published September 9th, 1729, to Israel Church of 
Bristol, R. I.; he was born at Little Compton, R. I., April 
22nd, 1707; died at Bristol, R. I., August 29th, 1735, aged 
28 years. He was a son of Joseph and Grace (Shaw) Church 
of Little Compton. 

Children: 3 (Church), i son and 2 daughters, all born at 
Bristol. 

644 i. Nathaniel,^ born March loth, 1730-1 ; died July 

28th, 1738, at Bristol, and buried there. 

645 ii. Abigail,^ born January 13th, 1732-3; died Au- 

gust 8th, 1737. 

646 iii. Sarah,® born February 19th, 1734-5. 

Authorities 
Rhode Island Vital Records, Vol. VI, pp. 13, 28, 69, 83, 123; Vol. VIII, 
p. 252. 

Howland Genealogy, p. 333. 

201. Deacon John^ Howland (Samuel* Howland, Bethiah' 
Thacher, Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., Septem- 
ber 27th, 1713; joined Congregational Church there October 
i8th, 1741 ; he lived at Bristol and was a deacon in Congrega- 
tional Church there; he died at Bristol, August 21st, 1786, 
aged 73, and was buried there. He married at Bristol, by 
Rev. Barnabas Taylor, on October 24th, 1736, intention pub- 
lished September 13th, 1735, at Bristol, to Martha Wardwell, 
born Bristol, November 29th, 1716; died Bristol, July 9th, 
1794, "aged 78 years," and was buried at Bristol. She was 
a daughter of Joseph and Martha (Giddens) Wardwell of 
Bristol. 

Children: 2 (Howland), sons, both born in Bristol. 
646a i. John, 1st,® born January 29th, 1736-7; died De- 
cember 20th, 1737, at Bristol, and buried there. 

647 ii. John, 2nd,® born March 9th, 1738-9; died De- 

cember 6th, 1792, aged 54, at Bristol, R. I., and 
was buried there. He married, first, at Bristol, 
R. I., by Rev. John Burt, on October 25th, 1759, 
to Elizabeth Le Favor, born Bristol, May 28th, 

1 741 ; died Bristol, , 1784, and was buried 

there. She was a daughter of Timothy and Eliz- 
abeth ( ) Le Favor of Bristol. He married, 



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second, at Bristol, by Elder Wright, on Decem- 
ber 7th, 1785, intention published November 27th. 
1785, to Mrs. Elizabeth (Martin) De Wolf 
(widow of Mark Antony De Wolf), born Bristol, 
October loth, 1747; died January 27th, 1801, aged 
54. She was a daughter of Captain William, Jr.. 

and Elizabeth ( ) Martin of Bristol. Mark 

Antony De Wolf, her first husband, was probably 
the son of Mark Antony and Abigail (Potter) De 
Wolf of Bristol ; and he was baptized at St. Mi- 
chael's P. E. Church February 15th, 1746-7, the 
date of his death is not recorded at Bristol. 
Children, first marriage: 12 (Rowland), 7 sons 
and 5 daughters, all born in Bristol. 

1. Samuel,^ born June 13th, 1760; baptized by 
Elder Wright. 

2. John,^ born September 20th, 1761 ; baptized 
by Elder Wright. 

3. Elizabeth,'^ born September 8, 1763; baptized 
by Elder Wright. 

4. Daniel,'' born February nth, 1765; died Sep- 
tember , 1795, aged 31 ; baptized by Elder 

Wright. 

5. Martha,^ bom November 7th, 1766; baptized 

by Elder Wright. 

6. Abigail,^ bom February 5th, 1768; baptized 
by Elder Wright. 

7. Peleg,^ born August 26th, 1769; died October 
, 1790; baptized by Elder Wright. 

8. Nathaniel,'' bora September 9th, 1772; died 
March i8th, 1805, aged 32; baptized by El- 
der Wright. 

9. Sarah, ist,'' born August ist, 1774; died De- 
cember 31st, 1775 ; baptized by Elder Wright. 

10. Sarah, 2nd/ born December 17th, 1775 ; bap- 
tized by Elder Wright. 

11. Le Favor,'' born June 6th, 1778; baptized by 
Elder Wright. 

12. Josiah Rowland,'' born March 6th, 1780; died 
December — , 1796, lost at sea; baptized by 
Elder Wright. 

Children by second marriage: i (Rowland), son, 
bora in Bristol. 

13. WilUam Martin,^ born June 26th, 1788; died 
May, , 1804, in Africa. 

Authorities 
Vital Records of R. I., Vol. VI, pp. 23, 28, 56, 83, no, 139, 140; Vol. 
VIII, pp. 252, 374. 

Howland Genealogy pp. 341, 353. 



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202. Tabitha^ Rowland (Samuel* Rowland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., January 13th, 

1715; died , at ; married, first, at Bristol, by Rev. 

Barnabas Taylor, on May 12th, 1734, intention published 
December 8th, 1733 (Bristol Vital Records, Vol. VL, p. 28, 
says married May 12th, 1738) to Nathaniel Carey, born Bris- 
tol, R. I., November 5th, 171 1; died Bristol, December nth, 

1739; he was a son of Benjamin and Susannah ( ) 

Carey, of Bristol, R. I. She married, second, at Bristol, 
April 22nd, 1742 (intention published April 6th, 1742), to 

John Peckham of Newport, R. I., born , at ; died 

, at . 

Child, first marriage: i (Carey) son, born at Newport, R. I. ■ 

648 i. Josiah,^ born February 24th, 1738-9; died June 

26th, 1739, at Bristol, R. I., and buried there. 
Children, second marriage: None that are known of. 
Authorities 
Rhode Island Vital Records, Vol. VI, pp. 12, 28, 68. 83 ; Vol. VIII, p. 187. 
Howland Genealogy, p. 333. 

204. Phebe^ Rowland (Samuel* Rowland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony,2 Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., March 9th, 1720-21 ; 
died Bristol, November 30th, 1794, aged 74 years, "a widow," 
and was buried at Bristol. She married at Bristol, October 

nth, 1741 (intention published September , 1741), to 

John Wardwell of Bristol; he was born at Bristol, October 

I2th, 1720; died , at . Re was a son of Joseph and 

Martha (Giddens) Wardwell of Bristol. 

Children: 12 (Wardwell), 7 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 
Bristol. 

649 i. John,® born June 19th, 1742; baptized June 27th, 

1742; died February 9th, 1773, aged 31; married 
Mrs. Rannah Swan. 

650 ii. Nathaniel,® born March 29th, 1744; baptized 

April 1st, 1744; died June 2nd, 1770, on coast 
of Africa. 

651 iii. Joseph,® born March ist, 1746; baptized March 

8th, 1746-7; died ; married Ehzabeth May. 

652 iv. Phebe,® born January 23rd, 1748-9; baptized Jan- 

uary 29th, 1748-9; died September 23rd, 1840. 
aged 92 ; married James Smith. 

653 V. Susannah,® born January 15th, 1750-1 ; baptized 

January 20th, 1750-1 ; died August 15th, 1808; 
married Daniel Gladding. 

654 vi. Mary,® born January 6th, 1753; baptized Janu- 

ary 14th, 1753; died December ist, 1819; mar- 
ried Peleg Pitman. 

655 vii. Elizabeth,® born January 6th, 1753; baptized Jan- 

uary 14th, 1753; died October 23rd, 1831, aged 



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79; married Jonathan Fales, Jr. Numbers 654 
and 655 were twins. 

656 viii. Samuel,* born April 25th, 1755; baptized June 

5th, 1755; died . 

657 ix. Tabitha,® born ; baptized January 29th, 1758 ; 

died . 

658 X. Daniel,* born ; baptized May 25th, 1760 ; died 

659 xi. Allen, ist,^ born , baptized July i8th, 1762, 

died young. 

660 xii. Allen 2nd,^ born March ist, 1765; baptized June 

2nd, 1765; died March 31st, 1840, aged 76; mar- 
ried Abigail Smith, who died October 6th, 1844, 
aged 79. 

Authorities 
Rhode Island Vital Records, Vol. VI, pp. 23, 28, 56, 83, iio-ii, 170; Vol. 
VIII, p. 267, 290. 

Howland Genealogy, p. ^ZZ- 

205. Mary^ Rowland (Samuel* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, An- 
tony ," Rev. Peter^), bom Bristol, R. I., March i8th, 1722-3; 

died , at ; married at Bristol, R. I., September 26th, 

1742 (intention pubHshed September 7th, 1742), to William 

Wardwell, born , at ; died , 1760; drowned at 

sea. 

Children: g (Wardwell), 5 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Bristol. 

661 i. William, ist,^ born December 3rd, 1743; bap- 

tized January 8th, 1743-4; died February 15th 

1744-5- 

662 ii. Abigail,* born June 3rd, 1745; baptized June 9th. 

1745 ; died ; married Restcomc Sandford.( ?) 

663 iii. Mary,* born ; baptized October 25th, 1747; 

died . 

664 iv. William, 2nd,* born ; baptized January 29th 

1749-50; died . 

665 V. Benjamin,* born ; baptized February 9th, 

1752; died February 28th, 1830, aged 78; mar- 
ried, first, Sarah Smith; married, second, Cath- 
arine ; married, third, Huldah Smith. 

666 vi. Sarah,* born ; baptized March 3rd, 1754; 

died April i8th, 1754. 

667 vii. Martha,* born ; baptized June 29th, 1755: 

died June 19th, 1757. 

668 viii. Samuel, ist.* bom ; baptized August 27th. 

1758; died May 14th, 1759, aged 10 months. 

669 IX. Samuel, 2nd,* born ; baptized May 25th, 

1760; died ; married Elizabeth Church. 



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Authorities 
Rhode Island Vital Records, Vol. VI, pp. 28, 56, 83, no, 170; Vol. VIII, 
p. 290. 

Howland Genealogy, p. 333. 

206. Mehitable^ Howland (Samuel* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, 
Antony/ Rev. Peter^), born Bristol, R. I., February ist, 
1724-5; died February 13th, 1764, at Bristol; married at 
Bristol, R. I., by Rev. John Burt, December i8th, 1746 (in- 
tention published November 29th, 1746), to Stephen Ward- 
well, born , 1722 (see age at, and date of death) ; died 

Bristol, August 6th, 1799, aged yy. 

Children: 6 (Ward well), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all bom at 
■ Bristol. 

670 i. Elizabeth,® born July 7th, 1749; baptized July 

23rd, 1749; died . 

671 ii. Abigail,® born December 24th, 1751 ; baptized 

February 6th, 1752; died . 

672 iii. Stephen,* born November 5th, 1754; baptized 

December 22nd, 1754; died . 

673 iv. Josiah,® born July 20th, 1757; baptized Septem- 

ber 25th, 1757; died . 

674 V. James,® born January 9th, 1760; baptized Feb- 

ruary 17th, 1760; died October 2nd, 1815, aged 56. 

675 vi. Hannah,® born November 6th, 1762'; baptized 

January 30th, 1763; died . 

Authorities 
Rhode Island Vital Records, Vol. VI, pp. 28, 56, 83, 110, 120 ; Vol. VIU, 
pp. 267. 290. 

Howland Genealogy, p. 333. 

208. Joseph"^ Howland (Joseph* Howland, Bethiah^ Thacher, An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Bristol, Providence or Swanzey, 
R. I., December 6th, 1717; died at Newport, R. I., March 

> 1775 (or 3rd month, 1775). He married at Newport, 

R. I., by Rev. Nicholas Eyres, , 14th, 1745-6, to Sarah 

Barker, born at Middletown, R. I., April 5th, 1725; died at 
Providence, R. I., February 17, 1779 (or 12-2-1779), aged 54. 
She was a daughter of Jeremiah Barker (born January i6th, 

1699; died ; married , 1724) and Penelope (Hicks) 

Barker (born July 24th, 1703; died ) of Middletown, R.I. 

Sarah (Barker) Howland, widow of Joseph"* Howland, 
when the British occupied Newport, R. I., in 1776, removed 
to Providence, R. I., where she died. 

Children: 8 (Howland), 7 sons and i daughter; all possibly 
born at Newport, R. I. The order of their birth as given 
below is not necessarily correct, 

676 i. Henry,® born , 1751; died July 9th, 1843, at 

Newport, R. I., aged 92 years and 4 months; 
he married , at , to Susan Baker (ac- 



275 

cording to Thacher's Plymouth, p. 131) or Susan 
Barker (according to Howland Genealogy, p. 

342) of Rhode Island, born , at ; died 

, at . 

Child: I (Howland), son. 

1. Benjamin Baker^ (or Barker^), born 11-12- 
1787; died 21-10-1877; married at Newport, 
R. I., August 3rd, 181 7, to Phebe C. Greene, 

born , 1792 ; died September 30th, 1849, 

aged 57. She was a daughter of Francis 
Greene. Children: 3 (Howland), daughters. 

I. Susan,^ born May 7th, 1718; died ! 

married July ist, 1839, to Robert Sherman of 
Newport, R. I.; he was born 10-10-1811; 
died 25-5-1881; 2. Sarah Jane,^ born 12-8- 
1820; died May 22nd, 1846 (or 1849); 3. 
Mary James^ (or Jones), born 2-10-1824. 
Benjamin Baker^ Howland was for many 
years Town Clerk and Clerk of Pjobate at 
Newport, R. I. 

6yy ii. Penelope,^ born , 1755; died married, 

first, Captain John Taber ; married, second, Jona- 
than Gladding, and left descendants to the third 
and 4th generation. 

678 iii. John,« born October 31st 1757 (or 3T-10-1757) ; 
died 5-11-1854; he removed to Providence, R. I., 
and married 28-1-1788, to Mary Carlisle, born 
October 30th, 1760; died 28-5-1845. She was a 

daughter of John and Elizabeth ( ) Carlisle of 

Providence, R. I. 

Children: 11 (Howland), 6 of whom died under 

2 years of age and are not here recorded. 

I. Alfred,'' born February 24th (or 26th), 1790; 
died 4-2-1816; not married. 

2. Penelope,^ born January 19th, 1792 ; died ; 

m. August 19th, 1813, to Amherst Everett 
(son of Dr. Abijah Everett) of Attleboro, 
Mass. 6 children. 

3. Benjamin Russell,^ born October 20th, 1793 
died October i6th, 1827, at Nashville, Tenn. ; 
not married. 

4. Janetta,^ born October 6th, 1801 ; died March 
21, 1865 ; not married. 

5. Mary,^ born August nth, 1805; died ; 

married 30-1 2-183 1, to Roland Lyman of 
East Hampton and had i son and i daughter. 

679 iv. Benjamin," born , 1768; died , 1818; 

married 27-12-1794, to Susannah Andrews 



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(daughter of Zephaniah and Elizabeth (Eddy) 
Andrews of Providence), by whom he had 12 
children (see Howland Genealogy, pp. 354-5, et 
sequentia. 

680 V. Samuel,® born ; died , abroad. 

681 vi. Edward,® born ; died , at Madras. 

682 vii. Josiah,® born ; died , at Jamaica, W. I. 

683 viii. Joseph,® born ; died February 15, 1772, at 

St. Lucia. 

Authorities 
Thacher's History of Plymouth, edition of 1835, pp. 129-133. 
Howland Genealogy, pp. 341, 342, 354, 355. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 148 and 153. 

Vital Records of Rhode Island, Vol. II, pp. 97, 229, 268; Vol. IV, p. 39; 
Vol. VI, p. 83. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

210. Mary® Hallett (ThankfuP Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Plon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., Decem- 
ber 17th, 1717; died at Barnstable, August 19th, 1741, and was 
buried there near East Church; she married at Yarmouth, 
January 24th, 1737-8, to Captain Isaac Gorham, born at Barn- 
stable, and baptized there April 17th, 1715; he lived at Barn- 
stable and was a sea captain; he died at , Scotland, Jan- 
uary , 1753; and was probably buried at , Scotland. 

He was a son of James Gorham, Jr. (born March 6th, 1676; 
died September loth, 1718; married September 29th, 1707), 
and Mary (Joyce) Gorham (daughter of Hosea Joyce of 
Yarmouth) of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Gorham), daughters, both bom in Barnstable. 

684 i. Mary,^ born , 1738 (about) ; died October 

nth, 1828, in her 90th year in Yarmouth, and was 
buried at Yarmouth in old cemetery; gravestone. 
She married, February 8th, 1759, to Captain 
Elisha Hedge, born — — , 1735 (about); he resided 
at Yarmouth and died there September 4th, 1807, 
"in his 72nd year," and was buried there in old 
cemetery; gravestone. 

Children: 8 (Hedge), 7 sons and i daughter, all 
born, probably, at Yarmouth. 

1. Desire,® married William Nicholas. 

2. Isaac* 

3. Elisha,* married Sally Goodwin. 

4. Edward,* married Lydia Hedge. 

5. James,* married Abigail Doane. 

6. Abram,* married Ruth Eldredge. 

7. Polly,* married Timothy Hallett. 

8. John,* married Clarissa Crowell. 



For a continuation of this line, see Hon. 
George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, in 
library of New York Genealogical and Biographi- 
cal Society. 

685 ii. Thankful/ born , 1741, about; died in Yar- 
mouth, December 31st, 1812, "in her 71st year," 
and was buried there in old cemetery ; gravestone. 
She married , at , to John Hall of Yar- 
mouth. 

Children: 7 (Hall), 6 sons and i daughter. 

1. John,^ born ; died young. 

2. James,* born — — ; died young. 

3. Gorham,* born ; died ; married Mary 

Hawes (daughter of James). 

4. Edward,* born ; died ; married Sally 

, of South Carolina. 

5. Ezekiel,* born ; died ; married Sus- 
anna Hallett (daughter of James). 

6. Mary,* bom ; died . 

7. John,* born ; died ; married Hannah 

Taylor. 

Captain Isaac Gorham married, second, at Barnstable, Sep- 
tember 2nd, 1742, to Mary Cobb; born Barnstable, June 14th, 1721; 

died , at ; she was a daughter of Gershom and Hannah 

(Davis) Cobb of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children; 4 (Gorham), 2 sons and 2 daughters, all born in 
Barnstable. Not in Thacher line, viz.: 

1. Edward, baptized September nth, 1743. 

2. James, baptized August 4th, 1745 ; married 
Mary Baker. 

3. Sarah, baptized June 19th, 1748. 

4. Hannah, born June 17th, 1750. 

Mary (Cobb) Gorham, widow of Captain Isaac Gorham, mar- 
ried, second, February 3rd, 1756-7, to James Churchill. 

Authority 
OhV Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 427-428, 516. 

211. John" Hallett (Thankful^ Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass, August 
9th, 1719 ; he lived at Yarmouth and was a merchant ; he died at 
Yarmouth, February 12th (or 14th), 1760, and was buried 
there in old cemetery ; no gravestone. He married at Yar- 
mouth, February 12th, 1747, to Rebecca Hallet, born Yar- 
mouth, July 19th, 1723 ; died at Yarmouth, in house subse- 
quently owned by George Winslow Thacher, date of death 

. She was a daughter of Ebenezer Hallett (born ; 

died ; married August 14th, 1712; will dated May loth, 



278 

1760), and Rebecca (Howes) Hallett (born ; died March 

23rd, 1724-5), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Hallett), 2 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

686 i. Mary,^ born December 26th, 1748; died Decem- 

ber i8th, 1781, "in her 33rd year," at Yarmouth, 
and was buried there in old cemetery ; gravestone ; 

she married Elisha Miller, born , 1746, 

about; died at Yarmouth, May 30th, 1813, "in 
his 67th year," and was buried there in old ceme- 
tery ; gravestone. 

Children: 3 (Miller), 2 sons and i daughter. 

1. John,* born ; died ; married Mary 

Hallett (see No. 705), daughter of Peter Hal- 
lett; and had one daughter, Almira^ Miller. 

2. Benjamin,* born ; died ; drowned. 

3. Mary,* born ; died ; unmarried. 

687 ii. Captain Charles,'^ born April 4th, 1751 ; died No- 

vember 15th, 1 82 1, "aged 70," at Yarmouth, and 
was buried there in old cemetery; gravestone. 
He lived in Yarmouth and was Captain of a ves- 
sel running from Yarmouth to Boston, and was 
also a merchant and storekeeper. He married at 
Yarmouth, June 5th, 1777, to Lydia^ Thacher 
(No. 490), born Yarmouth, January 22nd, 1756; 
died Yarmouth, March 9th, 1838, "aged 82." She 
was a daughter of Joseph** Thacher (No. 140) 
and Abigail (Hawes) Thacher of Yarmouth, 
Mass. 

Children: 8 (Hallett), 5 sons and 3 daughters, 
all born at Yarmouth, Mass. 

1. Rebecca,* born June 30th, 1778; died August 
7th, 1846, at Boston; married Capt. Joshua 
Gray. 

2. Charlotte,* born May 23rd, 1780; died De- 
cember 17th, 181 5; married Andrew Hallett. 

3. Joseph Thacher,* born March 22nd, 1782; 
died November 23rd, 1799, *'in his i8th year," 
at Yarmouth, and was buried there in old 
cemetery; not married. 

4. George,* bom July 17th, 1784; died Septem- 
ber 13th, 1845, ^t Boston; married EHza Gor« 
don. 

5. Eunice,* born March 30th, 1787; died July 
6th, 1854, at Yarmouth, and was buried there 
in old cemetery ; no gravestone. Not mar- 
ried. 



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6. Charles,^ born July 31st, 1789; died Septem- 
ber 26th, 1832; married Betsey Parker. 

7. Warien,^ born November 21st (or 29th), 
1790; died February 8th, 1811, aged 20, at 
Yarmouth, and was buried there in old ceme- 
tery ; gravestone ; not married. 

8. Oliver,* born November 8th, 1792; died July 
2nd, 1842, at Yarmouth, and was buried there 
in Woodside Cemetery; gravestone; married 
Betsey Hamblin. 

For further elaboration of this line, see Gen- 
eration 6, Record No. 490 of Lydia® Thacher and 
those of her children, Nos. 1044 to 1051, inclu- 
sive. 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 44. 

Otis Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 516, 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 230. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS., Thacher Genealogy. 

688 iii. Martha,^ bom November 2nd, 1753; died De- 

cember 4th, 1794, "in her 42nd year," at Yar- 
mouth, and was buried there in old cemetery; 
gravestone ; not married. 

689 iv. John,^ born May 4th, 1756; died ; he lived 

at Great Island, Yarmouth township, and was a 
farmer; he married, April loth, 1781, to Hannah 
Hallett, daughter of Judah Hallett. 
Children: 11 (Hallett), 6 sons and 5 daughters. 

1. Freeman.* 

2. Patty.* 

3. John, 1st.* 

4. John, 2nd.* 

5. Hannah Griffin.* 

6. Thankful.* 

7. Daniel.* 

8. Allen.* 

9. Henry.* 

10. Belinda.* 

11. Mary.* 

Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. i, p. 516. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 17-19-28. 
George Winslow Thacher of Yarmouthport, Mass. 

212. Peter^ Hallett (Thankful" Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., 

October 7th, 1721 ; died February , 1794, at ; he 

married, first, , 1739, to Eunice Allen of Harwich, who 

died August 26th, 1752; he married, second, March 22nd, 
1753, to Sarah Snow, who died February 13th, 1760; he mar- 



28o 

ried, third, December i8th, 1760 (or 1761), to Lydia Buck 
(or Bearse). 

Children: 19 (Hallett), 10 sons and 7 daughters, and 2 who 
are not mentioned here, who died young. 

Children, first marriage : 

690 i. Rebecca,^ born January 15th, 1743; died Feb- 

ruary 24th, 1813 ; married Capt. David Bray, 

born , 1737; died March 4th, 1806, by whom 

she had 9 children. 

691 ii. John Allen,'' born November 14th, 1745; died 

; married Jane Mackey of Boston, by whom 

he had 3 children. 

692 iii. Elkanah,'^ born September i6th, 1749; died , 

Not married. 

693 iv. Eunice,'^ born December 24th, 1751 ; died . 

Children, second marriage: 

694 v. Lot,^ born April 12th, 1754; died ; frozen 

to death on whaling voyage. 

695 vi. Hannah,^ born October , 1756; died ; 

married Edward Cobb, January 29th, 1778; he 
was born November 6th, 1752; died October 
27th, 1819; lived in Yarmouth and removed to 
Westborough, Mass., in 1782, where he died. 
Children: 9. 

696 vii. Temperance,'' born September , 1758; died 

; married, first, July 24th, 1777, to Benjamin 

Wyat of Falmouth, by whom she had i son, viz : 
Lot* Wyat; she married, second, to Elisha Rice 
of Westborough, Mass., by whom she had no chil- 
dren. 

697 viii. Thacher,'' born ; died , young. 

Children, third marriage: 

698 ix. Benjamin,'' born August 13th, 1762; died , 

1790, at sea, on coast of Africa. 

699 X. George,^ born July 21st, 1764. 

700 xi. Prince,'' born April i6th, 1765; died ; not 

married. 

701 xii. Job, ist,^ born February 26th, 1767; died , 

young. 

702 xiii. Lydia,^ born February 23rd, 1769; died ; 

married (see Otis' Barnstable Families, pp. 517 
and 519) Zenas Hallett, born August 9th, 1768; 

d. ; son of Jonathan and Thankful (Crowell) 

Hallett. According to Hon. George Thacher's 
MSS. Thacher Genealogy she married March 
20th, 1788, to Alden Baker. 



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703 xiv, Sarah/ born February loth, 1771 ; died ; 

married , 1791, Homer, and removed 

from Yarmouth. 

704 XV. Peter/ born March 2nd, 1775 ; died , at sea. 

705 xvi. Mary,'' born September 19th, 1777; died ; 

married (see Otis' Barnstable Families, p. 517) 
Joseph Hallett. According to Hon. George 
Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy she married 
John Miller, son of Elisha and Mary (Hallett) 
Miller of Yarmouth, Mass. — See record No. 686; 

706 xvii. Job, 2nd,^ born July 28th, 1779; died ; lived 

in Boston. 

Authorities. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol, I, pp. 177-8, 516-17, 519. 
George Winslow Thacher, of Yarmouthport, Mass. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

213. Annah^ Lewis (Sarah^ Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, December 9th, 
1728; died at Barnstable, October 13th, 1796, "in her 68th 
year," and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying- 
ground; gravestone. She married at Barnstable, October 3rd, 
1752 (or October 30th, 1751), to Nathaniel Gorham, born 
Barnstable, September 30th, 1726; he lived at Barnstable, 

where he was a farmer and a salt manufacturer ; he died ; 

his estate was settled in February — , 1801, by his two sons. 
He was a son of John Gorham (born September 28th, 1688; 

died , 1769; married October 2nd, 1712), and Prudence 

(Crocker) (Gorham (born July 26th, 1692; died , 1778, 

aged 86), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Gorham) sons, both born in Barnstable. 

707 i. Lewis,'' born November nth, 1753; died January 

i6th, 182 1 ; he lived at Barnstable in the house 
of his father and grandfather; he was a black- 
smith and for many years Deputy Sheriff; he 
married April 14th, 1774, to Sarah Phinney 
(daughter of David Phinney), born March 4th, 
1754; died February loth, 1851, aged 97-1-6. 
During the Revolutionary War Lewis Gorham 
took an active part in local proceedings in Barn- 
stable. His widow at death had living 5 children, 
30 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 4 
great-great-grandchildren. 

Children: 5 (Gorham), 3 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Anner,® born March 29th, 1775; died ; 

married July 12th, 1798, to Thomas Harris of 
Boston. 

2. David,* born August i6th, 1778; died ; 

married Hannah Nye. 



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3- John,^ born July i6th, 1781; died October 
nth, 1824; married April 12th, 1804, to 
Martha Cobb, who died February 20th, 1839. 

4. Henry,* born August 8th, 1785; died ; 

married Martha (or Polly) Hoxie; int. pub. 
September 21st, 1806, 

5. Sarah,® born May 12th, 1793; died June 4th, 
1878; married Barnabas Hinckley, as his third 
wife, on January 30th, 1817. 

708 ii. George Lewis,^ born October 3rd, 1763; died 
October 8th, 1839, at Barnstable, "aged 76 years," 
and was buried at Goodspeed's Hill West Bury- 
ing-ground; gravestone. He married, first, at 
Barnstable, March 25th, 1784, to Phebe'' Davis 

(No. 825), born , at Barnstable; died , 

between February 8th, 1735, and October 9th, 
1789 (see date of birth of child by first marriage 
and first child by second marriage). She was a 
daughter of Joseph Davis (born August 15th, 

1733; died ; married November 17th, 1763), 

and Lucretia* (Thacher) Davis (No. 261), (born 
April 20th, 1737), of Barnstable, Mass. He mar- 
ried, second, at Barnstable, , 1785 (his sec- 
ond wife was only 16 years old at marriage), to 
Mary Lucretia^ Davis (No. 828, sister of his first 

wife), born , 1769, about; died April 27th, 

1857, aged 88, at Barnstable, and buried there in 
Goodspeed's Hill West Burying-ground. 

Children: 6 (Gorham), 2 sons and 4 daughters, 
all born at Barnstable. 

Child by first marriage: 

1. Phebe,* born February 8th, 1785; died ; 

married James Childs; 3 children. 

Children by second marriage: 

2. Nathaniel,® born October 9th, 1789 ; died ; 

married Hannah Gorham, April nth, 1813. 

3. Deborah,^ born March 19th, 1792; d. . 

(A Deborah Gorham married at Barnstable, 
January 28th, 1812, to Charles G. Eastabrook 
of Barnstable.) 

4. Anna Lewis,® born April 21st, 1795; died 

; married Nymphas Davis, August 7th, 

1814. 

5. Benjamin Davis,® born July 29th, 1798. 

6. Mary Davis,® born December ist, 1808; died 

; married December 14th, 1826, to 

Nathaniel S. Hallett. 



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Mary Lucretia^ (Davis) Gorham, after the 
death of her husband, George Lewis^ Gorham, 
married a second time to Deacon Joseph Hawes 
of Yarmouth, whom she survived. Deacon Jo- 
seph Hawes was born October nth, 1758; died 
March 17th, 1850, and was buried in old ceme- 
tery at Yarmouth ; gravestone. 
Children: (Hawes) None. 
Authorities 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 288, 442, 443, 438; Vol. II, p. 144. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., April, 1899. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

215. JoHN« Lewis (Sarah^ Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, October 5th, 1731 ; 
died ; married Deborah Phinney, October 19th, 1752. 

Children: 8 (Lewis), 7 sons and i daughter, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

709 i. David,^ born August loth, 1753; died ; mar- 

ried, first, October 7th, 1772, to Martha (or 
Patty) Lumbart; married, second, possibly July 
19th, 1832, to widow Sarah G. Freeman. 

710 ii. Peter,^ born June 7th, 1756; died ; married 

Mehitable Hinckley, July 19th, 1778. 

711 iii. Ebenezer,^ born March 30th, 1759; died ; 

married March 4th, 1783 (int.) Bethania Phin- 
ney of Falmouth, and removed to Waquoit. 

712 IV. John,'^ born August 4th, 1763; died ; re- 

moved to Waquoit. 

713 V. Deborah,''' born June 4th, 1766; died ; mar- 

ried Thomas (or Charles) Dimmick. 

714 vi. Ehjah,^ born March 23rd, 1769; died ; re- 

moved to Boston. 

715 vii. Thacher,'^ born May 3rd, 1772; died ; mar- 

ried Toby and removed to Falmouth. 

716 viii. Joshua,' born December 17th, 1775; died . 

Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 145. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

217. Sarah^ Lewis (Sarah^ Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, July 31st, 
1737; died June 23rd, 1785, at Barnstable (probably); mar- 
ried February 20th, 1755, to Otis Loring of Barnstable. 

Children: 3 (Loring), 2 sons and i daughter. 

717 i. David,' born ; died ; married Polly 

(Crosby) Gray, daughter of Edward Crosby and 
his wife Hannah* (Gorham) Crosby (see records 
Nos. 125 and 419) and widow of Elisha Gray. 



284 

Children: 4 (Loring), 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Sally Lewis.^ 

2. Mary« (Polly). 

3. John.® 

4. Elisha,* born ; died ; married Han- 
nah Hawes and had two children. 

718 ii. George/ born — — ; died . 

719 iii. Sarah, born ; died ; married Silas Blish 

and had one child: 

I. 01ive« Blish. 

Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 145. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

219. Major George^ Lewis (Sarah' Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. .Peter^), born Barnstable, April 
9th, 1741 ; he lived at Barnstable until 1782 and removed to 
Gorham, Maine. He was a Major in Revolutionary War and 
a deacon in old church in Gorham. He died at Gorham, 
July 24th, 18 19, aged 78 years, and was buried there. He 
married, first, at Barnstable, October 12th, 1760, to Mary 
Davis, born Barnstable, April 29th, 1740; died at Barnstable, 
February — , 1782, and was buried there. She was a daughter 
of Hon. Daniel Davis (born September 28th, 1713 ; died April 
22nd, 1799, aged 85-6-13), and Mehitable (Lothrop) Davis 
(baptized June 27th 1725; died Nov. — , 1764), of Barnstable. 
He married, second, at Barnstable, January 27th, 1783, to 

Desire Parker, born at Barnstable, , 1736, about; died 

at Gorham, Maine, May 19th, 181 5, aged 79, and was buried 
there. She was a daughter of Samuel Parker of West Barn- 
stable. 

Children: 11 (Lewis), 6 sons and 5 daughters, all by first 
marriage, and all born in Barnstable. 

720 i. Mehitable/ born July 21st, 1762; died January 

31st, 1835, at Oakham, Mass.; married April 13th, 
1783, at Barnstable to Nathaniel Crocker, born 
June 28th, 1758; died Aug. 15th, 1855, at Buffalo, 
N. Y. He was the son of Job Crocker. 

Children: 10 (Crocker), 6 sons and 4 daughters. 

1. Job,® born August 28th, 1784; died July 6th, 
1814. 

2. Nathaniel,® born March 30th, 1785; died 
August — , 1855, at Oakham, Mass. 

3. George Lewis, ist,® born July 27th, 1786; died 
July 6th, 1793. 

4. Solomon,® born June 23rd, 1790; died April 
I2th, 1835, at Oakham, Mass. ; married Abi- 
gail Warren, December 4th 1817; 5 children. 



285 

5- Robert,^ born July 19th, 1792; died November 
2nd, 1800. 

6. Mary^ (Polly), born November i8th, 1794; 
died July 5, 1841, at Oakham; married James 
Allen, int. pub. Feb. 4th, 1816. 

7. George Lewis, 2nd,® born February 6th, 1797; 
died August 23rd, i860, at Buffalo, N. Y. ; 
married, first, Mowna Whipple; married, 
second, Sarah Orr. 

8. Mehitable Davis,® born December 6th, 1801 ; 
died May 8th, 1836, at Oakham. Not mar- 
ried. 

9. Abigail Lewis,® born October 17th, 1804; 

died April — , i860; married, first, 

Burseley ; married, second, Adams. 

10. Reliance,® born April 30th, 1807; died Jan- 
uary 26th, 1848; married Mellen. 

721 ii. Lothrop,"' bom February 13th, 1764; died Octo- 
ber 9th, 1822, at Bangor, Maine; he lived at 
Gorham, Maine. He was a Colonel in Military 
Service; Justice of the Peace, Deputy Sheriff, 
Selectman, Rep. to G. C. and Member of Board 
of War, 1812-15; land agent State of Maine. 
He married, first, at Gorham, January 20th, 1794, 
int. pub. August 17th, 1793, to Tabitha Long- 
fellow, born Gorham, Maine, October 9th, 1774; 
died there April 15th, 1807. She was a daughter 
of Judge Stephen and Patience (Young) Long- 
fellow of Gorham, Maine. He married, second, 

April 19th, 1810, at , to Mary Jackson (Pres- 

cott) Little (widow of John Park Little and 
daughter of Judge Oliver Prescott of Groton, 

Mass.), born , at ; died May 30, 1863, 

aged 88 years and 6 months. 

Children: first marriage, 7 (Lewis), 5 of whom 
died young and are not mentioned here, all bom 
at Gorham, Maine. 

1. Stephen Longfellow,® born March 14th, 1795; 
died February ist, 1825 ; married Jane 
Thomas. 

2. Mary Longfellow,® born November 15th, 
1796; died ; married Jacob S. Smith, 

Children: second marriage, 3 (Lewis) daughters. 

3. Annah D.,® born May 30th, 181 1; died Oc- 
tober 4th, 181 1. 

4. Catharine Bigelow, born May 14th, 1813 ; 
died March 17th, 1825. 

5. Elizabeth P.,® born March 19th, 1816; died 
September ist, 1838, aged 22; married, first, 



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Col. Stephen McL. Staples; married, second, 
Col. Hugh D. McClellan. 

722 iii. Sarah,^ born January 13th, 1766; died September 

I2th, 1849, at Franklin, N. H. ; married at Gor- 
ham, Maine, March 9th, 1792, to Captain Eben- 
ezer Peabody of Gorham, Maine, and Peter- 
borough, N. H. ; born February 13th, 1767, at 
Boxford, Mass. (probably) ; died July 26th, 1816, 
at Peterborough, N. H. He was a son of Lieut. 
Ebenezer Peabody of Boxford, Mass. 
Children: 10 (Peabody), 5 sons and 5 daughters, 
all born in Gorham, Maine. 
I. Kendall Osgood,® born December 20th, 1792; 
died January 23rd, 1855 ; married, first, Alice 
Blanchard; second, Betsey Austin. He lived 
at Franklin, N. H. 
Ebenezer,* born September 3rd, 1794; died 

, 1847; married Rebecca Robertson. 

Eloisa,® born August loth, 1796; died April 
5th, 1858; married Charles M. Davis. 
Caroline,® born July 9th, 1798; died July 6th, 
1827; married Dexter Baldwin. 
William H.,® born January 20th, 1801 ; died 
March 2nd, 1843 5 married Hannah March. 
James Lewis,® born July 25th, 1803; died 
August 7th, 1866; married Sarah J. Blake. 
Elizabeth K.,® born May 5th, 1805 ; died April 
8th, 1832; married Ebenezer Robinson. 
Sarah Lewis,^ born March 29th, 1807; d.— — ; 
married Ira Greeley. 

9. Charles,® born June 20th, 1814. 

10. Hannah P.,® bom September loth, 181 5. 

723 iv. Annah,'' born March 21st, 1768; died April lOth, 

1849; aged 81; married October 14th, 1785, at 
Gorham, Maine, to John Darling, born Plymouth, 

Mass., , 1758; died Gorham, Maine, April 

7th, 1832. He was a son of Jonathan and Martha 
(Bramhall) Darling of Plymouth, Mass. 
Children: 10 (Darling), 3 sons and 7 daughters, 
all born at Gorham. 

1. John,® born June 6th, 1787; died December 
15th, 1803. 

2. Robert,® born May 6th, 1789; died , 

1805; lost at sea. 

3. George Lewis,® born October 7th, 1791 ; died 
June i6th, 1865 ; married Mahala (Virgin) 
Hanscom, widow of Daniel Hanscom. 

4. Mary Lewis,® born October 8th, 1793 ; died 
, in New York; married James Smith. 



287 



Martha,^ born October 4th, 1796; died June 

7th, 1801. 

Sarah A.,^ born April 17th, 1799; died Jan- 
uary 6th, 18 1 7. 

Mehitable C.,^ born November i6th, 1801 ; 

died January 23rd, 1885. Not married. 

Martha,^ born September 4th, 1806; died 

July 3rd, 1883. Not married. 

Tabitha Longfellow,* born September 3rd, 

1808; died March 19th, 1865; married Joseph 

Babb. 
10. Abigail Prentiss,* born July 30th, 1810; died 

May I2th, 1876. Not married. 
724 V. Rev. James,^ born August 21st, 1770; died Aug- 
ust 20th, 1855, at Gorham, Maine ; he lived at 
Gorham, Maine, and was a Methodist minister; 
married at Gorham, Maine, September 24th, 1793 
(int. pub. September 7th, 1793), to Hannah 
Harding, born September 28th, 1775, at Gorham, 
Maine; died May 3rd, 1848, at Gorham, Maine. 
She was a daughter of Capt. Samuel and Martha 
Ann (Brown) Harding of Gorham, Maine. 

Children: 12 (Lewis), 10 sons and 2 daughters, 
all born in Gorham, Maine. 

1. Samuel Brown,* born August 25th, 1794; 
died September 21st, 1816, at Port au Prince. 

2. Desire Parker, born May 12th, 1796; died 

; married May 6th, 1819, to Nathaniel 

Jordan. 

3. George,* born July i6th, 1798; died ; 

married, first, January 28th, 1819, to Achsah 

Jordan; married, second, , to Mary S. 

Roberts. 

4. Timothy Merritt,* born July i6th, 1800; died 
May 1 2th, 1802. 

5. James,* born October 14th, 1802; died May 
— , 1814. 

6. Elijah P.,* born December 29th, 1804; died 
June 19th (or 25th), 1831, aged 26. 

7. John,* born February 24th, 1807; died June 
19th, 1874, at Portland, Me.; married Jan- 
uary 26th, 1833, to Sabrina Hamblin. 

8. Martha,* born March 24th, 1809; died ; 

married Joseph H. Rich of Chesterville. 

9. Josiah,* born April 26th, 181 1; died May 
9th, 1842, at Wapells, Iowa. 

10. James,* born January 12th, 1814; died ; 

lived in Utah. 



288 

11. Samuel H.,* born April ist, 1816; died Sep- 
tember 19th, 1843, at Madison, Georgia; mar- 
ried October 7th, 1838, to Dollie Lunt. 

12. Frederick,* born ; died . 

Rev. James^ Lewis was a man of ability, char- 
acter and property. About the year 1803 he be- 
came a convert to Methodism, and was thereafter 
an earnest and zealous preacher. His great 
fluency of speech, powerful voice and evident sin- 
cerity drew together large congregations. He 
travelled extensively and when past 80 years of 
age he visited his relatives on Cape Cod. To the 
last his physical and intellectual vigor remained 
almost unimpaired. He died highly respected by 
men of every shade of religious belief. 

725 vi. Ansel,^ born February 2nd, 1773 ; died October 

8th, 1826, at Portland, Maine; he lived at Port- 
land, Maine, and was a land surveyor. He mar- 
ried March 29th, 1795, at Portland, Maine, to 

Comfort Manchester, born , at ; died 

May 4th, 1865, at Gorham, Maine. 
Children: 8 (Lewis), 4 sons and 4 daughters. 

1. Ansel.* 

2. Mary.* 

3. George.* 

4. Edward.* 

726 vii. Major George,^ born 

September 19th, 1857, at Bridgton, Maine; he 
lived at Bridgton, Maine, and was a farmer and 
Major of Militia; he married February 3rd, 1800, 
at Gorham, Maine, to Ruth Lincoln, born Feb- 
ruary i6th, 1781, at Hingham, Mass.; died June 
25th, 1853, at Bridgton, Maine. She was a daugh- 
ter of Royal and Jerusha (Waterman) Lincoln 
of Gorham, Maine. 

Children: 6 (Lewis), 2 sons and 4 daughters, all 
born in Bridgton, Maine, except No. 6, born in 
Gorham, Maine. 

Royal L.,* born November nth, 1800; died 
October 14th, 1844; married Mary Marrett. 

Harriet M.,* born July 15th, 1802; died ; 

married Rev. Jacob Bray. 
Lothrop,* bom September 4th, 1805 ; died Oc- 
tober 25th, 1879; married Mary Jones. 
Tabitha L.,* born September 23rd, 1807; died 

, 1847; married Stephen Willey. 

Jerusha L.,* born November 4th, 1811 ; died 
August 3rd, 1876; married Benjamin Cleaves 
of Bridgton, Maine. 



5- 
6. 

7- 
8. 


William.* 
Abigail.* 
Eliza Ann.* 
Sarah.* 




ch 


28th, 1775; 


died 



289 

6. Sarah P.,« born August 23rd, 1817; died Jan- 
uary 17th, 1900; married Aaron Woodbury. 
727 viii. Rev. Daniel Davis/ born July 22nd, 1777; died 
September 24th, 1849, at Paterson (or New 
Brunswick), N. J. He was a Baptist minister 
and removed to New Jersey, where he preached 
in various places. He married at Gorham, Maine, 
May 13th, 1798 (int. pub. March 31, 1798), to 
Mary (Polly) Dyer, born May 23rd, 1 781, at Gor- 
ham, Maine; died August 17th, 1876, aged 96, at 
Philadelphia, Pa. She was a daughter of Capt. 
Jonah and Elizabeth (Deake-Clark) Dyer, (dau. 

of George and Mary ( ) Deake, and adopted 

daughter of Rev. Ephraim Clark of Cape Eliza- 
beth, Maine,) of Gorham, Maine. 
Children: 7 (Lewis), 2 sons and 5 daughters. 

1. Elizabeth.^ 5. Jane.' 

2. Daniel Davis.' 6. Caroline Prentiss.' 

3. Davis.' 7. Charlotte.' 

4. Mary Ann.' 

728 ix. Mary,'' born September 29th, 1779; died Sep- 

tember 27th, 1804, aged 25, at Gorham, Maine, 
and was buried there; not married; at time of 
her death she was engaged to be married to 
Joseph Skillings of Gorham, Maine. 

729 X. Robert,'' born January 12th, 1872; d. , young, 

at Gorham, Maine, and was buried there; not 
married. 

730 xi. Abigail,^ born January 12th, 1782; died August 

9th, 1865, at Newark, N. J. ; married at Gorham, 
Maine, December nth (or 12th), 1804, to Captain 
William Prentiss, born October nth, 1778 (1782, 
according to History of Gorham, Maine), died 
February 23rd, 1826, at Gorham, Maine. He was 
a successful sea captain and lived at Portland, 
Maine, until 1812, when he removed to Gorham. 
He was a son of Samuel Prentiss (born May 26th, 
1753; died January loth, 1815; married October 
24th, 1776), and his first wife, Dolly (Day) Prentiss 

(born ; died May 23rd, 1787), of Gorham, 

Maine. 

Children: 9 (Prentiss), 4 sons and 5 daughters; 

first six born in Portland, rest in Gorham. 

1. Caroline,' born December 29th, 1805; died 
May 6th, 18 10, at Pordand, Me. 

2. William,' born August 5th, 1807; died De- 
cember 7th, 1867; married September 12th, 
1834 (or 1835), to Angelina G. Hunt, born 



290 

; died August 23rd, 1885. He was a mer- 
chant in New York. She was a daughter of 
Capt. Daniel Hunt by his wife Mrs. AngeHna 
(Griffin) Hastie-Hunt (she of Philadelphia, 
Pa.) of Gorham, Maine. 7 children. 

3. Sergeant Smith,® born September 30th, 1808; 
died July ist, 1850; married March 3rd, 1842, 
to Mary Jane Williams (daughter of Wil- 
liams and his wife (Percy) Williams of 

Natchez, Miss.). He lived in Natchez, Miss., 
and was a lawyer ; in the Mississippi State 
Legislature, and a distinguished orator. 4 
children. 

4. Samuel,* born April 29th, 181 1; died ; 

lived in Southern Missouri; he did marry. 

5. Mary Caroline,® born March i6th, 1813; died 
March 9th (or i8th), 1815. 

6. Abigail Lewis,® born November 3rd, 1814; 
died January 30th, 1847 ; not married. 

7. George Lewis,® born May 12th, 1816; died 

; married April i6th, 1845, to EHzabeth 

Pay son, born October 26th, 1818, at Portland, 
Maine; died August 13th, 1878, at Dorset, 
Vermont. She was a daughter of Rev. Ed- 
ward Payson, D. D., of Portland, Maine. He 
was of Bowdoin College, 1835 ; D. D., Bow- 
doin, 1855 ; minister of the Gospel ; Prof, of 
Theology in Union Theological Seminary, N. 
Y, City; 6 children. 

8. Hannah (or Anna) Smith,® born February 
2ist, 1818; died January 2nd, 1869, at New- 
ark, N. J.; married November 15th, 1843, to 
Rev. Jonathan French Stearns, D. D., born 
September 4th, 1808 ; H. C. 1830, D. D. 1850. 
He was a Presbyterian clergyman and an au- 
thor. He was a son of Rev. Samuel and Abi- 
gail (French) Stearns, of Bedford, Mass. 3 
children. 

9. Mary Smith,® born January loth, 1821 ; died 
May loth, 1881 ; not married. 

Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 284; Vol. II, pp. 145, 146, 147, 166. 
Vital Statistics of Gorham, Maine. 
History of Gorham, Maine, by McClellan. 
Vital Records of Oakham, Mass. 
Henry G. Crocker, of Washington, D. C. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 146, 147. 
Prentis Genealogy, by J. F. Binney, pp. 58, 103. 

221. JosiAH« Lewis (Sarah** Thacher, Hon. Peter,"* Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), bom Barnstable, Mass., April 29th, 



291 

1745; died ; killed by the falling of a tree upon him, at 

Barnstable, Mass. ; he was a ship carpenter and lived at Barn- 
stable ; he married , at , to , and had the follow- 
ing: 

Children: 4 (Lewis), 3 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Barnstable, Mass. 

731 i. Josiah,'' born . 

732 ii. Joseph Green,^ born . 

733 iii. Harvey,^ born . 

733^2 iv. Hannah,'' born ; died ; married Syl- 
vester Baker. 

A Josiah Lewis married Hannah Green (or Gorham?) at 
Barnstable, March 3rd, 1771. It may possibly have been the above 
Josiah^ Lewis (No. 221). 

A Josiah Lewis married a Sally Gorham at Barnstable, October 
loth, 1816. This may have been Josiah'' Lewis (son of Josiah® 
Lewis, No. 221). 

The above record of Josiah^ Lewis was taken from Otis' Barn- 
stable Families, Vol. II, p. 145, and cannot be strictly vouched for, 
as Amos Otis is somewhat confused in his record, but I have en- 
deavored to eliminate doubtful statements. 

223. Susannah^ Lewis (Sarah^ Thacher, Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass. Sep- 
tember 26th (or 5th), 1749, "a few hours before midnight"; 
died at Barnstable (probably) September 25th, 1841, aged 91, 
and was presumably buried there ; she married at Barnstable. 
Mass., date of marriage , to Jonathan Davis, born Barn- 
stable, Mass., September 27th, 1749, "a few hours after mid- 
night," baptized there October ist, 1749; he lived at Barn- 
stable and was a mariner and farmer. He died at Barnstable, 
September 22nd, 1840, aged 91. He was a son of Stephen 
Davis (born December 12th, 1700; died January 4th, 1782; 

married , 1723), and Rebecca ( ) Davis (born ; 

died November 28th, 1769, aged 60), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children 4 (Davis), 3 sons and i daughter, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

734 i. Stephen,'' born ; died ; he removed to 

Falmouth ; he was a carpenter ; and left descend- 
ants. 

735 ii. Susannah,' born ; died . 

736 iii. George,' born ; died November 6th, 1847, 

aged 68; lived in Barnstable; a shoemaker; he 
left one son, Isaac Davis. 

737 iv. Solomon,' born ; died , quite young; 

left descendants in Dennis, Mass. 
Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 288; Vol. II, p. 145. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 335. 



292 

225- Captain Thomas' Crocker (Temperance^ Thacher, Hon. 
Peter/ Hon. Col. John/ Antony/ Rev. Peter^), born June 
8th, 1735, at West Barnstable, Mass.; he lived at West Barn- 
stable and removed to Lee, Mass., in 1781, where he died 
July 5th, 1796, and was there buried; gravestone. He mar- 
ried , 1756, to Mercy Hamblen, born Barnstable, No- 
vember 15th, 1737; died , at . She was a daughter 

of Seth Hamblen (born March — , 1708; married October 
9th, 1735), and his wife Sarah (Blush) Hamblen (born Oc- 
tober 1st, 1707), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 12 (Crocker), 4 sons and 8 daughters, all born at 
Barnstable, Mass. 

738 i. Temperance,^ born ; died ; married, 

first Levi Chase; married, second, Timothy 

Phelps. 

Children: first marriage, 9 (Chase), 3 sons and 

6 daughters, all born at Lee, Mass.; second 

marriage (Phelps), none. 

1. Polly,* born December 5th, 1777; died ; 

married Jime 3rd, 1795, to Reuben Pixley, 
Jr. ; 4 children. 

2. Silence Foster,* born July 31st, 1779; died 

; married February 22nd, 1798, to Levi 

Fowler; 2 children. 

3. Levi,* born May 25th, 1781 ; died ; mar- 
ried February nth, 1802, to Sally Bassett; 4 
children. 

4. Mercy/ born January 8th, 1782; died Feb- 
ruary 5th, 1782. 

5. Seth Crocker,* bom March 13th, 1783; died 
May — , 1783. 

6. Thomas Crocker,* born Jime ist, 1785; died 

; married, first, Rebecca Mayo; married, 

second, Melinda Butts (or Batts). 

7. Abigail,* born April 17th, 1788; died ; 

married Samuel McGunnagol; i child, who 
died young. 

8. Betsey,* born December 2nd, 1789; died ; 

married Freeman Woodruff. 

9. Tabitha,* born July 7th, 1791 ; died Julv 27th, 
1791. 

739 ii. Abigail,^ born ; died — — ; married Stephen 

Nye, bom , about 1756, at Sandwich, Mass. ; 

died March 25th, 1791 ; he was a son of Lot Nye 
and his wife Hannah (Nye) Nye (daughter of 
Jonathan Nye of Hardwick, Mass.) of Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Nye), i son and 6 daughters. 



HER- 



feHER 



GENEALOGY 



Part XIII. 



GENEALOGICAL RECORD Ol< 
ANTONY' THACHER, OP YARMOUTH, MA 
AND HIS DESCENDANTvS 



293 



740 


111. 


741 


iv. 


742 


V. 



Hannah,® born May 20th, 1777; died 

married Solomon Otis; 4 children. 

Chloe,® born February i6th, 1779; died 

married Matthias Smith; 9 children. 

Prince,® born February 27th, 1781 ; died 

married Bethia Jones ; 4 children. 

4. Mercy,® born ; died , young. 

5. Deborah,® born February 20th, 1785; died 

; married Ansel Lothrop; 5 children. 

Sally,® born December 15th, 1787; died ; 

married Francis Jones ; 4 children. 

Abigail,® born September 19th, 1789; died 

; married Thomas Williams (or John 

Robinson) ; 3 children. 

Chloe,^ born ; died , at , in infancy. 

Seth,' born ; died , at sea. 

Mercy,' born ; died ; married at Lee, 

Mass., ; int. pub. April 13th, 1783, to Wil 

Ham Ingersoll, Jr., of Lee, Mass. ; born , at 

; died , at . He was a son of Wil- 
liam Ingersoll (born April — , 1724; died at Lee, 
Mass., August loth, 181 5, aged 91 yrs., 4 mo.), 

and Lydia ( ) Ingersoll (born , 1729; 

died June 2nd, 1804, aged 75, at Lee, Mass.), of 
Lee, Mass., of which town William Ingersoll was 
one of the first settlers. 

Children: 11 (Ingersoll), 7 sons and 4 daughters, 

all born at Lee, Mass. 

Lydia,® born November loth, 1783 ; died Aug- 
ust I2th, 1806, at Lee, Mass. Not married. 

Seth Crocker,® born May ist, 1785 ; died ; 

married Polly Whiting; 3 children. 

William,® born March 21st, 1787; died ; 

married (int. pub. at Lee, November 

25th, 1813), to Catharine Howk. 

Celia,® born January 21st, 1790; died , 



young. 
Sarah,* 



born 



died 



June 2 1st, 1792; 
young. 
Thomas,® born November 2nd, 

, young. 

Joseph,® born December 22nd, 

, young. 

James,® born May 7th, 1799; 

young. 

Marshall,® born January 29th, 1802 ; died 

young. 

Charles,® born May 2nd, 1804; died 

young. 



1794 ; died 
1796; died 
died , 



294 

II. Harriet,^ born January 21st, 1807; died , 

young. 

743 vi. Ensign Joseph/ born , 1766; died January 

8th, 1796; aged 30, at Lee, Mass.; married Polly 
Van Dusen. 

Children: 4 (Crocker), i son and 3 daughters, all 
born at Lee, Mass. 

1. Elizabeth Wormer,^ born September 4th, 1790; 

died ; married Artemas Hammond. 

2. Marcy Hamlin,^ born December ist, 1791 ; 
died September 7th, 1795, at Lee, Mass. ; 
gravestone. 

3. Temperance,® born November loth, 1793; 
died . 

4. Joseph,® born December 17th, 1795 ; died July 
24th, 1796, at Lee, Mass. ; gravestone. 

744 vii. Paul,^ born ; died , in childhood. 

745 viii. Josiah,^ born ; died ; married January 

15th, 1795, at Lee, Mass., to Hannah Crosby. 

Children: 12 (Crocker), 8 sons, 3 daughters and 
I, sex not stated ; 8 of whom are recorded at Lee, 
Mass. 

1. Thomas,® born March 25th, 1795; died April 
6th, 1797, at Lee, Mass. 

2. Seth,® born January 5th, 1796. 

3. Betsey Crosby,® born April 3rd, 1798; died 
December 23rd, 1798, at Lee, Mass. 

4. Josiah,® born September 23rd, 1799. 

5. Betsey,® born March 3rd, 1801. 

6. Child,® born January 12th, 1803 ; died Feb- 
ruary 4th, 1804. 

7. Theresa,® born February 5th, 1804. 

8. Thomas,® born March 23rd, 1805. 

9. Joseph,® born . 

10. John,® born . 

11. Stephen Nye,® born . 

12. Abner,® born . 

746 ix. Tabitha,'' born ; died ; married January 

I2th, 1797, at Lee, Mass., to Samuel Winegar, 
born at Lee, Mass., February nth, 1767; died 

; he was a son of John Winegar (died at 

Lee, Mass., March 14th, 1798, aged 35 yrs., 2 

mos.), and his wife Betsey ( ) Winegar, of 

Lee, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Winegar), 2 sons and 5 daughters; 

first 2 recorded at Lee. 

I. John,® born September 19th, 1797. 



295 

2. Elizabeth,^ born March 3rd, 1799. 

3. Mary Ann,* born . 

4. Anna,* born . 

5. Hannah,* born ; died , young. 

6. Charles,* born . 

7. Harriet,* born . 

747 X. Alice Hoyt,^ born ; died ; married at 

Lee, Mass., March 27th, 1794, to Jacob Pennoyer 
of Lee, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Pennoyer), 3 sons and 2 daughters; 
first 2 recorded at Lee. 

1. Sally,* born January 19th, 1795. 

2. Marcy,* born August, loth, 1797. 

3. David,* born . 

4. Josiah Crocker,* born . 

5. Zenas,* born . 

748 xi. Hannah,^ born ; died ; married, first, at 

Lee, Mass.; February ist, 1798, to Calvin Davis, 
born Lee, Mass., March 5th, 1778; died at Lee, 
Mass., December i6th, 1803, in 25th year; he was 
a son of Isaac Davis of Lee, Mass. (died Jan- 
uary 15th, 1780, at Lee, aged, in 63rd year). She 
married, second, at Lee, Mass., December 4th, 
1806, to John Winegar, born Lee, Mass., June 

loth, 1777; died ; he was a son of John and 

Betsey ( ) Winegar of Lee, Mass. 

Children: first marriage, 2 (Davis) sons, both 
born at Lee. 

1. Joseph Crocker,* born February 25th, 1799; 

died March ist, 1826; married (int. pub. 

February 29th, 1824), to Harriet Heath. 

2. Isaac Calvin,* born September 8th, 1801 ; died 

; married (int. pub. April 15th, 

1827), to Pamela M. Heath. 

Children, second marriage, 5 (Winegar), 3 sons 
and 2 daughters, all born at Lee. 

3. John,* born September 25th, 1807. 

4. Angeline,* born July 31st. 1809. 

5. Stephen Shepherd,* born May 20th, 1813. 

6. William Henry,* born September nth, 1816. 

7. Thadmia,* born June 30th, 1819. 

749 xii. Thankful,^ born ; died January 25th, 1844, 

at De Ruyter, N. Y. ; married at Lee, Mass., Jan- 
uary 23rd, 1801, to James Nye, born at Sandwich, 
Mass., January 31st, 1780; he lived at Sandwich 
and Lee, Mass., and removed in 1807 to De Ruy- 
ter, N. Y., where he was a farmer and Rep. to 



296 

New York Legislature in 1818 and 1825 ; he died 
at De Ruyter, February 25th, 1845. He was a son 
of Capt. John Nye (born May nth, 1757; died 

, 1840; married February 21st, 1777), and 

Anna Wing, who resided at Sandwich, Mass. 

Children: 9 (Nye), 6 sons and 3 daughters. 

1. Thomas Crocker,* born September — , 1802; 

died , 1872; married Jane Van Valken- 

burg. 

2. John, 1st,* born ; died August 20th, 1805. 

3. Eliza Ann,* born October nth, 1806; died 
February 5th, 1899 ; not married. 

4. Joseph Warren,* born September 2nd, 1809; 
Twins. ^ died ; married Sophia Keep. 

5. Mary,* born September 2nd, 1809; died De- 
cember 25th, 1854; married Francis Sears. 

6. John, 2nd,* born February ist, 1812; died 
; he did marry ? 

7. James Warren,* born June loth, 1814; died 
December 25th, 1876; married Elsie Benson. 

8. Katherine Sophia,* born November — , 1816 ; 
died April — ; 1889 ; married John Starr. 

9. Charles Henry,* born September — , 1819; 
died , 1842. 

Authorities 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 242, 534. 
Nye Genealogy, pp. 252, 253, 390, 391. 

Vital Records of Lee, Mass., p. 193 and generally throughout. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 150-7. 

226. Captain Josiah® Thacher (Lieut. Peter,^ Hon. Peter,* Hon. 
Col. John,' Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., 
July 22nd (or 25th), 1735 (1736); he lived at Yarmouth, 
Mass., in the east half of the Sears' house; he was an officer in 
the Revolutionary War ; he died at Kingston, Mass., October 
5th, 1800 (or 1799), and was buried there in Old Cemetery; 
gravestone. He married, first, at Yarmouth, June 3rd, 1763, 
to Elizabeth Hamblin, born Yarmouth, February 4th, 1737-8; 
died Yarmouth, May loth, 1773, "in her 36th year," and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. She was a daugh- 
ter of Deacon Joseph Hamblin (born June 4th, 1702 ; died Jan- 
uary 19th, 1777; married March 3rd, 1726-7), and Elizabeth 
(Matthews) Hamblin, of Yarmouth, Mass. He married, sec- 
ond, at Kingston, Mass., November 12th, 1776, to Elizabeth 

Lothrop, born , 1758; died at Kingston, ]\Iass., May 3rd 

or 13th), 1815, aged 57 years, and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery; gravestone. She was a daughter of Capt. Ben- 
jamin Lothrop (born ; died September 23rd, 1787, "aged 

84th year"), and his second wife, Ruth ( ) Lothrop (died 

November 3rd, 1778, in 6ist year), of Kingston, Mass. 



297 

Children : first marriage, 2 (Thacher) sons, both born, died 
and buried in Yarmouth, Mass. 

750 i. (Son^), born ; died ; lived only a few 

hours. 

751 ii. (Son^), born ; lived only a few hours. 

Children, second marriage, 2 (Thacher) sons. 

752 iii. Benjamin Lothrop,^ born , 1779; died May 

27th, 1785, in 6th year, at Kingston, Mass., and 
buried there in Old Cemetery. 

753 iv. Lewis,^ bom , 1782-3; died April 22nd, 1800, 

in the West Indies ; gravestone to his memory 
in Old Cemetery in Kingston, Mass. ; not mar- 
ried. 

In the Old Cemetery at Kingston, Mass., there is a monument 
bearing the following inscription, viz : — "Captain Josiah Thacher, 
died October 5th, 1800, aged 64 years. Lewis, son of Captain Jo- 
siah and Betsey, died in W. I., April 22nd, 1800, in i8th year. 
Elizabeth, widow of Captain Josiah, died May 13th, 181 5, aged 57 
years." 

Authorities 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41 and 48. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 623. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, Mass., pp. 17s, 259. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 534. 

Hamlin Pamphlet, N. V. G. and B. Soc, p. 123. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. ZZ- 

Charles M. Thatcher, Middleboro, Mass. 

Kingston, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 22, 28. 

227. Peters Thacher ( Lieut. Peter ,^ Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., November 
25th, 1737; he lived at Yarmouth, Mass., where he was Jus- 
tice of the Peace; he died at Yarmouth, September 21st (or 
27th), 1802, and was buried there in old graveyard; grave- 
stone, which states he died September 27th, while Family 
Bible and Town Records say he died September 21st. He 
married at Yarmouth (that part now called Dennis), January 
17th, 1765, to Betty Howes; born at Yarmouth (now Dennis), 
June 4th, 1740; died at Yarmouth, July 28th, 1820, aged 80 
(July 27th, Town Records), and was buried there in Old 
Burying-ground ; gravestone. She was a daughter of James 
Howes (born March ist, 1710-11; married September 19th, 
1734), and Lydia (Hall) Howes of Yarmouth (now Dennis), 
Mass. Lydia (Hall) Howes, after the death of her first hus- 
band, married, second, to Samuel Matthews. 
Children: 10 (Thacher), 8 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

754 i. Samuel,'' born January 27th, 1766; died July 

4th (or 6th), 1766, at Yarmouth, and was buried 
there in Old Burying-ground; gravestone. 



298 

+755 "• Thankful/ born March 26th, 1768; died Decem- 
ber 2nd, 1849; married Isaac Gorham Hedge. 

-j-756 iii. James,' born May 22nd, 1771 ; died ; mar- 
ried Achsah Handy. 
757 iv. Peter, ist,'^ born May 19th, 1772; died March 
19th, 1773, at Yarmouth, and was buried there in 
Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. 

-{-758 V. Peter, 2nd,' born June 17th, 1774; died Septem- 
ber 20th, 1853 ; married, first, Lydia Marston ; 
married, second, Anna Davis. 

759 vi. Henry, ist,^ born May 31st, 1775; died March 

20th, 1775-6, at Yarmouth, and was buried there 
in Old Burying-ground; gravestone. 

760 vii. Henry, 2nd,^ born February 13th, 1777; died 

August 26th, 1777, at Yarmouth, and was buried 
there in Old Burying-ground; gravestone. 

+761 viii. Henry, 3rd,'^ born July 4th, 1778; died July 27th 
(or 30th), 1823; married Elizabeth Gray. 
762 ix. Betsey Hawes,^ born July nth, 1780; died July 
1 6th, 1780, at Yarmouth, and was buried there in 
Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. 

-I-763 X. Lewis/ born September 7th (or nth), 1781 ; 
died September nth, 1825; married Sally Hallet. 

Authorities 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41-48. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 623 ; Vol. II, p. 252. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 33, 34. 

Hawes Genealogy (MSS. in Lenox Library, N. Y. City), pp. 13 and 19. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

228. Temperance^ Thacher (Lieut. Peter,^ Hon. Peter,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., 

February 22nd (or 25thj, 1739-40; died , 1805, ^t ; 

married August 26th, 1763, at , to John Hedge. 

Children: 7 (Hedge), 5 sons and 2 daughters. 

764 i. John, ist,'' born ; died , young. 

765 ii. John, 2nd,^ born ; died , young. 

766 iii. John, 3rd,'' born ; died , young. 

767 iv. Temperance,'^ born ; died ; married Hon. 

Silas Lee, born July 3rd, 1760, at ; died May 

1st, 1814, at Wiscassett, Maine, and was buried 
there in private ground. He was H. C, 1784; 
he resided at Biddeford, Maine, until 1788, thence 
removed to Pownalborough (now Wiscassett), 
Maine ; he was a lawyer, Judge, Rep. to G. C, 
Rep. to U. S. Congress; U. S. District Attorney; 
Justiee of the Peace. He was a son of Joseph 
Lee (born June i6th, 1716; died April loth, 1747, 
at Concord, Mass.; married December 6th, 1739), 
and Lucy (Jones) Lee (born June nth, 1717; 



299 

died January loth, 1806; daughter of Samuel and 
Ruth ( ) Jones, of Concord, Mass.), of Con- 
cord, Mass. 
Children: None. 

768 V. James, ^ born ; died , young. 

769 vi. Daniel,'' born ; died ; married Mehitable 

Vincent. 

Children: 3 (Hedge), 2 sons and i daughter. 

1. John,® born ; died ; married Abigail 

Sears. 

2. Lucy Lee,® born ; died ; married 

Rufus King Porter of Machais, Maine ; i son. 

3. Daniel,® born ; died ; married Chloe 

Crowell. 

770 vii. Lucy,^ born ; died ; married Daniel 

Howes, of Dennis, Mass. 
Children: 5 (Howes), daughters. 

1. Temperance,® born — ■ — ; died ; married 

Asa Hamblin. 

2. Sarah,® born ; died ; married Zach- 

ariah Howes. 

3. Lucy, 1st,® born ; died , young. 

4. Lucy, 2nd,® born ; died ; married Jo- 
seph Nye. 

5. Mary Lee,® born ; died ; m.arried 

Jonathan Fish. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Cenealogy, p. 41. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 623. 
John Leigh and his Descendants, p. 203. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 94-100, 103. 

233 Sarah^ Thacher (Lieut. Peter," Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., June 
5th, 1749; died Yarmouth, January 28th, 1808 (or 1809), and 
was buried there in Old Cemetery, gravestone ; she married 

, at Yarmouth, to Capt. Isaac Gorham (No. 855), born 

, 1751 (see age at and date of death), at Yarmouth; died 

July nth, 1814, in his 63rd year, at Yarmouth, and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. He was a son of Samuel 
Gorham (married April 20th, 1747), and Abigail^ (Hallett) 
Gorham (No. 313), (born June 15th, 1727; died April 15th, 
1790), of Yarmouth, Mass. 
Children : None. 

Captain Isaac^ Gorham married 2nd (after January 

28th, 1808), at Yarmouth, Mass., to EHzabeth (Hallett) 
Crowell (widow of Prince Crowell, who died at Yarmouth, 
March 21st, 1807), bom February 23rd, 1769, at Yarmouth; 
died March 26th, 1866, aged 97, at Yarmouth. She was a 



300 

daughter of Deacon Isaac Hallett (born August 24th, 1742; 
died October 5th, 1814), and Elizabeth (Eldridge) Hallett 
(died March ist, 1831, aged 86) of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: i (Gorham), son. 

7703/2 i. Isaac,^ born , 1813; died . 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 41. 
Freevwn's Cape Cod. Vol. I, p. 623. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 14. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 425, 514. 

235. Hon. George^ Thacher (Lieut. Peter,^ Hon. Peter,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, April 12th, 
" 1754; he lived at Biddeford, Maine, where he was a lawyer, 
judge and Representative to the U. S. Congress; he died at 
Biddeford, Maine, April 6th, 1824, aged 70 years, less 6 days 
and was buried there in 2nd Cong. Church Burying-ground. 
He married at Weston, Middlesex Co., Mass., July 20th (or 
2ist), 1784 (int. pub. June 20th, 1784), to Sarah Savage, born 
Boston, Mass., June 27th, 1760; died at Saco, York Co., Maine, 

May , 1843, and was buried at Biddeford, Maine, by side 

of her husband. She was a daughter of Samuel Phillips Sav- 
age, Esq. (born Boston, Mass., April 27th, 1718), and his 
ist wife Sarah (Tyler) Savage of Weston, Mass., whom he 
married at Boston, November nth, 1742. Samuel Phillips 
Savage of Weston, Mass., married 2nd at Boston, December 
2ist, 1767, to Bathsheba Johnston. Samuel Phillips Savage 
was a son of Arthur and Faith (Phillips) Savage of Boston, 
Mass., who were married at Boston, Mass., June 27th, 1710. 
Sarah Tyler, his first wife, was a daughter of William and 
Sarah (Royall) Tyler of Boston, who were married at Boston, 
December 25th, 1710. 

Children: 10 (Thacher), 5 sons and 5 daughters. 

+771 i. Samuel Phillips Savage,'^ born Yarmouth, Mass., 

April 23rd, 1785; died November 5th, 1842, at 

Mobile, Ala. ; married Jane Cooper De Metris 

Savage. 
+772 ii. Sarah Bigelow,^ b. Biddeford, Maine, April 3rd, 

1787; died , 1827, at Andover, N. H.; married 

Joseph Adams. 
+773 iii. George,^ born at Biddeford, Maine, September 

7th, 1790 (or September 5, 1791) ; died June 12th, 

1857; married, ist, Lucy Bigelow; married, 2nd, 

Lucy Miranda Bancroft. 
+774 iv. Lucy Savage,'' born Biddeford, Maine, May 20th, 

1792; died August 30th, 1820; married Abner 

Sawyer. 




^c, 






1754-1824 



30I 

+775 V. Henry Savage,^ born Biddeford, Maine, June 
25th, 1794; died May 25th, 1866; married Eliza- 
beth Haven Wardrobe. 

+776 vi. Lewis/ born Biddeford, Maine (probably), Jan- 
nary i6th, 1796; died , 1830; married Mary 

Goodrich. 

-I-777 vii. Anna Lewis, ^ born Saco, Maine, December 24th, 
1797; died November 15th, 1884; married Captain 
Charles Tyler Savage. 

+778 viii. Josiah,^ born at Biddeford, Maine, July 30th, 
1799 (or 1800) ; died January 25th, 1836; married 
Jane Scammon. 
779 ix. Nancy Bigelow,'' born May 20th, 1801, at Bidde- 
ford, Maine; died February 25th (or 26th), 1880, 
at Akron, Ohio. Not married. 

+780 X. Elizabeth Jones, ^ born Biddeford, Maine, Feb- 
ruary 25th, 1806; died September 23rd, 1880; mar- 
ried John Tarbox Balch. 

Hon. George^ Thacher graduated at Harvard College in 1776; 
while there he was associated with King, Gore, Sewall, Dawes and 
other distinguished men, M'ho throughout their lives retained for 
him sentiments of affection and attachment. Having prepared him- 
self for the profession of law, he began the practice of it at Bidde- 
ford, Maine, and was for many years a practitioner. Before the 
adoption of the Federal Constitution, he was chosen by the Mem- 
bers of the Legislature as a delegate to Congress in 1788; and 
thereafter from 1789 till 1801 he was a member of the House of 
Representatives ; and at the latter date he resigned his seat and 
accepted the appointment as Associate Judge of the Supreme Ju- 
dicial Court of Massachusetts, v/here he remained on the Bench for 
more than twenty (20) years, resigning in February, 1824. While 
in Congress he was by no means an undistinguished member. The 
debates of that period will show that he took active part in all the 
important measures of the time, and his speeches will be found to 
contain, in the midst of frequent irony and some sharp satire, much 
useful information and sound argument. His opponents often 
cowered under the lashes of wit and ridicule which he bestowed 
upon what he thought was hollow pretence of patriotism; but such 
was the universal opinion of the goodness of his heart and honesty 
of his views, that no one felt any anger or resentment, except in 
one memorable instance, in which his independent and manly con- 
duct did more towards bringing the custom of duelling into con- 
tempt, than anything which had occurred in Congress before that 
time or has occurred since. It is said that while he was in Con- 
gress a bill was introduced to have the eagle imprinted on the 
American coins ; he opposed the bill, saying, "The eagle is a royal 
bird, not suitable for our democracy, but the figure of a goose would 
be very proper to be stamped upon the dollar, in which case the 
goslings would be appropriate for the dimes." For this speech he 



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was challenged b}- the introducer of the bill. He replied to the 
second who brought the challenge, that he would write a note con- 
sulting Mrs. Thacher on the subject, and that in the meantime the 
challenger might mark his size upon the wall and fire at it with a 
pistol; and if he hit it he would acknowledge that he was shot. 
Thus ended the matter. He refused to fight, and instead of sinking 
in the opinion even of fighting men, overwhelmed his antagonist 
with confusion. 

On the Bench of the Supreme Court Judge Thacher was a faith- 
ful and upright public servant. His mind was well stored with 
legal principles, and his strong memory enabled him to apply them 
with great accuracy to the questions which arose. His associates 
of the bench were often heard to say that, in their consultations upon 
cases argued, his discriminating power, technical knowledge, and 
recollection of old cases not reported had been invaluable to them. 
His integrity, independence, impartiality and fairness have been un- 
surpassed by none who have adorned the seat of justice. But it is 
in his private life, among his friends, and in the midst of his family 
that we look for those blemiishes or virtues which exhibit the real 
features of moral deform.ity or beauty that make up the character 
of the man. His heart was most disinterestedly benevolent and 
kind : all human beings were his friends and brothers. He either 
could not see faults or he would not acknowledge them, ^ven the 
poor criminals at the bar had sometimes more of his compassion 
than suited the stern demands of justice. He had a vein of wit 
and humor which irresistibly impelled him to put into ludicrous 
shapes the argumiCnts and opinions of those with whom he entered 
into a war of words ; but his heart never took sides in these strug- 
gles ; and the first appearance of wounded feeling would blunt his 
weapons and make him give the field to his adversary. In his do- 
mestic relations, he had no faults, unless an excess of kindness and 
indulgence be one. He lived a life of patriarchal simplicity. Sur- 
rounded by his sons and daughters and their children, and sharing 
the government of his family upon equal terms with a most exem- 
plary wife, his humble dwelling was the abode of peace, love and 
benevolence. It was also the scene of the most unlimited frugal 
hospitality, where every human face was received with welcome. 

Judge Thacher was a man of great and varied reading; and 
was particularly versed in theological and polemic controversies. 
These subjects were frequently the subject of his conversation and 
writings ; and his particular friends knew that he was a sincere 
believer, in the great doctrines of Christianity, and in immortality 
brought to light by Jesus Christ, and in a future state of retribu- 
tion. He laughed at the disputes that prevailed in the Christian 
Church, and perhaps had some peculiar notions, — but he was a 
Christian. It is enough to say that he was a member of a Christian 
Church, for no particle of hypocrisy entered into his composition. 
He was a practical Christian ; and his whole life would bear the test 
of the gospel, as much as the life of any of those who doubted his 



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faith. His life was a happy one; he wanted nothing but friends, 
comfort and family love ; and he was rich in all of these. He never 
arrived at accumulating property. He lived for others more than 
for himself. He died in the humble cottage endeared to him by 
forty years of familiarity, where everything was the work of his 
own hands, with wife of his youth to soothe his last moments, and 
his numerous children to receive his parting blessing. He departed 
in peace with the world, leaving no enemy behind him and many 
friends who dwell upon his memory with affection and delight. 
Eccentricities he had, it is true, but they were innocent, sportive and 
amusing. No one who had occasion to consult his heart ever found 
it erring or trifling; and it may be added that no man lives who, 
with such narrow means, has bestowed more upon the unfortunate. 

If upon any subject Judge Thacher devoted his energy with 
enthusiastic ardor, it was upon tracing the genealogy of his ancestry 
from the earliest period of their emigration to this country. No 
man could delight more in the contemplation of the characters and 
peculiar circumstances of his progenitors. He had with utmost in- 
dustry collected materials and formed a correct genealogical tree 
with all its collateral expanding branches from the original stock, 
the first Antony Thacher ; having acquired a perfect knowledge of 
every family and every individual bearing the name down to the 
year 1816; and we (D. W. Allen, author of Thacher Genealogy), 
have availed ourselves of his collection in composing the following 
sketches. 

The compiler of these articles, almost 100 years after the death 
of Judge Thacher, wishes here to record the appreciation that he 
has experienced of Judge Thacher's genealogical researches. What 
has ever become of the original manuscript of the Judge the com- 
piler of these articles has never been able to ascertain ; but, through 
the courtesy of George Winslow Thacher, Esq., of Yarmouthport, 
Mass., the compiler became possessed of a copy of the original manu- 
script, enriched by many additions thereto of more recent date made 
as the result of recent study of the family by Mr. George W. 
Thacher, which copy is now among the collections of the New York 
Genealogical and Biographical Society. To this work and to the 
personal assistance of Mr. George W. Thacher, the compiler has 
been greatly indebted in his task of elaborating the records of the 
descendants of Antony- Thacher. The Thacher family at large 
owe a debt of gratitude to the memory of Judge Thacher for the 
family record he left to posterity and we take pleasure in here 
acknowledging that debt, and recognizing also the aid which the re- 
searches of Mr. George W. Thacher have been to us. 

As an evidence of the strong love that Judge Thacher had for 
all those of his blood and also of his broad-minded Christian spirit, 
I will here quote an extract from remarks made by him in his 
genealogical manuscript concerning the descendants of Judah' 
Thacher (son of Antony^), of w-hich branch of the family he was 
unable in his time to secure but a partial record, he says : — "Should 



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I meet any of them, I shall give them the feelings of a brother; I 
feel the greatest respect for the blood of Antony ; the smallest sub- 
division of it by inter-marriages with other families, or the many 
intervening descents it may have passed through, when ascertained, 
will render the person dear to me : — full-blooded or half-blooded, 
legitimate or illegitimate, will make no difference in the warmth 
of my affection towards the object. No descendant from Abraham, 
and I believe in the restoration of Israel, will be more gratified in 
meeting one of the long dispersed ten tribes of Israel, than I shall 
be at finding some of the descendants of Antony through his chil- 
dren Judah and Bethiah." 

From the diary of George Washington, published in the N. Y. 
Genealogical and Biographical Record, we see that Hon. George** 
Thacher dined with Washington in New York City on January 7th, 
1790, and on March i8th, 1790. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41, 48-9, 50-2, 66. 
Freeman's Cape Cod. Vol. I, p. 623. 
Weslon, Mass., B. M. D., pp. 154, 162 342. 
Necrology of Alumni of Harvard College, p. 124. 

First Book of Records of Pepperallborough (now Saco), Maine, p. 226. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
John Wardrobe Thacher, one of his descendants. 
Lawrence Park, Esq., of Boston, a Savage genealpgist. 
D. W. Balch, Esq., one of his descendants. 
Miss Lucy B. Day, one of his descendants. 
Wm. Henry Savage, one of his descendants. 
Mrs. G. S. Carpenter, one of his descendants. 

236. Col. Thomas*' Thacher (Lieut. Peter,^ Hon. Peter,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., 
January 20th, 1757; he lived at Yarmouth, where he was a 
soldier, a Selectman from 1789, for 15 years, postmaster of 
Yarmouth, and school teacher, and Justice of the Peace; he 
died at Yarmouth, February 24th, 1806-7, aged 50, and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. He married at 
Barnstable, Mass., January nth, 1787, to Mary Churchill, born 

at Barnstable, Mass., , 1757; baptized there January 8th, 

1758; died at Yarmouth, Mass., November 24th, 1841, and 
was buried there in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of Lieut. James Churchill (born December 30th, 
1726, at Middleboro, Mass.), and Mary (Cobb) Gorham- 
Churchill (born June 14th, 1721 ; died aged 92, daughter of 
Gershom and Hannah (Davis) Cobb, and widow of Captain 
Isaac Gorham), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Thacher), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth. 

781 i. Anner Lewis,'' born December 2nd, 1787 (or De- 
cember 3rd, 1788) ; died February 26th, 1851, at 
Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; 
gravestone. Not married. 



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782 ii. Polly Churchill/ born April 28th (or 29th), 1791 ; 

died April 25th, 1826, at Yarmouth, and was 
buried in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. Not mar- 
ried. 

783 iii. Thomas, ist/ born December 27th (or 29th), 

1793; died May nth, 1795, at Yarmouth, and 

was buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone, 

"aged i6mo., 15 days." 
+784 iv. Thomas, 2nd,^ born July 25th, 1795 ; died March 

3rd (or nth), 1863; married Caroline Billings. 
+785 V. George Churchill,^ born December 30th, 1796; 

died October 21st, 1856; married Maria Willis 

Howard. 

786 vi. Sally,^ born May 13th, 1801 ; died July 15th (or 

i6th), 1802, at Yarmouth, and was buried there 
in Old Cemetery; gravestone says "died July 
i6th, 1802, aged i4mo." 
Col. Thomas" Thacher served as a private and Sergeant in 
Captain Joseph Griffith's Co. of Col. John Jacob's Regiment in the 
Revolutionary War. He was Adjutant and subsequently Colonel 
of the 1st Regiment of the Barnstable County Brigade of Militia. 
He was the first Postmaster of Yarmouth in 1794 and a Selectman 
for 15 years from 1789. In no capacity, however, were his services 
more acceptable than in that of schoolmaster, which position he 
held in Yarmouth for many years. In an autograph letter of his, 
still extant, written November 23rd, 1791, to "Bro. Howes," he thus 
expresses himself: — "The fatted calf is to be killed to-morrow. If 
you will take Aunt Tempe and come up and dine with me, I be- 
lieve you will receive pleasure enough to balance the time and ex- 
pense in coming." 

Authorities. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 177-8, 428. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41, 52. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 789; Vol. II, pp. 221,229. 
Churchill Genealogy, p. 34. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 34. 
Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I. p. 134. 
D. A. R. Lineage Books, Vol. IX, pp. 157-8. 

238. Anna® Paddock (Rebecca'' Thacher, Deacon Josiah,'* Hon, 
Col. John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., 

November 2nd, 1718; died , at ; married at Boston, 

Mass., by Rev. Wm. Cooper, August 25th, 1736, to Benjamin 

Hawes, born Chatham, Mass., October 13th, 1710; died , 

at ; he lived at Boston, Mass. He was a son of Ebenezer 

and Sarah ( ) Hawes of Yarmouth, Monomoy and Chat- 
ham, Mass. 
Child: I (Hawes), son. 

787 i. Benjamin,^ born ; baptized March i8th, 1739. 

A Benjamin Hawes and Sarah Salter w-ere married in Boston 

by Rev. Joseph Sewall, D. D., on September loth, 1741. It is pos- 



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sible that Anna^ (Hannah) Paddock Hawes, ist wife of Benjamin 
Hawes, died at the birth of her child, Benjamin^ Hawes (or soon 
thereafter), and that her husband married a second time as above 
to Sarah Salter. This is merely a suggestion that I have not suc- 
ceeded in verifying. 

Authorities. 

Sears Genealogy, by Samuel P. May, and special notes by author thereof. 

Boston Record Comr.iissioners' Reports, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 197, 248. 

243. Major Adino° Paddock (Rebecca^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* 
Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, 
March 14th, 1727-8; baptized ist church Harwich, March 31st, 
1728; he lived successively at Yarmouth and Boston, Mass., 
Halifax, N. S., and the Isle of Jersey. He was a coach and 
carriage builder ; he died on the Isle of Jersey, English Chan- 
nel, March 25th, 1804, and was probably buried there. He 
married at Boston, Mass., June 22nd, 1749, to Lydia Snelling, 
born Boston, October 20th, 1729; died on the Isle of Jersey, 

, 1781, aged 51; and was probably buried there. She 

was a daughter of Robert and Lydia (Dexter) Snelling, of 
Boston, Mass. 

Children: 13 (Paddock), 9 of whom died in infancy and are 
not mentioned here, and 2 sons and 2 daughters. 

788 i. John,^ born ; died July ist, 1773; he was a 

student at Harvard College and was drowned 
while bathing in the Charles River. Not married. 

789 ii. Adino,^ born , 1759, at Boston; died , 

1817, aged 58; married Margaret Ross. 

790 iii. Elizabeth/ born ; died . 

791 iv. Rebecca,^ born ; died . 

Major Adino" Paddock's father died when he was 4 years of 
age, and his mother soon thereafter removed to Boston, where she 
is recorded as a communicant in the Brattle Street Church on De- 
cember 5th, 1736, as from "East Yarmouth Church." 

He was a coach and carriage builder on Common, now Tremont 
Street, between School and Winter Streets, where is now Bumstead 
Place, then called Long Acre. 

The "Paddock Elms" in front of the old "Granary" burying- 
ground, were set out and cared for by him (they were brought from 
England and kept for a time in a nursery in Milton), and it was 
known as "Paddock's Walk" or "Row." 

In 1763, he set up a public coach, called the "Burling Coach." 
He was a member of Engine Co. No. 7, from 1758 to 1763, and a 
Fire Warden, 1764 to 1767, and served often on committees. In 
1774 he was listed as keeping a cow. 

He commanded the companies of Artillery in Boston, with the 
rank of Major, and two of the four brass cannons purchased by 
order of the Legislature were kept in a gun-house corner of West 
Street, near Major Paddock's dwelling. As he was heard to say 



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that he designed to surrender the two pieces to General Gage, a 
party who desired a different use for them, dismounted them and 
leaving- the carriages, took the cannons away. 

In March, 1776, Major Paddock embarked for Halifax, N. S., 
and to the Royal Army, accompanied by his wife, and by Adino, 
Elizabeth and Rebecca, his surviving children; and on June of that 
year, the whole family, his son Adino excepted, sailed for England. 
In 1778 he was proscribed and banished. From 1781 until his de- 
cease he resided on the Isle of Jersey ; and for several years held the 
office of Inspector of Artillery Stores, with the rank of Captain. He 
received partial recompense for his losses as a Loyalist. The fol- 
lowing is a copy of an advertisement inserted by him in a Boston 
paper : — 

"Adino Paddock, Chaise-maker, near the Granary, has second- 
hand Chaises to sell : and as they take up much storage he will sell 
them under value. A Post Chariot hanging on steel springs, having 
been lately built and finished by the subscriber, and approved by the 
best Judges in Town. 

All Gentlemens are hereby notify'd that I will undertake to 
finish a Coach, Chariot or other Carriage, equal in fashion to the 
latest Models from England, at the Prime cost there, including one 
half the freight. 

ADINO PADDOCK, April 13, 1761." 

Authorities. 
Samuel P. May, Esq., Newton, Mass. 
Sabine's Loyalists, Vol. II, pp. 140-141. 

244. Enoch*' Paddock (Rebecca*^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 
Col. John, 3 Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., 
March iSth, 1728-9. He lived at Yarmouth and Boston, Mass., 

and Norwalk, Conn. He married , at Norwalk, Conn., to 

Martha Dickinson, born at Norwalk, Conn., March 8th, 
1734-5; died at Norwalk, Conn., July 15th, 1752, "in her i8th 
year," and was buried in Norwalk in ist Cemetery; grave- 
stone. She was a daughter of Rev. Moses Dickinson (born 
at Springfield, December 12th, 1695 ; died Norwalk, Conn., 
May 1st, 1778, in 83rd year of his age and 51st year of his 
ministry; gravestone), and his first wife Martha ( ) Dick- 
inson (died Norwalk, Conn., December 15th, 1755, aged 62, 
gravestone), of Norwalk, Conn., where he was pastor of the 
Congregational Church. 

Children : None that are known of. 

In the First Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn., there is a gravestone 
thus inscribed (Brown stone) : — "Mrs. Martha Paddock, wife of 
Mr. Enoch Paddock and Daughter of ye Reverend Mr. Moses 
Dickinson, who died July 15th, 1752, in ye i8th year of her age." 

Colonial Records of Conn., Vol. XIV, p. 40, October, 1772, 
states that Enoch Paddock of Norwalk brings action against Elijah 
Negus of Branford. 



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Authorities. 
Samuel P. May, of Newton, Mass. 
Hall's Norwal'k, Conn. 

Norwalk, Conn., Cemetery Inscriptions, by D. H. Van Hoosear. 
Selleck's Norwal'k. 

248. Joshua^ Sears (Mary^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich (Now Brew- 
ster), Mass., May 15th, 1724; died , at ; he lived 

at Norwalk, Conn., and North Salem (formerly "Oblong"), 

Westchester Co., N. Y. He married , at , to Rachel 

Marvin, born Norwalk, Conn., March 27th, 1728-9; died , 

at . She was a daughter of Sergeant John Marvin (born 

Norwalk, Conn., September 2nd, 1678; died Sharon, Conn., 
February 9th, 1774; married April 27th, 1721), and Rachel 

(St. John) Marvin (died , at Sharon, Conn.), of Sharon, 

Conn. Rachel (Marvin) Sears married, 2nd, Joshua Holley. 

Children: 4 (Sears), 3 sons and i daughter. 

792 1. Enoch.^ 

793 ii. Isaac M.^ 

794 iii. Hannah.'' 

795 iv. Joshua,^ born January 8th, 1757; died ; mar- 

ried Anna Miles. 7 children. 
Authorities. 
Sears Genealogy, by Samuel P. May, pp. 72, 112, and MSS. notes by 
author. 

Marvin Genealogy, p. 323. 

249. Nathaniel'' Sears (Mary^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 
Col, John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich (now 

Brewster, Mass., ; baptized there April 20th (or 26th), 

1725 ; he lived at Norwalk, Conn., and died there December 
19th, 1752, "in 22nd year," and was buried in Pine Island 
Cemetery, Norwalk; gravestone. He married at Norwalk, 

Conn., , 1751, to Ruth Raymond, born Norwalk, Conn., 

1732; died at Norwalk, Conn.. ; buried in St. Paul's 

Churchyard, Norwalk. She was a daughter of Samuel Ray- 
mond (born May 7th, 1699) ; and his 2nd wife Mary (Kitto) 
Raymond of Norwalk. Conn. 

Children: 2 (Sears), sons, both born at Norwalk, Conn. 

796 i. Nathaniel,^ born ; died , 1785, about in 

the West Indies. 

797 ii. Thacher,^ born , 1752; died July 9th, 1819; 

married, first, Rebecca Smith ; married, second, 
Abigail Spurr. He was a Loyalist and removed 
to New Brunswick, N. S., and settled there and 
died there; children by first marriage 11, and by 
second marriage 4. 
Ruth (Raymond) Sears, widow of Nathaniel" Sears, married, 
second, at Norwalk, Conn., November , 1755, to Ebenezer 



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Church, as his second wife (his first wife was Susanna Fitch, whom 
he married January — , 1746, and who died October 7th, 1747), and 
by this second marriage she had 10 (Church) children. Not in 
Thacher line. 

NathanieP Sears removed to Norwalk, Conn, (from 
Brewster, Mass.),. with his father and married and died in Nor- 
walk and was buried in Pine Island Cemetery. On January 23rd, 
I753> Ruth Sears and Josiah Sears were appointed administrators 
on the estate of Nathaniel" Sears ; and Ruth Sears was appointed 
guardian of her two minor children, NathanieF and Thacher^ Sears. 
The inventory of the estate of Nathaniel" Sears was dated January 
8th, 1753, and was approved April 3rd, 1753; amount over £2000. 
On April 1st, 1765, NathanieP Sears made choice of Ebenezer 
Church (his step-father) as his guardian. 

Authorities. 

Sears Genealogy, by Saml. P. May, pp. 73, 76, 112-13, 197-8. 
Selleck's Norzvalk, pp. 60, 61, 128-9, 131, 175-6, 359, 461, and note. 
Hall's Norwalk, p. 230. 

251. Col. Isaac"' Sears (Mary^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 
Col. John, 3 Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich (now 

Brewster), Mass., , 1730; baptized there July 12th, 1730. 

He was a sea captain and trader, a Privateer, Merchant, 
Member of Trinity Church Corporation and a Vestryman in 
that church. A full sketch of his life may be seen in Samuel 
P. May's Sears Genealogy. He lived successively in Nor- 
walk, Conn., New York City, Boston, Mass., and again in 
New York City. He died in Canton, China, October 28th, 
1786, "in his 57th year," and was buried on French Island in 
Canton Harbor ; gravestone. He married at Trinity Church, 
New York City, on January 22nd, 1752, to Sarah Drake (of 
New York City) ; she was a daughter of Jasper Drake (who 
kept a tavern in Beekman Street, the rendezvous of the 

"Liberty Boys"), and Esther ( ) Drake, of New York 

City. 

Children: 11 (Sears), all probably born in New York City. 

798 i. (A son^), born , i759; died July 20th, 1766, 

on Sundav, aged 7 years; he was drowned in 
Beekman Slip, N. Y. Harbor. 

799 ii. Hester,^ born ; died ; married by 

license on February 14th, 1774, at Trinity Church, 
N. Y. City, to Paschal Nelson Smith. 

800 iii. Marv,'' born ; died ; married by license 

June 15th. 1778, at Trinity Church, N. Y. City, to 
Thomas Hamilton. 

801 iv. John,'' born ; died ; married by license 

October 24th, 1780, at Trinity Church, N. Y. City, 
to Sarah Halstead. 



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802 V. Maria/ born ; died ; married by license 

June 2 1 St, 1785, at Trinity Church, N. Y. City, to 
Peregrine Bourdieu. 

803 vi. Isaac,^ born , 1770; died December i6th, 

1794, at Martinique, W, I.; he was at Phillips 
Academy, Andover, Mass. ; entered as from Bos- 
ton in 1779, aged 9; "stayed there only one term." 

804 vii. Rebecca,'' iDorn , 1771 ; died February ist, 

1813; married May 20th, 1790, at Trinity Church, 
N. Y. City, by Rev. Dr. Provoost, to Samuel 
Sterett. 

805 viii. Jasper,^ born , 1772; died ; he was at 

Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1779, aged 
7 ; "stayed there one term." 

806 ix. J 

807 X. .'' 

808 xi. — : 

Sarah Drake, the wife of Col. Isaac^ Sears, was a grand- 
daughter of Joseph Drake of Eastchester, N. Y., who was a son 
of Samuel Drake of Fairfield, Conn. 
Authority. 
Samuel P. May's Sears Genealogy, pp. 73, 113-118, and personal noterj by 
the author of said work. 

252. Phebe« Sears (Mary^ Thacher, Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Harwich (now Brew- 
ster), Mass., ; baptized there April 8th, 1733; died at 

Norwalk, Conn., December 8th, 1807, and was buried in St. 

Paul's churchyard ; gravestone. She married, first, , at 

, to Antony Squire of Wilton, Fairfield Co., Conn., bom 

; died . She married, second, at Wilton, Conn., No- 
vember 24th, 1774, to Thaddeus Hubbell of Wilton, Conn. 

(as his second wife), born , 1726; died April 8th, 1806, 

aged 80, at Wilton, Conn., and was buried there. He was a 

son of Nathan Hubbell (born Fairfield, Conn., , 1699; 

died Wilton, Conn., , 1761, will recorded March 3rd, 

1761), of Wilton (formerly part of Norwalk), Conn. Thad- 
deus Hubbell married, first, at Wilton, Conn., December 26th, 
1753 (or 1752), to Ruth Betts, born at Norwalk, Conn., Octo- 
ber 6th, 1733; died at Wilton, Conn., May i6th, 1773, and 
was buried there. She was a daughter of Nathan and Mary 
(Belden) Betts, of Norwalk, Conn. 
Children: first marriage 6 (Squire), 3 sons and 3 daughters. 

Anne,^ born . 

Phebe,^ born , 

Elizabeth,'^ born . 

Isaac,'^ born . 

Anthony,^ born . 

Selah,^ born ; died ; married April 8th, 

1778, at Wilton, to Hannah Abbott. 



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812 


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813 


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814. 


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Children: second marriage 2 (Hubbell), i son and i daugh- 
ter. 

815 vii. Polly/ born . 

816 viii. Sears/ born . 

Children of Thaddeus Hubbell, by his first marriage. He 
is said at time of his marriage to the widow of Antony 
Squire to have been a "widower with a large family," 
amongst these I have ascertained the following 2 children 
(sons): Not in Thacher line. 

1. Solomon Hubbell, born , 1754. 

2. Zadock Hubbell, born , 1756; died February ist, 

1813, at Wilton, Conn.; married October 22 (or 23), 
1778, to Mary Hubbell. 

Thaddeus Hubbell was appointed a member of the Committee 
of Enlistment, March 12th, 1777, at Norwalk, Conn, (see Hall's 
Norzvalk, p. 132), 

Phebe*' Sears' home with both of her husbands (Squire and 
Hubbell) was at Wilton. Left a widow a second time, she returned 
to Norwalk and lived with her son Selah Squire until her death, 
December 8th, 1807. She was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard, in 
the rear of the church, a white stone marking her grave. Family 
tradition tells of her strong character, her ability and kindness, and 
her tact in managing three (3) sets of children. She is said to have 
possessed every trait that endeared her as a wife, mother and friend. 
Authorities. 

Sears Genealogy, by Saml. P. May. 

Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. III. p. 67. 

Selleck's Norwalk, p. 376. 

Hubbell Genealogy, pp. 84, 427, 431, 432. 

Hall's Norwalk, pp. 132, 277. 

255. Desire^ Thacher (Elisha,'^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., April 15th. 

1722; died : married June 2nd, 1743, at , to Captain 

William Taylor, born Yarmouth (or Barnstable), Alass., Feb- 
ruary 23rd, 1712-13 ; he lived at Barnstable, one mile west of 

Yarmouth line ; he died , at Barnstable. He was a son 

of Captain Seth and Susannah (Sturgis) Taylor. 

(Taylor), 3 sons and 4 daughters. 

Phebe,^ born , 1744; died November 7th, 

1775, aged 31 ; married Sturgis Gorham. 
Lucy,^ born ; died . She was a con- 
sumptive and died early ; married William Paine. 

William,^ born ; died ; married a lady 

in Baltimore, Md. 

Desire,' born , 1756; died December 15th. 

1786; married Sturgis Gorham as his second wife, 
John,'^ born ; died ; married Lucia Wat- 
son. 



Children 
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312 

822 vi. Thacher/ born ; died . 

+823 vii. Abigail (Nabby)/ born ; died September 

19th, 1820; married Edward Gorham. 
Captain William Taylor was born in a house about one-quarter 
mile west of Whitebrook, but lived and died in Barnstable, about a 
mile west of Yarmouth line, in a house afterwards occupied by his 
youngest daughter, who married Edward Gorham. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 41. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 441. 
Hon. George Thacher MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

258. JoHN« Thacher (Elisha,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., September 

1st, 1730; died , at ; he is not mentioned in his 

father's will under date of June nth, 1770, and is supposed 
to have been dead on that date without issue. I have been 
unable to determine definitely that he was dead on the date 
of his father's will nor am I aware of where he died or when 
or whether he married and had children. From Rev. Bela 
Hubbard's diary we obtain the following extract. (Bela 
Hubbard was rector of Trinity P. E. Church, New Haven, 
Conn.) : "Baptized 1789 — Anna Thacher, aged 19 years, wife 
of John Thacher, Jr., of Stratford, Conn., at Alhngtown." 
At this date, 1789, there was a John^ Thacher (Captain Jo- 
siah^). No. 270, living in Stratford, Conn, (he was my great- 
grandfather), but I never heard that he had a son John and 
at present writing I do not believe that he had such a son 
John. Who, then, was the John, Jr., of Stratford, who mar- 
ried Anna . It is possible that he was the above John^ 

Thacher (Elisha^), No. 258, and that he was living in Strat- 
ford, Conn., at that time. U so, he was a cousin of John^ 
Thacher, No. 270, and may have been known as John, Jr., to 
distinguish him from John® Thacher, No. 270. From this 

John Thacher, Jr., who married Anna , has sprung a 

group of New Haven Thachers who labor under the impres- 
sion that they are descendants of John^ Thacher, No. 270, 
of Stratford, Conn., probably led to believe so from the above 
quoted extract from Rev. Bela Hubbard's diary. In the 
Hughes Family, by W. P. Hughes, this John Thacher, Jr., 

who married Anna , is said to have come from Maine; 

but I am unaware of any John Thacher unaccounted for from 
Maine. The statement that he came from Maine, may be a^ 
error, and he may have been from Massachusetts and possibly 
the above John^ Thacher, No. 258. And it is barely possible 
that he may have been a son of John® Thacher, No. 270, of 
whom I have never before obtained any record. I make these 
remarks here as a guide to future Thacher genealogists who 
may be able to clear this point up satisfactorily. I do not 
include a record of the New Haven Thachers here, who sprung 



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from this John Thacher, Jr., of Stratford, by his wife Anna 

, because I am in doubt as to what hne they belong ; but 

I have a quite complete record of his descendants. 

Authorities. 
Hughes Family, by W. P. Hughes, p. 66. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 41. 

259. Mary^ Thacher (Elisha,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony," Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., March 7th, 
1731-2; died , previous to 1764, at ; married at Barn- 
stable, Mass., December 21st, 1752, to Ebenezer Gorhom, Jr., 
of Barnstable, Mass., born Barnstable, August 7th, 1729, bap- 
tized there August 24th, 1729; died , 1772, about; lost 

at sea. He was a son of Ebenezer Gorham (born February 
14th, 1695; died November i6th, 1776; married September 

22nd, 1727), and Temperance (Hawes) Gorham (born , 

1705, died February 21st, 1767), of Barnstable, Mass. 
Children : None. 

Ebenezer Gorham married, second, , 1764, to Hope Carver 

of Plymouth, Mass., and on July i6th, 1767, to Hannah Hall, widow 
of Lot Hall of Yarmouth. Ebenezer Gorham seems to have had but 
one child, Hannah ; and that child was by his third wife. Hannah, 
his widow, administered his estate, which was insolvent. Ebenezer 
Gorham was appointed guardian of the Lot Hall's children, viz: — 
Daniel, Lot, LTrian and William. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 41. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 431-2. 

260. Captain Elisha^ Thacher (Elisha,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., 
May 8th, 1734; he was a sea captain and lived successively at 
Yarmouth and Barnstable ; he died at Barnstable, January 14th, 
1795, and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying- 
ground, and his widow (second wife) administered his estate, 

February 13th, 1795. He married, first, at (int. Pub. 

Braintree, Mass., September 26th, 1756, Barnstable, Mass., 
October 23rd, 1756. and Yarmouth, Mass., October 23rd, 
1756), to Abigail Webb, born at Braintree, Mass., December 

23rd, 1730; died 1764, at . She was a daughter of 

Jonathan Webb (born Braintree, December 27th, 1697; died 

September i6th, 1784, aged 92), and Bathsheba ( ) Webb 

(born , 1697; died November 22nd, 1776, aged 80) of 

Braintree, Mass. He married, second, , at , to Mary 

Given, of , Maryland, born , at ; died (she 

was living in 1812, in the household of Mr. Endicott of Bos- 
ton), at Boston, Mass.; her parentage is not known to me. 

Children: first marriage, i (Thacher), daughter, born at Yar- 
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824 i. Abigail Webb/ born ; died a few years after 

marriage, int. marriage pub. at Boston, Mass., 
October 7th, 1793, to Thomas Hall; she is men- 
tioned in publication as being of Berwick. Thomas 
Hall was a printer in Boston. Children : None. 

Children, second marriage: None that are known of. 

Hon. George® Thacher, No. 235, in his Manuscript genealogy, 
says : — "Captain Elisha Thacher and his wife I became acquainted 
with in the summer of 1775 (this, of course, refers to his second 
wife). They lived in a house owned by my brother Josiah in Yar- 
mouth. There and at Barnstable they continued until the year 
1780, at which time I left that part of the country. They lived in 
elegance and were generous to everybody. The poor had cause to 
bless them; the rich and affluent enjoyed their good things with 
them; and as often as I visited Yarmouth and Barnstable, those 
who remembered the days of "Seventy-five," ceased not to do jus- 
tice to the benevolence and kindness of Mr. and Mrs. EHsha Thacher. 
Let me add that Mrs. Thacher, without ostentation, has always 
borne the character of a religious and pious woman. I have been 
acquainted with her about 40 years, during which time she has 
passed through prosperity and adversity. She has no relatives 
in this part of the country, and is now (1812) alive, a worthy and 
amiable woman; she is superintendent of the house of Mr. 
Endicott in Boston, who is a respectable merchant tailor and a 
descendant of Governor Endicott of the Old Province of Mass- 
achusetts, in a direct line." 

Jonathan Webb was a tanner ; he was a man of much respecta- 
bility and good social standing. He lived in Braintree, Mass., north 
Precinct, now Quincy. He and the father of President Adams 
were of like standing; they were his neighbors, and were deacons 
in the ist church. He had 10 children, of whom all but two (2) 
died in early childhood, of these two (2) only one (i), a daughter, 
entered into the married state, so that the name (Webb) in this 
line became extinct. 

Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41, 52. 

Braintree, Mass.j Vital Records. 

Giles Memorial, p. 512. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 161-2. 

Drake's History of Boston, p. 717. 

261. LucRETiA® Thacher (Elisha,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, Mass., April 

20th, 1737; died , at ; married November 17th, 1763, 

at Barnstable, Mass., to Joseph Davis, born Barnstable, Aug- 
ust 15th, 1733; died , at . He was a son of James 

Davis (born ; died , 1745, about; married January 

4th, 1727-8), and Thankful (Hinckley) Davis (born , 

1707, about; died August 20th, 1745, aged 38), of Barnstable, 
Mass. 



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Children: 6 (Davis), 3 sons and 3 daughters, all born at Barn- 
stable, Mass. 

+825 i. Phebe,'^ born ; died ; married George 

Lewis' Gorham, No. 708, as his first wife; his 
second wife was her sister, Mary Lucretia" Davis, 
No. 828. 

+826 ii. Rebecca,^ born ; died ; married Job 

Gorham. 

+827 iii. EHsha Thacher,^ born ; died ; married 

Ruth Crocker Davis. 

-I-828 iv. Mary Lucretia,'^ born , 1769; died April 27th, 

1857; married (i) George Lewis^ Gorham, No. 
708, as his second wife, his first wife was her 
sister, Phebe^ Davis, No. 825 ; she married, sec- 
ond, Joseph Hawes. 

829 V. Joseph,'' born ; died ; married Thankful 

Davis. 

830 vi. Benjamin,^ born ; died ; not married. 

Joseph Davis, Sr., married a second time , at Barnstable, 

Mass., to Mary Bacon, born Barnstable, Mass., August 23rd, 

1740; died , at . She was a daughter of John and 

EHzabeth (Freeman) Bacon, of Barnstable, Alass. 
Children: 3 (Davis), 2 sons and i daughter. Not in Thacher 
line. 

1. John. 3. Abner. 

2. Lucretia. 

Authorities. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 41. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 35-6-7, 283, 288. 

Anthony<= Thacher (Elisha,^ Deacon Josiah,^ Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, Mass., June 
28th, 1744; died at Barnstable, Mass., January i8th, 1806, "in 
the 63rd year of his age"; buried at Barnstable in Goodspeed's 
Hill West Burying-ground ; gravestone ; letters of administra- 
tion were granted on his estate, May 13th, 1806. His inten- 
tion of marriage was published in Barnstable, July 7th, 1770, 

date of marriage , to Elizabeth (Betsey) Taylor, born 

at ; date of birth , 1740, about; see age at, and date 

of, death; died at Barnstable, August 6th, 1818, "in 78th year 

of her age," and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill West 

Burying-ground ; gravestone. 

Children: 3 (Thacher), i son and 2 daughters, all born at 

Barnstable. 

831. i. EHsha,'' born ; died ; married , and 

went to Virginia. 
+832 ii. Phebe,^ born May 7th, 1750; died August 20th 

(or 28th), 1846; married Edward Loring. 
+833 iii. Elizabeth (Betsey),^ born ; died ; mar- 
ried Joshua Hinckley. 



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In Goodspeed's Hill West Burying-ground, Barnstable, Mass., 
are to be found the graves of Anthony® Thacher and his wife with 
stones thus inscribed : — 

"In Memory of Mr. Anthony Thacher; he died January i8th, 
1806, in the 63rd year of his age." 

"In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Thacher, widow of Mr. Anthony 
Thacher. She died August 6th, 1818, in the 78th year of her age." 
Authorities. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy^ pp. 41, 52. 

Hon. George Thacher MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

265. JosiAH^ Thacher (Capt. Josiah,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Norwalk, Conn., Feb- 
ruary 15th, 1728-9, "at about 5 o'clock, Saturday morning." 
He resided at Norwalk and died there Monday, March 9th, 
1807, and was presumably buried there, but I have found no 
record of his gravestone. He married first at Norwalk, De- 
cember 19th, 1 75 1, to Mary Fitch, born at Norwalk, Conn., 
September 20th (14th or 17th), 1733; died at Norwalk, Conn., 
September 30th, 1776, and was presumably buried there, but 
I have no record of her gravestone. She was a daughter of the 
Colonial Governor of the Colony of Connecticut, Thomas 

Fitch (born , 1699; died July i8th, 1774, at Norwalk, 

Conn., aged "in 75th year," and buried in Norwalk, Conn.), 
by his wife Hannah (Hall) Fitch, whom he married Septem- 
ber 4th, 1724. Hannah Hall, his wife, was daughter of Rich- 
ard and Hannah (Mills) Hall of New Haven, Conn.; she 

was born ; died . Gov. Thomas Fitch graduated 

Y. C. 1721. 

Children: 5 (Thacher), i son and 4 daughters, all born at 

Norwalk, Conn. 

+834 i. Mary,'^ born December 3rd, 1753 (or September 
14th, 1753); died August 30th, 1796; married 
Peter Hendricks. 

-{-835 ii. Hannah,'^ born May 15th, 1760; died October 
30th, 1848; married Isaiah Betts. 

+836 iii. Thomas Fitch, '^ born June 6th (or i6th), 1769; 
died October 9th, 1832 ; married Susannah Lock- 
wood. 
837 iv. Esther Ann, ist,'^ born January 7th (or 26th), 
1773; died March 15th, 1774, at Norwalk, Conn., 
and was probably buried there. I have no record 
of her gravestone. 

Corrections: 

Page 193, No. 326. Date of death of Fear* Thacher should read March 
26th (or 28th). 

Page 193, No. 327. John* Thacher's ist wife was Hannah Bourne (not 
Bowne). 

Page 197, 3 lines from bottom: Warham should read Wareham. 



HER-THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 



Part XIV. 



GENEALOGICAI. RECORD OF 
ANTONY' THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, M\ 
AND HIS DESCENDANTS 



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838 V. Esther Ann, 2nd/ born April 19th, 1775; died 
September i6th, 1776, at Norwalk, Conn., and 
was probably buried there. I have no record of 
her gravestone. 

Josiah" Thacher married a second time at Norwalk, Conn., 

December 3rd, 1785, to Wait Burwell (widow of Burwell, 

and mother of Samuel Burwell), born at , date ; died at 

; date . Her parentage is unknown to me. 

Children by second marriage : None that are known of. 

Authorities. 

Family Bible of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher, of Norwalk, Conn. 

Selleck's History of Norzvalk, Conn., pp. 452-3. 

Lockwood Genealogy^ pp. 194. 

Hall's History of Norwalk, pp. 206-7, 224-5. 

Epitaphs in Norwalk Cemetery, by Van Hoosear. 

266. Ann^ Thacher (Capt. Josiah,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony," Rev. Peter^), born Norwalk, Conn., April 
loth, 1731, "about two (2) o'clock Saturday afternoon"; died 
— — , 1805, at Lewisboro, Westchester Co., N. Y., and was 

buried there. She married at , date of marriage , to 

Isaac Hayes (the 3rd of the name), born , 1732, at . 

He resided at Compo, Conn., until 1780, and afterwards at 
Lewisboro, W. C. Co., N. Y. ; he died September 26th, 1805, 
at Lewisboro, N. Y., and was buried there. He was a son 

of Isaac Hayes 2nd (born March 23rd, 1706; died ; his 

was the first body buried in St. John's Cemetery, Lewisboro, 

N. Y.), and Margaret ( ) Hayes, of Salem, Westchester 

Co., N. Y. Isaac Hayes 2nd was the son of Isaac Hayes ist 
(born August 27th, 1682; died January 5th, 1711-12; married 
July loth, 1701), and Elizabeth Sherwood, daughter of Isaac 
and Elizabeth (Jackson) Sherwood, of Fairfield, Conn, (born 
; died ), of Norwalk, Conn. 

Children: 3 (Hayes), i son and 2 daughters. 

-f-839 i. Margaret,^ born , 1763; died May 31st, 1819; 

married John Lewis. 
-I-840 ii. Anstrice,^ born April 19th, 1767; died June 26th, 

1807 ; married Peter Ketcham. 
-I-841 iii. Thacher,^ born , 1771 ; died February 27th, 

1834; married Mary Weed. 

Authorities. 
Selleck's History of Norwalk, pp. 90, 452, 463-4. 
Hall's History of Norwalk, p. 198. 

Bolton's History of Westchester Co., N. Y., Vol. I, p. 436. 
Family Bible of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher of Norwalk, Conn. 

267, Mary** Thacher (Capt. Josiah,^ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony, 2 Rev. Peter^), born September 14th, 1733, 



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"Friday, at i o'clock in the morning," at Norwalk, Conn., died 

. She was living as Mary Davis, August 23rd, 1783 (see 

Norwalk Land Records, Vol. XV, p. 210), at . She mar- 
ried, first, , at , to Stephen Davis of Norwalk, Conn., 

bom ; died , son of Davis and his wife 

( ) Davis. She married, second, at , date , to 

Hoyt, of Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., N. Y., born 

, at , died , at , son of Hoyt and his 

wife ( ) Hoyt. 

Children: first marriage (Davis). 

I have been unable to ascertain whether she had any children 
by first marriage. 

Children: second marriage (Hoyt). 

I have been unable to ascertain whether she had any children 
by second marriage. 

According to Selleck's Norwalk, p. 467, Mrs. Stephen Davis, 
daughter of Captain Josiah" Thacher, lived in Norwalk near her 
father's house, which was located where is now situated the rear of 
the car house of the Norwalk Street Railway Company. 

Authorities. 
Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., pp. 452, 467. 

269. Daniel® Thacher (Capt. Josiah,° Deacon Josiah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Norwalk, Conn., June 29th, 
1739, "on Friday;" he resided at Norwalk, Conn., and died 
there November 17th, 1776, "in 38th year of his age," and was 
probably buried there, but I have no record of his gravestone. 

He married (see note following this record) — — , at , to 

Mary Street, born , at — — ; died March 4th, 1776, at . 

She was a daughter oip Nathaniel Street (born January 19th, 
1693; died September 24th, 1748, in 56th year; married 
November 25th, 1719), and Mary (Raymond) Street, his wife, 
daughter of John and Elizabeth (St. John) Raymond of 
Norwalk, Conn, (born March 5th, 1694; died March 7th, 
1762, in her 67th year), of Norwalk, Conn. 

Children: 3 (Thacher), sons, all born at Norwalk, Conn. 

+842 i. Josiah,'' born August — , 1764; died May 22nd, 
1850; married Anna Reed. 

4-843 ii. Daniel Greenleaf,^ born — , 1767; died May 
i6th, 1837; married Eunice Starr. 

-(-844 iii. William,^ born April 3rd, 1769; died August 2nd, 
1856; married, first, Anna Munson; married, sec- 
ond, Martha Oakley. 

From the Records of the County Clerk's Office, Fairfield, Conn., 
we obtain the following in regard to the estate of Daniel* Thacher : — 



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''Inventory of Estate dated, May 6th, 1782. Administrator's 
bond signed by Josiah Thacher, Eliphalet Lockwood and Nathan 
Jarvis, all of Norwalk, before Jonathan Sturges, Probate Judge, 
September 17th, 1780, witnesses Isaac Jarvis and Hezekiah Silliman, 
Order of sale granted of all of the inventoried estate July 21st, 1783, 
to Eliphalet Lockwood, Esqr., and Mr. Josiah Thacher, Adminis- 
trators. The estate was insolvent and insufficient to pay debts. Court 
order signed by Left. Hezekiah Silliman, Clerk. Administrator's 
accounts accepted July 21st, 1783. The whole inventory delivered 
into Court amounted to £61.3-9, in addition to which there were 
74 acres of land, which were "apprized" to the estate of Captain 
Josiah Thacher, deceased (father of Daniel® Thacher), amounting 
to £11.11-3. Total, £72.15-0. Administrator's account and ac- 
count of sales again allowed August 6th, 1790. Total, £99.15-3. 

Note: 

As there seems to be some diversity of opinion as to whether the maiden 
name of Daniel^ Thacher's wife was Mary Street or Mary Starr, I will here 
quote the various authorities on the subject. Starr Genealogy, by Frank 
Farnsworth Starr (Lenox Library), savs p. 17: "Thomas Starr, b. April 
10th, 1711; died May 14th, 1759, lived at Groton, Conn., in the Starr Home- 
stead; he married Jerusha Street (daughter of Nicholas and Jerusha Street), 

b. , 1715; died July 6th, 1790, 'in her 75th year,' and had among other 

children, Mary Starr, born January 20th, 1740; died November 14th, 1741." 

And according to this authority they had no other child named Mary; 
hence from this quotation we see that the Starr Genealogy differs from the 
Street Genealogy to be subsequently quoted. Pages 251-2, Starr Genealogy, says: 
"Eunice Starr (daughter of Lieut. Daniel and Lucy (Douglas) Starr of New 
London, Conn.), born February 28th, 1767; baptized March ISth, 1767; died 
September 17th, 1843; married October 30th, 1791, to Daniel Greenleaf 
Thatcher (son of Daniel and Mary (Street) Thatcher), born June — , 1765, 
at Norwalk, Conn., died May 16th, 1836, at New London, Conn. He was 
left an orphan at an early age; he went to New London and learned the 
hatter's trade and carried on a successful business for many years and died 
respected and beloved; he belonged to the Congregational Church." 

We see here that the Starr Genealogy specifically states that Daniel 
Greenleaf Thacher's mother's maiden surname was Street. Selleck's History 
of Norwalk, Conn., p. 453, states as follows : 

"Daniel, son of Captain Josiah and Mary (Greenleaf) Thacher, mar- 
ried Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Raymond) Street." 

We therefore see that the Starr Genealogy and Selleck's Norwalk agree 
in the positive statement that Daniel* Thacher's wife's maiden surname was 
Street. 

Hall's History of Norwalk, Conn., p. 219, states that Nathaniel Street 
married on November 25, 1719, to Mary Raymond, daughter of Capt. John 
Raymond of Norwalk, and then gives a list of their children up to Ebenezer, 
born November 1st, 1735, and there ending, viz. : 

1. Samuel Street, born October 13th, 1720. 

2. Hannah Street, born September 8th, 1722. 

3. Timothy Street, born December 1st, 1723. 

4. John Street, born July 22nd, 1728. 

5. Ebenezer Street, born November 1st, 1735. 

It is to be noted that in this list of children of Nathaniel Street there 
is no mention of a child Mary Street who is said by Selleck's Norwalk to 



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have married Daniel® Thacher. Daniel® Thacher himself was born June 29th, 

1739, and the list of Nathaniel Street's children ends with the one born in 
1735. It is possible that this list of children of Nathaniel Street is incomplete 
and that a child Mary Street was born to Nathaniel Street, subsequent to 
the birth of Ebenezer in 1735 and hence of an age more suitable to become 
the wife of Daniel® Thacher. 

The Street Genealogy, by Henry A. and Mary A. Street, Exeter, N. H., 
1895, states as follows, viz.: pp. 9 and 19: "Nathaniel Street (son of Lieut. 
Samuel Street and his first wife Hannah Glover), born January 19th, 1693; 
died September 24th, 1748; married November 25th, 1719, to Mary Raymond 
(daughter of John and Elizabeth (St. John) Raymond), born March 15th, 
1694; died March 7th, 1762. Nathaniel Street was a house and ship builder 
and resided at Norwalk, Conn., and both he and his wife are buried there 
in the old burying ground in East Norwalk. 

Children : 

1. Samuel Street, born October 13th, 1720; md. Elizabeth (probably) 

Raymond. 

2. Hannah Street, born September 8th, 1722; md. Eliakim Raymond. 

3. Thomas Street, born December 1st, 1723 ; md. Susannah Lockwood. 

4. John Street, born July 22nd, 1728; md. Hannah Jarvis. 

5. Ebenezer Street, born November 1st, 1735; md. Rachel ." 

It is seen that this list of children of Nathaniel Street agrees with that 
given by Hall's Norwalk (except that Street Genealogy gives 3rd child as 
Thomas while Hall's Norwalk gives 3rd child as Timothy), and that there 
is no mention of a Mary Street to become the wife of Daniel® Thacher. 

Raymond Genealogy, pp. 4 and 6, state specifically as follows: "John 
Raymond, born September 9th, 1665 ; died April 12th, 1735 ; married May 7th, 
1690, Elizabeth St. John (daughter of Samuel St. John), and had Mary Ray- 
mond, born March 5th, 1694, who married Nathaniel Street, November 
25th, 1719. 

St. John Genealogy states specifically as follows : "Elizabeth St. John 
(daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Hoyt) St. John), born at Norwalk, 

Conn., April — , 1673; d. ; married March 7th, 1690-1, to John Raymond, 

born September 9th, 1665; died April 12th, 1737. They had a child, Mary 
Raymond, born March 5th, 1694; died March 7th, 1762, in her 67th year; 

md. December 24-5, 1719, Nathaniel Street, born , 1692; died September 

24th, 1748, in 56th year. 

Hence we see that both the Raymond and the St. John Genealogies sup- 
port the statement that Nathaniel Street married Mary Raymond, but they 
do not go so far as to give record of a child Mary Street, to become the 
wife of Daniel® Thacher. 

The Street Genealogy above quoted also states, p. 11 : "Nicholas Street, 
born July 14th. 1677, at Wallingford, Conn.; died June 2nd, 1727; he resided 
at Groton and was buried at Wallingford, Conn.; he was a tailor. He mar- 
ried April 22nd, 1704 (by Mr. Woodbridge), to Jerusha Morgan and had 

Jerusha Street (p. 24), born , 1715; died July 6th, 1790; buried Starr 

Cemetery, Groton, Conn.; married Thomas Starr, Jr. (son of Thomas), 
born April 10th, 1711; died May 14th, 1759, aged 48. They resided at Groton, 
Conn., on the Starr homestead and joined the church there September 1st, 
1734. He was a farmer. They had (p. 50), Mary Starr, born January 20th, 

1740, who married Daniel Thacher, and had (p. 91), Daniel G. Thacher, who 
married Eunice Starr." 

Here we note for the first time a statement that Daniel® Thacher mar- 
ried a Mary Starr, while all the other authorities viz. : Selleck's Norwalk and 
Starr Genealogy (quoted above) state that her name was Street, and Selleck 
going so far as to state that she was Mary Street, daughter of Nathaniel and 
Mary (Raymond) Street. It is to be noted also that the Starr Genealogy, 



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p. 17, states that the Mary Starr, born January 20th, 1740; died November 
14th, 1741, while the Street Genealogy, p. SO, states that this same Mary Starr, 
born January 20th, 1740, married Daniel Thacher. 

From all of the above statements taken in connection with the fact that, 
as far as I can gather, Daniel^ Thacher lived and died in Norwalk, Conn., 
I am inclined to the belief that the Street Genealogy is in error in stating 
that Daniel^ Thacher married Mary Starr (daughter of Thomas and Jerusha 
(Street) Starr of Groton, Conn.), who was born January 20th, 1740 (and 
who the Starr Genealogy states died November 14th, 1741). It seems more 
likely to me that Selleck and the Starr Genealogy are correct in their state- 
ment that her maiden surname was Street and that as Selleck states she was 
a daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Raymond) Street, and was born some- 
time about 1740, although she is not included in the list of thq children of 
Nathaniel Street as given by Hall's Norwalk, on p. 219. Moreover as a 
straw to induce me to this belief Daniel Greenleaf^ Thacher (son of Daniel^ 
Thacher)' calls one of his children Polly (Mary) Street Thacher, thus per- 
petuating in the family the name of her presumable grandmother. It is to 
be borne in mind that this is but a deduction drawn, not from positive facts, 
but from an accumulation of circumstantial evidence. I may be entirely 
wrong and the Street Genealogy may be correct. 

Authorities. 

Family Bible of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher. 

Selleck' s Norwalk, pp. 452-3 and 360-1. 

His great granddaughter, Mrs. S. S. Upham. 

Diary of his son, Rev. William Thacher. 

Hall's Norwalk, p. 219. 

Raymond Family, pp. 4, 6. 

Starr Genealogy, pp. 17, 251-2. 

Street Genealogy, pp. 19, 11, 24, 50, 91. 

East Norwalk Graveyard Inscriptions, by Van Hoosear. 

St. John Genealogy. 

270. Capt. John® Thacher (Capt. Josiah/ Deacon Josiah/ Hon. 
Col. John,'' Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Norwalk, Conn., 
July 25th, 1742 ; he lived successively at Norv^alk, New Mil- 
ford and Stratford, Conn., possibly awhile in New York City, 
and finally in Stratford, Conn., where he died January i6th 
(or 17th), 1805, and (according to his grandson, the late 
(jeorge William Thatcher of St. Louis, Mo.), was buried 
there in the Episcopal Burying-ground, a little southeast of 
the center of the Cemetery ; no gravestone. He married, first, 
at , date of marriage , to Ann Perry, born at Fair- 
field, Conn., February — , 1743-4; and baptized there Feb- 
ruary 19th, 1743-4 (see Schenck's History of Fairfield, Vol. 

II, p. 493) ; died at , date of death , 1777, probably, 

at or shortly after birth of her last child. She was a daugh- 
ter of Michael Perry (baptized Fairfield, Conn., October 29th, 
1721 ; renewed covenant Fairfield, Conn., February 5th, 1743-4; 

died ; married December 8th, 1742, at Fairfield, Conn.), 

and Grace Sturges, his wife (born ; baptized Fairfield, 

Conn., March 8th, 1724; died ; daughter of Peter and 

Hannah (Jennings) Sturges, of Fairfield, Conn.), of Fair- 
field, Conn. 

Children: 3 (Thacher), 2 sons and i daughter. 



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+845 i- Partridge,^ born February 14th, 1767; died Sep- 
tember 8th, 1845 ; married Mary Lockwood. 

+846 ii. Stephen Greenleaf/ bom , 1774; died May 

— , 1857; married Boradil Coit. 

847 iii. Elizabeth^ (Betsey), born , 1777; died April 

loth, 1847, at Stratford, Conn., aged 70, and was 
buried there in the Episcopal Burying-ground. 
She was not married. Orcutt's History of Strat- 
ford incorrectly states that she died in 1817, but 
an examination of her gravestone in February, 
1912, by the Rector of the P. E. Church estab- 
lishes the fact that she died in 1847. 

Capt. John^ Thacher married a second time at Stratford, 

Conn., probably, date of marriage , about or previous to 

April, 1778 (see date of birth of first child by this marriage) 
to Mehitable (Ufford) Thompson (widow of Lieut. Wm. 
Thompson, who was killed at the battle of Ridgefield, Conn., 
April 27th, 1777), born at Stratford, Conn., March i6th, 1745; 
died at Litchfield, Conn., September 6th, 1807, and was 
buried at Litchfield, Conn., near the southeast corner of the 
Talmadge burial-ground, about one foot outside of the iron 
railing of said ground, where there is a monument to her 
memory. She was a daughter of Ebenezer Ufford by his 
wife Jane (Moss) Ufford, who lived at Stratford, Conn. 
Apparently Captain John^ Thacher and his second wife were 
members of the P. E. Church at Stratford and the rector of 
that church (in 1912) informs me that between February 3rd, 
1775, and April 3rd, 1785, there were no records kept of the 
P. E. Church in Stratford; which fact accounts for the non- 
existence of the record of Captain John^ Thacher's second 
marriage, which occurred between those dates. Bailey's 
Early Conn. Marriages gives the records of the Congre- 
gational Churches only. 

Children: 5 (Thacher), 3 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Stratford, Conn. 

848 iv. Anthony, ist,^ born January 27th, 1779; died 

February 3rd, 1779, aged 7 days, at Stratford, 
Conn., and was buried there in Congregational 
burying-ground; gravestone, thus inscribed: — 
"In Memory of two children of Mr. John and 
Mrs. Mehitable Thacher. Anthony died the 3rd 
of February, 1779, aged 7 days. Mehitable died 
the i6th of July, 1780, aged 30 hours." 

849 V. Mehitable, ist,'' born July 15th, 1780; died July 

1 6th, 1780, aged 30 hours, at Stratford, Conn., 
and was buried there in Congregational Burying- 
ground; gravestone. See inscription under rec- 
ord No. 848. 



-I-850 vi. Anthony, 2nd/ born January 7th, 1782; died De- 
cember 26th, 1844, at New London, Conn. ; mar- 
ried Lucretia Christophers Mumford. 
851 vii. Mehitable, 2nd,^ born November — , 1786; bap- 
tized November 23rd, 1786, at Stratford, Conn. ; 
died June 29th, 1793, aged 7 years, at Stratford, 
Conn., and was probably buried there in the Con- 
gregational Burying-ground, although no stone 
marks her grave. The record of her death is 
to be found in the record of deaths kept by Rev. 
Stephen Stebbins of the Congregational Church 
at Stratford, Conn. 

+852 viii. Daniel,^ bom May 15th, 1789; died October 30th, 
1867, at Bridgeport, Conn. ; married, first, Julia 
Ann Hubbell ; married, second, Eunice Sherwood 
Lyon. 

Captain John' Thacher undoubtedly spent his early life in 
Norwalk, Conn. We find in the New Milford, Conn., land records 
that on May 28th, 1766, land was deeded to John Thacher, late of 
Norwalk, Conn., and on that date he was described in the deed as 
"now of New Milford, Conn," Which fact indicates that he had 
taken up his residence in New Milford. The same land records 
show that on March 20th, 1769, John Thacher deeds to another 
this same piece of land that he acquired in 1766. These records 
probably fix his residence in New Milford at least between the 
years 1766- 1769; how much longer he stayed there has not been 
determined by me. It is my impression that his residence in New 
Milford, Conn., was originally caused by the residence there of 
Partridge Thacher (a distant relative) which belief is made prob- 
able by his naming his first child by his first marriage Partridge, 
after the said Partridge Thacher. In fact, the Lockzvood Gen- 
ealogy, pp. 294-5, makes the erroneous statement that Partridge^ 
Thacher (son of Captain John^ Thacher) was the grandson of this 
Partridge Thacher of Milford, Conn., where in reality he was the 
grandson of Captain Josiah'' Thacher, of Milford, Conn., as we 
have previously shown. 

This Partridge Thacher, of New Milford, was a descendant 
of Rev. Thomas Thacher, of Old South Church, Boston (a nephew 
of Antony^ Thacher, the first American ancestor of Capt. John' 
Thacher), and hence the relationship between Partridge Thacher, of 
New Milford, and Captain John® Thacher was in fact an actual blood 
connection, yet their common lines of blood had diverged since their 
remote ancestor, Rev. Peter^ Thacher, of Queen Camel, County 
Somerset, England, who died in 1624. Partridge Thacher, of New 
Milford, was an eccentric man, and was married, but without chil- 
dren; and he may have taken an interest in Capt. John® Thacher, 
and this interest may have occasioned Captain John® Thacher to 
have taken up his residence in New Milford for a time and to have 
named his first bom after said Partridge Thacher. Captain John® 



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Thacher was admitted to communion in the New Milford Church 
in June, 1766; and on the list of baptisms there in April — , 1767, 
we find the name of Partridge Thacher, son of John Thacher. 
From 1769 to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, his resi- 
dence may have been at New Milford, although we have no record 
of his probable stay there beyond the deeds above referred to, 1766- 
69. He married, first, Ann Perry, as above stated; this marriage 
in all likelihood took place in Fairfield or Norwalk, Conn. ; but we 
have no actual record of either time, or place. The marriage must, 
however, have taken place previous to 1767, as we have the posi- 
tive record that his first child, Partridge^ Thacher, was born Feb- 
ruary 14th, 1767, and was baptized at New Milford in April — , 
1767. He early engaged in active service in the Revolutionary War; 
and history, as well as family tradition, establishes the fact that he 
was a Captain in the Navy, in command of the Galley Washington, 
at the battle of Valcours Island, on Lake Champlain on October nth, 
1776, where he was wounded and taken prisoner and afterwards 
paroled and subsequently exchanged. In the action of Valcour's 
Island he was the Captain in command of the Washington, which 
vessel had on board General Waterbury, who commanded the Con- 
necticut contingent of troops, associated in the general command 
with General Benedict Arnold. 

From the autobiography of Samuel Blakeslee, of Wallingford, 
Conn., we extract the following: — "In the year following (1776) 
there was a company raised by Captain John Thacher, of New 
Haven, joining the army under General Waterbury at Lake Cham- 
plain. After an engagement, Captain John Thacher and his com- 
pany were taken prisoners and afterwards released on parole." 

From the Connecticut Historical Society's Collections, Vol. VII, 
p. 283, we have the following extract from the "Journal of Bayze 
Wells of Farmington, Conn., May, 1775, to February, 1777," viz: — 

"AT THE NORTHWARD AND IN CANADA. 

"Sabbath, 6th October (1776), this day the wind southerly, 
and this morning I am not well — about twelve o'clock 'Rogally' 
(i. e.. Row Galley) 'Washington,' Captain Thacher, arrived; this 
vessel carries nine (9) carriage guns, sixteen (16) Swivels; about 
one P. M. Rogally 'Congress,' Captain Arnold arrived; this galley 
carries ten (10) carriage guns and sixteen (16) swivels. These 
vessels saluted the fleet with firing a round. The Commodore sa- 
luted each of them with five (5) guns. General Waterbury arrived; 
came on the 'Washington' and joined the fleet. They brought a 
barrel of rum for each gondola." 

From Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War, p. 594, we 
have the following extract, viz : — 

"A flotilla of gondolas, galleys, etc., was built on Lake Champlain in the 
summer and fall of 1776 and commanded by Generals Arnold and Waterbury. 
Among the builders were two companies of ship carpenters sent from Con- 
necticut (by request of General Schuyler) under Captains Job Winslow and 
}ohn Lester. Most of the vessels were destroyed or captured in the action off 



No. of 


Size of 


No. 


Number 


Guns 


Guns 


Swivels 


of Men 


12 


4 lbs. 


lO 


50 


12 




lO 


50 


8 




lO 


35 


8 




8 


35 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


3 




8 


45 


I 




8 

10 


11 


8 




i6 


80 


8 




i6 


80 


8 




i6 


80 


8 




i6 


80 



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Valcours Island, October nth, 1776. Whether the galleys were credited to 
certain States or belonged to Congress is not clear. The Lady Washington 
was commanded by General Waterbury. Arnold was on the Congress and 
among other Captains was Hawley who commanded the Royal Savage, Cap- 
tain Mansfield the New Haven, Captain Grant the Connecticut and Captain 
Warren the Trumbull." 

From Force's American Archives, 5th Series, pp. 1039-40, Vol. II, year 
1776, by Peter Force, on file in the New York Public Library, we find as 
follows, viz.: 

List of Armed Vessels on Lake Champlain. 

Name of Vessel and 
Commanders 

1. Sloop Enterprise, Dickerson 

2. Schooner Royal Savage, Hawley 

3. Schooner Revenge, Seaman 

4. Schooner Liberty, Palmier 

5. Gondola New Haven, Mansfield 

6. Gondola Providence, Simonds 

7. Gondola Boston, Sumner 

8. Gondola Spitfire, Ulmer 

9. Gondola Phtladelpaia, Rice 

10. Gondola Connecticut, Grant 

1 1 . Gondola Jersey, Grimes 

12. Gondola New York, Reed 

13. Galley Lee, Daviss 

14. Galley Trumbull, V^dJtner 

15. Galley Congress, Arnold 

16. Galley Washington, Thatcher 

17. Galley* , Chappell 

* This galley was fitting at Ticonderoga on the 12th and will not be ready 
until next Saturday. The above is a true copy taken from Colonel Trumbull's 
return of the 12 instant. ^^^^^ Richard Varick. 

From the same authority, Vol. II, 5th Series, p. 1041, we have the fol- 
lowing, viz.: 

List of Rebel Vessels on Lake Champlain, before their defeat. 
* * * * * , * 

Washington, 2 18 pdrs. in bow \ 

2 12 pdrs. and 2 2 pdrs. in stern > Taken 

6 6 pdrs. on the sides ) 

****** 

(Letter from Genl Guy Carleton sgd. G. C. 

to Lord George Germain) (Guy Carleton) 

From the same authority, Vol. II, 5th series, p. 1038. (Extract from letter 
from General Benedict Arnold to General Gates): 

"Schuyler's Island, October 12th, 1776. 

****** 

"The Congress and Washington have suffered greatly; the latter lost her 
1st Lieutenant killed, and Captain and Master wounded." 
****** 

sgd B Arnold 

In Harper's Magazine for January, 1903, is to be found an article on 
" Benedict Arnold, Naval Patriot," which article contains a description of the 
battle of Valcours' Island, with a mention of the Galley Washington and the 
loss of her captain. 

Among the Archives of the War Department there was found by General 
Alexander James Perry, U. S. Army, a receipt for the articles of equipment of 



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the Galley Washington, a copy of which was secured by photograph and is 
here below reproduced: 




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The signatures to this receipt shows that he spelled his name Thacher. 



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From the papers of Rufus Lincoln, we obtain the following extract, viz.: 
"October 13th, 1776. The Action on Lake Champlain. The Americans 
were defeated and lost, killed (wounded and prisoners) & General Water- 
bury a brigadier in the Militia and Captain Thatcher and about 68 privates 
were made prisoners." 

From a return of American officers and other prisoners on Long Island, 
Augnst 15th, 1778, we have the following extract, viz.: 

* * * * * * 

"Captain Thatcher 'E ' (i. e. Exchanged) Conn. Militia, taken October 
13th, 1776, on Lake Champlain." 

* * * :K * * 

From which it appears that previous to August 15th, 1778, Captain 
John^ Thacher had been exchanged ; that is to say had been released from 
his parole upon the delivery to the British forces one of their adherents 
who had been held in custody by the Americans in exchange for the liberty 
and person of Captain John** Thacher. This probably was the termination 
of the military career of Captain John*' Thacher. 

From "Connecticut Men in the Revolutionary War" we obtain the 
following extracts, viz. : 

Page 629. "Individual Records. John Thatcher, Captain of Navy on 
Lake Champlain, taken prisoner October, 1776, with General Waterbury." 

Page 649. "Invalid pensioners, residence not stated, John Thatcher." 
Which latter statement is in accordance with family tradition; which is 
to the effect that Captain John« Thacher was a pensioner, although no 
official record of his pension can be located either in the Archives of 
Connecticut or in those of the United States. 

The above quoted extracts prove conclusively that Captain John' 
Thacher served as a Captain of the Navy in the Revolutionary War and 
that he was wounded and captured October nth, 1776, at the battle of 
Valcour's Island on Lake Champlain; that he was subsequently paroled 
and exchanged. After his capture and parole and exchange he probably 
returned to his home; and in 1777, it is probable that his ist wife Ann 
Perry died at or subsequent to birth of her last child Elizabeth. He mar- 
ried a 2nd time to Mehitable (Uflford) Thompson, widow of Lieut. Wil- 
liam Thompson who was killed at the battle of Ridgefield, Conn., April 
27th, 1777. The exact date of his 2nd marriage has not been ascertained ; 
but as Lieut. William Thompson died April 27th, 1777, and, as Anthony 
ist' Thacher, the ist child of Captain John* Thacher by Mehitable 
(Ufford) Thompson was born January 27th, 1779, it follows in the natural 
course of nature that he married the widow Thompson previous to April 
27th, 1778 (9 months previous to birth of Anthony ist'^ Thacher), and 
subsequent to April 27th, 1777 (the date of death of Lieut. William 
Thompson). He was initiated a Freemason in Stratford, Conn., November 
4th, 1779; and was Master of St. John's Lodge Free and Accepted Masons 
at Stratford, 1780-84 and 1788-90. Which shows that he had taken up his 
residence in Stratford as early as 1779. His name first appears on the 
Stratford Land Records in February, 1781, and the records there show 
that he was living in Stratford as late as 1790. On February 20th, 1781, 
he received title to one (i) acre of land in Stratford with a good barn 
located at a place called the "old mill" ; and later, March ist, 1784, he 
conveys said land above described as well as a house known as Thacher's 
Bake House in Stratford to George Smith for ^28-15-4; and in said deed 
he is described as late of the town of Stratford and now of the City of 
New York." Hence it would seem that he lived in New York City for a 
time. In 1790 (June 13th), John Thacher and his wife Mehitable deed 
30 acres by quit claim both being then described as of Stratford, Conn. 

The Probate Records of Stratford, Conn., covering the date of his 
death in 1805 are filed in Bridgeport, Conn., and the only reference we 
there find as to the settlement of his estate is as follows, viz. : 



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"At a Court of Probate held at Stratford, Conn., the 4th day fo Feb- 
ruary, 1805, Victory Wetmore is appointed Administrator on the estate 
of John Thatcher, late of Stratford, Conn., deceased, and gave bonds 
according to law. (See Vol. V, Stratford Probate Records.) 

Test. Joseph Walker, Clerk." 

A search of the records for a period of thirty years thereafter does 
not disclose any inventory or accounting on the part of the Administrator ; 
and it is made evident that Captain John^ Thacher left no will. 

Ancestry of Ann Perry, ist wife of Captain John^ Thacher : 

1. Richard Perry, a settler in Fairfield, Conn., in 1649, and who died in 

1657 or 1658, had a son 

2. Nathaniel Perry of Fairfield, Conn., born ; died 1681 ; mar- 

ried Hester Lyon (daughter of Richard Lyon of Fairfield, Conn., 
as early as 1649, and whose will is dated April 12, 1678, whose 

home in Fairfield was on Barlow's Plain), born ; died ; 

and by her had a son 

3. Joseph Perry, of Fairfield, Conn., born , about 1676; renewed cov- 

enant at Fairfield Church, February nth, 171 1; died Fairfield, 
Conn., August 9th, 1753, in the 77th year of his age, and was 
buried there in Old Burying Ground; he married ist Sarah 
Bulkley, daughter of John Bulkley; 2nd Deborah (Burr) Whelp- 
ley, widow of Joseph Whelpley, and daughter of Daniel Burr of 
Fairfield; 3rd Mary Cluckstone (daughter of Michael Cluckstone 
and granddaughter of Rev. Samuel Wakeman), who after the 
death of Joseph Perry married 2nd to Thomas Edmunds. Mary 

Cluckstone was born , 1697-8; and died November 8th, 1773, 

aged 75. Joseph Perry's house in which he lived in Fairfield was 
in 1882 the oldest house in Fairfield. By his 3rd wife he had 
amongst others, 2 children. 

1. Esther Perry bapt. Fairfield, Conn., June 15, 1712, who married 
Commodore John Cannon of Norfolk, Conn., at whose home in 
Norwalk, Selleck, in his History of Norivalk, suggests that 
Captain John* Thacher met her niece Ann Perry who became 
the 1st wife of said John* Thacher. 

2. Michael Perry bapt. Fairfield, Conn., October 29th, 1721. 

4. Michael (Mich or Micha) Perry, bapt. Fairfield, October 29th, 1721 ; 

d. ; md. at Fairfield, Conn., December 8th, 1742, to Grace 

Sturges (daughter of Peter and Hannah (Jennings) Sturges of 
Fairfield, Conn.), bapt. Fairfield, Conn., March 8th, 1723-4; d. 
; had a daughter 

5. Ann Perry, baptized Fairfield, Conn., February 19th, 1743-4. 

Ancestry of Mehitable Ufford, 2nd wife of Captain John* 
Thacher. 

1. Thomas Uflford (or Uffoot) came from England to America in 1632, 

with his wife Isabel, on the ship "Lion" with three children. 
They landed in Boston where he was made a freeman that same 
year. He was in Milford, Conn., as early as January, 1645-6, 
where he and his wife joined the church. He died in Stratford, 
Conn., in 1660, leaving an estate of ^289-12-7. They had 2 sons 
and I daughter, born in England, viz. : 

I, Thomas; 2. John; 3. A daughter who married Roger Terrell 
of Milford. 

2. John Ufford, b. , in England; died ; he lived in Stratford, 

Conn. He married ist , about 1655, to Hannah Hawley, who 

secured a divorce from him in or before 1657, when on the 2Sth 
of the 3rd month, 1657, she married 2nd to John Beard. He 
married 2nd to Martha Nettleton (daughter of Samuel Nettleton 



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of Branford, Conn.), and after living sometime in Milford, Conn., 
he removed to Stratford. He had by his 2nd wife a son 

3. Lieut. Samuel Ufford, born Stratford, Conn., January 21st, 1670; died 

December 30th, 1746, at Stratford, Conn., and was buried there 
in the Congregational Burying-ground gravestone; he married 
December 5th, 1694, to Elizabeth Curtis (daughter of Joseph and 
Bethiah (Booth) Curtis of Stratford, Conn.), born January 17th, 
1677, at Stratford, Conn.; died ; he had a son 

4. Ebenezer Ufford, born , 1719; died ; married November 17th, 

1743, to Jane Moss (daughter of John and Jane ( ) Moss of 

Stratford, Conn.). They had a daughter 

5. Mehitable Ufford, born March i6th, 1745; died September 6th, 1807, 

at Litchfield, Conn., married ist October 14th, 1762, to Lieut. Wil- 
liam Thompson (son of John and Mehitable (Webb) Thompson 
of Stratford, Conn.), born October 29th, 1742, at Stratford, Conn.; 
died April 27th, 1777, killed at battle of Ridgefield, Conn., on that 
date, and was buried in Stratford, Conn., in the Congregational 
Burying-ground; and by him she had 7 children. She married 
2nd as given above to Captain John^ Thacher. 

Moss Ancestry of Mehitable (Ufford) Thompson-Thacher : 

1. John Moss, born ; at ; died February 8th, 1721-2, at Stratford. 

Conn. ; he married , at , to Jane , who died September 

28th, 1742. He came to Stratford, Conn., from Jamaica, Long 
Island, N. Y. ; but he is supposed to have been born in New 
Haven, Conn., and to have been the son of Joseph Moss and 
grandson of John Moss an original settler of New Haven. They 
had a daughter 

2. Jane Moss, born May 22nd, 1722 (posthumous) ; who married No- 

vember 17th, 1743, to Ebenezer Ufford and had a daughter 

3. Mehitable Ufford, born March i6th, 174S; died September 6th, 1807, 

who married ist Lieut. William Thompson, and 2nd Capt. John" 
Thacher. 

Owing to the close family associations and business affiliations which 
existed throughout life between Isaac Thompson and his half brothers 
DanieF and Anthony'^ Thatcher, I have deemed it desirable for the benefit 
more especially of the descendants of Anthony''' Thacher of New London, 
Conn., to here introduce a sketch of the Thompson Ancestry of the said 
Isaac Thompson, viz. : 

1. John Thompson, came from England, married Mirabel , in Eng- 

land; settled in Stratford, Conn., in 1640 among the ist settlers. 
He died in 1678. His will was dated in July and his inventory 
taken in August of that year. If, as some of his descendants 
think, he was the John "Tomson," aged 22, who came over in 
1635 in the Elisabeth and Ann, he was at the time of his death 
65 years old. His wife Mirabel died April 13th, 1690. They had 
a son 

2. Ambrose Thompson, born January (or June), 1651-2, at Stratford, 

Conn.; died September 6th (or 7th), 1742, aged 90 (aged 92 ac- 
cording to G. S.), and was buried at Stratford in Congregational 

Burying-ground, gravestone; he married , at , to Sarah 

Welles (daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bourne) Welles of 
Stratford, Conn.), born at Stratford, Conn., September 28th, 1659; 
died at Stratford, Conn., March 23rd, 1730, aged about 71 years 
and was buried in Congregational Burying-ground there, grave- 
stone. Sarah, his wife, owned the covenant in 1697-8 and was 
admitted to full communion April 9th, 1699. It is possible that 
Sarah Welles was his 2nd wife owing to the fact that the records 
in 1698 and subsequently to 1705 speak of Sarah, now wife of 



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Ambrose Thompson, suggesting a possible ist marriage. Sarah 
Welles was however the mother of his children. They had 

3. John Thompson, born , 1680, at Stratford, Conn.; died July 20th. 

1765, in his 8sth year, at Stratford, Conn., and was buried there 
in Congregational Burying-ground, gravestone; he married ist 
November 15th, 1705, to Ruth Curtis (daughter of Benjamih and 
Esther (Judson) Curtis), born January nth, 1683; died April 
23rd, 1721. He married 2nd November 30th, 1721, to Martha 
(Blagge) De Forest (widow of David De Forest of Stratford and 

daughter of Samuel and Mary ( ) Blagge of Stratford, 

Conn.), born , 1677; d. February 7th, 1740, in 63rd year of 

her age, and was buried in Congregational Burying-ground, Strat- 
ford, Conn. He had by his ist wife a son 

4. John Thompson, born April ist, 1717, at Stratford, Conn.; died ; 

married ist December — , 1739, at , to Mehitable Booth 

(daughter of Deacon Joseph and Hannah (Willcoxson) Booth of 

Stratford, Conn, (born , at ; died , 1740) ; he married 

2nd July 7th, 1741, at Fairfield, Conn., to Mrs. Mehitable Webb, 
b. ; d. ; and by this 2nd marriage he had 

5. William Thompson, born October 29th, 1742, at Stratford, Conn. ; 

died April 27th, 1777, killed at the battle of Ridgefield, Conn., 
and was buried in the Congregational Burying-ground, Stratford, 
Conn. He married October 14th, 1762, at Stratford, Conn., to 
Mehitable Ufford (daughter of Ebenezer and Jane (Moss) Ufford, 
of Stratford, Conn., and after his death his widow became the 
2nd wife of Captain John^ Thacher. William Thompson was a 
Lieutenant in the military service and was killed at the battle of 
Ridgefield, Conn. On May 4th, 1777, the Sunday after the burial 
of Lieut. William Thompson, Rev. Izrahiah Wetmore preached a 
funeral sermon in his memory on the text Isaiah ix:s, which 
sermon was in the possession of Wetmore family in 1861. 
Children: 6 (Thompson), 5 sons and i daughter, all born in Strat- 
ford, Conn. 

1. John, born July 17th, 1763; died ; married Ellis Benjamin, 

2. William, born August nth, 1765; died December 14th, 1812; 

married Phebe Lewis. 

3. Isaac, 1st, born March 27th, 1768; died August 20th, 1775, ^t 

Stratford, Conn., and was buried there. 

4. Joseph, born October 22nd, 1769 ; died ; married Helen Curtiss. 

5. Mary, baptized , 1773; died ; married Charles Butler 

of Litchfield, Conn. 

6. Isaac, 2nd, born August 24th, 1775; died March 2nd, 1852, in New 

London; he married ist January 5th, 1800, Catherine 
Mumford (daughter of John and Lucretia (Christophers) 
Mumford of Lyme (Salem) Conn.), she was born Aug^ust 
22nd, 1777 ; died August 20th, 1816, aged 39. He married 
2nd June 24th, 181 7, to Sarah (Sally) Christophers 
(daughter of Peter and Abigail (Miller) Christophers of 

New London, Conn.), born March 21st, 1782, died . 

Authorities : 

Family Bible of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher of Norwalk. Conn. 

Selleck's Norwalk, pp. 410, 456, 457, and p. 13 note. 

Hinds' History of Fairfield Co., Conn. 

Orcutt's History of Stratford and Bridgeport, Conn., generally 
throughout. 

Savage's Gen. Diet., Vol. Ill, p. 305. 

Hawley Record, pp. 436-438. 

Thompson MSS. Genealogy. 

Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. VI, p. 35. 

Connecticut Historical Society Collections, Vol. VII, p. 283. 



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271. Hannah^ Thacher (Capt. Josiah/ Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Norwalk, Conn., 

, after 1735; died , at ; married , at 

(Norwalk, Conn., probably), to John Banks, born , at 

; died , at . I have been unable to obtain any 

definite record of this couple and their possible descendants 
beyond the following fragmentary facts which may aid some 
one of their descendants in the future to connect with their 
Thacher ancestory. Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., 
states on page 452, that Hannah^ Thacher was Mrs. John 
Banks, of Rhinebeck, N. Y., but I have been unable to find 
any record of her or her husband there. There is a deed 
recorded in Norwalk, dated August 2nd, 1775, in which 
Ebenezer Street deeds to John Banks. In the distribution of 
the estate of Captain Josiah^ Thacher, of Norwalk (father of 
Hannah*^ Thacher), under date of August 6th, 1798, Hannah 
Banks, his daughter, is allotted £28-14-02; showing her to 
be alive on that date and either the wife or widow of John 
Banks ; and from the phraseology of the distribution which 
says "Hannah, wife of John Banks," it would seem that John 
Banks was himself also alive on that date. In the auto- 
biographical diary of the Rev. William^ Thacher (Daniel,® 
Capt. Josiah^), he speaks of having been in Petersburgh, Va., 
in 1791-3, as foreman for his cousin, John Banks, a tailor in 
that town. Now if John Banks, who married Hannah® 
Thacher had by her a son John, said John Banks would nat- 
urally be the first cousin of Rev. William'' Thacher. There 
were families of Banks in Fairfield, Conn., and in Greenwich, 
Conn., but I have not been able to connect the John Banks 
who married Hannah* Thacher with any of them. 

Authorities : 
Selleck's Norwalk, p. 452. 
Street Genealogy, p. 19. 

272. Elizabeth® Thacher (Capt. Josiah,® Deacon Josiah,* Hon. 

Col, John,3 Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born , after 1735, at 

Norwalk, Conn.; died , at ; she married, first, 

(previous to March 20th, 1778, as on that date both she and 
her first husband, Thomas Hill, were witnesses to the will of 
Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher), at (Norwalk, Conn., prob- 
ably), to Thomas Hill, of New Haven, born , at 

(Fairfield, Conn., probably) ; died (previous to May 6th, 

1783, as on that date his widow married a second time at 
Stratford, Conn., to John Blackleach and also previous to 
March 31st, 1782, as he is spoken of as deceased on that 

date), at (Fairfield, Conn., probably). She married, 

second, at Stratford, Conn., May 6th, 1783 (she being then 
described as of Fairfield, Conn.), to John Blackleach, of 

Stratford (Huntington), Conn. He was born , at ; 

died (between April 4th, 1820, ,and May 15th, 1820), 



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at (Stratford, Huntington, Conn., probably). His 

parentage is unknown to me. 

Children, first marriage (Hill), none that are known of. 

Children, second marriage (Blackleach), none that are known 

of. 

Selleck's History of Norzvalk, Conn., p. 452, is incorrect 
in its statement that she married, first, John Blackleach and 

second, to Hill, of New Haven. She married as I have 

above stated, first to Thomas Hill and second to John Black- 
leach, as proven by the documents above referred to. 

As regards the Thomas Hill whom she married as her 
first husband, I have been unable to determine to my own 
satisfaction who he was, but the following notes I have col- 
lected on the matter may be a guide to some future student 
of the matter. Thomas^ Hill, a mariner, lived at Fairfield, 
Conn. ; in 1686 he purchased in London one-half interest in 
a vessel called the Two Brothers of 32 tons burthen for £.72; 
and, while on a long voyage from home, he left his estate in 
trust with Elias Dougherty and Jacob Walker, of Long Isl- 
and. He married , 1685, to Abigail Wakeman (only 

daughter of Izbon and Hannah ( ) Wakeman, of New 

Haven), born , at ; died , at . Izbon Wake- 
man died in 1683 ; and his widow married, second, in 1685, 
to Captain Joseph Bastard. 
Children: 2 (Hill), sons, and no doubt others. 

i. Thomas.^ 

ii. Benjamin,^ baptized November 3rd, 1695. 

Thomas^ Hill, born , at (Fairfield, Conn., prob- 
ably), died , at (Fairfield, Conn., probably). He 

lived at Fairfield, Conn., probably, as his children were all 
baptized there and his wife Mary renewed covenant with the 
church there June 25th, 1720, and she is buried there in old 
burying-ground ; gravestone. He married , at ( Fair- 
field, Conn., probably), to Mary Burr (daughter of John 
Burr (born May 2nd, 1673, at Fairfield, Conn.; died Novem- 
ber — , 1705, at Fairfield, inventory filed November 6th, 1705; 

distribution ordered May 6th, 1708), and Elizabeth , 

(born , at ; died , at ), of Fairfield, Conn., 

born October 24th, 1694, baptized at Fairfield, Conn., March 
31st, 1695 (on which date her mother EHzabeth renewed 
covenant with church), at Fairfield, Conn.; died December 
19th, 1763, aged 69 years, i month, 26 days, at Fairfield, Conn., 
and is buried there in old burying-ground ; gravestone. She 
renewed covenant with church at Fairfield, June 25th, 1720. 
Children: 9 (Hill), 3 sons and 6 daughters, all baptized at 

Fairfield. 

i, Abigail,^ baptized June 5th, 1720, "dau. of Mr. 
Thomas Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 484. 



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ii. Thaddeus/ baptized June 26th, 1720, "dau. of Mr. 

Thomas Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 484. 
iii. Mary, ist,^ baptized November nth, 1722, "dau. of 

Mr. Thomas Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 485. 
iv. Mary, 2nd,^ baptized August 9th, 1724, "dau. of Mr. 

Thomas Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 485. 
V. Elizabeth,^ baptized January 9th, 1726-7, "dau. of 

Thomas and Mary Hill," Schenck, Vol. I, p. 379. 
vi. Anne,^ baptized May nth, 1729, "dau. of Thomas 

and Mary Hill," Schenck, Vol. I, p. 379. 
vii. Thomas,^ baptized December 12th, 1731, "son of 

Thomas and Mary Hill," Schenck, Vol. I, p. 379. 
viii. Sarah, 2 baptized August 25th, 1734, "dau. of Thomas 

and Mary Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 489. 
ix. Andrew,^ baptized October 25th, 1739, "son of 

Thomas and Mary Hill," Schenck, Vol. II, p. 491. 

The above list of children are recorded in the Greenfield and 
Fairfield Parish Registers. Thomas- Hill is styled Captain in the 
Greenfield Parish Register. Captain Thomas^ Hill was a represen- 
tative to the General Assembly from Fairfield, Conn., May 13th, 
1756, and May 12th, 1758. (See Schenck, Vol. II, pp. 109, 208.) 
Thomas Hill, Esq., was Sheriff of Fairfield County, Conn., in Feb- 
ruary, 1759. 

Thomas^ Hill, Jr., born , 1731 (baptized December 12th, 

1731), at Fairfield, Conn,; died , before October — , 1766; for 

in that month and year Thomas Fitch, Jr., administrator of the 
estate of Thomas Hill, Jr., makes a memorial to the General As- 
sembly as regards the settlement of Thomas Hill's estate request- 
ing authority to sell land to pay debts and provide for his widow. 
He married at Fairfield, Conn., January 27th, 1757, to Ellen Sturges 

(see Bailey's Conn. Marriages, Vol, VI, p. 37), born , at ; 

died , at . 

From the above we see that Thomas Hill,^ Jr., died previous 
to October, 1766, session of the General Assembly, and therefore 
could not be the Thomas Hill who was the husband of Elizabeth' 
Thacher on March 20th, 1778, when they both as husband and wife 
witnessed the will of Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher. 

From the Conn. Colonial Records, Vol. XIII, we have the rec- 
ords of Thomas Hill as guardian of the Indians and Justice of the 
Peace for Fairfield, Conn., up to as late as 1770. This must have 
been Capt. Thomas- Hill. Now the records of the burials in the 
old Burying-ground, Fairfield, Conn., give the gravestone of Mary, 
wife of Thomas Hill, Esq., and states that she died December 19th, 
1763, aged 69 years, i month, 26 days. There is no record, how- 
ever, of the death or burial of said Thomas^ Hill, hence it is pos- 
sible that he may have married a second time after death of his 
first wife Mary, to Elizabeth® Thacher. This, however, seems un- 
likely, as he was born (probably) before his first wife Mary, i. e., 
before October 24th, 1694, and Elizabeth' Thacher was not born 



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until after 1735 ; and if Thomas^ Hill married her as his second wife 
after December 19th, 1763, she was over 41 years younger than he 
was, which while possible is yet an improbable conjecture. 

From the Burial Inscriptions of the Old Fairfield, Conn., Bury- 
ing-ground, p. 103, we secure the following inscription: — "Here 
lyes inter'd the body of Doctr Thomas Hill, who died March 8th, 
A. D., 1781, in the 36th year of his age." This Doctor Thomas 
Hill was neither the Thomas' nor Thomas^ Hill mentioned above, 
as his date of birth, 1745, renders that impossible. I do not know 
who this Doctor Thomas Hill was, but he was alive on March 20th, 
1778, when Thomas Hill and his wife Elizabeth'' (Thacher) Hill wit- 
nessed the will of Stephen Greenleaf*' Thacher, and he (Doctor 
Thomas Hill) died March 8th, 1781, in time for his widow (if he 
had one) to marry, second, on May 6th, 1783, to John Blackleach; 
and moreover he was dead in 1782 in which year Thomas Hill, 
husband of Elizabeth^ Thacher, is spoken of as deceased. The 
exact date of birth of Elizabeth® Thacher is not known, but she 
was a daughter of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher by his second wife, and 
hence must have been born after 1735; and in the list of the chil- 
dren of Capt. Josiah^ Thacher she is always placed after Capt. John^ 
Thacher, born July 25th, 1742, and before Stephen Greenleaf® 

Thacher, who was born , 1748. Hence, we see that probably 

she was born about 1745, the year of birth of the above Doctor 
Thomas Hill, and was of a proper age to become his wife. 

From all of the above I am inclined to believe that the Doctor 
Thomas Hill who died May 8th, 1781, at Fairfield, and who was 
buried there, was the first husband of Elizabeth® Thacher; espe- 
cially as in her marriage at Stratford, Conn., on May 6th, 1783, 
she is stated to be a widow from Fairfield, Conn. She was prob- 
ably married in Stratford, while visiting her brother. Captain John® 
Thacher, who was then living at Stratford with his second wife 
Mehitable (Ufiford) Thompson-Thacher. 

Of John Blackleach, the second husband of Elizabeth® 
(Thacher) Hill, I have been unable to ascertain the parentage or the 
date and place of his birth. He was, however, a brother of Hud- 
son Blackleach. His will was dated April 4th, 1820, and proved 
May 15th, 1820; hence he must have died between those dates. 
Said will is filed in Bridgeport, among the Stratford Probate Rec- 
ords, Vol. VI, 1819-20, pages 5CX) and 515; in it he is described as 
of Huntington, Conn, (formerly part of Stratford), and he leaves 
all his property to his niece Charity Apame Blackleach (daughter 
of Hudson Blackleach). From the fact that his wife Elizabeth® 
(Thacher) Hill-Blackleach is not mentioned in the will, it is fair 
to presume that she died previous to his death; and from the fact 
that he leaves all of his property to his niece, it is to be presumed 
that he died childless. 

Authorities : 
Selleck's Norwalk, p. 452. 

Schenck's History of Fairfield, Conn., Vol. I, p. 379; Vol. II, pp. 109, 
208, 466, 484, 48s, 489, 491. 

Burr Genealogy, pp. 133, 137. 



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273- Stephen Greenleaf" Thacher (Capt. Josiah,^ Deacon Jo- 

siah/ Hon. Col. John/ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born , 

1748 (about), at Norwalk, Conn.; died , 1782 (about), at 

Amsterdam (?), Holland, and was presumably buried there. 
He was a mariner and his home was at Norwalk, Conn. He 
married March 5th, 1778, at Fairfield (Green's Farms), Conn., 

to Anna Piatt (born, at ; died , at ). She 

was a daughter of Joseph Piatt (born September 9th, 1706 
(or 1716) ; died March — , 1777, Yale College, 1733), and 
Hannah (Whitman) Piatt (daughter of Zachariah Whitman 
by his third wife), of Norwalk, Conn. 

Children: (Thacher), none that are known of. 

No record that I am aware of gives the exact date of birth 
of Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher. Among my notes, according to 
some authority which I have failed to record, I find the statement 
that, — "Stephen Greenleaf^ Thacher was a mariner; he died at the 
age of 34; he sailed on a brig from Boston for Holland, by way of 
the North of Scotland, the port of destination being Amsterdam, 
Holland. The ship returned safely with the news that Stephen 
Greenleaf^ Thacher, had died in Holland." The inventory of his 
estate was filed December 12th, 1782, this being the earliest date in 
the settling of his estate. The year 1782, less 34 years, his age at 
death, places his approximate date of birth 1748, which date of 
birth is in accordance with the order of birth of the children of 
Captain Josiah'^ Thacher as given by Selleck in his History of Nor- 
walk. I imagine that he died a year or so prior to 1782, say 1779, 
or 1780. 

From the Connecticut Hist. Soc. Collections, Vol. VIH., "Revo- 
lutionary Rolls and List, 1775-1783," p. 235, we have the following 
extract : — 

"Payroll of Captain Frederick Chapel's Company of seamen 
raised in the State of Connecticut for Naval Service on the lakes 
on the Northern Department commencing on the day of their enlist- 
ment and ending the 25th day of September, 1776. 

"Stephen Greenleaf Thacher, Lieutenant, entered service Aug- 
ust i8th, 1776." 

From which it would appear that he served his country on 
the Lake Champlain expedition, and that he possibly was present 
at the battle of Valcour's Island with his brother Captain John* 
Thacher. 

The following is an abstract of his will : — 

"Will of Stephen Greenleaf Thacher, at present in good health 
and enjoying ye free exercise of reason" — "just debts & funeral 
expenses to be paid out of moveable estate, and remainder to well 
beloved wife Anna to be her own forever. To wife Anna use of 
all Real Estate from decease of my honored father. If wife Anna 
has a child by testator, she is to have 1/3 of dower; but, before 
estate is distributed, an orphan child of testator's brother Daniel, 



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deceased, viz: William Thacher to be given £50 out of personal 
estate, "out of affection to whom I bestow the legacy." If wife die, 
without bearing a child to testator, or said child die without issue, 
then William Thacher above mentioned to inherit. Wife Anna 
and Thaddeus Betts of Norwalk to be executors. Dated March 
20th, 1778." 

(sgd) STEPHEN G THACHER 
Witnesses : — 
Thomas Hill 
Elizabeth Hill 
Deborah Whitney 

"There personally appeared Deborah Keeler, late Deborah 
Whitney, wife to Isaac Keeler, who witnessed signature Thomas 
Hill, another witness, now deceased, before me, 

(sgd) THADDEUS BETTS 

Justice of the Peace." 
Norwalk, Ct., March 31st, 1782. 

This is the will referred to in the record of Elizabeth® Thacher- 
Hill, No. 272 ; and as then stated, proves Thomas Hill, her husband, 
to have been alive March 20th, 1778, and to have been dead on 
March 31st, 1782. 

From Fairfield County, Conn., Probate Records, Estate of 
Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher:— 

''Inventory proved by Doctor Thaddeus Betts, Esq., February 
3rd, 1783; amount £7-9-6. Certified to by Stephen St. John and 
Jesse Raymond, both appraisers under oath, dated Norwalk, De- 
cember I2th, 1782 (outside of paper endorsed, 1783). 

The estate of Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher, administrator's ac- 
count dated February 3rd, 1783, covers both sides of paper about 
8 X 15 inches, and is signed 

(sgd) ANN THACHER, Executrix 
(sgd) THADDEUS BETTS, Executor 

Dated Norwalk, Conn., February 12th, 1783. 

Final settlement of estate was made June 21st, 1784, and on 
that same date Thaddeus Betts of Norwalk, was appointed guar- 
dian of William Thacher, a minor, who was a beneficiary under 
the will of Stephen Greenleaf® Thacher. 

From all of the above it would appear that Stephen Greenleaf" 
Thacher married March 5th, 1778 (possibly, 1778-9), and imme- 
diately thereafter March 20th, 1778 (or 1779), made a will in favor 
of his wife and any possible child to be born, and otherwise in favor 
of his nephew William^ Thacher, he being on the eve of departure 
on a long sea voyage ; he subsequently departed on said voyage and 
died while on said voyage in Amsterdam ( ?), Holland, and his wife 
had no issue by him. 

Anna (Piatt) Thacher, widow of Stephen Greenleaf Thacher, 
was married a second time at Fairfield, Conn., by the Rev. Andrew 



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Eliot of the First Congregational Church on March 3rd, 1785, to 

Captain Samuel Keeler, born , at ; died , at . He 

was a son of Matthew and Sarah (Scott) Keeler of Norwalk, Conn. 
Children: 3 (Keeler), sons. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Joseph, born October i8th, 1786; died , 1824, prob- 
ably in Norwalk, Conn. 

2. Charles, born April 6th, 1789; died ; settled in New 

York City and was there in 1812. 

3. Samuel, born March 17th, 1792; died . 

Authorities : 
Selleck's History of Norwalk, Conn., pp. 139-40-41, 175, 216-17, 208, 
227, 454- 

Hall's Norwalk, pp. 197, 238. 

Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. Ill, p. 159; Vol. VI, p. 43. 

Yale Biographies, Vol. 1701-1745, p. 485. 

Piatt Genealogy, p. 24. 

Savage Gen. Die, Vol. Ill, p. 444. 

312. Joseph « Hallet (AbigaiP Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., June 

25th, 1725; died , at . According to Hon. George 

Thacher's MSS Genealogy, p. 180, he died unmarried in the 
West Indies, but according to Otis' Barnstable Familes, Vol. 
I, p. 517, he married , 1745, at , to Mary Joyce. 

I have no further record of this family. 

Authorities : 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 180. 
Oti^ Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 517. 

313, Abigail^ Hallett (AbigaiP Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., June 
15th, 1727; died at Yarmouth, April 15th, 1790, aged 62, and 
was buried at Yarmouth, Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. 
She married at Yarmouth April 20th (or 30th), 1747, to 
Samuel Gorham, born at Yarmouth, Mass., January 3rd, 1722- 
3; baptized there August 20th, 1727; he lived at Yarmouth 
and died there May 12th, 1789, aged 66 and was buried there 
in Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. He was a son of Jo- 
siah Gorham (born Yarmouth, September 7th, 1692; died 
there April 2nd, 1775; married there March 15th, 1721-2)', 
and his second wife, Priscilla Sears (born Yarmouth, July 
1st, 1701; baptized Harwich, May 2nd, 1708; admitted Second 
Church, Yarmouth, August 6th, 1727; died ), of Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Gorham), 5 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 

Yarmouth, Mass. 

853 i. Joseph, ist,' bom ; died July 26th, 175 1, 

aged 5, at Yarmouth, and was buried there in 
Old Burying-ground; gravestone. 



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854 ii- Priscilla/ born ; died ; married , 

at , to Joshua Taylor, born ; died . 

Children: 6 (Taylor), 4 sons and 2 daughters. 

1. Lucy.* 4. Roland.* 

2. Joshua.* 5. George.* 

3. Nabby.* 6. Nathan.* 

855 iii. Isaac,^ born , 175 1 (about, see age at and date 

of death); died July nth, 1814, in his 63rd 
year, at Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old 
Burying-ground ; gravestone. He married, first, 
at Yarmouth, Mass. (probably), date of marriage 

, to Sarah* Thacher (No. 233), born June 

5th, 1749, at Yarmouth; died January 28th, 
1808-9, ^t Yarmouth, and was buried there in 
Old Burying-ground; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of Lieut. Peter^ Thacher, No. 80 (born 
August 24th, 1712; died August 22nd (or 21st), 
1775, and Anna (Lewis) Thacher (born Feb- 
ruary 3rd, 1715-16; died January 17th, 1784), of 
Yarmouth, Mass. Children: None. 

Isaac'' Gorham married, second, , at Yar- 
mouth, to Elizabeth (Hallett) Crowell (widow of 
Prince Crowell, who died at Yarmouth, March 
2 1st, 1807), bom February 23rd, 1769, at Yar- 
mouth; died March 26th, 1866, at Yarmouth, 
aged 97, and was buried there in Old Burying- 
ground ; gravestone. She was a daughter of Dea- 
con Isaac Hallett (born August 24th, 1742; died 
October 5th, 1814 ; married , 1761), and Eliza- 
beth (Eldridge) Hallett, born ; died March 

1st, 1 83 1, aged 86), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Child: I (Gorham), son. 

I. Isaac,* bom , 1813; died (see also 

No. 77oy2). 

856 iv. Joseph,^ born ; died ; married , 

at , to Sally Taylor, born ; died . 

She was a daughter of Daniel Taylor (bom , 

1722, about; died March 24th, 1815, aged 93, at 
Yarmouth and buried there in Old Burying- 
ground; gravestone), and Elizabeth (bom 

; died Yarmouth, December 2nd, 1812, aged 

91, and buried there in Old Burying-ground; 

gravestone), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Gorham), i son and 6 daughters. 

1. Fanny.* 5. Sally.* 

2. Patty.* 6. Joseph.* 

3. Nancy.' 7. Abigail.* 

4. Betsey.' 



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858 V. AbigaiF (Nabby), born March 4th, 1760; died 

September 22nd, 1821, aged 62; married , 

1782, at , to Joseph* Thacher (No. 492), 

born Yarmouth, Mass., April i6th, 1759; died 

, at ; he lived at Yarmouth and was a 

master-mariner. He was a son of Joseph^ and 
Abigail (Hawes) Thacher of Yarmouth, Mass. 
(see record No. 140). 

Children: 8 (Thacher), 5 sons and 3 daughters, 
all born at Yarmouth, Mass. 

1. Daniel, ist,^ born November 8th, 1784; died 
August — , 1788, at Yarmouth, and was prob- 
ably buried there; no gravestone. 

2. Betsey, ist,* born January i6th, 1787; died 

-, 1798, at Yarmouth, and was probably 

buried there; no gravestone. 

3. Joseph,^ bom July 4th, 1789; died , 1823, 

at sea; married Phebe Gage. 

4. Samuel Gorham,^ born May 20th, 1792; died 
; married Eliza S . 

5. Daniel, 2nd,® born July 9th, 1793; died . 

6. Freeman,® bom June ist, 1796; died , 

previous to March ist, 1818, at sea; not mar- 
ried. 

7. Abigail® (Nabby), born July ist, 1798; died 

; married, first, Capt. Leonard Small; 

married, second, Henry Moore. 

8. Betsey, 2nd,® born July i6th, 1802; died ; 

married Rev. Currier. 

For continuation of the records of these chil- 
dren of Abigail (Gorham) Thacher, see the 
record of Joseph® Thacher (No. 492) and that of 
his children (Nos. 1052 to 1059, inclusive). 

859 vi. Samuel,'^ born , 1764, about; died Septem- 

ber 20th, 1790, aged 26, at Yarmouth, and was 
buried there in Old Burying-ground ; gravestone ; 
not married. 

Authorities : 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 424-5, Si4- 

Sears' Genealogy, by S. P. May, p. 67. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. LII, p. 360. 

Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 14, 31. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 623. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 41, 44, 59, 74. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 193-4. 

Hannah* Hallett (Abigail^ Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, October 23rd, 
1729; died Yarmouth, February 26th, 1790, and was buried 
there in old graveyard; gravestone. She married , 1751, 



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at Yarmouth, to Lieutenant Nathan Bassett, born Yarmouth, 

October 17th, 1725 ; died , at ; he Hved at Yarmouth, 

and at Barnstable in Hallett house, opposite Barnstable Bank. 

He was the son of Joseph Bassett (born ; died January 

6th, 1749-50; married December 3rd, 1719), and his second 

wife. Thankful Hallett (born ; died August 12th, 1736), 

of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Bassett), 5 sons and 2 daughters, all born in 

Yarmouth. 

860 i. John,^ born November 4th, 1753 ; died October 

9th, 1805, aged 52, lost on George's Island. Stone 
to his memory in Old Burying-ground, Yar- 
mouth. He was a mariner; he married , at 

Yarmouth, probably, to Elizabeth Taylor, born 

, 1756; died March 2nd, 1844, aged 88, at 

Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Burying- 
ground; gravestone. She was a daughter of 

Daniel Taylor (born , 1722 ; died March 24th, 

1815, aged 93), and his wife Elizabeth (born 

, 1731 ; died December 2nd, 1812, aged 91), 

of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 3 (Bassett), 2 sons and i daughter, all 

born at Yarmouth. 

1. Joseph,^ born August 13th, 1787; died Feb- 
ruary 8th, 1788, aged 5 months, 26 days, at 
Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Bury- 
ing-ground ; gravestone. 

2. John,^ born October 4th, 1792; died Decem- 
ber 6th, 1795, aged 3 years, 2 months, 2 days, 
and was buried there in Old Burying-ground ; 
gravestone. 

3. Hannah Hallett,® bom ; died July 2nd, 

1848 ; drowned, and was buried at Yarmouth, 
Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. Not mar- 
ried. 

861 ii. Thankful, ist,'' born November 3rd, 1756; died 

December 12th, 1762, at Yarmouth, aged 6 years, 
and was buried there in Old Burying-ground; 
gravestone. 

862 iii. Joseph,^ born February 13th, 1759; died . 

863 iv. Ebenezer,^ born May 24th, 1761 ; died . 

864 V. Thankful 2nd,^ born September 19th, 1763; died 

March 5th, 1843, at Yarmouth, in her 80th year, 
and was buried there in Old Burying-ground; 
gravestone. She married Ebenezer Taylor, born 

, 1760 (see age at and date of death), at 

Yarmouth; died March 4th, 1843, in his 83rd year, 
at Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Bury- 
ing-ground ; gravestone. 



THACHER -THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 

Part XV. 



GENEALOGICAI. RECORD OF 

ANTONY* THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

( Continued) 



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Children: 3 (Taylor), 2 sons and i daughter. 

1. Ebenezer,^ born ; died . 

2. Hannah,^ born ; died . 

3. Francis,® born ; died . 

865 vi. Francis,^ born January 14th, 1766 ; died . 

866 vii. Joshua,^ born August 7th, 1768; died May 28th, 

1836, aged 67 years, 9 months, at Yarmouth, and 
was buried there in Woodside Cemetery; grave- 
stone. He married , at , to Betsey B , 

born March — , 1772; died June 17th, 1850, aged 
78 years, 3 months, and was buried in Woodside 
Cemetery; gravestone. 

Children: 3 (Bassett), sons and perhaps other 
children, all born at Yarmouth. 

1. Ebenezer,* born December 9th, 1793; died 
September 4th, 1795, aged 20 months, 26 days, 
and was buried in Old Burying-ground, Yar- 
mouth; gravestone. 

2. Charles,^ born August — , 1796; died July 
6th, 1813, aged 16 years, 11 months; drowned, 
and was buried in Old Burying-ground, Yar- 
mouth; gravestone. 

3. Nathan,® born , 1813; died November 

13th, 1829, in i6th year at Yarmouth, and 
was buried there in Old Burying-ground; 
gravestone. 

Lieutenant Nathan Bassett married, -second, to Desire ( ) 

Crowell, widow of Prince Crowell, by whom he had no children. 

Amos Otis, in his Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 517, says that 
Hannah® Hallett married, first, on October 9th, 1775, to Josiah 
Gorham, and second, to Thomas Allyn; but gives no further record 
beyond this bare statement of fact. Hon. George Thacher, in his 
MSS. Thacher Genealogy, states positively that Hannah* Hallett 
(daughter of Joseph and AbigaiP (Thacher) Hallett, married 
Nathan Bassett; and Freeman, in his Cape Cod, p. 217, Vol. H, 
states that Nathan Bassett married Hannah Hallett; and again 
Ohs' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 50, states that Nathan Bassett 
married Hannah Hallett. So we see that there is some difference 
of statements as to whom Hannah® Hallett (Joseph^) married. 
The gravestone inscription of Hannah Bassett (wife of Lieutenant 
Nathan) reads as follows: "Hannah, wife of Lieutenant Nathan 
Bassett, died February 26th, 1790, in her 60th year," hence she was, 
according to her gravestone, born subsequent to February 26th, 
1730. Hannah Hallett, as we have above recorded, was born Oc- 
tober 23rd, 1729; so on February 26th, 1790, she would be 60 years, 
4 months, and 3 days old and therefore the gravestone of the wife 
of Lieut. Nathan Bassett does not agree with the date of birth as 



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given of Hannah® Hallett. Seth Hallett had a daughter, Hannah, 
born December 4th, 1731, who if she died on February 26th, 1790, 
would be in her 60th year provided the year 1790 meant 1790-1, 
it being February 26th. Hence the Hannah Hallett who married 
Nathan Bassett may have been the daughter of Seth Hallett and 
not the daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Thacher) Hallett; and 
Hannah** Hallett (No. 314) may, as Amos Otis says, in Vol. I, p. 
517, have married, first, on October 9th, 1755, to Josiah Gorham, 
and second, to Thomas Allyn. 

With this explanation, I have made the record as above given 
in view of the positive statement of Hon. George Thacher in his 
MSS. Thacher Genealogy, which authority may, however, be in 
error. 

Authorities : 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, pp. 49-50, 517-18. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 217. 

Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 9, 10, 31-2, 37. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 180,195. 

316. Elizabeth® Hallett (AbigaiP Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, April 

25th, 1734; died March 19th, 1764, at ; married , 

1757, at , to Prince Hawes, Jr. (as his first wife), born 

Yarmouth, April 15th, 1736; he was a mariner and died (lost 
at sea) December 14th, 1767. He was a son of Prince Hawes 
(born Yarmouth, December 29th, 1709; died Yarmouth, De- 
cember 8th, 1771 ; married July 17th, 1735), and Anna Hodge 

(born ; died March 4th, 1782), of Yarmouth, Mass., of 

which town Prince Hawes, Sr., was town clerk. 

Children: 3 (Hawes), i son and 2 daughters, all born at Yar- 
mouth. 

867 i. Joseph,' born October nth, 1758; died March 

17th, 1850; married Thankful Matthews. 

868 ii. Elizabeth,'^ born September 2nd, 1760; died ; 

married Elisha Hallett. 

869 iii. Abigail,' born September 19th, 1763 ; died May 

1 8th, 1764. 

Prince Hawes, Jr., married a second time at Yarmouth, 
October 17th, 1765, to Sarah^ Thacher (No. 145), born Yar- 
mouth, August 17th, 1737; died , at Falmouth. Mass. 

(probably). She was a daughter of Judah* Thacher (No. 51) 
by his wife, Sarah Crosby, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Child: I (Hawes), daughter, born at Yarmouth. 

870 iv. Anna,® born August 4th, 1766; died April loth, 

1782, aged 16, drowned, and was buried in Old 
Burying-ground, Yarmouth; gravestone. Not 
married. (See also No. 512.) 

Sarah^ (Thacher) Hawes, widow of Prince Hawes, Jr., 
married a second time , at , to Thomas Palmer (as 



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his second wife), born Falmouth, Mass.. February I2th, 1737-8; 
died Falmouth, April 25th, 1775, in his 38th year, and was 
buried there in old graveyard; gravestone. He was a son 
of Rev. Samuel Palmer (born August 8th, 1707, at Middle- 
boro, Mass.; died Falmouth, Mass., April 13th, 1775, in his 
68th year; married January 25th, 1736-7), and his first wife, 
Mercy (Baker) Palmer (born — ; died March 1st, 1750), ot 
Falmouth, Mass. Rev. Samuel Palmer's second wife was 
Mrs. Sarah Allen, whom he married in 1751. 

Child: I (Palmer), son born at Falmouth, Mass. 

871 i. Job,^ born August nth, 1772; died ; mar- 
ried , of Virginia. 

Thomas Palmer's first wife was Elizabeth^ Thacher (No. 
175), born at Yarmouth, March 28th, 1741-2; died December 
23rd, 1768, in her 27th year, at Falmouth, and was buried 
there in old Burying-ground. She was a daughter of 
Thomas* Thacher (No. 57) by his wife. Thankful Baxter. 

Children: 2 (Palmer), both born at Falmouth Mass. 

601 i. Matty,^ born October 20th, 1766. 

602 ii. Thomas,® born August 20th, 1767. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 38. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 202, 221. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 517. 
Yarmouth Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 21, 22. 
Hawes Family MSS. Record (N, Y. Pub. Lib.) p. 5. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

320. Elizabeth** Thacher (John,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,- Rev. Peter^), born at Barnstable, February 29th, 
1735-6; died April 30th, 1806, in the 71st year of her age, at 
Plymouth, Mass., and was buried there on Burial Hill ; grave- 
stone. She married, first, at Barnstable, July 24th, 1766 (or 

1765), to Capt. Hezekiah Jackson, born Plymouth, , 1738; 

died at Plymouth, February 6th, 1768, in his 30th year. He 
lived at Plymouth and was a sea captain. He was a son of 

Thomas Jackson (born , 1700; died July loth, 1775, ae 75 ; 

married , 1724), and his wife, Hannah Woodworth of 

Little Compton, R. L), (born , 1708; died January 21st, 

1778, aged 70), of Plymouth. 

Child: I (Jackson), daughter, born at Plymouth. 

+872. i. Elizabeth,'^ born , 1768; died ; married 

Thomas Sturgis, of Barnstable. 

Elizabeth^ (Thacher) Jackson, widow of Hezekiah Jackson, 

married a second time, at Plymouth, , 1772, to Eleazer 

Stephens (or Stevens) (as his third wife), born at Plymouth, 

, 1723; died at Plymouth, September 5th, 1785, in his 

63rd year, and was buried there on Burial Hill. He was a 



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son of Edward Stephens (born , 1678; died July 30th, 

1756), and Mary Churchill (born ; died January 25th, 

1723-4), of Plymouth, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Stephens), daughters, both born at Plymouth. 

+873 ii. Sarah,^ born , 1772; died ; married 

Freeman Bartlett. 

874 iii. Hannah,^ born , 1776; died August 28th, 

1801, in her 25th year, at Plymouth, and was 
buried there on Burial Hill ; gravestone ; not mar- 
ried. 

Eleazer Stephens married, first, at Plymouth, October 29th, 

1747, to Sarah Sylvester, born Plymouth, , 1721 ; died at 

Plymouth, October 28th, 1763, in her 43rd year and was buried 
there on Burial Hill. She was a daughter of Joseph and Mercy 
(Holmes) Sylvester, of Plymouth. Eleazer Stephens married, sec- 
ond, at Plymouth, February 9th, 1766, to Susannah (Cobb) Syl- 
vester (daughter of Ephraim and Margaret ( ) Cobb, of Ply- 
mouth, and widow of Joseph Sylvester), born , 1731 ; died 

December 30th, 1766, in the 37th year of her age, and was buried 
on Burial Hill, Plymouth ; gravestone. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 64, 160-1, 252-3, 256-7, 259. 
Plymouth Burial Hill Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. ill, 233-34. 
Early Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, pp. 10, 20. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

321. Abigail^ Thacher (John,^ Col. John,^ Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony/ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, March 20th, 1738; 

died , at ; she married at Barnstable, November 24th, 

1763, to John Gray, born at Barnstable, July 2nd, 1740; died 

, I799(?), at Barnstable (probably). He resided at 

Barnstable, Mass., and was a Lieut, in Revolutionary War, in 
Col. Brewer's Mass. Regiment. He was a son of Elisha Gray 

(born November 29th, 171 1, at Harwich, Mass.; died ; 

married August 12th, 1739), and his wife Susannah (Sturgis) 
Davis (born May lOth, 1709, at Barnstable; died December 
19th, 1768, at BarnstalDle), of Barnstable, Mass. Susannah 
Sturgis was a daughter of Edward Sturgis (see Otis' Barn- 
stable Fatnilies, Vol. I, p. 284). She married ist, November 
17th, 1726, to Thomas Davis of Barnstable, Mass. (born at 
Barnstable, October ist, 1706; died April 9th, 1738). Thomas 
Davis, her ist husband, was a son of John Davis (born 

Barnstable, Sept. 2nd, 1681; died 29th, 1736, aged 58; 

married August 13th, 1705), and his wife Mehitable Dimmock 

(born ; died May — , 1775, aged 89), of Barnstable, 

Mass. Elisha Gray was a son of John and Susanna (Clark) 
Gray of Harwich, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Gray), daughters, both born at Barnstable. 



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+875 i- Elizabeth,'' born March 24th, 1764; died March 

29th, 1845 ; married Abial Love joy, as his second 

wife (see also No. 576). 
+876. ii. Susannah,^ born , 1765 ; died October 24th, 

1798, in her 33rd year; married Deacon Josiah 

Dimon, as his first wife. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42. 
Winthrop Witherbee, Boston, Mass. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 86-87. 
Plymouth, Mass. Grave Yard Inscriptions, pp. 133, 205. 

324. Desire^ Thacher (John,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, July i8th, 1745; died 

, at ; she married at Barnstable, October 15th, 1775, 

to Benjamin Gorham, bom Barnstable, February 23rd, 1747; 

died at Barnstable, , shortly after January — , 181 1. He 

was a son of Col. David Gorham (born April 6th, 1712; died 

, 1789, aged 7y, married August 2nd, 1733), and 

his first wife, Abigail Sturgis (born , 1712; died Feb- 
ruary nth, 1775, aged 63), of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Gorham), 5 sons and i daughter, some probably 
born at Barnstable, others in Gorham, Maine. 

+877 i. Edward,'' born ; baptized April 28th, 1776; 

died ; married the widow Joanna (Poland) 

Webb. 
+878 ii. William,^ born ; baptized January 25th, 

1778; died ; married Charlotte Beals. 

879 iii. Christopher,'' born ; died ; young; not 

married. He stammered and was but one remove 
from an idiot ; he died at sea. 

880 iv. Mary ( Polly ),^ bom ; died ; she stam- 

mered and was but one remove from an idiot ; 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 437, states 
that although not married she bore a son, David, 
in 1809. 

881 V. David,^ bom ; baptized April — , 1756; 

died , at ; he resided in Maine. 

882 vi. Shubael,'' bora ; baptized July nth, 1790; 

died , 1840; not married; he was but one re- 
move from an idiot. 

Benjamin Gorham (son of Col. David) was called "Turkey 
Foot" to distinguish him from four (4) other Benjamin Gorhams 
who were living in Barnstable at that time, each of whom had some 
nickname to distinguish him from the others. After his marriage 
his father built a house for him in Dimmock's Lane, which house 
in a few years was moved onto a lot on Gorham's farm. He re- 



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moved to Gorham, Maine, and was there in 1789; but in January, 
1791, he had returned to Barnstable and died there not long after. 
He is called upon the records a "spendthrift" ; he had no business 
capacity and was a man of weak intellect, and his wife was an 
even weaker vessel, though a member of the church, an honest 
woman and a good neighbor. Their children are not recorded in 
the Barnstable records and some of them were probably born in 
Maine. 

Authorities : 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol-. I, p. 437. 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42. 

History of Gorham, Maine, by McClellan, p. 523. 

325. Jethro« Thacher (John,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,2 j^g^ Peter^), born Barnstable, January i6th, 1747; 
died at Lee, Mass., June 28th (or 29th), 1826, in his 80th 
year and was buried there; gravestone. He lived at Barn- 
stable until previous to July 15th, 1804, on which date he was 
dismissed to the church at Lee, Mass., and took up his resi- 
dence there. He married at Barnstable (or Wareham), 
Mass., July 9th, 1776, to Hannah® Thacher (his own first 
cousin (see No. 345), born Wareham, Mass., June 27th, 1755; 
died at Lee, Mass., of palsy and old age, July 14th (or 15th), 
1833, aged 78, and was buried there; gravestone. She was a 
daughter of Rev. Roland^ Thacher (No. 107) and his wife, 
Abigail Crocker, of Wareham, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Thacher), 2 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 
Barnstable. 

+883 i. Lucy,^ born December 29th, 1777; died July 15th, 
181 1 ; married Ebenezer Swift. 

884 ii. Jonathan,^ born April 21st, 1780; died Decem- 

ber 14th, 1807, at Lee, Mass., and was buried 
there; gravestone. I do not think that he was 
married. He was killed by the kick of a horse 
that he was attempting to drive home from Al- 
ford, Mass. A pillar by the roadside for a while 
marked the spot of his tragic end. 

885 iii. Martha,^ born June 23rd, 1783 ; died August 4th, 

1806, at Barnstable, Mass., and was buried there 
in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying-ground ; 
gravestone; not married. Gravestone inscription, 
as follows : — "In memory of Miss Martha 
Thacher, daughter of Mr. Jethro and Mrs. Han- 
nah Thacher, of Lee, Mass., who died August 4th, 
1806, in the 23rd year of her age." 

"In youthful bloom death laid me down 
Here to await the trumpet's sound. 
Repent ! Repent ! now you have time, 
For I was taken in my prime." 



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886 iv. Nancy/ born October 8th, 1785; died January 

7th, 1872, aged 86, at King's Ferry, Cayuga Co., 
N. Y., at the residence of her niece, Mrs. Gibbs. 
Not married. 

887 V. Roland/ born May 13th, 1788; died October 4th, 

1813, at Lee, Mass., and was buried there; grave- 
stone. He was a furrier; not married. 

+888 vi. Hannah,^ born September 24th, 1790; died No- 
vember loth, 1850; married James Wakefield. 

-j-889 vii. Sophia,^ born October 30th, 1792 ; died Feb- 
ruary 29th, i860; married Leonard Olmstead. 

Jethro® Thacher was a farmer and a cooper by trade ; previous 
to July 15th, 1804 (when he and his wife were dismissed from 
church at Barnstable to church at Lee), he removed from Barn- 
stable to Lee, Mass., on account of dissatisfaction with the Unitarian 
influence which pervaded the community about Barnstable and 
which influence had taken possession of the church where he and 
his wife worshipped. He made the removal in order that both he 
and his wife might enjoy the pastoral ministration of the Rev. Mr. 
Hyde. They established themselves at Lee on a farm and were 
active, earnest workers helping to build up a Christian community 
in that town. He was the first cooper in Lee ; he purchased a farm 
on the Williams' grant, being the one subsequently owned by George 
Markham and afterwards forming a part of the plantation of Mr. 
Elizur Smith. In connection with his farm he worked at his trade 
of cooper and made all of the pails, churns and butter firkins and 
cider barrels for the town. He was very deaf and was remembered 
by some as taking his seat in the pulpit on the Sabbath with Dr. 
Hyde and standing by his side during the prayer and preaching 
with his ear trumpet directed towards the minister so that he might 
catch every word that fell from the lips of the divine he so much 
revered. He died in 1826 and was succeeded in the cooper busi- 
ness by Joseph Chadwick. Jethro^ Thacher's cattle mark as re- 
corded at Lee was "crop off left ear and a slit in end of each ear." 
Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 42, 52-3. 

Vital Records of Lee, Mass., pp. 231-2. 

Records of Town of Lee from Incorporation to 1801, p. 132. 

Centennial History of Lee, Mass., pp. 317-18. 

Barnstable Records, Vol. IV, p. 179. 

326. Fear*^ Thacher (John,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^). born Barnstable, February ist, 1748; 
died at Portland, Maine, March 26th (or 28th), 1829; the 
date March 20th, 1829, as given under record No. 104 is in- 
correct. She married at Barnstable, December nth, 1777 
(or December 4th, 1778), to John Goodwin (as his second 
wife), born Plymouth, Mass., October i8th, 1751 ; he was a 
rope maker and lived at Plymouth, Mass., and Portland, 
Maine, and died at Portland, April 2nd, 1829; both he and 



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his wife were buried at Portland. He was a son of Nathaniel 
Goodwin (married 1746) and his wife Lydia Le Baron 
(daughter of Lazarus Le Baron), of Plymouth, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Goodwin), i son and 6 daughters, all probably 
born at Plymouth. 

890 i. Nancy B , ist,^ born November 23rd, 1779; 

died January 17th, 1780, aged i month, 5 days, at 
Plymouth, and was buried there on Burial Hill; 
gravestone. 

+891 ii. Nancy B , 2nd,^ born September 28th, 1781 ; 

died September 8th, 1828; married Thomas Clark. 
+892 iii. Eliza,'^ born August 23rd, 1783; died October 

23rd, 1847; married William Williams. 
-[-893 iv. Lydia Le Baron,'' bom December 22nd, 1785; 

died January i8th, 1854; married John Revere. 
+894 V. Emily,^ born May 9th, 1789 (or 1790) ; died De- 
cember 19th, 1836; married Daniel Adams Poor. 
-I-895 vi. Lucy,'^ born March 19th, 1792; died January 8th, 
1830; married Thomas Gurley. 

-4-896 vii. John,^ born ; died ; married Dorothy 

Gibbs. 
John Goodwin, Sr., married, first, at Plymouth, Mass., 
May I2th, 1774, to Hannah Jackson, born — — , 1755, at Ply- 
mouth; died March 8th, A. D. 1777, at Plymouth, in the 
22nd year of her age and was buried there on Burial Hill; 
gravestone. She was a daughter of Thomas Jackson (born 

, 1729; died September 19th, 1794; married , 1751), 

and Sarah Taylor (born , 1733; died October 27th, 1811, 

aged 78), of Plymouth, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Goodwin), daughters, born in Plymouth. Not 
in Thacher line. 

1. Hannah Jackson, born September loth, 1775; died Sep- 
tember 6th, 1855, aged 81, at Plymouth, Mass.; grave- 
stone; not married. 

2. Sally, born October 23rd, 1776; died ; married Salis- 
bury Jackson. 

In reference to No. 896, Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 
119, gives a John Goodwin as marrying Dorothy Gibbs, of Sand- 
wich; but he does not locate him as a son of John Goodwin who 
married Fear" Thacher (either by his first or second wife) and 
leaves his parentage undetermined. The Le Baron Genealogy is 
the only authority for making him the son of John and Fear' 
(Thacher) Goodwin. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 42. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, pp. 119-20, 161, 259. 

Le Baron Genealogy, pp. 50-1, 120. 

Burial Hill Plymouth Inscriptions, pp. 86-87, 



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327. John® Thacher (John,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, December 29th, 1751 ; 
he lived at Barnstable, where he was Deputy Marshal and 
High Sheriff, and where he died July 4th, 1833, aged 81 years, 
7 months, and was probably buried there, although I have 

found no record of his gravestone. He married ist at 

(recorded at Barnstable), September 26th, 1773, to Hannah 

Bourne, born , 1755, at Sandwich, Mass., probably; died 

January ist, 1785, in 30th year of her age, at Barnstable, 
Mass. (probably), although I have no record of her grave- 
stone. She was a daughter of James Bourne (born , 

1731 ; died ; married February i8th, 1753), and Mary 

Nye (born ; died ), of Sandwich, Mass. 

Children: 2 (Thacher), sons, both born at Barnstable. 

+897 i. Samuel,^ born October nth, 1780; died July 8th, 
1870; married Mehitable Martin Briggs. 

+898 ii. John/ born May ist, 1783; died June loth, 1827; 
married Eliza Hewitt. 

John^ Thacher married a second time at Barnstable, by 
Rev. John Mellen, July 28th, 1785, to Remember (or Remem- 
brance) Freeman, born Sandwich, Mass., , 1758 (see age 

at and date of death); died Barnstable, April 26th, 1795, 
aged 37 years, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill 
West Burying-ground; gravestone. She was a daughter of 
Benjamin Freeman, Jr. (born September 9th, 1725; died 
January 5th, 1784-5, aged 58; married November nth, 1756), 

and his wife, Sarah (Nye) Freeman (born , 1737; died 

January 22nd, 1790, aged 53), of Sandwich, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Thacher), 3 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Barnstable. 

899 iii. Benjamin,'^ born May 20th, 1786; died June loth, 

1832, in Canada. He is believed to have been 
apprenticed to a shoemaker in Brewster, but left 
there and went to Canada. Whether he married 
or to whom I do not know, but he is said to have 
left a daughter Hannah^ Thacher whose intention 
of marriage to Joseph Long was published De- 
cember 14th, 1833, and whom she married April 
1st, 1834. In 1869 this Joseph Long and his wife 
were living in Brewster Woods. 

900 iv. James,^ born January 28th, 1789; died Septem- 

ber ist, 1 82 1, drowned while crossing Barnstable 
Harbor, and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill West 
Burying-ground; gravestone. Not married. A 
notice of his death was published September 8th, 
182 1, in the Independent Chronicle and Boston 
Patriot. 



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-{-goi V. Hannah Bourne/ born January 2nd, 1792; died 
September 22nd, 1874; married William Samp- 
son. 
902 vi. Freeman/ born November 29th, 1794; died Aug- 
ust 13th, 1795, ''in his loth month," at Barn- 
stable, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill 
West Burying-ground ; gravestone. 

John^ Thacher married, a third time, at Hanover, Mass., 
by Rev. John Mellen, September 23rd (or 29th), 1795, to 
Mary (Polly) Simmons, born September 26th, 1755, at Hano- 
ver, Mass.; died April 28th, 1814, at Barnstable, and was 
buried there in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying-ground; 
gravestone. She was a daughter of Joshua Simmons (born 

, 1715, or 1717, at Scituate, Mass.; died March 3rd, 1807, 

aged 88, at Hanover, Mass.; married November nth, 1742), 

and Elizabeth Dillingham (born , 1721; died July i8th, 

1797, aged 76), of Hanover, Mass. 
Children: None. 

John® Thacher married, a fourth time, at Barnstable. 
September 5th, 1814, to Saljra (Hatch) Hinckley (widow of 
Freeman Hinckley, whom she married May 17th, 1771, and 
by whom she had no issue; he born June 27th, 1757; died 

, early; he was a son of John and Bethiah (Freeman) 

Hinckley), born , 1761 (see age at and date of death), at 

Falmouth, Mass.; died Barnstable, February 15th, 1834, aged 
73 years, and was buried in Goodspeed's Hill West Burying- 
ground; gravestone. Her parentage is not known to me. 
Children: None. 

John" Thacher appears to have been a popular character judg- 
ing from the number of offices he held. He was Deputy Marshal 
and High Sheriff besides holding other minor positions. The fol- 
lowing account of him was furnished by his son, the late Samuel 
Thacher, of Barnstable, a short time before the latter's death: — 
"The first United States Mail between Boston and Barnstable com- 
menced running in 1792. John® Thacher, of Barnstable, contracted 
with the Government to perform the service, and made the first 
trip October ist of that year. Timothy Pickering, of Pennsylvania 
(not the Massachusetts Pickering) was Postmaster-General and 
Jonathan Hastings our Postmaster in Boston. The arrangement 
was made through the influence of Shear jashub Bourne, the then 
member of Congress for the Barnstable District. The Post Rider 
used to start on horseback from Barnstable, and arriving at Ply- 
mouth in the evening, stopped at that town overnight. The next 
night he arrived at Boston, at the sign of the "Lion" on Washing- 
ton street, and delivered his mail to the Postmaster. Starting from 
Boston Thursday morning he arrived at Barnstable Friday night. 
The mail was easily carried in one side of a pair of saddle bags; 
the other side was used for carrying packages. For this service 



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the contractor was paid one dollar a day while in actual service. 
This sum looks pretty small beside the amounts now paid for gov- 
ernment service; but, small as it was, it was severely censured then 
for its extravagance. Moses Hallett, who seems to have been a 
champion of reform and retrenchment in his day, thought the sum 
paid exhorbitant, and predicted that the government would go to 
ruin; but his opposition was unavailing, and it is safe to assert 
that a less sum was never paid for this same service." 

In the recording of the marriage of John^ Thacher with Polly 
Simmons both in Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 244, and the 
History of Hanover, Mass., p. 373, his name is given as John H. 
Thacher. I do not know whether he had a middle name beginning 
with H or not. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 545. 

Vital Records of Hanover, Mass., pp. 132, 199, 208. 

History of Hanover, Mass., p. 373. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 46. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. I, p. 682. 

Freeman Genealogy, pp. 46, 80, 144, 380. 

Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 244. 

328. Dr. James^ Thacher (John^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, February 14th, 1754; 
he resided at Plymouth, Mass. ; he died at Plymouth, May 
26th, 1844, aged 90, and was buried there on Burial Hill; 
gravestone. His date of death is variously given by divers 
authority as May 23rd, 24th and 26th, 1844, but May 26th 
seem.s to have been the correct date. He married at Bridge- 
water, Mass., April 28th, 1785, to Susannah Haywood, born 

> 1757 (see age at and date of death), at Bridgewater, 

Mass. (probably); died Plymouth, Mass., May 17th, 1842, aged 
86, and was buried there on Burial Hill; gravestone. She 

was a daughter of Nathan Hayward (born , 1720; died 

, 1794, aged 74; married , 1748, about), and Sus- 
annah Latham (born , 1727; died ; daughter of 

Charles Latham), of Bridgewater, Mass. 

Children: 6 (Thacher), 2 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Plymouth, Mass. 

-I-903 i. Betsey,^ born June — , 1786 (about) ; died Feb- 
ruary 27th, 1871, aged 84 years, 8 months; mar- 
ried, first, Daniel Roberts Elliott (or Eliot) ; mar- 
ried, second, Michael Hodge. 

904 ii. Susan, ist,^ (Sukey), born April — , 1788; died 

December 8th, 1790, at Plymouth, aged 2 years, 8 
months, and was buried on Burial Hill ; grave- 
stone. 

905 iii. James,^ born December loth, 1790; died Decem- 

ber 1 2th, 1790, at Plymouth, aged 2 days, and was 
buried on Burial Hill ; gravestone. 



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9o6 iv. Hersey/ born December — , 1791 ; died April 
17th, 1793, at Plymouth, aged i year, 4 months, 
and was buried on Burial Hill ; gravestone. 

+907 V. Susan, 2nd,^ born , 1794; died August 25th, 

1862; married William Bartlett. 

908 vi. Catherine,^ born , 1797; died February loth, 

1800, at Plymouth, aged 3 years, and was buried 
on Burial Hill; gravestone. 

Dr. James* Thacher was a public-spirited and distinguished 
citizen, and died May 26th, 1844, aged 90 years. We quote from 
his memoirs concerning himself (written July, 1834), a part of 
which quotation may be considered particularly applicable to the 
present times, viz: — "Having devoted a few years to the study of 
medicine, under the direction of my patron. Dr. Abner Hersey, of 
Barnstable ; and having imbibed a good share of the pure prin- 
ciples of the whigs and patriots of the day, I resolved to test my 
courage in the great rebelhon of 1775. In this service (i. e.. Mili- 
tary Service) I continued seven years and a half and participated 
in the glorious consummation of Independence. Since that period 
about half a century has been devoted to the practice of medicine, 
no less laborious both to the body and mind, than my mili- 
tary career. It is through the favor of the power from on high 
that I am yet among the living, a monument of a hoary head 
crowned with innumerable undeserved blessings. While yet I live 
let me not live in vain. But God forbid that I should ever totter 
under the painful apprehension of witnessing my country's ruin. 
I have a recollection of days fraught with wondrous things and won- 
drous results ; but the things of the present day are no less won- 
drous. I have seen our precious liberties and freedom wrested from 
the hands of the oppressors by the immense sacrifice of Hves, of 
treasure, of perils and of sufferings. How many have I seen, at 
the hour of death exclaiming, *I die for my country.' I see now 
the fair heritage of our fathers in imminent danger of being sacri- 
ficed at the shrine of the reckless, sordid spirit of party interest. I 
have seen public offices courting competent men to fill them, and 
I have seen them filled with men who with a religious conscienti- 
ousness acquitted themselves of duty. But this seems already to be 
an antiquated morality; for now I see unworthy, incompetent men 
seeking and laying claim to public offices as a reward for desecra- 
tion and unfaithfulness. My fellow citizens, I have seen the days 
that tried men's souls. I claim the privilege of age to forewarn 
you that unless you view your elective franchise in a light more 
precious than heretofore, ere long you will have no office to bestow ; 
all will be anarchy and confusion, ruin and despair. Oh! how 
great would be my consolation, could my benediction avail for the 
amelioration of my beloved country's welfare." 

Dr. James* Thacher was a prolific writer and amongst other 
works he was the author of the following publications: — 




DR. 



JAML5 THACHLR 

1754-1844 



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Military Journal of the Revolutionary War, pp. 303, 1823 and 
1827, Boston, and 1854, Hartford, Conn. ; History of Town of 
Plymouth, Mass., from First Settlement in 1620, p. 382; Boston, 
1832, and Boston, 1835, p. 401 ; American Medical Biography, 2 
vols., 1828; Indian Biography; Account of Iron Manufacture; Pen 
Portrait of George Washington; Letter dated December 28th, 
1825, Relative to the "Nezi)burg Letters," see N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., 
Vol. XLII, p. 165 ; The New Dispensary; On Hydrophobia; Mod- 
ern Practice of Physic; Americans Orchardist, 1822; On Manage- 
ment of Bees, 183 1 ; On Demonology, Ghosts, Etc., 1831 ; and sun- 
dry other written communications to societies and periodicals, 
among which may be mentioned his article on the "origin of the 
Thacher family," which appeared in the New England Magazine 
for 1834. 

Dr. James^ Thacher was the First Librarian of the Plymouth, 
Mass., Historical Society ; and among the antiquities of the Pilgrim 
Society of Massachusetts is to be found his portrait taken while 
Librarian and Cabinet Keeper of that Society. This portrait 
(a reproduction of which accompanies this sketch) was painted 
by Mr. Frothingham in 1841, by order of the Society, pursuant 
to a vote expressing the Society's sense of the valuable ser- 
vices that Dr. Thacher had rendered in promoting the objects of 
said society. Dr. Thacher was appointed Librarian and Cabinet 
Keeper of the Pilgrim Society at its organization and his inde- 
fatigable efforts contributed largely to the promotion of its objects. 
The following extract from a report of a committee of that So- 
ciety indicates the sense entertained of his services : — "The under- 
signed to whom was referred the report of Dr. James Thacher 
respecting the iron railing around 'Fore-father Rock' report that 
the Society is indebted to Dr. Thacher for the beautiful and costly 
monument which, while it secures 'Pilgrim Rock' from further 
depredations records for the benefit of posterity the names of our 
fathers and affords a pleasing subject of contemplation to many 
strangers who visit us." 

From Heitman's Register of Officers in the Continental Army, 
1775-1783, we obtain the following synopsis of his military career: — 

THACHER, JAMES, Massachusetts. 

Surgeon's Mate, Whitcomb's Mass. Regt., July to Decem- 
ber, 1775. 
Surgeon's Mate, 6th Continental Infantry, January ist, to 

December 31st, 1776. 
Hospital Surgeon's Mate, April ist, 1777. 
Surgeon of Jackson's additional Continental Regiment, 
November loth, 1778; Regt. designated the i6th 
Massachusetts, July 23rd, 1780; transferred to 9th 
Mass. Regt., January ist, 1781. 
Retired January ist, 1783; died March 24th, 1844. 
From the Census of United States Pensioners, 1840, we have 
the following: — 



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Plymouth County, Mass., Plymouth town. 
James Thacher, aged 83. 

From the General Catalogue of Dartmouth College (1769- 
1900) we obtain the following record: — 

James Thacher, Honorary degree, Dartmouth College, 
M. D., 1810. 
A. M., Harvard College, 1808. 
M, D., Harvard College, 1810. 
Born February 14th, 1754; died May 26th, 1844; Physi- 
cian and Surgeon in Revolutionary War. 

From various sources his date of death is given as May 23rd, 
24th, or 26th, and March 26th, 1844, with the preponderance of evi- 
dence in favor of May 26th, 1844, aged 90. 

From the published inscriptions of Burial Hill, Plymouth, we 
obtain the following taken from stones inclosed in a plot by an 
iron railing; stone white marble in fine condition, but somewhat 
moss-grown : — 

"In memory of James Thacher, M. D., a surgeon in the Army 
during the War of Revolution ; afterwards for many years a prac- 
ticing physician in the County of Plymouth; the author of several 
historical and scientific works : esteemed of all men for piety and 
benevolence, public spirit and private kindness. Born February 
14th, 1754; died May 26th, 1844. Also Susan Thacher, for 57 
years his pious and faithful wife, who died May 17th, 1842, aged 
86 years." 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 42, 55-6. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, pp. 305, 355. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol. I, p. 122; IV, p. ; V, p. 406; XXII, pp. 

276,309-10; XVIII, p. 30; XLII, p. 165; XLVI, pp. 113,239; L, p. 200. 
Early Mass. Marriages by Bailey, Vol. II, p. 146. 
Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, p. 258. 
Hodge Family Genealogy, p. 247. 
Burial Hill^ Plymouth Inscriptions, p. 220. 

Heitman's Register of Officers of Continental Army, 1775-1783, p. 395. 
Mass. Hist. Soc. Proceedings, 1871,1873, p. 260. 
Mitchell's History of Bridgewater, Mass., pp. 179, 182, 222. 

331. Mary® Thacher (Lot,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, May 29th, 1731 ; died 
at Barnstable, May nth, 1761 ; she married, at Barnstable, 
December 12th, 1751, to Jonathan Lothrop, born Barnstable, 
September 28th, 1719; he lived at Barnstable, and Hyannis, 
Mass., and died December 9th, 1784. He was a son of Barna- 
bas Lothrop, of Barnstable (born October 22nd, 1686; died 

, 1756), and his second wife Hannah Chipman (born 

September 24th, 1699; died June nth, 1748; married Decem- 
ber 25th, 1718). 

Children: 4 (Lothrop), 3 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Barnstable. 



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909 i. Joseph/ born October 9th, 1752 (old style) ; died 

910 ii. Rebecca,^ bom October 29th, 1755 (new style) ; 

died ; she was mentioned in will of her 

grandmother, Hannah Lothrop; dated May 26th, 
1763. 

911 iii. Mary^ (or Mercy), born July loth, 1758; died 

; she was also mentioned in will of her grand- 
mother, Hannah Lothrop. 

912 iv. Jonathan,^ born ; died , young. This 

child is given solely on the authority of Hon. 
George Thacher's MSS. genealogy and must have 
died young, as a second Jonathan was born after- 
wards. 

Jonathan Lothrop, Sr., married a second time at Barnstable, 
June 27th, 1762, to Eunice Cobb, bom ; died . 

Children: 3 (Lothrop), sons, all born at Barnstable. Not in 
Thacher line. 

1. Thomas, born April 29th, 1763. 

2. Jonathan, born February 13th, 1766. 

3. David, born June 20th, 1770; died ; will dated June 

14th, 1844, proved March 12th, 1850; married Sarah 
, and had 3 children: — John, Asa, Rebecca. 

Barnabas Lothrop (the father of the above Jonathan Lothrop, 
Sr.), was born October 22nd, 1686; he married, first, February 
20th, 1706, to Bethia Fuller, who died October 26th, 1714, aged 
about 28; he married, second, December 25th, 1718, to Hannah 
Chipman. In his will, dated April 3rd, 1756, and proved May 4th, 
1756, he names as legatees his wife Hannah and three sons, John, 
Jonathan and Barnabas, his wife Hannah executrix. His wife 
Hannah's will dated May 26th, 1763, proved July ist, 1763, names 
as legatees her daughter-in-law Thankful Lothrop, her three grand- 
daughters Hannah, Mary and Rebecca Lothrop, and her two sons 
Jonathan and Barnabas, sole executor, her son Barnabas. 
Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 43. 

Lothrop Family Memorial, pp. 52, 67, 98. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 163; II, pp. 165, 167, 168, 170. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, 

332. Capt. Lot' Thacher (Lot,** Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, February 19th, 
1732-3; he lived at Barnstable, "between Samuel Thacher's 
house and the Agricultural Hall," and died at Charleston, 
South Carolina, Febmary 14th, 1763, aged 30; a stone to his 
memory is to be found in Goodspeed's Hill East Burying- 
ground at Barnstable. He was married at Barnstable, by the 
Rev. Joseph Green, October 23rd, 1758, to Martha Taylor, 
born , 1735 (see age at and date of death), at ; died 



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January 7th, 1802, in her 67th year, at Barnstable, and was 
buried there in Goodspeed's Hill East Burying-ground ; grave- 
stone. She was a daughter of Rev. Barnabas Taylor. 

Children: 2 (Thacher), i son and i daughter, both born at 
Barnstable. 

913 i. Lot,^ born ; died , at Charleston, S. C. ; 

he was in some mercantile occupation and is sup- 
posed to have died before reaching maturity ; not 
married. 

914 ii. Rebecca,^ born , 1761, about; died Decem- 

ber 22nd, 1834, at Bristol, R. I., aged 73 years. 
She lived with her mother until the latter died 
and then removed to Bristol, R. I. She is said 
not to have married, but Hon. George Thacher's 
MSS. Thacher Genealogy states that she had a 
son called Lot^ Thacher who died, not married, 
at New Orleans, La. 

John® Thacher (John^) of Barnstable, yeoman, was appointed 
administrator on May 25th, 1763, of the estate of Lot® Thacher, 
mariner. In the inventory the "quadrant sea books and instru- 
ments" are valued at £2. 

From the graveyard on Goodspeed's Hill (East) we obtain 
the following inscription : "In memory of Captain Lot Thacher, 
who died at Charleston, S. C, February 14th, 1763, Aetat 30. Also 
Mrs. Martha Thacher, widow of Capt. Lot Thacher, who died 
January 7th, 1802, in the 67th year of her age. She lived desired 
and died lamented." 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 56. 

Vital Records of Rhode Island, Vol. VI, p. 165. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

333. Elizabeth® Lewis (Fear^ Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, July 31st, 
1737; renewed covenant together with her husband at Fair- 
field, Conn., September i6th, 1759; died Fairfield, Conn., Jan- 
uary 31st, 1786, aged 49 years, and was buried there in old 
cemetery ; gravestone. She married at Fairfield, September 
2nd, 1757, to Samuel Penfield, born Fairfield, November 5th, 
1734, baptized there December 8th, 1734; he lived at Fair- 
field and died there April 2nd, 1811 ; he was a Lieutenant in 
the Revolutionary War and is buried in Old Cemetery, Fair- 
field ; gravestone. He was a son of Peter Penfield (born July 
14th, 1702; baptized August ist, 1708, at Bristol, R. I.; died 

; married May 28th, 1730, at Fairfield by Joseph Webb) 

and Mary Allen (born Fairfield, Conn., August 6th, 1708; 
baptized there August 8th, 1708; died ; she was a daugh- 
ter of Dr. Gideon and Anna (Burr) Allen of Fairfield) of 
Fairfield, Conn. 



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Children: 8 (Penfield), 4 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Fairfield. 

915 i. Nathaniel/ born March 19th, 1758; baptized 

September 30th, 1759; died ; married Rachel 

Marquand, February 24th, 1782, at Fairfield, 

Conn.; she born ; died ; she was a 

daughter of Henry Marquand (born July 8th, 
1737, on Island of Guernsey; died at Fairfield, 
July I2th, 1772, after 11 years' residence in Fair- 
field, Conn., and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone). 
Children: 3 (Penfield), sons, all born at Fairfield. 

1. Henry, ^ baptized June 6th, 1784 

2. Josiah,^ baptized July loth, 1785. 

3. Robert,® baptized June 21st, 1789. 

916 ii. Elizabeth,^ born or baptized January 6th, 1760; 

died , at ; married February 24th, 1782, 

at Fairfield, to Jacob June, born April 17th, 1752, 

at Stamford, Conn., died , at ; he was 

a son of Jacob and Rhoda (Ferris) June of Stam- 
ford, Conn. 
Children: 4 (June), i son and 3 daughters. 

1. Jacob,® baptized Fairfield, May 21st, 1783. 

2. Sally,® baptized Fairfield, June 23rd, 1785. 

3. Elizabeth,® born Rye, N. Y., April 22nd, 
1787; baptized Fairfield, Conn., August 3rd, 

1788; died June 17th, 1863, at Stratford, 
Conn. ; married November i6th, 1803, at New 
York City, to Josiah Hedden, born February 
23rd, 1 781, at Newark, N. J., died August 
i6th, 1832, at New York City. 10 children. 

917 iii. Hannah, ist,^ born December 28th, 1761 ; bap- 

tized January 3rd, 1762; died April 8th, 1762, at 
Fairfield, and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; 
gravestone : — "In memory of Hannah Penfield, 
daughter of Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Elizabeth Pen- 
field, who was born December ye 28th, 1761, and 
departed this life April ye 8th, 1762." 

918 iv. Samuel, ■' baptized April 24th, 1763; renewed 

covenant Fairfield, Conn., June 7th, 1789; died 

; married , at , to Hannah . 

Children: 2 (Penfield), sons, both baptized at 
Fairfield, Conn. 

1. George Hoyt,® baptized June 7th, 1789. 

2. Samuel Lewis,® baptized April 25th, 1790. 

919 v. Hannah, 2nd,''^ baptized July 21st, 1765; died 

; married January i8th, 1784, at Fairfield, 



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to Lieut. Gideon Hawley, born ; died April 

nth, 1784, at Fairfield, Conn., and was buried 

there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 

Child: I (Hawley), son, baptized at Fairfield, 

Conn. 

I. Gideon,* born ; baptized November 21st, 

1784; died January 6th, 1788, aged 3 years, 
6 months, at Fairfield, and was buried there 
in Old Cemetery. 

920 vi. Josiah,^ baptized December 6th, 1767; died '. 

921 vii. Abigail,^ baptized September i6th (or 30th), 

1770; died June nth, 1804, aged 33 years, 6 
months, at Fairfield, and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery ; gravestone. She married at Fairfield, 

August 19th, 1792, to James Knap, born ; 

died . 

Child: I (Knap), son. 

I. Squire,* born , 1792; died November 

nth, 1819, aged 27, and was buried in Old 
Cemetery, Fairfield; gravestone. 

922 viii. David,^ baptized June 28th, 1772; died . 

Authorities : 
Otis' Barnstable Families^ Vol. II, p. 136. 

Schenck's History of Fairfield, Conn., pp. 467, 468, 489, 498, 500, 502. 
N. Y. G. & B. Record, Vol. XLII, pp. 332, 3, 4. 
Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. VI, pp. 42, 45. 
Fairfield Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 44, 162-3, 

335. Abigail^ Lewis (Fear^ Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, September 2nd, 

1742; died , at ; married Fairfield, Conn., December 

1st, 1763, to Andrew Hill, born Fairfield, October 22nd, 1739; 
baptized Fairfield, Conn., October 28th, 1739; died October 
25th, 1769, aged 30 years; graduated Yale College, 1759; his 
wife and child survived him. He was a son of Captain 
Thomas Hill by his wife Elizabeth Burr (born October 24th, 
1694; died December 19th, 1763, daughter of John and Eliza- 
beth ( ) Burr) ; and grandson of Thomas and Abigail 

(Wakeman) Hill of Fairfield, Conn. 

Child: I (Hill) son. 

922a i. ? 

Yale Biographies, Vol. 1745-1763, p. 592, states: — "Andrew 
Hill, Yale College, Class 1759, youngest son of Captain Thomas 
Hill of Fairfield, Conn., and grandson of Thomas and Abigail 
(Wakeman) Hill of same town, was born at Fairfield, October 
22nd, 1739; his mother was Mary, daughter of John and Eliza- 
beth ( ) Burr of Fairfield. He married December ist, 1763, 

Abigail, daughter of Nathaniel Lewis of Barnstable, Mass., and 



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died October 25th, 1769, at age of 30. His wife survived him with 
one son. He was first marked as deceased in the Triennial Cata- 
logue of 1775 ; but in the catalogue of 1805 (by accident) the star 
(indicating death) is wanting. In 1820 (probably also by accident) 
his name is italicised, which would indicate ordination to the min- 
istry. 

Authorities : 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 136. 

Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. VI, p. 38. 

Schenck's History of Fairfield, Conn., Vol. II, p. 491. 

Yale Biographies, Vol. 1745-1763, p. 592. 

Fairfield Grave Yard Inscriptions, p. 232. 

336. Hannah^ Lewis (Fear^ Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, October i6th, 
1744; died Harpersfield, Delaware Co., N. Y., September 
15th, 1839; married Fairfield, Conn., August ist, 1763, to 
Peter Penfield, Jr., born Fairfield, September 15th, 1743; bap- 
tized Fairfield, September i8th, 1743, renewed covenant at 
Fairfield, September 4th, 1763, in company with his wife. 
He lived for a while in Fairfield and removed and settled at 
Harpersfield, N. Y., where he died January 12th, 1812. He 
was a Captain in the Revolutionary War, He was a son of 
Peter Penfield who came from England and settled in Fair- 
field, Conn., by his wife Mary Allen, whom he married in 
Fairfield, May 28th, 1730. 

Children: 9 (Penfield), 6 sons and 3 daughters. 

923 i. Abigail,^ born March 4th, 1764; baptized March 

i8th, 1764, at Fairfield; died April 15th, 1850; 
married Salmon W. Beardsley, by whom she had 
13 children. 

924 ii. Lewis,^ born November 26th, 1765 ; baptized 

February 9th, 1766, at Fairfield; died October 
2ist, 1856; married Ada Beardsley, by whom he 
had 7 children. 

925 iii. Sarah,'^ born September 2nd, 1767; died Jan- 

uary 17th, i860; married Enos Hoyt, by whom 
she had 2 sons. 

926 iv. Peter,'^ born March 27th, 1770; baptized October 

7th, 1781, at Fairfield; died February 6th, 1852; 
married Caty Hawley, by whom he had 12 chil- 
dren. 

927 V. Ebenezer,^ born February 26th, 1773 ; died Jan- 

uary 25th, 1869; married December ist, 1795, at 
New Fairfield, Conn., to Sarah Smith, by whom 
he had 11 children. 

928 vi. Nancy,^ born ; died , in childhood. 

929 vii. David,'^ born August 12th, 1779; died December 

20th, 1843; married Voa Dicia Scovil, by whom 
he had 11 children. 



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930 viii. Joseph/ born July 22nd, 1781 ; baptized Fair- 

field, Conn., October 7th, 1781 ; died August 20th, 
1869; married Priscilla Barnum, by whom he had 
II children. 

931 ix. Benjamin,^ born January 19th, 1787; died Aug- 

ust i6th, 1805 ; not married. 
The Penfield Mss. genealogy, which was loaned to me by Miss 
Frances J. Eggleston of Oswego, N. Y., and which was in all par- 
ticulars a most carefully compiled volume, is erroneous in stating 
that Peter Penfield, Jr., who married Hannah® Lewis, was born 
September 25th, 1743 ; as he was baptized September i8th, 1743, 
I have placed his birth September 15th instead of 25th. The same 
authority states that his son Joseph^ Penfield (No. 930) was born 
in 1785 ; but as he was baptized October 7th, 1781, I have changed 
the year of birth to 1781. 

Authorities : 

Penfield MSS. Genealogy, loaned me by Miss Eggleston of Oswego, 
N. Y. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 136. 

Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. VI, pp. 34, 38. 

Schenck's Fairfield, Vol. II, pp. 468, 499, 5oo, 520. 

337. Nathaniel® Lewis (Fear^ Thacher, Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Barnstable, June 5th, 
1747. Beyond this date of birth I know nothing positive 
about him. He was the only son of his father, Nathaniel 
Lewis, who lived and died in Barnstable, but whose daughters 
for some reason unexplained, married and settled in Fair- 
field, Conn. It is fair to presume that Nathaniel^ Lewis 
inherited his father's property in Barnstable and settled and 
married there; and therefore the following record obtained 
from Hinckley's copy of Barnstable Records (in N. E. Hist. 
Gen. Soc.) may be the record of the above Nathaniel® Lewis 
(No. 337), viz: — "Nathaniel Lewis of Barnstable and Mary 
Taylor of Yarmouth published intention of marriage at Barn- 
stable, April 25th, 1772." This date of marriage is con- 
sistent with his date of birth, June 5th, 1747; as he would in 
1772 be about 25 years of age. Cattle mark of Nathaniel 
Lewis recorded at Barnstable, February 5th, 1774. I think 
this Barnstable Nathaniel Lewis and Nathaniel® Lewis (No. 
337) are one and the same person and that by the above re- 
corded marriage he had at least one son, for from the Hinck- 
ley copy of Barnstable records we obtain the following, viz : — 
"Children of Nathaniel Lewis, Jr., and Margaret his wife 
recorded at Barnstable. 

1. Mary Fear, born April 23rd, 1806. 

2. Margaret Lesvin, born November 9th, 1808. 

3. Jane Taylor, born June 5th, 1812." 

What makes this hypothesis probable is the names of the chil- 
dren; for if the Nathaniel Lewis of Barnstable was identical with 



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Nathaniel Lewis (No. 337) above, then he married as above re- 
corded Mary Taylor and had a son Nathaniel^ Lewis, who married 

Margaret ( ?) ; and their first child was named Mary Fear 

Lewis, in whose baptismal name we note the baptismal names of 
her grandmother Mary Taylor and of her great-grandmother Fear^ 
Thacher. The second child, Margaret Lesvin^ Lewis, in her bap- 
tismal name repeats the baptismal name of her mother Margaret 
and in the second name Lesvin suggests the maiden surname of her 
mother, which is not positively known to me. The third child, 
Jane Taylor^ Lewis in her baptismal name repeats the maiden sur- 
name of her grandmother Taylor and in the name Jane suggests 
that her Taylor great-grandmother may have been Jane Taylor. 
This is plausible, but, after all, from my positive knowledge is but 
a mere likely conjecture. There is no record of the death or burial 
of Nathaniel^ Lewis in Barnstable and it is possible that he may 
have removed therefrom as well as his son, NathanieF Lewis. 
Authorities : 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. II, p. 136. 

Bailey's Early Conn. Marriages, Vol. VI, pp. 39-45. 

Hinckley's Copy of Barnstable Records in N. E. Hist. Gen. See. 
Library. 

338. Martha Fe.\ring^ Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* 
Hon. Col. John,' Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Wareham, 
Mass., June 19th, 1741 ; died at Lee, Mass., October loth, 
1825; married at Wareham, Mass., December 15th, 1762, to 
Nathaniel Rowland, born Barnstable, Mass., October 9th, 
1736; he lived at Barnstable and Lee, Mass.; he died at Lee, 
November 28th (or 29th), 1804, aged 68, and was buried 
there. He was a son of Jabez and Elizabeth (Percival) How- 
land of Barnstable, Mass. 

Children: 10 (Rowland), 3 sons and 7 daughters. 
4-932 i. Sylvia,^ born November 2nd, 1763; died No- 
vember 4th, 1825 ; married Wally Goodspeed. 
933 ii. Roland, ist,^ born January 12th, 1766; died April 
27th 1769. 
+934 iii. Lucy,^ born June 23rd, 1769; died ; mar- 
ried John Fairfield of Pittsfield, Mass. 
935 iv. Roland, 2nd,'^ born August 19th, 1770; died 

, at sea, of yellow fever. 

4-936 V. Martha,'^ born August 28th, 1772; died April 
13th, 1841 ; married John Coleman Rowland. 

937 vi. Abigail,^ born May 12th, 1775; died June 30th, 

1779. 

938 vii. Rebecca,^ born June 19th, 1777; died , 

1839. Not married. 
4-939 viii. Abigail T.,^ born September 7th, 1779; died 

June 24th, 1865 ; married Gershom Bassett. 
4-940 ix. EHzabeth,^ bom June 15th, 1782; died ; 

married John Fairfield. 



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+941 X. James/ born May 22nd, 1786; died ; mar- 
ried Ruth Fish. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 87. 
Early Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, p. 51. 
Vital Records of Lee, Mass., p. 207. 
Howland Genealogy, p. 337. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 188. 

339. Jerusha« Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, Mass., April 

3rd, 1743; died ; married at Wareham, January nth, 

1763, to John Gibbs, of Sandwich, Mass., born , at ; 

died , at . His parentage as yet not determined 

by me. 

Children: 3 (Gibbs), i son and 2 daughters, 

942 i. Caleb,^ born , 1765 ; died February 27th, 

1847, aged 82, at Sandwich, Mass. 

943 ii. Abigail.'^ 

944 iii. Elizabeth.^ 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 43. 
£0^/31 Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, p. 51. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, p. 155. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 188. 

340. Deacon Roland® Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* 
Hon. Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, 
Mass., March 13th, 1745 ; he resided at Wareham and Lee, 
Mass., and died at'Lee, Mass., March 29th (or 30th), 1813, 
aged 68, and was buried at Lee, Mass. ; gravestone. He was 
a farmer. He married at Wareham, Mass., by Rev. Roland' 
Thacher, January 28th, 1773 (int. pub. December 12th, 1772), 
to Elizabeth Nye, born Rochester, Mass., September 22nd, 
1743 ; died Lee, Mass., July 25th, 1807, aged 63, and was 
buried at Lee; gravestone. She was a daughter of David 
Nye (born Sandwich, Mass., July ist, 1706; died Douglas, 
Mass, April 17th, 1796), and Ehzabeth (Briggs) Nye (born 

; died September 8th, 1777), of Rochester, and Douglas, 

Mass., to which latter place David Nye removed before 1772 
and where he kept a tavern in 1781. 

Children: 7 (Thacher), 3 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Wareham, Mass. 

+945 i. Timothy,^ born February 15th, 1774; died Oc- 
tober 30th, 1833 ; married Dorothy Phelps. 

-[-946 ii. Lucy,'^ born August 17th, 1775; died April 26th, 
1802; married Nathan Tobey. 

+947 iii. Abigail,'' born May 27th, 1777; died January 
13th, 1846; married Joshua Briggs. 



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+948 iv. Roland/ born February 6th, 1779; died May 
5th, 1809; married, first, Betsey Freeman; mar- 
ried, second, Lucretia Hinckley. 

+949 V. Stephen,^ born March 6th, 1781 ; died March ist, 
1880; married Hannah Bassett. 

+950 vi. Adah,^ born December 12th, 1783 (or '84) ; died 
March 23rd, 1812; married John Eels, Jr. 
951 vii. Desire,' born March 2nd, 1786; died December 
20th, 1786, at Wareham, Mass., and was buried 
there; gravestone. 

Deacon Roland® Thacher was one of the first settlers of Lee, 
Mass. At a town meeting at Lee, April ist, 1799, Roland® Thacher 
was on a committee to appraise values of pews in church. May 
7th, 1799, he was on committee to get subscriptions for pews in 
new church. May 5th, 1800, on committee to find site for new 
Meeting House. This Meeting House was built in Lee in 1800 
and Roland® Thacher was assigned pew No. 11 and was charged 
$80.00 for same. His cattle mark is recorded at Lee: — "Crop off 
left ear, half penny under side the right ear and slit in end of 
same." January lOth, 1799, Deacon Roland® Thacher and wife 
were members of church in Wareham and were on that date re- 
ceived into occasional communion in church at Lee, August 9th, 
1799, they were propounded by having their letters of dismissal 
from Wareham read publicly. September 8th, 1799, they were re- 
ceived into full communion at Lee. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 56-7, 68-9, 70-1. 
Charles M. Thacher of Middleboro, Mass. 
Records of Town of Lee, pp. 98, 104, 108, 130, 270, 271, 275. 
Vital Records of Lee, pp. 92, 232. 
Nye Family, pp. 78, 79. 

J. W. Lincoln Authority on Wareham, Mass. Records. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 179, 189. 

341. Sylvia® Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony," Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, Mass., May 
i6th, 1747; died January ist, 1830, aged 82 years, at Barn- 
stable, Mass.; married November 30th, 1768, at Wareham, 
Mass., to Alvan Crocker, born Cotuit, Barnstable Co., Mass., 
November 6th (or 17th), 1747; he lived at Cotuit and was 
a farmer and died there February i8th, 1829, in the 82nd 
year of his age ; both he and his wife were buried in Marston 
Mills, Barnstable Co., Cemetery ; gravestones. He was a son 

of Ebenezer Crocker (born November — , 1713; died ; 

married, 1746), and his second wife, Zerviah Winslow 
(daughter of Kenelm Winslow of Harwich, Mass.), of Co- 
tuit, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Crocker), 3 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Cotuit. 



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+952 i. Thirza/ born September 19th, 1769; died April 
29th, 1828; married Capt. James Childs. 

+953 ii, Lucy/ born August 28th, 1771 ; died October 
9th, 1853; married Rev. Philander Shaw. 

+954 iii. Roland Thacher/ born March 7th, 1773; died 
October 22nd, 1846; married Rebecca Jenkins 
Bacon. 

+955 iv. Ezra/ born March 21st, 1775; died April 9th, 
1843; married, first, Temperance Crocker; mar- 
ried, second, Lydia Nye. 

-j-956 V. Alvan,'' born May 6th, 1777; died November 
22nd, 1862 ; married,, first, Phebe Crocker ; mar- 
ried, second, Lucy T. Sampson. 

957 vi. Sylvia,^ bom July ist, 1779; died January 5th, 

1843, ^t Cotuit, and was buried there; grave- 
stone; not married. 

958 vii. Zerviah,^ born June 26th (or 28th), 1781 ; died 

March 13th, 1874, at Cotuit, and was buried in 
Marston Mills Cemetery, Barnstable Co., Mass. ; 
not married. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 43. 

Early Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, p. 53. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 240. 

Miss Susan A. Crocker of Santuit, Mass. 

Stanley W. Smith of Boston, Mass. 

342. Desire^ Thacher (Rev. Roland,** Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), bom at Wareham, Mass., July 
27th, 1749; died at Wareham, January 4th, 1815; and was 
buried at Parker Mills (Wareham), Mass.; gravestone; she 
married at Wareham, March 7th, 1771, to David Nye, bom 
Rochester, Mass., April 2nd, 1738; he lived in Rochester, 
Mass., that part of it that became Wareham in 1739. He 
was a farmer and large land owner, selectman. Rep. to Mass. 
G. C, Captain in Rev. War and on Committee of Corre- 
spondence. He died at Wareham, June i6th, 1816, and was 
buried at Parker Mills, Mass. ; gravestone. (The gravestone 
was re-cut some years ago and now reads that he died in 
1810; but according to J. W. Lincoln, who read the original 
inscription, it was in 1816 that he died.) He was a son of 
David Nye (born Sandwich, July ist, 1706; died Douglas, 
Mass., April 17th, 1796; married Rochester, Mass., October 
19th, 1733, by Rev. Timothy Ruggles), and his wife Eliza- 
beth (Briggs) Nye (who died September 8th, 1777), of 
Rochester and Douglas, Mass., in which latter place David 
Nye, Senior, kept an inn. 

Children: 9 (Nye), 3 sons and 6 daughters; all born in Ware- 
ham, Mass. 



THACHER- THATCHER 
GENEALOGY 

Part XVI. 



GENEAI^OGICAI. RECORD OF 

ANTONYS THACHER, OF YARMOUTH, MASS. 

AND HIS DESCENDANTS 

I Continued) 



365 

959 i- Jonathan/ born October 19th, 1772; died Oc- 

tober 19th, 1778, at Wareham, Mass, aged 6 
years to a day; buried at Parker Mills; grave- 
stone. 

960 ii. Abigail, ist,^ born ; died , young, and 

was possibly buried at Parker Mills; no grave- 
stone. 
+961 iii. Abigail, 2nd,'' born February 12th, 1775; died 

; married Ebenezer White. 

962 iv. Lucy Thacher, ist,'' born February 12th, 1777; 

died October 19th, 1778, aged i year, 8 months, 

at Wareham, Mass., and was probably buried at 

Parker Mills ; no gravestone. 
+963 V. Desire,'^ born ; died ; married Daviid 

Pierce. 
+964 vi. Joanna,'' born ; died ; married Richard 

Pierce. 
-(-965 vii. Lucy Thacher, 2nd,^ born May 20th, 1781 ; died 

March 6th, 1845 ; married William Barrows. 
+966 viii. Jonathan, 2nd,^ born March 5th, 1783 ; died April 

1st, 1843; married Mary Rhodes. 
-f967 ix. David,^ born April 22nd, 1785; died May 9th, 

1863 ; married Lucy Fearing. 
The Revolutionary record of David Nye, Sr., who married 
Desire® Thacher can be seen in the Nye Genealogy. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 85. 
Early Mass. Marriages, Vol. II, p. 53. * 

Nye Genealogy, pp. 78, 122-3. 
J. W. Lincoln, an authority on Wareham Records. 

345. Hannah® Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col, John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, Mass., June 
27th, 1755 ; died at Lee, Mass., of palsy and old age, July 
14th (or 15th), 1833, aged 78, and was buried there; grave- 
stone; she married at Wareham, Mass., July 9th, 1776, int. 
pub. at Barnstable, Mass., June ist, 1776, to Jethro® Thacher, 
her first cousin (see No. 325), born Barnstable, Mass., Jan- 
uary i6th, 1747; he was a farmer and cooper and lived in 
Barnstable for a while and then removed to Lee, Mass., and 
died there, June 28th (or 29th), 1826, in his 80th year, and 
was there buried ; gravestone. He was a son of John^ and 
Content (Norton) Thacher of Barnstable, Mass. (see No. 
104). 

Children: 7 (Thacher), 2 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 
Barnstable, Mass. 
968 i. Lucy,'' born December 29th, 1777; died July 15th, 
181 1 ; married Ebenezer Swift. 



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969 ii. Jonathan/ bom April 21st, 1780; died December 

14th, 1807; supposedly not married. 

970 iii. Martha/ born June 23rd, 1783 ; died August 4th, 

1806; not married. 

971 iv. Nancy/ born October 8th, 1785; died January 

7th, 1872; not married. 

972 V. Roland/ born May 13th, 1788; died October 4th, 

1813 ; not married. 

973 vi. Hannah/ born September 24th, 1790; died No- 

vember loth, 1850; married James Wakefield. 

974 vii. Sophia/ born October 30th, 1792; died Feb- 

ruary 29th, i860; married Leonard Olmstead. 

For full record of Jethro' Thacher and wife (No. 345) and 
their children, 968 to 974, inclusive, see No. 325 and Nos. 883 to 
889, inclusive, as they will be continued no further under this, the 
female line. 

Authorities : 

Same as under No. 325, et sequentia. 

346. LoT« Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, Mass., June 3rd, 
1757; died Rochester, Mass., March 4th, 1833, aged 75-9-1. 
He was a farmer and lived at Wareham until after birth of 
his son Peter^ Thacher and then removed to Rochester, Mass. ; 

he married, first, at Wareham ; int. pub. there November 

14th, 1778, to Abigail Fearing, born Wareham, March 7th, 
1759-60, according to gravestone (April ist, 1760, according 
to Wareham Records) ; died March 19th, 1803, aged 44 years, 
12 days. She was a daughter of David and Huldah (Cush- 
man) Fearing of Wareham, Mass. Huldah (Cushman) Fear- 
ing, after the death of David Fearing, became the wife of 
John Millard, of Freetown, Mass., and the mother of Lot* 
Thacher's second wife. 

Children: 12 (Thacher), 10 sons and 2 daughters, first 6 bom 
in 'Wareham, rest in Rochester. 

+975 i. Sarah'' (Sally), born August 6th, 1779; died 
September 6th, 1809 (or September i6th, 1810) ; 
married BarnalDas Waterman. 

-f976 ii. David,^ born August 28th, 1781 ; died August 
22nd (or 23rd), 1849; married Rebecca Deblois. 

+977 iii. Harrison O.,'' born December 24th, 1783 ; died 
July 19th, 1853 (or April 12th, 1833) ; married 
Deborah (Debby) Smith. 

-I-978 iv. Charles Fearing/ born May 4th, 1786; died Feb- 
ruary 28th, 1872; married Sylvia Crooker 
(Crocker). 
979 V. Lewis,'^ born September 26th, 1788; died Feb- 
ruary 9th, 181 1, at Rochester, Mass., aged "in his 



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23rd year," and was buried in Old Cemetery, at 

Rochester. Not married. 
+980 vi. Peter/ born August 21st, 1790; died June 13th, 

1873; married Elizabeth Fearing. 
+981 vii. Allen Crocker/ born June (or July), 17th, 1793; 

died May 13th, 1885; married Elizabeth Peirce. 
+982 viii. Israel Fearing,' born November 20th (or 29th), 

1795; died May 19th, 1884; married Susan T 

(orW ) Wood. 

+983 ix. Abigail Fearing,' born April ist, 1798; died July 

i6th, 1878; married Nathaniel Sears. 

984 X. George, ist,' born June 27th, 1799; died June 

13th, 1800, aged II months, 16 days, at Rochester, 
Mass., and was buried there; gravestone. 

985 xi. John,' born May ist, 1800; died January 25th, 

1871 (or 1872), aged 71-1-24, at Middleboro, 
Mass. Not married. 

986 xii. George, 2nd,' born June 27th, 1802; died Jan- 

uary 13th, 1803, at Rochester, Mass., and was 
probably buried there ; no gravestone. 

From the similarity of the dates of birth of the 
two Georges (Nos. 984 and 986) and also their 
dates of death, I am under the impression that 
there was but one George' Thacher, and he the 
George ist, No. 984, and that the various authori- 
ties have become confused and recorded two. I 
am unable to determine the matter, so have given 
them both as given by one or another authority. 
It makes but little difference, however, as both died 
in childhood. 

Lot^ Thacher married, a second time, at , date of 

marriage , to Huldah Millard, born , 1770 (see age 

at and date of death), at , died July 8th, 1836, aged 66 

years. She was a daughter of John Millard (married Novem- 
ber I2th, 1761), by his wife, Huldah (Cushman-Fearing) Mil- 
lard, of Freetown, Mass. Huldah Cushman-Fearing was the 
widow of David Fearing, the father of Lot^ Thacher's first 
wife, and so she was the mother of both his first and second 
wives by her first and second husbands, respectively. 

Children: second marriage, 2 (Thacher), i son and i daugh- 
ter, both born at Rochester. 

987 xiii. Albert G ,' born June (or July) 4th, 1805; 

died November 5th (or 7th), 1846, aged 41-4-3, at 
Rochester, Mass., and was buried there ; grave- 
stone ; not married. 

988 xiv. Sarah' (Sally), born April 6th, 1809; died 

March 22nd, 181 1, aged 1-11-15, at Rochester, 
Mass., and was buried there ; gravestone. 



368 

Wareham Records say that John Millard, of Freetown, and 
Huldah Fearing, of Wareham, were married November 12th, 1761. 
A Memorandum on these records says that Huldah Fearing, widow 
of David Fearing, married John Millard, of Freetown, 1761. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 57. 
Charles Milton Thacher of Middleboro, Mass. 

J. W. Lincoln, an authority on Wareham and Rochester, Mass. 
Records. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 191. 
Wm. Hilton Rainey of Hudson, N. Y. 

347. Fear« Thacher (Rev. Roland,'' Col. John,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Wareham, Mass., March 14th, 
1760; died Sandwich, Mass., September 8th, 1833, "in the 
74th year of her age," and was buried at Marston Mills 
Cemetery, Barnstable Co., Mass.; she married at Wareham, 

March — , 1777 (int. pub. , 1776), to Joshua Crocker, 

born Cotuit, Barnstable Co., Mass., Friday, July 4th, 1755 
(or 1756) ; he lived at Barnstable (i. e., Cotuit), New Bed- 
ford and South Dartmouth, Mass., and was a merchant, 
hotelkeeper and market gardener; he died at South Dart- 
mouth, January 12th, 183 1. He was a son of Ebenezer and 
Zerviah (Winslow) Crocker, of Cotuit, Mass. Zerviah Wins- 
low was a daughter of Kenelm Winslow, of Harwich, Mass. 
Children: 11 (Crocker), i son and 10 daughters, all bom at 
Wareham, Mass., according to Roland Crocker Thacher, of 
Pawtucket, R. I. 
989 i. Hannah,^ born June nth, 1779; died , 1822, 

in New York (City?). 
+990 ii. Zerviah,^ born July loth, 1781; died April , 

1839; married Hawley. 

991 iii. Achsah,^ born April 25th, 1784; died April nth, 

182 1, in Easton, ? 

-f992 iv. Clarissa,' born April nth, 1786; died September 

20th, 1810; married Dexter. 

993 V. Allen,^ born February 22nd, 1789; died May 

30th, 1790, at Wareham, and buried there. 

994 vi. Harriet,^ born September 14th, 1792; died , 

1843, in New York (City?). 
+995 vii. Betsey,' born August 22nd, 1795; died July 6th, 
1862; married Matthews Thacher (see No. 523). 

996 viii. Polly, ist,' born November 14th, 1797; died , 

young. 

997 ix. Polly F., 2nd,' born September 2nd, 1799; died 

August 15th, 1818, at Dartmouth, Mass.; prob- 
ably not married. 

998 X. Sally,' born ; died ; nothing further 

known of her. 



369 

999 xi- Ophelia/ born December 4th, 1803; died April 

— , 1817, at Easton, ? Not married. 

According to Hon. George Thacher's MSS. genealogy, Joshua 
Crocker was born in Barnstable, Mass. He kept a general store in 
Wareham; he went to New York City and there kept a public 
house; he was afterwards in the sarne business in New Bedford, 
Mass., and afterwards was a market gardener in South Dartmouth, 
Mass., where he died. 

From the Marston Mills Cemetery we obtain the following 
inscription : — 

"Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Fear Crocker, relict of the 
late Mr. Joshua Crocker, of New Bedford, daughter of Rev. Ro- 
land Thacher, of Wareham, having early professed the Gospel of 
Christ, and manifested its fruits in her life, she died consoled by 
its hopes, September 8th, 1833, in the 74th year of her age. 
The memory of the just shall live." 

AUTHORTTIES : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 43. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 240. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 192. 

Roland Crocker Thacher of Pawtucket, R. I. 

Stanley W. Smith of Boston, Mass. 

J. W. Lincoln,, an authority on Wareham Records. 

348. Elizabeth® Thacher (Rev. Roland,' Col. John,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Wareham, Mass., 
September 2^Td, 1762 ; died , at ; married at Ware- 
ham, (int. pub., October 9th, 1779), to Israel Fearing, 

born at Wareham, , 1758; died at ; date of death 

; he lived at Wareham until 1801, and then removed to 

Newport, R. I. He was a son of David and Huldah (Cush- 
man) Fearing, of Wareham, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Fearing), 6 sons and 2 daughters, all born at 
Wareham. 

1000 i. David,^ born August 24th, 1780 ; died Septem- 

ber 4th, 1780, at Wareham, and was buried 
there, 
looi ii. Zenas,' (or Linus), born September 29th, 
1781 ; died . 

1002 iii. Lucinda,^ born September 23rd, 1784; died 

1003 iv. Martin,'^ born January 3rd, 1787; died . 

1004 v. Isaiah,^ born September 15th, 1789; died . 

1005 vi. Thacher,^ born May 26th, 1792 ; died July 4th, 

1794, at Wareham, and was buried there. 

1006 vii. Fear Crocker,^ born October 12th, 1794; died 

1007 viii. Oliver,^ born January 27th, 1801 ; died . 



370 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 43. 
J. W. Lincoln, an authority on Wareham Records. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 179, 190. 

349. Deacon John^ Thacher (Rev. Roland,^ Col. John,* Hon. 
Col. John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Wareham, Mass., 
January 26th, 1767; he lived at Wareham and Lee, Mass., 
where he was a farmer and a deacon in the church ; he died 
at St. Catherine's, in Upper Canada, October 5th, 1828, aged 
61, and was buried in Lee, Mass. He married at Raynham, 
Mass., January 26th, 1790, to Parna Robinson, born Rayn- 
ham, April 24th, 1771 ; died at Buffalo, N. Y., , 1847. 

She was a daughter of Luther and Hannah (Gushee) Rob- 
inson of Raynham, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Thacher), 2 sons and 5 daughters, all born at 
Lee, except No. loio, who was born at Leicester, Mass. 

-j-iooS i. Luther Robinson,^ born January 15th, 1791 ; 
died , 1870; married, first. Prudence Ben- 
nett; married, second, Cornelia Poineer. 
1009 ii. Hannah,^ born September 6th, 1792 ; died July 
23, 1828, at Lee, Mass., aged 35, and was 
buried there. Not married. 

-f-ioio iii. Lucy,^ born June ist, 1796; died April 13th, 
1842 ; married Henry W Bennett. 

-}-ioii iv. Thomas,^ born September 9th, 1798; died No- 
vember 25th, 1884; married, first, Rebecca 
Maria Williams ; married, second, Adeline An- 
toinette Chaffin. 

-J-IOI2 V. Sylvia,^ born March 22nd, 1800; died July 
24th, 1828; married Benjamin Fish (or 
Fisher). 
1013 vi. Emily,^ born April 4th, 1806; died July 31st, 
1828, aged 22, at Lee, Mass., and was buried 
there. Not married. 

-|-ioi4 vii. Harriet,^ born March 7th, 1808; died ; 

married Abijah Benton. 

Deacon John® Thacher was Surveyor of Lumber at Lee, 
Mass., 1798-1799 and 1800; he was assigned pew No. 25 in Con- 
gregational Church at Lee in 1800, and was assessed $57.00 for 
same ; he was elected Deacon of that church in 1816. Robert 
Estes of Hanover, Mass., deeded to John Thacher of Wareham, 
housewright, May ist, 1792. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 43, 57-8. 

Lee Town Records, pp. 39, 92, 97, 104, 106, 169. 

Vital Records of Lee, Mass., pp. 47, 93, 232. 

History of Lee, Mass., p. 39. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., Vols. LI, p. 291 ; LIII, p. 438. 



371 



Estes Genealogy (Lenox Library), p. 67. 

His grandson, Charles A. Thacher of Rennselaer, N. Y. 

487. Solomon" Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah/ Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., April 3rd, 1750; 
died October 25th, 1798, (September ^, 1798, according to 
gravestone), at Yarmouth, and was buried there in old 
graveyard ; gravestone. He married December 5th, 1774, 

at , to Susannah Crosby, born November 26th, 1754, at 

Dennis, Mass.; died September (or October) — , 1808, aged 
54, at Yarmouth, probably, and was probably buried there 
in old burying-ground ; no gravestone. She was a daughter 
of Barnabas and Mehitable ( ) Crosby, of Dennis, Mass. 

Children: 10 (Thacher), 3 sons and 7 daughters, all born 
at Yarmouth. 

Abigail,^ born October 28th, 1775; died ; 

married William Hallett. 

Lydia, ist,'^ born August 21st, 1777; died No- 
vember 15th, 1777, at Yarmouth, and was 
probably buried there in old burying-ground; 
no gravestone. 

Phebe,^ born November loth, 1778 ; died , 

1859; married Capt. Hezekiah Gorham, Jr. 

Lydia, 2nd,'' born June ist, 1781 ; died ; 

married John Hallett. 

Anner,^ born August 29th, 1783 ; died Septem- 
ber 8th, 1858; married Capt. Edmund Bangs 
Hallett. 

Samuel,^ born October 4th, 1786; died October 
I2th, 1871 ; married Nancy Hallett. 
Solomon,^ born September ist, 1790; died 
September 30th, 181 1, aged 21; he was a 
mariner and was lost at sea; a stone to his 
memory is in the old burying-ground at Yar- 
mouth. Not married. 

Susannah, ist,'' born August 6th, 1792; died 
October i8th, 1793, at Yarmouth, and was 
probably buried there in old burying-ground ; 
no gravestone. 

Susannah, 2nd,'' born December 25th, 1793; 
died October i6th, 1827; married Joseph 
White. 

Benjamin,'^ born September 14th, 1796; died 
April 9th, i860; married, first, Sukey Snow 
Hopkins; married, second, Myranda Baker; 
married, third, Nancy (Berry) Nickerson. 



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Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 44, 58. 
Mayflower Descendant, Vol. VI, p. 94. 
Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 34. 



372 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 
Archibald Gourlay Thacher, N. Y. City. 

488. Capt. Peleg® Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born November 22nd, 175 1, at Yar- 
mouth, Mass. ; died August 12th, 1817, at Barnstable, and 
was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying- 
ground ; gravestone. He lived at East Barnstable, on S. 
W. corner, opposite Ezekiel Thacher's house; he was a 

mariner. He married September 21st, 1780, at , to 

Mercy Matthews, born , 1760 (see age at and date of 

death), at ; died February 24th, 1853, aged 93, at Barn- 
stable, and was buried there in Goodspeed's Hill (West) 
Burying-ground ; gravestone. Her parentage I have not 
ascertained. 

Children : None. 

From Goodspeed's Hill (West) Burying-ground we obtain 
the following inscriptions, viz :-r- 

"In memory of Capt. Peleg Thacher; he died August 12th, 
1817, in the 66th year of his age : 

They die in Jesus and are blest 
How sweet their slumbers are 
From suffering and from pain released 
And free'd from every care. 
In memory of Mrs. Mercy, widow of Capt. Peleg Thacher, 
died February 24th, 1853, aged 93 years." 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 44. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher's Genealogy, p. 241. 

489. Ebenezer^ Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,' 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born June 2nd, 1754, at Yarmouth, 
Mass. ; he was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and lived 
in Yarmouth, at N. W. corner of the westerly lane leading 
to the old burying-ground, in the house that was afterwards 
altered and occupied by his daughter Ruth'^ Thacher. He 
died April ist, 183 1, at Yarmouth, and was buried there in 
Old Burying-ground ; gravestone. He married June 30th, 

1785, at Yarmouth, to Tamsen Taylor, born , 1764 (see 

age at and date of death), at Yarmouth; died March 20th, 
1828, at Yarmouth, in her 65th year, and was buried there 
in Old Burying-ground; gravestone. She was a daughter 
of Ebenezer Taylor of Yarmouth. 

Children: 8 (Thacher), 4 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 

Yarmouth. 

+ 1025 i. Peleg,^ born July 15th, 1787; died , 1816 

(or 17) ; married Betty Hallett. 
-f 1026 ii. Lothrop Taylor,^ born June 24th, 1790 (or 

91) ; died , 1865; married Thankful Nick- 



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1027 iii. Ruth/ born December 8th, 1792; died May 
22nd, 1866, at Yarmouth. I have no record of 
her marriage. 

+ 1028 iv. Lucy/ born April 29th, 1795; died January 
nth, 1839; married Jonathan Hallett. 
1029 V. Temperance, ist,^ born July i6th, 1797; died 
August — , 1799, at Yarmouth, and was pre- 
sumably buried there ; no gravestone. 

-I-1030 vi. Temperance, 2nd,'' born October 5th, 1800; 
died August 14th, 1867; married Ebenezer 
Taylor 2nd. 
1031 vii. Ebenezer,^ born February 6th, 1803 ; died 
, 1821, at Havana, Cuba; not married. 

+ 1032 viii. Charles,^ born June 30th, 1807; died ; 

married, ist, Hannah'^ Thacher (No. iioi) 
(see No. 508, et sequentia) ; married, 2nd, 



Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 44, 58-9. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 33, 34 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 241-2. 

490. Lydia® Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah,^ Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., January 
22nd, 1756; died at Yarmouth, March 9th, 1838, aged 82 
years, and was buried there in Old Burying-ground ; grave- 
stone. She married at Yarmouth, June 5th, 1777, to Cap- 
tain Charles Hallett, born Yarmouth, April 4th, 1751. He 
lived at Yarmouth and was a merchant and storekeeper 
and was also Captain of a packet running between Yar- 
mouth and Boston; he died at Yarmouth, November 15th, 
182 1, aged 70 years, and was buried there in Old Burying- 
ground ; gravestone. He was a son of John Hallett by his 
wife Rebecca (Hallett) Hallett (daughter of Ebenezer Hal- 
lett) of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Hallett), 5 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth. 

-{-1033 i. Rebecca,'^ born June 30th, 1778; died August 
7th, 1846 ; married Capt. Joshua Gray. 

-f 1034 ii. Charlotte,'^ born May 23rd, 1780; died Decem- 
ber 17th, 1815; married Andrews Hallett. 
1035 "i- Joseph Thacher,'^ born March 22nd, 1782 ; died 
November 23rd, 1799, "in his i8th year," at 
Yarmouth, and was buried there in Old Bury- 
ing-ground ; gravestone. Not married. 

-f 1036 iv. George,^ born July 17th, 1784; died Septem- 
ber 13th, 1845 ; married Eliza Gordon. 
1037 V. Eunice,'^ born March 30th, 1787; died July 
6th, 1854, at Yarmouth, and was probably 
buried there; no gravestone. Not married. 



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-{-1038 vi. Charles/ born July 31st, 1789; died Septem- 
ber 26th, 1832, at Yarmouth, aged 43, and was 
buried there in Woodside Cemetery; grave- 
stone ; married Betsey Parker. 
1039 vii. Warren/ born November 2 1 St (or 29th), 1790; 
died February 8th, 181 1, at Yarmouth, and 
was buried there in Old Burying-ground ; 
gravestone. Not married. 

-{-1040 viii. Oliver,^ born November 8th, 1792; died July 
2nd, 1842, at Yarmouth, and was buried there 
in Woodside Burying-ground; gravestone.; 
married Betsey Hamblin. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 44. 

Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 516. 

Gray Genealogy, MSS., by G. W. Thacher, p. 11. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 17, 19, 40. 

Freemans Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 230. 

Yarmouth Town Records. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 121-22, 23, 24. 

492. Joseph* Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,* An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born April 16, 1759, at Yarmouth; died 
, at . He was a master mariner and lived at Yar- 
mouth; he married -, 1782, at , to Abigail^ Gor- 

ham (No. 858), born March 4th, 1760, at Yarmouth; died 
September 22nd, 1821, aged 62, at . She was a daugh- 
ter of Samuel Gorham (born January 3rd, 1722; died May 
I2th, 1789; married April 20th (or 30th), 1747), and Abigail 
Hallett, No. 313 (born June 15th, 1727; died April 15th, 
1790), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 8 (Thacher), 5 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

1041 i. Daniel, ist,^ born November 8th, 1784; died 

August — , 1788, at Yarmouth, and was prob- 
ably buried there ; no gravestone. 

1042 ii. Betsey, ist,^ born January i6th, 1787; died 

, 1798, at Yarmouth, and was probably 

buried there; no gravestone. 
-)-i043 i"- Joseph,^ born July 4th, 1789; died , 1823; 

married Phebe Gage. 
-I-1044 iv. Samuel Gorham,^ born May 20th, 1792; died 

; married Eliza S . 

1045 V. Daniel, 2nd,^ born July 9th, 1793; died . 

1046 vi. Freeman,^ born June ist, 1796; died , pre- 

vious to March ist, 1818, at sea; he was not 
married. 
-fi047 vii. Abigail^ (Nabby), born July ist, 1798; died 

; married, first, Capt. Leonard Small; 

married second, Henry Moore. 



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+ 1048 viii. Betsey, 2nd/ born July i6th, 1802; died ; 

married Rev. Currier. 

Authorities : 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 242. 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 44, 59. 74- 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, Vol. LII, pp. 359-60. 
Otis' Barnstable Families, Vol. I, p. 517. 

493. Sarah® Thacher (Joseph,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,2 Rev. Peter^), born May loth, 1761, at Yarmouth, 
Mass.; died July 27th, 1847, aged 86, at Ashfield, Mass., 
and was buried there in North West Cemetery ; gravestone. 
She married at Yarmouth, December loth, 1789, to Joseph 
Vincent, born June i6th, 1756, at Yarmouth, Mass., (or on 
Nantucket Island). He lived at Yarmouth and removed 
in 1793 to Ashfield, Mass., where he died January 8th, 1844, 
aged 87, and was buried there in North West Cemetery. 
He was a mariner until 35 years of age and then became a 
farmer. He was a son of David andAbigail (Hawes) Vin- 
cent, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Vincent), 2 sons and 2 daughters. First two 
born in Yarmouth, others in Ashfield. 

-f-1049. ^- Joseph,^ born November 3rd, 1790; died Jan- 
uary 23rd, 1879 ; married Lucy Rude. 
1050 ii. Thacher,^ born September 23rd, 1792; died 
December 13th, 1813, at Ashfield, Mass., in 
the 22nd year of his age and was buried there 
in North West Cemetery. Not married, 
-f 1051 iii. AbigaiP (Nabby), born November 15th, 1798; 
died November 27th, 1846; married, first, Ze- 
bulon Taylor; married, second, Oakes Dyer. 
-f-1052 iv. Temperance,^ born April 20th, 1802; died Jan- 
uary i6th, 1868; married Gaius Harmon. 
Joseph Vincent, Sr., and his wife, Sarah® (Thacher) Vin- 
cent, removed to Ashfield, Mass., in an ox cart; they were thir- 
teen (13) days on the journey. Joseph Vincent was accompanied 
by a brother and his wife. The two wives upon reaching the 
rude log hut which was their destination, ate their supper in 
silence, went out and sat under a tree in silence for a long time, 
when one of them exclaimed, "Are our husbands fools or not?" 
George Hawes of Ashfield, Mass., under date of July 25th, 
1907, says : "The Cemetery, called the North West, where lie 
the mortal remains of Joseph Vincent and his wife Sarah® 
Thacher has a special interest just now. It is one of the many 
small neighborhood or family burying-grounds that were com- 
mon throughout New England in the i8th and 19th centuries. 
This one when founded was upon a main travelled highway 
(since discontinued), and now lying remote from the homes or 
footsteps of men, has thus become neglected, lying as it did in 
a pasture. It was in use from 1790 to 1850. The last burial, that 



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of an old lady of 99 years of age, took place there in 1866. -We 
find the names of about 50 or 60 bodies lying there. Within the 
year past Mr. Zebulon Bryant Taylor, a descendant of Joseph 
Vincent and Sarah Thacher, has had the ground cleared, stones 
reset, wall rebuilt, and has erected a fine monument bearing the 
name, date of birth and death and age of all those known to be 
buried there, at a cost of $1,000.00 and also another monument 
to the memory of his nearer relatives there, making the spot a 
glory and grace to the town. There are many good photographs 
of the monuments to be had." 

Mr. Zebulon Bryant Taylor informed the compiler of these 
notes that he has left $1,000.00 in his will to the town of Ashfield, 
Mass., the interest on which is to be used in keeping the sacred 
spot in good condition. 

Authorities : 

Zebulon Bryant Taylor, of Tacoma, Wash. 

George Hawes, of Ashfield, Mass. 

Town Clerk of Ashfield, Mass. , 

Allen's Thacher's Genealogy, p. 44. 

496. Barnabas^ Thacher (Jos^eph,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., August 26th, 
1768; he lived at Yarmouth and died there September 26th, 
1836, and was buried there in Woodside Cemetery; grave- 
stone. He married at Yarmouth, April i8th, 1793, to Mary 
Howes, born Yarmouth, August 28th, 1769; died Yarmouth, 
August nth, 1838, and was buried there in Woodside 
Cemetery; gravestone. 

Children: 9 (Thacher), 5 sons and 4 daughters, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

+ 1053 i. Ezekiel,^ born May ist, 1794; died ; mar- 
ried Lucy Sears. 

+ 1054 ii. George,'' born April 2nd, 1796; died ; mar- 
ried Irene Scudder. 
1055 iii. Sarah,^ born March loth, 1798; died . 

-f 1056 iv, Barnabas,^ born April 4th, 1800; died October 
30th, 1864 ; married Mary Gray. 

+ 1057 V. Edward,'^ born January 25th, 1802; died Oc- 
tober 17th, 1871 ; married, first, Lydia Thacher 
Gray (see No. 490) ; married, second, Eliza 
Ann Thacher (see No. 898) ; married, third, 
Hannah Bourne Thacher (see No. 898). 

1058 vi. Olive,'' born December 14th, 1803; died . 

1059 vii. Anner,^ born March 14th, 1806; died . 

-|-io6o viii. Isaac,'^ born July 7th, 1808; died February 5th, 

1883 ; married Eliza Hichborn. 
1061 ix. Mary,^ born ; died . 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 44, 59. 
' Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 43. 



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503- Hon. David^ Thacher (Hon. David,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, June loth, 
1767 ; he lived at Yarmouth and Dartmouth, Mass., Egg 
Harbor, N. J., and Lewes, Del., and Philadelphia, Pa., suc- 
cessively. He was a manufacturer of salt and magnesia, 
and built and operated salt works ; representative to the 
Massachusetts G. C, 1812-13-14, from Dartmouth. Justice 
of the Peace, Yarmouth, 1797. He died at Philadelphia, 
Pa., October 17th, 1830, and was buried there in Ronald- 
son's Cemetery. He married, first, at Yarmouth, July 4th, 
1786, to Sarah Gray, born Yarmouth, November 21st, 1770 
(or November 31st, 1771) ; died at Yarmouth, July 21st, 
1793, in her 23rd year, and was buried there in Old Burying- 
ground ; gravestone. She was a daughter of Captain Joshua 

Gray (born ; died March 31st, 1791, aged 48; married 

March 20th, 1766) and Mary Hedge (born ; died Aug- 
ust 3rd, 1822, aged 76), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Thacher), 3 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Yarmouth. 

1062 i. Sally,^ born April 26th, 1787; died April 26th, 
1787, at Yarmouth, and was buried there. 
-I-1063 ii. Lothrop Russell,^ born May 22nd, 1788; died 
; married Ann Bowditch. 

1064 iii. Daniel,^ born October 14th, 1790; died Oc- 

tober i8th, 1790, aged 4 days, at Yarmouth, 
and was buried there in Old Burying-ground ; 
gravestone. 

1065 iv. David, ist,^ born February 15th, 1793; died 

August i6th, 1793, aged 6 months, at Yar- 
mouth, and was buried there in Old Burying- 
ground ; gravestone. 
Hon. David^ Thacher married a second time at Yar- 
mouth, June I2th, 1796, to Eunice Weld Noble, born New- 
bury, Mass., November 23rd (or 24th), 1773; dismissed from 
church at Yarmouth to church at Dartmouth in 1807; died 
at Philadelphia, Pa., December ist, 1842, aged 69, and was 
buried there in Ronaldson's Cemetery. She was a daughter 
of Rev. Oliver Noble (born Hebron, Conn., March 3rd, 1734; 
died Newcastle, N. H., December 15th, 1792; married May 
15th, 1760), and Lucy Weld (born June 15th, 1734; died May 
28th, 1 781, at Newberry, Mass.; daughter of Rev. Habija'h 
and Mar)'- (Fox) Weld of Attleboro, Mass.), of Newberry, 
Mass., and New Castle, N. H. 
Children: 12 (Thacher), 8 sons and 4 daughters. 

-}-io66 V. David, 2nd,^ born April 28th, 1797; died ; 

married Amelia Connor. 
4-1067 vi. Oliver Noble, ^ born April (or August) 9th, 
1798; died December 27th, 1871 ; married 
Hannah L Ayers. 



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io68 vii. Henry/ born July 17th, 1799; died , at 

New Orleans, La. Not married. 

+ 1069 viii. Frederick/ born July 15th (or i6th), 1800; 
died ; married Love. 

4-1070 ix. Arthur/ born September 14th, 1801 ; died Oc- 
tober 26th, 1870 ; married Catharine McMinn. 

1071 X. Abigail Russell/ born December 29th, 1802, 

at Yarmouth, Mass. ; died January 29th, 1876, 
aged 73, at Philadelphia, Pa., and was buried 
there in Laurel Hill Cemetery, She married 
, at Philadelphia, Pa., to Dr. Samuel Hun- 
ter. No issue. 

1072 xi. Lucy Weld,^ born March 24th, 1804, at Dart- 

mouth, Mass.; died September 29th, 1890, at 
Philadelphia, Pa., and was buried there in 

Ronaldson's Cemetery. She married , at 

Philadelphia, Pa., to James Calbreath. No is- 
sue. 
+ 1073 xii. Alfred,'^ born October 8th, 1806; died April 
25th, 1870; married Mary Elizabeth Hutton. 
-I-1074 xiii. Cyrus Sylvester,^ born March 12th, 1808; 
died March 9th (or 12th), 1892; married Eliza- 
beth Runner. 
+ 1075 xiv. Eunice Noble,^ born March 23rd, 181 1; died 

; married James Latta. 

+ 1076 XV. Charles Fox,^ born October 9th, 1812; died 
November 13th, 1874; married Amanda Mal- 
vina Ashmead. 
1077 xvi. Martha Russell,'^ born May 25th, 1815, at 

Philadelphia, Pa.; died (she was living 

in 1877) at Philadelphia, Pa., and was buried 
there in Ronaldson's Cemetery. Not married. 
According to Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 60, Hon. David^ 
Thacher received a college education. He was for many years a 
leading man in Yarmouth. Later, on account of better business 
facilities, he removed to Dartmouth, Mass., where he built the 
first salt works. He failed in business on account of the em- 
bargo of 1812. He afterwards removed to Egg Harbor, N. J., 
and died in reduced circumstances. He was a man of superior 
education, and was noted for his courteous and urbane manners. 
Captain Daniel Wood of New Bedford, Mass., stated that 
when David^ Thacher moved to Dartmouth he must have been 
worth $30,000. He was a manufacturer of salt and magnesia. 
He failed on account of the speculations of his son Lothrop 
RusselF Thacher and also on account of the embargo of 1812. 
He afterwards went to Egg Harbor, N. J., in behalf of a com- 
pany for the purpose of building and carrying on salt works. It 
is said that he opened a store in Philadelphia, Pa., at one time. 
He was a leading man in Dartmouth, Mass. "I have the highest 
opinion of him; I have met noblemen in Russia and England, 



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but I have never met so perfect a gentleman as the 'Squire' as 
David^ Thacher was called." It is said that David* Thacher 
went from Egg Harbor, N. ]., to Lewes, Delaware, and thence 
to Philadelphia. 

From Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, p. 128, we obtain the follow- 
ing inscription from the Old Burying-ground at Yarmouth, 
Mass. : — 

"Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Sarah Thacher, the amiable 
consort of David Thacher, Jr., Esq., who died July 21st, 1793, 
in the 23rd year of her age. 

While weeping friends bend o'er the silent tomb. 

Recount her virtues and her loss deplore. 
Faith's piercing eye darts through the dreary gloom 
And hails her blest where tears shall flow no more." 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 45» 80. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 229. 
Alden's Epitaphs, Vol. I, p. 128. 
Lootnis Genealogy, pp. 476, 481. 
Noble Genealogy, pp. 640, 643, 659, 689. 
Gray Genealogy, by M. D. Raymond, p. 250. 
MSS. Gray Genealogy, G. W. Thacher, p. 9. 
Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 33-34- 
History of Bristol Co., Mass., p. 205. 
Family records of his descendants. 

504. Mercy* Thacher (Deacon Josiah,' Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., 
March 20th, 1760; died Yarmouth, Mass., September 29th, 
1807, in her 48th year and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. She married at Yarmouth, Mass., De- 
cember 25th (or 26th), 1782, to Andrews Hedge, born , 

1757 (see age at and date of death) ; he lived at Yarmouth, 
where he died October 20th, 1828, in his 71st year, and 
was buried in Old Cemetery ; gravestone. 

Child: I (Hedge), born at Yarmouth, Mass. 
-I-1078 i. Abigail,^ born ; died ; married Ed- 
mund Eldridge. 

507. James* Thacher (Deacon Josiah,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., May 15th, 
1764; died Yarmouth, November 28th, 1832, in his 69th 
year, and was buried at Yarmouth, in Old Cemetery; 
gravestone. He lived at Yarmouth, and was a ship car- 
penter and made a voyage or two; in Yarmouth he lived 
on a farm where Thomas Long lived afterwards. He mar- 
ried, first, at Yarmouth, Mass., February 15th (or 19th), 
1795, to Susannah* Thacher (No. 580), born Yarmouth, 
June 19th, 1776; died Yarmouth, September 28th, 1823, in 
her 48th year, and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; grave- 
stone. She was a daughter of Joseph^ Thacher (No. 160) 
by his wife Susannah Whelden, of Yarmouth, Mass. 



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James** Thacher married, second, at Yarmouth, July — , 
1828, to Susannah Hall (half-sister to William Hall, who 
married her husband's eldest daughter Polly'' Thacher (No. 
1079), born Yarmouth, Mass., October 22nd, 1773; died 
September 2nd, 1862, aged 88 years, 10 mos., at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 
She was a daughter of Isaac and Susannah (Howes) Hall, 
of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 12 (Thacher), 6 sons and 6 daughters; all by 
first marriage and all born at Yarmouth, Mass. 

+ 1079 i. Polly,^ born July 25th, 1796; died ; mar- 
ried William Hall. 

1080 ii. Nancy, ist,^ born September 19th, 1798; died 
October 19th, 1804, at Yarmouth, and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 

1081 iii. Eunice,'^ born August loth, 1800 ; died Novem- 
ber 9th, 1823, at Yarmouth, in her 24th year, 
and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; grave- 
stone. Not married. 

1082 iv. Joseph,'^ born June 25th, 1802 ; died , 1827, 

at sea of yellow fever, and was probably 
buried at sea. Not known to have married. 

James,^ born June loth, 1804; died , 1827, 

lost at sea. Not known to have married. 

Nancy, 2nd,'' born April loth, 1806 ; died ; 

married Enoch Brown. 

Judah,'' born June 29th, 1808; died , 1832; 

he sailed in 1832 for the West Indies and was 
never heard of afterwards. Not known to 
have married. 

Susan,^ born September 26th, 1810; died ; 

married Capt. Ansel Matthews. 
Frederick,^ born November 25th, 1812; died 
October 6th, 1849; married Hannah Elliot. 
Alfred,^ born July i8th, 1816; died ; mar- 
ried Susan Baker. 

Prentiss,^ born October 9th, 1818; died ; 

married Catharine J Harris. 

Matilda,^ born February 17th, 1823; died 
April 8th, 1823, at Yarmouth, aged 7 weeks, 

and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; grave- 
stone. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher GenealogS, PP. 45. 47. 60, 61. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 230. 

Graveyard Inscriptions, Yarmouth, Mass., pp. 33. 34- 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, pp. 226, 232. 

508. JosiAH^ Thacher (Deacon Josiah,'' Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony ,2 Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., 



1083 


V. 


-fio84 


vi. 


1085 


vii. 


+ 1086 


viii, 


+ 1087 


ix. 


-fio88 


X. 


+ 1089 


xi. 


1090 


xii. 



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July 1st, 1766; he lived at Yarmouth, and was a farmer, 
and he died (probably at Yarmouth) December i8th, 1853, 
of old age ; no record of his burial or gravestone. He mar- 
ried June i6th, 1791 (at Yarmouth, probably), to Lydia 
Matthews, born at Yarmouth, October 24th, 1771 ; died 
October 14th, 1836 (probably at Yarmouth), no record of 
her burial or gravestone. She was a daughter of John and 
Lydia (Hedge) Matthews, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 11 (Thacher), 5 sons and 6 daughters, all born 
at Yarmouth, Mass. 

+ 1091 i. Harriet,^ born March 14th, 1792; died ; 

married David Ryder. 

-I-1092 ii. Desire,^ born September 23rd, 1793; died 
August 22nd, 1846; married Josiah Nickerson. 
1093 iii. Judah,^ born June nth, 1795; died May 13th, 
1797, aged I year, 11 mo., 2 days, at Yarmouth, 
and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; grave- 
stone. 

-f-1094 iv. Paddock,^ born June 25th, 1797; died Decem- 
ber 25th, 1867; married Lucy Hallett. 

+ 1095 V. Josiah,^ born July 6th, 1799; died , 1840; 

married Daty Baker. 
1096 vi. Lydia Hedge,'' born August 7th, 1801 ; died 
January — , 1820, at Yarmouth, and was 
buried there probably; no gravestone. Not 
married. 

+ 1097 vii. Mary Gray,' born August 5th, 1804; died 
; married Francis Albert Jarrot. 

-I-1098 viii. Fanny,'" born June nth, 1806; died April 20th, 
1850; married Ophir Josselyn. 

1099 ix. Russell,' born September 30th, 1809; died 

June 7th, 1823, aged 14, at sea. Not married. 

1 100 X. Allen,' born July 29th, 181 1 ; died August 6th, 

1812, aged I year and 8 days, at Yarmouth, 
and was buried there in Old Cemetery ; grave- 
stone. 

-f-iioi xi. Hannah,' born August 13th, 1813; died , 

187 1 ; married Charles' Thacher (No. 1032). 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 45, 61. 
Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 230. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 24, 32, 33. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy. 

509. Desire® Thacher (Deacon Josiah,"* Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev, P^ter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., Feb- 
ruary 6th, 1769; died at Yarmouth, February 23rd, 1825, 
in the 57th year of her age, and was buried there in Old 
Cemetery ; gravestone. She married at Yarmouth, Decem- 
ber 7th, 1793, to Daniel Taylor, born Yarmouth, March 



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4th, 1763; he lived at Yarmouth in the house corner of 
Church Street and the County Road (Yarmouth Port), 
where subsequently his son Josiah^ Taylor and his sisters 
lived ; he died at Yarmouth, April 6th, 1825, in the 63rd year 
of his life and was buried there in Old Cemetery; grave- 
stone. He was a son of Daniel Taylor (born , 1722; 

died March 24th, 1815, aged 93), and his wife Elizabeth 

Joyce (born , 1721 ; died December 2nd, 1812, aged 91), 

of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 5 (Taylor), 2 sons and 3 daughters, all born at 

Yarmouth. 

+ 1102 i. Eliza,"^ born , 1794; died ; married 

Matthews Crowell Hallett, as his second wife. 
1 103 ii. Sally,^ born , 1796; died . Not mar- 
ried. 

4-1104 iii. Thacher,'^ born , 1798; died ; mar- 
ried Charlotte Dusten Snow. 

1 105 iv. Sophia,^ born , 1800 ; died . Not mar- 

ried. 

1 106 V. Josiah,'^ born , 1802; died . Not mar- 

ried. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 45. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 31. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 233. 

510. Anne® Thacher (Deacon Josiah,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., June 23rd, 

1771 ; died , at ; married, first, December 14th, 

1794, at Yarmouth, Mass., to Dr. John Dusten, a physician 

of Yarmouth, Mass.; born , 1756-7 (see age at and 

date of death), at ; died at Yarmouth, Mass., June 4th, 

1796, in his 40th year, and was buried there in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. His parentage is at present unknown 
to me. She married, second, , at , to Asa Wash- 
burn (Joseph Washburn, according to Hon. George 
Thacher's MSS. Genealogy, p. 234. Asa Washburn, ac- 
cording to corrections thereto by George Winslow Thacher ; 

Asa probably correct), born , at ; died , at 

. He lived at New Bedford or Dartmouth, Mass. His 

parentage is unknown to me. 

Children, first marriage: 2 (Dusten), daughters, both born 
at Yarmouth, Mass. 

1 107 i. Charlotte, ist,^ born ; died , about 

I year old. 
-|-iio8 ii. Charlotte, 2nd,'' born ; died ; mar- 
ried Washington Snow. 

Child, second marriage: i (Washburn), son. 
1 109 iii. Libius,^ born ; died . 



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Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 46. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 234. 
Corrections to same, by George Winslow Thacher, p. 46. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 12. 

511. Edmund® Thacher (Deacon Josiah," Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., 
March 24th, 1774. He received the tavern from his father 
and sold it to his brother Josiah® Thacher and removed to 
Vassalboro, Me., where he was a lumberman and rafter; 

he died , at ; he married July 24th, 1799, at , 

to Polly Bassett, born August 7th, 1779, at ; died , 

at . She was a daughter of Jonathan Bassett (born 

; died ) and his wife Elizabeth Hallett (born 

Yarmouth, May 21st, 1754; died ), of Yarmouth, 

Mass., and removed to Kennebec, Me. 
Children: 3 (Thacher), i son and 2 daughters. 

mo i. Jonathan,^ born February loth, 1800; died 
; lived in Vassalboro, Me. 

mi ii. Betsey,^ born December 30th, 1801 ; died . 

1 1 12 iii. Mary Ann,^ born ; died . 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 46, 61, 62, and corrections thereto by 
Geo. Winslow Thacher, p. 6oj. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 230. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 234. 

514. Rebecca^ Thacher (John,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,' An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., November 
23rd, 1767 (Yarmouth Town Records say November 23rd, 
1766, which is inconsistent with date of her parents' mar- 
riage) ; died at Yarmouth, June 30th, 1795, in her 29th 
year, and was buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 
She married at Yarmouth, December ist, 1788, to William 
Bray, Jr., born at Yarmouth, September 19th, 1766; died 
at Yarmouth, May 9th, 1849, aged 82, and was buried there 
in Old Cemetery; gravestone. He was a son of William 

Bray (born , 1729; died August 22nd, 1805, in his 

76th year) and Hannah O'Kelley (born , 1731 ; died 

April 14th, 1794, in her 63rd year), of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Child: I (Bray), daughter, born at Yarmouth, Mass. 
-{-1113 i. Hannah,^ born September 25th, 1790; died 
March 28th, 1869 ; married James Hedge. 
William Bray, Jr., married a second time to Mary Gor- 
ham Hedge, who died April 19th, 1846, aged 72, by whom 
he had the following: 

Children: 9 (Bray), 3 sons and 6 daughters, all born in Yar- 
mouth. Not in Thacher line. 

1. Rebecca. 

2. Mary. 



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3- William. 

4. Bartlett, who married Hannah Gray and had Martha 

Bray, who married Henry Charles* Thacher (see 
No. 761, et sequentid). 

5. Dinah Hall. 

6. Lucy. 

7. Gorham, who married Nancy^ Thacher (see No. 1020, 

et sequentid). 

8. Frances, ist, born October 20th, 1814; died November 

6th, 1816, aged 2 y., 7 mo., 9 days. 

9. Frances, 2nd. 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 38, 46. 
Sears' Genealogy, p. 42. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 248. 
Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, pp. 10, 11. 
Mrs. Edwin Thacher, of Yarmouthport, Mass. 
Mrs. Anna Squires, of Burlington, Iowa. 

515. JoHN^ Thacher (John,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ Antony," 
Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, March 24th, 1769; he was a 
mariner and lived at Yarmouth until 1805, and then re- 
moved to South Dartmouth, Mass. ; he died March 7th, 
1820, lost at sea ; he sailed from South Dartmouth and was 
lost at night on that date. He married at Yarmouth, Feb- 
ruary 23rd, 1792, to Deborah Sears, born Yarmouth, July 

7th, 1772; died May 2nd, 1838, in her 66th year, at . 

She was a daughter of Moody Sears (born Yarmouth, May 
6th, 1734; died Yarmouth, November 24th, 1795, in his 
6ist year; married at Yarmouth, December 20th, 1759) 
and Elizabeth Lewis (daughter of Antipas Lewis), of Yar- 
mouth, Mass. 

Children : 11 (Thacher), 5 sons and 6 daughters, first 7 born 
at Yarmouth, the rest at South Dartmouth. 

1 1 14 i. Lavinia,'^ born October 2nd, 1792; died ; 

she was living in 1872. Not known by me to 
have married. 

1 1 15 ii. Sears,^ born October 3rd, 1797; died March 

7th, 1820, lost at sea; he sailed from Dart- 
mouth on March 7th, 1820, and was never 
heard of afterwards; he was not married; he 
studied a while for the ministry but on ac- 
count of poor health gave it up and became a 
mariner. 

1 1 16 iii. Rebecca,'^ born October 3rd, 1797 (twin to 

her brother No. 1115); died April ist, 1850, 
at South Dartmouth, Mass., and was probably 
buried there ; not known by me to have mar- 
ried. 



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1 1 17 iv. Isaiah/ born September 26th, 1799; died Jan- 
uary (or June) 17th, 1801, at Yarmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there; no gravestone. 

-|-iii8 V. Serena,^ born June 28th, 1802; died ; mar- 
ried Ebenezer Alden. 

+ 11 19 vi. Sarah,^ born October 7th, 1803; died ; 

married Parker. 

1 120 vii. John,^ born November 26th, 1804; died March 

7th, 1820, lost at sea on that date with his 
father and brother Sears'' Thacher. Not mar- 
ried. 

1 121 viii. Job,^ born January ist, 1807; died January 

3rd, 1807, at South Dartmouth, and was 
buried there. 

1 122 ix. Isaac,^ born January ist, 1807 (twin with 

No. 1121); died January i8th, 1807, at South 
Dartmouth, and was buried there. 

1 123 X. Deborah,^ born July 14th, 1808; died ; she 

was living in 1872, at South Dartmouth, Mass. 
Not known by me to have married. 

1 124 xi. Charlotte,^ born April 3rd, 1812; died Feb- 

ruary I2th, 1813, at South Dartmouth, and 
was buried there. 
John^ Thacher moved to South Dartmouth in 1805. He and 
his two (2) sons Sears^ and John^ sailed from Dartmouth, March 
7th, 1820, and were supposed to have been lost that night. The 
loss of John* Thacher and his two sons made in all five sons 
and two grandsons of John^ and Hannah (Matthews) Thacher 
who were lost at sea. John* Thacher built the house in Yar- 
mouth afterwards occupied by Mrs. Gorham Bray (see No. 1020 
et sequentid). 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 46, 62. 
Sears' Genealogy, by S. P. May, pp. 170, 171. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 248. 

516. Hannah* Thacher (John,® Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ An- 
tony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., August 17th, 
1771 ; died October 8th, 1849; married at Yarmouth, Feb- 
ruary 3rd, 1791, to Sylvanus Kelley, of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 4 (Kelley), sons. 

1 125 i. Thacher.^ 

1 126 ii. Sylvanus.^ 

1 127 iii. Ebenezer.^ 

1 128 iv. Isaiah.^ 

Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 46. 
Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 249. 

520. Sarah* (Sally) Thacher (John,** Judah,* Hon. Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born at Yarmouth, Mass., April 



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19th, 1782; died Yarmouth, November 17th (or i8th), 1862, 
aged 80 years and 7 months, and was buried in Old Ceme- 
tery; gravestone. She married January i8th, 1803, at Yar- 
mouth (probably), to Capt. Edward Gorham, born No- 
vember 9th, 1780, at ; died at Yarmouth, Mass., No- 
vember 20th, 1824, aged 44 years and 11 days, and was 
buried there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. He was a 

son of Hezekiah Gorham (born ; died April — , 1794; 

married March 15th, 1759), and his wife Abigail Sturges. 

Children: 7 (Gorham), 6 sons and i daughter, all born at 
Yarmouth, Mass. 

1 129 i. Job Thacher/ born August lOth (or nth), 
1804 ; died , at sea. 

-I-1130 ii. Elkanah,^ born June 25th, 1806; died May 
14th, 1876; married Keziah Lewis. 

-I-1131 iii. Edward,^ born October 23rd, 1810; died April 
19th, 1882; married Mercy Hallett Merchant. 
1 132 iv. Lothrop,'' born July 6th, 1812; died September 
1st, 1835." 

+ 1133 V. Louisa,^ born December 2nd, 1814; died No- 
vember 14th, 1897; married Allen Nickerson. 

1 134 vi. Alfred,^ born July 2nd, 1819; died March 4th, 

1840, at sea. 

1 135 vii. Charles,' born August 23rd, 1824; died March 

25th, 1825. 

Authorities : 

Allen's Thacher Genealogy, p. 46. 

Freeman's Cape Cod, Vol. II, p. 360. 

N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, Vol. LII, pp. 360, 446. 

Yarmouth, Mass., Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 14. 

Hon. George Thacher's MSS. Thacher Genealogy, p. 249. 

Her Grandson, Charles Henry Gorham. 

523. Deacon Matthews^ Thacher (John,^ Judah,* Hon. Col. 
John,^ Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., June 
8th, 1788, Sunday, and was baptized the following Sabbath. 
At age of 14 years he went to South Dartmouth, Mass., and 
spent the rest of his life there, but died at Centerville, 
Mass., October 25th (or 26th), 1868, and was buried at 
South Dartmouth, Mass. He was a ship carpenter and 
for 40 years he was a deacon in the Congregational Church 
at South Dartmouth. He married at Tiverton, Rhode Isl- 
and (recorded at South Dartmouth, Mass.), May 13th, 1813 
(so recorded at South Dartmouth, Mass.), or May 30th, 
1813, to Elizabeth (Betsey) Crocker, born at Tiverton, R. 
I., August 22nd, 1792 (or 1795) ; died at Geneva, 111., July 
6th, 1862, aged 70, and was buried there. She was a daugh- 
ter of Joshua Crocker (born July 4th, 1755 (or 1756) ; died 
January 12th, 1831 ; married March — , 1777), and his wife 
Fear^ Thacher, No. 347 (born March 14th, 1760; died Sep- 



387 

tember 8th, 1833), of Barnstable, New Bedford and South 
Dartmouth, Mass. 

Children: 10 (Thacher), 4 sons and 4 daughters, and 2 sex 
not stated, all born at South Dartmouth, Mass. 

1136 i. A child,^ born May 21st, 1814; died May 22nd, 
1814, at South Dartmouth, and was buried 
there. 
+ 1137 ii. Isaiah Crocker,^ born July 2nd, 1815; died 
March i6th, 1880; married, first, Elizabeth 
Reynolds Hyde; married, second, Mary Cath- 
erine Hyde (his first wife's sister) ; married, 
third, Lydia Waters Proctor. 

1 138 iii. Rodolphus W ,'' born July 3rd, 1817; died 

December 20th, 1818, at South Dartmouth, 
Mass., and was buried there. 
-f-1139 iv. OpheHa Crocker,'^ born June 23rd, 1819; died 
September 9th, 1858; married Captain Peter 
Butler. 
-I-1140 V. Clarissa Dexter,^ born June loth (or nth), 
1821 ; died August 13th, 1892 ; married Rev. 
George Denham. 
+ I141 vi. Harriet Dunbar,'' born September 14th (or 
19th), 1823; died March 4th (or 6th), 1896; 
married Captain Hilman Crosby. 
1 142 vii. Betsey,^ born December 26th, 1825; died July 

, 1889, at Centreville, Mass., and was 

buried there. Not married. 
+ 1143 viii. Henry Martin,^ born August 23rd (or 28th), 

1827; died October — , 1902; married ? 

He left issue. 
+ 1144 ix. John,^ born July 9th, 1832; died March 7th, 
1897 ; married Achsah Leonard Dexter. 
1145 X. A child,^ born November 27th, 1834; died No- 
vember 28th, 1834, at South Dartmouth, Mass., 
and was buried there. 
Deacon Matthews^ Thacher was the last surviving lineal de- 
scendant of Antony^ Thacher in the 6th generation. At the age 
of 14 he went to earn his living in South Dartmouth, Mass., and 
in 1810 he joined the Congregational Church there ; he was 
elected a deacon there in 1823 and retained that office until 1861, 
when at his own request he was dismissed and recommended to 
the Congregational Church at Geneva, 111., by which church he 
was received and in the fellowship of which he died. 
Authorities : 
Allen's Thacher Genealogy, pp. 46, 62. 
Memorial of Rev. Isaiah Crocker Thacher. 
Emerson Family, p. 275. 

Congregational Church Quarterly, Vol. XI, pp. 293-4. 
Miss Anna Thacher. 
Roland Crocker Thacher. 
Clara L. Howes. 



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524. Elizabeth.^ Thacher (John,^ Judah,* Hon, Col. John,^ 
Antony,^ Rev. Peter^), born Yarmouth, Mass., June 8th, 
1788; died South Dennis, Mass., March 5th, 1862, and was 
buried at Yarmouth in Old Cemetery ; no gravestone. She 
married at Yarmouth, January 24th, 181 1, to Ebenezer Mat- 
thews, born at Yarmouth, February 17th, 1781 ; he was a 
farmer and lived at Yarmouth, where he died February 
27th, i860, and where he was buried in Old Cemetery; no 
gravestone. He was a son of Deacon Isaac Matthews (born 

; died February 4th, 1790, aged 79), and his wife Phebe 

Howes (born ; died May 4th, 1813, in her 79th year), 

of Yarmouth, Mass. 

Children: 7 (Matthews), i son and 6 daughters, all born 
at Yarmouth. 

+ 1146 i. Hannah Thacher,^ born November 21st, 181 1 ; 
died May 29th, 1861 ; married Nathaniel Mat- 
^. thews. 

1 147 ii. Phebe, ist,^ born November 30th, 1814; died 
at Yarmouth, June 9th, 1816, and was buried 
there in Old Cemetery; gravestone. 
4-1148 iii. Phebe, 2nd,^ born January 23rd, 1818; died 

; married Oliver Matthews. 

+ 1149 iv. Elizabeth,^ born April 17th, 182 1 ; died Aug- 
ust 20th, 1854 ; married Clark Lincoln. 

4" 1 1 50 V. Mercy,'' born January 26th, 1824; died ; 

married Joshua (or Jonathan) Bangs, 

Corrections: 

Page 282, No. 708. ii. 7th line: 1735 should read 1785, 

Page 298, No. 762. ix. Betsey' Hawes should read Betsey'' Howes, 

Page 308, No, 796. i. comma should follow word about. 

Page 317, No. 266, From the Norwalk {Conn.) Hour, published August 
13th and 29th, 1913, we obtain the following item which add to and correct the 
record of No, 266, Ann« Thacher:— She was born April loth (or 9th), 1731, and 
died December 9th, 1813, aged 82 years. Her husband, Isaac Hayes was in 
the 73rd year of his age at time of her death, and his was the first burial in St. 
John's Churchyard in Lewisboro, Westchester Co., N. Y. They had a fourth 
cKttd, a daughter, viz.: 

841a iv. Polly,"" born ? died ? of whom I know nothing 

further. 

Page 343, No, 270, 15th line from bottom of page: Milford, Conn,, should 
read Norwalk, Conn. 

Page 338, No. 855. The parenthesis should be closed after 1775, viz.: 1775). 

Page 338, No. 855. 24th line: parenthesis should be placed before word 
born, viz.: (born ; died March, etc. 

Page 341, No. 866. Yarmouth Graveyard Inscriptions, p. 37, states:— 
"Betsey B., widow of Joshua (Bassett) died June 17th, 1750, aged 78 years, 
3 months" (on her husband's stone). Query: Does the B stand for her mar- 
ried name Bassett, or for her maiden surname B ? 

Page 342, No. 868. Elizabeth,'' was born September 21st, 1760, and not 
September 2nd, 1760, as printed. 

Page 343, No, 320. 7th line from bottom: leave out closing parenthesis 
and comma ( ), ) after R. I, 

Page 361, No. 938. vii, Rebecca"" Thacher, d. , 1859, and not 1839, as 

printed. 



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