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We invite you to embark on a journey tracing your family’s history. The Thayer Families Association was founded in 1991 and is the result of many dedicated Thayers as well as non-Thayers. Publication of a definitive, comprehensive Thayer genealogy was a stated goal of the TFA founders so that anyone could learn about their ancestry and the history of this truly remarkable surname. This enormous project is well underway with the publication of Volume VI – Descendants of Thomas Thayer, Immigrant to America 1637, Through his Son Ferdinando2 and His Grandsons Samuel3 & Josiah3 (Ferdinando2). Everyone in the Thayer Families Association welcomes you to the wonderful opportunity to meet your cousins! There is an enormous amount of information here and available through the TFA. Please browse through our site and feel free to contact us if you would like any further information. NOTE: When e-mailing, please mention you saw our site, thanks.PENTAX Image
The Speedwell was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. It carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There’s over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting

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Welcome to the Thayer Families Association Web Site! — 54 Comments

  1. Hello my name is Douglas Allen Thayer, I’m 45 years old and live in Joliet, IL. I recently discovered the Thayer family association. Growing up in Joliet there were few Thayers, all related. I do remember looking at an old family tree, that someone had done, shortly after I was born. I can get a copy of it, if you would be interested in looking at it? Perhaps you could verify its authenticity? I remember seeing the name Sylvanus Thayer in it. Thank you for your time.

    • Hello Douglas, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. If you can share with me the name of your grandfather Thayer, his approximate year and state of birth or residence, I can likely help you with your lineage back to 1500 in England. Please send me an Email message to TriciaMuno@aol.com and put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Looking forward to learning more about you and your Thayer family. Patricia

  2. Hello Patricia Thayer Muno. Thank you for all you have done in researching the surname “Thayer”. My father was Paul James Thayer born in Indianapolis, October 1926. He had a brother, Francis Thayer who died in the Korean War and another brother, Charles Thayer (Chuck) who lived and died in California. I have read thru the emails above and have had an interest for years in knowing more about the Thayer side of my ancestry. It’s good to know that many Thayers contributed to society in very positive and meaningful ways. Again, thank you so much! Regards, Sheryl

    • Hello Sheryl! I do have considerable information to share with you on your Thayer family. I will be attending the national Thayer Family Reunion this next week but will get back to you as soon as possible. Please contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com and put “THAYER” in the subject heading! Looking forward to helping you!

  3. Hello Everyone. I have no relation to the Thayer family (that I know of) but collect Civil War cased images (ambrotypes and tintypes) and just this week acquired an early Civil War clear glass ambrotype in ninth-plate size. The image is identified as Lucien Thayer on a photographer’s advertising card behind the ambrotype plate, inside the thermoplastic case. Although the subject is identified as Lucien Thayer, I believe it may be one of his three brothers — all four boys died as a result of the war — two were killed in action and two died of disease contracted during their service. I suspect this fellow may be Loring W. Thayer who enlisted on April 16, 1861, joined the 4th Mass. Infantry, then the 32nd Mass Volunteers. He was killed in Virginia in September of 1864. The reason I say this is that the clear glass ambrotypes pretty much fell out of favor by about 1862 and the other three boys enlisted later: Charles S. on 2/15/1864, George F. on 4/3/1863, and Lucien M. on 7/12/1864. If anyone would like to see their possible relative, I’d be happy to e-mail you an 800-dpi scan of my ambrotype. I’ll just need your e-mail. Take care, Dan Binder in Illinois.

    • Hello Daniel Binder! I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. I would be VERY interested in obtaining a copy of your Civil War photo!!! The four brothers of which you speak were the sons of Ansel THAYER (14 Jul 1802 Randolph, Norfolk, MA – 12 Apr 1881 Braintree, Norfolk, MA) and Sarah ARNOLD (6 Jun 1804 Braintree – 12 Jun 1881). Their son Lucian Manlius THAYER was a Soldier in Company I, 42nd Regt. according to my records. He was born 29 Nov 1843 in Braintree, MA; married 17 Apr 1870 to Lydia Ann SIMONDS and he died 14 Sep 1870 in Braintree of Consumption at “age 26 years, 9 months and 19 days” according to his Massachusetts Vital Death Record. I have in the notes of Lucian’s brother, Charles Spencer Thayer the following: “A three-quarter sitting view of Pvt. Charles S. Thayer, Co. K, 3rd Regt., Mass. Vol. Cav. is available from Civil War Photo site on internet. http://carslile-www.army.mil/cgi-bin/usamhi/PhotoDB/ I was not able to obtain a copy of this photo. You may also contact me directly at TriciaMuno@AOL.com at any time. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Thank you for contacting us, Sincerely, Patricia

  4. Hello, I am a Thayer decendant who didn’t realize it until recently. I started doing genealogy, of my grandmothers family tree. Bathsheba Thayer (born 9/10/1706) married James Lindsey. I am hoping to find out when she died and where she is buried. Does anyone know?

    • Hi Carla Whitney, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. I do have your Bathsheba Thayer and James Lindsey in my files. Bathsheba died in 1806 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts. I do all of her ancestors back to 1500 in England. If you wish, you may E-mail at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. I am also on Facebook as Patricia Thayer Muno and you can send me a friend request there if you are also on Facebook. Thanks for your post, Patricia

    • Hi Elizabeth, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. I do have your mother in my files and all of her ancestors back to 1500 in England. I will send you your lineage in an E-mail message back to 1500 in England if you can contact me via E-mail at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. I am also on Facebook as Patricia Thayer Muno and you can send me a friend request there if you are also on Facebook. Hope to hear from you, Patricia

    • Hello Brian Thayer, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. YES, you are 10th great grandson of the Immigrant, Thomas Thayer who was born 1596 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England; Immigrated to America in 1637 and settled in Braintree, Norfolk, MA where he died in 1665. I have your grandfather Burdett Cardale Thayer’s lineage as follows: Burdett Cardale 11 (David Ives 10, Burdett Cardale 9, David Haven 8, David Cutler 7, Jonah 6, Jonathan 5-4-3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER. There are three more generations of Thomas Thayer’s ancestors back in England, to the year 1500! If you are on Facebook, you may wish to send a “friend” request to me at Patricia Thayer Muno. I can then add you in to my Thayer Family Historian’s Group where you can go and meet over 1,300 of your Thayer “somehow cousins.” You may also contact me via E-mail at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading, and I will be happy to get back to you with what I can find on your Thayer family, Sincerely, Patricia

  5. Hi I am jonathan Richard thayer II and I look forward to reading comments and more of this website. Thank you to whom ever put this together.

    • Hello Jonathan Richard Thayer, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. If you are on Facebook, you may wish to send me a “friend” request to Patricia Thayer Muno. I can then add you in to my Thayer Family Historian’s Group where you can go and meet over 1,300 of your Thayer “somehow cousins.” You may also contact me via E-mail at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading, and I will be happy to get back to you with what I can find on your Thayer family, Sincerely, Patricia

  6. Hello. My name is Talice L. Thayer Dickerson. I am the daughter of John T. Thayer (PA) and grand daughter of Jack Thayer (PA). The family “legend” was that two brothers came across and one stayed North while the other headed South and they stood on opposite sided during the Civil War. Can anyone give me more information to go on? I would like to see the link back to New England if possible.

    • Hi Talice. Well, the only trouble with that theory is that by the time the Civil War rolled around, the Thayers had already been in the states for more than two hundred years. With that amount of time to procreate, you can image the numbers!! The two brothers you hear about are Thomas (Immigrant in 1637) and Richard (Immigrant in 1641). Both of them pretty much hung around the community they helped found, Braintree, Mass. until their deaths. I am a direct descendant of Richard …. and I’m in Canada! We get around.

    • Hello Talice, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the Author of A Comrehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. I can provide nore information for you if you can further identify your grandfather, Jack Thayer. Jack is a nickname for John, so I need to know his true name, his approximate year and state of birth or residence. You may also contact me via E-mail at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading, and I will be happy to get back to you with what I can find on your Thayer family, Sincerely, Patricia

  7. Hello my name is garrett thayer and i got brought here in search of finding the lineage of my last name, i was told we came over from wales england around the same time the mayflower was setting sail. I have done some research and found 3 familys in wales aroundthe same time that had the last name thayer my family also has a vible thats been around since the 1400s with a family tree and such but i have never personally seen it. If you have any info regarding the subject contact me at gar.thayer@gmail.com

  8. Hi everyone, I’m Barb Bonomini. My husband Daniel Bonomini is and grandchild of Paul Vincent Thayer of Ohio. His father Was Grover Cleveland Thayer andMOther was Marguerite Vincent. We have no proof further back than this and would love to communicate with the same family. Family lore stated that they are related to Sylvanus Thayer, but since he had no children (proven?) he would be an Uncle of some sort. I have some records that suggest that they come from Richard Thayer and Dorothy Pray (she was my 8th gr grandfather’s sister). Anyone with info on this line can contact me at chasinghosts@hotmail.com

  9. Hi my name is Michael Hedman my fathers name is tom Thayer and I be leave they are out of mass. I was also told that mt great Great grandfather or Uncle but I think grandfather was sylvanus Thayer the first dean at West Point military academy the resemblance between the males on my fathers side with Sylvanus is uncanny lol. I would like to find out more information about my family. I was also told the we have American Indian mixed in irikoy and or nick nack I was just curious if anybody could verify? If anybody could help it would be appreciated.
    thanks
    Mike

    • Hello Mike Hedman, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian/Genealogist for the Thayer Families Association. I have a great many “Tom” Thayers in my files from Massachusetts, so if you can help me narrow the search by providing additional information, I would be most happy to help you. The best place for me to start would be with the name, approximate year of birth and possible place of residence for your grandfather Thayer (If known). If not known, I will need more identifying information on your father (date and place of birth or residence would help). Also, the names of any other family members (preferably someone born before 1940) would also be very helpful. You may contact me directly at TriciaMuno@AOL.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Looking forward to helping you, Patricia

  10. Hi there, my name is Pavel and I’m trying to find the family of a Mary Thayer, who lived in Torrance, Californa. She was around her 60’s in the mid 1970’s, but I’m not sure when she passed away.

    • Hello Pavel Bartel, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association, I can better help you if you can confirm for me whether or not Mary Thayer was a Thayer by birth or by marriage. You can also write me at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put THAYER in the subject heading. Thank you for your interest, Patricia

  11. Hi everybody , my name ´s Sonia Ben Thayer and i live in Tunisia. I would love to know if my family have roots in the Thayer’s family living in U.S.A.

    • Hello Sonia Ben Thayer! Most happy to “meet” you. I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I would be delighted to help you learn of your Thayer roots if you can provide me with some additional identifying information. Please contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com and let me know of your grandfather Thayer’s name, his approximate year and place of birth and I will see what I can find for you. Hope to hear from you soon, Patricia

  12. Hello, my great grandfather was James A Thayer and married Elizabeth Wallace.My grandmother was Eva Dell Thayer (Della, Eva and married Alexander Allen and then George Keen and died in Sacramento Ca. I know they resided in a few towns in Wisconsin. Please if anyone has any information let me know. I have exhausted all resources and found one article.

    • Hello Thayer deacendant. I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I do have Your Thayer lineage back to 1500 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and a good deal of information on the descendants of your great grandfather, Jame A. Thayer. I will be happy to share information on your family with you. Please contact me directly via Email at TriciaMuno@aol.com or write to me at:
      Patricia Thayer Muno
      Thayer Family Historian
      3618 North 225 East
      North Ogden, UT 84414
      Thank you for your interest and for getting in touch, Patricia

      • Hello again Dawn, Please excuse typos in last message. That should read “DESCENDANT” rather than “deacendant”; and your Great Grandfather’s name should have read “James” rather than “Jame.” I might add here that there certainly is very limited information on the descendants of your great grandparents on the Internet. Informaton on your great grandmother is certainly a mystery! -Patricia

  13. Hi my name is Thayer Schroeder grandson to Joseph Thayer and son of Carol Thayer. I remember as a child meeting with the Braintree Historical Society for some reason and having my picture taken. Are we related to Spencer Thayer of Superdelegate Hit List fame?

    • Hello Thayer Schroeder, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family HIstorian for the Thayer Families Association. I DO have you and your entire Thayer line in my genealogy files and I can provide you with your lineage back to 1500 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. For your personal privacy, please contact me directly at TriciaMUno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. You can also contact me by US mail at the address listed to the right of this message. Looking forward to helping you learn more about your Thayer lineage! Patricia

  14. Hello, David Thayer here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Don’t know much about my Dad’s side of the family, the Thayers except they were from Illinois. The other giveaway is that if you look at a picture of Jack Thayer, the Titanic survivor it is like looking at a picture of my Dad when he was young, especially the identical big floppy EARS!!!!!!!

    • Hello David Thayer in Tulsa, OK! I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I would be most happy to help you in your quest for information on your Thayer line. For your privacy, please contact me directly at TriciaMUno@aol.com. If you can share with me the name of your father or grandfather Thayer, and an approximate year of birth, I will get right back to you with what I have in my files. Looking forward to learning more about you and helping you to learn more about your Thayer Family! Please put THAYER in your e-mail subject heading. Or write me at the address appearing to the right of this message. Thank you for your interest! Patricia

  15. Good morning Thayers!
    My name is Jay Thayer, I am the son of John F Thayer, and grandson of Jean Thayer. The only trace of my ancestors that is definitive beyond that is a small hymnal and rosery that was passed down and over 150 years old. The hymnal has an encryption that reads, ” K. Domelly to Ralph McCaffery 22/82″ The book was published in 1869 and my grandfather never explained the relationship of those names to us. If anyone has any information on them it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
    Jay Thayer

  16. My ggrandmother was Emma J Cronk Her mother was Frances E Thayer daughter of Lyman Thayer. 1783-1849. I have traced back to Ferdinando Thayer 7thgg, and further, but want to verify my findings. Any suggestions

    • Hello Evelyn, I do have your Thayer family in my files. I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I can help you verify your records. Please contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com and put “THAYER” in the subject heading. I will get back to you ASAP.

  17. Hello all. My name is Brent Markham Thayer, 34, originally from Syracuse, NY, but now reside in Manassas, VA. Mea Culpa (My great great great (however many times) great uncle My grandparents were John “Jack” Thayer and Florence Markham Thayer. Both grew up in a small city outside of Rochester, NY called Brockport on West Sweden Road. My great grandfather was Elmer Thayer…his wife (my great grandmother Catherine Murphy Thayer). I have always been interested in genealogy ever since I was a youg boy. Well, over this past Christmas break I decided to do a little research. I contacted a fellow Thayer, Marc Thayer III whom I saw has been doing some research. I told him I had not been able to go as far back as a great great (however many times grandfather George W. Thayer) with records shown that he was born in 1805 in Merrimack, NH. I emailed Marc thinking I would never hear from him. Lo and behold I received a Christmas gift this past Christmas as I saw myself staring at the names of my great great 13x grandfathers…I never knew my granfadthers have been in the U.S. for so long! I was staring at names back to the 1600s! I thought I might be in a dream. I knew my great great..howver many times great grandfathers sons was in the Civil War (Volney P Thayer). Mea Culpa, Volney, for me living in Manassas, VA! Ha. Even more interesting, my (however many times great grandfathers, Joseph Thayer, Son of Isaac Thayer) fought for the American side in the Revolutionary War! I almost fell out of my seat because I absolutely love American history, and always told myself that if there would ever be a time would love to go back to in history it would be before the time and during the revolutionary war. It’s directly in my blood! A direct link! Even more cool was my (however many times great grandfather Isaac Thayer) was a founder of Mendon, MA. I have never heard of the town, but great knowing that an ancestor, and not just an ancestor , but a great grandfather (however many times) was one of the founders. Plus on top of this is the biggie…now I know where my ancestors come from in England! My again, however many times (great grandfathers Ferdinando Thayer..how does a Thayer get a name like Ferdinando?!?!…when I saw that i was confused…say what?!? Ha. Nonetheless, it is a cool name. Some kind of Spanish influence somewhere? Anyways now I know my direct descendants came from Gloucestershire, England, and have been here for a really really long time. And I’m grateful for them, and for my history…Our history! Hello fellow Thayer’s!

    • Hello Brent, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I have your entire Thayer lineage in my files back to 1500 in England. Send me an E-mail message to TriciaMuno@AOL.com so that I can help you, and I will get back to you ASAP. Your 9th great grandfather, Ferdinando Thayer was the founder of Mendon, rather than his son, Isaac. Your family appears in Volume V of my Comprehensive Genealogy which is just now going back to press after several years of being out of print. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Looking forward to being in touch, Patricia

  18. Hi, my name is Payton Thomas Thayer and I looked up what my heritage was and I found this website and I am suprised because my middle name is Thomas who started this all. Thank you for this.

    • Hi Peyton Thomas Thayer! I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian and genealogist for the Thayer Families Association and the author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. Contact me at triciaMuno@AOL.com AND I will gladly help you with your Thayer lineage! Hope to hear from you soon, Patricia

  19. My name is Frank Thayer from blacksburg, south carolina and my fathers name is frank cline thayer. He is alo from blacksburg SC.

    • Hi Frank! I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian and Genealogist for the Thayer Families Association and the author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. I do have your father in my files, and also your late mother. If you can share with me the name of your grandfather Thayer, I can likely share a lot more of your Thayer lineage with you. Please contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com and put THAYER in the subject heading of your e-mail address. Looking forward to hearing back from you and learning more about your Thayer family, Patricia

  20. I’m related to the Sydney Thayer clan of Philadelphia. Great Great uncle was John B Thayer who went down with the Titanic.

    • Hi Geoffrey, I have you and your family in my files. You appeared in Volume IV of my Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. You may contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com if you wish.

    • Hi to ‘ICEHOUSE2″ I am Patricia Thayer Muno, family Historian and genealogist for the Thayer Families Association and the author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. Please contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com and I will stand by to help you with your
      Thayer lineage!

  21. Hi. My Grandmother was Edith May Thayer and her Father was Henry Tisdale Thayer. I was wondering if you are part of my family.

    Thank you so much
    Tyndra

    • Hi Tyndra, I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association and the author of A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America. Your Thayer family appears in Volume II of this work of which a few copies remain. Do you descend from Frederick Carleton, Avis Elizabeth, Dorothy Goff, Charles Thayer or Margaret Thayer BARNEY? If you wish, you can contact me at TriciaMuno@aol.com.

  22. I am Richard Thayer. I was born on 16 August 1955, exactly 359 years after Thomas Thayer (son of Richard Thayer) was christened. I am new to the Thayer Family Association. Thank you for having me!

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