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 VII – Descendants of Thomas Thayer, Immigrant to America 1637, Through his Grandson Isaac and First Wife Mercy Rockwood (click this link for more info & an order form). 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.
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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 ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work
Click here for Captain Ottoman Friz’s 1958 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer
Here is an update from October 2015 on the current status of C.A. Thayer

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Cinde Thayer Iacovacci wrote on May 17, 2017 at 22:11:
In 2013, I visited with cousins in San Diego who have been involved in the genealogy of our family for several years. My cousin from Rhode Island shipped Volume 5 of the Thayer Family Genealogy. It was my first foray into my father's family and I was very disappointed to find the information contained on my mother to be grossly in error. I am the only child of my parents and am the last of my father, so I wonder who would have provided the erroneous information for publication. Neither of my cousins were able to tell me anything, and... Read more
In 2013, I visited with cousins in San Diego who have been involved in the genealogy of our family for several years. My cousin from Rhode Island shipped Volume 5 of the Thayer Family Genealogy. It was my first foray into my father's family and I was very disappointed to find the information contained on my mother to be grossly in error. I am the only child of my parents and am the last of my father, so I wonder who would have provided the erroneous information for publication. Neither of my cousins were able to tell me anything, and they are the only Thayer cousins I am aware of with any interest in our genealogy. I was quite surprised to find that I have the greatest store of photos and family lore about my father, his two older brothers and sister. All of them have passed and we were never a close family, so I am surprised that anyone would have had information regarding my mother. I would appreciate any information about how information is obtained and what type of verification process occurs prior to publication.
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Patrick Thayer wrote on May 9, 2017 at 16:14:
Patrick Thayer here. Just started researching and have so far just worked on a straight line. Patrick (me), Dennis, Jack, Gurdin, Lorenzo, Merritt, Stephen III, Stephen Jr, Stephen, Samuel, Thomas, Ferdinando, Thomas (of the Speedwell). Can't wait to do some more digging and flesh out our tree. Thanks.
Patrick Thayer here. Just started researching and have so far just worked on a straight line. Patrick (me), Dennis, Jack, Gurdin, Lorenzo, Merritt, Stephen III, Stephen Jr, Stephen, Samuel, Thomas, Ferdinando, Thomas (of the Speedwell). Can't wait to do some more digging and flesh out our tree. Thanks.
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Nancy Thayer Ross wrote on May 3, 2017 at 12:14:
I would like any info. on Charles Aldrich Thayer, b. 1830, Cayuga County, NY. Son of Harviland Thayer and Betsey Aldrich from Lisbon, NH. Charles is my g-grandfather.
I would like any info. on Charles Aldrich Thayer, b. 1830, Cayuga County, NY. Son of Harviland Thayer and Betsey Aldrich from Lisbon, NH. Charles is my g-grandfather.
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Kevin Mendenhall wrote on April 25, 2017 at 16:50:
I am in the process of liquidating my father-in-law's estate and have come up with something that may be of interest to your association. His gun collection contains a Moore's Firearms Front Loading Teat-Fire Revolver. This gun was made from 1864-1870. He originally inherited it from his uncle in KY. Anyway, on the hilt, it is engraved F.A. Thayer. If you have a family member that is interested, please let me know. It is worth about $400 if there is any interest, but I wanted to give the Thayer family an opportunity to own it before I sell it at... Read more
I am in the process of liquidating my father-in-law's estate and have come up with something that may be of interest to your association. His gun collection contains a Moore's Firearms Front Loading Teat-Fire Revolver. This gun was made from 1864-1870. He originally inherited it from his uncle in KY. Anyway, on the hilt, it is engraved F.A. Thayer. If you have a family member that is interested, please let me know. It is worth about $400 if there is any interest, but I wanted to give the Thayer family an opportunity to own it before I sell it at a collector's gun show.
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Jim wrote on April 21, 2017 at 22:49:
Deborah Thayer and John Rockwood were my 7th GG Grandparents. Thanks you for having this wonderful record. Jim Allen, Fair Oaks, CA.
Deborah Thayer and John Rockwood were my 7th GG Grandparents. Thanks you for having this wonderful record. Jim Allen, Fair Oaks, CA.
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mike mitchell wrote on April 15, 2017 at 23:53:
Hi, I am looking for my family connection to Gen Thayer, My GG parents families-Chase and /or Samson are related, somehow, In fact, General John Chase was head of the Colo Militia, hopefully someone will be able to help, I am putting together the family tree. thanks you Michael M. Mitchell, 9702151314 cell
Hi, I am looking for my family connection to Gen Thayer, My GG parents families-Chase and /or Samson are related, somehow, In fact, General John Chase was head of the Colo Militia, hopefully someone will be able to help, I am putting together the family tree. thanks you Michael M. Mitchell, 9702151314 cell
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John Moorehead wrote on March 17, 2017 at 10:22:
My grandmother was Helen Thayer who died in 1953. She was married to Alexnder Moorehead (moorhead) and lived in the Cicero, North Syracuse, NY area. My first cousin, Jean Stahl from the same area is a member of the Thayer Assoc.
My grandmother was Helen Thayer who died in 1953. She was married to Alexnder Moorehead (moorhead) and lived in the Cicero, North Syracuse, NY area. My first cousin, Jean Stahl from the same area is a member of the Thayer Assoc.
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Michael Mahan wrote on March 16, 2017 at 15:57:
Is there a relationship for Sylvanus Thayer ("Father of the US Military Academy") , Braintree, MA and the Thayer family of Lancaster MA?
Is there a relationship for Sylvanus Thayer ("Father of the US Military Academy") , Braintree, MA and the Thayer family of Lancaster MA?
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Cathy Thayer wrote on March 14, 2017 at 13:10:
Michigan - John Ira Thayer (9/3/1863-12/11/1943) married (2/24/1887) to Roseann Steinman (6/20/1864-@1950). My great-grandparents. John, son of Ormenus H. Thayer of New York and Dorcas Rice of Pennsylvania. I believe his parents are John Thayer (@1792) of New York and Ruth Hayes (@1790) of Vermont, but can find no definitive proof.
Michigan - John Ira Thayer (9/3/1863-12/11/1943) married (2/24/1887) to Roseann Steinman (6/20/1864-@1950). My great-grandparents. John, son of Ormenus H. Thayer of New York and Dorcas Rice of Pennsylvania. I believe his parents are John Thayer (@1792) of New York and Ruth Hayes (@1790) of Vermont, but can find no definitive proof.
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Robin wrote on March 9, 2017 at 00:15:
Hello, I am a Thayer descendant as well. In the book "Memorial of the Thayer name : from the Massachusetts colony of Weymouth and Braintree, embracing geneological [!] and biographical sketches of Richard & Thomas Thayer, and their descendants from 1636 to 1874 by Thayer, Bezaleel, b. 1795" Amelia O. Thayer married Henry H. Hammond, they are my great great Grandparents. The book says they had a child Elmer, B. May 25th, 1871, D Sept. 27th, 1872. The book stops in 1874. Their next child was Oscar Erastus Hammond and not in the book. He was born June 26th, 1873.... Read more
Hello, I am a Thayer descendant as well. In the book "Memorial of the Thayer name : from the Massachusetts colony of Weymouth and Braintree, embracing geneological [!] and biographical sketches of Richard & Thomas Thayer, and their descendants from 1636 to 1874 by Thayer, Bezaleel, b. 1795" Amelia O. Thayer married Henry H. Hammond, they are my great great Grandparents. The book says they had a child Elmer, B. May 25th, 1871, D Sept. 27th, 1872. The book stops in 1874. Their next child was Oscar Erastus Hammond and not in the book. He was born June 26th, 1873. Wondering if you have covered the Thayers of Wisconsin from Door County yet. Thank you so much for your work. 🙂
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