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.
 
 
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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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Welcome to the Thayer Families Association Web Site! — 124 Comments

  1. Do you have my line below documented?

    Richard Thayer
    Thomas Thayer
    Shadrach Thayer
    Ephraim Thayer
    Ruth Thayer Capen
    Nathaniel Capen
    Samuel Capen
    Samuel FM Capen
    Samuel A Capen
    Arthur F Capen
    Rosemary Capen Watson
    Barbara Watson Murphy
    John J Murphy Jr

    • John J. Murphy, My husbadn is a Thayer descendant and I am a Pray descendant. I have Richard Thayer m. Dorothy Pray in my collateral lines. She was my 7th great grandfather’s sister. We don’t have his line any further back than his great grandfather Grover-Cleveland Thayer.

  2. Hello! I am hoping you can help me– I have been able to research back to an ancestor named Deborah Thayer, but no further (surprisingly). She was born 16 December, 1741 in Mendon, Massachusetts; married Simeon Wheelock (1741-1787) in 1763 in Uxbridge, MA, and she died 5 Nov 1815 in Uxbridge, MA. Their children included Royal (1766-1856) and Jerry (1784-1861). I would appreciate any help–thank you very much!! Is this the right area to ask Patricia Muno for help?

    • Hello Lisa Lerond,
      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 Deborah Thayer was the daughter of Uriah 4 (Ebenezer 3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER and Rachel TAFT. Your immigrant ancestor, Thomas Thayer was born 1596 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. He immigrated to America in 1637 and settled in Braintree, Norfolk, MA where he died in 1665. There are three more generations of Thomas Thayer’s ancestors back in England to the year 1500! YOu may contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Patricia

  3. So I don’t know much about my family at all. My name is Salina thayer. I know my dads name was William dale thayer. He had a brother Russell thayer. His parents were Russell gilbert thayer and flora Marie millikin. I’m trying to find out about my roots and I know nothing. My dad died wheniI was four years old. He was 77. If you could help me at all it would be amazing.

    • My dad was born in Ohio around 1928. I’m not sure what year my grandfather was born but I’m pretty sure it was it Ohio to. I know I have a cousin or something in Canada also. But limited information since my dad died when was so young. I have two half sisters to

    • Hello Salina!
      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 have your Thayer family in my files back to the year 1500 in England. Briefly, here is your lineage to your immigrant ancestor, Thomas Thayer, who was born 1596 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England.

      Salina 12 (William Dale 11, Russell Gilbert 10, Gilbert Wells 9, William 8, Rufus 7, Simeon 6-5, Uriah 4, Ebenezer 3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER.

      This means you are the 12th American generation in your Thayer family.

      Thomas Thayer immigrated to America in 1637 and settled in Braintree, Norfolk, MA where he died in 1665. There are three more generations of Thomas Thayer’s ancestors back in England to the year 1500! Please do contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Patricia

  4. I have traced my family back to George Thayer 1725-1774 and Katherine Graves 1725-1789 and I have not been able to go back any further? Can you help me with this?

    • Hello Tracy Short. Did you already receive information from me concerning the parentage of your ancestors George Thayer and Katherine Graves? His parentage is unknown. Presumed to be an Immigrant from England. Settled in Virginia. Contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Thanks, Patricia

  5. I have traced my family back to a Nancy Thayer, who I believe is the daughter of Phineas Thayer (b. 1789) and Catherine Runyon. I believe that Phineas’ father was also Phineas/Phinehas (b. 1767) and his mother was Joanna Gibbs. I believe Phinehas was the son of Ebenezer Thayer and Lydia Hayward. The family lived in Lima, Livingston County, New York by the early 1800’s.

    I believe Nancy had a son named Benson Simeon Fleming in 1832, and later married Thomas Page. My connection to the family is through Benson Simeon Fleming.

    I can’t find accurate information as it appears that there was another Phineas Thayer born in 1767 in Weymouth, Mass of Richard and Susannah Wild, and many of the records on Ancestry, etc. combine facts from both men.

    • Hello Ann Fleming Myers!
      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.

      The lineage for Nancy (Thayer) Flemming as you have outlined is correct. Phineas Thayer born 17 Jan 1767 in Mondon, Worcester, MA married Joanna GIBBS in 1789, and they were the parents of your ancestor, Phineas Thayer (born 1789) who married Cathering Runyon.

      The “other” Phineas Thayer, was born 7 Mar 1767 in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA the son of Richard Thayer and Susanna Wild. He married Anna Qunicy Hunt on 16 Dec 1787 in Braintree, NOrfolk, MA and they were the parents of eleven children.

      You ARE on the right track.

      If you need additional information, you may contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com. Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading. Thanks, Patricia

    • Miss Myers. My name is Phil Krebs a likely descendant of Phineas (William D (b1866)/William D (b1814)). Our linkage to this line is a little weak on paperwork but it certainly seems plausible. My grandfather was adopted in 1904 (hence the name changes). Oddly enough, my DNA profile is a high degree of match to a known Benson ancestor and I noticed the given name of Benson in your ancestor line , any idea of the origin of that name?

  6. I have traced my family back to Ferdinando Thayer. Here is the relationship:

    Relationship

    Ferdinando Thayer’s relation to you: Direct ancestor (10 generations)
    Here’s how:

    1. Sheriff Lacy Legg is your father
    2. Robert E Legg is the father of Sheriff Lacy Legg
    3. William Dowlen Legg is the father of Robert E Legg
    4. Joseph Laten Legg is the father of William Dowlen Legg
    5. Joel Legg is the father of Joseph Laten Legg
    6. Samuel Aaron Legg is the father of Joel Legg
    7. Temperance Legg is the mother of Samuel Aaron Legg
    8. Capt. Thomas Thayer is the father of Temperance Legg
    9. Ferdinando Thayer is the father of Capt. Thomas Thayer
    10. Thomas Thayer Father of Ferdinando Thayer

  7. I saw your website. My branch came through Hannah Thayer Stearns. Who may have been the paternal grandmother of Laten Legg Stearns. She had moved to Speed sville ,NY. Ll ended up in Williamsport PA, where he founded LLStearns and sons in 1850.He would have been my great great grandfather.

    • Hi Heidi J. Stoever. I have Hannah Thayer born 12 Dec 1765 In Mendon, Worcester, MA who married Jonathan STEARNS in 1783. Thank you for the interesting information which you have shared. I have attempted to contact you on Facebook. If you need more information you may contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com, Please put “THAYER” in the subject heading.

  8. Hi family,
    Just found this site. Working with Ancestry.com and Find a Grave. Trying to verify and edit the tree(need to merge edit correct dates and insure the parents are correct.When adding other trees from other members, some not accurate. but still a reference.)
    With Find a Grave try to connect the grave sites of parents and siblings so many can find in the future.
    Problem my family both sides is so large. As you know time to time a new clue appears to find in a blank.
    I also research newspapers so at times find marriage , death or a life story.
    Right now am trying to locate 4th great grandparents,Isaac Nicolas Thayer b 1784, Susannah Davis 1788, 3rd Joseph A Carpenter 1800- 1850 Betsy Thayer 1804- and others .

    Thomas Thayer (1596 – 1665)
    10th great-grandfather
    Ferdinando Thayer (1625 – 1713)
    son of Thomas Thayer
    ISAAC THAYER (1664 – 1754)
    son of Ferdinando Thayer
    Isaac Thayer (1695 – 1763)
    son of ISAAC THAYER
    Isaac Thayer (1717 – 1827)
    son of Isaac Thayer
    Isaac Thayer (1754 – 1814)
    son of Isaac Thayer
    Isaac Nicolas Thayer (1784 – )
    son of Isaac Thayer
    Betsey Thayer (1804 – )
    daughter of Isaac Nicolas Thayer
    Malinda Carpenter (1839 – 1894)
    daughter of Betsey Thayer
    Ida Jane Tennant (1861 – 1924)
    daughter of Malinda Carpenter
    Lottie Mae Farrington (1892 – 1980)
    daughter of Ida Jane Tennant
    Hazel Verna Laird (1924 – 1992)
    daughter of Lottie Mae Farrington
    David Lee Harrison
    You are the son of Hazel Verna Laird

    • Hello David Lee Harrison. 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 can confirm for you the following lineage for Betsey (Thayer) Carepenter on back to Ferdinando Thayer is correct: Betsey (Isaac Nicholas 7, Isaac 6-5-4-3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER and Susannah DAVIS.

      Betsey’s father, Isaac Nicholas Thayer, was born 28 Mar 1781 (of) Edmonston, Fulton, NY. Her immigrant ancestor was Thomas Thayer who was born 1596 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 1665 in Braintree, Norfolk, MA. This line of Thayers will appear in Volume VIII (8) of my Comprensive Genealogy, to be published in the future. If you would like more information, you may contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com. I hope this is helpful to you, Patricia

  9. We have Joseph Thayer as being born in Ohio in 1833 and his date of death in California in 1914. We have his father as Caleb H. Thayer as living from 1803 to 1876. We have his father as Timothy Calvin Thayer b. 1773, d. 1805. We have his father as Reuben Thayer b. 1741, d.1826. We have his father as Joseph Thayer b. 1699, d. 1778.

    • Hello Christopher Andry. I am Patricia Thayer Muno, Family Historian for the Thayer Families Association. I do have your line of Thayers. From which child of Joseph Thayer and Demarus Blount do you descend? Winfield Ambrose, William Frank, Andrew or Harriet Ellen Thayer? I have that Harriet (“Hattie”) died 1945 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Is she possibly your great grandmother. Please contact me directly at TriciaMuno@aol.com if you need additional information.

  10. Hello, I am looking for a John G Thayer who served as a commander of a revenue cutter out of Detroit in the beginning of the War of 1812. I am researching the Naval actions around the great lakes during the war. The Coast Guard is lacking information on Revenue Cutters on the lakes during the war or those who served. I happened to find testimony in a congressional hearing paper on the loss and possible compensation for a vessel and John G Thayer gave testimony to the value of the vessel and information regarding the lack of knowledge of war at the time of the capture

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