NOVEMBER UPDATE FROM YOUR THAYER FAMILY HISTORIAN.
Dear cousins, I am still alive, but still quite weak. My Rheumatologist believes that the damage from the Autoimmune Disease “Giant Cell Temporal Arteritis” is likely permanent, but has done testing to see if vascular surgery is an option in the future. I have not heard yet back on that yet, but I am hopeful and wish you all to know that your prayers and well-wishes are what is keeping me going! My heartfelt Thanks to all of you for all the positive thoughts and prayers!!
I am able to keep up with the Thayer queries that are sent to me via mail and e-mail. Also, I feel it a blessing that I was able to complete a new volume in the Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America series! Volume IV-b THE THAYER FAMILIES OF WEST VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND!!!! This book includes the Ancestors and Descendants of Abel Thayer (1740/41 – 1814) from 1500 to 2016.
Volume IV-b is an incredible expansion of the family of Abel Thayer and wife Dorothy Curtis, as appears on page 312 in Volume IV. It was created for individuals who were terribly disappointed that Volume IV is currently out of print. It was inspired by our cousin Jan (Davis) Rosiek (daughter of Leta Irene Thayer — 1924-2010), who contacted me with a desire to know why her ancestors left Massachusetts for parts south. Much new, updated and corrected information has been added in this (roughly) 200 page effort.
Abel Thayer was born 2 Feb 1740/1741 in Braintree, Norfolk, MA, the son of Zachariah Thayer and Abigail Seeley. He married in 1762 in Braintree to Dorothy Curtis and they were the parents of eleven children. The family moved to Williamsburg, MA before 1772 and Abel was a Revolutionary Soldier at Williamsburg in 1775 as Capt. & Lt.
The Daughters of the American Revolution states: “Capt. Abel Thayer served as a Lieutenant at the Lexington Alarm, and as Captain under Col. John Fellows in the defense of Boston.”
From Hoye’s Pioneer Families of Garrett County, MD, we read:
“In 1775 Abel Thayer raised a body of Minute Men and marched at the first alarm to Lexington and Concord. In June he was commissioned Captain and was assigned to the famous Massachusetts Line. Later he was captured by the British and confined on a prison ship, but finally escaped. Captain Thayer was Selectman or Mayor of Williamsburg [MA] thirty-five years.”
Of Abel and Dorothy’s eleven children, four sons, Stephen, Obed, Job and Murray left their cold homes in Massachusetts for warmer parts in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Missouri, and there are literally hundreds of their descendants occupying those lands yet today, some still occupying their original ancestors homes! Fascinating, right?!?!
I hope to be taking this volume to the printer and bindery this month and it should be available in time for Christmas gifting. Volume IV-b might also be of interest to anyone who was not able to obtain Volume I – The Tayer – Theyer – Thayer Families of Gloucestershire, England 1500-1660, since it includes the ancestral Thayer families in England as well !!
Drop me an e-mail message at TriciaMuno@aol.com if you would like me to reserve you a copy. Cost will be roughly $65 plus postage and handling. An attempt will be made to contact (via “snail mail”) the direct descendants in this line to those for whom I have current mailing addresses. More information, pricing and availability via pre-sales to follow.
In the meantime, my prayers are with each of you. I am now armed with a better understanding of those who are suffering from the ravages of invisible autoimmune diseases, which seem to be an abundance among our Thayer cousins! Love to each and everyone of you, cousin, Patricia