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James Thacher

James Thacher[1, 2]

Male 1754 - 1843  (89 years)

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  • Name James Thacher 
    • Son of John and Content (Norton) Thacher.

      James Thacher was the son of a Cape Cod
      farmer, and apprenticed to a Barnstable
      Physician at age 16. At the age of 21, his
      five years apprenticeship completed, James
      Thacher was ready to enter the world when
      war broke out. Setting off towards Cambridge
      and the Continental Army, Thacher's journey
      led him through Plymouth. There he stopped
      to view Plymouth Rock, recently moved from
      Plymouth's waterfront to Town Square as a
      symbol of the Patriot cause, and wrote in
      his journel: This Rock, with its association
      would seem almost capable of imparting that
      love of country, and that moral virtue,
      which our times so desperately require...
      Can we set our feet on their rock without
      swearing, by the spirit of our fathers, to
      defend it and our country?

      Armed with a letter of introduction from
      James Otis (senior) of Barnstable to Otis'
      son-in-law James Warren, President of the
      Provincial Congress, Thacher passed an
      examination by the medical board and was
      awarded the position of surgeon's mate.
      James Thacher left the military on January
      1, 1783, and settled in Plymouth where he
      practiced medicine for many years.

      From James Thacher's Military Journal:
      I am obliged to devote the whole of my
      time, from eight o'clock in the morning
      to a late hour in the evening, to the
      care of our patients... Amputating limbs,
      trepanning fractured skulls, and dressing
      the most formidable wounds, have
      familiarzied my mind to scenes of woe.

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      Note: In 1823 Thacher published his first
      historical work "Thacher's Military Journal,
      during the American Revolutionary War."
      While serving as librarian and cabinet-
      keeper of the Pilgrim Society, James Thacher
      continued to write. His "History of Plymouth,"
      covering all the significant events from the
      landing of the Pilgrims to 1832, was the
      first town history published in the United
      States.
    Born 4 Feb 1754  Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 May 1843  Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Buried Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot: B 414f
    Person ID I103485  tree1
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2018 

    Father John Thacher,   b. 25 Jun 1703, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1783, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Content Norton,   b. About 1713,   d. 20 Mar 1773, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1734  Chilmark, Dukes Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Family ID F2172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Hayward,   b. 1757, Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1842, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1785  Bridgewater, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
     1. Betsey Hayward Thacher,   b. Abt Jun 1786, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1871, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     2. Susan (Sukey) Thacher,   b. 15 Apr 1788, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1790, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     3. James Thacher,   b. 10 Dec 1790, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1790, Plymouth, Plymouth Co.,Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. James Hersey Thacher,   b. 9 Jan 1792, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1793, Plymouth, Plymouth Co.,Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Susan Thacher,   b. 3 Feb 1794, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1862, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Catherine Thacher,   b. 1797, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1800, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Thacher, James 1754 - 1844
    Thacher, James 1754 - 1844
    James Thacher 1754 - 1844

  • Sources 
    1. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 42.

    2. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 193, 351.

    3. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 42, 55.

    4. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 193, 351, 829.

    5. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 79953209

    6. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 126, 192.

    7. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 55.