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Rev. Peter Thacher[1]

Male 1716 - 1785  (69 years)


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  • Name Peter Thacher  [3
    • Inscription:
      In Memory
      of the Rev'd Peter
      Thacher, M.A. the late
      Faithful & beloved
      Pafter of the 2nd Chh.
      of Chrift in Attleborough
      he was born Jan'ry 25th
      1716: Ordained Nov'br 30th
      1748: Died Sept'br 13th
      1785: in the Seventieth
      Year of his Age: &
      43rd of his Ministry
      [four lines of verse]

      On the day Rev. Peter died he was 69 years old, and ?tatis su? (i.e., ?, "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 70.
    • On the 13th inst. died at Attleborough, in the 70th year of his age, the Rev. Mr. PETER THACHER, pastor of the second church in that town. En[dowed] by the great author of nature with respectable abilities, he early devoted them to the service f God in the ministry: In this employment he placed his highest satisfaction, and while he discharged its duties with strict punctuality and temperate zeal, he acquired the esteem and respect of all who were acquainted with his character. Strongly attached to the peculiar doctrines of the gospel, he held them up in the clearest and most explicit terms; but he never suffered this attachment to prejudice his mind, or embitter his conduct towards those who differed from him. His warm and exemplary piety evidenced that the religion which he preached to others, had made a real impression upon his own heart; and his inflexible integrity compelled the respect of his enemies, while his warm benevolence, and open, hospitable temper, conciliated the affection of his friends. Under long and distressing infirmities, which for two years past, have prevented his attendance upon the public duties of his profession, he exercised the greatest patience and resignation, and died as he lived, in the firm faith of the gospel, and a joyful hope of its future and eternal rewards.

      Rev. Peter Thacher, 3rd child and eldest s. of Rev. Peter Thacher, Jr. and Mary Prince, b. of record Jan. 14, 1715/6 (g.s., Jan. 25) at Middleborough, Mass. He d. Sept. 13, 1785 at Attleborough, Mass., ? 70. He was the longstanding pastor of the 2nd Congregational Church of Christ at Attleborough.

      [Note: the 11 day difference between Peter's recorded date of birth at Middleborough, Mass. (Jan. 14th) and his stated date of birth on his gravestone (Jan. 25th) is the result of Peter's family misunderstanding the result of England's conversion from the Julian to modern Gregorian calendar in 1752. The 11 day difference between the Julian and Gregorian calenders was corrected on a one-time only basis by the day following Sept. 3, 1752 being Sept. 14, 1752. It did not require any other adjustment to a prior or future date in the English calendar.]

      On Nov. 30, 1749 at Attleborough, Rev. Peter m. Bethiah Carpenter, dau. of Dea. Obadiah and Bethia (Carpenter) Carpenter, b. Dec. 6, 1729 at Attleborough. She d. Jan. 27, 1793 at Attleborough, ? 64. They had the following ten children b. of record at Attleborough:

      1. Mercy Thacher, b. Dec. 16, 1751, d. Jan. 14, 1835 at Harford, Susquehanna County, Penn.; m. by intention pub. May 14, 1768 at Attleborough, John Tyler, Jr., s. of Capt. John Taylor and Anna Blackington, b. Apr. 15, 1746 at Attleborough. He . May 22, 1822 at Ararat, Susquehanna County, Penn. Nine children b. of record at Attleborough.

      2. Dea. Peter Thacher, 4th, b. Oct. 21, 1753, d. Dec. 4, 1814 at Attleborough (g.s.); m. by an intention pub. Mar. 4, 1778, Nanna Tyler, sister of his sister Mercy's husband, b. July 14, 1754 at Attleborough. She d. Jan. 17, 1816 at Attleborouh (g.s.) Four children of record at Attleborough.

      3. Thomas Thacher, b. Nov. 24, 1755.

      4. Obadiah Thacher, b. July 30, 1757.
      5. Capt. John Thacher, b. Oct. 25, 1759; m. Dec. 7, 1780 at Attleborough, Sarah Richardson. Seven children recorded at Attleborough.

      6. Mary Thacher, b. Mar. 24, 1762.

      7. Bethiah Thacher, b. Mar. 27, 1764; m. Aug. 28, 1790 at Attleborough, Noah Blanding.

      8. Dea. Moses Thacher, b. Aug. 15, 1766; m. Apr. 1, 1793 at Attleborough, Sarah Read. Two children recorded at Attleborough, but was living at Harford, Penn. in 1814. He likely had two additional wives.

      9. Samuel Thacher, b. Oct. 28, 1768; m. Feb. 4, 1793 at Attleborough, Betsey Carpenter, dau. of Daniel Carpenter and Elizabeth Tyler, latter sister of his sister Mercy and brother Dea. Peter's spouses, b. Mar. 28, 1772 at Attleborough. One chid recorded at Attleborough.

      10. Nathan Prince Thacher, b. Feb. 13, 1771, d. an infant Sept. 19, 1771.

      The Continental Journal and Weekly Advertiser, Boston, Mass., Sept. 22, 1785, Vol. IX, Issue 500, Page 3.
    • Rev. Peter Thacher was the first minister of the second Church of Attleboro, MA constituted November 30, 1748; according to tradition he was the 14th oldest son in succession in the work of a minister; he was a minister for 43 years. [2]
    Title Rev. 
    Born 26 Jan 1716  Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Sep 1785  Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried Old Kirk Yard, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I104520  tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2018 

    Father Peter Thacher,   b. 16 Oct 1688, Milton, Sufflok County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1744, Middleboro, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Mary Prince,   b. 08 Jan 1688/9,   d. 1 Oct 1771  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1710  [1
    Family ID F2906  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bethiah Carpenter,   b. 6 Dec 1729, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1793, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1749  [7
    Children 
     1. Mercy Thacher,   b. 16 Dec 1751, Attleboro, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1835  (Age 83 years)
     2. Peter Thacher,   b. 21 Oct 1753, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1814, Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Thomas Thacher,   b. 24 Nov 1755, Attleborough, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1823, Princeton, Worcester Co., Masaachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Obadiah Thacher,   b. 30 Jul 1757, Attleborough, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1838, Harford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. John Thacher,   b. 25 Oct 1759, Attleboro, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1841, Harford, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     6. Mary Thacher,   b. 24 Mar 1762, Attleborough, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1836, Harford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Bethiah Thacher,   b. 27 Mar 1764, Attleborough, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1845, Attleborough, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Moses Thacher,   b. 15 Aug 1766, Attleborough, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1845, Lynn, Huron Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. Samuel Thacher,   b. 28 Oct 1768, Attleborough, Bristol Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1833, Harford, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     10. Nathan Prince Thacher,   b. 13 Feb 1771,   d. 19 Sep 1772  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 13.

    2. [S283] Thomas Thacher 1620 - 1678 Boston Branch, Thacher, Elwood James, (Thacher, Elwood James), 79-63849 Lib Congress., P. 60 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S301] History of Attleborough, John Daggett, (Press of Samuel Usher, Boston), F74 A89.D2.
      The ancestors of of this family who early came to this country from England have been mentioned in the account of the Rev. Peter Thacher, so long the exemplary and honored pastor of the Second Congregational Church in this town. Rev. Mr. Thacher had ten children, of whom Peter was the second child and oldest son.

    4. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 13, 16.

    5. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 15.

    6. [S288] Find A Grave, (Web).
      Find A Grave Memorial# 71621211

    7. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 16.