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Hon. Col. John Thacher[1, 2, 3]

Male 1639 - 1713  (74 years)


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  • Name John Thacher 
    Title Hon. Col. 
    Born 17 Mar 1638/39  Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 May 1713  Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • "on Friday about noon"
    Buried 11 May 1713  Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • with military honors in the old cemetery in Yarmouth, where a gravestone marks his resting place
    Notes 


    • He was a statesman and a soldier.

      He removed to Yarmouth with his parents early in the 1640's. Of his history prior to marriage we have no definite knowledge, but assume that his boyhood and youth were spent in Yarmouth, receiving such school advantages as were obtainable there in those early days. We have no record of his attending college.

      In 1668 Hon. Col. John3 Thacher was chosen deputy to the General Court at Plymouth and served in that capacity annually to the year 1681, except in the years 1672, '75 and '77. In 1668 he was elected a selectman of Yarmouth and remained such for many years. In 1681, he was appointed on of the Council of War for Plymouth Colony in which capacity he served a number of years. From 1682 to 1692 he was an Assistant to the Governor of Plymouth Colony. Immediately upon the union of Plymouth Colony with the Province of Massachusetts Bay under the Charter of William and Mary in 1692 he was elected a representative and subsequently an Assistant or Councillor to the Provincial Council and served as such until 1707. He joined the militia of that period at an early age and in time attained the rank of Colonel therein, and upon his death, May 8th, 1713, he was buried with military honors.

      Hon. Col. Thacher was much attached to his first wife and deeply grieved over her loss; and during the period between her death and his second marriage he composed verses in her enthusiastic praise, dated August 30th, 1683. A copy of extracts from these verses follows, not on account of their intrinsic merit, but as an example of the custom then largely in vogue of extolling the virtues of dear departed ones in verse; and moreover principally on account of the genealogical facts related in said verses, which facts are not specifically recorded elsewhere. [5]
    Person ID I1536  tree1
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2018 

    Father Antony Thacher,   b. About 1588, Queen Camel, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 Jun 1667 and 22 Aug1667, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Jones,   d. Aft 05 Mar 1667/68 
    Married About Feb 1635  [6
    • They were married six weeks before sailing to America.
    Family ID F418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rebecca Winslow,   b. 15 Jul 1643, Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1683, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1661  Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • It is assumed that this marriage took place in Marshfield, although no record thereof is to be found there or in Yarmouth; the poem dedicated to Rebecca's memory suggests that Marshfield was their place of marriage.
    Children 
     1. (child) Thacher,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. young
     2. Peter Thacher,   b. 20 May 1665, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1736, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Josiah Thacher,   b. 26 Apr 1667, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1702, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     4. Rebecca Thacher,   b. 1 Jun 1669, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1734, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     5. Bethiah Thacher,   b. 10 Jul 1671, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1734, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     6. John Thacher,   b. 28 Jan 1674/75, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1764, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. Elizabeth Thacher,   b. 19 Jun 1677, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1710, Falmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     8. Hannah Thacher,   b. 19 Aug 1679,   d. 11 Jul 1689  (Age 9 years)
     9. Mary Thacher,   b. 03 Aug 1682,   d. 07 Sep 1682  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lydia Gorham,   b. either 06 Nov 1661 OR 16 Nov 1661, Barnstable, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1744, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married 01 Jan 1683/84  Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Children 
     1. Lydia Thacher,   b. 11 Feb 1684/85, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1724, Harwich, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Mary Thacher,   b. 5 Feb 1686, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1778, Harwich Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. Desire Thacher,   b. 24 Dec 1688, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1722, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. Hannah Thacher,   b. 9 Oct 1689, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1780, Colchester, New London County, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     5. Mercy Thacher,   b. 23 Jul 1692,   d. 27 Aug 1692  (Age 0 years)
     6. Judah Thacher,   b. 20 Aug 1693, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1775, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     7. Mercy Thacher,   b. 28 Dec 1695,   d. 22 Aug 1696  (Age 0 years)
     8. Ann Thacher,   b. 7 May 1697, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1756  (Age 58 years)
     9. Joseph Thacher,   b. 11 Jul 1699, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1763, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     10. Benjamin Thacher,   b. 25 Jun 1701, South Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768, Harwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     11. Mercy Thacher,   b. 07 Feb 1702/3, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Thomas Thacher,   b. 2 Apr 1705, Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1746, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 33.

    2. [S19] Great Migration Begins, Anderson, Robert Charles, Josiah Winslow.

    3. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), p. 92.

    4. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), p. 69, 92.

    5. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 92, 93-94.

    6. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 27.

    7. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 34.