Deep into the Past
The origin of the Theyer name is, as all surnames were, signified by a person's profession or locality or some personal peculiarity, or the name of animal types. Judge Horace Metcalf's note to Dr. Elisha Thayer of Dedham, Ma. who had studied the English law indicated that the Thayer name had many spellings i.e., Thayer, Thear, Their, and Theyer. But there is more.
It was discovered that back in England, Augustined Thayer, of Thaydon, a
small village in the County of Essex, had been granted a coat of arms
... Lincolnfield Heraldic office.
Thomas Thayer (1596-1665) & Margery Wheeler (1600-1673)
Thomas and Margery lived first in Thornbury, England, he was born on August 16,
1596 and she on April 25, 1600. Their first 9 children were born there. They
came to America before February 24, 1639/40 and settled first in Braintree,
Massachusetts with Thomas' brother Richard. They later settled in Mount
Wollaston, Massachusetts. Two more children, both girls, were born in
Massachusetts. The brothers received title to land in 1636. By 1641 Richard was
admitted Freeman and Thomas in 1647. Thomas Thayer was a shoe maker. Richard married Dorothy Prey (1630-1705)
The following is from Ancestry.com:
Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER and his wife Urusala Dimery, was christened
16 Aug 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. Thomas died 2 June 1665 in
Braintree, MA. He married Margery WHEELER 13 April 1618 at Thornbury, England.
She was born 25 April 1600 at Thornbury, England, the daughter of Abel WHEELER
and Jane SHEPHARD. Margery died 13 Feb 1672/73 in Braintree, MA.
Fernando Thayer (1625- 1713) & Huldah Haywood (1636-1660)
Fernando Thayer was born in Thombury, Gloucesteshire, England on April 18, 1625 and was most likely in his teens when he came from England with his parents, Thomas Thayer and Margery Wheeler. He married on January 14, 1652, Huldah Haywood born October 1636 in Braintree, Ma, daughter of William Haywood (1604-1659) and Margret Knight (1606-1675) who were originally from Limestone, Stepney, England.
The couple had 3 girls and a boy born in Braintree and later a boy born in Weymouth, Ma. Huldah died on September 1st 1690 in Braintree and Fernando on March 28, 1713 in Mendon, Ma.
There is another Marriage in 1690 of Fernando reported in One World Tree to an Anna Freeburg (1648-1748) It could be an incorrect date or the date of death of Margery may be wrong. It may also be that some of the children of Margery are actually those of Anna. (See 4rd generation)
This from Ancestry.com ...
Note.— Ferdinando Thayer, second son of Thomas and Margery Thayer, resided with his parents in Braintree, Mass., until after the death of his father, when he and others removed to a new plantation, called Nipmug, afterwards called Mendon, Worcester County, Mass. He was one of the largest proprietors of the said township ; his residence or homestead was a little south of the present center of the town, on the Providence Road ; held many offices of honor in his town and commonwealth ; was a man of wealth in his day and age of the world, and his sons were all provided with farms by him, and several of his sons became extensive land dealers, and many of their descendants occupy those farms to this day, and have never changed names in title for over two hundred pears ; six of his children bor n in Mendon, Mass., the records of which were destroyed by King Phillips war from 1666 to 1680, which is lost by that war—Preserved Smith Thayer.
Mendon was first settled by the whites' as a plantation in 1662, and continued in that union until 1667, when it was invested with town privileges by the general court of the commonwealth, and so remained until the breaking out of the Indian hostilities in 1675, when the settlement was broken up, the settlers flying to Braintree and Weymouth, where they staid till 1679 or ,80, to January 3d, 1680, after which date there is no interruption up to the present time.—Alexander H. Allen, Town Clerk of Mendon.
Ferdinando and Huldah were my 7th great grandparents.
During this period there was a continuing dispute regarding land claimed by Ferdinand's cousin, Richard Thayer, my 1st cousin 9X removed. It was claimed that Richard was in possession of deeds that were not valid. He even appealed the dispute to the king of England. At one point suits were brought against him by Roger Clapp and others. (We assume Roger was related to Thomas Clapp, my 8th great grandfather.) Of course it was in later generations that the Thayer and Clapp families merged indirectly via the Pomeroy & Copeland Families. (Samuel Clapp (1710-1773) and Mary Pomeroy (1710-1754) and Elizabeth, married David Copeland. and Harvey Lewis Copeland (1875-1954) & Jennie Marcia Thayer (1878-1900) One of the deeds was in question because Richard defaulted on the loam used to purchase the property and another was a deed from a local indian which may have been completely fraudulant.
Isaac Thayer (1695-?) & Miriam Thayer (1699-1749)
Isaac Thayer, born in Mendon, Ma on September 24, 1695 on March 18, 1716 married Miriam Thayer, born June 3, 1699. She was the daughter of Josiah Thayer (1670-1728) and Sarah Bass (1673-1719) Their common ancestor was Fernando Thayer, their grandfather. They were 1st cousins, reportedly not unusual in early Massachusetts. (See note in credits)
They were the parents of 13 children, 6 boys and 7 girls. There was; Isaac, Susannah, Ichabod, Josiah, Jacob, Abraham (who died at birth), Eunice (twin), Miriam (twin), Mary, Abraham, Noha (Infant death), Rebeca, and Bathsheba. They lived in Mendon, Ma and later relocated to Bellingham, Massachusetts. Miriam died in 1749 in Mendon, Ma. In 1750 Isaac married Mary Metcalf (1725-1760) and in in 1760 married Margaret Snow (1700-?) The date of Isaac's death is not known.
Abraham Thayer (1734-?) & Patience ? (1740-?)
Abraham Thayer born October 5, 1734 married on April 8, 1757, a girl named Patience who had been born May 25, 1740. We know nothing of her parents or her family name. The first of their children; Josephine, Ichabod and Susan were born in Mendon, Ma and the family moved to Orwell (Addison Co) Vermont where our ancestor Ezra and girl Mary Ann were born. There were a total of 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls. Abraham was a farmer. Nothing more is known of this generation.
Ezra Thayer (1773-1854) & Pamela Ketcham (1782-?)
Ezra Thayer was born in Orwell Vermont in 1773. Pamela Ketcham was born in Sudbury, Vermont on September 3, 1782. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ketcham. Ezra and Pamela were married about 1800. An infant died at birth in 1801. They raised 11 children, 4 girls and 7 boys; Abraham, Lorenzo, William Riley, Lucy M, Ezra Ketchum, Erastus D, Mary A, Henry Hanson, Permelia, Elias, and Barnard K. Ezra was a farmer. Hi died on October 19, 1854 and his wife on March 7, 1858.
Lorenzo Thayer (1805-?) & Marcia Baker (1807-?)
Ezra Thayer, born in 1805, married, on October 22, 1831, Marcia Baker who was born in 1807. He set up his farm in Summerset, New York where he also served as Justice of the Peace. They had 5 children; Oscar James, Darwin Alonzo, Sarah Emma, Ezera Newell, and Julius Alonzo. The dates of the parent's deaths are unknown.
Oscar James Thayer, sometimes recorded as "James O" was born on March 10, 1840 in Summerset, Niagara, New York. He was a carpenter - joiner by trade. On the 23rd of November in 1862 he married Jane Anne Levey. She was born in 1841, the daughter of Joseph Levey (1816-1891) and Sarah Janse Putman (1819-1905) Oscar and Jane had a son, Charles Lesbey Thayer, born on November 8, 1863. There were no more children and Jane died on January 4, 1871 when their son was only 8 years old.
On February 14, 1872 Oscar married
Abigail Amelia Doolittle, born January 18,
1851 of Chauncey Butler Doolittle (1803-1863) and Delight A Dean (1820-1897).
Oscar and Abigail had three daughters, one of whom did at birth.. Nellie Cordelia Thayer was born on August 1, 1875 and Jennie Marcia Thayer was born on
August 11, 1878. A year after Jennie was born, on Christmas day, Oscar Thayer
died and Abigail was left to raise the family. In 1889 when her step son
married, Abby moved to 39 Bolivar in Cleveland, Ohio with daughters Jennie and
Nellie. In about 1891 they moved to 281 Scovill (close East side) The family
apparently attended a Modern Spirituality Church. On March 28,1892 at the age of
13, Jennie gave a recitation at a celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary
of the movement. Both girls
were school teachers. Nellie married Edgar R Emmerson on June 13, 1899 and on
the 30th of that same month Jennie married Harvey Lewis Copeland. (see below)
The Thayer and Copeland families probably knew each other at the Church.
Harvey Lewis Copeland (1875-1954) & Jennie Marcia Thayer (1878-1900)
On June 30, 1899, at the age of 21, Jennie Marcia Thayer married Harvey Lewis Copeland who had been born September 6, 1875, the son of James Harvey Copeland (1835-1928) and Alice Harriet Bingham (1854-1929). Harvey, or "Lew" as he was commonly known had just served a year in the army during the Spanish-American War. On the 2nd of May in 1900, a son was born, Alden James Copeland. Just 11 days later on May 13, 1900, Jennie died at the age of 22 probably due to complications (infection) of child birth. Lew and his infant son moved back to the home of Lew's parents.
The "Royal connection"
On January 21, 1904 Harvey Lewis Copeland married Katherine Ellen Stuart. She was born December 7 1882 but we know nothing of her parents. Harvey Stewart Copeland was born in 1905 and Mary A Copeland in 1907. For the most part, Alden, or "Al" as he was known, continued to live with and was raised by his grandparents. Harvey Stewart married in 1930 and Mary in 1932. Katherine died on October 12, 1954 and Lew followed closely on October 25 of the same year.
This story can be continued at: Alden J Copeland
"Al" (Alden James Copeland) was to become my father, but that's another part of the story. I refer you to the "Family" page for more ... much more.
I am proud of this "Thayer" heritage and all it brings with it.
A great deal of the information on this page was provided by Marilyn Copeland, Daughter of Alden and my sister. Some details were filled in from One World Tree and Ancestry.com. You may find additional information about the Thayer family at the Thayer Family Web Site.
Note on First Cousins ... married Generation # 4 ... From Thayer Family Association 12/09/2009
b. 24 Sep 1695 Mendon MA (Vital Record) son of Isaac Thayer & Mercy Rockwood
b. 3 Jun 1699 Mendon MA (Vital Record) daughter of Josiah Thayer & Sarah Bass
first cousins which was not unusual in early MA where population was short and
especially on the frontier. Let me know if you need any additional Thayer info.
Jerry Thayer, Newport News VA