Anthony Thacher (1593 - 1667) MP

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Nicknames: "Antony Thatcher"
Birthplace: Queen Camel, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Occupation: curate, tailor, innkeeper
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Anthony Thacher

Yarmouth on Cape Cod is one of the most beautiful towns on the Cape, and at one time included not only the present Yarmouth but also Dennis, which was made a separate township in 1794. The First Church of Yarmouth was founded in 1639, the early ministers in their order being Rev. Marmaduke Matthews, Rev. John Miller, Rev. Thomas Thornton and Rev. John Cotton, a grandson of John Cotton. It is particularly interesting to learn that one hundred and ninety-one Indians attended this little church during the pastorates of Miller and Thornton.

The names of those to whom the first grant was made were Antony Thacher (usually spelled Anthony), Thomas Howes and John Crow, who proceeded at once to organize the town, erecting a fort at Fort Hill near the old cemetery. Anthony Thacher was the oldest settler of the town and the most helpful man in the colony, his descendants being among the leading citizens of Yarmouth and Boston at the present day. The farm now owned by a member of the family, Hon. Thomas C. Thacher, belonged to his ancestor, and in his memory in 1905 he and others of his family placed a stone on the supposed site of the old house; the inscription reads as follows:

— Near this Site Lived and Was Buried ANTONY THACHER

He came to America in 1635 from Somersetshire England. Shipwrecked on Thacher's Island 1635. Settled in Yarmouth 1639. Three years later the Thacher family gave to the town a road called the Thacher Shore Road, built over what is supposed to be the location of the old Colonial road laid out by the early settlers of Yarmouth. Much of it runs through the Anthony Thacher farm.

There is an inscription on a tablet placed at its eastern end, worded as follows:


Given to the Town of Yarmouth in memory of HENRY C. THACHER by his wife and children 1908



  • He was Curate at St. Edmund, Salisbury, from 1631 to 1635, under his brother Peter, who was pastor of the same church
  • Came from Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the James. (on or about 5 Apr 1635, "Anthony Thetcher, of Sar[u]m, tailor," was enrolled on the James of London, preparing to sail from Southampton.
  • In Yarmouth, he was an innkeeper.


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Rev. Anthony Thacher's Timeline

Queen Camel, Somerset, England
Age 26
Age 32
October 6, 1634
Age 41
Age 42
Rockport, MA, USA

During the huge storm of 1635 Anthony's ship wrecked, so the island was later called Thatcher Island. His wife and children were engulfed in the waves.

May 16, 1638
Age 45
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 47
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 53
Yarmouth, Massachusetts, New England Colonies
August 22, 1667
Age 74
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 74
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States