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Thomas Thacher, M.D.

Also Known As: "Thatcher"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Milton Clevedon, Somerset , England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Peter Thacher and Anne Thatcher
Husband of Elizabeth Thatcher and Margaret Thacher
Father of Thomas Thacher; Rev. Rhodolphus Thacher; Rev. Peter Thacher and Elizabeth Davenport
Brother of John Thacher; Peter Thacher; Anne Thacher; Martha Parham; Elizabeth Thacher and 1 other
Half brother of Samuel Thacher; Paul Thacher and Barnabas Thacher

Occupation: Pastor of Old South Church, Physician
Managed by: Kyle Dane
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About Rev. Dr. Thomas Thacher

Dr., Rev. Thomas THACHER or THATCHER , M.D

  • b. 1 May 1620, Milton, Clevedon, Somerset, England
  • occ. physician, minister; ord. 2 Jan 1644/1645, Weymouth, MA
  • edu. Educated by Pres. Charles CHAUNCEY of Harvard College
  • d. 15 Oct 1678, Boston, Suffolk, MA, age: 58
  • br. Oct 1678, Kings Chapel Cemetery in tomb of Jacob Sheaffe, Borton
  • res. Weymouth, MA

Rev. Thomas Thacher, s. of Rev. Peter & Anne Thacher, bapt. May 1, 1620 at Milton Clevedon, Somersetshire, England. He d. as pastor of the Boston. Mass. 3rd Chh. (old South Chh.) Oct. 5, 1678, Æ 59. He was the nephew of Rev. Anthony Thacher, patriarch of the Yarmouth, Mass. Thacher family.

"Our first minister, Rev. Thomas Thacher who, during an outbreak of the small pox and measles, published in 1677 a useful medical broadside, said to be the first “patient information brochure” in the colonies."

Old South Meeting House

The congregation was gathered in 1669 when it broke off from First Church of Boston, a Congregationalist church founded by John Winthrop in 1630. The site was a gift of Mrs. Norton, widow of John Norton, pastor of the First Church in Boston.[3] The church's first pastor was Rev Thomas Thatcher, a native of Salisbury, England. Thatcher was also a physician and is known for publishing the first medical tract in Massachusetts.

Origins of the Congregation

The Old South Church congregation is a descendant of the fusion between separatist and dissenting Pilgrims, Puritan reformers, and Bay Colony merchant adventurers, who left England in the 17th century, some to escape persecution, and others to forge a more  prosperous life in the New World. The congregation (initially called the Third Church in Boston) was born in controversy in 1669 over the question of baptism. Both the First and the Second Church in Boston were headed by ministers who opposed the “Halfway Covenant” of 1662. These ministers required that baptized adults have a regeneration experience of God (a born again experience) before they could have their own children baptized.

Twenty-eight lay members of the First Church seceded and founded this congregation in the belief, consistent with the Halfway Covenant, that childhood baptism should assure young adults that they would be full members and could baptize their children, who in turn should automatically be members as adults.

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-------------------- He was an ordained pastor of the Weymouth church in 1645 to succeed Rev. Samuel Newman, who had taken a considerable number of parishioners to settle Rehoboth, Mass.

Rev. Thomas Thacher, s. of Rev. Peter & Anne Thacher, bapt. May 1, 1620 at Milton Clevedon, Somersetshire, England. He d. as pastor of the Boston. Mass. 3rd Chh. (old South Chh.) Oct. 5, 1678, Æ 59. He was the nephew of Rev. Anthony Thacher, patriarch of the Yarmouth, Mass. Thacher family.

Burial: Kings Chapel Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Plot: in Sheafe tomb -------------------- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7140823

Birth: May 1, 1620 Milton Clevedon Somerset, England

Death: Oct. 5, 1678 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Rev. Thomas Thacher, s. of Rev. Peter & Anne Thacher, bapt. May 1, 1620 at Milton Clevedon, Somersetshire, England. He d. as pastor of the Boston. Mass. 3rd Chh. (old South Chh.) Oct. 5, 1678, Æ 59. He was the nephew of Rev. Anthony Thacher, patriarch of the Yarmouth, Mass. Thacher family.

[An extended bio will be added later.]

The children of Rev. Thomas Thacher and Elizabeth Partridge are:

• i. Thomas Thacher, Jr., b. circa 1644, d. Aug. 2, 1686 at Boston, Mass.; m. Mary Savage, dau. of Maj. Thomas Savage & Faith Hutchinson, bapt. June 6, 1647 at Boston. She d. July 22, 1730. Five known children, including Rev. Peter Thacher, who succeeded his paternal grandfather as pastor of the Weymouth, Mass. church and later as pastor of the North Boston, Mass. church.

• ii. Rev. Rhodolphus Thacher, b. Jan. 1, 1646/7 at Weymouth, Mass., d. July 6, 1733 at Preston, Conn., Æ 87; m. Jan. 5, 1669/70 at Duxbury, Mass., Ruth Partridge, dau. of George Partridge & Sarah Tracy, b. circa 1645 at Duxbury, Mass. She d. Oct. 30, 1717 at Lebanon, Conn. Nine children of the family.

• iii. Rev. Peter Thacher, b. likely at Weymouth, Mass. but bapt. July 18, 1651 at Salem, Mass., d. Dec. 17, 1727 at Milton, Mass., Æ 77; m. 1) Nov. 21, 1677 prob. at Boston, Mass., Theodora Oxenbridge, dau. of Rev. John Oxenbridge, b. July 25, 1659 at England. She d. Nov. 18, 1697 at Milton, Mass., Æ 39. He m. 2) Dec. 25, 1699 at Boston, Susanna Wilkins, dau. of Boston bookseller Richard Wilkins. She was the wid. of Rev. John Bailey of Boston, b. circa 1666 poss. at Limerick, Ireland, and d. childless Sept. 4, 1724 at Milton, Mass., Æ 59. He m. 3) by intention dated Aug. 12, 1727 at Boston, Elizabeth Thacher, his distant cousin, dau. of Judah Thacher and Mary Thorton, b. Oct. 1667 at Yarmouth, Mass. She was the wid. of Joshua Gee of Boston, Mass. She apparently survived Rev. Thacher and likely relocated back to Boston, Mass. after Dec. 1727, but there is no record of when she died. Rev. Thacher was the longstanding pastor of the First Congregational Church of Milton, Mass.

• iv. Elizabeth Thacher, b. circa 1655-1656 at Weymouth, Mass.; m. Capt. Nathaniel Davenport, s. of Capt. Richard Davenport & Elizabeth Hathorn, b. at Salem, Mass. He d. Dec. 19, 1675 in combat at Narragansett, RI in the King Phillip's War against the Narragansett Indians. There are no known children of this marriage. It is claimed that Elizabeth m. 2) before October 1677 Samuel Davis, but no record of their marriage or children can be found.

Following wife Elizabeth's death, Rev. Thomas Thacher m. 2) Margaret Sheaffe, widow of Jacob, only known child of Boston merchant Henry Webb. She was bapt. Sept. 25, 1625 at Salisbury, England. There are no known children by this marriage with Margaret dying as the widow Thacher at Boston Feb. 4, 1693/4, Æ 69.

Purportedly Thomas was interred at the Sheafe tomb at King's Chapel Burying Ground at Boston. Unfortunately, independent attempts to find any portion of the Sheafe tomb or an identifying inscription have failed.


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Parents:

 Peter Thacher (1587 - 1640)
 Anne Allwood Thacher (____ - 1634)

Spouses:

 Elizabeth Partridge Thacher (1619 - 1664)*
 Margaret Webb Thacher (1625 - 1694)*

Children:

 Thomas Thacher (1644 - 1686)*
 Rhodolphus Thacher (1647 - 1733)*
 Peter Thacher (1651 - 1727)*
 Elizabeth Thacher Davenport (1655 - ____)*

Siblings:

 John Thacher (1615 - 1622)*
 Thomas Thacher (1620 - 1678)
 John Thacher (1628 - 1673)*
 Samuel Thacher (1636 - 1646)**
 Paul Thacher (1638 - 1678)**
 Barnabas Thacher (1640 - 1641)**
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Inscription: Rev. Thomas Thacher is claimed to be interred at King's Chapel at Boston, Mass. However, multiple attempts by individuals to find any physical evidence of his grave have failed.


Burial: Kings Chapel Burying Ground Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA Plot: in Sheafe tomb


Maintained by: Don Blauvelt Originally Created by: Susan Panetta Record added: Feb 02, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 7140823

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Rev. Dr. Thomas Thacher's Timeline

1620
May 1, 1620
Milton Clevedon, Somerset , England
May 1, 1620
Milton Clevedon, Somerset , England
1643
March 11, 1643
Age 22
Duxbury,Plymouth,Massachusetts,USA
1644
1644
Age 23
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1646
January 1, 1646
Age 25
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
1651
July 18, 1651
Age 31
Weymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts
1655
1655
Age 34
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
1664
1664
Age 43
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1678
October 15, 1678
Age 58
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1678
Age 57
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States