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Welcome to the Thayer Families Association Web Site!

We invite you to embark on a journey tracing your family's history. The Thayer Families Association was founded in 1991 and is the result of many dedicated Thayers as well as non-Thayers. Publication of a definitive, comprehensive Thayer genealogy was a stated goal of the TFA founders so that anyone could learn about their ancestry and the history of this truly remarkable surname. This enormous project is well underway with the publication of Volume V - Descendants of Thomas Thayer, Immigrant to America 1637, Through his Son Thomas2 and Grandsons Jonathan3 (Ferdinando2) & Thomas3 (Ferdinando2). Everyone in the Thayer Families Association welcomes you to the wonderful opportunity to meet your cousins! There is an enormous amount of information here and available through the TFA. Please browse through our site and feel free to contact us if you would like any further information. NOTE: When e-mailing, please mention you saw our site, thanks.

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There is a Harriet Thayer, B:1834 in S. Carolina D: 1876, in my line. She is my 2G Grandmother. She married Luther Dillon on Nov 2, 1851. I believe that she met Luther in St. Joseph, Missouri, because he also was in that area in 1850. She lived with her mother Emeline Thompson and her step-father Henry Thompson in Buchanan County, Missouri in 1850. She has a sister named Mary Thayer B: 1836 in S. Carolina. There is possibly a brother named Richard Thayer B: 1842 in Georgia. If Richard was indeed Harriet's full brother, then by 1860 Richard was using the last name of Thompson. It is possible with the number of years between the births of Mary and Richard and in a different state, that Richard is a half-brother to Harriet and Mary. I am not sure of my 2G Grandmother's father's name. Looking through the unconnected Thayers' names, I don't find a clue. If anyone knows of any Thayers in South Carolina around 1830, please let me know. 

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Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace

The General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace is a historic house located at 786 Washington Street, Braintree, Massachusetts. It is the birthplace of Sylvanus Thayer, "the Father of West Point", and now operated as a non-profit museum by the Braintree Historical Society. The house is open year-round. Please contact the Braintree Historical Society for more information.

Click the radio below to hear DeWolf Hopper narrate "Casey At The Bat" written by cousin Ernest Lawrence Thayer. (August 14, 1863 - August 21, 1940) He actually wrote three versions: the first printing, a self-corrupted version, and the revised version. For an entirely new modern rendition, click here!

Click the Radio to Hear De Wolf Hopper Perform Casey at the Bat

When William De Wolf Hopper performed the poem at Wallack's Theatre, on Broadway and 30th Street in New York City, players from the New York Giants and Chicago White Stockings were guests in the auditorium.

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