THAYER FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
 


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The Thayer Families Association mourns the passing of long time member cousin Jerry Thayer. He was Patricia Muno's Assistant Genealogist and faithfully attended every annual reunion and meeting with his computer to show us how we were related to one another. RIP Jerry!

Colonel Henry Jerome Thayer

USA Corps of Engineers

Jerry passed into eternity on Christmas Morning at 1:10 AM at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. He was born on Sept. 9, 1932 in New Castle, PA to Henry Donald Thayer and Nancy Iris (Taylor.)

Jerry was a veteran of 31 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving at the height of the cold war and Vietnam war. He distinguished himself time and again as an officer who could be counted on to tackle the toughest jobs. After graduating from the Citadel in 1954, Jerry did a short stint in an engineering firm in Columbus, OH. His intention: to serve his military obligation and return to civilian life and a career in engineering. Little did he know at that time what was in store for him during the next 30+ years.

Career summary:
1954 The Citadel, Charleston, SC – Bachelors of Civil Engineering
1955 Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA
1956 McNair Kaserne, Hoechst, West Germany, 299
th Combat Engineer Bn.
1959 Ann Arbor, MI, U of M – Masters of Nuclear Engineering
1960 101
st Airborne Div., Ft. Campbell, KY
1961 Engr. Advisor, Vietnam, Saigon
1962 Minuteman Missile program - Parshall, Minot, Langdon, & Grand Forks, ND
1964 Army General Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS
1966 Army Material Command, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
1967 4
th Combat Engr. Bn., 4th Infantry Div., Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam
1969 79
th Engineer Battalion, Neu Ulm, West Germany
1970 94
th Engineer Battalion, Nellingen, West Germany
1971 Engineer Command Europe, Frankfurt, West Germany
1973 Defense Nuclear Agency, Sandia Base, Albuquerque NM

1974 Army War College, Carlisle, PA
1975 Army Material Command, Ft. Monroe, VA

1978 District Engineer, Walla Wall, WA
1982 Army Material Command, Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ
1985 Joint Service and Diplomatic Mission, Beijing, China

1986 Retired, Hampton, VA

Jerry’s private life emulated that of his military career, long and exceptional. He became the family patriarch beloved by all. His humor, good will, and concern for others was demonstrated by his willingness to show-up for all manner of special events. His grandchildren would know him as “Papa” and looked forward to see him and “Nana” at nearly every birthday, graduation, wedding, or significant happening. 

His life-long pursuit of knowledge and experience caused him and Judy to be “rolling stones,” who would combine their many trips into visits to family, friends, famous (and not so famous) landmarks, and dusty courthouse basements in the pursuit of their combined family histories. Jerry became one of the foremost authorities on the Thayer family of North America, a sage if you will, whom many relied upon for knowledge of or a hint towards their own pursuits.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Judith Leone-Young Thayer; two sons: William Henry Thayer and spouse Melinda Ann (Marinaro) and Gary Taylor Thayer and spouse Janis Denise (Wright.) Grandchildren: Ashley Nicole Thayer-Haynes (Andrew), Meagan Taylor Thayer-Dancer (Chad), William Ryan Thayer (Mary Jayne), Michael Henry Thayer, Marianne Elise Thayer a great-grandchild Rayne Thayer and a step great- grandchild Rian Yoshida. Jerry was put to rest at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery, Suffolk, VA on 4 Feb 2022 with full military honors consisting of: a color guard, 21-gun salute, taps, condolences and gratitude from the President of the United States conveyed by an active-duty colonel, and presentation of a commemorative flag to Judith L. Young-Thayer.

Jerry’s Thayer Line: John 1505, John 1531, Richard 1562, Thomas 1596,  Ferdinando 1625, Isaac 1672, Samuel 1713, Daniel 1756, Charles 14 Aug 1782, Daniel Corbitt 23 Aug 1808, Parker Marius 23 Dec 1853, William Burt 8 Jan 1877,  Henry Donald 25 Apr 1904, Henry Jerome 9 Sep 1932

submitted by William H. Thayer

Errata for Volume IX (9)
To all whom it may concern:
 
PLEASE NOTE: There has been an error discovered in the birth and death information of the mother of Thayer ancestor, Zerviah BALLOU, who was the wife of *Simeon THAYER (1739-1780).
 
If any descendants of Simeon THAYER and Zerviah BALLOU have received a pedigree from me showing Zerviah's mother, **Sarah WHIPPLE, as being born "26 Dec 1701 in Wrentham, Norfolk, MA -- and died after 1746," That information is INCORRECT. (I am currently uncertain exactly who shared that incorrect information with me!)
 
The CORRECT SARAH WHIPPLE has been verified as being born on 17 Apr 1705 in Providence, Providence, RI, and died aft 1768). She was the wife of Obadiah BALLOU, (whom she married 26 Dec 1740 in Smithfield, Providence, RI), and together, they were the parents of Zerviah BALLOU (1741/42- abt 1782) who married Simeon THAYER (1739-1780) on 3 December 1761 in Cumberland, Providence, RI. Sarah WHIPPLE (1705-1768) was the daughter of John WHIPPLE (1664-1721) and Lydia HOAR (1665-1711).  (The correct Sarah Whipple had married 1st to Jonathan SALISBURY in 1725 and was the mother of 8 SALISBURY children before her marriage to Obadiah BALLOU in 1740.)
 
*[Simeon 5 (Uriah 4, Ebenezer 3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER.]
 
**(See incorrect Sarah Whipple on page 352, family # 16464 of Volume IX (9) of my Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America
 
IF Zerviah (Ballou) Thayer is your ancestor, please make notations of this correction on her mother in your personal records. 
 
My sincere apologies for this error which was incorrectly passed along! 
Thank you, Patricia

 
 
We have added the INDEX OF NAMES from all of Patricia Thayer Muno's "A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Families of America" so that you may learn which volume contains your family's information. The complete set is in Patricia's Corner in a searchable format.

On July 31, 2020, we held our first online General Membership meeting! The membership approved the proposed Bylaws revision and it is now in effect. We plan to have a Reunion & Meeting in Braintree, Massachusetts in late June or early July 2022. This is subject to change according to the COVID19 situation but hopefully will materialize as planned.
 
Please note our TFA mailing address:
THAYER FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
20405 73RD ST E
BONNEY LAKE, WA 98391-6124
 

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Marking Two Years Since Mayflower II's Triumphant Return to Plymouth Following Her Multi-Year Restoration.

Speedwell ship drawingThe Speedwell (Left) was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. Later, it carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
C.A.Thayer Ship
The C.A. Thayer (Above Right) was built by Danish-born Hans Ditlev Bendixsen in his shipyard, located across the narrows of Humboldt Bay from the city of Eureka in Northern California. Bendixsen also built the Wawona (1897) which was dismantled in 2009. The C.A. Thayer was named for Clarence A. Thayer, a partner in the San Francisco-based E.K. Wood Lumber Company.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There are over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan, and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard, and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work.
Captain Ottoman Friz’s 1958 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer
Captain Ed Shields motion picture films of the C.A. Thayer on her last cod fishing voyage in 1950. 
Axel Widerstrom motion picture film of C.A. Thayer final voyage to San Francisco
Historic C.A. Thayer returns to homeport after major restoration

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Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Click above 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.

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.

 
John (Jack) Borland Thayer
Mr John Borland ("Jack") Thayer Jr., 17, was born 24 December 1894, the son of Marian and John Borland Thayer. They lived in Haverford, PA. The family boarded the Titanic as first class passengers & Jack occupied cabin C-70.
 
William Russell Thayer
Will is one of our very early members who was elected December 1992 as TFA's first President. He was ordained for ministry in the Unitarian Christian Church!