Ferdinando Thayer

Male - 1713


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  • Name  Ferdinando Thayer 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  18 Apr 1625  Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  28 Mar 1712/13  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • About 1664, he was one of the first Proprietors of Mendon, MA. Ferdinando Thayer is listed on the Founders' Park tablet as the first settler of Mendon, Mass. 1669, On a committee to purchase land from Indians in Mendon, MA. 1672, Land purchase in Mendon, MA. Between 1675 - 1679, Was in Braintree, then returned to Mendon. (Source: The Proprietors' Records of the Town of Mendon, Massachusetts, (1899, Rockwell and Churchhill, Boston), page 11, 12, 86)

      "He was a man of wealth, according to the standards of the day, and in 1689 paid the largest amount of any person in town toward the support of the Rev. Ranson -- three pounds, 13 shillings, 7 pence."

      In May of 1700, when Ferdinando Thayer of Mendon petitioned the Superior Court at Boston saying that his wife, Ann Freeberry, "an Eastern woman" abused him verbally, calling him "old devil" and many unmentionable names, and that he feared for his life, the court heard several testimonies. Members of the Thayer family claimed that she called the Scripture a pack of lies and that she would argue with her husband and then cry "Murder" when anyone came to his aid. Ferdinando clearly wanted her to live somewhere else, but his offered settlement was of little interest to her.

      "This deponent Ensigne Henery Story of rehoboth being desired by Ann thayre to give in what he knew concerning an Agreement between her husband Farthinando Thayr and she being of full age - testifieth and saith that the said Ann Thayr on the 28th of September 1700 desire me to go to the house of her husband Farthinandoe Thayres of Mendon to here what she should say to him: where she tendered herselfe to Live with her said Husband declaring also to him her extremity for want of Cloathing and other nessesary things to which he replied he had nott for himselfe but must be beholden to his children: and would nott give a direct answer to her for the supply her nessesarys but wholy enclined to make some Agreement with her for to give her fourty shillings per year and so be shaft of her to which she saw nott cause to accept but rather thought it best to informe the Court; ther was also ther oraginally Justice Sprague of Providence and Dennis darling of sd Mendon which Can and will testifie to the above written if Called ther unto and further saith nott" - (Sworn 1 October 1700, Suffolk Files #4845)

      When the arguements grew heated, Dennis Darling is said to have come to the aid of Mrs. Thayer, who continued to agitate for her maintenance much to the embarassment of her husband and his sons. Ferdinando Thayer countered that she had secretly conveyed many things out of his house, and that he was more than 80 years old and unable to support himself, but lived on the sufference of his sons. The many surviving documents of this case do not reveal its conclusion, but surviving tax lists for Mendon suggest that Thayer was one of its most affluent residents. Ferdinando died in 1713 at a considerable age. Since one of Ferdinando's relatives and one of Dennis' daughters had produced an illegitimate child in 1687, no doubt this controversy with Mrs. Thayer was considerably emotionally charged.
    Person ID  I15057  Bryant
    Last Modified  30 May 2005 

    Father  Thomas Thayer,   d. 02 Jun 1665, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margery Wheeler,   d. 11 Feb 1672/73, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Apr 1618  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Family ID  F1075  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Huldah Hayward,   b. 07 Oct 1636, Stepney, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1690, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Jan 1652/53  Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    • Married by Capt. Torrey of Weymouth.
    Children 
     1. Sarah Thayer,   b. 12 May 1654, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Huldah Thayer,   b. 16 Jun 1657, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Jan 1707
     3. Jonathan Thayer,   b. 18 Mar 1658, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. David Thayer,   b. 20 Jan 1660, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Aug 1674, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Naomi Thayer,   b. 28 Feb 1662, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Thomas Thayer,   b. 14 Feb 1664, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1738, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Samuel Thayer, Lt.,   b. 15 Feb 1666, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1721, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Josiah Thayer,   b. 14 Jan 1669, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1728
     9. Isaac Thayer,   b. 1672, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1754, Cape Ann, Essex Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Ebenezer Thayer,   b. 1674, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1723, probably, Bellingham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. David Thayer,   d. 29 Aug 1678, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Benjamin Thayer,   b. 1680, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729, probably, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F770  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Ann 
    Married  Between 1692 and 1696  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • There are court records regarding the domestic violence between Ann and Ferdinando (and his sons). They apparently separated after 1700.
    Family ID  F1074  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 18 Apr 1625 - Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jan 1652/53 - Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Between 1692 and 1696 - Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Mar 1712/13 - Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S256] Ojeda, Thayer Gen., Ojeda, Luis Thayer, (no date), p.7 ("born").

    2. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Mendon;p.504.

    3. [S155] Benson, Benson Genealogy, (1923).

    4. [S257] Thayer Genealogy, Thayer, Bezaleel, (Oliphant Printer, Oswego, NY, 1874), p.222.

    5. [S256] Ojeda, Thayer Gen., Ojeda, Luis Thayer, (no date), p.7.

    6. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 12:110.

    7. [S35] Torrey's Supplement no. 2, Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1995), p. 63.


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