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Ichabod Thayer

Male 1721 - 1796  (74 years)


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  • Name Ichabod Thayer  [1
    Born 31 Mar 1721  Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1796  Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I30711  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of EK
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2020 

    Father Isaac Thayer,   b. 24 Sep 1695, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 22 Apr 1763  (Age < 67 years) 
    Mother Meriam Thayer,   b. 3 Jun 1699, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Feb 1751  (Age < 51 years) 
    Married 18 May 1716  Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Family ID F7547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Bigelow,   b. 6 Mar 1704, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1791, Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1742  [2
    Children 
    +1. Ichabod Thayer, Jr.,   b. 6 Mar 1745, Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1820, Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F7402  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ichabod Thayer was born in 1721; his first wife, Hannah Bigelow, in 1704. This seems very unlikely. Their shared headstone at Pine Grove Cemetery appears to confirm it, but it was clearly put up long after their deaths. And then there's this, from Adin Ballou's 1882 History of Milford:

      "There comes down a bit of traditional romance concerning the courtship that led to this marriage. Ichabod had become of age and was looking around for a sweetheart. He had become slightly acquainted with a prepossessing lass, who dwelt in the extreme northerly part of what is now Milford, and resolved to offer her his hand, should she be willing to accept it. So he started from old Mendon in the early winter, near the close of the week, on his connubial mission. But a driving snow-storm opened upon him; and when he arrived at what is now the homestead of Justin H. Eames, the storm continued with unabated severity for two or three days. Meantime there sprang up a mutual attraction between the widow and her gallant guest. She was twenty yrs. the oldest, but still ruddy and agreeable; and as Cupid is not easily thwarted, he planted his arrows in their hearts so effectually that a match was ere long consummated. The snow-storm gave Mrs. Hannah an acceptable and willing prisoner. He went no further in pursuit of a wife."

  • Sources 
    1. [S3019] Vital Records of Mendon, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 by Thomas W. Baldwin. Boston, 1920.

    2. [S4798] Find a Grave page for Ichabod Thayer.

    3. [S5174] Massachusetts, U.S. Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, on ancestry.com.

    4. [S4798] Find a Grave page for Ichabod Thayer., date only.

    5. [S4799] Find a Grave page for Isaac Thayer Jr..