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Dinah Thayer

Birth: 19 Dec 1740, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah Parks

Spouse: John Allen
Marriage: 8 May 1758, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT

Spouse: Lemuel Storrs
Marriage: 17 Dec 1778, Brooklyn, Windham Co, CT

Notes:

Dinah's husband, John Allen, died 1 Aug 1776, buried in South Cemetery, Brooklyn, Connecticut. Dinah Allen is also buried in South Cemetery. Her headstone reads: "Dinah Allen, consort of John & relict of Lemuel Storrs, died Oct 30, 1819, age 76. [Src: "Connecticut, Charles R. Hale Collection, Vital Records, 1640-1955", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F72D-4YK : 16 September 2020), from Headstone Inscriptions Town of Brooklyn, Connecticut, p. 56; FHL DGS 007592408.]

The proof that Dinah is the daughter of David and Hannah (Parks) Thayer of Mendon is found in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts, deeds 120:27, in which "Dinah Storrs of Brooklin [sic] ... of the county of Windham in the state of Connecticut," along with some of her (presumed) siblings, also of Windham County, including Elijah Thayer, Hannah Pike wife of John Pike, Rebecca Cleveland, wife of Phineas Cleveland, John Fossett, Adamijah(?) Fossett, and Elizabeth Tyler of Canterbury - all heirs of Zaccheus Parks (brother of Hannah Parks Thayer, their mother) - quitclaimed their rights to his estate for eighteen pounds paid by Samuel Parks.

David Thayer, Seth Wheelock and his wife Elizabeth "in her right" also quitclaimed their rights to the estate of Zaccheus. [Src: Middlesex County, Massachusetts deeds, 110:320.]

Research Notes for Dinah Thayer:

She was aged 76 when she died in 1819, implying a birth date of 1743, which is a few years younger than her 1740 birth date recorded in Mendon.

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Elijah Thayer

Birth: 14 May 1744, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah Parks

Notes:

On 18 April 1754, Thomas Thayer of Mendon was appointed guardian of Elijah Thayer, son of David Thayer of Mendon, deceased. In July 1758, Peter Wheelock was appointed guardian of David Thayer, age 14, son of David, late of Mendon. Benjamin Wheelock posted bond. [Src: Worcester County, Massachusetts, probate case 58659.]

Research Notes:

Ravenscroft says that Elijah Thayer married Keziah Thayer (not Anna Cady). Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, and several DAR applications, claim that the Elijah who married Anna Cady was the son of David and Hannah of Mendon. [Src: See for example Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. XLVII, No. 6, December 1915, p. 390; online at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/sim_american-spirit_1915-12_47_6/page/390/mode/2up : accessed 7 Dec 2022).]

Elijah Thayer's gravestone in South Cemetery, Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut says he died 3 Dec 1813, aged 61, placing his birth in 1752. Anna, wife of Capt. Elijah Thayer, is buried in the same cemetery, died 14 Dec 1850, aged 98, which places her birth in 1752. Elijah, however, was born 1744, 8 years earlier than these dates suggest. [Src: FindAGrave memorial 64149412, Capt. Elijah Thayer.]

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Hannah Thayer

Birth: 17 Dec 1731, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah Parks

Spouse: Josiah Fassett
Marriage: 31 Aug 1752, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT

  1. Hannah Fassett, born 3 Sep 1753, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  2. Molly Fassett, born 10 Mar 1755, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  3. Dorcas Fassett, born 4 Feb 1757, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  4. Lucy Fassett, born 3 Jan 1759, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  5. Josiah Fassett, born 12 Aug 1761, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  6. Reuben Fassett, born 9 Jan 1764, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  7. Elijah Fassett, born 9 Nov 1766, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT

Spouse: John Pike
Marriage: 16 Feb 1779, Brooklyn, Windham Co, CT

Notes:

Hannah was married in Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut, where three of her siblings married: Rebecca, Dinah, and Elijah. Her first husband was Josiah Fassett with whom she had at least seven children. He died circa January 1777, when the Pomfret district probate court ordered his estate to be divided and distributed to his heirs. [Src: Pomfret probate district, Windham County, Connecticut, 3:514-516.]

She married as her second husband in Brooklyn, Windham County, 16 Feb 1779 John Pike.

On 5 Jan 1793, John Pike and Hannah his wife ("in her right") of Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut, as heirs of Zaccheus Parks (Hannah's uncle) of Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, quitclaimed their rights to his estate. Also quitclaiming their rights in the same document were siblings of Hannah, including Elijah Thayer, Phineas Cleveland and Rebecca his wife "in her right", and Dinah Storrs, all of Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut. [Src: Middlesex County, Massachusetts, deeds, 120:27, Isaac Parks et al to Samuel Parks.]

Ravenscroft identifies a third husband, Lemuel Stone. [Src: Ruth Thayer Ravenscroft, Martin Clinton Thayer His Ancestors and Descendants, 4 volumes, (Colorado Springs, Colorado: R. T. Ravenscroft, 1947-48), vol. 1, part 2, p. 87; online at FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/190970 : accessed 23 Nov 2022).]

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Mary Thayer

Birth: 26 Jun 1735, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Death: between 12 Aug 1745 and 8 Oct 1750

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah Parks

Notes:

Mary Thayer died before 8 Oct 1750, the date of her father's will. His will lists "all my children," but Mary Thayer is not among them. She is mentioned in the will of her grandmother, Mary Thayer, dated 12 Aug 1745. [Src: Worcester County, Massachusetts, probate case 58650, David Thayer; also Worcester County probate case 58743, Mary Thayer.]

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Rebecca Thayer

Birth: 8 Apr 1730, Mendon, Worcester Co, MA

Death: before 6 Jan 1795, probably Brooklyn, Windham Co, CT

Father: David Thayer
Mother: Hannah Parks

Spouse: Richard Adams
Marriage: 16 Oct 1755, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT

  1. Rachel Adams, born 22 Jun 1756, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  2. David Adams, born 1 Sep 1758, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  3. Hannah Adams, born 5 Jan 1761, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  4. Richard Adams, born 26 Apr 1763, Pomfret, Windham Co, CT
  5. Aaron Adams, born 10 Oct 1768, Pomfret, Windsham Co, CT
  6. Mary Adams, born
  7. Eunice Adams, born

Spouse: Phineas Cleveland
Marriage: 27 Jul 1775, Pomfret, Windsor Co, CT

Notes:

Rebecca was married in Pomfret, where three of her siblings were married: Hannah, Dinah, and Elijah.

The Barbour Collection identifies her first husband as Peter Adams, married 16 Oct 1755, but other records imply that his name was Richard Adams. There was a Peter Adams in Pomfret, probably the brother of Richard, but he married Prudence Warren, and the two remained married well past 16 Oct 1755 when Rebecca married. The birth records of Pomfret show children born to Rebecca and Richard in a time frame consistent with the 16 Oct 1755 marriage date. Richard died circa 1773. The division of his estate identified his wife as Rebeckah, and the names and birth order of his children, consistent with the Pomfret records. Josiah Fasset and Peter Adams posted bond. Josiah was administrator. [Src: "Connecticut, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999," database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/9049/ : accessed 9 Dec 2022), Richard Adams (1773), case no. 43; from Pomfret District, Probate Packets, Abbot-Allen, James, 1752-1880, Connecticut State Library.]

Rebecca married Phineas Cleveland in 1775, a few years after Richard's death. On 5 Nov 1779, per Richard's probate documents, Phineas Cleveland posted bond and was appointed guardian of Richard Adams, minor child of Rebecca and Richard.

In 1790, Phineas Cleveland was living in Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut (created from Pomfret) with one female, presumably his wife Rebecca.

On 5 Jan 1793, Phineas Cleveland and Rebecca his wife ("in her right") of Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut, as heirs of Zaccheus Parks (Rebecca's uncle) of Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, quitclaimed their rights to his estate. Also quitclaiming their rights in the same document were siblings of Rebecca, including Elijah Thayer, John Pike and Hannah his wife "in her right", and Dinah Storrs, all of Brooklyn, Windham County, Connecticut. [Src: Middlesex County, Massachusetts, deeds, 120:27, Isaac Parks et al to Samuel Parks.]

Per Richard's probate documents, Rebecca died before 6 Jan 1795, when Aaron Adams, son of Richard and Rebecca, petitioned the probate court to allow division of "that part of the real estate" that was set out to Rebecca, widow of Richard.

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John French

Spouse: Hannah Parks
Marriage: before 7 Nov 1752

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Daniel Weld

Death: 11 Apr 1783, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

Spouse: Joanna Haven
Marriage: 3 Apr 1744, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA

  1. Daniel Weld, born 28 Feb 1744/45, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Stephen Weld, born 10 Oct 1746, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  3. Joanna Weld, born 14 Aug 1748, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  4. Elizabeth Weld, born 7 May 1751, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  5. Jonathan Weld, born 27 Sep 1753, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  6. Bathsheba Weld, born 4 Dec 1755, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  7. Elizabeth Weld, born 16 Dec 1757, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  8. Esquire Weld, born 14 Jan 1767, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

Notes:

Daniel was "of the Country Gore" when he married Joanna in 1744. (Src: Oxford Vital Records to 1850)

His will was dated 21 Feb 1783, and his heirs petitioned the court to allow the will on 3 May 1783. The signatories of the petition were Joanna Weld, Daniel Weld, David Thayer, Joanna Thayer, Peter Sleeman and Elizabeth Weld (guardians of the heirs of Stephen Weld), Jonathan Weld, and Esquire Weld, minor. The will was allowed on 4 Nov 1783. In it he left bequests to his wife, Joanna, son Daniel, heirs of his son Stephen, his daughter Joanna Thayer, his son Jonathan, his daughter Elizabeth Lamb, and his son Esquire. He appointed Capt. Samuel Lamb executor. (Src: Worcester County, Massachusetts, probate case 62817, Daniel Weld.)

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Joanna Haven

Spouse: Daniel Weld
Marriage: 3 Apr 1744, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA

  1. Daniel Weld, born 28 Feb 1744/45, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  2. Stephen Weld, born 10 Oct 1746, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  3. Joanna Weld, born 14 Aug 1748, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  4. Elizabeth Weld, born 7 May 1751, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  5. Jonathan Weld, born 27 Sep 1753, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  6. Bathsheba Weld, born 4 Dec 1755, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  7. Elizabeth Weld, born 16 Dec 1757, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA
  8. Esquire Weld, born 14 Jan 1767, Charlton, Worcester Co, MA

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Bathsheba Weld

Birth: 4 Dec 1755, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA

Father: Daniel Weld
Mother: Joanna Haven

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Daniel Weld

Birth: 28 Feb 1744/45, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA

Father: Daniel Weld
Mother: Joanna Haven

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Elizabeth Weld

Birth: 7 May 1751, Oxford, Worcester Co, MA

Father: Daniel Weld
Mother: Joanna Haven

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