Evidence for parents of Nathaniel Thayer, b. 1640, wife of Abigail Harvey [closed]

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In regard to Nathaniel Thayer and why there is so much confusion: Aside from the family geneaologist for the Thayer Family Association, Patricia Thayer Muno, who has cited her source for changing the parents of Nathaniel Thayer, from Richard, to William, there is also a book written on the Thayer family from Thornsbury, that, upon careful reading, you will find both of the Nathaniel Thayers, who were cousins, along with who the  parents were of each Nathaniel.

In one of Patricia's books on the Thayer family, she had first documented Nathaniel, who married Abigail Harvey, with parent, Richard Thayer. Three years after she published her book, she realized there were two Nathaniels, and that the Nathaniel who married Abigail Harvey was actually the son of William Thayer and Mary Kellaway. Unfortunately, many family trees still contain the misinformation--showing Nathaniel as the son of Richard. Find A Grave was also infected with these errors, due to people either not following the update, or never getting it.

The book where you can find the Thayer information is: The Thayer Family of Thornbury: a study trying its reconstitution. Originally written in 1907, by Thomas Thayer Ojeda.

These two sources are better than anything that has come before, and are your best bet for correcting the profiles.
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Some are saying this book source was too speculative. However, I would believe a book written by a Thayer, over a hundred years ago, over some of the convoluted theories, posted as facts, today, on so many family trees and Internet profiles. I believe that many of the original records burned in a fire, in the 1800s, so we  may never have the ultimate source, or "proof."

Elizabeth: Thanks for starting the discussion.  I won't have time to respond until tomorrow, but could you update your question with a link to the profile.

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Oh, my goodness. I would, if I could find out how I posted it to begin with. Apparently, I was not signed in.

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