||Richard Thayer Jr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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He settled in Braintree, Massachusetts, by 1641.
He was probably the "Taiere" who, about September 1645, sold an acre of land in Braintree to the merchant adventurers who were setting up the iron works in that town.
He married soon after 15 Jul 1646 Jane Kember, widow of John Parker.
"On 5 September 1648, 'Rich[ard] Thaire of Boston' deeded to 'Rich[ard] Thaire of Braintry son of the said Richard of Boston' several parcels of land, including two acres & a half of land lying between the land of Daniell Lovet & James Farce [Farr?], in the field at Monoticott, bought of the said Richard Thaire the elder of John Niles together with the lot upon which he built his house' [SLR 5:455-56]."
On May 26, 1658 a General Court of Election, held at Boston, confirmed the reduction in the fine imposed on Richard Thayer for "selling strong licquors contrary to lawe" from 19 pounds to 5 pounds. [Note: This record probably relates to Richard's son.]
Richard died before 10 Apr 1668, probably in the Island of Barbados, West Indies, where he resided in 1660 (Early Ct. Files Suff[olk]. No. 455)... "he and his second wife and her children proposed to return to England after 1658, but from letters written by him to his sons Zachariah and Richard from Barbados in 1660 (see page 531 of cited source below), there is reason to believe that his death occurred on that island in the West Indies. His son Nathaniel, and Katherine Thayer, a daughter by his second wife, were with him and his wife on the island." (The cited source had not found the will that was found later. See below.)
Also: Suffolk Court records (#424,455,828, paper 29) show that Richard Thayer was in Barbados as early as Mar. 12, 1660 as were his sons Richard and Nathaniel, and he also mentions his daughter Dorothy and his wife Katherine and Samuel (Samuel Davis, his son in law).
The will of Richard Thawyer [this one?] of Barbados, dated 6 Oct 1664, proved 12 Oct 1664 mentions his [third] wife Catherine and "children" (Barbados Wills RB6/15 p 35).
Clifford Stott published in 1998 a serious and critical review of past research done on the Thayer family, and pointed out MANY errors of previous transcriptions. He re-analyzed the original parish records of Thornsbury, and published a new, corrected transcription of them. He also transcribes early probate records.
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