THAYER FAMILIES ASSOCIATION

We have just completed our first online General Membership meeting! The membership approved the proposed Bylaws revision and it is now in effect. Thank you to all who responded to our plea to vote. We also have a new secretary necessitating a change of TFA's mailing address. The revised information may be found here. We plan to have another online General Membership meeting in June 2021 and have a Reunion & Meeting in Braintree, Massachusetts in 2022. This is subject to change according to the COVID19 situation but hopefully will materialize as planned.
 

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Speedwell ship drawingThe Speedwell (Left) was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. Later, it carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
C.A.Thayer Ship
The C.A. Thayer (Above Right) was built by Danish-born Hans Ditlev Bendixsen in his shipyard, located across the narrows of Humboldt Bay from the city of Eureka in Northern California. Bendixsen also built the Wawona (1897) which was dismantled in 2009. The C.A. Thayer was named for Clarence A. Thayer, a partner in the San Francisco-based E.K. Wood Lumber Company.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There’s over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work
Captain Ottoman Friz’s 1958 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer
Captain Ed Shields motion picture films of the C.A. Thayer on her last codfishing voyage in 1950. 
Axel Widerstrom motion picture film of C.A. Thayer final voyage to San Francisco
Historic C.A. Thayer returns to home port after major restoration

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Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Click above to hear DeWolf Hopper narrate "Casey At The Bat" written by cousin Ernest Lawrence Thayer. (August 14, 1863 - August 21, 1940) He actually wrote three versions: the first printing, a self-corrupted version, and the revised version.

When William De Wolf Hopper performed the poem at Wallack's Theatre, on Broadway and 30th Street in New York City, players from the New York Giants and Chicago White Stockings were guests in the auditorium.

 
Ralph Clinton Thayer Jr.
In Memoriam ~ Ralph Clinton (Clint) Thayer Jr., 87, former TFA President, Director and Membership Chairman, passed away on October 23, 2017 at Cobalt Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Cobalt, Connecticut. Mr. Thayer was born on May 9, 1930 in New London to Ralph and Eleanor Thayer. He honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force. Mr. Thayer attended New London schools and was active in musical activities. At the age of 16, he led a dance band that played at Ocean Beach Park. He attended the Eastman School of Music, where he met his wife, Connie. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the Air Force Band at Sampson AFB, NY, where he spent four years. After graduating from Eastman in 1956, he served for 16 years in the USCG Band, where achieved the rank of MUCS. Mr. Thayer taught music in Groton for 11 years and coached many young musicians in the Eastern CT Symphony Youth Orchestra. He performed and conducted extensively, including serving as choir director of the First Baptist Church in New London where he served as deacon and moderator. He was a member of the S.A.R. and active in Masons for many years. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Mr. Thayer enjoyed gardening, history, genealogy, and spending time with family. Mr. Thayer is predeceased by his wife, Constance J. Thayer. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Backes and her husband Clifford of Moodus; son, Ralph C. Thayer III of S.C.; his two grandsons, Peter M. and his wife, Sara McIvor, of N.J., and Christian C. and wife, Christine McIvor, of N.C.; and his great granddaughters Juliette McIvor of N.C. and Claire McIvor of N.J. Calling hours were held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 2 until 4 PM at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic, CT 06357. A memorial service was held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 2 PM in Flanders Baptist Church, Church Lane and Boston Post Rd., East Lyme. His memorial service included military honors and a Dixieland style funeral procession by the U.S. Coast Guard Band's Dixieland Band....joined by his 35-year-old grandsons on trombone and trumpet. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Flanders Baptist Church Music Fund, 138 Boston Post Road, East Lyme, CT 06333.
 
The Thayer Tartan
The Thayers, along with many other US citizens, trace their lineage back to Scotland. The colours reflect the prosperity of Thayers of Scottish descent in the USA and their awareness of their roots. This tartan is for the use of all of the name of Thayer born in the USA. A woven sample of this tartan has been received by the Scottish Register of Tartans for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.