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The Thayer Families Association mourns the passing of long time member cousin Jerry Thayer. He was Patricia Muno's Assistant Genealogist and faithfully attended every annual reunion and meeting with his computer to show us how we were related to one another. RIP Jerry!
Colonel Henry Jerome Thayer
USA Corps of Engineers
Jerry passed into eternity on Christmas Morning at 1:10 AM at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA. He was born on Sept. 9, 1932 in New Castle, PA to Henry Donald Thayer and Nancy Iris (Taylor.)
Jerry was a veteran of 31 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving at the height of the cold war and Vietnam war. He distinguished himself time and again as an officer who could be counted on to tackle the toughest jobs. After graduating from the Citadel in 1954, Jerry did a short stint in an engineering firm in Columbus, OH. His intention: to serve his military obligation and return to civilian life and a career in engineering. Little did he know at that time what was in store for him during the next 30+ years.
1954 The Citadel, Charleston, SC – Bachelors of Civil Engineering
1955 Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA
1956 McNair Kaserne, Hoechst, West Germany, 299th Combat Engineer Bn.
1959 Ann Arbor, MI, U of M – Masters of Nuclear Engineering
1960 101st Airborne Div., Ft. Campbell, KY
1961 Engr. Advisor, Vietnam, Saigon
1962 Minuteman Missile program - Parshall, Minot, Langdon, & Grand Forks, ND
1964 Army General Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS
1966 Army Material Command, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
1967 4th Combat Engr. Bn., 4th Infantry Div., Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam
1969 79th Engineer Battalion, Neu Ulm, West Germany
1970 94th Engineer Battalion, Nellingen, West Germany
1971 Engineer Command Europe, Frankfurt, West Germany
1973 Defense Nuclear Agency, Sandia Base, Albuquerque NM
1974 Army War College, Carlisle, PA
1975 Army Material Command, Ft. Monroe, VA
1978 District Engineer, Walla Wall, WA
1982 Army Material Command, Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ
1985 Joint Service and Diplomatic Mission, Beijing, China
1986 Retired, Hampton, VA
Jerry’s private life emulated that of his military career, long and exceptional. He became the family patriarch beloved by all. His humor, good will, and concern for others was demonstrated by his willingness to show-up for all manner of special events. His grandchildren would know him as “Papa” and looked forward to see him and “Nana” at nearly every birthday, graduation, wedding, or significant happening.
His life-long pursuit of knowledge and experience caused him and Judy to be “rolling stones,” who would combine their many trips into visits to family, friends, famous (and not so famous) landmarks, and dusty courthouse basements in the pursuit of their combined family histories. Jerry became one of the foremost authorities on the Thayer family of North America, a sage if you will, whom many relied upon for knowledge of or a hint towards their own pursuits.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Judith Leone-Young Thayer; two sons: William Henry Thayer and spouse Melinda Ann (Marinaro) and Gary Taylor Thayer and spouse Janis Denise (Wright.) Grandchildren: Ashley Nicole Thayer-Haynes (Andrew), Meagan Taylor Thayer-Dancer (Chad), William Ryan Thayer (Mary Jayne), Michael Henry Thayer, Marianne Elise Thayer a great-grandchild Rayne Thayer and a step great- grandchild Rian Yoshida. Jerry was put to rest at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery, Suffolk, VA on 4 Feb 2022 with full military honors consisting of: a color guard, 21-gun salute, taps, condolences and gratitude from the President of the United States conveyed by an active-duty colonel, and presentation of a commemorative flag to Judith L. Young-Thayer.
Jerry’s Thayer Line: John 1505, John 1531, Richard 1562, Thomas 1596, Ferdinando 1625, Isaac 1672, Samuel 1713, Daniel 1756, Charles 14 Aug 1782, Daniel Corbitt 23 Aug 1808, Parker Marius 23 Dec 1853, William Burt 8 Jan 1877, Henry Donald 25 Apr 1904, Henry Jerome 9 Sep 1932
submitted by William H. Thayer
Errata for Volume IX (9)
To all whom it may concern:
PLEASE NOTE: There has been an error discovered in the birth and death information of the mother of Thayer ancestor, Zerviah BALLOU, who was the wife of *Simeon THAYER (1739-1780).
If any descendants of Simeon THAYER and Zerviah BALLOU have received a pedigree from me showing Zerviah's mother, **Sarah WHIPPLE, as being born "26 Dec 1701 in Wrentham, Norfolk, MA -- and died after 1746," That information is INCORRECT. (I am currently uncertain exactly who shared that incorrect information with me!)
The CORRECT SARAH WHIPPLE has been verified as being born on 17 Apr 1705 in Providence, Providence, RI, and died aft 1768). She was the wife of Obadiah BALLOU, (whom she married 26 Dec 1740 in Smithfield, Providence, RI), and together, they were the parents of Zerviah BALLOU (1741/42- abt 1782) who married Simeon THAYER (1739-1780) on 3 December 1761 in Cumberland, Providence, RI. Sarah WHIPPLE (1705-1768) was the daughter of John WHIPPLE (1664-1721) and Lydia HOAR (1665-1711). (The correct Sarah Whipple had married 1st to Jonathan SALISBURY in 1725 and was the mother of 8 SALISBURY children before her marriage to Obadiah BALLOU in 1740.)
*[Simeon 5 (Uriah 4, Ebenezer 3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER.]
**(See incorrect Sarah Whipple on page 352, family # 16464 of Volume IX (9) of my Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Family of America.
IF Zerviah (Ballou) Thayer is your ancestor, please make notations of this correction on her mother in your personal records.
My sincere apologies for this error which was incorrectly passed along!
Thank you, Patricia
We have added the INDEX OF NAMES from all of Patricia Thayer Muno's "A Comprehensive Genealogy of the Thayer Families of America" so that you may learn which volume contains your family's information. The complete set is in Patricia's Corner in a searchable format.
On July 31, 2020, we held our first online General Membership meeting! The membership approved the proposed Bylaws revision and it is now in effect. We plan to have a Reunion & Meeting in Braintree, Massachusetts in late June or early July 2022. This is subject to change according to the COVID19 situation but hopefully will materialize as planned.
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Marking Two Years Since Mayflower II's Triumphant Return to Plymouth Following Her Multi-Year Restoration.
The 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.
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 are 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.
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James B. Thayer
In Memoriam ~ Brigadier General James Burdett Thayer ~
Sadly, our last surviving founder who was elected TFA's first Vice-President December 1992 passed away 16 September 2018 at the age of 96.
March 10, 1922 - September 16, 2018 James Burdett Thayer passed away peacefully with his family at his side Sept. 16, 2018 at his home in Lake Oswego.
Jim lived an extraordinary life of 96 years, with his wife Patricia, his family of five children, six grandchildren, and his strong faith in God. He was a military hero, a successful businessman, and a renowned civic leader.
Jim was born March 10, 1922 in Portland to James and Ruby (Alexander) Thayer. His maternal grandparents raised him on a farm in Carlton where he attended Carlton High School. He became an accomplished editor of the school's newspaper leading to a scholarship at the University of Oregon School of Journalism.
The 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed his life. Jim left college at the end of his sophomore year and joined the Army. He entered service at the Presidio of Monterey as an infantry private and was selected for Officer Candidate School shortly after induction. He was commissioned a second lieutenant on Oct. 3, 1944 and assigned to a frontline antitank company in the 71st Infantry Division, arriving in Le Havre, France in February 1945.
As a mine platoon commander, Jim led his unit across France and into Germany clearing minefields along the Maginot Line. He was reassigned as a reconnaissance platoon leader with a unit of 16 men, two halftracks, and a Jeep. In April 1945 his platoon engaged German SS troops who were occupying the Austrian town of Horbach. In the battle, his platoon overtook the German soldiers. When reinforcements from his battalion arrived, 800 German soldiers surrendered. For his action, Jim was awarded the Silver Star.
On May 4, 1945, his platoon was hunting for German ammunition dumps near Wels, Austria. As they followed a remote forest road, the platoon began to find dead, dying, and emaciated people. At the end of the road, Thayer and his men discovered and liberated the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp, part of the Mauthausen-Gusen complex, saving the lives of over 15,000 Hungarian Jewish refugees.
Jim returned to U of O after the war, graduating in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. In 1952 he met his future wife Patricia Cunningham in The Dalles. They were married April 19, 1954 and settled in Beaverton to start a family together. Jim and Pat were founding members of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in 1954. Together they co-founded the J. Thayer Company in 1955, selling office products, furniture, stationary and fine gifts.
Over the years, Jim served as president of the Oregon Historical Society, president of the Port of Portland Commission, and president of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. He chaired the Tuality Community Hospital board and Governor Victor Atiyeh's Lower Columbia River Task Force. He served on the Reed College Board of Trustees, and sat on the board of directors for GTE Northwest, the Oregon Graduate Institute for Science and Technology, the Knappton Corp, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, Evergreen Aviation Museum, Boys & Girls Aid of Portland, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
He received honorary doctorate degrees from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea in 1988, Pacific University in 2009, and received the University of Oregon Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
Jim retired from the US Army Reserves as a full colonel in 1982 and became Oregon's Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army in 1989. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1994. Jim reactivated as Commander of the Oregon State Defense Force and became Brigadier General.
The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, near completion, will be a fitting tribute to General Thayer with plans to open in 2020. The $20 million museum and historic park will honor all Oregon veterans and citizen soldiers past, present and future.
After 50 years in Beaverton, Jim and Pat sold their home in 2008 and moved to The Stafford Retirement Community in Lake Oswego meeting new friends and enjoying a simpler lifestyle together. Patricia passed in 2014, and Jim has spent recent years at home holding vigil with his family and close friends.
Jim is survived by his sons, Jim, John, Tommy and Mike (Kristy) Thayer; grandchildren Matthew and Patrick Thayer, and Haley, Eli, Tristan and Carson Thayer. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, and his daughter Anne.
A memorial service to celebrate Jim's life was held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Beaverton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Bartholomew's Vicar's Fund, 11265 S. W. Cabot Street, Beaverton, OR 97005.
General Sylvanus Thayer
The General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace is a historic house located at 786 Washington Street, Braintree, MA. Sylvanus is known as the "Father of West Point". The house is now operated year-round as a non-profit museum by the Braintree Historical Society. Please contact them for more information.
The Speedwell was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with the Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. 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.