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Who were the parents of Nathaniel Thayer who m 1691 Rebecca Briggs?
Posted by: Jillaine Smith (ID *****7133) Date: November 01, 2012 at 16:58:07
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I'm seeing two theories for the parents of Nathaniel Thayer "Jr." who m 1691 Rebecca Briggs, but no strong sources for either. Can anyone provide evidence that supports one more than the other?

Theory #1. Nathaniel Thayer and Abigail Harvey

This is recorded here on WikiTree and also on WorldConnect (as is #2 below), but without citing sources that I can find. I can't find an actual birth record for such a Nathaniel.

Theory #2. Nathaniel Thayer and Deborah Townsend

The problem with this theory is that the Boston VR indicates lists TWO sons named Nathaniel born to Nathaniel and Deborah Thayer:

Page 120: 1671: Nathaniel of Nathaniel & Deborah Thayer born Aug. 28.

Page 156: 1681: Nathaniel of Nathanll & Deborah Thayer born July 11. <-- This implies that the first Nathaniel died young; also THIS Nathaniel would be too young to marry Rebecca Briggs in 1691.

The "Jr." in his marriage record implies the existence of a Nathaniel Sr. although it does not necessarily mean he was SON of a Nathaniel.

How can we prove who his parents were?

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