Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TIMOTHY MATHER 1628-1684

[Ancestral Link: Harold William Miller, son of Edward Emerson Miller, son of Anna Hull (Miller), daughter of William Hull, son of Anna Hyde (Hull), daughter of Mehitable Marvin (Hyde), daughter of Deborah Mather (Marvin), daughter of Samuel Mather, son of Richard Mather, son of Timothy Mather.]


Dorchester North Burying Ground Main Gate
23 June 2008 Photo by AT Jones, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts

Birth: 1628, Liverpool, England
Death: January 14, 1685, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Came over from England in 1635 with his parents. His father was The Reverend Richard Mather (1596-1669). He married Catherine Atherton (daughter of Humphrey Atherton) in 1649 or 1650. Was known as the "farmer Mather." Most of the people descended from The Reverend Richard Mather are descendants of this Timothy.
found on findagrave.com

THE MATHER FAMILYThe following family history on seven generations of the Mather family, of which Kezia Mather was a member, is taken from "Lineage of Richard Mather," by Horace B. Mather, published 1890 by Press of the Case, Lockwood and s Brainard Company, of Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Mather's book is a comprehensive and informative work. It will prove particularly interesting to those interested in the early history of the Mather family.
JOHN MATHER, of Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England. Child was—THOMAS MATHER, of Lowton, Winwick Parish, 7 ^ ju Lancashire, England. Child was—REV. RICHARD MATHER, born 1596, Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England; died April 22, 1669, Dorchester, (now a District of Boston) Massachusetts; buried Upham's Corner Cemetery, Dorchester, Massachusetts. Married (I) September 29, 1624, Catherine Holt, daughter of Edmund Holt, of Bury, England. She died 1655. Richard married (II) August 26, 1656, Sarah Story, daughter of Richard Hankridge, of Boston, Massachusetts, and widow of Rev. John Cotton. She had earlier married William Story. She died May 27, 1676.
Richard Mather arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, August 17, 1635, on the ship "James of Bristol" with his wife and family. He had been a minister in England. Shortly after his arrival, he became a minister of a church in Dorchester which "was gathered" in 1636. "Here he continued a most zealous and faithful minister for the rest of his life." He was one of the translators of "The Bay Psalm Book," the first book printed in the Anglo American Colonies. (Note by B.L.S.—Only eleven copies of "The Bay Psalm Book" have come to light. The first copy, which was first owned by the Rev. Richard Mather, is in the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island., with his original notes. The second copy was sold at public auction by direction of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust on January 28, 1947, by Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., of New York, New York. It was sold for $151,000, which was the highest price ever paid for a book. It was purchased by Yale University.)
Children — Mather:
(1) Rev. Samuel, born May 13, 1626, died October 29, 1671, married Stevens. He went back to England and became a noted
preacher.
(2) Timothy, born 1628.
(3) Rev. Nathaniel, born March 20, 1630, died July 26, 1697; married Maria Benn, daughter of Rev. William Benn, of Dorchester,
England. Nathaniel went back to England and became a noted preacher.
found on ancestry.com


Bits and pieces of Timothy Mather's life1628-1684, Massachusetts, USA
Timothy Mather was the only son of Richard Mather and Katherine Hoult that grew up to manhood and did not become a preacher. He is called the "Mather farmer" of the early time, and settled in the town with his father. His brothers Samuel and Nathaniel went back to Europe and were noted preachers. Eleazer was the first minister in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he died the same year his brother, Rev. Dr. Increase, settled in Boston. Timothy had a fall in his barn, which resulted in his death at the age of 56 years. He married Catherine Atherton (1628-1684) and they had five sons and one daughter. Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton, his father-in-law, was a distinguished man in the colony. They are buried in "Upham's Corner Cemetery."
"All persons in this country by the name of Mather who descend from the New England Mathers can be traced directly to Timothy Mather, as the name ceases in all the other lines with Samuel Mather, the grandson of Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather. Samuel Mather died in 1813. Many Mathers in this country claim descent from Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather, but they are mistaken. ...The Mathers now are from the three grandsons of Rev. Richard, who settled in Connecticut, Rev. Samuel (of Windsor branch), Richard (of Lyme branch), or Atherton (of Suffield branch)." Horace Mather
In his will Rev. Richard states: "in as much as he (Timothy) hath not had so much cost bestowed upon him in his education...I have some years since given and assured to him in land, meadows, barn and other buildings, cows, oxen, bedding, household stuffe...also all my house, barne, buildings, lands, in Dorchester for his use during his natural li
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Random FactsFrom Marjorie Bagg Johnston's Genealogy book:"Timothy Mather was the only son of the Reverend Richard who grew to manhood, who was not a preacher. He is always spoken of as "the Mather Farmer" of the early time. He settled in Dorchester with his father and there he had a fall in his barn which resulted in his death at the age of 56 years."
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The Mather Home in Dorchester, Massachusetts1680
Tomothy Marther was given the Mather home in Dorchester, Massachusetts by his father Rev. Richard Mather. (See story in Mathers of Darien: A history)
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Partial Passenger List for the Ship, James - Sailed 23 May 1635 to 17 August 1635
1635, from Bristol, England, to Boston Harbor
Partial passenger list for the ship, James

The James left King's Road in Bristol on 23 May 1635 with her master, John Taylor, along with the Angel Gabriel, the Elizabeth (the Bess), the Mary and the Diligence. The James and the Angel Gabriel stayed together while the three faster and smaller boats went on to Newfoundland. The Angel wrecked off the coast of Maine, but the James made it into Boston, torn and shredded.

Maud Rev Daniel (father in law to Mrs. Mather) (Maude, Daniel Rev. from Halifax, York, bound for Boston and Dover. Ref: Banks Mss. 36 pg 186)
Wale, Nathaniel
Fower, Barnabas
Armitage, Thomas
Mather, Richard
Atherton, Humphrey (brother-in-law to Nathaniel Wales)
Smith, John
Thanks to Don Johnston of Kent who sent along this information:
Banks, The Planters of the Commonwealth, pp. 134-5, lists the following passengers of the James on its eventful, storm-tossed voyage, May 23, 1635 to August 17, 1635:

Armitage, Thomas (From Bristol, Glouchestershire, bound for Ipswitch. Ref: Pope 36 pg 55)
Armitage, Joseph
Armitage, Godfrey
Fawer, Barnabas (Farr, from Bristol, Glouchestershire, bound for Dorchester. Ref: Pope 36 pg 55)
Fawer, Mrs. Dina
Kendrick, George (George and John, from Lancashire, bound for Scituate and Boston. Ref: Pope. 36 pg 89) Kendrick, Mrs. Jane
Mather, Rev. Richard (From Toxteth, Lancashire, bound for Dorchester. Ref: Savage. 36 pg 88)
Mather, Mrs. Katherine
Mather, Samuel
Mather, Timothy
Mather, Nathaniel
Mather, Joseph
Maude, Rev. Daniel
Mitchell, Matthew (From South Owram, York, bound for Wetherfield Connecticut, Charlestown, Massachusetts, Concord, Springfield and Stamford, CT. RefL NEGR 11/241. 36 pg 186)
Mitchell, Mrs. Susan
Mitchell, Jonathan
Smith, John
Smith, Mrs. Mary
Smith, Mary
Wales, Nathaniel

Rev. Richard Mather kept a journal of the voyage, and I believe most of the above names may be found listed in it. The ship, of 220 tons, carried "one hundred passengers, honest people of Yorkshire", so this is but a small portion of the names.

James sources: http://xenia.media.mit.edu/~kristin /fambly/Resources/AngelGabriel.html
JudyAlberts1 0added this on 18 Juen 2010

Partial passenger list for the ship, James, which survived a hurricane and arrived in Boston Harbor on 17 August 1635. One of its sister ships, the Angel Gabriel, sank. This list was found online in June 2010 at
http://packrat-pro.com/ships
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Farmer MatherTimothy settled in Dorchester near his father. He was called "Farmer Mather" because he was the only one of Richard's sons who reached maturity and did not become a minister. Timothy farmed in Dorchester for his entire life. He died in 1684 as the result of a fall in his barn, he was 56 years old. Timothy Mather was the only son of the emigrant that grew up to manhood who was not a preacher and is called the "Mather farmer" of the early time and settled in the town with his father. His brothers, Samuel and Nathaniel, went back to Europe and were noted preachers. Eleazer was the first minister in Northampton, Mass. were he died the same year as his father. Rev. Dr. Increase, settled in Boston. Timothy had a fall in his barn, which resulted in his death at the age of 56 years. Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton, his father-in-law, was a distinguished man in the colony. They are buried in "Upham's Corner Cemetery". All persons in this country by the name of Mather who descend from the New England Mathers can be traced directly to Timothy Mather, as the name ceases in all other lines with Samuel Mather, the grandson of Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather. Samuel Mather died in 1813. Many Mathers in this country claim descent from Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather, but they are mistaken. There have been a number of Cotton Mathers later who have Mather descendants. The Mathers now are from the three grandsons of Rev. Richard that settled in Connecticut, Rev. Samuel (of Windsor branch), Richard (of Lyme branch), or Atherton (of Suffield branch). By Horace E. Mather-1890
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Increase Mather Brother of Timothy Mather

Closest image to Timothy Mather, being brothers there is probably, a close resemblence to one another

1 comment:

  1. I am Richard Mather's 10th great grandson. View the Seggerman Family Tree at ancestry.com, which includes Increase, Cotton, and Stephen Tyng Mather.

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