Timothy MATHER

Male 1628 - 1684  (56 years)


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  • Name Timothy MATHER  [1, 2
    • Timothy Mather, second son of Rev. Richard Mather and his wife Catharine Holt, was born in Liverpool in 1628 and came to Boston with his father in 1635 when he was but seven years of age. He was not educated at Harvard as all his brothers were, nor did he like them become a preacher, but for some reason he took a bent contrary to the rest of the family and gave himself up to the care of his father's large landed estate. Hence, and as if to emphasize this contrary bent, he became known as the "Mather Farmer." Apparently he was the business head of the family and kept things going while his brothers were fitting themselves to become preachers and his father was struggling with the versification of the "Bay Psalm Book". In his will his father very thoughtfully and considerately provides: - "And concerning my son Timothy, inasmuch as he hath not had so much cost bestowed upon him in his education as his brothers have had, therefore I think it meet that I should otherwise bestow upon him and his a greater portion of my outward estate," and then proceeds to give Timothy a life interest in the bulk of his real estate, remainder over to his children, and to make him also his residuary legatee. [1]
    Born 1628  Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1684  (from a fall in his barn) Dorchester, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I101341  Main Tree
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2021 

    Father Rev. Richard MATHER,   b. Abt 1596, Lowton, Winwick Parish, of Toxteth, Park, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1669, Dorchester, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Katherine HOLT,   d. 1655 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 29 Sep 1624  Bury, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Family ID F00648  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Catharine ATHERTON 
    Children 
    +1. Rev. Samuel MATHER,   b. 5 Jul 1650/1, Dorchester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1727/8  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Richard MATHER,   b. 20 Dec 1653, Dorchester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1688, Lyme, New London Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)  [Birth]
     3. Catherine MATHER,   b. 6 Jan 1655/6,   d. 1694  (Age 37 years)  [Birth]
     4. Nathaniel MATHER,   b. 2 Jul 1658  [Birth]
     5. Joseph MATHER,   b. 2 Feb 1661,   d. 8 Jan 1690/1  (Age 29 years)  [Birth]
     6. Atherton MATHER,   b. 4 Oct 1663, Dorchester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1734  (Age 71 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F365  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth WEEKS 
    Married 20 Mar 1678  [1
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S12076] HALL Ancestry A Series of Sketches of the Lineal Ancestors of the children of Samuel Holden Parsons Hall and his wife Emeline Bulkeley, Charles S. Hall.

    2. [S12200] Lineage of Rev. Richard Mather, Horace E. Mather.

    3. [S9777] Genealogical Notes or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Nathaniel Goodwin, (New England Historic Genealogical Society).

    4. [S12201] The Great Migration - Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Vol V M-P, Robert Charles Anderson.