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Margaret Webb Thacher
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Birth: Sep. 25, 1625
Wiltshire, England
Death: Feb. 4, 1694
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Margaret Webb, only known child of Henry Webb & probably Dowsabel Smith, bapt. Sept. 25, 1625 at Salisbury, England. She d. Feb. 4, 1693/4 at Boston, Mass., 69.

Margaret m. 1) circa Sept. 1642 by special license Jacob Sheafe {q.v., Sheaffe} by whom she had at least eight children, but only two of the children were living in April 1660 when her father, Henry Webb, wrote his will at Boston. Margaret's husband d. intestate Mar. 22, 1658/9 at Boston and in November 1659 the value of his estate was rendered at an astounding 8,528.08s.03d. Jacob Sheafe is characterized in the literature as "opulent" Jacob. He is interred at Boston's King's Chapel Burying Ground with a table top tomb:

Here lyeth interred ye body of Jacob Sheafe, of Boston, who for some time lived at Cranbrook, in Kent, in Ould Ingland. Hee deceased 22d of March 1658 [i.e., 1658-9], aged 42 years.

Less than one year later Margaret's mother Dowsabel died in February 1660 at Boston followed by her father seven months thereafter. Thus, at age 35 the widow Margaret (Webb) Sheafe was not only the widow to her husband's large estate, but principal executrix of her father's estate at Boston, inventoried at the almost equally astounding sum of 7,819.05s.2d. In her father's extensive will she was given a lump sum of 500 as her immediate legacy plus numerous properties throughout Boston to hold, occupy, use and/or rent during her lifetime. Upon her death the property was to be divided between her two living daughters, Elizabeth and Mehitable, or their respective heirs. If by a second marriage she had further children, the first born child of such marriage was to receive a legacy from the maternal grandfather of 400.

Margaret m. 2) after June 1664 Rev. Thomas Thacher as his 2nd wife. In her father's will dated April 1660, Henry Webb left numerous pastors, pastoral teachers, deacons and elders of churches small tokens, including to "Mr. Thomas Thacher, Pastor of ye Church of Christ in Weimouth, my Antient friend, as a token of my love, 4." In 1660 Rev. Thacher was 40 years old and hardly ancient in age, suggesting that Henry Webb had likely known Rev. Thacher for a long time, perhaps prior to his arrival in New England in 1635.

Until shortly after his first wife's death, Rev. Thacher had been the pastor of the Weymouth, Mass. church. He then relocated to Boston where he practiced medicine for several years mixed with occasional preaching before associating on Aug. 4, 1667 with the Boston First Church. The First Church is where the widow Margaret Sheafe was a member and where all of her children had been baptized. No written record of Margaret's marriage to Rev. Thacher exists, but it likely occurred after Rev. Thacher relocated to Boston. It is certain that they were husband and wife by 1669 when Rev. Thacher and wife Margaret gave a power of attorney for collecting a debt owed to the Webb estate by persons then residing in Maryland.

There are no known children by Margaret's second marriage.

She was interred at King's Chapel Burying Ground at Boston with the following inscription:

Here lyeth interred ye body of Mrs. Margaret Thacher, formerly wife of Mr. Jacob Sheafe, and lately wife of the Rev. Thomas Thatcher, 68, obit 23d February 1693 [i.e., 1693-4.]

Repeated independent attempts to find any portion of the foregoing inscription at King's Chapel have failed.
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  Jacob Sheafe (1616 - 1658)
  Thomas Thacher (1620 - 1678)
Kings Chapel Burying Ground
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: in Sheafe tomb
Created by: Don Blauvelt
Record added: Feb 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48078398
Margaret <i>Webb</i> Thacher
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