ORIGIN: Salisbury, Wiltshire.
MIGRATION: 1635 on the James (on or about 5 April 1635, "Anthony Thetcher, of Sar[u]m, tailor," appeared on the passenger list of the James of London, preparing to sail for New England from Southampton [Drake's Founders 56]).
FIRST RESIDENCE: Newbury [Young's First Planters 486].
OCCUPATION: Minister (in England). Curate at St. Edmund, Salisbury, from 1631 to 1635, under his brother Peter, who was pastor of the same church. (The parish register of St. Edmund was one of those which had separate sections for christenings, marriages and burials. In each of these three sections, the handwriting changed in the middle of September 1631 and at the end of 1634/5, and many of the pages during this span were signed by Anthony Thacher, curate.) Tailor (in England) [Drake's Founders 56]. Innkeeper (on 5 June 1644, "Mr. Anthony Thacher is licensed to draw wine at Yarmouth" [PCR 2:73]; on 7 July 1646, "Edward Sturges, of Yarmouth, is licensed to keep an ordinary and draw wine at Yarmouth, provided Mr. Thacher draw out his" (annotated "Repealed 20:8:1646") [PCR 2:105]).
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 1 March 1658/9, Plymouth General Court appointed "Mr. Anthony Thacher" and three other men to "make a levy" of "forty or fifty pounds yearly" for "the encouragement and support of the ministry of the word amongst them [at Yarmouth]" [PCR 3:155].
FREEMAN: Plymouth oath of fidelity, 7 January 1638/9 [PCR 1:107, 185]. Propounded for Plymouth freemanship, 7 January 1638/9 (as "Mr. Anthony Thacher," second in a list of "names of those that are proposed to take up their freedom at Yarmouth") [PCR 1:108]. Admitted to Plymouth freemanship, 3 December 1639 [PCR 1:137]. In Yarmouth section of 1639 and 1658 lists of Plymouth Colony freemen [PCR 8:176, 200].
BIRTH: About 1593 (based on estimated date of marriage), son of Peter Thatcher of Queen Camel, Somerset [NYGBR 41:221-28].
DEATH: Between 5 June 1667 [PCR 4:151-52] and 22 August 1667 (date of inventory).