Children of Alexander Thatcher and Huldah Bishop:
Julia Maria Thatcher, b. 7 July 1845, MA, d. 11 June 1855.Eugene Stephen Thatcher, b. 19 Aug 1848, d. 23 Nov 1899, m. Alice Cordelia Rewey 6 Sep 1879
Agnes Jane Thatcher, b. July 1850.
Susan Evaline Thatcher, b. ca 1852, died 31 Aug 1875
Albert L. Thatcher, b. ca 1854, d. 12 Oct 1857
Spencer W. Thatcher, b. ca 1856, d. 8 Oct 1857
Cora Leona Thatcher, b. 30 Sep 1858, d. 18 Jul 1892, m. Henry Franklin Winchell 11 Aug 1857
Arthur L. Thatcher, b. 1861, d. 1944
Caroline Thatcher, b. 1 Sep 1863, d. 28 Dec 1943
I have developed four hypotheses about his family background.
- Alexander came from somewhere along the Atlantic seacoast in Massachusetts. So far I haven't found him in any available Massachusetts records.
- Immigrants to Northampton also came from along the Connecticut River Valley. I learned that some Thatchers in New Hampshire and Vermont originally came from southern Connecticut. I need to go to the library of the Connecticut Valley Historical Society in Springfield, Mass., to search through its records.
- Alexander's real last name was something else. In upstate New York and New England it's common for French-speaking people to move down from Canada and change their name to something English. This was especially common if the individual also had Native ancestry. My great-great-grandfather's real last name could have been LeChaume, Chaume or Chaumet. For this I also have to go to the Connecticut Valley Historical Society since they have border crossing and other French Canadian records.
- I'd almost forgotten the era that Alexander was born in. Slavery was still an institution in the South. It is possible that he was a light-skinned black who escaped on the Underground Railroad going along the Mid-Atlantic and took the last name of a conductor who helped him. The Thatchers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey were Quaker, who were early abolitionists. DNA testing of a male relative may help here.