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Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Jonathan W. THATCHER

         Jonathan W. THATCHER, son of Jonathan and Hannah (Tharp) Thatcher, was born February 13, 1818. His ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of Berkeley County. His great-great-grandfather, Richard Thatcher, died in Pennsylvania; his great-grandfather, Samuel Thatcher, came to Virginia in 1764 and bought land from Lord Fairfax that was still in possession of the family in 1884. One branch of the family settled in Ohio.

         Jonathan W. Thatcher’s first wife was Nancy Elizabeth Miller, born September 11, 1824, a daughter of David and Emily (Lyle) Miller. They were married December 8, 1842; children born to them were David M. Thatcher, February 24, 1844, killed in the army during the Civil war, near Warrington, Virginia, October 19, 1863; Jonathan N. Thatcher, July 12, 1846-?; William A. Thatcher, October 19, 1848-?; Emily H. Thatcher, April 18, 1852-?; Charles J.F. Thatcher, August 21, 1853-?; Joseph E. Thatcher, October 18, 1855-?; and Robert Thatcher, January 6, 1858-?. Abalina Miller, sister of his first wife, married Jonathan Thatcher October 3, 1863. She was born September 15, 1816.

         Mr. Thatcher was a farmer at Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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