Mather Family Tree

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Sarah Hankridge, widow of Rev. John Cotton - 2nd wife

Richard Mather

1596-1669

Catherine Holt 1st wife

1596-1655

Elizabeth Atherton

1628-1678

married

1650

Timothy Mather

1628 - 1685

Other Siblings:

Joseph,

Samuel,

Nathaniel,

Joseph,

Eleanor,

Elazer

Increase Mather

1639-1723

Richard traveled in 1596 aboard the Ship James, with wife Sarah and 4 children including Timothy, to Massachusetts and became part of the Puritan clergy of New England.

Cotton Mather

1663-1728

Catherine Wise

1658-1686

Richard Mather

1653 - 1688

married

1680

Siblings:

Samuel, Richard 

Katharine, Nathaniel, Joseph + 6 others

Timothy was known as "the Mather Farmer." Moved to Lyme, Connecticut and established family farm.

Also a farmer in Lyme, CT.

Timothy Mather

1681-1755

3 siblings

Sarah Noyes

1683-1756

Captain Timothy served with colonists in the wars with Pequot Indians.

Oldest of 5 children

Siblings:

John, Hannah, Bell, Hannah (2nd)

Hannah Bell

1725-1755

married

1746

married

1777

Sarah Scott

1758 - 1843

Graduated from Yale and moved to Stamford, CT (now Darien) to become a Congregational minister. Became a "fiery patriot" and champion of the Revolutionary Cause.

Siblings:

Hannah, Sarah, Moses, Rana, Clara, Clara (2nd), Nancy, Betsey, David, Phebe

Built the Mather Homestead on 100 acres of farmland. He and his wife, Sarah, raised 11 children in the house.

Joseph Mather

1789-1864

married

1816

Happy Osborne Wakeman

1794-1871

married

1864

Joseph Wakeman Mather

1820-1930

Bertha Jemima Walker

1844-1899

married

1893

Jane Thacker Floy

1868-1944

married

1932

Edward Reynolds McPherson

1906-2002

Became a wealthy industrialist in the Borax business. He made the case for the National Park Service and became its first Director in 1917.   

Anne Floy McPherson Tracy

1934

Stephen Mather McPherson

1937

Jane Mather McPherson Nickerson 1940

One of the first female architects in Connecticut and a charter member of the Darien Historical Society.