Mather Family Trees

Rev. Richard Mather[1]

Male 1596 - 1669  (73 years)


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  • Name Rev. Richard Mather 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1596  Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 17 Aug 1635  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 22 Apr 1669  Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The son of Thomas Mather and Margarite Abrams of Lowton, England, Richard was fortunate enough to go to grammar school at his parents insistence, even though he didn't think so at the time. His education was harsh and included daily beatings by the school master. In spite of that he developed a love of learning and became largely self educated after grammar school, a fact that set him apart from his peers. Upon completing his course of study at age 15, he took a position as school teacher in Toxteth. After 3 years of teaching he started studying at Oxford, but dropped out to take a position as a preacher at Toxteth. At this time in England, the Anglican church was the absolute governing authority, and preachers were expected to conform in every way. The puritan ethic was beginning to take hold, however, and Richard embraced it. Desiring not to engage in the puritan "sin of conformity" Richard refused to wear the "Surplice", a papal robe. For 15 years he preached as he saw fit, until he was finally silenced in 1633 by the ecclesiastical authorities for "non-conformity". He was briefly reinstated, then silenced again, permanently, in 1634. At this time he decided to bring his young family to New England.

      The journey took a total of six weeks, three of which were spent at sea. Richard kept a log of the journey in which he describes the hardships and storms at sea which they endured to get here. Less than a week after his arrival on August 17, 1636, he accepted the ministry of the North Church in Dorchester, MA and remained there for 50 years. Upon their arrival, Richard and Katherine were given more than 100 acres of land in Dorchester to support themselves and their family. Katherine managed the household, making the decisions about hiring farmhands, buying and selling cattle, and the planting and harvesting, as well as schooling the children, although Richard took over the children's education once they had learned to read. It was customary for boys to leave home at an early age in those days. Thus, four of Richard's five sons went to board at Harvard between the ages of 12 and 16. Timothy was apprenticed out as a farmer. The religious battle Richard waged was as much a political war as a revolution in belief. He wrote four books & sent them to London to be published in an effort to explain and recommend the Congregation form of church. Two of his sons moved back to England to continue the effort there.

      Rev. Richard is buried in the Dorchester North Burying Ground a/k/a First Burying Ground in Dorchester. http://www.dorchesteratheneum.org/page.php?id=587
    Person ID I40  Mather
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2009 

    Father Thomas Mather,   b. 1570, Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1633, Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Marguerite Abrams,   b. Abt 1570, Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 30 Sep 1591  Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Katharine Hoult,   b. 1598, Bury, Lancaster, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1655, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1624  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rev. Samuel Mather,   b. 13 May 1626, Lowton, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1671, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     2. Timothy Mather,   b. 1628, Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1685, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Rev. Nathaniel Mather,   b. 20 Mar 1630, Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1697, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     4. Joseph Mather,   b. 1634, Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1636, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     5. Rev. Eleazer Mather,   b. 13 May 1637, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1669, Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     6. Rev. Dr. Increase Mather,   b. 21 Jun 1639, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1723, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Hawkredd,   b. Abt 1600, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1676, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 26 Aug 1656  Dorchester, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Lineage of Rev. Richard Mather.
      Except where otherwise noted, all of the first eight generations of Rev. Richard Mather are taken from this source, supplemented when possible by LDS records.