Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Foster Thayer

The Rev. Foster Thayer was born about 1808, apparently in Boston, Massachusetts, to Seth and Desire (Thacher) Thayer, He married Mary Baker in New York City on 30 March 1838. He spent his early ministry in Woodstock, New York, from 1831 to 1836, then moved to Waterloo, New York, to become rector of St. Paul's Church. About this time he was ordained tot he priesthood by Bishop Onderdonk. In 1838, he became rector of St. Paul's, Allegany, New York, and then the following year went to Connecticut to do missionary work. He went west at the invitation of Bishop Jackson Kemper in 1842 and served briefly as a missionary at Mishawaka while also becoming rector of Trinity Church, Niles, Michigan. He also served briefly as a missionary at Vincennes. He returned to New York in 1844 to become the founding rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles. Later he became rector of St. Paul's Church in Vergennes, Vermont, when he reportedly left the ministry. He has not been located on the 1850 census.