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Thoreau, David Henry

Thoreau, David Henry, b. July 12, 1817,  Concord, Middlesex Co., Mass.; writer, naturalist, philosopher, pencil maker, surveyor, Transcendentalist, inspector of snow storms; d. May 6, 1862, Concord, Middlesex Co., Mass.; bu. New Burying Ground, Concord, in the Dunbar family plot; moved with other family members to Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord (essentially, up the street) in the 1870s.  Changed name to Henry David on his own after he was graduated from Harvard.

Father: John Thoreau (1787-1858)

Mother: Cynthia Dunbar Thoreau (1787-1872)

Sister: Helen Thoreau (1812-1849)

Brother: John Thoreau, Jr. (1815-1842)

Sister: Sophia Thoreau (1819-1876)

Descended from:

Thoreau, Jean

Thoreau, Jean, b. St. Helier, Isle of Jersey, ca. 1754; emigrated to America in 1773; m. (1) Jane (Jennie) Burns in 1781 (d. 1796); m. (2) Rebecca Kettell in 1782; d. 1801. Anglicized name from Jean to John.

Burns, Jane (Jennie)

Burns, Jane (Jennie), d. 1796.

Dunbar, Asa

Dunbar, Asa, b. May 26, 1745 Bridgewater, Mass.; attended Harvard; m. Mary Jones October 22, 1772, in Weston, Mass.; worked as a minister and then in the area of law and as the town clerk of Keene, N.H.; member of the Rising Sun Lodge No. 4 in Keene; d. June 22, 1787 with full Masonic honors.

Jones, Mary

Jones, Mary, b. July 11, 1748, in Weston, Mass., d. August 2, 1830.  Only grandparent HDT knew.  M. (2) 1798 Captain Jonas Minott and settled on his farm on Virginia Road, Concord.  He died 1813.

Thoreau, Philippe

Thoreau, Philippe, wine merchant, b. 1720; m. Marie le Gallais in 1749; had nine children; d. 1800.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”


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