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1802 Rev. Thomas Prentiss Sermon

Details about Rev. Thomas Prentiss and his 1802 sermon.

» Read from the 28-page document, published in 1803.

Rev. Thomas Prentiss, Harvard College, 1766, D.D., 1808, son of Rev. Joshua and Mary; m. 1st, Oct. 31, 1771, Abigail Bigelow, of Weston, Mass., who d. Nov. 2, 1786. He m. 2d, Feb. 9, 1789, Mary, dau. of Dr. John Scollay, of Boston, who was town clerk, Boston, over forty years, and for several years first civil officer there. She d. Sept 23, 1841, ae. 82.

Dr. Prentiss spent his youth with his grandparents Angier, of Cambridge, Mass. After taking his bachelor degree at Harvard College, he taught school for a year at Berwick, Me., and studied medicine there, acquiring medical knowledge to enable him to minister successfully to the bodies as well as souls of his future parishioners.

Returning to his native town he studies theology with his father, and was ordained Nov. 30, 1770, at the age of twenty-three, as pastor of the church in Medfield Mass. A town meeting was called there April 3, 1770, with religious services, and a committee raised to unite with the church. The town voted him £160 as an encouragement, and a salary of £71 9s. 4d. a year. His letter of acceptance of Aug. 26, 1770, is preserved.

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From p.51 of "Prentice Family," by C.J.F. Binney, 1883.

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