In 1692 Mr. John Hancock, grandfather of the patriot whose name is indelibly associated with our history, preached here for a short period.
The town voted that he shall be boarded at Mr. John Bradshaw's for the year ensuing if he shall continue his ministry so long among us.
His ministry ceased in Nov., 1693.
He was born at Cambridge, Mass., in 1671, and graduated at Harvard College in 1689.
In 1697 he was called to Lexington, where he continued his ministry until his death in 1752, in the eighty-second year of his age and the fifty-fourth of his ministry.
The pulpit was supplied from Harvard College for a considerable period afterward.
Among those whose names have come down to us is that of Mr. Benj. Colman.
He was graduated at Harvard College in 1692.
After supplying the pulpit for about six months he returned to Cambridge to prosecute further his theological studies, and remained there till he took the degree of M. A. in 1695.
He went to En