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‘ [24] 1734-5,’ we may presume he presided over the exercises at the dedication of the first meeting-house of his former parishioners in this Precinct. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1735, was set apart ‘as a day of fasting and prayer to seek the Divine assistance and direction in the important affair of settling an orthodox minister of the gospel in this Precinct,’ and the Rev. Mr. Hancock, Mr. Appleton, Mr. Storer and Mr. Turell, the neighboring ministers,1 were desired to assist in carrying on the public exercises of the day.


Aug. 3, 1736, Mr. Thomas Skinner was chosen minister and provision made for his settlement for life. But some dissent to the choice arising, and his answer containing several articles which were passed in the negative, the matter went no further. Thomas Skinner, H. U. 1732, was afterward minister at Colchester, Conn. His father rented the Ten Hills Farm, now in Somerville, about 1737. See Wyman's Charlestown, 869.

The members for Menotomy of a particular and peculiar committee of Dr. Appleton's church, in 1736, were John Cutter and Ephraim Frost. See Paige, 297, &c.


On Jan. 2, 1736-7, the Rev. John Hancock baptized at 'Notomy, Amos Winship and Hannah Robbins.

May 16, 1737, the town granted £ 12 for the support of winter schools in this Precinct.—Paige.

On Mar. 25, 1737, a meeting was adjourned from the schoolhouse to the meeting-house to hear advice of neighboring ministers with respect to settling a minister here. As the result of this advice Mr. Joseph Gardner was chosen minister on May 27, 1737, but after some extended negotiations which came to nothing, he sent a final and negative answer. Joseph Gardner, H. U. 1732, was afterward settled in the ministry at Newport.2

1 Hancock. Lexington; Appleton, First Parish, Cambridge; Storer, Watertown; Turell, Medford.

2 Mr. John Langdon Sibley of Harvard University furnishes the following note: Joseph Gardner of Bath, H. U. 1732, on May 15, 1740, was settled colleague pastor with Rev. Nathaniel Clap of Newport, R. I., and dismissed June 10, 1743; ‘was justice of the common pleas for Suffolk;’ died at Bath, April 3, 1806, aged 92. Mr. Helyer succeeded Mr. Gardner as colleague with Mr. Clap. See N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., vol. XV. pp. 66 and 234. He was brother-in-law of Rev. Joshua Gee. See also Clapp Memorial, p. 204.

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