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13. Samuel, Pastor, made choice of by the Second Precinct in Cambridge for that office, 21 May, 1739; accepted of their invitation to the work of the gospel ministry, 2 July, 1739; became a member of the church at its organization, 9 Sept. 1739; and on 12 Sept. 1739, was ordained pastor of this church and congregation. The First Church in Cambridge, and the churches of Lexington, Medford and Watertown, assisted in that solemnity. Such is the substance of his record of these transactions in the Church Book given by him to the Second Church in Cambridge.

Rev. Samuel Cookefaithful pastor—d. 4 June, 1783, a. 75, and in the 44th year of his ministry. Had Samuel, b. 2, bap. 9 Aug. 1741, d. (18) Aug. 1741, a. 12 days; Anna, b. and bap. 10 July, 1743, adm. to the ch. 10 Mar. 1765, m. Ezekiel Hall of Medford 24 Oct. 1765, and d. 23 June, 1787, a. 44; Samuel, b. and bap. 14 July, 1745, d. 21 Aug. 1745—after a distressing sore mouth of 30 days—a. 40 days— ‘In te spes-Dom.;’—Elizabeth, b. and bap. 14 July, 1745 (twin with Samuel), adm. to the ch. 9 Nov. 1766, d. unm. 13 Feb. 1784, a. 38; Mary, b. 15, bap. 17 May, 1747, adm. to the ch. 9 Nov. 1766. d. 1 Feb. 1824, unm., a. 77; Sarah, b. 9, bap. 12 Aug. 1750, adm. to the ch. 3 Dec. 1769, m. Rev. Jonathan Burr [H. U. 1784], 19 July, 1787, and d. 9 Mar. 1788; Samuel, b. and bap. 29 Mar. 1752, adm. to the ch.—Samuel, Jr., A. B. [H. U. 1772]—6 Sept. 1772, d. unm. 2 Jan. 1795—‘suddenly at Boston, 9 o'clock in the evening’—a. 43; Hannah Gibbs, b. 17, bap. 21 Apr. 1754, adm. to the ch. 30 Oct. 1774, m. Henry Bradshaw of Watertown, 3 June. 1781, and d. 24 Jan. 1793, a. 38; a dau. b. and d. 17 Oct. 1755—lived one hour—‘more happy one such than’ . . . .; a dau. Stillborn—‘infant of mine, Ah!’— 30 Nov. 1756; Rebecca, b. (29), bap. 31 Dec. 1758, adm. to the ch. 30 Oct. 1774, and d. 2 Feb. 1778, a. 19, unm.—‘Ah! Rebecca, familiar delias-patris spes’—‘after eight months distress from the effects of the small-pox, which she bore with inimitable patience and even surprising calmness.’ Her father preached a sermon, numbered 1351, on ‘fun. Chariss: R: C [ook]: Feb: 8, 1778’—text Prov. 8: 17. ‘I love them that Love me—And those that Seek me early shall find me.’1 He had also a dau. stillborn (16 Jan.) 1761 (Nov. 1760, one entry).

The first wife of Rev. Samuel Cooke was Sarah Porter, dau. of Samuel and Anne of Hadley; m. 2 Oct. 1740; brought by her husband to his house, 16 Oct.; had one child, and d. 22 Aug. 1741, a. 24 (family monument), as did her child the 14th previous, both dying of

1 ‘The temptations that attend youth in the path of life are many and peculiar. But a merciful God and Father who knows our frame has not left such without every possible motive to pursue their best interest. As this discourse is particularly designed for the instruction of youth, I shall very briefly show, first, whence their danger in early life arises, and then, secondly, point out some of the special encouragements to early piety suggested to youth in the word of God and particularly in the text. And God grant they may be attended to as things which nearly concern your everlasting peace,’ &c. &c.

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