at Concord, Mass.
, and Rev. Mr. Abercrombie
in an academy near Northampton, Mass.
He graduated from the college of New Jersey in 1751, which was then at Newark
A few years later it was removed to Princeton
and has since been known by that name.
He was under the tutelage and influence of President Burr
, father of Aaron Burr
His service to his country and his sacrifices were in direct contrast to that of the president's notorious and despised son.
became the pastor of the Congregational Church in Greenland, N. H.
, and died in active service in the forty-eighth year of his ministry, having had but one pastorate.
His death occurred April 27, 1804, at the age of seventy-two years. He was married twice and had fifteen children.
He was a pronounced patriot, served as chaplain in the French
war and repeatedly as chaplain to various bands of New Hampshire
soldiers in the Revolution.
He had four sons in the Continental Army
, three of whom gave their lives to the colonists' cause.
He was present at the Battle of Bunker Hill
and knelt and prayed with head uncovered and with uplifted hands, for the success of his country during the raging of the battle and the flying of the bullets.
(See Medford Historical Register
VIII, No. 1, p. 23.) This incident has been commemorated by Mrs. Sigourney
in the following poem:—
It was an hour of fear and dread—
High rose the battle-cry,
And round, in heavy volume, spread
The war cloud to the sky.
'Twas not, as when in rival strength
Contending nations meet,
Or love of conquest madly hurls
A monarch from his seat:
Yet one was there, unused to tread
The path of mortal strife,
Who but the Saviour
's flock had fed
Beside the fount of life.