Pioneer; born in England
in 1617; emigrated to America
with his father in 1635; settled in Martha's Vineyard
in 1641; became a Baptist minister and was one of the commissioners to lay out Nantucket
, receiving one-half of the land for his services as surveyor and interpreter.
In his poem entitled A Looking-glass of the times; or, the former spirit of New England revived in this generation
, he pleaded for liberty of conscience and toleration of all sects, even the Quakers and Anabaptists.
He died in Nantucket, Mass.
, in 1690.