Colonial Clergy Web Family
From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
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In seventeenth and eighteenth century colonial America, especially
in New England, much of the leadership in all areas of society
came from members of the clergy. It is of interest and some import
that a high percentage of the colonial clergy was closely related
to other members of the clergy by blood or by marriage. Since
the clergy was called by and served in local churches, it is
also significant that, with few exceptions, a minister's minister
son relocated to a distant location, spreading the familial influence
and values throughout the New England colonies.
This compiler is a descendant of only two of the ministers included, Rev. Henry Smith [Colonial Clergy - Family Narrative] and Rev. John Warham [Colonial Clergy - Family Narrative], but several dozen ancestors have close kinships tomembers of the Colonial Clergy.
Please note that not all children of every couple are
shown. With a very few exception, only sons who became members
of the clergy and daughters who married members of the clergy