Rev. John Russell, Jr.
m. bef 1624
- Rev. John Russell, Jr.Abt 1626 - 1692
- Philip Russellest 1639 - 1693
- H. Rev. John Russell, Jr.Abt 1626 - 1692
- W. Phebe Gregson1643 - 1730
m. bet 8 Sep 1689 and 10 Dec 1692
Facts and Events
||Rev. John Russell, Jr.
||28 Jun 1649
||Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesto Mary Talcott
||to Rebecca Newberry
||bet 8 Sep 1689 and 10 Dec 1692
||After death of her first husband; before death of second husband.
to Phebe Gregson
||10 Dec 1692
||Hadley, United States
||10 Dec 1692
||Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
||20 Dec 1692
||Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
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John Russell (1626 – December 10, 1692) was a Puritan minister in Hadley, Massachusetts during King Philip's War. As such, he is part of the Angel of Hadley legend.
John Russell was born 1626 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and immigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony aboard The Defence in 1635 with his father and brother as part of the Great Migration. He graduated from Harvard University in 1645. In 1650 he succeeded Henry Smith as the minister at Wethersfield, Connecticut. Seven years later controversy erupted over church membership, discipline, and baptism, with the church in neighboring Hartford being inclined toward Presbyterianism as opposed to
Congregationalism. The Congregationalist minority in Hartford attempted to join Russell's church in Wethersfield; when the General Corte prevented the move pending efforts at reconciliation, the controversy spilled over into Russell's congregation. Finally, on April 18, 1659, the majority of Russell's congregation signed an agreement to depart from Connecticut for Massachusetts.
In 1659 Russell led the dissenting Connecticut that founded the town of Hadley on the east bank at a bend of the Connecticut River. Beginning in 1664, he sheltered the regicides Edward Whalley and William Goffe in his home. He secreted the two wanted men under the roof of his home for more than a decade at great peril to himself and his family, as King Charles II had numerous men searching the colonies for Whalley and Goffe. Whalley died about 1675. Goffe was still alive during King Philip's War when, according to the Angel of Hadley legend, he allegedly came out of hiding to rally the townspeople during an attack before disappearing again. George Sheldon in his introduction to Sylvester Judd's The History of Hadley dubbed John Russell the "Guardian Angel of Hadley" because of his lengthy and perilous watch over the two regicides. Sheldon eloquently wrote of Hadley's minister:
- The greatest hero of Hadley, however, was of a still nobler and finer mold. Actuated by pure motives of humanity, sympathy and duty, and the loftiest pitch of patriotism, he patiently wrought in darkness and in silence. Through the anxious days and lingering nights of more than ten years, he bravely stood within a hand's breadth of the gates of ignominious death. He never faltered for a single hour, nor ever sought to shift upon another the burden and responsibility. Month after month, summer and winter, year after year, zealously watching and guarding his trust, John Russell was virtually a prisoner within his own hamlet. Under his very rooftree he was secreting Edward Whalley and William Goffe, two of the patriot judges who condemned to the scaffold that misguided and perfidious representative of the "divine right of kings," Charles I., of England. These two men were now proscribed; a price was set upon their heads, and a swift retribution awaited any who might relieve or conceal them. Any neglect of precaution, any unforeseen mishap to the premises, any single case of misplaced confidence, and both he and his guests were surely doomed to nameless torture and death.
Rev. John Russell's son, Rev. Samuel Russell of Branford, Connecticut, was one of the co-founders of Yale College. The Reverend John Russell died December 10, 1692 at Hadley, MA where he is buried in The Old Hadley Cemetery with his second wife, Rebecca Newberry Russell. See Find A Grave for additional information.
- ↑ Huntington, Dan. Memories, counsels and reflections. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States: Metcalf and Co., 1857), 103.
The widow Phebe [of John Whiting] married Rev. John Russell of Hadley, a year or two before his death. His previous wife died in 1688 and he died in 1692, leaving a wife named Phebe.
- Genealogies, in Judd, Sylvester, and Lucius M. Boltwood. History of Hadley (Massachusetts): including the early history of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts. (Springfield, MA: H.R. Huntting & Co., 1905), 117.
John Russell, s/o John, b. abt. 1626, graduated Harvard 1645, ordained in Wethersfield about 1649 until settlement of Hadley when he became paster there until died 10 Dec 1692, m. (1) 28 Jun 1649 Mary Talcott, m. (2) Rebecca Newbury who d. 21 Nov 1688, m. (3) Rebecca [sic], widow of John Whiting of Hartford, CT.
- John Russell (clergyman), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009), p. 61.
Rev. John Russell, Jr., c. 1627-Hadley, Mass. 20 Dec 1692, c. 1651, Harvard graduate of 1651.
- ↑ Sibley, John Langdon, and Clifford K. (Clifford Kenyon) Shipton. Biographical sketches of those who attended Harvard College. (Cambridge [Massachusetts]: Harvard University Press, 1933-1975), Vol. 1 .
Class of 1645. JOHN RUSSELL. The lengthy profile includes the following genealogical information:
Bom about 1627, died 1692, aged 65. Rev. John Russell, M. A., of Hadley, born in England, was son of John Russell, glazier, who came to Cambridge, Massachusetts.... Russell died 10 December, 1692. His successor was Isaac Chauncy, H. U. 1693.
A summary of the inventory of his estate, taken at Hadley 10 January, 1693, is on record in the Probate Office in Suffolk County, at Boston, where his son, the Reverend Jonathan Russell, of Barnstable, was admitted as administrator 17 January. ...
June 28, 1649, Russell married, at Hartford, Connecticut, Mary, daughter of John Talcott, and after her death, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Newberry, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, or of Windsor, Connecticut.
April 18, 1677, he wrote: "I had a very sickly winter my selfe, being weakly and full of sore paine. . . . My wife also grown very crazy, & fallen into a languishing state so that I fear her recovery. . . . My son hath been at home this winter; and beene a comfort to us." The
wife having died 21 November, 1688, he married Phebe, born 15 October, 1643, widow and second wife of the Reverend John Whiting, of Hartford, H. U. 1653, and daughter of Thomas Gregson, of New Haven, who was lost at sea in 1646, in the Phantom ship. After her second husband's decease, she went to live with her son Joseph Whiting at New Haven, where she died 19 September, 1730.