Transcript:Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v3p173

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and on 8 Sept. utter. his first sermon on our side of the water in that ch.
where he serv. above 60 yrs. tho. he was not ord. until 27 May 1664.
He was chos. Presid. of the coll. 1685, and fill. the office until 1701,
when the increase of dissatisfact. long prevail. at his refusal to give up
his pulpit in Boston, and reside at Cambridge, compell. his resigna.
Next yr. he fear. the glory of N. E. was depart. and that the coll. under
direct. of Willard of the O. S. ch. should "become a nursery, not of
plants of renown, but of degenerate plants, who will forsake those holy
principles of truth," &c. &c. But his talents had new scope in the
intermed. time, for in the last dangerous yr. of Sir Edmund Andros, he
was sent in disguise, on board a ship, to intercede with king James, and
sail. 7 Apr. 1688, being absent from his coll. duties, on political
engagem. until 14 May 1692, when Sir William Phips the Gov. of his
own nominat. land. with him, bring. the new chart. of William and
Mary. Unhappi. the desire to manage state affairs ever aft. possessed
him, and lessen. his usefulness, beside embitter. his life. He d. 23
Aug. 1723, and was bur. 29, with the greatest marks of esteem and
affection. He m. 6 Mar. 1662, Mary, sometimes spell. Maria, d. of
famous John Cotton, wh. d. 4 Apr. 1714; had Cotton, H. C. 1678, bef.
ment. b. 12, bapt. 15 Feb. 1663; Maria, 7, bapt. 19 Mar. 1665;
Eliz. 6 Jan. bapt. 3 Feb. 1667; Nathaniel, H. C. 1685, 6, bapt. 11
1669, whose great promise of disting. talents was cut off 17 Oct.
1688, at Salem; Sarah, 9, bapt. 12 Nov. 1671; Samuel, H. C. 1690,
28, bapt. 30 Aug. 1674; Abigail, 13, bapt. 20 Apr. 1677; Hannah, 30
bapt. 16 July 1680; Catharine, 14, bapt. 17 Sept. 1682, d. within
9 mos.; and Jerusha, 16, bapt. 20 Apr. 1684. He m. sec. w. 1715,
Ann, d. of Thomas Lake, wid. of Rev. John Cotton of Hampton, wh.
outliv. him, and d. at Brookline, 29 Mar. 1737, in 74th yr. All the ds.
exc. her wh. d. in infancy were m. and of the six, all but Hannah had
ch. Maria m. Bartholomew Green, and next, Richard Fifield,
surv. him, and d. 24 Nov. 1746; Eliz. m. July 1696, William Greenough,
and next, 6 Oct. 1703, Josiah Byles, and d. 20 Aug. 1745; her only ch.
was Mather B. a min. of celebr. in Boston, wh. resembled, in some
points, his uncle Cotton; Sarah m. 1691, Rev. Nehemiah Walter of
Roxbury; Abigail m. Newcomb Blake, and next, 1727, Rev. John
White
of Gloucester; Hannah m. 28 Jan. 1698, John Oliver, and d. 2
Dec. 1706; and Jerusha m. 8 Mar. 1710, Peter Oliver, and d. 30 Dec.
foll. her d. Jerusha d. 5 days aft. A ridic. mistake of ano. Jerusha,
niece of this, tho. not b. bef. her death, mystified the geneal. of the late
Gov. Smith of Conn. Samuel, the third s. went to Eng. was sett. as
min. at Witney, in Oxfordsh. made some preparat. for an abridg. of his
br. Cotton's Magnalia, wh. from many judicious omissions it is regret.

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