1661Reverend John Emerson settled in Gloucester as the permanent minister.People and Communities, Notable People, Religion

After the departure of Reverend William Perkins to Topsfield, the settlers were without a minister until 1661 when Reverend John Emerson took over these duties. Several years earlier, the town voted “to seek out in convenient time for a meete person to come and preach the word of God” as well as raise money for the maintenance of a minister. Emerson was from Ipswich and graduated from Harvard College in 1656. He was ordained as minister of the church in Gloucester in 1663. In 1673, the town voted to give £80 for the erection of a parsonage, or a church house, for Reverend John Emerson to live in.

Gloucester Town Records, 1642-1715. Vol. 1, 1715, https://archive.org/details/GLOTownRecords16921715Images Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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