1712Samuel Thompson began a three-year term as teacher and minister in West Gloucester during the winter months.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, Religion, Education

Inhabitants of the western part of town had to travel several miles to the Meeting House for schooling and public worship. In 1710, they petitioned for land to build a separate meeting house, which was declined. In 1712, the selectmen appointed a teacher who would also be able to preach at a more convenient location for three months each winter. For the first three years, Thompson was paid £12 per season for keeping a school and three months of preaching. At the end of the three-year term, a new agreement provided him £40 for one year of teaching and four months of ministry work.

Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Viator, Carl F. The Church in the Wilderness, 1713-1963. West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 1963.
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