1650William Perkins, a teaching elder, arrived from Weymouth to lead religious activity.People and Communities, Religion

William Perkins settled in Gloucester and stayed for five years before moving to Topsfield. He was granted ten acres of land at the head of Blynman’s lot, called the Plains, as well as the marsh that was reserved for teaching elders. It is not known whether Perkins was an ordained minister.

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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