Thomas Williams (1779–1876)

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Thomas Williams (November 5, 1779 – September 29, 1876) was an American Congregationalist minister and author.

Williams was born in Pomfret, Conn., Nov. 5, 1779, the son of Joseph and Lucy (Witter) Williams.

Pomfret, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Pomfret is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 4,247 in 2010 according to the United States Census. The land was purchased from Native Americans in 1686 and the town was incorporated in 1713 and named after Pontefract in West Yorkshire, England.

He entered the Freshman Class of Williams College in the fall of 1795, and continued there until March, 1798. In the succeeding fall he entered the Junior Class of Yale College, where he graduated in 1800. Before graduation he had begun to teach, and after successive engagements in Beverly, Mass , and in Woodstock and Norwich, Conn., he opened in the spring of 1803 in Boston a school for African-American pupils.

Williams College liberal arts college in Massachusetts

Williams College is a private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams, a colonist from the Province of Massachusetts Bay who was killed in the French and Indian War in 1755. The college was ranked first in 2017 in the U.S. News & World Report's liberal arts ranking for the 15th consecutive year, and first among liberal arts colleges in the 2018 Forbes magazine ranking of America's Top Colleges.

Yale College undergraduate liberal arts college of Yale University

Yale College is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Yale University. Founded in 1701, it is the original school of the university. Although other schools of the university were founded as early as 1810, all of Yale was officially known as Yale College until 1887, when its schools were confederated and the institution was renamed Yale University.

Beverly, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Beverly is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, and a suburb of Boston. The population was 39,502 at the 2010 census. A resort, residential, and manufacturing community on the Massachusetts North Shore, Beverly includes Ryal Side, Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing. Beverly is a rival of Marblehead for the title of being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy.

While thus employed he was licensed to preach, May 17, 1803, by the Windham County Association, in order that he might officiate as chaplain in the almshouse in Boston, in connection with his other duties. Late in the same year he gave up his school, and served for some weeks as a missionary preacher in New York State. On his return, and after spending six weeks with Rev. Dr. Emmons, of Franklin, Mass, (his entire course of theological preparation), he was ordained as an evangelist, at Killingly, Conn., May 16, 1804.

Franklin, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

The Town of Franklin is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Franklin is one of thirteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain "The town of" in their official names. As of 2012, the city's population was 33,092. It is home to the country's first library, the Franklin Public Library with its first books donated by Benjamin Franklin in 1790. It also contains the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese, St. Mary's Catholic church, with some 15,000 members.

Killingly, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Killingly is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 17,370 at the 2010 census. It consists of the borough of Danielson and the villages of Attawaugan, Ballouville, Dayville, East Killingly, Rogers, and South Killingly.

Two other missionary tours to New York succeeded, and in the summer of 1806 he supplied the pulpit of the Congregational Church in Branford, Conn. In January 1807, without formal installation, he took charge of the Pacific Congregational Church in Providence, R. I., where he continued until April, 1816. He was next installed pastor, Nov. 6, 1816, of the church in Foxborough, Mass., which he served for about four years. In July, 1821, he returned to his former charge in Providence, and remained with them until August, 1823. In Dec, 1823, he began to preach for the First Church in Attleborough, Mass., and was installed there Sept. 29, 1824, Dr. Emmons preaching the sermon, as well as at his former installation. From this church he was dismissed, Dec. 11, 1827; and at the same time a new church was formed in Hebronville, in the southern part of the town, of which Williams became at once the pastor, without formal installation, and so continued until April, 1830, when he removed to Providence, after which he was employed for four or five years in occasional preaching through the State From May, 1835, to March, 1838, he preached statedly to the Congregational Church in Barrington, R. I., his last regular engagement.

Branford, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Branford is a shoreline town located on Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, 8 miles (13 km) east of New Haven. The population was 28,026 at the 2010 census.

Providence, Rhode Island Capital of Rhode Island

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Foxborough, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston, 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island and about 73 miles (117 km) northwest of Cape Cod. Foxborough is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census.

In 1839-40 he resided in Hartford, Conn., and then for three years in East Greenwich, R. I., whence he returned to Providence, where his residence continued until his death. During all these years, until extreme old age, he was restlessly employed in his calling, preaching as he found opportunity over a wide circuit. His last appearance in the pulpit was in 1872, when in his 93rd year he died in Providence, Sept. 29, 1876, aged 97 years, lacking 36 days, of old age, with no indication of disease. For upwards of 13 years he had been the last survivor of the Yale class of 1800 and since March, 1873, the sole living Yale graduate of the eighteenth century.

Hartford, Connecticut Capital of Connecticut

Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut. It was the seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. The city is nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", as it hosts many insurance company headquarters and is the region's major industry. It is the core city in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. Census estimates since the 2010 United States Census have indicated that Hartford is the fourth-largest city in Connecticut, behind the coastal cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford.

East Greenwich, Rhode Island Town in Rhode Island, United States

East Greenwich is an affluent town and the county seat of Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 13,146 at the 2010 census. East Greenwich is the wealthiest municipality within the state of Rhode Island. It is part of the Providence metropolitan statistical area and the Greater Boston combined statistical area.

He was married, May 20, 1812, to Ruth, daughter of Isaac and Ruth (Jewett) Hale, of Newbury (old town), Mass. She died in Providence, March 7, 1867, in her 79th year. They had seven children, four sons and three daughters, of whom three sons survived him, one of whom graduated Yale in 1842. His published writings comprise some thirty sermons and discourses.

Newbury, Massachusetts Town in Massachusetts, United States

Newbury is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was 6,666 at the 2010 census. Newbury includes the villages of Old Town, Plum Island and Byfield. Each village is a precinct with its own voting district, various town offices, and business center.

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