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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] John & Susa Johnson and the Presbyterian Churchof Groton - members 1799
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 11:33:48 EDT
Epitaphs from the Old Burying Ground, Groton by Dr. S. A. Green, 1878.
Willow Tree & Urn
In Memory of Mr. John Johnson,
Who died Aug. 21, 1834, AEt. 72.
Willow Tree & Urn
In Memory of Mrs. Susa, wife of
Mr. John Johnson, who died
Aug. 12, 1836, AEt. 69.
Subject: John Johnson
Source: Groton Historical Series by Dr. Samuel A. Green
An act for incorporating a number of the Inhabitants of the Town of Groton
in the County
of Middlesex, of the Presbyterian Denomination, into a separate Parish.
Whereas a number of the inhabitants of the town of Groton, have petitioned
the Court to
be incorporated, for the reasons expressed in their petition, and it
appearing to this
Court reasonable that their prayer be granted. Be it therefore enacted by
and the House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the
of the same that:
Ezekiel Nutting, Jun.
Levi Lakin, Jun.
Caleb A. Willard
Jacob Lakin Parker
Oliver Fletcher, Jun.
Oliver Lakin Jun.
Petitioners and inhabitants of Groton, together with their polls and
estates, be, and hereby
are incorporated into a separate parish or society in the said town of
Groton, with all the
privileges, powers and imminities which other parishes in this Commonwealth,
to by law; they the said parish or society making provision for and
maintaining the public
Worship of God, in the said parish or society according to the Presbyterian
discipline. etc etc
And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that Israel Hobart,
Esq., be, and hereby
is authorized to issue his warrant directed to some principal member of the
Presbyterian Church or society, qualified to vote in parish affairs, to
assemble at some
suitable time and place in the said town, to choose some officers as
parishes are by law
required to choose in the month of March or April, annually, and to transact
and things necessary to be done in the said parish. - This Act passed
November 19, 1788.
In the earlier days of the Presbyterian Society the Rev. Samuel Dana, who
been settled over the First Parish, was the minister fro a year and a half.
After he began his charge, the Society does not appear to have had any one
During its existence the treasurers were:
Capt. Joseph Sheple
Jacob Lakin Parker.
As late as April 27, 1799, a committee was appointed to audit the accounts
last named treasurer, Jacob Lakin Parker, and probably soon after was
the fork of the roads, opposite the entrance to the old Burying Ground,
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth