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Reverend Benjamin Brigham

Male 1741 - 1799  (58 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Benjamin Brigham 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 11 Mar 1741  Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marlborough  Births 36.
    Marlborough Births 36.
    "Vital records of Marlborough, Massachusetts to the Year End 1849" Published by Franklin P. Rice Publishing, Worcester, Massachusetts 1908. Page 36.
    Gender Male 
    Biographical Information In 1764 He graduated from Harvard College, A. B., In 1770 he received an urgent call from the church in Fitzwilliam to become its pastor. He was to receive two lots of land of 100 acres each, and two other lots were to be reserved for the use of the minister. He was to receive eighty pounds in money and an annual salary of 53 6s. 8d., from time of acceptance for three years, then an additional sum yearly until it had reached 66 13s. 4d. He accepted, and spent the rest of his life in charge of this church. He was a man of fine character and a minister who preserved harmony in his parish. Several of his manuscript sermons are extant. He was Representative to Exeter Provincial Congress, 1775. He was interred in the central part of the old graveyard in Fitzwilliam, and in 1809 the town appropriated $20 to buy gravestones for him.

    Gazetteer of Cheshire County, New Hampshire 1736-1885. p. 163

    The Orthodox Congregational church, located at Fitzwilliam village, was organized in 1771. During the autumn and winter of 1768, Rev. Nehemiah Parker supplied the people of Fitzwilliam with preaching. In November, 1770, Rev. Benjamin Brigham, of Marlboro, Mass., who had graduated at Harvard, in 1764, received an invitation to settle here, and in January of the following year, gave an affirmative answer to the call. March 27, 1771, was appointed for his ordination, and on that day the Congregational church was organized, with six members, viz.: Benjamin Brigham, Benjamin Bigelow, John Fassitt, Nathaniel Wilder, Caleb Winch, and James Reed. These services were held at the public house, the church building being in an unfinished state, and thus unfit for the purpose. This building, a wooden structure, stood opposite the present cemetery. A second building was put up in 1816, and was struck by lightning and burned on the night of January 17th, of that year. The next building was put up in 1817, a fourth in 1832, which was burned in January, 1857, and was succeeded by the present edifice. It is a neat structure, capable of seating 400 persons, cost $4,000.00, and is valued, including grounds, etc., a $6,000.00. The society now has 132 members, and a Sabbath-school of 120 pupils, with Rev. John Colby, pastor. Mr. Colby was born in York, Me., October 1, 1821, pursued a course at Gilmanton academy, graduated from Dartmouth in 1852, and from Andover in 1855. Before entering college he learned and followed for some years the printer's trade, and was connected with the Morning Star, a Freewill Baptist publication, at Dover, His first pastorate was at Hampton, N. H., in 1855, and he has been located here since 1873. He was school commissioner in Rockingham county, in 1862, '63 and '64, and is Fitzwilliam's representative for 1885'86. He married Helen L. Barden, of Dover, May 14, 1856, and has two daughters, Annie L., a teacher, who graduated at Wellesley in 1880, and Helen R. 
    Library book: History of the Brigham Family 121 
    Occupation Reverend, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire 
    Rev Benjamin Franklin Brigham.
    Rev Benjamin Franklin Brigham.
    The history of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, from 1752-1887 by Rev. John F Norton and Joel Whittemore, Burr Printing House, New York, 1888.
    Died 5 Jun 1799  Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Benjamin Franklin Brigham Death.
    Benjamin Franklin Brigham Death.
    The history of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, from 1752-1887 by Rev. John F Norton and Joel Whittemore, Burr Printing House, New York, 1888.
    Buried 14 Jun 1799  Fitzwilliam Village Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
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    Person ID I187  Nagel
    Last Modified 27 Dec 2017 

    Father Benjamin Brigham,   b. 19 Feb 1714, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Hannah Merril,   b. 29 Jan 1715, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 9 Mar 1740  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lucy Morse,   b. 25 Apr 1740, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1793, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 6 Jun 1771  Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lucinda Brigham,   c. 22 Mar 1772  [Birth]
     2. Lucy Brigham,   c. 13 Jun 1773
     3. Benjamin Franklin Brigham,   b. 1775, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1801, Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [Birth]
     4. Elisha Brigham,   c. 1 Aug 1779, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Puah Fisher,   b. 14 Dec 1744, Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1821, Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart