Abraham Pierson, III (c.1641 - 1707) MP

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Birthplace: Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Pastor/Rector, Clergyman; 1st President of Yale
Managed by: Mark Andrew Fuldauer
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About Abraham Pierson, III

Founder and first president of Yale, and namesake of Pierson College.

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One record shows Abraham as the eldest of eleven children. Graduated from Harvard in 1668. In 1669 he joined his father, as an assistant, later, in March 1672 as co-pastor, and following his father’s death in 1678, he became sole pastor, until his retirement in 1692. He inherited his father’s library of over 400 books, which was one of the largest in the colony. Along with ten other original trustees (ministers) who, pooled their books, he was to found Collegiate School, on November 11, 1701. He was elected the first rector. It was first located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and later moved to New Haven, in 1716, and is now called Yale College, after an early benefactor, Elihu Yale. Abraham Pierson is now remembered as the first President of Yale College. Whereas his father, was uncompromising in religious matters, Abraham Jr. may have been more liberal in his beliefs, and this may have caused some dissention within his church.

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  • 'The story of the memorial in honor of the founders of the town of Milford : erected by their descendants and the citizens of Milford : dedicated August 28th, 1889, the town's 250th anniversary (1889)
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    • No. 18. GEORGE CLARK.
    • Obit 1690.
    • SARAH his Wife.
  • This George was brother to John Clark, of Saybrook, who removed thence to Milford and was made deacon of the first church, and married here the widow of Deacon John Fletcher. His brother Daniel was one of the patentees under the famous charter from Charles II. His only son, John, probably died without issue soon after his father. His daughter, Ruth, married Thomas Fitch, of Norwalk, and her grandson was
  • http://archive.org/stream/storyofmemoriali00pond#page/16/mode/1up
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  • Governor Thomas Fitch, of Connecticut. 'Abigail, his daughter, married Abraham Pierson, first rector of Yale College'. Sarah married first, Reynold Marvin, the celebrated Indian fighler, and after his death married Captain Joseph Sill, and from the latter union Lieutenant Governor George Griswold Sill descends.
    • Mrs. Evelyn McCurdy Salisbury (wife of Professor Edward E.), a descendant of Reynold Marvin, gives this stone.
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Rev. Abraham Pierson's Timeline

1641
1641
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1673
1673
Age 32
Connecticut, United States
1675
1675
Age 34
Newark, New Jersey, United States
1677
1677
Age 36
Newark,Essex,New Jersey,USA
1680
1680
Age 39
Newark, Essex, NJ, USA
1681
1681
Age 40
Newark, NJ, USA
1682
1682
Age 41
Guilford Center, CT, USA
1682
Age 41
Guilford Center, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1685
1685
Age 44
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States
1686
1686
Age 45
Newark, Essex, NJ