Joseph Lord (1672 - 1748) MP

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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died
Occupation: Minister, ordained 1695 at Dorcester, MA
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About Joseph Lord

was a Puritan pastor in colonial America in the late 17th century and early 18th century. He served as a pastor in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and then Dorchester, South Carolina, for two decades before becoming the pastor of the diocese of Chatham, Massachusetts.

Joseph Lord was born June 30, 1672, the son of Thomas Lord and Alice (Rand) Lord of Charlestown, Massachusetts[1]. He was educated at Harvard University, graduating in 1691. He was ordained as a minister at Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1695. In 1695, he led a group of his parishioners to the Ashley River in South Carolina to found the town of Dorchester, South Carolina, where he became pastor. On a return visit to New England, he married Abigail Hinckley, daughter of Governor Thomas Hinckley, Abigail Hinckley, who was three years his elder, on June 3, 1698. After his return to South Carolina, Rev. Lord was disturbed that Baptists, especially under the leadership of Rev. William Screven, had been making converts of his flock. Rev. Lord and others challenged Screven to public debates. During this time, he wrote a sermon published under the title "Reason Why Not Anabaptist Plunging but Infant Believer's Baptism Ought To Be Approved" in which he affirms the doctrine of predestination. After twenty years in South Carolina, he moved back to Chatham, Massachusetts on June 15, 1720. His wife died half a decade later, in 1725. When Rev. Lord returned from South Carolina, he was hired to assume the duties of pastor at a new church, the Church of Christ, in Chatham on June 15, 1720. When Mr. Adams first sought to form the church, there were seven male members and 20-30 female members. The male members in 1720, when Reverend Lord came to the church, were himself, Jonathan Collins, John Collins, Deacon Thomas Atkins, Deacon John Atkins, Moses Godfrey and Elisha Mayo. When he came to the church in 1720 with his large family, the church voted to build him a house which was completed in 1721. The history and records of this church have for the most part been lost. Samuel Taylor was given the title of Deacon in 1736, Paul Crowell as early as 1738 and Stephen Smith in 1749. His second marriage was to Bethia Howes and took place in Harwich, November 16, 1743. Her first husband was Lieutenant Isaac Hawes, a descendant of John Howland, by whom she had seven or more children. Her second husband was Mr. John Smith of Eastham who had seven children by his first wife. Reverend Lord died June 6, 1748 in Chatham.

(copy of a letter from Rev. Joseph Lord to Judge Samuel Sewall, of Boston, from the original in possession of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society.)

Honoured Sir,

     This comes wth thanks for ye letter I received from you, bearing Date, Feb. 6th 1705/6, & for ye prints you sent me; all we received, except ye Elegy in Obitum Crucis, we I cannot find among ye other Papers, The Books inititled, Baptistes, I suppose to be exceeding usefull for ye recovery & settlemt of such as are wavering in that point. Mr Adams being in Charlestown wn I received ym of Capt Belcher, I delivered those wc yor Honor so ordered to him presently; & soon heard, an enquiry aftr those books concerning Baptism was made by some yt had been staggering, who say some of them yt I had delivered to him we has occasioned ye Dispersion of almost half ye Hundred already. 

More About Joseph Lord: Baptism: June 23, 1672, Charlestown, Suffolk, Ma (Source: Charlestown Genealogies and Estates) College: 1691, Harvard College

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Joseph Lord's Timeline

1672
June 23, 1672
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1698
January 2, 1698
Age 25
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
1701
April 19, 1701
Age 28
Falmouth, Barnstable co., Massachusetts
1704
September 27, 1704
Age 32
Dorchester, SC, USA
1748
June 6, 1748
Age 75
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