Rev. Jonathan Dunham

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Jonathan Dunham, Rev.

Birthplace: Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Edgartown, Martha's Vine., Dukes, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Thomas Dunham; Deacon John Dunham; Martha Dunham and Abigail Dunham
Husband of Mary Dunham and Mary Dunham
Father of Hannah Pease; Jonathan Dunham; Eleazer Dunham; Gershom Dunham; Daniel Dunham and 1 other

Occupation: Reverend
Managed by: Ivy Jo Smith
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About Rev. Jonathan Dunham

Added by E. C. Nickerson about this Great Grandfather: Ministered to the Native American People: Jonathan Dunham was the son of Deacon John Dunham and Abigail Barlow. He married first Mary Delano and then Mary Cobb, daughter of Henry and Patience (Hurst) Cobb. Children of Rev Jonathan Dunham and Mary Cobb Dunham were Hannah, Jonathan, Eleazer, Samuel, Gershom and Daniel Dunham. Rev Jonathan was a lay preacher at Falmouth, Cape Cod from 1679 to 1684. Matthew Mayhew, an agent for Edgartown, Massachusetts, negotiated with Jonathan in 1684 to come there at a salary of 35 pounds per year. He was not ordained until October 11, 1694 when he was installed as 'teacher' of the church at Edgartown. He preached there until 1711 when infirmities caused him to give up the pulpit. He died December 18,1717 and is buried in Tower Hill Cemetery, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes' County, Massachusetts. Epitaph on gravestone: HERE LYES YE BODY OF YE REVD MR. JONATHAN DONHAM WHO DIED DECEMBER 18TH ANNO DOMI 1717 AGED ABOUT 85 YEARS PASTOR OF YE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT EDGARTOWNdmitted a freeman on June 3, 1657. On June 7, 1665 was granted 30 acres of land at Major's Purchase (Middleboro, MA.). A Selectman of Middleboro 1674/5. Lay preacher in Falmouth, MA. before moving to Edgartown. Jonathan was pastor of the church in Edgartown (county seat of Martha's Vineyard, MA.) in 1684-1717; receiving 30 lbs. of payment for the first year. Ordained Teacher Oct. 11, 1694. /ECN/

Epitaph: 'With Toil and Pains at first He tell'd the Ground - Call'd to Dress god's Vine Yard and was faithful found, Full thirty years the Gospel He did Despence-His work Being done christ Jesus call'd Him Hence.' 'Here lyes ye Body of Rev. mr. Jonathan Dunham, who Died Dec. 18, 1717, aged about 85 years, Pastor of Church of Christ at Edgartown'.


Records from the Plymouth Colony

The book, 'Martha's Vineyard', by Henry F. Norton, p. 29.

Info from Isaac Watson Dunham -------------------- Jonathan settled in Piscataway, New Jersey, south of Woodbridge, His Uncle Benajah followed him and took an active interest in the affairs of the colony and in 1673 was appointed captain of the militia, and as such was one of the committee of safety and council of war. It was under this board that Jonathan Singletary, from Haverhill, who had assumed the name of Jonathan Dunham, was condemned for his vagrancy. That Jonathan (Singletary) Dunham is an ancestor of President Barack Obama

-------------------- He was a missionary among the sea coast Indians from Saco, ME to Cape Cod. In 1670 he was a constable in Middleboro, MA and in 1673 a deputy to the General Court for Middleboro. He moved to Edgartown and was ordained by Elder Gibson as the pastor of the church in Edgartown.

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Rev. Jonathan Dunham's Timeline

January 17, 1639
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts
October 29, 1655
Age 16
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
October 15, 1657
Age 18
Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 18
Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Age 21
Age 25
Age 29
Age 32
Edgartown, Massachusetts
Age 37
December 18, 1717
Age 78
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts

Will probated either Jan. 15, 1718 or June 28, 1718-1719.