Rev. Abraham Pierson

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Abraham Pierson, III

Birthplace: Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Abraham Pierson and Abigail Pierson
Husband of Abigail Pierson
Father of Abraham Pierson, IV; Unnamed daughter Pierson; Mary Lyon; Hannah Lyon; James Pierson and 5 others
Brother of Mary Miller; Abigail Pierson Davenport; Grace Kitchell; Rebecca Johnson; Susanna Bell and 9 others

Occupation: Pastor/Rector, Clergyman; 1st President of Yale
Managed by: Mark Andrew Fuldauer
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About Rev. Abraham Pierson

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

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
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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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  • Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy: Sep 28 2016, 13:24:41 UTC
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Rev. Abraham Pierson's Timeline

Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
Age 34
Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Age 36
Newark,Essex,New Jersey,USA
Age 39
Newark, Essex, NJ, USA
Age 41
Guilford Center, CT, USA
Age 41
Guilford Center, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 44
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States
Age 45
Newark, Essex, NJ
Age 48
Newark, Essex County, Province of East Jersey, (Present USA)