Elisha Plaisted

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Elisha Plaisted

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Son of Lt. Roger Plaisted and Olive Plaisted
Husband of Elizabeth Harvey
Brother of Roger Plaisted, Jr.; William Plaisted, Sr.; Capt. James Plaisted; Col. John Plaisted; Mehitable Goodwin and 5 others

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About Elisha Plaisted

 The town of Berwick was incorporated in 1713, and Elisha Plaisted was the first representative to the GeneralCourt of Massachusetts the next year. 
    The Rev. John Wade preached for some years before the establishment of the church. He was born in Ipswitch, and graduated at Harvard in 1693. In 1698 he was chaplain of a garrison to the eastward, and died in 1703, hardly two years after his ordination. He wrote a beautiful, scholarly hand, and has left three most interesting, closely written pages of records, describing the founding of his church and early ministry. David Emery was the first deacon, and Nathan Lord the second. Capt. Ichabod Plaisted gave two silver cups, which are still preserved, and a cloth and napkin for the communion table. The second minister, who for half a century was truly the spiritual father and priest of his people, was the Rev. Jeremiah Wise. In his pastorate the town passed through most severe afflictions from its foes; but through his influence everything made for peace, as far as regarded the parish's own existence and government. Again and again "ye chh. voted in ye negative," when it was invited to attend the settling of grievances in neighboring churches; and the church in Salem is rebuked in solemn session as "a chh. obstinate and impenitent in scandal," and the First Church of Christ in Berwick decides to stay at home when "ye Separatists" in Exeter desire delegates. 
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