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Moses Noyes

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. James Noyes and Sarah Noyes
Husband of Ruth Noyes
Father of Naomi Comstock; Ruth Wadsworth; Moses Noyes, Jr., Esq.; Sarah Mather and John Noyes
Brother of Dea. Joseph Noyes; Rev. James Noyes.; John Noyes; Capt. Thomas Noyes; Rebecca Knight and 6 others

Occupation: Minister
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About Rev. Moses Noyes

The Rev. Moses Noyes, of Newbury, Massachusetts, a graduate of Harvard, was the first minister. His pastorate of sixty- three years began in 1666, and ended in 1729. The Rev. Samuel Pierpoint, of New Haven, a graduate of Yale in the class of 1718, became assistant to Mr. Noyes in 1722. His wife was a daughter of the Rev. Thomas Hooker. Mr. Noyes was accidentally drowned in the Connecticut in 1733.

source: Historic Towns of the Connecticut River Valley

By George G Roberts



   Savage, Vol. 3, p.297: MOSES, Lyme, s. of the first James, was the first min. at that place, where he serv. 60 yrs.; m. Ruth, d. of John Picket, but of the issue I kn. nothing.
   Fellow of Yale 1706. First minister at Lyme, Connecticut where he preached fifty years. He had Cedar Swamp lots awarded for Indian War service (Naragansett Vols.)
   At the age of nineteen Moses Noyes was invited to preach in the North Church in Boston and several of his sermons delivered in that church are in the possession of the family of one of his lineal descendants, the late Mrs. Ellen N. Chadwick, of Lyme. He came to Lyme in 1666, and for over twenty years taught and guided the people, encouraging them to form a church society, and build a place of worship. It was not until 1693, however, that the church was formally organized, and Mr. Noyes elected as pastor. The place selected for the meeting-house was on the brow of one of the beautiful hills overlooking Long Island Sound, and at the mouth of the Connecticut river. Why the church was not organized earlier, in a place where public worship was maintained and the minister supported, is an unsolved problem, the early records of the church and town having been lost. In the same year as that in which the church was organized Mr. Noyes had the honor of preaching the election sermon, which was printed in Boston and distributed through the Colony. In 1708 he was deputed by the council of New London to attend the meeting of the Synod in Saybrook, in September, of that year, for the purpose of forming the "Saybrook Platform." At this meeting his brother James was senior moderator.
   Rev. Moses Noyes was a man of mark among the clergy of the Colony, a man of extensive learning, a judicious divine, a strict Calvinist in doctrine, and withal an excellent Christian. His duties as both preacher and pastor were faithfully performed, and he left to Lyme the memory of a highly cultivated and dignified Christian minister. He married Ruth, the daughter of John Pickett, of New London, and great-granddaughter of Elder Brewster, of "Mayflower" fame. Rev. Moses Noyes died in 1729, at the age of eighty six. The house in which he lived stood until 1814, when it was taken down and a new one built near the old site. The house and lands have remained in the possession of the family being at present (1905) the property of Walter Chadwick Noyes, who is also the owner of the staff used by this venerated ancestor. 


REV. MOSES NOYES, B. A., of Lyme, Connecticut,

born 6 December, 1643, third son of the Reverend James

and Sarah (Brown) Noyes, of Newbury, "Entred" college

9-4-56 with his elder brother and classmate, James

Noyes; their accounts, as already mentioned on page 46,

being kept on the same pages of the Steward's Account-


He began to preach at Lyme about the time of its settlement,

in 1666, it being incorporated as a town in 1667,

when, it is said, "there were scarcely thirty Families."

May 12, 1670, he and others "are accepted for freemen."

In 1678, that an election of lieutenant and ensign of

the "Trained Band of Lyme," to be approved by the

General Court, "might be carried on in a solemn way . . .

Mr. Noyes was desired to a sermon, at the time, which

he was pleased accordingly to attend."

In October, 1687, the General Court granted him two

hundred acres of land, on the usual condition of non-interference

with the claims of others. When the line was

established between Connecticut and Massachusetts, this

land, "layd out at or near" Killingly, was "passed over

and confirmed" to a claimant under Massachusetts, and

the General Court, in October, 1722, revived the grant and

added fifty acres, making a total of two hundred and fifty.

Though public worship was maintained, he was not

ordained till a church was organized in 1693.

In May, 1694, the General Court of Connecticut voted

him thanks "for his great pains in preaching the election


From 1706 till his death he was one of the Fellows of

Yale College, though he was consulted and had attended

the meetings previously. September 3, 1723, he wrote to

Sewall : " It was a wrong step when the Trustees, by the

assistance of great men, removed the College from Say-

brook, and a worse when they put in Mr. Cutler for

Rector. The first movers for a College in Connecticut

alleged this as a reason, because the College at Cambridge

was under the tutelage of Latitudinarians ; but how well

they mended, the event sadly manifests."

Jonathan Parsons, his successor in the ministry, says: "

He was esteem'd, by the best Judges that knew him,

a Man of great and extensive Learning, an excellent Christian

and judicious Divine." He was "truly Calvinistic,"

and "often lamented the Errors, which he fear'd were

creeping in among us ; particularly in the Schools and young

Candidates for the Ministry. This was what made him

backward to have a Colleague. He us'd to say, 'Pelagian

and Arminian Principles were so contrary to Christian Experience

that it was hard to say such as embrac'd them were

converted Men.' " He required " Relations, as they are

called," and admitted no persons to the church "but

what were, in a Judgment of Charity, converted Persons."

As to "the Discipline of the Church; some say that

he was a Presbyterian ; Mr. [Azariah] Mather," who

preached his funeral sermon, "calls him a. moderate Congregational

Man ; but others say he approv'd of the Articles

of Agreement drawn up by a General Council held at Say-

brook in the Year 1708. Tho' the latter Account, I think,

must be a mistake, if either of the former are true. When

old Age had bow'd him together, and he found himself

unable to do the needful Services of the Ministry, he consented

to have a Minister settled with him, if one cou'd

be found whom he judg'd fit for the Office." Samuel

Pierpont, Y. C. 1718, was ordained 12 December, 1722;

but was drowned "on the I5th of the March following, ...

as he was crossing Connecticut River in a Canoe."

In consequence of the organization of new parishes

within the territory over which he had been settled, " Mr.

Noyes being left of many on each Side . . . that us'd to be

his special Charge, he went on preaching to that Part of

the Town which is call'd the first Parish" as health and

strength permitted, till he died, 10 November, 1729, having

survived all who graduated before 1662. He was

buried in the old cemetery below the hill, and is described

on his gravestone as "The learned, modest, and orthodox

minister, and pious divine."

He married Ruth, daughter of John and Ruth (Brews-

ter) Picket, of New London.

source: Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University, in Cambridge ...

By John Langdon Sibley, Clifford Kenyon Shipton, pg 51-53
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Rev. Moses Noyes's Timeline

December 6, 1643
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 15
Harvard College
January 6, 1678
Age 34
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, United States
August 1, 1678
Age 34
Lyme, New London, CT
Age 34
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Age 39
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Age 44
November 10, 1729
Age 85
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut Colony
January 15, 1934
Age 85