Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Published Sources for Finding Colonial Clergy Ancestors

For additional research and information on colonial ministers, the following books may be of interest. This list was generously prepared by James Tharp, MLS, reference librarian at the Genealogy and Local History Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri.

  • Berkenmeyer, Wilhelm C. The Albany Protocol: Wilhelm Christoph Berkenmeyer's Chronicle of Lutheran Affairs in New York Colony, 1731-1750. 1971. Reprint, Camden: Picton Press, 1992.
  • Brock, Henry Irving. Colonial Churches in Virginia. Richmond, Va.: Dale Press, 1930.
  • Cain, Robert J., ed. The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741. Colonial Records of North Carolina, 2nd series, v. 10. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1999.
  • Callender, John. An Historical Discourse, on the Civil and Religious Affairs of the Colony of Rhode Island, 3rd ed. Boston: T. H. Webb, 1843.
  • Carden, Allen. Puritan Christianity in America: Religion and Life in the 17th Century Massachusetts. Grand Rapids: Baker House Books, 1990.
  • Carter, Nathan F. The Native Ministry of New Hampshire: The Harvesting of More Than Thirty Years. Concord, N. H.: Rumford Printing, 1906.
  • Cassell, Charles Willis, W. J. Finck, and Elon O. Henkel, eds. History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee. Strasburg, Va.: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1930.
  • Child, Frank S. The Colonial Parson of New England: A Picture. New York: Baker & Taylor, 1896.
  • Cullen, Thomas F. The Chronicle Church in Rhode Island. North Providence, R. I.: The Fanciscan Missionaries of Mary, 1936.
  • Dorr, Dudley and Frederick Lewis Weis. The 25th Anniversary of the Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy. Dublin, N. H.: Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy, 1958.
  • First Parishes of the Province of Maryland. n.p.: The Diocese of Maryland, The Diocese of Easton, The Diocese of Washington, 1942.
  • Foote, William Henry. Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical. two vols., Philadelphia: W. S. Marten, 1849, and J. P. Lippincott, ____.
  • Fothergill, Gerald. A List of Emigrant Ministers to America, 1690-1811. London: E. Stock, 1904
  • Fries, Adelaide Lisetta. Records of the Moravians in North Carolina. 11 vols. (see vol. 1, 2, and 3). Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission, State Department of Archives and History. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton Printing, 1922-1969.
  • Glatfelter, Charles Henry. Pastors and People: German Lutheran and Reformed Churches in the Pennsylvania Field, 1717-1793. two vols. Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, v. 13. Breinigsville: Pennsylvania German Society, 1980-1981.
  • Goodwin, Edward Lewis. The Colonial Church in Virginia: With Biographical Sketches of the First Six Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia, and Other Historical Papers, Together with Brief Biographical Sketches of the Colonial Clergy of Virginia. Milwaukee: Morehouse, 1927.
  • Hawks, Francis L. Contributions of the Ecclesiastical History of the United States of America. two vols. New York: Harper & Bros., 1836-1839.
  • Heckethorn, Paul K. The Chronological Beginnings of the Christian Church in Western Pennsylvania, 1743-1793. Apollo, Penn.: Closson Press, 1994.
  • Historical Collections of the American Colonial Church. Vol. 3, 1873. Reprint, Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 2001.
  • Hotchkin, Samuel Fitch. Early Clergy of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Philadelphia: P. W. Ziegler, 1890.
  • Huffman, Morna M. Lutheranism Takes Root in the Settlement of Pennsylvania, 1682-1982. Whitney, Penn: M. M. Huffman, 1982.
  • Jarvis, Luch Cushing, ed. Sketches of Church Life in Colonial Connecticut: Being the Story of the Transplanting of the Church of England into Forty-Two Parishes of Connecticut, with the Assistance of the Society for the Propogation of the Gospel. New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1902.
  • Kanely, Edna A. Directory of Ministers and the Maryland Churches They Served, 1634-1990. two vols. Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 1991.
  • Landis, John Tannehill. Mayflower Descendants and Their Marriages for Two Generations After the Landing: Including A Short History of the Church of the Pilgrim Founders of New England. 1921. Reprint, Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1956.
  • London, Lawrence Foushee, and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, eds. The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959. Raleigh: Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987.
  • Miller, Daniel. Early History of the Reformed Church in Pennsylvania. Reading: Penn.: the author, 1906.
  • Pestana, Carla Gardina. Quakers and Baptists in Colonial Massachusetts. 1991. Reprint, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Reformed Church in the United States, Classics of North Carolina. Historic Sketch of the Reformed Church in North Carolina. Philadelphia: Reformed Church in the United States, 1908.
  • Simpson, William Samuel. Virginia Baptist Ministers, 1760-1790. four vols. Richmond: the author, 1990-.
  • Skirvin, Percy G. The First Parishes of the Province of Maryland: Wherein Are Given Historical Sketches of the Ten Counties and of the Thirty Parishes in the Province at the Time of the Establishment of the Church of England in Maryland in 1692. . . Baltimore: Norman, Remington, 1923.
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis. The Oldest Churches in North America. Dublin, N. H.: Sims Press, 1963.
  • Wigmore, Francis Marion. The Old Parish Churches of Virginia: A Pictorial-Historic Exhibition of Photographs in Colors. Washington: G. P. O., 1929.
  • Wise, Jennings C., compiler. Wise's Digested Index and Genealogical Guide to Bishop Meade's Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, Embracing 6,900 Proper Names. Richmond: [n.p.], 1910.