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Adonijah Bidwell sermons, circa 1754-1781.

 Collection
Identifier: MS5153

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two booklets of sermon notes and scriptural references for sermons preached by Bidwell at Tyringham, Massachusetts. Sermons are dated with multiple years, most likely indicating that many sermons were preached multiple times. In some cases, it is difficult to infer the original date of creation versus a date of re-use. The booklets contain notes on their covers with dates and locational information, though it is difficult to determine if this is original or added at a later date by an unknown author.

Dates

  • circa 1754-1781

Creator

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Biographical Note

Adonijah Bidwell (1716-1784) was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1716 to Thomas and Prudence Bidwell. He attended Yale and graduated in 1740. In April of 1745 Bidwell joined the Connecticut Fleet during the early part of King George’s War. He served as the chaplain aboard the sloop-of-war "The Colony" and participated in the capture of Cape Brenton. After the war, Bidwell returned to Hartford, Connecticut, and in 1750 settled in Tyringham (now Monterey), Massachusetts, as the first settled pastor. In 1752, Bidwell married Theodosia Colton, daughter of his Yale tutor Rev. Benjamin Coulton. Theodosia died in 1759. In 1760, Bidwell married Theodosia’s first cousin, Jemima Devotion, with whom he had four children. She died in 1770. Bidwell married Ruth Kent in 1772. Bidwell supported independence from Britain and used the pulpit to surreptitiously advocate for this position prior the American War for Independence. Adonijah Bidwell died in 1784.

Extent

1 Folder

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Adonijah Bidwell (1716-1784) was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1716 to Thomas and Prudence Bidwell. He attended Yale, graduating in 1740. In 1750 he settled in Tyringham (now Monterey), Massachusetts, as the first pastor. Adonijah Bidwell died in 1784. The collection contains sermon notes and scriptural references for sermons preached by Bidwell at Tyringham.

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Acquisition Information

Materials were transfered internally from the library to the archives, 2014; Accession: 2014-7.

Accruals

Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Sari Mauro, January 2014. Additional description by Zachary Bodnar, July 2018, using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Adonijah Bidwell sermons, circa 1754-1781.
Status
Completed
Author
Sari Mauro, Zachary Bodnar
Date
2018-07-30
Description rules
Dacs2 2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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