Wife: Puah Mellen
Reverend Benjamin Brigham:
Buried: 14 Jun 1799, Fitzwilliam Village Cemetery, Cheshire. New Hampshire
In 1764 He graduated from Harvard College, A. B., In 1770 he received an urgent call from the church in Fitzwilliam to become its pastor. He was to receive two lots of land of 100 acres each, and two other lots were to be reserved for the use of the minister. He was to receive eighty pounds in money and an annual salary of.£5 3 6s. 8d., from time of acceptance for three years, then an additional sum yearly until it had reached £66 13s. 4?. He accepted, and spent the rest of his life in charge of this church. He was a man of fine character and a minister who preserved harmony in his parish. Several of his manuscript sermons are extant. He was Representative to Exeter Provincial Congress, 1775. He was interred in the central part of the old graveyard in Fitzwilliam, and in 1809 the town appropriated $20 to buy gravestones for him.
Gazetteer of Cheshire County, New Hampshire 1736-1885. p. 163
The Orthodox Congregational church, located at Fitzwilliam village, was organized in 1771. During the autumn and winter of 1768, Rev. Nehemiah Parker supplied the people of Fitzwilliam with preaching. In November, 1770, Rev. Benjamin Brigham, of Marlboro, Mass., who had graduated at Harvard, in 1764, received an invitation to settle here, and in January of the following year, gave an affirmative answer to the call. March 27, 1771, was appointed for his ordination, and on that day the Congregational church was organized, with six members, viz.: Benjamin Brigham, Benjamin Bigelow, John Fassitt, Nathaniel Wilder, Caleb Winch, and James Reed. These services were held at the public house, the church building being in an unfinished state, and thus unfit for the purpose. This building, a wooden structure, stood opposite the present cemetery. A second building was put up in 1816, and was struck by lightning and burned on the night of January 17th, of that year. The next building was put up in 1817, a fourth in 1832, which was burned in January, 1857, and was succeeded by the present edifice. It is a neat structure, capable of seating 400 persons, cost $4,000.00, and is valued, including grounds, etc., a $6,000.00. The society now has 132 members, and a Sabbath-school of 120 pupils, with Rev. John Colby, pastor. Mr. Colby was born in York, Me., October 1, 1821, pursued a course at Gilmanton academy, graduated from Dartmouth in 1852, and from Andover in 1855. Before entering college he learned and followed for some years the printer's trade, and was connected with the Morning Star, a Freewill Baptist publication, at Dover, His first pastorate was at Hampton, N. H., in 1855, and he has been located here since 1873. He was school commissioner in Rockingham county, in 1862, '63 and '64, and is Fitzwilliam's representative for 1885'86. He married Helen L. Barden, of Dover, May 14, 1856, and has two daughters, Annie L., a teacher, who graduated at Wellesley in 1880, and Helen R.
Widow of John Mellen,who died 4 Feb., 1821, she had nine children by her first marriage,
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