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[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]
Warren Goddard is settled; and a Methodist society, of which The Rev. Charles Hayward is pastor.
There is also a 2d Congregational society in East Bridgewater, over which the Rev. Baalis Sanford, who graduated at Brown University 1823, is pastor.There are also some of the New Jerusalem church there, and also some Universalists, who have regular meetings but no settled ministers.
The general longevity of the early ministers of Bridgewater is worthy of notice. Four of them, namely, Mr. Perkins, Mr. J. Angier, Mr. Shaw, and Mr. Porter, who were cotemporaries, and pastors of the four principal parishes, lived to the great ages respectively of 86, 86, 83, and 87, and died in the 62d, 63d, 60th, and 62d year of their ministry, and all officiated occasionally, and some regularly, till their deaths.Dr. Reed died also in his 80th year and Dr. Sanger in his 74th. These with Mr. Keith, who was 76, and Mr. Samuel Angier, who was 62, are the only ministers who ever died in the town.
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION.
The town has been remarkable for its attention to education, both public and private. Mr. Keith and Elder Brett, in the very infancy of the settlement, procured a subscription of about £12 to be paid in Indian corn, for the use of the college at Cambridge. Assessments were also formerly made very liberally, both in the town and the parishes, for the maintenance of common schools. The interest of learning has always been cherished here, and its importance duly appreciated.
There is in the south parish an academy, established, and the trustees of it incorporated, February 28, 1799. The half township of land granted by the general court as an endowment, was sold for $5,000. The building was erected by individuals who subscribed $3,000 for that purpose. It has always had the reputation of a good seminary of instruction, and is still well patronized and in a flourishing condition. The Hon. John A. Shaw is the present preceptor.
The following are the names of those who have had collegiate education, arranged under the parishes to which they
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