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John Goodwin Tompson

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First Parish Church of Berwick

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Old Berwick Historical Society - 18th Century

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Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine. Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage


Old Berwick Historical Society - Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage

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Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
Old Berwick Historical Society - Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine. The meeting house, erected in 1752, stood at the corner of today's Brattle Street and Old South Road. The "Old Fields" neighborhood, where the church burial ground still remains, was then the center of the settlement, the crossroads of routes connecting forests in the interior to mills on the Great Works River and shipyards on the Salmon Falls River. Throughout the 1700s, the meeting house stood at today's corner of Old South Road and Brattle Street. Tompson had been born on October 3, 1740 in Scarborough, Maine, where his father William was minister, and graduated from Harvard College in 1760. Rev. John Tompson, Rev. William Tompson's great-great grandson, took his new post just a few months before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War in 1783. Captain John Storer Tompson (1783-1863) . Courtesy of Ralph N. Thompson Rev. Tompson's youngest son, William Allen (c. 1786-1835), born in the Old South Road parsonage and like his eldest half brother named William after his famous Massachusetts Puritan ancestor, may have studied as a minister. It is not known exactly how Rev. Tompson, then 77, managed to organize the funds to reopen the doors. By 1820, though, the community was changing. South Berwick had become a separate town in 1814, and a new commercial center was developing along our present-day Main and Portland Streets, which formed part of a stagecoach route linking Boston and Portland. "On April 10, 1824," writes church historian Colburn, "it is recorded with a sense of dismay that 'various other Societies have risen up among us which have greatly reduced our numbers and our resources, and so small is our number and so remote are most of us from the place of worship, that our average congregation does not usually exceed fifty individuals.'" Worship services began to be held at Berwick Academy, closer to the population center, where Tompson, now 84, had been president for 21 years.


Old Berwick Historical Society - Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage

www.oldberwick.org [cached]

Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine. The meeting house, erected in 1752, stood at the corner of today's Brattle Street and Old South Road. The "Old Fields" neighborhood, where the church burial ground still remains, was then the center of the settlement, the crossroads of routes connecting forests in the interior to mills on the Great Works River and shipyards on the Salmon Falls River. Throughout the 1700s, the meeting house stood at today's corner of Old South Road and Brattle Street. Tompson had been born on October 3, 1740 in Scarborough, Maine, where his father William was minister, and graduated from Harvard College in 1760. Rev. John Tompson, Rev. William Tompson's great-great grandson, took his new post just a few months before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War in 1783. "Mr. Tompson evidently plucked up his courage in accepting the call to Berwick," wrote author Sarah Orne Jewett in 1894. There is a devout assurance of Mr. Tompson's 'Requests at the throne of Grace, that the God of Peace may be with us and bless us,' as he ends his letter of acceptance." After his 13 years in Standish , Berwick offered Tompson not only compensation but housing for his family in the parsonage next door to the meeting house. After Foster's departure, temporary ministers seem to have been handling church duties for about five years, with Tompson performing a baptism in October 1782 before he was officially installed. Among Tompson's first recorded duties here were baptisms of children born to John and Lydia Haggens, who had recently built the Sarah Orne Jewett House, and to John and Elizabeth Hill, who lived in the farm still at Brattle Street and Route 236. Among Tompson's first recorded duties here were baptisms of children born to John and Lydia Haggens, who had recently built the Sarah Orne Jewett House, and to John and Elizabeth Hill, who lived in the farm still at Brattle Street and Route 236. Captain John Storer Tompson (1783-1863) . Courtesy of Ralph N. Thompson Rev. Tompson's youngest son, William Allen (c. 1786-1835), born in the Old South Road parsonage and like his eldest half brother named William after his famous Massachusetts Puritan ancestor, may have studied as a minister. It is not known exactly how Rev. Tompson, then 77, managed to organize the funds to reopen the doors. By 1820, though, the community was changing. South Berwick had become a separate town in 1814, and a new commercial center was developing along our present-day Main and Portland Streets, which formed part of a stagecoach route linking Boston and Portland. "On April 10, 1824," writes church historian Colburn, "it is recorded with a sense of dismay that 'various other Societies have risen up among us which have greatly reduced our numbers and our resources, and so small is our number and so remote are most of us from the place of worship, that our average congregation does not usually exceed fifty individuals.'" Worship services began to be held at Berwick Academy, closer to the population center, where Tompson, now 84, had been president for 21 years.


www.oldberwick.org

Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine. The meeting house, erected in 1752, stood at the corner of today's Brattle Street and Old South Road. The "Old Fields" neighborhood, where the church burial ground still remains, was then the center of the settlement, the crossroads of routes connecting forests in the interior to mills on the Great Works River and shipyards on the Salmon Falls River. Throughout the 1700s, the meeting house stood at today's corner of Old South Road and Brattle Street. Tompson had been born on October 3, 1740 in Scarborough, Maine, where his father William was minister, and graduated from Harvard College in 1760. Rev. John Tompson, Rev. William Tompson's great-great grandson, took his new post just a few months before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War in 1783. Captain John Storer Tompson (1783-1863) . Courtesy of Ralph N. Thompson Rev. Tompson's youngest son, William Allen (c. 1786-1835), born in the Old South Road parsonage and like his eldest half brother named William after his famous Massachusetts Puritan ancestor, may have studied as a minister. It is not known exactly how Rev. Tompson, then 77, managed to organize the funds to reopen the doors. By 1820, though, the community was changing. South Berwick had become a separate town in 1814, and a new commercial center was developing along our present-day Main and Portland Streets, which formed part of a stagecoach route linking Boston and Portland. "On April 10, 1824," writes church historian Colburn, "it is recorded with a sense of dismay that 'various other Societies have risen up among us which have greatly reduced our numbers and our resources, and so small is our number and so remote are most of us from the place of worship, that our average congregation does not usually exceed fifty individuals.'" Worship services began to be held at Berwick Academy, closer to the population center, where Tompson, now 84, had been president for 21 years.


Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage

www.oldberwick.org [cached]

Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage
Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. John Tompson (1740-1828) and the First Parish Parsonage Rev. Tompson (as his name was more commonly spelled in that day) would have been about 52 years old. Less than eight years before, on May 7, 1783, he had been installed as minister of First Parish Church of Berwick, in present-day South Berwick, Maine. Tompson had been born on October 3, 1740 in Scarborough, Maine, where his father William was minister, and graduated from Harvard College in 1760. Rev. John Tompson, Rev. William Tompson's great-great grandson, took his new post just a few months before the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War in 1783. Captain John Storer Tompson (1783-1863) . Courtesy of Ralph N. Thompson Rev. Tompson's youngest son, William Allen (c. 1786-1835), born in the Old South Road parsonage and like his eldest half brother named William after his famous Massachusetts Puritan ancestor, may have studied as a minister. It is not known exactly how Rev. Tompson, then 77, managed to organize the funds to reopen the doors. By 1820, though, the community was changing. South Berwick had become a separate town in 1814, and a new commercial center was developing along our present-day Main and Portland Streets, which formed part of a stagecoach route linking Boston and Portland. "On April 10, 1824," writes church historian Colburn, "it is recorded with a sense of dismay that 'various other Societies have risen up among us which have greatly reduced our numbers and our resources, and so small is our number and so remote are most of us from the place of worship, that our average congregation does not usually exceed fifty individuals.'" Worship services began to be held at Berwick Academy, closer to the population center, where Tompson, now 84, had been president for 21 years.


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