William, of Braintree, had been matriculated at Brazen Nose College, Oxford, 28 Jan 1620, at the age of 21, but his degree is not found in the Fasti; had been a preacher in Winwick, a parish of his native Lancashire before he came to New England in 1637 with his wife Abigail and some children. He was engaged first at Kittery or York, but after the church was institituted at Braintree 17 Sep 1639, was ordained there along with Rev. Henry Flint 19 Nov 1639. He was freeman 13 May 1640. His wife died while he was absent on a mission with Rev. John Knowles and Thomas James to Virginia. In 1640 he was granted 120 acres. He was made freeman 1656, but ‘fell into the Devil’s bath.’ as the Magn. III. cap. IVII. calls his state of melancholy, and gave up his public ministry seven years.
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