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Rev. Thomas HOOKER

Male 1586 - 1647  (61 years)

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  • Name Thomas HOOKER 
    Title Rev. 
    Born 7 Jul 1586  Marefield, Tilton, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jul 1647  Hartford, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 

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      The Reverend THOMAS HOOKER, the first minister of Cambridge, and the father of the colony, as well as of the churches, of Connecticut, was born at Marfield [sic; should be Marefield], in Leicestershire, in 1586. He was educated at Emanuel College, Cambridge, in England, where he was afterwards promoted to a fellowship, in which office ?he acquitted himself with such ability and faithfulness, as commanded universal approbation and applause.? Upon his leaving the University, he preached occasionally for some time in London; till, at length, in 1626, he was chosen Lecturer at Chelmsford. Here he preached, with great success, for several years, and was so well beloved by the neighbouring clergy, that, when the Bishop of London silenced him for Nonconformity, forty-seven of them signed a petition in his favour, testifying, That Mr. Hooker was orthodox in doctrine, honest and sober in his life and conversation, of a peaceable disposition, and no ways turbulent or factious. But this petition had no effect on the imperious and inexorable Laud. Mr. Hooker was constrained to lay down his ministry; and he set up a Grammar School at a village in the neighbourhood of Chelmsford. At the next visitation, however, he was cited by the Bishop to appear before the High Commission Court. Thus cruelly persecuted, he absconded, and went to Holland, where he lived two or three years, preaching sometimes at Delft, and sometimes at Rotterdam.

      In 1633, he came to New-England; and, though he had been "ordained presbyter by a bishop in England," he was ordained "then again by the brethren at New-Town." He was a man of "the most exemplary piety, self-denial, patience, and goodness. In his day, he was one of the most animated and powerful preachers in New England. In his sermons, he was searching, experimental, and practical." In disputation he was eminent. During his residence in Holland, he became intimately acquainted with the celebrated Dr. Ames, author of Medulla Theologiae, who declared, that "though he had been acquainted with many scholars, of divers nations, yet he never met with Mr. Hooker?s equal, either for preaching, or for disputing." In prayer he excelled. "In conversation he was pleasant and entertaining, but always grave. He was exceedingly prudent in the management of church discipline. He was affable, condescending, and charitable; yet his appearance and conduct were with such becoming majesty, authority, and prudence, that he could do more with a word, or a look, than other men could do with a severe discipline." It was not uncommon for him to give away five or ten pounds, at a time, to persons in indigence. He died of an epidemical fever, July 7, 1647, aetat. LXII. "He had for many years enjoyed a comfortable assurance of his renewed estate, and when dying said, I am going to receive mercy. He closed his own eyes, and appeared to die with a smile on his countenance." He published, in his life time, several practical treatises; and his friends, after his death, published several of his sermons, which were well received. "Mr. Hooker?s books (says a contemporary writer) are of great request among the faithful people of Christ." His principal work, entitled, "A Survey of the summe of Church-Discipline," was transcribed "under the eye and exact review of the eminently accomplisht author himselfe," and sent over to be published in England, about a year before his death. "But it was then buried," says Dr. Goodwin, "in the rude waves of the vast ocean, with many precious saints on their passage hither." Another copy of it, however, was sent to England, and published in 1648, under the inspection of the celebrated Dr. Thomas Goodwin, (a member of the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, and some time President of Magdalen College in Oxford) who says, "As touching this Treatise and the worthy author of it, to preface any thing, by commendation of either were to lay paint upon burnished marble, or add light unto the sun." There is no inscription on Mr. Hooker?s tombstone. An historian, who, in general, is not entitled to credence, says truly: "The tomb of Mr. Hooker is viewed with great reverence."
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    Family Susanna GARBRAND,   b. Abt 1593, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1676, Farmington, Hartford County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 3 Apr 1621  Amersham St. Mary, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Joanna HOOKER,   b. Abt 1622,   d. 28 Apr 1647, Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)  [natural]
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