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Subject: [GM-L] Rev. John B. Willard son of Luther & Mary (Davis) Willard
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 12:50:50 EST
Subject: Rev. John B. Willard
Source: History of Westford, MA by Rev. Edwin R. Hodgman, A.M. 1883
Rev. John B. Willard was born in New York City April 1, 1822. His parents,
Mary (Davis) Willard were born at Harvard, MA [the farm in Harvard (Still
River) had been the home of the Willard family since 1675. The mother, Mary
Davis, was of a
long established family in Harvard].
He graduated at Brown University in 1842 and then studied law three years,
in Syracuse, NY and partly in Boston, but never entered the legal profession.
studied theology with Rev. Washington Gilbert, then of Harvard. The church
say "Rev. John B. Willard dissolved his connection as pastor of the First
December 1850, without calling a council."
After the retirement of Mr. Willard the pulpit was supplied by Rev. Mr.
others until July 1, 1851, when Rev. Jacob Caldwell came and preached about
months. In November 1851, Mr. Willard was recalled and officiated until
Rev. Willard after leaving Westford labored for longer or shorter periods in
VT, in Lowell (Lee Street), in Barnstable, in Lunenburg, Warwick and Norton.
He gave up preaching in 1871 and then lived at the old homestead at Still
Village, Harvard, MA.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth