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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

p.292
Rev. John B. Willard was born in New York City April 1, 1822. His parents,
Luther &
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,
partly
in Syracuse, NY and partly in Boston, but never entered the legal profession.
He
studied theology with Rev. Washington Gilbert, then of Harvard. The church
records
say "Rev. John B. Willard dissolved his connection as pastor of the First
Parish
December 1850, without calling a council."

After the retirement of Mr. Willard the pulpit was supplied by Rev. Mr.
Maynard and
others until July 1, 1851, when Rev. Jacob Caldwell came and preached about
four
months. In November 1851, Mr. Willard was recalled and officiated until
March 25,
1852.

Rev. Willard after leaving Westford labored for longer or shorter periods in
Windsor,
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
River
Village, Harvard, MA.
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Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth


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