Col. Rev. Rector Elisha Williams a very historical figure in the 1700’s in Connecticut has two Mary’s listed as his daughters. I would like to request help in clarifying which one is his daughter or if both are his daughters? He is an amazing man and I have gone to the historic cemetery and added photos of who I believe is my 9th great grandfather. This profile deserves our attention of this great man in America’s early history. Any help is appreciated.
Facts:Elisha Williams (August 26, 1694 - October 22, 1755) was a Congregational minister, legislator, jurist, and rector of Yale College from 1726 to 1739.
Facts: He was a Colonel of Militia, and served as Chaplain in the expedition sent against Cape Breton in 1745.
Facts: he studied law, and was a member of the Connecticut legislature from Wethersfield for five sessions, the first in 1717; he studied divinity with his father and was ordained a clergyman in 1722, and served the church at Wethersfield until 1726, when he became fourth Rector of Yale College, serving in that capacity for thirteen years. He entered the position during a troubled period of Yale's history; by the time of his resignation, for reasons of health in 1739, he left the college firmly established.
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