John Cotton, Jr. was the son of the famous John Cotton of the first church of Christ in Boston.
"He graduated at Harvard College in 1657;" (Americana) and was ordained at Plymouth, Massachusetts, June 30, 1669.and became pastor of the First Church in Plymouth.One of his first "special works" was to go through the whole town, from house to house, to inquire into the state of their souls.The church began monthly meetings for religious conference and much good resulted, the church grew in numbers as more people were admitted to full communion.
Following controversy over hiring Mr. Cushman as religious teacher, Rev. Cotton resigned his position as pastor and was dismissed on October 5, 1697.He preached in Wethersfield, Haddam, Killingworth, Connecticut, and Egartown, Massachusetts (Americana) and went to Charleston, South Carolina, in November of 1698 where he served a church and was successful in his labors.
Mr. Cotton died at Charleston on September 18, 1699, aged about 66 years and at his death he received the highest honor and respect. In the short span of his ministry in Charlestown, there were about 25 members added to the church and many were baptized.
15 Mar 1639/1640 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Americana Illustrated (American Historical Magazine) Author: The American Historical Society, Inc. ;80 East Eleventh Street, New York Publication: Volume XXI, No.3 Note: Available as part of a bound volume of the magazines
Thacher, James. "History of the Town of Plymouth..." Boston. Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1835. p. 273, 274.see at googlebooks.com
Page xiv: He was minister of Martha's Vineyard from 1664 to 1667; of Plymouth, Mass., from 1669 to 1697, and of Charleston, SC in 1698-9. He was eminent for his knowledge of the Indian language, and revised and corrected the second edition of Eliot's Indian Bible.