Rev. William Bentley’s 259th Birthday Celebration
June 24 @ 2:00 pm
Celebrate the 259th Birthday of Rev. William Bentley in Harmony Grove Cemetery!
BICENTENNIAL ENTRY FROM THE DIARY OF WILLIAM BENTLEY, D. D. PASTOR OF THE EAST CHURCH
“24. Sunday. Notes. Miriam Manning, Wid. of Richard M., d. of her Sister in Law Ruth. Wid. of Francis Rust & Sister of her husband. She had lived 5 y. in her family. Pr. For children absent. Ruth married as third wife to Rust against the wishes of her friends. Act. 78
John Williams & wife, d. of her only sister Ann wife of W. Brown of Lynn. She was a Burrill & was buried from the old house in which Councellor Burrill & Speaker of the House lived. Mr. Williams married a Hawkes & now a Williams. Mansfeld Burrill now living among us, was her father’s brother & two brothers live. Another James at Lynn. She has five brothers yet living. Her sister married a Whittemore, before Brown. Suffered a fall. Died 60 y. of age. Ezra B. of Salem, who first kept a regular stage, her father’s Brother.
James W. Stearns & wife, death of their youngest Child & d. aet. 14 months. She is an Emmerson. D. of the rich Emerson of Topsfield & g. g. d. of the late minister who was there when I first visited Topsfield with Herrick from Reading to see our Classmates Kimball & Wilde at that place. 1774 time of my visit.”