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Rev Myron Barrett
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1816
New York, USA
Death: May 8, 1876
New Jersey, USA

Rev. Myron Barrett, our subject, son of Ezra Lathrop Barrett, was born at North East, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1816. He prepared for college at Burr Seminary, Manchester, Vt., and was graduated at Yale in the class of ‘44. He taught school at Columbus, Ohio, during the next four years. He was converted during the last year of his college life, but did not decide to study for the ministry until after he began teaching at Columbus. He commenced his theological studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, but went from there to Princeton, where he remained one year, and was graduated in 1851. His only pastorate before he came to Newton was at Pontiac, Mich., though he had during the fifteen months previous been preaching for Dr. Duffield, of Detroit, who was absent in Europe. Mr. Barrett was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Newton from 1854 until May, 1859, when he resigned his position. He afterwards acted as assistant to Rev. Mr. Carroll, of the South Church, New Haven, Conn., for one year, and preached at Stroudsburg, Pa., one year. He was a trustee of the Newton Collegiate Institute from 1868 and secretary and treasurer of the same from 1871 until his death, which occurred May 8, 1876. The presbytery which examined Mr. Barrett before he was appointed pastor of the church in Newton was composed of Old-School Presbyterians of the bluest kind, and, as Mr. Barrett was not educated under their supervision, they suspected that he might have New School tendencies, and questioned very deeply concerning the finer points of doctrine. Though he held his own opinion, he had closely studied the views of leading divines, and quoted them in reply to the presbytery’s questions, and in so doing, he revealed the index of his future life. He never pressed his own views if he thought by so doing he might weaken the progress of a good cause, and the opinions of others were more in harmony with those for whose welfare he was working. He had made the expression of his thoughts in as few and terse words as possible a study, and has sent many a telling letter after this style into the newspapers which none ever suspected came from his pen. He was a man of broad and liberal views, and took a deep interest in every question of public importance, and especially in that of education. He was one of the most active among the trustees of the collegiate institute, and was continually making plans for its greater efficiency. He was so thoroughly identified with the Dennis Library, at Newton, that he seemed to be almost the library itself, and he was sadly missed from both institutions. His zeal for the welfare of the people was not confined to the village in which he resided, as, though not obliged to do so for his support, he preached temporarily at Andover, at Clove, and at other places. His sympathetic enthusiasm in matters that interested his friends was such that their affection and regard for him increased with better acquaintance. By his decease the town lost a most useful citizen, the public institutions with which he was connected were deprived of a strong pillar, and his family and friends were called upon to mourn the departure of one whose counsel and sympathy were missed. His wife was Miss Emma E., daughter of the late David Ryerson, for many years one of the most prominent business men of Newton and Sussex County. She was born June 7, 1821, and was married to Mr. Barrett April 8, 1856. Their children are David R., died at the age of fifteen; Andrew L., a student at Princeton College, entered in September, 1878 and Sarah Louisa. 
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  Emma Elizabeth Ryerson Barrett (1821 - 1900)*
  David Ryerson Barrett (1857 - 1872)*
  Andrew Linn Barrett (1860 - 1951)*
  Louise Barrett Swayze (1861 - 1951)*
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Newton Cemetery
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Gregory Speciale
Record added: Aug 09, 2005
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Rev Myron Barrett
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Rev Myron Barrett
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