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Edward Rawson
Birth: Apr. 16, 1615
Gillingham
Dorset, England
Death: Aug. 27, 1693
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He settled in Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1636, was graduated from Harvard College in 1653 and represented Newbury in the General Court of which he was clerk. For many years he was Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was chosen steward or agent for the receiving and disposing of such goods and commodities as should be sent to the United Colonies from England with the purpose of Christianizing the Indians. He is believed to have been one of the authors of a small book published in 1691 entitled "The Revolution in New England Justified." and signed "E. R." and "S. S." He published "The General Laws and Liberties Concerning the Inhabitants of Massachusetts" (1660). On June 20, 1676 he proclaimed in a formal statement for the first time from the steps of the Council House in Boston the American tradition of thanksgiving. His son was the Reverend Grindall Rawson, who preached to the Indians in their own language. His daughter, Rebecca, was the heroine of a romantic episode in the history of the colony, commemorated by John G. Whittier in "Leaves from Margaret Smith's Journal" (1849). Her portrait and that of her father are in the possession of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. (bio by: Lewis Clark) 
 
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 Parents:
  David Rawson (1587 - 1618)
  Margaret Wilson Rawson (1593 - 1628)
 
 Spouse:
  Rachel Perne Rawson (1618 - 1677)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Perne Rawson Torrey (1642 - 1692)*
  William Rawson (1651 - 1726)*
  Rebecca Rawson (1656 - 1692)*
  Grindall Rawson (1658 - 1715)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Granary Burying Ground
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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To honor and perpetuate the memory of his service to the Bay Colony and his family. He is 7th G.g'father to my G.G.g'mother Lucetta Cleveland Rawson Akin, wife of William Akin of Pike NY, who is g'mother to our beloved g'mother Lucetta May Akin Catlin of ...(Read more)
- Alan Herbert Catlin
 Added: Mar. 23, 2014
May GOD Bless You ! ! ! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::It is on Major General Benjamin Butler's in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts ( this County has Two County Seats) , the monument reads."the true touchstone of civil liberty is not that ...(Read more)
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Oct. 22, 2013

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 Added: Sep. 12, 2013
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