|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1797|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1857|
New York, USA
Gerrish was the 2nd son of Benjamin Barrett and his wife Betsey Gerrish of Massachusetts where the Barrett family had settled from England in the 1600s.
The Barrett family came to Otsego county NY soon after 1810 from NH and were respected religious leaders as well as farmers and business owners in Springfield NY.
As a teenager Gerrish studied under Presbyterian Rev. Levi Cooley of Cherry valley and at the Cherry Valley Academy for preparation to enter the Ministry.
He attended Phillips Academy in MA for 2 years and graduated from Union College in Schenectady in 1824. He immediately entered Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated in 1827.
He began as minister at the State Prison in Sing Sing, NY and stayed in the prison system as minister and avid reformer until 1847 when he retired to Springfield NY at the family farm.
Also in 1847, at the age of 50, Gerrish married Catherine Cooley Purdy, the widowed daughter of his former teacher. They had three children before his death in 1857. They were William Cooley, Charles Scudder and Sarah Lucinda.
Benjamin Fiske Barrett (1770 - 1844)
Betsy Gerrish Barrett (1774 - 1836)
Catherine Cooley Barrett (1813 - 1855)*
Rev. Gerrish Barrett
born in Royalston, Mass.
July 4, 1797
Union College 1824
Died in Springfield
Aug. 2 1857
Middle Village Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Denise Haviland
Record added: Jun 05, 2011
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