Rev Thomas Dungan

Rev Thomas Dungan

Greater London, England
Death 1687 (aged 51–52)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 20707488 · View Source
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Rev. Thomas Dungan, soldier, legislator, pioneer, became the first Baptist minister in the Province of Pennsylvania, having been born in London, and came with his mother about 1637.

Thomas Dungan was the youngest son of Frances Latham and William Dungan. His father died, and his mother came to America with her second husband Jeremy Clarke and her four young children.

As early as 1655 he was living at Newport, Rhode Island, where he was Sergeant of the Newport Militia 1676. He acquired 240 acres at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, about the year 1670. In 1678 and again in 1681 he was elected to the Rhode Island Assembly. His half brother, Walter Clarke was then Deputy Governor of Rhode Island.

In 1682 he sold his estate of 100 acres in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and his Newport homestead of 50 acres and having completed his education for the ministry, he shortly removed to Pennsylvania and settled at Cold Spring, Bucks County, where he founded a Baptist Church in 1684, the first of its denomination in Pennsylvania, and continued pastor until his death in 1687.

He married at Newport on or about 1663 Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Sergeant Clement Weaver.

His Will, probated February 29, 1688, is one of the earliest on record in Bucks County.

(Article on Dungan Family Excerpts and A History of the Baptists, A Reformed Reader)

To this union were born: William Weaver Dungan, Elizabeth Dungan West, John Dungan, Clement Dungan, Rebecca Dungan Doyle Griffith, Thomas Dungan, Jeremiah Dungan, Mary Dungan Richards and Sarah Dungan Carrell Fitroy.

5th Great-granddaughter: Louise Ethel Smith Powell

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