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Rev Stephen Gano

Rev Stephen Gano

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 18 Aug 1828 (aged 65)
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 21368086 · View Source
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Son of Rev. John Gano and Sarah Mary (Stites) Gano. His mother Sarah was Rev John Gano's first wife.

At the time of his birth, his father was pastoring Gold Street Baptist Church (First Baptist Church in the City of New York).

It was his father's intention to have him placed under the care of his uncle, Dr James Manning, first President of Brown University. But the revolutionary war prevented this, and having studied medicine with his uncle, Dr.Stites, he spent two years in the American army as a surgeon. At age 17 in 1779 Gano served briefly as a surgeon's mate in the American army, then resigned to become a surgeon's mate on a privateer. Shipwrecked, marooned, and then taken prisoner by the British, he was confined in leg irons on a prison ship for some time. While practicing at Orangetown, NY, his mind was turned to the Christian ministry, and, on Aug. 2,1786, he was ordained at The Gold Street Baptist Church by his father.

He acted as a missionary in several of the settlements on the Hudson, and was pastor, successively, at Hillsdale and Hudson,NY. He then served as a missionary to the Old Northwest Territory and is credited with establishing a church at Columbia,OH, near present-day Cincinnati, the first Baptist church in the territory. In 1792 he received a call to the First Baptist Church in Providence, and continued to minister to that church during the remainder of his life. His ministry was a very prosperous one, for he was an instructive and eloquent preacher as well as a devoted pastor. Brown University, of which institution he was a trustee for thirty four years, conferred on him, in 1800, the honorary degree of M.A.

Dr. Gano was married four times: first, on Oct 25,1782, to Cornelia, daughter of Capt.Jonah Vavasour, an officer in the British Navy, and then a resident of New York.

His second wife was Mary, daughter of Col.Tallmadge, and sister of Col.James Tallmadge, of New York. They were married on Aug 4,1789 at Stamford,CT.

His third wife, married on Jul 18,1799, was Mary, daughter of Professor Joseph Brown, the second of the "Four Brothers" Brown.

His fourth wife, married on Oct 8,1801, was Mrs. Joanna Latting, of Hillsdale,NY, who survived him many years. They separated permanently in 1803 when she accused him of being a worshiper of the Devil because he was a Free Mason.

Children(by first marriage): Cornelia Vavasour Gano Holroyd, Daniel Gano, Margaret Hubbell Gano Benedict, and John Stites Gano.

Children(by second marriage): Sarah Stites Gano Ludlow, Maria Tallmadge Gano Jackson, Clarissa Ann Gano Robbins Ludlow, and James Tallmadge Gano.

Children(by third marriage): Eliza Brown Gano Rogers.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 21368086
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Stephen Gano (25 Dec 1762–18 Aug 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21368086, citing North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Avery (contributor 47024642) .