Edward Bulkeley succeeded his father, Peter, as Minister from 1659-1696. His house
still stands at 92 Sudbury Road. He had graduated from Harvard Divinity School and been
ordained at Marshfield, MA in 1642.
Edward served during the bloody King Philip's War of 1675. People said that he
delivered such fiery prayers that the Indians didn't dare attach his town, and indeed there was
never any trouble here with the American natives
During his ministry, the second Meeting House was built on the same site as the first, we
believe, only twice as big. The exact location of these two buildings has never been decided.
One argument is that they were located on top of the hill where it would have been closer to God
and a look-out for any enemies approaching. The other argument is that they would never have
lugged materials up that steep hill when they could have more easily built on ground level.
There they would have had easier access in an emergency, more warmth in winter with the help
of the sun from the east, south and west, and protection from the north winds with the high esker
behind them. My own theory is that it was on the ground level because of the location of the
burying ground and the first grave stones we see there today. In their traditional English manner,
their dead were buried close to and around their churches, and seven or eight very early stones,
before inscriptions were possible, are in a just right position to indicate where a building might
have stood.On March 5, 1694, the town of Concord voted, "Whereas the Rev. Pastor, Mr Edward
Bulkeley, is under such infirmities of body by reason of great age, that he is not capable of
attending the work of the ministry as in time past, being also sensible of the obligations the town
is under to afford him a comfortable maintenance during the term of his natural life, that thereby
the people may testifie their gratitude for his former services in the Gospel, they do hereby
oblige the town to pay Mr. Bulkeley yearly, during his natural life, the sum of £30 in lieu of his
former salary." He accepted this provided he could preach or not, as he felt inclined.
Edward was memorialized on side 2 of the "Early Settlers at Green Harbor Monument" in the Winslow Cemetery in Marshfield, MA.