Sample Entries

Sample entries from the General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University, 1920. Cambridge: Published by the University, 1920. 

Ephraim Peabody. Grad.

b. Wilton, N.H., Mar. 22, 1807. A.B. Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1827; S.T.D., Bowdoin Coll., 1848. Meadville, Pa., May 1830-July 1831; Ord. Cincinnati, O., May 20, 1832-1836; New Bedford, May 24, 1838-Nov. 24, 1845; Boston (King's Chapel), Jan. 11, 1846-Nov. 28, 1856. d. Boston, Nov. 28, 1856.

See: "Sermons by Rev. Ephraim Peabody, D.D., Minister of King's Chapel. Boston, with a Memoir," Boston, 1857; "Heralds of a Liberal Faith," Vol. III, pp. 297-303, Boston, 1910. See also: "A New England Romance, the Story of Ephraim and Mary Jane Peabody, Told by their sons," 1920.

Benjamin Augustus Thacher. [Attended] 1 [year ending in 1898].
b. Machias, Me., Mar. 7, 1873. A.B., Yale Univ., Conn., 1897; A.M., Yale Univ., 1907. Res. Cape Giradeau, Mo. Teacher, Portland, Ore.

Sample entry from Harvard University, Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates.

S.T.M. [Harvard] 1925
Arlie Henry Krussell, A.B. Ohio Wesleyan Univ. 1921; S.T.B. Boston Univ. 1924.

Sample entry from The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England by Frederick Lewis Weiss (1936)

JOSIAH GOODHUE, A.B.,1 b. Stratham, N.H., 1729, son of Dea. Samuel and Abigail (Bartlett) Goodhue;2  H.C., 1755, A.B.;3 Ord. Dunstable, June 8, 1757; sett. Dunstable, 1757-1774; dism. Sept. 28, 1774; inst. Putney, Vt., Oct. 17, 1776; sett. Putney, Vt., 1776-1797;4 d. Putney, Vt., Nov. 16, 1797.

  1. The name is followed by the highest educational degree (usually A.B., A.M., or D.D.).

  2. Place and date of birth (or baptism) are followed by parents' names (mother's maiden name indicated in parentheses).  "Dea." in this example indicates that Goodhue's father was a "deacon," one of the two (the other being "ruling elder") lay offices traditional in congregational churches.

  3. 85% of the colonial clergy of New England graduated or attended college.  The following abbreviations are used in the listing of educational history (college attended and degree):

    • H.C. = Harvard College (57% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Harvard)

    • Y.C. = Yale College (26% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Yale)

    • Camb. = Cambridge University  (6% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Cambridge)

    • Dart. = Dartmouth College

    • Other colleges listed are Princeton (also called the College of New Jersey, 3%), Oxford University (2.5%), Edinburgh, Brown, Glasgow, Dublin, Pennsylvania, Aberdeen, Columbia (also called King's College), and Geneva.

  4. In the history of ministerial settlement:

    • Ord. = ordained - a congregational minister is typically ordained in his first church

    • inst. = installed - a congregational minister is typically installed when he becomes the minister in churches beyond the first

    • name of the church is given by city only unless there is more than one church in that city; church is assumed to be "Congregational" unless otherwise indicated

    • if the city name is given without a state, it is Massachusetts

    • years of settlement, followed by reason for leaving (dismissal - usually a consensual process, etc.)