Edward Handford Greeley (1817 – )

“Son of Edward Greeley and Hannah Eaton, born in Hopkinton, N.H., April, 23, 1817; prepared for college at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N.H.; graduated at Dartmouth College, 1845; preceptor of Atkinson (N.H.) Academy, 1845-46; in the Seminary, 1846-49, from Claremont, N.H.  He was ordained pastor of the church in Haverhill, N.H., November 7, 1849, and remained there until 1858;was pastor of the Pearl St. Church, Nashua, N.H., 1858-60, and at Methuen, Mass., 1861-66.  His health then being seriously impaired, he was without change for three years, with residence at Claremont, N.H., but occasionally preaching, and acting for a part of the time as financial agent of Kimball Union Academy.  In 1869 he returned to his early charge at Haverhill, N.H., and filled that pastorate until his removal in 1874 to Concord, to take up the work of the New Hampshire Home Missionary Society, of which he had been elected Secretary.  This important service for the smaller churches of the State he preformed with great energy and devotion for the remainder of his life.  His only publication was in the line of his chosen work: An Essay on Systematic Beneficence. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth College in 1865, and was a trustee of Kimball Union Academy from 1871 to 1885.

He was married May 7, 1850, to Jane Jewett, daughter of Moses Richards, of Rowley, Mass., who died April 24, 1852.  June 5, 1854, he was married to Louisa Maria, daughter of Reuben Ware, of Needham, Mass.  She survives him, with three sons and a daughter, one son having died in infancy.  The sons are graduates of Dartmouth College, two of them being lawyers in New York City, and one assistant examiner in the Patent Office, Washington.  The daughter is a teacher in Abbot Academy, Andover.”

Source:  Necrology, by Andover Theological Seminary,  Henry Allen Hazen and Charles Carroll Carpenter, Beacon Press, Thomas Todd, Printer, Boston, 1881, page 26

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