Boucher, Jonathan

Boucher, Jonathan, one of the early Episcopal ministers in America, was born at Blencogo, England, 1738. At sixteen he came to America, and was nominated to the rectorship of Hanover parish, Va., in 1761. He served in succession the parishes of St. Mary's, St. Anne's, and Queen Ann's in Maryland; and from this last he was ejected in 1775 for refusing to omit from the service the prayers for the king. Returning to England, he became vicar of Epsom 1784. In 1799 he removed to Carlisle, where, he died in 1804. He published A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution (Lond. 1797, 8vo), and some pamphlets. His later years were spent on a Glossary of Provincial and Archeological Words, which remained in MS., and was purchased in 1831 by the English publishers of Webster's Dictionary.-Sprague, Annals, v, 211; Allen, Biog. Dict. s.v.

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