Norton, John (3)

Norton, John (3), a Congregational minister, was born at Berlin, Conn., in 1716, and was educated at Yale College, class of 1737. He then pursued a course in theology, and was ordained in Deerfield, Conn., in 1741. He settled as pastor at Bernardstown, Mass. During the colonial war he was chaplain at Fort Massachusetts, and at the time of its capture was taken to Canada. He remained there one year, and returned to Boston. Nov. 30, 1748, he was installed pastor of the Congregational Church at East Hampton, Conn., where he labored nearly thirty years. He died March 24, 1778. Norton published a narrative of his captivity at Boston (1748; a new edition, with notes by S. G. Drake, was brought out in 1870).

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