NameGregory Dexter
Birthabt 1610, Old, Northampton, England
Deathabt 1700, Providence, Providence Co, RI [1003]
FatherGregory Dexter (1581-)
MotherIsabel (~1587-br. 1667)
Marriage1 Nov 1644 [1003]
SpouseAbigail Fullerton
Birthabt 1612, England
Deathabt 1706, Providence, Providence Co, RI
Birth1 Nov 1647, Providence, Providence Co, RI [78]
Marriage1 Nov 1677, Providence, Providence Co, RI [697]
Birth6 Nov 1650, Providence, Providence Co, RI [78]
Death23 Apr 1706, Providence, Providence Co, RI [78]
Marriage16 Feb 1688, Providence, Providence Co, RI [78]
Birth24 Sep 1655, Providence, Providence Co, RI [78]
Marriage3 Sep 1678, Providence, Providence Co, RI [687]
Notes for Gregory Dexter
Early pastor at Providence.

GREGORY, Providence, preach. in the bapt. ch. 1643, had been a printer and stationer in London, there brot. out that curious book, Roger Williams's Key into the lang. of America, and his admirat. of the author induc. him to foll. or accomp. him; was town clk. 1654, and Presid. the yr. bef. d. at 90 yrs. it is said, in 1700. His ch. by w. Abigail were Stephen, b. 1 Nov. 1647; James, 6 May, perhaps 1650, but the yr. is not plain; John, 6 Nov. 1652; and Abigail, 24 Sept. 1655, wh. m. James Angel. But in the later days, a descend. of the sixth generat. from Gregory has enlarg., the fam. with Peleg, 1658. Thomas, I. 418. Knowles, 253, 270.

Rev. Gregory Dexter was born at Olney, Northampton Co., England A. D., 1610. Mr. Dexter was connected with the Baptist Ministry at London, and was the friend and transatlantic correspondent of Roger Williams. When, in 1643, Roger Williams went to England to procure the first Charter for the infant Colony, he took with him the manuscript of his Dictionary of the Indian Language, and, on the voyage arranged it for being printed; and in 1643 Mr. Dexter printed the first edition of it at London,-a reprint of which now constitutes the first volume of the publications of the Rhode Island Historical Society. ... Among the manuscript papers of President Stiles, of Yale College, as copied into Thomas' History of Printing, occurs the following: "Mr. Dexter quitted printing, left his native country and joined Williams at Providence, where he became a distinguished character in the Colony. He was one of the parties named in the second Charter, by Charles 11 in 1663, and for a number of years was one of the Assistants, under the authority granted in that charter. He was one of the Town Clerks of Providence; wrote an uncommonly good hand; possessed handsome talents, and had been well educated. From him descended the respectable family of Dexters in Rhode Island." In addition to this testimony of Dr. Stiles, it may be remarked that Mr. Dexter held various other civil offices under the institutions of the young but growing community, as may be seen by examining the archives of the Town and Colony.... Nor were his public labors confined to civil life. He was the fourth Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Providence, having been called to succeed Rev. Mr. Wickenden about 1650. While in this position, amid all his other duties, he won the name of an effective, able and successful preacher. This forefather in our Colony lived to be over ninety years of age, enjoying for a long period the blessings of health and mental soundness; and he enjoyed the satisfaction of witnessing his descendants, down to his great grandchildren, growing up around him in virtue and.respectability. He died in 1700; was buried on his house lot, but his grave cannot now be found. [648]

Footnote in Remington, Gordon L., “Thomas Clemence of Providence, Rhode Island and Four Generations of His Descendants,” NEHGR vol. 155 (Apr. 2001):131, cites research of Bradford Swan for origins, published at Swan, Bradford F. “A Note on Gregory Dexter,” Rhonde Island History, 20 (1961): 125-126.
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