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Prominent Parishioners


Samuel Skelton The Church's first pastor (1629-1634).
Francis Higginson The author of the Church's Covenant and its first teacher (1629-1630)
Roger Williams Founder of the First Baptist Church in America; third minister of this church in 1635.
Hugh Peter The Church's fourth minister (1636-1641) return to England and became chaplain to Oliver Cromwell and was hanged, drawn and quartered for complicity in the death of King Charles I.
Rebecca Nurse & Giles Cory Two of the victims of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, were members of this Church.

Other notables include:

Nathaniel Hawthorne And the Hawthorne family
Jones Very Transcendentalist
Lincoln F. Bingham Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts
Arthur Foote Composer
Edward Sylvester Morse Biologist and authority on Japanese culture
Nathaniel Peabody Father of the Peabody sisters: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, Mary Peabody Mann, and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody.
Leverett Saltonstall First mayor of Salem
Charles Dexter Cleveland American Consul at Cardiff
Henry K. Oliver Organist and composer
Elizabeth Peabody Author, editor, publisher, educator, founder of American kindergartens,
Transcendentalist
Mary Peabody Mann Educator, author, wife of Horace Mann
Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne Artist, author, educator, wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Burley Literary patron (including Nathaniel Hawthorne's),
salon/"Conversations" hostess, Transcendentalist