Rev. Thomas Dungan

Rev. Thomas Dungan (1634/35 1688) Thomas Dungan was born in London, England, the son of William and Frances (Latham) Dungan.  In 1637 or 1638 his mother and stepfather, Jeremiah Clarke, moved their family to Rhode Island to escape persecutions under King Charles II.  As early as 1655 he was living at Newport, Rhode Island, where he was sergeant of the Newport Militia in 1676.  In 1678 and again in 1681 he was elected to the Rhode Island Assembly.[1]  In 1677 Thomas Dungan, along with forty-seven others, took a grant of 5,000 acres to be called Eash Greenwich.  Thomas married Elizabeth Weaver, the daughter of Clement and Mary (Freeborn) Weaver, in 1663.  Thomas and Mary had nine children.

            Thomas was educated for the ministry under Rev. Roger Williams and Rev. William Vaughn.  In 1682 he sold his property in Rhode Island and moved to Pennsylvania.  Rev. Dungan was the first Baptist pastor in the Colony of Pennsylvania.  He settled in Cold Spring, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and founded the first Baptist church in Pennsylvania 1684.[2]  Rev. Thomas Dungan died in 1687.

[1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Wilfred Jordan, 1942, Lewis Historical Publishing

[2] History of the Baptists in Pennsylvania, Morgan Edwards, 1770

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Father*                       William Dungan (b. circa 1606, d. Sep 1636)

Mother*                      Frances Latham (b. 1609, d. Sep 1677)

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Birth*            13 Feb 1634/35                London; First Baptist minister in Pennsylvania.

Marriage*          __ ___ 1663                Elizabeth Weaver (b. circa 1646, d. 1697); Newport, RI.

Daughter:                                            Mary Dungan

Son:             cir __ ___ 1664                William Dungan (b. circa 1664, d. 1713); RI.

Daughter:          __ ___ 1665                Elizabeth Dungan (b. 1665,          ); RI.

Son:                 __ ___ 1667                John Dungan (b. 1667,          )

Son:            cir __ ___ 1668                Clemet Dungan (b. circa 1668, d. 1732)

Daughter:         __ ___ 1670                Rebecca Dungan (b. 1670,          ); RI.

Son:                __ ___ 1671                Thomas Dungan (b. 1671, d. 23 Jun 1759)

Son:           cir __ ___ 1673                Jeremiah Dungan (b. circa 1673,          )

Daughter:        __ ___ 1678                Sarah Dungan (b. 1678,          ); RI.

Death*            __ ___ 1687                Cold Spring, Bristol Twp., Bucks County, PA.

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