Reverend Joseph Dyar

Male 1774 - 1859  (84 years)


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  • Name Joseph Dyar 
    Title Reverend 
    Born 25 Feb 1774  Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 27 Feb 1774  Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jan 1859  Phillips, Franklin Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Phillips, Franklin Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Joseph Dyar Jr. conveyed land in Charlestown in 1796. In 1806 he emigrat ed to the province of Maine and settled at Phillips where he "was a leadi ng Baptist elder of that section until he died" (Dyar Gen.,p. 15).The 1820 census of Phillips township shows Joseph's household with one ma le aged 16-18 (James), two aged 16-25 (Joseph 3rd and an unknown), and o ne aged over 45 (Joseph Jr.), and females: one aged 10-15 (Eliza), and o ne over 45(Sally). Three of these people were involved in agriculture.As mentioned above Joseph Jr. was very involved in the religious life of h is town. Until 1818, when the church went under, and some years after it w as revived Joseph (and two other ministers) did most of the preaching at t he church in Phillips -- these efforts were without any compensation fr om the church members. As the Farmington Chronicle stated in a series of s ketches of Phillips in 1869, "The devotion and sacrifices of those early m inisters who were faithfully engaged in their work challenges our admirati on. Their privations and suffering excite our commiseration, but a re to be attributed to errors taught by the ministers themselves and too f aithfully sanctioned by the membership."Despite the occasional decline of membership to a point approaching zer o, Joseph Dyar continued preaching. When Elder Samuel HUTCHINS visited Phi llips in 1827 he noted the poor attendance and was instrumental in starti ng the church again on her course. From this time, improvement in the man ner of conducting affairs became apparent. Elder Joseph Dyar was constitut ed pastor of the Phillips church and the preaching became more regula r. In 1830 the members who lived in Madrid, Maine, were organized in to a church by themselves and Elder Dyar was dismissed from his pastora te in Phillips. After this he bestowed most of his labor on the chur ch in Madrid. Ironically, after the departure of Joseph Dyar from Phillip s, the congregation there began to employ a paid preacher under contract.The 1830 census of Phillips township shows Joseph's household with one ma le aged 10-14 (?), and one aged 50-59 (Joseph Jr.), and females: one ag ed 5-9 (?), and one aged 50-59 (Sally). Their farm appears to have be en contiguous with that of their son Joseph 3rd.The Rev. Joseph Dyar Jr. died at AE 85, and was buried at the Riverside Me thodist Church, Phillips, Franklin Co., ME.This cemetery (behind the Methodist Church, the town's first which open ed in 1840), was destroyed on 4 OCT 1869 after two days of torrential rai ns washed out all the bridges over the Sandy River but one, took out fi ve dams above the town and killed one resident.
      SOURCES:
      The Dyar Family Tree (1944)Farmington Chronicle, 10 FEB-22 JUL1869 ("Sketches of History of Phillip s, Franklin, Me" by Albert Pease.)
      Franklin County, Maine, Vital Statistics IV, 8.
      DOD: Wirth, D.; Franklin County, Maine Cemetery Records, IV.
      Whitney, Wendell; History of Phillips (ME) (1933), IV
      Malden Births, Marriages & Deaths (1903), p. 23.Dyar, Harrison Gray (Jr.), Preliminary Genealogy of the Dyar Family (1903 ), p.15.
      Somerset Co. (ME) census of 1820 and 1830
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    Father Joseph Dyar,   b. 13 Aug 1747, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1783, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Nichols,   b. 11 Jan 1751, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1818, West Freeman, Franklin Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 2 May 1771  Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sally Merritt,   b. 20 Feb 1773, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1847, Phillips, Franklin Co., Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1792  Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sophia Dyar,   b. 19 Oct 1793, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James Dyar,   b. 29 Oct 1795, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sally Dyar,   b. 10 Nov 1797, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph Dyar,   b. 1 Feb 1800, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. James Dyar,   b. 2 Apr 1804, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Eliza Dyar,   b. 14 Feb 1806, Malden, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F15818  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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