Reverend Mead

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South Salem Presbyterian Church

Solomon Mead (1725-1812) was the founder of the South Salem Presbyterian Church in South Salem, New York.  He served as pastor for 48 years.  Born in Greenwich, CT, he  is my fifth great grandfather. Mead graduated from Yale College in 1748.    Mead was trained as a Congregational minister and first preached in Redding, CT, but soon was offered a position as the first pastor of the new church in South Salem.  The church was originally Congregational and later changed to Presbyterian.  The Westchester County Historical Society has a collection of Mead’s papers. In 1950, the New York Times printed an article about finding a box in the wall of the church that contained one of Mead’s sermons and other items.

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