Rev. Ebenezer Phillips

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5th Minister of the East Hampton Church 1811-1830

Re. Ebenezer was ordained as the fifth pastor of the East Hampton Church on May 5, 1811. He would have preached from the 1717 Church on Main Street, East Hampton. Representing the Presbytery of Long Island, Rev. Phillips attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, in Philadelphia, Pa on May 1815. Rev. Phillips sent regular contributions from the East Hampton Female Society in Aid of Foreign Mission to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). Created in 1810, the ABCFM was among the first American Christian missionary organizations. In the 19th century it was the largest and most important of American missionary organizations and consisted of participants from Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and German Reformed churches. At this time, there was no separation of church and state. The town ran the church, hired the Pastors, and paid for the churches upkeep. A town board meeting was held in 1830 to consider the resignation of Rev. Phillips. Failing health caused his resignation on March 16, 1830.

Rev. Phillips was the son of Phileatus Phillips ( 1785-1834) of Greenville, New York and Esther Benedict (1765-1850). Rev. Phillips was not the first minister in the family, descending from more 3 generations of Harvard educated ministers (Rev. George Phillips 1593- ), Rev. Samuel Phillips (1625- ), Rev. George Phillips (1644- ) . His great-grandfather Rev. George Phillips (1644- ) was the second minister of the church at Setauket, Suffolk County,NY. Rev. Phillips great-great uncle, Dr. John Phillips was the founder of Phillips Academy (1778) in Andover, MA. Rev. Phillips married Mary (1789-1837). Their only child Esther Ann Phillips most likely was born in East Hampton in 1815 and would have been 15 when her family left East Hampton. She died at the age of 17, two years before her father on May 18, 1832, in Carmel, NY.

1717 Church where Rev. Ebenezer preached from 1811-1830.

After leaving East Hampton, he moved to Carmel in Putnam, NY where he died four years later at the age of 48 on February 15, 1834. He is buried in Gilead Cemetery, in Carmel, NY. Gilead Cemetery is in the New York State and National Register of Historic Places.





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