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HENDERSON, Jacob, clergyman, born in Ireland about 1681; died in Queen Anne parish, Maryland, 27 August, 1751. Having been admitted to holy orders by the Bishop of London in 1710, he was appointed to a mission at Dover, Kent County, Delaware, came to the United States, and was involved in an ecclesiastical dispute with Governor Robert Hunter, of Delaware. He returned to England in 1711, and in 1712 was appointed to the first Episcopal mission on the western shore of Maryland, in Queen Anne parish, Prince George County, and marrying the widow of a wealthy jurist and planter, Gabriel Dural, built a chapel near their residence. In 1716 he was appointed by the Bishop of London commissary of the Church of England on the western shore of Maryland. In 1717 he became rector of the parish of St. Anne, and in 1729 was commissary of the entire colony. He visited England in 1737, was elected the first colonial member of the Society for the propagation of the gospel, and obtained liberal donations in its interests. He bequeathed all his property to this society.
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