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KEITH, James, clergyman, born in Seotland in 1643; died in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 2a July, 1719. He was educated at Aberdeen. Scotland, came to Boston, Massachusetts, about 1662, and became the first ordained minister of the church at Bridgewater on 18 February, 1664. Mather, in the " Magnolia," places him in the third class, "who were all such ministers as came over after the re-establishment of the Episcopal church government in England, mid the consequent persecution of the non-conformists." His pastorate continued until his death, a, period of over a, half-century. In 1717, at the dedication of the new meeting-house in South Bridgewater, he delivered the dedicatory sermon, which was published in the " Bridgewater Monitor," and in which he spoke on the subject of intemperance, he owned a one fifty-sixth proprietary interest in all the hinds at Bridgewater. Mr. Keith had much to do with saving the life of the wife and son of the Indian chief King Philip in 1676. His letter on King Philip's family is printed in the " History of Bridgewater," by Nahmn Mitchell (1840).
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