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JOHNSON, John Barent, clergyman, born in Brooklyn, New York. 3 March 1769; died there, , 29 August, 1803. He was of the family of Jansen, the first settlers of Brooklyn. He was graduated at Columbia in 1792, and was a minister of the Dutch church at Albany from 1796 till 1802, and at Brooklyn in 1802. He was an accomplished scholar, an excellent pastor, and a graceful and eloquent preacher. --His eldest son, William Lupton, clergyman, born in Albany, New York, 15 September, 1800; died in Jamaica, New York, 4 August, 1870, received his earn training under the blind school master. Joseph Nelson, of New York, and was graduated at Columbia in 1819. Taking orders, he became successively rector of St. Michael's church, Trenton, New Jersey, in 1823, and in 1830 of Grace church, Jamaica, New York, where he remained until his death. He was a thorough classical scholar, and well versed in English literature. He wrote much for literary and theological periodicals, and published many sermons and addresses. A nearly complete set of the "Rector's Offering," his annual pastoral letter to his congregation, is in the library of Columbia college.-The second son, Samuel Roosevelt, clergyman, born in 1802; died in Amenia, New York, 13 August, 1873, was also prepared for college by Nelson, and graduated at Columbia in 1820, receiving the degree of D. D. from that college in 1849. He was rector of St. James's church, Hyde Park, New York, from 1824 till 1834, when he removed to St. George's church, Flushing. In 1835 he accompanied Bishop Kemper on his journey through the northwest, and in 1837 he settled at Lafayette, Indiana, where St. John's church was built through his exertions and partly at his expense. The bishopric of Indiana was offered to him, but was declined. In 1847 he became rector of St. John's church, Brooklyn. In 1850 he was chosen professor of systematic divinity in the General theological seminary in New York city. He retained this post until 1870, when he resigned, and shortly afterward retired to Amenia, where he officiated as rector of St. Thomas's church until his death. He was a man of fine natural abilities, improved by constant reading and study.
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