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OXENBRIDGE, John, clergyman, born in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, 30 January, 1609; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 28 December, 1674. He was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and was graduated at the latter university in 1631. He entered the ministry in 1633, and soon afterward went to Bermuda, where he took charge of a church. He returned to England about 1641, and in 1644 was ordained pastor of a church at Beverley, and chosen a fellow of Eton college. He afterward took charge of a church at Berwick-on-Tweed, where he was ejected from his living in 1662 for non-conformity. Then he went to Surinam, and remained there till 1667, when he removed to Barbadoes, and in 1669 came to New England. On 10 April, 1670, Mr. Oxen-bridge was ordained pastor of the first church, Boston, as colleague with the Reverend James Allen. While preaching in the church on 23 December, 1674, he had a fatal attack of apoplexy. He was a popular preacher, and published, "The Duty of Watchfulness" (1661) ;" Election Sermon" (1671); "Seasonable Seeking of God" ; and "Proposition for propagating the Gospel by Christian Colonies in Guiana."
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