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PARKE, Joseph, clergyman, born in Newton, Massachusetts, 12 March, 1705; died in Westerly, Rhode Island, 1 March, 1777. He was graduated at Harvard in 1724, studied theology, and was ordained in 1732. From 1733 till 1740 he labored as a missionary among the Indians and English settlers of Rhode Island, residing at Westerly, where he organized a church, in connection with which he established a Sunday-school in 1752, nearly thirty years before the experiment was made in England. He was pastor at Southold, Rhode Island, from 1752 till 1756, but afterward returned to Westerly.
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