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DAVIES, Thomas, clergyman, born in Kinton, Herefordshire, England, 21 December 1736; died in New Milford, Connecticut, 12 May 1766. His grandfather, John Davies, emigrated from England about 1740, and settled at Davies Hollow, then a part of Litchfield, Connecticut, but now a part of the town of Washington. He was the first Episcopalian in the town, and by his efforts the present parish of St. Michael's was organized in 1745. He gave it a tract of land, and contributed largely to the erection of a Church. There is a tablet to his memory in the present St. Michael's Church, Litchfield. Thomas was graduated at Yale in 1758, and ordained by the archbishop of Canterbury on 23 August 1761. He then returned to this country with a commission from the Society for propagating the gospel, as missionary to New Milford, Roxbury, Sharon, New Preston, New Fairfield, and Litchfield. Here he labored zealously, holding occasional services also in other towns. Though he met with many obstacles from the intolerance of the times, he overcame them by his prudent and conciliatory spirit, and to him the growth of the Episcopal Church in that part of the state was largely due. The Church at New Milford and several others were built under his care.
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