Thursday, February 11, 2016

Universalist Church

We're going to take a quick look at the Universalist Church in today's post. In checking which families were Congregationalists and which were Anglicans/Episcopalians, I noticed that one ancestor attended the Universalist Church in Massachusetts.

From Wikipedia: The defining theology of Universalism is universal salvation; Universalists believe that the God of love would not create a person knowing that that person would be destined for eternal damnation. They concluded that all people must be destined for salvation.

Peter Jennison donated money for the building of a Universalist meeting house in Sutton, MA in 1770. He attended services and was a pew holder.

It is not known if any of his predecessors were Universalists. The family moved to Chenango Co., NY by 1812, where daughter Dolly married John W. Simmons. The Simmons family attended the Anglican Church. Presumably, Dolly followed that faith.

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