Category Archives: Chaplains

Thomas Erskine Birch, Chaplain

Thomas Erskine Birch. The Rev. Thomas E. Birch is one of five Continental Navy Chaplains listed in Mess Night Traditions by Charles J. Gibowicz (2007). Most genealogical sources note Birch’s birth as 22 August 1763 at either St. Kitts or … Continue reading

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Samuel Cooper, Captain’s Clerk, Purser

Samuel Cooper. Samuel Cooper was the third son and fifth surviving child of William Cooper, Esq. (1721-1809) and Katharine Wendell (1726-1796) who were married on 25 April 1745. Although seventeen children were born to the couple, only seven lived to … Continue reading

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William Cooper, Jr., Captain’s Clerk, Chaplain, 2nd Lieutentant of Marines

William Cooper, Jr. Born in February 1750, William Cooper, Jr. was the oldest surviving son of William Cooper, Esq. (1721-1809) and Katharine Wendell (1726-1796) who were married on 25 April 1745. The senior Cooper, a merchant and Boston Town Clerk … Continue reading

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William Sturgess, Chaplain

William Sturgess. A statement of distribution of prize money in the amount of $948.17 prepared by the Secretary of the Treasury on 3 January 1862 in response to a 29 July 1861 resolution of the United States Senate in relation … Continue reading

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Rev. Edward Brooks, Chaplain

Edward Brooks. The Rev. Edward Brooks is one of five Continental Navy Chaplains listed in Mess Night Traditions by Charles J. Gibowicz (2007). Son of Samuel Brooks (1700-1768) and Mary Boutwell (1698-1772), Edward was born on the ancestral homestead at … Continue reading

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