Windham Association

Variant name:

Reverend Association

Address:

Connecticut

Description:

The Windham Association was a group of Congregationalist ministers in eastern Connecticut who examined and ordained ministers in the area beginning in the early part of the 18th century. Documents confirm that in July of 1757, Wheelock convened a meeting of the Association at his house in Lebanon to examine Occom in preparation for his ordination, which did not happen until two years later, under the aegis of the Long Island Presbytery. In July 1757, the Association consisted of ministers who were all associates of Wheelock: Solomon Williams of Lebanon, Benjamin Pomeroy of Hebron, Nathan Strong of New Coventry, Stephen White of Windham, and Samuel Moseley of Hampton. We have little information about the Association's activities besides the fact that Wheelock convened it to advance his "great design," and saw the value of a public association that could lend credibility to his School, which was a private organization without a charter. Thus, in the summer of 1764, he petitioned for and organized a Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, composed mainly of the members of the Windham Association.

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http://archive.org/stream/biographicalsket03dextrich/biographicalsket03dextrich_djvu.txt. Love, Deloss. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Pilgrim Press, 1899. Print. McCallum, James. The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians. Dartmouth College Press, 1932. Print