He was a Farmer and a Minister. He was ordained a deacon of Rockland Co ., NY 20 Feb 1817. "Educated at Montgomery Academy, with the intenti on of entering college to study for the ministry, he, after marriage, ga ve up that idea and began life as a farmer, remaining with his father f or four or five years, and then removing to the wilds of Sullivan Co., N Y, following a line of "blazed" trees to the site of the present county to wn, Monticello, in which he helped to raise the first house, and near whi ch he settled and made a farm. He had previously made a religious profess ion, and as there were no religious services, he made appointments for th em in the village, at which he read sermons and exhorted. These servic es were well attended and resulted in a religious revival and the organiza tion of the Presbyterian church in that place. His usefulness and talen ts being so marked, he was advised by his former pastor, Rev. Andrew Kin g, by Dr. Fiske, of Goshen, and by his former classmate and lifelong frien d, Rev. John Johnson, D.D., of Newbury, NY , and others to review his clas sical studies and prepare for the ministry. This he did, and was licens ed to preach. He was installed pastor of the churches of Hempstead (Ramap o), and Haverstraw, in Rockland Co., NY, February 20, 1817, and held th at charge until an attack of paralysis compelled him, as advised by his ph ysician, to return from active service in 1840. He had been an active, suc cessful pastor, and his people parted with him with much regret. He was u ncommonly social, hopeful, cheerful and agreeable, with great powers for a ttracting to young and gaining the confidence of all. He was the auth or of one or two works, one being on the baptismal controversy. He w as a ready debater and strong controversialist, traits that seem to run t he Groton branch or the family."