Rev. Thomas Dungan was the youngest child of William Dungan And Frances Lathom. His father died, and his mother came to america with her second husband Jeremy Clarke and four young children by her first marriage.
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Rev. Thomas Dungan, soldier, legislator, pioneer, became the first Baptist minister in the Province of Pennsylvania, having been born probably in London about 1634, and came to New England with his mother about 1637.
As early as 1655 he was living at Newport, R. I., where he was Sergeant of the Newport Militia in 1676. He acquired 240 acres at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, about the year 1670. In 1678 and again in 1681 he was elected to the Rhode Island Assembly. His half brother Walter Clarke was then Deputy Governor of Rhode Island.
In 1682 he sold his estate of 100 acres in East Greenwich, R. I., and his Newport homestead of 50 acres and, having completed his education for the ministry, he shortly thereafter removed to Pennsylvania and settled at Cold Spring, Bucks County, where he founded a Baptist Church in 1684, the first of its denomination in Pennsylvania, and continued as its pastor until his death in 1687.
He married at Newport about 1663 Elizabeth, daughter of Sgt. Clement Weaver, She was born in 1647 and died at Cold Spring in 1697. His Will, probated 29 February 1688, is one of the earliest on record in Bucks County.
Rev. Thomas Dungan and Elizabeth Weaver are buried in the graveyard of the Cold Spring Church. They were the parents of five sons and four daughters, all born in Rhode Island:
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