Rev. QUINBY Joshua[1]

Male 1766 - 1844  (~ 77 years)

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  • Name QUINBY Joshua 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born Nov 1766  Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID B5F00D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000195A 
    Died 31 Mar 1844  [2
    • He "experienced religion" at the age of twenty, and joined the Calvin Baptist Church at Weare, N. H., and was there married by Amos Wood, J. P., to Mehitable Kinson (or Keniston) of Weare. The United States census of 1790 gives Joshua as head of a family at Kearsarge Gore, Hillsborough County, N. H., consisting of himself and one boy under 16, and three females, one of whom was probably his wife. Hosea Quinby's MS. states that he moved to Landaff about 1793, thence to Lisbon. The Freewill Baptist Annual Register for 1845 contained a biographical sketch of him, of which the following is an abstract:

      "In 1796, he removed to Lisbon, where there was a small Calvin Baptist Church. The country was then quite new and the people poor in this world's goods, and their religious privileges very small; in the midst of their sighing, brother Quinby went to their assistance. In the year 1800, he was set apart to the work of the ministry by a council of Calvin Baptist ministers. He had never been fully satisfied with the doctrine he preached and in the year 1811, he and eleven others came out from the Calvin Baptist Church, and were organized into a church by themselves, taking the word of God as the man of their counsel. From this small beginning, the Lisbon Quarterly meeting has arisen, numbering now about 1200 members. Brother Quinby was a man of good judgment, and a Christian of sincerity and honesty. He was one of the most faithful and capable men of his day in church labors and difficulties. He travelled extensively to sit on committees and councils. He closed his life with a good hope in the Savior, 31 Mar., 1844. His loss is severely felt and greatly lamented."

      "In 1796 Rev. Joshua settled on lot 6 in the third range at Lisbon. He began to preach in 1792. He was ordained at Lisbon in 1800. He was at first a Baptist, and in 1811 he became a Free Baptist and was for more than thirty years pastor of that church on Sugar Hill and his pure Christian character and exemplary life carried an influence that can hardly be estimated. During his long ministry he doubtless officiated at more funerals and united more people in marriage than any other clergyman in town or who ever lived in town." (History of Lisbon, MS., by Guy S. Rix.)

      The United States census of 1810 sets forth the family of Joshua and his wife at Concord, N. H., which was the centre of the region which contained Sanbornton. At that time were living with them a couple who very likely were one of his married daughters and her husband, who was over 26, she being under that age.

      "The two new quarterly meetings were organized 19 Aug. 1812; the ten churches of Northern New Hampshire met at Wolfboro', where the Sandwich Quarterly Meeting was organized. Sermons were preached by Joshua Quinby and Mark Fernald." (History of the Freewill Baptists, I. 295.)

      "In 1823 Brother Quinby visited Indian Settlement at the head of the Connecticut river, and such success attended his labors that new churches were organized in Canaan, Vt., and across the river in Stewartstown, N. H. He travelled considerably to sit on committees and councils. The young ministers found in him a friend. He was a man of superior judgment. He was a member of the second General Conference. He died, after an illness of three or four years, March 31, 1844. A large family and his aged wife survived him." (Free Baptist Cyclopedia, 553.)

      "At the same meeting (Wheelock, Vt., Quarterly Meeting, 1823), Joshua Quinby from Lisbon, N. H., stated that he had recently visited the Indian Stream settlement, on the head waters of the Connecticut river, and such was the encouragement that he had appointed a general meeting on the second Saturday and Sunday in March. His appeal for help was effectual and six or eight volunteered to go. The meeting was successful, a revival followed, and churches were organized in Canaan, the northeast town in Vermont, and across the river in Stewartstown, the extreme northern settlement in New Hampshire." (History of the Freewill Baptists, I. 382.)

      "The second General Conference of the Freewill Baptists, consisting of delegates from the yearly meetings, was held at Sandwich, N. H., 9 Oct. 1828. Among those present were Joshua Quinby of N. H., Daniel Quinby of Vermont." (History of the Freewill Baptists, I. 443. Note: This was 101Rev. Daniel6.)

      In the year 1843, at Lisbon, N. H., under Elder Joshua's pastorate, one hundred and twenty two persons were added to the church by baptism and forty nine by letter; seven were dismissed from the Lisbon church to churches elsewhere; one was "excluded"; one died; and the total number of communicants was three hundred and forty. (Freewill Baptist Register, 1843.)

      Rev. Joshua was pastor of the church at Sugar Hill for many years, says Maj. John Aldrich. His meeting house, built in 1832, was the largest in northern New Hampshire and numbered over 400 members, the largest in the Freewill Baptist denomination. The majority of the church going people of Lisbon and western Franconia were members of his congregation.

      Judson M8. Quinby wrote me 30 Oct. 1908, from Littleton, N. H.:

      "I had a brother who in 1880 and 1881 became interested in the genealogy of the Quinby family. This brother met my grandmother, whose memory was remarkable for a woman then eighty years old, and pen in hand took the names of Elder Joshua Quinby's large family, their companions, and children and grandchildren. This woman was 262Ira7 Quinby's wife, born in 1800; the brother of mine died two or three years after this interview and his papers fell into my hands. I prize them much. I should want good pay to copy so many pages."

      He duly received his "good pay," and I received the pages. They contain the names of Elder Joshua's descendants to about 1850 in both male and female lines with few exceptions. No dates or localities whatever are given, but many relationships herein mentioned have been confirmed thereby.
    Person ID I38958  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2013 

    Father QUINBY Samuel,   b. 5 Jul 1718, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother STEVENS Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 20 Apr 1749  [3
    Family ID F15344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KINSON Mehitable,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1790  [1
    • (Based on birth of daughter, Dorothy.)
     1. QUINBY Dorothy,   b. 26 Mar 1790, Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869  (Age 78 years)
     2. QUINBY Mary,   b. 3 Oct 1791, Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821  (Age 29 years)
     3. QUINBY Sarah,   b. 11 Apr 1793,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. QUINBY Mehitable,   b. 28 Oct 1795, Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1816  (Age < 20 years)
     5. QUINBY Susannah,   b. 26 Aug 1797, Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1846  (Age 49 years)
     6. QUINBY Ira,   b. 5 Apr 1799,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F15340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1258] Book-The Quinby-Quimby Family, R929.2 qQ61 v2., p.129.

    2. [S1258] Book-The Quinby-Quimby Family, R929.2 qQ61 v2., p.131.

    3. [S1258] Book-The Quinby-Quimby Family, R929.2 qQ61 v2., p.112.