MACK, Pastor Ebenezer - I19671

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Pastor Ebenezer MACK

Pastor, Second Congregational Church Reverend Submitted by Steve Lapp The other group are Germanic and most originated from parts of Germany or Switzerland during the Palatinate period of migration which was from the early to the late 1700's. Many of these came here to avoid religious persecution, serfdom at home, and forced conscription Most of this group entered America through Pennsylvania and other Southern parts and some of these who stayed in Pennsylvania became known as "Pennsylvania Dutch," ... Some of the very early Palatines in America came first to New York State to the region around the Hudson River, but by about the 1720's most were coming first to Pennsylvania. Most of the people supporting the Mock Family Historian are researching this latter group since many of their early ancestors were of Germanic heritage.

It is not that they are not interested in the New England Mack families, but only for experience that little seems to be known about the New England Macks. This Germanic group is a rather ubiquitous one in that one is not able to trace to any single family, but there are multiple families who mostly originated from Germany, and many of these share the surname of Mack. One of our members, Steve Lapp, researched this and found that most of the Mock, Mack, Mauck, Mauk, and other similar variant spellings, who came early to America originated from the Rhine and Necar River Valleys of Germany. ... More information on Lucy Mack, mother of Joseph Smith (Mormon Prophet).

Lucy Mack was born 8 July 1776 at Gilsum, Cheshire, New Hampshire. Her father, Solomon Mack, born 15 Sept, 1732 at Lyme, New London, Conn. his father, Rev. Ebenezer Mack, born 8 Dec, 1697 at Lyme, New London, Conn. His Father, John Mack."[1] Here also is given the family tradition by Wm. Mack of Stanstead, Canada--"I have heard my father say he never knew a Mack convicted of any crime."

Chapter II - The Ancestry of Joseph Smith, The Prophet - John Mack, who was born in 1653, in Inveresk, Scotland. He came to America about 1680, and settled in Lyme, Connecticut. 1734. The Prophet Joseph Smith descended from this man in the following line:

II. The Macks of New England - The Macks came from Scotland, to Massachusetts, and then moved to Connecticut and on New Hampshire and Vermont and then on to Upstate New York.) --Ebenezer Mack, son of the above John Mack; --Solomon Mack, son of the above Solomon Mack, and mother of the Prophet. John Mack, Jr - In the History of Five Colonial Families, of which the Mack family is

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<one, the following occurs: "It is thought that the Mack family dropped their original name, retaining the prefix only, thereby being better able to escape persecution on account of their religious belief. It is said that part of their coat-of arms was a boar's head. The Scotch families of McDougal and McTavish have as part of their coats-of-arms a boar's head erased. One branch of the family thinks that the original name was McDerman." Ebenezer Mack was born at Lyme, December 8th, 1697; and became pastor of the Second Congregational church at that place. He was a man of considerable property and lived in good style, commanding the respect and attention usually accorded those engaged in his calling, and who follow habits of strict morality. But after enjoying these advantages for a time, misfortunes overtook. Ebenezer Mack and the family once so comfortably situated, was scattered.

The Mack family history is confusing because there were two John Macks and two Ebenezer Macks from Lyme, Connecticut. The first John Mack, immigrant from Scotland, married Sarah Bagley. He and Sarah had sons John and Ebenezer. This Ebenezer is Solomon Mack's father. This Ebenezer's brother John married Love Bennet, and the pair had a son, Ebenezer Mack. Influenced by the waves of the Great Awakening flooding Lyme, Connecticut, this Ebenezer Mack became a New Light preacher and moved from Lyme, Connecticut to Marlow, N. H. to preach the new Pedo baptist doctrine. He and Solomon Mack share the grandparents John Mack, Sr. and Sarah Bagley. By the way, there are two other Ebenezer Macks in New York State, one a newspaper editor in Ithica and one a miniaturist painter. Solomon Mack's brother Elisha married into one of these Rogerene-connected families. In east Lyme, a branch of Valentine Wightman's sixth Principle Baptist church was disrupted by Rogerene beliefs in the 1730s, and such sentiments might well have lingered among the people attending Ebenezer Mack's open-communion Baptist church. In 1733 Ebenezer, grandson of John Mack Jr., married a widow, Abigail Fox Davis, the niece of Rogerenes, Samuel and Bathsheba Fox. Thus the Macks themselves had several direct connections to Rogerene "perfectionism". (Footnote 94 John R. Bolles and Anna B. Williams, The Rogerenes (Boston, 1904), 276; McLouglin, New England Dissent, I:260-I; Rogers, comp., James Rogers of New London, 41-2; John C. Cooley, Rathbone Genealogy (Syracuse, 1898), 708; Stone, Jasper Griffing, 9, 17. For Abigail Fox, see Smith, Ancestry and Posterity, 58; Diane D. Ivins and Aileen S. Freeman, The Fox Genealogy (n.p., 1982), 208-210))

In 1768, Ebenezer Mack and a large group of his Separate Baptist congregation from East Lyme moved to Marlow, New Hampshire. Caleb Blood, from the Separate Baptist church at Charlton (West Leicester), Massachusetts, became pastor here in 1777 and wrote about the spiritual destitution of the region to the Warren Association, which in 1779 sent two evangelists on a mission up the Valley. The missionaries it selected for this purpose were both Separate Baptists: Biel Ledoyt of West Woodstock, Connecticut, and Job Seamans of Attleborough, Massachusetts. They preached up both sides of the Connecticut River as far as Woodstock, Vermont, a little below Eleazar Wheelock s new school at Hanover, New Hampshire, and from their labors came several new Baptist churches.


  1. Sherman Brown's e-mail address is MOCK-GEN-L@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM rmoore@cybergatecom Paul Swan -------------------------------------- Prepared by Ross S. Whitney Ref: A Comprehensive History of The Church - Vol. One (REPEATED from FATHER's FILE and continued here pg. 17 and added pg. 18) 1. American Ancestry, vol. ii, p. 76. Five Colonial Families, vol. i, p. 343. 2. Five Colonial Families, vol. i. Appendix. See also History of the Town of Gilsum. N.H., p. 357.