Puffer Genealogy

Rev. Reuben PUFFER, D. D.

Rev. Reuben PUFFER, D. D.[1, 2]

Male 1756 - 1829  (73 years)

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  • Name Reuben PUFFER 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Suffix D. D. 
    Born 5 Jan 1756  Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
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    Died 9 Apr 1829  Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRID=Old Burying Ground
    Person ID I22234  Puffers
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2019 

    Father Capt. Jabez PUFFER,   b. Abt 1704, Braintree, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1789, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Mother Hannah TREADWAY,   b. 19 Mar 1714,   d. 28 Jul 1777, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1738  Framingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F8606  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah PERRY,   b. 21 Sep 1760, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1812, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1779  Stow, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Children 
     1. Sophia PUFFER,   b. 1 Jul 1780, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1878, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
     2. Lucy PUFFER,   b. 7 May 1782, Berliny, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1849  (Age 67 years)
     3. Stephen Perry PUFFER, Sr.,   b. 17 Feb 1784, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1859, North Amherst, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Hannah PUFFER,   b. 31 Oct 1785, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1870, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Charlotte PUFFER,   b. 16 Sep 1787, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1869, Southborough, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     6. Deacon Henry PUFFER,   b. 15 Feb 1790, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1851, Downers Grove, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     7. Reuben PUFFER,   b. 3 Aug 1792, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1792, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Palmyra PUFFER,   b. 21 Sep 1793, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1879, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     9. Charles PUFFER,   b. 25 Dec 1795, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1875, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     10. Oliver PUFFER,   b. 8 Sep 1797, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1799, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     11. Oliver PUFFER,   b. 5 Jun 1799, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1880, Amherst, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     12. Sarah PUFFER,   b. 27 May 1801, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1882  (Age 80 years)
     13. Mary PUFFER,   b. 18 May 1803, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Putnam, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 
    Family ID F9282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Phebe MORSE,   b. 5 Dec 1771, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1856, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1814  [9
    Children 
     1. Phebe Morse PUFFER,   b. 14 Jan 1815, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1833, Berlin, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 
    Family ID F9281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Graduated from Harvard College in 1778. In 1810 he received from Harvard the honorary degree of D.D. He was ordained in Berlin, November 26, 1781, the first minister, and continued pastor of the Congregational church there to the end of this life. He was a very useful and able minister. He delivered the Dudleian lecture at Harvard College, May 11, 1808, and preached a sermon at the annual convention of Congregational ministers at Boston May 30, 1811. Both of these sermons were published in pamphlets.

      Rev. Dr. Puffer spoke at the inauguration of John Adams  to Massachusetts State Senate.


      The late Rev. Dr. Allen of Northboro in an article in the Boston Advertiser gives the following incident among his Cambridge reminiscences of 1810.

      "Quite a sensation was occasioned in June of this year by the delivery of the Dudleian lecture by a country minister, with whom many years afterwards I had pleasant intercourse as a neighbor and friend, Rev. Reuben Puffer, afterwards D.D., of Berlin. He had previously delivered the election sermon in Boston which first introduced him to notice, and probably led to his appointment as lecturer. We were given to understand that he was a poor country minister, with small salary and a large family, and our expectations on entering the Chapel and seeing an ordinary-looking man in the pulpit were not raised to a high pitch. But we were disappointed and we listened to the discourse with intense interest from first to last.

      His text was "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith to him, come and see." And so we found that a very sensible, rational, eloquent discourse could come from the minister of the obscure little town of Berlin. The result was that a meeting of the Students was called, a Committee chosen to request a copy for the press, and the profits of the pamphlet, amounting to about one hundred dollars, was given to the poor country minister."

      Rev. Dr. Puffer left a large estate for his day. He made special bequests of Scott's Family Bible, Brown's Dictionary of the Bible, Burder's Village Sermons; Cowper's Poems; Newton's Letters; Memoirs of Mrs. Ramsay and some of his manuscripts. He had a large library. He gave his watch to his son Oliver and his clock to his son Henry; a gold necklace of his deceased daughter Sarah to his granddaughter Sarah Puffer Fay. Edward Baker was executor. His will was dated Sept. 3, 1828.

      The widow Phebe Puffer remembered each of her husband's children in her will, which was dated March, 1851, and allowed February 5, 1856. She gave to Phebe Goodnow, granddaughter of her husband, her gold necklace. She gave Scott's Family Bible to Oliver Puffer; Barley's English Dictionary to Thomas Stone's wife; $30 each to her own sons, Truman, Freeman and William Stowe. Among other legacies to her granddaughters, Eugenia Stowe Gilbert and Phebe Morse Stowe, daughter of Truman Stowe, was "a large chest with one drawer" that "came from her ancestors," also wearing apparel, household goods, desk, papers, etc.

      He married, first, Feb 9, 1779 or 1780 at Stow, Hannah Perry, who was born Sept 21, 1760, died Jan. 5, 1812.

      He married, second, in 1814, Phebe (Morse) Stowe of Marlborough, daughter of William and Phebe Morse. By her first husband Truman Stowe, she had children William, Truman, Freeman and Eugenia Stowe. Eugenia Stowe married September 28, 1828, Rev. Lyman Gilbert of West Newton. Phebe died Jan. 12, 156, aged 84 y. 28 d.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 36, 52-54.

    2. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 36, 52.

    3. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 36.

    4. [S552] Hale Cemetery Inscriptions, 1675-1934.

    5. [S441] Vital Records of Stow Massachusetts To the Year 1850, page 253.

    6. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 33.

    7. [S441] Vital Records of Stow Massachusetts To the Year 1850, page186.

    8. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 53.

    9. [S2] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 54.