Homes, William. Diary

Collection History

Rev. William Homes was a Scotch-Irishman who first emigrated to New England from Ulster in 1686. He taught school in Chilmark, Mass. for three years, returning temporarily to Ireland in 1689, where he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in Strabane. In 1714 he came again to America and was invited to be the first minister of the Congregational Church in Chilmark, where he served until his death in 1746. Rev. Homes had four of his sermons published, three during his lifetime and one posthumously.

The digital materials below are provided in partnership with the Maine Historical Society, and consist of a bound volume that includes Rev. Homes's diary, begun after his return to America in 1715 and continuing until his death, covering the entirety of his tenure as minister of the Chilmark church. 


Digital Materials

Diary, 1715-1747

In largely weekly entries, Rev. Homes records his ministerial schedule, including the verses of sermons preached at Sunday services. He utilizes 'double dating' in the diary, accommodating both the Julian and Gregorian calendar years from January to March. The diary also includes photostat copies of marriages over which he presided, as well as death records. Attached to the diary is a short biography of Rev. Homes.


Special Thanks

These digital resources have been made possible in part by the Council on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.