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WILLIAMS, Peter, clergyman, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, about 1780 : died in New York city, 18 October, 1840. His father, Peter, a negro, was born a slave, became sexton of the 1st Methodist Episcopal church in New York, afterward engaged in trade, and was the principal founder of a church for colored Methodists. The son embraced Protestant Episcopal tenets with his pastor, the Reverend Thomas Lyell, was educated by the Reverend Richard C. Moore, became a lay reader, and in 1820 was ordained by Bishop John H. Hobart, and inducted as rector of an Episcopal church for people of his race. He published an " Oration on the Abolition of the Slave-Trade" (New York, 1808), and " His-course on the Death of Captain Patti Cuffee " (1817).
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