Baptisms at the Isles of Shoals

I recently received a research request to find out about baptisms at the Isles of Shoals.  The Star Gathering II Conference may be interested in doing a baptism while on Star this summer.  I compiled some information for them, and thought I should share it with all of you.

There is a video of a baptism in the chapel on Star Island, uploaded to YouTube August 18, 2009, presumably filmed August 9, 2009 by looking at the file name.  From the Star Gathering website comes the following testimonial:

My husband and I met in a 1993 Youth Conference. We were married in the chapel on Star Island in 2002 and had our son baptized there in 2009. As members of Star Gathering over the past 3 decades, we’ve made lifelong friends on island and look forward to continuing our annual spiritual vacation.     – Caroline Nigen

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New Rye Church’s visit to Star Island

My last post was about some very friendly and enthusiastic visitors to our library, museum and archives on Star Island.  I’ve gotten permission to let you know more about them.  The congregation is The New Rye Church – “The Little Church on the Hill”.  They posted some lovely photos of their visit already!

New Rye Church’s recent visit to Star Island – Taken from

R. Dennis Corrigan was also kind enough to send me more information about their congregation.  They were coming to learn more about Rev. John Tucke as Rev. John Tucke Jr. founded their congregation which is New Rye Union Congregational Church United Church of Christ located at 289 New Rye Road in Epsom, NH. Continue reading

Rev. John Tucke – general history and his son’s career

Yesterday I had some museum visitors who were interested in Rev. John Tucke, who is buried on Star Island under the huge obelisk built for him in 1914 to replace his earlier, smaller gravestone.  He was a minister, judge, educator and physician on Star Island for 42 years-  from 1731 until his death in 1773. He was well-respected by the villagers. The Shoalers paid him in dried cod, Isles of Shoals ‘dunfish’ which made him one of the best paid ministers in New England.  The visitors are members of a church in Epsom, NH that was founded by his son and wanted to learn more about Rev. Tucke.

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