I. Abraham, an American bishop, born in Norwalk, Conn., May 5, 1739, died May 3, 1813. He graduated at Yale college in 1761, was ordained deacon in London in February, 1764, and priest a few weeks later. Returning home, he was settled as rector of Christ's church, Middletown, Conn. On the death of Bishop Seabury he was unanimously elected his successor, and in October, 1797, was consecrated at New Haven. II. Samuel Farmar, an American clergyman, son of the preceding, born in Middletown, Conn., Jan. 20, 1786, died March 26, 1851. He graduated at Yale college in 1805, was admitted to deacon's orders in the Protestant Episcopal church in March, 1810, was ordained priest in April, 1811, took charge of St. Michael's church, Bloom-ingdale, N. Y., and in 1813 became rector of St. James's church, which was near by, holding the associate rectorship of those parishes until May, 1819. He was also professor of Biblical criticism in the general theological seminary of the Episcopal church. In 1820 he became rector of St. Paul's church, Boston. In 1826 he resigned his parish, and went to Europe. Returning to the United States in 1835, he was for two years the professor of oriental literature in Washington (now Trinity) college, Hartford, and in 1837 became rector of Christ's church, Middletown. In 1838 he was appointed by the general convention historiographer of the church.
He published a "Discourse on the Religion of the Indian Tribes of North America" (8vo, New York, 1820); "Chronological Introduction to the History of the Church" (New York and London, 1844); " Reply to Dr. Milner's End of Controversy" (12mo, New York, 1847); and "The Church of the Redeemed, or the History of the Mediatorial Kingdom" (vol. i., Boston, 1850).