The First Parish in Dorchester, Dorchester, MA
Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1911. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, with a few pieces of Domestic Plate, no. 829, p. 99
Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, loan, 1938-2011
Boston (Mass.), City Council, Documents of the City of Boston, 1881, Volume 1, Issues 1-18, p. 40.
Wiliam Blake Trask, Early Matters relating to the town and First church of Dorchester, Mass., 1886, p.11.
E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, 1913, p. 146.
Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1988, p.773
Ebenezer Mosley, Jr. was born in Dorchester, MA on 19 May 1695, the first son of Ebenezer Mosley (1673-1740) and his wife Elizabeth Trescott (1668-1705). Mosley married Elizabeth Atherton (1702-1783) in Dorchester on 29 May 1718. Together they had eight children. Mosley died on 23 March 1773. His will dated 28 July 1769 records a legacy of five pounds to his church with which the present lot was purchased. Ebenezer Sr.'s wil dated 8 March 1739-40 (proved 27 September 1740) also bequeathed twenty pounds to his church with which a silver beaker was bought. Both father and son are thought to have been weavers.
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