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Stephen Gano
Early Amercian Baptist Minister
Pioneer Biography, 1869
By James McBride

     GANO, Stephen, clergyman, was born in New York city, Dec. 25, 1762, third son of Rev. John and Sarah (Stiles) Gano. It was his father's intention to have him placed under the care of his uncle, Dr. Manning, in Rhode Island College; but the revolutionary war prevented, and having studied medicine with his uncle, Dr. Stiles, he spent two years in the American army as a surgeon. While practicing at Orangetown, N. Y., his mind was turned to the Christian ministry, and, Aug. 2, 1786, he was ordained. He acted as a missionary in several of the settlements on the Hudson, and was pastor, successively, at Hillsdale and Hudson, N. Y. In 1792 he received a call to the First Baptist Church in Providence, and continued to minister to that church during the remainder of his life. His ministry was a very prosperous one, for he was an instructive and eloquent preacher as well as a devoted pastor. Dr. Gano was married four times: first, Oct. 25,1782, to Cornelia, daughter of Capt. Jonah Vavasour, an officer in the English navy, then a resident of New York. His second wife was Mary, daughter of Col. Tallmadge, and sister of Col. James Tallmadge, of New York. His third wife was Mary, daughter of Prof. Joseph Brown, the second of the "Four Brothers" Brown. His fourth wife was Mrs. Joanna Latting, of Hillsdale, N. Y., who survived him many years. Brown University, of which institution he was a trustee thirty four years, conferred on him, in 1800, the honorary decree of M.A. He died in Providence, R. I., Aug.18, 1828.

[From James McBride, Pioneer Biography: Sketches of Some of the Early Settlers of Butler County, Ohio, 1869, pp. 98-99. Document from Google Books. Scanned by Jim Duvall.]

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