Deacon George Newton7 Cressey
Born June 2, 1827 in Jamaica, Vermont
Married 1860 Mary Bailey daughter of John Bailey, a lawyer,
graduate of Dartmouth College, and granddaughter of Washington's
General Jacob Bailey of Vermont.
Mr. Cressey's ambition was to enter the ministry. After school
days were over, for 40 years he labored unremittingly as a
Colporteur and Home Missionary. In 1849, when he received his
first Commission from the American Tract Society of New York, he
was 22. After serving 5 years in Vermont, Massachusetts and
Canada, he went to Baltimore, Maryland, where he spent 35 years.
He has helped in founding several churches in Baltimore and the
Female City Mission, which is very largely a monument of the
joint efforts of himself and his devoted wife, as is also the
Home for Fallen and Friendless Women. They did hospital work
in the time of the Civil War. "No person in Baltimore, we
believe, has exerted so widespread religious influence among the
masses as this good man. His name is a loving household word
among the poor, and many tears were shed in these poor homes
when he left our city." He was an honored and beloved member and
Deacon of the Congregational Church of Baltimore.
No children. His wife died in 1868. He returned to his home