Rev. William Short, D. D.
(Born March 10, 1845 CT - Died October 26, 1905 MO)
Original Member and Chaplain of the Society of Colonial Wars, State of Missouri

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Rev. William Short was born March 10, 1845, at Ridgefield, Connecticut. His parents were the Rev. David Hawkins Short, D. D., and Mary Eliza Purdy. Descended from Clement Short, who settled at Berwick, Massachusetts, before 1666. Mr. Short was:

    1) Seventh in descent from Deputy Governor Roger Ludlow (1590-1665), of Massachusetts Assistant, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630. Deputy-Governor, 1634. Served with Mason as Adviser in Pequot War. Deputy-Governer, Connecticut Colony, 1639. Commander-in-Chief of Connecticut Forces in anticipated conflict with the Manhattoes and Dutch.

    2) Eighth in descent from Sergeant Edward Riggs (1619-1669), of Roxbury, Massachusetts who served in the Pequot War, 1637.

    3) Sixth in descent from Captain Ebenezer Johnson Captain of Stratford Connecticut Companv (1690) of sixty English and forty Indians for the defense of Albany, and was paid by Governor Fletcher "for conducting the soldiers thither."

    4) Eighth in descent from Lieutenant William French (1664-1681), of Billerica, Massachusetts Deputy to the General Court, 1663, and lieutenant in King Philip's War.

Mr. Short received his early education and preparation for college from his father, and graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1869. Was ordained in 1872 at Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Connecticut, where he received his theological education. For twelve years he had charge of Holy Trinity Chapel, Brooklyn, New York, under the late Dr. Charles H. Hall. In 1884, failing health obliged him to make a change of climate, and he went to Jackson, Mississippi, where he was rector of St. Andrew's Church. After five years of service he accepted the rectorship of St. Peter's Church, St. Louis, Missouri. Under his pastorate the church grew from a comparatively small congregation to first place among the Episcopal churches of the city. Apart from his duties in the church, he was interested in social and economic movements for public betterment.

In February, 1878, Mr. Short married Mary W. Hondlow, who survives him with four sons and one daughter. Mr. Short was elected a member of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri, State Society No.74, General Society No.2323. He was elected Chaplain of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri on November 20, 1902 serving a term of two years

1) Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO 1900-1903, p.79
2) Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO 1904-1906, In Memoriam p.125

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