SUSAN HUNTINGTON (1791 - 1823)
Susan Huntington was born in Killingworth, Connecticut, the town where her father, the Rev. Achilles Mansfield was a pastor. In 1809, following her marriage to the Rev. Joshua Huntington, she moved to Boston where her husband was pastor of the Old South Church. She was well read in the Bible and biblical commentaries, which she used to form her own theological views. She participated in biblical and female societies in addition to devoting a great deal of time and energy to the spiritual training of her children.
Upon her death, four years after the Rev. Huntington’s, the congregation of the Old South Church requested that her husband’s successor, the Rev. Benjamin Wisner, write her memoir. It includes many letters from Mrs. Huntington to various acquaintances, frequently giving spiritual advice on a variety of topics. To a prospective minister she writes how baptism alone is not sufficient for salvation:
Another portrait appears in:
David F. Bacon, ed. Memoirs of Eminently Pious Women of Britain and America (Hartford, 1833), plate containing five separate portraits opposite p. .