- William H. Brackney
Moulton, Ebenezer (25 December 1709– March 1783), Baptist minister and political activist, was born in Windham, Connecticut, the son of Robert Moulton and Hannah Grove, farmers. He had no formal education. Early in his life he developed an interest in religious work. In 1736 he joined his parents in starting a new Baptist congregation in South Brimfield, Massachusetts, for which he was later ordained a regular Baptist minister (1741). He was ordained to the ministry by John Callendar of Newport, an old-order Baptist, which for the time defined Moulton’s theological position as Five Principle Calvinistic, emphasizing redemption for the elect of God. One of Moulton’s first official actions in South Brimfield was to organize a congregational petition to the Massachusetts General Assembly for exemption from the religious tax....