JOSEPH CLINCH 1806-1884
- MM 1847, St. Paul's (South Boston)
- Charter Member, WM 1855 U.D., Gate of the Temple
- Grand Chaplain, 1855-1856
From Proceedings, Page 1873-364:
REV. JOSEPH H. CLINCH, BOSTON, Episcopalian, 1855, 1856.
He was born on the 30th of January, 1806, at Trinity, in the Island of Newfoundland, at which place his father, for over thirty years, was a missionary of the Church of England Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and was, also, a Royal Arch Mason.
He received his college education at King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia, in which Province he was ordained in 1829 and 1830, and was married in 1831. In 1836 he removed to Boston. From 1838 to 1860 he was rector of St. Matthew's Church, South Boston, and since then to the present time has been Chaplain to the House of Correction and Lunatic Hospital.
He was admitted as an Entered Apprentice in St. Paul's Lodge, South Boston, in 1846, in which Lodge, after receiving the Degree of Master Mason, he served as Senior Warden for about two years.
His principal published writings have been fugitive pieces, printed in the "Knickerbocker," and other magazines. In 1839, having delivered a poem before one of the Literary Societies of Waterville College, in Maine, and having received from it a request for its publication, it was printed with other short poems. In the following year he published, as editor, two small volumes, entitled, Beauties of Everett, and Beauties of Webster.