Minister, TeacherYale College-trained Reverend Chester Birge served as pastor of the Vienna Presbyterian Church from 1830 to 1835. He also served as the instructor of Vienna Academy, which met at times in his own house. He left Vienna Township in 1852.
Birth: September 20, 1796, Bolton, Tolland County, Connecticut
Death: May 2, 1861, Hudson, Summit County, Ohio
From Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased From July, 1859, to July, 1870. … (New Haven, Conn.: Printed by Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1870), p. 34:
CHESTER BIRGE died in Hudson, Summit Co. O., May 2, 1861, aged 64.
He was born in Bolton, Conn., September 20, 1796.
He studied theology in the Seminary of this College, completing his course in 1828. After preaching a few months in North Greenwich, Conn., he went to Ohio as a home missionary. He labored one year in New Philadelphia, and was then installed pastor of the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches in Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio, November 17, 1830. Within five years his health gave way, so that he was compelled to ask a dismissal from his pastoral charge. After this he engaged in teaching students in his own house. He remained in Vienna till 1852, when he removed to Hudson, O., in order to educate his children and here he finished his course. He married Mrs. Hannah C. Mead, and left three children.