1662 – Born at Broad Oak, near Bangor-Iscoed, Flintshire, Wales, October 18th. Matthew Henry was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator. He is remembered for his practical and devotional multi-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments which is still published.
1680-1682 – He was educated privately at the home of his father, the Rev. Philip Henry, and at the academy of Thomas Doolittle, Islington, which he attended.
1685 – He began the study of law at Gray’s Inn; but he already desired to enter the ministry, and devoted much time to theological studies.
1686 – In June, he began to preach in the neighborhood of Broad Oak, and in the following January he preached privately in Chester. He was asked to settle there, and consented conditionally, but returned to Gray’s Inn.
1687 – Matthew Henry married Katherine Hardware July 19th.
– After the declaration of liberty of conscience by James II, he was privately ordained in London, and on June 2nd, he began his regular ministry as pastor of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester. He remained in this charge for twenty-five years.
1689 – Katherine died when giving birth to their first child, Katherine, February 14th, at the age of 25.
1690 – On July 8th, he married Mary Warburton, who survived him. They had one son, Philip, and eight daughters, three of whom died in infancy.
1696-1710 – Other works by Henry are Memoirs of…Philip Henry; A Scripture Catechism; A Plain Catechism; The Communicant’s Companion; A Method for Prayer; and numerous sermons, which are included in his Miscellaneous Works.
1714 – He died at Nantwich (17 miles southeast of Cheater), Cheshire, June 22nd.