Belmont, Massachusetts. First Congregational Church of Waverley. Records, 1861-1962.

Collection Information
Title:

Belmont, MA. First Congregational Church of Waverley. Records, 1861-1962

Creator(s):

First Congregational Church of Waverley (Belmont, Mass.)

Dates:

1861-1962, 1979

Extent:

2 document cases (0.75 linear feet)

Collection ID #:

RG 5050

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the First Congregational Church of Waverley (Belmont, Mass.) records, RG 5050. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Collection processed by Jessica Steytler, April 2013

Abstract:

These are the remaining church records of the First Church of Waverley, Waverley being a sub-set of the town of Belmont. The most significant record is a ledger book of the Society, 1861-1885. The majority of the records date from the early 20th century, from a few of their auxiliary groups.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Daniel C. Lee and the All People's United Church, the congregation that followed Waverley First Church.

Organizational History

According to the Society minutes (folder 1, box 1), Rev. Charles Jones , Daniel Deshon, John Taggard, John Sylvester, Sarumus Gates, William Lowry, Frank Cottle, W. A. Blodgett, Mr. Greene, and Mr. Harrington met to establish a new congregation. The society formed in 1861, which is when the record book starts. The church was not officially established until 1865.

The only history available about the church within this collection is kept in with the anniversary material, written in 1979 by the then-historian.

The First Church, as it was established, essentially closed in 2002 when it merged with the Senuri Korean Church, which shared space at 471 Trapelo Road. Senuri had a separate listing in the UCC Yearbook for a few years, then in 2003 was listed as First Church Waverley-Senuri, however only had 35 members after previously having 115. After 2010, the church called itself All People's United Church. That congregation closed its doors in late 2012, sold the building and property to a developer, which then demolished the church in early 2013. Copies of newspaper articles about the sale and demolition are in the collection folder for this church.

 

List of ministers

Charles Jones 1861-
J. W. Turner 1866-1873
J. L Ewell 1874-1878
William H. Teel 1878-1883
George P. Gilman 1883-1906
Charles A Bidwell 1906-1943
A. A. Brown 1943-1945
Charles W. Havice 1945-1981
P. L. Duhamel 1983-1985
D. Scott 1988-1991
S. L. Thompson 1992-1997
P.D. Millin 1999-2002
Daniel Lee 2002-2012

 

Scope of Collection

These are the remaining church records of the First Church of Waverley, Waverley being a sub-set of the town of Belmont. The most significant record is a ledger book of the Society, 1861-1885. The majority of the records date from the early 20th century, from a few of their auxiliary groups. The most recent document is a presentation from the historian, Mrs. Herbert H. Jaynes in 1979. No dedicated vital statistical records were kept.

A list of records represented are: ledger from earliest years of the church, a page-a-day diary from 1866, auxiliary club records, anniversary celebrations, photographs, Sunday school teachers' meeting ledger, programs for special occasions and Sunday service.

 

Arrangement

There is no formal series listing, given the brevity of the collection. Church records are first, followed by auxiliary clubs and Sunday school. Programs and photographs are last.

 

Related Material

A manual of the First Congregational Church of Waverley, in the town of Belmont, Mass., 1868.

 

Access Terms

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Belmont.

First Congregational Church of Waverley

 

Detailed Description and Container List

Box 1
  Folder 1 Society Minutes, Records 1861-1885
  Folder 2 Diary, page-a-day, no known author 1866
  Folder 3 Church records  
  Folder 4 Congregational Brotherhood Records 1922-1923
  Folder 5 Congregational Brotherhood Records 1923-1930
  Folder 6 Mother's Club Daybooks (2) 1938-1962
  Folder 7 Sunday School Teachers' Meetings 1921-1925
Box 2
  Folder 1 Anniversary Celebrations, Dedications, 50th -100th  
  Folder 2 Photographs early 20th century
  Folder 3 Ladies Aid Annual Fair Programs 1922-1956
  Folder 4 Sunday Program  

 

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