Natick, Mass. First Congregational Church records, 1721-1794
The First Congregational Church of Natick was established by a group of English settlers and missionaries led by Rev. John Eliot in 1651. These Englishmen cultivated strong relationships with the local Native Americans. Eliot even went so far as to learn their language and publish a translation of the bible in their native tongue as a means of converting them to Christianity.
Many of the "Praying Indians" became members of the church, and the congregation maintained a mix of English and native members until 1799.
The volume was originally kept by Rev. Oliver Peabody, who became pastor of the church in 1721 and remained in that position for 30 years until his death in 1752. The record book was then passed on to Rev. Stephen badger who remained at Natick until 1799.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains what appears to be the earliest extant records of the town of Natick and First Church. Included are records of covenants, meeting minutes, baptisms, deaths, discipline, ordination, and membership.
An essay to revive and encourage military exercises, skill and valour among the sons of God's people in New England : a sermon preached before the Honourable Artillery-Company in Boston, June 5th. 1732. : being the day of their election of officers; and now made publick at their request, and at the desire of many others by Oliver Peabody, A. M., Pastor of the Church in Natick. 15.0.1 1732
Natick, MA : First Congregational Church. 17.11.1 N21.27 FIRCC
The nature and effects of drunkenness considered with an addres to tavern-keepers, to parents, and young people, relating to the subject, in two discourses. Delivered at Natick, the last Lord's Day in October, 1773. by Stephen Badger, A.M. (1774) 28.9.5 2507
The substance of two discourses on intemperance delivered at Natick by the Late Rev. Stephen Badger 28.9.5 2507
Records are house in one (1) volume. Records are roughly grouped by type, and then approximately chronological by date. The volume is duplicated in its entirety on microfilm and in digital format which is available online.
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