Northampton, Massachusetts. First Church of Christ. Records, 1661-1846.

Collection Information
Title:

Northampton, Mass. First Church of Christ records, 1661-1846.

Creator(s):

First Church of Christ (Northampton, Mass.)

Dates:

1661-1846

Extent:

305 unique page images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG & PDF

Collection ID #:

RG5314

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Technical Access:

To access digital user's copies via online-interface, a java-enabled web browser is required. Internet Explorer 8.x and later, Firefox 5.x and later, Opera 12 and later, Safari 5.x and later, or any version of Google Chrome are recommended.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Northampton, Mass. First Church of Christ records, RG5314. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, September 2016, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

The church was gathered June 18, 1661. The collection consists of digital surrogates of one volume of church records including articles of faith; covenant; meeting minutes; admissions and dismissions; membership lists; vital statistics index for members by name; baptisms; deaths; and marriages.

Acquisition Information:

Digital permissions granted to the Congregational Library & Archives by Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts, in April 2016.

Accruals:

Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.

Existence and Location of Originals:

Original items are located at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Description

Historical Note

The church was gathered June 18, 1661. The Congregation was established with representatives from the Churches of Christ from Dorchester, Roxbury, Springfield, and Hadley. The founding members of the church were Eleazear Mather, WIlliam Clarke, Henry Cunliffe, and Henry Woodard, all originally members from the Dorchester church.

Their first minister was Elezear Mather, followed by Solomon Stoddard. Stoddard's grandson, Jonathan Edwards, became their third minister, who served from 1727-1750. Edwards' departure centered around his refusal to accept the Half-Way Covenant.

In 1833, the congregation had grown enough to warrant a new church forming, Edwards Church. This group was made up primarily of younger members of First Church. The congregation joined the United Church of Christ after the denomination's start in 1957. The current congregation blended with Northampton's Baptist First Church in 1988. The name following that merger is First Churches of Northampton.

 

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of digital surrogates of one volume of church records including articles of faith; covenant; meeting minutes; admissions and dismissions; membership lists; vital statistics index for members by name; baptisms; deaths; and marriages. Jonathan Edwards, third minister of the church, served from 1727-1750. His activities and work will be noted in this collection.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

New England's Hidden Histories

Church records and registers -- Massachusetts -- Northampton

Marriage records -- Massachusetts.

Congregational churches -- Massachusetts -- Membership.

Covenant (Church polity) -- Congregational churches.

Local government -- Massachusetts.

Registers of births, etc. -- Massachusetts – Northampton

Edwards, Jonathan

 

Related Materials

Jonathan Edwards correspondence to Esther Burr, 1757. (MS0676)

 

Arrangement

Items in this collection are contained in one bound volume. Collection pages have been scanned in order. Where there are more than two blank pages in a row, only the first and last have been digitized.

 

Contents

  Date Location
Record book 1661-1846 Online interface

 

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