Franklin, Mass. First Congregational Church

Church History

First Congregational Church of Franklin was originally founded as the Second Church of Wrentham in February of 1738. It became First Church of Franklin when the town (named in honor of Benjamin Franklin) was incorporated in 1778. From its every beginning, the church was very missions and benevolence minded, distributing monies first by agreement of the pastor and diaconate, and then at the discretion of an appointed treasurer. The church's Sabbath school was conceived of in 1818 but not formally founded until 1827.

In 1938 Franklin was hit by a hurricane which destroyed the First Baptist Church building. First Congregational Church invited the Baptists to worship with them. This arrangement eventually lead to a federation between the two bodies.

More information on the church today can be found on their website.

To learn more about this collection, visit the archival finding aid.


Digital Materials

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Church Records, 1737-1781

Records included here document the church's covenant and meeting minutes. Also included are records of correspondence, baptisms, and membership.

A full transcription of this volume is available.

Church Records, 1781-1887

These records document the minutes of church meetings, correspondence, and religious societies. The records also include lists of baptisms, membership admissions and dismissions, censures, marriages, and deaths.

Marriages and Deaths, 1773-1827

This volume contains records of marriages as recorded by Rev. Emmons. Also included are two pages of death records.


Related Materials

Wrentham, Mass. Second Church (predecessor church)

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