Marblehead, Mass. Third Congregational Church

Church History

Third Congregational Church of Marblehead, MA, was formed by members of First Church in Marblehead who left the church after a protracted conflict over the newly called pastor. Forty-nine separating members met in March 1858 and declared their intention to form their own church. The church was officially formed in September 1858. Plans for a church building were conceived of on 1858 and the building was dedicated in 1860. Third Church members were displaced when their building burned down in 1877, and the church's membership rejoined with First Church that same year.

For more information please see the finding aid.


Digital Materials

Church records, 1858

This volume contains a brief historical sketch of First, Second, and Third Churches in Marblehead, as well as a copy of Third Church's confession of faith, covenant, standing rules, ecclesiastical principles, and rules. Also contained in this record book is a list of members, pastors, and officers of the church. Of particular note are the "Forms of Admission" and "Ordinance of Baptism" which spell out the liturgy associated with baptizing and accepting new members.

Church records, 1858-1874

This volume contains materials relating to the departure of members from First Church and the formation of Third Church. These materials include notice of withdrawal, membership lists, meeting notes, and records relating to the Council of the Vicinage called in order to convene the new society and church. Dates for meeting minutes in this volume overlap but do not duplicate those in the following volume.

Church records, 1858-1876

These records contain materials related to the day-to-day administration of the church. These materials include meeting minutes, lists of incomes and expenditures, information about building and furnishing the meetinghouse, orders of worship, and bylaws. Of particular note is a to-scale drawing of the proposed new meeting house drawn by Glover Broughton, church clerk, which can be found on page 28 of the volume.


Related Materials

Marblehead, Mass. First Church of Christ ("Old North") records, 1684-1886 — finding aid, digital materials

Marblehead, Mass. Second Church — digital materials

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