Oxford, Mass. First Congregational Church
The ecclesiastical parish of Oxford was established in 1713. Attempts were made to secure a preacher, and thus establish the church properly, but though several candidates came, none lasted long enough to be successful in this endeavor. First Church in Oxford, Massachusetts, wasn't officially founded until 1721 when the first covenant was signed and members ordained Rev. John Campbell as their first minister.
During their first 100 years of existence, the church had five ministers. The second hundred years saw twelve more. Two hundred years of existence also saw the use of three meetinghouses. In 1909 a fire broke out during Sunday morning service. The meetinghouse was left damaged, but repairable.
For more information on First Congregational Church of Oxford today, please visit the church's website.
For more information about this collection, see the archival finding aid.
This ledger book contains records pertaining to the formation of the church, proceedings of church meetings, membership rolls, and foundational documents such as covenants and articles of association. Also included are items of correspondence, lists of baptisms and marriages, records of the church's library and, to a lesser extent, financial records.
A full transcription of this volume is available.
Tax documents 1784
Rev. Joseph Bowman was the pastor at Oxford 1764-1784. When his salary was unpaid for several years during the American Revolution, he asked for a dismission and eventually brought the matter before the court. A special tax was collected from the congregation to satisfy Bowman's back wages.