Pembroke, Mass. First Church

Collection History

The earliest history of the First Church in Pembroke, Massachusetts can be traced to the early 18th century. The First Church was organized October 22, 1712 and its first minister, Rev. Daniel Lewis, was ordained December 3, 1712. the parish flourished under the pastorate of Rev. Lewis and in 1727 a larger meeting house was built. In 1837 a third meeting house was erected. The church continues to serve the community today as The First Church in Pembroke, a member of the United Church of Christ.

The digital records below document the early history and life of the church, including membership lists, administrative and financial records, and church correspondence.

 

Digital Materials

Church records, 1711-1887

This volume includes a list of ministers, a dedication for the church written by Daniel Lewis, lists of votes, lists of deacons, captains, and members, minutes of church meetings, records of dismission, records of baptism, records of admission, records of marriage, records of death, historical information on the church and town of Pembroke, ecclesiastical council meeting minutes, church covenants, church communications, and ministerial records, as well as loose documents.

Church records, 1764-1805

This volume includes a list of ministers, lists of votes, minutes of church meetings, minutes of precinct meetings, and financial receipts, as well as loose documents.

List of communicants, 1714-1796

This volume includes chronological lists of church members in the order in which they were admitted to the congregation. Also included are church and precinct meeting minutes.

List of communicants, 1736-1742

This volume is comprised of chronological lists of church members in the order in which they were admitted to the congregation.

 

Special Thanks

This digital resource has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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