Hampden Association of Congregational Ministers

Collection History

The first mention of the Hampden Association — divided into East and West — is in the Massachusetts General Association meeting, June 28, 1814. In 1850, the Hampden Conference of Churches was formed. The associations continued to be listed as the primary components of the General Association through 1864. In 1865, the churches were listed by counties, e.g. Hampden County, rather than by associations. The organization is still in existance today as the Hampden Association, UCC.

The digital collections below include a number of minute books spanning 1762-1844 which record Association meetings, a general record book of 1817-1844, and two volumes of correspondence dating to 1770-1824 and 1837-1839 respectively.

For additional information please see the finding aid for the Massachusetts Conference Collection records.

 

Digital Materials

Association records, 1817-1844

This volume of the minutes and records of the Hampden Association of Ministers includes meeting minutes and council proceedings, lists of delegates, records of votes, proceedings of ordinations, installations, and dismissions, discussions of religious matters, committee reports and appointments, examinations of ministers, and the association constitution along with the original signers of the document.

Association minutes, 1762-1799

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, lists of delegates, and the results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1803-1820

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, installations, dismissions, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1830-1834

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, installations, dismissions, discussions of religious matters, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1835-1839

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, records of votes, installations, dismissions, discussions of religious matters, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1840-1844

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, records of votes, installations, dismissions, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations, and a committee report recommending a division of the association.

Correspondence, 1770-1824

These documents contain correspondence to and from the Hampden Association regarding religious and ministerial matters.

1770 November 28 from the association convened in Granville to the pastor of the Church of Christ in Granville letter regarding "difficulties" and "grievances" that the parish had with the pastor
1803 October 15 from Isaac Knapp to "the inhabitants of Westfield" letter accepting a call to settle with the church
1815 November 18 from Dudley D. Rosseter to the "Church and Society in Southwick" letter about a call to settle with the church, in which Rosseter lays out "Two important points" to consider before a minister can settle, including the issue of pay and the ministerial relationship to the church community
1822 June     result of a committee meeting in regards to the Congregational Church in West Springfield where the committee issued an opinion calling for candidates for settlement in West Springfield
1824 January 17     committee letter regarding a letter written to the Hampden Association about the establishment of a new Leland Parish in West Springfield


Correspondence, 1837-1839

These documents contain correspondence to and from the Hampden Association regarding religious and ministerial matters, testimony, and official church matters.

1837 May 22 from the Hampden Association to the pastor in Westfield A disciplinary letter charging the recipient with "consulting in an unchristian manner" among other charges
1837 June 4 from Harper Boise to the Hampden Association A letter providing testimony against the Rev. Roger Harrison of Tolland
1838 April 16     testimony about a the conditions set forth for arbiters of a settlement of differences between Marion Moore and William Moore of Tolland
1838 May 16     testimony about a settlement reached between Marion Moore and William Moore as heard by a council and the minister of the Church of Christ in Tolland
1838 June 6 from Marion Moore   letter declaring that the defendants have "done all [they] ought to do" in the case with William Moore in Tolland
1838 June 9 from Alfred Webber   letter indicating that a meeting between Marion Moore and William Moore was agreed upon
1838 June 9 from William Moore to the Hampden Association letter regarding a meeting intended to reach a settlement with his brother Marion Moore
1839 September 10 from the Congregational Church of Christ in Middle Granville to first Church of Christ in Wesfield letter requesting delegates to come to a ecclesiastical council being convened in Middle Granville
1839 June 30 from Henry Eddy to a committee appointed by the Middle Granville Parish letter asking for time to consider their proposal
1839 September 5 from Henry Eddy to the committee in the Middle Granville Parish A letter about the potential dismission of the pastor in that church
1839 September 12     This document appears to contain notes about, or in reply to, the letter of September 10; likely it was written on the same paper but later separated from the original with the letters dating June 30 and September 5 purposefully placed between

 

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Granville, Mass. First Congregational Church, 1757-1848

 

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