New NEHH collections - West Parish Barnstable and the Legacy of a Dying Father

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We are pleased to announce two new additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program — the early records from West Parish Church in Barnstable, and a volume of advice from an anonymous man facing his own mortality.


Barnstable West Parish Church

This collection contains the early records of the first church founded in Barnstable, Mass., now known as West Parish Church in the village of West Barnstable. Included in the records are copies of correspondence, proceedings of ecclesiastical councils, meeting minutes, baptismal records, and dismissions and admissions. Of particular note are records pertaining to an early controversy over singing.


Legacy of a Dying Father

Written by an unknown author and dated 1694, this volume contains a long-form manuscript addressed to the author's sons. It consists of religious, moral, and general life advice presumably meant to outlast the author himself.


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