Beacon Street Diary blog
New Hidden Histories collections - Watertown West and Wrentham Second churches
We are pleased to announce two new additions to New England's Hidden Histories — a church covenant from Watertown, Mass. and the results of an ecclesiastical council from Wrentham, Mass.
Presented here is the church's covenant of 1709.
The Second Church in Wrentham was gathered in 1738. The ecclesiastical council recorded in this document was gathered to judge the moral character of Rev. Caleb W. Barnum and contains the recommendations of the council regarding his removal. According to Emerson Davis, Rev. Barnum left Second Church as the result of his intervention in a difficultly between two members of the church about a crop of cranberries.
You can learn more about these churches and their ministers, and view these records (and many more!) as part of our growing New England's Hidden Histories program.
--Marya & Sari
portrait of Rev. George Phillips found via jaysteeleblog