Danvers, Mass. First Church records, 1672-1845.
First Church (Danvers, Mass.)
1 reel 35mm microfilm: service copy (0.02 cubic feet)
613 unique images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG & PDF
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[Identification of item], in the Danvers, Mass. First Church records, RG1309. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.
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Collection re-described by Sari Mauro in September 2013 in accordance with DACS 2013. Portions of description written by Robin Duckworth.
Updated for ArchivesSpace by Zachary Bodnar, November 2017.
First Church of Danvers was founded in 1672 when a group of farmers who lived quite a distance from the Salem meetinghouse of which they were members petitioned for permission to erect one of their own. This collection contains the early records of the Danvers church, including records pertaining to membership, vital statistics, and church meetings. Of particular note are records pertaining to the confession and trial of Martha Corey (alternatively spelled Kory and Cory) in regards to the witchcraft controversy in Salem.
No acquisition records are available for this collection. Microfilm was created in 1962. Records documenting the Congregational Library & Archives' holding of this microfilm date back to circa 1962.
Digital reproductions were created from the microfilm.
Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.
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Materials in this collection were digitized as part of the New England's Hidden Histories project. Digital reproductions are available to view online.
First Church of Danvers was founded in 1672 when a group of farmers who lived quite a distance from the Salem meetinghouse of which they were members petitioned for permission to erect one of their own. After initially being denied, the Massachusetts Court granted permission for a meetinghouse to be established in what was then known as Salem Village, and for the gathered body to call a minister.
This collection contains records from the years 1672-1845. During that time, First Church became the epicenter of the Salem witchcraft hysteria, built four meetinghouses, was instrumental in the establishment and building of the village's first school, saw Danvers incorporated as its own town, and survived the Revolutionary War while at the same time contributing numerous officers and soldiers to the cause. The church folded in 2016 and transformed into Disciples, United Church of Christ Danvers.
Scope of Collection
Types of records in this collection include meeting minutes, confessions, covenants, notes on salaries, correspondence, and membership records. Also found in this collection are records of births, deaths, marriages, and baptisms. Of particular note are records pertaining to the witchcraft hysteria, including records of Martha Kory's [sic] excommunication from the church for witchcraft, and the confession and apology of witchcraft accuser Anne Putnam, made 10 years after the controversy.
This collection is part of
New England's Hidden Histories. Digital historical representations of this collection can be viewed online.
Witchcraft - Massachusetts.
Witchcraft - Massachusetts - Salem.
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Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Danvers.
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Church records and registers.
Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.
Marriage records - Massachusetts
At the Congregational Library:
Salem Witchcraft Trials digital collection.
15.0.8 5656 1772 A sermon preached at the ordination of the Reverend Mr. Benjamin Wadsworth to the pastoral care of the First Church in Danvers. December 23, 1772.
28.9.5 2509 Address to the Danvers Auxiliary Society, for Suppressing Intemperance and Other Vices, and Promoting Temperance and General Morality. April 24, 1821.
28.9.5 2509 Address, delivered in the South Meeting House in Danvers, before the society, in that town, for suppressing intemperance, and other vices; and for promoting temperance and general morality. April 27, 1819.
28.9.5 2509 An address, delivered in the Brick Meeting House, in Danvers, before the Society in that town for Suppressing Intemperance and Other Vices; and for promoting temperance and general morality; April 25, 1820.
T D23.5 C Centennial celebration at Danvers, Mass. June 16, 1852.
T D23.5T Chronicles of Danvers (old Salem village) Massachusetts, 1632-1923
Danvers, MA : First Church of Danvers Congregational. 17.11.1 D23.5 FIRCDC
T D23.5D Danvers, Massachusetts : a resume of her past history and progress, together with a condensed summary of her industrial advantages and development : biographies of prominent Danvers men and a series of comprehensive sketches of her representative manufacturing and commercial enterprises.
17.11.1 D23.5 FIRC EX 1922 Exercises in celebration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the First Church, Congregational, Danvers, Massachusetts : October 8th to 15th, 1922 : with an address at the centennial of the Sunday School, November 17th, 1918.
17.11.1 D23.5 FIRC AN 1972 First Church of Danvers, Congregational : 300th anniversary.
T D23.5H History of the town of Danvers, from its early settlement to the year 1848
17.11.1 D23.5 FIRC PR 1874 Proceedings at the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the First Parish at Salem Village, now Danvers, October 8, 1872 : with an historical address by Charles B. Rice, minister of the Parish.
7.7 1001 Rebecca Nurse and her friends : address at the dedication of a tablet in honor of forty friends of Rebecca Nurse, of Salem Village, delivered in the First Church of Danvers, Mass. … July 29, 1892
T D23.5 O The celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, as a separate municipality, June 15, 16, 17, 1902.
T D23.5 V Vital records of Danvers, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849.
Record arrangement in this collection directly reflects arrangement at time of microfilming.