Falmouth, Mass. First Congregational Church records, 1731-1790.

Collection Information
Title:

Falmouth, Mass. First Congregational Church records, 1731-1790.

Creator(s):

First Congregational Church (Falmouth, Mass.)

Dates:

1731-1790

Extent:

1 Volume (0.05 cubic feet)

2 reels 35mm microfilm: print master & service copy (0.04 cubic feet)

213 unique page images: archival TIF, derivative JPEG & PDF

Collection ID #:

RG4930

Conditions Governing Access:

Volume and print master microfilm reel are restricted and may not be accessed without permission. Service copy microfilm reel and digital copies are unrestricted and available for researcher access.

Technical Access:

A microfilm reader is necessary to access the microfilm reels. To access digital user’s copies via online-interface, a java-enabled web browser is required. Internet Explorer 8.x and later, Firefox 5.x and later, Opera 12 and later, Safari 5.x and later, or any version of Google Chrome are recommended. Digital copies may be accessed here: http://www.congregationallibrary.org/nehh/FalmouthMAFirst4930.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

Items in this collection are subject to U.S. Copyright Law. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of collection items and to secure any permissions necessary for their reproduction and publication.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Collection re-described by Sari Mauro in September 2013 in accordance with DACS 2013. Portions of description written by Robin Duckworth.

Abstract:

First Congregational Church of Falmouth began as an outlying "branch" of the church located in nearby Barnstable. Since its founding more than 300 years ago, the church has been a significant supporter of missionary endeavors, and in 1830 declared by congregational vote to be staunch supporters of the temperance movement. The collection includes vital statistics, meeting minutes, correspondence, and membership records.

Acquisition Information:

Collection placed on permanent loan by First Congregational Church in Falmouth, Massachusetts in November, 2009.

Accruals:

Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.

Description

Historical Note

First Congregational Church of Falmouth began as an outlying "branch" of the church located in nearby Barnstable. This "branch" was initially ministered to by layman Jonathan Dunham and didn't have a meetinghouse until 1700. It wasn't until 1708, twenty years after the town of Falmouth was incorporated, that First Congregational Church of Falmouth was gathered as its own distinct body.

Since its founding more than 300 years ago, the church has been a significant supporter of missionary endeavors and in 1830 declared by congregational vote to be staunch supporters of the temperance movement. They have inhabited three buildings in four locations (meetinghouse number three was moved across the street in 1857).

 

Scope of Collection

These records primarily document the admissions of new members, marriages, and baptisms which took place at First Church. Also included are records of church meetings and, to a lesser extent, records of correspondence regarding the call of their new minister, Rev. Isaac Mann, in 1780.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Falmouth.

Baptismal record.

Marriage records – Massachusetts.

Church membership.

Lord's Supper.

Ordination.

 

Related Materials

Falmouth, MA : First Congregational Church. 17.11.1 F19.40 FIRCC

The celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, June 15, 1886. T F19.4 T

Chapters on the history of the First Congregational Church Falmouth, Massachusetts of the United Church of Christ 17.11.1 F19.40 FIRCC S 2010

 

Arrangement

Records are contained in one (1) volume. That volume is duplicated both digitally and onto one microfilm reel. Digital copies are available online. Where the original volume contains large swaths of blank pages, only two have been digitized.

 

Contents

Church records 1731-1790 Volume 1
    Reel 1 of 1
    Online Interface

 

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