Grafton, Massachusetts. Congregational Church records, 1731-1828.

Collection Information

Grafton, Mass. Congregational Church records, 1731-1828


Congregational Church (Grafton, Mass.)

Hassanamisco Plantation




2 Volumes (0.1 cubic feet)

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

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

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Grafton, Mass. Congregational Church records, 1731-1828. RG4921. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

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Processing information:

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


The Congregational Church of Grafton traces its roots back to a church established in 1671 in what was then known as Hassanamisco Plantation (now Hassanamesit Reservation). In 1731 the body that would become known as the Congregational Church of Grafton was gathered, and four years later the town of Grafton was founded. The collection contains records of vital statistics, church membership, ordination, ecclesiastical councils, church meetings, and correspondence.

Acquisition Information:

Collection was placed on permanent loan by the Evangelical Congregational Church, now known as the Congregational Church of Grafton, Massachusetts, in July 2009.


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


Historical Note

The Congregational Church of Grafton traces its roots back to a church established in 1671 in what was then known as Hassanamisco Plantation (now Hassanamesit Reservation). This church's membership consisted entirely of Hassanamisco Native Americans and the church thrived for many years until it was decimated in King Phillip's War. After the war, 40 European settlers were given permission to purchase the land which comprised Hassanamisco Plantation from the few remaining natives. There they established the Congregational Church of Grafton.

The church was founded in 1731, followed four years later by the town of Grafton. In 1832 the church voted to become Evangelical Congregational Church, and in 2011 another vote was taken to become the Congregational Church of Grafton.


Scope of Collection

This collection contains early records pertaining to the church. Included are records of church membership, ecclesiastical councils, church meetings, vital statistics, baptisms, marriages, sermons, ordinations, and confessions.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Congregational Church (Grafton, Mass.)

Evangelical Congregational Church (Grafton, Mass.)

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Grafton.

Hassanamesitt (Mass.)

Ecclesiastical Council - Massachusetts.

Baptismal records.

Church membership.

Marriage records - Massachusetts

Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.

Lord's Supper.



Related Materials

Grafton, MA : Evangelical Congregational Church. 17.11.1 G75.6 EVACC

Grafton, Mass. Congregational Church records, 1826-1849. RG0888

History of Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, from its early settlement by the Indians in 1647 to the present time, 1879. Including the genealogies of seventy-nine of the older families T G75.6 P

History of the town of Sutton, Massachusetts, from 1704 to 1876 including Grafton until 1735; Millbury until 1813; and parts of Northbridge, Upton and Auburn T SU8.53B

On slander. A sermon, preached in Grafton, September 9, 1827, and also in Westborough, October 7, 1827. 15.5 5841.3B

A Result of a council of churches at Grafton, October 2d. 1744. RBR G 75.6

A sermon preached at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Daniel Grosvenor, to the pastoral care of the church in Grafton. October 19, 1774. 15.0.8 5656 1774



Records are contained in two volumes. Volumes are duplicated on one microfilm reel and digitally. Digital duplicates are available online.



  Date Location
First Church Record Book Hasanamisco 1731-1774 Volume 1
    Reel 1 of 1
    Online Interface
The records found in this book detail the proceedings of both church meetings and ecclesiastical councils. Also included are lists of baptisms, marriages, and membership admissions and dismissions. Records also deal with admonitions and confessions. The front of the book contains records of the founding covenant and a brief historical sketch.
Records of the Church of Christ in Grafton 1774-1828 Volume 2
    Reel 1 of 1
    Online Interface
These records document church meeting minutes, membership admissions and dismissions, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Also included are records of ordinations, sermons, and dates on which communion was given.


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