Haverhill, Massachusetts. West Parish Congregational Church records, 1734-1900.

Collection Information
Title:

Haverhill, Mass. West Parish Congregational Church records, 1734-1900

Creator(s):

West Parish Congregational Church (Haverhill, Mass.)

Dates:

1734-1900

Extent:

1,166 unique page images: archival TIF, derivative JPEG & PDF

Collection ID #:

RG5067

Conditions Governing Access:

Digital copies are open and available for researcher access.

Technical Access:

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Haverhill, Mass. West Parish Congregational Church records, RG5067. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Additional Resources:

Item-level metadata is available for digital duplicates. Please contact the library for more information.

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:

When the western part of Haverhill became too populous for one church in 1734, the West Parish was established by a petition to the General Court of Massachusetts. Records include founding documents, membership records, vital statistics, administrative and financial records, and meeting minutes.

Accruals:

No accruals are expected for this collection.

Existence and Location of Originals:

Originals held by West Congregational Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Description

Historical Note

When the western part of Haverhill became too populous for one church in 1734, the West Parish was established by a petition to the General Court of Massachusetts. Over the next year, the residents of the new parish built a new meetinghouse that was dedicated on Oct. 22, 1735. The church was briefly Presbyterian later in the 18th century, but returned to Congregationalism after the dismissal of their minister. Due to financial troubles, they turned over administration of the parish to the Universalist church in 1829, but later made a legal settlement that allowed the Congregationalists to resume using the name "The West Parish."

West Church was incorporated in 1921, and is now a member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conferamce. To find out more about West Church in Haverhill today, visit the church's website

 

Scope of Collection

This collection contains the early records of West Parish Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Records include founding documents, membership records, vital statistics, administrative and financial records, and meeting minutes. Records of particular note are those pertaining to ministerial salary, the last will and testament of David Webster, and records mentioning the "Minister's Mutiny" in Bradford.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Haverhill.

Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.

Church membership.

Marriage records - Massachusetts

Baptismal records.

Ecclesiastical Council - Massachusetts.

Necrologies

Admonition.

Church discipline.

Church discipline - Massachusetts.

Ordination.

Haverhill (Mass.) - Church history.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Haverhill.

West Congregational Church (Haverhill, Mass.)

 

Related Materials

Haverhill, MA : West Congregational Church. 17.11.1 H29.45 WESCC

The history of Haverhill, Massachusetts, from its first settlement, in 1640, to the year 1860 T H29.52C

The history of Haverill, Massachusetts T H29.52M

Infant baptism from heaven: two discourses delivered at Haverhill West-Parish, April 28th, 1765. : with an appendix, obviating some objects offered against the truths asserted; and some other remarks upon the late remarkable performance of Mr. Hezekiah Smith. 15.4 5846 PARJ-PAZ

A sermon delivered at the ordination of Rev. Moses G. Grosvenor as pastor of the church and society in the West-Parish,Haverhill, Mass. Dec. 27, 1826 15.0.8 5662 FR-G 1820-1829

Town HIstory Pamphlets for Haverhill, Mass., 1877-1902 T H29.52 P

Vital records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the end of the year. T H29.52 V

 

Arrangement

Original items contained in seven volumes and one loose item. Digital duplicates retain the original order of each volume. Volumes are arranged here in chronological order according to the first date in their date range.

 

Contents

  Date Location
"Articles of Agreement" 1734 Online Interface
This document details the plans and budget for the construction of the first meetinghouse in the West Parish.
West Parish records 1734 - 1802 Online Interface
This volume contains the earliest administrative and financial records of the church, including the ordination of Samuel Bacheller, pew sales, the election of officers, and parish expenses.
Church records 1735-1761 Online Interface
This volume primarily contains membership records, including baptisms, marriages, admissions, dismissions, and narrative accounts of several prominent families. It also contains the covenant signed by the founding members.
Church records 1762-1826 Online Interface
The membership records continue in this volume. It also contains transcribed correspondence, records of several disciplinary cases, and information about the ministers who served during these years.
Church records 1826-1838 Online Interface
This volume contains interspersed administrative, financial, and membership records continuing from the previous books.
Church records 1870-1880 Online Interface
This volume contains interspersed administrative, financial, and membership records continuing from the previous books. It also includes several printed materials that have been sewn or glued into the book adjacent to the related records.
Treasurer's book 1815-1900 Online Interface
The treasurer's ledger contains itemized records of the church's income and expenses, including taxes, pew fees, materials and labor for maintenance of the meetinghouse, and the minister's salary. There are regular audits of the church's accounts by the treasurers and committee members.
New building book 1828-1852 Online Interface
This book contains the planning and financial records relating to the construction of the church's second meetinghouse, as well as the annual renewal of Rev. Cross's contract. The end of the volume contains the will of David Webster, which includes provisions for a trust to pay the church's ministerial salary.

 

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