Salem, Massachusetts. South Church records, 1774-1805.

Collection Information

Salem, Mass. South Church records, 1774-1805.


South Church (Salem, Mass)




1 volume (0.06 cubic feet)

105 unique page images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG and PDF

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Salem, Mass. South Church records, 1774-1805. RG5128. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

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South Church of Salem, Massachusetts, (originally called Third Church) was founded in 1775 over a disagreement with the pastor at Tabernacle Church of Salem and later re-joined Tabernacle Church in 1924. This collection contains the early records of South Church, including meeting minutes and pew tax information.

Acquisition Information:

Collection placed on permanent loan by the Tabernacle Church, United Church of Christ, of Salem, Massachusetts, in November 2013.


Accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcriptions of digital duplicates. There is no projected date for this accrual.


Historical Note

South Church in Salem, Massachusetts, was formally founded in 1775 by persons separating from Tabernacle Church of Salem after a disagreement with the Tabernacle Church pastor regarding both the location of the new meetinghouse and the pastor’s attempts to induct the church into the Presbytery. Originally called Third church, it was later renamed in 1805 when the Proprietors of the New South Meeting House received incorporation. The church settled their first pastor, Daniel Hopkins, in 1775 and ordained him in November of 1778. The proprietors were then reincorporated as South Church in Salem in 1838. Hopkins served the church until 1814, dying in office at 81 years of age. Brown Emerson was called as pastor in 1805 and continued to preach to South Church until his death in 1872. It merged with Tabernacle Church of Salem in 1924.


Scope of Collection

This collection contains the early records of South Church in Salem, Massachusetts. Included are records of meeting minutes and votes, pew assignments, and pew tax records.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Church controversies - Massachusetts - Salem.

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Salem.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Government.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Salem.

Salem (Mass.) - Church history.

South Church (Salem, Mass.)

South Church (Salem, Mass.) - History.

Tabernacle Church (Salem, Mass.)


Related Materials

The pastor's jubilee : a discourse delivered in the South Church, Salem, Mass., April 24, 1855, by Brown Emerson, D.D. on the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination : with an appendix. 15.4.5846 EM-FARL

Salem, MA : Tabernacle Church. 17.11.1 S24.6 TABC

Salem, MA. Text book of Sermons at New South Meeting House, 1827-1829. RG 5023



Collection items are contained in one (1) volume. Digital arrangement reflects physical arrangement. Where more than two (2) pages are blank, only the first and last have been digitized.



Church Records 1774-1805 Volume 1
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