Somerset, Massachusetts. First Christian Union Church. Records, 1840-1912
In 1838, a group of thirty, known as the "Christian Band", signed a covenant to organize a church community in the village of Pottersville in Somerset. The covenant led, in November 1840, to the construction of a meetinghouse. On May 26, 1841, a double ceremony was held for the dedication of the new meetinghouse and the acceptance into the Christian denomination. Later that year William Shurtleff was called to be the first pastor of the religious society known as the First Christian Union Society in Somerset, Massachusetts.
It was not until 1911 that the First Christian Church, as it came to be known, was incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts. In 1939, a vote was taken to change the name to the Congregational Christian Church of Somerset Centre. In 1957 the church voted to approve the constitution of the United Church of Christ and to become a part of it. To find out what they’re up to today, visit the church's website.
historical information courtesy of the Massachusetts Bible Society
Scope of Collection
The collection primarily includes 2 ledger books. The first was started in 1840 for the Christian Band, but quickly revised its name to the First Christian Union. The second ledger book documents the First Christian Society. It includes information about subscription for building the meeting house, by-laws, establishing a cemetery.
There are only 5 items in the collection. Three ledgers are first and in approximate chronological order. The two programs are in one folder called, "Programs".
At the Congregational Library:
This collection is part of our New England's Hidden Histories program. Digitized surrogates of these records are the preferred user's copies. Please consult these surrogates before handling original documents whenever possible. Please consult with the archivist or librarian to access original copy.
Detailed Description and Container List
|Item 1||Church ledger||1840-1912|
|Item 2||Society ledger||1841-1893|
|Item 3||Ladies Industrial Association record book||1857-1895|
|These two items came with the collection, but are not directly created by the church. However, because this collection is a deposit on trust, this material was not removed.|
|Item 4||75th anniversary, First Christian Church, North Westport MA||1933|
|Item 5||90th Annual session, Rhode Island and Massachusetts Christian Conference||1925|