Somerset, Massachusetts. First Christian Union Church. Records, 1840-1912

Collection Information
Title:

Somerset, MA. First Christian Union Church records

Creator(s):

First Christian Union Church (Somerset, Mass.)
First Christian Church (Somerset, Mass.)
Christian Band of Somerset (Mass.)

Dates:

1840-1912

Extent:

3 bound ledgers, 0.3 linear feet

Collection ID #:

RG 5034

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the First Christian Union Church (Somerset, Mass.), RG 5034. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Collection processed by Jessica Steytler, June 2012

Abstract:

The Somerset Massachusetts Congregational Christian Church of the United Church of Christ (UCC) was established in 1840 as the "Christian Band of Somerset". Because Christian records are so rare, the church agreed to deposit their earliest ledgers to the Congregational Library on trust.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited on trust by the Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC in June 2012.

Organizational History

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.

 

Arrangement

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".

 

Related Material

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.

 

Access Terms

Christian Band of Somerset

First Christian Union (Somerset, Mass.)

First Christian Society (Somerset, Mass.)

Somerset Congregational Christian Church, United Church of Christ (Somerset, Mass.)

 

Detailed Description and Container List

Ledgers
  Item 1 Church ledger 1840-1912
  Item 2 Society ledger 1841-1893
  Item 3 Ladies Industrial Association record book 1857-1895
Programs
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

 

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