Salem, Mass. Tabernacle Church - Loose Records
These records cover a wide range of topics. They are grouped together by subject and date as much as possible.
These documents are similar to the records in the bound volumes.
These documents pertain to the character of the congregation and its members.
|no date||unknown scribe||extract from the church covenant|
|no date||unknown scribe||"Laws restricting polygamy"|
|no date||unknown scribe||"Preliminary resolution on Temperance"|
|no date||unknown scribe||draft of a pledge of temperance|
Membership and Discipline
These materials record the admission, dismission, and disciplinary actions of church members.
|4 December 1789||Joshua Spalding||record of vote to accept new members|
|no date||unknown scribe||set of questions and guidelines for use in disciplinary cases|
|no date||Subscribers of the church||advice toward resolving a dispute between William and Mary Shillaber & a Mrs. Perkins|
|[no year] 24 August - 15 December||Nancy Farmer,
Nehemiah Adams (clerk pro tem)
|recto: confession of Nancy Farmer,
verso: church meeting minutes including discussion of Mrs. Farmer's case and eventual excommunication
|no date||unknown scribe||Simon Noyes's complaints against Deacon William Safford|
|no date||unknown scribe||copy of a letter speaking to the character of Dr. William Warren|
|no date||unknown scribe||denial of a female member's request for dismission|
Outreach and Education
This document relates to the home missionary movement.
|5 September 1763||Jeffrey Smith, Nathaniel Whitaker||letter in support of the Indian school in Connecticut|
These documents detail income and expenses related to the building and maintaining the meetinghouse, the pastorate, and other parish matters.
Real estate dispute
In the early 1770s, there was a dispute over the ownership of the parsonage house occupied by Rev. Nathaniel Whitaker.
|16 December 1772||George Bickford, William Nichols, William Lauder, Edward Smith, William [Dowst], Jonathon Neal, Isaac Needham, Thomas Stimpson, John Pittman, John Bray||accusation against Capt. John Gardner that he destroyed the Proprietors' deed to the parsonage house and had a new one drawn up in his own name, evicted Dr. Whitaker, and collected rent from another tenant, Capt. Charles King ; petition for a meeting to redress all resulting damages ; outside inscribed "deceiving & fraudulent"|
|May 1773||James Symonds Jr., [Dixey] Morgan, Samuel Williams, Benjamin Ropes, Gabriel Holman, Jacob Ashton, Joseph Symonds, Jonathon Webb, John Saunders, Jonathan Verry, William Morgan, David Felt, Benjamin Daland, James Nicholls, John Gardner Jr., Peter Cheever, John Gardner, John Symonds, Samuel Symonds, Thorndike Proctor, Benjamin Goodhue, Daniel Cheever, I. Procter Jr., Billings Bradish, Robert Procter, Joseph Clough, Miles Ward Jr., Joseph Henfield, Jonathan Mansfield, David [Masvery]||reply to petition from the Standing Committee|
Nathaniel Whitaker case
There was a lengthy dispute between the church's first pastor and its proprietors regarding Rev. Whitaker's conduct and salary, as well as the decision of the congregation to end their affiliation with the local Presbytery and return to Congregationalism.