Hampden Association of Congregational Ministers

Collection History

The first mention of the Hampden Association — divided into East and West — is in the Massachusetts General Association meeting, June 28, 1814. In 1850, the Hampden Conference of Churches was formed. The associations continued to be listed as the primary components of the General Association through 1864. In 1865, the churches were listed by counties, e.g. Hampden County, rather than by associations.

For more information about the collection, view the archival finding aid for the Massachusetts Conference Collection records.

 

Digital Materials

Association records, 1817-1844

This volume of the minutes and records of the Hampden Association of Ministers includes meeting minutes and council proceedings, lists of delegates, records of votes, proceedings of ordinations, installations, and dismissions, discussions of religious matters, committee reports and appointments, examinations of ministers, and the association constitution along with the original signers of the document.

Association minutes, 1762-1799

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, lists of delegates, and the results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1803-1820

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, installations, dismissions, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1830-1834

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, installations, dismissions, discussions of religious matters, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1835-1839

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, records of votes, installations, dismissions, discussions of religious matters, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations.

Association minutes, 1840-1844

These council minutes and proceedings include ordinations, disciplinary cases, records of votes, installations, dismissions, lists of delegates, and results of council deliberations, and a committee report recommending a division of the association.

Correspondence, 1770-1824

These documents contain correspondence to and from the Hampden Association regarding religious and ministerial matters.

1770 November 28 A letter from the association convened in Granville to the pastor of the Church of Christ in Granville about some "difficulties" and "grievances" that the parish had with the pastor.
1803 October 15 A letter from Isaac Knapp to "the inhabitants of Westfield" accepting a call to settle with the church.
1815 November 18 A letter from Dudley D. Rosseter to the "Church and Society in Southwick" about a call to settle with the church.  Within the letter, Rosseter lays out "Two important points" to consider before a minister can settle, including the issue of pay and the ministerial relationship to the church community.
1822 June The result of a committee meeting in regards to the Congregational Church in West Springfield where the committee issued an opinion calling for candidates for settlement in West Springfield.
1824 January 17 A committee letter about a letter written to the Hampden Association about the establishment of a new Leland Parish in West Springfield as the members of that community had to otherwise travel over six miles for worship.


Correspondence, 1837-1839

These documents contain correspondence to and from the Hampden Association regarding religious and ministerial matters, testimony, and official church matters.

1837 May 22 A disciplinary letter from the Hampden Association to the pastor in Westfield charging him with "consulting in an unchristian manner" among other charges.
1837 June 4 A letter from Harper Boise to the Hampden Association providing testimony against the Rev. Roger Harrison of Tolland.
1838 April 16 Written testimony about a the conditions set forth for arbiters of a settlement of differences between Maroin Moore and William Moore of Tolland.
1838 May 16 Written testimony about a settlement reached between Maroin Moore and William Moore as heard by a council and the minister of the Church of Christ in Tolland.
1838 June 6 A letter from Maroin Moore in Tolland declaring they have "done all [they] ought to do" in the case with William Moore.
1838 June 9 A letter from Alfred Webber indicating that a meeting between Maroin Moore and William Moore was agreed upon.
1838 June 9 A letter from William Moore to the Hampden Association about a meeting to reach a settlement with his brother Maroin Moore.
1839 September 10 A letter from the Congregational Church of Christ in Middle Granville to first Church of Christ in Wesfield requesting delegates to come to a ecclesiastical council being convened in Middle Granville.
1839 June 30 A letter to a committee appointed by the Middle Granville Parish asking for time to consider their proposal.
1839 September 5 A letter to the committee in the Middle Granville Parish about the potential dismission of the pastor in that church.
1839 September 12 This "letter" looks like scribbled notes about, or a potential reply to, the letter of September 10; likely it was written on the same paper but later separated from the original with the letters dating June 30 and September 5 purposefully placed between.

 

Related Materials

Granville, Mass. First Congregational Church.

 

Special Thanks

This digital resource has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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