Sandwich, Mass. First Church

Collection History

Please note that as of January 2022, the Sandwich, Massachusetts. First Church records, 1691-1853, and all future digital collections are now hosted on the library's new digital archive.

Sandwich's First Church was founded in 1638 as part of the original Plymouth Colony. A Second Church was briefly formed in 1734 when some parishioners left due to a dispute over church admissions, but the congregation was reabsorbed into the First Church in 1749. The church continues to serve the community today as the First Church Sandwich, UCC.

The original manuscripts in this collection are owned by our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The digital materials below include two bound volumes of church records. The first volume contains administrative records, admissions, dismissions, baptisms, and deaths. The second contains meeting minutes for the first precinct in the town of Sandwich, as well as for parish meetings. Further information about the collection can be found in the NEHGS catalog.


Digital Materials

Church records, 1691-1818

This volume contains a combinatin of transcribed and original records. Entries prior to 1749 were copied from earlier records. The book includes a list of church members for 1695-1811 and 1824, church meeting minutes, lists of baptisms, deaths, dismissions, and other administrative records.

Church records, 1786-1853

This record book contains summaries of meetings and correspondence related to the first precinct in the town of Sandwich, as well as parish meeting records and correspondence.


Special Thanks

These digital resources have been made possible in part by the Council on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.