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North Congregational Church (North Middleboro, Mass.) Records

 Collection
Call Number: RG 309

Scope and Contents

This collection is notable for the detailed and comprehensive records it provides for a New England Congregational church. Church record books document meetings and actions of the church from 1748 to 1967. There are also detailed records related to the Sabbath School of the church from 1817 to 1902, and of women's groups of the church, including the Ladies Benevolent Society.

Dates

  • 1747 - 1967

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Andover Newton Theological School, 2017

Arrangement

Series I: Church Records

Series II: Sabbath School Records

Series III: Women's Groups

Series IV: Financial Records

Series V: Related to the Church Building

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.309

Overview

Detailed and complete records document the history of North Congregational Church in North Middleboro (Middleborough), Massachusetts, where Isaac Backus was minister from 1748 to 1756.

Biographical / Historical

There was a church in Titicut Parish, which is now part of North Middleboro (Middleborough), Massachusetts from 1675, composed of "praying Indians" who had been taught by John Eliot and others. This church continued as a Native American church for a number of years, during which time white settlers came into the area. The white settlers petitioned the General Court and Governor of Massachusetts in 1743 to form a new parish from parts of Bridgewater and Middleboro. This petition was granted and they set about organizing the Parish.

Isaac Backus (1724-1806) was appointed as the first minister of the church in 1748 and served until 1756, when he left to join the Baptist church. Backus was succeeded by Solomon Reed who served from 1756 to 1785. Other ministers of the church are listed in the 1931 Yearbook contained in the collection. Philip Colby, who served from 1817 to 1851, started a Sabbath School for children of the parish in 1817.

The first meeting house of the church was erected in 1748, a simple edifice that was replaced in 1808 with a new meeting house with a belfry and bell. This church building burned in 1852 and a third building was erected in the same place by later that year. In 1893 the third church building burned and was replaced by a church designed by architect J. Williams Beal.
Title
Guide to the North Congregational Church (North Middleboro, Mass.) Records
Author
Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2021
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