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bMS 626

First Church in Roxbury (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.). Records, 1630-1956.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 626
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: First Church in Roxbury (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.).
Title: First Church in Roxbury (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.). Records, 1630-1956
Date(s): 1630-1956
Quantity: 5 boxes
Abstract: Records of the First Church in Roxbury, MA including record books and registers, committee minutes, and correspondence. The records span 1630-1956.

Biographical / Historical

The area now known as Roxbury was begininng to be populated by English settlers in 1630. In 1631 the church was gathered and the first meetinghouse was built in 1632 establishing the First Church in Roxbury. That same year, Thomas Weld was ordained as the first pastor of the church, and John Eliot was ordained as the first teacher. The church was incorporated as The First Religious Society in 1825, and in 1868, Roxbury was annexed to Boston.(from An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts, by Harold Field Worthley, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1970.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains record books (1630-1956), administrative committee minutes, membership records, baptismal register (1774-1862), marriages register (1774-1862), burials register (1774-1862), service bulletins (1920-1956), and correspondence documenting the activities and ministries of the congregation.

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