Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. First Congregational Church. Records, 1736-1886.

Collection Information

Mattapoisett, Mass. First Congregational Church records, 1736-1886.


First Congregational Church (Mattapoisett, Mass.)

Second Church (Rochester, Mass.)




5 volumes (0.77 cubic feet)

3 reels 35mm microfilm: archival master, print master & service copy (0.06 cubic feet)

805 unique page images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG & PDF

Collection ID #:


Conditions Governing Access:

Volumes 1 & 2, archival master and print master microfilm reels are closed to researcher access. Volumes 3-5, Service copy microfilm and digital copies are open and available for research. Please contact the librarian or archivist for more information.

Technical Access:

A microfilm reader is required to access service copy microfilm reel. To access digital user’s copies via online-interface, a java-enabled web browser is required. Internet Explorer 8.x and later, Firefox 5.x and later, Opera 12 and later, Safari 5.x and later, or any version of Google Chrome are recommended.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the First Congregational Church (Mattapoisett, Mass.) records, RG4840. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Additional Resources:

Item-level metadata is available for the digital copies of Volumes 1 & 2. Please contact the library for more information.



Processing information:

Collection re-described by Sari Mauro in September 2013 in accordance with DACS 2013. Portions of description written by Robin Duckworth.


The church was gathered in July of 1736 as Second Church in Rochester, Massachusetts, and didn’t become Mattapoisett Congregational Church until 1860 when the town of Mattapoisett was formed. The early years of the church were marked by much contention, most notably regarding pastoral appointments and policies on singing in service. The collection contains records relating to membership, vital statistics, ecclesiastical councils, meeting minutes, and financial records.

Acquisition Information:

Collection was placed on permanent loan by Mattapoisett Congregational Church UCC in September 2007.


Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.


Historical Note

Mattapoisett was gathered as the Second Precinct of Rochester by an act of the Massachusetts General Court in June 1736, though the village did not become a separate town until 1857. The first meetinghouse was constructed in 1737. The early years were contentious, as congregants disagreed over everything from who to accept as their pastor to the propriety of singing "by rule" (using hymnals that include musical notation) and instrumental accompaniment.

The original building was lost in the "great gale" of 1815. The congregation met at the town's schoolhouse for a time until its new building was constructed. Due to a strong revival movement, they soon outgrew this building, and moved to yet another new structure in 1842. After the town was incorporated, the church officially became the First Precinct in Mattapoisett in 1860, and later simply Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Some portions of the records refer to the church as Rochester Second.


Scope of Collection

These ledgers contain the early records of the church. Included are records pertaining to membership records, baptisms, and marriages, church meetings and ecclesiastical councils, administrative and financial records of the church.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Mattapoisett (Mass.) - History.

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Mattapoisett.

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Rochester.

Ecclesiastical Council - Massachusetts.

Marriage records - Massachusetts

Church membership.

Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.

Church music - Congregational churches.

Church music - Hymns.

Music in churches.

Baptismal records.


Related Materials

An account of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, August 18-24, 1907. T M43.25 P 1

Ivory Hovey papers, 1776. MS0897

Mattapoisett and Old Rochester, Massachusetts being a history of these towns and also in part of Marion and a portion of Wareham. T M43.25

Mattapoisett, MA : First Congregational Church. 17.11.1 M43.26 FIRCC

A sermon preached at Mattapoisett-Village, Rochester : at the funeral of the Rev. Lemuel Le Baron, who died Nov. 26, 1836, in the 90th year of his age, and 65th of his ministry. 15.0.7 5625 LA-L



Records are contained in five (5) volumes. Volumes are arranged by date. Volumes 1 & 2 are duplicated on one microfilm reel as well as digitally. Digital duplicates are available online. Volumes 3-5 are not duplicated in microfilm or digital formats.



  Date Location
Clerk's records 1736-1855 Volume 1
    Reel 1 of 1
    Online interface
These records contain primarily membership records, including admissions, dismissions, baptisms, and marriages. It also has minutes of church meetings and ecclesiastical councils, particularly when the topics discussed pertain to the conduct of church members.
Precinct meeting records 1792-1843 Volume 2
    Reel 1 of 1
    Online interface
This volume contains the administrative and financial records of the church. Since the precinct of Mattapoisett was formed more than a century before it was incorporated as a distinct town (in 1857), the records do refer to the church as Rochester Second.
Clerk's book 1858-1893 Volume 3
Clerk's book 1887-1957 Volume 4
Clerk's book 1894-1923 Volume 5


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