Stoneham, Massachusetts. First Congregational Church. Records, 1728/29-1889

Collection Information
Title:

Stoneham, Mass. First Congregational Church records, 1728/29-1889

Creator(s):

First Congregational Church (Stoneham, Mass.)

Dates:

1728/29-1889

Extent:

1 records carton (1.09 cubic feet)

2371 unique images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG & PDF

Collection ID #:

RG5190

Conditions Governing Access:

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the First Congregational Church (Stoneham, Mass.) records, RG5190. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Collection processed February 2016 by Sari Mauro using DACS second edition.

Abstract:

The town of Stoneham, previously known as Charlestown End, was incorporated in 1725. A vote in 1726 provided for the building of a 1,440-square-foot meetinghouse. First Church itself was not founded until July 1729. This collection contains the early records of First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Included in this collection are church records, parish and financial records, and records created by ministers of the church, including sermons and personal account books.

Acquisition Information:

Collection given to the Congregational Library & Archives by First Congregational Church in Stoneham, June 2014.

Accruals:

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

Description

Historical Note

The town of Stoneham, previously known as Charlestown End, was incorporated in 1725. A vote in 1726 provided for the building of a 1,440-square-foot meetinghouse. First Church itself was not founded until July 1729. Their first pastor was Rev. James Osgood who was called in October 1728, and ordained and installed in September 1729. Osgood served until his death in 1746 and was replaced by Rev. John Carnes, who was dismissed from his position in 1757. John Searl succeeded John Carnes in 1758/59, followed by the ordination of John Cleaveland in 1785. Cleaveland's ministry began amicably and he continued in the town and church's favor until the death of his wife in 1793. After his wife's death, Cleaveland married Elizabeth Evans, his housekeeper, which created tensions in the town. While the church chose to support Cleaveland, the town did not, and both Cleaveland and the church building itself were targets of the town's ire. An ecclesiastical council called late September 1794 dissolved Cleaveland's relationship with the town and church. Several pastors were called after Cleaveland, and in 1803 the town voted for the construction of a new, larger, meetinghouse. A bell for the new meetinghouse's belfry was purchased in 1810 with money raised through subscription, and a Sabbath-school was established in 1816. The second meetinghouse burned in 1840, and a third (and current) meetinghouse constructed in its place. The church continues to hold worship in its third meetinghouse today.

 

Scope of Collection

This collection contains the early records of First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Included in this collection are church records of meeting minutes, vital statistics, and membership rolls; parish and financial records, including salary and capital expenses; and documents created by ministers who served the church, including commonplace and account books from James Osgood, and sermons from an unnamed minister, most likely John Stevens who served in both Stoneham and Haverhill. Of particular note is the Osgood family's account book which contains not only the accounts of Rev. James Osgood, but also records of his wife, Sarah Osgood's, household and other expenses. Not included in this collection are records of personal conversion narratives (also known as relations).

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Account books

Clothing and dress

Women's clothing

Home economics—Accounting

Dry-goods

Food-costs-Massachusetts-18th century

Baptismal records

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Stoneham

Marriage records -- Massachusetts

Sermons, American -- 19th century

Church meetings

 

Arrangement

Collection materials are arranged into three series: Church records, Parish and financial records, and Ministerial records. Within each series items are arranged chronologically.

 

Contents

Series I: Church records

Date: 1728/29-1840
Extent: 3 volumes and 3 folders
Scope of Series: This series contains the early church records of First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Included in this series are records of church meeting minutes, marriage records, baptismal records, and statements of faith.
      Date Location
RESTRICTED Church records 1728/29-1840 B1/V1
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Statement of faith by John H. Stevens 1795 B1/F1
Articles of Resolution 1798 B1/F2
RESTRICTED Church records 1798-1840 B1/V2
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Marriage record (removed from volume 3) 1801 B1/F6
RESTRICTED Marriage records 1828-1831 B1/V3
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Series II: Parish and Financial records

Date: 1803-1889
Extent: 6 volumes and 1 folder
Scope of Series: This series contains the parish and financial records of First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts. These records include pew deeds and pew tax records, meeting minutes, records pertaining to the replacement of the church bell and the purchase and installation of a new furnace, and committee reports.
  Date Location
RESTRICTED Parish records 1803-1876 B1/V4
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RESTRICTED Records of the Treasurer 1827-1856 B1/V5
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RESTRICTED Parish records 1827-1856 B1/V6
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RESTRICTED Financial records 1827-1872 B1/V7
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RESTRICTED Financial records 1828-1868 B1/V8
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Deeds to pews 1841-1867 B1/F3
RESTRICTED Parish records 1856-1889 B1/V8
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Series III: Ministerial records

Date: 1728/29-1827
Extent: 6 volumes and 1 folder
Scope of Series: This collection contains personal account books, records, sermons, and realia created and kept by ministers of First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts.
  Date Location
RESTRICTED James Osgood's Book 1728/29-1730/31 B1/V10
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Fabric sample - James Osgood's neckwear 1729 B1/F4
RESTRICTED Osgood account book 1740-1796 B1/V11
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Cleaveland, John Jr. - Ordination sermon 1785 B1/F7
  Sermons by unnamed minister
RESTRICTED Psalms 116:7 1798 B1/F5/S1
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RESTRICTED Luke 24:30 1803 B1/F5/S2
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RESTRICTED Isaiah 8:17 1804 B1/F5/S3
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RESTRICTED Sermon with no citation 1807 B1/F5/S4
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RESTRICTED Zachariah 1:5 1809 B1/F5/S5
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RESTRICTED Acts 9:6 1809 B1/F5/S6
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RESTRICTED 1 Peter 5:7 1813 B1/F5/S7
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RESTRICTED Philippians 4:8 1819 B1/F5/S8
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RESTRICTED Ecclesiastes 8:5 1820 B1/F5/S9
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RESTRICTED 2 Peter 1:1 1821 B1/F5/S10
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RESTRICTED Philippians 1:23 1823 B1/F5/S11
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RESTRICTED Deuteronomy 32:5-6 1824 B1/F5/S12
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RESTRICTED Jeremiah 21:8 1826 B1/F5/S13
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RESTRICTED Ezekiel 37:11-13 1827 B1/F5/S14
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