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SOUTH CHURCH (SALEM, MASS.) RECORDS, 1774-1915





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-948-6012
Creator:South Church (Salem, Mass.)
Title:South Church (Salem, Mass.) Records
Dates:1774/1915
Quantity:1 linear foot (2 boxes, 1 flat file)
Abstract:The South Church of Salem records consist of administrative, financial, and pastoral records of this Salem, Massachusetts, church, as well as some small items from the church building.
Collection Number:EC 61

Series List


SERIES I. Church Administrative Records
SERIES II. Financial Records
SERIES III. Pastoral Activities
SERIES IV. Other

Scope and Content Note


The South Church of Salem records consist of administrative, financial, and pastoral records of this Salem, Massachusetts, church, as well as some small items from the church building. The collection has been arranged chronologically within four series.


Series I. Church Administrative Records consists of two reports.


Series II. Financial contains an account book, loose accounts, bills, contributions, receipts, records of pew sales and valuations, and other financial records of the church.


Series III. Pastoral Activities contains a record of marriages, sermons, and weekly calendars of services.


Series IV. Other contains church histories, photographs, poems, a glass negative, two newspapers, and some realia (e.g. pieces of a crystal chandelier).


Historical Sketch


South Church in Salem, Massachusetts, was formally founded in 1775 by members separating from the Tabernacle Church of Salem after a disagreement with the Tabernacle Church pastor regarding both the location of the new meetinghouse and the pastor's attempts to induct the church into the Presbytery. Originally called Third Church, it was later renamed in 1805 when the Proprietors of the New South Meeting House received incorporation. The church settled their first pastor, Daniel Hopkins, in 1775, and ordained him in November of 1778. The proprietors were then reincorporated as South Church in Salem in 1838.


In 1804-1805, a church was built. It featured a high spire, which was a great attraction for many years. It was renovated in 1860. The building burned in 1904; a stone church was erected in its place.


Hopkins served the church until 1814, dying in office at 81 years of age. Brown Emerson was called as pastor in 1805 and continued to preach to South Church until his death in 1872. South Church merged with Tabernacle Church of Salem in 1924.


South Church Succession of Ministers


Daniel Hopkins 1778-1814


Brown Emerson 1814-1872


Israel E. Dwinnell (Associate Pastor) 1849-1863


Edward S. Atwood 1872-1888


James F. Brodie 1889-1904


Harold Colson Feast 1904-1908


George W. Roesch 1908-1910


Thomas Langdale 1910-1914


H. M. Bartlett 1914-1920


George Leo Patterson 1920-1924


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Daland, Benjamin, 1763-1826
Dwinell, Israel E., Rev.
Emerson, Brown, 1778-1872
Hopkins, Daniel, 1734-1814
Jenks, John, 1751-1817
Norris, Edward
Ropes, Timothy, 1797-1873
Tabernacle Church (Salem, Mass.)
Third Church (Salem, Mass.)
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Salem
Church history
Church records and registers
Churches
Congregationalism
Pews and pew rights
Sermons
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

South Church (Salem, Mass.) Records, EC 61, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The piece of board was donated by Mr. Ford on April 29, 1911. Two poems were a gift of Miss Saunderson in 1912. Twelve photographs of ministers were a gift of Miss Susan Driv(er) on June 13, 1916. A group of newspapers, histories, and photographs (1815-1915) were deposited by Rev. Thomas G. Langdale in 1917. The pew deed dated 1848 was a gift of Mrs. D. Coffin on July 10, 1923. The glass negative was donated by John Tilton of Salem. The provenance of the rest of the material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, September 2018.


Related Material


Arrington, Benjamin F. Municipal History of Essex County in Massachusetts. Vol. 1, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922.


"Salem, Mass. South Church." New England Hidden Histories | Congregational Library & Archives, Congregational Library and Archives, 2018, http://www.congregationallibrary.org/nehh/series1/SalemMASouth5128


Related Collections


Tabernacle Church (Salem, Massachusetts) Records, 1717-1910, MSS 114


First Church (Salem, Massachusetts) Records, 1717-1954, EC 58


Brown Emerson Papers, 1799-1970, MSS 340


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