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Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Salem, Mass.) Records

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SEWALL STREET METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH (SALEM, MASS.) RECORDS, 1829-1846





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:Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Salem, Mass.) Records
Dates:1829/1846
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Salem, Massachusetts, records consist of some administrative and pastoral records, but are mostly notes and writings from an unknown author.
Collection Number:EC 64

Series List


SERIES I. Church Records
SERIES II. Other

Scope and Content Note


The Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Salem, Massachusetts, records consist of some administrative and pastoral records, but are mostly notes and writings from an unknown author. The collection has been organized into two series.


Series I. Church Records contains the act of incorporation and charter, some financial documents, the meeting minutes of the board of trustees (1838), a copy of the deed to Jesse Fillmore, the testimony of Joseph and Hannah M. Dixon, and more.


Series II. Other consists of sermons, essays, and other writings by unknown authors.


Historical Sketch


A group of Methodists was formed in Marblehead, Massachusetts, probably in 1791 or 1792, and was connected with the Lynn circuit until 1794, when it was set up for itself with thirty-two members. Salem was connected with it for a long time. In 1818, Rev. Jesse Fillmore was appointed to the circuit and preached fourteen sermons in Salem; he was assigned to Salem as a stationed pastor in 1822. He found twenty-five members there, all poor. Fillmore bought a lot of land on Sewall Street from A. Kneeland and his wife for $600 and built a church, which cost $4,000. It was dedicated on February 11, 1824, and Fillmore’s brother, Daniel Fillmore, preached the sermon.


Fillmore financed this church personally and never raised money from his parishioners. He soon fell deeper and deeper into debt, eventually to the amount of $20,000. Before the formation of a second Methodist church, the following names appear as having been pastors: Joseph B. Brown, 1832-1833; Jefferson Hamilton, 1833; T. C. Macreading, 1834; Aaron Waitt, 1834-1835; J. W. Downing, 1835-1838; T. G. Hiler, 1838-1839.


The Second Methodist Episcopal Church was formed in March, 1841, by members withdrawing from the First Church. They built a church in Union Square, later known as the Advent Church. The first pastor was Rev. N. S. Spaulding, who was succeeded by pastors including Revs. Joseph A. Merrill, David K. Merrill, Horace Moulton, Phineas Crandall, David L. Winslow and John W. Perkins. Trouble arose in the First Church, and after a few years the Second Church absorbed the active membership of the former. In 1851, a larger church was found necessary and was erected on Lafayette Street. The pastors include the following: Revs. Luman Boyden, 1851-1853; A. D. Merrill, 1853-1854; Daniel Richards, 1854-1856; John A. Adams, 1856-1857; Austin F. Herrick, 1857-1859; John H. Mansfield, 1859-1861; Edward A. Manning, 1861-1862; Gersom F. Cox, 1862-1864; Loranus Crowell, 1864-1867; S. F. Chase, 1867-1869; D. Dorchester, 1869-1872; J. S. Wheedon, 1872-1874; George Collyer, 1874-1877; Daniel Steel, 1877-1879; George W. Mansfield, 1879-1882; William P. Ray, 1882-1885; T. L. Gracey, 1885-1887.


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.

Dixon, Hannah M.
Dixon, Joseph, 1799-1869
Fillmore, Jesse, Rev.
Libby, George W.
Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Salem, Mass.)
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Salem
Church records and registers
Methodist church buildings
Sermons
Slavery
Sunday schools
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

Sewall Street Methodist Episcopal Church (Salem, Mass.) Records, EC 64, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, October 2018.


Related Material


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


Mudge, James. History of the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 1796-1910. Boston: Published by the Conference, 1910.


Webber, Carl, and Winfield S. Nevins. Old Naumkeag: An Historical Sketch of the City of Salem, and the Towns of Marblehead, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers, Wenham, Manchester, Topsfield, and Middleton. Salem: A.A. Smith, 1877.


Wesley United Methodist Church Records, 1830-1974, MSS 22


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