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History of First Church of Christ Congregational Church

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Manuscript

Membership lists

Laurens P. Hickok and Benjamin Lincoln Swan Letters

Memberships of Local Churches, Miscellaneous Notes, and Items



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History of First Church of Christ Congregational Church, 1859 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

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ID: 00/2011-117-0

Primary Creator: Bacon, Leonard Woolsey (1830 Jan. 1 - 1907 May 12)

Extent: 4.0 Folders. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged into four folders:

Folder 1: The Manuscript

Folder 2: Membership List

Folder 3: Laurens Perseus Hickok and Benjamin Lincoln Swan Letters

Folder 4: Memberships of Local Churches, Miscellaneous Notes, and Items

Date Acquired: 06/27/2011

Subjects: Bantam (Conn.) - Church history, Congregational churches, Connecticut - History, Episcopal Church - Connecticut - Litchfield, Episcopal Church - Connecticut - Litchfield County, First Congregational Church of Litchfield, History, Litchfield (Conn.) - Church history, Litchfield (Conn.) - History, St. Michael's Church (Litchfield, Conn.)

Forms of Material: Manuscripts, Notes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The History of First Church of Christ Congregational Church collection (2011-117-0) is a collection of papers and a manuscript found in Small Acquisitions. The collection pertains to a history and list of members of the First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Litchfield Connecticut. Leonard Woolsey Bacon the pastor of the church was compiling a list of members from 1721 (when the church was founded) to 1859 (when he was pastor of the church). The collection contains two letters from former pastors relaying information from when they were pastors of the church to Bacon. The collection also contains a manuscript which is a collection of the names of members fof the church and a historical introduction which seems to focus on Lyman Beecher. Other papers in the collection include miscellaneous notes and records of families and their religion throughout the region which seem to mostly be collected by other people. Please see the detailed descriptions below for a much more detailed description of the contents of each folder.

Collection Historical Note

Leonard Woolsey Bacon was born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 1st, 1830 to Rev. Dr. Leonard Bacon and Lucy Johnson Bacon. Bacon was graduated from Yale in 1850 and then attended the Andover Theological Seminary for two years; he then attended Yale’s Divinity School graduating in 1854. On October 16th, 1854 Bacon was ordained to the ministry of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Connecticut. Three years later in 1857 Bacon married Susan Almoran Bacon; they had thirteen children together. In 1879 he received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Harvard in 1879. Bacon was the pastor at various churches in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and even Geneva; he held posts in: Litchfield, Connecticut (1856-1861), First Church in Stamford, Connecticut (1862-1865), New England Congregation Church in Brooklyn, New York (1865-1870), Baltimore, Maryland, 1870-1872, American Church in Geneva, Switzerland (1872-1877), Norwich, Connecticut (1878-1882),Woodland Presbyterian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1883-1886), Savannah, Georgia (1886-1887), Park Congregational Church Norwich, Connecticut (1887-1902), Assonet, Massachusetts (1902-1906). He married a second time to Letitia Wilson Jordan Bacon in May 26, 1890; they had one son together. Leonard Bacon passed away on May 12th, 1907 in Assonent, Massachusetts. Bacon has been known for “controversial statements” mainly regarding pro-segregation sentiments. He also has published several works including: A Life Worth Living: Life of Emily Gould (1878),History of American Christianity (1898), The Congregationalists(1904), and he edited Martin Luther’s Deutche gesitliche Lieder (1883); several sermons of his have been published and can easily be found online: "The Simplicity that is in Christ," and "The Sabbath Question."

Biographical Note

Leonard Woolsey Bacon was born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 1st, 1830 to Rev. Dr. Leonard Bacon and Lucy Johnson Bacon. Bacon was graduated from Yale in 1850 and then attended the Andover Theological Seminary for two years; he then attended Yale’s Divinity School graduating in 1854. On October 16th, 1854 Bacon was ordained to the ministry of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Connecticut. Three years later in 1857 Bacon married Susan Almoran Bacon; they had thirteen children together. In 1879 he received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Harvard in 1879. Bacon was the pastor at various churches in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and even Geneva; he held posts in: Litchfield, Connecticut (1856-1861), First Church in Stamford, Connecticut (1862-1865), New England Congregation Church in Brooklyn, New York (1865-1870), Baltimore, Maryland, 1870-1872, American Church in Geneva, Switzerland (1872-1877), Norwich, Connecticut (1878-1882),Woodland Presbyterian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1883-1886), Savannah, Georgia (1886-1887), Park Congregational Church Norwich, Connecticut (1887-1902), Assonet, Massachusetts (1902-1906). He married a second time to Letitia Wilson Jordan Bacon in May 26, 1890; they had one son together. Leonard Bacon passed away on May 12th, 1907 in Assonent, Massachusetts. Bacon has been known for “controversial statements” mainly regarding pro-segregation sentiments. He also has published several works including: A Life Worth Living: Life of Emily Gould (1878), History of American Christianity (1898), The Congregationalists (1904), and he edited Martin Luther’s Deutche gesitliche Lieder (1883).

Subject/Index Terms

Bantam (Conn.) - Church history
Congregational churches
Connecticut - History
Episcopal Church - Connecticut - Litchfield
Episcopal Church - Connecticut - Litchfield County
First Congregational Church of Litchfield
History
Litchfield (Conn.) - Church history
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
St. Michael's Church (Litchfield, Conn.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 folders of loose papers.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of copyright holders. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright holders. Responsibility for any use rests with the user.

Acquisition Source: Unknown Donor.

Acquisition Method: Found in collections.

Preferred Citation: History of First Church of Christ Congregational Church (2011-117-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.


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The Membership List is an alphabetized list of names of members who attended the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, Connecticut. The list is broken down into last names and then provides the first names as well as the year the person attended the church.


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