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First Ecclesiastical Society records, 1791-1924 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: First Ecclesiastical Society records, 1791-1924Add to your cart.

ID: 00/2010-381-0

Primary Creator: First Ecclesiastical Society (Litchfield, Conn.)

Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 12/30/2010

Subjects: First Ecclesiastical Society (Litchfield, Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.) - Church history

Forms of Material: Architectural drawings, Financial records, Land surveys

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The First Ecclesiastical Society records primarily document financial matters related to the First Congregational Church of Litchfield, Conn. The collection consists of correspondence, accounts, memoranda and statements, orders, promissory notes, receipts, and other items.

The First Congregational Church of Litchfield was founded in 1721. Its first minister was Timothy Collins, who served until 1751. Noted clergyman Lyman Beecher was the church's minister from 1810 to 1826. The first church building was constructed in 1723 or 1724 and was replaced by a new structure in 1761. A third church was built in 1829 north of the green. This building was moved and replaced in 1873 with a Gothic structure. In 1929, as part of the colonial revival movement in Litchfield, the 1829 church—which had been reused as an assembly hall and movie theater—was returned to the site and restored under the supervision of architect Richard H. Dana.

The church's business and legal affairs were managed by the First Ecclesiastical Society, which was founded in 1768. The church itself was incorporated in 1907 and in 1941 the two entities were combined into one corporation. In 1960, the church became part of the United Church of Christ.

The bulk of the records overlap the time of Rev. Beecher's tenure. Some are signed by him and pertain to his salary. There are several documents which relate to the installation of a new organ in 1828. There are also several documents regarding land acquisition and sale.

Subject/Index Terms

First Ecclesiastical Society (Litchfield, Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.) - Church history

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The 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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Donor unknown.

Acquisition Method: Found in collection.

Related Materials: First Congregational Church of Litchfield collection, 1845-1999

Preferred Citation: First Ecclesiastical Society records (2010-381-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).


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Series 1: Records, 1791-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Accounts, 1809-1811Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bills, 1808-1829Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Chancel drawing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Eells, Samuel to Champion, Judah, 1791 Jun 6Add to your cart.
Eells, pastor of the Second Church of Christ in Branford, Conn., certifies that Elisha Stone and Mary Stone are members in full communion and are of good Christian character and recommends them to Champion's Christian fellowship.
Folder 5: Financial reports, 1914-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Land survey, 1793 Jul 18Add to your cart.
Description of land laid out to the First Ecclesiastical Society, signed by Abraham Bradley and Timothy Skinner, Proprietor Committee.
Folder 7: Lists, memoranda, and statements, 1794-1829Add to your cart.
Item 1: Memorandum regarding land sold by the Society Committee to Philo Moss, 1794 Dec 27Add to your cart.
Item 2: List of notes received of Samuel Buel, treasurer of the 1st Ecclesiastical Society, to collect, circa 1808Add to your cart.
Item 3: Statement of Society funds, 1819 Oct 18Add to your cart.
Item 4: Statement of outstanding orders against the Society, 1820 Nov 9Add to your cart.
Item 5: Memorandum of items of Mr. Jackson's expenses for the organ, 1829 Aug 10Add to your cart.
Item 6: List of dimensions for [boxes?] [possibly in connection with Mr. Jackson's transport of the organ], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Promissory notes, 1810-1815Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Orders, 1813-1816Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Receipts, 1807-1828, 1863Add to your cart.


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