EPSOM CHURCH RECORDS
Epsom Free Will Baptist Church Monthly Meeting Minutes 1824-1860
On July 1st, 1824, a group of Epsom residents, headed by Arthur Caverno, at the time a teacher in Epsom, met and formed the Epsom Free Will Baptist Church. Helping at the meeting was Elder Ebenezer Knowlton of Pittsfield. Arthur Caverno presented as a gift a book into which minutes of their monthly meetings and members were to be recorded. The book was used through 1860, with clerks of the Church Arthur Caverno, Nathan Bickford and Thomas Tripp. It would appear that the clerks would take notes, but entries in the book were done later, months at a time, and based on the different handwriting, not always by the clerks themselves. Sentences were seldom started with capital letters, nor was there puncuation, and there are words left out which could not be read. Many words are spelled wrong, and the transcription below reflects much of the original - there are also many places where the writing was impossible to read.
(The following is not intended as Articles of faith but merely as observations on Preliminary Remarks.) A. Caverno.
As the happiness and prosperity of society depends much upon the principles & administration of its government so it cannot be improper to say that churches should be considered in a like respect. And even if we descend into a view of private families and note the order and regulations by which they are governed, we may generally infer their condition whether in in a prosperous or declining situation.
causes we trace effects. From premises we infer consequences. From proceedings
we expect results.
But though there may be ever so good a government and an impartial and consistent administration of it, there cannot be a perfect perfect peace among and in the members of it, so long as there is a want of moral fellowship.
The strength and happiness of society, however, depends more upon the union of its members than upon it government; for the government may be faulty in several respects, but a due regard for each other among its subjects with will not only increase the strength but the peace of it. It will be readily granted, that a fear of government may restrain many acts of licentiousness, but it must be acknowledged that this fear cannot create and preserve an internal fellowship, in the order of society. But it is evident still further, that a moral or social union cannot exist, where there is any degree of hatred in possession, neither can an individual bear a regard for another when enmity has a prepossession. "Love and hatred cannot dwell together."
A slavish fear may put a restraint upon many but its general tendency sooner weakens the bands of mutual fellowship, and engenders strife, than it promotes or forwards society. Such are the consequences of such a fear.
But on the other hand love produces peace, quietness, equity, justice, lowliness, long suffering, forgiveness, patience and many other things which, if connected with those already mentioned, constitute the spring of Christian happiness.
Epsom July 1st A.D. 1824
Met for conference in the schoolhouse
near the meetinghouse to take into consideration and act upon the expediency of
establishing a free church in this town. Opened meeting by prayer & praise,
after which several spake of the goodness and dealing of God to them. Three related
their experience and offered themselves as candidates for baptism, viz. Elisabeth
Marden, Lydia Marden & Eliza Robinson.
Names of Females
Brother Samuel Johnson offered himself as a member
but it was thought advisable that Br. Johnson should first get a recommendation
from the church to which he belonged at Deerfield. The above was the number that
become members of this church at this time. Elder A. Caverno was considered Pastor
and likewise Clerk for the present.
The names of members, when added, when dismissed, when taken away by death etc. may stand thus.
Names of Males
(I think it better to omit this as they book will show the date of admissions)
September 11th 1824 Met in my house for conference. Opened said meeting by prayer and praise. Then several spake of the goodness of God and felt determined to pursue the course that had led to heaven and greatly encouraged others. As this meeting was appointed for hearing experiences from some that wished to be baptized, it was proposed and ten came forward in course and related their experiences, whose names are as follows: Marie Lawrence, Sarah Parker, Betsey Lamper, Nancy Green, Sarah Trip, Anna Clarke, Joshua Haines, Hiram Parker, John Trip & Samuel Green; & next day Polly Green & Daniel Cilley between meetings related their experiences and offered themselves as candidates for baptism. All these experiences were powerful and very satisfactory to the brethren. Accordingly in the afternoon, Sunday, we attended to the ordinance near the papermill factory. These twelve were received at their request into this free Baptist church in Epsom; and they also received the right hand of fellowship by A. Caverno.
September 18th 1824 Met for monthly meeting in my house. I was absent the first of the meeting being called to pleasant pond to attend a funeral, but returned before meeting closed. Many spake to the glory of God and the encouragement of Christians. Sister Locke wife of Brother Ephraim Locke and Brother Thomas Bickford were both taken into this church and received the right hand of fellowship by A. Caverno. Brothers, John Trip, Samuel Green, Daniel Philbrook, & Sisters Sally Osgood, Lydia Marden, Nancy Marden, Polly Green, Lucretia Tarlton, Mehitabel Johnson were absent. Our Next monthly meeting is appointed at brother Richard Tripp.
October 9th 1824 Met at Brother Thomas Bickford's for conference. After meeting opened, many spake of their resolutions to persevere in the divine persuit. The first part of the meeting was rather dark and trying; but God gave us the victory at last. Eight viz. Joshua Richard Worth, John Worth, James Worth, Fanny Wiggin, Aadaline Dollar, Sarah Bickford, Jane Bickford &Mary Mann came forward & offered themselves as candidates for baptism after relating their experience. These candidates chose to become members of this free Baptist church, as well as all the rest had done who have been baptized in this town since July 4th. Sister Jane Bickford however did not go forward the next day but omitted it till the next day Tuesday. Brother Jonathan Marden came forward on Sunday, related his experience and with the other seven who related their experiences the day before was baptized in the river near William Marden's where the meeting was holden. Tuesday following met for public worship at Brother Richard Tripp's and after preachings, Brother Samuel Fowler, Sisters Love Elliott, Eleanor Dickey, Hannah Bickford, related their experiences and with sister Jane Bickford who related her experience the Saturday before, were baptized and by choice were united to the free Baptist church in this place. All the above received the right hand of fellowship.
October 16th, 1824 Met at Brother Richard Tripp's for monthly
meeting. Opened meeting by praise & prayer; and then all the brethren &
sisters spake one after another of the state of their minds. Found that some of
__ late enlisted soldiers were just entering into the warfare, but for the most
part found full resolutions to serve the Lord. Brother Samuel Wells & Sister
Martha Philbrook related their experience and wished to be baptized. Some mention
was made about joining the Quarterly Meeting, but the brethren not all being present
and what were not understanding particularly the nature of the subject, it was
At a publick meeting holden at the meetinghouse October 31st 1824, attended by Elder Knowlton & Caverno, sister Eliza Bickford, wife of Nathan Bickford, at the conclusion of the first sermon, came forward, related a satisfactory experience and between meetings was baptized and received the right hand of fellowship as a member of this church.
Same day after the second sermon the ordinance of the Lord's supper was administered. A profitable season was enjoyed. Arthur Cavero, clerk
November 20th 1824 Met in the schoolhouse near the meetinghouse
for monthly meeting. Opened meeting by praise & prayer, after which attended
to church business.
December 18th Our Monthly meeting was holden at Brother Levi Robinson's at the short falls; but owing to badness of the weather, I with many others, did not attend. But by information I understood that a comfortable season was enjoyed.
December 25th attended a meeting at Brother Richard Tripps. Brother James McCutcheon and wife were baptized and received the right hand of fellowship as members of this church. After meeting a letter or rather a request was read to and accepted by the church agreeable to a vote passed in November monthly meeting. Arthur Caverno, clerk.
January 15th 1825
Met at Williams Marden's Jr for monthly meeting. Opened meeting by singing and prayer. Had a very powerful time: About 35 spake and as much encouraged I think as ever - Arthur Caverno Clerk
February 19th 1825
Met at my house for monthly
meeting - Opened s'd meeting by praise and prayer followed by powerful exhortations
several of out Pittsfield brethren & sisters ere present and spake encouragingly.
Between 30 & 40 testimonies were delivered -
March 19th 1825
a conference holden in the schoolhouse near the meeting-house May 1st at 9 o'clock
in the morning. Opened meeting by prayer and then proceeded to the purpose of
the meeting, viz. to hear again the experiences of Jacob Wallace and Ann Mack
who wished to be baptized. After the second meeting repaired to the water where
they were baptized and both initiated into the church and received the right hand
May 21st 1825
Met at Br. Jabez
Green's for monthly meeting. The Methodist class meeting was holden at the same
time & place. Meeting commenced as usual after which 54 individuals spake
of that union and happiness which are strangers to the worldly minded. This was
a refreshing from the presence of the Lord - About 60 testimonies were delivered
in the Spirit of religion as some spake twice. May the Lord increase holiness
among all people.
June 18th 1825
Met at Wm.
Marden's Jr for monthly meeting. Opened meeting as usual, after which many spake
of the glory of the Lord. At the close of the meeting a contribution was made
to pay for the sacramental vessels, which, by Mrs. J. Babb, were purchased in
Boston June 1st, 1825 at 13 Dollars.
50 cts June 25th 2 Quarts of wine were purchased
for Sacrament next day.
$1.04 cts by sundry persons were handed me June 25th for church uses
1825 Money Rec'd 1825
June 18th 11.65
1825 Money Expended
June 1st $13.00
Epsom March 13th 1826
June 24th 1826 expended .50 cts for wine for communion. .86-.50 + 36
cts yet on hand
Monthly meeting holden
at the school house near the meeting house
August 30th Monthly meeting
holden at brother Richard Tripp's at the short Falls and three related their experience
for baptism viz Sisters, Rachel Wallace, Emma Wallace and Polly Osgood.
Sep 17th 1825 Monthly church meeting was holden at my house. Opened
meeting by singing and prayer which was succeeded by exhortations and experience.
At the close of the meeting the reports against Sarah Parker though she was absent,
were laid before the church and the church agreed that she be soon admonished.
To be postponed till next Monthly Meeting, yet she be put under admontion.
The following is the copy of a letter written and sent by the clerk of the church to Ann McDaniels a member of the church informing her of a report in circulation, unbecoming her moral and christian character and requesting her to give immediate answer.
Epsom October 11th 1825
is a report in circulation about you in this town, that is very unfavorable both
as to your moral character and christian character. It is this, that you are guilty
of fornication and like to have family in an unmarried state.
A true copy Attest. Arthur Caverno clerk
15th 1825 Met at Brother Thomas Bickford's for monthly meeting and commenced meeting
as usual. Eleven male and fifteen female members were present, all of whom spake
of their progress in the path to glory. Probably at no former church meeting there
was so much said about trials so severe as at this. But a good hope through divine
grace is yet possessed by all that spake, what inspired them with a strong resolution
to endure them and finally overcome by the Lamb's blood and the word of our testimony.
At the conclusion of the meeting the church voted to continue Sarah Parker under
admonition until next church meeting at which time she is to be rejected unless
she previously confesses her wrongs. Also voted that Ann Mack Daniels be considered
under admonition and rejected at the next monthly meeting unless her wrongs be
confessed before. Agreed and voted that the clerk notify the two above named persons
of the above proceedings of the church.
Communion day following.
October 15th 1825
I would inform you that you have
been named in our last two Past monthly meetings and dealt with as the church
thought advisable. At the last church meeting before today the church thought
it best that you be considered under admonition. Today the church voted to reject
you at the next monthly meeting unless you confessed to the church your wrongs.
The following is the copy of a letter sent at the request of the church to Ann McDaniels a member of it, informing her that the church voted to reject her unless prevented by confession.
October 14th 1825
I would inform you that the church
of which you are a member has thought that your transgression deserve a dismission
from the church; and concluded that at our next monthly meeting you would be rejected
unless you prevent it by a humble confession.
November 19, 1825 Met at my house for monthly meeting. Opened meeting
by praise & prayer and then proceeded to business. First took under consideration
the subject relative to Rejecting Sarah Parker who was guilty of fornication viz
(see three pages back in this book.) After some observations upon the subject,
voted to reject her and have no fellowship with her.
Met at the short falls schoolhouse for monthly meeting - this monthly meeting
was postponed one week later than usual for come accommodating purpose. Meeting
began as usual. Several spake of God's goodness, but some were backward and said
nothing. It is low time among the church and some trial on account of remissness
of tow or three of the members.
January 21st 1826
February 18th Monthly meeting was
holden at William Marden's 3rd. I was not present, but from information a good
season was enjoyed.
March 18th Monthly meeting
was holden in Br. Ephraim Locke's house. Sister Elizabeth Shepard of East Chemsford
Mss. Was dismissed form this church to be a member of a Baptist church in that
place by her request. We found a few quite remiss in their duty but God gave us
help from on high.
April 15th 1826 Met at Brother
Richard Tripp's for monthly meeting. Commenced meeting as usual.
May 20th 1826
June 17th 1826 Monthly meeting was holden in Br. J.
Green's house at the short falls. A good meeting was experienced. Agreed to have
a communion at the meeting house on the 25th. Ins. Br. Ephraim Locke said he would
officiate as deacon in the church for the present instead of Br. Philbrook who
July 15th Monthly meeting at William Marden's
3rd. A comfortable season was enjoyed; Meeting began by reading a chapter of the
Scriptures and prayer. 22 of the church with other brethren were present. Communion
one week from the following Sabbath.
Monthly Meeting was holden at my house; and commenced by reading the first chapter
of Lamentations. A general death prevailed during the first part of the meeting.
But the last part of the meeting was uncommonly glorious. A vote was passed, by
rising up, that every brother and sister that felt union with one another and
free from trial with one another, should manifest it by this motion. Every one
arose. 20 members were present.
1826 Monthly meeting was holden at Richard Tripp's house. Commenced as usual.
Several spake feelingly and encouragingly. The whole numbers of testimonies were
30. Communion day following. Arthur Caverno clerk
October 21, 1826
Church meeting was holden at my house. Began meeting by prayer by brother Samuel
Tilton of Raymond. Meeting continued as usual with testimonies and singing. A
comfortable season was enjoyed. Present in this monthly meeting 18. O Lord revive
all our members.
18th 1826 . This monthly meeting was holden at Brother Nathan Bickford's and though
the subscriber or clerk was not present, information was given him that a comfortable
season was enjoyed.
December 16th 1826. Church
Meeting was holden at the centre schoolhouse. Meeting opened by reading the 1st
Chap. of Colossians. Brothers Thomas Bickford & Ephraim Locke were requested
to visit Brother Wm Fowler a delinquent and disorderly member & make report
to the next monthly meeting. Sister Comfort Tarlton spake for the first time among
us having professed religion about seven weeks. The Loss of our sister Martha
Jenness who died in Chelmsford (Mss.) Nov. 13 1826 and buried in Epsom 17. Following
at whose funeral a discourse was deliver'd from 1 Cov. 7 "The time is short"
was realized. As several brethren were proposing to attend the Jan Quarterly Meeting
we thought proper not to appoint any. The Months of 1826 are now about closing
forever! Oh time leave us not unprepared for eternity Oh how solemn to die. 25
Were present i.e. members of the church
Jan. 20th 1827 Met at Brother Thomas Bickford's for monthly meeting and though a comfortable meeting was enjoyed it was not on account of the multitude of brethren and sisters that attended. Probably owing to the extreme cold of the weather. 12 only I think were present.
Feb. 17th 1827. Met at the centre schoolhouse for church meeting.
Meeting commenced as usual and then proceeded with testimonies. This was an old
fashioned monthly meeting if I ever witnessed one i.e. such as out fathers enjoyed
years ago. Noise enough & thank God none too much. Though it thundered and
lightened the rain was powerful and plenteous. My God give me the union of thy
children for thou knowest that I seek it more than the esteem or praise of vile
sinners. O father ever give me that bread.
March 17th 1827. Monthly meeting was holden at Mr. Wm. Marden's
3rd. I was not present but have information that a good season was enjoyed. 20
or 30 were present; about all spake. Brother Richard Worth feelingly confessed
his wrong in getting intoxicated on the day of the Annual town meeting.
April 21st 1827. Church monthly meeting was holden at centre schoolhouse. About 20 members were present. A very glorious season was enjoyed. Mary Grant & Sarah Ann Blaidsell were hopefully converted. Brother Jacob Wallace confessed his wrong in getting intoxicated & promised to refrain from the use of ardent spirits.
May 10th. At a meeting according to previous appointment
holden at Brother Thomas Bickford's Sarah Ann Blaisdell of Warner N.H. related
her experience for baptism, was baptized, and received the right hand of fellowship
as a member of this church.
May 17. Monthly meeting was holden at Br. Green's at the Short Falls. I was not present, but from information a good season was enjoyed. A. Caverno clerk
At a conference meeting holden
at my house May 31. Mary Grant who was converted in the April monthly meeting
related her experience and on the following Sabbath was baptized and received
the right hand of fellowship as a member of this church. In this conference of
the 31st of May, William Fowler was considered and on consultation ?? thought
best to postpone his rejection until a letter of admonition be given him.
June 1827. Monthly meeting at the centre schoolhouse. I was not present - but few attended & a comfortable meeting. A. Caverno clerk
July 21st. Monthly meeting at Br.
Richard Tripps. As I was not present I cannot tell the results of the meeting.
Aug. Monthly meeting at Nathan Bickfords. A glorious
Epsom Aug. 23, 1827
By advice of the church I send you a
few lines to stir up your mind by way of remembrance.
Sep 15th 1827 Monthly
meeting was at Br. Ephraim Locke's - fifteen or sixteen were present - agreed
to commune on the 23rd of this month which ordinance has been neglected all summer.
May Brs. Bickford and Green keep a record of every monthly meeting particularly all business appertaining to the church - Farewell -
Oct the 21 1829 Met for monthly meeting at Br.
Richard Trippe & had a good season & agreed to meet at the school house
the next morning for conference meet & heard Sister Caverno experience &
desire to be baptized & voted to receive her as a member which was Done at
noon in the after noon attended to communion and had a solom season.
Nov. the 17
the 15 Met for monthly meeting at my house & had a good season & took
new courage to bare the Cross after (my) Jesus
the 19 1828
February the 18 Met
for monthly meeting at Brother Thomas Bickfors & Brother Caverno from Hopkinto
& Brother Swain From Chichester Met with us & we had a good season the
power of the Lord was in the place and was known & felt in the Church.
March the 16 1828 Met for monthly meeting at Brother E. Locke it being very stormy the brethren & sisters did not attend as usual but such as did meet appointed a conference at my house march the 27 for Church business & brother Caverno attended with us & to our sorrow we found that the cause of god required that we should disown William Fowler after series labor as the Scripture Directs & Lizzie Mariah Lawrence; Hannah Lawrence Bickford & Hiram Parker nee had a solom time but the Lord was with us & blest us. Nathan Bickford
April the 19th Met for the monthly meeting at William Mardens junr & had a good season but a very few attended but the Lord blessed such as did attend.
May the 17 1828 Met for monthly meeting at Brother Thomas Bickfords & had a good revival in the hearts of those that met. A goodly number took new courage to do the Masters will.
July the 21 Met for monthly meeting at my house by a very few attended but I think that I never was in a meeting where that the brethren rose more willingly to speak of the goodness of god in my life nor where the Lord was more willing to bless I could say that my heart took new courage.
August the 10 1828 sister Comfort Tarlton came forward & told her experience & was baptized by elder Caverno & received into the church.
Aug the 16 Met for monthly meeting at brother Davis & had a good season brother Swain met with us from Chichester and Spake encouring to (Zion) from this monthly meeting made a request was made to the quarterly by the Church to the Elders in quarterly meeting held at Middleton the 20 & the 21 Day of august which request was granted & Elders appointed to attend the Conference E. Place S.M. Dyer I Caverly the G A Caverno Moses Bean & William Swain met at Brother E. Lockes with the Church & Mcacheon told his experience & call to preach & his vows of the doctrine of the Cross & of Salvation by Jesus Christ & the brethren were satisfied with this & agreed to ordain him the same afternoon which they did & gave him the love of the Church instead of brother Caverno
Sept the 20 met for monthly meeting at brother Thomas Bickfords brother
J. (Namos) met with us from Gilmanton & we had a good season the good shippard
me with the flock & blest them with (serving) bread & we thanked god and
Octo 19th 1828 Met for Monthy Meeting
at my house. Eld. Tenney of Candia met with us and we experienced a blessed good
time in waiting on the Lord a very general attendance and everyone spake of the
goodness of God.
Nov. 15th 1828 Met for Monthly
Meeting at Br. Thomsa Bickfords. Number not very large but we had a good meeting
and felt encouraged to serve the Lord.
January 17th 1829
Met for monthly meeting at my house & had a good time the numbers was small but the Lord was with us.
February the 21 1829 Met for
Monthly Meeting brother Lockes & had a good time
April & May I did not attend but understood that the Meetings were very thin.
June the 21 1829
July the 18 1829
the 15 1829 Met to brother Thomas Bickfords for monthly meeting & had a good
Sept the 14th 1829
Oct the 17 1829 Met for monthly meeting at my House & Enjoyed the presence of the Lord. Nathan Bickford
the 21 1829 Met for monthly meeting at brother E Locke & brother Daniel Cilley
met with us who had been absent for a long time & whee had a good season
December the 19 1829 Met for Monthly
Meeting at brother Thomas Bickfords & had a good season
the 16 1830 Met for monthly meeting at brother E Locke & had a good season
& heard the experience of John grant & John Wallis Eunice Emerson &
Sarah Kiniston & the 17 baptised by Eld James MCacheon the same The 24 brother
Samuel Wells the 3 told his Experience & was baptised by Eld James MCucheon
February the 20 1830 Met for Monthly meeting at my house
& had a very good meeting
1830 March the 20
Met for Monthly meeting at brother E Lockes & had a very full & good meeting
& heard the Experience of brother Amos Prescott the 21 he was babtised by
Eld James Mcuceon
April the 14 Met for monthly meeting
at brother Richard Tripps & had a good season the 14 Eliza & Mary Locke
were babtised by El James MCucheon
May the 16 1830 Met
for monthly meeting at brother E Lockes & had a good season widow grant told
her Experience & Desired to be babtised & was babtised the 17 after which
we attended to braking of bread & had a Solom time.
the 20 1830 Met for monthly meeting at my house & had a good season. Sister
mary Lock brother (Samuel) Lockes wife told her Experience & Hannah Flower
told her Exper and at 21 were babtised
July 17 1830
Met for monthly meeting at brother E. Lockes & had a low time the meeting
Augt the 14 1830 Met for Monthly meeting
at my house & had a good season thirty spake of the goodness of the Lord
Sept the 18 1830 Met for monthly meeting at brother Thomas
Bickfords & had a very good season 24 spake of the goodness of the Lord
Oct the 16 1830 Met for monthly meeting at the Center
Scoolhouse & had a good season & made some arrangements for quarterly
meeting which was held in Epsom the next Wednesday & Thursday for the first
time in Epsom & had an exalent time in meeting & good union in Conference
November the 20 1830 Met for monthly meeting at
John Yeatons the 3 third & enjoyed a blessed good season. There were many
spoke of their prosperity in religion with much feeling and liberty a very engaging
meeting about 50 present --- At the close of the meeting is was thought best to
appoint a committee of 6 brethren to visit delinquent brethren and to attend to
other business necessary to be attended to in thar church; and made choice of
Brs Daniel Philbrick Jr Samuel Johson. Ephraim Locke, Thomas Bickford, Samuel
M. Green and Nathan Bickford as said committee.
the 18, 1830 Met for Monthly meeting at Br. Daniel Philbricks. & had a good
January the 15 1831 Met for monthly meeting
at my house the meeting was very thin & rather dull.
February the 19 Met for monthly meeting at brother E. Lockes & had a very good season.
the 20 Met for monthly meeting at brother Thomas Bickfords it being very stormy
the Church did not meet
April meeting was to have been at the
same place but storm prevented it.
May the 21 1831 Met for monthly meeting at my house & had a good season
June the 18 Met for monthly meeting at brother E. Locke & experienced a good season from the presence of the Lord
July the 16 Met for monthly meeting at brother T Bickford the meeting rather thin but good
August the 20 Met for monthly meeting at brother E. Locke & had a good season
September the 17 Met for monthly meeting at my house & had thin meeting
Oct the 15 Met for monthly meeting at brother John grants & had a good season the meeting was rather thin
November the 19 Met for monthly meeting at brother Jabish Greens I did not attend on the account of a funerell but understood that the meeting was very food & appointed a conference wensday the 23 at brother E Locks which was well attended & Resolved in mustering all as one to not by nor drink by the gill or glass fr spirit at any store or tavern only on sum special occasion & agreed to attend monthly meeting or give some reasonable excuse why we did not meet.
Met for monthly meeting December the 17 at Brother E. Locks & had a very good season
January the 21 1832 Met for monthly meeting at my house & had a very full meeting & a very good one
February the 18 1832 Monthly meeting was holden at brother Samuel Wells & well attended & the Lord was pleased to meet with us
March the 17 Monthly meeting was held at Brother Amos Prescott but very thin
April the 21 Monthly Meeting was holden at brother Daniel Philbricks & very well attended & a very Splendid good meeting. N.B.C.
the 19, 1832 Met for Monthly Meeting at Br. E. Lockes had a very good meeting.
June 16 Met at my house, rather thinly
attended but had a comfortable time, good engagedness.
21 Met for Monthly Meeting at Br. John Yeatons being rainy, but few attended.
Enjoyed a pretty good meeting.
August 18 Monthly
Meeting was held at Br. Thomas Bickfords, well attended and a very good, comfortable
meeting - In this meeting it was accepted to alter the time of the session of
this Monthly Meeting. After this, to be held on the 2nd Saturday of every month,
for the purpose of having our Meeting before the Quarterly Meeting.
Sept. the 8 & Oct. the 13 November the 10 & December the 8
Monthly Meetings as usual well attend
Jan. 12, 1833 Met for monthly Meeting at my house & a very good season & well attended took up the subject of brother Daniel P. Cilley being ordained & a unanimous vote passed that the Clerk of the Church be directed to wright a request to the Q.M. for him to be set apart. Accordingly by a counsel was appointed to Meete the Church at Brother E. Locke Tuesday the 5 day of February. Met & were Satisfied that god had called him to the work. & the 6 he was set apart by the counsell.
Feb. 8th March 8th April 12th May 10th June 14th July 12th August 9th. These monthly meetings were thinly attended but the main body of the Ch remained stable. After a protracted and painful labor with Samuel Wells at the Aug monthly meeting a special Ch meeting was called appointed
The 6th of the next Sep In this
meeting the Ch were under painful duty of excommunication him for immoril conduct.
Sept 13th 1834 Meet for monthly meeting at the new Meetinghouse
enjoy a good season felt that the Ch was upon the rise received some faith that
God was about to revive his work. We had noticed for some moths a gathering spirit
amoung the people & in this meeting we were led to believe that a reformation
was about to commence and prayed for it; not only so but we entered into a covenant
to pray twice every day for one month that God would revive his work and convert
Nov 30th Met at Baptist
meeting house for publick worship after hearing a sermon from Eld Manson repaired
to the water where Eld Manson
8th Meet in Mohy Meeting at M.H. a general attendance and it was a good season
many spake of their encouragements.
Nov. 22nd 1834 By request Sister
Mary Ham received a letter from this Ch.. community her to the F.W. Baptist Ch..
in Lowell Mass as a Sister in good standing.
30th Meet at the Baptist M.H. in this town and after hearing a sermon from Eld
Manson we repaired to the water and Eld Manson baptized four persons Viz. Widow
Susan Goss Eleanor Young Joanna Maxfield John Yeaton 3rd after which we repaired
to the Meetinghouse and heard another sermon that those that had been baptized
between the meetings came forward and received the hand of fellowship. Our meeting
was solemn and spiritual at the close of which 3 rose for prayers.
Dec 7th Meet at Dea Thomas Bickfords for conference at the close of this meeting Joseph Emerson related his experience in company with Susan Fowler, Sally Fowler and Betsey Fowler and on the 8th being Sabbath were baptized by Eld Manson between the meetings and at the close of the afternoon meeting received the hand of fellowship.
Dec. 13th Meet in Moh Conference had a very good
meeting the Church very well united.
Jany and Febr Monthly
meetings well attended formed a good union at the Jany Mo meeting (with a few
exceptions) after some conversation with bro S. Johnson respecting his trials
he appeared to have union with the Church and he with Eld McCuthcheon and N. Bickford
were appointed messengers to the Q.M. to be holden at Gilmanton in Eld. P. Clarks
March Monthly Meeting was not quite
so good found that bro S. Johnson was not satisfied with the proceedings of the
Ch in Jany in that this Church had withdrawn the hand of fellowship from John
Grant for intoxication. He thought that he had not been laboured with enough before
he was disowned. But when the Ch came to look into the subject, it was found that
he had been dealt with in a tender manner until it was found that he was a dishonor
to the ___ of God, and there was no prospect of reclaiming him from his drinking
and after a great deal of conversation and labour with br Johnson he gave the
subject up and appeared to be reconciled to the Church and said he would try to
get along as well as he could with us.
meeting in April rather a dull meeting at the close of this meeting appointed
a communion to he had on the 10th of May 1835.
the 17th 1835 gave sister Sally T. Goss a letter of commendation to the Church
of Christ in Lowell Mass.
May 9th 1835 Meet in Moly
conference opened the meeting by prayer we than proceeded of try the union of
the Church and found all in union with the Ch except br. Samuel Johnson and after
a number of hours of painful labour with him we concluded it was best to have
a committee of six brethren to wait on bro J. and see if reconsilation could be
had, made Choise of Thomas Bickford Ephraim Locke Samuel Green Amos Prescott Samuel
Wells Nathan Bickford
May 10th meet at the Baptist M.H. and after hearing
a discourse from Eld B.S. Manson we repaired to the water and Eld McCutcheon baptized
bro Wm Abbott Jr. and in the afternoon Eld McCutcheon preached and at the close
of his sermon Eld Manson gave bro Abbott and Sister Mercy Bickford (by request
of Eld McCutcheon) the hand of fellowship. Than we proseded to communion as before
appointed and it was a good season a large number came forward
gave Sister Susan T Goss a letter of commendation to the F.W.B. Church of Christ
in Lowell Mass
June 13th Meet in Mo Meeting at the
Meetinghouse but a few of the brethren attended and when came together it appeared
to be rather discouraging having such a ___ trial the last conference but we had
not together but a little while before the blessed God appeared as one in our
midst and the meeting was one of very great interest we thought that it was one
our best meetings that we ever enjoyed.
Meet in monthly conference at the M.H. a goodly number meet and it was a very
profitable season & I think that the Church is well united.
July 8th By request of bro Samuel Johnson who was put under admonition
May 9th we held a conference at 5 o'clock P.M. after having much talk with brother
J. we parted under some encouragement that he would remove his difficulty by confession
however but five of the members of the Church were present to hold conversation.
Augt 8th Meet at the M.H. for Conference nothing special
in the Conf. At the close took bro Johnson's case up after some conversation night
came on and as there were not many of the brethren present and not much prospect
of our doing much as Eld McCutcheon was not present we adjourned the meeting three
weeks from this day at 2 O'clock P.M. at this place.
29th 1835 Meet agreeable to adjournment opened meeting by prayer
Sept. 6th at the close of a meeting at short falls we
called a Church meeting and appointed brethren N. Bickford J Griffin to visit
Jacob Wallace and labour with him on the account of his drinking sum to access
and report as soon as may be
Octr 10th Monthly meeting not
so well attended as usual however a good season enjoyed. At the close of the meeting
appointed Eld McCutcheon & Dea E Locke messengers to the next Q.M. to be holden
in Lebenon ME 3d Wed & Thur in this Mos.
Nov 8th Met for Moly a good number came a it was a
good meeting at the close of the meeting five persons came forward & related
their experiences & offered themselves as candidates for baptism also two
presented letters of commendations viz. Sarah P. Dyer (now Sarah Locke E. Locke
jr. wife) Patty How and give good satisfaction to the church and were received
by the brethren as candidates to be received into the church with those that were
to be baptized.
Nov. 9th being Sabbath day meet for worship at the M.H. and after lisning to a discourse from Eld. B.S. Manson we repaired to the water where be baptized Ephraim Locke jr, Eunice How, Hannah Marden, Polly Philbrick and Ruth Philbrick - after which we returned to the M.H. and listened to another sermon at the close of which Eld Manson gave the hand of fellowship to the seven candidates before named and upon the whole this was a very interesting meeting - God was evidently with us -
Sept 6th Eld Manson
baptized James Wiggin and gave him the hand of fellowship in behalf of the Church
Jany 9th 1836 Met for Monthly
meeting as usual nothing special, at the close of the meeting Jonathan Knowls
was received by letter from Pittsfield 1st F.W. Baptist Church
Feb. 13th It being a very stormy day no Meeting was attended, the Sabbath following was our stated communion but the weather was so inclement but three persons attend. Consequently it was put over to be attended some other time.
12th met for Monthly meeting as usual - a good season. At the close of the meeting
brother Saml Green presented a Bible for the Pulpit which he had purchased for
$2.75 the agreed to have it and accordingly it was put into the pulpit
April 9th Met for monthly meeting as usual had a comfortable
Season nothing special. At the Close voted to have a conference for business in
two weeks from this
April 23d Met in conference for
business took under consideration the case of Brother Jacob T. Wallace after hearing
the report of the Comt sent to visit him and having considerable conversation
on the Subject voted to reject him from the Church & voted that the Clerk
Notify him of the same.
May 14th met for monthly a goodly
number present enjoyed a blessed season all spoke of the goodness of God and good
union was felt among the brethren and Sisters at the Close Sister Rand was received
by letter & Sister Anna Bickford after being Baptized on the following day.
June 11th met for monthly meeting as usual rather thin
all present spake of the enjoyments had a comfortable Season at the close attended
to some business & Chose Br. John Griffin Moderator 2nd heard the report of
the Comt sent to visit Br. Jonathan Marden and voted that his admonition continue
one month longer then voted to raise a Comt of seven members to meet the Comt
from the Quarterly meeting at Br. Ephraim Lockes on the last Wednesday in June
relative to the affair of Saml Johnson voted that Brethren J. McCutcheon E. Locke
T. Bickford N. Bickford Saml M. Green John Griffin Jr & Amos Prescott be this
Comt then voted this meeting be adjourned until the Close of the next monthly
The committee appointed relative to Sam Johnson Meet the comt from Q.M. as above and decided in the former of the church
th Monthly Meeting as usual
October Monthly Meeting do
Novem Monthly Meeting do
Decem Monthly Meeting well attended and a good season injoyed
February Monthly Meeting were ever the saints assemble there is a House for God__ ___ ___ _____
March the 11 M.M. good season
Monthly M but few attended it being very stormy
May the 15 M.M.
Blessed to meet in the assembly of the saints
June the 10 Monthly M, Some refreshing God be praised and may we be humble
August the 12 Monthly Meeting as usual voted to request the next term of the Q.M.
Septem the 9 Monthly Meeting Glorious Season injoyed
October the 5 Sister Salley Worth and Abigail Healey were received into the Church by vote and Baptism
Th 19th Monthly Meeting the power of God was present to
heal and our souls were maid happy
The 25-6 The New Durham Q.M. was concerned with the Church in this place agreeable to our request and now attend with some degree of interest some souls we hurt found peace the praise be to God only
November the 11 Monthly Meeting But few attend But with those present Jesus was there were two or three Br thence ___ ? in the midst
January 13th 1838
March 14th 1838
Met in protracted Meeting Elder John Kimbal and C. Small met with
us and laboured for the good of souls and the power of the Lord was present with
us. In the course of the meeting many were led to inquire what they must do to
be saved Saturday March 16th Brs Wm Johnson, Samuel Knowles, David Brown and sisters
Olive S. Knowles, Fanny Brown, Elizabeth Johnson related their experience and
at noon repaired to the water near Mr. Bickfords where Eld. J. Kimball baptised
them and at the house of Mr. Bickford he gave them and sister Jemima H. Johnson
the right hand of fellowship
April 10th 1838
Met at the meetinghouse agreeable to appointment with a committee from the Rockingham Q.M. for the purpose of ordaining Br. B. Vandame whom we expect to labor with us for a season
April 19th 1938
Met at the short falls schoolhouse agreeable
to appointment for baptism heard a sermon from B. Vandame after which Sister Dorcas
Marden related her experience and requested to be baptised and join this Church
and Sister Mary Jane Marden related her experience and made the same request after
asking them the usual questions and receiving satisfactory answers voted to receive
them then repaired to the water and Br. V baptised the above named candidates
with those mentioned under date of April 12th and at the house of Br. James Marden
Eld V gave them the right hand of fellowship in behalf of this church
Met for Monthly meeting as usual a large number present
had a comfortable season at the close Merrill Robinson Mehitable Lock and Betsey
Philbrick related their experience & requested to be baptised tomorrow voted
to receive them Sisters Sarah V. Locke & Abigail Wood presented letters from
the church at Concord and requested to join this church voted to receive them
next proceeded to make choice of delegates to the next Q.M. chose Brs E Locke
A. Prescot & T. Tripp next voted that the Assistant clerk be authorized to
give letters of dismission and recommendation when requested to by any member
in good standing
May 13th 1838 Sunday
Met at the Meeting House as usual Br. V preached at noon repaired to the water and Eld V Dame Baptised the above named persons and then returned to the Meetinghouse and there he gave them & the two that presented Letters the right hand of fellowship and at the close of the after noon service attended to the communion
May 14th 1838
Br. John Worth & Sister Ann Tower were dismissed by letter to join the Church in Lowell
June 9th 1838
Met for monthly meeting
at the usual place meeting well attended the presence of the Lord was with us
and we had a blessed good season no business done.
July 6th 1838
Sister Eunice How dismissed by letter to join the Church at Lowell
Met for monthly meeting but few attended had a comfortable season no business of importance
Met for monthly meeting as usual meeting well attended a good and blessed
season chose E. Locke & N. Bickford delegates to the next Q.M.
September 8th 1838
Met for monthly meeting well attended Church well engaged and many enjoyed the presence of the Lord at the close sister Judith Marden presented a letter from the Church at Bridgewater and wishes to join this Church voted to receive her
September 14th 1838
Sister Betsey Fowler dismissed by letter
October 13th 1838
Met for monthly meeting at the usual place meeting rather thin but with those present the power of the Lord was manifest and we had a blessed season at the close chose the delegates to the next Q.M.
November 10th 1838
Met for monthly meeting a large number present all well engaged and enjoyed a blessed season bless the Lord
December 8th 1838
Met for M Meeting but few attended owing to a severe storm
January 5th 1839
for Monthly meeting as usual meeting well attended church well engaged and enjoyed
a good season at the close chose Brs Ephraim Locke and John Burnham delegates
to the next Q Meeting
February 9th 1839
Et for Monthly meeting a good attendance time well improved and had a good season bless the Lord
March 9th 1839
Met for monthly meeting well attended and a good season no business
April 13th 1839
Met for monthly meeting but few attended
April 27th Sister
Mary Marden died
Met for monthly meeting a goodly number present a comfortable time at the close sister Tamson Buncker presented a letter and joined this Church
June 8th 1839
Met for monthly meeting a good attendance time well improved and a good union
Monthly meeting as usual
Monthly meeting rather
Met for monthly meeting but few attended but with those present a good solemn time and much of the presence of the Lord bless his name
Met for monthly meeting as usual meeting rather thin on account of a severe snow storm and bad going but those present had a good time
Janaury 14th 1840
Met for monthly meeting at the usual place and after praise and prayer the Church spoke one by one and the presence of the Lord was present
February 10th none
March 10th Met for monthly meeting a good number present the Church well engaged and had a good time
Met for monthly meeting about 30 present but so much engaged at first but had a comfortable time Sister Ruth Mason dismissed by letter
Met for monthly meeting a good attendance a good union prevailed the church well engaged
June 11th Sister Mary Hervey dismissed by letter
July June 12th Monthly Meeting rather thin the church low after meeting in conference received letters from Br. John & Sister Hannah Drew with a request to join this church voted to receive them
July 11th 1840
Met for monthly meeting meeting attended as usual
Met for monthly Meeting a good number present a good engagedness and a good season after meeting chose five delegates to Q.M.
Monthly Meeting as usual a comfortable season
Met for monthly Meeting well attended some well engaged had a good sitting together after meeting chose fife delegates to Q.M.
Men in monthly meeting but few attended some were under trials of mind, others enjoyed the meeting well
--commenced a protracted meeting for six days - God blessed us and good _____
Monthly meeting postponed one week on the account of the protracted meeting.
Jan. 9th 1841
in monthly meeting for the first time for this year. There were evident signs
of an ____ of enjoyment in the church since the last All spake with freedom and
it was one of the many seasons that will be long remembered.
Assembled for monthly conference
but few attended some were low in their minds but manifested good _______ to live,
others happy in the Lord
April 11 the ______ ____ God but few assembled for monthly meeting, but the Lord blessed us in getting together
Monthly meeting unusually full - sung and prayed
as usual after which many spoke with good feeling Our hearts were refreshed
Monthly meeting well attended
Monthly meeting but few attended but God blessed us in sitting together
A goodly number assembled for monthly meeting some begin to arise in their minds
and manifest anxiety for more enjoyment.
Oct 16th Met in conference heard the experience
of four persons who ___ to be baptized and unite with the church
Nov 13 But few met in monthly meeting on the account of the weather engaged in a good season an increase of enjoyment was manifest with most of those present
12, Monthly meeting postponed to 16,
12 usual ____ for monthly meeting. But few assembled - Not so much spirituality
on the whole as the month previous. Some however were happy and all spear steadfast.
But few come to the house for worship. The general spirit of the meeting low some appeared to be happy others steadfast.
May 14 again in our accustomed place for monthly
meeting. A goodly number present. The meeting was of unusual interest. All spake
with freedom and joy. Numbers last reported to live more watchful trusting in
God for help. Closed by prayer and then called a meeting of business. Chose br.
Nathan Bickford to visit Joanna Carpenter and report to the ch. Chose brethren
Thomas Tripp & G.P. Ramsey delegates to the next Q.M.
June 11 very stormy so as to prevent the brethren and sisters from coming to monthly meeting.
July 9 met again to relate to each other the blessings of another
month. An unusual number present - and it seemed as though the great Shepherd
loved to meet his flock an with Brethren and sisters spake with much freedom and
spirit. Received Br. Michael M. Libbey and sister Mary Libby commended from the
Christian church in Kensington N.H.
Aug. 13 again assembled
in monthly meeting - a goodly number present. About 40 spake of the joys of religion.
Heard the experience of sister Sally Robinson and brother James Bracket. Voted
to receive them as members of this church when they shall be baptized. Sunday
14 the above named received baptism. Chose Brethren James McCutcheon, G. P. Ramsey,
S.M. Green & N. Bickford delegates to the next Q.M.
Nov. 12 1842
has been reviving his work and as a result monthly meeting was large and interesting.
More solemnity I never saw upon the minds of Christians. Converts were present
and spoke with freedom.
Met in conference and enjoyed a good degree of the Spirit. Many spoke their enjoyment and brethren Nathan Marden and Jer. Burnham jr and sister Martha C. Hall related their experience for baptism and were received by the church.
Dec. 3 Met in conference enjoyed a good season. Heard the experience of John Burnham and Charles Gordon and voted to receive them as candidates for baptism.
Dec. 4 Eld. G.P. Ramsey baptized brethren James Marden, Nathan Marden, Jno Burnham jr., Jer Burnham Jr. and Charles Gordon.
Dec. 10 We
again enjoyed a good season in monthly meeting.
Jan. 7, 1843
Feb. 11 Monthly meeting but few attended owing to the badness of the weather.
Mar. 11 A good number present not so much enjoyedness as
many times but a general steadfastness, all went to serve God from principle.
April 9, 1843
May 13 Again permitted to sit in monthly meeting.
A good number present. Most appeared lorn but steadfast. Conference at the close.
Chose Eld. G.P. Ramsey and brethren Amos Prescott and Samuel M. Green delegates
to Q.M. to be holden at Loudon Ridge.
June 10 monthly meeting postponed one week
June 17 A good number met and enjoyed a good season. Not so much
interest as at other times - but a steadfastness -
July 23 Jonathan Knowles departed
this life being the first male member that has died since the organization of
the church in July 1st 1824.
Monthly meeting was well
attended, but a want of active and entire deratedness was manifest throught the
Sept. 9, 1843
Brother George Young who related his experience Oct. 10, was baptized Nov. 5th and added to the church.
Nov. 11 but few to monthly meeting on account of the bad
weather, but we hope it was not in vain. A lorn ___ in most parts of the church
but have many interesting prayer meetings.
Dec. 9 1843
Jan. Monthly meeting omitted to attend the funeral
of sister Rand.
Feb. But few to monthly meeting in consequence of a storm.
March 9th About the usual number present. Some appeared to he
in a good frame of mind, others were lorn but steadfast.
Mar. 16, 1844
March 27 Met in conference and
March the 31 1844 Eld Goram P. Ramsey closed his labors with us, having preached with us three years, ten months and a half. Nathan Bickford
May 26th 1844 Eld Kinsman R. Davis Commenced labouring with the Church and people here
July 3rd 1844
at the Short falls School House three came forward and related their experience
and were received as candidates for baptism viz. Mrs. Lucinda Fowler, Mary Critchet
& Harriet Tripp baptized by Eld Kinsman R. Davis received the right hand of
fellowship at the water.
July 13th 1844
August 10, 1844
November 9th, 1844
Met in Monthly meeting but few attended a Comfortable Season enjoyed
by those present.
December 14th 1844
Monthly meeting a good Season enjoyed by those present some revival in the Church.
January 11, 1845
Met for Monthly meeting a goodly
number attended had quite an interesting time the brethren & sisters seem
to be somewhat revived and union generally prevails.
8th 1845 There was no Monthly meeting it being stormy.
April 12 but few attended monthly meeting rather a dark time.
May 10th 1845 but few attended Monthly meeting it being a busy
time. Chose Thomas Trippp & Samuel M. Green Delegates to Quarterly meeting
June 21 '45 Met in Monthly meeting, 18 were present, all
of which spake something of the dealings of God's Spirit with them. Some spake
of much enjoyment, others of but very little. On the whole it was a comfortable
season. That which caused the most unpleasant feeling, was to think see so few
come up to the house of God for worship.
July 12 -
'45 The brethren and sisters met in Monthly meeting for the purpose of telling
each other of their divine progress for the month past and also of their determination
to live for Christ in the future. All that were present took a part in the exercises
of the meeting, the first part was not so well improved as could have been wished,
but as the meeting progressed the interest increased - & on the whole, quite
a good time.
Aug. 9 - '45 Met in M. Meeting, but very
few attended on account of the busy haying season - but the few who did attend
had a very good season in prayer & praise.
20/'45 But few attended the monthly meeting - those present had a pleasant season
in waiting upon the Lord, which is always the case, for the promise is that those
who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.
11/'45 A few of the Brethren and Sisters met in monthly meeting not quite so incouraging
a time as could have been wished for.
This monthly meeting was better attended than any one before during the seasons.
There was a great dissatisfaction manifest on the part of the brethren and sisters
with their present religious attainments. There was considerable confessing in
the meeting, and a decided manifestation of an arising in Zion. The brethren and
sisters pledged themselves to pray more for the out pouring of God's Spirit. The
church agreed to hold a conference for business Saturday the 15 inst, one O'Clock
December 13 - 1845 Met in Monthly Meeting hut few attended
all of whom spake in honour of the cause of Christ and a good season was enjlyed.
Jan. 10, 1846
[Ed. Note: inserted here is a list of members, likely the one mentioned reported by committee. To keep the narrative going this list appears at the end]
The request made by the Church
to the Q. Meeting in Jan. requesting the Ordination of Br. Tobias Foss was received
and attended too on Wednesday the 14 Jan. at Meredith Centre.
Feb. 14, 1846 But few at Monthly Meeting today had a comfortable season
March 14th/46 Monthly Meeting day very Stormy no Meeting
April 14, 1846 Monthly Meeting thinly attended and but little
May 12, 1846 The day for M. Meeting.
Br. T. Foss Messenger to Q. Meeting
June 9th/46 A
good number attended M. Meeting enjoyed a good season
11, /46 Monthly Meeting day in consequence of a Funeral there was no Meeting
Aug. 8th 1846 but few attended M. Meeting rather a dull
time Chose Brethren T. Foss & E. Locke Delegates to Q. Meeting.
Sept. 12th /46 had a comfortable season in M. Meeting today
Oct. 10 1846 A good number met for M. Meeting enjoyed
a blessed season at the close a number engaged in Prayer and the Spirit of the
Lord desended and filled the hearts of his Children. Chose for delegates to the
nest Q. Meeting to be holden at Alton, Brethren T. Foss and D. Clough, the Q.M>
at this Session voted to divide into two Q. Meetings.
14th /46 Monthly Meeting but few attended yet the Lord was present to bless his
Dec. 12/46 no M. Meeting on account of weather
Jan 9th 1847 M. Meeting at Bro John Yeaton 3rd
a good number present and enjoyed a Heavenly sitting together while Christ's banner
over us was love his fruit sweet to our taste
13th 1847 Met for Monthly Meeting at the House of T. Tripp had a good season
April 10 - 1847
Met in M. Meeting again at bro. J. Yeaton's 3rd more attended than usual and the
good Shepherd met with his little flock and break to them the bread of life.
May 8th 1847 but few attended Monthly Meeting Brethren T. Foss & E. Locke were chosen Delegates to Q. Meeting
June 26 /47 Monthly
Meeting was better attended that usual five related their experience for Baptism
which is to be attended to in two weeks from tomorrow.
July 10th / 47 Met again in Monthly Meeting and enjoyed
a good season
Sunday July 11th this being the day
appointed to attend to the baptism of Bro. John Bartlett & Wife & Daughter
& Wm. Robinson & Wife at the close of the fore noon Meeting repaired to
the water where the ordinance was attended to by Eld. T. Foss at the close of
the afternoon meeting in which Bro McCutchen preached, enjoyed a season of Communion.
August 21, 1847 A few of the Brethren & Sisters met
today in Monthly Meeting at the close of which chose Brethren J. Griffin &
M. Libbey delegates to Quarterly Meeting.
1847 The Brethren & Sisters met again in Monthly Meeting was not present myself
but learned that a good season was enjoyed.
Nov. 13th 1847 Met in M. Meeting &
enjoyed refreshing season.
Nov. 21st Eld Tobias Foss closed his Ministerial labours in this place.
Dec. 5th Eld. G.P. Ramsey commenced preaching here.
Dec. 11th 1847 A few of the Brethren & Sisters
Met in M. Meeting a profitable season.
1848 Met in Monthly Meeting and enjoyed a refreshing from the presence of the
Lord, at the close of the Meeting Eld. G.P. Ramsey & Sister V.G. Ramsey were
received into the Church by letter.
June 10, 1848 M.
Meeting interesting bro Wm. Goss related his experience & was received by
the Church for Baptism.
14th /1848 the Church met at my house in conference Meeting wand heard the experience
of Sister Susan Knowles & Betsy Bickford after which repaired to the river
at short falls where the ordinance of Baptism was administered by Bro. Ramsey.
July 8, 1848 Again assembled in M. Meeting and enjoyed
a refreshing season.
Aug 19 Stormy no M. Meeting the Brethren chose Brn G.P. Ramsey & J. Griffin delegates to Q. Meeting
1848 A few of the brethren & Sisters attended M. Meeting enjoyed a good season
December 9th 1848 A goodly number of the Brethren & Sisters met
in M. Meeting at the house of br. Bickford and enjoyed a good season.
[sic 49] Brethren & Sisters met in M. Meeting at the house of Dea. Thos Bickford
and enjoyed a profitable season
Feb. 10, 1849 Monthly
Meeting at bro. John Yeaton's 3rd a good season
March & April but few attended M. Meetings
May 12, 1849 the Brethren &
Sisters met in M. Meeting at the close of which chose brethren N. Bickford &
Geo. Sanders as Delegates to sit with the Brethren in Quarterly Meeting Conference.
June 9th July 14 M. Meetings thinly attended
Aug 11th 1849 Met in M. Meeting at the close of which chose as
delegates to Q.M. to be holden at Deerfield Brn Eld G.P. Ramsey & Nathan Bickford.
1849 Monthly Meeting at Dea Thos Bickford a good number of the brethren &
Sisters present and enjoyed a refreshing season.
Jan. 8th 1850 Met in M. Meeting at Brother Ramseys & the Lord was present to refresh his Children. Thos Tripp C. Clerk
The Church in this Town had for a long time experienced religious declention & backslidings & some have been removed by death, and it appeared at times as though all would come to desolation unless the lord blessed us with a revival, there was a few brethren & Sisters that had continued to Pray & had not fainted, a few weeks since they agreed to commence anew & in earnest to pray for a revival & continue until the blessings came. Brother Ramsey with some others concluded to appoint a Protracted meeting and obtained the labours of Brn E. Fiske of Newhampton & P.S. Burbank of Deerfield. The Meeting commenced Sunday Feb. 10 & continued eleven days during which time the Lord visited his people, the power of the Highest was manifested upn the congregations, his Children were revived wanderers reclaimed & sinners were alarmed & saught & found the Savior to the joy of their Souls. In course of the Meeting Eld. Stephen Coffin visited us & laboured to the satisfaction of the people, praise the Lord for his goodness to his children.
1850 The Brethren & Sisters met in M. Meeting under encouraging sircumstances,
there was between forty & fifty present & among that number were a goodly
number of converts who spoke of the goodness of God in bringing them from darkness
to light, & it was a Heavenly sitting together in Christ & his banner
over us was love.
Sat. April 20 Agreeable to appointment met
in conference & enjoyed a heavenly season. Six offered themselves & were
received for baptism viz. Daniel Bickford & wife, James Yeaton, George Sanders
jr., Chloe Burnham & Abigail Young. Another conference Friday next -
26th Met agreeable to appointment and enjoyed a Solemn & profitable
season. Heard the experience of Arthur C. Locke, Selina O. Locke & Mary Sanders
for Baptism which is to be attended to next Sabbath at S. Falls.
April 28th Attended meeting at the M. House in the A.M. then went to S. Falls
to Baptize the Brethren & Sisters met at Bro. T. Tripps & heard the experience
of Elizabeth Morrill of Pittsfield for baptism, and then repaired to the water
where was assembled a large company to witness the Heaven approved ordinance which
was ministered to thirteen happy converts by Eld. G.P. Ramsey by whom also the
recd. the right hand of fellowship.
May 11th Monthly
Meeting the brethren & sisters were blest by waiting on the Lord.
June 15th Mo. Meeting thinly attended yet a good season was enjoyed.
Aug 17th but few attended M. Meeting. Today had a good Season. Sister Elmira Yeaton was received for baptism which is to be attended to tomorrow by Eld. G.P. Ramsey
Sabbath Sept 1st 1850 Eld. G.P. Ramsey closed his labours with the church in this place.
Sept. 14 Met in Mo. Meeting and
enjoyed a good season. Eld. Moses A. Quimby was with us who commenced labouring
with the Church and society here Sabbath Sept. 15, 1850.
Oct. 12 - had a good Mo. Meeting.
Nov. 9 & Dec. 14, 1850 there was but few
attended Mo. Meeting
Jan. 11th 1851 Met in Monthly
Meeting at the house of Bro. John Yeaton 3rd. A good number attended and enjoyed
a refreshing season.
Feb. 8 - the Brethren & Sisters met in Mo. Meeting at Bro. J. Griffins and enjoyed a Heavenly sitting together in Christ & his banner over them was love.
Mar. 15 Mo. Meeting at Dea.
Thos Bickfords, had a good meeting
April 12, 1851
Met at the Meeting house in Mo. Meeting but few attended yet that few were refreshed
by the presence of the Lord.
May 10, 1851 The Brethren & Sisters a few
of them met in Mo. Meeting and enjoyed a refreshing season at the close shoes
delegates to attend Quarterly Meeting at Dover, brn. Eld M. A. Quimby & S.M.
June 8, 1851 Enjoyed a good season in Mo.
Meeting a goodly number of the brethren & Sisters being present. Bro. Stickney
Robinson & Wife presented letters from the F.W. B. Church in Lowell Mass and
were received as members of this Ch.
July 12, 1851
A few of the brethren & Sisters Met in Mo. Meeting & enjoyed a refreshing
Sept. 13 Had a good Mo. Meeting today,
God be thanked.
11th Quite a number of the Brn. & Sisters assembled in Mo. Meeting and enjoyed
a good Season at the close chose delegates to Q. Meeting eld. M. A. Quimby &
Danl. Clough with pr. Of Substitution
Nov. 13 Brn. & Sisters met in Mo. Meeting at my House enjoyed a refreshing season Sarah J. Cotterell related her Christian experience & was received for Baptism Eld M.A. Quimby administered
Decr. 1858 & Jan. 1854 Monthly Meeting interesting enjoyed
the blessing of Heaven at the close of the Jan. M.M. chose delegates to Q.M. Eld
M.A> Quimby & John Yeaton 3rd
1852 Feb. & March Mo. Meetings very well attended and proved a profitable season to those present.
April 10, 1852 The brethren & sisters met in Mo. Meeting at
the close of which Sister ---- Sargent by request was recd into the Church.
May 8 /52 Enjoyed a good season in M. Meeting today. Chose Eld. M.A. Quimby delegate to Q.M.
1852 June & July Mo. Meetings thinly
Aug. 14, /52 Met in Mo. Meeting and enjoyed a good
season chose delegates to Q.M. brn. Eld M.A. Quimby & S.M. Green requested
next 2 Q. Meeting granted
Sat. Oct. 9, 1852 The Brn. & Sisters enjoyed a heavenly sitting together in Mo. Meeting at the close chose brn. Eld. M.A. Quimby & Jeremiah Burnham del. To sit in Q.M> holden in the place 27 & 8.
Nov. 13 Brethren & Sisters met in Mo. Meeting
at my House and enjoyed a refreshing season. Sarah Jane Cotterell related her
Christian experience & was received for Baptism. A meeting was appointed and
holden on the following Wednesday the 17 at Short falls & the Ordenance administered
by Eld. M.A. Quimby
Jan. 8, 1853 Monthly Meeting
at Bro. John Yeaton 3rd at the close chose Brn. M.A. Quimby & J. A. Knowles
delegated to Q.M. to be holden at Pittsfield
Feb. 12 Mo. Meeting at Bro. John Griffins Jr.
March 12 at bro. J.C. Burnhams
Apl. 9, 1853 Mo. Meeting at the Meetinghouse
May 14, 1853 Met in Mo. Meeting
June 9 Enjoyed another season in Mo. Meeting. Sister Quimby united with the Church by letter.
14 Mo. Meeting Very Well attended
Aug. 11 The brethren & Sisters met in Mo. Meeting & enjoyed a good season at the close chose Eld. M.A. Quimby & Thos Tripp delegates to Q.M.
Oct. 13 Met in Mo. Meeting chose Eld. M.A. Quimby del. To Q.M.
Dec. 8th the Brn & Sisters Met for Mo Meeting at T. Tripps a
goodly number present had a good Meeting.
[Ed Note: appears to be a page torn out here, yet the next entry is still chronological]
Jan. 7, 1854 Monthly Meeting at Brother Quimbys well attended & a profitable
season. At the Close chose brn. M.A. Quimby & John Yeaton 3rd delegates to
Sunday Feb. 12 Br. Quimby appointed a series of Meetings to commence Tuesday afternoon the 14th which continued afternoons & evenings for most 4 weeks. At first things looked rather discouraging but few of the Church were interested. At the first Meeting a few of Brethren & Sisters covenanted together & with God to attend the Meetings and labour & prey for a revival, and thus they went to work trusting in God. At the close of two weeks but little victory had been gained, yet the brn. felt like holding on to the arm of that God who can hear & answer prayer. the interest continued to increase & the number also, sinners began to enquire what they must do to be saved. Eld. Sephon Coffin laboured with us the last week of the Meeting. There were about 20 who in the course of the Meeting indulged a hope in the Saviour. Gods people were revived and the heart of out dear Minister greatly encouraged. To God be all the praise.
Sat. April 15 - Monthly Meeting it being stormy
but few attended.
May 13, 1854 The Brn & Sisters met in
Mo. Meeting & enjoyed a refreshing season. Harriet E. Curtis, Hannah D. Towle
& Sarah E. Yeaton related their experience & were received for Baptism.
Jun 14th the above named Sisters were baptised by Br. Quimby & added to the
Saturday June 3, 1854
July 1st A good attendance at Mo. Meeting the following
Brn & Sisters related their experience & were received for baptism viz.
Philip C. Marden, Hollis M. Ham, Wm. Burnham, Mary Goss, Angeline F. Perkins,
Clara L. Perkins
Aug. 12 Met
in Mo. Meeting. Brother Philip Babb related his experience for baptism to whom
br. Quimby administered the ordinance Sun. Aug. 13 and was added to the Church
also Sister Susan Babb received by Letter.
Oct. 14, 1854 The brethren & Sisters enjoyed good season in Mo. Meeting at the close chose brn M.A. Quimby & John C. Burnham delegates to Q. Meeting.
Nov. No Mo. Meeting
Decr. 9 1854 Mo. Meeting at br Quimby's. had a good Meeting
although but few attended.
Jan. 13, 1855 Feb. & March the Mo Meetings are holden at the dwellings of some of the Brethren.
Apl. 14/55 Met in Monthly Meeting enjoyed a good season
June & July Mo. Meetings as usual.
Decr. 8 - Met in Mo. Meeting at br. N.
Bickford. Had a good Meeting
Jan. 12, 1856 Mo. Meeting very well attended and enjoyed a refreshing season in waiting upon the Lord. Chose brn. Wm. Goss & Wm Brackett as delegates in Q.M.
Jan. 22, 23 & 24 the Q.M. convened in with us and enjoyed a profitable season
Meetings through the year as usual with but a little religious interest.
Jan. 10, 1857 A goodly number of the brn. & Sisters met in Mo. Meeting at Br. Thos Bickfords. The subject of holding a protracted Meeting was considered & concluded to hold one to commense the first week in Feb.
Feb. 2 A meeting commenced at the Meeting house & continued two weeks. The lord blessed the effort & revived his work in the - in the church and among his Children & a goodly number of Sinners were converted. Elders H. Webber & S. (?) Curtis were present a part of the time whose labours were in connection with br. Quimbys blessed of the Lord.
March 14 A goodly number of the brethren & sisters together with a number of converts met in Mo. Meeting & enjoyed such a season as had not been experienced for a long time to God be all the praise.
April 11 Met in Mo. Meeting & enjoyed a refreshing season.
May 9 - Monthly Meeting well attended a good season.
June 13 A good attendance at M. Meeting
brn. & Sisters well engaged heared the experience of sisters maryetta Goss
Martha Estabrook Clark Lizzia E. Hall & Lizzia Chesley for Baptism & membership
Sunday 14 the above named candidates were baptised by Eld M A Quimby & received the right hand of fellowship together with brn Estabrook & Clark
July 11 M. Meeting well attended
Aug. 8 Mt. Meeting as usual
Sept. 12 Monthly Meeting
Oct. 18 Br. Quimby Baptised Caroline A. Marden, Sally Marden & Sarah Burnham -
Nov. 14 Met in Mo. Meeting & enjoyed a refreshing season.
Dec. 12 Mo. Meeting at Eld Quimby's had a good Meeting.
Jan. 9, 1858 Met at Br. Wm. Bracketts
for Mo. Meeting & a goodly number were present & enjoyed a refreshing
from the presence of the Lord.
Feb. 13 Was our regular Mo. Meeting. A large number were present a first time to declare what God had done for them and it was a refreshing season.
March 13 A good number met in Mo. Meeting and enjoyed a refreshing season.
March 25 A large number of Brn. & Sisters met for conference enjoyed a refreshing season. James Bickford & Wife, Hannah L. Bickford requested to unite with this Church which request was granted.
March 30. Met again in Conference and heared the experience & request for baptism of George M. Swain, John Malvern, Uriah G. Hall, Benjamin L. Haynes, Mary C. Swain, Clara A. Sanders, Mary E. Griffin, Mary S. Wallace, Eliza J. Wallace, who were received. Also Edwin T. Philbrick, Sarah H. Philbrick & Charles C. Doe were received by Letter, the above candidates were baptised by Eld Quimby after which returned to the Parsonage and all the above received the right hand of Fellowship.
Sunday March 28, 1858 Eld. M.A. Quimby Preached
his Farewell thus closed his labours as Pastor which had continued 7 years &
Sunday April 4, 1858
Webber commenced his Labours with this Church as Pastor.
April 8 Met
for conference & Baptism.
Elder H. Webber closed his labours with this Church the last Sabbath in August 1859.
Eld M.A. Quimby commenced his labours with the Church Apl. 1, 1860
June 1860. James Worth was baptized by Eld M.A. Quimby & received into the fellowship of the Church.