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Congregational Church Papers, 1850 - 1859



ItemDateDocument Description/ Transcription
16 May 1850 Warrant for Parish meeting.
R. W. Burnham, constable, is asked to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to see if the Parish will name the apartment usually called Basement Story, Essex Hall as named by the ladies who finished it
  3. to see if the Parish will give liberty to individuals (belonging to said Parish) to build a row of horse sheds from the chapel to the meeting house on their parish land,
  4. to see if the parish will instruct their committee to fence, or permanently bound out their land on the south west end of the Pickering Grant
  5. to see what instructions they will give their committee respecting the bounding out and improvement of the land called the Pickering Grant,
  6. to see what order[?] they will take with respect to wood standing on parish land sold some seven years ago to Adam Boyd,
[signed] Uriah G. Spofford, John S. Burnham, Francis Haskell} Parish Committee
25 April 1851 Warrant for Parish meeting.
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to choose all necessary parish officers
  3. to hear report of their parish committee
  4. to see what sum of money will be raised for the support of Rev. Doct. Crowell
  5. to see if they will alter, repair & improve the South end of their Meeting House
  6. to see if they will sell their land lying in front of Jonathan Low Wm. H. Mears, Francis Burnham, and Abel Goodhues premises.
  7. to see what instruction they will give their committee respecting the Basement story of their meeting house.
  8. to see if they will permit an organ to be placed in the gallery of their Meeting House.
  9. to see if they will instruct their committee to sell the loose stone lying around their Meeting House.
[signed] U. G. Spofford, John S. Burnham, Francis Haskell} Parish Committee; O.H.P. Sargent, constable
329 May 1851 Receipt.

Essex May 29th 1851 For value received I promise in behalf of the first Parish in the Town of Essex to pay Hannah Burnham or order the sum of three hundred one dollars seventy five cents on demand with interest $301.75 in. 89.05 paid
[signed] Caleb Cogswell } treasurer of the first Parish in Essex.

415 Dec 1851 Certificate of membership.

Essex, Dec. 15, 1851. This is to certify that the bearer Everett Burnham is a member of the church of which I am pastor, and sustained an unblemished moral and religious character.
[signed] R. Crowell

520 April 1852 Warrant for Parish meeting.
Either of the constables are asked to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to choose all necessary parish officers
  3. to see what sum of money they will raise for the support of Rev. Doct. Crowell
  4. to hear a report of a committee raised at the last annual meeting for the purpose of repairing the south end of their meeting house,
  5. to see if they will fill out the corners of their meeting house and raise money for the same,
  6. to see if they [will] sell or lease their land in front [of] Jona. Low, W.H. Mears, & Francis Burnham
  7. to see if they will instruct their committee to prosecute trespassers on land owned by them in front of Jona. Low, W.H. Mears, & Francis Burnham
  8. to see if they will renew their instructions given to a committee raised at the last annual meeting respecting the repairs on the South end of their meeting house.
[signed] John S. Burnham} Parish Committee; O.H.P. Sargent, constable
627 Oct. 1852 "Original Ode" Written by Rev. J. Prince, and sung at the Consecration of the New Burial Ground, styled the "Spring Street Cemetery," in Essex.
71853 Photocopy of map of Essex by D. Choate
813 Nov 1853 Receipt for Hose [horse?] & Carryall [-] funerall .50
[signed] Geo. W. Hayden[?]
920 May 1854 Committee report regarding carriage sheds

The committee appointed to take into consideration the 2d article of the warrant have attended to that duty & would submit the following report.

They find the distance between the meeting house & chapel will accommodate 9 sheds of sufficient & capacity for horses & carriages. The expense for grading, furnishing the material & building will cost about $265, say $40 for stone work (grading) $225 for lumber & labor.
[signed] U. G. Spofford

1024 May 1854 Agreement regarding carriage sheds.

The first Parish in the Town of Essex having at a Parish meeting held on the 20 inst. voted to build or cause to be built nine sheds convenient for horses & carriages on the Sabbath on their land between their meeting house & the chapel, provided the same can be let for a term of 7 years for such a sum as will pay nine per cent on the actual cost of the same- Therefore, we the subscribers hereby respectively agree to hire each one of said sheds when they are completed for the times and at the rate above specified.
[signed] Francis Burnham, Philemon S. Eveleth, Michael Burnham, John Mears, John Burnham, Daruy [Darius] Cogswell, Caleb Haskell, Issachar Burnham, Daniel Norton

1125 Sept 1854 Report of income from parish lands.

Norman Story [signed] sold wood for the first parish in Essex to the following: Ebenezer Stanwood $6.00, Uriah G. Spofford $46.50, John F. Burnham $13.37, William F. Burnham $5.00; Norman Story rec'd $1.00

123 Feb 1855 Receipt.

Parish committee, Essex, Mass. To E. B. Rossiter, Dr.
To services as organist from Nov 12th/54 to Feb 4th/55.
12 Sabbaths & Thanksgiving day$13.00
Traveling expenses7.80
20.80
Recd payment [signed] E. B. Rossiter, Essex Feb. 3rd 1855

1330 April 1855 Expense report.
Organ expenses
paid H. C. Cogswell & Miss Lord$ 7.00
Miss Cleaves by Mr. Choate 2.00
Mr. Parsons 12.00
Miss Blake by Mr. Spofford 5.00
D. B. Burnham for blowing 1.00
E. B. Rossiter 20.80
L. P. Cutts 3.60
Thomas Gage for blowing 1.00
52.40
Essex April 30, 1855. Received and paid out the above - for the committee
[signed] David Choate
1414 Nov 1855 Receipt for team at Mr. Crowells funerell [sic] $1.00
[signed] Luther Hayden
151855 - 1858 Booklet.

List of hymns and dates. First Congregational Church of Essex. Record book belonging to Sarah D. Proctor, first organist of the first pipe organ.

161856 to April 1857 Receipt for cleaning meeting house, building and lighting fires, 2 qts oil, meetings: 1856 May - concert; June - summer meeting; Oct - J. Prince; Nov - N. Lord, Crockett (2 days lecture); 1857 - drama, south district school, Chebacco L. association $39.37
[signed] E. K. Goldsmith
1719 Feb 1856 Receipt for playing Organ 14 Sabbaths $14.00
[signed] Sarah D. Proctor
1810 April 1856 Receipt.

Received of Mr. Caleb Cogswell seven dollars for supplying the desk in Essex on the day of the annual fast, April 10, 1856
[signed] David T. Kimball

1926 April 1856 Receipt for service as clerk for the year past, $1.25
[signed] R.W. Burnham } clerk
2030 April 1856 Receipt for services as collector of pew rent and treasurer of said parish $20.00, to collecting Parish tax for the year 1855 $27.66 total $47.66
[signed] C. Cogswell
219 July 1856 Order of Services at the installation of Rev. J. M. Bacon
229 July 1856 Receipt for boarding ministers $13.00
[signed] Francis Cogswell
2329 July 1856 Receipt.

Boston, July 29th 1856. First Religious Society in Essex to Saml. Chisum Dr.
For printing 400 handbills $4.00
[signed] Saml. Chisum

241857 Letter of dismissal for Mrs. Ellen Low (Mrs. John C. Low) from the Bellville Congregational Church in Newburyport to the Congregational Church in Essex.
2519 Feb 1857 Receipt for playing organ from Aug 19 1856 to date, 26 sabbaths $26.00
[signed] Sarah D. Proctor
2610 March 1857 Receipt for one quarter's salary ending January 9th 1857 $225.00
[signed] J. M. Bacon
2722 April 1857 Receipt.

First Parish in Essex to Caleb Cogswell, Dr.
July 3d 1854To hinges for blinds and hanging same $ .75
To fitting doors and fitting on springs.75
To Parish tax for 1854.51
To Parish tax for 1855.662.67
1856 May 31stTo 1 pr hinges put on blinds, repairs on outer doors.75
To Parish tax for 1856.35
1857 April 22dTo hinges & fasts for blinds, knobs & screws.62
To 1 days work 1.505.89
Recd payt [signed] C. Cogswell

2818 August 1858 Certificate of church membership

This may certify that Francis Cogswell became a member of the Christian Church in Salem, Mass., in the year 1830 and that he continued to be a member in good & regular standing until said Church was disbanded.
[signed] by order & behalf of the church - John Masury, clerk.

293 April 1859 Letter of invitation from the Orthodox Congregational Church in Wenham for the ordination of Mr. John S. Sevill.
3011 June 1859 Receipt.

Essex June 11th 1859
the 1st parish of Essex to Constantine Burnham to blowing on the organ 11 times 1.10
Commencing March 26 ending June 4
[signed] Constantine Burnham

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