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The original records of the First Church of Newbury, Massachusetts.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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Question:  Where are the original church records for Newbury, Massachusetts from the 17th century?


Answer: The records are lost according to Dr. Harold Field Worthley in his work An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregations) Church of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805. (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1970). He states the following findings "The church records antedating 1674 were reported lost in the Essex North Association's Contributions to the Ecclesiastical History of Essex History (Boston, 1865), pp. 340-345.  The manual published at Newbury in 1896 under the title Covenant, Articles of Faith Rules of the First Church in Newbury, with a Catalogue of its Members and an Accountof its Pastors, reported the records from 1674 then in existence.  Today, however, no records can be found antedating 1943, other than vital statistics extracted from histories and manuals of the church".

Posted by David Lambert at 12/02/2010 04:02:21 PM | 

more than a decade ago I ordered a very poorly made microfilm of the first church records from SLC's library. I was unable to get decent copies of my 17th century Rowley and Newburyport ancestors. so somehow the information has been mixed up.
let me see if I can dredge the film number up...
this might be it, though it sounds like book form, and I was looking at actual records-and perhaps it is the Rowley records I was looking at, I no longer recall. however, this is filed under Rowley, Newbury and Ipswich;
Record of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from the church records of the first and second parishes in the town of Rowley, and of Byfield and Linebrook parishes from 1665 to 1838. film # 887754 Item 4
if this isn't the right film, I cannot say for certain which film it was, but I definitely looked at a washed out and unprintable film at my then fhc with hand written vital records of Rowley and Newbury (and Newburyport) pioneers.
perhaps a more thorough check of your holdings is necessary.
Posted by: Cornelia Moore ( Email ) at 12/2/2010 7:48 PM has this: The first parish, Newbury, Massachusetts, 1635-1935 Little, Eliza Adams

Not sure it's the one you need.
Anne Tanner
Posted by: ( Email ) at 12/3/2010 8:15 PM

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