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Can you tell me if the church records for the defunct Saint Matthews Episcopal Church, Ward 12. I think I heard that they are at Mt. Hope in Roslindale. So would you know if the church records for the 1800's would exist. And if so where can I search online, or to whom may I write for requests? Does Mt. Hope have a burial database for St Matthews Church?


Reply from Jeanne Belmonte, NEHGS Genealogist. I spoke to the archives office of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Records from closed parishes are generally sent to the archives. Lynn Smith is the volunteer archivist she may be able to help you find the records you are searching. You can reach her at 617-482-4826. In addition some of the records for St. Matthews have been microfilmed. The following films are available for loan through your local family history center.

Baptisms 1817-1884-film no 856692
Marriages 1821-1884 Burials 1818-1884 film no. 856693
To learn more about film loan and locate a family history center please go to

Mount Hope Cemetery does have an index for those that were moved from the tombs of St. Matthews. I spoke to the Janice at the cemetery, and was told there are a few buried there with the surname Eayers. You can email Janice at Mount Hope for more information at Please put Janice/Eayers family in the subject matter.
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