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Middletown (Vt.) Baptist Church Records, 1784-1931.
Baptist Church in Middletown (Vt.).
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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 195 (cont'd in MSA 196)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Corporate Author : Baptist Church in Middletown (Vt.).
Title : Middletown (Vt.) Baptist Church Records, 1784-1931.
Physical Description : .75 linear ft. (2 boxes containing 7 volumes).
General Note : Collection formerly located in MSC-192.
Summary :

This collection contains the records of three Middletown Springs, Vermont, organizations: the Baptist Church of Middletown (1784-1931), the First Baptist Society in Middletown (1814-1915), and the Middletown Benevolent Sewing Society (1856-1871). The records of the Church were kept in five volumes; only four of these volumes survive in this collection. Some or all of the missing first volume were recorded on pages 292 to 298 of volume 4 (MSA 195:3). One leaf survives from what was probably volume 1; it is in MSA 195:5. Annotations in red pen are lightly scattered through volumes 2 and 3; this appears to be the same hand that transcribed the records from volume 1 into volume 4. The records include minutes of meetings, lists of members, and records of ecclesiastical activities.

Biographical or historical data :

"The Baptist church in Middletown was formed in 1784. From 1790 to 1802 it was a large church and embraced in its communion members residing in the towns of Wells, Poultney, Tinmouth, and Ira. In 1802, residents in Poultney, thirty-four or thirty-five in number, withdrew and formed a church in that town" (from History of the Baptists in Vermont by Rev. Henry Crocker, 1913). See also The History of Middletown, Vermont by Barnes Frisbie, 1867, pp. 96-101 for an early history of the church. According to records at the American Baptist Historical Society in Rochester, New York, the Middletown Baptists joined with the Congregationalists and Methodists in 1923 to form a federated church. According to records in this collection, in 1926 the remaining church members voted to appoint one of their number to transfer the church property to the state Baptist association. The records in Rochester indicate that by 1930 the church building had been taken over by a community church.

The Baptist Society was organized "for the purpose of sustaining the institutions of the Gospel in connexion with the Baptist Church in Middletown, and the supervision of the Baptist Meeting house and Parsonage in said Middletown." In later years the Society and Church seem to have held joint meetings.

The Sewing Society seems to have been a Baptist organization in Middletown.

Subject Term : Church records and registers Vermont Middletown.
Baptists Vermont Middletown.
Geographic Term : Middletown (Vt.) Church history Sources.
Genre/Form : Articles of faith.
Constitutions.
Lists, Membership.
Minutes.
Registers, Baptism.
Church records.
Added Author : First Baptist Society in Middletown (Middletown, Vt.).
Middletown Benevolent Sewing Society (Middletown, Vt.).
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.