|Title||Church: Old First Congregational Church (Bennington, Vt.), earliest records|
|Creator||Old First Congregational Church (Bennington, Vt.),|
|Dates of Creation||ca. 1765-1863|
|Scope & Content||Small group of documents including what may be the original Old First Church covenent with later additons, ca. 1765 (with later annotations by David Robinson, Jr. 1835 and 1841); an index to the church records ca. 1863; a list of members and proposed members dated 1803; a 1774 subscription list to finish the meeting house; a 1784 subscription list to support a minister; and a 1787 subscription to repair the meetinghouse; undated, General Robinson's charges against Mr. James Ballard with Mr Ballard's reply.|
Lucian R. Paige in History of Hardwick (1883) showed that the covenant for the church must have been drafted around 1750 (pp. 226-30; available online). Many of the people whose names appear in the first part of the two columns never actually moved to Bennington. “That the covenant under which the union was consummated was not originally prepared for that occasion, but was the old covenant adopted at Hardwick about twelve years previously, and already bearing thirty-five signatures...”
The last fifteen or perhaps seventeen names on the covenant seem to represent one or more new rounds of signatures by people who moved to Bennington in 1761-1762 from Amherst and Sunderland in Massachusetts, and from the Newint church in Connecticut, rather than directly from Hardwick.
They apparently used the signature page of the old Hardwick document to express their affiliation with the members of the Hardwick church.
Robinson, David (1814-1889)
Old First Congregational Church (Bennington, Vt.)
|Credit line||Bequest of Hall Park McCullough|