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Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records

1828-1888, 2.5 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
Creator:
Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church (13th and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title:
Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records
Date [inclusive]:
1828-1888
Call Number:
26
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 boxes, 9 volumes, 1 folder
Language:
English
Abstract:
Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1818 and moved to 13th Street between Race and Vine streets in 1827. In 1887, the congregation merged with nearby Central Methodist Episcopal Church to form Thirteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Thirteenth Street Methodist Church was discontinued in 1940. The Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1828-1888, consist of Board of Trustees minutes, Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting minutes, Quarterly Conference records, deeds, record of certificates, membership and vital records (members, marriages, baptisms), and various other documents.
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Biography/History

Methodism is a protestant Christian faith based in the teachings of John Wesley (1703-1791), who preached "practical divinity," emphasis on Christian living, and putting faith and love into action. The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1784 in Baltimore, Maryland with Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as its first bishops and held its first general conference in 1792. In May of 1939, the Methodist Episcopal Church; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church united to form the Methodist Church (U.S.). In 1946 the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (New constitution) and the Evangelical Church united to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968 the Methodist Church (U.S.) and the Evangelical United Brethren Church united, forming the United Methodist Church (U.S.).

Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1818 at Perry Street south of Vine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was rebuilt in 1827 on 13th Street between Race and Vine streets and enlarged in 1835. In 1887, the congregation merged with Central Methodist Episcopal Church (established in 1855 and formerly located on Vine Street above 12th Street) to form Thirteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church. Thirteenth Street Methodist Church was discontinued in 1940.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Board of Trustees minutes (1835-1887), Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting minutes (1855-1883), Quarterly Conference records (1854-1866), deeds (1828-1888), record of certificates (1837-1881), and membership and vital records (members, 1857, 1861-1865, 1865-1871, 1871-1877, 1876-1886; marriages, 1851-1871, 1857-1858, 1861-1864, 1864-1865, 1865-1871, 1871-1875, 1877-1887; baptisms, 1857-1858, 1859-1862, 1862-1866, 1866-1871, 1871-1877, 1877-1887), with a few photographs and other documents. A folder-level inventory for the collection is available.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

The Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is the repository for records of member churches when they close.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church directly for more information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some church records at the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, particularly membership and vital records, are available in digital form through Ancestry.com or on microfilm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and/or the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Records of Central Methodist Episcopal Church and Thirteenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church can be found in the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church: Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church closed churches records.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church (13th and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • United Methodist Church (U.S.)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • City churches
  • Methodism
  • Methodists

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Board of Trustees Minutes, 1841-1876.

1 1

Board of Trustees Minutes, 1877-1887.

1 2

Minutes of Meetings on Merger, Nazareth and Central, 1887.

1 3

Leaders' Meeting Minutes, 1835-1854.

2 1

Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting Minutes, 1855-1863.

2 2

Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting Minutes, 1875-1883.

2 3

Quarterly Conference Record, 1854-1866.

3 1

Record of Certificates Given and Received, 1837-1881.

3 2

Deeds, 1828-1835.

3 3

Deeds, 1849-1888.

3 4
Volume

Church records, 1836-1856.

1

Membership list, 1850.

2

Church records, 1857-1858.

3

Marriage certificates, 1851-1871.

4

Church records, 1864-1865.

5

Church records, 1861-1866.

6

Church records, 1865-1871.

7

Church records, 1871-1877.

8

Church records, 1877-1887.

9
Shelf

Trustees record (first minute book), 1835-1846.

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File
History file.
History File Scope and Contents note

Constitution-1835, History-1886, 5 photos (3" x 5", church), Closing Services and Dedicatory Services 1887-1888, Construction order 1870s

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