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FIRST CHURCH IN
NEW BRITIAN, CONNECTICUT

This web site is composed of scanned images from a book titled

GENEALOGY and ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

written by Alfred Andrews and published by him in 1867.
Printed by Case, Lockwood and Company, Hartford, Conn.

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The images on these pages can be very slow loading. I had to make a choice between slow loading pages and readable ones for those who wished to make copies.
The Membership section lists 1465 church members, as well as spouses,
children and, frequently, spouse's parents and children's spouses.
Please, check both indexes because there are different names in each as well as some people listed in both.
I have found references to the same person in each index with different page numbers.
It seems to me that there are very few women indexed for the first 124 pages.
There are lots of women mentioned so you might want to do some reading.

The site is arranged as follows:

PICTURE OF JOHN SMALLEY - the first pastor of the first Church of New Britain
TITLE PAGE
PREFACE   ( iii through vii) tells why Mr. Andrews undertook the writing of this book.
INTRODUCTION (9 through 61) covers the time period from the founding of "fframington" in 1645 through the founding of the Great Swamp and Kensington Parishes.
NEW BRITAIN (62 through 124) provide general information about the founding of New Britain
" OWNED THE COVENANT"(125 through 131)
CONFESSION OF FAITH AND THE COVENANT(132)
MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF NEW BRITAIN; (133 through 486) "The following list comprises the names, with their chronological numbers, of those who have been communicants of the first Church of Christ in New Britain, from it's organization April 19th, 1758, to 1867, a period of one hundred and nine years."  This section lists births, marriages and deaths of members, spouses and children.
MISCELLANEOUS--A PAGE FOR THE CURIOUS  (487 and 488)
APPENDIX Sabbath Schools, Common Schools, Normal Schools, Evangelical and Protestant Churches are addressed in this section. (489 through 507)
"INDEX OF THOSE WHO OWNED THE COVENANT CALLED 'HALF-WAY COVENANT,' REPRESENTED BY ROMAN NUMBERS, FROM PAGE 125 TO 131" (page 508 )
ALPHABETICAL INDEX (509 through 523), a listing of the church members in alphabetical order with reference numbers to pages 133 through 486.
GENERAL INDEX"alphabetically arranged, showing the page where such names occur in this work as are not directly or indirectly represented by numbers."
(524 through 538)


This web site is dedicated to two very important people.
First, Glo, the daughter-in-law who decided she wanted to trace her husband's/my son's lineage.
She cajoled, coerced, begged, bullied, hassled and, I must admit, she even whined at times, until I broke down and
became "hooked on genealogy".  Thank you, Glo.
Second, Pat, the daughter who owns this book, loaned it to me, and refuses to let me donate it to the FHC or a genealogical society because,
"It belonged to Granddad!"

Questions or comments?
Please, let me know what you think.
Thank you.
Stella

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