Chichester (N.H.) Congregational Church records  1792-1903
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Chichester, New Hampshire, received its first land grant from King George I on May 20, 1727, but an initial town meeting was not held until 1773. In 1791, Congregationalist minister Josiah Carpenter arrived from Vermont, and a Congregational Church was established on March 21, 1792. Carpenter served as the church's first minister, and remained in Chichester until 1826, when he severed his contract with the town, which had paid his salary out of public tax revenue. Following his departure, several prominent members of the town formed the Union Congregational Society of Chichester, which oversaw the administrative affairs of the local Congregational Church. This church, called the Church of Christ, adopted a new set of formal guidelines on October 5, 1832. Its pastors included Rufus A. Putman (1832-1843), Charles Willey (1845-1850), Silas Blanchard (1853-1858), Joshua Gay (1858-[1863]), Mark Gould (1865-1872), George A. Foss (1873-1877), John F. Aiken (1879-1880), and H. W. L. Thurston (1882-1884). Chichester residents also formed a Sunday School and Bible Class Society in 1833 and the Chichester Congregational Sabbath School Society in 1882.