St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

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In 1760 a group of congregants from Christ Church, supporters of the Rev. William Macclanachan, an Anglican minister of evangelical leanings, formed a new church, seceded from Christ Church. They drafted articles of agreement for a new church St. Paul’s and promptly set about raising funds to construct it. Built on Third Street, below Walnut, St. Paul’s opened for services in 1762 and remained an active congregation throughout the nineteenth century. The Church’s building still stands, now home to Episcopal Community Services. St. Paul’s records, housed at the Episcopal Diocesan Archives include vestry minutes, baptismal, marriage and burial records as well as some financial records.

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Record of interments at St. Paul's from 1811 to 1852. Entries include the date of the funeral, name of deceased and location of burial. Some children are listed by parent's name. Some entries include the the decedent's former address and cost of the…

The first 24 pages of this account book record the funds raised by St. Paul's 1773 church lottery, with entries ordered by date. Records of St. Paul's charity collections from 1802 to 1812 start from the back of the book and run chronologically,…

Record of funds raised by St. Paul's 1774 church lottery, with entries ordered by ticket number, with the name of purchaser and total amount paid for all tickets per person.

Register of marriages performed at St. Paul's by a succession of ministers, including Rev. William McClenachan from 1759 to1765, Rev. William Shinger from 1768 to 1778, and Rev. Joseph Pilmore from 1786 to 1794 and again from 1804 to 1824. Entries…

Record of marriages performed at St. Paul's from 1760 to 1802. Each marriage is listed twice, under the last name of the groom and the bride. Each listing includes the date the ceremony was performed and the names of individuals being married. It…

Register of baptisms, church membership, bible class membership, confirmations, communions, marriages and funerals at St. Paul's, dating from 1821 to 1829.

Baptisms are listed across two pages, recto and verso, and run from page 1a to 13b. Each…

Record of baptisms, marriages, funerals, communions and confirmations performed for members of St Paul's church from 1829 to 1865.

Baptisms are listed alphabetically by name beginning on page 1, and then again chronologically by date of baptism…

Record of baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, and burials performed for the members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, as well as offerings made to the church, from 1866 to 1888. Extended sequences of empty openings have not been scanned,…

Record of payments received and made by St. Paul's from 1794 to 1809. Entries are listed by date, and include the payee's name, amount paid, purpose of the payment, and signature of the church official who accepted or disbursed the payment. Some of…

Record of interments at St. Paul's from 1852 to 1869. Each entry includes the decedent's name and date and location of burial. Some entries also include age at time of death and cause of death. Some disinterments are also noted, with the location of…

Record of marriages performed by Rev. Joseph Pilmore, occurring at St. Paul's Church between 1786 and 1794, at Christ Church in New York between 1794 and 1804, and again at St. Paul's Church from 1804 to 1813. Entries are listed chronologically and…

This bound volume includes St. Paul's early trustee and vestry minutes from 1760 to 1762, marriage records from 1759 to 1835, baptism records from 1782 to 1834, and death records from 1790 to 1812.

The first numbered pages include a defense of…

Minutes of the meetings of the St. Paul's vestry, from 1762 to 1774. Each entry records the date of the meeting, members present and business discussed. One of the main topics covered is the ill health of Reverend McClenachan and the subsequent need…

Minutes of the meetings of the St. Paul's vestry, from 1792 to 1797. Each entry includes the date of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Many entries include wardens' accounts, as reports from the committee appointed to examine…

Minutes of the meetings of the St. Paul's vestry, from 1797 to 1810. Each entry includes the date of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Topics include but are not limited to: elections to the vestry and the appointment of wardens…

Minutes of the meetings of the St. Paul's vestry, from 1810 to 1829. Each entry includes the date of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Topics include but are not limited to: vestry elections; appointment of wardens and sextons;…

Record of many different financial accounts associated with St. Paul's from 1806 to 1852, such as: bank stocks; bonds and mortgages; various legacies and loans; funds for the charity school, widow's house, and repairs/additions to the buildings and…

Record of pew rents at St. Paul's from 1769 to 1770, and general accounts from 1799 to 1813.

The practice of renting pews was common in 19th century churches; members paid a fee for the right to occupy a particular pew every week. Pew holders are…
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