African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA

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African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA

Description

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas was an outgrowth of the African Church of Philadelphia founded in 1792 by the Free African Society, a mutual aid organization, established in 1787 by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen for the purpose of encouraging religion, literacy, and providing destitute members – especially widows and orphans – with financial assistance. Absalom Jones led the congregation and became the first African American admitted to Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church when Bishop William White ordained him a deacon in 1796 and a priest in 1802. Richard Allen formed Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church which became a separate Methodist denomination. Records consist of vestry minutes, pew rents, birth and baptismal records as well as some records of the Free African Society.

Collection Items

Absalom Jones - the founder of St. Thomas Episcopal Church & first pastor - bound manuscript is a register of Births & Baptisms performed at the church from 1791-1830. Each Birth & Baptism listed includes the following: date of birth, name of child &…

Bound manuscript is a record of people who have been paid for a service or donated to St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The receipts and expenses that the church incurred span the years 1790-1792.

Manuscript also includes a list of the names of church…

Bound manuscript is a record of pew rents from 1818 - 1840 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Each pew rent listing includes the date rented, names of renters, pew no., and amount paid for seats in rent dues.

Bound manuscript is a record of pew rents from 1863-1876 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Each pew rent listing includes the date rented, names of renters, pew no., and amount paid for seats in rent dues.

Bound manuscript is an accounting book of St. Thomas’ finances between 1791 and 1842.

The prominent African American Abolitionist, one of the founders of the Free African Society, and clergyman Absalom Jones is listed throughout text.

Bound volume of St. Thomas vestry minutes from 1813-1821. Meeting minutes include day, date, time of day (morning, afternoon, & evening), members and Reverend present, and a brief description of meeting.

Bound volume of St. Thomas vestry minutes from 1821-1831. Meeting minutes include day, date, time of day (morning, afternoon, & evening), members and Reverend present, and a brief description of meeting.

Bound volume of St. Thomas vestry minutes from 1848-1855. Meeting minutes include day, date, time of day (morning, afternoon, & evening), members and Reverend present, and a brief description of meeting.

Bound volume of St. Thomas vestry minutes from 1866-1874. Meeting minutes include day, date, time of day (morning, afternoon, & evening), members and Reverend present, and a brief description of meeting.
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