First Congregational Church (Weeping Water, Neb.) [RG3043.AM]


RG3043.AM:  First Congregational Church (Weeping Water, Neb.)

Records:  1860-1976

Weeping Water, Cass County, Neb.:  

Size:  17 volumes on 4 reels of microfilm; 1 folder of misc. records


On November 18, 1860, six residents of Weeping Water met with the Rev. John Todd to organize the First Congregational Church. The church did not have a regular minister until the arrival of William E. Catlin in the spring of 1861. He resigned shortly thereafter due to his wife’s ill health, and the congregation went without a minister until August of 1863. Then Merritt F. Platte began preaching at Weeping Water and Avoca. The congregation grew steadily from that time, although it often shared a pastor with other communities.


This collection consists of 17 volumes on 4 reels of microfilm and one box of manuscript material arranged in six series: (1) Church Registers, 1860-1967; (2) Clerk’s minutes, 1874-1976; (3) Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, 1895-1912; (4) Woman’s Missionary Society, 1873-1889; (5) Scrapbook, 1860-1960; and (6) Board of Trustees’ Records, 1959-1974.

This collection includes registers of births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, communicants, members, officers, and pastors. Also included are minutes of the meetings of the congregation and various societies within the church.

Because some materials were added to the collection at a later date, reel 4 contains items (most of the more recent records and volumes, 1939-1967) from Series 1, Series 2, and Series 6. Additional records for the Weeping Water First Congregational Church are located in RG2678: United Church of Christ, Nebraska Conference.


Series 1 – Church registers, 1860-1967

Reel 1


    1. 1860-1884

    1. 1887-1902

    1. 1902-1910

    1. 1910-1920

Reel 4


    1. 1942-1967

Series 2 – Clerk’s minutes, 1874-1976

Reel 1


    1. 1874-1895

    1. 1896-1900

    1. 1901-1913

Reel 2


    1. 1913-1924

Reel 4


    1. 1939-1952

    1. 1952-1961

    1. 1962-1976

Series 3 – Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, 1895-1912

Reel 2


    1. Minutes, 1895-1905

    1. Minutes, 1908-1912

Series 4 – Woman’s Missionary Society, 1873-1889

Reel 2


    1. Minutes, 1873-1889

Series 5 – Scrapbook, 1860-1960

Reel 3


    1. 1860-1960

Series 6 – Board of Trustees records, 1959-1974

Reel 4


    1. Minutes, 1959-1967

Envelope (unfilmed):

Minutes and Association correspondence, 1967-1974 (personal copies of Rev. I.C.G. Campbell)


12-19-2006   Revised TMM

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