CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH


The St. Croix Historical Society has a pamphlet entitled:


A SEMI-CENTENNIAL DISCOURSE DELIVERED AT CALAIS, MAINE ON JUNE 3, 1879 IN MEMORY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES AT EASTPORT ON FEBRUARY 13, 1829, BY REV. S. H. KEELER, DD OF SOMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS.

The present numbers of its churches is eighteen, two, at Alexander and at Lubec, having become extinct, or rather have been merged – the former in the Methodist and the latter in the Baptist denominations.”

Congregational Churches organized before the February 13, 1829 conference: West Machias – 1782, Dennysville – 1805 (Meeting House dedicated on November 17, 1834 according to John Cooper’s records), Robbinston – 1811, Lubec – 1818, Eastport – 1819, Perry – 1822, Calais – 1825, and East Machias – 1826

Congregational Churches organized between 1829 and 1879: Alexander – (no date given), Cherryfield – 1833, Cooper – (no date given, however John Cooper records that the Meeting House was dedicated on March 30, 1836), Jonesboro – 1840, Jonesport – 1877, Machiasport – 1831, Northfield – (no date given), Pembroke – 1835, Princeton – 1858, St. Stephen, NB – 1846, Topsfield – 1861, Whiting – 1833, and Whitneyville – 1836.

We can also note from John Cooper that a Conference of Churches was held in Dennysville on September 29 and 30, 1830. Was this the second conference?

Information from the Congregational Church Library, 14 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts

General Conference of Maine at its 48th meeting on June 12 & 13 1876 at Jonesport. The report of that conference stated, The church in Alexander, organized in 1854, has only three members left. One of then, the clerk of the church, aged eighty-one, and his wife ninety, and a daughter. The members, including young men, have removed from the place, and those remaining, unite in the support of the Methodist church, and have built a neat church edifice.” Later Deacon Isaac P. Crafts is identified as the clerk of the Alexander church.

Isaac Porter Crafts died on November 26, 1878 at age 84 years, 4 months. His wife Rebecca (Ferris) died on March 16, 1887 at age 83 years, 10 months. Their youngest surviving daughter was Emma Elizabeth, born January 14, 1845. She married Jefferson Spearin, on September 16, 1872.