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Guide to the Stearns Family Papers, 1755-1851

Collection number: MC 198

Size: 1 box (0.20 cu.ft.)

About the Stearns Family papers

The Stearns Family papers collection primarily contains the papers of Reverend Josiah Stearns, 1732-1788, pastor of the church in Epping, N.H. for thirty-one years. There are a few items each of Jonathan Stearns of Andover, Massachusetts; Sarah Stearns; the Rev. Samuel Stearns, Josiah’s son and pastor of the church in Bedford, Massachusetts, and Ebenezer S. Stearns. Of particular note is the 1757 journal of Jonathan French from the French and Indian War (f.1)

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stearns Family Papers, 1755-1851, MC 198, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Rebecca Anderson, 2007

Collection Contents

Series I: Jonathan French Papers

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Jonathan French, journal from the French and Indian War, 1757
Box 1, Folder 2 Jonathan French, sermons used at the baptism of his first child, and his nineteenth child, 1798 and 1819

Series II: Josiah Stearns Papers

Box 1, Folder 3 Minutes of a meeting of churches in Ipswich, Cambridge, and Gloucester, to come together in reconciliation and restoration, Exeter, NH, August 1, 1755
Box 1, Folder 4 Minutes of a meeting of the Church of Christ, regarding the appointment of Rev. Josiah Stearns as pastor, Epping, NH, August 23, 1756 (2 versions)
Box 1, Folder 5 Letter of invitation from the Church of Christ, signed by members of the church, Epping, NH, May 18, 1757
Box 1, Folder 6 Minutes of a meeting, regarding the hiring of Rev. Josiah Stearns as pastor, Boxford, MA, October 15, 1757
Box 1, Folder 7 Minutes of a meeting of the Church of Christ, regarding the appointment of Rev. Josiah Stearns as pastor, Epping, NH, November 7, 1757 (2 versions)
Box 1, Folder 8 Minutes of a meeting of the Church of Christ, Epping, NH, December 7, 1757
Box 1, Folder 9 Articles of the Ecclesiastical Council, signed by John Moody, reverend, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, August 13, 1765
Box 1, Folder 10 Confirmation of the formation of the Ecclesiastical Council, and its officers, August 13, 1765
Box 1, Folder 11 Statement of regret of conduct, from David Lawrence, Epping, NH, and Statement of regret of conduct, from Benjamin Baker, Epping, NH, March 8, 1769
Box 1, Folder 12 Minutes of a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Council, signed by Peter Coffin, moderator of Council, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, Nottingham, NH, June 7, 1770
Box 1, Folder 13 Minutes of a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Council, regarding a case between the minister and the people, and the dismissal of Rev. Butler, signed by Peter Coffin, moderator of the Council, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, Nottingham, NH, August 1, 1770
Box 1, Folder 14 Letter from the brethren in the Gospel Ministry, to Rev. Doctor Langdon, Greenland, NH, August 7, 1770
Box 1, Folder 15 Minutes of a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Council, regarding the conduct of Rev. Thomas Niles, signed by Timothy Walker, moderator, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, August 18, 1773
Box 1, Folder 16 Minutes of a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Council, signed by Timothy Walker, moderator, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, Pembroke, March 23, 1775
Box 1, Folder 17 Settlement of Contention between churches, Greenland, NH, March 29-30, 1775
Box 1, Folder 18 Minutes of a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Council, signed by Joseph Adams, moderator, and Josiah Stearns, scribe, Greenland, NH, March 30, 1775
Box 1, Folder 19 New Hampshire scale, Greenland, NH, 1777-1781
Box 1, Folder 20 Account left by Samuel Lawrence, attested by Josiah Stearns and Simon Peirce, ca. September 1779
Box 1, Folder 21 Financial record, Josiah Stearns, Epping, NH, Feb. 28, 1783-1787
Box 1, Folder 22 Correspondence to Rev. Josiah Stearns, Epping, NH, March 11, 1784 and July 8, 1784
Box 1, Folder 23 List of individuals that helped Rev. Josiah Stearns procure a horse, Epping, NH, February 17, 1786 (2 versions); and February 28, 1786
Box 1, Folder 24 Correspondence from Epping, NH, August 25, 1783; March 9, 1784; April 19, 1784; and March 14, 1785
Box 1, Folder 25 Will and testament of Josiah Stearns, Epping, NH, April 21, 1788
Box 1, Folder 26 Inventory of the estate of Rev. Josiah Stearns, Epping, NH, August 22, 1788
Box 1, Folder 27 List of donators and their donations to help Rev. Josiah Stearns procure a horse, undated
Box 1, Folder 28 Sermons. Undated and unknown author. “A Right Hand of Fellowship,” ca. mid-1770s (2 versions), “A Charge”

Series III: Sarah Stearns Papers

Box 1, Folder 29 Fragment of will, and other agreements, signed by Sarah Stearns, July 24, 1784

Series IV: Samual Stearns Papers

Box 1, Folder 30 Sermon at the ordination of Rev. Samuel Stearns, April 27, 1796

Series V: Ebenezer S. Stearns Papers

Box 1, Folder 31 Eben S. Stearns, admittance to Phillips Academy, December 16, 1834
Box 1, Folder 32 Valedictory address of Eben S. Stearns, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, August 1837
Box 1, Folder 33 Receipt for two burial plots for Ebenezer S. Stearns, Bedford, MA, November 1, 1851
Box 1, Folder 34 Eben S. Stearns, “Reward of Merit” certificate, undated
Box 1, Folder 35 Obituary for Phineus, written by E.S. Stearns, and “The Fallen,” an undated poem