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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. by Mrs. Abby D. Saxe. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, May 20, 1907.] METHODIST Episcopal services in Medford were commenced in July, 1822, by Rev. Josiah Brackett, a local preacher of Charlestown, at the invitation of several godly members of the church in Charlestown who resided in Medford. His first sermon was delivered in the building known as The College, which stood on Ship street, his text being the first two verses of Maffitt and C. K. True. In 1828 a second revival occurred, in which many of the Sunday-school scholars were converted and joined the class. The same year the society was incorporated as The First Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford, with Josiah Brackett, Isaac McElroy, Jonathan Gross, George Williams, William James, James D. Yates, Alvah Smith and Louis Janson as trustees, and a house of worship, 25 × 40 feet, was built on Cross street. This building now stands on Salem street, two doors e