First Congregational Church
From History of Milwaukee County 1881
1841 renamed to PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - 1850 when the church moved from West side of River to East Side Locations: 1841 - School room on W. Water St. 1841 - Leased hall at Spring and W. Water Sts. No date given - at Oneida & Milwaukee Sts. 1843 - Spring & 2nd Sts. 1844 - new building at purchased site dedicated January 3, 1843 1854 - this building burned but cornerstone was saved with historical information inside after congregation had moved to East side of town. 1850 - New Church was dedicated on the East Side on May 24, 1851 but no address was provided in Volume of History of Milwaukee First Pastors: Rev. O. F. Curtis - organizing pastor Rev. John J Miter - 1841 Rev. G. M. Humphrey - 1856 Rev. John Allison - 1866 Rev. J. L. Dudley - 1868 Rev. Henry T. Rose - 1875 Early Members: Robert Love Alanson Sweet Edward Terry Samuel Brown Daniel Brown Benjamin Moffat Lyman Stoddard Josiah DeWolf Otis Sprague Sylvester Pettibone James P. Whaling Samuel D. Vose R. P. Houghton E. Townsend Mix A. R. Matthews C. A. Hendee Chas. G. Stark J. R. Brigham Officers - 1842 Deacons: Benjamin Moffat Daniel Brown Robert Love Samuel Brown Officers - 1880 Deacons: Edward Terry - Clerk James P. Whaling Samuel D. Vose R. P. Houghton Trustees: E. Townsend Mix A. R. Matthews C. A. Hendee Chas. G. Stark J. R. Brigham
OLIVET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
1858 named ASTOR STREET MISSION 1861 renamed FOURTH CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY 1867 renamed OLIVET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Locations: 1867 - Astor St. & Lyon (bought Astor Street Chapel and moved it to 1868 - Marshall & Division Sts. with dedication in January, 1868 Started new building immediately and laid cornerstone in August and dedicated building in November 1873 - Large debts caused congregation to sell building to the Episcopals who built All Saints Cathedral there. Olivet leased an unoccupied Unitarian Church (no location provided) 1875 - Congregation moved to the Academy of Music building 1877 - Congregation disbanded First Pastors: Rev. C. D. Helmer - organizer Rev. McLean - 1861 Rev. John Allison - 1867 Rev. Myron W. Reed - 1873 Officers - 1868 Rev. John Allison - Pastor Deacons - William J. Whaling E. H. Ball J. A. Dutcher W. P. McLaren William Jarvis Trustees: Jason Downer R. P. Fitzgerald H. W. Finch O. E. Britt W. P. McLaren
THE FREE CONGREATIONAL CHURCH
1847 (name change to) SPRING ST. CONGREGATION - 1847 Locations: Meeting to organize in school adjoining dwelling of Albert Fowler 1847 - leased various public rooms around town 1848 - East side of Main St. (now Broadway) between Mason & Oneida Sts 1849 - occupied new building there 1852 - leased building formerly the First Congregational Bethel then Plymouth Church at Spring and Second Sts. 1852 - six months later purchased this building 1854 - sold the building and purchased Lots on Spring & Sixth Sts. 1857 - Services held in new church building 1859 - January 18 Church Dedicated. First Pastors: Rev. Otis F. Curtis - 1847 Rev. William L. Parson - 1848 Rev. George W. Basset - 1850 Rev. J. G. Wilson - 1853 Rev. William DeLoss Love - 1858 Rev. George T. Ladd - 1871 Rev. George H. Ide - 1881 At Meeting next to Mr. Fowler dwelling the following people signed up to organize a Free Congregational Society: (1847) Mrs. Marilla W. Curtis Rev. Otis W. Curtis Robert Love Mrs. Martha Love David McDougal Mrs. Minerva McDougal Geore Barber Mrs. Hannah Barber Otis Sprague Samuel C. Newhall Mrs. Mary B. Newhall Elizabeth S. Newhall William Morrison Mrs. Ellen Morrison Other Early Church Members: H. H. Briggs Mrs. Electa Briggs Frederick H. Westover Mrs. Phoebe Westover Mrs. Ann E. Breed William Trumbull Cornelia Eames E. D. Holton Edwin Palmer Avery Hill Hiram Clark James W. Vail William Taintor Trustees: 1848 and later E. D. Holton D. McDougal Edwin Palmer Avery Hill S.C.Newhall Deacons: (1854) Robert Love Frederick H. Westover Deacons (later) Hiram Clark Samuel C. Newhall Deacons (1858) James W. Vail William Taintor
First Name - 1851 - South Presbyterian Church Name and Church change by congregational vote to Church of the Pilgrims on July 19, 1858 Name change in 1860 to Hanover Street Congregational Church Locations: Small building erected near corner of Hanover & Park Sts. Larger building built in 1959 on same lot Dedication of new building held on Sept. 4, 1859 First Pastors: Rev. Steels - 1851 Rev. Kidd - 1855 Rev. Day - 1858 Rev. J. J. Miter - 1860 Rev. Fred W. Beecher - 1860 Rev. J. W. Healy - 1862 Rev. Wilder Smith - 1866 Rev. E. S. Huntress - 1871 Rev. J. C. Taylor (no date provided) Rev. Kerr C. Anderson (no date provided) Rev. H. C. Hitchcock ( no date provided Rev. J. W. Healy (2nd pastorate) - 1878 Early Members: Oliver Parsons Robert Love E. O. Ladd George H. Williams R.A. McCullough Dr. Jay Jennings E. W. Atwater F. W. Harwood Thomas Davidson A. M. Joyce Jas. Sheriffs H. H. Rockwell E. B. Parsons 1881 Trustees: R. A. McCullough - President F. W. Harwood - Secretary E. O. Ladd - Treasurer Thomas Davidson A. M. Joyce Jas. Sheriffs H. H. Rockwell E. W. Atwater E. B. Parsons 1881 Officers: J. W. Healy - Pastor Deacons: E. O. Ladd George H. Williams - Treasurer R. A. Mc Cullough Dr. Jay Jennings E. W. Atwater
WELSH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
organized 1857 Locations: First Worship services held in building located at Main St. (Broadway) between Michigan & Huron Sts. Erected building on Jefferson St. between Michigan & Huron Sts. First Pastors: Rev. John Parry - organizer - 1857 Rev. G. Griffiths Rev. John P. Jones Rev. Henry H. Davis Rev. G. Cadwallader Rev. J. T. Breeze - 1874 Rev. H. Parry - 1876 Rev. E. R. Lewis - 1878 Rev. Enoch Jones - 1879 This congregation had a hard time making a go of it. In 1881 they were starting to get their heads above water.
GRAND AVENUE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
This Milwaukee church was founded in 1847 as the Free Congregational Church, later known as the Spring Street Congregational Church, and renamed the Grand Avenue Congregational Church in 1881. Since 1961 the congregation has been a member of the United Church of Christ. In 1915 this church formed a union with Pilgrim Church.
The UW-Milwaukee Archives has records mainly 1910-1965. Included are published histories and information on anniversary observances; newspaper clippings and photographs; minutes and correspondence of congregational meetings, the Church Council, and many governing boards and committees; financial and other administrative records; incomplete membership records, and numerous publications including annual reports, newsletters, and church bulletins. Activities of the women in the congregation are documented by minutes, financial information, and other records of the Women's Guild and its many circles, the Home and Foreign Missionary societies, and other groups. There is also information on the United Church of Christ merger and on participation in area ecumenical activities. Finding Aid