“Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?”
Robert Booth, author and researcher of original home owners in Marblehead, continues our lecture series on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm with a look at parishioners of St. Michael’s 1714-1750.
St. Michael Church’s first parishioners were different in many ways from most other Marbleheaders. To be Anglican was to embrace a different religious tradition from that of the rest of the town and the rest of New England, and to risk being marginalized by the town’s merchant employers, shipmasters, and shoremen, most of whom belonged to the First and Second Churches (post-Puritan Congregational). Who were the individuals and families who chose St. Michael’s, the poorest and smallest congregation in town? Why did they do so, and how did they fit into a place that was evolving from a depressed fishing town to a rich seaport?
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Robert Booth, Executive Director of the national Center for Clinical Social Work, is a resident of Marblehead and the author of the book Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America’s Richest City, which won the New England Society of New York’s award as best book about New England published in 2011.