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south part of the town within the limits of the old parish denominated the 'Chapel of Ease.' In 1826 the old meeting-house was taken down and a new one was erected. In 1848 the new meeting-house was remodeled after plans furnished by Isaiah Rogers (an eminent architect).
"Rev. Mr. Bryant first officiated in the church after its incorporation, serving but one year. Then Rev. Atherton Wales, a graduate of Harvard College in 1726, officiated. His ministry extended over fifty years. He was then followed by Rev. Elijah Leonard, who continued for forty-eight years. After his death, Rev. Luke A. Spofford supplied the pulpit for one year. At this time, in 1833, the church was nearly equally divided between the old and the new faith. As, however, in the old church the evangelical portion of the congregation prevailed, so here the liberal wing predominated and the Rev. George Leonard (whom we remember as a "grand old man") was settled, and preached here twenty-five or more years."
As a result of this action, a new society was organized in 1835, under the name of the Second Congregational Trinitarian Society. A new church was built, and is now standing just below the old (Unitarian) church and mearly opposite the Clift Rodgers Free Library Building. "Its ministers who have preached there are Rev. Eli Smith, followed by Rev. Elbridge G. Howe, Rev. Sumner Clark, Rev. F. A. Foiske, Rev. Daniel D. Tappan, Rev. Luther Farnham, Rev. F. F. Williams, Rev. J. C. Seagrave," and others since, whose pastorates have been so short it is not worth while to enumerate them in these pages. The same may be said of the many pastors who followed the Rev. George Leonard in the Second Congregational Society (Unitarian). In this Second Congregational Society during the Revolution "a military company was organized among their numbers and entered in the records of the church."
Returning to the First Parish in South Marshfield, its
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