NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG3238.AM: Rosefield Sabbath School and Church (Trenton, Neb.)
Trenton, Hitchcock County, Neb.:
Size: 4 items on 1 reel of microfilm
Hitchcock County experienced a large influx of Welsh settlers in the mid-1880s. Settlement was concentrated around Pleasant View and Trenton Precincts (T2N, R33W and R34W), an area which became known as the Rosefield neighborhood. The Rosefield Sabbath School and Church were established in this small Welsh enclave, seven miles southwest of Trenton, Nebraska. The first meeting was probably held in the home of John W. Hughes in Trenton Precinct (NW 1/4, S19, T2N, R33W). Other individuals listed in early minutes of the organization were John O. Jones, J.C. Owens, G.W. Hughes, Charles E. Jones, and George Humphres. Regular services were normally held in the Rosefield School.
Obituaries of several members describe the church as being Methodist Calvinistic. On January 5, 1897, the group reorganized as the Rosefield Congregational Church and membership was extended beyond the Welsh community. Despite a broader membership, sermons and hymns were often in Welsh. The congregation began keeping detailed records in 1887. The Rosefield Sabbath School and Church were dissolved in 1919.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of one reel of microfilm containing the records of the Rosefield Sabbath School and Church of Trenton, Nebraska, arranged in two series: 1) Church records; and 2) Cemetery records. Series 1 consists of three volumes containing a register, financial records and minutes. The church register includes a record of baptisms and Sabbath School reports. Series 2 consists of a list of tombstone inscriptions found in the Rosefield Cemetery. The records, largely written in Welsh, were loaned for microfilming in July of 1976.
Series 1 – Church records, 1887-1919
- Church register
- Financial register
- Minute book
Series 2 – Cemetery records
- List of tombstone inscriptions
Hitchcock County (Neb.) — Churches
Rosefield Sabbath School and Church (Trenton, Neb.)
Trenton (Neb.) — Churches
Welsh in Nebraska
Revised 11-01-2008 TMM