Second Presbyterian Church
Brick Presbyterian Church
Downtown United Presbyterian Church
Compiled by Anah Babcock Yates
As published in the Rochester Post - Express
(March 25, 1911; April 1, 1911; April 22, 1911)
This society was organized Nov. 18, 1825 with twenty five members.
The first place of worship was a frame building on the west side State
(then Carroll) Street. A brick church was completed in 1828 on the
corner of Fitzhugh and Allen (then Ann) Streets, which was used until
April 1, 1860, when it was closed with impressive and appropriate
The present church was dedicated June 30, 1861. The corporate name
of the church was changed Nov. 10, 1833, from the "Second" to the
"Brick Presbyterian Church in Rochester." No Sunday school records are
found previous to 1827 but the school was organized at an earlier
period. The first records give thirty nine scholars, seven teachers,
and a library of "eight hundred volumes and a few tracts."
The first pastor was Rev. William James, D. D., a graduate of
Princeton. He preached for a time at Clarkson, N. Y. assumed the
pastorate of the Brick Church 1826 and resigned 1830 to go to the
Third Presbyterian Church at Albany, where he died Feb. 16, 1868, aged
61. For a year the pulpit was supplied by Rev. Daniel N. Merrit and
Rev. Ferdinand DeWilton Ward. Dr. Ward was afterwards a missionary to
India, 1836 to 1846, and a pastor of the Presbyterian Church at
Geneseo for Twenty years. He died August 11, 1891 aged 79.
The second settled pastor was Rev. William Wisner, D. D. The third
was Rev. Rev. George Beecher, son of Rev. Lyman Beecher, D. D. The
fourth was Rev. James Boylen Shaw, D. D., born in New York City. He
came to Rochester 1840 and for forty eight years prosecuted here his
ministry with a fidelity and success seldom equalled and lamented by
Timothy L. Bacon, Elder.
Silas Hawley, Elder.
Linus Stevens, removed to New York.
Drick Sibley, removed to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Seth Case, removed to Glenbula, Wis.
Nabby Sibley, died December 1827.
Sarah Hawley, died November 1828.
Thankful Stevens, removed to New York.
Delia Stevens, removed to New York.
Irene Sibley, removed to Wisconsin.
Letty Cherry, married William Hendricks.
Lydia W. Blanchard.
Catharine S. Russell, married Dr. Wright.
Catharine Brown, died July 1829.
Chauncey Cook, clerk.
Members - Jan. 12, 1826
John H. Brown, from First Presyterian Church.
George Hedge, from Troy.
Widow Deborah Byington, from Manlius, died in 1828.
Lyman Granger, from the First Presbyterian Church.
Abraham Cherry, from Auburn.
Aaron and Betsey Hall.
Alanson E. Hale.
Jonathan and Ursula Brown; Jonathan died Nov. 12, 1827.
A. W. Riley.
Franklin and Amanda Cowdrey.
Mrs. Anna Lott.
Jacob and Mary Schenck.
Mrs. Joann Needham.
Moses and Sally Sperry; Moses died Sept. 1829.
Olive H. Barker, died March 1827.
Elizabeth Kempshall, married Lyman Granger.
Mrs. Sarah Emons.
Mrs. Margaret Hemenway.
Patrick P. Dickenson and wife Huldah.
Mrs. Olive Hill, from Williamston, Mass.
Benjamin and Sophronia Campbell, from First Pres. Church; Benjamin
died in Buffalo, March 25, 1883; Sophronia, his wife, died Feb.
Ela Burnap, from First Pres. Church.
Miss Julia Brewster, from First Pres. Church; married Mr. Andrus or
Orpha Crane, from First Pres. Church.
Mrs. Betsey Ballard, from First Pres. Church.
Silas Clapp, from from the United Church of Kingsbury and Queensbury.
Calvin H. Warren, from Lockport.
Caleb Morgan, from LeRoy.
Lydia Byington, from Manlius.
Mrs. Catharine Norton, from Cambridge.
Virgil A. Bogue, from Paris Union Church.
Mrs. Mary Robinson, from Ireland.
Mrs. Huldah Hunt.
Mrs. Pamelia E. Cutler.
Mrs. Clarissa Tibbals.
Mrs. Lucy Bicknell.
Charles R. and Mary Ward.
Mrs. Eddy Smith.
Mrs. Roxana Granger.
Miss Ann Eliza Duncan; married Mr. Aldridge.
Angeline Van Buskirk.
Miss Aurelia Allridge.
John H. Thompson and his wife, Electa, from First Pres. Church.
Czar and Abigail Dunning, from First Pres. Church.
Crossman Clark, from Carlisle, Schoharie County.
Timothy E. Haskell, from Monson, Mass.
Melissa B. Haskell.
Members - Aug. 1, 1827
Mrs. Marcia L. James, from First Church, Albany.
Miss Frances R. Dudley, from Richmond, Mass.
Theodore P. Clark, from Skaneateles.
John McBride, from Geneseo.
Alexander Kelsey, from Hector.
Harvey and Phebe Ann Raymond, from Charlton, N. Y.
Alexander McKibbon, from Lecumpher?, Ind?
William Stebbins, from Perinton, Monroe County.
Ira and Eliza West.
Miss Sabra Cook.
Miss Cornelia Noble.
Mrs. Charlotte Dake, from Saratoga Springs.
Mrs. Julia A. Baldwin, from Bridgeport, Conn.
Mrs. Sarah Collins, from Stillwater.
Mrs. Ruby Abel, from First Pres. Church.
Mr. Alvira? H. Blake, from Volney?
Phinehas B. Cooke, from Litchfield, Conn.
Enos and Sarah Pomeroy.
Baptisms: 1826 - 1829
James, Anna McBride, dau. of Rev. William and Marcia, Oct. 8, 1826.
Hall, Harriet, dau. of Aaron and Betsey, Oct. 8, 1826.
Dickenson, child of Patrick and Huldah, March 9, 1827.
Gorsline, Mary, dau. of Ricahrd and Aurelia, April 1827.
Hunt, Anson Morgan, son of Simon and Huldah, June 3, 1827.
Hunt, Mary Ameda, dau. of Simon and Huldah, June 3, 1827.
Hunt, Simon Benton, son of Simon and Huldah, June 3, 1827.
Hunt, Lydia Brewster, dau. of Simon and Huldah, June 3, 1827.
Hunt, Timothy Dwight, son of Simon and Huldah, June 3, 1827.
Ward Mariet, dau. of Charles and Mary, June 3, 1827.
Smith, William Huntington, son of Phelps and Eddy, June 3, 1827.
Smith, Clarissa, dau. of Phelps and Eddy, June 3, 1827.
Kennedy, Cornelia Ann, dau. of Henry, June 3, 1827.
Kennedy, John Rice, son of Henry, June 3, 1827.
Kenedy, Irene, dau. of Henry, June 3, 1827.
Kennedy, Harriet, dau. of Henry, June 3, 1827.
Kennedy, Thomas, son of Henry, June 3, 1827.
Raymond, Abraham, son of Harvey and Phebe Ann, Aug. 5, 1827.
West William Augusta, son of Ira and Eliza, Aug. 5, 1827.
West, Daniel Tracy, son of Ira and Eliza, Aug. 5, 1827.
West, Julia Maria, dau. of Ira and Eliza, Aug. 5, 1827.
Baldwin, Samuel, son of Mrs. Julia, Sept. 1827.
Baldwin, Eliza, dau. of Mrs. Julia, Sept. 1827.
Pomeroy, Henry, son of Enos and Sarah, Oct. 21, 1827.
Pomeroy, Elizabeth R., dau. of Enos and Sarah, Oct. 21, 1827.
Seymour, Mary, dau. of James and Mira?, May 1828.
Seymour, Charles, son of James and Mira, May 1828.
Kennedy, Henry, son of Henry and Lucinda, Sept. 8, 1828.
Graves, infant of Samuel and Eunice, Nov. 7, 1828.
Bardslee, Henry Martin, son of Abner and Emma, Nov. 7, 1828.
Sheldon, infant of F. and J., Nov. 7, 1828.
Aldridge, (?) of N. and E. A., July 10, 1829.
Tucker, (?) of Mrs. N., July 10, 1829.
Hurlburt, Frances Celestin, dau. of Mrs. L., March 1829.
Ward, Charles, son of C. and M., Sept. 4, 1829.
Raymond, Abraham, son of H. and P., Sept. 4, 1829.
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