Fredonia Presbyterian Church
Record Book 1827 - 1835
Fredonia, NY

Transcribed by Marsia Painter
February, 2012

Last names and years are in bold type. Transcriber’s notes are in [brackets]. The transcriber has made an effort to preserve the spelling quirks present in the original, handwritten document. (?) denotes an uncertainty about the spelling in the original document.


Church Book

Fredonia

August 16th 183[sic]

 

Children and Adults Baptized since April 1st, 1832

Names                                                             Parents

Larylva(?) Calphorna(?)        D                     Oliver Taylor

Frances Mary                          Daughter         Mrs. Samuel Barker

Sarah Caroline                         Daughter         Mrs. Samuel Barker

Leonard Hoisington               Adult  

Charles Abbot                                    Son                  Mrs. Todd

 

Trustees Presbyterian Ch. Fredonia

Names                         When Appointed

[The rest of the page is blank except for the headings.]

 

Church Session                       Appointed

Elders. Harvey Durkey          1819 22 Dec.

   “       Isaac A. Lovejoy        1817 10 March

   “       Elisha Shepherd         1822 1 Feb      Dismissed 1828

   “       Saml. Marsh               1823 26 September

   “       Roswell Harrison       1825 4 July

   “       W. C. White               1825 4 July

   “       Oliver Barns               1817 10 March

Philip Wells                             1829 2 Jan’y    Dismissed 1830

Harvey Durkee joined ch. May 27, 1819

Elisha Shepard joined ch. Dec. 10, 1821       Dismissed Dec. 1828

Roswell Harison joined ch. May 25, 1823

Isaac A. Lovejoy joined ch. Nov. 13, 1814

Saml Marsh joined ch. Sept 29, 1810

W. C. White joined ch June 23, 1825

 

Proceedings of Session Nov 23 1827

Session met according to previous notice. Opened with prayer. Present Jas W. McMaster Modr., Elders Durkee, Marsh, Harrison, Lovejoy. White & Shepherd absent. Mr. White offered excuse for late attendance which was not sustained. Mr. W. C. White was apointed[sic] a delegate to attend nex meeting of Presbytery and Roswell Harrison as his Alternate. Isaac A. Lovejoy scribe. Closed with prayer.

 

December 14th 1827 Friday.

Session met agreeable to notice. Opened with prayer. Jas W. M. M. Moderator. Present Elders Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy, White & Shepherd. Mr. Shepherd offered an excuse for nonattendance last meeting wch[sic] was not sustained. Admonished by Modr. Mr. Harrison absent. Sick. Session upon a revew of the case of Fenner Ward a suspended member of this ch. Since Feb 13th 1826 resolved to appoint & did appoint Deacons Lovejoy and Harrison as a commitee to wait on said Ward & procure his decision in relation to making a public confession of his crimes (See old Book pg 65, 84) and also to notify said Ward that in case said conffession[sic] be not made within one month from this date, the said word shall be excommunicated from this ch. wch thing the session hereby resolve to do.

- form of confession -

I Fenner Ward having been led to conduct in a way opposed to religion of J. X. which I have proffered, & to the character of his followers vis indulging in the use of ardent liquor, and during this giving loose to wicked & scandalous conduct by attending a public dance & being deeply sensible of my sin & the scandal cast upon the cross of (?) hereby acknowledge my crimes, and beg the forgiveness of my offended brethren & sisters in the Lord.

Resolved that Deacons White & Shepherd be a committee to wait on Mr. Elias Gilbert – Reported as a disorderly member of this ch. & to posses themselves of all such evidence of his conduct as they can procure & to report at an(?) adjourned meeting of session.

Deacon A. Lovejoy left session without leave. Session adjourned to meet Dec 28th 1827. Closed with prayer(?).

E. Shepard

 

Dec. 28 1827

Session met according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Present Jas W. M. Master Modr.

I. A. Lovejoy, Harvey Durkey, White & Shepherd. Absent Harrison & Marsh. I. A. Lovejoy excuse [for?] absenting himself [from?] last meeting without leave was sustained. The committee on case of Fenner Ward reported that said Ward refused to make his conffession as required by Session under date of Dec. 14th 1827. Committee on case of Elias Gilbert had not acted on [account] of stormy weather, wch was sustaind. Moved(?) that Mr. White be dismissed from serving on the committee in case of E. Gilbert & that Mr. Roswell Harrison be his substitute. Closed with prayer.

E. Shepard Clerk

 

June 27, 1828 Session met agreeable to notice. Opened with prayers. Members all present. Rev. McMaster Moderator. Mrs. Irene Ely admitted to the Church on certificate by vote of the Session. Closed with prayer.

E. Shepard Clerk

 

August 15, 1828

Session met agreeable to notice. Members all present excepting one. Henry Durkey moderator. Opened with prayers. Resolved that Roswell Harrison be appointed delegate to attend the next meeting of Presbytery at Jamestown(?). Isaac A. Lovejoy his alternate. The committee appointed on the case of Elias Gilbert reported which report was not accepted. Resolved that W. H. White be added to said committee & that said committee report at the next meeting of Session. Voted to adjourn two weeks from this date. Closed with prayer.

E. Shepard Clerk

 

August 29th 1828

Session met agreeable to adjournment no business done there not being a majority of the members of Session present.

E. Shepard Clerk

Examined & approved by Presbytery West(?)

Wm. J. Wilcox Mod

 

Fredonia October 27th 1828

Session met according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. On motion resolved that Roswell Harrison be Clerk protem. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy & Harrison. Absent White & Shepard. On motion Resolved to adjourn until the 3d of Nov next at 2 oclock P.M. Closed with prayers.

R. Harrison Clerk Protem

 

Fredonia Nov 3d 1828

Session met agreeable to adjournment at the meeting house. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Harrison, Marsh, White & Shepard. Absent Lovejoy. W. C.(?) White chosen Moderator. On motion resolved that Elias Gilbert be cited(?) to appear before the Session of this ch(?) on Monday three weeks from this date at 2 oclock PM. Minutes read & approved. On motion resolved to adjourn Session three weeks from this date at 2 oclock PM at this place. Closed with prayers.

E. Shepard Clerk

 

Fredonia Nov 24th 1828

Session met according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Lovejoy, Harrison, Marsh & White. Absent Shepard. On Motion Resolved that I. A. Lovejoy be moderator of this meeting. On Motion Resolved that Wm(?) C. White be the Clerk of Session in place of E. Shepard who has removed from among us. Minutes of last meeting were read. On motion resolved that a letter of dismission recommendation be granted to Elisha Shepard & his wife as they have removed from us & request same. Elias Gilbert was cited to appear at this meeting of session by copy (see copy on file). Gilbert neglecting to appear it was resolved that he be cited to appear at our next meeting of Session. Minutes read and approved. On motion resolved that we adjourn this session until Friday next at the house of Mr. McMs(?). Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia Nov. 28th 1828

Session met according to adjournment at (?) house of Mr. Nell. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Harrison, White. Absent Lovejoy & Marsh. On motion resolved that H. Durkee be moder. Minutes of the last meeting were read. The citation for Mr. Gilbert to appear at this meeting of Session has not been sent(?). Minutes read & approved. On motion resolved to adjourn without date. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia December 19th 1828

Session met at the meeting house agreeable to notice. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Lovejoy, Marsh, Harrison & White. On motion resolved that H. Durkee be moderator. Minutes of last meeting were read. Samuel Marsh offered his excuse for non attendance of the last meeting of Session. On motion resolved that his excuse be sustained.

I. A. Lovejoy offered his excuse for non attendance of last meeting of Session. On motion resolved that his excuse be sustained. Case of Elias Gilbert was taken up it being ascertained(?) that he has been duly cited this second (?) to appear before Session & answer to charges prefered(?) against him, but not appearing this time it was resolved that I. A. Lovejoy be appointed to manage his defence.

Proceeded to take testimony relative to the charges against Mr. Gilbert (see testimony on file). After going through with the testimony & patiently hearing(?) the whole summed up by the accused council. On Motion it was resolved that the charges prefered against Elias Gilbert be & are hereby sustained. (charges intemperance & absenting from public worship) On motion resolved that Elias Gilbert be suspended from the communion & fellowship of the church. Minutes read & approved. On motion resolved that we adjourn upon one week at one oclock PM at this place. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia December 24th 1829

Session met at the meeting house according to appointment & opened with prayer. Present Rev. A. Parmele(?) Mod. Elders H. Durkee, I. A. Lovejoy, P. Weller(?), S. Marsh & W. C. White. Mrs. Abigail Fellows (now Thompson by marriage) & Mrs. Hart presented letters from sister churches & by vote of Session were received as constituent members of this chh. Mrs. Taylor was examined as a candidate for admission into this chh & approved Vote that she be received on her giving her assent to the articles of faith & Covenant. Minutes read & approved. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia Jan’y 4th, 1830

At the close of the monthly concert for prayer the Session being present voted that W. C. White be the delegate to attend the next stated meeting of Presbytery. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

May 11th, 1830

Session met according to appointment. Opened with prayer. Rev. A. Parmele(?) Mod. Present all the Elders. On the request of Philip Wells & his wife voted that they have letters of recommendation & dismission from this chh to the Pres. Chh in Erie, Pa. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia May 18th 1830

Session convened at the close of divine service. Voted letters of recommendation & dismission to Mrs. Sarah Williams, Mrs. Lucy Garnsey, Mrs. Sally Day, Mrs. Polly Ann Brigham, Miss Elmira Brigham, Mr. Leonard Parmele(?) & Harriet his wife to unite with a church about to be formed at Dunkirk. Also to Mrs. Sarah Lewis to the church in Buffalo. Mrs. Betsey Risley presented a letter from the first Church in Hartford Con & by vote of session was received as a constituent member of this chh. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia August 30th 1830

Session met according to appointment. Opened with prayer. Elders present H. Durkee, I. A. Lovejoy, R. Harrison & W. C. White. I. A. Lovejoy was chosen moderator. On motion resolved that W. C. White be the delegate to attend the next stated meeting of Pres’y & I. A. Lovejoy his alternate. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

Thus far examined & approved by Presbytery. Sylvester Eaton Modr. Fredonia Sept. 9th, 1830

 

Fredonia December 24th, 1830

Lecture preparatory to the communion by the Rev. Timothy Stillman after divine service Session convened Rev. Mr. Stillman Moderator. Elders Present Marsh, Lovejoy, Durkee & White. Huldah Carpenter (now Durkee by marriage) presented a letter of recommendation & dismission from the church in Ashtabula (Ohio) upon which she was by vote received as a member of this Church. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia December 29th 1830

Session met agreeable to appointment at the House of Crosby. Opened with prayer. Rev. Timothy Stillman Moderator. Elders present W. C. White, I. A. Lovejoy, H. Durkee & S. Marsh. Mrs. Elvira Crosby presented a letter of recommendation from the Church in Euclid(?) Ohio with a request to unite with us she having been for a long time unable to attend worship at the Sanctuary & by the Providence is still unable. She was therefore at her own house received into this church & the sacrament of the Lords supper was administered to her & others present. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia May 14th 1831

Session convened after divine service opened by prayer. Rev. Timothy Stillman presided. Elders present H. Durkee, I. A. Lovejoy, S. Marsh & W. C. White. The following persons presented letters of dismission & recommendation from other churches & were received by us. Phebe Martin from Church in Charlotte Vermont. Parmelia Ranne from Church Crownpoint, Huldah Bissel from the church in Litchfield Ct, Abigail Moore church in Stockton. Anna Howard, Eliza F. Howard & Lydia C. Howard from Church in Bridgwater Vermont & Annis(?) Hart from Church in North Bristol Ct. Mrs. Sally Cole requested a letter of dismission to join the church at Dunkirk whereupon resolved that her request be granted. Mrs. Nancy L. Parmele requested a letter of dismission to join the church in Forestville & Elizabeth Dibble to join the church in Boonville(?) [could start with D, B, or S] whereupon resolved that their request be granted. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia May 24th 1831

Session met according to appointment at the Academy opened by prayer. Elders present I. A. Lovejoy, H. Durkee, S. Marsh & W. C. White. Dea Lovejoy Moderator. Mrs. Lovina Risley, Mary Esterbrook & Mrs.(?) John Howard were examined for admission into this chh on confessions of faith & approved. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

June 15, 1831

Session met according to appointment at the Meeting house. Opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Modr. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, White, Lovejoy. The following persons were examined for admission into the chh on confession of their faith in XT [Christ]. Mary H. White, Harriet E. White, Elvira Lovejoy, Adelia Robbins, Mrs. Sarah Frisby, Noah H. Whitcomb, Perry Hempstead, Abijah Lovejoy, Erastus Bartholomew, approved. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

July 21, 1831

Session met at School house Little Canada way. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, White, Lovejoy. Mr. Sam’l Hall was examined in referense[sic] to experimental religion & doctrines with a view to unite with the Chh & was received. Also Mr. John Hall & his wife Sarah presented a letter of recommendation from the chh in Martinsburgh & were received by the session. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Session met at the meeting house July 22 1831. D. D. Gregory Mod. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, White, Lovejoy. Following persons were examined for admission into the Chh on confession of their faith in XT [Christ]. Namely James Durkee, Samuel Barber, Horace Taylor, Orrin Lyman, Caroline Starr, Lucina Taylor, Saphrona Marsh, Mary Ann Harrison, Mrs. Lydia White. Susan Howard presented a letter of recommendation from 1st Presbyterian Chh Rochester, the above received. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clk

 

July 29, 1831

Session met at the meeting-house opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Marsh, White, Lovejoy. Following persons were examined for admission to the chh. Namely Betsey March, Ann Eliza Smith, Abigail Godfry, Fanny Abel, John P. Hinkley, Mrs. Hannah Barker, Caroline Hubbard, Soloman Risley, Gaylord Drake, received. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Aug. 5, 1831

Session met at Meeting house opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, White, Lovejoy. Following persons were examined for admission to the chh. Namely Minerva Snow, Mrs. Ann Hutchison, Anna Howard, Sally Gilbert. Mrs. Orpha Senate by letter from chh in Fayetteville, above received. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Aug 12, 1831

Session met at Meeting house. D. D. Gregory mod. Elders present Durkee, White, Lovejoy, Marsh. Mrs. Mary Barker presented herself for examination & was received. Session closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

The following persons having been previously examined were received on confession of faith.

Abigail Godfry

Lavina Risley

Mary Esterbrook

John Howard

Mary H. White

Harriet E. White

Elvira Lovejoy

Adelia Robbins

Sarah Frisby

Noah H. Whitcomb

Sam’l P. Hempstead

Abijah Lovejoy

Erastus Bartholomew

Sam’l Hall

Sam’l Barber

Horace Taylor

Orrin Lyman

Caroline Starr

Lucina Taylor

Saphrona Marsh

Mary Ann Harrison

Lydia White

Betsey Marsh

Ann Eliza Smith

Fanny Abell

John E. Hinkley

Hannah Barker

Caroline Hubbard

Solomon Risley

Gaylord Drake

Minerva Snow

Ann Hutchison

Sally Gilbert

Anna M. Howard

Mary Barker

 

Following persons having previously presented letters entered into covenant.

John Hall

Sarah Hall

Orpha Sennate [sic]

Hannah Pease

 

Fredonia August 27th 1831

Session met according to appointment at the meeting house. Opened with prayer. Rev. D. D. Gregory Modr. Elders present Durkee, Lovejoy & Marsh. Absent White. Deacon Harvey Durkee after taking the first & second step of Church labour presented the following complaint against Uriah Wentworth. The Charges are the following

First For the neglect of public & family worship.

2d Profanation of the Sabbath in going fishing.

3d Gambling at various times

4th Profane swearing

On motion resolved that Uriah Wentworth be cited to appear before the Session of this church in one month from this time at this place to answer to the above charges prefered against him by Deacon Durkee. On motion resolved to adjourn to meet at this place in one month. Minutes read & approved. Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy Clerk protem

 

Fredonia September 27th, 1831

Two members of the session convened according to last adjournment the rest being absent on journeys. Uriah Wentworth who had been cited to appear at this time did not appear accordingly. No business done.

 

Fredonia October 26th, 1831

Session met according to appointment at the meeting house. Opened with prayer. Rev. D. D. Gregory Moderator. Elders all present. Uriah Wentworth having been cited to appear before the session of this church on the 27th of Sept. last to answer to certain charges prefered against him by Deacon Durkee refused or neglected to appear. Therefore resolved that he be cited the second time to appear before the session in four weeks from this time at this place at 2 oclock P.M. Minutes read & approved. On motion resolved to adjourn to meet at this place on the 23d Nov next at 2 oclock P.M.

Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia Nov 4th 1831

Session met according to appointment at the meeting house. Opened with prayer. Rev. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders all present. Wm Lewis presented a letter from the church in Stockton and was received. Mrs. Mabel Smith presented a letter from the church in Wethersfield Ct and was received. Miss Lavina Moore was examined for admission into this church & approved. Mrs. Betsey Miner requested a letter of dismission from this church to unite with the church in Springville. On motion resolved that her request be granted & that Mr. Miner be admonished for his neglect of duty. Minutes read & approved. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Session met at Meeting house according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, White. As no citation has been md out & served on Uriah Wentworth to appear the second time, therefore resolved on motion that he be cited to appear the second time to answer to the charges prefered by Deac Durkee in two months from this time or 23 Jan 1832 in this place at 2 Oclock P.M. Moses Lewis & Mrs. Betsey Bosworth were examined for admission to this church & approved. On motion resolved to adjourn to meet at this place in Jan 23, 1832 2 oclock P.M. Closed with prayer

W. C. White Clerk

Fredonia Nov 23, 1831.

 

Fredonia Jan 6, 1832

Session met according to appointment opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy, White. Mrs. Elista(?) Moore presented a letter from the church in Sheffield Ohio & was received. Catharine Farnsworth presented a letter from church in Sheridan. Mr. Laban Bowin & Esther his wife presented a joint letter from the Congregational Church in Pittsford Vt & were received. Perry Hempstead requested a letter of dismission & recommendation from this chh to the chh in Kingsville Ohio, request granted. Mrs. Aseneth Patterson was examined for admission to the chh & approved. Mr. M. M. Minor requested a letter of dismission & recommendation from this chh to the chh in Springville. Request granted. W. C. White appointed delegate to the next meeting of Presbytery at Lodi. H. Durkee his alternate. Minutes read & approved. Closed with prayer.

Wm C. White Clerk

 

The following persons having been previously examined were resieved[sic] on confession of their faith this day Jan 15 1832

Mrs. Betsey Bosworth

Lavinia Moore

The following persons having previously presented letters entered into covenant with this church this day.

Catherine Farnsworth

Mrs. Elista(?) Moore

Mr. Laban Bowan

Mrs. Ester Bowan

Mrs. Mabel Smith

Mr. Wm Lewis

 

Fredonia Jan 23, 1832

Session met at the Meeting house according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy & White. The case of Uriah Wentworth came up, the session having been credibly informed that Mr. Wentworth had left the country before the second citation was served, therefore on motion, resolved to adjourn without date. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia Jan 29, 1832.

James Durkee & Moses Lewis having been previously examined were this day received to the church on confession of their faith.

D. D. Gregory Acting pastor

 

Thus far examined & approved in Presbytery Lodi Feb’y 2d, 1832.

James Remington

Moderator

 

Fredonia April 27th, 1832

Session met according to appointment at the meeting house. Opened with prayer. Rev. D. D. Gregory Moderator. Elders present Durkee, Lovejoy & White. Mrs. Lewis & Miss Mary Loomis were examined for admission to the church and were approved. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia August 3d, 1832

Session met at the meeting house according to appointment opened with prayer. Rev. D. D. Gregory Mod. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy & White. Leonard Hoisington presented himself as a candidate for admission into this church and was examined with respect to his experimental piety, examination sustained. Mrs. Esther Case presented a letter from the Church in Fayetteville and was received. Mrs. Hannah Jones presented a letter from the Methodist Episcopal Church in North Manlius according to her request was received as a member into this church. Miss Catharine Farnsworth requested a letter of dismission from this church and recommendation to any sister church where God in his providence may cast her lot. On motion resolved that her request be granted. Minutes read and approved, adjourned without date. Closed with prayer.

W. C. White Clerk

 

Fredonia August 4th

Leonard Hoisington having been previously examined was this day received into the church on confession of his faith. Mrs. Esther Case & Mrs. Hannah Jones also entered into covenant with this church.

 

Fredonia Nov 11, 1832

The following persons having been previously examined by session & chh in regard to experimental piety & doctrinal views were this day received to the fellowship of the chh

Aaron Hart

Thomas Capple

Lusius Tuttle

Sally Tuttle

Harriet Tuttle

Clerissa Tuttle

Rodolphus Tuttle

Rufus Tuttle

Laura Hilton

Polly Allen

Charlotte Hubbard

Julian Hubbard

Leonard Hutchinson

Catherine Hutchinson

Martiaette(?) Spalding

Samuel Barker

George Washington Druse

Henry Bosworth

Allen Hinkley

Prudense Lovejoy

Minerva Druse

Horase Hubbard

Polly Randall

Hetty Lewis

Peter L. Howard

Maria Hoisington

Gardener Barber

Lusy Barber

William Mason

Elisha Knowlton

Eliza Crosby

Maria Hall

Lusy H. Hoisington

The following persons were received on the same day, by letter. Ruben I. Munson, Anna Munson, Sarah Gregory, Nancy Knowlton, Betsey French, Lusy Mitchell, Louisa Mitchell, & entered into covenant with this church.

D. D. Gregory Acting Pastor

 

Fredonia Dec. 31, 1832.

Session met at Meeting house. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Harrison. Salmon(?) Hart, Mary-Ann Hart, Stoughton Drake were examined in experimental religion for admission to chh & resc’d. Also Rachael Mathews was recv’d by letter from the chh in North East Pa. Closed with prayer.

D. D. Gregory

 

Sabbath Jan 5, 1833.

Rescieved(?) this day to communion Salmon Hart & Mary Ann Hart wife of Salmon & Stoughton Drake on confession of their faith. Also Rachel Matthews by letter.

D. D. Gregory Acting Pastor

 

Aug. 27, 1832.

Case of Simon Abell

Session met at meeting house opened with prayer. Elders present Marsh, Durkee, Lovejoy, Clerk being absent Deac Lovejoy was appointed clerk protem. A complaint was entered against Simon Abell by Deac Durkee for unchristian conduct. Charges as follows 1. For violation of Sabbath three different times 2. Intemperance or making too free use of ardent spirits at sundry times. 3 For breaking covenant with this church & going away in a hasty manner & hiring a seat in the house of an other denomination & saying that you cannot walk with this church any longer under existing circumstances. The complaint of Deac Durkee, after he had declared that the first & second steps had been take with Mr. A. was accepted & voted to be acted upon. On motion voted that Simon Abell be cited to appear before Session in this house on the 8 Sept. 4 Oclock P.M. to answer to charges then to be alleged.

Fredonia Aug 27, 1832

Copy of Citation. Mr. Simon Abell, Dr. Sir. You are hereby cited to appear before the Session of the Presbyterian church of Fredonia at Meeting house on the 8 Sept. next at 4 oclock P.M. to answer to certain charges then to be alleged against you by order of Session D. D. Gregory Modr. Mr. Sam’l Marsh was appointed delegate to presbytery at Dunkirk & Deac Durkee his alternate. Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy

 

8 Sept 1832

Session met according to adjournment. Opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee & Marsh. Mr. S. Abell did not appear according to citation therefore voted that he be cited second time to appear before Session at this place on 14th inst a 4 oclock P.M. Following is copy of second citation.

Fredonia Sep 8, 1832

Mr. S. Abell. Dr Sir. You are hereby cited the condition the second trial to appear before session of Presby chh of Fredonia in Meeting house on the 14 inst at 4 oclock P.M. to answer to certain charges then to be alleged against you for unchristian conduct. If you do not appear the session will besides censuring you for contumacy after assigning some one to manage your cause, proceed to take the testimony in the case as if you were present. By order of Ses D. D. Gregory Mod.

Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy

 

Sep 14, 1832

Session met opened with prayer. Elders present Durkee, Marsh, Lovejoy. There having been two citations served on Mr. S. Abell to appear before Session to answer to certain charges of unchristian conduct & both citations having been disregarded by him: therefore resolved that he be suspended from the communion of this church for contumacy till he repent, the session having informed Mr. A. that they should appoint some one to manage his cause provided he did not appear, assigned the case to Mr. Harrison & put into his hands the charges & names of witnesses. Adjourned to meet for trial of S. Abell on 25 inst at meeting house 2 oclock P.M. Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy

 

Meeting of session interrupted by Protracted meeting. [Not sure what this means exactly, or what date it happened.]

 

Oct 1, 1832

Session met at Mr. Stevens in Fredonia. Marsh, Durkee, Harrison, Lovejoy present. Opened with prayer. H. Durkee complainant. Mr. Harrison counsel(?)  for Simon Abell. Witnesses against S. Abell. Witnesses for charge of Sabbath breaking: I. A. Lovejoy, N. H. Whitcomb. Mr. A. confessed to witnesses that he traveled three times. Once from Mr. Rhoads in Sumit(?) & traveled all day. Once from Jamestown home & once with a family going west. For particulars see file of chh records. Second charge Intemperance or making too free use of ardent spirits at sundry times. Witness Zenus(?) Esterbrook saith in Feb or March 1831 at Mr. Norcots Inn, that Mr. Abell appeared disguised(?) by spirits. He appeared different from what he does commonly. Also in spring of 1832 saw him at T. Abells Inn appeared to conduct himself foolishly & boyish under the influence of liquor as witness supposes his conduct appeared unchristian.

Witness Lucina Taylor in Aug 1831 lived at Mr. Abells saith that he Mr. A. did not conduct himself well at times. Drank at the bar first thing after rising in the morning, this was common practice & then again before breakfast, this his usual practice & appeared unkind to Mrs. A. at these times. When under the influence of liquor, he frequently neglected duties at table & his(?) family. He appeared very silly at times & virtues suffered under influence of liquor. Witness

I. A. Lovejoy, saith that Mr. A. declared that he presumed he frequently drank spirits a dozen times a day, he thought it necessary for his health. At another time he said to witness that he could do without it, but would not because temperance folks were carrying things too far. Mr. Gailord Drake witnesseth that on the 6 of June 1828 Mr. A. made his boast of treating well while at work on the road & drank with the rest & going to Mr. Parmales he reeled or did not walk strait[sic]. Other men witnesses(?) saith observed his condition & one said see Abell make Virginia fence. In Spring of 1831 witness saith he came where Mr. A. was at work, that he could not lift his tongue as usual, his tongue was heavy & in a debate he said he would treat & brought out the bottle. Witness Horace Taylor saith in fall of 1831 stopped at Mr. A.s tavern & he Mr. A. urged witness hard to drink & he Mr. A. went to his bar & drank himself & witness saith he appeared to have drank too much already appeared foolish. Mr. Pier witness for Mr. Abell saith that he has lived near Mr. A. & has changed(?) work with him often, saith that he is in the habit of drinking spirits. Saith that he has heard him pray when he knew for certainty he had been drinking. Saith that he knows he has been in the habit of drinking more than is for his good, saith he don’t drink heavy but often, saith never saw him when he could not walk strait[sic]. Further saith Mr. A. is full superstitious enough on the Sabbath, that he gave him a job in which he would have to travel on the Sabbath he Mr. A. said he would not go himself but would let his teem[sic] go. Witness further saith that Mr. A. told him that when he was on a long journey he practiced travelling[sic] on Sabbath or said he should do it rather than to ly by(?) & pay out his money at the tavern. Mr. R. Merrick witness for Mr. Abell saith has been acquainted with Mr. A. for 7 or 8 years & has always considered him a moral man, has lived in his family & knows him to be in the constant habit of drinking spirits every day. In(?) June(?) 6, 1828 (attended to by Mr. Drk(?) when Mr. Parmalee was hurt. Witness saith he noticed something in his manner of speaking peculiar & thought it to be the consequence of drinking spirits. Has seen him at other times when he thought him to be in a degree affected by liquor. Saith furthermore that he did not suspect Mr. A. to have been the worse for liquor at the time of building school house attended to by Mr. Drake. Witnesses for that(?) charge I. A. Lovejoy, N. H. Whitcomb, testify that he S. Abell declared to them that he had left the Presbyterian meeting & gone to the Baptist & hired a pew in Baptist house &said he should not return, said he went away because he was abused(?). Session voted to sustain the three charges. Session adjourned without coming to a decision in the case. Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy

 

Dec. 4, 1832.

Session met at Deac Lovejoys opened with prayer. Elders present Marsh, Durkee, Lovejoy. Case of S. Abell resumed. In view of the testimony, & having no evidence of penitence(?) & reform(?) & in view of marked hostility to the church therefore resolved that he be excommunicated from this church. Closed with prayer.

I. A. Lovejoy

 

August 18th 1833

At a meeting of the Presbyterian church in Fredonia held at the meeting house on Friday the 18th day of August 1833 by appointment for the purpose of choosing Deacons & Elders to fill vacancies &c. After coming to order, Prayer by Revr William Bradey. Proceeded to the Election of Officers & made choice of the following Viz

Reuben Manson(?)     Deacon & Elder

Thomas Kapple                      “

Henry Bosworth                     “

Isaac Drake                            “

[Two names are faintly written over the ditto marks: Sam’l Marsh(?) and Deac. H. Durkee]

Br. Oliver Taylor, Gaylord Drake & Noah H. Whitcomb were previously chosen as Elds. Broth G. Drake Eld & Deacon. The above named officers were then ordained by Revr. T. Stillman. On motion voted That Henry Bosworth be Clerk of Session & Church. Meeting Closed by prayer.

H. Benning(?) Clerk

 

Sept 20, 1833

Case of Julias Lovejoy

Session met at meeting house opened with prayer. Elds present Durkee, Drake, Whitcomb(?), Kaple[sic]. H. Bosworth present as Clerk. A complaint was entered against Julias Lovejoy by Thomas Kaple for unchristian conduct, charges as follows. Intemperance and breaking Sabbath after the first and second steps of labour were taken with J. L. and voted to be acted uppon[sic]. On motion voted that Julias Lovejoy be cited to appear before the session in this house on the 30th of Sept. 1833 at half past six P.M.

Fredonia Sept. 20 1833.

Coppy[sic] of Citation. Mr. Julias Lovejoy. Dear Sir, You are hereby cited to appear before the session of the Presbyterian Church of Pomfret in their meeting house at Fredonia to answer to charges which will then and there be brought against you for unchristian conduct on Monday the 30 Inst half past six P.M. Meeting closed with prayer. Adjourned

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house Sept. 30 1833 pursuant to adjournment meeting opened with prayer by Rev W. Bradly. Julias Lovejoy not being present on account of ill health his Father appeared for him. On motion voted that Julias Lovejoy be cited to appear before the session of this church the second time on Friday the 4th of Oct next 8 o clock P.M. to answer to charges then and there to be brought against you for unchristian conduct.

Fredonia Oct 4th 1833 Coppy[sic] of Citation to Julias Lovejoy. Dear Sir You are hereby cited the second time to appear before the Session of the Presbyterian church of Fredonia in their meeting house on the 4th of Oct. Inst 8 o clock P.M. to answer to charges then and there to alledged[sic] to you for unchristian conduct. If you do not appear the session will besides answering you for contumacy after assigning some one to manage your cause proceed to take the testimony in the case as if you were present (over) By order of the Session. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house pursuant to adjournment Oct 4th 8 oclock P.M. Present Durkee, Monson(?), Kapple, Whitcomb, H. Bosworth present as clerk. Meeting open with prayer. Julias Lovejoy present. After the object of the meeting was mad[sic] known by the Revr W. Bradly Julias Lovejoy being questioned by the Revr. Wm Bradly as to the propriety of his conduct he as acknowledged he had brought reproach uppon[sic] the cause he had professed to have loved(?) and had departed far from the path of duty for which he willing to publickly[sic] confess before God and the world after which it was unanimously agreed by the Session that the proceedings against the Said J. L. be stayed for a season and he considered on probation for a season and when it shall be thought best by the Session he shall confess before the church and the world. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Decm(?) 1 1833

The session met [at] the Meeting house for the purpose of further considering the conduct of J. Lovejoy. Meeting opened with prayer by the Rev W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Monson, Taylor, Whitcomb, Drake, Leach(?). H. Bosworth present as clerk. J. Lovejoy being present by request on being questioned by the Revr Revr W. Bradly whether he intended to live different from what he had in reply he said he did not know that he could live a different life from what he had. The same questions were asked by Deacon Durkee and similar answers given. On being asked if he wished to be cut off from the church he said he did. On citation of Deacon Durkee seconed[sic] by N. H. Whitcomb it was unanimously voted that Julias Lovejoy be cut off from fellowship with this church. Closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Case of Mariah Hosington

Session met at Brother N. H. Whitcombs house. Opened with prayer by Rev W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Monson, Drake, Whitcomb. H. Bosworth present as clerk. Opened with prayer. A complaint was entered against Mariah Hosington by G. Drake for unchristian conduct, after taking the first and second steps of labour with her, it was voted that she should be cited to appear before the session of this church on Monday the 2d of Decm next 3 oclock P.M. to answer to charges then and there to be alledged against.

Coppy of Citation. Fredonia Novm 29th 1833 Miss Mariah Hosington You are hereby cited to appear before the Session of Presbyterian church of Pomfret in their meeting house in Fredonia to answer to charges which will be then and there alleged against you for unchristian conduct on Monday the 2d day of Decm next 8 oclock P.M. By order of the Session.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Decm 2d 1833

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house pursuant adjournment. Meeting opened with prayer by W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Monson, Harrison, Whitcomb, Drake, Taylor, Marsh, Leach, Kapple. H. Bosworth present as clerk. Mariah Hosington did not appear according to citation on account of ill health so so[sic] stated by her Mother in reply to severall questions put to Mrs. Hosington in relation to the conduct of her daughter Mariah. She said had been verry improper and unchristian, but sinc[sic] a conversation Deacon Durkee had with her she had appeared something humble and penitent & that the session would consider her at an adjourned meeting at Brother Whitcombs on Friday of this week at half past seven o clock P.M. at which time & place Mrs. Hosington said she would try to have her Daughter present for further examination. Meeting closed.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at Brother N. H. Whitcomb’s on Friday at half past seven pursuant to adjournment Decm 6th 1833. W. Bradly opened with prayer. Durkee, Drake, Kaple, Whitcomb, H. Bosworth present as Clerk. Mariah Hosington being present appeared humbl[sic] and penitent. On motion resolved that Mariah Hosington before this church and congregation shall make a public confession.

(Copy of Confession)

Confession of Mariah Hosington

I confess that my deportment and conversation for a long time has not been according to the Spirit of the religion I profess, more particularly of late, I confess that I have broken covenant with god and this church and have thus deeply wounded the Saviour in the house of his frinds[sic]. I have neglected prayer I have been disrespectful and disobedient to my parents. I have treated gods holy word and even his sacred name in an irreverent and improper manner. Under a deep sense of my awfull[sic] guilt I desire now to humble myself before god and implore forgiveness of him through Jesus Christ, and pray to be restored to the care and fellowship of this church engaging in humble dependence upon divine grace to live righteously and godly so long as my life shall be spared. Mariah Hoisington

 

Fredonia Jany 25, 1834

Opened with prayer by W. Bradly. At a meeting of the Session at the Presbyterian meeting house on Friday W. Bradly moderator. Present H. Durkee, G. Drake, N. H. Whitcomb. On motion voted that Henry Bosworth be Delegate to attend the next stated meeting of the Presbyterian at Buffalo on Sunday the [blank] of Jany Inst. G. Drake Alternate. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Buffalo Jan 29 1834

Thus far examined in Presbytery & approved with the exceptions 1st that the book is not paged 2d It has not been presented for examination before Pb’y since 1832

J. B. Preston Moderator

 

Fredonia February 4th 1834

Meeting of the session at the Presbyterian meeting house opened with prayer by Revr W. Bradley Present H. Durkee, R. Monson, R. Harrison, O. Taylor, T. Kaple, G. Drake, S. Marsh, H. Bosworth present as clerk. The following persons presented themselves before the session, for examination and desired to be taken under their watch (?). William Lomis, Hugh Catheart(?), John Sage, Capt. Perry Smith, Justis(?) Smith, Silas H. Stodard, Miss Emaline Pirse(?), Miss Olive B. Catheart, Mrs. Fanny Barker. On motion it was unanimously voted that the above named persons be recd and admitted to the Fellowship of this church. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at the Presbyterian Meeting on Thursday the 19th day of Feb’y 4 oclock P.M. agreeable to Notice 1834 meeting opened with prayer by the Revr W. Bradley. Brethren present H. Durkee, R. Monson, R. Harrison, S. Marsh, G. Drake, O. Taylor, N. H. Whitcomb, T. Kapple, H. Bosworth present as clerk. H. C. Frisbee presented himself before the session of this Church for examination Preparatory to Admitence[sic] into the church. Also John B. Roberts, Mrs. Hila Robberts. Also Mrs. Harriett Ward, Josep[sic] P. Stockwell. The above named persons were unanimously voted to be received into the church. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Six o clock Fredonia Feby 20t [crossed out] 1834

Session met at the dwelling of John Cranes agreeable to notice. Meeting opened with prayer. Brethren present H. Durkee, R. Monson, R. Harrison, S. Marsh, T. Kapple, G. Drake, N. H. Whitcomb. H. Bosworth present as clerk. Mrs. Priscilla Jones Crane Mr. J. Crane Presented themselves before the Session of this church for examination. Session removed to the Presbyterian Meeting house where it was unanimously voted that Mr. J. Crane and Mrs. Crane be admitted to membership of this church.

Appeared before the session on the 20th of Feby 1834 for examination

Gilbert Lomis

Thomas Higgins

Nelson Marsh

Charles French

Minerva Ann Bosworth and

Love D. Bosworth

After some deliberation it was thought and concluded the above named persons gave evidence of a change in some degree, but on account of their age it was unanimously voted that they remain under the watch-care of this church, untill[sic] it shall be thought advisable to receive them to membership. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk 

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house on Wednesday the 26th day of February 4 oclock P.M. 1834. Pursuant to adjournment Meeting opened with prayer by the Revr Wm Bradley. D. W. Stewart, Adaline Kaple and Lorinda More presented themselves before the Session of this church for examination for admittion[sic] into this church. After the candidate had been duly examined they were requested to retire, when after Deliberation it was unanimously voted they be received in to the church and its Privileges. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth

 

Session met at the Presbyterian Meeting House on Friday April 4th 1834 6 oclock P.M. Meeting opened with prayer by W. Bradley. Present H. Durkee, G. Drake, R. I. Monson, T. Kapple, H. Bosworth. Appeared before the session Mrs. Cloe Marsh, Mrs. Salvia Lomis, Mrs. Sarah Beckwith for examination to be rcd(?) as members to the fellowship of this church and were accepted. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Fredonia April 4, 1834

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house on Friday the 18th day of April 1834 6 oclock P.M. Meeting opened with prayer by Revr W. Bradley. Present G. Drake, N. H. Whitcomb, S. Marsh, H. Bosworth, afterwards come H. Durkee. Presented or appeared before the session A. F. Taylor and Eveline Taylor his wife, and Alvah H. Walker for examination to become Members of this church, and by a vote of the Session were unanimous in receiving them to the Fellowship of this church. Meeting closed with Prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Fredonia April 18th 1834

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house Wednesday the 23rd day of April 3 oclock P.M. Meeting opened with prayer By Revr W. Bradly. Present H. Durkee, S. Marsh, R. Monson, G. Drake, J. Leach, N. H. Whitcomb, T. Kapple. Mr. Orrin Ford appeared before the Session for examination for admittance to the church – and voted unanimously that he be recd. Closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house May 2d 1834 2 oclock P.M. Meeting opened with prayer by Rev William Bradley. Present Harvey Durkee, Samuel Marsh, R. Monson, Gaylord Drake, Thomas Kapple, Noah H. Whitcomb, H. Bosworth present as clerk. Appeared before the session of this church Miss Sephronia Paul & Miss Maria Emmonds for examination to become members of this C. after which it was unanimously voted they be received as members into the body(?) of this church. Meeting closed with Prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting hous Saturday July 12th 1834. Meeting opened with prayer by Rev Wm Bradly. Present H. Durkee, R. J. Monson, G. Drake, Thomas Kapple, N. H. Whitcomb, I.(?) Leach, S. Marsh, H. Bosworth. Appeared before the session Lurretta(?) Walker and Miss Fanny Clark for examination to become members of this church. After examination it was unanimously voted the be recd as members. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met July 13th 1834. Opened with prayer by Revr W. Bradly. Present T. Kapple, Olive Taylor, I. Leach. Amelia Pur(?) & Mary Bartholomew presented herself before the session for examination to become a member of this church & after being duly examined, it was unanimously voted she recd into the church. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Thus far examined in Presbytery & approved.

Jamestown Sept. 3d, 1834

O. C. Beardsly Mod

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house in Fredonia on Friday evening. Meeting opened with prayer. On motion voted that Deacon J. Gaylord Drake be appointed a delegate to attend the meeting of the Presbytery held at Jamestown on Tuesday the 2d day of Sept Inst. Brother Isaac Leach appointed alternate.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house on Saturday 4th day of Oct. 1834. Meeting opened with Prayer by Revr W. Bradley. Present Deacon H. Durkee, Deacon J. G. Drake, Elds Thomas Kapple, N. H. Whitcomb, S. Marsh, H. Bosworth. The following persons presented themselves before the Session for examination Vis Mrs. Anna Risley, Miss Mary-ann Risly[sic], [Mrs. or Miss – the word is hard to read] Sophia Hutchinson = after examination it was unanimously voted they be recd as members of this church. Meeting Closed with Prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Decm 15th 1834

The Session met at the house of the Revr W. Bradleys according to appointment by W. B. Opened with Prayer by Mr. Bradley. Brethren present Durkee, Kapple, Drake, Bosworth present as clerk. Took into consideration the conduct of Gardner Barber and William Mason whose walk it appeard was still disorderly notwithstanding repeated and affectionate expostulations and admonitions. Resolved therefore unanimously that they be cited to appear before the Session at the house of the Pastors on Monday the 22 Inst at 6 oclock P.M. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Copy of Citation

See next page

 

Fredonia Decm 19th 1834

Mr. Gardner Barber,

Dear Sir You are hereby cited to appear before the Session of the Presbyterian church in Fredonia on Monday the 22nd Inst at the house of the Revr W. Bradley at 6 oclock P.M. By order of the Session.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Fredonia Decm 19th 1834

Mr. William Mason,

Dear Sir You are hereby cited to appear before the session of the Presbyterian church in Fredonia on Monday the 22 of Decm Inst at the house of the Revr W. Bradly 6 oclock P.M. By order of the session

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Decm 22d 1834

Session met at the house of the Revr W. Bradleys pursuant to adjournment. Opened with Prayer by W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Kapple, Taylor, Drake, Whitcomb, Bosworth. Appeared before the session Gardner Barber and William Mason and being questioned by the Moderator and the other members of the Session in regard to their deportment they acknowledged that they had gon[sic] far out the way living without Prayer neglecting almost entirely the Publick Worship of God and the the[sic] Sabbath and other means of grace and often profaning the Sabbath day by idleniss[sic] &c. In consequence of the acknowledgements accompanied by promises of amendment and the expressions of willingness to meet the Session again after a season of trial, it was resolved to suspend the regular process of labour untill the session should have further opportunity to converse with the offending brethren at some future time. Meeting adjourn to meet on the first day of Jany 1835 in the evening at which time the said Barber and Mason agree to meet the Session. Meeting closed with Prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Jany 1st 1835

Session met at the house of Mrs. Lewis. Said Barber and Mason were not present.

 

April 1st, 1835

The session met at the meeting house at 2 oclock P.M. according to appointment. Opened with Prayer by the Revr W. Braly[sic]. Present Durkee, Kapple, Drake, Whitcomb, Monson and Bosworth. On further considering the case of Gardner Barber there appearing to be no evidence of reformation in him which we hoped according to promise, it was therefore on motion voted or resolved that Gardner Barber be cited the second time to appear before the session on Wednesday the 15th day of April Inst at the Presbyterian meeting house 2 oclock P.M. William Mason having left the place nothing further was done with him for the present. Meeting closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Coppy of Citation

Mr. Gardner Barber Dear Sir You are hereby cited to appear the second time before the session of the Presbyterian church in Fredonia in their meeting house on Wednesday the 15th day of April inst 2 oclock P.M. to answer to certain charged for unchristian conduct to wit vis

1st one charge is that you stand convicted for a trespass on Esqr(?) Houghtons docket in Fredonia.

2 the second charge is absenting yourself from Publick Worship and other unchristian conduct. Witness to prove the first charge is Esqr Houghtons records. Witness to prove the second charge is Isaac Leach, J. G. Drake and your own acknowledgements before the Session (over leaf)

Thomas Kapple Complainant

If you do not appear the Session will besides answering you for contumacy after assigning some one to manage your cause proceed to take the testimony in the case as though you were present. By order of the session.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Fredonia April 4, 1835

 

April 15th, 1835

The session met at Presbyterian meeting house on Wednesday according to adjournment. Opened with Prayer by the Revr W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Monson, Kapple, Drake, Leach, Whitcomb. O. Taylor appeared & being excused for tardiness took his seat. The accused Gardner Barber did not appear before the session according to citation. Therefore resolved that this meeting adjourn to Monday next 20th April Inst to meet at this place 5 oclock P.M. Resolved that Gardner Barber be notified of this adjournment and also that at that time his trial will take place. Meeting closed with Prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

Fredonia April 15th, 1835

Mr. Gardner Barber

Dear Sir The session met this day according to adjournment & as you did not appear for trial they adjourned to Monday 20th of April Inst 5 oclock P.M. at the Presbyterian meeting house at which time and place [crossed out: you are required to meet or appear and] your trial will take place. By order of the session.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

April 20th 1835

Session met at the Presbyterian meeting house according to adjournment. Opened with Prayer by the Revr W. Bradly. Present Durkee, Kapple, Leach, Drake, Whitcomb and Bosworth as Clerk. Gordon Barber did not appear before the session according to notice. On motion voted that Deacon Durkee be appointed to manage the cause of Gardner Barber he being absent. Thomas Kapple the complainant against Gardner Barber called on Deacon Drake to substantiate the charge of absenting himself from Publick worship. He testifyed[sic] that he had not attended the weekly meetings nor publick worship on the Sabbath for one year. N. H. Whitcomb called on to substantiate the charge of absenting himself from regular weekly Prayer meetings and meeting on the Sabbath. He testifyed[sic] that he had not seen him at these meetings for one year past, and further he said he heard Barber say he did not attend to secret Prayer. H. Bosworth called on testifyed[sic] in relation to moral christian character that he had heard different individuals say to the following effect; that he was a worthless fellow unfit to belong to any church, a dishonest man, and a liar…

He further testifyed that in his dealings with him he had uniformly manifested no regard to his word, or his moral obligation. In relation to his absence from publick worship he testifyed that he had not seen him at any religious meetings either prayer or on Sabbath for one year. The testimony being concluded Deacon Durkee declined making a defence whereupon the session voted unanimously that Gardner Barber be excluded from the church. Adjourned. Closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

 

At the close of the weekly evening meeting for Prayer. Some of the Members of Session being present Voted that Oliver Taylor be a delegate to attend the next stated meeting of Presbytery to be held at Napoli Cataraugus[sic] Co on Tuesday the 1st day of Sept next and that G. J. Drake be appointed alternate. Closed with prayer.

H. Bosworth Clerk

Thursday August 27, 1835

 

Thus far examined & approved in Presbytery at Napoli Sept 1st 1835.

Abiel(?) Parmele Moderator