Villenova Circuit Church Records

Hamlet, Chautauqua County, NY

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These records were transcribed from microfilm on loan from through the local Family History Center.
The original records were faded and the filming process made reading very difficult.
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The Methodist Episcopal Church at Hamlet originated in the formation of a class, December 25, 1823, by Elder Daniel Prosser.  The class consisted of Polly Smith, Obadiah Warner and Rebecca, his wife; Taylor Judd, Polly Judd, [since the wife of Edmund Wright]; Lewis Barmore, Maria, his sister; Diadema Warner, Lura Nun, Polly Baker, Hiram Kingsley, Milton Foot and Lois, his wife, and Brinty Congdon and perhaps others.  A class had been previously formed at Wright's Corners, which was merged in the society at Hamlet.  Among the early circuit preachers were John Kent, ___Buel, Richard Wright, ___Ayres.  Their meetings were first held in dwellings and barns.  Their present house of worship was built in 1836 [in 1875].  Present Minister, Rev. Mr. Clarke.  -- from Young's History of Chautauqua County New York, 1875 p. 584.

SOURCE - Transcribed by Jay T. Priest, Webster, NY.