Manual of Christ's Church

Catskill, N.Y.

(Presbyterian)


Printed by Order of Session
February 7th, 1903


Transcribed  by Arlene Goodwin from a copy of the pamphlet located at the Catskill Public Library. The pamphlet is much longer than this extraction. 


Organization of Christs Church of Catskill

The document which follows records the first preliminary movement toward the organization, subsequently completed on the 7th day of February, 1803. No date is affixed to this preliminary action, but the first meeting for organization being appointed on "the 7th of February next" fixes the probable date as the Winter of 1802-3.

Whereas by an act of the Legislature of the State of New York passed the twenty-seventh day of March, one thousand Eight hundred and one, provision is made for the incorporation of Religious Societies; and, whereas a union of some kind is necessary in order to support religious order and public worship, we, who shall hereunto subscribe our names, inhabitants of the town of Catskill, do agree to form ourselves into a religious Society conformable to sd act by the name, or titles of ----Christs---Church of Cattskill. And the to carry this into effect, we further agree to meet at the Academy in Cattskill on the Seventh day of Feby next to choose our Trustees, and do other business which may be proper to be done in sd meeting. And Whereas sd act leaves it to every such society to devise their own means of raising necessary funds, we do therefore agree, while destitute of other sufficient resources, to be taxed severally according to our Estates, which shall be ascertained by the next preceeding town assessment; sd tax to be made out and collected by sd trustees when chosenor by a collector by them appointed. Provided always that if in the opinion of a majority of the trustees any subscriber shall happen to be assessed too high on the sd assessment they shall have power to lessen his society tax as they shall deem proper; and provided also that nothing in this instrument shall be construed to bind any subscriber, or his property, longer than he shall continue a resident in this town. (Signed),

Gomer Brockway, Stephen Day, Joseph Graham, Thos. Hale, William Brown, Benj. Sanford, George Taylor, Nathaniel T. Cook, Ira Day, Tunis Pryor, Jr., Hiland Hill, Moses Morse, Charles Rodgers, Adonijah Sherman, John Grant, William Ward, Thos. B. Cook, Daniel Mitchell, Richard Hill, Philip Gebhard, Gilbert Drake, Isaac Dubois, Jehiel Preston, James Blodget, John Gager, Ellif Thompson, Jesse Brush, Philo Day, Orrin Day, Herman Wadhams, Lyman Hall, David Horton 3d, Elipht Webb, David Johnson, Aristobulus Myrick, Uriah Ward, Caleb Street, Benjamin Butler, George Hale, Timithay Shattuck, James Graham, John Buel, Sally Brockway, John P. Bolen, Reuben Sanders, Peter Osterhout, (1dollar for a year of a minister.), Caleb Croswell, Abm. Edwards, Ezra Hawley, J. Harris, Joshua Chapman, Joseph Weed, Thos. Dimmick, Joel Weed, Elisha Ferguson, Stephen Calkin, Wilkes Hyde, David Morgan, John H. Colton, Abner Miller, Benjn. W. Dwight, William Hammond, Daniel M. Gregory, Amos Eaton, John Morrison, Wm. Bodvelt, Daniel Reeve, Thos. P. Grosvenor, Josiah Stebbins, N. Benjamin, John Dougherty, Wm. Robb, Nathaniel Eels, James Pierce, Asa Kneeland, Henry Lhomedu, Ezekiel Orsborn, James Bennett, Phineas Meigs, Samuel Hull Jr., Sedgwick Prestan, Nathan Elliot, James M. Sanford, Wyllys Miles, Lemuel Hall, Josiah Rodgers, Elijah Webb, John Reeve, David E. Gregory 1804, Rufus Moore, Jonathan Bill, Thomas Place, Joel Austin Jno, W. Strong, Henry Whittelsey, James Powers, Jared Stocking, John Doan, Daniel Hall, Nathl. Hinman, James Colliar, James J. Bill

In all one hundred and two names. They are autographs and many of them are written in the clear, bold hand-writing of those who are accustomed to wield the pen. The date affixed to Mr. Gregorys name may indicate that the signatures were not all subscribed at the same time. The order of names seems to show that it was a spontaneous and general movement, and did not require that the more influential men should "lead off."

Organization as a Society

"In pursuance of an act of the Legislature of the State of New York entitled an Act to provide for the incorporation of Religious Societies passed the 27th day of March, 1801, the members of the Society commonly called the Presbyterian Society in the village of Cattskill, convened at the Court House on the seventh day of February, 1803, after due and legal notification, for the purpose of forming themselves into a Society conformable to sd act, when the subscribers were chosen to preside in sd meeting and judge of the qualifications of the electorsAnd they hereby certify that the following persons were duly chosen Trustees by the name or title of the Trustees of Christs Church of Cattskill and were classed in the following manner, viz:

Benjamin Sanford } Stephen Day } William Brown } Jesse Brush } To serve for one  year.

Isaac Dubois } Thos. B. Cook}  Thomas Hale } To serve for two years

Philip Gebhard } Richard Hill } To serve for three years.

Witness our hands and seals, Wm. Brown [L.S.]
Cattskill, Feby 7, 1803 Orrin Day [L.S.]

The above acknowledged before Sam Van Vachten, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in the County of Greene and recorded in the Clerks Office in sd county. Test. Thos. B. Cook, Clerk."

Three days afterFeb. 10, 1803The trustees meet and appointed Thos. B. Cook Clerk, and Isaac Dubois Treasurer, of the board.

On the 5th day of next June the society meet, at the court house, "being duly warned," elect William Brown Chairman, and appoint a committee to determine "what will be the probable tax on each member of this society to raise the sum of three hundred dollars." Two days after the society met again pursuant to adjournment, and resolve as follows:

  1. "That the Trustees be authorized and directed to levy and collect a tax of this Society Sufficient to raise the sum of Three Hundred Dollars for the purpose of hiring preaching."
  2. "That the Trustees be directed in invite the Rev. David Porter to preach on probation for settlement, and to pay him from money raised by the tax heretofore levied."
  3. "That the trustees be allowed to appropriate a part of this money to be collected by the tax levied, for procuring a Seal, and to defray some other expenses."

On the 1st of August, 1803, Geo. Hale Esq. in the chair, the society resolve to "give a call to the Rev. David Porter to settle as their minister," and to offer him "the sum of $350," to be increased by subscription, but not over $50. And also to "offer him the privilege to teaching a school in the Academy, or some other suitable room to be provided by the Society for that purpose."

Pastors of Christs Church of Catskill

The Rev. David Porter, D. D. 1803-1831
The Rev. Thomas M. Smith 1831-1839
The Rev. Gideon N. Judd, D. D. 1840-1849
The Rev. George A. Howard, D. D. 1850-1890 Pastor Emeritus 1890-1898
The Rev. Christopher G. Hazard 1891- ___

Ruling Elder, Deacons, and Trustees Of Christs Church of Catskill
From Its Organization to the Present Time.

Elders:
Orrin Day, Robert E. Austin, Nathan Elliott, George Griffin, Wilkes Hyde, J. V. D. Ayres, Hezekiah Thayer, S. Grosvener Austin, Ezra Hawley, Jeremiah Day, Henry McKinstry, Charles A. Elliott, Benjamin W. Dwight, Thomas E. Ferrier, Thomas Hale, Laban C. Rushmore, Thomas B. Cooke, Leonard B. Cornell, Caleb Day, Orrin Day, Samuel L. Penfield, Howard L. Boughton, Abel Brace M.D., L. Carleton Austin, Francis Sayre, Charles Hale, James Millard, George S. Lewis, Edgar B. Day, G. C. Gulick, John Lockie, John I. Olney, Nathaniel H. Hinman, Albert C. Bloodgood, S. Sherwood Day, Silas W. Studley, Henry F. Olmstead, J. Howard Austin

Deacons:
Nathaniel H. Hinman , George H. Penfield, Orrin Day.

Trustees:
Benjamin Sanford, Samuel L. Penfield, William Brown, Henry H. Hyde, Jesse Brush, Hiland Hill Jr., Stephen Day, James Millard, Thomas B. Cooke, John Lockie, Isaac Dubois, Charles L. Beach, Thomas Hale, Frederick Hill, Richard Hill, Caleb Day, Philip Gebhard, Joshua Fiero Jr., Charles Rogers, John Doane, M. D., John Reeve, Moses Washburn, Benjamin W. Dwight, S. Sherwood Day, Nathan Elliott, Walter Austin, William Robb, Edgar B. Day, Nathan Benjamin, George H. Penfield, Jonathan Bill, Rufus H. King, James Bennett, John Avery, Henry LHommedieu, William Hunter, Ira Day, Thomas E. Ferrier, Ezra Hawley, Benjamin Wey, Adonijah Sherman, Henry F. Olmstead, Orrin Day, Emory A. Chase, Elisha Wise, Howard L. Boughton, Henry McKinstry, Orrin Day, Hezekiah Thayer, Addison P. Jones, Francis Sayre, George S. Lewis, Abner Austin, Harmon P. Pettengill, George G. Hardenburgh, Pereival Goldin

Roll of Members of Christs Church of Catskill.
February 7th, 1903
CConfession of Faith LLetter from another Church.

NAMES

DATES

NAMES

DATES

Abbott, Sarah C.

C1866

Bordt, Anna C.

C1896

Adams, Delia A.

C1900

Bordt, Matilda G.

C1901

Atwater, Emily A.

C1858

Bordt, Dorothea A.

C1901

Austin, S. Grosvenor

C1865

Bordt, Elizabeth M.

C1902

Austin, L. Carleton

C1889

Bordt, John C.

C1902

Austin, Florence E.

C1883

Boughton, Howard L.

L1875

Austin, J. Howard

L1898

Boughton, Antoinette

L1875

Austin, Lily S.

L1898

Boughton, Sarah E.

L1876

Austin Elizabeth

C1848

Boughton, May J.

C1891

Avery, Eleanor R.

L1884

Bouton, Frances A.

L1900

Babcock, Mary C.

C1870

Brandow, Helen E.

C1875

Babcock, Alice L.

C1890

Brandow, Emory E.

C1895

Bamforth, Hannah

C1890

Brandow, Beulah H.

C1902

Banks, Elizabeth

L1898

Brandow, Frank

C1896

Banks, Lillian

L1893

Brown, Bertha

C1893

Basset, Lina G.

L1876

Brown, Caroline B.

C1889

Beach, Mary A.

C1853

Bulkley, Caroline E.

C1875

Beach, Sarah A.

C1866

Castle, Ray S.

C1902

Beach, George H.

C1890

Castle, Mary M.

C1890

Beach, Ida G.

C1884

Chase, Emory A.

L1891

Beach, Mary L.

C1899

Chase, Mary E.

C1891

Beach, Charles

C1874

Chase, Jessie C.

C1903

Beach, Mattie L.

C1893

Chase, Albert W.

C1903

Beach, Helen M.

L1897

Chichester, S. Jane

L1895

Beardsley, Elizabeth

C1890

Church, Emma C.

L1895

Beardsley, Egbert R.

C1891

Coffin, Adeline C.

L1896

Beckwith, Miss B.

L1900

Cole, Alice J.

C1890

Behm, Amelia H.

C1875

Comfort, Ella J.

C1896

Beiderman, Grace

C1890

Conklin, William L.

L1892

Bell, Kathleen

C1891

Conklin, Ella

L1892

Benkel, Anna C. W.

L1889

Conklin, Lena May

L1892

Bennett, Naomi

C1890

Conklin, Jacob L.

C1890

Benter, Clarissa J.

C1853

Conklin, Isabella M.

C1890

Bets, Judson A.

C1890

Conklin, Alice M.

C1887

Betts, Harriet E.

C1891

Coons, Ada E.

C1891

Betts, Lee F.

C1899

Crosby, Emma

C1872

Betts, Clara W.

C1891

Day, Orrin

C1889

Betts, Anna

C1891

Day, Rosalie S.

L1893

Bloodgood, Josephine L.

C1875

Day, Dorothea

C1890

Bloodgood, Albert C.

L1895

Day, Sherwood S.

C1898

Bogardus, Roxedora

L1902

Day, Rosalie

C1902

Bogardus, J. Wilbur

L1902

Day, Jeremiah

C1865

Bogardus, Clifton

L1902

Day, Fanny S.

L1879

Bogardus, Nora

L1902

Day, Rodney D.

C1890

Bogardus, Lillian

L1902

Day, Harold S.

C1902

NAMES

DATE

NAMES

DATE

Deane, J. Henry

L1890

Hale, George C.

C1891

Deane, Mary C.

L1890

Hale, Anna M.

L1875

Deane, George A.

C1895

Hale, William K.

C1875

Decker, Frank S.

C1898

Hale, Charles G.

C1875

Decker, Sarah F.

L1898

Hale, Anna M.

C1879

Decker, Percy W.

L1893

Hale, Mary L.

C1886

Decker, Louis b.

C1896

Hamm, Myron

L1891

Dietz, Nelly I.

C1888

Hamm, Ellen

L1891

Dixon, Josephine

C1890

Hammer, Mary M.

C1889

Doane, Maria S.

L1840

Hand, Ida M.

C1900

Doty, Lucius R.

C1875

Hand, Ava W.

C1902

Doty, Mary R.

C1875

Hand, Marietta B.

C1853

Doty, Lucius H.

C1890

Hansen, John C.

C1898

Doty, William A.

L1890

Harris, Adelaide E.

C1874

Doty, Sarah A.

L1890

Haviland, Ella R.

C1873

Driscoll, John L.

C1891

Hayes, Lena F.

L1900

Driscoll, Louisa

C1891

Hazard, Frances C.

L1891

Driscoll, Lisbeth A.

C1891

Hazard Floyd H.

L1891

Driscoll, Louise D.

C---1891

Hazard, Grace W.

L1891

Driscoll, Caroline W.

C1891

Hazard, Mary E.

C1891

Dwight, Sarah W.

L1890

Helling, Anna L.

L1896

Eagan, Mary E.

C1874

Henderson, Sarah F.

L1878

Edwards, Katharine A.

C1890

Hess, Mary F.

C1902

Egnor, Katharine R.

C1902

Hill, Anna B.

C1858

Elliott, Charles A.

C1874

Hill, Frederick

C1896

Elliott, Jennie S.

L1881

Hill, Margaretha K.

L1883

Elliott, Edsall D. B.

C1895

Hollenbeck, Ida L.

C1891

Ely, Clara B.

C1881

Horton, Daniel D.

C1883

Falke, Richard E.

C1890

Horton, Rebecca L.

C1883

Falke, Marie T.

C1899

Horton, Adella M.

C1899

Falke, Anna

C1890

Howell, Angelo

C1875

Fanning, Harriet C.

C1875

Howell, Mary W.

C1859

Fanning, Sarah E.

C1875

Howell, Julia

C1890

Fenton, Myrtle N.

C1902

Howell, Ella

C1886

Fiero, Mary P.

C1858

Huested, Isabel

L1889

Fiero, M. Elizabeth

C1868

Hufnagle, Harriet F.

C1882

Fiester, John

C1881

Hull, Theodore P.

L1891

Fiester, May

C1881

Hull, Frances G.

C1877

Fitch, Anna L.

C1846

Hull, Libbie N.

L1894

Fitch, Elizabeth

L1871

Hull, Louisa A.

L1894

Gardner, Grant C.

L1900

Hunter, Rachel

C1872

Gardner, Alice M.

L1900

Jackson, Louisa H.

L1891

Gay, Harriet R.

C1870

Jackson, Susan B.

C1890

Gaylord, Charlotte S.

L1901

Jackson, Jennie

C1890

Goldin, Percival

C1875

Jennings, Alice P.

C1876

Goldin, Mary W.

C1872

Jennings, Ellen M.

C1890

Goldin, Willis P.

C1895

Jewell, Mary A.

C1886

Goldin, Mabel F.

C1903

Jewell, Laura A.

C1890

Goldin, May M.

C1903

Jewell, Harriet W.

C1890

Griswold, Josephine a.

L1900

Johnson, Margaret

C1882

Gunther, Amelia

C1883

Johnson, Della

L1889

Gunther, Mary E.

C1875

Johnson, Mary

L1902

Haines, Maud B.

C1896

Jones, Addison P.

C1846

Hines, Edna M.

C1900

Jones, Frances E.

L1871

NAMES

DATES

NAMES

DATE

Jones, Helen L.

C1883

Morrison, Paul R.

C1901

Jones, Frances M.

C1891

Morrison, Gertrude F.

C1891

Judd, Jeannette W.

L1897

Mott, George F.

L1873

Kaat, Katie M.

L1897

Mott, Fanny C.

L1882

Kaat, Wilhemina H.

L1897

Mott, El Nora

C1902

Kennedy, John L.

C1869

Mott, Almira H.

L1872

Kennedy, Caroline

C1874

Mott, Cora T.

C1882

Klepser, William

L1892

Muller, Ernest J. H.

C1891

Klepser, Elizabeth

L1892

Muller, Dora M.

C1891

Knapp, Emory

L1902

Muller, Lily E.

C1902

Knapp, Theresa

L1902

Muller, Frederick J.

C1902

Knapp, Isabel M.

L1902

Muller, Howard E.

C1902

Kortz, Henry

C1896

Myers, Emma

C1889

Kortz, Anna E.

C1896

Newcomb, Harriet B.

L1902

Kortz, Anna E.

C1894

Newcomb, Lewis S.

L1902

Kortz, Mary M.

C1899

Newcomb, Bessie L.

L1902

Landa, Mary

C1902

Nieland, Mrs. H.

L1898

Laun, William B.

C1981

Nieland, Henry G. W.

C1896

Lewis, George S.

L1892

Noerling, Henry J.

C1903

Lewis, Jeanette

L---1892

Olmstead, Mary E.

C1870

Lewis, Nelly A.

C1896

Olney, John I.

L1893

Lewis, Carrie M.

C1896

Olney, Sarah E.

L1893

Logan, Etta J.

L1902

Olney, Lydia A.

L1895

Lowe, Sarah C.

C1887

Olney, Jesse W.

C1890

Lowe, William E.

C1902

Onderdonk, William M.

L1897

Lowe, Alice

L1900

Onderdonk, Mary J.

L1897

Lowery, Edwin O.

L1898

Onderdonk, William

L1897

Mace, Homer M.

L1901

Palmatier, Jane M.

C1879

Mace. Anna C.

C1901

Palmatier, Julia

C1879

Mackey, Helen A.

C1875

Palmer, Fannie A.

C1894

McCready, Carrie

C1891

Palmer, William

L1897

McCready, Lillian E.

C1891

Palmer, Mary P.

L1894

McGiffert, Robert s.

L1892

Palmer Marie E.

C1890

McMenamy, Mary

C1890

Palmer, Ellen M.

C1876

McMenamy, Caroline K.

C1896

Pausley, Alexander

L1900

McMenamy, John W.

C1900

Pawson, Fannie V.

C1902

McMenamy, Rose

C1874

Penfield, Mary

L1865

Majilton, Mary A.

L1899

Penfield, Sarah E.

C1875

Majilton, Henry B.

C1902

Penfield, Mary B.

C1863

Martin, Walter, R.

C1890

Penfield, Harriet T.

C1858

Mattice, Amanda M.

L1895

Penfield, George H.

C1890

Mattice, Elizabeth O.

C1896

Pennoyer, Reuben W.

C1890

Melius, George H.

C1890

Pennoyer, Rebecca F.

C1890

Millard, Harriet

C1840

Person, Julia C.

C1873

Millard, Lydia P.

C1870

Person, Sarah C.

L1884

Miltimore, Louise D.

C1875

Pettengill, Harmon P.

L1887

Miltimore, Dean

C1892

Place, Charles E.

L1899

Miltimore, Edward

C1895

Place, Nettie F.

L1899

Miltimore, Louise S.

C1902

Place, Orena M.

L1899

Mink, Marie A.

C1891

Place, Henry F.

L1899

Moon, Eliza

L1895

Place, Charles I.

C1899

Moore, Nelly K.

C1897

Place, Walter O.

C1899

Morris, Harry B.

L1900

Post, Celia E.

C1879

Morris, Emma

C1886

Post, Bessie M.

C--1902

NAME

DATE

NAME

DATE

Post, Millie H.

C1902

Sedgwick, Edward M.

L1891

Post, Viola A.

L1885

Sedgwick, Belle A.

L1891

Post, Isadore A.

C1890

Sedgwick, Clara A. R.

C1902

Post, Julia A.

C1896

Shaw, Rebecca R.

C1899

Post, Sarah E.

C1893

Sheldon, Ida M.

C1890

Raeder, Luella

C1889

Sherman, Jennie G.

C1891

Rainhart, Harriet L.

C1880

Simpkins, Delzon L.

C1902

Reynolds, Alexander

L1878

Simpkins, Sarah E.

C1894

Reynolds, Fannie

L1897

Simpkins, Mabel G.

C1902

Reynolds, Alliene M.

C1902

Smith, Elizabeth

C1895

Rider, Olive

L1871

Smith, Lorinda

C1874

Riffley, Margaret

C1895

Snyder, Adaline

C1902

Riffley, John A.

C1899

Snyder, Helen M.

L1898

Robbins, Eleanor

C1889

Spaulding, Marie A.

C1897

Rohwedder, Clarence C.

C1900

Story, Frederick A.

C1890

Root, Stephen

C1891

Story, Annie

C1889

Root, Sabra M.

C1858

Story, Alice L.

C1890

Root, Edward S.

L1895

Stryker, Susan M.

G1870

Root, Mabel V.

C1886

Studley, Silas W.

L1894

Root, Edith G.

C1899

Studley, Sarah E.

L1894

Root, Harriet M.

C1883

Sullivan, Ellen A.

C1889

Ruf, Emma A.

C1891

Sullivan, Mary E.

L1891

Rugg, Sarah E.

L1898

Tallmadge, Josiah C.

L1898

Rugg, Frances R.

C1902

Tallmadge, Mary E.

L1898

Russ, Homer M.

L1893

Taylor, Carried M.

L1901

Russ, Ellen C.

L1893

Teetsel, James

C1891

Russ, Mary H.

C1891

Teetsel, Emma E.

C1891

Sage, Sylvester B.

C1890

Thompson, Helen C.

L1895

Sage, Frances V.

C1882

Thompson, Alta E.

C1896

Sage, Clarence B.

C1890

Timmerman, Florence

C1875

Sage, Augusta V.

L1897

Timmerman, Jennie A.

C1879

Sayers, Martha

C1876

Titus, Catharine

L1894

Sayers, Lillian

C1902

Truesdell, Emily

C1891

Sayers, George H.

C1891

Truesdell, Jesse P.

C1892

Sayers, Margaret

L1891

Truesdell, William T.

C1898

Saxe, Minnie L.

C1894

Updegrove, Lulu M

L1898

Schmidt, Lorenz M.

C1900

Vanderhoef, Mary A.

L1887

Schmidt, Lester R.

C1902

VanHoesen, Nelly A.

C1889

Schmidt, Henry

C1894

Van Voorihas, Caroline

L1893

Schmidt, Wilhelmina

C1894

Van Voert, Emily

C1883

Schmidt, Anna L. A.

C1902

Wey, Benjamin

C1875

Scofield, Charles W.

L1896

Wey, Fanny B.

L1886

Scofield, Elizabeth

L1896

Whitney, Mary V.

C1884

Scofield, Gilbert J.

C1899

Wilbur, Howard C.

C1896

Schutt, Louis P.

C1893

Willard, Staples X.

C1899

Schutt, Minnie G.

C1893

Williams, William C.

L1898

Schutt, George G.

C1896

Williams, Caroline G.

L1898

Schutt, Peter P.

C1899

Woolverton, Mary B.

C1896

Schutt, Lulu P.

C1902

Wright, George H.

L1902

Total, 408.

In addition to the names upon the Regular Roll of the Church, eighty-five names have been placed by Session upon a Reserved Roll, in consequence of absence, or for other reasons.


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