First Presbyterian Church of Durham

Members Dismissed, Suspended, Excommunicated


In the village of Durham, town of Durham, Greene County NY
Transcribed by the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society , NYC Sept. 1920
Edited by Royden Woodward Vosburgh

Copied from LDS film # 0533499 by Jackie Towner


 

Jan 4th 1811

Anne, the wife of Rev. Jesse Townsend and Edward Selden Townsend dismissed to the Church of Christ in Madison, Madison County.

May 3rd 1811

Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Henderson, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Bridgewater, Oneida Co.

Sep 1st 1811

Mary Hedges dismissed to the Church of Christ in Easthampton, Long Island, where she is expecting to reside.

Nov 1st 1811

Sarah Root, wife of Oswell Root, dismissed to Church of Christ in Berkshire, Broome County.

Dec 1st 1811

Ira Wilcox dismissed to Church of Christ in Cairo.

Feb 28th 1812

Silas Hull and Eunice, his wife, who reside in Berkshire, Broome County, were charged with intemperance by the church in that place. They refused to confess their sin. A letter of admonition to be sent to them.

Sep 4th 1812

Deborah Chalker dismissed to the Church of Christ in Saybrook

Oct 10th 1812

Eunice Chapman excommunicated.

Oct 10th 1812

Silas Hull and Eunice, his wife, who reside in Berkshire, Broome County were excommunicated.

Feb 13th 1814

Joseph Jewell, Jr. and Bethiah, his wife dismissed to the church in the town of Hector, Seneca County.

May 15th1814

Martha, wife of Nathan Price, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Catskill.

Jul 31st 1814

Marcia, wife of John Freer, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Windham.

Sep 18th 1814

Selah Strong excommunicated.

Sep 25th 1814

Alfred Norton, dismissed to the Church of Christ in East Bloomfield, Ontario County.

Feb 12th 1815

Constant Bushnell and Clarissa Chapman, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Sullivan, Madison County.

May 5th 1815

Abiel Baldwin, Jr. and Polly, his wife dismissed to the Church of Christ in Sullivan, Madison County.

May 5th 1815

Nancy, wife of Lenthel Eels, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Cairo.

Feb 4th 1816

Anne Tryon, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Clinton, Oneida County.

Feb 4th 1816

Daniel White, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Union Society, town of Sullivan, Madison County.

May 15th 1816

Luther Bristol and Nancy Lorry, his wife, dismissed to the church at Williamson.

May 15th 1816

A letter read to the church, which was to be sent to Sister Roxanna Doolittle, who resides in the state of CT.

May 19th 1816

Isaac Carter excommunicated.

Apr 14th 1816

A petition, dated Apr 9, 1816, was received from a number of members residing in the western part of the town. They requested the privilege to organize into a distinct church of the same faith, to be known as the Second Presbyterian Church in Durham. They stated “That there is a religious Society house erected for public worship.” The names of the signers follow:

 

      Males                                      Females

Josiah Gilbert                        his wife, Hannah Gilbert
                                                Julia Doty
                                                Sibyl Newel
Benjamin Hubbard              his wife, Huldah Hubbard
Elihu Moss                            his wife, Hannah Moss
Elam Finch                            his wife, Esther Finch
Wells Finch
Elam Finch, Jr.
William Ingraham               his wife, Hester Ingraham
                                                Eunice Broughton
                                                Esther Finch
Nathaniel Doty                     his wife, Nancy Doty
Alvan Doty                            his wife, Melinda Doty
                            
                     Experience Scovil
Samuel Scovil                        his wife, Rosanna Scovil
Erastus Day                           his wife, Amelia Day
Stephen Scovil                       his wife Jerusha Brainard
                            
                     Rhoda Nowlin
                                                 Hannah Waid
                                                 Anna Scovil
                                                 Clarissa Toles
Giles Sutton                           his wife, Mary Sutton
                            
                     Temperance Doty
                                                 Betsey Ingraham

The foregoing petition was granted. “And upon then becoming thus organized, they will be dismissed from their particular relation to the original church.”

Note: The Second Presbyterian Church in Durham was organized May 7th 1816.

Jun 9th 1816

Deacon Jonathan Baldwin and Submit, his wife and Sylvester Baldwin and Julia Ann, his wife, who are about to remove to the state of OH, received letters of dismission.

Jul 28th 1816

Polly, wife of Talmage Southerland dismissed to the Church of Christ in Cairo.

Sep 1st 1816

Samuel Cooley excommunicated.

Jan 3rd 1817

Harriet, wife of Ira Peck, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Ripley, Chautauqua County.

Mar 2nd 1817

Polly, wife of Jesse Denison, dismissed to the Church of Christ in either Florence or Camden, Oneida County, to one of which places she expects speedily to remove.

May 2nd 1817

The case of Daniel Hubbard, Jr. was taken up. He had removed, with his family, to the town of ------- in the county of -------, and requested a letter of recommendation to the Church of Christ in said town. The committee to whom this case has been referred, reported that Brother Hubbard had married about fifteen years ago to a Mrs. Williams, who had been married six years previous thereto and was immediately deserted by her husband, who had never returned and had not been heard of since. The committee considered the marriage of Mr. Hubbard and Mrs. Williams as inconsistent with the laws of Christ and the state. But as many years had elapsed since the marriage, and a dissolution would injure, if not ruin their children, the committee proposed that a letter stating the difficulties that exist, be sent to the church in that place and in case said church shall admit Brother Hubbard, he shall be considered as discharged from the watch and care of the church. Such a letter was read and concurred in by the church.

May 18th 1817

Isaac Terbus Van Tassel, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Onondaga Hollow.

Sep 5th 1817

Abigail Cornwell, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Cairo.

Feb 27th 1818

Chauncey Baldwin and Nancy, his wife, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Volney, Oneida County.

Feb 27th 1818

Leverett Bryan and Sally, his wife, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Camden, Oneida County.

Feb 27th 1818

Samuel Baldwin, who has removed to the state of Ohio, to be furnished with a letter, certifying his regular standing as one of the children of this church, through the medium of his parents. And when he shall join a sister church he shall no longer be connected with this church.

Feb 27th 1818

“Voted; That an Epistolary letter be sent to Deacon Jonathan Baldwin and Sylvester Baldwin and their wives, who now reside in the town of Atwater, state of Ohio.”

May 1st 1818

Silence, wife of Peter West, dismissed to the Church of Christ in the town of Buffalo, Niagara County.

May 1st 1818

Levi Austin, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Richmond, MA

Jul 5th 1818

Elizabeth, wife of Enoch Hutchinson, and Anson Hutchinson, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Franklin, Delaware County.

Nov 15th 1818

Enoch Hutchinson dismissed to the Church of Christ in Franklin.

Nov 15th 1818

Stephen Austin and Mary, his wife, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Catskill.

Jan 14th 1819

A letter of admonition was sent to Ichabod Scranton. He was a member of the church in Durham, NY who had resided for several years in Durham CT. On Nov 22nd 1818, it was reported that he was neglecting to attend public worship there. The charge was ordered to be investigated. On Jan 14th 1819, a letter from the Rev. David Smith of Durham CT was read. The letter stated that a conversation had been held with Brother Ichabod Scranton, in which he “told them, that he had certificated to the Episcopalians, and that the church in Durham had nothing to do with him.”

Jan 14th 1819

Elizabeth, wife of Solomon Wells, dismissed to the Presbyterian Church in Utica.

Feb 13th 1819

Henry Baldwin dismissed to the Church of Christ in Volney, Oneida Co.

Apr 15th 1819

Samuel Chapman found guilty of defrauding his creditors and falsifying his word, a committee appointed to labor with him. No record of his suspension. See Nov 9th 1820.

Jul 2nd 1819

Ichabod Scranton excommunicated.

Jul 2nd 1819

A letter of admonition was sent to Leonard Goodrich, a member of this church residing at New Hartford, Oneida Co. Note: This case had come up on Sep 5th 1817, when a report on his conduct was requested from the Church of Christ in New Hartford. See Sep 1st 1820, Oct 3rd 1824, etc.

Jul 11th 1819

Norman Cowles excommunicated. Restored Aug 1821. Note: This case had been perplexing to the church for somewhat over a year. In the month of Feb 1818, a number of young people attended a ball at Pratt & Smith’s Inn. They were minor members of the church, connected through the medium of their parents by infant baptism. On Feb 27th 1818 confessions were presented at a church meeting, signed by William Whittlesey, Lucy M Chittendon, Deborah E Chittendon, Lovice Hitchcock, Lydia Peck and Ann M Baldwin, all of whom had attended the ball against the commands of their parents, and all of whom confessed penitence and promised to refrain from attending balls in the future. Now Norman Cowles, also a minor member was the black sheep in the fold. He also attended the ball, but he refused to confess. On May 1st 1818, deacon Noah Baldwin entered a complaint against him. On May 8th, a meeting was held to consider the case. Norman Cowles did not appear, but sent a letter signed by himself, which put the church in more or less of a quandary. He said that he readily acknowledged that dancing was a sin more heinous, than attending parties, playing ball, etc. And wanted to know , as he was a minor member and had no right to commune, what particular difference it would make if he was excluded. He was reasoned with from time to time, at great length. Sentence of excommunication was passed and the execution of it postponed. Finally on Mar 24th 1819, an Ecclesiastical council was called. But the question of how to excommunicate a person who enjoyed none of the privileges of the church proved a stumbling block to the council also. The council gave some splendid and pious advice, but gave no definite suggestion as to what was best to do. Finally Norman Cowles was publicly cut off from his attending standing as one of the covenant children of the church, which was as near to excommunication as the record gives it. He was the son of David and Eunice Cowles. See Mar 1st 1820 and June 29th 1827.

Sep 22nd 1819

Thomas Gray suspended for six months. Restored May 5th 1820

Nov 5th 1819

Polly, wife of ------Hopkins dismissed to the Church of Christ in Greenville.

Dec 13th 1819

Leverett Chittendon suspended for six months. Restored Aug 1821

Feb 2nd 1820

Letters were read to be sent to two members of the church, viz: James Resigue, at Silver Lake, PA; and William Scovil at New Haven, CT

Feb 6th 1820

Fowler Bryan and Anna, his wife, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Camden, Oneida Co. Their three youngest children, Sarah, Betsey and Lucretia were recommended to the watch and care of the church, as baptized children.

Feb 22nd 1820

Sarah Whittlesey, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Hector.

Mar 1st 1820

Mrs. Eunice Cowles, wife of David Cowles, was found guilty of absenting herself from public worship, contrary to her covenant engagements. Restored Dec 31st 1820. Note: She was the mother of Norman Cowles. Her case grew out of the treatment accorded to her son, Norman, who was excommunicated. After she had been labored with to some extent, on Nov 9th 1829, it was voted that she be restored to the communion of the church. No record of her suspension.

Apr 13th 1820

Betsey, wife of Adonijah Baker, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Cairo.

Sep 1st 1820

A letter of Admonition was sent to Leonard Goodrich, residing at New Hartford, Oneida Co.

Nov 9th 1820

The case of Samuel  Chapman was called up. Motion that he be restored was negatived. Motion that he be excommunicated was negatived. A committee appointed to confer further with him. Restored Feb 11th 1821.

Sep 10th 1820

Silas S Fordham excommunicated.

Jun 21st 1821

Allen Johnson and Elizabeth, his wife, and Desire Burnham dismissed to Church of Christ in Windham.

Feb 13th 1822

Joseph Peck dismissed to Church of Christ in Camden.

Apr 5th 1822

The case of Polly Westover alias Mitchel. She had illegally married Peter Mitchel, who had a wife living in Hudson, from whom he had not obtained a divorce as he had promised to do. Polly Westover had borne two children by Peter Mitchel. She was in the habit of drinking spirituous liquors to excess. She resided in Greenville. The case against her was proved. A letter of admonition was sent her.

Jul 5th 1822

Solomon Strong dismissed to the Church of Christ in Aurora.

Sep 25th 1822

Thomas Gray suspended for one year. See Dec 14, 1825.

Nov 20th 1822

Letters of recommendation, with a view to unite with a church to be formed in the Big Hollow (East Windham?), by a committee appointed by the presbytery, were granted to Samuel Chapman and Emily, his wife; Lemuel Hitchcock, Jr., and Hannah, his wife; Samuel Bagley; Patience, wife of Dr. Lemuel Hitchcock; Sarah Root; and Roena Hitchcock.

Mar 14th 1823

A second letter of admonition sent to Leonard Goodrich.

Apr 20th 1823

James Resigue dismissed to the Church of Christ at Silver Lake, PA

May 4th 1823

Polly Westover alias Mitchel excommunicated.

Jul 4th 1823

Polly, wife of Eli Paine, Betsey Paine and Abigail Hitchcock dismissed to the Church of Christ in Cairo.

Jul 4th 1823

Elizabeth Smith dismissed to the Church of Christ in Rensselaerville.

Sep 14th 1823

Electa, wife of Reuel P Bascom, dismissed to the Church of Christ in ------; formerly Electa Post.

Oct 12th 1823

David Baldwin 2nd and Nancy, his wife, and Curtis B Chittendon, dismissed to the Church of Christ in the town of Victory, Cayuga Co.

Dec 14th 1823

Thomas Gray excommunicated.

Jan 15th 1824

A charge of intoxication having been supported against George Whittlesey, who had moved from Oak Hill to Durham village, on the 9th inst., he was admonished.

Mar 3rd 1824

Rhoda Tibbals, a baptized infant member of this church, received a letter recommending her to the watch and instruction of the Church of Christ in Camden, Oneida Co. where she resides.

Mar 21st 1824

George Whittlesey excommunicated.

Apr 18th 1824

Ira Cooley dismissed to the Church of Christ in Victory, Cayuga Co.

Mar 14th 1824

A charge of intoxication having been supported against Leverett Chittendon, he was publicly admonished.

Oct 3rd 1824

Leonard Goodrich excommunicated. Restored Jul 16th 1837.

Dec 14th 1824

Sister Elizabeth Gray requested a letter of admission to join the Baptist denomination, alleging a change in her sentiments; a committee appointed to confer with her and report.

Dec 14th 1824

Josiah Dutcher dismissed to Presbyterian Church in Catskill.

Jan 30th 1825

Leverett Chittendon excommunicated. Restored Jan 3rd 1841.

Jul 1st  1825

Anner, wife of David Merwin, who had removed to the state of Ohio, received a general letter of dismission.

Jul 1st 1825

John Ingraham, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Worcester, Otsego Co.

Nov 13th 1825

Calvin Davenport excommunicated.

Nov 19th 1826

Laura, wife of Rufus Woodford dismissed to the Church of Christ in Rensselaerville.

Nov 19th 1826

Maria, wife of Amos Hitchcock dismissed to the Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

Dec 24th 1826

Betsey, wife of Justus Finch, dismissed to the Church of Christ in West Durham.

Mar 2nd 1827

Philo Burnham and Sarah, his wife dismissed to the Church of Christ in New Haven, Oswego co.

May 18th 1827

Roland Root excommunicated.

Jun 29th 1827

Ambrose Chapman, dismissed to the second Church of Christ in Windham.

Jun 29th 1827

A letter received from Norman Cowles, who now resides in Rochester, Monroe Co., requesting a recommendation. It appeared that Brother Cowles had resided for a considerable time in the town of Windham and had removed thence secretly being very much in debt. In his letter Brother Cowles stated he did not intend to defraud his creditors. A committee appointed to go to Windham and make a report on the case.

Jul 4th 1828

Sally Ann Palmer, now wife of -----Young, dismissed to the first Church of Christ in Windham.

Sep 5th 1828

A letter to be sent to Brother Ira Wilcox, now residing in Norwich, Chenango County, to enquire his reasons for not uniting with the Church of Christ there.

Sep 5th 1828

Mary Campbel dismissed to the Church of Christ in Rensselaervile.

Nov 2nd 1828

David Hotchkiss dismissed to Presbyterian Church of Christ in Newark, Wayne Co.

Dec 3rd 1828

Widow Patty Coe, widow Rhoda Kirtland and Sarah Coe, dismissed to the Church of Christ in West Durham.

Feb 4th 1829

Ephraim Coe and Mary, his wife dismissed to the Church of Christ in West Durham.

Feb 4th 1829

Norman Cowles, dismissed to the third Church of Christ in Rochester, Monroe Co.

Jun 28th 1829

Curtis C Baldwin dismissed to the Church of Christ in Lenox, Madison Co.

Apr 30th 1830

Nancy, wife of William Webster dismissed to the Presbyterian Church of Christ in Cairo.

Apr 30th 1830

Caroline Chapman dismissed to the Presbyterian Church of Christ in Norwich, Chenango Co.

Apr 30th 1830

Betsey Catherine, wife of Erastus Peck dismissed to the Presbyterian Church of Christ in East Windham.

Apr 30th 1830

Lovisa Hitchcock dismissed to either of the Presbyterian Churches of Christ in Utica.

May 16th 1830

Widow Merab Jewel; dismissed to any sister Presbyterian or Congregational Church at the Westward, whither she is about to remove.

Jul 8th 1830

James J Baldwin and Candace, his wife, dismissed to the Church of Christ in Buffalo.

Sep 20th 1830

 Charles Tuttle, dismissed to the second Church of Christ in Sullivan, Madison Co.

Oct 17th 1830

Emeline A Denison dismissed to  Church of Christ in Lima.

Oct 17th 1830

Josiah Tyler, Hannah, his wife and Cynthia Tyler dismissed to the Church of Christ in Hector.

Nov 14th 1830

William Batell dismissed to Church of Christ in Torringford, CT.

Apr 26th 1831

Ruby Austin and Delia, wife of Samuel Ramsey, dismissed to the Church of Christ at Schoharie Kill, of which the Rev. H B Stimson is pastor.

Jul 3rd 1831

Ann W Baldwin, the wife of Oliver Carey dismissed to the Church of Christ in Portage, Allegheny Co.

Jul – 1831

Irena Hitchcock, the wife of Jesse Benedict, dismissed to Church of Christ in Greenville.

Mar 2nd 1832

Jared Hitchcock and Irena, his wife dismissed to the Church of Christ in Franklin.

Mar 4th 1832

John Cleveland and Eliza, his wife, received a general letter of dismission, being about to remove to the western country.

Sep 23rd 1832

Silas Tucker excommunicated. Restored Oct 7th 1833. Note: Silas Tucker was excommunicated as the result  of bringing a suit for slander in the Supreme Court, against Jacob Garret, while the same matter was before the session. In other words, he took the case out of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. On the same page of the minutes, where his excommunication is recorded, a memorandum appears, which was added in later years by Elder J G Borthwick. The memorandum follows: “That Silas Tucker referred to so many times and who was excommunicated Sep 23rd 1832, afterward went and united  with the Episcopal Church at Oak Hill. He lived since my remembrance near a well in Mrs. Fanny Prior’s garden. E.Pratt and I visited him and his daughter religiously there. We found him distant and sore.”

Sep 20th 1835

Henry W. Hine and Mary, his wife, dismissed to unite with a church to be formed at Middletown, Delaware Co.

Oct 6th 1836

Israel M. Cooley suspended until Mar 1, 1837. Note: When the time of his suspension had expired, it was continued for the present. His case came up several times afterwards, but the way was not clear to restore him.

Apr 24th 1837

Richard Kirtland and his wife, members of this church, who in the year 1832 received from this church, a letter recommending them to the fellowship and communion of the church in West Durham but for some reason did not unite with the said church, now applied for a letter of recommendation to the Church of Christ in Osbornville on the ground that they reside in the limit of that society. Voted, that a letter be given said brother certifying his regular standing in this church, in the year 1832. Note: there is no record in the minutes in 1832, of this letter having been granted.

Jul 16th 1837

Leonard Goodrich, who was excommunicated Oct 3rd 1824, having sent a letter containing a full confession, was by his request, restored and then dismissed to the church at New Hartford.

Oct 19th 1837

Edward Hand requested a letter of recommendation  to the Episcopal Church in Buffalo. Decision deferred and a committee appointed to converse with him.

Dec 24th 1837

Jacob Garret excommunicated.

Apr 8th 1839

Israel Cooley to remain suspended indefinitely.

Jun 30th 1840

Ransom Post received a testimonial as to his good standing. He intended to unite with the Baptist Church in South Durham.

Sep 7th 1841

John Peck suspended.

May 2nd 1843

William Piercy requested a letter of dismission to the Methodist Church in NY; action deferred.

Jul 2nd 1848

Mrs. Nancy Barker dismissed to the Congregational of Presbyterian Church as the case may be, in the town of Albion, MI.

May 3rd 1850

Mrs. Lucina Henderson, formerly Mrs. Peck, dismissed to the church in New Hartford.

Jun 1st 1850

Mrs. Sophrona Denton dismissed to the Presbyterian Church in Marathon, Cortland Co.

Aug 3rd 1851

Mrs. Charlotte Pratt dismissed to 1st Congregational Church in Syracuse.

 

End of Abstracts from the minutes of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Durham, NY.


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